Region Archives: Canada East

Business & Politics

Ukrainians join Resolute staff

By Sandi Krasowski
Canadian Press in Penticton Herald
October 5, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — Immigrants are continuing the tradition of coming to Thunder Bay to find work, improve their livelihoods and settle into a new country and at least three organizations are helping in their transition. Resolute Forest Products’ recruitment strategy, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) project and the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association are working together to train and place immigrants arriving from Ukraine into the Thunder Bay workforce. Resolute Forest Products is leading the way by providing employment opportunities in Northwestern Ontario for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Ukraine. The company expects to recruit 10 employees from Ukraine at the Thunder Bay sawmill, six at the Ignace sawmill and more than 20 at the Atikokan plant

Additional coverage by Resolute: Resolute Works with Local Partners, Recruiting Workers from Ukraine

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Stella Jones, a Truro company, is churning out hundreds of utility poles for Nova Scotia Power

CBC News
September 28, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Stella Jones, a Truro, Nova Scotia, company is playing a key role in restoring power after post-tropical storm Fiona knocked it out for hundreds of thousands Nova Scotia Power customers. Nova Scotia Power is in the process of replacing hundreds of poles damaged in the storm. Stella Jones is the only company in the province that pressure-treats the wood used in utility poles. Most of the poles are made from yellow pine brought in from the southern U.S. The company treats other types of lumber, but right now the focus is exclusively on replacing poles damaged by Fiona. Nova Scotia Power buys 7,500 poles a year, but around 1,000 poles have left the plant per day since the storm hit. [END]

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New Brunswick goes quiet on whether forest companies really face $50M royalty hike

By Robert Jones
CBC News
September 28, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Mike Holland

The New Brunswick government says forestry companies will pay “tens of millions of dollars” more in timber royalties this year than last year, but it appears to have backed away from a widely circulated claim in July that extra revenue for the province could reach $50 million. What caused the shift is not entirely clear, and so far provincial officials are not answering questions about it. In a letter released last week criticizing a CBC News story that showed royalty rates on softwood pulpwood are being lowered by the province, Minister Mike Holland said most types of wood taken from provincially owned forests carry higher prices than last year. …”Total timber royalties could top $100 million.” …That’s a subtle but potentially significant revision of earlier estimates that the province would receive $50 million this year. …Reaching $100 million instead would require $32 million in additional royalty revenue, not $50 million.

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GreenFirst Announces Successful Debt Refinancing

By GreenFirst Forest Products
Business Wire in the Province
September 26, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO — GreenFirst Forest Products announced the closing of $140 million in financing from the Bank of Montreal. The financing includes a $125 million asset-backed revolving credit facility and a $15 million term loan. This refinancing replaced a high yield US$90 million secured term loan and a $65 million asset-backed loan facility. The refinanced credit terms have lowered the Company’s cost of capital and have simplified compliance. The terms also provide GreenFirst with flexibility to advance our strategy, which includes deploying capital to expand production at our operations and the possible sale of non-core assets.

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Forests Ontario leaves Toronto to put down new roots in Barrie

By Shawn Gibson
Barrie Today
September 21, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Forests Ontario celebrated National Forest Week, which runs Sept. 18-24, with the official opening of their new office in downtown Barrie. The organization’s headquarters had been in Toronto, across from Union Station, but the pandemic presented Forests Ontario with the opportunity to move north and get closer to its partners in the forestry sector. At Wednesday morning’s opening at the office on Maple Avenue Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen said he and the staff were happy to be in the city, citing several of the benefits of being here. “It really is a thrill to be here in Barrie and what a great location we have surrounded by the fantastic facilities that the city has to offer,” said Keen. “Right across from our front door is the lake, and for those coming in from Toronto, there is the GO station just down the road.”

