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‘Value added’: Investing in trees good for economy, environment, MPPs told

By John Carter
Inside Ottawa Valley
March 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Investing in forestry and tree-planting makes good business and environmental sense. That was the message a delegation that included Renfrew Reeve Peter Emon brought to legislators at Queen’s Park March 20. Emon and Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen released a report outlining the positive impacts of tree planting, including jobs and a variety of spin-off benefits. …Emon observed that in addition to obvious environmental benefits, the practice “leads to jobs and economic gains, as nurseries, landowners, municipalities and forestry consultants engage in tree-planting activities.” …Using standardized techniques for calculating ecosystem services, Green Analytics demonstrated the trees planted through Forests Ontario’s efforts are conservatively valued at $82.7 million annually. For every $1.80 the provincial government provides Forests Ontario to support tree planting, no less than $19.85 in ecosystem service value is derived. This translates to an 11:1 return on investment, concludes the report.

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Resolute announces curtailments in Quebec, Ontario

Random Lengths
March 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products today announced that due to log supply constraints, the company will curtail production at several of its Quebec and Ontario stud sawmills during the second quarter, representing about 30 million board feet of lumber. Challenging winter weather conditions, in addition to a very wet fall, slowed down our woodlands operations and related transportation, impacting log supply for Q2, said a company spokesman. “We do not anticipate any issues meeting our customer commitments, and we are making every effort to minimize the impact of this decision on our employees and suppliers,” he said.

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Former Port-Alfred mill site to be transferred to City of Saguenay for one dollar

Resolute Blog
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The residents of Saguenay (Quebec) will gain access to an area of stunning natural beauty when the site of Resolute’s former Port-Alfred mill is sold to the City of Saguenay for the symbolic amount of $1. The area, which measures approximately 0.3 square kilometers (0.1 square miles), features a dramatic landscape dominated by the awe-inspiring Saguenay Fjord (a narrow inlet bound by steep cliffs). The sale will be concluded later in 2019 and is contingent upon a promise from the City that the site will remain accessible to the public. “We are pleased the Port-Alfred site will be transformed into a public space for residents of La Baie and the Saguenay region to enjoy year round,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

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Could Resolute keep its logging rights near Fort Frances without a mill? Expert says it’s possible

By Matt Prokopchuk
CBC News
March 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Warren Maybee

With Resolute Forest Products saying it wants to decommission and redevelop its mill property in Fort Frances, Ont., an expert in environmental policy says the forestry giant could still keep its logging rights to the nearby Crossroute Forest even without a plant in the northwestern Ontario town. That comes as Resolute’s sustainable forestry licence for the Crossroute Forest is set to expire in 2022. …Resolute’s current forestry licence for the Crossroute Forest states that the wood harvested is to be used for the “existing forest resource processing facility … located at Fort Frances, Ontario.” The mill closed in 2014. At least one previous potential deal for the property also fell through. But when the time comes for licence renewal, the company can argue that the wood is needed for its other operations in the northwest, said Warren Mabee, the director of the Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.

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Could be the wrecking ball for Fort Frances mill

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
March 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is selling its closed Fort Frances mill to an undisclosed site redeveloper to demolish buildings on the property and repurpose it for other community uses. “We anticipate the sale will finalize in the next couple months,” said Resolute spokesman Seth Kursman. With negotiations for the former pulp and paper mill apparently broken off, Resolute maintains if someone wants to restore the property back to manufacturing status, they’ll have to take that up with the incoming site redeveloper. The Town of Fort Frances’ preferred choice to revitalize the mill is Rainy River Packaging (formerly known as Repap), a private consortium of investors, experienced in forestry, with some connections to the mill. …“My commitment has not changed. This has been a six-year process and I am not ready to give up the fight, and I know the community of Fort Frances is not ready to give up either,” said Cabinet Minister Greg Rickford.

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Budget 2019 Good For Northwestern Ontario – MP Rusnak

Net News Ledger
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Don Rusnak

OTTAWA – “The 2019 Federal Budget is good news for Northwestern Ontario”, according to Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River. …Rusnak also highlighted Budget 2019’s commitment to supporting Northwestern Ontario farmers and forestry workers. …For forestry workers, they will be helped by the investment of $251.3 million over 3 years to support existing forestry innovation and diversification programs, including the Forest Innovation Fund and the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. Rusnak believes both these investments are critical for the growth of two of Northwestern Ontario’s most important economic sectors.

