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Quebec forests minister feels positive about U.S. trade visit

August 17, 2017

Returning from six-day mission to the United States, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Fauna and Parks, Luc Blanchette, feels his visits will have positive effects for the forest sector. Minister Blanchette said he is confident this mission will have positive spin-offs for the Quebec forest sector and the negotiations for a

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B.C. having its worst fire season on record

August 17, 2017

It’s official. The area burned in wildfires this season surpasses the previous record of 855,000 ha. An estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been burned in B.C. since April 1, 2017, Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek told CBC News. CBC also reports that so far this year, $315.7 million has been

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N.B. lifts restrictions on forestry operations

August 17, 2017

FREDERICTON – An order restricting forestry operations in New Brunswick during afternoon hours has been lifted, as weather conditions have contributed to a reduced fire hazard. Forest users are asked to continue to exercise caution, recent rain and cool, damp conditions have reduced the risk for wildfires. “The level of

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Biofuels company considering expansion of Varennes plant

August 17, 2017

VARENNES, QC – Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, has begun a feasibility study to significantly expand operations for sustainable biofuel production at its biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec. The Varennes distillery is the first ethanol plant built in Quebec. The plant already produces some of the lowest-carbon

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SFI brings together “Women in Wood” for Habitat build day

August 15, 2017

OTTAWA – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) are joining forces for a “Women in Wood” Build Day on August 15 to help build homes alongside Ottawa families in need of affordable housing. The second “Women in Wood” Build Day will take place

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B.C. government wants review of environmental risk assessment

August 15, 2017

The NDP government has ordered a review of B.C.’s controversial “professional reliance” system, which uses experts hired by industry to assess the environmental risks associated with logging, mining and other projects, reports the Vancouver Sun. Environment Minister George Heyman said in an interview that reviewing the system is a top

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Conifex announces record second quarter results

August 15, 2017

VANCOUVER – Conifex Timber’s results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, showed an improvement in lumber sector earnings, but lower results in the bioenergy sector. Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2017, which excludes countervailing duty (CVD) deposits of $4.6 million, was a record $14.8 million, compared

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