A crowd of more than 50 people gathered on 5th Street in downtown Courtenay to send a message again to the province about the need to protect old-growth forests.
The event was part of a province-wide day of protest. Groups gathered in front of MLA offices in different communities to stress the need to protect forests.
Premier John Horgan announced on June 9 that the provincial government was accepting a request from Vancouver Island Indigenous communities to defer old-growth logging in areas that have been the target of protests during the last year. The decision affects a portion of the Central Walbran Valley and the Fairy Creek watershed, though Horgan said logging will not be halted in areas where Indigenous groups have second-growth harvesting.
Save Our Forests Team Comox Valley is holding another rally on June 17, this time in front of the Courtenay Courthouse, at 2 p.m.
The group is urging people to bring out musical instruments to “make some noise in support of old growth and those being arrested to defend it, including our neighbours from the Comox Valley.
“Wear a mask, practise physical distancing and end the event with a walk of constituents to NDP MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard’s office.”