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Quebec mayors make case for ‘win-win agreement’ in softwood lumber dispute

May 17, 2017

A group of Quebec mayors made its case in Washington, D.C. today for a quick end to the dispute over softwood lumber, which has hurt the industry in the province.  Communities across the province depend on the industry, said Drummondville Mayor Alexandre Cusson, who led a trade mission to the U.S. capital. “We’re looking for

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Pattison’s increased lumber portfolio prompts speculation of Canfor, West Fraser Timber merger

May 17, 2017

Recent activity at West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has revealed that British Columbian billionaire Jim Pattison owns a significant minority stake in the company, prompting speculations of a merger with rival Canfor Corp., according to an analyst. Pattison owns 10 per cent of West Fraser, North America’s No. 1 lumber producer, said Paul

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Customers are key in softwood lumber dispute: Doer

May 17, 2017

Pressure from big-name U.S. wood retailers will be Alberta’s key ally in resolving the softwood lumber dispute, says the man hired to plead the province’s case. Former U.S. ambassador Gary Doer was in Edmonton Tuesday to meet with government officials. Canada is on the side of justice when it comes to

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Forest Sector Welcomes New Federal Rail Legislation

May 17, 2017

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes the new transportation legislation tabled by Transport Minister Marc Garneau today. CEO Derek Nighbor says the government understands that a more competitive and efficient transportation system is critical for Canada’s forestry dependant communities. The legislation tabled by Minister Garneau today would promote

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Softwood lumber aid package likely to go to cabinet Tuesday

May 16, 2017

The federal government’s aid package for the softwood lumber industry is expected to go before cabinet Tuesday for final approval. Sources tell CBC News the package will contain a “substantial” envelope of money — just under a billion dollars — to help the sector struggling to cope with new tariffs recently imposed by

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Resolute Forest says U.S. tariffs behind move to lay off workers

May 16, 2017

Canadian lumber company Resolute Forest Products Inc RFP.N said its move to temporarily lay off 1,282 employees was related to the United States’ decision last month to impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. The company said, starting Monday, it would cut shifts at three sawmills in

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Logging of Clearwater Valley goes federal

May 16, 2017

Community action groups fighting the logging of the Upper Clearwater Valley at the entrance to Wells Gray Provincial Park have banded together and are going above the province to take their issue to the federal level. The company carrying out the logging, Canfor, as well as the B.C. government, have

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