Ironically, the logging community of Pemberton is in an uproar over their backyard being logged.
In the early 1990s when some members of the Lil'wat Nation put a roadblock up to prevent the building of a logging road, and logging in our community; our neighbours, the Pemberton loggers, their families, the townspeople, and businesses did everything in their power to put a stop to the Lil'wat blockade. Why, some businesses even had petitions hidden behind their counters to this effect.
In the early 1990s, Lil'wat blockaders were trying to put a stop to the building of a logging road that was being built where over 2,000 of our ancestors were buried during the small pox epidemic.
The Lil'wat Nation's territorial hunting and gathering areas have been adversely affected by logging, and our mountain sides have been clear cut.
The Pemberton people were sure adamant about preserving their right to log when it wasn't in their backyards. They weren't concerned about slides, flooding, or the aesthetic consequences of logging, including how it would affect tourism, until it started to threaten their backyard.
Maybe what Pemberton is now experiencing will give other logging communities some empathy towards communities in which they have logged, or are planning to log.
Theresa A. Peters
The point he was making however bears repeating again and again, that logging the watershed in the backyard of Pemberton Village is senseless.
Hopefully it will not be another case of "they'll do what they want!" a rationale which has plagued Canadians since Confederation, and brought to mind similar undefended actions taken against Canadians.
When the Chretien Liberals issued their platform 10 years ago, the Red Book included a promise to "replace" the GST. It never happened.
When Premier McGuinty was seeking election in Ontario last fall, he campaigned on a promise of "no increase in taxes".
Read my lips: he raised them shortly after taking office. Again, the Canadian taxpayers sighed, "What can we do?"
I recall what The Financial Post described as "the great grand-daddy of all" when in 1917 income taxes were introduced as a temporary necessity to fight World War I.
Is it true then that Canadian tax sheep won't bleat no matter how much they're shorn?
The B.C. Assessment authority and helpless Resort Municipality of Whistler obviously think that way, notwithstanding some smoke-and-mirror local taxpayer grant. The U.S. company planning to log Pemberton's watershed likewise.
When more than 12 million Canadians failed to exercise their franchise (June 28 th ) it demonstrated the complacency Canadians have toward their democracy.