THE FOREST AROUND US
Quebec – a walk in the forest
committees is not new and so much can be gained for
both sides if the system is used with intelligence and given a chance.
I have a feeling that forestry management in B.C. has been far too paternalistic
in its attitude toward labor over the past years. There must be a change
from this approach, for really paternalism is as dead in management
and labor relations as is the outlawing of strikes. I believe that many
camps and mills in the forest industry of B.C. need the system of production
committees installed now. There has grown too large a gap in many of
these plants and it is time the problem was looked into by top management.
The problems of effluents, of plant environ-ment, of safety, of the
future of the work force and of a dozen problems, could be well discussed
and ironed out by the people who know—the ones doing the job.
Better than an outside so-called expert or some sensation-seeking repor-ter.
Production committees, if set up pro-perly can solve problems because
they are involved with the production prob-lems of a plant.
....I walked in the forests of Quebec where the famed Huron Indians once roamed, and where now the roar of power-saws and Timberjack skid-ders awake the Black Spruce forest each morning. My five champion loggers’ sports friends and I were the guests of the Price Co. Ltd., on their Shipshaw operations northeast of Lake St. Jean. We had gone to their five hundred man camp at Pamous-cachiou to put on a demonstration of loggers’ sports events, and the best from B.C.—Brian Hurlihy, Owen Carney, Jube Wickheim, Ron Hartill and Art Williams—put on a show one evening in September that I am sure the enthusiastic logging crew there will be talking about for some time to come.
....We were in a part of Canada that does not use the English language and the Price people had sent with us a very fine fellow from their Chicoutimi office by the name of Albert Dufour. This gentleman saved us a great deal of wear and tear on our arms and hands when we tried to make ourselves understood in our B.C. high school French. I found that the entire language of forestry operations in that part of Canada is spoken entirely in French, from top management to the work force. It seems a truly strange piece of history that has let the people of Canada be educated in French and English, but not compulsory in both.
....When a westerner for
the first time leaves the cities of Montreal and Quebec City and heads
north into the logging areas of the province, it comes as quite a shock
that very few Canadians there can speak or understand English. Only then
does one realize the multitude of problems this difference of language
and customs has brought to our country.
each other we realized that they are men in command of the situation
Their problems were certainly not unsimilar to ours in the west today.
They have a shortage of men—in spite of all the talk of unemployment
in Canada. I was told of camps that had to close down in Quebec due
to the shortage of men. They are concerned about the various environmental
problems from industrial smoke to the problems of logging near rivers
and lakes. And the ever increasing costs of logging is a problem that
confronts both east and west. The days of horse logging are long gone
in the Chicoutimi forests of Quebec and in their place are D-8 Cats,
Timberjacks, and some fine looking Tanguay-built hydraulic loaders and
slashers. We found Pacific logging trucks being used to haul three pup
trailers with 40 to 50 cord loads of sawlogs. It was rather pleasant
to think of these trucks being built in Vancouver to haul logs in Quebec.
We could use a lot more of this type of exchange.
British Columbia Lumberman,November, 1972
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Shipshaw River to a lake reservoir. There at the lake’s southern
end is the modern sawmill of the Price Co. The sawlogs are removed from
the reservoir at this point and sawn or stacked up for when the waterways
freeze up. The remainder of the cordwood then starts the last part of
its journey through a beautifully engineered wooden flume that floats
the wood to the pulp mill at Chicoutimi on the Saguenay River. As a
western logger I can only say that the Quebec loggers may handle small
trees—but they sure handle them efficiently and in volume.
There is a forest around us in Canada from east to west. Many of us depend on that forest for our living whether we
they have got some pretty good loggers in that forest around them in Quebec, go see for yourself.
speak French or English. I enjoyed the Quebec forests of Chicoutimi and I learned to understand my eastern counterparts a little better, you know
Keep out of the bight,
MEMBERS of the Ontario Loggers Sports group formed last spring invited its instigator Bill Moore to a meeting at North Bay, Ont. Where this historic picture was taken. From the left, the members are Tom Woolings of Wollings Forest Products Ltd> Paul Chovinard of C.T. McDonald Forest Products Ltd., Lucien Lacompte of Sturgeon Falls, Nick Nychuck of Nychuck Lumber Ltd., Peter Grant of Grant Lumber Co. Ltd., Gerry Brousseau of Malette Lumber Ltd., Bill Moore, Real Rousseau of Dubrevil Bros. Lumber Ltd., Jim Nugent, general superintendent and EarlCraig, special projects, both with the Forest Products Accident Prevention Association. Absent from the photo is Pete Murray of Weldwood of Canada Ltd.
|PART of a group of 20 students from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, SFU’s Faculty of Educ-ation and BCIT’s forestry course pose (above) with Prof. Oscar Sziklai of UBC outside the Garant Inc. plant in St. Francois, Quebec. Logging sports champions from B.C. pose (below) with interpreter Albert Dufour (extreme right) at Chicoutimi|
|British Columbia Lumberman, September, 1972||