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As the Edmonton Eskimos look for a few touchdowns when they travel to Vancouver this weekend, some St. Albert businesses will be hoping to score a few extra points of their own. The Eskimos visit B.C. Place Sunday afternoon to take on the B.C. Lions in the Canadian Football League’s Western Division Final, with the winner earning a berth in the 99th Grey Cup championship game, back in Vancouver a week later. In St. Albert, there will be plenty of places to cheer on the Eskimos, including the Vee Lounge at Apex Casino, where fans can watch on a giant high-definition screen and enjoy food and drink specials. Food and beverage director Marc Haine said they had a boisterous crowd for last Sunday’s Western semifinal against the Calgary Stampeders, and he expects the same this week. “I’m absolutely hoping that more people get into it,” he said. “Every time the Eskimos scored a touchdown, the dynamic in the lounge was incredible.” Meanwhile, fans looking to wear their hearts on their sleeves can pick up Esks merchandise at Game On Sports in St. Albert Centre. Sales associate Kirk Russell said that, with football season drawing to a close, selection is dwindling, but there could be a nice uptick if the Esks make it to the Grey Cup game. “Edmonton and their teams, especially coming back from a few bad years, that will kind of bolster the faith,” Russell said. As for predictions, Haine was sticking close to home. “I think the Eskimos will take it,” he said. “I really don’t want B.C. to be playing on their own field the week after.” The other division final Sunday sees the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff for the Eskimos is at 2:30 p.m.

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Rec fees inch higher GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The cost of having a little fun in St. Albert is set to go up slightly next year after a pair of motions were passed by city council this week. During their budget deliberations Tuesday night, councillors voted to increase both day pass and membership rates at Servus Credit Union Place by an average of 4.35 per cent while also increasing ice time rates at Akinsdale and Kinex Arenas as well as public skating fees across the board. Coun. Malcolm Parker,

who proposed the fee hikes, said the new Servus Place rates are “reasonable” and would provide an extra $23,000 in revenue. “This additional $23,000 is significant in contributing to a reduction in the deficit of Servus Place,” he said. Some councillors worried that the increases would be too much and would price Servus Place out of most families’ budgets. But City of St. Albert staff said, while they would advocate for a hike of closer to three per cent, what Parker proposed was “in the ballpark.” “We are getting close to what the market will bear,”

Servus Place facility director Diane Enger told council. At Servus Place, an annual adult membership will go from $470 to $480 per year, a jump of 2.4 per cent, while a youth membership will jump 3.2 per cent, from $310 to $320. Daily rates are set to rise 25 cents for all age categories. Public skating fees were raised between 25 and 50 cents per person across the board. Some hourly ice time rates at Akinsdale/Kinex will rise $5 an hour. The new Servus Place rates will take effect Oct. 1, 2012, while the other changes will be in place as of May 1.

Cops hunt for cellphone bandits

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

St. Albert RCMP are on the lookout for two thieves who made off with several expensive cellphones after a robbery at a local store last month. Police say that two men entered Global Cell on Muir Drive at about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and managed to make their way into the store’s stock room.

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Once there, they were confronted by store employees, and they left immediately. But when inventory was checked later, it was discovered they had taken 11 Apple iPhones. The pair were seen driving away in a newer model grey or blue station wagon. Anyone with any information is asked to call St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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Toys for Tickets returns GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Over the next couple of weeks, parking violators in St. Albert will be able to get a break on their tickets just by flashing big blue eyes — not their own, mind you, but perhaps the ones on a new doll. The City of St. Albert is rolling out its third annual Toys for Tickets campaign, which runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, during which residents can pay for their parking tickets with new, unwrapped toys instead of cold, hard cash. The toys will be donated to the annual FillA-Bus campaign, put on by St. Albert Transit and Diversified Transportation. “Toys for Tickets is an innovative approach that supports families across our community at this most important time of year,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse in a press release. “This campaign provides us with the opportunity to take care of our residents, and keep our roads safe.”

In 2010, the Toys for Tickets campaign collected more than $4,200 worth of toys as almost 72 per cent of those who received tickets opted to take part in the program. The goal is always to collect more toys and best previous totals, senior municipal enforcement officer Garnet Melnyk said, but that means more awareness about the campaign, not peace officers looking to write more tickets. “There’s no set goal; we don’t plan to go out there and say, ‘OK guys, we need to go out and write tickets,’” he said. “It’s just, when they’re out there on their day-to-day patrol duties, if they see a violation they would have normally written, they’ll still write it. But they’ll also give a little flyer that advises the person who owns the vehicle that, if they wish, they can pay with a toy.” There are several conditions that must be met to take part in the program, including: • The ticket must be issued between Nov. 15 and 30;

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• The ticket must be paid within the early payment date range; • Toys must be age-appropriate for newborns to 16 years old; • Toys must be new and in original packaging; and • Toys must be worth at least $25, with a receipt presented at the time of payment. Melnyk said that the average parking fine in St. Albert is $40, so just about anyone can get a break by participating in the Toys for Tickets program. It is only parking violations that are eligible, though, as those are the only tickets that are handled municipally. “People that are parked too close to a fire hydrant, parked too close to a driveway, parked facing the wrong way, those sorts of things,” he said. Similar programs are operating in Red Deer, Vancouver and Fort St. John, B.C. Toys for Tickets payments will be accepted at the St. Albert RCMP detachment (96 Bellerose Dr.) between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. until Dec. 7.

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Municipal enforcement officer Garnet Melnyk is getting ready for the annual Toys for Tickets campaign, which runs until Dec. 7.

