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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Domestic Violence and Isolation

If you are experiencing domestic violence and in need of support, please reach out to Victim Link BC at 1-800-563-0808 or email help@bc211.ca. These supports are available 24-7. As we look ahead to more weeks, and possibly months, of some level of self-isolation, the toll on individuals and families continues to grow.   And while we …

Question Period: COVID 19 response

Today, in an extraordinary legislative session, a small quorum of MLAs came together to pass a supply bill to provide authority to the government to fund a COVID 19 response. During Question Period, I asked two questions: The first about how the COVID 19 response would support the homeless population, and the second, how it …

Constituency Office Closed

After considering the latest information about the spread of COVID-19, our constituency office will be closed to walk-ins.   We will continue to serve constituents on provincial matters by phone or email. Contact us at at 250 715 2792 or sonia.furstenau.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Question Period: Sexual Assault Support

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Health or the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General which one of them was taking responsibility for ensuring specialized services are available to sexual assault survivors. British Columbia is home to the Victoria Sexual Health Centre, an integrated clinic that offers medical, police and counselling services …

Statement: International Women’s Day (IWD)

Today, I rose in the legislature to make a statement about International Women’s Day 2020. S. Furstenau: Super Tuesday was not so super for Elizabeth Warren, and so it looks as though the U.S. Democratic Party will get to choose between two males of a certain age for their presidential candidate, and then choose between two …

Question Period: Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic Funding

Today in Question Period, I asked why the Minister of Finance didn’t fund the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic’s proposal for Budget 2020 so that their work can continue and so that other communities in B.C. can open clinics on their own. Despite the overwhelming demand for their services, they were on the verge of closing …

A statement about Tricia Datené

Today, I had an opportunity to make a statement about my constituency assistant Tricia Datené. I couldn’t do this job without her.    

Question Period: Crisis in Cowichan

Today in Question Period, I asked the minister of mental health and addictions what the government is doing to respond to the escalating health and safety concerns associated with substance abuse in Cowichan. Transcript S. Furstenau: I want to start by thanking the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions for her visit to my riding last …

Response to Budget 2020

Today, in my response to Budget 2020, I spoke about our need to focus our efforts on building resilient communities across BC. I am supportive of many of the programs and policies in this budget, but as a whole, it takes an incrementalist approach that is far too rooted in looking backwards. What we need …

Question Period: Supporting Innovation

Mark Carney, the Former Governor of the Bank of Canada and current UN Special Envoy on Climate Change yesterday spoke about how governments and industries can reach their targets: “It’s putting money behind those who are solving the problem — or are part of the solution — and it’s taking money away from those who …

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