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Daily Archives: July 16, 2014

Business & Politics

Aboriginal title’s true meaning: billable hours

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

Adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 made treaty and aboriginal rights constitutional, though no one knew at the time what that meant. We are gradually finding out as the Supreme Court of Canada develops a new body of law. Last week’s Grassy Narrows decision affirmed the status quo with respect to the honour of the Crown, fiduciary responsibility and the duty to consult. …The preceding week’s Roger William decision was more innovative. Here, the Supreme Court recognized aboriginal title to a specific tract of land that had never been surrendered by treaty.

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OSC to settle with ex-Sino Forest CFO

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

One of the key players in the drama around Sino-Forest Corp., the onetime multibillion-dollar Toronto-listed forestry firm that collapsed amid fraud allegations, has made a deal with Ontario’s securities regulator to settle the case against him. The Ontario Securities Commission said Tuesday it had scheduled a hearing on July 21 to review a potential settlement with David Horsley, the former senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Sino-Forest, which went into a tailspin after a short-seller alleged it was a “Ponzi scheme” in 2011.

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How Greenpeace landed itself in serious legal trouble with its campaign against a forestry company

By Terence Corcoran
National Post
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

For some time Greenpeace Canada has been mounting a campaign to bring SLAPP legislation into Canada, the idea being that the corporations should be legally discouraged from taking legal action against aggressive environmental activists… The green groups, after all, are said to be acting “in the public interest” and should therefore be above the laws of defamation that might prevent them taking on private corporate interests. Well, Greenpeace just suffered a major defeat in Ontario court that goes way beyond the narrow confines of defamation and SLAPP legislation. In a decision Tuesday, an Ontario Divisional Court tribunal ordered Greenpeace Canada to pay $22,000 in legal costs to forest giant Resolute Forest Products. The court also ordered Greenpeace “to deliver its statement of defence within 10 days of this decision.”

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WorkSafe report calls for better investigations to protect B.C. workers

The Canadian Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The agency that investigates workplace accidents in British Columbia will undergo a significant overhaul to ensure cases involving potential wrongdoing can be successfully prosecuted in court, the provincial government announced Tuesday, following botched probes into two fatal sawmill explosions. The province outlined the changes as it released a report examining both the risks associated with sawmill dust and, more broadly, how workplace injuries and fatalities should be investigated by WorkSafeBC.

WorkSafeBC’s ‘fundamental structure’ remains after botched investigations: report from The Vancouver Sun
No charges or public inquiry for BC mill explosions from The Globe and Mail
WorkSafeBC review to bring higher rate of prosecution from CBC News

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Proposed worker safety changes don’t go far enough: labour group

Business in Vancouver
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recommended changes to workplace inspections and investigations don’t go far enough in preventing potentially deadly accidents, says the BC Federation of Labour. The B.C. government released a report written by WorkSafeBC administrator Gordon Macatee on July 15. The report was written in the wake of a flawed investigation by WorkSafeBC into two fatal sawmill explosions and fires in 2012. While WorkSafeBC had recommended laying charges under provincial law, B.C.’s Crown prosecutor did not decide to lay charges because WorkSafeBC had failed to obtain search warrants or inform interview subjects of their charter rights.

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WorkSafe Overhaul Plan Step in Right Direction Says Union Boss

250 News
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- United Steelworkers local 1-424 president Frank Everitt says the McAtee report issued this morning, “is a step in the right direction to restore confidence among workers about safety on the job.” …Everitt says the stiffer penalties outlined in the report are all right for repeat offenders but says that is not what’s really important to workers “Compliance of the order (issued by WorkSafe) is what’s important, not the penalty. We want to have the order addressed and followed.”

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Coast Forest Member Companies Continue to Play an Important Role in Rebuilding Japanese Communities Affected by the 2011 Tsunami

Coast Forest Products Association
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association members are continuing to play an important role in the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, a collaborative effort between the Canada Wood Group representing the Canadian forest sector, the Government of Canada through the Expanding Market Opportunities Program of Natural Resources Canada and the Province of British Columbia through the Forestry Innovation Investment.  The Oranda Jima House, a Japanese community centre built to help
families devastated by the 2011 tsunami is the third and most recently
completed project.

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COFI CEO “Encouraged” by Worksafe BC Report

250 News
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C., Council of Forest Industries Chief Administrative Officer James Gorman has reacted positively to today’s Macatee report and its accompanying 44 recommendations. He says “it’s encouraging to see the report recognizes the considerable improvements that have been made by industry.” Gorman also says it acknowledges how committed industry has been “to sustained compliance with the regulations” and he says “we’re certainly going to continue to work closely with Worksafe BC and the report in implementing the recommendations as they pertain to wood dust.”

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Resource Wise NB backs fracking, pipeline, forestry plans

Chairman of new group thinks controverisal proposals have received disproportionate amount of criticism
CBC News
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Controversial industrial development initiatives such as hydraulic fracturing, the west-east pipeline from Alberta to Saint John and the Alward government’s new Crown forest policy have found a friend in a new group called Resource Wise NB. The group wants the province to capitalize on its natural resources to generate jobs and wipe out the provincial deficit, which is projected to be $391 million in 2014-15.

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Oregon timber harvest tops 4 billion board feet

Associated Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s timber harvest topped 4 billion board feet last year, the first time it has reached that level since 2006, a state report released Tuesday shows. The 4.2 billion board feet harvested in 2013 represents a 12 percent increase from the year before and marks the fourth consecutive year of increases since the recession low of 2.7 billion board feet in 2009. The state Department of Forestry said in its annual harvest report that the increase can be chalked up to a strong export market and a domestic housing recovery.

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Exports And Housing Starts Spark Increased Timber Harvest

OPB
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Last year’s resurgent economy cleared the way for Oregon loggers to cut more timber than they have since 2006, according to state figures released Tuesday. State foresters say the timber harvest was more than four billion board feet last year. It was the biggest harvest since 2006. Brandon Koetzel is a timber economist at the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says logging has increased steadily over the last five years, because of a strong demand on two fronts.

Oregon timber harvest highest in seven years from KTVZ.com

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Eastern Oregon lumber dump fire expected to burn again while owners, state wrangle

Associated Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PENDLETON — The man who owns one of Oregon’s oldest organic wineries also has his name on a massive environmental fine at a long-burning dump across the state. A decades-old lumber dump outside Pilot Rock is expected to burn again this summer, as it has several times each year, most recently in June, the East Oregonian reported. The dump is owned by Kinzua Resources, a company held by brothers Greg and Jeffrey Demers, and King Estate winery owner Ed King. The Demers are Lane County developers.

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U.S. Paper and Wood Products Manufacturers Show Significant Progress toward Sustainability Goals

American Forest & Paper Association releases biennial sustainability report
PR Newswire
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released its 2014 Sustainability Report, which exhibits the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products industry’s significant contributions to sustainability across the value chain, including measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. “We are proud to represent member companies who deliver on their sustainability commitments when manufacturing reusable and recyclable products that people across the country and around the world rely on every day,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

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Greenpeace doubts validity of papers for Brazilian timber

EUWID
July 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In its report “The Amazon’s Silent Crisis” published in May, the environmental protection organisation Greenpeace decries what the organisation considers to be large-scale illegal logging in Brazil, especially in the province of Pará. Greenpeace believes roughly 78% of the wood felled in Pará originates from illegal sources. The illegal wood is said to be exported with forged documents to countries such as those in the EU. Owing to this, what Greenpeace describes as widespread practice, importers in the EU cannot rely on the documentation alone but must scrutinize their suppliers more closely on location and refrain from purchasing material wherever doubt remains, the organisation believes.

