WHAT: Rally and demonstration
WHERE: Rich Coleman constituency office, 27336 Fraser Highway,
WHEN: 11:30 TODAY (June 5)
WHO: United Steelworkers and Western Canada Wilderness Committee
BURNABY, BC, June 5 /CNW/ - Today (June 5) at 11:30 a.m., a small group
of Western Canada Wilderness Committee activists will join members of the
United Steelworkers (USW) for a protest in front of Forests Minister Rich
Coleman's constituency office in Aldergrove, BC.
The two groups are calling on Coleman to take serious action in dealing
with BC's forestry crisis. The activists will unfurl several large banners and
display some giant cartoon boards. The USW will deliver a stack of opinion
cards to the minister's office.
Earlier this week, the two organizations issued a joint statement calling
on the BC government to establish a Forest Land Reserve (FLR), similar in
style to the Agricultural Land Reserve, to protect BC's forests from suburban
sprawl. An FLR would be a protective zoning designation on the forest lands of
BC's major timber corporations to prohibit residential building developments
on those lands.
In addition, the Wilderness Committee is supporting the Steelworkers'
call for the BC government to assist in the development of secondary wood
manufacturing facilities, to ban raw log exports, and to stop the waste of
wood left behind in cutblocks. In April the USW put forward a 10-point plan to
sustain BC forestry jobs. Since last year, more than 12,000 BC forestry jobs
have been lost due to mill closures and the shutdowns of logging operations.
The Wilderness Committee is Canada's largest membership-based wilderness
protection organization and the USW is Canada's largest forestry union.
For further information:
For further information: Ken Wu (Wilderness Committee), (250) 514-9910;
Scott Lunny (USW), (604) 329-5308