Looking Ahead To 2023, With A Review of 2022

The start of a New Year is a chance to reflect on what we accomplished in the last 12 months and look ahead to our goals and plans for the next 12.

As a province, we faced a fair number of challenges in 2022 and as your provincial government, we worked hard to tackle them.

While COVID-19 and the drug toxicity crisis put increased strain on our healthcare system, we took action to strengthen it. A new payment model for family doctors will help keep more physicians in family practices and clinics. And we are making it easier for nurses and doctors who got their education abroad to be able to work in our healthcare system and help patients. We’re also building a new medical school at SFU in Surrey, to train more doctors who will practice in the province.

Being able to find affordable housing is a top concern for many British Columbians. In addition to building hundreds of new affordable rental homes across the province and opening up more vacant condos for rent, we introduced a homebuyer protection period, which came into effect at the start of 2023.

The other top concern I hear from people is about ensuring everyone in their community is safe. In 2022, we invested $230 million towards strengthening rural and specialized police teams over the next three years. We secured a commitment from the federal government to address bail provisions to prevent repeat offenses.

As we begin 2023, we are working on even more steps to make our province a better place for people to live.

On January 31, the decriminalization of adults who possess small amounts of illegal drugs for personal use will take effect. Health Canada has granted B.C. an exemption for three years. This move is expected to help reduce the stigma of drug addiction and make it easier for drug users to get support, including substance use treatment. It will remain illegal for youth to possess drugs, or for anyone to sell drugs or have large quantities.

We are also starting the year with two brand-new, stand-alone ministers to tackle two pressing issues that were formerly part of other larger ministries.

The Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness will be dedicated to preparing for and managing our response to emergencies like floods, storms and earthquakes, which we know will become more frequent as we adapt to climate change.

The new Minister of Housing will be tasked with building more affordable housing for individuals, families and seniors, as well as helping communities better regulate short-term rentals, and fighting the increased costs caused by short-term flipping.

2023 is sure to bring us new challenges, as well as new opportunities. I am looking forward to continuing to serve British Columbians, and working alongside my colleagues and the people of this province to make it a better place to live.

  ~ Mike Starchuk – MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale

 

(Originally posted, as an OP-ED, in the CFJC Online Edition)

 

Fiery Feast with BC NDP Stars

Fiery Feast with BC NDP Stars

Tuesday, May 24th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Surrey Firefighters Union Hall (Local 1271)
18922 88 Ave
Surrey, British Columbia V4N 5T2

The Surrey-Cloverdale BC NDP is proud to present our first in person event of the year! Join us at the Surrey Firefighter’s Union Hall for a feast of delicious Indian fare and chat with your superSTAR MLAs Mike STARchuk, Minister Harry Bains and Minister Ravi Kahlon. Your feast features a three course menu with a variety of both meat and vegetarian delicacies.
Dinner will begin with appetizers, featuring assorted pakore, tandoori specialties, and stuffed naan.
For the main course, we will be serving up local favourites like butter chicken, chana masala, lamb vindaloo and bhindi masala expertly paired with jeera rice, a mix of salads and flatbreads.
To close, each guest will be served hot gulab jamun, glazed with a warm syrup.
Masala chai will be available throughout your meal. All guests must provide proof of vaccination as per provincial health orders.

Tickets:

Regular admission – $175

Friends of Mike – $300

*Please note that we can only accept contributions for this event from individuals. If you have any questions, wish to pay by cheque or are a member of the Leader’s Circle, contact June Liu at june.liu@bcndp.ca or 604.430.8600 x244.

 

A Penny for Mike’s Thoughts (Take Two)

Wednesday, September 15th, 7:00 pm 

Virtual & Online everywhere in BC

Sorry for the unexpected delay

Mike Starchuk is putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser!

Mike will show you how to drink from a fire hose!

Mike Starchuk is a retired firefighter and former city councillor.

On Wednesday, September 15th, Penny Priddy, a former MP, MLA, Minister, city councillor and school board trustee, will join Mike as the guest MC for an evening of Q&A, a game of true or false and a special question from our Premier John Horgan. (Starting online at 7 pm, for about an hour.)

If you have ever wondered who Mike is, and how he got here, wonder no more!

Participants can enjoy a game of “true or false”, with the winner getting lunch with Mike!

 

“Chief Level” ticket holders will be eligible to submit a question for Mike to answer during the event.

Tickets:

$137 – Chief

$100 – Captain

$75 – Firefighter

$25 – Rookie (YND)

Get your online tickets here!

 

 

*Please note that we can only accept contributions for this event, from individuals.

If you have any questions, wish to pay by cheque or are a member of the Leader’s Circle, contact June Liu at june.liu@bcndp.ca or 604.430.8600 x 244.

 

 

Mike Starchuk Fundraiser Update

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Mike’s Fundraiser, originally scheduled for August 25th, has to be postponed to a later date.

Please check back here, or on Mike’s Social Media channels for updated details, which will be posted as soon as they become available.

We are sad about the delay… but, fear not!  You *WILL* still get to learn “How to drink from a fire hose!”

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments For Seniors

Below is a graphic, listing the details for arranging for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Seniors.

At the bottom of the post, there is a link, with the details in a printable PDF format.

Booking COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments For Seniors

Here is a link to the 1 page COVID-19 information in a printable PDF format:

1-Pager – Booking COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

 

More than 275,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in British Columbia and the vaccines are proving to be highly effective in reducing outbreaks in settings such as long-term care. 

We are now inPhase 2 of BC’s Immunization Plan and an online registration tool is being developed to support Phase 3.

Seniors 80+ years old and Indigenous seniors 65+ years old, will be able to schedule their vaccine appointments in March. The regional call centres will open up to seniors by age, according to the schedule outlined above.

As a result of changes in dose scheduling, everyone in the province who wants to be immunized will be able to receive their first dose of the vaccine by July. BC will also be receiving its first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines next week. This will allow us to look at potentially vaccinating additional priority populations and front-line essential workers.

This is no doubt exciting news for everyone in our province – every immunization brings us closer to the end of a pandemic that has impacted our lives in so many ways. In the meantime, we need to ensure we are continuing our efforts to keep each other safe until we reach the later phases of our Immunization Plan and our communities are better protected.



— Mike Starchuk, MLA Surrey-Cloverdale