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  • Ontario providing $7.9M to forestry and mining sectors

    Coment:
    "SUDBURY — The Ontario government is providing more than $7.9 million to help support the forestry and mining sectors in northeastern Ontario." I thought Northeastern Ontario included North Bay, Timmins, the Soo and all parts in between. The majority of this cash went to strictly Greater Sudbury companies. C'mon Mr. Rickford, you can do better!

  • John Chittick on
    A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN TO THE UBC FORESTRY COMMUNITY

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    BC, it's tenure system, and related toxic sociology have never achieved the mile post of defining a working forest (a timber harvesting land base THLB) that has lasted beyond a political cycle or two. The dean has laid out the issues well as one would expect from an essentially "politically neutral" perspective but other than continuing down the road of more shrinking of the working forest, lost in a fog of sociological foment. Public land is political land and in BC, politicians won't commit to which fraction of the public they will bend to this week or whether or not they have any sovereignty at all. In the developed world where most working forests are privately owned, economic rents determine land use or in the case of old growth "management", non use or 'stand and stare' forestry. How about selling off all remaining old growth stands and related land base to determine if the value of old growth not already preserved is real or just another zero-cost / infinite-demand commodity (tragedy of the commons). BC has a first rate area of parks and preserves by world standards and for rare ecosystems with "inadequate" representation such as coastal dry douglas fir, recruiting second growth could produce old growth attributes within a few decades, if "needed".

  • John Chittick on
    Forestry in BC – The un-UNDRIP Sector

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    I would like to remind the author that stumpage is the return of the sale of the log to the owner(s) "at the stump". Inclusion of the GDP which is the summation of all inputs into the sold logs up to the ultimate customer and has bearing only on what the log value is at the stump (what the logger can afford to pay). In the rest of the planet, forest owners have no claim on downstream economic activities. The NDP have waded into a swamp that will not end well. Beholden to the piety of socialist land ownership, they have embraced a notion of shared "ownership" with (First) nations" whom very likely and logically see the "shared" part as a first step to full (collective) ownership, a position which logically puts all private land as the next step beyond that (if the Crown has no sovereignty on Crown land then the Crown no longer exists nor its grants and deeds). The status of the resulting stateless 94% of BC's population racially unqualified for collective ownership is a question the NDP and SCOC should be prepared for.

  • John Chittick on
    B.C. hires UK economist

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    One can always count on the NDP to continue digging in an attempt to get out of its hole. With a tenure system resembling the last great Soviet experiment (before they came to office), capital fleeing the province, heading down an (FN) identity politics road which will be socially untenable when widely discovered, embracing the epistemological mush of ESG, implementing policies ensuring prying eyes of US protectionists will be rewarded with ammunition, why not import a consultant to rationalize the "get woke go broke", mutant, racialist, commercial - state complex. I believe that Mussolini described such relationships as his vision of text book fascism. At least there will be no shortage of rent seekers to line up at the trough while cheering them on. It won't be so pretty when the rest of the province joins them.

  • Clark Brander on
    Gros Morne National Park Vetoes Spruce Budworm Spray Control

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    I suggest that the Parks management folks from Gros Morin pay a visit to Cape Breton Highlands Nat'l Park & have a first hand look at the results of an uncontrolled budworm outbreak that started back in 1975. Large areas of the Highlands Nat'l Park have not yet returned to their pre-budworm state more than 40 years after the outbreak. It may give them cause to reconsider their present stand on no budworm control.

  • John Chittick on
    U.S. moves to double tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports

    Coment:
    The Groundhog Day of US duties on Canadian Softwood Lumber never ends and for structural reasons. Crony capitalism in the US, motivated by protectionism, envy, and even some legitimacy of subsidy (log export restrictions, manufacturing rules, stumpage comparability, etc) versus a Canadian collection of politically entrenched Provincial Crown tenures structurally incapable of satisfactorily defending against perceptions of subsidy. Crown tenures are responsible for a toxic sociology of entrenchment and that sociology is now responsible for the declining status of the industry as it is inevitably a product of evolving political paradigm. No aspiring politician can entertain the notion that a net working forest with every hectare destined sooner or later to be harvested and replanted should not be under their enlightened guidance or if sufficient opinion bought by foreign-financed ENGOs, cannot result in their incremental deletion from the working forest. It's simply a minor book keeping mater in leveraged economic loss rather than if say, economic rents determined land use through the market for the land asset, if privately owned. The Americans like the situation and so do Canadian politicians. Just ask them. The US and Europe have a rural sociology which is virtually non-existent in Canada - that of millions of private forest owners tied to the land in similar fashion to farmers.

  • John Chittick on
    Large portions of B.C. Crown land could end up in hands of Indigenous Nations

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    Over the last few decades, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) has been making up law progressively reinforcing and essentially reversing apartheid (extinguishing sovereignty of the Crown) rather than extinguishing apartheid. Being a creature of the left, the SCOC champions group rights and tribal ownership over the notion of private property rights. In it's (SCOC) socially engineered future, the racial purity threshold of just 1/16 will determine membership in an "owners" collective where 96% of the overall society have no rights to what was previously held in Crown ownership for all. The majority of city dwellers might take comfort in their perception of historical private property rights security but when one considers that the Crown originally created the grant or deed conferring ownership, the SCOC is saying that it was essentially illegitimate as it was previously thought to belong to the Crown. Such an outcome will eventually become untenable and thus the reason why the legal and government institutions involved operate in the dark shadows away from the public eye.

  • Brian Campbell on
    Kruger Unveils10-Year Sustainable Development Strategy

    Coment:
    Kruger should share their sustainability strategy with the Conservative Party of Canada as it could be a national policy framework for the country. Well done Kruger!

  • Greg Cowman on
    Biodiversity at risk in Prince George Natural Resource District

    Coment:
    So someone is complaining there is little Old Growth left in the PG TSA. The TSA consists of a majority of Boreal and Sub-Boreal Forest, which, from past studies naturally burns every 60 -70 years, on average. Some older islands are left, some don't make to that age. A major component is Pine, which is old aged at 140 years, which is why the 140 year figure was arrived at in the first place. We artificially protect the forest from fire and it gets older, so is subject to other forces of nature, like wind, rot. disease and pests. So, in this case the Beetle has eaten up all the old growth. That's what happens when you manage forest systems at a level that is beyond natural influences. We established Old Growth Management Areas (OGMA) to satisfy social pressures from Environmentalists. The result has been Dead Old Growth Management Areas (DOGMA). Haven't we learned anything from this misguided forest management experience?

  • John Chittick on
       A Path Forward – Ideas for the BC wood processing sector

    Coment:
    Somehow the magic of "value added" hasn't been accomplished through the added "value" sufficiently to translate into the purchasing price of logs sold on the market available to value adders now but when the government gives them someone else's money or targets crown tenure volume their way, the magic will follow? And the Yanks won't notice either?

  • anonymous on
    Biodiversity at risk in Prince George Natural Resource District

    Coment:
    Hold On. The forestry companies are meeting all their biodiversity obligations! So the authors of this report decide to recommend even more environmental red tape to squeeze the logging industry even further out of business. The environmentalists will never be happy until they kill all logging everywhere! And this all started with 1 'complaint'!? We should not allow our industry to be held hostage to complainers.

  • Clark Brander on
    Northern Pulp to seek new effluent treatment plant in 2021

    Coment:
    It is encouraging to learn that Bruce Chapman & his team at Northern Pulp have not given up on finding a solution for acceptable affluent treatment. With Stephen Mac Neil leaving the political scene in the near future I think that they have reason to be optimistic.

  • film on
    Crown Forest Sustainability Act Amendment

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    Hi, I want to subscribe for this website to obtain latest updates, so where can i do it please help out. Marsiella Marlow Maia

  • George Delisle on
    COFI hopeful Biden-Harris administration can end softwood lumber squabble

    Coment:
    If the softwood lumber dispute is settled and the money returned to Canada will the Federal government ensure that a portion of the tariff is returned to private log suppliers as the price of logs just got reduced to reflect the cost of the tariff when it was imposed. We should be compensated for that reduction in what we get from the mills.

  • Fifth-straight month of job creation

    Coment:
    Mr Fidelli, The job gains are a positive sign of growth in Ontario but what about your own riding? All we ever see in the news in your riding are drug overdoses, factories shutting down (recently Metso and a month ago Epiroc) and the never ending homeless issue. What are you doing to change these very negative aspects of living in the District of Nipissing? Luc Champagne

  • Marg Carruthers on
    Suzuki wrong on paper’s circular economy

    Coment:
    I hope that some of this rebuttal is widely communicated. I see the misinformation on Facebook frequently!

  • John Chittick on
    Fires are “Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

    Coment:
    Given the magnitude and ease of rent seeking bounty exclusively available to all disciplines parroting the global warming / extreme events theses conveniently buried beneath the factually undeniable term, "climate change", it's not surprising to see yet another from forestry academia. It's disappointing however when ones delves into independent alternative work disproving or least dampening the popular expectations touted such as recent non warming from unadjusted global temperatures and statistics invalidating extreme weather events as being on the increase. It's almost as if there is a symbiosis between the hysteria business and the political class feeding off one another.

  • Canada, Ontario, add lands to Reserve

    Coment:
    So it took the death of Dudley George and 25 years....yes 25 years to give a hundred acre parcel of land back to the Chippewas. Good grief !

  • WTO Issues Scathing Report – International Arbitrators Side with Canada

    Coment:
    How many times is Canada's Softwood industry going to go through with this charade?

  • Bernie Stockermans on
    Behind the scenes with Denis Cormier, VP, Research Operations, FPInnovations

    Coment:
    "Digitization to move data not people"? Does this mean more effort into automation or remote control of equipment?

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