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Daily Archives: January 31, 2013

Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper completes Snowflake mill asset sale

Canada Newswire press release
January 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC,- Catalyst Paper announced today that it has completed the US Court approved sale of the Snowflake assets and shares of Apache Railway. The Hackman Capital-led buyer group purchased the assets of the closed Snowflake facility and the shares of Apache Railway for US$13,460,000 and other non-monetary consideration. The transaction received local support from the Town of Snowflake and other interests, based on the buying group’s intention to continue to operate the Apache Railway as a going concern.

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Forest Industry Launches Greenest Workforce Recruitment Campaign and Internship Contest

Canada Newswire press release
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – On Wednesday February 6th, David Lindsay the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) will unveil the GreenestWorkforce initiative, a first-of-its-kind government and industry sponsored national resource and recruitment program for the forest products industry aimed at renewing the industry’s workforce with at least 60,000 new recruits.

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Montreal-based Tembec to sell B.C. mill, cuts Q1 loss 38 per cent on lower sales

Canadian Press
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec cut its first-quarter net loss by more than a third to $10 million in the first quarter, despite a six per cent drop in sales, as it reduced a number of costs and prepared to sell a pulp mill in British Columbia. The Montreal-based company said it lost 10 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 29, compared to a 16 cents per share loss in the prior year. Adjusting for one-time items, it lost five cents per share.

Click here to read the press release from Tembec

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Norbord shows big profit jump in final quarter of 2012 as U.S. builders rev up

Canadian Press
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. says it earned $72 million in 2012, more than half of it in the fourth quarter. The wood panel manufacturer’s net income in the three months ended Dec. 31 was US$38 million — beating analyst estimates by about $1 million. The profit amounted to 86 cents US per basic share or 76 cents per share on a diluted basis.

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B.C. Liberal VP probed for alleged violation of lobbying rules

Globe and Mail
January 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The vice-president of the B.C. Liberal Party is under investigation for failing to register as a lobbyist before contacting provincial government officials, including Jobs Minister Pat Bell, on behalf of a controversial Chinese investor. The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists in British Columbia said it is investigating whether Bill Belsey violated provincial lobbying regulations by working as an agent for Chinese businessman Ni Ritao and his companies, including Sun Wave Forest Products, the former owner of the Skeena Cellulose pulp mill in Prince Rupert.

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Thunder Bay-Atikokan to hear ‘great news’ from forestry firm

Resolute Forest Products to make announcements Thursday
CBC News
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is set to announce what it’s calling “an important investment” in Thunder Bay. CEO Richard Garneau was expected to hold a news conference later Thursday morning concerning the company’s wood products division. Another announcement was also expected in Atikokan. Mayor Dennis Brown said the pending news involves jobs for his community. He said he knows what it’s about, but for now can only say it is “great news” for Atikokan and area.

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Resolute Announces Construction of Sawmill in Northwestern Ontario

Canada Newswire press release
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products today announced the construction of a new sawmill in the area of Atikokan, Ontario. This investment reflects Resolute’s ongoing commitment to the solid wood business and will provide significant economic opportunities for First Nations in the region. The Atikokan project will involve the construction of a single line random length (16 ft) sawmill with an annual capacity of 150 million board feet.

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Widow: Response to York Co. plant death was inadequate

Herald Online
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A contract worker recently killed at the Resolute Forest Products plant in southeastern York County could have been saved had emergency crews reacted quickly, says the attorney representing the family. Samir Storey, 39, died Jan. 22 while cleaning a “fume” tank at the Catawba plant. A “clear, cloudy smoke,” entered the tank, said his cousin, Jermel Storey, who also was working on the job. The smoke triggered emergency alarms, trapping Samir in the tank. …Jessica Storey, Samir’ widow, Jermel, and attorney Christopher Chestnut held a news conference in Charlotte on Tuesday to tell their story

Widow makes serious allegations against paper plant after contractor’s death from WBTV.com
Family of man killed in accident at paper mill plans to file lawsuit from WSOCTV.com

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Forestry

Forest Practices Board report due soon on Balfour slide

Nelson Star
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A Forest Practices Board report due out in the next few weeks will consider whether human error was a factor in a landslide near Balfour nearly two years ago. …The slide came a few years after BC Timber Sales extended a road into the Laird Creek drainage to harvest pine beetle-infested timber, despite concerns from water users about instability and drainage. Residents also felt they weren’t given enough time to review the plans before the roadwork was tendered, so they complained to the Forest Practices Board.

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Is owl cull the only answer?

