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Ugly sweaters and hot cocoa with lots of whipped cream — that’s how Arcadia Café and Bar owner Darren McGeown gets into the Christmas spirit. Or at least that’s how he did when he agreed to help us out in a little holiday photo shoot. Other St. Albertans share their Christmas traditions and memories on page 10.

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The City of St. Albert’s economic development department is getting a new home, just in time for the holidays. Economic development general manager Guy Boston confirmed Tuesday that the City has secured a 10-year lease with Werhun Management Inc. on the old CIBC building at 29 Sir Winston Churchill Ave., and that his department, along with a couple of other departments, will be moving there sometime in early 2013. “From an economic development perspective, this [positions] us very prominently,” Boston said. “Once we get our name on the building there and people see it as a business centre, we’re close to the seat of government, and we’re downtown. We’ve helped contribute to the redevelopment of downtown in a small way by taking a dated building and having it updated to modern-day architectural standards.” Also moving into the 5,400-square-foot building will be the business licensing department, the office of community sustainability (formerly the office of the environment) and strategic initiatives and government relations, effectively making it a

“business centre” for the City. The building also has 40 parking spaces available for staff and visitors. The $150,000 cost of relocating was approved by city council in July as part of a fourphase office space plan. Boston said the move should help alleviate the space crunch the City is currently feeling at St. Albert Place and other facilities. “I think the most important thing is that we get all the economic development staff in the same spot, because I’m not working with them right now,” he said. Currently, Boston works out of St. Albert Place, while the rest of the department’s staff shares space with the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce at 71 St. Albert Trail. “That’s one of the biggest advantages I see, to get that degree of collaboration, which we sorely need,” he added. The St. Albert Trail building also acts as the City’s de facto tourist information booth, with brochures and publications provided in the front foyer. Boston said he would like to see those services continue to be offered, but exactly how will have to be worked out with the Chamber. “We haven’t come to any kind of a deal on that yet,” he said. “That will have to worked out over the next few weeks.”

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They may have been bad parkers, but they were great giftgivers. The City of St. Albert’s annual Toys for Tickets campaign — in which motorists can pay for parking tickets with a new, unwrapped toy — hauled in 95 toys worth $2,375, the City announced Wednesday. “The Toys for Tickets campaign gives people a chance to spread some Christmas spirit, and while they may grumble about the ticket, they know the toy they give

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will put a huge smile on a child’s face,” said senior municipal enforcement officer Garnet Melnyk in a press release. This was the City’s fourth year running the Toys for Tickets program. Any ticket handed out between Nov. 15 and 30 could be paid with a toy worth at least $25, which was donated to St. Albert Transit’s annual Fill-A-Bus event and St. Albert Kinettes’ annual Christmas hamper campaign. A total of 93 tickets were handed out over that period. One person paid their ticket and gave a toy, while another gave a toy without getting a ticket.


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The ongoing negotiations between the City of St. Albert and the Arts and Heritage Foundation over a new partnership agreement have claimed their first casualties. The AHF board of trustees announced Thursday afternoon that executive director Paul Moulton would be resigning his post effective Dec. 31, and Moulton said in an interview the following day that the decision stemmed directly from the negotiations. “It’s been in my mind for some time that we were having fundamental challenges with the new agreement with the City,” he said. “What spurred the decision was the motion that they made after their in camera session Monday night. ... That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.” St. Albert city council unanimously approved a motion at their Dec. 3 meeting stating their support for city manager Patrick Draper approving a draft agreement from Nov. 15 — based on management oversight, accountability, financial reporting, collaboration, transparency, open communications and no duplication of services — and giving Draper until Jan. 14, 2013, to get the AHF to sign off on it. Moulton’s major concern with that draft

agreement is a change to the funding model for the AHF, although he couldn’t go into too much detail about it as none of the proposals thus far have been made public. “There is a principle behind that that I honestly don’t believe is right,” he said. “Every other level of government in this country — and to a fair degree, every other municipality I’m aware of — understands the way you operate arts organization funding is to provide operating grants and make those organizations accountable for what they do with that money. That’s what we call in Canada the arm’s-length funding model. It works for the Canada Council [for the Arts], it works for the Alberta Federation for the Arts, it works for the Edmonton Arts Council. “The proposal is to change that. ... You either trust an outside agency to do its work, or if you don’t, don’t fund them.” It was also confirmed Tuesday that board member Sam Azer had resigned, citing the negotiations with the City as the main reason why. Draper declined the Leader’s request for an interview on the matter, saying it would be inappropriate to comment on another organization’s employment matters. However, Coun. Wes Brodhead, council’s representative on the AHF board, said he was sorry to see Moulton go.

