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  • dave zeppa on
    Massive $1.3M tree-planting effort in Fort McMurray to start this spring

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    lets hope they plant poplar and white birch....but you might want to hurry,as the jackpine has already started to grow....and we know how dangerous that fuel is in close proximity to towns .....at least we should by now

  • Rick on
    In a ‘Post-Truth’ Era, Greenpeace Lies to Raise Money

    Coment:
    I have had a university student come to my door canvassing for money to support Greenpeace stop a project that was in the early stages of completion. Unknown to the canvasser, I was working for the project, so knew the information they were presenting to raise money was false. When I challenged the canvasser, and told them I worked for the project and knew their information was untrue, their response was that Greenpeace had told them what to say. I support the move to have both sides present their side in a court of law, and then accept the courts decision.

  • John Chittick on
    Opinion: Trump administration brings fresh shot at new softwood lumber deal

    Coment:
    Unfortunately the benefits of free trade in softwood lumber are likely not to be realized by the US consumers once again. The same rational arguments for free trade could be applied to our own equally entrenched agricultural supply management issues with similar chances of resolution. President Trump seems oblivious to the benefits of free trade as he is now beholden to the populist sentiments of a renewed protectionism. The lobbyists may have changed but its highly unlikely that the swamp will be drained.

  • Ross on
    In a ‘Post-Truth’ Era, Greenpeace Lies to Raise Money

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    Resource communities should follow Resolute's example and sue. The union should follow Resolute's example and sue.

  • Ross on
    Greenpeace argues Resolute racketeering suit ‘brute force’ intimidation

    Coment:
    Greenpeace has been a bully and polarizes stakeholders. It doesn't like others pushing back in an assertive way. Others in resource industries and communities should consider following this example when appropriate. Maybe then, some environment groups would consider cooperation and not using inacurate information to influence the market place and government policies.

  • George Delisle on
    Budget season begins with Tolko talk

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    How many more small communities are going to feel a similar pain as Merritt is going through, as we reconcile the reduced timber supply in beetle hit areas in BC? One wonders if there should not be some portion of the annual allowable cut taken back from major timber companies when they shut down manufacturing plants in local communities. If there was a policy in place where a portion of the cut was clawed back for small scale forestry like Community Forests and Woodlots, it would provide local governments with the potential to attract a smaller sawmill operator that would lend some stability to the local communities. The existing policy allows all the remaining timber to be hauled away and be processed in facilities far from the community most impacted. It would also act as an incentive to the majors to maintain a reduced work force to process this remaining volume at the existing facilities. George Delisle

  • George Delisle on
    Trade minister confident Nova Scotia will dodge softwood lumber duties

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    It would be very interesting to know the difference in price for Nova Scotia lumber and British Columbia lumber and what the difference in stumpage is!! In the last go around of Softwood lumber tariffs it was the small independent log suppliers that were hurt the worst. The sawmills just reduced what they paid for private logs to reflect the tariff. When the Federal Government returned a large portion of the paid tariff, it all went to the sawmills and nothing went to the independent suppliers, which is extremely unfair and hurts the local rural communities from where the timber was extracted. This time around we need a more level playing field. We are still only getting 1990 prices for our logs and all expenses have gone up a tremendous amount since 1991. How many bureaucrats would be willing to go back to working for 1991 wages? George Delisle

  • roger fryer on
    Elk herds reintroduced to northwestern Ontario on the move: biologist

    Coment:
    great but they are being shot near my farm in Frenchriver 5 last year and maybe more this year I have 1300 acres but if they cross the river MNR said shoot but they feed on my crops also but i love to see them

  • Bob Thomas on
    United Steelworkers president will continue to fight for Canada’s lumber industry

    Coment:
    Don't know what Mr. Gerard is smoking but if the forest industry in Canada depends on this kind of thinking to protect and sustain it, then get ready to lock the yard gates. You, Mr. Gerard, like millions of Americans have been had and yet, you sip the kool-aid on your way down the garden path.

  • matt hollands RPF on
    Vaughn Palmer: All signs point to punishing lumber duties from U.S.

    Coment:
    photo of logs on truck with article is obviously pulp and not part of the softwood lumber trade conflict. A truck with larger logs with limited defect would have been more appropriate to go with this story.

  • Betty Brill on
    Trump could be Canada’s best weapon in the softwood fight

    Coment:
    Hear. Hear.

  • roger fryer on
    Public urged to help plan future of the Nipissing forest

    Coment:
    no point in planning if some people don't live by it and sit on their allowable cut or try to sell it for 3 times the cost and pay for special trips for gov. employees so they get what they want but i would not pay so

  • Richard Korpela on
    Softwood lumber, Canadian Establishment and Cuba

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    Canada should seek other markets for its softwood lumber and create a situation that has America granting us concessions if we would sell them some of our lumber to meet their needs.

  • U.S. Lumber Coalition files petition, restarting Canada-U.S. softwood lumber hostilities

    Coment:
    The argument that Canada's stumpage system creates an unfair advantage for Canadian producers is ludicrious, when you take the ACTUAL CURRENT MARKET VALUE of logs both north & south of the border, and prorate the costs into a "generic" $$/m3 basis ( which has to be done by industry professionals who understand BOTH of the Scribner scales utilized in the US, and the Canadian system ) but once transposed into common costs, it is obvious that there is no UNFAIR ADVANTAGE, as a matter of fact under certain scenarios the Canadian system can actually end up costing substantially more, in the long run. But let us set aside the argauments of fair stumpage fees for now, & concentrate solely on market value of the lumber. Not a simple "apple to apple" comparisan here either, with SYP 2x6-8ft #2Btr Framing lumber currently trading @ approximately US$305/Mfbm and the price of WRC equivalent grade, from Canadian mills, trading conservatively @ US$800-900/Mfbm ........... how can they claim unfair disparity? No this is simply a marketing ploy by the owners of the big Yellow Pine mills attempting to create a monopoly by establishing governtorial blockades against the producers in the North !!!

  • Jim on
    U.S. lumber coalition fires first shot in new lumber war

    Coment:
    Who are the members of the us lumber coalition

  • David Yoder on
    Gray jay is the perfect choice for our national bird

    Coment:
    Having worked in northern Saskatchewan several years, I have become fascinated with the Whiskey Jack and would like to know what the Cree-Ojibway name is for this interesting bird. Tenigee, David Yoder (now living in Pennsylvania)

  • Marg Carruthers on
    Gray jay is the perfect choice for our national bird

    Coment:
    If you want to find one in the bush, all you have to do is unwrap a sandwich and wave it in the air a few times! They (silently) will join you.

  • John Chittick on
    Cap-and-trade system could help province’s forestry industry

    Coment:
    It's bad enough that we listen to the media "experts" parroting the conflation of "clear cutting" with bad forest practices but encouraging forest owners to rent out the non-harvesting of their forest crops to benefit from the avails of green theocracy with its demonization of Carbon Dioxide is compounded madness.

  • OPINION: A contractor’s perspective on forestry

    Coment:
    Good for you.Lots do not know what side of the bread the butter is on and still doing the management work right!!!!

  • John Chittick on
    As Canada Negotiates New Softwood Pact, Complaints of BC Subsidies Resurface

    Coment:
    ENGOs who have been taking money from US foundations intent on making Canada's public lands at least as economically sterile as US public lands coincidentally taking the side of US protectionists, how newsworthy is that! Ms Husband is only correct in that due to Canada's Crown owned forests, we have a virtually impossible task in defending against the charges of "subsidy". Its been that way for 160 years or so and until Canadians learn and act on the knowledge that commercial forestry in civilized nations is mostly conducted on private land, we will continue to flounder against our giant neighbour and largest natural market.

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