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Business & Politics

Profits in wood products industry expected to rise

Northwest Bureau
June 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pre-tax profits in Canada’s wood products industry are expected to more than double this year and reach an eight-year high, says The Conference Board of Canada’s Spring 2013 outlook.
According to the report: price improvements and higher production mean that industry revenues will rise to a six-year high, reaching $24 billion in 2013; production increases will drive costs higher, but revenue gains will be more than sufficient to cover them; and the industry will continue to reap the benefits of cost-cutting measures undertaken even before the 2008-09 economic recession.

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Vernon and North Okanagan Lavington mill safety called into question

Vernon Correspondent
June 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two inspection reports issued by Work Safe BC (WSBC) in 2012 suggest that managers at Tolko were made aware of insufficient guarding and conveyor safety concerns at the company’s planer mill operation in Lavington. Manager of Tolko’s Southern Interior Lumber division, Rob Fraser, agrees that Tolko was aware of concerns and says they complied with any WSBC orders in a timely manner.

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Interfor Completes Acquisition of Keadle Lumber

Woodworking Network
July 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) has completed its acquisition of Keadle Lumber Enterprises’ sawmill operations. Finalizing of the $45 million transaction was announced July 1. The $45 million includes capital expenditures for additional kilns, which will bring the Thomaston, GA-based Keadle’s operating capacity to more than 160 million board feet. The Keadle mill currently operates one shift.

“This
acquisition is part of Interfor’s strategy to grow our presence in the
U.S. Southeast and reinforces our position as one of the world’s largest
and most diverse lumber companies,” Interfor President and CEO Duncan
Davies said in a statement. – See more at:
http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/canadian-woodworking-news/Interfor-Completes-Acquisition-of-Keadle-Lumber-213852141.html#sthash.IPEBWMQ2.dpuf

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Quebec lends $17.8 million to Tembec for mill upgrade

Montreal Gazette
June 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — The Quebec government is lending Tembec Inc. $17.8 million to support a $355-million expansion of specialty cellulose capacity at its Témiscamingue pulp mill and upgrade quality. The project is Tembec’s largest in decades and is based on rising world demand for a high-purity product that goes into dairy products (texturizer), cosmetics (thickening agent), splatter control (paints and plaster), binders (pharmaceuticals) and liquid crystal displays (computer screens).

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Domtar completes purchase of U.S. baby diaper maker for $272M

Canadian Press
July 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. says it finalized a $272-million deal to buy Associated Hygienic Products, a U.S. maker of store brand infant diapers. Montreal-based Domtar says the purchase, from DSG International, dramatically increases its personal care segment’s footprint and product range. AHP has a 376,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Delaware, Ohio, and a 312,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas.

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Former Roseburg Lumber Mill Focus of Annexation Plans

Woodworking Network
June 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, CA – A Roseburg Forest Product sawmill, closed 20 years ago, is at the center of annexation action by the Anderson Planning Commission. …Roseburg is supporting the annexation, which would allow the property to be developed as a potential mix of industrial, residential and commercial zoning. Development would likley require the city to finance water, sewer and road projects.

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Plum Creek gives lumber to Habitat effort in Columbia Falls

Daily Inter Lake
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A load of lumber Plum Creek Timber Co. is dropping off this afternoon will help volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley start building two more houses in Columbia Falls. The company is donating 700 manufactured studs. They should arrive at the job site by 1 p.m. Tom Ray, Plum Creek’s vice president for Northwest Resources and Manufacturing, said the company is glad it can give back to the community. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Habitat for Humanity on the Columbia Falls project.

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Higher prices for Russian plywood hardly passed on

EUWID
July 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A number of Russian and Eastern European birch plywood manufacturers have raised their repurchasing prices for raw and filmed birch plywood again in May and June. After announcing hikes of 2-3 % in March that took effect in April, one major producer first tacked on another 2-3 % in May and up to 5 % in June, depending on the grade, in both cases with immediate effect. A number of small producers followed suit with their own mark-ups in May.

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Forest products firm to shut down

Views and News from Norway
July 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Efforts to save what once was a major pulp mill on the Hurum peninsula southwest of Oslo have failed. The Swedish owner of the mill at Tofte, Södra, announced on Monday that it would shut down Södra Cell Tofte later this summer, throwing 295 employees out of work. Employees of the troubled Södra Cell Tofte mill were told of the decision at a mid-day staff meeting. Norwegian Broadcasting reported that Södra Cell managers decided it would be more profitable to shut down than to sell the large facility.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Construction on Wood Innovation and Design Centre moving along

HQ Prince George
July 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Site preparation continues for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George. Crews are currently getting ready for the concrete foundation that will be poured in August. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says construction of the building itself will happen in September. “Some of that work is already underway because its being done with cross laminated timber,” says Bond, “and that work is taking place not in Prince George and it will be brought to the site.”

