My First 100 Days

May 26, 2016 marks my 100th day an MLA. These 100 days have been filled with community outreach, advocacy within the BC Legislature, and promoting housing affordability in my role as Deputy Housing Spokesperson.

My first legislative session was a busy one. In the three short months that the House was sitting, I:

  • Introduced legislation to protect renters from renovictions
  • Spoke out against a BC Liberal budget that makes the lives of British Columbians harder through measures like MSP and BC Hydro rate increases
  • Represented the interests of renters and landlords during the budget estimates for the Ministry Responsible for Housing as Deputy Housing Spokesperson
  • Delivered member’s statements about housing affordability, reconciliation, and sexual exploitation of children
  • Held the government to account on their failure to address BC’s housing crisis, their lack of action on missing and murdered indigenous women, and their clawback on bus passes for people with disabilities during question period
  • Presented evidence of the negative impact Metro Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis is having on growth in the tech sector to the Minister of Technology, Innovation, and Citizen Services
  • Demonstrated shortcomings in the victims assistance program and government’s approach to domestic violence homicides to the Attorney General
  • Honoured outstanding child rights advocates like Dr. Janusz Korzack and outstanding organizations such as the Broadway Youth Resource Centre and the Vancouver Public Library
  • Presented a petition from the B.C. Pet Society with 14,087 signatures to amend the Residential Tenancy Act and related acts to prevent discrimination against tenants with pets
  • Questioned the Minster for Children and Families about the overrepresentation of aboriginal youth in care and the government’s failure to hire aboriginal staff
  • Raised concerns about government’s lack of action on climate change and First Nations consultation in debate of Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Amendment Act, 2016
  • Urged the Minister of Transportation to finally take action to build the Broadway line and develop public transit in Metro Vancouver

I have also been working hard in my community of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and across BC. In my first 100 days, I:

  • Delivered the keynote address at the Nisga’a Lisims Government Special Assembly in Gitlax̱t’aamiks
  • Addressed the RENT not-for-profit housing conference as Deputy Housing Spokesperson
  • Met with community organizations like the Kettle Friendship Society, the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, the SRO Collaborative, Carnegie Community Action Project , and PACE
  • Attended the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism Banquet, the BC Civil Liberties Association Dinner, the Disability Alliance Swing into Spring event, and the Carnegie Alley Health Fair
  • Acted as guest speaker on International Women’s Day at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre hosted by CUPE
  • Took part in the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade
  • Participated in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition
  • Hosted an art contest for elementary school students about the importance of voting
  • Co-hosted a housing forum with colleagues George Heyman, David Eby, and Don Davies
  • Met with student groups such as the VCC Students Union, Native Education College Child and Youth Care Students, Douglas College Criminology Students, and the SFU Public Policy Graduate Students Association
  • Met with the Hospital Employees Union First Nations Bargaining Unit
  • Participated in Vancouver School Board budget consultations
  • Hired staff, renovated my office, and hosted a Douglas College practicum student
  • Conducted outreach to elementary schools and met with students at Grandview and Queen Alexandra