With May, the trees are green with leaves and the flowers are in bloom. It has been a busy spring legislative session, with the budget having been announced for 2017. It makes life more affordable for everyday Albertans, by capping electricity prices, reducing school fees and keeping taxes on families the lowest in Canada. At the same time investment in long-overdue repairs and modernizations of our schools and hospitals and critical improvements to our roads and highways will keep Albertans working and make life better for people who need those services. This budget will fund 24 new and modernized schools across Alberta, nearly $1.2 billion for Calgary’s Cancer Centre (construction to begin this year!) and a new long-term care home in Calgary.
In Calgary-Varsity, the government is committing $270.6 million to the University of Calgary in order to renovate the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building. This investment will add 500 new study and classroom spaces, particularly for Nursing and Social Work Faculties, as well as more room for student services, increased student study and classroom spaces and creating a centre for entrepreneurship. We’re particularly excited about this project as so many residents of Varsity spend time on campus!
In April, we had the Easter holiday weekend to enjoy. On the Easter Monday, Triwood Community Association hosted a children’s Easter Egg Hunt and many delicious chocolate eggs were found. We toured the University District development, soon to be a wonderful addition to our community. On April 30 the Banff Trail Community Association hosted a potluck for residents, and we got a taste of the diverse culinary talent in the community.
Looking ahead to May, many communities are holding local cleanups. Montgomery has a cleanup day on Saturday, May 6. It’s a great way to meet new people, enjoy the spring weather, and improve our communities. And of course, there is the Victoria Day long weekend on May 20-22, the unofficial beginning of summer in Canada. Perfect time to break out the BBQ!
Our office serves all the people of Varsity, Dalhousie, Brentwood, Banff Trail, University Heights, Montgomery, and Charleswood. Our team is available to talk to constituents about provincial government departments, programs, scrolls, and services. To find out more drop in, call, email, or check out stephaniemcLean.albertandpcaucus.ca.