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We give voice to a wide variety of issues, including watershed protection, child wellness, infrastructure upgrades for health and education, and First Nations’ leadership support.

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Question Period: When will the BC NDP Protect Old Growth?

30 years ago, people around the world called for a BC NDP government to protect old-growth. This year, Fairy Creek became the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history as people call for the exact same thing. A year ago Premier Horgan promised if elected his government would implement the old growth strategic review …

Question Period: COVID-19 Supports for the Unhoused Population

Today I asked Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing David Eby why health authorities were rolling back support for unhoused people when the data pointed to a rising 4th wave. I also asked when this government plans to prioritize their needs. Across BC, unhoused people are getting sick …

Question Period: Government Inaction on Toxic Drug Crisis

Today I asked Minister Malcolmson what explicit plans her government has to lower deaths from the toxic drug poisoning crisis before the end of the year. Over the 100 days of the House not sitting, close to 600 British Columbians died as a result of the toxic drug crisis. We need the government to act. …

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. …

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