Following a productive spring sitting, the Legislative Assembly is on break for the summer months and I couldn’t be happier to be spending time in our bustling riding! July is doubly exciting this year as we kick off Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 2017 Calgary Stampede. Canada’s 150th is an opportunity to reflect on our country’s history, heritage and diversity. On Canada Day, I look forward to attending the indigenous showcase and powwow at Prince’s Island Park (beginning at 10:00 a.m.), celebrating the contributions of Calgary’s Chinese community at Sien Lok Park (Riverfront Ave & 1 St SW, 10:00 – 7:00 p.m.) taking in an array of performances at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE, 10:00 – 6:00 p.m.) and ending the night with a free Tegan and Sara concert on Riverfront Avenue East (10:00 p.m.). And the fireworks, of course. I invite all Calgarians to attend events across the downtown area and celebrate this great country.
Celebrating our western heritage extends beyond Canada Day into the 2017 Calgary Stampede. I’m proud to be a part of the Kerby Centre 25th Annual Stampede breakfast on Friday, 14 and invite you to join me from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at 1133 7 Ave SW. If you’re hosting a Stampede breakfast, BBQ or similar event I would love to attend and donate biodegradable cups for your use. Please contact my office at 403-244-7737 to discuss how we can support your event, and here’s hoping this year’s Stampede will be drier than the last.
The Alberta government needs to hear from you! The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis by July 2018. This legislation leaves provinces to determine how cannabis will be consumed, regulated and distributed. Areas of focus include how to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keeping profit away from criminals, protecting roads, workplace safety and issues of public health. Legalization will impact our communities and we want to hear from you about this issue. All Albertans are invited to read more about cannabis, and provide feedback that will inform how Alberta adapts to legalization. Visit www.alberta.ca/cannabis to complete a comprehensive survey and provide your thoughts on this critical issue.