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By: Trevor Bacon On: June 28, 2020 In: Community Comments: 0

JULY 2020

Hello Constituents,

The month of May marked the beginning of Phase 1 of our government’s Alberta Re-Launch Strategy. Thank you to everyone for your efforts in supporting each other in this time of difficulty for many.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Now, more than ever, they need our support in order to tackle the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was pleased to prepare a note of my sincerest gratitude to all the small businesses in my constituency – Calgary Beddington, for their efforts and courage in these difficult and challenging times. In addition, I have sent them our government’s Workplace Guidance, to ensure their teams are as successful as possible, as we enter the next Phases of the Alberta Re-Launch Strategy. Thank you for serving our community. Keep up the great work!

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange tabled Bill 15: The Choice in Education Act. Bill 15 will honour our commitment of protecting parental choice within Alberta’s robust and diverse education system. Bill 15 affirms that parents have the right to choose the kind of education they feel is best for their children. It protects Alberta’s long history of education choice, including public and separate schools, Francophone schools, charter schools, independent schools, early childhood education and home education.

Our government introduced Bill 16: The Victims of Crime (Strengthening Public Safety) Amendment Act.  Bill 16 would expand the scope of the Victims of Crime Fund to include public safety initiatives that deter crime to prevent victimization while continuing to ensure victims of serious crime have the supports they need. It will help fill the gaps that victims and other stakeholders have told us need to be filled and do more to stop the cycle of victimization before it starts.

June 1-7 was Seniors Week in Alberta! This is a special time to honour and recognize all that seniors have contributed to make our families, communities, and province stronger. As Minister of Seniors and Housing, it was my privilege to declare the official launch of Seniors Week across our province. Seniors are the strength of Alberta!

Calgary-Beddington
Hon. Josephine Pon, MLA
#106 – 8220 Centre Street NE
Calgary, AB T3K 1J7
403-215-7710

JUNE 2020

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www.ucpcaucus.ca/josephine-pon

MARCH 2020

Hello my constituents!

Spring session at the Alberta Legislature continues its usual busy schedule this month. It is my great privilege to serve you as your MLA, and to represent our constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta!

Our government is streamlining the Alberta Parks system to ensure that more funds flow to signature destinations in our province. Budget 2020 announced that 164 under-used locations  – 0.3 percent of the land operated by Alberta Parks – will be returned to Crown Land designation. These sites will be open to new partnerships with non-profits, communities, or First Nations who can properly invest in their maintenance. The new budget also introduces some fee changes for campgrounds to reflect the costs of these services. By making common-sense changes, our government will be able to maintain the high-quality destinations in this province.

Last month, I was honoured to celebrate International Women’s Day alongside my amazing and talented colleagues! I am so proud of the work that these fantastic ladies put in every single day in behalf of Albertans. Thank you all for the courage of putting your name forward for public service. Our province salutes you for the personal sacrifice you and your families have bravely accepted. Happy IWD!

I understand that many Albertans are concerned about the global spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. While the current overall risk to Albertans is low, it is important to be prepared with accurate information. The best way to protect yourself and your family from illness is by practicing good hygiene, including regular handwashing and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Health Link 811 for assessment and to see if follow-up testing is required. For the latest updates and prevention information, please visit alberta.ca/coronavirus. Together, we can protect our communities and combat misinformation about the global coronavirus outbreak.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my constituency office for any issue we can assist you with. Thank you all for your messages!

Calgary-Beddington
Hon. Josephine Pon, MLA
#106 – 8220 Centre Street NE
Calgary, AB T3K 1J7
403-215-7710

DECEMBER 2019

Hello my constituents!

Happy December!

This month, the Alberta Legislature will continue Fall Session until we finish debating as many pieces of legislation as we can before going into break! It is a high privilege to be the voice of Calgary-Beddington, and defend the interests of my constituency.

As we head into the full winter season, I would like to remind everyone to be mindful of our elderly citizens. On Nov. 6-12, I delivered a message to mark National Senior Safety Week. If you see a senior in need of assistance, please step up! I had a wonderful time visiting my seniors at the Manor Village in Huntington last month, and I look forward to visiting them before Christmas. Seniors are the strength of Alberta!

On Nov. 1, I joined my government colleagues to witness the end to the over decade-long wait for a North Calgary High School! Our residents have a government that listened, and delivered for our students. Thank you to all the advocates for your years of dedication and passion. Congratulations to the Northern Hills Community Association for your advocacy. The school, along with two dozen other approved school projects across the province, will address the incoming wave of young Albertans ready to learn!

As Minister of Seniors and Housing, I am also responsible for our veterans. Alberta is home to countless retired armed forces members, who bravely fought for the values we cherish every day as Canadians. On Remembrance Day, it was a great honour to recognize the sacrifices made by those service members who lost their lives, and the ones who today need our support. Alberta’s veterans can access a wide variety of services and supports, including financial programs, employment and training services, housing, and crisis supports. For more information, visit:

alberta.ca/veterans-service-centre.aspx

Please reach out to my constituency office for anything we can assist you with. We look forward to continue hearing from you!

