VICTORIA – The closure of Deni House by the Campbell government has left too many Williams Lake seniors waiting for a residential care bed or having to leave the community, MLA for Cariboo South, Charlie Wyse said today.
“It was a mistake for the Campbell government to close Deni House,” said Wyse. “The solution is obvious – reopen this vital community service.”
VICTORIA – NDP Leader Carole James is calling on the Campbell government to appoint an emergency community protection advisor to address the growing forestry crisis in northern B.C.
NELSON – Another independent forest company is saying the Campbell government is failing the forest industry, NDP Leader Carole James says.
Teal-Jones president Tom Jones wrote to Forests Minister Rich Coleman last week, saying that his company is suffering because they can’t get wood.
It is disappointing the Campbell Liberals have succeeded in bullying the community of Williams Lake to back away from their dissent regarding the fuel tax, say the New Democrats.
NDP Cariboo MLAs assure constituents they will continue to fight on behalf of northern communities after the astonishing flip flop by Scott Nelson was revealed in a news article today.
New Democrats Grill Campbell Gov’t over Rural Education Cuts - Closed schools & teacher layoffs are the result of broken funding
New Democrat MLAs grilled the Campbell government in the Legislature Thursday over the impact of severe under funding to schools in rural and remote areas of B.C.
Cariboo South MLA Charlie Wyse said the Campbell government’s broken promise to provide school districts with stable and secure funding has had a direct impact on Cariboo classrooms.
“In the Cariboo, the Quesnel district alone is short $1.5 million, he told the Legislature.
New Democrat MLAs questioned the Campbell government in the legislature yesterday for their unprecedented interference in program cut decisions caused by the B.C. Liberal’s decision to remove $50 million of promised funding from post-secondary budgets.
“What upsets college and university leaders most about this $50 million cut is the timing: two weeks before the beginning of the new fiscal year. Stable and secure funding — out the window,” said Opposition advanced education critic Rob Fleming.
VICTORIA – Another thousand jobs disappeared from the forest industry on Vancouver Island overnight and New Democrat MLAs are demanding the Campbell government finally take some action to address the crisis in the industry.
Today, a study in the journal Nature shows that as a result of the pine beetle epidemic, B.C.’s forests will release 270 megatonnes of carbon into the atmosphere over a 20-year period. This is a sharp contrast to Campbell’s climate change plans, which rely on forests as carbon sinks.
“In the new world, those new trees will have new value as carbon sinks and oxygen creators which help clean our air and offset greenhouse gases. On average, each new tree planted offsets up to one tonne of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.”
VICTORIA – The closure of the Western Forest Products mill in Ladysmith proves once and for all that Forest Minister Rich Coleman's decisions to allow the company to remove land from tree farm licenses on Vancouver Island was a breach of the public trust, New Democrat forest Critic Bob Simpso n says.
VICTORIA – New Democrats are speaking out in the Legislature to press the CampbellElk Falls mill has access to the fibre it needs to be viable. government to ensure that the