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Response from Minister Popham – Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act (2017)

Below is the letter received in response to my February 18, 2021 letter to Minister Popham on the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Amendment Act (2017). Response from Minister Popham (March 26, 2021): 210326 – Response from Minister Popham

Response to the Speech from the Throne 2021

Today, I rose to speak to the Government’s Speech from the Throne. British Columbia is facing numerous crises simultaneously: the COVID-19 pandemic, a housing crisis, a toxic drug crisis, and the climate crisis. A year ago, we spoke about building back better – we were talking about a green and just recovery. We were talking …

Question Period: Toxic Drug Crisis – Mental Health Support

April 14th, 2021 marked the 5th anniversary since the Public Health Officer declared a public health emergency relating to the toxic drug crisis. Questions throughout question period were focused on this topic, and what government must do in the face of this ongoing emergency. My question was about what government can do to put mental …

Statement: 5th Anniversary of Public Health Emergency for Toxic Drug Crisis

April 14th, 2021 marked the 5th anniversary since the Public Health Officer declared a public health emergency related to the rise in toxic drug-related deaths. More than 7000 British Columbians have died, and there are thousands more who deserve our immediate action and our collective commitment to prevent future deaths and harm. Those we have …

Question Period: COVID-19 Data Transparency and Public Trust

Today I asked Minister Dix if he would commit to improving data transparency for COVID-19 moving forward. BC has consistently been one of the least transparent provinces throughout the pandemic – leaving British Columbians to connect the dots themselves on variants of concern & vaccine roll-out. Consistent, clear, and publicly available data supports government decision-making …

Statement: The Role of Civil Disobedience in our Society

I gave a statement reflecting on the importance of civil disobedience in Canada’s history. As Samuel Freedman, former Chief Justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal stated: “There have been instances in human history in which disobedience to law has proved a benefit to law and society.” Transcript S. Furstenau: We, as legislators, have complicated …

Question Period: Fairy Creek and the Protection of Old Growth

The Fairy Creek watershed is home to the last intact old growth forest in Southern Vancouver Island. It is the very definition of an ancient, high-risk ecosystem that the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel recommended be protected while a strategy is developed. No valleys like it remain on Southern Vancouver Island, they’ve all been logged. …

Question Period: Long COVID Rates – Collect the Data

In Question Period, I followed up on my March 3rd question for Minister Dix on long-term COVID-19 symptoms. In the weeks since this question was asked, it has become clear that BC does not currently have a good idea of what proportion of patients continue to experience symptoms, months after being diagnosed. For weeks now, …

Question Period: Indigenous Leaders on Old-Growth

In Question Period today Adam Olsen and I highlighted the voices of Indigenous leaders whose concerns have thus far been ignored by the NDP government. The unanimous passing of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act means that building a new paradigm for forests in this province must be done in full partnership …

Question Period – Old-Growth – 3rd Day of Questions, 3rd Day With No Answers

This week, fellow Green MLA Adam Olsen and I have been asking the Minister for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations why the NDP government has not meaningfully acted on their promise to stop the logging of old-growth forests in BC. We have asked Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy …

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