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Lakeland Mills fined $724,000 for 2012 sawmill

Jul 30, 2014 - WorkSafeBC has levied a more-than $724,000 fine against Lakeland Mills for the April 23, 2012, sawmill... Full Article


Wanted: skilled employees to work in B.C.’s woods

Jul 08, 2014 - In the face of growing demand and dwindling options, the province’s lumber industry struggles to find... Full Article


Quota policy needed for log exports in B.C.: Fraser

Jun 24, 2014 - An export quota policy that would allow log producers to export a fixed number of logs, as opposed to either... Full Article

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Lakeland Mills fined $724,000 for 2012 sawmill explosion

Jul 30, 2014 - WorkSafeBC has levied a more-than $724,000 fine against Lakeland Mills for the April 23, 2012, sawmill explosion that killed two and injured... Full Article

B.C. log prices could rise following Supreme Court ruling

Jul 08, 2014 - British Columbia’s biggest forestry companies will be the most affected by a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal land title, ... Full Article

Conservationists pushing to halt island woodlot work

Jul 08, 2014 - Owner of local forestry company irked over opposition to Gambier Island tree-lot tender Full Article

Wanted: skilled employees to work in B.C.’s woods

Jul 08, 2014 - In the face of growing demand and dwindling options, the province’s lumber industry struggles to find the next generation of forestry workers Full Article

Local forestry industry cellulose filament products getting ready for prime time

Jul 08, 2014 - Nanoscale material produced in B.C. pulp mills could be used in composite materials to replace oil-based plastics and other non-renewable products Full Article

No pulp fiction here: Canfor pushing more wood fibre product innovation

Jul 08, 2014 - Faced with intense competition from Southern Hemisphere, industry developing high-tech uses for highly regarded Canadian pulp Full Article

Quota policy needed for log exports in B.C.: Fraser Institute

Jun 24, 2014 - An export quota policy that would allow log producers to export a fixed number of logs, as opposed to either an outright ban or an open policy of... Full Article

TimberWest considering building a $60m pellet plant on Vancouver Island

Jun 16, 2014 - Western forestry giant TimberWest Forest Corporation is considering a $60-million pellet manufacturing facility on Vancouver Island near Nanaimo.... Full Article

Many land users cause more environmental damage, forestry watchdog warns

May 29, 2014 - British Columbia’s forestry watchdog is again sounding the alarm over the combined effects of forestry, mining and farming on the... Full Article

Ainsworth Lumber deal worth $1 billion falls apart amid anti-trust scrutiny

May 20, 2014 - Ainsworth Lumber Co. and Louisiana Pacific Corp. have dropped a planned $1.1 billion acquisition by LP of the Vancouver OSB manufacturer, saying... Full Article

Court overturns B.C. government's timber grant to Western Forest Products

May 16, 2014 - The B.C. Supreme Court has quashed a Ministry of Forests decision to grant close to one million cubic metres of timber on northwest Vancouver... Full Article

Forestry exports to grow by 8% this year, driven by sales to the U.S. and China: EDC

May 13, 2014 - Forestry exports from British Columbia are expected to grow 15% this year and another 10% in 2015, according to a May 13 Export Development Canada ... Full Article

Trucker troubles, weather hit lumber sector's Q1 hard

May 13, 2014 - Western producers' revenue down, but prediction brighter for 2014's second half Full Article

Ainsworth Lumber’s $1.1-billion acquisition stymied by regulators

May 09, 2014 - The $1.1-billion acquisition of Vancouver-based Ainsworth Lumber Co. (TSX:ANS) appears to hit a wall with regulators.... Full Article

Paper Excellence plans to restart Chetwynd mill in July

May 08, 2014 - Richmond-based pulp and paper company Paper Excellence plans to open its Chetwynd pulp mill as early July. Full Article

Canadian forestry companies leaner, more efficient

May 08, 2014 - Canada’s forestry industry is second only to agriculture when it comes to increased sector productivity, according to a new report released... Full Article

Western Canadian forestry revenues down in first quarter

May 06, 2014 - Despite the recovery of the North American housing market, B.C. lumber producers had a rough start to the year, as weather and the Vancouver... Full Article

Northern B.C.'s Canfor mill set for $30-million upgrade

May 02, 2014 - Canfor will invest $30 million at its Polar facility in Bear Lake, north of Prince George, to replace the existing sawmill and to produce higher-... Full Article

Kevin Douglas Addison facing charges in Western Forest Products Nanaimo mill shooting

