Thursday, October 7, 2021

 


This week, I returned to the Legislature to kick off our fall sitting. All MLAs are fully vaccinated, and this week, for the first time, we were all able to come together in person to bring forward and discuss legislation and vote on issues that matter to British Columbians and build a stronger BC.  
 
It was a great reminder that vaccinations are the key to putting this pandemic behind us.  
 
If you have a friend or family member who is eligible but still hasn’t gotten their COVID-19 vaccine, please take some time this weekend to talk to them. Listen to their concerns, understand their perspective, and help them find clear, accurate information that answers their questions. Whey they’re ready, you can help them register for an appointment or find a nearby drop-in clinic by clicking here.  
 
Here are a few updates about actions our government took this week: 
 
Vaccinations required for visitors to health care facilities 
Starting October 12, people who wish to visit friends and loved ones in long-term care homes must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This is an important step to protect some of the most vulnerable in our province. Beginning on October 26, this will extend to include visitors to acute care and community care settings. These steps build on other actions we’ve taken, including requiring vaccinations for all staff in these facilities. 
 
Applications open for Young Leaders Council 
The voices of young people matter. We're launching applications to select up to 15 young people aged 14-26 for the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council. These youth will meet regularly and provide input to the Premier’s Special Advisor on Youth, MLA Brittny Anderson. Please encourage young people in your life to apply to join the Young Leaders Council!
 
Mandatory training for new commercial truck drivers 
We all want our roads and highways to be as safe as possible. The new mandatory training requirement will ensure that new commercial truck drivers have the skills and experience they need to safely navigate BC roads in all kinds of weather. As of October 18, drivers applying for a Class 1 license will have to show proof of completing the training. This will make our roads safer for everyone. You can learn more here

Thank you,