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Forestry

Health warning issued as forest fires blanket N.W.T. with heavy smoke

The Canadian Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

YELLOWKNIFE – Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires. That mans the general population should consider reducing strenuous activities outdoors, and children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions should take additional precautions. High values are forecast to persist until Wednesday evening when a cold front moves across the region and is expected to clear some of the smoke.

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Firefighters battle wildfires across the province (updated)

Vancouver Sun
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WEST KELOWNA — Firefighters battled by air and ground a brush fire on Mount Boucherie, located in the heart of West Kelowna, Tuesday. The fire had grown to about five hectares by late afternoon and crews fought to keep it from spreading to nearby homes, said Melissa Klassen, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Forest’s Wildfire Management Branch. A single Bird Dog aircraft guided a pair of air tankers over the mountain, helping them dump retardant around the flames, and a solitary helicopter dropped buckets of water onto the blaze.

Wildfire 80 per cent contained from The Williams Lake Tribune

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Gambier logging delay welcome

Bruce Blackwell, President The Society of Consulting Foresters of BC
North Shore News
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Gambier Island Woodlots Put on Hold, July 2. I am writing on behalf of the Consulting Foresters of BC to support the B.C. governments’ decision to “delay awarding the woodlots (on Gambier Island) for a few weeks in order to help people with concerns better understand the woodlot process,” as published in your paper. …Gambier Island is part of B.C.’s working forest and we are proud to be a part of B.C.’s sustainable forest sector. The survival of forest consulting businesses and the local jobs we generate are dependent on Gambier Island as well as the many other working forests across B.C.

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EYE ON B.C.’S FOREST: Newsletter – Summer 2014

BC Forest Practices Board
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Since my appointment as Board Chair this past December, I have been meeting with and renewing contact with many industry, government, First Nations, community and non-government organization representatives. Establishing lines of communication and building relationships are important to me, as this facilitates the sharing of perspectives, areas of concern and priorities and allows me to communicate what we do, what we have done and where we are headed.

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Retired sawmill worker gets another day of work

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jack Noseworthy (Middle Arm, Newfoundland) hasn’t been working with timber for more than 30 years, but he hasn’t lost a love of the work. His last sawmill job was with Henry Thomas. The family operation employed Jack as their main sawer, with a little help from a few hands around. Thirty years have removed Jack and Henry from those days. Henry is retired as well now – with the operation now being run mostly by his son. For old time sake, though, last year Henry told Jack he had an idea.

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Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

Associated Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — Crews trying to save rural dwellings in Southern Oregon got help from a natural force they usually dread when winds turned around a spreading wildfire. That kept the fire from breaking out of a 4-square-mile area near the ranching town Sprague River where crews were trying to dig containment lines, fire spokeswoman Erica Hupp said Tuesday. The fire claimed six houses when it broke out Sunday in the Moccasin Hill subdivision, and destroyed 14 other structures, such as barns and garages.

Fresh wildfires gain ground in Washington, winds aid crews battling destructive Oregon fire from The Associated Press

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Is cable logging on the horizon in Flagstaff?

AZ Daily Sun
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The hillsides and steep slopes north of Flagstaff could soon be home to cable and helicopter logging, culling techniques alien to the small timber forests of northern Arizona. Both are included in the draft plan published by the U.S. Forest Service last week to deal with the threat of wildfire in Flagstaff’s watersheds. The agency is now looking to residents for help in drafting the final version of that plan. If residents aren’t supportive of the aggressive treatment efforts, the city wouldn’t be as protected from wildfire and the flooding that follows. If residents do go for cable and helicopter logging, it could alter the beauty of the area and increase runoff in the short term.

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Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

Associated Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. • A southern Oregon wildfire has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. In central Oregon, a wildfire at the confluence of the Ochoco National Forest and ranchland has prompted the evacuation of numerous campgrounds and nearly a dozen ranch homes, Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys said Monday night. Local fire departments were protecting homes.

