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Great Grandmother in court defending forests

Great grandmother Betty Krawczyk will finally get her day in court this coming Monday, September 8 starting at 10am. Actually, she will get five days before a BC Supreme Court judge to explain her actions protesting the BC Liberals proposed Working Forest legislation - as her trial is expected to go every day of the week right through Friday September 12.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Great grandmother Betty Krawczyk will finally get her day in court this coming Monday, September 8 starting at 10am. Actually, she will get five days before a BC Supreme Court judge to explain her actions protesting the BC Liberals proposed Working Forest legislation - as her trial is expected to go every day of the week right through Friday September 12.

Ms. Krawczyk is currently held in jail for peacefully protesting the logging of the ancient rainforests of the Walbran Valley on southern Vancouver Island. She staged her protest to draw attention to the BC Liberal's proposed Working Forest Legislation, which she and many other British Columbians oppose because it would result in certain control of BC's public timber lands by a few large multi-national logging companies.

In fact, a BC government report reveals 97 % opposition and 1% support for the proposed Working Forest Legislation. The report released in August on the results of the public consultation process surrounding the controversial 'Working Forest Legislation' proposal concludes that 'The general public, First Nations, environmental organizations, recreation interests, and some community interests strongly opposed the Working Forest Initiative. Only a handful of general public respondents voiced their support.' A Working Forest for British Columbia - Consultation Report also states, 'The response from the public members is overwhelmingly negative - almost all of the citizen responses indicate strong opposition to the Working Forest proposals.'

Ms. Krawczyk has been charged with two counts of criminal contempt for defying a court order not to block the logging operations in US based Weyerhaeuser's Walbran Valley logging area. The great grandmother has now been held in jail for over 90 days because she has refused to sign an undertaking restricting her freedom of movement near the endangered Walbran Valley rainforest on southwest Vancouver Island.

Representatives of a few of the organizations opposed to the Liberal's Working Forests Legislation will gather on the courthouse steps at Homer and Smythe from 9am until 11am Monday morning to give moral support to Ms. Krawczyk and to speak against the proposed Working Forest Legislation.

Ken Wu will speak for Western Canada Wilderness Committee. Representatives of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Council of Canadians will also speak.

For more information contact Joe Foy, Wilderness Committee Campaign Coordinator - Cell (604) 880-2580

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Fearless public forest defender back in BC Supreme Court Monday, September 8

Great grandmother Betty Krawczyk will finally get her day in court this coming Monday, September 8 starting at 10am. Actually, she will get five days before a BC Supreme Court judge to explain her actions protesting the BC Liberals proposed Working Forest legislation - as her trial is expected to go every day of the week right through Friday September 12.

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