May 25, 2020

Neighbours helping neighbours

Community groups continue to do the good works that makes Edmonton the great place that it is.

Folks are volunteering to better serve our community and help people in need.

If you’re able, I’d recommend reaching out to a community group.

Together, we’ll make a real difference.

I recently helped out at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre where we picked up trash with other volunteers.

It was great to see everyone come together — while physically apart — to clean up our streets.

 

If you need assistance there’s also help for you.

See below for a list of great community groups that may be able to help you or someone in need.

Crystal Kids Youth Centre:

They have a daily food pick-up program for families in need.

They’re also hosting daily virtual mentoring, life skills and literacy sessions.

Phone: (780) 479-5746 ext. 224

E-mail at crystalkids@crystalkids.org

Drive Happiness:

They deliver food and medication to seniors in need.

Phone: (780) 424-5438

E-mail: info@drivehappiness.ca

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association:

They’re volunteering to help people get groceries, medication and do other errands.

Phone: (855) 435-7811

E-mail: help@amya.ca

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls:

This is a phone line where seniors can call and interact with others from the comfort of their own home.

Phone: (780) 395-2626

If you’re in need please contact one of these great community organizations. 

As always if you need federal assistance please reach out to me, I’m here to help you.  

Phone: (780) 495-3261

E-mail: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

Rex Murphy calls for return of Parliament

It’s a Cottage Life government in a Brady Bunch Parliament.

It is something of a curiously unasked question why the prime minister has continued his near-total self-isolation for over two months now, and exercises his function as leader from the bottom step of his residence. I have no problem believing there are serious reasons behind it. We are in a pandemic. One prime minister, Boris Johnson, was actually hit by the COVID-19 virus, and set Britain somewhat a-tremble for a couple of weeks. In Trudeau’s case it could and likely is his idea that setting an example, being a “role model” as he put it several weeks back, is behind his own practice of making his announcements from the cottage and largely eschewing travel anywhere else.

Yet the combination of a leader mostly removed from the country, and a Parliament that steps away from its supreme function during the greatest crisis in 50 years, strikes me at least as unnerving. The isolation of the leader, and the removal of parliamentary debate and scrutiny, simultaneously leave a great void in the flow of necessary information — we used to call it accountability — during a most anxious time, with previously unthinkable expenditures being made every day on the fly with little or no detail about the amounts being sent out and the various groups to receive them.

We know so little of what is being decided, the protocols under which massive expenditures are being decided on, why X group receives money and Y group does not, why $9 billion for students and $2.5 billion for seniors. There should be questions and answers for every amount.

(Read the full column by Rex Murphy, National Post here)

Latest news on COVID-19 

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.

 

 

 

Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

Remember: the way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

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