Police end Cambie Bridge blockade by arresting six Extinction Rebellion activists

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      This weekend's peaceful blockade of the Cambie Bridge didn't last nearly as long as a previous Extinction Rebellion bridge protest in 2019.

      On Saturday (March 27), police reopened the artery into downtown Vancouver in the afternoon after a four-hour protest. Four adult women and two adult men were arrested.

      They were willing to be taken into custody to raise awareness about the B.C. government allowing clear-cut logging of old-growth forests with trees older than 1,000 years.

      On October 8, 2019, police waited until after 10:30 p.m. on the Burrard Bridge, which meant that Extinction Rebellion held that False Creek crossing for more than 13 hours. That incident resulted in 10 arrests of peaceful civil-disobedience activists aiming to raise public awareness about the climate crisis.

      This photo was tweeted at 1:24 p.m. at the intersection of West Broadway and Cambie Street.
      Jens Weiting

      Extinction Rebellion Vancouver tweeted these images at 3:36 p.m. and 4:06 p.m.

      This came a day after a B.C. Supreme Court judge delayed issuing a ruling on an injunction application by a logging company hoping to cut down ancient trees near Port Renfrew.

      Teal-Jones, a private logging company, has a tree farm licence in this part of southwest Vancouver Island. But its efforts to log the Fairy Creek area have been hampered by two camps created by environmentalists.

      Extinction Rebellion activists have demanded that the B.C. government implement recommendations by the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel.

      The panel's report called on the government to defer harvesting "iconic stands" of trees if this "could lead to the permanent loss of rare or unique ecosystem components contained in old and ancient forests".

      Should such a deferral occur, the panel urged the provincial government to conduct an economic-impact analysis and then mitigate the effects on holders of small area-based timber tenures.

      A recent report released by Sierra Club B.C. showed that about eight percent of original forests with big trees remain as old-growth across the province.

      "In the case of those forests with very big old trees, only about three percent remain today (approximately 35,000 hectares)," the environmental group stated.

      The Sierra Club B.C. document was written by conservation researchers Karen Price, Rachel F. Holt, and Dave Daust. It noted that B.C. forest policy "does not maintain the natural range of ecosystem diversity, thus posing high risk to biodiversity and long-term carbon storage".

      "If the provincial government continues to knowingly put the ecological integrity and values of old forest at risk, they should at least be very clear about their intentions and stop pretending to protect the natural heritage," they wrote in their conclusions.