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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Froggy Foibles

Tanja logging on hold following koala discovery

ABC News Australia
July 31, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Logging operations planned for Tanja State Forest are on hold after a recent survey found evidence of koalas in one of the proposed logging compartments. A Forests NSW spokesperson today confirmed that the operations will not proceed until the harvest plan is amended with appropriate koala protection prescriptions.

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Business & Politics

Domtar should consider selling pulp assets: analyst

Financial Post
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pulp only accounts for about 15% of Domtar Corp.’s earnings, but the volatile commodity nonetheless tends to be a key driver of the company’s share price. So while prices for northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK), the paper industry’s benchmark for pulp, may take some time to recover given that China is oversupplied, JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh thinks they may be near a bottom. If that’s the case, Domtar should begin to perform better, as it did in both 2010 and 2011, the analyst told clients, upgrading the stock to overweight from neutral.

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Sino-Forest Provides Update on the Status of its Accounts Receivable

Canada NewsWire (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Sino-Forest Corporation today provided a status update regarding its efforts to collect accounts receivable owing to subsidiaries of the Company… As at March 30, 2012, a total of $79.6 million was owing to wholly foreign-owned subsidiaries of Sino-Forest, a total of $887.4 million was owing to British Virgin Island (BVI) subsidiaries from authorized intermediaries arising from the sale of standing timber forestry assets and a total of $126.2 million was owing to other BVI subsidiaries from the sale of imported logs and wood products.

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Catalyst Paper to close Snowflake recycle mill in Arizona, 308 workers affected

Equities.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Pulp and paper producer Catalyst Paper has announced the permanent closure of its Snowflake recycle mill in northeastern Arizona and its subsidiary, the Apache Railway Company. The move will put 308 workers out of a job after production at the operations shuts down on Sept. 30. The Richmond, B.C.-based company cited flagging demand for newsprint, price volatility and higher freight costs as reasons for the closure.

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Housing demand boosts lumber sales

CBC.ca
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s been a good summer for sawmills in northeastern Ontario — and that has some thinking optimistically about the forest industry for the first time in years. More Americans are building houses this summer, bumping up lumber prices. This is good news for the mill in Nairn Centre, located west of Sudbury, which was purchased by Eacom from Domtar two years ago. The Nairn Centre mill still has a key client in Domtar’s Espanola pulp and paper mill — where Eacom’s Brian Nicks said his company sells the leftover wood, which is still a big part of their business.

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Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products, Named RISI’s 2012 North American CEO of the Year

Canada NewsWire (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BEDFORD, Mass. RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced Mr. Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Forest Products, has been selected as RISI’s 2012 North American CEO of the Year. RISI, the leading information provider for the forest products industry, gives the award to honor industry leaders who have made significant achievements over the past year.

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Domtar workers in Dryden ratify five-year contract

TB Newswatch
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is labour peace for the Domtar mill and woodlands workers in Dryden. Employees of the mill represented by the Paperworkers Union have ratified a new five-year contract, by a 70 per cent vote. The contract is retroactive to 2009, so there are no wage increases for the first three years of the deal. But workers will get a one per cent hike in September for the fourth year of the agreement, and another 1.5 per cent in September of 2013. There are also improvements in benefits and contract language.

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US Fencing Market

MarketWatch (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Demand for fencing in the US is forecast to expand 7.1 percent per year to $8.3 billion in 2016, totaling 835 million linear feet. Growth will be driven by an expected rebound in building construction from a depressed 2011 base. In addition, advances will be supported by rising use of high-value fencing materials, such as ornamental metal and plastic and composite lumber. Consumers will opt for these materials because of their favorable aesthetic qualities and performance properties.

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Weyerhaeuser PT Raised to $23.00

Jags Report
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) had its price target upped by Deutsche Bank from $19.00 to $23.00 in a research note released on Monday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the stock.

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Hollund Industrial Marine Set to Finalize Exclusive Technology License

MarketWatch (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BLAINE, Wash – Hollund Industrial Marine announced today that the company expects by Friday, August 2nd, 2012, to have completed negotiations concerning the company’s acquisition of an exclusive license for the patented underwater logging technology. “For the past few weeks, we’ve been negotiating with the technology owner to secure a multi-year exclusive agreement for the rights to market and operate the patented underwater timber harvesting robotic system,” stated Peter Meier, President of Hollund Industrial.

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Pellet plant breaks ground in Va., brings economic growth

Biomass Magazine
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A new 500,000 ton per year pellet production facility in Southampton County, Va. represents the biggest economic development in the county over the past 20 years, according to Michael Johnson, Southampton County administrator. The pellet production facility will be owned and operated by Maryland-based Enviva LP, and following the recent groundbreaking held at the 139-acre site Enviva purchased for $1.5 million, the facility will be operational by the end of 2013.

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Pre-Ramadan softwood prices almost unchanged

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At the beginning of the third quarter, the majority of central European shippers have been unable to get importers on the softwood lumber markets of North Africa and the Middle East to accept higher selling prices. From what shippers say, importers still have an adequate supply of softwood lumber even for prompt deliveries.

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Panasonic Develops Highly Efficient Artificial Photosynthesis System Generating Organic Materials from Carbon Dioxide and Water

MarketWatch (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

OSAKA, Japan — Panasonic has developed an artificial photosynthesis system which converts carbon dioxide to organic materials by illuminating with sunlight at a world’s top efficiency of 0.2%. The efficiency is on a comparable level with real plants used for biomass energy. The key to the system is the application of a nitride semiconductor which makes the system simple and efficient. This development will be a foundation for the realization of a system for capturing and converting wasted carbon dioxide from incinerators, power plants or industrial activities

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Scholastic Reports 2011 Progress toward Industry-Leading Goals for Use of FSC

Company surpassed goal for FSC-Certified Paper by more than 18%
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced another year of significant progress toward the company-wide goal of strengthening its sustainable paper procurement practices and increasing the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council – certified and post-consumer waste recycled paper purchased by the company.

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UK softwood timber production ‘to rise in decades to come’

KMS Baltics
July 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK’s private sector forests will see a rise in their production of softwood timber over the coming 25 years, according to Forestry Commission research… This is due to extensive planting of new conifer forests between 1960 and 1990, which is set to result in a peak in the potential amount of timber available for market. However, the commission noted that the actual amount of timber that will be harvested is dependent on environmental and operational constraints.

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Green Building Body Gets Board Makeover

DesignBuild Source
July 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The leader of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company is set to take over as chairman of the Green Building Council of Australia under a series of changes designed to improve the body’s governance structure.Two other board members, having announced their retirement, will be leaving the council. The changes follow an extraordinary general meeting in Sydney on July 22, during which members of the GBCA unanimously approved nine governance changes which the Council says are consistent with Australian best practices.

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Forestry

Radical environmentalism growing, report warns; Sparks Greenpeace dismissal

680 News
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – There is a “growing radicalized environmentalist faction” in Canada that is opposed to the country’s energy sector policies, warns a newly declassified intelligence report. The RCMP criminal intelligence assessment, focusing on Canadian waters, cites potential dangers from environmental activists to offshore oil platforms and hazardous marine shipments, representing perhaps the starkest assessment of such threats by the Canadian security community to date. The report drew a sharp dismissal from Greenpeace — a prominent environmental group singled out in the document — which suggested it could simply be an effort by security authorities to tell the Harper government what it wants to hear.

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Musical revue celebrates BC Forest Service centenary

BC Government
Press release
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The government of British Columbia has provided $50,000 to enable a tribute in music, poetry and stories honouring the BC Forest Service’s 2012 centennial year to tour the province. Inspired by the logger poetry of Robert E. Swanson, B.C.’s Bard of the Woods, “Good Timber – Songs and Stories of the Western Logger” presents a spirited depiction of life in the logging camps and communities central to the cultural legacy of forestry in British Columbia.

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Forest deal sends wrong message on conservation: environmentalists

Canadian Press
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Environmentalists say new deals signed between the Alberta government and two forestry companies will make it harder for the province to balance industry and conservation. The Alberta Wilderness Association says the 20-year forestry management agreements, posted last week, tie Alberta’s hands as it writes land-use plans to manage increasing pressure on public forests. “The government is sending an unfortunate signal that just looking at the forest as timber supply seems to be the direction it wants to go,” said spokeswoman Carolyn Campbell.

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Wildfire triggers West Kelowna evacuation alert

Residents of Wilson’s Landing warned be ready to leave at a moment’s notice
CBC.ca
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An evacuation alert has been issued for approximately 50 properties in the Wilson’s Landing area of West Kelowna, B.C., after a wildfire jumped a fireguard late Sunday night. The fire was sparked by lightning on Friday and was declared contained by noon on Sunday. However, on Sunday night winds in the area picked up and fanned the flames and on Monday morning officials said what was a fire of 4.4 hectares had grown to 26.6 hectares, and was only 20 per cent contained.

