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Andrew Weaver and BC Green Party Interim Leader Adam Olsen Approved as Intervenors in NEB Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings

Media Statement: April 2nd, 2014
For Immediate Release

Andrew Weaver and BC Green Party Interim Leader Adam Olsen Approved as Interveners in NEB Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings

Victoria BC – The National Energy Board has issued the list of approved interveners and commentators for the upcoming hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan – Trans Mountain pipeline project. Out of more than 2100 applicants, 1250 have been accepted to comment and 400 to submit evidence as interveners and question the proponents, with the formal process to be completed by July 2015. 

Bill 4 – The Park Amendment Act – What Next?

Tens of thousands of people in BC have voiced their opposition to the recent passing of Bill 4 – the Park Amendment Act. They are demanding its repeal because of fears around industrial development taking priority over the protection of our most significant areas of ecological diversity and natural beauty. I share many of their concerns.

The Problem with Bill 4 – the Park Amendment Act.

The Park Amendment Act is a controversial piece of legislation that now allows the BC Government to issue park use permits for activities that are not necessarily related to the mandate and purpose of our BC parks. The Act allows for permits to be issued for two general categories: film production and research. Read more at Andrew Weaver's Community Website

Statement on International Women's Day

March 8 marks International Women's Day (IWD), a day to recognize the struggles and successes of women across the world. The theme of this year's Women's Day, as determined by the UN, is 'Equality for Women is Progress for All'.  In Canada, where many of the realities preventing gender equality are often minimized, IWD helps to bring to light the obstacles and prejudices that women still face today.

“This past May, British Columbians elected a historic number of women to the Legislature, however, women are still vastly under-represented in politics in British Columbia comprising only 35% of MLAs," said Andrew Weaver, MLA, “Greens believe that real progress requires participation. We must recognize the importance of women in decision-making and work harder to achieve full gender equality”.

MLA Charts Own Path on Budget Vote – Andrew Weaver

Media Statement: March 3rd, 2014

For Immediate Release

 

MLA Charts Own Path on Budget Vote – Andrew Weaver

Victoria BC – Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, voted today for Budget 2014 to proceed to the Committee of Supply. While the budget does not contain many of the priorities the BC Green Party is seeking, the tabling of a balanced budget offers a good starting point that Andrew Weaver, as the only BC Green Party MLA, can build on.

“This is certainly not a budget I would have tabled — that is why I continue to raise my concerns. Yet the question for me is this: How can I best represent my constituents? Being an effective MLA is about more than just opposing for the sake of it — it is about being constructive and genuinely willing to work across party lines.” To read more, Please visit Andrew Weaver's Community Page

New Prosperity mine decision a win for the environment

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2014

New Prosperity mine decision a win for the environment

OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada joins the BC Green Party in welcoming today’s announcement from Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the New Prosperity mine development proposal has been rejected.

This controversial proposal from Taseko Mines Ltd. for for an open-pit gold-copper mine at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in the central BC interior follows an almost identical development proposal that was rejected by then-Minister of Environment Jim Prentice in 2010.

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