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Forestry

A cut above

Rossland News
June 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Five companies in an innovative forestry practices agreement have had their combined allowable annual cut raised by 22,000 cubic metres per year, a 6.3 per cent increase effective Jan. 1 until Dec. 31, 2015. The regional executive director awarded the increase after reviewing the application, forestry plan, timber supply analysis, and considering public and First Nations input. Updated inventory work was the primary forest practice that supported the increase.

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Labrador fires still burning, as rain helps ease fears

Wabush residents return to daily activities as aerial and ground crews work
CBC News
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Residents of the western Labrador mining town of Wabush are hoping for more rain as crews continue to attack the forest fires that helped prompt a two-day evacuation over the weekend. Almost five millimetres of rain fell Monday, smack dab in the centre of the fires just a few kilometres out of Wabush. Heavier amounts fell during the weekend, which provided a turning point for crews that have been trying to extinguish the fires for more than a week.

Residents return to Wabush as fire moves off from the The Telegram

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Forest fires cause smoke warnings across Quebec

July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The acrid smoke from forest fires burning in the far north of Quebec has wafted down to the St. Lawrence valley, causing Environment Canada to issue smoke warnings for Montreal, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Rivière-de-Loup and the Gaspé regions. Smoke was first detected in Montreal in amounts strong enough to issue a warning at 2 a.m. Tuesday. “In fact there is smoke in all of Quebec,” said Environment Canada meteorologist André Cantin.

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A look at deadly US wildfires, accidents involving fire crews

The Associated Press
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Here is a look at some of the deadliest U.S. tragedies to have claimed the lives of wildland firefighters, including the 19 killed in an Arizona blaze Sunday: June 30, 2013: Nineteen members of an elite crew are killed in a fire northwest of Phoenix that lit up the night sky in the forest above the town of Yarnell. The fast-moving blaze fueled by hot, dry conditions is the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years.

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US senators urge Obama administration not to cut wildfire prevention funds

Associated Press
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

DENVER — A bipartisan group of Western U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to focus more on preventing wildfires rather than taking money from programs that clear potentially hazardous dead trees and brush to fund efforts to fight the increasingly destructive blazes. The administration is proposing a 31 percent cut in funding for the government’s central fire prevention program one year after record blazes burned 9.3 million acres. The federal government routinely spends so much money fighting wildfires that it uses money meant to be spent on clearing potential fuels like dead trees and underbrush in national forests.

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Senators protest cuts to wildfire prevention funds

The Missoulian
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A bipartisan group of Western U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to focus more on preventing wildfires rather than taking money from programs that clear potentially hazardous dead trees and brush to fund efforts to fight the increasingly destructive blazes. The administration is proposing a 31 percent cut in funding for the government’s central fire prevention program one year after record blazes burned 9.3 million acres. The federal government routinely spends so much money fighting wildfires that it uses money meant to be spent on clearing potential fuels like dead trees and underbrush in national forests.

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Federal wildfire budgets need a makeover

Summit County Citizens Voice
June 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators says the Forest Service must find a better to allocate funds for firefighting. Cutting money for wildfire prevention leads to spiraling costs for firefighting and ultimately increases the size of fires, the senators wrote in a June 28 letter to cabinet members. The letter requests the administration to create an action plan to fully fund prevention efforts such as hazardous fuels reduction, in addition to fire suppression efforts.

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CSKT foresters earn accolades as tribal timber operations face budget shortfalls

The Missoulian
June 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RONAN – While a national report worries that tribal timber operations are suffering critical shortfalls, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Forestry Director Jim Durglo stays too busy to worry. “The interesting thing about it was it showed the trend of being understaffed and underfunded continues,” Durglo said. “But we and some other tribes are doing quite a departure from the old European forestry – silviculture for economic return. We take a more holistic approach.”

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Bringing back good old days of logging difficult

Associated Press
June 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nothing came to symbolize the difficulty of bringing back the good old days of logging in Oregon like the Bush administration’s plan to boost timber production on 3,750 square miles of federal land in 18 counties, an area about three times the size of Rhode Island. Big promises of logs and revenue for timber counties won the Western Oregon Plan Revision the nickname of “The Whopper,” spoken affectionately by timber interests and contemptuously by conservationists. But after five years of planning, it all came crashing down.

