Posted on Apr 30, 2018

Erin's Corner: April 2018

Well, finally we have some nice weather, and certainly the sun is more than welcome!  April has been a busy month so far, between session and events here in the region.

I join the excitement in the region with construction season soon to be underway. The work scheduled to be done on Highways 779 and 628 will bring much improvement to driving in Stony Plain. After 17 years of delays, I am proud these improvements are underway as established by the 3 year plan.

I was honored to be invited to a sod turning event at Enoch to mark the beginning of construction of “Maskêkosak Kiskinomâtowikamik”, the Nation’s new K – 12 school. This facility is slated for completion in the Summer of 2019, with classes starting in September. This endeavor is funded in conjunction by Indigenous Services Canada and the Enoch Cree Nation. Congratulations to the Enoch Cree Nation departments, programs, Elders and Members who have brought this project to fruition.

April 12th, I hosted MLA Joe Ceci, Minister of Finance, to chat with local stakeholders with feedback from the 2018 budget. We met with the local chambers and the local governments in the region. 

Also on April 12th I was invited to attend and speak at the Acheson Business Association luncheon regarding the state of the economy and the Growth and Diversification Act expand two highly successful tax credits the government implemented last year: the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) and the Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC).  MLA Ceci was able to speak to the Trans Mountain pipeline and Kinder Morgan to assure the business’s that the government will stand by getting the pipeline up and running as soon as possible.  

The weekend of April 13th, 14th, and 15th, we joined many businesses and non-profit groups across the region at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove at the 2018 Tri-Municipal Expo.  Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce does a wonderful job hosting this event, and I would like to acknowledge the time and effort an event like this takes to co-ordinate. Hats off to the Chamber for their hard work. I also thank the constituents who stopped by to chat and bring forward their concerns. Congratulations to Vicky Baron for winning our prize draw, a beautiful cutting board made by Truwood Artisans in Stony Plain.

National Volunteer Week creates a spotlight to recognize those people in our community who contribute in so many ways to benefit us all. I was honoured to speak at the Stony Plain Volunteer Celebration on Wednesday, April 18th hosted by Parkland Area Volunteer Action Committee, and again at Parkland County’s celebration to recognize community league volunteers on Friday, April 20th.

On April the 21st, I was honored to bring greeting and speak on behalf of Premier Notley at the Sacred Hearts Rising Summit at the Best Western in Stony Plain. Sacred Hearts Rising Summit is about everyday women moving past the traumatic events that have impacted their lives. The Summit has speakers and guests from across North America, music, demonstrations in self-defense, yoga, line dancing and a healing drumming circle.

On April 25th members of the community gathered in the Ceremony Walk to honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women organized by the Stony Plain Library. On April 26th, on behalf of the Minister of Education, I joined Parkland School Division for the official announcement for Stony Plain Central School replacement, a long needed upgrade for our community. Contact my office if you would like further information.  

As we are now back in session, my days and most evenings become full of meetings and discussions with fellow MLA’s to push forward our issues for our constituencies as we continue to make life better for Albertans.

My office is at 5004-50th Ave. in Stony Plain. If you have any questions or need help with an issue, please contact me by phone at (780) 963-1444 or email at stony.plain@assembly.ab.ca. You can also find me on Facebook (@ErinNDP) and Twitter (@msebabs).