Posted on Sep 8, 2017

Community Consultations

Brittany Lane Housing Co-op celebrates 25 years of providing affordable housing and fostering community in Sherwood Park.

I hope that everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather over the Labour Day weekend. This weekend marks the beginning of the “new year” for many as students go back to school, parents adjust to the busy school days, and after school activities and community programs begin again.

In this column, I want to draw your attention to a couple of consultations in which constituents may be interested in participating.

Daylight Savings Time
On April 3, the Legislative Assembly referred Bill 203, Alberta Standard Time Act, to the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. The Committee will report its recommendations back to the Assembly by Oct. 4. If passed, Bill 203 would repeal the Daylight Saving Time Act and require the observance of “Alberta Standard Time.”

This new “Alberta Standard Time” would be six hours behind co-ordinated universal time all year round. If passed, the Act would come into force on Nov. 2, 2018. This means that from Nov. 2, 2018, Mountain Daylight Time would be used all year in Alberta, and Albertans would no longer turn back the clock in the fall to Mountain Standard Time. There would be two hours difference between Alberta and B.C. from November to March, and one hour difference from March to November. The time in Alberta would be the same as in Saskatchewan all year round.

There is a Public Meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future on Sept. 12 from 9AM-9PM in Edmonton at the Federal Building (9820-107 St). If you would like to make a presentation to the sub-committee, please register by contacting Aaron Roth, Committee Clerk, at 780-415-2878. Registration deadline is Sept. 11.

Consumer Protection
Consumer protection laws protect consumers from unfair practices and protect businesses from unfair competition. Service Alberta facilitated consultations to hear from constituents about what changes they need to make to keep consumer protection laws in line with marketplace trends and to fix some problem areas.

The consultation is focused on gauging Albertans’ general understanding of consumer rights and responsibilities, as well as the level of interest and support for potential regulatory changes. Fifteen key areas are being explored, including:
• A Consumer Bill of Rights
• Fairness between consumers and businesses
• Door-to-door sales
• High cost credit products
• Automotive sector issues
• Cancellation rights
• Household moving services
• Talent agencies
• Ticket sales
• Warranties
• Gift cards
• Reward points
• Truth in pricing
• Veterinary services billing
• Debt collection

The online consumer protection survey runs until Sept. 15 and takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Either type “Consumer Protection Survey Summer 2017” into your browser or follow this link to find the survey: Consumer Protection Survey

Congratulations
Congratulations to Brittany Lane on their 25th Anniversary. Housing Cooperatives play a crucial role in communities by providing affordable housing and fostering community. We have two housing cooperatives in Strathcona County (the other one is Davidson Creek). As both the federal and provincial governments are working on affordable housing strategies, it is my hope that we may see more housing cooperatives in our community providing housing for a variety of families and individuals. For more information on housing cooperatives, visit www.nacha.ca.