A wake up call on climate change

Last week was a remarkable week, a watershed moment in the Canadian—and global—climate crisis. The temperature anomalies that British Columbians experienced in those four days were greater than any anomalies ever witnessed by humans since temperatures have been recorded.
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July 1

Reconciliation and Canada Day

On Saturday I took part in the send-off ceremonies in Penticton for the Syilx Caravan for the Children that went to Kamloops to grieve for the 215 children who were found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
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June 8

Residential Schools - Grief, Anger, and Action

The discovery of 215 unmarked and seemingly undocumented graves of children on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops has produced an outpouring of grief and anger across Canada.
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May 26

Canada is in a housing crisis

Canada is in the middle of a housing crisis, and the south Okanagan, Boundary and West Kootenay areas are very much in the middle of that crisis.  This is an urgent and rapidly growing problem that demands the cooperation and priority of all levels of government.
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May 20

Canada Summer Jobs Grants

Canada Summer Jobs grants in South Okanagan – West Kootenay are at a new record. I’m very pleased to be able to connect 207 young folks in our riding to opportunities for meaningful employment in their fields.
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April 19

Budget 2021: More promises but everyday Canadians are left holding the bill for the pandemic while the ultra-rich enjoy a free ride 

PENTICTON – Many struggling Canadians hoped that today’s budget would offer meaningful supports and steps towards recovery. But more than that, they hoped that it would be the ultra-wealthy who have profited from the pandemic who would be paying for these supports, not the workers who have been hit so hard.   
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April 11

Paid sick leave is essential at all times

As a country and as individuals, we have done a lot to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, there is one obvious step for which we have made only timid efforts—paid sick leave.
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March 23

Student Debt

Last weekend, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh presented the NDP’s plan to help young people thrive instead of being buried in student loan debt. The NDP plan includes eliminating interest on student loans, putting a moratorium on student loan payments, cancelling up to $20,000 per student of federal student loan debt and giving new graduates a five-year head-start without having to repay any federal student loan.
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March 8

Decriminalization and Safe Supply

Last year, Gord Portman saved two people in a house fire in Penticton. When he saw his picture in the local newspaper, he said to himself ‘Oh boy I need help.” Gord was addicted to drugs. So he turned to Discovery House, a local organization that helps men battle their addictions, and he now thanks Discovery House for saving his life.
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February 17

Take action to support Bill C-213: The Canada Pharmacare Act

In February, the NDP introduced Bill C 213 – the Canada Pharmacare Act, an historic step in the history of our country.
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