Greenpeace activists arrested protesting Boreal Forest destruction



    Kleenex, Sears, Best Buy and others responsible for wiping out ancient
    forest

    OTTAWA, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Early this afternoon, four Greenpeace
activists were arrested attempting to unfurl a massive banner inside Toronto's
Eaton Centre. The message: "Sears, Best Buy, Indigo Books, Toys "R" Us,
Canadian Tire and Kleenex = Boreal Forest Destruction."
    The protest was aimed at the corporate customers of logging giants
AbitibiBowater, Kruger, Buchanan and pulp manufacturer SFK Pulp. Their
business supports destructive logging operations that are turning the
10,000 year old Boreal Forest into disposable products like tissue paper and
junk mail.
    "Sears, Toys "R" Us, Talbots, Best Buy and others are paying for an
ancient forest to be converted into throwaway flyers, romance novels and
toilet paper," said Kim Fry, a forests campaigner with Greenpeace Canada.
"They should instead flex their financial muscle and demand that their
suppliers end logging in intact forest areas."
    Toronto Police intercepted and arrested activists Mark Goldsworthy,
Roxanne Gadova, Naila Lalji and Vanessa Buttersworth before they could
completely deploy the 3.1 x 34 metre banner. They are now being detained at
Toronto Police's 52nd Division at 255 Dundas Street West.
    The customers, who also include Talbots and Harlequin Books, are
financially supporting the logging of woodland caribou habitat despite the
fact that caribou is a federally listed threatened species in Canada.
Scientists predict woodland caribou will be extinct by mid-century in Ontario
unless vast areas of forest are protected.
    Already, an area three times the size of France has been degraded and
fragmented by logging the Boreal Forest region (175 million hectares) to make
advertising flyers, magazines, catalogues, lumber and other products.
    Canada's Boreal Forest stretches across the north of the country, from
Newfoundland to the Yukon. It represents a quarter of the world's remaining
intact ancient forests and stores 186 billion tonnes of carbon in its soils
and trees. Less than nine per cent of the forest in Ontario and five per cent
in Quebec are protected from industrial development.




For further information:

For further information: Kim Fry, Forest Campaigner, (647) 406-0664;
Spencer Tripp, Communications Director, (416) 605-8408; Note to photo editors:
High resolution photos of the banner will be made available online at
www.greenpeace.ca/gallery.


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