THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
By IAN GILL
Today, Clayoquot Sound has faded from the headlines - but the fundamental issues have not. There is still a crisis there, although it is no longer a crisis chat invites wholesale protest and civil disobedience. Instead, Clayoquot confronts a vastly more complex challenge than the mere saving of rain forests. Here, as perhaps nowhere else in North America, the industrial machine was turned back, was slipped out of gear and essentially made idle. So in Clayoquot Sound now, the challenge, indeed the crisis, is one of opportunity. For all the talk about sustainability, local decision making, local control, and the need to balance economy and ecology, in very few places is such a future even imaginable. Clayoquot Sound is one of those places where there is a fleeting chance to get it right.