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October 25, 2017

Join Us Tomorrow In Nanaimo

Join Us Tomorrow In Nanaimo For Our TLA Networking Event 
Catch up with friends, network with business associates, listen to three excellent speakers and enjoy a great meal. 
 
Time: 5:00 pm - Reception, 6:00 pm - Dinner, 7:00 pm - Speakers, 8:00 pm - Networking
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Venue: Beban Park Social Center, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC
Cost: Complimentary for members, $30 for non-members.
 

REGISTER NOW!

 

Guest Speakers

Coast Collective Agreement Negotiations
Doug Mosher, Labour Relations, FIR-LR
 
An Innovative Approach – Coastland's Partnership with Snuneymuxw Economic Development Group
Clint Parcher, Coastland Wood Industries
Erralyn Thomas, Snuneymuxw First Nations
 
Canada and US Softwood Lumber Negotiations
Jason Fisher, Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.




October 11, 2017

TLA Networking Event - Nanaimo

Join Us In Nanaimo: TLA Networking Event 
Catch up with friends, network with business associates, listen to three excellent speakers and enjoy a great meal. We hope to see you in Nanaimo!
 
Time: 5:00 pm - Reception, 6:00 pm - Dinner, 7:00 pm - Speakers, 8:00 pm - Networking
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Venue: Beban Park Social Center, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC
Cost: Complimentary for members, $30 for non-members.
 

REGISTER NOW!

 

Guest Speakers

Coast Collective Agreement Negotiations
Doug Mosher, Labour Relations, FIR-LR
 
An Innovative Approach – Coastland's Partnership with Snuneymuxw Economic Development Group
Clint Parcher, Coastland Wood Industries
Erralyn Thomas, Snuneymuxw First Nations
 
Canada and US Softwood Lumber Negotiations
Jason Fisher, Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.




September 28, 2017

The Truck Loggers Association Webinar on Proposed Federal Tax Changes

Last week, the Truck Loggers Association hosted a webinar by MNP LLP on the proposed federal tax changes and how they will affect independent timber harvesting contractors. We recorded the webinar (see below) and now you can watch it at your leisure.

This is an important topic. The deadline for feedback to the federal government is Monday, October 2. If you would like to share your feedback, please read the TLA's drafted response and consider sending an email to Finance Minister Morneau. 


September 26, 2017

Responding to Proposed Federal Tax Changes for Small Businesses

Below is an email to Finance Minister Morneau addressing the TLA's concerns about how the proposed federal tax changes will affect our members. Please click on the link below to open this message as an email and send it to the Department of Finance, Minister Morneau and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, our most western Liberal MP in a forest resource associated riding. Deadline to respond is Monday, October 2.
 

Send the email to Minister Morneau and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP

 
To make sure your email is recorded by the government, please include your full contact information when the link has opened the email.

If the link didn't work on your browser or if you're writing your own email, send it to ALL THREE emails: fin.consultation.fin@canada.ca, Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca, Pam.Goldsmith-Jones.A2@parl.gc.ca and then cc in advocacy@tla.ca so the TLA can record how many emails are sent. 

To learn more about this situation, please watch the TLA hosted webinar by MNP LLP about the proposed federal tax changes

 
Dear Finance Minister Morneau:
 
I’m a member of the Truck Loggers Association; an organization that represents independent timber harvesting contractors in BC. I am writing to ask you to stop the federal government’s flawed income tax proposals that will harm my business and my family’s future.
 
I run my business hoping to be successful and create good forestry jobs within my rural community. I hope to pass on some of my success to future generations while saving for my retirement along the way. However, the business environment in BC’s forest industry is making it particularly difficult to run a sustainable independent timber harvesting contractor business today. 
 
With this in mind, the three tax measures associated with income distribution, passive income in a corporation, and capital gains as proposed by the government will make it ever more difficult to run our businesses sustainably, create good forestry jobs and provide the societal contributions that benefit all Canadians.  
 
I strongly urge the government to set aside the current proposals and hold more meaningful consultation. This would allow us to properly consider tax changes that will ultimately impact the backbone of the Canadian economy. 
 
I am asking you to reconsider these flawed tax reform measures. Good local forestry jobs are at stake.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.


September 12, 2017

Three-generation logging contractor closes, putting Vancouver Island community in peril

PRESS RELEASE

Three-generation logging contractor closes, putting Vancouver Island community in peril
 
September 12, 2017, Vancouver – W.D. Moore Logging, founded in 1928, is closing its doors this month putting 25 people out of work in their community of Winter Harbour.
 
“It was a difficult decision,” said Graham Lasure, owner of W.D. Moore Logging. “My family has run this company for three generations. But, like so many BC logging contractors, we just can’t make a reasonable return on our investment within the tenure oligopoly existing in BC today. Geographically, there’s only one company I can work for which makes meaningful contract negotiation impossible.”
 
W.D. Moore Logging, which made $6 to 7 million in revenue annually, will be selling 95 pieces of equipment and removing their investment from Winter Harbour, a small community on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. 
 
Greg Vance, owner of the general store in Winter Harbour, gave his perspective, “The closing of W.D. Moore Logging will have a major impact on our off-season [October to May] business. The logger related business was enough to justify keeping the lights and heat on and keep limited store hours in winter.”
 
And on a personal note for Vance, this closure means more people leaving town. “There are plenty of fantastic, long-time W.D. Moore employees and management who are like family to us and the loss of them will be a real blow to Winter Harbour,” explained Vance.
 
Kevin Mason from ERA Forest Products Research takes a broader, business perspective on the closure. “There are lots of reasons why an individual business may close down,” said Mason. “However, the reality is that if profits are accruing to only one part of the supply chain—which seems to be the case here—then eventually the entire supply chain will be at risk.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 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
 

September 06, 2017

Trade Show Sold Out!

We're sold out! Trade show exhibition space for the TLA's 75th Annual Convention & Trade Show is sold out! Convention sponsorships are still available though. Please contact Monica Sayers at monica@tla.ca or 604.684.4291 ext. 5 to find out more.
Finally, be sure to attend the Convention January 17-19, 2018 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel & Victoria Conference Centre to network and learn about new technology in the forest industry.