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Stella-Jones Signs Agreement to Purchase Wood Pole Manufacturing Business of Texas Electric Cooperatives

Stella-Jones Inc.
September 15, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Montreal, Quebec — Stella-Jones Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets employed in the wood utility pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC), Inc. for a total purchase price of US$28M plus inventories of approximately US$4M. TEC produces southern yellow pine utility poles using Creosote and CCA preservatives at its wood treating facility in Jasper, Texas. Wood pole sales for the year ended December 31, 2021, totaled US$28 million. “This acquisition, which adds a 43rd manufacturing facility to our network, will enhance Stella-Jones’ offerings and expand our capacity to supply the growing needs of North America’s utility pole industry, while optimizing the overall efficiency of our continental network”, said Eric Vachon, President and CEO of Stella-Jones. “We look forward to welcoming the Jasper facility employees to our team of over 2,400 employees across North America.”

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Quebec Solidaire does not oppose the increase in logging in Quebec in the context of the fight against climate change

By Charles Lakevalier
The World Nation News
September 12, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Quebec Solidaire does not oppose the increase in logging in Quebec in the context of the fight against climate change, but proposes to ensure that the wood cut is the first to be used here in Quebec. “The first step is to deliver better value and make better use of what we have already cut. If we have to cut further, we are not closed to that, but it has to be done with respect to the ecosystems and the different communities that populate the region of Quebec,” said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, of Quebec Solidaire. After a tour of Chantiers Chibougamau… The leading technology company manufactures engineered wood, which can replace steel and concrete in large-scale buildings. This is exactly the kind of business the leftist party wants to promote with its 2030 climate plan.

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Resolute Forest Products Breaks Ground on Planer Mill at Senneterre, Quebec

The Resolute Blog
September 7, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

SENNETERRE, Quebec — A groundbreaking ceremony on August 26 marked the start of construction on a new planer mill adjacent to our Senneterre (Quebec) sawmill. The planer, expected to be functional by the end of this year, will optimize our fiber supply, enhance overall efficiency of the sawmill and reduce production costs for our Abitibi regional operations. Plans to modernize operations at the Senneterre sawmill were initially announced in July 2021 and also include the installation of automated sorting bins. The total investment of C$36 million in our Senneterre facility is aligned with our efforts to build a stronger company while driving economic activity in the communities where we operate.

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Former college directors describe pressure from forestry industry over instructor’s views

By Jacques Poitras
CBC News
September 12, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Rod Cumberland

Two former executive directors of the Maritime College of Forest Technology say that industry officials complained to them about an instructor’s anti-glyphosate views before he was fired. Robert Whitney, who retired in 2014, testified … about conversations he had about Rod Cumberland after the instructor sent out an email about glyphosate on his college account. “We can get rid of him. He has no tenure,” Whitney remembered being told at the time by Blake Brunsdon, then the chief forester for J.D. Irving Ltd. and an industry representative on the college board. And Gerry Redmond, Whitney’s successor, said he was approached by industry representatives on the college board “…to sanction Rod to prevent him from talking about the glyphosate issue.” Cumberland is suing the college for wrongful dismissal, alleging his 2019 firing … was motivated by his vocal criticism of the use of glyphosate by the forest industry. The college argues it’s because he had bullied students and undermined a colleague.

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Northern forestry leaders recognized in top 10 under 40

Northern Ontario Business
September 6, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Ashleigh Marchl

Bilal Junaidi

A pair of forest industry professionals are being recognized for their work in northwestern Ontario mills.  Bilal Junaidi and Ashleigh Marchl have been named to Pulp & Paper Canada’s list of the top 10 pulp and paper professionals under 40.  Junaidi is a process engineer at Domtar’s pulp and paper mill in Dryden, while Marchl is the manager of environment and health and safety at Resolute Forest Products’ pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay.  At 29, Junaidi has worked in the mill’s power and recovery department for three and a half years.  According to his profile, he’s a “quick and innovative thinker” who has “demonstrated leadership and drive to achieve the mill’s goals and objectives.” …Over her 14 years at Resolute Forest Products, Marchl has held a number of positions, including environmental coordinator and superintendent. Her current role as manager of environment and health and safety is a recent promotion.

