I am inspired every day by the incredible groups who work together to tackle Cowichan’s many challenges and needs.

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: Long-term Effects of COVID-19

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Health if his ministry was collecting data about long-term COVID illness experienced by British Columbians, and if so, where this information can be accessed by the public. In New York, for example, about 10% of COVID-19 patients end up developing chronic symptoms — most long-haul patients are …

Question Period: COVID-19 Race-based Data

In Question Period, I followed up on my questions for the Premier regarding race-based data collection in the NDP government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are not actively anti-racist in our pandemic policy development, we risk compounding the systemic racism that has long existed in B.C. Despite a clear statement from the B.C. …

Question Period: Race-based Data

In Question Period, I asked the premier why the NDP government has not made the collection of race-based COVID-19 infection data a priority in their response to the pandemic. We know that race, income, living conditions, access to medical care and work environment are important determinants of health. In order to build a more equitable …

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 ancient trees, the purchase of this land would’ve brought new jobs to …

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 responsibilities, with a focus on excellent customer service. They manage and respond to constituent casework on a strictly confidential …

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 receive them on a regular basis, please sign up using this …

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 Minister Dix, I recognize the enormous burden on you …

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 letter I sent: Transcript: Dear Minister Robinson, Today, I am reaching out to …

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 if they will show the difference between productive old forests that support large trees and …

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