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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sweltering in St. Albert

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GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Entertainment . . . . . 13 Health . . . . . . . 16 stalbertjobs.com . . . 20 Business . . . . . . 23

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Three-year-old Jaiden Adamson of Devon cools off from the record-high temperatures on Monday at the Woodlands water play park. The hot weather is expected to continue into next week. See story, page 3.

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Easton Herman, 3, cools off at the Woodlands water play park on Monday afternoon.

Just like the rest of the Capital Region, St. Albert has been sweltering since the weekend, and there’s not much relief in sight. The heat wave hit in earnest on Sunday, with temperatures topping 30 C for the first time this summer, causing people to try and find ways to beat the heat. Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak said the hot weather can be chalked up to the jet stream moving north of Edmonton for the time being. But, he added, it’s not so much the heat as it is the humidity, which has crept from the normal 50 per cent range to upwards of 70 per cent. “We actually have a humidex advisory out for the city of Edmonton and much of central and southern Alberta,” he said Monday. “That is something, for the city of Edmonton, I can’t recall one being issued in my career.” The humidex measures how hot it feels due to humidity, as opposed to the actual air temperature, a bit like wind chill in the winter. City of St. Albert aquatics facilities, like the Grosvenor outdoor pool or the Woodlands water play park, have been packed since Sunday. But, at Servus Credit Union Place, business and marketing manager Mark Edwards said there was an increase in folks visiting their aquatics centre, but other areas of the facility didn’t see much of an increase from people trying to get in out of the heat. “We certainly don’t see a noticeable increase

in people coming indoors to do workouts and stuff like that. ... There’s a lot of different options this time of year, and they head for water first,” Edwards said. For those staying outdoors, though, Alberta Health Services is urging everyone to take precautions against the heat and sunshine, including wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30; wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and light-coloured long pants and long-sleeved shirts if possible; and drinking lots of water or other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. AHS also warns people to be on the lookout for symptoms of heat stroke — including high body temperature, lack of sweat, disorientation and fainting — especially in children and seniors. Heat can also aggravate other medical conditions, like congestive heart failure. As taxing as the heat is on humans, though, it can be even worse for pets, said Shawna Randolph of the Edmonton Humane Society. “Just magnify how you feel in the heat by several times,” she said. “Pets are wearing a fur coat, essentially. ... If it’s too hot for you to be out in the middle of the day, it’s too hot for your pet.” Randolph suggested taking dogs for walks early in the morning or late at night, when things have cooled off. As for relief, Kulak said there’s not much in sight, as temperatures will only dip a couple of degrees heading into the weekend. “It’s a little cooler, but 26 C for Friday and 29 C for Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “The monthly temperature forecast calls for above normal, but that’s all it says.”

St. Albert spared from rolling power outages

While the rest of Alberta dealt with rolling power outages in addition to high temperatures Monday, it appears St. Albert was spared from the blackouts. Record temperatures topping 33 C coupled with higher-thanaverage humidity forced the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to impose the blackouts across the province to cope with increased electricity demand, primarily due to air conditioning and irrigation units.

But FortisAlberta spokesperson Jennifer MacGowan said that the loadshedding blackouts skipped over St. Albert. “It was more north, like Drayton Valley and Whitecourt, and that’s because they would have had bigger industrial loads,” MacGowan said. The AESO also pleaded with Alberta residents to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage during peak daytime hours

by turning off unnecessary lights, minimizing the use of air conditioning units and avoiding the use of dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. Though the hot weather is expected to last at least through the weekend, AESO director of market operations Doug Simpson said the rolling blackouts shouldn’t be repeated. “We had our firm load restored [Monday] shortly after [5 p.m.], I believe, and things

much better today,” Simpson said Tuesday. “We had a number of forced generation outages yesterday, but most of those units are back online and we’re in a much healthier position today. “Demand is going to be high again, and we hope Albertans will watch their discretionary use of power, but we are in a much better position today to meet our demand with the current supply.” — GLENN COOK


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YOUR COUNCIL NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING Monday, July 16, 3:00 p.m. Council Chambers St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

Agenda Items: The complete agenda package is posted to www.stalbert.ca

• 2012 Community Satisfaction Survey Results • Civic Office Space Plan • 2012 Civic Census Report • Communication Presentation on St. Albert Housing Stock • Council WCB Coverage • Council Motions ○ St. Albert’s Green Trip Priorities ○ Canada Day & Family Day ○ FCM Development of a New Long Term Plan for Municipal Infrastructure Funding You can address Council on these or any other issues. Public appointments are heard at the beginning and end of each Council meeting. Call 780-459-1500 to register. Council meetings are televised on SHAW TV Channel 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., webcast live and archived: stalbert.ca

LIBRARY BOARD

Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. Forsyth Hall, Library St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

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w: stalbert.ca/fountain-park-recreationcentre p: 780-459-1553 Aquatic Assistants 1 If you are between the ages of 12 and 15, you can become an aquatic pre-school instructor. The course will show you how to prepare lesson plans, teach swimming skills and evaluate students for beginner swim levels (Babes to Cruising Crocodiles and Swimmer 1 Beginner). Tuesday, July 23, 2012 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course is a pre-requisite for volunteering for pre-school levels at Fountain Park. To register or for further information, call Fountain Park Recreation Centre.

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MARk YOUR HAVE CALENDAR YOUR SAY! SCULPTURE UNVEILING Join us for the unveiling of the Millie Seitz Volunteer Appreciation sculpture, created by sculptor Marjorie Ann Davies, a Legacy of St. Albert’s 150th Celebration. Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. ACT/UCT Celebration Garden beside Chateau Mission Court (34 Mission Avenue) For more information visit www.sta-culture.com or call 780-459-1600.

UTILITIES ADVISORY – wATER MAIN fLUSHING

The City of St. Albert Utilities Branch is performing water main flushing in the areas of Braeside, Downtown and Grandin. As part of the process, large flows of water will be visible on the street and there may be momentary disruptions to the water service as Utility staff operate the necessary valves to perform the work. Contact Public works Utilities Branch at 780-459-1557 with questions or concerns. www.stalbert.ca/public-works

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The City of St. Albert wants to hear your comments and concerns regarding proposed amendments to Alarm Systems Bylaw 25/2002. The goal is to reduce the number of false alarms and move towards a user pay service by considering revisions to the following areas: • to permit only one free false alarm permit versus the current process of one free false alarm per calendar year • to invoice permit holders for false alarm calls if the police are dispatched versus the current process of invoicing permit holders if the police attend a residence • to require alarm companies or alarm permit holders to verify one zone alarms before contacting or having the police dispatched. Please provide your input before July 30, 2012 to Aaron Giesbrecht, manager of policing services, agiesbrecht@st-albert.net, 780-458-4303 or Stu Fraser, peace officer program supervisor, sfraser@st-albert.net, 780-458-4342.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

New traffic camera installed

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Robert Bremault of Tri-Star Traffic, based out of Winnipeg, works on installing the new traffic camera at St. Albert Trail and Giroux Road.