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Ministry encourages compromise in Pritchard logging

Kamloops Daily News
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province will encourage a forest company with rights to log in watersheds above Pritchard to work out differences with residents of the rural community. The board of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District asked the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on Thursday to place a stop-work order on logging in the Martin Creek and Laveau Creek watersheds… A joint venture by Tolko Industries Ltd. and Neskonlith Indian Band has a licence to take the equivalent of more than 1,000 logging truck loads of timber from the watersheds of the two creeks.

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Teachers learn lessons in coastal forestry

North Island Midweek
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nineteen B.C. teachers were welcomed by Harold Macy (centre, with dog) at his Courtenay woodlot on the first stop in a ‘Festival of Forestry’ tour based in Campbell River. Over three days, the teachers got a chance to learn about everything from managed forests to marmots. The BC Festival of Forestry is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality professional development experiences for school teachers. These annual, complimentary tours take interested teachers to different resource-based communities in BC.

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Destroy the trees, kill the root hairs

Maple Ridge News
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Enter, Herb Hammond, a self-described “recovering forester” who co-founded the Silva Forest Foundation, a B.C. organization that helps communities implement responsible conservation-based economies. …”The forests provided indigenous people for millennium,” says Hammond. “All they had to do was maintain it and they had berries, deer. All basic needs – air, food, water, shelter – came from forests.” Contrast this ethic with the B.C. government’s relaxation of clear cutting restrictions in forests and its impact on the ecosystem. Streams will be muddied, churned up by vehicles, buried; the potential for salmon spawning decreased even more.

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Hupacasath signs agreement, ends land dispute with province

Alberni Valley Times
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A land dispute that began eight years ago between the B.C. government and the Hupacasath First Nation has now been resolved. The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources announced yesterday that it signed a agreement of accommodation with the Alberni Valley First Nation that is meant to resolve the 2004 removal of land owned by the nation. The dispute has been before the courts for the last three years, said Robert Duncan, Hupacasth First Nations CEO.

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Fire evacuees arrive

The Chronicle Journal
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay is preparing to take in about 300 Sandy Lake residents forced to flee their homes due to the forest fire situation. The City of Thunder Bay Emergency Operations Control Group met Sunday morning to get an update on the forest fire situation in the Sandy Lake First Nation area, and Emergency Management Ontario asked Thunder Bay to be a host community for residents, at the request of Chief Bart Meekis.

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Quebec’s Atikamekw First Nation fights for its rights

July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On the eve of a provincial election call, the disparity between two Quebec aboriginal communities has been brought into sharper focus this week. Premier Jean Charest stood under the glare of flashbulbs and TV cameras in the National Assembly on Tuesday as he signed a historic agreement between the provincial government and Quebec’s Cree Nation. The deal guarantees new levels of economic opportunity and self-determination for the Cree, who have secured a unique bargaining position with the government through years of courtroom battles and direct political action. But outside the limelight and in the depths of Quebec’s boreal forest, the poverty-stricken Atikamekw continue their decades-long struggle to reach some kind of meaningful partnership with the provincial government.

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USDA Urges the Public to Report Asian Longhorned Beetle Sightings

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is asking the public to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the devastating invasive pest and a critical time for building the public’s awareness of ALB. ALB was first discovered in the United States in 1996, likely arriving via wood packing material from Asia. 

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US Is Urged to Change Its Firefighting Air Fleet

New York Times
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The best aircraft to fight the growing number of Western wildfires would be dozens of modern “scooper” planes that fill their bellies with water skimmed in seconds from a lake or river, and not the slower helicopters and tankers now in use, according to a study released on Monday by the RAND Corporation. But the chief of the federal Forest Service, which commissioned the study, has rejected its central finding.

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US Forest Service rejects firefighting aircraft study

Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is dismissing a study it commissioned that recommends a major overhaul in its approach to fighting wildfires, suggesting swapping out expensive retardant-dropping air tankers in favor of less costly water-scooping planes. A Rand Corp. study examined the optimal combination of large planes and helicopters deployed to fires, providing an analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of each type of aircraft. 

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
RAND: Put water scoopers at core of firefighting
A think tank says the U.S. Forest Service should pursue a much different strategy for using airplanes to fight wildfires, one that relies more heavily on planes that scoop up water on the fly…

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Greenspace: Forest Field Day to teach woodland management

Post-Bulletin
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…But the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District hopes to teach folks a bit more about our arboreal neighbors. The district’s Forestry Field Day will be held just west of Chatfield today… The seminar will include a walk along private property in Fillmore County as well as a short trek down the Lost Creek Hiking Trail…“They’ll be talking about basic forestry, how to identify trees, forestry management and what your trees are worth,” Ryg said.

