Adam Olsen - Leader's Blog

Kitimat Council leads, democracy wins

Kitimat-PhilGermuth.pngWell done Kitimat residents, Mayor and Council! Your plebiscite on the Northern Gateway pipeline project and the response from your leadership highlighted a positive example of democracy in action. You have inspired people across the province and country!

ALC: Government shrugs off lack of consultation on changes to food security

For the past 40 years the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) has protected the agricultural value of the land in its boundaries. When British Columbians have been asked whether they support protecting those agricultural values and land for food security, 95% say yes.

Food security threatened by Bill 24

farmland.jpegThe government of BC has introduced Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Amendment Act. Despite the lack of formal public consultation, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard before this Bill gets passed.

Changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) have been nervously anticipated since last July when Hon. Bill Bennett, the Minister responsible for the core review, braced British Columbians for change. Now the Bill is on the table we see the changes are substantive, and in my opinion are not in the interests of our food security.

Galviston spill a tip of the hat to Exxon Valdez and a warning to Vancouver

Days before the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the west coast’s signature oil spill, a barge carrying “heavy oil” collided with another ship spilling approximately nearly 650,000 litres into the water around Galviston and Texas City, south of Houston, Texas.

What are the proposed BC Ferries cuts costing British Columbians?

Following the Defend our Marine Highways rally at the BC Legislature on March 11th, Transportation Minister Todd Stone was quick to publicly react. Among other things, the Minister suggested the government knows more than they are letting on. He admitted:

“We certainly know there will be some impact from a tourism perspective.”

Based on Minister Stone’s certainty, it begs the question, what does the government know that they are not telling us? What is the impact and how big? Will the cost to coastal business communities be greater than the $19 million dollars they are seeking to save through ferry schedule reductions? What about the long-term impact? 

Adam Olsen, Andrew Weaver and Elizabeth May at Defend our Marine Highways

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Adam Olsen speaks at Defend our Marine Highways Rally

"It is good to be here with you, all my friends and relatives.

"We are here today to stand with our coastal communities.

"Today is a day of mourning… and a day of celebration:

"We mourn the eroding fabric of our Province, brought on by the backward BC Ferries policy of the current and previous BC Governments.

"We stand with all our coastal communities… we stand with all British Columbian’s. Your government does not value your contribution… your opinions… your ideas… and your solutions.

BC Government support for New Prosperity sends confusing message to First Nations

The Canadian Government has rejected the New Prosperity Gold & Copper Mine southwest of Williams Lake, BC for the second time. Federal Conservative Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that she, like her predecessor Jim Prentice, had turned down the mine proposal concluding the “Project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be mitigated.”

Politics still takes driver seat even on climate

What can one MLA do in the Legislature? As it turns out, quite a bit! As Elizabeth May has shown in Ottawa and Andrew Weaver in Victoria, MP’s and MLA’s have many levers at their disposal. May and Weaver do not have special powers, they understand the opportunities our democratic institutions offer them, and they use them.

Olsen speaks at Food for our Future: Family Day Rally

FoodforourFutureRally-300x225.jpgBC Green Party Interim-Leader, Adam Olsen joined Vicki Huntington (Independent MLA), Nicholas Simons (BCNDP Agriculture Critic), Harold Steeves (Richmond Councillor), Dan Ferguson (National Farmers Union), Janet Rogers (City of Victoria Poet Laureate), Dave Friend (Mr. Organic), Garrett Schack (Island Chef’s Collaborative), Joan Morris (Songhees Nation) and approximately 1000 British Columbians at the “Food for the Future: Family Day Rally at the BC Legislature.

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