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Feds must better support forestry research collaboration, industry and experts say

By Jolson Lim      

The Canadian Forest Service is mandated to focus on forest science research, but critics say it needs to be a better team player.

A wildfire tears through Fort McMurray, Alta., in May 2016. Wildfires and forest pests are likely to become bigger risks for Canada's forests as the impact of climate change increases. Photograph courtesy of the Alberta government

The federal government needs to act as a better co-ordinator for scientific research and information sharing on wildfires and forest pests, industry stakeholders and experts agree, especially as the threats become more urgent from the growing impacts of climate change.

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Trade Committee MPs tell U.S. lawmakers clock is ticking to ratify new NAFTA

News|By Neil Moss
MPs said many American members of Congress were not aware of Canada's looming election and the timeline for Canada to ratify the renegotiated trade pact.

Ethics czar ‘confident’ Trudeau SNC report to come before election

Mario Dion told MPs that he’s ‘confident’ his investigation into the prime minister will be ready in the next few months, though not before the House rises.

Advocates warn of unintended consequences in bid to regulate hate speech, some could ‘cast themselves as martyrs for free speech’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Efforts to hold big tech accountable through hefty fines could meet some resistance at home from some advocates.

‘Unprecedented’ technical challenge to Centre Block renos means losing familiar spaces, says PSPC

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‘Veterans probably won’t vote Liberal for a very long time’: Norman case reflects Grits’ failed promises to vets, say advocates

News|By Neil Moss
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