Tree Frog Forestry News

Greenpeace raises the stakes in its ongoing battle with Resolute

Tree Frog Forestry News
June 1, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The Canadian government’s billion-dollar aid package for workers affected by the US softwood duties—due for release today—could “rile up US trade officials“, according to Jon Johnson at the C.D. Howe Institute. “If they are not paying a market price for it, help in this form can be argued to be a subsidy.” Meanwhile, “Montana’s timber workers were at the capitol yesterday” meeting with Governor Bullock on the softwood issue.

Some positive economic news on mill reboots. “After seven years being shuttered, a sawmill has reopened in Glenwood, Arkansas” and Tolko Industries “could re-open its High Prairie OSB plant within months“.

Greenpeace is raising the stakes in its ongoing battle with Resolute, with market campaigns targeting global publishers, that “source paper from a company that is fundamentally threatening the right to free speech”. The media hook is “a pledge by more than 100 authors“—including Margaret Atwood and John Maxwell—”for free speech and forest protection“.

The Toronto Star Editorial Board has come out in support of Domtar on the “clean-up of mercury at Grassy Narrows”. “Given what the government already knows”, the delay in seeking to transfer its responsibilities “to an innocent bystander is inexcusable and it’s got to stop”.

Finally, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day on June 5 is “Connecting People to Nature.”

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor