Region Archives: Canada East

Business & Politics

Nolan Quinn Appointed Associate Minister of Forestry in Ontario

By Jason Setnyk
The Seaway News
June 15, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Nolan Quinn

ONTARIO — On June 6, MPP Nolan Quinn was appointed to the Cabinet, assuming the role of Associate Minister of Forestry, working alongside Minister of Natural Resources Graydon Smith. …Previously, Quinn served as the parliamentary assistant to Ontario’s health minister, gaining deep insights into public service. …Quinn underlined the urgency and importance of his new role in forestry, particularly in addressing the pressing economic challenges in Northern Ontario. “Forestry is a way of life up there,” he noted. “There’s a mill currently closed down in the north, so that is a concern right now. I believe there’s an immediate need for me to jump right into the file.” …Quinn is determined to leverage his business experience to support the forestry sector, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and competitiveness.

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A five-point action plan for the future of pulp and paper in Ontario

By Jeremy Williams, Bud Knauff, Tom Clark and Don Huff
Northern Ontario Business
June 14, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Over the past seven months, there have been significant mill closures in Ontario pulp mills in Espanola and Terrace Bay, and the corrugated medium mill in Trenton. As well, the Temiscaming, Que. cellulose plant closure received significant wood from Ontario. While these closures seem to come out of the blue, the process to close a mill starts years before when companies make conscious decisions not to reinvest. …Why did Terrace Bay and Espanola pulp mills close and mills in Dryden and Thunder Bay continue to operate? The Dryden mill, which opened 1983, and the Thunder Bay mill, which opened in 1976, are not new but have been maintained and upgraded. …Since there is no longer any significant pulp production occurring east of Lake Nipigon, what is the future of the large sawmills in eastern Ontario? …Sawmills will be forced to curtail production if they cannot find a home for residuals.

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J. P. Towner appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of RONA inc.

Rona Inc.
June 17, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

J.P. Towner

Boucherville, QC – RONA inc., one of Canada’s leading home improvement retailers operating and servicing some 425 corporate and affiliated stores, announces the appointment of J. P. Towner to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Towner joined RONA in October 2023 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, financial management and leadership, whose extensive expertise and proven track record of driving profitable growth will support RONA’s ambition of becoming the best home improvement retailer in Canada. J.P. Towner has previously held top leadership roles in high-profile Canadian retail and construction companies, including Chief Financial Officer at Dollarama and Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at Pomerleau Inc.

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Nova Scotia community ‘devastated’ by loss of historic sawmill, museum

By Richard Woodbury
CBC News
June 8, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

People in the Meteghan, Nova Scotia, area are mourning the loss of a historic Bangor Sawmill that burned down Saturday. Kevin Saulnier, the chief of the Meteghan Fire Department, said the building was engulfed in flames when crews arrived and his department quickly called for assistance. In total, around 85 firefighters responded to the call and 14 trucks were on site. Saulnier said people coming into the fire department this morning were grieving. He said no one was injured. Saulnier said crews were able to save some of the artifacts from the museum, adding it’s unclear what caused the fire. …”It was very, very important to the community and even to the province because we were one of the … last functioning sawmills in North America with a certain water turbine, which was called the Little Giant,” Denise Comeau Desautels, chair of the committee that oversees the museum’s operations said.

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Cabinet shuffle includes new names for some ministries

By Randy Thoms
Kenora Online
June 7, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

There are some new names of government ministries as part of a cabinet shuffle by Premier Doug Ford as Queen’s Park ended its spring session. Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford remains as Minister of Northern Development. He is also Minister of Indigenous Affairs, but the Ministry changes to Indigenous Affairs and First Nations Economic Reconciliation. The Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry reverts to the Ministry of Natural Resources, with Gradyon Smith holding the portfolio. Nolan Quinn becomes an Associate Minister of Forestry as part of the MNR. Former Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson now becomes Minister of Rural Affairs, while Rob Flack heads a new ministry called the Ministry of Farming, Agriculture and Agribusiness.