“He was a talented, creative, visionary leader of the Arts and Heritage Foundation,” he said. “He’ll be missed, to be sure.” He added that he didn’t feel the negotiations were as divisive as Moulton made them out to be. “I have not heard them to be that way. ... There’s clearly some differences in how the City is expecting the relationship to unfold in the future, as in the past, and that’s maybe where Paul is saying, ‘I can’t see myself continuing to work if that’s the relationship,’ and that’s a choice he has to make,” Brodhead said. The AHF board of trustees said in a statement: “The organization has accomplished a lot under Paul’s leadership over the last four years, including growth in programming, events and exhibitions at Art Gallery of St. Albert, the Musée Héritage Museum and St. Albert Heritage Sites, the restoration of the Little White School and St. Albert Grain Elevator Park and much more. The Board of Trustees wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to Paul for his enthusiasm, dedication and professional commitment and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.” Despite the recent acrimony, Moulton said he remains “fiercely proud” of the work the foundation had done under his watch, especially the restoration of the St.

Albert grain elevators and the work being done on the Little White School, but also of other organizational matters the public wouldn’t GXlc necessarily see. Dflckfe “I think the people are extraordinary — the staff I\j`^e\[ and the board. I think the things we’ve achieved have been remarkably good,” Moulton said. “I wouldn’t say it leaves a bad taste, but there’s a degree of disappointment.” Brodhead wasn’t sure whether or not Moulton’s resignation would affect the ability of both sides to get a deal done. “I’m hopeful that, irrespective of individual choices, the City and Arts and Heritage as an organization can find a way to come to an agreement and work to further the arts community and heritage community in the city of St. Albert for another five years,” he said. “They’ve done great work in the past, and I’m confident they’ll do great work in the future.” With his wife starting a half-sabbatical soon, Moulton plans to head south and relax for a couple of months once his time at the AHF is up. “I’ll look for the next big adventure and challenge when I get back,” he said.

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Officials at St. Albert Place are still reeling after the firing of a wellrespected and passionate senior member of the cultural services department. Nancy Abrahamson, who served as the City of St. Albert’s cultural services manager and the director of the annual International Children’s Festival, was fired last week, Mayor Nolan Crouse said. “Thursday afternoon, the city manager came into my office late in the day and said that they had some issues they were looking at relative to Nancy. It was brief; he really only took a minute,” Crouse recalled. “Then, Saturday morning, [general manager of community and protective services] Chris Jardine came into my office and said they had made the decision ... to let Nancy go.” The mayor then sent a brief email to the rest of city council to apprise

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When the dust had settled and the last vote was cast in the City of St. Albert’s 2013 municipal budget deliberations, the proposed property tax increase had decreased nearly two percentage points compared to when the process started nearly three months ago. At the end of the meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, when the last of the budget motions were voted on, the City’s “tax-o-meter” sat at 3.27 per cent, down from 5.14 per cent when the numbers were first presented to council in September. Council dealt with the bulk of the motions at a meeting the previous Tuesday, knocking the tax increase down to 3.48 per cent that afternoon, and did some further trimming on Thursday. One of the issues that caused the most debate on Thursday was funding for the St. Albert Public Library. Library representatives had come before council earlier

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in the process asking for an increase of about $166,000, but Mayor Nolan Crouse put forward a motion to limit that to about $95,000, or three per cent. However, Coun. Cam MacKay — who serves as council’s representative on the library board — proposed a compromise that would essentially decrease the library’s request by $31,400 by charging more for common area costs. “If you want to go higher :Xd than [$31,400], DXZBXp the board is :`kpZfleZ`ccfi going to have to face some more difficult decisions that perhaps could impact employees or books, and those are the two areas that are not easy decisions to make,” MacKay said, also noting that a new membership fee structure coming into effect in January would also see library revenues decrease by

about $30,000. Councillors also voted down business cases for a Capital Region Board planner and an emergency communications officer. Coun. Cathy Heron said that, even though she voted to postpone the position to 2014, she had concerns that having a staff member dedicated to CRB matters at the regional meetings would mean losing experts in the area around the :Xk_p table. ?\ife “My biggest :`kpZfleZ`ccfi problem is that I want the area-specific people at the subcommittees,” she said. “... I think we can manage one more year, but in 2014, we need to look at it seriously again.” Meanwhile, a project to install QR codes on public art pieces and historic sites to allow quick access to detailed information was left in

the budget at a cost of $25,000, as was a natural areas assessment at a cost of $121,000. “One of the characteristics of St. Albert that our citizens want us as a council to continue to protect and uphold are the green spaces and natural areas included in the city,” said Coun. Wes Brodhead. “This is work that is going to assist us in maintaining and ensuring that development proceeds in a reasonable N\j fashion relative 9if[_\X[ to our natural :`kpZfleZ`ccfi areas.” Also added in on Thursday was a corporate analyst staff position, which was meant to be a blend of two other analyst positions — one in the economic development department and one in the corporate and strategic services division — that had been removed from the budget earlier

on. “This proposal is trying to take a portion of what each of the positions would have done, so we would need some time to write a proper position description with roles and responsibilities,” city manager Patrick Draper explained. “But we definitely do need analytical capability in our staffing complement.” One issue that was not dealt with Thursday was a late motion by Coun. Len Bracko to spend $3,000 to convert up to three of the city’s least-used tennis courts into pickleball courts. Pickleball is a game similar to tennis, played on a smaller court — the size of a doubles badminton court — with a wiffle ball and a hard paddle. Councillors felt that, since it was a small amount of money, it could be dealt with later in the winter, before the final tax rate is set early next year. Formal approval of the 2013 municipal budget is expected to take place at city council’s regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 17.


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“Last year, we had somebody come out and do Zumba with us, and we had some nutritious snacks and things like that,” Andressan said. Another idea that came to fruition was the Playground Pals program, where Grade 5 students taught games and other activities to younger students during recesses and lunch hours. Now, with the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund money in their back pocket, Andressan is excited about the possibilities for expansion. “We’ll be able to do some other things that require a little more money,” she said. One of those projects is to paint hopscotch courses and other games on a patch of concrete outside the school. “They’ve really made them much more interesting now,” Andressan said. “There’s even a map of Canada.” Another project is to purchase daily physical activity (DPA) bins from a company called Ever Active Schools, which can be used to store toys or balls for kids to use. Andressan would also like to bring back Zumba instructors during gym classes, and also perhaps after school to get parents, staff and kids in after-school care involved too. “We can do a little bit with food, but mostly it is for things that will last. After the program is over, they still want us to have it at the school,” she said.

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Q Favourite thing about St. Albert? A The city services with the small town atmosphere.

Q You would describe your sense of style as ... ? A “Modern Mom” with a splash of “Hipster”

Q Great moment you had through your organization? A Being supported to get my CFRE (Certified Fundraising

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Q What’s the one problem your organization deals with Q Vacation this year... you’re heading to? most often? A Falcon Lake, MB. We’ve gone for a few years now. Great A Of course, Family Violence. But how complex it can place to swim, fish, golf, horseback ride, there is something for everyone.

Q The weekend in St. Albert, what are you doing? A Winter: coordinating who’s taking which kid where and

when to what activity (I have 4 children!) Summer: my husband and I try to golf as much as we can

Q Favourite place to eat in St. Albert? A With kids: Hawali for lunch buffet

be when you include root causes, and how it connects to bullying, homelessness, poverty, addictions and the justice system. We usually collaborate with multiple agencies on each case.

A To meet the increased demand for services without jeopardizing our financial sustainability. Q Any advice you can give St. Albert residents, regarding your organization’s area of focus?

A Family violence knows no boundaries and affects all

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Every winter, my two kids and I build a backyard luge run. This year, like most years, it doesn’t get built until I have some time off around Christmas. This is a labour-intensive project, just using shovels, sheets of plywood and water. We pile snow in front of and onto the back deck and add water to give it strength. We build a solid ice run with walls on both sides, designed for those plastic saucer sleds. Usually, the run heads straight down toward the garage before turning and sending the rider right to the bottom of the yard. Some years, we’ve had it go through the back gate and onto the back parking pad. As it is solid ice, helmets are mandatory and, in the early years, adult supervision was also a must. During the Vancouver Olympics, we invited neighbourhood kids over and had the Bailey Backyard Olympics (we added events like shinny at the neighbourhood rink). It just isn’t Christmas at the Bailey house without the sound of sleds on ice out the back door, with accompanying shrieks of terror and/or joy!

