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Ron Cannan

Support for clean technology in BC

On July 14th, our Government announced an investment of over $4.1 million under the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) for an innovative clean energy project in British Columbia.

The British Columbia Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project supports a shift toward the use of clean energy and electric vehicles in B.C.’s transportation sector by expanding the necessary infrastructure.

The project will support the installation of approximately 300 charging stations for public use in urban areas across the province and 30 fast-charging stations along major transportation corridors. The project also includes the implementation of a data network, which will centrally collect charging data.

Through ecoEII, the Government is providing $268.2 million over five years to support research, development and demonstration projects that produce and use energy in a more clean and efficient manner.

The clean technology sector is an important economic driver for the Canadian economy. The sector employs more than 52,000 Canadians in over 700 companies in all regions of the country — part of a global supply chain estimated to be worth $10.6 billion.

Since 2006, our Government has taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment by investing more than $10 billion in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.

More information on what your government is doing to support sustainable energy and technology can be found at the Natural Resources Canada website at www.nrcan.gc.ca

 

Parks and Conservation

One of my favorite summer memories as a kid was camping in Banff National Park with my parents and three brothers.  We camped in a tent and though there was good reason to be wary of bears, as the youngest of four boys, I knew I was safe.

Canadians cherish our national parks and appreciate their value as a natural and national asset. That is why, since 2006, the Canadian government has created two national marine conservation areas, three marine protected areas, three national wildlife areas, two national parks, and one national historic site. 

It has made a six-fold expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve, which is a significant conservation achievement and it has tabled bills to create the Naats’ihch’oh National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories and the Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area, which is 16 times the size of Central Park in New York City and is the first urban park in the country.

In communities like our own our love of parks is equalled only by our passion for conservation of green space, as the enthusiasm and support for turning the rail line from Vernon to Kelowna into a recreational trail shows.

It will be welcome news then that the federal government recently announced the National Conservation Plan, which provides a long-term vision for conservation efforts across Canada by encouraging communities to work together to conserve and restore our lands, waters and wildlife.

The Plan provides funding of $252 million over five years for conserving ecologically sensitive lands, supporting voluntary conservation and restoration action, restoring wetlands, strengthening marine and coastal conservation, and improving access to wildlife areas and green spaces for Canadians.

To learn more, please go to www.canada.ca/conservationplan .

 

Canada Honours Korean War Veterans Day – July 27th, 2014

On July 27th, Canadians will commemorate Korean War Veterans Day an important day to remember and honour the courage and sacrifice of Canadians who served in the Korean War (1950-1953) and in peacekeeping duties following the signing of the Armistice.

More than 26,000 Canadians volunteered their service to fight during the Korean War. The Canadians fought bitter battles, lived in deplorable conditions, moved by foot through freezing mountains, and served with honour.

The Korean War was Canada’s 3rd bloodiest war, with 516 Canadians making the ultimate sacrifice. To this day, nearly 400 Canadians rest in peace in the United Nations Cemetery in Busan, Korea.

Veterans of the Korean War are everyday Canadians who became heroes by standing up for what we as a nation believe in.  I encourage everyone to go to www.veterans.gc.ca to see photos, video and learn more about their heroic sacrifice.

Canada as a nation owes an everlasting debt of gratitude to the men and women who served and continue to serve our country.

 

The Honourable Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and welcomes your feedback at [email protected].  Information on local announcements and federal government programs can be found at www.cannan.ca



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Helping caregivers

Before Parliament recessed to allow MPs to go back to work in their ridings, I had a meeting with Tammy Moore the Interim Chief Executive Officer for ALS Canada, which supports research and advocacy on behalf of individuals and their families who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) a terminal disease characterized by progressive paralysis of muscles throughout the body.

At home caregiving is an essential part of caring for ALS patients, ninety percent of whom die within five years of diagnosis, but puts a tremendous emotional and financial burden on ALS families.

I know and have met several constituents who take on the role of caregiver for family members, friends and others in the community who need help due to chronic or long-term illness, disability or aging.

We are grateful to the commitment and compassion of the caregivers who offer support through their work in various care facilities in our community, but for those who make the decision to keep those of frail health at home for as long as possible, the choice creates increased levels of stress and responsibility on caregivers who must also hold down a job.  

Our community is not unique. It is estimated that there were 6.1 million employed Canadians who provided care to a family member or friend in 2012, representing over a third of Canada’s entire workforce (35 percent). Most caregivers devote considerable time, energy and money to provide care, and many struggle to balance their responsibilities at home and at work.

The economic and social costs associated with caregiving are significant. In 2012, over half a million (about 600,000) caregivers had to cut back their regular working hours and 390,000 had to leave their jobs entirely to care for a loved one. Another 160,000 had to turn down paid employment because of their caregiving responsibilities.

Beyond the costs to caregivers in terms of lost wages or benefits, the negative employment consequences of caregiving affect employers through lost productivity and the cost of replacing employees. The Conference Board of Canada estimates that the cost to employers in lost production as a result of caregivers missing work, quitting or losing their jobs is $1.28 billion annually.

It is with this in mind that the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), launched the Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan (CECP) on June 23. More information can be found at http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/cecp/index.shtml.

The plan will explore cost-effective ways employers can help employees continue to be productive in the workplace while carrying out their caregiving responsibilities.

A key component of the Plan is the establishment of the Employer Panel for Caregivers that will consult with employers from across Canada to identify cost-effective workplace practices for informal caregivers helping them achieve a better balance of work and caring responsibilities. The Panel is comprised of industry leaders from small, medium and large-sized businesses, as well as expert advisors on caregiving. The panel will report back to the Honourable Alice Wong on its initial findings later this year.

In addition, our government has an “Information for Caregivers” section on the seniors.gc.ca website, which serves as a focal point for federal, provincial and some municipal information on financial information, care options, powers of attorney, and health matters, including mental health and dementia.

Other supports through the Government of Canada include the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, a 15 percent non-refundable credit to help provide financial relief for caregivers; additional tax measures and targeted programs for caregivers under federal jurisdiction (i.e. veterans).

Under our Employment Insurance (EI) program two types of benefits are available to caregivers:

Compassionate Care benefits provide up to six weeks of income replacement for people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and has a significant risk of death; and Employment Insurance Special Benefits provide benefits for parents caring for their critically ill child.

I look forward to the initial findings of the CECP panel so that we may find ways in which our government and employers can continue to support caregivers, truly some of the unsung heroes in our community.

 

Calls for Proposals - Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF)

Do you have a project that will help improve accessibility in community facilities for Canadians with disabilities? If so organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through the EAF 2014 call for proposals. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, August 1, 2014. Over $8 million in funding is available through this year’s call for proposals.

Application information is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website at www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/ .

 

The Honourable Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and welcomes your feedback at [email protected].  Information on local announcements and federal government programs can be found at www.cannan.ca



Northern Gateway Project: next steps

The decision made on June 17th, 2014 by the federal government on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal was one more step in a process that has significant steps yet to go. Consequently, I believe it will be several years before any construction begins.

After reviewing the independent Joint Review Panel’s report, our Government has accepted the Panel’s recommendation that the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal proceed only if it meets the 209 conditions set out by the JRP.

Those who are interested in reviewing those conditions can find the information in Volume Two, Appendix 1 of the Joint Review Panel report at www.neb-one.gc.ca .

I am also aware that tanker safety and marine spill response capability is of concern. To learn more about the work that is being done in this regard, please go to www.tc.gc.ca and search A Review of Canada’s Ship-source Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime—Setting the Course for the Future .

As BC residents and residents of the Okanagan, we know that developing our natural resources has always been a vital part of our economic prosperity, so finding the optimal balance between our economic interests while protecting the environment is a necessity.

With three daughters and three grandsons, I share the view of many constituents that future economic opportunities are a high priority and that jobs and a strong economy are the basis for continuing to provide a good quality of life, including supporting government programs like healthcare, education and other social programs.

The following information was provided to me by the Minister of Natural Resources and since it is relevant to understanding the next steps for the Northern Gateway project, I am sharing it with you. As your MP, I welcome any views or concerns you might have as the process unfolds. Please do not hesitate to write to me at [email protected].

On May 27, 2010, Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership filed an application with the National Energy Board (NEB) to construct and operate a 1,170 km, 525,000 barrel per day crude oil pipeline and a 193,000 barrel per day condensate pipeline between Bruderheim, Alberta, and Kitimat, British Columbia, and a marine terminal at the port of Kitimat.

Following a rigorous, science-based review that provided opportunities for the public to submit their views and comments on the project directly to the Joint Review Panel (JRP), in December of 2013 the independent Panel released its report. The report found that the project’s benefits outweighed the potential burdens and risks, and recommended that construction and operation of the project was in the public interest, subject to 209 conditions being met by the proponent.

After carefully reviewing the report, the Government accepted the Panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on Northern Gateway Pipelines’ proposal. The National Energy Board will now issue Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity. This is only one step in the process. There are a number of major steps before construction can begin. The timing of construction will depend on how the proponent proceeds.

Before construction can begin, the proponent will need to seek approval from the NEB for the detailed pipeline route and location of the final right of way. As part of this process, it must publish a notice in local newspapers and provide a written notice to all owners of lands proposed to be acquired. Where objections are filed within 30 days, the NEB will hold public hearings on the detailed route in the affected areas in order to consider landowner concerns and the proponent’s views.

In parallel, the proponent will need to seek various regulatory approvals from the federal government and the governments of British Columbia and Alberta.

Federally, these include:

  • Approvals from National Energy Board to authorize the construction and continued operation of the pipelines;
  • Authorizations under the Fisheries Act;
  • Approval under the Indian Act to cross Indian Reserves, and authorization under the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act with respect to issuance of authorization to use lands held by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada;
  • Authorization under the Canadian Transportation Act for construction crossing a railway line;
  • Approval and licensing issued under the Explosives Act;

In addition, the Province of Alberta would be responsible for issuing upwards of 50 permits and authorizations under the Water Act, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Public Lands Act, Alberta Forests Act, Historical Resources Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Public Health Act, Alberta Weed Control Act, and the Public Highways Act.

The Province of British Columbia would be responsible for issuing approximately 60 permits and authorizations under the Forest Act, Forest and Range Practices Act, Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, Weed Control Act, Land Act, Agricultural Land Commission Act, Fisheries Act, Fisheries Protection Act, Water Act, Environmental Management Act, Wildlife Act, Heritage Conservation Act, Transportation Act, and Industrial Roads Act.

The proponent must also demonstrate to the independent regulator, the National Energy Board, how it will meet the 209 conditions imposed on the project as a condition of approval. These include requirements such as preparing and implementing a Caribou Habitat Restoration Plan, and developing a research program on the behaviour and cleanup of heavy oils. Additional consultations with Aboriginal communities are also required under many of the conditions and as part of the process for regulatory authorizations and permits.

In addition to the many steps the proponent must take to meet legal requirements before it proceeds with construction, it would need to fulfill the public commitment it has made to engage with Aboriginal groups and local communities along the route, to better understand their concerns and find ways to address them.

 

The Honourable Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and welcomes your feedback at [email protected].  Information on local announcements and federal government programs can be found at www.cannan.ca



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Community update

New Horizons for Seniors Program 2014-2015 call for proposals for community-based projects 

The Government of Canada is seeking applications for projects that will help Canadian seniors use their leadership abilities, skills and experience to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

NHSP community-based projects help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities by increasing their capacity to address local issues.

The call for proposals will close on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding for projects that address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.

For more information on the New Horizons for Seniors Program application process and eligibility, please visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.

 

Successful 1st Annual Fresh Air Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon

I want to thank the community organizers, sponsors and volunteers who were responsible for the first Fresh Air Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon, which was held on May 4th in Kelowna. For an augural race, it was run flawlessly and the end result was a very successful and memorable event.

Special thanks to race organizers Graham Hood, Malindi Elmore and James Young for bringing together their years of racing experience and their passion for promoting fitness and fun.

Once again our great volunteers and enthusiastic supporters have made Kelowna-Lake Country a great community!!

 

Kelowna Fire/FDM Collaboration Results in Ground Breaking Emergency Information Sharing Initiative

Congratulations to Brian Moore, Dispatch Supervisor with the Kelowna Fire Department and Deputy Emergency Program Coordinator with the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program for his integral role in creating a ground breaking emergency information sharing system.

Triggered by his experience during the 2003 Kelowna fires, Brian collaborated with Ed Colin of FDM Vancouver to build a system which allows emergency managers and responders across the country to share real-time situational information to ensure a more efficient and effective response to natural disasters, serious accidents, crime, and acts of terrorism.

The project was funded by the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

 

Ralph Morrison’s Cross Country Tour Raises Awareness about Bullying

It was my pleasure to welcome Kelowna’s own Ralph Morrison to Parliament Hill on May 14th and to bring attention to his cross Canada road trip to raise awareness about the effects of bullying.

At the age of 52, through his book The Fear Inside, Ralph found the courage to tell his own story about bullying and how he overcame his fear to speak out.

Ralph is reaching out to communities, Boys and Girls Clubs, and especially troubled teens, in the hope that his experience will help those who suffer in silence to find the courage to speak out and begin to heal.

Best wishes to Ralph as he continues his cross-country journey to Victoria, B.C.  I know his three daughters must be so proud.

 

The Passing of Aaron Dinwoodie

I was very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Aaron Dinwoodie, former Central Okanagan Regional District director, colleague and friend.   Aaron was passionate about people and local government and he had an incredible knowledge and respect for First Nations communities. We spent several years working together on various committees and enjoyed many long conversations about politics and life. I know he will be missed by his family and many friends.  Until we meet again my friend!

 

The Honourable Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and welcomes your feedback at [email protected].  Information on local announcements and federal government programs can be found at www.cannan.ca



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About the author...

Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections.  He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and Regional Government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa.

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chamber of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, women’s resources and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

He is also a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates.

In previous Parliaments Ron has been a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, the Human Resources and Social Development Committee, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and Co-chair of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine, in particular those vintages not readily available through provincial liquor control outlets.  His motion is now a bill before the House of Commons sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which is well on its way to being passed.  Passage of the bill will create awareness and boost sales for some of Canada’s smaller wineries while generating national pride and international recognition of the award winning efforts of Canada’s vintners.
The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections.  He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and Regional Government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chamber of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, women’s resources and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

He is also a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates.

In previous Parliaments Ron has been a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, the Human Resources and Social Development Committee, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218 (formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine.  His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012. 

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.
 

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee.  He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy and daughters Amanda, Ashley and Amy and his grandsons Marcel and Nolan.  His hobbies include music and sports.







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