The Wilderness Committee, with supporting affidavits from Manitoba Wildlands, filed a legal application for a Queens Bench Rule 14.05 Review June 20, 2011. The legal review is to clarify legal interpretation of the ban on logging in Manitoba provincial parks.
In June 2009 the Manitoba Government enacted Bill-3: The Forest Amendment Act, which amended The Provincial Parks Act and The Forest Act of Manitoba to prohibit logging in provincial parks. But in 2009, the government issued a license to Tolko to build a logging road across Grass River Provincial Park , which was finalized, after appeals, in February 2011.
Manitoba Wildlands and the Wilderness Committee appealed the Environment Act license September 2009, but the appeals were dismissed. The rule review is to obtain legal interpretation of the 2009 amendments to The Provincial Parks Act and The Forest Act.
"We are asking a judge to give us a legal definition: is a logging road considered logging or not?" said Eric Reder, campaign director, Manitoba Wilderness Committee.
"Manitobans love their parks, and they want their government to do more to protect the parks we have and to expand our protected areas network in our boreal regions. This government needs to admit that these 'no logging' zones need restoration and are not protected!" said Manitoba Wildlands director Gaile Whelan-Enns.
View June 20, 2011 Wilderness Committee/Manitoba Wildlands press release
View June 20, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press article
View June 20, 2011 CJOB 680AM coverage
View June 20, 2011 Wilderness Committee website posting
View August 12, 2009, Environment Act License No. 2896
View Manitoba Wildlands Forests page