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Here is an update from our hard working Calgary – Varsity MLA Jason Copping. He shares the communitys of Brentwood and Charleswood with Ward 4.

If you need to get a hold of his office, email calgary.varsity@assembly.ab.ca – if you need to reach my office on a civic issue it is ward04@calgary.ca or call 311. 

Economic update

This week Alberta celebrated its 115th anniversary.  Like so many of you I am proud to call Alberta home. We are rich in people, resources and culture. Over the years, we have seen hard times and this year has been no exception, but Albertans do what we do best – we will work together and emerge stronger.  

Last week, Minister Toews provided an economic update to Albertans.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn and the collapse in oil prices we are faced with a historic deficit of $24.2 billion.  This deficit is in large part due to the government doing what we had to – supporting all Albertans. 

This deficit however, will mean that we are driving up our interest payments.  It is also a reminder that now more than ever government has to be as efficient as possible to limit the impact on future generations.  

As we weather the immediate effects of COVID-19 in our community, our government is introducing programs that will strengthen the economy in the long run – Alberta’s Recovery Plan. This plan will create jobs, build infrastructure and help diversify our economy.  

By working together, we will get through these challenging times.

What is your Alberta?  

Have a safe and happy Labour Day long weekend
As we head into the last long weekend of the summer I am sure many of you are heading out to camp, visit a park or catch up with family and friends.  I remind you to continue to follow and practice the health guidelines set out by our Chief Medical Officer of Health.  We must all remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Government Update

Access to cancer therapy program


Calgary-Varsity is home to two top hospitals in Alberta – Foothills Campus, home to the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic and the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  I am pleased to see that our government is investing $15-million to a provincial cancer therapy program for Albertans with specific types of leukemia and lymphoma.  

Partnering with the Alberta Cancer Foundation the funding will be used to conduct a clinical trial – with CAR T-cells manufactured within Alberta.  

The funding will also pay for nursing staff, training and education for health care workers, patient education and psychosocial support, lab and diagnostic imaging, and follow up care.  Treatment using CAR T-cells manufactured in the U.S. is expected to begin by winter 2020 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, with Alberta Children’s Hospital to follow. 

You can find more information here

More continuing care spaces across Alberta
Our government is creating hundreds of new spaces for seniors and vulnerable people under an innovative plan to expand continuing care.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is seeking proposals from new and existing continuing care operators to add publicly funded spaces without additional capital funding. This initiative builds on the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) and targets communities across the province with the most pressing need for new spaces.

This is the first step in a larger plan to expand continuing care and ensure communities most in need get support to open new spaces. Budget 2020 includes $164 million over three years to increase the number of continuing care spaces available across the province through the current EOI and further initiatives.

September is Recovery Month – Supporting addiction recovery
Alberta’s government is declaring September as Recovery Month to support Albertans in addiction recovery, recognizing that these individuals lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

If you are struggling with addiction, please reach out for help. The Addiction Helpline is a 24-7, confidential, toll-free service that provides support, information and referral to services. Call 1-866-332-2322.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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