Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rally for our forest, show your support

Friday, October 29 · 10:00am - 12:00pm

LocationLegislature Building, 1726 Hollis St. Halifax

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PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME: 10:00 on Friday 29th, not 12:30.

On Friday October 29th at 10:00 at the Legislature building in Halifax, hundreds of Nova Scotians will join in a public show of support for the future of Nova Scotia's forests and the communities that depend on them.

We need you there with us: Province House: 1726 Hollis Street, Halifax.

Together, we will send a clear and strong message of support for change: (1) dramatically reduce clearcutting through regulation, (2) support people who are practising responsible forestry, and (3) stop subsidizing those who clearcut our forests.

We will show the NDP that they have Nova Scotians' support to implement these changes. Now is the time to show support for our forests. This is the best chance for positive change we've ever had. Let's not lose it!

Once a forest to marvel at, our forest is now classified as endangered by the World Wildlife Fund. We've seen a precipitous loss of old forest, wildlife habitat and valuable trees, while cutting has increased and forest employment has decreased.

A bird's eye view of Nova Scotia through "Google Earth" shows that it is riddled with clearcuts and logging roads. It's time to reverse these trends, to restore ecological and economic value to our forests.

What we need you to do:

(1) Let us know you're going to come to the rally on Friday, October 29th, 10:00 (Legislature building – 1726 Hollis St.).

(2) Spread the word to all of your contacts (friends, family and community) and urge them to spread the word to their contacts.

(3) Organize rides to get people into the city.

(4) Send a strong message of support for positive change to Minister MacDonell and Premier Dexter (addresses below).

(5) For those on Facebook, join Nova Scotians for Healthy Forests.

We need a huge turnout. This is our chance to be heard! And it’s going to be fun.

We’re in the final stages of a three-year process to develop a new direction for our natural resources. The first step was public consultation, and Nova Scotians gave an over-whelming call for change. Then, a panel of expertise provided in-depth analysis and detailed recommendations for positive change. Now, government is deciding how to act on the public’s concerns and the experts’ report. As expected, some in the forestry industry launched a strong campaign against the recommended changes. See some of their letters here. We need to show the government that they have the support to stand up against those who wish to preserve the status quo.


Call Jamie Simpson at 902 429 1335 or email at

Premier Darrell Dexter
Office of the Premier
7th Floor, One Government Place
1700 Granville St, PO Box 726
Halifax, NS, B3J 2T3
Telephone: 902-424-6600
Fax: 902-424-7648

Minister John MacDonell
Minister of Natural Resources
Department of Natural Resources
3rd Floor, Founders Square
1701 Hollis Street, PO Box 698
Halifax, NS, B3J 2T9
Telephone: 902-424-4037
Fax: 902-424-0594

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