Over 200 logging trucks took over downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (VIDEOS)

Sep 26 2019, 10:37 am

Driven by the desire to have their voices heard and protest the loss of jobs in their industry throughout the province, over 200 loggers driving empty logging trucks descended on Vancouver from all over BC on Wednesday afternoon.

The rally was organized by the BC Logging Convoy, a coalition of loggers, truckers, and businesses that are concerned about the current state of the industry.

According to a press release from the organization, many of the participants are third and fourth generation logging families who all “rely on the industry for their livelihood.”

 

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“This is the worst crisis we have ever witnessed,” writes Frank Etchart, one of the co-organizers and owner of Nadina Logging, in a press release. “I am trying to maintain a business that will continue to employ these people and sustain the economy in my town long term.”

“Unless changes are made quickly, I don’t know how we will do that.”

The BC Logging Convoy says that one of the main issues has to do with stumpage rates paid to the provincial government. A stumpage is a fee that a business or individual pays when timber is harvested from Crown land.

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“The current stumpage system in BC does not reflect the current market conditions for lumber and chips produced. As a result, the current rates make the cost of logging prohibitive,” says the organization.

With files from Vincent Plana.