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Boston to head economic development GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Entertainment . . . . . 16 Business . . . . . . 21 Health . . . . . . . 22 stalbertjobs.com . . . 23

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The St. Albert Farmers’ Market is bustling in this painting by local artist Alan Nuttall. Organizers of the market are hoping a similar scene plays out Saturday when the market’s 30th season opens. Story, page 9.

FUN WITH NUMBERS

$1.12M That’s how much Nobel laureates will receive in prize money this year, 20 per cent less than before. The Nobel Foundation said Monday that a decade of overspending has stretched its finances.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY JUNE 14, 1994

The New York Rangers — featuring former St. Albert Saint Mark Messier as captain — win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years after beating the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

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GM of planning and engineering Guy Boston is ready to take on a new challenge as the City’s executive director of economic development.

After searching far and wide, the City of St. Albert found its new executive director of economic development right under its nose. City manager Patrick Draper announced Monday at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance that current general manager of planning and engineering Guy Boston has been appointed executive director of the City’s new economic development department, effective July 3. “It’s one of those opportunities to take all that I know about St. Albert and what I envision that’s going to happen in St. Albert and help make it happen,” Boston said. “It’s a pretty rare opportunity to know some of the history, know the people, envision the future and tie all those knots together.” Draper said that the possibility of Boston taking over the role began to take shape over the past few weeks as he looked at Boston’s knowledge, networks and track record. “He knows St. Albert really well; he’s got an extensive network of contacts in the development and real estate industry. They know him well,” Draper said. “And he has shown a capacity to be able to put deals together. As we build out the employment lands, we’re going to have to package deals. We’re

going to have to get companies and financiers and other levels of government together, and Guy has the skills and knowledge about St. Albert to do that.” Mayor Nolan Crouse called Boston’s appointment a “brilliant idea” and had every confidence he would thrive in the new role.

“It’s a matter of having the crystallized vision.” Guy Boston City of St. Albert “Guy has all the skills, all the knowledge and, probably the most important thing, he’s got credibility throughout the whole province,” Crouse said. “Wherever he goes, he’s got credibility. He’s got credibility as a person, credibility with engineering skills, credibility in the industry.” The City has been looking for an economic development executive director since the department was created in an organizational restructuring in September 2011. The biggest challenge Boston sees in his new position is taking the many plans the City currently has and actually putting them into action. “It’s a matter of having the

crystallized vision, and the strategy of moving toward that,” he said. “Even in the private sector, when you’re trying to sell a company or sell a service, you have to have something to sell. We definitely have potential to sell; what we need to work on is the concrete plans of what it is we’re going to be, then selling that and demonstrating that.” With a background in civil engineering, Boston began his career as a bridge engineer with Canadian National Railways before holding several different positions at the City of Edmonton over a 15-year period. He came to the City of St. Albert and served as general manager of planning and engineering from 2003 to 2007 before leaving for an executive position in the private sector at CH2M HILL Canada Ltd. He returned to his old job at the City in 2010. While the new position has a higher profile in selling St. Albert to the development community, Boston isn’t fazed by the shift, as he’s had opportunities to take on that kind of role in his current job. “I really did enjoy getting people together and coming up with a strategy, or at least an approach, of how to deal with a particular opportunity,” he said. “I’ve done it in this role; I did it in my previous role in the private sector. I know what the transition is.”

Human remains found in Sturgeon County identified GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

RCMP have identified human remains found southeast of Morinville last month as those of a woman reported missing in Edmonton almost a decade ago. On Friday morning, RCMP issued a press release saying the remains were identified as those of Deanna Marie Bellerose, who was last seen in the area of 95 Street and 105A Avenue in Edmonton on Sept. 9, 2002.

Bellerose was 29 years old when she disappeared. The cause, manner and time of Bellerose’s death have yet to be determined. The RCMP K Division serious crimes branch is investigating the death, along with Project KARE. The discovery of the remains was made just southeast of Cardiff, Deanna near Township Road 552 and Range Bellerose Road 245, on Wednesday, May 16, Remains found by a surveyor working in the area.

A ground search was conducting in the following days, with more than 20 members of the RCMP’s Special Tactical Operations Team helping out. Bellerose’s younger sister, Ginger Lee Bellerose, was a sex trade worker who was murdered in 2001. Richard David Douglas was convicted of second-degree murder in that case in 2006 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.


