July – MLA Debra Drever’s Report

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Hello, Calgary Bow,

Legislative session has ended for the summer and I am back in the community connecting with residents on the doorstep and at community events. You and your family are invited to my free Stampede BBQ lunch on July 9 from 12-2pm on the beautiful sundeck at WinSport. There will be vegetarian options available. Residents from the communities of Crestmont, Valley Ridge, West Springs, Cougar Ridge, Coach Hill, Patterson Heights, Greenwood Village and Bowness are welcomed. This is a great opportunity to connect with my team and I and you’ll probably meet some neighbours as well!

There is much to reflect on from this spring session. Looking at the list of bills one can see an implicit interest in making the lives of Albertans better. Just in the past few months our government have reviewed, amended, and created 26 pieces of legislation. These bills have sought to address the impacts of the costs of public education on the family budget, created new protections for first time home buyers, created an advocate for persons with disabilities, and for the first time since 1988 fundamental updates to Alberta’s labour laws.

These amendments will make life better for Alberta families by supporting family-friendly workplaces and protecting vulnerable Albertans who rely on the basic protections and rights enshrined in law. Specifically, within Bill 17: The Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act this means:

  • Ensuring parents of critically-ill or injured children can take time off to care for their family without the fear of losing their job.
  • Allowing Albertans the time they need to care for themselves when they’re dealing with a short-term illness or mourning the loss of a loved one.
  • Lowering the eligibility threshold for maternity leave so hardworking women can support themselves and their families.
  • Strengthening our enforcement tools to ensure all employers follow the law and help Albertans receive the pay and benefits they’re rightfully entitled to.

What I find most compelling in all of this is the amount of dialogue I encounter outside of the legislature. Every day my office receives phone calls, emails, faxes and people who stop in to share their stories of how their lives have been impacted by much needed legislation that our government have put forward. We are making the lives of Albertans better! With that I encourage you to continue to come stop by my office, as I am here to listen, learn, and work hard on your behalf.

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