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B.C. Greens call for ban on fossil fuel advertising

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Green Caucus is calling on the BC NDP to ban fossil fuel advertising in British Columbia.

Fossil fuel pollution causes 34,000 premature deaths in Canada every year. The climate crisis, and its impact on human health, will continue to worsen unless we take immediate action. One necessary step is to ban fossil fuel advertising. Just as tobacco advertising was banned because of its impacts to human health, it’s time to ban fossil fuel advertising. 

The B.C. Green Caucus is proud to add their voice to a growing call to ban fossil fuel advertising, of which the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) has taken a leadership role. 

B.C. Greens call for update to Women's Health and Well-being report

VICTORIA, B.C. - In 2008, the Provincial Health Officer comprehensively assessed and addressed the health and well-being of women in British Columbia. As the world celebrates International Women's Day, the B.C. Greens are calling on the BC NDP to prioritize and update the report, which has not been revised since 2011.

“At a time when reproductive rights and sexual health access are under assault in jurisdictions around the world, British Columbia must lean in,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “Updating the Women's Health and Well-being report means we have up to date information to make better policies, address inequalities, and promote gender equality in our rapidly evolving world.”

B.C. Greens introduce bill to remove gendered language

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands introduced theNorth Island-Coast Development Initiative Trust Amendment Act, 2024 to rectify outdated and gendered language within legislation; an important step towards ensuring inclusivity and equality within our legal framework.

"We're making a simple but important change to reflect today's language. This shows our commitment to inclusivity and respect for everyone,” said Olsen. 

B.C. Greens reintroduce bill to protect bear dens

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation reintroduced legislation to protect bear dens in British Columbia as the province lacks comprehensive protection.

“For over 20 years, experts have been advocating for laws to protect bear dens in British Columbia,” said Olsen. “While specific regions like the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii have some level of legal protection, most of B.C. is wide open to the wrecking ball of logging companies smashing through bear habitats.”

B.C. Greens respond to 10-year poverty reduction goals

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the BC NDP announced amendments to income and disability assistance legislation, and poverty reduction legislation. The B.C. Green Caucus has issued the following statement:

“Simply put, poverty reduction is not good enough. We need a poverty elimination strategy, otherwise, we can’t take this government seriously,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “At a time when people on disability and income assistance are falling far below the poverty line, this bill adds even greater bureaucratic demand with no recognition of the way in which these assistance programs are trapping people in poverty. We need entirely new thinking around how people with disabilities and on income assistance are served so programs are a path out of poverty and not a prison.”

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