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Return of the Moustache!

HomeFire Grill The Place That Gets Bison Right

The New Red Meat

Low in Calories, High In Iron

Prostate Cancer

One In Six Men Will Face Prostate Cancer In His Lifetime

Alex Deborgorski “Hollywood’s” Ice Road Trucker From Alberta

Bull Rider Scott Schiffner Preparing for His 11th CFR


Volume 1 | Issue 8 | November 2010

This month...

Feeding The Food Bank p. 22 People are hungry all year round

Global Visions Film Festival

The Movember Moustache Returns!

p. 24

p. 4

Bringing innovative documentaries to Edmonton for 29 years

YOU! Need a Moustache!!

Farm in the Heart

HomeFire Bar & Grill

p. 28

p. 8

Edmonton’s indoor, year-round Farmers Market in the Heart of Old Strathcona

Food lovers impressed with every bite at the HomeFire Grill

Canadian Finals Rodeo

Scott Schiffner

p. 30

p. 10

The CFR returns to Edmonton despite stiff competition

Preparing for his 11th CFR

A Life in Country Music

The New Red Meat

p. 32

p. 12

Shane Yellowbird on his Alberta roots

Low in Calories, high in iron; Alberta Bison takes on the market

Edmonton’s Farmfair

Ice Road Trucker p. 14

p. 34

The colourful life of Alex Debogorski

Homegrown Alberta agriculture

Prostate Cancer & Its Prevention

2010 Canada Career Week Fair

p. 16

p. 36

One in six men will face prostate cancer in his lifetime

A one week window to engage many opportunities under one roof

Controlling Diabetes Can Be Up To You

Cereral Palsy Association of Alberta

p. 18

p. 40

Managing the disease and minimizing its effect

Empowering Edmonton in support of CPAA

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the community | The Return of the Movember Moustache!

The Return of the Mo Story by Kristen Wagner


acial hair and the male fascination it garners is something that women may never entirely understand. Wives and girlfriends

across the globe are caught in perpetual warfare with their significant others over this very issue. She wants the bristly chafing outgrowths removed from his upper lip; he wants to assert his masculinity with a face full of lush epidermal outgrowths. But each Movember, the month formerly known as November, gender differences must be put aside for the sake of prostate cancer, the leading cancer in men. Hundreds of thousands of “Mo Bros” – supported by “Mo Sistas,” their less hairy counterparts – will fundraise for the cause, while simultaneously cultivaing their finest ’staches to generate awareness among the general public. Considering the prostate cancer cause has long been overshadowed by campaigns like the pink ribbon for breast cancer and the red ribbon for AIDS, the exponential growth that the “hairy ribbon” campaign shows each year is truly remarkable. But while raising money for cancer research is a noble undertaking, many men simply use it as an excuse to get around the decrees of disapproving wives and girlfriends and sport


the Tom Selleck look they’ve always desired.


Here in Edmonton, the Movember cause is gaining ground each year. Last year the city had 40,000 participants and raised almost $450,000 for prostate cancer research; this year, Movember Edmonton hopes to register 100,000 participants and raise $1 million. Five Edmonton men behind the mustaches, Ryan Jesperson, Mike

just decided we could get it going.” Hillier pointed out that levels of awareness are “skewed.” “More women are aware of (the risk of breast

Miller, Curtis Hrdlicka, Dallas Meidinger and Nick Hillier, spoke to

cancer) and donate to breast cancer research,” he

Merge, sharing their stories of putting all semblance of fashion sense

said. “Not a lot (of support goes) to prostate cancer

aside for the sake of men’s health, and the risks and rewards that


come with that endeavour. Each man had his own reasons for participating, including a fam-

Jespersen’s job as a host on Citytv requires his involvement with a number of charities and causes, but because of a

ily connection to the illness or just a desire to sport some facial hair.

personal connection to the illness, prostate cancer is his charity of

But some participants have also noticed the lack of fundraisers and


awareness campaigns for men’s health. “There’s nothing that people do for prostate cancer, at least noth-


going on for males. So we

“I watched my grandfather fight prostate cancer for about 15 years on and off, and he eventually succumbed to it in his later years.

ing people used to do that we knew of,” said Miller, who was instru-

That was when it first hit my radar,” he said. “When they detected

mental in bringing the Movember campaign to Canada from Australia.

prostate cancer in my uncle, it was thanks to early detection. He is

“Breast cancer always does such a good job (at raising awareness),

a very fit person, a very physically active person, a very responsible

and actually getting the word out there and promoting it. But there

person, and they detected prostate cancer in him in his late 40s.

ovember Moustache! Increasing the dialogue is the primary purpose of Movember. Solidarity develops between “Mo Bros,” and the campaign, now in its fourth year in Canada, is becoming well-known outside of its participants. “Let’s be honest, the mustache isn’t the most current, most contemporary fashion statement,” Jespersen said. “So through that month of Movember, it gives you so many opportunities to explain what you’re doing. People will be like, ‘What’s with the mustache?’ or ‘What’s the deal with that mo?’ and it provides you with such an opportunity to bring it up, to talk to people.” Backside Tours, Hrdlicka’s employer, a local business that specializes in ski and snowboard tours, has found a novel way of spreading the Movember message: a Movember to Marmot ski weekend in which all the money raised goes to Movember. They have also designed snowboards, called “Mustache Rides,” which are supported by Movember International. Even the founder of Movember, Adam Garone of Australia, has one, despite never having snowboarded in his life. Visit to find out more information on the Movember to “Thanks to early detection

Marmot destination event. “Edmonton is actually a pretty fundamental group when it comes

they were able to address it and take care of it

to Movember International,” Hrdlicka said. “Canada’s the second-

and he beat prostate cancer. But that sort of put

largest fundraising country, and Edmonton is known to be quite

it on my radar: that anybody is susceptible to the disease.” Although a healthy lifestyle does help prevent the onset of prostate cancer, the disease can strike any man. One in six men will suffer from the disease in their lifetimes, and that number is expected to increase as the population ages. So why aren’t more men getting tested

philanthropic.” Philanthropic maybe, but it’s also possible that we just really like our mustaches. Preferred style of mustache is as diverse as each participant’s fundraising goal, but there seemed to be unanimous respect for the iconic ’staches of Tom Selleck and Lanny McDonald. “Everybody respects Tom Selleck’s,” Jespersen said. “It’s very timeless; the consistency of his mo is pretty impressive. (But) then

for this highly curable disease?

there are those old school dudes you still see to this day that still

“It’s something that not a lot of guys talk about because it’s kind

bring out the mustache wax and really style their mos, really pour

of an uncomfortable topic,” Jespersen said. “It’s uncomfortable to talk

their personalities into their mos – you gotta respect that, regardless

about the exam, the prostate exam. I think a lot of guys are uncom-

of what year it is.”

fortable picturing themselves going through that. “It’s uncomfortable to talk about cancer as a general rule anyway.

Hrdlicka said he has a personal preference for the Albert Einstein’s “push-broom” mustache. “When you say you want your

People see it as this ominous word, but it’s been shown, in my own

mustache to be like somebody’s, nobody expects you to say Albert

life, that the more you talk about it; the more you’re aware of it. It can

Einstein,” he said. “Everybody knows Tom Selleck.”

be beaten, and I think that’s important.”

Continued on next page


the community | The Return of the Movember Moustache!

But sometimes a mustache can be

Fortunately, gentlemen are more

(my workplace) has set a rule that a regula-

receptive to the mustached look, which is

had a unique mustache preference – that

tion mustache must not cross the crease

fortunate since they are Movember’s target

of Lemmy from the metal band Motorhead.

of your lips, so I have a very, very standard

audience. Past participants of Movember

“It’s definitely more than a mustache – he’s

mustache come November, very business-

have said that a brotherhood seems to de-

got the sideburns connected with the mus-


velop between Mo Bros during the year’s

tache,” he said. “But there’s definitely no

But even the most businesslike of

hairiest month.

indication of a beard there, so it qualifies

mustaches doesn’t necessarily gain the

as a mustache.”

approval of the wife or girlfriend of a

and more people participate, is you’ll be

Overall, men seem to share the philos-

“I’ve noticed it every year, as more

Movember participant. Fortunately, the

walking down Whyte Ave or Jasper Ave

ophy that “more is better” when it comes

philanthropy behind the hair is usually

or whatever, and people see the mo, and

to facial hair. At the very least, a thick

enough to get a relationship through the

they’re like, ‘Yeeeahhh!’ ” Jespersen said.

mustache provides flexibility in styling.


“There’s this hilarious connection that

“What I’ve learned in the past years

“I hope my fiancée likes it,” Hrdlicka

happens. And then of course there’s the

I’ve grown a mustache is I like to start off

said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t really

odd time when you look at a guy with a

with a nice, full, bushy (mustache) … kind

think she does, I think it’s something that

mustache – you know, ‘Yeeeahhh!’ – and

of like a western mo,” Jespersen said. “If

she puts up with, but she definitely sup-

he’s like, ‘What?’ He knows nothing about

you go with the western, cowboy mo, with

ports me throughout the month.”

Movember. He just happens to have a

a little hint of handlebars, it gives you a

Meidinger’s wife feels the same way,


lot to work with later in the month. There’s

although he said she has been okay with a

nothing worse than starting off with the

beard in the past. “As for just a mustache,

hate the mustache, Movember is a time

thin Frenchie, and then realizing that for

she seems quite opposed to the idea,” he

when men everywhere must put aside

your costume (for the Movember gala at

said. “But it’s for a good cause, so hope-

their vanity and adopt a less fashionable

the end of the month) you need a long,

fully she’ll understand.”

look in the name of a good cause.

full, bushy mo.” Hrdlicka, in contrast, prefers a more


come down almost to my chin. But now

much more than a mustache. Meidinger

As a Mo Sista, Jespersen’s wife accepts

But regardless of whether you love or

“Lots of people think they look

his mo, “but I know it’s a month of sacrifice

stupid with the mustache, and they can’t

functional style. “My design has changed

for her, that’s for sure,” he said. “I won’t

have it during business hours with their

over the years,” he said. “I used to wear,

make any comment on what it does to our

clients,” Hrdlicka said. “But I don’t think

as we call it, the ‘trucker ‘stache.’ It would

sex life.”

that anybody participating in Movem-

ber thinks that it doesn’t look good. It’s mostly people’s reasons for not wanting to participate. “I think clients, come Movember, especially when it’s getting more well known, definitely are more willing to deal with someone having a mustache, and understanding, knowing the fact that they are raising awareness for men’s health. “One’s fashionable appearance often becomes second when the calling of Movember comes.” The Movember Gala Partes event, commemorating a month of mustaches and fundraising, will take place at Oil City Roadhouse, 10736 Jasper Ave., on Friday, Dec. 3. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit their website at www.


the business | HomeFire Bar & Grill


hen I walked into the front doors of Homefire Bar and Grill, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a cold and blustery day

ues. “We bring the whole animal in because it allows us to offer the

outside and true to their name, there was a beautifully warm fire-

meat at a better price, but also because it is fresher. On top of all that,

place found in the middle of the restaurant. I know this may sound

we are trying to be more earth friendly, and supporting local busi-

a bit obvious because of the business’s name, but branding can be

nesses helps. We are a bit of a hidden gem, but I think we can offer

sometimes misleading. For example, I’ve never seen a turret at the

something different top to bottom.”

