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Taking action on systemic racism in B.C.

Hi there,

Our government is taking historic action to address the systemic racism and colonial biases that hurt Indigenous Peoples and racialized people across B.C.

Last week, we introduced the Anti-Racism Data Act to use and share data safely to make government programs and services work better for more people, and on Saturday I held a town hall on the legislation.

This legislation is the first of its kind in Canada to be co-developed with Indigenous partners. It was also developed with extensive engagement with racialized communities, with more than 13,000 British Columbians taking part - showing just how important this act is to so many people.

Having data that shines a light on where inequities exist will help us drive change – inside and outside of government, by:

  • Breaking down barriers for people to access programs:
    • If data shows racialized people are disproportionately not accessing a particular program – like rental assistance or a child care benefit – we can make changes so people can get fair access to the programs.
  • Ensuring racialized people aren’t disproportionately targeted:
    • This data will show where people are being disproportionately targeted by things like tickets and penalties so changes can be made to ensure they are being applied fairly and impartially.
  • Helping to identify specific barriers and improve programs and services so people feel safe and get the help they need:
    • For example, BC Housing recently started collecting demographic data to more accurately capture the number of people who are homeless across the province, with the intention of using this data to deliver supports and services where they are most needed.

Everyone has the right to equitable and safe access to the programs and supports they need to succeed. There is more work to do to dismantle systemic racism and bias in government programs and services and this legislation will help pave the way, so we can make B.C. better, for everyone.

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

Thanks, Rick     

Helpful resources:      

Engaging on anti-racism data legislation

Image: 3 photos of MLA Glumac, Councillor Amy Lubik and Parliamentary Secretary Rachna Singh addressing the town hall meeting in MLA Glumac's office.

I want to thank everyone who attended our Anti-Racism Data town hall last Saturday. It was amazing to see so many passionate and engaged people come down for the presentation and discussion. It’s my hope that we can have more engagements like this to hear from the community on a number of important issues. 

Thank you, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives Rachna Singh for your presentation and taking questions. Additionally, I want to thank Port Moody City Councillor Amy Lubik for saying a few words about anti-racism initiatives at the local level and within the health care system.

Learn more about the legislation here: engage.gov.bc.ca/antiracism 

Reforming British Columbia's Police Act

Image: video of MLA Glumac speaking in the Legislature on the report from the committee to reform the Police Act

Last month, we tabled 11 transformational recommendations on reforming policing in B.C., based on the input of 400 individuals and organizations. This is some of the most important work I’ve done as an MLA.

Watch

Expanding made-in-B.C. low-carbon fuel to cut emissions, create jobs

Image: four workers at the Parkland Refinery wearing hard hats and safety glasses. Text: Expanding made-in-BC low carbon fuels. Clean BC. Low-carbon fuels expansion cuts emissions, creates jobs.

Achieving our CleanBC climate goals is extremely important to me; with the effects of climate change more pressing than ever, we need to act. 

Changes to B.C.’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard laws will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and transition to low carbon fuels like biofuels, hydrogen and electricity. The $600-million upgrade and expansion at Parkland Corp.'s Burnaby refinery is one such way we can create jobs and economic opportunities while tackling climate change, just like Burrard Thermal.

I envision greener, stronger communities with economic and environmental sustainability; the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is one more step towards our 2030 goals. 

Learn more

Building a StrongerBC: a plan to help people across the province

Image: MLA Glumac speaking in the Legislature about the StrongerBC Economic Plan.

The StrongerBC Economic Plan launched 2 months ago and we’ve been hard at work ensuring inclusive growth for B.C.

Our plan puts British Columbians first, builds resilient communities where people and their families are supported, and is going to help people all across the province.

Watch

Funding improvements at Sasament Outdoor Centre

Image: MLA Glumac and two Sasamat Outdoor Centre staff at Sasamat Lake with their dock in the background.

The Sasamat Outdoor Centre is an incredible place for kids. The archery, rock climbing, and canoeing had me I wishing I was a kid again! 

Our government is funding nearly $500k towards replacement of beachfront infrastructure here, to improve accessibility, environmental sustainability, programmatic functionality and flexibility.

Thank you executive director Kristen Hyodo for touring me around the site.

Read more in the Tri-City News

$10-a-Day childcare arrives at Seaview Montessori

Minister Josie Osborne and I visited Seaview Montessori, a new participant in our government’s $10-a-Day Child Care program, last month. My thanks to early childhood educator Morgan Peltier for taking the time to speak with us about the difference this is making in the lives of local families.

As Catherine Macala, parent of a child at Seaview Montessori, says, “Participation in this program has truly been life changing for us and has greatly reduced our stress about how to afford child care. We are so grateful that the Province has adopted a program that allows all parents to fully participate in the workforce while also ensuring our children receive quality care.”

It's child care providers like Seaview Montessori that are helping to bring B.C. closer to having childcare as a core service.

Read more

Book your vaccine booster today

Image: video of woman jumping. Text: Boosters give us a lift.

Boosters are the most effective way to restore your immunity and help prevent serious illness – even if you’ve previously had COVID-19. Do your part to help protect yourself and others. 

Book your vaccine booster today: gov.bc.ca/boosters

Image: MLA Glumac with nine nursing students wearing scrubs on the path outside Eagle Ridge Hospital.

Excited to see such an incredible group of new nursing students at Eagle Ridge Hospital, and to express my appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our nurses and nursing students. I'm deeply thankful for the essential work they have done.

Image: Ruth Foster, Vice-President and Co-Founder of  the Mosson Creek Hatchery speaking about hatchery operations to Minister Osborne and MLA Glumac creekside.

Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship Josie Osborne and I toured Mossom Hatchery last month. A former fisheries biologist, as the hatchery folks pointed out, the Minister knows her fish.

Image: MLA Glumac with two members of the Asian Impact Society at this office.

Congratulating Asian Impact Society on the grant for their new children’s book about anti-racism. My thanks for their work promoting anti-racism in our community. Looking forward to their BC Dumpling Festival!

Image: Minister Robinson, MLAs Glumac and Donnelly and members of the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation making heart shapes with their hands.

MLA Fin Donnelly and Minister Selina Robinson joined me for a conversation with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. We talked about the impressive work of Eagle Ridge Hospital providing crucial services to our community, as well as the hospital’s current and future needs.

Marking Red Dress Day. We all have a role to play in the fight for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in this country. Together we can support healing and end gender-based violence.

Image: Emergency Alert on a mobile phone. Text: Emergency Alert / Alerte D'Urgence. TEST TEST TEST - no action is required. This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency alert system, issued by Emergency Management BC. If this had been an actual emergency, this message would include instructions to help keep you and your community safe. For further...

A test of B.C.'s wireless alerting system took place on May 4. It's important for people to be alerted quickly in the event of an emergency, and we’re expanding the Alert Ready system to include immediate danger from floods and wildfires. 

BC Hydro wants to stop Buntzen Lake traffic problems with pre-visit parking registration

Image: Photo of a parent snd child in a kayak on Buntzen Lake viewed taken through a life ring. Text: BC Hydro wants to stop crazy Buntzen Lake Traffic problems with pre-visit parking registration. Tri-city News.

BC Hydro is undertaking a pilot project for free parking reservations at Buntzen Lake, starting June 27.  

I welcome your feedback and will pass it on to BC Hydro.

Read more

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

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

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