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Repap Resources “cautiously optimistic” about bid for Fort Frances mill

By Gary Rinne
Thunder Bay News Watch
January 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES, ON — Repap Resources Group, an unincorporated private six-member investment group, has had preliminary discussions with Resolute Forest Products about its proposed purchase of the idled pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances. No formal purchase offer has been submitted as yet. Seth Kursman, a vice-president at Resolute, told Tbnewswatch his company does not negotiate through the media or the public, adding only that Resolute continues to evaluate “options” for its Fort Frances property. Repap spokesperson Sean Twomey said he is “cautiously optimistic” that he and his partners can achieve “a win-win transaction” with Resolute. It’s the first public comment the company has made since informing the town of Fort Frances about its plans in late 2018.

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10 years after expropriation, Abitibi waste still in the ground

By Leigh Anne Power
CBC News
January 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A decade after the provincial government became the owner of a shuttered mill, whatever toxic mess lies beneath has yet to be cleaned up. In 2008, when Abitibi Consolidated announced it was closing its Grand Falls-Windsor paper mill, the Danny Williams government reacted by expropriating the company’s assets. Among them, the provincial government would later learn, was the mill building and its polluted grounds. Now, a decade on, the building is gone, but whatever is buried on the site — accidentally appropriated by the province — remains. …Junior Downey worked at the Abitibi mill for 36 years. He said he knows about containers of PCBs, waste oil from machinery and other contaminants buried on the site. …In 2012, the government asked the Supreme Court of Canada to be considered a primary creditor so it could claim cleanup fees from the company’s assets. The court refused, leaving the cleanup in the hands of the province.

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Premier hopes ‘cooler heads prevail’ as pulp mill works on assessment

CBC News
January 10, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he’s concerned about the threat of confrontation and violence as Northern Pulp works on its environmental assessment for a controversial plan to pump treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait. The Nova Scotia government has committed to stopping the flow of effluent from the Abercrombie mill to the heavily polluted Boat Harbour lagoon by Jan. 31, 2020. The lagoon is next to the Pictou Landing First Nation. The wider Gulf of St. Lawrence fisheries region is home to lobster and crab fisheries that brought in over $1.2 billion worth of catch in 2016. “People are very entrenched on both sides of this issue,” said McNeil. “There’s indication of very little flexibility on both sides. Those are always challenging positions for anyone to be in, for the company to be in, for our government to be in and for that community.”

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CEO optimistic as Community Economic Development Commission unveils latest strategic plan

By Leith Dunick
The Thunder Bay News Watch
January 10, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Doug Murray

THUNDER BAY – The CEO of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission says the city’s economic performance has been pretty good over the past 15 years. Doug Murray, who unveiled the CEDC’s new three-year strategic plan, said Thunder Bay must focus on repairing its reputation, making the community more welcoming for everyone and find ways to stimulate population growth to fill an expected increased need in skilled trade jobs surrounding the mining, forestry and manufacturing industries. Over the past 15 years, starting in 2003, the city lost 5,931 jobs, but 8,035 new jobs were created over the same period of time, a net gain of 2,102, representing a four per cent hike. …Murray said the forest industry won’t return to 2003 levels, but with value-added products making it viable again, it could have a major impact on the local economy once again.

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Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year Award to defend Northern Pulp

By Peter Spicer
Nova Scotia Notes
January 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Peter Spicer

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the forestry industry in Nova Scotia and in particular, the issue of Northern Pulp. As a rural Nova Scotian and a woodlot owner operator that makes my living on the forestry industry, I thought I should express my views on the topic. The press/media basically covers one side of the issues, most politicians just say what they think they need to get re-elected, and the people voicing most of the anti-forest industry rhetoric are more or less professional protestors. The latter group is a very small percentage of the total population, but a very vocal group, that are experts at navigating the various media in the province and rallying other groups to support their cause. They hide under the guise of environmentalists when in fact most of these groups have their own personal agendas.

