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Daily Archives: January 16, 2014

Business & Politics

WorkSafeBC defends rejected Burns Lake disaster investigation

Globe and Mail
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The independent agency responsible for investigating the deaths of two workers in a 2012 sawmill explosion is defending its approach, saying it used the same methods it has employed in past probes.  But this time, the Crown ruled out regulatory charges against the company in the Burns Lake incident, citing flaws in the approach of WorkSafeBC. In an interview with CBC Radio, the WorkSafeBC investigations director defended his organization’s approach to one of its largest-ever investigations – a 13-week effort gathering evidence on the site of the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake after the Jan. 20, 2012, explosion and fire that left two workers dead and about 20 injured.

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TLA releases Forest Sector Labour Market & Training Needs Analysis

Truck Loggers Association
January 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – The BC coast forestry and logging sector will need to fill 5000 – 7000 jobs by 2020, according to the soon to be released BC Forest Sector Labour Market & Training Needs Analysis.  The study, funded through the Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA), was commissioned by the Truck Loggers Association to address a growing concern about pending forestry worker labour shortages on the BC coast. “The number of jobs is exciting but daunting, particularly given the accompanying need for training” said Dwight Yochim, TLA Executive Director.  “

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Forestry’s Back: Re-Tool. Re-Capitalize. Re-Hire

January 15-17, 2014 at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver BC
Truck Loggers Association
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Annual Convention & Trade Show has returned to Vancouver after four consecutive years in Victoria. “This year’s theme, The Business of Logging—A New Era, is about renewal,” said Dwight Yochim, TLA Executive Director. “Contractors are looking to re-tool, re-capitalize and re-hire in order to ensure they have the capacity to support a growing coastal harvest.” And that’s the focus of this convention—making sure logging contractors can adapt to the new forestry market so we can all share in the forecasted prosperity.

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Ian Mulgrew: With lives lost in B.C. sawmill blast, ‘trust us’ doesn’t cut it

By Ian Mulgrew – B.C. government should order independent review to determine why no charges laid in fatal sawmill explosion
Vancouver Sun
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An independent review is needed to properly explain why no charges were laid in the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion. The excuse offered by the Criminal Justice Branch (CJB) that the WorkSafeBC investigation was fatally flawed raises too many questions. When pressed for amplification, Justice Minister Suzanne Anton’s response that the Crown conducted a “thorough and careful” review doesn’t cut it. “Trust us” isn’t good enough when two lives were lost, 20 others suffered severe injuries and a town’s existence was threatened — especially when a second sawmill blast three months later at Lakeland Mills in Prince George killed two others and injured 22.

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Bragg Creek residents notify ESRD about logging trucks

Spray Lake Sawmills forced to cease use of public roadways in hamlet
Cochrane Eagle
January 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) are praising concerned Bragg Creek residents for their local stewardship, after reporting the presence of logging trucks on the hamlet’s public roadways….  The presence of the trucks did not go unnoticed by residents of the hamlet, who wasted no time contacting ESRD. Duncan MacDonnell, a spokesperson for ESRD, said that upon being contacted by the government, the mill immediately ceased using the public roadways.

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Forestry – Outlook 2014

Daily Business Buzz
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Markets for our products continue to stabilize, particularly with our lumber mills. Our number one customers for softwood lumber are the U.S. and Canadian housing markets, which seem to be making a slow return to more ‘normal’ numbers. As the calendar turns to reveal a new year, it’s an opportune time to take a moment and think of what might come in the year ahead.

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India potentially strong market for Canadian lumber, energy: resources minister

The Canadian Press
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – India is a strong potential growth market for Canadian lumber despite misinformation about wood construction that have limited exports even as they have soared in neighbouring China, Canada’s natural resources minister said Wednesday. “This is the fourth-largest consumer market in the world. For us to ignore that would make no sense and we’re not and we see enormous potential,” Joe Oliver said during a conference call from Mumbai, where he’s on a six-day trade mission.