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YOUR COUNCIL

MARK YOUR CALENDAR CELEBRATE CANADA DAY

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING Monday, June 18, 3:00 p.m. Council Chambers St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

Agenda Highlights:

• Community Capital Grant Program Policy • Review of False Alarm Bylaw • Safety and Wellness Program Performance • Council Motions ○ Noise Attenuation Policy ○ St. Albert Steel Relocation Revenues

Celebrate Canada Day with activities for everyone! • • • •

Take part in the family activities at Lions Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Street Dance from 5 to 8 p.m.; Battle of the Bands from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Don’t miss the fireworks at Seven Hills starting at 11 p.m.

Free Park and Ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Albert Centre and running until after the fireworks.

○ LRT Functional Alignment Study Funding

Satellie activities:

○ Confidential Community Services Advisory Board Backgrounder

Heritage Lakes pancake breakfast – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., École La Mission

• Public Hearing - Amendments to bring Municipal Development Plan (MDP) into conformance with Capital Region Growth Plan 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, June 20, 6:30 p.m. Forsyth Hall, Library St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

Celebrate the variety of ways parks and recreation improves your quality of life in St. Albert. Find out how you can win a prize by completing the calendar found at: www.stalbert.ca/recandparksmonth.

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JUNE IS BLOCK PARTY MONTH

Block Parties are a fun way to meet and reconnect with your neighbours while having fun! It’s also an easy way to create a safer neighbourhood. Did you know you can get FREE burgers and buns for your party? For more information or to register for a Block Party, call the Neighbourhood Development Team at Family and Community Support Services – 780-459-1756. www.stalbert.ca/block-party-information

Traditional and ash burials, a Field of Honour, Columbarium and Memorial Wall available.

For rates and services, call 780-459-1500 or visit stalbert.ca/cemetery.

Father Lacombe Chapel – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2 St. Vital Avenue St. Albert Grain Elevator Park – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4 Meadowview Drive Woodlands Water Play Park – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 155 Sturgeon Road St. Albert Botanic Park – 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 265 Sturgeon Road Art Gallery of St. Albert – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 19 Perron Street Longboard competition – noon to 4 p.m., Kingswood Park For details on all activities or to volunteer, visit www.stalbert.ca/canada-day.

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JUNE IS RECREATION AND PARKS MONTH!

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HAvE YOUR SAY! ANIMAL CONTROL BYLAw SURvEY The City of St. Albert is seeking your input as part of the City’s review of its Animal Control Bylaw. We want to know:

• Should dogs be permitted off-leash in all parks? • Are you concerned about disruptive/ Emergency First Aid Course nuisance dogs and cats? Learn first aid principles and the emergency • Would you support a bylaw that requires treatment of injuries. Skills include: cats to be licensed? victim assessment, rescue breathing, Have your Say in the online survey at CPR, choking, respiratory and circulatory www.stalbert.ca/animal-bylawemergencies such as heart attack and information. Deadline: July 2, 2012. For stroke, and external bleeding. more information, call Aaron Giesbrecht, Sunday, June 24 Manager of Policing Services, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 780-458-4303. Successful candidates receive both Lifesaving Emergency First Aid and CPR-A certification. This course is approved by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety. Sign up today.


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HErITAgE PrOPErTIES HErITAgE PrOPErTy INFOrmATION WOrkSHOP

The City of St. Albert is partnering with the provincial Municipal Heritage Partnership Program (MHPP) to develop a Heritage Management Plan to guide the conservation of historic resources in St. Albert, raise public awareness of community heritage issues, identify partnership opportunities, and develop policies surrounding the sites identified on the Heritage Inventory. Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7-9 p.m. musée Héritage museum Heritage property owners and interested residents are invited to participate in the workshop. Please RSVP to Cultural Services: 780-459-1692 or ndeibert@st-albert.net For more information contact: Kelly Jerrott, 780-459-1609, Cultural Services Director

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEArINg DIRECT CONTROL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT No. DP-2012-000724 MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012, 5 P.M. COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ST. ALBERT PLACE A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Direct Control Development Permit No. DP-2012-000724. Direct Control Development Permit application number DP2012-000724 by the City of St. Albert (Recreation Services), the Applicant, would authorize the construction of the Levasseur Road Dog Park on Lot 53, Block RW, Plan 2648MC known municipally as 50 Levasseur Road, as shown on the map below. Details of the proposal may be obtained by phoning the Planning Department at 780-459-1642. Copies of the development permit conditions may be examined between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays at the Legislative Services Department (3rd Floor) in St. Albert Place, St. Albert.

Residents are invited to a Public Meeting to learn more about the proposed amendments. Tuesday, June 19, 2012 6:30 p.m. red Willow Church, 15 Corriveau Avenue Information on the proposed ASP amendments can be found at www.stalbert.ca/kingswood-asp If you have questions or comments, please contact David Klippenstein at 780-460-1001 or david@dklipp.com. MPSSCS4246859MPSE

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act If you submit comments on this development permit, either orally or in writing, the information you provide may be recorded in the minutes of the Public Hearing, or otherwise made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. DATES OF PUBLICATION: St. Albert Leader: June 7 & 14, 2012 St. Albert Gazette: June 9 & 16, 2012

A copy of this notice has been provided to the property owners within a 400 m radius of all lands as described above, and to parties who have expressed an interest in the project. Speaking to City Council If you wish to speak to City Council, please phone Legislative Services (780-459-1521) before noon on Monday, June 25, 2012. You may also be heard by City Council by responding when the Chair of the Hearing calls upon any person present to speak in favour of or opposition to the proposed development permit. Written Submissions If you prefer to write to City Council, send your written comments to the Legislative Officer, City of St. Albert, 5 St. Anne Street, NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEArINg BYLAW 13/2012 TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 – 5 P.M. COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ST. ALBERT PLACE

PINEvIEW II/kINgSWOOD ArEA STrUCTUrE PLAN AmENDmENT

The City is taking the lead in amending the Pineview II and Kingswood Area Structure Plan (ASP) to provide the neighbourhoods with a park site and to identify a school site. David Klippenstein & Associates are facilitating the ASP amendment process.

St. Albert, Alberta, T8N 3Z9, or e-mail hearings@st-albert.net before noon, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. All written submissions received before the deadline will be available for public viewing at the Public Hearing and at the Legislative Services Office.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Bylaw 13/2012, being Amendment 88 to Land Use Bylaw 9/2005. Three text amendments are being proposed as follows: 1.

Within the Low Density Residential (R1 and R2) Land Use Districts, text amendments are being proposed that will provide clearer understanding and guidance on lot width measurements for reverse pie lots and irregular shaped lots.

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Within the Low Density Residential (R1) Land Use District, a text amendment is being proposed that will provide clarification on lot widths relevant to small lots less than 11.5 meters in width.

Details of the proposals may be obtained by phoning the Planning Department at 780-459-1642. A copy of the proposed bylaw may be examined between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays at the Legislative Services Department (3rd Floor) in St. Albert Place, St. Albert.

Speaking to City Council If you wish to speak to City Council, please phone Legislative Services (780-459-1500) before 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. You may also be heard by City Council by responding when the Chair of the Hearing calls upon any person present to speak in favour of or in opposition to the proposed bylaw. Written Submissions If you prefer to write to City Council, send your written comments to the Legislative Officer, City of St. Albert, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, Alberta, T8N 3Z9, or e-mail hearings@st-albert.net before 12:00 noon, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. All written submissions received before the deadline will be available for public viewing at the Public Hearing and at the Legislative Services Office. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act If you submit comments on this bylaw, either orally or in writing, the information you provide may be recorded in the minutes of the Public Hearing, or otherwise made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. DATES OF PUBLICATION: June 14 and 21, 2012 - St. Albert Leader June 16 and 23, 2012 - St. Albert Gazette


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same fate as its predecessor. “The higher you go, the less sturdy it is,” Bidewell said, “so there’s a steel rod in the middle of it that’s extremely tight and hammered through the middle of it to protect the structural integrity of it. It’s as strong as you can make it for what it is.” McLennan added that the park is also looking at other security measures. “We’ll install security cameras, because we have several hundred thousand dollars worth of greenhouses, as well as the fountain,” he said, noting that the park typically suffers $2,000 to $2,500 in damage each year. But he added that he hopes security doesn’t have to tighten to the point where the openness of the park and the ability of people to come and enjoy it is lost. “Everybody puts so much into the park, and it’s such a senseless act. There’s no reason to it,” McLennan said. “... It’s hard to get people to focus back on the positive.”

