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Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Business & Politics

Adrian Dix to ring Toronto Stock Exchange bell for Island’s Catalyst Paper

Victoria Times Colonist
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper officials will celebrate the firm’s return to the Toronto Stock Exchange by ringing the bell to open trading this morning. And they’re bringing a special guest along — Opposition leader Adrian Dix. …The event marks the return to public trading for a paper company that was down and almost out early last year. Catalyst was put in creditor protection and delisted from the exchange last year. It waged a dramatic struggle through the spring and summer to restructure itself to reduce debt.

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A classroom and a lumber business

Saanich News
January 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lambrick Park secondary is all but empty on a Friday afternoon, except for a handful of kids in goggles and ear protection, working machines in the woodshop hall. …It’s taken 14 years and many trade shows, but teacher Roger Conrod has built up a woodworking shop that is the envy of any trades school, let alone a high school. Lambrick is the owner of seven high-end industrial woodcrafting machines, all donated and installed by mainly American companies. In turn, Conrod has parlayed that into a niche lumber business, which gives students hands-on experience and employs them at the same time, at better than minimum wage.

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Community marks anniversary of Babine explosion

Prince George Citizen
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Sunday the community marks the anniversary of one of the worst industrial disasters in B.C. history – the explosion and fire that killed two workers, injured many more, destroyed Babine Forest Products sawmill, displaced hundreds from employment, and put the forest industry on notice that unexpected danger was lurking in lumber factories. Robert Luggi Jr. and Carl Charlie died while about 24 others survived the destruction.

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New report details forest sector losses

Forest industry shed 60,000 workers in recent years, but analyst says expect an ‘upswing’
CBC News
January 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new report shows just how far Ontario’s forest industry fell when it landed on hard times, but natural resources minister Michael Gravelle says many of the jobs lost in the downturn should return this year. In a report called the State of the Forests, the Ministry of Natural Resources said the industry was hit the hardest in a three-year period starting in 2005. About 200,000 people were employed in the sector at that time. In 2006, 424 communities were considered forest dependent, and took up 7.1 per cent of Ontario’s jobs. But by 2008, roughly 60,000 workers had lost their jobs.

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NS: Province assures woodlot owners there is nothing to fear with bill

Daily Business Buzz
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[NEW GLASGOW, NS] — At Charlie Parker’s office in Pictou West, calls have been coming in from woodlot owners concerned about a private member’s bill that they fear would hurt their industry. Staff at the office say they would like people to know they have nothing to fear. The NDP government issued a release Monday saying it does not intend to move forward with Private Members Bill 161, the Natural Resources Accountability Act.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New chair for UK-Green Building Council

Building Design
January 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Andrew Gould has been appointed chairman of the UK Green Building Council. Gould takes over from Dan Labbad, group chief executive officer of Lend Lease. Gould was previously the international director and UK chief executive of Jones Lang LaSalle from 2009 to 2012. Jones Lang LaSalle was a founding member of the UK-GBC and Gould has been on the board of trustees since 2010.

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Forestry

?Gifting 70 Years of TLA History to the Royal BC Museum

Truck Loggers Association
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Victoria – History is being made, or rather chronicled, at the Minister of Forests
Breakfast at the Truck Loggers Convention. To commemorate The Truck Loggers Association’s 70th anniversary, TLA President Bill Markvoort will gift seven decades of printed and digital copies of Truck LoggerBC magazines, to the Royal BC Museum. “The TLA has been shaping policies to build our coastal communities, sustain our working forests, and keep our members strong for 70 years,” said Markvoort. “And our roots are deep—some family owned TLA businesses have been operating for more than four generations.”

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TLA coastal forest industry convention focuses on building growth

Truck Loggers Association
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Victoria – The TLA kicks off its annual coastal forest industry convention and trade show January 16 to 18, 2013 at the Victoria Conference Centre and The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Under the theme “Shifting Gears, Building Momentum,” we will explore visions for the future of the coastal industry and policy needed to grow the harvest. “Once again the TLA is gathering business and forest industry leaders to discuss challenges they believe we will face in the coming years and present solutions that BC’s future government should consider to ensure a strong and viable business community and, as a result, a prosperous climate for all British Columbians,” said Dwight Yochim, RPF, TLA Executive Director.

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Manitoba Government approves First Nations land use plans on east side of Lake Winnipeg that benefits Canada’s boreal forest

Ducks Unlimited
January 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stonewall, Man – Ducks Unlimited Canada congratulates the Government of Manitoba for its commitment to boreal forest conservation by approving the land use plans prepared by the First Nations of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. …The plans affect 7,862 square kilometres of boreal forest and include significant areas designated for protection, while allowing for responsible economic development. Their approval helps deliver on boreal-related commitments in Manitoba’s Green Plan “Tomorrow Now” announced in 2012.

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Debate over urban forestry plan centres on ‘nuisance’ trees

Thunder Bay homeowners encouraged to make their case to council
CBC News
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The fate of a dozen tamarack trees dominated discussion at Thunder Bay city council’s meeting on Monday evening. As councillors passed the second reading of the Urban Forest Master Plan, they talked about a group of trees that sit on a city-owned easement. About three years ago, the Johnson family on Mohawk Cresent wanted the city to do something about the tamarack trees behind their house that buffer noise from the Thunder Bay Expressway.

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Jobs for Young Adults in the US Forest Service are Waiting

USDA Forest Service
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Obama Administration has announced the formation of a national council to guide full implementation of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps – a national collaborative effort to put America’s youth to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. Thousands of temporary seasonal jobs with the Forest Service and its partners are available this summer and officials say now is the time to begin the application process.

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Forest services seeks feedback on controversial Courthouse Creek logging proposal

Mountain Xpress
January 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PISGAH FOREST,N.C. — The U.S. Forest Service encourages the public to comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Courthouse Creek project in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest. All comments should be received by Jan. 18, 2013. This project is designed to meet the goals and desired conditions set by the Nantahala-Pisgah Land and Resource Management Plan by improving wildlife habitat, creating ecological diversity and promoting healthy and sustainable forests.

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Changes to forest peace deal bill unsettle MLCs

ABC News, Australia
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has delivered almost 160 pages of amendments to an Upper House committee enquiring into the landmark forest peace deal’s enacting legislation. They were unveiled just hours before the start of public hearings into the bill which would reduce logging in native forests, negotiated by industry and green groups. …The chair of the inquiry, Huon MLC Paul Harriss, is viewing the last-minute changes with scepticism and says they will prolong the inquiry.

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The Upper House promises forest peace deal scrutiny

ABC News, Australia
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The chairman of an Upper House inquiry into Tasmania’s forest peace deal has not ruled out calling Resources Minister Bryan Green to give evidence. Public hearings start in Hobart this morning. The Deputy Premier is not among the list of almost 40 people expected to front the inquiry over the next three days. But the committee’s chairman, Huon MLC Paul Harriss, says Bryan Green could still be called.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

ENTREVESTOR: Cellufuel has potential to burn

Chronicle Herald
January 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cellufuel’s plan to open a demonstration biofuel facility in Brooklyn, Queens County, this summer is just the first step of an ambitious industrial enterprise intent on having 10 plants within five to six years producing $200 million in annual revenue. r. …Cellufuel now plans to open a demonstration facility in Brooklyn this summer, which will have a capacity to produce about one million litres of diesel annually. Given that this is the first biofuel plant to rely completely on wood as a feedstock, the founders hope it will validate the technology.

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