September 19th, 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 – AUG 2021

 

Just eight days after Alberta became the first province in all of Canada to drop every single COVID-19 health restriction, the Calgary Stampede welcomed a whopping 529,000 visitors to packed grandstands, music venues, and midway rides. If that isn’t a positive sign of how optimistic Albertans are feeling for our immediate days ahead, then I’m not sure what is. Albertans are ready to move on, take a confident and optimistic step forward into their futures, and return to their normal lives of working and socializing in-person.


As Albertans prepare to take this step, our Government has been working hard behind the scenes to diversify and streng then our economy so that every Canadian in or outside of our province can find meaningful employment here in the field of their dreams. We were elected on a clear platform focused on jobs and the economy, and now that work can begin. By advancing a reduction of the business tax rate that transcended industry lines to give our province a competitive edge over almost all other North American jurisdictions, slashing regulatory barriers to conducting business, and making strategic policy decisions that will grow our traditional industries while diversifying into emerging sectors, Alberta is now poised to emerge from COVID 19 stronger than ever. This month’s editorial contains a lot of information on a lot of topics, squeezed into 1000 words or less, so bear with me.


Our Government knew that future economic growth would be grounded by the industries in which we are already world leaders: oil, gas, agriculture, and forestry. This is why we fought the carbon tax all the way to the Supreme Court; testified against Bill C-69 in the Senate; regularly attend OPEC meetings; proclaimed our turn-off-the-taps legislation and subsequently won British Columbia’s attempt for constitutional challenge; negotiated a caribou conservation agreement with the federal government to prevent the sterilization of thousands of acres of land and a loss of 75,000 energy jobs in northern Alberta; invested more in agricultural research than all three prairie provinces combined; established a hemp industry association; eased meat regulations to allow for direct farm-to-kitchen- table sales; and expanded Forest Management Agreements across the province. Yet we also recognized the need to diversify. That is why we have developed sector strategies for hydrogen and petrochemicals; transitioned Alberta’s film production grant into a rolling and scalable tax credit; deregulated the green energy market; introduced a new research and development tax credit for Albertan entrepreneurs; began developing extended producer responsibility framework to establish a recycling and plastics industry in the province; transformed TravelAlberta into a destination management organization, and are even considering building a train from the Calgary airport to Banff to grow our tourism industry.


The result has been over 100 announcements of companies either moving their operations from other jurisdictions to Alberta, or significantly upsizing their operations that were already here in Alberta. Primarily in the technology sectors, international companies are beginning to recognize Alberta as a business friendly destination with a highly skilled labour pool, which has proven highly attractive as an investment proposition. As we emerge from COVID 19 and look to brighter days on the horizon, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of these positive economic news stories and demonstrate just how strong our economy is looking.


Endeavor, the world’s leading community of high impact entrepreneurs, launched Endeavor Canada with their new head office located in Calgary. Vancouver based mCloud Technologies, who use artificial intelligence to monitor and mitigate energy waste, is moving their head office to Calgary and doubling their labour force. Infosys, the world’s second largest IT services firm, announced their expansion to Calgary along with the creation of up to 2000 jobs and the purchase of 50,000 square feet of AAA downtown office space. Expander Energy is constructing a $35 million, 22 million litre biomass and gas to liquids plant, which will be the first of its kind in the world producing net zero diesel fuel, jet fuel, and blue hydrogen near Slave Lake. Calgary-based Eavor Technologies created the world’s first closed-loop geothermal system to create clean energy from the natural heat of the earth. HBO will be filming all 8 seasons of their new show “The Last of Us”, expected to be their biggest hit yet with an even larger budget than Game of Thrones at more than $10 million an episode, in Alberta.


India-based IT solutions provider Mphasis is establishing new Canadian headquarters in Calgary, with the creation of 1000 jobs and a new Quantum City Centre of Excellence to foster the commercial development of quantum technologies. Air Products announced the construction of a $1.3 billion hydrogen production facility in Edmonton. Shell Canada announced plans to build a large-scale carbon capture and storage facility in Alberta to capture 750,000m tonnes of CO2. Edmonton-based scheduling and invoicing software provider, Jobber, will be doubling their labour force in 2021. Alberta-based Wyvern signed a $400,000 contract with Defence Research and Development Canada to develop hyperspectral imaging satellite technology. And on a non-technological note, Spray Lakes Sawmills signed a new Forest Management Plan with the province to increase their operations by hundreds of millions of dollars upon the planting of their 65 millionth new tree in the Alberta forests.


