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April

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    I would like to thank all those who took time to drop into my open house in Oliver. It meant a lot to me. [Photo 1 Back Row: Jagmel Singh Sira, NDP Candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola (COSN) Angelique Wood, Jas Sidhu. Photo 2 Jagmel Singh Sira, my assistant Lilly Zevanovich , me and Ann, Jas Sidhu
    Fri 1:17 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    NDP Calls for Emergency Debate on Wheat Board Transfer
    Fri 12:50 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    NDP Press Release - Conservative inaction harming our economy.
    Wed 9:34 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Tue 11:17 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure to be part of the Citizen of the Year ceremony in Nelson last Friday honouring Barry Nelson. He is truly a credit to his community. Also, a big thanks to Naomi Klein for her inspiring presentation at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on Saturday night. (Sold out tickets for an audience of over 1000 people!)
    Mon 12:12 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    COLUMN: C-51 - Fearmongering
    Apr 07, 2015 10:06 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I hope you will forward this information to others who know people who might be interested. The Young Women's Peace Leadership Camp, for 15-35 year olds, will run the last week of August, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 24-28 near Nelson. Participants will explore possibilities for careers and activism at all levels of the peace process in a beautiful environment, and meet women involved in local and global efforts. Contact and registration info.: peacecampnelson@gmail.com, 250-505-4122 (Madelyn MacKay), and Facebk The Peacemaking Collective. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Nelson Chapter; the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace; The Nelson and District Women's Centre; Kootenay Society for Lifelong Learning, and SelfDesign High; with a grant from the Nelson Lion's Club. This will be the third BC Peace Camp, and others are running across the country. Many thanks! Warm regards, Madelyn MacKay 250-505-4122
    Apr 01, 2015 3:57 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Farewell Open House - Although I will be around until the next election I thought it would be nice to have a final hoorah party in Oliver. Hope to see you there!
    Apr 01, 2015 11:58 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior

March

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    Mar 31, 2015 4:16 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I regret very much that my schedule did not permit me to gather with everyone at rallies today in support of keeping our Health Care system public and strong. During a time when so many other distractions dominate the public discourse there is no issue more important or deserving of our attention. It is alarming to watch the Conservative lay the groundwork for increased privatization and I believe, the eventual dismantling of our public system. We must all do our part to make sure Harper’s plan is brought to a dead halt. I can assure you that New Democrats will continue to fight and take every opportunity to make sure the Conservatives' regressive and ideological goal is brought to a dead halt. Because, unlike Harper 's regime we actually believe that an innovative, publicly funded and universal system is the best and most affordable way to provide health care to Canadians. I know that as government we would work tirelessly to reach new agreements with the provinces that are once again rooted in proper respect and enforcement of the Canada Health Act. Policy decisions to put our medical system on solid ground well into the 21st century would be guided by best available evidence and practices. We will absolutely not allow the Conservatives’ unilateral decision to cut a $36 billion hole out of the heart of medicare to stand. Thanks to all who took action today to defend our cherished public healthcare. Let us continue that action right through to the upcoming federal election when we will get our next chance to chart a different course for our country. [Photo: Rally in Oliver today}
    Mar 31, 2015 4:15 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    News Release - Atamanenko Condemns War Extension
    Mar 31, 2015 3:49 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    COLUMN: Military Extension Into Syria - Not the Answer
    Mar 31, 2015 3:46 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure today to meet in Ottawa with young farmers of the National Farmers Union who have come from all regions of Canada to take part in an NFU retreat in Wakefield, Quebec. [Photo L-R - Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, MP, Virginie Lavallee-Picard, Jordan MacPhee, Shannon Jones, Dan Kretschmar, Ayla Fenton, Alex Atamanenko, MP, Terran Goacomm, Alex Fletcher, Malcolm Allen, MP, Dean Harder]
    Mar 25, 2015 4:53 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I strongly believe we have an obligation to care for veterans of our armed forces when our government sends them to fight in wars. It is so important for all of us as citizens to demand truth and transparency in any decisions involving military actions.
    Mar 25, 2015 12:43 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is the Hansard of a statement I made in the House of Commons on Monday. Statements By Members * Monday, March 23, 2015 Electricity Meters Mr. Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior, NDP): Mr. Speaker, there is growing evidence that wireless technology may be detrimental to our health and that the current Safety Code 6 is outdated. In this regard, I would like to thank my colleague from Oakville for introducing Bill C-648, which would require health warning labels on wireless devices. This is a logical first step. I am also pleased to see that the health committee is taking the time to study this issue. Unfortunately, instead of applying the precautionary principle, various jurisdictions across North America have been ramming wireless smart meters down our throats. A number of people are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation or have other health concerns and have refused this technology. BC Hydro charges a punitive opt-out fee of $32.40 per month. Several Slocan Valley residents who rejected this technology have gone through the winter with their electricity disconnected. This is completely unacceptable. The very least that the B.C. government could do would be to adopt the more reasonable Quebec model of a $15 opt-out fee and a monthly charge of $5. B.C. residents deserve better.
    Mar 25, 2015 12:06 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Good interview with Tom.
    Mar 23, 2015 2:47 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Big thanks to James Gordon for bringing his one man show "Stephen Harper: The Musical" to Castlegar. James asked Richard Cannings, our NDP candidate, and me to accompany him in the last song of the evening - Jack's Dream. [Photo L-R: Richard, me and James Gordon]
    Mar 20, 2015 10:04 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    More good work from our friends at CBAN and GMO Inquiry! "Where in the world are GM crops and foods? The reality of GM crops in the ground and on our plates" Report 1 | March 2015
    Mar 19, 2015 2:48 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I don't expect the Conservative government's 2015 budget will look at all like this!
    Mar 19, 2015 11:13 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I found Harper's statement linking firearms to personal security in rural areas to be extremely alarming and completely inappropriate. Does that mean that rural gun owners should be breaking the law and not storing their weapons as required under lock and key? And what about city dwellers? I believe this PM has goe too far with his National Rifle Association rants. Time to vote him out!!
    Mar 18, 2015 4:24 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I had a very informative "whirlwind" trip to Kaslo, New Denver and Silverton yesterday. A big thank you to Mayor Suzan Hewat of Kaslo, Area Director Aimee Watson, former director Andy Shadrack and Deb Borsos, for taking the time to meet with me. Also, it was a pleasure to touch base with Mayor Jason Clarke of Silverton and Mayor Ann Brenka of Ndew Denver. I find it important to stay in close contact with local reps.
    Mar 18, 2015 4:21 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    This young comedian is bang on about what's wrong with the government's terror Bill C-51
    Mar 17, 2015 3:39 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure for me to be invited to say a few words at the nomination of Wayne Stetski, our candidate in Kootenay Columbia. The turn out at this event in Cranbrook last Sunday was fantastic. Wayne had a number of endorsers including Dr. David Schindler, the internationally celebrated scientist who is leading in efforts to protect fresh water resources in Canada and around the world. In 2010 he co-authored he co-authored the report "Oil sands development contributes elements toxic at low concentrations to the Athabasca River and its tributaries". As always, it was great to be with Katrine Conroy, my MLA and colleague. Judging from the enthusiasm at the meeting I believe Wayne has a good chance of being elected. [Photo L-R: Katrine Conroy MLA, Wayne Stetski federal NDP candidate, me]
    Mar 17, 2015 9:46 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure to meet Tom Rand author of "Waking the Frog" in Nelson Monday night. Mayor Deb Kozak(in picture with Tom and I) were invited to say a few words before Tom's'presentation at the Capital. A big thanks to Laura Sacks , Michael Jessen and others from Citizens' Climate Lobby and the community of Nelson for making this evening possible. Thanks also to moderator David Reid and panel members Montana Burgess, Fiona Galbraith, Avery Deboer Smith and Mel Reasner for their wisdom and comments. It was an honour for me to introduce Tom to the audience. [Photo L-R: Me, Tom Rand, Mayor Deb Kozak]
    Mar 17, 2015 9:22 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Happy to see there was such a great turnout in Castlegar this weekend to stand against the government's spy Bill C-51. I really wish I could have been there with everybody.
    Mar 16, 2015 3:42 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    CONSERVATIVE FAILURES STALL ECONOMY
    Mar 13, 2015 12:42 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    NDP Supports Tax Credit for Microbreweries
    Mar 11, 2015 2:12 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Mar 11, 2015 11:58 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Mar 11, 2015 11:51 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    COLUMN: CANADA INCORPORATED: Think Tanks Eroding our Democracy
    Mar 10, 2015 3:25 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    NDP Claude Gravelle's Bill C-356, An Act for a National Dementia Strategy, is going to be debated this Friday. If you would like to show your support sign the petition and share widely.
    Mar 09, 2015 12:50 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiran in Iraq. It did not have to be this way. Many questions remain unanswered by the federal government about what role our military is actually playing in Iraq. As our NDP Foreign Affairs critic, Paul Dewar stated, "At the end of the day, it's politicians that send soldiers into the theatre of war and they're the ones who should be accountable." Instead of spending more millions of dollars on what is clearly a combat mission let's bring our troops home. The money can be better spent on assisting our veterans and providing resources to root out potential terrorist threats here at home. We do not need a repeat of the ill-fated Afghanistan mission where we lost 166 soldiers plus 170 who committed suicide - let alone the hundreds of Canadians who have been permanently damaged by this war. It is time for Canada to take a step back and re-evaluate the role of our military in this troubled world.
    Mar 09, 2015 12:44 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    The following NDP Opposition Day motion will be debated in the House tomorrow: Mr. Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) — That, in light of sustained high unemployment since the 2008 recession and the long term downward trend in job quality since 1989 under successive Liberal and Conservative governments, as documented by CIBC, the House call on the government to make the first priority of Budget 2015 investment in measures that stimulate the economy by creating and protecting sustainable, full-time, middle-class jobs in high-paying industries in all regions of Canada and abandoning its costly and unfair $2 billion income-splitting proposal.
    Mar 09, 2015 9:02 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to Tamara Martin for inviting me to speak to a Socials and Law class at LV Rogers Secondary yesterday. Thanks also to teachers Christine Boyes and Dean Studer for preparing their students. We discussed a number of issues including the legislative process and Bill C-51 specifically as well as the work of an MP in general.
    Mar 06, 2015 3:44 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I also had a chance to spend time with our NDP federal candidates, Richard (Dick) Cannings and Angelique Wood. Thanks to all the members and supporters who turned out in Keremeos and Princeton to meet us. I also met with Tamara Aspell, Executive Director of Desert Sun Counselling & Resource Centre in Oliver. I appreciate receiving an update on the Centre's important work. It was also a great pleasure to see Jas and Mrs. Sidhu at the Best of India restaurant in Oliver. As usual, the food was superb!
    Mar 06, 2015 2:23 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure to meet with local government officials during my 'western swing' this week. Thanks to Mark Pendergraf (RDOS Chair), Manfred Bauer (Mayor Keremeos), RDOS Directors Terry Schafer Bob Coyne and Elef Christensen, Princeton Councillors Kim Maynard and Doug Pateman meeting with me.
    Mar 06, 2015 11:52 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to Jacob Noseworthy, member of Grand Forks BC Youth Parliament for taking the time to meet with me while I was passing through. I wish him all the best in his studies and future political career.
    Mar 06, 2015 11:44 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior

February

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    COLUMN: C-51 - A Loss of Rights and Freedoms
    Feb 27, 2015 10:00 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    A worthy cause I'd say.
    Feb 26, 2015 1:14 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    NDP critical of Senate for blocking Bill C-279 aimed at protecting rights of transgender people.
    Feb 25, 2015 3:06 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is a direct link to Murray Rankin's Right to Know campaign.
    Feb 25, 2015 1:31 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure to spend some time with Rachel Parent today and give her support in her fight for GMO labelling. A big thank you to Murray Rankin for arranging Rachel's visit to Parliament. Murray's Right To Know campaign has received a great deal of support. Photo: Alex, Lucy Sharratt, Rachel and Tom http://murrayrankin.ndp.ca/gmo-right-to-know
    Feb 25, 2015 1:29 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    A great initiative by my colleague Kennedy Stewart. Share widely, please. Have your say on the future of Canadian science policy!
    Feb 25, 2015 11:14 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Statement by the Official Opposition on Anti-Bullying Day.
    Feb 25, 2015 9:47 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    COLUMN: Importance of Testing for and Reducing Radon Levels in Homes and Workplaces
    Feb 24, 2015 12:29 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    My colleague Nathan Cullen has asked me to share this event in Penticton.
    Feb 24, 2015 12:24 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I would like to thank my colleague Terence Young for introducing me to Dr. Anthony Miller, an expert on the hazards to human health posed by wireless technology. Terence's Bill C-648 "Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act" would require manufacturers to place warnings on cellphone packaging, telling users that radio frequencies emitted from some electronic devices could pose a health threat. I very much support this bill.
    Feb 24, 2015 11:15 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure to meet with folks from Canadians for Safe Technology(C4ST) here in Ottawa. Dr Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto, is a world renown expert on the dangers of wireless technology. It was an honour to have a chance to discuss smart meters and other wireless technology issues with him and others, including Frank Clegg, CEO and President of C4ST. I would like to thank all those who are part of C4ST for their hard work in flagging the dangers of this technology. We need to have a serious discussion on Safety Code 6. [Photo L to R Dr. Anthony Miller, Alex,Frank Clegg]
    Feb 24, 2015 11:07 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Please share widely. I would like the government to start to feel some public pressure on this issue.
    Feb 23, 2015 11:42 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Direct link to Tom Mulcair's speech in the House of Commons on Bill C-51 - Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
    Feb 21, 2015 10:09 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior

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