Posted on Nov 9, 2016

July Newsletter

Happy Canada Day !   149 years young.   As we move to 2017 many activities and events in communities all across Canada are being planned.   Canada 150 is our invitation to shine, to share what makes your community unique - from collaborative art to neighbourhood improvement projects, youth leadership and environmental initiatives, storytelling, commemorations and acts of community service, we get to decide what 2017 will look like, and how we can be a part of it. Canada 150 is about creating the Canada that you want to live in tomorrow. Connect with your community association to learn about event plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.   http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1342792785740     It’s our chance to deepen and expand our sense of being Canadian, discover untapped potential, create lasting connections and build community legacies that will live on long after 2017 has ended.

Fort McMurray:     THANK-YOU !  to all the firefighters, first responders and others who have shown great leadership during the Fort McMurray evacuation. Unfortunately the fire is continuing to rage through parts of Alberta.   However the gradual re-entry of residents is great news, it has been a difficult time for many of the residents.

Centennial High School:   Congratulations ! for an amazing job at hosting the 2016 High School Leadership Conference.   The theme was ‘A New Hope’ and over one thousand students participated over the three day event.

 

Climate leadership plan: Following extensive consultation with Albertans and stakeholders over the 2015 summer and fall, a plan has been drafted. The plan will encourage investment and build pipelines.

The majority of Alberta households will receive rebates which are determined by a formula which includes household income and number of children. The plan includes reduced taxes for small businesses and the government will be drafting a framework to assist businesses, not-for-profits and individuals with retro fits.

 

Pay Day Lenders: Recently our government passed legislation to combat predatory lenders. Our government recognized that individuals who used pay day lenders for loans were paying up to 600% in interest forcing borrowers to take out loans to pay loans.   With regulations in place, lenders must work with and inform clients about financial literacy and borrowers can re pay loans through instalments. Restrictions have also been introduced with the amount of interest that can be charged.

 

Ring Road Update: We are getting closer to a ring road construction date.  I will continue to inform residents with details for this project. I have had several meetings and conversations with my municipal counterparts and Infrastructure Minister himself about the project. Should you have any concerns, feedback and questions please contact my office.

 

Stampede B-B-Q:   Don’t forget to join us for our first annual Stampede B-B-Q

on July 9th  11:00 am – 2:00 pm at our constituency office.  Enjoy hamburgers,

hotdogs and entertainment.   Yahoo !

 

Don’t forget - my office can provide Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths services (it’s a good idea to make an appointment)   and provincial pins, if you need a few.   Just a reminder that we are now open on the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. (exception might be when a statutory holiday falls on the first Monday of the month