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Update: Week 6 – 3rd Session, 42nd Parliament

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Welcome to my weekly update for April 3rd, 2022! It was a busy week for me in the legislature. With the Police Act Committee meeting on Monday and Wednesday evenings it made for long days. In Private Members’ Motions on Monday morning, MLA Mike Bernier (Peace River South) tabled, “Be it resolved that the House support...

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The BC NDP promised to make prescription contraception free, two budgets later we’re still waiting!

In the 2020 election the BC NDP promised to make contraception free for all British Columbians. As a cisgender male, free or near-free condoms are widely available, vasectomies are covered by MSP, however for women, trans-men and gender diverse people, getting prescription contraception requires a visit to a medical...

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Where is the money in Budget 2022 for Indigenous reconciliation and conservation financing?

In Budget 2022, the BC NDP government invested $12 million over 3 years to create the long-awaited Declaration Act Secretariat to better organize the provincial reconciliation efforts. That budget though will just cover the salaries and administration of the office. We know that government funds its priorities and so...

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Update: Week 3 – 3rd Session 42nd Parliament

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Welcome to my weekly update for February 25, 2022! It was budget week in British Columbia. It takes some time to digest the hundreds of pages put on the table by the Ministry of Finance. Understanding the budget evolves over weeks as Members of the opposition, special interest groups and researchers dig into the material. I...

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Bill 3: Annual adjustments to parks and protected areas but budget must increase

Each year the provincial government tables a Bill to adjust parks and protected areas in British Columbia. Mostly the Bill makes minor adjustments to boundaries, adding new lands, and makes name changes official. Unfortunately, this edition of the Bill does not add any new Indigenous names to protected areas and in my...

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