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September 18, 2017,

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MONTRÉAL, Sept. 15, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Enerkem Inc. (, a world leading biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol. Enerkem’s game-changing facility in Edmonton, ABCanada, is the first commercial-scale plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol made from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste… by Enerkem

Ottawa, September 14, 2017—The government’s existing ethanol blend mandate has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity in gasoline, while providing market access and economic stability for Canada’s ethanol industry. Maintaining Renewable Fuel Standards can be an integral part of Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future, according a new Conference Board of Canada report… by the Conference Board of Canada.

OTTAWASept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada’s forest sector is an economic driver and major employer of Canadians, including Indigenous peoples. The Government of Canada is working to strengthen the long-term competitiveness of the forest sector by encouraging new technologies to support forest industry transformation through a more diversified portfolio of products and markets.  Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced a call for proposals for funding of the next wave of highly innovative, first-in-kind technologies aimed at solidifying Canada’s position as a leader in forest industry transformation and the bioeconomy… by Natural Resources Canada.

OTTAWASept. 15, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada’s forests hold the world’s largest biomass reserves – the basis for making renewable bioenergy, biomaterials and other bioproducts. Leveraging this renewable resource will help spur innovation, investment, research and partnerships. The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers today unanimously supported a comprehensive approach for increasing and accelerating bio-based activities in its Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada at their annual meeting. The Framework is a non-binding commitment among CCFM partners and specific pathways may be endorsed, adopted and mobilized by jurisdictions accordingly... by Natural Resources Canada.

CHATHAM, Ont.—An innovative collaboration between a southern Ontario ethanol plant and nearby greenhouse has received $3.7 million in backing from Ottawa. The project makes use of waste heat and carbon dioxide from Greenfield Global’s ethanol production facility in Chatham, Ont. by shipping it across the road to Truly Green Farms, which grows tomatoes in a 45-acre greenhouse… by Cleantech Canada.

When it comes to getting 10-year-olds excited about science, one research group has found that the key is green slime. Christine Sharp, a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Bioengineering Group, and her supervisor Marc Strous co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new, cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable concept for capturing and converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into biomass. Their process uses micro-organisms, like algae or cyanobacteria, which naturally process energy from sunlight and take up CO2 from the atmosphere, to grow biomass in a bioreactor. The biomass, in turn, can be converted to clean energy like methane, a liquid fuel, or biomass pellets... by Erin Guiltenane.

There are many reasons to appreciate living in Maple Ridge, not the least of them being that it is home to people who know how to think for themselves, particularly as you gravitate towards Whonnock. Some might credit the local water, but I think it has more to do with the ever-present beauty that surrounds us and the fact that we jealously guard those indefinable qualities we seem to find in the nature, people and places that make Maple Ridge feel like a place where we belong… by Mike Lascelle.