My policies are driven by a need to acknowledge the root of every crises we face is the same; colonialism. The current way of approaching issues is one driven by individual success, rather than the acknowledgement of the need for strong community in order to find success for all.

Healthcare

Care homes & assisted living

Policy by the BC Green Party
Shift sector away from for-profit private companies, to a mix of public, not-for-profit, community-based services, & co-ops; Require annual inspections, financial statements, & audited expense reports; Recognize caregivers as a healthcare profession with the salary they deserve.

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Healthcare staffing

Policy by the BC Green Party
Consult with physicians and other stakeholders to improve efficiency, reduce administration, and incentivise becoming a General Practitioner; Work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons to create a pathway for qualified foreign-trained physicians to practice in BC.

Prescription drugs

Policy by the BC Green Party
Develop a proposal to implement an essential drugs programme beginning in 2022, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.

Sexual assault

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish permanent core funding for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.

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Inclusiveness

Policy by the BC Green Party
Advance cultural competency training for existing healthcare practitioners and support training of new Indigenous doctors while prioritizing opportunities to expand public healthcare services within communities, as lead by Indigenous leadership.

Contraception

Policy by the BC Green Party
Make contraceptive products free for those under 25 and remove PST on all contraceptive products.

Acute and preventive care

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a task force to develop a plan to transition the balance of resources between acute care and preventive care.

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Jobs, the Economy, and Affordability

Financial assistance

Policy by the BC Green Party
Begin a transition towards basic income by increasing income support levels; Make the $300 crisis supplement permanent; Eliminate the asset test; Reduce clawbacks on earned income; Establish a 1-year period so those on income assistance can earn extra income without clawbacks.

Food security

Policy by the BC Green Party
Recognize income and regional disparities in food insecurity across BC and work to enhance access to high quality, healthy food for low-income British Columbians, including developing systems for First Nations that honour Indigenous knowledge and values.

Infrastructure investment

Policy by the BC Green Party
Partner with local governments with cost shared funding for bike lanes, trails, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets.

Tourism

Policy by the BC Green Party
Retool the provincial grant programme to focus on small tourism operators, and work with the industry to establish criteria; Work with not-for-profit tourism, cultural facilities, & attractions to develop a separate granting programme.

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Restauraunts & hospitality

Policy by the BC Green Party
Make the expanded patio programme permanent.

Small businesses

Policy by the BC Green Party
Allocate $300 million to create a 6-month rent subsidy programme for small businesses; Cover 25% of rental costs for small businesses limited to $50,000/month rent costs.

Tech & Innovation

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a $1B strategic investment fund to support innovation, with an emphasis on a 0-carbon economy; Partner in innovation clusters in areas where BC has strategic advantage.

Agriculture

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a long-term food sustainability strategy to decrease reliance on import supply chains; Make food production & food security part of the Agricultural Land Commision's mandate; Create a publicly owned agricultural land bank available to lease by new farmers.

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Work week

Policy by the BC Green Party
In consultation with business, labour, and other stakeholders, explore options for reduced work weeks and/or flexible work hours.

Wages

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a permanent Fair Wages Commission to recommend consistent and predictable increases in the minimum wage and reduce political interference.

Employment standards

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a task force to advise on modernizing employment standards and reducing inequality.

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Sustainable jobs

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a $500 million fund to support sustainable jobs; Develop a clean jobs programme; Implement a just transition programme for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition.

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Housing & Homelessness

Housing affordability

Policy by the BC Green Party
Accelerate investments to affordable, supportive, and social housing; Extend leases for extant co-ops and create a land bank for new co-ops; Establish a capital fund to support the acquisition and maintenance rental housing by nonprofits; Close the bare trust loophole.

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Housing speculation

Policy by the BC Green Party
Change the speculation tax to include more foreign owners and satellite families.

Rent and evictions

Policy by Kelly Tatham
Despite people in BC still suffering job losses and reduced income, evictions have resumed for non-payment as well as reno and demo-victions.

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Stratas

Policy by the BC Green Party
Convene a taskforce, including insurance brokers, insurers, and strata owners, to deal with the rising cost of strata insurance and develop solutions as soon as the BC Financial Services Authority finishes their investigation.

Climate Change & the Environment

Electric vehicles

Policy by the BC Green Party
Require 100% 0-emission non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035; Remove PST on electric vehicles; Work with industry on new incentive programmes; Build public charging infrastructure on all highways; Require multi-unit buildings to have charging infrastructure.

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Conservation

Policy by the BC Green Party
Establish a strategy to manage wetlands; Ensure legislative oversight through legislated objectives for fish and wildlife; Enhance funding for wildlife conservation, habitat protection, & habitat acquisition; Provide legal protection for endangered species.

