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Dear <<First Name>>,

Just a few days ago a good friend of mine reunited with her husband and youngest daughter after two long years of being separated because of the pandemic. My friend was taking care of her son and eldest daughter alone in Burnaby while her husband couldn't fly back to Canada to be with the family.  I am genuinely grateful for all the hard work the people of British Columbia and people all across Canada have put into the fight to end COVID-19, so that more families like theirs can reunite.

BC Wildfire Update and Info
 

Our first priority has always been, and will always be, keeping people safe. On Tuesday July 20, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced a provincial State of Emergency, based on the expert advice of emergency management and wildfire officials. 

Thousands of firefighting and emergency response staff are already in the field and nothing has stood in the way of them getting the resources they need to respond to wildfires and support people. The State of Emergency allows us to move quickly, if the need arises, to ensure coordination and secure more accommodation spaces. 

The cooperation from all levels of government and in our communities so far has been outstanding, and we expect this to continue as we move through another very difficult fire season. I am encouraged to see British Columbians rallying together to help their neighbours in need of assistance. Whether you live in an affected area or are planning to travel across B.C., I encourage you to visit www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest information to keep yourself and your family safe. 


 
Triple Your Donation

As the residents living near Metro Vancouver are enjoying the bright blue skies and majestic sunsets. Thousands of other residents around BC have been evacuated due to the increasing wildfires. Let's lend a hand and help people who have been affected.

The federal and provincial governments have both committed to matching donations to the Red Cross' British Columbia Fires Appeal. That means every dollar donated will become $3 to support the people affected by this fire season. 

For more information about Red Cross & donation, please visit
https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/2021-british-columbia-fires
For more information about BC's wildfire, please visit 
https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-wildfires-quick-statistics
With the weather expected to stay dry and hot for the foreseeable future. For resources on wildfire prevention, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention
People of the Muslim faith in BC, joined Muslims around the world to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
Starting this past Tuesday (19th) to today (23rd) is the "Festival of the Sacrifice". A time of generosity, and a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones. Thanks to the hard work of everyone in BC, people can now begin to come together again and pray, share a meal, and observe this special holiday. So don't forget to wish anyone that celebrates this festival "Happy Eid"!
80.1% of eligible people 12 & older in BC have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

We're proud to say, with the number of people vaccinated still increasing, so far 55.6% of people 12 & older in B.C. have received their second dose. To date, 6,297,149 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C..
Walk-ins are welcome for everyone eligible for first or second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. First come, first served. While supplies last. Find a clinic today: http://ow.ly/odti50FxV6P
Expansion of $10-a-day child care coming for families
Before the NDP government was elected, child care support in British Columbia had been underfunded and neglected for far too long. Our government has invested a historic 2.2 billion dollars in child care support over three years. We have also built a strong foundation for parents and their children.  Budget 2021 supports our Childcare B.C. goals by more than doubling the number of ten dollars per day child care spaces available for B.C. families.  Although there is still more work to be done, we are making progress towards our goal of delivering universal child care to all B.C. families. Our government is committed to supporting the love and care British Columbia moms and dads deserve for their children. The province is accepting applications from licensed child care providers who want to give families child care for ten dollars a day and hopefully, less.

For more information, please visit 
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021CFD0059-001393
New Rules in place to protect young workers
New changes to employment standards will better protect young people at work by raising the general working age in British Columbia from 12 to 16 and defining the types of jobs appropriate for those under 16. We've fixed these laws to protect young children at work and bring B.C. in line with international standards for children’s employment. Work experience is an important part of growing up for young people, but at the same time, their safety should never be compromised.
These rules will come into force on Oct. 15, 2021, to allow employers and children who are already working to adjust to the new requirements.
For more information, please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021LBR0027-001400
Expanded psychosis supports to help young people, families early
Finding vital mental health services to support families living with psychosis has been a long time struggle. Luckily, with the budget 2021, the Government of B.C. announced a $53 million investment for early psychosis intervention over three years.
This investment will allow the expansion of new care providers, capacity expansion at 10 existing specialized programs, and outreach to rural and remote communities.

