Minister of Forests coming to Houston

The Houston mayor and several councillors met with Minister of Forests Steve Thomson to keep HFP logging rights in Houston.

Steve Thomson

Steve Thomson

Minister of Forests Steve Thomson is coming to Houston, Mayor Bill Holmberg said after a recent meeting with the Minister in Vancouver.

Mayor Holmberg, Deputy Mayor Shane Brienen and Dave Mayor drove to Vancouver for the meeting Nov. 28, and Councillor Jonathan Van Barneveld took part via conference call.

They met with Minister Thomson, and were joined by MLA John Rustad and Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.

“We asked about the Competition Bureau. The licence hasn’t been awarded yet because the Competition Bureau is still involved,” Holmberg said.

“We’re fighting more for the 280,000 cubic metres [of timber rights] that they want to ship to Pacific Inland Resources (PIR) in Smithers.

“I understand the swap between the two mills, but they should leave the extra 280,000 cubic metres right here, it doesn’t need to go anywhere.

“We want it to go into forest reserve, or go into the small business program in our Community Forest so that it can stay local.”

“Whether we’re successful or not, I don’t know,” Holmberg said, adding that Minister Thomson promised to check into it.

“There wasn’t much that came out of that meeting, other then that he agreed to come [to Houston] and see us,” Holmberg said.

MLA John Rustad says the visit will likely be in January.

Reporting to council last week Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Shane Brienen said they didn’t get a lot of information.

“It was a frustrating meeting, most of our questions weren’t answered.

“They were a little confused actually about how that timber transfer deal worked. There was a lot of questions that we felt they should have been able to answer that they were not able to,” he said.

Councillor Van Barneveld agreed.

“Not a lot of information was shared, not because they didn’t want to, almost because they didn’t know,” he said.

“When we asked them specifics [about the Competition Bureau], they didn’t really know.

“They didn’t know if the Smithers piece was part of the Competition Bureau process or not, or if it was just the Canfor piece. They had no idea. We told them to look into it,” he said.

“I don’t know if we made headway,” Brienen said.

“We did let them know that we’re not happy with the deal and we’re not happy with where some of the timber is moving. And we’ll keep working on that, trying to get a bit back for the community somehow,” he said.

 

Just Posted

Workers had a busy time today repairing a broken main water line. (District of Houston photo)
Water service being restored

Main line on 13th had broken

Flags at the District of Houston administrative building were lowered last week following the news that the remains of as many as 215 children were found buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The flags were raised back up yesterday. (Houston Today photo)
Flags lowered in memory

Flags at the District of Houston administrative building were lowered last week… Continue reading

Bruce Tang- Unsplash photo
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

“Older adults in our communities continue to find themselves in vulnerable situations… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ restart plan

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Harvesting hay in the Fraser Valley. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
COVID-19: B.C. waives farm income requirement for a second year

Property owners don’t need minimum income for 2022 taxes

Most Read