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Posted: April 26, 2021

MLA champions frontline workers and small businesses

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka today addressed the Legislature to champion frontline workers and draw attention to the shining example shown by many who quietly work behind the scenes.

“Certainly, frontline workers first come to mind when we think of the true champions of this pandemic,” said Shypitka.

“Frontline heroes in my region include Cranbrook RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Barry Graham and all the RCMP members across Kootenay East; Kootenay East firefighters, like the members of locals 1253 Cranbrook headed by Fire Chief Scott Driver and his team, including dispatcher Mary-Ann Dragovan; and also the great 2827 station from Fernie and members with Sparwood, Elkford, and Jaffray fire rescue services and the other many volunteer firefighters in Elko, Baynes Lake, Hosmer and Moyie,” Shypika stated to fellow legislators via ZOOM..

Shypitka also identified the struggle of many small business owners trying to cope with restrictions related to the pandemic including those in the restaurant industry, guide outfitters and all those in the tourism sector.

Please watch his full address to the legislature.


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