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INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Council Notes . . . . 13 Health . . . . . . . 16 GREEN . . . . . . . 17 Entertainment . . . . 22 Fun & Games . . . . . 24 Business . . . . . . 26 . . . .27


Bellerose Composite High School teacher Alan Thorne puts a juice box in one of the school’s recycling bins. The money from bottles and cans collected at the school doesn’t go into their pockets — it goes toward building preschools in Thailand. See more Green features on pages 17-21.



That’s how much Canadians spent on beer in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, according to Statistics Canada. That’s an increase of 0.6 per cent nationally. Here in Alberta, beer sales were up 7.1 per cent. Beer sales continue to top liquor sales, but wine is slowly catching up. Overall liquor sales totalled $20.9 billion during that period, including more than $2 billion of sales in Alberta alone.

Pair follow NHLers’ path to Europe GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A pair of young St. Albert hockey players are hoping a trip to Europe is the next step in following their professional hockey dreams. Brady Nicholas and Justin MacDonald, both 12 and both members of the peewee AA St. Albert Sabres this past hockey season, are heading to Helsinki, Finland, this week as part of the Western Canada Selects to take part in the World Selects Invitational tournament from April 30 to May 4. Alumni of the Selects program include National Hockey League players like Matt Duchene, Sam Gagner, Logan Couture, Ryan O’Reilly, Jeff Skinner and Kevin Shattenkirk. And being able to follow in such big footsteps is an exciting prospect for the St. Albert youngsters. “If I’m doing what the NHL players were doing at my age, then I might turn out like them,” said Justin, a defenceman who attends St. Edmund’s Hockey Academy in Edmonton. “It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Brady added. Brady and Justin will also take part in a training camp in Stockholm, Sweden, prior to the tournament. While in Europe, the boys will get the chance to experience new cultures and make new friends while taking in a different style of play. “Probably the food [will be the biggest difference], and the language and the buildings,” Justin said. But going across the ocean with

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Brady Nicholas (left) and Justin MacDonald try their Western Canada Selects jerseys on for the first time at MacDonald’s Deer Ridge home on Monday. The pair are heading to Europe next week to play in an elite tournament. Canada. “There was a lot of kids and a lot of competition,” Justin said. The tryouts were packed with two games a day in between training sessions, all of which tested their abilities in different situations like power plays and killing penalties. Both boys were taken aback when they got the phone call with the good news. “I never thought that I’d ever go to Europe, so I was excited,” Justin said. Both boys’ fathers are incredibly proud of their sons and their accomplishments. “They worked hard to earn it,” said Justin’s dad, John. “They’re on the ice at their academies three days a week, and then their winter

a teammate and a friend will make it a little easier. “Then you have somebody that you know and you can hang out with,” said Brady, a forward who attends the St. Albert Sports Academy at Albert Lacombe School. “Plus you can meet new kids.” The tournament in Helsinki will also feature teams from Russia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, the United States and the Czech Republic. It’s also taking place at the same time as the IIHF World Championships are being held in both Helsinki and Stockholm. The boys found out they would be going to Europe in January after an intense two-day tryout that was held in St. Albert but attracted 300 players from across Western



teams, and they’re in two spring programs, then this. So they’ve worked really hard.” “They both love hockey, and the fact that they’ve taken something they love and they turned into a cultural experience is fantastic,” added Brady’s dad, Jeff. And they hope that, whether or not they follow that path to the NHL, the boys still come home with an enriching experience. “I want them to learn that not every country’s like Canada,” Jeff said. “All the things we do here aren’t necessarily the things they do over there.” “We want to expose them to something other than just the NHL they watch on TV,” John added. “It’s another whole game of hockey.”






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Sturgeon makes the grade The Sturgeon Community Hospital is making the grade, according to a report card put out by the CBC last week. On Friday evening, CBC’s The Fifth Estate aired the findings of Rate My Hospital, a report card that the program compiled that assigned letter grades to more than 600 Canadian hospitals based on data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. And, after all the dust settled, the Sturgeon had earned itself a grade of A+, one of just 10 hospitals across Canada to top the honour roll. The Sturgeon also topped all four hospitals located within Edmonton city limits. The Royal Alexandra Hospital received an A, the Misericordia Hospital and the University of Alberta Hospital both received Bs, and the Grey Nuns Community Hospital got a C. Four of the 10 hospitals across Canada that recieved A+ grades are located in Alberta. But Alberta Health Services isn’t blowing their own horn over the rankings, saying that the CBC’s methodology took “a handful of measures out of context” and did not “provide an accurate comparison

between hospitals.” “Any information that helps us improve the health system is valuable. However, simply grading hospital outcomes does not take into account wide differences between hospitals and communities they serve,” AHS said in a statement emailed to the St. Albert Leader. “These grades don’t reflect those differences. Every community is different, and that means every hospital will be different. That’s why we think local decision-making is imperative.” In fact, hospitals in eight provinces and two territories declined to complete a survey sent out by the CBC to find out more about things like infection and complication rates. The others — Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and New Brusnwick — only supplied the information after requests were filed with the privacy and information access co-ordinators of their respective health ministries. AHS said that they do compile quarterly performance reports on a broad range of measures that are made available on their website, but they don’t break down those reports by hospital for the same reasons they panned the CBC grades. For the CBC report card, hospitals were divided into four groups: small community hospitals; medium community hospitals;

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The Sturgeon Community Hospital earned a grade of A+ in a recent report by CBC’s The Fifth Estate, but Alberta Health Services officials say the rankings aren’t an accurate measure. large community hospitals (like the Sturgeon); and teaching hospitals. The hospitals were then graded in five categories, including deaths after major surgeries, adverse events tied to postsurgical nursing care, adverse events tied to nursing care for medical problems, the number of patients readmitted after surgery and the number of patients readmitted after medical treatment.

