August 19th, 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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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


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


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


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

June Update

I can’t believe it’s June already. Where did May go? Time to bring you up to speed on what’s happening in Division One.

Flood Mitigation: Despite the Statements of Concern from our Tsuut’ina neighbours and the Don’t Dam Springbank group, Rocky View County (RVC) continues to move ahead with its plans to implement berms for flood mitigation. RVC’s emergency response staff and associates will continue to monitor waterway and snowpack conditions daily. Please sign up for the Safe and Sound systems available on the RVC website ( to get the latest info and alerts concerning any emergency in RVC.

FireSmart: We can now boast that RVC has formed a FireSmart Committee to bring some serious attention to this matter. I’d like to congratulate and thank David Rupert, Gary Nikiforuk, Mark Betts, Michele Longo, Peter Dwan, Jorge de Freitas and Roche Herbst for stepping up to the challenge. Our main goal is to educate all residents to take steps to FireSmart your property. 

We’ve seen in the past how quickly a wildfire can destroy neighbourhoods. The committee is planning several initiatives in the near future such as a Demo Day and Chipper Day. It’s about educating those of us who choose to live amongst forests and grasslands. In the meantime, did you know you can call RVC to request a free walkabout where fire services personnel will make a hazard assessment of your property?

Rural Crime Watch: Show your support and become a member. The more “eyes” we have assembled, the safer we are as a community. There have been too many instances of crime in the past months. We have to look out for each other. And for $15 bucks, that’s not a lot to ask. Also, please, please, please, should you ever sense that something is not right, call 911 and report the incident. If law enforcement aren’t made aware, nothing gets done. And please, please, please, don’t ever attempt to confront suspicious activity on your own. Let the professionals take the steps to keep us safe.

Finally: With Council’s approval,  RVC is helping to fund the guardrail and pedestrian bridge on West Bragg Road, bringing this project to a close. RVC has now created a world class asset we can “bragg” about. Huge round of applause to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association for this tremendous effort over the years.


Now let’s get growing. Sensibly.


Cheers, Mark


Division 2: Kim McKylor


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 - A Look back at June, 2018


Happy Summer! The July long weekend is here – Happy Canada Day! If you are traveling this summer I wish you safe travel and holiday filled with awesome memories for years to come!


A reminder that this will be my last update until September. If there are any important updates I will send those out, and as always, I will be posting on my Facebook page.


Springbank ASP: Thank you to those that attended the presentation for the draft ASP on June 7th. I know many of you contributed to the draft plan through the coffee session chat over the past few years and it was great to see the plans (3 maps shown) that were put together based on your feedback. The planning process though is far from over and your input is still very much desired. You can view and provide feedback by visiting


Alberta Elections is conducting a survey on our election process. The time to have your say is now, before the next election in 3 years. Your views on 3rd party campaigning; financial disclosure; voter identification; advanced voting, etc. I strongly encourage your input as this is important! During the campaign, I was a strong advocate for stronger election governance. While I truly don’t think many people break the rules, a tighter foundation will reduce some of the gaps – and that is always good! Here is the link:


Cannabis Regulations: The County is having an open house on Thursday, July 5th at 6:00pm at the County Offices (911 – 32nd Avenue NE). You can provide feedback on this regulation at this event. You can also complete a survey at:


2019 RVC County Capital & Operating budget is available for comment: You can send your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Around Division 2


Traffic is still heavy on RR 33 with the detour over the Old Banff Coach Road bridge, but with school out now, hopefully a little lighter. You will notice traffic counters on the roads throughout the detour route over the summer. These are to ensure we can attribute wear and tear on heavier traffic volumes (from previous studies) back to Alberta Transportation.


Crime: We’ve had two “crime sprees” in Division 2 this month. (please see guest submission at end of my update)


The first on June 11th where a group of individuals attempted to break into a number of garages and used pepper spray on individuals near the Edge School. 5 individuals from Morley were apprehended by Cochrane RCMP and are facing criminal charges. This happened in north Springbank.


The second spree was on June 27th where approximately a dozen garages and cars were broken into, and many items were stolen, including personal identification and a motorcycle. This location was at  Harmony. All thefts have been reported to the RCMP and at this time that is the most up-to-date information I have.


Calgary Police Services have recommended the 9pm Routine:


- Lock vehicles - Remove valuables & garage door openers from vehicles - Close overhead garage door(s) - Lock door between house and garage - Close and lock all external doors - Ensure windows are shut - Turn on an exterior light


Council Activity


June 12th – Council approved a subdivision on Lariat Loop.


Complete agenda/minutes and audio can be found at:


Development Permits Approved (Div 2)


Stripping & Grading – Stage 3 Harmony (June 19th) Tenancy & Signage for a Martial Arts Studio – Mountain View Trail (June 19th)


Community Days:


Next community day will be September!


Upcoming events:


Rocky View County Events: (403-230-1401 for details) Register for any (all) at


July 11th – Ag Roundup – Springbank Community Church (9am to 3pm) see Roundups.aspx for accepted material


July 19th – Agricultural Tour: Learn about agriculture; farming and innovations in our community. For details:


Other Events:

Springbank Park for all Seasons:


Stampede Events: Stampede Breakfast - Heritage Club – July 7th: 9am to 11am Stampede Breakfast – Harmony – July 8th: 10:30am to 1pm (Live music; horse drawn carriage rides)


Rural Crime Watch (guest submission)

Recent crime events in Springbank are alarming and highlight the need for individual and community responses. These intrusions demonstrate the traits of criminals bent on opportunity theft.


Some factors


1) 70% of crimes involve addictions or mental health issues or both. 2) 70% are directed at property in residences. 3) 3In Alberta, the rate is 53 in 100,000 of having an encounter with firearms related crime. 1)


4) Thieves have similar patterns when stealing from rural residents.


Looking for things that are readily accessible, valuable, easy to carry or move, easy to sell, no identification on items. They do not want to be seen in person or on camera, or be caught. And want to be in and out in two minutes. Reduce the perception that that you are an easy target and possibly they will move on. 5) Most multi-residence thefts include some form of scouting. This could be within minutes of an intrusion, or longer. The scouting time is a window for us to identify and report before intrusions in the community. 6) Criminals have habits and will probably continue until caught. Reports of suspicious activity help us and others.


So what are useful community responses? Be very aware of what is normal – or suspicious. Note details of suspicious activity. Call RCMP immediately at 403 932 2211, or 911 if you see a crime in progress. The Calgary Herald article attached is a good example of the value of citizens paying attention and timely reporting to stop a group on a spree near Airdrie.


Another community response is to get connected with your neighbours and look out for each other. Be vigilant of strange vehicles or unusual behaviours and monitor properties when people are away. Organize some immediate and clear communication with your neighbour support group. Consider group contacts for texts. Perhaps use an air horn or your car alarm. What works best for you and your neighbours?


Why not more police? How many would be needed today for 24/7 patrols throughout RVC? Imagine police attuned to the communities, and eyes and ears and voices in each residence. We can start there now. We must start there now. Be proactive by preparing in your own family and residence. And join together with neighbours for mutual support. We all want to live and work in a safe peaceful  community. We are part of effective solutions when we work together.


Rural Crime Watch is a network of concerned residents, committed to making a safer community through basic crime prevention principles. Membership applications welcomed. to provide general information and to assist with setting up effective mutual support groups.


Rural Crime Watch (Cochrane Foothills Protective Ass’n) Jim Willson, Director Central/North Springbank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Division 3: Kevin Hanson


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.