January 17th, 2019
 | 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 (https://www.rockyview.ca/CountyServices/SafeSound.aspx) 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 - January 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! I hope each and every one of you had a nice break over the holidays and were able to spend time with those closest to you. We enjoyed having our daughter home from BC as well as family from Manitoba. Playing cards and completing puzzles is a fun way for us to enjoy each! Will miss them all when they head home later this week!

Around Division 2

2nd Annual Light Up Springbank Contest – winners of our 2019 contest....

First many thanks to the judges, Lisa Skelton, President of SPFAS; Karin Hunter, President of
Springbank Community Association and Janet MacCubbin, board member of SPFAS and
community volunteer.

Small Property Winners (Springbank Lynx; Harmony; Rodeo Ridge):
1st: Mike D of Cattail Run - $200 Notable Gift Certificate & Qualico Swag Bag (Donated by Qualico) & Group Ukulele Class (Donated by Creative Keys)
2nd: Jodie F of Rodeo Ridge - 3 Months free locker rental at Springbank Self Storage & $50 Earls Gift Certificate (donated by Harmony)
3rd: Pete C of Rodeo Ridge - $50 Cineplex Gift Certificate (donated by Harmony) & $50 Gift Card Dixie & Twine

1st: Ian G of Twp 250 - $250 gift certificate for CrossIron Mills (donated by Bingham)
Tie for 2nd
2nd: Robin H of Twp 243 - $50 Gift Certificate Cineplex (donated by Harmony) & 1 Camping Chair (donated by Guaranteed RV)& 1 Gift Certificate for Sleep Workshop (infants) from Blissful Nights
2nd: Eric L of Twp 244 - $50 Gift Certificate Boston Pizza (donated by Harmony) & 1 Camping Chair (donated by Guarantee RV) & 1 Health Pack donated Emilia Kaczer of Arlix
3rd: Tracey L of Country Lane - Christmas Tree skirt and Santa kit (donated by Sweet Arts) People’s Choice.....Pete C of Rodeo Ridge - Large plant from Peter the Plant Man

I also made two random draws from all entries on Christmas day, the winners were:
Reny C: 1 month of fitness classes at Beats & Barre
Andrea G: 1 free art class at Long Grass Studio

Thank you again to all our sponsors and for our resident’s creativity and contribute to making our communities fantastic!

Also in December, Councillor Mark Kamachi and I volunteered for a casino in support of Springbank Equestrian Society. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see our residents (even
ones that don’t ride horses!) support this great organization and facility in our community!


Division 2 updates:
Council voted unanimously to send a letter to the Alberta Government asking them to halt the Springbank off-site reservoir project (SR1) until all options could be fairly assessed. Richard Barss (Administration) prepared one of the best reports I have seen on this project by any level of government and I hope that the province will give our request serious consideration.

Council also voted to appointment Mr. Al Hoggan as CAO for RVC, replacing our Interim CAO. I do know that there is conversation and questions regarding Mr. Hoggan’s hiring. I encourage you to ask questions. One of the untruths that is circulating out that I will address in this newsletter, is the one that states Reeve Boehlke acted on his own in hiring Mr. Hoggan. That is absolutely not true. During a meeting with all councillors Reeve Boehlke was given the green light to proceed with an employment offer. I have confidence in Mr. Hoggan and will be assessing Mr. Hoggan on his performance with RVC and I hope you will too. Please, call me if you have questions I would be happy to have a conversation.

RVC has had a tremendous year and this Council has done a lot of good work, it would be a shame if the voice of a few negative activists in our community destroy what I’m personally
trying to work towards, and I know you want... a great place to live, a great place to grow and a great place to be at any stage of your life. If you look for gold, you’ll find it – if you only look for the dirt that surrounds that gold, you are missing out!

Several (road) capital projects were approved for 2019 for Division 2 (repairs/new asphalt/widening, etc.). Complete budget detail can be found on the RVC website. A reminder that this project list does not include any work required by an approved development at their cost.

Twp Rd 251a
Twp 250 to Hgw 22 (work continuation)
RR 32 (Springbank Road to Twp 245)

A subdivision was approved on RR 32 just south of Springbank Road, to divide a 10 acre parcel into a 6 acre & 4 acre parcel.

Approved Development Permits:
None in December, 2019

Rural Crime Watch (Guest Submission)
Mail box thefts
We enjoy the excitement and delight of holidays – with visitors, travel, gifts and gatherings to unite families. Thieves partake of the increased mail and parcel flow for their purposes. Mail thefts seem to be increasing and unpredictable. The super-boxes provide convenience and security compared to the old rural box on the gate post. Centralized boxes also provide a low risk opportunity for thieves. What to do?

• Residents need to record and report promptly each incident to the RCMP complaint line and to Canada Post. Police can do much more with information that might lead to a
suspect. Everyone is invited to watch for suspicious activity at the super boxes. Alert others using the same boxes immediately using your community contact list.
• A complaint about the boxes, security and their placement needs to Canada Post as they own the boxes.
• There are some security alternatives. Do not send gift cards or cash. Have valuable items sent to a workplace. Set up a box at a post office. Pick up mail frequently to reduce the
items in the box. Going paperless is relevant. Also if you suspect a theft may have affected you, monitor your accounts for any unauthorized activity.
• Be alert and cautious with parcel deliveries. Help each other as good neighbours Please contact us with any ideas experiences you have that may help others.

New Website
Check out the new website for information, links and news https://cfparcw.ca/

As Rural Crime Watch, we are a network of concerned residents, committed to making a safer community through basic crime prevention principles. Our security is greatly enhanced when we work together with neighbours. Consider joining and becoming part of a safer, stronger community.

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Director Springbank, Rural Crime Watch


Division 3: Kevin Hanson


Elbow Valley, Springbank
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Boards & Committees

  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View West Recreation District
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board / Enforcement Appeal Committee

Council’s strategic planning is undergoing the final word-smithing exercises before posting to the County’s website. Our three strategic themes are: Financial Health, Service Excellence, and Responsible Growth. Each theme carries 3-4 outcomes that Council would like to achieve as Rocky View County’s governing body. Supporting those themes, approximately 10 Council Objectives were drafted with 2-3 supporting Key Results targeted for each. A requirement is that every result is actionable by administration, measurable, used to inform the Corporate Plan, and hopefully together will motivate a culture shift in Rocky View Administration.

With the Interim Growth Plan for Calgary Municipal Growth Board complete, work with the Board continues into the visioning exercise for the final growth plans for Land Use Plans and Servicing Policy. To kick off, the 10 member municipalities were asked to complete a pre-visioning survey, which all of RV Council and Executive Leadership Team participated in. The Board circulated background pre-reading planning articles for the workshop participants, to promote constructive discussion in the facilitated exercise. The first brainstorming session was conducted on November 23rd, and a significant amount of material was generated in the 5-hour session. Of interest was the recognition by many municipalities, including Calgary, of just how much we all have in common. The Board chair Chris Sheard wrapped up the session saying he was impressed with the spirit of cooperation in the room, but cautioned the members that much work lay ahead to forge win-win outcomes, and urged for the tough discussions to come sooner rather than later with respect to individual Municipality concerns. Please visit www.calgarymetroregion.ca for more details on the Board’s work.

On the transportation-front, County discussions continue with Alberta Transportation about Highway 563 (Old Banff Coach Road) and the impact Calgary development is having on our Springbank road network. The long-term plan of AT is to close 563, but we maintain this must occur in concert with required upgrades in the OBCR overpass over the Trans-Canada. Administration continues to work to emphasize both the City and the Province’s role in ensuring the overall network functions safely and efficiently.

Work will start Spring 2019 on the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR). The Requests for Qualifications have been completed as of August and final selections are underway for the three sub-projects: North Project (Trans-Canada to OBCR), South Project (OBCR to Highway 8), and the Bow River Bridge twinning. I have met with the project manager from Alberta Transportation and he is committed to running this project with mitigated impact to residents and open dialog. If you have any concerns as construction unfolds, please funnel them through me. Please visit www.W-CRR.ca for more information.

Our new County Hall officially opened on October 9th with much pomp and ceremony. Ribbons were cut, past councillors recognized, and the province was thanked for their investment in our future.

Please contact me with any concerns or feedback that you would like me to represent to the county staff or my fellow council members - OFFICE 403.520.1290, CELL 403.463.1166,
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