April 23rd, 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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MLA UPDATE

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
Other times call for an appointment - 403.207.9889 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

Address:

16-620 1st Avenue NW

Airdrie, Alberta

T4B 2R3

Phone Number: 403-948- 5103 or Toll Free at 1-800- 667-0410

Fax Number: 403-948- 0879

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Parliament Hill Office

Contact Information

Address:

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6

Phone Number: 613-996- 5152

Fax Number: 613-947- 4601
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Community Office Hours

The first Thursday of every month at the following locations:

–      Canmore, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Civic Centre, located at 902-7 th Avenue

–      Banff, 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Rundlestone Lodge, located at 537 Banff Avenue

–      Cochrane, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cochrane Dodge, located at 6 River Heights Drive

 

Rocky View Councillors

Division 1: Mark Kamachi

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Southwest Rocky View County, Bragg Creek
403-861- 7806
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Boards & Committees

  • Agriculture Service Board
  • Bow River Basin Water Council
  • Elbow River Watershed Partnership
  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View West Recreation District

Division 2: Kim McKylor

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Springbank
403-462- 9207
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Boards & Committees

  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View School District/Rocky View County Joint Working Committee
  • Springbank Park for All Seasons Agricultural Society

Division 2 Update

March 2018 Resident Update


Happy Spring! Okay, I know that many of you have piles of snow in the yard, me too, but I’m hopeful,soon (I’d like it to be sooner) we’ll see more and more patches of grass! The deer have eaten almosteverything in my yard this winter, but I’ve seen some sure signs of spring, gophers, a bald eagle,robins and very active coyotes! My neighbour even saw a cow moose running up our driveway!

You may have concerns about flooding with the large amount of snow. The County is aware of mostof the problem areas and have already been actively removing/melting snow to free up the culverts.If you are experiencing any flooding, please call the County at 403-520-6378, or open up a ticket (ifnon urgent) on our website at www.rockyview.ca – under contact us.

 

Volunteers needed (and appreciated): we have many groups in Springbank that rely heavily onvolunteers. These groups are (but not limited to) – Springbank Collaborative (more on this in a bit);Springbank Trails and Pathways and there are more. If you are interested in getting involved, pleasesend me a note and I’ll put you in touch with the right people.

Springbank Collaborative – this group has now merged with The Springbank Community Association.For a membership of $5/year – you can support local initiatives in our area. I encourage you to join.For membership information, or for information on how you can get involved, please email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Upcoming events:

April 11th – Vegetable Gardening (Airdrie)(https://www.rockyview.ca/RockyViewCounty/tabid/56/ctl/Details/Mid/2441/ItemID/2753/Default.aspx)

At Springbank Park for all Seasons

Parent & Tot Skating – Every Tuesday at noon

April 21st - Cochrane Foothills Protection Association (CFPA) or (Rural Crime Watch) AGM CochraneFrank Wills Memorial Centre; 1 - 4 pm.

Harmony is having monthly food truck nights – they haven’t sent me the April dates yet, but I’ll poston my facebook page when I receive. These are open for all Springbank residents – a nice option tohave a place to grab a bite to eat in your community!

 

Council Activity

No Division 2 items in March.

Complete agenda/minutes and audio can be found at:https://www.rockyview.ca/Government/Council/CouncilMinutesArchives.aspx

Development Permits Approved (Div 2) 
https://www.rockyview.ca/BuildingPlanning/DevelopmentPermits/ApprovedDevelopmentPermits.aspx

3 x Show homes Harmony,

3 new show home sale centres

Secondary Suite - Harmony

Accessory Building - Harmony

Warehouse – Commercial Court

Community Days:

Great turn-out for my last coffee event at the Heritage Club. Really enjoyed chatting with you!Next event: (Coffee, treats and conversation!)Springbank Links – April 25th – 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Rural Crime Watch (guest submission)

News of intrusions grabs attention. However, the most relevant information is to and from yourmutual support group of neighbours before an incident. These messages can check out localsuspicious activity as well as an alert about a current threat or intrusion. A very easy method is text,using “group contacts” to swiftly send a message to or from your neighbours. Speed, certainty ofmessage and known recipients are key. Knowing and working with neighbours is a very effectivemeans of deterring criminal activity.

Law Enforcement relies on reports from the public generally and RCW members to intervene andarrest criminals. Calls that are prompt and detailed also help piece together patterns of criminals on aspree. Everyone has an opportunity and responsibility.

Our role is to help neighbours prevent crime through ORR – Observe, Record, Report. Simple mantrathat works when adopted. Report all suspicious activity for the safety of everyone.

SAVE THE DATE. Cochrane Foothills Protection Association (CFPA) or (Rural Crime Watch) AGMSaturday, April 21, 2018: Cochrane Frank Wills Memorial Centre; 1 - 4 pm.Featured speaker is RCMP Inspector St Sgt Tom Kallus regarding the newly formed Crime ReductionUnit. This unit is making a difference by engaging frequently with known criminals. The agendaincludes the launching of the Rural Crime Watch Reporter APP for RCW members to communicate toother members about suspicious activity and incidents. Everyone invited.

Jim Willson – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.ank Director, Rural Crime Watch

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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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

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