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Active Energy changed mind on pellet plant destination in November

By Stephen Roberts
The Telegram
January 9, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

GREAT NORTHERN PENINSULA, N.L.—St. Anthony was once Active Energy Group’s (AEG) chosen destination for a pellet plant now planned for Hawke’s Bay. The Northern Pen has obtained government emails and memos, via an access to information request, including a Department of Fisheries and Land Resources internal direction/decision note dated Oct. 29. It recommends the department establish a pellet plant in St. Anthony. The directive adds that the AEG’s product, CoalSwitch black wood pellets, would be exported “to Poland through the local port.” However, in late November, just a few weeks after the Oct. 29 note was issued, the company and the province announced the plant would be located in Hawke’s Bay with shipping to take place from that area. …“The decision is made now…,” St. Anthony Mayor Desmond McDonald told The Northern Pen. “But it’s disappointing. Somebody obviously pulled some weight to get this to go a different direction.

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Talks Continue To Reopen Fort Frances Mill

CKDR 92.7 FM Dryden
January 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Efforts by Repap Resources to acquire the idled Resolute Forest Products mill in Fort Frances continue. Economic Development consultant Tannis Drysdale says the deal is still very early in the process. “They are putting together information with lots of our help on what the value of the assets of the mill are with the goal of presenting that to Resolute as an offer to purchase the mill,” says Drysdale. Drysdale says it’s not known at this time if the company will find any obstacles impacting that purchase from going ahead. She adds the company has also spoken with both the area’s provincial and federal representatives about their plans.

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Frank Dottori turns attention to cross-laminated timber project

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
January 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Frank Dottori

Retirement isn’t a word that’s usually associated with Frank Dottori. …”I’m retiring from the White River group,” said Dottori, who will serve in a chairman-type role, overseeing the northwestern Ontario operations from afar. “I’m going to tinker with a few other things.” …Dottori’s next project is the pursuit of a cross-laminated timber plant (CLT) for Ontario. His group is collaborating with Element5, a Toronto and Montreal-based design, engineering and fabrication group specializing in mass timber buildings. …The aim is to be in operation by August 2020. “This one would probably be the biggest industrial fabricator of CLT in North America,” said Dottori. …“One of the reasons we’re looking at CLT is that it needs a superior-type product if want to meet the new standards. We have the mill (in White River) that can do that.

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Economic impact study shows Port Hawkesbury Paper still strong despite tariffs

By Drake Lowthers
Port Hawkesbury Reporter
January 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY: Six years after its re-opening, Port Hawkesbury Paper LP (PHP) continues to significantly contribute to the economy of Nova Scotia with total expenditures exceeding $1 billion since the mill was re-opened in 2012. In the fall of 2018, PHP partnered with Gardner Pinfold to undertake an economic analysis and impact study. The results measured five indicators: the gross value of output, gross domestic product, employment, labour income, and taxes. The report confirms that in 2017, the mill’s operating expenditure in the province exceeded $170 million. The mill generates 325 direct full-time equivalent jobs and an estimated 700 indirect jobs in the region. The average income is $75,000, which is 44 per cent higher than the average industrial wage in Nova Scotia.

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Northern Pulp, Scotsburn Lumber, and US tariffs

By Tim Bousquet
Halifax Examiner
January 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Last month, Scotsburn Lumber sent out a letter encouraging “all our employers, contractors, business owners, forest landowners and associated suppliers to call or write a letter to your local or elected official” to express support for Northern Pulp Mill and its efforts to continue operating after the deadline for stopping the dumping of mill effluent into Boat Harbour. …But the letter caused me to wonder about the relationship between Scotsburn Lumber and Northern Pulp Mill… in particular how the provincial government has financially supported the mill and perhaps, by extension, the forest industry generally. …This looks, well, sketchy. It appears that while Northern Pulp may not “own and control Scotsburn Lumber,” the Widjaja family controls both Northern Pulp and Scotsburn through different holding companies. So the legal control is one level up, but the actual management coordination is, or at least was, right there through the persons of Andreas Kammenos and G. Wayne Gosse, as I detailed above.

