Governance

Column: Showing up for business who have showed up for us

In times of hardship and challenge humans show incredible adaptability, resilience and innovation.While we are largely able to deal with the disruption and calamity caused by localized natural disasters or collapse of man-made systems, we have rarely had the dramatic challenge at a global level like we are experiencing with the COVID-19...

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Will B.C. government close access to isolated communities?

Will B.C. government close access to isolated communities?

My office has been inundated with emails from constituents on the Southern Gulf Islands who are concerned about the potential impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their communities. They have been advocating for the provincial government to limit the access of non-residents similar to what the elected leaders of Tofino, Ucluelet and Ahousaht...

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Statement on response to COVID-19 crisis

I delivered the BC Green Caucus response to Premier John Horgan's Ministerial Response to the serious public health and economic disruptions caused by COVID-19. The impact of this virus is unlike anything we have experienced before, the global response is unprecedented. It was a surreal day in the British Columbia...

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Stay informed about novel coronavirus!

Stay informed about novel coronavirus!

Are you wondering what to do about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? There is so much information (and misinformation) online these days that it is creating confusion. The situation with this virus is evolving so quickly I am simply going to provide a few links where you can find the most up to date information for British Columbia. Dr. Bonnie...

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What’s government doing about Retirement Concepts?

Last week the B.C. government took control of a fourth retirement home from Retirement Concepts, British Columbia’s largest chain of for-profit care homes, citing neglect of seniors. The home in Summerland joins homes in Comox, Nanaimo and Victoria that are already under the control of B.C’s health authorities. In...

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What’s up with public transit funding?

Is the provincial government committed to public transit? British Columbians are concerned that Budget 2020 appears to be a step backward on public transportation funding. We know that access, reliability and convenience are critical factors to increasing ridership. Once people believe the government is committed to...

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Column: Tense days for Crown-Indigenous relations

This has been an incredibly difficult chapter for British Columbia – and for me personally as an Indigenous Member of the Legislative Assembly.From the exhilaration of being the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into legislation, to the escalating situation in Wet’suwet’en territory, our path...

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Championing Local Business: Quester Tangent

Championing Local Business: Quester Tangent

Over the past couple of years, I have been touring businesses on the Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Islands and sharing my experiences on my blog in a series called “Championing Local Business.” The idea came from the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and their annual Tour of Industry. For about a decade they have been organizing...

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It’s through understanding we will emerge…

I am deeply concerned with the state of relations with Indigenous people in British Columbia and Canada. The dysfunction is a result of decades of government policy. To de-escalate the tensions that are simmering dangerously close to a rolling boil, leadership must come from the halls of Parliaments across the...

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2020 Throne Speech overwhelmed by protests

The 2020 Speech from the Throne was overwhelmed by the well-publicized protests that nearly shut down the British Columbia legislature. For the most part the Speech was a recap of work that has been accomplished by our minority government through the Confidence and Supply Agreement...

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What are the next steps for reconciliation?

With the dramatic protests that unfolded around the legislative precinct on opening day of the Spring session there is much confusion about all aspects of Indigenous reconciliation going forward. I have been clear that I am deeply frustrated with the B.C. NDP's decision last Spring to deliver an taxpayer funded...

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Are we on the same team?

Are we on the same team?

Akimbo is the podcast that changed it all for me. I have written about it a few times now.It’s the reason I began blogging everyday for a year. Seth’s perspective helped re-shape my approach to my personal life and my work.He recently published an episode about sportsmanship. As I listened I could not help but be reminded of the place I work....

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Powerful visit to the Wet’suwet’en territory

Powerful visit to the Wet’suwet’en territory

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeYZloMtJac[/embedyt] I have definitely appreciated the words of encouragement I’ve received regarding my trip to Wet’suwet’en territory. It's been a challenging week and I thank you for your support. The Wet’suwet’en have a rich and beautiful culture and I was honoured to have the opportunity to learn...

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Column: Olsen continues work but offices close amid coronavirus concerns

Column: Ferry terminal protest divides community

MLA Adam Olsen says Wet’suwet’en supporters have democratic right to protest This week I saw my riding grapple with mixed emotions to the protesters who blocked the Swartz Bay ferry terminal for two hours in what they said was an act of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs who are opposed to the Coastal Gas Link pipeline currently...

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MLA Olsen to visit Wet’suwet’en territory

MLA Olsen to visit Wet’suwet’en territory

Media AdvisoryFor immediate releaseJanuary 16, 2020VICTORIA, B.C. - B.C. Green Party interim leader MLA Adam Olsen has been invited by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to visit their camps in northern B.C. this weekend.“As the new interim leader of the B.C. Green Party, I believe it is important to be engaged on these issues, and I am honoured...

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Seeking a peaceful resolution in the Wet’suwet’en territory

Seeking a peaceful resolution in the Wet’suwet’en territory

With respect to the ongoing situation in the Wet’suwet’en territory the primary imperative and responsibility of all should be to find a just, peaceful, and respectful resolution. I and my BC Green Party colleagues remain committed to doing whatever we can to help make that happen. This situation is a legacy of Canada’s colonial history. Growing...

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Actively participating in our democracy

Over the past year, I have woven into this blog strands of my personal pursuit for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being together with political philosophy, governance and stories of partisan games-playing. The content here is heavily influenced by my work as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, random articles and my...

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Forestation: Healthy habitats and biodiversity

On many pages of this blog I urge and encourage the provincial government to protect, nurture and enhance ecosystems. I regularly stand in the legislature and address the habitat degradation and wildlife extinctions currently happening in British Columbia. This was brought home for us this holiday season. Silas got a new board game called...

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Sorry. We are too busy playing kings and queens!

As I prepare to rest my pen for a few days, I was cleaning out the drafts folder in my blog. Over the past year, a few dozen dust bunnies have accumulated and I decided to go through them and see what was there. Among the forgotten posts was one that I thought was worth resuscitating. It's about governance, politics, people, parties and what...

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Into the fire!

I learned in the early days in elected office that when controversy or disagreement erupts it is best to move toward it. Think of grabbing the hot pan just out of the oven with your bare hand, the natural response is to remove it as quickly as possible for fear of getting burned. In politics, it seems the opposite is true. In my experience when...

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