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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Change is Inevitable (except perhaps from a vending machine)

by Kelly McCloskey RPF, MBA
Wood N Frog Communications
March 26, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Tree Frog News was re-launched as a free on-line service with opinion editorials, I agreed to cover some of the major change-stories of the year. So when thinking of where to start, the end of the longest and toughest recession in recent history came to mind. Lumber and panel prices are up 50% from a year ago and 100% from when the US housing market crashed in 2009. Another key story is that after six years of paying export charges of 10% to 15%, Canadian producers are shipping tax free to the US and will likely continue to so for the balance of the year. Further, we have peace at the border until at least 2015, thanks to a two year extension of the SLA agreement. However, the change-story I chose to call attention to is more of a personal story; the resignation of John Allan as COFI President and …

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Forestry

MLA recognized for work to protect forests

Conservation groups honour Scott Fraser for his efforts in saving endangered old-growth forests and related jobs
Alberni Valley Times
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberni-Pacific Rim NDP MLA Scott Fraser received a Forest Sustainability Award from conservationists and forestry workers in a small ceremony on Monday. The award was given to him to recognize his years of exceptional public service as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in British Columbia to protect endangered old-growth forests, to counter the deregulation of forest lands on Vancouver Island and to restrict the export of B.C. raw logs to foreign mills.

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Expanding the forest

B.C. celebrated the Day of Forests on Thursday with a ceremonial tree planting in eastern Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A provincial minister helped mark an ecological milestone at Loon Lake in east Maple Ridge Thursday afternoon, March 21. B.C. minister of forests, lands, and natural resource operations Steve Thomson stood shoulder to shoulder with local dignitaries as they plunged shovels into the soil to plant the seven-billionth tree in B.C., since the province’s reforestation program took root more than 80 years ago.

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Nelson Rotary club looking for keen young forestry enthusiasts

Nelson Star
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Rotary Adventure in Forestry and Environmental Studies Program, launched in 1990 by the Rotary Club of Prince George Yellowhead, is intended to promote an interest in careers in forestry. The Adventure in Forestry program annually introduces 25 to 40 high school students to the wide variety of careers the forest and environmental industries have to offer.

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PROVINCE BUYS 2.3 MILLION TREES TO RENEW FORESTS

Government of Saskatchewan
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Environment has signed a contract with a Saskatchewan nursery to grow and store 2.3 million tree seedlings, which will be planted in 2014 to renew the province’s publicly owned forests. PRT Growing Services will grow the pine and spruce seedlings this year and store them for the winter. In the spring of 2014, the trees will be planted in various locations as part of the province of Saskatchewan’s forest renewal program. PRT operates a forest nursery north of Prince Albert.

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Prescribed burns set for Lumby and Cherryville area

Vernon Morning Star
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON – Prescribed burning is planned in the Lumby and Cherryville area between Thursday and May 15.  This controlled burning will assist with ecosystem restoration and will occur in several phases during this period. The burns will be conducted by Wildfire Management Branch crews and staff from the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District.The Satellite Hill burn area covers an estimated 36
hectares, about six kilometres south of Lumby and Highway 6 in the
Harris Creek area.

Additional Press Release
Ecosystem restoration burns planned for South Okanagan from BC Government
Ecosystem restoration burns planned for North Okanagan from BC Government

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BC Land Use Plans Hardwired for Failure

The Tyee
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Beginning 20 years ago, community members, stakeholders and government representatives sat down around planning tables across the province and worked out strategic land use plans that cover most of British Columbia. …Scientific review suggests we have reason to be concerned. …” And: “Ecosystem degradation from forestry, oil and gas development, and transportation and utility corridors has seriously impacted British Columbia’s biodiversity.”

BC’s Environmental Protection has Fallen Behind from The Tyee

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New protections in effect for forestry contractors

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Province has fulfilled a commitment to bring into force new financial protections for forestry contractors, effective April 1, 2013. Forestry sector contractors have the ability to secure payments for work done under contract by making a charge on accounts or registering a lien on forest products that have been delivered to licensees. A lien is a right to keep property belonging to another person until a debt is paid. Contractors can register a lien using the Personal Property Registry at B.C. Registry Services.