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Western firefighters need prompt help from Congress

Statesman Journal
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


The hot air emanating from the U.S. Capitol is doing nothing to quell the West’s wildfires. A bipartisan Senate bill from Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Idaho Republican Mike Crapo would allow the federal government to tap disaster funds to fight the very largest wildfires. But some senators and representatives instead want to focus on timber thinning to prevent fires. Both approaches are needed. But right now, the priority should be to treat catastrophic wildfires like other disasters, including hurricanes and floods, with money coming from the national disaster relief fund.

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Lightning ignites two fires in east Linn County

Albany Democrat-Herald
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SWEET HOME — Window-rattling thunder and dazzling lightning strikes that rolled through the mid-valley Sunday ignited two fires in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area in the far northeast corner of Linn County, according to Jude McHugh of the U.S. Forest Service. Overall, Forest Service firefighters responded to reports of more than 65 lightning-sparked fires from storms that crossed over the Cascade Range. McHugh said most of the fires are small, ranging from a single burning tree to less than one-quarter acre in size. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Sweet Home Unit recorded 50 lightning strikes, but no fires on lands under its protection.

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Cutting class: Students learning lumberjack skills in Adirondacks throw axes, climb poles, saw

Associated Press
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. – Axe throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It’s also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you’re both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log. The annual Adirondack Woodsmen’s School is being held this summer amid the tall pines and placid waters of Paul Smith’s College. Despite the course’s name, there are no bushy beards here, no flannel shirts, no suspenders, no oxen. Instead, 18 young students in matching grey sports shirts took part recently in a weeklong crash course on old-school lumberjack skills such as sawing, chopping, axe throwing, log boom running and pole climbing.

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Rotorua council first to adopt a ‘Wood First’ policy

Press Release: Rotorua District Council
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rotorua District Council is to become the first local authority in New Zealand to adopt a ‘Wood First’ Policy. The policy would be acknowledgement of the importance of the forestry and wood processing industries to district, regional and national economies. Rotorua’s decision to develop a Wood First policy was made at a meeting this morning [16 July] of the council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee. It complements a proposal by the New Zealand Wood Council encouraging central government to adopt a similar policy at a national level.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Plant plans open to public

Vernon Morning Star
July 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

While proponents call it state-of-the-art and opponents maintain it’s a threat to public health. the public can learn for itself the environmental impacts of a proposed pellet plant in Lavington. Pinnacle Renewable Energy is holding an open house Thursday at the Lavington Fire Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. The $39 million plant is proposed to be constructed next to the existing Tolko planer mill in Lavington on School Road. The project is a partnership between Pinnacle and Tolko, but Pinnacle is leading Thursday’s open house. “Our purpose there is to gain insight from community members,” said Craig Lodge, vice president of forestry at Pinnacle.

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Is Waste Wood the Future of Power?

July 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

When it comes to renewable energy, wood biomass is the now one of the fastest growing sources of electric generation, with the Energy Information Administration projecting a 12 percent production increase by 2015. Wood biomass—using waste wood for fuel to produce electricity—is still in its infancy and accounted for less than 1 percent of all electric generation in 2013. But with new plants opening, including a 49-megawatt facility in Virginia, wood biomass will trail only hydropower and wind as utility-scale renewable electricity sources, EIA said in its Short-Term Energy Outlook, released July 8.

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Is Waste Wood the Future of Power?

July 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

When it comes to renewable energy, wood biomass is the now one of the fastest growing sources of electric generation, with the Energy Information Administration projecting a 12 percent production increase by 2015. Wood biomass—using waste wood for fuel to produce electricity—is still in its infancy and accounted for less than 1 percent of all electric generation in 2013. But with new plants opening, including a 49-megawatt facility in Virginia, wood biomass will trail only hydropower and wind as utility-scale renewable electricity sources, EIA said in its Short-Term Energy Outlook, released July 8.

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