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View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to a very interesting panel for giving us your time.
My first question is to Mr. Archambault. Kudos to you for innovating with the use of wood. I'm wondering if you could give us some guidance, because of course, when we do the committee reviews we're interested in making recommendations to the government on next steps they could take to support the forestry sector and products.
We have the Energy Star on appliances, yet we don't in any way trigger people to buy only those. I wonder if you'd give us any suggestions on measures the federal government could take to trigger the shift over to the kinds of packaging products you're making, as opposed to plastic.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
That's fantastic.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
I would like to encourage you and all the panel members, if you think of other specifics or recommendations for our committee coming out of this, to submit those to us as well.
Ms. Berube, my colleague raised the issue about firefighters. I have been approached by the firefighters in my jurisdiction, who are deeply concerned about the shift. They're telling me that they have in fact not been consulted to the degree they would like to be. For example, they think that at least the shafts of the elevators should be cement. They're very worried about toxic fires with this cross laminated wood.
I wonder if you could tell us to what extent the firefighters have been included in these discussions about the shift to building bigger buildings with wood.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
We love our firefighters.
Ms. Marianne Berube: Yes.
Ms. Linda Duncan: I have two other quick questions with the time I have left.
Dr. Innes, I was very interested in your presentation about the first nations. Are you from British Columbia?
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
In your province, the vast majority of first nation claims have not been settled, so I guess I'm querying.... It's a nice theory that the first nations should be involved in the forest management of their lands, but first of all they have to be granted control over those lands. My understanding also is that there are conditions, such as that they need a land management agreement.
Do you know whether those kinds of discussions are ongoing within the forestry sector, as a push for quicker settlement of those claims?
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
Thanks.
I wonder if I could just follow up on the questions that my colleague just asked. I just remember the issue that the firefighters raised with me. I'm not saying this to be negative about wood. I know we're starting to build arenas now again with beautiful wood, which we used to do. But in the move to the bigger buildings, with wood instead of metal, what they're concerned about, as I understand it is the frame, with the ones that go up and down. With the wood construction they're going to be closer together, so if a firefighter is stuck in a building, he can't get out because they're so close together. I'm just sharing that. Those are the kinds of concerns they are raising with a number of us, and that should be looked at.
I wanted to follow up with Dr. Innes and Mr. Macdonald about your call for intensified engagement of the federal government in monitoring. Historically, the federal government used to be a lot more engaged in forests and forestry. I'm just wondering what specific recommendations you might make about that. I know there are drone companies in my own riding and they would like to be engaged in that. I hear lots of concerns in my jurisdiction, which is Alberta, not with the forest industry but with the oil and gas sector because we're losing so much potential wood product by the clearance for seismic and for oil sands and just conventional oil and gas. I'm wondering whether that's a factor that is being looked at in the monitoring as well. It may be particular to my province because it may be that we're losing, but I know in northern British Columbia now there's a lot of gas activity.
I wonder if you could just give us a little bit more detail about what you might recommend for a role of the federal government in the increased state of the forests so that it could support both the sustainability of the forest and the wood industry—and anybody else could also add to that.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
Terrific.
Am I done?
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
That's okay, I'll just let it go.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you very much.
The ones for “NDP” and “Duncan” are all NDP amendments, but I will speak to this. Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm proposing two amendments to clause 15. The proposal was to replace lines 5 to 7 on page 5 with a more delineated attention to the fact that safety and security of the public and company employees are quite different from the security of a pipeline itself and then the protection of property and the environment.
I simply divided those out to make clear, if you're going to mention a provision, that you're talking about impact upon people rather than infrastructure.
The second amendment merely simplifies. I found proposed subsection 48(1.2) extremely complicated to try to read. In keeping with plain language, which is now the approach in drafting, I simply amended to make more concise that there is the power to take action.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
I'd like to comment.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
I think it's a very good recommendation as it came from the Assembly of First Nations. When you are building or maintaining pipelines, or abandoning them, there are a lot of implications for first nation rights and title, which include the movement of game such as caribou. I think we should definitely include this, as recommended by the Assembly of First Nations.
View Linda Duncan Profile
NDP (AB)
I'd have to say I'm puzzled by this one because I think the measures are important. We have to remember too that for reserve lands I think it's the Indian Oil and Gas Act that applies, and in the north it's the COGLA law.
I think I'll just hold off on it. I would hate to lose these powers of the board and the delegated officials. Maybe it needs to be rewritten, but I'm concerned about losing the powers.
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