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Sep 8, 2010

Nova Scotia Power wants to keep its biomass analysis private

Tomorrow, a hearing will reconvene in Nova Scotia over Nova Scotia Power's request to spend $208 million to build a wood burning power generating plant with NewPage Port Hawkesbury.

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Sep 1, 2010

Federal renewable fuel regulations will require 2 billion litres of renewable fuel

Federal regulations requiring an average renewable fuel content of 5% in gasoline have been finalized and will come into effect starting December 15, 2010. The 5% renewable fuel content requirement in gasoline will require about two billion litres a year of renewable fuel across Canada, a volume estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about one megatonne a year.

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August 29, 2010

Fighting Global Warming by Saving British Columbia's Old Growth Forests

Seven western states and four Canadian provinces have joined forces in a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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Done deal

On Thursday the province announced it has directed Ontario Power Authority to negotiate an agreement with Ontario Power Generation, the plant’s owners, to buy the power produced at the Atikokan plant.

MPP Bill Mauro (Lib., Thunder Bay-Atikokan) said with the plant making up 40 per cent of Atikokan’s municipal tax base, the province’s decision to keep it open means the town’s survival.

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August 24, 2010

B.C. forest industry’s losses may be at an end: conference board

VANCOUVER — The signs are glimmers of hope that British Columbia’s forestry-driven industries may be at the end of years of punishing losses and high unemployment, according to reports released Tuesday by the Conference Board of Canada.

Much of Canada’s wood-products sector has returned to profitability this year, the Conference Board said in its Canadian Industrial Profile-Summer 2010, published in collaboration with the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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August 23, 2010

Pine beetles' march across B.C. is a catastrophe in slow motion

Unemployment among forestry workers and amount of denuded timber harvest land will rise dramatically over next 20 years, a report says.

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August 23, 2010

B.C.'s forest fire season worst in 12 years

The 2010 wildfire season won't be over for weeks, but it has already charred more than 300,000 hectares of B.C. forest, an area larger than Metro Vancouver.

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August 5, 2010

Lumber supply, employment in B.C. will feel mountain pine beetle’s bite

One of the major clouds hanging over British Columbia’s economy and forest products industry is uncertainty about the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

To date, the pine beetle has killed an estimated 50% of the province’s mature lodgepole pine.

In a recent economic analysis that focused on the pine beetle epidemic, Central 1 economist Bryan Yu noted that over the past 90 years there have been four or five major mountain pine beetle infestations.

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Aug 4, 2010

Why is the B.C. budget so small for firefighting?

Last year, the province of British Columbia budgeted $60 million for fighting forest fires, but ended up spending $400 million.

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Aug 2, 2010

Government of Canada Launches Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program was launched today by the Government of Canada.

The $100-million program will help to expand opportunities for Canada’s forestry sector through the development of innovative projects and technologies.

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, launched the program today in Ottawa and made a call for proposals that could receive IFIT funding.


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