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Hi <<First Name>>,
 

This week, I returned to Victoria to kick off the fall sitting of the legislature. After a busy summer, I was so excited to get back to the legislature with all my colleagues to keep fighting for Burnaby-Deer Lake. 

 

 All MLAs are fully vaccinated, and this week, for the first time, we were able to come together in person to bring forward and discuss legislation and vote on issues that matter to you. 

It was a great reminder that vaccinations are the key to putting this pandemic behind us. 

If you have a friend or family member who is eligible but still hasn't gotten their COVID-19 vaccine, please take some time this weekend to talk to them. Listen to their concerns, understand their perspective, and help them find clear, accurate information that answers their questions. When they're ready, you can help them register for an appointment or find a nearby drop-in clinic by clicking here.

Here are a few updates about actions our government took this week:

Vaccinations required for visitors to health care facilities 

Starting October 12, people who wish to visit friends and loved ones in long-term care homes must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. 

This is an important step to protect some of the most vulnerable in our province. Beginning on October 26, this will extend to include visitors to acute care and community care settings.

These steps build on other actions we've taken, including requiring vaccinations for all staff in these facilities. 

Well Being Fund supports First Nations 

We know that Indigenous peoples face much higher rates of poverty than people who are not Indigenous. 

Through the First Nations Well Being Fund, more than $2 million in grants have been provided to 62 First Nation communities throughout B.C. to complete well-being and poverty reduction projects and plans in their communities. 

This program is an important step towards addressing the disproportionately higher rates of poverty faced by Indigenous peoples in B.C.

For more information, please visit news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021SDPR0058-001900
Applications open for the Young Leaders Council 

Young people are the future of our province, and their voices must be heard in our decision-making process. We are launching applications to select up to 15 young people aged 14-26 for the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council.

These youth will meet regularly and provide input to the Premier's Special Advisor on Youth, MLA Brittny Anderson.

Please encourage young people in your life to apply by visiting gov.bc.ca/youngleaderscouncil
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 



Last week, on September 30, 2021, was the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It was an important opportunity and obligation to seriously reflect on our country's dark past and present. Indienous peoples today continue to face systemic racism, poverty, and continued trauma from residential schools. I'm grateful for activists and organizations who lead this important work. I hope you'll join me in this commitment to reconciliation every day. To learn more, please visit  orangeshirtday.org.



"National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important step towards repairing relations with Indigenous people, but we must keep pushing all levels of government to implement all of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation commission and give Indigenous people sovereignty over their unceded territory."  - Lilah, Grade 12, constituency office intern


I'm here for you


As always, if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 or any other provincial issue, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you.

My office can be reached at (604) 775-0565 or Anne.Kang.MLA@leg.bc.ca. 

Sincerely,

Anne Kang, MLA
Burnaby-Deer Lake
CAVE Youth Employment Program 

Dates: Next class starts October 18
Age: youth aged 17-29 not in school or in a full-time job
Cost: Free
Purpose of the Program: 5 weeks of training focused on enhancing essential workplace skills and job search skills to achieve employment goals. CAVE is a place for youth to identify job goals, explore careers, build workplace skills and confidence and connect with employers. 
Address: Blackboard Collaborate 

Visit here for more information: https://www.douglascollege.ca/cave  
Phone: 604-438-3045
 
Letters to the MLA from our youth

Have thoughts you would like to share with the MLA? We'd love to hear them! We welcome submissions from all youth of Burnaby-Deer Lake. Email us at anne.kang.mla@leg.bc.ca with your letter to the MLA.

No submissions this week.
COVID-19 updates from the BC Centre for Disease Control
 
Total vaccine doses administered in B.C. is 7,756,634.

There are currently 5,72 active cases in British Columbia as of September 24, 2021. A total of 173,786 people who tested positive have recovered. 

As of today, there have been more than 3,766,744 completed tests. Our province has adjusted testing to 717,086 people per 1,000,000.


For more information, please visit BCCDC's website
 
COVID Resources
 
For medical info, visit covid-19.bccdc.ca or call 811 
For vaccination info, visit gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated 
For financial supports for people and businesses, visit this page
For PHO orders and guidance, visit this page
For seniors looking for additional support, or for those looking to support seniors, call 211 or visit bc211.ca 
For virtual mental health resources, click here.   
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