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INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Entertainment . . . . . 17 Health . . . . . . . 23 Lifestyle . . . . . . . 25 Business . . . . . . 26 . . . .27

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The annual Rock’n August classic car festival got off to a roaring start Tuesday with the pancake breakfast at the St. Albert Inn and Suites and Classic Car Tuesday at the Apex Casino. Right: Samuel Ouimet, 7, gets a close look at a truck at the pancake breakfast with a little boost from his grandfather, Laurier. Below right: A big thunderstorm Tuesday evening and persistent showers couldn’t keep these cars away from the casino. Below: Maddison Hilton serves up flapjacks at the St. Albert Inn and Suites.

COVER BEERprov troupe members (clockwise from top) Josh Languedoc, Dylan Cuvilier, Sean Bedard and Ali Yusuf practice their interrogation skills in preparation for the 2012 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, which starts Aug. 16. See story, page 17.



That’s how much Dutch sports car maker Spyker is suing General Motors for on behalf of its subsidiary, Saab. The suit claims that GM deliberately bankrupted the Swedish group by blocking a deal with a Chinese investor.


The Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings — along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski — for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash and three firstround draft picks.

More than 5,000 tickets handed out on highways

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Law enforcement officials across Alberta nabbed more than 5,000 unsafe drivers over the Heritage Day long weekend, according to figures released Tuesday by the provincial government. Between Friday and Monday, RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs worked together in Integrated Traffic Units and separately to issue 5,140 tickets on provincial highways, with offences ranging from speeding to dangerous driving. Among those tickets: • 35 impaired driving charges were laid, along with 202 other alcohol-related violations and 29 24-hour licence suspensions for alcohol or drug use;

• 3,556 speeding violations were issued; • 38 distracted driving violations were handed out; • 55 intersection-related infractions; • 43 hazardous violations including dangerous driving; • 210 seatbelt or child restraint infractions; and • 666 other violations, ranging from driving without insurance to driving while suspended. Special attention was given to Highway 63, which runs in and out of Fort McMurray. Of the above totals, 881 tickets were handed out on this particular corridor, including 655 speeding violations, one impaired driving charge, 22 other alcohol-related violations and eight 24-hour suspensions. A total of 16 new RCMP members and

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Alberta Sheriffs will begin patrolling the Highway 63 corridor over the next few months, with the first two of those already on the job. Across the province, another 37 tickets were handed out to unsafe commercial truck drivers for offences such as mechanical defects and overloading. Meanwhile, resource enforcement officers were also out in force to make sure people were using Alberta’s public lands, including campgrounds and recreation areas, reponsibly. Over the course of the weekend, they handed out 201 tickets for Fisheries Act violations, including exceeding fishing limits and fishing without a license, and 68 tickets for parks-related offences, including noise complaints.


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YOUr COUNCIL NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING Monday, August 20, 3:00 p.m. Council Chambers St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street


Wednesday, August 22, 4:00 p.m. East Boardroom, Third Floor St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

SUBDIvISION & DEvELOPMENT APPEAL BOArD Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. Council Chambers St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street



Do you have an idea, large or small, for a citizen-action project that would benefit the environment in our community but you are without the funds to make it happen? The Environmental Advisory Committee and the City of St. Albert are now accepting applications for the 2012 allocation of the Environmental Initiatives Grant. This grant is for St. Albert schools, non-profit organizations and community groups. Application Deadline: October 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. For more information on eligible projects and applicants, visit environmental-initiatives-grant-program or email for a complete application package.

WATEr CONSErvATION TIPS Don’t get soaked by your lawn! Maintaining healthy plants and lawns doesn’t require a lot of water. •

Use a rain barrel. Rain water is soft and non-chlorinated, which encourages plant growth and healthy soil. Leave grass clippings on your lawn. This will help water retention and inhibit weed growth.

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The City of St. Albert is developing a Heritage Management Plan to guide the conservation of historic resources in St. Albert. Your home may be a heritage property. How would you manage heritage assets? Visit to learn more and to share your ideas in a short survey. Hard copies of the survey are available from Cultural Services and the Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street or by calling 780-459-1600.

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Review how to recognize circulatory emergencies, perform one and two-rescuer CPR and choking procedures for adults, children and infants. Learn how to use bag valve masks and automated external defibrillators for health care providers such as paramedics, nurses and physicians. Monday, August 27 6 to 10 p.m. To register or for further information, contact Fountain Park Recreation Centre.

TEMPORARY TRUCK CROSSING RAY GIBBON DRIVE – RIEL PARK REDEVELOPMENT PHASES 3 & 4 JULY 23 – NOVEMBER 30, 2012 Drivers and trail users should be aware of the following disruptions on Ray Gibbon Drive associated with the Riel Park Redevelopment • Heavy truck traffic on Ray Gibbon Drive between LeClair Way and Giroux Road. Trucks will be making approximately 190 round trips per day. A temporary signalled crossing will be built on Ray Gibbon Drive south of the Sturgeon River bridge to allow the hauling of clay and topsoil for redevelopment. Temporary signals at the crossing will keep traffic flowing; however, expect delays. Starting September 3, trucks will be restricted from using the temporary crossing during peak traffic times (7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.) to minimize delays on Ray Gibbon Drive. • Temporary trail closure of a portion of the Red Willow Trail between Levasseur Road and the Sturgeon River bridge will be closed until fall 2013 due to the truck crossing and site redevelopment. Access to Lois

Hole Centennial Provincial Park and the BLESS platform remains open via Rodeo Drive. Motorists and trail users are advised to watch for signs. Motorists please maintain the posted speed limit. Thank you for your patience during the 2012 construction season. For more information: contact the City of St. Albert Engineering, Capital Projects, 780-459-1654 or visit riel-recreation-park-redevelopment.

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BYLAW 15/2012 and BYLAW 16/2012 MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012 - 5:00 P.M. COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ST. ALBERT PLACE Public Hearings have been scheduled for the following bylaws: •

Bylaw 15/2012, being Amendment 89 to Land Use Bylaw 9/2005, is a bylaw to redistrict lands legally described as Part of S.W. ¼ Sec. 21-54-25 W4, known municipally as #3, 54307 HWY 2, from Medium Density Residential (R3) Land Use District to Medium Density Residential (R3A) Land Use District for the purpose of apartment development, as shown on the sketch below.

Bylaw 16/2012, being Amendment 90 to Land Use Bylaw 9/2005, is a bylaw to redistrict lands legally described as Part of N.W. ¼ Sec. 16-54-25 W4, known municipally as 32 City Annex North, from Medium Density Residential (R3A) Land Use District to Medium Density Residential (R3) Land Use District for the purpose of townhouse development, as shown on the sketch below.

Details of the proposals may be obtained by phoning the Planning Department at 780-459-1642. Copies of the proposed bylaws may be examined between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays at the Legislative Services Department (3rd Floor) in St. Albert Place, St. Albert. A copy of this notice has been provided to the property owners within a 100 m radius of all lands as described above. Speaking to City Council If you wish to speak to City Council, please phone Legislative Services (780-459-1500) before 12:00 noon on Monday, August 20, 2012. You may also be heard by City Council by responding when the Chair of the Hearings calls upon any person present to speak in favour of or opposition to the proposed bylaws.

Phase One – May 14 tO sePteMber 7, 2012 new – Phase One extensiOn – July 31 tO sePteMber 7, 2012 Phase twO – sePteMber 7 tO nOveMber 1, 2012 Due to significant rainfall, the Mission Avenue reconstruction project is three weeks behind schedule. A revised timeline and plan have been developed by the contractor which outlines the work that can be reasonably completed. Phase One has been extended to include an additional portion of Mission Avenue. As part of this, the Mission Avenue and Perron Street intersection will be completely closed starting July 31 to September 7, 2012 (weather dependent). Construction of Phase Two will now include the west limits of Phase One to the west side of the Mount Royal Drive and Mission Avenue intersection, and is tentatively set for September 7 to November 1, 2012. During construction all businesses will REMAIN OPEN; however, parking is limited. Please utilize the alternate parking locations. As well, access will remain open to NABI and the tennis courts through the NABI parking lot. We thank you for your patience as the City replaces infrastructure which is nearing the end of its lifespan. Visit or call the City of St. Albert Engineering, Capital Projects, 780-459-1654.