Kamloops Daily News
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The decision to try to save one owl species in B.C. by killing another is almost certain to ruffle the feathers of some, especially those who have long fought to protect the habitat that supports the now-rare bird. Let’s hope the lethal decision was soundly made. …Perhaps there is now no other means to save spotted owls but to kill off competitors. With less than 12 birds remaining in B.C.’s wilds, the picture looks bleak for the future of the northern spotted owl in this province’s remaining old-growth forests.

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Harper government to grant Northwest Territories province-like powers over resources

Calgary Herald
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – The federal government is on the cusp of ceding control over land, water and resource revenues to the Northwest Territories, a move which would render the territory a de facto province. N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod and his cabinet met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other government officials Wednesday to hammer out the details of an agreement. The agreement, which McLeod told CTV on Wednesday is “very close” to completion, will transfer responsibility for managing public land, water and resources to the territory from the federal government.

Ottawa ready to cede new powers to Northwest Territories from the Globe and Mail

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Langley Township opts to save more than half of small forest

January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY – Langley Township has voted to save more than half of a small forest in Glen Valley. But people fighting to keep the entire stand of 80-year-old trees are disappointed. The township will keep the property along 257A Street, totalling 25 acres, but will sell four lots along 260th Street. “We’re halfway successful,” says Councillor Kim Richter, who feels the entire property should have been preserved.

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Liberals in ‘rollover’ mode prior to timber group tour

by Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North
The Province
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to Ben Parfitt’s op-ed about the B.C. Liberals’ intention to introduce legislation to rollover replaceable volume-based timber licences to area-based tenures, the forests minister claims as a “fact” that the legislation stems from a recommendation from the special committee on timber supply that toured B.C. last summer. That is pure fiction. According to a leaked cabinet document, the “rollover” of volume-based licences to area-based tenures was recommended to cabinet in April as an option to enable the rebuilding of the Burns Lake sawmill – a month before the committee was formed and five months before it made its recommendations public.

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Publish the law

By Ben Parfitt
The Province
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests Minister Steve Thomson takes issue with the “highly speculative” nature of my recent op-ed in which I suggest the provincial government intends to grant cabinet open-ended powers to give forest companies de-facto control of public forest lands. He doesn’t quibble with the fact that legislation is, in fact, coming, but says that government will be open and accountable by “ensuring” that the public is consulted. But will public consultation be enshrined in law?

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Langley Township opts to save more than half of small forest

January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY – Langley Township has voted to save more than half of a small forest in Glen Valley. But people fighting to keep the entire stand of 80-year-old trees are disappointed. The township will keep the property along 257A Street, totalling 25 acres, but will sell four lots along 260th Street. “We’re halfway successful,” says Councillor Kim Richter, who feels the entire property should have been preserved.

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Argument for not allowing clear-cutting of bush lots

Chatham Daily News
January 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Steve Mysik doesn’t think Chatham-Kent needs a tree cutting bylaw. “Everybody talks tree cutting bylaw, I don’t see it,” said Mysik. “We need a woodlot protection bylaw. You want to go in there you want to harvest trees, fine and dandy.” Mysik points out the price for walnut and several other hardwoods are sky high right now and selective logging of local bush makes financial sense. “Do it professionally, but do not change the borders of that bush,” he said. “Sure it won’t be the same bush for the next 15-20 years but it will be the same bush eventually.”

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‘No sell-off’ for public forests

BBC News
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government has announced that it will not sell off publicly owned forests in England. It says it will create a new public body that will hold in trust the nation’s forests for future generations. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was responding to a report that called the estate a “national asset” that should not be sold off. He also announced that the policy of selling off 15% of the estate to cover costs would be rescinded.

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Rising demand for timber makes forestry a gold-plated investment

Irish Independent
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“I’m building up a business now and I cannot get over how successful it is.” Rare words to hear in today’s economy, and even rarer to hear them from a farmer. But John Jackson has always ploughed his own furrow, so to speak. Seventeen years ago he did the unthinkable in farming circles when he sold his tillage farm in Donegal to invest the money in forestry. …. Mr Jackson was able to buy five times the amount of land that he originally had by targeting more marginal land at a fraction of the price.

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Minister seeks to protect more forests

ABC News, Australia
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Environment Minister is progressing plans to expand Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. Tony Burke has asked the International World Heritage Committee to protect an extra 170,000 hectares of forest, including parts of the Styx, Picton, Weld and Florentine. Mr Burke says the move will ensure the forest peace agreement holds and the forest industry is 100 per cent behind the nomination.

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