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Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. fined $250,000 for Fisheries Act offence in New Brunswick

By Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
May 31, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

EDMUNDSTON, NB – …On May 30, 2024, Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. was fined $250,000 in New Brunswick Provincial Court after pleading guilty to one charge of contravening subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act by permitting the deposit of a deleterious substance, namely pulp and paper process water called groundwood white water, into the Madawaska River. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. On March 10, 2021, during a routine inspection at Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. in Edmundston, Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers noted that a pipeline owned and operated by the company had failed, resulting in the deposit of groundwood white water into the fish-bearing Madawaska River.

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CN expands firefighting fleet with addition of two improved train sets

By Bill Stephens
Trains
May 30, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

MONTREAL — Canadian National has beefed up its ability to battle wildfires with the addition of two new firefighting trains. The Trident and Neptune trains, unveiled yesterday, will join CN’s original firefighting train, Poseidon, in combating fires along the railway’s right of way, particularly in isolated areas. “By deploying these new firefighting railcars, we’re not only reinforcing our commitment to securing the supply chain, but also helping to support the safety and security of our neighbors in communities along our network,” Matthew McClaren, assistant VP of safety, said. …Key improvements on Trident and Neptune include additional 360-degree cameras placed at both ends for real-time visibility, a separate 20-foot container to hold pumps, hoses, and generators, as well as a 40-foot container with a built-in staircase and crow’s nest. The crow’s nest has two additional water canons and provides greater visibility for crews.

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Irving proposes $1.1B pulp mill overhaul to boost output, cut CO2

By Andrew Bates
The Telegraph-Journal
May 29, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — A proposed overhaul at Irving’s pulp mill on the west side of Saint John could boost output by two-thirds by replacing the mill’s oil-fired boiler and adding a turbine, the company says. Irving Pulp & Paper says it’s submitted its preliminary application for a $1.1 billion capital improvement plan titled NextGen. The project, which could be in construction for four to six years, involves replacing the recovery boiler at the mill, which Irving says is an oil-fired boiler installed in the 1970s. Irving says the new recovery boiler can increase production by approximately 66% and would “facilitate” other environmental upgrades, including a new steam turbine and “green energy generator” as well as improvements to re-use water at the mill. Switching from heavy fuel oil to steam power and natural gas is expected to also reduce greenhouse gases, Irving says. …The assessment calls it the biggest investment in Canada’s forest products industry since 1993.

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The Québec Government Invests $1.15 million to Support Projects for the Conversion of Forest Biomass into Energy

Consortium de recherche et innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec
May 24, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Quebec City – The Quebec government has announced a three-year, $1.15 million grant to the Consortium de recherche et innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec (CRIBIQ) to promote innovation and pre-commercialization in the supply and conditioning of forest biomass for bioenergy production. …On May 21, thanks to this financial support, the CRIBIQ launched a call for projects aimed at providing financial backing for industrial projects that use forest biomass to produce bioenergy. Financial assistance is available for up to $200,000 per project. An abundant resource in Quebec, forest biomass is a woody material that can be used to produce electricity, heat or biofuel. Its energy recovery maximizes the use of resources such as forest residues, which are usually left on the cutting grounds. The initiative will directly stimulate innovation in the forest biomass bioenergy sector, and contribute to the government’s objective of reducing Quebec’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37.5% by 2030

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Pictou County, Liverpool react to Northern Pulp settlement deal

CBC News
May 23, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

NOVA SCOTIA — It was an emotional day for some community leaders Thursday in Pictou County and Liverpool after the Nova Scotia government announced it has reached a tentative deal with Northern Pulp that would see the company drop its legal fight to reopen the shuttered mill on Abercrombie Point. Andrea Paul, who previously served as chief of Pictou Landing First Nation for 12 years, said she was “really pleased” that the agreement would mean the mill wouldn’t resume operating. …But for Coun. Andy Thompson of the Municipality of Pictou County, it’s “a tough day for families,” signalling the loss of well-paying jobs in the area. …”We talk about affordability in Nova Scotia and in Canada, and the best way to fight affordability is to have a good-paying job. And right now, our community is losing a lot of them,” he said.

