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Furstenau joins Valeriote on Bowen Island to meet with residents

BOWEN ISLAND B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau joined B.C. Green candidate for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, Jeremy Valeriote, at an event on Bowen Island today. The event at Tell Your Friends Cafe was an opportunity for residents to connect with Furstenau and Valeriote and discuss their shared vision for the future of British Columbia.

Furstenau responds to Surrey police decision

VICTORIA, B.C. - In response to Minister Farnworth’s announcement regarding policing services in Surrey, Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley and Leader of the BC Greens, has issued the following statement:

“Today Minister Farnworth exercised statutory authority under the Police Act to ensure adequate policing in Surrey by setting a plan in motion to move forward with the Surrey Police Service. 

“This prolonged debate has come at a tremendous cost to Surrey residents, British Columbians, and public safety. Moving forward I urge the Minister and all involved to ensure the process remains transparent and meaningfully engages with the concerns of the community. 

Unregulated toxic drug deaths: CTRL + C + CTRL + V

VICTORIA, B.C - Today, the BC Coroners Service reported 184 suspected unregulated drug toxicity deaths in June. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:

“Every month is the same thing. The Coroner reports how many more hundreds of British Columbians were killed by toxic drugs. The government and the Minister responsible release the same statement with the same empty platitudes as the month prior and the same ‘commitment’ to solve this crisis. Another month goes by. Rinse and repeat.

Furstenau responds to new funding for air conditioning units

VICTORIA, B.C - Today, the Province announced an investment of $10 million to provide free air conditioning for people. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:

“I am relieved to see the BC NDP moving ahead with this necessary step, which will protect some people from increasingly frequent heat events. Moving forward, I urge the government to act quickly and adopt clean air standards for indoor public spaces, which will further protect the health and wellbeing of British Columbians.” 

The BC Green Caucus called on the BC NDP to provide cooling units in all social housing and housing for seniors and people with disabilities earlier this summer. 

Furstenau congratulates by-election candidates

LANGFORD B.C. – B.C. Green leader Sonia Furstenau celebrated this evening the party’s candidates, Camille Currie in Langford-Juan de Fuca (LJF) and Wendy Hayko in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant (VMP). 

“Like many British Columbians, I have been very impressed by our B.C. Green candidates,” said Furstenau. “Camille and Wendy are strong community advocates who have led inspiring grassroots campaigns. I look forward to continuing to work with them, and I send my congratulations to MLAs-elect Ravi Parmar (LJF) and Joan Phillip (VMP). 

“Looking ahead, it is very important for me to emphasize that we as elected officials need to ask ourselves why so few voters cast a ballot. It is our job to engage voters - not just during elections - but every single day of the year. We need to demonstrate how important their participation in our democracy is.”

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