Petition circulates after logging commences in West Walk
When it comes to fallen trees on campus, Capilano University’s Greenpeace Club (CUGC) has never been one to let sleeping logs lie.
In recent years, the group has made Courier headlines for its disastrous ‘Plant a Pinecone’ campaign and its ongoing advocacy for a protected squirrel habitat in the P building. Lately, however, CUGC has directed its concerns toward the West Walk, where selective tree removal has created several holes within the dense greenspace.
CUGC sent a letter to Capilano University’s Board of Governors on Feb. 16 calling for the cessation of any further logging in the area. Since then, many students have come out of the woodwork to voice their concerns as well.
“Where else am I supposed to smoke dope between classes?” asked Satchel Hollandaise, a second-year Global Stewardship major. “I need a tall canopy to contain the haze and a garbage can to toss the roaches in when I’m done. You don’t have both of those things in any other area on campus.”
For others like fourth-year Women’s Studies major Eunice Keillor, the removal of trees is most concerning for its potential environmental impact. “Those conifers are one of the last slices of green we have here,” she said. “I don’t care that it was just a few trees that were cut. They all looked perfectly healthy to me.”
History shows that CapU is no stranger to cutting things that appear to be perfectly healthy, although it’s usually programs that find themselves on the chopping block, not trees.
A petition is currently circulating the North Vancouver campus, urging students to speak out against any past and future logging efforts by the university. CUGC also reached out to hip hop icon Kanye West for his support. “We told him the wooded area was named in his honour and we thought he might take the bait,” explained Hollandaise.
West did, and responded in his typical fashion — on Twitter:
It is unclear as to exactly why the University has been removing trees in the West Walk, although the absence of heavy equipment indicates that it is likely being done for maintenance or safety purposes. Unfortunately, the Courier totally forgot to ask facilities director Susan Doig for a comment before she left the office on Friday. However, a university spokesperson assured us that all formal complaints have been “logged” within the necessary departments.
A protest rally is scheduled for 10 am on Mar. 2, organized by Hollandaise and two other Global Stewardship students. “I’m gonna chain myself to one of the stumps,” he said. “Not quite sure what’s gonna happen after that.”
We’re wiling to go out on a limb here and say that nothing will, because this is a news story in the Humour section.
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