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Nuchatlaht First Nation elder and councillor Archie Little, centre, and Tyee Ha’with (Chief) Jordan Michael, far left, stand with supporters outside B.C. Supreme Court before the start of an Indigenous land title case, in Vancouver, on Monday, March 21, 2022. The lawsuit brought by the First Nation seeks to reclaim part of its territory on Nootka Island, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. First Nation’s land rights claim is about reconciliation, lawyer tells court

Lawsuit says government effectively dispossessed Nuchatlaht nation of territory on Vancouver Island

Nuchatlaht First Nation elder and councillor Archie Little, centre, and Tyee Ha’with (Chief) Jordan Michael, far left, stand with supporters outside B.C. Supreme Court before the start of an Indigenous land title case, in Vancouver, on Monday, March 21, 2022. The lawsuit brought by the First Nation seeks to reclaim part of its territory on Nootka Island, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Western Forest Products has announced another production curtailment for the Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Another production curtailment at Island sawmill this week

WFP expects employees could be off the job in Chemainus for up to two weeks this time

Western Forest Products has announced another production curtailment for the Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
B.C. Liberal forest critic John Rustad (Hansard TV)

B.C. MLA slams new Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship

Opposition critic says new ministry adds to “far-reaching” damage to logging industry

B.C. Liberal forest critic John Rustad (Hansard TV)
Logs are piled up at West Fraser Timber in Quesnel, B.C., on April 21, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

West Fraser temporarily adopts three day work week at B.C. lumber mills

Industry pressed with significant inventory challenges

Logs are piled up at West Fraser Timber in Quesnel, B.C., on April 21, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Saanich has opened nominations for the 2020 Enviromental Awards on March 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canfor plans to sell forest tenure in Mackenzie region of B.C. to two First Nations

Canfor has also agreed to sell its Mackenzie site, plant and equipment to Peak Renewables.

Saanich has opened nominations for the 2020 Enviromental Awards on March 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (left) speaks in 2019 at blockade on the Morice River Road near Houston B.C. attempting to stop Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Now B.C. MLA for Stikine, Cullen was appointed Feb. 25, 2022 as municipal affairs minister, with Mid-Island Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne moving to a newly created ministry of land, water and resource stewardship. (Facebook photo)

New B.C. minister to tackle industry permits, Indigenous cooperation

‘No easy decisions left’ for land, water, resource stewardship

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (left) speaks in 2019 at blockade on the Morice River Road near Houston B.C. attempting to stop Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Now B.C. MLA for Stikine, Cullen was appointed Feb. 25, 2022 as municipal affairs minister, with Mid-Island Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne moving to a newly created ministry of land, water and resource stewardship. (Facebook photo)
Fresh cut sawdust is seen from a tree cut near the “heli camp” in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C., Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Crown calls application to stay charges in Fairy Creek old-growth case flawed

Lawyer says group’s petition lacks ‘factual foundation,’ is not the way justice is done

Fresh cut sawdust is seen from a tree cut near the “heli camp” in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C., Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An entomologist collects two female Lymantria moths. (Washington State Department of Agriculture)

Areas of Vancouver Island being sprayed to control invasive moths

Foray 48B to be used to control Lymantria moths starting mid April, says B.C. forest ministry

An entomologist collects two female Lymantria moths. (Washington State Department of Agriculture)
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Fairy Creek accused ask court for stay of charges due to ‘systemic police misconduct’

RCMP have made close to 1,200 arrests enforcing injunction granted to logging firm Teal Cedar

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A forklift driver loads a truck in the yard of the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (File photo by Don Bodger)
A forklift driver loads a truck in the yard of the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (File photo by Don Bodger)
People listen to Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

UPDATED: B.C. Appeal Court extends injunction against protests at Fairy Creek

An earlier B.C. Supreme Court decision denied the company’s application for an extension

People listen to Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Forestry workers and their supporters rally in Port Alberni on Jan. 25, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island crowd rallies in support of old growth logging

Third rally takes place on Highway 4 in Port Alberni

Forestry workers and their supporters rally in Port Alberni on Jan. 25, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council, an organization of B.C. coast and Vancouver Island first nations. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Four coastal B.C. first nations agree on further old-growth deferrals

Western Forest Products says more cooperation to come

Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council, an organization of B.C. coast and Vancouver Island first nations. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
FILE – Smoke rises from the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, B.C. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

BAINS: Worker protections remain key 10 years after fatal northern B.C. sawmill explosions

Four workers died in two separate explosions at sawmills near Burns Lake and Prince George in 2012

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FILE – Smoke rises from the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, B.C. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)

B.C.’s value-added forest industry pleads for old-growth wood

‘We’re talking months until we’re running out’

A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)
RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)

Forest industry analysts paint grim picture for B.C. investment future

Old growth restrictions threaten value added, truck loggers told

RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)
Victoria Police approached and surrounded Save Old Growth protestors blocking southbound traffic at the intersection of Douglas Street and Burnside Road at around 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10. Seven arrests were made. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

UPDATE: Old-growth demonstrators arrested, traffic resumes on Douglas Street in Victoria

Southbound lanes from Finlayson Street to Hillside Avenue reopened after Monday morning protest

Victoria Police approached and surrounded Save Old Growth protestors blocking southbound traffic at the intersection of Douglas Street and Burnside Road at around 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10. Seven arrests were made. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Logs await milling at a Canfor sawmill in Prince George in 2017. Declining allowable harvest in the B.C. Interior and anti-logging protests on the coast have the B.C. forest company investing outside the province. (Canfor Corp. photo)

B.C. old-growth forest preservation plan off to a slow start for 2022

Canfor buys Alberta sawmills, sends harsh message to NDP

Logs await milling at a Canfor sawmill in Prince George in 2017. Declining allowable harvest in the B.C. Interior and anti-logging protests on the coast have the B.C. forest company investing outside the province. (Canfor Corp. photo)
Forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, left, Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness and Adam Olsen, Green Party MLA for Saanich and the Islands, speak during a press event at the legislature on Tuesday. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. ancient forest advocates call on province to fund alternative revenue streams

$300M required to help First Nations, other forest-dependent communities to transition

Forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, left, Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness and Adam Olsen, Green Party MLA for Saanich and the Islands, speak during a press event at the legislature on Tuesday. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. hears from 161 First Nations on plans for old-growth logging deferrals

Nearly three-quarters of those responding indicated they need more time

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward