Ottawa vows $30-million to protect Great Bear

Environmentalists and native leaders hail long-awaited money for forest, jobs.

That certainly seemed to be the case yesterday, as environmental groups and native leaders heaped praise on the federal Conservatives for promising to cough up $30-million toward a unique, ambitious fund to create employment as well as protect the hallowed Great Bear Rainforest.
They had been waiting nearly a year for the federal commitment, after private environmental foundations raised an astonishing $60-million and British Columbia pledged $30-million of its own for the fund.
The long-anticipated program was contingent on a matching $30-million grant from Ottawa.
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