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Forest-thinning Technique In Ashland Sees ‘no Boundaries”

Mail Tribune
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With the scent of freshly cut Douglas fir and madrone heavy in the air, James Esqueda stacked newly cut branches and brush in a pile for burning in the fall. While the assistant crew supervisor for the nonprofit Lomakatsi Restoration Project mounded his dark green piles in Ashland’s forested Siskiyou Mountain Park, piles stacked this spring on U.S. Forest Service land less than 100 yards away were drying out and turning orange.

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Officials predict logging ruling will be overturned

Coos Bay World
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COQUILLE — County officials aren’t certain a recent federal court ruling will lead to more timber money for Oregon’s rural communities. Both cheers and jeers were made Wednesday after Judge Richard J. Leon, of the District of Columbia, ruled the Bureau of Land Management has failed to offer as much timber as called for in its 1995 resource management plans for the Medford and Roseburg districts. The decision was popular among proponents of logging in rural counties, but not environmentalists.

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‘It will be a long time before a forest comes back, if it ever does’

OSU News and Research Communications
June 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Predicted increases in temperature and drought in the coming century may make it more difficult for conifers such as ponderosa pine to regenerate after major forest fires on dry, low-elevation sites, in some cases leading to conversion of forests to grass or shrub lands, a report suggests. Researchers from Oregon State University concluded that moisture stress is a key limitation for conifer regeneration following stand-replacing wildfire, which will likely increase with climate change.

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Arizona Forestry spokesman says 19 firefighters die battling fast-moving wildfire

The Associated Press
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YARNELL, Ariz. – Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years. The “hotshot” firefighters were forced to deploy their emergency fire shelters — tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat — when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, state forestry spokesman Art Morrison told The Associated Press.

Loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona blaze ‘unbearable’, governor says from CNN

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Bitterroot officials display how logging project leaves land close to what it looked like in 1800s

The Missoulian
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – It’s not a simple thing to turn the clock back more than 150 years. And to get everyone to agree with what you would have found on the side of a western Montana mountain back then is virtually impossible. But if you ask Bitterroot National Forest north zone silvaculturist Cheri Hartless what the forest would have looked like back in the 1880s in the Sapphire Mountains, she has a place that she’d like you to see. Last week, while standing in the middle of the recently completed Haacke-Claremont timber sale northeast of Stevensville, Hartless pointed to the fairly open stand and announced this is it.

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Sassafras trees under attack and the importance of the tree in Missouri

Examiner.com
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

According to the Augusta Chronicle, in an article dated June 27, Sassafras trees on the East coast are being killed by a new threat, the Asian Ambrosia Beetle. “The beetles probably arrived in our area in 2011 or 2012.A North Augusta man who e-mailed me said he has seen some of his sassafras trees dying “the last two years or so. The beetle burrows into the cambium layer of the tree and deposits the fungus, which then multiplies. The tree is unable to move water and nutrients.

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Destructive New Pest Growing Threat to Trees in State College Area

State College News
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An infestation of destructive insects that’s sweeping across Pennsylvania is suddenly a growing problem in the State College area. Emerald Ash Borers have already killed a few of the 400 ash trees in State College and many more may be threatened. The destructive bugs first appeared in the United States near Detroit, Michigan in summer 2002. The beetles infiltrated Pennsylvania in 2007.

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Emerald ash borer starts slowly, but trees are doomed

MENAFN.COM
June 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More than a year after the presence of emerald ash borer was confirmed in Macon County, the invasive insects have only felled a handful of trees. That is the nature of the species that has killed millions of trees since it was discovered in Michigan in 2002. For the victims, death comes slowly. But it always comes. “It’s going to be a tidal wave, but it’s going to be very slow,” said Randy Callison, Decatur city forester. The bright side, however, is that there is still time to treat most ash trees, even though city officials announced last May that the insect had been confirmed in the county.

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When a tree falls in a forest, countless creatures move in

Columbus Dispatch
June 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ask casual hikers about fallen trees in a forest and they might describe the deadwood as mere arboreal debris, inconvenient and unsightly. But ask wildlife scientists about the same obstacles and they likely will launch into a lesson laced with metaphors suggesting that a single rotting log is much more than a rotting log. A fallen tree, they will tell you, is a house, a grocery store and a bank all rolled into one.

