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Joint statement on sawmill safety and sustained compliance

Government, the forest industry, organized labour and WorkSafeBC have issued the following statement today following their March 28 meeting in Vancouver focused on combustible dust and sawmill safety:

“We had a frank and open discussion on sustainable compliance at this meeting and the result is an aggressive co-ordinated plan to accomplish a number of specific outcomes in the next 90 days. That plan includes a number of key components:

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Business is booming at this mill

Flavelle adds another shift as U.S. housing market swings into recovery

For many Port Moody residents, the decades-old Flavelle Sawmill operating on the city’s waterfront is either part of the community’s economic engine, or an eyesore.

For the better part of the last decade, the demise of the cedar mill has been predicted and expected, but one thing seems certain, the mill isn’t going anywhere in the near future.

Recently, the mill added a second shift, hiring 22 new people, and the company intends to add a third shift.

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Harper Government Tables Final Agreement Summary of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement receives broad support in every region of Canada and from all sectors, says Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, following the government’s cross-country blitz of meetings with hard-working Canadians

Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, today tabled in the House of Commons the Final Agreement Summary of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, including a technical summary of final negotiated outcomes. This step is a further step by the Government of Canada to ensure the outcomes of the agreement are transparent to parliamentarians—and indeed to all Canadians.

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Canada port drivers hope for deal ahead of back-to-work law

A three-week long strike by container truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver could be nearing an end, with union officials hopeful that a negotiated deal can be reached ahead of plans by the province to legislate drivers back to work early next week.

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Loonie’s dip a small lift for Island businesses

Canada’s dollar hasn’t dropped far enough, nor for long enough, to have any real positive impact, say Victoria manufacturers.

The loonie ended Thursday at 88.95 cents US, up 0.02 of a cent from Wednesday’s close, but over the last year it has shed nearly 10 per cent of its value compared to the U.S. greenback. But even that drop won’t have local manufacturers ramping up production or hiring new staff.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Coast Forest Supports the End to the Port Disruption

Coast Forest Products Association is pleased at the announcement today that demonstrates the strong leadership by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver to protect our economy and end the disruption by truckers at Port Metro Vancouver. 

The truckers strike at the Port has negatively affected B.C.’s coastal forest industry; impacting thousands of companies and the livelihoods of people throughout our province.  Coast Forest has worked on behalf of its member companies speaking out publicly* against this disruption and collaborating with both industry and partners over recent weeks to encourage a resolution. 

We further support the governments of Canada and B.C., along with Port Metro Vancouver with the planned reform of the licensing system and the move to terminate licenses.  Along with the 14-point Action plan under the guidance of Mr. Vince Ready, this is a fair and effective solution that will further reduce the probability of future similar disruptions.

*A Call to Resolve the Disruption at Port Metro Vancouver

 Port Strike Continues, Interview with Rick Jeffery, CBC Early Edition, March 14th

 

Events

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Tall Wood Building Design Workshop

You are cordially invited to the NEWBuildS Workshop 2014 and the Tall Wood Building Design Workshop on May 7 & 8, 2014 (Agenda attached).

The NEWBuildS research network is entering the final year of its operations, with a lot of the 37 research projects having either been completed or reached the final phase of the research. A vast amount of technical information are being generated that will contribute to design and construction of multi-storey and non-residential buildings. The Workshop has been scheduled in Vancouver to disseminate the research findings to practitioners and researchers.

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British Columbia Wood Provides Backdrop for Community Theatre at TED2014 Conference

Unique Stage Designed by Vancouver Architect Michael Green

IMG_6336The community stage for the sold-out TED2014 conference in Vancouver highlights the finest BC wood from Interfor mills, and the work of award-winning Vancouver architect Michael Green. The stage will be home to talks by more than 50 popular past TED speakers invited back to share updates on their work, as well as those given by this year’s TED Fellows.

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President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Coast Forest Products Association Meets with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Rick and harperCoast Forest Products Association attended a roundtable session today with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister Ed Fast and Minister James Moore.  The session was very informative and Mr. Harper addressed topics such as the strong Canadian economy, market opportunities and Canada’s ambitious trade agenda including how forestry benefits from the new free trade deal with Korea.

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Opinion: British Columbians support resource exports

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British Columbians, as well as potential investors, are too frequently confronted by headlines declaring B.C., and Metro Vancouver more specifically, are paralyzed by conflict over natural resource exports with supposedly profound opposition to development among a majority of citizens.

Is this really the case?

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