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Northern Pulp critics urge Nova Scotia government to be wary of Paper Excellence

By Jean Laroche
CBC News
May 24, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

NOVA SCOTIA — The mayor of Pictou and environmentalists have urged the provincial government and municipal leaders on the South Shore to be wary in their dealings with Northern Pulp’s parent company, Paper Excellence. On Thursday, the Houston government and Paper Excellence announced they had reached a deal that would end a $450-million lawsuit. Mayor Jim Ryan said that the four years since the mill operated have been good for his town, although the loss of jobs has been hard. …As for the possibility of a new mill, Ryan cautioned municipalities along the South Shore. …”Instead of doing everything they could to make sure the environment was protected and the health of residents was protected, I think they were looking for a minimum that could be reached.” Environmentalists were more pointed in their criticism of the company and the possibility of it setting up a new mill.

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Finance & Economics

Booming Population and Plummeting Housing Starts: What’s Next for Toronto’s Housing Market?

By John Pasalis
Move Smartly
May 29, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO — Canada’s population is experiencing rapid growth, but housing starts are plummeting, raising concerns for the future of Toronto’s housing market. …In the first four months of 2024, Canada’s working-age population grew by 411,000 people, a 47% increase over the same period last year and nearly quadruple the average growth from 2007 to 2022. This population boom is putting immense pressure on the housing market as the demand for homes rises with the increasing number of residents. Despite the population surge, new home construction starts in Ontario is slowing down, reverting to 2018 levels. Housing starts in April 2024 were down 37%, and experts predict further declines. This slowdown is most pronounced in the condo market, which is expected to see the lowest sales volumes in nearly two decades. …While Toronto’s condo market may face challenges, the low-rise market will likely remain stable due to sustained demand from permanent residents. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

University of New Brunswick researchers awarded nearly $5 million in natural sciences and engineering research funding

University of New Brunswick
June 14, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Researchers at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have been awarded $4,966,756 in new research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The funding was announced on June 14 by the Government of Canada as part of a $693.8 million bundle. “Funding support from our federal tri-agency partners is an important part of our community’s ability to undertake groundbreaking research,” said Dr. David MaGee, UNB’s vice-president research. …The announced funding also included five-year grants for 23 new projects through the NSERC Discovery Grants program. These projects span topics from advanced nanocomposite materials and coatings, to biodiversity in marine environments and more. In forestry, Meng Gong, received $195,000 for the project “Evaluation of bond-line fracture in adhesive-laminated lumber-based mass timber products.”

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The tallest academic timber structure in Canada and one of the tallest timber and steel hybrid buildings in North America

Construction Review
June 9, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

The University of Toronto is building the tallest academic timber structure in Canada standing 77 meters and 14 storeys high. In addition to being the tallest academic timber structure in Canada, dubbed the University of Toronto Academic Wood Tower, the building will become one of North America’s tallest mass timber & steel hybrid buildings upon completion. It is being built atop the Goldring Centre for High-Performance Sport near Devonshire Place and Bloor Street on U of T’s St. George campus. Goldring Center is an award-winning, multi-purpose facility for academic learning, recreational workouts and activities, registered programs and instruction, child and youth programming, intramurals, and special events. …the University of Toronto Academic Wood Tower will stand as a testament to U of T’s global leadership in sustainability, as well as its commitment to city-building. Furthermore, it will showcase Canada’s leadership in wood construction technologies and the forest products industry.

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Paper and Pulp Waste Takes on Role in Carbon Conversion to Make New Products

By Arlene Karidis
Waste 360
May 30, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Researchers at McGill University in Quebec, Canada are using pulp and paper manufacturing waste to facilitate carbon conversion to be able to make green products. Feeding pulp and paper into their process substantially lessens the energy that would otherwise be required, they say. “We are one of the first groups to combine biomass recycling or utilization with CO2 capture,” says Roger Lin, one of the researchers doing the work out of McGill, and a graduate student in chemical engineering. Lin and research partner Amirhossein Farzi are applying renewable electricity to convert the captured CO2, leaving behind a zero-carbon footprint. This process using green energy, which is in R&D elsewhere as well, is called electrochemical conversion. …“we try to substitute oxygen with a more valuable product – waste from the paper and pulp industry that can be converted to make value-added products in a more efficient and economical way,” he says.

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‘World’s Tallest Mass Timber Building’ And 5 Other Towers Considered And Approved By Toronto City Council

By Zakiya Kassam
Storeys Toronto
May 28, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Toronto City Council considered and put their stamp of approval on a handful of development proposals last week, and among them was what is poised to be the tallest mass timber building not only in Canada, but in the world. Council considered the proposal and opted to defer it to a later date, however, it has been recommended for approval by Toronto and East York planning staff. The proposal comes from Unix Housing Group and Icon Architects, and seeks to bring a 31-storey mixed-use building to College Street and Henry Street. …Unix’s development could represent the tallest mass timber building in the world (although that title is certainly up for grabs) coming in six storeys taller than ‘Ascent’: a 25-storey apartment and retail tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin designed by Korb + Associates Architects. Ascent was certified as the world’s tallest timber building in August 2022.

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Forestry

Registration Now Open for DEMO International Forestry Equipment Show & Conference

Demo International 2024
June 6, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Ottawa/Gatineau, ON – The Canadian Woodlands Forum is excited to announce that registration is now open for its flagship event, DEMO International®, to be held outside the Ottawa/Gatineau area in the beautiful region of Venosta, Quebec, from September 19-21, 2024. This world-class event, occurring only every four years, will mark the 14th edition of DEMO International®. Over the course of its 55-year history, DEMO International® has evolved into one of North America’s largest and most unique ‘live, in-woods’ forestry equipment shows. This year’s host is SBC Cedar, which operates sawmills in Quebec and New Brunswick. Kick off the week with the leading two-day DEMO International Technical Conference on September 17 & 18 at the Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, Ottawa, ON. This conference is a must-attend event for industry professionals, researchers, and stakeholders passionate about forestry innovation and sustainable practices.

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A company in Cochrane, Ont., has bought a Black Hawk helicopter to fight forest fires

CBC News
June 12, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A Cochrane, Ont. company has added a Black Hawk helicopter to its fleet, which it hopes to use to fight forest fires. Todd Caliaezzi, the president of Expedition Helicopters, says he purchased the military helicopter because of its speed and carrying capacity. “Typical aircraft now, on route to a fire, will fly to that fire at 100 to 120 knots,” he told Radio-Canada. “The further the fire, the longer it takes us to get to it, and the bigger the fire gets. This aircraft can cruise to that fire at 160 knots, which is almost 1.5 times faster than current capabilities.” The aircraft can also carry a 3,600-kilogram exterior payload, and a special tank can increase that to 4,500 kilograms. Pilot Jean-Michel Dumont estimates the helicopter could carry about 2,600 litres of water – to drop over a wildfire – each trip.

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Forest fire outbreaks pacing well below average

By Gary Ring
The Thunder Bay News Watch
June 10, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

THUNDER BAY — Fire ranger crews in Ontario are getting a little more time this year to hone their skills with training exercises and to maintain equipment. So far this season, the number of forest fires is pacing well below last year, and well below average. According to the province’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, there have been 97 fires to date in Ontario. By last year at this time, there were exactly double that number of fires – 194. Over the past decade, the average number of fires at this point has been 159. There are currently no active fires in the Northwest region, and just two in the entire province, near the James Bay coast.

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Canada Funding for the City of Greater Sudbury and the Canadian Tree Nursery Association to Help Restore Forests

By Natural Resources Canada
The Government of Canada
June 10, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Natural Resources Canada announced two investments through the 2 Billion Trees program. The first is an amount of $200,000 to the City of Greater Sudbury to plant 200,000 trees by 2027 and the second is an amount of $300,000 to the Canadian Tree Nursery Association (CTNA) to increase skilled labour in the tree nursery sector. Funding to the City of Greater Sudbury to plant trees will help restore lands that were historically affected by industrial activity and support the recovery of self-sustaining, indigenous terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Proper preparation is key to the success of planting new trees. These trees will serve as a new, healthy and vibrant green space and provide habitats and food sources for birds and animals. They will also capture carbon, fostering cleaner air and a healthier environment for the communities of Greater Sudbury.

