April 21st, 2021
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County

Miranda Rosin - MLA

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Constituency Office
206, 1080 Railway Avenue
Canmore, AB T1W 1P4
Phone: 403.609.4509
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Legislature Office
503C Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Phone: 780.643.1027
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"Miranda Rosin is the United Conservative MLA for the provincial constituency of Banff-Kananaskis, representing approximately 48,000 people.  Miranda sits on the Legislative Committees of Public Accounts and Resource Stewardship.  Miranda was also appointed to the province’s Fair Deal Panel by Premier Jason Kenney.  Prior to politics, Miranda worked in marketing and market development.  Miranda holds her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with majors in marketing and international business from the University of Regina in conjunction with the Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce. “

 

MLA UPDATE – MIRANDA ROSIN – BANFF/KANANASKIS – APR 2021


On February 25, Our Government Tabled Budget 2021


One short year ago, we were on track to achieve a balanced budget significantly ahead of schedule. Yet after witnessing oil prices plummet to negative values and the economic impact of COVID-19, circumstances have changed and governments all over the world have been forced to adapt. Over the past twelve months our government took action to protect the health and financial security of everyone living in our province. Budget 2021, centered around the theme of “Protecting Lives and Livelihoods”, reflects just that.


Budget 2021 makes a historic investment in healthcare, funding it at its highest level in history. This includes a $900 million overall increase, $1.3 billion in new contingency funding specifically for COVID-19, $97 million to clear surgical backlogs caused by the pandemic, $143 million over three years for new health care facilities, $200 million to boost continuing care, and $140 million for mental health supports. Of course we recognize that additional funding is not the only way to reform and improve healthcare, which is why these funding announcements are complemented by the measures our government has already taken to reduce surgical wait times by contracting some surgeries to chartered surgical facilities, and our decision to privatize hospital laundry and janitorial services so that all existing healthcare dollars can be directed into actual frontline healthcare delivery.


In addition to new funding to protect the lives of Albertans as we emerge from COVID-19, Budget 2021 also makes investments to strengthen and diversify our economy and protect the livelihoods of Albertans. Budget 2021 includes new financial supports for working parents, $3.1 billion in economic recovery programs, a $22 million increase to support tourism and destination management, and the continued advancement of the largest infrastructure stimulus spend in Alberta’s history – $20.7 billion to create 90,000 jobs and ensure our province is prepared for the economic growth ahead.


While Budget 2021 makes strategic investments to grow our economy and protect the health of Albertans, it simultaneously recognizes the dire need to return to fiscal balance as promptly as possible. That is why Budget 2021 also seeks to find labour efficiencies across multiple ministries, keeps debt-to-GDP below 30 percent, reduces spending to municipalities by a whopping 25 percent, and most notably, rolls back public sector compensation.


Our government understands that the best way to pursue a balanced budget is to grow our economy, and that’s what the strategic investments in Budget 2021 will do. If West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices can sustain themselves at $55/barrel over the course of this year, the projected deficit in Budget 2021 forecasted on a WTI price of only $46/ barrel will reduce itself by $3 billion. If oil prices continue to rise from there and our economy continues to grow, Albertans can be confident that our province will be on track to fiscal balance once again in no time.


The Bank of Montreal, the Conference Board of Canada, and the National Bank of Canada are collectively projecting that Alberta will lead the country in both GDP and employment growth this year. With the WTI already rising more than $20 higher than the $46 price our budget is predicated upon, a suite of major private sector investments in our province spanning every industry from robotics to geothermal to film production, and the most competitive tax rates in North America, we can be confident that Alberta will remain the economic engine of Canada as we embark into this new year.


The future is bright for Alberta, and our government will continue to unapologetically support our province’s economic growth and recovery as we put COVID-19 in the past. Budget 2021, “Protecting Lives and Livelihoods”, is the first step in a new and better direction.


By Miranda Rosin, MLA

 

 

John Barlow - MP

 

JOHN BARLOW – MP FOOTHILLS – APR 2021


No family should ever feel unsafe in their home, but rural crime remains a critical issue across Alberta and certainly in Foothills.


