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During a short break from our current Legislative session I spent some welcomed time at home in the Kootenays. Joining me was Barbara Szymczyk, one of our Legislative Interns. Over four days we toured Creston, Kaslo, Salmo and Nelson.

We had meetings with many organizations, including the Kaslo Housing Society, Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre Society, and Salmo Community Resources. We also toured the Jersey Emerald Mine, the Kaslo Mining Museum and Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. 

Our visits to Salmo Secondary and Prince Charles Secondary resulted in some great conversations with students and a stop at Salmo Childcare gave me the chance to teach preschoolers about voting. Pizza won the majority of votes over tacos.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at TAPS in Creston as we connected with seniors in the community. And
in Nelson we celebrated the grand opening of the new Front Counter office which will provide in-person help with applications and permits for local economic development.
Bill 15
Last week I introduced Bill 15, the Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 to clean up the increase in the number of orphaned natural gas wells and prevent them in the future. These changes will allow us to better protect our land, air and water while also ensuring greater fairness in the industry.
Our government continues to work hard on a variety of issues.
You may have heard that we announced legislation on cannabis last month. With public health and safety as the top priority, this legislation will provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. Click here to learn more.
We’ve taken bold action to address both housing demand and supply. We’re funding 14,000 new, affordable homes for renters, cracking down on tax evasion, and giving local governments the power to protect and encourage the building of rentals. Click here to learn more about these proposed changes and how they will improve housing affordability for people in B.C.
As government, we proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that, if approved by the legislature, will add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders to the list of conditions that are recognized as being presumptive conditions associated with specific types of jobs. I know people in our riding who have been working extremely hard on this issue and I would like to extend a special thanks to them. READ MORE
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