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Quiet start to forest fire season

The Chronicle-Journal
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services is gearing up for another season of battling forest fires . And while the 2013 fire season begins on Monday, it’s going to be a much quieter start than a year ago. With double-digit temperatures and no snow on the ground at this time last year, there were 18 fires reported in the region less than a week into the 2012 fire season.  Fire information officer Heather Pridham said Wednesday that Mother Nature is delaying any possibility of early spring fires across the province this year.

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Judge rejects new version of forest project near Seeley Lake

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ah, the difference two letters make.  A U.S. District Court judge rejected a new version of the Colt-Summit forest project near Seeley Lake because the U.S. Forest Service didn’t follow his instructions. “The summary judgment order plainly requires the Forest Service to prepare a supplemental environmental assessment (emphasis added),” Judge Don Molloy wrote in his opinion Wednesday. “The Service didn’t do so. Instead it prepared what it called a ‘supplement to the environmental assessment.’”

Judge keeps block on Lolo forest project from Independent Record

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Federal judge puts McKenzie Bridge timber sale on hold

The Register Guard
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service cannot go forward with a controversial logging project near McKenzie Bridge until an environmental impact statement has been prepared. People living near the 2,100-acre Goose Project had opposed strongly the logging plans. …. In a ruling dated Thursday and made available late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said the timber sale could have a “potentially significant effect” on the environment.

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MLCs blast forest peace deal ‘circus’

A last-minute bid to stop MLCs from voting for a deal-breaking change to Tasmania’s forest peace deal has failed.
ABC News
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The legislation now has little hope of being finalised before Easter. Tempers reached boiling point late last night, with MLCs describing the debate as a circus, a shemozzle and a mess. Rumney MLC Tony Mulder wants to more than halve the first tranche of reserves to be created under the deal, from almost 400,000 hectares to about 120,000. Under Mr Mulder’s plan, another 270,000 hectares of forest would not be protected until at least the end of 2014.

Labor moves to “take control” as fores bill struggles from ABC News, Australia

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Forest peace deal debate stalls

Tasmania’s Upper House has made little progress in furthering the forest peace deal legislation, with yesterday’s debate shelved after only three hours.
ABC News
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Yesterday was expected to be a big day with MLCs set to tackle the most contentious amendments to the peace deal, including wood supply and forest reserves. But after three hours of heated debate which centred on a vision statement, the legislation was shelved in favour of changes to the Mental Health Act. Rumney MLC Tony Mulder said he needed more time to finalise his amendment. He told House there was an issue with its drafting.

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Company & Business News

The Newark Group Announces all Newark Paperboard Mills Granted Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification

Financial Post
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

The Newark Group, a leader in the collection of recovered fibers and the manufacturing and converting of 100% recycled paperboard in the U.S. and Canada, today announced that SCS Global Services, an independent auditor, has completed its audit on all six Newark Paperboard Mills. The mills are now FSC chain-of-custody certified. …The FSC Chain-of Custody process ensures the consumer that the FSC-certified products they purchase are coming from responsibility managed sources.

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Terrace business files industrial lawsuit

Terrace Standard
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

ONE OF the local companies that’s done work at a multi-million dollar industrial project southwest of Terrace has filed a lawsuit saying it’s owed more than $100,000. Main Logging filed the suit March 14, stating Dowland Contracting Ltd., which had been hired by the owner of the Dasque-Middle run-of-river hydroelectric project to be its primary contractor, hasn’t paid it $110,752 for work done at the site.

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New Interfor tenures mean long term investment

Arrow Lakes News
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last week Interfor reached a deal to buy two timber tenures from Slocan’s Springer Creek Forest Products, subject to regulatory approvals by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations… “Springer Creek is a big deal for us,” said Geoff Bekker, Castlegar Division’s Woodlands Manager for Interfor. “It’ll give us more logs for Castlegar – not that we’re going to run that many more logs through. It just gives us a secure tenure base, that’s really what it’s about.” Bekker says the acquisition shows that Interfor is investing in the long term.

