Media releases

Weaver Earth Day statement

VICTORIA B.C. – Andrew Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement for Earth Day:

“Earth Day encourages us to appreciate the natural environment in all its forms, but it also reminds us of the responsibility we have to ensure the health of our planet.

Advisory: Adam Olsen to host wild salmon forum tomorrow in Vancouver

VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and spokesperson for fisheries will convene a group of representatives from First Nations, wildlife and fish organizations, policy and advocacy groups, habitat conservation groups, the commercial fishery, and the fisheries tourism sector for a forum on wild salmon in Vancouver tomorrow.

DETAILS: Olsen is hosting the forum to seek input on the potential mandate and structure of a proposed Wild Salmon Secretariat/Commissioner. On March 1, 2018 Olsen called for the B.C. NDP government to create a secretariat or commissioner due to the fact that responsibility for fisheries in B.C. is currently fractured, leaving wild salmon and steelhead vulnerable and in decline.

Furstenau introduces Private Member’s Bill to prevent waste from being dumped in quarries

VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party MLA for Cowichan Valley and spokesperson for environment, introduced a Private Member’s Bill today that would prevent solid waste from being deposited in quarries. In British Columbia, quarries have increasingly been used as waste disposal sites, leading to community health, safety and environmental concerns regarding the possible contamination of local water sources.

“Natural drinking water sources are vitally important to the people who rely on them,” said Furstenau. “Replacing them comes at a significant costs. It is essential that we take these potential costs into consideration when determining appropriate sites for waste disposal.

Protection for workers suffering mental disorders should be extended: Weaver

VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, says the government’s proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act should be extended to all workers. The government’s amendment, which was introduced last week, further extends workers compensation benefits to first responders, sheriffs and correctional officers who suffer from job-related mental disorders by presuming the mental trauma was caused by the nature of an individual’s work, rather than having to prove it was work related.

“While I’m glad that B.C. is extending these protections to some workers, I am concerned that other British Columbians who suffer mental disorders on the job are being left out,” said Weaver.

Weaver: Prime Minister’s willingness to put federal dollars on the line in response to ultimatums should alarm all Canadians

VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement following the meeting between Premiers John Horgan and Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Trudeau regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline.

“I am encouraged to see Premier Horgan continue to stand up for B.C.’s right to protect our economy, our environment and our people,” said Weaver.

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