Saturday, March 7, 2015

MLA's Week March 2-5, 2015

Privatization of laundry services for hospitals in the Interior and Funeral arrangement issues for Haida Gwaii provided the key talking points for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice this week at the Legislature.

Ms Rice, outlined her concerns regarding the laundry service issues to Health Minister Terry Lake on two Question Period occasions during the week.

Then on Thursday turned her attention to the concerns of residents on Haida Gwaii, who have been left without the services of a volunteer funeral director owing to an order from BC Consumer Protection.

From the seven sessions of the Legislature in the House, or those related to her Committee work listed for the week of March 2-4 , MLA Rice appeared as part of the index of the proceedings four times this week.

On Monday afternoon, the MLA raised her first concerns to Health Minister Terry Lake, seeking a change in the plans related to privatization for laundry services with Interior health, the health agency which serves such communities as Kelowna and Kamloops.

On Wednesday afternoon she returned to that theme, seeking further comment from Minister Lake on the Interior Health Laundry issues.

Thursday Morning,  Ms. Rice as part of the Member's Statements portion of the Legislature session paid tribute to the Eco-Tourism industry on the Central Coast.

During the Thursday morning Question Period, the North Coast MLA outlined a situation of much concern on Haida Gwaii, which has seen a volunteer who helped families with their Funeral Arrangements ordered to stop providing those services. She addressed a number of questions on the issue to Justice Minister Suzanne Anton.

Our  items of review on MLA Rice and her discussion points in the Legislature can be found below:

Haida Gwaii Funeral issues raised in Legislature on Thursday 
MLA Rice continues to draw attention to Interior health concerns 
Privatization of hospital laundry services in the Interior raised by MLA Rice in Legislature 

As for committee work, MLA Rice is a member of the Standing Committee on Children and Youth.

That Committee met on Wednesday morning, a review of their work can be found here.

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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