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Dear Neighbour,

The last few weeks have been difficult for people in BC. We saw incredible amounts of rainfall and wind that led to damaging floods across many parts of our Province. The forecast is still calling for more atmospheric rivers across the province. We need to be prepared. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

North Vancouver have fortunately been spared the most severe damage that many parts of the province has experienced. 

We are working day and night to get people to safety and provide the support they need. Our government has declared a State of Emergency to mitigate impacts on transportation and support the provincewide response and recovery. 

We have brought in temporary measures to limit travel for non-essential purposes, as well as the amount of fuel that can be purchased. Up until December 1st, non-essential vehicles will be limited to purchasing only 30 litres of fuel per gas station visit. We need to keep many of our highways free for essential travel, such as the transportation of goods, and we need to have fuel available for all the emergency workers. 

We earlier requested  federal assistance, and the Canadian Air Force assets were made operational. Emergency Support Services and Search and Rescue teams helped with the providing emergency shelter, food and other supports to thousands of evacuees and stranded travellers. North Shore Rescue has played an amazing part in helping out during this emergency. 

The BC Wildfire service has also been supporting efforts to rescue people and clear roads. The Ministry of Agriculture is working directly with farmers and farmers associations to help in any way possible, including using helicopters to drop containers with food and water for animals on farms that have been cut off.

We are working quickly to re-route shipments through alternate routes to ensure people can get the essential supplies they need. You can play a role by shopping as you normally would, and buying only what you need. Remember, your neighbours need supplies too.


Here are some key links for the coming days:

  • Before travelling check road closures, re-openings, and the status of repairs at DriveBC.ca
     
  • Disaster financial assistance is available for those affected by flooding. See more info here.
     
  • See all current evacuation orders, alerts, and list of reception centres at emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca.
     
  • People who have evacuated and need assistance should register with Emergency Support Services.
     
  • To donate funds or supplies to relief efforts, please contact donations@gov.bc.ca.

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, want your vaccine cards laminated, 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.ca. We want to help in any way we can. 

And please stay safe,
Susie  


The British Columbia Reconciliation Award is open for nominations!


This award is a partnership between the BC Achievement Foundation and the the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The award serves to recognize individuals, groups, and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia, and/or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.

Nominations are open till January 15, 2022, and the awardees are announced in April. 

Nominations help acknowledge the work of individuals, groups and organizations committed to furthering the Principles of Reconciliation. Click here for more information. 

 

Do you know an educator that has gone above and beyond? 

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of not just teachers, but support staff, and administrators to their students and their school communities. The Awards allows everyone a chance to celebrate those who make a real difference in BC schools.

The Awards are presented annually to exceptional education professionals in British Columbia's school system working within the public, independent or First Nations school systems. 

Nominations are open till January 7, 2022, with the winners announced in February.

There are ten categories that people can be nominated for:

  • Community Engagement,
  • District Leadership
  • Extracurricular Leadership,
  • Indigenous Education
  • Outstanding New Teacher,
  • Outstanding Support - School Community
  • Outstanding Support - Teaching Assistant
  • Outstanding Team Collaboration
  • School Leadership. 
  • Social Equity and Diversity
For more information, please click here

Health Canada approves Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

Health Canada has now approved the Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11 years old. Parents can register children ages five to 11 in the provincial Get Vaccinated system. Parents will receive a text, email or phone call when it's time to book a vaccine appointment for their kids. 

Province helps equip students for success with new tech, trades tools

Part of building back a stronger BC includes investing in our students.

I am proud that Capilano University will receive up to $150,000 to support new equipment and technology for programs such as 2D Animation & Visual Development, 3D Animation for Film & Games, Clean Technology, Digital Visual Effects and Engineering. All of these are growing fields that need well-trained and highly skilled workers. 

Investing in advanced education and skills training for people is part of our government’s plan to build back a stronger BC for everyone. For more information, click here

North Shore Rescue helps communities stranded by floods

North Shore Rescue, the volunteer community-based search and rescue team that provides life-saving services to the public, was at it again proving how vital and important they are. With the floods earlier this month, teams from North Shore Rescue lived up to their name by rescuing people and pets from multiple flood zones across BC. Last year, the province approved North Shore Rescue to fly and do night rescues with the use of night vision goggles. This year, NSC was able to rescued people stranded no matter how dark it was outside. 

To read more about the rescues, please read here

For more information about North Shore Rescue, go to their website here

Thank you to all of the people that have helped in anyway during this difficult time, and thank you to the volunteers at North Shore Rescue. 

The above image is from North Shore Rescue. 

Paid sick leave coming to BC starting January 1, 2022!

Starting at the beginning of 2022, BC will be the first province to have 5 days of paid sick leave for most provincially-regulated workers!

Presently, about 1 million BC workers have no sick leave with their employer. Most of those are workers in low-wage jobs, who are more often women or racialized workers. This pandemic has shown the need for workers to have paid sick leave, so they can stay home when they are sick without the fear of losing wages. 

Because of this, earlier this year, the government announced that permanent paid sick leave would be coming in 2022. We put out a call for input and listened to over 60,000 people, both employers and employees alike. I am so pleased that this government has made permanent paid sick leave a part of the Employment Standards Act. This paid sick leave is on top of the 3 days of unpaid sick leave that is already part of the Act. 

For more information of how this will work, please click here

The Royalty Review is now open!


Now is the time to have your say about the future of fossil fuel subsidies. 

BC's current oil and gas royalty system was set up nearly 30 years ago in 1992. Since then, natural gas production, drilling technology, and market conditions have evolved significantly over the past 30 years.

To learn more about the review, and to take part in the review, click here.

To read the independent assessment, click here

The engagement timeline goes from November 10 till December 10, 2021.
 

Tap in to Win!

Every trip that you take by transit has a chance to win one of their monthly prizes from Translink, as well as be entered into a chance to win their grand prize. The contest goes till March 31st, 2022, and is open to BC residents 19 years of age and older. For more information go to Tap in to Win. And good luck!
Family Services of the North Shore (located at Lonsdale and 11th) is hosting a series of free sessions for caregivers who are looking after adult family members or friends. 

The remaining sessions will be taking place at:
John Braithwaite Community Centre on Mondays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
November 29, Caregiver Challenges
December 6, Caregiver Health and Wellness
December 13, Caregiver Well-being

Silver Harbour on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
December 2, Caregiver Challenges
December 9, Caregiver Health and Wellness
December 16, Caregiver Well-being

Parkgate on Fridays from 10:30 to noon
December 3, Caregiver Challenges
December 10, Caregiver Health and Wellness
December 17, Caregiver Well-being
You can register by contacting caregiversconnect@familyservices.bc.ca 
or by calling 604-988-5281 ext 354. They are happy to take drop-ins. 

Library chats

Come join me for a chat at the library! I will be at both the Parkgate branch in December for a chance to meet up and ask me questions and give me feedback.The next meetup dates will be:
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021, between 10:30 and 11:30 AM, and between 7 and 8 PM at the Parkgate library.
The Lynn Valley library chat for the month of December had to be cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. 

Korean Festival December 9th and 10th
Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver

The 19th annual Korean Festival takes place at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on December 9 and 10. For free admission tickets, call 604-319-7748 or 778-386-8503.

150 Time Immemorial Grant Program

On July 30, 2021, the Province of BC issued a news release to announce the new, $30-million 150 Time Immemorial grant program to be administered by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and Heritage BC. Click here for more information. 

First Peoples' Cultural Council

FPCC Grant funding supports Indigenous communities to revitalize their languages, arts and cultural heritage in B.C. Current grant information is available here

Free flu shots this year!

The Province has made flu vaccines free for everyone this year! To find a clinic, go to http://immunizebc.ca/clinics. There you can book an appointment online and help everyone stay safe. You can also go to the BC Pharmacy Association website here and book an appointment through them. 

COVID-19 Booster shots!

The Province has been sending out invitations to people 70 and older that are registered in the Get Vaccinated System, as well as well as Indigenous Peoples 18 and older, to register and book their COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. Priority will be given to those most at risk. Starting in January 2022, we will be expanding the plan to include anyone 12 and older. Vaccines are on of the most effective ways of reducing your risk of catching COVID-19, of reducing the effects of it if caught, and of reducing its spread. Please get vaccinated!

COVID-19 Drop-in clinic vaccination clinic

Drop-ins continue to be welcome at all Vancouver Coastal Health clinics on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on your eligibility and vaccine availability. People 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and you are eligible for a second dose at 28 days after your first dose. Drop-ins will not be accepted for children ages 5 to 11.

The closest clinic is at:
  • ICBC Claim Centre
    255 Lloyd Ave., North Vancouver, everyday till December 19, 2021
    from 9 AM till 7 PM. 
For more information and updates on COVID-19 vaccine clinics locations and times, click here
On November 23rd, I spoke to the legislature about The Unseen Workforce, the work done by Medical Radiation Technicians in BC. 
 

Masks, BC Senior's Guides, and Vaccine cards

We have face masks, and BC Senior Guides available to pick up at the office, and if you need your BC vaccine card printed out and laminated, we can do that too. 

Girl Guide Cookies!

The office (sometimes) has Girl Guide cookies for sale. The cost is $5 a box, with all money raised going to a good cause. For some reason we keep running out of them. 

Congratulatory Messages

Personal messages of congratulations from our office and the office of the Premier are available for milestone birthdays and anniversaries. A milestone birthday is when you achieve 75 years of age or older, and for an anniversary it is when you reach your silver anniversary, also known as 25 years. Forms can be filled out here, or you can contact the office for more information. And congratulations to anyone and everyone that has achieved such a milestone!

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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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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