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Safe Communities Task Force Sets Dates for Public Consultations

by NationTalk on April 17, 2007472 Views

April 16, 2007

Edmonton… Albertans who want to share their views with the government on how to reduce crime and make their communities safer now have several ways they can do just that.

The Alberta Crime Reduction and Safe Communities Task Force has finalized the dates for a series of public and stakeholder meetings in 14 Alberta communities in late April and May. Albertans are invited to attend these meetings and share their ideas on how to reduce crime, enhance community safety and improve public confidence in the justice system. Those who cannot attend a community meeting will still be able to participate in the consultation process by filling out and sending in a questionnaire.

“We all have opinions and ideas about how to make our communities better and safer,” said
Ron Stevens, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “This is an excellent opportunity to voice those ideas.”The results of the consultation process will be used to help develop an integrated provincial crime reduction strategy. The task force will begin hosting the community meetings on Monday, April 23 in Wainwright and conclude in Calgary on Thursday, May 24.

“Community participation is vital to the success of the task force,” said Heather Forsyth, chair of the task force and MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek. “We’re looking forward to hearing a wide range of opinions and ideas from as broad a cross-section of Albertans as possible.”

A discussion guide and questionnaire are available online at www.safecommunities.gov.ab.ca. As well, people will soon be able to pick up a copy of the package at MLA constituency offices, courthouses and public libraries. For more information or to request a copy of the consultation guide, call 310-4455 (toll free). The deadline for submissions is May 31.

The task force is a key action under Premier Ed Stelmach’s plan to provide safe and secure communities. Other priorities for the government are to govern with integrity and transparency, manage growth pressures, improve Albertans’ quality of life and build a stronger Alberta.

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~ BACKGROUNDER: Stakeholder consultation and public open house dates and locations

Media enquiries may be directed to:

Heather Forsyth
Task Force Chair
(780) 415-0058

Heather Massel
Alberta Justice Communications
(780) 427-8530

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