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Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

Business & Politics

Justice delayed as court rules against Victims of Brookfield

from Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ – The union representing Fraser Papers retirees from Quebec and New Brunswick, who had their pensions cut by up to 40% when their employer filed for bankruptcy protection, have expressed disappointment and regret over a court decision blocking a civil suit in Quebec against the Directors of Fraser. The pensioners, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, claimed the directors of the former Fraser Papers were grossly negligent in their management of the pension plan.

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Domtar officially launches “The Forest Academy” website

The educational tool that officially reached 25,000 visitors since it was created, is aiming at providing tools to school students and teachers on the world of fiber.
PR Newsire
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation today announced the launching of an interactive, educational site The Forest Academy. The tool, introduced a few months ago, has reached a milestone of 25,000 visitors. The Forest Academy builds on Domtar’s original youth education website “Tree World” that had been developed in the 1990s. It provides elementary school students with fun, informative games about trees and forest ecology, “We’re thrilled that teachers and parents are finding the new site to be a useful and engaging learning tool,” notes Pascal Bossé, Domtar Vice-President Communications and Investor Relations.

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Meadow Creek Cedar buys more time

Nelson Star
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local forest company’s appeal of its license suspension and $55,000 in fines won’t be dismissed — for now. Meadow Creek Cedar provided more information about the particulars of its case to the Forest Appeals Commission by Tuesday’s deadline. Failure to do so would have resulted in the appeal being tossed out. But it’s unknown whether the information meets what was required of them. “The chair will be discussing that with the registrar,” commission executive director Colleen Smith said Wednesday.

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Mill inspections challenge for city

Local fire department working with government to resolve situation
Alberni Valley Times
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni fire chief Tim Pley wants to assure Alberni Valley residents that, even though the fire department has never done an inspection of area mills, the sites remain safe workplaces since the companies are regularly inspected by insurance companies and WorkSafeBC. “In Port Alberni, we are very fortunate. Western Forest Products and Catalyst are very proactive in terms of safety,” he said. “They have their internal programs. We’ve always relied on that process.” …”We don’t do that. Never have. It’s a provincewide challenge,” he said …Pley explained that the department’s fire inspector Randy Thoen already has a substantial workload.

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COFI President Shares Optimism

250 News
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It was an optimistic John Allan who met with members of the Prince George media this morning to talk about all things forestry including the moving of the Prince George COFI office. …Allan says forestry is starting to emerge from what he calls the “grim years” created by the crash in the U.S. housing marking. Not only are housing starts in the U.S. increasing, he is hopeful starts will be in the 1.5 million range within 4 years. “If we have housing starts at that level, we will see pretty good markets for lumber.” But Allan says the U.S. housing market crash taught the forest industry a valuable lesion “We needed to diversify our markets, and we need to keep our markets diversified.”

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Bowater pension wrap-up rapped

Chronicle Herald
September 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LIVERPOOL — The head of the national union that represents former Bowater paper mill workers says members of the Liverpool local applied to wind up their pension plan without the permission of retirees and former workers. That violates Nova Scotia’s pension laws as well as the union’s own rules, said David Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. “A number of officials with the local tried to wind up the pension plan in violation of the law without consulting retirees or former workers,” Coles said.

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Worries over Bowater pension plan

September 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BROOKLYN — When Robert Flemming first walked through the doors of the Bowater paper mill, he was an eager 18-year-old looking forward to a good and well-earned paycheque. When he walked out 37 years later, he was stressed and worn out. “I was so fed up; it got to be terrible,” Flemming said. Constant threats of closure hung over the mill workers’ heads as demands upon them grew exponentially, he said. So he took early retirement and left two years ago. But now, the 57-year-old is concerned his pension may not be there for him in the future.

