Helene On The Issues





A sod-turning event was held on Sept 29th, 2006 to celebrate the beginning of construction of an affordable housing project in Vista Heights. Participating in the ceremony were representatives of Canada’s New Government, the Government of Alberta, and the City of Calgary.

The 41-unit affordable housing development in Vista Heights will provide new housing opportunities for lower-income Calgarians in the city’s northeast. The approximately $8.8 million Vista Grande Affordable Housing Development, located at 2222 Vermillion Street NE, will help working singles, couples, families, and persons with disabilities in Calgary access below-market housing, with money remaining to meet other basic quality-of-life needs. (Read More)

Deerfoot Trail is a major transportation artery that runs through Ward 3 and is used my thousands each day by Calgarian's. Helene is committed to making Deerfoot Trail safer by working alongside her colleagues on city council as well as with the provincial government to lobby for a safer Deerfoot (Read Notice of Motion). As Deerfoot Trail is a provincial highway, Helene personally requested the province to perform a safety review of the pathway so that Calgarian's views could be reflected. Helene was instrumental in pushing for the barrier along Deerfoot which has already saved many lives.

Driver says barrier saved his life
Monday, May 7, 2007
A Calgary man says the new post-and-cable barrier recently installed in the median
along the north end of Deerfoot Trail saved his life. And, he said, it probably saved the life of another driver he might have hit head-on if not for the safety fence. (Read More)

Province’s inaction ‘sickening’
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
A Calgary woman who lost her baby in a horrific crash on Deerfoot Trail in 2005 is appalled the province hasn’t acted on a promise to install barriers to prevent vehicles from crossing the median. (Read More)

Deadly stretch of Calgary highway to get safety barrier
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
A new safety barrier will be built next month along a deadly stretch of Calgary's Deerfoot Trail, the Alberta government has announced... (Read More)

Deerfoot fatality renews calls for barrier
Monday, December 18, 2006
A horrific head-on collision along Deerfoot Trail on Saturday — killing one man and leaving another clinging to life —might have been prevented had the province erected traffic barriers promised last year, said a city alderman. (Read More)

Deerfoot barrier pledge months late, critics say Installation to run north from 16th Ave
Thursday, December 1, 2005
A plan to install a new type of barrier along Deerfoot Trail north of 16th Avenue N. to prevent fatal collisions is being welcomed by the police and aldermen, but families of those killed along that
stretch of highway say a barrier should have been in place months ago. (Read More)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods By-Law
Alderman Helene Larocque works with Council Colleague to put forth a Notice of Motion to improve the safety of the transportation of dangerous goods within the City of Calgary. Alderman Helene Larocque reacted as a result of concerns raised by community residents about dangerous goods traveling through Ward 3 on major arteries such as Barlow Trail. By bringing forward a notice of motion at Council and being passed will ultimately improve safety on all Calgary roads (Read More).



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