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  • Brian Campbell on
    Remembering the Canadian Forestry Corps

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    Thank you for this tribute to the volunteer soldiers of the Canadian Forestry Corps. My late father served through WW2, keeping equipment running, producing lumber and materials starting from Scotland's forests and then following the fighting across western Europe. Plenty of action and risk. Cheers.

  • Ross on
    Inaccuracies riddle forestry column – Comment

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    A letter of reality. Thank you Art.

  • Al stewart on
    Inaccuracies riddle forestry column – Comment

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    Excellent response !! We need lots more of this type of pushback. Again...excellent.

  • Brian Campbell on
    Some B.C. loggers get extra day off to catch up on sleep, improve alertness

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    A wise and humane gift from the company to its drivers and their families. Bravo.

  • Ross on
    Resolute lawsuit against Greenpeace must continue in a smaller scope, court decides

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    I understood Greenpeace said their claims were rhetorical as a defense in the US but in Canada they say it's based on science. Interesting.

  • John Chittick on
    Unions, environmentalists call for log export ban

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    The NDP has a little problem with log exports. Given that the Teacher's pensions own most of the private timber being exported as logs, they can't afford to alienate one of their key constituents. The problem for public timber is that after someone has paid stumpage on a log as well as the costs of harvesting and transportation, they tend to think that at that point they actually might own that log. Telling that "owner" that they then have to sell it to the lowest bidder not only confirms the case of the US softwood lumber lobbyists but betrays a bizarre type of innumeracy. As for the bromide of "value added", there is nothing stopping operators from buying "under-processed" lumber and doing more with it now. Perhaps there is difficulty adding "margin" which equates more with the realities of the business world, something the NDP have always had trouble comprehending.

  • Ross on
    U.S. law firm employs anti-mafia laws to sue forest activists

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    Resolute is doing something which others should follow. Free speech is critical but fake claims and strong arming which is used by many environment groups should not be able to occur. It cause very negative affects to families and communities.

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    Hear. Hear.

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

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    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.

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