Thursday, June 23, 2016

Saanich News: Diversity of Maltby Lake is worth protecting

Gillian Harvey, left, Carmel Thomson, Patrick Brown
and MLA Lana Popham stand outside the B.C.
Supreme Court in February 2015.

Image Credit: Jane Brown Photo
OPINION
Reprinted from the Saanich News, June 21 2016

This week, I’m excited to introduce you to one of Saanich’s hidden gems: Maltby Lake.

Few are aware of this extraordinary place even though it’s in the heart of Saanich and just 10 kilometers from downtown Victoria. There is no place closer to the provincial capital that surpasses Maltby Lake in terms of ecological value or wild beauty.

Freshwater jellyfish and sponges have existed in the lake for thousands of years and the area is home to painted turtles, horned owls, beavers and many other local and even endangered species.

Not only is Maltby Lake phenomenally diverse but it also plays an important role in our regional waterway. The lake itself is filled with drinkable water continually recharged by multiple underground springs and it is at the headwaters of the Tod Creek Watershed – the second largest watershed in Saanich.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Constituency Report - Cooking Show!

Hi all,

For my Spring 2016 Constituency Report I decided to do something a little different... and more fun! Hope you like it. :) - Lana



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saanich News: Risk of real estate bubble

OPINION
Reprinted from the Saanich News, June 7 2016

In the B.C Legislature, one of the most important obligations of the “official opposition” is to expose the failures of the governing party.
Currently that party is the B.C. Liberals, led by Premier Christy Clark. To be blunt, there are many failures that I could write about, but today I want to focus in on one that has the potential to seriously impact us right here in Saanich: the failure to adequately regulate the real estate market.
In Vancouver, this failure has taken on crisis proportions. Average house prices in the city are increasing more than 20 per cent a year.
Currently a modest detached house in Vancouver routinely sells for well over a million dollars. This is a real estate bubble and it has been created and is being perpetuated in part by a lack of regulations in the real estate industry and, in particular, a lack of control on foreign cash pouring into the market
The negative consequences are very significant. Real estate bubbles can burst and create devastating economic consequences that reverberate throughout the economy. And even if that worst-case scenario doesn’t happen there are many other harms to consider: property taxes increased to match the speculative value; dangerously high debt loads for new homebuyers; and young adults or those of modest means being completely priced out of the market.