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A new online tool measuring a neighbourhood’s wealth according to its trees takes root in Toronto

By Patty Winsa
Toronto Star
June 10, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

In Toronto, neighbourhood equity is typically viewed through a socio-economic lens, dividing us into haves and have-nots. But there’s another factor that contributes to our wealth — trees. And a new online tool that maps tree equity throughout the city, weighing canopy cover against a number of indicators such as poverty, climate and health, shows that many of the factors that divide us socio-economically are the same when it comes to the canopy. “In neighbourhoods with higher poverty rates or more residents of colour, there is almost 40 per cent less tree coverage than more affluent or more white areas of Toronto, according to data analyzed by American Forests, the non-profit that created the online tool, called TESA — Tree Equity Score Analyzer — in conjunction with the city.” The tool, the first of its kind in Canada, is not just for municipal use. It is free and publicly accessible.

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2 years after Ontario’s devastating derecho, reforestation program takes root

By Faith Greco
CBC News
June 9, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

ONTARIO — Two years after a destructive derecho tore across eastern Ontario, one of the hardest-hit areas is taking the next step toward revitalizing its forests: planting new trees to replace the ones destroyed in the storm. The derecho struck the region, bringing winds of up to 190 km/h. Hydro Ottawa said the storm knocked out more than 500 hydro poles. The violent storm also downed innumerable trees, particularly softwood species such as red and white pine. Last year, various levels of government joined the South Nation Conservation Authority east of Ottawa to develop a forest recovery program to address the severe damage.  …A derecho is a fast-moving thunderstorm known for causing widespread wind damage. Unlike the rotating winds in a hurricane or tornado, a derecho’s winds blow straight. Caroline Goulet, a forester with the conservation authority, said the derecho was not “consistent in regards to the way and the type of force that it hit.”

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Calvin Mayor “disappointed” with lack of response from federal government

By David Briggs
The Timmins Daily Press
June 8, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Last February, Calvin Township passed a resolution calling on the province and the country to better prepare for forest fires. Council put together a list of suggestions and recommendations and send it out to municipalities throughout the province and to many provincial and federal government officials. The provincial government recently responded, but the federal government has yet to acknowledge Calvin’s request to create a national strategy to prepare for and fight forest fires. “I’m disappointed that we haven’t heard from the federal government,” Calvin’s Mayor Richard Gould said. “I think we have to look at being a little more proactive” in creating a national strategy. Mayor Gould mentioned that for a federal government so focused on reducing carbon emissions, he’s surprised he has yet to hear from leaders about the township’s proposals.

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Spruce Budworm Control Program Set to Begin

By Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
June 6, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture’s Spruce Budworm Early Intervention Control Program will be active along parts of Western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula this summer, subject to insect development and weather. Spruce budworm is a destructive forest insect capable of causing widespread defoliation leading to tree mortality and growth losses. Aerial treatments will take place on forest land located south of the Bay of Islands, east of Gros Morne National Park extending to the Baie Verte area, north of Gros Morne National Park up to the Plum Point area, and the Roddickton-Bide Arm area. Up to 90,000 hectares of forest is scheduled to be protected using one or more applications of the biological control agent Btk, which has been approved for use by the Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

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Nearly all of Quebec in high fire risk after hot, dry start to June

By Maïlys Kerhoas
The Weather Network
June 5, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Quebec is on high alert for forest fires this week as the province endures a period of hot and dry conditions. An atmospheric trough stationed in the Maritime provinces, which blocked moisture from reaching Quebec. The lack of moisture for the vegetation and abnormally dry soil has increased the danger of forest fires. In addition, ample sun and southerly warmth has recorded temperatures 5°C to 15°C above normal across the province to start June. …Temperatures soared into the 30s with Montreal airport recording 31.4°C on June 4. On Tuesday, Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) said there is a maximum risk of forest fires nearly everywhere in the province. Vigilance will be needed in the coming days. People have been reminded to be careful of how cigarette butts are discarded, as well as proper incineration of waste, which could easily start fires.

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Dumb drones set to become smart with a world first in navigation technology

By One Silicon Chip Photonics
Cision Newswire
June 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

MONTREAL — Demand for commercial drones is growing dramatically — from an estimated $19.9 billion in 2022 to a projected $57 billion in 2030. And the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) market is projected to grow to more than $13 trillion by 2030. But one of the key challenges for drone and AV manufacturers continues to be finding more-accurate and lower-cost navigational sensors that are essential to enabling this growth. …Now a Quebec-based company has developed an inertial optical system that matches the accuracy of navigational sensors used in the aerospace industry at a fraction of the cost. …The company behind this new technology, Montreal-based One Silicon Chip Photonics (OSCP), has partnered with French multinational company Thales, which is developing autonomous rail systems and has been testing OSCP’s prototype in the field. …drones and AVs are also increasingly being used in agriculture, mining, mapping and survey work, as well as in trucking, delivery and other transport industries.

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Corner Brook council rejects Kruger’s plan to cut wood near city water supply

By Alex Kennedy
CBC News
June 2, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A bid from Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to harvest wood in a local watershed has hit a brick wall at city council. The Kruger-owned company had asked for permission to cut wood near the city’s water supply. The proposal involved harvesting 330 hectares of forest inside an 11,000-hectare protected lake area, as well as the construction of a 2.75-kilometre access road. City council rejected the proposal at its meeting on Monday. “When it comes to drinking water, we’re the ones. The buck stops here,” said Coun. Pamela Gill, who spoke at length about her concerns at the meeting. In a subsequent interview with CBC News, she said that while she isn’t fully opposed to cutting in the watershed, she didn’t feel enough information was given to make a properly informed decision.

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Federal government says funding has restored threatened frog’s habitat in Quebec

Canadian Press in CBC News
May 31, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says $8.2 million spent since 2022 has successfully restored several Quebec wetlands inhabited by the threatened western chorus frog. Guilbeault said in a news release the money from the Canada Nature Fund has brought new life to wetlands in the Montérégie region, south of Montreal, and in western Quebec’s Outaouais region. The money given to Nature-Action Québec, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada has allowed the organizations to protect dozens of hectares of green space since 2022. Although not considered endangered across the globe, the tiny western chorus frog is listed as a threatened species in Canada

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Organization buying Nova Scotia forests to prevent clear-cutting

By Jesse Huot
CTV News
June 3, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

With World Environment Day just around the corner, a local Nova Scotian organization is working to purchase and conserve forests which are in danger of being clear-cut. The CEO of Growing Forests, Dale Prest, says saving forests from being clear-cut is important to maintain our environment. …Prest says Maritime forests are especially in danger due to the ownership laws around them, as a total of 70 per cent of Nova Scotian forests are privately owned, compared to only five per cent in British Columbia and 10 per cent in Ontario. Many of the over 30,000 small private woodlot owners have owned the land for generations, and as they get older and are in need of money, they sell their properties to forestry companies which hope to clear the trees for profit.

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2024 Ontario Envirothon champions headed to New York State

By Forests Ontario
Cision Newswire
May 30, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

BARRIE, ON – This spring, more than 70 teams from high schools across Ontario competed in environmentally themed regional events that led 17 teams to meet at the University of Waterloo from May 26 to 29. From that series of training workshops, testing, and judged presentations, Grand River Region’s Waterloo Collegiate Institute came out on top as the 2024 Ontario Envirothon champions. All teams showcased their knowledge of Ontario Envirothon’s four core topics – forestry, soils, wildlife, and aquatic ecosystems and soils – along with this year’s current topic of “Biodiversity in a Changing Climate”.  The Waterloo Collegiate Institute team is now headed on to the National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon in Geneva, New York, to represent Ontario against hundreds of students from across North America and Asia. “As lead agency of the Ontario Envirothon, we are proud to help the next generation of environmental leaders learn about the environment and hone their STEM skills,” Jess Kaknevicius, CEO, Forests Ontario, says.

