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Adam Olsen was born in 1976 in Victoria, B.C. and was raised on the Tsartlip.First Nation. He is a husband, father, entrepreneur and politician. Adam and his wife Emily are raising their two small children, Silas and Ella, on the same property where he grew up. Following the resignation of Jane Sterk, Adam was appointed the interim leader of the BC Greens in August 2013. Buoyed by the growing momentum, Adam is focused on helping build the party as a positive alternative to politics-as-usual in the province.

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Report Exposes Government Mismanagement Of B.C. Ferries

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:35 AM

A new report released by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) seriously questions the decisions of the provincial government to decrease ferry service and rapidly increase fares over the past decade.

The study shows mismanagement of the ferry system has cost the B.C. GDP an estimated $2.3...

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Minister's Political Bafflegab On Aboriginal Cemetery Development Won't Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:20 PM

The province of British Columbia has a rich and complex history of ignoring issues with First Nations. Sadly, we all pay for these purposeful omissions at later time. Such is the case of Grace Islet in Salt Spring Island's Ganges Harbour, where a luxury home is being built...

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Aboriginal Cemetery Controversy Reveals Double Standard

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 2:33 PM

I spent last Saturday, National Aboriginal Day, at Centennial Park in Ganges on Salt Spring Island. My family joined a few hundred aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in a rally to protest the development of a luxury home over top of Coast Salish burial cairns on Grace Islet off...

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World Oceans Day Is Time To Reflect As Pipeline Decision Looms

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 4:35 PM

With the federal government decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline looming, this year's World Oceans Day takes on even greater meaning for British Columbians.

Anyone who has lived on our coast knows how important our oceans and our beaches are to our lifestyle, our economy and our identity as British...

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B.C. Teachers, School Boards Need Counselling Because They Sure Can't Get A Divorce

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 1:41 AM

The relationship between the B.C. Public School Employers' Association (BCSEA) and the B.C. Teachers' Federation (BCTF) continues to disintegrate. Their duelling press conferences in the past couple of days has once again magnified the poor state of contract negotiations in public education in British Columbia.

Public education is the cornerstone...

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Site C Dam Not The Answer For This Or Next Generation

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 2:50 AM

The Joint Review Panel (JRP) report for the Site C dam was released this month. They did not say whether they supported the project or not. The report was an indictment of the regressive approach taken by the B.C. government and B.C. Hydro in proposing the mega-project as...

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Town With Most To Gain Leads On Northern Gateway Rejection

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Well done, Kitimat residents, mayor and council! The April 12 plebiscite on the Northern Gateway pipeline project and the response from council highlighted a positive example of democracy in action. Kitimat has inspired people across the province and country!

On Monday night, all eyes were on...

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B.C. Food Security Threatened By ALC Bill 24

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 3:41 PM

The government of B.C. has introduced Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Amendment Act. Despite the lack of formal public consultation, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard before this Bill gets passed.

Changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) have been nervously anticipated since last July...

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B.C. Government Support for New Prosperity Mine Sends Confusing Message To First Nations

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:13 AM

The Canadian government has rejected the New Prosperity Gold & Copper Mine southwest of Williams Lake, B.C. for the second time. Federal Conservative Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that she, like her predecessor Jim Prentice, had turned down the mine proposal concluding the "project is likely to cause...

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How Much B.C. Farmland Will Actually Be Protected?

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:33 PM

Earlier this month, B.C. Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm responded to my Nov. 14, 2013 open letter to Premier Christy Clark regarding the core review and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).

The minister's response is troubling. In the second paragraph it states that,
"Participation...

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Derelict Vessels Are Polluting The B.C. Coastline

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:24 PM

For decades, mayors, councillors, trustees and regional directors have passed resolutions at the UBCM asking for senior governments to take care of the derelict & abandoned vessels, illegal mooring buoys and human waste dumping that pollute their local shorelines.

Unfortunately, senior governments have ignored this marine pollution and left cleanup...

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BC Ferries Needs To Be Fiscally Fair To Coastal Communities

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Public controversy over the fiscally-challenged British Columbia Ferry Corporation emerged as one of the top news stories in 2013. Signs that the former Crown corporation was in an unsustainable financial position prompted Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone to announce several cuts and changes to the BC...

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B.C. Isn't Properly Prepared For A Bitumen Spill

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:36 PM

For some time now, the Kinder Morgan pipeline has delivered diluted bitumen (dilbit) to Burnaby. From there, it is loaded onto oil tankers and sent east through the Salish Sea.

The B.C. government commissioned three reports from Nuka Research studying oil spill response capabilities in the province....

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Keeping B.C.'s Food Local: What's Next for the ALR?

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 9:50 PM

Would the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) exist today if the NDP hadn't won the 1972 election? While food security was part of every campaign's platform, it's unlikely it would have been the ALR. As we now know, even the NDP didn't plan the ALR.

After the 1972 election, Dave Stupich...

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