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OFC To Urge Government For Support Regarding SAR Guide

The Ontario Forestry Coalition will ask the government for support regarding SAR guide.

Municipal leaders, chambers of commerce, unions and forest professionals will meet at Queen’s Park Wednesday to urge the government to avoid rushing a species at risk policy.

The policy or guide will contain rules for species along with the effects on Ontario’s regional forestry operations.

FONOM President and Kapuskasing Mayor Alan Spacek says the coordinated group effort which claims Ontario has not acted to save the caribou, ignores over 20 years of hard work.

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Spacek says over $11 million has been spent on government research tracking over 600 animals in that time period.

NOMA President Wendy Landry says the attacks on forestry are concerning, especially when most come from those with nothing to lose.

President and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association Jamie Lim says 57,000 jobs are at stake and misinformation can’t be allowed to get in the way of evidence-based policy decisions.

At this time there has been no definitive update on when the SAR guide will be finalized and released to the public.

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