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Price of B.C. lumber going up (with video)

Global BC News
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumber market growth to continue this year from HQ Prince GeorgeThe price of lumber in the last few months is going up in B.C. The average price of lumber, measured in a thousand board feet, is now over $400 U.S. And the experts say it could go to 600 dollars, which is a third higher than it’s ever been. It has a lot to do with this Interfor sawmill in North Delta. Today, they’re producing 4x4s for the housing market in Japan. In fact, this mill produces almost solely for the Asian market – Japan, China and the Phillipines. The experts say it’s almost a perfect storm. .

Lumber market growth to continue this year from HQ Prince George

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Contractors call foul at local log yard

Terrace Standard
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Piles of logs destined for export are laying stagnant in a recently-reopened log sort yard while the company that owns the logs sorts out a dispute with one of its contractors. The contractor, Bryco Enterprises, blocked the entrances to the Yaorun Wood yard with heavy equipment last week to prevent Yaorun from moving any wood until the dispute was settled. Yaorun leased the property from the city in Feburary for 10 years. It once served as the log yard for Skeena Cellulose.

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Tembec sells B.C. pulp mill to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp. for $89M

Canadian Press
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB) is selling a pulp mill in Skookumchuck, B.C., to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp. for $89 million. The company acquired the Skookumchuck pulp mill in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. This mill, where 290 employees currently work, started up in 1968 and ships pulp to customers in North America and Asia. The sale is expected to close later this year, subject to regulatory approvals. Tembec has said its poor 2012 results were due to its paper pulp business and that it wanted to reduce its exposure to the business.

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COFI Convention Countdown On

HQ Prince George
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The countdown is on for the start of the Council of Forest Industries convention set for the Prince George Civic Centre next week. While much smaller than during the convention’s heyday of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, COFI Vice-President Doug Routledge is pleased with what should be a fairly well attended event. “It’s nice to bring the conference back after three years of hiatus during the downturn during the recession. We’re at the 445 registrants mark right now which is very positive,” said Routledge.

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Domtar A-line shutdown means better air quality

Kamloops Daily News
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The closure of Domtar’s A-line was a black cloud for about 125 workers who were laid off, but there was a silver lining for the city’s air quality. Domtar Kamloops mill environmental lead Kristin Dangelmaier told City council Tuesday the A-line closure will mean a reduction of in particulate coming out of the Mission Flats operation. It will also reduce the amount of sulphur dioxide emissions out of the high stack by 90 per cent.

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Interior mills outside beetle zone draw investment

Companies hunting for wood are finding it in the north and southeast of the province
Business Vancouver
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Areas of the Interior that were largely spared from the pine beetle blight are now attracting investment from large forestry companies. Canfor plans to invest $80 million in its Mackenzie and Elko sawmills this year, and reopened its shuttered Radium mill last fall. Interfor has invested $26 million to rebuild its Grand Forks sawmill and has sunk another $5 million into its Castlegar mill. Mackenzie mayor Stephanie Killam has worked hard to convince forestry companies that investing in her northeastern B.C. town will be good for their bottom line.

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Forestry jobs on the rise

HQ Comox Valley
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

3,000 jobs were added to the forestry sector last year, according to the Provincial Government. That’s an increase of six percent, and good news for an industry that’s been through some hard times, says Minister of Forests Steve Thompson. “They’ve come through one of the most difficult periods that the industry has ever been through, with the collapse of the U.S. housing market.” says Thompson. However, Thompson sees good things for the future.

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Lack of rail cars hits forestry firms’ sales

The Globe and Mail
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

… The Ontario Forest Industries Association and its Quebec counterpart say shipping delays resulting from a lack of rail cars being provided by major rail carriers are seriously hurting sales and share of market. …Unfortunately, we believe that Canadian Class 1 railroads have clearly underestimated both the magnitude of the recovery and the number of rail cars needed to ensure that Ontario products make it to market,” OFIA chief executive officer Jamie Lim said in a news release Wednesday.

