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Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Sino-Forest investors face off over deal with auditors

Globe and Mail
February 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A simmering feud between factions of investors in Sino-Forest Corp., the Mississauga-headquartered Chinese timber firm that collapsed amid allegations it was a multibillion-dollar fraud, will boil over on Monday in a Toronto courtroom. A group of investment funds is planning to try to derail a $117-million settlement reached between lawyers acting for the majority of shareholders in Sino-Forest and the company’s former auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, which has been accused of failing to properly scrutinize Sino-Forest’s books.

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Has the Lumber Sector Turned the Corner?

Wall Street Journal
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Will Canada’s next boom grow on trees? The bounce-back comes after the permanent closure of about 140 major sawmills in the U.S. and Canada — closures that represented about an 11% decline in capacity for the industry. Ms. Mohr expects new sawmills to built in Canada’s west coast province of British Columbia, or shuttered ones to come back online, to accommodate the renewed demand. And that will bring jobs, she said, at sawmills and elsewhere.

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COFI Convention to be in PG

HQ Prince George
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Council of Forest Industries is set to host its annual convention in Prince George this April after taking 2012 off to get back to its traditional early spring date. The last conference was held in September 2011 and was a scaled down affair from what used to be a massive conference with over one thousand delegates at its peak in the early 2000’s. COFI Vice-President says this year’s theme of Transformation Thru Innovation equals Success will be seen across all events during the two day forum.

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Trend of flat lumber production expected to change this year

Vancouver Sun
February 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. lumber production rose in November following two months of declines, but remained within the narrow range observed through most of 2012.   …Current consensus forecasts peg 2013 U.S. housing starts at just under one million units. While this would remain significantly below the 20-year average, it would mark a 25 per cent jump from 2011 activity and fuel increased demand for B.C. lumber.

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Tembec looks for buyer for BC pulp mill

Business in Vancouver
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tembec Inc. is planning to sell its Skookumchuck pulp mill as part of a move to cut losses. …The Skookumchuck pulp mill north of Cranbrook employs roughly 280 workers. Tembec’s only other B.C. asset was its Chetwynd pulp mill, which was idled indefinitely in September 2012, putting 115 mill workers out of work. Linda Coates, vice-president of human resources and corporate affairs for Tembec, said the company is in discussion with a number of potential buyers for the Skookumchuck mill.

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What’s with forest industry objecting to another monopoly

Letter by George Delisle
Kelowna Capital News
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am responding to the Jan. 3 letter to the editor from David Lindsay, the president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada. He expressed concern for the monopoly that the rail transportation system wields, and how unfair it is to forest product companies in Canada. …I find it very strange that the forest companies are very concerned when they have to do business with another business that has a monopoly that controls part of their supply chain, but are more than happy to have a monopoly and full control over the log supply to their mills.

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Bust, boom and crunch

Kamloops Daily News
February 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a decade of turmoil, the Interior sawmill industry finally has markets beckoning for its lumber, only to be faced with a chronic timber-supply shortage. U.S. recovery and China’s burgeoning demand have pushed lumber prices to a six-year high, good news for mills that have managed to keep running but part of a feast-or-famine scenario and another challenge confronting the sector.

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Mill owner, First Nations to co-operate

Chief hopes pact means more jobs at Point Tupper
Chronicle Herald
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs are hoping an agreement with Port Hawkesbury Paper LLC will translate into more jobs at the Point Tupper mill. The two sides announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding Thursday, the first step in a process that paves the way for more employment opportunities. “It’s one of the first steps in working with Port Hawkesbury Paper … to develop some tangible results in the end,” Chief Bob Gloade, chief of the Millbrook First Nation, said in an interview.

Port Hawkesbury eager to hire Mi’kmaq workers from the CBC News

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Resolute to build sawmill in Atikokan

Chronicle Journal
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The once-struggling forestry sector in Northwestern Ontario received a helping of hope on Thursday with the announcement that a new sawmill is to be built in Atikokan by Resolute Forest Products. …With the construction of the sawmill, Atikokan will again have two mills in operation. The other is the Atikokan Renewable Fuels pellet production mill.
“This gets us back into the woods operations,” Brown said. s.

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New records for lumber, logs, housing starts

Oregon Natural Resources Report
February 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

New records for lumber, logs, housing starts, building permits, and unsold inventory, while mortgage rates remain low. Consistent annual improvement is expected. Five-year data of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below. …Supply and demand are so much a part of the wood products industry prices. Both housing starts and building permits posted new highs, over 900, and the highest since 2008. Production capacity at the mills and in the woods remain constrained, pushing prices higher. Stud prices at $335 are at a 7-year high, while log prices at $607are at a 6-year high.

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Log Export Operation Proposed for Newport’s Bayfront

KLCC.org
January 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A northwest company plans to bring a log export operation to Newport’s Bayfront. The plan has raised the ire of some residents who object to the impact it will have on traffic, the environment and tourism. Teevin Brothers has log yards in Eugene and Rainier. It currently exports to Asia from Rainier and is seeking to open another export operation in Newport. … He says Newport is uniquely situated with private timber land surrounding it and land owners who want to tap into the export market.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Taller wood condos may lower costs

Calgary Herald
February 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

Calgary builders are keeping a close eye on possible changes to building codes allowing taller condo buildings made of wood — which could lower construction costs and boost affordability for buyers. “There is definitely a market for affordable apartment product in Calgary, particularly in the inner city,” says Doug Owens, general manager of multi-family for Brookfield Homes. “If construction costs are truly 25 per cent less than concrete and steel construction, this would represent a substantial improvement in affordability.”

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Maple Prices Will Climb on Cabinet Sales

Woodworking Network
February 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The hard maple outlook is relatively good. Cabinet plants will be looking to purchase larger volumes in anticipation of additional sales growth in the months ahead. Demand from the residential flooring industry also appears to be picking up. 4/4 hard maple prices will climb in all regions, color selections and grades, but 5/4-8/4 markets won’t strengthen much.

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Forestry

Wanted: A new generation of lumberjacks

Globe and Mail
February 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

After a decade of downsizing, Canada’s forestry sector is gearing for a recruitment drive to attract young workers during an industry upswing.  A new website for the hiring campaign, TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, will be launched Monday night. David Lindsay, president of the Forest Products Association of Canada, will formally kick off the campaign by delivering the keynote speech on Wednesday in Montreal to the PaperWeek Canada conference and job fair.

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NDP spells out forest plans

Prince George Free Press
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A current forest inventory and re-dedication to replanting are critical components for the future of the industry, according to NDP forestry critic Norm Macdonald. Macdonald was in Prince George Thursday, meeting with a variety of stakeholders as the party moves forward setting up its plan for forestry, based on five priorities. Macdonald said there has been no accurate inventory done of the province’s forests for 30 years, meaning about 70 per cent of current decisions surrounding forestry is based on old information.

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Liberals dispute NDP forest ideas

Prince George Free Press
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…However though MLA Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training agrees inventory is important, he said the timber supply is looked at every five years in the province. …Bell added the NDP’s forest policy is shallow, and the one item they continually advocate for is increased inventory work though there is much more to the portfolio, including building markets and researching new product lines. Bell claimed the Liberal policy, built over the last 12 years, has helped draw the largest, second-largest and fifth-largest forest product manufacturers in the world to establish themselves in B.C.

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Get the forest facts right!

by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
The Province
February 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’m writing to clear up the errors and misrepresentations contained in MLA Bob Simpson’s letter Thursday about impending forestry legislation. Contrary to his assertions, the process we’ve followed in preparing this legislation has been fully transparent. Mr. Simpson cites a “leaked cabinet document” from last spring that talks about the “rollover” of licences, but that document was never seen by me, let alone cabinet. …I find it perplexing that Mr. Simpson has already decided to oppose the legislation without even seeing it.

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Logging on Cortes is sustainable

Campbell River Courier-Islander
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to Ray Grigg’s article on logging on Cortes Island, I must observe that seldom have I seen an article with so little truth involved. …IT has offered (upon negotiation with the more sensible Cortesians) to log only 20,000 m3 of their private holdings yearly, to not log old growth or log in tourist season, and to log in a generally low-impact manner, using local contractors. ….The Cortes timber is neither rare nor threatened; it is similar to all the timber holdings on the lower coast, as on the TFL on Quadra Island which is logged in a similar low impact fashion.

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Forestry workers who endured squalid camp still haven’t received pay, EI

Vancouver Sun
February 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than two years after 25 forestry workers were found living in squalid conditions at a camp near Golden, they have not received Employment Insurance and their former company has yet to pay them the wages they are owed. …The B.C. government has given the workers about half of what they are owed out of bid deposits paid to the Ministry of Forests by Khaira in 2010, when it was awarded the contract, but former employee Pasteur Nsekerabanyanka is losing hope that he will ever see the roughly $7,000 he is still owed because the company no longer exists.

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Independent Oversight of Forest and Range Practices

BC Forest Practices Board
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This bulletin describes the benefits to the BC public of having the Forest Practices Board provide independent oversight of forest and range practices. It is one of a series of five new Forest Practices Board bulletins describing important issues for forest management identified in recent Board work. The other bulletins in the series deal with the need to manage cumulative effects, the need for better public involvement in forest management decisions, the need for individual land managers with responsibility for an appropriately-sized landbase and the issue of professional reliance as a possible distraction from needed reforms.

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Marshall to put new focus on forestry

CBC News
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new minister of natural resources says now that Muskrat Falls has been given the green light, two of his top priorities will be forest and agriculture. Tom Marshall said that he will be turning his attention to issues such as the closed paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor. He said that the province still has half of AbitibiBowater’s wood supply to offer any potential buyers. “We’ll see what the proposals are,” he said. “

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Mountain caribou decline requires ‘extreme’ measures

Plans to increase the herds include captive breeding and sequestering pregnant cows and their calves
Vancouver Sun
February 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

B.C.’s southern mountain caribou populations continue to decline precipitously despite an extensive provincial recovery plan and now require extreme management measures – including, potentially, captive breeding – to ensure their survival. . …Anne Sherrod of the Valhalla Wilderness Society said the provincial emergency measures do not include two of the most important actions of all – an immediate ban on old-growth logging in areas where mountain caribou exist and greater restrictions on snowmobiling.

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Province takes next step in building the future of forestry

NG News
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The province is taking the next step in building the future of forestry by accepting expressions of interest for community forests. Seven groups have provided submissions, from St. Margarets Bay to Digby. “By allowing local communities to manage forests on Crown lands, we are moving the province closer to the forestry of the future envisioned in the province’s natural resources strategy,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We are ensuring new opportunities for families close to home, so it’s great to see so many community organizations embracing this forest management model.”

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Talking Forestry to Democrats

Agri Pulse
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Last month this column made the point that that farmers and production agriculture had to do a more effective job of communicating with Democratic leaders and expanding the political base of production agriculture. …The same can be said of forestry and the management of our national forests. Those who rely on our national forests for jobs and tax revenue must figure out how to more effectively make the case for forest management and federal appropriations to a larger audience.

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LETTER: Time to Pass Forest Jobs and Recreation Act

Letter by Three Rivers Challenge Partnership
Flathead Beacon
February 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yet another year of gridlock has passed. It’s time for our lawmakers to finally come together and pass the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act (FJRA). …If one silences the outside rhetoric from both sides and looks at what FJRA will do locally on the KNF, it’s clear that positive, homegrown and bipartisan solutions for our public lands can be rewarded with economic and recreational opportunities. Just as the local people who participated in the Three Rivers Challenge set aside their differences to find common-ground, it’s time for Washington D.C. to find the right opportunity to pass the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.

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Oregon Forestry Board Subcommittee Begins Work On Federal Forest Issues?

Albany Tribune
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A state Board of Forestry subcommittee will meet Feb. 5 to begin exploring ways in which the full board can most effectively work toward change in the management of federal forestlands. …The group’s formation signals a renewed board focus on issues involving federally owned forests, particularly the drier forests of eastern and interior southwestern Oregon. The challenges include deteriorating forest health, high fire danger, and economic hardship in communities dependent on federal timber harvests, which have declined significantly since the late 1980s.

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MLC warms towards forestry legislation

Tasmania Examiner
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUPPORT for the forestry peace deal is growing in the Legislative Council, with a key MLC declaring that she has more confidence in the agreement’s durability.
See your ad here Elwick MLC Adriana Taylor, who refused to support the enacting legislation in December, said evidence given to a parliamentary committee had helped allay many of her concerns. “One of the things that really came across to me was how committed all of the signatories are to making it work, which is really good to hear,” Mrs Taylor said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Great Bear carbon offsets need scrutiny

by Bob Simpson, Independent MLA for Cariboo North
Vancouver Sun
February 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Unfortunately, their arguments highlight the problematic nature of this latest carbon offset scheme. First, Langer states carbon offset projects must be transparent. As Hoekstra points out, the GBR project is anything but. Even as a duly elected member of the B.C. Legislature, I cannot access the models used to calculate the carbon offsets that are for sale. Based on the public project summary, it looks as though the base case scenario hyper-inflates the carbon available for sale.

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Biomass plant could meet 20 per cent of Sydney’s requirements, says company president

Cape Breton Post
January 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — A Cape Breton company outlined plans on Monday for a $36-million biomass plant producing electrical power, methane gas that can run buses and fertilizer. Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. says the plant to be constructed in Harbourside Commercial Park in Sydney will produce 50,000-megawatt hours of electrical power annually to be distributed locally.

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General

Domtar workers vote 88 per cent against adjustment

Kamloops Daily News
February 1, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

Union members at Domtar have rejected a contract adjustment worked out with the company, voting 88 per cent against a transition plan involving the layoff of 107 employees. The vote on Thursday drew a high member turnout, said Doug Cumming, interim president of Local 10B of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. “The company needed too many concessions for the transition plan to work,” he said. Cumming said the union has scheduled a meeting next Thursday with the company.

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