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As Ontario 50 Million Tree Program approaches the halfway mark, the economic benefits are reported

Forests Ontario
March 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rob Keen and Peter Emon

Today, Forests Ontario released The Economic Value of Tree Planting in Southern Ontario, a new report by Guelph-based consulting firm Green Analytics.  Committed to re-greening Ontario through tree planting, education and awareness efforts, Forests Ontario is the not-for-profit charity that delivers the Government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP). At the Ontario Legislature, Rob Keen, Registered Professional Forester and Forests Ontario CEO along with Peter Emon, long standing County of Renfrew Councilor and Reeve of Renfrew, described how the province has benefited from ten planting seasons of the 50MTP. Since 2008, the Program has facilitated the planting of more than 24 million trees over 14,800 hectares, an area equivalent to one-quarter the size of Lake Simcoe. These plantings sequester 19,000 tonnes of carbon each year – the same amount of carbon emitted from driving more than 80 million kilometres.

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Combo heat and power plant proposed for Thunder Bay generating station

By Gary Rinne
The Thunder Bay News Watch
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — A group of Thunder Bay residents believes the shuttered Ontario Power Generation plant on Mission Island holds the potential to generate hundreds of new jobs. The members of the volunteer group have developed a plan to repurpose the station as a combined heat and power plant, creating spinoff jobs in greenhouse operations and the manufacturing of residential and industrial wood pellets. …McLeod’s group, however, feels… “The proposal is for a combined heat and power station that would be central to supporting a bio reactor, bio refinery, merchandising yard, greenhouses for locally grown food, [Resolute] paper and kraft mill, Confederation College’s education biomass program, city sewer, city recycle and city water facility while enhancing and supporting the forest industry to produce biomass white (residential) and black advanced (industrial) wood pellets”.

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Rickford says Fort Frances mill remains ‘viable’

By Gary Rinne
The Thunder Bay News Watch
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greg Rickford

FORT FRANCES, ON — The MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, Greg Rickford, says he feels there’s still a chance to re-start the Fort Frances pulp and paper mill under new ownership. Rickford posted his reaction on social media Monday, after Resolute Forest Products announced it had rejected a bid by Repap Resources to buy the idled mill. Resolute stated that Repap’s proposal fell short of what was needed: They failed to provide the required financial deposit, did not mark up the asset purchase agreement, did not address our key requirement to perform environmental remediation, and did not produce sufficient, committed financing to move forward. In addition, their refusal to agree to treat Resolute’s information on a confidential basis prevented them from accessing sufficient information to inform their bid and put forward a responsive offer.

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Disappointed but not surprised, Fort Frances councillor says of rejected mill bid

By Matt Prokopchuk
CBC News
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Local and provincial politicians say they’re disappointed that a deal that promised to reopen the shuttered paper mill in Fort Frances, Ont., fell through and that the company that owns the site appears to be focussed on demolishing the plant. Resolute Forest Products informed municipal leaders in Fort Frances on Monday that it rejected a bid submitted by Repap Resources Group. Repap had said it would reopen the mill, which has been idle since 2014, if it could acquire it, and said between 600 and 700 jobs would be created. …”We’re not necessarily surprised by this outcome — Resolute has certainly reflected a disinclination … to sell the property to a buyer that would operate it,” Coun. Douglas Judson told CBC News. 

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Fort Frances Profoundly Disappointed by Resolute Forest Products

By the Town of Fort Frances
The Net News Ledger
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES – The Town of Fort Frances is profoundly disappointed and disillusioned by the announcement yesterday by Resolute that they will not entertain the offer to Rainy River Packaging Inc. (formerly Repap LLC). We remain committed to attempting to transition the mill to an operational entity and will work with all parties toward that goal. We have met with Rainy River Packaging Inc. and Minister Rickford and will reach out to both the potential buyer and to Resolute to enter into discussions to continue our mission to broker a deal. …The Town is preparing for all eventualities for the future of the mill property but continues to work toward an operational future for this key economic asset.

