Wishing you a happy holidays and looking forward to 2022
As I look back on 2021, I am grateful for all of the ways people here in our community and across B.C. have stepped up to support each other this year.
There is a lot of work ahead for us in 2022, as we continue to support people through the pandemic and the ongoing recovery from recent weather events. But I’m also proud of some of our major accomplishments in 2021 that have helped to make life better for people.
Over 90% of British Columbians stepped up to protect each other and get vaccinated. While there are still uncertainties with COVID-19, I know that people in B.C. will show up once again to get their booster shots. I also know this holiday season that individually and together we will make decisions to keep each other safe.
This year, we took significant steps to combat the toxic drug crisis, including applying to Health Canada to decriminalize people who use drugs, and expanding our safe supply program to help more people. And we have accelerated steps to reach our climate goals under CleanBC, the most ambitious climate plan in North America.
There’s still much more to do, and we’re going to keep working hard every day to build a stronger B.C. for everyone.
In 2022, we will introduce legislation that requires cooling-off periods for home purchases, to help protect people buying homes. We will also be bringing forward comprehensive anti-racism data legislation, and beginning work on a multi-year action plan to address gender-based violence.
Beginning on January 1, 2022, all employees in B.C. will have a minimum of five days of paid sick leave. These are just a few of the ways we will continue to work for you.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Our office will be closed from December 24 to January 3, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 4. If you require immediate assistance, please contact Service BC at 1-800-663-7867 or call BC 211 (dial 211) for community resources. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca.
Wishing you and your family a happy holidays, Rick