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Nova Scotia community hard hit by wildfire plants symbolic trees

By Aly Thomson and Gareth Hampshire
CBC News
May 30, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Two trees were planted at a park in a suburb outside Halifax Wednesday as a symbol of the community’s resilience after last year’s wildfires. About 80 residents and firefighters gathered at Timberlane Terrace Park in Highland Park subdivision for the ceremony, one year after the fire ripped through 151 homes in Upper Tantallon and Hammonds Plains. “We are all in this together,” Tricia Murray-d’Eon, who organized the event and lost her own home, bellowed to the crowd from a large rock. “We have been through hell this year. “I’m hoping that this occasion can mark a solid return to normal within our subdivision as we try to regroup and rebuild.”

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P.E.I.’s tree nursery trying to keep up with post-Fiona demand

By Sam Wandio
CBC News
May 29, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Requests for trees from Prince Edward Island landowners, schools, and community groups have “increased a great deal” since post-tropical storm Fiona in 2022, and the J. Frank Gaudet provincial tree nursery is trying to fill that demand. Mary Myers, the nursery’s manager says most of the trees grown there go to P.E.I.’s forest enhancement program, which supplies trees to Island landowners. She said trees for the forest enhancement program and watershed groups across the Island are the nursery’s priorities. If those two groups need more trees, the greening spaces program may get fewer. …The J. Frank Gaudet nursery recently added three new greenhouses to help with the P.E.I.’s contribution to the federal government’s 2 Billion Trees Program, which aims to plant two billion trees in Canada by 2031.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Power from wood waste could feed electricity grid, says advocate

By Sandi Krasowski
The Chronicle-Journal in Yahoo! News
June 7, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Derek Nighbor

At a gathering of Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce … Derek Nighbor, president and chief executive officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada, presented on the economic impacts of the forestry sector. He said the pulp mill closures in Ontario in the last few of months have “sent shockwaves” through the industry. “As soon as a few pulp mills go down, that creates massive problems for the business model for our sawmills, and the entire forest ecosystem, and Northwestern Ontario is not immune from a lot of the challenges,” Nighbor said. …Adding, the composition of a pulp and paper mill is “very conducive” to making energy. Many mills across the country, including the ones in Dryden and Thunder Bay, generate power for themselves to power their operations by using what would otherwise be wood waste.

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Nova Scotia manufacturers look to green hydrogen in bid to cut GHG emissions

By Taryn Grant
CBC News
June 6, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Three of Nova Scotia’s biggest industrial manufacturers are looking into using green hydrogen to power parts of their operations as an alternative to fossil fuels. The Shaw Group, Michelin and Port Hawkesbury Paper are pursuing a feasibility study on using hydrogen energy in industrial heating applications. There is no green hydrogen being produced commercially in Nova Scotia yet. But two projects — one by EverWind Fuels and the other by Bear Head Energy — have received approval from the province’s environment minister. Geoff Clarke, director of sustainability and economic development at Port Hawkesbury Paper, said the pulp and paper mill became interested in green hydrogen as those projects were announced over the past couple of years. Both of the proposed facilities are slated to be built in the Point Tupper industrial park, which is about five kilometres from Port Hawkesbury Paper.

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CHAR Tech Announces Production Run of 500 Tonnes of Pelletized Biocarbon at Thorold Facility

By CHAR Technologies Ltd.
Globe Newswire
May 28, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO — CHAR Technologies (CHAR Tech) announced the imminent commencement of a production run of 500 tonnes of pelletized biocarbon. The pelletized biocarbon is destined for use at various heavy industrial facilities, including ArcelorMittal sites. The production run is an important milestone in the ongoing commercial upgrades at CHAR Tech’s Thorold facility. Pelletization, also known as densification, is essential for creating a biocarbon that can be utilized as a drop-in replacement for fossil coal. Achieving proper pellet size and density are crucial for its use in heavy industrial applications, including steelmaking and mining, as well as for ensuring effective transportation, handling, and weather resilience. …CHAR Tech first-in-kind high temperature pyrolysis technology processes unmerchantable wood and organic wastes to generate renewable natural gas and a solid biocoal that is a carbon neutral replacement for metallurgical steel making coal.

