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05/05/2014 03:31 EDT | Updated 07/05/2014 05:59 EDT

Nanaimo sawmill to have 'soft start' after shootings

Western Forest Products is re-opening all of its mills on Vancouver Island today, except the one in Nanaimo, where four people were shot – two fatally – last week, as the company continues to review safety measures at that mill.

The president of the local United Steelworkers union chapter Brian Butler said employees will be returning to work tomorrow in what he calls a "soft start."

"The crew and the management crew will come in and meet with counsellors and meet with the company and union officials and have a discussion, review things and make sure that people are comfortable and able to start up," said Butler.

"If they're comfortable to go out to their work stations and a little clean up or something then they're free to do so. But after the opening, if anybody is uncomfortable, they are more than able to head on home, and or continue to speak with the counsellors."

Kevin Douglas Addison, 47, of Nanaimo, has been charged with first-degree-murder in the deaths of Michael Lunn, 62, and Fred MeKeckern, 53, who died in mill shootings. Addison is also facing two charges of attempted murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Earl Kelly and Tony Sudar at the mill.

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