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Hi <<First Name>>,

This week, we wrapped up the fall sitting of the legislature, where we brought forward and discussed legislation on many key issues that matter to British Columbians. 

That being said, I am happy to announce that B.C. has become the first province to permanently introduce five days of paid sick leave!

We've all had to make the tough decision between going to work ill or losing wages. No one should be put in that position. Our government believes that you shouldn't be punished for prioritizing the health and safety of yourself and those around you. Beginning on January 1st, employees in B.C. will be entitled to 5 fully paid sick days each year.

This program protects workplaces and keeps our communities safe and productive.


The pandemic taught us that when you go to work sick, it impacts you, your co-workers, and your employer. And over 60,000 employers and workers submitted feedback agreeing that people should not go to work when they are sick. This is a big deal for workers in B.C. and it is the right thing to do.

More Info: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0073-002235
 
COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11

Last week, the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine was approved by Health Canada, and starting November 29, parents who have registered will begin receiving invitations to book appointments for their kids.

The most important thing parents can do now is register their children to get vaccinated at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca or by calling 1-833-838-2323

Getting children vaccinated is the best way to protect them from the risks associated with COVID-19. And by increasing protection in our entire community, we can reduce the risk of the virus interfering with activities important for children, including school, choir, sports, and birthday parties.

For more info: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/children
B.C. flooding evacuees to get additional financial support 

We’re teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional financial assistance to help people who were evacuated due to flooding.

People who have been placed on evacuation orders due to the flooding and extreme weather event that occurred Nov. 14-16, can receive $2,000.

To access these supports, you must register with the Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582

 
More rainfall expected next week

Today we had a short break from the rain, but, three atmospheric rivers are set to hit BC over the next week. This could worsen the flooding situation or increase the risk of landslides. To be prepared for emergencies, please make sure to monitor weather warnings.

We are here to help and supports are available for you.

If you or people you know have been impacted by recent extreme weather events and flooding, call our helpline at 1-833-376-2452 for more info of emergencies and agricultural supports, mental health supports, essential travel and road condition. Follow https://twitter.com/ECCCWeatherBC to stay alert.

Be safe everyone, don't hesitate to reach out for help.
B.C.'s next steps to address gender-based violence 

Everyone deserves to live a life free from the threat of violence.

Focused engagement will take place early in the new year in order to deliver a multi-year action plan to address gender-based violence. The final plan will be delivered by the end of 2022.

The safety and well-being of all people depend on everyone taking action to help end gender-based violence and make our province safer.

During #16DaysofActivism, speak up & support survivors. Together, we can end violence against women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, & gender-diverse people. https://news.gov.bc.ca/25812
B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants 2021/22

The Ministry of Attorney General & Minister responsible for Housing is pleased to advise you that it is currently accepting applications for the multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grant program. The application period is open now through to December 20, 2021 closing at 2:00 pm PST.
 
Registered non-profit and charitable organizations, as well as other public and private sector organizations working in partnership with a BIPOC-led non-profit society, are invited to apply for grants up to $5,000 to support activities across the Province that build intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers.
 
The program’s focus in 2021/22 is to prioritize projects that seek to reduce systemic racism, hate incidents and/or build capacity in racialized communities, with a preference for applications submitted by racialized and marginalized groups.
 
Please review the updated guidelines before you apply for a BC Multiculturalism Grant at:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism/multiculturalism/multiculturalismgrants
 
An optional virtual information session on the Grant program is planned for December 3, 2021, from 11:30, am – 12:30 pm PST. Please register via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bc-multiculturalism-and-anti-racism-grants-202122-info-session-tickets-217120943587.
 
Applications will be accepted until 2:00 pm on December 20, 2021.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Applications must be submitted via the Ministry website indicated above in order to be considered. The Ministry cannot accept applications received by email, fax or mail. 
 


I'm here for you


As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any 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

The 2021 Asian Youth Folk Culture Festival (Part 1) and BC Senior Performing Arts Festival (Part 2), will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, November 27th.

Through storytelling and music, the part 1 event will let the Asian Youth learns the wisdom to revive their identity and live together in a mosaic country, and at the same time, it is to promote mutual understanding and communication between multinationals by introducing the excellent folk culture of their own country. The BC Senior Performing Arts Festival (part 2 event) is a place where multinational seniors show their hard-working artistic skills, although they are amateurs, not professional artists.

Applicants must e-mail (kessc2013@gmail.com) by November 20 will be given a lucky draw number to receive $30 worth of Amazon gift certificates. This time, a total of 20 people will be drawn, including 10 full-time members of the KESSC (2021 annual fee payers) and 10 general participants.

Free Financial Literacy for Teens 

Dates:
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: Free

Did you miss the youth Financial Literacy Workshop that I co-hosted with CPABC this past summer? Now is your chance!
 
This FREE virtual event is for youth between the ages of 15-17 who want to get a head start with information that will help teens make good financial decisions before high school graduation. They will also have the chance to win some fun prizes!

Attendees will learn topics that will help them manage money – including budgeting, debt, financial goal setting, student loans, and much more.

We will be offering two opportunities. Please register your teen for only one session as they are both the same presentation.

For more information: https://www.bccpa.ca/cpa-financial-literacy-program/financial-literacy-sessions/money-basics-for-teens-1/

From now until February 28, 2022, your Legislative Assembly is accepting page poetry and spoken word submissions from K-12 students in BC!

Please share and encourage your brilliant kids to apply. I look forward to all the submissions!

For more information, please visit https://democracyandme.ca/
COVID-19 updates from the BC Centre for Disease Control
 
Total vaccine doses administered in B.C. are 8,609,643.

There are currently 3,061 active cases in British Columbia as of November 26th, 2021. A total of 211,202 people who tested positive have recovered. 

As of today, there have been more than 4,607,884 completed tests. Our province has adjusted testing to 869,729 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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