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November 27, 2014

In-Person Thank You from Scholarship Winner

UBC forestry operations student Nur Hassan just stopped by the TLA office to thank us *in person* for the $2,500 scholarship he just received from the TLA.

Thank you Nur for the heartfelt thanks and the visit!
And more importantly, thanks for choosing forestry! 

November 26, 2014

Mayoral Forestry Dinner at UBCM

The TLA’s Mayoral Forestry Dinner at UBCM in late September was a great success. We had over 35 coastal mayors and civic employees attend, enjoying a delicious dinner and hearing our TLA message. 

The coastal forest industry needs to attract and train 4,700 men and women by 2022. We plan to recruit this new workforce from your coastal communities.
There were two take-away items provided at the talk:

Who We Are/Where We Are 
This document explains who the TLA membership is and where they operate.
No matter what their business does, all TLA members are local business people who want to see their coastal communities flourish. 

TLA Op Ed: Logging and Tourism Create Win-Win 
Although not the usual headline, the successful cohabitation between logging and tourism on Maurelle Island (near Quadra Island) this past summer is worth celebrating. 

Check out some event photos below:

November 24, 2014

Press Release

The TLA Hires New Executive Director

November 24, 2014, Vancouver – Following an extensive search process, The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is pleased to announce that David Elstone, RPF, has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director as of January 12, 2015.
“We’re excited to bring someone as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as David onto the TLA team,” said Don Banaksy, TLA President. “We had a lot of interest in the position and we consider ourselves lucky to secure someone who is such a good fit with the association and our members.” 
David brings a wealth of forestry experience with him. For the last decade, he worked as a Senior Analyst for ERA Forest Products Research focusing on global and local forest products markets. In that role, he was a frequent public speaker at industry conferences, a sought-out source by the media and a regular contributor to forestry publications such as Truck LoggerBC. His insights into the BC forest industry and its markets will be invaluable to the membership. 
Before joining ERA Forest Products Research, David owned and operated his own forestry consulting company, Delstone Resources, on the Sunshine Coast. As a consultant, he developed business plans for forest product companies and advised on strategic and operational issues related to forest management. He also represented clients in discussions with First Nations, forest tenure licensees and contractors as well as local and provincial governments. David’s background in on-the-ground forestry and business negotiations gives him a depth of knowledge critical to his new role. 
The TLA Board of Directors are delighted David is joining the TLA at this critical time. “We are really excited to have David as part of our team,” said Jacqui Beban, TLA Vice President. “I know he will move the TLA forward and ensure we represent our members with a strong voice to both industry and government.” With contractor sustainability in question, the Forestry Service Providers Protection Act without a funding mechanism and labour shortages continuing to plague the industry as a whole, David’s fresh perspective and personal drive are exactly what the TLA is seeking. 
We look forward to officially welcoming David at our 72nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Victoria on January 21-23, 2015.
David Elstone
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 435 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership, 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 ext. 2 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: 

November 20, 2014

Program Ready! Get The Convention Details Here!

Get all the details for this year's convention - topics, speakers and events!

Investing From The Ground Up
The labour market strategy is complete and the coastal industry is working cooperatively on its implementation.  The focus is now on investing in partnerships to improve the forest sector workforce, training certification and safety best practices. How will we turn these strategic efforts and the market demands into a reality that capitalizes on local and global forest sector economic stability?
TLA Convention Brochure 2015

November 14, 2014

National Forest Week Art Contest For Kids Winners

The TLA and the ABCFP co-host an annual art contest during National Forest Week. This year's winners did an outstanding job. See all the art contest winners here!
The TLA's favourite is winner Cedric Chewter, aged 5, from Nelson. He drew his mom working in the forest, wearing a hard hat AND a safety visor! Good to see the safety message being passed onto the next generation!

Cedric, along with the other two winners, will receive a $50 Chapters gift card and his artwork will be published in the ABCFP and TLA magazines.

By Cedric Chewter, aged 5, from Nelson, BC

November 12, 2014

Logging Tax Changes Planned For December 8, 2014

New Online Services
Individuals and businesses involved in logging operations in BC will be able to enroll to access the online system called eTaxBC.  eTaxBC allows taxpayers to access and update their account information, correspond securely with the government, file tax returns and pay tax online.
The website will be updated to include information on eTaxBC.  This information will explain how to enrol for access to eTaxBC and set up an account online.

New Tax Returns
The following tax returns have been revised:
  • Logging Tax Return of Income (FIN 542S)
  • Logging Tax Return of Income for Processors (FIN 542P)
These revised returns will be available December 8, 2014 online at (go to Logging Tax and click on Forms and Publications)

New Tax Account Numbers
As part of our system update, we will automatically assign a new account number to all existing logging tax accounts.  After December 8, 2014, we will send a letter to all existing logging tax account holders to advise them of their new tax account numbers and how to enrol in eTaxBC.

More Information
To keep up-to-date on tax changes, you can subscribe to the What’s New service and be notified by email as new information becomes available.
For more information on logging tax:
Toll-Free:  1-877-387-3332