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Fight to prevent disease killing vital tree species

Herald Scotland
June 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An urgent fight has been launched to combat a disease that kills one of Scotland’s most important trees, which grow in their millions across the country and are an essential component of the timber industry. Larch trees are coming under attack from Phytophthora ramorum which has led to the Forestry Commission joining forces with the forestry and timber sectors to eradicate the disease. The species is so widespread they cover an area almost that of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen combined.

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Government must stop dragging their feet on forestry

Press Release: Green Party
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The adoption of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard shows that a national environmental standard is possible and the Government should advance one urgently, the Green Party said today. The International Forestry Stewardship Council has just endorsed New Zealand’s first national forest stewardship standard which covers 60% of New Zealand’s plantation forests. “In the absence of a national environmental standard, this international endorsement of New Zealand’s first national FSC standard is heartening,” said Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning.

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Open University branches out with tree map

Business Weekly
June 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Treezilla, a monster map of trees, has been launched by The Open University and partners. The citizen science project aims to map every tree in Britain through Treezilla.org and related apps. Treezilla is a database representing Britain’s tree legacy and future and enables scientific investigations into tree diseases, their contribution to the ecosystem, and how climate change affects tree growth and health. Treezilla is free and open to everyone to use and local groups are encouraged to upload data about the trees in their area.

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EPA recommends 10 year plan for South West forests

ABC Local
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended a 10 year plan for conservation and logging quotas in South West forests be approved. The Forest Management Plan, for 2014 to 2023, sets out how the Conservation Commission and Department of Parks and Wildlife will manage the two-and-a-half million hectares of forest in the region. The plan sets aside 62 per cent of forests for conservation while the remaining 38 per cent will be available for timber harvesting.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

European Biomass Demand Continues to Grow Domestic Markets Face Uncertainty

Pallet Enterprise
July 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Legislation and funding uncertainty loom over the domestic market while a boom in the European market soaks up North American supply. What is the future for both markets when it comes to wood pellets and biomass for energy? Wood-based energy markets have seen significant growth over the past decade – a trend which is expected to continue, driven by renewable energy policy in the U.S. and abroad. However, unless some significant changes are made in Washington, foreign policies, which are currently larger market drivers than domestic policy, will continue to hold the place of the major cause of demand for U.S. woody biomass.

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New program sees Crown land reforested

HQ Prince George
July 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new partnership between the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative and the provincial government will see trees planted on Crown land. The BC Forest Carbon Partnership Program will use private sector investment to reforest land impacted by the mountain pine beetle. COAC CEO MaryAnne Arcand says over time hundreds of thousands of hectares will be replanted. “So right now our first piece is 1100 hectares over the next couple of years,” says Arcand, “and as the program takes off and private investors come forward it will be more, so it depends on how much money the private sector wants to put up to help reforest British Columbia.”

BC introduces carbon program for private sector from the Globe and Mail

Click here for a press release from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

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Calif.’s Sierra a ‘living lab’ for climate change

Associated Press
June 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In parts of California’s Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting into ice fields. Scientists also are predicting the optimal temperature zone for giant sequoias will rise hundreds and hundreds of feet, leaving trees at risk of dying over the next 100 years. As indicators point toward a warming climate, scientists across 4 million acres of federally protected land are noting changes affecting everything from the massive trees that can grow to more than two-dozen feet across to the tiny, hamsterlike pika.

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UN online platform gives experts access to vital data on global forest health

UN News Centre
June 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new online platform launched today by the United Nations agriculture agency allows scientists and climate change experts to calculate crucial data for bioenergy strategies, including forest volume, biomass and forest carbon. The web platform, GlobAllomeTree, was jointly developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the French Research Centre CIRAD and Tuscia University of Italy, and seeks to assist policymakers in making informed decisions that mitigate climate change.

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Britain Reverts to Burning Firewood

Manchester Gazette
July 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

After 200 years of advancing technology, the UK is now reverting back to burning fire wood to produce the nations’ energy. The process of cutting down trees to use as fuel will now commence apace as vested interests look on with glee. Biomass is not a new industry, it has been resurrected from days long gone by. The facts that burning biomass produces less energy than burning coal or natural gas and masses more carbon dioxide makes one wonder what the Government is playing at.

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General

Forest fires cause smoke warnings across Quebec

July 2, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

MONTREAL – The acrid smoke from forest fires burning in the far north of Quebec has wafted down to the St. Lawrence valley, causing Environment Canada to issue smoke warnings for Montreal, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Rivière-de-Loup and the Gaspé regions. Smoke was first detected in Montreal in amounts strong enough to issue a warning at 2 a.m. Tuesday. “In fact there is smoke in all of Quebec,” said Environment Canada meteorologist André Cantin.

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