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Daily Archives: October 24, 2014

Business & Politics

Domtar jumps as Q3 profit soars on tax benefits, improved operating performance

Proactive Investors
October 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Domtar’s shares surged in Toronto on Thursday after the company said its third quarter net profit soared on strong performance in its pulp and paper business. The company, which reports in US currency, posted net earnings of $281 million, or $4.33 per share, compared to a net profit of $27 million, or 41 cents per share, in the year ago period, when it was hit by $14 million in special items after-tax. Excluding these costs, and a deferred tax benefit of $204 million in the latest quarter, as well as other items, earnings came to 94 cents per share, versus 63 cents in the year earlier period. The latest results beat estimates for earnings of 81 cents per share. 

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Vancouver company’s wearable particle monitor has industry interested

October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver startup Nanozen is a creating real-time, wearable particle sensor for use in mines, mills and other industrial locations where dust and other particles can lead to dangerous explosions and debilitating respiratory diseases. Nanozen founder Winnie Chu was working as a professor in environmental health at the University of B.C., teaching students about environmental monitoring, when she realized particle monitoring methods were falling far short of the need. “The current technology is not sufficient to protect workers or the community when concentrations exceed the acceptable level,” she said.

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Crew workers testify at inquest

Vernon Morning Star
October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Young workers and their training orientation were the focus of much of the final witness testimony into the mill death of an 18-year-old Lumby man in 2013. Bradley Haslam was killed during the early morning hours of June 15, 2013, in an accident inside Tolko’s Lavington mill. Haslam had been employed with the mill since March of 2013. Colton Thibault was the last of the younger workers employed as the mill’s clean-up crew to testify Thursday at a four-day coroner’s inquest into Haslam’s death, being held at the Vernon Courthouse. Thibault, now 19, told inquest counsel John Orr that he was hired by Tolko in May 2013, and that his orientation happened on his first day of work.

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Green push paying off for GP mill

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
October 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill is starting to benefit from a series of infrastructure upgrades, meant to make operations more environmentally friendly and more profitable. The addition to products such as toilet paper, paper towel and tea bags, the kraft-process pulp mill, located 10 kilometres south of Grande Prairie on Resources Road, is selling electricity generated onsite back to the provincial grid. Three turbine generators onsite have a combined maximum capacity of 140 MW, far more power than the mill requires on-site. Put in perspective, that number is impressive.

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Injured sawmill explosion workers cry foul over WorkSafe BC treatment

Globe and Mail
October 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Engstrom was sitting in the lunchroom at the Lakeland mill, waiting for a seminar to begin, when a massive explosion blew out the wall to his right and sent an orange fireball toward him so powerful that it twisted the vertebrae in his neck. … He survived, but today, 30 months later, Mr. Engstrom is battling to put his life back together. Sitting rigidly at a conference table in Vancouver on Thursday, he shuffled a thick sheaf of papers that chronicle his treatment at the hands of WorkSafe BC – the agency that is supposed to protect workers and care for the injured. After putting him under surveillance, the agency has declared him fit to work and is demanding repayment of benefits.

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Vancouver company’s wearable particle monitor has industry interested

October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver startup Nanozen is a creating real-time, wearable particle sensor for use in mines, mills and other industrial locations where dust and other particles can lead to dangerous explosions and debilitating respiratory diseases. Nanozen founder Winnie Chu was working as a professor in environmental health at the University of B.C., teaching students about environmental monitoring, when she realized particle monitoring methods were falling far short of the need. “The current technology is not sufficient to protect workers or the community when concentrations exceed the acceptable level,” she said.

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Boise Cascade reports increased sales, profits

Idaho Statesman
October 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade Co.’s latest quarterly earnings report indicates $32.3 million in profits and $983.3 million in sales. Both figures are increases from the previous quarter and from the same quarter in 2013. Sales increased 12 percent from the previous year, while profits increased 104 percent. The building materials company attributed its gains to rising housing starts, which increased 9 percent from the previous year, and total construction starts, which rose 15 percent during that time. Wood product sales were particularly strong, increasing 26 percent from the previous year.

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NZ trade deficit widens as exports slow

News.com.au
October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand’s monthly trade deficit widened more than expected in September as falling prices for logs and dairy products weighed on exports while imports were boosted by an incoming aircraft. The country’s trade deficit widened to $NZ1.4 billion ($A1.30 billion) in September, from a revised August deficit of $NZ489 million and a shortfall of $NZ221 million in the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. That was nearly double the $NZ700m deficit forecast in a Reuters poll of economists. 

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Forestry

In the Garden: Time to fall in love with trees again

October 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Autumn is the perfect time to fall in love all over again with trees. Trees look fabulous all year round, but large deciduous trees are especially attractive in fall when their leaves change colour and gracefully drop away to reveal a beautiful and complex tracery of branches. This month I want to encourage you to get reacquainted with the beauty of trees and to deepen your understanding of their value and importance. This is a chance to get to know some of your favourite trees a whole lot better. To help, I recommend picking up a new book by Noel Kingsbury called The Glory of the Tree (Firefly Books, $39.94) as a guide and companion.

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Daines should support legislation

Letter by Addrien Marx
The Missoulian
October 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In September, I traded in my well-worn and smelly backpacking boots for shiny heels and headed out to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act festivities at our nation’s capital, where I got a chance to sit down with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines. Back in Seeley Lake, I have a retail business that relies on both the timber industry and wildlands recreation. My customers are snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, mill owners and backpackers, loggers and outfitters. Obviously, the diverse use of our natural resources provides a broad financial foundation for me and other small-business owners in the area.

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In Oregon, helicopters spray weed killers near people under West Coast’s weakest protections

The Oregonian
October 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland. The spraying happens under the Pacific Northwest’s most industry-friendly regulations. Washington requires a wide no-spray zone around nearby homes. Oregon doesn’t. Washington says when it’s OK to spray, right down to setting a 7 mph maximum wind speed. Oregon doesn’t. The Oregonian reviewed regulations in four states and found Oregon stacks the deck in favor of the timber industry.

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Thune Calls For Additional Investment To Combat Mountain Pine Bettle

Chadrad.com
October 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-U.S. Senator John Thune today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell calling on the FS to increase its 2015 investment in the timber harvest program to help fight mountain pine beetle infestation and maintain forest health in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). In January, the FS announced an additional $1.5 million for BHNF timber harvest in 2014. Thune’s letter notes that increased investment in the timber harvest program has received national acclaim and the Black Hills received the 2013 “Chief’s Award” as a result of the innovation and increased ability for the BHNF to reduce the spread of mountain pine beetle. 

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New Southeast Climate Hub website contains information for producers and partners

USDA Forest Service
October 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As of this week, there is a new online resource for information about the USDA Climate Hubs: http://climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/. The site features a variety of national and regional content on climate variability and its effects on working lands-including a new suite of pages specific to the Southeast Hub. Within the Southeast Hub pages, you’ll find info on important regional assessments, data and research products, and key educational materials to help farmers, land managers, Extension agents, and other partners adapt to climate related stressors.

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International engagement to kill our forest fires

The Jakarta Post
October 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has never been a foreign minister or diplomat, but he has a keen sense of the world and the reciprocal interests it has with the national needs of Indonesia. As a businessman he had from early on linked his products to international markets and frequently participated in international fora. As a mayor he was internationally recognized and won several awards. Now there is the exciting prospect of extending his global view to the presidency. This will allow him to meet domestic issues with the power of broad perspectives.

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Beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products from 8 countries responsible for 1/3 of forest destruction

Mongabay.com
October 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world’s forest loss, according to a new report. Those familiar with the long-standing effort to stop deforestation won’t be surprised by the commodities named: beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products (including timber and paper). Nor will they be very surprised by most of the countries: Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay.  “The trend is clear, the drivers of deforestation have been globalized and commercialized”, said co-author Martin Persson with Chalmers University of Technology.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood waste possible heat source

Vernon Morning Star
October 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Enderby could get into the energy business City council has instructed staff to do a market analysis of the sale of wood waste-generated heat from its biomass facility at the public works yard. “We will examine the possibilities about extending it to nearby commercial buildings and selling them heat,” said Mayor Howie Cyr. The city’s biomass boiler has about 100 kilowatts of available capacity that could possibly be sold. “Neighbouring industrial properties would typically use around 50 kilowatts each, which could be viable,” said Tate Bengston, chief executive officer, in a memo to council.

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General

In the Garden: Time to fall in love with trees again

October 24, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Autumn is the perfect time to fall in love all over again with trees. Trees look fabulous all year round, but large deciduous trees are especially attractive in fall when their leaves change colour and gracefully drop away to reveal a beautiful and complex tracery of branches. This month I want to encourage you to get reacquainted with the beauty of trees and to deepen your understanding of their value and importance. This is a chance to get to know some of your favourite trees a whole lot better. To help, I recommend picking up a new book by Noel Kingsbury called The Glory of the Tree (Firefly Books, $39.94) as a guide and companion.

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