Elephant & Castle and there is very little soil in the Olive Garden... but I digress. There is something to be said about eating around a fireplace,

After deciding which three dishes that would best represent the kitchen’s abilities, we ordered a meatless Greek pizza ($14 and wood oven cooked), a grilled bison steak salad ($14), and the special of

and as an aesthetic it set off the theme of the room quite well.

the day, a bison steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables (price

Pulling its inspiration from the elements, the decor was authentic


and unobtrusive. As well, the collection of tables and booths were

Now, I’ve had bison before. When done wrong, it can have a

spacious, yet still had an air of intimacy to them. In an establishment

gamey taste to it. Known as the healthiest of the red meats, you eat

this size (capable of seating 200) you would usually find a lot of

it expecting this. But Homefire got it right. There was no excessive

“filler” style components to the dining areas which usually consists

spicing or sauces and it was a proper medium rare. It tasted like a

of generic art, but not so at the Homefire. There was genuine thought

steak should; both juicy and savoury. The vegetables still with a bit of

behind it and it was appreciated.

crunch to them, and the salad, were right on par. They didn’t drench

After being greeted by manager Daryl Olson, I was immediately

it with a dressing; they let the flavours of the vegetables themselves

seated by the central fireplace and offered a beverage. Awaiting

stand out. The thinly sliced bison steak on top was the perfect

my friends, I had time to look at the wine list and was surprised; not

amount for a healthy meal. And the pizza, the flatbread was cooked

only did they have a very good selection, but they were reasonably

delightfully. Not overloading the pizza, it was almost oil free and

priced. For a bottle, you could spend anywhere from $32 to $80; and

didn’t sit in your stomach like a ball of heaviness. What I also noticed

if this didn’t tickle your fancy, then the beer selection was just as

was the portions. The pizza was the size a pizza should be, and the


salad and steak dish were as hoped; enough to fill you up without

Before ordering I had a chance to talk with Olson about the uniqueness of the restaurant. Bison is their specialty and for many reasons. The business itself is owned by the Alberta Indian Invest-

wasting any food. And I would like to mention again, they got the bison right. It was all very well done. In all, the visit was very agreeable. The food was great, the prices

ment Corporation, so the First Nation feel to the establishment and

were right, the building was comfortable and inviting, and the staff

menu is traditional.

was timely and present. While the location may be a little bit out

“In my opinion, the reason that we are different is because we

of the way, this is something that is worth the drive. If you ever find

are not a franchise,” explains Olson. “Franchises use a formula and

yourself in the west end and you’re wanting to try something a bit

the cost of that formula is detrimental to the food quality. They have

different but still fundamentally homegrown, the Homefire Bar and

to use a lot of pre-made or already prepared foods. We source lo-

Grill, located at 18210 100th Ave. is a great option.

cally, and felt that even though we are sacrificing a bit of profit, the quality of the food will speak for itself.


“We source our bison locally at Kicking Ash Ranch,” Olson contin-

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HOMEFIRE BAR & GRILL Story by Trent Wilkie Photos by Sherree Elm


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Story by Paul Owen Photo by Pete Yee


the individual | Scott Schiffner


n his ranch in Strathmore, Alta., bull rider Scott Schiffner has a

Canadian Rodeo Tour and Alberta Circuit titles, and was crowned the

special guest.

Professional Bull Riders Canadian Champion, earning him a trip to

After delivering the winning ride at the 2008 and 2009 Calgary

Stampede bull riding competitions, Wrangler’s Bull Rock Star whose

their World Finals. “In my mind, that was probably my best year I ever had. Every-

illustrious bucking career has come to an end on Schiffner’s ranch

where I went, I was going to get on bulls that nobody would win on;

half an hour east of Calgary.

and geez, they’d have good days with me, and I’d end up winning,” he

“He’s standing at my house right now. He’s retired now, and I don’t use him for anything. Me and my daughter go over every day

admits. “It seems like everything I touched turned to money.” Schiffner won the Alberta Circuit title again in 2008 and had the

and feed him grain, and we just have a retirement home here for

highest aggregate score at last year’s CFR, finishing second overall.

him,” says Schiffner of one of his favourite bulls.

He also attended PBR World Finals in 2007 and 2008, spending some

“In his lifetime, they had over 20 (scores of 90 out of 100) on him, which is almost unheard of. Bulls like that; they give as much to the sport as most athletes have, so they need a good place to retire.” It’s the least Schiffner can do for a bull who gave him scores over

time traveling throughout the United States on the PBR Built Ford Tough Tour. However, while the status and prize money may have been bigger on the PBR stage, the lifestyle of flying out every weekend for events

90 on all three rides they took together. Finding the right bull is the

only to sit in his hotel room until the nighttime performances left

key to a big score, according to Schiffner, and those animals that

Schiffner looking for more, and he has decided to leave the PBR Ford

make a good match deserve to be respected for it.

Tough circuit.

“… there’s other bulls that guys just love … and I can’t ride them

“It’s not that I didn’t like it; it just wasn’t for me,” he admits. “Right

one jump,” he admits. “I’ve got a lot of respect for them, just like

at the time I had the opportunity to get on that tour was when I got

people. The way I look at it: there are some animals out there that

married, and then we had a baby, and I was gone more with that than

I have all the respect in the world for. They bring our sport up and

when I was driving everywhere, and without the option of bringing

make it that much better, and there are some that have no business

my family with me.

being in our sport.” Schiffner would know. Despite being only 30, the veteran cowboy has been around his fair share of elite stock, with trips to the Professional Bull Riders’ World Finals under his belt and his 11th Canadian

“I’ve had the opportunity to go back a few times, and I’ve just turned it down. I love riding bulls more now than I did when I was 20, but I hate leaving home.” That means more time to spend with his wife, Brandy, who he

Finals Rodeo set for November at Rexall Place. While no longer a

married in 2005, their daughter Maysa, 3, and son Hadley, who was

young man in his sport, Schiffner still has more experience than most

born on May 10 of this year. While that sounds like the talk of some-

men his age, thanks to an early start in the rodeo world.

one nearing retirement, Schiffner insists he’s not ready to hang up his

“When I made the CFR the first year in 1998, throughout that year I was only 17, and I was the last guy they let that money count as a 17-year-old, because then they put in the rule that you had to be 18 to go professional,” he explains. “I’m only 30, but everyone thinks I’m a lot older than I am because I was the last guy.” Three years later, he was the Canadian Champion after picking

bull rope just yet, even if all he has to do is look out the window for a reminder that even the best eventually have to call it quits. “When I was 20 or 21, I always said I was going to ride until I was 30,” he says. “I am 30, and I know I have two more years in me for sure, but probably not five. “Absolutely, bar none, the decision will be when I crawl in the chute somewhere and just don’t want to be there. But right now,

up the highest aggregate score at the CFR. He also won the $50,000

physically I feel very good. Mentally, I do have a little more trouble

pot at the Calgary Stampede the same season. It was impressive

leaving home now, but it’s getting from my front door to my truck

early success for Schiffner, who was equally impressive as a teenager

that’s the hard part. The day I don’t want to leave the house, your

riding steers instead of bulls, winning the 1994 Calgary Stampede

mind’s already made up.”

Boys’ Steer Riding division and earning his first trip to the CFR in that discipline, though he says that one doesn’t really count. Steer riding was where Schiffner first made his mark after decid-

Until that day, Schiffner will keep traveling along on his already well-decorated career path. Next up is a defence of his aggregate title at the CFR. While he’ll be a long shot to win the championship, enter-

ing he liked it more than roping, which he had done with his father as

ing in 10th on the money list – $21,000 behind his travelling partner

a child.

Jesse Torkelson, who is in first – he still wants a big result from his

“When I was about nine, one night there was a bunch of us kids

11th CFR. When the day comes he can’t do that, he says, it’ll be time

roping, and we talked our dads into letting us try to ride the steers.

to sit back on his ranch with Rock Star and enjoy the memories of the

We did it for about two or three weeks and after that, I was the only

good times.

one that still wanted to get on out of all the kids,” he says. However, his many successes in 1994 and 2001 pale to what Schiffner considers his best year. In 2006, he was the season money

“I definitely don’t want to be the guy who had a very successful career and all the young kids are like, ‘Who’s that old guy? He has no business being here.’ I want to make sure I’m not that guy.”

leader in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, won the


the community | Article title goes here



n the last few years, bison has become more visible at farmers’ markets, in grocery stores, and even on restaurant menus. Diet and

fitness magazines encourage the consumption of bison, and environmental and local focused groups often suggest giving bison a try. Bison has really taken off in Alberta in the last 15 years. Today, Canada has around 2,000 producers who have over 250,000 animals. It’s quite a reversal for a species that had less than a thousand animals left in North American at the turn of the twentieth century! Alberta bison represents over 50 per cent of the Canadian bison population. And the industry is growing to meet the demand for a healthier, naturally


grown, hormone free meat.

the community | The New Red Meat Many producers across the province are racing to meet the growing demand. Larissa Helbig, owner of Thundering Ground Bison

adds another option for supporting both lo-

ment has allowed for permanent grass cover

cal farmers and industries.

that can contribute to reducing soil erosion.

Bison can be purchased throughout Ed-

Canadian Bison ( says

Ranch, a small bison ranch near Calmar, is in

monton at local farmers’ markets, direct from

a farm which formerly grew grain or oil crop,

the process of expanding her herd because

the farmer, and even a few grocery stores

but now raises bison “substantially reduces

she can’t keep up with the demand. “My herd

around the city. I’ve even seen bison crop up

its consumption of non-renewable fossil

is just enough to keep going at the farm-

on occasion at my local Sobeys! Check the

fuels, which are required to run farm machin-

ers’ market. Right now, there’s no way that I

label for Alberta bison; by supporting local

ery, and are the source for the nitrogen fertil-

can handle large-individual or commercial

producers, you are contributing directly to

izer needed to grow crops on today’s nutrient


the Alberta economy, while reducing trans-

depleted farm lands.”

If you’ve never tried bison, you’re in for

portation, which lessens the environmental

a treat. It’s a bit sweeter than beef, with a

Want to give bison a try? It’s similar to

impact of our food.

cooking other red meats, though it does

rich, lean taste. It’s lower in fat than the more

The bison industry also follows several

common red meats, such as beef or pork. The

positive livestock practices. Growth stimu-

so it needs a lower temperature to avoid

“I Love Bison” group (

lants and growth hormones are not used,

becoming overcooked. 300 F for pot roasts

lists bison as having under 3 grams of fat per

and antibiotics are not added to livestock

and 325 F for uncovered roasts is ideal.