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An A+ grade in a category means the reported rate is “substantially better than a typical hospital of the same size.” The scale goes down from there, with a B grade signifying a reported rate near the average, and a D grade signifying a reported rate much worse than average. The full report card can be found online at ratemyhospital.

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Crouse downplays regional infighting GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The alleged infighting among Capital Region municipalities is not as bad as the provincial government is making it out to be, according to St. Albert’s mayor. On Monday, the Edmonton Journal published a story in which Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths said the squabbling among the 24 municipalities that make up the Capital Region Board is “quite absurd” and that, if the situation is not resolved in short order, a review of boundaries or even amalgamation into five or six governmental bodies could be in the cards. But St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, who serves as chair of the CRB, said the story was “overstating” the friction on the board. “We have one meeting we’ve been trying to set up ... and that meeting has not been able to be set up,” he said. “And of course, what happens is that’s perceived to be infighting. But goodness, there are many examples of a whole bunch of stuff that’s being worked on.” The biggest bones of contention on the board are believed to be an area structure plan for the Horse Hill subdivision in Edmonton and a new community planned for Spruce Grove. Those developments must be approved by a committee of regional chief administrative officers, but apparently the CAOs of some counties in the region are making no effort to attend meetings so quorum can be achieved or even return emails. Some board members are suggesting that is

the counties’ way of getting back at Edmonton for vetoing the expansion of an industrial area near Acheson that was proposed by Parkland County. “There’s a lot more good going here than there is bad, and I don’t see boundary rationalization or restructuring as important,” Crouse said, noting that the board recently received $500,000 from the province to update its growth plan. He added that municipalities in the Capital Region have a long history of working together — albeit in smaller units than the CRB — and there’s no reason that shouldn’t continue. “What [Griffiths] is saying is, ‘Work some of these things out,’ because turf wars aren’t going to work for the next thousand years, hundred years, 10 years,” Crouse said. Examples Crouse cited include the new pump station near Kingswood Park in St. Albert, to which 13 municipalities contributed funds, and Servus Credit Union Place, a project to which Morinville and Sturgeon County chipped in with cash. St. Albert has also contributed to traffic projects in Edmonton, like the widening of 170 Street and the addition of turning lanes at Yellowhead Trail and St. Albert Trail. But, he added, projects need to truly benefit the region for such co-operation to take place. “[Am I] suggesting the City of St. Albert should pay for the arena in downtown Edmonton? Absolutely not. That is not a sub-regional thing; that is truly an Edmonton thing,” he said. “But if they want to charge everybody who parks there an extra dollar or two to pay for the arena, I say go for it.”

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BCHS can’t quite Reach provincial repeat

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Unfortunately, some of the smartest students from Bellerose Composite High School will not get a chance at redemption. The BCHS Reach for the Top team was unable to defend their provincial title on home turf over the weekend, bowing out of the Alberta-wide trivia competition in the semifinals Saturday to a team from Old Scona Academic High School in Edmonton. BCHS teacher and team coach Brian Grant said the team was obviously devastated to not successfully defend their crown, but they’re taking it all in stride. “It’s a game, and that’s the way we’re looking at it,” Grant said. “I have nothing but respect for these kids; they played their hearts out. We really prepared ourselves, but [Old Scona] was a strong team, and you don’t know what questions are going to be in the packet.” Reach for the Top is a trivia game where topics can run the gamut from sports to theatre to science, and the questions can take

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The Bellerose B Team squares off against the Webb Academy Team 1 during the Reach For The Top provincial championship on Saturday in the cafeteria at Bellerose Composite High School. many formats. Last year, the BCHS team beat Old Scona teams in both their semifinal and the provincial final, earning a trip to Toronto for the national competition. There, they fell to the eventual champions from the University of Toronto Schools in the quarterfinals. There are about 40 Reach for the Top teams across the province,

many of which made the trip to St. Albert for the provincial tournament. “There’s a strong emphasis on Canadian content,” explained Jyoti Mangat, an assistant principal at Bellerose. “As adults, we’re quite often surprised at the amount of information these kids know, and also how quick they are on their reflexes because they have to be

able to work with their buzzer.” Bellerose was one of the first to lead the game’s resurgence in Alberta, and he said he has seen it get more and more competitive over the past couple of years. “It’s very competitive. To put a program like this together, like we’ve done, takes a lot of time, and quite frankly, I don’t know if I would do it if I were starting

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2000) and one bronze. She also won four gold medals at the world wheelchair basketball championships between 1994 and 2006, and One of St. Albert’s most decorated was named to the tournament all-star team in international athletes is set to add 1998 and 2002. another major honour to her already Meanwhile, Frick — who hails lengthy resumé. from Pender Island, B.C. — coached Wheelchair Basketball Canada Krempien throughout her entire announced on Tuesday that international career, taking the helm St. Albert native Jennifer Krempien of the national women’s team from will be inducted — alongside 1990 to 2009. He also coached both her coach, Tom Frick — into the national icons Rick Hansen and Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame Terry Fox at points in his career. at a ceremony in Toronto on May 10. Jennifer “I could have never imagined “I am humbled and honoured to back in 1977 when a very persuasive Krempien be recognized for the achievements of Hall of Famer Rick Hansen badgered me into our team,” Krempien said in a press playing wheelchair basketball, and release. “Throughout my career, I coaching wheelchair volleyball and athletics, played with so many fantastic teammates, was that one day an honour such as this would influenced by so many dedicated coaches and occur,” Frick said in the same press release. had unbelievable support from Wheelchair “Most importantly, the induction of Jennifer Basketball Canada, the Canadian Paralympic and I is recognition of Canada’s long-term Committee, and Sports Canada. It is a truly an commitment to the Paralympic movement honour to be recognized by the Hall of Fame.” and to the pursuit of excellence.” Krempien and Frick will become the first Other inductees this year include athletes inductees into the hall of fame from the sport Robert Easton (athletics) and Tim McIsaac of wheelchair basketball. (swimming), and builders Janet Dunn and Krempien was a member of the national John Howe. women’s wheelchair basketball team from Individuals inducted into the Canadian 1991 to 2008, and competed in five Paralympic Paralympic Hall of Fame will be recognized Games during that span, winning three within the Olympic and Paralympic Gallery at consecutive gold medals (1992, 1996 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.

