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U.S. ruling on softwood lumber duties welcome but disappointing: BC Lumber Trade Council
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U.S. ruling on softwood lumber duties welcome but disappointing: BC Lumber Trade Council

Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council made the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) issuance of final countervailing (CVD) and anti-dumping (AD) rates on Canadian softwood lumber. The new combined rate will be 8.59%, dropping from the current combined rate of 17.91%. “While the reduction in duty...

B.C. ministers frustrated by U.S. softwood lumber ruling
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B.C. ministers frustrated by U.S. softwood lumber ruling

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests; Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation; and George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, have issued the following joint statement in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination in its third administrative review regarding countervailing and anti-dumping duties applied to Canada’s softwood lumber exports to...

Stz’uminus First Nation signs reconciliation agreement with B.C.
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Stz’uminus First Nation signs reconciliation agreement with B.C.

A new reconciliation agreement between Stz’uminus First Nation and British Columbia establishes commitments to work together on community priorities and future land transfers, provides support for economic development, and establishes funding for future environmental remediation activities in Ladysmith Harbour. In addition, the province is providing Stz’uminus with $10 million over five years to support Stz’uminus-led...

First Nations chiefs ask protesters to remove illegal camp on Vancouver Island
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First Nations chiefs ask protesters to remove illegal camp on Vancouver Island

Indigenous leaders from the Ditidaht, Huu-ay-aht and Pacheedaht First Nations met with protesters on Thursday, June 23,  to give final notice to immediately dismantle an illegal camp built across a main logging road on Ditidaht traditional territory in Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 44 on Vancouver Island. The First Nations’ elected and hereditary chiefs were supported...

B.C. provides funding to reduce wildfire risks, enhance forest health
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B.C. provides funding to reduce wildfire risks, enhance forest health

To reduce wildfires in higher-risk communities, the B.C. government is providing $25 million in new funding to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC). This investment will support community projects that reduce wildfire risk and enhance wildlife habitat, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, forest recreation and ecological resiliency. Applications for this funding will open on Monday,...