Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Royal BC Museum

Although this photo is a few years old, it’s one of my favourites!


My son and I attended a fundraiser for the Royal BC Museum and we had the great pleasure of visiting with CEO Jack Lohman.

I absolutely love this Museum and so I was very excited when we heard from Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare today that it’s going to be 1/2 price all Summer!

Here is the announcement:


People from around British Columbia will be able to enjoy the wonders of the Royal BC Museum for less this summer.


“Now that we’re into Phase 3, I am encouraging British Columbians to explore the sights and attractions our province has to offer,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “To give people a safe, affordable, family-centred experience, we’re providing half-price entry to the Royal BC Museum all summer.”


Beare announced the extension of half-price admission through Sept. 7, 2020, while visiting with her family. She said she was impressed with the many safety measures in place to protect visitors while they enjoy the museum’s galleries.

“We’re pleased to welcome visitors back as we continue to reopen in stages in the coming months,” said Jack Lohman, CEO, Royal BC Museum. “As British Columbians explore their province this summer, they can feel confident the Royal BC Museum will provide them with an engaging, safe museum experience.”

The Royal BC Museum is reopening in phases to ensure people’s health and safety:
June 19: Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Natural History gallery opened
Aug. 1: The First Peoples gallery also opens
Sept. 7: Becoming BC gallery (full museum) opens
Since reopening to the public on June 19, 2020, more than 3,500 people have visited the Royal BC Museum.
Quick Facts:
The Royal BC Museum has taken steps to protect people’s health, including:
changing its hours of operation, including closing on Wednesdays, for enhanced cleaning;
reserving the first hour daily (10 to 11 a.m.) for visits by seniors, vulnerable people and first responders;
booking tickets with timed entries to space out people in the galleries; and
installing new signage and pathways to allow for physical distancing and flow.

Learn more about the museum’s new protocols and how to get a timed ticket:
https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Friday, June 26, 2020

Carefully into Phase 3


This week Premier Horgan and Dr. Henry announced that B.C. is now moving carefully into Phase 3 of our Restart Plan. This is the result of a lot of hard work, dedication and patience by everyone as we have followed the advice of our Provincial Health Officer over the last several months. You can find out more about Phase 3 HERE.

As we restart and begin to rebuild our economy, we are making sure that people and businesses have the support they need. There are bound to be some challenges along the way, but we are committed to keeping people safe and healthy, and helping them get back to work.

MLAs returned to the Legislature this week – some virtually, and some in person – to continue working on B.C.’s economic recovery. On Monday, our government announced that the pandemic supports for children with special needs and youth aging out of care will continue throughout the summer until September 30. This will help families and youth through this time of transition.

On Wednesday, we extended the eligibility for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers to now include people whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19 as early as March 1, an additional two weeks from the original date of March 15. More information about this benefit can be found HERE.

We know that even before the pandemic, the economy wasn’t working for everyone. Nobody wants to go back to that. As we rebuild B.C.’s economy, we are making sure that our “new normal” won’t leave anyone behind. We will make sure those who were hit hardest by the pandemic – including Indigenous people, new Canadians, women, young people, and people earning less than $30/hour – get the support and opportunities they need. Everyone deserves the chance to learn, work, and build a secure future.

British Columbians are invited to share their input as the Province continues to build a strong economic recovery that works for people. I encourage you to have your say. You have until July 21st to share your ideas on B.C.’s economic recovery. Find out more HERE.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, please reach out. My office is currently open via phone and email to support you. You can reach us at 250-479-4154 or Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca.

Stay well,




Thursday, May 7, 2020

BC Restarts

BC's Restart Plan



On Wednesday May 6, Premier Horgan announced BC's Restart Plan. The Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

Follow this link to BC's Restart Plan.

For small businesses that are looking for guidance in preparing to re-open for business, you'll find that the Small Business BC website continues to be a valuable resource.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our government is working very hard to meet the needs of British Columbians during this unprecedented time. Our priority continues to be to protect British Columbians and ensure our province is best positioned to effectively respond to the pandemic.


Follow this link to BC's COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information.

The COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information site is updated regularly. It is easy to navigate and it's comprehensive. You'll find the health tools and information that you need, as well as financial and economic supports, education updates and child care info, the latest orders and protocols from our Provincial Health Officer, and much more. 


In addition, follow this link to the Federal Government supports.

While our office is not open for in-person meetings as part of managing the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.

Stay safe. We're all in this together.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Supports

COVID-19 Response

Thank you for all that you are doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our government is working very hard to meet the needs of British Columbians during this unprecedented time. Our priority is to protect British Columbians and ensure our province is best positioned to effectively respond to the pandemic.


Follow this link to BC's COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

The COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information site is updated regularly. It is easy to navigate and it's comprehensive. You'll find the health tools and information that you need, as well as financial and economic supports, education updates and child care info, the latest orders and protocols from our Provincial Health Officer, and much more. 


In addition, follow this link to the Federal Government supports.

While our office is not open for in-person meetings as part of managing the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.

Stay safe. We're all in this together.


Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Staying Safe


COVID-19 Update
UPDATED: March 27, 2020.
The BC Provincial government's latest statements and updates can be found here: www.news.gov.bc.ca

You'll find COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information HERE


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saanich South Community Office & COVID19

Dear Saanich South Constituents

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saanich South constituency office will be closed to the public Monday March 16th until the pandemic situation becomes more positive.
My amazing constituency staff will continue working to support Saanich South, and can be reached via email or phone 9am – 4pm, Monday through Thursday.
As you can imagine our office is quite busy at this time so please leave a message if we do not pick and we will call you back - Saanich South Constituency Office 250-479-4154
We are monitoring the situation closely and will use current advice for public health best practices as it becomes available. While this is not our preferred way to operate our constituency office, we must do what is best for the health of our staff and community.
If you feel like you are having symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call HealthLink BC, 8-1-1 or for the deaf and hard of hearing, call 7-1-1 to arrange for safe testing. 
811 is available in 131 different languages upon request and should be the first place anyone concerned about symptoms or questions should go.
Heathlink BC is also a good online resource: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/he…/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Thank you so much for your understanding, we will get through this together.








Lana Popham
MLA Saanich South
250-479-4154

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Affordable Child Care


Child Care in Saanich South
Last week I was thrilled to stand with colleagues Minister of Education, Rob Fleming and Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development at Cordova Bay Elementary School as we announced 420 new childcare spaces for Greater Victoria. A total of 109 spaces will be in Saanich South at Cordova Bay, Marigold and Lochside elementary schools – plus – Saanich Neighbourhood Place is adding 49 spaces to its child care facility.

Learn More:


To find child care your community, view the online CHILD CARE MAP





Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Knowing Tod Inlet

NEW! LARGER VENUE: First Unitarian Church 5575 West Saanich Rd in the Sanctuary





Please not that Minister Popham sends her regrets for his wonderful event. 
She is not able to be in attendance as the legislature is sitting at this time.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Sock Drive in Saanich South


Winter Socks for Everyone!
Last week was Groundhog Day – the day we turn to a rodent for weather wisdom. Marmots, groundhogs – same species so it makes sense for us to take Van Isle Violet's winter prediction over an east-coast rodent of another name. Sadly she decided that we will in fact enjoy another six-weeks of winter bliss. For the more science-minded among us, Environment Canada has been hinting about white stuff in our near future as well. Either way we are reminded that winter is still upon us, and sadly, its wrath is not over, not is it shared equally.

What more cold and wet means for some may be quite different than what it means to the more vulnerable members of our community. Warm, and dry can be a huge challenge for those that are living in the rough – and feet can be particularly vulnerable.

That's why we're once again asking the public to consider donating a pair – or four – of new,
adult socks. So that we might see that all of us are at lease somewhat warm and dry, until the spring takes over.

Thursday, January 23, 2020





















Saanich Star - Parminder Virk

There are many Saanich South stars in our incredible community. But one who shines especially bright, and who I want to tell you a bit more about, is the amazing Parminder Virk!

Parminder lives and breathes community service, and is absolutely committed to making our home a more inclusive and welcoming place for all who live here – including newcomers to Canada and to BC. 

Parminder is especially active in the Victoria Indo-Canadian Community, and her impact here is impressive. The founder of the Victoria Dian Punjabana Group, Parminder organizes countless events that bring our community closer together and celebrate the strength and diversity of our community. Just recently she was the driving force behind the Lohri Dinner and Dance at Commonwealth Place, which well over 250 people attended!


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hardest Working MLA of the Year

What a great way to start 2020!

My sincerest gratitude to the Times Colonist’s readership for this award.  I’m so grateful to be recognized for my efforts in this way. 

Helping people is the top priority of this government, and of my community office. We are working hard to make life more affordable, more fair, and better for British Columbians.

Whether we’re tackling poverty, un-affordability, the housing crisis, affordable child care, climate change, or moving the dial on medical service wait times and finding primary care doctors – we are working hard.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Open House & Art Show


Thanks to everyone who made it through the sudden storm to come out to my Saanich South Holiday Open House! We had an amazing art show by Saanich South artist Chin Yuen and lots of delicious local treats! 
Thanks to my incredible team at the office Maureen RogersMichele Murphy and Chris Wieczorek for getting it all organized!
It was wonderful to have my office overflowing with so many friends!
We also had a sock drive and collected tons of socks that will be distributed to folks in need, living on the streets downtown.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Chin Yuen Art Show
Join me as we celebrate the changing season with hot apple cider and sweets surrounded by the amazing work of international award-winning Saanich South contemporary artist Chin Yuen.

Chin will be in attendance. 

Born in Malaysia, Chin studied in Singapore and England before moving to Canada for further education. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Master of Arts from UVic. After graduation, Chin moved to Japan and Italy, where she taught English and Fine Arts for several years before returning home to Canada. Yuen continues to travel extensively for work and pleasure. She sees her diverse cultural exposures as an artistic asset that, combined with her love of imaginative inventions, inspires and shapes her creations.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Global Climate Strike
This Friday we will see youth and adults around the world take part in a Global Climate Strike. This will mark a moment in history where our fears of the future and our hope for change merge together in a united cry. These precious hours where people will unite will be a chance for many to use their voice to communicate with leaders around the world, and for others to stand in support of those voices.

I have been an environmentalist and an ardent food security champion most of my life. What has fuelled my work has been my deep belief that climate change will affect our food systems around the globe and my time and effort should be spent trying as hard as I can to support a sustainable food system here in B.C. in order to create some resiliency.  It’s not hard to see that agriculture is already being affected around the globe. Soils are eroding due to drought and misuse, crops are failing because of changing weather patterns, pests are migrating and threatening new areas of food production, and food insecurity is on the rise.


Thursday, September 19, 2019


Alex and Jo Campbell Centre for Wellness and Health at Camosun College Interurban
This September I had the honour of officially opening the new Alex and Jo Campbell Centre for Wellness and Health at Camosun College Interurban as the MLA for Saanich South. I then stood shoulder-to-shoulder with an incredible team of visionary ribbon-cutters. I was so proud to be a part of it. The day also served as a great reminder to me of why it’s so important to believe in and support British Columbians all across our province.




Wednesday, August 28, 2019

 Keating X Rd. Flyover Overpass
This month's announcement about a permanent fix to the dangerous left turn onto Keating Cross Road from the Pat Bay Highway is welcome news.

If you’ve lived in Saanich South for even a small amount of time, you know how essential the Pat Bay Highway is. It is our link to the ferries, the airport, many of our homes, and the businesses we cherish throughout the Saanich Peninsula – including the Keating Cross Road area. Because the Pat Bay Hwy is such a vital connector it is essential that it is safe and comfortable to navigate. But what I’ve heard from constituents time and again is that they did not feel safe making the left turn onto Keating Cross Road. They found crossing two oncoming traffic lanes from a dead stop nerve-wracking. Equally, cars travelling southbound need to be hyper-aware of cars who are trying to make the turn. I’ve heard from some constituents that they stopped going to local businesses on Keating Cross Road because they were afraid of the drive.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

DMER Fees
A driver's medical fitness plays a key role in a person's ability to navigate the roads safely – as well as the public’s safety. The primary tool used to assess whether a driver is medically fit to drive is the Driver’s Medical Examination Report (DMER). This report is completed by a physician or nurse practitioner providing information for RoadSafetyBC Driver Medical Fitness staff in their assessment of the severity, progression, treatment or effects of any medical condition(s) that the driver may have that could affect their fitness to drive.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Keeping' Seniors on the Move!
Edited July 29, 2019: We understand that with a driver's license can come a feeling of autonomy, independence, a certain freedom, and often great joy. It doesn't matter if you're 16, 46 or 86 - the feelings are so often the same. The difference is that at 46 - we take it for granted that we are fit and allowed to drive. Not-so-much at 16 or 86 though.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


BCTESG - $1200 Grant
Are you a parent or a guardian of a child born in 2006 – or 2010 or later?


Did you know that there’s a $1200 education savings grant available for kids between the ages of 6 and 9 years old (plus the 2006 kids)?

It’s true – and 40% of families aren’t taking advantage of it.

It’s called the BC Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG) – and it could make a huge difference in your child’s life.


Thursday, June 13, 2019


Old Growth Forests
One of the many things that connects me to my constituency is shared values and the passion that we have for issues that arise from those values. Saanich Southites are an informed, passionate and engaged constituency of people. It's why I feel at home here, it's why I connect with this community so deeply.

Many of our shared values are around equality, dignity and respect. Respect for each other, and for our earth.

It is with these shared values as guides that we, as government, create policies and make decisions that affect an entire province of families, and ultimately generations of people. It is these shared values that we hold dear in our approach to protecting biodiversity and managing our amazing old growth forests. Values that we must balance as we care for our earth and while we ensure that workers and communities are supported.

And, Saanich South, I have heard from many of you that you are concerned about this balance. I hear you when you say that you understand that we have an industry, communities and families that have been neglected for far too long and need our support, and, as well, I hear that you treasure our old-growth forests, as I do, and that we have a duty to protect the precious bio-regions that we are the custodians of.

I have heard you, and we're still listening.

Our government is working to protect much of the old growth on the Coast, in the Great Bear Rainforest and on Vancouver Island. On the Island there are about 520,000 hectares of old growth forests that will not be logged (the equivalent of over 1,700 Cathedral Groves). Our old growth forests are protected in parks and other protected areas, wildlife habitat areas and old growth management areas. Old growth management areas are designated specifically to protect the biodiversity found in old growth ecosystems.

The previous BC Liberal government cut the Forest Service, and allowed the export of raw logs to skyrocket. Part of our strategy includes increasing monitoring, modernizing management practices, and ensuring we are getting more value out of every log. The forest sector is vital to the economy of Vancouver Island, generating more than 24,000 direct jobs and $3.1 billion in gross domestic product. We have just seen several hundred workers lose their jobs in the Interior, in part due to lack of logs. A moratorium would ultimately lead to more job loss on Vancouver Island. Ending logging in all old growth forests on Vancouver Island would shut down the forest industry. Lumber from old growth trees is used to make value-added wood products, such as doors, mouldings, flooring, and decking. Products made from old-growth timber are valued for their strength (tight grain) and beauty.

We believe we can find a balance between protecting the health and sustainability of our forests, and ensuring a robust forest industry that supports good-paying jobs for people across BC.

BC Timber Sales has plans to log less than 900 hectares of old growth forests on Vancouver Island this year.  The estimate of 8,800 hectares released by Sierra Club is not accurate.  BC Timber Sales has published preliminary maps in areas they intend to log over the next 10 to 15 years.  These are NOT final cutblocks or timber sale licences. The actual areas to be logged will be much smaller as plans are developed.

In BC, we plant three trees for each one that is harvested - and young trees can often take up carbon faster than mature stands. Over time, companies will need to transition to second-growth stands, but that can’t happen overnight. To begin with, there is limited second-growth available on the island, and harvesting those stands too early would mean in the next decade or two we would be facing timber shortages again. A second consideration is that most mills on the island are set up to process larger logs. Re-tooling those mills to process smaller logs would be costly and can’t be done overnight.

We're working on it, and it takes time. 

While ensuring supply is one component of stabilizing the economic situation, our government is also looking at changes to practices that will make better use of materials. This could make hundreds of thousands or even millions of cubic metres of fibre available to small producers and pulp mills - creating and sustaining small producer jobs.The San Group has communicated its plan to build a new mill in the Port Alberni area, which would process second growth logs.

Achieving that balance is key.

Right now we are working on a new old growth strategy. Initial amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act passed in the spring. These amendments protect endangered plant communities from logging. Public engagement on a second set of changes to the act began in late May, with the amendments likely to be introduced in 2020.

Public Engagement

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is conducting a Review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program (also known as the Managed Forest Program). The review is one of several policy reforms announced as part of the Coast Forest Sector Revitalization Initiative.

The review will examine how well the Private Managed Forest Land Program is meeting its goals to:
  • encourage private landowners to manage their lands for long-term forest production, and 
  • encourage sustainable forest management practices, including the protection of key public environmental values.
Public participation was invited in a couple of ways - an online survey and written submissions. The opportunity for public comment ended in July. Input received from the engagement process is an important part of the ministry’s review of the program. To determine where the program is most effective, and if improvements are needed, the ministry wishes to understand the different views and concerns of all British Columbians. The ministry plans to develop recommendations for fall 2019.
We also reached out to the forest and range industry, communities and organizations for their feedback on how we improve legislation on sustainably managing our forests and rangelands.

The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) governs the sustainable management of B.C.’s public forest and range resources. It covers planning and practices that protect environmental resources and public safety, as well as public oversight and administrative fairness for those who hold rights to forest and range resources.

Together, the Act and its regulations are the foundation for competitive forest and ranching industries, partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and stability for forestry and ranching-dependent communities.
We want to improve the legislation to ensure it will continue to sustainably manage our forests and rangelands. Guiding principles for proposed changes include putting the resiliency of the land first, public trusts, reconciliation with Indigenous Nations, scientific knowledge as well as flexibility.

Forest and range industry, communities and organizations provided written comments through stakeholder submissions.  Feedback was be accepted through mid July, 2019. 

Feedback from the engagement process will inform changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations that are planned over the next two years. A What We Heard Report will summarize comments received and be publicly available in fall 2019. We will post a link to that report as it becomes available this fall.

Currently there is an open call for input on Interior Forest Renewal – Forest Policy Initiative. That consultation process closes October 11, 2019.  I invite you to visit the engagement site for more info on how to provide input on a plethora of government policy consultations: HERE.

Your government is trying to achieve a balance that works for all British Columbians - based on our shared values. We know there is still a lot of work to do, and we’re committed to moving forward and doing more to protect our old growth forests. 

Please stay engaged, informed, and in touch.

UPDATED: Aug 8, 2019


Tuesday, June 4, 2019


How does the Budget get put together? Is there an opportunity for input?

The answer to that is YES! 

And - this year that opportunity is earlier than it has been in the past.
Our government wants to make sure that we include the input that we'll receive from British Columbians when we're making the decisions that we need to make around Budget 2020 and to do so, we need to hear from you, earlier.

Here's how it works...

A parliamentary committee of the legislative assembly, called The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, annually invites British Columbians to share their priorities and ideas for the next provincial budget. This process is meant to ensure that the priorities of the people of BC are included in the decisions that this government makes around financial priorities.

While the consultation has in the past taken place in the fall, this year it will take place in the summer to enable the committee to deliver its report earlier in the budget process. As such, the process opened on Monday, June 3, 2019. 
"Every year, the committee hears diverse perspectives and suggestions on a number of topics," said Bob D'Eith, committee chair. "Moving the consultation to June will allow for more time to review and consider this input and the recommendations put forward by the committee."

There are many opportunities and ways to participate. All BCers are encouraged to take part and share their views on the issues affecting their families and communities. That's individual citizens - like you - or larger groups from schools, neighbourhoods, communities, causes or organizations.

British Columbians can provide their input in several ways - whatever is most convenient and comfortable. We want to make this an inclusive process. It is, after all, your Budget!

You can submit input by speaking with the committee in-person or via teleconference at a public hearing; by providing a written, audio or video submission; or simply by filling out an online survey. HERE is the link for submission info.

Public hearings are being held all over the province. The public hearing for the Capital Region will be held in Colwood  on Monday June 10, 2019 from 8:45 am - 4:00 pm in the City of Colwood Council Chambers at 3300 Wishart Road. 

Registration for public hearings is open now via the committee's website HERE

Teleconference opportunities and interpretive services can be requested by calling 250 356-2933 or 1 877 428-8337 (toll-free in B.C.).


The deadline for all input is Friday, June 28, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Pacific time). The committee intends to release its report in late July or early August.


The members of the committee are:
  • Bob D'Eith, MLA Maple Ridge-Mission (chair)
  • Dan Ashton, MLA Penticton (deputy chair)
  • Doug Clovechok, MLA Columbia River-Revelstoke
  • Rich Coleman, MLA Langley East
  • Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin
  • Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA Courtenay-Comox
  • Nicholas Simons, MLA Powell River-Sunshine Coast
AND -  this is the first year that BC Government has multiple languages provided for 2020 budget consultation papers.  See HERE for non-English documents.

It's YOUR Budget - get involved and have your say!



Thursday, May 30, 2019



Recycling in the Capital Region

The Saanich South Constituency Office has been getting lots of e-mails about recycling this month so we thought a blog post was in order. Please do feel free to share it!

Please know that while it may be a little less convenient for some, there are lots of options for making sure that our plastics, metal, glass and papers stay out of the landfill.

First of all - Blue Box. Not a lot has changed there – it is still a pretty comprehensive resource. And there is some confusion about what is accepted (yes - clam shells are still accepted!). See the full list HERE.

We realize that our good friends (and neighbours!) at the Bottle Depot are no longer accepting any Blue Box items or plastic wraps and bags, stryofoam or flexible plastic packaging, BUT please rest assured that they are still accepting can and bottles that offer refunds. And – at their Glanford and Queens locations they still accept batteries, light bulbs and lighting fixtures, small appliances and electronics. For their full list go HERE.

Hartland Depot still accepts ALL recyclable items for FREE – including the small propane tanks, plastic overwrap and styrofoam. They're open until 2 pm on Saturdays for your convenience (and throughout the week as well. Check out their hours online).

Plastic bags and overwrap, foam packaging, and other flexible plastic packaging can also be returned to London Drugs locations – yeah London Drugs! See all the details HERE

Please know that RecycleBC changes will see that all recyclable items that were accepted – are still accepted – just at different locations. The Victoria area recycling info can be found HERE – with a Return-it Depot on Ellery Street in Esquimalt.

As well, Pacific Mobile is still operating at Reynolds School on the 4th Saturday of every month – as well as other locations around the CRD. You can find out more info HERE.

Please know that this government is committed to working to not only recycle responsibly – but to reduce waste at all stages of product life. BC is a leader in sustainable environmental management and we understand that effective waste management procedures and solutions contribute a great deal to preserving our environment. This is an ever-changing opportunity – and challenge – and this BC government is working hard to see that we are doing the best we can to manage product and packaging life responsibly.

Find out more here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/waste-management

I hope this is a helpful resource for you. Don't hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions at all! We're happy to help.


Monday, May 27, 2019



Good Food = Good Health. Seems simple, right?

On a Friday in April, an idea that I have been working on for many years finally came to fruition. It's literally a dream come true for me. 

I was in Pentiction to announce Feed BC, our new initiative that ensures more of the food served to people that are in the care of our government facilities is grown, harvested or processed in B.C. Penticton and the Interior Health seemed like the perfect place to launch this exciting initiative.
Hospitals in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Oliver, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake
photo from Global News
will benefit from this initial launch of the initiative.
By using B.C. ingredients, Interior Health is improving the patient experience while at the same time supporting B.C. growers, producers and processors from all over the province.

We’ve partnered with Interior Health to encourage, inspire, and support a shift to more BC foods in health-care and other government facilities! This is a true game changer – not only does it benefit our agriculture sector, but healthy, great-tasting, and locally-sourced meals can also help people during recovery. 

It’s a win-win scenario, and I'm so excited that this pilot could easily serve as a model that can be implement in other public institutions across the province!

Learn more about the Interior Health launch HERE. We're hoping to make more announcements - closer to home - soon!

Friday, May 17, 2019


This week is all about the Bees!

Our community office is honouring the amazing little creatures – and all the essential pollinators – by helping the community create some nourishment for them.

Bring a garden pot or two* by our office parking lot on Sunday May 26th between 11 am and 1 pm. We’ll fill them with wildflower seeds and local potting soil from our friends at TufTurf so we can co-create some beautiful flower offerings for our local pollinators.

Sunday May 26
11 am - 1 pm
4243 Glanford Ave.


Ever thought of beeing a beekeeper? We'll have Nairn Holloster from the Capital Region Beekeepers Association on hand to answer your questions about all things beekeeping! As well as displays from our friends at the Island Pollinator Initiative.

We're serving up local honey lemonade and have some honey sticks for the kids from Urban Bee.

Bring the whole family – and your pots!

Bee there!

Just can't get enough of this bee thing? After you have your pots filled - head over to see our friends at Swan Lake nature Sanctuary as they celebrate Bee Day on Sunday too - from Noon to 3 pm

You'll learn about how you can encourage bees in your backyards, about Bee songs, they'll have bee crafts and eve some bee spit to taste (really?)

Find out more on their website.

* This is while supplies last. Limit of two reasonable size pots so there's some for everyone. We'll have some small pots to give away as well - perfect for window sills. 

Monday, May 13, 2019


Special Project on children with neuro-diverse special needs. 


Do you have a child or work with children that have Autism or neuro-diverse special needs (e.g.: ASD, FASD, Developmental Delay)?

Your government would like to hear from you on June 3 - or before June 7!

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth invites all British Columbians to participate in their special project on assessment and eligibility processes for children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs.

You are invited to share your input, experiences and recommendations by speaking with the Committee at a public hearing or by making a written, audio or video submission. Specifically, they would like to know your thoughts on how assessment and eligibility processes
for children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs can be improved.

The public hearing will be taking place in Victoria on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 9am-4pm at the Parliament Buildings - in the Douglas Fir Committee Room. The Committee is hoping that constituents and organizations in Saanich South may be interested in participating. Spots are still available for this public hearing and teleconference can also be arranged for those unable to attend in person.

Registration to reserve a speaking time is available on the Committee’s website HERE, or by calling the Parliamentary Committees Office 250-356-2933. Speaking times are 15 minutes – 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions from Committee Members.

Interested constituents and organizations can also provide input by making a written, audio or video submission HERE.

The deadline for input is Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m.

The Committee will consider all input and make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly in a report which is expected to be released in the early fall.

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is one of ten permanent all-party committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The Committee works to foster greater awareness and understanding among legislators and the public of the B.C. child and youth-serving system. The Committee also provides a public forum for discussion of reports by the Representative for Children and Youth.

Further information on the work of the Committee is available on the Committee’s website HERE.

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Touring Haliburton Farm.

What a thrill it was to be able to do a farm tour – in my own neighbourhood this weekend!

I'm so proud of the farmers at 
Haliburton Community Organic Farm and very grateful for the time they took at this busy time of year to show me what's new and what's happening.

Not only is Halliburton a feast for the eyes, it turned out to be an actual feast! I took home some incredible produce, including crispy radish and delicious, sweet arugula picked fresh by farmer Kevin Allen.


I also managed to get a start on my own garden with four beautiful tomato plants from the Hali Plant Sale. So looking forward to eating fresh, organic tomatoes – straight from the vine!

Thank you for taking such great care in feeding our community Haliburton Farm!



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Donations at Bottle Depot support Cool Aid for the Entire Month of May


Look for special bins at all three Bottle Depot locations to donate your beverage containers to our friends at Cool Aid this month (including our wonderful neighbours here on Glanford Ave)!

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Celebrating Provincial Funding for the Sikh Khalsa Diwan Society Gurdwara!

“The historic Topaz Sikh Gurdwara is an important part of the Greater Victoria community and provides a welcoming place for people of all faiths,” said Premier John Horgan. “In the spirit of Vaisakhi and the Sikh practice of sewa, or selfless community service, this funding will allow the temple to make much-needed upgrades so that it can keep serving thousands of people each year.”
The KDS Gurdwara (temple) opened in 1912 in Victoria and is one of the two oldest operating Gurdwaras in North America. It requires upgrades to meet modern accessibility standards and the needs of a growing and aging community.


The gurdwara provides a place for people to gather for community celebrations and prayer services. It also serves vegetarian lunches to thousands of people of all religions, cultures and nationalities throughout the year. The temple is an important place for children and youth to connect with their culture and receive support from other members of the community, including the more than 300 seniors who attend the temple regularly.
“The Sikh Khalsa Diwan Society has been providing services to people in Greater Victoria for more than 100 years and we want to help them continue to reach out to everyone,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “The gurdwara is in dire need of upgrades to the facilities and this grant will improve accessibility and ensure it can continue to welcome people from Victoria and around the world.”
The provincial grant, distributed through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will support accessibility and safety upgrades to the gurdwara’s kitchen, common areas, main entrances and outdoor decks.



Quick Facts:
  • In 2012, the KDS Gurdwara celebrated its 100th anniversary.
  • The gurdwara currently serves more than 600 meals, free of charge, to people in need in downtown Victoria each weekend.
  • The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing distributed end-of-year contingency grants for 2018-19 for infrastructure projects in four B.C. communities.
  • In order to access this one-time grant funding, eligible organizations submitted proposals detailing the scope of their project, budget breakdowns and how the funding would meet the needs of their community
  • B.C. is home to one of the largest Sikh populations outside India.
  • The KDS Gurdwara (temple) opened in 1912 in Victoria and is one of the two oldest operating Gurdwaras in North America. It requires upgrades to meet modern accessibility standards and the needs of a growing and aging community.
  • The gurdwara provides a place for people to gather for community celebrations and prayer services. It also serves vegetarian lunches to thousands of people of all religions, cultures and nationalities throughout the year. The temple is an important place for children and youth to connect with their culture and receive support from other members of the community, including the more than 300 seniors who attend the temple regularly.
  • “The Sikh Khalsa Diwan Society has been providing services to people in Greater Victoria for more than 100 years and we want to help them continue to reach out to everyone,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “The gurdwara is in dire need of upgrades to the facilities and this grant will improve accessibility and ensure it can continue to welcome people from Victoria and around the world.”
  • The provincial grant, distributed through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will support accessibility and safety upgrades to the gurdwara’s kitchen, common areas, main entrances and outdoor decks.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


Opening the 2019 Little League Season in Style 

It was a double header of opening days in Saanich South on Saturday!

The rain didn't stop Lakehill Ball from their 2019 opening ceremonies this morning as the park filled with excited players, families and fans – including me! 

But it's nit just great ball and community that make Lakehill such a great place to be. Tucked away on Ambassador Ave, Lakehill Ball Park is also home to a not-so-well keep burger secret – Chef Dave's Dugout Concession...which I declared the best concession in British Columbia! Just look at that menu! Sixty years of volunteering has kept this park thriving.
It was great to be invited to participate at the opening ceremonies again with Saanich Councillor Susan Brice! We have been opening Lakehill Baseball together for years. It was a great way to start a Saturday!




My next stop was Layritz Little League's season opener – with another excited crowd of fans! The rain started pelting down as Mayor Fred Haynes and I each threw opening pitches. I'm happy to say no children were injured!  

The excitement for the season couldn't be dampened by the weather, and neither could the excitement for 2020! 

Layritz will be hosting the Canadian National Championships in 2020 and it’s a pretty big deal! If you’re interested in getting involved or becoming a sponsor more info is available HERE.


DID YOU KNOW: The land for Layritz park was donated by Richard Layritz in 1953. He wanted it to be used specifically for kids to play. Decades later I'm pretty sure he would be super proud of how the community has embraced his dream.