Thursday, July 28, 2022

Preparing for Extreme Heat


This week Environment and Climate Change Canada issued heat warnings across BC, including the South Island, due to rising temperatures. We encourage everyone to plan and prepare for high temperatures.

Preparing for high temperatures: 
  • You can find information about cooling centres across the South Island here.    
    • Checking with your municipality, regional district, or First Nation is also a good way to find the most up to date information on cooling centres.
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms during extreme heat, take immediate steps to cool down and seek emergency care. Symptoms can include:
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    • Headaches,
    • Dizziness,
    • Rapid breathing or increased heartrate, and
    • Feeling very thirsty or having dark urine
  • Create a heat plan to keep safe
    • Identify cool zones inside and outside of homes (such as community centres and libraries), 
    • Find ways to cool down (such as taking cool baths or showers and drinking plenty of water), and 
    • Identify vulnerable family members and neighbours who are susceptible to heat and who should be checked on.
Making it easier for evacuees to receive support:

Last year’s extreme weather events made it clear how important it is to be prepared for a potential crisis. One day you may need to evacuate due to an emergency, whether it's flood, fire or earthquake. This week, we announced that we are making it easier to receive evacuee financial support – because the last thing you need in an emergency is more paperwork. You can now pre-register to receive financial support by e-transfer so when you need it and are eligible to receive it, you can get it quickly and easily. Here’s how:

Thursday, July 21, 2022

July is Lakes Appreciation Month!

Did you know that July is Lakes Appreciation Month? Thank you to the BC Lake Stewardship Society and all the other non-profits, Indigenous Nations, communities, and individuals who have helped contribute to a better understanding of lake ecology in BC!

Did you also know that Elk/Beaver Lake is getting a new oxygenation system to help make the lakes cleaner and safer for people and pets?

What's your favourite lake in BC?


Thursday, July 14, 2022

International Non-Binary People's Day

Happy #InternationalNonBinaryPeoplesDay to all the non-binary folks in Saanich South and across BC! Thank you for being your authentic self and expressing who you are!

Folks that are unsure what "non-binary" means should consider checking out this article


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Additional Booster Doses Coming This Fall

B.C. is making plans to offer everyone 12+ a fall booster dose. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has been clear this approach will provide the best protection in the fall and winter when we’re all spending more time inside and respiratory illness is passed around our communities.  

Starting in the Fall eligible residents will be invited to book their second booster. Bookings will happen the same way your first two doses and booster were booked. Click here to learn more.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Thank You Premier Horgan!

As you may have heard, Premier John Horgan announced that he will not be running again in the next election. He will be staying on as Premier until the next Leader of the BCNDP is chosen. 
I wish Premier Horgan all the best. He gave me the chance to do what I love as Minister of Agriculture, and he also gave me the gift of friendship. This is a difficult moment but I support his decision.

There is no doubt that Premier Horgan will be remembered as a leader who prioritized people. He brought us together and improved the lives of people across BC. He put science first throughout the pandemic, eliminated MSP fees, lowered ICBC premiums, created new child care spaces and lowered fees, and built a record amount of housing while taxing greedy speculators. He also took big money out of BC politics and took truly historic steps with Indigenous Peoples towards the path of reconciliation.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating forest fires, unprecedented floods, and his second bout of cancer, John always put the needs of British Columbians first.
John is a great coach and has built a strong team that will continue the work to make life better for British Columbians. In the months ahead there will be an exciting leadership race, focused on the best ideas for the future of BC. Until then, John remains Premier and will continue to serve the people of our province. This includes pushing the federal government to fund their fair share of health-care costs so we can make our public health-care system work better for everyone.

Our entire caucus is united in our determination to make life better for the people of British Columbia. There is much more to do and we remain focused on putting people first.

Thank you,