As many of you know, last October Premier Notley appointed me to the provincial Treasury Board. Since then I have been honoured to serve as a strong advocate for all Calgarians on this important decision-making body. While Alberta’s economic recovery is underway there is still more that we can do to ensure that every Albertan is optimistic about their and our province’s future. Budget 2018 will be an important moment for Alberta’s path to balance and that is why the Alberta government launched an online Budget Survey in November 2017 to hear your priorities for controlling costs and to identify services and programs that should be protected. I strongly encourage you to share your thoughts by completing the survey by February 2 or by emailing a written submission to Budget.Feedback@gov.ab.ca.
As you spend time with your sweethearts or families this February, it is never too early to start thinking about summer plans – especially this winter! Last year was another record setting year for Alberta Parks as the province’s Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca (RAP) online reservation system processed its one millionth booking. So, if you and yours are interested in reserving one of the 14,000 campsites across Alberta, this is your reminder that the mobile-friendly RAP system opens Tuesday, February 20 for online bookings for the 2018 camping season.
Finally, I am looking forward to lacing up my skates at the numerous skating parties that volunteers at community associations across Calgary Currie have organized for this February. If you are interested in helping with the upkeep of your local outdoor rink I encourage you to contact your community association directly (they will appreciate this immensely and it is a great way to meet your neighbours) or visit the City of Calgary’s “Adopt-a-Rink” webpage. “Adopt-a-Rink” is an awesome winter volunteer program through which volunteers help flood and maintain existing community pleasure skating rinks in their own communities.
See you on the ice!