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Coun. Malcolm Parker delivers remarks on behalf of the City at Sunday’s unveiling of a new fountain at the St. Albert Botanic Park.

A central attraction at the St. Albert Botanic Park returned over the weekend, stronger than ever. Members of the botanic park, located along Sturgeon Road, unveiled a new fountain in their rose garden Sunday afternoon, replacing one that had been in place since 2006 that was destroyed beyond repair by vandals earlier this year. The fountain was donated by Justin Bidewell, president of The Big Greenhouse in Spruce Grove. Brian McLennan, president of the botanic park, said that, when Bidewell stepped forward with his donation only a couple of days after news of the fountain’s destruction got out in March, his reaction was “a little bit of disbelief.” “We were just really fortunate that someone [stepped up],” McLennan said. “And he’s not with our community; it’s not a major business. This is a huge

personal commitment from someone who is not part of the St. Albert community. We’ll sponsor him as much as we can and do everything we can for him, but in the end, it’s an act of generosity that doesn’t have much financial payback.” For Bidewell, when he heard about the fountain being vandalized, he felt compelled to help. “Just hearing about that kind of devastation to people who donate all their time, to gardens are for public use, was very disheartening,” he said. “After thinking about it for a couple of days, I talked to my brother, who had recently been living in St. Albert, and he fed me more information about the botanic park. I had a fountain, and there was no better place to watch it fulfill its functionality than here.” The new fountain is handcarved from granite — though not by Bidewell — and features a sturdy steel rod in the middle that will hopefully save it from the

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the police had opened it, somebody would have been without a face.” Alberta Fish and Wildlife officer Paul Prefontaine said that wolverines are more common further north, and they don’t often venture into urban areas. “They’re almost similar in elusiveness and keeping away from human activity as cougars are,” he said. “They’re rarely seen by humans unless you’re out in the tundra areas, in the north, along the mountains and foothills.” Wolverines tend to feed on carrion and berries, as well as smaller animals like rabbits or rodents. They’ll even attack larger animals like caribou if they appear weak or injured. Prefontaine is unsure, though, what exactly attracted this particular wolverine to Grandin. “It could have been a younger male that was in search of new territory and kept on going,”

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Residents in the Grandin subdivision are breathing a little easier these days as it appears a wolverine that was in the area has moved on. Rumours of the wolverine’s presence started floating around the neighbourhood in early May, and both local and provincial officials confirmed this week that it was indeed one of the notoriously vicious animals in the area. “There was a wolverine spotted in Grandin back at the beginning of May, so it’s been quite some time,” said City of St. Albert municipal enforcement officer Garnet Melnyk. “Obviously we’re not the subject matter experts, so Alberta Fish and Wildlife was contacted, so they went out to the resident that called and confirmed [it].” Peggy Muffitt, who lives on Gladstone Crescent, said that she didn’t have any face-to-face run-ins with the intruder, but she heard about it when a receptionist at her veterinarian’s office told her, and she believes it was responsible for a late-night racket that forced her to call the RCMP a couple of weeks ago. “It was 2 or 3 a.m. on a Tuesday morning [May 15], because it sounded like somebody was breaking into my car — smash, bang,” Muffitt said. “But I had my garbage cans, the plastic ones, up against my house, and I have a brick house. Somebody or something was banging those against my house. The police came, two of them, and all we found was both cans upright and one little garbage bag on the ground. ... I thought, if [the wolverine] had been in the garbage can and

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he said. “They have large home ranges; they can travel long distances very fast. ... Maybe this guy just followed the river valleys in.” At one point, a small live trap usually used to snag coyotes and foxes was set to see if the wolverine was still in the area, but the morning after, Prefontaine said the intruder had escaped. “First thing in the morning, the resident checked it, and the trap was broken through,” he said, noting that a more appropriate trap was set shortly thereafter. With no sightings reported for several days, though, Fish and Wildlife officials are confident the creature has moved on. “I don’t think he wanted to be there any more than people wanted to see him around,” Prefontaine said. “They just wait for night — they’re nocturnal, mostly — and hightail it out of there.” But, he added, as with any wildlife, there are precautions people can take make sure this unwelcome visitor doesn’t show up again. “Almost all wild animals are attracted to food sources of some sort, depending on what it is,” he said, “so it’s always important to reduce any of the available food attractants that are at your residence or location, to decrease the amount of human-wildlife encountered that may occur. ... We want to keep them wild, so we don’t want them getting used to having food available and becoming less wary of humans.” Still, residents like Muffitt are being extra cautious until they know for sure. “I’m going to take my garbage out before it’s dark now,” she said.

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OPINION

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A chance to build bridges

Here’s what people are saying about #StAlbert on Twitter:

@TeresaMardon Sad day. The neighbours cat tipped over the bird cage that was sitting outside. The cage flew open, my Budgie ‘jam’ flew away. #stalbert

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uy Boston started his career as a bridge engineer with Canadian National Railways. Now, he has the chance to build even more bridges between St. Albert and the development industry. It was announced Monday that, after a months-long external search by Glenn Cook came up empty, Boston would shift from his current role as general manager of planning and engineering to a new position as executive director of the City of St. Albert’s new economic development department. Predictably, the boo-birds have already come out, decrying the move as more of the same from a city council and a corporate structure they feel cares little for the plight of residents shouldering the burden of high property taxes. But, while Boston could be considered part of the old guard at St. Albert Place, he’s more than qualified to take on this new challenge. Boston is an amiable person with an outgoing personality — perfect for going out and getting deals done. And he can back that personality up with knowledge; few people know the city and how it operates as well as he does. He’s well-known and wellrespected among City staff and among the development community already, meaning he won’t have to take that extra time to build relationships that someone brought in from outside would need before he or she would truly hit their stride in the economic development position. The only quibble we have with Boston’s appointment is the business community’s perception that much of the red tape holding economic development back came from the department he is coming from. Perhaps, though, if he’s out on the front lines, he’ll get a better sense of just how that red tape is hampering development and lobby to cut it back. We wish Boston the best of luck in his new position, but remind him that everyone in St. Albert will see just how well he’s performing each June when they open up their property tax bills.

@CC4currie So proud of the new boardwalk opened today in Lois Hole Centennial Park! Exciting times for Alberta parks. #abgov #stalbert

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@Karbanger No T-ball AGAIN on a beautiful evening ... #StAlbert SAMBA this is ridiculous! Ronald Harvey school kids played on that same field at recess!

@alexandralynn2 Loving the new farmers market logo @StAlbertMarket #stalbert

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City’s sports focus benefits all residents

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don’t know about you but every time I read a community’s advertising brochure, there is always a common cliché to Visit Anytown, Alberta; it’s the “Quality of life place to live, work and play.” When the SEE ST. Albert tourism committee was asked to develop a Tourism Master Plan, one goal was to identify a city brand and theme — an arduous task to be sure! With the help of Roger Brooks from Destination Development Inc., a number of options were considered and eventually the brand selected was the “Botanical Arts City” with the tag line: “Cultivate Life.” But another option was to recognize the role sports play in this city’s quality of life. Yes, St. Albert is well known for its history, arts, farmers’

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PARKER City councillor My City market, and river valley with walking trails; however, we are lucky to have a thriving sports scene that engages all ages. At last count, there are over 30 sports in the city, most with state-of-the-art facilities meeting provincial, national or international standards. We are indeed fortunate to have such high-standard facilities as Servus Place, Fountain Park Pool, Fowler Athletic Park, the Riel Multipurpose Field, ball diamonds — and the list goes on. How lucky we are! Why are sports and quality of facilities so important to a community? The answer is

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recreation provides a healthy work-life balance. Participation in sports helps create a sense of community, well being and an opportunity to share common interests, in addition to living a healthy lifestyle that reduces health care costs. The volunteer support from both residents and businesses who contribute endless hours organizing, coaching, funding and sponsoring teams and events illustrates how well our community works together and our high-standard facilities provide a safe environment for everyone to congregate and be physically active. St. Albert has become a well-known sports community because of the high quality of events co-ordinated by the City, local sports groups and volunteers. Over the past few years, the city has hosted

