After occupying a Lands and Forestry office in Halifax, and her subsequent arrest, Kathrin Winkler writes an open letter to Minister Chuck Porter, the man in charge.
“And then the free-for all began, harvesting this last great wood basket in the most biodiversity rich and carbon storage rich area of Nova Scotia…” Biologist David Patriquin gives anti-clearcutting protesters at Province House a concise history lesson on the last 15 years of plunder and the forestry policies that supported it.
After 23 days Jacob Fillmore is ending his hunger strike in support of a temporary clearcutting moratorium. But it ended with a bang, with rallies and government office occupations across Nova Scotia, with organizers warning the government that there is much more to come.
Media release: This Tuesday marks the 23rd day of Jacob Fillmore’s hunger strike, and the 106th day he has been camping outside government buildings in protest of decades-long clear-cutting policies which have destroyed the
vast majority of critical habitat for the endangered Mainland Moose and
continue to destroy what is left.
Marian Whitcomb on the need for an undiluted Biodiversity Act. “Passing this act is not a path to government overreach. It is the only path to saving our forests from what is to come. If we give no one the responsibility and the authority to protect our greatest treasure…no one will do the hard stuff. Our traditional native food sources are diminishing fast, and not just in the forests.”
“Mr. Porter, my son has not eaten for 18 days. It is ludicrous that it takes these extreme measures to (not) even get a meeting. I hope you will forgive me for my language; surely you can imagine that I am feeling quite emotional about this.”
After committing to meeting Jacob Fillmore yesterday, minister Chuck Porter changed his mind and quickly left town this morning.
(As the NS Advocate reported yesterday) Press release: The Minister of Lands and Forestry, Chuck Porter, has agreed to meet with hunger striker Jacob Fillmore. Deputy Minister Paul LaFleche gave Jacob Fillmore and Janet McLeod the news yesterday in the lobby of the DLF just as, a block away, the Stop Clearcutting Our Future rally in support of Jacob was getting underway in front of Province House.
There were some 150 people at today’s anti-clearcut protest at Province House, much more than double the number of people who showed up for last week’s rally. Momentum is growing, but maddeningly, on this 16th day into Jacob Fillmore’s hunger strike, the stakes are getting much higher as well. 16 days is a very long time not to eat solid food.
Letter: I am writing to show my support of Jacob Fillmore and thank you for featuring his efforts. I went to the rally at Province House last week and met Jacob. On my drive home I knew I had to write in to the Premier and my local MLA, I couldn’t rest until I did.