Trevena urges campaign for high speed internet

For Immediate Release, 30th May, 2016 Campbell River – North Island MLA Claire Trevena is asking people to show they want high speed, fibre optic, internet. Telus is assessing where it will expand in the coming years and Trevena is urging people to show that their North Island home needs that high speed link. “It is – literally – just a click away,” said Trevena. “Telus is collecting the information and will decide its expansion from the response it receives. We all need to tell the company that what is provided at the moment is not good enough – we want that fibre connection directly to our homes and our businesses like tens of thousands of other British Columbians enjoy. “People and communities in the North Island are falling behind because they don’t have that fibre technology coming directly to their homes or their business. Even in the Mount Waddington region where new fibre was laid, the connection from the hub to people’s home is copper which is much slower.” The page to go to f
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Trevena Continues to Question Paid Parking at New Hospital

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has again written to the Minister of Health calling for a rethink on plans for paid parking at the new Campbell River hospital. She questions the rationale she has received about charging for hospital parking which appear to be simply because it is done at other hospitals. Trevena noted that elected officials from around the North Island have asked the Minister and the health authority to allow free parking at the hospital. “Their concerns are that in addition to dealing with the worry of a hospital visit, their citizens are already dealing with multiple hour car and /or ferry journeys at times in adverse weather,” she said. “There is a serious worry about people’s ability to pay, the stress that will impose on families and the burden on hospital staff. A hospital is an important community resource it should serve the community fully. Clearly this is not happening as can be evinced by the communities’ vociferous opposition to paid parking.” Further with
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Trevena blasts BC Liberal Budget

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has decried the latest BC Liberal budget as a “fantasy”. “Ahead of the last election, the Premier said that the problems of BC would be washed away by the power of the LNG industry. We’d have hundreds of thousands of jobs. We would become – as the premier’s campaign bus slogan falsely promised – debt free. And we’d have a prosperity fund filled with billions of surplus dollars,” said Trevena. “But The LNG pipe dream is evaporating rapidly. And creating a prosperity fund when there is nothing but MSP payments to fill it is really a fantasy,” “It is a fantasy fund at the core of a fantasy budget.” Speaking in the BC Legislature Trevena cited a number of problems in the North Island which were not addressed by the budget: rising costs for families for hydro, ferries and MSP; the financial squeeze facing School District 72 and the school closure process it is going through; and plans to bring in charges for parking at Campbell River hospital among them. She
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Trevena Adds Voice to Hospital Parking Concerns – media release

Claire Trevena, MLA (North Island) Media Release   For Immediate Release 01 October, 2015        Trevena Adds Voice to Hospital Parking Concerns   Campbell River – The North Island MLA has called for parking to remain free at the new Campbell River regional hospital when it opens in two years’ time. Claire Trevena has written to the Minister of Health, Terry Lake, and the CEO of Island Health, Brendan Carr, asking for plans to charge for parking to be reconsidered. “Charging for parking adds cost to accessing care, adds stress to families, and is an anomaly in Campbell River where there is almost no paid parking,” she said. “Campbell River is a regional hub and people who come from up island and the islands definitely need their cars to get to the hospital. This is a concern for patients and their families. To add insult to injury, the revenues from the parking won’t be going to the hospital.” Trevena worked with many stakeholders over the last number of years to e
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Shipbuilding Act good for B.C.’s economy

Legislation introduced today would nurture B.C.’s shipbuilding industry, benefit the province’s economy, and create jobs, say B.C.’s New Democrats. “The Provincial Shipbuilding Act would ensure that ferries, seabuses and any other vessels used by or for the public are built, maintained and retrofitted in Canada and provide direct economic benefits here in B.C.,” said Claire Trevena, New Democrat spokesperson for ferries. Trevena noted that when she proposed similar legislation last year, it was not met with support by the B.C. Liberal government. “B.C. Ferries will be converting the Spirit Class vessels to LNG and needing to replace or upgrade 22 other ferries over the next 15 years. If these ferries were built in this province, we would see tremendous growth in this industry. But this would require a commitment from the Liberal government that we have not seen to date. In fact, we are seeing the B.C. Liberals agreeing to more and more ships built overseas.” The bill would also entrenc
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Two tier electricity pricing hits North Island hard

