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Thursday, October 19, 2017 » Editorial

Provincial infrastructure grants help local governments plan ahead

Thirty communities throughout British Columbia are receiving a boost in funding of $282,000 in grants to help local governments plan, design and manage sustainable infrastructure.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 » Editorial

Over $528,000 provides a boost to rural economies

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government is distributing over $528,000 in project development grants to help rural communities develop strong, stable economies and create long-term local employment, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 » Editorial

Slogans do not fix health care challenges

When the Christy Clark government announced just after the last election four years ago their intention to create a “violence- free B.C.” they should have added, “unless you’re a nurse.”

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 » Media Release

Donaldson announces “Score One for Democracy” contest winner

A winner has been selected by a panel of community judges in the Stikine MLA’s 7th annual contest for youth. Araceli O’Coffey, a grade 9 student at Bulkley Valley Christian School, wrote the winning essay for the “Score One for Democracy” contest that Doug Donaldson and a team of sponsors offered to young people in his riding.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 » Editorial

Reform absent in Throne Speech

The Christy Clark government’s Throne Speech began the sitting of the legislature last week. A Throne Speech is the government’s opportunity to lay out their vision for the coming year and to give an indication of what they believe is important.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 » Media Release

Stikine MLA announces 7th annual youth contest, ‘Score One for Democracy’

Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson is pleased to launch his 7th annual youth contest, with this year’s theme ‘Score One for Democracy’.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 » Editorial

Decisions that kill jobs, hurt local businesses

Electricity bills have skyrocketed under the Christy Clark government with a 28 per cent hike during her premiership with another 6.5 percent forecast for the next two years.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 » Editorial

Telkwa water tower a reinvestment

University of Northern British Columbia professor Greg Halseth likens it to constantly removing money from your bank account without any deposits. Eventually you’ll go broke.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 » Editorial

2017 is provincial election year

Happy New Year to all. It’s time to look ahead to what is coming in 2017 to circle on the calendar. One date in the first half of the year that should be double circled is May 9 – the B.C. provincial election day.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 » Editorial

The season of hope, peace, joy and love

Hope, peace, joy and love are the themes assigned to each of the four Sundays of Advent, and activities associated with the symbolic meaning of the Advent wreath including celebrating spreading light and shedding darkness. As I reflect on 2016 and the Christmas season, I think about examples of hope, peace, joy and love that came into my work as Stikine MLA.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 » Editorial

Who is the economy working for in BC?

Two statistics came out last month that couldn’t have provided a better example of the stark contrast about who the economy is working for in B.C.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 » Editorial

Our greatest natural resource

Cindy Blackstock, the children’s advocate who won a court decision earlier this year that found the federal government was guilty of discrimination against First Nations children by the practice of continual underfunding of children services on reserve, is fond of a saying. “Children are our greatest natural resource,” Blackstock, who is Gitxsan, states during her presentations.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 » Media Release

Donaldson congratulates the Hazeltons after funding announcement for the Upper Skeena Rec Centre

Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson acknowledged the tremendous local effort and work at all levels of government in congratulating the people of the Hazeltons following the announcement today of provincial and federal government funding for the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 » Editorial

Better leadership needed on youth substance use

Many families are fortunate to not have to face a drug addiction crisis with their children. But a lot of parents do. Through strength, resilience, some support, and often a bit of luck, the outcome can be good. And then there are the times when things go terribly wrong, especially when the support cannot be found at important points.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 » Editorial

Need more than slogans to address domestic violence

The legislature was set to resume last week but the Christy Clark government cancelled the fall sitting. One of the questions I would have asked the Premier is whatever happened to her 2014 slogan of a “Violence Free BC?” Worthwhile slogan, with very little action backing it up two years on.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 » Editorial

Our natural resources are going up in smoke

There couldn’t have been a much starker example to raise the question of how we best utilize local natural resources than what happened in the air last Thursday from Smithers to Hazelton and beyond.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 » Editorial

Public confidence, investor certainty needed

This summer is the second-year anniversary of two major events in the province that are having significant impacts on mining.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016 » Media Release

Two years after Mount Polley disaster, B.C. Liberals have abandoned local communities

Two years after promising to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with communities affected by the Mount Polley disaster the Christy Clark government has failed to address the disaster’s impacts on the local economy and failed to hold the company accountable for polluting Quesnel Lake, says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 » Editorial

Depression widespread, access to treatment inadequate

Most of us know people who at some point in their lives have suffered as a result of clinical depression. It could be that you’ve experienced it personally, or with a family member, a neighbour, a friend.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 » Editorial

Decisions make it difficult to access parks

Provincial parks are supposed to be places where B.C. residents can relax and experience the natural beauty of our province in an affordable way. Yet it’s getting harder and harder to experience that beauty in parts of B.C. through the publicly-owned provincial park system.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 » Editorial

Families put through emotional wringer

As we rejoice in the high school graduation of many students in Stikine during the past week, it is hard to imagine a more chaotic approach to the public education system than that displayed by the Christy Clark government over the past month.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 » Editorial

Locally-owned businesses key in rural economy

There is no doubt that locally-owned businesses are what create resilience and wealth retention in rural economies in BC.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 » Editorial

Urgent and immediate action required on youth mental health

Statistics indicate 20 per cent of British Columbians will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime. In many cases there can be devastating consequences to the individual, their families, friends and society-at-large.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 » Editorial

Banning corporate and union donations to B.C. political parties

In the last two weeks, we in the Official Opposition introduced two Private Members Bills in the legislature that would go a long way to taking big money out of our provincial political system and create a more level and fair playing field for all.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 » News Coverage

“The addiction to social media” - winning essay by Nathan Steenhof

Walking into a coffee shop I take a minute to look around. The sight that greets me is very depressing, everyone is glued to their phones and there is almost no face to face interaction.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 » Media Release

Donaldson announces “Score One for Solutions” contest winner

A winner has been selected by a panel of community judges in the Stikine MLA’s annual contest for youth. Nathan Steenhof, a grade 10 student at Bulkley Valley Christian School, wrote the winning essay for the “Score One for Solutions” contest that Doug Donaldson and a team of sponsors offered to young people in his riding.

