Posted on May 2, 2017

April 2017 Constituency Newsletter

Hello residents of Calgary Bow,

Our government has been very busy making life better for Albertans. In January, the ban on door-to-door sales took effect, aimed at protecting Albertans – especially seniors and low-income families - from high pressure sales tactics, faulty installations and the sale of banned items. The government has also agreed to include age into Sections 4 and 5 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, because we support Albertans of all ages and believe no one should be discriminated against due to age. We also eliminated bonuses and other perks for the highest paid executives of Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions as a part of our review of these organizations – saving nearly $16 million a year.

Many of you have expressed interest in making your home or business more eco-friendly but are hesitant to do so because of the cost. I’m excited to remind you that our government introduced a no-charge efficiency program for households. Simply by filling out the online registration form, you can have some of your practical household items replaced for free, regardless of income or housing type, beginning this month. The rebate plan for solar installation on residential and commercial buildings was also announced, and the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program will also launch this spring. For more information or to sign up for these programs, visit www.efficiencyalberta.ca.

Our government is also taking steps to making life better for young Albertans by helping them find good jobs in a diversified economy. One such program is GenA, connecting youth and employers looking for the next generation of talented, hardworking Albertans. GenA clients are aged 18 to 30, including recent high school and university graduates, as well as individuals considered at-risk, highly barriered or with limited to no formal education. Since its launch last summer, 94 youth have been placed in full-time positions, from entry level to supervisory jobs, across a wide variety of organizations, industries and salaries. The program differs from other employment programs because it provides tailored support and resources, including employment action plans, development of essential work skills and placement and retention supports. For employers, GenA provides consultation services, develop youth engagement strategies and directly connects them with clients.

For more information, you can contact my office or GenA directly at 1-877-483-2562 or info@gena.works

The Ministry of Education is also looking for junior and senior high school students to apply for the Minister’s Youth Council. Students selected will have the opportunity to provide input on education initiatives and engage with political figures on such matters. Our government recognizes student input is important to the success of our education system and that participation will have a positive impact on many other aspects of their lives and those in the community. The deadline for applications is May 5, 2017, please contact my office for more information.

Finally, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who reached out to me and my office after hearing about the loss of my sister in February. It was and continues to be a difficult time for my family, but your thoughts, well-wishes and respect for our privacy mean the world to me. Your compassion and kindness further proved to me just how lucky I am to be your MLA, and how wonderful the residents of Calgary Bow are, and I can’t thank you enough.

If you have any questions or inquires please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.