You know those containers of trash that have been in the news lately? Well, it might take a little longer than expected. The National Post is reporting that the Port of Vancouver seems to be headed for a full shutdown after an announcement made by the companies responsible for port facilities operations announced a lockout.
PORT OF VANCOUVER
There were originally three separate ports serving the Metro Vancouver region: the Port of Vancouver, the Fraser River Port Authority and the North Fraser Port Authority.
The Government of Canada passed legislation to amalgamate the three ports, which merged the three ports into one in 2008. The newly amalgamated entity is now known as the Port of Vancouver.
The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s busiest and the third largest North American port.
The Port of Vancouver processes 3.0 million containers every year, valued at more than CAD$200 million.
The Port of Vancouver generates 98,800 full time jobs for Canada.
WHAT IS A LOCKOUT?
The B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) confirmed the impending lockout after more than a year of unsuccessful labour negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU).
The last labour disruption in 2014 left Canadian businesses scrambling to find alternative methods to ship their goods, and disrupted shipments across the country.
WHAT ABOUT THE CONTAINERS OF TRASH?
If BCMEA pushes through with the lockout, it is very likely that the return of the containers of trash will be delayed, along with the millions of other containers already en route to the Port of Vancouver.
CONTAINERS OF TRASH STILL IN THE PHILIPPINES
Meanwhile, the containers of trash are still in the Philippines.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not at all happy with how long its taking to repatriate the containers of trash.
The containers were shipped to the Philippines by a Canadian businessman, supposedly filled with recyclable plastics.
Apparently, the Canadian businessman was swindled by the sellers, who switched the recyclable plastics with household trash.
The containers of trash has been sitting in Philippine ports for the past several years, despite diplomatic efforts by the Philippines to return them to Canada.
PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT KEEPS UP THE DIPLOMATIC PRESSURE TO FORCE CANADA TO REPATRIATE TRASH
After representatives from the Government of Canada raised concerns about Duterte’s human rights record, the Philippine president cancelled a deal to buy helicopters from a Canadian company.
Duterte was further angered by comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a visit to the Philippines, prompting the president to tell his guest to “mind his own business”.
As regional alliances evolve, and countries like the Philippines pivoting towards China, the Government of Canada seemed caught by surprise with the aggressive stance taken by the Philippine Government over what it deemed as a private matter.
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FORCED TO TAKE BACK CONTAINERS OF TRASH AT ITS OWN EXPENSE
Despite claiming that the issue of the containers of trash was a private matter, the Government of Canada was forced to make arrangements to return the containers of trash back to Canada.
The Government of Canada hired a Canadian company to ship the containers of trash back to the Port of Vancouver, where it will be disposed in accordance to Canadian environmental regulations.
PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT RECALLS DIPLOMATS
Duterte ordered the recall of his top diplomats from Canada after he imposed a May 15 deadline for the removal of the containers of trash.
After the Government of Canada announced that the containers will be shipped by the end of June, the Philippine Government responded by cancelling all future official trips to Canada.
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