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Curt Firestone endorses Adam Olsen

Curt Firestone endorses Adam Olsen

I have lived in Canada for 13 years and this is the first time I have experienced a snap election.  From September 21 when the NDP called the election until Election Day is less than five weeks.  In that four week, five day time period, BC Elections must organize the elections, acquire polling places, hold advance polls, find and appoint staff...

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Sonia, Jan, Emily and Adam

Sonia, Jan, Emily and Adam

I have an interesting story about Sonia Furstenau, Jan Carroll, Emily and Adam Olsen. In 2006 Emily and I were planning our mid-August wedding. I was given one important job - secure the person who would officiate. Part of the reason I had such a minimal workload for the wedding was that I was also the communications manager for Aboriginal Team...

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Digital connections for all British Columbians

Digital connections for all British Columbians

Just as roads with power and telephone lines strung down the side were transformative for people and communities, the next evolution will be a robust digital grid connecting the Southern Gulf Islands and British Columbians in every community. Let’s use the opportunity of the current circumstances to develop our digital infrastructure.We have all...

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Vigil for Overdose Awareness Day

Vigil for Overdose Awareness Day

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPG_2NjSBDI[/embedyt] Monday August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic British Columbia was dealing with another public health emergency - overdoses and poisonings from toxic illicit street drugs. Since 2016 more than 5500 British Columbians - our friends,...

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Column: Ferries are our marine highway, a provincial concern

Column: Ferries are our marine highway, a provincial concern

The provincial government is responsible for the provincial transportation network including our ferry system, the critical service connecting coastal communities. That is why the BC Greens advocate for BC Ferries to be brought back into government.The ferries system connects us to our homes, our businesses and our communities. They are critical...

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Animal conservation should protect animals not kill them

Animal conservation should protect animals not kill them

The wildlife act should protect animals in British Columbia. Far too often incidents involving the conservation service end with the death of animals. For example many incidents we hear about involving bears could have been avoided all together if there was a much greater focus on preventing human/animal interactions by enforcing wildlife laws...

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The ongoing tragedy of the disappearing salmon

The ongoing tragedy of the disappearing salmon

If you have been following my blog then you might feel this post is just recycling old content. Unfortunately, I am not. The bad news for the wild Pacific salmon is getting worse.This week a CBC reporter asked me to respond to the fact that the Pacific Salmon Commission has downgraded the 2020 Fraser River sockeye salmon forecast from 941,000 to...

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Budget Estimates 2020: Finance

Budget Estimates 2020: Finance

My work in budget estimates wrapped up with questions to Hon. Carole James (Minister of Finance).My B.C. Green Caucus colleague Sonia Furstenau canvassed issues relating to COVID-19. In the time I had allotted to me I asked about the decision to delay the 2020 scheduled increase of the carbon tax and if September 30th is still the target date...

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Budget Estimates 2020: Public Safety & Solicitor General

Budget Estimates 2020: Public Safety & Solicitor General

This coming fall the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act will be convening to look at the decades old British Columbia Police Act. This is important work and I am thankful to be able to participate on this special committee.In this session of budget estimates I ask Minister Mike Farnworth about a few policing issues including...

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Budget Estimates 2020: Health

Budget Estimates 2020: Health

In this round of budget estimates I had a brief opportunity to inquire with the Minister of Health, Hon. Adrian Dix, about an on-going healthcare challenge on the Saanich Peninsula and across the province - a lack of access to primary care or as many know it, a shortage of family doctors. Since the 2017 election the provincial government has been...

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It’s long past time for a new fiscal framework for communities

It’s long past time for a new fiscal framework for communities

The wellbeing of our communities is threatened and solutions have been in front of provincial politicians for a long time. We must modernize local government legislation in British Columbia and provide local elected leaders access to the fiscal tools they need to build resilient communities. This is now even more urgently required as COVID-19 has...

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Column: $9B tourism sector not getting the support it needs

Column: $9B tourism sector not getting the support it needs

Over the past few months, I have heard clearly how COVID-19 is devastating the visitor economy (tourism sector) in British Columbia. I know the provincial government has heard the same messages. I’ve shared documentation from business leaders outlining the desperate situation of the industry in British Columbia and the immediate and long-term...

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Budget Estimates 2020: Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

Budget Estimates 2020: Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

The whirlwind tour through Budget Estimates continued with questions to Hon. Scott Fraser (Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation). With so many important issues and such limited time it's a difficult decision determining what I ask and what is left for another time. In this session I ask Minister Fraser how his Ministry is engaged...

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New Innovation Commissioner appointed for British Columbia

New Innovation Commissioner appointed for British Columbia

Installing an Innovation Commissioner was an important economic initiative proposed by the B.C. Greens in the 2017 election. It became a key policy initiative of the Confidence and Supply Agreement, the founding document for the relationship between the B.C. Green Caucus and the B.C. NDP Caucus and the strength of our minority government. We are...

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Budget Estimates 2020: Agriculture

Budget Estimates 2020: Agriculture

COVID-19 has uncovered many existential risks in our society and economy. One significant area of concern raised by my constituents and British Columbians from across the province is our food supply. There is a strong desire that we double down on the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that British Columbians have access to...

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Time to make a green recovery a priority!

Time to make a green recovery a priority!

Over the past two weeks my B.C. Green Caucus colleague Sonia Furstenau and I have been asking the government questions about their $1.5 billion COVID-19 economic recovery plans. We asked about support for the tourism and hospitality sector, funding for youth employment programs, supporting B.C. based manufacturing by strengthening local supply...

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