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Froggy Foibles

Made in Canada: Meet the Makers Behind Canadian Lumber Rolling Papers

By Deidre Olsen
Leafly
May 21, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Move over Zig-Zag, there’s a new, all-Canadian brand of rolling papers on the market. You may have seen the packs of buffalo plaid papers at a cannabis retailer or headshop near you. Made by Canadian Lumber, the company hails from Halifax, NS and came about a couple years ago when Beau-Brandon Cleeton realized there was no Canadian company in the rolling paper market. It was a part of the cannabis space he was fascinated with and passionate about. …Within months, he came up with a vision for his company—based on the Canadian lumberjack of old who cut down trees and rolled logs—and thus, Canadian Lumber was born. …In Canada, there are few regulations that companies must follow in order to produce rolling papers. …Canadian Lumber has acquired a TÜV SÜD Product Service Certificate that provides brands with a mark ensuring quality and safety. 

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QEW driver caught on video with car doors open, carting load of wood

By Adam Carter
CBC News
May 7, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

A baffling display of driving was caught on video late last week, with a driver carting a load of wood on the QEW with the rear doors of their car wide open. In a video posted on Facebook by David Fafinski, the driver can be seen on the highway near the Red Hill Valley Parkway, heading toward the Burlington Skyway bridge. In addition to the open back doors poking into adjoining lanes, the car’s trunk is also propped open, with what looks like a piece of furniture sticking out. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told CBC News that he saw the video for the first time Tuesday morning.  “That’s an unsafe vehicle there. Doors open — who knows what could come flying out of there,” he said. “That’s not anything you ever expect to see on the highway. “It’s just straight out ridiculous.”

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Business & Politics

Corner Brook mill gets cash influx to go green

CBC News
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gudie Hutchings

The mill in Corner Brook is set to receive almost $14 million in upgrades, with the aim to become more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly, and cut the facility’s carbon footprint by 50 per cent. …MP Gudie Hutchings announced the cash, a joint contribution from the federal government and the mill’s parent company, Kruger. …The project focuses mainly on biomass. …”The biomass right now, a great proportion of it is quite high moisture, pretty wet,” said Pelley. …Pelley estimated the bark dryer will reduce the amount of fossil fuels the mill burns through in the course of a year by nine million litres, and also increase the overall amount of biomass the mill uses. …The money — $4.9 million ponied up by Kruger, with the rest coming from the federal government — will also involve water efficiencies.

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Groupe PG positions itself as a leader in the development of software solutions for the forest industry

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Cision Newswire
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

RIMOUSKI, QC — PG Solutions corporatives et forestières Itée (Groupe PG) is a leader in the development of innovative software solutions that improve the productivity and profitability of forest industry companies. An invaluable reference in this cutting-edge sector, the company intends to pass another milestone in this niche market with the help of a $936,437 repayable contribution from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. The funding was announced today by Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia. …Specifically, the goal of this project is to develop cutting-edge technological infrastructure, including artificial intelligence, which will provide tools for the real-time management of the resource—from the forest to the factory, and even among the various factories.

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Government of Canada invests in innovative and environmentally friendly products and processes

By Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development Canada
Cision
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BROMPTON, QC — …Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau… announced an investment of $13.8 million in Kruger Inc., for work in Brompton, Quebec, and Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. The company transforms renewable wood resources into sustainable, high-quality products, such as newsprint and specialty paper for food and other packaging. This announcement will support Kruger’s investment of over $27.5 million to implement a state-of-the-art facility in Brompton to produce the first-of-its-kind, biodegradable, 100% recycled paper approved for direct food contact that restaurants could use—for example—to wrap hamburgers. …This project will help create and maintain 743 jobs, of which 30 are new jobs in Brompton, and it will create 176 new co-op positions in post-secondary institutions.

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Kruger Products begins construction of its tissue plant in Sherbrooke English Français

Cision Newswire
May 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SHERBROOKE QC – KP Tissue Inc. and Kruger Products L.P. today dedicated the construction site of their future Sherbrooke tissue plant that will be equipped with Canada’s most advanced and best-performing TAD technology. …Located in the borough of Brompton, the new plant will be constructed on a site adjacent to an existing Kruger paper mill, along the Saint-François River. This $575-million investment will create 180 jobs in Estrie, as well as some 1,700 direct and indirect jobs during the construction period that will end in 2021. In addition, a large number of local suppliers will be involved in this vast construction site that represents one million person-hours of work, which is equivalent to about 10% of person-hours worked annually in all of Québec’s industrial construction sector. 

