Government updates, hospital tour and saluting Sherwood Care

Sherwood Park UCP MLA Jordan Walker. Photo Supplied

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Welcome to autumn, everyone! This great time of year marks the transition from the lazy days of summer to the fresh, cool breezes and beautiful colours of fall. I hope all of you get a chance to get out and really enjoy nature at this special time of year.

Over the past couple of weeks, our government has been very hard at work to implement the promises we made to Albertans. Our Minister of Energy attended the quarterly meeting of the Energy Council in Anchorage Alaska to represent Alberta and strongly advance our energy goals. Minister Savage also announced an increase in the oil production limits by 10,000 barrels per day bringing the number of affected producers down from 29 to 15.

Continuing on the energy front, our government was immensely pleased with the Canada Energy Regualtor’s decision to update natural gas pipeline storage rules during maintenance periods.

Allowing producers to access previously unavailable storage will create more balance in our pipelines and reduce price volatility. After a lot neglect of this critical industry by the previous government, we will continue work in partnership with industry.

Our government remains firmly determined to promote Alberta and champion its industries.

For more information on the direction of our Natural Gas Sector and its 48 recommendations to government please check out the advisory panel’s Roadmap to Recovery at https://open.alberta.ca/publications.

After eliminating 13 Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) exemptions in July, our government announced that it will be lifting eight more and narrowing two more exemptions. Removing barriers to free interprovincial trade will attract investment to and create jobs in our province.

A 19-member Skills for Jobs Task Force is set to begin improving access and promoting trades education to meet labour demands. This will tackle the issues of rising youth unemployment and the significant wave of retirements in the skilled trades.

Women Building Futures will receive an increase in funding to the tune of $10 million over the next four years enabling this non-profit to enhance their programs.

Minister of Health Tyler Shandro announced a $300 million investment to hire up to 30 new nurse practitioners. This will allow underserviced areas of the province to access timely and efficient health care.

Locally, I enjoyed a recent tour of our local Strathcona Community Hospital with Minister Nate Glubish. I also had the privilege of attending Sherwood Care Long Term Seniors Care facility’s 50th anniversary celebration. Congratulations, Sherwood Care! The mission of Sherwood Care is to provide a caring and safe environment based on Christian ideals and principles to all its residents, their families and staff. 

Sherwood Care is a great example of government and civil society, including our faith community, working together to provide excellent service. I salute and recognize Sherwood Care for the amazing service it provides to its residents right here in Sherwood Park. Best wishes on its next 50 years and beyond. 

Finally, my team and I are working hard to put the finishing touches on our newly-renovated constituency office. Stay tuned for our grand opening announcement!

Jordan Walker is the Member of the Legislature Assembly for the Sherwood Park constituency. If you have any questions or comments about this column or any other provincial issues, he would like to hear from you. Please contact Walker’s constituency officer at 780-417-4747 or by email sherwood.park@assembly.ab.ca.

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