Saturday, March 12, 2016

MLA's week, March 7-10, 2016

This week made for a busy four days of discussion and debate for the North Coast's MLA, with Ms. Rice involved in a number of different topics through the four days from the Legislatures calendar.

As we do at the end of each week of the Legislature session, we outline some of the main notes of interest from the North Coast MLA's work week.

Ms Rice was listed five times in the archive of participants for the ten sessions of the Legislature in the House, or for those listings related to her work as part of House Committees for the week of March 7-10.

Monday Ms. Rice had two presentations for the Legislature, in the morning she returned to her concerns related to the testing of water in the schools of the Northwest and in the evening addressed disability issues and Red tape reduction.

North Coast MLA returns to theme of testing water for Northwest

Rice tackles Disability issues and Red Tape reduction themes in late Monday Legislature Session

As part of the morning Question Period on Tuesday, the North Coast MLA offered a short interjection into the discussion on funding for sexual assault victims, noting that funding should be directed towards Northern British Columbia, particularly for the Highway 16 corridor.

During the Wednesday afternoon session, Ms. Rice outlined for the Legislature how she conducted her own tests on water at some social housing units in Prince Rupert, finding high levels of lead in the water. From that review, she renewed her call for further testing in the Northwest of schools and other public facilities.

MLA Rice tests the water at local social housing units, finds levels of lead as too high

On Thursday morning Ms. Rice celebrated the success of this years Chamber of Commerce Awards in Prince Rupert and noted for the Legislature the list of winners for the yearly honours.

At the Legislature, Jennifer Rice salutes Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

Ms Rice is also a member of the Committee on Children and Youth, however that Committee did not meet this week.

Other notes of interest to the Northwest out of the Legislature last week included the announcement of nine million dollars in funding for the Tsimshian Roundtable initiative.

Province of British Columbia commits 9 million towards Tsimshian Roundtable initiative

As well as an an appearance by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Rustad on the Voice of BC program, with the recent Tsimshian agreement and a review of the Lelu Island LNG project and protest among the topics over the full hour of the show.

Cabinet Minister John Rustad speaks to Tsimshian agreement, Lelu Island project and other First Nations issues

Members of the Legislature return to the Chamber on Monday morning.

There is more background on the North Coast MLA available from our MLA's Week Archive as well as our General Archive on the Legislature.

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