Great Spaghetti Dinner!

The Spagehetti Dinner was a great turnout. Thank you everyone for coming and a big thank you to Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh for a great presentation on the Dave Barrett years. Their book, ” The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975″ is available in bookstores now.

Bill, Rob and Geof

Dinner Time!

Geoff Meggs Speaking

Bill Routley attends Heart and Stroke Foundation Fundraiser

Bill attended the fundraiser on February 4th to show his support to the organization. He was asked to speak last minute where he said, “Now, more than ever, I understand why this organization’s goals are so important.”

Bill just underwent a heart surgery to have a valve in his heart replaced and is obviously doing very well.

Bill Speaking at the Heart and Stroke

Bill at the Heart and Stroke fundraiser

Bill at the Heart and Stroke fundraiser

Liberals need to clarify their muddled position on smart meter installations

Smart Meter

BC Hydro Smart Meter

MEDIA RELEASE

Jan. 29, 2013

 

Liberals need to clarify their muddled position on smart meter installations

 

VICTORIA – The Liberal government must clarify their muddled position on smart meter installations and tell British Columbians just what options they have when it comes to the smart meter program, say the New Democrats.

 

“One week customers are receiving threatening letters saying the meters will be installed no matter what. The next week the energy minister pens an opinion piece saying B.C. Hydro won’t install a new meter without the homeowner’s consent,” said New Democrat energy critic John Horgan. “Which is it? You can’t have it both ways.”

 

A statement issued this week from Liberal MLA Gordon Hogg’s office says “Minister Coleman advised Gordon that individual home owners, who had not yet  had a smart meter installed on their home, would not have to have one.” The statement goes on to say, “You will not be ‘forced’ into having one or be in fear of it being installed when you are not home.”

 

Horgan said a call from his office to B.C. Hydro failed to clarify the issue. A B.C. Hydro spokesperson was not aware of any written policy regarding the energy minister’s comments.

 

“People in British Columbia are feeling harassed by the Liberal government and B.C. Hydro contractors,” said Horgan. “The energy minister needs to be clear, or that frustration and anger will continue to grow.”

 

Horgan said if the Liberals allowed the independent B.C. Utilities Commission to look into a compromise that works for everyone, much of this confusion could have been avoided.

 

“The smart meter initiative – a billion dollar expenditure – has been rife with discord from the beginning, and the independent utilities commission has been barred from overseeing the process,” said Horgan. “This Liberal government is tired, and isn’t up to the challenge of addressing the concerns of British Columbians.”

 

B.C.’s New Democrats are committed to restoring the regulatory role of the B.C. Utilities Commission, and will take practical steps to get B.C. Hydro back on its feet to bring greater stability and proper long-term planning to British Columbia’s energy policy.

 

 

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Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley had a successful surgery

MEDIA RELEASE

 

January 16, 2013
VICTORIA – Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley had a successful surgery to deal with a heart condition last week in Victoria. Bill is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery by March.

 

Bill is looking forward to getting back on his feet and returning to serve his constituents as soon as possible.

Bill would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

 

Please note Bill will not be doing media interviews during this time to ensure he can get the rest he needs.

 

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Recipients

In a joint ceremony on December 17, 2012, Jean Crowder, MP and Bill Routley, MLA presented the recipients with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals

On February 6th, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada – an occasion marked only once before by her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1897.

In celebration of this event, a commemorative medal has been created as a visible and tangible way of recognizing outstanding Canadians who have helped build and continue to build this caring country through their service, contributions and achievements. You are one of those Great Canadians.

I would therefore like to offer my congratulations, as you have been awarded a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for your outstanding contributions to our community.

Your great work and dedication to your community has contributed to bettering the lives of residents, friends, and neighbours. Your commitment to excellence in all that you do is demonstrated by your selfless involvement in your community.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Recipients
Cowichan Valley Recipients

Joan Gillatt, Duncan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Gillatt’s community service includes Children and Youth Leadership with Cubs and Brownies, 10 years as a Cowichan School Board Trustee ,Four years as School District Board Chair ,Joan spent 9 Years on Duncan City Council and she was awarded the highest honor the City of Duncan can bestow “Freeman” also she has years of volunteer work with the ,Cowichan Lodge Senior Care Facility, Cowichan District Hospital Board, Cowichan United Way, Community Futures, Duncan United Church and many other volunteer roles over the years.

 

Betty-Anne Devitt, Crofton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For nearly 25 years, six days a week, Betty Anne Devitt has provided food hampers and meals to the most vulnerable people in our community as a volunteer leader and member of the board of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society.

