Wednesday, 19 June 2019

June 19 Update - SRHT Radiothon, Fire Smart Square Butte, Upcoming Cycling Events and Foothills Tourism website launch

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Sheep River Health Trust "Together We Can Make A Difference" Radiothon (@ 0:56)

Join us this Thursday for the 6th annual Sheep River Health Trust Radiothon! 

Thursday, June 20th  5:30am - 7:00pm  on the Eagle 100.9FM and on location at Sobeys Okotoks

All proceed supporting:
·       Okotoks Health & Wellness  - Urgent Care
·       Literacy for Life
·       It Takes a Village
·       Rowan House Emergency Shelter
·       Baby It's Cold Outside
·       Dr. Morris Gibson School Inclusive Playground
·       Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings
·       Oilfields General Hospital - RSLTC

How to get involved?   Make a donation by calling 587-576-HERO or join us at one of our fun day activities:
Charity BBQ at Sobeys Okotoks - 11am to 5pm for Smokies & Pop for $3. And on site activities such as Bouncy Castle, Mini Golf, and other games!
Chuckwagon CafĂ©  - 8:30 - 10:30am
Foothills Family Medical Center - 11am - 2pm- Charity BBQ. $2 Hotdog and Pop.

To get involved or make a donation call 587-576-HERO or

Fire Smart Square Butte Event Sat June 22! (@ 2:54)

It is finally here.  I've been telling you about it since November and this Saturday it is finally taking place at the Square Butte Hall on Highway 762.  Come and learn how to Fire Smart your home and buildings.  Details are below.

Upcoming Cycling Events Taking Place (@ 3:50)

These two events are taking place during the week during working hours as an attempt to minimize impact on the local residents.  I still want you to be aware that they will be taking place.

WSP Event - June 25th

Details: 50 participants
Routes: Highway 762, Plummers Rd, 1240 Dr, 240 St W, Hwy 549, Hwy 22 and 338 Ave.

Ernst & Young Event - June 26th 

Details: 120 participants in 12 groups of 10 cyclists 
Routes: 240 St W, Plummers Rd, Hwy 762, Hwy 549, Hwy 22, 192 St W, 2239 Dr. and 112 St W

Foothills Tourism Website Launch (@ 5:41)

Foothills Tourism isn't just for bringing more people to the area but also a great opportunity for locals to experience more of what their own backyard has to offer.  

Yesterday, the new organization launched their official new website at and I must say, it is a MUST VISIT!  

Explore all different categories of what the area has to offer you based off your own interests!  

From Family Fun to Agritourism, to Sports and Recreation opportunities in the area.  I guarantee you will find something new that you will want to check out.  

Not to be left out for you "Foodies" out there, available is a listing of some of the best food establishments that are a must try.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

June 12th - Busy weekend coming up! Millarville Farmers' Market Opening Day, Millarville "Run To The Market" Half Marathon, Chinook Gran Fondo & FireSmart Canada Event

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Millarville Market Opening Day!

Saturday, June 15th is the opening day of the famous Millarville Market from 9am - 2pm!  Be sure to come out support our local producers and enjoy some other great activities as well.  The market runs from June 15th until October 12th.

New program for kids this year as well!  For ages 5-12, the Market Buds program helps to educate children on where their food comes from and making healthy choices.  They earn tokens for spending on vegetables and fruit by completing a weekly activity in the Market Buds area located in the garden. They have also added a bale climbing pyramid, “barrel” horses with roping steers, horseshoes, games, and a weekly activity or craft. 

For More Information on the Millarville Market, visit:

Millarville "Run To The Market" Half Marathon

Opening day of the market also means the annual "Run to the Market" Half Marathon.  Going from Black Diamond to the Millarville Market.  There are three different events taking place.  The Half-Marathon (21.1 km) event, the Two-Person Half Marathon Relay and of course, a fan favorite, the Cobs Cinnamon Bun Run (12.8 km).  Since the race route goes from Black Diamond to the Millarville Racetrack, be sure to use Highways 22 and 549 if you are planning on attending the Market as the back route from Black Diamond will be closed to traffic!

For more information on the Millarville Half Marathon, visit:

Chinook Gran Fondo

This large scale cycling event is also taking place on Saturday, June 15th starting at 8am.  I am sharing so you are aware (and prepared) of any traffic interruptions due to the event.  This will NOT be like during the Tour of Alberta where roads were closed down for extensive time frames.  My understanding is there will be no road closures however, there will be officials for directing the cyclists to help keep both the motorists and cyclists safe.

There are three different routes that participants will be utilizing.  I will include maps below.  Please make note if you live in any of these areas.

The riders are directed to - “Stay to the Right”: Unless passing another rider, ensure that you stay as far to the right of the road as you can; making it easy for other riders to pass you safely on the left. (Taken from event website:  

Route #1 - Piccolo Fondo 63km

View an interactive route map here:

Route #2 - Medio Fondo 92 km

View the interactive route map here:

Route #3 - Gran Fondo 140 km

View the interactive route map here:

Fire Smart Event at Square Butte Hall

With the heightened concern over forest fires, the Square Butte Hall will be holding a Fire Smart event.  Bring a potluck item and stay for lunch after and have some great conversation.

Date: June 22/19
Time: 9 am - 12 pm

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

June 5th Update - Traffic Interruptions, Spruce Meadows National, Gravel Haul, FireSmart Event, Trailer crackdown

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Additional Ring Road Traffic Interruptions

Ongoing Lane Closures 6th St and 22X

Impact: Ongoing Lane Closures in ALL DIRECTIONS approaching the intersection
Dates: Monday, June 3 to Saturday, June 8
Hours: Weekdays 9 am - 3 pm
           Saturday 7 am - 6 pm
To download full details, CLICK HERE.

Spruce Meadows National June 8-9th

In addition to the South West Calgary Ring Road traffic challenges, there will be additional traffic coming to the area for the Spruce Meadows National.  A fantastic event taking place but will compound the effect of the traffic issues.  If you are planning on attending, do make sure to give yourself some extra time to get to the event.

Gravel Haul to Be Aware of

Intersection Construction - 112 St West & 226 Avenue

Foothills County started construction at the intersection at 112 St West and 226 Avenue in early May. Part of this construction includes an extensive truck haul that started on June 3rd and will last until the end of June.

The truck haul route (providing granular materials) is from 192 St West, East on Hwy 549, North on 112 St W to the construction site at 226 Avenue.

Construction will take place Monday to Friday, 6:30am – 6:00pm. Motorists please obey posted signage.

Fire Smart Event at Square Butte Hall

With the heightened concern over forest fires, the Square Butte Hall will be holding a Fire Smart event.  Bring a potluck item and stay for lunch after and have some great conversation.

Date: June 22/19
Time: 9 am - 12 pm

Foothills Council Cracks Down of Advertising Trailers

Foothills Council provided 2nd and 3rd readings to a new bylaw cracking down on the roadside trailer advertising.  There has been a bylaw in place specific to roadside trailers since 2014 but Council updated the bylaw to increase penalties for those not in compliance.

The signs have been an ongoing problem and source of numerous complaints to the municipality over the past several years as the number of the signs have been steadily on the rise.  

Provincial legislation prohibits the placement of a sign within 300 metres of a highway, unless a permit has been issued.

First reading for the Bylaw was provided February 6, 2019.  Since then, sign inventory has been decreasing so we look forward to lowering this even further in order to protect the beautiful vistas our residents are so used to. 

Monday, 27 May 2019

May 22 Update - Ring Road Traffic Advisories, Black Diamond Annexation, Leighton Art Centre Clothesline Sale & MRAS Golf Tournament

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Southwest Calgary Ring Road Traffic Interruptions

Lane Closure Southbound Macleod Trail at 22X

Impact: Closure of right southbound lane
Dates: Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24
Hours: 9 am - 3 pm

To download full details, CLICK HERE.

Lane Closures at 22X and 6th St/Sheriff King St SW

  • Closure of right eastbound lane of 22X approaching 6th St
  • Closure of right southbound lane of 6th St at 22X
  • Closure of outside left turning lane from westbound 22X to southbound 6th St
Dates: Tuesday, May 21st - Friday, May 24
Hours: 9 am - 3 pm

To download full details, CLICK HERE.


Black Diamond Annexation

May 22, Foothills Council had a public hearing to discuss the proposed annexation with the Town of Black Diamond.

Further information on what annexation is, details of the proposed annexation, public engagement, etc, visit:

Leighton Art Centre Annual Clothesline Sale

A great event hosted by the Leighton Art Centre is taking place this weekend.  If you are an art lover, this is the place to be!  Details are in the image above.  Feel free to share the word with other art lovers out there!

MRAS Golf Tournament - June 7

REGISTRATION CLOSES TOMORROW, May 28th for the Millarville Racetrack's annual Golf Tournament so make sure you get your registration/teams in ASAP! CLICK THE LINK BELOW for details and to register!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

May 8 Update - Enhanced Policing Presentation, Public Works, Spring Road Bans & Landfill Extended Hours

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Burnco Open House

Last Wednesday, May 1st, Burnco hosted an Open House at the Turner Valley golf course to get feedback from area residents about a proposed expansion to their gravel operation north of Black Diamond.

There was a great deal of information provided.  If you have concerns, feel free to contact Travis Coates at

If you would like to fill out a comment form to submit your concerns, click here to download.

To download the poster/presentation boards they had at the open house, click here.

As I mention in the video, they have not yet made application so if you have concerns that you'd like to address feel free to reach out to them at the above contact information to get your questions answered.

Foothills County Enhanced Policing Update (@ 1:12)

On Wednesday, May 8th, Council received an update presentation from members of the Okotoks, Turner Valley and High River RCMP detachments on how the County's Enhanced Policing Project was going and provide 1st quarter results.

The feedback we received from the officers were extremely positive with them demonstrating decreases in both personal and property crimes.  The increased presence they are providing within the far west of Millarville and north west, Priddis areas have had a very favorable impact.

Council has decided to continue on with the project as it has been going so well.

Public Works Road Crews (@ 2:45)

Public works updated Council that they have their full contingent of seasonal crews back up and working.  As I mentioned previously, the winter was not kind to the County roads so there is a lot of work for them to do.

If you have problem areas with your roads, contact the public works department to report the issues and they will place them on the list for repair.  Since there is a lot to do, they will get to them as quickly as possible.

Spring Road Bans Coming Off May 13th (@ 3:20)

The Spring Road Bans will be lifted May 13th.  Visit the Public Works web page for updates:

Foothills Regional Landfill - Extended Hours

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May 6 - June 27, we will stay open from 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are regular hours for the site. Note, only the Throw & Go area stays open past 4:30 for small residential loads.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

April 17th Update - Secondary Suites and Land Use Bylaw Amendments (incl. backyard chickens, solar, accessory building sizes and temporary RV storage)

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Secondary Suites Receive 2nd and 3rd Reading (@ 0:14)

Today Council passed the new bylaw for Secondary Suites on parcels over 2 acres.  This is something we have been working on for a long time now and we are happy to be to this point.

Some of you may remember and participated in the Open Houses the County hosted in March and June 2018.  We thank you very much for your feedback and we did our best to incorporate it into this new bylaw.

Proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendments (@ 1:54)

Some of you may remember back to December of 2014 when Council passed a new Land Use Bylaw.  Since then, we have been re-visiting it often in attempts to improve it for all residents. 

Here were a few of the items Council discussed amending in it today:
  1. Accessory building sizes
  2. Temporary RV storage 
  3. Backyard Chickens
  4. Permitting process for Solar
 This was just a few of the items we discussed and will look at further as council has directed staff to come back with further information.  More detail can be found in the video above.  

As always, if there is anything that you would like me to include in my updates, just let me know by sending me a message on Facebook or sending me an email.  I always want to keep you up to date on the latest happening in our community.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

April 10 Update - Fire Smart Event, County Roads & additional South West Calgary Ring Road Traffic Interruptions

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Fire Smart Event (@ 25 seconds)

Some of you may remember back in November, I hosted an event with Division 4 Councillor, Suzanne Oel, a public event to discuss the fire we experienced out west last year.  Part of the presentation was put on by members of the Foothills Fire Department (FFD).  They discussed a federal program called Fire Smart (details can be found at  

That night, I started discussions with the FFD about the possibility of hosting a Fire Smart Event at Square Butte Hall this spring and got the ball rolling.  The FFD has been trying ever since to nail down a date with Fire Smart Canada to do an official presentation and have not yet been able to confirm a date as of yet.

However, they recently notified me that there would be a Fire Smart Open House held in Bragg Creek on May 11th from 2-4 pm.  I do not yet have a location but will let you know as soon as I do.  If you are interested in further information, feel free to attend the open house and check out the website above.

We will continue to work towards hosting our own event but in the meantime, this is better than nothing.

Foothills County Roads - Spring Breakup (@1:37)

Foothills Council received an update this morning from the Public Works department that the winter was not very kind to the County roads.  The spring breakup has lived true to its name and the roads are in far worse condition than normal.  

The bad news is, with the amount of work that will need to go into repairing the roads, it will take away from building and resurfacing projects they had planned as obviously, the repairs need to be a priority.  

As I mentioned in my update last week (click here for that update), the frost is deeper than normal and still has a ways to come out.  Repairs cannot be done until the frost is out and that may be as long as a month from now.  The seasonal road crews will be brought back on at that time and will get to work as fast as possible.

Bottom line is, if you have issues with your road, feel free to report it to public works so it gets added to their repair list, however, it may be longer than normal until they get to it.  Please be patient as they will get to it as quickly as they can.

South West Calgary Ring Road - Traffic Interruptions (@3:12)

As I reported last week, there has been a number of traffic disruptions and will continue to be until the project is completed.  There are a few new ones that have recently started and some that will beginning this Friday, April 12th. See below image for links to the details on each of them.
  • Drilling Pilling from 90 Ave sw to Highway 22x on Macleod Trail
    • Started: April 1st
    • Scheduled Completion - Sometime summer 2019
    • Construction Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-10pm, Sundays and Holidays 9am-10pm
    • For map and further details, click here.
  • Lane Closure of left southbound land on Macleod at 22x
    • Friday April 12th
    • Hours: 9am-3pm
    • For map and further details, click here.
  • Haul Crossing on westbound Highway 22x at 24th St
    • Start Date: Friday, April 12th
    • Scheduled Completion: Aug 30/19
    • Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm
    • For map and further details, click here.
  • Haul Crossing on 22x eastbound ramp to northbound Macleod Trail
    • Started: March 20th
    • Scheduled Completion: June 7/19
    • Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm
    • For map and further details, click here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019



Haul Crossing on Highway 22X at 24 Street

Location: Westbound Highway 22X at the intersection with 24 Street S.W.

Impacts:  Haul trucks crossing Highway 22X resulting in periodic stoppages of traffic. Traffic control personnel directing vehicles

Reason: Moving material for construction of new road in the median of Highway 22X

Start date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Completion date: Friday, August 30, 2019

Work hours: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Speed reduction: 50 km/h from 70 km/h (when the haul is active)

Other information: 24 Street in the median of Highway 22X is closed to public traffic

To view the images below in PDF format, CLICK HERE.

Traffic Advisory - 22x and Macleod Trail - South West Calgary Ring Road


Haul Crossing on Highway 22X Ramp to Macleod Trail

Location: The exit ramp from eastbound Highway 22X to northbound Macleod Trail S.E.

Impacts:  Haul trucks crossing the ramp resulting in periodic stoppages of traffic.  There will be Traffic control personnel directing vehicles.

Reason: Earthworks for bridge structures

Start date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Completion date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Work hours:
Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To download the images in pdf format, click here.

April 3rd Update - Fire Season, Frost and Tree Workshop

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Fire Season Reminder

With the warmer weather and the ground drying out, that puts us at risk of fires.  If you have any burns to do, be sure to get your burn permit online at


Open fires are allowed by obtaining a burning permit online or in person at the Heritage Pointe Fire Station or call the station at 403-603-3571.

Burning barrels with screen covers and located on non combustible surfaces will also be allowed. Caution is to be observed with any fire.

With the strong wind that tend to come up, we want to be sure that you keep safe!

Frost and Roads (@ 1:05)

In talking with the Public Department today, they informed me that approximately 1 metre of frost has come out of the ground with slightly over 1 metre remaining.  

What does this mean for you?  

It means a couple things.  First, Public Works are not able to complete repairs until the frost has fully come out of the ground as the work they would do, would just be undone again.  Second, if you are having issues with your roads, feel free to still report it to them.  Third, they will unlikely be able to do the repair for likely around a month until the frost is fully out and the seasonal staff is back to work.

So, have patience with the roads, but still feel free to report issues if you find them so they get on the list for repair.

Tree Planting and Maintenance Workshop (@ 1:58)


There is another tree workshop coming up on April 10th at 9:30 am at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink at Heritage.  To reserve your seats, visit: