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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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 work. The economy should serve the well-being …

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.

Closure plan for soil disposal site in Shawnigan Lake Watershed

There have been at least three iterations of a closure plan for the contaminated landfill in the Shawnigan drinking watershed: two in 2017 and one just a few months ago.   The company that was hired to complete the original and updated closure plans has not been paid for their work.   To remedy this, …

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 to their security.

Questions for the Minister: Shawnigan Soil

In Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources budget estimates debates, I asked the minister about the soil that is stockpiled in Shawnigan Lake’s watershed, on CHH’a Lot 21, adjacent to the contaminated landfill. I also asked about the Talsequah Chief Mine reclamation process, and the plans for how to include First Nations in the updating of …

Question Period: Soil in Shawnigan Lake

Today in Question Period, I asked the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy if the contaminated soil will stay at the headwaters of the Shawnigan Lake drinking watershed or will he order the soil removed.

Cowichan Pride

It is 50 years since the first rainbow flag flew in the name of gay pride. I am thrilled to see the raising of the pride flag at Duncan City Hall in commemoration of this important date, and in celebration of the incredible contributions lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit people make to our …

Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy is not treatment; it is an assault that has been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades.  BC Greens stand with the  LGBTQ2+ community against this horrific practice being allowed in our country.

Budget Estimates: Education

In Budget 2019 estimates, I asked the Minister of Education about an increase in operational funding for education, the proposed changes to special needs funding, concerns that have been raised about a prevalence funding model, and the importance of educational assistants. I also asked about meal programs in schools and library funding.

Question Period: Old Growth Trees

Vancouver Island has some of the last coastal old growth forests in the world, and we need to be serious about protecting them. Clear cutting these forests is not sustainable. Once they’ve been logged, they are gone forever. Nearly 30 years ago, I was involved in the efforts to protect Carmanah and Walbran. It’s hard …

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