My Conservative colleagues and I have brought forward several initiatives on rural crime including a study at the Public Safety Committee, established a Rural Crime Task Force and locally I partnered with MLAs, municipal councils, First Nation communities, RCMP and rural crime watch groups to share ideas. However, our efforts are being stymied by nonsensical legislative changes by the Liberal government.


This has never been more evident than with the recent tabling of Bills C-21 and C-22. The first bill is an infringement on the rights of law-abiding firearms owners, while C-22 actually reduces sentencing on violent gun crime.


In contrast, Conservatives tabled alternative legislation (C-238) to target actual gun crime and smuggling to strengthen the criminal code. Liberals voted against that bill, showing they are not serious about stopping dangerous criminals from accessing illegal firearms.


How does this make any sense? Why are the Liberals ignoring the data and experts when it comes to addressing rural crime, gangs and gun crime?


The Liberals are misleading Canadians when they claim Bill C-21 will curb gun crime because we know that is simply not true. This will not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and gangs. The fact is most firearms used in criminal activities are illegal firearms smuggled into Canada from the United States. In fact, C-21 also bans Airsoft guns which will be devastating to this industry including Foothills paintball parks like Millarville and Bragg Creek.


No matter how draconian the Liberal government gets with domestic firearms regulations, no matter how much they trample on the freedoms of law-abiding Canadians, the reality is criminals do not obtain their firearms legally, and they will never follow firearms laws.


Instead of targeting law-abiding Canadians and firearms retailers, the government should be investing in anti-gang and gun units and the CBSA to provide law enforcement with the resources they need to stop illegal smuggling operations and get dangerous criminals and gangs off our streets.
However, the Liberals have gone backwards by introducing Bill C-22.


C-22 eliminates a number of mandatory minimums relating to gun crimes including: robbery with a firearm; weapons trafficking; unauthorized importing or exporting; discharging a firearm with intent; using a firearm in commission of offences; and possession of weapon obtained by commission of offence. A majority of the above mandatory minimums were introduced under previous Liberal governments, contrary to the narrative from the Liberals they are undoing Conservative legislation.


To be clear, the Liberals are eliminating mandatory prison time for criminals who commit robbery with a firearm, weapons trafficking, and drive-by shootings. They’re doing this because they feel these laws are unfair. They are standing up for criminals instead of defending our rural communities.


Please know, we are doing everything we can to oppose both Bills including organizing petitions to ensure the Liberals understand the issue. The first petition, led by Conservative MP Glen Motz from Medicine Hat, was tabled with 175,000 signatures and Calgary MP Michelle Rempel-Garner sponsored another petition which garnered more than 230,000 signatures – a record number of petition signatures for the House.


You can also express your opposition by writing directly to the Minister of Public Safety and Prime Minister at pm@ pm.gc.ca and ps.ministerofpublicsafety-
ministredelasecuritepublique.sp@ canada.ca.


Also, speak with friends and family who do not own firearms to help them understand your concerns. We need to show Canadians we already have strict gun control measures in this country, this legislation will not address gun crime and you can help be a part of that movement.

 

John Barlow
Member of Parliament for Foothills
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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

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Parliament Hill Office

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House of Commons

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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
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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

 

COUNCILLOR UPDATE – MARK KAMACHI – APR 2021


It’s so nice to see that we’ve rounded the corner from winter’s grasp to brighter, warmer and longer days ahead of us. Not to say this past winter was a difficult one but rather, as a golfer and backyard enthusiast, I appreciate warmer temperatures. If I want a taste of winter, I can grab my skis and head over to Lake Louise or Sunshine.


The burning question looms. We’re in an election year and some of you have been asking if I’m seeking re-election. It’s only fair should anyone want to take on the role of the local councillor that they have time to look into what the job entails. In my opinion, it has been life changing. As promised, I said I would make that decision soon. Well, “soon” is now.


