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Feds Urged To Reach New Softwood Deal

89.5 the Lake
November 13, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stephen Boon

Even though Canada and the United States have reached a new trade deal, 20% softwood lumber tariffs remain in place. Unifor Local National representative Stephen Boon is urging the Canadian government to continue pressing the Trump administration to remove the tariffs. Boon says “we definitely need to get that corrected and I know that’s being processed under Chapter 19 of the new NAFTA deal that has a dispute mechanism where it’s clearly not legal under the rules.” Fortunately, Boon says right now actual mills are still doing fine despite the duties. He says lumber prices are at historic levels, housing starts are at record highs and the Canadian dollar remains in the high 70 cent range.

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500 forestry workers to vote on new collective agreement

Thunder Bay News Watch
November 12, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN, ON — The ratification process begins this week for a proposed collective agreement for members of Unifor who work in Domtar’s pulp mill at Dryden and in the woodlands operations. The tentative agreement with the company affects 500 employees and three Unifor locals. Union national representative Stephen Boon says details will be released after voting is complete next week, but adds that the contract does “achieve Unifor’s Eastern Canada Pulp and Paper Pattern.” The pattern was established in May with a new four-year collective agreement between Unifor and Resolute Forest Products. …Final voting on the agreement will take place on Nov. 20. The union’s last contract with Domtar expired on August 31, 2018.

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Nova Scotia premier asks fishermen to end blockade of Northern Pulp survey boats

By Michael Tutton
Canadian Press in Globe and Mail
November 8, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s premier says he’s hoping fishermen end a blockade of survey boats hired to examine a route for an undersea effluent pipeline, but he has no plans to extend the company’s deadline. Stephen McNeil said Thursday he’d advise fishermen to let the seismic research in the Northumberland Strait take place because it’s a lawful activity. …. Then the ongoing public consultation will have to take place as to what will be or wouldn’t be,” the premier said. However, he also said it’s up the Northern Pulp mill near Pictou, N.S., to decide whether to call in the RCMP to end the blockade. …A spokesperson for Paper Excellence Canada, the Richmond, B.C., company which owns the pulp mill, has said the survey data would be of interest to various parties, and that it will work with authorities to ensure the safety of all involved.

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Residents fear for wetlands, watercourses after reviewing Irving gypsum mine proposal

By Connell Smith
CBC News
November 8, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW BRUNSWICK — People in the Upham area are poring over environmental impact assessments documents on a gypsum mine proposal for the rural community. The proposal by Hammond River Holdings, a J.D. Irving Ltd. company, would see an open-pit gypsum mine set up on a 60-hectare property… about 100 metres from the Hammond River. According to the documents, the gypsum rock will be extracted by blasting and then crushed on site. Runoff water from the site would be directed to either a settling pond or a sump pit and then to two streams flowing to the river after suspended sediments have settled. …Construction would begin in the spring of next year with gypsum operations starting by late 2019. [Wallboard and construction plaster are the primary industrial uses of gypsum]

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Mishaps put spotlight on Irving family’s relationship with Saint John, N.B.

The Canadian Press in The Chronicle Herald
November 8, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Irvings of New Brunswick are facing renewed scrutiny after a major industrial accident at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John and three guilty pleas from Irving Pulp and Paper for polluting the Saint John River. The sudden spate of bad publicity has drawn into sharp focus the delicate relationship between the Irving group of companies and the 69,000 residents of Saint John. The Irvings are one of the city’s largest employers, and the family’s privately owned companies are thought to be worth about $8 billion. The city’s mayor, Don Darling, has said Saint John’s large industrial base comes with risks, and he has called for a broader discussion about the relationship between residents and industry. …Emma Seamone, spokeswoman for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, said there isn’t enough scrutiny of the Irvings’ businesses because the family owns all of the English-language daily newspapers in the province.

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‘Stop it at all costs’: The blockade of Northern Pulp Mill continues

By Alexander Quon
Global News
November 6, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The blockade of a pulp mill in Nova Scotia continued on Tuesday with fisherman from the surrounding area of Pictou, N.S., saying they’ll do whatever it takes to stop a controversial waste pipe.  For the second day in a row, fishermen have successfully rebuffed a survey ship from leaving Boat Harbour in an attempt to chart a route for the planned effluent pipe, which would carry waste away from the Northern Pulp mill into the Northumberland Strait. “We were hoping it wasn’t going to come to this, but apparently it is and we’re ready to do whatever we have to do,” said Darryl Bowen, 48, a fisherman from Caribou, N.S., taking part in the blockade. …“Our livelihoods are at stake here. If they destroy the ecosystem of the Northumberland Strait, we’re done for generations,” Bowen said.

