Winter 2017 Newsletter 
Bulletin d'hiver de 2017

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Report from Your MLA

by David Coon

Legislative Update – Seniors to Have Legislative Champion

From time to time seniors have asked me why there is an advocate for children and youth, but not for seniors.  That is about to change.  The Legislative Assembly passed a bill before the Christmas break to expand the responsibilities of our Child and Youth Advocate, Norm Bossé, to include seniors.  

The Child, Youth and Seniors Advocate is an officer of the Legislature, as are  the Auditor General and  the Ombudsman.  They are accountable to the Legislative Assembly, not to a government department or to the Premier.  The Legislative Assembly is responsible for ensuring that recommendations made by these officers  are actually implemented.

What will this  mean for seniors?  They  will be able to call the office of the Seniors advocate to file a complaint about just about anything that concerns them.  A case file will be established,and the office will investigate and seek a solution for that senior.  It it’s something that requires a change in government policy, practice, or regulation, the Seniors Advocate will encourage the Legislative Assembly to bring it about.

The Child and Youth Advocate publishes a regular “State of the Child”  report, along with reports on specific issues concerning youth.  I expect to ultimately see similar work on behalf of seniors, although the mandate of the Seniors Advocate remains undefined. 

Much to my surprise, the government did not table a bill that spelled out the legislated mandate for this work.  Instead, their bill amended the legislation that created the Child and Youth Advocate by simply adding the word senior wherever it mentions children and youth.

Mr. Bossé is working hard to flesh out his mandate.  He has agreed to meet with my Seniors Round Table to hear their views on the mandate of his office.  I would like to see the Standing Committee on Social Policy hold hearings so MLAs can hear directly from seniors and seniors’ organizations.

I am a member of the Legislative Administration Committee which decides on the budgets for all the Legislative Officers that will be sent to the Legislative Assembly for debate and approval.  I worked hard to ensure the Child and Youth Advocate will have the necessary money to get the Office of the Seniors Advocate up and running, without compromising the ongoing work on behalf of children and youth.  

There will also be changes for two other legislative officers.  The Right to Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest Commissioner will be combined into a single Legislative Officer to be called the Integrity Commissioner.  This combined role will be the responsibility of Alexandre Deschênes.  Beginning this September, he  will also be given responsibility for administering the new Lobbyist Registry.  New Brunswick and PEI remain the only two provinces in Canada currently without lobbyist registries.

The Legislative Assembly resumed sitting January 31.  I am pleased to say that a calendar outlining our parliamentary schedule for the year will be published for the first time on the Legislative Assembly website


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In Our Community: Mental Health Crisis / Dans notre communauté: la crise en santé mentale
Only 1 in 5 children who need mental health services receive them.
Seulment 1 sur 5 jeunes en besoin de services de santé mentale les reçoit. Désolé, ce vidéo est disponible seulment en anglais.
Canadian Mental Health Services Are Chronically Underfunded - In our community

Getting a Disaster Registry in Place

Hi I’m Cassandra Tarfa, a St. Thomas University Social Work student. My colleagues and I completed a social action project at David Coon’s Constituency Office. The project aims to assess the overall safety and wellness of the citizens of Fredericton and to assess the feasibility of developing a registry for older adults. 
The idea for such a registry came out of recommendations from a symposium held by the Fredericton Age-Friendly Advisory Committee in 2014 and from David Coon’s community gatherings.


Hospice Fredericton Tour

On October 3, 2016, David Coon had the opportunity to tour the Hospice Fredericton, a community-based facility that provides a safe and peaceful residence for patients requiring end-of-life care. 

Open since April 2016, the facility is the first residential hospice in the capital region and the second in the province.The Hospice’s services work around the needs of patients and their families so all appointments and meals are scheduled accordingly.


Let's Talk Trash!

Many in Fredericton are unhappy with their access to recycling services. That is apparent from the frequency that constituents raise at community meetings in Fredericton South. 

If you live in an apartment, you have no recycling. If you live in a house, you cannot put out kitchen waste or glass for recycling. This leaves most people with no choice but to toss their banana peels, coffee grounds, and spaghetti sauce jars out with the trash.

Our Neighbours / Nos voisins
We live in a richly diverse community, but we sometimes don’t see the unique and beautiful individuals and families who live in Fredericton South. Many members of our community are overlooked, some are invisible, and sometimes they are Othered. In the coming months, I want to introduce you to some of our neighbours. They are us. You’ll find our Profiles series on our website. Photos courtesty of: Kelly Baker Photography

Nous avons une communauté riche et diverse, mais nous oublions de remarquer et d’apprécier les beaux individus et leurs magnifiques familles qui habitent ici, dans la région de Fredericton-sud. Plusieurs membre de notre communauté sont délaissés, certains invisible, certains sont stigmatisés en tant que « l’Autre ». Dans les mois à suivre, j’aimerais vous présenter à certains de nos voisins, voisines. Ils et elles, sont des nôtres. Vous retrouverez la série de Profiles sur le site web. Photos courtoisie de : Kelly Baker Photography

MLA David Coon and your city councillor are hosting a community gathering near you. 
Député David Coon et votre conseiller.ère municipal.e acceuillleront le public à un rassemblement communautaire près de chez vous. 

Jan. 28, 2pm-4pm, Odell Lodge with/avec John MacDermid
Feb. 11, 1-3pm, Chickadee Hall, Public Library with/avec Kate Rogers
March 4, 2pm-4pm, Unitarian Church, York St. with/avec Stephen Chase
Local para-nordic ski champion Louis Fortin, resident of Fredericton South, plans to head to the 2018 Paralympic Games in Korea. He is looking for support and sponsors. Click here  to learn more about Fortin's journey to the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Un skieur paranordique local Louis Fortin, résident de Fredericton Sud, planifie d’aller aux Jeux paralympiques d’hiver 2018 en Corée. Il cherche pour du support et des commanditaires. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus sur son aventure jusqu’aux Jeux paralympiques d’hiver 2018.
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