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Technology Convoy of more than 100 logging trucks arrives in Vancouver to protest forestry job losses

09:05  26 september  2019
09:05  26 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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A convoy of logging trucks arrives in downtown Vancouver, on Wednesday September 25, 2019. A convoy of approximately 200 logging trucks drove to Vancouver from Merritt as owners and drivers hoped to highlight the effects from dozens of mill closures and thousands of layoffs in British Columbia's forest industry.© Darryl Dyck\THE CANADIAN PRESS A convoy of logging trucks arrives in downtown Vancouver, on Wednesday September 25, 2019. A convoy of approximately 200 logging trucks drove to Vancouver from Merritt as owners and drivers hoped to highlight the effects from dozens of mill closures and thousands of layoffs in British Columbia's forest industry.

More than 200 empty logging trucks from across B.C. rolled into Vancouver on Wednesday to protest job losses in the forestry industry.

The convoy was formed by drivers from communities suffering financial hardship, including Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, Mackenzie and Merritt.

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The trucks arrived in Vancouver around 2 p.m. PT, with most congregating near the Pacific National Exhibition.

Some of the trucks drove past the Vancouver Convention Centre downtown, where municipal and provincial leaders are gathered for the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, to send a message to government officials.

According to Todd Chamberlain, general manager of the Interior Logging Association, 120 trucks were already on the road by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"It's been very tough in some communities," said Chamberlain, in a phone interview on CBC's Daybreak Kamloops. "There is no end in sight."

Howard McKimmon, an independent trucking contractor from Merritt who organized the rally, said he hopes it will make government officials aware of how many people are currently affected by the struggling forestry industry.

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A convoy of as many as 200 logging trucks is to arrive in Vancouver Wednesday as owners and drivers highlight the effects from dozens of mill closures and thousands of layoffs in “ Forest -based communities depend on forestry jobs ,” McKimmon says. He says small-town B.C. is dying and he’s

Thousands of workers have been laid off and at least 22 mills in the Interior have closed or curtailed operations this year due to a combination of forces, including the end of the mountain pine beetle harvest, wildfire devastation, high log costs and low prices due to a slumping U.S. market.

Earlier this month, the province announced $69 million in aid to beleaguered workers and called on the federal government to do more.

McKimmon said that money just doesn't cut it. He estimated it amounts to less than $12,000 per worker, many of whom have been out of work for four to six months. McKimmon said he can no longer make the payments on the logging trucks he owns.

a group of people walking down a street next to a traffic light: A convoy of logging trucks drive through downtown Vancouver on Wednesday.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation A convoy of logging trucks drive through downtown Vancouver on Wednesday.

"It's devastating," he told CBC's Daybreak North. "I've made my life in the forest industry, raised kids and grandkids in this industry … I don't know what the future looks like."

According to Chamberlain, the truckers are not asking for direct financial support from the provincial and federal government, but incentives that include a carbon tax exemption for the forestry industry.

"We asked to be at the table and we want to be part of the solution," said Chamberlain.

The RCMP is expected to escort the truckers from Merritt on Wednesday morning. The RCMP will then hand off to the Vancouver Police Department when the trucks reach the city.

In a statement, VPD said people should expect congestion along the Hastings Street and Cordova Street corridors in and out of the city Wednesday afternoon.

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