October 2017 Community Newsletter

01 Oct October 2017 Community Newsletter

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Legislation

For the first time since it was enacted in 1976, The Government of Alberta is completing a comprehensive review of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) system. In addition to the legislation, they will be reviewing compliance, enforcement, education, awareness and prevention efforts. Topics include:

  • clarifying employer and worker responsibilities in legislation
  • improving worker engagement in OHS
  • renewed focus on illness and injury prevention

To help ensure Albertans are working in healthy and safe workplaces the government is asking for public participation in the review by way of an online survey or written submission. The survey is open until midnight on October 16th and can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/ohs-system-review.aspx.

Jobs and the Economy

Calgary continues to experience high rates of unemployment. There are signs of improvement, but at the time I am writing this article Calgary still has the second highest unemployment rate of any major Canadian city.

In October 2016 and March 2017, I offered workshops for people experiencing unemployment and underemployment in Calgary.   During those sessions a number of participants requested we focus next on networking. So we are doing just that.

Catherine Brownlee, President and CEO of CBI is volunteering her time and expertise to lead this session at no cost. “Networking 101” will give participants the opportunity to learn how to begin conversations, ask appropriate questions, and follow up for results.  Participants should come dressed for success, carrying business cards, and ready with their 30 second ‘elevator pitch’. Industry professionals will on hand to provide useful feedback.

The event takes place on November 9th. If you are interested in attending, please visit www.calgaryelbow.ca to register. Space is limited.

As always, I welcome the opportunity to hear from constituents. My office can be reached at Calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca or by phone at 403-252-0346.