December – MLA Jaime Kliensteuber’s Report

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As we move into winter, we also move into flu season. The influenza virus affects the respiratory system, causing serious illness, even death, particularly in seniors, young children, and those with chronic health conditions. Immunization is the best way to protect against influenza. Alberta Health Services makes immunizations available free-of-charge to all Albertans six months or older at public health clinics and doctors’ offices, and at pharmacies for Albertans nine years of age and older. Take action to protect yourself and your loved ones by getting your flu vaccine. I’m not a big fan of needles, but I’ve already made sure to get my flu vaccine this season. I hope you will too.

In other health matters, Alberta’s Cannabis Framework was recently released in draft. Over 45,000 Albertans gave input on how our province should manage cannabis when federal laws legalize it July 2018. Alberta’s draft framework proposes a minimum age of 18 for cannabis use, with distribution managed by Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). The draft framework restricts public use of cannabis, emphasizes protection for children, and sets limits on second-hand exposure. Municipalities may also introduce additional restrictions on public consumption. Learn more here: https://www.alberta.ca/cannabis-legalization.aspx.

In the new year, Albertans will see stronger protections for buyers of new and converted condominium units. These protections address move-in date changes, realistic estimates of condo fees, more complete contractual information, and safeguards for buyers’ deposits. As Stephanie McLean, Minister of Service Alberta, said, “Albertans deserve to be protected when making a big purchase like a home or investment property. …we have taken the first steps toward reassuring Albertans that their investments are properly looked after, so they can feel confident when investing in the condo market.”

As 2017 draws to a close, a healthy, happy and prosperous holiday season to everyone!

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