February 16th, 2019
 | 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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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 (https://www.rockyview.ca/CountyServices/SafeSound.aspx) 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 - February 2019

A Look Back at January!


Hello friends and neighbours. I hope this finds you warm and well. February is certainly starting off as a frigid one. Stay warm!

My newsletter is going to take on a slightly different format this month. I’ll do my best to update you on the work we are doing on your behalf and also address some of the challenges
we are facing. (I apologize in advance for the length of this one!)

I want to take you back to the election campaign in 2017. I had the good fortune of speaking with 100’s of people, and consistently I heard that our community and its people were far more positive than they were being portrayed. You asked me to focus on the good we could do, on our potential, and our ability to face our challenges head on and together with a resolve to find creative and positive solutions.

I was inspired by you then and I remain motivated to approach the issues that are most important to you with this positive “can do” attitude. And I want to take a minute to thank you
for your words of encouragement and support. Your emails and phone calls matter to me and I shall always endeavor to represent you in the most positive manner.

Does this mean everything is perfect? LOL – of course not. Our Council, like any Government, will always have challenging issues to deal with. But are we in pretty good shape? Absolutely! I heard from many of you that our processes were too challenging. They take too long and often there is a reluctance to shift. Well we brought your concerns forward. Are we customer service focused? Does it take too long to get a permit? Is that process confusing? Not only did we ask the questions, we demanded solutions that would work for you.

In 2018 we accomplished a lot.
- began live streaming of our Council meetings (riveting yes?)
- corporate reorganization, aligning departments, changing leadership
- refocused of a “process driven” to how to get things done for residents (Our interim CAO’s motto: If the answer is No, how do we get to Yes) This is about CUSTOMER SERVICE!
- we adopted the interim Calgary Metropolitan Regional Board plan, and along with many other municipalities are working on the final plan. There are pressure points for Rocky View here, but we are pushing for a framework that is fair for all of us and we can continue to thrive in.
- we moved into a new building, on schedule and under budget
- finalized a new strategic plan that will focus on service excellence; financial health and responsible growth
- in Springbank we secured funding for the Springbank Community Association for a feasibility study so that, hopefully, we can finally get a community building we can all be proud of – and I’m currently working on a notice of motion which I hope will further support this initiative.

- For the first time, Councillors and administration sat a table at the Fall Fair – we are not separate – we are a team and without each other, we can’t do a good job for you!

Considering 7 of 9 Councillors were rookies we accomplished a lot and that is important. We still have work to do though. We recently asked for a comprehensive review of the County
Plan. This is important as a plan developed 6 years ago when we didn’t have a regional growth board, when the economic situation was very different, and when we didn’t have any new or revamped ASP’s on the horizon needs to be updated.

Now of course, there will always be that “Negative Nellie” faction out there who will fill the social media sites and editorial pages with rumour filled rhetoric that it’s all about adding
development. How sad these people must be to not be able to look past their shallow and negative view of our community and people.

We will move forward with the best interests of all of you at the forefront. We want to do what you’ve asked us to. Let’s look together at what is working with our County Plan, what isn’t, andwhat we might do to strengthen and enhance the quality of living for our families. Through community input and public consultation, we can and will look to the future together.

The fact is, The County Plan was meant to be reviewed annually. It has not been reviewed, which might explain why so many of you asked us to review our processes and become more customer or resident focused. After the last election, EVERY Councilor acknowledged that this needed to happen. It is actually too bad it has taken us 15 months to initiate this process, but let’s look ahead!

There are also many false statements out there referencing highway 8. You should know that the highway 8 corridor was long ago identified as a residential corridor in agreements and
discussions with Calgary. There may be discussions one day about future communities along highway 8, but no development could possibly be approved without a rigorous public
consultation process. And that’s the way it should be. And it’s the same for all the corridors that we in Rocky View are fortunate to have leading into and out of the city of Calgary. There is no doubt those who would like to see commercial growth along Glenmore Trail or the Trans-Canada Highway and a review of the County Plan will allow mature discussion about what we as a County and its people want to do and where best we should do it.


I’d also like to address the hiring of our new CAO, and while chasing lies with the truth is never good practice, sometimes you have to set the record straight.

There were four Councillors who did not like the process followed to hire the CAO. We could debate the hiring process until the cows come home, but what we can’t dispute is the fact that the majority of Council (myself included) voted to hire this CAO. A clear majority of Councillors (6-3) voted to hire Mr. Al Hoggan as our CAO and Reeve Boehlke was given direction to make the offer. Stating that the Reeve, under his own initiative, hired our CAO without Council knowing or approving is a lie, and frankly it is unbecoming of anyone, much less an elected official to allege such a falsehood.

Mr. Hoggan has in impeccable record of public service and I am looking forward to working with him (as I hope all of Council will) on positive contributions to RVC. He was vetted and
interviewed by our hiring agent, all Councillors vetted his resume and he was interviewed along with 3 other potential CAO’s. Again, the majority of Council voted to hire Mr. Hoggan and we welcome him and his family to Rocky View!

As always, I want to end on a positive and encourage you to get involved and have your voice heard in our community. The CAVE people of Rocky View or “Citizens against Virtually
Everything” will unfortunately always find something or someone to tear down and pick on. Let’s work together instead and rise above that so we can realize our potential and make Rocky View an even better place to live, work and play. And please remember that you can always reach out to me with your comments, questions, or concerns. As your friend, neighbour, and representative on Rocky View Council I will always do what I can to help where I can. We have a tremendous community filled with positive and capable people.

