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George & Lottie want to fill Lethbridge with music

Already, houses around Lethbridge are lighting up with holiday anticipation - literally. Strings of Christmas lights are being hung along rooftops, strung through trees, staked into emptied flower beds and wrapped around fenceposts and pillars in anticipation and celebration of the holiday season before us.

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By Bill Axtell

For the Lethbridge Journal Sometime in the near future, the downtown core of Lethbridge will be filled with a brand-new centre overflowing with music, by day and by night. Called the University of Lethbridge’s Music Conservatory, the centre will be housed in the now-under-construction Community Arts Centre, replacing the former IGA grocery store on 3 Avenue South. According to Dr. George Evelyn, wellknown retired Chair of the U of L’s Music Department and long-time Conservatory vocal teacher, the campaign to raise $500,000 to equip the new building with furniture, fixtures, phones, computers and musical equipment, has now advanced to its final stages. With a little more support from the Lethbridge-area public, the goal will be achieved when the final $75,000 is raised, “hopefully by year-end,” Evelyn said, adding that “every penny raised will go towards outfitting the Conservatory part of the building.” “The building will be given to us completely empty,” continued Evelyn, who is co-chairing the project with wife Lottie Austin, a concert pianist and long- term Conservatory teacher. “And we have been raising money all year to fill its music section with everything we need to carry out musical instruction for the general public.” Evelyn explained the state-of-the-art teaching and rehearsal space will become available to the Conservatory in January 2013. “It will include 20 teaching studios, music education classroom, multi-purpose music rehearsal room, access to the community room, and a shared music, performance and rehearsal space.” Looking back, Austin said that many thousands of Lethbridge-area citizens have trained in the Conservatory at the U of L since its inception in 1968. She pointed out that the strong population growth of Lethbridge has been paralleled by increased demand for music education, yet the Music Conservatory “maxed out its capacity.” “As we grow, we must provide for more students, because music is central to so much of our lives,” she observed. “But this

means more musical instruments, more seating, more platforms, more risers, more technical equipment. . . and the list goes on and on.”

Driving through the city enjoying the twinkling decorative creations of neighbours all around is one of the great family traditions during Christmas. We love all the holiday brightness as well, and from now through the end of December, we’ll be running Christmas Light Watch 2011. We’ll be publishing photos and addresses of some of Lethbridge’s most spectacular holiday light displays. If your family happens upon a particularly cool display, snap a picture and send it and the address to editor@lethbridgejournal.com. We’d love to see what you come across while out and about this Christmas season!

“Every dollar contributed is tax-receipted,” Evelyn mentioned, “and will give more local children and adults access to both free and paid programs, such as the World Drumming for All and the Feel the Beat Series.”

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Austin, who was raised in Nova Scotia, received her undergraduate degree - a bachelor of music - from Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., where she studied piano. Evelyn, raised in Tulsa, had joined the faculty of Mount Allison in 1973, shortly after attaining his master’s and doctorate degrees in vocal performance at the University of North Texas. They met when Austin began studying coral conducting, and singing in one of Evelyn’s ensembles. They spent their first year of marriage in the U.K. when Austin was awarded a Rotary Ambassador scholarship, shortly after she received her master’s degree from the University of Maine. She spent the year studying piano, harpsichord and voice, also touring around performing concerts for numerous Rotary Clubs as one of her many ways of “giving back” to those who favoured her with the scholarship. Austin said she became “a female scholar at a time when women were not allowed to belong to Rotary,” noting that when she played her concert for the prestigious East India Club, she “had to enter through the rear door because of her gender. Even Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher entered through the back door,” she said. She remembered a particular concert in which she discovered during her performance that the piano was missing three working black keys vital to her piece. “So, I learned to innovate, improvise and modify as I played.” These life-lessons have “transferred into the world of business and finance,” she pointed out, “where, often, the same type of challenges arise.” Evelyn, who joined the U of L faculty in 1982, may not have had the time to cochair the conservatory fundraising campaign had he not retired in 2008. Besides the intensively time-demanding campaign, Austin travels frequently to Calgary for business and Evelyn serves as president of the Lethbridge Country Club.

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is the season for holiday gatherings - the time of year when we gather together to enjoy each other’s company. . . and eat.

Oh, the eating! Sweet and savoury, decadent and rich, almost every recipe box has a handful of seasonal must-makes. This year, we at the Journal would like to help Lethbridge’s kitchen gurus share their tried-and-true, asked-for-every-year Christmas recipes! If you have a savoury cheeseball recipe or a certain square the entire family waits 11 months of the year for, we want to know about it! Send us the recipes that truly say “Christmas is here” in your house, and we’ll make them famous! Well, ok, we’ll make them known around southern Alberta! If you have a recipe that is too good not to be shared, send it to editor@lethbridgejournal.com. In our Dec. 9 issue we’ll publish a selection of seasonal yummies, giving everyone something new to add to their holiday repertoire!


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I decided to develop some programming for outside the classroom,” says Guinto.

In the past 20 years, Elma Guinto has seen her fair share of changes in Lethbridge.

“I remember one of my students telling me a couple years ago, ‘Even though I learned a lot of English in the classroom, what I learned that was more important to me was how to live in Canada’. It’s so much more about learning the culture rather than just the language.”

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Students are also encouraged to practice their skills outside the classroom, during group excursions.

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“I think people are bringing all sorts of different skills and perspectives to this community, and that’s wonderful.”

“A lot of our students may not have ever gone to school in their own country, so what we teach in the classroom we then have to go out and use and practice.”

The funding will help run various programs designed to help Lethbridge youth better prepare for the job market.

As a former teacher, Guinto knows a thing or two about learning. During her summers off, she often travelled overseas to teach ESL, eventually going so far as to live in Africa for two years. Upon returning to Canada, she realized her real passion lay in teaching people from around the world.

As Guinto’s organization has expanded over the years, so has the local immigrant population – the city has seen a large influx of Bhutanese refugees in recent years, as well as many newcomers from China, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, making for a much more eclectic immigrant population than when FLS started.

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“When I came back to Canada, I decided I wanted to continue pursuing that field of ESL. I love meeting and working with people from different cultures. It’s so interesting, and a lot of fun,” she explains.

“You can really see the changes in the community – if you look around, you can now see the diversity, and it’s much more noticeable now than it was years ago,” says Guinto.

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“I learn so much from my students – I teach them English, but they teach me about their culture and their lifestyles.”

The local population has welcomed the new residents with open arms, and Guinto has appreciated the opportunity to teach, and learn from, these populations over the years.

But teaching ESL wasn’t enough – Guinto wanted to teach new immigrants how to be Canadian. So she created Flexibility Learning Systems, which helps new arrivals with a combination of English instruction and activities ranging from volunteer work to computer lessons. Clients also have an opportunity to travel on excursions to a variety of local attractions. All in all, it’s a holistic approach to acculturation. “I decided at some point that I wanted to provide more opportunities for students learning ESL rather than just going into a classroom, studying English, and going home at the end of the day. I wanted them to become involved in the community, and do different activities, so

“These people are going out to work and becoming involved in the community, so it really is changing the dynamics of the community,” she explains. “They have all these ideas they can bring with them, and it’s just wonderful to be able to share all of that. It makes us a better city.” A celebration of Guinto’s 20-year anniversary is planned from 10:30 - 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at Flexibility Learning Systems, 506 4 Ave. S. Ethnic food and birthday cake will be served during this drop-in event. For more information, call 403-320-2057.

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t’s Nov. 25, and I have to admit that - for probably the first time ever - I’ve made some decent headway on my list! As a chronic procrastinator (I think it’s a journalism thing - I accomplish nothing without a deadline, and preferably a deadline that’s in less that 48 hours!) I am generally the person running through Wal-Mart on Dec. 23, panicked and disheveled, trying desperately to find the last few things. However, this year, I took the opportunity to stroll through some of Lethbridge’s very cool local businesses. And you know what? I found some really great, unique little items that I just had to pick up! Turns out the Lethbridge is chock-full of great little gift items for almost anyone. You just have to take

the time to look around (and, preferably, not wait until the last minute when everything is sold out!) So here I am, end of November, with my Christmas shopping list well in hand and the satisfied feeling of knowing I kept my money right here - supporting our local economy - this season. In an effort to help you do the same, we’ve put together a local shopping guide. Hop on over to page 24 for a glance at some of the great shops you can have a peek around this holiday season. And, on a completely different note, we’re going live on Facebook! Our staff has been busily creating a Lethbridge Journal Facebook page in an effort to help you stay better informed on what we are covering. And, it’ll make it even easier for you to submit your thoughts, questions, pictures and submissions!

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A Search for Lethbridge Journal and “like” our page. It’s your ticket to polls, highlights, contests and staying even better informed on the cool events and people Lethbridge has to offer. We also have a Twitter feed. You can follow us at @Leth_Journal for instant updates on people, places and events. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. E-mail editor@lethbridgejournal. com anytime!

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fter Thanksgiving dinner this year my sister and I were sitting on the couch, glass of wine in one hand and our iPhones in the other. She was telling me about this new app where us two Scrabble lovers could play one another anytime, anywhere. My mother came downstairs and asked what we were doing. Not lifting our eyes from our little phones of joy, we responded, “Playing Scrabble.” My mother proceeded to shake her head, repeating in a very perplexed fashion; “This is so weird. . . this is just so weird. . .” I’m pretty sure she made some profound statement about technology ruining relationships - why couldn’t we just sit down and really play scrabble - but I was too distracted by my incoming text message to hear her out. However, somewhere in my subconscious I listened to my mother and I became more aware of this increasing trend. I noticed the mother at the park sitting on the bench on her phone, I noticed the mom trying to push a shopping cart full of screaming kids while texting (her husband was just two feet behind her on his phone). I stood outside a store the other day just to see how many people were leaving the store texting or browsing on their phones: 13 out of 20 - many of whom had little children tagging along. I thought to myself “This is weird. . .this is just weird.” So I reflected on five signs that your social networks and smart phones are taking over your life. . .

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rowing up in the 60s it was a rarity for our family to go out for a “fancy” sit down meal. Usually it was for someone’s birthday. For me it was a huge deal. I enjoyed getting dressed up, being greeted by a maitre d’, (I believe that’s French for “dude in the tux”) looking at a glossy menu and being treated like royalty by the waiter or waitress. The thrill of just being there made me forget that I actually had food options that were a little different than what I’d usually get at home. As my mom would say, “You know, you can order something other than the hamburger.” The options in those days included The Marquis, The El Rancho, The Park Plaza and my favorite, Ericksen’s. I still remember those cute little meatballs they used to serve as appetizers. I may have enjoyed them a little bit more than the entrée.

“I enjoyed getting dressed up, being greeted by a maitre d’, (I believe that’s French for “dude in the tux”)” Fast forward to last week. Times have changed. I definitely eat out more than a few times a year. And in Lethbridge there are many more options. I was having lunch with my wife at Earls when the lovely Maria Daley popped over to our table. Maria and her husband Richard have owned Earls for as long as I can remember, so I asked her how long it had been. Turns out they opened the franchise in November of 1988. I had an instant flashback of regularly taking my daughter to Earls. She was born in October of 1988 and ultimately grew up on Earl’s chicken fingers. (I know, I’m a bad parent.) Restaurants come and go in this city but there are a number that have been here for decades. I took it upon myself to do a little bit of research (and I stress little bit - I made a few phone calls) to find out about some of the res-

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taurants that have succeeded where so many others have failed. Here’s some stuff I found out: Earls: Richard and Maria Daley got into the restaurant business with Earls in Edmonton and eventually were offered the franchise in Lethbridge. Maria says that the key to their longevity is consistent good food and service, keeping a few core items on the menu but always staying current with the latest trends. If you’ve been to Earls in the last 23 years chances are Rhonda Miller has served you. She’s been a waitress there since day one. Streatside: Ray Bonetti tells me he opened Streatside (notice the spelling) in 1987 because they needed a second location to complement his Treats restaurant on 3 Avenue South. Ray says that it’s a seven-day-a week, 12-hour-day kind of job and that you’ve always got to be there. The hot food has to be hot, the cold food has to be cold and all in comfortable surroundings. Ray just sold Streatside to Steve Oseen, who has been there for 17 years. Coco Pazzo/Trevis: Frank Suriano opened Trevis in 1977 with his brother Frank to bring a real Italian restaurant to Lethbridge. Frank and his family have a real passion for the business. Frank says there were four or five times they almost packed it in but thanks to 12-13 hours of hard work a day, they got over the tough times. In fact when Debra Winger was filming the movie Betrayed in southern Alberta, her restaurant of choice was Trevis. She’d show up regularly in her limo with then-husband Timothy Hutton and order the linguini clams. To change with the times, Frank offered some new items like pizza and changed the name of the restaurant to Coco Pazzo. He continues to run things with Tony Rose. Henry’s: Sue Jang tells me her father Henry Jang opened his Chinese restaurant in 1975. Henry passed away in 1985 and

the business was taken over by her mom Doris. Again, Sue says, the key to staying around is hard work and she says their dry ribs are the best. Luigis on 13 Street North. Opened in 1974 by George Kollias, a one-time construction worker from Milk River. His son Panos says his dad is a very hands-on owner and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Mandarin: Opened in 1967 by Mark Yip. Originally called The Silver Dragon. Son of Mark is K.C. Yip. He says everything continues to be consistent other than the name change, which happened in 1982.

“They still make everything from scratch, don’t cut any corners and continue to be motivated by trying to make the best pizza in town” Tops Pizza: Opened by Louis Tourglis in 1968. Mitch Casson took over in 1986 but says things haven’t really changed. They still make everything from scratch, don’t cut any corners and continue to be motivated by trying to make the best pizza in town. Mitch, the nephew of Rick Casson, once worked at the Westin Hotel in Calgary where he has served the likes of three Prime Ministers, the Queen, Rocket Richard and his favorite, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. The Shanghai: Francis Wong is a third generation owner of the restaurant which was started by his grandfather Ne Wong way back in 1949. If my research is correct that makes it the longest running restaurant in town.

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y now, Thanksgiving and all those leftovers are but a distant memory and all the little ghosts and goblins have consumed enough sugar to last them through high school. So with wide-eyed and somewhat naïve anticipation, we all look forward to Christmas; somehow forgetting all the hassle that precedes the celebration. Sorry, politically correct people would say “The Holidays.” Well, I don’t pretend to be politically correct. (Hey, that’s a topic we can discuss another time.) Maybe I’m just too old. But I digress. Anyway, we have before us the cooking, baking, cleaning, polishing, decorating and shopping. There, I’ve said it. The dreaded time when we all rush around trying desperately to find the perfect gift for all those relatives, friends, co-workers and anyone else with whom we have even a passing acquaintance. Now don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas. It’s such a great time for families to be together; for going to parties; for getting all gussied up (that’s getting dressed up, for all you younger folk) and just generally enjoying the season. The shopping part – well, that’s another story. First, we’re faced with finding the right gift for the right person. That’s the hard part. Then, we have to physically go out and find said gift. Maybe that’s the hard part. We fight the crowds, put up with stressed-out store clerks and fellow shoppers, only to learn that the perfect gift is sold out, on back order or just plain not available. After changing our minds several times, and canvassing every store in the city, we’ve finally completed our shopping marathon. With everything wrapped and tucked safely under the tree, we can relax, at last.

he Galt Museum & Archives Memory Boxes bring back childhood memories and great stories at seniors centres across southern Alberta - now the boxes are in need of new and replacement materials. Galt Museum Educator Belinda Crowson is hoping the community will be able to help out by the end of November. “This fall University of Lethbridge Applied Studies student Jennifer Vanderfluit has been reorganizing and improving our Memory Boxes,” says Crowson, “and has come up with a few ideas for new ones.” The Memory Boxes are part of the Galt’s Education Collection - a collection of touchable artifacts that can be replaced. They are especially useful as a stimulating resource to support reminiscence work with groups of older people and can also be used for inter-generational work. “We are looking to receive items that have not changed much over the years and are relevant to seniors today by the end of November,” explains Crowson. “Essentially, we’re looking for items from the 1940s1960s but can accept things a little older and little newer.” The list includes: AGRICULTURE: Ball cap (Wheat Pool, etc.), equipment catalogues and/or owner’s manuals, soil samples, farm sounds

BABIES: Old rattle, lullaby music, diaper crème container, baby bottle, baby clothes, diapers, bib, teething ring, actual diaper pin MUSIC: School type instruments (percussion, tambourine, shakers, triangle, etc.), rosin, slide oil, sheet music, metronome, band uniform, recorder QUILTS: Sewing notations, army sewing kit, knitting stuff, crocheting stuff, needle point SECOND WORLD WAR: Uniforms other than army (RCAF, navy, etc); women’s uniform, ration books/stamps SCHOOL: Old tablet, chalk board brush, geometry set, pencils, pens, atlas from 1950s-60s, Maple Leaf Forever (old sheet music) SHOES: Wooden shoes, ladies shoes WEDDING: Veil, bouquet, tux coat & vest, garter, invitations, wedding music Community members interested in donating one or more of these items can contact Belinda Crowson at 403-320-4248, or by email at Belinda.crowson@galtmuseum. com. For more details on the Galt Museum & Archives and additional programs and special events, call the information desk at 403-320-3954 or visit www.galtmuseum. com.

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Stephanie Wierl, program manager at the Lethbridge College Be Fit For Life Centre, is counting on the family dynamic to make a difference in a new program designed to help obese children achieve a healthy weight. Intended for children age 7-13 who fall in the upper range of the Body Mass Index, the MEND Program – standing for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It – uses a combination of education and exercise to encourage healthier habits. Parents and kids participate in the program twice each week, beginning each session with some education before the kids hit the gym for an hour of activity. “So we’re educating and empowering the parents as well, which is a really unique concept. There isn’t really anything else that’d been done like this,” explains Wierl. The program has already proven successful in the U.K., where it originated, as well as the U.S. and Australia. Alberta will be the first province in Canada to give the program a try, and Wierl says its

“You’re not just having the child come home from school saying ‘oh, we’re supposed to be eating more fruits and vegetables’. Having the parents educated as well gives them the know how to grocery shop properly, or remind their kids of what they learned in the session.” Families will learn nutrition strategies like label reading and ingredient identification, as well as the importance of concepts like self-esteem, body image, and goal setting. When the kids begin their hour of exercise, parents get an opportunity to chat with organizers about the best ways to make healthy changes. “It’s a very holistic approach, which is nice, because it hits on quite a few aspects of wellness,” says Wierl. With less than seven per cent of Canadian children getting enough regular exercise to elicit health benefits, and about 22 per cent of Grade 5 students in Alberta being considered obese, the time may be ripe for a new approach to healthy life-

styles. Wierl says increased focus on fast foods combined with a lack of exercise is partially to blame for the current predicament – between tvs, computers, smartphones, and handheld video games, today’s kids have more options for screen time than ever before, and they’re taking advantage of it. Getting the whole family involved in the healthy living process is a great way to ensure the lessons learned stay relevant when everyone gets home. “Ultimately, it’s about making our youth

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Lethbridge man named “Gutsiest Canadian” By Karen Gay, CCFC Lethbridge Chapter Volunteer,

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Lethbridge man has been chosen as the “Gutsiest Canadian” by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Greg Ronne takes the honour for Greg Ronne the Alberta/Northwest Territories Region. Greg has been a dedicated volunteer to the Lethbridge Chapter for over 15 years. Greg, 42, has been living with Crohn’s disease for all of his adult life. He has had four resection surgeries over the years and too many flare-ups to count. It may seem this would be all-consuming, but Greg still finds the will, determination, and courage to enjoy life in the fullest way possible. He continues to work and to enjoy his summers at Flathead Lake with his family and friends either sailing, visiting, or just appreciating the beauty of the area. He supports his nephews at sporting events, spends time cruising in his 1978 Mustang and he is always willing to help his family and friends whenever needed.

Railway society presents a

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Doing what he can to help find a cure for Crohn’s and colitis is one of Greg’s passions. He is actively involved in CCFC’s Lethbridge Chapter. He has been Top Pledge Earner eight times for the Lethbridge Heel ‘n’ Wheel-a-Thon. He has also spent many hours volunteering at M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Days over the years. Greg is appreciated and admired by all who know him and truly is the definition of gutsy! This is the second time a Lethbridge resident has been chosen as Gutsiest Canadian: in 2008 Kaella Carr received this honor. November is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month, when we celebrate those gutsy members of the IBD community who are making a difference in the lives of others. It gets more difficult each year to choose who stands out among the tens of thousands of courageous Canadians living with IBD and channeling their energies to help others.

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Photo by Bill Hillen

By Bill Axtell

For the Lethbridge Journal One of the most romantically nostalgic Christmas experiences anyone could hope to have is available right here in Southern Alberta. The “Victorian Prairie Christmas,” tucked away in Sterling some 20 minutes from Lethbridge down Highway 4, is a Christmas of yesteryear inside an old, spruced-up Victorian-era railroad station. Here, the Great Canadian Plains Railway Society will mount up an evening of live entertainment and food service. According to Bill Hillen, treasurer for the 13-year-old Great Canadian Plains Railway Society, guests will be served a traditional Western meal of home-made chili and fresh-baked buns, with authentic, home-made Christmas pudding from a special Victorian-era recipe. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 26, guests will enjoy an hour and a half of live musical entertainment from a local singing and playing group, including a recitation from a Cowboy Poet, “Old Ugly.” Hillen said this year’s event is the seventh consecutive year for their Victorian Christmas celebration, which began with a one-day event, and expanded this year ex-

panded to a four-day event which wraps up Nov. 26. He said the station is enchantingly decorated with Christmas items from the Victorian era. The station itself, built in 1890, was obtained by the Society through the Canadian Pacific Railway Foundation. Originally scheduled for demolition, the station was moved from its original home in Coutts, where it once straddled both the U.S. and Canadian borders. The society purchased a 35-acre parcel of land for the station from Doug and Helen Hartley of Sterling, in the year 2000. The society purchased the station, the only remaining Alexander Galt-erz train station in Southern Alberta. Galt owned the rail lines running to Coutts from both sides of the Canada/U.S. border, according to Greg Ellis, retired archivist for the Lethbridge Galt Museum. It was moved by truck to its new location alongside Sterling, where it is used as an historical interpretative centre, and for such special events as this year’s Victorian Prairie Christmas. Ticket information is available by phoning Ray Oldenburger, president, at 403-382-0312; or leave a message at the station by calling 403-756-2220.


Preparing your business for year end By Debbie Thomas

or why not? Make some notes about your successful accomplishment of your goals (or lack of it). These will be handy when you do your business planning for the current year.

Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal Get your financial books in order!

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Taxes - Evaluate your current tax strategies.

or some small businesses, this is really difficult, while for others, it’s a breeze. But whether you’re one of those solo entrepreneurs with a glove box full of receipts that haven’t even been entered yet or a small business person who has a bookkeeper on your payroll, you have to get this step done before you can do anything else.

Your tax accountant can help you with some tax strategies to reduce income tax such as income splitting and maximizing your business’s Capital Cost Allowance claim. Which of these tax strategies have you used and how well did they work for you? Investigate different tax strategies that you haven’t used, such as changing your business structure to a corporation. Again, your tax accountant and/or tax lawyer can advise about which tax strategies would be best for your personal and business circumstances.

So get the help you need and get on with it. Hire a bookkeeper if you need to. Determine your position. The next step on the year end checklist is to figure out where your business is now. There are three areas you need to examine: Finances - Examine your financial documents and analyze ratios. First, you need to prepare (or have prepared for you) the standard three business financial documents that will be the basis of your decisions. The Balance Sheet is a summary of how your business is doing financially at a particular point in time. It shows all your business’s assets, liabilities and equity. The Income Statement lets you see at a glance whether or not your business is profitable at a particular point in time by itemizing your revenue and expenses, resulting in a profit or loss. The Cash Flow Statement reconciles your opening cash with your closing cash for a particular period, showing you where the money has gone. To prepare a simple cash flow statement for a particular time, list and summarize your business’s cash flow inflows and outflows for each of these three areas:

• Cash flow from operating activities - such as revenues and expenses • Cash flow from investing activities - such as assets purchased and assets sold • Cash flow from financial activities - such as loans and loan repayments This will show you the net increase or decrease in your business’s cash flow over the period of time you’re looking at and show you at a glance where the money went. Once you’ve examined your balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement, dig a little deeper by checking your business’s current ratio, total debt ratio and profit margin. It won’t take long with your balance sheet in front of you. Goals - Evaluate your goals from last year. Now that you know where your business is, it’s time to take a look at how it got here. Pull out your business plan and any other planning documents such as last year’s action plan and review last year’s goals. Did your business accomplish what you set out to do? Why

Plan for the coming year. All right. You’ve done all the groundwork and you’re ready to do some business planning. That means that you are going to: • • •

Set next year’s goals. Prepare an action plan or plans. Start implementing your action plans.

Get your tax documents prepared. You can turn over the required documents to an accountant or prepare your income tax yourself. Do-it-yourselfers may find this task confusing and time consuming. A good bookkeeper would be able to take your information and format it to fit your tax accountant’s requirements. That’s It! You’re Done! You know the cliché; businesses that fail to plan, plan to fail. We all know how important business planning is, but it’s easy to put off in the press of daily events. Hopefully this year end checklist has inspired you to get to it and made your business planning easier.

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The SA “Adopt A Family” program provides personalized hampers for low income families at Christmas.

Bring the joy of Christmas to needy children! Members of the public are invited to make their donation of new, unwrapped toys from today and up to including Christmas Eve till noon at 1811 - 2 Avenue South. After December 1st Toy’s for Tot’s Bin at Park Place Mall, Toy Mountain in Centre Village Mall. Toys needed for children (infants - 17) and Sponsors to adopt a family. For the fifth consecutive year, Salvation Army, Interfaith Food Bank, and Lethbridge Food Bank will join forces to ensure that the less-fortunate members of our community get everything they need for Christmas. Because we share clientele, our organizations are planning to work together to serve over 2500 households this Christmas, making the most of our resources and eliminating the duplication of services.

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Windy City has pets to love By Julie Nolan

Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal Windy City Canine Rescue in Lethbridge helps older dogs find their perfect home. Alana Toth-Lavigne joined with her friend Bobbi Davis as a founding member of the organization in 2010, and remains a strong supporter. Alana writes “Pet of the Week” in the Lethbridge Herald, which features an available Windy City Dog each week. At the time this article was written, three beautiful larger dogs were in foster homes, and new dogs expected soon. Windy City holds doggy events throughout the year! One of Alana’s favorite events, ‘Bark in the Park,’ their Summer Fundraiser at Henderson Lake, showcases available dogs. This year, one of these dogs, Piper, gave her a big, wet, sloppy kiss of appreciation. Now who wouldn’t want a loving pooch like that? If you have a spot in your life that you would like to fill, Windy City could be a

match for you. From helping out at an event, donating, fostering a dog, or giving one that second chance with a forever home - Alana will tell you it is a very rewarding place to be! Windy City Canine Rescue can be found on Facebook, http://windycityrescue.com, at info@windycityrescue.com, or by calling 403-359-3139.

How to winter-proof your home By The Co-operators

the same time, use caulking to fill any gaps where heat may escape.

Winter is just around the corner. Take a few steps to protect your home from damage caused by animals, low temperatures, snow and ice before the mercury starts to drop.

Service your heating systems. Get your oil tanks, wood stoves, water heaters and furnaces inspected to make sure they’re working properly. If you use water heating, bleed your radiators to maximize their efficiency and check valves for leaks at the beginning of the heating season. With electric heating, be sure to clean your baseboard heaters to remove dust. For forced air systems, vacuum your air ducts and, if you have a humidifier attached to your furnace, check your owner’s manual for information on how to keep it operating efficiently and prevent mould. Finally, don’t forget your fireplace. Hire a professional to clean your chimney and remove any obstructions so that the smoke flows out, not back into your home.

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Make sure the drainage in eavestroughs is clear and drain water lines. To prevent ice buildup that can lead to drainage and backflow problems, you should clear leaves and other debris from your eavestroughs and downspouts. Finally, drain all outside plumbing lines, underground sprinkler lines and water lines to your pool to keep pipes from bursting.

“Check windows and doors for drafts. Repair or replace the weatherstripping” Check windows and doors for drafts. Repair or replace the weatherstripping around windows and doors to keep your home draft free and prevent heat loss. At

Send unwelcome guests packing. Don’t let squirrels, bats or other furry friends make your attic their winter hideaway. These visitors can cause fires by chewing through wires or gnawing your cable insulation, so inspect your walls and roof and block any holes where animals could get in. Or hire a professional service to help you.

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Dr. Pepper Presents: Occupy Your Tastebuds

City officials tired of dealing with smelly hobos and angry protesters have begun to respond to the occupy movement with increasing force across North America, using tactics that have ranged from handing out eviction notices and tickets to tear gas and mass arrests. Conspiracy theorists believe this is because politicians have come under pressure from their wealthy campaign contributors who are uncomfortable with the media attention. Said one billionaire, “I had to make a lot of calls to get those stupid hippies gassed. I’m sick and tired of turning on the news and hearing about how evil I am for being rich. I earned my fortune selling toxic mortgages and complex derivatives to innocent morons just like everyone else; I think I deserve to own a suit jacket worth more than your net assets! We had to work really hard to stack the odds against the hard-working middle class, you know, it didn’t just HAPPEN.”

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Warning! Reading this piece will exceed your monthly Word Count Allowance in accordance with your selection of the Lethbridge Journal $35/Month Basic Package of 600 Words. You will be charged $0.25 in overages for each character you use over your current plan. For more information, please go bother somebody else. The CRTC has recently released its ruling regarding Usage-Based Billing for Internet Service Providers in a controversial move designed to please everyone that has pleased absolutely nobody. Under the new ruling, the large telecom companies would not be allowed to charge their wholesale customers per kilobyte sent using their network, instead allowing them to charge either a flat rate or a CRTC-determined rate based on capacity. While the decision is a step in the right direction according to Internet Guru Dr. Jack Torrents, the end result is the same: higher costs for users. A press release from one of the major ISPs following the announcement was clear: “While we are disappointed that the CRTC has rejected our proposals, we are already hard at work to take advantage of the new system. We firmly believe that our customers deserve less efficient service at much higher prices and we will do our best to deliver that promise to them.” James **I DO NOT REPORT REAL, VERIFIABLE NEWS**

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Métis flag raised at city hall By Roy Pogorzelski

For the Lethbridge Journal Métis week, which runs from November 14 - 18, occurs every year to commemorate Métis culture and history. Throughout Canada, the Métis flag was raised at a number of city halls, including Lethbridge. On November 14, a group of Métis gathered at city hall with Mayor Rajko Dodic and media to discuss the importance of Métis week. The chilled air, although cold, was quite welcomed by the guests that remembered the packed snow and freezing temperatures of the year prior. A microphone was placed outside and the Vice President of Métis Local 2003, Louise Saloff, began by discussing the importance of the event and welcoming the guests.

“Our people will wake up in 100 years and it will be the artists that lead them into the future.” The reason why Métis week falls on these dates has to do with the anniversary every year of one of our most recognized Métis leaders, Louis Riel. On November 16, 1885, Riel was lead to the gallows in Regina, Saskatchewan by the Canadian government at that time. Prior to his passing, Riel stated “Our people will wake up in 100 years and it will be the artists that lead them into the future.” In 1982, almost 100 years after Riel was executed, the Métis people were recognized as Aboriginal people in the Canadian Constitution. The Métis commemorate Riel for his contributions to Canada, democracy and to the Métis people. He was a true Canadian patriot who believed in equality for all Canadians. He set up the first Métis provisional government, created the “List of Rights” that brought Manitoba into Canadian confederation, advocated for Métis rights to their lands and culture and has become a figurehead, not only for the Métis nation, but as a Canadian father of confederation. This is why Métis people gather during this week, to honour a Métis hero, who through his courage allowed for the Métis nation to grow and maintain their unique Aboriginal identity. Next, Mayor Dodic provided greetings to the Métis people in attendance and elaborated on some Métis historical facts. Elder Rod McLeod finished the speeches by explaining the passion of

Louis Riel

the Métis people and the contributions of strong Métis leaders. The flag was then raised at city hall to the applause of supporters, followed by the Métis national anthem being spoken poetically by members of the local. After the flag had been raised, the Métis local hosted a coffee and muffin gathering at the local office. The Métis local will be hosting a Christmas party in Diamond City on December 3 from 1 - 5 p.m. There will be food, Métis dancing, karaoke and Santa Claus will make an appearance and bring some gifts for the kids. This party is hosted by Local 2003 and is free for everyone that would like to come and celebrate the Christmas season with some Métis folks. As well, if you’re Métis and curious about identity cards, this is also a great opportunity to explore genealogy and learn how to become a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta.


LSCO director Rob a boon to organization By Bill Axtell

For the Lethbridge Journal The Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization has come to appreciate the business management acumen of its executive director, Rob Miyashiro.

come at city hall, Miyashiro’s organization will “sail along” - exactly on course. No matter what may arise, LSCO’s Miyashiro, together with support from an equally committed staff, will find a way to solve it.

When Miyashiro’s LSCO joined with the Norbridge Seniors Citizens Centre to jointly approach city council at its Nov. 14 meeting to request what they called “bridge financing,” his polished, articulate style of presentation, combined with his unique ability to show that his organization is soundly managed, made an obviously successful appeal to the Alderman. The “bridge” financing is designed to allow the organizations to pursue more permanent financing from the province, to fill in the gaps created by reductions in funding primarily caused by recession-driven cutbacks from various sources, including the Lottery Foundation sponsored events. And even though, at the end of the meeting, the joint proposal was referred to the Finance Committee for further review, one could see that his manner and style of appeal gained confidence in council chambers, a step of great importance, regardless of the outcome. Back at the LSCO building, Miyashiro is well-known and liked throughout the organization, making a specific effort to talk to everyone and learn and remember names and faces throughout the rather large and perennially busy organization. Behind the scenes he has a keen eye for opportunity, always on the lookout for ways to serve members with new or improving services, also constantly looking for grants or other funding ideas to fund what the members want and need. One can easily tell that Miyashiro could foresee seemingly endless possibilities for hobbies, for developing a broad range of skills for its members, allowing for socialization of people with others of similar interests and activities. The centre boasts a full dining room, a games room with a wide range of game choices, including a Wii console; a computer club, providing computer equipment instruction for all levels; a craft room; a radio club with all its members maintaining HAM radio licenses, and a unique museum of antique radios dating back to 1932; a digital photo group meeting to exchange ideas and techniques; a billards room; a fitness centre with state-of-theart equipment available to all members; a general program room used for clubs jointly studying geneology; a lapidary room where people make and polish jewellery; a fully equipped wood shop; two gyms and a variety of weekly programs.

Rob Miyashiro - Photo submitted by LSCO

Because of Miyashiro’s broad background in the field of social services, he is keenly aware of the importance of keeping people busy with fulfilling activities and social relationships, which somehow keeps people away from illness, depression and hospitals. Born and raised in Taber, Miyashiro pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a degree in Sociology. After a stint with the McMan Youth Centre in Picture Butte, he accepted a post with the YMCA in Lethbridge, managing the former “You’re Worth It” program. Later he moved to the YWCA as program manager for the Independent Living Program for Teens, where he helped them find room and board and develop life skills. Later, when the government regionalized its health services, he joined Children and Family Services in social work. That role required him to actively dialogue with various southern Alberta communities to help determine what was wanted and needed for kids and families. He met with well over 1,000 people, getting to know several hundred quite well, an experience from which he gained the obvious diplomatic skills he depends upon in his present working environment. In 1997 Miyashiro took a position on the Blood Reserve with the mandate to start up a centre for adolescents, developing the program, recruiting and training Aboriginal staff, plus acquiring the equipment and facilities for a 10-bed centre. There, he learned in depth about the historically rich and colorful Blackfoot culture, another important component in the well-rounded background for a social work professional career in southern Alberta. By the time Miyashiro joined the LSCO as executive director, he had developed extensive management planning and operational experience, all of which he draws upon daily to keep his organization and its 16 staff members running efficiently while delivering a large volume of diversified services to its members. As he breezes through the facility at LSCO, he stops to greet practically everyone by name, yet pauses to pick up a scrap of paper that has fallen, showing his on-going willingness to help at every level. Above all, Miyashiro demonstrates that imagination and creative thinking, combined with warmth and sincere caring for his members, are his long suits. Regardless of the out-

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Friday, November 25th Bowman Christmas Sale Bowman Centre 10am-9pm The Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet Featuring Singer Sheena Lawson Mocha Cabana 6-9pm

An Avenue of Holiday Joy and Gifts Columbia Retirement Home 785 Columbia Blvd. W 10am-3pm Clown School- Galt Family Program Galt Museum & Archives 1-2pm Legion Super Flea Market Royal Canadian Legion 10am-4pm

MMA Rumble in the Cage Exhibition South Pavilion 6-10pm

Magic of Christmas small or large corporate Christmas party Exhibition Grounds 6pm

Collectively Independent The Penny 6-11pm

Concert Two- International Guitar Night Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod 8pm

Madison Violet The Slice Bar & Grill 9pm $15

Demons of the Unconscious lecture with Raj Balkaran! Yoga rituals Studio 2-4pm $25

Oldman Watershed Council Plan - Information Sessions Nanton Community Hall 2-8pm drop-in presentations 3pm & 6pm

Wednesday, November 30th Teacher Appreciation Evening 15% off Ten Thousand Villages Until 8pm (Teachers & support staff get disc. w/ ATA card) Bill Cunningham: New York SAAG 8-10pm $5/ $3 members Bridgette Yarwood & Evan Schaaf Mix by Ric’s 8-10pm Amigurumi-Crochet in 3D Galt Museum & Archives 7-9pm

Luncheon, Craft & Bake Sale Parkbridge Estates Hall 2-4pm $4 Junior Naturalists - Mammals in Winter Helen Schuler Nature Centre 10am-12pm

Taste of Holland Bill Kergan Centre 6:30pm RSVP

Energy Efficiency Workshop: Spot the Energy Savings Lethbridge Lodge Hotel 8am-4pm $149 register Big River & Almost Johnny Cash Average Joe’s 8:30pm Collectively Independent U of L, Penny Building 324 5th St. S 6-11pm Old York “Retro Nite” Old York Tavern 8pm

Sunday, November 27th Magnificent 7’s The Owl 9pm

Concert Two- International Guitar Night Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod 8pm

Collectively Independent U of L, Penny Building 324 5th St. S 6-11pm

Monday, November 28th

Coaldale’s Country Christmas Night of Lights Parade/Festivities Coaldale Main Street 6-9pm Coalhurst Turkey Bingo Coalhurst Community Centre 6:15pm

Saturday, November 26th

Movember campaign Cowboy Cabaret The Barn 7pm

Thursday, December 1st

Happily Married for a Lifetime Public Library (Downstairs) 7pm Bluegrass Jam Wolf ’s Den 7:30pm

Tuesday, November 29th

Night at the Museum Shopping Event Galt Museum & Archives 5-9pm Women Scholar Speaker Series AH 100 Anderson Hall, U of L 3-5pm

Friday, December 2nd Alyssa McQuaid Mocha Cabana 6-9pm Treelines & Portage and Main Slice Bar & Grill 9pm $10

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W.A.R. Women Art Revolution SAAG 12-1pm

The BIG Christmas Tradeshow Exhibition North & South 1-8pm $2 10 & under free


Your ultimate events calendar for entertainment, food, and family fun! Thursday, December 8th Christmas Crafts Helen Schuler Nature Centre 7-8:30pm $5/ $10/ $15 Register

Friday, December 9th

Holiday Happy Hour SAAG 5-10pm $5/ free for members Christmas Sale Beyond Zed Gift Cottage 2nd-4th (see beyondzed.ca for times)

The Impressionists: Manet SAAG 12-1pm Country Blend’s Christmas & Classic Country Nord-Bridge Centre 7:30pm $20/ $25

Colleen Brown Music and Jeff Stuart & The Hearts The Slice Bar & Grill 9:30pm $10

Mistletoe and Merlot Holiday Mixer SAAG 7;:30-11:30pm

Saturday, December 3rd Creative Checkers- Galt Family Program Galt Museum & Archives 1-2pm

A Christmas Carol” By Sunrise Rotary Southminster United Church 7:30pm

The BIG Christmas Tradeshow Exhibition North & South 10am-5pm $2 10 & under free

Ladies Auxiliary of St. Michael’s Health Centre Bake & Gift Sale St. Michael’s main entrance 9am

Lowry Olafson w/ guest Lethbridge Folk Club 7:30-11:30pm

Ongoing

Stepping into the World of the Archetypes Nirvana Energy 10am-6pm $149 pre-register

Computer Classes & Workshops LSCO Now-April 2012, member’s only- 403-381-7325 or jackione@ telusplanet.net

Mad Fish Glass Beads Open House & Demo 47 Mt Blakiston Rd W 10-4pm

The Lion’s Share (food series) U of L Centre for the Arts W600 Now- Jan 5th M-F 10am-4:30pm TH 10am-8:30pm

Sunday, December 4th

Kyla Mallett Helping Yourself Now - January 8

Celebrate Christmas at the Historical Annandale House Annandale House 1280 4th Ave S 6pm

Gareth Long Never Odd Or Even Now - January 8

Monday, December 5th

Future events

Happy International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Tuesday, December 6th Ghostface Killah of Wu Tang Clan The Stone 9pm

Wednesday, December 7th Coal, Culture and Confederation - Wednesday Senior Program Galt Museum 2-3pm Legion Super Flea Market Royal Canadian Legion 10am-4pm Michelle Wright Christmas Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod 8pm Michelle Wright Christmas Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod 8pm

Christmas Crafts Helen Schuler Nature Centre 7-8:30pm $5/ $10/ $15 Register

Light It Up – December 13-31st @ Yates Theatre World Juniors Hockey – December 22nd @ EnMax Record Holder – December 29th, 9pm @ The Slice Scotch & Burns – January 22nd @ Galt Museum

Please submit your events to events@ lethbridgejournal.com Deadline for next issue is Wednesday November 30th

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Lethbridge Lunch Nomads

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Imperial China 1903 3 Ave South

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oday we decided to go to Imperial China. We were all hungry by noon and it sounded like a good idea. There is a better selection here than at some other Chinese restaurants in town. I thought the food today was ok. It wasn’t my absolute favorite place to eat, but it wasn’t bad. Is there some amazing Chinese food out there? I’ve found that most of the Chinese in Lethbridge is some-what similar. Imperial China has some fruit and things for dessert which is nice. The food was just so-so for me today but I didn’t leave hungry. “M” ____________________________________________________________

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mperial China is one of the many chinese restaurants in town that I don’t go to very often. I guess I’m going to sound like a real snob because it’s not because of the food, it’s just the condition of the restaurant in general. Now I must admit today everything seemed a little better. I don’t know if they have done some renos or put down new carpet, but it appeared a little nicer than the last time I ate here. This obviously isn’t as much of a concern to other people because by the time we got here the place was very busy. As far as the food goes, I thought it was pretty good. The buffet line has quite a few items on it, including fresh fruit and salad. I had no problem filling my plate even tho’ some of the items were empty and needed refilling. So for my 10 bucks I thought it was a good pick today. “J” ____________________________________________________________

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ell I have to say that today’s visit to Imperial China was probably the best its ever been. I agree that as lunch nomads we are still looking for that mind blowing experience with Chinese cuisine. I know we will find it somewhere. At least they had chili paste! As far as today goes, it was really quite good. Better selection than most others, and everything was really fresh and hot. It was like it wasn’t even a buffet. My appetite was very satisfied today. Or as my Mom used to say, my sufficiency was suffonsified. I have no clue how to spell that. I don’t even really know what it means other than ‘it was good’. I still feel that most places are the same. I think that we have really Westernized Chinese food. Perhaps a trip to China is in my future. The staff were very friendly and the service was above par. I would have to say that it left me in a ‘GFM’. (See previous posts for meaning). Be well and eat tons. “BA” aka “C” ____________________________________________________________

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Horoscopes (March 21-April 19)

Keep your temper in check this week to get ahead, your tendency to be hotheaded and impulsive may land you in Portugal with only a 9mm pistol and a photo of the man you’re there to assassinate. Be sure to visit the sights before you leave, because your payment is in an unmarked brown bag located near the Torre de Belem.

TAU RU S (April 20)

20-May

It feels like lately everybody you know has been going out of their way to try something new, but if your friends were on a cliff you wouldn’t push them off would you? Just make sure you do all the appropriate research before you make a commitment to any more cults or cell phone companies.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You are experiencing an imbalance between your masculine and feminine sides. Restore order to your life by drinking a box of wine coolers while watching all the Die Hard movies back-to-back. If you feel the temptation to buy either a machine gun or Hello Kitty merchandise you’ve tipped the scales too far in one direction.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It’s best to keep your mouth shut this

week, being outspoken may lead to big changes in your life. It’s okay to tell your boss that their fly is low, but don’t tell them you know about that rendezvous with their assistant until you have enough evidence or a new job to secure your future.

LEO

(July 23-

Aug 22)

Faced with the unhappy prospect of a miserable Canadian winter, you may be tempted to jump ship for warmer climates. I whole-heartedly endorse this decision and I only ask you take me with you - I fit easily into most carry-on baggage and I don’t eat much! Be warned though, there may be a cavity search in your near future.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22)

You’re going to forget something this week no matter how hard you try, it doesn’t matter if you use post-it notes, e-mail notifications, calendars, or singing telegrams to remind yourself. It’s not all bad news though, because the person most affected by your forgetfulness is a Virgo too so there’s always a chance that what they’re going to forget is what you forgot.

LIBRA

(Sept

23-Oct 22)

I would like to retract your Horoscope from the November 11 issue of the Journal - as I’m sure you’ve already found out, the part of you that was going to get shot off

sure wasn’t your mouth and I’m really, really sorry about that. As an apology, all Libras will receive a free copy of the Journal with their Lethbridge Herald in two weeks.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Your compulsive need to “Fight The Man” will lead you to establish a Solar Farm in your back yard. Remember to plug them in this time, otherwise you just have tens of thousands of dollars of really hot silicon slowly damaging your landlord’s property value.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Don’t bite off more than you can chew before the holidays, otherwise you’ll spend your Christmas vacation staring at an Excel spreadsheet and compulsively drinking “Egg Nog” until you can cross your eyes and see Santa Claus in your Q1 Sales estimates. He says hello.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Let’s get this over with now: As much as you’re already thinking of going to the gym and working out next year, you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars on gym gear and go twice before you quit. Embrace your true naturebuy some P90X DVDs and lie to everybody you bring home about how hard you sweat it. Don’t worry about what they say, they’re lying too.

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oodbye November, you won’t be missed. Actually it wasn’t that bad of a month, not too much snow here in Lethbridge, just 400-km winds. What I have noticed though is 90 percent of television commercials are of the Christmas variety now so that can only mean one thing, it’s time to go into Video Vern debt for the year, yay! There are a couple extra movies this time so I’m going to save my top 10 holiday movie list for next issue unless they want to put my big smiling face on the front page with more space, but I think that might scare away potential advertisers.

PISCES (Feb

December 6, 2011

19-Mar 20)

The Man is trying to control you with Flu Shots. Do not get immunized, it will only protect you and your family from three strains of Influenza while leaving you susceptible to suggestion from Government Mind Lasers in Low Earth Orbit. Just kidding, the Mind Lasers are for eliminating threats not influencing the weak-minded.

THE HANGOVER PT. 2: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong. Review: Of course this one can’t be as good as the first Hangover which I think deserves the Oscar for best movie ever made, but it’s still funny with the whole cast back doing some more crazy stuff. Face tattoos, monkeys and severed fingers, come on that says greatness.

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CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19)

You’ve been very naughty this year, but the price of coal keeps going up so you’re only going to get a stocking full of cat litter. In a whimsical twist of Christmas Magic this will turn out to be exactly what you need when you spill several gallons of crude oil on your driveway. Just what were you doing with all that oil anyways? Maybe we’re better off not knowing.

December 6, 2011

Birthday Baby... Scientists believe we have between three days and 500 years worth of fossil fuels left on Earth, plan your life accordingly.

THE HELP: At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Starring: Emma Stone, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard. Review: I never read the book because it didn’t have pictures, so when I saw this movie I figured it would be just another period piece. It was actually a great mix of comedy and drama, the acting is great and even though it’s fiction you feel that this could have actually happened. Also I’ve enjoyed anything with Emma Stone since Superbad and that’s only 80 percent because of her looks.

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munication Coordinator, Lethbridge Sport Council Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal

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oes $4,962,616 sound like a lot of money to you? That number represents the economic impact from six major sporting events in Lethbridge over the past six months. In two words: Sport Tourism. Sport tourism is anything that involves people travelling to a location from outside the region to participate in or watch a sport event. It is one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry in Canada with approximately $3.4 billion spent annually by domestic travellers (Statistics Canada 2008). It is a powerful tool for increasing economic development and promoting a community’s image. Economic benefits of sport tourism include increased tax revenue, job creation, enhanced public infrastructure and community pride as well as post-event legacies.

“one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry in Canada with approximately $3.4 billion spent annually” How is the amount calculated? Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance developed STEAM, the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model, which calculates the economic impact of a sporting event. The numbers come from formulas based on factors such as Statistics Canada data, location demographics, participant and spectator attendance, current trends and economic factors and the event business plan. STEAM is the world’s first web-based economic impact model specifically designed for sport events. It sounds complicated but it couldn’t be any less intimidating. Completing a post event report takes no more than ten minutes. The formulas and calculations are hidden deep within the program leaving only simple data-entry for the user to complete.

“STEAM is the world’s first web-based economic impact model specifically designed for sport events” STEAM is an effective tool when preparing a bid package for an event or seeking sponsorship; it opens communication and facilitates networking between sport and tourism partners. A post event report can easily be calculated based on attendance and average ages of participants and spectators.

As no information has been collected previously in Lethbridge, the Lethbridge Sport Council (LSC) began engaging in STEAM analyses in spring 2011. Data including type of sport and type of competition (i.e. single day, single location versus multi-day, multi-location), attendance and length of stay are analyzed and entered into the assessment model which calculates the economic impact to our community. With data collection taking less than ten minutes, all sport groups hosting events are encouraged to take part. How can your sport organization get involved? • Identify a volunteer within your organ ization to be responsible for STEAM (no, this does not mean spending hours scrutinizing receipts!) • Identify events within your organization that involve overnight stays in Lethbridge • Complete the STEAM templates for your identified events • Return completed templates to the LSC Economic impact to Lethbridge from events this year: • Gymnastics Provincials (April 2011): $223,807 • Football Canada Cup (July 2011): $1,140,154 • Western Women’s Football Championship (July 2011): $77,172 • Alberta Soccer Association Tier 1 Provincial Championships (September 2011): $527,711 • Alberta Soccer Association Tier 2 Provincial Championships (September 2011): $164,347 • U16 Soccer Club Nationals (October 2011): $1,429,575 • Future: 2012 Alberta Summer Games: $4.4 million pre-calculated For more information or to compute your event’s economic impact please contact the LSC at 403-320-5412.


An NBA fan’s guide to the NHL

For the Lethbridge Journal

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ey National Basketball Association fanatics! The current lockout is pushing the 2011-2012 season to the brink of extinction. While players and owners are making little progress on the negotiating front, games continued to get cancelled, with the entire slate in danger of being wiped out.

“NBA fans will seek elsewhere for a source of entertainment” If the campaign is indeed shelved, NBA fans will seek elsewhere for a source of entertainment. And while there are plenty of options: college basketball, reality TV, unreality TV, philanthropy, travelling around the world in a hot-air balloon - here’s a suggestion: watch the National Hockey League!

“The NHL offers the fastest sport on two feet. And since 2005, like basketball, every game has a winner - and a loser!” That’s right. The NHL offers the fastest sport on two feet. And since 2005, like basketball, every game has a winner and a loser! Also, as an added bonus, for many NBA fans around North America, those puck-chasing kids co-habitate the very same building as their ally-ooping friends. So, there’s no need to reset the GPS. For hoopheads thinking of converting to the “ice” version of hockey (and not the much more entertaining field game), here’s a handy guide to get you ready. • Each sport requires a team to score into a net. While goaltending is a nono in hoops; quality goaltending is very much required to succeed in the NHL. Case study: the Philadelphia Flyers circa

1990-present. • An oft-used credo for both sports is: “Defence wins championships.” While in basketball, everyone is required to play defence to succeed, hockey has specific players to do the job called “defencemen.” The job of the “forwards” is to “goal-suck.” For further illumination, research the career of Pavel Bure. • When it comes to labour strife, the NHL takes a back seat to no league. It suffered its own cancelled season in 2004-2005. The commissioners share a bond as the NHL’s boss, Gary Bettman, used to work for the NBA’s David Stern. Bettman has been widely reviled for his leadership, something Stern is starting to learn about first hand. They can now share collective bargaining horror stories over a Dalmore at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

to recover from the effects of a concussion. Miami’s Lebron James is still trying to recover from turning his back on his original team in a city that worshiped him in free agency, airing his decision to “take his talents to South Beach” in a completely graceless fashion, getting booed in every city he played in other than Miami thereafter and then pretty much no-showing in a finals loss to Dallas. The parallels are eerie. • As an NBA fan if you support the LA Clippers, then the Columbus Blue Jackets are the team for you! Each team is a laughing stock in its respective league. CBJ has only once qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in a decade of disappointment. Clips fan - as a Jacket fan

- springtime will feel comfortably familiar, a time to turn on your team and start pulling and cheering for losses to secure as high a draft choice as possible. So, NBA fans, it’s time to trade in fastbreaks for breakouts. Swap 3-pointers for 3-point games. Exchange driving the lane for driving to the net. Other than the fact that instead of a ball and a hoop, in hockey there’s a puck, sticks, ice, skates, and checking from behind, the two sports are almost identical! And unlike the NBA, the NHL is open for business. Well, at least until September 15, 2012.

• Wayne Gretzky is the NHL’s version of Michael Jordan. Both were the best players of their generation. Both won MVP’s, championships and scoring titles. Both enjoyed international fame. Both were disasters post-career in coaching/managerial roles. • The NHL’s post-season lasts just as interminably long as the NBA’s. Four rounds of best-of-seven series require 16 wins to a title. Once your team is eliminated in the first round, don’t forget to tune into the finals 15 weeks later, even though you’re at the cabin enjoying your summer vacation with the family. • A big difference between the two sports is fighting is allowed in hockey. In fact, there are players on hockey teams whose main purpose is pugilistic proficiency. So, when tempers flare and a donnybrook breaks out, ice gladiators actually look like they have been in a fight before, rather than the NBA’s purse-swinging melees. • Are you a New York Knicks fan? Then you will love the NY Rangers! Despite both teams playing in North America’s biggest market, with the inherent monetary advantages, neither has been relevant since 1994 due to gross mismanagement.

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• Like the NBA, the NHL’s top player went missing last spring. To this day, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby is still trying

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Lions whimper, then roar down the stretch

By Bruce Penton

For the Lethbridge Journal

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o, here’s some early strategy for getting to the Grey Cup Game, which has become almost a national holiday in Canada: Start your season 0-5, then 1-6, then start getting serious. Usually, 0-5 means at least three things: 1. Player personnel is pathetic; 2. Fans quit showing up for games; 3. The coach gets fired.

“In British Columbia, evidently, it’s called warming up”

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Unbelievably, the B.C. Lions were 1-6 on Aug. 13, after a 30-17 home-field defeat at the hands of Winnipeg Blue Bombers and now, about three months and 11 games later, they are likely to be overwhelming favourites to win the Grey Cup when it’s played this weekend in B.C. Place. (The Lions had one obstacle in their way en route to the Grey Cup Game, the Edmonton Eskimos, in the Western final held this past weekend.) Vegas oddsmakers would have laughed at anybody putting serious Grey Cup money on a team languishing at 1-6 one-third of the way into the season. But the last laugh would go to a B.C. believer, one of whom was veteran head coach Wally Buono, who saw that three of those first six losses were by less than a touchdown and that quarterback Travis Lulay was improving with every game. In July and August, Lulay was Ordinary Joe. In September and October, he was Super Joe, throwing 25 TD passes and only three interceptions in the Lions’10-1 rush down the stretch. When voting took place for Most Outstanding Player in the Western Conference, Lulay was lionized by the voters: He won in a walk.

“a contest similar to the Christians being fed to the lions in ancient Rome” Which is what most observers think the Lions should do this Sunday in Vancouver, when 60,000-plus fans jam into B.C. Place and millions of TV viewers across the country tune in to watch what could be, well, a contest similar to the Christians being fed to the lions in ancient Rome. The Christians, in this case, will be the Eastern Conference rep, Winnipeg Blue Bombers. If the Lions win the Cup Sunday, other coaches around the CFL will have a new answer to critics complaining about poor starts to seasons. “Just pulling a Buono,” they’ll say. • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “NASCAR driver Kyle Busch has written a letter of apology for intentionally causing a wreck during a race. Racing fans were surprised. NASCAR drivers can write?”

• R.J.Currie of sportsdeke.com: “Saskatchewan Roughriders punter Chris Milo tied a CFL record with a 108-yard boot for a single. Call it the punt of no return.” • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “John Daly, who walked out in the middle of his round at the Australian Open after halfheartedly hitting all his balls into a water hazard, can always say the devil made him do it. Daly’s latest world ranking: 666th.” • Budd Bailey of the Buffalo News, after NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier ran the New York Marathon in four hours, 14 minutes, 21 seconds: “And that includes four minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct along the way.” • Kevin Gleason of the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record, on tinkering with the outfield dimensions at Citi Field: “The Mets do know the other team gets to play with the fences in as well, right?” • After No. 1- and No. 2-ranked Louisiana State and Alabama played a 9-6 football ‘thriller’, Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN. com wrote: “If that was The Game of the Century, then I want my 100 years back. So let’s get this out of the way right now: These two teams deserve a BCS-championship rematch like Kim Kardashian deserves to keep her wedding gifts.” • Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald weighs in on the debate about Canada replacing the beaver as its national symbol. “How can a country obsessed with hockey have a mascot with teeth?” • Another one from Dwight Perry: “The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a 9-4-1 start and leading their division? Looks like that guy who keeps predicting the world is about to end finally nailed it this time.” • Headline in the Onion.com: “Celebratory Jets Dump Cooler Of Soap And Water On Rex Ryan.” • Columnist Bob McCown in Sportsnet magazine, answering a reader question about whether tennis star Novak Djokovic is on drugs: “Djokovic weighs about 80 pounds and his arms are like pipe-cleaners. The only drugs it looks like he’s on are laxatives.” Care to comment? Email brucepenton2003@ yahoo.ca


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Little boxes on the prairie Executive Officer of Canadian Home Builders’ Association—Lethbridge Region Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal

Urban sprawl is a myth,” I’ve heard more than once out of a friend’s mouth. I laugh every time. But, until a recent conversation with city officials and builders, I had never really thought much about it. Webster’s dictionary defines urban sprawl as “the spreading of urban developments (as in houses and shopping centres) on undeveloped land near a city.” Not really the thing myths are made of, we do build houses and shopping centres on undeveloped land near Lethbridge and thus we have urban sprawl.

The drive-in theatre on the south end of town was replaced by shopping so long ago many of you are saying ‘Lethbridge had a drive in theatre?’ The cattle yards have been replaced by an auto mall. And to the north and west, prairie farm land is being turned into houses, schools, and a maze of roadways (just how do I get around Mountain Heights? Pizza delivery drivers, I salute you). So, it seems urban sprawl exists. You may be asking – so what? There are some who claim urban sprawl is bad, some claim it’s necessary, and some just don’t care. Whatever your position, we should understand its implications. Urban sprawl is becoming increasingly more efficient. Older areas of the city have 50 foot wide lots with small homes on them and a low density per acre. Newer areas of the city

are increasing the density per acre, partly with narrower lots, but also with multifamily units and efficient use of space. As the density increases in newer developments, the city benefits with more tax dollars collected from a smaller area of land that helps to cover public transit, garbage pick-up, snow removal, etcetera. New developments are also nicer to the environment as they are built out with homes using the latest in green technology. Better insulation, water-saving plumbing fixtures and high efficiency furnaces are just a few of the ways new homes reduce the burden on the environment. With all things there must be a balance, and while new developments on the edge of the city show a number of advantages,

we need to draw the benefits of new homes into older areas of the city – infill projects. Redeveloping older areas of the city could explore increasing the density of those areas. Old homes can be renovated and retro-fit with green technologies increasing the energy efficiency and further reducing our environmental burden. Urban sprawl will continue to expand the footprint of our city; it’s required to meet our growing population. We can approach it with reckless abandon or on a planned strategy that meets the needs of all citizens. Patty Vadnais can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/chbaleth), Facebook (facebook.com/chbalethbridge), or visit the official website at chbalethbridge.com

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SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

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ith Christmas fast approaching, our purchases are multiplying rapidly. Whether it’s for food, clothing or gifts, we always have a long list of stores to visit. To better support our communities, it’s important we try to buy what we need for Christmas from local merchants.

urban centers, many of us have developed a taste for exploring further afield. In the end, we buy the same products elsewhere...

We spend money on gas with the hope of saving a few cents on our purchases. However, if we thought about it we would In the past, when the road system was not understand that the savings realized are as developed, everyone did their weekly practically non-existent and that they enshopping at the stores nearest their home. danger the very survival of local businesses. Stores could be found in every town or vil- The alternative to this shopping habit is to lage and they thrived by meeting the buy local... A great way of saving both needs of their particular community. money and time! Today, with the proliferation of huge shopping complexes surrounding large

TOP TEN REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL 1. Local Economic Stimulus.

When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.

2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support.

Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.

3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity

The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property.

4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced.

Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community's walk score than out of town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses.

Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the less people are going to have to commute which means more time and less traffic and pollution.

6. Customer Service Is Better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town and they are less likely to blow you off or be rude becauses they have to face you day after day.

7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community's welfare and future.

8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.

9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. You Matter More We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or "voting with your wallet." It's a fact that business respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to you local community business than the large big box stores.


Suzanne excited about the future of the arts NEW

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ithout artistic expression, life could become deeply boring.

It’s one of the most powerful methods for human beings to express their visions and dreams in ways that go beyond the capacity of mere words. People in every strata of society use the many and varied forms of art.

According to Suzanne Lint, executive director of the council for the past 10 years, the AAC began with only 12 art organizations and no separate, individual members. Since then, it has grown to its present “umbrella” coverage of 66 artistic organizations having many thousands of combined participants, with an additional 150 to 200 individual memberships. Yet, these 66 organizations remain in the same smaller building - the Bowman, a “collegiategothic” style building built in 1912 - as was used for the initial 12 organizations back in the 1960s. But now, “the best is yet to come,” Lint says, referring to the new Community Arts Centre now under construction at the former IGA grocery store location in downtown Lethbridge. The art organizations which will move from the Bowman Arts Centre to occupy the new centre will share the facility with the University of Lethbridge’s Music Conservatory when the building is completed in January 2013. As Lint explains, the Community Arts Centre will serve as a gathering place for the arts community around Lethbridge. “It will accommodate an exhibition gallery, spaces for arts education, studios for visual and performing arts, as well as support facilities such as staff offices and a woodworking workshop.” The centre is planned to open seven days a week, year round with programs occurring during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends. “We expect more artists will use the new building to collaborate with each other as they create,” she says, “thereby opening the door to artistic innovation beyond what we have already seen here. “Hopefully, the general public will grow in its understanding, appreciation and application of the arts in the city, as well as increasing its willingness to engage in widely varied educational arts programming that will develop from this bold, new facility.” The offices of the Allied Arts Council will remain at it current address on 7 Street

3 colours, 3/4” Photo submitted by Allied Arts Council. Allied Arts Council staff member Suzanne Lint (Executive Director) and Ashley Markus (Communications Coordinator) discussing new Community Arts Center project.

South, only a half-block from the new Centre, Lint says, explaining that their store-front office, facing onto a busy downtown street, is helpful in serving members of the public not actively involved in the arts. “We had moved out of the Bowman centre to develop stronger contact with the public, and this concept for our office has been greatly successful,” she says. Lint, born in Lethbridge, returned from a short stint in Edmonton to attend the U of L, “because of its strong Fine Arts program.” Understandably, Lint is as strong an artist as she is an administrator. She is intellectually bright, well disciplined in the office, which could easily arise from all those years of pursuing her artistic disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpturing and fibre art, to name a few. Lint was a remarkable studio artist, working in oils and watercolour, plus hand-making art from paper sources. However, her working art is now “on the back burner” while she administers the overall program. In the office, she is knows how to broadly promote the arts community, and has built it up a lot in her 10 years as director. But her background extends far beyond the arts, even though the artistic component is highly significant for her arts council work. At one time, Lint worked in product promotion for Kodak, Disney and Royal Doulton. She learned to arrange in-store displays as well as product tracking for a number of large corporations and chain stores. Later, Lint ran for election, winning a seat for three consecutive terms on the Holy Spirit Regional School Board, where she spent nine years. This training has produced a Suzanne Lint who is both eager and capable of advocating to higher levels of government on behalf of her industry and its members. She helped develop new policies for a creative approach to learning for the schools, giving some of her focus to special education.

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What mistakes am I making? By Greg Stonehocker

For the Lethbridge Journal

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learned early on in my business career that Business is Simple. . . it’s just not always that easy. So what do I mean by this? Well, most business owners are very smart people. They have gone to school, they have their MBAs or maybe they’ve just been in the industry for years, but just like most smart people, they can still do really stupid things, making running a business very difficult. What I find with most business owners with whom I work with is that they either know what to do but can’t find the time or energy to do it, or they don’t know what to do and just keep working hard hoping that things will eventually change. Now, I’m sure some of you have probably heard the definition of insanity, from one of the world’s top minds, Mr. Albert Einstein, in which he stated, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.” Now I agree with Mr. Einstein on that definition, but would add that it sounds like the definition of “stupid” as well. You’ll have to forgive my bluntness. . . but sometimes that’s just the best word to use. So to help, here are some key aspects of your business that you need to assess today. . . so that we stop doing stupid things that may be hurting your business.

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. Stop saving a wage because it’s costing you a fortune: Many business owners save a wage by trying to do everything themselves, but that can end up costing you big. You might think you are saving time and money, but the reality is you are probably on the losing end of both.

Remember, poor people spend time to save money while the rich pay money to save time. This should be your attitude in business. Learn what your time is worth, then outsource or hire someone. Start setting things up so that you can work more “ON” your business, rather than “IN” your business. You’ll be amazed at how this actually frees up resources so you can start to work on the things that will make more money for your business.

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. Stop ignoring the numbers in your business and what they are telling you: Do you know when you break even in your business? What product makes you the highest margin? What’s your cost of getting a new customer? What time of day do you start making a profit? How many months into the year are you earning a profit? These are the questions that every owner needs to know to become a profitable commercial enterprise. If you don’t know them, you are literally flying blind in your business. And that’s not always the safest or most profitable place to be. So get very familiar with the language of business and know your numbers.

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. Stop ignoring technology and how it can help you and your business: Thanks to technology, it has never been easier for small businesses to reach new customers and stay in touch with existing ones. Whether it’s through marketing or another aspect of your business, technology can leverage your resources. Your stubbornness or unwillingness to learn how to effectively use technology is costing you. . . so start the process of mastering these great tools and making them work for you. If it helps, “hire a kid,” they just might be able to teach an old dog a new trick.

. Stop discounting: Most businesses advertise based on price, but if you’re a discount company, you will only get discount customers. Start adding value instead, and start to focus on building a system for getting repeat business, which is where your long-term profits really are. Also, be very aware of where discounts come from in your business. Raise your profit margins where you can, and your price points. You may lose some customers, but I’ll bet those customers took up most of your time with complaints, price negotiations and service issues. Also, start asking your customers what they care about beyond price. What other features of your product or service might they want to see?

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“start asking your customers what they care about beyond price. What other features of your product or service might they want to see? “ How do they use your products or services, and do they ever recommend your company? These questions could hold the key to never having to play the “discount game” again. Let’s start today by asking ourselves if we are doing these four simple things, then make a commitment to take action and do something about it. Remember, it all comes down to ACTION and YOU!!


From the People

Interfaith Food Bank gearing up for Christmas By Danielle McIntyre

Executive Director, Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal

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ith Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas just around the corner, folks at Interfaith Food Bank are grateful to see the generous spirit of Lethbridge coming to light again. People tend to think a little more about the food bank and our aim to help the hungry at this time of year. The majority of food bank operating funds are recruited during the Christmas season, and this collection of food and funds will determine the level of support the society is able to offer to our community in the coming year. The Interfaith Food Bank’s mandate to recognize the human dignity of those in need has encouraged the board of directors to set a direction for the organization that doesn’t just address hunger needs, but also the issues that place people at the food bank in the first place. Issues such as job loss, marriage failure, illness and teen pregnancy can affect families from all walks of life, and anyone can find themselves in the position where it can get difficult to find enough money to keep good food on the table. The progressive nature of Interfaith Food Bank is a defining factor in determining the types of programming offered to those who request assistance. Interfaith attempts to address immediate needs of clients, as well as offer a means for moving past the food bank line-up. When you see the number and types of programs offered in terms of support to families in need, you’ll find that the food

bank is about much more than food in, food out. Interfaith Food Bank is about offering a hand up, not just a hand out. For the fifth year, Interfaith Food Bank will be co-ordinating Christmas distribution with the Lethbridge Food Bank and Salvation Army, a process that has proven that co-operation and the sharing of resources is the most effective means to serve our community. This year, we’re pleased to announce that we will be working from one joint client database, which will allow us to provide and track our Christmas distribution, improve communication between our agencies and limit duplication of services provided. Soon, several local businesses will hop on board with the Christmas Campaign by holding fundraising activities or food drives on behalf of community agencies. We encourage you to participate as much as possible in existing events, and also to visit the joint Christmas web site at www. ChristmasHope.ca for ideas of how your school, church, business or club can benefit those in need. As we head into the Holiday Season, which tends to be so busy for all of us, we can continue to be grateful for our many blessings, and embrace the season with the spirit of giving that can help to make sure that everyone has the chance to have a Merry Christmas. For more information about Interfaith Food Bank, or about how you can get involved with helping the hungry in our community, visit www.interfaithfoodbank.ca or call 403-320-8779.

Photo submitted by Austin Moloughney The C-17 Globemaster once again wowed the crowds gathered at the Cenotaph Nov. 11 for Remembrance Day ceremonies. The aircraft, part of Ontario’s 429 (Bison) Squadron, did a Nov. 11 flyover for the second year in a row. The Squadron was adopted by the City of Lethbridge in 1944, during World War II.

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Angel Tree program celebrates 19th year By Brenda Hunik

Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lethbridge Family Services - Immigrant Services Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal

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perating since 1992, The Angel Tree is an annual community campaign that collects gifts for children in need, so everyone has a chance to celebrate a festive season. Lethbridge Family Services has been managing the gathering and distribution of gifts since program inception, thanks in part to the dedication of Administrative Assistant Tanya Jans. Tanya says “The 2011 program runs until Dec. 19 and Angel Trees will be located in over 20 businesses and organizations across southern Alberta, including branches of our program partner 1st Choice Savings.”

“Each Angel on a tree represents a child in our community who is hoping to receive a gift this Christmas” Tanya explains how simple it is to participate: “Each Angel on a tree represents a child in our community who is hoping to receive a gift this Christmas. In 2010, over 1,200 children were referred by approximately 30 agencies, including the school districts. Through the Angel Tree program and the community’s generosity, we were able to distribute 4,200 gifts to these children.” Lethbridge Family Services Executive Director Peter Portlock chairs the Angel Tree committee and has seen the program’s impact in the community. “In spite of a strong economic position in our region, we are still able to identify many children whom we can help. Each year, families tell us of the joy and surprise the gifts bring, but also of

the sense of hope and comfort provided knowing that their community cares. So as long as there are children in need, we will continue to champion this program.” There are many ways in which you can participate in the Angel Tree program this year: • Host an Angel Tree at Your Location. We will provide you with a number of angels to hang on your tree. Each angel will include the age/gender of a child along with some gift suggestions. Your staff and clients are invited to choose an angel, purchase a gift and return it under the Angel Tree. • Donate gifts. Instead of having a tree, consider purchasing one or more gifts – for boys or girls, ages newborn to 18 years - and we will match those gifts to the children on our lists. • Make a Cash Donation - 100 per cent of all cash donations go to gifts for the children and you will receive a charitable tax receipt. Cash donations are accepted at Lethbridge Family Services Main office at 1107 2a Ave North or at any 1st Choice Savings branch. • Volunteer - until Dec. 19, volunteer your time to collect, wrap and distribute gifts. Choose an Angel from the tree displayed at any of the participating sites listed below. Lethbridge Family Services, Main Office @ 1107 2a Ave North, 1st Choice Savings branches at 3rd Avenue South, in Fairmont, in Taber, Cardston and Magrath, AECOM, Axis Mortgage, Canada First Mortgage, CEP Automotives, College Ford Lincoln, Cummins, Family Center, Galko Homes, Grower Direct, Kawneer, Lethbridge Correctional Centre, Lethbridge Seniors Citizen Organization, North and Company, Pincher Creek Walmart, RBC Mayor Magrath, Raymond ATB, Raymond Mercantile, Raymond Pharmacy, Real Canadian Superstore, Sugar Town Quilt Co., Taber Walmart, The Chinook Primary Care Unit, The Lethbridge Research Centre. For more info or to offer your help, please contact Tanya Jans at Lethbridge Family Services main office, 403 327 5724.

Agnes Hulse has been the volunteer Librarian at Family Centre Since 2008. She has spent many hours making our library beautiful and easily accessible to families and clients. At 82, Agnes learned a computer program which helps Family Centre track the lending and return of all our books. When Family Centre recently moved to a new site, Agnes unpacked and shelved all of our books – 1,736 in total! She also catalogued and displayed all of our pamphlets and information pieces. Agnes also lends a hand with barbecues, pancake breakfasts and more! She demonstrates cheer and enthusiasm and gives each task 100 per cent. Since joining Family Centre in 2008, she has donated an incredible 1,700 hours of volunteer time. She has become an invaluable part of the Family Centre team. Thank you, Agnes!

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ethbridge mayor Rajko Dodic and other dignitaries were on hand Monday at city hall to light the city’s Christmas tree. The tree, and decorated foyer, are an annual tradition at city hall, which is then used as a drop-off point for donations and charitable seasonal giving. This year, donations of unwrapped toys and gifts for children aged 17 and under and non-perishable food items are being collected for the Salvation Army Toys for Tots program and Lethbridge Soup Kitchen Association. Salvation Army’s Debbie Bakker and Major Brian Beveridge and Lethbridge Soup Kitchen’s Joyce Crittenden were among those who came to help celebrate the lighting. Noon-hour musical performances will be hosted in city hall’s foyer throughout December.


DINING

How About Dining Out TONIGHT?

Backstreet Pub & Pizza 1810 3 Ave S 407 Laval Blvd W

1. Baadshah East Royal East Indian Cuisine Boston Pizza 2041 Mayor Magrath Dr S 310 5 St. S 403.381.1353 Botanica Restaurant Lethbridge Lodge 320 Scenic Dr S

2. Guesthouse 110 WT. Hill Blvd. 403.394.9333 Guesthouserestaurant.com

Ciao Mein 680 Columbia Blvd W Coco Pazzo Italian Cafe 1264 3 Ave S Coop’s Cafe 3205 8 Ave N

3. Honkers Pub & Eatery 2808 5 Ave N 403.327.9405 www.honkerspub.com

4. Mocha Cabana 317 4 St. S 403.329.6243 www.mochacabana.com

5. Mojo’s Pub & Grill 32-550 University Dr W 403.329.0123 www.mojospub.ca

6. Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse & Bar 2375 Mayor Magrath Dr. S 403.380.6453 Mrmikes.ca

7. Old York Tavern 265 13 Street North 403.942.6060

Luigi’s Pizza & Steak House 306 13 St N 1119 Mayor Magrath Dr S Mad Moe’s Pizza 359 Stafford Drive North Mandarin Restaurant 1624 Mayor Magrath Dr S Michelle’s Memorable Meals 230 12A St. N Miro Bistro 212 5 St. S

Patio • Wine bar Coffee Lounge Restaurant 3 Course Local Menu Every Week!

317 4th Street South 403.329.6243 www.mochacabana.ca

Cotton Blossom Lounge 320 Scenic Drive South

Montana’s Cookhouse Saloon 2025 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Denny’s Restaurant 421 Mayor Magrath Dr S

New Dynasty Restaurant 103 7 St. S

Dionyssios 635 13 St. N

O’Sho Japanese Restaurant 311 4 St. S

Dono Sushi 1009 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Onion Bar & Grill Park Meadow Mall N

Duke of Wellington 132 Columbia Blvd W

Original Joes 50-323 Bluefox Blvd N

Earl’s Restaurant 203 13 St. S

Pasta Fresca 862 Heritage Blvd W

Edo Japan 501 1 Ave S

Penny Coffee House 331 5 St. S

Follow Us on

Scores Thirst & Grill 1025 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Phu Lam Vietnamese Restaurant 8-1702 23 St. N

Shanghai Chop Suey 610 3 Ave S

Plum 330 6 Street S. (Downtown)

Mongolie Grill 502 5 Ave S

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Shark Club Bar & Grill 1814 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Pop’s Pub & Grill 1475 St Edward Blvd N 1516 9 Ave S

Smitty’s Pancake House 2053 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Regent Restaurant 1255 3 Ave S

Soho Restaurant 309 7 St. S

Ric’s Grill 103 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Song Thuan Vietnamese Restaurant 243-265 13 St. N

Ricky’s All Day Grill Fairmont Plaza 403.327.3088 www.rickys-restaurants.com

Spring Rolls Restaurant 321 13 St. N

Roundstreet Cafe 427 5 St. S

Streatside Eatery 317 8 St. S

Saigonese Restaurant 1210 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Swiss Chalet 3849 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Taj East Indian Cuisine 312 2 Ave S 144 Columbia Blvd W The Cheesecake Cafe 904 2 Ave S The Slice Bar & Grill 314 8 St. S The Legendary Wing King 1 - 1515 Mayor Magrath Dr S Thuan Hoa Vietnamese Restaurant 1354 Mayor Magrath Dr S Tony Roma’s 3716 Mayor Magrath Dr S Tony’s Diner 3221 2 Ave N Treats Eatery & Bluenote Bar 1104 Mayor Magrath Dr S Yo Yo Crepes Panini Gelato 102 5 St. S

El Comal Mexican 1020 Mayor Magrath Dr S Firestone Restaurant & Bar 532 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Buffet

Georgio’s Contemporary Dining Ltd 1520 3 Ave S 403.328.0676

Healthy Options

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Wifi

Entertainment

Grandma Lee’s Bakery & Cafe 209-200 4 Ave S Lethbridge

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Kid Friendly

Henry’s Restaurant 531 13 St. N

Licensed

Reservations Recommended

Hong Kong Garden 14-425 13 St. N

Average Meal for One < $10 Average Meal for One $11-$20

2720 Mayor Magrath Dr S

Average Meal for One $21-$34

9. Schnitzelhaus 303 6 St. S 403.942.1500

Imperial China 1903 3 Ave S Jimmy’s Pub & Brasserie 3709 Mayor Magrath Dr S

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Patio

8. Sam’s Donairs & Hamburgers 1346 Mayor Magrath Dr S Humpty’s Family Restaurant 205 Scenic Dr S 403.320.6007

Downtown Lethbridge

Average Meal for One > $35

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar 1717 Mayor Magrath Dr S

10. Whitbie’s Fish & Chips 860 Heritage Blvd W 403.317.7797 lethbridgefishandchips.com

La Mezza Luna Italian Ristorante 2433 Fairway Plaza Rd S

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Lighthouse Japanese Restaurant 708 3 Ave S

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Take in some culture at Head-SmashedIn-Buffalo Jump

By Roy Pogorzelski

For the Lethbridge Journal This past summer, while exploring the many gems of Southern Alberta, I ventured on a day trip to a highly talked about UNESCO heritage site, Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump. Acknowledging the importance attached to sites preserved for historical purposes by the international community, I was excited to see the buffalo jump and visit the interpretive centre. When I arrived at the historic site, I parked my car in this little parking lot at the bottom of a hill and got ready to begin another journey of learning. At this point, a person had a choice, walk to the top of the hill to the entrance of the interpretive centre, or take a free shuttle bus. I chose to walk it up there. When I arrived at the entrance, I paid the fee, but got a small discount because I had a Galt Museum seasonal pass, so this gives small discounts at many of the surrounding sites. Normally, this price is a reasonable $10 adult fee. I was provided a map of the centre, which was great because knowing my sense of direction, I probably would have gotten lost. My first reaction was satisfaction, this interpretive centre was an incredible building and I was excited to explore the different levels of Blackfoot history. Prior to beginning my sight-seeing, I went to watch a brief movie about the buffalo jump and how it may have looked in use. They say that Peter Fiddler, a Métis voyager, was the first non-First Nations person to see the jump in action. The video was well done and created more of a curiosity about seeing the actual jump. The interpretive centre is a $10 million project that blends into the sandstone cliff. The interior has five distinct levels that look at the ecology, mythology, lifestyle and technology of the Blackfoot people. After the movie, the interpretive centre starts at the top and works its way down. An elevator will take you to the top floor, where access to the upper trail viewpoint is provided. Walking outside, this viewpoint has plates that explain the ecology of the buffalo jump 32  LETHBRIDGE JOURNAL - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25, 2011

and once at the top, you can stand over it and gain a view to the bottom. The scenery is quite impressive and imagining an actual buffalo jump in action was pretty entertaining. After this short jaunt to see the upper portion of the buffalo jump, the interpretive centre descends you through themed areas on your way to the bottom. The first theme is “Napi’s World,” which explores the delicate ecology of the North-western Plains where exhibits portray geography, climate and vegetation. Next, one passes through “Napi’s People” that looks at examining the life of the Plains people with exhibits including ancient way of life, food gathering, ceremonies and family life. The next theme is “The Buffalo Hunt,” which informs people of how the buffalo jump worked. The display opens with discussing pre-hunt ceremonies, then explains the process of gathering and driving the buffalo; followed by a very interactive look at Buffalo running off the cliff. This is where I got a picture of myself bravely standing under the buffalo as they made their decent to the ground. The final two themes that conclude the journey through the interpretive centre is “Cultures in Contact” and “Uncovering the Past.” These themed rooms discuss the contact with people of European decent, the decline of the buffalo jump and the way in which archaeologists have uncovered the past. When reaching the bottom, there is an opportunity to visit the gift shop, explore around and see if there are any gifts you can pick up for family members or friends. Finally, there is an option to walk the lower trail. This is not a long walk, but is an interpretive trail with signs that explain the area. Eventually, you will be lead to a very scenic view of the buffalo jump from the bottom. This is a great place to take pictures and understand exactly how important this historic site is. I was quite impressed with Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump; it has plenty of educational programming and additional information on the website: www.head-smashed-in.com. This is a great family trip that is fun, interactive and educational. Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump is open year-round from 10 a.m till 5 p.m daily and is located just 18 kilometres north and west of Fort Macleod on highway 785. The café is closed for the winter season, but there are small munchies to be purchased from the gift shop or from the vending machines.


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