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My family has a butterfly brooch that gets passed from one to another. It started when my mother wanted to give away one of her brooches but we all turned up our nose at it, so she wrapped it up inside a box of chocolates and gave it as a Christmas gift. The brooch has been re-gifted every year since. It is always disguised so that the receiver doesn’t know they are getting it. It is mandatory that the receiver wear it at all family functions. My brother wore it to his son’s wedding this past summer. My mother is no longer with us but the tradition lives on.

As our family grew, and our grandchildren became “many”, we spent Christmas Eve together, then everybody slept over at our house, on hide-a-beds, couches, beds, etc. We watched Christmas movies, played games, and munched on hors d’oeuvres. On Christmas morning, everybody awoke and came upstairs to the wonder of the tree and the stockings and all the gifts from Santa’s visit during the night. It was a wonderful experience for us all to see the faces of the little ones as they discovered their gifts. Since those years, our family continued to grow, and we finally outgrew the sleepover. Now we all gather early Christmas morning from our individual homes, to continue to treasure the wonder of Christmas morning as a family.

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“It puts Edmonton on the map. There are people here that love to look nice and love to look beautiful. And we are fashion forward. ... We may not have the best scenery at times, but people love their fashion, no matter where you live,” she said. As far as competitions go, Sluser said she already has colours and concepts for her next submission planned out in her head, but she is also keeping an eye on the salon’s future, including bringing on more stylists to join what she said is already “an amazing team.” “You have to be the type of person who doesn’t settle to mediocrity for me. We just don’t let anything walk out the door; it has to be your best work,” she said. “We want to be the place where everyone wants to come and get their hair done, to feel special and to feel beautiful,” she added.

St. Albert RCMP are reminding motorists to watch out for pedestrians after an incident this week in the city’s northwest. Just before 8 a.m. Monday, a 13-year-old girl was crossing Hogan Road near Delwood Road in a marked crosswalk when a silver 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan heading south on Hogan Road failed to stop and hit the girl. The van then veered across the intersection and hit a northbound Audi that had stopped to let the girl cross. The 13-year-old girl was transported to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and later released to her family with what are believed to be minor injuries. The driver of the Audi was not injured. The driver of the Honda minivan, a 36-year-old female, was not injured in the collision, nor were either of the two passengers she had in the vehicle at the time. She was, however, issued a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, which carries a fine of $575. RCMP are reminding drivers to be vigilant and look out for pedestrians in all parts of the city, especially during peak traffic hours.

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“[Capt. Arsenault] has gone out and sought out different arrangements and new ideas that bring different spins to Christmas favourites,” Wise said. “We’ve also got a great multimedia department in the band, so we’ve got a slideshow presentation and we’re adding an audio-visual aspect to the whole show.” Arsenault added that several of the band’s smaller ensembles will be present, including their pipes and drums, a Celtic ensemble and Master Blaster, their pop/

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At best, he’ll call it “a series.” But by the time director Peter Jackson is done, Tolkien’s Middle Earth debut tale, about a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) and his adventures with a Gollom (Serkis), a ring, a dragon named Smaug and various battleready dwarves (led by Armitage) will have been padded with plot points and apocrypha from the appendices Tolkien added to his later Lord of the Rings trilogy (the two adventures took place 60 years apart in Middle Earth time). McKellen is equally quick to defend Jackson’s decision to expand The Hobbit, first to two movies and then three. “Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces rather than artistic purposes doesn’t know the guy and doesn’t know his body of work,” he says. That said, though he defends the highermindedness of this particular source material, McKellen says, “I think there are limitations in Tolkien’s view of the world. Where is sex? Where are women? But in other aspects he is absolutely bang up to date. He takes old people very seriously and gives them a full weight and due. Young people he’s very keen on. “And I think the message that has resonated with everyone that has read the books or seen the films is that yes, the world is organized by people who are extremely

powerful, but they are entirely dependent on the little guy. And it took someone who’d been through two World Wars to accept that, that it’s not people we build statues to that change the world, it’s the foot-soldiers who measure up to the moment.” (All of this is not to denigrate McKellen’s other claim to fame — the role of the conflicted villain Magneto in the X-Men series, to which he will apparently be returning in the spring. The openly gay actor has always appreciated the “outsider” metaphor of the shunned, super-powered mutants, saying that director Bryan Singer first described it to him as “a movie about gay rights.”) Apart from the expanded narrative and character development that evolved from what was once a thin children’s book, McKellen says he was also appreciative of a chance to play his favourite of “the two Gandalfs.” Fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will recall that Gandalf the Grey is “resurrected” at one point, becoming the transcendant Gandalf the White, who assists in Frodo’s quest to destroy the Ring. “Gandalf the White in the second of the two Lord of the Rings movies is on a mission to save the world and so he’s cut his beard down to size, and gone white in the process and he doesn’t have any jokes. No time for

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Quentin Ranson, rehabilitation technology leader at the Glenrose said when kids play, they work hard. While playing the games, they build motor skills, thinking skills and social skills. “We all know that, whether they’re involved in building a Lego project and constructing the Death Star, they’re thinking about it, they’re planning, they’re organizing, they’re challenging themselves, they’re playing hard, they’re working hard,” Ranson said. The video games are customizable to the players needs — whether it’s adjusting the difficulty starting from a low level or picking a side of the body that needs more work. Games on the Wii and Kinect accelerated too fast for some of the patients. Ethan, like many 11-year-old boys, loves to play video games and at the Oil Centre. His favourite is a game called

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MISSION 120 DAYS

Active Listings: 8

Sold Listings: 9

Active Listings: 9

Sold Listings: 15

Active Listings: 2

Sold Listings: 5

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $308,500 / High $448,000

Low $277,500 / High $435,000 Avg. days on market: 61

Low $292,900 / High $399,900

Low $281,900 / High $491,000 Avg. days on market: 44

Low $299,900 / High $364,900

Low $240,000 / High $375,000 Avg. days on market: 27

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$342,722

$347,822

$348,370

BRAESIDE Sold Listings: 9

Average list price:

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Low $329,900 / High $550,000

$380,433

Low $260,000 / High $549,900 Avg. days on market: 34

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Active Listings: 12

Sold Listings: 14

Average list price:

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Low $399,700 / High $779,900

Low $364,000 / High $635,000 Avg. days on market: 58

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Active Listings: 14

Sold Listings: 15

Active Listings: 20

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Low $294,900 / High $649,900

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$402,185

$317,000

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Active Listings: 4 $426,175

$332,400

$383,686

Low $297,000 / High $458,000 Avg. days on market: 34

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Sold Listings: 9

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $414,900 / High $1,595,000

Low $400,000 / High $1,024,398 Avg. days on market: 34

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Active Listings: 45

Sold Listings: 25

Active Listings: 10

Sold Listings: 19

Active Listings: 4

Sold Listings: 6

Average list price:

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Low $399,900 / High $649,900

Low $338,000 / High $436,000 Avg. days on market: 84

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$511,916

$450,471

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780-458-8300

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$480,924

$383,416

STURGEON HEIGHTS 120 DAYS

Active Listings: 21

Sold Listings: 11

Active Listings: 4

Sold Listings: 7

Average list price:

Average sale price:

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Average sale price:

Low $489,500/ High $1,895,000

Low $507,000 / High $1,750,000 Avg. days on market: 72

Low $290,000 / High $389,900

Low $298,000 / High $350,000 Avg. days on market: 52

$838,885

$802,254

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$329,200

$323,357

WOODLANDS 150 DAYS

Active Listings: 5

Sold Listings: 6

Active Listings: 24

Sold Listings: 22

Active Listings: 5

Sold Listings: 6

Average list price:

Average sale price:

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Low $280,000 / High $334,000 Avg. days on market: 45

Low $329,900 / High $1,290,000

Low $312,000 / High $732,000 Avg. days on market: 61

Low $379,900 / High $495,000

Low $330,000 / High $480,000 Avg. days on market: 36

$342,680

$313,416

$647,945

$435,531

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Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club is looking to really set itself apart in the local health and fitness landscape with some big changes announced this week. The fitness facility, located in Campbell Business Park, told members at a special event Wednesday evening that it is getting ready to make some major changes to their operation, most notably with Leading Edge Physiotherapy moving out and a medical spa moving in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Differentiation in the marketplace is one of our key goals,â&#x20AC;? said club manager Christine Rawlins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and also to provide that high-calibre of dedicated medical spa in St. Albert.â&#x20AC;? True Balance medical spa, a company based out of Sherwood Park, will take over Leading Edgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space in the club, offering medical aesthetic services like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Botox, skin resurfacing and laser hair removal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From True Balanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited to be able to embrace a venture like this, because fitness has always been something they saw as an excellent fit for their business model,â&#x20AC;? Rawlins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows them to move forward in a direction they had been planning to anyway.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;MyZoneâ&#x20AC;? activity tracking system in the near future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of bare bones facilities out there, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine and good; it serves a certain component of the marketplace,â&#x20AC;? Rawlins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we feel our customers are more sophisticated with their tastes and choices, so we want to provide them with a wide palate of choices.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, Leading Edge has found new digs further north in Campbell Park, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be moving into a new space double their current size off Carleton Drive being built by SAS Sports and Entertainment Group, the driving force behind the