My job is to support you and RVC at a governance level. My absolute pleasure is trying to solve our local challenges and issues to help make your life just a little better out here. It is by
remaining positive and working together that we will bring the best out in our community and each other.


And on to other news - here is a group that needs your positive vibes (& votes). The Springbank Rockies – rallied earlier this year in support of the Nathan O’Brien Children’s
Foundation. I don’t want to remind anyone about the tragic tale of young Nathan, who was truly taken from us under horrific circumstances. Nathan was a part of our Springbank
community. The Springbank Rockies are finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup and they need your vote (by watching a short video on You Tube). Not only did the Springbank hockey community fill a 53ft semi with food for the food bank and raise almost $5k in cash donations – a win in the Good Deeds cup with add $100k of funds for the Nathan O’Brien’s Children Foundation and the good work they are doing.

The video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy-Lg0DeqLo

Voting ends in a week! Watch the entire video (60 seconds) for your vote to count. Please share with your networks. Let’s show everyone we are behind them!

Rural Crimewatch (Guest submission)

Security Gate access for emergencies
When an emergency occurs, how do you prepare for access to gated property? Some gates have padlocks and many have access codes on gate openers. The gate access is the owner's responsibility. Emergency calls may relate to a property or people at a property. While most emergency calls come from a person on the property, some come from others such as a neighbour. The mandated address signs are used for the municipal address as well as emergency services. The assigned address appears on the GPS of emergency services dispatch. Emergency calls need to include the emergency address. Emergency services are blocked from easy entry by gates. Fire Services has tools to breach the gate. Personal emergency service (EMS) and Police would not. A blockage or delay results in additional risk. Sometimes Police and EMS call the Fire Department for assistance when there is no code information on file. The damage or destruction of the gate in the case of an emergency is the owner's responsibility. Where there is an access code, there are several options to avoid blockage or delay. Someone with the code goes to the gate when the emergency service arrives. Or when the emergency call is made, include the gate access code in the call. Or probably the best is to register the access code with 911 emergency dispatch. West of Calgary, the emergency dispatch (Computer-Aided-Dispatch) is centralized and includes fire (Rocky View Fire), as well as EMS now provided by Alberta Health Services. RCMP dispatch is integrated as well. The registry of gate access codes is kept by the central emergency dispatch by referring to the emergency address. Owners can register their code by emergency address and calling 403 264 1022 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and providing appropriate identification and details such as your name, legal address, 911 address, phone number, type of gate and lock details. Please remember to update this registry if you change the access code.


As Rural Crime Watch, we are a network of concerned residents, committed to making a safer community through basic crime prevention principles. Our security is greatly enhanced when we work together with neighbours. Consider joining and becoming part of a safer, stronger community.

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Director Springbank, Rural Crime Watch


Until next time, stay warm and safe and I hope to see you out and about in our fine community.

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Division 3: Kevin Hanson


Elbow Valley, Springbank
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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

Council’s strategic planning is undergoing the final word-smithing exercises before posting to the County’s website. Our three strategic themes are: Financial Health, Service Excellence, and Responsible Growth. Each theme carries 3-4 outcomes that Council would like to achieve as Rocky View County’s governing body. Supporting those themes, approximately 10 Council Objectives were drafted with 2-3 supporting Key Results targeted for each. A requirement is that every result is actionable by administration, measurable, used to inform the Corporate Plan, and hopefully together will motivate a culture shift in Rocky View Administration.

With the Interim Growth Plan for Calgary Municipal Growth Board complete, work with the Board continues into the visioning exercise for the final growth plans for Land Use Plans and Servicing Policy. To kick off, the 10 member municipalities were asked to complete a pre-visioning survey, which all of RV Council and Executive Leadership Team participated in. The Board circulated background pre-reading planning articles for the workshop participants, to promote constructive discussion in the facilitated exercise. The first brainstorming session was conducted on November 23rd, and a significant amount of material was generated in the 5-hour session. Of interest was the recognition by many municipalities, including Calgary, of just how much we all have in common. The Board chair Chris Sheard wrapped up the session saying he was impressed with the spirit of cooperation in the room, but cautioned the members that much work lay ahead to forge win-win outcomes, and urged for the tough discussions to come sooner rather than later with respect to individual Municipality concerns. Please visit www.calgarymetroregion.ca for more details on the Board’s work.

On the transportation-front, County discussions continue with Alberta Transportation about Highway 563 (Old Banff Coach Road) and the impact Calgary development is having on our Springbank road network. The long-term plan of AT is to close 563, but we maintain this must occur in concert with required upgrades in the OBCR overpass over the Trans-Canada. Administration continues to work to emphasize both the City and the Province’s role in ensuring the overall network functions safely and efficiently.

Work will start Spring 2019 on the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR). The Requests for Qualifications have been completed as of August and final selections are underway for the three sub-projects: North Project (Trans-Canada to OBCR), South Project (OBCR to Highway 8), and the Bow River Bridge twinning. I have met with the project manager from Alberta Transportation and he is committed to running this project with mitigated impact to residents and open dialog. If you have any concerns as construction unfolds, please funnel them through me. Please visit www.W-CRR.ca for more information.

Our new County Hall officially opened on October 9th with much pomp and ceremony. Ribbons were cut, past councillors recognized, and the province was thanked for their investment in our future.

Please contact me with any concerns or feedback that you would like me to represent to the county staff or my fellow council members - OFFICE 403.520.1290, CELL 403.463.1166,
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