January 18th, 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. “

 

2020 Not So Bad After All


Our province has overcome a lot in 2020! We faced an oil price war that dropped our commodity prices into negative values, a collapse of the entire global economy, and the evaporation of international travel and tourism, all of which left our unemployment rate in the double digits. There is no denying that many of you felt hardship over the past twelve months. Yet as we finish off the year and prepare to embark on a new one, we cannot afford to let that eternal optimism that makes up our Albertan identity grow dim. As we say goodbye to the year that some wish never was, I want to highlight some of the good news stories that never made media headlines so that you can join me in looking towards 2021 with newfound hope for the future.


Throughout the year, Alberta decisively managed to keep 85% of our economy open, contrary to many jurisdictions who chose to lockdown. All the while, our Government worked to make strategic policy and financial investments that will ensure our province emerges from COVID 19 with a stronger, more diversified economy than ever.


We advanced an industry-transcending reduction of the business tax rate, giving our province a competitive edge over other North American jurisdictions. We also instituted a new research and development tax credit for Albertan entrepreneurs; reduced red tape on job creators; passed prompt payment legislation to ensure contractors do not go unpaid for their labour and sunk costs and significantly deregulated the green energy market. On top of all this, we began developing a broadband strategy to help rural Albertans work from home and invested $99 million into childcare so parents could get back to work. To avoid sounding naïve, I will acknowledge that Alberta undoubtedly still has a long way to go until we reach pre-pandemic employment levels, despite our best efforts. Regardless, recent announcements from nearly every industry, coupled with job growth of over 38,000 full-time positions in September, suggest that 2021 looks optimistic and that these policy changes will indeed bring economic returns in the future.


Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline commenced on April 1, creating the opportunity for 7000 Albertan jobs while increasing our daily export capacity by over 830,000 barrels. Suncor announced that they would be relocating all of their corporate Ontario operations to Alberta, stating “their commitment to Calgary.” E3 Metals announced the creation of 500 jobs at their new lithium production facility. Private green investment injected $2.4 billion into our economy. Including $200 million by Perimeter Solar, $500 million by Greengate Power, $200 million by BHE Canada for their Rattlesnake Ridge wind farm, and $1.4 billion into cogeneration units for the oil sands. Echelon Wealth opened a new western Canada investment bank in Calgary for oil and gas, power generation, renewable energy, and clean technology. Alberta’s agricultural commodity sales increased by 4.8% over the five-year average of $7.2 billion.


Construction began on a $45 million biorefinery, which will use Alberta- made technology to convert animal and plant waste into organic fertilizer and renewable natural gas. $280 million from Alberta’s new industry-funded Technology, Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund created 5000 new jobs working on emissions reduction projects. Calgary realized $200 million of private investment in the technology sector, breaking a historical record. Alberta Culture Days managed to go on with four full weeks of performing and fine arts shows. And our province even recognized a net gain of 246 doctors! The year is now almost over, and I know many of you are grateful for that.


When you reflect on these times, I hope you will be able to remember that it wasn’t all bad. Aside from the economic advancements our economy made, 2020 also gave us the unique opportunities to spend extra time with our families, reconnect with nature, try new hobbies, volunteer in our communities, and reevaluate what is most important to us. In the busyness of ordinary life, we don’t often afford these simple pleasures our time.


2020 may not have been our favourite year, but reflecting, we still have a lot for which we can be thankful. There tends to always be good all around us, sometimes we just forget to open our eyes and see it.


By Miranda Rosin, MLA

 

John Barlow - MP

Arguably, this Christmas season is more important than ever before as we yearn for precious moments with friends and family and celebrate holiday spirit. Over the past several months many have struggled with job loss, financial hardship and isolation from loved ones. This has taken its toll on our families, our local businesses and almost certainly our mental health.


Many seniors in our communities endured the Great Depression and two world wars, but for most of us the havoc the pandemic has caused over the past few months has been unlike anything we have ever endured in our lifetimes.


Regardless of one’s view on the impact of COVID-19 it has impacted all of us in one way or another.


We are all working together, locally and nationally, to try and mitigate the impact this pandemic has had on our communities. In the riding, for example, we worked with our MLAs, local business owners and stakeholder groups to establish the Foothills Business Recovery Task Force. The goal is to provide a hub for provincial and federal assistance programs as well as develop local best practices to boost southern Alberta’s economy.


In Ottawa I have been named to the Health committee where my colleagues and I are focused on accessing rapid testing, securing a vaccine, and developing a clear strategy for economic and health recovery.


However, we know this past year has been a challenge for many in southern Alberta and this holiday season will hopefully provide some much-needed respite. Friends, the festive season is upon us, and for me and my family, this is our most cherished time of the year. It is an opportunity to support our local businesses, reconnect with friends and enjoy time with loved ones.


