This week, a couple of opinion pieces about the B.C. Liberal government's Park Amendment Act appeared on Straight.com. In them, Andrew Gage of West Coast Environmental Law and Peter Wood of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society explain how this legislation would weaken the protection afforded to provincial parks.
WCEL has posted an online petition in opposition to Bill 4. Addressed to Premier Christy Clark and Environment Minister Mary Polak, the petition states:
Bill 4 would reduce protection of smaller parks, allow "research" such as drilling, surveying and exploration to occur in protected areas and make it easier for the government to "adjust" park boundaries at industry's request. I urge you to reject these changes and uphold your duty to maintain protected areas for the benefit of British Columbians.
At time of blogging, the petition had been signed 4,783 times.
Polak introduced Bill 4 for first reading on February 13.