DRYDEN, ON, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - "How much longer can we stand by and
let Northern Ontario communities bleed to death?" That statement from Cec
Makowski, Ontario Vice-President for Canada's largest forestry union,
following the announcement of more cutbacks at the Domtar mill in Dryden.
Makowski says the closure again sounds the alarm on the need for federal
"We need a national summit of all stakeholders to address the forest
industry crisis -- something the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union
has repeatedly called for. We need to get to work immediately on an economic
strategy to ensure that resource-dependent communities survive and thrive.
"We definitely don't need more hearings and submissions on what's
happening in forest communities," Makowski says, in response to the recently
adopted federal Private Member's Bill calling for a national committee to
conduct such hearings.
"We already know what's happening: Workers are facing financial ruin.
Families are being torn apart. Communities are dying. Let's move on to
solutions - it's time for action.
"It's not as if the Liberals don't know this," he adds. "Just as the
Tories are doing nothing now, when the Liberals were in power they too did
nothing when the crisis was staring them in the face. What they are doing now
is pre-election posturing, which is fooling nobody."
The cuts announced Dec. 13 by Domtar are the latest in a long list of
closures that have hit the Ontario communities of Red Rock, Smooth Rock Falls,
Thunder Bay, and now Dryden again, Makowski says, noting that this is the
second hit the hard-pressed community has taken in less than a year. "The
community is reeling, as is all of Northern Ontario. CEP will continue to push
for action until we get some."
For further information:
For further information: Cec Makowski, (905) 371-6297