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Poet’s book began in Churchill Square By Colin F. Smith You may have seen him at his “office” – a bench in Sir Winston Churchill Square. That’s where Kevan Lyons spends a lot of his time, observing and talking to people and writing poems based on their stories. And it’s why Lyons, 62, titled the book he recently published The Poet of Churchill Square. The collection of poems, accompanied by the stories behind them, was launched at an August 20 event in the Sunshine Café at Sage, the Seniors’ Association of Greater Edmonton, just across the street from the square. The book’s publication is another step on a journey of recovery and healing for Lyons, who started writing poetry following a series of misfortunes including a family death, compulsive gambling and homelessness. Originally from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Lyons arrived in Edmonton in 1976. He’d had a long and successful career in real estate here when his 12-year-old daughter died in 1993 of unexplained natural causes. It was the beginning of a downhill slide in his life. “I never got over the grief,” Lyons said in an interview. “I just got tired of the world.” He began gambling steadily, left the real estate business and lost family and friends. Lyons estimates that over the years he lost more than a million dollars playing the VLTs in local bars, although he doesn’t drink. Finally, he went into rehabilitation in attempt to deal with his gambling problem. A counsellor at the rehab facility suggested he keep a journal. While jour-

naling didn’t work for Lyons, he also tried writing some poetry. “Poetry did help me,” he said. “Then I found out that it helped other people.” He wrote in Churchill Square during a period of homelessness – part of that time sleeping out of doors – as well as at Sage or the Edmonton Public Library’s downtown branch if the weather was poor. “Churchill Square was the centre of my world for 15 months.” In the square Lyons met and talked to people who inspired some of his poems. He also encountered a teacher who took an interest in his writing, which led to a poetry reading at a school that was the first of many. “Kids energize me,” said Lyons, who loves to read to children. He also leads of Sage’s drop-in poetry readings every third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Sunshine Café and takes part in events such as the Poetry Night each Tuesday at Rouge Lounge, 10111-117 St. Although Lyons, who hasn’t gambled since May 2010, now has a home and other commitments he continues to go to his bench in Churchill Square to write most days. “It keeps me young and gives me purpose,” he said Lyons believes that poetry is the voice of the soul, but considers himself as much a storyteller as a poet. The poems in The Poet of Churchill Square are straightforward, in simple rhyming verses, accompanied by text explaining the background of the works. “I like to write about the tough subjects, about the things people don’t want to talk about,” stated Lyons. However, along with the works touch

Kevan Lyons cuts the cake at the launch for his book, The Poet of Churchill Square. Helping him, from left to right Sage Enrichment Coordinator Rachel Tassone, “Cecile” and Margaret Geary. on loneliness, despair, homeless ness and war, there are also lighthearted poems for children. “The book is about the healing power of poetry,” he said. “I want people to buy the book because there is something in the book that will help them.”

The Poet of Churchill Square can be purchased from the Tix on the Square outlet on Churchill Square, ordered from PageMaster Publication Services at 780425-9303, or you can get it directly from the poet himself when he’s at his office on the bench.

CMA calls for seniors’ health care strategy By Colin F. Smith The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is calling for the development of a national strategy for seniors’ health care. That goes along with release of the 2013 National Report Card on health issues, a survey done for the physicians’ organization by Ipsos-Reid. The poll found that nine out of 10 Canadians (93 per cent) believe a national strategy for seniors’ health care at home and in hospitals, hospices and longterm facilities is needed. “Let there be no doubt that a national strategy for seniors’ health care should be a federal priority,” said CMA president,

Dr. Anna Reid. An equal number of poll respondents believe a comprehensive strategy for seniors health care would improve the entire system by keeping elderly Canadians at home as long as possible, thereby lightening the load on hospitals and long-term care facilities. Nine out of 10 respondents (89 per cent) believe a national strategy for seniors should involve federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels of government. And four in five (78 per cent) believe the federal government has an important role to play in developing the strategy.

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The CMA believes that making it easier for elderly Canadians to stay at home while getting the care they need would be the preferred and most costeffective health care option. According to the association, research shows that it costs $126 a day to provide care for a patient in a long-term care facility, versus $842 a day in a hospital. The results show a majority (63 per cent) believe home and community care should be the most important focus for governments when improving health care quality for senior citizens. “The anxiety Canadians have

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about health care in their socalled golden years is both real and well-founded,” declared Reid. Just four out of 10 (41 per cent) believe hospitals and long-term care facilities can handle the needs of seniors in their area who will not be able to stay at home. The same proportion of Canadians says they are confident in the current health system’s ability to serve the nation’s aging population. The poll, conducted between July 17 and July 26 by phone with 1,000 Canadians 18 and over, found that four in five (83 per cent) Canadians thought their health care in retirement

years was a concern. Seventy-nine per cent were concerned about having access to a high quality acute care system, while 77 per cent were concerned about access to high quality home care and longterm care. “The results of this year’s CMA report card send a clear and direct message to policymakers and public office holders that all levels of government need to act to address the demographic tsunami that is heading toward the health care system,’’ said Reid.

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Tenth anniversary of SMART program celebrated

Na’amat Canada representitives Barbra Wiseman and Baryl Nahornyk present a cheque for the SMART program to board presidents Dr. Michael Alpern and Dr. Mike Salkie. (right) A member of the AVIV dancers. (Special) -- Funders, donors, volunteers and government representatives gathered on Sunday, August 25 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Seniors Making Age-Related Transitions (SMART) Program. Jointly operated by Jewish Family Services and the Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre, the SMART Program provides many forms of practical, health and social supports that support independent living and the ability to maintain connections with the Jewish community. “This program and partnership provides a strong and supportive resource for our elders and their family caregivers that

maximizes quality of life,� said Larry Derkach, executive director of Jewish Family Services. “It unites the social service, health and recreation mandate of our two organizations in very unique and culturally sensitive ways. “So, by working jointly, we are able to help people wanting to remain in their own homes as they age and tailor services to the needs of each individual client. Our staff members are also able to play key role in helping people when the time comes that assisted living or continuing care placements become necessary.� The anniversary celebrations,

dubbed the Sweet Treats CafÊ, were held at the Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre, The event was organized to give the boards of both partnering organizations the opportunity to personally thank organizations and individuals that have helped sustain the services over the last decade. Elected officials on hand to celebrate and congratulate supporters included speakers Mayor Stephen Mandel, Senator Betty Unger, Minister of State for Multiculturalism Tim Uppal and Edmonton Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman. Those in attendance enjoyed special performances by pianist

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I'm a city councillor for Ward 11 and I'm running for mayor of Edmonton. I want to earn your support.

I was born in Northern Ontario in 1956, the fifth child of my parents, Tony & Helen Diotte. My parents weren't rich. My dad worked as a locomotive engineer at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie and volunteered as a union representative. My mother was a stay-at-home mom who worked just as hard as my dad. Both my parents lived through the Great Depression and I learned many lessons from their experience. The first was not to waste money. I remember as a young child, we would enjoy a steak dinner every few months and my parents would always say how lucky we were to have it. My mom would say: "Eat all of it, even the fat, it costs 99 cents a pound." I respected that. I loved my parents. They gave me so many gifts, including a love of reading, learning, understanding and common sense. They encouraged me to go to University and I graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a BA in English, which led me to a successful 30-year-long career in journalism. Much of that was spent with the Edmonton Sun, where I was also a long-time City Hall opinion columnist, although I've also written extensively for Maclean's magazine and Alberta Report and worked at TV and radio stations. One of my most rewarding assignments was sailing across the Atlantic on the QE2 with veterans who'd stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1945, when they were in their teens or early 20s. It was the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1995, and most of these veterans were in their 70s and 80s. They had a great deal of wisdom. Can you imagine teenagers today, at age18 or 19, willing to put their lives on the line for democracy? I talked at length with these the men and women of WW2 who dodged bullets and saw their friends killed, all in the name of defending our democracy. I learned from them. And I was honoured to listen to their stories and re-tell them to tens of thousands of my newspaper readers. I believe politicians need to listen to people who have faced adversity, like our seniors. I hear their concerns loud and clear. They tell me we must start spending tax money more wisely. I agree. We must stop the wild spending spree that sees our civic debt rapidly approaching $3 billion. That's about $3,500 for every man, woman and child in Edmonton! We must take better care of our core services like roads, sidewalks, snow clearing and transit, and stop needless vanity projects. City council as a whole must start listening to the people, their bosses. I like the idea of a new downtown arena, but of the three councillors running for mayor, I am the only one to vote against the arena deal consistently because it's too much tax money to subsidize a billionaire. If you like what you hear, please come to volunteer, donate to the campaign or request a lawn sign.We already have a lot of great seniors volunteering. This is a watershed election on Oct. 21. If you want to see a new direction for Edmonton, we must work together to win!


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EDITORIAL By Edith Kirby “Out on a desert highway, she rides a HarleyDavidson,” goes the Neil Young song Unknown Legend. Although you won’t likely meet Neil Young or Fonzie, the Retreads motorcycle group has a lot to offer and you don’t need to own a HarleyDavidson. The club is called the Retreads for a reason. Most members are over 40. But there’s no age limit but envious “youngsters” are joining, after learning about this really cool group. The Edmonton Chapter of this worldwide organization meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Yellowhead Restaurant, 15004 Yellowhead Trail. You’re invited to join them. They’re easy to find. Outside, look for the bikes; inside, look for the helmets. What, you sold your motorcycle? Join them anyway. You’ll enjoy the motorcycle talk, and may reconsider getting another bike. You’ll learn about their out of town trips, barbecues, the good-will charity drives they get involved in, such as “Ride for Dad” (prostate cancer) and Santa’s Anonymous, and the justplain-fun. One-quarter of the “gang” are women, and they’re not just hanging on behind the old man. They ride their own bikes, says member Bob Thompson who, with his wife, has been a member for 15 years. This is September. Too soon the cold north wind shall blow, and jumping on a motorcycle will be six months away. Get riding now. The first step is get to the Yellowhead on the 15th of September to meet the Retreads If that doesn’t work for you, there’s lots of motorcycle information online. Just do a Google search for Edmonton and area motorcycle events to find a page full of different groups, interesting rides and charity events, plus application forms and contact numbers. As Fonzie would say, “Ayyy!”

* * * “Faraway places with strange sounding names. Faraway over the sea. Faraway places with strange sounding names, calling, calling, me.” Long ago I dreamed of those faraway places sung about by Jo Stafford, but I never got off the ground. Then one day I saw a bus at Westmount Mall, loading up with seniors. Thinking maybe it was a day trip to a Camrose casino, I asked where they were going. It turned out they were members of the Friendship Force of Edmonton, packed and heading to the airport to fly to Germany. And there I was doing yet another boring health walk around Westmount Mall! On further investigation, I discovered Friendship Force is a worldwide organization with 350 member clubs around the world. They boast 21 clubs in Canada, four of which are in Alberta, and the rest all across Canada. Only the Maritime Provinces have none – yet! The Friendship Force slogan is Changing the Way You See The World. Alberta members not only meet people in, say, Greece, but are invited to stay with them in their homes. In return, Greeks will land in Edmonton to meet Canadians and stay in their homes. Their latest press release says, “Exchanges take people past the monuments into the heart of a country and its people.” I went to one party locally where we met Friendship Force guests from Brazil. The Brazilians wore national dress, and entertained us with their dancing. Such fun! Where have I been all my life? If you’d like to meet and actually get to know people from places such as Portugal, Norway, Greece, and skip the all-alike hotels in the process, check out Friendship Force at www.friendshipforce.org, or locally, at www.friendshipforceedmonton.org. Or call Donna at 780-459-6761 at a reasonable hour. You could say she’s, well, “been around.” Lucky gal! Edith Kirby can be contacted at maritimer1@ gmail.com.

LETTERS to the Editor Diotte column provides unfair election advantage Editor, I picked up the August 2013 Edmonton Senior paper for personal reasons, though I’m not a senior yet! I read the article “Toronto comparison underlines Edmonton debt woes” without checking the by-line. I was appalled to realize near the end of the article that it was written by a person who is a candidate for mayor in Edmonton’s upcoming civic election. The “article” even finishes with a plug for the candidate’s election platform. Given the circumstances the paper should state from the outset that the author, Mr. Diotte, is a candidate in the upcoming election and is using this platform to boost his campaign. Mr. Diotte should know better than to be using a newspaper to unfairly reach an audience. The other candidates should also have the right to respond if one candidate is given such an advantage. Very poor judgment on the editor’s part to consider this as an “article.” Regards, John Bass

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COMMENT Toastmasters can provide ideal retirement activity By Rick Lauber Retirement can be a major turning point in life. You could be leaving a career behind, which can be a traumatic step. However, retirement can also open many doors and allow you more time and freedom to explore your interests. You could take classes, tackle that novel or travel. As you seek out new pastimes and pursuits, joining Toastmasters might be an appealing challenge. This organization, at almost 100 years old, is most recognized for providing its members a safe and supportive haven to improve their public speaking skills. Public speaking, you say? If the very thought of making a presentation to an audience makes your knees knock, you’re not alone. Before balking at the prospect, consider that Toastmasters provides far more than speaking practice. Here are just a few of the other benefits. As a Toastmasters group member, you will be provided with a booklet of speech projects to work through. Speech guidelines and objectives are provided; however, topics are your own. Sharing from your own personal and/or professional experience is one approach but explore more unfamiliar topics to you by all means. Researching new subject matter, writing your ensuing speech notes and delivering your speech by memory will all help to keep your mind sharp. Toastmasters clubs are often described as fun and friendly. The regular meetings can pro-

vide you an opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life and, perhaps, form long-lasting friendships. Do you dislike having to ask the grocery store cashier to apply the senior’s discount to your bill? Or, maybe you’d could use help with a heavy door but don’t like asking? With Toastmasters, you will face the fear of speaking up in public and then go on and do it – thus greatly boosting your belief in yourself. When you feel surer about yourself you won’t hesitate to speak up and can be more convincing when you make requests. Many Toastmasters groups attract new Canadians – people who want to practice and improve their English. By chatting with these individuals and listening to their speeches you can travel the globe without heading to the airport, hauling a heavy suitcase around or risking losing your luggage during your travels. In addition to completing speeches, Toastmasters’ members are encouraged to sign up for roles during regular meetings; plan (or even compete in) speaking and evaluating contests and, perhaps, even serve on their own club’s Executive committee. By taking on more responsibility within your club, you can learn how to run an effective meeting, within time constraints, manage people and lead organizations. Good work doesn’t go unnoticed! Continued on Page 27

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Gifted with Age - We face many changes with advancing years by Carol Kodish-Butt Growth depends upon our ability to accept change. So says Philip Berman in his book The Courage to Grow Old. Well, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, we have multiple opportunities to grow as we age. So many changesâ&#x20AC;Ś In this first column on change, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look at some of the major categories of change we face in our older years. Home is one such. As we get older, our earlier choices for the perfect home may change. Maybe we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need so much room. Our kids are all grown and it takes a lot of work to clean a larger house. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the stairs. Now a single-floor, one-

bedroom house looks better or maybe an apartment or suite in a condo. Or maybe making meals is getting too difficult. Many things will go into making a decision about moving from our familiar residence but it is likely that where and how we live will change in the next years. Although relationship changes happen throughout our lives, it seems they accelerate during this period. Perhaps our spouse develops a chronic illness and our role as husband or wife begins to evolve into that of caregiver. Many of our other relationships

And loneliness may become a major issue. Another major issue is health, Small health problems may seem bigger now and new problems may develop. I recently injured my leg and experienced pain of a seriousness I had never before encountered. All of a sudden, many

disappear as some people relocate and others die. I remember asking my ninetyfive year old great aunt if she was pleased to be living to such a remarkable age. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why should I?â&#x20AC;? she responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my friends are gone now!â&#x20AC;? A succinct commentary on relationship changes some seniors face.

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zations is still a big problem. We take our democracy and safety for granted in Canada. We take it so much for granted the majority of Edmontonians don’t even bother to vote in municipal elections. That, to me, is sad. We have a civic election coming up here in Edmonton on Oct. 21. Ironically many immigrants who live in this city would be the first to line up to vote, but they cannot because they have yet to become Canadian citizens. Yet people who are life-long Canadian citizens often don’t bother to exercise their democratic rights. To me, that is a real shame. Regardless of who you support for mayor or city councillor in Edmonton’s upcoming election, please get out to vote. Learn from many of those people who have immigrated to this country who truly treasure democracy. I am a current city councillor in Ward 11 who is one of four people running for mayor. You can see some of the issues that concern me and many other Edmontonians at www.kerrydiotte. com. Of course I would like you to vote for me but I urge you to check out the websites of others in the contest. Continued on Page 11


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Continued from Page 1 CMA National Report Card on Health Care Reinforces Need for National Strategy on Health Care for Seniors The findings of the survey were welcomed by the Canadian Home Care Association. “The survey findings reinforce what home care providers hear everyday,” stated association president John Schram. “There are clear opportunities to improve care for seniors, especially in home and community care.” In 2011, 1.4 million Canadians that received home care, 800,000 of them seniors, 65 year of age and over, or about one in every six seniors. “Although provinces and terri-

Continued from Page 10 If you would like to ask me any questions about my core values, I welcome those questions. And if you would like to tell me your vision of how we can make the city better, I welcome that too. We are lucky to live in a city like Edmonton where there is so much opportunity and an attitude that welcomes all cultures to participate. That is the lesson of Heritage Days. We are a global village right here in Canada. Let’s learn from all cultures and make our city the very best it can be. To contact Councillor Kerry Diotte write to 584 Riverbend Sq. NW PO Box 21022 Terwillegar, Edmonton, AB T6R 2V4 or email kerry@kerrydiotte. com.

tories have made commitments to enhancing home care for seniors, we have not seen a shift in the funding and resources to support new programs and services.” said Nadine Henningsen, executive director of the association. “Of the $3,957 public dollars spent per Canadian in 2010, only $159 was spent on home care. In fact, the percentage of public health care funding to home care from the provinces and territories has either decreased or not changed over the past five years.” The association is seeking an increase in the percentage of public health care funding allocated to home care to meet the long-term, chronic care needs

of Canadians, along with programs that safeguard the health of family caregivers, and minimize financial burden, and provide them with information and resources. According to the Alberta Liberals, the poll’s findings are in line with party policies. “Alberta’s health care system consistently fails seniors,” stated health critic Dr. David Swann. “This poll highlights how important Canadians think seniors care is and how our government must make immediate changes to our health care system.” Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman said the province is going to face a severe crisis in seniors care if the government

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(Staff) -- Sales of residential properties were up in double digit increments in Edmonton in categories in July compared to last year, reported the Realtors Association of Edmonton. Total residential sales in July were up 24.9 per cent year-over-year with 1,875 sales (1,736 reported). Sales figures are adjusted to account for unreported transactions at month end. That compares with home sales activity across the country that came in 9.4 per cent above levels in July 2012. Prices were also up year-over-year in all categories. The average price for a single family detached property in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area in July was $410,372, down 0.5 pr cent from June but up 3.4 per cent from a year ago. Condominium average prices dropped 7.4 per cent month to month but were up 2.6 per cent from 2012 at $242,516. Duplex/row house prices were up 8.6 per cent over last year at $330,906. The all-residential average price in the Edmonton area in July was $350,726, which is down 2.5 per cent from June, but up 3.3 per

cent over last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the highest figures for July that we have seen since 2009,â&#x20AC;? said Darrell Cook, president of the realtorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prices and sales have peaked for the year and the month-over-month numbers are lower than June but when compared to last year our market is very robust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although listings are up over the same time last year, our inventory has slipped by almost 250 units. Going forward, some buyers may have to consider compromises to find their new home in this market.â&#x20AC;? According to the association, there was a sales-tolisting ratio of 68 per cent was the result of 2,543 residential listings and 1,736 residential sales in July. The total value of real estate sales through the Edmonton Multiple Listing ServiceÂŽ System in July was $814 million, up from 18 per cent from July 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite the rain and flooding in Alberta last month, the housing market has thrived,â&#x20AC;? said Cook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edmonton has jobs, housing options, and an economy that is attracting newcomers to the city and ensuring that cur-

rent residents have an appealing lifestyle.â&#x20AC;? Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing market continues to be one of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most affordable according to the Housing Trends and Affordability Report issued August 27 by RBC Economics Research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite the fact that the market has kicked into higher gear since spring -- thereby boosting prices and increasing ownership costs -- Alberta continues to be a relatively affordable market,â&#x20AC;? said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will likely see some disruptions in market activity trickle through in summer data from the floods in southern Alberta; however, we anticipate the strong provincial economy will endure, supporting further housing growth in 2014.â&#x20AC;? In the second quarter of 2013, RBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing affordability measures, which capture the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proportion of pre-tax household income needed to service the costs of owning a home at market values, edged higher for all three categories tracked. The higher the reading, the more difficult it is to own a house.

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Tips for helping a relative who is newly alone By Lisa M. Petsche When the loved one they have been living with passes away, many older adults face the challenge of learning to live alone, often for the first time. If there was a division of labour with their partner, they must either learn new life skills – for example, managing the household finances, maintain-

ing their home’s condition inside and out or performing domestic tasks such as cooking, cleaning and doing laundry – or obtain help. If their spouse was the more physically or mentally able of the pair, living independently may pose special challenges. If you have a parent or other close relative who is new to

living alone, read on for some areas of potential concern and how to help. Request a medication review by your relative’s primary physician to determine if all the prescriptions they take are still necessary. Ask their pharmacist about available aids for organizing and remembering to take medi-

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cations. Ensure all prescriptions are filled at one pharmacy to better keep track of them. Set up a schedule to take your relative grocery shopping, arrange for a grocery delivery service, stock their freezer with heat-and-serve foods or arrange for Meals on Wheels service. Signing them up for a “cooking for one” class at an adult education centre or community centre is another idea. If they find it hard to eat alone, encourage your relative to tie mealtimes to radio or television programs of interest, look into communal dining programs and regularly have them over for dinner. Arrange for regular housecleaning service and, if applicable, yard maintenance service. If your relative has limited income, they may qualify for a subsidized community program. Call the Support Network’s 211 number for information on a wide variety of programs and services or the City of Edmonton Information Line at 311. If your relative doesn’t drive, or shouldn’t, provide them with a bus pass or taxi gift vouchers, or investigate volunteer driver programs for seniors. If necessary, find out about accessible transportation services in their

community. If your relative has been deemed unsafe to drive, remove any vehicles from the premises, or at least take away the keys so they can’t be driven. If your relative has vision problems, ask their doctor for a referral to an ophthalmologist. If nothing can be done to improve their vision, get them a magnifier for reading small print, and other adaptive items such as a large-keypad telephone and a clock with oversized numbers. List important phone numbers on a poster board (use black lettering on white), and place it on the wall by their phone. Perform a safety assessment of your relative’s home to identify potential hazards. These can include clutter, poor lighting and lack of proper stair railings. Then do what you can to rectify them. Visit a medical supply store and check out the many products that might make daily activities easier and safer. Sign up your relative with a personal emergency response service, which will provide them with a lightweight, waterproof pendant or bracelet that has a button to press if they run into a crisis and need help. Continued on page 19

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Seventh SAGE free housing Timeline organizes steps forum coming up for the big move (NC) – The time has pull up stakes and head to a new home. Now, with moving day just around the corner it’s time to really get organized. “Mail forwarding, utility changes and packing supplies are just a few items you will want to get ready for,” says Carlo Racioppo, a broker with Royal LePage Realty Plus. “Plan your move in a series of stages for a more seamless and stress-free process.” Racioppo recommends the following timeline for your big move: Weeks prior to moving • Book a moving truck well in advance of your moving date to ensure availability. • Redirect all essential services to your new address. • Update your contact information and provide a forwarding address to your bank, insurance company and place of employment. • Begin packing and designate an area within your home to store packed materials. Days prior to moving • Label your moving boxes for ease of organization when unpacking and clearly mark boxes with the room they are to be brought to at your new address. • If you are disassembling furniture, keep all bolts and screws in a labeled bag or container. • Keep important medical and insurance documents separate from other moving boxes. Moving day • Be sure to set aside any personal items and valuables that you will need during the day or immediately once you are in your new home. • Manage your moving inventory by making a list of all boxes and items to be moved. • Check them off as they are delivered to your new address. After the move • Inform your automobile insurance company of your new address. Your insurance company will have a limited grace period for this change, so be aware of your timeframe. • Get to know your neighbours and surroundings so that you can feel settled and comfortable. Moving can seem a daunting task, but with the right planning and preparation, you can make moving day a success and begin enjoying your new home sooner. More information can be found at www.royallepage.ca.

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Make the connection between health and home at the 2013 Seniors’ Housing Forum, Saturday, September 28, presented by Sage (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton), in partnership with key community stakeholders. The Seniors’ Housing Forum provides the opportunity for seniors, their families and caregivers, to learn more about housing options, support services in the community, and the resources and knowledge we require to age well in our existing homes. The forum is now in its seventh year. Speaking about the event, Karen McDonald, director of community relations at Sage, said that it addresses the core concerns of many seniors. “Seniors often express the importance of independence; knowledge empowers seniors and supports this need for independence, particularly when considering the importance of housing in every aspect of their lives,” McDonald said. “The forum is a great opportunity for seniors and their families to have an open discussion about their living arrangements. This discussion is far more meaningful when everyone has the information they need to make positive housing choices.” The forum’s doors open at 9 a.m. sharp, with the event running until 3 p.m. at the Central Lions Senior Recreation Centre, 11113 113 Street. Participants can visit the exhibitor booths of more than 50 seniors-serving organizations to learn more about resources to assist

older adults in their senior years. Nine information sessions relevant to aging in the right place will be presented. The topics fall under three umbrella themes: Home and Independent Living, Supportive and Facility Living, and Living Well. Featured session topics will be “Housing and Health and Wellness Supports, Safe Home Design, Legal Documents You Should Have, Health and Home, Caregiver Support and Family Dynamics, Financial Literacy and Housing, Community Supports and Transportation, Safety in the Home, and Preventative Health. Participants will also enjoy lunch, coffee and tea, and door prizes. Limited free parking is available at Central Lions, as well as residential street parking. There is no charge to attend the Seniors’ Housing Forum, however this event grows in popularity each year, so registration is requested in order to determine general attendance numbers. Please call 780-423-5510 ext. 310 to register. More information about the event is available by calling the information line above or by going to http://seniorshousingforum.blogspot. com. Information supplied by Sage.

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Action needed for people in poor quality housing By Jino Distasio On any given night thousands of Canadians languish in ramshackle housing, line up at shelters or sleep in our streets and alleyways. It is estimated that, on any given day, 30,000 Canadians are without homes. This situation is not limited to our big cities:

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But, as others have pointed out, closing rooming houses and other marginal forms of shelter – even the poorest quality ones – might cause more harm than good. For more than a decade the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies undertook several projects exploring rooming houses and single-room-occupancy hotels (SROs). What we found was an industry rife with contradiction, comprised of Samaritans and villains, willing to help or exploit. In an initial estimate, we contended that the hidden homeless population of Winnipeg alone comprises as many as 10,000 people. As well, it is conservatively estimated that there are 50,000 Canadians who are part of the “hidden homeless” population on any given night. Many of these “hidden homeless” live in rooming houses, SROs or “sofa-surfed” from temporary place to place. How did Canada get here? We allowed our affordable housing stock to spiral downward in two fundamental ways. First, the federal government significantly diminished its role in the provision of and funding for affordable housing, offloading the responsibility to the provinces, which have not been able to build enough units. Second, most provinces across the country allowed what remained of affordable housing to decline, leaving many to scramble for the worst of the worst, including rooming houses and SROs. To tackle the problem of poorquality housing, a practical solution would be for provinces to better enforce building codes, occupancy standards and the licensing of rooming houses and SROs, with the mandate to close the worst offenders. This swift action would effectively shut many down. However, in doing so we would have to realize that a hefty price would be paid for using this approach,

HOMES as many of our “hidden homeless” would be plunged into crisis, ending up on the streets and putting increased pressure on our already burdened shelters. Herein lays the paradox. While we know it is critical to have all Canadians living in safe, affordable housing, closing thousands of rooms would put massive pressure on an already strained system. Yet perhaps this course of action is exactly what is needed, since the excuse of having no alternatives is simply not good enough any longer. Perhaps such action would not only provoke a strong tri-level government reaction, but they would be forced to find alternatives, including building new affordable housing units and offering the right supports to keep people housed. In work by the At Home Chez Soi project over four years, we learned much about keeping people securely housed. The solution was never about simply providing housing; it was also about creating a strong network of individualized supports that included mental health, addictions, employment and quality of life. This ensured the right resources were made available to keep people stably housed. The Housing First approach used in the project provides strong evidence that supports along with housing go a long way to changing lives – and saving the system money in the long run. As we move forward, we have to realize that we need to invest in all of our citizens. We have to work hard to make available the right types of resources and services to help those in need find their own pathway to success. But success must include a safe and secure home. Jino Distasio is director of the Institute of Urban Studies, and co-principal investigator for the Winnipeg site of the At Home Chez SoiProject. www.troymedia.com


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Fall maintenance protects your home and investment (Marketwire)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fall is the time to get your home ready for the coming winter, the most gruelling season for your home. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) suggests you perform a variety of tasks that will help you to avoid the most common â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and costly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; problems before they occur. Some of these tasks are: Ensure leaves and other debris are removed from eavestroughs and downspouts for proper drainage from the roof. Ensure that downspouts direct water away from the house foundation. Have your heating system serviced by a qualified company, every two years for a gas furnace and every year for an oil furnace or in accordance with the manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructions. Have the chimneys or combustion vents checked for nests or other obstructions before turning on your heating system. Check and clean or replace furnace filters on a monthly basis during the heating season. Gently vacuum in and around hot water baseboard heaters to remove dust. Remove the grills on forced-air heating systems and vacuum inside the ducts. Ensure airflow dampers are open.

If you have a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), ensure the air intake grill â&#x20AC;&#x201C; located on the outside of the house â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is clean, the filters and core within the unit are clean, the condensate drains properly (test by pouring water into the drain pan under the core and watching the flow through the drain tube), and the HRV is turned on and is set at the right speed. If you have a well, test the water quality. If you have a sump pump, ensure it is operating properly, with no obstructions or leaks in the drain line. If you have a septic tank, have it checked to determine if it needs to be emptied before the winter starts. Remove and store window screens, install storm windows, and ensure all windows, doors and skylights shut tightly, including the door between your house and ga-

rage; repair or replace weatherstripping, as needed. Ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall to decrease the likelihood of water draining into the basement. Cover the outside of the air conditioner, and drain and store outdoor hoses. Close the valve to the outdoor hose connection and drain the faucet. Winterize landscaping by storing outdoor furniture, preparing gardens and, if necessary, protecting young trees or bushes. For a free copy of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;About Your Houseâ&#x20AC;? fact sheet Home Maintenance Schedule, or for information on any other aspect of owning, maintaining or buying a home, visit www.cmhc.ca or call CMHC at 1-800-6682642.

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Drownings increase as baby boomers age: report By Colin F. Smith A spike in drownings among Canadian baby boomers worries the Lifesaving Society, a nationwide organization aiming to prevent water-related deaths. According to the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently released 2013 Canadian Drowning Report unintentional drownings were up 34 per cent for people aged 50 to 64 in 2006-2010, over the previous five years. During that period

the population of the age group increased by 19 per cent. The society believes that the effects of aging and not recognizing physical limitations are contributing factor to this increase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby boomers now account for more drownings in Canada than any other age group,â&#x20AC;? says Barbara Byers, public education director for the Lifesaving Society.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boomers may be reticent to admit their vulnerabilities and that puts them in danger as they continue to participate in highrisk behaviours around water adopted from their youth, despite reduced physical capabilities.â&#x20AC;? Fishing, powerboating and bathing are the most prevalent causes of drowning, followed by swimming and walking near water. Almost two-thirds of victims in this age group were

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alone when their fatal incident occurred. The report declares it crucial for baby boomers to assess their physical capabilities before embarking on the water, as many have medical conditions or use medications that can affect swimming ability. Heart disease was a risk factor in 24 per cent of drownings among 50 to 64 year olds. The number of drowning victims who were seniors, aged 65plus, increased 12 per cent from 2006-10, but this was at about the same rate as the growth in their population. For this age group, heart disease is a factor in 48 per cent of

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water-related deaths. Not wearing a life jacket was a factor in 83 per cent of senior drownings, higher than that for people 50 to 64 at 73 per cent, and the same as for the highestrisk 18 to 34 age group. Drownings of Canadians of all ages rose seven per cent during 2006-2010, during which there was a total of 2,425 water-related deaths. Preliminary data indicates there were 347 drownings in 2011 and 344 in 2012, down from an annual average of 487 for 2006-2010. In Alberta, 31 people drowned in 2011 and 29 in 2012. The report also notes older victims are getting into trouble more often at times that have traditionally been â&#x20AC;&#x153;off-peakâ&#x20AC;? for drowning incidents: winter/ spring months and weekdays. The vast majority of drowning victims continue to be men, who accounted for 83 per cent of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water-related deaths during 2006-2010, it states. The Lifesaving Society is encouraging people of all ages to be cautious around water, and reminds Canadians to never swim alone, regardless of age or ability. Further information, www.lifesavingsociety.com.

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ON THE Friendly grey jay is a familiar camp visitor

WING By Bob Parsons There is no other bird in the province of Alberta that is as friendly and bold as the grey jay. I first encountered this jay many years ago in the Cross Lake/Athasbasca area to the north of us here in Edmonton but have since noted them in Jasper, Waterton, Banff, Kananaskis Country and just recently in the Cadomin region south of Hinton. The families appear to stick together, gliding quietly and sur-

prisingly out of the surrounding forest and wooded areas. I think the attraction of possible food might be the attraction but any sound or noise seems to require some inspection on their behalf. This bird is well-known to those of you who camp in the mountains or the boreal forest and is sometimes referred to as a “whiskyjacks,” which is derived from the Algonquin name for this bird, whiskjack. The sexes are quite similar, the adults showing fluffy, pale gray plumage and having a long tail. The back of the head is darker than the forehead, and the underparts are grayish in colour. The jay has quite a repertoire of vocal calls, including whistles, chuckles and other bird imitations. The usual habitat is dense coniferous and mixed forests, often with a campsite nearby. I find them quite friendly and if one is camping alone can be a load of fun when food is presented! I believe they hoard food for the approaching long winter and as they are very early nesters require a good food source for the young birds, which can be hatched as early as late January or early February. The nest is usually in the crotch of a conifer, well con-

structed with plant fibres, various roots, twigs, animal fur and even feathers. I have read that they can be nest raiders but seem to prefer seeds, berries and other fruits. It appears that the jay uses sticky saliva to glue food items to tree branches above the height of the eventual snow line. The grey jay is generally a slow flyer, gliding with its wings angled downwards, but it is quite capable of fast, acrobatic flight when escaping a predator or disputing territory with another jay. * * * I am happy to announce that in July I had a “lifer” -- a first-ever sighting – of the secretive and difficult to observe sedge wren. One usually has to head for fen-like habitat in the Cold Lake area to hear and observe this bird, although there have been reports of it from Elk Island National Park over the years. I spotted this one north of Spruce Grove following a tipoff. In fact, a reliable source tells me he heard three in the same area, the day after I was there! The sedge wren is the least common of all our wren species, and makes its home in boggy areas of grass-like sedg-

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NORTH EDMONTON SENIORS ASSOCIATION NESA Phone: 780-496-6969 The welcome back fall barbeque will take place on September 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased from the front office before September 6. A silent auction will also be held the same day from 11 a.m. to noon. Admission is free for this fundraising event. Wednesday dances will be held on September 4, 11, 18 and 25. The cost for the dance only is $7

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SAGE Phone: 780-423-5510 SAGE is organzing an Edmonton Queen cruise with lunch for September 6. The bus departs SAGE at 10:30 a.m. The price is $39, which includes the cruise, lunch and GST. Deadline for purchase of tickets is September 3. A trip to the St. Albert Farmers Market has been planned for September 21. The excursion will also lunch at a restaurant in St. Albert followed by a visit to the Enjoy Centre. The cost is $35 for members and $42.00 for a non-member and includes bus fare and the lunch. Deadline for purchase of tickets is September 16. A trip to River Cree Casino takes place on September 11. Participants will enjoy a free lunch and receive a $5 gambling voucher. The cost is $5 for the bus. The bus leaves SAGE at 10:30 a.m. On September 26 the monthly birthday party takes place at 1:15 p.m. Cake and entertainment will be featured. There will be no charge for this event.

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A artist reception with Brandi Hofer will be held on September 10. An exhibition of Hofer’s work is in the centre’s Jeff Allen Art Gallery until September 25. Call for more information. Roast beef dinner will be served on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $12. The annual Falling Leaves Bazaar takes place on Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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back. The nurse from maternity came running down the stairs with the instrument tray and the orderly came running down the street with the wheelchair. The nurse and I clamped the cord and cut it. We wrapped the baby in one of the tray wrappers because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d forgotten to ask for a blanket! We put the mother into the wheelchair. The nurse took the baby immediately to the maternity ward and the orderly quickly took the mother up the street to the emergency entrance and then up to maternity. I quickly gathered up the instruments and tray and took

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Council candidate receives inspiration from grandparents By Heather MacKenzie As a City Council candidate in Ward 6 I have been getting asked a lot of interesting questions. When I am campaigning door-to-door I often respond to questions about infrastructure by explaining my commitment to maintenance and renewal within existing neighbourhoods. When asked about my background, I tell people that I have worked and volunteered for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Engineers Without Borders. In response to questions about financial management, I highlight my experience as a trustee in managing the Edmonton Public School Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual budget of almost $1 billion and I describe my 10 years of experience founding and managing a fundraising initiative for a community run school for AIDS orphans in Zambia. At one point I was asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is something surprising that voters may not realize about you.â&#x20AC;? This question resonated with me and led me to reflect on what I consider truly unique about myself -- my roots. I have extremely inspiring grandparents who motivate much of the work I do. On my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, my grandmother who is a retired nurse still dazzles in her silver dance slippers and my grandfather who is a retired childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dentist has gone â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;paperlessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in

his current business at 91. They are Albertan business owners who always live life to the fullest and support me in everything I do. I have learned a great deal about fiscal responsibility and environmental stewardship through them and carry that teaching with me in my work. On my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, my grandmother is a retired social worker and who can out-Scrabble anyone and my grandfather is a retired Garneau United Church minister and an Edmonton Story Slam champion at 86. They care deeply about those living in poverty and also support me in everything I do. I have learned a great deal about social responsibility and the value of arts, culture, and history through them and carry that teaching with me in my work. I relish the idea of passing on the teachings of my grandparents to my children and to our city as a whole. Recently, another question prompted me to think in even greater depth about my roots. I was asked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How will you address indigenous Edmontoniansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; history and needs?â&#x20AC;? The history and rights of indigenous Edmontonians are topics that are close to my heart because my grandfather recently discovered and researched our ancestral connections to both indigenous women and Scottish fur traders who resided in Fort Edmonton. He

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Radical life extension is unappealing for most (Special) – Research aimed at unlocking the secrets of aging and radically extending the average life expectancy to 120 years or more is now underway at universities and corporate labs. Treatments to reduce or reverse the effects of aging now being studied include growth hormone treatments, natural or drug-induced starvation diets and genetic therapies. But the results of a recent U.S. survey indicate that if proven medical treatments to slow aging process and allow people to live decades longer, to at least 120 years old, were available, most people would not want them. The survey by the Pew Research Center found that most people (56 per cent) say “no” – they, personally, would not want treatments to enable dramatically longer lives. But roughly two-thirds (68 per cent) think that most other people would choose to live to 120 and beyond. The survey explored the public’s attitudes toward aging, medical advances and what

some biomedical researchers call “radical life extension” – the possibility that scientific breakthroughs someday could allow people to live much longer than is possible today. Overall, more poll respondents thought dramatically longer life spans would be bad (51 per cent) than good (41 per cent) for society. Asked how long they ideally would like to live, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults (69 per cent) cite an age between 79 and 100. The median desired life span of survey respondents is 90 years – about 11 years longer than the current average U.S. life expectancy, which is 78.7 years. Just nine percent of say they want to live more than 100 years. “On the one hand, most Americans would like to live beyond today’s average life expectancy,” says Cary Funk, the survey’s principal researcher. “But on the other hand, and perhaps surprisingly, a majority of Americans say they would not choose to undergo medical treatments to slow the aging process and live decades longer

– to 120 or more.” There is also skepticism that radical life extension will be possible anytime soon. Only a quarter of survey respondents think that by 2050 the average American will live to be 120 years old; nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) say this either “probably” or “definitely” will not happen. Respondents foresee both primarily negative consequences for society if it were to happen, Although a solid majority (79 per cent) think that life-extending treatments should be available to everyone who wants them, most (66 per cent) also think that, in practice, only the wealthy would have access to the new technology. Two-thirds said they think that dramatically longer life spans “would strain our natural re-

sources” and that medical scientists would offer life-extending treatments before they fully understood the health effects. While more than four-in-ten adults (44 per cent), for example, said that radical life extension would make the economy more productive because people could work longer, 53 per cent disagree. The survey sought to put the forward-looking questions about radical life extension into perspective by asking about views on aging, health care, medical advances in general, personal life satisfaction and bioethical issues. The findings suggest that the U.S. public is not particularly concerned about the gradual rise in the percentage of Americans who are 65 and older. Nearly nine-in-ten adults sur-

veyed say that “having more elderly people in the population” either is a good thing for society (41 per cent) or doesn’t make much difference (47 per cent). Just 10 per cent see the graying of the population as a bad thing. The survey indicates the public also tends to view medical advances in general as good (63 per cent) rather than as interfering with the natural cycle of life (32 per cent). And the public is optimistic that some extraordinary breakthroughs will occur in the next few decades. For example, about seven-inten survey respondents think that by the year 2050 there will be a cure for most forms of cancer (69 per cent) and that artificial arms and legs will perform better than natural ones (71 per cent).

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Taking care of feet crucial for people with diabetes (NC) -- If you want to protect your feet from rough terrain or daily wear-andtear, you probably reach for a pair of shoes. But if you are living with diabetes, the footwear that is designed to protect your feet may be silently and painlessly causing you harm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diabetes can cause reduced sensation, known as neuropathy, as well as poor circulation in the feet,â&#x20AC;? says Lisa Irish, a Canadian certified pedorthist who is president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are unable to feel your feet properly, you may be unaware of irritations caused by your footwear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and wounds and foot ulcers may develop without your knowledge. If these injuries arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t treated immediately and

properly they can develop into serious conditions.â&#x20AC;? Experts recommend if you are living with diabetes you should visually inspect your feet every day. Once a year you should visit your doctor for a foot check, for loss of circulation, and to be screened for neuropathy. Most importantly if your feet ever feel numb, have a cut or sore that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heal, hurt when you walk, or are red, irritated or swollen, you should consult your doctor immediately. You may be referred to a certified pedorthist to treat your condition with orthotics or specialty footwear. In addition to daily foot inspections, wearing well fitting, supportive footwear is one of the best defences against

foot injury as it will reduce the possibility of irritations occurring. More information on how Canadians living with diabetes should care for their feet can be found online at www.pedorthic.ca/conditions-diabetes. [Side Bar] Foot care tips Pedorthists recommend the following foot care tips if you are living with diabetes: â&#x20AC;˘ Wash your feet with soap and warm water every day, but do not soak them as this will dry your skin. â&#x20AC;˘ Inspect your feet daily, using a mirror if necessary, for any signs of injury. â&#x20AC;˘ Avoid heat pads or hot water bottles. Reduced sensation makes it hard to tell if the pad or the water is too hot and you

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School records provide family history insights September has arrived! Students are now returning to school for another year of learning. This is a good reminder that genealogists can research school records and other resources to learn more about ancestors. Besides children who were students, an adult ancestor may have been school teacher or school trustee. If an ancestor lived in a rural area of Alberta, they may have very well helped build the local one-room schoolhouse. One-room schoolhouses dotted all of rural Alberta at one time. Teachers, often very young themselves, taught children from grade one through to usually grade eight or nine. One-room schools meant slates and chalk, pot-bellied stoves, Christmas concerts, spelling bees, games of hopscotch, handwritten school registers to record attendance and marks plus visits by the School Superintendent several times during the year. Older students often helped the younger ones with spelling or geography. Students arrived at school by buggy on horseback or having walked. There were no such things as school buses in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The rural schools were a hub of the community and often agricultural meetings or Sunday church services were held in them. A wonderful example of a one room schoolhouse exists at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, east of Edmonton. Desks are of original wood and it is interesting to see the pull-down world maps and the hooks for coats in the entryway. With a costumed interpreter playing the role of teacher, you will be transported to school days past. Strathcona County and Museum in Sherwood Park also has an excellent display recreating a classroom of days gone by. In its Searching Community Memories section, the Virtual Museum Canada website, www. virtualmuseum.ca, features two amazing virtual exhibits pertaining specifically to Alberta community schools. Exhibit 3 is entitled One Room Country Schools and is from the Caroline Wheels of Time Muse-

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Searching for senior fare at the Toronto film festival By Nicholas Spillios Meryl Streep will be at the Toronto International Film Festival. So will (hopefully) Woody Allen, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline, Annette Bening, Michael Ignatieff (stand maybe your perennial favourite, Judi Dench. Even Omar Sharif -- yes, he is still around. This reporter is also going to be at the festival, September 5 to 15, searching for film gems to alert seniors to. It is not surprising that several of the stars mentioned above are seniors. The festival has built a reputation on senior themes and senior stars. Film creators are actually paying attention to us. It is at TIFF, as the festival is known, that we gdet a preview of films we can expect to see in the theatres later this year. Thanks to my Edmonton Senior press credentials I can take in the screenings while avoiding some of the horrendous line-ups that Toronto filmgoers face during the festival. I will also be attending the press conferences with the stars.

It should be fun. Mind you, it is not always smooth sailing. More than 1,000 reporters will be attending and this is one place where seniors are not given any special consideration. But I’ve found that I can push and shove with the younger members of the media and survive. My average viewing last year was four films per day. After this ordeal, I did not have the strength to enter an Edmonton theatre until December. So as I head out, hopefully having had a good night’s sleep, with transit tickets and pens in hand, wish me luck! Here is part of the program line-up I am looking forward to. August: Osage County. If you didn’t catch the fine play production at the Citadel, this is your chance to see one of the most dysfunctional families in literature as portrayed by a cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The Fifth Estate. An account of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the whistle blower who uncovered U.S. confidential intelligence documents via the

internet. Philomena. The title character played by Judi Dench searches for the son born out of wedlock she had been forced to give away due to attitudes in her IrishCatholic community. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. This film chronicles the early life and imprisonment of Nelso Mandela, hero of Soth African liberation. Parkland. Paul Giametti and Zac Efron take prominent roles in this depiction of the events following John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The Last of Robin Hood. Remember Errol Flynn? This film starring Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon documents his last years as a free living soul and tragic end. The Armstrong Lie. A documentary about Lance Armstrong’s descent as a result of the doping scandal. The Railway Man. A British army officer is tormented at a Japanese labour camp in World War I I and sets out decades later to confront the Japanese interpreter responsible for his treatment. Colin

Firth and Nicole Kidman star. 12 Years A Slave. A free black man is kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 but is finally freed. Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt are among the principals. Gravity. Sandra Bullock is a medical engineer accompanied on her first mission by a veteran astronaut played by George Clooney. The Invisible Woman. Ralph Fiennes portrays Charles Dickens, more coherent in his books than in real life, and Kristen Scott Thomas the muse he falls for, who reminisces years later about their relationship. As you can see from the above selections, this is a strong program with a focus on political events, contemporary social issues and literary sources which seniors should look forward to in the fall. I’ll be reporting next month if my anticipation and suspicions were realised at TIFF. Did the above stars actually show up? What other films should seniors look forward to? Stay tuned.

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Compiled by Denise Daubert monton.ca. Friends of Rutherford House Society Speaker Series – September 19 Grandma’s Attic: Old Lace Join the Friends of Rutherford House Society and curator Julie Heins of the Royal Alberta Museum for an evening of lace education touching on what lace was used for during different periods and what textiles were used to make it. A lace-making demonstration will be included. Coffee and tea will be served. 7 to 9 p.m. Non-members $25 per person and Society members $20 per person. Ph. 780-422-2697. 30th Anniversary Comedy and Improv Evening at the Arden Theatre – September 20 An evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway? 7:30 p.m. Arden Theatre in St. Albert, 5 St. Anne Street. Box office: 780459-1542. CBC’s The Irrelevant Show – September 20 An evening of sketch comedy. This show will be taped live for broadcast on CBC Radio I. 7:30 p.m. Festival Place, 100 Festival Way in Sherwood Park. Box office: 780-449-3378.

EDMONTON SENIOR, September 2013 31 Edmonton Community Hosted by The Edmonton AcLeague Day – September cordion Society. September 27: 21 Many of the community Friday Cabaret 7:30 p.m. Tickleagues in the city will take part ets $10 per person. An evening in celebrations at their respec- of music and dance plus a trade tive community league halls fair. September 28: Daytime with activities including carni- competitions, workshops and vals, outdoor movies and car trade fair plus a Saturday night shows. Check the website for concert and dinner Septemdetails at www.efcl.org or call ber 29: Pancake breakfast (9 780-437-2913. to 11 a.m.; $5 per person) plus Spruce Grove Historical daytime competitions, Open Grain Elevator – September Championship and trade fair. 21 Harvest Fair A celebration General admission July 28 and of agricultural heritage. Various 29 is $5 per person. St. John’s activities including hay rides, Cultural Centre, 10611-110 Avold fashioned games and vin- enue. Tickets available at the tage tractor displays. 9:30 a.m. door or through TIX-On-Theto 2:30 p.m. 120 Railway Av- Square at 780-420-1757. See enue in Spruce Grove. Ph. 780- www.edmontonaccordian.com 960-4600. for complete information. Edmonton International 2013 Alberta Culture Days Film Festival – September – September 27 to 29 An an26 to October 5 A total of 170 nual province-wide three-day films will be screened over ten event to raise awareness of and days in celebration of interna- participation in cultural events. tional and independent cinema. Enjoy theatre, concerts and Venue is Empire Theatres at dance presentations plus a variCity Centre, 10200-10 2 Av- ety of other cultural events. Go enue. Ph. 780-432-0844. to the Alberta Culture website Rutherford House Culture at www.culture.alberta.ca/culDays – September 27 to 29 turedays and follow the “Find Part of Alberta Arts Days, this Events” link or call 780-415event spotlights local talent in 0281. the arts community; enjoy afternoons of music and art in this Continued on page 34 historic home. Noon to 4 p.m. each date. 11153 Saskatchewan Drive. Ph. 780-427-3995. Bring Your Passport! 2013 Accordion ExtravaStay, Play & Shop at ganza – September 27 to 29

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three hours away, and trips can be arranged in here. Las Vegas, which you pass through on your way to Laughlin, is just over an hour north. An even shorter drive through a series of hills takes you to the old mining town of Oatman, Arizona, where most of the buildings have been preserved and turned into stores or restaurants. A mock gunfight is staged on the main street of Oatman several times a day. The other big tourist attraction is the town’s herd of free-ranging donkeys, which roam the streets at will, complete with fuzzy foals. As in many locations which rely heavily on gambling revenue, accommodation is inexpensive. The Laughlin website indicates average weekend prices in October as around $125 for both nights. A full week in February averages under $350. The easiest and least expen-

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2013 Alberta Culture Days – Sept 27 to 29 An annual province-wide three-day event to raise awareness of and participation in cultural events. Enjoy theatre, concerts and dance presentations plus a variety of other cultural events. Go to the Alberta Culture website at www. culture.alberta.ca/culturedays and follow the “Find Events” link or call 780-415-0281. 21st Annual Stony Plain Cowboy Music, Poetry and Art Gathering – September 28 This event is being held in conjunction with the Stony Plain Harvest Fair and is sponsored by the Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering Society. Venue is the Stony Plain Museum, 5120-41 Avenue. Indoor main stage; some shows are free while others require tickets. Feature performer: Tim Hus. Ph.780-6685578. Fort Saskatchewan Downtown Fall Festival – Sept 28 A great family event featuring a Taste of Downtown and dunk

tanks plus a petting zoo. This event coincides with the grand opening of the new City Hall and Public Library Building. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 100 Ave and 103 Street. Ph. 780-992-6200. Art Society of Strathcona County Alberta Culture Days Event – Sept 28 At the gallery, member artists will be working and there will be a display and sale of their work. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A.J. Ottewell Art Centre at 590 Broadmoor Blvd. in Sherwood Park. Ph. 780-449-4443. Edmonton Weavers’ Guild 60th Anniversary & Sheep to Shawl Exhibit – Sept 28 Open to all fibre enthusiasts! Demonstrations and displays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10139-87 Avenue. Ph. 780-462-6943. Doll Club of Edmonton Antique & Collectible Sale - Sept 29 Show and sale of dolls, miniatures, teddy bears and toys. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 admission per person. Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue. Ph. 780-485-3025. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Oct 6 Radical Reels Explore the world’s wildest terrain in this collection of short films. 7 p.m. Arden Theatre in St. Albert, 5 St. Anne St. Box office: 780-459-1542.

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CBC’s The Irrelevant Show – October 11 An evening of comedy with the capital region’s finest comedians and improvisers in a live taping of the show. 7:30 p.m. Arden Theatre. Box office: 780-459-1542. Beverly Towne Farmer’s Market – Ongoing Tuesdays Between May 7 and Sept 24 Produce, meat/seafood, prepared foods, plants/perennials and crafts. Open air marketone-1/2 block south of 118 Ave at 40 Street. 4 to 8 p.m. Ph. 780-413-6244. Sherwood Park Farmer’s Market- Ongoing Wednesdays Between May 15 and Oct 2 Outdoors at Festival Place between 5 and 8 p.m. Monthly special events. Ph. 780-464-3354. St. Albert Farmer’s Market – Ongoing Saturdays between June 15 and Oct 5 200-plus vendors. Downtown at St. Anne Street and Thomas Street. A project of the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free park and ride from St. Albert Centre. Ph. 780-4582833. Stony Plain Farmer’s Market 2013 – Ongoing Saturdays Between April 6 and Dec 21 50plus vendors; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indoor market at the Community Centre at 5008-51 Avenue in Stony Plain. Ph. 780-962-3993. City Market Downtown – Ongoing Saturdays Between May 18 and Oct 2 Outdoors on 104 Street, north of Jasper Ave.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ph. 780-4295713. Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market – Ongoing Saturdays Indoor market offering produce, baking and crafts on display and for sale. Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Indoors at 10330-84 Avenue. Ph. 780-439-1844. Callingwood Farmer’s Market – Ongoing Sundays and Wednesdays Between May 5 and Oct 13 Market runs rain or shine. Sunday hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday hours: 2 to 6 p.m. 69 Avenue and 178 Street. Ph. 780-487-8649. Government House Tours – Ongoing Sundays and Holiday Mondays An opportunity for a guided tour of Government House, which was built in 1913. Free tours take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No reservations required. 12845-102 Ave. Ph. 780-427-2281. IN CONCERT Festival Place – Sept 13 Roots singer-songwriter Ben Sures: CD Release 7:30 p.m. Sept 19 Matt Dusk An evening with this singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and jazz-pop musicologist. 7:30 p.m. Sept 20 Mark Sterling’s Delta Blues Show An evening of blues. 7:30 p.m. Sept 21 Eric Burdon & The Animals An evening of pop and rock. 7:30 p.m. Sept 27 Lee Harvey Osmond An evening of pop and rock. 7:30 p.m. Sept 28 Roy Rogers Trio An evening of blues with this slide guitarist.

TRAVEL 7:30 p.m. October 7 Hanson An evening of pop and rock music. 7:30 p.m. Oct 11 Dar Williams An evening with this singersongwriter. 7:30 p.m. Oct 11 Sultans of String An evening of world music. 7:30 p.m. Festival Place is located at 100 Festival Way. Ph: 780-449-3378. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Sept 17 ESO and Winspear Overture The orchestra and the Winspear Centre invite you to be their guest at this free one-hour information session/backstage tour. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Please call 780-401-2517 if you would like to attend. Sept 18 Midweek Classics Series: Handel, Mozart & Beethoven Featuring Serhiy Salov (piano). 7:30 p.m. September 20 and 21 Robbins Pops Series: Leading Men of Broadway 8 p.m. Sept 24 Air Canada Presents Series: Joshua Bell (violin). 7:30 p.m. September 28 Landmark Homes Master Series: Spanish Symphony Featuring Elmar Oliveira (violin). 8 p.m. Horizon Stage – Sept 19 Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen An evening of country and rock. Seniors $35; 7:30 p.m. performance. Sept 28 George Canyon an evening with this Canadian country music artist. Seniors $40; 7:30 p.m. performance. 1001 Calahoo Road in Spruce Grove. Tickets: 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090. Continued on Page 34

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Indulge yourself on New Zealand’s North Island By Ruth Atherley Going on vacation always seems like a bit of a splurge, no matter what your budget. For many, a trip to New Zealand is tied to a festive occasion. For some, it’s a milestone anniversary, a family reunion or a honeymoon; for others, it allows them to tick off a bucket list location. While there are plenty of budget and reasonably-priced places to stay on both the North and South Islands, there is a growing trend for even the most budget-conscious visitors to take a night or two and indulge themselves by staying at one of the country’s finer lodges or hotels. Here are some interesting, unique and special places to stay on New Zealand’s North Island. The Boatshed on Waiheke Island, just a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland, offers visitors a charming piece of Kiwi life. It offers an eclectic mix of different buildings, spaces and room types – all with a view of the ocean. The five suites and two bungalows are designed to suggest “baches” – a New Zealand term for a holiday home. Exclusive to guests is fine dining at The Boatshed’s restaurant. Service is in a relaxed, alfresco setting, with exceptional New Zealand seafood and gourmet meat cuts ac-

companied by organic, locally sourced produce, some grown at The Boatshed itself. The fact that this luxury accommodation is located on Waiheke Island, which is home to a number of beautiful vineyards and local artists and offers lovely beaches, just makes it that much more of a treat. Also for wine lovers, there is Black Barn, located in the wineproducing region of Hawke’s Bay. This winery and vineyard produces fabulous wines and also offers accommodation – right in the vineyard. There are 14 distinctive, selfcontained accommodations offering character and style, from an eight-bedroom luxury retreat to a two-bedroom turn-of-the-

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Full Moon Folk Club – Sept 20 Chris Hillman/Herb Pedersen October 4 Ron Sexsmith Band Special guest: Jenn Grant. Doors open for both concerts at 7:30 p.m. with shows at 8 p.m. St. Basil`s Cultural Centre, 10819-71 Avenue. Tickets from TIX-On-The-Square, 780-4201757, or Acoustic Music Shop. Shell Theatre at DOW Cen-

tre – Sept 20 Spirit of the West An evening of music and storytelling. 7:30 p.m. performance. $42 tickets senior. Sept 21 Lisa Hewitt In Concert An evening with this country music artist. 7:30 p.m. performance. Sept 27 George Canyon An acoustic concert with this country performer. 7:30 p.m. performance. Sept 28 Donald Lee and the Kacafeenated Saxophone Quartet A concert in celebration of Alberta Arts Days. Tickets are free but must be reserved ahead. Oct 4 Going To Graceland Featuring the James Murdoch Band and members of Le Fuzz. 7:30

p.m. performance. $31 tickets senior. The DOW Centre is located at 8700-84 Street in Fort Saskatchewan. Tickets: 780992-6400 or 1-888-655-9090. Northern Light Folk Club – Sept 21 Dave Gunning October 5 Valdy Concerts at 8 p.m. at Queen Alexandra Community Hall, 10425 University Ave. Tickets, TIX-On-The-Square, 780-420-1757, or at Acoustic Music or Myhre’s Music. Arden Theatre – Sept 27 Sloan An evening of Canadian indie rock with this Juno Award and multiple East Coast Music Award winning group.

Performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct 5 Current Swell An evening of upbeat folk, rock and reggae by this group, which was founded by St. Albert natives Scott Stanton and Dave Lang. At 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby, there will be a 30th anniversary celebration with beverages and hors d’oeuvres; concert at 7:30 p.m. Box office: 780-459-1542. Pro Coro Canada – Sept 29 In celebration of Alberta Culture Days, this concert is free to attend. Presented by Pro Coro Canada and the Winspear Centre, featured will be the Taiko Duo Booming Tree plus music from around the world. A Time for Everything will include the world premiere of The Twilight Cities by Canadian Kristopher Fulton. 2:30 p.m. performance. Further info: 780-428-1414. Edmonton Chamber Music Society – Oct 4 London Handel Players 8 p.m. performance at Convocation Hall at the U of A Campus. Special prices for seniors 65-plus. TIX-On-TheSquare, 780-420-1757, or at the Gramophone, 780-428-2356. Organic: Organ In Concert Series – Oct 6 Presented by the Royal Canadian College of Organists Edmonton. Rachel Laurin In Concert This musician is from Quebec. 3 p.m. performance at the Winspear Centre. Tickets through TIX-On-TheSquare, 780-420-1757, or at the door. Alberta Baroque Ensemble – Oct 6 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 A 3 p.m. performance at Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209-123 St. Tickets at TIX-On-The-Square, 780420-1757, The Gramophone or at the door. Ph. 780-467-6531. Edmonton Recital Series

