THIS IS A story about the political economy of ecology and art. In the summer of 2004 Francis Wishart and Jean Guy Comeau travelled to Helsinki to demand accountability for the environmentally damaging clear-cutting of the Acadian forest of New Brunswick by the Finnish firm UPM-Kymmene (known as UPM), one of the world’s largest paper companies. Together with the Canadian Irving Company, UPM controls nearly two-thirds of the publicly owned forest in New Brunswick, Canada’s most northerly maritime province.

UPM manages New Brunswick’s forests in ways that would be forbidden in Finland, and Wishart ...


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