At the meeting

Roger Barber, general manager of Ontario Woodlands for Resolute Forest Products, speaks at the podium as Ontario Forest Industries Association president and chief executive officer Jamie Lim looks on Thursday at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association annual conference in Thunder Bay.

While the Thunder Bay area was essentially shut down due to the ice storm, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association’s annual conference trudged along on Thursday.

Attendance was down due to the storm, with some presentation cancellations, but there were still some hot-button issues to talk about.

A joint presentation by Resolute Forest Products and the Ontario Forest Industries Association came on the heels of the U.S. Commerce Department slapping an almost 20 per cent tariff on softwood lumber imports on Tuesday.

Ontario Forest Industries Association president and chief executive officer Jamie Lim said she knew this was in the works.

“It wasn’t a surprise, obviously everyone in the sector understood that there would be a determination coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier,” said Lim.

“As a former mayor of Timmins and as someone who has worked for the forest sector for over 13 years, I saw the outcome of (the last softwood lumber agreement) in 2006, I know how these unlawful duties are going to impact the 57,000 hard working men and women in every region of Ontario.

“It makes me kind of . . .

See the full story on pages A1 and A3 of today's print and digital editions of The Chronicle-Journal.

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