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» CRD committee unanimously rejects resort proposal
» By Judtih Lavoie, September 14, 2011
Provincial cabinet minister Ida Chong is pledging to ask her cabinet colleagues to consider buying land adjacent to Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, but warned it's tough to find funding in today's poor economic climate.

» Wanted:your feedback on the proposed development at the Juan de Fuca trail
We have until Friday March 25, 2011 to voice our concerns about this proposed development. Send your concerns o

  CRD Land Use Committee meeting   Sooke, March 3, 2011
Rezoning and Development Permit Applications for DL 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569 and 570 Location Map
Rezoning and Development Permit Applications for DL 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569 and 570 Location Map

» CRD Land Use Committee meeting to get your feedback on the proposed development at the Juan de Fuca trail
Edward Milne School, Sooke, March 3, 2011

  Panel and discussion:resort development on the Juan de Fuca Trail?   UVic, Mar 02, 2011
Panel and discussion:resort development on the Juan de Fuca Trail? - UVic, Mar 02, 2011

Come hear and be heard about the plan for hundreds of resort cabins to be built directly above the Juan de Fuca Trail...

  • Panel and discussion:NOT FOR SALE - A sprawling resort development on the Juan de Fuca Trail?
  • Wednesday March 2, 2011 - 7-9pm
  • Hickman building, Room 105
  • University of Victoria

This event is hosted by the Rights & Democracy Delegation at UVic, part of a national human rights awareness student network.

We are honoured to have Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones, Gordon O'Connor of the Dogwood Initiative, and Terri Alcock, a local resident of Shirley, with us to talk about the impact this proposed development will have on the local community.

Canada recently signed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ...which explicitly states that "Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use." Not only is this proposed plan in direct conflict with these principles, it places barriers to the realization of economic, social, and participatory rights that we all have. Let's stand up for our right to have a say in the future of our community!

Discussion to follow; goodies and hot drinks provided!

This event is wheelchair accessible and childminding is available.

» Sprawling resort would wipe out sections of the Juan de Fuca trail - Forest Action Network

» Coast resort plan will hurt park
By Saul Arbess, Times Colonist December 9, 2010
I attended the meeting on a proposed resort development on lands adjoining the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Dec. 2. The proposal, extending from China Beach seven kilometres west along the trail, calls for almost 300 cabins, a lodge and infrastructure.

» Juan de Fuca: Strategies Against Sprawl
Monday, December 13, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
BCGEU Hall 2994 Douglas St Victoria, BC

Follow up to the very successful community consultation and Speak Out event on Juan de Fuca development. Ready to roll up your sleeves and kick off the campaign? This time, it goes beyond consultation – we're putting together tthe tactics that will stop urban sprawl in Juan de Fuca.

A 7-kilometer-long resort is proposed between Mystic Beach and Sombrio Beach. The developer wants to build almost 300 cabins, some within 100 meters of the Juan de Fuca Trail Park.
» Stop the Sprawl -
» Proposed resort threatens wildness of Juan de Fuca Marine Trail -

» B.C. kicks in $2 million for Jordan River park lands
By Kim Westad, Times Colonist - April 9, 2010
The province has contributed $2 million toward the purchase of more than 2,300 hectares of waterfront and forest land in the Jordan River and Sandcut Beach area.

» CRD, conservation groups buy controversial Jordan River lands
Judith Lavoie , Times Colonist - March 5, 2010
The agreement in principle, with a pricetag of $18.8 million, includes more than 3.5 kilometres of shoreline along Sandcut Beach and the Jordan River surfing beach and townsite

» Province should protect coast lands
By Blythe Barlow, Times Colonist - February 26, 2010
While the eyes of the world are on beautiful British Columbia, the race is on here on Vancouver Island to save our super natural west coast

» Double standard on WFP lands
Times Colonist - February 23, 2010

» Vancouver Island land controversy
Times Colonist - February 20, 2010
Controversy surrounds areas on the south-west corner of Vancouver Island being considered for logging or development. A stand of old-growth near Port Renfrew, nicknamed Avatar Grove, is slated for logging by the Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group and the Jordan River surfing beach and Sandcut Beach are among properties being put up for sale by Western Forest Products.

» One Victoria businessman has pledged $250,000 towards the Jordan River waterfront area
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - February 20, 2010

» Sooke First Nations condemn sale of Western Forest Products land
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - February 5, 2010
T'Sou-ke is considering its legal and political options, but will not stand aside while the last lands left in our territory are parcelled up and sold off

» Another betrayal on forest land
Times Colonist - February 4, 2010 6:12 AM
It's hard to find the right words to describe the provincial government's actions in allowing 23 square kilometres of oceanfront and forests to be lost to public use for all time.

» UBC talks with forest firm to buy Vancouver Island land
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - February 3, 2010
Negotiations hit financial wall but door still open, company says

» Waterfront reserves urged as part of Jordan River area land sale
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - January 30, 2010

» Jordan River area battlegrounds back on market
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Jan 29, 2010
A large chunk of waterfront and recreational land on southwest Vancouver Island that sparked a battle over the future of former tree-farm licence land is back on the market.

» Companies speed up logging on Island
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, Jan 10, 2010
On San Juan Ridge, which runs behind the area from Jordan River to Port Renfrew, forestry companies "are building roads as fast as they can,"

» Land use bylaw will protect forest lands
By Pirjo Raits - Sooke News Mirror - Nov 20, 2009
Over the past two years frustration, anger and resentment had built up over the passing of what some considered a repressive down-zoning bylaw (Bylaw No. 3421). Neighbours were pitted against neighbours.....

» Parks levy should be doubled: CRD committee
By Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist - November 19, 2009
$10-per-household average rate would rise to $20 over five years

» End in sight for southwest Island forest land dispute
Times Colonist - November 20, 2009
Under the draft bylaws, the 120-hectare minimum would stay, but each lot could have one dwelling and one ancillary cabin.

» Juan de Fuca electoral area Foreshore Access Report-2003.pdf
The purpose of the study was to analyse and review the opportunities and challenges associated with the development of public foreshore access

» Bylaws for forest land tighter to avoid sprawl
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - November 15, 2009
Any subdivision would need to go to CRD board, under rejigged rules

» Juan de Fuca zoning bylaws 'need tweaks'
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - November 7, 2009
Regional director says compromises would satisfy

» Ottawa urged to create larger West Coast park
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - November 6, 2009
Landowner calls plan 'interesting,' but still plans sale

» Letter Campaign to CRD Planners
Our provincial and regional governments have a pro-development agenda that is threatening to open the Wild Coast up for suburban development

» WFP sells nine land parcels on northern end of Island
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist October 17, 2009
Forest company says it no longer needs the properties

» Huge land decision falls into few hands
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist October 3, 2009
CRD subcommittee to cast die for 132,000 hectares

» Waterfront land should be public
Times Colonist - September 24, 2009
It's time for Ida Chong and Murray Coell to step up and ensure the opportunity to protect about six kilometres of the region's west coast is not lost forever.

» Minister: Province can't afford to buy Island waterfront lands
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - September 23, 2009
The province cannot afford to buy waterfront land, running from Sandcut Creek to Jordan River, from Western Forest Products, Community and Rural Development Minister Bill Bennett said yesterday.

» Your input needed on WFP land
Times Colonist - September 19, 2009
a large section of land, stretching from Jordan River to Port Renfrew, although restricted to 120 hectare lots, had no land use designations.

» Coast land plan affects us all
September 19, 2009
It would be a great mistake to allow development on thousands of acres along the coast between Sooke and Port Renfrew without considering the regional impact.

» Land-use plan sets off alarms
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - September 17, 2009
Battle lines drawn over bylaw proposal for Juan de Fuca land

» Court ruling clears huge swath for developers
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - August 14, 2009
B.C. appeal decision opens Island forest land to less restrictive uses

» B.C. Court of Appeal strikes down CRD bid for Jordan River land-use bylaw
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - August 13, 2009
The future of huge tracts of land on the south-west corner or Vancouver Island is in doubt following a B.C. Court of Appeal decision striking down zoning bylaws in Juan de Fuca electoral area.

» Environmentalists’ input sought on Jordan River development
By Pirjo Raits - Sooke News Mirror - Published: April 28, 2009 5:00 PM
Ender Ilkay came before the Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee on April 21 to state his case for a requested zoning amendment application for two parcels of property in the Rural Resource lands in the Jordan River area.

