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Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

Business & Politics

Canaccord downgrades Brookfield Asset Management

Globe and Mail
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canaccord Genuity has downgraded Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to a “hold” rating after the company last week reiterated that it won’t succumb to pressure to sell its stake in mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. …RBC Dominion Securities has raised its price targets on several paper and forest products stocks, citing more confidence in a recovering U.S. housing sector. The bank increased its 2013 forecast for U.S. housing starts by 12 per cent to 922,000.

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Merged union envisions even bigger future

Canadian Press
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The union that will soon become the largest in Canada’s private sector will seek to double its size by organizing new workplaces and opening up its ranks to non-traditional members — including those who aren’t working. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada voted Monday to approve a merger with the Canadian Auto Workers, which gave its OK to the plan in August. … The new union plans to devote 10 per cent of its revenues to organize workplaces and add new members. It will also create a mechanism that will allow students, retirees, the unemployed and others to join.

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Skilled labour shortage transforms old sawmills into training centres

by Gordon Hamilton – In Prince George, forest company Canfor has plans to convert its mothballed Rustad sawmill into a $10-million training centre for skilled workers.
Vancouver Sun
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — In Prince George, forest company Canfor has plans to convert its mothballed Rustad sawmill into a $10-million training centre for skilled workers. At High Prairie, Alberta, Tolko Industries has already done the same thing at its shuttered High Prairie mill, partnering with a local college and the Alberta government in a $5.3-million program to train future tradespeople. It opened earlier this month. …“When industry can’t get the skills that they need, then industry needs to think differently and partner with schools,” Heather Press, manager of recruitment and organizational development at Tolko, said in describing this latest push to recruit skilled workers.

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Cathay Forest Products Corp. Securities Class Action

Notice of the Granting of Leave to Proceed With Statutory Secondary Market Misrepresentation Claims
Marketwire press release
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LONDON, ONTARIO– – This notice is directed to all persons, wherever they may reside or be domiciled, who acquired securities of Cathay Forest Products Corp. (“Cathay”) during the period from and including November 9, 2009 to and including February 1, 2011 (the “Proposed Class Period”).

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Reopened Cape Breton mill resurrects forestry jobs

Port Hawkesbury Paper resumed making paper last month
CBC News
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the biggest forestry contractors in Cape Breton is hiring and says he needs more workers in the woods and on machines now that the mill in Point Tupper is operating again. Paul Delaney, owner and operator of Delaney and Son Pulpwood Ltd. in Cheticamp, said many of his workers moved out west when the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill announced it was shutting down last year. …Delaney said he has 15 employees now and is looking to fill at least five vacancies. He doesn’t believe he’ll have any trouble filling the jobs — at least 15 calls in the last few days.

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Boise to lay off 106 at paper-making mill

Portland Business Journal
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Inc. and subsidiary Boise White Paper LLC will halt paper making operations at its St. Helens mill and lay off 106 employees. Boise notified the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development of its decision under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act on Tuesday. Boise (NYSE: BZ) plans to halt paper manufacturing operations by Dec. 31 at the mill, 1300 Kaster Road.

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Forestry Tasmania defends sawmill deal

ABC News, Australia
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has admitted it did not do a very good job on due diligence checks when buying the Southwood sawmill but says it saved jobs. The $3.3 million investment was revealed in Parliament yesterday, three months after the state-owned company took control of the sawmill and up to a year after it first put finance into the site. Forestry Tasmania says the company’s secret purchase of the Huon Valley sawmill saved the forest peace talks and jobs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Forestry sector takes chemistree 101

Burnaby biorefinery says tree compounds could replace plastics and other oil products
Business in Vancouver
October 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…”What biorefining offers is a new use for wood,” said Mike Rushton, COO of Lignol Innovations Ltd. (TSX-V:LEC). Lignol’s biorefinery pilot plant in Burnaby breaks wood waste down into its main constituents – lignin and cellulose – which can then be refined into a range of fuels, chemicals and compounds. The company hopes to see the first commercial plant built in two to three years. “As we get better at processing wood into these renewable chemicals and biofuels, we will start to build industries that are focused on biomaterials and biochemicals,” Rushton said.

