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MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Caribou recovery plan still deeply flawed

On April 15, Premier John Horgan appointed former BC Liberal MLA Blair Lekstrom as a Community Liaison tasked with engaging residents of the Peace Region and reviewing a pre-negotiated Partnership Agreement on caribou recovery. Up until this point, the NDPs caribou recovery plan was in serious trouble. Negotiations had been held behind closed doors exclusively between the federal and provincial governments,...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Forests minister missing in action

At a time when he is most needed, the man in charge of the forest ministry appears to be missing in action – still! Doug Donaldson is the NDP Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). He is also one of the few MLAs the NDP managed to get elected outside of the lower mainland in...

Ravi Kahlon – Opinion Editorial – Fighting for B.C.’s mill workers and communities

When I was two years old, my sister and I were sent to India to live with family because my dad lost his job at the local mill and my parents couldn't afford daycare. It was a difficult time for my family because we, as children, were separated from our parents for four years. This very personal experience has given...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Mayors go it alone in forestry crisis

In what’s being described as the worst crisis in forestry in over 40 years, I am at a loss to explain why the provincial government is doing nothing to support the industry and help people who have lost their jobs. This is astounding because the NDP always likes to claim it’s sticking up for workers, yet they are currently missing-in-action....

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Summer tours

Bob’s Weekly Report I have always enjoyed the summer months. Not only because of the warmer weather but also because it gives us all a chance to hopefully take a break and spend some time with our friends and family. The break in the House of Commons calendar also gives me a chance to spend more time in communities I don’t...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Missteps or incompetence?

By his own admission, John Horgan confessed the mess created by his botched Caribou recovery plan was “my bad.” I give him credit for admitting to his own mistake, but one would hope our premier has learned from this huge misstep, let alone repeat another. But that’s exactly what happened this week. On Friday it was revealed that B.C. posted a...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – The Liberal Firearms Bill

Bob’s Weekly Report I know many firearms owners and businesses have had many questions about the implementation of the Liberal Firearms Bill since it received Royal Assent on June 21. It was passed despite all your phone calls, emails and letters but I would like to personally thank you for your efforts, they are greatly appreciated. While some sections of the...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Canada Day

Bob’s Weekly Report   Canada has so much to be proud of. Our history points to the character and pioneering spirit that is embodied by all Canadians. Every day people in our communities and across the country work hard to contribute to and continue Canada’s great legacy.   Canada Day is a time when family, friends and even strangers can come together and...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Graduation – A special moment

As the local MLA, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to address graduation ceremonies. It’s not just because I am a former educator, or because these days my official role is opposition critic for education. Graduation, specifically from high school, really does mark a special moment in a person’s life. It’s that great transition to adulthood when all of a sudden...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Caribou plan divides communities

By the time former MLA Blair Lekstrom had been brought in to salvage a caribou recovery plan for the northeast section of the province, it was already too late. Nearly two years of closed-door meetings produced an agreement that by Lekstrom’s estimate, excluded 97 percent of residents who live and work in the region, including local governments, business, the outdoor...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – The BC Forest Industry

Bob’s Weekly Report   Few countries have been blessed with such an abundance of natural resources as we have here in Canada. The forestry industry alone supports more than 140,000 jobs in the province, including one in five local jobs in Northeastern BC.   It is also why the recent, almost daily news of mill closures and curtailments throughout the province has been...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Forest industry in a free fall

It’s difficult to read personal messages from people impacted by last week’s announcement that operations at the Peace Valley OSB Mill will be shut down leaving 190 out-of-work for the foreseeable future. A day later, Canfor announced a five-week shut-down at its Taylor pulp mill, adding to the growing list of job losses in our region and across B.C. So...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – A farewell to Richard Neufeld

Bob’s Weekly Report   On June 11, our local Senator, Richard Neufeld, gave his farewell speech to the Senate after over ten years of service. His 75th birthday, the mandatory retirement age in the Senate, will be in November before the first sitting of a new Parliament begins following the federal election. The next morning, I was honoured to host a breakfast...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Minimum age for summer/part-time jobs

Your first job probably sticks out from memory of your teenage years. It was the first time to be handed responsibility and carry out a task with the eventual reward of a paycheque. Earning enough money to purchase something all on your own is a rite of passage. For most of us, it’s also our first lesson in managing money...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Firearms Bill C-71

Bob’s Weekly Report   Recently, Bill C-71, the Liberal Firearms Bill, passed third reading in the Senate which means it only needs to receive Royal Assent before it becomes law. We are still waiting to find out when this will happen, but we do know what it will mean for lawful firearms owners when it does. First, this legislation does nothing to...

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Jarvis Crescent shovel turning ceremony

Bob’s Weekly Report   On May 25 I had the honour of taking part in the shovel turning ceremony for Jarvis Crescent subdivision, in memory of Fred Jarvis, the late, former mayor who saw the District of Taylor turn from an industry town into a community.   It was also a nice opportunity to visit with Fred’s wife Judy, who I have known...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – Horgan’s failed court appeals

Premier John Horgan suffered a rather humiliating defeat last week when B.C.’s Court of Appeal dismissed the NDP’s bid to restrict oil shipments from Alberta. In the unanimous ruling, a panel of five judges confirmed what Horgan had been told from the very beginning. The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over the shipment of oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline...

MLA Dan Davies – Weekly Column – The NDPs labour reforms

The NDP portrays themselves as champions of working people, but recently we’ve seen the facade lifted as they faltered badly in their efforts to be seen as a strong backer of the labour movement. Premier Horgan suffered his first defeat at the hands of his own Green Party partners when they refused to support any legislative proposal that would...

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