» Resort planned for Juan de Fuca Trail area
Text By Pirjo Raits - Sooke News Mirror - Published: April 21, 2009 5:00 PM
Bringing the forest lands to a “standstill” is the objective of members of the Dogwood Initiative and the Jordan River Steering Committee.

» Candidates speak out on local issues
Sooke News Mirror - Published: April 28, 2009 5:00 PM
Each of the candidates running in the Juan de Fuca riding were asked these questions relevant to Sooke and area.

» Developer plans resort in wilderness near Juan de Fuca trail
By Judith Lavoie, Times ColonistApril 20, 2009
Ilkay wants to build
· 60 - unit tourist lodge
· 160 - pad RV park
· 132 rustic cabins near Juan de Fuca trail on former WFP land 5km west of Jordan River

» CRD bylaw appeal puts development on hold
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - February 26, 2009
Bylaws restricting growth on the southwest corner of Vancouver Island will remain in place for now, the B.C. Court of Appeal decided yesterday.

» TFL decision represents a lost opportunity
By John Horgan, Special to Times ColonistJanuary 26, 2009
Province put forestry company's financial needs ahead of public interest

» Bare-land stratas in need of a public review - Times Colonist
January 27, 2009

Selling the West Coast

A panel discussion presented by the UVic Students' Society

  • Tuesday, January 27
  • 4pm - 6pm
  • Upper Lounge,
  • Student Union Building - UVic

Film screening of Sombrio and discussion with filmmaker, John Manly.

Presentation by members of the Jordan River Steering Committee on the importance of public engagement with local land-use issues.

» CRD Supreme Court Loss- A tragedy for the Wild Coast - dogwoodinitiative
» CoastalBC editorial note: in no way can the CRD bylaw be considered progressive nor can that area of 100 year old tree farms be considered a wild coast. It's like standing in an alfalfa field claiming that you are in pristine wilderness.
Regardless of it's intention, it was a terrible bylaw as are most laws designed to go after 1 person, business or issue. They are invariably shortsighted and invite worse consequences than they are meant to solve.

» WFP chief resigns amid tough times
Andrew A. Duffy, Times Colonist - Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Reynold Hert has resigned as chief executive officer of Western Forest Products.

» Developer buys former TFL lands west of Sooke No intention to build subdivision, Ender Ilkay says
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Thursday, October 30, 2008
Developer Ender Ilkay has quietly completed a deal to buy one of the controversial parcels of former tree farm licence land put up for sale by Western Forest Products last year.

jordan river subdivision plans - waterfront
Jordan River Subdivision Plans - waterfront
jordan river subdivision plans - townsite
Jordan River Subdivision Plans - townsite

» Interior's trees get a better deal
Times Colonist - Saturday, October 18, 2008
Vancouver Islanders were reminded this week of how terribly the provincial government betrayed them in allowing vast tracts of land to be removed from tree farm licences.

» Rallying cry sounded for Jordan River Beach
sookenewsmirror Looking back:October 10, 2007
Fears that the surfing beach at Jordan River will be wiped out when potential developers purchase land put up for sale by Western Forest Products are relatively unfounded. But if the recreational site is to be saved, people need to get on the bandwagon.

» Juan de Fuca regional director won't run again
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Saturday, October 04, 2008
Erik Lund says residents need to decide if they want low-development policies

» Conflict or no, it's a bad deal
Times Colonist - Thursday, October 02, 2008
Former forests minister Rich Coleman has been cleared of a conflict-of-interest allegation in his handling of the Western Forests Products file.

» CRD, WFP tangle over forest roads Company says it doesn't need permit to work on land set for subdivision
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Thursday, August 07, 2008
Western Forest Products is pushing ahead with building roads meant for a housing subdivision, even though the Capital Regional District insists the company doesn't have the right to do so.

» CRD orders halt to road building on disputed land Construction violates development permit rules, letter claims
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Friday, July 25, 2008
Western Forest Products has been told to stop building roads around Jordan River and Shirley. "They cannot alter the land without permits," said Bob Lapham, CRD planning manager.

