Wednesday, January 1, 2020

From the Legislature 2020

Items of note from our elected officials at the Provincial Legislature and developments on the political scene in the northwest ridings.

For Notes on the Skeena Riding see our archive page here

North Coast
MLA Jennifer Rice (NDP MLA)

Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness
(appointed July 2017)

Expense Listings for 2019

MLA's Week Legislature Archive 2020
(our review of MLA Rice's contributions at the Legislature)

Committee Membership

Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

Jennifer Rice MLA Constituency Page
Jennifer Rice Twitter feed
Jennifer Rice Facebook page

General Overview Notes on the British Columbia Political Scene
(From our political blog  D'Arcy McGee)



April 3 -- No service reductions yet for Prince Rupert - Haida Gwaii, Port Hardy BC Ferry service, as souther routes reduced by 50%  NCR
April 2 -- MLA Rice hopeful of short term solution and longer term resolution to homeless shelter issues in Prince Rupert  NCR
April 2 -- Province of British Columbia outlines how Public Health Orders are to be enforced  NCR
April 2 -- Royal Canadian Navy, other Armed Forces partners ready for COVID-19 response for coastal communities if required  NCR
April 1 -- Need to continue physical distancing, while maintaining social links theme to Wednesday update on COVID-19  NCR
April 1 -- BC Hydro announces one per cent rate cut; will also provide credits on bills, waive charges for those impacted by COVID-19  NCR
April 1 -- "Northern Health has been doing an amazing job' -- Doctor Bonnie Henry NCR


March 31 -- A stay the course COVID speech for British Columbians from Premier Horgan  NCR
March 31 -- MLA Rice taking local lead on response for housing issues for homeless  NCR
March 30 -- Mills Memorial designated COVID-19 Acute Primary Care location; Northern Health Update stresses social distancing , other measures as solution towards COVID-19 NCR
March 30 -- Province of British Columbia frees up gambling grant  money for 3 million dollar top up for BC Food Banks  NCR
March 29 -- MLA's letter to constituents highlight's province's message; garners familiar attention  NCR
March 27 -- Deemed an Essential service, BC Liquor Stores to close on Sundays  NCR
March 27 -- Facebook follower commentaries should not be misconstrued as wholesale support for political themes  NCR
March 26 -- Prince Rupert Mayor takes issue with Provincial order to suspend Local State of Emergency  NCR
March 26 -- City of Prince Rupert Closes Emergency Operations Centre, suspends Local State of Emergency  NCR
March 26 -- Province of British Columbia suspends all Local States of Emergency; introduces range of new measures under Provincial State of Emergency  NCR
March 26 -- British Columbia Government to support renters and landlords during times of COVID-19 NCR
March 26 -- BC Ferries calls for customers to travel only if essential  NCR
March 25 -- Province of BC closes a number of Parks and recreation areas as part of COVID-19 response  NCR
March 25 -- City and Province need to outline what measures they have in mind to assist Prince Rupert's homeless during this pandemic period NCR
March 11 -- Plight of Pinecrest Townhomes residents noted by Prince Rupert Council Monday  NCR
March 11 -- Child Care Review points the way towards improving on options for Prince Rupert residents  NCR
March 10 -- No success this time around for Prince Rupert in Harm Reduction Program NCR
March 10 -- Prince Rupert School District, others in Northwest to gain funding for repairs  NCR
March 9 -- Pinecrest Townhomes renovictions to be staggered; evictees to learn more at March 11th meeting  NCR
March 9 -- British Columbia records first Canadian death in COVID-19 outbreak NCR
March 9 -- Council to receive presentation on Child Care Survey findings tonight  NCR
March 7 -- MLA's Week: March 2-6, 2020  NCR
March 6 -- Port Edward Fire Department to benefit from Emergency Preparation funding  NCR
March 5 -- British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James discloses diagnosis of Parkinson's disease; announces plans not to seek re-election  NCR
March 5 -- Second Housing rights meeting added for evictees of Oceanfront homes on First Avenue  NCR
March 5 -- COVID-19 Coronavirus preparation advice shared by Jennifer Rice through legislature session  NCR
March 4 -- Thursday meeting set for soon to be evicted tenants of Pinecrest Town Homes to hear of their rights  NCR
March 3 -- BC Legislature pays tribute to Province's Search and Rescue workers  NCR
March 3  -- In Legislature commentary, MLA Rice points to NDP's progress on Social priorities  NCR
March 2 -- Prince Rupert's lack of housing starts looms large now ... that as Renoviction crisis set to make additional impact on community  NCR


February 28 -- Province puts 1.7 million towards community data collection on housing needs  NCR
February 28 -- COVID 19 Update for BC notes steps of preparation in the province  NCR
February 28 -- MLA Rice is ready for a ribbon cutting  NCR
February 27 -- In Budget speech response, MLA Rice reflects on damage cause by Liberals in the past, advance from NDP in governance  NCR
February 27 -- MLA Jennifer Rice speaks to Racism and Indigenous issues with Legislature statement  NCR
February 26 -- North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice shares more parenting moments with Legislature members  NCR
February 25 -- 750K in funding from Province for Metlakatla coastal erosion project  NCR
February 24 -- As BC Budget hails Coast Mountain College housing plans for Terrace, Prince Rupert accommodation plans remain more of a Five Year Plan  NCR
February 21 -- Mayor makes note of the highlights from his trip to Victoria this week  NCR
February 21 -- MLA Rice gets warm reception with introduction of newest constituent at the Legislature  NCR
February 21 -- Carole James's 2020 Provincial Budget moves Mills Memorial Hospital closer to the finish line  NCR
February 20 -- MLA Rice pays tribute to Heiltsuk Nation member Maxwell Johnson in Legislation statement  NCR
February 20 -- Skeena MLA Ross calls out past NDP comments and asks Government to condemn 'eco-colonialist actions of radial groups"  NCR
February 19 -- Few surprises from Finance Minister Carole James as NDP deliver stay the source Budget for 2020 on Tuesday NCR
February 13 -- Liberal leader Wilkinson points to past statements from Northwest NDP MLA's as working against the rule of law in British Columbia  NCR
February 13 -- Wet'suwet'en protest issues dominate first Question period for Spring Session, with Skeena MLA Ellis Ross seeking clarity on role of Nathan Cullen  NCR
February 12 -- BC NDP replay their greatest hits as part of Speech from the Throne; as Premier responds  to string of protests across the province  NCR
February 11 -- Mayor Brain appointed to Climate Solutions Council NCR
February 11 -- MLA Rice finds a fence to straddle  NCR
February 7 -- New political program gains perspectives on range of themes from Skeena's MLA Ellis Ross  NCR
February 6 -- Province hears of concerns and solutions when it comes to Marine Debris in BC  NCR
February 6 -- Tourism to get a boost from Province  NCR
February 6 -- As RCMP prepare for enforcement order in Wet'suwet'en; MP Bachrach calls for Prime Minister to hold talks  NCR
February 4 -- BCTF launches twitter info stream on themes of labour dispute  NCR
February 3 -- Provincial Government, Public Health Officer speak to Federal plans for Ontario quarantine for returning Canadians  NCR
February 3 -- MLA's head back to work next week, as NDP government prepares Speech from the Throne  NCR
February 3 -- Province of British Columbia launches online consultation program on Coastal Ferries issues NCR
February 3 -- British Columbia honours and celebrates Black History Month through February  NCR
February 1 -- As Mounties observe 100 years of service to British Columbia, Province and communities celebrate RCMP Appreciation Day  NCR


