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Daily Archives: February 19, 2013

Business & Politics

New B.C. Liberal candidate has ties to shuttered pulp mill

Globe and Mail
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberal Party’s new candidate in a Vancouver riding was once the legal representative of a company controlled by controversial Chinese businessman Ni Ritao, whose broken promises regarding plans to restart a shuttered pulp mill in Prince Rupert have cost the city more than $3.5-million in legal and maintenance fees. Andrew Wilkinson, who won the nomination for the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena on Sunday, also appears to have had significant dealings with Sun Wave Forest Products, a company controlled by Mr. Ni, when Mr. Wilkinson served as deputy minister for the Ministry of Economic Development between 2003 and 2006, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.

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Forestry towns and First Nations integral to B.C.’s growth: report

Merritt Herald
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Rural BC Project says the provincial government needs to invest in rural B.C. for the sake of the province’s economic and social future. …The paper asserts that places where forestry is the main industry have gone from being the fastest-growing to the slowest-growing in the province over the last 50 years, to the detriment of B.C.’s economic stability. …The Environmental Assessment Act, the Heartlands Economic
Strategy, and 2009’s “wood-first” policy in the construction of public
buildings are only partially successful attempts to provide economic
guidance in rural B.C., the report adds.

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Resolute Forest Products and CEP seek pension deal

Net News Ledger
February 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Business – Resolute Forest Products and CEP are seeking a deal on pension fund solvency. Workers at Resolute Forest Products mills in Ontario and Quebec today demanded that Quebec’s pension regulator, the Régie des rentes, and the company reach an agreement to resolve the solvency deficit in the pension plan without any cuts to benefits “The company and the Régie must work out a plan in the coming weeks to solve the funding problem for the pension plan. Our members sent a strong message today that we will not agree to any cuts in pension benefits,” said Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union President Dave Coles.

Click here to read the press release for this report from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

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Combustible Dust Bill Re-Introduced in House

Woodworking Network
February 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Legislation aimed at preventing combustible dust explosions in the workplace was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday. … It would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue interim protections to prevent combustible dusts, like wood coal, sugar, metal from accumulating to potentially explosive levels. The legislation would require OSHA to use relevant National Fire Association Protection (NFPA) Standards that call for dust control in both the interim and final standard.

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Log exports take root at Port

The Daily Astorian
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Westerlund Log Handlers, which operates a log export facility on Pier 1, came to Astoria in 2010 amid much controversy over its potential effects on Astoria’s tourism and marine industries, but the company has labored along under the radar for nearly three years, quietly earning the Port nearly $1.9 million from 26 ships – the next one is due Feb. 22. “It took a lot of work – a lot of meetings,” said Roger Nance, a Washington state banker who turned in his suit to help form Westerlund Log Handlers with partner Dave Westerlund in 2009.

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Emmett, Idaho Sawmill Closes Its Doors — Again

StateImpact Idaho
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

An Emmett, Idaho sawmill funded by $4 million in federal stimulus money and additional capital from private backers stopped operations last week, closing its doors for the second time since 2010. The mill’s primary owner, Montana entrepreneur Dick Vinson, blamed the recession and inadequate equipment for the first closure. When the Emerald Forest Products mill reopened last June, Vinson predicted it could be profitable within weeks. Today, he declined to explain why the mill last week let its remaining workers go, but he did confirm operations have ceased.

Stimulus-funded limber mill closes in Emmett from The Idaho Statesman
Emerald Forest Products grinds to a halt from KTVB.com
50 workers at Idaho sawmill will receive final paycheck from the Associated Press

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Timber mill boss to inspect fire damage

The Islander
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The head of RuralAus, which operates the timber mill at Timber Creek, is expected to arrive Tuesday morning to inspect a woodchip fire which erupted on Sunday. John Ipsen will fly from head office in Perth. The CFS will maintain control of the fire ground until Mr Ipsen arrives on Tuesday. Mr Ipsen would not speculate on the cause of the fire and he could not say when milling operations would resume. “My number one issue is safety, minimising the damage then containment and extinguishing the fire,” he said.

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Forest harvesting rights plan angers local sawmill owners

Longford Leader
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The issue of harvesting rights from Coilte owned forests has come to the fore in recent weeks, after it emerged that the State plans to out-source those rights, a move that sawmill owners believe will leave them in dire staights becasue they won’t be in a position to compete with the larger international companies that will subsequently saturate the market. “The proposed sale of Coillte harvesting rights poses a major threat to the future of the sawmilling sector in Ireland,” Mike Glennon, joint managing director, Glennon Brothers told the Leader on Monday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Domtar releases new wave of comical videos, highlighting paper’s enduring value in everyday life

Canada Newswire press release
February 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL- To update its award-winning PAPERbecause campaign (www.paperbecause.com), Domtar Corporation  today announced a new series of videos that take a humorous approach to highlight the irreplaceable value of paper. The 30-second spots mark the third wave of videos in the campaign that showcases the effectiveness and sustainability of paper. While the initial videos featured satirical office settings and exaggerated pressures to go paperless, the four new videos bring that comedy to everyday situations, ranging from a bridal shower to a business lunch.

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Optimism and Cooperation: A Report From the Montreal Wood Convention

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
February 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s great to be representing the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and exhibiting at the first-ever Montreal Wood Convention, which is being held at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal this week. …The collaborative efforts of The Maritime Bureau, The Quebec Wood Export Bureau, The Quebec Forest Industry Council and the Ontario Forest Industries Association managed to revive this once-popular conference. They’ve successfully gathered 20 exhibitors and over 400 attendees to discuss various topics within the forest products sector.

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Forestry

Ian Mulgrew: B.C. government loses last bid to keep log broker’s suit out of court

Vancouver Sun
February 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has lost a last-ditch attempt to limit a trial about illegally obtained search warrants and an illicit criminal investigation conducted by the Forest Ministry into a log broker.  For the last three years, Victoria’s lawyers have battled on several fronts to derail Timberwolf Log Trading Ltd.’s litigation over the alleged misconduct that puts taxpayers at risk of paying substantial civil damages. The log broker alleges misfeasance or abuse of public office and defamation over suggestions it was a front for organized crime involved in drug dealing.

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Protecting the Clearwater Valley would help mountain caribou recovery

The Georgia Straight
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If we can’t maintain a viable mountain caribou herd in a vast protected area like Wells Gray Provincial Park, then what hope is there of doing so elsewhere? That’s my question for Canfor, the corporate giant now ramping up to “salvage log” hundreds of hectares of mature and old-growth forest near the southern and western boundaries of Wells Gray, two hours north of Kamloops. …Government biologists are well aware that past logging just outside the
park is largely to blame for a recent collapse of the south Wells Gray
herd.

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Broadcaster to sound off from P.G.

Prince George Citizen
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…. Bill Good, a veteran of radio and television news in British Columbia, will bring his CKNW talk show to Prince George on Wednesday. He will be broadcasting from the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) convention at the Civic Centre. … “It was good timing to be able to link with a major forestry conference at a time when forestry is in heavy discussion, and we were looking to come to Prince George,” Good said.

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The Need to Manage Cumulative Effects

BC Forest Practices Board
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s economy benefits significantly from the development of natural resources. Every year, the province of BC issues thousands of permits to use Crown land—permits to log, draw water from streams, build roads and pipelines, drill for oil, mine coal, or carry out a myriad of other activities. Currently, there are more than 250 000 active permits (including licences, leases, authorizations, etc.) in the province.  Individually, these permits may have minimal effect on the landbase. Collectively, however, their effect can be significant.

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FSC® launches new ForCES website

Forest Stewardship Coucnil
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is pleased to announce the launch of the newly-designed Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) project website. The new website aims to meet the needs of project participants and to communicate more widely with the public about project developments. … It is looking at the changes to the FSC system that will be needed in order to make FSC a global leader in the certification of ecosystem services.

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Stunning reversal? Why ‘big paper’ just went green in Indonesia.

Asia Pulp & Paper Co. has promised to stop using wood from Indonesia’s natural forests. Unprecedented market pressures, driven in part by Barbie and Mickey Mouse, helped.
Christian Science Monitor
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…And for years, this product – paper – so ubiquitous you only really notice it when it’s not there, has been coming at a horrific cost – the annihilation of the richest, most biologically diverse rain forests on the planet by a sprawling, $4 billion company that you’ve probably never heard of: Asia Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. But this month, if the company is to be taken at its word, that is changing. In early February APP promised not to use a single splinter of wood again from natural forest, a stunning reversal that has environmental campaigners overjoyed. Why did it happen?

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ben Parfitt: Industry get credits, schoolyards get stumps

The Province
February 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

….Worse, in addition to lost services for school kids and hospital patients, that $14 million bought little if any climatic benefit. Here’s why.  Just as it’s a mistake to focus on the “additional” trees protected in that hypothetical housing development mentioned above while turning a blind eye to the size of the houses built, so it’s a mistake to focus narrowly on the trees TimberWest allegedly saved while ignoring the company’s overall logging plans. …This policy isn’t in the public interest. Worse, it’s open to abuse.

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