Selina’s March E-Update

Posted on March 31, 2014. Filed under: Community engagement, Transportation | Tags: , , |


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March E-update Happy Spring everyone!  It is so wonderful to have the longer days and to see the bulbs planted last Fall finally start to make an appearance.
As is customary in my e-news here is an update on what has been happening with your MLA both at home and in Victoria:

In the Leg:

I had the privilege of introducing my first Private Members Bill in the Legislature.  The bill is asking the Government to consider debating the Silver Alert Act – This act that would require that the Province have a system in place for calling on local community agencies to help find a missing person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s who has wandered from their home or care facility. This is an issue that hits close to home for many people, and I have been fortunate enough to have a number of articles written about, and an Op Ed letter published in the Vancouver Sun (read it here).  To date the BC Liberals have not welcomed this bill; however, after a meeting with the Minister of Health last week I am a bit more hopeful that we may see this come to fruition.  I did warn the Minister that I am tenacious and will be watching this very closely.  Stay tuned

As the critic for local government, I spent a full day asking the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development questions about her budget and how she and her Ministry plan to spend $210,718,000 that has been allocated to them.  Estimates are an interesting exercise in trying to ask broad enough questions so that I can fully appreciate how decisions are made to spend taxpayers’ dollars, but not so broad then the answer is too vague.  It’s a fine balance to ask the right questions to get at the answers that will hold government accountable.

In The Community:

I am continuing to work with the over 40 families who are being impacted by the impending closure of the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre.  The families who received notice from Fraser Health that their operating agreement will come to an end in 20 months or so, are fighting hard to persuade Fraser Health to reconsider the closure.  I mentioned this in my last E-newsletter  and if you would like to add your voice to the concerns of these families, I urge you to write to the Burquitlam Lions Family Council at:

The Town Hall meeting that I had with MP Fin Donnelly on March 10th presented us with a variety of issues and concerns about education, health care and the environment.  It was a great evening that provided lots of opportunity for discussion, and to hear from the constituents that I represent.

Upcoming Events:

Seniors Forum – co-hosted with MP Fin Donnelly
Friday April 4 – 1-3pm  Dogwood Pavilion

Community Easter Egg hunt
Saturday April 19 noon-2pm  Blue Mountain Park – Bring the kids and their Easter baskets!

As always, there is so much more going on, but I thought I would leave it there for now.  Feel free to contact me at 604.933.2001 or


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