With June, we have our first month of summer. School is on break until September and we will all get to enjoy several months of great weather. I would like to congratulate the class of 2017 on their graduation, and wish them all success in whatever career path they choose.
It’s been a very busy spring legislative session. We’ve worked to bring in programs to make life more affordable for everyday Albertans, by capping electricity prices, reducing school fees and keeping taxes on families the lowest in Canada. Beginning in June is the introduction of electricity price protection. We’re taking action to protect families, farms and businesses from electricity price volatility by implementing four-year ceiling on power prices. This price cap will ensure that Albertans pay no more than 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity – the same as current long-term retail prices. The price ceiling applies to the Regulated Rate Option (RRO) for electricity. From June 2017 to June 2021, consumers on the RRO plan (the majority of Albertans) will pay the market rate or the government’s ceiling rate, whichever is lower.
In May I met with the Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research located here in Calgary-Varsity. It is non-profit charitable research and service agency that has been meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and the community-at-large since 1969. Affiliated with the University of Calgary, Vecova is recognized as a leader in the field of disability services and research.
On June 17th, the Calgary Firefighters Association will be celebrating its 100th anniversary of serving this city as an organized professional association. It will also launch their newest charity endeavour the Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation. This charity will serve Calgarians affected by fires or other disasters by providing immediate assistance and relief. I also had the opportunity to attend the Calgary Firefighters Fire-Ops Day, where we donned protective gear and tackled a simulated fire situation, getting an experience of the important work our firefighters do every day.
The Banff Trail Community Association will be having its annual general meeting on June 9, 7-9pm at the Banff Trail community centre. June 17th is Neighbour Day which celebrates community spirit in Calgary. University Heights will be hosting a BBQ that evening. On June 30th, Triwood & Brentwood will be hosting a Canada BBQ for the country’s 150th birthday. The BBQ starts at 5pm, will have live music, and fireworks at 10:30pm. The event is at the Triwood Arena, and is no charge, but RSVPs are requested.
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