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from scratch right now after seeing the competition, because it’s formidable,” he said. Gerry Buccini is a retired teacher who still helps with Reach for the Top as an organizer and moderator. He initiated it in 1973 with a TV show called Hi Q that was broadcast on Global TV at the time. After the show was eventually cancelled, he acted on a suggestion from students who told him about Reach For The Top that was quite popular in Eastern Canada. “I guess they like the way I moderate,” smiled Buccini. “We have lots of good times and I write questions. About three years ago, I found out that Bellreose had a team, so I volunteered to help. They’ve had two successful years, although unfortunately they didn’t make it this year, but it’s been great and has spread through the province.” This year’s Bellerose team was made up entirely of Grade 12 students who have been working and practicing together since September. — With files from Grant Cree


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omething is rotten in the state of Denmark, Marcellus quipped to Horatio in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Nowadays, though, it seems something is rotten in the Capital Region. Seemingly out of nowhere this week, Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister by Glenn Cook Doug Griffiths began leveling accusations of “absurd” infighting among the member municipalities of the Capital Region Board and musing openly about redrawing boundaries or even the dreaded A-word — amalgamation — if they don’t get their collective act together in the next little while. Meanwhile, St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, who also serves as chair of the CRB, told the St. Albert Leader that Griffiths’s concerns were — to borrow another turn of phrase from Shakespeare — much ado about nothing, that it was just one meeting that couldn’t get set up and that was no reason for alarm. Whatever is going on at the CRB, something doesn’t add up. Either Griffiths is overstating the situation, or Crouse is understating it. Wires definitely seem to be crossed, though, and those need to be untangled in order for relations between the region and the Alberta government to not break down. It’s bizarre, too, that this sort of dysfunction is the reason why the CRB was set up in the first place. The CRB was the provincial government’s attempt to get all the region’s municipalities to the table after years of squabbling on other boards. As for Griffiths, it is hard to tell whether or not he is bluffing with his threat of amalgamation. Maybe he was having a bad week and just decided to vent. Maybe the frustration with the Calgary Regional Partnership spilled over somewhat into Edmonton. When amalgamation has reared its ugly head before, though, St. Albert has fought it tooth and nail, and there’s no reason why it would be any different this time around. Should it crop up again, it will be a argument full of sound and fury, although this time it will definitely signify something.

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hen the new provincial budget was announced, I had just become the president of the Big Lake Environmental Support Society. I’d only held the position for about a month, and was still overwhelmed at the idea; hearing what the province had planned didn’t help. In the face of those environmental cutbacks, I realized just how much is needed to keep our world going. In the past years, climate change has become more than a frightening possibility. These days, it’s a virtual certainty. On an individual level, we recycle, and we keep our local environment free of litter, and we turn the lights off when we leave


McDONALD BLESS president My City rooms. People have put more pressure on their governments to respond, and those governments have put a little pressure on business to change to a healthier model, but much of it has taken place far over our heads. A single person’s carbon footprint is minute compared to an industry’s, and Canada’s is, as of 2009, only about two per cent of the world’s total. So, we at BLESS protect the lake — not because we think we can mightily hold back global warming or control the demands

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of industry and urban expansion, but because we love it. We love Big Lake, its woods and wetlands, and as stewards, we want to share that with the city. Many of the problems the lake faces are decided by situations much larger than us, issues of government and economy taking place far outside our grasp, but we’re not without hope. One person alone writing a letter is a special case; a hundred is a demographic. Anything we’ve accomplished, we’ve accomplished because people loved the lake enough to speak up with us. I won’t ask anyone to throw money at us. Money may be the language of business, but an organization like ours can’t

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St. Albert’s Abby McEwen finished 22nd at the World Junior Ski Cross Championships in Italy last month.

Carving out her place on the international slopes, St. Albert teen Abby McEwen competed in last month’s World Junior Ski Cross Championship in Valmalenco, Italy. After weeks of training in the Sunridge Ski Club’s Alpine/Ski Cross program, the 16-year-old skier tested her mettle against the world’s best as a member of Team Canada’s Junior Girls team and emerged in a “fantastic” 22nd place, said Sunridge program director Steve Lawrence. “This is a great result considering the track was quite difficult and the field was very experienced,” said Lawrence, noting fellow Canadian Marielle Thompson, 20, of

Whistler, B.C., took home the gold medal during the championships held March 26 to 31. McEwen earned her place on Team Canada with a second-place finish at a recent Ski Cross event in B.C. and has been working hard to make the jump to the international level, said Lawrence. Gaining momentum from the championship, McEwen improved at the Swiss National Championships in Hienzenburg with a 13th place finish. As the Czech Republic championships were cancelled due to heavy snow, McEwen and her coach Remi Poirier enjoyed a training day on the slopes in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Poirier, Sunridge’s under-18/under-16 coach, was also selected as part of


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City releases enviro report GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Maria Manio (left), the St. Albert Goodwill donation centre manager, shows donated items to Goodwill executive Larry Brownoff (middle) and Mayor Nolan Crouse in the warehouse of the new donation centre, which opened Saturday in Tudor Glen Market.

The City of St. Albert is making great strides toward many of its environmental goals, according to a new report released this week. The City released its annual Report on the Environment on Wednesday, highlighting progress that the City and its residents have made toward goals that centre around land, air, water and waste. “The City made significant progress towards its environmental goals in 2012,” said Leah Kongsrude, manager of the City’s office of community sustainability, in a press release. “We exceeded our 2020 goal for waste diversion, thanks to our residents, and the Sturgeon River State of the Watershed Report was completed. With these tremendous accomplishments, it’s also time to explore residents’ priorities for the environment and to set new goals for our future.” The biggest highlight of the report is the fact that the City exceeded its 2020 waste diversion target of 65 per cent eight years early, along with its per capita waste reduction target of 125 kilograms per year. In 2012, residents generated only 112 kilograms of waste per person — which is down from 137 kilograms per person in

2011 — and diverted 67 per cent of total waste from landfills through the City’s recycling and organics collection programs. Meanwhile, residents also reduced the amount of water they used to 257 litres per person per day, down another five litres from 2011. The City hopes to reach a goal of 200 litres per person per day by 2020. As well, City officials are excited about getting approval for an air quality monitoring station in St. Albert, which should be up and running sometime in 2014. City council also received the Sturgeon River State of the Watershed Report in 2012, which gave the Sturgeon River an overall grade of fair. The report also gave several recommendation to improve the river’s health, including promoting education and outreach programs, encouraging research to fill data gaps, identifying and prioritizing environmentally sensitive areas and promoting sustainable urban development. This year, the City is planning to consult with residents to update its five-year Environmental Master Plan, as well as work on the creations of the corporate and community greenhouse gas action plan. The full report is available online at

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The Affordable Housing Policy defines the City’s role in the delivery of affordable housing programs and services.

The St. Albert Housing Society has requested that the City of St. Albert provide them with a 10-year municipal loan guarantee.

The third and final reading of St. Albert’s new Animal Bylaw came before council Monday as unanimous consent was not granted on April 2.

The cost for the Campbell Road Park and Ride, originally estimated at $30M, is now estimated to cost $37.1M in 2013 dollars and potentially $42.7M by 2015. Council was asked to approve starting the process to hire an engineering firm to start preliminary design work.

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“I think clearly it’s important that council support the society. They have worked very hard for many years. They’ve shown a lot of passion and as we’ve seen through the information that they have provided through administration, they’ve done their homework.”

“At the end of the day, on an issue like this, it’s not my personal opinion that matters. It’s what best for the community and best for the public, and what they tell me.” — Cam MacKay

“We are in a bind for costs. If we don’t get started, the cost could escalate to $42 million by 2015. So I think it’s important we move forward as quickly as we can.” – Len Bracko


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A revolving line of credit will be used to purchase 12 additional units in Big Lake Pointe as well as to cover expenses and loan payments. “The benefit of [this option] is that it allows us not only to make the initial acquisition of 12 units ... but in time, there’s the ability to draw down the revolving credit again to start our next project.”

— City manager Patrick Draper The new bylaw will come into effect on Sept. 1, 2014. Council also approved spending $24,000 out of the Dog License Reserve Fund for public communication and education on the new bylaw, as well as any new signage that will be needed. timmytaco76

— David McGreer, SAHS board chair

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The hiring of a special project manager was postponed until September, when administration will come back to council with a project update that includes cost estimates, financing options and the status of lease negotiations. “Whenever I see a budget increase by 40 per cent and we haven’t even actually started, I get very concerned.”

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Cancer survivors embark on new chapters JOANNE RICHARD Sun Media News Services

Cancer survivor Terri Wingham is already scheming and dreaming her next chapter. Having just returned from India, her #Delhi2013 dozen — 12 fellow cancer survivors — are basking in renewed hope and purpose after spending two weeks pursuing a bucket-list trip to the Taj Mahal and volunteering in community projects. The 34-year-old founder of A Fresh Chapter and the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation is rewriting the book on cancer survivorship and using social media to fuel a dream of helping cancer survivors navigate life after treatment and give back in meaningful ways. Relying on the networking skills she developed as a professional recruiter, she blasted her blog,, and grew her Twitter and Facebook followings to make her “big hairy audacious dream” come true — helping 12 survivors heal emotionally from their cancer experience through connection and reflection while stepping outside of their comfort zone to herald joy and adventure. And she can’t wait to recount her story to the world. Filmmaker Mark Halliday joined the group to capture the story of healing, hope and survivorship and a documentary is in the works. “Although we followed 12

Terri Wingham and A Fresh Chapter participants in front of the Taj Mahal in India. cancer survivors to India, we discovered that their stories are so much broader than cancer. The lessons that India taught them and the way they opened up about their experience will resonate with people around the world,” says Wingham. Another fresh chapter is also in the works: “Our hope is to take a second group of survivors to India in November and to also put together a second customized bucket-list trip for anyone who wants to turn the page in life by pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone and writing a fresh chapter. We believe that life is short so you have to dream big.” Wingham is dreaming big after battling aggressive breast cancer

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2011 on a six-week volunteer program to Cape Town with Cross-Cultural Solutions. She came back with a plan and launched Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation to help survivors get out of the “bubble of fear,” cast aside post-cancer struggles, and move forward in wonderment and purpose. “Ironically, the real fear of cancer sometimes begins when treatment ends. As long as you are going to chemotherapy or radiation appointments, you can tell yourself that the doctors are managing the disease,” Wingham says. “But, when treatment ends, many people face an intense fear of the cancer coming back. I

manage this fear of recurrence by making a choice every single day to live the hell out of my life.” And she wants others to do the same. Katie Evans, 28, went on the February India trip because “I needed to do something out of my comfort zone to help fill the void that cancer left me with — the ‘what now’ void. I needed to help other people in need in order to help myself.” At age 26, Evans was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and chemo. “Many people think that when you have cancer it’s over when treatment ends, but really that’s when it begins,” she adds. The Ottawa store administrator says it felt good to focus on something other than cancer. “I realized that … many of the people that I met survived on very, very little and lived in dirt floor structures,” Evans says. “The people of India taught me a lot about living through adversity.” Says filmmaker Halliday: “Sometimes you have to travel to the other side, in order to find your way back to yourself.” While a Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation trip is not a magic solution for fixing all of the emotional and physical challenges cancer survivors face on a daily basis, Wingham says it is an opportunity for survivors to see a new dream come true and forge lasting friendships.

Aquatic workouts may fight osteoporosis

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Women who did a high-intensity aquatic workout for six months increased their strength and suffered fewer falls, in a new study that suggests bone and muscle-building resistance can be achieved with the right kinds of water exercises. “What we did was to test the model for muscle training in the gyms and put it inside the pools,” said lead author Linda Moreira, a researcher at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo. The study should encourage postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporotic bonethinning that pool-based exercise can increase muscle and bone

strength, according to Moreira’s team. Moreira’s group recruited just over 100 inactive women in their 50s and 60s. All the women took 1,000 international units of vitamin D3 and 500 milligrams of calcium daily — both vitamins known to help build bone and muscle — during the six-month study. Half the women were also assigned to an aquatic exercise program, which Moreira’s group created to combat osteoporosis named HydrOS. The HydrOS interval training included bursts of intense activity between 10 to 30 seconds at up to 90 per cent of maximum heart rate. Seven months later, the number of falls

among aquatic exercisers had dropped 86 per cent, and the number of women who suffered falls dropped 44 per cent. In the sedentary group, the number of falls remained unchanged, according to results published in the journal Menopause. About a quarter of the study participants had osteoporosis, half were at the beginning stage of the bone disease and the remaining quarter had normal bones. Moreira said that another soon-to-bepublished paper will show that over the six months of the study, the aquatic exercise group maintained bone mineral density in their femur leg bones while the sedentary women lost 1.2 per cent of bone density.

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Bottles add up to big donation at BCHS GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A nickel here or a dime there from an empty bottle or can may not seem like much to students at a local high school, but to people halfway across the world, that’s lifechanging money. Since 2003, the refunds from bottles and cans at Bellerose Composite High School have been donated to help build preschools in Thailand. So far, they’ve collected enough to build two of them at $10,000 each, and they’ve almost got enough for a third. “In all of this, we’re generating money from our bottles — our waste, our throwaways are enough to actually build a facility over there and give people an opportunity to do stuff,” said biology teacher Alan Thorne, who co-ordinates

the collection. In 2003, a student came before student council with the idea after hearing about a monk named Luangphor Viriyang Sirintharo, who had a goal of building 5,000 child development centres across Thailand, where children aged three to six could have the chance to learn and play in a safe environment. “The way out of poverty is education. That’s the best opportunity,” Thorne said. “By getting these kids in school, it gives them a heads-up.” When the project started, parents offered to travel to Thailand to help with construction, but Thorne didn’t

think that was a good idea. “Part of it is providing employment — people get put to work, you put some money into the community, plus you build a facility the children can get some advantage from,” he said. By 2007, Bellerose students had saved up enough to build the first preschool. That year, Thorne went over to attend the grand opening. “It was phenomenal,” he said, going through a PowerPoint presentation of nearly 50 photos from that trip. There are about 15 students at

Bellerose who go around collecting bottles from classrooms every two weeks and cleaning them out — something Thorne said was not a bad job until milk containers became eligible for refunds. “If someone throws out a milk carton on day one and it sits there for 13 days, they get to be pretty rank,” Thorne laughed. “Some of these kids, you’ve got to give them a lot of credit; they go through some pretty gucky things.” Thorne estimates that almost 75 per cent of bottles and cans brought into the school are recycled. “Most kids are fairly conscious of it,” he said. “We tell them, ‘Recycle that. It’s 10 cents. That 10 cents makes a big difference to somebody else.”

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Eco-chic options abound NATALIE MANZOCCO Sun Media News Services

It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, trendy or conservative, spendy or thrifty: Saving the world never goes out of style. Ecologically friendly clothing is rising in popularity — and designers representing a huge range of aesthetics and price points are going green. For the fashion-conscious who want to use their wardrobe budgets to make a difference in the world, eco-friendly dressing is (thankfully) no longer limited to patchwork pieces and earthmother knits. Fast-fashion chains like H&M and American Apparel are infusing their existing collections with

green-friendly fabrics. But plenty of smaller indie designers — including those right here in Canada — are keeping the environment in mind while making real magic with their collections. “One of my favorite eco-friendly designers in Vancouver is Obakki,” says Vancouver-based stylist Nadia Albano. “It is a higher end line — however, I love what they stand for and their design sense really speaks to me.” Malene Grotrian also earns raves for her versatile, day-to-night pieces. Elsewhere in Canada, Preloved are reworking discarded threads into party dresses and pencil skirts, and Thieves designs edgy yoga wear rendered in organic wool and cotton. Ready to do some shopping? Check out these ecofriendly picks. We would definitely add WeWood’s wooden wrist watches to our weekend wardrobe.

Brazilian company Melissa is known for its out-there plastic shoes — as well as its low-waste, eco-friendly manufacturing process. Lower-key fashionistas can opt for a hint of sparkle with these glittery loafer flats. Melissa, $59, ginzaqueen. com

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There’s nothing more classic than an LBD; Melanie Ferrara updates hers with a sheer neckline and organza trim. Device by Melanie Ferrara, $149, device. Green accessories are often easier to find than eco-friendly clothing — and there’s nothing like a great scarf to give an outfit that knockout punch. Obakki, $115,

Here are Albano’s favourite ways to bring green into a wardrobe: • Read the tags. “Opt for natural fabrics when shopping at your favourite retailer,” including cotton, silk, wool and cashmere. • Buy local. “Be mindful of where your garments are being manufactured. Canadian and locally-made garments are considered eco-friendly and will support the local economy.” • Get thrifty. “Second-hand shopping is my favourite way to go green,” Albano says. Sure, it means shopping for that perfect item will be more of a scavenger hunt, but you’ll be saving items from landfills, supporting local charities, and scoring yourself a great bargain.

