As many of you will know, Spray Lake Sawmills (SLS) is currently clear-cut logging in the Castle. The provincial government gave SLS permission to complete the first year of logging that was delayed by last winter’s protests.
The Castle logging scheduled for years two and three has been put on hold pending the outcome of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), but it has not been cancelled. We still have work to do.
The January 20 Rally is meant to make three main points:
1. Even though it’s already started, we continue to oppose this year’s logging—we haven’t simply given up and gone away.
2. The logging scheduled for years two and three needs to be permanently cancelled.
3. There needs to be a review of all logging along the eastern slopes. Valley-by-valley protest and conflict is no way to manage our forest resources.
Location: Beaver Mines gazebo, in the park directly behind the Beaver Mines store. (Please park on 2nd Avenue so as not to fill the store’s parking lot.) The gazebo has heat, and we’ll have a fire going outside. The rally will proceed regardless of the weather.
Timing: Coffee and Hot Chocolate will be on at 11:00 am. Lunch will be provided from about 12:00 noon until 1:00. From about 1:00 to 2:00 pm, we’ll make the short walk to stand with our signs in public areas along the main road running through Beaver Mines (Hwy 774).
Entertainment: Sid Marty will be on hand to read some of his poetry, and perhaps play a few tunes. We may also have some other entertainment over lunch.
Other info: Please bring your own sign. Be creative, we expect the press to be there.
Please respect private property, and stick to public areas.
Be respectful of the neighbours, and of the traffic.
There are limited toilet facilities, and no running water at the gazebo.
RSVP: So we can organize the food, please contact Carolyn at the CCWC office ASAP if you’re planning to have lunch, (403) 627-5059, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pass this message on to others who you think may be interested.
Hope to see you there!