March 16, 2018 - RCMP have identified a body found at the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops, B.C. on March 7 as David Michael Jeff. Jeff, 67, was one of the thousands of Williams Lake residents evacuated during the during the 2017 wildfires. He had been reported missing since July 31, 2017. Jeff was one of Williams Lake’s most vulnerable residents, according to news reports. An autopsy was completed on March 12, and forensic findings and the RCMP have concluded that Jeff’s death is not suspicious. However, the Coroner’s Office is continuing its investigation into Jeff’s death. The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance to find out how he came to be in the area where his body was discovered. “Specifically, if you know where he spent time during the day or where he was sleeping at night, the police would like to talk to you,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in a press release.
March 13, 2018 - Deon Hamlyn, chairperson of the Logging Operations Group (LOG) invites all harvesting & silviculture contractors, forest truckers and suppliers to attend the 2018 Spring Meeting.Program Highlights! As a forestry contractor, the opening plenary session will focus on two primary topics that impact the way you operate and run your business; namely the ability to maintain our 'social license' and carry out forestry operaons in a sustainable manner, and the health and wellness of your employees and the impacts on your teams productivity and your bottom line!If you are a logger, the LOG will include: Lots of take-home practical tips from leading equipment manufacturers and suppliers showcasing the capabilities & benefits of their products / services in relation to machine control, data loggers and machine telematics; Insights and perspectives from a forestry contractor who has been in business for over 30 + years; Suggestions on how to set realistic expectations & performance measures, as well as proven techniques on coaching and motivating your crew; A refresher on best pracces on handling fuel in your operaons; How to transfer knowledge and experience from one generaon to another through a mentoring program. If you operate a truck or own a fleet moving roundwood or chips from roadside to mill: Updates on new technologies and best practices from leading truck and trailer manufacturers; A trucking company's success in running a self-loading B-train configuration; Progress on forest trucking from industry representaves in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick; A forest trucking safety session focusing on brakes, tire maintenance, risk assessment, new tools and technologies and key safety messages. Plan to attend the 2018 Spring Meeting; the only meeting of its kind that brings forestry contractors and woodlands personnel together to focus on running safe, efficient and profitable woodlands operations.For program details and registration, visit www.cwfcof.org
March 12, 2018 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the Canadian government, and in particular Minister Champagne, on the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. This agreement will benefit the Canadian forest products industry by eliminating tariffs, as well as providing clear provisions to help settle disputes and avoid unfair blocking of imports because of concerns about issues such as insects or other contaminants. For example, forest products from Canada now face: 31 per cent tariff to Vietnam for certain kinds of wood, going down to zero per cent starting Year 1 and up to 27 per cent for paper, which will be at zero per cent by Year 4. 40 per cent tariff to Malaysia for plywood and up to 25 per cent for paper, down to zero per cent by Year 6. 10 per cent tariff to Japan for wood products, going down as low as five per cent in Year 1 and zero per cent as early as Year 11. “The CPTPP will increase Canadian forest products access to key global markets,” says CEO of FPAC, Derek Nighbor. “Growing exports will create more middle class jobs in the over 600 forest dependent communities across Canada and help the forest sector diversify its markets.” Between 2012 and 2016 Canadian forest products, exports to the remaining members of TPP grew 18 per cent to over $2 billion, with exports to Vietnam, New Zealand and Mexico growing the most by 312 per cent, 90 per cent and 44 per cent, respectively. FPAC believes that with the elimination of tariffs and strengthening trade relations between countries, Canadian forest products exports will grow even more. “The sector is working hard to diversify its markets, especially beyond the United States who have enacted unfounded protectionist measures against our industry; and we encourage the government to continue with its efforts to extend freer trade and increase our country’s competitiveness,” says Nighbor. “Canada needs to be part of the first 6 countries to ratify the CPTPP in order to ensure we have first access to these growing markets.” FPAC urges the speedy ratification by governments of this 21st-century deal.