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Defeated at the Supreme Court, Ontario will dramatically raise the industrial carbon price

By Isaac Callan and Colin D’Mello
Global News
September 7, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

A year after losing its court battle over the federal carbon tax at Canada’s supreme court, the Ford government appears to have capitulated and is raising the price of carbon for industrial polluters under its own emissions program. A regulatory proposal amending Ontario’s emissions performance standards shows the price per tonne of carbon from industrial emitters will balloon from the current $40 per tonne to $65 in 2024 and spiking at $170 in 2031. The changes will mean Ontario will apply the same carbon pricing that Premier Doug Ford spent years lamenting, ensuring that the province is in line with federal regulations while maintaining some control over carbon pricing in the industrial sector. …Sectors impacted by the regulation include cement, chemicals, electrical generation and pulp facilities.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architects come up with bold vision for 105-storey wood skyscraper in Toronto

September 29, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

An architecture firm has an ambitious vision to bring a 105-storey, zero-carbon tower made of timber to the Toronto skyline. While there are no concrete (or, in this case, wood) plans to actually construct this behemoth, this enormous vision offers a glimpse into how the city can stay its current course of Manhattanization without further contributing to climate change. A presentation for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Hybrid Workshop Conference back in May by Craig Applegath, Founding Partner at architects Dialog, outlines a prototype for a gargantuan tower that meets a call to action. …Dialog and partner EllisDon’s purely conceptual proposal would theoretically be constructed atop the current TTC bus terminal at Finch subway station, using a newly-patented hybrid timber panel system, or HTPS. The federal government has taken notice of this novel HTPS system, contributing $550,000 in funding to its development through the Green Construction through Wood Program.

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Thunder Woman Healing Lodge in Toronto to incorporate mass timber and net-zero elements

By Angela Gismondi
The Daily Commercial News
September 20, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO, Ontario — Chandos Construction is building a new, seven-storey residential building in Toronto for the Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society that will provide transitional housing and support for formerly incarcerated Indigenous women. The design includes mass timber and net-zero elements and will be built in collaboration with Indigenous trades. For the team building the Thunder Woman Healing Lodge in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ont., incorporating green and sustainable elements is an integral part of the project, but the availability and cost of materials is creating challenges. …Once built, the seven-storey lodge, located at 2217 Kingston Rd., will provide transitional housing and wraparound supports for formerly incarcerated Indigenous women. The building, which will be the only facility of its kind in Ontario, will incorporate the Indigenous healing lodge tradition, a community-based residential healing space and a transitional rental housing program under one roof.

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PhD student aims to reduce pulp and paper’s environmental footprint, inspire underprivileged youth

By Tyler Irving
University of Toronto News
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Gaius St. Marie

For Gaius St. Marie, a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of Toronto is not only a way to pursue his passion for science, technology and sustainability – but also to serve as a role model for his community. For his PhD thesis, St. Marie will work with an industrial consortium that includes many pulp and paper producers to help the industry lower its environmental impact by understanding the factors that cause fluctuations in the composition of black liquor… While black liquor is typically recycled, fluctuations in its composition can hinder this process. By developing a model to help pulp and paper mills predict and account for these fluctuations, St. Marie hopes to give them the tools to be even more efficient in their use of resources. …St. Marie is a recipient of this year’s IBET Momentum Fellowship… to support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students…

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Forestry

New tool developed to improve health of northern Ontario forests

By Kenneth Armstrong
The Soo Today
October 3, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Reclaiming an area that was once forested is not always as simple a process as just planting new trees. A new research tool developed in northern Ontario is helping to guide municipalities, landowners and forest managers in determining which mix of species will best serve the goals of the reclamation. PlantR is an online platform developed by Isabelle Aubin and a team of collaborators, including scientists from the Canadian Forest Service.  “The question we heat a lot from urban planners and forest managers is what should I plant when I do a restoration project? What we say is it depends on your restoration goals,” said Aubin. …Users can input data like the soil conditions of the area and restoration goals and even budget for the PlantR platform’s algorithm to consider. …it creates a plan to best meet those goals within the budget set by the user.

