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B.C. Greens reintroduce bill to end practice of solitary confinement

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the B.C. Greens reintroduced legislation to ban the use of prolonged solitary confinement in provincial correctional facilities for both adults and youth.

"Solitary confinement is a harmful and degrading tactic that inflicts psychological damage rather than aiding in the rehabilitation of inmates. It has a particularly severe impact on Indigenous people and is frequently misused in British Columbia's correctional system," said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, and member of Tsartlip First Nation. "We need a legislative approach that guarantees the rights of inmates to humane treatment and ensures transparency and accountability in the operations of these facilities."

Seniors squeezed by costs, latest supports fall short

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the BC NDP announced new measures to support seniors and to enhance the Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER) program. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement: 

“Seniors on fixed incomes in British Columbia are struggling. Rising costs of housing, healthcare, and daily living are pushing them to the brink, and the recent measures announced by the BC NDP, while a step in the right direction, fall short of the comprehensive action needed. The SAFER program is outdated and out of touch with the realities of today". 

B.C. Greens target misleading fossil fuel ads amidst climate crisis

VICTORIA, B.C. - Following in the footsteps of the federal NDP, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs and other experts, the B.C. Green Caucus has introduced legislation to protect the public from misleading and deceptive fossil fuel advertisements.

“This bill is a big step to protect both the public and the planet. It shows we won’t accept greenwashing and that we demand transparency,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “The BC NDP needs to take a leadership role and stop being influenced by oil and gas lobbyists. It’s time to protect people, not profits.” 

B.C. Greens applaud call for power

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the BC NDP issued a call for power for British Columbia to provide clean, affordable electricity to support B.C.'s demand for electricity. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement: 

“Clean energy is the future, this power will help us decarbonize and meet our climate goals. However, government should ensure that clean energy is going first and foremost to British Columbians, and that we’re not prioritizing LNG.

B.C. Greens respond to new action on housing

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the BC NDP announced amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement: 

“We welcome the BC NDP's move to limit no-fault evictions and starting to track the data on evictions is a significant step forward. While implementing online declarations for personal-use evictions is progress, requiring landlords to provide evidence before evicting tenants would have offered greater protection and fairness."

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