VICTORIA, B.C. — Today the Auditor General of B.C. released her report The Protection of Drinking Water: An Independent Audit. The report finds that the two bodies responsible for safeguarding drinking water, the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer, are not taking the necessary steps to protect British Columbians’ drinking water.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party MLA for Cowichan Valley and spokesperson for environment, introduced a Private Member’s Bill today that would prevent solid waste from being deposited in quarries. In British Columbia, quarries have increasingly been used as waste disposal sites, leading to community health, safety and environmental concerns regarding the possible contamination of local water sources.
“Natural drinking water sources are vitally important to the people who rely on them,” said Furstenau. “Replacing them comes at a significant costs. It is essential that we take these potential costs into consideration when determining appropriate sites for waste disposal.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. - Today the B.C. Green Caucus responded to the news that the B.C. Government decided not to issue an environmental assessment certificate to the KGHM Ajax Mining Project.
“We are happy that government is following the recommendation of the EAO on this project,” said Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley. “The consensus in the community was clear. City council has voted twice to oppose the mine. Given the magnitude of the adverse effects and the EAO’s recommendation not to issue a certificate, it would have been shocking for government to approve this project.”
VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, Deputy Leader of the B.C. Green Party, says that the concerns expressed by the people livng in Howe Sound regarding a proposed quarry near a salmon spawning estuary underscore the need to restore trust in the environmental assessment (EA) process through a revitalization. A revitalization of the EA is part of the B.C. Greens’ Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. NDP. Furstenau has received over 2,600 letters as part of the campaign to request to initiate a review of the environmental assessment process for the Burnco gravel mine thus far and to conduct a robust and fully independent baseline assessment of wild salmon populations in McNab Creek.
“The level of outcry in Howe Sound demonstrates that there is still very little trust in the way this province conducts its environmental assessments,” said Furstenau.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. - Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, introduced a Private Member’s Bill that would increase the ability of British Columbians to access public lands. Weaver first introduced the bill, the Right to Roam Act, 2017, in February 2017 under the previous B.C. Liberal government.
“The ability to access and experience nature is a right for all British Columbians, and we must protect it,” said Weaver.Read more
Furstenau statement on findings of Conflict of Interest Investigation into Shawnigan contaminated soil facility
VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party MLA for Cowichan Valley, issued the following statement in response to the investigation report by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC that found that no conflict of interest occurred in the case of the contaminated soil facility near Shawnigan Lake. Residents of Shawnigan launched the complaint that a conflict of interest occurred as the Active Earth Engineering (AEE) engineers that reviewed the project had an ownership interest in the project proceeding due to a profit-sharing deal with the facility’s operator, South Island Aggregates/Cobble Hill Holdings.Read more
VICTORIA B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement on the ongoing wildfires wreaking havoc across British Columbia. 14,000 British Columbians had been evacuated from their homes as of Monday night.Read more
VICTORIA B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement in response to the evacuation of 3,600 people near 100 Mile House, B.C. due to wildfires:Read more
Weaver and Furstenau respond to Minister of Environment’s cancellation of Cobble Hill Holdings Permit
VICTORIA B.C. -- After years of community members fighting their government over the safety of their drinking water, the B.C. Minister of Environment has cancelled the waste discharge permit for Cobble Hill Holdings, effective immediately.
“I'm glad the Minister has finally pulled the permit, but it is completely unacceptable that it took this long. It is egregious that the people of Shawnigan had to take their government to court simply to receive representation,” Andrew Weaver said, Leader of the B.C. Green Party.Read more