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Step 2 and our summer: what you need to know about BC's Restart Plan

Hello there,  

Summer is here. Last week on June 15, we entered Step 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. Thanks to everyone’s collective efforts and commitment to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s one more step in bringing people back together!

Step 2 means small backyard BBQs, birthday parties, movie theatres, sports games, and many more chances to get back to doing what we love. Here are some examples of new things we can now do in Step 2: 

  • Travel recreationally anywhere in B.C.
  • Host outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Hold indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Attend indoor faith gathering of up to 50 people, or 10% of a place of worship’s total capacity, whichever is greater 
  • Go to a movie theatre or live theatre 
  • Watch outdoor sports (maximum of 50 spectators) 
  • Stay later at a restaurant or bar, with liquor service extended until midnight
  • Go to indoor fitness classes (low-intensity or high-intensity) with reduced capacity 

I am so grateful for all the sacrifices by everyone here in our community, and across British Columbia. These have made it possible for us to get to where we are now. More than 76% of adults are vaccinated with their first dose, and second doses are well underway. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to steadily decline. This summer, I’m so excited to that we’ll be able reconnect with loved ones, safely enjoy everything our province has to offer, and to welcome the better days ahead.  

We’ve come so far in our fight against COVID-19. But as we look forward to brighter days, we must stick to public health protocols and remain vigilant in stopping the spread. Masks are still mandatory in indoor public spaces, physical distancing remains a requirement, and as always, stay home if you are sick and get tested. I encourage everyone to check in with their friends and loved ones aged 12+ to make sure everyone is registered to receive their vaccine at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.   

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with vaccination information, provincial COVID-19 supports, or any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or rick.glumac.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks, Rick

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With the whole province, I mourn alongside the Secwépemc and all families impacted by the atrocities at residential schools. Flags at government buildings throughout the province have flown at half-mast to honour and remember the stolen children discovered by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc at the former Kamloops Residential School, and the thousands of children across the country who did not come home from residential schools.

I recognize the collective pain, grief and trauma that colonization continues to cause to this day. Meaningful reconciliation involves much more than symbolic gestures like lowering flags. I commit fully to doing this work.

Unlocking Burrard Thermal to develop opportunities for clean energy innovation

Image: MLA Glumac speaks via Zoom to the BC Legislature. Text: Bill 11. Second Reading: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2021.

Bill 11 removes Burrard Thermal from the list of BC Hydro's heritage assets, unlocking opportunities to combat climate change and create good-paying jobs here in our community. There is no other site like this in B.C., with its industrial zoning, its water and port access, and its close proximity to high-voltage clean electricity.

B.C. is already a leader in clean energy innovation and the world needs these technologies. The Burrard Thermal lands are a great place to further develop them. The time is right to unlock the potential of Burrard Thermal, find the opportunities and fight climate change.

Watch | Read more in Business in Vancouver

New Port Moody Elementary School to be built

Image: Front doors of Moody Elementary

Our government has announced $32.2 million in funding to rebuild Moody Elementary School. The new school will accommodate 115 more students than the existing school and have 60 licensed child care spaces and solar roofs and will be located on the same grounds as Moody Middle.

For more than seven decades, Moody Elementary has been a hub for countless children and families in Port Moody. While so many of us have strong, lasting memories at the school, I can't wait to see new memories created at a new facility that is truly designed to support students and their achievement in the 21st century.

Read more in the Tri-City News

Gardens that grow community as well as food

Image: MLA Glumac speaking in the Legislature. Text: Statements (Standing Order 25B)

You might ask why are there vegetables growing on the front lawn of PoMoArts? But the real question is: Why not?

Food can be grown in many more places in the community. Lori Greyell created this demonstration garden, and helped organize the Port Moody Police Department Community Garden. She's now working to create a new community garden at Art Wilkinson Park.

Get your name on the waitlist or sign up for a summer gardening workshop. Register at portmoody.ca/signmeup (under Adult General Programs).

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Check your mailboxes! ICBC customers to receive second rebate

Text: ICBC issues second COVID-19 rebate | BC Gov News

ICBC customers are set to receive a second rebate. Because our government took action to clean up the mess at ICBC, the corporation is now in a position to offer rebates due to the decrease in crashes and costs during the pandemic. The rebate will be on average $120, depending on the type of policy and how much they previously paid. Cheques will be in the mail beginning mid-July as we deliver on our commitment to make sure ICBC savings go back into the pockets of British Columbians.

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A fair minimum wage key to lifting people out of poverty, building a stronger economy for everyone

Image: Server wearing a mask and face shield giving a drink to a patron on a patio. Text: Minimum wage increased to $15.20/hour

In 2017 our government made a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour. Effective June 1, the lowest paid workers in our province will have their wages increased to $15.20/hour, and the unfair lower wage for liquor servers, who are disproportionately women, has been eliminated. This will make life more affordable for people working in B.C. – especially those on the front lines this past year. Having a fair minimum wage is a key step to lifting people out of poverty and building a stronger B.C. for everyone.

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Making progress towards universal child care

Image: Early childhood educator encouraging a child drawing with pencil crayons. Text: More access to inclusive and affordable child care

More families than ever are benefiting from better access to quality, affordable child care, thanks to the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C. history. Now, we’re taking a big step towards inclusive, universal childcare with new legislation that will deliver:

  • more support to improve access to inclusive child care
  • better oversight for ECE training programs
  • more support for Indigenous-led child care in B.C.

These changes will help us continue to build an inclusive, affordable, and high-quality universal child care system for all families.

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PharmaCare to cover continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes

Text: Expanded medical device coverage for people with diabetes | BC Gov News

British Columbians with diabetes can now have the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor covered through BC Pharmacare. These monitors will improve the lives of thousands of British Columbians, as people living with diabetes take control of their conditions by automatically tracking glucose levels in real time, sending readings to a smartphone of reader, including push alerts when blood levels are outside a defined range allowing patients. It empowers parents and caregivers to take corrective action sooner.

I'm grateful to everyone who spoke out for this change for their advocacy and invaluable input. By working together, we can make very real improvements in people's lives.

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Making pubs and restaurants' patios permanent

Image: Restaurant patio with umbrellas. Text: Restaurants and pubs can now apply to make patios permanent

When capacity limits were put in place to keep people safe from COVID-19 we acted quickly to allow restaurants to be able to expand their service areas. 

These temporary patios have been a lifeline for both people and businesses. With our changes restaurants and pubs can now apply to make them permanent, supporting the economic recovery of the hospitality sector and vibrancy of our communities throughout Port Moody-Coquitlam.

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Congratulations to all the graduates!

Image: Student in hoodie in front of school. Text: YouTube.com. Congratulations student and graduates 2021. The Premier, Minister of Education, Provincial Health Officer and graduate...

It’s Grad Week. Students & staff have been able to stay in class all year long thanks to the hard work of everyone in education and thorough safety plans. I would like to sincerely congratulate the Class of 2021 grads and all students for your hard work and excellence. 

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Image: Minister Mark, her staff and MLA Glumac with fish and chips
MLA Glumac, staff at Yellow Dog and Minister Mark inside Yellow Dog Brewing

The Minister of Tourism Melanie Mark visited Port Moody to celebrate Tourism Week! We stopped at Pajo's to pick up fish and chips, then over to Yellow Dog Brewing to say hello and pick up some cans and over to Moody Ales to eat lunch. So many great businesses in Port Moody, and I’m looking forward to her next visit so I can introduce her to even more.

Got my first vaccine dose in late May. Now I’m looking forward to my second and brighter days ahead. Check in with friends and loved ones, let’s make sure everyone is registered for their vaccine: gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.   

I’ve always enjoyed being outside and in nature, but this year like for so many of us these moments have taken on a much greater importance. We can all share moments like this sunset from Belcarra Park.

Business Recovery Grants: apply before July 2

Image: People eating in a restaurant. Text: Helping businesses come back stronger

As we move forward with BC's Restart, we're increasing funding so more people and businesses can get the support they need to come back stronger. That means:

  • Over 1/2 billion dollars in direct grants 
  • Supporting 20,000+ businesses 
  • Helping 260,000+ workers in communities all over BC

Eligible businesses can still receive up to $45,000. Apply today — deadline is July 2: gov.bc.ca/BusinessRecoveryGrant

You can still apply for the BC Recovery Benefit

Image: Drawing of a father with a baby. Text: BC Recovery Benefit: There's still time to apply

Have you applied for the BC Recovery Benefit? You have until June 30, 2021 to receive this one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. Apply now and ensure your supporting documentation is submitted: gov.bc.ca/recoverybenefit

Have your say on climate preparedness strategy

Image: River flowing past rocky, wooded banks. Text: Have your say on preparing for Climate Ready BC

B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy is helping to ensure we’re ready to anticipate and respond to climate-related events like increasing wildfires, more frequent flooding, longer summer droughts and heatwaves, while also helping us to adapt to changes that happen more slowly like changes in growing seasons, ecosystem shifts and sea level rise.

The strategy highlights the first phase of actions we’re taking in 2021-22 to help prepare B.C. for the impacts of climate change, and also has proposed actions for 2022-25, which we are inviting the public to provide input on until August 12.

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My office is here to help. Contact us.

When you contact my community office, my staff and I will do everything we can to assist. Your confidentiality is respected at all times. To give you a better idea of how we can help, please review the following information:

What my Community Office can help you with:

  • Providing information on locating government services and contact information
  • Assisting in understanding government policies and services
  • Assisting in navigating through government bureaucracy
  • Ensuring due process is being followed
  • Attending community events
  • Accepting practicum students
  • Providing congratulatory and greeting messages
  • Providing government documents, legislation discussion papers and other web-based forms if you don’t have internet access
  • Assisting with issues you may be having with provincial ministries or agencies. However, by law, there are some things we cannot help you with.

We can help you if:

  • You are a resident of the Port Moody - Coquitlam riding; and,
  • Your matter is with the provincial government.

Port Moody - Coquitlam Community Office

2708 St. Johns St., Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2B7
604-936-8709 | Rick.Glumaac.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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