Burns Lake comfor questions

Board of directors responds to inquiries about direction restructuring is taking and announced profit-sharing

The Board of Directors of Comfor Management Services Limited (CMSL) provided clarification of issues surrounding the recent announcement of profit sharing. Burns Lake Community Forest manager Kerry Martens provided answers on behalf of the CMSL board of directors.

Does this [profit sharing] mean that there are no funds available for community grants?

No, the board has agreed in principal to a new donations policy and this will be provided to you in the immediate future.

How did the board arrive at the decision to share profits rather than take community grant applications?

The Board has the intent of doing both. Profit sharing and donations to the public are part of CMSL company practice.

Are there expectations on the part of bands and the village to spend the money in a particular way, or is it cash straight into general revenue?

This question needs to be directed to the Village of Burns Lake, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and the Burns Lake Band.

Will there be a downfall in the annual allowable cut (AAC) next year?

Yes, our AAC drops from the current 260,000 cubic meters per year to 100,000 cubic meters per year starting in January 2014. We will also be starting another Timber Supply Review in 2014 to help determine a new AAC going forward.

Is there a new policy in place to replace old policies and procedures? If so, could we have a copy of the new policy? If the policy remains the same as before, where can we find a copy of Comfor policies now that the website is down?

As part of the restructuring process the Board rescinded all policies at their Oct. 17, 2012 meeting. The restructuring process is ongoing and all policies are being revised.

When do you expect the ComFor website to be back up?

We currently have a local company working on the website and hope to have it back up soon.

How long has it been down?

I became aware that the website was down about a month ago but cannot say for certain how long it was down prior to that.

Could we have a copy of the existing profit distribution agreement?

You would have to request that information from the Village of Burns Lake, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and the Burns Lake Band.

The previous Fiscal Policy that CMSL had ensured some went to reserve funds, some to community-is that still in effect or is there a new policy on that?

As mentioned before all policies have been rescinded. They are all being updated and revised.

The Lakes Timber Supply Area (TSA) includes the Regional District as well. Why wasn’t some of the 65 per cent given to the Village distributed to RDBN?

You would have to request that information form the Village of Burns Lake.

At press time the following questions were still unanswered by the board.  Answers to follow in next week’s Lakes District News.

Can someone from the board explain the reasoning behind the board’s decision not to allocate funds to the RDBN?

Community polling was done help guide the original comfor policies. How was community input gaged for the revised policies, if not through public consultation?

Can you be more specific as to when new policies can be expected?  Are we talking within three months, six months, one year?

Does the board have a date set for the next public meeting of the comfor board?

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vehicles waiting for the highway to reopen. (Shashank Bangera photo/Lakes District News)
Vehicle incident claims life on Highway 16 east of Burns Lake

The accident resulted in highway closure

The victim of a homicide in Houston is Pietro Adamo. (Photo courtesy the RCMP)
Man dies from injuries following assault

Investigators looking for information on this homicide

Stikine provincial election candidates (clockwise from top left): Nathan Cullen, NDP; Darcy Repen, Rural BC Party; Rod Taylor, Christian Heritage; and Gordon Sebastian, BC Liberals.
‘Where is Annita McPhee?’: Cullen under fire from opening salvo of all-candidates forum

Four Stikine candidates spar during online debate from Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers

(Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory Facebook screenshot)
Ceremony a right at proposed CGL pipeline drill site: BC Union of Indian Chiefs

Indigenous land defenders cannot be criminalized and targeted, argues UBCIC

(File graphic)
Man dies in Gitlaxt’aamiks (New Aiyansh) after being taken into police custody

IIO and BC Corners Service conducting independent investigations

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. sees record-breaking daily COVID infections with 499 new cases over weekend

Two people, both in the Lower Mainland, died due to the virus over the weekend

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Police confirm human remains were found in a recycling bin in Vancouver on Oct. 18, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Human remains found in recycling bin floating near Vancouver beach

Police asking nearby residents to see if their recycling bin has gone missing

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson visits a North Vancouver daycare to announce his party’s election promises for child care, Oct. 9, 2020. (B.C. Liberal Party video)
B.C. parties pitch costly child care programs in pandemic

B.C. Liberals say they’ll deliver on NDP’s $10-a-day promise for lower-income families

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A B.C. man decided to create a website to help people find family doctors accepting patients. Because Victoria is considered high-demand, clinic openings can’t be posted publicly. (Unsplash)
Vancouver Island man starts website that connects B.C. residents with doctors

Nanaimo man started project to help people find family physicians accepting patients

Voting station at Tzeachten Hall in the riding of Chilliwack-Kent on the first day of advance voting in the provincial election on Oct. 15, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. VOTES 2020: 380,000 British Columbians head to polls in first 4 days of advance voting

Some of highest voter turnout so far has been seen on Vancouver Island and in Shuswap

Grant and Barbara Howse, in quarantine in Invermere. Mike Turner photo
Denied entry into U.S., Kootenay couple still forced to quarantine for 2 weeks

The rules around crossing the U.S. border led to a bizarre situation for an Invermere couple

Most Read