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Ever since green became more than just a colour, people have taken steps to ensure they’re doing their part for Mother Nature. Recycling is now a part of our regular routine and our carbon footprint has been reduced in strides. Rather than celebrate Earth Day with a roundup of unique, eco-friendly products, here are some practical picks that can be used in your everyday life. From vivid veggie savers to sleek solar lights, these pieces promote both a healthy planet and a downto-earth lifestyle.

Add ambience to your summer evenings using renewable energy from the sun’s daily rays. Recharged by solar panels under sunlight, this stylish tea lantern automatically activates at dusk and deactivates at dawn, adding the perfect glow to your weekend patio parties. Solar Tea Lantern, $9.99, Canadian Tire (

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Schools take it outside

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Amid the hustle and bustle of several St. Albert schools lies an oasis of greenery and tranquility. A number of schools in the city have taken unused areas around their grounds and — with some flowers, trees, tables and sometimes much more — transformed them into outdoor classrooms where students can get hands-on experience learning about nature and the environment. One such school is Ronald Harvey Elementary School on Langley Drive, where the outdoor classroom is situated just outside the school library. “When it’s their class or grade level’s turn to go there for recess, it’s great fun,” said principal Janet Tripp. “We’ve had some frogs in the pond, so that’s great viewing. But they can just walk around and eat their snacks. There’s lots of birds that go in there — we have bird feeders — and the trees are big now. It’s a really peaceful place.”

With below-seasonal temperatures keeping the pesky snow on the ground well into April and Mother Nature dropping a few more flakes here and there, the outdoor classroom at Ronald Harvey isn’t quite ready to be used extensively this year, but Tripp is hopeful it will turn green and flourish soon. “We don’t use it in the winter, but in the fall and the spring, we use it as a quiet area at recess for a grade at a time — they rotate through there,” she said. “And we have special lunches at that time, too. Teachers use it for science and art.” The classroom was built about 12 years ago, when Mary Stoker was an assistant principal at the school and brought in her husband Dan — who is well known in St. Albert for his work on environmental initiatives — to help plan it out. “It was just a piece of pavement tucked in there,” said Tripp, who wasn’t at Ronald Harvey at the time but is good friends with the Stokers. “They put a fence across and put in two ponds, then

designed perennials beds and put in shrubs.” In Tripp’s time at the school, they’ve added two patios with picnic tables, as well as benches. Parents and staff members over the years have had a hand in maintaining the space. “Dan and Mary are still involved,” Tripp noted. “She’s retired, but they still come and do the major cleaning and pruning and that sort of thing for us. It’s really important to them.” While the area is accessible to all, the outdoor classroom is used mainly by the special education classes at Ronald Harvey. “We have two special education classes in our school for behaviour improvement, and the older class — Grade 4, 5 and 6 — their teacher and teacher’s aide have taken it on in the past couple of years, to maintain that,” Tripp said. “It’s just great for the kids to be part of that, to be part of that leadership in the school. They take great pride in the weeding and planting and all that sort of thing.”

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Ronald Harvey Elementary School principal Janet Tripp checks out the school’s outdoor classroom on Monday afternoon.

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When it comes to helping the environment, students at St. Albert schools are finding that there’s strength in numbers. Environment clubs have been popping up at local schools over the past few years, taking on tasks ranging from collecting recyclables to organizing Earth Day activities, and giving kids a chance to have fun while going green. With Earth Day coming up, Betty Coyne, a Grade 4 teacher at Wild Rose Elementary School on Grenfell Avenue and organizer of the school’s Groovy Green Team, said that the club’s 20 members are gearing up for an exciting week. “They’re responsible for advertising some of the special events at the school for that week — making announcements over the PA system to remind people about some of the initiatives,” she said. “It’s their club, their week,” she added. “Doing the announcements, making posters, going around to classrooms and sharing certainly spurs them on.” The Green Team has been around for several years at the school, spurred on by the increased environmental awareness that has come over the past decade. “Just the environmental emphasis that the community had and schools have, kids are very aware of that as well, and that’s one of the original initiatives that got it going,” Coyne said, adding that it ties in nicely with the science curriculum in Grade 4. The Groovy Green Team volunteers during their recess time, collecting paper for recycling across the school, sorting it and bagging it. Meanwhile, at Neil M. Ross Catholic School, Carol Strilchuk oversees the environment club, which is hard at work putting together activities for the whole school to celebrate Earth Day on Monday. “They took their learning and had to think of a centre they could run kids

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The Groovy Green Team at Wild Rose Elementary School collects paper recycling materials from classrooms every week and sorts them. taking care of things so that things will stay to school, powering down classrooms as through. They had to have their objective, healthy for them and for everyone.” much as possible for one period per day, what it was they hoped the kids would “They’re awesome. They just shock me,” and cleaning up the school playground and learn from it ... They had all sorts of ideas. Strilchuk added. “Every time I start the nearby trails. They shocked me,” Strilchuk said. “They “They keep me enthusiastic,” Coyne said. club, each year, I say to them, ‘This is your came up with about 10 different centres.” club; I’m here to facilitate. What do you “They care about their environment; it is Neil M. Ross’s environment club will be want to do?’” their world. They believe in the justice of setting up various stations in the school gym for Earth Day, and each class will have a 35-minute block to come down and participate. Club members, who are in Grades 4 to 6, also read books about the environment to younger students, and last year, they donated bicycles to children in Uganda. Strilchuk started the club three years ago when the City of St. Albert approached the school about participating in a contest. “Things just kind of branched out from there,” Strilchuk said. “We got some donations from Daytona Homes and Up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy is lost planting flowers in front of our school.” through its windows. At Wild Rose, the Groovy Green Team is marking Earth Day with a whole week With the ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ construction Manufacturer’s Rebate of activities, including encouraging and three insulating pockets, Duette® Architella® honeycomb litterless lunches and walking or biking shades increase energy efficiency.

