Community Newsletter: Working together to build a safe, healthy, secure future for everyone

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I’ve been hearing from so many in our community who are pulling together, while staying safely apart. British Columbians like you are doing the right things, and I want to say thank you.

We need to keep listening to the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry. We need to continue adapting how we interact with our family, our neighbours and local businesses to keep each other safe.

Unlike many other places in the world, our province acted carefully to support people who needed help and to change how we do business. We took important steps to defend seniors in long term care, and to prevent our health care workers from being overwhelmed.

With the Labour Day weekend here, I know many families are looking to what this school year will be like. I’ve been reaching out and connecting with school PACs. I’m listening to parents’ concerns and answering their questions about the restart of classes. Each school may look different, but every district has developed a safety plan that follows strict health and safety measures co-developed with the Dr. Bonnie Henry. (See below for links to SD43’s plan)

We’ve been taking action to secure people’s health, homes and livelihoods but we haven’t outrun this pandemic yet. That’s why our restart plan focuses on keeping people safe – at work, at school and at home – while encouraging economic activity to benefit people and communities.

Our government is determined to rebuild a better economy that works for everyone.

We’re strengthening health care, increasing staff in long-term seniors’ care and reducing surgery backlogs caused by COVID-19. We’re building new urgent primary care centres and making it easier for you to safely see a doctor or nurse practitioner by phone or online.

Affordable, accessible child care is crucial for parents and kids. It’s also essential for our economy. Since our government took office, we’ve invested $60 million to expand childcare in the Tri-Cities – 509 new licensed child care spaces and $34 million back in the pockets of parents in our community.

And our economic recovery and climate action go hand-in-hand. That’s why we’re implementing the most ambitious climate action plan in Canada, to fight the climate crisis, while creating good, clean jobs.

We’ve made a lot of progress, and there’s much more we can do together to build a safe, healthy, secure future here in BC.

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance, please reach out. My staff and I are here to support you. You can reach us at 604-936-8709 or

I’m also planning a Facebook Live Townhall on B.C.’s Economic Recovery in the coming weeks. If you would like to join the conversation, please RSVP by email at with the “RSVP” in subject line, and we will send you the details on how you can tune in.

Thanks, Rick

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