November 22nd saw the beginning of a new legislative session with Premier Stefanson unveiling her vision for the future of our province in a Speech from the Throne. Key initiatives included advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, addressing the nursing shortage and investing in skills training to accelerate post-pandemic economic recovery. This session marked a historical moment for our provincial government, as it was the first time we have ever had a female Premier, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House. I am honoured to be able to work alongside Premier Stefanson and my fellow PC Caucus as we embark on a new journey of progressing Manitoba together.
I would also like to highlight a recent announcement that the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) will conduct a public hearing and review of an Environment Act proposal submitted by CanWhite Sands Corp. for a silica sand extraction project in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The CEC’s terms of reference include direction to conduct a technical review of CanWhite’s proposal, which includes hydrogeology and geochemistry assessment reports, and provide advice and recommendations to the minister regarding potential environmental effects of the proposed installation, operation and decommissioning of silica sand extraction wells. Members of the public will be able to provide input on CanWhite’s proposal at a hearing in a location consistent with the affected community.
Christmas is right around the corner! Even though this year has been uncertain and difficult, we have been able to regain a lot of normalcy, and we should celebrate the joy and festivities of the holidays. With that being said, I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to continue following the public health orders. I wish everyone a safe and joyful Christmas and holiday season, and I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store!
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office.