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Fake cops prank minister record,” said St. Albert RCMP Cpl. Laurel Kading. While some are chalking the situation Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk up as kids being kids, Kading said the turned the tables on two fake cops who RCMP is taking the matter seriously and is pulled him over in St. Albert Monday. conducting an investigation. “It’s just a day in the life of Lukaszuk,” “If residents believe they’re being pulled said the minister, adding that his public over by someone they can’t trust, that community schedule usually finds him in becomes a dangerous situation,” she said. the thick of some sort of action. “If this was a prank and those guys The minister said the police posers — happened to pull over someone dangerous, who turned out to be a couple of teenage they’re putting themselves at such huge pranksters — were driving a car risk. Lucky for them this person that resembled a police vehicle: they pulled over is a good guy.” dark navy blue with professionally RCMP stress that while mounted police lights inside. Lukaszuk was able to apprehend He wasn’t about to let them the teens, residents are encouraged get away. He followed the car, to call cops rather than taking the eventually trapping them inside law into their own hands. a dead-end parking lot and called This isn’t the first adventurous cops who, he said, showed up commute story Lukaszuk was immediately. involved in. Thomas “These youngsters I can assure The minister sprang to action Lukaszuk you will never do it again. I think in April after witnessing a fatal Education Minister they had a bit of a scare of their collision while driving his life,” he said. daughters to school. The 18-year-old driver was handed a $172 Lukaszuk provided preliminary first aid ticket for displaying lights only permitted to a 66-year-old woman after she was hit by by police. A 15-year-old passenger was a vehicle at 128 Street and 122 Avenue near not ticketed. However, Mounties say St. Pius Catholic Elementary School. both men face greater charges including The woman, who was walking her siximpersonating an officer and stunting. The year-old granddaughter to school, later teen’s names have not been released. died of her injuries. The child suffered non“There’s a number [of charges] that we’ll life-threatening injuries. look at but basically the No. 1 would be “As citizens we always have to make a impersonating an officer. A conviction with judgement call, is it safe what I’m doing and a charge like that would mean a criminal is it the appropriate thing to do?” he said.

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Working Group shines light on elder abuse GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Elder abuse is an issue that still lurks in the shadows, but several St. Albert groups have come together to produce a tool they hope will bring it out into the light. The St. Albert Seniors Working Group is in the process of launching their Building a Safety Net of Care awareness campaign, the key component of which is a 2012 calendar that began being distributed to seniors Monday. Each month of the calendar contains tips that focus on priority areas of the Working Group, including information, transportation and, most importantly, elder abuse. “I do seriously think ... that elder abuse is underreported,” said Doreen Slessor, executive director

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of the Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society and a member of the Seniors Working Group, “because there’s such a stigma attached. How can you have your adult grandson arrested?” According to the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network, seven per cent of seniors surveyed said they had experienced some form of emotional or financial abuse by an adult child, caregiver or spouse in the last five years. Emotional abuse was reported most frequently, followed by financial abuse. About two per cent of seniors surveyed said they had experienced more than one form of abuse. “The tables turn in elder abuse. In domestic violence, we tend to see more women abused, but in elder abuse, we see more men that are abused,” Slessor added.

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The calendar, however, is a gentle way to broach the topic, to make seniors aware of the issue and give them the confidence to report it.

“This is a soft-sell, subtle way to bring attention to [this].” Doreen Slessor SAIF executive director “Any time we specifically give information about elder abuse, seniors in the community tend to get really nervous and anxious, because you don’t want to be too much in someone’s face,” she said. “This is a soft-sell, subtle way to bring attention to these issues.” Other topics covered in the

calendar include winter driving safety tips, fall prevention and estate planning. The calendar is being distributed through local long-term care facilities and social service agencies. The Working Group itself, Slessor added, has been a huge success, as members have worked since its formation in April 2008 to establish an elder abuse protocol and guidelines for action. “Being able to work as groups and link our experience, link our procedures and stop duplicating services [is amazing],” she said. “Even now, I know better who to call if I need assistance in a certain area, because the collaboration is just huge in this community.” For more information, visit

Leaf bag changes mulled for ’12 GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

After some confusion over the destination of bagged leaves last week, officials with the City of St. Albert are looking at changes for 2012. There was some surprise among residents who attended a town hall meeting at Sir George Simpson Junior High School on Monday, Nov. 7, when general manager of planning and engineering Guy Boston told the crowd that extra bags of leaves left by the curb, which were not in organics carts, were being taken to the landfill. But Boston confirmed this week that the City is looking to change that when the leaf

pickup program resumes in 2012. “We are looking at changes,” he said. “We are looking at extending the timeframe for the compost pickup, the organics. We’re looking at adding a week or two to the shoulder seasons, maybe starting earlier and going later. ... We’re going to look at all those things and make that determination over the winter.” Boston said that the leaves went to the landfill because they were in plastic bags, and the cost of taking them out of the bags would have been prohibitive. “The expense of peeling them out of the plastic bags is something we tried to

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consider in this whole exercise for this year,” he said. “It was going to cost $30,000 or $40,000 to try and debag them.” There are biodegradable bags out there that could be used, he added, but the City didn’t want to put more on residents’ plates. “This year was a pretty big year with all the new programs we had, so this is the one that we’ll be looking at next year,” he said. “Between implementing the automated solid waste [system] and the large item drop-off and other things, this one — I don’t know if it feel through the cracks, but it didn’t stack up as a higher priority than the other ones.”


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PST debate worth having

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he absence of a provincial sales tax is something Albertans have always hung their hats on. Whenever former premier Ralph Klein would crow about the books being balanced or the provincial debt being eliminated, the fact it was done without a PST was EDITORIAL by Glenn Cook always mentioned, a subtle jab at neighbouring provinces and the folks in Ottawa — who we’ve often had a chilly relationship with anyway — who relied on that extra revenue to make ends meet. So naturally, many Albertans’ hackles were raised this week when Finance Minister Ron Liepert told the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s annual luncheon that the idea of a PST had been floated with focus groups. Now, focus groups are a long way from a PST becoming reality. And Liepert wasn’t necessarily endorsing the idea — just acknowledging that it was out there, being discussed along with other ideas. With deficits in the billions of dollars over the past few years — along with promises from Premier Alison Redford to eliminate said deficits by 2013 — and the recent downturn in the global economy, such chatter about how the province will stay afloat is understandable. But, given the outcry when Redford’s predecessor, Ed Stelmach, so much as hinted at raising taxes on alcohol, one has to think that a PST would be an absolute nonstarter for Albertans and possibly the death knell for the Progressive Conservative’s reign of power if it came to fruition under their watch. If there is such a backlash, the question to Albertans then becomes: Are we willing to tighten our belts? Are we willing to go through the cutbacks of the Klein era again and make the same — if not greater — sacrifices to achieve fiscal balance while maintaining the no-PST identity we have so proudly touted for the past few decades? We must choose wisely, though, because if we are not willing, it may come to a point where we no longer have a choice.

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Winter no excuse to freeze beautification


his week was our first reminder of the season that we live in a great winter climate, as we were blasted with our first shot of ice and snow throughout the city. We all usually forget — or at least we’re quite certain everyone else has — how to drive in these winter conditions, but we somehow figure it out each and every year. Just as we have done each year with winter driving, shovelling our walks and more, we need to embrace our winter climate and take more positive action. Over the past two years, St. Albert has embraced the new Botanical Arts City brand, but many wondered — or still do — how that could possibly apply to a city


LeLACHEUR Leader Publisher My City located in northern Alberta. While many would choose the path of continuing to complain about that which we cannot change, I would encourage some thought around truly embracing our four seasons and getting on board for winter. This past summer showcased many great examples of homes and businesses working hard to beautify their home and store fronts. Who cares? We do. Show us two like businesses, side by each: One with great care taken in its appearance including flowers, benches and more, while next door

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is a business with nothing in the front, weeds growing and tattered signs. I’m pretty sure who most people will choose to frequent. It also becomes difficult not to question how a business might take care of their products and customers inside when that is how they choose to take care of their store front. On the flip side, we’ve heard some great success stories from those owners who truly jumped on with beautification. Those are the successes that we should be building on. Imagine what can happen when this cluster begins to develop, when more and more work to better their appeal. It might also be a good time for some to consider an alternative to the

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eye-polluting neon green and orange portable signs. I’m not suggesting to abandon them, but maybe look to options on an existing marquee rather than going with a message board that looks cheap. Winter is no excuse not to do the same as we do in the summer. As part of the ongoing program, there is a city winter beautification program that businesses can sign up for. Now there really is no excuse, especially when there are matching dollars on the table. Many in our great city do an amazing job of decorating their business and home fronts for the Christmas season. Let’s take that thinking and extend it well beyond the holiday season. I’m quite confident that the benefits will be many. Owned and operated by

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Team coping with player’s death CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY Sun Media News Services

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Kyle Fundytus, 16, died Sunday after taking a puck in the throat during a game at Clareview Arena.

Before each game, the Don Wheaton hockey team chants, “We are a family; nothing breaks us.” Following the death of one of their own on Saturday, the community is leaning on that family to cope. “Unfortunately, this is a situation that might have broken us for a bit,” said head coach Nathan Papirny. “We’re just going to pull together as a group the best we can.” Friends, family and the hockey community are struggling to cope with the sudden loss of 16-year-old hockey player Kyle Fundytus after he was hit in the throat during a game while blocking a shot, later dying in hospital. Officials from South Side Athletic Club (SSAC) choked back tears when describing “Fundy,” who was a leader on the ice and a great guy off the ice. “It’s just not going to be the same showing up and not seeing that kid’s smile,” Papirny said. Team co-manager Brian Werbiski read a statement from Fundytus’s family, stating

equipment. appreciation for the support from friends, Tributes to the hockey player were family and the hockey community. posted at Holy Trinity Catholic High “Kyle’s zest for life and his passion for hockey will be a memory the family will School. Friends wrote “You leave a legacy,” “Thank you for being such an awesome always carry for the rest of their lives,” friend,” and “Rest in peace,” on post-it Werbiski read. “Please accept our heartfelt notes in the shape of a cross. thanks and more information will be Principal Cathy Nissen said the school provided to you at a later time.” At 16, Fundytus may have been younger has grief counsellors available throughout the week and asked than many of his midget for privacy for staff, AA teammates, but his “We’re just going students and family. fellow players still gave “Kyle loved sports him the letter A — an to pull together ... and he loved hockey,” assistant captain. His as best we can.” Nissen said in a coach described him as a funny kid who was statement. “He loved Nathan Papirny life, with his parents always in the middle of Fundytus’s coach it all, not the quiet kid and sister and with his friends who were so in the corner. The team cancelled a scheduled game important to him. Kyle’s smile and sense of humour will be forever remembered in the Monday night. It will be up to the players halls of Holy Trinity.” to determine when to get back to the ice. The team has set up the 11’s in Heaven All SSAC players were brought in and Kyle Fundytus support organization. told the news with counsellors present. Donations can be made at either The organization declined to speak Edmonton Pro Skate Location, Edmonton specifically about the death, but said the shot block was very common for Fundytus and area RBC branches or mailed to 3736 30 St. Edmonton, Alta., T6T 1H7. and all players wear top-of-the-line

Oblates, Father Lacombe key in early city history SIMON PAGÉ and ERNEST CHAUVET Centralta Tourism Society

Ed. note: The Centralta Tourism Society has graciously offered the St. Albert Leader a number of articles on the francophone history of St. Albert. This is the first of those articles. The Oblates were founded by Eugene de Mazenod in 1826, shortly after the French revolution. This new gathering of men chose to step out of the old outmoded structures of the Catholic Church of the time and went out to preach the love of Christ, to the ordinary people

and in their own language. Facing hardships and difficult situations was part of the norm for the Oblates. It is therefore of no surprise that the Oblates were invited to come west, face cold winters, travel by sled and canoe over vast virgin territory, and live with the people in order to bring Christianity to the west. In 1853, the first oblate, Father Remas, arrived. Welcomed by the French-speaking Métis, the Oblates served first in Lac St. Anne and then, in 1861, some of them settled in St. Albert. Bishop Alexandre Taché approved the site now known as St. Albert at the recommendation of Father Lacombe. The quality of

the land, abundance of lumber and its proximity to Big Lake made it an ideal site to assist the transition of the Métis people from hunting buffalo to agriculture. Father Albert Lacombe was born 25 kilometres east of Montreal in 1827. Of his ancestral links to the First Nations, much has been presented. Lacombe wrote in his French memoirs that one of his forefathers, Duhamel — known as “Sans facon” on his mother’s side — had returned home from the fields to find that his eldest daughter was 16 years old,when she was kidnapped by the Algonquin and held prisoner for five years. An uncle, who made

