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North Coast Community E-Newsletter

Hello there!

It has been a very interesting few months, since the election in May.

I want to thank those who’ve supported and continue to support me and the work that I’ve done on behalf of the North Coast.

Your emails, phone calls, office drop ins and in person meetings have confirmed for me that the people of the North Coast want a government that works for them and has their best interests in mind when making policy decisions.

Here’s a quick run-down of what has happened since May 9th.
First interview after the election

Before Premier John Horgan was sworn in, the Prince Rupert Northern View asked me about the then, unknown future. 

“I’m excited for the prospects. A lot of people feel the north is ignored,”

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On being named Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness
With Murray and Louisa Smith at Government House on July 18, 2017. 

I was so honoured to be named Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. When named for the position, I was already assisting constituents in Bella Coola with the ongoing wildfire issues. 

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New Democrat government increases assistance rates

Shortly after being sworn in, Premier John Horgan announced $100 bump to Income Assistance and Persons with a Disability Assistance rates. 

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The British Columbia government is eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs, opening the door for tens of thousands of people to upgrade their education and skills every year.

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This is a promise our government made to the citizens of British Columbia and I’m happy to know that not only will this end the grizzly trophy hunt in our province, but also ends all grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest,

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B.C. sets sights on $15-an-hour minimum wage, reaffirms commitment to a fair wages commission

The provincial government is making its first move toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage for British Columbia by announcing a 50-cent increase for September and renewing its commitment to a fair wages commission.

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Jennifer spoke with Chief Councillor Doug Neasloss about ending the grizzly bear hunt. 
Reaction to New Democrat government

The New Democrat government has three key goals: Making life more affordable for people, bringing back the services people count on and creating a sustainable economy for everyone.

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Reaction to Pacific Northwest LNG 

In July, Petronas made the decision to pull the plug on the Pacific Northwest LNG plant proposed in Port Edward. 

I wrote a letter to the editor of the Northern View discussing the many opportunities still available to our region. 

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Site C dam sent to BCUC

The New Democrat government fulfilled a campaign promise by sending the Site C dam project to the independent British Columbia Utilities Commission to assist in determining if the project is in the best interest of citizens. 

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B.C. to fight inequality and discrimination with renewed human rights commission

British Columbia will re-establish a human rights commission to fight inequality and discrimination in all its forms, Premier John Horgan announced August 4th.

British Columbia was the only province in Canada without a human rights commission. The previous commission was dismantled in 2002 in favour of a complaint-driven tribunal.

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Small businesses affected by wildfires may be eligible for emergency grant

Delivered through the Canadian Red Cross, a $1,500 emergency grant is available to eligible small businesses, First Nations whose livelihood is based on cultural practices, and not-for-profit organizations that are located in areas that have been under evacuation order or alert.

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Watch John Horgan's Swearing In Here
Ministers Mike Farnworth, Doug Donaldson and I with the Skeena division forest fire fighters from Terrace, BC of the Wildfire Service fighting fires near William's Lake. It was a pleasure to meet these hard working folks and I commend them for their brave work. 
Got to visit with Dan Miller, Former North Coast MLA and Premier of BC.
Ministers Mike Farnworth, Doug Donaldson, Katrine Conroy and I received a briefing at the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre in Victoria.
When in Rome.... I had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and he insisted on a photograph, so I obliged. 

I was honoured to be invited to the "Don’t Dream It, Be It" youth conference at the Nisgaa Hall on August 14

Special thanks to Brandon Vickers, Kyler Eckess and Jacquie Ridley of TRICORP for inviting me.

I spoke about the importance of having a dream and taking the steps to achieve it. I used the example of my decision to initially run for Prince Rupert city councillor for goal setting. My advice in a nutshell ? Start with the end goal in mind and work backwards, laying out the steps to achieve your dreams.

New team!

Joshua McLeod (left) and Joseph Jack (Middle) have joined my team recently. Feel free to contact them with your questions and concerns and we'll work together in addressing them. 

My name is Joseph Jack (Joey) and I'm originally from Kamloops. 

I moved to Prince Rupert in late May and have felt very welcome in this community. A graduate of Thompson Rivers University, I've held a number of diverse jobs, including Cruise Director's Staff for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, a tour guide at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and have most recently worked as a journalist. 

Some of you may have seen my video broadcasts on Facebook. 

Please stop in to say hello or if you need assistance.

My name is Joshua and I am from Masset, Haida Gwaii. I am a member of the Haida Nation and also Tl’azt’en from the carrier nations. My Haida name is Dunee-kuun Iwaans which means Big Brother Whale (I have 7 siblings, I am the coolest). I finished my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at UNBC in Prince George in May 2015 and then went on to the 12 month Aboriginal Youth Internship Program which I finished in September 2016. 
Growing up in this riding has been an honour and I look forward to serving the amazing constituents of North Coast along with Joey and Jennifer. I am here to listen, assist and specifically empower you to traverse the sometimes confusing world of government. I recently moved to Prince Rupert with my wife, our son and two dogs and we look forward to being out and about in the community. See you around!
Keep an eye out for my newsletter which will be distributed in the fall and will have more information about HOW the New Democrat government in achieving the three main goals of: making life more affordable for people, bringing back the services people count on and creating a sustainable economy for everyone.

Yours in Service

Jennifer Rice
MLA - North Coast
Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness
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