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An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

October 9th,2013
Honourable Christy Clark Premier of British Columbia
Parliament Buildings Victoria BC V8V 1X4

Dear Premier Clark:

I applaud the fact that your government has been consistent in requiring five conditions to be met before you will support enhanced heavy oil tanker traffic off our coast. Consistency is important in providing certainty to the public, business and investors alike. It is for this reason that I am writing to you to seek some further clarification on the second and third of your five conditions. As written, these conditions require:

“World-leading marine oil-spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines and shipments.”

“World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines.”

Finance and Government Services Committee is only the first of many public input opportunities for Core Review

Media Release
Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services (SCFGS) clarified Wednesday that it is the first of many opportunities for the public to provide input on the Core Review currently being undertaken by the British Columbia government.

Children & Families Committee

On September 23, 2013 Mary Ellen Turpel-Lalond presented two reports to the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth:

  1. Trauma, Turmoil and Tragedy: Understanding the Needs of Children and Youth at Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm, An Aggregate Review (November 2012);
  2. Who Protected Him? How B.C.'s Child Welfare System Failed One of Its Most Vulnerable Children (February 2013).

Her reports highlighted the shameful status of children in care in British Columbia. Her update on the state of the system was shocking. The full transcript is available on Hansard.

Reconciliation

IMG_1347.JPGTens of thousands of people gathered on a rainy Vancouver morning, each to find his/her way to reconcile the abusive past of Indian residential schools. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of rights activist Martin Luther King, gave a rousing speech. At the end the we chanted with her “Free at last, free at last” and hoped she was right; that this dark era of Canada’s history would be over and that everyone, my First Nations and non First Nations brothers and sisters alike would feel a new kind of freedom in this country.

Local Governments

Local governments hold the keys to the provincial economic engine. They can no longer be treated as a political afterthought.

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