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numerous tournaments. Superior facilities are examples why St. Albert is a great sports community known worldwide. A sports-minded community with quality facilities attract new residents looking for amenities unavailable in their communities. The Woodlands Water Play Park and Servus Place are two examples why families move to St. Albert growing our community as well as providing economic and tourism benefits that support local businesses. As we look to the future, sports will continue to be a significant recreation activity amongst residents and visitors who desire an active lifestyle. Perhaps, the St. Albert Sports City (SAS) dream will one day become a reality further enhancing our city as a highprofile sports center. Owned and operated by

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Market set to kick off GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

St. Albert’s favourite summer tradition returns this weekend, marking three decades of providing people with the freshest produce and finest handmade goods. The St. Albert Chamber of Commerce kicks off the 30th season of their outdoor Farmers’ Market on St. Anne Street and St. Thomas Street at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Chamber president and CEO Lynda Moffat said that, over that time, the market has done a lot to raise St. Albert’s profile. “It’s kind of put us on the map, actually,” Moffat said. “Everybody within driving distance, and then some, comes to our market and brings their guests when they come from other countries. It’s a huge economic impact to St. Albert to be drawing 15,000 to 20,000 people in every Saturday for 16 weeks. It’s very, very big for St. Albert. “And we know the people of St. Albert love the market. It’s part of who we are here.” While there aren’t any birthday festivities planned for opening day, the Chamber will mark the occasion on July 7, honouring the market’s founders and some of the long-time vendors. Some of those vendors have been at the market almost every year since its inception in 1982, and Moffat said St. Albert is the market

where everyone wants to be. “This is the market to be in — there’s no question,” she said. “The vendors that come year after year after year, their customers come and ask for them. They’ve built up a really loyal clientele.” There will be other special event days throughout the summer, including Yellow Ribbon Day, honouring military personnel, and Harvest Day in September. The market is mostly sticking with the tried and true formula that has brought success for the past 30 years — maybe just more of it. “We’ve added more booths this year. We’re always trying to grow and improve,” Moffat said. “We’re going to see a few more booths going further south on St. Anne Street. There’ll be a few new things in the market this year.” But this year, the market has expanded its presence on Twitter (@StAlbertMarket) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ stalbertfarmersmarket). “You have to be there. It’s not even optional anymore,” Moffat said. “It’s a place people will look to find you. It’s important that we stay current and try to provide as many opportunities as we can for people to learn about our market and what they can expect.” The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, from June 16 to Oct. 6. For more information, visit www. stalbertfarmersmarket.com

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AGSA cash voted down MacKay. Brodhead’s motion was just one of 16 related to the City’s 10-year municipal A proposed expansion of the Art Gallery capital plan that were put forward by of St. Albert won’t be happening right away councillors on Monday afternoon. thanks to city councillors. Others that passed included: During a regular meeting of the City • postponing the restoration of Juneau of St. Albert’s Standing Committee on House until 2015; Finance — which consists of all seven • postponing renovations at Fire Station councillors and is chaired by Coun. Cathy No. 1 for a year; Heron — on Monday, councillors voted • adding $100,000 in 2013 for down a motion that would have seen the implementation of wayfinding signage; $4.5-million expansion funded as part of • allocating $25,000 in 2013 to start a the City’s 2013 capital budget. building reserve for the Northern Alberta “I want it, and I think it’s a good project, Business Incubator; but it’s not the right • funding a community time,” Heron said in centre project in 2014; speaking against the • funding the motion. construction of a The motion to fund walkway across Ray the project was put forth Gibbon Drive for by Coun. Wes Brodhead, $50,000; and Cathy Heron who gave a lengthy • funding the City councillor presentation on the upgrade of the tot lot benefits that an expanded in Kingswood Park to a art gallery would bring. regular playground in 2013. “This is a great, elegant proposal that’s Motions that were defeated included: not over the top in terms of what we’re • allocating $2 million to a reserve asking the community to shoulder,” that would help pay for the sustainable Brodhead said. “It brings a real return; development of new commercial and there’s real value here.” industrial lands; and He also touted how the project would • reducing the 2013 St. Albert Transit improve accessibility at the facility for the fleet replacement budget by $400,000 and disabled — a goal from which the whole transferring that money, earmarked for two proposal was born. new handibuses, to the 2014 budget. “By moving to create an art gallery A few others proposed by Coun. that’s inclusive, we are making a statement Malcolm Parker were withdrawn after that all of our citizens are welcome to more information was given through participate,” he said. administrative backgrounders in the But other councillors were skeptical meeting’s agenda report or at the meeting of the numbers associated with the itself. project, especially the Arts and Heritage The committee also voted to support Foundation’s claim that the project would the development of a $40 million capital save $74,000 in administrative costs as growth fund that would be devoted to they would not have to rent extra office or growth projects over the next five years, studio space when paired with an estimated rather than reinvestment in existing annual lifecycle maintenance cost of infrastructure, which is where the City $114,375 per year. currently spends most of its capital money. “When you do the math, that’s a net cost A report on details for the fund will come to the City every year,” said Coun. Cam back to the committee on July 9.