Smile — the City of St. Albert has installed a new traffic camera. The camera is focused on the northbound lanes of St. Albert Trail where it intersects with Boudreau Road/Giroux Road, and becomes operational today (Thursday). It will catch both red light violators and those who speed through the intersection on green lights. “The safety of our citizens is our number one priority,” said City peace officer supervisor Stu Fraser in a press release. “Intersection safety devices help motorists slow

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down and are part of our goal to keep St. Albert as one of the safest communities in Canada.” Another camera will be installed to monitor the southbound lanes once construction on St. Albert Trail from Villeneuve Road to Giroux Road is finished in October. This is the third intersection along St. Albert Trail to get a red light/speed-on-green camera after Hebert Road/Gervais Road and Bellerose Drive/McKenney Avenue. It was a priority for the City, though, as the Boudreau/Giroux intersection is the most dangerous in St. Albert based on collision severity and has had the highest

number of injury and property damage collisions, including a fatality. The City also says this intersection has the highest number of collisions due to drivers disobeying traffic signals. The cameras cost $50,625 each, and are paid for through the City’s traffic safety reserve fund. Red light cameras have been operating in St. Albert since 2001, while speed-on-green technology was introduced in 2009. Since 2010, the City says, the number of speeding violations caught by the cameras has dropped by 25 per cent.


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DECLARING WAR

ON WEEDS Guerrilla gardener fights the good fight for beautiful public spaces

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Neil Korotash may feel like a one-man army at times, but he’s got troops all over the world backing him up. The former city councillor is St. Albert’s first — and thus far, only — admitted “guerrilla gardener,” having posted on his Twitter account in late June a photo of an undisclosed plot of public land where he and an unnamed accomplice cleared away unsightly weeds and planted several grape plants. Korotash first heard of guerrilla gardening through the grapevine, if you will. “I sort of read about a couple of guys doing it in Edmonton, just having fun with it. Their gardens had grown beyond what they could do in their yards, and they wanted to do some stuff in the river valley,” he said. “Another guy I know started to find things in the river valley — he found some asparagus growing in the Edmonton river valley, some fruit trees and things he thinks may have been part of homesteading.” It was a neat idea, but the thought of doing the same in St. Albert never occurred to Korotash until a fellow gardener came to him with extra grape cuttings. “At first, I said, ‘No, I don’t

really have any place to put them.’ They need warmth, a south-facing direction, and need some space to grow up,” he said. “I was just out going for a bike ride one day and found this isolated, out-of-the-way, obscure location and thought, ‘Hey, that would be a good location for some grapes,’” he added. “So I called my buddy and said, ‘I’ll take those grapes now.’” Since then, he has been back to check on the plants, and with recent rains, he said they are thriving. If other folks come along and discover the plants, and pick a few grapes for their own, Korotash said he has no problem with that. “I think that’s part of the fun of it,” he said. “From doing a little reading on it, there are people who are a little more protective of their crops, so to speak, but for me, that’s part of the fun.” Although Korotash is excited about his furtive farming, others — including City of St. Albert officials — have expressed concerns over such work being done on public property and Korotash’s choice of plants. “They have to say that. They ... don’t want people wrecking their parks and things like that,” Korotash said. “They can’t say, ‘Do it but be careful,’ because then they’re giving the green light.”

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Neil Korotash works in the garden of his Mission home. As St. Albert’s first admitted ‘guerrilla gardener,’ he has already planted grapes on an undisclosed plot of public land in the city. That sort of reaction shouldn’t discourage guerrilla gardeners, said the man who literally wrote the book on the practice. British author Richard Reynolds started sprucing up neglected flowerbeds on the doorstep outside his London apartment in 2004, documenting the process on a blog at GuerrillaGardening.org. He then published his book, On Guerrilla Gardening, in 2008. He said that, if confronted with negativity, guerrilla gardeners shouldn’t hide from it. “One of the pleasures that I’ve gotten from guerrilla gardening is the unexpected conversations with passersby,” Reynolds said, “and actually turning someone’s possible skepticism or negativity — which sometimes, I think, is a defence for feeling a bit embarrassed that perhaps they’re Photo Supplied

Richard Reynolds started guerrilla gardening in London in 2004, and published a book on the topic in 2008.

not doing it — and turn that around and make them realize the world’s not such a bad place, that what we���re doing isn’t going to get vandalized in a few hours’ time, and that we’re not completely mad; we just like gardening.”

“We’re not completely mad; we just like gardening.” Richard Reynolds Guerrilla gardening guru There are two kinds of negative reactions, Reynolds added. “There’s negative reaction that’s based on complete misunderstanding. In the early days, once I ventured away from my block to even more public places, the police would stop, because they assumed we were stealing something or burying something, or making some big protest.” “The other kind of negative reaction is, I say, just from the misery guts, the people who just cannot compute why we would do it. The flip side of something I see as fun and a fantastic opportunity and glad I can get away with it, they see as, why would you want to do a dirty job that’s costing you money and time and even risking you getting in trouble?” But there are far more positive reactions.

“Here’s this garden, this potentially very vulnerable thing, thriving despite the fact I didn’t have permission and wasn’t doing anything to protect it. It wasn’t hidden or surrounding by barbed wire or anything,” Reynolds said. “There’s something kind of uplifting and optimistic about that.” Although the practice of guerrilla gardening was informally going on before Reynolds’s book was published — by some accounts, dating back to the 1600s — it has taken off since, spreading to nearly every corner of the world. A search for “guerrilla gardening” on Facebook turns up groups in places ranging from Helsinki to Taiwan. “The heart of it is gardening, and that’s pretty fundamental to us as humans. All the benefits, all the deep-seated reasons why people would garden, that’s part of it,” Reynolds said. “The simple difference is, we’re doing it on land that’s not ours without asking. That makes the pleasure all the greater.” Closer to home, Korotash doesn’t have any more missions planned in the near future, but does have a few crops he’d like to try out. “I’d like to try and get some asparagus going. Apparently it’s a fairly maintenance-free crop you can grow in a river valley quite well, and there’s quite a lot of it in the Edmonton river valley, from what I’ve heard,” he said.


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Former mayor Fowler passes away GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Almost 47 years to the day he was first elected mayor of St. Albert, the community learned that Richard Fowler had passed away Sunday. Fowler was supposed to attend 30th anniversary celebrations for the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce’s outdoor farmers’ market on Saturday morning, but bowed out on Friday. He contracted pneumonia last fall, and never fully recovered from that. He passed away around 8 a.m. Sunday. Mayor Nolan Crouse was friends with Fowler and his wife Dawne, having just visited them with his wife Gwen on Saturday, June 30. Crouse said that Fowler set the bar high for mayors who came after him. “He had this approach, this wisdom, this confidence about him ... He always had a perspective on things that always seemed wise,” Crouse said. “I think that was a combination of his character, his ethics, his education, his reputation — all those gave him credibility and made it like anything he said made sense.” Fowler was born April 12, 1932, and was first elected mayor of St. Albert on July 7, 1965, gathering 744 votes, almost twice as many as his only opponent.

After one term as mayor, Fowler did not seek re-election, but later returned to public life in 1980, being elected mayor again to replace Ronald Harvey, who was retiring. He was re-elected in 1983 and 1986, but just months before his third term was set to expire, he stepped down to run as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of St. Albert. He would win that election by more than 2,000 votes over Liberal challenger and current city councillor Len Bracko. He served in the Legislative Assembly until 1993, holding cabinet posts such as solicitor general, municipal affairs and native affairs ministers, and minister of justice. He would lose the seat to Bracko in the 1993 provincial election. Bracko said that, despite being opponents, he had great respect for Fowler. “I have tremendous respect for Dick ... he had the respect of all,” said Bracko, who added that he had the privilege of teaching many of Fowler’s children. During Fowler’s first term in office, the City of St. Albert was embroiled in a lawsuit with a major land developer, which peaked his interest in the law and prompted him to pursue a law degree at the University of Alberta. After serving as an MLA, Fowler was appointed a judge in the Provincial Court of Alberta.

Both Richard S. Fowler Catholic Junior High School and the adjacent Fowler Athletic Park are named after the former mayor. In fact, the school held a luncheon in his honour earlier this year, and he said having a school named after him was one of the biggest honours of his distinguished career. “Awards and plaques fade away and are forgotten. But this school is a constant reminder to me, and I am humbled each time I drive by or hear of things going on in this school,” Fowler told students at the luncheon. Former city councillor Carol Watamaniuk was the City’s cultural services director during Fowler’s second stint as mayor, and she remembered him as a “dear friend” — even though they had their “wild debates” over the department’s budget from time to time. “He challenged me, and I’ve always appreciated people who challenge your point of view,” she said. “He always challenged me on every cultural issue and every budget, but he always supported the ‘Carol causes,’ as he called them. “If there’s one thing I learned from Dick, it was to be prepared, which was a very good lesson for my years on council, and to be open to new ideas.” In keeping with Fowler’s wishes, he has

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Former St. Albert mayor Richard Fowler pauses to reflect during a luncheon held in his honour earlier this year at the junior high bearing his name. been cremated. A prayer service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church (75 Poirier Ave.) today (Thursday) at 7 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 11 a.m. Flags at City buildings will fly at halfmast on Friday.

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OPINION

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Heat is on City, AHF

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s the temperature soared to record highs, the City of St. Albert turned up the heat on the Arts and Heritage Foundation this week. At a special council meeting Monday afternoon, City staff delivered a report to councillors, characterizing the by Glenn Cook relationship between the two sides as “strained” and questioning the organization’s finances over the past decade. It’s unclear what the City’s motive was in bringing this report forward at this time, but it all seemed pretty shady given the fact that the two sides are getting ready to hash out a new stewardship agreement by the end of the year. Part of the strain in the relationship, City staff said, was that the channels of communication were not open. But communication is a two-way street, and City officials must be willing to accept as much of the blame for the problem as they dish out. Another problem with the report is the perceived inaccuracies that AHF board chair Dr. Alan Murdock pointed out, including stating that the organization ran a $200,000 deficit in 2011 when that money was spent on Little White Schoolhouse renovations and covered by reserves. It may be how accounting practices work, but it does the AHF a real disservice that some kind of notation was not made on that particular item. Another troubling item is that these problems have apparently been brewing for some time. The City report cited an agency review in 2005 that identified many of these same problems, yet it appears neither side did anything about them. General manager of community and protective services Chris Jardine admitted that the report was rushed and that the City had quite possibly made a mistake bringing it forward. But that’s cold comfort for the AHF now; the cat has well and truly been let out of the bag, and it’s not going back in. Arts and heritage are integral parts of St. Albert’s identity, so a functional working relationship between local government and those taking care of it is essential. Otherwise, the whole situation has the same chance as a snowball in the July sun.

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Thoughts as the House rises for summer

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ate last month, the House of Commons rose for summer recess. During the spring session, when the Justice Committee was vetting C-10, the comprehensive “Safe Streets and Communities Act” and when the Public Safety Committee was examining “An Act to End the Long Gun Registry,” I was involved in important pieces of legislation making their way through Parliament. But with both pieces of legislation through the House by mid-February, suddenly my high-profile assignments became less so. However, I received considerable media attention when I recently blogged about the indiscriminate use of chauffeured vehicles on Parliament Hill. Although I stand by my comments,

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RATHGEBER Edmonton-St. Albert MP My City I think they received more attention than was warranted. I suppose it is newsworthy when a government backbencher is seen to be critical of cabinet. However, it should be axiomatic that government treat taxpayers’ money respectfully, especially in times of fiscal restraint. Pointing out the obvious shouldn’t be newsworthy at all! Although Parliament passed revised copyright legislation and is revamping our refugee and immigration systems, most of the session was dominated by the budget and the “Budget Implementation Act” (C-38).

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There has been much criticism of the so-called omnibus budget bill. In fact, there were two small protests outside of our constituency office, events usually unheard of in St. Albert. I do not share the concerns I have heard regarding C-38. The argument that the bill was too broad and should have been broken up can be made anytime a piece of legislation amends more than one statute. Moreover, the argument that not enough time was allocated to examining the bill is a nebulous one. How much time is enough time? The question is ultimately rhetorical and your answer will depend on your position regarding the legislation. If you support it, you will be anxious to see it proclaimed into law. However, if you are opposed to it, obviously longer debate allows

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

City moves ahead on capital growth fund GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The City of St. Albert is moving forward with plans to finance a $40-million capital growth fund by borrowing internally and using Municipal Sustainability Initiative funds provided by the Alberta government. The City’s Standing Committee on Finance — which is comprised of all seven city councillors and chaired by Coun. Cathy Heron — met Monday afternoon and approved a plan to build up the fund over the next five years by taking 15 per cent of their MSI funding — $1.7 million a year — and borrowing the rest from internal sources, paying it back over a 20-year term. City staff indicated that this method would result in only a 0.3 per cent annual property tax increase each year over those five years, and was preferred over borrowing all the money internally or borrowing from external sources. “When I looked at the potential incremental tax increases, because we’re very conscious of tax increases, I thought the 0.3 incremental tax [increase] was not something that was too onerous to bear given the fact we can grow our community,” Coun. Malcolm Parker said. But some councillors expressed concerns they had heard from the community about the internal borrowing. “One of the fears I’ve heard out of the community is that we’ve asked for money out of the community for one purpose — our capital reserves — and now it appears we’re going to take that money that we’ve asked from the residents and use it for a different purpose and, in so doing, putting the capital reserves at risk,” said Coun. Wes Brodhead. The fund is being set up due to administration’s observation that nearly all the capital funds committed over the next 10 years are allocated to maintaining the

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current level of services, leaving little room for growth projects. Staff also proposed setting up an advisory committee made up of community, business and academic leaders to evaluate projects and make recommendations to council on what the fund should pay for. The terms of reference for the advisory committee are due back by the Standing Committee on Finance’s September meeting. UTILITY RATES Also on Monday, the Standing Committee on Finance approved a 6.5 per cent overall increase in utility rates for the 2013 budget. That’s less than the rate hike that was included in the 2012 budget, which was 9.5 per cent. Rates for water will rise 5.5 per cent (down from a 10.5 per cent hike in 2012), wastewater rates will go up 4.2 per cent (down from a 7.6 per cent increase in 2012), and solid waste rates will rise 1.5 per cent (down from a 5.4 per cent increase in 2012). However, utility ratepayers will see 21.4 per cent jump in stormwater rates in 2013. Those rates only went up 14 per cent in 2012. City chief financial officer Anita Ho said that the stormwater increase was necessary because more than $12 million in major repairs to the city’s stormwater system are needed over the next 10 years. The stormwater rate is a flat rate based on the type of building. Single-family dwellings will each pay $14.56 a month in 2013, while condominium units will be charged $10.06 a month. Non-residential customers will see their stormwater charge rise to $39.66 a month. Overall, the City estimates the average monthly utility bill will rise from $111.41 to $118.66 in 2013.

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Report: City, AHF relations ‘strained’

posted a deficit of more than $200,000 in 2011. Murdock said that the report A report delivered to St. Albert didn’t tell the whole story, city council Monday afternoon including the fact that those losses painted a not-so-pretty picture of were incurred due to renovations to the relationship between City of the Little White Schoolhouse and St. Albert staff and the Arts and were covered by planned transfers Heritage Foundation. from the AHF’s capital reserves. The stewardship agreement “If these [claims] are allowed between the City and the AHF to stand unquestioned, the public expires on Dec. 31, and both sides will condemn us unfairly before are getting ready to hunker down entering into negotiations,” on negotiations on a new one. Murdock said. But Monday’s General report, presented manager of as information community by City staff, and protective identified a services Chris number of Jardine said that challenges in the report was Kelly Jarrott the relationship rushed, and “we City culture director between the two, may have made some of which a mistake,” he have been brewing for some time. said. “The relationship between Councillors were very concerned the AHF and the City has been with the state of the relationship, strained for many years and has especially at such a crucial stage, been challenging for all involved at and some suggested the City must times,” said City cultural services own up to at least some of the director Kelly Jarrott. responsibility. One of the biggest challenges is “I suspect, as much as you would communications. say the challenges have been one “It’s a challenge in making way, if you would talk to the other sure people are in the loop and organization, they would say information is shared so that the challenges are similar,” said all parties are aware of what’s Coun. Wes Brodhead, council’s [happening],” Jarrott said. representative on the AHF board. Another challenge is the Councillors also wondered foundation’s finances, the bulk aloud what would happen if the of which come from the City and agreement lapses without a new have increased over the past 10 one in place, and Jardine said that years. could leave both sides in an even However, AHF board of trustees bigger predicament. chair Dr. Alan Murdock disputed “The way the agreement is some of the claims in the report, written, there is no month-toparticularly that the organization month — it’s just done,” he said.

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

“It’s a challenge in making sure people are in the loop.”

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Craig Pilgrim of RE/MAX Real Estate gets out the tape measure while taking part in the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce build at Habitat for Humanity’s Aurora Place development in Akinsdale on Thursday, July 5.

Kingswood ASP work grinds to a halt

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Plans for more parks and trails in the Kingswood subdivision ground to a halt once again on Monday afternoon. City council voted at a special meeting Monday to halt all work on amendments to the Kingswood area structure plan, as well as that of Pineview II. The City of St. Albert wants to develop a park on a combined park and school site on Kingswood Boulevard in the middle of the neighbourhood, but developer Canterra is refusing to hand over the title to the site until guarantees are in place that a high school won’t be built there. Under agreements with local school boards, though, the City can’t make such guarantees. It’s a situation that councillors

said they were “disappointed” and “saddened” about, but they didn’t have a lot of options at the moment. “The sad part about this is ... the developer is going to get what he wants. He’s going to hold off as long as possible until a school is announced and built somewhere else in the community,” Mayor Nolan Crouse said. “That deprives Kingswood students an opportunity to go to school in their community, close to their own home. ... The residents are being held ransom, because the residents aren’t getting their parks, their trails and their parkland.” The Conseil scolaire centrenord, the francophone school board for north-central Alberta, has been eyeing the Kingswood site for a high school for some time. Currently, the board runs École Alexandre Taché for Grades

7 through 12 out of the old Youville Home on St. Vital Avenue. Coun. Cathy Heron has been leading the charge to get a proper park built in Kingswood, but she said that, after attending a public open house on June 19, the message from residents was loud and clear that they did not want the original ASP altered. “I don’t yet have a solution on how to deal with this issue,” Heron said, “but to take it any further, work any further on this, we would be faced with a gallery full of people at a public hearing highly opposed to what council is trying to do, even though I think our motive in trying to get that park site is a good motive and a true motive.” Council’s motion also directed City administration to propose any next steps that would address community needs by Sept. 17.

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Grant aids school renos

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The Little White Schoolhouse renovation project has a clearer view on its finances after receiving a grant from the Alberta government last month. The Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert received $30,000 from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation on June 22, which will go toward the restoration of the windows and the hardwood floors in the schoolhouse, located on Madonna Drive. “The aim of the project is to do as much conservation work as possible, and this grant helps with some of that conservation work. It helped with repairing the existing windows rather than having to replace them,” said Ann Ramsden, director of heritage sites for AHF. “The aim is to keep as much of the original [material] as possible.” Ramsden added that the AHF applied for the grant in February, and got the green light from the government about a month ago. A total of 72 projects received

funding under the grant program, with funds reaching $1.4 million. “Culture connects our past with our present and gives us insight into our future,” said Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk in a press release. “Albertans take great pride in the history and heritage of our province and bringing that history to life for our youth and future generations is essential to our cultural life.

“The aim is to keep as much of the original as possible.” Ann Ramsden Arts and Heritage Foundation “With the heritage grants, we are supporting the work of dedicated heritage conservationists and those who continue to create awareness of our rich and colourful past.” The work on the windows and floors is part of an ongoing restoration of the Little White Schoolhouse, which also included

the addition of a wheelchairaccessible elevator to the building’s back end that opened earlier this year. “The exterior restoration is complete,” Ramsden said. “What’s left to do is the refinishing of the hardwood floors on the main floor with the classrooms, and there’s also some work to be completed in the basement. There’s an artifact storage room down there that needs to be completed, and a staff area.” And when all the work is done, the school will be an even more valuable resource for school children of today to get a glimpse into St. Albert’s past. “It’s a benefit to the entire community because it’s a landmark. There are a lot of people in this community who actually went to the Little White School at some time in their school life,” Ramsden said. “And we’re able to bring schools in and they’re able to sit and have a lesson as it would have been in the late ’40s or early ’50s. It almost takes them back to their grandparents’ era.”

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A woman whose husband is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease fears that proposed changes to primary care networks in Alberta will take away an important lifeline for her and others.

Market moment Photo: glenn cook, St. Albert leader

Werner Frenzel, one of the three 30-year vendors at the St. Albert Farmers’ Market, gets a hug after being honoured by organizers during the market’s 30th anniversary celebrations on Saturday. This will be Frenzel’s last year selling at the market.