March 9, 2018 - “Why is NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council], an American activist group, lobbying our provincial government and attempting to frustrate consultation and accommodation with First Nations communities and impacted municipalities?” said Wendy Landry, president of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) and Mayor of Shuniah. “NRDC does not speak for us or the harmonious relationship we have with our natural resources. We are respectfully asking that they stop these one-sided and misinformed attacks that end up harming our natural resources and join us in support of the positive announcement from the MNRF [Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry].” The NRDC’s downtown Manhattan office is 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles) from Red Rock Indian Band on the northern shore of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada. Red Rock is a First Nations community who are proud of their many accomplishments, with record low unemployment and many residents taking prominent and powerful positions within local government and the private sector. This is a community that has taken impressive steps towards achieving environmental, social, and economic self-sustainability. “My community has grown our forestry businesses over the last number of years, and we are proud of our accomplishments as First Nations people,” Edward Wawia, Chief of Red Rock Indian Band said. “We know how to manage our own lands. For others outside of our traditional areas to claim they know better — or appear to be speaking on behalf of First Nations — perpetuates an outdated and colonialist attitude to natural resource management.” Ontario’s existing forest management framework provides this community, and many others like it across the province, with not only economic opportunities for their people, but also an opportunity to share and contribute traditional ecological knowledge (TEK)1. This knowledge has been passed down over thousands of years and assists in shaping the future of our vast Crown forests. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Jan. 19, 2018 regulation proposal, if approved, will allow communities like Red Rock a brief opportunity to shape future species at risk policy and provide the MNRF with a better understanding of the impacts of climate change, cumulative impacts of all activity on a broad, dynamic land base, and the social and economic impacts. This will be accomplished through the formation of an independent panel, but they need time, and two years will not be enough. In a March 6, 2018 blog post the NRDC states: “Ontario doubled down on a policy that jeopardizes the future of boreal caribou and other at-risk species in the province, gifting the logging industry two more years of exemptions under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA). These exemptions, as we reported in January, have severe implications for threatened boreal caribou in the province, giving industry a near-carte blanche to degrade and destroy critical habitat.” As stated in the MNRF’s proposal, “the ministry is proposing that an independent panel be formed that will provide advice on consideration of species at risk in Crown forest management.” This is not an exemption from managing species at risk234 , but an opportunity to develop a solution with all parties at the table. Ontario has been recognized as having some of the best managed forests in the world by providing for environmental values, species at risk management, and as a large contributor to our provincial and national economies. “Prohibiting human activities, combined with the suppression of natural disturbances, will be detrimental to the sustainability of our managed Crown forests,” said president of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and Mayor of Kapuskasing Al Spacek. “Carefully planned harvesting allows for an essential reset of forest age to maintain a continuous supply of caribou habitat. Activists ignore the fact that as boreal forests get old and transitions into different forest types, they become less suitable for caribou.” “NRDC’s most recent annual report shows total revenue of $146 million and total assets of $304 million; eclipsing the financials of many forest companies and communities operating here in Ontario,” Jamie Lim, president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association said. “They have no business working against an independent process designed to provide for species at risk while minimizing the social and economic impacts to communities and the sector.”1 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Forest Management Planning Manual, 2017.2 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Forest Management Guide for Boreal Landscapes, 2014. 3 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Forest Management Guide for Conserving Biodiversity at the Stand and Site Scales, 2010. 4 Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC), Report on the Progress of Recovery Strategy Implementation for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal population in Canada for the Period 2012 to 2017, 2017.
