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"I'm frustrated that Canada doesn't step up and deal with this national issue."
Officials still worry the situation could get worse.
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The Trump administration slapped tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber earlier this year.
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Dozens of logging companies have shut down operations.
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Batten down the hatches, British Columbia.
The hills are indeed alive! Ground-breaking research into trees and plants is revealing that they are much more complex and intelligent than we originally thought. Trees and plants can talk to each other, see, share food and even go to war.
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Resolute Forest Products is suing Greenpeace under organized crime laws.
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First Nations in Northern Canada have relied on caribou for millennia, for food, clothing and more. They've followed, observed and hunted the animals. They've seen changes in habits and populations as their territories face increasing development pressures. They've handed down knowledge through generations.
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Federal assessments show high levels of oil, gas and forestry activity mean no boreal Caribou herd in Alberta is likely to survive without significant changes in habitat management. In 2011, the range of the Little Smoky herd was assessed as being 95 per cent disturbed by industrial activity, and oil, gas and forestry have since caused further damage.
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I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.
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On the first day of February 2006, a landmark agreement that has been called "one of the most visionary forest conservation plans on Earth" was inked by First Nations elders, the provincial government and environmentalists. Eighty five per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest -- at 3.1 million hectares, an area roughly twice the size of Vancouver Island -- is permanently off limits to logging.
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Cheaper Canadian lumber will be seen as "unfair."
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Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.
Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.
The recent drop in oil prices has highlighted the vulnerability of the Canadian economy. We must strengthen our traditional manufacturing base by promoting innovation in our sustainably-managed forest resource, and provide jobs in the regions of Canada.
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The great boreal forest straddles the country and provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia have ample forestry resources. In a place like Canada biomass to energy can make a lot of sense. So we headed to the largest, closest biomass operation we could find -- the Alberta Pacific Forest Industries (ALPAC) pulp mill.
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Once lauded for policies such as the carbon tax and energy agreements with California, B.C.'s political leaders have now embraced liquefied natural gas, claiming industry expansion will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and add billions of dollars to provincial coffers -- never mind that no one in power now will be held accountable for these promises because they're several elections from being realized.
MONTREAL - Resolute Forest Products Inc. is reducing its capacity for making newsprint at three mills in Ontario and Quebec, at a cost of 300 jobs overall as it copes with reduced demand for that kind...
The New York Declaration on Forests represents an unprecedented effort by developed and developing countries to partner around a shared goal of ending global forest loss and committing to a concrete timeline to realize their goal to accomplish this goal.
B.C. is home to 75 per cent of Canada's bird species, 70 per cent of its freshwater fish species and 66 per cent of its butterfly species. More 1,900 of these species are at-risk. A staggering 87 per cent these don't receive any protection under provincial or federal laws.
One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.
VICTORIA - A property developer says logging is underway on a portion of land near the rugged and pristine Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island's southwest coast.Ender Ilkay has been trying f...
International trade will be a key growth driver for the Canadian economy this year and next. However, the distribution of export growth in Canada's provinces is anything but even. Some are leading the charge, while others are steady at the national pace. Others are lagging behind, some quite seriously. What are the key factors influencing the different growth patterns?
Although industrial projects like the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline or the recently defeated mega-quarry in Ontario typically grab the headlines and bring out public opposition, it's often the combined impacts of a range of human activities on the same land base that threaten to drive nature beyond critical tipping points.
OTTAWA - The federal Conservatives have re-calculated the impact of energy and mining on the Canadian economy in order to help bolster their strong support of the natural-resource sector against envir...
TORONTO - Troubled forestry firm Sino-Forest Corp. (TSX:TRE) says it has received default notices from its bondholders and has set up a committee to explore its options, which could include a sale of...
TORONTO - The Globe and Mail is reporting that police have launched an investigation into Chinese timberland company Sino-Forest Corp. and allegations the Toronto-listed firm defrauded Canadian invest...
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One of the first lessons I learned from First Nations communities was about the importance of respect. Without respect for each other, we don't listen and we fail to learn. But respect should extend beyond our fellow humans, to all the green things that capture the sun's energy and power the rest of life on Earth.
MONTREAL - AbitibiBowater Inc. (TSX:ABH) said Wednesday its second-quarter profits rose to $61 million, reversing a loss in the same period last year when it was involved in a court-supervised restruc...
Embattled Sino-Forest Corp., once Canada’s biggest publicly-traded timber company, appears to have substantially overstated the size and value of its forestry holdings in China’s Yunnan province, acco...
Sino-Forest Corp. is trying a new strategy to reverse the crisis of confidence in its financial statements, taking the extraordinary step of releasing bank statements and land agreements as proof that...
It took just one report from a little-known short-seller to send the stock of one of Canada's biggest publicly traded forestry companies into a tailspin and its startled board of prominent directors s...