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Concerned groups urge N.S. to reject mill’s plan to pump effluent into strait

Canadian Press in CTV News
November 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU, N.S. — The Northern Pulp mill’s plan to pump treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait lacks information and minimizes the risk to fishing grounds in the vicinity, a coalition of groups said Tuesday as they urged the Nova Scotia government to reject the proposal. The Town of Pictou, Pictou Landing First Nation, fishermen from across the Maritimes and the environmental group Friends of the Northumberland Strait voiced their concerns during a news conference in Pictou, N.S. They were responding to a required focus report the mill submitted to the provincial Environment Department in early October that proposed pumping up to 85 million litres of treated effluent into the strait daily. Jill Graham-Scanlan of Friends of the Northumberland Strait said …the report… lacked critical information and didn’t meet the department’s terms of reference. …Northern Pulp said Tuesday it looks forward to a “positive outcome” to the Environment Department’s review of the company’s focus report.

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Northern Pulp question won’t be ‘speculative’ much longer

By Jim Vibert
The Cape Breton Post
November 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Within a few short weeks, the question won’t be “speculative” anymore, and Nova Scotia’s Liberal government will have to fish or cut wood. Northern Pulp’s new effluent treatment plan – replacing Boat Harbour which, by law, is scheduled to shut down at the end of January – is winding its way through the provincial environmental assessment process.  We’ll know on or before Dec. 13 whether it meets the province’s environmental standards, but the smart money says the mill will get the necessary approval to proceed. …Northern Pulp’s plan to treat the mill’s effluent on site and then pipe the wastewater into the Northumberland Strait doesn’t sit well with fisherfolk…The province’s forestry sector says the mill’s closure would wreak havoc across their entire industry… The provincial government is on the horns of a dilemma. …The government’s reluctance to answer the critical questions about the mill’s future is understandable, but the time is rapidly approaching when those questions will no longer be avoidable. [Full story only available for Cape Breton Post subscribers

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Northern Pulp, affiliate company owe Nova Scotia government more than $85 million

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
November 17, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp and an associated company owe the province more than $85 million. While the company and the Nova Scotia government have acknowledged the existence of outstanding debts to the taxpayer, neither have been willing to disclose the amounts. The Chronicle Herald received the details on the interest-bearing loans via a Freedom of Information request. News of the magnitude of the debt comes as staff at the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment prepare a recommendation to Minister Gordon Wilson on whether to approve the construction of Northern Pulp’s proposed new effluent treatment facility. That decision must come, according to legislated timelines of the Environmental Assessment process, no later than Dec. 13. “We knew there were loans outstanding but we didn’t know the amount was that high,”  James Gunvaldsen Klaassen, a lawyer with the firm Ecojustice, said of the three outstanding loans totalling $85,478,537.48 to Northern Pulp and an associated company. [This story is only available to Chronicle Herald subscribers]

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Outaouais flooring company stops logging, lays off 165 people

CBC News
November 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A western Quebec hardwood flooring company is no longer logging and laying off 165 people, blaming the closure of a nearby paper mill. Lauzon Planchers de bois exclusifs in Papineauville, Que., announced Friday it was shutting down its logging operations because it sold wood chips to Fortress in Thurso, Que., which closed temporarily in October. Fortress had blamed the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, as well as the weakening of China’s domestic demand for textiles and clothing, for its closure. The next day, the Quebec government announced it would give the paper mill a maximum $8 million loan to help it find a strategic partner to reopen by the end of this month.

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Forestry trade mission encourages wood construction, strengthens relationships

By the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
November 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TOKYO – Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and 35 senior executives from B.C. forest companies and associations have concluded their 2019 forestry trade mission to Asia. The delegation promoted British Columbia’s innovative wood products to the province’s two largest markets outside of North America from Nov. 10-15, 2019. “Over the past five days, we’ve met with construction, business and association representatives in China and Japan, and Japanese policymakers, to enhance and expand existing and future business opportunities for wood in both markets,” Donaldson said. “What we found were clients and customers that were eager to talk about B.C. and Canada’s high-quality wood products.”

