NEWS RELEASE · 10th February 2012
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism
Today marked the first major step in Burns Lake's road to recovery after the destruction of the Babine Forest Products mill, thanks to a jobs fair with 24 participant booths and maximum capacity attendance from the community.
It's estimated more than 300 people attended the jobs fair and all impacted sawmill workers had been contacted to participate.
Since the Babine Forest Products mill accident, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell and ministry staff having been working with local MLA John Rustad, mayor and council, First Nations chiefs, union leaders and industry representatives to help the community recover as quickly as possible.
The Province established a cross-ministry leadership group that is co- ordinating the provincial government's response and recovery efforts. Forest industry veteran Bob Clark, vice-president of forestry consultants J.B. Clark and Co., is leading the provincial government's on-the-ground Burns Lake economic response.
Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation -
"We are moving quickly, bringing together all levels of government, private companies and First Nations to develop strategies for Burns Lake to recover economically from the Babine mill tragedy. This effort is a real testament to the commitment by all levels of government and the private sector in and around the Village of Burns Lake to get these folks back to work."
John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes -
"The people throughout the Burns Lake region are really showing how devoted they are to rebuilding this community. It's extremely encouraging to see everyone coming together to rebuild and give people job opportunities and hope in our future."
Comment by les watmough on 15th February 2012
Trivia quiz What Governmant built the mill at Burns?? The Governmant of Dave Barrettt. Sorry that it burned, in Burns mills burn , Out here we tear them down-- deliberatly and no one cares but me. Something strange with that.