Log exports protested in Alberni

Approximately 50 protesters voiced their disapproval at Panamanian ship being loaded with raw logs at the Alberni port authority’s dock.

Protesters rally in front of Port Alberni Port Authority’s wharf on Tuesday

Raw logs were being loaded and exported out of Port Alberni this week and the Steelworkers Local 185 had something to say about it.

Approximately 50 protesters carried placards and voiced their disapproval at Panamanian ship Santa Serena being loaded with raw logs at the Port Alberni Port Authority’s dock on Harbour Road.

At the public dock, Canadian logs should equal Canadian jobs, said Steelworkers Loc. 185 president Dave Steinhauer.

“They’re taking logs to China and they should be milled and manufactured at facilities here in B.C.,” Steinhauer said.

“Whether the wood comes from Crown land, private land or B.C. timber sales it should be done here.”

The protesters were in town taking job steward training at the Steelworkers Hall and took the opportunity to show up en masse at the dock where a ship happened to be loading, Steinhauer said.

Carrying signs scrawled with “BC Logs for BC Mills” and “Alberni loggers sold out,” the protesters stood quietly at the Maritime Discovery Centre lighthouse, watching as logs were loaded less than kilometre away from the Somass Mill. In 1980, the mill employed 1,200 men. Today, in the log export era, it employs less than 50.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

ARTS AROUND: High energy fundraiser brings Brazil to the Alberni Valley

The Aché Brasil Dance troop is equal parts music, dance and spectacle

Enjoy a spooky Halloween weekend in the Alberni Valley

There are many Halloween-themed events taking place in Port Alberni this weekend

Port Alberni’s Black Sheep Rugby Club granted tax exemption

Talks continue about city’s new permissive tax exemption bylaw

Investigation sheds light on Nahmint logging

Forestry ministry denies claims auctioned timber violates protective status

Celebrated storyteller Mike Downie brings Secret Path to Port Alberni

Presentation takes place at Alberni District Secondary School on Oct. 25

VIDEO: Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech options pose threat

World-renowned cardiologist believes the device is just a pair of ‘rubber tubes’

B.C. parents sue city and province in 12-year-old daughter’s drowning at lake

Beverly Park drowned at Rotary Lake in Dawson Creek in August 2016

Island mom warning others as suspicious powder found in mail

“I was very uneasy … it could be coffee whitener or it could be something else in the bag.”

VIDEO: Chill with polar bears through an Arctic live cam

Cam reopens just ahead of Polar Bear Week

Aquilini companies deny negligence in U.S. vineyard fire that killed two kids

Fire occurred at Red Mountain Vineyard, located in southeast Washington State

Surrey cop killer gets new parole conditions

Surrey RCMP Constable Roger Pierlet, 23, was shot dead on March 29, 1974

Former Kelowna Hells Angels associate could be deported, court rules

David Revell has lost his fight against deportation from Canada

Alcohol available onboard BC Ferries starting Thursday

Beer and wine sales begin at 11 a.m. on select Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay sailings

Most Read