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Kruger wins right to log


July 11, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Much to Kruger’s relief, and much to the dismay of the Innu, Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Andr Rochon partially …

Much to Kruger’s relief, and much to the dismay of the Innu, Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Andr Rochon partially lifted a safeguard order that temporarily prevented Kruger from logging on le Ren Levasseur. The removal of the ban permits the company to harvest trees damaged by a fire and to recover wood that its crews chopped last season. As of now, Kruger will be able to carry out its logging activities on the island until November 17th, at which point an appeal on the safeguard order will begin, the Montreal Gazette recently reported. As a result, the 153 employees scheduled to be laid off as a result of the safeguard order will be able to hold onto their jobs at least until November. However, the Innu Council of Pessamit is looking to stop the company in its tracks and has confirmed that in addition to the contemplation of the various options it has available, going to the Supreme Court is among that list of options. According to the Gazette, the Innu contend that their ancestral and constitutional rights to the land should precede over those of Kruger, who was granted logging rights on the island in 1997.

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