Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Have Your Say on the Property Act
I had the opportunity to attend the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Canadian Regional Conferences in Winnipeg last week.
These conferences provide parliamentarians with the chance to meet representatives from across Canada and other parts of the world to exchange ideas, have conversations about issues shared by elected officials, and to explore the similarities and differences with other forms of assemblies or parliaments.
Some of the differences are small, such as not allowing any beverage but water in the assembly (in Alberta we can have hot or cold beverages such as coffee, tea, or juice after question period).
Other differences reflect the culture, geography, and tradition of each province or territories.
For example, Nunavut and the NWT sit for more frequent, short periods while in Alberta we have two sittings of about eight to 12 weeks each. I had the opportunity to spend time with delegates from the three territories to learn about the challenges they face in their roles because of distance, weather, and social and economic issues. Having visited all three territories, and having worked in two of them previously, I could relate to the challenges they face and admire their dedication to their communities.
At the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian Conference, we had the opportunity to hear from Ministers in the National Assembly of Guyana and Turks and Caicos Islands. I appreciated learning about the changes that these two countries have undergone, and especially the role that women leaders have played to further democracy, and to ensure that programs that support women are established in their countries.
One project we discussed that relates to Canada was the recently-held Daughter of the Vote.
In this project, one young woman from each federal constituency was selected and travelled to Ottawa for meetings, workshops, and an historic session in the House of Commons on March 8 — International Women’s Day. Our representative for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Sroh Hassan, gave a passionate speech denouncing racism and hatred.
Her speech can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZhPUviUwqw. We have many strong youth leaders in our community, and I hope that many will explore the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge by seeking elected office or other leadership roles as they finish their studies.
Service Alberta is consulting with Albertans on regulations following the passing of the Condominium Property Amendment Act in December 2014.
Lots of work has been done to bring more than 60 amendments into force.
The government has already heard from many Condo owners in Alberta and I wanted to thank, especially the Strathcona County Condo Owners Association for the input they have given to the government.
A survey will be available for all residents in later summer.
Service Alberta is interested in suggestions for improvements on a range of issues including: Voting Procedures and General Meetings, Condominium Documents, Financial Considerations, Rules, Rental Deposits, Termination of Agreements, Insurance Requirements, Reserve Funds and Dispute Resolution.
The first set of regulations is expected to come into force in 2017, the second phase and dispute resolution tribunal will come into effect in 2018 and 2019.
Remembering Herb Belcourt
Sherwood Park mourns the loss of our beloved community leader, Herb Belcourt. Much has been written about Herb’s contribution to our community, to the Metis Nation, to youth and to entrepreneurs. I am thankful that the community was able to honour Dr. Belcourt before his passing with the dedication of the park and with a celebratory event at Festival Place.
My condolences to his wife, Leslie Belcourt, and to his family.
I was glad to have gotten to know Herb and will always remember his generous spirit.