Town hall meeting
Thursday February 28, 2013
6pm – Nechako Room, Coast Inn of the North, 770 Brunswick St, Prince George, BC
Organized by the BC Federation of Labour, with the support of the BCGEU, United Steelworkers, CEP and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
BC’s unionized forestry workers are inviting concerned Prince George citizens to a town hall meeting on Thursday February 28 starting at 6pm to discuss and find solutions to the ongoing crisis in BC forests.
“The forestry industry in and around Prince George has been hard hit over the last decade by job losses, raw log exports, and the mountain pine beetle devastation. Over the last decade, viable mills were shutdown while raw log exports grew dramatically,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “People in forest communities understand it’s not just about the direct jobs in the forest, or related milling and manufacturing jobs, it’s also about the indirect jobs and benefits to local communities that come from forest workers.”
” British Columbians deserve to know their forests are being managed sustainably and in the public interest—maintaining forest-sector jobs, while preserving ecosystems. But years of government staffing cuts, lack of inventory work and mismanagement have contributed to a real state of crisis in our forests,” says Walker. “We need to work together to demand that government invest in research, reforestation, and compliance and enforcement to ensure healthy forests today, and in the future.”
Prince George community members attending the Thursday’s meeting will have an opportunity to hear from provincial and local forestry experts, and will be engaged in a dialogue about how we work together to draw attention the crisis and develop a community plan of action ahead of the May 14 provincial election.