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Furstenau responds to new funding for air conditioning units

VICTORIA, B.C - Today, the Province announced an investment of $10 million to provide free air conditioning for people. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:

“I am relieved to see the BC NDP moving ahead with this necessary step, which will protect some people from increasingly frequent heat events. Moving forward, I urge the government to act quickly and adopt clean air standards for indoor public spaces, which will further protect the health and wellbeing of British Columbians.” 

The BC Green Caucus called on the BC NDP to provide cooling units in all social housing and housing for seniors and people with disabilities earlier this summer. 

Furstenau congratulates by-election candidates

LANGFORD B.C. – B.C. Green leader Sonia Furstenau celebrated this evening the party’s candidates, Camille Currie in Langford-Juan de Fuca (LJF) and Wendy Hayko in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant (VMP). 

“Like many British Columbians, I have been very impressed by our B.C. Green candidates,” said Furstenau. “Camille and Wendy are strong community advocates who have led inspiring grassroots campaigns. I look forward to continuing to work with them, and I send my congratulations to MLAs-elect Ravi Parmar (LJF) and Joan Phillip (VMP). 

“Looking ahead, it is very important for me to emphasize that we as elected officials need to ask ourselves why so few voters cast a ballot. It is our job to engage voters - not just during elections - but every single day of the year. We need to demonstrate how important their participation in our democracy is.”

Joint statement against transphobia promoted by the BC Conservative Party

We are taking the unusual step of issuing a joint statement to condemn the transphobic policy and comments from Vancouver-Mount Pleasant Conservative candidate Karin Litzcke, which were repeated and supported by Conservative Leader John Rustad.

We have recently seen how this discriminatory rhetoric has real impacts on our children and our community. There is no justification for yelling at someone and making them feel like they don’t belong, no matter their gender. At the root of this awful behaviour is hurtful and divisive rhetoric like that expressed by Karen Litzcke during this by-election.

Furstenau and Currie host campaign rally

LANGFORD B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau and Langford-Juan de Fuca candidate Camille Currie held a rally at the W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary (formerly Mary lake) last night, attended by a packed room of people.

Other speakers included MLA Adam Olsen and the new B.C. Greens Executive Director, Edoye Porbeni. Attendees raised thousands of dollars following a powerful speech by Furstenau who urged the crowd to get behind Camille to make positive change in Langford-Juan de Fuca. 

“As our by-election campaigns reach the finish line, the party’s momentum is only growing”, Furstenau said. “British Columbians need MLAs like Camille Currie who are proven, grassroots changemakers in their communities. By adding Camille to the B.C. Green caucus, this riding can multiply the impact of our work. Last night’s rally and fundraiser was electric - a clear indication to me that Camille and the B.C. Greens are really resonating with voters in Langford-Juan de Fuca.”

Furstenau, Gandhi tour Seymour Health City Centre UPCC

VANCOUVER B.C. –B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau and deputy leader Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi toured Seymour Health’s City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre today, in the midst of a legal battle between Seymour Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA). VCHA has petitioned the B.C. Supreme Court to return this UPCC and others run by Seymour Health to the health authority. Seymour Health is countersuing VCHA, alleging that it was their intention all along to take over operations.

“It’s amazing to see a high-functioning primary and urgent care facility that’s meeting the needs of patients where they’re at. They’re providing an extraordinary range of services and keeping people out of the ER,” said party leader Sonia Furstenau.

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