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Northern Ontario not out of woods yet: CEP


January 9, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Canadians shouldn’t read too far into the announcement concerning the reopening of the former Cascades mill in Thun…

Canadians shouldn’t read too far into the announcement concerning the reopening of the former Cascades mill in Thunder Bay, the Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s union says. Although the news is what the CEP refers to as ‘great,’ it does not in any way mask the ongoing job crisis in Northern Ontario, the union’s Ontario region vice president Cec Makowski warns.

“The people in Thunder Bay, especially CEP members, deserve nothing but congratulations and credit for making this happen,” Makowski said. Howevever, he says that Premier McGuinty and Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay now need to turn their attention to the rest of the industry.

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“Both Mr. McGuinty and Mr. Ramsay continue to ignore the collective voice of the municipal councils in 17 northern communities which have demanded a union-backed proposal calling for public hearings to solve the jobs crisis in the forestry sector in Ontario,” Makowski said. “The news in Thunder Bay is great news. But there are dozens of other communities and thousands of other workers who still face a very bleak future indeed without meaningful provincial government action on issues such as energy and fibre costs,” he added.


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