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Forest sector will fight for Northern Pulp

By Jim Vibert
Cape Breton Post
January 4, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The battle lines are drawn, but the battle is not yet joined. When Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil conceded in year-end interviews that the future of Northern Pulp’s Pictou County mill is very much in doubt, his words didn’t surprise the province’s forestry sector, but they still sent a shiver down its collective spine. …The province’s politically potent forestry sector won’t sit idly by and allow that mill to close. Northern Pulp is expected to submit its plan for a new effluent treatment system — replacing the infamous Boat Harbour facility — to the provincial Environment Department for assessment by the end of this month. …In Halifax, the forestry sector has powerful friends in the financial sector, in the big law firms and among the economic elite who’ve always had the ear of premiers and are accustomed to being heard.

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Dottori steps down from WRC Timber

By Brian Kelly
The Sault Star
January 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry giant Frank Dottori is stepping down as president of the WRC Timber, a parent company of three enterprises employing more than 300 in Hornepayne and White River. …Dottori, 79, founded Tembec in 1973… a global forest products company with 55 mills in North America, Europe and South America. Dottori stepped down as the company’s chief executive in 2005. He revived the former Domtar sawmill in White River in 2013 after the site sat idle for seven years. …With his 80th birthday approaching, succession planning is necessary, Dottori told The Sault Star from his home in Temiscaming on Thursday. …Dottori will continue to serve as chair of WRC Timber. He and another partner own 70 per cent of White River Forest Products GP, Hornepayne Lumber GP and Hornepayne Power. …Dottori is a 2019 Canada’s Clean50 honoree. The award recognizes the country’s sustainability leaders.

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Forestry and Plan B for Nova Scotia

By Don Wilson
The News
January 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recently, I’ve read …about what drastic things would happen if Northern Pulp were to close the very old polluting pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. …job loss at the mill and log loss to sawmills, plus loss of forestry jobs. They haven’t been paying attention to what is currently happening and what plans are already being put in place should the pulp mill close.  Owners and harvesters of trees on private woodlots have been planning change for several months. The Cape Breton Privateland Partnership (CBPP) is a partnership of several private woodland forest managers and producers/woodlot owners that adhere to ecological forest management methods.  …The next five years will be exciting for the area economy. The rest of N.S. taxpayers will see an end to subsidies in one form or another for the pulp mill. …Supporting an old polluting pulp mill makes no sense for Nova Scotia. This is a pay now or pay more later situation. 

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No One Thinks of Lumber: Putting Forest Products Careers on the Radar of the Next Generation

By Mike Zenko
The Merchant Magazine
January 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mike Zenko

It wasn’t much of a surprise that I landed in this industry. My father has been in the lumber business for more than 50 years. …Just as people like us essentially only think of lumber during our careers, there are many talented people out there in other industries who simply… don’t. They’re thinking of the stock market. Or cars. Or software. …Some of the most talented people in the pipeline may never think of lumber as a potential career path, but maybe, just maybe, we can put it on their radars. …Forest products may not be top-of-mind at universities or with those embarking on new career paths, so it’s up to us to share our successes and sing the praises of what we do. The survival of our industry may depend upon us doing so.

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Frank Dottori exits lumber business

Northern Ontario Business
January 2, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest industry icon Frank Dottori is retiring from the lumber business in northwestern Ontario, and has announced his successor. Tony Wyszkowski is the new CEO of WRC Timber Inc., a private holding company with assets that include White River Forest Products, Hornepayne Lumber and Hornepayne Power. Wyszkowski spent 19 years with Parker Hannifin, a Cleveland-based motion and control technology giant and Fortune 250 global company. …Dottori departs the scene as one of the legends in the Canadian forestry industry. Well known as the founder of Tembec, Dottori came out of retirement in 2013 to revitalize the shuttered former Domtar mill in White River, before heading up Highway 631 in 2016 to acquire the idled Hornepayne mill and adjoining co-generation power plant.

