Addressing Issues This Fall
Happy fall! Like so many of you, I’m a big fan of summer, and I’ve done my best to take advantage of the warm weather and the sunny days that we’ve had over the past few months. I was so happy to connect with many of you at community events this summer. I may be wearing more flannel as we move into fall, but you can still expect to see me out and about – and I’m looking forward to seeing you, too.
Anytime I’m in our Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhoods (which is a lot!), I’m proud to say that I’m most struck by the great work that I see you all doing together to take care of each other. Last year at this time, I’d written that I’d heard from so many of you that times were tough – for some, tougher than they’d ever been. We know that this trend has continued over the past year. Food, transportation, and housing costs are getting more expensive by the day, our overloaded healthcare system is straining to meet the needs of Albertans, and many of you are concerned about ensuring the health and safety of our neighbours.
My colleagues and I are headed back to the Legislature at the end of October, and I’m ready to keep fighting for our communities here in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood. You’re telling me that you want to see action on a number of issues: affordable housing, mental health, the drug poisoning crisis, accessible healthcare, a robust education system, and other vital ground-level supports. I couldn’t agree more. I’ll keep pushing for this action, and I’ll keep amplifying your voices at every opportunity.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to continuing to connect with you, and to celebrate all the ways in which our community comes together. Whether it’s on housing, healthcare, education, or any issues that are top of mind for you, I want to hear from you. Please reach out, and know that as always, I’m here.
Take good care of yourselves and each other.
Janis Irwin, MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood