The first quarter of 2019 is in the books and my observations of City priorities are:
I am pleased to tell everyone that I was able to attend the ground breaking event Wednesday, October 24th for construction of the Sturgeon Medical Center located adjacent to the hospital. You may recall during my time on Council I championed this medical center to attract new physicians and related medical services to our community. I was instrumental in working with North West Healthcare Properties in locating in St. Albert and one of my platform priorities during the 2017 municipal election was to make this project a priority and work with North West to make this Medical Center a reality. While it has taken several years for this to happen, as no one on the previous Council undertook the initiative to maintain the focus, we will now look forward to the Center opening in 2020.
It has now been one year since this Council has been elected and timely to comment on some highlights for the past year.
The positives include:
The areas requiring continuous improvement are:
Now the election campaign is over, I would like to thank those voters who took the time to become informed about the candidates and then went out and cast their vote. I’d also like to congratulate the many candidates who were willing to step forward and let their name stand for the ideas and values they believed in.
Obviously, I and my campaign team were disappointed with the outcome; however we do live in a democratic society that respects the wishes of the majority.
I especially want to express my gratitude to those who encouraged and supported me throughout the campaign and voted for me. I would especially like to recognize my dedicated and committed team of volunteers who worked so hard walking the streets delivering brochures, door knocking, installing signs, phoning and delivering our platform message; “Thank You”.
It has been a pleasure to have worked with so many over the past several years as an elected representative and a volunteer in many organizations and now that this election is past, it is time for us to look ahead to a positive future together.
My best wishes to you all.
The meet and greet trade show included all candidates running for office and an estimated 200 - 300 folks attended the 2.5 hour event. The topics included questions related to the past council dysfunction, tax increase, youth concerns on housing affordability, traffic congestion, qualifications of candidates, DARP, services, library / pool / ice rink ballot questions and the forums. Malcolm's positions on the topics of building a cooperative council team, business cases for capital projects, and his qualifications were very well received.
The Mayors forum on Wednesday, October 11th was well attended with a full house at the Arden Theatre to listen to the Mayoral candidates present their platforms and answer several questions concerning traffic issues, economic development, taxes, affordable housing, city inspection recommendations, regional relationships, transit, capital projects and municipal planning commission. The forum can be accessed on the www.stalbertchamber.com website.
When Malcolm was on Council he championed the need for a medical services center to address the physician shortage and to provide related health care services. The past council didn't pursue this project, however over the past four years Malcolm continued his involvement and is pleased to announce there will be an official announcement pertaining to the launch of the Medical Center. Again, evidence he is "results driven" and as Mayor will get things done.
Malcolm is holding a BBQ with hot dogs and pop! Come join us at the corner of St. Albert Trail and Sturgeon Road by the Log Cabin [map]