October 13th, 2019
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County

MLA

An update from our new MLA - Miranda Rosen is pending.

 

Blake Richards, MP

Blake Richards photo

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

mark

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

 

September Update

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. As for myself, as evidenced by last month’s photo review, it was busy and fun. There’s never a shortage of things to do, good or bad, as your councillor. Thankfully, most of it has been good. Thanks to everyone for being so understanding and patient with myself, my colleagues and administration/staff. We are collectively working harder to make Rocky View the envy of every municipality in Canada.

 

It’s hard to believe that at the time of this writing we’re finally experiencing a stretch of sun and warmth that resembles summer: a stretch of sun and heat, smores by the fire and incessant scratching of mosquito bites. Although this summer’s weather pattern didn’t provide enough of this so far, there is still hope as summer doesn’t end until the 23rd. If there’s a sunny side to this, at least we didn’t get inundated with smoke from wildfires as we saw in previous summers. I’ll breathe to that.

 

A FireSmart update

 

I want to thank the residents who made the effort and took the time to take advantage of the second Rocky View County Chipper Days held on the weekend of August 11th and 12th at the Bragg Creek Water Plant. We took in twice the amount of pick-up/trailer loads over the inaugural event held back in September. That’s over 85 loads equating to about 4000 pounds (1800+ kilograms) of green waste.

 

I also want to thank those who made this possible: the volunteer FS Committee, volunteer Fire Services members from all over RVC (Redwood Meadows, Bearspaw, Elbow Valley and Langdon) and the volunteer residents who came out to lend a hand. They worked tirelessly throughout the weekend in the pouring rain and cold to make this a huge success. Their efforts deserve a huge round of applause (insert sound effect here). Let’s make the next one even better. Please keep your ears and eyes open for the announcement of the next Chipper Days event planned for this month. Again, keep FireSmart on the top of your ‘to-do’ list. Just because things are cooling down doesn’t mean you should when it comes to FireSmarting your property.

 

Moving on. Or not.

 

I am talking about the intersection at the convergence of Highway 22, Highway 758 (White Avenue which is under provincial jurisdiction) and Balsam Avenue. As far as what I have been told by Senior Leadership at RVC, we are awaiting for our Transportation Minister, Ric McIver’s response to RVC’s letter requesting that the Province maintain the previous Government’s commitment to fund the project and complete the upgrade with RVC funding 25% of the project. Let’s hope that the conversation continues between all government levels and our Tsuut’ina neighbours.

 

Flood Mitigation

 

With all land acquisitions complete we hope to see construction begin shortly. As winter approaches, RVC will get moving on this so that little time is wasted in moving forward for infrastructure that this area is in dire need of. It has taken many years of conversations and negotiating to get to this step, let’s just get the flood mitigation built and move forward. Enough already.

 

A Pipeline just west of Hwy 22

 

If you’ve noticed the pipeline construction activity just north of the Highway 8 traffic circle on Highway 22 along Township Road 242, you’re not paying attention to the road. Eyes forward.

 

The West Path Delivery Project is part of Nova Gas Transmission’s (a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd) expansion project whereby they will be constructing 22.5km of new pipeline along with related infrastructure between Cochrane and lands just west of Hwy 22 in Division 1. For full details, Google “NOVA Gas Transmission West Delivery Project”.

 

More Road Construction

 

Finally, when our traffic issues seem to become more and more of a discussion point we have to remember, we do not have the luxury of year round construction opportunities. We have to pave while the ground is hot.

 

You’ve been seeing and experiencing the reorganization of the cloverleaf at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 1 being conducted by Alberta Transportation. This is being done in the name of safety. I’m sure many of you have experienced the ‘near misses’ not to mention having heard of deaths that have occurred in that vicinity. Please make sure you adhere to the warning signs, posted speed limits and traffic controllers as you make your way trough there. Have patience, respect the workers and drive safe.

 

Again, thanks for your time and please feel free to chat me up anytime. Follow me on Facebook @Mark AdSamurai Kamachi or Councillor Mark Kamachi, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Drive safe. And smile.

 

– Cheers, Mark

 

Division 2 - Kim McKylor

kim

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 - Look back September 2019

 

Fall is officially here (at least the trees say so – and we’ve had the obligatory September snow!).  The September start up is behind us and we are settling into our fall routines. Council is back in session and we’ll have our organizational meeting in October.  I feel like I’m hitting my stride with Rocky View County as a Councillor. Being a Councillor is a steep learning curve, but I feel confident now in my questions and responses in Council, my governance role on various committees/boards, as well as how to manage most resident concerns. 

 

So happy to see you at the fall fair!  The winner of the pressure washer was Davin MacIntosh of Calgary.  I sponsored hats and other swag at the table in addition to the door prize, I hope you were able to get at least a ball cap! 

 

Normally I tell you all about events and other happenings in Div. 2, but there seems to be a few distracts out there that I’ll address by sharing with you what my role is and how I support our division (or really, anyone that calls me!) 

 

The number one thing I’ve learned in the past 2 years is that a Councillor is responsible for governance.  The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is pretty clear about that. While we get elected in our Divisions, our individual role is really to take care of the entire County.  Very seldom should any Councillor have a divisional-only view of the world, because what might be good one area, might have serious impacts to another. And we have a sworn duty to uphold the interests of the entire Municipality!  In fact, some Municipalities do not have a Divisional system (i.e. Cochrane), because every Councillor’s only job is to take care of the Municipality, not just one area. 

 

Someone also called me the other day and asked me about Divisional representation on various boards and committees.  They had heard that if a Councillor wasn’t on a board then that division had no representation. Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, if that were true, then ALL committees would have to have all 9 Councillors on them at all times, and that’s just not how it works. In fact, it isn’t even mandated in the Municipal Government Act that Councillors have to sit on boards/committees. 

 

When a Councillor sits on a board/committee they represent Rocky View County – ALL Divisions.  The Councillor is there to take care of the County, not a division. It doesn’t matter if it is the Agricultural Service board, the Inter-Municipal Committees, the Family Support Services board. 

 

So how do your views, or those of your community get represented if your Councillor isn’t on that board?  Great Question! The truth is that all the representation happens at the Council table – that is where boards/committees bring forward their ideas or recommendations and Council votes on it.  If I wasn’t on a certain committee and thought Division 2 wasn’t being represented well, then I can make comment, make a motion to amend the main motion or even introduce a motion arising to ensure Division 2 is taken care of. 

 

Let me give you a REAL example that happened last year.  A board that I didn’t sit on made recommendations about funding applications received for recreation in Divisions 1, 2 & 3.  I noted that an application for the Springbank Community Centre did not receive the board’s recommendation for funding. As the Division Councillor, I actually felt quite different about that decision (as I have always been a champion for recreational issues in the County), so I stated my thoughts and reasons for wanting to provide them with funds, made a motion arising to provide the SCA with the funding and this was approved by Council.  The take away here is that I didn’t have to be on the board to represent my division – I have to be at the Council table. 

 

My goal in sharing some of this is to provide facts.  I’m not that interested in drama or half truths, or out and out mistruths.  If I say something – I’m prepared to back it up with facts. Here’s wording straight from the Municipal Government Act: 

 

Role of a Councillor (Pages 102 & 103) General duties of councillors Councillors have the following duties: (a) to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare or interests of the municipality; (a.1) to promote an integrated and strategic approach to intermunicipal land use planning and service delivery with neighbouring municipalities; (b) to participate generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality; (c)  to participate in council meetings and council committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which they are appointed by the council; (d) to obtain information about the operation or administration of the municipality from the chief administrative officer or a person designated by the chief administrative officer; (e) to keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a council or council committee meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public; (e.1) to adhere to the code of conduct established by the council under section 146.1(1); (f) to perform any other duty or function imposed on councillors by this or any other enactment or by the council. 

 

Role of Council (Page 123) Council’s principal role in municipal organization 201(1) A council is responsible for (a) developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality; 

 

Composition of Council Committee (Page 99. The important word here is MAY.  Depending on a number of factors, a committee/board doesn’t even have to Councillors on it.) Composition of council committees 146 A council committee may consist (a) entirely of councillors, (b) of a combination of councillors and other persons, or (c) subject to section 154(2), entirely of persons who are not councillors. 

 

If you’re really interested, there is a plain-language guide from Alberta Municipal Affairs on the actual role of a Councillor.  It’s called “What Every Councillor Needs to Know,” and you can read it at: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/What%20Every%20Councillor%20Needs%20to%20K now.pdf 

 

Taking care of Division 2, Springbank and Rocky View County is truly done at the Council table.  When a policy isn’t working, or needs to be tweaked, or something added or taken away because it isn’t reflective of things you are telling me are of concern, my role is to adjust the policy – not to come out and pave your road, take a picture of garbage, measure culverts or potholes.  My role is to ensure the policies delivering those services are working for you! 

 

 I have introduced many motions that directly or indirectly impacted you.  I introduced a motion that allowed Rocky View County to take a political stand on the SR-1 project.  I introduced a motion (yet to be debated) to utilize the value Municipal Reserve lands that Clr. Goode dedicated to the Springbank Community Centre for a new community hall; I introduced a motion (yet to be debated) that would see Council do a fulsome review of ALL fee simple lands owned by the County, and if deemed surplus to be sold a market value to fund recreation projects.  I just introduced a notice of motion that would allow Council to make decisions directly on all proceeds from municipal reserves lands so we could control where and how those monies are being spent (i.e. schools; parks; pathways; recreation). I also introduced a motion to preserve almost a full quarter section for the Cochrane Ag Society, RVC residents and the Town of Cochrane for 20 years to support regional recreation, which was recently passed by Council.  There are a number of other projects in the works as well, and I’m hopeful I can share those soon. 

 

As your Councillor, I am working to make your way of life just a bit better – I won’t focus on the negative stuff intended to distract us from the good work.  It doesn’t take much to throw stones so I’ll leave it to those that choose to do that – but ask me for the other side of the story. I’d be happy to have a conversation.  In the meantime, I focus on the good work we are doing for Rocky View County and I hope you do too. 

 

Coffee Chat night:  Please join me for a cup of coffee on Wednesday, October 30th 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Harmony Discovery Centre (26 Arnica View). 

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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Elbow Valley, Springbank
403-463-1166
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Division 3 update – September 2019 - Kevin Hanson

 

I thought an update on the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) activities for the past few months may be of interest to Springbank residents.  The CMRB consists of representatives from ten municipalities: Airdrie, Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Foothills County, Okotoks, Rocky View County (RVC), Strathmore, and Wheatland County.  These municipalities are mandated to develop a long term plan for managed, sustainable growth in the Calgary Region. The voting Board members are all the Mayors and Reeves. The CMRB is chaired by Chris Sheard who is employed for this role.  The Government of Alberta is also at the table with a non-voting representative from Municipal Affairs.

 

The CMRB has three committees: Land Use, Inter-municipal Servicing, and Governance.  Six municipalities send Councillor representatives other than their Mayor or Reeve to serve on these Committees, while Airdrie, Chestermere, Okotoks and Rocky View carry on with single-person representation.

 

The voting structure of the CMRB is a supermajority of not fewer than 2/3’s (I,e, 70% of the members and 70% of the population are required to approve a resolution).  This means that the City of Calgary has to be on-board with any resolution for it to pass due to the population distribution in the region. On the flip side, it also means that the City of Calgary needs at least 6 neighbours to support resolutions that Calgary wants to advance.  This proves to be an interesting dynamic where, if the Board follows its mandate then good business can be done, but if everything falls apart, all development will be grandfathered and limited to old and potentially outdated plans, and new development will grind to a halt.

 

The Board has developed and approved the “Interim Growth Plan” (IGP) and accompanying it is an important document called the “Interim Regional Evaluation Framework” (IREF).  So far under the IGP, the Board has received 4 submissions:

 

  • 2019-01 Airdrie Ironwood Station Neighbourhood Structure Plan (Amendment)
  • 2019-02 Wheatland County: West Highway 1 Area Structure Plan (Amendment)
  • 2019-03 Rocky View County: Municipal Development Plan (County Plan Amendment)
  • 2019-04 City of Calgary: Westview Area Structure Plan.

 

The 2019-01 Airdrie submission was approved under the IREF, not challenged and came into effect May 3, 2019.  The 2019-02 Wheatland County submission was approved under the IREF, not challenged and it became effective August 2, 2019.  Rocky View County’s 2019-03 submission was approved with advisements under the IREF, but challenged by Calgary and it remains in progress.  The City of Calgary’s 2019-04 submission was just submitted July 30 and is in progress.

 

RVC’s submission includes removing hamlet population-caps county-wide.  Calgary’s Westview ASP is located just west of Crestmont and is of interest to Springbank residents in particular.

 

For an example of the typical flavour of a meeting, at the July 4th Inter-Municipal Servicing Committee meeting, the CMRB technical advisory group (TAG) reviewed progress on it’s “Logical Extension of Water and Wastewater Servicing” study.  In addition, “Natural and Managed capacity of Water Supply” and “City of Calgary Disaster Risk and Drought” documents were presented back to back, with both topics being very sobering and spurring good discussions.

 

Work continues on the final CMRB Growth Plan, due in January 2021, but more on that later.  Please see www.calgarymetroregion.ca for more details if you are interested.

 

Please contact me with any concerns or feedback that you would like me to represent to the County Staff or to my fellow Council members – OFFICE 403.520.1290, CELL 403.463.1166, EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..