Excellent advice in forest report, now we need action: union



    THUNDER BAY, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The largest forestry union in Ontario
is vowing to ensure recommendations from an independent report released today
on forestry renewal in Northern Ontario are acted upon.
    "The Solutions Agenda for the Northern Ontario Forest Sector has some
excellent advice on the way forward, says Cec Makowski, Ontario Vice-President
of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. "Its' a very
thoughtful report that offers hope to a major sector of our economy that's
been devastated by cutbacks and closures," he says.
    CEP and the United Steelworkers (USWA) had commissioned the independent
panel to study the forestry crisis and recommend solutions. The panel heard
from some 60 industry stakeholders including municipal leaders, industry,
labour, Aboriginal and other groups.

    
    Among the key recommendations are:

    - A Northern Ontario Investment Fund of $500 million per year for five
      years;
    - Regional energy pricing that would allow the industry the opportunity
      to enjoy the benefits of amply available and cheaply-produced
      electricity;
    - A change to the existing tenure system allowing for control by all
      stakeholders of the forest resources in specific geographic areas;
    - A national forestry summit.
    

    "We intend to make sure these recommendations are acted upon," says
Makowski, adding that "as soon as the Ontario election is over we will be on
the doorstep of the new Premier, the Energy Minister, the Finance Minister,
the Natural Resources Minister and the Minister for Northern Development and
Mining."
    "Plans are underway to involve all the parties necessary to implement
these recommendations."

    Solutions Agenda for the Northern Ontario Forest Sector is available at
www.cep.ca




For further information:

For further information: Cec Makowski (905) 371-6297

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