 

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Irving pollution fine will not go to Irving non-profit

By Connell Smith
CBC News
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lawyers for the Crown and defence have backed away from a controversial joint recommendation in a pollution case involving Irving Pulp and Paper. The revised deal accepted Monday by Judge David Walker will see $1.1 million in penalties directed to the Canadian Rivers Institute. Under the original proposal, the fine would have been paid to CAST, a non-profit company co-created and chaired by Jim Irving. Irving is co-CEO of Irving Pulp and Paper’s parent company, a fact that led to claims there would be at least a perception of conflict of interest if the fine, meant to be punitive, was directed to an organization controlled and funded by Irving. …Irving Pulp and Paper will also be added to the federal Environmental Offenders Registry.

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Strong quarter in forestry

By Mike Aiken
KenoraOnline
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry companies in the district are reporting increased earnings for the third quarter of 2018. Domtar, which has a mill in Dryden, has reported net earnings of $99 million dollars for the third-quarter. This is up from $70 million for the same quarter last year, or $43 million for the second quarter of 2018. “Our strong performance was driven by accelerating price realizations and margin expansion, particularly, within our Pulp and Paper businesses. Our operations also ran exceptionally well, despite some weather-related outages, with productivity gains across the mill system,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have strong momentum to close the year on a high note, and the confidence that our Pulp and Paper businesses will enter 2019 in the best position in recent years,” Williams continued. Weyerhaeuser reported earnings of $255 million last quarter, compared with $130 million in 2017 or $317 million for the second quarter of 2018.

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Pictou officials learned of Northern Pulp pipe route from media reports

By Michal Gorman
CBC News
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Representatives for the town of Pictou, N.S., did not learn the proposed route for a new effluent pipe from Northern Pulp would cross their watershed until the plan was made public in media reports. Officials from the pulp mill met with Pictou Landing First Nation officials and fishermen’s associations several weeks ago to detail the new proposed route after problems were discovered with the original route. …Both proposed plans from the mill — the original and the subsequent “Plan B” — have drawn criticism and opposition. …Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan said the town’s problems with the plan only grew when officials learned Plan B… would also cross the town’s watershed and the Caribou wellfield, a source of domestic drinking water for the town and some people in the immediate area.

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Nova Scotia fishermen to block Northern Pulp boat from entering Northumberland Strait

The Canadian Press in The Globe and Mail
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of Northumberland Strait fishermen say they will block a survey boat hired by the Northern Pulp mill from entering the strait to do work on a proposed new route for an effluent pipe. …However, a spokeswoman for Northern Pulp said the survey vessel isn’t currently in the water, and that the company doesn’t plan on doing anything that will jeopardize the safety of its contractor’s employees. Kathy Cloutier, director of communications at the mill’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada, said… there have been discussions over the past week between Northern Pulp, contract survey crew and leadership of fisheries groups.” …Paper Excellence, of Richmond, B.C., has said the mill and its 300 employees will be out of work unless it can build a pipeline to the strait.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces cabinet shuffle months into mandate

Canadian Press in CTV News
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

John Yakabuski

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford shuffled his cabinet Monday just months after taking the reins of the province, a significant and unexpected restructuring that followed the resignation of one of his top ministers. The move — which saw six Progressive Conservative legislators reassigned — was announced in a release Monday morning, prompting suggestions from critics that Ford’s government was struggling, and calls for the premier to explain his decision. Ford did not give reasons for the new appointments but said in the statement that the shuffle would help his government achieve its goals. …John Yakabuski, who served as transportation minister, will become minister of natural resources and forestry. Jeff Yurek, who held the natural resources portfolio, will take on the transportation file.

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Irving Pulp & Paper Limited sentenced to pay $3.5 million penalty for three Fisheries Act offences and commits to construct new effluent treatment facility

By Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT JOHN – The effective and strict enforcement of Canadian environmental and wildlife protection legislation is one way that Environment and Climate Change Canada meets its commitment to maintaining clean air and water and protecting wildlife and their habitats. On November 5, 2018, Irving Pulp & Paper Limited was sentenced in the New Brunswick Provincial Court in Saint Johnand ordered to pay a $3.5 million penalty in connection with three offences under the pollution prevention provisions of the federal Fisheries Act. The company pleaded guilty on October 9, 2018. The fine is one of the largest penalties to be levied in Canada as a result of an environmental violation. Of the total fine, $2.34 million will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. The remaining $1.16 million will be directed to the University of New Brunswick, with the funds to be used by the University’s Canadian Rivers Institute…

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Cleanup continues after effluent pipe leak at Nova Scotia pulp mill: minister

The Canadian Press in the Chronicle Herald
November 1, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A faulty pipe that caused an effluent leak at the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County last month has been repaired, but the cleanup process will require more time, Nova Scotia’s environment minister said Thursday. Margaret Miller said she doesn’t know at this point how large an area was affected by the spill or how many litres of effluent leaked from the pipe. But Miller said the leak is smaller than one that occurred in 2014. “It was only a fraction of what the last spill was,” said Miller. The company has said it was first notified of the leak on Oct. 21, a day after the mill began its annual maintenance shutdown. Miller said her department is continuing to investigate. “We’ve had staff there on a continual basis,” said Miller. “We will continue to follow up.” 

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Lumber Market Crash Is Probably Over, Resolute Forest Says

By Jen Skerritt
Bloomberg
November 1, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The plunge in lumber prices is probably over, Resolute Forest Products Inc. Chief Executive Officer Yves Laflamme said in an interview. The market is “close” to a bottom, though prices probably won’t rebound to this year’s highs, Laflamme said. Last week, lumber futures tumbled to a 28-month low and have plunged 50 percent from the record in May. That spurred Interfor Corp. to announce plans to reduce output by 20 percent at its British Columbia sawmills. Canfor Corp. on Thursday said it will to cut production 10 percent in British Columbia in the fourth quarter. Montreal-based Resolute reduced shifts at some mills in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Quebec to adjust log inventory, Laflamme said in the telephone interview. “That’s the way we’re managing right now, and if we need to do more, we’ll do more,” he said.

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Norbord Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

By Norbord Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 1, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $211 million for the third quarter of 2018 versus $200 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $273 million in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year improvement is primarily due to higher European panel prices and North American shipment volumes, while the quarter-over-quarter decrease is due to lower North American oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $190 million compared to $184 million in the same quarter last year and $256 million in the prior quarter. European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $23 million versus $14 millionin same quarter last year and $21 million in the prior quarter. “Our third quarter results reflect another excellent quarter for Norbord,” said Peter Wijnbergen, Norbord’s President and CEO.

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Resolute Reports Record Preliminary Third Quarter 2018 Results and Declares Special Dividend

By Resolute Forest Products Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 1, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, of $117 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, compared to $24 million, or $0.26per share, in the same period in 2017. Sales were $974 million in the quarter, an increase of $89 million from the year-ago period. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $96 million, or $1.03 per share, compared to $31 million, or $0.34 per share, in the third quarter of 2017. “Our best pulp quarter combined with continued positive market dynamics for paper helped offset the effects of a weaker lumber market, leading to another quarter of record results and a further reduction in leverage. Our continued focus on improving operational performance also resulted in a notable increase in the profitability of our specialty papers business,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

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Tensions around Northern Pulp have local MP ‘deeply concerned’

By Michael Gorman
CBC News
October 29, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser says he’s “deeply concerned” about what could happen in his riding as tensions continue to escalate around the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County, N.S. Last week, fishermen from the community confronted a survey boat contracted by the mill to gather data. Eventually the boat returned to shore. Fishermen have said they’d be monitoring the boat and prevent it from doing work. As the pulp mill prepares to submit its proposal to the Nova Scotia government for a new effluent treatment facility, one that would see treated wastewater find its way into the Northumberland Strait, divisions have deepened in the area as people pick sides between supporting the mill, its future and the corresponding jobs, and supporting the fishermen, Pictou Landing First Nation, the environment and tourism. Fraser said he gets calls to his office on a “near daily basis” from people on both sides of the issue.