» Green groups demand cabinet axe subdivisions Lawyer argues provincial delay to blame for proposal
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Thursday, July 24, 2008
Lawyers for the Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt Society, supported by other environmental groups, are demanding the provincial cabinet quash subdivision applications for land west of Sooke.
The province should restore democratic control over land use to the Capital Regional District

» Rich Coleman, minister of real estate development
Iain Hunter, Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008

» Expect more growls from new watchdog
Les Leyne, Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
Is B.C.'s new auditor general some kind of renegade Aussie mountebank bent on trampling accounting principles Canadians have held dear for generations?

» TFL lots call for public hearing
Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
The auditor general's report, and even former forests minister Rich Coleman's statements, indicate that large tracts of land were removed from three Western Forest Products tree farm licences for the company's financial interest without compensation or, just as importantly, without any consideration of the public interest and the environment

» Rescind TFL changes
Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Liberal government's response to auditor general John Doyle's report about the inappropriate release of forest lands from tree farm licences is shocking.
Questioning the integrity of the auditor general as a diversionary tactic, instead of facing the reality....

» Minister's response pathetic
Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
If it wasn't so pathetic, it would be funny. Forests Minister Pat Bell, instead of taking the wise course of keeping his mouth shut, manages to insert both feet. The auditor general's report was professional and said exactly what we have known for a long time -- the public interest is of no interest to the government.

» Forest policy failures evident from air
Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
Flying over Vancouver Island, it appears our forests have been completely devastated. Vast areas are bare. Thousands of hectares are covered in tiny trees that are decades away from being ready to harvest. Our forest industry lies in ruins.

» Former approval official consulting for developer
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
A former Highways Ministry approving officer -- whose job included provincial approval of subdivision applications -- is doing consulting work for Ender Ilkay, the developer hoping to buy the Western Forest Products land between Sooke Potholes and Port Renfrew.

» CEO blasts report critical of forest-land transfer Auditor general's review contains inaccuracies, WFP boss maintains
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Saturday, July 19, 2008
Some parts of the auditor general's report on private forestlands are inaccurate and incomplete, says Western Forest Products chief executive officer Reynold Hert. All WFP employees have been sent a letter from Hert contradicting parts of the report by auditor general John Doyle, released this week, on government's decision to allow WFP to remove 28,000 hectares of privately owned land from three Vancouver Island tree farm licences.

» Forest deal lacked 'regard for public interest'
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Thursday, July 17, 2008

» Rally to urge Jordan River hearings
Times Colonist - Thursday, July 10, 2008
Clearing and blasting near Jordan River is creating shockwaves among opponents of Western Forest Products plans to create 319 lots on sensitive stretches of land around Jordan River, Otter Point and Shirley.

» Mediated meeting offered on TFL plans
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Friday, July 11, 2008
The Highways Ministry's provincial approving officer has offered to attend a mediated public meeting to hear from people opposed to Western Forest Products subdivision plans on the southwest corner of Vancouver Island.

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Road bulding underway near Jordan River-We need your help!

Trees are falling and rocks are being blasted for road materials, in preperation for Western Forest Products subdivisions, across from Sandcut Beach and a few kms from Jordan River.

Join us at Library Square at Noon this Thursday, July 10, and help save this land while there is still time.

While many of us are enjoying our summer vacations, Western Forest Products taking the opportunity to work quickly to get roughly 3500 acres ready for subdivision.

Fresh clearing for new road across from Sandcut beach

Bob Wylie, the provincial approving officer for the WFP subdivision, has ignored the 100's of letters demanding he act in the public interest and turn down Western Forest Products application for a subdivision. Join with us in our call for public hearing on the issue. The voices of all those affected by the potential subdivision must be heard.

Members from the affected communities, recreational groups, environmentalists and representatives from the T’Sou-ke First Nations are to attend the rally. There will be a lineup of speakers from the affected communities and organizations.

For the full story, and to find out how you can become more involved go to:

Immediate Call to Action!

Where: Library square, 735 Broughton Street, Victoria BC, (under the ministry of transportation’s office)

When: Thursday July 10th at 12:00 pm

Details: Please arrive a few minutes early and bring signs stating: “Stop Western Forest Products Subdivision Applications” or "Bob, We need a public hearing!" 

Interested in helping out before the rally?  Volunteers are needed on Wednesday July 9th and Thursday July 10th in the morning. RSVP by calling Maurita at 370 9930 ext 26. or e-mailing at 

Thanks for taking action to ensure a future for our forests.


