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Sonia on the issues

Question Period: Shawnigan Soil Dump Closure Plan

Today, I asked the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy how many of the conditions in the closure plan have been met, and if the minister has any expectation that the work would be completed by his deadline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yn5Do1y-hs...

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Question Period: Shawnigan Soil Removal

Today in Question Period, I asked the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources if the company responded to the order that her ministry issued, and if the soil been removed from the site, as ordered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1VgQJJmO3k Hansard...

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Reflections on a summer of work

Reflections on a summer of work

As the kids get ready to go back to school, and the fall legislative session approaches, I am reflecting on my work over the summer and ahead in the Legislature and in Cowichan. Here are a few updates from the last little while. The Cowichan River and the Weir An...

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A Question of Priorities

Hearing the news that the Minister of Environment planned to accept the closure plan for the contaminated landfill in Shawnigan's watershed was like a physical blow.  "I think I have post-traumatic stress," I said to my husband.  I expect many people in the community...

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Taking Down Walls

At a conference I attended last week, when Andrea Lyall asked a room full of foresters what reconciliation meant to them, one former chief said, “The wall that surrounds our Indigenous communities is like the wall that was between East and West Germany. The only way...

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A question for the Premier about Shawnigan Lake

On the last day of the Spring 2019 session, I had the opportunity to ask the Premier about his commitment to protecting drinking water in Shawnigan Lake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ILMljRPfNI&feature=youtu.be Hansard transcript S. Furstenau: The Premier in...

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A petition about dog breeding

I received a letter from two grade 5 students at École Mount Prevost asking for my support in protecting dogs from improper breeding practices. Their letter was accompanied by a petition signed by many of their schoolmates. Below is the letter I sent to the Minister...

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Response to the Labour Relations Amendment Act

I spoke to Bill 30, the Labour Relations Amendment Act. I am supportive of the measures in this bill, but we need to recognize that it will take much more than these measures to address the pressing challenge of inequality, which is growing in an era of precarious...

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Question Period: NDP support

In Question Period, I asked the premier if the NDP government - as they have publicly stated - still stand against the plan to dump contaminated soil in Shawnigan Lake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHy4PN_G4PI&feature=youtu.be

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Response to the Residential Tenancy Amendment Act

I was proud to speak in response to the Residential Tenancy Amendment Act, which was a private members' bill brought forward by the BC Green caucus. It amends the act to provide tenants with the ability to end a fixed-term lease if staying in a rental unit is a threat...

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