FOWLER, Honourable Judge R.S. “Dick” It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard (Dick) Sherwood Fowler on the morning of Sunday, July 8, 2012 at the age of 80. Dick will be forever loved and remembered by his wife Dawne, his children Cathy, James (Brenda ), Christine, Caroline, and Stuart (Jennifer); step children Coralee (Brett) and Jeffrey (Lori); grand children Jessica, Jackson, Matthew, Michele, Joey, Erin and Brandon, step grandchildren Shaelyn, Torrin, Brielle, Eli, Connor, and Isaac; brothers and sisters Fred (Anne) Fowler, Bill (Irene) Fowler, Audrey Crawford, Mary Ann (Jake) Willis, Rose Marie Fowler, sister-in-law Terri Fowler, Jean Harris, Rick (Una) Pushor, Deb (Dr. Ron) Miciak, Rob & Lillian Pushor, Linda Pushor, Laurie & Debbie Pushor, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Dick is pre-deceased by his wife of 36 years Vera in 1993, his son Richard in 1979, brother-in-law Dave Crawford in 2011, and brother Stan in 2012. In keeping with Dick’s wishes, Cremation has taken place. A Prayer service will be held at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 75 Poirier Avenue, St. Albert on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory can be made to the Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation, 201 Boudreau Road, St. Albert, T8N 6C4 or www.sturgeonhospitalfoundation.org. To send condolences please visit: www.connelly-mckinley.com Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home ~ST. ALBERT FUNERAL HOME~ 9 Muir Dr., St. Albert, Alberta, 780-458-2222

Proposed PCN changes worry St. Albert senior more testing, more questions offered considerately, she said. Memory loss and confusion are Proposed changes to the province’s 40 depressing enough, and with the help of primary care networks (PCN) have the family, Louella decided to not upset Richard wife of a St. Albert patient with Alzheimer’s further with the specifics of his diagnosis. disease fearing for the health of Albertans. “We call it ‘difficulty with memory,’” she Identified here as Louella, she’s the human said. face of PCNs. The St. Albert and Sturgeon The pair are in their 70s, winding down a Primary Care Network has been a lifeline for longtime family business that has been both her family, and she’s upset about last week’s life and livelihood. scathing report from the auditor general “We had such a good life, he’s such a good detailing accountability issues with the man, we have such a wonderful family. Why province’s PCN system. did this have to come Referred by her family along?” she said. physician after early tests A prescription for indicated Alzheimer’s/ an Alzheimer’s drug dementia, Louella took seems to be helping keep her husband of four Richard stable for now. decades, identified here His prognosis is less than as Richard, to the PCN’s optimistic, but the advice Louella Geriatric Evaluation from their PCN in Wife of Alzheimers patient Management Clinic St. Albert was comforting, (GEM) in the Grandin Louella said. Park Plaza complex with some trepidation. “You are going to have a lot of difficulty in “I was terrified of the end result of this the future but we’re here,” they were told. illness, and there are going to be strangers Louella has very strong feelings about going over this,” she recalled. PCNs as a great choice for families dealing Her first connection, a primary care nurse with long-term illness. specializing in geriatrics, put Louella and “The PCN made me stronger, which Richard at ease. I think saves the health-care system “I could see it in my husband as we sat innumerable amounts of money. I feel like there, that this was a place we fit in the this particular system of handling families medical system, the PCN. There isn’t that like mine are working. Life is cold, life is medical feel,” Louella said. lonely. Further tests confirmed his diagnosis. “The set-up with a PCN has a comfort A doctor specializing in Alzheimer’s level so you can concentrate on the healing and dementia saw Richard and worked or the care. I think that’s cost-effective, even with a therapist on his case. There was from a small business perspective,” she said.

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AGSA unleashes new exhibit GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

With his new exhibit at the Art Gallery of St. Albert, Bekk Wells is hoping to unleash the animal within himself and others. Wells opened his exhibit, entitled What Kind of Animal Am I?, on Thursday, July 5, at the gallery, which features three installations, including two featuring animals he has constructed out of textiles and fabric. “Fabric is really inviting and non-threatening,” he said. “Nothing made of fabric is threatening at all. It’s the most harmless thing you can make anything out of. It’s just kind of got this helpless, harmless, soft invitingness to it. It kind of makes them all look sort of pathetic. “I was going for this handmade, shabby [style], like somebody’s grandma made it during the Great Depression, beloved child’s toy sort of thing. It gives everything sort of an endearing aspect.” The third installation is a tent set up as an “inverse-camping” experience, with elements of nature inside contrasting against the setting of the rest of the gallery. The idea behind the whole

exhibit, Wells said, is to explore the relationship between human nature and the rest of the natural world. “I don’t know if there’s one statement I’m trying to make, other than make people think about the idea of their place in the natural world,” he said. This is a theme that many artists attempt to explore, though, but Wells said his interpretation doesn’t really compare to others. “Every one of those artists is saying a different specific thing,” he said. Part of the exhibit is the stuffed animals set up as they might be at a natural history museum. “[It’s] the practice of collecting and organizing animals in the natural world in a way we can understand, and the narrative we create to explain the natural world,” he said. Elsewhere in the gallery, multicoloured stuffed mice stream from an air vent, meant to explore “the fine line between our attraction and disgust with the animals that share our environment,” Wells’s artist statements reads. “We’re really interested in diversity — not just the diversity of the artist of the show, but also in the art,” said AGSA exhibition

curator Jenny Willson-McGrath. “There’s the way the artist is conveying their message, and this is a unique way to convey quite a serious message. It’s very nonthreatening and endearing, and I think that’s a very appealing way of drawing in an audience.” Unlike other exhibits, though, Wells’s doesn’t feature anything hanging on the gallery walls. “I think it’s good to change it up,” Willson-McGrath said. “We’re all about the floor right now, so hopefully people will enjoy that. I think it’s important to give our audience something different, and I think this is something that is very, very different.” Wells has studied both art and chemistry at the University of Lethbridge, and one of his biographies found on the Internet says he has both planted over a million trees and work on the construction of a coal-fired power plant. “I’ve been making art forever. Since I was a little kid, I’ve been making things,” he said. “I don’t remember any one point at which I got involved in art.” What Kind of Animal Am I? runs at the Art Gallery of St. Albert (19 Perron St.) until Saturday, July 28.

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

Artist Bekk Wells rearranges some of the stuffed mice that are part of his new exhibit, which opened at the Art Gallery of St. Albert on July 5.

Taking it to the streets

Photos: CODIE MCLACHLAN, Sun Media News Services

The Edmonton Street Performers Festival is in full swing at Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton, and continues until Sunday. The festival started on Friday, July 6, and features more than 40 performers from all over the world. Left: Performer Justin Case — who describes his specialty on the festival’s website as “stupidity and acrobatics on a bicycle” — puts the pedal to the metal for the crowds who gathered on Sunday. RIght: Michael Trautman says a mouthful without saying anything during his performance Saturday.


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Skrillex letting fans take him for a ride

DARRYL STERDAN Sun Media News Services

Skrillex is letting fans take him for a ride. As he prepares to rail across the country with his Full Flex Express Tour — an homage to the famed 1970 Canadian train tour by Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Band and others — the globetrotting DJ already believes it’s going to end as the original did: In the red. And he couldn’t care less. “I’m making no money on this tour,” claims Skrillex — born Sonny Moore — in an exclusive national interview. “I’m losing money to do it. I’m doing it because it’s just a fun thing to do. “I can make money in other ways. I can fly around with a backpack and make so much money.” Especially now. In the past six months, Moore has gone from electronic dance music cult hero to bona fide star. He was up for five Grammys (including Best New Artist) this year and won three in the Dance and Remix categories. He has remixed everyone from Lady Gaga to Rob Zombie and Korn. His distinctive mug — characterized by his half-shaved noggin and oversized glasses — has graced the cover of Rolling Stone. His girlfriend is

British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. Not bad for a 24-year-old ex-punk singer who was broke and homeless a couple of years ago — and who still hasn’t released a proper album. Clearly, the fiercely independent Moore dances to his own beat.

Since the Grammys, life has changed — and stayed the same. “There’s stuff that feels the same, you know. And stuff that seems a bit different. I guess the main thing I’ve noticed is the vastness of who and where this reaches out to now; the amount of people that know about it now. So you have a lot of different influences and opinions and things coming at you from all different directions. But I just try to do the same things I’ve always done.” It’s all about connections. “I just want to build a music community. That’s the one thing that really gets me up in the morning. You have so much going on with the music business and industry that compromises what art is. I just love the integrity of people getting together because they want to get together — without this bottom line and without trying to be as big as you can be just for the sake of it, or trying to monopolize everything. That’s what destroys art and destroys movements.”

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He feels no pressure to release an album. “I’ve released almost 40 tracks in the last two years. The normal consumer might think an album is protocol. But for most of my fans, they just go online and get songs. And they have a lot of material they can sit on for a while. So asking me about an album is kind of like asking a painter that’s been doing smaller paintings if he should do a bigger painting. It has to be the right painting and you have to be ready to do it. I would like to do an album, for sure. But I don’t want to do anything just for the sake of doing it.” He’s still basically homeless. “My Grammys are actually at my manager’s house because I don’t have a place yet. It’s funny; at the end of this year, I will have literally been living in hotels for two years. But by the end of the summer, I’ll be getting into my first place and I’ll be able to put them somewhere. And I’m going to take some time off of the road. I’m really looking forward to it. I really wanna have my own place and make music in a studio and try new things. That’s why it’s not discouraging at the moment, the fact that I’m working so hard and not sleeping. It’s all going toward something.”

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Electronic artist Skrillex says that, with the Full Flex Express Tour, he’s not making money — he’s just doing it for fun.

Celebs worth a follow on Twitter

STEVE TILLEY Sun Media News Services

We love Emma Stone. She’s talented, funny, sexy — no wonder her Gwen Stacy snares the heart of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in The Amazing Spider-Man. Lots of other people love Emma Stone too. In fact, she’s got more than 540,000 followers on Twitter. That’s a whole lot of adoration. Funny thing, though: Emma Stone has never tweeted. Not once, as of this writing. It says something about our desire to connect to celebrities that more than half a million people are waiting for @stonenobrien to make her first 140-character utterance. Fortunately, there are tons of other celebs who are social media-savvy and well worth following. Here’s are some of our Twitter faves, and why we watch them. Rainn Wilson (@RainnWilson) - The Office’s Dwight Schrute is a prolific and often hilarious presence on Twitter. Recent tweet: “NewsCorp is splitting into 2 entities: LuciferCo, the entertainment division & Beelzebub Media, for newspapers & print.” Felicia Day (@feliciaday) - The adorable, flame-haired nerd queen of The Guild fame is upbeat, geek-savvy and genuine. Recent tweet: “OMG what a wonderful thing to wake up to, hundreds of birthday wishes! I’m overwhelmed, thank you, guys!” Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) -

The Colbert Report’s truthiness-seeker is the master of the LOL-worthy quip. Recent tweet: “Anybody know a synonym for a word that means the same thing as another word?” William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) The Shat’s tweets are a mix of the banal and the bizarre. And he signs each one with MBB - “my best, Bill.” Recent tweet: “LA west side drivers remember that the Wilshire ramps off the 405 are closing tomorrow. MBB #rampsure” David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) - The director of Twin Peaks, Eraserhead and so on is almost as odd on Twitter as he is on the screen. Recent tweet: “Does anyone have any suggestions for additional food for our mole? Thank you very much.” Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) - The jocular Brit actor, director and TV creator likes connecting directly with his “twonks” online. Recent tweet: “Held a coconut shell up to my ear and I could hear the sound of a one legged horse standing very still.” Joel McHale (@joelmchale) - The Community and The Soup star spits out one-liners and actively engages with his 2.7 million followers. Recent tweet: (when asked what his Tim Hortons order would be) “Double double with scotch.”


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curb destructive behaviour but fight canine obesity and make for a healthier pooch. Sun Media News Services Cat Repetowski runs 6Legs to Fitness classes in If you lack motivation to exercise and need a Surrey, B.C., and says working out together is a great dedicated workout partner to encourage you, get a strategy for busy dog owners. “A lot of people want dog. to go to the gym and then they get home and have Michael Hutchinson has lost 35 pounds working to walk the dog,” she says, adding that working out out alongside his border collie with your dog makes for a great mix, Noah. Hutchinson and his bonding experience. four-legged pal are participants in Perhaps the most important Fetching, a Toronto-area workout quality in this workout partner is program that encourages dog the lack of judgement. Intimidated owners to improve their physical by gyms full of six packs and fitness while strengthening the bulging biceps, doggie-and-me emotional bond with their canine fitness classes attract participants Zaz Wright partners. who want a supportive workout Personal trainer “We both develop from this,” environment where dogs provide says Hutchinson, referring to his constant companionship and weight loss and Noah’s improved hip strength and encouragement. “(Your dog is) the workout buddy concentration. “He’s calmer and he’s happier. You that will never judge you,” says Zaz Wright, can actually see that he’s happier.” Fetching’s personal trainer. Dogs jog alongside their human companions and If you can’t attend a class, take advantage of hiking sit or lay down while owners do strength-training trails and walking paths in your area. Running and exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. playing fetch are great full-body workouts for both “If you work your dog you’ll have a very calm, humans and dogs. Walk up and down bleachers or relaxed dog,” says Janet Ward, whose standard go to an off-leash area to play ball. Toss the ball far poodle, Penny, accompanies her to Fetching classes. enough to give you some time to get in a few squats Giving your dog a regular energy release can not only or hold a plank until Rover returns.

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Sugar substitutes like these and others used by manufacturers are gaining in popularity, but serious questions remain about their long-term safety.

Given that the average Canadian consumes about 26 teaspoons of sugar each day, it’s no surprise that the pink, blue and yellow packages of artificial sweeteners are everywhere. Because even though much of the sugar we eat is found in milk, fruit or juice, most of us try to cut back a bit on the sweet life. In Canada, it’s usually Equal (the blue packet), Splenda (the yellow) and Sweet’N Low (the pink) that help us to manage extra calories and minimize cavities. But what are these sugar-free/ nutrient-free packets of white stuff? And what about those studies in the past that have shown some sweeteners to cause cancers in lab rats? I still see anonymous e-mails that claim one sweetener causes brain cancer while another is blamed for headaches and multiple sclerosis flare-ups. According to Calgary dietitian Samara Felesky-Hunt, sweeteners used by Canadians have been determined to be safe by Health Canada. “But for long-term safety, I recommend sticking to moderation or below what’s been deemed as their acceptable daily intake,” she says. “For example, with aspartame, it is 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, which means that a 60-kilogram person shouldn’t have more than 2,400 milligrams per day.” Considering that aspartame is 200 times as sweet as sugar and that a one-gram packet of Equal is as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar, abuse shouldn’t be a worry with any of the sweeteners. And while Felesky-Hunt encourages

her clients at Calgary’s Downtown Sports Clinic to eat a wellbalanced diet first and foremost, she says sweeteners can be helpful in reducing carbohydrate consumption or managing diabetes. (A full list of sweeteners approved by Health Canada can be found at dietitians.ca.)

