May 2017 Community Newsletter

01 May May 2017 Community Newsletter

Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission

The Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission will be presenting their interim report to the public on May 31, 2017.   The report will provide recommendations to changes to the current provincial boundaries.

Following the report, a second round of public hearings will take place in July and August, with the final report being presented October 31, 2017. Upon receiving the final report, the Members of the Legislative Assembly will debate whether or not to accept the recommendations of the Commission.  Should the changes be accepted, the constituency boundaries will change in time for the next provincial election.

The average number of constituents living in each area should be approximately 46,698, with a desired variance of +/- 25%. Calgary-Elbow currently has 47,893 constituents which is well within the 25% variance allowed. However, there are several areas in Calgary where the population has grown significantly and exceeds the 25% variance.  For example, Calgary-SouthEast has over 92,000 constituents.  This means that the boundaries in Calgary will need to be shuffled, and that could impact some or all of the constituency boundaries.  For more information, please visit: http://abebc.ca.

 Vimy Ridge Commemoration

April 9, 2017 marked the 100 year anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge. To commemorate this battle and others that helped shape our nation, there are a number of exhibitions taking place in the province.

War Stories: 1917 will be on display at The Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Trail SW) from April 9 – August 25.  The exhibit provides personal stories about the battles of 1917, through the eyes of the men and women who were there. For more information on the event visit https://www.themilitarymuseums.ca/.

The new exhibition at the Borealis Gallery at the Alberta Legislature, Alberta & the Great War, has an immersive, interactive display that explores the impact of the conflict both abroad and at home. The gallery has been transformed to feature a re-creation of a trench, parlour and a public space from the Great War era. Artifacts and archival photos complement the hands-on experiences. This exhibition is a free and runs until May 22. For more information visit www.assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre.

Budget Event

On April 8 I held a Budget Town Hall to hear what you had to say about the current state of Alberta’s finances. I received lots of great feedback on where we should be making cuts and how we could increase our revenue sources.  We compiled all the information and have made it available on our website, www.calgaryelbow.ca.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend the event, please feel free to share you thought and ideas with my office at calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca.