AFR July 2014 Letters

AFR: Back in 2008 the AbitibiBowater paper company was in trouble, facing bankruptcy. The company tried to save itself by downsizing, and with the help of its workers tried to keep afloat. Grand Falls-Windsor was one of its mills. Except for the mill there would never be a town there, the same as Twillingate would not be there without the fishery. The mill union in Grand Falls-Windsor played hardball and was not willing to make sacrifices, although this mill had provided good paying jobs for close to 100 years. Our premier at that time, Danny Williams, did not help when he publicly stated the quicker that we see the back of their heads the better – not a good statement from a premier with hundreds of jobs at stake.

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AFR March 14 letters

AFR: How inspiring and uplifting it was to read your article on “The Swedish Experience” (Jan. 2014 AFR) – to see woodlot owners, governments and industry working together co-operatively to face new challenges and to contribute to creating wealth for their communities. This is no small feat, knowing the ups and downs of the industry over the years and knowing the difficulties of organizing woodlot owners around a collective purpose. Then in the same issue, how depressing it was to read the article by Ken Hardie for the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners – to see how J.D. Irving is doing everything it can to destroy our little woodlot organizations by using its financial clout to challenge legally our very fundamental raison d’être. We already know what our governments have done over the years to undermine our collective and co-operative efforts and to destroy the basis of our collective bargaining.

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The full story on full-tree

AFR: I am writing this rebuttal to voice my opinion of your editorial comment called “Holus-bolus,” in the September 2013 issue. My family does full-tree logging and does its best to meet all harvesting regulations. Whole-tree logging, the removal of the complete tree, is a travesty to the forest, leaving no remnants of forest soil structure. Full-tree logging, for the most part, leaves the forest soil structure intact. That harvest in Halifax County is not an accurate depiction of full-tree harvesting, but shows how far things can go if not regulated.

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