NDP Ferries critic begins fact finding tour of Washington State ferry system

New Democrat Transportation critic, Claire Trevena, leaves today on a five-day fact-finding tour of the Washington State ferry system. “Ferry users in B.C. have faced years of steep rate hikes, and will soon face service cuts,” said Trevena. “We need to look at this problem from every angle, and that includes looking at a ferry system that has maintained affordability for users.” Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry system in the U.S., with 22 vessels and 20 terminals. Trevena acknowledged that the Washington State system and B.C. Ferries are different, but said a better understanding of what’s working south of the border could yield ideas to improve B.C.’s system. “The B.C. Liberals have done little to fix the problems they created since they quasi-privatized B.C. Ferries. They won’t even sit in the legislature this fall to deal with lavish pay increases and bonuses awarded to executives when the corporation is contemplating service cuts,” said Trevena. “The gover
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Trevena Appeals to Keep Construction Jobs Local

Priority to local, unionized companies should be given in awarding contracts for the major construction projects coming to Campbell River, according to North Island MLA, Claire Trevena. “It makes sense for the economic health of our community,” said Trevena. “Ensuring that the jobs remain local and with the wage, security and benefits union jobs provide, the construction projects will help secure the future for Campbell River.” As the deadline approaches in awarding the contracts for the John Hart Generating Station and the Campbell River Regional Hospital, Trevena has written to the Presidents and CEOs of BC Hydro and Island Health, to ask that priority be given to local tradespeople and to local union companies. She’s also suggested that the gap in skills training can also be addressed through these projects. “Work is expected to last a number of years in both – that’s the time span of an apprenticeship. If these projects are managed well, we could see young people starting at the be
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Locked Out

Claire Trevena speaks out on the Liberarls’ decision to cancel the fall legislature session.
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North Island MLA Suggests Alternatives for Extra Hospital Beds

North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, is continuing to push for extra beds for the new hospital in Campbell River. In a letter to the Minister of Health, Trevena has suggested using part of the current hospital to provide some extra space. “There is no question we need our new hospital, but everyone is concerned that it will be overcrowded as soon as it opens its doors,” said Trevena. “And we have very many needs. We desperately need hospice beds in Campbell River; we will always likely need extra space for seniors, there are short term needs which can be met. My suggestion to the Minister is that we retain part of our existing hospital for these and other services.” Trevena is making the suggestion ahead of the final decision on who the successful proponent for designing and building the new facility in the hope that it can be integrated into the planning process. “Not all of the existing hospital is old and it makes no sense to tear it down completely if we need the space it provides,” s
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Statement by Claire on the Miner’s Memorial Day

Ginger Goodwin Way & Workers’ Rights – Statement by Claire Trevena, MLA – June 27, 2013
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Business plan demanded for Campbell River Hospital

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has called on the government to release the business plan for the $600-million North Island Hospitals Project. “Some select people have been able to see the business plan on how $600 million is going to be spent, how decisions were made, how the construction will evolve – but the health authority categorically refuses to make it public,” she said. “I hope that the Minister of Health will share it with the people of the North Island and put to rest some of the serious concerns we have. “People in the community want to make sure that if we are spending $266 million on Campbell River Hospital – 40 per cent of which is being paid by local taxpayers through the regional hospital board – we get what we need.” The current Campbell River hospital is designed for 59 patients but regularly has as many as 83 people in care. While the new hospital will have 95 beds, many in the community are concerned this expansion will not meet the needs of
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Claire’s response to the Budget

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Legislature moves John Hart Dam Plans to next stage

Plans for the reconstruction of the John Hart generating station are one step closer to reality according to North Island MLA, Claire Trevena. The Legislature passed second reading of a bill which amends the boundaries of Elk Falls Provincial Park to allow for the construction work to start. On speaking in favour of the bill, Trevena said: “I’m very pleased to see that this bill has come before the House so early in our very brief session. I know we’re only here for a few weeks, but it was important that this came early so that B.C. Hydro can move on with its planned project to replace the John Hart generating station. “To do that it needed to have two things in this period. It needed BCUC to give its final support, and that happened last week. Now it needed this paragraph that is in Bill 5 that removes part of Elk Falls Provincial Park from the park and will allow B.C. Hydro to get on with construction of the John Hart generating station.” In speaking on the bill Trevena s
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Claire’s Response to the Throne Speech

You can watch Claire’s response to the throne speech by clicking here: Throne Speech Debate – February 13, 2013 – Claire Trevena, MLA
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First Call Child and Advocacy Coalition 20th Anniversary – Claire’s 2 minute statement

For 20 years BC has been lucky to have an immensely active advocacy co-alition. First Call – out fighting for BC’s children and youth. And the need has never been greater. It is First Call that every year publishes the child poverty report card – showing the dismal state of childhood in our province. Every year it highlights how poorly we serve our children by letting them grow up in poverty. It is First Call that brings together organisations from around the province to help advocate for high quality, low cost, public child care for our youngsters – so they and their families can get on with a life fulfilled. It is First Call that is leading the campaign to end child labour in BC – the laws were changed by this government to allow kids as young as 12 to work – often in dangerous situations, without supervision. First Call is willing to stand up to fight that jobs plan and make sure that children and youth are not exploited by force of circumstance. It is
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