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Emerald ash borer infestation in Bedford worse than previously believed

April 30, 2021

CBC NEWS  — The emerald ash borer is proving to be a greater threat to ash trees in the Halifax area than expected. Crispin Wood, the superintendent of urban forestry for the municipality, says it was originally believed the ash borer was only present in the DeWolf Park and Waterfront Drive

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Ontario Supports North Bay Area Businesses

April 30, 2021

                  NORTH BAY — The Ontario government is investing more than $2.1 million in five businesses and one film project in the Nipissing region to help create 19 new jobs and promote economic development in Northeastern Ontario. “As we continue to navigate COVID-19

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Higher lumber costs add $35K to new home prices

April 29, 2021

NAHB –According to NAHB’s latest estimates, rising softwood lumber prices over the last 12 months have added $35,872 to the price of an average new single-family home, and $12,966 to the market value of an average new multifamily home.  That increase in multifamily value translates to households paying $119 a month more to rent a new

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When First Nations break with environmentalists

April 28, 2021

NATIONAL POST — It’s been dubbed the new “War in the Woods”: A growing Vancouver Island protest encampment aimed at disrupting planned logging in Fairy Creek, an expanse of old-growth rainforest located just north of the British Columbia capital of Victoria. But this month yielded an unexpected twist in the

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Large portions of B.C. Crown land could end up in hands of Indigenous Nations

April 28, 2021

VICTORIA, VANCOUVER SUN —  — The B.C. government should prepare the public for the coming “big shock” when “fairly large chunks” of provincial Crown land are recognized as actually owned and controlled by Indigenous Nations. So says Jack Woodward, the lawyer who won the case that resulted in the first

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North American softwood lumber prices continue to skyrocket

April 28, 2021

MADISON’S REPORT — Unrelenting and extremely motivated demand is the reason behind this incredibly sharp rise. New-home purchases account for about 10% of the market and are calculated when contracts are signed. They are considered a timely barometer of the current real estate market. Softwood lumber prices continued to skyrocket,

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US Consumer Confidence Up Sharply Again in April

April 28, 2021

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose sharply again in April, following a substantial gain in March. The Index now stands at 121.7 (1985=100), up from 109.0 in March. The Present Situation Index—based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions—soared from 110.1 to 139.6. The Expectations Index—based on

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