COVID-19 Update March 26, 2020
Today was a big day. A group of major contractors met today and discussed the Covid-19 Response Plan. We truly want to make sure that we are in the best position to take care of all of us together. The licensees are incredibly supportive, and we are looking at these processes and these implications together.
We are looking at not only the step-changes to move to work safely, we are also looking at the issues of social license, the concerns of the communities we work in, the ethical decisions based on health authority giving us approval, and the moral authority in order to move forward safely.
There is a great deal to this and I want to ensure you that we are looking at it from all angles.
Every single one of you, as part of our management team, has been invited in because you exemplify the leadership and resonance that is truly held with the empathy of care.
Let’s reflect on how to do this properly and how to do it in relationship to each other, how to do it in relationship to the licensees that we work for, and the communities that we work in. Let’s make sure that we do this right so if we invite youth away from their homes to plant trees, we know that they are being invited into a place that’s contained with safety and care.
This is what we been working on today.
There’s a lot yet to happen and a lot will be based on the trajectory of the virus.
COVID-19 Update March 25, 2020
Hello All,Here's the update for March 25, 2020. There were numerous calls regarding the options moving forwards.The conversations today were primarily around the trajectory of the COVID19 and safety. When it is safe to begin mobilization we need to ensure that the appropriate steps are in place so we can address any residual issues. This involves new camp standards. Those were released today and we are meeting tomorrow to review. It is reassuring to know that the moral, ethical, and social licence perspectives are being looked at, including legal obligations, and all standards that need to be upgraded to create a safe work environment. At the core of these discussions is "testing" or "a self reporting and monitoring" process as well as transportation issues that need to be addressed, There is some very good work on this today with the team of contractors.
Contractors and industry representatives are meeting to review the COVID-19 issue again tomorrow at 2pm.
I am very grateful that we delayed the season and have the opportunity to plan.
That is all for tonight.
Long day, good day,
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Hello all planters and management,
The planned delay has brought a necessary sense of calm. It allowed us to focus on the necessary changes in preparation for when we are allowed to go to work. There is are numerous people on this today. I am happy we announced this delay.
News continues to come out about potential shut-downs of provincial borders. It is very promising that the federal and provincial governments seem to be working hard to minimize the financial impact of all of this for all of us so that we can afford to do the right thing and STAY HOME.
We are still waiting for the industrial camp standards in BC to be released which will be a huge help in us finalizing what the health departments feel we need to do to keep all of you safe in camp.
In the meantime, we are continuing to talk with planters and crew-bosses about how we are all going to need to have a great season with the added social pressure of staying in the camp for the entire season.
We have not yet been updated on provincial camp standards or provincial COVID-19 Ministery guidelines. We continue to develop our internal systems.
The following is a list of the topics we are working on today.
There are lots of great ideas and invite input and conversation. Always feel free to call.
Thank you for your commitment to the season and we will continue updating daily.
Tim, Jason, and Mat
Hello All Planters and Management,
This is an Official Summit statement, as of Monday March 23, 2020 4:00 PM, regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our operations and how we are working towards solutions, which involve a structured delay as well as an COVID-19 isolation plan, camp plan, response plan and operation plan.
We are officially delaying the start of the SUMMIT planting season by two weeks in order to give us adequate time for appropriate preparation. All training will also be delayed by two weeks. This allows us the time needed to implement the necessary step changes for our camp isolation protocol. Contractors and licensees are working together to create a safe coordinated start for the 2020 planting season.
Over the past 2 weeks, we have been working to adapt our season based on the situation unfolding in British Columbia and Nationwide. Each day our plan is evolving as we receive new information, and we will continue to adapt moving forward.
We are developing COVID19 guidelines to structure our systems and camps so that our employees are properly cared for. Mobilizing for work will involve diligent protocols, which are being developed and reviewed through the WFCA (Western Forest Contractors Association), The Northern Health Authority, The Health Minister and The Forest Minister.
While remaining in camp for longer stretches will protect our employees, it will also protect local communities. We are working hard to properly implement plans for these new challenges, and we are looking at how it will affect even the smallest of details: laundry services, food delivery, obtaining and supplying planter specific items, and external exposure to camp. Additionally, we are creating an environment in the camp that is both safe and comfortable for extended periods of time. We are all in this together and we must ensure that we have the safest and most effective plan possible prior to moving into the season.
We ask our employees to NOT TRAVEL during this time, both for your safety and so that you are not mobilizing from your homes with so much National uncertainty. We are 100% dedicated to securing our season, and we ask everyone to be patient and ready to plant as we work through these unprecedented conditions.
This is an easy decision to make as it allows us the time to create the best environment for a safe and successful season. We will be adapting our plan daily to reflect the current situation with the goal of keeping our employees and communities safe and healthy. Let’s keep moving forward and we will get through this together. Let’s get prepared and ready to plant some trees.
We will be issuing daily statements, on our Web Page, FB, Chat channel #36, and via email to all management. In addition, we invite all planters or anyone with questions to reach out and contact us directly for additional information and questions.
Tim, Jason, Mat