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Daily Archives: November 6, 2012

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper slides 40% on weak demand for Thurso pulp

Ottawa Citizen
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Fortress Paper shares plunged 40 per cent Monday after it revealed a new unexpected problem hitting a major mill at Thurso east of Gatineau. Demand from China for specialized pulp has dramatically cooled with the slowdown in the frantic growth pace of the giant Asian economy. The weak demand for dissolving pulp, which can be spun into clothing, has driven down the global price below levels negotiated with major Fortress customers.

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Mill upgrades ahead of schedule for Interfor

The Castlegar Source
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Grand Forks sawmill employees will be taking a three week unscheduled vacation starting Nov. 10 as International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) completes mill upgrades ahead of schedule. When the mill re-opens in early December, Interfor anticipates that they will see a 10 percent increase in production, said president and chief executive officer Duncan Davies….With the $27 million in investments into the Grand Forks mill over the
past two years, Interfor’s key goals have been cost reduction, timber
recovery improvement and the ability to have flexibility in their
products.

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Wood dust blast risk rises in winter

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood manufacturers need to take steps to reduce the increased risk of dust explosions during the winter, warns WorkSafeBC. In a hazard alert issued last week, the province’s chief workplace safety agency said during cold winter months, dust is easier to disperse and ignite because of low humidity. …WorkSafeBC does not recommend any specific measures to reduce the risk of dust explosions during winter, but calls on companies to assess the “additional risks.”

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Mixed views on Meadow Creek Cedar license transfer

Nelson Star
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some current and former Lardeau Valley residents don’t think the transfer of Meadow Creek Cedar’s forest license to a South Slocan company will do much to re-energize the area’s economy. In Facebook posts and interviews this week, several people expressed disappointment that restarting the Cooper Creek sawmill is not part of the arrangement. “Reading this definitely doesn’t give people of the Lardeau Valley a good feeling,”

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Innovation, investment aids B.C. exports

Surrey Now
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

,,,The $500 million B.C. Jobs Plan is a comprehensive new initiative that includes skills training, efforts to expand global trade, and close work with employers and communities on job creation. The impetus? Demand for workers is projected to grow faster than the labour force in every region of B.C. for the next decade. Innovative job creation means more than high-tech, however. It involves nimble thinking and long-range planning to help B.C.’s more traditional industries.

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Resolute head seeks name of critic

Company president claims online commenter defamed him on site
Chronicle Herald
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

he president of the company that closed the Bowater Mersey paper mill in Queens County wants to know who wrote online comments about him that he alleges are defamatory. In documents filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Nov. 2, Richard Garneau, president and CEO of Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc., applied to have Bragg Communications Inc., owner of Internet service provider Eastlink, iden-tify who made comments about him in response to a story published in September on the website, http://foresttalk.com.

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New Brunswick exports led by revival of forestry shipments to US: EDC forecast

from Export Development Canada
PR Newswire
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONCTON, NB – Export Development Canada’s forecast for New Brunswick export growth calls for a rebound of 6 per cent in 2013 after a 1 per cent decline this year. “A surge in U.S. homebuilding will bring long-awaited revival to New Brunswick’s forestry sector. Higher prices for natural gas and seafood products will further boost overall export growth,” said Peter Hall, Chief Economist, EDC.

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Mill electricians have new deal

Western Star
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Corner Brook Pulp and Paper has reached an agreement with its electricians, but has not offered a similar package to the other skilled trades union without a collective agreement. According to Gary Healey, national representative for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, a new labour contract with CEP Local 96 was worked out on Oct. 11. The contract largely follows the industry-patterned agreements that the four other CEP unions

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Resolute Forest Products announces permanent shutdown of paper machine at its Laurentide mill

Canada Newswire press release
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL- Resolute Forest Products announced today that it is permanently shutting down paper machine No. 10 at its Laurentide mill in Shawinigan, Quebec. The permanent shutdown comes after an important drop in demand and an increase in market capacity of the paper grade produced on machine No. 10. The Laurentide mill, which currently has 388 employees, produces over 350,000 metric tons per year of commercial printing papers with two machines. Machine No. 10 produces 125,000 metric tons per year. This machine will cease production on November 26, eliminating nearly 111 jobs.

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Falling log prices in Brazil

IHB
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Pulp mills and sawmills in Brazil became more competitive in 2012, because the costs for the wood raw-material, which accounts for about 70 percent of the production costs, have declined by over 20 percent since 2011, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. Pulp mills and sawmills in Brazil became more competitive in 2012 mostly thanks to a weakening Brazilian Real. Pine sawlog prices in Brazil, in US dollar terms, fell 22 percent in just one year, and prices in the 2Q/12 have been at a level below where they were just before the financial crisis that hit in 2008, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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Prices for lumber have stabilised at a low level in the UK

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
November 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the UK, prices for British and imported softwood lumber had stabilised at a low level by the end of October. Owing to slack demand and an inflated supply, prices had been under pressure since July. Business is generally being shaped by purchases as needs dictate. The sales opportunities in southeast England are generally being assessed as better than in the Midlands and the northern regions.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CEI Architecture wins honorable mention for Office Building of the Future Design Competition

Journal of Commerce
November 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia based CEI Architecture has been given a honourable mention in the Office Building of the Future Design Competition which is sponsored by NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association. CEI’s proposal was for a 40-storey facility predominantly comprised of wood. The contest was open to NAIOP’s 15,000 members across North America and CEI was the only Canadian company recognized.

