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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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 …

Statement on Climate Emergency

On May 1, the UK declared a climate emergency. Today, in the Legislature, I spoke about how we can begin to chart a path forward towards resilience and a healthier world.  

Question Period: Leaking Gas

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources how many oil and gas wells are currently leaking gas and what the plan is to resolve the issue.  

Easter reflections: Shawnigan, BC, and the need for a new vision for communities

When I’m asked about what drew me into politics, I tell the story of Easter weekend, 2013. I could never have imagined six years ago the path my life was going to take as a result of a permit issued by the provincial government.  Nor could I have imagined that what I was to learn …

Bill 21: Forest and Range Practices Amendment Act

This is my response to Bill 21, the Forest and Range Practices Amendment Act. This amendment act is an important step in the right direction. By creating more frequent opportunities for public input, communities will be able to review and comment on forestry plans. I’m pleased to rise today to speak to Bill 21, the Forest …

Question Period: Addictions Treatment Centre

in Question Period, I asked the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions if the government will commit to funding an addictions treatment centre in the Cowichan Valley. As the minister points out, there has been a response to harm reduction, but that’s not enough. Every community, including Cowichan, needs infrastructure in place to support long-term …

Tax Credits for LNG: The final reading of Bill 10

Today, the NDP Government, together with the BC Liberals, voted in favour of financial incentives in the form of tax credits to LNG Canada in the third and final reading of the Income Tax Amendment Act, 2019. As I was delivering my final speech on this bill: a survey of the information that has come to …

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