Last Thursday afternoon - the Canfor mill in Quesnel announced it was closing permanently and causing 209 jobs to be lost at this mill by March 2014. Canfor also announced that it will find new jobs at its' other plants to those displaced. A group has been setup for those who want to stay in Quesnel and find work that route
1) Union reps and BC Jobs Minister Shirley Bond interviewed on the mill closures in Houston, BC/Quesnel
2) Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom says she is 'confident' of the future of forestry in Quesnel
Meanwhile - former BC NDP Forestry Critic & former MLA for Cariboo-North Bob Simpson has been making the media runs on this story. Listen to his interview on CBC Daybreak North here
While I thought it was fair game for Mr. Simpson to be critical of provincial politicians, I don't think he should have been equally critical of municipal politicians, given their own role is limited to what they can do on a local level.
Meanwhile - I expect with this decision of CanFor, Mayor Sjostrom will be coming to the Cariboo RD Board in late November to see what it can do to reduce any impact to Quesnel taxpayers for their 2014 Budget to the barest minimum possible