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Business & Politics

The tangled ins and outs of provincial export and import sales (Part 1)

CanaData
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

I’ve often mentioned that when export sales exceed import purchases, it’s a bonus for a regional economy. The four tables accompanying this and the following Economy at a Glance analyze Canada’s full-year 2013 merchandise trade results, provincially and according to product categories. Table 1 highlights that energy goods (25.9%) were the standout sub-category export product last year, comprising slightly more than one-quarter of the nation’s total. Other raw materials also took ranking position slots two (i.e., metals and minerals at 15.7%) and five (forestry products at 7.6%).

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Hardwoods Announces Strong 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results and Increases Quarterly Dividend

CNW
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

This press release discusses financial results for Hardwoods Distribution Inc. for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Hardwoods is one of North America’s largest wholesale distributors of hardwood lumber and related sheet good products, operating a network of 32 distribution centres in the US and Canada. … “We continued to build momentum in 2013 as our market expansion strategies combined with strong demand growth in the US market to drive stronger financial results,” said Lance Blanco, President and CEO of Hardwoods. 

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Lumber sector struggles with transportation woes

Stockhouse
March 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Extended late-winter doldrums remained for North America’s forest products industry, even as players across commodities and regions noted a strong sense of a looming pop in deliveries, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. Producers continued to struggle with extreme transportation woes as customers could only wait for long-stalled construction work to resume once accessibility issues are worked out. Prices were largely flat on almost all solid wood commodities in Canada and the US this week.

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Fortress Paper ends tough year with quarterly loss

Canadian Press
March 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. posted a $54.7-million loss in the fourth quarter as it wrote down the value of property, plant and equipment at a Quebec cellulose mill that has been hit by weakened demand and the threat of high Chinese import duties. The loss amounted to $3.76 per share for the three months ended Dec. 31. That brought the full-year loss for the Vancouver-based company to $107.8-million, including discontinued operations.

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Tembec sells its pulp mill in Chetwynd, British Columbia

CNW Telbec
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tembec Inc. announced today that it has closed the sale of its pulp mill and related assets located in Chetwynd, British Columbia to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation for a nominal amount. The Mill had been shut down since September 2012. Approximately 80 employees are included in the transaction. Tembec acquired the pulp mill in 2002 from Louisiana-Pacific Canada Pulp Co. and Louisiana-Pacific Ltd. Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose – and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices.

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Whitecourt to see future investment in forestry: Edmonton

Whitecourt Star
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Whitecourt got singled out in an important pre-budget address in the Alberta legislature. In a rare move that surprised many, Whitecourt got a mention in Monday’s provincial throne speech as the provincial government implied future investment and support in the forestry sector. “To support rural families in communities like Peace River, Slave Lake and Whitecourt, your government will continue to support innovation in the forestry sector,” said Hon. Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governer in his speech. “By opening new markets for our forestry products, even more jobs will be created.”

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City steps back from Hart North

Prince George Citizen
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city has walked away from a bid to purchase heavy industrial land outside of the municipal boundary, according to the provincial ministry responsible for land sales. A rep for the provincial ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations said the city declined the offer and associated terms and conditions presented to them by the province for the Hart North lands. …The Hart North spot was identified by the city’s economic development branch and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George in 2010 as the preferred spot to get heavy industry operations such as pulp, steel and sawmills, oil refineries and wood pellet plants outside of Prince George’s airshed.

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A Call to Resolve the Disruption at Port Metro Vancouver

Coast Forest Products Association
March 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent disruption by truckers at Port Metro Vancouver is having a significant, negative impact on BC’s coastal forest industry. Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA) represents twenty forestry companies that operate on the coast of BC producing logs, lumber, pulp and paper as well as a growing array of new and innovative forest products for markets worldwide. We applaud the positive steps made by Minister Raitt with the appointment of Vince Ready, however, the threat of continued port delays with the newly-announced strike are of dire concern to our industry. We are an export-driven industry and our customers in Asia and Europe demand timely delivery of our products.

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Jobs Minister pressed to act after emotional exchange with grieving families of mill workers

The Globe and Mail
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond will sit down on Monday with top executives from the forest industry to confront them about a dismal new report on sawmill safety. Two years after a pair of deadly sawmill explosions in central B.C., WorkSafeBC inspectors checked every mill in the province for dangerous accumulations of sawdust. Two out of every five mills failed the test.

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Burns Lake sawmill inquest to be held by B.C.’s chief coroner

Lisa Lapointe to personally conduct inquest into death of 2 workers in sawmill explosion
CBC News
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe has announced she will personally preside over the inquest into the deaths of Carl Charlie and Robert Luggi who died in the explosion and subsequent fire at the Burns Lake sawmill in January 2012. Lapointe says, given the high-profile nature of the tragedy and the fact that issues to be reviewed are of significant provincial interest, she decided to conduct the inquest herself. She also wants to assure the families the inquest will “thoroughly review all aspects of the tragedy.”

