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May 23, 2018 - Remsoft, a leader in optimized planning and scheduling for sustainable resource management, has announced that the company has experienced continued growth while heavily investing in its new Remsoft RISE platform — the company’s next-generation cloud-native technology designed to improve value and find efficiencies throughout the forestry value chain.
May 22, 2018 - The Board of Directors of the Canadian Woodlands Forum (CWF) is proud to officially announce that its flagship event, DEMO International, will be held outside the Ottawa/Gatineau area, Canada, on September 24-26, 2020. SBC Cedar (SBC) with sawmills in Quebec and New Brunswick will host the event on one of their properties in Venosta, Que., located within a forty-five minute drive north along the Gatineau River.
May 18, 2018 - Recommendations from the Logging Contractor Sustainability Review will help improve relationships between logging contractors and forest licensees, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has announced.

“The report by George Abbott and Circle Square Solutions, and their 13 proposals, provide a good basis for the next round of facilitation,” said Donaldson.

“The report notes that there are good relationships in place between contractors and licensees, based on best practices, but there is also room for improvement," said president and chief executive officer of the BC Council of Forest Industries Susan Yurkovich.

"We need to be mindful of the analysis in the report that shows that our contractor costs in B.C. are higher than in the comparator jurisdictions. As such, we will want to ensure that any actions reflect the need for both licensees and contractors to be competitive, because we operate in a global industry and are competing with producers around the world.”

“We are acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities presented in this review," said president of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers' Assocation Dan Battistella. "We look forward to continuing to work with our contractor community and the provincial government to implement changes that will help make both of our sectors stronger now and into the future.”

The intent of the review process is to improve the overall competitiveness of both logging contractors and licensees. Common themes that emerged from the report were the need for better data and better communications.

“We feel confident the review has captured the concerns that logging contractors across the province have raised for years," said executive director of the Truck Loggers Association David Elstone. "It validates there are problems in the relationships between contractors and licensees, and confirms the declining profitability of contractors." 

The report makes 13 recommendations that range from making better use of technology, improving communications, better information-sharing,  to ensuring best practices for setting contractors rates of pay and dispute-resolution mechanisms.

"These 13 recommendations will make a meaningful and positive difference for loggers, communities and the industry," Elstone said in a news release. "Our hope is that all stakeholders will embrace these important recommendations for the betterment of our industry, and the province as a whole.”

"From our view, the report and its 13 proposals confirms what the harvesting sector has been communicating for the past number of years,” said chair of the Interior Logging Association Randy Spence.

The next steps are to hire a facilitator who will bring the parties together to identify where there is consensus on recommendations that should be acted on, and also assess the costs and benefits of adopting recommendations on which there may be differing opinions. These are to be complete by July 31, 2018.
May 16, 2018 - Forest2Market and Madison’s have announced a partnership formed to bring Madison’s Weekly Lumber Report, a North American lumber price reporting service, to SilvaStat360, Forest2Market's online business intelligence platform.

The Madison's/Forest2Market partnership combines Madison's lumber price data and market insights with Forest2Market’s SilvaStat360 cloud-based interactive delivery platform. Madison's Lumber Reporter subscribers will have fingertip access to historic and current lumber price data that is updated weekly and available on a 24/7/365 basis.

"This is a tremendous step forward for Madison's," said Kéta Kosman, editor of the Reporter. “To meet the challenges they are facing in 2018, operators in the North American lumber industry need more than data; they need less noise and more robust analytics. By moving the Lumber Reporter to SilvaStat360, we have been able to add significant value, both in terms of additional data and usability."

"Weekly price data is essential for making operational decisions. This information help buyers and sellers make decisions about today's transactions. But mill owners, managers and investors need to make longer term, strategic decisions,” Kosman said. “By including historical trend data, Madison's Lumber Reporter makes this kind of decision making possible. The base product will include two years of history, and an additional eight years of data — a length of time that is ideal for forecasting — will also be available.”

Other features of the new product include:
  • All prices are available on a single screen
  • Commentary is matched to product
  • The Price Sheet can be filtered, searched and sorted
  • Filters can be saved for quick and easy drill-downs to the exact products you need to make decisions
  • Twelve weeks of commentary are archived by topic
  • Tables and graphs are printable
  • Data is downloadable to .xls or .csv
"Since its inception, Forest2Market's mission has been to increase the efficiency of the forest products industry through the application of unique datasets and industry expertise,” said Pete Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Forest2Market. “By providing Madison's with a user-friendly interactive platform that allows subscribers the ability to find the exact data they need when they need it, we are fulfilling that mission.”

“We are excited to bring another partner to our platform, which is quickly becoming a one-stop source of information for sawmill operators, with both log and lumber pricing and a sawmill benchmark," Stewart said.

With an expected launch in July 2018, Madison's and Forest2Market will be demonstrating a beta version of the product and accepting new subscriptions soon.

Please contact Kéta Kosman or Pete Coutu to arrange an online demonstration of the product. 

