Nov 01

Did You Know? — The Town of Kapuskasing

Kapuskasing is the “Model Town of the North” not just because an urban planner carefully designed it in a way that best suits its surroundings, but also because it’s home to the most diversified economy in Northern Ontario.

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Oct 11

Mill Deal In Fort Frances

Resolute Forest Products and Unifor have agreed to keep workers on site at the Fort Frances plant for a little longer. Local and National Unifor President Stephen Boon says they have agreed to extend a July agreement, allowing the number 7 paper machine to run up until December 15th. The original agreement was expected to …

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Oct 11

Longlac, Ontario mill reopening still in the works

Recent mill re-openings in northwestern Ontario have some people in Greenstone wondering when their turn might come. Residents of Longlac have heard rumblings for months that Buchanan Lumber is trying to re-open its sawmill. Longlac sawmill owner Ken Buchanan has told CBC News he’s tried to get a wood supply for the mill for the past …

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Oct 11

Second Reading of Foresty Bill Nears

Nipissing Tory MPP Vic Fedeli is looking forward to November 7th.  That’s when a forestry Bill he re-introduced goes through second reading in the Legislature.  The Bill would allow wood frame construction in buildings up to six stories in height from the present four floors.  Fedeli says if it passes the Bill would mean more …

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Oct 11

Unifor strikes mill agreements with Eacom, Resolute

Eacom Timber’s Ear Falls sawmill in northwestern Ontario will restart next spring with a new long-term labour in hand. Unifor announced Oct. 9 that it reached a deal with the Montreal-based forestry giant that will start up the mill that has been idled since December 2009 after the crash of the U.S. housing industry. The …

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Oct 10

Across the country loggers see some markets improving

From Ontario to British Columbia, the message from forest contractors is clear: improvement from the long awaited recovery has arrived. While B.C. has experienced greater growth since the economic down turn, the perception from one logger is that the industry has plateaued. Those in Ontario however, are still waiting for markets to improve before they …

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Oct 10

A diverse career takes forester to new ventures

According to Calgary’s Paul Klotz, forestry is more than a career; “it’s a way of life,” he says. Starting in the bush when he was 13, the B.C. native has held a variety of positions which brought him to start his own consulting firm in Calgary where the main focus is fibre acquisition for power …

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Oct 10

Ear Falls sawmill to re-start

A new long-term labour deal between EACOM and Unifor has resulted in EACOM formally announcing this week that it will re-start the Ear Falls sawmill in the spring. The sawmill has been idled since Dec. 7, 2009 during the height of the U.S. housing crash. Local MPP Sarah Campbell and Natural Resources [minister] David Orazietti …

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Oct 10

Politics impacting logging in Ontario’s Algonquin Park

When the Ontario Government announced this summer that an amendment had been made to Algonquin Park’s management plan, removing an additional 96,089 ha from logging activity, it came as a shock to both local elected officials and industry involved in park logging activities. “They’ve ignored or downplayed the contribution of the public, municipal leaders and …

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Oct 10

A community gets back to its forestry roots

In the midst of an economic decline five or six years ago, the northwestern Ontario town endured the loss of hundreds of forestry jobs after two mills closed within a year of each other. Today, there is construction at both of those sites and a renewed sense of optimism in the community. Within the next …

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