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Business & Politics

Tembec Joins Lumber Rally as Tissues Lift Pulp

Bloomberg
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Tembec Inc. (TMB) is joining the revival among Canadian forest-product stocks as Chinese demand for bathroom tissue lifts pulp prices and lumber surges on a U.S. housing rebound. The Montreal-based maker of pulp, softwood, hardwood and pine lumber, rose the most in almost a year yesterday after producers, including Fibria Celulose SA (FIBR3), the world’s largest maker of hardwood pulp, raised prices for the raw material used in paper and tissue. 

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Domtar and Union in tallks after strike vote

99.6 percent vote against company offer in favour of strike
Kamloops Daily News
October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar Corp. and the union representing about 350 unionized workers were back at the bargaining table Tuesday, following a overwhelming strike vote to back demands. Workers voted 99.6 per cent against a company offer and in favour of a strike. Murray Matheson, president of Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Local 10b, said the union has not served strike notice and is back to bargaining.

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TAYLOR: Reaction to Cape Breton mill deal differs along urban-rural divide

Chronicle Herald
October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ever wonder what the Dexter government could have done if the deal to save the Point Tupper paper mill had failed? I was wondering about that the other day and started asking around. Although people seem to have strong opinions one way or another, there is a reluctance to go on the record. One thing is clear: The rural/urban divide in Nova Scotia has never been greater. Many people in Halifax are upset the NDP government decided to give the new owner of the paper factory millions of dollars to support restarting the plant, idle since last fall. They consider it a dying industry and the government’s investment is short term at best.

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Union says mill’s assets leaving town

October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is moving papermaking machinery out of the closed Bowater Mersey paper mill, says Allan Laws, president of the union local that represented the mill’s papermakers. “It’s definitely not a good thing,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. “They’re not going to be making paper there.” Montreal-based Resolute closed the mill in June, citing poor market conditions, putting about 300 people out of work. The company is looking for a buyer for the mill’s assets and for about 220,000 hectares of forest land it owns in the province.

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Terrace Bay mill buzzing

The Chronicle Journal
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Terrace Bay’s pulp mill appears to be on track to resume production some time this month, though workers are still waiting for an exact start-up date, union officials say.
“My understanding is that (the plant) is on track and that it’s been a beehive of activity in there,” Steelworkers staff rep Herb Daniher said Tuesday. …Daniher said that when a new contract was being negotiated for the mill’s workers in August, the union was told the company planned “a full recall” of union employees.

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NewPage reaches agreement on chapter 11 plan

Pulp and Paper News
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NewPage announced recently that it has reached an agreement in principle with all of its major creditor groups concerning the terms of its chapter 11 plan. A brief summary of the agreement in principle has been posted to the KCC restructuring website, www.kccllc.net/NewPage. “This is a very important step for NewPage, and assuming satisfaction of certain conditions, this agreement should allow us to emerge from chapter 11 in the near term,” said George F. Martin, President and CEO of NewPage.

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Upgrade has paper mill in ‘start-up mode’

The Union Leader
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GORHAM — It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s brand new. It’s also very complicated, with its various parts coming from manufacturing companies overseas, since firms are no longer making paper machines in this country. Because many of its components are just getting to know each other, the new multi-million dollar tissue machine at Gorham Paper & Tissue is being put through its paces before it starts making marketable tissue. “We’re in a start-up mode,” mill manager Willis Blevins said Tuesday.

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Forest industry: Closure of mills still hurts affected communities

Fifth of terminated pulp and paper workers still without work
Helsingin Sanomat
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…Kaskinen is one of the communities suffering from the downsizing of the Finnish forest industry. The Metsä-Botnia pulp mill in Kaskinen was shut down in 2009 Such closures are often followed by headlines proclaiming the demise of the communities affected, but a Helsingin Sanomat investigation into six plants suggests that the fate is not quite that bad. Small and medium-sized communities, where a large industrial plant was closed, were chosen for the study. The closures have nevertheless had a permanent impact. For instance, the municipal tax rates are higher in the communities than the national average.

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PM says pulp mill open to new investor

Ninemsn
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The federal government continues to support Tasmania’s controversial pulp mill development with Prime Minister Julia Gillard saying the project is ready for another firm to step in. The project was being pursued by timber group Gunns, but the company last month went into administration after it failed to secure funds to keep operating. “We continue to support a pulp mill project in this state,” Ms Gillard told reporters in Launceston on Wednesday. “Everything we need to do in terms of environmental approvals has been done.

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Govt bracing for Gunns losses

ABC News, Australia
October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The administrator of the collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns has confirmed the State Government is among thousands of creditors who could lose money. About 22,000 hectares of state forest is tied up in Gunns’ plantations which now stand in limbo after the company went into administration last week. The administrator Daniel Bryant says that makes the Tasmanian Government a creditor.

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Mill sale close to finalisation

ABC News, Australia
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A sale of Gunns’ Kalangadoo timber mill in the south-east of South Australia is expected to be completed by the end of the week. The timber company went into voluntary administration last week after banks refused to extend loans. Gunns owns most timber plantations in the Greater Green Triangle region and operates a timber mill at Tarpeena.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

‘The future of wood’ wins award in Ireland

Construction Digital
October 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Revolutionary modified wood producers Accoya has scooped the top award at Architecture Expo 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. The innovative wood product, which is distributed in Ireland by Abbey Woods, was awarded top honours in the Best Exterior Building Product Category at this year’s annual convention of the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland (RIAI). Accoya with Abbey Woods then went on to be awarded the Architect’s Choice Award for the overall winner at the show – reflecting the outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability produced by the wood’s advanced acetylation technology.

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Forestry

Bragg Creek residents angry about proposed logging project

Cochrane Times
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Close to 300 angry Bragg Creek residents let the Alberta Environment minister know in no uncertain terms how they view a proposed logging project.  Diana McQueen, minister of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and her deputy minister, Bryan Mayer, faced an onslaught of rage from residents at a Sept. 25 meeting to discuss logging options for a proposed FireSmart program. …Residents were angry because they said the three listed options didn’t in any way reflect the five options discussed at the workshop.

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Students get out-of-the-classroom experience

Nature kindergarten pilot project in Sooke modelled after Scandinavian forest preschools
Victoria Times Colonist
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…For most kindergarten students, this would be a rare and exciting field trip. But for 22 kids in B.C.’s first nature kindergarten class, it’s routine. They will hike two kilometres every morning this year, rain or shine, through the Royal Roads University forest that borders their school. They will visit Esquimalt Lagoon, play out-doors, eat their snacks in the woods, and then head back to school for a nap and classroom time in the afternoon. The two-year pilot project, which began earlier this month, is modelled after forest pre-schools that started in Scandinavia decades ago and spread across Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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Law Commission seeks input on forestry workers lien act

Pulp & Paper Canada
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has launched a public consultation for its project on the Modernization of the Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act. The public consultation is the first stage of a project that will develop recommendations for changes to the Act. The LCO’s Consultation Paper is available at www.lco-cdo.org. Under the Act, which applies only to Northern Ontario and the County of Haliburton, forestry workers are entitled to claim a lien for wages on certain wood products.

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High court’s roadless forest ruling closes book on era that ended a decade ago

The Idaho Statesman
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Supreme Court closed the book Monday on an era in American conservation history that had all but ended more than a decade ago. …Still, states like Idaho, Alaska and Wyoming held out and fought in court. After earlier court defeats, Idaho and the Bush Administration took another route. They pushed their own separate roadless rule that only got legs when then Gov. Jim Risch committed to making his rule as good or better than the 2001 rule. One can argue whether he met the test but his effort brought conservation groups like the Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited on board.

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Idaho wildfire burns into Montana

KPAX-TV
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- A 2,500 acre wildfire that was originally sparked by lightning in Idaho has now moved into the Bitterroot National Forest. The Moe Fire is 15 miles west of Darby, and about 320 acres have burned in Montana. The blaze has been burning for several weeks on the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho after igniting in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in very remote, rugged, and steep terrain. The fire is about 10 miles west of Lake Como on the Darby Ranger District, according to Tod McKay with the Bitterroot National Forest.

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Plan to sell rights to Coillte trees criticised

Irish Times
October 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE GOVERNMENT’S decision to sell the harvesting rights to Coillte’s forests for 50-80 years was sharply criticised by members of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday. Sinn Féin deputy Martin Ferris said he had “very, very serious reservations” about the sale and that it was “politically irresponsible” to sell the harvesting rights. He said Coillte had been turned into a very profitable enterprise but “all this [is] to be given away to some multinational speculator so they can reap the benefits out of the hard-earned investment by the Irish taxpayer”.

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PM optimistic on forestry peace

ABC Online
October 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Prime Minister is cautiously optimistic that industry and environmentalists will reach a peace agreement to restructure Tasmania’s ailing forest industry. Julia Gillard is in Launceston for a community cabinet tonight. Ms Gillard says the downturn in the forestry industry has thrown up what she called special economic pressures for the state. But the she says the Commonwealth-funded forest peace process should lead to economic diversification.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tembec officially inaugurates a new anaerobic treatment facility at its high-yield pulp mill in Matane, Québec

Canada Newswire press release
October 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec officially inaugurated today a new anaerobic treatment facility which will produce methane biogas and greatly reduce the use of fossil fuels at its high-yield pulp mill in Matane, Québec. Dignitaries from the surrounding region and members of Tembec’s senior management joined together with employees to inaugurate the new facility. This investment was announced January 10, 2011. Funding for this investment was provided mainly by the Government of Canada with $19.7 million and the Government of Québec with $6.3 million.

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General

Union says mill’s assets leaving town

October 3, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Resolute Forest Products is moving papermaking machinery out of the closed Bowater Mersey paper mill, says Allan Laws, president of the union local that represented the mill’s papermakers. “It’s definitely not a good thing,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. “They’re not going to be making paper there.” Montreal-based Resolute closed the mill in June, citing poor market conditions, putting about 300 people out of work. The company is looking for a buyer for the mill’s assets and for about 220,000 hectares of forest land it owns in the province.

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