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Dear Neighbour,
It is now the end of July and heading into the August long weekend. How the time has flown by. BC Day is this Monday. For over a year now, the frontline workers, the nurses, teachers, first responders and grocery store workers, to name just a few, have worked very hard in very challenging situations to provide much needed services for all of us. At 7 PM on BC Day, I am going to make some noise and show my thanks to all the frontline workers. I hope you will too. Please take the time, join in and show your support by banging your pots and pans at 7 PM on BC Day!
Sorry for the blurry photo above, but it is one of me vaccinating my husband! We are now a fully vaccinated household, and feeling safer because of it.
 

Vax to the Max!

The most effective way we can put an end to the pandemic is to get vaccinated. And two doses of the vaccine is what is needed! As of July 29th, 81% of eligible people over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, and 64% have received their second dose. But that still leaves around 900,000 British Columbians unvaccinated. We need to increase the number of vaccinated people if we want to protect each other. 

As the graphic below shows, the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 are amongst the unvaccinated. Those people that have been fully vaccinated amount to a very small number of the new cases. It is why the Province has made such a push to make it easier to get vaccinated. We want COVID-19 to end. 

The best thing that anyone can do to protect themselves and their loved ones is to get the jab!
Pop-up, drop-in clinics have opened up around the province, in farmer's markets, at ferry terminals, and areas that people gather during the warmer weather. There is a vaccine clinic being held at the ICBC Claim Centre. 
 

ICBC Claim Centre Vaccination Clinic

255 Lloyd Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Now till August 3, 9 AM till 7 PM
  • August 4th, 9 AM till 9 PM
  • August 5th till 8th, 9 AM till 7 PM 
Additional dates may be announced. 

There is also a drop-in clinic being held at the West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver that is being held from 9 AM till 7 PM, until August 1st. 

There may also be additional dates held at the Pipe Shop Immunization Clinic, 115 Victory Way. Please watch for the announcements. 

For more and updated information regarding where and when drop-in clinics are being held, please click here

As we head into a long weekend, heat warnings are in place for much of the province. Please take precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

  • Drink plenty of water, even before you are thirsty
  • If you can, avoid working outside or exercising during the hottest part of the day (10 AM-4 PM)
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat
  • Spend time in air-conditioned spaces such as local cooling centres, libraries or shopping malls
  • Check on loved ones and neighbours, especially seniors, as the heat can be especially dangerous for more vulnerable members of our community

There are cooling centres open around the North Shore that you can go to to help avoid the heat. The District of North Vancouver has a list of their locations available here. As well, the City of North Vancouver has their list of cooling centres here. It is so very important to make sure you stay as cool as possible when it is as hot as it is. 


A call for action!

Our office has received calls today from some constituents who purchased a bunch of fans to donate to care homes in the community. Now other groups and people are stepping up too! If you have any time or spare fans or want to donate in some way, please check with your local care home and see if there is anything you can do. And please reach out to me or my team if you need help coordinating or delivering anything and we will be happy to help. Let's keep this strong community response going!

Wildfires

With the heat comes the increased risk of wildfires. We are in an extremely dangerous situation, and one spark can cause extreme damage. Please be careful when outside. Across the province, there are campfire restrictions based on the area's risk, so please check with BC Wildfire Service here for the list of restrictions when traveling around the province. For more information on how to work on preventing fires, please go to FireSmartBC for more information. 

Premier John Horgan BC Day message of support for frontline workers!

Pride crosswalk in Lynn Valley

Don't forget that this weekend is Pride at the Pier at the Shipyards district. This year, they will be holding a virtual variety show starting today Friday, July 30th. As well, they will be having various pop-up Pride events across the North Shore from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. More information about these events can be found on their social media page


Town Hall

We are having a very interesting Town Hall on August 16th at 7 PM. We will be joined by Levi Nahirney, who will be sharing stories about growing up on the North Shore as a Canadian, Vietnamese, adopted child and a twin, who at the age of 13 came out to his parents as transgender. More details of the town hall are below. 
 

The month in review

The Province has announced funding to help people living with brain injuries. The BC government announced that it will be providing $2 million to the Brain Injury Alliance to support community brain-injury associations throughout the province.

The Province has also amended a regulation under the Community Charter to allow local governments to ban single-use plastics, including plastic checkout bags, polystyrene foam containers and plastic utensils, which includes stir sticks. Previously, municipalities required ministerial approval to implement a plastics ban.


More than 80 anchor attractions and tour bus operators in B.C. will receive direct support for their recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Province has announced funding via the way of grants to help anchor attractions, those businesses and not-for-profits that help draw people into a community through tourism, and tour bus operators, pay such expenses as their rent, utilities and payroll costs. Recipients include the International Dragon Boat Festival, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Sea to Sky Gondola, and Science World, to name a few. 

 

A Happy BC Day to everyone!

I wish everyone a safe, and a happy long weekend and BC Day, and please take care during the heat. As always, if there is anything my office can do to help you or assist you in anyway, please do not hesitate to call us at 604-983-9859, or emailing the office at susie.chant.mla@leg.bc.ca. We are open weekdays and located at 217 - 1233 Lynn Valley Road, the same complex as the library, and west of the elevator. 

Thank you and stay safe,
Susie

Town Hall

Town hall: Sharing stories of the Transgender experience

I hope you will join me as I host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting focussing on the transgender experience being held on Monday August 16 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Our Guest Speaker is Levi Nahirney, a North Vancouver resident, trans activist, and the subject of the recently released CBC Gem documentary LEVI: Becoming Himself.  Levi will share stories of his youth growing up in North Vancouver and coming out as a transgender man. Please register here for the Zoom link.
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on the unceded territories of the
sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)
and
sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh)
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