Thanks to all who contacted me on the Teacher’s dispute with the BC Liberal government.
I am so pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached and I hope that it leads to real improvements for our kids and teachers. (more below)
So many of you have also shared your shock and concern at the environmental disaster at the Mt. Polley Mine tailings pond.(see below for more)
As the Opposition Environment Spokesperson, I’ve had the opportunity to see the devastation first-hand. I was saddened and angered by what I saw and learned in Likely and the surrounding area. It seems our government has abandoned their duty to protect our air, water and land. I will be sure to raise these critical issue in the Legislature when it reconvenes in October.
Over the past couple of months, the West End and Coal Harbour has seen a dramatic increase in renovictions, tenant harassment, and just plain old greed-motivated evictions.
And although we now know that the maximum rent increases are 2.5% for 2015, that hasn't stopped a few sneaky landlords from trying for rent hikes larger than the 2.5%.
Remember, you never have to sign anything your landlord asks you to. (Other than when you first move in)
Yet so many Tenants sign an agreement with their landlord agreeing to increases their rents in excess of the maximum.
Don't sign away your rights! If in doubt, call us before signing anything.
I will continue to stand with renters in our struggle to achieve meaningful legislation that protects renters from bad landlords, and ensures that when people break the rules it costs them.
Cheating the system for profit should never be an acceptable business model – unfortunately, with zero penalties ever levied under our current government, it seems to be.
PS: I am bringing my mobile community office back to the West End Farmers Market on Sat. Sept. 20th. I hope to see you there.