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Daily Round-Up

Come here to get the daily round-up of what was said each day during the TLA 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show!

Daily Round-Up: Friday

  • Today Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson elaborated on the contractor sustainability review announced by Premier Christy Clark yesterday.  “I’m really pleased we are able to respond, listen and move it forward with the urgency and the timing that the [timber harvesting contractor] associations have been advocating for,” said Thomson.
  • What does the coastal industry need? We need to harvest the entire forest profile, build community support, find a rate of return that supports the risk of investment, and to work together to compete in a global market.
  • Industry needs to coordinate messages to communities about the positive aspects of the forest industry.
  • Safety: Our industry is still somewhere between "all accidents can be prevented" and "I can get ’er done.” We need to keep addressing that dichotomy. 
  • Uncertainty is overwhelming the industry and holding back investment. 
  • We are not moving fast enough to bring certainty to the land base in response to the Tsilhqot'in Decision and Aboriginal rights and title.
  • We need to break the institutional and historic barriers to introduce innovation into the supply chain and we need contractors.

Daily Round-Up: Thursday

  • Premier Clark announced her government’s contractor sustainability review for BC’s timber harvesting contractors. This is the most important announcement for contractors in almost 20 years.
  • Premier Clark also announced the development of job training tax credits for on-the-ground training specifically for BC’s timber harvesting contractors.
  • The current licensee/contractor model needs to change. Alternatives to the current model are joint ventures, partnerships or market logging.  CCDC2 contracts have worked in the construction industry and may work for the logging sector.
  • There is no global timber shortage on the horizon and as a result it is doubtful if US duties on Canadian lumber exports to the US can be passed on to customers.
  • Positives that have happened since the last softwood lumber agreement include a more mature market in BC, increased diversification, new technology, a focus on green building around the world and some cooperation between the US and Canada on marketing wood. That said, the US is tougher now in trade disputes and the new administration is a ‘known unknown.’
  • It’s not an either/or situation. It is not forestry OR tourism; it is forestry AND tourism.
  • A high turnover in leadership means new mayors and councillors are less familiar with forestry and so the need for communication and education is ever greater.

Daily Round-Up: Wednesday

  • As the technology evolves there is no clear industry preference. Investing in steep slope is still risky because it’s not clear which technology is going to prevail. But the opportunity and need is clear.
  • An equipment operator said it took him 500 hours to learn how to use winch equipment effectively.
  • You need to negotiate a steep slope rate for steep slope harvesting. This new equipment can be a lot more expensive than traditional equipment so contractors must earn a higher rate of return (rate) to support these investments.
  • It’s important to report near misses especially as we learn about new technology. Your near miss info could save someone else’s life.
  • A not engaged worker is the highest risk person on your crew.
  • Addressing substance abuse is not just about drug testing – it’s much more holistic.
  • Focus on evolving consent rather than static consent with First Nations. “It’s like a marriage—you still have to talk after you say I do.”