After the retrofit, the Northern Sea Wolf, a 17-year-old vessel, will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.
B.C. Premier John Horgan is looking to recognize many of these people himself and has created the Above and Beyond Awards to acknowledge acts of selflessness and bravery during the fire season.
"This report provides more evidence that austerity policies do nothing to improve the lives of British Columbians." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
We look forward to engaging with the independent review panel to make suggestions on how to improve the province's response to these events going forward." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Over the last 12 months, the BCGEU/NUPGE has consulted with members across the province to hear about how the crisis is affecting them, in particular, the mental health impacts for frontline workers who act as first responders.
"The rising cost of housing is forcing many to leave their communities, while others are leaving the province altogether. We need to do something before our communities are hollowed out." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"A year and a half may seem a long time, but there are important issues that require urgent attention. British Columbians can't wait a year and a half for real solutions." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Social workers in the BCGEU/NUPGE, who have long advocated for similar changes, stand behind the Representative's positions on these vital issues." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC, and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The BCGEU/NUPGE was invited to attend a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence.