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Tembec leaves OFIA


July 22, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Tembec has cut its ties to the Ontario Forest Industries Association. According to a recent report by the Timmins D…

Tembec has cut its ties to the Ontario Forest Industries Association. According to a recent report by the Timmins Daily Press, the forestry company has revoked its membership to the association over allegations that the OFIA engages in underhanded activities in order to drive its agenda.

The event that prompted Tembec to disassociate from the forestry coalition concerned a press release from the OFIA, detailing a meeting between industry representatives and Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, Donna Cansfield.

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“The main reason was the press released issued contained quotes from people not even participating in the meeting,” the Timmons Daily Press reported Richard Fahey, vice president of communications and public affairs for Tembec as saying. “We will not condone these tactics.”

OFIA president and CEO Jamie Lim stood behind the press release, and the Timmins Daily Press reported her as saying that similar tactics employed by the association in 2005 were successful.


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