British Columbia This Week

What to Expect

Premier Horgan’s announcement on Monday at the Parkland Fuels refinery laid out an important pillar in the government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The facility will produce lower carbon fuel, and the government will introduce legislation to enable its use, with details to be set in regulation.

The announcement will be framed as the single biggest step it has taken to reduce emissions under its climate plan, while also making combustion engine vehicles sustainable while drivers begin the slow transition to electric vehicles.

The Week That Was

B.C. lost 2,000 jobs in April, per Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey. The unemployment rate is now 5.4 per cent, higher than the national average of 5.2 per cent.

Individuals who arrive in B.C. from Ukraine via the federal Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel will have access to Medical Services Plan coverage beginning on the date of arrival with no limit to the number of people that can apply.

The province is providing $2.8 million over the course of three years to not-for-profit dental clinics to increase dental care accessibility to low-income households.

Aileen Machell joined the Premier’s Office as deputy director of communications, effective yesterday. Machell has held various roles with the Ministry of Finance’s government communications and public engagement team, most recently serving as a communications director.

Jennifer McGuire was appointed an assistant deputy minister with Emergency Management BC in the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General yesterday. McGuire previously served as an ADM with the Ministry of Agriculture, since May 2020.

Raymond Fieltsch was appointed an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Health yesterday. Fieltsch previously served as an executive director with the Ministry of Attorney General’s homelessness policy and partnerships branch.

Colin Ward joins the Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship as an assistant deputy minister, effective May 24. Ward previously served as executive director of economic development with the performance budgeting office of the treasury board.

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