» Riding the wave of development
Times Colonist: Friday, July 04, 2008
TimberWest has identified 39,000 acres it would like to develop over the next 25 years, in 16 locations from Campbell River to Port Renfrew.

» TFL changes threaten environment
Times Colonist - Saturday, June 14, 2008

» CRD wants tree-farm hearing Regional government is latest to call for airing of subdivision concerns
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Monday, June 09, 2008
The Capital Regional District has joined the chorus of demands for the provincial approving officer to hold public hearings into Western Forest Products' application for 319 subdivisions on former tree-farm-licence land around Jordan River, Otter Point and Shirley.

» Public hearings on WFP lands vital for future
Times Colonist - Sunday, June 08, 2008
Congratulations to the Times Colonist for supporting the call for a public hearing on the rezoning of the Western Forest Products lands. (June 6). The social and environmental impacts of subdivisions around Jordan River would be huge.

» Petition calls for forest minister to resign
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun - Thursday, May 29, 2008
An environmental group has called for Forests Minister Rich Coleman to resign for permitting Western Forest Products to remove its private forest lands from a government-regulated tree farm licence. The Victoria-based Dogwood Initiative claims Coleman's decision was a betrayal of public trust

» Hearings a must on land rezoning
Times Colonist - Wednesday, June 04, 2008
The provincial government has already betrayed the public interest and undermined basic principles of sound land-use planning for vast tracts of land between Sooke and Port Renfrew. It should avoid compounding the damage and order public hearings

» OPSRRA meets with WFP
Sooke News Mirror - May 14, 2008
WFP intends to construct 24-kms of roads and 10 kms of driveways in order to complete the proposed subdivisions.

» One official to decide fate of Jordan River - Highways Ministry officer mulling merits of controversial proposal
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist: Friday, April 25, 2008
The next major decision on the shape of development around Jordan River, Shirley and Otter Point rests with one person. Bob Wylie, Highways Ministry provincial approving officer, has sole responsibility for deciding whether an application by Western Forest Products for 319 subdivisions will get the go-ahead.

» CRD approves bylaws blocking subdivision of forest land
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Capital Regional District stuck to its guns and enacted six controversial bylaws Wednesday afternoon, dramatically increasing lot sizes on the southwest corner of Vancouver Island.

» subdivision application plans filed by WFP
on April 8th 2007 in regard to a portion of WFP’s private lands on Southern Vancouver Island.

» Developer unveils controversial Jordan River expansion plans
By Judith Lavoie - Times Colonist - April 19, 2008
10,000 residents envisioned in 20 years for popular surfing spot on south coast

» Forest Minister's Brother High in Firm Granted Tree Farm Deal
By Andrew MacLeod January 14, 2008 -
WFP's Stan Coleman: 'no involvement' with brother Rich's move to help his company.

» Developer unveils vision for Jordan River area
C-FAX 1070 - Apr 18, 2008

» Land-use decisions assault democracy, says UVic law clinic
By Judith Lavoie - Times Colonist - Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Provincial decisions are undermining democracy and land use decisions on southern Vancouver Island

» Contentious bylaw passes
By Pirjo Raits - Sooke News Mirror - February 20, 2008

» Landowners plan legal actionProposed Bylaw No. 3474 sparks notice of challenge to three CRD directors
By Pirjo Raits - Sooke News Mirror - February 13, 2008

» Land-use rivals ready for showdown - Monday, January 28, 2008 - Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Environmental groups expected to pack hall as proposal to rezone vast tracts of Juan de Fuca land goes to public hearing

» Rich Coleman Minister of Forests and Range has outraged Brittish Colunbians with decision to delete 28000ha of land from Tree Farm Licenses and allowed these lands to be sold to developers. These lands include the area around Sooke Potholes and large portions of the wild coast from Sooke to Port Renfrew. He chose to do so without public consultation or compensation.

It is time to ask for Coleman’s resignation. The first step is signing the petition at

Recent News: CRD Hearing The CRD has stepped up to protect the public interest where the province has failed. If you can make it, your voice and attendance will make a difference in stalling sprawl on our beloved Wild West coast.

