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Furstenau: This is a sad day for democracy

VICTORIA B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the  BC Green Party and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, released the following statement on the disqualification of Anjali Appadurai from the BC NDP leadership contest:

“This is a sad day for democracy,” said Furstenau.  “Ms. Appadurai’s campaign spoke honestly about the overlapping health care, climate, and affordability crises that British Columbians are facing and this government’s failure to make progress on them. It’s no surprise that so many people were inspired by her message.  To those who joined Anjali’s campaign with so much hope: please don't give up on politics. The stakes are too high. It’s important that your voice is heard and we are listening.”

B.C. Greens call for review into Drax operations in B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. –  The B.C. Green Caucus is raising concerns about the activities of UK Energy Company Drax and calling for the BC NDP to immediately suspend Drax’s operating licenses pending review. 

“The Minister of Forests continues to dance around numbers and definitions of wood products,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “Internationally renowned media outlets have reliable information and video footage that contradicts the Minister’s statements that whole trees from primary forests are not being used for wood pellets.

B.C. Greens table legislation to protect bear dens

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the B.C. Greens tabled legislation to protect bear dens in British Columbia as the province lacks comprehensive protection.

“I was happy to stand today and introduce our first Private Member’s Bill of the fall sitting of the Legislature,” said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation. “The amendments proposed today, if passed, would create essential comprehensive protection for bear dens across the province.

BC Greens call on BC NDP to suspend energy company’s licenses

VICTORIA, B.C. –  British energy company Drax has been consolidating wood pellet operations in British Columbia, controlling approximately two thirds of the industry. The B.C. Green Caucus is calling on government to suspend the company’s operating licenses. 

“Today in question period I asked the Minister of Forests about the operations of Drax. This was following reputable reports that the company is utilizing primary forests to make wood pellets, which are then burned for power production,” said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation.

Furstenau: Collaboration needed to tackle the issues facing B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Green leader Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement on the fall session:

“With the number of overlapping crises facing British Columbians, this session we’d like to see more collaboration between all parties on the issues that continue to have an enormous impact on British Columbians. The cost of living keeps going up, our healthcare system is collapsing, the toxic drug crisis continues to take lives every day, and climate change is disrupting communities everywhere in B.C. We need leadership that acknowledges this reality and responds with a sense of urgency.

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