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Anthony Britneff

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  1. John Horgan ran both his election campaigns without any meaningful new policy for forestry. Anything promised has not been delivered. He apparently doesn't know anything about forestry and doesn't listen to anyone who does. His advice, if he seeks it, comes from a cabal of unelected party insiders, the forest industry, and a forests ministry -- the mindustry -- wholly captured by the industry. Horgan after Adrian Dix took the wind out of the sails of a progressive BC NDP just as Glen Clark did after Mike Harcourt. What makes matters worse is that Horgan and his insiders implicitly cha
  2. Thank you David Broadland for your thorough analysis of Justice Verhoeven's ruling. It appears to me that you have set out solid grounds for an appeal of the judge's decision. Let's hope that a lawyer, who cares about justice as opposed to the legal system, steps forth to represent pro bono the Fairy Creek demonstrators in an appeal. Indeed, as you point out so well, "the irreparable harm" is to the public interest with outrageously bloated subsidies to the forest industry that employs only 1.9% of BC's jobs and generates only 2% of BC's gross domestic product (Source: BC Stats)
  3. Thank you, Margaret, for an excellent letter to John Horgan. As a fellow senior, I'd like to add a couple of points: The age group 20 to 39 years is also the group that by necessity is more mobile than other groups. They are on every frontline in health facilities, in retail and grocery stores, in policing and fire brigades and in parenting taking kids to and from school. It is that age group that holds the rest of society together. Horgan's castigation of the young in public has shown all of us that we have a premier without elementary leadership skills. The man is confrontat
  4. Posted December 7, 2020 Image: Once vibrant Ocean Falls is now all but abandoned. The hidden agenda of industrial forestry companies in BC is privatization of publicly-owned land. Rural communities dependant on forestry need to resist that and support changes that would increase local, public control of the working forest. Go to story
  5. The hidden agenda of industrial forestry companies in BC is privatization of publicly-owned land. Rural communities dependant on forestry need to resist that and support changes that would increase local, public control of the working forest. THE FOREST SECTOR has deep roots in rural British Columbia with multi-generational families working in the industry either directly in logging or in related businesses like selling logging trucks. Continued forest industry decline threatens a long-established way of life for those relatively few people remaining in the sector. The fores
  6. Indeed, but misinformation and misrepresentation are nevertheless deceptive. The forests inventory is not "crappy" for the purpose of delineating primary forest in the timber harvesting land base. Most technical staff in the forests ministry are competent and during my time with the ministry a screw-up by technical staff of this magnitude would have been inconceivable . . . impossible. And I suspect (and hope) the same is true today. So I doubt that the misleading information came from technical staff but rather from the political-administrative interface in the BC NDP government, meaning
  7. Indeed, but misinformation and misrepresentation are nevertheless deceptive. The forests inventory is not "crappy" for the purpose of delineating primary forest in the timber harvesting land base. Most technical staff in the forests ministry are competent and during my time with the ministry a screw-up by technical staff of this magnitude would have been inconceivable . . . impossible. And I suspect (and hope) the same is true today. So I doubt that the misleading information came from technical staff but rather from the political-administrative interface in the BC NDP government, meaning
  8. We have a fundamental problem in British Columbia, Canada, whereby the province is not living up to its constitutional obligation to look after natural resources in the public interest. The provincial government needs to re-draft legislation for all resources so that the respective statutes are subordinate to over-arching legislation for sustainability and for regional land-use planning. Professional reliance has done a good job of show-casing this fundamental problem of constitutional negligence. Now, our new provincial government must act to redress the problem -- we expect no less.
  9. We have a fundamental problem in British Columbia, Canada, whereby the province is not living up to its constitutional obligation to look after natural resources in the public interest. The provincial government needs to re-draft legislation for all resources so that the respective statutes are subordinate to over-arching legislation for sustainability and for regional land-use planning. Professional reliance has done a good job of show-casing this fundamental problem of constitutional negligence. Now, our new provincial government must act to redress the problem -- we expect no less.
  10. Update on Martin Watts' lawsuit in the Times Colonist, Tuesday May 16, 2017: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-forester-pays-high-price-for-doing-honest-job-1.19956225 And in Desmog Canada, Friday May 12, 2017: https://www.desmog.ca/2017/05/12/civil-suit-alleges-b-c-blacklisting-forestry-consultant-who-warned-timber-overcutting-faulty-data
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