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October 27, 2017 4:25 pm

Speaking up for Forestry Workers and Communities

Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 5:59 AM

Prince George, B.C. –  With  forestry companies facing duties and tariffs in the wake of  U.S.  litigation against Canadian softwood lumber,  there are concerns some B.C. communities  will be hit hard. That’s why  Council for the City of Prince George is being called upon to support a special resolution.

The report from the Mayor on this matter states the  expiration of the Softwood Lumber  agreement  could  have a devastating impact on  “forest dependent communities, mills, industry workers, businesses and residents.”

There are  worries  some mills may be forced to close because the companies cannot  carry the extra financial burden being created by the U.S. imposed duties and tariffs.

The resolution calls for the  City to support a campaign “aimed at securing, through fair negotiation with the United States, a softwood lumber agreement that puts the interests of communities, forestry workers and their families first.”

The report makes no  mention of what  such a campaign  might  entail,  or  costs associated with supporting  this effort.


BC communities will also hit hard when we run out of fibre. There is not a never ending supply out there. Time to think of the future.

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