Premier Christy Clark appeared to be positively beaming in Bella Bella last week as she watched Prince William unveil a plaque endorsing the Great Bear Rainforest as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. She even came up with a million-dollar trust fund in support of this extraordinary old-growth coastal rainforest.

Buoyed by this experience, and given the recent decision by British Columbia’s mayors and councillors at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention to call for a halt to logging in all remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island, Clark should grasp this opportunity to shut down all old-growth logging on the Island and establish a trust fund for the protection of these rare and remarkable ancient forests.

She could even invite Prince William to join her in the Walbran Valley as she unveiled a plaque declaring the establishment of what she might want to christen the Christy Clark Canopy.

Cameron Young