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Daily Archives: December 12, 2012

Business & Politics

The Harper government moves to strengthen rail freight service

from Transport Canada
Canada Newswire press release
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

WINNIPEG  – Today, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, along with the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the introduction of the Fair Rail Freight Service Act bill to give companies that ship goods by rail the right to a service agreement with railways. It will also create an arbitration process to establish an agreement when commercial negotiations fail.

Click here to read the press release from the Forest Products Association of Canada

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China poised to buy chunk of Timberlands

Campbell River Mirror
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

China Investment Corp. (CIC) may be close to purchasing a sizeable chunk of Island Timberlands which owns about 260,000 hectares of private forest lands on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. In November, the Wall Street Journal reported that CIC “is close to purchasing a 12.5 per cent stake in some timber assets in Canada from an infrastructure affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. for about $100 million.

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‘Supercycle’ for forest products expected to begin in 2013

by Gordon Hamilton – With U.S. ousing starts expected to double, prices could hit a record high
Vancouver Sun
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumber prices are expected to soar next year before hitting all-time highs in 2014, bringing a flood of cash to B.C. sawmills and restoring health to provincial resource revenues, according to a report by the Vancouver consulting group International Wood Markets. Wood Markets president Russ Fraser said the dynamics have been in place since 2008 for a so-called “supercycle” that will push lumber prices into the stratosphere. The only missing element, he said Tuesday, has been a recovery in U.S. housing starts.

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Bowater land purchase: Key word is investment

Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

… Handled wisely, this can be a productive investment, not a yuletide splurge….It was concern that Resolute had a buyer eager to do the wrong thing — exporting raw logs for fuel chipping abroad — that motivated the government to make a bid and preserve the resource for higher-value, job-creating uses. It was a good call, and the price looks fair, but now comes the hard part of wresting new value and jobs from this green jewel in the Crown.

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Premier rules out deal for NewPage pensioners

CBC News
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Darrell Dexter says comparing the NewPage pension problems with that of former Bowater-Mersey employees is “fundamentally unfair” and there’s no way he’ll consider a deal to help shrinking Newpage pensions. Monday, the Nova Scotia government announced it spent $100 million to buy employee pension liabilities. The investment means pensions for former mill employees will be 100 per cent covered. Meanwhile, former workers at the NewPage plant in Port Hawkesbury saw their pensions sliced by more than 30 per cent this summer..

Paper mill pension outcomes very different from the Chronicle Herald

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Bowater good deal for Nova Scotia, premier says

Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Almost $118 million for land is a big number, but it’s a good deal for the province, Premier Darrell Dexter maintained Tuesday. … “When we bought this, we bought it all. We bought the roads, the bridges, the swamps, the rest of it, so the price evens out over all of the land that you purchase.” Cortex Consultants of British Columbia did a valuation of the land, looking at scenarios where the pulpwood market was flat, showed some growth, and rapid growth

Queens county mayor lauds purchase of Bowater lands as new projects announced from the Chronicle Herald
Paper mill pension outcomes very different from the Chronicle Herald
Sawmill workers question future after Bowater purchase from CBC News

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Doug Murray no longer head of Resolute mill

TB Newswatch
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are some major changes happening in the front office at Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay. The local pulp and paper mill has parted ways with its longtime general manager. Doug Murray has been in charge of the local operation for more than five years. Sources say Murray is no longer with the company, and union leaders are expressing disappointment with the move.

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Wilderness society: Protect some of the Bowater land

Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: Canada East

A conservation group says it wants a quarter of the former Bowater land purchased by the province protected. The deal the province made to purchase 220,000 hectares of forest from Resolute Forest Products Inc. is an incredible opportunity, “both from a conservation perspective and a sustainable forestry perspective,” Chris Miller, national conservation biologist with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said Tuesday. “We have a really good sense of where the highest conservation-value properties are located and we’d look to the Nova Scotia government to finalize their protection.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Chinese Hardwood Plywood Countervailing Ruling Delayed

Woodworking Network
December 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce said findings from its preliminary countervailing duty investigation of hardwood plywood and decorative plywood from China will be delayed until Feb. 26. Initial results were to be released in December. The postponement of the preliminary CVD determination was by request of the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood and its members, the group which initiated the antidumping and countervailing petition in September. CFTHP’s petition documented antidumping and countervailing duty margins in excess of 300 percent.

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Paper Towels v. Air Dryers

Conversable Economist
December 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

After washing your hands with anti-microbial soap, is it better to dry them with a paper towel or with an air dryer? Like many economists, I’m always on the lookout for persuasive analysis of the benefits, costs, and tradeoffs of life’s difficult questions. ..Basically, paper towels win out over regular air dryers, jet air dryers, and cloth rollers, at least in settings like health care provision where hygiene is especially important.

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Forestry

Government of Canada Lends Financial Support to PG Corporate and Forestry Solutions Ltd

from Canada Economic Development
Markwire
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

RIMOUSKI, QUEBEC – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that PG Corporate and Forestry Solutions (PG SCF) Ltd has been granted financial assistance to adapt and market a line of higher performance software….PG Corporate and Forestry Solutions designs and develops management
tools for sawmills, forestry cooperatives, forest entrepreneurs and wood
processing companies.

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OUR VIEW: Provincial oversight missing in Cortes logging dispute

Campbell River Mirror
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… There can be no lasting resolution of the Cortes Island conflict unless it can be demonstrated that logging on the company’s private land is subject to diligent regulatory oversight. Private land logging companies claim they are subject to more than 30 provincial acts and regulations. But, the environmentalists counter-claim that the industry uses a model of professional reliance which means that there is no real government oversight and private land foresters ultimately get to decide what constitutes compliance.

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Real Christmas trees more sustainable than fakes, forestry professor says

Vancouver Sun
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An artificial Christmas tree would have to be used for 20 years before its carbon footprint matches that of a farmed tree, according to a forestry professor at the University of B.C. Steve Mitchell said most artificial trees are kept only six years before fashions change and owners throw them out. Most end their life in a landfill. “Artificial trees need to be kept for 20 years for the carbon emissions to be equivalent to using natural trees,” Mitchell said, referring to a life cycle study done in 2009 by Ellipsos, a Montreal-based sustainable consulting company.

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Minister Oliver Highlights Positive Impacts of the Harper Government’s Support for the Forest Industry and Jobs in New Brunswick

Natural Resources Canada
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today toured facilities at Irving Paper Limited where he observed the positive impact of the Government’s funding on the region’s pulp and paper industry and jobs in New Brunswick. Irving Paper Limited received $8.3 million through the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) in 2011 for a project to increase the energy efficiency of its operations. “Our positive investments are helping Canada’s forest industry increase their energy efficiency and global competitiveness,” said Minister Oliver.

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Forestry Of The Future Forum A Success

Government of Nova Scotia
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s forest industry has a bright future according to industry leaders and representatives who participated in the Future of Forestry Forum today, Dec. 11, in Halifax. The one-day forum focused on the future of Nova Scotia’s forest industry and included presentations by industry leaders on topics such as trends shaping the industry, the role of innovation and technology and the forecast for the industry’s future. “Thousands of Nova Scotians across the province work in the forestry industry, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy,” said Premier Darrell Dexter.

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Wilderness society: Protect some of the Bowater land

Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: Canada East

A conservation group says it wants a quarter of the former Bowater land purchased by the province protected. The deal the province made to purchase 220,000 hectares of forest from Resolute Forest Products Inc. is an incredible opportunity, “both from a conservation perspective and a sustainable forestry perspective,” Chris Miller, national conservation biologist with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said Tuesday. “We have a really good sense of where the highest conservation-value properties are located and we’d look to the Nova Scotia government to finalize their protection.”

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Loss of ancient, big trees becoming a global issue

Seattle Times
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s not news to Northwesterners that most of the giant firs and cedars that once dominated the region’s forests are long gone, felled by decades of logging. But a review of ecosystems around the world finds that big trees are vanishing almost everywhere — and aren’t being replaced….Though the causes for the decline are diverse, all involve the common denominator of human intervention. In Scandinavia, logging companies are simply targeting the biggest, oldest trees, the researchers found.

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Forest campaigners vow to continue logging protest

ABC News, Australia
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The police search and rescue crew was brought in from Melbourne yesterday to break up a logging protest near the Bendoc River in East Gippsland. Members of the Goongerah Environment Centre set up the blockade to stop the logging in an area they say is of high conservation value. The protesters blockade was pulled down about midday.

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Have European forests grown older or are they actually getting younger?

European Forest Institute
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Europe’s forests have changed drastically since the 1950s when forest and land use management caught up with the effects of the World War II. The forest area increased by 30% between 1950 and 2000 as low productive agricultural lands were abandoned and many countries were carrying out active afforestation. Today, forest management is very much in the focus of attention especially in the light of increasing the use of forest biomass for energy.

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Dutch forestry commission to cut 200 out of 1000 jobs

DutchNews.nl
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry commission is to reduce its 1,000 strong workforce by some 20% because of budget cuts, the organisation said on Wednesday. By 2014, the commission must raise 43% of its budget from its own resources, an increase of 10% on the current figure. Staatsbosbeheer hopes to earn more money from the sale of wood as well as woodchips and grass for bio-energy generation.

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Upper House forestry vote looking tight

ABC News, Australia
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian Independent MLC Paul Harriss says he will move to have the forest peace deal legislation investigated by a parliamentary committee. The member for Huon says he cannot support the deal to protect another half a million hectares of forest from logging and significantly downsize the native timber industry. The vote on Tasmania’s forestry peace deal bill in the state’s Upper House remains tight.

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