CRD Public Hearings, on Bylaw #'s: 3495 and 3500 regarding the down-zoning of the conditionally sold former tree farm license lands. Please arrive a half hour early to ensure the hall is full of supporters.
Monday January 28th @ 7:00pm.
Otter Point Fire hall 3727 Otter Point Rd.

If you cannot attend the meeting: think about sending an e-mail or mail submission (message) to Marianne Brown at OR P.O. Box 283, Sooke BC, V9Z 0S9. Remember to have your submissions into Marianne before 4:30 on Monday the 28th in order for them to be considered.

Caroline Dawid.
Volunteer at The Dogwood Initiative

» CBC British Columbia - On The Island - Latest Interviews -
» Hey, That's My Wave Dude!
We talk to one veteran surfer about how the growing popularity of the sport on Vancouver Island is creating conflicts amongst riders. Listen to the interview (runs 8:18)
» WFP Speaks
The Campbell government and a variety of critics have been lobbing mud and insults at each other over the Liberal's decision to let Western Forest Products remove land from Tree Farm Licenses. WFP has been doing it's best to duck the dirt. But the company says it's done nothing wrong. Listen to the interview (runs 11:20)
» West Coast Surf Vandal
A surf school instructor had his truck vandalised near Jordan River. We hear his story. Listen to the interview (runs 4:46)
» West Coast Land Sale Meeting
Many people showed up at a meeting in Victoria, about the proposed sale of Western Forest Products land near Jordan River and Shirley. Our legislative reporter Jeff Davies was there. Listen to the interview (runs 7:28)
» Developing the West Coast
We hear from Ender Ilkay, the developer who's buying the lands around Jordan River, about his plans for the land. Listen to the interview (runs 11:38)
» West Coast Land For Sale
Should the public purse be paid back for the release of private land from the working forest? We find out why the auditor general is being asked to review a controversial West Coast land deal. Listen to the interview (runs 6:17)

» Status of Rural and Forest lands within the CRD
Status of Rural and Forest lands within the CRD

» Surfers versus Suburb - As Coleman's land deal is probed, a wave of anger builds. - By Grant Shilling - - November 27, 2007
"The logging companies and the government came and said you don't need all this land," Queesto (Chief of Chiefs) of the Paachedaht told an interviewer in 1972. "So they took it."
    The Paachedaht (meaning Children of the Sea Foam) claim traditional territory from Jordan River to Port Renfrew, about a 50 kilometer stretch, and have been pushed back into a reserve beside the San Juan river. They are fraught with poverty, unemployment, suicides.

» B.C. A-G to probe forest land sale - Mark Hume and Wendy Stueck - - Nov 20, 2007
VANCOUVER - John Doyle, the Auditor-General of British Columbia, is going to examine a controversial decision by the provincial government that allowed a forestry company to sell timber lands on Vancouver Island for real-estate development.
    Mr. Doyle announced yesterday that "in the public interest" his office will review the decision to delete from three Tree Farm Licences about 28,000 hectares of private land held by Duncan-based Western Forest Products.

» Land sale prompts changeLand-use committee votes on amendment in Juan de Fuca Electoral Area - By Pirjo Raits - Sooke News Mirror - November 21, 2007
The wind was taken out of the sails of a few people who came forward at the Capital Regional District board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The board room was packed with delegations, media and the public.
    Close to a dozen people had made a request to address the board in regard to the sale of forestry lands in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, but they were preempted by an announcement by the CRD board to proceed with proposed amendments to the official community plans and land use regulations dealing with the zoning of rural, resource and forestry land within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.

» Auditor general to probe tree farm licence deal - Lindsay Kines and Jeff Rud, Times Colonist - Nov 19, 2007
The provincial auditor general will investigate the B.C. government's decision to allow Western Forest Products to remove land from three tree farm licences on Vancouver Island.
    John Doyle said yesterday that his office can conduct a review when it is in the public interest to do so. He noted that his office had received a number of requests in recent weeks to examine the controversial decision.

» Editorial: Forest-land fiasco betrays taxpayers - Oct 19, 2007 Victoria Times-Colonist
It's up to regional government to try to undo the damage caused by the Liberals' giveaway -

» CRD Halts development of JORDAN RIVER forest land -
C.R.D. is moving ahead to public hearing on a proposed zoning change to restrict development of those forested lands - allowing just one home for every 120 hectares.