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Chapleau is ground zero for gov’t funding

Northern Ontario Business
October 29, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Amarjeet Sohi

Being clean and green helped Goldcorp land $5 million from federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi. …Sohi then delivered $743,000 to the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum to promote Indigenous participation in forestry-related business opportunities. According to a government news release, the regional chiefs’ Conservation Economy Strategy is a cornerstone for forest sector economic development in member communities, including Missanabie Cree, Brunswick House, Michipicoten and Pic Mobert First Nations. …Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief Jason Gauthier said the work they’ve done over the last three years is moving from an incubation phase toward “developing a conservation economy.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SWISS KRONO launches NAF particleboard using EcoSynthetix’ DuraBind

By EcoSynthetix Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 6, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

BURLINGTON, ON – EcoSynthetix Inc., a renewable chemicals company that produces a portfolio of commercially proven bio-based products, today announced that the SWISS KRONO GROUP has launched a new No-Added Formaldehyde particleboard using EcoSynthetix’ DuraBind™ binder. The SWISS KRONO GROUP is one of the world’s leading wood-based panel manufacturers. The launch is SWISS KRONO’s latest innovation in the particleboard sector, known as NAF Solution, a new certified panel without adding formaldehyde. The certification meets the highest quality and ecological standards for wood-based materials and is further proof of the attention that SWISS KRONO addresses to sustainability and respect for the environment. “This is an exciting step in our commercialization strategy for DuraBind. SWISS KRONO is one of the world’s largest and most innovative manufacturers of wood-based panels, and an industry leader in its approach toward sustainability,” said Jeff MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of EcoSynthetix. 

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Mass Timber Institute Officially Launched

The Working Forest
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Anne Koven

The Mass Timber Institute officially launched on October 30 with an industry leaders’ collaboration event held at their offices at 110 Yonge Street in Toronto. Key industry leaders from education and industry participated in this collaboration to help propel the mass timber industry forward. In her welcome address, Anne Koven, director of the Mass Timber Institute spoke about the role MTI can play to push the industry ahead and how MTI can help the industry get access to so much more of the research that has been done. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and a Forester, Koven said coming into the Mass Timber Institute has been a “surprise for me that I am enjoying very much as I Learn about your industry. …“We plan to expand the Mass Timber Institute nationally and eventually internationally.

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Newfoundland couple horrified to find their hardwood floors bugged — well, beetled

CBC News
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tina and Brian Neary’s [hardwood floors] are coated in a thin layer of sawdust, forever regenerating itself … due to what they say is an infestation of powderpost beetles: tiny woodboring insects… And the Nearys said it all began with flooring purchased at Costco and manufactured by J. Sonic, a company based in St. Laurent, Que. “The entirety of every room in our house is infested,” she said. …They called a pest control company, who determined it was a true powderpost beetle infestation… the beetle’s larvae can spend up to five years maturing below the surface of the wood until they’ve fully developed [then they emerge by] boring telltale tiny holes up through the surface of the wood, and leaving …sawdust in their wake. …She wrote J. Sonic with “a request to just cover simply our [replacement and extermination] costs,” she said. “We truly thought that it would end there.”

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Automated Nail Laminated Timber process saves time, cost for timber builds

By Patricia Williams
The Daily Commercial News
November 6, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

With several installations under its belt, Timmerman Timberworks has opted to automate fabrication of nail-laminated timber (NLT) panels. The firm, based in New Lowell, Ont., near Barrie, is reportedly the only company in Canada to have done so. It is currently installing panels at 80 Atlantic Ave. in Toronto, the first new timber-frame commercial building to be constructed in the city in a generation. “Fabricating NLT panels by hand is quite labour-intensive,” says Timmerman president Michael Krans, “and much of the work is repetitive, so automating the process makes sense from a cost-of-labour perspective. …Krans said he believes the release last year of a NLT Canadian design and construction guide will help pave the way for more such projects in this country. …The guide was co-edited by architecture and design firm Perkins+Will and structural engineering firm Fast + Epp.

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The 50th Annual Meeting of the IRGWP to be held in Québec City next May

FPInnovations Blog
November 1, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

FPInnovations is proud to invite you to join the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, to be held in Québec City, Canada from May 12-16, 2019. The International Research Group on Wood Protection is the leading global organization for the dissemination of scientific information on wood protection technologies. FPInnovations will be holding an important part in the organization of the event with many staff members in the organizing committee. The organizing committee is chaired by Rod Stirling, …current member of the IRG Executive Council. …The IRG scientific program committee is currently working on the meeting program; in addition to regular submissions, participants are invited to submit papers for the Knowledge transfer in the wood protection sector and Mass timber – Protecting its potential special sessions.

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‘Tall timber’ developments take a star turn in Toronto

By John Lorinc
The Globe and Mail
October 29, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

On a site tour earlier this month of Toronto’s first substantial “tall timber” project, the developer, Jeff Hull of Hullmark Developments, good-naturedly encouraged visitors to hug the columns – should they feel so inclined. …It’s not difficult to see why: After years of eager hype… Hullmark, with partner Bentall Kennedy, has become the first Toronto developer to hack through the regulatory and commercial underbrush to produce a building constructed with these materials. …This project hides all the building systems between the floors, which means all those huggable wooden beams and columns will be fully visible, Mr. Witt says. …Despite Canada’s vast forests, only a handful of mills produce these kinds of wood products, which means developers and subcontractors such as Timmerman need very long lead times to secure their supply. …What’s more… there aren’t many structural engineers and architects in the Toronto region with the necessary experience and expertise.

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Forestry

Tree Canada looks for support to replace trees destroyed by tornadoes

By Bruce Deachman
Ottawa Citizen
November 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tree Canada, a national not-for-profit tree-planting charity, is hoping to replace as many trees as possible in the Ottawa-Gatineau area following the devastation caused by the half dozen tornadoes that touched down in the area almost eight weeks ago. The organization’s #OperationReLeaf program is working in conjunction with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau to provide funding for homeowners, landowners and institutions to replace destroyed trees. To reach that goal, Tree Canada is encouraging individuals and businesses to make donations. An estimated 1,500 trees in Ottawa were destroyed in the Sept. 21 tornadoes, while a spokesperson for Tree Canada says the group hopes to plant about 500 trees, approximately one for each affected property.

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Ontario’s beech trees are facing a slow demise. Here’s why

CBC News
November 12, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s beech trees are slowly being consumed by a disease that’s been on a steady march through the province for decades, experts say. Beech bark disease comes as a two-part attack. First, a small insect burrows into the tree. Then a fungus takes over, slowly rotting the tree and causing it to die. ​”After the insect has moved through, then the fungus will follow and cause the cankers on the tree,” said Sylvia Greifenhagen, a research forester with Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. “When you get enough of these killing cankers in the bark, the tree will die.” The disease has been relatively slow moving, arriving in Canada in the 1890s and gradually spreading through the Maritimes, Quebec and now Ontario. Greifenhagen said the ministry has research plots across the province to track the disease’s movement. In some cases, it’s already taken a considerable number of trees.

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‘So many bears:’ Draft plan says Nunavut polar bear numbers unsafe

The Canadian Press in the Cape Breton Post
November 12, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn’t yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking. The proposed plan — which is to go to public hearings in Iqaluit on Tuesday — says that growing bear numbers are increasingly jeopardizing public safety and it’s time Inuit knowledge drove management policy. “Inuit believe there are now so many bears that public safety has become a major concern,” says the document, the result of four years of study and public consultation. “Public safety concerns, combined with the effects of polar bears on other species, suggest that in many Nunavut communities, the polar bear may have exceeded the co-existence threshold.” …The plan leans heavily on Inuit knowledge, which yields population estimates higher than those suggested by western science for almost all of the 13 included bear populations.

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It Takes A Billboard to Raise Forestry Awareness

By Forests Ontario
Cision Newswire
November 9, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KENORA, ON – Today, government, private sector and not-for-profit stakeholders gathered in Northwestern Ontario to promote a recent billboard developed under the province-wide It Takes A Forest public awareness initiative. Greg Rickford, MPP Kenora-Rainy River, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, and Dave Canfield, Mayor of Kenora, joined Erik Holmstrom, Ontario Timberlands Manager of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited and Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario in front of the billboard to acknowledge the pivotal role that the forest sector and sustainably managed forests play in the economic, social, and environmental well-being of local communities. Representing a collaborative effort of over 40 organizations, the It Takes A Forest initiative is designed to increase public awareness of the management of Ontario’s forests through the dissemination of fact-based information. The initiative aims to reach Ontarians across the province with the message that forests are central to our lives.

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First Nations helping to drive natural resource development

Northern Ontario Business
November 6, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Contrary to mainstream media reports, numerous First Nation communities have embraced natural resources development in mining, forestry and energy projects to improve their quality of life, according to a report by a Quebec public policy think tank. While there’s been First Nation opposition on projects like pipeline expansion, a new research paper by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) indicates many others wish to take advantage of the resulting wealth and jobs. “First Nations are far from being unanimously opposed to development,” said Germain Bezile, author of a research paper entitled The First Entrepreneurs – Natural Resource Development and First Nations. “Things have changed a lot in the past 25 years.”

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DEMO 2020 prep underway outside of Ottawa

By Scott jamieson
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
November 5, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada
The industry advisory committee helping to organize DEMO International 2020 got its first peek at the active logging site just north of Ottawa/Gatineau, and early indicators are very positive. DEMO 2020 will be held September 24-26 on land belonging to SBC Cedar, a family-owned manufacturer of eastern white cedar products. The 3.5-km DEMO loop is on the Low Property within the company’s 360-ha Venosta forest, and boasts gently rolling and well-drained terrain, and just about every wood type available in this part of the world. …The harvesting prescriptions for the live demos will include a mix of partial cutting and clearcut, all part of the landowner’s directive to improve the area’s value for the local white tail deer population.

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FPInnovations and partners make history in forestry truck platooning

FPInnovations Blog
November 2, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FPInnovations and its partners took truck platooning research a giant step further this week and earned a spot in history by successfully road testing the emerging technology in the deep forests of Quebec in the first trial of its kind in Canada. The day-long trial took place in Rivière-aux-Rats, Quebec and signals the beginning of a transformation of the forest transportation industry on a scale not seen in decades. It could also solve the chronic issue of a skilled-driver shortage that’s plagued the industry for years and shows no signs of abating. The tests involved two platooned trucks hauling logging trailers on resource roads between a Resolute Forest Products saw mill and the company’s logging site 75 km away. Drivers were at the wheels of the trucks but in the future, only the lead truck will have a driver and the following trucks will be fully automated.

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Ministry of Natural Resources ends busy forest fire season

By Doug Diaczuk
The Thunder Bay News Watch
November 4, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Several large forest fires burning close to populated areas and roadways across Northwestern Ontario made for a busy forest fire season for Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry crews, but the situation was even worse in remote areas. The 2018 fire season officially came to an end on Oct. 31 and according to the MNRF, the Northwest Region accounted for 213,695 hectares or 77 per cent of total hectares affected by wildfires in 2018. Of the 1,325 fires that burned province-wide, 839 were located in the Northwest region, easily outstripping the 10-year average for all fires across the province of 756. …The largest fire, Nipigon 30, burned east of the community of Nibinamik and grew to a size of 32,850.5 hectares.

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Fire losses down in N.S. forests

By Ian Fairclough
The Chronicle Herald
November 4, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It may have been a hot summer, but fire losses in Nova Scotia’s forests were down in 2018. There were 190 wildfires across the province as of Oct. 31, with only 251 hectares burned. While the number is up slightly from the 174 in 2017, “what was surprising this year, for most of us, was the amount of area that was burned,” said Kara McCurdy, a fire prevention officer with the province’s department of lands and forestry. “It hasn’t been that low in a long time.” There were more than 700 hectares lost in each of the previous two years, and more than 500 in 2015. She said one of the biggest contributing factors was the humidity.

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Local teachers learn about forestry

By Ryan Forbes
Kenora Online
November 2, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Twenty-four teachers from across the region were able to learn more about the forestry sector recently, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Lake of the Woods Section. This was the second annual tour.  Teachers from the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board and the Kenora Catholic District School Board were able to participate in classroom sessions led by forestry professionals. The sessions focused on forest management planning, the science of forestry, legislation, forest certification and operations. “There are very few opportunities like this across Canada and we are so proud to be hosting this event in Northwestern Ontario”, says Maddie Kennedy, Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Vice Chair for the Lake of the Woods Section.