 

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Madison’s, based in Vancouver, B.C., is the premiere source for North American softwood lumber news, prices, industry insight and industry contacts since 1952. The Weekly Lumber Reporter publishes current lumber and panelpricing information 50 weeks out of the year and will soon offer historical pricing as well (www.madisonsreport.com).

 
Forest2Market, based in Charlotte, N.C., was founded in January 2000 to empower participants in the global forest, wood products, paper products, biochemical and bioenergy industries to make exponentially better decisions by providing unique datasets and analytics and in-depth supply chain and market expertise (www.forest2market.com).
May 15, 2018 - Just as farming feeds cities, forestry builds communities. Ontario’s forestry community is deeply rooted in every region of the province. Today, Ontario’s forest products sector provides well-paying jobs for 57,000 hard-working men and women in over 260 communities across the province.

Other progressive and competitive jurisdictions around the world, such as Finland, embrace the sustainable use of their forests and are realizing the emerging opportunities of the bio-economy, the growing demand for new and existing solid wood products, and the positive role the sector can play in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. With workable public policy that fundamentally supports this renewable sector, Ontario can lead the way in forestry.

“We need government to acknowledge the vital role that forestry plays in our communities across Ontario and for those hardworking families that are directly impacted by the sector,” president of NOMA and Mayor of Shuniah, Wendy Landry, stated. “We are the ones that depend on the long-term health and sustainability of our Crown forests as an important source of ecological, recreational, cultural and spiritual values. We look forward to receiving meaningful responses from the parties on how they will help make Ontario’s forest sector stronger.”

“The recent investments our community has made in the forest sector has created significant opportunities and hundreds of new jobs for First Nations," Chief Ed Wawia of Red Rock Indian Band said. "Our forest operations generate wealth for our community that offsets the costs for social and economic development, so our community can be self-sustainable. Our future includes forestry and we hope that the next government will support our shared forestry interests.”

“The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People states that Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development and use of their lands, territories and other resources," said Chief Joe Ladouceur of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation. "It is imperative that the next government fulfill this right and provide adequate information and meaningful consultation with First Nations communities when developing policy that impacts our communities.” 

“The Alliance is an extensive and diverse group of people that have been working together to advocate for the importance of the forest sector across every region of the province,” said Mayor Al Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. “Now, we want to know how the next government will ensure that we, as northern and rural communities, will be proactively consulted with regards to policy and legislation that has a direct impact on us, and not have to continue to fight to have our voices heard.”

“As thriving as Ontario’s forest sector is today, we can make it even stronger," said Jamie Lim, president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA). "By maximizing the full potential of Ontario’s renewable resource, we can create good-paying jobs, assist the province in transitioning to a low carbon economy, and support sustainable growth for future generations. We believe that we can provide a path full of opportunities to grow the sector and build Ontario up for everyone.”

Key issues are outlined in The Alliance’s 2018 election commitment letters to all three parties. These issues need to be addressed by the next government of Ontario, as elected on June 7, 2018. The letter outlines how Ontario can develop a Provincial Forest Strategy that accepts and embraces the sustainable use of Ontario’s forests. The Alliance is asking for the following commitments:

  • Develop a Provincial Strategy that makes Ontario’s forest sector stronger
  • Develop a long-term, workable solution that demonstrates equivalency between the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Restore and maintain competitive restoration measures
  • Create competitive energy use measures that will support forestry’s role in mitigating climate change Address market development challenges and enhance promotion of forest products
Visit www.ofia.com to read The Alliance’s election commitment letters and for more 2018 Ontario election news and information.
May 11, 2018 - Firefighters are investigating after the logs on a loaded logging truck caught fire in Kamloops, B.C., yesterday.
May 10, 2018 - With the provincial election underway, EACOM Timber Corporation is engaging in the conversation about Ontario’s future and bringing attention to opportunities for growth in the forest products sector and its communities.
May 10, 2018 - A new forestry agreement has been signed in British Columbia between the province and Stellat'en First Nation that gives the latter an enhanced voice in local forest stewardship and greater opportunity for economic development.
May 9, 2018 - An Alliance of First Nation and non-First Nation leaders in Ontario are concerned about the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of species at risk (SAR) policy being developed by the federal government and the current direction being proposed for managing and conserving caribou.
May 8, 2018 - Nominations are now open for Canadian Forest Industries' annual Top 10 Under 40 contest!
May 7, 2018 - Two Canadians are among four new members elected to the Sustainable Foresty Initiative Inc.'s board of directors.
May 3, 2018 - The Ontario government spending $6.7 million on pilot programs that will help northern, rural and Indigenous communities transition from diesel and oil to new, efficient wood and pellet heating systems.
May 2, 2018 - Engineering students in Prince George, B.C., now have access to a state-of-the-art research facility to create sustainable wood engineering solutions, with the opening of the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).
April 30, 2018 - The Wood Products Safety Summit is taking place on June 6 in Prince George, B.C., as part of this year’s Canadian Bioeconomy Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Prince George Civic Centre.
May 1, 2018 - The Government of British Columbia and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. have renewed their commitment to effectively manage invasive species in the province, with an updated five-year strategic plan and the proclamation of May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month.
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