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Friday, March 11, 2016 » Media Release

Statement on flawed hair test being used to apprehend children

B.C. New Democrat children and families spokesperson, Doug Donaldson, issued the following statement on revelations that a flawed hair test was used as evidence to apprehend children.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 » Editorial

Tax break to millionaires as school closures considered contrasts priorities

There was a very stark contrast in priorities that played out in the provincial legislature last week.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 » Editorial

Budget and throne speeches are out of touch with northern realities

The recent throne and budget speeches demonstrate a stark lack of understanding of challenges faced by those living in rural, northern communities like we have in Stikine.

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Friday, February 19, 2016 » Media Release

Stikine MLA named deputy spokesperson for Mining

Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson was named deputy spokesperson for mining yesterday by Official Opposition leader John Horgan, in addition to retaining his role as lead spokesperson in the children and family development portfolio.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 » Editorial

PowerBC means more local jobs

PowerBC is an energy strategy released in November that is worth further consideration as our hydro bills hit their peak during even this warm winter.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 » Editorial

Vision for children in care needs a higher bar

A significant news story broke last week related to the BC Liberals’ approach to a difficult issue associated with kids in government care in B.C.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 » Editorial

Agriculture policy needed for BC grown food

All indications are that the trend for increasing food prices will continue in the coming year.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 » Editorial

Themes of hope, peace, joy and love

Hope, peace, joy and love are the themes assigned to each of the four Sundays of Advent and activities associated with the symbolic meaning of the Advent wreath, including celebrating spreading light and shedding darkness.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 » Editorial

No excuse for not taking action

I made this statement in the legislature on the need for public transportation along Highway 16 more than two years ago.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 » News Coverage

CBC and CKPG interviews regarding youth found in drug house

Two interviews regarding the unacceptable situation of youth known to the Ministry of Children and Family Development frequenting a drug house in Prince George where 10,000 used needles were found during a recent RCMP raid.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 » Media Release

Answers needed about children staying in Prince George drug den

New Democrats are demanding answers from the Christy Clark government following reports that children involved with the Ministry of Children and Family Development were staying at a known drug den in Prince George.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 » Media Release

Alarming MCFD staff shortages putting children at risk

A new report from the Representative for Children and Youth reveals that the B.C. Liberals have been misleading the public in response to questions about children dying in government care.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 » News Coverage

Lower Mainland mental-health facility for children faces delay: The Globe and Mail

The timeline for a new Lower Mainland facility that would provide urgent psychiatric care for children and teens has been pushed back, in part because corporate donors had not yet been lined up to back the project.

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Friday, October 2, 2015 » Media Release

Cancellation of child protection committee meetings is the worst form of politics

The B.C. Liberals have cancelled parliamentary meetings aimed at protecting vulnerable children, say the New Democrats.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 » Media Release

B.C. NDP urging peaceful resolution at Unist’ot’en Camp

New Democrat spokesperson for aboriginal relations and reconciliation, Scott Fraser, and Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine, released the following statement on the ongoing situation at the Unist’ot’en camp:

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 » News Coverage

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Namox and Doug visited the Unist’ot’en camp

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief Namox and Doug visited the Unist'ot'en camp yesterday to check on safety and witness what they are experiencing.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 » Media Release

Sexually abused children being revictimized by the B.C. Liberals’ continuing legal war

The B.C. Liberals misled the public last week when they said their decision to appeal a scathing sexual abuse case was about matters of law not about attacking the family, say New Democrats.

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Friday, August 7, 2015 » Media Release

B.C. Liberals drag traumatized family back to court again

Premier Christy Clark’s minister of children and families made the shocking decision to appeal the second scathing B.C. Supreme Court ruling in a horrific child abuse case.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 » Media Release

Children’s Ministry review puts protecting the minister above protecting children

The B.C. Liberals have designed the review of the Ministry of Children and Families to fail, say New Democrats.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 » Media Release

Reality Check: Children’s ministry blocked help for children sexually abused in their care

New Democrats asked the Minister of Children and Families in the legislature this week if she would ensure children in the ministry’s care who were handed over to their sexually abusive father would receive the support they need to overcome the abuse they suffered.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 » News Coverage

NDP demands apology from B.C. minister after scathing child abuse ruling - CTV News

British Columbia's children's minister has announced a review into the case of a father who molested his toddler despite a court order banning unsupervised visits.

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Monday, May 25, 2015 » Media Release

Liberals refuse to take action to protect youth in care

Despite a damning report into the life and death of Paige, a child in the government’s care - the B.C. Liberals plan to continue to throw vulnerable youth out of care and on to the street as soon as they turn 19 say New Democrats.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 » News Coverage

Comment: Isabella’s death must not go unexplained

It’s difficult to imagine anything more heart-wrenching than the death of an infant child. Isabella Wiens was only 21 months old when she died.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 »

“How do you take care of your Mental Health?” - winning essay by Hannah Trombley

Mental health affects how you think, feel and act. It determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. It is equally as important as physical health, and is extremely important in every stage of life; from childhood to adult.

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