Richard Gotfried

MLA Calgary-Fish Creek

January 2017 Newsletter

January 1, 2017

Richard Gotfried

MLA, Calgary-Fish Creek

403-278-444 • calgary.fishcreek@assembly.ab.cawww.richardgotfried.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/richardgotfried4fishcreek

Twitter: @GotfriedMLA

 

January is a time of new beginnings and a fresh outlook for the coming year. Resolutions and reflections are on the mind of many.  For me, January provides an opportunity to look back over the previous year, evaluate, and set or reset my course and goals for the year ahead. One of my goals is to connect with more of you and to hear your stories.  As we go through the year, I would also like to take a moment to spotlight our communities and some of the amazing individuals that live in our neighbourhoods.

 

Along with the great residents, many animal species make their home in or near Deer Ridge, while proximity to Fish Creek Park ensures easy access to many recreational activities. The Deer Ridge Board were founding members of the Trico Centre and still enjoy an association with them, while using the facility for their board meetings.  They have an amazing Movie in the Park series, community gardens and enjoy outdoor skating in the winter.  While I know many in the community and on the board, a special shout out to Bob Hall, who has been a tireless volunteer in the community for many years.  When someone needs a hand, Bob is there to lend it.  Many times, I have seen him go above and beyond the call of duty to help the community, a neighbour or stranger.  Bob, you have my gratitude and thanks for making Deer Ridge and Calgary-Fish Creek a better place.

 

I feel a need to comment on the Carbon Tax, as it takes effect January 1st.  The Tax is set at $20/tonne for fuels going up to $30/tonne January 1st 2018.  All fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, diesel, propane, etc. are included in the levy.  The one exemption will be for those fuels marked for agricultural distribution.  What this means is that your gasoline will be taxed another 4.49 cents/liter at the pump.  It also means that to heat our homes, natural gas will be increased $1.011/GJ.  In addition to the increase being felt at both the pump and on our energy bills, there will also be indirect or soft costs that will accrue to almost everything we consume.  All the goods we buy, even if produced locally, must be transported to stores or even local farmer’s markets, all of which contribute to increased costs to Albertans.  In short, the Carbon Tax will impact us all.  With many unemployed through no fault of their own, or scraping by on reduced incomes, the tax is sure to be felt across the province.  It is estimated that 2/3 of Albertans will receive some form of rebate.  Concerns I have heard from constituents range from: “It is just a redistribution of wealth.” “I have more than four children, who will not qualify.” “I have adult dependent children at home who are not eligible.” “Even though I qualify for a rebate, I will still be out of pocket for a few months.” “I am new to Alberta and will not qualify.”  “I work for a not-for-profit that will most likely have to cut staff because of the tax.”  These concerns are real and impactful for individuals and families.

 

I will be pleased to continue my MLA Café’s and MLA Youth Café’s in the new year, so call my office or check my Facebook page or website for dates and information.  I hope that you can join us for coffee and snacks while sharing your thoughts and discussing issues facing Albertans.  Your feedback is always welcome.  My resolve and commitment to you for 2017 is to continue to be your humble representative and outspoken voice in Edmonton.  Wishing you all the best for 2017, Happy New Year, Gung Hei Fat Choi and Chuc Mun Nam Moi!

September 2016 Newsletter

September 1, 2016

What an eventful summer this was! Calgary was bustling with excitement and life during perennial favourites such as The Calgary Stampede, FolkFest, GlobalFest and many amazing community events hosted in Calgary-Fish Creek. One thing I learned from attending all of these events is that rain does not dampen the spirits of Calgarians. It was great to see intrepid volunteers and participants enjoying the sights, sounds and community spirit that helps make such events a success – rain or shine – thank you!

For many of you, September is about transitions. Kids are back to school and resuming many of their favourite extra-circular activities. Others shift from summer recreation to organized fall activities. And autumn brings brilliant colours to Fish Creek! In addition, the Friends of Fish Creek Park are extremely active during the fall season including the Paint What You See – painting with Jim Pescott event on September 24th and A Taste of Autumn on September 16th. Check out Friends of Fish Creek Facebook page for more information about these great events or contact my office.

Did you know September 1 is Alberta’s 111th Birthday? This year kicks off with a special event at the Bow Valley Ranche. Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, Lois Mitchell, will announce the winner of the “Birthday Banner” contest and the banner will fly for Alberta’s birthday celebrations every year going forward. Our roots are deep and unique and set us apart from all other places In Canada. As a proud Albertan, I am committed to ensuring that our heritage continues to be honoured and celebrated.

Many of you have contacted my office regarding the state of our economy and concerns over the policy direction of the NDP government. Thank you for your thoughts and please continue to email, call, visit the office, or write to us on any matters of interest, as I need to hear from you to ensure effective representation. One issue that I have received feedback on is the court application brought forward by the NDP regarding Power Purchase Arrangements or PPA’s. I feel these actions have damaged the trust of investors and is an affront to all who do business in Alberta. I will continue to speak out on items that I feel hurt the economy or are not in the best interest of Albertans.

MLA Cafés will resume in September with the first one being September 16 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Many of you have expressed to me that an evening session will benefit many schedules too. Therefore, I am hosting another MLA Café on Monday, September 19 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This is a great way for people to come, meet me and my staff, become familiar with our location, and casually engage on policies and shared visions for a better province.

Do you enjoy social media? Me too! I welcome you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, or to call and schedule a meeting. To join our e-newsletter, please send us an email.  And know that I take the honour and privilege of representing you in the Legislature very seriously!

Thank you.

Richard Gotfried

MLA, Calgary – Fish Creek

403-278-4444calgary.fishcreek@assembly.ab.cawww.richardgotfried.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/richardgotfried4fishcreek

Twitter: @GotfriedMLA

ATCO Gas Lake Bonavista to Sun Valley Gas Line Installation Update

June 30, 2016

If you are wondering about the construction on Canyon Meadows Drive SE near Parkland, it is ATCO Gas working on the third phase of the Lake Bonavista to Sun Valley Gas Line Installation project.

Phase 1:  Work within Fish Creek – 100% complete (cleanup & reclamation remains)

Construction progress:  Reclamation activities mostly complete.
Upcoming work: The installation of a new paved pathway connecting Parkland and Deer Run communities has been designed and final approvals are being obtained. Anticipated pathway construction in July.
Public communications: ATCO Gas received a compliment on the restoration work that has been completed in the Park. Several positive comments have been received in anticipation of the new paved pathway.

Phase 2:  Work alongside Bow Bottom Trail – 100% complete

Construction progress: Reclamation mostly complete.
Upcoming work: Phase 3 will tie into end of phase 2; detour of Bow Bottom Trail required in late July.
Public communications: Web page updates are ongoing.

Phase 3:  Work alongside Parkwood Way – 50% complete
Construction progress, Phase 3 construction is progressing very well and is anticipated to be substantially completed in July. Associated work for the UPR Mainline high pressure conversion is also progressing as scheduled and will be completed in August.
Public communications: No feedback has been received from the public, web page updates are ongoing

Visit our project page at: http://www.atcopipelines.com/upr/Projects/ATCO-Gas-Lake-Bonavista-to-Sun-Valley-Gas-Line-Installation

ATCO Gas has been doing a great keeping the community informed and up-to-date with the work being done. The Calgary – Fish Creek constituency office will continue to share any information from ATCO Gas regarding this project. Thank you for your patience during the construction and if you wish to give feedback to ATCO Gas on this project, contact information for the senior engineer is available on their project page website.