Citizen missed meeting on Caribou

I'm wondering where The Citizen gets its news from and how little local news ever makes the newsprint locally. You reported on Tuesday that Elizabeth May will be hosting a town hall meeting on Saturday. Election time of course is just around the corner.

What the local newspaper missed was the town hall meeting held last Saturday on the mountain caribou closures. This closure is a Y2Y closure from the Yukon border to Yellowstone Park. It was hosted by our local MP Bob Zimmer and in attendance was MP Todd Doherty. There were three local MLAs in attendance as well as three local mayors. In attendance also was Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery, the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the B.C. Trappers Association, the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. as well as businesses that are and will be affected by the closures.

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This closure will curtail new roads and affect the mining and logging industries as well as the use of Crown land for ORV (over the road vehicles) riding.

What was missing, to my knowledge, was the 12 indigenous chiefs who were invited to voice their opinion on these matters.

On Wednesday, The Citizen reported the province is working with First Nations in regards to the Site C lawsuit. The First Nations argued that the impact of the dams on the Peace River have displaced hunters, trappers and fishers.

Are these not the same people who say they are not consulted with changes to their lifestyles and who don't show up to voice their opinion?

Lyndon Burgess

Prince George

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