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Building a stronger BC for everyone

Hi there,

Just over one year ago, British Columbians took to the polls, or mailed in their ballots, and gave our New Democrat government a clear majority mandate. In the year since, we have worked hard every day to deliver our commitments to build a stronger BC for everyone.

The last year hasn’t been easy, and I know that people in Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra have been through a lot. We know the future still feels uncertain and that’s why we are listening to your concerns every day and finding solutions that work for everyone. For a long time, B.C. had a government that focused only on the wealthy and well-connected. But British Columbians made a clear choice to move forward with a government that works for all people.

We have taken steps to make life more affordable and to improve the services people need. Here are some examples of the progress we have already made on our 2020 platform:

We’ve taken historic steps to keep people healthy and safe through the global pandemic:

  • 90% of eligible British Columbians are vaccinated. More than 2.7 million people received the BC Recovery Benefit. We’ve invested in testing, contact tracing and personal protective equipment.

We’re providing better care for people in their communities:

  • Across B.C., there are 24 new Urgent Primary Care Centres — including one opening next year right here in Port Moody — to make it easier to see a doctor, nurse or health care professional. We are reducing wait times for surgery and MRIs, and accelerating our response to the overdose crisis. We are building, modernizing, and expanding hospitals across the province. Here in Port Moody, the new expanded Emergency Department at Eagle Ridge Hospital opened last month. 

We’re making life more affordable:

  • We made transit free for kids 12 and under, implemented the biggest ICBC rate reduction in history and are building thousands of affordable homes. We also made the largest-ever increase to income assistance and the senior’s supplement.

We’re fighting the climate crisis and creating good jobs in a clean energy future:

  • We are making it easier and more affordable to switch from fossil fuels to clean electricity. We are creating 85,000+ jobs with record infrastructure investments and setting targets to keep government accountable under CleanBC, the most ambitious climate plan in North America.

We’re moving forward on the path of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples:

  • We are developing the DRIPA action plan, and have formed long-term agreements that support self-determination. We are supporting First Nations in truth telling, healing and justice for residential school survivors, their families and communities. We are helping preserve Indigenous cultures including revitalization of First Nations languages.

We’ve worked hard to make a real, positive difference in people’s lives, and we know there is more work to do. Looking forward, British Columbians remain our priority, and we will keep working every day to build a stronger B.C. for coming generations.

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 rick.glumac.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks,       

Rick 
 

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Video: MLA Glumac speaks in the legislature on the Forest and Range Practices Act

Bill 23: an important step in protecting our province's old growth forests

Our government is creating a new vision for how we care for our forests. The proposed amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act will help us secure jobs, support healthier forest ecosystems, and deliver higher value from our forests. Watch

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Historic new action on old growth forests

This week, our government announced that we’re taking unprecedented action to care for old growth forests, with a total proposed area of 2.6 million hectares for deferral being discussed with First Nations.

By taking a science-based approach, we’re putting forest health, Indigenous rights and stewardship, and secure jobs on a more equal footing.

Forests are a part of who we are as British Columbians - and we have a responsibility to ensure the benefits are shared, today and with future generations. Learn more

Leading the country in economic recovery

As COVID-19 disrupted lives the world-over, our government took swift action to support working people who lost their jobs and businesses who lost their customers. With a $5 billion COVID-19 action plan – our government made more investments per capita for people and businesses than any other province in the country. 

These efforts paid off. The last labour force survey in August showed that BC is the only province in the country with employment rates above pre-pandemic levels for 3 straight months.

Our government asked the public to provide their input about what it would take to build a stronger B.C. now, and far into the future. Taking strong action on climate change was considered critical to create a resilient and equitable economy. See my speech in the legislature to learn more. Watch

Worker wearing a hard hat, safety vest and glasses, and a mask. Text: CleanBC. Jobs and opportunities in a low carbon economy

Accelerating our CleanBC climate action plan and creating jobs in a low carbon economy

We're strengthening our climate plan to reduce climate pollution, reach our 2030 targets and get to net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan builds on what's working and brings in new ideas to help us shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy solutions faster. We can’t afford to ignore the science and leave this problem to future generations. 

