Governance

BC NDP’s CleanBC Plan in Jeopardy as LNG Projects Clash with Emission Targets

The BC NDP have an LNG problem. They have committed to meet our 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions targets. They have continually promoted the CleanBC climate action plan, calling it "world-leading" and "award winning." They know that the first half of the LNG Canada project currently being built in Kitimat barely...

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Outrage Grows as Saanich Inlet Continues to be Threatened by Quarry Expansion Despite Expert Warnings

The Saanich Inlet continues to be threatened by the industrial expansion of a quarry at Bamberton. Despite Minister of Environment, George Heyman's suggestion the environmental assessment (EA) process is working as it should, the only reason and EA is even being considered is because the Saanich Inlet Protection...

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Bill to Make National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a Statutory Holiday in British Columbia

The British Columbia government is making the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday. It was recommended that governments created a day for truth and reconciliation which the federal government did two years ago. In my second reading speech I outline the importance of this day as an opportunity...

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BC NDP Must Stop Undermining Democracy and Trust in Government

BC NDP Must Stop Undermining Democracy and Trust in Government

Throughout the year, I have repeatedly expressed concerns about how our provincial government has shown contempt for democratic debate and our democratic institutions. This is evident in how they manage legislative agenda. In the legislative assembly, this issue is often seen as "insider baseball," meaning it is important to those who work there,...

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Looking back at 2022: Housing, healthcare, governance, transportation, forestry, biodiversity and more

Looking back at 2022: Housing, healthcare, governance, transportation, forestry, biodiversity and more

ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day), Season’s Greetings and best wishes in 2023! In this final edition of the year, I take an extensive look back at my blog posts and highlight a handful of emerging themes. I am sure there are items missing from this year in review, however, I think you will get a sense of the volume of work ahead in Saanich North and the...

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BC NDP fails to protect biodiversity while promoting economic values of natural resources above all else

BC NDP fails to protect biodiversity while promoting economic values of natural resources above all else

As I write this, world leaders gather in Montreal for the next two weeks for COP15, the United Nations summit on biodiversity. They are discussing our fractured relationship with the natural environment. For my colleague, Sonia Furstenau (MLA, Cowichan Valley) and I in the BC Green Caucus, biodiversity has been a key issue since we signed the...

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Changing the law is the first step in improving Indigenous child welfare in British Columbia

The good news is that the Ministry of Children and Family Development has taken the first step in improving Indigenous child welfare in British Columbia. As the Minister said in her introductory speech of Bill 38: Indigenous Self-Government in Child and Family Services Amendment Act, "this proposed legislation would...

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Changes coming to WorkSafeBC

Bill 41 makes seven key changes to the Workers Compensation Act to better support workers (detailed below). Five of these changes fulfil recommendations from the Patterson report; all of the recommendations work to bring BC in line with other Canadian jurisdictions. - This legislation establishes a more independent...

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