FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Frustration continues to build within the B.C. Forest industry as more mills announce closures and curtailments.To date, there have been about 50 sawmills and plants that have announced curtailments or closures this year.Most recently, the Peace Valley OSB Plant announced that it will be closing this summer and the Taylor Pulp Mill has issued more production curtailments.- Advertisement -With these announcements, the B.C. Liberals say Premier John Horgan has been ignoring their calls for his Government to take action on this growing issue.According to the Liberals, Finance Minister Carole James announced that the Government would not be providing any new funding to the forest sector but only offer their sympathies to the affected workers.The Liberals blame the NDP for the closures because of the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.Advertisement Local Conservative M.P., Bob Zimmer, says he, along with other Conservative M.P.’s from B.C., has been briefed on the situation.Zimmer adds that the federal Liberal and provincial NDP governments are not doing enough when it comes to supporting the industry and its workers.“In these uncertain times, it looks as though this may just be the beginning, which is why I, along with other Conservative Members of Parliament from British Columbia, have been briefed on these closures and curtailments and possible next steps. It is clear that both the federal Liberal government and provincial NDP government are simply not doing enough to support this important industry and its workers.”Last week, Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson, said his Government will be sending a Community Response Transition Team to assist those affected by the closure.Advertisement
SANTA CLARITA – When the school year comes to an end the doors to Redview Prep will close, only to reopen as Sequoia Charter School. Like Redview Prep, the new school will focus on students in grades 7-12 who need mental health services and extra support throughout the day in addition to their academics. A $270,000 state grant made the new charter possible. Students’ needs are varied. Some are in special education. Others suffer with social anxiety about being on large campuses. Some others lack motivation in school and need help to stay on track. “It’s all kinds of kids, and the bottom line is that they have something going on,” said Eran Zeevi, Redview Prep principal. “We’re taking a special interest in not only giving them academic excellence, but to prepare them as much as we can for post-high school,” he said. Some grant funds will go toward a computer lab, library and vans to transport the students around the area to participate in job fairs, community service projects and other experiences, Zeevi said. [email protected] (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith two more bungalows added to Redview Prep’s campus behind the William S. Hart Union High School District offices, the new charter anticipates an enrollment of 51 students, about twice as many attending the 9-year-old Redview Prep today. Administrators hope to attract students from nearby districts and private schools who need the support that smaller class sizes can bring. Admission involves an application process and interview with administrators. “We’re hoping to bring back some students from nonpublic schools and accepting some junior high students from Castaic who need that kind of environment,” said Leslie Crunelle, assistant superintendent of education services. Although the class schedule is still in the works, Zeevi said Sequoia students will have individual plans that will focus on education, career, independent living, self-advocacy and social development. During homeroom each morning, students will review these plans with their teachers and the actions they’re taking toward reaching them, complete with target dates. Students’ goals can range from learning how to open a checking account to enrolling in college classes and renting apartments. Zeevi said the purpose is to train students for life after high school and how to live independently.
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