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Three northern Ontario First Nations taking legal action against province over boreal forest

By Chelsea Papineau
CTV News Northern Ontario
October 4, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A group of First Nations in northern Ontario, that are part of the James Bay Treaty (Treaty 9), are taking the province to court over changes to environmental and forest management legislation and regulations. Three of the 49 Treaty 9 First Nations… launched legal action in court on Friday over concern for the degradation of the boreal forest in their traditional territories. “The action aims to force Ontario to make meaningful changes now before harms are irreversible to the detriment of the boreal forest, all Treaty 9 First Nations, and all Ontarians,” the group said in a news release Tuesday. ”The plaintiff First Nations want Ontario to finally understand that its approach to managing the forests and the environment, including the widespread spraying of glyphosate herbicide, Ontario is failing to uphold the promises it made under Treaty 9 to protect the First Nations’ way of life and livelihoods in their traditional territories.”

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Thunder Bay foresters get national nod for industry contributions

Northern Ontario Business
September 30, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A pair of foresters from Thunder Bay are receiving national recognition for their contributions to the industry.  Tom Ratz and Christa Campbell, who both work for Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay, have received Awards of Excellence from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).  The acknowledgement came during National Forest Week.  Tom Ratz, RPF, is currently Resolute’s forestry manager for Ontario, received FPAC’s Member of the Year Award, which goes to a member who has “gone above and beyond in advancing the values of environmental stewardship, strengthening forestry communities, and supporting forest sector colleagues and partners.”…Christa Campbell received the Rising Star Award for bringing passion and pride to her workplace and for making unique contributions, according to FPAC.  

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Alberni Valley Community Forest puts the ‘community’ in its forest

By Susie Quinn
Alberni Valley News
September 30, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

The Alberni Valley Community Forest takes a community-based approach to management.  While the forest belongs to the City of Port Alberni and is managed by Chris Law and his company, the public has a say in how the forest is managed, says Law. Public input is considered in two different ways: through an annual open house and survey, and through meetings with user groups.  “We have a survey that we put out to the public (to discover) what their values are for the forest and we put that into our management plan.”  They meet with user groups at least once a year: hikers, all-terrain vehicle riders.  …User groups give forest managers suggestions on which features they would like to see opened up. For example, Law plans to harvest close to the forest fire lookout tower above Sproat Lake. It’s an area where hiking groups have indicated they would like closer access.

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The Healing Place and Forests Ontario’s Reconciliation Community Tree Plant program extended with support from TD Bank Group

By Forests Ontario
Cision Newswire
September 30, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

BARRIE, ON – Forests Ontario is expanding its Reconciliation Community Tree Plant program thanks to a generous contribution of $450,000 over three years from TD Bank Group. In collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and organizations across the province, the Reconciliation Community Tree Plant program is rooted in the belief that meaningful engagement and shared experiences are crucial steps forward in the journey towards Truth and Reconciliation. The Reconciliation Community Tree Plant program builds upon the success of the first Healing Place that was opened in 2020 on the traditional territories of the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations in eastern Ontario. A permanent community space inspired by reflection and recovery among nature, The Healing Place was designed to reflect and represent practices recognized by both Western science and Indigenous knowledge systems.

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Restoring treasured black ash trees at heart of P.E.I. project

By Nancy Russell
CBC News
September 30, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

CJ Cleal

C.J. Cleal has gone for some interesting walks in the woods this summer in search of black ash trees — part of an P.E.I.-wide project to preserve the species, which is culturally significant for the Mi’kmaq. As part of the project, individual black ash trees are being surveyed and mapped using GPS, and will be regularly inspected for seed production. The second phase of the project involves growing the seeds in nurseries and planting 2,000 black ash seedlings across the province. “The idea is to replenish the population of black ash because it has been depleted over the last hundred years or so,” said Cleal, who is forestry manager for the Abegweit Conservation Society. Cleal said the black ash produces seed only every seven to nine years. It also needs a mate, as there are male and female trees.