One of the reasons for my decision is due to the new boundary adjustments that are being implemented in Rocky View County’s upcoming election. For those of you who are unaware, as determined by ratepayers, RVC will be adjusting the number of divisions from 9 to 7. That’s not to say things will get any easier. On the contrary, it will require more time and attention to matters affecting the whole of RVC. The main reason for this move is to achieve more balanced representation based on population densities throughout RVC. In the case of Division 1, we will be amalgamated with Division 3 (Elbow Valley) to the east. To see a map of the new boundaries and get a full scope how RVC will be divvied up, please visit rockyview.ca and search “2021 Elections”. It will definitely make for a very robust, challenging, as well as entertaining municipal election.


Back to me. After careful consideration involving many sleepless nights, long and frank discussions amongst family, friends, and colleagues, I have decided not to seek re-election. As a full-time business owner and councillor, not to mention part- time teacher, it has reached a point where I can only manage one job proficiently. Suffice to say, my career and my passion is AdMaki Creative and the advertising design profession. I want to take every opportunity to stay creative and active in my craft. That’s where my gut says I’ll be most productive and happy. And I trust my gut.


With a realigned Division 1 and substantially more residents, I couldn’t continue to wear multiple hats moving forward. The past three plus years have been both mentally and physically challenging. It has also been exciting and mind-bending. RVC and Division 1 continues to grow and prosper. As we look around, we can see so much is happening. We have protective berms and flood mitigation being implemented, we are working with the Province and our Tsuut’ina Nation neighbours for a future solution to our 4-way intersection, planned development will inject residential and commercial life into the Hamlet, secondary egress road discussions, and so much more, not only here but throughout all of RVC.


These initiatives will bring further enjoyment and prosperity to many of us. For as long as I have been a resident of this community, I have wished for and supported “sensible growth”. That was my slogan when I first ran. And I stand by that. Without growth, we stagnate.


I want to see this vibrancy continue to be the envy of everyone around us. And it’s happening. That’s not to say we become over commercialized but rather injected with a cultural spirit that is unmatched by any other jurisdiction, anywhere. That’s why my family and I live here and I want to see it happen. As I have learned, residing in such a diverse area where every step is closely examined by residents, multiple government levels, inter-municipal neighbours, stakeholders and businesses alike, things don’t move quickly. Good things require time to take root and that’s how sensible growth works. More than ever you need a councillor who can give 110% of his/her time to RVC and its passionate residents.


It has been an honour and privilege to serve Division 1 and RVC. I have learned several new skills and discovered many new insights about myself, residents and due process. I have grown a deep appreciation not only for the duties of elected officials, but for our public servants, the RVC Staff & Administration, that support us. They are the backbone of RVC making us the envy of so many communities across Alberta. Lastly, I cannot thank enough, the residents of RVC that help shape our County and its visions.


Until next month, stay safe, keep your distance and wear a mask.


Cheers, Mark
PS. If you think you’re up to the challenge, nominations are now being accepted at rockyview.ca.

 

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

 

COUNCILLOR UPDATE – KIM MCKYLOR – ROCKY VIEW COUNTY – APR 2021


Firstly, two larger gravel applications were heard. Neither in Springbank, but they were larger public hearings (one took two days). The first one in Bearspaw and the second in Division 9 north of Cochrane. I mention these because it is very important to have an open mind when dealing with anything on Council. You can neither be against something all the time, or for something all the time. At the Municipal level, moderate thinkers will serve a community to a greater degree. One I voted against, and one I supported. Different reasons for both. The science and the experts will come to the conclusion that supports whomever is writing the cheque! Both are likely equally right – that is the beauty of data modelling. If your goal is 100% – and you achieve 50%, you’re either a 50% winner or a 50% loser, that’s the way data works. It happens all the time depending on how you are looking at the data and what is important to you. I know, always, that the truth of anything is generally somewhere in the middle so it is always important to consider all the factors when looking at anything that comes in front of
Council. We all have biases (conscious and subconscious) so we need to check those at the door, because they serve no one well.


