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Daily Archives: November 29, 2013

Business & Politics

Timberwest CEO Meets With Chamber Members

Cowichan Valley
November 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The CEO of Timberwest plans to explain how the company contributes to the local economy to the Duncan/Cowichan Chamber of Commerce today (Thurs). Brian Frank says the outlook for the industry is improving after a downturn but there are some major issues facing logging manufacturers. Of the biggest concern are the export restrictions the province has on logs. Frank says in this province, log manufacturers are forced to sell half their production into the domestic market and those prices are below the cost of production.

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Canfor in Chinese lumber venture (Video)

Business in Vancouver
November 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jen St. Denis discusses Canfor’s joint-venture lumber processing facility in China. 

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Mill workers back strike

Vernon Morning Star
November 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Local mill workers have sent a loud message to their employers. Members of United Steelworkers Local 1-423 voted 97.5 per cent in favour of strike action to back contract demands, though the local president is hopeful a new collective agreement will be reached this week. The numbers include about 500 North Okanagan workers at Tolko’s sawmill and plywood plant in Armstrong, veneer mill in Lumby and forest techs and road crews that work out of Tolko’s Lumby office.

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Mill can begin drawing on government loan at any time: Dunderdale

Western Star
November 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Premier Kathy Dunderdale says Corner Brook is moving forward “with confidence and strength” as the hub of the province’s forestry industry. That sector hinges on the presence of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper as the mill continues to fight its way through the downturn in the global newsprint industry. The province’s integrated sawmilling industry relies on the mill to purchase pulpwood the sawmills cannot use.

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Resolute faces WSIB charges

Chronicle Journal
November 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As it works toward achieving a safer workplace at its Thunder Bay lumber mill, Resolute Forest Products continues to contend with four accusations of failing to report work-related accidents at the plant in a timely manner. The province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) says that in four separate incidents between December 2011 and April 2013, the company failed to report to the board incidents in which workers required health care or had suffered injuries that left them “not able to earn full wages.”  Under the Workplace and Insurance Act, incidents that meet that criteria must be reported to the board within three days.

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Premier responsive to concerns, Canfield

Kenora Online
November 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and Kenora mayor Dave Canfield says they had great meetings with ministers and premier Kathleen Wynne this week. They were in Thunder Bay to meet with the province, and leaders of both the NDP and Conservatives. One of the topics discussed during the meeting was the comeback of the forest industry. Canfield says they expressed some concerns over the speed at which projects were able to move forward. “We have had some concerns on the MNR not moving quickly enough with some of those allocations of wood supply to get mills up and running…”

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Forestry

City taking look at increasing utility, forest land tax rate

Campbell River Courier-Islander
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Campbell River phone, hydro and cable users are subsidizing taxes paid to other communities by such companies as Fortis, Telus and Shaw. And that is one reason Campbell River city council should increase the tax rate on both the utility class and managed forest lands within the city, says a report by financial consultant Al Kenning. The report, which will be discussed at council’s Dec. 9 council meeting, shows that both the managed forest lands and utility tax rates are lower than almost anywhere else in the province and should come up.

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Forest Service only listens to folks under threat of lawsuit or money

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

It’s sad that the leaders of the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region care more about providing opportunities for short-term corporate profit than they do driving a species to extinction.The only Americans who are able to convince the Forest Service to obey the law are those with enough money to hire attorneys. Perhaps Regional Forester Faye Krueger should be asked to rule on legitimate appeals of proposed Forest Service projects describing clear violations of law as if the appellant would pursue court action if their appeal is denied.

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Leadership, not blame, is the solution

Press Release: Forest Industry Contractors Association
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This week’s workplace death is a tragedy. Everybody in our industry acknowledges this – one death is too many. These people are our workmates and family members. We know many forest workplaces are in need of serious reform. The reform needs to start at the top. It is too early to know what caused David Beamsley’s death. The problem is complex. There is no single simple solution. Many of our members already operate with proactive and  employee-owned safety measures.

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Scientists urge tact in crafting forest governance systems

CIFOR
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest governance often means addressing the inconsistencies of land, tree and resource management, a process that can be complicated by interactions among governments, the private sector and civil society, according to scientists. “Standards can be one approach to improve governance, but in many cases, they remain international voluntary standards without compliance requirements — we know from experience that they’re often circumvented,” said Andrew Wardell, research director of the forests and governance portfolio with the Center for International Forestry Research.

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Forest safety orator delivers powerful message

Friday Offcuts
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…But it was a most compelling speech from a local speaker that made the biggest impact on the audience. He is a professional safety advocate whose son, Robert Epapara, died 8 months ago while working in the forest.On two separate occasions during the Forest Industry Safety Summit the entire group of some 400 people were moved to tears by Wiremu Edmonds, one of the most passionate orators ever to speak to a forest industry audience in New Zealand. Joined by his wife Marsella Edmonds and their son Whanarua, Wiremu spoke with passion and commitment about how everyone in the workplace had the power to make change for the better. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Chase wood-pellet plant to proceed slowly

Opponents still have time to try to stop development
Kamloops Daily News
November 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Months could pass before there’s any visible progress on a proposed wood-pellet plant in Chase, which gives opponents plenty of time to renew efforts to stop the $40-million project. “We’re not going to give up,” vowed Dale Robinson, who opposed the plant from the start. “It’s not a good deal for the town and it’s not a good deal for anybody who lives in close proximity.” Robinson was among the 69 people who attended a meeting Tuesday during which councillors approved rezoning residential land on Aylmer Road to industrial so the project can proceed.

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Opinion: Forests have role to play in resolving the carbon conundrum

November 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As British Columbians consider the potential benefits and risks associated with growing the province’s capacity for natural gas and oil production and transportation, carbon emissions and climate change have been illuminated as key issues. And so they should: carbon dioxide is the most voluminous and challenging of the greenhouse gases to be managed. Several million additional tonnes of CO2 per year would result from proposed LNG facilities, and natural gas and oil pipelines proposed for B.C. over the next decade.

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Opinion: Forests have role to play in resolving the carbon conundrum

November 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As British Columbians consider the potential benefits and risks associated with growing the province’s capacity for natural gas and oil production and transportation, carbon emissions and climate change have been illuminated as key issues. And so they should: carbon dioxide is the most voluminous and challenging of the greenhouse gases to be managed. Several million additional tonnes of CO2 per year would result from proposed LNG facilities, and natural gas and oil pipelines proposed for B.C. over the next decade.

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