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Anka’s sage advice for Bieber JANE STEVENSON Sun Media News Services

Often called “the Justin Bieber of his day” Canadian teen idol Paul Anka was only 16 when Diana became his breakthrough No. 1 hit in 1957. So what does Anka think about Bieber’s very public woes, most recently the backlash generated by his visit to Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam where he wrote in the museum’s guest book “hopefully she would have be a Belieber”? “Somebody should have schooled him, that’s the bottom line. It’s that simple, just school him as to what it is,” says the 71-year-old father of six, who stills performs between 50 to 75 dates a year. “You have to realize all of us with success, primarily celebrities, we’re not sophisticated when we’re born ... You don’t really get the pocket of wisdom where you really know yourself til way down in the journey.” We caught up with Anka to talk about his new autobiography My Way and his new CD, Duets which features three new songs including one with another

Canadian, crooner Michael Buble. Q: You tell some pretty honest if often raunchy stories about yourself — two and a half minute sex with actress Mamie Van Doren during a ukelele lesson! — and your idols including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Has there been any negative reaction from any camp? A: We’re all human beings and I wasn’t going to write a fluff book. I read enough of them. I think we live in an environment today with too much B.S. And when I looked at my opportunities and if I were to open the veins and say what the hell I wanted to then somewhere down the line it would be embraced ... The only ones that are inquiring would be maybe the Sinatras without any severe levels, just little whispers that I hear from friends. Q: Early on, you toured in a bus with the likes of fellow ’50s teen idols Frankie Lymon and Dion who were doing heroin, and were later welcomed into the booze, broads, gambling and mob Rat Pack-era of Las Vegas. How did you survive both scenes without going off

the rails? A: Once you realize that you’re in something that you’ve always wanted and you don’t want to lose it, you behave differently. And that means the integrity, the professionalism, and knowing what’s right from wrong and still making choices that you probably wouldn’t have made. ‘Well, it was fun, I’m going to get back to centre again.’ We’ve all got skulls in the closet but I never took those huge leaps where it was going to come up and bite me in the ass. Q: Do you still have a beef with rapper Jay-Z, who didn’t return your calls for a request to rap on the Duets track with Michael Jackson, “This is It,” despite you licensing “My Way’ to him earlier. A. I didn’t even start with Jay-Z. I respect Jay-Z. I like him. He’s a smart guy ... He never called me back. (And I told a TMZ camerman), ‘Well, he didn’t respect his elders. I started making light of it.’ So it’s become kind of a thing. As a matter of fact he hasn’t called me back. I’m sure he doesn’t know what the hell to do at this point, right?

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Motley Crue hoping for pain-free tour

A: It’s really bad. You’re doubled up and crying ... I started getting them in my 20s. Like 10 years ago, it happened to me, and 10 years before that it happened. It seems to come every 10 years.

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Imagine being on stage in front of thousands of fans while enduring the male equivalent of childbirth? That was the dilemma facing Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil last month in Sydney, Australia, as he suffered a kidney stone attack during the band’s second show in the city and had to be rushed to emergency. “Except for the kidney stone and the operation, everything went well (on the Australian tour,)” says Neil, 52, from his home in Las Vegas recently. We caught up with Neil right before the glam-metal veterans were about to embark on their biggest Canadian tour yet starting April 20 and running until May 14. Q: How did the kidney stone attack manifest itself? A: I started feeling it about four or five days before the first show in Sydney. I had a doctor come to my hotel room and try to get me some pain medication. Then the day of the first Syndey show, 10 minutes before ... I was curled up ... on the floor of my dressing room, and paramedics (were) giving me oxygen. At that time, the pain

Q: It seems surprising that after more than three decades as a band, you’re doing your largest cross-Canada trek yet. A: I’ve never even heard of some of these cities, that’s why it’s the biggest tour we’ve ever done (in Canada). We’ve only ever done major cities ... I think for the fans it’s great. It’s going to be fun for us because obviously some of these people might not have ever seen us before because it was too far for them to get to where we were playing (in the bigger cities). It’s going to be a lot of fun.

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Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil (third from left) hopes the band’s upcoming tour of Canada won’t be as painful as a recent one in Australia, during which he was passing kidney stones. went away just enough for me to go on stage and (do) the show. The next day, the pain was worse. I tried to do the show and, about three-quarters of the way through, I just couldn’t do it anymore. They rushed me to hospital. The next morning, I had

the operation. And the next day, I was in Brisbane and I did the show. Q: You’re quite the trooper, given the pain I’ve heard associated with such attacks.

Q: Has much changed show-wise since you last played Canada in 2012 on the KISS co-headlining tour? A: It’s a little bit different, but not much... We’ll have the same drum (setup)... We had to make a few changes to some of the set design because some of the smaller cities we’re playing in, they may be 5,000-seaters. So we have to be able to change our set up and down, but it’s not much different. If you saw it, you’ll see a bit of difference.

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SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and other members of the Star Trek Into Darkness squad took the stage at CinemaCon on Monday to debut 18 minutes of footage from the hotly anticipated sequel. The thrilling 3D sequences included a daring rescue of Spock from an erupting volcano, as well as a scene in which Capt. Kirk, the brash figure Pine plays, must forge a temporary alliance with John Harrison, the Shakespearean-tinged villain portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. The latter was probably Chris the more bravura and Pine emotionally charged, Actor featuring a dazzling setpiece that finds Kirk and Harrison hurtling between two badly damaged spaceships while dodging debris. Before they can don space suits, however, Kirk must put aside his hatred of Harrison in order to save his crew. “I will do everything I can to make you answer for what you did, but right now I need your help,” Kirk tells Harrison.