The second large item (that we are still not done with yet) is our new MDP (Municipal Development Plan). This is an over-arching policy document that guides the entire County through the next 7-10 years. Much of what is in the MDP is may be contained within Area Structure Plans, but for those areas that aren’t in ASP’s it has policy statements that would guide the County. One of the more “contentious” items that I’ve asked for an amendment on (and this HAS NOT been approved by Council) is to identify the highway corridor from basically Range Road 40 westerly to Highway 22 as an employment corridor. Why? Well firstly do I think this will be developed anytime soon? No I don’t. And no, not even in the life of the MDP. So why ask for it? Well it shows the Province and our regional “partners” that we have a plan. Cochrane’s vision document (Non Binding for RVC) shows a corridor from south of Cochrane all the way to Highway #1 as a NO development zone. Cochrane, planning in RVC, doesn’t want any development south of Cochrane all the way to Highway 22. Well that is great for Cochrane, and certainly would preserve lands for them should they want to annex southwards. But what about RVC? What about our landowners? At the end of the day, we need to charter our own course. And while working with our regional partners is very important, in any arrangement, both parties at the table should confer a benefit. Identifying this as a strategic corridor (which it is) simply says that RVC recognizes its highway corridors as assets, which they are. An example I like to give when people call me to talk about the pros and cons of the CMRB (Calgary Metropolitan Growth Board) is a totally FICTIONAL one about where the CMRB would not be of benefit to the region.


Everyone knows the PetroCanada/ Truck Stop on the North/West corner of Highway #1 & Highway 22 right? By definition, a commercial business area providing products and services to our local community, but mainly for the benefit of travelers. In my fictional example, a company like Amazon/ Wayfair/Leons etc. decides that since this is a strategic intersection for shipping (to Calgary/Cochrane/BC) it wants to purchase 60 acres of land, build a large warehouse for goods to ship. Strategic being on two major highways, close to the ring road in Calgary, doesn’t need the shiny lights of the city, and little infrastructure to support its business (water/waste water) – just needs land and a place that semis have easy access to.


Now this business would create a couple thousand jobs for the region (RVC/ Calgary/Cochrane/Bragg Creek/ Canmore and at least two or three First Nation communities in the area). This business would have almost ZERO impact to any municipality roads (all provincial or federal highways/ or internal business roads). It would create a large commercial tax base for RVC, and have virtually no people impacts (views/ views scape).


Most people at this point think this would be a good idea (some won’t!) – but guess what – this would not be allowed under the CMRB – because the board has picked where RVC gets to grow, no appeal, no nothing. So identifying where RVC might want to grow into the future (not today) is an important step to maintaining our autonomy. And this isn’t just about business development, but it is also about new housing, new hamlets (again none in the shadows that I know about). Our MDP and our ASP’s charter our future. If we don’t have forward looking plans, then truly we might as well ask the City of Calgary Council to make all our decisions for us, or wait for them to swallow up our lands.


So onto the next item, our two ASP’s (Springbank North and Springbank South). Yes, it was my motion (that Council accepted) to split the plan area into two. There are sound planning principals why. And in fact, I think 3 ASP’s would have served the County even better – with the special planning areas and urban interface areas (those lands that touch the city of Calgary) should have been held in their own ASP, because they are uniquely different.


I supported the passing of the ASP’s because they are designed for the future. Elected officials get caught up, especially in election years of either trying to make a long-term decision, or appease the voters. A longer view will ultimately be better to protect the autonomy of RVC and Springbank. People may be telling you this is a developer’s dream come true. Nothing could be further from the truth – this is a hard look and acknowledgement at what is already happening, what is already in the works and what we are already “amending” our existing ASP’s to accommodate. NOT just this Council.


Here are all the big developments that previous Councils approved that involved changing the current ASP: Bingham; Harmony; Edge School and more. This Council approved Paradara Springs and Rivers Edge (Condo type living). We can stay where we are and do this stuff piecemeal or we do it right with a plan that considers this in the first place. An ASP will live for 20 years or more – it can’t look backwards and Springbank, whether I like it or not, will look different 20 years from now, just as it looks different today from 20 years ago. Next steps, now that both plans have been given second reading, they go the CMRB to be evaluated under the interim growth plan. According to our administration they meet that criteria, and according to the CMRB consultant, Mr. Calthorpe we are permitted to submit new ASP’s under the plan – BUT – I personally have little faith that our new ASP’s will make it through that process. It won’t be because they won’t meet the criteria, it will be because the City of Calgary wants to control all growth, and ALL the rural municipalities have been left out of that equation! This process will take a couple of months.

