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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:

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

April 12, 2016

Truck Loggers back members at board event

Truck Loggers back members at board event
by Karly Blats - Alberni Valley News, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

During the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) board of directors meeting in Port Alberni on April 7, frustration and concern was apparent from coastal logging contractors towards the industry’s major tenure holders.
“It’s a challenging environment to be in,” said David Elstone, executive director of the TLA. “You have the contractor that is having to go through challenges with the company which resulted in the crews being laid-off since December.”
Last month, Western Forest Products sent home mill workers due to a log shortage which the TLA said was caused by the company’s disregard for coastal logging contractors and the ongoing rate dispute.

April 12, 2016

Truck LoggerBC - Spring 2016 Is Online Now

The Spring 2016 issue of Truck LoggerBC is online now!  There are now three ways to read the magazine online: