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Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Coast Forest Products Association Presentation to: Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

Coast Forest Products Association presented to the Select Standing Comittee on Finance and Government Services this past Monday, September 17th. Click here to view the presentation.

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UBC opens $34m clean energy “living laboratory”

The University of British Columbia (UBC) opened a $34 million clean-energy facility September 13, making it Canada’s first university to produce both heat and electricity from renewable bio-energy. The Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility is described as “clean” because it runs on tree trimmings and wood chips diverted from local landfills. The project is a partnership between Nexterra Systems Corp. and General Electric (GE).”This is a flagship example of UBC as a living laboratory, where researchers, staff, students and partners collaborate on innovations targeting the pressing challenges of our day,” UBC president Stephen Toope said. Click here to read the full article

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B.C. innovations in wood lure buyers from around the globe

Delegations from India, China and Russia among those attending Whistler conference 

A Port Alberni forest company with a new engineered wood product that uses one of the world’s most sought-after lumber species – Western Red Cedar – is at the cutting edge of a rebirth of British Columbia’s value-added forestry sector. Coulson Lumber Manufacturing is taking the best of the best – clear cedar boards – cutting them down to an eighth of an inch in thickness and then laminating them to a plywood core. In the process of making a new product, Coulson has taken a step away from the commodity lumber business that is the staple of the B.C. forest industry and moved into the world of high-valued wood products where esthetics, not price, rules. Click here to read the full article.

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WorksafeBC Premiums Set to Climb

Weaker Investment Returns Expected to Contribute to Future Increases 

WorkSafeBC (WSBC) has released its “preliminary” rates for 2013, and it’s fair to say the news isn’t good for most employers. The average base premium rate charged to BC employers is poised to increase by 5% in 2013, reaching $1.62 per $100 of assessable payroll. Note that this marks the first average base rate increase in nine years. BC’s workers’ compensation system has an impressive record of controlling costs and limiting the rise in employer premiums, compared to the systems in most other provinces and American states. However, after almost a decade of flat/declining base premium rates, many employers are about to experience a sizable jump in workers’ compensation costs – not just in 2013, but likely stretching over several years. Click here to read the full article.

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