Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Community Office Update

My community office will be closing for a brief summer break starting on August 22nd. My office will reopen after Labour Day on Tuesday September 6th at 9:00AM. If you need assistance, you can leave a voicemail at 250-479-4154 or an email at Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca and we will respond to inquiries in the order they were received.

Should you require assistance sooner than that, here are a few helpful resources:
  • If you need assistance with Government agencies, please call 1-604-660-2421. 
  • The latest news from the B.C. government can be found on the news website at https://news.gov.bc.ca/ 
  • Call 2-1-1 for assistance with community, government, and health services.
  • Call 250-387-1023 or email AF.Minister@gov.bc.ca for help with issues related to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Building an Equitable BC

There is no doubt that BC’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Living with people from all walks of life teaches us how to better empathize and cooperate with each other. Despite this, some groups are still more likely to face disadvantages, discrimination, and prejudice. During the pandemic, we saw that low-wage workers, seniors, and racialized people were more likely to be impacted by COVID-19. And just this week, Statistics Canada reported that there was an increase in police-reported hate crimes in 2021. There is clearly still more work to do make BC more equitable.
Our government has taken steps to build equity into all aspects of our systems. We recently introduced the Anti-Racism Data Act to identify systemic barriers faced by Indigenous people, Black people and people of colour so that we can make government programs and services work better for more people. This year, we also released the Declaration Act Action Plan which outlines 89 specific actions every ministry in government will take to create a better province for Indigenous Peoples in BC .
These are just some of the larger examples, but work to make BC more equitable is happening in every Ministry. This week, we announced a new anti-racism training program:
More people throughout B.C. will now be able to receive free training on how to help defuse racist incidents through the new Anti-Racism Community Stewards pilot program. This unique program will teach people to deliver bystander intervention training – so they can teach others in their community to address racist incidents. For more information, visit vircs.bc.ca/lcrcprogram 



Thursday, August 4, 2022

New South Island Post-Secondary Campus

Did you hear that BC is investing $77.8 million into the construction of a new post-secondary campus on the Westshore?

The new campus is a collaboration between Royal Roads University, the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and the Justice Institute of BC and will support flexible programming, accessible infrastructure, and students in the Westshore and across the South Island.

You can learn more here.