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NATURAL RESOURCESThe fall of forestry Red tape and an industry stuck in the red

Dec 09, 2014 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

As Shanda DeGagne-Begin tells it, mind-numbing government regulations are helping to topple Canada's forest industry.

Ms. DeGagne-Begin is secretary treasurer of Leon DeGagne Ltd., a company her father, Leon, founded in 1968, which got into the logging business six years later.

She points to an Ontario Workplace and Safety Information course the company's loggers must pass, called mechanized harvesting for equipment operators, as an example of the proliferation of red tape.

"We...