November 17th, 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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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 September, 2018

My apologies for the lateness of my newsletter, and I should likely apologize for the length of this
one! I’ve been working on finalizing the details about a community forum at the end of this month
(more on this later) and wanted to wait until I had all the information before sending this out. I hope
the first two days of this “Snowtober” has treated you well. As I look out my window today, it is really
quite lovely – although it would be even prettier in December! Our road crews were out though and
the difference between the city main roads and the County main roads were remarkable. I did
receive several notes yesterday commending the work! As a brief reminder, the crews have 48 hours
after a snow event to get the roads clear – if you have a particular problem area please call our 24-
hour service request line at 403-520-6378.


Rural Crime: In response to the many calls and emails I receive I am putting together a rural
crime/fire forum at the end of the month. This will be a two-hour event. I will have various speakers
that will present and you’ll have an opportunity to have your questions answered.
October 27th, 2018
Springbank United Church
Corner of Range Rd 33 & Township Road 250
9am to 11am
Coffee/snacks will be served
No RSVP required, but if you’d like to send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let me know,
that’d be great (just so I know how many donuts to buy!).
I’m looking forward to seeing you there. If you unable to attend, but want to have a question
answered, please send it to me in advance and I’ll make sure an answer is provided.


New County Offices: Our old County building is closing on October 5th.
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.
First Council meeting will be October 16th (adjusted from October 9th) and then again on October 23rd.


Fall Fair: Wow! I think that in all my years of attending the fall fair, this one by far was one of the
best attended events I can remember! Thank you for stopping by the Rocky View County booth. It
was awesome to have representatives from the County available for you to ask questions to.
Planning; Bylaw; Building Services; Agricultural Services; Communications all spent the part of the day
with both myself and Councillor Hanson (Div. 3). It was a fantastic day!
I’m happy to let you know that the winner of our draw, which was a cool chainsaw was a Division 2
resident, Don Hartviksen from Country Lane Estates. Apparently, Don was just about to buy a new
chainsaw so this win was very timely for him!


Around Division 2
Old Banff Coach Road bridge remains closed. I would love to tell you that Alberta Transport expects
to have this work done on schedule and be completed on October 15th, unfortunately there have
been delays, not the least were this early blast of winter which prevented them from pouring the new
bridge deck this week. I don’t have a new timeline, but our best estimate now is the beginning of
November. If I get any additional information or updates I’ll post on my facebook page.
Road work along Township Road 250. West of Range Road 40 road widening is well underway, this
will widen the road to Highway 22. You may have noticed survey stakes from Range Road 33 to Range
Road 40, this widening is expected to begin next year and is being completed by Harmony as part of
their development agreement.


Council Activity
Cochrane Lands: Council voted in favour of forming a committee to examine solutions regarding the
future of the lands that Rocky View owns IN the Town of Cochrane.
At a high level, ultimately there are several decisions that Council will need make, which we are
relying on the committee to bring us recommendations.

1. Are we keeping or selling this land? The committee will look at this and come back with
recommendations. Of course, either determination will not be without its pro’s and con’s.

2. If the land is retained (ie not sold) – what should be do with it? It is not in our own municipality,
but there is a desire by many people in Cochrane and I’ve heard from a number of people in RVC that
having a park would be great. What are your thoughts?

3. The Cochrane Agricultural Society, which is the representing body that oversees all the user
groups, also needs to know what the County is doing. They have a remaining lease for about another
7 years – so the first two decisions above need to be made so they know what they need to do. The
Ag Society though, can independently make a decision to leave and find alternate lands suited to their
needs and find appropriate funding for that decision (no matter what RVC decides to do).

I have tried to remain neutral because I strongly feel that ALL options need to be fully vetted. If we
start with strong desire to retain the land – this influences outcome, if we start with a strong desire to
sell, the same problem. This has to be a business decision for RVC, but the historical and emotional
attachment to this land need to weigh heavy has well. Also the relationship between the lands
themselves and the Ag. Society are difficult to untangle. This will be a tough job for the committee,
but I’m confident it will do a good job, be fair and honest to the process.

I’m on record saying, if I were to ask any of my residents if they wanted to invest $$ ($1M? $5M
$10M) of your tax payer dollars into a piece of land or a park, in the center of another municipality (ie
Calgary; Cochrane, Chestermere or Airdrie) – I’m not convinced the answer would be yes – but I’m
hoping to hear what you think? Ultimately, if the committee recommends retaining the lands – this in

essence is what we would be doing, should Council accept that recommendation. It is your
investment. Please let me know.


