Chief Don Tom endorses Adam Olsen

I am proud to witness Adam represent Saanich North and the Islands in the Legislature. He stood with the WSANEC people to say NO! to LNG in the Saanich Inlet. I know Adam will continue to be on the right side of history. Adam is my only choice for Saanich North and the Islands!   …

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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 …

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Check these Text Map Tees out!

My friend Lucas Copplestone owns a screenprinting operation. A few days ago he let me know that he had created a new line of printed t-shirts featuring local place names. He has branded them “Text Map Tees” and is selling them online at http://textmaptees.com. The initiative was in part a response to the call from …

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Province needs to protect endangered species

Living around the Salish Sea, we are all too familiar with the plight of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. We remember Tahlequah, the orca who carried her dead calf for nearly three weeks in August 2018. It sent a message that captured global attention. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have a very close relationship with the orca …

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Gulf Island communities leading sustainability

Thinking back to my first campaign to be the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saanich North and the Islands, it was a brief introduction to life on the Southern Gulf Islands. In the time between my first run and my second run my awareness grew. It’s only after my election and two years as …

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Recognizing Indigenous leadership

One year before I was elected to the Central Saanich Council table in 2008, my sister Joni was elected to the Tsartlip Council table. She was the first in our family to be elected to a governance table. 12 years later, Joni’s name is back on the Tsartlip ballot. It will be her seventh election. …

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Curious case of the missing salmon

Last week the Minister responsible for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, had to announce that only 13% of the sockeye the federal Ministry expected to enter the Fraser River system had actually showed up.It’s another chapter in a the epic tragedy of the disappearing salmon. They said the sockeye run this year would …

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The man who fell from the sky with the rain

The other day, I invited you to think about, and maybe even share, something that you are thankful for.I am inspired by the transformative power of gratitude. If practiced consistently, it begins to rewire our minds which absorb so much negativity each day.It came to me as I was mid-morning walk that I did not …

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We need a paradigm shift

For hundreds or thousands of years, the people who lived in the Salish Sea had a close relationship with the natural world. I have spoken often about it since my election. I have stood regularly in public meetings, at private coffee parties and at the spot in the British Columbia Legislative Chamber reserved for the …

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Greens emerging in Canadian political landscape

Following my public endorsement of Elizabeth May in the run up to her election as Member of Parliament in Saanich-Gulf Islands in 2011, one of my local government colleagues said to me “Adam. You are a good politician. It’s a shame to see you throw away so much of your political capital on somebody that …

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