October 24th, 2020
 | 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
Fax: 403.609.4513
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Satellite Office
PO Box 313
#226 - 7 Balsam Avenue
Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0
Phone: 403.949.5090
 
Legislature Office
503C Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Phone: 780.643.1027
Fax: 780.638.3506
 
 
 
"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. “

 

John Barlow - MP

An update is pending

 

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

 

October Update

 

Updates from Division One

 

Greetings and welcome to another episode of Division 1: Life in Rocky View County. It’s hard to believe that we’re staring winter in the face. But I guess that realization happened early last month so we can thank Mother Nature for the initial warning. No excuses for not having the hot toddies and shovels ready. I want to thank everyone for all the emails regarding everything from flood mitigation questions, traffic circle inquiries, internet service or lack thereof queries, development permit applications, traffic circle designs, too many squirrels in my trees, etc. Okay. The last one was mine but I have had some very interesting communications over the years as your councilor and as I’m in my final year, I expect nothing less.


I would like to send out a huge thank you to Staff and Administration for their diligent efforts to respond to the various resident requests in a timely matter given we are working through a pandemic. From bylaw questions to planning advice, I wouldn’t be able to serve without you. I’m no expert when it comes to these matters so I applaud and thank you. And the same to the residents of this division for their understanding and patience.


Electoral boundary review
I wanted to get straight to the burning issue that’s going to be affecting us next election should approval be given to the recommendations of ISL Engineering and Land Services, who conducted a study to determine new electoral boundaries for Rocky View County (RVC). It has been over 20 years since council passed the last review policy. Back then RVC had a population of approximately 28,000 folks. Since then RVC has grown to over 42,000 residents. That amounts to an increase of roughly 43%. Population densities were the main criteria for the boundaries and a decrease in divisions, but future growth was also a key consideration among others.


The review policy started last July and consideration was given to a seven versus nine division model. Also included for consideration was using the nomenclature, Mayor and Deputy Mayor instead of Reeve and Deputy Reeve titles. This was to bring more understandable and current titles for the roles, but will still be selected amongst elected councilors appointed on an annual basis. Overwhelming support for this direction to change electoral boundaries and renaming titles came from public input and consultation. With fewer divisions and therefore fewer councilors, some present councilors may be going head to head to seek re-election. This should make for an interesting October 2021 election.


4-way Intersection update
I wanted to make a correction from my last report with regards to the setup of the temporary traffic lights that were supposed to be installed prior to 2021. RVC was informed just recently by Alberta Transportation that the traffic control measures will be put in place by May, just before the start of the tourist season. Stay tuned for more details.


Flood Mitigation
Work to complete the berms will continue on for the foreseeable future as long as we have access to the river and weather doesn’t hamper construction. Many questions and concerns by residents were reported to not only myself but to RVC and the contractors. Thanks to both RVC and Wood/Wilco for trying to meet everyone’s expectations and concerns in amicable ways. And thanks to all those who have sent their support in putting these measures in place for not only our residents and business community but for all Albertans and visitors alike. Although there will be ups and downs, in the end, this will help build and establish our community long term.

 

Thanks
As we continue to navigate the trials and tribulations of this pandemic, I want to say how proud I am of this community for continually rising above the task for their continued support of local businesses, making visitors feel welcomed and looking after one another. We still have a tough battle ahead of us but now’s not the time to be complacent. We need to stay strong as a community. And as a community, we’ll get past this. Until next month, stay safe, hug your loved ones and have a happy Thanksgiving.

 

– Gobble gobble, Mark

 

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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 - A Look back at September

 

Welcome back to my monthly newsletter after the August break. Like most families we stayed a little closer to home. We enjoyed a short break in Manitoba and another break in BC. The good news is that we also accomplished a lot of household chores and my golf game got a little better (not great, but a little better!). I hope you enjoyed your summer and even more importantly this gorgeous fall we’ve been enjoying. Our normal fall is usually snow by mid-September with a hard frost and then winter begins. These are the types of falls I recall as a kid, warmer days and cooler nights! I’m still growing tomatoes outside which is awesome!


COVID, and how we are adapting to it, is on everyone’s minds and in most of the conversations I have. We are still seeing a huge impact in our workplaces, our schools and how we play. I’d like to highlight a few things that are happening locally related (even if loosely!)....


1. Springbank’s own dog off leash area. Located on Municipal Reserve – we have a 5 acre parcel that is not being utilized. We received MSI funding from the province which will allow us to utilize these lands to the benefit of all local residents (exactly what MR land is supposed to do!). The park is fully fenced, a larger area for larger dogs and a smaller area for little ones. There will be a small parking lot (about 20 cars). The park will open hopefully Oct 23rd and is located on Township Road 245, just west of the Den’s. I’ll send out a grand opening email, I’m planning on a “dog leash” cutting event and some doggy swag on the day. So how is this COVID related? Well, a nice outdoor activity, meet with your friends, two and four legged, to walk, play and enjoy a space in your own community!


