Houston Forest Products shipped out their last load last week. Here Shipping Advisor Kathy Wardrop stands with her work crew. There are 271 employees affected by the HFP closure.

Services Pillar keeps meeting

The Community Services Pillar will keep meeting for three to six months, but to date little increased service demand has been reported.

Support meetings for Houston’s community services will continue to meet for three to six months.

The Community Services Pillar focuses on ensuring Houston services have the support they need to meet the demand during the transition period following the closure of Houston Forest Products.

Houston Link to Learning reported at a recent pillar meeting that they are seeing a steady number of people seeking help with resumes.

They are “looking into becoming a satellite service for Work BC” said the Pillar meeting minutes.

Most services, including Northern Health’s adult mental health services and Health Centre, RCMP, Ministry of Children and Families, and Houston Community Services reported that they have not seen increased demand for service since the HFP closure.

The most recent information on HFP employees shows that 48 are  transferring to other West Fraser mills, 36 have work outside of West Fraser, 27 are retiring, 27 are seeking retraining and 54 are still looking for work, “preferably in Houston or a new industry.”

Just Posted

Area restrictions rescinded in northwest B.C.

The orders will be rescinded Sept. 19 at noon

Verdun Mountain and Nadina Lake fires 100 per cent contained

Area restriction orders in effect for several fires

Vigil for Jessica Patrick

VIDEOS: Hundreds honour a young mother who lost her life. Jessica Patrick was 18.

Still unclear if Houston will benefit from new opioids crisis funding

Canada’s health minister has recently announced $71.7 million in emergency funding

Houston participant at the BC 55+ Games

This year’s 55+ BC Games (previously the BC Seniors Games) had one… Continue reading

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

First court date for B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Pot, cash, mansions: Judge divvies up illegal estate of divorcing B.C. couple

The Smiths ran a multi-million marijuana operation that spanned three counties

Around the BCHL: Nanaimo Clippers acquire defenceman from Langley Rivermen

Around the BCHL is a look at goings on around the BCHL and the junior A world.

B.C. co-op develops tech to help prevent ODs, especially for alone users

Brave Technology has been awarded $200,000 in the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Recent jump in U.S. butter imports? All smooth, says Canadian dairy farmers

U.S. farmers recently enjoyed extra access to the Canadian market

Most Read