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Province favours Fort Frances mill reopening

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
March 18, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Provincial cabinet minister Greg Rickford has thrown his support behind the reopening of the former Fort Frances pulp and paper mill under potential new ownership. Rickford, Ontario’s energy and Northern development and mines minister, is backing the Town of Fort Frances’ efforts to gain control of local wood rights from Resolute Forest Products and save the mill buildings from demolition. “We will work with any successful bidder on securing wood supply for the Fort Frances facility,” said Rickford in a statement released one day before Resolute’s March 15 deadline to take bids on the property. “I stand behind the people of Fort Frances, and I am very focused on seeing this important asset reopen, and bring good jobs back to northwestern Ontario.” …The town’s efforts to save the mill and encourage a new operator has drawn support from other communities, First Nations leadership, business groups and organized labour. 

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Resolute rejects Repap Resources’ bid for Fort Frances mill, says it will proceed with redevelopment

By Matt Prokopchuk
CBC News
March 18, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has rejected a bid from a private investment group interested in purchasing the shuttered paper mill in Fort Frances, Ont., and says it will turn its attention to redeveloping the site. That was communicated in a letter sent by the forestry giant to Fort Frances mayor June Caul on Monday. Repap Resources Group said on Friday that it had submitted a “multi-million dollar” offer to purchase the mill and its assets. Resolute closed the plant in 2014; the company said Repap’s offer “fell short on multiple fronts.” Resolute had already signed an agreement with a company that specializes in redeveloping industrial sites in January, according to the letter to the town from Resolute president and chief executive officer Yves Laflamme, but entertained interest from other parties, including Repap. Laflamme’s letter said that Repap was the only party to actually submit a bid.

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Repap Resources submits ‘multi-million dollar’ bid for shuttered northern Ontario mill

By Matt Prokopchuk
CBC News
March 18, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A private investment group has made an offer for the shuttered mill in Fort Frances, Ont., and says, if its bid is successful, it will restart the plant, putting hundreds of people to work. …Repap’s “multi-million dollar offer” for the kraft paper plant, which it submitted prior to a March 15 deadline, also contains proposals to work cooperatively with Resolute, including offering saw logs it harvests to Resolute’s sawmills in Ignace and Atikokan in exchange for wood chips as well as an offer to purchase raw pulp from Resolute’s Thunder Bay mill, said Repap’s president, Sean Twomey. Twomey said the mill would be primarily focused on producing heavy kraft paper… He added that the mill could also produce market pulp.

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Fire crews respond to overnight fire at Resolute Forest Products

TB Newswatch
March 17, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – A structural fire at Resolute Forest Products was brought under control by the quick action of employees and help from firefighters. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue was called to reports of a structural fire at Resolute Forest Products on Neebing Avenue Sunday morning just after 3 a.m. Security staff guided arriving units to the fire, which was located in the number five paper machine. A bearing failure in the machine caused the fire and it spread to the ventilation system. Mill employees brought the fire under control prior to fire crews arriving, who then assisted employees in completely extinguishing the fire. There were no reports of any injuries or to the extent of the damage.

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North Bay-area veneer mill hoping to re-open soon

By Chris Dawson
Northern Ontario Business
March 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Columbia Forest Products in Rutherglen is hoping to get up and running again very soon. The hardwood veneer mill has been shut down since late January, when officials became aware of a serious issue with the facility’s roof. “On January 28, we had several purlins (horizontal beams) crack in our ceiling,” explained Chris Daur, manager at the plant, located about 25 minutes east of North Bay. “The main structure is roughly 100 feet wide by 500 feet long, and there are main girder beams that are 20 feet apart – they are perfectly fine. It’s the smaller dimensional timbers in between that started to crack. “It was not throughout the whole mill. It was just in sections,” Daur added. “We were getting possible failures in the roof, and we evacuated the mill that day and stopped production until we could get it assessed.” The facility has been shut down since and workers have been put temporarily out of work.  

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Six years later, Resolute lawsuit against Greenpeace continues

By Gary Rinne
Thunder Bay News Watch
March 14, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — A lawsuit filed by Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace remains unresolved, six years after it was launched. A Superior Court justice in Thunder Bay is managing the case which is still in the discovery stage, with no trial scheduled as yet. In May 2013, Resolute filed a suit for defamation and economic interference, seeking $7,000,000 from Greenpeace Canada and two of its staff members. The company alleged it had been harmed by false statements about its management practices in the Canadian boreal forest. Greenpeace denied the allegations and charged that Resolute was out to silence its critics with a SLAPP  (strategic lawsuit against public participation) lawsuit.

