December 8, 1998 |
High in a misty valley that hugs the Mamquam River, there is a wound in the hillside's carpet of pine, cedar and fir that only now, more than a decade after it was leveled, is growing a thin fuzz of new trees. It is known as the "seven-story clear-cut." A logging company shaved the entire hillside, six square miles of it, leaving behind a dismal mass of broken limbs and churned-up soil.
September 26, 1998 |
The Clinton administration said Friday that it is concerned about Canada's farm trade policies, which have caused a fresh border dispute to erupt with northern U.S. states over livestock and grain shipments. "It is time for Canada to take decisive action to level the playing field," said U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. The U.S. is "highly concerned about Canada's agricultural trade policies," she said.
September 2, 1998 |
This town is tired of teetering on the edge of America. Tourists don't visit, logging is down, boat-building is dead, fishing is bad. Even smuggling is harder. With its boarded-up buildings in the heart of downtown, with its double-digit jobless rate that is the worst in the state, Calais sits in the midst of what Mainers call the Appalachia of the Atlantic. Even the local tourism slogan reflects a hangdog mentality: "Washington County--Just off the beaten path."
July 19, 1997 |
The nation's foreign trade deficit widened in May as Americans, continuing their spending spree during good economic times at home, stepped up their import buying, the government reported Friday. Commerce Department figures showed that, partly because of increased purchases of imported oil and automobiles, the trade deficit soared to $10.2 billion in May--the largest such imbalance in four months. The U.S.
May 28, 1997 |
A Canadian government agency has ruled that concrete panels manufactured by Custom Building Products Co. have been dumped on the Canadian market. The agency, Revenue Canada, said the Custom Building panels, which are reinforced with fiberglass mesh and used as a backing board for ceramic tile installation, were sold in Canada at an average of 35% below "fairly traded prices." The investigation was prompted by a complaint from Bed-Roc Industries Co. of Surrey, B.C.
April 27, 1997 |
Stretched out on an easy chair in the sunny living room of his farmhouse, surrounded by an eclectic book collection and an array of modern sculpture, Ike Lanier is bemused that at age 67 he has become something of a celebrated outlaw. His crime: trucking 300 bushels of wheat grown on his Alberta farm into Montana last summer and selling it on the open market.
February 12, 1997 |
If Canada really wants a trade war with the United States over entertainment and cultural issues, as a top government official has hinted, the U.S. has far more weapons at its disposal than the Canadians, trade analysts and interested parties on both sides of the border said Tuesday.
February 11, 1997 |
Canada's deputy prime minister, wrapping up a highly publicized summit with this nation's leading entertainment industry executives, Monday hinted at a trade war aimed at Hollywood and what she has called "American cultural imperialism." Sheila Copps, the second-highest-ranking member of Prime Minister Jean Chretien's government, suggested that Canada might contest U.S. restrictions on foreign ownership of U.S.
January 8, 1997 |
Ten years ago, Steve Bernard and his wife began a small business making kettle-fried chips in a shop in Cape Cod, Mass. Today they're looking far from home for big sales growth--to markets in Europe, South America and Canada. "We're growing 100% every year," Bernard said. "The area where the U.S. has a little edge is in snack food." While U.S. agricultural exports are projected to drop overall this year, snack-food exports boomed 30% the first six months of 1996, according to the U.S.