June 22nd, 2018
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County

MLA Leela Sharon Aheer

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Leela Sharon Aheer was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Her father is a noted chemical engineer and her mother is a musician. She moved to an acreage in Chestermere at age 8 and attended Conrich School and Chestermere High School. She has called Chestermere home for 40 years. Leela has a degree in Music from the Universityof Manitoba, can sing in 8 languages and speaks 4. She has been married for 23 years to her husband Malkeet and has two grown sons. Leela and her husband own a car wash in Chestermere and prior to her election she ran an award-winning music studio and performed as part of the nationally released vocal trio “Minerva”.She has demonstrated her commitment to local, accessible health care by helpingto build the Chestermere Health Centre. Awarded “2013 Volunteer Of The Year” in Chestermere, she knows that volunteerism is the backbone of a strong andcaring community. Leela is a strong advocate for special needs children, and believes that these very able people have much to offer us. Leela is a fiscal conservative who believes in limited government, personal freedom, and that civil society has a duty to protect its most vulnerable.

 

Leela was first elected under the Wildrose banner in May of 2015 in Chestermere – Rocky View and served in Opposition as Shadow Minister of Energy, Education, and Status Of Women. With the advent of the United Conservative Party (UCP)Leela is the Deputy Leader of the UCP Official Opposition in the Alberta Legislature and is the Shadow Minister of Childrens’ Services and Status Of Women. Leela is a passionate advocate for more women in politics at all levels.Leela will continue to represent Chestermere – Rocky View until the next electionis called. When the writ is dropped, Chestermere – Rocky View will cease to exist. Leela has filed as a candidate for the UCP nomination in the new riding of Chestermere – Strathmore. The Springbank area will be part of the new riding of Banff – Kananaskis.

 

Legislature Offices

Legislature Office

5th Floor

9820 - 107 Street

Edmonton, AB

Canada T5K 1E7

Phone: 780.422.0315

Fax: 780.638.3506 

 

Constituency Offices

Constituency Office

215-175 Chestermere Station Way

Chestermere, AB

Canada T1X 0G1

Phone: 403.207.9889

Toll-Free: 1.866.843.4314

Fax: 403.216.2225

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MLA UPDATE

LEELA SHARON AHEER, MLA Chestermere-Rocky View This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 403-207- 9889

Constituency Office: 215, 175 Chestermere Station Way, Chestermere T1X 0G1
Walk-In: Tuesday - Wednesday: 10am - 4pm • Friday: 9am - 12pm
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Hello Springbank Readers! You are probably familiar with Russell The Bear. He is a young black bear in the Springbank area that suffered an injury to his leg. Many people have contacted us about Russell. The Cochrane Ecological Institute (“CEI”), a very well-respected organization that has been rehabilitating wildlife for about 50 years offered to rehabilitate Russell but was turned down by Alberta Environment as their policy is to leave injured large wildlife such as bears alone for fears they may become habituated to humans and ultimately become a danger to the public. We have spoken to people on both sides of this issue, it is not a simple one, and I am by no means an expert. Organizations such as CEI are issued permits to rehabilitate injured wild animals. These permits have “Schedule A” attached to them. Basically, Schedule A forbids the rehabilitation of many large animals. Russell has not been seen for a while and we are all hoping that he is now hibernating and will make a full recovery. He has however served as a proxy for a robust discussion about the whole issue of wildlife rehabilitation in Alberta. Currently, Alberta Environment policy as set out in Schedule A is to euthanize orphaned young bears, cougars, elk, and other large wildlife. I have been looking into this and there is a good deal of published research that indicates that rehabilitation conducted by experts such as CEI can care for these orphaned young and successfully return them to their natural habitat without any danger to the public. This is an obvious win-win situation. We recently attended a panel in Redwood Meadows at the invitation of Lisa Dahlseide, a biologist who is passionate about preserving our wild animals. There was research presented from places like Idaho that documents successful rehabilitation and reintroduction. I must state for the record that it is imperative that people do not try to capture large wild animals. We heard reports that some well-intentioned animal lovers tried to put a collar and a leash on Russell to capture him. This is very dangerous and these interventions must be conducted by experts. There are several species where euthanization of orphaned young is the rule, including bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars and mule deer. Privately funded organizations like CEI are willing to take on rehabilitation but cannot do so at present as they would lose their permits and thus the many other species they care for would suffer. Is this right? I don’t think so.

 

As you read this we will have met with Lisa Dahlseide and will be looking to advocate for policy changes that protect and preserve our magnificent wildlife AND the public. Let’s make Alberta’s policy the “gold standard”! Please share your thoughts with my office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We love to hear from you.

 

Blake Richards, MP

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First elected in 2008, Blake Richards was re-elected for a third time in the new ridingFirst elected in 2008, Blake Richards was re-elected for a third time in the new ridingof Banff-Airdrie on October 19, 2015.Blake serves as the Official Opposition Shadow Minister Democratic Institutionsand for Tourism.While serving on the government side of the House of Commons, Blake chaired twostanding policy committees and was Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus. Healso frequently represented the government in regional and national media.Always focused on the needs of his constituents, Blake has three times been namedCanada’s Best Constituency MP as well as Hardest Working MP, and in 2015received a Canadian Tourism Award for his work in Parliament on behalf of thetourism industry.

 

Constituency Contact Information

Airdrie Constituency Office

Address:

16-620 1st Avenue NW

Airdrie, Alberta

T4B 2R3

Phone Number: 403-948- 5103 or Toll Free at 1-800- 667-0410

Fax Number: 403-948- 0879

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Parliament Hill Office

Contact Information

Address:

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6

Phone Number: 613-996- 5152

Fax Number: 613-947- 4601
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Community Office Hours

The first Thursday of every month at the following locations:

–      Canmore, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Civic Centre, located at 902-7 th Avenue

–      Banff, 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Rundlestone Lodge, located at 537 Banff Avenue

–      Cochrane, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cochrane Dodge, located at 6 River Heights Drive

 

Rocky View Councillors

Division 1: Mark Kamachi

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Southwest Rocky View County, Bragg Creek
403-861- 7806
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Boards & Committees

  • Agriculture Service Board
  • Bow River Basin Water Council
  • Elbow River Watershed Partnership
  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View West Recreation District

Division 2: Kim McKylor

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Springbank
403-462- 9207
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Boards & Committees

  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View School District/Rocky View County Joint Working Committee
  • Springbank Park for All Seasons Agricultural Society

Division 2 Update

 

April 2018 Resident Update

 

April showers bring May flowers! I’m not exactly sure this saying will apply in Springbank, especially the flower part – but I’m sure happy to see the melt of the snow and some green grass in my yard. It may be a few more weeks before we can plant some flowers – in the meantime I’ll put out the yard furniture and enjoy some sunny warm days.


I had a few calls regarding flooding, if this is a concern for you, please call the County at 403-520-6378, or open up a ticket (if non-urgent) on our website at www.rockyview.ca – under contact us.


Volunteers needed (and appreciated): this is a continued update from last month – the Springbank Park for All Seasons is recruiting for board members. Elections in the fall. Please consider joining. The park has some ambitious plans over the next couple of years and all types of expertise will be required. Please contact Lisa Skelton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

May is Census month – once you have received your unique code in the mail, complete your census at https://www.rockyview.ca/Government/Census.aspx. In person census takers will start after May 18th, but on-line is the most cost effective for the County.


Spring has also sprung at the High School – I’ve been receiving reports of kids heading off school property at lunch to “socialize” in vehicles on some of the quieter roads. If you see a car parked, give a little county honk and wave, I’m sure the occupants would appreciate the hospitality! As well, if you have a greater concern with any activity in a car – collect the license number and provide to the high school (they know which students bring which cars) or if you believe there is a danger, please contact the RCMP Detachment at 403-932-2211.


Look for an upcoming meeting for the new Springbank ASP. Likely this will happen closer to the first week in June. The planners and staff of RVC will display several options for a new ASP plans via maps and literature. It will another opportunity for you to view and provide feedback into the process. Having a new ASP is important as our previous ASP’s (3 of them) are all quite dated. Once I have the date I’ll send out an announcement and post on my facebook page. RVC will also mail out notifications.


Council Activity


No Division 2 items in April. Highlights: Council sent back the Aggregate Resource Plan (ARP) to Administration for more work, expect this to come back in front of Council in a few months.


Complete agenda/minutes and audio can be found at: https://www.rockyview.ca/Government/Council/CouncilMinutesArchives.aspx


Development Permits Approved (Div 2)


Accessory dwelling (suite in a house): 54 Brome Bend
Addition on Religious Assembly: RR 33 & Twp. Rd 245
2 Free Standing Signs: 32105 Twp. Rd 250

 

Renewal of Home Based Business: 250056 RR 32
https://www.rockyview.ca/BuildingPlanning/DevelopmentPermits/ApprovedDevelopmentPermits.aspxpx

Community Days:

Come have a coffee and chat at my next community coffee night:

 

Next event:
Springbank Links – May 23rd – 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

 

Springbank Community Association (guest submission)


The Community Association is currently exploring different programming options for the Springbank area. We are looking for volunteers with a passion for community involvement to help us get some programs off the ground.

  • For Kids: After-school robotics? Chess or debate clubs? Family movie night?
  • For Teens: Homework help? Programs to managing stress & anxiety?
  • For Adults: Speakers Series on acreage management, helping ageing parents, parenting teens?


If you would like to help out or have ideas that you feel would benefit the community, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Rural Crime Watch (guest submission)


An April 2018 incident. After an evening meeting in Springbank, folks return to their vehicles. Still chatting about the good time together. Whoops! What happened? A truck has been ransacked and items taken. Cars nearby had no entry. The difference is the truck was not locked and had items visible through the windows, and even more easily with a flashlight. The cars were locked and no valuable items visible.


Thieves circulate among groups of vehicles in parking lots. Looking for things that are valuable, easy to carry and sell. Taking advantage of not being recognized as an outsider. Slowly walking by, looking inside and fingering doors to find one unlocked. Easy targets. This could be at a school, arena, church, event or business. Messages – do not leave any valuable items in vehicles in sight. Lock the doors. Remind your family and friends and neighbours. And remind participants in gatherings to do the same. This will reduce the ease with which thieves continue to steal.


If you see an intruder and have your vehicle remote, consider pressing the panic button. Certainly will alert others and probably scare the intruder. Works at events and in your home too. Simpler and easier to engage than a portable air horn or installed alarm.


Another valuable antitheft protection is to know you neighbours well and help each other by alerting each other of any suspicious activity. My close neighbours with my cell number are part of my protection. I am glad to return the favour.

 

It is sad to accept that these precautions are needed. Those with the experience of a theft will verify the inconvenience of a precaution is a great trade-off for a loss of property.


If you and your neighbours need more information on crime prevention, please inquire. What seems to work well is a meeting among neighbours with a crime prevention focus.


With the increasing variety and frequency of property crimes, we need to do what we can do on our own and with neighbours. Rural Crime Watch is vital resource of volunteers to make this happen. If you have some time and skills to offer, please consider acting as a Springbank RCW volunteer. This could be such things as working with neighbours to create a mutual support group, presenting to existing groups and writing for groups to which you belong. Springbank is a large and diverse area with 4000 plus in population.


There is also a need for people on the RCW board. Activity can be tailored to a volunteer's time and skills. For more info please contact me below.


Jim Willson
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Director Springbank,
Rural Crime Watch


Upcoming events:


Rocky View County Events: (403-230-1401 for details)
Register for any (all) at
https://www.rockyview.ca/Agriculture/AgriculturalEvents/EventRegistration.aspx


Mosquito Monitoring: Wednesday, May 9th 6:00pm
Location: Bearspaw Area


Farm Energy Management: Thursday, May 10th 6:00pm
Location: Beiseker Community Hall


Weeds & Pests: Wednesday, May 23rd 6:00pm
Airdrie Ag Centre


Riparian Management: Thursday, May 31st 8:30am
Crossfield Municipal Library


Other Events:


Spring Fling Craft Fair: Saturday, May 5th 9:00am to 4pm
Location: Springbank Heritage Club, 244168 Range Rd 33


Strawberry Tea: Saturday, May 12th 2pm to 4pm
Location: Springbank Heritage Club, 244168 Range Rd 33

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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Elbow Valley, Springbank
403-463- 1166
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Boards & Committees

  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View West Recreation District
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board / Enforcement Appeal Committee

 Division 3 Update

Council continues to work effectively and respectfully and I feel that we are accomplishing a lot,Council continues to work effectively and respectfully and I feel that we are accomplishing a lot, with some exciting initiatives underway.

 

We have recently approved the final 2018 budget. On the horizon are tax rate decisions that go hand-in- hand with this fiscal management component of council’s responsibilities. Tax rate decisions are necessary to achieve a balanced budget and rely on the property, equipment, andlinear assets assessment work completed each spring by Rock View County’s assessment department.

 

Council has finalized the business of removing our Chief Administration Officer, Kevin Greig. His termination is effective May 6, 2018. Kent Robinson continues as Interim CAO, as he has been since early January. Our executive search began March 27th, and Council will take the necessary time to ensure we find the best candidate to lead administration in fulfilling our vision for Rocky View County.

 

Work has begun on a new Strategic Plan for the County. Owned by Council, it describes thehigh level vision, mission, and outcomes that we would like to see for Rocky View. Late Aprilsees targeted focus group sessions comprised of various stakeholders: residents, developers,and professionals that work closely with/in the county. I recommended 3 residents from differentareas of Division 3 who would bring diverse views for the future of the county, in a fiscallyresponsible manner. I also knew they could work respectfully with others, despite havingdifferent viewpoints. The 2019-2022 strategic plan will guide Council on its policy making, by the setting out what we want to achieve, what that looks like, and how we can measure it. Done properly, it should leave the “action items” to shorter-term tactical planning exercises that feed into the annual budgeting process.

 

Division 3 land use continues to be be relatively quiet. Currently on the books is a subdivision application north of Lower Springbank Road and west of Range Rd 25. I did mis-speak in mylast column, only the currently advertised and “Recently Approved Development Permits” (not development applications) are listed on the Building and Planning tab of the website. Administration is currently working to provide access to land use Re-designation and Subdivsion applications that are active. Stay tuned.

 

The Rocky View West Recreation Master Plan is moving forward again after a brief pause for some adjustments and tuning of the consultant. I am really looking forward to this plan, as wellas the closely related Active Transportation Master Plan for trails and pathways in the southern areas of the County. The RVW Recreation board met at the end of March to hear applicationsfor funding from various community groups. The board’s final recommendations for funding will go to Council for approval at our April 10 meeting.

 

Please contact me with any concerns or feedback that you would like me to represent to thecounty staff or my fellow council members - DIR 403.520.1290, CELL 403.463.1166,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.