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Sasha Fillmore: Letter to Chuck Porter, minister of Lands and Forestry

Cape Breton Highlands

Minister Chuck Porter, 

I am Sasha Fillmore, I am 14 years old. My brother Jacob Fillmore has been protesting for almost 4 months. He camped in a tent in the middle of winter. He has had rallies, petitions and he has even gone on a hunger strike for 23 days. If that isn’t enough to get your attention, I’d like to know what would. 


Not only is it bad for the air and soil quality, it also destroys ecosystems. Forests are actually very important (if you didn’t know). They provide oxygen for us to BREATHE. But also carbon sinks, soil retention, animal habitats, water filtration, natural cooling, and the list of benefits could go on. 

I’m not old enough to vote, but I am concerned for my future if no change is made. 

Our government doesn’t see forests for trees. They see it as an opportunity to make money. That needs to change. 


Sasha Fillmore

See also: A shot across the bow: Government offices occupied across Nova Scotia as Jacob Fillmore ends hunger strike

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  1. Thank you Sasha for writing about Jacob! I completely agree with you that the government needs to change! I hear there are some politicians, Senator Marilou McPhedran, for example, who are working to lower the voting age. I hope you continue to write and share your opinion – let me know if Mr. Porter answers your letter. He should.

  2. Kendall Worth here!

    Some of you seeing this comment may believe that talking about Clear-cutting is not my Specialty in Journalism. However I do support the fact that Clear-cutting needs to stop and I have my reasons behind why.
    Either-way, Major Clear-Cutting ruins the Natural Beauty of different places throughout Rural Nova Scotia.

  3. Thank you, Sasha for your letter to Chuck Porter, for standing up for Jacob and demanding a moratorium on clearcutting! Your letter is
    well written and powerful!
    Violet Rosengarten

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