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Letter to Minister Ralston: The Need for Equitable Access to Life-Saving Heat Pumps and Home Retrofits

Today, I sent the following letter to Minister Bruce Ralston regarding the need for government to ensure equitable access to life-saving home heating and cooling retrofits, specifically heat pumps. As the climate crisis deepens, we need to move quickly to ensure that our communities are resilient to extreme weather events. 220613 – Minister Ralston – …

Question Period: Is the NDP Government OK with a two-tier health care system and its corporatization?

Under the BC NDP’s government watch, corporate delivery of health care is creeping into our provincial healthcare system. We are seeing this corporatization of primary healthcare with Telus Health and their partners Babylon. To be clear, a private multi-billion dollar corporation is delivering health care in this province, and charging a fee for “premium” access. …

Question Period: Will Minister Dix Acknowledge COVID-19 as Airborne?

Perhaps my question yesterday was not straightforward enough. Today I got straight to the point: does the Minister of Health Adrian Dix acknowledge that COVID-19 is airborne? No answer – just spin. It is astonishing that what should be a simple question to answer leads to a contortionist act from our government. The WHO, Canada …

Response to the Speech from the Throne 2022

In their 2022 Throne Speech, this government presented a picture of our reality that is inconsistent with the experiences of most British Columbians. I argue that to build and maintain trust, we must be committed to complete honesty, including – and perhaps especially – when it is not politically convenient. This is the only way …

Question Period: Will Premier Horgan and Minister Dix Acknowledge COVID-19 as Airborne?

Today I asked Premier Horgan and Minister Dix if they acknowledge that COVID-19 is an airborne virus. The Premier did not stand to answer. Minister Dix said this government follows the “science” but not once said the words “COVID-19 is airborne”. We need to restore that crucial confidence in public health guidance and democracy. To …

Statement: Climate Change and Grief

Transcript: The flooding that has devastated communities, destroyed infrastructure, taken lives and added ever-more uncertainty and unpredictability is absolutely a result of climate change. Today it is flooding. At the end of June, it was a heat dome. Throughout the summer, it was wildfires and then drought conditions that threatened water security, food security and …

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

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