Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fantastic News for Fair PharmaCare!



One of the things I’ve heard too often from families is that needed prescriptions were going unfilled because Fair PharmaCare deductibles were too high. That’s why I’m proud that our government has made the first ever changes to Fair PharaCare deductibles and co-payments since the program was created 15 years ago!

This is a long-overdue step that will improve the lives and health of folks in Saanich South, and BCers across the province. We’re investing $105 million so that households earning up to $30,000 in net income no longer have a deductible, and households earning under $45,000 now have a lowered deductible as well. Deductibles are also completely eliminated for seniors born before 1940 with an annual net income up to $14,000.

Frankly, no one should have to make the decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table or buying school supplies. With these new changes families will save more throughout the year, so that they can focus on the things that really matter.  

To learn more about Fair PharmaCare – including the enrollment process, which is super easy! – visit the following link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/pharmacare-for-bc-residents/who-we-cover/fair-pharmacare-plan

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Monthly Micro-Action: Plan Ahead

*MLA’s note* I’m so happy to introduce Laska ParĂ©! Laska is one of our amazing constituents in Saanich South, and is also a monthly guest blogger on my website! She writes about tips on small changes we can make in our day-to-day lives to encourage us to live more sustainably. Read on below to find out more! -Lana  
I used to see carrying my recycling to the curb as an opportunity to look at my waste and consider alternatives. However, recently I’ve found myself noting how many things in the blue box aren’t mine. As a single woman living by herself, it was easy to say ‘no’ to unnecessary purchases. But now that I have a partner and a dog in the home, I find myself saying ‘yes’ to sales on chicken breasts, even if it includes more packaging.

#ZeroWasteFail

So my circumstances have changed and I’m no longer the only planeteer under my roof. But that doesn’t mean I can’t grow my squad! After all, we all need to do our part to keep the pale blue dot we call home healthy. 


In looking at my waste, I realized that no one person was to blame, and most of it was the result of poor planning.

I sat my family down and noted my waste observations and what we could do to reduce not only our waste but how we could save time and money.

We decided to do a meal plan and plan all our meals for the week.

The result?

Not only did this give us a clear outline of our week – allowing for more productive days and relaxing evenings after work – we saved money, we saved time (taking less trips to the grocery store) and could ensure each of our meals were wholesome and nourishing.

Micro-Actions For January

Plan ahead!

Even if your life isn’t conducive to the zero-waste lifestyle (yet), use the New Year as an opportunity get into the habit of planning ahead. Whether that means packing your lunch for work, building in more travel time if you choose to walk instead of drive, or making sure to pack reusable bags with you for the grocery – learning to anticipate your needs, and taking the time to do so will help you manage your time better and be more organized!

Laska

Monday, January 14, 2019

One of my favourite events of the New Year is coming up!

It's not all about chucking frozen salmon in a creek, but I'm not going to lie, that part is really fun!
It's a great experience and it's exceptionally important work!  
On Saturday January 26th, 2019 at 10:30 am the Mount Douglas Park Society is hosting it's seasonal salmon carcass transplant!    
Thanks to the Howard English Hatchery volunteers at Goldstream who will bring approximately 100 salmon carcasses - partially thawed! - which will be tossed into 
Douglas Creek. 
This transplant mimics the results of a large return of salmon to Douglas Creek. The carcasses will decompose into the aquatic ecosystem delivering marine derived nutrients to riparian vegetation and invertebrate populations thus setting up the system for productive trophic webs. 
Additionally, there will be transplanting of both Coho and chum fry!
Also Saanich Parks will have plants ready for riparian restoration planting. 
Wear rain gear, or old clothing, and rubber boots if you have them. they will supply cotton gloves. 
This is a great event for children, but the creek banks are muddy, slippery and steep and the creek can be dangerous at high flows.  Each child under 16 must be accompanied by their parents. 

Thanks to everyone for all of their hard work and commitment! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!



Wishing you, your family, and your friends a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019! I'm looking forward to seeing what this year will have in store for us! 

-Lana