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Weekend protests planned in Sea to Sky to support old-growth forest

Whistler, Mount Currie to host demonstrations in solidarity with Fairy Creek protests
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Tina Pashumati James speaks to the group of Whistler locals who gathered on May 16 to voice their support for the protection of B.C.'s old-growth forests.

Whistler and Mount Currie are set to host protests in support of B.C.’s old-growth forests this weekend. 

The Whistler demonstration takes place on Sunday, May 30, at 2 p.m. on the northwest corner of Highway 99 and Lorimer Road. The Mount Currie protest, meanwhile, is set for Saturday, May 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the turnoff for the new site in Mount Currie along Highway 99.

Both organizers invite participants to bring their own signs and banners.

The Sea to Sky protests are also meant to show solidarity with demonstrators at Fairy Creek near Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island where more than 100 people have been arrested for blockades aimed at preventing old-growth logging

It comes on the heels of another protest last Sunday, May 16, in Whistler that drew nearly 30 locals to Whistler Olympic Plaza to demand old-growth trees stop being removed from Whistler’s Cheakamus Community Forest. 

"We’re talking about these old-growth forests and it’s really important that we stand up for them … They are priceless and should not be touched," Tina Pashumati James, who organized the demonstration, told the group.

"We can do better; we should do better.”