On January 29th, one year ago, this country was shaken by a senseless act of violence. A young man radicalized by white nationalist ideology entered the Great Mosque of Quebec City and shot twenty-five people, killing six.Read more
My Winter 2017 newsletter is now available!
In this newsletter, I discuss the housing crisis, the future of Chinatown and the work I have been doing as Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, among other issues. If you have anything that you would like to let me know about these or any other subjects, please don't hesitate to contact me.
On Tuesday, me and my team got out of the office with my Mobile Office at the Hastings Community Centre. I had the good fortune to meet a number of you to talk about the messages I can bring to Ottawa, and what we can do to make Ottawa work for East Van.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Hastings Community Centre for providing the space and promoting my visit, you made me feel at home. Your hard work and dedication to the community of Hastings-Sunrise are truly appreciated.
My next Mobile Office will be at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2 pm. I would love to see you there.
Today, I was honoured to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Grandview Cenotaph and the Chinese Canadian War Memorial in remembrance of the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in answering the call to fight for our freedoms. It is heartwarming to see that despite the rain, many people attended the two ceremonies to honour the veterans. We shall remember them!
My Summer 2017 newsletter is now available!
It’s official: the dog days of summer are here. Telltale signs? Italian Days, Car Free Days, farmers’ markets, East Van brewery bike tours, patios spilling out onto the Drive, Little League baseball in Hastings Park… the list goes on and on! After a hectic Parliamentary session it is great being back for our community’s fabulous summer events. [...]Read more
A huge thanks to the First Peoples for allowing us to gather, work and play in their unceded Coast Salish territories. Many thanks as well to the Britannia Community Services Centre for organizing an incredible event. The entire park came alive with performances throughout the day, including the Evaporators' energetic finish! I'm so very proud of our community's faces of the world!Read more
Neighbourhood Houses are the heartbeat of our community, and we’re so lucky in Vancouver East to have four of the ten in Metro Van: Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, and Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. Van East is also home to the Association of BC Neighbourhood Houses. Today I rose in the House of Commons to call on the federal government to provide stable, long-term funding to neighbourhood houses. This, in turn, will help people connect and engage with one another, participate in civic life and, together, foster a sense of belonging.Read more
Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the most endangered sites in Vancouver and Canada. That is why we must make a concerted effort now to preserve it—or lose it forever.Read more