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Canada Day
Every year I look forward to seeing people out in their red and white enjoying themselves with friends and family while celebrating what it means to be Canadian. I take great pride in pitching in and making sure everyone gets a nice big slice of Canada Day cake. Thank you to everyone who takes part in making our communities strong and vibrant as we continue to celebrate our history, indigenous cultures and welcome newcomers.
Lillie & Coho Launch
So great to be at the launch of Lillie & Cohoe’s newly transformed space that welcomes visitors to learn more about the products they produce and their place in history. Lillie & Cohoe is now a combined storefront and museum, where you can learn about the production of hats, see them being made and purchase the finished products! This is the first Économusée in the Kootenay Region! I'm so proud to be a part of a government that supports culture, small business and history together right here in our community. Learn more about the ÉCONOMUSÉE® concept here:
Balfour Daze 2019
One of the best places to see and chat with people in the community is while serving up some fresh pancakes. I was so happy to be able to help out at this year’s Balfour Daze. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers who worked so hard to put the event together. And thank you to all those who came out for delicious food and great entertainment!

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Energy Ministers Conference
I was honored to work closely with the Ktunaxa Nation in hosting the Energy Ministers Conference at St. Eugene’s Resort in Cranbrook. It was a wonderful opportunity to show off the beauty of the Kootenays to my provincial, territorial and federal counterparts as we discussed developing a clean energy future for Canada.
Historic agreement to collaborate on Salmon Re-Introduction
On July 29th I attended the signing of a Letter of Agreement that demonstrates a commitment amongst five governments to work together to explore ways to reintroduce salmon into the Upper Columbia River Basin. The reintroduction of salmon into these areas, if successful, could restore fish stocks to support indigenous food, social and ceremonial needs and harvest opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Federal and Provincial science advice and Indigenous traditional knowledge will be key to ensuring any reintroduction of salmon into the Upper Columbia River is successful.

Your Chance to be Heard about plastics pollution
Plastics are a growing global concern and British Columbians are vocal about the need for action. That's why we're engaging with people right now on the path forward to reduce plastic pollution in B.C.  We want less plastic pollution to end up in our waterways and environment, and to reduce our plastic use overall. 

Some of the options we're considering include expanding producer responsibility for plastic recycling, stepping up our bottle deposit system and phasing out several kinds of single-use packaging. B.C. is already a leader when it comes to extended producer responsibility with 22 industry-led recycling programs - more than any other jurisdiction in North America. By adding plastics we are continuing to show leadership on a national and international stage. 

The changes proposed support the Province’s CleanBC efforts to reduce pollution and divert waste from landfills. British Columbians are encouraged to comment on the recommendations until September 18, 2019.  Visit to learn more and respond.
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