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MLA Ravi Kahlon celebrates announcement of new track facility for North Delta

DELTA – New Democrat MLA Ravi Kahlon says people in Delta will soon have access to a new rubberized running track and turf field at North Delta Secondary School, thanks to a joint provincial-federal investment of over $5.8 million to upgrade the existing track facility.

“For over three years people in our community have been organizing for a new track and facilities at North Delta Secondary School, and I am so proud that our New Democrat government could make this vision a reality,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for North Delta. “This track will be a place for people to come together, and will give more young people an opportunity to participate in sport and be active in our community. I am so pleased that we were able to work together to bring this track, and the opportunities that will come with it, to Delta.”

Track facility upgrades will include work to replace the existing worn athletic track with a new rubberized track and turf field. Upgrades will also be made to facility lighting, parking, bleachers, and washrooms. Once complete, residents of all ages from Delta and surrounding areas will have access to new and improved recreational opportunities in a modern, community-driven space.

“When we started to gauge interest in a new track and field in 2016/17 many people said it would never happen. So many people in North Delta are over the moon to see this project in the construction phase,” said Gary Sandhu, who teaches grades 11 and 12 at North Delta Secondary School. “We were lucky to have all three levels of government working toward this goal and it shows what is possible when everyone is working together to achieve something for a community.”

This local funding is part of over $228 million in grants going to B.C. communities through the first intake of the Community, Culture and Recreation and Rural & Northern Communities streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a provincial-federal cost-sharing program that makes investments in community and green infrastructure. The Province of B.C. has committed nearly $62 million of the total funding for this intake.

The second intake for both streams was announced on June 25, with nearly $160 million in combined funding available for projects.

Investments made through ICIP are designed to create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities, and support a low-carbon, green economy.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/canada-and-british-columbia-invest-in-infrastructure-in-the-lower-mainland-to-create-jobs-and-streng

MLA Rachna Singh to co-host Covid-19 Virtual Townhall on Monday April 20

SURREY – BC NDP MLA Rachna Singh will be co-hosting a virtual COVID-19 Regional Townhall on Monday April 20 at 7:15 pm, to answer questions about government, community, and health authority responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize people in our communities have questions and want to stay up to date on information related to COVID-19,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “These town halls are another way to help people get the answers they need from the health experts who have been leading the response in Surrey, and throughout the Fraser Health region.”

MLAs will bring questions from the public for public health experts from the Fraser Health Authority to answer during the hour-long event. The regional town halls are non-partisan and have been organized collaboratively by the BC NDP government, the BC Liberals, and the BC Greens.

Monday’s event will allow people to hear directly from health experts who are leading the COVID-19 response in Surrey.

MLA Singh will be joined by Dr. Victoria Lee, CEO for Fraser Health, Dr. Martin Lavoie, Medical Health Officer, and John Martin, BC Liberal MLA for Chilliwack.

The virtual town hall will be live-streamed on the BC Government Facebook page. Questions will be collected in advance and live during the session.

For more information on COVID-19 Regional Townhalls, visit:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/covid-19-regional-townhalls

Statement from Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson

As MLA for Stikine, it is my responsibility to listen to the views of the people I represent.  I visited the checkpoint on the invitation of my constituents and hereditary chiefs to hear their concerns and observe their protocols.  This visit was an acknowledgement of their authority as confirmed in the historic Delgamuukw -Gisdaywa decision.

At the same time I am aware that the laws of Canada must be upheld and court injunctions must be followed. This illustrates how these two systems of law are colliding and underlines the importance of the separate reconciliation process our government has undertaken with the Office of the Wet’suweten.

My commitment to a process of reconciliation remains firm and my first objective in the current legal situation is to ensure the safety of all.