Babine Forest Products inquest will be thorough: Coroner from Prince George Free Press
Chief coroner to chair mill request from the Alberni Valley News
Les Leyne: Coroner seeks answers in mill deaths from The Victoria Times Colonist
BC’s chief coroner says inquest is best way to look into sawmill blast from The Canadian Press

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Victoria calls for ‘absolutely unwavering approach’ to mill dust cleanup

March 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Labour Minister Shirley Bond said Monday more work is needed to keep sawmills clean of potentially explosive wood dust. She did not rule out more enforcement and stiffer penalties, but said her focus is more communication to ensure all sawmill owners understand their responsibilities and finding a way for all mills to adopt an independent dust audit. Her comments followed a meeting Monday morning with senior forest executives such as Canfor CEO Don Kayne and West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim after the latest round of WorkSafeBC inspections released last week found 42 per cent of sawmills had levels of combustible wood dust higher than allowed under provincial rules.

Minister pushes tougher penalties for sawmills that don’t meet sawdust rules from The Globe and Mail

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Spread of temporary foreign workers in B.C. spurs controversy over hiring practices

Vancouver Sun
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The number of temporary foreign workers entering B.C. has taken off in recent years, nowhere more so than outside the province’s biggest cities. … Employers in the B.C. agriculture/forestry and accommodation/food services sectors were the most likely to be granted permission to hire temporary foreign workers, figures from that department show. Growth in the latter sector has been particularly robust, with the number of temporary foreign workers increasing tenfold between 2005 and 2012, while declining in other sectors such as manufacturing.

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First Nation advances sawmill project

Northern Ontario Business
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A northwestern Ontario First Nation community has been painstakingly assembling the wood building blocks for a community revival. Forest products will be the economic cornerstone behind the development of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (BNA), an Ojibway community once displaced by the Ontario government in the 1950s. Last August, the community held a land designation vote to ratify and proceed with a sawmill proposal.

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Update: Framing Lumber Prices

Calculated Risk Blog
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Here is another graph on framing lumber prices. Early last year lumber prices came close to the housing bubble highs. Then prices started to decline sharply, with prices declined over 25% from the highs by June. The price increases early last year were due to stronger demand (more housing starts) and supply constraints (framing lumber suppliers were working to bring more capacity online). Prices are down about 10% from a year ago, probably due to more supply coming on the market. Here is another mill coming back from the Oregonian: Cave Junction sawmill will reopen

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Lumber Associations To Partner for Export Promotions

SFPA
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Executive Committees of the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) have announced plans to reactivate their joint promotional program under the Southern Pine Council (SPC) banner. SLMA Chairman Chris deMilliano of Steely Lumber Company and SFPA Chairman Joe Kusar of Tolleson Lumber Company made the announcement following SLMA’s recent Spring Meeting. The first priority of the SPC is to improve export markets for Southern Pine lumber. 

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Ta Ann’s future in Tasmania not dependent on peace deal survival

ABC News, Australia
March 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber business Ta Ann is not expected to leave Tasmania if a new Liberal Government dismantle the Tasmanian Forests Agreement (TFA). The TFA, also known as the forest peace deal, was signed by industry and environmental groups after years of tough negotiations. Ta Ann won $26 million in Commonwealth compensation for forfeiting nearly half of its timber supply under the deal and its Executive Director, Evan Rolley, is still singing its praises. “The environmental groups have come with our senior company executives to the marketplace and gradually, step by step, markets are improving,” he said.

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Southern forest harvest set to double

Boom raises logistical issues
The Southland Times
March 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Hundreds of extra forestry workers will be needed in Southland and Otago in coming years to harvest huge numbers of trees planted in the 1990s. Industry experts say about 40 skilled forestry gangs in Southland and Otago chop down mature radiata pine trees and load them onto trucks, but they believe at least 80 gangs will be required in coming years. The harvest is expected to double by the 2020s, with the increase in volume set to begin in 2016. This is because many farmers and investment syndicates planted pine trees in the early to mid-1990s when there was a downturn in farming, land prices were relatively cheap and radiata pine prices were high.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood lobby shoring up support for building code changes

Daily Commercial News
March 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A war of words is heating up over whether wood should be permissible as framing for six-storey buildings in next year’s National Building Code of Canada (NBC) revision. Adding fuel to the fire is a move by the wood lobby to push provinces to pass “wood first” legislation specifying wood framed structures as the default for mid-rise public works projects where warranted. On the one side are the Canadian Concrete and Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) and Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). On the other is the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and the target of verbal rocks being tossed at them in the form of press releases and other statements.

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Forestry

City concerned with cloudy water

Alberni Valley Times
March 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite fears that the cloudiness of China Creek could be harming Port Alberni’s water supply, the current treatment system prevents turbidity levels from affecting what comes out of resident’s taps, says city engineer Guy Cicon. Correspondence between the City of Port Alberni and the Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has brought up concerns that forestry harvesting and the building of roads near China Creek is causing water to be more turbid, or cloudy, making treatment more difficult. Along with Bainbridge Lake, China Creek is one of Port Alberni’s two water supplies.