100 grams of cooked lean meat (comparable

feeds. Many people are concerned about

to chicken), while the same cut of beef packs

the amount of antibiotics in our food chain.

course not! Bison steaks are a crowd-pleaser.

8 grams of fat.

Bison represents a viable option for those

Just remember that, due to having less fat,

avoiding preventive or unnecessary drugs in

bison cooks faster than beef. BBQ your bison

their meat.

cut for 4-5 minutes per side. If you are doing

The lower fat content helps contribute to a lower calorie count too, with bison sitting at 143 calories for 100 grams of cooked meat,

require less cooking time. Bison is extra-lean,

Does that mean you can’t cook steaks? Of

As a cold-weather animal, bison are well

while beef has 201 calories. For those watch-

suited to the Prairie climate. They require

a roast, bison is best cooked medium-rare, 62 C. Don’t cook it over medium (68 C), or the

Where to find bison meat

Did You Know?

1. Thundering Ground Bison Ranch

Our “buffalo” isn’t a true buffalo, like the

4. Spech Tech Farms Ltd.

Calmar, Alberta,

2. Big Horn Bison Ranch

St. Albert, Alberta 780-459-3267

can “buffalo” is a bison. However, the word buffalo

5. Sunterra Market

is ingrained into our history and the name has

2nd Floor, 10150 Jasper Ave

stuck. The bison industry has moved to calling

St. Albert, Alberta,

3. Waysave Family Foods

Water Buffalo of Asia. In reality, the North Ameri-

6. Strathcona Farmer’s Market

209, 10807 Castledowns Road

10310 83 Ave

7. Planet Organic Market 7917-104 St

our North American buffalo “bison” so that the public knows they are purchasing the animal we know, not imported true buffalo meat from other countries.

ing their waist lines, bison easily cuts calories

less handling and usually aren’t castrated or

without compromising on taste.

branded. They are mainly allowed to forage

Bison is also rich in iron and lower in cho-

meat will be tough. Bison can be prepared like other red

on pasture grass. Most Alberta bison have

meats, so it is easily substituted into stews,

lesterol than beef, pork, and even chicken,

their diets supplemented with grains, hay,

stir-fries, and soups. Some grocery stores

making it a popular suggestion in women’s

or silage (a fermented feed given to cud-

have pre-made bison burgers in the freezer

fitness magazines.

chewing animals made from grass crops, such


Due to the large numbers of bison ranchers in Alberta, it is easily accessible to

as corn). Also, the introduction of bison back into

Edmontonians. With many people shifting

former Alberta crop land has created impor-

their focus to local eating and industry, bison

tant environmental benefits. Pasture manage-

The next time you stroll the farmers’ market or grocery store, keep a look out for Alberta bison and treat your family to a local meat! Sources: Canadian Bison, I Love Bison, Alberta Bison Centre


the community | Article title goes here

Story by Trent Wilkie


believe in three irreversible truths when it comes to dealing with

I don’t need any tattoos or hair colouring to make me stand out. It’s

certain situations. One, if I had to fight my way through an angry

funny because I was a shy kid, but now I’m pretty gregarious. The

mob; I want Marty McSorley on my side. Two, if I ever have to survive

show depends on the strength of the characters, and they’ve cast a

a military interrogation; I want Ghandi as my legal representation. And

pretty good collection. We wouldn’t be happy being someone else.

three, if the world freezes over and I decide to drive to Hollywood to

We enjoy being ourselves. Others want to be other people whereas

try my luck at making it big; I want Alex Debogorski driving me.

we don’t need to be. I’m the funniest guy I know; I even laugh at my

Yes that Alex Debogorski. You know, the father of 11 kids who drives truck on some of the most perilous of frozen roads, who re-

“When I think about it, I’m not surprised by the success of the

cently wrote a book, and survived a pulmonary embolism a few years

show, because I’ve never had time to be surprised; I’m too busy,” De-


bogorski continues. “I was a wild child from the Peace River country. I

This eclectic Yellowknifer seems to have done a little bit of

haven’t grown up yet. I’m wondering if this is as much as I’ll ever grow

everything in his life, and it shows true when he is on camera during

up. And that’s the thing; I’m not the same as other people. I don’t

the HBO documentary/reality show Ice Road Truckers. When I got a

want to be 20 again. I figure I would mind being 45 again though. I

chance to talk to him, I was a bit surprised. I was expecting a gruff

think about a healthy 70 would be cool, I’d settle for that.”

weather-worn individual, who at any moment would start yelling at

As much as Ice Road Truckers is about the characters involved and

me about how the world works. But what I got was a gruff, weather-

their everyday dangers, the collection of all these characters into one

worn individual, who was more like an uncle who told me jokes about

ice globe is what people see. What Debogorski sees is a way to reach

how the world works.

out to them and, in just being who he is, teaching them a bit about

“I’m a character, I could be in Hollywood,” laughs Debogorski. “I could be one of those guys that would be the lead in a movie and not


own jokes,” says Debogorski.

his world. “I tell people that it’s a character driven documentary,” says

have to act. I don’t have to be a character because I always am one.

Debogorski. “I’ve spent a lot of time trying to explain to a lot of

Most people try really hard because they want to be different. They

people the weather and the countryside and the things I do, but now

get piercings in their nose and tongue, but I let my character shine.

they can just watch the show and they get it. There is something

about it when people see what others actually live through, and a

appealing. Like an uncle that you were always fond of but don’t

lot of people watch the show. We have quite a few Canadians, about

see often, Debogorski has a way of talking to you, not at you. He is,

three million Americans and a lot of English. In all, I think we reach

ultimately, real.

about 30 countries. And that is the thing; I’m representing myself, I’m

“Growing up in Peace River, not a lot of us survived,” recalls De-

representing Canada and the North and my family. At the same time,

bogorski. “We died in car accidents, or pulling coal out of the ground.

if I’m representing this country, I would like to take it further. I wish I

We died just trying to survive. Life is like that, and growing up you

could speak Polish, Russian, French, Spanish ... just to be able to reach

learn a lot of things fast. For example, when I was younger I always

out to others.”

thought alcoholics were old people, but not so. Things are pretty

I wanted to ask him if he ever sleeps but I couldn’t. He was too

tough and people try to deal with them the best way they can; but

busy describing all the things he’s working on. I’m pretty sure that he

because of that, not all stories are nice stories. You know, I’m a strong

may have to live two lives in order to get it all done.

believer in God. I’m not a great example of Christianity, but I’m much

“I build walking trails, I make top soil, and I have 150 cars in my

better than I was. My life has always been jumping from one frying

yard,” Debogorski explains. “A bunch of them are neat old cars. I have

pan to another frying pan; and I’m sort of surprised, I look around

200 years of projects and they just keep coming. I’m working on a

and it’s sort of interesting. I live in extremes. I remember once telling

book of poetry that Johnny Neel is turning into an many

my wife that I only wanted one kid, now I have 11. Things change so

things to do. I also want to invest some time in building a new wheel-

much, it makes you stop and think about what could have been. I was

chair. A high-track wheelchair on rubber tracks like those Bobcat trac-

going to be a lawyer once, but now I’m a truck driver. You never know

tors type of tracks.”

though, I may be a lawyer yet.”

With all the things he’s doing and selling and wanting to do, the

Lawyer, trucker, poet or wheelchair builder, Debogorski could

thing that stood out most about Debogorski was his humanity. He

conceivably be all of them at the same time. One thing is for certain

was utterly honest and forthright throughout the entire conversation.

though; I may have to overturn two of my three irreversible truths. If

You might not agree with him on certain topics, and you might not

I’m ever in a military interrogation because of some sort of conflict

really gel with his personality, but he has a candour that is utterly

with an angry mob, I may have to call Alex Debogorski as my legal counsel. That is, if he is not too busy.


the community | Prostate Cancer & Its Prevention

PROSTATE CANCER & Its Prevention

Story by Kristen Wagner



s November progresses and

awareness is being raised through

you find yourself confronted

campaigns and fundraisers like

with more and more men sport-

Movember. “There have been some

ing excessive hair growth on their

overwhelming numbers of Movem-

upper lips, you may be asking

ber participants that will either go

yourself what you can do to ensure

get checked by a doctor, and as

that you or the men you love don’t

well have spoken to their friends

become a victim of prostate cancer.

about the health matters that they

The answer is simple: get tested. “Getting checked early would be the answer,” said Prostate

wouldn’t necessarily otherwise,” he said. In addition to getting regular

Cancer Canada spokesperson Jesse

prostate checks, there are other

Hayman; “getting checked early on,

things men can do to help maintain

with a PSA, and often.”

their prostate health. Eating a

One in six men will face pros-

high-fibre, low-fat diet is important.

tate cancer in his lifetime, but the

Rates of prostate cancer are signifi-

disease has a high rate of recovery,

cantly higher in North America than

Hayman said. “Ninety per cent of

in Asia, and the high-fat Western

the time (prostate cancers) are cur-

diet, heavy in red meat and lacking

able if they’re caught early. Most of

in fruits and vegetables, is often

the time they are not caught early

blamed. The omega-3 fatty acids in

because men don’t really take care

seafood have also been shown to

of their health that well, and aren’t

slow the growth of prostate cancer

too aware that they need to get


checked.” Prostate cancer has no

Overweight and obese men are also more likely to develop

symptoms at its earliest and most

cancer, and the risk increases with

curable stage, so Prostate Cancer

weight. In fact, research by the

Canada recommends that all men

World Cancer Research Fund and

40 years of age and older get an

the American Institute for Cancer

annual prostate specific antigen

Research has determined that 30

blood test. The PSA blood test

to 40 per cent of all cancer cases

measures the level of the gland

are preventable in patients who

protein, prostate specific antigen,

have a healthy diet, regular physi-

which is produced by the prostate.

cal activity and an appropriate

Levels of this protein in the blood

body weight.

often go up in men with prostate

There is also a connection

cancer. It is the best indicator of

between some environmental fac-

the onset of prostate cancer in its

tors and prostate cancer. Exposure

early stages.

to chemical carcinogens in some

While men’s health has not

insecticides is responsible for a

traditionally gotten a lot of atten-

40 per cent increase in risk among

tion in Canada, Hayman said that

men who work in agriculture. Fire-

fighters are exposed to chemicals that increase their risk, and exposure to lead has also been shown to have an effect. Factors outside the patient’s control also affect the chances of him developing prostate cancer. Risk increases with age, and with the number of family members who are affected. Race has also been shown to be a factor in the onset of the disease. Prostate cancer is most common and lethal among men of African or Caribbean descent, and least deadly among North American First Nations. “The threat of prostate cancer for men is far greater than is commonly known,” Hayman said. He pointed out that one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime, and this number is expected to rise to one in four within a decade. While there are many things men can do to preserve their prostate health, more research is needed to identify the causes and potential cures, and men need to be made aware of the importance of regular testing and early detection. Despite the widespread occurrence of prostate cancer, Hayman emphasized that it is a highly curable disease if caught early. “A lot of the time, prostate cancer isn’t that devastating,” he said. For more information, visit the Prostate Cancer Canada website at To become involved with Movember, visit