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his living as a trapper, was trading with the First Nations near Sault Ste-Marie when he found her. He brought her home, along with her two children fathered by an Aboriginal warrior. Is the story accurate? It is difficult to prove but suffice to say that Lacombe would have some family ties with the First Nations. Was it Duhamel’s daughter that was kidnapped or was it Marie-Louise Beaupré, who married Pierre Duhamel? It is difficult to decipher. Marie-Louise, Lacombe’s greatgrandmother, raised four children, three of which have unknown birthdays and would possibly have

had First Nations ancestry. Whatever led Albert Lacombe to choose the life of a missionary? What brought him to the West, among the Cree and Blood nations? His family influences are clear. His mother often spoke of the Aboriginal ties in their ancestry. Joseph Lacombe, a great uncle on his father`s side, was allegedly a Voyageur with the North West Company. In the 1800s, Joseph worked the area near modernday Saskatchewan. There is also the influence of Georges-Antoine Belcourt, a missionary priest who spoke the Sauleux Chippewa language.


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St. Albertans turned out in droves once again for Remembrance Day ceremonies, whether at the cenotaph just outside St. Albert Place Friday or at local schools on Thursday, Nov. 10. Clockwise from top left: A veteran in a vintage military vehicle salutes as he passes the cenotaph; Katrina Black lays a wreath at the St. Anne Street cenotaph on behalf of Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber; members of St. Albert Fire Services form up in front of the cenotaph; two white roses lay beside a poppy on the cenotaph; a woman helps a young boy pin his poppy to a wreath after Friday’s ceremony; Warrant Officer David Shultz, recipient of the Star of Military Valour, salutes during a ceremony at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School.


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Judy Iseke stands next to the uniform her aunt, Dorothy Chartrand, wore in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during a screening of her new film Friday at the Musée Héritage Museum.

Filmmaker pays homage to Métis women, including aunt

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A St. Albert filmmaker is hoping to shine a light on the contributions of First Nations and Métis women — including one who is very close to her heart — to Canada over the course of the 20th century. Judy Iseke was at the Musée Héritage Museum Friday to screen a portion of her latest documentary, Grandmothers of the Métis Nation. One of the women featured prominently in the film is her aunt, Dorothy Chartrand, who served in London, England, as part of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during the Second World War. Chartrand had also done a large amount of genealogical research, spurred on by a family reunion in 1979, and Iseke wanted to make sure her work would be preserved. “We knew there was a lot of information she had amassed, but she was getting up there, and we thought, what are we going to do?” Iseke said. “At the time, I was living in Toronto, and I wanted my kids to hear these stories. We were living off-territory, and they really weren’t connected to their Métis history at all. I wanted them to know these stories.” What started as a simple idea soon snowballed, though, and Iseke said Chartrand was a fountain of knowledge. “She would study up; she could tell you dates and times and details. It was unbelieveable the amount of detail she could give,” Iseke said. Former senator Thelma Chalifoux, who now operates the Michif Cultural and Resource Institute on Mission Avenue, is also featured in Iseke’s film, and is proud to share her stories.

“Canadian history is the best kept secret in the country,” she said. “And the contributions that the Métis and the Aboriginal people have made to the development of this country have never been told.” Also on hand for the screening were about 20 members of Iseke’s family, and she said that the film is much more for them than for a wider audience. “This is our film, as well as [Chartrand’s],” she said. The film screening coincided with an Aboriginal Remembrance Day ceremony held in the foyer of St. Albert Place Friday afternoon. Iseke said it was very special to come back to St. Albert on Remembrance Day to show the film and honour her aunt’s service. “I didn’t know the history of St. Albert, the Métis history of St. Albert, except for a few family stories,” she said. “It brings it together for me — that I’m from this place, I’m of this place, and that it was my ancestors who made this possible for me.” This was the fourth year for such a ceremony in St. Albert, and Chalifoux said the sacrifices of First Nations soldiers are equally worthy of recognition. “We were part of Canada — nobody realizes that,” she said. Although Chartrand couldn’t make it to St. Albert for the ceremony and the screening, Iseke said she’s still doing very well living at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans in north Edmonton. “She’s in her mid-90s, so there’s only so much she can remember now. It just isn’t the same as it was,” Iseke said. “But she’s doing well; she’s still reasonably healthy for someone in their 90s. She told me once, ‘Anything after 80 is gravy.’”

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Arden ‘learning how to trust’ JANE STEVENSON Sun Media News Services

For someone who is so funny, why does Calgary singer-songwriter Jann Arden consistently write such sad songs? It’s a question she admits she’s been asked repeatedly by fans during her twodecade career. The answer may be contained within Arden’s memoir, Falling Backwards — specifically, the parts about her troubled first 30 years. The book — named after the trust exercises she did when briefly enrolled in Mount Royal College’s drama program — went on sale earlier this week, and Arden is promoting it this month with a tour. As well, the 49-year-old has a new CD of cover songs, Uncover Me 2. “I’m still learning how to trust people,” said Arden, with her trusty miniature dog Midi at her side in a Toronto hotel room. “I think that’s an ongoing, unfolding thing. We try and make better choices as we get older.” In her book, Arden details her life from infancy in Calgary, to an eagerto-be-liked and popular young girl in Springbank, Alta., to getting a pacemaker when she was only 20, to being an often promiscuous and drunk twentysomething while touring with bar bands until signing her own record deal at age 29. Still, Arden never feels sorry for herself, and the book is full of equally funny stories — such as her country adventures with childhood friends Dale and Leonard on a farting horse, or her mother’s exploding chili in her school Thermos, or an enduring bad perm. But along the way there were family troubles. Her father battled alcoholism, which led her mother to throw him out of the house temporarily until he sobered up (they’ve now been married 53 years and

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Jann Arden details her trials and troubles in her new memoir, Falling Backwards.

