Visit to Denman Island Volunteer Fire Department

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and I visited the Denman Island Volunteer Fire Department. Thanks for the enthusiastic welcome by Fire Chief Rob Manering and CVRD Director Daniel Arbour. Jagmeet acknowledged the selfless work of volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers across the country and called for an increase to the tax credit they receive in the incoming budget. I currently have a bill before the House of Commons on this important measure. In addition to giving these volunteers more money in their pockets, it would also help local governments and communities to recruit and retain these vital first-responders. These men and women keep our communities safe in the midst of disasters. These are the people who show up when you’re having the worst day imaginable, and your family is at risk of losing everything. The very least the government can do is get them some financial help in support of their incredible work for our rural communities.

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Indigenous Nurses Day

Today, the Province of British Columbia proclaimed "Indigenous Nurses Day" to celebrate and honour Indigenous Nurses for their contributions to supporting the safety, health and well-being of all the people in British Columbia. Last week, I was pleased to meet up with my friend Qualicum Beach resident Marilyn Van Bibber, a founding member of the Registered Nurses of Canadian Indian Ancestry in 1975- since renamed, the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association. Thank you to all those Indigenous nurses over the generations for being strong advocates and change agents to advance health equity, create culturally safe care environments for Indigenous Peoples and eradicate Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination in our health care system. Happy Indigenous Nurses Day to you all!

National Dental Care Day

Thanks to volunteers who joined me for a National Dental Care Day of Action on Saturday! And thanks especially to the residents of Parksville and Courtenay who greeted us so warmly on their doorstep. Our dental care program is the first major change to Canada's universal health care system in sixty years and such an important benefit for so many. Millions of Canadians have already enrolled and millions more are eligible so it’s important that we get the word out. Please contact my team if you have questions or are having difficulty with the enrolment process: 1-844-620-9924

Tour of Union Bay Hall

Thanks to Rick Weaver and Tammy Mercer, President of Fanny Bay Community Association for a tour of the iconic Union Bay Hall to have a look at the improvements funded by the federal New Horizons grant. This included new interior lighting and a new roof for the hall along with an interior sign, complete with a much appreciated shout-out for my work. They also told me about work on their water pump shed and planning for a new playground. Tammy told us about improvements to the Fanny Bay Community Hall as well, including new floors, foundation work and a new playground. These wonderful community facilities have hosted so many events over generations and are worth the investment.

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