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Cascades Inc. announces proposed private offering

By Cascades Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC — Cascades… announced that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, to offer US$300 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2026, US$300 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2028 and Cdn$175 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2025 in a private offering. …The Notes of each series will be guaranteed by each of the Company’s existing and future U.S. and Canadian restricted subsidiaries. …The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to (i) redeem all of its outstanding US$400 million… senior notes due 2022 and Cdn$250 million …senior notes due 2021 and repay certain amounts outstanding under its revolving credit facility.

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Kruger Products Becomes First Company to Be Certified ISO 50001 by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec Français

By Kruger Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

GATINEAU, QC,  – Kruger today announced that its Kruger Products’ Gatineau Plant was recently certified ISO 50001 for Energy Management. This makes Kruger Products L.P. the first company to receive this certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ). … Its Gatineau Plant has significantly improved its environmental performance since 2009, by reducing its energy intensity by 25%. “With the ISO 50001-based energy management system, we can continuously monitor our energy intensity, maintain the energy savings achieved and continually improve our energy performance. We now have a structured system in place that involves all of the Plant’s Operating teams that are working towards a common goal: to continuously improve our environmental performance,” said Daniel Morneau, General Manager, Kruger Products’ Gatineau Plant. 

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Quebec to finance 40 per cent of pulp mill’s $342M restart

By Frédéric Tomesco
Montreal Gazette
November 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec is providing about 40 per cent of the $342 million investment required to restart a pulp mill and cogeneration facility in northern Quebec that’s been idle for more than a decade.  Nordic Kraft, a new unit of Quebec forest-products maker Chantiers Chibougamau, plans to begin making kraft pulp in the town of Lebel-sur-Quévillon by next summer, according to a company statement issued Friday. The reopening will create about 300 jobs that will likely pay an average of $90,000 a year, the government said in a separate statement. Quebec’s financial contribution amounts to about $138 million. The amount includes a 10-year loan for about $120 million, as well as the purchase of minority stake in the mill, Frédéric Verreault, a Chantiers Chibougamau executive, told the Montreal Gazette in a telephone interview.

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Minister says he’ll decide what happens to wood allocation from closed Irving sawmill

CBC News
November 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s minister of natural resources and energy development says he has the final say over a disputed wood allocation tied to the now-closed Irving-owned sawmill in Baker Brook. The sawmill, owned by J.D. Irving Ltd., officially closed Nov. 1, resulting in the loss of 65 jobs in the area. The company… plans to consolidate its operations and will try to find placements for the affected employees. The mayor of Haut-Madawaska, a rural community of almost 4,000 that includes Baker Brook, has since raised concerns JDI would transfer its wood allocation and remove equipment from the mill, effectively warding off any competition to move in its stead. …JDI spokesperson Mary Keith said late Thursday the “wood allocation will still be used to sustain much needed jobs” in northern New Brunswick.

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Cascades Continues its Solid Performance in the Third Quarter of 2019

By Cascades Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 8, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC — Cascades reports its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019. Sales of $1,264 million compared with $1,275 million in Q2 2019 (-1%) and $1,175 million in Q3 2018 (+8%). …Adjusted (excluding specific items) operating income of $88 million compared with $84 million in Q2 2019 (+5%) and $76 million in Q3 2018 (+16%). …Mr. Mario Plourde, President and CEO, commented: “Cascades delivered solid consolidated third quarter 2019 results, as demonstrated by the 24.9% OIBD margin realized by the Containerboard segment. 

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Stella-Jones Reports 2019 Third Quarter Results

By Stella-Jones Inc.
Global Newswire
November 7, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Stella-Jones announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019. …Sales reached $626.6 million, down $3.4 million, versus sales of $630.0 million for the corresponding period last year. The currency conversion effect had a positive impact of $2.8 million. Excluding this factor, sales decreased approximately $6.2 million, or 1.0%, primarily due to the logs and lumber product category as detailed below. …Operating income was $78.6 million, or 12.6% of sales, compared with $67.9 million, or 10.8% of sales, last year. The increase versus last year is explained by improved pricing and better operational efficiencies. …Net income reached $53.7 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, versus net income of $45.8 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, last year.

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Sappi successfully concludes its acquisition of the Matane Mill in Quebec Canada from Rayonier Advanced Materials

By Sappi Limited
Cision Newswire
November 4, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

JOHANNESBURG — Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, specialities and packaging papers, graphic papers and biomaterials, announced that all conditions precedent relating to the acquisition of the Matane high yield hardwood pulp mill in Quebec Canada from Rayonier Advanced Materials have been fulfilled and closing has been completed. The main benefits of the acquisition include: Increases Sappi’s pulp integration for its fast-growing packaging businesses in both North America and Europe… Will enable supply to be increased over time to Sappi’s mills in North America and Europe as demand increases and capacity expands in certain growth businesses.

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Acadian Timber Corp. : Reports Third Quarter Results

By Acadian Timber
The Market Screener
October 30, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

VANCOUVER — Acadian Timber reported financial and operating results for the three months ended September 28, 2019. Acadian generated sales of $25.4 million, compared to $26.6 million in the prior year period. …Operating costs and expenses were $20.6 million during the third quarter, compared to $21.2 million during the prior year period. …Adjusted EBITDA was $5.1 million during the third quarter, compared to $6.1 million in the prior year period, while the Adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 20%, compared to 23% in the prior year period.  

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Is Huron Central Railway important to the North?

By Elaine Della-Mattia
The Sault Star
October 30, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Sudbury-based locomotive repair company says government shouldn’t be handing over millions of dollars to a short-line rail company without looking at other operating alternatives from other stakeholders. Diesel Electric’s general manager and vice president of business development says while the company is saddened to hear of the potential closure of Huron Central Railway, as ratepayers, they also question whether millions of taxpayer dollars should be invested into a line where its parent operator is making millions of dollars of profit. …Algoma Steel, Domtar and Eacom are the three largest users of the freight service between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. …Over 3,400 direct and indirect jobs depend on the railway’s continued operations.

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Resolute issues statement on Ignace sawmill shutdown

Thunder Bay News Watch
October 31, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IGNACE, Ont. — Resolute Forest Products says multiple factors are contributing to the ongoing shutdown of its sawmill at Ignace. The mill hasn’t operated since last April. The mayor of Ignace and a Steelworkers union official both said this week they have been told Resolute will not resume operations before next spring. In a statement Thursday, the company said it has not made that declaration. However, the statement did not provide any anticipated date for restarting the mill. Seth Kursman, Vice President/Corporate Communications, said a cyclical downturn in the lumber markets has created a “very challenging” situation for many months, resulting in downtime at mills, including Resolute’s Ontario and Quebec sawmills. Kursman also outlined a series of other issues affecting the Ignace mill, including: initially weather conditions and, in turn, a serious wood supply deficit, a tight labour market…, and currently, a wet fall with record precipitation.

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Resolute shares fall to new low after forest products producer swings to Q3 loss

The Canadian Press in Ottawa Matters
October 31, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Shares of Resolute Forest Products Inc. dropped to an all-time low Thursday after the pulp, paper and lumber producer missed expectations as it swung to a third-quarter loss. The Montreal-based company’s shares fell to a low of $4.51 before closing down $1.27 or 21.2 per cent to $4.72 in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Resolute says its net loss attributable to shareholders was US$43 million or 47 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of US$117 million or $1.25 per share a year earlier. …Resolute was expected on average to post an adjusted loss of four cents per share on $796 million of revenues, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

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Interveners set in Port Hawkesbury Power rate case

By Nancy King
The Vanguard
October 31, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER, N.S. — The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has set the list of participants for an upcoming hearing into a proposed new power rate for Port Hawkesbury Paper. The deadline to file for intervener status in the hearing recently closed. …Last month the provincial regulator approved on an interim basis the proposed new power rate for the Point Tupper papermaker and set dates for a hearing where a final determination on the tariff will be made. Port Hawkesbury Paper and Nova Scotia Power Inc. have filed an application with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for a new electricity rate for the mill, the utility’s largest single customer. Opening statements in the hearing are scheduled for Feb. 5, while the hearing begins Feb. 10. Because the current load retention rate paid by the papermaker is due to expire at the end of the year, the mill and utility asked the board to grant the new rate on an interim basis beginning Jan. 1.

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New loggers co-op enters agreement with mill in Quebec

The Associated Press in LMT Online
November 1, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, Canada East, Canada

Troy Jackson

AUGUSTA, Maine — The newly created New England Loggers Cooperative has entered into an agreement with a paper mill in Quebec that calls for any lumber from Maine to be cut and shipped by Maine workers. Senate President Troy Jackson said a “majority” of softwood cut in northern Maine goes to the Materiaux Blanchet Inc. mill in Quebec. He said Thursday the agreement “just makes sense.” A bill sponsored by Jackson was adopted in the last legislative session allowing loggers and logging truck drivers to organize into cooperatives. Gov. Janet Mills signed it into lawJackson, a Democrat from Allagash, said that for too long the wood products industry “has been missing the voices of hardworking harvesters and haulers.” [END]

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

This man pulls 19th-century logs from the bottom of the Ottawa River to make stunning hardwood floors

CBC News
November 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Logs End is the hardwood flooring company where many long-lost logs find a new beginning as stunning hardwood flooring. Gord Black, the owner of the company, takes Jonny Harris on a tour of the facility during his visit to Bristol, QC. Black dives into the bottom of the Ottawa River to reclaim logs that sank during the Pontiac log driving era from almost 100 years ago. Back in those times, logging was a primary economic force that brought many workers into the community. After being cut down, logs were “driven” down the rivers to be transported to the lumber companies. But not every log made the journey. “My guess is between two to three per cent of every log that was put into the river, sank,” says Black. …”It’s old growth wood, so it’s a very dense wood, harder than the normal pine,” explains Black. Essentially, it makes for high quality hardwood flooring. 

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That’s no stack of rocks, it’s an osmosis between man and nature

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
November 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec architects propose a 48 storey tower in a forest, “a new relationship between humans and their natural habitat.” There are many ways of defining sustainability and it has always been a moving target, but this new project by MU Architecture called PEKULIARI is particularly peculiar. It is a giant tower full of luxury apartments in the middle of nowhere, well no, it is somewhere:  Diametrically opposed with the concept of urban sprawl, this impressive tower that stands in the heart of the vast forest of Quebec greatly diminishes its impact on nature and the destruction of more and more rural land. Straight out of the imagination, this iconic and enigmatic structure asserts itself as a world’s first. …I love the idea of a sustainable and green “paleo-futuristic tower in the nordic immensity.” They don’t say if it is built out of local NordicLam Cross Laminated Timber, which would certainly add to its vegetal character. 

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Industrial mat company puts down stakes in northwestern Ontario

Northern Ontario Business
November 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Alberta-based Northern Mat & Bridge is opening an office at Fort William First Nation, next to Thunder Bay. The company provides large mats and portable bridges used by crews in the oil and gas industry, mining, forestry, power line and general construction work to move heavy equipment into remote areas for large-scale development projects. With now seven offices across Canada, Northern Mat bills itself as Canada’s leading provider of environmentally responsible access solutions. …A separate manufacturing space is also in the works but the company isn’t divulging where that will be located. …“Through this business alliance, we now have even greater capacity to supply temporary access bridge solutions to industries across Eastern Canada,” said project manager Steve Lessard.

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Domtar R&D: Making Paper at Lower Cost With Filler Fiber

By Domtar
MarketScreener
November 5, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Innovation at Domtar is the driving force behind defining success in 21st-century manufacturing… Our recent research on filler fiber is one such innovation. Our fiber research and development scientists, along with the engineering team at the Marlboro Mill, have developed a process to produce paper at a much lower cost using a filler material as a substitute for wood fiber. Called ‘filler-loaded fiber technology’, this patent-pending process isn’t as complicated as it might seem. Wood fibers are actually made of many smaller fibers called fibrils. During the papermaking process, these fibrils are entangled with the manmade filler known as precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), which is a combination of lime, water and carbon dioxide that is supplied at a fraction of the cost of wood fiber. By combining PCC with Domtar’s patented Stealth Fiber Technology™, we can increase the amount of PCC filler fiber in the paper.

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Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo opens to large crowds

By Karen Koenig
The Woodworking Network
October 31, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Day 1 saw thousands of attendees streaming through the halls of the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, getting a closeup look at the more than 200 machines and thousands of supplies on display by 180-plus exhibitors. Canada’s largest woodworking show, the biennial WMS takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. …Jump starting the 2019 show was an opening keynote by Mike Holmes Jr., professional contractor, and star of DIY Network’s Holmes & Holmes. …”This is the largest show in Canada in more than 15 years,” said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Canada, the show’s organizer. CCI Canada is owned by CCI Media, owner of Woodworking Network.

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Forestry

Fighting forest fires: Quebec spends $42M to upgrade water bombers

By Amy Luft
CTV News
November 19, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC — The Quebec government is spending $42 million to upgrade eight water bombers to help put out forest fires. Forests, Wildlife and Parks Minister Pierre Dufour, who represents the rural region of Abitibi-Est made the announcement Tuesday on behalf of Transport Minister François Bonnardel. Known as the “Super Scooper,” the CL-415 amphibious aircraft will be part of the Quebec Government Air Services (SAG) and available to the province’s forest fire protection agency SOPFEU. The SAG has a fleet of 14 tankers, including six CL-215s and eight CL-415s. “The CL-415 is a high-performance tanker that allows for a quick and sustained initial attack on forest fires. Their modernization will, therefore, ensure the maintenance of forest fire fighting services and extend their operations beyond the next 25 years,” said Bonnardel in a statement. Viking Air Ltd. will carry out the modernization of the CL-415s, mainly by replacing the electrical and electronic navigation equipment.

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Looking back at the life of a lumberjack

CBC News
November 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you were a New Brunswick lumberjack in the 19th century, you’d be heading into the woods just about now to work at a lumber camp for the winter. Young men just starting out and older farmers with families, looking to make money while fields were frozen over, would go off to camps for months at a time to chop down trees.  James Upham, head of public programming for Resurgo Place in Moncton, said machinery has replaced much of the manpower in the forestry industry, but the heyday of the lumberjack is not too far in the past.   “It wasn’t that long ago where it was a physical person with an axe and a horse, and that was, you know, that was the basis of the provincial economy,” he said. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that these forestry jobs switched from axe-swinging to operating machines.

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Recreationalists concerned over forest access after Wagner Forest Management posts no tresspassing signs

By Jeff Walters
CBC News
November 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An abandoned railway tunnel, where many people from Thunder Bay, Ont., choose to hike or walk, now requires an access permit from a forestry company. The Flett Tunnel, located west of the city near Shabaqua, was part of the former CN Rail tracks than ran through to Graham and Sioux Lookout, Ont. The tunnel itself is on Crown land, but Wagner Forest Management controls the forestry blocks in the area. Recently, the company put up signs telling those who want to access the entranceways to the tunnel require a permit. “The forest companies are not able to limit access,” said Michelle Nowak, an outreach specialist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Down to earth forestry

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

BATAWA, ONTARIO — Local residents have been invited to attend the 30th Annual Trenton Woodlot Conference for an opportunity to ‘Return to Our Roots with Down to Earth Forestry,’ hosted by the Ontario Woodlot Association and Hastings Stewardship Council. This premier forestry event, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22,  is designed to inform woodlot owners and those who love forests in the community. Sebastian Belliard, soil management specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, will present “What’s Under the Leaf Litter. …Thom Snowman, retired professional forester will present “The Inclusive Forest: Wetlands, Water, Wildlife and Wood. …For more information click here.

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Campaign announced to help replace trees damaged by post-tropical storm Dorian

Canadian Press in CTV News Atlantic
November 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A non-profit organization is mounting a $500,000 funding campaign to help plant trees in municipalities across Atlantic Canada that suffered damage from post-tropical storm Dorian in September. Tree Canada, a national charity, announced the campaign known as OperationReLeaf, today in Halifax. CEO Danielle St-Aubin says once the money is raised, homeowners, private landowners, and institutions who want to plant a tree can apply for grants to help purchase them. St-Aubin stresses the storm damage is still being assessed, and the campaign funding target is an early estimate. The first funding operation by the organization was launched following 1996 floods in Saguenay, Que. Since then, Tree Canada says it has helped plant more than 82 million trees across the country.

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Where will we plant those two billion trees to fight the climate crisis?

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
November 12, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A day after meeting teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Prime Minister Trudeau promised a re-elected Liberal government would plant two billion trees over the next decade. Then Green Party leader Elizabeth May countered  that the number wasn’t high enough and said her party would plant 10 billion trees by 2050. Everybody gets that trees are good – they store carbon, create habitat for wildlife and places for us to enjoy. But for those who work with Canada’s forests – both to harvest and to protect them – it caused some head-scratching. Because while you can plant trees you can’t just plant a forest. And just planting trees isn’t necessarily a good thing – for us or the environment. …But that’s not as simple as it sounds. According to Natural Resources Canada, this country is 35 per cent forest. The areas that aren’t forested are primarily arctic tundra, lakes and rivers and prairie grassland.

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Bat population in Nova Scotia seems to be slowly recovering after being decimated by fungus

By Ian Fairclough
The Chronicle Journal
November 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The bat population seems to be starting to make a slow recovery after it was decimated by white nose syndrome, which started to rip through the province’s bat colonies – and others throughout North America – in 2011. Last week, a New Brunswick researcher reported the discovery of several maternity colonies with healthy bats and pups, leading to a glimmer of optimism for the future of bats in that province.  Donald Sam, a species at risk biologist with Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry, said the population here also seems to be starting the long road to recovery. “We’re a little ahead of New Brunswick, not to compare,” Sam said. “We identified maternity sites four years ago, mostly on Crown land because that’s what we have easy access to.” He said department staff have gone back to those sites several times, and the numbers are growing over the four years.

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Paper gluttons killing forests

Letter by Gary Saunders, retired forester
The Chronicle Herald
November 6, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: “Forestry out of control,” Bob Bancroft’s Oct. 28 letter against industrial clearcutting. He ignores or forgets the real reason for this practice: our insatiable appetite for cheap paper. In this, we Canadians outdo every other nation on Earth but one: America. Even a decade ago, we averaged a quarter tonne a year per person. Now, despite the internet’s urge to “go paperless,” it’s likely even higher thanks to the overpackaging of internet-shopped goods. …Really, anyone who uses toilet paper is complicit in clearcutting somewhere. So let’s quit this holier-than-thou, juvenile name-calling, take our share of the blame and get on with curbing our throwaway lifestyle. Europeans, no longer blessed with ample woodlands, can teach us how.

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Forest fire numbers in Nova Scotia this year were the lowest since the 1940s

By Ian Fairclough
The Chronicle Herald
November 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The summer of 2019 was hot. And dry. But despite that, the province saw its lowest number of wildfires in more than 70 years. There were 143 fires across the province this year, the fewest since there were 110 in 1948, statistics from the province’s Department of Lands and Forestry show. The low number was due in large part to the wet spring, and then the humid summer, says Kara McCurdy, the department’s fire prevention officer. “It doesn’t really matter how cool it is, it can be really cool outside and dry, and fires will spread,” she said. Low humidity and high wind will mean a better chance of fire spread, but high humidity and low wind means it’s not really going to go anywhere.” And that was what much of the summer was like.

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Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. to Share Wildfire Risk Project Details at Water Supply Association of B.C. Conference

Forest Enhancement Society of BC
November 5, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) has been invited to present at the Water Supply Association of B.C.’s (WSABC) annual conference to speak about their partnership project focused on reducing wildfire risk in Peachland. In this collaborative project, local First Nations Penticton Indian Band and Okanagan Nation Alliance, Gorman Bros Ltd., the Provincial government, and FESBC worked together to develop solutions to benefit and protect all citizens, wildlife habitat, ecosystem functioning, and cultural values of the land. Bob Hrasko, administrator for the Black Mountain Irrigation District, and WSABC chairman, heard about the success of this collaborative project and invited the project partners to present at the annual conference on the afternoon of November 8.

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They’ve managed the forest forever. It’s why they’re key to the climate change fight

By Julia Rosen
The Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Mandy Gull, a member of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi in Quebec and the deputy grand chief of the Grand Council of the Crees says Canada’s Broadback Forest holds great significance for the Waswanipi Cree, who are trying to save it from the clear-cutting… More than 600 indigenous communities live in Canada’s boreal forest, one of the last great swaths of intact wilderness on Earth. But every year, a million acres fall to logging to make timber and tissue products, including toilet paper sold in the U.S., according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. …Eli Enns, a political scientist and president of a nonprofit conservation group in British Columbia called the Iisaak Olam Foundation, said indigenous peoples can use these areas to do more than simply save a slice of nature. They can provide a glimpse of how humans can live more lightly on the land.

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Forest Talk Radio wins provincial award

By Eric Taschner
CTV News Northern Ontario
October 31, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTH BAY – A smart phone app developed in North Bay is now the winner of a prestigious innovation award. The app is called Forest Talk Radio, which tells the story of the Laurier Woods. David Merleau never could have imagined it would be such a huge hit. …The GPS triggered app is the first of its kind, telling the story through the ‘voices’, ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ of the trees along the Laurier Woods hike. …”We’ve seen people using it, but we also see it as a new way of communicating to people… there’s a traditional way of doing things, but then there’s Forest Talk Radio that people can use,” says Fred Pinto, Friends of the Laurier Woods President. …Merleau is currently developing a similar app for the White Bear Forest in Temagami.

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Trenton Woodlot Conference set for Batawa

By Susan Moore
Belleville Intelligencer
October 31, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Friday, November 22, attend the 30th Annual Trenton Woodlot Conference for an opportunity to Return to Our Roots with Down to Earth Forestry – hosted by the Ontario Woodlot Association (Quinte and Limestone chapters) and Hastings Stewardship Council. This premier forestry event is designed to inform woodlot owners and those who love forests in our community. If you have ever wondered about how to manage your woodlot more sustainably, what’s in the soil, or how to deal with beavers on your property, come to the Conference for some answers and new resources. Sebastian Belliard, Soil Management Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs will present “What’s Under the Leaf Litter” and Thom Snowman, retired professional forester will present “The Inclusive Forest: Wetlands, Water, Wildlife and Wood.” 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Green energy company fired up about wood chips

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
November 13, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A northwestern Ontario green energy company is making incremental strides toward promoting a regional biomass economy. Over the years, Northerners have heard from industry, government and academics about endless opportunities to harvest, transport and process the abundant supply of discarded forest slash into heat and energy for buildings and entire communities. But little in the way of tangible progress has been made. Biothermic Wood Energy Systems, a Thunder Bay biofuel heating company, established a processing and storage facility that they bill as the first of its kind in Ontario. Led by co-owner Vince Rutter, Biothermic has been a leader in promoting modern wood heating solutions using Northern Ontario-sourced wood fuel… The raw material is sourced through his other company, Rutter Urban Forestry, a Thunder Bay tree care company. 

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Planned biofuel plant for Northern Peninsula ‘still active,’ minister says

By Ariana Kelland
CBC News
November 5, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gerry Byrne

The future of the proposed Timberland biofuel plant on the Northern Peninsula isn’t dead in the water, according to Minister Gerry Byrne, but it’s far from a done deal. PC MHA Pleaman Forsey asked about the plant during the opening of the fall sitting of the House of Assembly Monday, nearly one year after Timberlands, the local subsidiary of Active Energy Group, secured timber rights. “Twelve months have passed, no timber has been cut, no ground has been broken to build a plan,” Forsey said during question period. “The people on the Northern Peninsula is  wondering if this project will happen at all.” Byrne, minister of fisheries and land resources, said his department has been in touch with the company in the last several weeks about the project.

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Forest Fires

More than 530 fires burned approximately 269,600 hectares of forest this summer

North Bay Today
November 4, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

October 31 marked the end of this year’s wildland fire season, and a government report shows the season saw more than 530 fires burn approximately 269,600 hectares of land. While this year’s fire season was lighter in terms of total number of fires than last year when more than 1,000 wildland fires burned in central and northern Ontario, several large fires this year affected people and businesses in the north. An additional $60 million was spent to fight forest fires through the 2019 season, battling fires that covered almost the same amount of land compared to last year. Two large fires burned in the Red Lake area, in total scorching more than 140,000 hectares of land and forcing the evacuation of almost half of the Pikangikum First Nation population.

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Forest fire outbreaks declined in 2019

The Thunder Bay News Watch
November 4, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — Data from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry shows there were far fewer forest fires in Ontario this year than last, but the devastation was about the same. The 2019 wildfire season officially ended on Oct. 31. There were 537 fires this year, well down from the 1,324 fires that occurred in 2018, and considerably below the 10-year average of 855 fires. But the number of hectares burned over the course of the season was roughly the same as last year, at 270,000 hectares. More than half the forest destruction occurred in the Red Lake district, where two large fires scored over 140,000 hectares.

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