It is also a time to reflect. When I look back on what we have endured over the past several months what stands out for me is, despite our struggles, the care and compassion our Foothills residents displayed in supporting one another.


Those who could, supported local. Business owners showed resiliency and innovation. Our front-line health care workers and essential services gave everything they had to ensure health care was available, store shelves were stocked, and our streets were safe.


To all those who keep us safe, those who treat the sick, to our local business owners and their employees, to our farmers who keep us fed, to the organizations and volunteers who support the vulnerable, and to everyone who selflessly contributes to see us through these challenging times, thank you. Even the smallest acts of kindness and gestures of goodwill have brought hope to the Foothills. In true Southern Albertan fashion, you did not allow these dark times to overwhelm, but rather to inspire your courage to persevere.


Family and community are truly at the heart of Christmas spirit, and you have exemplified this across our communities. This season is not just about reflecting on the past year, but it can also be about looking forward to new beginnings and even new traditions. Depending on your situation and circumstances, this Christmas may not be the same and we may have to adapt.


Knowing that, I invite you to once again find the magic in Christmas, to make time to enjoy the simple pleasures of the holiday season. Like the joy of catching snowflakes on our tongue; the smell of a fresh baked apple pie; the colourful and shimmering lights around town; seeing an old friend; singing a Christmas carol or the awe of a child seeing Santa Claus for the first time. I encourage you to embrace your childhood Christmas spirit.


At this time of year mental health is always top of mind and this year it is even more so. In the dark days of winter Albertans are dealing with incredible challenges. Suicides and opioid overdose deaths are at crisis levels. If you know someone who needs help, please reach out to them and ensure they can access the resources available to them. Let them know they are not alone.


For many Albertans 2020 has been like no other and celebrating Christmas with friends and family will help end the present year on a more cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.

 

John Barlow
Member of Parliament for Foothills
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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

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

 

December Update

Season’s greetings and welcome to the last update for 2020. For the most part, it’s been a year I’d really like to put behind me and I’m sure many of you would too. Living through a pandemic is not what we expected and hopefully, moving forward, we start seeing the light from behind our mask. Optimistic medical experts are saying the vaccine will be released to the public by early 2021. I’m all about being optimistic. Fingers crossed this is the start of a new “back to normal.”


Flood Mitigation
It was a year ago at this time that this project hadn’t even physically commenced. Fast forward to today and we can see that progress is being made. This $42.2M project, funded by both the Provincial ($36.4M) and Federal Government ($5.4M) is designed to help protect the Hamlet of Bragg Creek from future flooding. Completion is expected by the end of next year with final cleanup done by 2022. Once complete, residents and visitors will be able to take in the scenery walking along the Elbow River soaking in our beautiful surroundings.


SR1
RVC withdrew its opposition to the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir project back in May following Tsuut’ina Nation’s withdrawal earlier. To this day, the fight against Alberta Transportation to see it terminated continues, largely lead by the Springbank Community Association. The regulatory process continues as the National Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) continues to receive information to determine the final outcome. They are the bodies that will determine the fate of SR1 and should they see fit, can see the project terminated or altered.


4-way Intersection
As part of RVC’s withdrawal of opposition to the SR1 project, a funding commitment by the Province was made to help Bragg Creek deal with its inherent traffic woes at the Hwy 22/White Avenue (Hwy 758)/ Balsam Avenue intersection. This will go a long way to alleviate safety concerns during high volume times, help local businesses welcome customers and move local traffic. Temporary lights are slated for the spring with completion of the permanent roundabout by 2025. The project is in the early design stage.


Jumping Pound Hall Update
I’m pleased to announce that as a result of grant funding from RVC and the MD of Bighorn, the historic Jumping Pound Hall is getting a new tin roof. The focal point for many events and celebrations of our neighbours just north of us, this hall will take you back to our Alberta roots by just steppingthrough its doors and taking in a deep breath. It’s located north just off Highway 1/Jumping Pound Road as you head west. And with its new red roof, you can’t miss it.


2021 Electoral Boundary Change
Council passed the bylaw for new electoral divisions and councillor representation to take affect for the 2021 election. This move will see reducing the number of councillors and divisions from nine to seven. This was due in part to create equal representation for all of RVC based on population. What that means for our area, Division 1 will now stretch from Bragg Creek to Elbow Valley, bordering Calgary. Jumping Pound will no longer be a part of the current electoral map and will become part of Division 2. The northern boundary for Division 1 will run east along Hwy 1 from the MD of Bighorn to Hwy 22, south to Springbank Road and Lower Springbank Road running east until it reaches Calgary. The next election cycle should be a very interesting race indeed.