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Thoroughbred program grows super trees in central Newfoundland

By Leigh Anne Power
CBC News
November 4, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scientists in Central Newfoundland are having great success with a thoroughbred breeding program. It’s not, as you might guess, about race horses or show dogs. These guys are producing super … trees. Ever since Barry Linehan, who manages the provincial government’s Centre for Agriculture and Forestry Development in Wooddale, was in school, he dreamed of growing a bigger, better version of the trees made by Mother Nature. These days, his dream is coming true. “So, we started in the early ’80s …Technical staff combed thousands and thousands of stands looking for these fast-growing trees, large diameter, small branches, which would mean better quality lumber. Trees that had no sign of disease and straight.” …The goal is to produce 40 per cent more wood. That would mean 40 per cent more viable timber for building, less land use and easier access for harvesters.

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Free-for-all in the forest

By Stephen Joudrey, South Shore Wildlife Association
The Chronicle Herald
November 2, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As president of a wildlife association… in southwest Nova Scotia, I’d like to express our grave concern over the destructive waste of current logging practices that are supported by our government. Wood-harvesting has gone from a very controlled, sustainable industry that respected our ecosystems to massive assaults on our landscape — leaving barren wastelands subject to adverse erosion, silt runoffs and contamination of adjacent watercourses, causing displacement of thousands of birds, reptiles and other wildlife, and resulting in the destruction and loss of fragile flora, old-growth forests and pristine scenic beauty. …We simply ask for a return to common-sense logging practices, and for compassion toward our natural resources.

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Ontario just finished one of the most active wildfire seasons in province history

By Ainsley Smith
Daily Hive
October 31, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Forest Fires has confirmed that there are no longer any active forest fires in the province, bringing an end to this year’s wildfire season — a season unlike anything Ontario has experienced in over a decade. According to the province, there were more than 1,325 wildfires in central and northern Ontario this year, making 2018 one of the “busiest fire seasons” in the province’s history. In 2017, there were only 776 forest fires. To successfully combat the blazes and ensure the safety of Ontarians, the provincial government provided an additional $100 million in funding. “We recognized the real threat these fires posed to the public, and to the communities and private property in the affected areas, and we took action to respond immediately,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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McNeil silent on forestry review as clearcutters rev engines

Letter by Brad Armstrong, Friends of Nature
The Chronicle Herald
October 31, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recently, a loud noise was heard coming from Province House in Halifax… the basement door being slammed shut on another government report — the Lahey forestry review. Just kidding. …Clearcutting on our Crown land base still continues on a daily basis. …Has the Department of Lands and Forestry not listened to anything in the last 50 years in terms of doing what the taxpayers have asked for — which is to responsibly manage the forests on our Crown/public lands? …The public has a right to know what our government is going to do in terms of implementing the Lahey report. The silence is deafening!

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change will heat up cities and rural areas differently

By Emily Chung
CBC News
November 13, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Climate change isn’t the only thing that will be heating up cities in the future — urbanization hikes temperatures too. A new study led by a University of Guelph researcher looks at… whether it’s possible to design urban areas to mitigate the heating from both effects. For example, roofs could be built with reflective materials that bounce solar energy back into space. …And cities could plant more trees along streets to reduce the amount of heat stored by roads. They found that if those measures were applied consistently across entire cities while cutting greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate change, daytime temperatures could be kept in check. …The only things that made a small difference to nighttime temperatures were green roofs, and switching from building materials like concrete, brick and asphalt to materials that don’t absorb heat well, such as wood.

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MIT expert: Carbon-neutral biomass ‘accounting fraud’

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
November 5, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

It takes more than 30 tractor-trailer loads of wood a day to feed Nova Scotia Power’s Port Hawkesbury biomass plant. But according to the province’s new cap-and-trade carbon-pricing plan, nothing comes out of the facility’s stacks. The plan classifies biomass as a carbon-neutral way to create electricity or heat. The province is taking its cue from federal government policy. …The problem is that a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases come out of a biomass plant. …“It’s an accounting fiction,” John Sterman, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, said of the carbon neutrality of biomass. …According to Statistics Canada, exports of wood pellets for biomass from this country nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, when 2.4 million tonnes were shipped primarily to the United Kingdom. …British Columbia was responsible for 65 per cent of our exports.

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