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‘This is just the beginning’: Another forestry rally planned for Mackenzie

By Greg Fry
CKPG Today
June 25, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MACKENZIE — Fresh on the heels of a rally on Tuesday, Mackenzie residents are getting set to hit the streets again to protest cutbacks in the forestry sector. On Monday, the Facebook group ‘Stop the Logs,’ has organized another rally in front of the Ministry of Forests building in Mackenzie at 9 a.m.(June 29). “The purpose is to make some noise and draw attention to the crisis Mackenzie is under right now,” says Rebecca Gagnon. That crisis was sparked by the closure of Canfor’s sawmill last summer, the curtailment at Conifex’s sawmill earlier this spring and the indefinite curtailment of Mackenzie Pulp announced earlier this month. …Gagnon says the loss of Mackenzie Pulp and Canfor has left a hole in the community. …she says the government needs to bring back appurtenancy – which required companies harvesting timber from public land to harvest it at local mills.

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