live 50 feet from Arden in the countryside outside Calgary). Then there were the drug and alcohol struggles of older brother Duray, who has spent the past two decades behind bars for the first-degree murder of a woman in B.C. despite maintaining his innocence; he’s due for release in 2017. The family visits him every three weeks. As well, Arden has a younger, adopted brother — Patrick — who seems to have been remarkably unscathed. “I realize now how isolated my mom was,” Arden said. “So that was kind of hard to think back and try and figure out how I could have helped my mom more. I think you develop a sense of humour because of that.” Then there are Arden’s own unpleasant sexual experiences: A 15-year-old cousin

locked her in a basement, “dryhumping” her on a couch when she was just 10; and a school friend “hurting” her and taking her virginity in the front seat of his car when she was 17. Arden is reluctant to use the term “sexual assault” in both cases. “You realize very quickly that you’re definitely not alone with your experiences,” Arden said. “It’s across the board, everywhere. There has to be some kind of solidarity with women, that it doesn’t define you and you can get past it. It doesn’t haunt me. It hasn’t ruined my life. It hasn’t done anything of a derogatory nature. People that certainly know me and have followed my career know that obviously it turned out OK. We all survived.” That doesn’t mean it wasn’t scary to write it all down over the course of the last year and a half. “It was terrifying,” she said. “Like, if I was sitting there telling a story that would have really made my parents completely uncomfortable and hurt my brother’s feelings, and made my friends think that they want to pack up their leftovers and go home, I didn’t put it in there.” So not exactly warts and all, but pretty close. At age 20, Arden was viciously assaulted physically while busking in Vancouver’s Gaston area, which steered her away from busking for good. What turned her life around was a fateful job as a deckhand on a salmon fishing boat in B.C. with a seventysomething fisherman by the name of Norman Earl. “I used to puff away on cigarettes. I cut that out, and I wasn’t drinking six bottles of beer every day and s----y wine. I called it the rehab boat. I just thought, ‘What do I have to lose at this point because I’m never going to be a singer.’ And then, of course, life just goes where it’s going to go.”

Fergie not leaving Black Eyed Peas SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES — Black Eyed Peas star has blasted rumours alleging singer Fergie is quitting the group. The “I Gotta Feeling” hitmakers have been plagued by claims they are on the verge of a split after announcing in July that they are set to take a hiatus following the completion of their recent world tour. Frontman was forced to speak out to silence the reports last month and now the rapper has addressed the latest allegations on his Twitter account, and he’s taking aim at U.S. TV talk show host Wendy Williams for spreading the false news. Quoting a tweet from Williams, he writes, “@WendyWilliams: Hot Topics: @fergie is leaving The Black Eyed Peas. Find out who I think should replace her.’ So not true...and so not cool”.

Adele recuperating SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES — Soul star Adele has assured fans she’s “doing really well” after undergoing surgery on her vocal chords last week. The “Chasing Pavements” hitmaker feared the worst for her voice after falling ill with a recurrent throat condition, which forced her to cancel her tour dates for the rest of this year. But, after a successful laser operation in Massachusetts earlier this month, the British singer is feeling “very positive” she will soon make a full recovery. In a post on her blog, she writes, “Sorry I haven’t written for a while. Thank you for all your positive thoughts and get well wishes. I’m doing really well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all. “The operation was a success and I’m just chilling out now until I get the all clear from my doctors.”

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Eastwood not ready to hang it up just yet working for as long as he can. “I think aging so far has been OK. I Sun Media News Services think it’s good. We live in a society that Clint Eastwood knows what it’s like to reveres being at the prime of life, but you push back retirement. He’s been thinking have certain primes at certain times. And about quitting acting for four decades. I think now I’m doing better at certain “In 1970, when I first started directing, things right now than I have in the past I said, ‘If I could pull this off, I could and maybe not so good at others. I do someday move behind the camera and think if one keeps busy it’s very good for stay there.’ And I was never able to pull it a person. People are always rushing into off because somebody offered me a role.” retirement. In Europe, people are talking Case in point: 2009’s about moving the Gran Torino which, at retirement age to 67 or the time, was believed something. But back to mark Eastwood’s when they started final performance. retirement funds, the At least until recent average age was 70 news broke that he’ll or 60. Now all of a Clint Eastwood likely star in — but not sudden it’s 80. Actor/director direct — a film entitled “If you keep Trouble with the Curve, yourself mentally in which he’d portray an aging baseball in shape, chances are physically it will scout who goes on a road trip with his follow suit.” daughter. Eastwood’s latest directorial offering, “Now they come up with some grumpy the period drama J. Edgar, opens old man thing and they say, ‘OK, let’s Friday, starring Leonardo DiCaprio get Eastwood for that.’ So we’ll see. as the controversial FBI director who Regardless of what age you are, I think revolutionized law enforcement, created most of actors would agree it’s all based the FBI, fought bank robbers, collected on material. And the material’s got to lurid files on the world’s most powerful spark with you.” men and may have dressed in women’s But what the 81-year-old Oscar winner clothes. makes clear is that, regardless of whether “From an outsider’s perspective, it’s he acts again or not, he intends to keep amazing what he does,” DiCaprio says of


“The material’s got to spark with you.”

Eastwood. “If he’s not directing a film, he’s acting in it, or he’s composing the music for the film. His commitment is astounding.” Told in flashbacks, J. Edgar traces Hoover’s life from 1919 — when he was forged by both his relationship with his controlling mother (Judi Dench) and his hatred of left-wing radicals — to the 1960s when he considered the Kennedys and Martin Luther King to be among his political foes. Was he loathsome and paranoid? Or pitiful and even sympathetic? The film, like most of Eastwood’s morally ambiguous work in the later decades of his career, avoids simplistic characterizations. “Hoover, I’m sure, felt he was right in everything he did. Everybody always feels they’re right, even if they’re wrong,” says Eastwood, who remembers growing up with the idea that Hoover was a “hero ... This was all prior to the information age, so we didn’t know about Hoover except for what was usually in the papers. “It was fun to delve into a character you’ve heard about all your life but never really knew, and try to sort that out. “We’re all just learning history or putting our stamp on history or our interpretation of it. I’m sure a lot of things probably didn’t happen the way they did in this film, but they’re pretty close.”

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Actor/director Clint Eastwood, now 81, says he still intends to keep working for as long as he can.

Pinto glad she changed her mind about Immortals KEVIN WILLIAMSON Sun Media News Services

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Freida Pinto says a meeting with director Tarsem Singh changed her mind about starring in Immortals.

