March 28

Politics of Parliament gets in the way of MPs’ environmental leadership

Article by Brittany Stares from the Hill Times
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March 25

NDP Liberal Cooperation

Dental Care. Pharmacare. Affordable housing. Better seniors care. Climate action. These are the top concerns of people on almost every doorstep I’ve ever been on. This past Wednesday, NDP Members of Parliament used their power to deliver the biggest expansion of health care in a generation.
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February 9

The enemy facing us is COVID, not the mandates

I’ve been in Ottawa for the past nine days, in the centre of the protest by the “Freedom Convoy.” My offices have been flooded by emails and phone calls on both sides of this issue, so I want to make it clear where I stand and why.
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February 1

Return to the hill

Parliament began sitting again this Monday, facing its first full agenda since the late summer election.  Most committees will be meeting for the first time and we will see the first Private Member’s Bill debates.  I’d like to highlight some of those Private Member’s Bills in my upcoming columns, since some could produce important new legislation that makes Canada a better place for all or, at the very least, send powerful messages to the government.
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December 24

A look back and forward

This is traditionally a time to look back on the year that was and forward to the year to come.  Since 2021 wasn’t anyone’s favourite year with a pandemic, climate disasters, an opioid crisis, housing challenges and more, I won’t dwell on its shortcomings but instead concentrate on my hopes and plans for the future.
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July 6

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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