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Following through on our commitments to people
I am very proud of the New Democrat government's strong first steps to make life better for British Columbians.
In just 10 weeks, we have already delivered on many key campaign commitments, such as increasing income assistance & minimum wage, purchasing the Waneta Damn and sending Site C for an independent review, increasing funding for K-12 education and restoring the Human Rights Commission and MORE.

Budget Update
This September I spoke in BC's Legislature for the first time as the Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. It was amazing to speak in support of our Budget Update that is helping so many of the people I’ve met as MLA over the last 8 years. The $100/month increase to income assistance and Disability and end to the bus pass clawback alone are huge steps in the right direction compared to the BC Liberal government. Watch my speech here.   
Help shape our next budget by taking part in the 2018 budget consultation, more info here.
Wildfire Season
This summer’s fire season was one of the worst on record. Locally, we endured much smoke and some close calls.
I want to thank everyone involved with Emergency Management BC, the BC Wildfire Service and power line technicians for their hard work and commitment to keeping us all safe. 
Government to consult on proposed grizzly bear hunting regulations
Until Nov. 2, the public can provide input into proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban.
As part of the consultation, input is being sought on:
  • Changes to manage the ban in hunting areas that overlap the Great Bear Rainforest;
  • Changes that will prohibit the possession of "trophy" grizzly bear parts;
  • Changes that will manage prohibited grizzly bear parts;
  • Changes to prohibit the trafficking of grizzly bear parts, and
  • New reporting requirements for taxidermists.
The two policy documents can be reviewed HERE
Members of the public may send comments to the Fish and Wildlife Branch at:
BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement: The B.C. government is asking the public to complete a survey on how and where cannabis can be sold and where it can be consumed in our province. From today through to Nov. 1, British Columbians will be able share their thoughts on how the province should address issues surrounding road safety, youth, and community impacts via our new government website.
Please make sure the BC Passenger Transportation Board hears your thoughts on Greyhound Canada's proposal to cut service to 2 days/week. Nelson, Salmo, Creston and Yahk are included on route "D: Kelowna - Alberta Border & Highway 3" which is slated to have route frequency reduced. Deadline is October 13. Anyone may submit written comments about this application to the Passenger Transportation Board. Please quote "Application 256-17" and route number (e.g. "Route X"), and send comments to:
Passenger Transportation Board
PO Box 9850 STN Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 9T5
Fax: 250-953-3788

More info HERE
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Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4


Fri Oct 13
Salmo Public Library
11am -3pm

Tues Oct 17
Yahk Community Hall
10am- 12pm
Ymir Hall

Thur Oct 19
Crawford Bay Community Corner
10:30am - 12pm
Harrop Hall

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