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Time for a change New library brand aims to highlight multimedia aspects Brian Swane Examiner Staff Everything you thought you knew about the Edmonton Public Library is about to change. On Friday, the EPL introduces its new brand with the launch of a major promotional campaign, and a riotously unconventional experiment. The objective is to bridge the gap between Edmontonians’ traditional view of the library — shelf upon shelf of yellow-paged books – with reality: an evolved multimedia centre cataloguing everything from video games to current hit TV shows on DVD. “Definitely with people that don’t use the library, the perception is inaccurate and outdated, but even with people that do use the library, there’s a lot more they could know about the great services that are

available to them,” says Tina Thomas, the EPL’s director of marketing, communications, and fund development. The rebrand includes a new logo (those proverbial three stacked books are no more), slogan (“Spread the Words”), and attitude that will be reflected throughout library facilities and properties. It’s hoped to further boost EPL circulation and membership, which are both already increasing, Thomas says. After conducting a survey of staff and the public (both library users and non-users) last year, a diverse team of EPL staff worked with a marketing and communications agency to plot the library’s new direction. “One of the things that I’m happiest about is that this was built with a lot of intelligence behind it,” says Thomas. The EPL is funding the rebrand by directing funds from its marketing and communication budgets. Because of funding limitations, Thomas says, it will likely take two years before the new brand is fully

pervasive. To celebrate its new brand, the EPL is attempting to hold the largest MP3 Experiment in Canada, Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Sir Winston Churchill Square. After downloading a file to their portable MP3 player, participants will simultaneously press play and follow the instructions on the file, creating a visual spectacle of everyone doing the same thing at the same time. “The reason we thought this experiment would be great is that it ties really nicely to what we’re doing with the new brand,” says Thomas. “We’re asking people to join the experiment, share the experience, ‘Spread the Words.’” The MP3 experiment will be followed by an audience participation showing of The Princess Bride, in the Stanley A. Milner Library at 7:30 p.m. Opened in 1913, the EPL operates 17 branches in the city, and has around 2 million items in its collection. Visit for information.

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You can pay attention, or you can just pay the fine A driver’s licence should not be a licence to kill. It should not be a licence to do whatever you want. Especially when your actions are putting others at risk. Driving in Edmonton is pretty much a gong show at the best of times. When you add things like cell phones, makeup application, chatting and even eating to the deadly mix, well ... this is a recipe for disaster. So we applaud the province’s idea to start fining drivers for doing anything besides driving when they’re behind the steering wheel. Edmontonians are regarded as some of the worst drivers in the country to begin with, when you factor six months of winter and six months of construction into the equation. Most drivers aren’t good enough to get from Point A to Point B without their undivided attention, even before you add cell phones and whatnot to the mix. It turns out to be a deadly mix. Bill 16’s proposed legislation calls for a fine of $172, with no demerit points, for those caught driving without due care and attention. Let’s put it this way – if you need makeup in the morning, it should

be up to you to find time in the morning to apply it before heading out on our roads. If you want to read the newspaper, get up 15 minutes earlier, so you don’t have to do do it on the way to work. Bill 16 would allow the use of hands-free phones. Also, radio communications such as CB radios would be allowed for commercial purposes and search and rescue services. Also, emergency services workers would be exempt. According to the Alberta Motor Association, nine out of 10 of its members support distracted driving legislation. As of Jan. 1, B.C., Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec all have laws banning talking on hand-held phones. But so many Alberta drivers are so bad, we have to take additional steps. It’s not like anyone’s rights are being violated if they’re applying eyeliner while driving and they receive a ticket. There should be a price to pay for stupidity. That person might have a right to risk their own life, but that doesn’t give them the right to risk yours.

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Parents had no say in closures To the editor: My kid’s school is closing and I’m as mad as hell – and I can’t figure out who to take it out on. The wishy-washy wording of a letter that arrived several months ago was an outrage: “ ... have VOTED to RECOMMEND the POSSIBLE closure of ... Capilano elementary school.” So let’s get this straight: after the Edmonton Public School Board submits a recommendation to the superintendent, who then passes it to the elected board of trustees, then back to the EPSB, which then hires a private firm to help with a review process, the results of which goes to the planning department, then back to the board of trustees, then to the community for more public input, and back to whichever board again, they, whoever “they” are, can only recommend possiblilities to sorta kinda close the schools? Let us know if any responsibility gets into this loop.

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What a waste of time. It’s clear this was planned all along, that they had made up their minds to close Capilano a long time ago. Yes, we know they claim to listen, but yet again, parent concerns were ignored. Parents wanted to keep the schools open. The schools will close. Seems pretty simple. If it wasn’t a done deal, why was a spiffy new playground already being planned at Hardisty junior high school – going K-9 this fall to accommodate the horde of displaced elementary students – long before the final rubber stamp came on April 13? Coincidence? As for parental wrath, we can take it out in the only way we can, on the elected trustees, through the illusion of democracy, and say things like “good luck in October, chumps.” Man, that felt good, but the anger is misdirected. The whole process is deeply flawed and should be voted to be recommended to be possibly scrapped.

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Are you mad as heck and unwilling to take it anymore? Or, is this just another sign of the (tough) times? Last week, Edmonton Public Schools opted to close five neighbourhood learning institutions at the end of this school year – McCauley, Parkdale, Eastwood, Capilano and Fulton Place. One other school, Spruce Avenue, will be transformed from K-9 to junior high. If your kids go to any other school, it’s easy to shrug your shoulders and say, “Oh, well.” But if your kids go to one of these schools, the ramifications are note-

worthy, and possibly even catastrophic. In all, the closures mean about 1,000 children will need a new school to call home in the fall. Some schools had as few as 110 kids in six grades. Many had split classes and empty rooms. Does that make keeping these schools open inefficient, or is each child that important? With the city sprawling in all directions, with new schools having to be built, the argument can be made that this was inevitable. So, we ask you, are you OK with what is about to happen to these schools, or, should no school be left behind? After all, the education of our kids has to be priority No. 1

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Kevin Maimann, Examiner Staff Parkdale school is one of five schools Edmonton Public has earmarked for closure.

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sports and entertainment complex, a winter garden, and residential, retail, service and office buildings – including a possible 60-storey structure — and about 4,000 parking stalls. The application seeks to rezone to accommodate the arena, amend the existing downtown plan, and close off a small piece of roadway as well as a small area of land designated for park use. Jim Low, Katz Group head of planning and development for the Edmonton Arena District, said the project will not take away business from other downtown establishments but rather bring an estimated two million more patrons to the entire area. His group wants to lead development of the project, with Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment developer AEG on board as a consultant. Black also confirmed that Northlands will play a role in the project, although that role has not been determined. Daryl Katz, who runs the Katz Group, has pledged $100 million toward the project.


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Calling all green thumbs I’m sure I’m not alone in being a little too sun-kissed after last weekend’s amazing weather. Our neglected yard and garden don’t feel nearly as neglected now. Part of what drew us to Bonnie Doon 10 years ago were the amazing gardens that often filled entire yards. There are fewer now, as many of the seniors who owned and tended them have move on to that big garden in the sky. Despite many failures, I am always keen to learn more about gardening. I think my Sagittarian sign is part of the problem. Apparently I like one of everything. If you’re like me and can’t have too much “living green” in your life, you might want to

spend next Tuesday evening with our city’s urban farmer, Ron Berezan. Berezan is leaving our fair city in favour of year-round gardening on the coast, so there won’t be many more opportunities to spend an evening learning from our local master. Workshop participants will learn how to create a lowmaintenance perennial food system that looks and acts like a small forest. The harvest will include food and medicinal plants while supporting biodiversity. Next Tuesday’s workshop is also a chance to support two great organizations that are fundraising to create community and sustainability in far less fortunate places. Wendy Sauve is the vice-

president of Keiskamma Canada Foundation. The north Glenora resident says there is a strong connection between Berezan’s presentation and the work supported by Keiskamma. “In the dead of winter, 2008, I received a photo of a community garden in South Africa. The radiant sunflowers reminded me of the connection between gardeners – even though we are separated by many miles and many degrees in temperature.” Keiskamma’s past work has included fundraising for an AIDS hospice and the group continues to support local artisans by selling their artwork and beautiful embroideries. Keiskamma focuses on finding ways to relieve poverty in Africa. “I know that what we do

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Nancy Rempel Community Matters and access to clean water The latest project means raising $25,000 to create a community centre. “It will be a place where the local people will be able to set up their own businesses as the area is the trekking and climbing centre of Peru.” It’s the first time Sombrilla and Keiskamma have joined forces. At $40 a ticket, what better way to learn about enhancing your own garden while supporting projects. If you would like more information, contact Jeff at 780988-2976 or Wendy at 780-4538029 or register by e-mailing Nancy Rempel is the president of the Bonnie Doon Community League. Reach her at



Special week, special people “We wanted to do something to help people get involved in volunteering,” In celebration of National Volunteer says Nana Thaver, co-ordinator of Week, Volunteer Edmonton is launching Volunteer Edmonton. “We felt that its first-ever Edmonton Showcases National Volunteer Week was a perfect Wednesday and Thursday. time to kick off of these sessions since this week is all about recognizing the importance of volunteering.” Study massage with our The Showcases are one-hour giving up your day job? Sure. sessions designed to get people involved in the community. Here’s how to get a great new career with“You’ll learn about volunteerout breaking the bank: choose the 2-year ing, the ways you can give and distance-learning how to find a volunteer opportuprogram at Mh Vicars nity,” says Thaver. “This is School of Massage something we want to continue Therapy. It’s affordable, providing, so we will be holding thorough and prepares Showcases on a monthly basis.” you for a well-paid and While the Wednesday’s session satisfying career. is full, Thaver is still accepting RSVPs for Thursday’s session, Students come to class from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The MH VICARS SCHOOL

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see it as paying it forward and expanding the capacity of non-profits at the university.” Trueblood has found employment and met new friends through her efforts. “It's stories like this that demonstrate how volunteering can make a huge difference in your life,” Thaver says. To attend Thursday’s Showcase, please RSVP to Nana Thaver at or you can also call 780-732-6649. Look to this space to see the work that the city’s volunteers and non-profit organizations are carrying out and what it is that Volunteer Edmonton is involved in. For more information or suggestions for story ideas please, contact Evelyn Pham, communications co-ordinator, at, call 780-732-6655 or check out our website at


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Ready to roll Southgate, Century Park LRT stations opening Examiner News Services The city expects an influx of passengers when the new Southgate and Century Park LRT stations – the most recent additions of the $690-million south extension – opens on the weekend. “The future looks good. I’m very excited about the opening. I’m also very fearful that we’re going to have a heck of a ridership on that first day,” says Bob Boutilier, general manager of the city’s transportation department. Over the long run, Boutilier estimates the new stations will add two million rides to the existing 66 million rides per year. Last week, members of the

media got a sneak preview of the new stations, which open to the public Saturday after four years of construction. The stations feature elevated, outdoor, 123-metre platforms to accommodate future five-car trains. Indoor pedways adorned with art and equipped with public washrooms stretch across 111 Street from the stations. Numerous closed-circuit cameras and help phones, as well as wide-open sight lines and lots of lighting to ensure “natural surveillance” are designed to keep passengers safe, says Ron Gabruck, director of ETS security. Century Park station also has a park-and-ride lot with 1,200 stalls, with plans to expand the lot to 1,300 stalls. Passengers from Century Park can now get to the University station in 12 minutes and down-

town’s Central station in 18 minutes. Passengers at Southgate station can get to the University in eight minutes and Central station in 12 minutes. Some bus schedules have been adjusted with the expansion, says Ken Koropeski, director of service development, including the removal of express buses from Century Park and Southgate to South Campus and to the downtown area. Other schedule adjustments and information can be viewed online at The new bus terminal and 300stall park-and-ride lot in the Meadows area at 17 Street and 40 Avenue will also open on Saturday. Boutilier said the city is looking at expanding the south LRT line down to the Heritage Valley in the near future.

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A friend in need just what I need There’s one in every crowd. I know this almost exclusively with me and myself in because I’m usually the one. a far-off corner, away from everybody But the crowd usually won’t have else, where I could mutter and swear to anything to do with me. I once checked myself. out the Chinese horoscope for a Taurus It was by design, but also out of Rooster. “These people necessity. I tried to stand will never win a popularwith Tamara a few times and ity contest or be elected she would have no part of it. to public office.” “Go away,” she said sharply. That’s just one of the “I don’t want anybody to many (832) reasons I’ve think you’re with me.” found it advantageous to I consider hockey a serious Scott Haskins leave my feelings at sport, not a social event. Real Life home when I go out. Anyone who has been Especially if I’m going involved in minor hockey for anywhere near old friends. more than a year or two knows you’re They’re a nasty, ignorant, cruel lot. going to get stuck with other parents That’s why I love them. who aren’t nearly as smart or good But this is about new friends. Even if I looking as you are. have to beg, borrow or even steal them. That was my fate again this year, of Experience and course. The difference this constant rejection has time is that I made the most taught me the best way of a bad situation. to become popular is to I sat with the others this lurk in the background year and I made new friends. and allow the brains of At least Tamara did, and I the operation to do the was around to at least learn thinking and especially some of their names. the talking. And I made an incredible, Then, after they’ve totally unexpected, discovimmediately fallen in ery. They’re not that bad. love with my sweet wife, I emerge and Except for the one with the cowbell remind everyone that Tamara and I are a and the one who yelled “Clear, clear” package deal. At least we were the last 8,876 times a game. time I checked. LITTLE DARLING When it comes to friendship, I’m My new best friend is a two-year-old reminded of something baseball legend darling named Taylor. Even if I had to Casey Stengel once said of managing in buy her affection with Kit-Kat bars. It’s a the big leagues: “The secret of success is small price to pay to have someone keeping the 10 guys who hate you away willing to talk to me. from the 10 guys who are undecided.” I was skeptical at the beginning, Yes, I freely admit, but not proudly, I naturally. After all, anyone wanting to be do use my wife to make me look good. friends with me must have an ulterior Or at least tolerable. A man’s gotta do motive. what a man’s gotta do. Desperate times But a funny thing happened as the call for desperate measures. season turned from December into A NEW LOW January. By the time we headed south to I don’t mind my own company, but I a tournament in Lacombe in February, I also know how others feel because I get was seriously starting to feel the love. sick of me sometimes, too. At the end of the day, and the end of It’s one thing to use your spouse, but I the season, I can honestly say that Jaden must confess to reaching a new low playing hockey this year has allowed me during the just-completed minor hockey – or at least Tamara – to cultivate an season. entirely new group of friends. Yes, it has come to this – I am now Some of them, I don’t even mind using my eight-year-old, Jaden. spending time with. That would be But Tamara, naturally, was still the Taylor, of course. catalyst. As for the rest of them, well ... it’s not a During what I laughingly refer to as perfect world. Ryan’s hockey career, I used to stand

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EIA is planting the seeds of success As part of Earth Day when looking at something 2010 celebrations taking like Expansion 2012, EIA’s place across Canada current airport developThursday, Edmonton ment program. International Airport With our terminal (EIA) staff and volunteers already operating well over Reg Milley will be handing out capacity and with no new Edmonton Int’l Airport packages of seeds to our capacity available until customers – just in time 2012, it was clear that the for the spring planting season. status quo was unacceptable – and Seeds are symbolic of growth, survival certainly unsustainable. Still, pushing and new beginnings. They are also forward with the expansion was a bold symbolic of new partnerships. decision weighed carefully. The seeds have been donated by our From a cost-savings perspective, the friends at Hole's Greenhouses & Gardownturn in 2009 wasn’t without an dens Ltd. The Hole family has a legacy of upside for Expansion 2012. One opporgiving back locally and we’re proud of tunity we realized was the ability to the opportunity to work with them. purchase materials in quantities and at DEEP ROOTS costs simply not available to us even 18 The seeds also speak to EIA’s deep months ago. This turnaround allowed us roots in the community and our core to realize savings in construction pricing value of sustainability. not only for the expansion project, but EIA adopted sustainability as core for ongoing maintenance projects as value for the organization in 2008. While well. The savings uphold our pillar of sustainability represented a new core financial sustainability. value for us, its three pillars – environNothing speaks louder about our mental, social and financial – have long commitment to environmental sustainbeen among EIA’s priorities as a comability than our goal to have our expany. panded building and combined control The three pillars of our core value of and office tower meet LEED (Leadership sustainability are not mutually exclusive. in Energy and Environmental Design) In fact, they are quite complementary certification standards. THE FIRST ... EIA will be the first airport to have an office tower with LEED Silver certification. Beyond dollars, or bricks and mortar, people are at the heart of everything we do. EIA mirrors the aspirations and goals of the region. To that end, through our community investment program and under the banner of social sustainability, EIA has more than 40 partnerships with community groups and organizations throughout the region now including Hole's. If you happen to receive a Hole's Earth Day 2010 envelope from one of our volunteers or a member of our staff, remember, from the smallest seed, great things grow. By working together, we can help realize our community's potential. Reg Milley is the president and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. His column appears monthly.




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Rookie social teacher recognized Andrea Harrison earns Edwin Parr Award nomination Kevin Maimann Examiner Staff At age 23, Andrea Harrison says she’s certain that teaching is the right career for her. And the rest of her school district seems to agree. Last month, the Edmonton Public School Board made the Spruce Avenue junior high teacher its nominee for the provincial Edwin Parr Award for first-year teachers. “I was so shocked,” Harrison says about receiving the nomination. She teaches Grade 7 language arts at the north-side school as well as Grade 7 through 9 social studies, where her true passion lies. “I was really interested in history, current events, geography, and I want to express that excitement to my students,” she says. “I want to make social studies something that’s really exciting rather than something you want to fall asleep to for an hour.” LOTS OF VISUALS Harrison brings colour to the class by using plenty of visuals and focusing on inquiry-based learning, keeping Xeroxed worksheets to a minimum. One project she likes to do is get students to draw cartoons of historical figures, with word bubbles portraying contrasting perspectives on historic events. “Basically I try to get them to draw different cartoon characters, and each cartoon character has to reflect a different opinion on an issue,” she says. “I find that it enables them to see a conflict from one world view versus another world view.” Fifty-five per cent of her Grade 7 social students did not achieve the acceptable standard on their Grade 6 provincial achievement tests in social last year. On this year’s midterm after a

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Angelique Rodrigues Examiner Staff Workshop West Theatre’s new play tells the tale of two senior citizens forced to live, unwillingly, in a retirement home. How funny can old people possibly be? Hilarious, if their lines are supplied by the great dram-edien Mark Stubbings. Dry the Rain is an irreverently funny, deeply touching story about a couple of life-long rebels and their inability to accept their old age, played by John Wright



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Local playright takes funny look at old age Dry the Rain. “I may be young, but I think I bring a fresh take on the topic,” he said. In fact, Stubbings probably couldn’t have done this without the unknowing help of his late grandmother, Mona. Describing her as a “little bit wild,” Stubbings recalls a conversation he had with Mona, who was in her 80s at the time, about the annual Mark Stubbings Grammy awards. “She turned to me and said, ‘You know that Garth Brooks? He’s nothing but a pussy cowboy, nothing like Johnny Cash,” recalls Stubbings. ”I just about died laughing at that one. When I started writing Dry the Rain, I knew it had to be in the play.” Stubbings, who has received acclaim for his work at the Fringe Theatre and NextFest, says what he’d really like is for people to remember that senior citizens are still living. “These people have trials and hardships just like anyone else,” says Stubbings. He hopes his play will represent a contemporary view on an old stereotype. “Old people are anything but boring.” Dry the Rain runs April 22- May 2 at La Cite Francophone. For ticket information contact Workshop West at 780- 477-5955.



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A fresh take on an old favourite Verdi’s Otello worth the effort for director Deedrick Angelique Rodriques Examiner Staff In his eighth year as artistic director for the Edmonton Opera, Brian Deedrick’s creative agenda remains as adventurous as ever. Deedrick, 52, has teamed with renowned conductor James Meena to close the season with a fresh take on Verdi’s Otello, an opera he has been fighting to bring back to the Edmonton stage for years. “It is one of the greatest

operas of all time, but it’s extremely difficult to cast,” explains Deedrick. “ It’s next to impossible to find a tenor and soprano gifted enough to play the title roles.” In fact, Deedrick has been rounding up cast members for almost four years. Not surprisingly, he has managed to assemble one of the strongest, all-Canadian casts – including John MacMaster as Otello and Sally Dibblee as Desdemona. “It’s extremely difficult and very rare to produce an entirely Canadian cast and chorus and we are very proud of it,” says Deedrick. “This is my dream cast.”

Based on Shakespeare’s Othello, Verdi’s operatic version was first performed in 1887 and is considered to be his greatest achievement. The opera melds Shakespeare’s classic tale of jealousy and betrayal with a complex musical score Deedrick says is bound to bring the house down.

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“It is so beautifully sung. You’ll cry,” he says. “In fact, in rehearsal, I’m crying, the singer’s crying, her attendant’s crying … Its extremely compelling stuff.” One of Deedrick’s chief aims is to engage young people in opera, and Otello, while traditional, has a contemporary story line that has stood the test of time. “What do young people love? Murder, mayhem, jealousy and betrayal,” says Deedrick. “The plot is just as good as any blockbuster you’d find in the movie theatre,” he adds. Deedrick has a list of classic tales he’d like the Edmonton community to see, and the list

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No one could have seen Val Stevens’s her passion for changing public death coming. perceptions of homeless people. The 59-year-old wife and mother, with My Home Street Home is a story about no pre-existing health a middle-aged woman problems, passed away in whose string of unfortuher sleep after a day of nate circumstances leaves planning a weekend her without a place to live. camping trip, enjoying a The story is based on the relaxing dinner out and lives of less fortunate curling up with a good Edmontonians who Joelle Reiniger book in her Strathearn Stevens met on walks in Feature home. the river valley and in the Andy Maguire, who downtown core, where she married Stevens in 1999, said doctors worked in communications for the City could offer no explanation for the of Edmonton. tragedy – no stroke, aneurism or organ “She wanted people to be aware of dysfunction. Sometimes, he homeless issues and was told, lives simply end. challenges and that it In other words, it could can happen to anyone,” happen to anyone. Maguire says. “It has just been a really Stevens’s family is hard year without Val,” donating royalty cheques Maguire says. from sales of the book to ENDLESS EFFORT the Mustard Seed church – Andy Maguire, and Hope Mission. On Saturday, her family and friends will meet at the loving husband Before she died, couple’s neighbourhood Stevens committed to pub to reminisce and donating a portion of the continue Stevens’s effort to end homeproceeds to organizations that assist lessness. homeless people. Stevens spent much of her free time On Saturday, her family will re-release writing and about two years ago she My Home Street Home as a fundraiser for won an award for a story highlighting the charities she chose to support.

It has just been a really hard year without Val.”

JOELLE REINIGER, Examiner Staff Andy Maguire is the very essence of a loving husband, making sure his late wife’s passion for people and writing remain very much alive. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which takes place at from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at Devaney’s Irish Pub, located at 9013 88 Ave. “We wanted to pursue this in memory of Val. It’s a wonderful legacy,” Maguire says. When Stevens encountered city residents who were down on their luck, she made an effort to get to know them, Maguire says. Her research came from informal conversations with disadvantaged Edmontonians. A MAN NAMED TOM She learned that many people without homes and jobs ended up on the streets due to sudden financial trouble rather than substance abuse. One such man named Tom used to work as a tradesman but became seriously injured. When he got out of the hospital, his wife had left him and drained their bank account. Unable to return to work in his trade and unwilling to ask for help, he

was homeless for about two years. “Tom was very proud,” Maguire says. He hopes people view homeless people in a new light. As well as re-releasing My Home Street Home, Stevens’s family plans to finish a novel she had been working on. In no rush to publish it, Stevens wrote a chapter or two every summer. The book, potentially titled Walk on Water, is a complex love story carried through three centuries of fictional family history in an aboriginal community. “We’re going to spend the next two years going through all the stuff Val had and working toward completion.” My Home Street Home is available at,, Audrey’s Books, Greenwood’s Bookshoppe and The Wired Cup or by e-mailing Maguire at

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NEWS CANADA Parents should sit down with their children to discuss the school year’s final report card.

Early preparation eliminates exam stress Expert recommends studying in April News Canada

NEWS CANADA By beginning to review in April, students will have plenty of chances to cover all of the subject material.

While it may only be April, the end of the school year has a way of sneaking up quickly on students. Before they know it, it will be exam time. While exams are a major source of stress for many students, this stress can be conquered if students begin to study early on – even as early as April, according to Dr. Nick Whitehead, founder and CEO of Oxford Learning. “Writing exams is like running a marathon,” says Dr. Whitehead. “You can’t expect to just get up from a chair and run successfully. You have to prepare and train. It’s the same

Writing exams is like running a marathon.” — Dr. Nick Whitehead Oxford Learning thing with exams. The more that a student prepares, they will better he’ll perform overall.” By beginning to review in April, students will have plenty of chances to cover all of the subject material, keep up with their class work, and not become overwhelmed by examrelated stress.



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A direct link for health care students Students earn credits through St. Joseph high school’s Health Care Aide program Supplied editorial One of the most important questions a young student must answer by the time they get to Grade 12 is “What do I want to be when I grow up?” The Health Care Aide program at St. Joseph High school began in the 2009/10 school year and students who complete the program receive Career and Technology Studies (CTS) credits towards their High school Diploma, as well as a certificate in Health Care Aide from Norquest College. Classes cover a broad range of topics including: • First Aid/CPR • Cardiovascular and Digestive systems • Musculoskeletal, respiratory and sensory systems • Community volunteerism Students are given the necessary skills to start a career in the health care field immediately after graduating from high school. Students are eligible for jobs in these areas: • Continuing Care Facilities • Home care agencies • Children’s Hospital • Group homes • Lodges • Assisted or supportive living • Day programs • Specialized care centres and programs • Acute care hospitals • Private care Norquest College estimates that 99 per cent of graduates find jobs in this field. Starting salaries

for new graduates range from $10 - $18 per hour. The Health Care Aide program has been very successful in the

first year of implementation and will be continuing in the new school year. The program is open for all students from Edmonton

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Explore career possibilities at NorQuest College Diploma and certificate programs include social work, practical nurse, and pharmacy technician Supplied editorial NorQuest is the Edmonton region’s community college, offering a range of career programs in business, industry, health and human services. In fact, NorQuest graduates are some of the most sought-after employees in Alberta, with over 97 per cent of graduates finding employment. For 45 years, NorQuest College has provided students with the opportunity to succeed. Through high-calibre diploma

and certificate programs such as business administration, administrative professional, social work, practical nurse, pharmacy technician, physical therapy assistant, mental health rehabilitation, and digital graphics communication, NorQuest programs open doors to new possibilities. NorQuest also offers a range of preparatory programs in academic upgrading and English language training to make those career aspirations a reality. “I have a great full-time job with a lot of responsibility and it would be really diffi-

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NorQuest College offers so much in the way of learning, and the support from the staff is outstanding.”

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Picture yourself here, there, or anywhere! Short-term courses at the University of Alberta are a fantastic way to learn Whether you want to embark on a global adventure, to expedite your degree or to grow your knowledge in a professional area, you can expand your horizons by immersing yourself in study at the University of Alberta. Short-term courses are an amazing way to learn – clustering one or two subjects daily can make for an intense and focused environment. And the options seem endless. Each spring and summer, U of A students gain firsthand knowledge of the different ecosystems in Tanzania; travel to Ottawa, and experience on site archival and historical research methods relating to Treaty and Aboriginal rights; focus on the civil law based Spanish legal system in Granada, Spain; or engage in West African music, language

and culture in Accra, Ghana. You can even take courses in environmental philosophy, parks history and ecology while travelling the backcountry of Jasper and Banff National Parks. If you’d rather gather your experiences closer to home, play a wide variety of Spolin Theater Games and learn sidecoaching techniques in a funfilled workshop or review accounting principles on a picnic blanket in quad, one of the many great lawns on U of A campus. These are just a few examples of the hundreds of credit courses the U of A runs from May to August that will add to your collection of experiences. Where ever your class convenes, picture yourself there. Check the Course Listing and Class Schedule online at gsummer or call 780-492-3113.

NEWS CANADA Students still have time to improve their grades and make this a school year worth celebrating.

The clock isn’t your enemy News Canada The clock may be ticking on the school year, but that doesn’t mean that chances to improve grades have run out. In fact, there is still plenty of time for students to improve their grades. “In terms of the school year, April is definitely a make it or break it month,” says Dr. Nick Whitehead, CEO and founder of Oxford

Learning. “Even though there is not a lot of time left, this time, if used wisely, can help even the most troubled student turn things around.” With extra help from professional tutors such as Oxford Learning, students can not only improve their grades in specific subjects such as math, reading, or English, but they also can develop stronger study, organization, and thinking skills, as

well as fine tune their homework habits. According to Dr. Whitehead, it’s important for parents to remember that learning doesn’t stop simply because the school year is ending. “It’s never too late to make significant academic changes. The summer presents great opportunities for students to learn. It’s an under-utilized time that can really make a difference.”

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- April 21, 2010

Finding strength in numbers School trustees work together to serve the needs of students and the community Supplied editorial A vital part of local government, the Edmonton Public School Board’s nine democratically elected Trustees have a powerful impact on our children’s schooling and our society as a whole. The Board determines the priorities that guide education in the District and sets the policies that make them a reality. “The Board’s authority comes from the group of nine collectively making decisions,” explains Anne Sherwood, board secretary for Edmonton Public Schools. Trustees come from all backgrounds and professions, and bring an eclectic mix of personal and professional experience

to the role of Trustee. While they may each have a different reason for why they wanted to serve in the Trustee role, most will have had some involvement with education prior to their election –whether as a parent, or as a business representative or community member. “What unites them,” continues Sherwood, “is a dedication to public education and to ensuring quality education and opportunities for all students. Trustees are dedicated to making decisions that are good for all 80,000 students, not just those in their own ward. Trustees look beyond what’s in their neighborhoods and see the big picture and the overall impact.”

A Trustee sits in the hub of a complex wheel, listening and talking to the wide range of groups who have a stake in public education. They communicate with all orders of government, lobbying to keep education a top priority, as well as with school staff, parents and members of the public. Trustees are also responsible for effectively managing an annual budget of over 700 hundred million dollars. They are committed to supporting teachers, whose admirable work translates policy into a supportive, enriching education for children. Above all, Trustees are advocates for children. By setting district goals and priorities, they work to improve student achievement and high school completion rates, enabling students of all backgrounds and abilities to build their resiliency and the diverse skill set they need to be successful in the 21st century. “It’s a huge responsibility on behalf of society,” notes Sherwood. “What the Board does today will have an Keep the doors open to your impact on future generations of learners.” child’s academic future! We all have a stake in public education, and the civic election day on October 18 is an opportunity for everyEstablished in 1983, Edmonton Academy one to get involved. is a Special Education Independent Participate in the election of the Board of Trustees for School designated by Alberta Education Edmonton Public Schools by: that caters to the needs of students who: • voting for a Trustee candidate; • encouraging others to run for Trustee; or • Possess average to above average • running for this important public office yourself – ability but are achieving below nomination day is September 20. their potential in reading, mathmatics For more information about running for office or the and/or written expression 2010 civic election, visit• May exhibit low self esteem ment/edmonton-elections.aspx"• Are frustrated by conventional tions.aspx.

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Attend an upcoming information session in any one of these programs: Tuesday, April 27th: • Disability Studies: Leadership and Community

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News Canada Oxford Learning recommends that before students hit the books, they follow these five key tips that will help to make study time run smoothly. • Get a good night’s sleep – students of all ages should get at least eight hours of sleep every school night. A full night of sleep is even more important the night before a test in order to help students be more alert and remember test material more effectively. • Study at the right time – Some people are night

owls; some people prefer the morning. Students should try to study when they are the most alert and able to process and retain the information that they are studying. • Have a designated study area – whether it is the kitchen table or a desk in a bedroom, students should have an area to study that is a designated study zone. Study supplies, notebooks, and reference materials should all be kept close at hand in order prevent distractions. • Eat properly – students can’t focus on

studying if their stomachs are growling. Students should have a light, healthy snack to quiet stomach rumbles and to achieve optimal brain function during study time. • Get chores out of the way – The dog needs to be walked and the dishes need to be washed…but students should be careful to not use chores as a reason to procrastinate. Avoid the interruptions and distractions of an unfinished to-do list in order to focus on the task at hand: studying.

Extracurricular opportunities include choir, drama, track, Athletikids, Leadership, Earth Patrols and Computer Club. We are an Earth III School: Westglen School is proud to be the first school in Alberta to receive an Earth III school designation. We are centrally located with access to high quality out of school care programs.

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NEWS CANADA Students should get chores like cleaning out of the way before studying.



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Watch your MLA in action during session News Canada Step inside the Alberta Legislature to discover stories about the building and the people who have walked its halls. Learn about the Lieutenant Governors, Premiers and Speakers whose portraits line the walls. Explore Members’ Way, where a series of plaques recount Alberta’s heritage and the Members who have served our province. Take a free guided tour, watch your MLA in action during session or participate in one of many specialized programs. Whether you are a teacher looking for an engaging way to teach your students about parliament, a new Albertan interested in the democratic process or a senior citizen looking to get involved, the Alberta Legislature has a program geared toward you. For teachers the week-long School at

the Legislature (SATL) program provides a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of the Legislative Assembly. Short on time? Spend the afternoon in a mock Legislature debate. Is language a barrier? Participate in an English Language Learners (ELL) tour. Tour sheets are available in 18 languages, making Alberta’s Legislature a welcoming place for all. Are you a senior citizen? Enjoy our Tour and a Tea program, offered June 7 to 11 in celebration of Seniors’ Week. This summer don’t forget to take in an exhibit or two. Architecture and Power focuses on the architecture of Canadian Legislatures while Local Colour comments on the disappearing face of communities in Alberta. For further information or to embark on a Virtual Visit of the Legislature Building, visit

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n Use an organic fertilizer after first burst of growth.

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n Remove thatch, the compacted layer of dead plants and grass, by raking.

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AUTUMN n Apply final late fall organic fertilizer to prepare grass for the following spring. n Overseed the entire lawn. n Repair damaged areas with a seed blend high in endophytic grass seed. n Top dress with organic matter.

n Make sure mower blades are sharp. Dull blades tear grass, making it prone to disease.

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Italian wall lizards are proving that rapid and large-scale evolutionary changes can happen in a short time. In 1971, biologists moved five adult pairs of the lizards from their home island of Pod Kopiste, in the South Adriatic Sea, to the neighbouring island of Pod Mrcaru. Researchers have found the small, green-backed lizards have striking di�erences in head size and shape, increased bite strength and the development of new structures in their digestive tracts after only 36 years.

HELLO OUT THERE? Chances of intelligent life low

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n Water your lawn 1 inch (about 2.5 cm.) once a week, preferably in the early morning.

Tadpoles develop deformed hearts and impaired kidneys and digestive systems when exposed to the widely used herbicide, atrazine, in their early life stages, according to research by Tufts University biologists. In recent years, worldwide amphibian population declines have fueled concerns over the potentially harmful e�ects of pesticides on so-called “sentinel” organisms.

n Do not overwater.

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FILE PHOTO McCauley school

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Case closed Eastwood school

Parents ‘very sad’ as local schools go under

Local school communities are enter kindergarten, he still saddened by the Edmonton cries,” she says. “He’ll cry in the Public School Board’s decision morning, ‘I don’t get to go to to close five city schools. kindergarten at Fulton?’” Trustees voted 6-3 last week FEELING IGNORED in favour of closing McCauley, Parkdale parent council Parkdale and Fulton Place member Sherri Stephens, schools for good this summer, whose daughter attends Grade and 8-1 in favour of closing 5 at the school, participated in Eastwood and Capilano. several meetings leading up to The board decided unanithe decision. mously to also close the eleShe feels her community’s mentary program at Spruce concerns were “completely Avenue school, turning the K-9 ignored.” into a junior high. “We had certainly hoped that “People are very sad,” says maybe what we were doing was Fulton Place parent council making a difference, but not chair Dena Boyle, who orgaterribly surprised that it didn’t,” nized a letter Stephens says. writing campaign She says some opposing the frustrated parents closures. “It are planning to doesn’t follow any move out of the type of common Parkdale commusense.” nity, while others The schools have said they will were put on the take their kids out chopping block of the public earlier this year, school system primarily because — Sherri Stephens and look at of low and Parent separate schools. declining enrolMuch of the ment. Many community’s community members voiced anger is directed squarely at the objections at public meetings school board. and rallies, and pitched ideas “This being an election year, I for filling the empty spaces. think we really need to look at Boyle feels those most replacing some of those troubled by the decision are the trustees. Because their main students, including her own focus seems to be closing kids, who attend Grades 2 and 3 schools,” Stephens says. “We at Fulton Place. need a more positive board “They cried. They were upset. that’s willing to work for our Even my one who’s about to kids.”

... I think we really need to look at replacing some of those trustees.”

Kevin Maimann Education EPSB chair Don Fleming says the board is doing the best it can with limited resources. “It’s not possible for us to maintain the status quo given our funding situation. We receive about $6,000 per student, per year, and our teacher costs alone are about $92,000 a year,” says Fleming, who voted for all the closures. “If we’re going to try to staff schools and give students the option of having a number of teachers in a number of subject areas, and we want to avoid (split) classes, we have to sit down and take a look at how best we can use the resources to make sure we get the best results for our students.” Nancy Petersen, principal of the City Centre Education Partnership – a grouping of seven schools that includes Parkdale, Eastwood, McCauley and Spruce Avenue – says the closures will allow inner city students to be exposed to better programming. “The larger school capacities, the larger groupings of kids, the larger groups of staff coming together, are allowing us to look

Parkdale school

at things a lot differently,” she junior high to a K-9. says. “We’re excited about some Eastwood, Parkdale and of the good programming McCauley elementary students, pieces that we’re going to be meanwhile, are being desigable to have in place in our nated to Delton school. schools.” Stephens says she will send STILL SPACE TO FILL her daughter elsewhere, afraid But the problem of unfunded that an influx of kids to Delton space is far from solved. will create tension between new Edmonton Public Schools is and old students. now moving onto a sustainabilFleming says Edmonton ity review of three large sectors Public will do whatever it can to of the city, encompassing 71 help students make the transischools. tion, including arranging District administration will transportation for those who present the school board with a will now need to bus to school. recommendation on whether to He feels with larger classes close a number of those and more options, the affected schools, which are students will located in west, ultimately wind central and southup with a better central Edmoneducation. ton, in January “It’s not 2011. pleasant, it’s Meanwhile, six certainly not new public enjoyable work, schools are set to and it’s very open on the outer difficult work,” edges of the city Fleming says of over the next two — Don Fleming the closure years. process. “But at EPSB chair Boyle will take a the end of the close look at the day, what we’re situation before deciding where absolutely committed to doing to send her kids next year, to is to maintain the Edmonton ensure they don’t have to public school system as one of endure another closure. the best education systems in “We do not want them going North America. through the stress of this ever “And to do that, we have to again,” she says. use our resources wisely.” Fulton Place and Capilano students have been designated – Uncredited photos by Kevin to attend Hardisty school next Maimann year, which will shift from a

It’s not possible for us to maintain the status quo given our funding situation.”



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What are they now? School buildings get a second life after closure Joelle Reiniger Examiner Staff Two years after seeing their neighbourhood school close, Ritchie residents have something to smile about. The public school campus, closed in 2008 due to low enrolment, is now teeming with kids enrolled in the growing Francophone school district. “Some of the homeowners around the school are actually

quite pleased,” says Denis Gravel, assistant principal of Ecole Joseph-Moreau. The Francophone board has a three-year lease on the campus, which is still owned by Edmonton Public Schools. About 250 students are enrolled at Ecole JosephMoreau, nearing the school’s capacity of 280 students. “If we keep growing, this school might not be suitable for us in three years,” Gravel says. Most Ecole Joseph-Moreau students are bussed in from other areas of the city, but Gravel says the campus’s central location ideal. The surrounding neighbourhood is home to the

JOELLE TOMEK Examiner Staff Cynthie Yakowich, an E4C employee, poses for a photo in the community garden at the old Alex Taylor school.

Faculte St-Jean, La Cite Francophone, a francophone district high school and a large French speaking population. Gravel says both English and French speaking parents in the neighbourhood says the school has injected life into their community, allaying previous fears that the building would sit vacant. When an Edmonton public school is closed, it first goes through a decommissioning process, where its books, desks and other assets are offered to the school designated to receive its students, with any leftover items available to other schools in the district. The school board immediately starts reviewing applications from prospective tenants of the building. The timeline for this process varies but a decision is usually made within one school year. In each case, community members are consulted. “We do give priority to organizations that provide education or child care services,” says Cindy Skolski, a senior planner with the school district. Non-profit agencies are also welcome tenants. “We try to find organizations that will enhance the neighbourhood,” Skolski says. The school district retains ownership of the campus for many years with the option to reopen it. In 1997, the district reopened King Edward elementary school, closed in 1984, as public school focusing on special education. If a school building is eventually sold, the city of Edmonton has the first right to purchase it. The public school board approved its first round of school closures in 1973. One of those schools is now the Bennett Centre, an educational field trip destination with science and outdoor education programming. Canora school, also closed in 1973 was leased

JOELLE TOMEK Examiner Staff The old Alex Taylor school, which closed in 2001, is now occupied by E4C and other inner-city charities. to a daycare for 15 years, then sold to the Canadian Turkish Society to be used as a cultural centre. The historic McKay Avenue

We do give priority to organizations that provide education or child care services. — Cindy Skolski Edmonton Public Schools school, closed in 1983, has been turned into a museum and archives centre for the Edmonton Public Schools. The former Alex Taylor school, located in the inner city is a hub for non-profit organizations. Its anchor tenant is E4C, the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation. “We’ve tried to use the space in a creative way,” says E4C spokesperson Judith Paquin. “The building houses offices for a number of Edmonton chari-

ties, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Early Head Start and the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association, to name a few. The gym and two meeting rooms are available to any community group. A community garden located in the former schoolyard is a popular place for nearby residents to meet. The Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton has also used a portion of the yard as a memorial garden for victims of violence in the sex trade. Kitchen facilities in the school basement are used to prepare snacks for participants in the city’s Green Shack program. “We just saw (the school) as a wonderful resource for the community as well as ourselves,” Paquin says.



- April 21, 2010

A tale of five schools Campuses slated for closure have stories worth remembering Joelle Reiniger Examiner Staff

CAPILANO No one is more connected to Capilano school than Lynn Fee. Her time at the campus as a student and teacher spans more than half the school’s history. Fee grew up in the community and attended Capilano from grades 1 through 6. Three years after earning her teaching degree, she returned as a staff member and moved back to the neighbourhood. She remembers driving past the parking lot during her fourth year of university and hoping to teach at her old school. “I thought, ‘One day I’ll be parking in that spot, and that’s what happened.’” Twenty-five years later, she has many fond memories of the school, including teaching her two sons and working alongside her old Grade 6 teacher. The school, which was built in

1958 recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Capilano school is located on land that was once an aboriginal campsite. It boasts one of the school districts beautiful views because of its proximity to the North Saskatchewan River Valley. It was the district’s first school to offer special education for all grade levels. Recently, Capilano received an award for environmental education and volunteerism.

EASTWOOD Eastwood school was built in 1913 and opened under the name Frank Scott school. But community members who objected to the campus being named after a sitting school trustee, rather than the community itself, successfully petitioned to have the name changed in the ’20s to Eastwood school. Now a kindergarten to Grade 6 campus, Eastwood used to house all Grade levels. Its high school students moved to the then-new Eastglen school in the mid-’50s and, to this day, Eastglen has a plaque naming all the Eastwood high

PHOTO SUPPLIED McCauley school on opening day in 1912. school grads who died in the Second World War. During the war, the school was used as a bomb shelter and had a network of underground tunnels. Students still use an underground corridor to get from the main campus to the gym.

FULTON PLACE Historic information on Fulton Place school is harder to come by because it’s the only

one of the five Edmonton public schools slated for closure that has not reached its 50th anniversary. The school, which opened in 1961, is named after Daniel Fulton, a homesteader who served on the public school board and owned a 400-acre farm in the area. Fulton travelled to Edmonton from Nova Scotia at age 20, making last leg of the journey – from Winnipeg to Edmonton – in a river cart. In addition to its regular programming, Capilano offers public school district’s Behaviour and Learning, as well as the Logos Christian program. “We really promote a caring community at the school and we have strong literacy programming,” says principal Karen Brown.


PHOTO SUPPLIED McCauley students pose for a photo after winning the city hockey championship in 1932.

McCauley school, which opened in 1912, is named after Matthew McCauley, Edmonton’s first mayor and school board chair. McCauley was a strong advocate of free public education in northern Alberta. Petra Groeschel, an education

assistant who has worked at McCauley for 16 years, says the school community is like a family. “I like the environment here – the kids, the challenges the staff – just the whole feel of the school,” she says. School field trips and holiday celebrations are among her favourite memories. The McCauley is home to Edmonton’s Chinatown and students celebrate the Chinese new years with a dinner hosted by the Chinese Lion’s Club.

PARKDALE Parkdale school opened about a month late in 1913 because of a fire that did $10,00 damage to the new building. It closed temporarily in 1918 due to the Spanish flu outbreak In 1976 the school was part of an experiment in decentralized budgeting, which gave more decision making power to school staff. Parkdale is one of a handful of local public schools to hold classes in August with in exchange for two-week breaks in fall and spring.



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April 21, 2010

Examiner Extra The buddy system

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Nursing students team up with Spruce Ave. kids Kevin Maimann Examiner staff University of Alberta nursing students made some grade-school buddies at Spruce Avenue school this spring. The first-year students visited the north-side school throughout a six-week span as part of the Study Buddy program, a partnership between the U of A and Edmonton Public Schools. They taught hand-washing techniques and other health promotion activities. At the same time, they got to revisit some of their own childhood activities. PLENTY OF SMILES “We also read with the class and help them with their writing and go out and play at recess or gym class. So we take part in their everyday activities,” nursing student Janelle Wesner said at the school last week. The experience put a smile on the face of everyone involved. Wesner said spending time with the kids was her favourite part of the program. “They have so much energy and they’re just so much fun.” The future nurses were

each assigned a classroom from kindergarten to Grade 9. Erin Wiltermuth, who was placed with a Grade 8 and 9 class, was apprehensive at first but says she wound up having a lot of fun. “I was afraid to work with the Grade 8s and 9s a little bit, because a lot of them are bigger than me,” she said with a laugh. “But I really enjoyed working with them because they’re a lot more open once you got to know them. It was really cool to talk with some of them.” Nicole Dahl was happy to step outside of the hospital world and get a taste of community nursing. “I was exposed to a situa-

I was afraid to work with the Grade 8s and 9s a little bit, because a lot of them are bigger than me.” Erin Wiltermuth, U of A nursing student

tion I had never really seen, so I learned a lot from that,” Dahl said. “It was just a really unique experience.” As her assistant professor Vera Caine points out, the program also opens people's eyes to the range of work nurses do outside of a hospital setting. “Some of it was also changing perceptions about what nurses do, and seeing for the families and the teachers that nurses actually can be in schools and do a lot of health promotion,” Caine said. ‘POSITIVE EXPERIENCE’ The Spruce Avenue kids had just as much fun with the Study Buddy program, according to program coordinator Andrea Harrison, who teaches junior high at the school. “A lot of the kids in the morning, when their nursing study buddy comes in, they go up and they hug them and they greet them,” Harrison said. “It has really been a positive experience.” The Study Buddy program is part of the U of A’s Nursing 191 Clinical Practice class. It involves 185 U of A students and 23 elementary schools.

KEVIN MAIMANN Examiner Staff TOP: U of A nursing student Erin Wiltermuth, left, works with Spruce Avenue student Claudia Kruse. BOTTOM: U of A first-year students Safina Wong, left, and Nichole Dahl teach students the proper handwashing techniques.



- April 21, 2010

School celebrates multiculturalism Kevin Maimann Examiner Staff

KEVIN MAIMANN Examiner Staff Evansdale elementary school recognized its cultural diversity with a fashion show last week.

Walking through the Evansdale school gymnasium last week was like taking a quick jaunt across the world. Students from a wealth of ethnic backgrounds, as well as some parents and staff, were decked

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out in their countries’ native attire as the northside school celebrated multiculturalism. “This particular school has a very diverse student population with many new Canadians. And this is a way of making sure that we include parents and have them understand that we put a value on their culture,” said Evansdale principal Sheila Tingley. “We may be trying to teach their children English, but we need them to be able to celebrate and remember and retain what they bring with them.” Last Thursday, the gym walls were plastered with crafts made by students and artifacts brought in by the community from across the globe. The day’s events began with a potluck lunch, which was followed by a multicultural fashion show in the afternoon and an evening event dubbed Evansdale Around the World, which brought families out to see international dances and displays. It was the culmination of a week-long celebration at the school that also saw community members drop in to tell stories in their native tongue. “It gives (students) a real sense of pride in their heritage, (and) it makes them understand that Evansdale school, and Canada, are places where their contribution is going to be valued,” Tingley said. “And they also learn a great deal about one another. I think it promotes a real sense of community among the very diverse groups that do come together to learn here.” Tingley said the annual celebration is the result of a great deal of effort from school staff, particularly its multiculturalism committee. “Children learn to read and write and do arithmetic in school, but it’s the events and the things that touch their hearts they remember,” she said. “And this is certainly one of those for our students.” Evansdale school is located at 9303 150 Ave.

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Get a grip! Brian Swane Examiner Sports There’s nothing remotely new about handball. For starters, it’s been around in some form for thousands of years. The uniforms – a t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers – are decidedly nonadvanced. And scoring goals by putting a ball in a net? Been there, done that. But it just might be the next big thing for the Alberta Schools Athletic Association, which is holding the 2010 team handball high school provincial championship Thursday through Saturday at Edmonton schools Harry Ainlay and Lillian Osborne. This will be the ASAA’s first time awarding medals for team handball. In the past, provincial-level competition for high school clubs existed only through the Alberta Team Handball Federation (ATHF). NEED FOR CHAMPIONSHIP “If the schools out there believe there’s a need for a championship, then we support it as best we can,” says George Hoyt, the ASAA’s director of athletics. “(ATHF) has been awesome, there’s been a big push behind it. In the Edmonton area there’s been a lot of activity from schools being involved with handball.” The scenario is not dissimilar elsewhere in the province. The first ASAA championship will feature 12 boys and nine girls teams from

across Alberta competing in two tiers, separating 4A and 3A schools from 2A and 1A. WIN YOUR WAY IN Previously, the competition pool was so small that teams needed no prerequisite to participate in the ATHA’s tournament – they just had to show up. Teams this year earned a place in the ASAA provincials the old fashioned way, winning berths through their respective regional zones. “The big thing now is there are zones that might not have ever tried handball, but now because they can get an ASAA spot and go to something that is the championship (they are familiar with) from basketball and volleyball, they’re like ‘wow, we could be this zone team that goes to provincials,” says Chris McNeill, tournament chair and Harry Ainlay handball coach. “I think that way, we’re getting teams that you wouldn’t have even thought would have existed last year.” Harry Ainlay, which co-hosts round-robin action with Lillian Osborne before staging all medal games on Saturday, was a nobrainer as the primary site for this inaugural event. The epiccentre of the sport’s explosive growth, Ainlay boasts 68 students in its handball program that comprises junior and senior teams for both genders. While it may seem odd that today’s teenager would opt to

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participate in such a seemingly antiquated sport, handball does translate well from the more popular court sports. McNeill recruits talented student athletes that might have just missed the cut for Ainlay’s volleyball and basketball teams and gives them new opportunity in handball, which -- when you hear him describe it -- stacks up alongside any trendy extreme sport. “It’s a very physical, aggressive sport, so bodies are running into each other,” McNeill says. “Players are aggressively throwing the ball, shooting really hard. There’s lots of dramatic play where players are fast-breaking, jumping in the air and shooting, and goalies are making amazing saves, and it goes really quick.” LOCAL TEAMS GO FOR GOLD Edmonton teams joining the host Titans at the ASAA tournament include Ross Sheppard in the boys bracket, and Eastglen and M.E. LaZerte in the girls division. Regardless of which sides prevail as champions, the big winner will likely prove the sport itself. “It’s really taken off in our participation level, which is awesome and we want that to spread to the rest of the province, let them know that having a handball team is not a hard thing to accomplish,” says Hoyt. “It’s another avenue for kids to get out and participate, be successful, and represent their school.”

Alberta Schools Athletic Association embraces team handball as its newest championship sport

PHOTO BY CASSIAN SOLTYKEVICH Alicia Chung and the Harry Ainlay Titans will compete in the firstever ASAA team handball championship beginning Thursday.

Edmonton FC introduces ‘bold’ look, fills out staff Brian Swane Examiner Sports FC Edmonton, the latest kick at pro soccer in the provincial capital, unveiled its logo Monday. Incorporating a soccer ball and Canadian maple leaf, the shield crest and banner is coloured blue and black with

touches of white and silver. “We chose a bold font for a bold and strong team”, team president Tom Fath said in a release to media. The North American Soccer League club also announced its staff: head coach Dwight Lodeweges will work with associate Hans Schrijver

and assistant Dave Randall. A former Dutch premier league coach, Lodeweges is familiar to local football fans from his playing days with the Edmonton Drillers. “I’m very happy to be back,” Lodeweges said in the release. “I was born here, I played here, and I want to coach here and help young

Alberta players develop.” FC Edmonton begins play in 2011 at Foote Field, and plans to play exhibition games this year. The club started training camp on Monday, and will hold open tryouts Friday (April 23) and April 29. Information is available at




April 21, 2010


Northern exposure Returning to Edmonton for clinic, U.S. college hoops guru marvels at the progress of local players and coaches Brian Swane Examiner Sports When Jerry Krause first started coming to basketball camps in Western Canada, he wasn’t exactly blown away by the level of talent that greeted him. Krause, director of operations for the powerhouse Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball team, jokes that some players were so unskilled it looked like they were playing hockey on hardwood. Ouch. On the positive side, though, Krause found players who were eager to learn and willing to work. And, as he so firmly believes, when one puts in the effort, improvement is inevitable. Now having spent more than two decades imparting hoops knowledge to his northern neighbours, Krause returns to Edmonton with the Gonzaga University basketball players camp and coaches clinic, May 8 and 9 at NAIT. Thankfully, the talent level around these parts is much

better these days, as Krause knows first-hand: Gonzaga’s current lineup features four Western Canadians, including Edmontonian Mangisto Arop. Krause chuckles when asked if he envisioned such progression. “I couldn’t have even imagined it,” he says. “It’s just hard to believe it, but that’s the way it is. “They say that for good basketball players, it’s really time over talent. “I think as young — Jerry Krause Canadian boys and girls eventually got turned on to the game of basketball, they started putting in the significant amount of time it takes to develop skills, and that’s the key.” Krause’s teachings are firmly rooted in a belief that basketball is built on a foundation of fundamental skills, and that the best coaches are master teachers. He notes that, as play on the

It’s really time over talent.”

court has improved in Canada, so too has instruction from the sidelines. “We’ve had a significant number of coaches come down to our summer camps, and they’re as accomplished as some of the American coaches,” says Krause. “They probably don’t have the notoriety, but they are able to teach and coach kids and inspire them to improve in their sport as well as anybody.” Before taking his current position at Gonzaga in 2001, Krause spent 17 seasons as head coach of the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team and eight years as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs. A former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA rules committee and the Basketball Hal of Fame selection committee, Krause has authored more

PHOTO SUPPLIED Jerry Krause speaks to coaches during a recent basketball clinic. than 30 instructional books, and produced 31 videos, six DVDs, and two CDs. Nothing worthwhile is achieved overnight, stresses Krause, who laments today’s “convenience-oriented” society where youth are interested in the “quick-fix”. Maybe that’s why he still finds time to travel north. “I believe in some cases, maybe many cases, Canadian young people are more moti-

vated … to reach their potential,” says Krause. “It does take time over talent, and some of our United States players are more physically gifted, but they may not have the desire and motivation to improve like young Canadian people do.” For information or to register for the NCAA Gonzaga Bulldog University Clinic, contact David Munro at 604-527-5041 or

Edmonton Little League grabbing a quick breather With eye on 2012 Canadian Little League championship, local baseball district won’t host Prairie event this year Brian Swane Examiner Sports It’s been so long since Edmonton Little League Baseball has not hosted a Prairie (Alberta and Saskatchewan) division championship, that longtime district administrator Wayne Sperling can’t remember when it happened. But the local district is getting a rare

summer off in 2010: Earlier this year, they lost their bid to host the Prairie tournament for Minors (9 and 10 year-olds), then declined the opportunity to host the Prairie Big League (17 to 19 year-olds) championship. Those tournaments will be held in Lethbridge and Calgary, respectively. A WELCOME BREAK This actually might be something of a welcome seventh-inning stretch for Edmonton Little League, which has designs on bringing the Prairie Majors (11 and 12 yearolds) championship to Edmonton next year, before hosting the 2012 Canadian Little League Championships for 11 and 12 year olds. “Without having a Prairies (tournament)

this year, it’s a good opportunity to give our volunteers a bit of a rest,” says Sperling, who adds there was little disappointment when the news was broken to Edmonton’s five leagues (Challenger, Community Park, Confederation Park, East Park and Mill Woods). “They said it’s a good idea to have a year off and then the next two years will be very busy.” At the annual Prairie baseball division AGM next January, Edmonton Little League will officially bid on the 2011 Majors. If successful, they would hold that tournament at their new diamond being built at John Fry Park, using it as what Sperling calls a “tune-up” for 2012. Six teams, including one host club and the Prairie champion, will participate in the

Canadian Little League Championship, which Edmonton last hosted in 1989. It is believed Edmonton Little League also took a year off from Prairies in the lead-up to that event, Sperling says. BIG CEREMONY PLANNED This summer’s break allows Edmonton Little League more time to focus on their district championships, happening in July at Goldstick Park. They are planning a singular opening ceremony that for the first time will comprise participating teams from every age group. “It would look so cool, because it would be all the way from the little guys, the eight-yearolds, all the way up the 17-year-olds,” says Sperling.



- April 21, 2010

Community Calendar GARAGE SALE Help support Burnewood’s new park and playground while finding reusable treasure at its community garage sale on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Burnewood Hall, 4118 41 Ave. All proceeds will go to the Kiniski

Gardens Park and Playground Project. For prior pickup, call Richard at 780461-4309.

PLANTS AND SEEDS The Avonmore community needs volunteers to help organize and run the first ever plant and seed exchange for


April 24 at 7902 73 Ave. If this event interests you or you want more information, please call Joanna Miazga at 780-465-0783.

EAT RAW Join members of the South Edmonton Vegetarian and Gardening Club and their guest speaker Victoria’s Raw Food ( on Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m., for a demonstration on the benefits of raw food. Bring a homemade vegetarian, vegan or raw dish for six people and your own eating utensils. To attend for the speaker only, come at 6:30 p.m. Pleasantview Community League Hall is located at 10860 57 Ave.

For more information, call 780-4631626.

BIG BIN Join the Big Bin fun on May 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 17740 69 Ave. Bring couches, chairs, tables, lamps, mattresses, small appliances, stoves, yard waste, vacuum cleaners, wood and computers. Big Bin Events allow residents to dispose of household items too large for regular garbage collection at no cost. Big Bin Events do not accept household hazardous waste items like varnish, household cleaners or batteries. These items will be accepted at an Eco Station at no cost.

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There’s something to be ... read

This one is a ‘cut’ above Operating Room Confidential: ‘What really goes on when you go under’ By Paul Whang, MD, 2010 $18.95, 199 pages

It will be, they say, a minor procedure. Be at the hospital by early o’dark in the morning. No food after midnight, clear liquids only. You’ll be home in time to watch the news and you’ll get a bonus week off work. Bonus. So why are you nervous? Because you hate pain, and there will be some. Perhaps you don’t like falling asleep in a room full of strangers. Is it the fear of the unknown? Maybe you just need to read Operating Room

Confidential by Paul Whang, MD. That might make you feel more at ease. Or not. Let’s start at the beginning: you need surgery. It’s scheduled, you’ve done the tests, prep and paperwork, and you’re at the hospital on time. you’re as ready as you’ll ever be. You’re savvy enough to know that real life is nothing like TV, so what really happens next? The nurses and doctors have already made sure everything is ready for you. They’ve thoroughly washed up. You might hear music playing as the anesthetist gives you drugs to make your brain sleep. It might be cold in the operating room, and Whang says there’s a reason for that, too. Rest assured, says Whang,


that your surgeon and nurses want the atmosphere in the OR to be relaxed. They work as a team, and it’s not unusual for a doctor to ask for help. When your surgery is finished, an extremely careful count of instruments and equipment is made to ensure that everything’s accounted for, and they'll give you pain meds before you wake up because that’s the next thing you’ll know. But that’s not all that goes on in an OR. Empty ORs are perfect places for randy interns to tryst. Politics can invade an OR, as can the occasional incompetent surgeon. And then there are the disasters ‌ Operating Room Confidential is a quirky little book with good parts and bad.

Terri Schlichenmeyer Book Review

Author Whang is a staff anesthetist at a Toronto hospital, so his explanations and details are authentic. Whang is thorough – even to the point of giving you a tour of the rest of the hospital – and his side stories are scandalously entertaining. On the other hand, this book is somewhat scattershot, with an awful lot of digressions, distractions, and overgeneralizations. Be aware, too, that he’s bluntly honest, which could be scary to anyone having the kinds of surgeries about which he writes. Still, Operating Room Confidential was good enough – as long as you’re not imminently scheduled for surgery.


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City appoints first historian laureate


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Hello down there!

Joelle Reiniger Examiner Staff

Tingley will work closely with the historical board and local heritage council to proEdmonton’s new historian mote recognition of the city’s laureate is believed to be the past. first in Canada. The appointment of a histoLong-time local rian laureate is one resident Ken of 11 heritage recTingley assumed ommendations in the role last week Edmonton’s 10and will hold the year cultural plan. title for the next two “Ken has a long years. track record of “Edmonton is a contributing to the very historicallyheritage communiminded city,” says ty,” Marriott says. Tim Marriott, chair Tingley has of the Edmonton worked as a histoHistorical Board. Ken Tingley rian in Edmonton “(For example), Fort for more than 40 Edmonton Park is a rare years. accomplishment.” His research contributed to To Marriott’s knowledge, the the creation of Fort Edmonton historian laureate position is Park. He moved to Edmonton the first of its kind in the counin 1956. try.

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April 21, 2010

COMMUNITY STANDARDS BYLAWS Is youur property y lookiing good? Keeping your property clean and maintained prevents safety hazards, pests, odours and eyesores from affecting everyone negatively. Here are some things to remember while doing your spring clean up: • Rake up any old leaves, dead grass or garbage. • Trim bushes and trees. • Drain standing water. • Haul away large items like old furnit appliances, construction waste and

Waste disposal options: • Eco Stations: Bring household hazardous waste, renovation material, electronics, old furniture, etc. • Garbage Collection: Bundle or bag yard and garden waste. Just be sure nothing is heavier than 20 kilograms or longer than 4 feet. • Big Bin Events: Bring larger items to one of these Citysponsored events.

• Pick up any dog or cat poop. • Remove weeds as they grow.

• Compost: Yard waste can also be composted.

• Clear your eaves troughs and repair any rot, wear, and tear on buildings.

Is youur fire pit going to waste?

Within Edmonton city limits, fire pits must:

Spring has sprung and it is time for everyone’s favourite activity: Spring cleaning! But as you clean, remember that fire pits are not the place for your waste.

• Be at least 3 meters (10 feet) from buildings, property lines and anything else that could catch fire.

Only natural gas, clean and dry wood, and charcoal can be burned in a backyard fire pit. Burning yard waste, garbage, or anything else creates too much — and possibly even toxic — smoke.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 No one can ever achieve perfect balance, Aries, so don’t put so much effort toward this goal. There’s no need to be perfect; you’re fine just the way you are.


TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Everyone is waiting for you to get down to business, Taurus. The time is right to get to work and make everyone proud. But don’t get too far ahead of the pack. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You’re texting, calling, and emailing people all day long. No one can claim that you aren’t the center of information. But you may be spending too much time gossiping instead of working. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Agree to disagree with someone at your office. Sometimes an argument is not worth the effort, and proving a point does not lead to success. Take some time to relax on Tuesday. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Try to see the bright side of your employment situation, Leo. No job is perfect, including your own. But any job can have bright spots. Get a new perspective. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Don’t criticize others, Virgo, when you’re guilty of doing the same exact thing. Worry only about yourself the next few weeks. You’ll be much happier that way. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 The answer to a problem may seem obvious, Libra. But you may want to dig a little deeper. Chances are you are missing something if the answer is too easy. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 With so many tempting options, it can be extremely hard to make a decision, Scorpio. Don’t fall for just glitter and glamour, however. Look for something of substance.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Some bit of information is escaping you, Sagittarius. Keep thinking and it will Sagittarius come back. Leo is a thorn in your side this week. But the problem will soon blow over. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Follow the routine and stick to the basics this week, Capricorn. Now is not the Capricorn time to try something new. Go with what works. Aquarius offers good advice. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 A great idea comes out of the blue and provides inspiration for future projects, Aquarius. Embrace it and enjoy the Aquarius ride. Cancer means well but could be meddlesome.



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PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Nothing is set in stone this week, Pisces. So try a few different scenarios and you may discover something that works for you.

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Great location on Youville Drive just a short walk to Grey Nuns Hospital & all major amenities. 1260 sq.ft. of opne & bright living space plus a partly finished basement. Two stalls at front door, extra storage & very privated deck. Flexible possession. Don't miss out on a great deal. $254,900 & open to offers. Call Stan 780-298-9125 or view online










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Unique, quality built, 2 storey by Managen homes with finest workmanship; grand open foyer with built-in fish pond, spiral staircase, high ceilings, extra large Argon southfacing windows, maple hardwood & designer glass blocks throughout formal dining room & family room overlooks gorgeous landscaped yard with fountain, waterfall & lots of mature trees, main floor den, dog shower x laundry room, second kitchen area for gourmet entertaining - luxurious master suite, loft library, total 4 bedrooms upstairs, professionally finished basement with 2 bedrooms, media room, computer room, bathroom & 7-man hot tub room. Located in one of the most exclusive cul-de-sac in country club.



Betty Wong IMMACULATE Lots of renovation done: newer oak hardwood floors throughout, newer contemporary kitchen cabinets; gas fireplaces in living rm, family rm & basement rec rm; extra large master bdrm with upgraded 6-pce ensuite; main floor den, interior painted recently & tastefully decorated; professionally landscaped backyard w/UG sprinkler sys. Great family home in prestigious neighbourhood.

CENTRAL Downtown living, great starter home on holding property close to Downtown Royal Alex Hospital & Schools. 2 bedrooms on main floor & in-law suite in basement. Only $280,000. Adjacent property also for sale. Zoned RF3 lot is 50ft x 150ft.

4 LEVEL SPLIT Well kept unique split level, spacious bedrooms, master has 2 pce ensuite. Finished basement with 2 rooms. Heated 2 car garage. Replaced furnace motor, hot water tank, and some of the windows. Great starter home or holding property for future development.







Sharon Tarrabain

TIME TO SELL! Flora Ding

Audrey Donovan

Teresa Mardon 780-455-4181 PARK TOWERS Unsurpassed view of the River Valley plus views to the city centre. Located on the twelth floor there is over 2000 sq.ft. of living space plus a storage room. Two bedrooms + a den, huge living room, dining room off the kitchen, New windows along with major renos 17 years ago. View phot at $899,000.

CRESCENT PLACE Renovate this two bedroom condo in Glenora to your own taste. 878 sq.ft. with a NW city view. Asking $184,400.

BRECKEN RIDGE GREENS 2 bedroom bungalow with great room concept floor plan. Large windows that are open to the basement fill the home with natural light. Asking $419,900





780-455-4181 Shearer

Selling For 10 Years!


Susan Schwann Norma Fersovich

Henry Fung

GLENORA SEMI Great location with quick access to the valleyview and downtown. Spacious home over 1680 sq.ft. with master bedroom on the main, two bedrooms up with loft and bedroom in the basement. Double garage off the back lane lot is 50'x140', Main floor also has a family room off the kitchen. $495,000. View photos go to



HUGE BUNGALOW WOW! This beautiful 1933 sf bungalow has a total of 4 bdrms, den, LR, DR, bright kitchen, master bdrm with 4-pce ensuite and walk-in closet. The bsmt is fully fin. with recreation rm & there is also a work rm. The exterior offers a nice deck with hot tub and a beautiful view of the ravine and a dbl. att. heated garage.

$169,900 One bdrm newer condo located in west of Edmonton. Very well kept. Large & bright living rm. Balcony overlooking park. One stall parking @ front. Across street from school.Close to transit, WEM, YMCA. Immediate possession.

CALLINGWOOD CONDO 2 bedroom & 2 baths, main floor unit. $250 condo fees include heat , water & 2 parking stalls. Bright white kitchen complete with breakfast island and separate dining area... Master has 4 pc. ensuite and large mirrored closest. Insuite stacked laundry. Large 7x19 ft patio. Southwest exposure. Close to all amenities.

LOCATION, LOCATION Enjoy peace, and quiet overlooking the park in this elegant, mint-condition 1-bdrm condo. Nice kitchen including a breakfast bar, open concept floor plan, loads of natural light, in-suite laundry, 6 quality appliances, portable air-conditioning unit, hardwood and ceramic tile, large balcony and more.









Colleen Roenspies

Stan Gallant

Bruce MacPherson

Teresa Mardon

Daryl St. Martin

TWO FOR ONE PRICE A real gem of a rental property - with a huge addition to the main floor and has a 1 bdrm suite in bsmt. Addition of sunken LR with patio door to lower level deck and DR with garden door to upper deck. Very lg lot with back lane and front drive access. View @

PLEASE CHECK YOUR NEEDS Super 2 storey in Aldergrove with dbl. att'd. gar. Three bdrm, converted from four with fully fin. bsmt. Main floor has LR and a family rm with wood burning FP. Great backyrd with 2 tiered deck and free standing deck with gazebo. Many many upgrades inside and out. Vacant & ready to go. View at

ONCE IN A WHILE There is a real bargain. This is it. Over 1400 sq ft bungalow that has been superbly maintained and upgraded by the original owner. The addition of the kitchen & sunken fam. rm. were professionally built. Total of 4 bdrms & 2 baths. Open beamed ceiling in dining & living rm. Located in westend close to schools, parks & shopping. View @

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK Awesome 2 bdrm plus den this 3+ year old apartment is like brand new. Many upgrades to the unit when it was being built. There are 2 parking stalls (1 UG 1 above). All appl. included. Vendor is motivated - wants to move on. View @

THIS PRICE WILL MOVE YOU Boasting over 1425 sq ft this double wide modular was a showhome in 1989. Very open floor plan with skylite in kitchen area. Patio doors to a 3 season sunrm. Newer shingles and a detached single heated garage. Beautifully landscaped and located in a cul-de-sac in Westview Village. Asking $199,000. View at www.

AUDREY DONOVAN 780-455-4181

AUDREY DONOVAN 780-455-4181

AUDREY DONOVAN 780-455-4181

AUDREY DONOVAN 780-455-4181

AUDREY DONOVAN 780-455-4181

Azar Maygoni

Mary McRae

Bonnie Owen

Marlene Pahl

Hugh Moncrieff

Roger Paul-Stephen

Fion Pon

Riley McGee

Jamie Hubick

Wendy Zrubak-Russill

Ed Zrubak

Shelly Reddy

Carolyn Pratt

April 21, 2010 - Zone 7  
April 21, 2010 - Zone 7  

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