Alberni-Pacific Rim encompasses the communities of Arrowsmith (Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, Whiskey Creek), Dashwood through Lighthouse Country (Horne Lake, Spider Lake, Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Deep Bay), and the Alberni Valley through to the west coast.

Fall 2014

After a beautiful but very dry summer, the much needed rains have arrived and we are having a rare fall sitting of the legislature.  We, in the Official Opposition, applaud teachers for standing up for public education during the recent dispute.  They stood up to an...

Letter to the editor regarding education

Our province’s students, parents, and teachers deserve better than what they’ve been getting from the BC Liberal government for the past 12 years. Having walked and talked with our teachers in School Districts 69 and 70 during their recent job action, I have heard firsthand the genuine concern for their students, as well as how working conditions have deteriorated under this government.

Together we can save the ALR

A bill introduced by the BC Liberal government will break apart the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), removing protections from 90% of BC farmland and putting it at risk of industrial development.

Amenity-Based Rural Development

In early June, I co-sponsored a morning session with Bill Veenhof, RDN Director at the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Group discussions followed a presentation by Dr. Nicole Vaugeois on the topic of Amenity-Based Rural Development.

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French Creek Community School & Teachers

Many Coombs residents enjoyed the annual Coombs Community Picnic held at the French Creek Community School on June 6th. The 102-year-old facility is slated to close at the end of this school year, and I am assisting a group of concerned citizens in asking  the Education Minister, Peter Fassbender, to appoint a Special Advisor to evaluate the school district’s facility review consultation process.

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