Update from Bruce Hinkley, MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose

Written by Bruce Hinkley, MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose. First published in Camrose Canadian on June 23, 2016.

Constituent recognition

Our government would like to recognize several constituents for their public service.

For his dedicated and valued service, Dave Gursky of Millet was recognized for his membership with the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped and Income and Employment Supports Appeal panels. For her significant contributions, Cassie McCaffrey was recognized for her involvement with three panels - Child Care Licensing: Child, Youth and Family Enhancement and Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Both Darlene Cole of Wetaskiwin and Lois Ertman from Millet have been nominated to receive Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. Congratulations, everyone, for your worthy recognitions!

Grants

Here are some of the many grants our government has awarded to communities for making life better for our constituents.

Partnering with the federal government‘s Gas Tax Fund, $190,016 has been designated for 48th St. water main replacement in Camrose.

Also from the GTF, $680,676 will be used for the SE industrial park road and underground services in Wetaskiwin. Both of these projects came from Minister of Municipal Affairs Larivee’s department.

Also, from Minister Larivee and the federal government will be funding for the Alder Flats wastewater expansion project for 2016. This particular fund is called the Small Communities Fund (SCF) and will be administered by the County of Wetaskiwin.

The County of Ponoka will also receive $1,189,622 for the Meniak Road project.

From the Minister of Indigenous Relations Richard Feehan and the First Nations Development Fund - which helps provide First Nations communities with the resources required to support economic, social and community development projects - $330,000 will be used for Cree language programs, $260,000 will be used for summer Pow Wows and $8,986 will be for the community garden.

Advanced Education Minister Marlan Schmidt will be supporting Maskwacis Cultural College from the First Nations College Grant with $640,000 for literacy programming and adult learning classes.

Good news from Brian Mason‘s Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry is that the County of Wetaskiwin will receive a grant of 92 per cent of the estimated eligible project costs ($604,757) for the Pigeon Lake Regional - Phase I Cost Revision, and 90 per cent of the estimated eligible projects costs ($694,110) for the Pigeon Lake Regional Wastewater System - Phase 2 project.

And further good news - the Economic Counsel of Canada says the recovery in Alberta and Canada is beginning….

Contact our Wetaskiwin office at780-352-0241, Camrose at 780-672-0000 or e-mail to Wetaskiwin-camrose@assembly.ab.ca.