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  • Greg Lay on
    MP concerned for future of small B.C. mills

    Coment:
    The US actions concerning Canadian Softwood Lumber will be vary challenging for small BC sawmilll operations The future of wood products produced in Canada lies NOT with the US but SE Asia and the Middle East The Federal Govt should work with BC and other Provinces to develope export strategies for our wood products to these countries Rather than export our dollars to an isolationist country struggling to integrate into a globalize world economy; invest these dollars into countries who wish to Make the World Great by working together

  • FPAC welcomes low-carbon economy fund announcement

    Coment:
    35% of the log is underused or not used at all and some is left in the bush new products including biofuels, chemicals etc need to be developed that have values that justify the costs of using all the timber portion,not just for lumber the industry also needs to develop more markets outside the USA for obvious reasons.... the lumber industry has operated on a cyclic up and down model for decades due to changes in economies and politics by diversifying products and markets these cycles can be levelled out as well as inclining

  • MP concerned for future of small B.C. mills

    Coment:
    thirty five percent of the log is left in the bush that could be value added beyond traditional lumber biofuels,chemicals etc also new markets outside the USA need to pushed forward the same old same old does not cut it anymore... the USA has once again gone into protectionist mode this will not be the last time...

  • The Working Forest on
    Report on Fort McMurray wildfire critiques Alberta response

    Coment:
    Fixed. Thanks for letting me know. Cindy

  • Bob Elliott on
    Report on Fort McMurray wildfire critiques Alberta response

    Coment:
    The link to the Edmonton Journal re the Fort Mac wildfire report doesn't work

  • Report on Fort McMurray wildfire critiques Alberta response

    Coment:
    all communities surrounded by forest should have at least a mile wide firebreak and water/pumping systems in place on their perimeters thats a no brainer esp in days of climate change pine beetles and dry and dead forests...

  • Ross on
    Report on Fort McMurray wildfire critiques Alberta response

    Coment:
    Apparently they had computer models illustrating what may occur but the government (political) didn't want to pay for some resources at the start of the fire.

  • The Working Forest on
    Watershed research shows freshwater ecosystems in peril

    Coment:
    I wouldn't say we're working on behalf of environmentalists, simply that we are reporting what they're up to. I appreciate the feedback, and will consider your opinion. Cindy

  • Kevin on
    Watershed research shows freshwater ecosystems in peril

    Coment:
    Oh come on! Watersheds in Peril in a research paper done by WWF! It's part of their fund raising campaign so how is this relevant outside of urban or agricultural areas. Remember, urban sprawl and agricultural areas de-forested are no longer watersheds.

  • Ross on
    Watershed research shows freshwater ecosystems in peril

    Coment:
    I believe there is stress put on the watersheds. But many think the WWF cries wolf so often that even if a study is legitimate people frequently brush it off. One of the biggest factors is urbanization. Former and present mayors of major urban centers should realize it. If they were serious about this issue then serious action regarding urban development must occur.

  • Mark on
    Watershed research shows freshwater ecosystems in peril

    Coment:
    Since when is the Working Forest working on the behalf of uneducated and job threatening environmentalists? If this is the new WF, I have read my last edition.

  • Ross on
    Softwood lumber: The never-ending battle

    Coment:
    Excellent comment.

  • Softwood lumber on agenda for Premiers’ visit to Washington

    Coment:
    while this is all good the fact is most Cdn producers are far more efficient at making 2 by 4s esp with the exchnge rate and this is a protectionist move...plain and simple...and then of course we have " that man" in the Whitehouse Cdns need to develop other markets.. anyways good luck to all

  • EOMF receives funding for documentary series

    Coment:
    Way to go EOMF and company.

  • Harold Lavack on
    Panel discusses benefits and challenges of 9-axle configurations

    Coment:
    I have been involved in Financing new innovations in the Foreast Industry most of my adult life, in one form or anther since 1969. The main problem is return on investment and the stake holders like Tolko beat the contractors to death by squeezing the price per cubic meter when they become more efficient and take the incentive ways to innovate.

  • Harold Lavack on
    Softwood lumber: The never-ending battle

    Coment:
    Why doesn't the Federal Government say to the U.S., like they did before, Canada impose the 30% duty on softwood lumber, that way we keep the duty money here. What leg would the US stand on then, this way at least we can kiss ourselves on each cheek instead of it Brit piped up or posterior by th US. Main problem, Jimmy Carter, I understand is the single largest private owner of Forest Lands in the U.S., if so, very interesting!!

  • Greg Lay on
    Softwood lumber aid package likely to go to cabinet Tuesday

    Coment:
    Canada's future as a global trading Nation is dependent on actively seeking out markets for our forest products in countries other than the US A program of subsidies for wood products manufacturers oriented to aggressively assisting them to access markets in Asia and the Middle East It appears Canada is supporting an attempt to resurrect the Transpacific Trade Pact Non of these countries are concerned that our forest industry has a subsidized log supply The future of a vibrant forest industry lies beyond the US border

  • George Delisle on
    Trump May Not Want Ontario Lumber – But Habitat for Humanity GTA Does!

    Coment:
    Building homes for humanity with local wood is a great project. Why don't we have a Federal Policy policy for dealing with major catastrophes around the world, where Canada provides lumber from Canada to build shelters instead of just giving money to the cause. Many times the money donated by the people and the Canadian government ends up as administration and some times as bribes in corrupt politicians pockets in far off lands. Would not it be better for everyone if this money was used to buy and ship Canadian lumber to areas that are desperate for shelter espescially in earth quake disasters. Wood stands up better to earth quakes, so why don't we capitalize on the the strength of the properties of wood, and help everyone at the same time? Tell the Americans to go pound sand if they don't want our wood. It is time that we start to find alternate markets for all our wood, not just some of it. As long as we are held captive to the American markets, we will remain a slave to them. The oil industry is the same situation. We need off shore markets for more Canadian products period. If the Canadian government buys large chucks of what we produce and donate it to "countries in need", it will help diversify the markets. It also exposes other parts of the world to Canadian products, and that is not a bad thing. George Delisle

  • Ross on
    Quebec mayors head to Washington to plead for softwood lumber deal

    Coment:
    This is a good move. During the last dispute the Federation of Canadian Municipalities did something similar but they met with some key mayors of the Democratic Party because Clinton was in power at that time. I would suggest something similar be done again but meet with the people who will be negatively affected by the dispute. Builders and developers, Black Political Caucus, Hispanic Caucuses in key states etc. I wouldn't waste time with the US Lumber Coalition because their mind is made up and won't change. Meet with those who don't support the US Lumber Coalition and those who are border line and need education.

  • Ross on
    Industry aims to launch legal challenge against tariff

    Coment:
    I agree with the Minister of National Revenue. This dispute recycles itself about every 10 years. Diversification of markets is critical and should be a priority. It won't help for now but the past shows that as soon as an agreement with the US occurs, the Canadian industry gets complacent. Diversification of market doesn't goes down on the priority list. One also should look at the influence of environmental ENGO's. They find this dispute to their liking because there will be less management of the forest.

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