For more information, please visit 
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021MMHA0039-001395


I'm here for you


As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 supports, please reach out. Thank you for trusting me to support you again as your MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. For constituency-related questions, you can reach me at (604) 775-0565 or Anne.Kang.MLA@leg.bc.ca. For all inquiries about my capacity as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, please email AEST.minister@gov.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Anne Kang, MLA
Burnaby-Deer Lake
Burnaby Public Library Events:
Author Talk: Saadia Faruqi
Date: July 27, Tuesday
Time: 2:00 pm  - 3:00 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Format: Virtual (YouTube) 
Registration: No registration required 
Age: 6 and up 
Email juvref@bpl.bc.ca for any questions or concerns
Description: Join Pakistani American author, Saadia Faruqi, as she talks about her publication journey, gives tips to aspiring writers, and reads from her latest book.
This program is sponsored and brought to you by the Youth Services Committee of Public Library InterLINK.
Visit this link to learn more about InterLINK.
Youth Employment Series: Interviewing 
Date: July 28, Wednesday
Time: 1:00 pm  - 3:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Format: Virtual (Zoom) 
Registration: There are a few options for registration:
  1. Register at any BPL location
  2. Call 604-436-5400
  3. Fill out the form at the bottom of the website using this link:
 https://bpl.bc.ca/events/interviewing
Age: All teens
Email teenservices@bpl.bc.ca for any questions or concerns
Description: All levels of experience are welcome in this event held by the Burnaby Neighborhood House and Burnaby Public Library’s Teen Services. Join for a low-stress yet highly interactive workshop to help in preparing, practicing, and acquiring essential interview skills. Youth will learn about proper interview preparation and research, communication, wardrobe, hiring manager expectations, thank you notes, and new job expectations. They will get to practice these topics through engaging and low-pressure activities. Participants may bring their resumés if desired. 
How to Draw Manga: Face, Hair, and Expressions
Date: July 29, Thursday
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 am
Duration: 1.5 hours
Format: Virtual (Zoom)
Registration: There are a few options for registration:
  1. Register at any BPL location
  2. Call 604-436-5400
  3. Fill out the form at the bottom of the website using this link:
https://bpl.bc.ca/events/drawing-manga-face-hair-and-expressions
Age: 13-18
How to Join: You will need a computer/device with internet connection and audio. The Zoom link for the workshop will be sent the day before the event. 
Organizer: Email teenservices@bpl.bc.ca for any questions or if you want to cancel your registration
Description: Teens will learn how to draw manga under the instruction of comic artist Janice Liu of Young Artists’ Place. Participants will learn how to draw a character from start to finish, including the eyes and other features.
Supplies Needed: Pencil and paper/preferred drawing tools. If you need supplies, email teenservices@bpl.bc.ca for more information (they can provide supplies).

Community BBQ

July 19th, July 26th, August 9th
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
various locations in Burnaby
BNH Community BBQs are back! Let's reconnect with our neighbours with food (for purchase), activities, and entertainment! Bring a picnic blanket and a chair. Registration required.
To register, go here
Basics of Job Search in BC, July 29th - for details, please contact, Dali, our Settlement Case Manager at DaliQ@burnanbynh.ca 

Digital Literacy in Arabic

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
 
There is a total of 603 active cases in British Columbia as of July 23, 2021. A total of 146,463 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Fraser Health Authority, which includes the City of Burnaby, has a total of 86,266 confirmed cases, of which 199 are active.

As of today, there are more than 3,084,175 completed tests. Our province has adjusted testing to 586,031 people per 1,000,000.

Total vaccine doses administered in B.C. is 6,004,668.

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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Community Office Information
 
With the recent Restart BC announcement, our office is open for walk-in inquires again! Our office hour is from Monday to Friday 10 am - 5 pm (excluding statutory holidays). We encourage constituents to contact us by phone or email for constituency services. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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