Standing Up for North Island

Questions on downloading costs onto school districts

Claire asked about the impact of that downloading on School District 72, which has led to two elementary schools in the district being closed
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Replacing Massey Tunnel with a bridge – costs

Claire spoke about the folly of the project, with no consultation and no business plan.
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MLA Report, 8th April 2016

This has been a week in which some of politics’ dirty secrets have been laid bare: the fundraising tactics used by Premier Christy Clark and her inner council. While other jurisdictions have been embarrassed into changing the laws governing fundraising for politics, BC’s premier has s
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Campbell River Walk Away from Racism

Claire spoke about Campbell River’s 20th Walk Away from Racism, a wonderful event which shows the inclusive nature of the city.
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Myra Falls Mine and Quinsam Coal Mine

Claire asked a number of questions of the Minister of Energy and Mines about environmental safety at Myra Falls and Quinsam coal mines in light of their shutdowns
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Bill 15, the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act

Claire spoke in favour of this bill  but underlined the need to back this, and other fine statements about parks, with money and about the need to look at the ecosystem as a whole.
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MLA Report, 18th March 2016

Public education was at the heart of much of the discussion this week in the Legislature. It is not only Campbell River and other North Island communities that are facing tough decisions about school closures. Across the province, school districts that also have been severely underfun
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Great Bear Rainforest debate

It was a long time coming and is the result of a huge amount of hard work by many people over many years. While it is without question something to celebrate and could be a model for forest and land management in many other places, Claire urged some caution when she spoke to it.
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MLA Report, 11th March 2016

People often repeat the line that “it is Question Period but not answer period” to shrug off the fact that Christy Clark and the BC Liberals don’t answer our questions in the Legislature. However, in a healthy democracy there has to be accountability and that means not just asking que
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