 

Chuck McCandless, Duncan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck McCandless is a warm soul and is a very special Canadian Mental Health Association Outreach worker here in the Cowichan Valley, Chuck works tirelessly ,often behind the scenes as he advocates for homeless people and he helps those who are in need

 

Michael Coleman, Duncan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Coleman, Lawyer and Community leader for 40 years, Mike spent 22 years as City of Duncan Mayor, he was instrumental in the creation of the such agencies as the Hiiye Yu Lelum (House of Friendship, Cowichan United Way, Family Life, Big Brothers, Community Futures, Legal Aid, Cowichan Valley Bar Association, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation and in 2010 he was awarded the honorary designation of Queen`s Counsel.

Mill workers losing shifts as raw log exports continue to rise

 

Liberal mismanagement of forestry costs B.C. jobs

VICTORIA – Another sawmill has cut back production for lack of fiber, while the B.C. Liberals continue to mismanage forestry by refusing to tackle the growing problem of raw log exports, say the New Democrats.

Western Forest Products’ Cowichan Bay mill was shut down for a week in November because of a lack of fiber; the mill is running with reduced shifts this week.

“Raw logs are being exported even faster than last year’s record numbers, yet the Liberal government has no answer,” said New Democrat deputy forest critic Bill Routley. “Last May, the forest minister promised a review on log exports, and 18 months later, we’re still waiting.

“Meanwhile, workers are losing wages just before the holiday season,” said Routley, whose Cowichan Valley constituency includes the Cowichan Bay mill. “It’s long past time the Liberals took some real action to ensure that B.C. logs create jobs in B.C.”

Routley noted that some Liberal MLAs agree with the New Democrat position that log exports cost jobs. Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon and Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer have both been critical of their own government’s inaction.

In 2011, more than 5.5 million cubic metres of raw logs were exported from B.C. Included in that total were more than 40 per cent of the harvest from the coast and Vancouver Island. Numbers from November show that the rate of export is up by more than five per cent so far in 2012.

In the spring, New Democrats revealed that the forest minister overruled his own Timber Export Advisory Committee dozens of times, meaning logs that could have created jobs in B.C. were instead shipped out of the province.

“We’ve heard from mills in the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island that they would create new jobs if they could just get access to fiber,” said Routley. “Yet, the Liberals refuse to take any meaningful steps to reduce log exports.

“The minister needs to tell us why the review he promised 18 months ago has never been made public. And he should come to my community and tell workers why they’re losing wages while truckloads of logs go roaring past the mill, bound for export.”

Adrian Dix and the New Democrats believe the Liberal government is not up to the challenge of managing the economy, and British Columbians deserve better. New Democrats are offering change, for the better, one practical step at a time.

Constituency Report with MLA Bill Routley


Cowichan Protests More Than Pipelines

89.7 Sun FM
Island First News
October 24, 2012

…Routley welcomed the protest in front of his office and said the NDP are calling on the federal government to legislate a permanent moratorium on oil tankers and oil drilling activity on B.C.’s north coast….

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Pipeline protestors hit streets of Duncan, MLA’s office

Lexi Bainas, The Citizen
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012

…They met at Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley’s office where he warmly welcomed the group, telling them he shared their views and was happy to see them out exercising their right to protest….

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New DriveABLE centre ‘a step in the right direction’

Local tests will ease the burden

By Lexi Bainas, CitizenOctober 19, 2012

…”It’s a step in the right direction, that’s for sure, making it more accessible,” said Routley.

There have been some changes in the program as well.

“We did have some people come into our office who were re-tested with an actual driving test and then actually passed. So, they are starting to correct some of the major errors that were there with DriveABLE. But, I still think it has to be made absolutely fair for everyone. I’m delighted to hear that it will at least be accessible in the Cowi-chan Valley.”

Perhaps pressure, both from the general public and from politicians, is having an effect on government’s view of the program, he said…

Read more here…

MLA calls for accountability regarding Malahat safety

The Cowichan River

In April of this year Bill Routley, MLA Cowichan Valley, conveyed to the Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources the urgency of the request for action in regards to protecting the fish, community and environmental values of the Cowichan River. 

Mr. Routley, along with the Mayors of three of the surrounding communities, representatives of the Cowichan First Nations and Chair of the Regional Board clearly communicated the need to retain water to ensure an adequate supply to meet the needs throughout the summer.

The shocking outcome to this plea was the Ministry failed to do anything.  There was no action taken to protect the interests of the fish, the community or the environmental values that these leaders had been advocating for. 

Today we are seeing the results of the inaction and the cost to our Valley.

Mr. Routley’s letter in response to the Minister can be read here.

Pulse of Cowichan Lake water underway to save chinook stocks and restore river - News Leader

 

Drought threatens the Cowichan Valley

 

Cowichan Crisis – Letter to Editor

Routley asking new minister to authorize school board election

Lexi Bainas, Citizen
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012

…”What’s particularly egregious is that Abbott could suggest to the public that the same people might get elected so therefore we shouldn’t have an election. That’s really outrageous. It’s political interference of the worst kind to suggest he doesn’t like the potential for an outcome. Isn’t that up to the good people of the Cowichan Valley to decide?” Routley asked….

Read full article here

**Update** MLAs help children get the medical services they need

In February Emily’s parents were told that their daughter was going to be put on a wait list for a surgery that she desperately needed.  They contacted their MLA, Bill Routley, in the hopes that by telling her story some action could be taken for her and others on the waiting list at BC Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Routley brought this issue to the NDP Caucus and subsequently it was raised in the House of the Legislature.

On April 25, 2012 – In question period, Adrian Dix raised the matter of the 8-year-old girl from the Cowichan Valley who requires surgery on her legs as she grows. Without surgery, Emily is left in pain and discomfort, but there is a two-year waitlist caused, in part, by a lack of surgical instruments for this type of procedure. In response to his questions, Adrian won a commitment from the health minister to increase surgical time and to address other roadblocks to Emily getting the surgery she needs.

That was then and this is now – Operation Successful

Emily and her mom came in to Bill’s office for a surprise visit; they were on the way home after Emily had a successful operation at Children’s Hospital. There was no shortage of smiles and laughter coming from this wonderful duo who thanked Bill and the office staff for all their help and support. They brightened the whole day for the whole office (GOOD NEWS IS ALWAYS THE BEST KIND OF NEWS). Emily said after her operation she wanted to get up and get moving so she could get home to her dog.  She explained she could go home when she was up and moving and her Mom tells us her progress after the operation was exceptional! Yea Emily!

We are looking forward to more visits in the future.

Special Committee on Timber Supply

The following are the terms of reference set out for the Special Committee on Timber Supply:

 

 

     Terms of Reference

 

 

 

 

The NDP Forest Critics asked to expand the committees terms of reference, government chose to ignore the suggestions. Official Opposition letter is below:

 

 

    Critic’s response letter

Deadline looms for timber decision

By Tom Fletcher – BC Local News
Published: July 10, 2012 12:00 PM
Updated: July 10, 2012 12:30 PM

 

The B.C. legislative committee studying timber supply in the wake of the Interior pine beetle epidemic is holding its final hearings this week, with an Aug. 15 deadline to recommend whether to open up more areas to logging as the forest recovers...

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Message from Bill

I have just completed the June leg of our provincial tour to gather public input through the Special committee to examine mid-term timber supply.

This week I will be working on the many important local issues that are currently issues for constituents and taking some much needed family time. Next week I will be heading back out for the July portion of the provincial tour.

My office is open and ready to serve the community.

I look forward to being able to bring back the thoughts and feelings from the people of BC and to use that information to benefit all British Columbians.

Bill Routley

Less Ferry service for more money



 

Selling the wheels off the wagon – the coporate model!

Special committee to examine mid-term timber supply

Mr. Routley, as a member of the Special committee to examine mid-term timber supply will be travelling throughout British Columbia this summer to conduct public consultation with his fellow committee members.

The committee’s terms of reference are to specifically consider recommendations that could increase timber supply, including direction on the potential scope of changes to land-use objectives, rate of harvest and conversion of volume-based tenures to area-based tenures. The committee will also consider whether any changes to legislation are required.

Learn more about the mountain pine beetle infestation: www.gov.bc.ca/pinebeetle

  Public hearings will be in the following locations:

Smithers Jun-18 Valemount Jun-22
Houston Jun-18 McBride Jun-22
Burns Lake Jun-19 100 Mile House Jul-05
Fraser Lake Jun-19 Williams Lake Jul-05
Fort St. James Jun-20 Quesnel Jul-06
Vanderhoof Jun-20 Merritt Jul-12
Prince George Jun-21 Kamloops Jul-12
Mackenzie Jun-21    

To register, please contact committee staff by phone, 1 877 428-8337, or by email: timbercommittee@leg.bc.ca

British Columbians can also participate by sending the committee a written submission, or video or audio file.

For more information on the consultation, and to view the committee’s discussion paper, please visit the committee’s website at: www.leg.bc.ca/timbercommittee

The call for public input closes on Friday, July 20, 2012, and the committee is required to release its report by Aug. 15, 2012

Cutting ferry routes will hurt tourism, Routley tells Legislature

Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 10:34 AM
By Natasha Riebe
Cowichan Valley

 

The MLA for the Cowichan Valley insists B.C.’s ferry system already discourages people from visiting Vancouver Island, and proposed legislation to update the Coastal Ferry Act could hurt tourism even more…..

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