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About 100 layoffs underway at Kenora, Ont., sawmill, Unifor says

September 19, 2019

CBC NEWS — A spokesperson for the union representing workers at the sawmill in Kenora, Ont., says he hopes employees who are part of an ongoing staggered layoff will not be off the job for too long. According to a report by CBC News, Unifor national representative Steven Boon said

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COFI president happy to see the industry get helping hand

September 19, 2019

Susan Yurkovich, the president and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries is pleased with the government’s $69-million investment to support forestry workers who have been impacted by curtailments and shutdowns. Yurkovich says the industry is in a significant transition phase and that the province and industry need to

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B.C. Government outlines new forest worker support programs

September 19, 2019

The B.C. government has announced $69 million to fund a new series of measures aimed at supporting British Columbia forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in several B.C. Interior communities. The Interior forest industry has been reducing production in an effort to adjust to the end of

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Fort Frances mill needs ‘hundreds of millions’ in repairs

September 18, 2019

FORT FRANCES, Ont., TBNewswatch —  Resolute Forest Products said it spent almost $35 million to maintain its Fort Frances mill in a “hot idle” state after it was shut down in 2014. Despite that, the new owner of the mill says the paper machine and other infrastructure is in a state

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Kenora sawmill suspends production indefinitely

September 18, 2019

KENORA, Ont., TBNewswatch  — Kenora Forest Products is blaming a weak lumber market and American lumber duties for the indefinite shutdown of its sawmill operations. According to a report b y TBNewswatrch, the shutdown will begin on Sept. 23, affecting about 115 employees. In a statement, the company said “the decision

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COFI Releases Plan to Secure a Strong, Competitive Forestry Future

September 18, 2019

Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) has released a plan – “Smart Future: A Path Forward for B.C.’s Forest Products Industry” – with 60 policy choices that can be made today to secure a stronger future for B.C.’s forest sector. The forest industry has been a cornerstone of

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Forestry for the future campaign Launched — FPAC

September 17, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario:  The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has launched its Forestry for the Future campaign as it works to put issues facing Canada’s forestry workers and communities front and centre for federal election candidates across the country.  “The future of our sector in Canada is facing unprecedented challenges

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