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Dear Neighbour,

Be prepared for high temperatures

This week Environment and Climate Change Canada issued heat warnings for multiple areas in BC due to rising temperatures. We encourage everyone to plan and prepare for high temperatures. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Find information about heat warnings and cooling centres in North Vancouver here. If you are traveling around the province, you can go to Emergency Info BC  to access information regarding the area you are traveling to. 
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, take immediate steps to cool down and seek emergency care. Learn more here
  • Create a heat plan to keep safe. A heat plan should identify cool zones inside and outside of homes (such as community centres and libraries), 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.
The District of North Vancouver has a list of the places that will be open as cooling centres and can be accessed here. The list includes:

Libraries
  • Lynn Valley Library (1277 Lynn Valley Rd)
  • Capilano Library (3045 Highland Blvd)
  • Parkgate Library (3675 Banff Crt)
Community Recreation Centres
  • Ron Andrews (931 Lytton St)
  • Parkgate (3625 Banff Ct)
  • Karen Magnussen (2300 Kirkstone Rd)
  • Delbrook (851 West Queens Rd)
The City of North Vancouver also has its library open at 120 14th Street West, North Vancouver. Please check to see the days and hours each cooling centre is open. 

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, the Province 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:

While we are on the topic of emergencies, earlier in the month millions of Rogers customers lost cell phone coverage and internet for an extended period of time. For so many of us, if we do not have cell phone service, we do not have a way to contact 911. According to the CRTC, if a cell phone network is down, removing the SIM card should still allow you to access other cell phone networks to contact 911 services.

Hopefully no one will ever be in a situation where they need emergency services and are without a cell phone network or a landline, but should it ever happen, remember to remove your SIM card to obtain access to 911. If there is the ability to access another network, it will allow you to connect to 911 services. 
Being a nurse, I am aware of how important healthcare is to everyone. I am pleased to sit on the Select Standing Committee on Health, an all-party committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The Committee is working to identify potential strategies to maintain a sustainable health care system for all British Columbians.

We want to hear from British Columbians about BC’s illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis. It is an important issue and we want to know how it has impacted people's lives, and what are their recommendations. The consultation is open till Friday, August 5, 2022, and can be accessed here

Canada Day at the Shipyards!

It was great to see everyone at Canada Day down at the Shipyards. Lots of buttons, flags and lollypops were handed out. It was a beautiful day for it. 
The Province reviewed the immigration detention arrangement between the BC Government and Canadian Boarder Services Agency (CBSA), including its effect on public safety and whether it aligns with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and expectations set by Canadian courts.

This review brought to light aspects of the arrangement that do not align with our government’s commitment to upholding human-rights standards or our dedication to pursuing social justice and equity for everyone. In light of these findings, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced that the Province is ending its arrangement with the CBSA. It is important to maintain public safety as well as ensuring that an individual's human rights are respected. This Government plans to do both. You can learn more here.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to children aged 6 months to 4 years as of August 2nd. For more information about the vaccine and how to register, please click here. You can also contact your doctor or your pharmacist for information regarding the health and safety of the vaccine. HealthLink BC is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 8-1-1. There you can speak to a nurse about your concerns. Translators are also available. 
Second COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available now for peoples 70 and older, as well Indigenous people 55 and older and people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Fall second boosters will be made available starting September for the rest of the population. However, should you feel that you would like to receive your second booster now, you can phone the call centre at 1-833-838-2323 to book an appointment. The call centre is open 7 days a week, from 7 AM till 7 PM. Translators are available. 
 

Monkeypox Vaccines

The Province is making monkeypox vaccines available to people in British Columbia. Although the number of cases in BC remains low, some community transmission has been identified. For more information about who is eligible to get a vaccine and how to book an appointment, please visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/monkeypox or click here

Recognize an extraordinary citizen 

North Vancouver is full of wonderful people, spectacular people that go above and beyond and are always working to make our community better for everyone. If you know of one of those people, think about nominating them for a Medal of Good Citizenship. This award celebrates British Columbians who have acted in a particularly generous, kind or selfless manner for the common good. Nomination are open throughout the year. Click here for more information.

What a wonderful group of friends and neighbours that came out to say hi and chat earlier this month at McCartney Creek Park.

Cultural learning can give students graduation credits

First Nations courses for high school grad credits are now available to BC students. For new programs to be eligible as external credentials, they must have a level of depth and rigour comparable to Grade 10, 11 and 12 courses and ensure that a subject matter expert will assess student performance. For more information, click here
As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, have questions about any provincial issue, or just want to grab a lollypop, please reach out. My office can be contacted at 604-983-9859 or by emailing us at susie.chant.mla@leg.bc.ca. We look forward to assisting you. 

Take care,
Susie
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Show your Pride!

Pride at the Pier is back and taking place today, Friday July 29th, from 5 PM till 10 PM at the Shipyards in North Van. I will be there handing out lollypops to help make the event even sweeter. Come join the fun!

Osprey Fest!

The 15th Annual Osprey Festival takes place this Saturday, July 30th, at the Maplewood Flats. This free family event goes from 10 AM till 4 PM. There will be nature walks, music, food and art for everyone to enjoy. I hope to see you there!

Vancouver Pride Parade

The Vancouver Pride Parade is taking place this Sunday in the West End of Vancouver. It starts at the corner of Robson and Thurlow at around noon, goes down Robson to Denman, along Denman and ends up in Sunset Beach. What started as a protest against discrimination decades back is now the largest parade in Western Canada. It is a great time to grab your boas and your sunscreen and enjoy a parade!

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

We are located at 217 - 1233 Lynn Valley Road, (the same complex at the Lynn Valley library) and we are located above the Vancity Credit Union. 
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I gratefully acknowledge the opportunity to

live,
work,
and learn

on the unceded territories of the
sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)
and
sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh)
Nations. 

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