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Column: Reflecting on the ‘inexplicable year that was 2020’

Column: Reflecting on the ‘inexplicable year that was 2020’

Reflecting on the inexplicable year that was 2020, it is impossible to succinctly sum up how the dramatic events of this year have impacted each one of us individually, and as a local, regional, national, and global society. The year began with demonstrations for Indigenous rights across the country and surrounding the British Columbia...

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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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Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

Season's Greetings from the my BC Green Caucus colleague Sonia Furstenau and I, the team in the Saanich North and the Islands Constituency Office and the whole Olsen family! 2020 was a challenging year! I sincerely hope that 2021 brings stability, peace and joy to you and yours. Our team will be taking a few days to celebrate the holiday season...

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Where is Kitty?

Where is Kitty?

For the past several months a drama's been unfolding in the Olsen household! Where did Kitty go? As the weeks passed there was an inclination to turn the open case into a cold case, but there was also a feeling that one day Kitty would show up. For context, when Kitty went missing she was at the top of the heap in the complex network of...

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Subscribe to my new blog!

Following the election I have been working with the incredible people at Geeks on the Beach to optimize my website. They are a great group and I'm so thankful for they great work! While I enjoy developing my own web presence I definitely needed help with some of the technical stuff in the back end, search-ability and a new fresh look. I'll be...

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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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COVID-19 impact and work of food banks

In the first Members Statement of the 42nd Parliament I turn my attention to the responsibility we have as MLA's to govern for all British Columbians, the impact of COVID-19, and the fragility of our services. I turn my attention to the important work of food banks and then state my commitment to work toward poverty...

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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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Millstream Fishway restoring critical salmon habitat

Millstream Fishway restoring critical salmon habitat

The Millstream Fishway Project is a collaboration led by the Peninsula Streams Society to restore and reconnect critical salmon and cutthroat trout habitat disrupted by a poorly designed culvert under Atkins Road in Langford, BC.  There were many project and funding partners including the local, provincial and federal governments, business...

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For the coast

For the coast

I grew up fishing with my dad in our boat on the Saanich Inlet. Those experiences inspired my work in the legislature on wild salmon policy and over the next four years that work will definitely continue! The BC Green Caucus got wild salmon on the agenda during the last Parliament and what followed was a $142 million investment from both the...

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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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