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My university failed me...

My name is Jean Strong. I'm a fourth-year student at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

In my first semester I was sexually assaulted — twice. And both times it was by people I considered friends.

Eleven Days & Counting: Hunger Strike Against Site C

Today I was in Vancouver meeting with a number of business leaders in British Columbia’s creative economy. My colleague Matt Toner (Deputy Leader of the BC Green Party) and I took the opportunity to visit with opponents of the proposed Site C dam who were camped out in front of BC Hydro’s downtown Vancouver headquarters.  It quickly became apparent to me that what is happening there qualifies as perhaps the most under-reported story of 2016.

Bill M205: Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Policies Act

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Today in the legislature I introduced Bill M205Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Policies Act. This bill, based on similar legislation in Ontario, aims to address the pervasive occurrence of sexualized violence plaguing universities, colleges and other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. It creates a legal responsibility for them to develop and maintain policies that would work to prevent the occurrences of sexual violence and provide support for victims. The act would allow university- and college-specific policies to be developed that would meet the needs of students, including education and protection, while working to create a safe environment for all students to come forward to report a sexual assault.

Why BC needs legislation to address sexual violence at universities and colleges

On March 8, Andrew Weaver tabled a bill based on similar legislation in Ontario that aims to address the pervasive occurrence of sexualized violence plaguing universities, colleges, and other post-secondary schools in British Columbia.

The bill creates a legal responsibility for universities and colleges to develop and maintain policies that would work to prevent the occurrences of sexual violence and provide support for survivors.

 

Protecting Habitat for BC’s Woodland Caribou

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Today in the legislature I rose to probe the government’s efforts to preserve natural habitat for BC’s remaining healthy wood caribou herds.

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