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Businesses, communities feeling pinch as Western Forest Products strike drags on

By Clare Hennig
CBC News
December 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products workers have been on the picket lines for five months, sending economic ripples across Vancouver Island. …”It’s been devastating to our town,” said Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas. “Our businesses and community feel like they’re part of the collateral damage.” Revenues from local businesses are down significantly — in some cases, by more than 50 per cent — and some employers have had to shorten their work weeks and are facing layoffs, according to Dugas. …’We need this resolved’ Shelley Downey, a councillor in Port McNeill and owner of Harbourside Pharmachoice, described the situation as increasingly dire. …Local elementary schools are bolstering their food programs in response, with some offering breakfast and lunch to students. …Downey wants to see more help from the provincial government and more pressure for the union and company to come to an agreement.

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