Thursday, August 19, 2021


 
Hello,

Our office will be closed for a Summer break starting on Monday August 23rd.

We will reopen after Labour Day on Tuesday September 7th with a return to our regular office hours of 9:00AM - 4:00PM Monday to Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Here are some resources that may be helpful to you while my office is closed:
  • If you need assistance with any BC Government agencies please call 250-387-6121.
  • If you have an issue regarding Agriculture and Fisheries you can email the Ministry's office at: AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
  • Finally, the latest news from the B.C. government can be found here.

Thank you,


Tuesday, August 17, 2021



Punjabi Mela!

I’m looking forward to celebrating Independence Day and Mela Teeyan Da at the Punjabi Mela at Beckwith Park! So many people are gathering to rejoice together with food and dance! 


It takes many hands to organize these rich cultural events in our community and I would like to thank all the organizers who are working tirelessly to make this event happen!


Checkout the event details in the flyer below!




Sincerely,



Thursday, August 12, 2021



Another heat warning is in effect for Saanich South!

Temperatures are expected to climb to the early thirties and stay high overnight. Take steps to protect yourself and don't forget to check in on your neighbours.

Make sure to:
  • Drink plenty of fluids,
  • Keep cool – find AC or a fan if you can, otherwise try a cold bath or shower to cool down,
  • Avoid sunburn by using plenty of sunscreen and staying inside during peak heat, and
  • Never leave a child or pet in a car, even if you crack the window

Sincerely,


Tuesday, August 10, 2021


Saanich South Summer Reading Competition!
 
Do you live in Saanich South? Do you love reading? Do you like free books?
 
Enter our Summer Reading Competition for a chance to win a free book of your choice from a local bookstore! All you have to do is show that you live in Saanich South and let us know what book(s) you’ve been reading this summer!
 

Here’s how to participate:


  1. Send an email to us at Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca by September 10, 2021 and let us know (either by sharing a picture or just telling us) what book you're currently reading! You are also welcome to share your entire summer reading list with us!
  2. In your email to us, include your postal code to prove that you live in Saanich South
  3. Done! A winner will be chosen by a random draw after September 10th


I can’t wait to see what everyone in Saanich South has been reading this summer!

Thank you,


Friday, August 6, 2021


What do you think about paid sick days?

The pandemic has highlighted just how important it is to stay home from work when you are sick to reduce the spread of illness and keep people healthy. But many people, especially those in lower-paying jobs without benefits, don’t have that choice and they can’t afford to lose wages by missing work.
 
Our government introduced three days of paid sick leave during the pandemic, to bridge the gap for people accessing the federal sickness benefit. At the same time, we committed to putting in place a permanent paid sick leave program, so that everyone can access paid sick days and stay home when they need to. This permanent program will come into effect in January 2022, but we want you to tell us what it should look like.
 
We want to make sure this program reflects the needs and experiences of people in B.C., so we’re inviting both workers and employers to participate in a short survey to help us shape the program. Go to engage.gov.bc.ca/paidsickleave/ to participate – the survey will be open until September 14. Whether you currently have paid sick days at your workplace or not, we want to hear from you. The survey should only take a few minutes and doesn’t ask for any personal information. All the responses will be kept confidential.
 
As our economy continues to recover from the pandemic, we also want to make sure that people whose employment was impacted are recovering as well. That’s why we’ve announced an investment of $95 million in skills training programs to support over 9,000 people across the province.
 
We’re helping people to re-skill or up-skill so they can find the right job for them and support themselves and their families while also boosting our local economies. If you or someone you know is unemployed or under-employed and looking to learn new skills, visit this link to see programs that are available
.

Thank you,