Save Old Growth resumes disruptions, this time against tourist destinations, not roads

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      A B.C. conservation group announced today that it had resumed its civil-disobedience tactics to pressure the provincial government on the issue of old-growth logging.

      Save Old Growth's organizing committee announced on social media on June 29 that it would be discontinuing the road-blockade tactics it had employed since January of this year.

      At the time, it said that it would "de-escalate disruptive actions on critical transportation infrastructure...Major traffic disruptions will end today. Other strategies will be used that won't stop traffic."

      The resumption of activist tactics occurred Thursday morning (July 28) and involved Metro Vancouver tourist destinations. Targeted with spraypaint and stickers were the Gastown Steam Clock, Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza, CBC's downtown offices, and Science World.

      “We gave the [Premier John] Horgan government time to correct their course. They did nothing,” a July 28 SOG release stated. “B.C. old-growth forests are being clearcut as politicians enjoy summer vacation. We’re here to remind them of their broken promises.” 

      In the bulletin, Save Old Growth member Ian Weber, who was released from jail today after serving nine days, said such tactics are a time-honoured tradition.

      “If going to jail is what it takes then that’s what people will continue to do,” Weber said.  “Civil disobedience has been used throughout human history to right the wrongs of government. Clearcutting our old growth forests is wrong for so many reasons.“

      Save Old Growth says that more than 120 of its volunteers have been arrested so far during its campaign this year.