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crashes.” Some companies now use combination sweeteners to try to achieve the sugar plateau that you get from real sugar. As for their value as a weight management tool, Marcone is skeptical. “Yes, you are getting less calories when something contains a sugar substitute. But studies show that people who drink diet beverages actually gain weight more so than individuals who drink beverages flavoured with natural sugar. “When you consume a diet drink you compensate for its caloric deficit by consuming other foods that put on weight,” says Marcone, adding that while regular sugar contains four calories per gram, the fat you eat to compensate contains nine calories per gram. “Artificial sweeteners give you a false sense of security.” Adds Felesky-Hunt: “They are not a prescription for weight loss.”

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Caregiving can be bad for your health. It can damage people, and even lead to physical and emotional abuse. So says Dr. Diana Denholm, expert in caregivers’ health and author of The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself (Hunter House). Exhausted and worn down, today’s caregivers are pushed to the brink, agree experts, whether caring for a chronically ill, elderly or dying spouse or parent. The caregiver-patient dynamic can be especially destructive to a marriage, says Denholm. In sickness and in health vows take a beating. Denholm, a medical psychotherapist, has interviewed countless women caring for seriously ill husbands and she says they often express disbelief at the person they have become — angry, mean, guilt-ridden and disappointed. She herself was the primary caregiver for her husband for more than 11 years as he battled a litany of serious illnesses including colon cancer and congestive heart disease. “You wait on him hand and foot, then have to bear the brunt of his frustration and bad temper,” says Denholm. “He expects you to be his servant and the sole provider for the family, and he complains when you come up short in either role.” Often, stress and anger take hold and kill compassion. Lack of direction and information inspired Denholm to write the handbook, which helps caregivers navigate through the daily struggles of long-term illnesses. “Caregivers are trying to make a strange and foreign life work while everything around them is falling apart,” says Denholm. It’s a rollercoaster-ride of emotions. She says caregivers are at an increased risk for loneliness, isolation, violent mood swings, and other mental health challenges – “69 per cent surveyed by Caring.com admitted that caring for a loved one caused them more stress than anything else in their lives.” Being a hero in the caregiving drama can actually bring on premature aging, and even shorten a caregiver’s life by 10 years, reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human

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SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – A job search can consume a lot of your time — scouring job listings, filling out applications, writing resumés and cover letters, and going to interviews makes it difficult to focus on each task. But you don’t have to spread yourself so thin while looking for a job, as Louise M. Kursmark explains in her new book, Same-Day Resumé, Third Edition. In the book, Kursmark offers the following tips to get a job fast:

1. Know your skills. One employer survey found that about 80 per cent of those who made it to the interview did not do a good job presenting the skills they had to do the job. If you don’t know what you are good at and how this relates to a particular job, you can’t write a good resumé, can’t

do a good interview and are unlikely to get a good job. 2. Have a clear job objective. If you don’t know where you want to go, it will be most difficult to get there. You can write a resumé without having a job objective, but it won’t be a good one.

3. Know where and how to look. Because three out of four jobs are not advertised, you will have to use nontraditional job search techniques to find them. 4. Spend at least 25 hours a week looking. Most job seekers spend far less than this and, as a result, are unemployed longer than they need to be. So, if you want to get a better job in less time, plan on spending more

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Champion Feed Services Ltd., an Alberta-owned independent feed manufacturer and farm supply company, serving the Northern Alberta livestock industry for over 35 years, requires a Production Supervisor to join our team in Westlock, Alberta. Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Required Competencies: • Plan, supervise and coordinate manufacturing activities. • Strong leadership skills proven through previous supervisory experience. • Work together with the Plant Manager to analyze, prepare and adjust work procedures to meet production • Capacity to thrive in a fast paced, ever changing environment where meeting production deadlines is schedules, according to specified FeedAssure™ a key priority. (HACCP) guidelines. • Analyze and resolve challenges, or assist production • Aptitude for learning procedures, overcoming challenges and problem solving. personnel in solving problems. • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment. • Maintain production records according to • Ability to use Microsoft Office. FeedAssure™ (HACCP) guidelines. The successful applicant must also be prepared to relocate, if necessary, to a rural community within 50 km of the Westlock mill. The applicant must also be prepared to be on call as required. Preference will be given to applicants possessing an agriculturally related post secondary education and/or experience in feed manufacturing. An understanding of livestock production and animal nutrition would be a definite asset. CFS offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit package including company pension plan. Please send your application letter and detailed resume by mail, fax or email to:

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Get things done, even if you’re not in charge LINDA WHITE Sun Media News Services

In a time where it’s difficult to differentiate a real photograph from one created by computer wizardry, it’s difficult to know what to believe and whom to trust. That’s why developing trust is the most important characteristic of titleless leaders — the people who achieve results not because of rank but because of actions. “The workplace has changed and the world is different but the one thing that is consistent is that we have to get results — no matter if you’re a cubicle dweller or an executive,” says Nan Russell, author or The Titleless Leader: How to Get Things Done When You’re Not in Charge. Thanks in large part to a challenging economy, today’s workplaces are filled with employees who are frustrated, angry, disillusioned, tired, afraid, skeptical,

cynical and distrustful. They’re looking for people they can trust and follow — which is determined less by title and more by behaviour, Russell argues in her book. “People don’t choose to follow people who want to manipulate them, deceive them or lie to them. People don’t give their ideas, discretionary efforts, enthusiasm or best work to people they don’t trust,” she writes in the first chapter. People who effectively lead — with or without a title — understand Nan Russell that people work for people, not for Author companies. “They help others do their best work by creating pockets of trust where people can shine,” Russell says. Operating with trust is a skill that can be developed and is especially important for people who lead others who don’t report to them or need to achieve results when

they don’t have title or authority. It’s also an important skill for people who have the title or authority because authority no longer guarantees followers, she warns. Russell lists the following as key steps to developing trust: • Give trust first: Think beyond yourself and help others succeed — sound the heads-up and pass along warnings as you receive them. Titleless leaders “believe only if the organization does well will people thrive,” Russell writes. • Effectively communicate: Check the facts before sending, telling or sharing. Pick up the phone, walk down the hall, initiate a web meeting or address your e-mails to only those who should be included instead of automatically cc’ing bosses — an all-toocommon practice that screams distrust. Don’t communicate only when you need

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Champion Feed Services Ltd., an Alberta based livestock feed manufacturer and farm supply store, with locations in Barrhead, Grande Prairie and Westlock, produces high quality feeds designed to help livestock producers maximize their profitability. For the Office Clerk position, we are looking for an individual with exceptional customer service and organizational skills, an efficient work ethic and someone who is accurate, neat and complete in their paperwork. General knowledge of accounting practises and previous experience with payables is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is a must. Since Champion is an agricultural business, a farming background with knowledge of farm supply and feed items would also be an asset. This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with weekends and stat holidays off. Champion offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit package including medical/dental benefits and a company matched retirement plan for all permanent personnel. If you have excellent information management skills and possess a strong attention to detail, please hand deliver, fax or email your resume to: Darren Lidberg, Manager Champion Feed Services Ltd. 9415 – 109 Street Westlock, Alberta T7P 2M6 Phone: 780-349-5886 Fax: 780-349-3023 Email: darren@championfeeds.com

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something or when it’s in your best interest — share critical (but not confidential) information that helps others do their best work. • Show up: Operate from your authentic self — the best of who you are at the core level, which includes such characteristics as kindness, compassion, tolerance, integrity, gifts, abilities and knowledge. It’s the opposite of being manipulative or strategic, Russell reminds. “People follow people who put their trust in them and help them shine,” she writes. “Do that consistently and you’ve mastered an essential element of being a titleless leader.” Who is her audience? “The book is for people who want to feel good about work and accomplishment again; people who want to make an effort in their work and feel like they’re contributing,” says Russell. Not surprisingly, they’re often the people who achieve promotion.

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Q Nickname? A Potter (apparently I’m related to Harry Potter) understanding (especially fond of my roommate’s dog Tank).

Q Vacation this year... you’re heading to? A I just got back from a motorcycle adventure in the heart

of B.C.! But you can bet as soon as that -30 kicks in I’ll be off to enjoy the beaches of Mexico.

Q The weekend in St. Albert, what are you doing? A I usually turn up at some kind of an event; last

Q Favourite place to eat in St. Albert? A Thai Mekong! Authentic Thai food at its best, I would

their needs. Also, my age.

Q Favorite thing about St. Albert? A St. Albert is awesome. I love the layout of the city, I love

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Q Your singing out loud in your car, what are you singing?

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Q Best thing about your job? A My job keeps me informed on some of the latest and

greatest technologies, something I really enjoy! Also I love having the answers for some of the small business I work with. It’s very rewarding.

previously didn’t have much control over their website or web presence. They appreciate being educated and me working with them one on one.

Q What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?

A “I knocked on the front door and they open it up and said not interested and slammed it shut, so I went around the building and tried the back door, the owner invited me in” Compliments of my mother

Q What’s the best way you’ve found to keep a balance between work and family life?

A I find it easy to work right around the clock in my business, but properly planning and organizing my days with a work schedule and sticking to it has really helped me find a balance. Also I have noticed I work a lot better and am more focused when I take the proper time to rest and relax. Q If we’re heading on a coffee run, you’re having … ? A I’ll have a large steeped tea, with two sugar and cream.

Also what kind of cookies do you have?

Q How messy is your desk/workspace? A It varies, but it’s usually full of sticky notes and coffee Q What video game or phone app are you addicted to? A I am addicted to the Twitter app! Q You would describe your sense of style as … ? A Well in a business setting, you usually find me in dress

shoes, dress pants and a dress shirt, but casually you will find me in shorts, sandals and maybe some gold aviators. As far as brand names go, I am a mix of Zellers, Moores and The Bay.

Q What’s your goal for your business over the next 12 months?

A We recently moved offices and integrated with NovaNAIT in St. Albert in order to help facilitate the growth of our business. We plan to be hiring and working with students from the DMIT program. Our goal is to provide two more full-time positions for St. Albert residents. Q Any advice you can give St. Albert residents,

Q Favorite movie? A Oh now that’s a tough one... My all time is Indiana

regarding the use of Social Media?

A Even if you are not interested in tweeting or

Jones series, my most recent is a documentary called “I Am”

Facebooking, these channels can still serve as a great resource for local up-to-date information. And if you need some help understanding it, follow me on Twitter at @mathewjpotter

Q Favorite hobbies? A Music is my number one, followed by motorcycles.

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Jen Gray (left) and Deb Lasuik offer tasty treats at their new store, Over the Top Cakes, which opened Saturday at 2B Sir Winston Churchill Avenue. Both cake designers used to work out of their homes, but have teamed up for this new venture.

Weather heats up bottom line GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

While many in St. Albert were worried about their tan lines as they tried to beat the heat this week, local businesses were trying to figure out how it would affect their bottom lines. For many businesses, temperatures climbing above 30 C meant big changes in their operations, if only temporarily. At the Superstore location on St. Albert Trail, assistant manager Mike Fleming can barely keep up with the demand for fans and portable air conditioning units. “We’re struggling with that a little at the moment,” he said Monday. “When this sporadic hot weather just hits you, it’s difficult to keep up with the demand. It’s a whole bunch of people coming out at once when it’s 30 C and everyone realizes just then they need to get an air conditioner.”

The hot weather also causes a few other items to become hot sellers. “The water, the Gatorade will start flying off the shelves,” Fleming said. “When the weekends roll arounds, you’ll see salads, fruits, all that picks up. People are barbecuing, so steaks, smokies, burgers, stuff like that. Everyone wants to get outside and barbecue.” Meanwhile, on the other end of town, Original Joe’s owner/manager Darek Ziemian said the heat wasn’t necessarily causing more customers, but just changing when they come in. “It makes it busy, but it makes for a later rush,” he said. “People don’t come out until it starts to cool off if it’s too hot. They start to come out around 7:30 or 8. But then they stay longer, as well.” The volume doesn’t change much, he added, because the restaurant has already opened up more seats on their patio for the season.

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“We’re just working on putting an awning together for the hot weather and the rainy weather, for the sprinkles,” Ziemian said. West of the city, Blake Stingley, who works in the pro shop at Sandpiper Golf Course, said that, while there are some diehards who hit the links no matter the weather, there is a point where most will deem it too hot. “When it gets to certain point, say above 30 C,” he said. “But we’re lucky — we have some tournaments booked this week, so they’re going to go ahead.” He added that junior camp lessons during the week were shortened from an hour to 45 minutes because of the heat. Rain or shine, though, staff are still needed out on the course, so Stingley said, in this heat, they take extra precautions. “We just tell them to drink lots of water and take lots of breaks,” he said.

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – The feds have given American retail giant Target the green light to take over Zellers stores in Canada. Following a review under the Investment Canada Act, Target was granted approval Friday to go ahead with its plans that include selling more Canadian music, DVDs, and books at its stores in this country. “Our government is committed to strengthening Canada’s economy in all sectors, especially arts and culture,” Heritage Minister James Moore said in a statement. “Target’s investment in Canada’s economy shows our plan is working and will be of great benefit to Canadian workers, Canadian consumers, and their families.” Launched in late March, the foreign investment review examined whether Target’s stores would contain enough Canadian content. Demanding a retailer push Canadian music, movies and other products doesn’t sit with the rightleaning National Citizens Coalition. “Canadians should have the choice to shop for the products they want to buy,” NCC director Stephen Taylor said. The Zellers in St. Albert Centre is one of four in the Edmonton area that will be converted to Target stores, with openings scheduled for spring 2013.

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