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National honour for local EACOM worker

The Timmins Press
May 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

EACOM’s Jennifer Tallman, a Cochrane resident, has been received a national award recognizing achievements of women in forestry. “The award comes as both a surprise and honour,” said Tallman. …Tallman was presented with the Women in Forestry Award of Excellence which honours a female leader who is making contributions to strengthen the forestry sector and advance workplace diversity and inclusion. The presentation was made by the Forest Products Association of Canada. …FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor said…“It’s our pleasure to recognize the work that Jennifer Tallman is doing at EACOM.  She is highly respected by her Registered Professional Forester colleagues and for years has been a go-to resource on all things forestry in Northern Ontario.  

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EACOM Timbers reaches its first tentative agreement with Unifor

By Unifor
The Soo Today
May 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor Local 1359 and EACOM Timbers Corporation I-Joist Manufacturer Sault Ste. Marie have reached a tentative agreement early this morning. This will be EACOM’s first collective agreement with Unifor pending the ratification meeting to be held Monday. “The Bargaining Committee was committed to bring to their members a collective agreement they could support knowing it met the needs of the members in their workplace.” said Claire Grisdale President of Unifor Local 1359.  Thank you to the bargaining committee who work diligently to reach the memorandum of agreement, and they will be seeking the support of their members to avert a strike. Votes will be held Monday May 13th and the results will be announced later that evening. 

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Thessalon lumber company laying off 20 workers

By James Hopkins
Northern Ontario Business
May 10, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Twenty employees have been permanently laid off by Thessalon-based Midway Lumber Ltd. Thessalon is located about an hour’s drive east of Sault Ste. Marie. USW Local 9260 president Scott Dunlop – who was one of the Midway Lumber employees laid off last week – told SooToday that he was hopeful an interim deal would get done that would see the moratorium on cutting in Kirkwood Forest lifted. The moratorium on cutting in the Crown forest was originally put in place as a result of an ongoing land claim that was filed by Thessalon First Nation in the mid-to late-’90s. Dunlop said that he had assurances from Premier Doug Ford, Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski and Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford that an interim deal lifting the moratorium would be reached.

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‘It puts food on my table’: Truckers call for Northern Pulp extension

CBC News
May 9, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

About 70 truckers parked their rigs in protest along the Trans-Canada Highway near Truro, N.S., on Thursday and called for the province to extend its deadline for closing Northern Pulp’s waste effluent treatment plant. The Boat Harbour treatment facility must close by January 2020 and Northern Pulp has asked multiple times for an extension, saying the mill would be forced to shut down without one. The lagoons contain nearly 50 years worth of toxic waste, and it has been called one of the worst cases of environmental racism in Canada. Premier Stephen McNeil has said an extension would not be considered without full support from the community and members of the Pictou Landing First Nation say they do not support an extension. Truckers say the closure will hurt the economy. “It puts food on my table and supports my kids and my family,” said Matthew MacGillivray, a contractor of Northern Pulp who was at the protest.

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Ontario government invests in Ben Hokum & Son sawmill

Lesprom Network
May 7, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada
Ontario government is investing $5.5 million over five years in Ben Hokum & Son Ltd sawmill, helping the lumber producer protect over 100 jobs, create at least five new jobs and purchase new technologies to optimize its business. These investments are expected to result in a significant jump in domestic sales as well as exports. “Ben Hokum & Son Ltd is an Ontario success story and I am pleased to see how this business supports local employment and the economy,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “When an independent sawmill is succeeding, so do the harvesters it buys from and the manufacturers it sells by-products to. This was not just an investment in Ben Hokum & Son Ltd, but an investment in this community and the forestry sector as a whole.”

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Truckers to conduct rally alongside Hwy 104 near Truro in support of pulp mill

By Harry Sullivan
The Truro Daily
May 7, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO, N.S. — As many as 100 truckers are expected to park their rigs on both sides of Highway 104 near Truro Thursday afternoon. The action is aimed at sending a message to the Nova Scotia government about the importance of the province’s forestry industry in an effort to give Northern Pulp more time to work towards a solution to replacing Boat Harbour as a disposal site for its waste effluent. “It’s more of a support rally,” said spokesperson Jeff Black, of J.C. Black Trucking Ltd. “…for Northern Pulp to keep working until they get everything straightened out.” …Black, however, said the truckers, many of whom are heavily involved in the forest industry, want the government to relax its deadline until to give the mill time to develop a workable and environmentally safe solution. … “And it’s a very serious matter, without that extension the mill could shut down and it may not possibly start again.”

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Canada invests in another sawmill – this time $4 million in Gilbert

By Robert Dalheim
Woodworking Network
May 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC – The governments of Canada and Quebec have invested in yet another Canadian sawmill – this time nearly $4 million in Les Produits Gilbert to help it modernize its facilities. The $3.9 million investment features a $1.3 million repayable contribution and a $1.3 million loan to purchase equipment from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions and Quebec Economic Development Program, along with a $1.3 million loan from Investissement Quebec, reports Wood Business Canada. “We want to remain competitive, particularly by offering our clients products that exceed industry standards, and that is why innovation is key to our company’s philosophy. We are growing rapidly and the support of the governments of Canada and Quebec is very important in allowing us to carry out our development projects,” said Lydia Gaudreault, director general of Les Produits Gilbert, in a government news release.

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Cascades presents the Femmes de Papier Exhibition

Cascades
May 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC – Cascades… is pleased to welcome the Femmes de papier exhibition to Kingsey Falls. Produced by the Boréalis centre, which presents the history of the paper industry, this touching interactive exhibition offers a female point of view in a traditionally male-dominated industry. …visitors are invited to discover the day-to-day lives of women from different pulp and paper environments: housewives, cooks in logging camps, plant secretaries, and women who defied convention by working in production, and even management. Their stories serve to break down any preconceived notions that visitors might have. From the paper maker’s daughter to the female plant manager, these women of paper remind us of how much progress has been made over the last fifty years. Mario Plourde , President and CEO of Cascades, said “Throughout the company’s history, women have played, and continue to play, an important part in Cascades’ success.”

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Ottawa withholding Northern Pulp assessment order until after federal election

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
May 2, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The public will not be allowed to know whether a federal environmental assessment was recommended for Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment plant before it is a moot point. According to the legislation governing it, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency had 45 days from Northern Pulp’s Jan. 31 registration of its controversial project with the province to determine whether a significantly longer federal assessment would be required. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau having suggested it was a provincial responsibility… sought to find out whether staff at the federal agency responsible for conducting federal assessments shared that point of view. …That would, coincidently, push the release of the recommendation until after the federal election scheduled for Oct. 21. …McCarthy said that a history of backroom dealing between the provincial government and the mill has created a climate of distrust in Pictou County.

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Norbord Reports First Quarter 2019 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Cision Newswire
May 2, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $42 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $70 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $170 million in the first quarter of 2018. The decrease versus both comparative periods was primarily due to lower North American oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $23 million compared to $50 million in the prior quarter and $156 million in the same quarter last year. European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $21 million compared to $24 million in the prior quarter and $18 million in the same quarter last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Three future North Bay condos part of all-wood movement

By PJ Wilson
North Bay Nugget
May 12, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Anthony Rota wants to see wooden buildings rising as tall as the trees that provide their raw material. At a news conference Friday, the Nipissing-Timiskaming MP said efforts are underway to increase the limit on how tall wooden structures can be in the province, doubling the limit to 12 storeys from the current six. “It’s a new endeavour,” Rota said after announcing a FedNor investment of $1.23 million to the Canadian Wood Council to support more than 200 construction projects. “It will have a direct impact” on Northern Ontario employment, Rota said at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. “Northern Ontario is a major producer of wood . . . and this will have a major impact on the economy of Northern Ontario.” The investment, he said, will help create middle-class jobs, particularly in the North, and to generate up to $126 million in wood sales.

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Forestry

First Nations logger says conservation officers are eliminating his market instead of laying charges

By Nic Meloney
CBC News
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW BRUNSWICK — A Wolastoqew (Maliseet) logger who’s harvesting lumber from Crown land outside of provincial regulations says an investigation by conservation officers is violating his treaty right to earn a moderate livelihood. Patrick Paul, 30, from St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton, N.B., has been running a wholesale firewood operation for three years. …Paul said he’s part of a group of 16 other First Nations entrepreneurs running similar operations. …”It’s unceded territory,” Paul said. “The Crown calls it Crown land, but I call it [First Nations] land.” …Paul said he believes that the officers are choosing to eliminate the First Nations loggers’ market by targeting their clients, instead of charging the loggers with illegal harvesting which would allow them to use their treaty rights as a defence.

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‘Stop the Chop’ – Extinction Rebellion on standby to halt Corbett Lake Crown forest harvest

By Lawrence Powell
Cape Breton Post
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. — When members of Extinction Rebellion … were informing people about the province’s plans to harvest an old growth forest on the South Mountain near Bridgetown. XR members oppose the cut that would be performed by WestFor, and if it comes down to it, they’ll block the harvest. They’re on standby as of May 19. “It wasn’t really a protest, it was more to inform people about Corbett Lake and join us in opposing the cut,” organizer Nina Newington said of the Sunday event where more than a dozen people took part. …If they get word that harvesting has resumed, XR members and supporters will head to the location. “We have a couple of people who live near there who will alert us of any action happening, and then we have a phone tree,” Newington said, noting those who can will get out to the 80-hectare site right away.

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Invasive Species Centre gets whack of cash from Ontario government

The Soo Today
May 19, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ross Romano & Deborah Sparks

The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is receiving $850,000 from the Ontario government for research and management of invasive species throughout the province. “We want to protect what matters most in this province, and one of those things that matters the absolute most is our environment and our natural resources, and they are under attack, many times, by invasive species,” Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano. …According to its annual fiscal report, ISC had more than $1.5 million in expenditures for the 2018 fiscal year. …The Invasive Species Centre, based out of Sault Ste. Marie, brings together government, academic, industry and Indigenous communities and organizations to conduct invasive species research, response planning, management and habitat restoration.

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To save the species, conservationists work to build a tougher butternut tree

By Andrew Lupton
CBC News
May 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

John Enright

Conservationists in southwestern Ontario are working to fight back against an insidious, tree-killing canker that threatens butternut trees across Eastern Canada. Never an overly abundant species, butternuts are revered by woodworkers and were an important food source for Indigenous people. But a canker first found in Wisconsin in 1967 had, by the early 1990s, taken root in Ontario. Butternuts are found throughout Ontario and as far east as New Brunswick. John Enright is a forester with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA). He’s also a big fan of the butternut tree. One reason? He believes the nuts they drop in the fall exceed walnuts when it comes to flavour. “I know most people haven’t had a chance to eat a butternut but if you ever do get one, they are excellent, much better and sweeter than walnuts,” he said.

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Two active forest fires in northwestern Ontario

CBC News
May 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s been a slow start to this year’s forest fire season, but two fires have been detected in northwestern Ontario this week. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s fire information officer, Jonathan Scott, Sioux Lookout Fire 4, located near Doghole Lake in Mishkeegogamang First Nation, is being held at 1.5 hectares. The other active forest fire is Fort Frances Fire 2, which is located northwest of Panorama Lake, approximately 54 kilometres northwest of Fort Frances. That fire is being held at 66 hectares. Scott said the forest fire began on Saturday, May 11 and required the combined suppression efforts of CL-415 waterbombers and fire ranger crews to hold the fire’s spread.

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry uses sardines to update its bear population data

Thunder Bay News Watch
May 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry biologists determine the health of northern Ontario’s bear population.  This month, ministry staff will set up special survey stations — baited with sardines — to collect small samples of fur from hungry bears. When the animals follow their noses to the fish, they’ll have to navigate past some barbed wire. As they rub against the wire, they will leave behind a hair sample that can be sent to a laboratory for DNA analysis. The data will be collected over several weeks, which tells biologists which bears are returning to the snack bar and which have come for the first time. The MNRF says this information will help scientists estimate the number of bears in each area being surveyed. 

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State of emergency declared in Temiskaming Shores, special flood warning for Lake Temagami

By PJ Wilson
North Bay Nugget
May 9, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The municipalities of Callander and Bonfield are keeping a close eye on water levels in their communities as heavy rain and rising lake levels wreak havoc in Mattawa and West Nipissing. Temiskaming Shores has declared a state of emergency due to rising water levels and ice building up on shore. …Ontario Provincial Police are urging the public to remain away from the area and any closed roads. Some people have passed the barricades and attempting to take pictures of the water and ice buildup. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in the North Bay district has issued a special flood warning for the Lake Temagami area. The warning is in effect until May 15. …In Temagami, the MNRF is warning that “significant rainfall” is in the forecast in the 30 to 50 mm range. Water levels in the lake are expected to rise by 20 cm over the next five days “due to increased pressures on the watershed.”

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Foresters address competing objectives in forest management

By Doug Diaczuk
The Thunder Bay News Watch
May 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – The ways to manage forests is just as diverse as the vegetation within and foresters from across the province are gathering in Thunder Bay to discuss how to address competing objectives by getting out into the woods and seeing plans and planting in action. …The Ontario Professional Foresters Association is hosting its 2019 conference and general meeting in Thunder Bay this week, which included a tour of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Spacing Trial at the Natural Resource Centre on the 25th Side Road. More than 125 foresters from across the province registered for the conference and the theme this year is the realities of foresters managing competition objectives.

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Ontario tree-planting program dodges axe for a year

By Rob Ferguson
The Toronto Star
May 6, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

John Yakabuski

In a partial climbdown from a money-saving move to axe the planting of 50 million trees, Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski says seedlings will go in the ground this year as scheduled. But the controversy remains in full bloom as an Ottawa-area nursery warned it may have to destroy three million seedlings being grown for the program that cost taxpayers $4.7 million a year and was designed to fight climate change. “We’ve been working with Forests Ontario to ensure that the tree planting that is designed and scheduled for this year will go on as planned,” Yakabuski said Monday in the legislature’s daily question period. “For any contract that was in place, those trees will be planted this year.” …Concerns about the cancellation resurfaced after one of the major growers said millions of seedlings for future years are on the line …

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Ontario tree nursery to destroy millions of trees due to provincial cutbacks

By Victoria Ahearn
The Toronto Star
May 6, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the main nurseries for an Ontario tree planting program that’s being scrapped by the province said it will likely have to destroy about three million trees because of the cancellation. Ed Patchell, CEO of Ferguson Tree Nursery in Kemptville, Ont., said he can’t afford to pay for staff, supplies and operating expenses to run the nursery and maintain all the trees that are in various stages of growth. …Last month the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced it would cancel the 50 Million Tree Program. …He doesn’t plan on destroying the trees immediately, but said he can’t carry them all summer. Patchell plans to decide over the next month exactly how many trees need to be destroyed.

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Endangered Species Act Review: Ten things you need to know PART II

Ontario Nature Blog
May 2, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In February 2019, we sounded the alarm about the provincial government’s plans to amend the Endangered Species Act, 2007. Well, their proposed amendments are in and it’s worse than we predicted. On April 18, 2019, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks posted an overview of its proposed changes to Ontario’s ESA. These changes would roll back protections for Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals and give industry and developers the green light to destroy their habitats. In effect, if the changes go forward, the act would be repealed in everything but the name, rendering it pointless. Here are our top 10 concerns: Pay to slay… Rejecting science… Deserting “edge of range” species… Limiting protections… Sweeping authorizations for harmful activities… Dodging ESA requirements… Interfering with the listing of species at risk… Goodbye expert input… and Delays, delays, delays.

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Algoma University, Sault College, Ontario Forest Research Institute & Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre Sign MOU

By Algoma University
Soo Today
May 2, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Thursday, May 2, Algoma University, Sault College, Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre and the Ontario Forest Research Institute signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding for Research, Innovation and Education. “Algoma University is pleased to formalize this collaborative partnership with Sault College, the Canadian Forest Service and the Ontario Forest Research Institute that will continue the positive momentum generated this past year through the creation of our School of Life Sciences and the Environment and the Office of Research and Innovation,” notes Asima Vezina, president and vice-chancellor. …The MOU provides a variety of opportunities and benefits for all organizations involved. There will be increased opportunities in natural resources, environmental science and forest science research and education that may exceed what the organizations could do separately.

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Forestry does have impact on caribou

Letter by James Kimberley
The Chronicle Journal
May 2, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ATIKOKAN Mayor Dennis Brown has publicly stated that in recent years it has been shown species like caribou thrive in areas where forests have been harvested. I am not sure where he got his information. To date, the delays in policy direction of woodland caribou versus wood harvesting is because the jury is still out on the effects of logging has on woodland caribou. Mayor Brown should share his “studies” and conclusions on woodland caribou habitat requirements with the public and how he came to these conclusions. There has not been a caribou seen seen in the Atikokan area for 100 years or more. Logging in the Atikokan area has changed the landscape and forest composition since logging first occurred at least 80 years or more ago.

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Forests Ontario explains how the 50 Million Tree Program helped the economy and environment

By Fatima Syed
National Observer
April 30, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two days after the Doug Ford government eliminated the largest tree-planting program in the country, Ontario’s Environment Minister Rod Phillips was in the Town of Ajax — the eastern Ontario riding he represents — to take part in the annual community tree planting event. Organized by Forests Ontario (a non-profit funded by the province), the event aimed to plant 2,000 trees in Ajax’s Paulynn Park. Rob Keen, the CEO of Forests Ontario, who leads the 50 Million Tree Program the Doug Ford government eliminated, was present at the event. Keen said he has a “constructive” discussion with Phillips about the program. Phillips was “open-minded” and wanted to talk more, Keen said. But official government messaging has been misleading on the topic, Keen said. …spokespeople for both Premier Doug Ford and Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski have said the program was not meeting its target, and thus proving to be ineffective.

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Lake Superior caribou survival hanging in the balance, biologist says

CBC News
May 1, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wolves ate 900 Lake Superior caribou in 4 years. A retired biologist says the survival of Lake Superior caribou is hanging in the balance due to the impact wolves have had on the herd. Gord Eason, who had a long career with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, in Wawa, Ont., said wolves got to Michipicoten Island via an ice shelf five years ago. So began the rapid decline of the herd. “During the cold winter of 2014, three or four wolves got across to the island on the ice and they started to reproduce and built their numbers up to close to 20,” said Eason.”And there were around 900 caribou on Michipicoten Island according to our projections, and (the wolves) did them in in a matter of about four years. By last winter they were gone.”

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50 Millions Trees Program Should Not Be Cut – NDP MPP

Net News Ledger
April 30, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Judith Monteith-Farrell

QUEEN’S PARK – The 50 million trees program, a program that creates jobs and fights climate change, should not be scrapped by the Ford government, said NDP MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell during question period Tuesday. “This government is cutting a program that aimed to plant 50 million trees across the province.  This program would have created good jobs and helped grow our forests,” said Monteith-Farrell, the NDP’s Forestry critic. “This cut comes at a time when we are experiencing more extreme weather events and we need to take action to fight climate change.” Monteith-Farrell reminded the Ford government that when they were in opposition they claimed to support planting three times as many trees as the 50 million trees program, but now in government, they are cutting the program altogether.

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Annapolis County residents want ‘Old Growth’ Corbett Lake Crown forest left alone

By Lawrence Powell
The Truro Daily
April 30, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

BRIDGETOWN, N.S. — Annapolis County residents concerned about the state of Nova Scotia’s forests want a parcel of Crown forest slated for harvest at Corbett Lake left alone. Bev Wigney and noted biologist Bob Bancroft walked the peninsula between Dalhousie and Corbett lakes April 28, sizing up a partially harvested lot and a second parcel that could see partial harvest soon. “In a perfect world, it would have been better off to just leave that whole peninsula between the two lakes as a natural area,” said Wigney. “When you look at what has been going on all around that part of the county, there has been widespread clear-cutting — almost all of the forests are already gone. This was one of the few remaining tracts that had not been razed.” 

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Nature Conservancy of Canada receives $1 million gift from J. D. Irving, Ltd.

The Journal Pioneer
April 30, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In celebration of National Wildlife Week earlier this month, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s national Landmark Campaign has received a donation of $1 million from J.D. Irving. The gift will allow the NCC to conserve more habitat for wildlife, complete conservation science and research projects and fund student internships and volunteer programs. …As a long-time supporter, J.D. Irving, Ltd. has entrusted thousands of acres to NCC for conservation, including about 9,000 acres of ecologically-significant land in southwest Nova Scotia and a property at the Musquash Estuary, near Saint John, N.B. …This $1 million donation will support NCC’s goals to secure at least 500 new land conservation projects and 10 large-scale signature land conservation projects across Canada.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada helps York Region build climate change resilience through urban forest restoration and enhancement

By Infrastructure Canada
Cision Newswire
May 21, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

François-Philippe Champagne

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE, ON – Now more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding and wildfires is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy and the middle class. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, today announced funding for a project mitigating extreme temperatures, while also reducing the impacts of flooding and erosion in York Region. The project involves planting trees and adding natural elements to increase the drainage capacity when heavy rainfalls occur. Urban forests are an essential tool to prevent flooding by reducing the volume of water going into the stormwater collection system. The new trees will also help improve air quality and provide relief from extreme urban temperatures for residents.

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Save the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto

By Peter Kuitenbrouwer
The Varsity
May 20, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

U of T is in the final stages of its plan to eliminate the Faculty of Forestry and move its staff, faculty, students, and programs into the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design as of this July. A news release from the university said that “The proposal would go through the governance process beginning on May 9.” The abolition of the Faculty of Forestry as a standalone faculty is one of the worst ideas in U of T’s history. In an era of climate change, forests are the key to sustaining life on Earth. …We need forests. U of T should show pride in the Faculty of Forestry, and invest in it. …The Faculty of Forestry has gained recognition across Canada for its expertise in promoting the bioeconomy; for example, researchers have succeeded in making car parts out of nano-cellulose.

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Clement Calls On Feds To Support Tree Planting

Hunters Bay Radio
April 30, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tony Clement

Yesterday, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement urged the Canadian government to join international efforts to support the planting of one trillion trees around the world, noting it would help solve the negative impact of climate change, such as increased flooding and reduced biodiversity. MP Clement, made a plea in the House Commons to choose supporting the practical and cost-effective solutions of the Trillion Tree Movement, rather than the endless fight over the carbon tax. There are several international movements engaged in the Trillion Tree Campaign, Clement says, noting that government alone cannot overcome all the challenges associated with climate change. Estimates indicate that planting one trillion trees is the equivalent of eliminating ten years of global carbon emissions. India has already planted one billion trees, Canada could plan two billion trees and be a leader in Carbon emission reduction.

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Health & Safety

Ontario firefighter says his human rights were violated because he wasn’t given vegan food during B.C. wildfires

By Liam Casey
Canadian Press in The National Post
May 21, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada East, Canada

Adam Knauff

An Ontario firefighter alleges his human rights were violated when he was not provided sufficient vegan food while battling a massive blaze in British Columbia. Adam Knauff has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against his employer, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, over his treatment and subsequent suspension while fighting a fire near William’s Lake, B.C., in 2017. “The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry discriminated against me and failed to accommodate my sincerely held ethical beliefs (creed) when it failed to provide me with food that accommodated my personal commitment to ethical veganism, and then disciplined me and suspended me because I attempted to assert my right to accommodation of that sincerely held ethical belief,” he wrote in his application to the tribunal.

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Workplace health and safety conference aims to alleviate substance abuse issues

By Michael Charlebois
The Thunder Bay News Watch
May 5, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada East, Canada

Elisha Malette

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO — In 2017, the Ministry of Labour asked sawmill and forestry workers what issues posed the greatest risk in the workplace. The answer: substance abuse. …It’s what sparked the Workplace Safety North and Public Services Health and Safety Association to dedicate a day to the issue at the inaugural Health and Safety Conference. On Thursday, workers from the industry including Fort William First Nation’s Resolute Forest Products were on hand to learn about the harms of potential substances, and what services are available to them. …The WSN’s main recommendations include procedure of how to address substance use in the workplace, and having specific criteria that senior staff can implements, and workers understand.

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