July 30th, 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
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. “

 

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


There are few places to whom a thriving tourism industry comes naturally. W hile many jurisdictions around the world pride themselves on man-made attractions, here in Alberta our tourism economy is rooted in the God-given beauty all around us. The popularity of our Rocky Mountains has put us on the map globally and supported thousands of jobs and small businesses, but without proper management this high visitation can come at a cost to the beautiful landscapes for which we are so famously known. This is why sales for the newly unveiled Kananaskis Conservation Pass officially went on sale June 1st.


Last year, 5.4 million people visited Kananaskis Country. That’s over 1 million more than Banff National Park – the busiest national park in Canada. It’s encouraging to see so many Albertans enjoying the parks and public lands in our backyard, but over the years this increased recreation has led to significant pressure on the land, safety, and facilities, as well as the resources necessary to maintain them. Overflowing garbage bins and litter, vandalism, human-wildlife conflict, overcrowding, traffic jams, and illegal parking had become prevalent. To make matters worse, there were more emergency calls for help made last year within Kananaskis Country than in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Waterton, and Yoho National Parks combined.


If we are to continue protecting Kananaskis and the visitors it attracts, a revenue model similar to that of the national park system needs to be implemented. There is a reason that so many Albertans view national parks as having more amenities and stronger environmental protections than provincial parks. This is simply because the national park pass system affords those luxuries. As Albertans and Canadians, we have happily paid our dues to support national park conservation initiatives for years. If we wish to preserve and enhance Kananaskis the same way that we do with our national parks, we must also be willing to pay a small amount for the conservation, emergency services, facilities, and amenities which we use and enjoy in such abundance on these lands.


The newly introduced Kananaskis Conservation Pass will cost $15 per day or $90 per year for vehicles going to Kananaskis, provincial campgrounds, and day-use areas in the Bow Valley corridor. Up to two license plates can be registered to each pass, ensuring families with multiple vehicles do not need to double pay. Low-income individuals living on AISH will not be required to pay the fee.


The revenue generated from the pass will be reinvested directly into projects that enhance the conservation, services, and facilities in the region, including $11.5 million to improve trails, hire additional armed conservation officers and search and rescue operators, reopen the visitor information centers, and expand the overall protected landmass of the Kananaskis region.


Every dollar collected from purchases of the Pass will be tracked through a Treasury Board & Finance mechanism called a ‘dedicated revenue initiative’ to ensure expenditures are directly linked to the fee for which the revenue is being charged. Money-in must equal the money-out, and through the annual budget, audit, and reporting process, assurance will be provided that the fees are used to reinvest in programming in Kananaskis as intended, such as the investments mentioned above.


The Kananaskis Conservation Pass is $50 cheaper than the national park pass, and its affordability is reinforced by the fact that every other provincial park in the province will remain free – contrary to the national park system in which every park requires paid entry.


Our Government has been careful to ensure that fee stacking does not occur, which is why the McLean Creek area has been exempt from the Kananaskis Conservation Pass. McLean Creek will be subject to the $30 off-highway vehicle trail fee being introduced later this Fall, as was requested by off-highway vehicle users themselves and promised in our 2019 campaign platform. This new Kananaskis Conservation Pass will also replace the cross-country ski trail fee that was introduced last winter.


For all the hikers, bikers, kayakers, paddle boarders, picnickers, and general outdoor enthusiasts among us, it is sure to be another busy summer out in Kananaskis. By working together and each doing our small part, we will ensure that the Kananaskis we love today remains beautiful, accessible, and protected for all of our tomorrows.


By Miranda Rosin, MLA

 

 

John Barlow - MP

 

JOHN BARLOW – MP FOOTHILLS – JUN 2021


With a Federal election on the horizon, members of the Conservative Official Opposition are working diligently to pass integral legislation put forward by our dedicated team.


As Conservatives, we do not support picking winners and losers through pet programs or subsidizing certain industries. We believe in clearing the red tape and tax hurdles to ensure hardworking Canadians can be successful on their merits. Aristocratic.


That is true with our farmers and ranchers who have remained resilient despite roadblocks they have faced. We want to ensure generations to come will be able to carry on Canada’s tradition of the family farm, which has played an integral part in country’s economic success, and rural way of life. 

 

Conservatives want farmers to focus on what they do best, instead of fighting government to ‘do no harm’ and to back down on contentious proposals.


That is exactly what we have done.


In speaking with farm and ranch families, succession planning is often a source of anxiety and stress. In addition, we need to ensure agriculture is attractive and affordable for young families. With that in mind, Manitoba Conservative MP Larry Maguire proposed Bill C-208, which will make it more affordable for farmers to transfer their business to a family member. It would amend the Income Tax Act to make the tax charged on the sale of one of those businesses to a family member equal to what it would be charged if sold to a non-family member, which has a lower tax rate. Mr. Maguire’s bill was passed in the House of Commons in May.


