Films, head offices should be pursued

Films, head offices should be pursued

Sandra Kim says other communities lead, Wetaskiwin not following

City by-election coverage

Submitted by Sandra Kim

My name is Sandra Kim and I am asking for your vote for Wetaskiwin City Council on September 11, 2019.

After living in Wetaskiwin for 40 years I, like other have seen a great many changes. Unfortunately, over the past few years, there has been a misdirection of ideas, and as a result, we see an exodus from our City. There is no reason for our youth to stay in the communities they grew up in because of the lack of opportunities, high crime and taxation.

Growth happens is steps. Industrial and Commercial first and second. Think Manufacturing and Offices. Then residential and retail to follow. We have good manufacturing, but lack on the Offices, Residential and Retail growth. I would like us to actively pursue bringing in Head Offices from Edmonton and Calgary, since we are closer to the airport than either downtown center and offer more affordable spaces. We can then begin to use the spaces we have sitting vacant, and positions from Janitorial, to I.T and Administration are able to be employed locally.

Attracting the thriving Film Industry that is taking place here across Alberta is another fantastic way to utilize what we have and make the most of it. Alberta has created incentives that communities can benefit from to increase our opportunities. From Stranger Things, to The Walking Dead and the recent Ghostbusters movie, Wetaskiwin could easily be a contender.

It is well understood that a good local economy leads to lower domestic violence and property crime, and that a poor economy leads to higher crime rates. The simple action of chasing down Head Offices and the Film Industry production, brings in more local employment, reduces the crime, decreases taxation, increases the perception and attraction of our City. I have not received any reasons why these two industries could not be possible.

With Alberta expected to grow by two million over the next 20 years, communities are all competing for the same resources. If we do not start to change our focus to what we really need, and not on bags, idling, and where you place your garages sale sign, we will miss the boat, again.

We need ideas and policies that are effective, not just feel good pats on the back. Those are the ideas, innovations and industry I want to advocate for.

Please visit www.sandrakim.ca for more information and contact me at vote@sandrakim.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
Three new COVID-19 deaths in Central zone, Alberta under 10,000 active cases

The Central zone sits at 849 active cases, with 52 people in hospital and 10 in the ICU.

Black Press File Photo
Maskwacis RCMP lay charges for attempted murder, kidnapping, and flight from police

Female victim remains in hospital in serious condition.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 16 additional deaths Thursday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
No easing of Alberta’s COVID-19 measures Thursday, 678 new COVID-19 cases

The province also hit 1,500 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic

File photo
Leduc RCMP lay charges in theft of catalytic converters

Two males arresed and charged with theft of several catalytic converters.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton, Friday, March 20, 2020. Hinshaw says residents in long-term care and supportive living facilities will remain the priority as the province grapples with a looming slowdown in COVID-19 vaccine supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta long-term care residents remain priority in looming slowdown of COVID vaccine

There are 119 patients in intensive care and 1,463 people have died

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
‘Gut punch’: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney blasts Biden on revoked Keystone XL permit

Kenney said he was upset the U.S. wouldn’t consult with Canada first before acting

Joe Biden, then the U.S. vice-president, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take their seats at the start of the First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders meeting in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau, Biden to talk today as death of Keystone XL reverberates in Canada

President Joe Biden opposed the Keystone XL expansion as vice-president under Barack Obama

Prince Edward Island’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an “almost non-existent” cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Almost non-existent’ cold and cough season: P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers

The apparent drop in winter colds across the country seems to have weakened demand for medicine and natural remedies

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet will operate the first commercial Boeing 737 Max flight in Canada today since the aircraft was grounded in 2019 following two deadly crashes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Passengers unfazed as WestJet returns Boeing 737 Max to service on Calgary flight

After a lengthy review process, Transport Canada cleared the plane to return to Canadian airspace

(Photo submitted)
Community Futures brings back Social Media Challenge for 2021

This time the challenge is for non-profits and community groups

Lucas Berg, left, with the backpacks filled with essential items he donated to the Red Deer Mustard Seed Jan. 19, 2021. (Photo submitted)
Central Alberta teenager donates filled 20 backpacks to Red Deer Mustard Seed

Lucas Berg, 14, of Ponoka County says he ‘just wants to help people’

A conveyor belt transports coal at the Westmoreland Coal Co.’s Sheerness mine near Hanna, Alta., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Coal mining impacts are already occurring in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains even as debate intensifies over the industry’s presence in one of the province’s most beloved landscapes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
As Alberta debates coal mining, industry already affecting once-protected Rockies

UCP revoked a policy that had protected eastern slopes of the Rockies from open-pit coal mining since 1976

Most Read