Members of the Legislative Assembly reach out to Council meeing
Posted on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 02:52PM
Recent Tragic Events discussed at Council
At the October 10, 2017 Regular Meeting of Council, M.L.A. Mark Smith and M.L.A. Mike Ellis spoke with Council and members of the public who were present regarding the recent tragic event in the community that led to the loss of life of local business owner, Ki Yun Jo, resulting from a Gas and Dash incident on Friday October 6.
Earlier in the evening, Council had attended a phone conference with the Honourable Christina Gray, Minister of Labour. The Minister had reached out to Council to provide an update on the work they have undertaken over the earlier part of this year, with Gas Stations owners and corporations with regards to the risks for their employees and possible changes to legislation to help protect workers with prepayment legislation. The Minister expressed her sympathies to the Town and family of Ki Yun Jo and the impact that such an incident provokes.
Although not local to the area, Mr. Ellis spoke of his personal experiences and perspective regarding the events and the impact to the community; As a former police officer in the Calgary area, his focus was primarily on community policing, which included working with some of Calgary's most vulnerable citizens through the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness and specialized in judicial administration law and incident command, and also trained other officers in how to help victims of crime.
Both M.L.A. Smith and M.L.A. Ellis expressed their condolences and concerns for the community and both stated they were willing to help however they could and were needed. As the discussion evolved into a larger conversation around increase in crimes in rural communities, the large area our local RCMP officers have to cover which impacts response time and the lack of funding from higher levels of government for additional officers. One of the outcomes from the discussion was the suggestion that following an appropriate period of grieving and counselling for those who were directly affect the events witnessed on the Friday before Thanksgiving, that Council and members of the Legislature from all parties and other groups join in hosting an Open House for the community on the wider discussion of rural crime and its impacts.
Author: Town of Thorsby