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Evacuation lifted for some in Fort McMurray; kept in place for trailer park

May 3, 2016

About 500 residents have been allowed to return home in northern Alberta after a wildfire forced them out on the weekend. Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said Monday evening the mandatory evacuation order was lifted for residents in the Prairie Creek neighbourhoods just south of

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Fire danger extreme in parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta

May 3, 2016

Large swaths of red — meaning extreme risk — cover Alberta and Saskatchewan on the latest fire danger map from Natural Resources Canada. Many other areas are considered high or very high risk in the two Prairie provinces, where there’s been below average snowfall and above normal temperatures in much of Western

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Pine beetle infestations reduce wildfire severity, study suggests

May 3, 2016

It’s been feared that the many millions of dead trees left in the wake of pine beetles infestations would lead to more severe wildfires, but new research suggests that is not the case. A study that examined more than 80 fires over the last 25 years in the Pacific Northwest

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Weyerhaeuser pulp mill sold

May 3, 2016

Grande Prairie’s Weyerhaeuser pulp mill will soon be under new ownership. Weyerhaeuser recently announced a $2.2 billion deal with International Paper for its cellulose fibers mills, which includes the mill in Grande Prairie. Wayne Roznowsky, public affairs manager for Weyerhaeuser Canada, said the sale came out of a recent strategic

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Walk marks two years since sawmill shooting

May 3, 2016

Saturday marked a sombre anniversary in Nanaimo as it was two years to the day that a shooting occurred at the now-closed Western Forest Products mill. Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly were injured in the April 30 incident, while Michael John Lunn and Fred James McEachern were killed. Lorraine McEachern,

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Former Sino-Forest executives didn’t deceive, lawyer tells hearing

May 3, 2016

Four former Sino-Forest executives accused of fraud did not deceive anyone or shirk responsibility for their actions while they worked for the forestry company, a securities tribunal heard Monday. To the contrary, Albert Ip, one of the four accused, agreed to be examined by law firm Bennett Jones while he

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Canadian forestry group pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions

May 3, 2016

Canada’s forest products industry is aiming to be a major contributor to Canada’s 2030 climate goal, but is touting better forest management and increased use of wood products – rather than emissions reductions at its operations – as the key strategies. In a statement Monday, the Forest Products Association of

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