St. Albert Sports City concept slated for the northwest corner of St. Albert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over-the-moon pumped,â&#x20AC;? said Leading Edge co-owner Heidi Fedoruk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth and an opportunity to bring in some technologies and treatments that will keep us on the leading edge. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always looking at ways we can improve the care we give.â&#x20AC;? Fedoruk added that the new space will allow Leading Edge to bring in a new piece equipment that will be the first of its kind in a private physiotherapy clinic in Canada, although she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t divulge any more detail than that. SVAC is facing a number of challenges within the health and fitness sector, most notably the location of a Goodlife Fitness location slated for a new commercial development along St. Albert Trail, just north of Riverside Honda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aware that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be grossly remiss to think it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to impact our business in some way,â&#x20AC;? Rawlins said. But, she said, the club has faced similar challenges in the past and survived, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet this one head-on as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re independent and locally owned and operated, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re adaptable in that regard. ... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping these changes will position us better prior to their launch,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Does hiring come to a halt as the holidays approach? Is the holiday season a good time to find a new job? Office parties, professional get-togethers, and year-end meetings abound during the holiday season. While it may be tempting to put your search on hold, that could put you at a disadvantage. When organizations have a need, they hire regardless of the time of year. As companies complete their financial planning for 2013 they’re under pressure to fill certain openings or risk losing budgets. Hiring managers with new goals are eager to find productive workers and competition for candidates is keen. Because many hiring managers don’t travel much during the holidays, they may have time to meet with job seekers. Several organizations interview in December for positions starting in the new year. The fact that many potential candidates don’t job hunt during the holidays is another advantage. Those who plan to leave often wait until the new year so they can receive year-end bonuses. Others take vacations. Some successful candidates begin new jobs between Christmas and New Year. Starting work during the holidays can be a bonus. The work pace is usually slower, and new employees have time to settle in. Seasoned employees have time to answer questions. The interview process may take longer than normal as interviewers take a few days off. That can work to your advantage. You’ll have time to prepare, and have a foot in the door in the new year. Some tips for you holiday job search: tBe prepared. Know yourself and job target. Specify your preferred job title and industry, your special skills and accomplishments, and what you can offer the company (value added). Match your qualifications to employers’ needs. Know key industry words to describe your skills. tInvestigate jobs and prospective employers. Consider small and medium-sized companies. Be resourceful. Check the classifieds, online job boards, local newspapers, business and trade publications, and company websites. Use Google and other search engines to learn about organizations and identify

decision makers of desired companies. tUse social media. Build an online professional profile on LinkedIn and Twitter to expand your network. Employers research potential candidates: ensure information about your professional accomplishments and background is current. Keep personal life private on Facebook. tConsider industry-related Twitter chats to communicate with the right people. Share information by re-tweeting and forwarding links and articles. Contemplate sharing work on high traffic sites like YouTube. tPrepare an elevator speech. This mini-speech introduces you, describes your experience, accomplishments and skills, demonstrates your value added, and indicates what you like about the organization. Give speeches over the phone, in person, at professional or other gatherings. tCall hiring managers. Before phoning, investigate the organization and hiring manager. Ask for two minutes. Give your speech conversationally demonstrating how you can help resolve employer challenges like saving money and managing people. Be friendly and genuine. tCreate a separate resumé for each job target. Also, design a business card that highlights areas of expertise and directs recipients to your resumé in an accessible format, such as the URL for a web page. tVolunteer. You’ll meet new people, learn about job opportunities, and gain experience and a sense of well-being. tTake a survival job. Temporary work can stretch finances and may lead to a permanent position. Employers often need temporary workers as they try to complete annual goals with regular employees wanting vacation time. tMaintain a flexible schedule. Allocate time for job search and relaxation or holiday celebrations. Be available and adaptable. A prospective employer may unexpectedly call. If you’re accessible, you have an advantage. tFollow up. Contact hiring managers within two weeks of sending correspondence. A brief phone call reasserting your interest and strong qualifications for the position is effective. tPersist. You may get your Christmas wish. Dr. Carole Kanchier is a registered psychologist, coach, speaker, and author of Dare to Change Your Job and Your Life. Reach her at carole@daretochange.com or visit www. daretochange.com.

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