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Will the US and Canada start a trade war over lumber?

August 29, 2016

The annals of U.S. trade relations with Canada, our largest trading partner, include a recurring dispute over softwood lumber: the kind of pine boards used mainly in construction and home improvement, as well as for paper. And a new dispute is looming at a very awkward time for the United

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Northern Alberta communities worried plan could cost jobs without doing much to protect caribou

August 29, 2016

A group of northern Alberta municipalities wants more discussion of a provincial plan to protect an extra 1.8 million hectares of wilderness in hopes of saving the woodland caribou. Caribou Communities of Alberta says a report by mediator Eric Denhoff that the government accepted in June could cost jobs and

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Tree planting sure isn’t what it once was

August 29, 2016

Tree planting is a job so demanding that when the BBC sent three young Brits to B.C. to give it a try, two didn’t even make it through the first week. “It really is the hardest job in the world,” said Dirk Brinkman, whose company, the Brinkman Group, hosted the

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Tolko Industries: Why they’re closing The Pas mill and what it means

August 29, 2016

For the third time in less than a month, northern towns are facing tough times after a major employer announced it will close its doors. On Aug. 22, 2016, Tolko Industries announced that as of Dec. 3, 332 employees in The Pas will be without jobs. The privately owned B.C.-based forestry products

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Dutch elm disease study in Fredericton shows mixed results

August 29, 2016

A 15-year study into Dutch elm disease in Fredericton found half of the local trees tested showed at least some tolerance to the disease. Grafts were from cuttings from local elms 15 years ago and they produced 150 trees. Those trees were later inoculated with spores from the disease to see if any

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Lumber exports shift to U.S. as China sales slump

August 29, 2016

Wood products exports from Canada to Asia were down 18 per cent in the first six months of 2016, with the biggest decline being softwood lumber from B.C. to China, according to the Seattle-based Wood Resources International. Lumber sales to China are on pace to drop by 50 per cent

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Program trains Indigenous youth for careers in natural resources

August 29, 2016

It’s been a whirlwind summer in the forests of Northern Ontario for a group of Indigenous youth, but they have a new and valuable skill set to show for it. Forty-six youth celebrated their graduation from the award-winning First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program on Thursday afternoon with a ceremony

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