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Health & Safety

Plant Operator Donald White Wins WPAC’s Safety Hero Award

By Gordon Murray
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
June 17, 2024
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada East

Donald White

Congratulations to Donald White, who is being recognized this month by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada as a Safety Hero for his significant contributions to making the workplace safer and better for others. Donald is a plant operator at Shaw Renewables in Hardwood Lands, Nova Scotia, whose upstanding work ethic and commitment to the safety of his co-workers have consistently led to improvements in the plant’s safety management system. As industry leaders, converting local biomass waste into high-quality biofuel products, the company’s safety culture is the top priority. Donald has been instrumental in training new assistant operators to safely perform their job functions. …The Safety Hero award recognizes individuals who are making a difference by helping to make their facilities safer and keeping their co-workers and employees safe.

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4 things to know about the ‘oppressive’ heat wave descending on Ontario and Quebec

By Benjamin Shingler
CBC News
June 17, 2024
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada East

Millions of people are under a heat warning in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, with Environment and Climate Change Canada warning that temperatures could reach as high as 35 C. The weather service is warning of “dangerously hot and humid conditions” in parts of Ontario and Quebec in particular. …Humidex values, which combine the air temperature with humidity to calculate what heat feels like to the average person, could reach 45 C in parts of Quebec and Ontario. …Dave Phillips, with Environment and Climate Change Canada, described the system as a massive heat dome, which is a high-pressure system that works to trap high temperatures near the Earth’s surface. The heat rises and then gets pushed back down, like a convection oven, he said. …Extreme heat is a major health risk, particularly for older adults, infants and young children, and people with disabilities or mobility issues.

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Forest Fires

As heat wave approaches, wildfires continue to grow in Labrador West

By Jenna Head
CBC News
June 17, 2024
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada East

Seven wildfires continued burning in Labrador on Monday, as meteorologists warned of extra pressure coming from intense heat in Atlantic Canada. Four fires are out of control and three are being held. The Menihek Dam fire — 160 kilometres north of Labrador City — more than tripled in size Sunday. Laurie Holloway, the provincial duty officer for wildfire response, said early Monday morning the Menihek Dam fire was estimated to be about 300 hectares as of Sunday. An air tanker was on site and another one had been asked to assist, she added. By 10:30 a.m. Monday, the fire had grown to 1,039 hectares, with its status updated to being held, with a water bomber dispatched from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. …This week, a heat dome will settle over Atlantic Canada, according to CBC Newfoundland and Labrador meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler. Brauweiler said the heat isn’t good for Labrador’s fire situation in Labrador but it won’t be prolonged. 

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One new forest fire reported in the northeast

By Darren MacDonald
CTV News Northern Ontario
June 6, 2024
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada East

There was one new wildland fire confirmed by early evening on Wednesday, bringing the number of active wildland fires to five in the Northeast Fire Region. North Bay 6 is a 0.6-hectare fire currently being held, according to Ontario Forest Fires’ latest report. It is located next to Boom Lake, to the east of Mattawa River Provincial Park. The fire hazard varies from moderate to high across the Northeast Fire Region except for Timmins, Temiskaming Shores, and Cochrane which currently has an extreme fire hazard. Alison Lake of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told CTV News journalist Lydia Chubak that it’s hard to pin down the most active forest fire area because the region is so large.

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Forest History & Archives

Community plans to re-build museum honouring Bangor Sawmill

By Kevin Northup
HotCountry 103.5
June 12, 2024
Category: Forest History & Archives
Region: Canada, Canada East

NOVA SCOTIA — Next steps have been determined for the future of the Bangor Sawmill Museum site in Clare. Fire destroyed the building on Saturday, it was one of the last water-powered turbine lumber sawmills in North America. Denise Comeau-Desautels of the Bangor Development Commission says the board met to discuss what should happen. “The sawmill and the museum are gone, but the history is not gone. We’re planning on building a museum on the site,” said Desautels. She says it will take a lot of fundraising, but they are going to research those avenues. Desautels says people in the community have taken this hard, and re-establishing a museum is a way forward. …Desautels says her family was involved in the sawmill for five generations, and she grew up next door to the site.

 

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