My own Private Member’s Bill C-205, will protect biosecurity on farms and food processing centers to ensure animals and workers are protected. It passed Second Reading in the House of Commons and is currently being studied at Agriculture Committee. My Bill addresses the critical issue of securing the biosecurity of our food supply, especially when people trespass onto farm property and at facilities. It will also increase the penalties for groups and organizations who encourage individuals to threaten the health of animals, workers and farm families. However, this bill does not limit an individual’s right to peacefully protest on public property nor does it prevent whistleblowers from speaking out. This proposed legislation has unanimous support from industry stakeholders and multi-partisan support in the House of Commons.


Currently, on-farm fuel like diesel and “purple” gas are exempt from the Liberal carbon tax, but natural gas and propane used outside of the commercial greenhouse industry are not. My colleague, Ontario MP Philip Lawrence put forward Bill C-206 which would extend the exemption to natural gas and propane used to dry grain or to heat livestock barns.


This Liberal government failed farmers on trade, transportation, risk management, pandemic relief and farmers were punished yet again with an increase to the carbon tax on April 1. Bill C-206 would be a substantial cost savings for Canadian farm families who already are not given credit for the environmental stewardship and carbon sequestration they already achieve.


Conservatives are not just supporting Canadian agriculture. Also passed in May, Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux’s bereavement leave bill was one of two Opposition bills passed unanimously. This bill would extend the length of compassionate care leave by up to three weeks after the death of a loved one. The pandemic has highlighted the issue of grief and its impact on families and this bill will allow more time for caregivers to grieve and take care of practical necessities before returning to work.


Finally, Conservative MP Len Webber’s Bill C-210 also passed unanimously in early May. C-210 bill gives the Canada Revenue Agency authority to allow people to register as an organ donor on their tax return, as long as the province or territory where tax forms are filed agrees to the initiative. As an Opposition, not only must we present Canadians with an alternative vision to the current Liberal government, but we must also provide viable solutions to the issues Canadians face.


Alberta’s Conservative MPs are doing exactly that and doing so successfully.


John Barlow
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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

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

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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 – JUL 2021

Remember Mungo Jerry? Maybe not. But recite these lyrics, “In the summertime when the weather is high, you can chase right up and touch the sky…” and immediately, we’re reminded that we’re now into the hot, halcyon days of summer. Given what we’ve all had to go through these past 18 months, and now with restrictions lifted, I suggest you make every day of this summer, a special day. Welcome to July and the dog days of summer. And my sincerest apologies if you now have to go about your day with that song stuck in your brain.


So moving on to what’s been happening around Rocky View County (RVC) since June. As you recall, last month I mentioned that RVC is not conducting aerial spraying of the BTK (Bacillus thuringiensis – which is a natural soil bacteria pesticide) like our Redwood Meadows neighbours to manage the Spruce Budworm infestation occurring in this area. At the time of this writing, Redwood Meadows Council announced they would be spraying towards the end of June. June 22nd to be exact (weather permitting and depending on the larval stage of the budworm). RVC will be monitoring the aerial application closely while at the same time taking notes as to the public reaction to such a controversial subject. I have replied to many who have asked why RVC was not doing anything? Well, we are by observing and taking notes.


In my almost four years as your local public servant, I have come to learn that without any form of public consultation, you only cause rifts between residents without first speaking to them and addressing both sides of an issue – whether it be a commercial/residential development, gravel extraction location, speeds on traffic signs, heights of cell towers, colour of waste bins, or the spraying of spruce budworms.


Councillor expenses
Council just voted 6-3 in favour of posting quarterly, individual councillor’s expense reports. An idea I wholeheartedly agree to make information about your public servants accessible. Many RVC councillors have been a target of FOIP (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy) over the years from ratepayers. It’s great to see that by making this a regular procedure rather than having folks go through FOIP requests, thousands of ratepayer dollars and administrative hours will be saved. A formal standardized reporting system and training will kick off this format with the new council. Transparency and accountability are paramount to building trust between your elected officials and ratepayers. In the meantime, if you want to see my expenses, rather than go through the FOIP process, just ask me.


RVC Election 2021
Speaking of a new council, to date, there have been no formal applications made to RVC with regards to our next local representative. There have been a few folks who have announced their intentions of running in other divisions but not in Division 1. Remember, come this October’s municipal election, RVC will be trimming down from nine electoral divisions to seven with the Bragg Creek area and Elbow Valley area amalgamating to form the new Division 1. And we’ll no longer have a reeve but a mayor appointed by the newly elected councillors. If you’re thinking of stepping up and want to know more about the job from my experience, give me a shout and I’d be more than happy to chat over a coffee.


Thank you. Thank you.


It’s with a sad heart we have to accept Andrea Sparkes’ resignation from the Greater Bragg Creek FireSmart Committee as she and her family are moving on to another phase of their lives on this rock by moving to another part of it. The announcement came from FireSmart Chairman Gary Nikiforuk last month. Andrea has been instrumental in promoting and informing residents of local fire-smarting initiatives. Her many enthusiastic Facebook posts, interactions with Banded Peak School, High Country News articles, and her presence at Chipper Days was influential in our community. Andrea, thank you for your dedication and service to our community.


A huge thank you goes out to Tanis Onespot for making the meeting and greeting of RVC Reeve, Dan Henn and Tsuut’ina Chief, Roy Whitney-Onespot possible as we had the opportunity to informally talk and get to know each other. There are so many possibilities, and dreams to fulfill, that we as neighbours can do together for our residents.


And thanks to all the volunteers in the many organizations throughout Division 1 who give of their time and resources to make this the most sought after place to live in all of Canada. Nope. The world.


Until next month, stay safe, continue to follow covid protocols, wear sunscreen and loudly yell fooooooooooooooooore when you miss hit your drives.


– Lather up, 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

 

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

Happy July 1st! Happy Canada Day! Canada is one of the greatest countries in the free world and as Canadians we have lots to celebrate. Admittedly though, like many histories, ours is not without its blemishes, and I know that many of us will have taken some time on Canada Day to reflect on how we can do better as a country and as private citizen. One thing that I think everyone in Alberta celebrated yesterday was our ability now to celebrate with friends and family, for that I am grateful!


Last week, on my Facebook page, after first confirming the accuracy of this information, I let folks know that I had heard via the grapevine that Costco has signed with Bingham Crossing. The background to this is as follows: several months ago, Rencor applied for and received unanimous consent from Council for Phase II of Bingham. This Phase II allowed for a larger building (on the SE corner of their approved quarter-section). As is always the case with a public hearing, notification to the community was made, Bingham held an open house, interested parties submitted comments, all culminating in a public hearing in July of 2020. That is to say that the process was followed correctly. At the time of the hearing, Council did not know which retailer was being considered by the developer, or if there was even a retailer selected by the developer at that time – that would have been confidential information. The
question before Council was whether the retail landscape had changed since Bingham’s original approval in such a way as to warrant a larger store format. Every Councillor agreed that this larger format was in fact warranted, and that if Bingham was going to be successful, RVC needed to support this change.


Overall, the feedback I have received from you has been positive. In fact, about 95% of the people who have commented on my Facebook page or called me on the phone look forward to this amenity being in their community. Naturally, questions are being raised about traffic flow, road upgrades, who will pay for what, impacts of construction, etc. These are fair and reasonable questions which have been addressed and which will continue to be addressed as the project unfolds. I am committed to doing what I can to ensure that these are addressed through the process.


Another big news items this month was the discovery that the Alberta Government (specifically Alberta Transportation) has purchased 14 quarter sections (2200 acres) in Division 2. These lands are at the north end of Range Road 33 and run to the west behind Country Lane and Harmony, bordering the Bow River. While the Government’s explanation is that they need the land for its gravel resources, this doesn’t ring quite true. The AB Government owns both Star Pit (Bearspaw) which has a 40-year supply of gravel, as well as an excess supply of gravel from the Burnco pit which was purchased for the Stoney Trail south route. To my mind, $63 million dollars spent for gravel they don’t need seems a little far-fetched. It is also worth noting that these lands are pretty much the footprint needed for the Glenbow East dam site for the Bow River flood mitigation project for Calgary. While the AB Government is still at the very front end of evaluating 3 potential sites for this project (Glenbow East; Ghost Lake & Morley) it seems to me to be very likely that they have picked the location and will make the “science” fit - much like they did with SR1. While this location may very well be the very best location, the AB Government has once again tainted the project. Should this site eventually be selected, few will believe it is because it was the best spot; rather, they will believe that the decision was already made in 2021 when the $63 Million dollars was paid, and that it was all pre-determined.


On another note, the North/South ASP’s have been challenged by 5 of the CMRB member municipalities and will go to the CMRB board on July 23rd. As a reminder, both the CMRB Administration as well as an independent CMRB consultant recommended approval of both ASPs on the basis that they are 100% compliant with the Interim Growth Plan. That is an important point. Three of the urban members that have challenged are Airdrie, Okotoks and High River. I can think of NO reason why any one of these three municipalities would even care about a plan that has little impact on them. High River is 84 KM from Springbank. In my view, High River shouldn’t have a planning voice in Springbank any more than Springbank should have a planning voice in High River. Calgary and Cochrane have also submitted challenges. The challenges will be debated and voted on, and even if all the challenges are answered, mitigated, etc. Calgary and Cochrane will vote against these plans, despite the fact that they are 100% in compliance with the interim agreement that we all agreed we would live by – even Calgary.
The Minister (Ric McIver) has not approved an appeal mechanism yet, but apparently there is one coming.


Finally, on June 30, I formally announced my intention to seek re-election in October. RVC has accomplished some great things and we have managed to get a number of things done in Springbank. As just one example, close to 3 million dollars have been invested in recreation for our community, in keeping with one of my original promises. But there is more to do. We need a community centre, we need pathways, we need land for both of those, and hopefully enough land to add new recreation facilities at the Park for All Seasons. Our master recreation plan recognizes that Springbank will be a centre for recreational excellence. I continue to bring matters to Council and beyond what has already been approved, I have a few more irons in the fire that I would like to see through to completion. Springbank (Division 2) has not had a two-term Councillor since 2007, when Brenda Goode left Council after serving 2 consecutive 3-year terms. Since then we’ve have had a series of one- term Councillors and I can tell you now from experience that not only does it take a little time to learn the ropes, but that you also have to have positive relationships with your partners in the community as well as with your colleagues on Council, because when you don’t, it is darn near impossible for them to hear your message and vote in support of community initiatives. Springbank has been successful and recreation has taken a significant leap forward – but there is so much more to do.


One of the many things to which I remain committed, looking forward, is continued advocacy for RVC at the CMRB. We are very willing to participate in a regional collaboration framework that works for everyone, but that is not what we have today. Even Strathmore has written the Minister asking to be released from the membership, because there is nothing but downside for them too. The rural members have already figured this out – the smaller urbans are just starting to realize what this means for them!


So let’s “Maintain the Momentum”. We can build Springbank in a way that positions it for a successful future in so many ways, and that is why I am seeking re-election - so that I can continue to provide those tangible benefits to you! I will be sending out more details regarding my campaign soon, but in the meantime, I welcome all inquiries from any of you who are willing and able to help me in my bid for re-election so that I can continue to do the work I am so excited about, and committed to. If you want to get in touch about the campaign in particular, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


As always, I can also be reached at 403-462-9207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and always welcome the opportunity to chat in person or any RVC matter.


Have a safe and happy summer.
Kim

 

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 – JUL 2021

 

Gateway Village Development Approved


Now old news with Council unanimously approving this village concept on May 4th, it is heartening to see the positive coverage by the local media ever since. Even the Radio Hosts on X92 were discussing how excited they are that folks will have a destination before and after a day-trip to Kananaskis Country. Any concerns about responsible development I had that were related to the location of the village on an alluvial flood plan were allayed with the early-stage answers I received from the applicant’s technical team. Although support was overwhelming for the re-vitalization project, I was also sensitive to the current “look and feel” of Bragg Creek relayed by some opposition, and that did play a part in my decision making. This is not a sprawling development, but thoughtfully and tastefully done, and concentrated into the hamlet core. I believe that Bragg Creek has needed critical mass to thrive and meet the ongoing expectations of residents. During the debate I also urged that “We” (Developer, Residents, RV County) should learn from any mistakes made by other resort-style
developments (Canmore, Whistler, Panorama, Banff, etc.) and build something to be proud of. I believe this project is of the right sized scale, and a good piece of business for both the hamlet and RVC as a whole.


Council Decision to Vote Against the CMRB Growth Plan


One of my major election promises in 2017 was to take a more collaborative approach with the soon-to-be-new Calgary Municipal Regional Board that was empowered by provincial legislation in January 2018. I saw it as an opportunity to change the antagonistic relationship that had been the norm for almost two decades. A rising tide floats all boats, and it would have been very difficult for Rocky View to not succeed during some of those boom years as Calgary was repeatedly identified as the top economic region in North America, and today remains in the Economist’s top-5 most livable cities in the world. Although successful on our own, my thinking was, and still is, how much more successful could we be if we partnered more with all our urban neighbours. After a presentation of the final draft of the Growth Plan to Council at a Special Meeting, May 17th, Council voted 6-2 to not support the Growth Plan,
continuing a pattern of not being able to move an inter-municipal relationship with Calgary past historic combative road blocks. I could not support this strategy and represent my Division 3 residents as promised.


Moving Forward on Process to Recruit a new CAO


At our May 18th Council Meeting, we voted unanimously to begin the recruitment process for a new Chief Administration Officer. Since the resignation of Al Hoggan on April 9th, the CAO role continues to be filled on an interim basis by Kent Robinson, one of your long-standing Executive Directors. My thinking is that the process is lengthy, and if this Council can get the ball rolling and select an executive search firm by August, the new Council that arrives in October will have a significant head start on the recruitment timeline. They can pick up the task, refine candidate qualification criteria, begin reviewing any early pool of applications, and continue to attract additional quality applications that align with the direction the new Council wants from their only employee, the CAO.


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


Kevin Hanson,

Councillor, Division 3
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