Alberta is now the fastest growing solar market in Canada, and is expected to outpace the entire country in renewable energy growth this year. Our province doubled our previous record for venture capital investment in 2020, and had our strongest quarter in history this year.


The number of tech startups in Alberta has doubled over the last two years. The price of oil is over $70/barrel and we just had our best March on record for oil production. Alberta now has the highest rate of women employed in the technology and innovation sectors of anywhere in the entire country. Calgary and Edmonton were recently ranked among the fastest growing technology sectors in all of North America, with Edmonton ranking #1. The Canadian-US border is reopening. Construction of the TransMountain pipeline continues to progress. And nearly every major bank in the country, as well as the Conference Board of Canada, are projecting our province to lead the nation in both GDP and employment growth this year.


Alberta has been through a tremendous amount, not just over the past year but over the past six. It is past due for a government to take the economic interests and job security of our people as serious as they and their families do. That’s why our United Conservative government will continue to work hard and legislate policy framework that will ensure our province emerges from COVID 19 the strongest we have ever been, as the freest, fastest moving, most attractive market for business investment in North America.


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

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
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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 – AUG 2021

 

Greetings and welcome to August. Let’s get into it right away.


Spruce Budworms


As you may have noticed, this year’s spruce budworm infestation seemed to hit a new peak. On July 6th at the Bragg Creek Community Centre, over 120 people from all over Bragg Creek and neighbouring counties turned out for a community meeting to discuss this blight.


Organized by Dick Koetsier and Collen Seto and supported by a host of volunteers from the Bragg Creek Community Association, guests were educated and informed by a three member panel consisting of Dave Klepacki, Keith Ebbs and Gary Nikiforuk.


Dave Klepacki is a local resident and expert on environmental conservation and was first to speak to the budworm infestation. He educated the crowd on spruce budworms themselves and the impacts of using BTK (Bacillus Thuringiensis – which is a natural soil bacteria pesticide), as in the aerial spray program conducted by Redwood Meadows late in June. He pointed out the potential harm to other members of the Lepidoptera or caterpillar family that would be harmed in the attempts to eradicate the spruce budworms and not to mention the possible detrimental effects on some birds and other insects.


Keith Ebbs of Ebbs Forestry Services was next to speak. Keith, a forestry expert and consultant was instrumental in working with Redwood meadows Council to bring about the aerial spray program in which two applications were completed in late June in Redwood Meadows. He started working with Redwood Meadows back in late fall to do an initial assessment. Upon seeing this year’s budworm proliferation, stating that he had never ever seen it this bad, he suggested an assessment be carried out in the immediate future because wildfire risks increase should we lose any trees.


Speaking of wildfire risk, our third panelist, Gary Nikiforuk, former Chair of the Bragg Creek FireSmart Committee and local resident spoke about the importance of home owners having properties that are fire smart.Our area is deemed high risk for a future wildfire incident, therefore the need to protect ourselves is critical at this time. He echoed the information from Keith that a FireSmart protocol allows us to be prepared for the worst because it’s not a matter of if, but when a wildfire will occur.


In the end, peoples’ questions were addressed in a Q&A following the presentation. Also, Reeve Dan Henn from RVC and Reeve Suzanne Oel from Foothills were in attendance to hear the concerns as these budworms do not respect county boundaries. In conclusion of the evening, Reeve Henn addressed the crowd to say RVC will seriously look into this matter and report to Council in the near future. Please stay tuned for updates. Before my term is over, I will bring forward a Notice of Motion to Council to ensure this matter is addressed for next year.


Bragg Creek area cleanup


I want to thank area residents who came out in late June to take part in the Bragg Creek Ladies Auxiliary (BCLA) Hamlet cleanup. Spearheaded by BCLA Vice-President Michele McDonald, over 60 volunteers arrived which was more than expected. Folks from all areas of Bragg Creek walked the streets with orange RVC garbage bags in hand to pick up garbage strewn about the Hamlet.


