Help for the BC Forest Industry

The B-C government is cutting timber taxes to help the ailing forest industry.
Premier Campbell told the Truck Loggers Association convention in Vancouver yesterday, that effective today, timber cutting fees — known as stumpage rates — will be chopped 70 per cent, on the coast.
In addition, the province will encourage the use of more wood products in B-C building projects…including public projects…and, will change the building code, to allow six storey wood-frame buildings.
Mr. Campbell also says the province will ask the federal government, to extend Employment Insurance benefits, for laid-off forest workers.
However, he failed to impress the NDP Forestry Critic, Bob Simpson, who says most of the stumpage fee cut had already been announced…

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Mr. Simpson says, what the truck loggers were hoping to get was more acces to logs…

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