Hearings on Forestry coming to Thunder Bay

    THUNDER BAY, Ont, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Public hearings into the crisis
in Ontario's forestry sector are coming to Thunder Bay next week. A three
person panel of experts will begin hearing submissions at the Victoria Inn
from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 13 and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    "This is the third in our series of hearings and will be one of the
busiest to date," said Cec Makowski, Ontario Region Vice President of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, co-sponsor of the
    CEP itself will be making its submission at the Thunder Bay session.
    "This process has proven to be popular and insightful," Mr. Makowski
added." Hearings we have already had in Dryden and Espanola were a success and
we expect nothing less in Thunder Bay."
    CEP and the United Steelworkers Union decided to hold the hearings to
give Northern Ontarians a chance to send a message to Queen's Park on how to
preserve and expand jobs in forestry and how to save literally dozens of
communities devastated by mill closures and cut backs in recent years.
    "Our hearings' panel will produce a report that truly reflects the
reality and the hopes of the people of Northern Ontario," Mr. Makowski said. "
And we intend to use that report to continue our fight to revitalize the
industry and our communities."
    The public and media are welcome to attend the Thunder Bay hearings.
    The panel will hold hearings in Kapuskasing on Thursday, Aug. 16 at Le
Centre des Loisirs.

For further information:

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

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