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Dear Premier Horgan: Last Sunday, November 17, 2019, mediation talks collapsed between WFP and the USW and there appears no end to this prolonged strike, now the longest in history on the BC Coast. Our companies, staff and employees, and even our trade suppliers can’t continue on much longer without being financially devastated. Being in the Vancouver Island harvesting sector, our companies are largely dependent on WFP to be financially viable over the long term. HDL has been in business for nearly 50 years and has been a growing and financially stable employer over that period. We are an active contributor to our communities on the North Island through providing high wage employment, paying taxes and government fees, and supporting local charitable organizations. We are a vital component to the social and economic well being of these communities. In 2018, HDL and its affiliates paid millions of dollars in employee and subcontractor wages and benefits and employed in excess of 75-80 staff, employees and subcontract employees in its operations. Additionally, we contribute to the local economy of the North Island purchasing goods and services from local suppliers and vendors. If this strike is to continue much longer families are going to lose their homes, businesses are going to close, and the financial well being of our communities in general will be irreparably harmed. The cost to government will, not only be huge in financial terms due to lost taxation, but also costly in providing social services to respond to the fallout the prolonged strike is producing. Attached is a map showing the affected ridings and the numbers of striking workers in each riding. We implore you to intervene in this strike so that our workers, their families and our businesses can get back to making the Coastal Forest Industry a global leader once again. Yours sincerely, Robert Wood, President HOLBROOK DYSON LOGGING LTD.
Minister Trevena : Our companies have 55 union employees that have been on strike approaching six months. It is time government intervenes in this dispute to return our employees to their rightful positions. These high paying jobs support the families and vitality of our North Island communities. Our companies contribute millions of dollars through wages, purchases of goods and services and taxes which are vital to the economic well being of these communities. If this strike is to continue much longer families are going to lose their homes, businesses are going to close, and the financial well being of our communities in general will be irreparably harmed. The cost to government will not only be huge in financial terms due to lost taxation but also costly in providing social services to respond to the fall out the prolonged strike is producing. I have attached a map of affected riding's and struck workers in each riding for your review. Please give this your immediate attention. Rob R.J. Wood Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd. Newcastle Timber Ltd.
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Congratulations Brayden McClary, Carihi Forestry Program student and this year's recipient of the Mike McInnes Memorial Forestry Award. All the best in your pursuit to study forestry & work in the sector! This annual award commemorates Mike McInnes, who was fatally injured in an accident at a marshalling point near Woss, BC in November of 2011. Mike worked for Holbrook Dyson Logging, Newcastle Timber's Sister Company, as part of the road crew. In honour of Mike, this Memorial Forestry Award will support young individuals with aspirations of a career in the forest and logging industry.

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