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B.C. NDP forestry announcement takes no action on old growth

VICTORIA, B.C. –  Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands have issued the following statement in response to today’s release of an intentions paper on forest policy:

“Thousands of British Columbians are showing up to protest the B.C. NDP’s lack of protection of our ancient forests. People want to see this government step up and recognize the urgency of the moment we are in. This lack of leadership betrays the trust that people put in John Horgan and the NDP when they promised to protect old growth during the 2020 election,” said MLA Furstenau.

B.C. Greens call for emergency health response to drug toxicity crisis

VICTORIA, B.C. –  Today, the B.C. Coroner reported at least 176 British Columbians died from illicit drug toxicity in April. The B.C. Greens are calling for immediate action and a new, depoliticized approach to the drug toxicity crisis.

B.C. Greens welcome higher minimum wage, call for permanent Fair Wages Commission

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Greens welcome the new provincial minimum wage of $15.20 an hour. The Fair Wages Commission (FWC), which the B.C. Greens negotiated into the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. NDP., recommended the move to a $15.20 minimum wage. 

New analysis provides blueprint for old growth logging deferrals

VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, have issued the following statement in response to analysis from independent scientists that lays out where immediate old growth logging deferrals need to take place. 

B.C. NDP reject improvements to paid sick leave

VICTORIA, B.C. –  The B.C. Green Caucus introduced two amendments to improve the government’s paid sick leave legislation, both of which the government has indicated it is not willing to advance. The amendments would have increased the number of paid sick days from three to five and provided the eventual permanent paid sick leave program with legislative oversight. 

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