September 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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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 - Summer 2018


Well, that was quick – the summer appeared to zoom by – I blame it on my age, but I do think the pace of the planet has definitely increased! I enjoyed a couple of weeks away with my husband touring the western USA, which was pretty fantastic, including Death Valley which was only 45 C the day we were there! I hope that your holidays were also enjoyable!


Rural Crime: Over the summer this has been a hot topic. Almost without exception, all rural areas in Alberta are experiencing property crimes and prolific criminals are now purposefully targeting rural areas. While the Alberta Government has increased funding, the increase is just a drop in the bucket for what is actually needed. Since 2014 Alberta has seen a 38% increase in rural crime and all levels of governments, police forces and residents need to work together to find solutions to reduce the incident rate. I have been meeting with local communities in the last few weeks and plan to host abroader community meeting in October or November, I’ll send out a date/location once confirmed.

What can you do? Lock up your stuff. Lock your cars, your house & out-buildings where possible. The majority of our thefts in Division 2 have been thefts of opportunity. If a car door was unlocked, it was rifled through. If the keys were left in the car, it was stolen. If the garage door was open, people went in. Even after a major crime awareness campaign in an RVC community, the RCMP returned 2 days later and found 30 unlocked vehicles at 2:30am. We encourage these culprits to return to our neighbourhood again and again and again if we make it easy for them.


New County Offices: New county offices opening up mid October. There will be a grand opening ceremony on October 16th – if you are interested in attending please let me know. At this time, I don’t know when the first Council meeting will be, as the October 9th Council meeting might be moved to October 16th (Council will be voting on this on September 11th) but for sure the October 23rd meeting will be in the new space.

Our new address is 262075 Rocky View Point, Rocky View County, AB, T4A 0X2. A quick drive east on Stoney Trail, then north on Deerfoot to Hgw 566, then east a few kilometers. It is a few more KM’s but from a time perspective about the same. Please stop by and have a look! I don’t have an update on the sale of our old building, but once I do I’ll let you know what the plan is.


Fall Fair: I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Fall Fair on Saturday, September 8th. We’ll have some handouts as well as a prize draw of a new chain saw (who doesn’t want a chain saw?!). Please stop by and enter your name in the draw!


Around Division 2

RR 33 and Township Road 250 are still experiencing large volumes of traffic with the Old Banff Coach Road bridge closure. The closure is to remain until at least October 15th. With school back on September 4th, we’ll see even more traffic. RCMP are patrolling and I’d expect additional speed patrols next week. Watch for the school buses and kids getting on and off, drive the posted speed limits and life will be good!


Council Activity

There were no Division 2 items in July, and no Council Meetings in August. Regular council meetings resume September 11th.
Complete agenda/minutes and audio can be found at:


Development Permits Approved (Div 2) (July & August)

Automotive, Equipment & Vehicle Services 241021 Mountain View Trail
Side yard setback 165 Brome Bend
Renewal of Hobby Kennel (6 dogs) 8 Murray Place
Front Yard setback 42 Brome Bend
Home based business (Hair Salon) 130 Brome Bend
Recreational Vehicle as temporary residence during construction 23 Meadow Lark Lane
Side yard setback 31273 Elbow River Drive
Secondary Suite 17 ArrowLeaf Landing

Community Days:
September 20th, 5pm to 8pm – Harmony Discovery Centre, 26 Arnica View. Please join me for a coffee and visit.


Upcoming events:


Rocky View County Events: (403-230-1401 for details)
Register for any (all) at

September 19th – Off-Site Levy Bylaws Open House

September 26th, Ag Roundup: Jumping Pound


Other Events:

Springbank Park for all Seasons:
September 10th: Ladies time Registration (see their calendar of events attached to this email).


Rural Crime Watch (guest submission)

Thieves continue to lurk and steal. Recent incidents vary in area, type and time of day. Please be cautious and do the basics.

Lock your property - homes and vehicles
Watch for suspicious activity and report to police and your neighbour support group

Meet Rural Crime Watch leaders (and many Springbankers) at the Old Tyme Fall Fair on Sept 8 from
10 am to 4 pm. At the Spring bank Park for All Seasons.

Rural Crime Watch will have leaders and materials in the big tent. Come and say hello. Bring your
experiences, questions and ideas.

Jim Willson
Springbank Director
Rural Crime Watch
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