March 6, 2018 - Forest Products Association of Canada CEO Derek Nighbor addressed the Standing Committee on Natural Resources on Friday in support of South Okanagan–West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings’ private members Bill C-354 that would require the federal government to make wood the building material of choice for government projects. “In passing this bill, the government will send a clear signal that governments around the world have already recognized -- that wood is a safe, durable and high-performing material that fares well against competing materials in building construction,” said Nighbor, adding that the bill will also help government achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets committed under the Paris Climate Agreement. “If Canada wants to make real headway in reducing GHGs, a procurement strategy focused on reducing the carbon footprint of construction materials represents a real opportunity.” The proposed bill would require that in the awarding of certain contracts for the construction, maintenance or repair of public works, federal property or federal immovables, the minister shall give preference to projects that promote the use of wood, taking into account the associated costs and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It passed Second Reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 217-75. Nighbor thanked MP Cannings for his leadership in bringing Bill C-354 forward, adding its passage would position Canada well against other countries who have already adopted similar practices. “We have already seen countries like Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland make moves to advance green building procurement, so there are many examples and ideas to draw from,” said Nighbor.
March 1, 2018 - After 75 years in existence and with 57,000 people currently directly employed in forestry, the Ontario Forest Industry Association (OFIA) is confident in a bright future for forestry in Ontario, and Canada as a whole. “In these uncertain times I am certain that forestry is in our future,” Jamie Lim, OFIA president said at the association’s 75th convention at One King West Hotel and Residence held in downtown Toronto yesterday. “Let’s ensure that Ontario leads the way; let’s keep working together.” One way in which Ontario, and the country, is making some headway is in wood construction. With wooden structures like the Pagoda of Fogong Temple in China standing at 67.3 metres since the year 1056, Cory Zurell, principal engineer at Blackwell Structural Engineers says there’s no reason why similar, or even, taller structures can’t be built now. This is especially the case in Canada where there is an abundance of resources. “Sustainability has to be a principal concern in how we design buildings, and wood is a solution to that,” Zurell says in his tall wood building presentation. Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia is a recent, popular example of a hybrid wood building, which opened in July 2017. At 18-storeys tall, it’s currently the tallest mass timber building in the world. B.C.’s Wood Innovations Centre in Prince George and architect Shigeru Ban’s Terrace House in Vancouver are two more notable examples in that province. The latter is still in development and is slated to beat Brock Commons for being North America’s tallest hybrid timber structure once it’s complete in 2020. The 13-storey-tall Origine Condos in Quebec are another example of hybrid wood construction success in Canada. Examples of wood structures in Ontario include St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market in Waterloo, Redstone Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, and 312 Adelaide St. W and 80 Atlantic in downtown Toronto. And for a nation-wide example, the Douglas Cardinal Housing Corporation designs prefabricated cross-laminated timber homes and ships them to remote First Nations communities with housing needs in Canada. Current Canadian building codes only recognize wood buildings up to six storeys, even though taller buildings already exist like the 312 Adelaide West brick and beam building in Toronto. It’s eight levels and it’s been there since 1895. The 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) will have provisions for 12-storey mass timber buildings. Until then, Zurell says it’s important to harness creativity and find solutions to move forward in building with wood and be more sustainable overall. “There are many options open to us for exceeding what the code allows, and we just have to use it to our advantage,” he says. Fire fears “Yes, wood burns, get over it,” Zurell says, adding that although wood burns, it behaves better than steel in a fire. “Wood performs well in fire, actually, when we’re talking large mass dimension lumber.” In the M-Building in Kanazawa City in Japan, wood is used to protect the steel in the structure. “Sprinklers and fire alarms, that’s what changes the outcome of fires in buildings,” Zurell says. “Regardless of structure, those are the key items.” Zurell says efficient buildings can be constructed by maximizing the behaviour of the materials and their appropriate use in different parts of the construction of the structure. He adds that knowing the behaviour of wood, how it shrinks, how it burns, are not obstacles to prevent wood construction. “Wood rots, so does steel, so does concrete… We know this and we just have to account for it,” he says. “We’re going to use steel where it makes sense, we’re going to use concrete where it makes sense, and wood where it makes sense. We don’t have to use wood everywhere.” Zurell says using new technology to build safe wooden structures is the way to go as well as using steel to give wood ductility.So, why wood for buildings? Zurell asks the crowd. Wood is grown by the sun, it is light-weight relative to its strength, it has a low carbon footprint, it’s prefabricated, and fun fact: exposed wood has positive health and well-being benefits on people. Reports have found that when used in schools, students learn better, and offices built with wood attract high-profile tenants and fly off the market. “Let’s build taller,” he says. “At least let’s try and match what they did 1,000 years ago.”