TRAVEL – Oct 8 Main Series 1: New Orford String Quartet Venue is Muttart Hall at Alberta College, 10050 MacDonald Drive. Tickets $25 senior. 7:30 p.m. Tickets through TIX-On-TheSquare at 780-420-1757. THEATRE Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Aug 30 to Oct 27 Best of Friends Reunion West Edmonton Mall, Phase II, upper level. Tickets: 780-484-2424. Mayfield Dinner Theatre – Sept 6 to Nov 3 A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline Mayfield Inn & Suites, 166 St. and 109 Ave. Tickets: 780-483-4051. Citadel Theatre – Sept 21 to Oct 13 A Long Day’s Journey Into Night Sept 28 to Nov 17 The Daisy Theatre A modern vaudeville. The Citadel is located at 9828-101A Avenue. Box office: 780-425-1820. MUSEUMS AND ART EXHIBITS Royal Alberta Museum – June 15 to Oct 6 The Art of Seating – Two Hundred Years of American Design American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. July 2 to December 9 Milton and Cheadle Plates An exhibit of delicately decorated fine bone china plates crafted by the Minton Factory in England. These dessert plates date back to the 1860s and showcase scenes of what is now Alberta in that era. 12845-102 Avenue. Ph. 780453-9100. Art Gallery of Alberta – June 29 to Oct 6 19th Century British Photographs from The National Gallery of Canada July 20 to Oct 6 New Acquisitions: Views and Vistas July 20 to Nov 24 Water Into Art: British Watercolours from the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) 1750 to 1950. 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. Ph. 780-4226223. The Paint Spot/The Naess Gallery – Aug 21 to Sept 30 Array, a group abstract exhibition. Oct 4 to Nov 15 All In A Day’s Dream, an exhibition of work by artist Kristine Søbstad. 10032-81 Ave. Ph. 780-4320240. DANCE Alberta Ballet – October 4 and 5 7:30 p.m. performances both dates. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets: 780-4286839. Citie Ballet – October 5 and 6 HereAfter Performance at 7:30 p.m. on October 5 and at 2:30 p.m. on October 6. Special pricing for 60-plus. Timms Centre for the Arts, U of A Campus. Tickets: 780-472-7774.


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SENIORS MEETING SENIORS Ladies Friendly, active, fit single lady, 63 yrs desires to meet similar gent 60-70, to enjoy life’s interests together. NS, SD Let’s meet for coffee. Box # 3093. 62 yrs young, attractive lady, looking for 58+ healthy, happy gentleman, in shape, NS, who enjoys life. Photos will be returned. Box# 3092. Caring, fun loving, financially secure lady in good health would like to meet a single, NS, SD, BA christian man with good morals and sense of humor, 60-70 yrs. Race, weight not a problem. I am a plus size gal who loves to travel, go to movies, dinner out, cooking, C&W music and gospel concerts. Want to meet for coffee? Box # 3088. Attractive lady, slim, outgoing healthy, sincere, financially secure, wishes to meet a gentleman 70 or younger, in good health, honest, caring, loving, for companionship and possibly relationship. Pets welcome. Box # 3096. Calling a 67 -75 yrs gentleman, NS, SD, with a zest for life,

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Sask. farm gal, retired teacher, widow, NS, SD. Enjoys music, theatre, travel, people, life. Studied, worked in England & Europe. Hope to meet a special senior man, secure, honest, happy, 75+, & healthy (+-). Box # 3098.

Semi retired heavy set male in good health. 5’10” enjoys C&W music, playing cards, active, NS, SD, affectionate, would like to meet same. Phone at 780-983-2473.

SWF, NS, SD, 74 yrs old, would like to meet NS, SD, gentleman between 67-76 yrs, who is honest, sincere and good natured, for a long term friendship. In good health, like to go on walks, drive and travel. No pets please. Box # 3089.

Lady is looking for a lady between 68 and 78, for traveling companion. Usually travel in Sept. to Fairmount and Palm Springs in February. Box # 3095.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Seeking responsible, clean, quiet, N/S, for clean and bright furnished one bed basement suite in Highlands. $650.00 plus half of utilities, call 780-462-7517. WANTED Want to buy gas station collectibles, gas pumps, globes, signs, oil and grease tins (Red Head, D-A, White Rose, Air Meters, and soda pop signs). Phone 780-464-0199 and ask for George.

Burial plot Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Edmonton. Plot located in the garden Heritage, lot 195 double depth valued at $3045.00. Urgent sale, taking offers. Contact Jeanette to view or get more information 780-624-3461. Like new Evolution Walker (purple) asking $275.00 obo, will deliver if necessary. Call Jan 780-435-6754.

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Evolution Walker 225, practically new asking $200.00. Also Sherwood Park Garden of Memories, niche wall structure 84 base 512, currently selling at $3572.00, my price $2500.00. Phone 780-436-2895. For hip and knee patients 6 strong, padded arm chairs, variegated purple & blue, $50.00 each. Stony Plain, Alberta 780968-7121. For sale Large HO model railroad, many extras and parts. Call 780-469-7411. For sale – two plots. Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Sherwood Park, AB. Call 780-675-9235.

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Van/scooter combo - 2007 Buick Terraza, 120,100 km, 4 new winter tires included. Aluminum ramps allow rear scooter loading after dismount period victor 10, 4-wheel scooter used less then 10 miles, stored inside, batteries charged, $12,500 inclusive, O.B.O. ph. 780-352-3073. FOR SALE - House Large well maintained 2 bdrm/2 bathroom. Top southwest bright unit with fireplace near WEM, complex is for over 45yrs has pool, jacuzzi, sauna exercise room, library, social rooms and low condo fees plus large reserve fund. Leaving Alberta, $212,900.00 call 780-800-5373.

TourWorks

Travel is our passion Deadwood, South Dakota

Email: info.edm.senior@abr.greatwest.ca

2 nights Regina, 3 nights Deadwood

Call: 780-470-5602 • Fax: 780-470-5670

Staying downtown at Mineral Palace. Pickups Edmonton & enroute to Regina. (Also avail: Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Red Deer)

Departures: Oct. 6, 17, 27 Nov. 14, 25 & Dec. 8

$399 per person dbl. occupancys$449 per person on weekends Includes $40 free play & $40 meal discounts. Optional day trip Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Rapid City, Mall.

Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort

“THIS SHOW HAS HIT STAMPED ALL OVER IT” - Richmond Times

2 nights St Eugene Mission, Cranbrook Departures: 3 nights Coeur D’ Alene resort Oct. 3, 13, 24 Pickups Edmonton & Red Deer Nov. 10, 14 & Dec. 1, 12 $399 per person dbl.occupancys$449 per person on weekends Includes $30 free play & $30 meal discounts. Optional day trip Spokane Mall.

Wendover, Nevada 2 nights Helena, Mt., Departures: 3 nights Montego Bay Oct. 6, 17, 27 Nov. 7, 24 & Dec. 5, 8 Pickups Edmonton & enroute $399 per person dbl. occupancys$499 per person on weekends Includes 2 breakfasts & 3 dinner buffets. Free casino shuttles.

Laughlin, Las Vegas and Palm Springs tours - coming soon

Professional, fully escorted motorcoach tours.

Toll Free 1-855-799-4443

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SEPTEMBER 6 - NOVEMBER 3, 2013 Book online: Ticket O ce: 780-483-4051 16615 - 109 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8

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Len (780) 619-3669

2 bedroom, 2 bath, Fully furnished condo in Palm Springs CA. 6 appliances; utilities, including: Beautiful gated complex with 2 pools, 3 spas & 2 tennis courts. Across street from Tahquitz golf course. Walking distance to shopping and dinning.

$2200 per month. Available Jan, Feb, March & April 2014

Please Call Susan: 780-966-5080 palmspringscondorentals.ca


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Personalized service to help seniors downsize, organize, and relocate

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arthur2102@hotmail.com

Daniel J. Mol

in your home!

Barrister & Solicitor Wills, Estates & Litigation

SPECIALIZING IN DIABETIC FOOTCARE

(780) 761-2970

780-915-8353

FLOORING SALES

by Appointment

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780-999-6105 Home Upholstery Ltd.

www.solutionhomebuyers.ca

or call:

780-484-6040

for Deck, Garage, Driveway, Sidewalk, Parking & Basement Floor

Hard as a rock Household Downsizing & Estate Dispersal

www.movingforseniors.com 780-540-4310

Cell 780-719-8837

Licensed, Bonded & Police Screened

Pager Number

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Health & Wellness Products Independent Consultant

Donna (780)469-5715 www.jrwatkins.com/consultant/ dvouellette Quote ID #029268N 1-800-928-5467 SuperďŹ&#x201A;ea Market (Booth #25)

50 St. & 127 Ave. Sat/Sun 10-4:30 pm

Christmas in October Craft & Gift Sale Festival Place, Sherwood Park

Palm Springs

We Buy Houses Fast!

REPAIRS, LEVELING & BEAUTIFUL DESIGN

780-200-7419

I Buy/Sell Antiques Artwork, etc. 30yrs.

Call George at 780-672-5528

Concrete Beautify

www.stoneagecd.com

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Sell Your House in 4 Days or Less!

780-995-3553

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Cleaning, Sorting & Organizing, Recycling & Disposing of unwanted items.

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780.668.9767

WE DO IT ALL ! Water problems? GIVE US A CALL Roofs and Decks Bathroom Renovations

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