Nuclear alert investigation won’t be long and drawn out, minister says

Initial observations suggest human error was responsible for the alert, involving the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, that was sent out during routine tests of the emergency alert TORONTO—An investigation into a mistaken alert warning of an incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station will be completed fairly quickly, Ontario’s solicitor general said Monday. Sylvia Jones… Read More

New Autonomous Drone Can Carry up to 250 Pounds

As the transportation sector persists in its love affair with anything autonomous, more and more beta technology makes a testbed of the road, sea, and sky. This past August, the autonomous cargo plane from Elroy Air — basically a 1,200-pound drone — completed its first test flight in California. The craft hovered ten feet in… Read More

Northern Pulp begins shutdown, CEO defends actions taken The Tree Frog Forestry News January 13, 2020

Northern Pulp begins to wind down as Paper Excellence blames unrealistic timeline and undefined process for its closure. In related news: a Councillor pans Resolute’s behaviour on Fort Frances mill closure; buyers interest exists for Kenora’s bankrupt sawmill; and Steelworkers and Port McNeill mayor exchange barbs on BC’s forestry strike; while the value-added sector grows despite the dwindling fibre supply.  In… Read More

AG to probe costs of cancelling eastern Ontario wind farm project Company has launched a legal challenge of the decision, asking the Ontario divisional court to set it aside.

TORONTO — Ontario’s auditor general says she will examine the costs associated with the cancellation of an eastern Ontario wind farm, as the opposition New Democrats call for a special investigation of a move they say could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Bonnie Lysyk confirmed in a letter to the NDP she will… Read More

Canadian economy shifting to a lower gear in 2018

Ottawa – While the Canadian economy was firing on all cylinders in 2017, the pace of growth tapered off toward the end of the year. The slowdown is expected to continue this year, with the economy forecast to expand by a more sustainable 1.9 per cent, down from 3.0 per cent in 2017, according to… Read More

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 1.0 % in January

Ottawa – Canadian manufacturing sales fell 1.0 per cent in January, with the decline led by the motor vehicle, aerospace and primary metal industries, Statistics Canada said Friday. Economists had expected a drop of 0.8 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters. Manufacturing sales for January totalled $54.9 billion as 14 of the 21 industries moved… Read More

Canadians see possible signal U.S. ready to accept NAFTA compromise

OTTAWA  – American trade officials are showing newfound interest in a Canadian proposal for revamping NAFTA’s automotive provisions as the U.S. seeks to swiftly conclude renegotiations of the continental free trade pact. And that’s being taken in some quarters as a sign that the U.S. may realize it will have to settle for making only… Read More

U.S. applies second wave of duties against Canadian softwood lumber

The U.S. is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping duties with an average rate of around 10 per cent, which will be added to the existing duties announced in April     MONTREAL—Canada’s softwood lumber industry is bracing for a second wave of U.S. duties expected to come Monday that could put further pressure on producers,… Read More

Wildfire problem will grow in coming decades

The massive wildfires that burned in California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia and other parts of North America in 2017 in many cases exhibited a disturbing trend: a marked increase in the amount of area burned. The Thomas Fire, which consumed 281,893 acres in California’s Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in December, was the largest… Read More

GE’s Giant Wind Turbines Will Have Rotors as Long as Football Fields

 GE Renewable Energy has announced plans to build the Haliade-X, the biggest, most powerful offshore wind turbine that the world has ever seen. Standing at 853 ft., the turbine will be 300 feet taller than the Washington Monument. The turbine will have a 12 MW direct-drive generator, and be able to produce 45% more energy… Read More