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Welcome to my monthly newsletter with highlights from the last month.
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Happy New Year!
I rang in December with the annual Santa Claus Parades in both Creston and Nelson. It was a joy to see you all line the streets to welcome Santa and the Holiday Season.

One of my favourite events of the year is my annual Holiday Community Lunch at Our Daily Bread in Nelson where lunch is on me! This year we had another great turn out as community members from all walks of life shared a lovely meal and holiday cheer.
 
An End to the Grizzly Bear Hunt
The BC NDP government has brought an end to hunting grizzly bears across the province. Thank you to those who have taken the time to share your views and make your voice heard as our government consulted with British Columbians about the Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt. In August 2017, the Government of British Columbia made a public commitment to close the grizzly bear hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest and end grizzly bear trophy hunting in the remainder of the province after the 2017 fall grizzly bear hunt concluded on Nov. 30, 2017. We reached out to key stakeholder groups and First Nations for their input and after many meetings and thousands of emails, we understood that the majority of respondents were requesting that government ban grizzly bear hunting in all parts of the province. For further information click here.
 
More Childcare Spaces & Funding to Support Women & Children
Families in Nelson will soon be able to access 18 new licensed child-care spaces thanks to a $24,375 investment through the Province’s Child Care Major Capital Funding Program. Our community needs more quality childcare spaces, and we are starting to get them. This is just a first step on the way to creating universal and affordable child care throughout the province. The Uphill School House Early Care and Learning Centre will receive the funding to create 18 spaces in Nelson. Throughout the province, $33 million is being provided for 103 projects, which will allow child-care providers to create 3,806 new licensed child-care spaces.
 
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the BC Government took action by increasing important funding to services that support women and children affected by violence. For too long organizations like Nelson CARES, North Kootenay Lake Community Service Society, Creston Valley Community Services Society and Salmo Community Services Society have worked tirelessly to support victims of violence without the needed resources.  These organizations received $112,280 to help reduce waitlists and better meet demand for vital services such as counselling, outreach and crisis support.  This is over and above the $851,432 in annual core funding these organizations receive.
 
A Word on Site C
As you may know, we have made the difficult decision to proceed with Site C. I understand that this may not have been the outcome you wanted. It wasn't an easy decision, and we took it very seriously by doing extensive research, analysis and consulting directly with Treaty 8 First Nations following the BCUC report --I personally travelled to Treaty 8 territory and spoke with seven Nations about Site C and the BCUC report. Going forward, we will ensure that those who live with the Peace River dams and their impacts realize greater benefits from their contributions to BC's energy grid. Read More HERE.
 
Out with DriveAble
The controversial DriveABLE cognitive assessment brought in by the past BC Liberal government will be changed in March 2018 to the new enhanced road assessment. This will make it more accessible to seniors living in rural areas like ours. These changes represent a major improvement from the past system and will make the processes much less stressful for those seniors required to undertake a road test. For more information visit my website.
 
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