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Potentially Embarrassing Questions About BC’s Stumpage Rates

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1During a recent interview,  film maker Damien Gillis said “there would be a great deal of outrage” if the public knew the degree to which we subsidize logging old growth forests. These subsidies come in the form of lower stumpage fees for the remote areas where most of our surviving ancient forests still persist.  Gillis also informed me this is a central issue in the United States’ softwood dispute with Canada. After the interview, I drew up a series of potentially embarrassing questions about BC’s stumpage rates.

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Canada & The EU Signed CETA

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmCanada just signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe, the largest free trade deal in its’ history. There are concerns about increased corporate control over natural resources, environmental regulations and the right to prefer Canadian companies, but 98% of our goods will now have tariff-free access to a market of 500 million people . Canada and the EU signed CETA.

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