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Kelowna residents offer up support for B.C.'s old growth forests

Protestors support old growth in B.C.
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June 05, 2021 - 4:52 PM

People protesting the logging of B.C.'s old growth forests gathered in downtown Kelowna this afternoon.

Roughly 100 people made their way to Kerry Park around 12 p.m., June 5 to support the protestors in Fairy Creek, according to Facebook page Old Growth Okanagan.

Roughly 158 people have been arrested since RCMP began enforcing a British Columbia court injunction ordering the removal of blockades aimed at preventing old-growth logging on southwestern Vancouver Island.

Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo is also encouraging residents to sign a petition address to Premier John Horgan to stop logging old growth.

 

Mounties say seven people were arrested Wednesday for breaching the injunction after officers found a large group blocking both directions of a forestry road in the Braden Creek area near Port Renfrew.

READ MORE: 158 arrests so far at B.C. protests against old-growth logging: RCMP

Protests in Kelowna to preserve B.C.’s old growth have been ongoing, according to Old Growth Kelowna.

Last year during the election campaign, B.C.’s Premier John Horgan and the NDP government made a series of promises around protecting old-growth forests, and a large majority of British Columbians surveyed would like to see these promises kept.

Roughly 85% of British Columbians feel that it is important that the B.C. NDP keep these promises (with 55% considering it ‘very important’ and 30% ‘somewhat important’). Six-in-ten (60%) are aware of the promises made, with 25% aware and familiar with the promises, and 36% aware but not familiar, according to a survey from Insights West.

Results are based on an online study conducted May 12 to 15, 2021 among a sample of 831 residents across B.C.

 


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