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Unacceptable! Minister of Forests commitment to Indigenous rights and title is on her terms

Premier John Horgan and Minister of Forests Katrine Conroy are on the record clearly stating their support for Aboriginal rights, title and sovereignty. When the protests heated up in the forests on Southern Vancouver Island they agreed to the demands of the Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht and Pacheedaht by deferring some...

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Despite different rhetoric Horgan government clings to decades old approach to Indigenous relations

The source of uncertainty about lands and resources in British Columbia is rooted in the failure of successive governments to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples. Let’s be clear – conflict and contention over the land base doesn’t come from honouring human rights, it comes from denying and violating them. For decades British Columbia has...

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MLA Column: Adam Olsen encourages all residents to get vaccinated

As the provincial vaccine roll-out continues, it is important that all community members have the correct information about current COVID protocols and vaccinations. We encourage everyone to register for a COVID vaccine as soon as possible. Over the past few weeks, my office has been receiving many questions from constituents regarding current...

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Budget Estimates 2021: Citizens Services

With 30 minutes available to the BC Green Caucus for Budget Estimates in Citizens Services I had a limited opportunity to canvass a couple of important topics. In this session I asked Minister Lisa Beare about supporting Indigenous business owners ability to name their businesses using traditional names, genuine progress indicators, broadband...

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Budget Estimates 2021: Municipal Affairs

With 30 minutes available to the BC Green Caucus for Budget Estimates in Municipal Affairs I had a limited opportunity to canvass a variety of topic. To that end, in this session I asked Minister Josie Osborne about her decision to unilaterally cut the $8.4 million Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program. This program was a revenue neutral...

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Budget Estimates 2021: Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

With only 30 minutes allocated to the BC Green Caucus for Budget Estimates in Tourism, Arts and Culture it was difficult to dig into any topic to the level of detail that I would like. I'll certainly be following up with Minister Melanie Mark on the issues I raised. In this session I ask questions about why the provincial government does not have...

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Speaking to British Columbia’s COVID-19 paid sick leave

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic British Columbia has needed a paid sick leave benefit so workers who are feeling sick do not go to work. Advocates have long stated that this is a critical program that will limit transmission of the disease in the workplace. The program covers three days pay. Three...

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When will B.C. remove barriers to rapid tests?

A successful pilot project at the University of British Columbia for self-administered rapid tests found 25 asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. Health Canada has been clear that rapid tests are an important part of our pathway out of the global pandemic. They continue to encourage provinces and businesses to use rapid...

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Bill 6: Making British Columbia more accessible for all

For the past four years the BC NDP government has been working on accessibility legislation. The project was started by Shane Simpson, the former Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and after a lot of consultation the government has finally tabled their new law. It is enabling legislation. In other...

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