May 01, 2014 - Kevin Douglas Addison faces two counts of first degree murder and two charges attempted murder after a mass shooting at Western Forest Products... Full Article

Former worker held in Nanaimo mill deaths; no motive revealed

Apr 30, 2014 - A 47-year-old former mill worker is in police custody facing murder charges in relation to the worst workplace shooting on Vancouver Island in... Full Article

Two people dead after shootings at WFP mill in Nanaimo

Apr 30, 2014 - Two people are dead and two are injured following a shooting at after an incident at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo on Wednesday... Full Article

Timber access overhaul raises industry concerns

Apr 29, 2014 - Tree farm plan aimed at fibre supply squeeze in wake of pine beetle infestation Full Article

Babine and Lakeland families march “for justice”

Apr 23, 2014 - The families of workers killed and injured in two 2012 British Columbia sawmill disasters will march today in Prince George to call for a public... Full Article

UBC's genetically engineered trees ready to change forestry industry

Apr 23, 2014 - Researcher who genetically modified poplars for easier pulp processing believes the trees have great economic and environmental potential Full Article

No charges approved against Lakeland Mills

Apr 14, 2014 - Criminal charges will not be pursued against Lakeland Mills for the April 2012 fire and explosion that killed two workers and injured 22, the... Full Article

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Beetle wood salvage estimates ring alarm bells

Apr 08, 2014 - Forest Practices Board report predicts sustainable timber shortfall in wake of Interior pine salvage program and recommends province re-evaluate... Full Article

Vancouver's Fortress Paper 'very disappointed' with China's pulp duty decision

Apr 04, 2014 - The Chinese government is sticking by its previous decision to impose a 13% duty on cellulose pulp coming from Canada, the U.S. and Brazil — ... Full Article

WorkSafeBC fines Burns Lake sawmill owners $1 million

Apr 03, 2014 - The owners of the Babine Forest Products sawmill will have to pay just over $1 million to WorkSafeBC as penalty for its role in a deadly explosion ... Full Article

Opinion: What Adrian Dix wants to see in mill tragedy inquiry

Apr 02, 2014 - For all the faith chief coroner Lisa Lapointe has in her authority to get to the bottom of the Burns Lake mill tragedy, the opposition New... Full Article

Earnings jump for western Canadian forestry companies

Apr 01, 2014 - Limited mill capacity could drive up lumber prices as demand increases Full Article

Rules on deadly B.C. sawmill dust not tough enough: union

Mar 31, 2014 - As the two-year anniversary of a deadly sawmill explosion in Prince George nears, the union representing B.C.'s forestry workers says toothless... Full Article

Quesnel Sawmill cuts its last board

Mar 18, 2014 - The last board has been cut into lumber at Quesnel Sawmill. Full Article

Investigation finds safety issues with forestry bridges

Mar 06, 2014 - The Forest Practices Board is questioning the safety of more than two dozen bridges on forestry roads in the British Columbia Interior.... Full Article

Dix renews call for independent mill case review

Feb 28, 2014 - NDP leader Adrian Dix met with former employees of Lakeland Mills and their families this week, following WorkSafeBC’s recent decision to... Full Article

No criminal charges pending in Lakeland explosion

Feb 26, 2014 - WorkSafeBC has concluded its investigation into the explosion which destroyed Lakeland Mills and has forwarded its report to the British Columbia... Full Article

Conifex banking on new power plant to bolster bottom line

Feb 24, 2014 - Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX-V:CFF) has posted a much-improved net income of $9.5 million in 2013, compared with a net loss of $16.2 million in 2012,... Full Article

Union leader blasts Clark for blaming failed sawmill probe on WorkSafeBC

Feb 14, 2014 - Union leader Jim Sinclair says laying all the blame on WorkSafeBC for a failed investigation into a fatal sawmill disaster won't fix fundamental... Full Article

Clark blames WorkSafeBC for failed Burns Lake sawmill investigation

Feb 13, 2014 - Premier Christy Clark is laying the blame for a failed investigation into a fatal sawmill disaster squarely on WorkSafeBC.... Full Article

$180m deal makes Interfor North America's fifth largest lumber company

Feb 11, 2014 - Vancouver-based Interfor (TSX:IFP.A) made the jump to North America's fifth largest lumber company this week in announcing a cash-and-shares... Full Article

UBC harnessing robot technology to up wood ante

Feb 11, 2014 - Hundegger drive could establish B.C. wood as a leading precision building material Full Article

Sawmill probe points to conflicts between agencies in investigations

Jan 28, 2014 - Critics say Canada's poor safety record linked directly to reluctance to use federal legislation Full Article