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Montreal wants to beef up defence against emerald ash borer

The Montreal Gazette
March 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal wants tiny, green tree killers to be front and centre during the provincial election campaign. Hundreds of thousands of ash trees on the island are at risk, and it will take money not only from Quebec, but also from Montreal’s business community to try to save them from the invasive emerald ash borer, said Réal Ménard, the executive-committee member responsible for sustainable development. Mayor Denis Coderre will raise the issue with the provincial party leaders in an attempt to get financial help from the province, Ménard said, adding that he will reach out to “Montreal Inc.” to try to get its support.

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Predation on invertebrates by woodland salamanders increases carbon capture

Science Codex
March 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

ARCATA, Calif.—Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Woodland salamanders facilitate the capture of this carbon before it is released by feeding on invertebrates (beetles, earthworms, snails, ants, etc.) that would otherwise release carbon through consumption of fallen leaves and other forest debris. 

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N.J. forests at risk, lawmakers say, pushing for burns and logging

The Inquirer
March 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Hundreds of thousands of acres of New Jersey’s forests are choked with underbrush and vegetation, leaving them vulnerable to massive fires and hindering their use for recreation, state officials say. Some woodlands are so tightly packed with trees that they succumb – especially when weakened by droughts – to insects and disease. The growing problems in a state known for its sprawling Pinelands requires a more aggressive, hands-on approach to managing forests, Trenton lawmakers say. They have proposed bills, now in legislative committees, that would do just that.

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Forest owners counting cost of storm as clean-up continues (& video)

The Irish Times
March 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There is a gaping hole in a Co Kilkenny plantation where 900 trees once stood. Giant tree roots have been upended everywhere, and some are almost six foot high. The uprooted trees have fallen haphazardly across each other. One is still standing but the top half of the tree has been snapped off by the wind. This scene is replicated in commercial forests all over the State in the wake of Storm Darwin which blew through the country on February 12th. The Department of Agriculture says up to 7.5 million trees have been blown down.

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Ireland’s forestry to be evaluated

Agriland
March 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ireland’s forestry programme for 2014-2020 is to be evaluated. The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, Tom Hayes, announced the formal signing yesterday of a contract with RSM McClure Watters Consulting Ltd to carry out an evaluation and strategic environmental assessment of the new programme. Minister Hayes said: “The signing of this contract marks an important step in the preparation of the new forestry programme as it signals the beginning of a process, which will end in the formal adoption of an ambitious plan for forestry, fully funded by the State.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Local group begins business plan for wood-waste heating system in Nakusp

Arrow Lakes News
March 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local group of forest industry professionals has entered into an agreement with the Village of Nakusp to develop a business plan for a district biomass heating system. The push for a district wood waste system that would provide heating to a number of buildings has been gaining momentum in recent months, with local mill owners pressing for a solution to their problem of excess wood waste. Dan Wiebe, the owner of Box Lake Lumber, says he is now paying $120,000 per year to ship his waste to the Celgar mill in Castlegar.

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Value of world’s forest carbon underestimated by more than 20 percent

March 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

EDINBURGH, UK: Carbomap, an environmental survey company, has completed a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica. The map reveals that the actual carbon content is 22 percent higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. Estimated using approved methodologies by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the global forest carbon stocks are understood to contain 638 billion tonnes of carbon, which may be valued at more than $3.8 trillion (using an average price of $6 per tonne of carbon).

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Two global wood chip price indices launched

Pulp and Paper News
March 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Softwood Chip Global (SCG) and Hardwood Chip Global (HCG).  FOEX in cooperation with Wood Resources International (WRI) have launched two wood chip price indices, the Softwood Chip Global (SCG) and Hardwood Chip Global (HCG), both part of the PIX index family of FOEX. The Indices represent prices for wood chips traded globally overseas for the manufacturing of wood pulp and wood-based panels.

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General

Value of world’s forest carbon underestimated by more than 20 percent

March 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

EDINBURGH, UK: Carbomap, an environmental survey company, has completed a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica. The map reveals that the actual carbon content is 22 percent higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. Estimated using approved methodologies by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the global forest carbon stocks are understood to contain 638 billion tonnes of carbon, which may be valued at more than $3.8 trillion (using an average price of $6 per tonne of carbon).

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Victoria calls for ‘absolutely unwavering approach’ to mill dust cleanup

March 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Labour Minister Shirley Bond said Monday more work is needed to keep sawmills clean of potentially explosive wood dust. She did not rule out more enforcement and stiffer penalties, but said her focus is more communication to ensure all sawmill owners understand their responsibilities and finding a way for all mills to adopt an independent dust audit. Her comments followed a meeting Monday morning with senior forest executives such as Canfor CEO Don Kayne and West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim after the latest round of WorkSafeBC inspections released last week found 42 per cent of sawmills had levels of combustible wood dust higher than allowed under provincial rules.

Minister pushes tougher penalties for sawmills that don’t meet sawdust rules from The Globe and Mail

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