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October 7, 2011

Exports of logs and lumber from the US and Canada to China to reach record

Lumber shipments from Canada alone could reach 1.2 billion dollars this year. The North American share of log and lumber import volumes to China has increased from four percent in 2005 to 18 percent in 2010.

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September 25, 2011

B.C. should use policy, not dollars, in carbon fight

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, natural gas prices were high and many major gas consumers worried that continued high prices posed serious risks to future profitability.

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September 12, 2011

Japan still matters to the B.C. economy

Canadians are coming to recognize that the balance of power in the international economy is shifting inexorably toward Asia. Already home to three-fifths of humanity, the next two decades will see Asia grow to account for half or more of global output.

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September 7th

So what happens now to the plan to burn wood for power in Port Hawkesbury?

Remember the plan to burn wood in Port Hawkesbury to create power for Nova Scotia Power?

You may have been thinking that plan was dead now that the NewPage mill is being idled, but you may be wrong.

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August 22, 2011

How we all pay to 'conserve' forests

In January, a deal was struck between the Pacific Carbon Trust (the provincial Crown corporation responsible for buying carbon "offsets") and one of British Columbia's biggest logging companies - a deal that would allegedly result in hundreds of thousands of tonnes of additional carbon being stored in trees.

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August 11, 2011

Missing out on green job potential

Ever since United States house prices peaked in mid-2006 and the great economic slump began south of the border, British Columbia's government and forest industry alike have been understandably anxious.

Dependent as we have been on the U.S. market for billions of dollars in forest product purchases, B.C. naturally yearned to open up new markets.

Given its spectacular economic growth, China became the focus, and before long B.C.'s marketing efforts yielded gains in both the volume and dollar value of forest products exported.

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August 16, 2011

New solutions needed for wildfire woes

In the aftermath of the disastrous wildfires in 2003 that burned hundreds of homes and caused millions of dollars in property damage in and around the communities of Kelowna and Barriere, the City of Cranbrook began doing what hundreds of other communities across B.C. must do if they wish to better protect themselves from future wildfires.

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August 23, 2011

Minister responds to MP’s columns

In response to Alex Atamanenko’s claims in his Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 columns, I believe the readers of your newspaper deserve and need to know the facts.

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August 30th, 2011

Southern Ontario County fines landowners for cutting down their own trees

Don and Donna Kowaluk live in a rural, agricultural area of southern Ontario, near Strathroy.

About 15 years ago, 22,500 trees were planted on the Kowaluk’s property.

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August 18th, 2011

Enligna Canada in receivership; Pellet mill closes in Nova Scotia

Enligna Canada closed its wood pellet mill in Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia several days ago.

Today comes the news that the company has formally been placed in receivership and 50 people are out of work.


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by Dr. Radut