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Resolute temporarily lays off more than 1,000 workers, citing COVID-19

The layoffs impact the newsprint, specialized pulp and wood products division, as well as the Montreal head office.

Mercer International reports net loss in Q1 2020, but ‘steady’ demand for pulp

Mercer International Inc. has reported its first-quarter 2020 results, citing a net loss of $3.4 million (or $0.05 per share).

Kruger’s Gatineau Mills donate tissue products to 1,200 local health-care workers

Kruger Products is donating personal care packages of tissue products to the L’Hôpital de Gatineau as part of a program recognizing their work during the fight against COVID-19.

West Fraser reports improvements in pulp segment in Q1 2020

Total sales are $1.195 billion for Q1 2020, up six per cent over Q4 2019. The company’s adjusted EBITDA is $127 million, $47 million higher than prior quarter.

BC defers stumpage fees for three months to aid forest sector

The deferral with interest is available to Tree Farm Licence, Replaceable Forest Licence and First Nations’ Woodlands Licence holders who are in good financial standing with the province.

Ontario releases return-to-work safety guidelines for manufacturers

The Ontario government has released safety guidelines for the manufacturing industry, among other sectors, to prepare workers to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resolute reports net loss of $1M in Q1 2020, citing lower newsprint prices

Resolute Forest Products has reported a net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, of $1 million, or $0.01 per share.
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N.S. releases final terms of reference for Northern Pulp’s EA report

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Domtar Dryden donates PPE and $5K to local hospitals

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Forest Enhancement Society of BC announces interim board chair

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UBC forestry professor receives Marcus Wallenberg Prize for research

A professor in the Faculty of Forestry at University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing (I), is part of a research team that won the 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. » Read More

International Paper posts $141M net loss for Q1 2020

International Paper has released its first-quarter 2020 results, reporting a net loss of $141 million, compared with net earnings of $165 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. » Read More

Sappi releases new paper line for solvent-free casting systems

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Voith releases TwinDrive double unwind

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A list of forestry events cancelled so far in North America due to coronavirus

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