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MLA Davies slams NDP for forestry inaction after Fort St. John mill closure

By Matt Preprost
The Alaska Highway News
June 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The pending shutdown of the Peace Valley OSB mill in Fort St. John is the latest blow to B.C.’s struggling forestry sector, the Opposition BC Liberals say. Louisiana Pacific announced the closure of the mill to employees Thursday. The bad economic news follows on the heels of announcements this week that Norbord will indefinitely curtail its OSB mill in 100 Mile House, and that Canfor will curtail operations at all but one of its sawmills in B.C.  “This latest shutdown will put at least 190 workers out of work and will affect hundreds of additional indirect jobs. My community simply can’t afford this loss,” said Peace River North MLA Dan Davies said in a statement. …Work will reportedly continue at the mill until the August 9 shut down. Employees will be paid through until early September, and then receive a severance package, sources say.

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