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Emissions

Policy by the BC Green Party
Commit to being carbon neutral by 2045; Set sectoral targets; Set an interim target for 2025; End oil and gas subsidies, and redirect money to innovation & businesses to help meet our commitments; Develop an accountability framework to ensure targets are met.

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Retrofits

Policy by the BC Green Party
Increase short-term incentives for retrofits; Partner with colleges, technical institutes, and private organisations to develop training programmes to expand employment in green retrofits, focusing on supporting sectors impacted by COVID & a just transition for oil & gas workers.

Carbon tax

Policy by the BC Green Party
Immediately reinstate the schedule carbon tax increase and return to regular and predictable increases in the carbon tax of $10/year.

BC Parks

Policy by the BC Green Party
Enhance funding for BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service; Improve infrastructure and ensure natural ecosystems are not being degraded; Create more campgrounds to meet demand, ensuring grounds don't cut into existing protected areas.

Electric bikes

Policy by the BC Green Party
Remove PST from electric bikes; Require offices and commercial premises to provide secure bike parking with charging capabilities; Create more safe storage options including bike lockers at key locations like transit hubs.

Water

Policy by the BC Green Party
Allocate $50 million for a dedicated Watershed Security Fund; Expand watershed boards across the province; Implement a Water Sustainability Act; Work with local governments and school districts to upgrade municipal infrastructure and replace household pipes; Ban fracking.

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Climate resilience

Policy by the BC Green Party
Provide $100 million over 4 years to fund climate adaptation initiatives; Build capacity in communities so they can respond safely and effectively to extreme weather and natural disasters; Protect communities from wildfires and flooding through forest management & fuel treatment.

Education

Schools and COVID

Policy by the BC Green Party
Fund operating grants for school districts at the same level as 2019/2020, so that lower enrolment during COVID doesn't result in less funding; Maintain additional COVID funding for PPE & online learning; Give every school the resources to develop remote & hybrid learning options

Post-secondary

Policy by the BC Green Party
Double the funding for the BC Access Grant to help support post-secondary part-time students and those enrolled in multi-year programs.

Meal programmes

Policy by the BC Green Party
Create a $25 million fund for school districts to develop food programmes for their schools.

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Mental health and schools

Policy by the BC Green Party
Provide $24 million in new funding to enhance the number of counsellors in schools, starting in the current school year.

Funding for public education

Policy by the BC Green Party
Work with education partners on a long-term plan to improve per-student funding.

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Racism and reconciliation

Policy by the BC Green Party
Develop and implement a province-wide plan to address racism in schools, and commit to additional, ongoing funding to deepen the work of reconciliation and Indigenous education across K-12.

Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Safe supply

Policy by the BC Green Party
Scale up safe supply; Work with the colleges of physicians and pharmacists to encourage their members to participate in existing programmes; Fund a wider range of safe supply resources, including low-barrier ways of dispensing; Ongoing consultation with people who use drugs.

Overdoses

Policy by the BC Green Party
Enhance funding for harm reduction services and create COVID-friendly plans to ensure people have access and don't use alone.

Policing of drugs

Policy by the BC Green Party
Decriminalize simple possession of drugs, through implementing Dr. Bonnie Henry's recommended amendments to the Police Act; Strongly pursue decriminalization with the Federal government.

Mental health support

Policy by the BC Green Party
Invest in an affordable and accessible mental healthcare system; Allocate $1B over a 4-year cycle to address mental health care within MSP; Allocate $200M/year in facilities to provide mental healthcare services and rehabilitation; Develop and implement a Loneliness Strategy.

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Human Rights & Equality

Gender pay gap

Policy by the BC Green Party
Introduce equal pay legislation.

Racism

Policy by the BC Green Party
Support better demographic data collection to better understand disparities in our society, for health, education, housing, and employment outcomes in particular; Carry out the requests of the BC Advisory Committee on the UN Decade for People of African Descent.

Accessibility

Policy by the BC Green Party
Introduce a BC Accessibility Act; Establish a housing office charged with assisting people with disabilities and youth aging-out to find suitable accommodation.

Policing

Policy by the BC Green Party
Restart the Police Act review; Review procedures for wellness checks in consultation with BIPOC and health professionals, with a goal of expanding use of integrated mental health crisis teams.

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Conversion therapy

Policy by the BC Green Party
Ban conversion therapy.

Transit & Transportation

BC Ferries

Policy by the BC Green Party
Ensure that BC Ferries can maintain service levels despite long-term losses from COVID; Bring BC Ferries back into the government as a Crown Corporation; Conduct a full review of BC Ferries operations focused on providing an efficient, public service.

Transit service

Policy by the BC Green Party
Create a South Island regional transportation strategy; Prioritize investment in transit service; Ensure that TransLink & BC Transit can maintain service levels despite losses from COVID; Redesign the transit funding model for stable long-term funding; Consider mobility pricing.

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Infrastructure

Policy by the BC Green Party
Ensure no disruption in future transit expansion due to the pandemic.

Emissions

Policy by the BC Green Party
Invest in electrifying transit systems, including partnering with the federal government to accelerate support for BC Transit and TransLink to electrify their bus fleets.

Public Safety

Children, Childcare, & Youth in Care

Childcare

Policy by the BC Green Party
Invest up to $897M/year by 2023/24 in childcare programme; Expand available physical spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations; Provide free childcare for working parents with children under 3.

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Early childhood development

Policy by the BC Green Party
Provide $300M in new funding to phase in up to 25 hours / week of free early childhood education programmes for 3 & 5 year-olds, rising to $550M as capacity expands; Provide $100M to create a new capital programme in the Ministry of Education for school renos to add ECE spaces.

Youth in care

Policy by the BC Green Party
Implement a basic income for youth aging-out of care.

Stay-at-home parents

Policy by the BC Green Party
Provide up to $500/month for families with children under 3 and a stay-at-home parent.

Indigenous Issues

Self-determination

Policy by the BC Green Party
Work with First Nations towards energy independence, including creation of Indigenous owned utilities.

Reconciliation

Policy by the BC Green Party
Ensure the Action Plan on reconciliation is adopted and supported with adequate resources; Ensure that there is meaningful progress towards reconciliation.

Indigenous child welfare

Policy by the BC Green Party
Move urgently away from the MCFD structure by supporting indigenous-led child welfare programmes in their communities that provide wraparound services and supports to help families stay together.

Resource Extraction & Export

Government support for workers

Policy by the BC Green Party
Implement a just transition programme for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition, working with them on a pathway to a guaranteed job in the clean economy.

Forestry

Policy by the BC Green Party
Make sure profits from forestry go to First Nations and local communities instead of large corporations; Manage forests holistically; Protect remaining high value old growth forests; Generate more jobs and revenue from forestry.

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Fracking

Policy by the BC Green Party
Ban fracking.

Misc.

Decriminalization

Policy by Kelly Tatham
Implementing evidence-based policy to save lives now. Dr. Bonnie Henry has called for this to happen for years but government has not moved fast enough.

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Expand MSP

Policy by Kelly Tatham
This would add mental health, dental, and vision to standard universal coverage. Kelly knows what it’s like to avoid going to the dentist because you simply can’t afford it. Mental, dental, and vision are important aspects of healthcare that should be covered for all, full stop.

Preserve Cultural Spaces

Policy by Kelly Tatham
So much of what makes our riding in particular so special is its amazing culture and that needs a home. From comedy venues to art galleries to Chinatown, these need to be protected from being wiped out by development and Kelly will explore options to have these protected and funded.

Secure Food Supply

Policy by Kelly Tatham
Everyone should have access to healthy, affordable fresh food and an apple from the US should never cost more than one from BC. Kelly would explore initiatives to improve both ability and access to locally grown food.

Homes for all

Policy by Kelly Tatham
The BC Greens have promised homes for all by 2030 and Kelly believes this includes 10,000 units of dignified, community homes for those currently unhoused.

Local government funding

Policy by the BC Green Party
Work with local governments to reform local government finance system, so as to move it away from reliance on property taxes.

Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
Kelly Tatham is filmmaker, writer, and photographer with an extensive background in the bar and restaurant industry. Kelly is deeply concerned about the ongoing breakdown of our planet and has stepped into politics to push for immediate systemic change.

She holds a Diploma of Screenwriting from the Vancouver Film School and studied Humanities at Langara for many years. In her work Kelly seeks to push the boundaries of reality and uses storytelling to question social constructs, dismantle structures of power, and reimagine the status quo.

Reason for running

submitted by the candidate or their team
I am running to be your MLA because I know a better world is possible and I am willing to do everything in my power to bring that world to life. I know what it’s like to struggle to pay rent. I’ve cleared out my hard-earned savings account to pay for the dentist.

My heart breaks every time our comedy clubs and music venues get turned into condos. I struggle to understand why our government refuses to decriminalize drugs when all of the evidence shows it saves lives. And I am terrified by the ongoing breakdown of our climate and ecological systems.

It doesn’t have to be like this. We can reverse climate change. We can transition policing to community care. We can decriminalize drugs and rethink the nature of addiction. We can create an economy that protects natural resources and distributes wealth evenly. We can teach others to open their hearts, to see beyond the violent binaries of gender and constructs of race, and to embrace all humans in their truest expressions.

All of these things are possible and I will work for us to make it so.


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