Season’s Greetings
I want to thank all the generous volunteers from the various associations, neighbourhoods, committees and the like. Volunteers are the backbone of communities and we are lucky to have those who give unselfishly of their time, money and resources. I also want to thank RVC Administration, Staff and fellow councillors for their support – I could not make ends meet without them. As much as you make me look like the hero, it’s your dedication to the residents of RVC that make us the envy of municipalities across Alberta.


From our family to yours, all the best this festive season. Stay safe, wear a mask and keep your distance. I’ll see you in the new year.

 

Cheers, 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

 

Division 2 - A Look back at November and October

 

Thank you to those that reached out wondering about my missing October newsletter. Truthfully, it was such a busy time for me at the end of October that I lost sight of the newsletter. Then, when I had a bit of time, it was too close to this newsletter, so I just decided to combine the two. My apologies. And this will be my last newsletter until the end of January, 2021 as well!


Well, I guess there has been a lot on the go, but firstly the pandemic. This pandemic, continues to shape us, mold us, and change the way we are interacting with the world. I remember back in March (before masks, before plexiglass, before social distancing) when we all thought this would be over in a couple of weeks and I couldn’t figure out why anyone would need a bazillion rolls of toilet paper. Here we are, 10 months later, numbers soaring, mask wearing, plexiglass as far as the eye can see, can’t go out for dinner with friends, can’t visit anyone and I still don’t know why anyone needs a bazillion rolls of toilet paper!


This pandemic has not only taken a toll on our economy, but on ourselves, our well-being and our states of mind. I see it and feel it from people every day, and I feel it myself. It is great to have time to self-reflect (and working remotely and away from others certainly gives us that time), but we lose that social contact and interactions that can assure us the world is okay and that you are ok and that I am ok. It all starts to feel less ok out there, so if you’re feeling like that, you aren’t alone. I trust that somewhere out there we’ll see a light at the end of  the tunnel and we just need to keep swimming, as Dory would say. Today it feels like we are swimming against the flow and I doubt anyone will want a repeat of 2020 (except maybe Amazon and Costco!), so my wish for all of us for 2021 is a little less social distancing, a little more social gatherings, no masks and fewer Lysol wipes (although I haven’t found those since June!).


So what else is new? Well, RVC held it’s annual organizational meeting in October. We have elected Clr. Dan Henn as the new Reeve and I was elected as Deputy Reeve. The Reeve and Deputy Reeve are annual appointments and I’m looking forward to learning and contributing more to RVC. I spoke in one of my previous newsletters about feeling like I was just getting going, with a pretty steep learning curve, and this new role is an important step for me. I truly want to thank the mentorship from former Reeve Boehlke and Deputy Reeve Shule. Greg Boehlke has a wealth of experience and continues to support RVC on the CMRB committee which is a critical item for the County.


Another big change for the County, and one that previous Councils wrestled with, was going from 9 divisions to 7 divisions. Ultimately, this Council, showed great leadership in rising above a personal interest, to ensure what was best for the County going forward. Division 2 will largely stay the same, but will add in the eastly limits up to Artist View area and west to Jumping Pound, and for Division 2, most of the homes south of the Springbank Road become part the new Division 1. There is a link to the map on our website and more information will be sent out closer to the next Municipal Election (October, 2021).

 

The County is operating in a “semi” Covid state. So while we haven’t returned to full lock down, much County business is by appointment only and masks must be worn at all time. In addition, beyond Council and Administration, the gallery audience will be limited to 10 people. I’m sending this newsletter out a little ahead of December 1st, because on November 30th and December 1st we are holding our budget meetings, which would allow for public participation on the 1st. If you are interested in finding out more, head to www.rockyview.ca or send me a note and I’ll send you the detail.


Our new dog park officially opens next Spring. I haven’t heard at time of writing if the couple minor deficiencies have been repaired (gates), if they haven’t been repaired it should be soon! The park is located on the north side Township Road 245, between RR 33 and the entrance to Commercial Court.


Finally, I was asked by a resident to let you know of all the beautiful Christmas lights happening in Springbank this year. I absolutely agree and I’ve seen some stunning displays. I was thinking about having another Xmas light contest, but decided against because I’ve already hit up most of the local businesses for donations for my summer contest and I know the downturn has been hard on many of them. But, a great family evening would be to take a drive around and you’ll see, I know Rodeo Ridge and Harmony always put on a great display, but there are also so many acreages that do a fantastic job and this year the lights are even better, so I hope you explore a bit at home with your family.


To all of you I wish you a good Christmas. A safe and healthy time with those that are important to you. If you are traveling, at home, with friends or family, stay safe, keep warm and toast a glass of eggnog to 2020 as we kick it out the door. We’ll look forward to a better 2021!


My best wishes to you and your family,


Cheers,
Kim

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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Elbow Valley, Springbank
403-463-1166
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Division 3 – Councillor Update – ending 2019

 

Update pending