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Daily Archives: November 8, 2012

Business & Politics

Cascades releases its 2012 third quarter results

Canada Newswire press release
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, – Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces its financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012. …”The results for our third quarter did not meet our expectations due to a strong Canadian dollar, operational issues, higher recycled office paper costs and a stronger seasonal decline in activity level in Europe.

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CN forecasts pickup in export lumber shipments

Globe and Mail
November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s largest railway is optimistic that shipments of lumber exports will climb as demand picks up despite global economic uncertainty in the short term. “Asian traffic has good growth potential. At the same time, we might just see the U.S. housing starts give some benefit and some boost to growth in parallel,” said Claude Mongeau, chief executive officer at Canadian National Railway Co.

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NDP calls for investigation of BC Jobs Minister

Globe and Mail
November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark must investigate her jobs minister for passing on an internal government e-mail to a B.C. Liberal insider, the NDP opposition says. Bruce Ralston, the NDP finance critic, said it appears Pat Bell was helping out a political insider and friend when he passed along correspondence regarding fraud allegations against a Chinese businessman who Liberal Party official Bill Belsley was representing. …The long-troubled Skeena mill has been a significant issue for the provincial government and the jobs minister Mr. Bell. Once the largest employer in Prince Rupert, it was shut down in 2001, eliminating hundreds of jobs.

Optics of Bell’s email stink: NDP from Canadian Press
BC cabinet minister under fire for release of email from CBC News

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Western Forest Products reported 3Q net income of $2 million

Lesprom Network
November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. announced results for the 3Q 2012. Net income for the 3Q 2012 was $2 million, on sales of $219.4 million, which compares to a net income reported in the 3Q 2011 of $5.3 million ($0.01 per share) and a net income reported for the 2Q 2012 of $10.6 million ($0.02 per share), as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The 3Q EBITDA result of $8.4 million is a decline from the $15.8 million figure reported in the 3Q a year ago.

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Kenora utility pole plant starts operation

Northern Ontario Business
November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Kenora utility pole peeling plant will start production this fall. Tannis Romaniuk, Wincrief Forestry Products executive operations manager, said operations began in September with test runs of the pole peeling equipment. Commercial operations are anticipated to start in late October or early November, and the order book is looking good. “The orders are in,” said Romaniuk. “We have a request that anything we can make will be sold.”

Festive day for forestry ventures from Kenora Online

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Wood products industry slows

China Daily
November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Although China continues to drive the global wood products industry and trade, it is apparently slowing down its pace. Pace slowing may indicate coming faster growth with “positive measures under study to boost the country’s forestry sector”, a senior official in the State Forestry Administration said. “The authorities are also working out preferential policies to send wood products that are exported to developed economies instead to underdeveloped and developing countries in Africa and Asia, where an increasing demand exists,” Zhang Yanhong, deputy director of the agency’s department of development planning and assets management, said in the proceedings of the 55th International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology in Beijing said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Best engineered projects honoured

Journal of Commerce
November 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Development of a photocatalytic gas treatment process for Uniboard Pfleiderer, a producer of engineered wood products, has netted the consulting firm exp the 2012 Schreyer Award. The award, which recognizes technical innovation, was one of more than a dozen presented at the recent Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards gala in Ottawa. …In a joint release, the awards sponsors said Uniboard Pfleiderer required a process that would destroy contaminants in gases from wood panel manufacturing and meet strict emissions standards.

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FORM Architecture Engineering a 2012 Wood WORKS! champion

Journal of Commerce
November 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay-based FORM Architecture Engineering, a firm that has gained a reputation as a ‘strong” advocate for the use of wood in design and construction, is the recipient of the Ontario Wood WORKS! 2012 Wood Champion Award. “Whenever the opportunity is made available, they happily educate clients and user groups about the various benefits of wood in design and construction,” Wood WORKS! said in a release. The award was presented at the recent 12th annual Ontario Wood WORKS! celebration.

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Natural Resources Minister Oliver Congratulates Winners of Wood WORKS! Ontario’s Gala Awards

Natrual Resources Canada
November 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, made the following statement in recognition of tonight’s Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Gala. …. “I congratulate all of the winners and nominees at this year’s Wood WORKS! Awards Gala. Our Government is a proud supporter of the Wood WORKS! program. We share your view that Canadian forest products are of the highest quality in the world. Building with wood is a responsible and economically wise choice that creates jobs and contributes to long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

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Forestry

Critical forest habitats conserved across Canada

Globe and Mail
November 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) recently announced the conservation of over 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of exceptional forest habitat across Canada. Hardwood, deciduous, montane, and coniferous forests have been conserved thanks in part to generous funding from TD Bank Group (TD) through the TD Forests program. …The TD Forests program will increase the amount of forested lands
protected and cared for by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Over five
years, the program will conserve an average of two football fields a
day.

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Community forest activity picks up

Alberni Valley Times
November 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

These days, sounds of machinery and trees being cut down can be heard from the Alberni Community Forest block near the old West Bay Hotel. Forestry trucks drive in, using a few roads and bridges that were built in June and July before the fire danger risk went up. After being delayed for a month by the extreme fire danger rating, which stayed until early October, local contractors are only now able to build new roads, re-activate old roads and harvest trees in the community forest.

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The battle of Rainbow Ridge

County timber sale is a test site for a controversial new forest policy
Corvallis Gazette Times
November 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If a tree falls in the forest to create early seral habitat, is it still a clearcut? That’s the question dogging ecological forestry, an experimental management approach touted by its creators as a way to ramp up timber harvests on public lands to provide badly needed jobs and tax revenues while continuing the work of restoring forest health and protecting threatened species begun by the Northwest Forest Plan.

Coast Range sale in Oregon may test ‘ecological forestry’ theory of prominent professors from Associated Press

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‘New requirements on timber a great concern’

Borneo Post
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TOKYO: Sarawak, a major producer of tropical timber, has expressed concerns on some emerging market requirements many of which are backed by legislation by certain major consumer markets. For example, complying with the different standards required by importing countries would have some impact on timber production and trade in terms spiralling transaction costs.

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Forestry companies are bluffing about protected forest

from Protect The Forest
Scoop.co.nz
November 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry companies are bluffing about the amount of protected forest The Swedish forestry industry organization Skogsindustrierna, where the companies Sveaskog, Stora Enso, SCA and Holmen skog are members, have published a website: protectedforests.com, with a map of what they claim is protected forest in Sweden. On the website they claim that as much as 25% of the Swedish forest are protected, and they also claim that Swedish forestry is environmentally sustainable. The organization Protect the Forest has examined the map and the published statistics, and the conclusion is that the campaign is simply a bluff.

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