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Catalyst Terminates Shareholder Rights Plan
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 06 October 2006 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX: CTL) today announced that it has terminated Catalyst's shareholder rights plan and redeemed all outstanding rights in accordance with the plan. The redemption satisfies one of the conditions of the Third Avenue bid and would permit Third Avenue to take up shares under the bid, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining conditions, including approval of the transaction under the Investment Canada Act.

Keith Purchase, chairman of the Catalyst board of directors, said, "Over the past two months, the board has thoroughly evaluated a full range of alternatives to the Third Avenue offer. Given the difficult industry conditions, those alternatives were limited and the board has concluded that an attractive alternative transaction is not available at this time. Having completed this process, the board is terminating the rights plan to enable our shareholders to participate in Third Avenue's offer should they wish to do so.

"The board of directors has a number of concerns with the Third Avenue offer that were identified in our Directors' Circular. Notwithstanding those concerns, we recognize that some of our shareholders may want to take advantage of the current premium to market that Third Avenue is offering, and we are terminating the rights plan to permit them to do so," added Purchase.

The board maintains the recommendation set out in the Directors' Circular dated 28 August 2006. Shareholders who do decide to accept the Third Avenue offer will have to deposit the shares that they propose to tender before the expiry of the offer, which currently is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (Pacific/Vancouver time) on 20 October 2006.

Shareholders who have questions about Third Avenue's offer (or who may have already tendered to the Third Avenue offer and wish to withdraw their shares) may contact Georgeson, the information agent for Catalyst, toll free at 1-866-726-8613.

Catalyst is a leading producer of mechanical printing papers in North America. The company also produces market kraft pulp and owns Western Canada's largest paper recycling facility. With five mills employing 3800 people at sites within a 160-kilometer radius on the south coast of British Columbia, Catalyst has a combined annual capacity of 2.4 million metric tons of product. Catalyst Paper Corporation common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Source: Catalyst Paper Corporation


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