Written Submissions If you prefer to write to City Council, send your written comments to the Legislative Officer, City of St. Albert, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, Alberta, T8N 3Z9, or e-mail before 12:00 noon, Tuesday, August 14, 2012. All written submissions received before the deadline will be available for public viewing at the Public Hearings and at the Legislative Services Office. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act If you submit comments on these bylaws, either orally or in writing, the information you provide may be recorded in the minutes of the Public Hearings, or otherwise made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. DATES OF PUBLICATION: August 2 and 9 – St. Albert Leader August 4 and 11 – St. Albert Gazette SKETCH FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY



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PUBLIC NOTICE The City of St. Albert is proposing a re-districting to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 from Intermunicipal Fringe Area A (IMF-A) and Intermunicipal Fringe Area B (IMF-B) to Urban Reserve (UR). In addition, the City is proposing four (4) text amendments to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005. These include additions to:• Section 10.4 Urban Reserve (UR) Land Use District • Part 1 - General Definitions • Part 7 - Parking Regulations • Section 6.24 - Telecommunication Towers A copy of the documents is available for in office review during regular hours at the switchboard of the Planning and Engineering Department, Second Floor, St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street. Or it can be viewed online at Please provide written comments before Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by email:, by fax: 780-458-1974, or by mail: Planning & Development, 5 St. Anne St, St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z9, Attn: Vera Hofmann. For more information please contact Vera Hofmann at 780-418-6629 or

2012 COMMUNITY SATISFACTION SURVEY RESULTS Over the next few issues of Citylights, we will be sharing highlights from the 2012 Community Satisfaction Survey. For the full report, visit Telephone interviews were conducted with 800 residents between April 30 and May 9, 2012, with 200 selected from each city quadrant. City-wide results have a margin of error of ±3.5%, and confidence level of 95% or 19 times out of 20. The study was conducted by Banister Research & Consulting on behalf of the City of St. Albert. Where there are comparable questions to other municipalities, data averages for those municipalities are also provided.


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Factors contributing to a positive perception include people who were satisfied with the services provided (17%), quality of snow removal the City provides (10%), and felt they get better services then other cities (10%). Good place to live, high standard of living, good street and road maintenance and the parks and trail system were also mentioned. Compared to other municipalities (Airdrie and Leduc), there is less perceived value for tax dollars. Factors contributing to perceptions or fair or poor value for taxes include high and rising taxes (17%), taxes being too high for services received (15%) or taxes are higher than other communities for the same services/facilities (15%). Other reasons cited include excessive City spending and waste, lack of industrial base, condos already pay for some services, and concerns with leadership.


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‘Incendiary device’ removed from deck GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

St. Albert RCMP are sending out a warning to the whole community after a potentially explosive situation in the Heritage Lakes neighbourhood. Police responded Thursday evening to a home in the subdivision after a resident found what is being called a “homemade incendiary device” on the deck attached to their house. “We’re talking about a package that was made in a way that it would start things on fire,” Cpl. Laurel Kading of the St. Albert detachment said. “We’re preliminary into our investigation, but at this point, we don’t see any evidence that it was intended to explode. But it was intended to cause fire.” The resident told police that they heard a noise in the backyard earlier in the day, at around 2:30 or 3 p.m., about the same time as a thunderstorm rolled into the area. When the resident noticed the device and called police later that evening, the RCMP’s Explosives Disposal Unit was brought in to examine the package and remove it. The device did not cause any damage to the house or the deck that it landed on, but it did appear to have burnt edges. “We believe it was lit, and for some reason, it went out,” Kading said. “We don’t know if that coincides with the rainstorm

coming, if that’s what put it out ... or if it went out on its own.” After a fire started by a citronella candle destroyed a home in North Ridge earlier this week, causing $750,000 to $1 million in damages, Kading said an incident like this is worrying. “We know the potential for how quickly fire can go and cause extreme damage to a residence,” she said. But just seeing sort of this incident in the community is also a major concern. “We don’t know if this is someone experimenting to see what would happen, thinking it was no big deal, but certainly we know this is a big deal,” Kading said. “There appears to be no connection between this home, the residents of this home, and any reason for this to happen. We believe it’s just random.” If anyone has any information on this device or similar ones, Kading asked that they call the local RCMP detachment immediately. “If anybody has heard of someone talking about making these kinds of things or shown a real interest in them lately, we’d like a call on that too, just so we can check and see why — why did somebody do this?” she said. She also said that, if any suspicious packages are found, to leave them alone and call the RCMP rather than packing up the item and taking it to the detachment.

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St. Albert-born goalkeeper Erin McLeod (18) watches a corner kick fly into the penalty area as Canada takes on the United States in the semifinals of the 2012 Summer Olympic soccer tournament Monday at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. McLeod and the Canadians fell 4-3 in extra time, and take on France in the bronzemedal game today (Thursday) while the U.S. battles Japan for gold.


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ith chrome fenders, hood scoops, rumble seats and hot rods as far as the eye can see, the five days of Rock’n August in St. Albert are a car lover’s dream. This week, the city has been taken over by gearheads showing off their prized rides, by Glenn Cook reliving cherished memories and looking ahead to new ones. And if you think they’ve been everywhere now, just wait until Saturday, when cars will be parked all over Lions Park and throughout the Sturgeon River valley. But, as we ooh and aah over the bright paint jobs, powerful engines and the one or two true oddities that always make their way out each year, it’s important to remember that there is a bigger mission behind the whole spectacle. It often gets lost among the drive-in movies and the concerts, but it’s important to remember that, at its heart, Rock’n August has always been about raising money for diabetes research. Over the past 16 years, the festival has donated about $450,000 to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. Last year, the number dipped a little, to $76,000, but organizers are not discouraged and have set a lofty goal of $150,000. The number of diabetes patients in Canada has skyrocketed over the past few years; the ADF estimates that, in Alberta, 54 new cases are diagnosed every single day. By 2018, it is estimated the number of Canadians suffering from the condition will reach 3.7 million. The type of research that the ADF is funding at the University of Alberta is truly groundbreaking, the sort of thing that could quite easily lead to a world free of diabetes in the future. Using an innovative islet transplant procedure, U of A research has led to 91 Alberta patients being able to live without insulin injections for five years, and they are looking to stretch that time period even longer. It’s this sort of research that gives hope to those with diabetes and should prompt the rest of us to dig deep into our pockets to help out. And if we can check out some cool cars and have fun at the same time, then that’s a wonderful added bonus.

@montymiff Tonight I’ve got one of those chances to see history being made. Mars rover Curiosity lands in less than an hour! #MSL #yeg #StAlbert


@AlbertaPirate The welder dude who lost his wallet and needs four bucks to get to sherwood park routine is getting stale...maybe sub St.Albert in next time

@katiestanners Being a tourists with the uncles today in #yeg and #StAlbert this is gonna be hilarious! Jus saw the worlds largest badminton racket!

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Tim’s, City survey have common ground


aiting in line is probably one of the best times to perform a bit of quiet reflection. I had just such an opportunity recently in one of our Tim Hortons waiting to get my daily coffee fix. One of the items that helps me get through some lineups are the changing LCD menu boards, where we can get a new advertisement or piece of information every few seconds. I don’t think about these menu boards much, but they really are quite futuristic and a dramatic change from standard menu boards. Despite the technological changes, Tim Hortons knows that people are looking for a decent cup of coffee at a reasonable price. So, as I stood there, happily


MacKAY City councillor My City reading the ever-changing colourful TV screen, I realized that the LCD screens and our recent city satisfaction survey results are, in some ways, similar. Every two years, the City of St. Albert asks 800 residents at random what they think about a variety of topics. Here are some of the results of this year’s survey: Almost all (99 per cent) of residents rated the quality of life as good or very good, citing most often the abundant green space as the reason for this. However, the most commonly cited challenge

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to St. Albert’s quality of life were the high taxes (40 per cent) and 65 per cent of respondents stated they wanted tax increases to match (not exceed) five-year inflation rates. Furthermore, 13 per cent would appreciate a tax cut. Only eight per cent of respondents were willing to support higher taxes to increase services. When I look at these survey results, here is what I see: People love St. Albert, because of the dedication to maintaining essential services and green spaces, but that they are looking for confirmation that the City can be managed into the future where tax increases match inflation. Much like Tim Hortons, we also have a couple of LCD displays adorning St. Albert Trail, and we have a decision to

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make: How do we continue to offer the services and features St. Albert residents appreciate at an affordable price? I am certain this can be done by looking for inefficiencies and items where the City is bleeding money for items of little value. It is a challenge, but one that needs to be met to ensure that the St. Albert we love today retains those characteristics tomorrow.

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The St. Albert Youth Community Centre could close its doors for good if city council doesn’t reverse a decision to pull its programming funding by the end of this month. The youth centre’s board of directors sent an open letter to council this week, saying that, if they don’t have a commitment of at least $175,000 for 2013 from the City of St. Albert for program and facility funding by Thursday, Aug. 30, then the doors to their Grandin Park Plaza facility will close permanently come Dec. 31. “We believe our ability to operate as a volunteer-led youth service is in jeopardy and we may not be able to continue operations without a commitment from council to fund programming and facility costs for at least another year,” the letter reads. City council voted on May 28 to pull the centre’s programming funding for 2013 and reallocate it to the City’s asset development program. The reasons for the decision, which was recommended by the Community Services Advisory Board, were initially kept confidential under the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, but later detailed in a backgrounder released to the public by the City. Some of the reasons the City cited included a lack of preventative services, a desire to see more youth involved in developing programs and not enough kids enrolled in programs. “We take issue with this assessment as we believe that, since 1997, the YCC has been involved as a prevention-based, asset-building society working with youth

in the community,” the board wrote. “We have provided youth a safe, barrier-free and non-threatening environment for youth to gain confidence and through interaction and participating with our youth workers develop life skills and assets.” The board also wrote that the short notice of council’s decision “left the society no time to find alternative sources of permanent funding in order to pay staff and meet facility costs after Jan. 1, 2013,” and that the decision has led many in the community to believe the centre has already closed, leading to a poor turnout at their recent Mayor’s Breakfast fundraiser and low registration for summer programs Mayor Nolan Crouse said that it was “disappointing” that the youth centre was tying their entire future to the one grant from the City, but he would be sad to see it close its doors if it came to that. “If in fact the youth centre is targeting the serving of individuals who have special, unique needs, and they’re serving individuals in that area, of course. That means there are individuals in that area whose needs are going to have to be met in another way,” he said. And with the Aug. 30 deadline looming, he said council would do everything it could to straighten things out with the board, including a one-on-one meeting between Coun. Malcolm Parker and youth centre board member Paul Quantz. “We don’t make budget decisions until later on in the year,” Crouse said, “but there could be special provisions if we chose to do that. ... Malcolm may come to council with a recommendation; he may not. We’ll have to see.”



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A new medical services building in St. Albert is one step closer to becoming a reality. In May, NorthWest Property Corporation announced plans to build the Sturgeon Medical Arts Centre, a new three-floor, 60,000-square-foot medical office building just west of the Sturgeon Community Hospital. And, last week, Coun. Malcolm Parker — who has been liaising with NorthWest on the project — said that they’ve closed the deal on the land and are ready to move forward. “It’s a good thing for us, progressing to get this thing in place ... It indicates, from the City’s perspective, we’re serious about seeing it happen, as are the owners,” Parker said. “They’ve put quite a bit of effort into it so far.” Parker sits on the City of St. Albert’s Physician Attraction Task Force, which has worked closely with NorthWest since 2011 to bring this project to fruition. Not only is Parker excited about the

prospect of bringing new doctors into St. Albert, but also the non-residential property taxes the centre will generate. The next step, he added, is to get the word out. “We need to get involved with talking to the medical profession and making them aware of what’s going on and how it works, and provide some motivation for them to take an active interest in getting involved in what’s going on,” Parker said. “It’s a community obligation in one sense, and an opportunity for doctors that would like to come here to come to a state-of-the-art facility for the business.” From the City’s perspective, though, Parker envisions the next step being to sit down with key City officials and map out a marketing strategy. “[It’s about] how we can help support NorthWest and find out what kinds of activities they’d be looking for us to participate in,” he said. “That would be something we would hopefully do by the end of August.” If all goes well, the facility could be open by fall 2013.


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Site superintendent Mike McDermott has a look at the roofing trusses atop one of the two buildings making up the St. Albert Housing Society’s Big Lake Pointe project on Nevada Place Wednesday morning. The 118-unit project — more than half of which will be rented at below-market rates — has one building using conventional wood construction, and one using a method called insulated concrete form, which should provide better insulation and noise protection. If all goes well, the project should be ready to go by the end of the year.

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A local service club is hoping they’ll really be on a roll with a fundraiser coming up this weekend. On Saturday at 3 p.m., the Rotary Club of St. Albert will unleash 2,000 individually numbered lacrosse balls on Seven Hills, just behind École Father Jan, for their first-ever Big Ball Drop. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each, and whoever has the ticket that corresponds with the first ball to cross the finish line, about halfway down the hill, will take home $7,500 cash. Club director Andre Charrois said that they have done a draw for a golf trip every year for several years now, but that was getting a little stale, and the idea for the Big Ball Drop came together pretty quickly. “We came up with two ideas — one was the ball drop, and the other was a duck race. But the duck race has already been done, so we decided to go with the ball drop,” he said. “It was that simple; it wasn’t a long process. I think I actually dreamt it up overnight. It’s funny what pressure does to you.” While it seems Seven Hills would be a perfect slope to roll balls down, Charrois said it took a bit of experimenting to get things just right. “The conditions have to be right, because there’s still a bit of a lip on Seven Hills,” he said. “We’re going to use a front-end loader to drop the balls, and some skirting to help the balls roll down the hill. It’s not as easy as we thought initially, but it’s going to get there.” It also took a little while to figure out what type of balls to use, he added, but in the end they found lacrosse balls worked the best. “The lacrosse balls carry the weight and seem to have it. If you do it from a distance, they should go down fairly well,” Charrois said. The money raised through the Ball Drop will go to the club’s annual general fundraising efforts, which support a number of good causes and events each year in St. Albert. “We’re big supporters of the St. Albert Food Bank. The Rotary Music Festival is another big event that we run, where 2,000 kids participate, so we help subsidize that festival quite a bit,” he said. “A lot of the groups in town, the charities, the youth groups, as well as crisis lines — numerous groups come to us throughout the year.” The club also supports international projects, like a girls’ school in Malawi. Charrois said that the club aims to raise about $100,000 every year, most of which comes through a charity auction held each June. So far, the ticket sales for the Big Ball Drop have been steady, especially for an inaugural event, but Charrois would love to see all 2,000 balls accounted for. “The plan is, obviously, to keep this going next year, and I think ticket sales will get there,” he said. “I think people will think it’s a good idea once they see what we’re talking about.” Tickets for the Big Ball Drop are available through any Rotary Club of St. Albert member or at the club’s booth at Saturday’s St. Albert Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market.

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Scaled-back picnic a-go GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Pack up your baskets and blankets — it’s time for another picnic along the banks of the Sturgeon River. Although it has been scaled down from last year’s 150th anniversary celebration, the Spirit of St. Albert (SOSA) Society is bringing back the River Valley Picnic for a second year on Sunday, Aug. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. SOSA director Heather Johnson said that, because everyone had such a good time last year, the demand was strong to bring the event back. “It was such a success last year and we had such positive feedback that we decided that we would go forward as the Spirit of St. Albert Society and bring this forward again,” Johnson said. “It’s just to bring the community together and give them a place to have fun in their community and appreciate what we have here.” While last year’s picnic had 10 separate activity areas stretching from Riel Park to Kingswood Park, this year’s is smaller and more concentrated, with five venues to visit: • Lions Park — opening ceremonies and musical showcase; • Grain Elevator Park — tours, music and local food vendors; • West park and trail along Mission Avenue


— children’s food bank carnival; • Millennium Park — dog agility showcase presented by Makin’ Trax; and • BLESS Cabin — annual Scouts registration day. “Last year, everybody had a great time, but there were lots of comments that it was too big and they couldn’t get to everything,” Johnson said. “So we decided to condense it down into a smaller area and offer the best of what we got feedback on.” Cash and food donations for the St. Albert Food Bank — which is SOSA’s charity of choice — will be collected at the children’s carnival. There will also be horse-and-wagon rides available between downtown St. Albert and the Grain Elevator Park. Choosing what to keep from last year might seem like a tough decision, but Johnson said that, in many cases, those decision were made for them. “The decisions we made about what to do with it were for many different reasons; it wasn’t one thing over another. It was that these guys aren’t available or can’t come,” she said. When it comes to the society’s hopes for how many people turn out for the picnic, Johnson isn’t quite sure what to expect. “We’re going to buy prizes for 5,000 in our children and tots area … We’ll see. There’s no way to tell,” she said with a laugh.

The river wild Photo: DANIEL SACHA, Special to the Leader

Leader reader Daniel Sacha was out canoeing on the Sturgeon River Monday with his wife Daniela and daughter Ania, 2, when they saw a small pack of baby minks swimming and took some photos, which they passed along. If you have any photos to share, email them to


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Counterfeit corn pops up MATT DYKSTRA Sun Media News Services

The region may seem like it’s teeming with roadside Taber, Alta., corn merchants but Edmontonians should be wary of their purchase, say producers and distributors. Counterfeit corn has been a problem in the City of Champions for several years and it’s hurting legitimate Taber corn sellers, said David Jensen, a Taber corn producer and president of the Alberta Corn Growers Association. “We call it counterfeit Taber corn. They just get corn from somewhere else and call it Taber corn and that’s how it works,” he explained. “And Edmonton is one of the worst places for it.” Taber, a town 250 kilometres southeast of Calgary, claims to have the best corn in Canada because the region gets more sunshine which, in turn, yields a more succulent corn crop. Jensen is the first Taber corn producer to harvest his crop this season because he covers his seeds in biodegradable plastic to allow for faster germination, giving him a two-week lead on other corn producers in the area. He’s the only Taber corn producer currently shipping ears into Edmonton, Jensen said, and every other supposed Taber corn merchant is most likely making profit by duping the public. “Just like if I sold ketchup that I said was Heinz but it wasn’t — it’s the same principle. Using someone else’s name to mark your product,” Jensen said. “Any sales made that aren’t Taber corn takes away from the Taber corn farmers.” Arnold Walker is one of five

Youville residents help fellow seniors MATT DYKSTRA Sun Media News Services

Photo: PERRY MAH, Sun Media News Services

Arnold Walker holds up a couple of ears of real Taber corn that he’s selling on Wye Road, east of Highway 21, in Sherwood Park. Taber corn merchants working in the Edmonton area and he’s received only seven pallets of Taber corn from Jensen so far this season. Each pallet has over 1,600 ears of Taber corn. Selling Taber corn for the past 13 years, the senior citizen says it’s upsetting when he sees another merchant he believes is scamming people. “It’s been an ongoing problem since I’ve been in it,” said Walker, greeting customers at his stand on Wye Road, just east of Highway 21. “Jensen is the only one supplying Taber corn at the present time and I don’t know if the rest is fake corn or not but they certainly aren’t selling under the regulations they should be.” At $10 a dozen or $50 a bag, Walker believes it’s the other stands that are making the big bucks. He’s already heard horror stories from customers who bought Taber corn at an illegitimate stand and were unhappy with the quality.

To try and combat the corn con, all legitimate Taber corn merchants are issued certificates of authenticity, Jensen said. “We supply all our people with certificates that show which farm it’s from and a contact number. If the buyer has any issues and the merchant can’t produce the certificate, I’d be wary about where it was from,” he said. A Taber corn stand operating on 50 Street near Whitemud Drive had a certificate for “Southern Alberta’s Best Corn” that was licensed to Dee Shimko. The worker operating the stand could not say who signed the certificate and did not know who Dee Shimko was. Suspicious customers can call Alberta’s consumer protection branch at 780-427-4088 in Edmonton to complain, says Service Alberta, and unscrupulous corn vendors can be charged under the Fair Trading Act that sees fines of up to $100,000 and/or two years in jail.

It was “seniors helping seniors” at the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society Friday when an overwhelming amount of donations were made to support those displaced by last week’s fatal Canora Gardens fire. The Youville Home for seniors donated a busload of clothes, bedding and other items Friday morning to support the seniors who lost their possessions in the fire at Canora Gardens near 101 Avenue and 151 Street. “It’s been crazy here the last couple of days,” said McCallum. “Everything that we’ve been asking for is coming in. It was seniors helping seniors. The people have just been wonderful.” McCallum was given close to 10 minutes notice before the Youville seniors arrived with piles of towels, bedding, toiletries and other items. While the society has ample amounts of donated clothing, the need for help is still strong. “We’re still looking for towels, bedding, unopened toiletries, incontenance supplies, new pillows and of course financial donations,” said McCallum. “There’s always items that we have a shortfall of that we

go out and try to buy.” The residents of Canora Gardens were recently allowed to re-enter their suites and salvage their possessions. Many of the items were stained with the smell of smoke or singed by the fire. The blaze broke out on Tuesday, July 31, in a second-floor suite, sending the building’s 101 residents scrambling to safety. Firefighters used ladders to rescue seniors trapped in the building. Beloved grandmother Amy Geisterfer, 79, died in the fire. The blaze also sent 10 people to hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns. Many residents have been housed with family, as well as at other complexes operated by the Greater Edmonton Foundation, said director of operations Greg Dewling. Residents will not be able to return to the building for at least three months. The fire was started when a cardboard box was left sitting on a lit stovetop by a new resident. It destroyed most of the building’s second floor and caused $1.5 million in damages. If you would like to make a donation to the Canora Gardens residents, you can call the Red Cross at 1-800418-1111 or visit the EERSS warehouse at 10255 104 St. between Tuesday and Friday.

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Q Nickname? A My childhood nickname is neither appropriate or something I would like people to know. These days I go by McGoo or McGoolanov.

Q Favorite pets or animals? A I love dogs; I had a dog growing up named Coco. Absolutely loved him and miss him to this day.

Q Vacation this year... you’re heading to? A Heading back to Latvia for two weeks to visit friends. I’ll do my best to take a day trip to Estonia while I’m there. And I have some friends who are coming over from Finland, so it should be a nice break and a lot of fun.


The weekend in St. Albert, what are you doing? These days, it’s either working or sleeping. Sometimes I sleep at work — I’m sure the girls at work would confirm this.


Q Favourite place to eat in St. Albert? A I love going to Arcadia and eating

one of their delicious paninis. If that answer doesn’t suffice, then I would have to say I’d take a time machine back to my high school days and enjoy a bacon sub.



Q Your singing out loud in your car, what are you singing? A Well, I fancy myself a pretty good singer. So I like to record

Q Great moment you had at work? A In my first month of operation I was “overjoyed” to see the City

Q Best thing about your job? A Meeting new people who come in to support a local business,

Q It’s your first visit to Arcadia. What would you recommend? A Probably a coconut latte and a chicken panini. Or if your

myself singing some of my favourite artists and play it while I’m driving around. Why do I need to listen to The Libertines, Stone Roses or Beatles when I do such a better job?

and leave with a smile on their faces. It warms my heart when someone comes up and tells me how much they love the food, drinks, decor and staff. I take pride in it so it truly means a lot to me.

Q Favorite movie? A The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It’s a beautifully directed

of St. Albert decided it was a good idea to put a Pizza 73 in front of my location during the Children’s Festival. Nearly brought a tear to my eye.

feeling like a drink of of the alcoholic variety, I would go with a Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc.

Q What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? A Best advice I received was: “Darren, stop drinking all of the

Kronenbourg Blanc.” But I find the inspiration of my parents, who both work so hard, to be better than any advice I could ever receive.

movie with an amazing soundtrack. It tells the true story of JeanWhat’s the best way you’ve found to keep a balance between Dominique Bauby who suffered a stroke and had a condition called work and family life? “locked-in syndrome.” He laid in a hospital bed in the south of The single life allows me to get plenty of beauty sleep. How else France and all he could do was blink one eye. Yet he somehow do you think I look this pretty used his imagination to escape and, with the help of a nurse, he wrote a book by blinking one eye. If we’re heading on a coffee run, you’re having ... ? Guinness ? Favorite hobbies?



A Most people would call hockey drafts a hobby. I call it a full-time job!

Q What sets you apart in your business? A Arcadia is first and foremost not a franchise.

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Q Favorite thing about St.


Q How messy is your desk/workspace? A Well I don’t exactly have a desk but my bedroom, closet and car have paper scattered all over the place. So ...messy?

Q What video game or phone app are you addicted to? A The Weather Network app, so I know how to gauge how busy

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Q You would describe your sense of style as ... ? A I like to go with the “I figured sleeping an extra 15 minutes was

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What’s your goal for your business over the next 12 months? Albert? I would like to bring in more local musicians to showcase their All of the parks and trees talents which will hopefully create a better nighttime scene in make St. Albert look so beautiful. downtown St. Albert. Sometimes I find myself looking around and I feel like I’m Robin Hood When would you say is the best time for people to come down in Sherwood Forest. Then I see a and truly experience Arcadia? Starbucks and I carry on.. That is why I In the evening, when we have musicians busking. Enjoy a beer, am excited to go to work every day. some wine or a latte and check out the local art and enjoy the music.



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No severance for AHS CFO

JENNA McMURRAY Sun Media News Services

The man who spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on meals and car upgrades, among other things, will not walk away from his job with a severance. Alberta Health Services confirmed Monday its former chief financial officer, Allaudin Merali, will not be paid out following the termination of his contract last week Allaudin and also announced a third-party forensic Merali Former AHS CFO audit of his expenses will be done. Only hired to the post in May, Merali resigned after it was revealed he’d racked up $346,000 in expenses during his role as CFO with the former Capital Health Authority from 2005 to 2008. Merali, who also has a history of running large bills in Ontario, expensed lavish meals, taxi rides, car washes, gas and upgrades to his Mercedes among other things. Now, an audit conducted by an

“If Albertans are going to have external accounting firm, still to be appointed, will determine if the expenses confidence in our health care system, it is imperative that they know we are adhered to policies and practices under doing everything we can to ensure we the former Capital Health region as well never see something like this again,” as AHS’s current ones. Horne said. “An arm’s length audit is essential,” But Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith AHS president and CEO Dr. Chris was not impressed, dubbing the moves Eagle said, adding though he can’t “major damage control.” speak to concerns prior to the formation “This is a of Alberta’s health government that takes superboard, he expects care of their pals,” a thorough review. the opposition leader “Public confidence is said, adding officials paramount.” are “recycled” into Acting board chair new roles within the Catherine Roozen Dr. Chris Eagle AHS president/CEO government, allowing said the audit will be corruption to fester. expedited and publicly Smith said she released. wants to see detailed receipts from all Alberta Health Minister Fred AHS officials, including board members Horne, who said he is “outraged” at and representatives from the former the expenses, instructed AHS to give health regions, dating back to 2005. the audit firm authority to expand the review if need be. Merali’s case is likely “not an isolated” incident, she said. He requested the auditor general’s Smith added when government report with respect to AHS’s expense officials’ expenses are made public, and travel policies be delivered to him they are grouped into categories such and said along with Don Scott, associate as meals or accommodation and aren’t minister of accountability, transparency broken down into specific charges. and transformation, he will announce a “You need to see that kind of detail,” further review of hiring, selection and she said. contracting priorities for AHS.

“Public confidence is paramount.”

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Health Minister Fred Horne talks to reporters about the dismissal of former Alberta Health Services CFO Allaudin Merali on Aug. 1. It was confirmed Monday that Merali would not receive any kind of severance pay.


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BEERprov ready to step it up at Fringe GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

When they take the stage at this year’s Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Sean Bedard and Ali Yusuf are just going to wing it. The pair are part of the seven-member BEERprov troupe, which is getting set to bring its improv comedy stylings back to the Fringe for another year with their show Live Free or BEERprov. “We’re about less-than-two-weeks excited for the Fringe,” Yusuf said with a laugh. “This is the thing our improv group has been waiting for,” added Bedard. But things will be a little different this time around. In previous years, BEERprov has set up shop at the Avenue Theatre on 118 Avenue, a venue that, while prestigious, is a long way from the main Fringe site near Whyte Avenue. This year, though, BEERprov will be right in the middle of the action, hitting the stage at the Fringe Cabaret Lounge. “We’re right where everyone is, where all the action is,” Yusuf said. The venue should attract a lot more spectators as well, something the troupe is chomping at the bit for. “It’ll definitely be the biggest audiences we’ve ever had,” Bedard said.“I think the biggest we had was 85 last year, but the venue we’re at, there’s a seating capacity of about 200, and a lot of the shows in that venue tend to sell out.” “We’re starving for it … We feed off the audience. If the audience is completely into it, then we’re performing 10 times better,” Yusuf added.

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

Ali Yusuf (left) grills Sean Bedard during a game of Interrogation as the BEERprov improv comedy troupe practices in St. Albert Monday for the upcoming Edmonton Fringe Festival. BEERprov also includes Josh Languedoc, Dylan Cuvilier, Scott Pedrick, Ben Ternes and Jeremy le Riche. As big fans of the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Bedard and Languedoc have been performing improv since 2007, first under the name Epiphany Symphony, after both graduating from the St. Albert Children’s Theatre. Yusuf came on board soon after, and Cuvilier joined in 2010. But, even though TV spurred on the group’s love of improv comedy, Bedard knows there can be a disconnect between what’s on the screen and what happens in a

live show. “You kind of have to come to the realization that you’re not those people [on TV],” Bedard said.“Once you get past that, you kind of grow into your own kind of thing. I think BEERprov is a lot different from Whose Line Is It Anyway? We perform a lot of the same games, but we do it differently — with a little more energy.” In fact, that energy has become something of a calling card for the group, something that Yusuf says comes from a whole can of Red Bull each just before going out on stage. “We just get our blood pumping before

each show,” he laughed. Another factor in a live show’s success is the crowd, their overall mood and the suggestions they offer. “Sometimes, it’s just not a good day for everyone. Sometimes, maybe a joke is said on stage and not everyone appreciates it, and it hits all of us sitting back there, wanting to come back from it,” Yusuf said. “And sometimes there are a couple of people in the audience who are just [jerks],” Bedard added. The group has been rehearsing in Bedard’s Lacombe Park backyard twice a week for several weeks now, running through various improv games and tweaking how the show will be presented. “We wanted to make our show a lot different than it’s ever been, even for people who have seen the show before,” Bedard said.“So this show, instead of doing our regular show, we do three different formats.” One format is the standard host-run improv show, while another features a giant board game with dice rolled by audience members and games determined by which square they land on. The third format sees elements of some improv games worked into the entire show; for example, throughout the night, if an audience member rings a bell, the last performer to speak has to redo his line, regardless of the scene. “We give a lot of the power of the show to the audience,” Yusuf said. Tickets for BEERprov’s 18-plus show are $10 each, or $8 for students and seniors, and went on sale Tuesday through the Fringe’s website at The festival runs from Aug. 16 to 26.

Fringe Fest hoping for continued support from patrons

AARON TAYLOR Sun Media News Services

The 31st annual Fringe Festival kicked off Tuesday, and event organizers are hoping that Edmontonians keep showing up in record numbers to support the city’s festival. “The reason why [the Fringe Festival] is so successful is that Edmontonians make it what it is,” said festival program director Thomas Scott after the festival kicked off. “This Fringe Festival is at the end of festival season, and there is something for everybody, and then it snows.”

And while the festival is an old one, there is a fresh face taking the helm. Jill Roszerr is the event’s new executive director. And even though she’s been on the job for less than a month, it’s excitement, not nerves, that is getting the better of her, she said. Excitement was a feeling that was catching on in the theatre as performers were each given one minute to preview their shows in front of a packed house. “We will have over 1,800 performances from 215 plays from across the country and the States,” Scott said.

“It’s very exciting; these are very unique plays. The diversity of plays we have — we have everything from dance, comedy, we also have some drama, so there’s lot’s for everybody.” If that sounds like a lot to host, that’s because it is. The festival is able to provide venues to 108 acts, which means that 107 acts are supplying their own venue, and this is something that event co-ordinators are excited about. “We’ve seen an amazing growth in the BYOV — actually half of the festival is made up of BYOV or bring your own venue — so we’ll see a whole bunch

of new stuff that people haven’t seen before,” Sam Jenkins, a representative from the festival’s board of directors, said. One of the groups taking advantage of the BYOV form is the Accidental Humour Company. “The wonderful thing about our show is, the company I’m with, Accidental Humour, loves to intermingle the film and stage aspects of media so we blend projection with live stage action,” said William Banfield, who plays a Satyr in the company’s production of Son of a Dwarf, which will be running at the Garneau starting Aug. 17.

But if you’re looking for an innovative show, you don’t have to scour the BYOV performers. Keystone Theatres, performing out of Venue 8, look to bring the silent era of film to the stage. “Our play is a play in the style of silent film,” said the group’s general manager Kimberly Beaune. “Gormless Joe and his love Penelope are fighting against the devil and evil and he is the last innocent man on earth.” Other performances include dance groups, singer/ songwriters, comedies, and improv.


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St. Albert painter Lewis Lavoie (centre) chats with Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk (right) and Timothy Hawreluk in front of his mural at a luncheon in London, England, on Aug. 1.

Lavoie flies the flag cross-section of arts and culture in the province to London to showcase, including musicians and First Nations dancers. He wasn’t pedalling a bicycle or throwing “One thing they felt they really wanted to a javelin, but Lewis Lavoie was representing bring was the visual arts, and so I was very Alberta and Canada all the same in fortunate to be picked as one of the visual London, England, last week. artists,” Lavoie said. “I think part of it had The St. Albert painter was one of several to do with the fact that I don’t just bring my Alberta artists who was in London on art down and set up a little art show; it was Wednesday, Aug. 1, as the provincial the fact I was able to create art on the spot. I government hosted a luncheon for think that had a bit of appeal.” European Union tourism industry leaders This is not Lavoie’s first Olympic at Canada House in conjunction with the experience, though. During the 2010 2012 Summer Olympic Games. There, he Winter Olympics, he and the Mural Mosaic wowed the crowds with a scaled-down team — including his brother Paul and version of one of his trademark Mural Phil Alain — travelled to Vancouver to Mosaics, creating it live unveil a mural depicting during the luncheon. a pair of orcas called “This mural, I always Kunamokst – Coastal get a great reaction from Inspirations, which is now it. It turned out fantastic permanently displayed at in the sense that people a hotel on Galiano Island. thought I was randomly Lavoie said the two Lewis Lavoie painting cultural faces, experiences were very Local artist and when they realized different. it actually made another “Vancouver wanted to picture, that was the surprise,” he said. showcase their visual arts, so there’s a lot “I had tons of people coming up to me, of really great Vancouver and surrounding wondering how I do it and wanting their area artists [in the mural], and my task was picture taken next to it. It seemed like it to get them to all work together to create was a real highlight. I hope I was able to do one big mural,” he said. “It was more or less Alberta proud.” about celebrating the diversity of the artists The mural Lavoie created in London that are there, as well as getting them to tell depicts Michelangelo’s Adam, and is made a bit of a story about what it means to live up of smaller paintings showing people of on the west coast.” different nationalities and races from across While the atmosphere around London the world. was electric with the Games going on, “Due to the time constraints and Lavoie said he was very impressed with everything like that, the logistics of getting the effort Canada was putting forward to material there and making it simple, I just promote itself to the rest of the world. picked an image I already know,” he said, “Being in Canada House and how also noting that he had done the same they treated all the families that were mural at Capital Ex a few years ago. there for their athletes, and the way they Lavoie took 10 finished paintings with made myself and our Alberta crew feel, [I him to London, then painted the rest live at felt] really welcome and just proud to be the luncheon to complete the mural. Canadian,” he said. The opportunity came about as the Once the Olympics are over, the mural Alberta government worked to bring a wide will be donated to Canada House.

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Be wary of fake Bieber tickets, say cops reporters contained a barcode and a logo from Ticketmaster. However, Radmanovich says fans should Scammers are targeting Edmontonians spot spelling errors or ink that rubs off who are suffering from Bieber Fever. the stub — two obvious signs a tickets is That’s according to city cops, who are bogus. warning Justin Bieber fans of an online And city cops are recommending fans concert ticket scam for his soldpurchase tickets from legitimate out Oct. 15 show. sites, but encourage those who do The Edmonton Police Service use websites like Kijiji to come in says one Belieber in the city has with a plan. been ripped off by the scam and “We know Justin Bieber sold out the fake tickets are selling for as — we know parents want to get much as $700. tickets for their kids or they want The fan is so far the only one to attend,” Radmanovich said. who has come forward to police “They should have a plan with the issue, but cops say there when they’re going to meet these Justin could be more duped Beliebers in re-sellers. They should meet in Bieber Edmonton a public place (and) tell a friend Pop superstar “If you’ve purchased these where (they) are going. tickets, you’re not going to know that “Don’t be afraid to ask for a driver’s you’re in possession of a fraudulent ticket licence. If you are communicating by until they scan the barcode at the doors email, keep track of those emails. Keep of the concert itself,” said EPS Det. Dave track of those phone calls.” Radmanovich while showing off a pair of Police are encouraging anyone who fake tickets to reporters. suspects they have a fake ticket to contact “People need to be aware. They need to EPS to help crack down on this activity. use their intuition when it comes to this. Ticketmaster also offers an exchange Have a plan, and do some research before program at It says all of its purchasing.” tickets are guaranteed through the site, but The pair of tickets police showed off to sellers are charged a percentage fee.

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Det. Dave Radmanovich shows off a pair of counterfeit tickets for Justin Bieber’s sold-out Oct. 15 Rexall Place show at Edmonton Police Service Headquarters on Tuesday. Police are also warning fans of Metallica to be on the lookout for scammers for the metal band’s upcoming concerts Aug. 17 and 18 at Rexall Place. Hundreds of country music fans found

out at the gate that they had fraudulent tickets to a Garth Brooks concert during the Calgary Stampede last month. Some doled out $1,000 for the fraudulent tickets, police say.

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Dying to sell albums DARRYL STERDAN Sun Media News Services

Eternal youth. Universal adulation. Multiple awards. No more paparazzi. And more money than you can ever spend. They’re what every musician wants. And getting them is easier than you think. All you have to do is kick the bucket. It’s no secret that death has always been the best career move for musicians (if not all celebrities). Just ask Jim Morrison. Or Sid Vicious. Or Whitney Houston. This week, the late diva joins the ranks of the rocking dead with the release of the Sparkle soundtrack, featuring what are said to be two of her final recordings. Doubtless, they’ll soon be followed by other posthumous tributes, compilations and rarities sets. We will always love her, after all. But will we always buy her music? That’s another question entirely. Even in the afterlife, not all careers are created equal. Some performers still manage to, um, bury the competition. Here are a few of the most prolific, productive and profitable performers on the posthumous pop chart: Michael Jackson Died: June 25, 2009 Age: 50 • Cause: Overdose The King of Pop continues his reign as music’s eternally golden goose: According to Forbes’ 2011 list of top-earning dead musicians, Jackson’s estate raked in $170 million in the previous year. Based on the conduct of his family, it’s likely safe to assume there’s plenty more where that came from — or did you really think they’ve been squabbling over his kids out of familial concern? elvis Presley Died: Aug. 16, 1977 Age: 42 • Cause: Heart attack The No. 2 man on Forbes list, Presley is quite a ways behind Jacko — he only raked in a comparatively paltry $55 million during the same period. Still, that’s a whole lot of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Not bad for a guy who’s been pushing up daisies for a generation — and whose label keeps recycling and repackaging the same songs and albums over and over again. BoB Marley Died: May 11, 1981 Age: 37 • Cause: Cancer During his life, reggae icon Marley released 18 live and studio albums — but his posthumous anthology Legend dwarfed them all. The hits collection is one of the best-selling albums of all time, moving more than 25 million copies globally. Between that and aggressive licensing — MPSSCS4318809MPSE

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Jordin Sparks (left) and Whitney Houston in a scene from Sparkle, the soundtrack of which is said to be one of Houston’s last recordings. his name is on everything from earbuds to tea — it’s no wonder he’s been dubbed the “$1 billion rasta.” TuPac shakur Died: Sept. 13, 1996 Age: 25 • Cause: Murder Rapper Shakur may not be the richest stiff on the scene with an estimated worth of just $40 million. But what he lacks in funds, he makes up in initiative. Since his shooting death, his name has appeared on more than 70 albums of hits, leftovers and new songs assembled from outtakes and ephemera. This year, he even appeared at Coachella as a hologram. Get ready for Tupac 2.0. JiMi hendrix Died: Sept. 18, 1970 Age: 27 • Cause: Overdose The original Tupac, guitar god Hendrix’s archive was endlessly and thoughtlessly raided, razed and repackaged in the decades following his untimely death — until his heirs and their lawyers finally got the situation under control. Now, his catalog is being treated with the respect it deserves — and raking in something like $6 million a year. If 6 was 9, he’d be further up the list. John lennon / GeorGe harrison Died: Dec. 8, 1980 / Nov. 29, 2001 Age: 40 / 58 • Cause: Murder / Cancer Paul McCartney was reportedly paid £1 to perform at the Olympics. His former Beatles bandmates don’t come nearly so cheap. Thanks to the savvy business sense of their respective widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — not to mention royalties, Cirque du Soleil shows and licensing — the Fab Four’s guitarists earn nearly $20 million annually between them. All you need is cash.

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Politics get dirty in The Campaign sounds different enough. He’s not like us.’” Ferrell’s Carolina connection (his family moved from a town near RaleighDurham called Roanoke Rapids) led the two comic collaborators to turn to the Tarheel State as a setting for their broad, cut-throat election comedy. Ferrell based his own character on North Carolina’s John Edwards, who threw away his career on a blond videographer and a baby he initially refused to admit was his. “I found him fascinating and read a couple of books on him prior to the movie,” Ferrell says. “Like Cam Brady, Edwards was somebody who probably started out in earnest. And then people in The Machine said, ‘Y’know what? You’re handsome, you speak well. Good things could happen for you. You’re like a Kennedy.’ Then he lost sight of things and got caught up in all that stuff.” Originally, the plan was to film a mockumentary, inspired by The War Room, the acclaimed doc about the Clinton election machine. The plan was to make Ferrell’s pseudo John Edwards the focus. “And Zach was going to be kind of my Svengali, my (James) Carville. It was going to be kind of smaller, with more of an In the Loop type of feel to it,” Ferrell adds, referencing the Oscar-nominated British comedy about American and British government staffers clumsily negotiating the U.K.’s involvement in the

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Zach Galifianakis — the co-star with Will Ferrell in the political comedy The Campaign — was a three-year-old in Wilkesboro, N.C., when dirty politics entered his family life. The subtext: A Greek-American wasn’t really American. His uncle Nick Galifianakis was a veteran Congressman who chose to run in 1972 for the Senate against the late, merciless Republican Jesse Helms, who ran under the slogan “Jesse Helms. He’s one of us.” “He lost because he was Greek, that’s kind of what happened,” Galifianakis said in a joint interview with Ferrell promoting The Campaign. The movie — about a well-coiffed gaffeprone veteran Congressman named Cam Brady (Ferrell) who has run unchallenged for years and finally has to start flinging mud against an odd-but-effective challenger named Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) — opens Friday. “When my uncle ran, it was the beginning of mud-slinging in modern politics, at least in that state,” Galifianakis says. “I grew up listening to all the stories. The election got turned around in a couple of weeks. The KKK (Ku Klux Klan) made appearances at a couple of rallies, I guess to intimidate him.” What? The Klan doesn’t like Greeks either? “I think the idea was, ‘His name






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Michael Bisping is known around the Ultimate Fighting Championship for his superior cardiovascular fitness. Or “gas tank,” as the charismatic British fighter likes to refer to it. “To be honest, it just comes from hard work. I was never a particularly gifted athlete at school, but I’ve always been strong-minded,” he tells Sun Media in a one-on-one interview at prior to the recent UFC 149 in Calgary. “If you’re going to fight in the UFC, then you’ve got to train for it. And no one trains as hard as me. I want it real bad.” Bisping, however, admits he hasn’t always fought on a full tank. During his kickboxing career more than a decade ago — several years before he broke into the UFC — Bisping agreed to take a fight as a last-minute stand-in Michael Bisping when another kickboxer UFC fighter was suddenly forced to withdraw. At the time, Bisping had been slacking off with his training. “I think I ran twice and shadowboxed a little bit,” he recalls. “I was 21, so I had been partying and drinking.” But Bisping didn’t want his coach to know that, so he signed on for the eight-round kickboxing match with only a couple days to prepare. Big mistake. “The first four rounds, I beat the crap out of him — and then completely gassed,” the 33-year-old remembers. “The next four rounds, I got the absolute living crap kicked out of me. But I managed to survive it. I did enough in the first four rounds to make it through.” Lesson learned. “If you’re tired, it’s the loneliest place in the world. There’s you and him in there. There’s no hiding. And if you’re not in shape, you’re going to pay the price,” he adds. “After that, I said to myself, ‘I’m never going into a fight unprepared again.’ You can be the most talented fighter in the world, but if you haven’t got the gas tank, it’s all pointless.” Leaving nothing to chance these days, Bisping typically runs about five kilometres four mornings a week.

“If you’re tired, it’s the loneliest place in the world.”

“I set my alarm for around 6:30 a.m. and I’m out the door by 7:15 a.m.,” notes the 6-foot-2, 185-pound middleweight who was born in Cyprus (on a British military base), grew up near Manchester and now lives in Orange County, Calif. After breakfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he hits the gym (The HB Ultimate Training Center in Huntington Beach, Calif.) around 10 a.m. for a session of boxing and kickboxing, followed by jiu-jitsu and then wrestling. Those days are bookended with an evening session of full sparring. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Bisping focuses on wrestling. And then on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, he does strength and conditioning. It’s a well-rounded regimen that’s critical to continuing a UFC career in which he’s already fought 16 times since June 2006. “The thing with mixed martial arts is you’ve got to be good at wrestling, jiujitsu, boxing and kickboxing. You’ve got to be fit, strong and explosive,” he says. “The hard thing about it is fitting everything in. You’ve only got so much time. The human body can only take so much.” Recuperation is critical to the equation. Along with good nutrition. Bisping’s diet includes plenty of protein sources such as chicken and eggs, lots of veggies and some good fats such as avocado and olive oil. “It gets pretty boring,” he admits. “Fortunately, I have a wife who makes it somewhat edible. After a while, you are craving a cheeseburger or a slice of pizza. But that’s part of being a professional athlete.” Bisping was forced to pull out of UFC 149 after undergoing knee surgery for a torn meniscus incurred during training. He’s now slated to fight at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto. The knee remains a “little tender,” but Bisping promises he’ll be ready. “I’ve had a long career, but I still plan on being around for a lot longer,” he adds. “I keep my feet on the ground and my nose to the grindstone.”

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Conference delves into science of our smiles

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Happiness is good health and a bad memory, said actress Ingrid Bergman. Maybe so, but the fact is that we don’t know exactly what it is. That’s why Jamie Gruman intends to find out.

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anxiety,” says Alberta psychologist Louise Lambert. “But when it got to positive emotions we knew very little about them. In the large DSM book (the manual for psychiatric diagnosis) they appear only a few times. If you were happy, you were in denial — that’s the way we used to think.” Positive psychology can help people to deal with the tough times and get more out of the good times.

“Happiness is not just one thing.” Louise Lambert Psychologist “But we are not here to sing Kumbaya,” says Lambert, who uses positive psychology in her Happiness 101 classes at the Red Deer Primary Care Network. “We are seeking to ‘complexify’ happiness as much as we have ‘complexified’, say, depression.” This study of happiness is

TOO hAppY? People who are optimistic bode better than those who are pessimistic, says Gruman. But you can be too optimistic. You don’t want a pilot flying into a tornado because he thinks he’ll be fine. You don’t want to wake up with a mole on your arm that has changed in size and ignore it. You want to go to a doctor to make sure it isn’t skin cancer. planets away from the superficial, cutesy feel-good slogans that fill greeting cards and self-help books. “Positive psychology is grounded in science,” says Gruman. “The CPPA will cultivate the linkage between research and practice related to understanding and promoting happiness.” Positive psychology is the scientific study of behaviours and relationships that enable people and communities to thrive. And there’s already plenty of science about what makes life good, says Gruman. “One thing we know is that it isn’t money. So many people are focused on money, but scientifically speaking that’s an ineffective way to promote happiness.”

Neither, it seems, does education or youth make people happy. Happiness is complex: Caring for kids does not make people happy but having had children does. “Happiness is not just one thing,” says Lambert. “To pleasure, engagement with life, meaningful relationships and achievement, I would add health because health is really the foundation of the five pathways to happiness.” In life, the glass is both half empty and half full. “On a happiness scale of 10, most people are a seven or eight,” says psychologist Jamie Gruman. “To focus exclusively on happiness would mean you are blinded to real life.”


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Fearless Canuck females scoop gold in survey ROSEMARY COUNTER Sun Media News Services

While most of us won’t ever be good enough at anything to compete in London’s Olympic Games, that’s not to say we’re not playing the dating game. Which is why, just in time to get you in the spirit of competition, Match. com has released a new survey of singles’ dating behaviour. Three thousand singletons from Canada, the U.S., France, the U.K., Australia and Japan are set to go head-to-head. Ready? Set? Go! In our corner we’ve got the Canucks, gold medal winner of fearless females. A confident 63 per cent of Canadian woman have asked a man out on a date (sliding in just past the U.S.’s 62 per cent; bronze goes to the Brits at 58 per cent). We Canadian broads make for a pretty laid back date — we’re the most likely nation to date outside our political beliefs, eh? — but we’re not dating nearly enough. About 76 per cent of American singles have gone on two dates or

more last year, compared to 70 per cent of Canadians. (Just two? C’mon ladies, do more asking!) Ah, shmoop: a majority of singles in all participating countries believe in love at first sight. The most romantic? The Japanese, where there’s an 82 per cent chance you’re sitting across from a hopeless romantic. France is the next biggest believer in l’amour, followed by the Canadians. The U.K., it seems, is home to realists — just 58 per cent buy into the fantasy. Ladies from the United Kingdom are buying something though — their own dinner. Far more than other countries, 52 per cent of them go a full splitsies by offering up their Visas on alternating dates. Only 29 per cent of Canadian women do the same. But for all the men raising their eyebrows at the moment, some perspective: 27 per cent of French women said they would never ever pick up the cheque. Sacre bleu! But if you think grabbing the tab is a fast train to a French kiss, you’re wrong. The survey found the French would rather take

things slow. Very slow: 52 per cent would rather wait until they’re in an exclusive relationship before their first kiss. It’s Aussies who are most likely to kiss on a first date (39 per cent, and no judgment), while neutral Canada would rather smooch away on the second (70 per cent). We also like to take it slow — the very slowest — when it comes to shacking up; Canadians of both genders are the absolute last to give up our solo living arrangements. Just 31 per cent of commitment-phobic Canucks are willing to abandon our bachelor(ette) pads within one year of dating, while a full 59 per cent of Japanese singles are willing to share their space. One point worth noting though — the survey found Southern Europe is home to the hottest singles on the planet. And so, the winner? I’m a little biased, but find me cheering for Canadian women all the way. We ask men out, don’t kiss too quickly or fall too hard, and won’t be redecorating your apartment anytime soon. Go Canada!

