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May 09, 2016

Press Release: Minister Thomson announces $1 million replenishment to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund

PRESS RELEASE:

Minister Thomson announces $1 million replenishment to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund

 
May 6, 2016 Vernon – Today Minister Steve Thomson announced an additional $1 million contribution to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund—bringing government’s total fund contributions to $7 million—in a move that supports contractor sustainability and the independent harvesting contractors at the heart of BC’s forest industry. 
 
Thomson made the announcement at the Interior Logging Association’s 58th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vernon, BC.
 
“Since it came online in 2013, almost $500,000 has been paid from the Fund to contractors who were working for licensees that became insolvent,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “This shows the fund is needed to support contractors left high and dry.”
 
Forest contractors run locally owned businesses that create jobs throughout BC’s rural communities.  When these companies are left in the lurch by a tenure holder that becomes insolvent, the whole community suffers. “We’ve seen this happen more than once,” said Elstone. “And we know that the ripples are felt throughout our communities.”
 
For the first time, silviculture contractors are also able to access the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund. “This is recognition of the important role silviculture plays within the forest sector,” said John Betts, Executive Director of the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association. “We remain optimistic about the forest sector in BC. Nevertheless, this will provide some business certainty for our member as they contribute to the future forests of BC.”
 
“By his actions, we know Minister Thomson understands that harvesting and silviculture contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities and values the jobs they create,” said Elstone. “We look forward to the future where the Fund will have an ongoing replenishment mechanism. However, we sincerely thank Minister Thomson for his efforts today.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 460 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

May 04, 2016

Press Release: BC’s Logging Associations Convene in Vernon to Defend Contractor Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE:

BC’s Logging Associations Convene in Vernon to Defend Contractor Sustainability

 
May 4, 2016, Vernon – Concerns over the viability of small business logging companies have prompted two forestry trade organizations to work together to seek solutions. The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) board will meet with the Interior Logging Association (ILA) board to discuss contractor sustainability and what must be done to build contractor sustainability in BC’s forest industry.
 
The meeting comes in advance of the ILA’s 58th Annual Conference & Trade Show amid growing financial pressures on independent contractors and communities across BC as a result of tenure consolidation. 
 
David Elstone, TLA Executive Director says “tenure consolidation has allowed major tenure holders to squeeze timber harvesting contractors, their workers and suppliers to the verge of bankruptcy.” He added that as these small companies go out of business, it will have a devastating effect on the communities in which they operate.
 
The situation in the Alberni valley—where the contractor at the heart of the issue is simply trying to stay sustainable—illustrates this issue. The Port Alberni contractor’s employees have not worked since Christmas. This Alberni dispute is not “just a rate dispute.” It represents the struggles of contractors across this province and shows what will happen elsewhere if something is not done. 
 
“And things are just as bad in the Interior,” says Wayne Lintott, ILA General Manager, which is why the TLA and ILA are joining forces to look for solutions.
 
Minister Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will speak at the ILA conference during Friday’s luncheon to show his support for the forest industry. “We know Minister Thomson understands how vital contractor sustainability is for the forest industry as a whole,” said Elstone. “And we appreciate his steadfast support for the industry.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 460 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
 
 

April 27, 2016

Day of Mourning

 
Last year eight forestry workers died on the job.
 
On April 28, the industry, unions and workers come together to honour and remember these people and all those who lost their lives at work in previous years.
 
This radio ad ran in forestry communities across BC over the last week in anticipation of the National Day of Mourning.
 
For more information and a list of Day of Mourning ceremonies in your area, please see: www.dayofmourning.bc.ca


April 22, 2016

Pacific Coastal Airlines Memorial Charity Golf Tournament

Pacific Coastal Airlines 

Memorial Charity Golf Tournament


For those members that were disappointed to not make it into the TLA golf tournament, TLA member company Pacific Coastal Airlines would like to extend an invitation to attend their Memorial Charity Golf Tournament.

What: Pacific Coastal Airlines' Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
When: June 2, 2016
Where: Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, Richmond, BC.  
 

Register Here!

Join Pacific Coastal for an exhilarating day of golf and fun. This event offers lunch, chipping contest, putting contest, reception, BBQ buffet dinner, live auction, and silent auction. Help them raise funds for The Source Club in Powell River, Native Education College, and the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake!

Free airfare with registration for all guests that live outside of Vancouver! Registration also includes a free shuttle to/from Vancouver south Terminal, River Rock Casino and the golf event.   
Stay at the River Rock Resort Casino for $169/night (PROMO CODE: PACIFIC14)


April 22, 2016

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor - The Tyee
RE: Experts Grade Premier’s Forestry Teaching Moment, by Chris Cheung, published on April 15, 2016
 
Premier Christy Clark’s anecdote about the impact of harvesting fewer trees during her speech at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Kelowna last week was to make the point that this province’s forest resource is vital to our province’s success. Awareness of that fact is often ignored—sometimes intentionally—by the detractors of our great forest industry. 
 
Logging the forest resource provides tax revenues that finance the healthcare, education and social services British Columbians have come to rely on. So when conservation voices trump those of the forest industry (rightly or wrongly); it does threaten the livelihoods of families in communities throughout the province. And it undermines our society’s ability to provide the goods and services we depend on.  
 
There are 67,000 job created by the forest industry in BC by harvesting both old growth and second growth forests. TLA members—independent timber harvesting contractors and their suppliers—are part of this. They are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. They create local jobs that allow people to live where they work and they give back to their communities. And one of the best parts of about the forest industry is it’s sustainable and renewable!
 
Premier Clark is the top person in the province accountable for ensuring our government delivers on providing schools, highways and hospitals—critical services we all rely on. So I applaud her for taking a stand and raising the awareness of the economic impacts of our decisions regarding BC’s working forest.
 
David Elstone, RPF 
Executive Director
The Truck Loggers Association
 

April 12, 2016

Message Posted On Behalf of Western Canadian Timber Products Ltd.

$50,000 Reward Offered

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the destruction of a 290 Hitachi log loader.
 
On April 11 between 5:30 pm and 5:30 am April 12, 2016, someone proceeded to cut a gate lock at our logging location on the Patterson Creek FSR, off of Sylvester Road approx. 15 km northeast of Mission. The person then placed a rock on the travel controls and proceeded to direct the log loader over the bank.
 
The destruction of this machine has cost our company greatly as well as putting local men out of work, affecting families in our area.
 
Incidents like this affect all of us, so if you have any information, please call Rick or Darlene at Western Canadian Timber Products Ltd.
  • Rick Delves 604-796-0314 Ext: 206
  • Darlene Gensick 604-796-0314 Ext: 102