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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

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 …

Statement: International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, I reflected on the violence that women in politics have faced for generations. If we are going to have better outcomes in our society – to serve all people – we must work across party lines to create a safe political environment for women of colour, black, Indigenous, LGBTQS+, cis and …

Question Period – Old-Growth

Nearly one year ago, the NDP government received the report from the Old Growth Strategic Review panel. In the months since receiving the panel’s recommendations for urgent and immediate action, the NDP government continues the same status quo ‘talk and log’ that we’ve seen in this province for years. Old-growth forests – rare and essential …

Statement: National Day of Observance for COVID-19

It has been one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. We mourn more than 22,000 Canadians lost, over 1,300 of them British Columbians. As we anticipate when we can be together, we recognize that we can take advantage of the opportunity to honour those we’ve lost and the …

Question Period – Toxic Drug Supply and Decriminalizing Simple Possession of Drugs

In Question Period, I asked the Premier what powers his government has available in order to move forward with decriminalization of simple possession of drugs in British Columbia, and why he has not used these powers to save lives in British Columbia. Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of illicit drugs is a fundamental part of …

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