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February 2022 Update

Budget 2022 is here! Click here for the full budget

Dear neighbour,

What a month it has been. The months of January through March are always the busiest of the year as we prepare for the spring sitting of the Legislature, the new budget, and our committees ramping up again. As a result, this may be one of my longer emails you have received. I apologize in advance for that, but I will try to be efficient here.

This month began with the Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Tiger. The Tiger symbolizes bravery and strength and as we navigate COVID-19 and other challenges this year, let’s channel the Tiger and continue to care for each other and look towards brighter days with courage and hope.

We are fortunate to live in a province with rich cultural diversity, and Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate alongside, and honour the contributions of Asian Canadians. One way our government is hoping to recognize this is with the new announcement of a Chinese Canadian Museum that will be open in 2024.

February is also Black History Month, and brings with it an opportunity to honour, celebrate and reflect on the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Black pioneers of our community. From James Douglas, our first Governor, to Harry Jerome and John Braithwaite, two local pioneers of North Vancouver. I highly recommend using some time to read up on our province's history at https://bcblackhistory.ca/

Black History Month is also a time to reflect on why this month is needed. A great local story was published in the North Shore News that spoke on how North Vancouver was built off the profits from the slave trade. As a government, we must do better to deliver meaningful action to support Black British Columbians now and into the future. We have started on this work, including last year when we formally recognized Emancipation Day, for the first time in B.C.’s history. We are also working with community organizations to identify new teacher and student resources with an anti-racism lens, support the teaching of Black history topics in the K-12 curriculum and building on the work underway through the provincial K-12 Anti-Racism Action Plan.

February was also the month where we unveiled our updated StrongerBC Economic Plan and our BC Budget 2022. I will include more details of those below, but as you can imagine this has kept me busy. I still am in Victoria Monday through Thursday with my committee work on Fridays until March 18th. As a result, it is difficult for me to take meetings during this time, but I will still strive to respond to as people as I can, and for those I cannot get to in this time, my constituency assistants can help! 

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, or have questions about any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be contacted at 604-983-9859 or by emailing us at susie.chant.mla@leg.bc.caWe look forward to assisting you.

All the best and take care,

Susie

Earlier this week, our Provincial Health Officer lifted some public health restrictions and capacity limits. This was only possible because of the collective effort and care people have shown over the past few months by getting vaccinated and following health measures. While we are transitioning to a sustainable COVID-19 management plan, remember that everyone will go at their own pace. Let’s be respectful of others’ comfort levels and remember that wearing masks, staying home when sick, getting tested, and getting fully vaccinated remain important measures to keep each other safe.  

Novavax is now available for those who are hesitant about mRNA technology. Vaccines are also transitioning to being administered through our pharmacies. Book your booster when you can! NACI is now recommending waiting a few months after infection thought before you book your booster now though.

COVID Resources:       

BC Budget 2022

On February 22nd we released Budget 2022 and through it, we are going to continue to make life better for people by investing in our province’s economic, environmental, and social strengths. You can learn more here: BC Budget 2022.

  • $2.1 billion to support the recovery of communities as we build back better from recent disasters, and to strengthen our defenses to make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future climate-related disasters, including creating year round wildfire management services
  • more than $1 billion for CleanBC to make clean energy and transportation the more affordable option for people and businesses, support industry to decarbonize our economy, and provide funding to help local governments reduce emissions
  • connecting another 280 First Nations, rural and remote communities to high-speed internet
  • investments in new skilled trades certifications and more training seats for much-needed workers in the care economy
  • a record $27.4 billion investment in infrastructure, including seismic school upgrades, our new acute care tower at Lionsgate Hospital and a brand new Phibbs Transit Exchange            

Read more about the full budget at www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2022/

Just before Budget 2022, we introduced our updated StrongerBC Economic Plan. The plan is designed to build off our strong economic recovery from the pandemic, and address inequality and climate change. Right now, B.C. is leading Canada’s economic recovery, and we want to sustain this recovery while addressing some of the key lessons we’ve learned over the last two years. The pandemic, fires, flooding and other events over the last couple of years have exposed gaps in how our systems care for people – and this plan will address those so nobody is left behind. 

The StrongerBC Economic Plan sets out to fill one-million job openings anticipated over the next ten years while working towards two goals – inclusive growth and clean growth. And to keep us on track, we have set out comprehensive key actions and core missions. You can learn more about the plan here: StrongerBC.gov.bc.ca/engage

Standing with my friends, coworkers and fellow MLAs today to mark Pink Shirt Day.
We all have a responsibility to stop bullying, in all spaces. These days, unity, love and creating safe spaces are needed more than ever. Our government has been taking strong steps on this, especially in schools. Find out more about building safer schools at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase
With Dr. Jan Maclean in front of our office's new ArThanks setup. This is an organization that gives free art to frontline workers! Check out https://arthanks.ca/available-art/ to claim a piece, and come by our constituency office in Lynn Valley to check out the art!

Office Hours

Our office is open from 10 till 5 PM on Monday and Friday, and from 9 AM till 5 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The office is closed for lunch from noon till 1 PM.

Due to the nature of our work, sometimes we may be closed for meetings, or we may be out of office to attend events, so it is best to call ahead. Our phone number is 604 983 9859.
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