Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

SONIA FURSTENAU – I am incredibly proud of the work that our relatively small team has undertaken this session


That's a wrap! 


 

Thursday was the last day of the legislative session, and the last time the legislative assembly will sit together until October.

With an increase in vaccinations and diligence to keep COVID-19 numbers low, all 87 MLAs will be able to sit in the chamber together again. I don't think I'm alone in saying that I will not miss video conferencing. 

I am incredibly proud of the work that our relatively small team has undertaken this session. We moved the conversation forward on so many issues, including Indigenous rights, old growth, mental health, child protection, government accountability and transparency with regards to COVID-19, and we emphasized the need for more collaboration and cooperation in governance. 

I enjoyed my first opportunity to speak with the premier since the election in Premier's estimates. You can see the exchange here

I want to express my deep gratitude to the caucus and constituency teams for being pivotal to the effort we have undertaken this session. Their commitment and dedication to this work inspires me. 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend - the weather looks cheerful and with fewer restrictions, we can gather with friends and family again safely. For all those in Cowichan, check out the Cowichan Valley Craft Crawl where our finest artisans will be showing off their talents and selling their wares. It's really beginning to feel as though the light is returning. 

THIS WEEK IN THE LEGISLATURE

 

On Wednesday, I asked a question regarding oil and gas industry royalties and the status of the LNG industry. I shared my thoughts about it here.

 

On Thursday, I asked a question about long-term effects of COVID -19, and what the government will do to support people who suffer for those with long-COVID. I shared my thoughts about it here.

 

On Thursday, I gave a statement of gratitude for the caucus staff (at 10:20 a.m.).

 

In budget estimates this week, I asked questions of the following ministers:

·         Premier’s Office (6:05 p.m.)

·         Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (4:50 p.m.)

·         Ministry of Finance (4:25 p.m.)

 


Sonia Furstenau … is the MLA for Cowichan Valley, and Leader of the BC Greens

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

It seems the call for blood donors is being responded to, however ... “This effort is a marathon, not a sprint” says Canadian Blood Services

A week and a half ago I wrote the commentary ... “ While the national inventory is currently strong, an increase in blood donor cancellations is a warning sign of potential challenges to maintaining a health inventory of blood ” It was written as a result of talk about a potential blood shortage that would occur if people stopped donating due to the COVID-19 virus. It seems the call to Canadians was responded to, however, as I was told this afternoon ... “ T his effort is a marathon, not a sprint ”. As it now stands now, donors are able to attend clinics which are held in Vancouver (2), Victoria, Surrey, and in Kelowna, so I asked if there any plans to re-establish traveling clinics to others communities - for example in Kamloops, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke or Cranbrook, and perhaps further north at perhaps Ft. St. John? According to Communications Lead Regional Public Affairs Specialist Marcelo Dominguez, Canadian Blood Services is still on

FEDLSTED -- Rules will have to relax-- the question is how and when

The media has created a fervour over the mathematical models that allegedly help governments predict the future of Coronavirus infections in the general population. Mathematical modelling has limited use and value. We need to understand is that the data available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Canada is far too small for statistical reliability. The data available for the whole world is useless due to variables in how nations responded to Coronavirus infections. There is no commonality in steps taken to combat virus spread and no similarity in the age demographics of world nations, so the numbers you see on the daily tracking of world infections are not useful in developing a model of infection rates that can be relied on. Mathematical models of the future spread of Coronavirus are better than nothing, but not a whole lot better.  Mathematical models must include assumptions on virus spreads, and various factors involved. As they are used in projections, a small erro

AARON GUNN -- He is, at his core, an ideologue, meaning the facts of any particular issue don’t actually matter

Ben Isitt - City Councillor and Regional Director Victoria City Council and its resident-genius Ben Isitt is back with another dumb idea. Introducing a motion to ban the horse-drawn carriages that have coloured Victoria’s downtown streets for decades, calling them “an outdated mode of transportation”. Are you serious?   No one is actually commuting by horse and carriage. They are here for tourists and residents alike to interact with world-class animals and discover the magic and history of our provincial capital. It’s part of what gives Victoria its charm. And the truth is these horses are treated better than anywhere else in the world. They probably live better lives than many British Columbians.   And talk to anyone who works with these horses and they’ll all tell you the exact same thing: this is what the horses love to do. This is what they were bred for and trained for. This is what gives their lives purpose and meaning. But maybe we shouldn’t be su

Labels

Show more