March 15, 2018 - Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 70 in March from a downwardly revised February reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) but remains in strong territory."Builders' optimism continues to be fueled by growing consumer demand for housing and confidence in the market," said NAHB chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. "However, builders are reporting challenges in finding buildable lots, which could limit their ability to meet this demand.""A strong labour market, rising incomes and a growing economy are boosting demand for homeownership even as interest rates rise," said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. "With these economic fundamentals in place, the single-family sector should continue to make gains at a gradual pace in the months ahead."Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as "good," "fair" or "poor." The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as "high to very high," "average" or "low to very low." Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.The HMI component gauging current sales conditions held steady at 77, the chart measuring sales expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 78, and the index gauging buyer traffic fell three points to 51.Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast rose one point to 57, the South decreased one point to 73, the West fell two points to 79, and the Midwest dropped four points to 68.Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.
March 14, 2018 - A new multi-client study by ForestEdge LLC and Wood Resources International LLC will be released on March 16th 2018!The purpose of this study was to evaluate how future US demand for softwood lumber will be met as the supply dynamics of North America change and off-shore supply and production economics evolve over the next decade. The 218 page study covers:I. Demand: Projected Demand for Softwood Lumber in the US for the period 2017-2030Future lumber consumption is based on projections of housing starts, repair & remodeling expenditures and related softwood lumber consumption, and the evolution of other demand sectors.II. Supply: Projected sources of softwood lumber Supply 2016-2030Includes detailed profiles of key softwood lumber production regions including New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, Sweden, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, the US Northwest and the US South.Mini-profiles, evaluating softwood timber resources, delivered log prices, lumber trade and softwood lumber export potential to the US market of Germany, Finland, Latvia, and Western Russia are also provided.III. Supply Curve AnalysisThe study constructs a US softwood lumber supply curve for 2016 using actual supply statistics and estimated delivered softwood lumber costs for the key supplying regions. The study then evaluates how supply could change under alternative Demand Scenarios, based on regional projections of log costs, softwood lumber production, and likely US exports, to identify the most likely suppliers to the US market in 2025 and 2030.IV. Conclusions and SensitivitiesIn addition to reporting results for various demand scenarios, the study considers sensitivities based on investment capital and exchange rates, and offers insight into the implications of the changing US softwood lumber market on timberland investments.Please request a brochure for more information about the comprehensive study, including who will benefit from the analyses, pricing options and the Table of Contents.For more information about the contents of the report, or to order, please contact: Håkan Ekström at 1-425-402-8809 (
March 14, 2018 - Last night, the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties up to 22.16 per cent on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood paper (newsprint).On behalf of the workers in our sector, Forest Products Association of Canada is disappointed in this outcome and strongly believes that these duties are completely unjustified and represent a costly and losing proposition for workers and paper customers on both sides of the border.FPAC applauds the swift response issued last night from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr – they unequivocally defended Canada’s interests.In addition to strongly defending Canadian workers and businesses against these unfounded duties imposed by our U.S. neighbours, FPAC is calling on the Trudeau government to do the following: Continue efforts to support industry’s efforts to aggressively diversify export markets. Partner with FPAC and Canada’s forest products sector and our workers to further enable the transformation of our sector into new and innovative product areas. Activate employment support programs for any Canadian workers who might be impacted in the event of reduced shifts or job losses. As it has with the softwood lumber dispute, this trade action will bring real harm to U.S. workers and businesses, impacting over 600,000 American jobs. We applaud the leadership of the many Democratic and Republican U.S. Senators, and the publishers of over 1,000 small and medium-sized U.S. newspapers who have demanded that Washington not impose countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian newsprint exports.Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world. According to the Government of Canada’s Trade Data Online, Canadian uncoated groundwood and newsprint paper exports to the United States totaled about $2 billion CAD in 2017.
Feb. 27, 2018 - International technology supplier Springer Group has acquired a majority stake in Finnish company FinScan. FinScan is a specialist in scanners and software for automated optimization of lumber in sawmills, having installed more than 400 scanners in over 20 countries around the world. “With the majority stake in FinScan we extend our market product portfolio as an integrated technology provider for the wood-processing industry,” Springer chief executive officer Timo Springer said. “From now, we have an extensive range of optimization systems in the wood-processing industry at our disposal and that way, we can expand our technological and innovative leadership. “We see good opportunities to grow and strengthen our position in the future together. We are looking forward to working together,” he said. “FinScan is very successful, has long time customers and has a clear portfolio of sophisticated scanner solutions at its disposal,” FinScan chief executive officer Jyri Smagin said. “Through the merger with Springer we expect a further technological progress.” Smagin will continue running the company at the same managing position.
Feb. 26, 2018 - Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7.8 per cent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 units after an upwardly revised December reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau."New home sales have taken a pause this month, but our builders are reporting confidence in the overall market and future sales conditions," said NAHB chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. "With strong consumer demand for housing, we expect the sales numbers to move forward in the months ahead.""The moderation in new home sales may be attributable to the interest rate environment, which could be causing short-term market volatility," said NAHB senior economist Michael Neal. "However, the underlying economic fundamentals for housing demand remain strong and we expect more prospective home buyers to enter the market in 2018."The inventory of new home sales for sale was 301,000 in January, which is a 6.1-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $323,000.Regionally, new home sales rose 15.4 per cent in the Midwest and 1.0 per cent in the West. Sales decreased 14.2 per cent in the South and 33.3 per cent in the Northeast.
Feb. 23, 2017 – Canfor has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Feb. 6, 2018 – N.B. Premier Brian Gallant is travelling to Washington this week to meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The agenda items include trade, softwood lumber, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “New Brunswick is Canada’s most trade-driven province and the United States continues to be our province’s biggest trading partner. This economic relationship is important to New Brunswickers,” Gallant said in a statement. “New Brunswick’s and Maine’s integration of softwood lumber is a great example as to how the tariffs imposed on New Brunswick softwood lumber will hurt the American economy. This is Gallant’s third meeting with Ross in the past year.
Jan. 4, 2018 – Canada is now in the appeals stage of the softwood lumber dispute after the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed final duties on Wednesday. The International Trade Administration (ITA) published documents outlining the Commerce Department’s decision of final countervailing and anti-dumping duties on certain softwood lumber products from Canada. Canada responded by saying it will not back down. “The Government of Canada will continue to vigorously defend our industry and its workers against protectionist trade practices,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. “U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber are unfair, unwarranted and troubling. “They are harmful to Canada’s lumber producers, workers and communities, and they add to the cost of home building, renovations and other projects for American middle-class families,” Freeland said. U.S. Congress-themed newspaper The Hill reported that the U.S. Lumber Coalition’s co-chairman Joe Patton called the duties “a fair enforcement of U.S. trade law.” Patton also said that, “For decades, the Canadian government has abused the law and provided massive subsidies to its lumber industry, harming U.S. producers and workers.” The United States Trade Representative Tweeted, “We are completely confident that @CommerceGov and the U.S. International Trade Commission closely followed U.S. law and that their actions are consistent with our WTO obligations. We will of course defend this case and expect to prevail.” We are completely confident that @CommerceGov and the U.S. International Trade Commission closely followed U.S. law and that their actions are consistent with our WTO obligations. We will of course defend this case and expect to prevail. https://t.co/jsIcoo24gh — USTR (@USTradeRep) January 3, 2018 Amid the final duty announcement, Commerce also marginally amended West Fraser’s countervailing, and Canfor’s anti-dumping duties. West Fraser “submitted a timely, properly filed allegation that Commerce made certain ministerial errors,” according to the document. Commerce investigated and agreed that an error was made, thus decreasing West Fraser’s subsidy rate from 18.19 per cent ad valorem to 17.99 per cent ad valorem. The “all-others” rate was consequently decreased to 14.19 per cent ad valorem. Canfor also submitted an allegation citing errors in Commerce’s decision. Commerce agreed with Canfor’s submission as well and decreased its subsidy rate to 7.28 per cent. The “all-others” rate in this case was decreased to 6.04 per cent. Nevertheless, the fact remains that final duties were imposed and Canada said it will be taking legal action. “Canada has already begun legal challenges of these duties under NAFTA and through the WTO, where Canadian litigation has proven successful in the past,” Freeland said. “We will continue to work with the provinces and territories, as well as with Canadian industry and workers, to find an enduring solution. “Canada will also continue to engage with the U.S. Administration and with American legislators to come to a new agreement on softwood lumber,” she said.
Dec. 18, 2017 - Kate Lindsay is the Forest Products Association of Canada's vice-president of sustainability and environmental partnerships.She recently wrote a Letter to the Editor which was published in The Chronicle-Journal in response to an opinion piece criticizing the forest industry's views on saving caribou populations while still implementing sustainable forestry practices.In an excerpt from her letter she writes, "The misrepresentation of the purpose and content of our informational website at www.cariboufacts.ca is unfortunate. To be clear, on behalf of Canada’s forest sector and our 230,000 direct employees, we are asking for three simple things:1. Any land use decision must be based on the most recent and comprehensive science that looks at all factors, including incorporating unique local forest realities and the impacts of action on other species in the forest.2. All impacted groups should be meaningfully engaged in the discussion, including governments, Indigenous communities, scientists, industry, tourism and recreation groups, and labour organizations.3. Socio-economic analysis should be conducted to understand what, if any, impacts might be felt by local communities."Read the full piece here.
Dec. 12, 2017 - This fall, B.C.’s forest sector released a new economic study that highlights the fact that the B.C. forest industry continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and a significant economic contributor to communities around the province.
Dec. 8, 2017 – The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 unanimously on Thursday in favour of the U.S. lumber industry. The ITC holds the position that the Canadian government’s subsidies to its softwood lumber producers have harmed U.S. producers. The U.S. Lumber Coalition supports the decision. “The massive subsidies that the Canadian government provides to its lumber industry and the dumping of lumber products into the U.S. market by Canadian companies cause real harm to U.S. producers and workers,” said the U.S. Lumber Coalition’s Jason Brochu. “Now, with a level playing field, the U.S. lumber industry, and the 350,000 hardworking men and women who support it, can have the chance to compete fairly.” “With the enforcement of U.S. trade laws, lumber mills across the country will be able to make important investments in employees and mill operations so we can expand production to meet demand,” the U.S. Lumber Coalition’s Joe Patton said. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said the tariffs will increase the price of an average single-family home built in 2018 by $1,360. "We are disappointed by the ITC ruling and believe this is a protectionist measure designed to safeguard the interests of major domestic lumber producers at the expense of American consumers,” chairman Granger MacDonald said. “The U.S. and Canada need to hammer out an equitable agreement to resolve this ongoing trade dispute that will provide American consumers a steady supply of lumber at a reasonable price," he said. BC Lumber Trade Council president Susan Yurkovich said the decision “is completely without merit.” “The ITC finding of ‘injury,’ despite the current record-setting profitability of the U.S. lumber industry, makes it very clear that this was not an objective evaluation of the facts,” she said. "There can be no doubt that this process is biased in favour of the U.S. industry.” The BC Lumber Trade Council said it plans to fight the decision and initiate appeals as soon as possible. “The U.S. Coalition’s claims of injury ring particularly hollow given the extraordinary financial performance that the U.S. lumber industry is enjoying, and given that Canadian imports are at a lower level today than at the levels deemed non-injurious under both the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement and by the ITC itself in the last round of litigation,” Yurkovich said. The Lumber Coalition petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department in November 2016 to launch an investigation to determine whether or not the Canadian government was providing unfair subsidies to its lumber producers. The Commerce Department launched its official investigation in December 2016. Over the course of the investigation, preliminary countervailing and anti-dumping duties were applied to Canadian producers. The average preliminary countervailing tax was 19.88 per cent, while the average preliminary anti-dumping tax was 6.87 per cent. Combined, that meant most Canadian producers were paying 26.75 per cent in duties. West Fraser, Canfor, Tolko, Resolute and J.D. Irving were individually investigated and paid combined taxes ranging from 9.89 to 30.88 per cent. The Commerce Department ruled in November 2017 that the two softwood markets are unequal due to Canadian producers having unfair advantages over their American counterparts and announced its final duties. However, the overall rate dropped from 26.75 to 20.83 per cent for most Canadian producers. So far, Canadian companies are reported to be doing well thanks to record-high lumber prices and a steady demand for wood from the U.S.
Nov. 20, 2017 - A coalition of municipal and Indigenous leaders, chambers of commerce, unions, and forest professionals are coming to Queen’s Park on Wednesday, November 22nd to dispel misinformation about Ontario’s forest sector and to urge the government to avoid unintended consequences from rushed species at risk (SAR) policy. Recently, a co-ordinated effort by groups opposed to forestry has attempted to label Ontario’s forest sector as unsustainable. On Oct. 25 an opinion piece in the Toronto Star, authored by the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defense, asked, “will anyone act to save the caribou? Ontario is not.” Similar comments were made by CPAWS Wildlands League and the American activist group Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC). In response, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) president and mayor of Kapuskasing, Ont., Al Spacek said, “To claim Ontario has not acted to save caribou is conveniently ignoring over 20 years of work, 600 tracked animals and $11 million dollars of government research.” On Oct. 18, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream wrote a letter to provincial ministers and premiers to say that they are concerned about “unsustainable logging practices” in Canada’s boreal forest. Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) president and mayor of Shuniah, Ont., Wendy Landry, stated, “These attacks on forestry are extremely concerning. Decisions on policy need to be made on the best available science and informed by the people who are most impacted.” She went on to say, “Arguments presented by those with special interests and no skin in the game cannot be viewed as credible. We are forestry. This is our backyard and we deserve to have a say in the policy that governs it.” Chair of Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and mayor of the Township of Rideau Lakes, Ont., Ron Holman, said, “Each day, we grow more concerned with how activist rhetoric may threaten forest sustainability. New policy based on misinformation will have unintended consequences for communities in every region of this province.” Chief Ed Wawia, from Red Rock Indian Band, stated, “The socio-economic impacts of the proposed species at risk rules have the potential to negatively impact Indigenous communities. If these proposed new regulations are implemented, the sustainable forestry businesses we have built and the jobs dependent on them will be lost.” Jamie Lim, president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) said, “Since 2013, we have been asking the Ministry of Natural Resources to act on their commitment to establish a panel that would review the linkages between the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A change in timelines and an extension to the current Section 55 Rules in Regulation is required to take the appropriate amount of time to get things right.” She continued, “These are the affected stakeholders that need to form the panel. 57,000 direct jobs in this province are at stake and we can’t let misinformation get in the way of evidence-based policy decisions.” Unifor’s research director, Bill Murnighan, concluded by saying, “Forestry is one of the most important sectors of the Canadian economy, shapes many of our communities, and affects a wide and diverse range of stakeholders. Policy can dramatically affect forestry and workers need to ensure their views are heard and their interests are represented. Their livelihoods should not be threatened and undermined by misinformation and policy should be based on solid science.”
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