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September 26, 2017

Responding to Proposed Federal Tax Changes for Small Businesses

Below is an email to Finance Minister Morneau addressing the TLA's concerns about how the proposed federal tax changes will affect our members. Please click on the link below to open this message as an email and send it to the Department of Finance, Minister Morneau and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, our most western Liberal MP in a forest resource associated riding. Deadline to respond is Monday, October 2.
 

Send the email to Minister Morneau and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP

 
To make sure your email is recorded by the government, please include your full contact information when the link has opened the email.

If the link didn't work on your browser or if you're writing your own email, send it to ALL THREE emails: fin.consultation.fin@canada.ca, Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca, Pam.Goldsmith-Jones.A2@parl.gc.ca and then cc in advocacy@tla.ca so the TLA can record how many emails are sent. 

To learn more about this situation, please watch the TLA hosted webinar by MNP LLP about the proposed federal tax changes

 
Dear Finance Minister Morneau:
 
I’m a member of the Truck Loggers Association; an organization that represents independent timber harvesting contractors in BC. I am writing to ask you to stop the federal government’s flawed income tax proposals that will harm my business and my family’s future.
 
I run my business hoping to be successful and create good forestry jobs within my rural community. I hope to pass on some of my success to future generations while saving for my retirement along the way. However, the business environment in BC’s forest industry is making it particularly difficult to run a sustainable independent timber harvesting contractor business today. 
 
With this in mind, the three tax measures associated with income distribution, passive income in a corporation, and capital gains as proposed by the government will make it ever more difficult to run our businesses sustainably, create good forestry jobs and provide the societal contributions that benefit all Canadians.  
 
I strongly urge the government to set aside the current proposals and hold more meaningful consultation. This would allow us to properly consider tax changes that will ultimately impact the backbone of the Canadian economy. 
 
I am asking you to reconsider these flawed tax reform measures. Good local forestry jobs are at stake.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.


September 12, 2017

Three-generation logging contractor closes, putting Vancouver Island community in peril

PRESS RELEASE

Three-generation logging contractor closes, putting Vancouver Island community in peril
 
September 12, 2017, Vancouver – W.D. Moore Logging, founded in 1928, is closing its doors this month putting 25 people out of work in their community of Winter Harbour.
 
“It was a difficult decision,” said Graham Lasure, owner of W.D. Moore Logging. “My family has run this company for three generations. But, like so many BC logging contractors, we just can’t make a reasonable return on our investment within the tenure oligopoly existing in BC today. Geographically, there’s only one company I can work for which makes meaningful contract negotiation impossible.”
 
W.D. Moore Logging, which made $6 to 7 million in revenue annually, will be selling 95 pieces of equipment and removing their investment from Winter Harbour, a small community on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. 
 
Greg Vance, owner of the general store in Winter Harbour, gave his perspective, “The closing of W.D. Moore Logging will have a major impact on our off-season [October to May] business. The logger related business was enough to justify keeping the lights and heat on and keep limited store hours in winter.”
 
And on a personal note for Vance, this closure means more people leaving town. “There are plenty of fantastic, long-time W.D. Moore employees and management who are like family to us and the loss of them will be a real blow to Winter Harbour,” explained Vance.
 
Kevin Mason from ERA Forest Products Research takes a broader, business perspective on the closure. “There are lots of reasons why an individual business may close down,” said Mason. “However, the reality is that if profits are accruing to only one part of the supply chain—which seems to be the case here—then eventually the entire supply chain will be at risk.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC. 
 
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For more information: Brenda Martin, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association 
Phone: 604.684.4291 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: brenda@tla.ca
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca
 

September 06, 2017

Trade Show Sold Out!

We're sold out! Trade show exhibition space for the TLA's 75th Annual Convention & Trade Show is sold out! Convention sponsorships are still available though. Please contact Monica Sayers at monica@tla.ca or 604.684.4291 ext. 5 to find out more.
Finally, be sure to attend the Convention January 17-19, 2018 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel & Victoria Conference Centre to network and learn about new technology in the forest industry. 



August 01, 2017

Free Logger Sports Tickets - Squamish & Campbell River

The TLA has complimentary tickets to Squamish Days Loggers Sports
- Sponsor VIP for Two, Sat, Aug 5
- Sponsor VIP for Two, Sun, Aug 6
- Two-pack regular tickets, Sat, Aug 5
- Two-pack regular tickets, Sun, Aug 6 w/ two Loggers Breakfast vouchers

The TLA has complimentary tickets to Campbell River Salmon Fest & Logger Sports
 - We have16 one-day passes to Campbell River Salmon Fest & Logger Sports taking place August 11-13!

Email Brenda Martin to request your tickets! 




July 21, 2017

BC Forest Fires - Help & Information



Thank You Fire Fighters!

  • Thank you to all the forest workers who have taken their equipment and left their homes and families to help fight the forest fires in BC's Interior. 

How Can I Stay Informed?

  • For the latest information on current wildfires, road closings and air quality advisories, visit B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Info BC. Also follow the hashtag #BCWildfire and these Twitter handles: @EmergencyInfoBC and @PreparedBC.
  • Information about the whereabouts of hospital patients relocated due to the fires is available at 1-877-442-2001.
  • Evacuees can register with Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582.
  • Individuals who have been displaced can go to any pharmacy in B.C. for refill or replacement prescriptions, according to a B.C. Pharmacy Association media release.

How Can I Help The People Affected?


June 28, 2017

BC Bike Race in Gibsons

Warren Hansen is a trail builder and a professional forest. (And he works for TLA member company, Chartwell Consultants.) “Being a forester, I have the privilege of working with a lot of forest companies who share in the same ideals of sharing our resource and they help us deliver a trail network that is second to none.” Check out the video to hear more about BC Bike Race in Gibsons.