December 13th, 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 - Look Back at October, 2018

Happy November! I’m happy that our cold weather of September & early October has finally given way to some typical fall weather. I know winter is just around the corner but for now, we can enjoy some sunshine and warmish days. For those that are already counting the days, it is a mere 8 weeks until Christmas!

Rural Crime: On October 27th, I held a rural crime forum at the Springbank United Church. A special thanks to my neighbour Ian Galbraith and the other volunteers at the church for providing the space for us, as well as the beverages!

Our speakers provided a variety of information and answered questions. Thank you to those that attended.

Ring Technology donated a Ring Video doorbell and I made a draw from all those that signed in. The lucky winner was Clarence Buckley. I was able to deliver the doorbell this week and Clarence was pretty thrilled to be the winner!

Around Division 2

Old Banff Coach Road bridge remains closed. Alberta Transportation has now provided a date of November 30th. I know this is a inconvenience for many residents.

Wastewater construction will take place from October 22 to January 30th, this will connect Elbow Valley Elementary School into existing infrastructure. This construction runs from the intersection of RR 32 & Township Road 250, to the school.

Our recycling depot has moved from The Wild West Event Centre to the Springbank Bottle Depot at 120 Commercial Court. Hours are 9-5 Monday-Saturday & 10-4 Sundays (Closed Stat Holidays). It is not a mixed use recycling facility, so you’ll still need to sort. Plastic is not accepted at this time.
Organics (leaves/twigs/pumpkins/etc.) are accepted.

Council Activity

On October 23rd we held our annual organizational meeting. Councillor Boehlke will serve as Reeve, Councillor Al Shule as Deputy Reeve, and I remain the chair of the Policy & Priorities meetings. I’ve also joined the Agricultural Services Board.

Council will have 3 sessions this month, November 13th, 15th & 27th. The extra Council meeting is to ensure we are hearing applications in a timely manner. We had a fair number in the hopper and didn’t want folks to have to wait until the new year. If you like to attend Council meetings, please mark the special council date of November 15th on your calendar.

We have now hired our new CAO, Al Hoggan. Al is coming to us from Kneehill County where he was the CAO there for the past 5 years. In addition to many years in the private sector, Mr. Hoggan has also been managing the Aqua 7 Water Commission. Rick McDonald, will remain our interim CAO until the end of the year and will spend a few weeks with Al before his departure. Rick has done an amazing job and I personally thank him for his contribution.


Council approved a land use change from Residential 2 to Residential 1 on a parcel of land in Springbank Heights. I had had some questions about setbacks and the ability to actually build two houses if subdivided, however the applicant submitted drawings showing the property, once subdivided, could support two homes; wells; septic. While the shape of the lots were awkward, it conformed to policy and therefore was approved.

Complete agenda/minutes and audio can be found at:

Development Permits Approved (Div 2) (October)
2 x Dwelling with front/side yard setback relaxations – Harmony
Dance Studio – Commercial Court

Community Days:

My coffee night has not been set yet – but will be the last week of November. I’m just sorting out a venue. I’ll send out a note and post on my facebook page once determined.
Stay tuned.......

Our 2nd annual “Light Up Springbank” will again be held. I’ve already received a number of donations from local business, both big and small. If you are a business owner in Division 2 (or Springbank) and you’d like to donate a prize, let me know.

Details will be send out in the next couple of weeks. There will be 3 categories this year to ensure
1. Acreage/Farm
2. Small lot size (ie Springbank Links/Rodeo Ridge/Harmony)
3. People’s choice
Upcoming events:
Rocky View County Events: (403-230-1401 for details)
Register for any (all) at


Rural Crime Watch (guest submission)
Burglar, security and surveillance systems

Years ago, home security started with a “burglar alarm”. With the advent of smart phones, WIFI and sophisticated camera technologies, more people are designing, installing, and maintaining their own systems. One shift is to real time information using the smart phone. The motion activated cameras may have 2-way sound, and alerts via modem to the smart phone with email. Scrolling through the screen, one sees the real time picture and sound of each camera. The owner can then interact with visitors and call for assistance if needed. Worth checking out.

Digital and Online Security

Log in and password protection is basic and critical. However the abuse of the internet calls for more vigilance. Spam, scams, viruses, Trojan horses, malware and phishing are prevalent. Very basic reminders:
1 Do have antivirus and malware protection and keep it updated
2 Inform yourself on digital security and set up a cautious protocol
3 Open only files, email and websites that you trust
4 Ignore links to other websites unless sure of security

Speeding on rural roads

Rural roads are used by a wide variety of travellers from pedestrians and cyclists, to standard vehicles, school busses and large slow moving farm machinery. We all know of roads where some vehicles regularly speed. This could be just over the speed limit, or dangerous driving that endangers all in the vicinity. Fines are graduated and were increased in August 2018, along with demerits. Speeding 50 km over the speed limit, racing and stunting can be offences of dangerous or careless driving with fines up to $2,000, demerits, suspension of licence and jail terms. The dangerous driving may lead to injury or death, and reinforces the need to eliminate the abuse of rural roads by reckless drivers.

What can we do? For ‘somewhat speeders’, contact Law Enforcement Division of RVC. The response may be a patrol car for the predicted time. Or a radar speed reminder sign. For racing and dangerous driving, get a good description and note the time of or week. These speeders are also creatures of habit and possibly have a pattern. Use a video camera. Enlist the help of neighbours to develop best relevant information. Communicate that information to the RCMP. Road safety is for everyone.

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