About 200 protesters surrounded SCRD Board Chairman Ed Steeves and CAO John France this morning and refused to let them into the Field Road office. They demanded that the SCRD acting as a Health Board file an immediate 'stop work' order against Western Forest Products and its logging in the Chapman Creek Watershed. Steeves told the vocal crowd that the Health Board is waiting for scientific evidence that the watershed is being impacted. He also said the Board is waiting for WFP's hydrologist's report This brought angry cries from the protesters who demanded that the SCRD hire its own independent hydrologist and prepare its own report. The crowd refused to part for Steeves and France and they had to use a back entrance into the SCRD building.
Protesters say they will return to the regional government Field Road office tomorrow morning at 11:30 to once again demand the stop work order. They are asking residents to show support and join them. Bring your signs!
According to one demonstrator, there was no sign of any WFP official telling them their demonstration in the SCRD parking lot was impeding WFP's logging operations. There was also no police presence enforcing injunctions.
The demonstrators are building up to Saturday's protest at the Chapman Creek Bridge between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend with their signs and be prepared to make noise.