Provinces, producers divided on softwood lumber talks
Simmering tensions between B.C. and Quebec, and between large and small Canadian lumber producers, will frame formal Canada-U. S. negotiations to take place in Ottawa next week. The internal conflict adds to the challenge facing the Trudeau government as it tries to put together a unified approach against an adversary...
B.C.’s Elaho Giant, a centuries-old Douglas fir, is dead
The life of an ancient colossus of the B.C. wilderness appears to be over. The Elaho Giant, a centuries-old Douglas fir growing in the Upper Elaho Valley, was caught in a wildfire last June. Although firefighters tried their best to save the famous tree, video shot this week shows a...
Fort McMurray forestry industry braces for wildfire damage reports
When the smoke cleared, unbelievably, there was good news. A $1.5-million stockpile of logs harvested over the winter and stored in a gravel pit north of Fort McMurray had caught fire but only about half of it was consumed before the flames burned themselves out. The stacks contained about 40,000...
Union vows to fight Tembec layoffs
The union representing 600 workers at Tembec’s operations in Temiscaming, Que., will fight announced layoffs taking effect June 20. Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233, said the cuts do not fall within the provisions of the collective agreement between Unifor and Tembec. “We were told the move was to...
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