Ontario Experiencing Delays in Shipping Forest Products to United States from Algoma News

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Timber Prices to Surge Following Beetle Epidemic: Report

DesignBuild Source
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

An epidemic of mountain pine beetles is one of three factors set to fuel a long term surge in Canada and US timber prices, a new report predicts. A supply shock associated with the epidemic of mountain pine beetles is one of three factors which will drive a surge in timber prices throughout Canada and the United States in 2013 and beyond, a new report predicts. In its latest edition of Timber Trends, The Campbell Group LLC described 2013 as the “beginning of a long term bullish trend for the timber industry.”

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Oregon Representative Proposes Tax Measure To Discourage Log Exports

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

An Oregon state representative has introduced a bill in an effort to curb raw sawlog exports. The House Revenue Committee debated the bill today. Last year about 18 percent of the trees harvested in the Northwest were shipped as raw logs to mills in Asia. Eugene Democrat Paul Holvey says he drafted HB 2555 out of concern that those export sales are making it harder for Oregon sawmills to stay in business. “I see these big barges going out of our ports with hundreds of thousands of board feet of raw logs. And I think to myself, those look like jobs going out.”

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Tribe’s plywood mill in Omak to reopen

Woodworking Network
March 19, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

OMAK, WA— Wood Resources LLC has signed a 25-year lease with the Colville Tribe to reopen the Colville plywood mill in Omak, WA. As many as 200 workers could be hired to operate the mill. Shut down in 2009, the mill “will require significant restorative maintenance and upgrades to become operational,” according to a statement from the company. The Omak mill will initially produce softwood veneer for Northwest markets, as well as Douglas fir plywood for specialty and commodity applications.

Tribe’s plywood mill in Omak to reopen from the Puget Sound Business Journal

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Domtar sells Port Edwards mill to Ohio-based holding company

Wausau Daily Herald
March 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

The new owner of the former Domtar Port Edwards paper mill property will work with village officials to identify potential uses for the site, a company spokeswoman said. DMI Acquisitions of Columbus, Ohio, the real estate arm of DMI Metals Inc., also will seek tenants to fill the 192-acre site along the Wisconsin River, said Michelle Moore, a spokeswoman for DMI Acquisitions.

Domtar announces sale of Port Edwards mill from WAOW.com

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Sustainable forest products: why should business care?

A new guide aims to enable companies to make informed choices on the forest-based products they purchase and use
The Guardian
March 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

…In order to help companies make informed choices on the forest-based products they purchase and use, the Forest Solutions Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute (WRI) jointly developed and released the Sustainable Procurement Guide for wood and paper-based products. Now in its third edition, the guide and associated resource kit provide an overview on forests and their management and explain the 10 most critical issues underpinning the procurement of forest products, including sourcing, legality, and environmental and social aspects.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon offsets ‘not credible,’ auditor says

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
March 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Two carbon capture projects that were the largest beneficiaries of B.C.’s multi-million-dollar “carbon neutral government” program did not provide credible carbon offsets for emissions from government operations, Auditor General John Doyle concludes. …B.C.’s “carbon neutral government” initiative has been controversial since it was launched as part of former premier Gordon Campbell’s
climate change program in 2008.

Three key sections of the BC audit on carbon neutrality from the Globe and Mail
BC’s push for carbon neutrality in public sector falters from the Globe and Mail
Auditor general delivers damning report on BC’s Carbon trading system, Crown corporation that managed funds from the Vancouver Sun
Taxpayers burned by carbon trust from the Penticton Western News
BC government is not carbon neutral, finds auditor general from the Tyee

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Auditor stands by report on B.C.’s carbon-offset program, as critics lambaste fairness

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
March 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Auditor-General John Doyle began to investigate British Columbia’s carbon-offset program he soon found himself under attack from some of those directly involved in the market, which is worth an estimated $1-billion. . …“Of all the reports I have issued, never has one been targeted in such an overt manner by vested interests, nor has an audited organization ever broken my confidence, as did the senior managers at PCT by disclosing confidential information to carbon market developers and brokers,” he states in the report.

Carbon audit out, backlash begins from the Canadian Press
Let My Report Go Free: Auditor General from the Tyee

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A solution to pollution or a green gravy train?

