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Thanks to Jim for sending this one!

Before you read the following, let me give you some information you should
have in order to appreciate the story.
Lake Cowichan and Duncan are on Vancouver Island where some of the world's
best stands of forest are located. Forestry, sawmills etc., are the major
payroll of that part of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Worksafe BC is the "brand" name of the provincial Workers' Compensation
Environmental woes-

A woman from Vancouver, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter, purchased
acres of timberland, near Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island.
There was a huge tree on one of the highest points in the tract.
She wanted to view the natural splendour of her land, so she climbed the
tree. As she neared the top, she encountered a spotted owl. It attacked
In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground. The
ensuing fall incurred several splinters of wood: in her crotch.
In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor, 35 minutes away,
in Duncan. She told her she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter
and how she came to receive all of the splinters.
The doctor listened to her story with great patience. She then told her to
go into the examining room and she would see if she could help.
The impatient patient sat, and sat, and waited for three hours before the
doctor reappeared.
The angry woman demanded: "What the hell took you so long?"
She smiled and said: "Well, I had to get permits from the Environment
Canada, the BC Forest Service and Worksafe BC before I could remove
old-growth timber from a recreational area. I'm sorry, but they all turned
me down."


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