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Resolute Completes Sale of Catawba, SC, Paper and Pulp Mill

By Resolute Forest Products
Cision Newswire
January 1, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that, on December 31, 2018, it completed the previously disclosed sale of the Catawba, South Carolina, paper and pulp mill to New-Indy Containerboard, LLC, pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement dated October 2, 2018. The total purchase price of about $300 million consists of $260 million in cash, before customary closing adjustments, and the assumption of approximately $40 million of balance sheet liabilities, largely net pension benefit obligations. “We are pleased to have completed the sale of the Catawba mill to New-Indy and wish the new team every success with its investment in the diversification of the mill’s operations,” stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. “We want to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication toward this successful outcome, and are pleased that the community will continue to benefit from the mill’s economic and social impact.”

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‘We’ve been pitted against each other’: How a proposed pulp-mill discharge pipe is tearing a Nova Scotia town apart

By Jessica Leeder
The Globe and Mail
December 19, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The pulp and paper mill in Pictou, N.S., wants to build an effluent pipeline that has galvanized the region’s fishermen in opposition. But as workers fear their jobs are in jeopardy, tensions are rising and the struggle has spilled over into the courts. …Signs in shouting-red all-caps are plastered in shops, in the windows of houses and nailed to trees: “NO PIPE! NO PULP WASTE IN OUR WATER!” The retorts, printed in black and white, snark back “YES PIPE!!!,” though mostly from a safe distance across Pictou Harbour, inside the confines of Northern Pulp. …The mill has always had opposition – the province has spent more than $100-million to support the mill and keep jobs secure despite environmental concerns – but discontent has never been so widespread. …Worries of those who fear for their pensions or defaulting on mortgages and truck loans are shared only among workers, some of whose children now come home from school anxious. [A Globe and Mail subscription is required to access this full story]

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U.S. softwood duties harder to ‘swallow’ for northern Ontario sawmills with sagging lumber prices

By Eric White
CBC News
December 20, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

December is the month for making predictions of what the coming year has in store. But those in northeastern Ontario’s forest industry are hesitant to do any forecasting about 2019, given the year that just went by. “We really will have to see, because nobody could have predicted the kind of pricing we saw in 2018,” says Christine Leduc, director of public affairs for Eacom Timber Corporation. …This was also the first full year for the softwood lumber duties the U.S. government brought in back in the spring of 2017, which Leduc says for Eacom is 20 per cent, meaning that more than $75 million is “being left at the border.” She says the longer the trade dispute goes on, the more northern Ontario jobs, especially those at older and less profitable mills, could be in danger.

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Mill granted injunction to end NS fishermen’s blockade, amidst tense protests

By Micheal Tutton
The Chronicle Journal
December 18, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge has ordered fishermen to stop blocking survey vessels hired by a pulp mill, in a decision that came after protesters chanted their opposition to the firm’s plans to pump effluent into the Northumberland Strait. The temporary injunction, granted by Justice Denise Boudreau in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, was the latest round in an increasingly tense conflict over a proposal by Northern Pulp to dump over 62 million litres per day of treated waste into the rich fishing grounds. The company, a subsidiary of Paper Excellence, has said the effluent will meet federal regulations for emissions, but opponents counter there’s a lack of firm scientific evidence of how the waste will affect the long-term health of the lucrative lobster and crab fisheries. Northern Pulp plans to return to court Jan. 29 to seek a long-term injunction.

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Wood supply will be key to Fort Frances mill restart

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
December 18, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gaining access to Crown fibre will be a key issue for a potential buyer of the idled Fort Frances pulp and paper mill. Repap Resources Group notified Resolute Forest Products in mid-December of its intentions to enter into negotiations to acquire its northwestern Ontario mill. The private Canadian and U.S. investors group wants to restart the plant and introduce a new mix of products in 2019. “This is a sophisticated group of investors that includes folks with long histories in the forestry and paper industry, including a specific knowledge of this mill,” said Tannis Drysdale, the town’s economic development consultant. …To reopen the Fort Frances mill, a potential new operator would have to negotiate a wood supply agreement with the province. “Certainly, we’ll be looking to the provincial government to ensure that fibre can be accessed and is available, if the private sector partners can make a deal,” said Drysdale.

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Nova Scotia fisherman says blockaders are being used as ‘scapegoat’ in fight with Northern Pulp

The StarMetro Halifax
December 18, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX—A Pictou fisherman of 30 years says Northern Pulp Mill’s successful injunction against those who’ve blocked mill survey boats is a blame tactic to hide the company’s lack of proper waste plan. Nearly 100 people from various environmental groups, Pictou Landing First Nation, Pictou area residents and other supporters rallied outside the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax. Fishermen have been blocking the mill’s survey boats… leading to the mill’s move to file for a temporary injunction. That was granted by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Denise Boudreau on Tuesday, who said the fishermen have the right to “lawful protest,” but they don’t have the legal right to block the survey vessels from doing their work. Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Northern Pulp’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada, said that they are satisfied with the ruling.

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Nova Scotia pulp mill due in court to ask for injunction against fishermen’s blockade

The Canadian Press in CTV News
December 18, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — Lawyers for the Northern Pulp mill in northern Nova Scotia are seeking an injunction that would prevent fishermen from blocking survey boats hired to examine a route for a new effluent pipeline. About 80 people gathered outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest the proposed pipeline. They carried signs that said, “No pipe in the Strait” and chanted “All I want for Christmas is no pipe.” Four members of a pipefitters union came to the protest to support Northern Pulp, carrying signs that read, “Support Northern Pulp Effluent Cleanup.” Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Northern Pulp’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada, confirmed the mill is seeking an interim injunction to prevent blockades of the survey work in the Northumberland Strait.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

‘Building Innovation’ with Sidewalk Labs’ Karim Khalifa

By Elsa Lam
Canadian Architect
January 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

“In December, Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs unveiled its draft master plan for the Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto. Their proposal includes a dozen mass timber towers—some up to 30 storeys high—connected by underground freight and waste tunnels, and flexible podium (or “stoa”) levels. Canadian Architect editor Elsa Lam spoke with Karim Khalifa, Director of Buildings Innovation at Sidewalk Labs, about the architectural details of the proposal. Here are highlights from their conversation: …”From the beginning, the proposal that Sidewalk put together looked at how to create a really sustainable district. Tall timber was an obvious go-to. Before I joined Sidewalk, I had been doing six to eight storey mass timber buildings in Europe. Here we had the chance to stretch the limits of where tall timber could go.”

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Ottawa providing $4.9 million for downtown London affordable housing project

Global News
December 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A six-storey affordable housing project in London’s downtown core is receiving a multi-million-dollar funding boost from the federal government. London North Centre Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos was on hand Wednesday for the announcement, alongside London Mayor Ed Holder and developer Yossi Lavie. Ottawa says it’s investing more than $4.9 million to the nearly-complete construction of the 69-unit building at 356 Dundas St through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s rental construction financing initiative. The initiative aims to support a stable supply of affordable rental housing in Canada for low and middle-class families, CMHC says. …It’s London’s first six-storey wood-frame building following changes to the building code in 2015 that paved the way for taller wood-frame structures.

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Course looks to train the next generation of mass timber builders

By Don Procter
Daily Commercial News
December 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

David Moses

As architects and engineers get up to speed on designing buildings in the fledgling mass timber industry in Ontario, many contractors remain on the sidelines hesitant about the new building type they are hearing more about. “Right now, really the need is that we have trained people who know how to build,” said David Moses, principal with Moses Structural Engineers. Working with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Carpenters’ Local 27 and the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT), Moses is developing several mass timber modules that can be built and disassembled by apprentices and carpenters. The full-scale modules will be at the heart of a four-week training course starting up next March at the CCAT in Vaughan. One of the modules is a tilt-up balloon frame cross-laminated timber (CLT) stair shaft.