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Oklahoma Forestry Commission warns of increasing danger of wildfires across state

The Republic
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Forestry Services is warning of an increasing potential for extreme wildfires across the state. “Conditions are deteriorating,” Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler said in a news release Saturday. “Fire behavior is nearing the point where firefighters’ initial attack will be unsuccessful and long duration wildfires can happen.”

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Planet Ark sails in to timber storm (includes video)

ABC News Australia
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Planet Ark is one of Australia’s highest profile environmental groups, backed by celebrities like Pierce Brosnan and Kylie Minogue, and famous for its campaigns on recycling and tree-planting. But the charity, cofounded by tennis great Pat Cash is under attack from its fellow green groups, accused of selling out to the forest industry. 7:.0 has learned that Planet Ark has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship from a timber lobby group and allowed its logo to be used on advertising for wood products. Tonight the organisation’s founders speak out for the first time in this exclusive report from Adam Harvey.

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Forestry workers heckle minister

ABC News Australia
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tempers have run high at a forestry debate near Hobart with a sawmiller ejected by police and the meeting calling for an early election. The Resources Minister, Bryan Green, went head-to-head with Opposition Leader Will Hodgman over the industry’s future. About 150 people attended the debate in Brighton, mostly frustrated forest workers and their families.

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Tree farmers in France aim to replant Les Landes forest

Drive to repopulate up to 40m saplings in region devastated by Klaus windstorm
The Guardian
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three years ago Gilles de Chassy lost almost 90% of his 220 hectares of pine forest. “All that timber on the ground, with a full range of growth, added up to 30 years’ investment wiped out in just a few hours. It meant that neither myself, nor my children, will earn a penny from our woodland. But for the sake of my grandchildren I’ve decided to replant,” says De Chassy, now retired. “A tree farm is an environmental common good too and it’s our job to maintain it.”

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Tropical forest loss between 2000-2005

Mongabay.com
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A study published last month in the journal Science came up with new estimates of tropical forest loss between 2000 and 2005. The research…was based on analysis of remote sensing data calibrated with field studies. Like other assessments, the study found Brazil and Indonesia lost the greatest extent of forest during the period.

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Damning forest study to hit PNG

Brisbane Times
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A POLITICAL time bomb awaits Papua New Guinea’s new government in a completed report into an alleged giveaway of the country’s tropical forests and potentially $23 billion in carbon-trading rights to foreign interests. Immediately after he ousted predecessor Sir Michael Somare from the prime ministership last August, the present caretaker prime minister, Peter O’Neill, initiated a commission of inquiry into controversial forestry concessions granted over the previous decade when Sir Michael held power. … It is believed to include damning criticisms of the granting of a new form of lease over more than 5 million hectares of customary-owned forest.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Tyee Plan to get bureaucrats savvy to climatechange risks easy to ignore

The Tyee
July 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO – Environment Canada is worried that the Harper government’s own effort to encourage public servants to more carefully consider the risks and possible impacts of climate change is falling on deaf ears, documents show. A special framework on climate change adaptation introduced in last year’s budget calls on bureaucrats across the government to routinely think about how decisions they make today could be hit by climate change in the years ahead.

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The EPA’s New Mandate: Pump Grass, Not Gas

Forbes
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

… By contrast, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined oil refiners $6.8 million last year for not incorporating cellulosic ethanol in gasoline — even though the product doesn’t exist. That’s right. As bizarre as it sounds, the New York Times reports that oil refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol — a biofuel made from grasses such as switchgrass, woodchips, the inedible parts of plants and other organic material — in the gasoline intended for cars or pay a fine. But since cellulosic ethanol has never been mass-produced, there was none to buy. And so the refiners paid the fine (or is it a tax?).

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USDA program aids three Maine wood pellet cos.

Mainebiz Daily
July 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Three Maine wood pellet companies are among 125 biofuel producers nationwide receiving payments under a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of sources, including waste products. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch.

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General

Quebec’s Atikamekw First Nation fights for its rights

July 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

On the eve of a provincial election call, the disparity between two Quebec aboriginal communities has been brought into sharper focus this week. Premier Jean Charest stood under the glare of flashbulbs and TV cameras in the National Assembly on Tuesday as he signed a historic agreement between the provincial government and Quebec’s Cree Nation. The deal guarantees new levels of economic opportunity and self-determination for the Cree, who have secured a unique bargaining position with the government through years of courtroom battles and direct political action. But outside the limelight and in the depths of Quebec’s boreal forest, the poverty-stricken Atikamekw continue their decades-long struggle to reach some kind of meaningful partnership with the provincial government.

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