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CO2 Solutions Begins Commissioning of its Carbon Capture Unit at the Resolute Pulp Mill in Saint-Félicien, Quebec

By C02 Solutions Inc.
Cision Newswire
March 14, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC CITY – CO2 Solutions Inc. today provided an update on the Corporation’s first commercial project with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., and Serres Toundra Inc. The project involves the deployment of a 30-tonne per day (tpd) CO2capture unit and ancillary equipment at Resolute’s pulp mill in Saint-Félicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Toundra Greenhouse complex. The Corporation is pleased to announce that the start of the commissioning of the CO2 capture unit officially took place on March 14, 2019. This start-up was preceded by the successful pre-operation verifications of each of the capture unit’s systems, after which the unit was put into operation and the first tonnes of CO2 were captured. The Corporation now expects to ramp up the overall capture rate to validate the unit’s nominal capacity of 30 tonnes of CO2 per day.

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Repap plans to submit conditional offer to purchase Fort Frances mill

By Gary Rinne
Thunder Bay News Watch
March 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES, ON — The private investment group hoping to reopen the idled pulp and paper mill at Fort Frances intends to submit a purchase offer to Resolute Forest Products this week. Repap spokesperson Sean Twomey says it will be conditional on receiving a guaranteed supply of fibre to produce the specialty paper—the kind used for cement bags and sugar bags—that Repap proposes to manufacture. Resolute previously required that any offers before its March 15 deadline must be “binding,” but company vice-president Seth Kursman has told Tbnewswatch Resolute agreed to accept non-binding offers to accommodate Repap “and their financing needs.”  In an interview with Tbnewswatch from his New York office, Twomey confirmed Repap still needs to complete financing arrangements for the mill purchase. Some progress may have been made with regard to a fibre supply, however.

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Fort Frances Evokes Site Plan Control Process

The Net News Ledger
March 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES – The Town of Fort Frances has issued the following statement… The Town of Fort Frances, in protection of our community, has informed Resolute Forest Products that we will invoke our site plan control process if a demolition company takes ownership of our Mill. Through the site plan control process, we will require any owner, prior to demolition, to provide the Town with a line of credit that Administration is recommending be no less than $20 million, to ensure that the process is completed with minimal impact to our community. Town Administration is also recommending a series of third-party professional studies to be completed with respect to historic, engineering and environmental aspects. …These proactive steps will protect our town from the unfortunate disasters that happened in communities like Red Rock and Iroquois Falls when they lost their major industries. 

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Fort Frances – Petition Calls on Gov’t to Enforce Sustainable Forest Licence

NetNewsLedger
March 11, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES “The province can’t stand by while a private company takes a public resource from the communities it is meant to benefit,” stated Hampton. “Many in our community fear that Resolute’s goal is to keep other stakeholders and residents in the dark while silencing any potential buyer from engaging in discussions necessary to formulate a successful bid”. A grassroots community petition is calling on the provincial Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to enforce the terms of the Sustainable Forest License held by Resolute Forest Products for the Crossroute Forest. “In just a few short weeks, our petition has generated over 2,000 online and hand-written signatures from a community of 8,000 people,” stated Fort Frances resident Christine Hampton, who started the petition. “It just goes to show that area residents understand and care about this issue and that they expect the province to act in the community’s best interest.”

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Friction in Pictou: Community divided on proposed changes to pulp mill operations

By Jill English
CBC News
March 10, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For more than 50 years, white foam and dark water have filled part of a lifeless harbour on Nova Scotia’s north shore. Now the hunt for solutions is creating a rift that’s pitting industry against industry and neighbour against neighbour. At the centre of it all is the Northern Pulp mill that has been permitted to dump effluent into Pictou County’s Boat Harbour since opening in 1967. The province has ordered an end to this, which puts the community in a bind — the wastewater still needs to be treated and released somewhere if the mill is to stay open. …”My message to communities is let’s modernize the way we’re working within our traditional sectors,” says Premier Stephen McNeil. “We have to bring it to the standards of today and not be stuck in the ’60s.”

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Resolute Forest Products not honouring sustainable forest licence agreement, says First Nations leader

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

A northwestern Ontario First Nations leader maintains Resolute Forest Products shouldn’t be permitted to take Crown wood out of the Fort Frances area. Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty 3, said the conditions of the provincial sustainable forest licence (SFL) agreement that the Montreal forest products company holds for the Crossroute Forest “does not appear to have been honoured.” “Resolute not only closed its Fort Frances mill, but has been cutting trees from our forest for its operations outside of Treaty 3. It is unclear who authorized this change,” he said in a March 7 news release. “Certainly, no authorization for this arrangement was ever sought from the Treaty 3 First Nations, nor would an authorization likely have been granted, because our traditional law requires that our resources support the local economy of our territory.”

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Houston introduces legislation aimed at securing a future for forestry

The News – Halifax
March 6, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tim Houston

HALIFAX, N.S. — Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston introduced legislation last week, that he said aims to ensure the forest industry continues to thrive in Nova Scotia. The Forestry Industry Sustainability Act calls on the Liberal government to strike a task force of stakeholders and experts to chart a path toward a sustainable forestry industry. …The task force, led by a conciliator, would make a recommendation, no later than June 30, 2019. …With the deadline for the closure of Boat Harbour approaching, people in the forestry industry have indicated that there could be significant financial impact if Northern Pulp has to close even temporarily. …“It needs to be said: without Northern Pulp there can be no plan B that does not include massive job losses,” stated Jean Francois Guillot, VP Operations East with Paper Excellence.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

OSBlock is an interesting inside-out building system

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
March 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s like a cookie with the filling on the outside. While wandering among the hot tubs and Vita-Mixers at the National Home Show in Toronto, I came upon Philippe Paul and OSBlock, a really interesting structural system invented and manufactured in Quebec. Basically, it is a sandwich of two layers of expanded polystyrene foam with a filling of four layers of Oriented Strand board (OSB) 12″ high by 8′ long. Just stack them up and you have an instant R-32 wall. Want more insulation? Just stick it on the outside. Most importantly, there are no thermal bridges, one of the major sources of heat loss in buildings. It is sort of an inside-out Structural Insulated Panel, with the wood on the inside and the foam on the outside. … The elimination of thermal bridging might make it useful for Passivhaus construction.

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Resilient farm building design could minimize damage and loss

By Angela Gismondi
The Daily Commercial News
March 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Randy Drysdale

With the increasing number of fires occurring in farm buildings, insurance companies are urging constructors to consider resilient design. “What we would like to do as a group of insurance companies, we would like to have some say in how buildings are built,” said Randy Drysdale, assistant vice-president of loss control and technical development for Farm Mutual Reinsurance. …“What we would like to see is resilient design incorporated when a structure is rebuilt. …Things to consider include compartmentalization, fire-rated assemblies, fire stops, fire dampers, sprinklers and control devices inside the barns. “Really the barns are built to burn. They are organized kindling,” Drysdale stated. “There are combustible materials, wood frame, unprotected structures, generally too far away from fire halls to have the fire department make a big difference.” 

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Billion dollar baby: New builds down but home renovation industry thriving in Newfoundland and Labrador

By Jeremy Eaton
CBC News
March 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Victoria Belbin

It’s no secret the once red hot economy, which saw trucks fly off car lots and new homes rise faster than Nan’s homemade bread, has cooled considerably in recent years in Newfoundland and Labrador. But while people are hesitant to build a new house, they are quite content to fix up what they already own. “New home starts are down but the renovation and repair sector is thriving — it’s still a billion dollar industry,” the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of N.L.’s CEO Victoria Belbin said. …”We call it the HGTV effect,” Belbin said …”We’re promoting the finger joint,” said Mike Stevenson, a Brunswick Valley Lumber employee who represents Sexton Lumber. …Stevenson believes Sexton Lumber is only place in the province making this product. Finger jointing required specialized equipment shipped in from Europe to make it.

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Forestry

Three wishes for the North: number three

By David Robinson, Laurentian University
Northern Ontario Business
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

David Robinson

Remember the game. Doug Ford is a good fairy and he has offered the North three wishes. For the first, I showed how to increase value-added from the forestry sector. For wish two, I suggested that the research and educational facilities that support our Northern industries should be located in the North. We have one wish left. Let’s ask to run our own schools. …If you were the minister of education for Northern Ontario, you would have two clear goals. You would want to prepare Northern kids to succeed anywhere they go. And you would want to give them the knowledge they need to contribute to the growth and development of Northern Ontario. We clearly fail on this second goal. How many kids graduating in Northern Ontario know anything about native trees, let alone the forest industry? 