January 31 -- Province of BC and Provincial Health Officer update British Columbians on coronavirus notes  NCR
January 31-- Premier won't attend talks with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary chiefs  (video)
January 31 -- 'I knew in my heart of hearts that (being gay) wasn't wrong': BC politicians discuss personal experience with conversion therapy (audio)
January 30 -- Wet'suwet'en Chiefs agree to talks (video)
January 30 -- John Horgan delivers speech at BC Natural Resources forum (video)
January 30 -- Mayor Brain in Prince George for Resource Forum and conversation with provincial officials  NCR
January 29 -- Public Health Officer for British Columbia updates confirmation notes on first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in the province NCR
January 28 -- BC North BC Bus funding (video)
January 28 -- British Columbia government commits to funding for BC North Bus  NCR
January 28 -- Launch day for expanded schedule of sailings for Kwuna on Haida Gwaii  NCR
January 28 -- British Columbia confirms first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in province  NCR
January 27 -- Nathan Cullen tapped to be British Columbia liaison with Wet'suwet'en  NCR
January 25 -- British Columbia Government responds to Ontario notice of suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus  NCR
January 24 -- With little movement in teacher's talks, BCTF membership reportedly reviewing next steps   NCR
January 23 -- 7.5 million dollars to support six Indigenous training programs
January 23 -- Funding made available for Trades Training (video)
January 23 -- Funding announced to help build skilled workforces in Indigenous communities
January 23 -- Kitselas receive $1.2M boost for apprenticeship development program, open to Tsimshian and Haisla Nations
January 22 -- Province of British Columbia outlines its latest view on the Coronavirus reports from China  NCR
January 22 -- 'We've created a really deep division: BC Green party leader says Coastal GasLink standoff is symptom of bigger problems  (audio)
January 22 -- NDP shuffle the cabinet as Premier Horgan re-assigns some duties  NCR
January 21 -- First Nations LNG Alliance writes letter to BC Human Rights Commissioner (video)
January 21 -- First Nations LNG Alliance pens letter criticizing BC Human Rights Commissioner over pipeline comments
January 21 -- Indigenous youth block energy and mines ministry office in support of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs
January 21 -- 'Our province is in crisis mode': BC Truck Loggers Association warns members are facing financial collapse (audio)
January 21 -- BC Premier talks forestry, service needs with handful of northern Mayors in Prince George
January 21 -- City of Prince Rupert may want to hold off on plans for single use plastic ban; at least until provincial initiative roll out is delivered  NCR
January 21 -- Lead concerns at SD52 schools rekindles attention to ongoing issue: A look back at some of the focus of the past  NCR
January 20 -- "I'm not being disrespectful, I"m just saying let's be realistic: John Horgan says Coastal Gas Link will go forward despite opposition from Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs  (audio)
January 20 -- Wet'suwet'en supporters blockade Vancouver Island ferry terminal
January 20 -- BC Government set to offer tax relief for small businesses, arts and culture groups and non-profits - through municipal property tax changes  NCR
January 17 -- Route 26 reinstated from Skidegate to Alliford Bay
January 17 -- Premier Horgan on TransMountain Pipeline (video)
January 17 -- Premier Horgan tours LNG Canada site today
January 17 -- Business plan for Mills Hospital renewed
January 16 -- Premier on Northern BC tour, but Wet'suwet'en meeting not on agenda
January 16 -- Deadline looming for 2020 nominations for BC Achievement Foundation Awards NCR
January 15 -- John Horgan says 'rule of law' will prevail in pipeline dispute - but whose laws? (audio)
January 15 -- Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Seek Diplomacy from Premier
January 14 -- Premier Horgan says CGL Pipeline will be built (video)
January 14 -- Premier states Coastal GasLink pipeline will be built; Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs call for UN intervention  NCR
January 13 -- Horgan Says Coastal GasLink pipeline to proceed
January 9 -- "It tears families apart': Haisla Chief councillor Crystal Smith on ongoing conflict around Coastal GasLink pipeline (audio)
January 6 -- When it comes to travelling along Northwest highways it's not just the road conditions that have limited visibility   NCR
January 3 -- Province outlines details for 2020 BC Home Owner Grant program  NCR

Archive of items for 2019
Archive of items for 2018
Archive of items for 2017
Archive of items for 2016
Archive of items from 2015
Archive of items from 2014
Archive of items from 2013 and before

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