Calgary-Beddington
Hon. Josephine Pon, MLA
#106 – 8220 Centre Street NE
Calgary, AB T3K 1J7
403-215-7710

NOVEMBER 2019

Hello my constituents!

I was excited to complete a busy first month of the Fall Session. The Alberta Legislature was called back to session on October 8, two full weeks ahead of schedule! I was eager to get back to Edmonton and continue my legislative duties on behalf of my constituency, Calgary-Beddington.

Last month, on October 1, we recognized Day of Older Persons in Alberta. To mark this special occasion, I raised the International Day of Older Persons at the Edmonton Federal Building. Let’s not forget, seniors are the strength of Alberta! In addition, as Minister of Seniors and Housing, I announced new measures for cutting red tape for seniors; online tools to help them quickly, easily, and securely submit financial benefit applications and supporting documents. This will give seniors easier access to financial assistance, and a secure method to send confidential supporting documentation.

On Oct. 25, I had a chance to meet with Calgary’s Police Chief Mark Neufeld, and Calgary Police Commission Chair Brian Thiessen. After asking our riding’s community associations to submit their local security concerns, I provided Chief Neufeld and Mr. Thiessen with our most pressing community safety issues here in Calgary-Beddington. This was a rare, and highly productive chance to bring our community’s concerns directly to the top leadership of our law enforcement.

Also last month, I was honoured to visit the wonderful Grade 6 class at Simons Valley School. The students were eager to hear about a life in public service, and the daily routine of an MLA and Minister. Our Grade 6 classes are observing their government units as part of their social studies classes this year. It was my pleasure to spend time with our students, and tell them about my duties as their representative!

Please don’t hesitate to contact my constituency for anything we can assist you with. We look forward to keep hearing from you!

Calgary-Beddington
Hon. Josephine Pon, MLA
#106 – 8220 Centre Street NE
Calgary, AB T3K 1J7
403-215-7710

OCTOBER 2019

Hello,

Great start to the Fall season!

I was very encouraged to see my constituents return to work and back to school with their best foot forward! I am proud to represent you in the Alberta Legislature, and I look forward to continuing to fight for issues important to our community.

The government of Alberta has begun Fall similar to the highly productive first 100 days in office. The blue-ribbon panel on Alberta’s finances, led by former Saskatchewan finance minister Dr. Janice MacKinnon, delivered its findings. Their report outlined Alberta’s dire economic situation, and the need to address the Government of Alberta’s financial situation. Consultations will continue in the lead up to the upcoming Alberta Budget, which will be presented to Albertans in October.

September was a very active and highly productive month as your MLA. I continued to meet with community associations and local representatives; we worked on how best we can represent you in government.

Last month, in my capacity as Minister of Seniors and Housing, I launched my second tour around our province, having done my first one earlier this year already. I met hundreds of seniors and stakeholders in affordable housing. Visiting Albertans in the far corners of our province is a key objective I am proud to be fulfilling and will continue to do so during my time in this role. I am grateful and humbled by the confidence placed in me by our Premier Jason Kenney, and I am proud to work alongside such talented colleagues around the cabinet table.

Happy October, and my best wishes during celebrations you and your family will have this month!

SEPTEMBER 2019

Hello Sandstone & MacEwan!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer!

Thank you all for the messages of support and input I receive from you each month. It is encouraging to hear from so many of my constituents who contact me through my once or on social media. I am proud to represent you in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and I look forward to continuing to work hard for Calgary-Beddington.

As you may be aware, our government took on an aggressive legislative agenda during the spring session, to strengthen the economy, reduce our debt, and be a responsible caretaker of the public dime. I am excited to continue doing so in the upcoming fall session. We were able to pass 13 pieces of legislation on behalf of Albertans, in only 7 short weeks before spring session ended. I have every expectation that the fall session will be equally or more productive.

Over the summer, I have had the pleasure of meeting with community associations in our riding, as well as local leaders and government representatives. I had very productive meetings with our federal Member of Parliament, Hon. Michelle Rempel, as well as our city council member, Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu. Our local CBE Trustee Althea Adams also met with me to bring to my attention her priorities for our area. We discussed important issues affecting all of you and worked on how best we can represent you in government.

As Minister of Seniors and Housing, I have met with countless stakeholders who come to see me from all corners of our province. It was also a great privilege to hear from so many Albertan seniors during my travels, and I am anxious to continue touring the many seniors residences stretching out across Alberta. I have requested that everyone submit to my once all their ideas and suggestions to reduce red tape and improve access to seniors and affordable housing services. Let’s work together to make life better for Albertans.

Thank you to all who attended the Stampede Pancake Breakfast on July 13th by Huntington Hills Community Association that I sponsored as your MLA! I had a wonderful time with so many of my constituents, and I am so happy that over 2000 of you made it out for breakfast. Looking forward to next year!

Please do not hesitate to contact my constituency once for any questions or concerns that we may assist you with. I wish you all a fantastic start to the fall season and hope to keep hearing from you!

Calgary-Beddington

Hon. Josephine Pon, MLA

#106 – 8220 Centre Street NE

Calgary, AB T3K 1J7

403-215-7710