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On softwood trade deal, getting agreement in Canada is the tough first step

May 24, 2016

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 here 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 that

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Provinces, producers divided on softwood lumber talks

May 24, 2016

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

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B.C.’s Elaho Giant, a centuries-old Douglas fir, is dead

May 24, 2016

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

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Fort McMurray forestry industry braces for wildfire damage reports

May 24, 2016

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

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Union vows to fight Tembec layoffs

May 24, 2016

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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Iroquois Falls releases heavily redacted purchase agreement for mill site redevelopment.

May 24, 2016

The Town of Iroquois Falls has publicly released the purchase agreement they signed along with Resolute Forest Products and Riverside Developments to redevelop the former mill site into a multi-use industrial facility. But interested or concerned residents won’t be learning much more about the deal they didn’t already know because

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N.W.T. wood pellet mill another step closer to reality

May 24, 2016

A proposed wood pellet venture in Enterprise, Northwest Territories, has acquired land for its mill, bringing a six-year slog of development one step closer to reality. Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. president Brad Mapes said the company purchased 320 hectares of land from the hamlet, or about four square kilometres. The

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