Governance

Column: What is systemic discrimination, bias and racism?

Column: What is systemic discrimination, bias and racism?

I am a member of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act. Parts of the Act have been amended over the years, but it has been decades since there were any major reviews of the entire legislation. With increasing pressure on the provincial government last summer to address systemic discrimination, bias and racism in policing, Minister...

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Business grant still missing the mark

Business grant still missing the mark

Vaughn Palmer recently wrote an editorial highlighting the challenges the provincial government is having with delivering its $300 million support program for small-medium businesses. Palmer highlights the significant inconsistencies in the messages coming from the government, specifically what Premier John Horgan is saying the problem is and...

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One year anniversary of protests, blockades lands on Moose Hide Day

One year anniversary of protests, blockades lands on Moose Hide Day

It has been one year since protesters set up a camp on the front steps of the legislature. The protests were a result of the BC NDP’s decision to press ahead with the Coastal GasLink pipeline through the Wet’suwet’en territory using militarized RCMP to enforce their decision. I had just returned from a visit to the territory. I was invited by the...

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Data driven decisions need complete data

Data driven decisions need complete data

Each Monday morning at 7:40am I am on the Political Panel hosted by Stephen Quinn on CBC Vancouver. We discuss (and debate) the current events. This week the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan was the topic of discussion. According to government the plan is data-informed, the main point of contention debated on the panel was the data the government...

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2021: Overcoming biases, fallacies, stigmas

2021: Overcoming biases, fallacies, stigmas

Firstly, the answer is NO to the question being asked of every politician in Canada right now. I have barely left my house in Tsartlip during the holiday season never mind the city, province or country. Former Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips said no one was more disappointed than he is about his shocking decision to fly to the Caribbean for...

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Is it a Throne Speech or the Throne Speech?

British Columbians need clarity from the BC NDP government whether the Throne Speech that opened the 42nd Parliament is the plan for 2021, or if there is another Throne Speech planned for the Spring. As it stands right now it's unclear what the plan is, and it's not really certain that there is a plan. We know we are...

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Premier Horgan aware of importance of rural designation since 2005

Premier Horgan aware of importance of rural designation since 2005

During Premier John Horgan's December 15, 2020 media availability Les Leyne from the Times Colonist asked about the rural designation issue impacting the Southern Gulf Islands and Salt Spring Island communities in my riding. I asked new Minister Ravi Kahlon about this situation in question period last week. (Read Leyne's comprehensive opinion...

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Site C boondoggle buried in secrecy

  Site C is a mess! From investigative reporting we know that the government has had information for at least a year about significant geotechnical problems with the project. In this round of questions, Minister of Energy, Hon. Bruce Ralston, continues his desperate attempt to blame this project on the former BC...

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Ready to govern?

When Premier John Horgan pulled the legislature down around him causing the snap pandemic election, he claimed it was because British Columbia needed a strong majority government that was ready to govern through COVID-19. He said the BC NDP were ready to lead. He claimed that his election would not delay economic...

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Cruel omission: A deliberate act or oversight?

For nearly a decade Capital Regional District (CRD) Electoral Area Directors from Salt Spring Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and Juan de Fuca have been advocating for a change in their designation from urban to rural. There is no doubt that these unincorporated communities are rural, however because they are...

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Column: Returning Green MLA gives thanks, looks forward to the future

Column: Returning Green MLA gives thanks, looks forward to the future

I raise my hands in gratitude for the opportunity to continue as the representative of Saanich North and the Islands in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Thank you! I’m honoured to be entrusted with this important responsibility and I pledge to work everyday to better understand our communities so I can more effectively advocate on...

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A governance solution for the Salish Sea

A governance solution for the Salish Sea

There are many issues in the Southern Gulf Islands that deeply trouble me. There are two that I will focus on in this post. Each took me time to investigate and understand the multi-jurisdiction complexity frustrating action. ISSUE #1: Anchorages in the Salish Sea For decades the waters surrounding the Southern Gulf Islands have provided...

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Eric Diller endorses Adam Olsen

Eric Diller endorses Adam Olsen

I am endorsing Adam Olsen of the Green Party because of his dedication to local environmental interests. The creation of Saanich Peninsula Environment Coalition is a testament to that. His support of peninsula businesses is also very helpful. In addition, is his support of the E&N railway is of great importance to Vancouver Island businesses and...

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Dr. Juliana Losier endorses Adam Olsen

Dr. Juliana Losier endorses Adam Olsen

The consequences of the climate crisis are a physical and mental health emergency. This crisis is affecting everyone - our friends, family, global citizens.The BC Greens are the only party that understands this issue to the core and takes continuous action to protect our present and future. There is no Plan or Planet B. If we remain silent about...

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David Suzuki endorses Adam Olsen

David Suzuki endorses Adam Olsen

Our species has become so numerous, technologically empowered and driven by consumption that we undermine the life support systems of the planet- the air, water, soil, sunlight and biodiversity. The cause of our destructiveness is the way we see the world which in turn determines the way we act.Today we place ourselves at the centre with...

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Elizabeth May, MP endorses Adam Olsen

Elizabeth May, MP endorses Adam Olsen

Hi, Elizabeth May here. You wouldn't believe I'm actually on Parliament Hill, we have trees and I want to send a shout out to the best MLA I have ever had, and I'm 66, so that is a lot of years of remembering MLA's. Adam Olsen is extraordinary, he's hard working, thoroughly ethical, actually he's inspiring, and as your MP I love having such a...

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Patricia Pearson endorses Adam Olsen

Patricia Pearson endorses Adam Olsen

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWeH5Vd3tEQ[/embedyt] Hi there, I'm Patricia Pearson, Councillor in North Saanich and co-owner of Hansell and Halkett Vintage Home Decor in Sidney, with just a week left to the provincial election I'm here to tell you why I'm supporting Adam Olsen of the Green Party for Saanich North and the Gulf Islands....

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Dr. Michael Byers endorses Adam Olsen

Dr. Michael Byers endorses Adam Olsen

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk38vPPCxmg[/embedyt] Salt Spring Island and University of British Columbia political science professor Michael Byers endorses Adam Olsen for re-election as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Saanich North and the Islands. [Transcript] Hello my name is Michael Byers, I'm a long time resident...

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Dr. Deb Morrison endorses Adam Olsen

Dr. Deb Morrison endorses Adam Olsen

Adam has proven to be an exceptional collaborator in navigating the complex layers of governmental jurisdictions within the Gulf Islands to find ecosystem-based solutions to our changing climate and collaborative arrangements to foster reconciliation efforts. I will be voting for Adam to ensure his voice and perspectives remain central in the...

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Deborah Goldman endorses Adam Olsen

Deborah Goldman endorses Adam Olsen

I am very happy to have Adam represent me and the Southern Gulf Islands in the provincial legislature. Adam has a firm knowledge of the issues of concern to residents and conscientiously maintains contact with us to remain current and to provide us with updates on governmental activities. He has been a consistent support during the chaos of the...

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Candidate Forum hosted by Salt Spring Forum

Candidate Forum hosted by Salt Spring Forum

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPLKYbnkRRE[/embedyt] The three candidates in Saanich North and the Islands got together online for our first full candidate forum was hosted by the Salt Spring Forum. The Salt Spring Forum "brings diverse perspectives on important issues to a community known for its civic engagement and openness to new...

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