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Tolko announces sawmill closure

May 13, 2019

Global News — A sawmill in Quesnel will be permanently closed, while another sawmill in Kelowna will undergo a shift reduction, Tolko Industries Ltd., announced on Friday. Citing high wood costs and weak markets, the company said the closure process for Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel will begin on Friday,

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Minister’s statement on Tolko’s closure of Quest Wood mill

May 13, 2019

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has issued the following statement: “I am saddened by today’s news that Tolko will permanently close its Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel and eliminate a shift at its Kelowna sawmill.  “The loss of jobs in resource communities is difficult, and my thoughts are

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Thessalon lumber company laying off 20 workers

May 13, 2019

Twenty employees have been permanently laid off by Thessalon-based Midway Lumber Ltd. Thessalon is located about an hour’s drive east of Sault Ste. Marie. According to a report in Northern Ontario Business, USW Local 9260 president Scott Dunlop – who was one of the Midway Lumber employees laid off last week –

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Canada’s forest sector celebrates its best and brightest

May 10, 2019

Vancouver, BC – FPAC hosted its annual Awards of Excellence luncheon in Vancouver where it recognized individual and group contributions that are making a difference and taking the industry into the future. FPAC hosts this annual event to recognize excellence in the sector and to honour the achievements of our

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U.S./China Tariff Update — NHLA

May 8, 2019

 The Hardwood Federation sent out the following information:   It appears the U.S. – China trade negotiations will continue in Washington, D.C. this week (May 7) as scheduled despite concerns that President Trump’s Sunday night tweet had derailed the process.  Although reports over the last few weeks indicated that negotiations

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Canfor sawmills back up in B.C. after week-long curtailment

May 8, 2019

Forestry workers are back on the job after a week-long production curtailment affecting Canfor-owned sawmills across B.C. The Vancouver-based company announced the temporary shutdown on April 24, with mills closing five days later and resuming operations on Monday, May 6. The curtailment comes amid low lumber prices and the high

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BC Liberals oppose Horgan’s forestry bill

May 8, 2019

BC Liberals say Premier John Horgan and the NDP’s Bill 22 puts ideology ahead of what’s best for the hard-working B.C. families who depend heavily on the forestry sector by creating division within forestry-dependent communities. These measures mean B.C. will risk losing high-paying forestry jobs to the United States. “John

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