The transition to a low carbon economy brings challenges — but also opportunities. By preparing people for the jobs of tomorrow, we can ensure no one gets left behind. We're making sure workers have what they need to upgrade their skills and adapt to changing jobs, while investing in the innovation that will keep us competitive. 

By working together, we can build a stronger, cleaner economy, and a more resilient future for everyone. 

Learn more about our climate plan: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/roadmap-2030

Banning single-use plastics to protect our wildlife

We’re introducing legislation to allow government to move faster to ban single-use plastics like straws and utensils—plastics that too often end up in our communities, lakes, and oceans. More direct action on plastics means better protection for our wildlife and ecosystems. Learn more

Honouring Port Moody's Mary Anne Cooper

On World Teachers’ Day, I had the opportunity to honour Port Moody’s own Mary Anne Cooper—a dedicated educator and long-time champion of local issues.

Mary Anne, who just turned 107, is the subject of a new documentary called The Spirit of Port Moody, which premiered last month. Thank you, Mary Anne, for being a role model for learning and activism. Watch

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BC first in North America to offer booster shots

We're working to make sure everyone maintains their sustained protection against COVID-19. As we move into the next phase of B.C.'s Immunization Plan, our focus remains on saving lives and protecting the people at the highest risk in our community first, with boosters for everyone in B.C.  

Key things to know: 

  • Boosters are offered to priority populations first; people will be invited to book their appointment based on age and risk-level, between 6 and 8 months since their second dose.
  • Dose 1 & 2 will continue to be offered to everyone aged 12+ in B.C. 
  • Kids 5-11 will be able to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is approved by Health Canada 

When it's your turn, you will receive an invitation to book via the Get Vaccinated system — make sure you are registered! 

Learn more about booster shots here: gov.bc.ca/booster 

Read more in The Vancouver Sun

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Register your kids 5-11 for their COVID vaccine

Parents can now register kids 5 and up for their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine with the provincial Get Vaccinated system. When COVID-19 vaccines are Health Canada approved and available in B.C., parents will receive a text, email or phone call to book a vaccine appointment for their kids. Register here: www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca

Read more

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Flu shots are free for everyone

Protect yourself, your family and community – get the flu shot this year. Cold and flu season has started and it's more important than ever to stay healthy and safe. 

The flu shot is free for everyone this year and is available at more locations across BC. Find a clinic in your area and book online: immunizebc.ca/clinics

Text: Better access to nature with upgrades to BC Parks. Image: three people paddle a canoe across a lake surrounded by woods

Adding more outdoor opportunities at BC Parks

Millions of people headed out to BC’s provincial parks this year, and we are making the BC Parks experience even better. Opportunities for outdoor recreation in our parks will be expanded and enhanced with over $20 million for new campsites, trails and upgrades to facilities throughout the province.
Learn more

MLA Glumac takes a selfie with MP Zarillo, MLA  Robinson and Donnelly, and Coquitlam firefighters in front of a fire truck

Happy to support the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society with their 8th Annual Night on Fire. I appreciate all their hard work in keeping our communities safe.

MLA Glumac standing in front of his booth at the Port Moody Farmers Market

At the Port Moody Farmers Market. Thanks to all who stopped to say hello and pick up a free reusable mask. We’ll be back soon.

MLA Glumac and his family with two carved jack-o-lanterns

The family pumpkin carving was a success. The dog did eat the nose, but that's ok. Have a safe and happy Hallowe’en!

MLA Glumac with MLAs Mercier, Paddon, Alexis, Coulter, Donnelly and Singh,  and caucus staff meet iwith members of the Cancer Survivors network

Fellow caucus members and I met with Canadian Cancer Survivor Network to gain some deeper insights into the experiences of cancer patients throughout the pandemic. Thank you for your advocacy!

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Improving BC's government services, so everyone can feel safe

We’re seeking input from B.C. residents to help identify how people from different communities are impacted by systemic racism.

Take the survey at https://engage.gov.bc.ca/antiracism/data to help make our province and services more inclusive for all.

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

Our office is open
Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
(except holidays)

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