September – MLA Brandy Payne’s Report

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Hello friends!

I hope that you had a fun and relaxing summer and had the opportunity to take in some of the many community activities and festivals in and around our beautiful city.

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many of you over the summer, whether at my constituency office, or at a community event such as the Riverbend Community Association Stampede breakfast, the Acadia Community Garden Art in the Park event, my annual Pancake Breakfast with the WillowRidge Community Association, the Emergency Services Appreciation BBQ at the ARC, or FLC Seniors’ Annual Registration day at Trico Centre. It’s been great to meet you, hear your suggestions, and talk about your compliments or concerns. If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, please do be in touch with my office – contact details below.

It’s also been a summer of great announcements from our new Government. Like many residents in Calgary-Acadia, I was thrilled to hear that we will be building a new Calgary Cancer Centre at the Foothills Hospital Campus. The Centre will include additional inpatient beds, outpatient services, radiation therapy, and systemic therapy such as chemotherapy. This facility will be a vital part of our health services in Alberta, and provides much needed treatment for Albertans who are battling cancer.

This summer, I also attended committee and caucus meetings to prepare for the fall Session of the Legislative Assembly. As we move in to the fall season, the Special Committee on Ethics and Accountability will be seeking feedback on the Elections Act, the Elections Financing Act, the Whistleblowers Protection Act and the Conflicts of Interest Act to ensure they best serve Alberta’s public interest. As Deputy Chair of the Committee, I look forward to hearing from you about these issues.

The Committee on Families and Communities will be reviewing the Mental Health Amendment Act – 2007. This Amendment Act deals primarily with Certification (involuntary confinement), Notification upon Release, Community Treatment Orders, and the role of the Mental Health Patient Advocate. This review is in addition to the review of services provided under the Mental Health act that is being undertaken by a different committee. If you have any questions or concerns about this Act, or the Mental Health Services review, please be in touch.

As your MLA, I represent all residents of Calgary-Acadia. If you have any questions, compliments or concerns about the steps our government is taking, I want to hear from you. You can count on me to listen and bring your perspectives to the government and the Legislature. Likewise, if you are having some difficulty dealing with the provincial government or accessing provincial services, please contact me – you can count on me to assist you to the best of my ability.

You can contact our office by email at Calgary.Acadia@assembly.ab.ca, or by phone at 403-640-1363. You can also visit our office at #10, 8318 Fairmount Dr SE, Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Fridays 10 am to 3 pm.

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