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November 15, 2016

Obituary - Terry Mulligan

Terrance (Terry) Mulligan

May 28, 1933 - November 6, 2016
 
Terry Mulligan sat on the TLA Board as an Associate Director for many years and was a strong supporter of the TLA. He was a long-time CIL powder salesman and a mentor to many others in the industry. He was also the brains behind the hilarious Raven Lumber statue caper at the TLA auction many years ago.
 
Official obituary published in the North Shore News:
Terry passed away peacefully on November 6 at the age of 83. It was not part of his plan to leave us so soon—he still had things to do at home, at Hotel Lake, at the office and money left on his Compass Card. He leaves behind Joyce, his loving wife of 61 years, children Kelly (Tony), Ryan and Erin, grandchildren Corey, Keara and David, sisters Pat (Barry) and Colleen (Lionel) and many other relatives and lifetime friends. Terry was pre-deceased by his sister Valerie (Bob). Terry worked tirelessly for the mining industry for most of his very long career and for the past 22 years at the helm of the Mining Suppliers Association of BC as President, CEO and all around go-to-guy. His knowledge of the mining industry and its people was extraordinary. His stories were and are legendary. Retirement was not part of his long range plans. Terry had an enthusiastic positive outlook on life and his sense of humour was one of his greatest gifts. We will smile and remember fondly each time we think of some great stunt, joke or scheme he managed to pull off on family, friends and colleagues. Terry had many talents but one of them was not winemaking. He made his special blend and designed his own wine label under his infamous "Onard" brand—Drano spelled backwards—it was a fitting name. He wouldn't wish for anyone to mourn him but do raise a glass of cheap red wine and have a toast or two in his memory. That would make him laugh. In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make a donation on his behalf to the BC Cancer Agency or BC Children's Hospital. We will miss him greatly. 

November 10, 2016

Convention Program is Live!

Get all the details of the 74th TLA Convention & Trade Show here. Speakers, session topics, entertainment! It's going to be a packed three days!

Open the convention program here.

 
BC Forestry – In it for the Long Run
The forest industry is the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. TLA members live in these towns, build their businesses in and around them, support local community groups and are vital to the economic health of the entire province. This year’s convention will examine the current state of the industry and what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors and their suppliers. Our strength is in our roots and we want contractors to be in it for the long run!


October 18, 2016

Press Release: Lack of contractor sustainability confirmed by third-party analysis

PRESS RELEASE: Lack of contractor sustainability confirmed by third-party analysis

October 18, 2016 Vancouver – Today, Canadian Forest Industries published third-party confirmation that BC’s independent timber harvesting contractors are struggling the most compared to their colleagues across Canada. 
 
This national survey confirms the advocacy position the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) has taken for more than two years. “More than 25 contractors have had to seek insolvency protection in communities throughout coastal BC in the last decade and many continue to struggle to remain sustainable,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We must level the playing field between contractors and licensees.”
 
The survey results show a variety of challenges facing coastal contractors. The age of the current workforce, difficulty in recruiting new workers, tenure consolidation, heavy workload and lack of profitability are all key factors in the lack of contractor sustainability. However, the TLA believes solutions are possible. “It’s going to take some out-of-the-box thinking,” said Elstone. “But I’m confident we can find a way to level the playing field between timber harvesting contactors and the major licensees."
 
Elstone believes there is no choice. “We must find solutions. Independent timber harvesting contractors are the economic backbone of coastal rural communities where they provide family sustaining jobs,” said Elstone. “The success of these contractors is reflected in the success of BC’s coastal communities and the provincial economy as a whole.”
 
Link to Canadian Forest Industries article: 
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, 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 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: brenda@tla.ca 
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca ◦  View this press release as a PDF.
 


October 12, 2016

Gold Passports on sale today!



Convention Registration Opens Today!
This year’s convention will examine the current state of the industry and what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors and their suppliers. Register now!

When: January 18-20, 2017
Where: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
 

September 28, 2016

Obituary - Don Edwards

Don Edwards
February 18, 1927 - July 5, 2016
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Don Edwards. Don served as TLA president from 1989-1990. He had a camp on Haida Gwaii and was an outspoken person for the forest industry. We appreciate that he made the time to serve as TLA President and defend the rights of contractors.
 
 
Don was predeceased by his wife Roma and left behind beloved family members. Don spent his retired years traveling and enjoying his grandchildren. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, July 23 at Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey.

September 27, 2016

Press Release: Minister Thomson Talks Forestry with BC’s Coastal Mayors

PRESS RELEASE: Minister Thomson Talks Forestry with BC’s Coastal Mayors

September 27, 2016 Victoria – Minister Steve Thomson met with 32 coastal community mayors and councillors last night to discuss how forestry is impacting the towns and cities they represent. The meeting, organized by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), gave mayors an opportunity to share directly with Minister Thomson what was captured in the  TLA’s report, Community Perspectives On The BC Coastal Forest Industry.
 
Communication was the focus for community leaders and Minister Thomson agreed. “It’s about proactive engagement upfront,” Thomson explained. “Communicating our practices and working with your communities to make accommodations.” 
 
David Elstone, TLA Executive Director understands the value of good communication. “The TLA is a strong and unifying voice for BC’s coastal forests community. Our goal here tonight was to build communication between local communities and provincial government and ensure all parties are being heard so we can find a balance on the coast for all forest resource users.”
 
Community Perspectives On The BC Coastal Forest Industry reports on the outcome of two surveys conducted by the TLA, one in 2004 and the other in 2015, benchmarking changes in attitude and expectation. The TLA’s study reflects what Minister Thomson heard from community leaders last night.  They are frequently unsure of the province’s efforts to improve forest practices and policies, and even when they are aware they often have difficulty being heard. 
“I’m glad our report identified such an important issue,” said Elstone. “It’s helped inspire the forest industry and the provincial government to take a hard look at their external communications.”
Other community leader concerns discussed last night included growing a local workforce as current forestry workers continue to age, the softwood lumber agreement negotiations, and building a value added industry on Vancouver Island. 
 
Thomson spoke to all three of those topics and discussed ongoing work the government has undertaken to address them. He also stressed that forestry needs support from rural communities: “We need to recognize that we have a timber harvesting land base…and that we need that timber harvesting land base.” 
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, 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 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: brenda@tla.ca
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca



Minister Thomson spoke at the TLA hosted dinner about the Community Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry report.



Thirty-two mayors and councillors attended the TLA hosted dinner last night during UBCM to interact with Minister Thomson and share their views. 



Andy Adams, Mayor of Campbell River, thanked Minister Thomson: "Your support of the industry and our communties has been unwavering and we appreciate it."