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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

Issue 11 - Sixth Report of the Committee


Thursday, April 3, 2003

The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources has the honour to present its

SIXTH REPORT

Your Committee, was authorized by the Senate on November 7, 2002, to examine and report on emerging issues related to its mandate.

Pursuant to Section 2:07 of the Procedural Guidelines for the Financial Operation of Senate Committees, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that Committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

TOMMY BANKS

Chair


STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON
ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND NATURAL RESOURCES

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2004

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, November 7, 2002:

The Honourable Senator Banks moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Corbin:

THAT the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on emerging issues related to its mandate:

(a) The current state and future direction of production, distribution, consumption, trade, security and sustainability of Canada's energy resources;

(b) Environmental challenges facing Canada including responses to global climate change, air pollution, biodiversity and ecological integrity;

(c) Sustainable development and management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources including water, minerals, soils, flora and fauna;

(d) Canada's international treaty obligations affecting energy, the environment and natural resources and their influence on Canada's economic and social development; and,

THAT the Committee report to the Senate from time to time, no later than February 28, 2005, and that the Committee retain until March 31, 2005 all powers necessary to publicize its findings.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Paul Bélisle

Clerk of the Senate

SUMMARY OF EXPENDITURES

Professional and Other Services  $ 53,650
Transportation and Communications  $ 219,220
Other Expenditures  $ 7,000
TOTAL  $ 279,870

The above budget was approved by the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources on Tuesday, February 24, 2003.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.

____________        _____________________________________________________________________________
Date                         Tommy Banks Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources

____________        _____________________________________________________________________________
Date                         Lise Bacon Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration

FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Fiscal year 1998-1999 1999-2000  2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003
Total approved —  $ 41,037  $ 147,631  $ 420,290  $ 141,200
Expenditures  —  $ 26,789  $   48,497  $ 310,758

 


STANDING COMMITTEE ON
ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, AND NATURAL RESOURCES

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS
APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2004

PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES

1. Professional Services (0401)

Communication consultant (10 days @ $500)  $ 5,000
Technical writer (15 days @ $800)  $ 12,000

2. Reporting and Transcribing Services (0403)
(for public hearing in Vancouver)

(a) 1 day of testimony @ $2,150/day  $ 2,150
(b) French Reporter — Attendance fees: $ 400/day  $ 400

3. Translation and Interpretation Services (0412)
(for public hearing in Vancouver)

(a) 1 day in Vancouver @ 1,500/day  $ 1,500
(b) Interpretation equipment @ 2,500/day  $ 2,500

4. Meals (0415)

Working meals (25 meals at $300 each)  $ 7,500

5. Hospitality (0410)  

  $ 2,000

6. Membership and Registration fees (0406)

- The Earth Technologies Forum (The Conference on Climate Change and Ozone Protection)
(April 22-24, 2003 — Washington, D.C.)
2 registrations @ $1,300
 $ 2,600
- Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2003
(June 8-11, 2003 - Vancouver) 
2 registrations @ $1,000 CAD 
$ 2,000
- Energy in Canada: Time to 
Reinvent the Wheel
(September 7-9, 2003) — Quebec City) 
2 registrations @ $ 1,000 each 

 

$ 2,000

 

- Globe 2004, 8th Biennial Conference 
& Trade Fair on Developing the
Business of the Environment 
(March 31—April 2, 2004— Vancouver)
14 registrations @ $ 1,000 
$ 14,000
Total — Professional and Other Services  $ 53,650

TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

1. Travel expenses (0201)

A. Travel for Public Hearings and conference in Vancouver

(This part of the travel is combined with a conference taking
place in Vancouver — Globe 2004 — from March 31 to April 2, 2004)

(While at the conference, the Committee will be setting-up hearings
with key Speakers at the Conference to hear witnesses
for its special study)

Participation: 12 Senators + 2 Committee staff
(1 clerk and 1 administrative assistant)
+ 1 Researcher + 1 stenographer + 3 interpreters) = 19 participants

Air transportation

12 x $4,500 (business class)  $ 54,000
7 x $3,800 (economy)  $ 26,600

Ground Transportation:

4 taxis x $25 x 19 participants  $ 1,900

Per diem and incidentals:

2 days at $69.55/day x 19 participants  $ 2,660

Hotel accommodations:

2 nights at $300/night x 19 participants  $ 11,400

 

Total - Vancouver  $ 96,560

B. Committee fact-finding travel to Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

November , 2003 (precise dates to be determined)
6 days of travel — 14 participants (12 senators & 2 staff)

Air transportation:

12 x $3,000 (Business)  $ 36,000
2 x $2,500 (Economy)  $ 5,000

Ground transportation:

4 taxis x $25 x 14 participants  $ 1,400
Minibus rental  $ 3,000

Per diem and incidentals:

5 days at $110 CAD/day x 14 participants

 $ 7,700

Hotel accommodations:

6 nights at $385 CAD /night (= $ 250 USD/night) x 14 participants

 $ 32,340

 

Contingencies: $ 6,000

 

Total — Washington, D.C.  $ 91,440

 

C. Travel to conferences

a) Conference in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. — April 22-24, 2003

Air transportation:

2 x $3,000  $ 6,000

Ground Transportation:

4 taxis x $25 x 2 participants $ 200

Per diem and incidentals:

4 days at $110 CAD/day x 2 participants  $ 900

Hotel accommodations:

3 nights at $385 CAD/night x 2 participants 

$ 2,400

 

Total — Washington   $ 9,500

b) Conference in Vancouver - June 8-11, 2003

Air transportation:

2 x $4,500  $ 9,000

Ground Transportation:

4 taxis x $25 x 2 participants  $ 200

Per diem and incidentals:

5 days at $69.55/day x 2 participants  $ 700

Hotel accommodations:

4 nights at $300/night x 2 participants  $ 2,400

 

Total — Vancouver $ 12,300

c) Conference in Quebec City - September 7-9, 2003

Air transportation:

2 x $1,000  $ 2,000

Ground Transportation:

4 taxis x $25 x 2 participants  $ 200

Per diem and incidentals:

3 days at $69.55/day x 2 participants $ 420

 Hotel accommodations:

2 nights at $200/night x 2 participants $ 800

 

Total — Quebec City $ 3,420

 

Total — Conferences  $ 25,220

 

2. Courier Services (0213)  $ 6,000

 

Total — Transportation and Communications 

$ 219,220

ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES

1. Rentals (0500)
Meeting room rentals: 

$ 3,000
2. Purchase of books and periodicals (0702) $ 2,000
3. Miscellaneous contingencies (0799) $ 2,000
Total - All Other expenditures $ 7,000

 

GRAND TOTAL

 $ 279,870

 

The Senate administration has reviewed this budget application.

___________________________________________________                    ____________
Heather Lank, Director of Committees and Private Legislation                             Date

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Richard Ranger, Director of Finance                                                                   Date

 


APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, April 3, 2003

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources for the proposed expenditures of the said Committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004 for the purpose of examining and reporting on emerging issues related to its mandate, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, November 7, 2002. The approved budget is as follows:

Professional and Other Services  $ 29,800

Transportation and Communications

 $ 92,170
Other Expenditures  $ 5,500
TOTAL $ 127,470

Respectfully submitted,

LISE BACON

Chair