Controlling Diabetes Can Be

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Up To Y ou You Story by Sarah Kmiech

sister suffered a stroke. She has stayed dedicated to being healthy


and informed on diabetes.

ing, and a need to stay fit and healthy are all things that have to be

chuk said. “I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve never had a weight

constantly thought out.

problem … It’s up to me.”

or 217,000 people in Alberta, diabetes is more than just a word; it is a way of life. Perpetual doctors appointments, food monitor-

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1, where the pancreas

“I walk three to five miles every day and I eat healthy,” Waren-

She avoids certain foods and plans her meals accordingly as well

fails to produce insulin; and Type 2, which is the body’s incapability

as keeps active. She describes her diet as nothing rigid, but is very

to respond correctly to the action of insulin being produced by the

conscious about what and when she eats.

pancreas. Both types are being diagnosed within Alberta at an alarming rate. With the release of the Alberta Diabetes Cost Model from the Canadian Diabetes Association, the amount of people affected with diabetes is expected to rise. It’s estimated that in only 10 years, the

“And I’ll never take a vehicle if I can walk somewhere,” she added. According to the World Health Organization, there is no known evidence that shows that Type 1 diabetes can be prevented, but initial prevention for Type 2 is possible. The main way to take control and help your chances against

population of people being diagnosed with diabetes will grow to

diabetes is by changing your lifestyle. The WHO encourages people

363,000. This means there will be a 67 per cent increase by 2010.

who are at risk of being diagnosed to: maintain a healthy weight, en-

This number does not even include the people who will be going

joy an active lifestyle (which includes regular physical activity), know


your family’s health background, and quit smoking.

With these increasing numbers in Alberta, the diabetes associa-

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, you can help

tion is calling this a situation of epidemic proportions. Not only is

by donating to the Canadian Diabetes Association,

there a concern for the well-being of people diagnosed, there is also

But there are other ways to help donate. You can donate your time

the high cost that comes along with it.

by volunteering at a diabetes fundraiser, or give articles of clothing to

“What we’re finding is most of the cost is secondary costs; things that happen because of diabetes,” said Katie McLaughlin, marketing and communications associate with the Canadian Diabetes Founda-

the Clothesline Program. All this information can all be found on the website. Sunday, Nov. 14 marks World Diabetes Day. This day is to

tion. She said these secondary costs take the shape of such things as

celebrate the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. He is the remarkable

heart disease, kidney problems, and glaucoma.

individual who co-discovered insulin along with Dr. Charles Best back

The present cost of diabetes in Alberta is $1.1 billion per year.

in 1921. This day is to recognize all the people who are living with

Within the next decade, the amount is expected to swell by $467

diabetes. For events being held in honour of this day, visit the World

million, a 43 per cent increase.

Diabetes Day website at

But there are ways for people to help. Diabetes is something that has plagued Barb Warenchuk and her

The money from the fundraisers and the donations go towards supporting research, providing people with diabetes and healthcare

family for five generations. Her diabetes is genetic, and she has had

professionals with education and services, advocating on behalf of

to live with it for over 40 years. “Not only is it on my maternal side,

people with diabetes, and translating research into practical applica-

but also on my paternal side,” Warenchuk said.

tions said Katie McLaughlin.

She first noticed something wasn’t right when she started feeling lightheaded and tired. “There was dizziness or fatigue, especially if I had a coke or something like that,” Warenchuk continued; “like a fog, or something pressing down on my head.” She has seen first-hand what diabetes can do when not managed properly. One of her sisters died due to kidney complications caused by diabetes, a brother had to get his leg amputated, and her older

“We have our education services, as well as going and doing presentations to schools to help people learn about diabetes,” McLaughlin added. With all of the information that is out there, now is the time for people to take control of their lives, become informed, and fight their battle against diabetes before it even has a chance to start. “I don’t think (diabetes) is something to be afraid of,” Barb Warenchuk says confidently. “My advice to everybody is to become educated … If there’s diabetes in your family, watch for it, don’t ignore it.”


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the community | Feeding the Food Bank


unger in our community is complex. When money

Stecyk said. “So it’s one of our

is tight, and it comes down to paying rent or buying

significant events leading up to

groceries, many are forced to make difficult decisions and find luxuries they can manage without. But no one should

our main holiday campaign.” Candy Cane Lane, which has

have to choose between having a roof over their head and a

become an Edmonton tradition,

meal on their plate. For this reason, Edmonton’s Food Bank

will run from Dec. 10 to 31. Dur-

is using an array of festive fundraisers and food-raisers to

ing this time, homeowners along

ensure no one goes hungry this winter.

148 Street between 92 Avenue

The holiday season is when the Food Bank collects the

and 99 Avenue will go all out,

most donations, and it comes at a time when the need is

decorating their homes in glit-

great. The Food Bank is much busier this time of year, and

tering lights and holiday colours.

the donations collected throughout the holidays help with

The stunning displays of seasonal

festive meals and supports clients into 2011, explained

cheer are best enjoyed on foot,

Tamara Stecyk, Food Bank special events and community

and admission is free; however,

relations assistant.

a donation of a non-perishable

But the fall months have also been busy for the Food Bank. The first ever Huggies Every Little Bottom Diaper Drive

food item for the Food Bank is appreciated.

wraps up on Nov. 5. The goal of the campaign is to collect

Also on Dec. 10 the CP

90,000 diapers in 90 days, between Sept. 13 and Nov. 5.

Holiday Train will be making its

Donations will go to the Food Bank and the Terra Centre for

stop in the Edmonton CP station

Pregnant and Parenting Teens.

at 7935 Gateway Blvd. The train

Like many Food Bank events, the Diaper Drive was initiated by a third party. The event was conceived by the Junior League of Edmonton, a group that emphasizes women helping

women through volunteerism. “(Third party organizations) hold the event for us, and do the leg work,

makes the trek across Canada and

While the holiday season can get people in the mood for giving, it is not the only time of the year

and we’re the fortunate (beneficiaries),” said Stecyk, “we are very thankful.”

December, entertaining crowds

Together is Amazing campaign, which urged people to drop

for only the cost of a Food Bank

off donations at Shaw offices or retail donations starting

donation. This year the alterna-

on Sept. 20 and finishing up on Nov. 15. Every pound of

tive rock band, The Odds, will be

food donated during this time will be matched by Shaw and

keeping the crowd warm during

Campbell’s Soup.

the train’s transcontinental tour.

The final event of the fall season is the ETS Stuff-a-Bus

All funds and food raised will be

drive, taking place from Nov. 22 to 27. During that week,

kept in the community where it

ETS buses will be making the rounds to various Save-On-

was donated.

Foods stores throughout the city. Monday’s stop will be

From Dec. 13 to 20 the an-

at Londonderry Mall, Tuesday at Mayfield, Wednesday at

nual CBC Turkey Drive will be

3361 Calgary Trail South, Thursday at Namao, and Friday at

collecting donations of the iconic

Stadium. On Saturday, a bus will be at every Save-On store

holiday fowl. Turkeys can be

in the city.

dropped off at Edmonton’s Food

“Last year (during the Stuff-a-Bus campaign) we raised almost 31,000 kg and over $17,000 in cash donations,”


the northern United States each

This fall, the Food Bank will also benefit from Shaw’s

Bank (11508 120nd St., Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and


Story by Kristen Wagner


4:30 p.m.) and the CBC studio.

Food Bank programs and events are not limited to the

Monetary donations can also be

holidays, either. During the ski season, Snow Valley will offer

made online through Canada

a $5 lift pass every Friday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a

Helps by visiting www.edmon-

Food Bank donation. Discount ski and snowboard rentals will

also be available.

Finally, the popular Singing

And during Edmonton’s short summer, gardeners can also

for Supper concert will take place

get involved in Food Bank programs. The Plant a Row, Grow a

on Dec. 13. This year’s concert

Row program sees gardeners plant a row in their gardens spe-

will feature Tom Jackson, the

cifically to donate to the Food Bank. Operation Fruit Rescue

Robertson Wesley Bell Ringers,

also employs volunteers to pick fruit in gardens, giving a third

PEAR, and One More Girl. Tickets

to the homeowner and a third to the Food Bank, and keeping

are available for $20 each with

a third for themselves.

all funds supporting Edmonton’s

All these events are run or supported by a dedicated

Food Bank. For more information

network of Food Bank volunteers. Over 36,000 volunteer

or tickets, call 780-425-2133.

hours were contributed last year, and about 80 per cent of

While the holiday season can

the organization’s work is done by volunteers. “Without those

get people in the mood for giving,

volunteers (the Food Bank) would not be able to run. And we

it is not the only time of the year

really do appreciate their work,” Stecyk said. “There are lots of

when people are hungry. The

ways to get involved as a donor or a volunteer.”

Food Bank continues to accept donations throughout the year. “Edmonton’s Food Bank feeds

The Food Bank, which will acknowledge its 30th anniversary in 2011, also takes measures not to be perceived as a handout for anyone who just wants a free meal. Stecyk said the organization encourages clients to use other

when people are hungry. The Food Bank continues to accept donations throughout the year.

resources, in addition to the Food Bank, including community kitchens and cooperative grocery organizations like the Wecan Food Basket Society. Visit their website at or call them at 780-413-4525 for more information. Edmonton’s Food

people every day of the year, not

Bank emphasizes that it feeds people, not statistics. They

just during the holiday season,”

are people who have hit unexpected bumps in the road and

Stecyk said. “The need is every

need a helping hand. For example, one client, a mother of

day. It doesn’t go away, unfortu-

three who was new to Edmonton, had extra costs to contend


with while waiting for her first paycheck. She received two

But just as Ebenezer Scrooge learned to honour the spirit of

hampers from the Food Bank, but her goal is to not need the service in the future.

Christmas in his heart every day

Another client used the Food Bank once, and didn’t

of the year, Edmonton residents

return again for six years. During a slow period at work, he

do not need to limit their will to

had difficulty making ends meet, so he used the Food Bank

give to the month of December.

to help feed his family during that difficult time. When

Food donations can always be

business picked up again, he didn’t need to use the Food

dropped off at city fire halls,

Bank’s services anymore.All it takes is a little generosity and

grocery stores, or at the Food


Bank. Monetary donations can be

For more information on Edmonton’s Food Bank, or if you

mailed to the Food Bank or online

are interested in volunteering, visit their website at www.

