This October was defined by the historic introduction of our government's legislation to enshrine the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law. The B.C. Legislature felt like it was transformed into a big house for the event. The house was filled with hundreds of allies committed to working together to make change- working together to undo historic wrongs through rights recognition and respect. When I entered politics in 2016 it was with an unwavering commitment to make meaningful change. As the first First Nations woman elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in B.C., I recognize that there is so much we need to do to turn things around. Please check out the video of my remarks in the Legislature below.
As always, please reach out to my team at my community office if you need support navigating provincial services, or if you want us to amplify a community event in our constituency.
On behalf of Premier John Horgan, it was my honour to congratulate, celebrate and thank community advocate Morie Ford for her dedication to promoting literacy. Morie is the recipient of the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award for B.C.
Morie is currently the family outreach coordinator at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, and has spent more than 30 years championing community-based literacy programs for adults, newcomers and young people.
People who have survived violence and abuse and face multiple barriers to steady, good-paying jobs deserve opportunities to create better circumstances for themselves and their families. I'm proud of our government's commitment to invest $5 million per year to support, and empower survivors of violence and abuse with access to skills, training, and wraparound services. Thank you Kiwassa Neighbourhood House for hosting!
For years, students, faculty, health care workers and patients have been calling on government to expand sonography training across the province. I was thrilled to deliver on this call to action through our announcement at Camosun College, by offering the first sonography program on Vancouver Island!
The creation of this program means training closer to home for students. Until this year, sonography was only offered at BCIT’s Burnaby campus. In January 2019, we announced the second sonography program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.
1119 former youth in care have now taken part in the provincial tuition waiver program! This provincially funded program was announced in September 2017 with Premier John Horgan, only six weeks after forming government. Together, Minister Lisa Beare, MLA Bob D'Eith and I celebrated this amazing achievement with the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks at Zajac Ranch!
On Health Care Assistant Day, Minister of Health Adrian Dix and I celebrated the unsung heroes who care for our loved ones across the province. We also announced a $3.64 million investment to create 418 new Health Care Assistant seats across B.C.
With this investment, we have created over 800 new health care assistant seats since 2018. Opening doors for students to pursue their dream careers at 14 public post-secondary institutions, and empowering them to studying closer to home. Thanks for hosting Vancouver Community College!
Indigenous human rights recognized in B.C. law with new legislation that enshrines the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Article 43 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls To Action "calls upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation." On October 24th, 2019, our government did just that. Please click the image below to watch my remarks on the Bill at second reading.
Climate action gets new teeth with accountability act
Better accountability, transparency and more detailed targets for climate action will be mandated under a new Climate Change Accountability Act.
To make sure the Province is on track for long-term legislated emissions reductions, government will be required to set an interim emissions target on the path to the legislated 2030 target – which is 40% in greenhouse gas reductions below 2007 levels. Separate 2030 sectoral targets will also be established following engagement with stakeholders, Indigenous peoples and communities throughout the province.
Have your say: creating good jobs, more opportunities with CleanBC
Building a cleaner B.C. will create good-paying, family supporting opportunities and jobs that will sustain our communities for future generations.
We want to hear from people, educators, businesses, First Nations and industry on what we can do to make sure there are pathways for people throughout our province to ensure they have the skills and training they need to build a sustainable economy.
Send a written submission by mail:
Attn: Citizen Engagement
PO Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9V1
Have your say: Provincial Court Family Rules Consultation
Our government understands that community feedback is important, and, that is why we want you to weigh in on the Provincial Court Family Rules Consultation. It's open until December 16, 2019.
The Ministry of Attorney General and the Provincial Court of British Columbia invite comments on the proposed new Provincial Court Family Rules and forms. Feedback will be considered in finalizing the rules, which will be reviewed with the Provincial Court Family Rules Working Group and Steering Committee, the Chief Judge and eventually prepared as an Order in Council for consideration by cabinet.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings about the Broadway Subway project.
Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and share information. The public is welcome to drop in at any of the following sessions:
Thursday, November 7, 2019
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Reliance Atrium at Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 E 1st Ave., Vancouver
Return-It (Encorp Pacific) has announced changes to it’s beverage container deposit levels. Effective November 1st, they will increase deposits for non-alcoholic beverage containers from 5 cents to 10 cents.
Immunize BC - Get your flu shot!
The influenza vaccine is now available!. For your best protection, get immunized as soon as possible. Find out where you can get yours at: https://immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu
City of Vancouver Recreation Fall Programming
Fall programming has arrived! Activities for all age groups are available at your local community centre. Whether you are looking for opportunities for leadership, making new friends, learning how to paint or to unleash your hidden talents, there are hundreds of pathways waiting for you! Registration dates vary, so enroll early.
For more info: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday, October 30th to Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside
For more info: http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/
Eastside Culture Crawl 2019
Thursday, November 14th - Friday, November 15th, 5pm -10pm
Saturday, November 16th - Sunday, November 17th, 11am - 6pm
Vancouver's annual four-day visual arts, design and crafts festival! 500+ artist studios in 80 buildings throughout Vancouver's Eastside! The 23rd annual Crawl will welcome more than 45,000 visitors to intimately experience this vibrant and inspiring neighbourhood – the most densely populated community of artists across Canada.
For more info: https://culturecrawl.ca/
36th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair
Friday Nov. 22 (3-8pm), Sat-Sun Nov 23-24 (10am-4pm)
Every November Britannia hosts a 3 day Christmas Craft Fair which features a variety of hand made creations from local artists. The $2 admission provides each shopper the chance to enjoy local live music, time for shopping and eating while kicking off the holiday season. All proceeds from the concession and admission go towards Britannia HUB programs for inner city programming.
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Family Drop-in
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
573 E Hastings St, Vancouver (604) 215-2030
This Families, Farming and Food (FDI) program works to mitigate the effects of material poverty now by providing access to healthy food, but also in the long term as participants acquire the skills and knowledge of healthy food preparation.
Healthy Living Support Group for Immigrant Women
Want to practice your English, make friends and learn more about Canada? Come to the ongoing Health and Wellness Group for Immigrant Women!
To register please contact Sherifa Azzab: 604-879-8208 ext 203, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Arabic group: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway), and, 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month at the Immigrant Services Society of BC Welcome Centre (2610 Victoria Drive).
Mandarin group: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on the first Saturday of every month at MPNH. Childcare is available. Registration is required so be sure to call 604-879-8208!
For upcoming programming information, visit their events calendar here.
Complimentary Haircuts for Seniors
By Appointment every Tuesday
411 Seniors Centre (704-333 Terminal Ave)
Registration is required so call 604-684-8171 in advance!
Hon. Melanie Mark, MLA Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
1070-1641 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4