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Premier Visits the Kootenays
It was great to host Premier John Horgan as we toured the new mass timber facility being built right here in our riding. The wood produced can be used in tall buildings in line with our new building code. It is fire resistant, environmentally sustainable and adds value to our local timber products. This is the type of economy that builds a better B.C.
More Housing for the Kootenays
On April 25th we broke ground on 43 new affordable housing units in Nelson at the corner of Hall and Front Street. These homes are just one part of the 114,000 affordable homes that our government is working in partnership to deliver over the next 10 years. This project was made possible because of the Government of BC and partners like the City of Nelson, the Columbia Basin Trust, Culos Developments Group and of course, Nelson CARES. Learn more.

Get the Kootenays Moving
Kootenay Lake Ferry connects communities, and it’s time for an upgrade to this important crossing. With a new ferry replacing the MV Balfour and improved terminals, we can celebrate the positive impact this will have throughout the region, particularly on our local economies. The Province, with funding support from the Government of Canada, will be implementing safety and efficiency improvements to the Kootenay Lake Ferry Service beginning in the Fall of 2019, including procuring a new larger electric-ready vessel that will have almost twice the capacity of the MV Balfour and be able to accommodate between 50 and 60 vehicles. The new vessel will be used in tandem with the larger MV Osprey 2000 to significantly decrease wait times for users during peak seasons. Upgrades will also be made to the Balfour and Kootenay Bay terminals, including new washrooms, sheltered waiting areas, public parking spaces and better terminal access for drivers along both Highway 31 and Highway 3A. For updates and to find more information about the project, please visit the project website.

CleanBC Open House
Thank you to everyone who came out to my CleanBC Open Houses over the past month in Creston, Nelson and Kaslo. It was a great opportunity for me to share the exciting action our government is taking to reduce pollution and power our future, as well as get a chance to speak with you on your ideas and hopes for a clean BC. Thank you to each and every one of you who came out. Check my website and Facebook page for an upcoming CleanBC Open House in Salmo! 
Huge thank you to our partners from FortisBC, Accelerate Kootenays and the Community Energy Association, and BCHydro and the West Kootenay EcoSociety, all who shared information about rebate programs people in the Kootenays can access to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about CleanBC.

Shared Prosperity
If you’ve been watching your local newspaper and my Facebook page the last month, you will have noticed the $1.7 million in funding announcements I’ve shared about organizations across our riding. The BC Rural Dividend is providing $25 million a year to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. The program is focused on supporting worthy projects that help rural communities navigate changes impacting their economies, such as attracting and retaining youth, using innovation to drive economic growth, and developing new and effective partnerships to support shared prosperity.
I was pleased to deliver in-person the good news to the Village of Kaslo and RDCK Area D, Community Futures of Central Kootenay, Touchstones Museum of Art & History and The Civic Theatre, and Creston’s Employment Centre. Check here for more information on these exciting projects. 
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Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4

Make Your Voice Heard!

The BC Government offers many opportunities for the public to listen, get informed and speak up on issues that matter to them such as the caribou recovery agreements.
To learn more and participate visit:
Making 2020 Budget Consultation More Democratic
By moving the Budget Consultation public commentary period to begin in June 2019, months earlier than in the past, we are allowing more time for considering the meaningful input from British Columbians have for our government’s budget.
As in previous years, the Budget Consultation Committee will be visiting communities across the province to hear from British Columbians in-person, as well as providing opportunities to make written, audio and video submissions and complete an online survey. Further details about the consultation, including the public hearing schedule, registration and participation options, will be released later in May. For more information visit the Budget 2020 website.
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