(via credit card) all year round. or call them at 780-425-2133.


Global Visions

FI LM FESTIVAL Story by Sarah Kmiech


ilms have the remarkable ability to stir up a multitude of feelings

One way that people are able to get involved is by attending the

and emotions inside of us. A film can make you laugh and it can

Global Marketplace. This one-day event will be happening on Satur-

make you cry. It can make you enraged and it can make you love. It

day, Nov. 13 from noon until 4 p.m. This is all about giving communi-

even has the ability to make you forget about your life, even just for a

ty members a chance to find out about different organizations. Here,

moment, and place you in an entirely different time and space. But to

they are able to be informed on ways to be a part of the solution to

Christopher White, a movie that can make you think and question, is

a situation they feel passionate about. Booths will be situated inside

the one worth your while.

Manning Hall in the Art Gallery of Alberta, and will have various orga-

For 29 years, the Global Visions Film Festival has been bring-

nizations interacting and informing attendees.

ing innovative

“It’s an



to Edmonton.

for local (non-

These films are


not your average


light-hearted films.

and community

They are the ones

groups to really

that deal with the

connect with the

heavy world issues


that create aware-

following the

ness and instigate

screenings and

the desire within

say, ‘Well, if you

an individual to create a change. “We are Canada’s oldest documentary film festival, and we’re dedicated to exploring films about social justice issues, as well as those looking at the environmental and economic health of our planet,” said White, who is the executive director for the festival. But the festival goes further than the point of just allowing the audience to view it, it reaches deeper, encouraging individuals to take a stand on issues, and make a conscious decision to make a difference. “A big part of our goal is to get people going beyond simply watching the films; to really start thinking about themselves and their place in the world and how they can go about making positive social change,” noted White. The festival prides itself on its ability to not “simply rehash the


same ideas,” but to get the community truly inspired. This is done by

thought that was interesting, here’s how you can get involved, here’s

having some of the filmmakers in attendance, as well as having guest

how you can find a way to make a change or a difference,’ ” White

filmmakers in the audience, having panel discussions and encourag-

said. “The organizations that we have participating are very diverse;

ing the audience to make up their own minds.

it should be interesting.”

the community | Global Visions Film Festival Something else this year that White is looking forward to is the

we have.” One film that White is eagerly looking forward to is Bhutto,

Diversity of Tactics Panel Discussion. This informal, unique gathering

a documentary showcasing the life and accomplishments of the as-

will be featuring three individuals with various outlooks. One guest

sassinated Benazir Bhutto and her family’s dynasty.

will be from Equal Voice, a group focused on endorsing the election

“There are films that I personally really, really, like; but, there

of women in politics. Another guest will be a PhD student, while

are other ones that I’m really looking forward to in terms of audi-

another is representing an anarchist’s point of view. They will all be

ence,” White continues; “So for (the audience) I think it would be the

sharing their thoughts and disagreements on politics.

Children of Soldiers film, and we’re pairing that up with a national film

The hour long discussion will have White moderating and asking

board film called Trenches, which is an animated short film about (the

questions. Each individual on the panel will have a chance to answer,

First World War), and the reason I’m looking forward to that one is

with the audience having a chance to ask their own questions after.

because this year’s festival starts on Remembrance Day. We’re very

The discussion takes place on Sunday, Nov.

cognizant of that going into it … because of the day, we have to make

14 starting at noon at the Alberta Art Gallery.

sure that there’s nothing too controversial, or that’s disrespectful to

This free event is open to the public with the

the memory of the Canadian Forces.”

goal of showing how people can get involved with political processes, and gets them interested in political conversation. These exclusive events play a large part in

The film festival will begin on Nov. 11 and finish on Nov. 14. Films will be shown at the Alberta Art Gallery (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square), Metro Cinema (films are in the Zeidler Hall in the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave.) and Paramount Theatre (10233

the festival, but it is the documentary films that

Jasper Ave.). For the complete schedule of films and times, visit the

are at the heart of it.

Global Visions Film Festival website at www.globalvisionsfestival.

“We really want more than just a surface understanding of the issue, (we want) to really

com. “Regardless of where we stand on issues, we can come together

get deep.” White expressed. “My favorite (films) are the ones that

and we can talk about them civilly, and maybe leave thinking a little

really get you to connect with an individual that’s either involved in

differently than when we came in … We deal with a lot or really

an issue, or that’s talking about their life story and their experiences,

heavy, challenging topics; but again, I really hope that people can

and some of those are the ones that are the most powerful films that

take away a sense of hope,” concluded White.


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Story by Krista D. Ball


he Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market is an

iconic Edmonton event, celebrating 26 years of operation. Situated in the heart of Old Strathcona itself, the Market is one of Edmonton’s only year-round, indoor farmers’ markets. The Market boasts over 130 food producers, artisans, and growers. On any Saturday, you can find an array of fruits and vegetables, Alberta-raised meats, ethnic foods, home baking, eggs, dairy, and homemade crafts. Some vendors are only occasional visitors, while others are weekly regulars. There is an old-fashion community feel at the Market. Pre-arranged buskers play flutes and cellos for donations, others play bongos and guitars. Kids beg their parents for a homemade Superman-shaped chocolate. Tea leaf mixtures, fresh fruits and vegetables, and various foods mingle together in the air, stirring the appetite. It’s enough to transport you back in time. I recently visited the market and spoke with three different vendors about their experiences at the market and the unique items that they offer to Edmontonians.

Trowlesworthy Farms I sat down with Jim Sturgeon, who (along with his wife, Wilma) has been at the Market for two decades. They are family farmers, still using the fields that Jim’s grandfather homesteaded back in 1895. Back when Jim and Wilma took over the farm in 1974, “organic” didn’t exist. They decided to produce the kind of meat that they wanted to feed to their own family - free of chemicals, hormones, and ethically raised.


They chose to call themselves “chemical free,” a title that they’ve kept to this day. They have opted not to go with the “organic” label,

spines were sewn by hand; and they’re so strong, she offers re-binding for hardcover books that have lost their covers.

as some of the requirements would make their prices uncompeti-

She endeavours to make the process as waste-free as possible.

tive. However, they put a lot of extra work into making it as close to

Her print press is nearly the size of a Smart Car, sitting at just 26

organic as possible. For example, they use crop rotation instead of

inches across. It produces a small amount of scrap paper around the

chemical sprays to control their weeds. They don’t add antibiotics to

edges when making the journals. That paper is reused to make the

their feed; instead, they only treat sick animals as needed.

matchbook notepads. Any remaining scrap paper is then used to

Currently, Jim and Wilma raise beef and lamb on their farm. They

make homemade paper, which is used to create her covers.

also sell pork, elk and rabbit from other farmers who share the same food ethics as themselves.

For photos of Sam’s work or to contact her, visit her website at

Jim is also a part owner in local butcher shop that is three miles

Helbig’s Farm Market

away from the farm. The lowered stress in the final hours for these

Hermann Helbig, along with his daughter Larissa, run side-by-side

animals mean a more tender meat for the consumer. Further, by supporting a local butcher, he’s helping contribute to the local economy. While Jim and I spoke, I was struck by the concern and loyalty

vegetable and bison farms near Calmar, Alta. Hermann has been a stable at the market since it began 25 years ago. The Helbig’s vegetable farm is about 10 acres, plus an additional

of his customers. Wilma had been ill recently and several people dropped by to inquire about her health, and send their best wishes

400 for the bison. The farm grows a variety of vegetables, both the

for a speedy recovery. That’s what happens at a place like the Market.

summer vegetables and those for winter storage. When I spoke with

Jim and Wilma’s farm is located in Mirror, Alta. You can find them at the Market every Saturday, drop by and say hello.

Sam’s Hand Made Books Sam Motyka isn’t at the Market every weekend, so keep your eye out for her table. Sam has been a vendor at the market for eight

Larissa, costumers were loading up their bags with leeks, onions, parsnips, and carrots. Helbig’s is a direct-to-consumer farm. Larissa says this works best for their small, family farm, as selling commercially was too difficult. Instead, they rely on the Market as the best location to sell their produce.

years, shortly after completing a six-month apprenticeship with a local master book binder. Sam does a number of book-related crafts. Her table generally

Like many farmers at the market, they avoid chemicals and unnecessary sprays, though they aren’t able to call themselves “organic.” That label requires a significant number of additional steps

features matchbook-sized notepads ($4), all hand-made, as well as

that Larissa says wouldn’t work for their farm. However, they try to

her feature hand-sewn journals ($40). Make sure to ask about her

maintain as close to organic as possible, so that they are growing

custom projects. She keeps a scrapbook under her table with photos

the best produce they can while offering competitive prices to their

of her many books, and even has a few examples. Her wedding jour-


nals are uniquely designed to each individual event and request.

Larissa and Hermann can be found at the Market every Saturday.

In scanning her work, I was struck with the different textures of the book covers. The craftsmanship was exceptional. Even the book

The Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at 10310 83rd Ave.

Best Market Practices • • • • •

Bring your own bags. Plastic bags add additional costs for the vendors. By bringing your own bags, you help everyone keep the prices low. Bring cash. Not all of the vendors take debit or credit card. Have small bills on hand. Most people make a pit stop at an ATM before arriving, so vendors can get overwhelmed with $20 and $50 bills rather quickly. Keep a few coins, and $5 to help with smaller purchases. Set aside a little cash for the buskers. Without them, the Market atmosphere just wouldn’t be the same. Arrive early. The market is very busy between 10am-2pm. Avoid the crowds by arriving shortly after 8am and you’ll be rewarded with the pick of the crop. Parking is limited, so take transit if at all possible.

»With over 140 vendors, it’s impossible to list them all. Here’s a taste of what awaits you every Saturday.

Sunrise Gardens - Organic Speciality Greens and Gourmet Veg-

Aven-Hill Pottery - Hand-crafted mugs, dinner ware, and house-

• • • •


hold items. Kim Chee place - Authentic, homemade Korean food. Holden Colony Farms - Farm-fresh poultry and vegetables. Rainbow Acres - Jams, jellies, and pickles, plus frozen fruit. Bedrock Seed Plant - Native Alberta seeds and plants.


the community | 36th Canadian Finals Rodeo

Story by Paul Owen


n the Canadian cowboy world, everyone wants to make it to Edmonton. That’s because, since its inception 36 years ago, the Canadian

but moving to a new building. With the future of Rexall Place uncer-

Finals Rodeo, the climax of the professional rodeo season, has been

tain with the potential of a new downtown arena being built in the

hosted in the City of Champions, with all but the first taking place at

city, the CFR’s future location is also up-in-the-air, making them one

Rexall Place. With that kind of history, the event has become synony-

of the few potential tenants who may not be happy with a move.

mous with the city “Ninety percent of the guys, they don’t say they made the CFR.