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Forestry

Lakehead University announces new Finnish Studies chair

The Thunder Bay News Watch
January 17, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jaana Laine

THUNDER BAY — Lakehead University has named a professor from Finland its new chair in Finnish Studies. Dr. Jaana Laine will teach at the Thunder Bay campus and conduct research on the human-forest relationship, focusing on Finnish-Canadians in northwestern Ontario. Laine’s doctor dissertation at the University of Helsinki was entitled Rules of the Timber Trade. Timber trade between private forest owners and forestry industry in eastern Finland, 1919-1939. …A statement from Lakehead University notes that she is interested in hearing from Finnish-Canadians and their descendants for her research project on the human-forest relationship.

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Roddickton-Bide Arm protest demands local logs be cut home

By Stephens Roberts
The Telegram
January 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

RODDICKTON-BIDE ARM, N.L. — “Our logs stay here.” That was the message Roddickton-Bide Arm gave the provincial government and Active Energy Group during a protest staged Monday afternoon, Jan. 14. Some 100-200 residents of Roddickton-Bide Arm marched from the Green Moose Interpretation Centre to the forestry building to protest the lack of movement on re-opening a sawmill in the community. …“The forestry is our foundation, for all of our communities (on the northeast side of the Northern Peninsula) it’s important, it’s jobs, it means businesses staying, it means attracting new businesses, it means a chance for people who are living away to come, and ultimately it means keeping our young,” Fitzgerald said in addressing the protestors in the forestry building parking lot. “Without the forestry we have no foundation.”

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Roddickton-Bide Arm protest demands local logs be cut home

By Stephen Roberts
The Telegram
January 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Our logs stay here.” That was the message Roddickton-Bide Arm gave the provincial government and Active Energy Group during a protest staged Monday afternoon, Jan. 14. Some 100-200 residents of Roddickton-Bide Arm, including individuals from neighbouring communities, marched from the Green Moose Interpretation Centre to the forestry building to protest the lack of movement on re-opening a sawmill in the community. All the while, carrying signs, they chanted their message, “Our logs stay here” demanding the right to have their own logs, in forestry area 18, cut into timber. Roddickton-Bide Arm Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald, with speakerphone in hand, led the speakers. … Trevor Fillier, president of the Northern Peninsula Loggers Association, gave an impassioned speech. “If we don’t cut the timber at our sawmill there’s nothing moving!” a fiery Fillier declared to cheers from the crowd. “There’s other local pulp wood being sold of this coast and it’s got to stop. 

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408-year-old tree discovered in Algonquin Park’s unprotected logging zone

By Kristin Rushowy
The Toronto Star
January 12, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Researchers have discovered a 408-year-old tree amid a stretch of old-growth forest in Algonquin Park, located in an unprotected zone open to logging, the Star has learned. The Ancient Forest Exploration and Research group — a non-profit, charitable educational organization — recently made the find west of Cayuga Lake.It also identified three trees that are more than 300 years old, and five that are more than 200 years old, out of the 10 trees examined.“Based on mapping we’re pretty sure significant tracts of very old forest have also been logged in the past 10 years, or are currently being logged,” senior ecologist Mike Henry told the Star. The group is now calling on the provincial government to safeguard the area. …The hemlock located last fall is estimated to be more than 408 years old, and “we can only know the ages of the remaining trees by coring trees and counting rings,” Quinby added. 

