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Wilderness Committee launching world premiere of “Toad People” documentary

Nov 30. 16

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (All day)
VANCOUVER - The Wilderness Committee is excited to launch the world premiere of Toad People, a unique and powerful documentary at SFU Woodward's at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

The documentary is about communities across BC fighting to protect species at risk, such as the western toad and barn owl. Toad People features stories from citizens in Summit Lake where western toads are at risk during their annual migration across a busy roadway and in Chilliwack where people are working to protect barn owls displaced by urban development.

The event will feature a discussion after with filmmakers Isabelle Groc and Mike McKinlay, Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director Joe Foy, and renowned conservationists Carrielynn Victor of the Sto:lo Tribal Council and Kai Chan of the UBC Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability for an engaging evening about species at risk in BC.

“During the filming of Toad People, we met people across the province who care deeply about species at risk in their communities, and do whatever they can to help save them, whether these are toads, caribou, or barn owls,” said Isabelle Groc, BC Species at Risk Project Coordinator. “Change starts in our backyards, with those inspiring species defenders. It gives me so much hope.”

BC has more wild plant and animal species than any other province in Canada - yet is one of only two provinces not to have a provincial endangered species law.

“Toad People is not a story about mutant toads taking over the world - though that would be an interesting story too," said Joe Foy, National Campaign Director. “Toad People is a powerful plea for the enactment of strong provincial endangered species legislation to assist the people of BC in protecting their amazing wild heritage.”

The Wilderness Committee will be touring the province, showing the film and speaking about the need for BC to enact robust provincial endangered species legislation.  

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For more information, please contact:

Joe Foy | National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee
604-880-2580, joe@wildernesscommittee.org

Isabelle Groc | BC Species at Risk Project Coordinator, Wilderness Committee
604-816-6903, isabelle@wildernesscommittee.org

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