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Daily Archives: December 14, 2012

Business & Politics

Former Sino-Forest brass may face $84-million in penalties, OSC say

Globe and Mail
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Former key executives of Sino-Forest Corp. alleged by the Ontario Securities Commission to have engaged in fraud or the violation of securities laws could face as much $84-million in potential penalties, the watchdog has told the company. According to court documents, the OSC told Sino-Forest recently that it had not yet decided whether to pursue monetary penalties against the former officers and directors that it named in allegations it released earlier this year.

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PRT Growing Services Ltd. and Mill Road Capital Announce Shareholder and Court Approval for Acquisition of PRT

Marketwire
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Vancouver, BC – RT Growing Services Ltd. (“PRT” or the “Corporation”) and Mill Road Capital Management LLC (“Mill Road Capital”) today announced shareholder and court approval of the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of PRT by 8242275 Canada Inc., an entity controlled by Mill Road Capital.

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Tembec Inc. renews Shareholder Rights Plan

Canada Newswire press release
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Tembec Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has approved the renewal of its Shareholder Rights Plan. The Plan is subject to acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange, and is also subject to shareholder approval and ratification which the Company will seek at its Annual and Special Shareholder Meeting, currently scheduled to be held on January 31, 2013. Subject to shareholder approval at such annual and special meeting, the Plan would be effective as of January 31, 2013.

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CN calls freight service legislation unnecessary risk to transportation system

by Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s largest railway says the introduction of new freight service regulations that include fines is an unnecessary intrusion that puts the engine of the country’s economic growth at risk. “Such an approach would stifle innovation, chill the positive service momentum that’s taken hold and result in potentially unintended consequences for the rail industry and the customers we serve,” CN president and chief executive Claude Mongeau said Tuesday after the federal government tabled a long-awaited legislation.

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Domtar to close line, lay off 125 workers

Pulp machine to shut down by end of March 2013
Kamloops Daily News
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One hundred and twenty-five Domtar workers learned Thursday they will soon lose their jobs when the pulp giant permanently closes one of its production lines in the new year. Domtar spokeswoman Bonny Skene said employees were notified of the closure of the mill’s A-line through the day. An “adjustment plan” will be created with the union in the coming weeks. Workers will receive compensation in line with their collective agreement. …Skene said three reasons are behind the decision to close the A-line — market conditions, technical issues with equipment and the production capability of the line.

Domtar to shed 125 jobs – 29% of its workforce from Kamloops this Week

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Catalyst developer nailed by Alberta Environment Ministry

Campbell River Mirror
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta Environment Ministry has slapped a contamination remediation order on Edmonton-based businessman Harold Jahn, the developer who is currently purchasing the contaminated Catalyst pulp mill site here in Campbell River. Ministry spokesperson Jacalyn Ambler says there have been numerous communications with Jahn about groundwater contamination at the site of a shutdown chemical plant in Lamont County northeast of Edmonton, but “no voluntary resolution was forthcoming.”

“Our view: We deserve some clarity in the murky catalyst sale from Campbell River Mirror

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Mill shutting one paper machine for 15 days

Western Star
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper will shut down one of its two machines for two weeks, starting Dec. 23. Kruger Inc., the mill’s Montreal-based parent company, announced the downtime in a news release issued Thursday afternoon. According to the release, the mill will shut its No. 2 paper machine from Dec. 23 until Jan. 7. This 15-day curtailment in production will result in a 4,000-metric tonne reduction in newsprint output and will affect 110 employees.

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N.S. mill with 85-year history shuts down Friday

Canadian Press
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HANTSPORT, N.S. — A Nova Scotia paperboard mill that has operated for almost 85 years ends production today. Minas Basin Pulp and Power spokesman Robert Patzelt says 135 people are losing their jobs at the plant in Hantsport. However, he says about 40 employees will be offered work at the C-K-F Inc. plant that manufactures paper plates and other types of containers next door.

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International Paper selling lumber unit to Georgia-Pacific

Reuters
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper Co is selling its building products unit to Georgia-Pacific for $750 million cash, a move designed to sharpen focus on its massive packaging business. The sale had been expected since IP acquired the unit, which sells lumber and particle board for home construction, as part of its $3.7 billion buyout of smaller rival Temple-Inland earlier this year. …The sale gives IP more cash to invest in the packaging business.  Georgia-Pacific
will get the unit’s 16 manufacturing facilities located primarily in
southeastern and eastern United States, regions that are expected to see
new home construction when the economy recovers.

