Latest salvo in softwood war must galvanize Canada on market diversification

It’s official. This week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will impose countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber entering the U.S. – an average of 20 per cent. In June, it will conclude a second investigation initiated by the U.S. lumber lobby, and is expected to slap additional anti-dumping duties of 20 to 30 per

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Cleaning Up Our Electric Grid: Go it alone or work together?

Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are in the mood to work together. Earlier this month, they finalized the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in a positive step toward liberalizing trade within Canada. The agreement seeks to create equal opportunity for Canadians by breaking down barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility within the country. Unlike

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WATCH | Up Front: Modernizing the National Energy Board

Today, the Canada West Foundation released Up Front: Modernizing the National Energy Board. Report author Trevor McLeod, Director of the Natural Resources Centre, discusses the report’s recommendations, and the way forward for the NEB. The report is as much about putting the energy decision-making system into perspective as it is about fixing the National Energy

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Market diversification is Canada’s best defence in softwood dispute

This week’s federal budget promised Ottawa is working “towards a new softwood lumber trade agreement that will be fair and helpful to consumers and businesses on both sides of the border (pdf).” However, the budget contains few measures directed at the industry in the likely event that a new agreement is not reached before the U.S.

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To get a softwood deal with Trump, Canada should take these 5 messages to Washington

Photo credit: iStock, BasSlabbers Donald Trump officially becomes U.S. president today, and will begin implementing his trade agenda. He comes to office touting his plans for “creating jobs and wealth for American workers.” Canada’s best hope in resolving the escalating softwood lumber dispute is to use this to our advantage. Canada has a very short window

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Vancouver’s bike share plan out of reach for low-income riders

As Mobi, Vancouver’s new bike sharing program, brings hundreds of new, shared bicycles into the city this summer, residents are finding a green, convenient and more affordable commuting option. High pricing and limited access for lower income people, however, could limit the program’s effectiveness. More than 600 cities around the world, including four eastern Canadian

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