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County of Kings calls for Nova Scotia moratorium on forestry aerial glyphosate spray

By Kirk Starratt
SaltWire
September 29, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

BURLINGTON, N.S. — Another Nova Scotia municipality is adding its voice to those calling for a provincial moratorium on the aerial spraying of glyphosate-based herbicide on forestry land. At a special council meeting on Sept. 20, Kings County council approved a recommendation from the committee of the whole (COTW) made earlier in the day. The recommendation was made following a presentation to council by Nina Newington of Mount Hanley, representing the Don’t Spray Us! Nova Scotia group. Council agreed to write a letter to Premier Tim Houston and Environment and Climate Change Minister Timothy Halman. They are requesting a moratorium be placed on aerial spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides on forested land until a formal report requisitioned by the provincial government on the net benefit or net losses of such activity to Nova Scotians can be obtained.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency raises alarm as spotted lanternfly pest nears border

By Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press in CTV News
September 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking Canadians to keep an eye out for an invasive bug that could spell disaster for the country’s wineries and fruit growers. The spotted lanternfly is a pest native to China that has been making inroads in the United States since 2014. Thus far, the small grey-and-red insect with spotted wings has not been found alive in Canada. But in early September, hundreds of adults were found in a residential area in Buffalo, N.Y., just 45 km away from the Canadian border. …”We’re becoming more and more concerned about the proximity to Canada, and particularly our grape-growing industries, because this is a pest that has had significant impacts on the grape and fruit industry in the United States,” said Diana Mooij, a specialist in the invasive alien species program within the CFIA.

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New technology helping plan the forests of the future in Sudbury

By Lyndsay Aelick
CTV News
September 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Sudbury’s celebrated re-greening efforts are continuing to inspire Canadian researchers. Scientists are using new technology to help plan forests, including a pilot project going on in Sudbury. PlantR is an interactive tool created by Isabelle Aubin and her team at Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Aubin said it’s a way to ensure new forests thrive by including the right plant species for that specific area. …The interactive platform uses a data-rich algorithm to generate solutions for forest managers. Although still in the early stages, the initial response to its potential as a modelling tool has been promising. …PlantR is already being put to good use through a joint project between Laurentian and College Boreal that has researchers looking at how abandoned gravel pits may be restored. The hope is that eventually PlantR will be able to be used not only across northern Ontario, but Canada and beyond. 

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Filmmaker takes tree-planting to the big screen

By Richard Party
Barrie Today
September 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Rita Leistner

BARRIE, Ontario — On Monday, Sept. 26, local residents have a chance to experience a visually stunning and authentic look at the little-known and rarely appreciated life of tree planters in Forest for the Trees. Created by world-travelling photojournalist, photographer and documentarian Rita Leistner, Forest for the Trees offers an honest and moving look at the extreme conditions that are a tree-planter’s reality. “I wanted to make this film so that other people could get a feel for why so many tree-planters return year after year despite how hard the work is. I wanted folks to get a feel for why someone like me, who has had a long career as a documentarian since I planted my last tree in 1993, would be willing to go back and dedicate half a decade more of my life to tree-planting, a world I’d left behind so many years ago.”

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‘Pretty impressive’: County celebrates forest’s 100-year legacy

By Nikki Cole
Barrie Today
September 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

The roots of the Simcoe County Forest were celebrated Saturday with a special event at the Simcoe County Museum. In commemoration of National Forest Week in Canada, the event included a formal opening of the forestry education area and the unveiling of new interactive displays. Donna Lacey, a representative with the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), the oldest forestry society in Canada, attended the event, which also served as a culmination of a year of celebrations of the county being named the Forest Capital of Canada for 2022. …This designation was especially significant as it marks the second time the county has received it — the first time being in 1982. …Craig Drury attended the event with his family, and told BarrieToday they felt “privileged” to be there to witness something his great-grandfather, Ernest Charles Drury — who was premier of Ontario from 1919 to 1923 — had helped set in motion a century ago.

