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Taan Forest wins legal battle over contracting rules

March 28, 2017

Taan Forest can continue hiring small contractors to work on Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 60 afterwinning a two-year legal battle with the United Steelworkers Union. The union is appealing the decision. Writing in a 118-page decision in January, labour arbitrator Stanley Lanyon called the case “unique,complex, and litigious.” United Steelworkers

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Proposed logging prompts call for moratorium

March 27, 2017

A proposed logging operation near Hummingbird Creek has unleashed a wave of protest by Swansea Point residents and others who don’t want to see history repeated. The floodgates opened when Swansea Point residents Lois and Dave Schurek received a letter from Tolko Industries Ltd., dated Feb. 22, informing them of

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Fleming College student wins international forestry award

March 27, 2017

Fleming College student Reginald Eddy has received the prestigious Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award, which includes a $12,000 bursary and the opportunity to travel on exchange to the United Kingdom to complete a forest internship. Eddy, in his fifth semester of Fleming College’s Urban Forestry Technician (UTF) Co-op program

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Foresters hard up to fight softwood lumber dispute

March 20, 2017

Ontario and Quebec chambers of commerce say forestry companies are preparing for a trade war with the United States over softwood lumber and are asking the Canadian government for help. The chambers are sending a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, requesting the federal government commit to loan guarantees as Canadian

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Forestry workers to meet MPs for softwood lumber lobby

March 20, 2017

Unifor members from across Canada will meet with MPs next week to discuss how the federal government can save good Canadian jobs during Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement negotiations. “The stakes couldn’t be higher for one of the largest sectors of Canada’s economy,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The Trudeau

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Inaccuracies riddle forestry column – Comment

March 20, 2017

I would like to address some inaccurate comments by Ben Parfitt in his March 10 column. Mr. Parfitt seems to suggest that B.C.’s response to the devastating pine beetle infestation (escalated logging rates) was wrong, saying that the longer it continued, the more rapidly local forests would be depleted and

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‘Made in Canada’ wasps next step in battle against ash borer

March 20, 2017

This week the first batch of ‘Made in Canada’ parasitic wasps will emerge in the fight against the emerald ash borer. Researchers at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie  have reared 12,000 of the tiny wasps, which go by the name Tetrastichus. These wasps will join other

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