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A new approach to managing forests

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Neil Hughes RPF

Ecotrust Canada

Vancouver

 

Forestry or the trees?

I clearly recall my horror, when, as a child living in the coast mountain wilderness, I learned the fate of an unfortunate black bear. Rooted from his den during winter logging, he wasn't even noticed until his body emerged with a load of logs.

Over 700 bears are shot in B.C. alone, annually. Need we contribute to their demise by destroying yet more of their habitat?

Logging in the Whistler area is absurd. A place that prides itself on a pristine environment and thrives on tourism... Toppling trees that individually have contributed to planetary health for hundreds of years, for a few paper dollars. Flushed down the toilet.

Must it be mentioned that the world's gaze has been galvanized upon Whistler, and it will continue. Canada's global reputation is already suffering gravely under the tyranny of our current dictatorship.

Since the municipality is committed to preserving the "neighbourhood asphalt plant" one might surmise that keeping a bounty of oxygen-producing forest intact would be appealing.

An advocate of the proposed "harvesting" (a casual term that invokes images of an annually-renewable crop, such as corn) states that "visual management and watershed protection" is ensured. Translation: fringes of trees shall be spared along streams and as a facade along roads. Sadly, these exposed trees will likely blow down before long.

The reality is that we are destroying our "nest" unlike any other animal. Will humans choose life, or fulfill the fantasies of the Armageddon-fixated fundamentalists?

Natalia Kawatski

Squamish

 

Changes keep Canada competitive

Re: "Federal government slashes immigration program," Pique Newsmagazine, June 30, 2010

This recent article in your publication demonstrates some fundamental misunderstandings about the changes recently announced to our immigration system. The article claims that, in ending the special stream for temporary foreign workers and students to apply under the federal skilled worker category, we are cancelling one of the most popular immigration programs. This claim is completely false.

Temporary foreign workers and international students are still eligible to apply for permanent residence under the federal skilled worker category if they have an offer of arranged employment or experience in one of the 29 in-demand occupations. We have removed this particular stream to avoid overlap with the now-established Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program, both of which target the same pool of applicants.