» Forest land deal allowed logging threats, says lawyer - Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, Nov 16, 2007
A lawyer who has asked the auditor general to probe a controversial decision involving forest land is blaming the province for threats of intensive logging or no park or ocean access in scenic areas on the Island's southwestern coast.
    The threats underline the tragedy of a provincial decision to allow Western Forest Products to pull 28,283 hectares of private land from three tree-farm licences on Vancouver Island without asking for park dedication or environmental protection, says Calvin Sandborn of the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Clinic.

» Editorial: CRD right to freeze development - Times Colonist, Nov 16, 2007
The Capital Regional District deserves praise for acting so quickly to freeze most development along the Island's southwest coast. Though the action won't mitigate all the effects of the province's inexplicable decision to allow Western Forest Products to remove 28,283 hectares of private land from tree farm licences, it is at least a start

» NDP Petition - Stop the Campbell Government's Giveaway of Lands at Jordan River -

» Mainland developer snaps up prime Jordan River waterfront - VictoriaTimesColonist
A West Vancouver developer has bought the controversial 1,800 hectares of land around Shirley and Jordan River put up for sale by Western Forest Products.
Ender Ilkay, president of Ilkay Development Corp., which already has a subdivision project underway in Sheringham Point, near Shirley, and other projects in Chemainus, Saltair and Mill Bay, has bought the parcels

» Make Jordan River a Park -

» Capital Regional District
» Otter Point and Shirley Resident and Ratepayers Association

Jordan River

Colliers binder on WFP land sales - pages 53-57
Colliers binder on WFP land sales - pages 53-57
Colliers binder on WFP land sales - pages 53-57
Colliers binder on WFP land sales - pages 53-57
Colliers binder on WFP land sales - pages 53-57
Colliers binder on WFP land sales - pages 53-57

Juan de Fuca
Juan de Fuca

The red areas are the ones for sale and the yellow lots are the ones they are going to continue logging. Make note of the lots for sale around the Bear Beach area. I think nobody knew about those ones until the Surfrider meeting last night.
Sooke Pot Holes
Sooke Pot Holes

» Forest workers want B.C. to block Jordan River sale - VictoriaTimesColonist
Forest workers in the Jordan River area fear the sale of Western Forest Products land will mean layoffs, a shorter work year and a less-viable industry

» Auditor asked to probe Jordan River deal - VictoriaTimesColonist
UVic law clinic leads charge to scrutinize government decision to hand 'windfall' by Western Forest Products

» Forestry firm puts Kootenay land up for sale, even though it's illegal - VictoriaTimesColonist

» Colliers south Vancouver Island Portfolio - WFP_Former_TFL_Lands_For_Sale.pdf

» Editorial: Forest-land fiasco betrays taxpayers - VictoriaTimesColonist
This editorial says it all. Forest Minister Rich Coleman's decision to privatize 27,000 ha of lands previous;ly in Western Forest Products' Tree Farm Licences is a scandal. Especially since he gave this windfall worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars without protecting the larger public interest or getting compensation from the company as Ministry staff have suggested in the past.

» CRD seeks to slow down Jordan River development - VictoriaTimesColonist
Worried that public access to unparalleled natural areas such as the popular Jordan River surfing beach might be lost forever to development, the CRD parks committee is calling for a six-month moratorium on all development applications in the area.

» Oops, Jordan River subdivisions an error -
For those who have passed by the new subdivisions being built at Jordan River adjacent to China Beach Provincial Park (west of Sooke), and felt it was too urban a development for the area, you were right!

» CRD error allowed Jordan River development despite zoning - VictoriaTimesColonist
were not aware of a bylaw that sets a minimum lot size of 120 hectares in the area. As a result, the Shores at Jordan River, a 63-lot subdivision

» Land sale draws ire - Oct/17/2007
Attendance at the rural hall bulged quickly to capacity and members of the public spilled out onto the steps of the hall, some even peering through windows.

» Rallying cry sounded for Jordan River beach -
Fears that the surfing beach at Jordan River will be wiped out when potential developers purchase land put up for sale by Western Forest Products are relatively unfounded. But if the recreational site is to be saved, people need to get on the bandwagon.

