Canada Forestry

It Turns Out That Trees Can Talk

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

The hills are indeed alive! Ground-breaking research into trees and plants is revealing that they are much more complex and intelligent than we originally thought. Trees and plants can talk to each other, see, share food and even go to war.

Indigenous People Hold The Key To Caribou Survival

David Suzuki | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

First Nations in Northern Canada have relied on caribou for millennia, for food, clothing and more. They've followed, observed and hunted the animals. They've seen changes in habits and populations as their territories face increasing development pressures. They've handed down knowledge through generations.

Half Measures Aren't Enough To Save Caribou

David Suzuki | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Federal assessments show high levels of oil, gas and forestry activity mean no boreal Caribou herd in Alberta is likely to survive without significant changes in habitat management. In 2011, the range of the Little Smoky herd was assessed as being 95 per cent disturbed by industrial activity, and oil, gas and forestry have since caused further damage.

Restoring Fort McMurray's Urban Forest Our Greatest Challenge Yet

Michael Rosen | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.

Logging Ban Saves The Great Bear Rainforest For Future Generations

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 02.05.2017 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

On the first day of February 2006, a landmark agreement that has been called "one of the most visionary forest conservation plans on Earth" was inked by First Nations elders, the provincial government and environmentalists. Eighty five per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest -- at 3.1 million hectares, an area roughly twice the size of Vancouver Island -- is permanently off limits to logging.

The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.

Why Canada's Forests Matter

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.

Canada Must Build a Diversified Manufacturing Sector

Paul Stuart | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Stuart

The recent drop in oil prices has highlighted the vulnerability of the Canadian economy. We must strengthen our traditional manufacturing base by promoting innovation in our sustainably-managed forest resource, and provide jobs in the regions of Canada.

Big Biomass 101: When Burning Wood for Energy Makes Sense

David Dodge | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The great boreal forest straddles the country and provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia have ample forestry resources. In a place like Canada biomass to energy can make a lot of sense. So we headed to the largest, closest biomass operation we could find -- the Alberta Pacific Forest Industries (ALPAC) pulp mill.

Where Is the Political Leadership to Confront Climate Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Once lauded for policies such as the carbon tax and energy agreements with California, B.C.'s political leaders have now embraced liquefied natural gas, claiming industry expansion will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and add billions of dollars to provincial coffers -- never mind that no one in power now will be held accountable for these promises because they're several elections from being realized.

A Step Towards Ending Global Forest Loss

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

The New York Declaration on Forests represents an unprecedented effort by developed and developing countries to partner around a shared goal of ending global forest loss and committing to a concrete timeline to realize their goal to accomplish this goal.

B.C. Endangered Species Have Little Protection, Confirms Court Decision

Ecojustice | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. is home to 75 per cent of Canada's bird species, 70 per cent of its freshwater fish species and 66 per cent of its butterfly species. More 1,900 of these species are at-risk. A staggering 87 per cent these don't receive any protection under provincial or federal laws.

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Logging Begins Near Pristine B.C. Trail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - A property developer says logging is underway on a portion of land near the rugged and pristine Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Isla...

Export Growth Predictions: See How Canada's Provinces Stack Up

Peter Hall | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

International trade will be a key growth driver for the Canadian economy this year and next. However, the distribution of export growth in Canada's provinces is anything but even. Some are leading the charge, while others are steady at the national pace. Others are lagging behind, some quite seriously. What are the key factors influencing the different growth patterns?

Environmental Threats Beyond Pipelines and Mega Quarrys

David Suzuki | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Although industrial projects like the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline or the recently defeated mega-quarry in Ontario typically grab the headlines and bring out public opposition, it's often the combined impacts of a range of human activities on the same land base that threaten to drive nature beyond critical tipping points.

This Powers A FIFTH Of Canada's Economy

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal Conservatives have re-calculated the impact of energy and mining on the Canadian economy in order to help bolster their strong su...

Troubled Forestry Company Gets Default Notices

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Troubled forestry firm Sino-Forest Corp. (TSX:TRE) says it has received default notices from its bondholders and has set up a committee to e...

Mounties Launch Criminal Probe Into Sino-Forest: Report

CP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail is reporting that police have launched an investigation into Chinese timberland company Sino-Forest Corp. and allegations...

Learning the Value of Respect on Haida Gwaii

David Suzuki | Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

One of the first lessons I learned from First Nations communities was about the importance of respect. Without respect for each other, we don't listen and we fail to learn. But respect should extend beyond our fellow humans, to all the green things that capture the sun's energy and power the rest of life on Earth.

North America's Largest Newsprint Producer Posts Higher Profits

CP | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - AbitibiBowater Inc. (TSX:ABH) said Wednesday its second-quarter profits rose to $61 million, reversing a loss in the same period last year ...

Sino-Forest exaggerated China holdings, partner claims

The Globe and Mail | Posted 08.18.2011 | Canada Business

Embattled Sino-Forest Corp., once Canada’s biggest publicly-traded timber company, appears to have substantially overstated the size and value of it...

Sino-Forest Stock Rises As Company Puts Up Proof Of Assets

The Globe and Mail | Posted 08.07.2011 | Canada Business

Sino-Forest Corp. is trying a new strategy to reverse the crisis of confidence in its financial statements, taking the extraordinary step of releasing...

Sino-Forest VS. The Short Sellers

The Globe and Mail | Jacquie McNish, David Ebner, Paul Waldie, T im Kiladze | Posted 08.04.2011 | Canada Business

It took just one report from a little-known short-seller to send the stock of one of Canada's biggest publicly traded forestry companies into a tailsp...