Inquest announced for deadly sawmill explosion; mill owner sues equipment maker

Jan 22, 2014 - The British Columbia Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the deaths of two workers who died at a northern B.C. sawmill in January... Full Article

Surrey lumber companies lament fibre shortage

Jan 21, 2014 - Business leader warns that more local mills will disappear unless timber sales focus on the domestic marketplace and local companies have open... Full Article

Feds announce additional $600K investment in Canada’s forest products trade with India

Jan 17, 2014 - The federal government is investing $600,000 to support Canada’s forest products market development office in Mumbai, Minister of Natural... Full Article

B.C. forests emitting CO2 at alarming rate: Sierra Club

Jan 17, 2014 - An environmental group is calling on the provincial government to take action as B.C.'s forests continue to emit more carbon dioxide than they... Full Article

Burns Lake sawmill fire was preventable: WorkSafeBC

Jan 16, 2014 - WorkSafeBC's investigation into the fatal sawmill fire that killed two workers in Burns Lake may not have met standards needed for criminal... Full Article

Pellet plant could solve northwest waste wood woes

Jan 14, 2014 - First Nations forestry company hopes wood pellets will lead to a future sawmill Full Article

Crown will not press charges on fatal Burns Lake sawmill explosion

Jan 10, 2014 - B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch will not approve criminal or regulatory charges in relation to a deadly fire and explosion at a B.C. sawmill, in... Full Article

Conifex acquires Lignum Forest Products for $4 million

Jan 07, 2014 - Conifex Timber (TSX:CFF) has entered into an agreement to acquire Lignum Forest Products for $4 million. Full Article

Family business report: Vancouver Island forest products business rooted in family values

Dec 17, 2013 - Coulson family expands its decades-old Port Alberni-based enterprise to include logging, firefighting and manufacturing Full Article

Analysts applaud Canfor’s China mill move

Dec 16, 2013 - Decision to invest in wood manufacturing facility seen as key to establishing a beachhead in Asia’s market for higher quality wood products Full Article

B.C. sees record-breaking wood exports to China in 2013

Dec 13, 2013 - British Columbia's wood exports to China have broken the record set in 2011. Full Article

Concrete forms stiff opposition to Wood First

Dec 09, 2013 - Concrete and steel construction industry alarmed at spread of B.C.’s Wood First policy Full Article

Canfor plans new wood manufacturing facility in China

Dec 02, 2013 - News comes on heels of company's plans to close B.C. mill that made similar products Full Article

Canfor planning wood joint venture in China

Nov 27, 2013 - A new Chinese sawmill Canfor (TSX:CFP) plans to invest in will make some of the same products that are currently cut in the company's Quesnel mill,... Full Article

Burnaby company signs US$80m lumber deal with Chinese firm

Nov 25, 2013 - Burnaby’s Bluestar International Business has signed an US$80 million agreement with China’s Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co. Ltd. to provide... Full Article

Lakeland Mills rebuild “going well”

Nov 21, 2013 - The weather up until last week was helping the rebuild of Lakeland Mills. Full Article

Haida building business success in island forestry

Nov 19, 2013 - Quality over quantity the new mantra as native band companies increasingly take charge of forest industry on Haida Gwaii archipelago Full Article

Lower rates for B.C. loggers bad news for forestry: report

Nov 13, 2013 - Consolidation in British Columbia’s coastal forestry sector has put the squeeze on independent logging contractors, resulting in less... Full Article

B.C. produced more than half of Canada’s softwood in 2012: StatsCan

Nov 12, 2013 - More than half of Canada’s total softwood production in 2012 was in British Columbia, according to Statistics Canada data released November... Full Article

Pine beetle leads to future timber harvesting reduction in 100 Mile House region

Nov 12, 2013 - Despite the recent market upturn for forestry, the consequences of the mountain pine beetle epidemic continue to be felt in British... Full Article

Long road to recovery for B.C. forestry sector

Nov 05, 2013 - Lumber production in B.C. held steady in August, but early-year momentum appeared to stall with a modest softening in U.S. housing starts.... Full Article

Forest economics tome from former UBC professor set to hit bookshelves in China

Nov 04, 2013 - New edition and Chinese translation of Peter Pearse’s ground-breaking textbook to tap into huge potential market in Asia’s rapidly... Full Article

Lumber production steady in August: Central 1

Nov 01, 2013 - British Columbia lumber production remained steady in August, according to a November 1 report released by Central 1 Credit Union.... Full Article

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