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Furstenau calls on Health minister to focus on community health centres

VANCOUVER B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau today called on Health Minister Adrian Dix to prioritize investment in community health centres as a way to provide better patient-centred care, support healthcare professionals, and ease the impact of the family doctor shortage.

“We are in a crisis of healthcare that could have been avoided but does not have to get worse,” Furstenau said. “I am pleased that family doctors will now see the financial support they need to continue providing primary care with the new longitudinal family physician payment plan."

Furstenau: New family doctor payment model a much-needed first step

VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to the new longitudinal payment model for family physicians coming into effect, Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to the family doctors who have long been advocating for changes to their outdated payment model. Family doctors have been forced to prioritize quantity over quality of patient care and run a business in their off time."

Furstenau: Premier Eby can choose to save lives

VICTORIA, B.C - Today, the BC Coroners Service reported that 392 people died from toxic drugs in November and December in B.C., bringing 2022's death toll to 2,272 the second largest number of drug deaths ever recorded in a calendar year. Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:

“We know what needs to be done to stop these deaths. What we need is a government willing to save lives. 


Furstenau calls for a budget that saves lives

VICTORIA, B.C. – Ahead of the provincial roll-out of decriminalization of illicit drugs, Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, is calling on Premier Eby to ensure his budget funds equitable access to harm reduction, safe supply, and mental health and addictions services across BC.

Charlwood responds to Incomappleux Valley conservancy decision

NELSON B.C. – B.C. Green candidate Nicole Charlwood for Nelson-Creston issued the following statement following the creation of the Incomappleux Valley conservancy:

“I welcome the decision to protect the Incomappleux Valley here in the interior of BC. I want to express my gratitude to the Valhalla Wilderness Society for two decades of advocacy. “I am perplexed, however, why the B.C. NDP government didn’t simply declare this area a Class-A B.C. Park. That would provide the highest protection possible. The government's approach to the Incomappleux Valley conservancy sets a precedent for piecemeal buyouts and reflects the absence of a larger strategy to protect ecologically sensitive areas.

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