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N.S. downplays mill aid’s effect

Chronicle Herald
September 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province isn’t worried that the millions it is investing to support the sale of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill may trigger American trade reprisals. “The province has done its due diligence and feels it’s a defensible position, and is on solid ground,” government spokesman Lucas Wide said Thursday. … That funding package has raised some red flags in Maine, where Verso Paper Corp. of Memphis operates two paper mills that employ nearly 1,500 people. Verso spokesman Bill Cohen told the Bangor Daily News that the Tennessee company was watching what was going on in Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia government says funding deal for NewPage delayed but not in danger

Canadian Press
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A provincial funding package considered vital to resume operations at the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill is not in danger of unravelling despite delays in announcing details of the deal, Nova Scotia’s natural resources minister said Thursday. Charlie Parker said an announcement on a revamped funding deal for Pacific West Commercial Corp., which has proposed to buy the idled Cape Breton mill for $33 million, has been delayed. Last Friday, Parker said details of the government’s revised $124.5 million fund would be announced early this week. “I guess we had hoped that things would come together perhaps a little sooner than they did,” Parker said Thursday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

200-year-old Stanley Park tree inspires local furniture designer

Vancouver Sun
September 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Searching for meaning to drive his own first collection, Sun considered these designers, along with topics like the history in remaking antique furniture and the trend to reclaim industrial timbers, reinventing them into something new. But ultimately, it was a 200-year-old coastal Douglas fir tree that moved him the most. … The large tree from Stanley Park was cut down by officials as it was deemed to be unhealthy and the log was to be set aside, like many city trees that must come down, while waiting to be cut for lumber, firewood or another use. The opportunity for Sun and a few other students to use the fir tree came through the relationship between Emily Carr and the city, Sun says. FPInnovations Wood Products at UBC, a large wood research centre, and Enviro Tree Milling stepped in to help with turning the massive tree into lumber.

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Pulp profits decline

Edson Leader
September 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hinton Pulp and Wood Products’ parent company reported second quarter gains as a result of higher U.S. demand and continuing Asian demand for lumber. …The report states the “immediate outlook for our…pulp business is negative as additional supply coming onstream will require market adjustments before prices will recover.” “The market is weakening,” said Brian Grantham, general manger of Hinton Pulp. Grantham said new mills and restarting older mills has increased the supply and lowered demand. “Consequently, you’re seeing the price drop.”

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Forestry

Logging threatens Pritchard well water

Stop-work orders placed on two companies logging in watersheds
Kamloops Daily News
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The regional district has asked the province to slap stop-work orders on two companies logging in watersheds above Pritchard. Area director Ken Gillis told the board of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Thursday that about 110 households that depend on shallow wells could be impacted by logging in Martin Creek and Laveau Creek watersheds. Gillis said Tolko Industries Ltd. and Interfor have licences to cut timber and have started operation. An Interfor reprsentative said, however, it is not operating near Pritchard. “This logging will affect the water system downstream,” said Gillis, who attended a recent residents meeting in Pritchard on the issue.

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Land swaps could protect watersheds, official says

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging on hillsides such as McLaughlin Ridge inevitably affects the water supply of surrounding communities and the province should do more to help protect watersheds, says the chairman of the AlberniClayoquot Regional District. Glenn Wong is planning to ask Forests Minister Steve Thomson about the possibility of swapping Crown land for private managed forest lands at the Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting in Victoria next week. If the proposal were accepted, forestry companies could cut in Crown land areas instead of in the watershed.

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CanNor Invests in Yukon Forest Industry

from Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Marketwire
September 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WHITEHORSE, YUKON–(Marketwire – Sept. 20, 2012) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council announced today an investment that will support sustainable economic development in south central Yukon. “An updated forest inventory in Yukon will provide valuable information for government, industry and First Nations to make decisions on investments, management options, and a variety of land use decisions,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “This investment will support growth in the forestry sector and will help create local business and job opportunities for Northerners.”

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Allowable annual cut determined for Haida Gwaii

from Office of the Chief Forester & Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – New harvest levels for Haida Gwaii have been determined by B.C.’s deputy chief forester Jim Sutherland. In April, the Haida Gwaii Management Council established an allowable annual cut of 929,000 cubic metres for logging on all of Haida Gwaii based on environmental, social and economic considerations. As committed to in the Haida Reconciliation Protocol, this was a joint decision between the province and the Council of the Haida Nation through the Haida Gwaii Management Council.

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Forest Professionals Celebrate National Forest Week with Youth Essay Contest

Association of BC Forest Professionals
September 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) wants young people to celebrate National Forest Week so it is hosting an essay contest.
The essay contest is open to students aged 13 to 18 and carries a top prize of $300 (as well as two runner-up prizes of $150 each). Students are invited to write a short essay about what the forest means to them or to the province of BC. They might choose to write about recreational opportunities, the environment, the economic benefits or the cultural aspects of the forests or a combination of these factors.

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Battle revealed over use of sensitive Island forest near Port Alberni

by Judith Lavoie – B.C. biologists’ letter against logging never sent to firm
Victoria Times Colonist
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An old-growth forest near Port Alberni that had been protected as critical habitat for wintering deer and endangered goshawks is being logged by Island Timberlands – even though newly released documents show Environment Ministry staff strongly disagreed with the company’s harvesting plans.  The documents, obtained by Alberni-Pacific Rim NDP MLA Scott Fraser through a freedom-of-information request, reveal a pitched battle between government biologists and Island Timberlands over protections needed for McLaughlin Ridge, the headwaters for the main source of Port Alberni’s drinking water.

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Fire crews control two forest blazes

Coos Bay World
September 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SCOTTSBURG — Fire lines have held on both forest fires that erupted near here and near Brookings on Tuesday. The 15-acre blaze near Scottsburg will continue to smoke for several days, said John Flannigan, a spokesman for the Coos Forest Protective Association. Drivers on state Highway 38 should continue to exercise caution and avoid Luchsinger Road, which poses hazards like falling debris loosened by the fire. … A second, six-acre fire near Brookings began around 2 p.m. Tuesday on South Coast Lumber Co. land.  That fire has been contained, and a crew is working to mop up with three engines and two tenders, Flannigan said.

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Timber deals to be revealed

ABC News, Australia
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The North Coast Environment Council says it expects to soon have proof that local native forests are being logged unsustainably. The state’s Administrative Decisions Tribunal has ordered Forests NSW to reveal details about wood-supply agreements in the region. The council’s Susie Russell says that will show if there’s any way the government can alter contracts which promise more timber than it can safely supply. “Compensation provisions, whether there’s any flexibility in there for supplying smaller sized logs, whether the contracts are specific in terms of the species of timber,” she said.

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Forestry Commission and Fera welcome call for moratorium on ash tree imports in bid to control disease

UK Forestry Commission
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) have welcomed a call by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) for a voluntary moratorium on importing ash trees. The moratorium call is a bid to help prevent the destructive disease Chalara dieback of ash becoming established in the UK. Young ash trees infected by the Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes the disease, have been found this year in six nurseries and four planting sites in England and Scotland. The Forestry Commission and Fera are taking emergency measures to prevent the disease spreading into ash trees in the wider environment.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NS: Biomass suppliers sought for Cape Breton plant

Daily Business Buzz
September 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

[HALIFAX, NS] — Nova Scotia Power today released a formal request for expressions of interest in supplying biomass and related services for its plant currently under construction in Port Hawkesbury. The process launched today will include the purchase of approximately 500,000 tonnes of biomass fuel for Nova Scotia Power’s 60 MW biomass plant, expected to be operational in the spring of 2013.

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Wood pellet factory to be built in Sandersville

The Telegraph
September 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

State and business officials announced Tuesday that a wood pellet manufacturer will be building a $60 million plant in Sandersville, creating 35 jobs. General Biofuels Georgia plans to use Georgia timber to make the pellets, then sell them to a major European utility that it has a long-term contract with, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal.The plant capacity will be about 440,000 tons of pellets per year.

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General

Worries over Bowater pension plan

September 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

BROOKLYN — When Robert Flemming first walked through the doors of the Bowater paper mill, he was an eager 18-year-old looking forward to a good and well-earned paycheque. When he walked out 37 years later, he was stressed and worn out. “I was so fed up; it got to be terrible,” Flemming said. Constant threats of closure hung over the mill workers’ heads as demands upon them grew exponentially, he said. So he took early retirement and left two years ago. But now, the 57-year-old is concerned his pension may not be there for him in the future.

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