Week in Review - July 31, 2015
Posted on July 31, 2015 by Greg Clark
It was another week spent mainly in and around Calgary-Elbow, and because we’re headed into a long weekend I’ll keep this brief and share a few highlights.
Early in the week I focused on discussions about energy and environment. I met with stakeholders from the energy industry and also had productive discussions with NGOs and others representing environmental groups. I believe Alberta already does a good job of managing environmental impacts from energy production, but we can and must do more. I have long argued that addressing carbon emissions from large-scale industrial processes is not only an obligation, but an opportunity for targeted economic diversification our province. The good news is much work is already being done to reduce carbon emissions by industry and Alberta universities, but success at doing so must not be a prerequisite for pipeline approvals.
This will continue to be a focus area for me going forward and as with all issues I welcome your input and feedback.
Later in the week I spoke with the Calgary Chinook Rotary Club to discuss my first few months as an MLA. It was a well-attended meeting and we had a lively discussion. I look forward to going back again one day soon.
In the constituency office the fantastic team of Jodi and Simone continued to help our constituents address their concerns. This included a lot of work on housing issues. We advocated for changes to the proposed building codes for rental accommodation for people with developmental disabilities, helped a senior find safe and affordable accommodation after a change in circumstance and helped a mother find a safe place for her son struggling with acute mental health challenges.
We also issued a news release in response to the rejection of the City of Calgary’s Disaster Recovery Program claim for last September’s snow storm. We found that the DRP program was under-spent by $413 million last year and $200 million in flood mitigation dollars went unspent. This means over half of the surplus reported in June was from under-spending on this critical area. You can read the release here.
As always if you have any questions or concerns you can reach us at Calgary.Elbow@assembly.ab.ca or call (403) 252-0346.
Have a safe long weekend everyone.