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Can Ontario’s Endangered Wildlife Survive Doug Ford?

By Reykia Fick, Greenpeace Forest campaigner
The Huff
March 19, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Humanity has caused populations of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles to decline by 60 per cent since 1970. …Here in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford… is preparing to change the province’s Endangered Species Act, the legislation created to protect our most at-risk plants and animals. But Ford’s review doesn’t have a goal to reverse the startling drop in Ontario’s animal and plant species, or to better enforce the law. Instead, the review’s discussion paper describes the supposed inconvenience of the legislation itself, stating that “authorization processes can create significant administrative burdens and delays.” …Specific logging and other industrial projects have enjoyed sweeping exemptions from the ESA’s strict requirements since 2013. …Yet rather than close loopholes for big businesses, Ford looks to be preparing to further weaken the rules for industry.

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Wildfire season officially underway

By Ian Fairclough
The Truro Daily
March 17, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Burning now restricted depending on time of day and conditions. These warming days don’t just signal the coming of spring. The Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry kicked off fire season Friday. That means restricted hours and conditions under which someone can have open fires or burn branches and similar debris in their yards are now in effect. …Anyone wanting to burn large piles must contact the department and get a permit. Last year, 190 wildfires burned 251 hectares of forest across the province. That was significantly lower than the more than 700 hectares in each of the previous two years. Although there were high temperatures and not much rain last summer, high humidity helped keep the fire losses down. And while there wasn’t much snow this winter, the province’s supervisor of fire management, Jim Rudderham, is hoping for a wet spring to ease the risk of early season fires.

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Mi’kmaq to control 20,000 hectares of Crown land in forestry pilot project

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
March 17, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A pilot project announced Friday will turn over planning and management of about 20,000 hectares of Crown land to Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq. The three-year deal gives the Mi’kmaw Forestry Initiative control over a parcel of Crown land near St. Croix in Hants County and another straddling Digby and Annapolis counties. “The goal of this initiative is to create a mechanism of co-operation and interaction with the province and private forestry operators,” said Rod Googoo, chief of We’koqma’q in Cape Breton and forestry lead for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. During the announcement in Halifax, Googoo said the chiefs had been pushing for access to Crown land since the province bought the former Bowater-Mersey lands in 2012. The goal, he said, is to develop forestry expertise amongst the Mi’kmaw in the fields of management, harvesting and silviculture. 

A similar story by Jean Larocheran in the CBC News – Mi’kmaw communities gain control of forest lands in three-year project

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Nova Scotia to become first province to regulate biodiversity

By Michael Gorman
CBC News
March 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Iain Rankin

The provincial government is taking the first steps to better protect biodiversity in Nova Scotia. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin tabled the Biodiversity Act on Thursday. The move is something requested in the independent review of forest practices. The act will help manage threats to ecosystems and better protect wild species, said Rankin. It closes gaps where the Wildlife Act, Endangered Species Act and other legislation might not have applied, he said. In particular, Rankin said the bill would better protect invertebrates, plants and their ecosystems along with species before they become endangered. “We needed something proactive to help keep common species common.”

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Ontario Woodlot Association holding 26th conference and AGM

The Belleville Intelligencer
March 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Woodlot Association will hold its 26th Annual Woodlot Conference and Annual General Meeting April 4 and 5 in Cobourg. …The event opener on Thursday, April 4 is a tour of the Northumberland County Forest guided by Todd Farrell, County Forest Manager. …The Ontario Woodlot Association, through its network of Chapters across the province… ensure the viability of private land forests in southern Ontario… promote sustainable forestry management and advocate on behalf of woodlot owners.

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Canada to host international summit to accelerate nature protection

By Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
March 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – Nature is our most precious resource. Across the globe, people are waking up to the fact that we need to do more to protect our nature and its biodiversity – the animals, plants, and wilderness that we value and rely on. Canada is taking action, making historic investments in conservation and doubling the amount of nature we protect across our lands and oceans. But this is a global problem that requires a global solution. By bringing global champions of nature together, we can find the innovative solutions that the world needs. Today, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that Canada will host a Nature Champions Summit in Montréal, from April 24 to 25, 2019, to ramp up global action to protect nature.

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Grand chief joins wood rights debate

By Mike Aiken
Kenora Online
March 11, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Treaty 3 Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh … calls for the province to link resource benefits and rights to those living in the area. “All people in Treaty 3 territory should be concerned by the prospect of a single corporation being allowed to take steps to consolidate its control over a forest it does not own,” said the grand chief… “Our traditional law calls for the use of our resources to be authorized by the Anishinaabe people, which is a clear reflection of the principle of free, prior and informed consent. Our law also requires that our natural resources return economic support and benefit to those who live in our territory. The grand chief was reacting to the ongoing debate over the future of the Fort Frances mill and the wood rights for the Crossroute forest. …Municipal leaders have been lobbying … to get the province to link the mill with the wood rights.

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Up from the ashes

By Monte Sonnenberg
Simcoe Reformer
March 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ron Casier

DELHI – Foresters in southern Ontario are not ready to give up on ash trees just yet. The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) has asked woodlot owners to report the rare ash trees that survived the passage of the emerald ash borer several years ago. The goal is to collect seed for the eventual regeneration of ash in southern Ontario and other areas the pest devastated. “That would count as a best practice,” Norfolk County arborist Adam Biddle said this week at the annual general meeting of the Norfolk Woodlot Owners Association in Delhi. “Any time you’re faced with the extinction of a tree species, the best thing to do is try to preserve the genetics.” Working in partnership with the Canadian Forest Service’s National Tree Seed Centre, FGCA has collected seed in southern Ontario from trees that withstood the ash borer onslaught.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canadian biomass delegation seeking Swedish export partners

Northern Ontario Business
March 18, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Canadian delegation of innovators in the biomass market will search out new export partners during a trip to Sweden this April. Biomass North Development Centre, based in North Bay, will lead the envoy, which will first attend the World Bio Markets forum in Amsterdam, April 1-3. This year’s conference is focused on the theme Commercializing the Bio-Based Value Chain. The delegation will continue on to Stockholm, Sweden, to participate in business-to-business meetings with potential export partners on April 4, followed by a day of site tours on April 5. “We are eager to bring Canadian innovation to the global market,” said Dawn Lambe, executive director of Biomass North Development Centre, in a March 18 news release.

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Bruce County leads the way as first community forest to sign up for development of forest carbon offset project

By Astrid Nielsen
Eastern Ontario Model Forest
March 12, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO — Last year, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) partnered with Bluesource Canada to help forest certification members such as Bruce County navigate through the complexity of carbon credit development, verification and marketing. In the partnership, the EOMF and Bluesource Canada provide guidance to those community forests that are interested in pursuing the opportunity.  Bruce County has a long history of sustainable forest management. In the early to mid-1900’s, the County began purchasing privately owned lands that were devastated by over harvesting or land clearing. These marginal lands were replanted mainly with conifers (evergreens) and managed to promote a natural forest condition, consisting of both hardwoods and conifers. In 2017 Bruce County achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® C01880) through the EOMF. 

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Bruce County signs landmark forestry partnership deal

iHeartRadio
March 7, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The County of Bruce has announced a new and innovative partnership with Bluesource Canada that will make the County part of the solution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Bluesource Canada is the leading carbon offset developer in North America and is recognized as such by clients and industry peers in the Environmental Finance rankings. It has the forestry and market expertise to help evaluate options for forest owner across North American carbon markets and project types, and develop and monetize the offsets on their behalf. Warden Mitch Twolan stated that “The County is the first public sector forest owner in the Province of Ontario to respond to this global climate crisis in this way, and we are proud of our meaningful response to the international rally cry from the 2015 Paris Accord”. The County has a long history of sustainable forest management.

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Health & Safety

J.D. Irving fined $80K in 2016 death of Sussex sawmill worker

By Rachel Cave
CBC News
March 20, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry giant J.D. Irving Ltd. says it takes full responsibility for the death of 52-year-old William Gregg, a veteran sawmill worker who suffered a fatal accident while working overtime on Feb. 29, 2016. The company entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Saint John provincial court to violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act. …The company admitted in court that it failed to ensure that Gregg complied with the legislative requirements by locking out and ensuring the chipper machine was in a zero energy state when he attempted to dislodge the logjam. …The fact that the company pleaded guilty was accepted by the court as a mitigating circumstance.

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