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CEP sets out to save northern forestry communities


July 4, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ union is seeking to turn control of key resources in the northern part…

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ union is seeking to turn control of key resources in the northern part of Ontario over to local communities.

The union has unveiled a plan for revitalizing the forestry sector in Ontario. Entitled ‘Public Forests, Public Returns,’ the plan was designed to seek support from municipal governments and community groups across the province for ten key recommendations, which focus primarily on hydro and cutting rights, as well as the appointment of a Chief Forester.

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Citing the ‘insane system of energy pricing in Ontario,’ the union is pushing for the creation of a separate Hydro authority for northern and northwestern Ontario.

“We see no reason why cutting rights on Crown land should not be ceded to municipal, regional, First Nations and other community groups when private license holders close mills or leave the resource undeveloped,” said Cec Makowski, Ontario region vice-president of the CEP.


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