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Flooding, slides and the supply chain: we will get through this together

Hi,

The past weeks have been difficult for many people in B.C. We’ve seen incredible amounts of rainfall and wind that led to damaging floods. And as I write more storms are forecast to hit southwest B.C. over the next week and extreme weather warnings are in effect.

My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

We are working day and night to keep people safe and provide the support they need.

Our government has declared a State of Emergency to mitigate impacts on transportation and support a province-wide response and recovery.

While roads have begun to reopen, non-essential travel restrictions are in place for hard-hit sections so emergency and essential commercial vehicles can get through.

We’ve requested federal assistance and Canadian Forces assets are already operational, with more resources on the way. Emergency Support Services and Search and Rescue teams are providing emergency shelter, food and other supports to thousands of evacuees. The B.C. Wildfire Service has also supported 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.

I want to reassure everyone that our supplies of food and goods are secure. There may be temporary disruptions, but 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:

  • avoid unnecessary travel to conserve fuel,
  • respect the 30L per visit fuel limit when you fill your vehicle,
  • shop as you normally would, and buy only what you need. 

Remember, your neighbours need supplies too. Check in on them.

I know this has been devastating, but the most important thing we can all do right now is to remain calm and follow instructions from emergency personnel and experts. Right now, we are asking people not to travel for any non-essential reasons.

Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank all of the British Columbians who have stepped up during this incredibly difficult time to help each other, whether that was providing food and shelter to stranded strangers or bringing their neighbour’s farm animals to safety. British Columbians are resilient. I know we will get through this by working together.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or at Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks, Rick

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⚠️  Get the latest updates and evacuation orders/alerts
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📱 Learn about supports for people and communities

❤️  Donate to help people affected by flooding through the Red Cross

⚠️ Think ahead and prepare for emergencies

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The province has declared a provincial state of emergency which ensures the provincial government can take additional measures to support people and communities affected by the severe flooding and landslides, and help us to secure BC's supply chain, making sure essential goods and emergency services reach hard hit communities. Learn more

Image: People wearing masks while carpooling. Text: Think of others, conserve fuel

Conserve fuel for emergency and essential vehicles

There is a limited fuel supply in southwest B.C. right now following severe flooding and landslides. We all need to work together to make sure fuel is available for essential and emergency service vehicles. Consider others. Stay off the road. Find ways to conserve fuel like carpooling or public transit. And respect the limits of 30L of fuel per visit. We'll get through this by working together. 

Learn more: gov.bc.ca/FloodResponse

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Building the Pacific Northwest back stronger, greener

Now more than ever, it’s important to collaborate and work together to achieve our objectives for a greener, more sustainable future. 

Recently, B.C. hosted the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Leadership Forum. It was great to foster these important connections with our neighbours in areas of shared interest for the benefit of the entire Pacific Northwest.

Read more

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Our forests: part of who we are as British Columbians

Earlier this month, our government announced that we’re taking unprecedented action to care for old growth forests. A total proposed area of 2.6 million hectares (that's the size of 6,400 Stanley Parks) for deferral is being discussed with First Nations.

Learn more

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Rebates available for EV chargers

People in B.C. are switching to electric vehicles faster than anywhere else in North America. British Columbians need to be able to charge their electric vehicles at home, work, and on the go. That’s why we’re offering rebates for installing EV chargers at work and at home. 

Up to $2000 is available for a charging station installation at a condo, apartment or place of work, and homeowners can receive up to 50% of the cost of an eligible EV charger. It’s all part of B.C.’s plan to reach net-zero by 2050 and make greener choices easier.

Learn more at https://goelectricbc.gov.bc.ca

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Supporting innovation: Harbour Air’s electric aircraft a high-flying example of BC's research investment

British Columbians are working to meet the challenge of climate change in every corner of B.C. We're supporting companies like Harbour Air to further develop leading-edge electric technology. Innovation like this increases clean transportation options and creates new job opportunities in the low-carbon economy, helping build a stronger B.C. for everyone.

Learn more

When people needed to be evacuated from the floods on the Sumas Prairie, three members of Port Moody Fire Rescue and their rescue boat deployed to Abbotsford and spent the night rescuing people from floodwaters while the temperatures dipped below freezing. My thanks to their team for their work to keep people safe as the province responds to the current state of emergency.
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Vaccinations for kids 5-11 start next week.

Get your kids registered.

Beginning November 29, all B.C. children aged 5 to 11 are able to get a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. COVID-19 pediatric vaccines are safe for children and tailored for children in this age group. Children aged 5 to 11 should get vaccinated so families have the best protection against COVID-19. When it's your child's turn to get vaccinated, you can expect:

✅ clinics to be child-friendly

✅ staff that are specially trained in pediatric vaccinations

✅ locations with extended hours after school and in the evenings

If you haven't already, register your children now in the provincial Get Vaccinated system: getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

Learn more here: gov.bc.ca/vaccineforkids

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Planning for the holidays? Think about safety

As we start to plan for the holidays, it’s important to find safe ways to celebrate. COVID-19 is still with us. Our actions can make a big difference in keeping our loved ones and communities safe. 

You can do your part by:

✅ Getting your flu shot

✅ Getting your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot when it’s your turn  

✅ Wearing a mask in indoor public places – including at holiday concerts and in theatres

✅ Staying home if you're sick – don't host or attend a gathering if you’re unwell

✅ Keep your indoor gatherings small because outside is always safer

The best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safe is to get vaccinated. Register at http://getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca

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.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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