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Just two weeks to go, says Laurel Collins!

Baby number two almost here!

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Laurel Collins, MP (Victoria) with her daughter Alora, in Langford May 28, 2023. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Sunday May 28, 2023 | LANGFORD, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

UPDATE JUNE 17: “We’re thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our family, Éowyn Sharon Collins McNish. She arrived in the world on Tuesday (June 13) after a quick and intense labour at home. We’re all happy and healthy, and Alora is so excited to be a big sister. “

UPDATE JULY 9: Baby #2 is already in the political swing of things, being part of the Victoria Pride Parade on July 9, 2023.

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Baby Éowyn’s first Pride Parade, July 9, 2023. [Twitter – Laurel Collins]

[AS POSTED MAY 28, 2023:] Victoria MP Laurel Collins is pregnant and expecting her second baby in just two weeks!

Many people already know Alora, age 2, whom Collins and her husband James McNish proudly and adoringly take with them everywhere.

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Alistair MacGregor, MP (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) greeting fellow MP, Laurel Collins (Victoria), at the Parmar campaign office opening, May 28, 2023. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

“Alora is excited about having a new sibling,” Collins told Island Social Trends today.

Collins was at Ravi Parmar’s campaign office opening today in Langford. Parmar is running as the BC NDP candidate for Langford-Juan de Fuca.

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Laurel Collins, MP (Victoria) with her daughter Alora, chatting with Esquimalt Councillor Darlene Rotchford, May 28, 2023. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Also attending Parmar’s office opening celebration today was Alistair MacGregor, MP (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) and Mitzi Dean, MLA (Esquimalt-Metchosin).

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James McNish with daughter Alora, May 28/23. [Island Social Trends]

Alora was enjoying snacks today. Even as an infant she has been toted around to political events with her parents, including spending time in the House of Commons on occasion when she was a younger infant.

In July 2022 Alora paid a visit to the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm in Victoria along with her parents and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

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Visiting the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm for a media photo-op on July 5, 2022 (from left): Laurel Collins, MP (Victoria) with her husband James McNish and baby Alora, together with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu and baby Anhad. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]
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Laurel Collins, MP (Victoria) sits in the NDP section of the House of Commons.
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Mary P Brooke is the editor, photographer and publisher of Island Social Trends (and the previous publications MapleLine Magazine 2008-2010, Sooke Voice News 2011-2013, and West Shore Voice News 2014-2020).

She has covered politics of the west shore and south Vancouver Island regions for 15 years, as well as BC and national news where it has an impact on the Vancouver Island economy and lifestyle. This year she began reporting with the BC Legislative Press Gallery.

Ms Brooke followed and wrote extensively about the COVID pandemic during 2020-2022, and continues to follow that topic as new developments arise. She has covered news of Sooke School District 62 (SD62) in-depth since 2014 and BC education more broadly for over 10 years. In the west shore she also reports on West Shore Parks and Recreation.

Ms Brooke is developing an in-depth analysis of urban food resilience. The Island Social Trends Food Security News Section is an archive of all food sustainability news.