BC Hydro’s two tier pricing is leaving many people in the North Island with extremely high bills and for some that means the possibility of disconnection. North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, has written to the BC Utilities Commission to urge a review of the policy for those communities where there is no option to BC Hydro and electricity. “My office hears from numerous people who are facing massive bills because they have gone into the second tier. But for many people there is no choice – it is electricity or nothing,” said Trevena. “The BC Liberals have increased the cost of hydro to untenable levels; they’ve taken away retrofit programmes which helped bring down the cost. All that’s left are massive bills for people who are already under pressure.” Trevena says she recognizes that two tier pricing is supposed to reduce consumption but that does not help people who have no alternative fuel source. She is asking BCUC to find an alternate system for those who rely solely on BC Hydro for p
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Liberal transportation plan is no plan at all

The B.C. Liberals’ so-called 10-year transportation plan is little more than a collection of nice pictures, vague comments and fact boxes, say the New Democrats. “Only a Christy Clark government would call this a plan,” said Claire Trevena, New Democrat spokesperson for transportation. “It’s insulting to the people of B.C.” Trevena said it fails to address how the B.C. Liberals will correct years of mismanagement in many important parts of our transportation infrastructure, including with BC Ferries, the Port Mann bridge and urgent upgrades to Highway 1.  There is little new in it and despite being called a 10-year plan, has timelines for only for some projects and only for three years. “How can anyone take these documents seriously when the Liberals didn’t bother to keep the promises they made in their last 10-year plan?” Trevena asked. “The new plan doesn’t even address the outstanding commitments from the last one. “It’s been more than a decade since the Liberals starting making emp
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Call for improved communications from north island MLA

Improvements in communications are vital for the economic and social health of our communities as well as for safety, according to North Island MLA Claire Trevena. She is urging both Telus and the Ministry of Technology and Citizen Services to step up and ensure north island communities receive equity in service. She has written to request action on broadband internet, cell service and pagers. “It’s 2015 and we are falling behind,” said Trevena. “I regularly hear about the lack of cell coverage on our major highways – 19 and 28 – and another accident highlighted how desperate that need is. “And we know we are getting improved internet service to Port McNeill, but Port Hardy and Port Alice also need to have broadband. It allows access to education, to healthcare, to economic opportunities. “This is as important to communities as electrification once was. Our communities are no less deserving than the south island or lower mainland.” Trevena is also raising with both Telus and the govern
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Proposed cut shows B.C. Liberals still not listening to ferry users

Minister of Transportation Todd Stone showed yesterday that he knows what to say, but does what he wants. “Just seven months ago, Minister Stone promised to maintain vehicle service between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. But yesterday we learned that there is a plan in place to review and possibly cut this route,” said New Democrat ferries spokesperson Claire Trevena. When asked in March whether he was considering the cut, Stone replied in the legislature, “there will continue to be vehicle service between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. I don’t know how much more clearly I can say that.” “The minister continually failed to face up to these communities and tell them this cut was being considered. It seems nothing has changed since Minister Stone’s last round of ferry service cuts, when he promised he would ‘look people in the eyes’ and give them an explanation – then sent his staff to talk to affected communities.” The B.C. Liberals are promising a consultation on the proposed cut, but Tr
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Report shows B.C. Liberal ferry policies are costing the province

A report released today shows that B.C. Liberal hikes to ferry fares are causing economic damage across the province, say the New Democrats. “This new report does the work the government should have done years ago. It connects the dots between fare hikes, falling ridership numbers, and the loss of economic activity and tax dollars,” said New Democrat ferries spokesperson Claire Trevena. “The conclusion that it reaches is that the B.C. Liberal policy for ferries is a complete and utter failure. And that means a failure for the whole of the province, not just coastal communities and those dependent on ferries.” The report, Boatswains to the Bollards: A Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of BC Ferries, was commissioned by the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities. The report found that due to skyrocketing fares between 2003 and 2013, B.C. Ferries lost out on a 19 per cent growth in passenger volume, which would have added $2.3 billion to t
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