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Up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding now available

By Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

GATINEAU, QC – Indigenous Peoples in Canada have long been environmental stewards on land, ice, and water and are the original leaders in sustainable development and natural resource management. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to support Indigenous leadership in conservation as we tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced that the department is now accepting expressions of interest for up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding. The Indigenous-led area-based conservation program provides funding to Indigenous Peoples to lead or co-lead projects to establish and recognize protected areas. This includes other effective area-based conservation measures across Canada, such as Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas that can contribute to Canada’s conservation targets.

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New Brunswick receiving less than nothing on softwood pulpwood after Crown timber royalty changes

By Robert Jones
CBC News
September 23, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

René Legacy

The New Brunswick government reset timber royalties as promised last month but not all charges to forest companies went up as the province has been suggesting, including to MLAs last week. …Liberal finance critic René Legacy said that is a surprise to him, especially since MLAs on the legislature’s public accounts committee put questions about timber royalties to the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development just last week. In a written statement, the department said softwood pulp is a small percentage of wood cut in New Brunswick and that prices paid to private sellers of softwood pulp are already depressed with the lower royalty rate following that trend, not leading it. “The Department has seen significant volume of material either left in the woods during harvest operations. …The Department expects this new rate to better reflect fair market value and result in better utilization of this resource.”

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James Leggate Forestry Named Woodland Owner of the Year

By Natural Resources and Renewables
The Government of Nova Scotia
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Christina Millar & James Leggate

The winner of the provincial 2022 Woodland Owner of the Year Award is James Leggate Forestry of Five Mile River, Hants County. Owners James Leggate and Christina Millar are silviculture contractors and have a 243-hectare (600-acre) woodlot. They have done several silvicultural treatments on the property, including tree planting, appropriate selection-harvest methods, commercial thinning and pre-commercial thinning. “Private woodlot owners play an important role in Nova Scotia’s future. This year’s winners show how sustainable woodland ownership and biodiversity go hand in hand,” said Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton. “It’s wonderful to have private woodlot owners working with us to foster biodiversity as we advance ecological forestry on Crown land in Nova Scotia.”

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Canada’s Forest Trust Announces The Appointment of Its Science, Innovation and Policy Board Members

Canada’s Forest Trust
September 21, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Ottawa, ON – Canada’s Forest Trust (CFT) announces the first four members of its Science, Innovation and Policy Board, chaired by Peter van Dijk, Chief Sustainable Finance and Policy Officer at CFT. The board members will advise CFT on scientific research, innovation, technology, governance, carbon markets, partnerships, international regulations and policy as it relates to mitigating and adapting to climate change through the tools of sustainable forestation and other nature-based solutions. Areas of focus will include soil fertility, tree and forest health, planting technologies, carbon sequestration measuring and verification technologies, biodiversity, improving wellness through urban forestation and the creation of high-quality carbon credits for compliance and voluntary carbon markets. Meet the Board Members:

  • Joanna Eyquem – Managing Director of Climate-Resilient Infrastructure at the University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Blair Feltmate – Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo
  • Steve Hounsell – Chair of the Ontario Biodiversity Council
  • Dr. Warren Mabee – Associate Dean and Director of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University

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Anti-glyphosate camps pop up in Nova Scotia forests while spraying is underway

By Cloe Logan
National Observer
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Yearly glyphosate spraying has begun in Nova Scotia, and with it, groups of residents are setting up opposition camps against herbicide spraying in the province’s forests. As of Wednesday, protesters are camped out around or on 10 aerial herbicide spray sites in the province, adding to a smaller number of occupations that have existed since Sept. 1. Glyphosate sprays in Nova Scotia have been cancelled in the past after efforts from the group leading the camps, Don’t Spray! Nova Scotia. Glyphosate-based herbicide spraying is common in the forestry industry, with companies using it to kill vegetation that competes with the softwood trees they harvest. …Glyphosate use is being phased out in Europe, which will ban the product come December. However, Canada’s federal government continues to approve its use, most recently in January 2019.

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Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund support Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program

By Forests Ontario
Cision Newswire
September 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

BARRIE, ON – To celebrate National Forest Week and a generous $100,000 grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Forests Ontario visited the Cabela’s store in Barrie on Friday. The grant supports … Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program. “By uniting our passionate customers with conservation leaders and industry partners, we’re taking bold actions to ensure a bright future for outdoorsmen and women and the wildlife we love. We are proud to support Forests Ontario and help create healthy, new forests right here in Ontario,” Bob Ziehmer, Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Sr. Director of Conservation, says. The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is supported by their customers when they decide to round up their purchase at the register… Forests Ontario and its partners planted 2.5 million native tree seedlings across the province in the 2022 planting season as part of the 50 Million Tree Program, bringing the program total to 36.7 million trees planted…

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Events Planned to Celebrate National Forest Week in Newfoundland & Labrador

By Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
September 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture will be supporting and participating in several events taking place throughout the province to mark National Forest Week 2022, being celebrated from September 18 – 24 and National Tree Day on Wednesday, September 21. The theme for National Forest Week this year is “Canada’s Forests: Solutions for a Changing Climate”. On September 21, the department will host ‘Explore Forestry Day’ taking place at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook. This all-day event will feature a variety of forestry related exhibits and demonstrations designed to educate and inform youth about our forests outside in a natural, fun-filled setting. Throughout the week, Forestry and Wildlife district staff will also be visiting elementary schools in Gander, Pasadena and L’Anse au Loup to deliver various forestry themed activities, demonstrations and discussions about issues such as tree planting, forest fire prevention, wildlife control and forest management.

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Cinéfest: Tissue, ecology and a love story about a forest

By Jenny Lamothe
Sudbury.com
September 16, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Premiering at Cinéfest this Sunday, Michael Zelniker set out to make a movie about the impact of toilet paper manufacturing on Canada’s boreal forest. …Zelniker has spent his life dedicated to film, television and theatre. But his newest project, which will premiere at Cinéfest Sudbury on Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m., is more about his dedication to the environment. The Issue with Tissue: A boreal love story began as a look into a situation Zelniker was deeply troubled by, the act of cutting a vast number of trees in the boreal forests to be used predominantly for toilet paper. But as he began documenting the situation, travelling across the country, learning and filming as he went, the theme changed. “The movie is no longer about toilet paper, it is what I call the most obscene illustration for what’s gone wrong,” Zelniker told Sudbury.com. 

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A group of First Nations Elders is trying to ban glyphosate. They say it’s killing their way of life

By Dr. Susan Bell Chiblow, assistant professor, University of Guelph
CBC News
September 13, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

My name is Susan Bell Chiblow. I am Crane Clan from Garden River First Nation in the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, which is part of the Anishinaabek territory. In 2015, Elder Willie Pine, a Mississauga First Nation told me that glyphosate was being sprayed in our territory and that he was working with Elders from the North Shore of Lake Huron in northern Ontario to stop it. Glyphosate is a herbicide. It’s the active ingredient in products like Roundup — it’s used to kill plants and weeds. While glyphosate is banned for cosmetic use and sale in certain parts of Canada, it is one of the most widely used herbicides on lawns, in gardens and in forestry operations. A number of scientific studies have shown that glyphosate can increase the risk of cancer. …In forestry operations in and around the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, glyphosate is used to kill trees that compete with commercially valuable species. 

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First recipients awarded $10,000 from Peter deMarsh Memorial Bursary (Research)

Canadian Forest Owners
September 7, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Peter deMarsh

OTTAWA, ON – Canadian Forest Owners (CFO) is proud to announce Master of Fine Arts student Lara Felsing at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Maxime Saulnier, who is completing a Master’s degree in forestry at Laval University in Québec City, are the first recipients of the Peter deMarsh Memorial Bursary for research. Each have been awarded $10,000 to support the final stage of their studies. “Both these young people are using their talents to help solve social, economic or environmental problems,” explains Susannah Banks, CFO Co-Chair, and Executive Director of New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners. “This bursary is a natural extension of Peter deMarsh’s achievements, a man who worked to convince millions of forest owners around the world to act collectively within local, regional, national and international organizations to create better policy to support sustainable forests.”

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Concerns over logging plans in populated area of Barbers Bay

By Nicole Stoffman
Timmins Daily Times
September 6, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A concerned resident of Quirion Road in Barbers Bay was looking forward to attending a town hall meeting in Connaught last Wednesday to contest plans to harvest the forest behind her home. However, after The Daily Press requested comment from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Abitibi Forest Management Inc. in advance of the meeting, it was cancelled. “It has been decided that the licensing for harvest block German 161 has been put on hold until further notice from the MNRF Timmins District Manager,” said Abitibi forester Aaron Palmer in an email to the Barbers Bay Residents Association (BBRA). “In addition, it has been brought to our attention that the media has been contacted, and the intent of this meeting was to have a constructive conversation solely between ARFMI, MRNF and BBRA rather than to provide responses to the media or press.” 

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Yardi Contributes to Canadian Boreal Forest Conservation

By Yardi
Cision Newswire
September 7, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Yardi® is making a significant donation to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protect and care for the largest private conservation project in the country’s history – the Boreal Wildlands project in northern Ontario. The Yardi donation will help NCC permanently protect an area twice the size of the city of Toronto. NCC, which is dedicated to accelerating conservation, restoring ecosystems and caring for biodiversity, will execute the project in collaboration with communities, government, Indigenous Peoples and others. …”Yardi commends NCC’s dedication to slowing climate change and is pleased to support the transformational Boreal Wildlands project, whose impact will extend far beyond Canada,” said Peter Altobelli, vice president and general manager of Yardi Canada Ltd. …Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. 

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Four species of Quebec trees are declining and at risk: Global Tree Assessment

By Daniel J. Rowe
CTV News Montreal
September 6, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Protect native species, eliminate invasive trees and plant more that belong here. Those are three tips that conservationists would like to see followed to halt the decline or even extinction of tree species across the globe. Malin Rivers is head of conservation prioritization at the Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which runs the Global Tree Assessment project and produced a paper warning about the risk of massive tree extinction. In Quebec, Rivers and her team assessed 78 species of trees and found that four of them are at risk: White ash; Eastern hemlock; Butternut; and American elm. …Invasive trees are common in Quebec as well. The Norway Maple, for example, was introduced to North America in the 1700s. Tree Canada says the Norway Maple can prevent native tree seedlings (sugar maple and red oak) from establishing, and its leaves release toxins that affect soil fungi and microbes.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Toronto Dominion Securities invests $10 million in Boreal Wildlands Carbon Project

TD Securities Inc. Equity Capital Markets
Cision Newswire
September 21, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO – The Toronto-Dominion Bank announced a $10 million investment into the Boreal Wildlands Carbon Project located in Hearst, Northern Ontario. The project is being developed by Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in support of its crucial efforts to protect nearly 1,500 square kilometers of boreal forest in Northern Ontario – the largest single private conservation project ever undertaken in Canada. Known as the ‘lungs’ of the planet, Canada’s boreal forests hold more than 10 per cent of the world’s land-based carbon reserves, and their protection remains critical in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change. Through its investment, TD Securities (TDS) will help conserve more than 145,173 hectares of mixed hardwood and softwood boreal forest. TDS will receive access to a portion of the carbon offsets generated from the project. The investment demonstrates TD’s commitment to supporting the growth and development of voluntary carbon markets by providing innovative financing solutions.

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Nova Scotia Power to burn more biomass to generate “renewable” electricity

By Jennifer Henderson
The Halifax Examiner
September 7, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Just when we thought the news on energy prices couldn’t get worse, it does. Nova Scotia plans on burning more biomass to generate “renewable” energy. In its latest update, Nova Scotia Power states it will significantly increase its burning of biomass to generate more “renewable” electricity. The renewable is in quotes because whether it’s an accurate description depends on whether the wood being fed into the boilers has been clearcut or harvested sustainably. …Nova Scotia Power intends to ramp up the use of biomass at boilers located at both Port Hawkesbury Paper and Brooklyn Energy. Biomass will increase to 4% of the total fuel mix in 2023, up from 2% last year. …All of this is upsetting to Ray Plourde, wilderness coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre and a long-time critic of how forestry biomass is used to produce electricity.

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