2. Pathways – we have many “informal” pathways in Division 2 that residents have been enjoying for years, but even more so now. Many of these are located on private lands, and can be found primarily closer to the river (Elbow & Bow). The good news is that more people are enjoying these hidden treasures, however the bad news is that because of poor behaviour, some of these have now been locked off from the public. Leaving garbage behind, having parties, loud music, illegal camping, etc. eliminates these spaces one by one from our community. Because these are on private lands, the land owners have every right to close. So please don’t do things that make this happen. Pick up your trash, respect that these spaces are gifts, or we will lose them – and in fact we have lost some already.


3. Traffic!!! Can anyone else say traffic jam between the middle and high school in the morning and afternoons? I suspect because of COVID concerns, fewer students are riding on the buses and more in cars. In fact, RV Schools has a 3000 student decrease in bus ridership, but not a 3000 student decrease in student numbers! This is causing mayhem on 33 a couple of times a day. If you are picking up/dropping off – you may be finding alternate places to do that vs. the actual school parking lot. This is especially true at the high school, requiring students to cross 33 to the west soccer field parking lot. Unfortunately, because of the long line up of buses turning into the high school – there is no visibility for cars to see if kids are in the cross walk – I personally witnessed a student just narrowly missed, and I have received many calls too. This is a situation we can all contribute to solving. I have spoken with RVC about getting some flashing pedestrian lights at that crosswalk and that is possible, but the type we need (beacon/solar/ability to press to activate) come from the USA and are back ordered, so this could take a bit of time. I’ll also be talking to the school about traffic control in/out of the school and perhaps some volunteers that could actually act as traffic control in that area. Parents, perhaps have your student wait 10 or 15 minutes after class is out so that some of the congestion can clear. Also, I know that entering/exiting the high school parking lot at certain times of days is chaotic, but having students cross a congested road with limited visibility is dangerous – so perhaps (please) pick up in the parking lot. We can avoid an accident if we can all do our part. I have also asked for additional enforcement at these times of the day.


4. High Speed Internet – I wish I could say that we have made great strides on this – we haven’t, but incrementally we are having more conversations, meeting with providers, holding workshops and collectively trying to figure this out. We have providers that will come and even make a small contribution into the capital investment, but right now the remainder would be on residents to pick up. A recent example we looked at (with real information) would add about $200/mth to people’s residential tax bill for upwards of 10 years – so this not likely the best solution. The main cost of getting fibre, is running the conduit down the side of the road (trenching) – so we are look at our road policies to do this when we work on a road – we could get to every road eventually, but maybe not fast enough for those communities in need today. We could try to get Federal grant dollars (we are) but unfortunately the CRTC already thinks we all have access to the minimums (50 mbps down/ 10 mbps up) – but very few of us have those speeds so we need to get that information corrected somehow. We will also be looking at making it a requirement for developers to add these conduits (just like deep services) as a part of the development agreements, and for those developments that are bringing in services – make it a requirement that service be offered to those along the path (for a connection fee), we have lots of ideas about how to tackle this elephant – we will get there, it will just take continued focus and priority on the part of RVC and Council. I also think that you can do your part – call/write these big players and demand the service. If they hear from enough of us – I think they’ll start to listen! This Council continues to examine all possibilities.


Finally, not COVID related, but I’ve received a number of calls regarding the Webber Lands between RR 32 & RR 33, south of Springbank Road and the development that is happening. I don’t have a lot of information, but a conceptual scheme (Springbank Creek Conceptual Scheme) was approved in October, 2013. This called for a Private School Campus, associated school fields, some residential and likely a few other things. Webber has purchased the entire parcel (570 +/- acres) and is continuing on with the already approved conceptual scheme. They are though, modifying it, mainly location of designated cells and this will come to Council as a public hearing this fall. On October 6th Council will consider 1st reading and if that passes, the public will be notified and a hearing will be scheduled. It is important to note that these lands have land use and could be built exactly how it was approved originally. My understanding is they are focused on building the sports fields first, then sometime in the next 3/5/10 years a new high school campus. I don’t know about the residential component, but at every development stage, should Council ultimately approve the changes to concept scheme the public will be engaged.


Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Halloween!


Cheers,
Kim

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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Elbow Valley, Springbank
403-463-1166
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Division 3 – Councillor Update – ending 2019

 

Update pending