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Heels from hell: Killer shoes can take a tall toll on feet JOANNE RICHARD Sun Media News Services

Sky-high heels can be killer. You can’t deny the leg appeal — longer, leaner and sexier. And there’s a tower of power phenomenon too: Confidence comes from the sole, reveals a British study by Compeed. Heels raise self-esteem and assertiveness. Well, they might look pretty, but they can be pretty bad for you. New scientific evidence proves there’s a tall toll on leg muscles when taking a walk on the wildly high side. Leg biomechanics are altered, including walking with shorter more forceful strides, resulting in muscle pain and increased chance of strain injuries, reports a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Pain for gain? You can bet women will still kick up their heels. Heels offer a high beyond added height. “I love high heels because they empower me. All of a sudden my posture is perfect

and I feel on top of the world,” says Crissi Giamos, a self-confessed heelaholic. “Ain’t no heel high enough!” Standing five-foot-four, her highest heel is seven inches. “But they have a platform and a wedge heel so my feet are balanced.” Fancy footwork is Giamos’ downfall — she owns at least 1,000 pairs of shoes. “I work for Town Shoes — possibilities and quantities are endless.” Giamos adds that because most of her high heels have platforms or are a wedge heel, they’re comfortable and injury risk is minimized. Plus she adds gel insoles for added comfort. Giamos, who is also public relations director for The Shoe Company, loves all her shoes but if she had to pick one, her heart belongs to a dazzling style called

Zigi NY. “I stare at it more than I wear it. Seriously, I have it on display in my dressing room!” Toronto resident Leesa Butler is Giamos’ sole sister. “High heels change everything, the way I stand, walk, move … There is an immediate power to my stature.” Butler already stands five-foot-10 and often slips on four- to five-inch heels — sometimes even hitting six inches. “I’m hard to miss in heels — I like that. I can find anyone in a crowd!” She loves her 100-plus array of heels and “I love that my husband loves me in heels. The higher the better,” adds Butler, of and Fashion Group International. The aesthetic benefits are a big draw, says Dr. Joseph Pratile, as wearing heels arches the lower back and enhances the female physique. They can even offer legs

a good workout, but keep moderation in mind and use with caution. “Most high heels do not offer arch support, fatigue the plantar fascia and foot muscles as they have to work really hard to keep the shoes on, may contribute to back pain, foot pain, difficulty walking and increased chance of slips and falls and other foot problems,” says Pratile, a chiropractor at Vita Integrative Health Clinic in Toronto. Practise safe sole: Consider orthotics and shoes with wider toe spaces and tighter heel surrounds, says Pratile. Step into two-inch heels or higher, he says, and you’re possibly courting everything from foot/muscle pain, calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails and corns to pump bumps (painful, swollen bumps behind the foot, where the shoe heel rubs against the back of the ankle), bunions, hammertoes, ankle sprains and shortened Achilles tendon. Many acute and chronic foot disorders/ pain can be managed and treated with Shockwave Therapy, he adds.


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Mission: Possible as games store opens GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

After a few setbacks and headaches, the doors to the new location of Mission: Fun and Games finally opened last week. Store owner John Engel unlocked the doors at the old Krickets restaurant location at 560 St. Albert Tr. on Monday, July 30, and although there is still quite a bit of work left to do, he said he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s a huge relief to have hit this target and be operating on the forecasted move date,” he said. “And it wasn’t possible without a tremendous amount of volunteers for both the warehouse move one weekend and the retail move the following weekend.” It has been a lot of hard work, but he has had a lot of volunteer help from loyal customers as they have renovated the new location and moved some 250,000 pieces of inventory. “That’s almost beyond words. The gaming community is a wonderful community to be a part of,” Engel said. “There are so many people who come and play in the store, and shop in the store as well, and have been with us for a long time. They recognized our need and they responded to our Facebook posting and tweets and email newsletters. They showed up and we got the job done.” One of the major headaches Engel encountered was major water damage to the northwest exterior wall, which


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John Engel changes the sign at the old MIssion: Fun and Games location on McKenney Avenue to inform customers of their move in February. The doors to the new location at 560 St. Albert Trail, finally opened on Monday, July 31. he said will have to eventually all be replaced as time and budget permit over the next two years. “We’ve dealt with what we think is the worst of it, but we won’t know until we peel away the rest of the stucco,” he said, adding they also went over budget on flooring, but it turned out really well. There is also much electrical work to do in the new building. Mission: Fun and Games was previously located in a strip mall along Mission Avenue. Much of the work that remains involves moving out of

that location by the end of August so the store does not violate its lease. “That’s not easy when you’ve been there for 15 years and been in business for 22,” Engel said. “There’s quite a bit of cleanup to do and quite a bit of stock we have to move.” Customers ought not to miss the new location, either. The beige paint is gone from old exterior of the building, replaced by a mural depicting a castle with knights battling a dragon. The mural is being painted by St. Albert artist Robert Murray, and Engel is thrilled with how it looks.

“We’re very fortunate to have that kind of talent in St. Albert, to do that sort of work,” he said, noting that photos of the mural’s progression are on Murray’s website at www. “Robert’s very excited about having a flagship on St. Albert Trail to hopefully garner some more business for him.” Also outside the building, there is ample parking, more than Engel expects to ever need. But he plans to put that to good use, possible using it for charity garage sales or other community initiatives. Next on Engel’s hectic schedule is the annual Gamealot board game convention, which has been around since 2000, is organized mostly by gamers themselves and collects money and food for the St. Albert Food Bank. After that, Engel is aiming for a grand opening celebration sometime in October. “By the middle of October, we’ll be so swamped with receiving our Christmas stock, as well as starting to deal with the increase in Christmas traffic on our websites, that there just wouldn’t be an opportunity after the middle of October. ... If we miss that date, it will have to wait until the new year, unfortunately,” he said. “I estimate it will take six months to a year until we’ve tweaked things to the point where we’re happy with them and can really say we’ve got the store to the point we envisioned when we purchased the property,” he added.

Grand opening in works for Grand Lux

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader


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One of the newest spots in downtown St. Albert is looking to the past while hoping for a bright future. Grand Lux Lounge, at Perron Street and St. Thomas

Street, is hosting their grand opening on Aug. 17 and 18, featuring local band the Tuxedo Junkies, playing big band and jazz tunes from the 1950s and ’60s. “They play Vegas-style music, lots of blues and jazz,” said co-owner Jimmy

Rahime. “They’re top-notch when it comes to blues and jazz, and that’s the kind of music we’re looking for,” he added. The bar has been open for about a month now, and Rahime said things are going well.

“So far, so good,” he said. “We can’t complain.” Grand Lux is also planning a fundraising fashion show in the near future, and sponsors boxer Paul “P-Mac” MacKenzie, who fights next Sept. 14 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

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Students get chance to test health waters AMANDA RICHARDSON Sun Media News Services

Giving students the opportunity to not only test drive potential career paths, but earn credits and cash, Careers: The Next Generation is giving students a leg up in their quest for their ultimate career. Crystal DeCoste, field director at the Fort McMurray Careers office, says the program is a great opportunity for students in Grade 11 to get out and gain hands on knowledge during the summer break. “The program is for students interested in pursuing any health services,” explained DeCoste. Students can potentially be placed in six-week paid internships in any of the 200 different health services available in

Alberta, eight of which are in Fort McMurray including: Alberta Health Services, Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society, River City Dental, Tamarack Physio, and Centre of Hope. While last year drew only seven students to the program, word of mouth and a stronger presence in Fort McMurray high schools has doubled the number of participants. Two of this summer’s participants, 16-year-old Caitlyn Mills from Father Patrick Mercredi High School and 16-year-old Natalie D’Souza from Westwood High School, are interning with the crisis society, with both saying the experience has broadened their horizons from what they were originally considering as a potential career choice. “I was test-driving psychology, but when I went to do my portfolio presentation, they said the job was more oriented towards therapy, so

Canadians want to retire but aren’t saving, study says SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Young Canadians have unrealistic expectations about retirement, a new report suggests. Younger people are the least likely to put money away for retirement, according to a Bank of Montreal survey, “because in all probability, their retirement date is the furthest away.” Despite this, they have “overly optimistic” goals of retiring early. Almost half (41 per cent) of Canadians between 18 and 35 plan to retire before they turn 60, while 57 per cent say they’ll stop working between 60 and 69. Boomers over 55, however, don’t have such lofty expectations: Only eight per cent expect to call it quits by 60. “The fact that younger adults are the least prepared ... should not be overlooked. Logically speaking, the earlier individuals start to save for retirement, the greater the potential for ensuring future financial security,” the BMO report said. They key to tackling this problem is to change young people’s attitudes about retirement, BMO suggests. While 82 per cent of adults under 35 agreed that retirement planning is important, and 52 per cent have some savings in an RRSP, very few actually think about retirement in detail. Just 10 per cent said they thought a lot about how much money they need to save. Fewer than five per cent had thought about how long their retirement might last. “In the absence of visualizing one’s retirement, it is impossible to accurately forecast the amount of money that might be required, and for how long. Not knowing these details may be an indication that a person does not have a strong attitude towards retirement,” the study’s authors noted. “Judging by the low financial preparedness scores found by the research, their future prosperity may be currently at risk. It is important to help this younger generation — and soon — as it is clear that the earlier they start to save for retirement, the more financial security they are likely to have in the long run.”

that’s what I’m really exploring right now — play therapy,” said D’Souza. As D’Souza explained, play therapy involves trained therapists observing children at play, and interpreting their actions, more so than interviewing them and getting spoken answers. DeCoste says D’Souza is “analytical,” often independently researching therapy techniques and then applying her research to real world problems encountered during her internship. Mills says her internship has opened her eyes to new possibilities, explaining that until Careers came along, she had never considered being anything other than a nurse. “I want to be a nurse, an RN, and specialize in pediatrics,” said Mills. “But since I’ve been here, seeing a lot of abused children, I’ve started looking at social work. I’m not

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