The other piece of footage that Paramount Pictures, which is producing the film, debuted at the annual exhibition trade show was likely selected to highlight director J.J. Abrams’ use of 3D. Star Trek Into Darkness marks the first film in the series shot in 3D, something cowriter Damon Lindelof said Abrams was initially hesitant to employ because he feared it would be “gimmicky.” It’s too early to declare Star Trek Into Darkness a bold step forward in the format like, say, Life of Pi and Hugo, but the glimpses at CinemaCon show how immersive 3D can be when used by a visual stylist like Abrams. Not only did volcanoes erupt, sparks and cinders bouncing off the screen, but Abrams’s camera also followed Kirk and Dr. McCoy as they evaded a tribe of alien creatures while racing through fields of brilliantly red foliage. The colors work to enhance the extradimensionality. In a moment reminiscent of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s famous plunge into raging rapids,

the two ship-mates find themselves at the edge of a cliff overlooking a pounding surf. Their jump into the choppy waters may not be quite as iconic, but it certainly makes for a compelling trailer. The film’s stars and Lindelof were careful not to reveal any spoilers or to give any indication if — as has been teased and postulated about by fanboy blogs across the internet — Harrison is just a pseudonym for Khan Noonien Singh. For those not steeped in U.S.S. Enterprise lore, Khan was the elegant and deadly villain at the heart of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In a case of art eerily imitating life, Pine acknowledged that the film and the methods that Harrison uses to exact his revenge on Starfleet mirrors the kind of devastation experienced at the Boston Marathon this week. “Terrorism is a big part of our lives,” Pine said. He went on to note that Harrison “... manipulates and uses fear to his advantage” in a way that forces Kirk to question his abilities as a leader. Kirk will tackle those doubts when Star Trek Into Darkness debuts on May 17.

MacNeil passes away Photo: Sun Media News Services

Nova Scotia singer Rita MacNeil, seen here in a file photo from 2009, passed away Tuesday at the age of 68 after complications from surgery. She had recorded 24 albums over her musical career, won three Juno Awards and was named to the Order of Canada in 1992.


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It’s official: Costco coming to St. Albert GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The cat is officially out of the bag — Costco is coming to St. Albert. After months of speculation and hinting, local developers Landrex were finally able to confirm the news last week, saying that Costco will anchor a new commercial development in Erin Ridge North, north of the King of Kings Lutheran Church on St. Albert Trail. “Economically, it’s an incredibly exciting time for us,” said Landrex president Troy Grant, “but it’s also an exciting time for the city. It puts you on the map a little bit.” Speculation had been running rampant, especially after City of St. Albert economic development executive director Guy Boston told a packed house at his department’s annual Business Breakfast in February that a “well-known big box retailer” — which he couldn’t name due to pending deals — was coming to town, a place where “you can go buy ketchup by the case.” Landrex vice-president of business development Kyle Reiling said that the new complex would not only benefit St. Albert and its commercial tax base, but many other communities as well. “This is going to have a significant

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After months of speculation, developers Landrex confirmed last week that a Costco store would be built in on the north end of St. Albert, scheduled to open in the fall. impact not only on St. Albert, but on Morinville, the Sturgeon [County] region, as well as to the citizens of Edmonton,” he said, noting that, between the municipalities, there could be between 100,000 and 200,000 people that the development could draw from. “It’s strategically located, and it’s got strong transportation.” Grant added that the commercial complex will also be a driver of residential development, as Landrex also has nearly 70 residential lots ready to build on in the Erin Ridge North area — all they need is for the City to lay down the pavement. “That’s the one thing missing,” Grant

said. “If we start building a house today, we couldn’t move anybody into it in September. All the pavement won’t be done until May, so if you wait until the pavement’s done to issue building permits, you won’t issue them until, say, June, and you won’t have a house on the ground until January, maybe December. Then you miss all those young families who want to move to St. Albert, into something that’s affordable.” That includes both single- and multi-family developments, and the single-family homes will be “market affordable,” Grant said, somewhere in the neighbourhood of $450,000 each.

Oilers’ skid hits sports bars hard

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The Edmonton Oilers’ crushing 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday sunk many a hockey fan’s hopes of watching their hometown team in playoff action. After another loss to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, the Oilers are now eight points out of a playoff spot with six games to go, and few people are feeling the sting more than those running local sports bars. “It’s going to affect us financially, and the city’s spirit is going to suffer as well. The community is so intertwined with the Oilers and I just feel it’s a big disappointment,” said Richard Halabi, a manager at Jox Taphouse and Sports Bar, located at 97 Street and 153 Avenue. “A couple weeks ago it looked like they might have a chance of getting there, and then they just fell off.” Halabi still expects local hockey fans to flock to watering holes to

catch other Canadian NHL teams in playoff action. He said the Jox clientele includes many Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks fans. Halabi expects a lot of excitement from Leafs fans in particular. “There’s a lot of high expectations, because they haven’t made the playoffs for the last few years and now all of a sudden they’re right in the middle of things,” he said. The Oilers were on a tear two weeks ago and shot into eighth

place in the Western Conference, but they’ve dropped to 12th place with little chance of fighting back before the end of the lockoutshortened season. Halabi said he’s still optimistic that the Oilers can turn things around in the 2013-14 season. “I’m not sure why the Oilers are still in a rebuilding stage, but there are still some pieces that need to be filled and some areas that they have to look at,” he said. “Other than that, the core is there. They (just need) to take the next step to get into the playoffs.”

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“We believe in building a quality community, and in the success and longevity of the community,” he said. “It’s a symbiotic relationship between us and the community.” Grant came before St. Albert city council on April 2 to make his case for building permits to be issued in Erin Ridge North before the pavement is laid down. While Grant couldn’t say what other stores the new commercial development might attract — although there may be some announcements coming later this spring — he did note that it is being spearheaded by Cameron Developments, the same company that built South Edmonton Common. “That’s the kind of quality you’re going to see coming into here,” Grant said. Landrex initially sold the land that Costco will be situated on to another group, who were in talks with the retailer until about a year ago. When that group bowed out, Landrex moved in and facilitated the deal. Crews are already on the Costco site drilling pilings, and construction will begin as soon as the ground softens up enough. They hope to have the Costco store open sometime this fall, with the full buildout of the commercial complex within a couple of years.

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