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Year End Newsletter


Our government announces $79 million to build a new Cowichan Secondary School


Hard to believe it is now the year 2020- is it just me or did 2019 just fly by? I decided that for my year end newsletter I would reflect on some of my favorite accomplishments, announcements and moments from this past year, which meant taking a look back myself. Sometimes there is so much going on that you don’t even realize how much has happened, and this is certainly one of those times for me.

I hope you enjoy taking a look back at this past year with me, and I hope this New Year brings you and your family plenty of love, happiness and success.

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Fall Community Newsletter


At the grand opening of the Metis Exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum


I cant believe its almost December already! We have been busy this fall session, and the biggest highlight for me by far was our introduction of the historic legislation that will put BC laws in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This new law recognizes and respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples and will help bring a stronger B.C. by ensuring Indigenous peoples are part of the decisions that affect them, their families and their territories. While other jurisdictions continue down a path of conflict and court battles, we are making history by building partnerships with First Nations.

We also introduced the Interpretation Amendment act to allow for a future move to permanent daylight saving time (DST) after 93% of British Columbians indicated their support for the change in a record-breaking public engagement. If passed this Spring could be the last time we have to adjust our clocks!

The final piece of Legislation brought forward that I would like to share is the Climate Change Accountability Act which will ensure better accountability, transparency and more detailed targets for climate action. Addressing Climate Change has to be a top priority and this Legislation includes new reporting requirements on actions to reduce carbon pollution, their cost and how they will achieve government’s legislated emission-reduction targets as well as establishing an independent advisory committee that will be modeled on the Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council.

On a sad note I would like to share that we are mourning the loss of my close friend, and long time New Democrat, John Pimlott. John was a dedicated volunteer who possessed a wealth of knowledge and experience. I speak for many when I say that he will be deeply missed in our community.


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September Community Newsletter


The installation of VIU’s new President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Deborah Saucier in a beautiful ceremony held at the Snuneymuxw longhouse


September has really flown by and with October approaching the Legislation will soon be back in session. I have really enjoyed having more time in the community this summer, but I am looking forward to getting back to being in Victoria full-time. There is a lot of work to do, and legislation to pass, so that we can continue to make life better for people in B.C.

Aside from spending time in the community and meeting with constituents and organizations this month I also spent last week at the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver. This week long event brings together local and provincial leaders from across B.C.. There is always so much energy in this event, and I would like to personally congratulate Nanaimo City Councillor Ben Geselbracht for being chosen as one of UBCM’s newest directors at large!


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August Community Newsletter


Interview with the CHLY’s Summer Radio Camp for Kids


Here we are at the end of August, this summer sure went by fast! Summers on the island are incredibly special, between all the small communities in my riding I believe there were community events almost every day, with larger ones every weekend. I want to send a huge Thank You to all of the amazing community organizations and volunteers who help make these events possible.

As we enter the last weekend before the start of school I was honoured to attend the opening of the new Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh school in Nanaimo yesterday. Truly a historic day that would not have been possible without the amazing partnership between the Snuneymuxw First Nations and the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District. This partnership is the path forward to true reconciliation, and I am proud to say we are leading the province with this work, and providing a true example of what can be accomplished when we work together. This partnership and new school will provide an opportunity for strong revitalization of language and culture, which will benefit Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.


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July Community Newsletter


Remember to look for the Buy BC symbol when you shop at your local grocery store or farmers market


It’s hard to believe we are halfway through summer already! We are also marking two years since we formed government and I am happy to say that we have accomplished three-quarters of our election promises. Having a chance to be out talking to community members this summer I have heard many positive stories about how peoples life’s have changed thanks to our investments in child care, housing and health care. I also hear about some of the challenges and barriers that still exist and, while I am so proud of what we have accomplished in only two years, there is still more work to be done.

One of my favorite activities in the summer is cycling and I often hear from other cyclists in our community about some of the challenges they experience while riding. This is why I was so excited when we announced our Move.Commute.Connect  strategy which, as part of our CleanBC plan, aims to double the percentage of trips taken with active transportation by 2030. You can read my Op-ed on our Move.Commute.Connect strategy here.



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