 

Good news – all the MSI funds that were allocated almost 10 years ago to Springbank for recreation have been used to improve and ensure the continuity of the Springbank Parks for All Seasons. While I would have really liked to spread this out more between the community centre and pathways, we needed to get the money spent before the province took the money away. We needed “shovel ready” projects. We were also able to add the dog park, which is located on our lands which has added an awesome amenity to Springbank. I am still working on solutions for the community associations and pathways – I haven’t lost sight of those!


Speaking of the dog park, I’m thrilled to see it used so much. Daily I drive by and except when it was -30 there are 4 to 5 cars always there – on a Saturday afternoon once I saw more than 10. I did a quick stop there the other morning and was really happy to see very little “poop” left behind – thank you for taking care of it. I will organize a “clean up” day in the spring, hopefully some of you will be able to help!


Please call me if you have any questions at all, I’m always happy to have a conversation!


Kim McKylor,
Deputy Reeve Division 2 Councillor
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Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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Elbow Valley, Springbank
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COUNCILLOR UPDATE – KEVIN HANSON – DIVISION 3 – APR 2021


Mid-February to mid-March saw a large number of complex public hearings. With many Council balls in the air, I reserved reporting to after Second Reading decision making. Council’s Agenda saw the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), the Springbank South Area Structure Plan (ASP), and the Springbank North ASP all scheduled for a single-day. Ultimately they required six full council meeting days to work through.


Video Submissions for Hearings: While County Hall is closed to public access, the video or audio submissions now allowed for public input are working extremely well. Compared to taking time away from work or family to come to County Hall to speak and being nervous addressing Council from the podium, folks can make their 5-minute video while more comfortable, at home or outside, and on their own time. Re-takes as necessary ensures a “submission-worthy” version is sent in.


Unlike regular written submissions, video enables folks to easily present face-to-face. When humans communicate, more than half the message conveyed is from visual cues, not just the words. While I read every submission for a hearing, I appreciated the extra effort taken to provide video submissions. I will be advocating to keep this form of presenting to Council after County Hall reopens.


Second Reading Draft Plans: On 6-3 votes, draft versions of the Municipal Development Plan and the two Springbank ASPs passed second readings. Council then unanimously instructed Administration to put them to Calgary Municipal Region Board for approval. A recurring theme amongst the updated statutory documents was the relaxation of rules that historically had been “shall” statements replaced with “should” statements. Unless in direct contravention of Statutory Provincial Legislation, this was thoroughly applied with a broad brush across virtually all policy statements.


The MDP provides over-arching development policy where there are no ASPs or Concept Plans. This relaxation purposely allows for any development anywhere, wholly at Council’s discretion. My debate commented that loosey- goosey development would negatively impact our developer community already invested or planning for growth in our existing ASPs. There will no longer be a level playing field with well-defined rules going forward. Business likes minimal risk and certainty when making investment decisions. Critical thinking also led to my questioning of Council approval of use of “should” with regards to policy honouring our contractual Inter- municipal Development Agreements with our neighbours.


Both Springbank ASPs saw major last- minute amendments by Councillors, with minimal public scrutiny. I will save comments on these two plans until next report. As they sit now, the combined ASPs allow for 55,000 additional residents – three times the forecast growth for the entire County.


I did not support second reading of these plans, as neighbouring municipalities had clearly informed us that they wanted more negotiation for increased certainty in a number of our policy areas that impact them directly. Updating these plans has required significant financial investment by the County, and I did not want to see them purposefully fail.


Mountain Ash Application Approved: Despite overwhelming opposition, the Summit gravel pit in Division 9 was approved 6-3 with Councillors Kissel, Wright and me in opposition. Alberta Environment and Parks had asked the County to either impose a 1.6km setback from the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park or conduct a third-party assessment on potential impacts to the aquifer and downstream fish habitats. The Council majority supported the notion that the applicant’s studies provided all assurances.


Please e-mail me if you would like to be added to my e-mail list for potential future online communications


Kevin Hanson, 
Councillor, Division 3
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