On Springbank Road (east of Panorama) a 10 acre +/- was approved in to 2 x 5 acres +/-
Just east of RR32 and north of Springbank Road land use of changed from R2 to R1 to accommodate
and future subdivision (ie subdivide a 2 acre parcel out of the 20)
There was another application in Div 2 to divide a 5 acre +/- into two lots, however this one was held
back for further information from Administration and will come back to Council on Oct. 23rd. As the
area Councillor I had some technical questions about the shape/sizes of the lot to ensure the end
result could accommodate two homes/wells/septic. Once Council hears back regarding these
technical issues, we’ll be able to make a decision.
Complete agenda/minutes and audio can be found at:


Development Permits Approved (Div 2) (September)
Accessory Dwelling Unit – Meadow Lark Lane
Sign for Religious Assembly – Twp Rd 245 & RR 33
Dwelling construction with side yard setback relaxation – Lower Springbank Road & RR 32
Accessory Dwelling Unit – Twp Rd 243 & RR 33
Equestrian Centre – Twp Rd 243 & RR 33


Community Days:
My community day will be in conjunction with the Rural Crime Forum on October 27th – 9am – 11am.


A final thought:
I receive a number of calls every month about a concern in our community. I’m happy to help. When
you contact me, please provide me with all the details. While it may seem that asking me to drive by
and looking at a house is my role – it isn’t – but we do have staff where that is their role! Firstly, I
don’t know what about a property may be bothering you – so providing that information will help me
get your concern to the correct people. Secondly, we have excellent staff that are equipped with the
right training, right information, right tools – to solve problems much quicker that I can. If you tell me
what the problem is (dog; building; digging; noise; cars; etc.) I know which department to talk to – this
will get you an answer much quicker than just asking me to drive by and having me guess what is of
concern. My role, as your representative is to take a little higher view of our community and keep the interest/needs/wants of Division 2 balanced with the County Goals. Councillors have a governance

role. As your representative, I’m happy when I can help residents navigate through our sometimes
complex and confusing system. And I hope that for those that have reached out to me this past year,
you have found support. Complaints about property; pets; planning; permits etc. are best started
with a call to the County at 403-520-6378. This is important because your issue is logged and directed
properly, immediately – as well – should a matter become an enforcement file, a logged complaint
can move to resolution sooner.


Upcoming events:

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

Rural Crime Watch (guest submission)


Getting Incident information

We like to be aware of incidents, especially in our local area. One resource is Reporter App that
enables Rural Crime Watch members to post and read messages. It works on computers and smart
phones. To get set up, RCW members contact Secretary Gayle at
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Rural Crime Watch has 250 members throughout west Rocky View, with concentrations in Bearspaw
and Springbank. New memberships in the last calendar quarter are processed to expire at the end of
the following calendar year. Think of yourself and your neighbours. Joining now - $20 to the end of
2019. For brochures, membership application and other information, contact
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Fire Protection

Fall is here. This is the season when field residue provides very combustible fuel. Fires along Highway
#1 have been started by traffic. In the fall of 2017, a wheel from a pickup started a fire that ran one
mile through a hay field that had been recently cut. Heavy winds fanned the flames and made control
by fire fighters almost futile. Be aware of fuel near or on your property. Catalytic converters may start
a fire in grass of stubble. Be careful when in fuel laden areas such as pastures, fields, woods.
Implement FireSmart strategies and tactics. Links for the FireSmart program: and


Digital and Online Security

We rely on many digital devices. Our online and device security depends on access by login and
password. If a thief steals your devices (or your identity), how secure are your passwords to banking,
credit cards, utilities, telephone, investing, etc.? One password makes it easier to recall, while many
passwords are very hard to remember. There are password apps, and the use of the cloud, and just
having a paper list that is not a file on the computer.


Thieves often ring the doorbell to check if anyone is home. This could be just before breaking in. Or
during the day when the common ploy is to ask for directions or ask if you need work done. A genuine
caller will have identification, a brochure and a vehicle with a logo. Beware if they park away from
entry where the licence is not visible. Do your best to note the car they're in and call the police and
report it. We have choices when considering how to respond to door-to-door calls. Assert being
present and prepared.


A white van with a ladder was circulating among subdivisions in north Springbank. Residents
contacted their neighbours, and collectively got a good description. When the driver became aware of
being watched and recorded, the vehicle hurried way. This suspicious activity was called in to police.
Remember to Observe, Record, Report all suspicious activity for the benefit of you and your

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