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Annapolis County council looking for answers after forestry faux pas

By Lawrence Powell
Cape Breton Post
January 9, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORBETT LAKE, N.S. – When Annapolis County’s municipal council heard in late December that yet more crown forest was up for public comment and possible harvest, Warden Timothy Habinski said council would meet over the holidays to discuss the matter and formulate a response. By the time it met on Jan. 3 the Department of Lands and Forestry said those posted parcels of land … had already been approved for harvest and the posting on the Harvest Plan Map Viewer in December had been a mistake. Councillors didn’t know what to think of the conflicting information… “We really need a clear understanding of exactly what it is the province is stating…” said Habinski. “…council made a resolution to direct … staff – to get in touch with the province and clarify exactly what the rules are surrounding this kind of a cut and how that process was followed, or not followed, by the province in this instance.”

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New Newfoundland and Labrador commercial cutting permit policy in effect

The Telegram
January 9, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jan. 1 marked start of more direct use-it-or-lose-it approach. On New Year’s Day, a new forestry policy affecting commercial cutting permit allocations came into effect in Newfoundland and Labrador. The policy sees Fisheries and Land Resources staff making recommendations on future permit volumes for commercial cutting, after evaluating the applicant’s last two years of logging activity. For permit renewals, it means if the full allocation under the permit is not being used, the company may be permitted for less, freeing up resources for other harvesters. “There’s no economic benefit to having fibre, trees in the forest that are not being harvested,” Fisheries and Land Resources Minister Gerry Byrne told The Telegram, reiterating the Liberal government’s move to increase forestry activity. The Liberal’s “The Way Forward” plan explicitly stated their desire to see harvest levels in the province raised by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020.

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Seeing the forest through the trees

By David Gough
The Chatham Daily News
January 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s money in agricultural woodlots. That was the message that Dave Pullen passed on at a session at the Southwest Agriculture Conference held at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph. Woodlands have the high potential to generate a more significant part of farm revenue in southern Ontario, said Pullen, who is a municipal forester for Huron County, where his roles include forest conservation, management and extension services. Input costs to manage woodlands are low and timber production potential is high, he said. There’s money in woodlots in the form of financial returns on the timber harvested and protection against soil erosion in adjacent fields caused by both wind and water. Sometimes there is a struggle within agriculture about the value of woodlots, but Pullen said the two can exist very well.

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Canadian urban foresters enlist Google Street View to count the trees

By Tom Spears
The Ottawa Citizen
January 3, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In analyzing the state of Canada’s urban trees, the Canadian Forest Service visited only half of the 100 communities it studied. For the rest, it gazed at the digitized trees of Google Street View. And in the future, it may remove human eyes from the job entirely, and let artificial intelligence handle it. The forest service wants cities and towns to know what mix of tree species they have, and what the balance of young and mature trees is, because a lot of money is tied up in trees. In particular, they are expensive to cut down and replace if a new type of bug follows the emerald ash borer. …We go down the streets using Google Street View, and we identify any trees within about 10 metres of the edge of the road that way,” said John Pedlar, a research biologist with Natural Resources Canada.

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Province reduces regulatory burden for truck and forestry industries

By Danielle McCreadie
Halifax Today
January 2, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Road reclassifications to allow efficient truck axle configurations will help make the trucking and forestry industries in Nova Scotia more competitive. “The department has worked with the trucking and forestry industries to identify undue regulatory barriers,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines in a news release. …The change allows B-trains – two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel – to travel on additional roads, enabling the movement of more materials at one time. This configuration reduces damage to roads as the weight is spread out over more axles. …This change represents annual savings of $7 million to the industries. It contributes to government’s $25 million red tape reduction target. Government expects the change to become effective by next fall.

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N.S. prepares for worst on controversial pulp mill: ‘No easy solution here’

By Keith Doucette
Canadian Press in CTV News
December 26, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s premier says he’s keenly aware of the continuing need to diversify the province’s economy in 2019, especially with the future of a key economic player up in the air. Questions around the potential closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie, N.S., will grab a share of the headlines in the coming year and Stephen McNeil isn’t downplaying the need to prepare for the worst. The paper mill has become a flashpoint — it proposes to dump more than 62 million litres per day of treated waste into the rich fishing grounds of the Northumberland Strait.  The plan has pitted forest industry workers against fishermen, environmentalists and even the P.E.I. government. Halifax-born movie star Ellen Page has attempted to rally her 1.4 million Twitter followers against it.

