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Natural Resources committee  I will turn to my colleagues on that. Frank, can you respond?

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  My understanding is that we obviously keep under surveillance the facilities that are licensed under CNSC. CNSC also maintains fairly strict protocols with respect to any overflights or any potential risks to the security of the facilities. In the spring of 2021, CNSC was advised of a request to fly a drone over a nuclear facility.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  We're always prepared to work with the chief science adviser and with colleagues across government.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I am not advised of any sightings of UAP around facilities. What I have been advised is that we have response protocols that include high-security site licences that have continency plans to mitigate intrusions but may require the assistance of off-site response forces to interject drone intrusions.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  My understanding is that it would be a matter for the CNSC. I did speak to the CNSC president this morning and understand that they are planning to have further conversations with their American counterparts. They are at arm’s-length, but that is my understanding as to what their intentions are.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Again, we will follow up with CNSC to see what is possible with respect to those sorts of communications, but I can repeat that this is a matter that we do take seriously and that there are protocols in place with respect to said flights.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Thank you very much for the question. Certainly critical minerals are of enormous strategic importance. That's been recognized in the budget, where $3.8 billion has been assigned to address our critical minerals strategy. That is a further tranche over and above earlier funding that was reflected in the main estimates, which will allow for the creation of a centre of excellence for critical minerals.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I should say at the outset that obviously nuclear safety is one of the critical aspects of the work of CNSC and of my department and is something that we do take very seriously. Following on your question at our last appearance, we did receive your letter, and I do apologize.

May 18th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Thank you very much, Mr. Angus. I'll turn to my colleague Mr. Labonté for more detailed comments, but I would say a couple of things. First of all, as I mentioned earlier, the government recognizes the critical importance of the development of these assets for economic reasons, for environmental reasons and for geopolitical reasons.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  That's correct, and it is continuing to push ahead with respect to this critical area of science and also with respect to this area that is critical to our sovereignty.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I'll turn to Ms. Johnson to respond quickly on the process there.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I will refer to Ms. MacNeil in a second. I would say, though, that the government has been very clear in its support for the forest sector across the country. There are more than 200,000 people and over 300 communities that rely on the sector. Since budget 2017, the government has committed over $345 million to support the sector in terms of innovation and transformation.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Thank you very much for the question. This is, obviously, an important part of our overall suite of climate measures, and it is an opportunity to look at a more sustainable set of energy supplies for our northern and remote communities. The program is currently advancing more than 90 renewable energy and capacity-building projects in 131 communities, 123 of which are indigenous communities.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I might turn to my CFO on the specific funding in this case.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I'll turn to the Canadian Forest Service to give a bit more of an update on that. Beth, please go ahead.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford