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Dr. David Robinson

The war for the woods

Have you ever heard of Schrödinger’s cat? It was the original high-tech zombie – alive and dead at the same time. Northern development is lot like Schrödinger’ cat. Schrödinger invented this story to show how strange quantum mechanics can be.

The war for the woods

Clark Binkley says forests are a very attractive financial asset these days. Binkley should know.

Diversification or excellence

Since the mid 1970s so-called experts have been telling us that economic diversification is the solution to the North’s economic problems. In fact, diversification has been a trap and a failure.

What does the bridge to Cuba mean for the North?

The provincial government is working on a growth plan for Northern Ontario. The big question is whether the government is thinking about bridges.

Community forestry a ‘radical idea’ for MNR

Community forests are back on the agenda. Faced with a train wreck in the forestry sector, leaders in at least a dozen communities are thinking about how to get control of their resources and their futures.

Has your MP read this?

Where do we get good ideas, and what do we do with them? Where is pretty easy – for example consider reading “The Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Profile of the Global Forest Industry” by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement in the USA.

When Canadian forest policy fails

Does David Ramsay have any idea how badly out of date Ontario’s forest tenure system is? According to “Canadian Forest Policy: Adapting to Change,” Ontario’s current model was developed in 1837. It had three main elements.

Why Northern Ontario needs the carbon tax

Northern Ontario lives by harvesting wood. Wood is roughly 50% carbon, so the northern economy is built on harvesting carbon. The contribution to carbon sequestration puts Northern Ontario on the front line in the fight against climate change.

Supporting fair forest policies for the North

The Minister of Natural Resources for Canada is Gary Lunn, a BC boy who seems to have some feeling for the forest sector. At the Paperweek international in Montréal on February 8, he promised to use $127.

If the North won't quack, it isn't a duck

When I was trying to understand why Industry Canada couldn’t accept the fact that there was an impressive cluster of mining suppliers in Sudbury, I found the answer on a page on the Industry Canada website.