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Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | June 16, 2021
If managed properly, forests can play an important part in our fight against climate change. How we harvest the trees, what we do with branches, small trunks, and other debris that are normally left unused or burned, and what products we produce from the harvested timber are all critical parts of that process, writes Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | June 16, 2021
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | June 16, 2021
If managed properly, forests can play an important part in our fight against climate change. How we harvest the trees, what we do with branches, small trunks, and other debris that are normally left unused or burned, and what products we produce from the harvested timber are all critical parts of that process, writes Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 9, 2020
The best path for climate action in the forest sector is to use sustainably harvested logs to manufacture more mass timber products for use in large buildings, writes Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 9, 2020
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 9, 2020
The best path for climate action in the forest sector is to use sustainably harvested logs to manufacture more mass timber products for use in large buildings, writes Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | March 11, 2020
For too long, Liberal and Conservative governments, led by people such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper, have failed to put forward a real plan for a low-carbon economy that both meets meaningful climate action targets and protects workers now employed in the fossil fuel sector, writes Richard Cannings. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | March 11, 2020
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | March 11, 2020
For too long, Liberal and Conservative governments, led by people such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper, have failed to put forward a real plan for a low-carbon economy that both meets meaningful climate action targets and protects workers now employed in the fossil fuel sector, writes Richard Cannings. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | March 25, 2019
The Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia, at 18 storeys, is the world’s tallest wood building. It contains 2,233 cubic metres of engineered wood products, removing about 1,600 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere. In terms of residential construction, a typical 216 square-metre wood framed home contains nearly 30 tonnes of carbon, writes NDP MP Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of University of British Columbia
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | March 25, 2019
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | March 25, 2019
The Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia, at 18 storeys, is the world’s tallest wood building. It contains 2,233 cubic metres of engineered wood products, removing about 1,600 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere. In terms of residential construction, a typical 216 square-metre wood framed home contains nearly 30 tonnes of carbon, writes NDP MP Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of University of British Columbia
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 12, 2018
Despite all of the recent engagement between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, there has been no action on removing the tariffs the Americans placed on Canadian softwood lumber in 2017, writes Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of Justin Trudeau’s Twitter
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 12, 2018
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 12, 2018
Despite all of the recent engagement between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, there has been no action on removing the tariffs the Americans placed on Canadian softwood lumber in 2017, writes Richard Cannings. Photograph courtesy of Justin Trudeau’s Twitter
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | July 16, 2018
The transition to clean, renewable energy is coming fast, and Canada is particularly vulnerable because of its reliance on the oil and gas sector for good jobs. Photograph courtesty of Pixabay
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | July 16, 2018
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | July 16, 2018
The transition to clean, renewable energy is coming fast, and Canada is particularly vulnerable because of its reliance on the oil and gas sector for good jobs. Photograph courtesty of Pixabay
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 13, 2017
A ship loaded with raw logs sits docked in Port Alberni on Feb 24, 2017. NDP MP Richard Cannings has introduced a private member's bill in the House that would compel the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, after taking into consideration overall lifetime cost of the materials and the impact those materials would have on the greenhouse gas footprint of the building. TJ Watt/Ancient Forest Alliance photograph
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 13, 2017
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 13, 2017
A ship loaded with raw logs sits docked in Port Alberni on Feb 24, 2017. NDP MP Richard Cannings has introduced a private member's bill in the House that would compel the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, after taking into consideration overall lifetime cost of the materials and the impact those materials would have on the greenhouse gas footprint of the building. TJ Watt/Ancient Forest Alliance photograph
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 4, 2017
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured on the Hill recently. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 4, 2017
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 4, 2017
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured on the Hill recently. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | July 17, 2017
Solar, pictured, and wind power have been criticized because they provide intermittent power, when most grids demand dependable base power sources that can be called on whenever needed. Energy storage systems are being developed to get around this problem, but solar and wind power can be used right now as an adjunct to hydro and other energy sources. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | July 17, 2017
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | July 17, 2017
Solar, pictured, and wind power have been criticized because they provide intermittent power, when most grids demand dependable base power sources that can be called on whenever needed. Energy storage systems are being developed to get around this problem, but solar and wind power can be used right now as an adjunct to hydro and other energy sources. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia
Canada's federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Unfortunately the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change—Ottawa’s plan to tackle greenhouse gas reduction—is mute on commitments to greater efficiency leaving it to the provinces to provide incentives for retrofits. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Canada's federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Unfortunately the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change—Ottawa’s plan to tackle greenhouse gas reduction—is mute on commitments to greater efficiency leaving it to the provinces to provide incentives for retrofits. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 5, 2016
Canada’s natural resources have always been a key part of our economy. But as Canada enters an era of declining resource availability, increasing challenges with a globally compromised environment and redressing past wrongs and imbalances of power with indigenous peoples, Canada must focus on innovation, bold ideas and a clear strategy for the future, writes NDP MP Richard Cannings. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 5, 2016
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | December 5, 2016
Canada’s natural resources have always been a key part of our economy. But as Canada enters an era of declining resource availability, increasing challenges with a globally compromised environment and redressing past wrongs and imbalances of power with indigenous peoples, Canada must focus on innovation, bold ideas and a clear strategy for the future, writes NDP MP Richard Cannings. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | November 23, 2016
It's important that demand for increased research funding does not take away from funding necessary to maintain top-level teaching, argues NDP MP Richard Cannings. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | November 23, 2016
Opinion | BY NDP MP RICHARD CANNINGS | November 23, 2016
It's important that demand for increased research funding does not take away from funding necessary to maintain top-level teaching, argues NDP MP Richard Cannings. The Hill Times file photograph
June’s Three Amigos Summit, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and U.S. President Barack Obama, did much to put clean energy back on the map with the adoption of the first continent-wide clean energy target of 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025. Again, this commitment, while significant, is not binding, and the federal government has yet to set to a national clean energy target. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
June’s Three Amigos Summit, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and U.S. President Barack Obama, did much to put clean energy back on the map with the adoption of the first continent-wide clean energy target of 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025. Again, this commitment, while significant, is not binding, and the federal government has yet to set to a national clean energy target. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright