Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MMBC & Urban Impact

Quick note. Today I met with Nicole Stefenelli and toured her company, Urban Impact. 

This remarkable BC company, located in New Westminster, takes in 450 tonnes each day of recyclables. 

450 tonnes! 

It has more than 100 employees. Nicole started her company from scratch when she was in her early twenties. Up until recently it handled more than 25% of the province's recyclables.

Regrettably, recent changes made by the BC government have created a new monopoly in her industry, MMBC, and her company has been cut out. 

Nicole is an amazing business woman with a great team and I am sure she will find a way to thrive. 

But that doesn't mean we should look the other way while this government actively undermines the recycling sector! I certainly intend to do exactly the opposite.

For more information on my work challenging MMBC, see:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Critical Moment for Maltby Lake

Dear Friends,

This Monday a BC Supreme Court will hear arguments about the future of Maltby Lake.

The Land Conservancy owns 35% of this Saanich property but is under pressure from its Court-appointed Monitor to sell off its share to the highest bidder. (TLC has been under Creditor Protection since late 2013.)

Many people in Saanich have contacted me to say that if a sale is ordered by the court it must be to a bidder that will accept an obligation to maintain its natural state. Such a bidder has come forward. The individuals involved have widespread support from the community at large, local Saanich Councillors, local conservationist organizations, and even from the general membership and Board of TLC.

Now we are looking to the BC Supreme Court to recognize this significant public support and fairly balance the valid financial interests of TLC’s creditors with the environmental importance of the watershed itself.

Let’s not forget that the beauty and ecological value of this watershed is extraordinary.

The video which follows is a 10 minute excerpt from a public event I held recently about Maltby. The speaker is an expert in hydrology and has been actively studying Maltby for years. His talk and images are very engaging and clearly lay out why this watershed is worthy of protection.

You can show your support by ‘liking’ the Maltby Lake Society’s facebook page or signing their petition.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas? Hanukkah? ...Art? Donuts!

Dear Residents of Saanich South,

Join me on Wednesday December 17th, between 6:00 and 7:30 pm, at my Constituency Office, 4085 Quadra St.

Award-winning portrait and still life painter Marcia Perkins will be in attendance with more than thirty of her paintings and drawings.

To celebrate Christmas, carollers from the much-loved Linden Choir will sing between 6:30 -7:00 pm. 

We will also have mulled apple cider made from local apples and savory mini-quiches made by a local chef. 

And to celebrate Hanukkah, we will be making hot sugar doughnuts on site!

Hope to see you soon!


MLA Saanich South