to Down There-ness.
That’s the theme of “The Underwear Affair” – the BC Cancer Foundation’s walk/run to raise funds and awareness for cancers below the waist, like prostate and colorectal. My friend Rob will be walking the 5K on Saturday, July 9th – just another incredible feat in his amazing journey which he blogs about here.
And while we’re on the theme of Bringing Awareness to Down There-ness, prostate cancer “is as prevalent to men as breast cancer is to women,” – no doubt many in our industry have either experienced it firsthand or been impacted in some way. Prostate Cancer Canada recommends early screening, with a simple blood test to establish a baseline PSA score at the age of 40.
“The forestry sector is finding new life in innovative solutions that are not only helping the once struggling industry turn around, but also helping to usher in a green movement. After two years of work by FPAC, FPInnovations, and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada, a new program called the Bio-pathways Project was set into motion this year with the goal of revitalizing the Canadian forestry sector.”
Difficulties of finding truckers from certain areas of the country lend added challenges in expeditiously delivering lumber to markets these days. No doubt the case for high cost of gas at the pumps can be factored into the mix when analyzing availability of transportation in relation to freight rates. Now comes word that “gas retailers are overcharging consumers.” Reports of faulty gas pumps across Canada is resulting in losses across Canada “in the millions.”
Lots of headlines today pointing to gains in US home prices. Upon closer look at the 20 cities tracked, prices appear to be just as varied as the reasons why. Still, an uptick overall, for the first time in eight months, is good news.
“Typically, an increase in shoplifting is believed to be an indicator of tough economic times. But a recent study by the National Retail Federation, which found that retail theft by employees is on the rise, says the recent spike in stealing could very well mean the economy is on the upswing.”
“Williams Lake was at ground zero of the mountain pine beetle that swept through the lodgepole pine stands of the Cariboo plateau, turning the surrounding hills the colour of rust. The beetle created a temporary rush to turn the timber into lumber before it deteriorated. But the collapse of the U.S. housing market killed much of the demand for lumber.
Many laid-off forest workers left for the oilpatch. The rustcoloured trees have turned grey in death. Now they blend in with the fir and aspen that remain alive, providing visual relief from the destruction, says Williams Lake Mayor Kerry Cook. And the loss of the U.S. market has been eased somewhat by China’s demand for lumber.”
The blogger CalculatedRisk continues to chart new-home sales and existing-home sales in the United States. Normally a close relationship, the chart illustrates a dramatic divergence (“distressing gap”) since the real estate bubble in 2006.
An interesting column in today’s Vancouver Sun by Steve Mitchell, UBC School of Forestry here, calling for a new vision to guide forest conservation and management.
“China might be the Asian economy grabbing most of the headlines with its meteoric growth and fledgling middle class, but India is no slouch. The world’s most populous democratic economy also has been maturing at breakneck speeds, achieving 8.5% growth last year, a pace The Economist predicts will help it surpass that of China by 2013. For Canadian entrepreneurs looking at expansion, the Indian market is rapidly becoming one where the risk is increasingly being outweighed by the opportunity for reward.”
I began reading Mike Apsey’s book entitled What’s All This Got to Do with the Price of 2×4’s over the weekend and couldn’t put it down. In a career spanning nearly 50 years as a forester, most notably as Deputy Minister of Forests for British Columbia and President and CEO of The Council of Forest Industries, the book offers a fascinating “insider’s” account of our industry – from the early booming years of the 60’s and 70’s, to the complex negotiations of Softwood Lumber Agreements today. Mike’s insightful, academic brilliance combined with vast experience in global forestry is shared in entertaining fashion. At the same time, the holistic, global perspective offered in this memoir reawakens sensitivities to wider points of view in matters related to our forests.
Book Review: Apsey_July_23_2006.