Media releases

B.C. Greens respond to new health protocols for respiratory illness season

VICTORIA B.C. –B.C. Green leader Sonia Furstenau and deputy leader Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi released the following statements in response to the province’s strategy to combat the fall respiratory illness season:

Sonia Furstenau, leader

“In healthcare settings, people should expect utmost protection for all—patients, healthcare workers, and staff. Reintroducing masks in response to rising cases, hospitalizations, and deaths exemplifies a reactive, not proactive, approach to healthcare in B.C. 

“Applying the same principle that masks in hospitals protect patients and workers, the government can exhibit strong leadership by mitigating risk in schools and public buildings with evidence-based measures, such as superior filtration and ventilation systems.

“This government must make their decision-making processes clear and transparent.”

B.C. Green Party announces Stephanie Hendy as candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country-Coldstream

“It is my great pleasure to announce Stephanie Hendy as our candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country-Coldstream” said B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau. “Stephanie is a fierce advocate for community resources and services, with a keen awareness of how urban areas are often prioritized over rural areas. I am inspired by her determination to work to close this gap, and to ensure access to healthcare, recreation, and community support is the best it can be for her community. It’s definitely something we need more of in the legislature.”

Gandhi calls for implementation of 2017 Health Committee recommendations

VANCOUVER B.C. – In response to the escalating healthcare crisis that continues to impact the people of British Columbia, Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party,  is urging the B.C. NDP government and Ministry of Health to implement all recommendations included in the  “First Report of the Select Standing Committee on Health for the Sixth Session of the 40th Parliament”  from 2017. The Report identified potential strategies for maintaining the sustainability and quality of British Columbia’s health care system and was unanimously adopted by the all-party Health Committee.

B.C. Green Party announces Ned Taylor as candidate for Saanich South

VICTORIA B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau today announced Ned Taylor as the candidate for Saanich South for the next general election.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ned Taylor as our candidate for Saanich South,” said Furstenau. “Ned is an incredibly inspiring individual who has worked tirelessly from a very young age to improve the lives of his community in Saanich. Young people are the driving force of our society and Ned carries a fresh perspective, fearless energy, and innovative ideas that can shape the future of our province. We are lucky to have him onboard as we gear up for the next general election.”

B.C. Greens call for government to invest in Youth Climate Corps

VICTORIA, B.C - The province’s task force on emergencies misses the mark. We need action, not just talk. One concrete step is a provincially-funded Youth Climate Corps (YCC). 

“Countless young people across the province are struggling to find meaningful employment that pays a living wage and contributes to the wellbeing of their communities, while at the same time communities lack the people needed to do the work that’s needed to mitigate and prepare for climate emergencies,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. 

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