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Shelter Forest International, Importer of Chinese Hardwood Plywood, Announces New Sustainable Resource Programs

Marketwire
October 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR, — Shelter Forest International (SFI), a US company that manages the global supply chain for TigerPLY(TM) hardwood plywood, used by thousands of US manufacturers, announced today a new sustainable resource program for its operations in China. For several years SFI has been working on building partnerships with wood fiber suppliers in China. SFI’s unique relationships have allowed the company to engineer specialty plywoods for a number of industries such as marine, recreational vehicles, furniture components, etc

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Forestry

Workplace rules on B.C. resource roads clarified

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An amendment to the occupational health and safety regulation under the Workers’ Compensation Act stipulates that resource roads are not classed as a workplace, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The amendment clarifies that while resource roads themselves are not considered a workplace, any portion under construction, maintenance or repair is deemed a workplace and governed by the Workers’ Compensation Act.

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Manage forests for the future

Victoria Times Colonist
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As it looks for ways to shore up the province’s timber industry, the B.C. government is in danger of not seeing the forest for the trees. …What is needed is a full-scale forest inventory. Much of the data available is decades old, and has likely been thrown out of whack by the pine-beetle infestation. …Forests Minister Steve Thomson said any decisions to cut old-growth forests will be based on science, but the science used should be forestry, not political science or economics.

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Forest Ministry should step aside

Letter by David Anderson
Victoria Times Colonist
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Given the self-serving comments of the Ministry of Forests’ spokesperson, one can only expect anger at the mismanagement of the Cowichan Weir by the Forest Ministry to increase. The ministry appears to have learned nothing from its obstinate refusal of the early summer to exercise its legislatively mandated responsibility to protect fish in the river and the ecological integrity of the watershed. Instead, the ministry is still parroting the same tired old justifications of its past mistakes that led to the crisis in the first place.

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MLA Simpson to hold twitter town hall Wednesday

HQ Cariboo
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Independent MLA for Cariboo North will hold a twitter town hall Wednesday about the mid-term timber supply situation. Bob Simpson says it starts at noon, “people can jump in earlier if they wish to, we only run it for an hour, but then the hashtag can be used afterwards. And the hashtag is #timbersupply.”

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Korean forestry personnel train with B.C. crews in Salmon Arm

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SALMON ARM – A group of 25 members of the Korean Forest Service have arrived in Salmon Arm to learn wildfire investigation techniques and take advantage of the expertise of B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch crews. …With the assistance of B.C. firefighters and instructors, the Korean Forest Service crews will learn to determine where the fires started, what caused them and how they spread over the course of the day. They will also be trained to collect evidence that, in the case of a real wildfire, could be used to prosecute whoever started the fire.

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Guelph $11M urban forest plan clears first hurdle, goes to council

Guelph Mercury
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GUELPH – An $11.5-million plan to manage and grow the city’s urban forest cleared one hurdle this week, when a city committee agreed to refer it to the upcoming budget process. …The staff report contemplates $683,000 in additional spending in 2013, including the cost of hiring four new full-time staff. The $11.5 million cost – over the next 10 years – includes activities associated with combating the invasive emerald ash borer, which threatens to wipe out all the city’s ash trees in the next decade.

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Post fire forest recovery continues

Ruidoso News
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pockets of green vegetation are appearing among the moonscape left by the Little Bear Fire that burned more than 44,000 acres in June, primarily on the Lincoln National Forest, says Smokey Bear District Ranger Dave Warnack. Reporting to Lincoln County commissioners Tuesday, Warnack said as of last Friday only the South Fork of the Rio Bonito remains closed to the public because it was most severely burned.

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PM urged to take concrete steps on forest rights

Times of India
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HYDERABAD: On the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Hyderabad, civil society groups participating in the CoP-11 biodiversity meet on Monday wrote to him calling for effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), in India. In the letter, which was signed by over a dozen environmental groups from across the globe, representatives expressed concern over the weak and often distorted implementation of the Act and the consistent resistance of forest officials to recognising the rights of forest dwellers.

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