Christian Lee from RVC’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program/Utility Services was instrumental in working with the BCLA, helping to coordinate garbage pickups, providing bags and signage. While the Hamlet cleanup was going on, two other local groups were participating: The Bragg Creek Wild (BCW) and Bragg Creek Trails (BCT) and their volunteers took charge of the Bragg Creek Provincial Park and West Bragg Creek trails respectively. Again, thanks to the Bragg Creek Community Association, Bragg Creek Ladies Auxiliary, Bragg Creek Wild, Bragg Creek Trails, Rocky View County and the many volunteers who gave up a beautiful Saturday morning to help beautify Mother Nature’s playground.


Great sadness


We lost a long time and wonderful member of our community several weeks ago. Ron Peiluck, CEO of Scope Projects as well as a Wintergreen Golf Club member will be missed. He was an expert in all things that involved landscape but for me personally, he was a treasure trove of political stories and advice. He will be sorely missed by all of those he touched. RIP Ron.


Finally, as we come down to the end of the summer, please don’t let your guard down when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones during this pandemic. The past year has been a difficult and challenging one and as we all get to revel in some sort of “normalcy”, please don’t let your guard down. Until next month, enjoy the fun and sun, drink up and stay hydrated.


– 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 – AUG 2021

 

A Look Back at June and July


I wanted to first confirm the accuracy of this information, before sharing with everyone 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.


Another big news items 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 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 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.


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! 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.

 

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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 – AUG 2021

 

Councillor Wright Disqualification Case Dismissed 


Councillor Wright, representing Division 8, (Bearspaw), was demanded by a majority of Council to resign over an alleged pecuniary interest and indebtedness to the County of over $50. At that same Special Council Meeting she refused, and the Council block of 6 votes then decided to pursue the matter in Provincial Court, at the ratepayers cost.


The matter was resoundingly dismissed by Justice N. E. Devlin after a May 17th court date. In regards to the alleged pecuniary interest, the matter was “too remote, speculative and uncer-tain to be material.” With respect to indebtedness, he concluded it was “a careless and irre-sponsible mistake”, but went on to declare that RVC Council conduct “fell well below the ex-pected standard of democratic due process.”, concluding that the Council majority’s motiva-tion “was the product of political animus towards Councillor Wright, and a desire to remove her for reasons unrelated to the tax debt.” Bullying was clearly exposed.


County Peace Officers to Patrol Provincial Highways


Until recently, County Peace Officers had no jurisdiction on Provincial Highways. As part of on-going downloading of costs onto municipalities, the Province enabled the County to recently apply for approval to have jurisdiction to deal with speeding, dangerous and/or distracted driving, running stop signs, and other Traffic Safety Act violations taking place beyond just our own County RVC roads. This will likely make good sense to most residents that our own Peace Officers can maintain safety throughout the entire County, and will surely relieve some frustra-tions were heard about from Administration that the Peace Officers felt handcuffed at not being able to ticket flagrant and dangerous offences on Provincial Highways.


Spruce Bud Worm Community Meeting


After hearing that Clr. Kamachi would not be able to attend a recent meeting at the Bragg Creek Community Centre, I did attend to ensure someone from Rocky View Council was pre-sent to listen and learn. In the end, Reeve Henn was also there at Mark’s request and I heard statements that the Reeve would take the matter back to Ag Services and ultimately to Council for consideration, which may involve requests to the Province. From listening and learning, I can say that it is a very complex issue for the community, as although some County lands are impacted, it involves mostly private lands and private trees. In the meantime, addi-tional comments and concerns from residents about pests can be directed to the County’s agricultural Services folks at any time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Moving Forward on Process to Recruit a new CAO


As mentioned in my last column, the process is lengthy, and if this Council can get the ball roll-ing, the new Council that arrives in October will have a significant head start on the recruitment timeline. On June 30th the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Recruiting Service to find the new CAO went out. The RFP was to close on July 21st and a report will be given to Council shortly afterwards. This may not be until September.


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Kevin Hanson, 


Councillor, Division 3

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