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Old-growth forest with 400-year-old tree proposed for clearcut in error

By Frances Willick
CBC News
December 19, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A parcel of land west of Halifax with old-growth forest that’s home to at least one 400-year-old tree was listed for a proposed clearcut in error, the province says. The 32-hectare piece of Crown land, which is about 10 kilometres inland from Hubbards, N.S., as the crow flies, was recently proposed for harvest by licence-holder Westfor, a consortium of forestry companies and mills. The proposed harvest was listed on the province’s harvest plans map and opened to the public for comments as part of the Department of Lands and Forestry’s process for making decisions on proposals. But department spokesperson Bruce Nunn said it should not have been posted. “I don’t know why, but it was wrongly done,” he said. “It shouldn’t have happened that way.” A departmental policy prevents old-growth forests from being harvested, and the proposal “will not proceed for consideration,” Nunn said.

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Canada Invests in New Brunswick’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative

Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
December 18, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

T.J. Harvey

TOBIQUE FIRST NATION, NB – …Member of Parliament for Tobique–Mactaquac, T.J. Harvey, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced $295,000 in funding for two Indigenous forest sector projects in New Brunswick that will create jobs and boost the local economy. The first project is a multi-year investment of $255,000 to the Tobique First Nation that will establish a forest-based community business to create long-term employment opportunities and increase revenues in the community. …The second investment of $40,000 will help Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Incorporated launch a sustainable forestry strategy for its nine member communities. The strategies will assess and identify manufacturing options and opportunities in the local forest sector.

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New U of T proposal would see Faculty of Forestry join John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

The University of Toronto News
December 17, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new proposal would see faculty, staff, and students from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry join the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design as of July 1. The academic restructuring proposal comes after a year and a half of extensive online and in-person consultations. …The Faculty of Forestry currently has five full-time faculty members and one contractually limited-term appointee as well as 122 graduate students. …The proposal also includes the addition of five new faculty positions in forestry-related fields to allow integration into the Daniels Faculty’s various program offerings. …“Combining the Daniels and forestry faculties will pave the way for more collaboration and interdisciplinary research,” says Robert Wright, the dean of forestry.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Where do Montreal’s forlorn Christmas trees go?

By Rene Bruemmer
Montreal Gazette
January 3, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are few things more forlorn than discarded balsam firs littering the snowbanks of the city post-New Year’s Day. …The good news is that in Montreal they find a second useful existence, albeit one that involves incineration. Compared to sending them to the garbage dump, where they rot and create planet-warming methane gas, their end is at least somewhat beneficial. Every year, firms contracted by the city collect roughly 25,000 trees. The 350 tonnes of holiday refuse are …converted into wood chips that are then sold to firms — often pulp and paper mills — that burn and use them as energy sources instead of oil. …Most Quebec municipalities have programs to pick up trees [for compost or energy]. Not all regions do. In the United Kingdom 160,000 tonnes of the nation’s Christmas trees ended up in landfills in 2014. …Once they’ve outlived their holiday-time usefulness, the important thing is to keep them out of landfills. 

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Health & Safety

Contractor working on Irving land in New Brunswick dies in logging truck accident

The Canadian Press in Global News
January 3, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada East, Canada

A contractor working on J.D. Irving, Ltd. land in northern New Brunswick has died after his logging truck left a road in Madawaska County. Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith says the truck left a woods road roughly 40 kilometres from Saint-Leonard at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. She says emergency services were called to the scene but that the driver, an employee of an independent contractor, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Keith says Irving is actively co-operating with the investigation by police and WorkSafeNB. …Keith says the name of the driver is being withheld out of respect for the family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this driver at this difficult time,” she said. 

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