» Pending sale of pristine Jordan River waterfront property upsets Islanders -
"A lot of people would like to see that area remain as it is," said Rick Gillie, a 58-year-old geoscientist and club member who has been surfing at Jordan River for 30 years.

» Jordan Rover Powerhouse March 2007 -
More than one thousand men were employed, housed and fed here when the development of the hydro-electric system was at its height around 1910-20

» Corporate benefit, public loss - May 01, 2007 -
In late January, Rich Coleman, the Minister of Forests, announced he had approved WFP’s request to pull 28,000 hectares of private land from tree farm licences on Vancouver Island. The decision allows the debt-ridden company to liquidate the timber on the land and sell the property for housing and recreational use. With current land values reported in the order $117,000 per acre near Jordan River, WFP stands to make over $3.5 billion from the subdivision and sale of 120 square kilometres in that area alone.

» Jordan River Pink Salmon Transplant Feasibility Study - July 2005 -

» Jordan River Pink Salmon Incubation Study - March 31, 2003 -

» Jordan River Sedimentation Study - Project Data Sheet - max.larson

» WFP to sell off huge chunk of waterfront west of city Environmentalists decry Western Forest Products' 1,800-hectare offering - VictoriaTimesColonist September 19, 2007

» Keep BC's Coast oil tanker Free - Tanker Moratorium Petition Home -

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Save Our Valley Alliance

invites you to

Rally for Forty Four at BC Legislature Front Steps

12 NoonThursday, November 29

A carpool is planned from in front of Port Alberni CanadianTire at 7:30 AM

Save Our Valley Alliance urges the Auditor General to extend his review of the removal of Western Forest Products lands from their TFLs to include the private land deletions from TFL 44.
We invite you to join us in Victoria to send this message to the Auditor General and the Provincial Government.

This event is on the last day that the legislature will be in session in 2007.

Island Timberlands was created as a result of our provincial government's dalliance with Weyerhaeuser and Brookfield Asset Management (Brascan). They are now proceeding to rob the province of 6000 person years of sawmill employment over the next ten years. They plan to export 1.3 million cubic meters per year from their lands and pocket the profits derived from operating outside the restraint of public interest oversight.

Quoting from the Dominion Bond Rating Service , August 2005 ,where the company makes it case for a $400 million bond issue:

"A surplus of mature second growth and primary growth timber provides an opportunity for a step up in primary growth harvesting of 6,000,000 m3 which is planned to be harvested over the next ten years. This increase resulted from the recent removal of about 215,000 acres from under the more onerous regulatory regime associated with TFLs and the inability to export while under such regime, which discouraged the harvest until now."

This 6 million cubic meters of old growth timber is the lifeline which provides winter range for our remaining wild ungulates.
The export of the majority of this timber is a great loss for the land and for our communities.

See you on the steps!

The newly formed Jordan River Steering Committee, made up of representatives from the Otter Point and Shirley Residents and Ratepayers Association, surfers, unions, environmental groups and First Nations, has organized a public meeting at S.J. Willis school auditorium, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7.30 p.m.

The group is non-partisan, and anyone with an interest in the land sale or the issue of whether private land should be removed from tree-farm licences without the company paying compensation is welcome to attend, said Malahat-Juan de Fuca New Democrat MLA John Horgan.

» Duncan Kerr, CEO of Western Forest Products has booked the Shirley Community Hall, Monday, Oct 22 at 7:30 for a public meeting about the land for sale!! They are holding a town hall meeting regarding their properties in Shirley and Jordan River that are up for sale. The only information they will release before hand is that they want to introduce a prospective buyer. They won’t say who this person may be and how much of the land is involved.

  • Date: Monday, October 22nd
  • Place: Shirley Community Hall
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. (hall opens at 7:00 p.m.)
There will be no public announcement of this event. WFP has asked that this be circulated through the community.

Open House to view and comment on the CRD draft Zoning Bylaw 3474 – a Bylaw to amend the Rural A Zone has been announced.
  • Date: Tuesday, October 30th
  • Place: CRD Office #2-6868 West Coast Rd.
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Copies of the draft bylaw are available at the CRD Office or on the web at:

Written submissions are welcome but must be received at the CRD Office by Wednesday, October 31st.