Just a few days ago a good friend of mine reunited with her husband and youngest daughter after two long years of being separated because of the pandemic. My friend was taking care of her son and eldest daughter alone in Burnaby while her husband couldn’t fly back to Canada to be with the family. I am genuinely grateful for all the hard work the people of British Columbia and people all across Canada have put into the fight to end COVID-19, so that more families like theirs can reunite.
BC Wildfire Update and Info
Our first priority has always been, and will always be, keeping people safe. On Tuesday July 20, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced a provincial State of Emergency, based on the expert advice of emergency management and wildfire officials.
Thousands of firefighting and emergency response staff are already in the field and nothing has stood in the way of them getting the resources they need to respond to wildfires and support people. The State of Emergency allows us to move quickly, if the need arises, to ensure coordination and secure more accommodation spaces.
The cooperation from all levels of government and in our communities so far has been outstanding, and we expect this to continue as we move through another very difficult fire season. I am encouraged to see British Columbians rallying together to help their neighbours in need of assistance. Whether you live in an affected area or are planning to travel across B.C., I encourage you to visit www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest information to keep yourself and your family safe.
Triple Your Donation
As the residents living near Metro Vancouver are enjoying the bright blue skies and majestic sunsets. Thousands of other residents around BC have been evacuated due to the increasing wildfires. Let’s lend a hand and help people who have been affected.
The federal and provincial governments have both committed to matching donations to the Red Cross’ British Columbia Fires Appeal. That means every dollar donated will become $3 to support the people affected by this fire season.
People of the Muslim faith in BC, joined Muslims around the world to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
Starting this past Tuesday (19th) to today (23rd) is the “Festival of the Sacrifice”. A time of generosity, and a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones. Thanks to the hard work of everyone in BC, people can now begin to come together again and pray, share a meal, and observe this special holiday. So don’t forget to wish anyone that celebrates this festival “Happy Eid”!
80.1% of eligible people 12 & older in BC have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
We’re proud to say, with the number of people vaccinated still increasing, so far 55.6% of people 12 & older in B.C. have received their second dose. To date, 6,297,149 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C..
Walk-ins are welcome for everyone eligible for first or second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. First come, first served. While supplies last. Find a clinic today: http://ow.ly/odti50FxV6P
Expansion of $10-a-day child care coming for families
Before the NDP government was elected, child care support in British Columbia had been underfunded and neglected for far too long. Our government has invested a historic 2.2 billion dollars in child care support over three years. We have also built a strong foundation for parents and their children. Budget 2021 supports our Childcare B.C. goals by more than doubling the number of ten dollars per day child care spaces available for B.C. families. Although there is still more work to be done, we are making progress towards our goal of delivering universal child care to all B.C. families. Our government is committed to supporting the love and care British Columbia moms and dads deserve for their children. The province is accepting applications from licensed child care providers who want to give families child care for ten dollars a day and hopefully, less.
New Rules in place to protect young workers
New changes to employment standards will better protect young people at work by raising the general working age in British Columbia from 12 to 16 and defining the types of jobs appropriate for those under 16. We’ve fixed these laws to protect young children at work and bring B.C. in line with international standards for children’s employment. Work experience is an important part of growing up for young people, but at the same time, their safety should never be compromised.
These rules will come into force on Oct. 15, 2021, to allow employers and children who are already working to adjust to the new requirements.
For more information, please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021LBR0027-001400
Expanded psychosis supports to help young people, families early
Finding vital mental health services to support families living with psychosis has been a long time struggle. Luckily, with the budget 2021, the Government of B.C. announced a $53 million investment for early psychosis intervention over three years.
This investment will allow the expansion of new care providers, capacity expansion at 10 existing specialized programs, and outreach to rural and remote communities.
As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 supports, please reach out. Thank you for trusting me to support you again as your MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.