Adam Olsen
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. Adam is the B.C. Greens candidate in Saanich North & the Islands and Spokesperson for Intergovernmental Relations.

Entries by Adam Olsen

Kinder Morgan Turned Its Pipeline Proposal Into PR

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 5:49 AM

Last week the B.C. Liberal government approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. They have stated that Kinder Morgan has met their five conditions and have added 37 new conditions with their approval.

From the National Energy Board hearings, to the recent to governmental approval, the process...

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Kinder Morgan Project Was Approved Using A Flawed Process

(8) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 10:46 AM

I am profoundly disappointed with the federal government's approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX). As an intervenor in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings, I witnessed first hand that the process was fundamentally flawed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision saying the science backed him...

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It's Time To Get Corporate And Union Donations Out Of B.C. Politics

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 8:21 AM

When a corporation or union donates tens of thousands of dollars to a political party, you can bet that they are having an influence in what that party says or does. How else could they justify the investment? In our province, this is truly egregious but the B.C. Liberal government...

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I Support First Nations Economic Prosperity, But Not Ill-Conceived LNG Deal

(30) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Malahat LNG has uncovered the tremendous complexity in decision-making for our communities, province and country.

Firstly, I want to be clear that I fully support and advocate for First Nations increasing our economic capacity. But, that does not mean I will necessarily support or advocate for a project proposed by...

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Top-Down Decisions About B.C. First Nations Aren't Going To Work

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 1:35 AM

Late last week, the provincial government decided to unceremoniously dump former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott as the incoming First Nations treaty commissioner.

My thinking was that Mr. Abbott was a good choice. He served twice as the minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation (MARR) and had the...

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Dear Christy Clark, Re: Public Education

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Dear Premier Christy Clark,

Re: Public Education

I am concerned by your approach to public education. As you may know, I have two small children. My son is in Grade 2, and my daughter, who is almost three, is already very excited about joining her big brother at school.


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It's Time To Implement Mount Polley Report Recommendations

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Late last week the independent panel designated to determine the cause of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach released their report. It included a number of recommendations as to how we could modernize our B.C. mining sector. Unfortunately, instead of a collaborative effort to implement the...

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Namu, B.C.: The Province Needs To Do More

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:03 PM

For years British Columbians and Canadians have demanded that our governments do something about marine waste. The fish cannery in Namu, B.C. is the latest of many slow-moving environmental disasters. The Chilcotin Princess, a large ship moored to the decaying former B.C. Packers facility, is dangerously close to...

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Report Exposes Government Mismanagement Of B.C. Ferries

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:35 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 | 3:20 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 | 1:33 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 | 3:35 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 | 12:41 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 | 1:50 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 | 5:52 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 | 2:41 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 | 12:13 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 | 2:33 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,

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Derelict Vessels Are Polluting The B.C. Coastline

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:24 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 | 12:54 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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