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Apr. 20, 2018 - British Columbia’s Skookumchuck Pulp mill has been fined $241,081 for failing to control combustible dust.
Apr. 10, 2018 - The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) and FPInnovations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work collaboratively on enhancing safety performance in the forest industry by sharing scientific and technical applications.
Feb. 27, 2018 - How many times you have heard the phrase “safety first” or “everything starts with safety”? I’m pretty sure that we have all heard some variation of these phrases at one point or another. As a safety professional at a sawmill, it can be challenging at times to know which approach is the best for motivating employees and staff to be more safety conscious in the workplace and at home.
Feb. 27, 2018 - According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While the market is currently dominated by smartwatches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Smartwatches are not the only wearable tech. The sector has rapidly expanded and now includes radiation-blocking underwear, smart shoes and emotion-sensing bracelets. As well as weird and wonderful applications, wearable tech is becoming a staple factory technology by offering safety and productivity benefits.
Feb. 9, 2018 - WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the forestry sector. The 2018-2020 Forestry High-Risk Strategy is a renewed three-year strategy for prevention activities in harvesting and related operations.
Jan. 25, 2018 - J.D. Irving is reporting that after “multiple air tests,” it is confirming zero readings of butane at the Irving Wallboard, Irving Paper and or Bayside Drive Offices after its January 11 announcement of possible butane levels at its operations. As well, the tests confirm zero butane readings at its water and sewers lines.
Apr. 16, 2018 - Project Learning Tree (PLT) Canada says it will be placing 1,000 youth in green jobs using the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) network of program participants, conservation leaders, Indigenous partners and community groups.
Jan. 30, 2018 - J.D. Irving says it will need to hire people to fill 1,510 new jobs in Canada and 190 in the United States over the next three years, saying its hiring plans include finding people to help build ships in Atlantic Canada for the Canadian navy and to staff a $400-million tissue plant in Macon, Ga.
Jan. 16, 2018 - Vision 2020, developed by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), expects to renew the workforce in the forest products industry with at least 60,000 new recruits. To help the pulp and paper industry address the challenges associated with the increased workforce, FPInnovations has developed different training programs with a focus on newly hired employees and those who need to update their skills.
Dec. 28, 2017 - Did you know that business success can often be predicted? The first indicator is employee engagement. To perform, people in your organization need to be engaged, focused, at their post, able to handle complexities, plan, make decisions, build relationships — and for that they need to be safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Nov. 30, 2017 - Catalyst Paper has implemented a new recruitment and onboarding system that will make it “faster and easier for prospective employees to access current and future career opportunities,” it says.
Nov. 23, 2017 - Isabelle Males of Temiskaming First Nation from New Liskeard, Ont., and Tristan Flood of Matachewan First Nation from North Bay, Ont., are this year’s recipients of the CCFM-FPAC Indigenous Youth Award.
Apr. 16, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, subject to ratification by their members.
Feb. 20, 2018 - Over 120 Unifor delegates kicked off bargaining preparation for the pattern agreement in the pulp and paper industry in Eastern Canada by selecting Resolute Forestry Products as the target company.
May 29, 2017 - The Canadian Press is reporting that the Newfoundland and Labrador government has reached a deal with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper over its pension plan.
Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) recently met in Vancouver to prepare for bargaining in 2017. This is the third joint meeting of the two largest unions in Canada's pulp and paper sector.
More than 550 Unifor members employed at the pulp mill and woodlands operations of Domtar’s Dryden, Ont., site have ratified new collective agreements. “We're proud that these agreements meet all elements of Unifor's...
Two of the country's largest unions in the pulp and paper sector have agreed to work jointly in the next round of pulp and paper bargaining in Western Canada. Unifor and the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) met in Vancouver in late...
Apr. 11, 2018 - Taking collective action on climate change has never been as critical as it is today. From floods to severe storms, Ontarians are already experiencing the impact of climate change.
Aug. 24, 2017 - Domtar says it has inaugurated its second generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor, Que., mill.
Alberta has announced a “Climate Leadership Plan” that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.
The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past 5 years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean energy initiatives, and the economy—they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has made updates to the saveONenergy Retrofit Program that provide additional financial incentives for Ontario businesses to reduce energy used by lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)...
The B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro have introduced a new energy efficiency program aimed at reducing the power costs of mechanical pulp producers. The Power Smart program provides an injection of $100 million over three years...

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