Plenty of potential jobs make actors want to roll their eyes. But for Freida Pinto, it wasn’t that the role of virgin oracle Phaedra in Immortals didn’t appeal to her (well, actually, it didn’t), but because she reasoned: Isn’t that how all oracles behave in movies? “I don’t think you think of these things when you enter this massive entertainment industry,” she tells journalists while promoting the mythological fantasy, which opened Friday. “When you watch a film like 300 or Gladiator for that matter, there are loads of characters you wish you could play. But the way they come to you, I don’t think that plan is in your hands unless you’re making that film and casting yourself in it. When I met (director Tarsem Singh), I had no idea about what we were going to do. “What I’d read was a draft that

was still being developed. And I said, ‘How am I going to roll my eyes back? It sounds a bit strange.’ He said, ‘When we come to set, we’re going to put the script aside and we’re just going to let the visuals take over.’ So even though I play the virgin oracle, it’s not like 300 — all dreamy and dancey and then she dies. It’s really not like that. It feels more human in a way.” Initially, that meeting almost never happened. When her agent first encouraged her to go for the role of Phaedra, Pinto felt “there was nothing to go for.” But she relented and met Singh, who told her what he wanted for the film. “That made me feel confident about coming aboard.” At the same time, as Pinto told QMI Agency this past summer at San Diego’s Comic-Con, Singh had his own doubts about her. “He didn’t want to meet me. He didn’t want to meet an Indian girl.” What changed his mind? “The Indian girl,” she says with a laugh. If that sounds like a remarkably

smooth exchange, it’s emblematic of Pinto’s career since Slumdog Millionaire made the 27-year-old a star.

“It’s really not like that. It feels more human in a way.” Freida Pinto Actor Asked whether navigating Hollywood’s notoriously treacherous waters has been challenging, she responds, “Honestly I don’t think it’s been difficult. Either the script is really good or the director is someone I want to work with. Or there are amazing actors in the film or the story is something I believe in.” Cases in point: In the past few years, she’s made films for Woody Allen (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) and Julian Schnabel (Miral), while also acting as a L’Oreal cosmetics spokeswoman

and landing on People magazine’s Most Beautiful People list. This past summer, she starred opposite James Franco and Andy Serkis in the sleeper hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed more than $450 million worldwide. “I want to do my share of independent films as well, so I try to pace it. I finished Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then did a movie called Black Gold, then a movie with Michael Winterbottom (Trishna). So it’s about mixing it up.” And while she mostly avoids the manly blood-soaked action of Immortals, Henry Cavill, who stars as heroic Theseus, says that makes Pinto all the more welcome. “It’s such a violent movie. It’s very swords, spears and stabbing people and blood everywhere ... Freida’s a very gentle person, so it was lovely to have that sort of softness, that music, which soothes the savagery of what the story is.”


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Cast contemplates life after Harry Potter BRUCE KIRKLAND Sun Media News Services

Call it a bittersweet reverie: Key cast and crew from the Harry Potter franchise are sad it is all over and excited to see what happens next. Yet many feel adrift without their Potter family feeling. “It has taken me a while to kind of adjust to that,” Rupert Grint tells Sun Media in an exclusive Canadian interview. Playing Harry’s schoolmate Ron Weasley, Grint became one of the three core Potter stars for the entire run of the saga. “It was every day for 10 years since I was 11 and suddenly it was all over ... I still miss it.” Later, at a press conference, he admits that the poignancy of the moment really hit when, while cleaning out his dressing room at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (near London), he found an animatronic tortoise that he had brought with him to play with while making the first Harry Potter movie. “I do feel quite lost that we’re finished.” That was the consensus this weekend as Warner Home Video and officials at Universal Orlando Resort — which operates The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — staged a reunion under the guidance of Harry Potter producer David Heyman. “I miss it, no question, I miss it,” Heyman tells Sun Media about the Potter experience. “It’s really nice to be here today and see all these old faces.” The reunion was set up for the launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on DVD, on Blu-ray combo pack, on Blu-ray 3D and on digital copy. The weekend also served to pique

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Cast members (L-R) Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis arrive for the premiere of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in New York City on July 11. new interest in the theme park attraction. There is a cultural weight to the Potter universe, Jason Isaacs says in an interview. Isaacs, who played arrogant Lucius Malfoy, says he finds it “almost inexplicable” that English author J.K. Rowling had created such a complex and compelling tale, one that could be told over seven books and eight films. “This particularly parochial English boarding school story, with magic levels, has permeated every culture in the world. They’ve all taken this story — and the characters and their dilemmas — to heart, as if they are personal stories about them and their families. And that is something, dare I say it, truly magical!” Warwick Davis, who has a keen cutting-edge wit, lightens

the mood. “People have been saying to me: ‘Is it sad that it’s all over?’ I don’t think sad is quite the right word. But it’s sad that the paycheques aren’t coming through.” More seriously, he confesses: “The thing that is sad is not seeing everybody so often. We’re all used to going to work and hanging out. Going to that place (Leavesden) was always secure. Life as an actor is kind of a funny one because you’re never used to a nine-to-five consistent job. But I suppose being in the Harry Potter films is the closest you could get to that sort of an existence. Overriding all of that is a sense of pride and achievement. We can now sort of sit back and say there is a legacy to leave behind.” More farewells from the Potter clan:

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• Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley): “People ask us that question (about sad farewells) and we hesitate to reply. And I think the reason is that this has never been done before and we’re kind of struggling to understand what has been achieved. But I think that ‘celebration’ is a good word. I’d go with that.” • Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum): “To be honest, it’s very difficult for me to take it that it’s come to an end. I think it’s going to live on forever in people’s hearts. So, you know, I’m going to think that we want to live with them in their hearts forever.” • Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley): “Yeah,” he says, pointing to Ianevski beside him, “what he said. It’s amazing!” • George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebolt): “Being in one of the

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biggest movie franchises — being in THE biggest movie franchise — is like ‘Bingo!’ to me.” • Oliver Phelps (George Weasley): “It certainly grew bigger than any of us thought it would and I don’t think we appreciate how big it is, being so close to it.” • James Phelps (Fred Weasley): “The final premiere last year was something that I’ll never forget. There were guys who had been camping in Trafalgar Square for five days just to see us walk past and say hello. So that was pretty special. Just the whole experience has been fantastic.” • Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood): “I had such a unique perspective coming from the fan world and I just feel so grateful that they let me in, because so many of those fans are crazy!” • David Barron (producer): “It’s really nice,” he says of being in Orlando. “It’s like a college reunion. It sounds corny and we’ve said it before it sounded corny then, but we all had a great time working together.” • David Yates (director): “It feels a little surreal at this point, we’re that close to it. We’ll always be grateful for the experience.” • Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy): “(As a veteran actor working with child actors) I think I understood more than them what an anomaly this is. There will never be in my working life another working experience like this. This was an island of something entirely magical. We were telling these stories that we all absolutely loved and honoured. I felt we were in service of this magical, fantastical, intangible world. We all felt that we were privileged to go to work there.”

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TECHNOLOGY RIM down, not out

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Internet addiction is a growing problem and one expert warns “there is a tsunami coming.” One British survey found 40 per cent of people felt lonely without the Net.

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“The amount of time people spend lost in their behaviours is comparable to a drinker spending time at the bar instead of with his Whether you’re mid-bite, mid-sentence or family or friends,” Tamblyn says. perhaps mid-sleep, do you react to that ‘bing’ “The addiction becomes the focus of the from your smartphone? Or is it the flashing addict’s life. The focus is to interact with red light that gets you? the addiction before anything else. If this Have you programmed your phone to alert doesn’t happen, it results in mood swings and you to messages, or has it programmed you to irritability.” respond? Internet addiction can be difficult to From the constant smartphone companion diagnose, says Dr. Greg Dubord, who teaches to the laptop replacing the lapdog, the Internet in the psychiatry department at the University has many of us on a very short leash — an of Toronto. addictive one. “Drawing the line between normal The consumer research Internet use and Internet firm Intersperience addiction is often difficult, surveyed more than 1,000 because no set criteria for people in Britain and found diagnosing the disorder quitting the Internet is as have been established by hard for some as quitting the American Psychiatric drinking or smoking. Association.” Laurie Tamblyn Without the Internet, What is easy to Addictions counsellor 40 per cent said they recognize, however, is the felt lonely. Ironically, it’s impact of web overuse on fathomable that 40 per cent of those living with our relationships. Internet addicts probably feel lonely too. Though social networking allows us to Laurie Tamblyn, an addictions counsellor in communicate with people all over the world, at special programs at Toronto’s Bellwood Health times it seems to segregate us more than ever. Services, says there are many types of Internet Real-life interaction is often interrupted by addiction, including gambling, gaming, bings and beeps. Thoughts become tweets and pornography and social networking. e-mails. Our fingers do the walking and the “We’re just beginning to treat this. It is a talking now. big problem and it is going to become bigger From neglecting friends and family before people start recognizing that they need members to creating severe relationship to do something about it,” she says. problems, the Internet and our attachment to “Some of us believe there is a tsunami it can consume our lives. coming because we haven’t fully recognized One study documents 396 negative effects the problem yet.” of the web on social involvement, including Part of that problem is the generation gap. significant family problems, Dubord says. Children today are children of technology — If you think you may have a problem, dependent on the social web and its tools. Tamblyn says the best thing is to ask for help. Addiction is a progressive illness that ends “You can get an assessment at any treatment up in isolation, Tamblyn says, so Internet centre, or do it online and it’s anonymous. use can be a slippery slope, and can have There are a lot of people struggling, and there’s devastating effects on relationships. a lot of help.”

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Controversy over cervical cancer vaccine MARILYN LINTON Sun Media News Services

Imagine if there was a vaccine to prevent breast cancer. You can bet most women would want it. Yet curiously that’s far from the case with cervical cancer, the second most common cancer of women aged 20 to 44 and a lifethreatening disease. Though the vaccines (there are actually two different ones available) have been around for a number of years, the uptake has been remarkably low. A recent survey found that while almost 100 per cent of women aged 18 to 25 have heard of cervical cancer,

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only 28 per cent of women know the vaccines exist. Even fewer report having cervical cancer vaccine discussions with health care providers. “I think what’s revelatory in this survey is the mismatch between the knowledge and the lack of action,” says Toronto’s Dr. Joan Murphy, head of the division of gynecologic oncology at University Health Network. Young women know about this cancer, she says, but many are not proactive about getting the vaccine or talking to their health care providers about it. Cervical cancers are today caught and treated when detected through Pap screening. But in this survey — conducted by Angus Reid, made possible through a grant from GlaxoSmithKline and endorsed by The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada — a surprising number of women are embarrassed to even discuss Pap test screening with their doctor. Perhaps the cervix is the last body part women think about. Though only about an inch long, it sits in the narrow lower part of the uterus. Malignant cell changes can occur in the cervix but they can’t be detected by a doctor’s exam — hence, the Pap smear which shows actual cell changes. The HPV virus is responsible for many of these changes and some strains can cause cancer. Gardasil and Cervarix are the vaccines currently available, but because they are best given to young women before they become sexually active, they have

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Rachel Sheps, 24, gets the human pappiloma virus vaccine at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Disease Control and Prevention cancer can also cause cancers of prompted debate. Some parents recommended boys and young balk at adding yet another vaccine the vulva, penis, anus and throat men be vaccinated against HPV — the latter on the rise due to an to their kids’ already dense to protect against anal and throat increase in the prevalence of oral immunization schedules. Others sex. Recently, HPV was also linked cancers. fear the vaccine promotes a liberal HPV-mediated cervical cancers to heart disease. sexual message. can be identified by Pap screening Some experts predict oral In addition to confusing even in their pre-cancerous stage, cancers will surpass cervical messaging, immunization Murphy says. cancer in the next decade. “It’s a requires more than one shot “But with the oral cancers, growing concern,” notes Murphy. and there’s a cost factor. Even we have no screening programs “There is evidence to suggest that health care groups have criticized or tests, so the cancers are not oral cancers are not only on the the vaccines, saying they don’t picked up at a precancerous level,” rise but that a significant portion prevent all HPV infections Murphy says. “This problem of of them are HPV mediated. “ (though they protect against the HPV infection and the risk of Anal cancers have also risen in most dangerous), there have been resulting cancers will remain recent years and are particularly concerning side effects, and longhigh in both the cervix and the common among men who have term studies are absent. oropharynx. It’s an argument for sex with men and HIV-infected But it’s not only cervical cancer HPV vaccine and also speaks to that’s a concern. Growing evidence people. Last month, the advisory the immunization of both males committee on immunization indicates the HPV strains that and females.” practices of the Centers for cause genital warts and cervical

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Warming up to winter coats HEATHER TOSKAN Sun Media News Services

With predictions of another cold winter on the way, thoughts of staying warm and looking good are top of mind. It’s a season that showcases plenty of sophisticated and elegant style, with classic and modern coat silhouettes flourishing in both plain and fancy materials such as leather, mohair, camel hair, shearling and faux fur.