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Mill workers complete final shifts

ABC News, Australia
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says it is a sad day for the timber industry, with Carter Holt Harvey closing two mills at Mount Gambier today. About 190 workers will finish at the Lakeside and pine mouldings plants, with 110 of those moving to Carter Holt Harvey’s Jubilee Highway site. A further 80 workers took voluntary redundancy. Union representative Brad Coates says there are a lot of mixed emotions about the closure.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Request for Qualifications released for Okanagan Correctional Centre

Journal of Commerce
December 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The government of British Columbia has released a Request for qualifications (RFQ) for the proposed Okanagan Correctional Centre in the interior of B.C. … The facility will be built to LEED Gold standards and will use wood in accordance with the B.C. Building Code and in keeping with government’s Wood First Act.

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Oldest U.S. Woodshop Discovered

Woodworking Network
December 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

DUXBURY, MA — A remodeling job on a preschool revealed an 18th century millwork and woodworking shop, one of the earliest dedicated woodshops in the U.S., known as a “joinery” in its day.  Restoration carpentry expert Michael Burrey identified the find, which is reported at the Boston Globe website and was picked up by DiscoveryNews.com.

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Forestry

Job losses point to problems in forest industry

Job losses point to problems in forest industry
Kamloops Daily News
December 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The pending closure of Domtar’s A-line pulp machine is indicative of a bigger problem within the forest industry, union and forestry officials said Thursday. “It’s the forest industry. We’re dealing with some pretty tough issues here around people getting laid off,” said Jim Britton, western vice-president for the Communications, Energy and Paperworks Union. Everyone who controls the direction of the industry — from the province to the heads of forest companies — needs to sit down and talk so another 125 people don’t lose their jobs, he said. “We need to talk about the industry and talk about the future of the industry and it doesn’t seem that people are interested in doing that,” said Britton.

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Seven years later, CN pays $6K for burned timber

Kamloops This Week
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A judge has tossed the appeal of the provincial government seeking a quarter-million dollars in lost timber revenue from CN Rail after sparks from a train ignited a massive wildfire west of Kamloops in 2005. And, the rail company has low timber prices to thank. On July 29, 2005, the braking mechanism of a CN train in the Ashcroft area sparked a blaze, initially burning a nearby hillside.

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A few facts about this community forest business

Coast Reporter
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was a new tone adopted by some speakers at Wednesday’s demonstration outside the District of Sechelt offices. They were still there to protest the logging of 14 hectares in Wilson Creek forest, which was going on as they spoke, but some were now urging the 130 assembled to “know the facts” before engaging in dialogue. …Others clearly want to work with this board to prevent future conflicts and save as much of the forest as possible. That’s where the new tone comes in. It’s still not there, but it’s coming along. And yes, it’s needed.

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New centre step in building forestry of the future, says government

Truro Daily News
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

BROOKLYN, QUEEN’S COUNTY – Thousands of people working in Nova Scotia’s forestry industry will benefit from a new centre for cleaner energy, bioenergy and forestry innovation that will help the province’s forestry industry thrive in the future, says the provicial government. Premier Darrell Dexter was in Brooklyn, Queens Co., Wednesday to announce the province will partner with Innovacorp, Emera and CelluFuel to transform the former Bowater Mersey mill into a centre that will drive new opportunities through innovation.

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Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

Associated Press
December 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re talking about the conifer, the umbrella term for cone-bearing trees like the spruce, fir, pine, cypress and cedar. Apart from their Yuletide popularity, they play big roles in the lumber industry and in healthy forest ecosystems. Scientists would love to identify the billions of building blocks that make up the DNA of a conifer. …But the conifer genome is dauntingly huge. And like a big price tag on a wished-for present, that has put it out of reach.

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Tasmania forest deal stalls

Sydney Morning Herald
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The architects of Tasmania’s forest peace are scrambling to hold their deal together after it hit a wall in the state parliament’s upper house. Industry, union and green groups who hammered out the landmark deal over two years of talks said it had been jeopardised by the Legislative Council’s decision to send it to a select committee. …Hobart MLC Jim Wilkinson said he wanted to keep the TFA bill alive, but no socio-economic analysis of the legislation had been conducted.

Anger over Forest Inquiry from ABC News, Australia

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Forestry peace bill shelved

ABC News, Australia
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania looks set to miss out on millions of dollars in Commonwealth funding to overhaul its ailing forest industry. The Commonwealth had pledged 200 million dollars to implement the forest peace deal struck by environmentalists and industry groups. Tasmania’s Upper House has decided to shelve the implementation of the historic agreement so it can by scrutinised by a parliamentary committee.

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Tree sit protest one year on

ABC News, Australia
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian anti-logging activist Miranda Gibson is celebrating the first anniversary of her tree-top protest. The 31 year-old school-teacher has been living in a tree platform 60 metres off the ground at Tyenna in Tasmania’s south. Ms Gibson says she will not come down until she is convinced the state’s high-conservation value forests will be protected.

“Forest Defender’ marks anniversary from AAP

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