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  • Rainforest Flying Squad files appeal of injunction granted to Teal Cedar

    David Broadland

    TODAY, LAWYERS ACTING ON BEHALF OF the Fairy Creek Rainforest blockaders filed an appeal of the April 1 judgment made by BC Supreme Court Justice Frits E. Verhoeven. Verhoeven granted injunctive relief to Teal Cedar, ruling that the blockades in TFL 46 were causing irreparable harm to the Surrey logging and milling company.

    The appeal, filed in the BC Court of Appeal, asked that Verhoeven’s judgment “be set aside due to:

    1. (a)  The Court erred in deciding that the granting of the injunction be allowed on behalf of the Respondent, Teal Jones Products Ltd.;
    2. (b)  The Court erred in allowing police authorities and/or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to enforce the injunction against the Appellants;
    3. (c)  The Court erred in its determination that the Respondent would suffer irreparable harm had the injunction not been granted;
    4. (d)  The Court erred in failing to treat an injunction as an extraordinary remedy, especially in the context where arrests could be made but the police and Attorney General choose not to do so;
    5. (e)  The Court erred in deciding the balance of convenience on one issue–the presence of a permit(s) to log;
    6. (f)  The Court erred in failing to properly balance the public interest;
    7. (g)  The Court erred in failing to analyse whether, in an area where there is a road-building permit but no cutting permit—a road building permit meets the irreparable harm branch of the test for an injunction; and,
    8. (h)  The Court erred in applying the balance of convenience test determining the forestry decision to approve the Fairy Creek watershed Cutting Permit 7265 was a governmental policy consideration outweighing the public interest in preserving the few remaining old growth forests in British Columbia.”

    Despite the blockades, which were established in August 2020, Teal Cedar was able to harvest 437,982 cubic metres of logs from TFL 46 in 2020. That was an increase of  71 percent over 2018 and 55 percent over 2019.

    In announcing the appeal, the Rainforest Flying Squad observed that “the public interest in this case far outweighs the profit-making ability of a single entity and government.”

    David Broadland previously wrote about Justice Verhoeven’s judgment granting the injunction here and here.

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    Those of us who support a serious Deep Ecology approach to forest management should recall that MacMillan Bloedel said back about 20 years ago that they could easily be persuaded to convert from logging to forest stewardship if they were paid to protect forests. The Green community should be working on alternatives to forest products for paper [bamboo, hemp] and replacing lumber as a building material with reinforced synthetic materials that are reinforced with ultra strong materials like graphene and carbine, so that structures are able to withstand 300 km winds. By 2030 we could have a vastly better forest management policy, and I see this as only being possible with the Green Party. 

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