Another seven arrests at B.C. old-growth logging blockade

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Hundreds of people rallied at B.C. Premier John Horgan's office, Friday, demanding changes to the way the province manage old-growth forests. Their anger is sparked by ongoing controversy surrounding logging in the Fairy Creek watershed on Vancouver Island. – May 28, 2021

A total of 158 people have now 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.

The 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.

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The injunction is to allow workers with the Teal-Jones Group to resume logging in that area and in the Fairy Creek watershed to the south.

Read more: ‘Pretty frustrated’: Teal-Jones says it wants to get back to work amid old-growth protests

Activists say very little of the best old-growth forest remains in B.C.

They say Fairy Creek is the last unprotected, intact old-growth valley on southern Vancouver Island.

Teal-Jones has said it plans to harvest about 20 hectares at the north ridge of the 1,200-hectare watershed out of 200 available for harvest.

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