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Forest products association touts innovation institute jobs potential

ABC News, Australia
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New modelling shows a proposal to create a national body for research and innovation in the forestry sector would create hundreds of jobs in Western Australia’s south. The Australian Forest Products Association has been calling for a $40 million investment to create a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation. The association says it would boost productivity and lift employment. Chief executive Ross Hampton says the modelling shows the investment would create more than 8,000 jobs nationally over a decade, including 280 in the south-west and Great Southern.

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Forestry

Trees accelerate growth as they get older and bigger, study finds

Findings contradict assumption that old trees are less productive and could have important implications for carbon absorption
The Guardian
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Most living things reach a certain age and then stop growing, but trees accelerate their growth as they get older and bigger, a global study has found. The findings, reported by an international team of 38 researchers in the journal Nature, overturn the assumption that old trees are less productive. It could have important implications for the way that forests are managed to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

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Grassy Narrows Blockade to Resume if Logging Operation Starts

Indian Country Today
January 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Assembly of First Nations Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy has called for an immediate blockade of logging operations if the Ontario government’s plan to allow clear-cutting of mature trees within the Grassy Narrows First Nation territory goes forward. “At the end of the day, if we’re forced to take direct action that’s what will happen,” Beardy told Indian Country Today Media Network. Beardy represents the chiefs of the 133 First Nations in the province of Ontario.

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Emails show confusion over timber payments, sequestration

House Natural Resources Committee expresses frustration
The Bend Bulletin
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Although U.S. Forest Service and Department of Agriculture officials initially decided the mandatory cuts of sequestration would not apply to 2012 timber payments, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget later changed its determination after $323 million in payments had been dispersed, according to emails released Tuesday by the House Natural Resources Committee. In a hearing Tuesday, the committee heard testimony and presented a report showing the confusion faced by federal agencies surrounding mandatory spending cuts called sequestration that went into effect on March 1, 2013.

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Sen. Ron Wyden’s eastside forest bill is no solution: Guest opinion

by Tom Partin, President American Forest Resource Council
The Oregonian
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…When writing about Sen. Ron Wyden’s Eastern Oregon forestry bill, The Oregonian editorial board correctly suggests the forest products industry is used to taking risks. …We aren’t disappointed because we got the short end of some political compromise. We’re disappointed because many concerns expressed by industry and counties were ignored, and frustrated to see the advance of legislation that doesn’t actually fix the problems in our forests and communities.

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Urban forestry plan wins city approval

Orlando Sentinel
January 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Moments before the Winter Park City Commission approved an Urban Forest Management Plan, Mayor Kenneth Bradley said he hopes the city doesn’t just rely on the government to ensure that Winter Park’s thousands of trees are well maintained. Residents, he said, have a role to play, too. …The commission approved the plan that had been developed by Dru Dennison, manager of the city’s Urban Forestry Division, during the commission’s meeting on Jan. 13. The plan is intended to create a long-term approach to managing the city’s 80,000 trees, of which half are Laurel Oaks.

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Another forestry death shows need for change – regulator

The New Zealand Herald
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are “deeply ingrained systemic issues” in the forestry industry, New Zealand’s work safety regulator says, following the death of another forestry worker this morning. The worker, who was pronounced dead at about 10.30am by ambulance staff, died after an accident in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. While WorkSafe NZ investigators headed out to investigate the accident, another worker was hurt in the Bay of Plenty. A 40-year-old, who had been working at a site near Tawera, close to Whakatane, received serious injuries in an accident this morning.

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Focus on forestry deaths overdue – Little

Voxy.co.nz
January 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“If business executives were being killed at work at the rate of almost one a month, the Government would have moved a long time ago,” Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says, following another tragic forestry death today. A forestry worker died in Wairau Valley this morning and another worker was seriously injured near Whakatane. Today’s death is the 11th in 13 months. “It can’t go on. Only two days ago, a contractor was penalised $135, 000 for unsafe practices leading to a fatality. Today, yet another family is mourning.

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