October 10, 2017

Dave Rodney November Newsletter

Dave Rodney
MLA Calgary-Lougheed
United Conservative Party Deputy Caucus Chair

* Serving the Communities of Woodbine, Woodlands, Evergreen, & BridlewoodAdvocate for Education, Advanced Education, Indigenous Relations, & Wellness

403.238.1212, calgary.lougheed@assembly.ab.ca, 311A-2525 Woodview Dr SW

 

Remembrance Day Photo

On Remembrance Day (& every day!) please join me in honouring our women & men in uniform—our past, past, & future veterans—for putting their lives on the line…so we may live in peace & freedom!

Meeting Photo

I am thankful for the warm welcomes & inspiring meetings recently with Woodlands School, the Southwest Calgary Resource Ctr, & hundreds of old & new friends & volunteers at our Annual MLA Picnic in the Park (it was a beautiful day, & a great success)!

AB Students & the Opioid Crisis:

People across the province tell me that it is crucial for age appropriate information be taught about the opioid overdose crisis in the AB curriculum. A recent story from BC examined what resources are available within schools to teach students about their crisis; but there was no information on AB—which underlined the need for a comprehensive strategy to teach students the dangers of opioids—at age appropriate levels. As United Conservative Advocate for Education, Post-Secondary Education, Indigenous Relations, & Wellness, I fully support immediately investigating the implementation of curriculum on the drug crisis. My colleagues & I believe our school system must be a safe space for students to learn about the dangers of the opioid crisis that AB continues to grapple with. If providing information within the school setting on the dangers of fentanyl can save even one life, it’s worth it. Our caucus proposes that the Gov’t collaborate with health, education, & law enforcement professionals–along with other provinces–to develop modules on the opioid epidemic…while ensuring harm-reduction, prevention, & awareness initiatives are taught.  The more information students are equipped with, the more likely they are to understand the lethal nature of fentanyl and other opioids.  It’s a life & death issue.

 

Connections with Alberta Families:

Constituents continue to tell me that as AB families went back to school this fall, the disconnect between Gov’t policies & the harmful effect on students & parents is becoming more & more apparent.  Worried parents have been left grappling with the consequences of Bill 1—with families bracing for far-away bus stops, terrible commutes, & uncertainty around programs of choice.  Many students are dealing with the consequences of Gov’t policy—with some travelling on half a dozen different busses a day—just to get to & from school. When Bill 1 was introduced in the Legislature this spring, I warned Gov’t about the impact it would have on families every day. Coupled with the extra carbon tax costs, many families are in very difficult situations.  Our caucus continues to hear loud & clear from AB families who say they are worse off under these policies; & that if the Gov’t was listening, they would stop introducing policies that are hurting students & their families.

 

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