A company was forced to reduce logging in Haida Gwaii’s old-growth forests. Now they’re suing for $75M

By Arno Kopecky
The Narwhal
September 6, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…a drama is about to unfold in the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. The case pits Teal Cedar Products Ltd. against the Province of B.C. and the Haida Gwaii Management Council. Teal is suing for $75 million — the cost, it claims, of being forced to stop logging old-growth forests on Haida Gwaii. …eye-opening testimony offered a window into the government’s thinking on reconciliation, resource extraction and ecological protection. Trial resumes today, with more high-profile witnesses to come. Chief among them is Pat Bell, B.C.’s former minister of forests, who Teal claims made the company a verbal promise it would be “kept whole” in the wake of sweeping forestry reforms on Haida Gwaii more than a decade ago. Teal’s lawsuit is a dark-mirror inversion of the conflict playing out at Fairy Creek where an awkward fact remains: the elected and hereditary leadership of the nations there oppose the blockades and support Teal-Jones.

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