Offset market infused with greedy self interest
Vancouver Sun
March 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is a moment ripe with irony in The Carbon Hunters, the 2010 documentary by former Sun columnist Miro Cernetig, in which a Texas tycoon who made money in oil pulls up in his Hummer and starts extolling the virtues of the emerging market for carbon offsets. … The bottom line was that while a market for carbon offsets has the potential to create real environmental benefits, it is also so infused with greedy self-interest that they may be awfully hard to find.

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Auditor General John Doyle critical of carbon crowd’s dirty tricks

By Ben Parfitt
The Province
March 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

For months, vested interests in government and the private sector have known that a damning report was in the offing by John Doyle, B.C.’s outgoing auditor general. … . It is now evident that the organization that spearheaded that campaign was none other than Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), a Crown corporation set up by the provincial government for the express purpose of buying “carbon offsets” or emission reductions achieved by third parties.

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BC auditor’s carbon neutrality report to be withheld over leak concerns

By Gordon Hoekstra and Jonathan Fowlie
Vancouver Sun
March 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The release of a B.C. auditor general’s report on the province’s controversial carbon trading system was delayed Tuesday over allegations the report was improperly leaked. The Speaker of the B.C. legislature, Bill Barisoff, announced he would withhold the report until he has concluded discussions with the auditor general, noting a “breach of parliament may have occurred.”

BC’s push for carbon neutrality falters from the Globe and Mail
BC’s auditor’s report on carbon-neutral initiative delayed from the Canadian Press
Carbon offset audit held back from BC Local News

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Bell told developer to secure Prince George city block for wooden office tower affidavit says

Globe and Mail
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell told a Prince George developer to secure lands in the city’s downtown for use as the site of a government-funded wooden office tower, according to a sworn affidavit filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court. The affidavit was filed as part of foreclosure proceedings brought against Commonwealth Campus Corporation, a company controlled by Daniel McLaren.

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University of Alberta biotech startup finds new use for old paper

Edmonton Journal
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The smell of money could — literally — be in the air at paper-recycling facilities if a plan to turn waste from the recycling process into valuable chemicals takes hold. Crystal Theodore, a fourth-year chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta, is one of the academic forces that developed the idea for Upcycled Aromatics, a startup biotech company that would turn cellulose left over from the paper-recycling process into chemicals used by fragrance manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the producers of Tamiflu.

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NDIT Foreclosure Case Date Set

250 News
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The foreclosure case that has Northern Development Initiatives Trust versus Commonwealth Campus Corporation will be heard April 8th in Prince George. The legal counsel acting for NDIT expects to take 5 minutes to present its case, while counsel for Commonwealth expects to take an hour and a half to present its side of the story.

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Things Are Looking Up In Prince George – High-Rise Wood Project Announced

Minister Pat Bell Shows Support for Construction of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre
Canada Wood Council
March 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ottawa – The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! British Columbia are elated with the announcement made earlier today by Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Pat Bell, regarding the selection of PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. as the preferred proponent to design and build the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George.

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Liberal MLA calls on jobs, justice ministers to leave cabinet

Kash Heed says Pat Bell and Shirley Bond should step aside amid allegations of bid-fixing
CBC News
March 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A backbench B.C. Liberal MLA is calling for the resignation of two cabinet ministers from his own government after allegations surfaced about tampering with the bidding process for a new six-storey wood building in Prince George. Kash Heed says Pat Bell, the minister of jobs, and Justice Minister Shirley Bond should step down from cabinet in order to ensure the public maintains confidence in its provincial government.

Kash Heed Calls Pat Bell, Shirley Bond to Resign from the The Huffington Post
My BC Liberal Caucus Colleagues (And Ministers) need to Step Down from the The Huffington Post

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Bell, Bond pay no heed to Heed

Prince George Citizen
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pat Bell and Shirley Bond shot back at Liberal caucus colleague Kash Heed on Tuesday after Heed called on both of them to resign their cabinet posts. “Kash Heed has got zero credibility,” Bell, the jobs, tourism and skills training minister, said. “This is a guy who has had to step down from cabinet twice.” Bond, the justice minister, said it’s never pleasant to have a colleague call for your resignation but as a departing MLA Heed has nothing to lose.

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