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After small Canadian distilleries stepped up for Canadians, Liberals leave them high and dry

After small Canadian distilleries stepped up for Canadians, Liberals leave them high and dry

Shelter Point Distillery in Oyster River, Wayward Distillery in Courtenay and Ampersand Distilling and Stillhead Distillery in the Cowichan Valley are among those across the country that produced tens of thousands of litres of hand sanitizer during the first wave of the pandemic despite having to close their doors to the public and losing their source of income.

Blaney Questions Ongoing Policy On Ferry Vehicle Passengers

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney has sent yet another letter to federal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau about Transport Canada’s order prohibiting passengers from remaining in their vehicles during sailings if parked on a closed deck. The letter comes after it was reported that Transport Canada is reviewing over 1000 reports of passengers disobeying the order.

Only NDP MPs Will Bring In Pharmacare, Housing and Climate Action

At a town hall meeting in Courtenay on Sunday evening, long-time New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen called on voters to unite around the NDP to stop an Andrew Scheer-led Conservative government – and bring universal pharmacare, affordable housing and a strong climate action plan to Vancouver Island.

“We have powerful and effective MPs in Rachel Blaney and Gord Johns,” said Cullen. “They have proven they can stop Conservatives, and they have proven they get things done for coastal communities.”

Person’s Day Lunch

All Courtenay-Alberni and North Island Powell River candidates in the Oct 21federal
election will attend the 4th Annual Persons Day Lunch on October 18. Each first will
respond to a pre-question: “if elected, what would you do to reduce gender inequities in
Canada”?

Person’s Day Lunch

Person’s Day Lunch

All Courtenay-Alberni and North Island Powell River candidates in the Oct 21federal
election will attend the 4th Annual Persons Day Lunch on October 18. Each first will
respond to a pre-question: “if elected, what would you do to reduce gender inequities in
Canada”?

Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

On Friday, October 4, residents of the Courtenay-Alberni riding have an opportunity to hear where their candidates stand on the issue at an all-candidates forum titled ‘Canada and the Climate Crisis.’ Join the conversation at 6:30 p.m at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. If you wish to attend indicate you are going on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1234774306725002/ Space is limited to 400 people.

NDP Leader to Visit Campbell River and Comox Valley

NDP Leader to Visit Campbell River and Comox Valley

COURTENAY – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will bring his energetic campaign to Vancouver Island this week. Singh will join local NDP candidates Rachel Blaney and Gord Johns on Thursday to make a policy announcement in Campbell River, followed by a roundtable with local residents in Courtenay and a stop to meet with people in Parksville later in the day.

MP Gord Johns to Host Green New Deal Town Hall Meeting

MP Gord Johns to Host Green New Deal Town Hall Meeting

MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) is inviting the public to a Green New Deal for Canada Town Hall discussion with NDP House Leader Peter Julian at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on July 25th from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

Liberals Abandon Seniors with Meager OAS and GIS Increases

On July 1st, Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments increased, but according to Réseau FADOQ, the combined increases work out to only an extra $12-16 per month. NDP Seniors Affairs Critic Rachel Blaney noted that seniors are understandably unimpressed.

NDP Makes Way for Passage of Bill Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins in Canada

NDP Makes Way for Passage of Bill Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins in Canada

Last week North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney, along with her colleagues Gord Johns, Randall Garrison, Alistair MacGregor, and Victoria candidate Laurel Collins requested that MP Nathan Cullen give up an hour of debate for his private members bill in order to ensure the final debate and vote would be held for a bill to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins. Cullen generously obliged, and on Monday Bill S-203 was passed.

Trojan Horse? What’s Wild Bill Smoking Days?

Trojan Horse? What’s Wild Bill Smoking Days?

I dare say that if I were to hand you two articles on climate change and what we should/could/can’t do about it; one by former NDP strategist Bill Tieleman and the other by BC Liberal promoter Tom Fletcher; with the authorship redacted—you’d be very hard put to tell, by the arguments presented, which was cowboy Tom riding high on fumes of Exxon-Mobil climate change denying propaganda and which was Wild Bill quixotically spurring on the exhausted steed of climate action impotence.

Vulnerable Seniors Are Getting Cut Off Of Their Pensions

Vulnerable Seniors Are Getting Cut Off Of Their Pensions

On Thursday, Rachel Blaney, NDP Seniors Critic, put forward a plan to help seniors, instead of hurting them. Blaney believes low-income seniors shouldn’t lose their homes and incomes for being unable to file their taxes on time.

Veterans Affairs Commentary

Veterans Affairs Commentary

Rachel Blaney, NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs, is again disappointed in Veterans Affairs Canada’s (VAC) treatment of past Canadian Forces members. “I haven’t held this portfolio for very long, and I’m already seeing a very concerning pattern with regards to how our veterans are treated by their government.”

In the Footsteps of a Long Line of Matriarchs

In the Footsteps of a Long Line of Matriarchs

Former justice minister and attorney general Puglaas, Jody Wilson-Raybould, closed her comments before the House of Commons justice committee on Wednesday, February 27th, with a powerful statement that reverberated across social media