Pippolow noted that while the luxuries and amenities of a new building would be very welcome, the CFR is in a perfect situation at

They say they made Edmonton,” said bull rider Scott Schiffner, who

the current location, with ample parking for out-of-town ranchers and

will be making his 11th CFR appearance this year.

nearby stabling for all their stock, while getting everyone and their

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association inked a deal last year with Northlands to keep the rodeo in Edmonton until 2016, despite a strong courtship from Calgary. “Calgary’s name always comes up, and they’ve made a couple of very serious bids to have the CFR in Calgary, but the CPRA has a

animals to a potential downtown arena could be problematic. “Moving downtown, it don’t look to have that plan to me. From what I hear, there’s not a lot of parking there. It’s take the transit to get there, which is fine, but where’s the horse go?” he said. A change in venue would fit in with other major changes to the

longstanding deal with Edmonton and Northlands, and it’s been very

CFR recently. While Northlands has continued to tweak the show

good for both,” CPRA Rodeo Administrator Jim Pippolow explained.

every year to bring the most entertainment possible, the CPRA has

“Until 2016, it’s Edmonton’s for sure, and past that, I’m sure it’s got a long life in Edmonton.” That continuity has allowed Northlands to grow comfortable

made major changes, particularly in the past five years, to strengthen the competition in the actual rodeo events. The CFR features 10 events—bareback, steer wrestling, novice

in putting on a big show to accompany the rodeo. Each night will

saddle broc, novice bareback, boys steer riding, team roping, saddle

feature a different anthem performer, with country music artists and

bronc, tie-down roping, ladies barrel racing and bull riding—as well

Lacombe, Alta. native Gord Bamford closing it out for Sunday’s finals.

as all-around and high-point competitions, and each is run at all six

With the rodeo falling on Remembrance Day, there will also be a

performances. Each event has 12 competitors, who qualify by being

night to honour the military, and each of the six runs will feature dif-

among the top-12 on the CPRA money list in the event at the end of

ferent entertainment, from trick riding and shooting, to cowboy poker,

rodeo season.

a version of chicken with a bull where the last man sitting at the card table wins. “Every night has the same intensity. There’s a new show every

Prior to 2008, all money was erased for the CFR, and the results from the CFR were all that mattered in crowning a Canadian champion. However, this diluted the field at many rodeos, especially late in

night. There’s six different performances, and every one of them

the season after many had already guaranteed their qualifications. As

a cowboy is going to make money or not make money,” said John

a result, a change was made starting in 2008 that carried over money

Windwick, Commissioner of the CFR.

from the season into the CFR. While the Finals’ purse of over $1 mil-

“People will not go away from showing up on the Wednesday for

lion still largely determines who is crowned Canadian champion, the

the Grand Opening or coming for a Saturday matinee or the Sunday

regular season standings can now shift the standings enough to make

finals. All of them are the same high quality performance; the animals

a difference.

don’t know there’s a difference between the Wednesday or the Sunday for the finals.”


But while the rodeo’s venue has been stable for the past 35 years, it could be changed in the near future: not leaving Edmonton,

Additionally, the rules governing who was eligible for CFR were changed in 2006, allowing non-Canadian residents to enter the CFR,

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provided they had accumulated enough points at Canadian rodeo to do so. With CPRA rodeos counting towards the standings at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas every year, many international cowboys spend at least part of their season doing the circuit in Canada, and their addition to the CFR field has led to tougher compe-

able to go to our best rodeo,” Pippolow said. “To prove yourself against the best in the world, you invite them, too.” All of which helps the CFR as it also tries to become the best in the world, even if it is already in the minds of some.

tition in Edmonton every year. This year, 16 Americans qualified for

“It’s the best event; it’s second to none in the world. I’ve been

the CFR, with two— tie-down roper Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Tex. and

to Pro Bull Riders World Finals, I’ve been to numerous of the best

barrel racer Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D.—leading the standings in

rodeos in the world like Calgary Stampede and Houston, and it’s sec-

their respective events.

ond to none,” Schiffner asserted. The CFR will be in Edmonton Nov.

“We have about 300 non-residents competing in CPRA rodeos, and they come support our rodeos all summer and then they weren’t

10th until the 14th. For more information, visit their website at www.


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country music seemed obvious


Story by Megan Sarrazin

Nashville, who flew in, put his name on a


contract and signed him to a label.

life in country music just seemed obvious for local star Shane Yellowbird.

Growing up on a ranch just outside of

“Everything else was history,” laughed Yellowbird.

Yellowbird’s first album, Life is Calling My Name, received critical acclaim, landing him a Juno Award nomination in 2008 for Recording of the Year.

As a child, it seemed unlikely that Yel-

The second release for any artist is the

the rodeo circuit, left Yellowbird destined for

lowbird would thrive in a singing career, due

most difficult album to make, said Yellowbird,

a country future, although he certainly didn’t

in large part to his speech ailment, but also

simply because the expectations that people

know it at the time.

to the environment in which he grew up.


Hobbema, AB., and having both parents on

As a child, Yellowbird suffered from a

Yellowbird grew up on a ranch outside

“There is that anxiety when you’re mak-

speech problem that left him with a severe

of Hobbema and attended school – from

ing it, but I was pretty positive because I

stutter – something he still has to this day,

kindergarten to high school graduation – in

picked the songs. I helped produce it and

but is now able to hide much better.

the neighbouring town of Ponoka.

everything. I was pretty positive on the out-

Although you’d think this would halt his

Hobbema, notorious for gang and drug-

career in music, it actually helped him realize

related crime, was a place where Yellowbird

a talent that has led him to Juno nominations

spent a lot of time. In that time, he was

as well as a handful of number one hits.

exposed to the harsh realities of the area.

“When I was young, I went to a speech

“My parents taught me well and I didn’t

come of it and I’m happy with how it’s going,” he said. His follow up album, It’s About Time, was released on Nov. 19, 2009 and has since received a lot of positive feedback from fans

therapist and one of the tricks … he taught

get involved with anything bad. They kept me

and critics, with his first single even hitting

me was to turn everything into song,” ex-

involved in sports all the time, so constantly

number one in Canada.

plained Yellowbird.

after school, I was playing sports,” he said.

“Doing that as a child taught me how to

Although not involved himself, Yellow-

Yellowbird is currently working and writing songs for his third album, due to come

breathe properly and taught me to hold a key

bird’s life has still been affected by the gang

out sometime next year. He hopes these

(and) carry a note. So I think stuttering had

and drug problems that plague the area.

songs will help him break into the American

a lot to do with me being able to sing,” he added. His first big step into the business was

“I’ve lost friends and family to gang-related, drug-related things, and I still do today,” said Yellowbird.

scene. Sometimes writers pitch him their own songs, but he vows to stay true to himself

“Hobbema has a bad rap and it’s not as

and his experiences in the process, with the

around the age of 22, Yellowbird was dared

bad as everybody thinks, but that’s all they

inspiration for the songs coming from every

to sing karaoke for the first time.

hear. I am a product of the positive things

aspect of his life.

a dare at the hands of a college friend. At

After singing his heart out on stage, the host approached him, gave him her card


Shane Yel

that come out of that reservation, and I’m proud to be from there,” said Yellowbird.

“I won’t put a song on my album that I haven’t dealt with myself,” he said.

and put him in touch with some people in

He says that the reservation has been

Although he is focused on the next

the music business. He began entering and

behind his music, and has done a lot to help

album, Yellowbird still spends a lot of time

winning competitions all over Alberta and

him in his upbringing as well as in his country

reflecting on how he began in the industry

eventually sparked the interest of a man from

music career.

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llowbird and the experiences he has been fortunate

that he will be returning

enough to partake in.

to China next year and has

To him, the most rewarding part of his career is being able to play at the Grand Ole Opry last November, but he adds that the

scheduled dates in Australia and Brazil as well. But for now, Yellowbird

most rewarding part is the people that he is

is just taking it all in and

able to meet – both stars and fans.

enjoying every moment of

“This industry can be tough and I get tired of the industry part of it, but with the

his success in the country music industry.

fans, the people I meet and the stories I hear from different fans – like I’ll have someone come up and tell me that my music has helped them through a hard time in their life, you know, that kind of stuff – to just the crazy fans that just absolutely adore what I do,” he said. “I’m not in it for the money or the fame; it’s just crazy to hear these stories from fans,” he added. Along with the fans, another part of the job that Yellowbird can’t get enough of is meeting the various artists that he has idolized throughout his life. Yellowbird has had the pleasure of playing with country music superstars like Keith Urban, George Strait and Alan Jackson, all of whom he calls his “heroes.” “Even though I’m opening up for them, I’m also a fan. I want to be out in the front row watching the concert,” laughed Yellowbird. In the future, he hopes to have the pleasure to work with more artists, as well as expand his career across the globe, adding


the community | Edmonton’s Farmfair


dmonton is home to many great things. We have two sports teams that we love fully and completely (through the good times

and the bad). We have the amazing University of Alberta Hospital that is known around the world for its innovation and capabilities. We have a beautiful river valley that is multiple times larger than that

roping, wild cow milking, and a working ranch horse competition. “They’re doing everything, but they’re doing it the traditional way,” Lucas added. Another part of the Farmfair Lucas is looking forward to is the Supreme Show of Champions. Ranchers and buyers from around the world are invited to check

of New York’s Central Park. Yes, Edmonton is home to many great things. But something

out how amazing the cattle are here, and to see just what our ranch-

about Edmonton that can be too easily overlooked is where Edmon-

ers have to offer. Buyers from Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Scotland

ton’s home lies; and it lies in the prairies.

(just to name a few) will be coming down to see this spectacular

As metropolitan as we are here in Edmonton, we can lose sight of what is surrounding us, and we can forget about how we started out here in this landlocked province of ours. Farmfair International gives us the opportunity to bring us back to these roots of the west, and remind us that we are a prairie city; that

show. But it’s not only buyers who are invited; anyone can come and take appreciation in these incredible animals. “When you see an arena that holds 4,000 people filled to the brim, and you look at all these breeds, and look at all the magnificence … to me, that’s probably the most enjoyable part,” Lucas said.

the agricultural business and lifestyle physically surround us. For

Farmfair Edmonton’s

Story by Sarah Kmiech

37 years, this event has been celebrating the world and the business of agriculture. For almost eight years, Paul Lucas has been the director of agriculture and food at Northlands. He said the Farmfair gives the people who live in Edmonton the chance to see just how the agricultural side

Something new this year will be the online broadcasting of the purebred beef show. Through the Farmfair website, people and potential buyers from around the globe will be able to watch this champion show, as well as the best in breed shows. “Even though we can’t get everybody to come into Edmonton,

of Alberta works. And not only does it give exposure to urbanites,

what we’re doing is we’re bringing our shows out to the world,” Lucas

but it also gives the people who live in the rural areas of our province

said. “That’s something I’m really looking forward to seeing: how

a chance to expand their own business and learn new things in the

many people we can get in the end.”

industry. “(The urban audience) gets to learn more about agriculture, and

Home Grown Alberta and AMAZE-ing Agriculture are two special events at the Farmfair people can experience. Through these, attend-

in particular, to expose our rural business partners and give them the

ees are able to get a better idea of how farms work, and the process

opportunity to grow their business, as well as through connecting

of how food gets from the field to the plate.

through our urban audiences,” Lucas said. From Nov. 5 to 14, Northlands will be transformed into a rodeo arena, a farm, and a tradeshow. The Heritage Ranch Rodeo is truly a one-of-a-kind event. This

“… agriculture’s not only about four-legged animals; it’s also about food, where your food comes from, and also educating the public that comes down here,” Lucas said. The Dodge City Western Trade and Christmas Show is a place for

isn’t your typical rodeo where cowboys compete for the highest score

attendees to check out everything country and western. With over

and the best ride. It’s not even about the prize money. It’s about the

250 exhibitor booths of various saddles, western wear, home decor

pride and the heritage of ranching.

and artwork, there is guaranteed something to see for everyone who

“The whole idea behind the Heritage Ranch Rodeo is to show how they used to ranch in the olden days,” Lucas expressed. “It’s

attends. Taking notice of our Alberta is something that we all need to do.

sort of a movement within Western Canada; to resurrect this whole

And not just looking out the window as you head for a trip out of

heritage of the rodeo.”

town; really take it all in for what it is. Roll the windows down and

Ranches are competing against each other to see who is able

be thankful for all the fresh air you’re able to breathe in. Appreciate

to ranch the best, because back in the day, a bucking horse wasn’t

how much sky we are able to gaze into. And when you see the lights

something to get on and ride for sport or for money; it was done in

coming from the tractors working in the fields late at night, take that

order to break the horse in and get it trained.

time to be thankful all the hard work our farmers are doing. For more

Some of the events the rodeo will be hosting will be bronc riding,

information on Farmfair, visit their website at


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the community | 2010 Canada Career Week Fair

2010 Canada Career Week Fair Story by Paula E. Kirman ooking for work? In school and planning a career? Underem-


eryone. Smart companies realize that they can’t wait till they have job

ployed and looking for a career change? The 2010 Canada Career

Week Fair may be the place for you.

shortages before implementing their recruitment strategies,” Denman explains. “Employers now realize that it can sometimes take a couple

A two-day career information and job fair, the Canada Career

of years or more for potential workers to gather the training and

Week Fair, is Edmonton’s biggest and best-attended event of its kind.

skills they need to prepare for a career. Likewise, workers need the

It seeks to both connect employers with employees and promote

information and insight from companies to know what opportunities

opportunities for informed career and education planning. The 2010

are available, and what training will be required in the future before

fair will feature around 175 exhibits and expect to see approximately

starting down a career path. As the economy recovers, workers need

10,000 visitors.

to be ready to take on the jobs that are created. By knowing what

“The Canada Career Week Fair is an opportunity to meet with

skills will be needed in the future, post- secondary and training pro-

businesses, unions and associations, resource providers, education

viders are able to provide the programs and courses that will prepare

and training groups, municipal, provincial and federal governments,

the workforce to for the ever-changing needs of our industries.”

and career professionals, who are all under one roof for two days,”

The Canada Career Week Fair is an event with a national history.

says Clare Denman, the producer of the Canada Career Week Fair

“The event was scheduled to coincide with Canada Career Week,

and senior manager at Currie Communications Ltd., the company that

an annual event held across Canada the first week of November,”

produces the event.

Denman explains. “During Canada Career Week, Canadians were

Denman suggests the Canada Career Week Fair for:


information and inspiration they need to take


the next step in their career, education, or job

the hidden job market.




Everyone who wants to gather the

Students (and others) who attend often

Others attend to practice networking with

employers in a safe environment, and tap into

New Canadians get valuable insight into

the work culture, and can find information on

comment that they saw career opportunities

programs and resources to assist them in find-

for themselves that they had never been ex-

ing employment.

posed to before, and that has empowered them with new goals and passions about their future.

“The first event in Edmonton, known as the Canada Career Week

choices. A national organization called the Canada Career Consortium

fairs in Edmonton, such as the Employabilities Career Fair, which were

came up with a theme and printed information for the week. Since

supported by the provincial ministry responsible for employment at

2007, the federal government no longer funds the Canada Career

that time. So, name aside, this year marks the 14th anniversary of the

Consortium. Even though the provincial government was no longer

event now known as the Canada Career Week Fair,” Denman says.

tied into Canada Career Week, Alberta Employment and Immigration

The 2010 Canada Career Week Fair takes place on November 19

(the current ministry name) decided to hang on to the Canada Career

and 20 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. It is geared towards job seekers

Week Fair name, as it has become a recognized brand in Edmonton -

in all stages of life; from young people looking for their first jobs or in

and beyond.”

school planning their careers, to people who are under or unem-

Admission and parking to the event is free. As well, there will be

ployed and looking for direction, to educators, career counselors, and

free resume reviews, interactive displays, main stage presentations

people involved in Aboriginal communities.

from experts in their fields, roaming career advisors, and $22,000

An event such as the Canada Career Week Fair is important for Edmonton because, “a healthy economy and job market affects ev-


encouraged to think about their careers and make informed career

Fair, was held in 2001. However, since 1996 there were smaller career

in tuition to be won. For more information, visit

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the community | The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta Story by Paula E. Kirman


erebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of conditions

setting.” Programs are geared for people of all ages and life stages,

affecting body movement and muscle coordination. It is not a

and also include mentorship, an after school program, and employ-

disease. Any damage to the developing brain – whether caused by genetic or developmental disorders, injury or disease – can result in cerebral palsy. The damage to the brain is in the region that con-

ment resources. Members even have the opportunity to go on vacation to a place which takes their special needs into account.

trols and coordinates muscular action. Most often it occurs during

“In 2009 we opened our Vacation Villa on Gull Lake, approxi-

pregnancy, labour, or shortly after birth. CP can be as mild as just a

mately half way in between Calgary and Edmonton,” Greenslade says.

weakness in one hand, ranging to an almost complete lack of movement. Sometimes the movements of people can be unpredictable;

“This fully-accessible villa provides a family vacation destination where accessibility is the key. The villa is designed with disabilities in mind and is aimed at easing the accessibility issues that accompany vacation planning. For more information please visit” Like most non-profit organizations, CPAA is always looking for ways to raise funds to meet its

“tCoPcAloAs’se aim is

muscles can be stiff or tight, and in some cases people may have shaky movements or tremors. Approximately one in every 300 people is affected by cerebral

palsy. This roughly equates to approximately 65,000 Canadians and

mission goals.

10,000 Albertans. Fortunately, the Cerebral Palsy Association of Al-

“We have established vari-

berta is there to provide programs, services, advocacy, and education

ous programs enabling people to support our

to support and enrich the lives of those affected by cerebral palsy, as

mission. People can donate financially through monthly giving

well as other disabilities.

programs, planned gifts, corporate support, or by organizing a third

“The mission of CPAA is to create a life without limits for Albertans living with disabilities and their families,” says Brendan

party fundraising event,” Greenslade explains. “People wishing to contribute are also able to give to the organi-

Greenslade, marketing and communications coordinator for the CPAA.

zation by donating their bottles, used clothing and other household

“CPAA’s aim is to close the gap by creating equal access and opportu-

items through our Go Green program. Free pickups can be scheduled

nity for our members.”

by calling 1-888-477-8030, or online through our website at www.

The CPAA offers support in a variety of ways. “CPAA provides support services for our members and their families, such as providing” A major fundraising event, called Empowering Edmonton, is

assistance with funding requests, one-on-one support to individuals

coming up on November 16. “Empowering Edmonton is a fantastic

and families, going through the various stages of diagnoses, accep-

opportunity to experience the influential words of five local experts.

tance, and living with cerebral palsy, and educational presentations,”

The event is focused on empowering the listeners to adopt new

says Greenslade.

ways of thinking, and to encourage positive outlooks in order to be

“We offer recreation and leisure programs, computer skills

successful. Whether your success is defined by wealth, health or

training, dance classes, yoga, and bocce. We also offer adult support

happiness, Empowering Edmonton promises to be a great event with

groups for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities who wish

all proceeds coming to CPAA,” says Greenslade. Further details about

to develop a social network and explore the community in a group

Empowering Edmonton are available at www.empoweringedmonton. com.


gap by crthe equal acc eating opportun ess and our mem ity for bers

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41 | Event Calendar

Events Calendar November

We’re always on the lookout for upcoming social, fundraising and business-related events in and around Edmonton. • Arts & Cultural Events • Fundraising for Charity or Community Groups • Business Seminars and Workshops

Social Events Nov


Farmfair International Runs Nov 5 - 14 Northlands Edmonton

For over 35 years, Farmfair has been a top business destination for the international livestock industry. Each year, thousands of guests come together to see, show and sell top quality livestock in Edmonton, Alberta. Farmfair showcases over 1000 head of cattle, 800 horses, alpacas and stock dogs.For more information, visit their website at



10:00AM-5:00PM Central Lions Recreational Centre 11113- 113 st

Created to address the needs of women baby boomers this tradeshow will expose products and services specifically geared to them and will feature a martini bar, entertainment, motivational speakers, and over 80 exhibitors. Women can expect to learn about body image, grief & b For more information, visit http:/

Nov June Nov


Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Runs Nov 5, 4:00PM-10:00PM & Nov 6, 3:00PM-10:00PM Shaw Conference Centre

The Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 9th year with the return of an impressive selection of wines, spirits and beer as well as cuisine from a diverse group of Edmonton’s best restaurants and hotels. The Festival will host over 140 exhibitor booths showcasing a distinguished collection of wines from around the globe, along with premium spirits, single malt and blended scotches, port, specialty liqueurs and import and micro-brewed beer. To purchase tickets for this event, or for more information, visit edmonton.html


Fabulous@50 Experience & Martini Party


Lest We Forget: A Musical Tribute 7:30PM Winspear Centre Tickets are $20

The Cosmopolitan Music Society (CMS) fills the Winspear Centre with a music, ceremony and colour Sunday, November 7 in celebration of Canada’s servicemen and women. Lest We Forget: A Musical Tribute features the CMS concert bands and chorus, the Vimy Ridge Academy Pipe Band, the Canadian Forces Cenotaph Party, the Canadian Legion Colour Party, CMS Music Director and conductor Garry Silverman, as well as conductors Jamie Burns and Rita Burns. The concert begins at 7.30pm with a varied repertoire that includes everything from ceremonial military marches to popular wartime music. For tickets, visitwww. or at area Legion branches. For more information about the CMS, please visit

Nov June


Grease, The Musical Runs Nov 9 to 14 Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87th Ave

After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, Danny Zuko’s world is thrown upside down when Sandy appears at Rydell High on the first day of school. What follows is a rock n’ roll celebration of growin’ up, cruisin’ with friends and goin’ steady. The Edmonton engagement of GREASE is presented by Broadway Across Canada. Tickets can be purchased at can be purchased through

Nov June



An Evening with Procol Harum & the ESO Runs Nov 10 • 7:30PM Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre Tickets start at $36

In 1971, Procol Harum joined forces with the ESO for a unique ‘rock meets the classics’ concert. At the time, few could have predicted that it would yield one of the band’s best-selling albums. Now nearly 40 years later, the British rock band returns to Edmonton to reunite with both the orchestra and the Da Camera Singers for the first time since the original 1971 concert. For more information, visit

Nov June


The CFR has been going strong for 36 years. This world-class rodeo event consistently sets new attendance records while attracting the best contestants, bucking broncos, raging bulls, steers and calves. Visit their website at for more information.

