Health Minister Dix: no special rules for Trans Mountain! 

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Health Minister Adrian Dix (cc: MLAs in communities along the Trans Mountain pipeline route),
 
I am concerned about the threat to B.C. communities from COVID cases linked to industrial project work-sites.
 
I support the health care professionals who are calling on you to extend the public health order limiting staffing levels at industrial projects in Northern Health to include the entire province. Trans Mountain has been found in violation of COVID protocols at its Lower Mainland work sites and these communities must be protected too.
 
With Trans Mountain being poised to re-start construction after its safety shut-down, now is the time to step in and keep staffing at safe levels.
 
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Protect all B.C. communities from work site COVID

Construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline is poised to start up again after a two month shut down. That means more overcrowded job sites and more risk of COVID transmission into our communities.

As the second wave of the pandemic hit late last fall, B.C. saw an explosion of cases linked to mega-projects like Trans Mountain, LNG Canada and Site C.

Public health officials ordered projects to scale back staffing in the vulnerable Northern Health Region, but left communities along the majority of Trans Mountain’s construction route unprotected — despite a string of COVID safety violations throughout the Lower Mainland.

Building new pipelines at the end of the oil era should never have been classified as an essential service in the first place.

At a bare minimum, the B.C. government needs to order Trans Mountain to follow the same rules as the other mega-projects and keep staffing at safe levels in ALL B.C. communities.

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