Structural changes in Canada’s logging industry are devastating boreal forest communities and work forces. But the economic consequences of those changes have little to do with habitat conservation or environmental regulation.
Bruce Lourie says fear of being criticized for hurting the forestry industry is getting in the way of governments acting to protect caribou, but failing to do so, 'wont' help the forestry sector one bit.' Photograph by Peupleloup, courtesy of Flickr
Canada’s boreal forest is a place where jobs and wildlife protection, the economy and the environment, rise or fall together.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.