Nov June


Global Visions Film Festival Runs Nov 11 to 14 Various Venues

Global Visions Film Festival (GVFF) is an annual, one of a kind, Edmonton based festival, which looks at connecting Edmonton to its social justice community and promotes documentary film, music and art to encourage reflection and responsible social action. It celebrates the work of accomplished documentarians from Canada and around the world. Through the work of these filmmakers, GVFF celebrates the passion of film and the diversity, joy, and responsibility of being a global citizen. Visit www. for more information.

Nov June



Remembrance Day Nov 11 Various Venues

Take the time to remember and appreciate the efforts of our war heroes, past and present. 20th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery will fire a 21 gun Salute at the Legilative Grounds, Artillery Salute Bay at 10:30 a.m.

Elizabeth’s Antique & Collectible Sale Runs Nov 12 from 2:00PM to 8:00PM & Nov 13 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Ave. Admission is $3

Shop from a fine selection of Antique Furniture, Fine China, Vintage Jewelry, Records, Toys, Sports Memorabilia, Coins, Comics, Advertising Collectibles, Linens and so much more! Donations are being accepted for the Edmonton Humane Society. For more information visit www. or call Rick Flanders at 780-444-6937 or Marlene Alexander at 780-453-6029.

Nov June


Think Healthy, Be Well: Managing Diabetes Today 8:00AM - 3:00PM Mayfield Inn & Suites, 16615 109th Ave., Edmonton, AB. Tickets are $25

CFR-Canadian Finals Rodeo Runs Nov 10 to 14 Rexall Place

7:00PM Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory of Music, 10050 MacDonald Dr. • Tickets are $20

This Autumn, come out and celebrate Classical Piano Concert and Traditional Korean Music. Edmonton Korean Community Centre Foundation presents Canadian Korean Pianist Michelle Yelin Nam and Korean Traditional Musician Yejin Go. For more information, visit Tickets are $30 and can be purchased from Tix on Square, 780-420-1757.

Nov June

Nov June

Autumn Concert

Geared towards those with diabetes, their families, friends, colleagues and others interested in learning more about the disease, this event encourages participants to engage with the material to learn more about the disease, effective management strategies and current research. Includes: Featured opening address and 2 keynote speakers, select from 12 sessions, each led by a respected researcher/practitioner, complimentary lunch included, ‘Meet the Presenter’ coffee breaks and an intimate tradeshow. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit http://

Nov June


A Collective Experience Runs Nov 13 & 27 • 7:30PM - 10:00PM both dates Expressionz Cafe, 9938 70th Ave. Admission is $5

A Collective Experience, hosted by Robyne Walters & Quiet Evolution. An evening of live music, inspiring video, yummy food, special guests, community and fun. For more information, visit the Expressionz Cafe website at

Nov June


Edmonton Potters’ Guild: 58th Annual Pottery Show & Sale 11:00AM - 3:00PM Expressionz Cafe, 9938 70th Ave. Admission is $5

Here you can view pottery from over 80 local artists and enjoy demos of pottery-making. This event also offers an opportunity for holiday shopping! Admission is free, but Food Bank donations are accepted.For more information visit or email

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Swan Lake Runs Nov 15 & 16 • 7:30PM both nights Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave

World-renowned Moscow Ballet brings their stunning production of Swan Lake to the Jubilee Auditorium. Revered as the epitome of classical ballets, Swan Lake is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or Charge By Phone 780-451-8000, or order on-line at venue/139306

Nov June


Shop Till You Drop 10:00AM or 5:00PM Trans Alta Arts Barn, 10330 84th Ave.

Shop Till You Drop Expo features a wide variety of fabulous Edmonton and area local businesses. This is the perfect time to check off items on your Christmas shopping list at this one stop shop for unique and wonderful gifts. Come and browse the many booths and shop for anything from adorable baby attire to stunning jewelery to tasty treats! Admission to the show is free, but they will be accepting donations for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Nov June


Runs Nov 15 & 16 • 7:30PM both nights Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave

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The Experience 6:00PM to 10:00PM Shaw Conference Centre Tickets are $175 or $1600 for 10

Indulge your senses with the ultimate experience in fine wine to support the campaign for prostate cancer. There will be a silent auction from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://



Chili Cook Off 11:30AM to 1:30PM Scotia Place - Main Floor - 10060 Jasper Ave.

Chili-slingers from all over Edmonton will be herding to go head-to-head for the title of the “Ultimate Chili” all while raising money for the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. Downtown will feel the heat as thousands of people come out to sample some of the City’s hottest chili recipes. From vegetarian options, to the heartiest of dishes, there is something to please every palate. Downtown restaurants, hotels, businesses, and community groups are encouraged to enter a team to compete for a chance to win fantastic prizes and the coveted “Ultimate Chili.” For more information, or to register, visit



Lobster Lovers Feast Cocktails and Bidding at 5:30PM, Dinner at 7:00PM Sir Winston Churchill Square Tickets are $150

The 12th annual Lobster Lovers Feast has businesses and community members come together in a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of Edmonton. There will be a silent auction, raffles, draws, live entertainment, and a lobster dinner. For more information on this event, or to purchase tickets, call Stephen Kufske at 780-917-6653, or 780-919-5168, or email him at

A Collective Experience

World-renowned Moscow Ballet brings their stunning production of Swan Lake to the Jubilee Auditorium. Revered as the epitome of classical ballets, Swan Lake is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or Charge By Phone 780-451-8000, or order on-line at venue/139306





Denim & Diamonds Gala & Auction Starts 5:30PM Shaw Conference Centre Tickets are $175

An evening of food, dancing, entertainment, guest speakers and silent auctions, and all for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foudation Canada. To reserve your place, contact Karen Zabinski at 780-428-0343 or at For more information, visit



World Diabetes Day Various Venues

World Diabetes Day marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who, along with Dr. Charles Best, co-discovered insulin in 1921, forever changing the lives of people with diabetes around the world. Together, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and founding sponsor Novo Nordisk Canada are marking the day by honouring and celebrating Diabetes Champions. For more information, and to find out how you can be involved, visit



Empowering Edmonton 9:15AM to 3:00PM Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel Two tickets for $150

One day could change your life! Hear presentations from five local experts at this symposium directly benefitting the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta. All tickets include lunce, coffee and light refreshments. Speaking will be Wayne Lee, motivational hypnotist, Dr. Larry Olhauser, “The Healthy CEO”, Charmaine Hammond, Bounce forward expert, Loriann Muenzer, Olympic gold medalist and Jim Yih, WealthWeb guru.



5th Annual Homes for the Holidays Tour



Blog Your Book 9:00AM to 4:00PM MacEwan’s Writing Works Program, City Centre Campus Cost is $154

Use the Internet to develop your author platform, promote your expertise, and sell your books on-line. Learn how to set up a blog and communicate to the readers who are most likely to be interested in your work. You’ll learn to: * Register your domain and secure a web host * Determine the best publishing system for your blog * Design a site plan for your blog * And much, much more The instructor is Marilyn Jones (BA English, MA Publishing) Corporate & Social Media Strategist. To register, call Theresa Agnew at 780-497-5000.

Runs Nov 19 to 21 Glenora Area Tickets are $30, on sale Oct 1

Take a tour of 5 beautiful Glenora area homes decorated in exquisite holiday decor, and share the spirit of the season as they raise funds for Kids Help Phone and the Junior League of Edmonton. Ask about their shuttle service For more information or to purchase tickets Call: (780) 433-9739 or Visit:



Dancing for the Kids Cocktails at 5:30PM, Dinner at 6:00PM, Dance program at 8:00PM Shaw Conference Centre - Hall D Tickets range from $75 to $250 dollars.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton, presents the sixth annual Dancing for the Kids. This event has local celebrities paired with professional dance partners in a friendly ballroom dance competition. Funds raised help support thesetwo organizations. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Business Events Nov


Coaching Conversations that Work Runs Nov 18 & 19, 9:30AM to 5:00PM Stanley Milner Public Library

This dynamic and memorable experiential workshop provides valuable insights and practical skills that support change in how you relate to others and how they relate to you. Learn proven coaching techniques, powerful questions, whole-bodied listening. Move beyond advice-giving to meaningful conversations with others. Enjoy 2 days of coaching and being coached and return to daily life refreshed! For more information visit



Career Week Fair Runs Nov 19, 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Nov 20, 10:00AM to 4:00PM Edmonton EXPO Centre

The Canada Career Week Fair is a two-day career information and job fair. This year’s fair will feature approximately 175 exhibits and draw approximately 10,000 visitors. The Canada Career Week Fair is a non-profit event. It is free to the public and is funded by Alberta Employment and Immigration, and the Government of Canada/Service Canada.n For more information, visit



Building on Success Series: Managing Systems and Processes the Right Way 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Learn the tools and techniques to manage operations before and after business growth to create quality throughout your organization in this session led by Lina Heath, President of Eveline Charles Salons, Spas, & Beauty MD. To register for this event, visit



Blogging for Business With Pleasure 10:00AM to 4:00PM Communitas Group on the second floor, 12120 106th Ave. Tickets are $262.50

Marketers are beginning to appreciate the ease of use and power of publishing a blog to deepen customer loyalty, reach new customers, gain indispensable feedback and increase revenue at very little cost. This workshop will walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up a blog, creating great content, adding images and multimedia, optimizing your blog for search engines, analyzing the traffic and generating advertising revenue. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit



UnMarketing Event 7:30PM to 9:30PM Sherwood Park Toyota, 31 Automall Road, Sherwood Park

As part of the promotional tour for Scott Stratton’s new book UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging, which was released this summer, this business event will give you a taste of Stratton’s un-marketing strategy, which is, as his website explains; “positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of the target market, so when they have the need, they choose you.” He will explain how to connect with people online, and how to keep that connection going. Each attendee will recieve a copy of Scott Stratton’s book. Tickets are $35 for Bossy Mama members, non-members (before November 10) are $40, non-members (from November 10-20) are $45. Tickets can be purchased through the Bossy Mama website at


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