Forest industry mismanaged: Wyse

Cariboo workers are paying the price for Liberal mismanagement of the forestry industry,” says Cariboo-Chilcotin NDP candidate Charlie Wyse.

Cariboo workers are paying the price for Liberal mismanagement of the forestry industry,” said Charlie Wyse, NDP candidate for Cariboo-Chilcotin.

“We’ve got mills closing, we’ve lost hundreds of forestry jobs in the past decade, and the Liberal government has failed to provide the skills training necessary to prepare workers for the opportunities that do exist.”

Wyse said hundreds of forestry workers have lost their jobs in the past decade, and it’s time to take practical steps to help the industry and the workforce recover.

He described Friday’s permanent closure of Tolko’s Creekside Mill in Williams Lake as a “real shock” for workers and the community.

Wyse pointed out that demand for lumber has surged in the U.S. as a result of devastating storms on the East Coast, but the industry isn’t able to respond because of a critical shortage of skilled labour.

The head of the Central Interior Logging Association, MaryAnne Arcand, has said northern B.C. is facing a shortage of 2,000 drivers and equipment operators.

“The Liberal government has neglected the industry and failed to prepare B.C. workers with the skills they need,” said Wyse.

It’s time for a change in priorities. Adrian Dix and the NDP will focus on restoring the land base, generating value-added jobs, and making skills training more affordable. These are practical steps to generate jobs and prepare workers for today’s economy.”

Wyse said the mid timber supply report indicated there is no existing inventory for the region.

“At that time I commented: how does the mill, the individual worker and the community plan when nobody knows how much fibre is available?”

Wyse will run for the NDP in the May 2013 election, he said.


Just Posted

Williams Lake Film Club begins 2019-2020 season with The Biggest Little Farm

A family-friendly farming flick with rave reviews will be sure to delight lakecity audiences

Homeless situation ‘heartbreaking’: Temple

Temple has been a street nurse for three years and has seen poverty increase in the Cariboo

Fire claims two historic buildings in downtown Williams Lake

Several other businesses damaged by water used to fight the blaze

Update: Firefighters battle blaze in downtown Williams Lake

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

Gilbert, Drynock charged with first degree murder of Branton Regner

The accused also face two counts of attempted murder in connection with Rudy Johnson Bridge incident

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

One-in-five British Columbians think they’ll win big while gambling: study

Roughly 58 per cent of British Columbians bought at least one lottery ticket in past year

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

Most Read