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‘Green’ growth fuels an entire industry

Green construction expected to reach $122 billion by 2015 as developers use low-cost options to make buildings environmentally friendly and earn big tax breaks.
USA Today
September 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When Rob Watson was writing the nation’s first private standard for environmentally friendly construction in the 1990s, he wanted to require “green” buildings to get recertified after five years to prove they were actually conserving energy and water. …Watson’s proposal was rejected, illustrating the building industry’s power in shaping the wildly popular green-building standard called LEED, which more than 200 federal, state and local government agencies now require in hope of conserving energy and minimizing environmental damage.

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Forestry

Hundreds of kilometres of trees being slashed and burned for megaenergy projects (radio)

CBC Daybreak North
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CBC has learned that huge swaths of trees are being burned to make way for energy megaprojects. In the Peace, foresters are complaining about trees being slashed and burned for the oil and gas industry. Sharon Glover is the CEO of the Association of B.C. Foresters. She told Daybreak’s Betsy Trumpener no one even knows how much wood is being burned. We also heard from Fort Nelson First Nation band councillor and former chief Kathi Dickie. She says there are more logs being removed by the oil and gas industry than were ever taken by the forest industry.

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OFIA Reponds to Plastic Industry comments on Plastic Bags

Ontario Forest Industries Association
November 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…In the National Post article, Mr. Gaudet is quoted as stating “To imagine a
Toronto without plastic bags would be to imagine a Toronto without trees” and
that “the equivalent of Toronto’s entire tree canopy harvested, gone, in just a
decade. Firstly, we would like to point out that industrial forest operations do not take
place in Toronto or any other urban centre. Mr. Gaudet’s efforts to link the issue
of a plastic bag ban to the loss of tree canopy in Toronto amounts to nothing
more than protectionist hyperbole and fear-mongering.

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Cutting costs or changing lives — MILLS

Sault Star
November 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Thus began a life-changing summer as an Ontario Ranger, known in those distant days as Junior Forest Rangers. The term “smartass” might already have betrayed that this particular 16-year-old ranger was me. But it could have been any one of many thousands of Ontario teens removed from their comfort zones and put to work for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Northern Ontario over the ranger program’s almost 70 years. ..Until Sept. 27, that is, when it was announced the program will be cancelled.

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IP donates 8,100 acres of land to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

International Paper announced recently that it will donate over 8,100 acres of land, which includes the Bussey Brake and Wham Brake reservoirs, to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The total donation is valued at over $7.8 million. The fresh water reservoirs located near Bastrop, Louisiana in Morehouse Parish are popular recreational sites.  “This donation by International Paper will preserve these reservoirs for
future generations to come for the citizens of Louisiana,” said Tommy
Joseph, International Paper Senior Vice President. “We are excited to be
able to make this announcement today.”

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Gil Gonzales: City shouldn’t get into sawmill business

Wisconsin State Journal
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The city now wants to get into the lumber business by getting a portable sawmill. It wants to cut the ash trees into lumber to use for park benches or other uses. Has any thought been given to the drying of the newly cut boards before they can be used as boards? The city will have to also invest in kilns or air dry these newly cut boards to 20 percent moisture before they can be used. This in itself will be a major operation. This has all the makings of another pig-in-a-poke tax subsidy operation.

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U.S. Forest Service Dispatches Teams to Clean Up Sandy’s Mess

Woodworking Network
November 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service has approximately 1,200 inter-agency wildfire suppression and incident management personnel to assist in the clean up of havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy in four northeast states last week.

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Loggers get to work before miners move in

Herald Sun
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LOGGERS may soon be allowed to harvest thousands of hectares of valuable timber currently being bulldozed to make way for mining and CSG extraction. Forestry Minister John McVeigh said yesterday he wanted to make sure valuable timber was harvested before miners moved on to leases in state forests. “This is about providing loggers and sawmillers with better and more timely access to take logs before the corridors are cleared for pipe-laying,” Mr McVeigh said.

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Premier staying out of forest peace talks

ABC News, Australia
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Premier will not intervene in the failed forest peace talks, despite a main industry player now insisting it will only talk to government. Peace talk groups have held informal discussions for more than a week since talks collapsed, but now the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania is refusing to deal with environmentalists. FIAT will now only talk to the state and federal governments. Chairman Glenn Britton would not elaborate on the decision but says after more than two years of talks, an outcome has not been achieved.

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Forestry tops the agenda for Union

Farming Life
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A DEPUTATION from the Ulster Farmers’ Union, headed up by President Harry Sinclair met Premier Woodlands’ Managing Director John Hetherington in Magherafelt earlier this week to discuss a number of issues relating to the development of the private forestry sector in Northern Ireland. Topics covered included the introduction of tree felling licences, the ongoing CAP review, the growing threat of imported diseases on tree health and the potential to expand the private woodland sector. Speaking afterwards, the Union President confirmed that the meeting had been both extremely positive and informative.

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Call for Mary Valley land to be used for forestry plantations

ABC News, Australia
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber Queensland (TQ) says the State Government should be leasing out the land resumed for the defunct Traveston Crossing dam in the state’s south-east, rather than selling it. Nine bids have been received for the latest round of Mary Valley properties, with a total of 12 properties put out to tender so far. TQ chief executive officer Rod McInnes says using the land for Timber Plantations would give the State Government a better price in the long-term.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy grant recipients aren’t following the rules

Companies got $42M but didn’t file any reports
Edmonton Journal
November 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Alberta paid out $42 million in the last fiscal year to a half-dozen companies to encourage bioenergy production, but five failed to file required annual reports and the sixth submitted information showing it had not met program requirements. …”This report shows that this government is not only failing to spend taxpayer money wisely, it shows that it’s trying to hide important information to see what, if any value, Albertans are getting for these programs,” Anglin said. “Albertans deserve accountability on money spent, and they’re clearly not getting it.”

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