Media releases

State of Emergency a necessary and overdue step

VICTORIA, B.C. Today, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the ongoing wildfires across British Columbia. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:

New policy to expand safe supply fails to break down barriers

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions released policy to expand the provision of regulated opioids, stimulants, and other pharmaceutical-grade alternatives to the illicit drug supply. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:

“This new policy is a small step in the right direction when what we need is a leap. Failing to provide a low-barrier and effective safe supply is costing all of us - we see it in the burnout of our emergency medical responders, in the increase in organized crime, and most of all in the people who die every day from ineffective policy.

BC Green Leader responds to water sustainability report in midst of drought and record-setting wildfire season

VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, released the following statement in response to Working for Watersheds: Opportunities for Growth in BC’s Watershed SectorThe report reveals that in 2019 the watershed sector supported over 45,000 jobs in British Columbia, contributed an estimated $5 billion to the province’s GDP, and advocates for ongoing government support for watershed resiliency through the Watershed Security Fund.

Government’s inaction on climate change fails to recognize public health emergency: B.C. Green leader

VICTORIA, B.C. – As British Columbians struggle to cope with the current heat wave, B.C. Greens Leader Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley says the government’s failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions underscores its failure to treat climate change as a public health emergency.

B.C. Greens respond to findings of unmarked graves on grounds of former Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School

VICTORIA, B.C. – Cowessess First Nation has announced the findings of 751 unmarked graves at Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. The B.C. Green Caucus today, issued the following statement:

“My heart is with those who were found and their families. This is another devastating affirmation of the horrific reality of residential schools,”  said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and a member of the Tsartlip First Nation. “An estimated 150,000 children attended these deplorable institutions over more than a hundred years - we know that this is just the beginning of this chapter of uncovering.

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