I believe everybody wins when we empower them to participate in the decisions that affect them.

Our mission is to work collaboratively in the Cowichan Valley and in the Provincial Legislature to create a vision for the future that everyone can get behind.

Sonia on the issues

Response from Minister Whiteside on Safety in Schools

Earlier this week, I received a response from Minister Whiteside's office regarding a letter I had sent last month about COVID-19 safety guidelines in BC schools. After speaking with the Cowichan Valley Teacher's Union, I issued a request for the Ministry to provide...

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Response from Minister Conroy on Old Growth Protection

Last November, I wrote to Katrine Conroy's office asking for her Ministry to assist the Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS) with their plan to purchase an additional six acres of old growth that were once part of the Wildwood Ecoforest. Aside from protecting these...

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Job Opportunity in Our Office

The Constituency Assistant - Communications (CA-Comms) is an employee responsible for the administration of the constituency office of a member of the legislative assembly (MLA). They are responsible for a diverse set of administrative and communications...

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Our First Newsletter

Starting this week, my constituency office will be releasing newsletter updates on my work in the BC Legislature, activities in the Cowichan Valley, and the most current information on COVID-19. You can access a copy of the first newsletter here. If you'd like to...

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Letter: Reconsider Rules Banning Non-Food Vendors from Markets

This week, I wrote a letter to Minister Dix asking that he and Dr. Bonnie Henry reconsider the recent public health order they issued, which restricts non-food items from being sold at farmer's markets. Click the photo below to read the letter I sent: Transcript: Dear...

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Letter: Supporting the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

This week, I wrote a letter to the new Minister of Finance, Selina Robinson, asking her to consider allocating funds for civic theatres, like the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, who have struggled disproportionately during COVID-19. Click the photo below to read the...

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Budget Estimates 2020: Old Growth Forests

Today in budget estimates, I asked the Minister of FLNRORD a question about old-growth forest management. Public information available on the government website is inconsistent. I asked if the government will accurately represent what type of old forest remains, and...

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Question Period: COVID 19 response

Today, in an extraordinary legislative session, a small quorum of MLAs came together to pass a supply bill to provide authority to the government to fund a COVID 19 response. During Question Period, I asked two questions: The first about how the COVID 19 response...

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Constituency Office Closed

After considering the latest information about the spread of COVID-19, our constituency office will be closed to walk-ins.   We will continue to serve constituents on provincial matters by phone or email. Contact us at at 250 715 2792 or...

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Question Period: Sexual Assault Support

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Health or the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General which one of them was taking responsibility for ensuring specialized services are available to sexual assault survivors. British Columbia is home to the Victoria...

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Statement: International Women’s Day (IWD)

Today, I rose in the legislature to make a statement about International Women's Day 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vuzyfwKiNg S. Furstenau: Super Tuesday was not so super for Elizabeth Warren, and so it looks as though the U.S. Democratic Party will get to...

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Question Period: Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic Funding

Today in Question Period, I asked why the Minister of Finance didn't fund the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic's proposal for Budget 2020 so that their work can continue and so that other communities in B.C. can open clinics on their own. Despite the overwhelming demand...

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