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Building blocks: Why Canada should be the world leader in wood construction

By ISG Senator Diane Griffin      

Small policy changes, like using more wood in new construction projects, can make a big impact.

Bill C-354, which Independent Sen. Diane Griffin is sponsoring in the Senate, calls for the government to consider using wood when building or maintaining public buildings. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland last week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters that the summit will focus on delivering three key outcomes, including “transformative action in the real economy.” Slowing climate change and mitigating its impacts are top of mind for many Canadians. As a conservationist and as chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, I think about these challenges often. That’s why I agreed to sponsor Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood), when it came to the Senate from the House of Commons.

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