“Leather definitely makes a strong comeback this season, with the key focus on duffel coats, parkas, aviators, trenches and hourglass shapes. New treatments such as quilted leather, leather bonded to faux fur and leather combined with wool … creates contemporary looks,” says Joann Schelstratte, a senior designer at Danier. “There’s also a trend toward longer lengths. Shorter jackets are getting longer and the fulllength leather coat definitely calls out drama,” Schelstratte says. Leather, shearling and both real and faux fur are used jointly and severally in many designer collections, including those of Derek Lam, Jean Paul Gaultier, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Gucci and, closer to home, labels Harricana, Rudsak, and Soia & Kyo. Basic black, tan and brown are no- fail favorites for both fur and leather, but neutrals of grey and taupe are also getting plenty of play along with a few bright shades. White leather makes unexpected and refreshingly modern style statements, while caramel and burgundy leather tie into the season’s many updates on 70s styles. Shades of cobalt blue, vibrant red, emerald green, orange, violet and turquoise also up the ante in runway-influenced fur, leather and fabric outerwear. Shaggy faux and real fur take turns trimming cuffs, collars and hem lines and take centre stage on coats fashioned entirely from the plush stuff. If leather, woollens and fur don’t grab you, quilted nylon puffers and down materials all fall in for another season.

“If you can buy just one coat, I’d recommend a belted coat in a knee or justbelow-the-knee length. Belted and shaped styles give down coats more sexy shapely silhouettes. Don’t be afraid to brighten winter by moving away from black into brighter fashion shades and neutrals such as camel and clay,” suggests Ilan Elfassy, a designer at Montreal-based Soia & Kyo. Ladylike retro-inspired silhouettes and details make for the strong revival of classic wool coats, as well as capes and refined ponchos. “There are ’60s and ’70s influences in coat shapes such as those with Balmacaan and cocoon styling along with reefer and duffle coats. Classic coat shapes and capes are both moving forward and we’ll continue to see them all next fall,” says Tamar Matossian, a general manager at Lundstrom. Double-breasted reefer and belted trench coats are among the most popular silhouettes, some of which are dolled up with fancy oversized buttons, stand up collars and textures like tweed and boiled wool. Asymmetrical zippers and toggle closures are among the other popular features on some winter coats.

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Laurie’s camel coloured leather aviator style coat ($449, Danier) features a sheepskin collar and cuffs. A wine, olive green, camel and multihued animal print scarf ($19.97, Zellers) completes her stylish look.

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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011


Boomers set for new careers STEFANIA MORETTI Sun Media News Services

Sam Pritchett, 48, is re-defining “Freedom 55.” Pritchett is happy with his career at Hewlett-Packard in Toronto where he’s been a consultant to large enterprises for the last 14 years. It’s a fast-paced job that allows him to solve problems and work with technology, which he loves. “It’s something that excites me,” said Pritchett, who prefers not to use his real name. That’s because he’s planning a second career to keep him sharp when he retires, hopefully in his fifties. Pritchett is not alone. More Canadians are working later in life, according to Statistics Canada. The employment rate of individuals over the age of 55 has climbed steadily from 22 per cent in 1996 to 34 per cent in 2010. Stateside, somewhere between five and eight million Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 had launched into encore careers as of 2008, according to Civic Ventures. And the number is expected to grow on both sides of the border as more baby boomers approach retirement facing pension shortfalls and longer life expectancies. Among Pritchett’s friends, there are two common themes. Everyone wants to leave his or her full-time job as soon as possible, he said. “And nobody seems to want to retire in the traditional definition of the word — as in stop. They want to do something else.” For Pritchett, that’s furniture design. There will be no winters in sunny Florida or bowling leagues for he and his wife, at least not at first. Pritchett would prefer instead to explore his creative side, sharpening his carpentry skills making furniture and objects using a mix of materials such as wood, glass and metal. “If as a result I’m able to pay the bills … then that would be what ‘good’ looks like to me,” he said. Pritchett can only hope his retirement finances — which have taken a beating in recent months due to ongoing market turmoil — will be enough to cover his modest living expenses. Ideally, he’d like to help his two university-aged children buy their first home. “I’m not entirely confident,” he said.

That’s where the Challenge Factory (http://www. comes in. The Canadian company has helped more than two dozen older professionals “test-drive” new careers with one-day placements. “Our boomer clients are considering starting new businesses or applying for new positions over the age of 55,” said Lisa Taylor, president of Challenge Factory. Pritchett spent one day on the job with a woodworker who provided him with valuable tips on how to become and stay profitable working as a craftsman. “The idea was to step into someone else’s role. I got some excellent coaching,” he said. “We do not offer ‘quick fixes’ to career issues and our clients transition over months and years,” Taylor said. Aside from the potential financial gains, Pritchett considers his encore career a matter of mental and physical health. “A sedentary, uneventful, life without challenges after 50 will probably have an impact on how long you live,” he said. “It’s a healthy thing to do, to be challenged.”

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Jinny Hanson, 64, a former postal worker, works on her mouse skills during a basic computer class at the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (FIT) workforce development center in Las Vegas last month.

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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

St. Albert Leader - Nov. 17, 2011  

St. Albert Leader - Nov. 17, 2011

St. Albert Leader - Nov. 17, 2011  

St. Albert Leader - Nov. 17, 2011