THUNDER BAY, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - "By shutting out the North, the Ontario government has just put another
nail in the coffin of our province's once-thriving forest sector," says
the leader of Ontario's largest forestry union.
That reaction from Kim Ginter, Ontario Regional Vice-President of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, upon learning that the
Liberal government has voted to limit hearings on forest tenure in
Northern and rural municipalities, including Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Timmins and Pembroke.
"These Northern Ontario communities have been hard hit by the forest
crisis and they need a voice at these hearings. Decisions about tenure
need to be balanced by the interests of the community and the workers.
By shutting them out, the take away message is that the Liberal
government is not serious about revitalizing the forest industry in a
way that benefits Canadians."
"The Liberals in Ontario have taken a page from the federal
Conservatives by ignoring the concerns of forestry communities and
Despite recommendations from opposition parties to hold a series of
hearings in Northern and rural municipalities, the provincial
government overruled the proposal and voted to limit hearings to
Toronto on Monday April 11th and Wednesday April 13th.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Kim Ginter, 416 931-2379