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“I think it’s a good project, but it’s not the right time.”

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Aiden Stock comes up for air while taking part in the swim portion of the age 10 and 11 category at the Kids of Steel Triathlon at Fountain Park Recreation Centre on Sunday.

YC board to decide by end of June GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Officials at the St. Albert Youth Community Centre say that, even in the face of the City of St. Albert pulling funding for their programming, they are still committed to serving the community’s young people any way they can. The youth centre’s board of directors issued a press release on Friday morning saying that, while they “must now determine whether or not it can continue to operate the YC as it currently exists,” they still plan to have the centre there for kids who need it. “The board, at an emergency meeting held May 30, 2012, recommitted itself to the purpose and

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City council voted unanimously on May 28 to take the funds normally given to the youth centre for programming in the 2013 civic budget and reallocate it to the City’s youth asset development program. The youth centre has a major fundraiser coming up on Thursday, June 14, with the eighth annual Mayor’s Breakfast, featuring guest speaker and former National Hockey League player and current Edmonton Oilers analyst Rob Brown. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the St. Albert Alliance Church (one kilometre west of Wal-Mart on Villeneuve Road). Tickets are $60 each and are available at the youth centre or by calling 780-418-0678.

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Hansen re-elected to ASBA post GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

For Jacquie Hansen, the last year and a half has been interesting to say the least, and she’s looking forward to more of the same over the next 18 months. The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional District trustee was acclaimed Friday to a second term as president of the Alberta School Boards Association, along with vice-president Cheryl Smith of the Battle River School Division. The fact that no one ran against her or Smith was a feather in their caps, she said. “I think that Cheryl and I, as a team, have worked very hard. ... We worked on transparency [with our] members, and we’ve worked hard at dealing with the variety of ministers we’ve had — we’re three ministers in inside a year,” she said, referring to the revolving door in the Alberta government’s education portfolio that has seen Dave Hancock, Thomas Lukaszuk and Jeff Johnson at the reins over the past 12 months. “It’s been quite an interesting year.” Hansen took a brief leave of absence from her ASBA position earlier this year to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination in the provincial riding of St. Albert, a race she eventually lost to local businessman Stephen Khan.

Over the next 18 months, Hansen said there are plenty of challenges facing school boards, including addressing the costs of building new schools and repairing existing ones, passing the new Education Act, and managing the upcoming contract talks between the ASBA, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the provincial government. When it comes to the $2-billion backlog in school infrastructure, Hansen said the biggest hurdle is the funding structure they have to deal with. “Part of it is that we cannot borrow, so what we have to do every year is wait for a budget to come up and submit our capital plans for 62 different boards, and cross our fingers that we’re going to be on that list for repairs and modernization,” she said. “We’d like to see a better, more planned, sustainable way to deal with infrastructure so that we don’t do it just when the province has money.” In speaking to parents and students at École Alexandre-Taché in St. Albert in February, former education minister Thomas Lukaszuk touted a strategy of working with local governments and community groups to make new schools true multipurpose buildings. That’s an idea Hansen is fully on board with. “We have to find ways to work together — all 62 school boards,” she said. “Whether it’s working in partnership with each other or

finding ways to work with the community to fund partnerships, it’s time we made schools the hub of the community.” Meanwhile, the Education Act was on track to be passed this past spring, but was pushed back to the fall sitting of the Alberta Legislature after concerns were raised. Hansen said that when the act is passed is not the most important thing — it’s that the act has the right provisions in place. “There are some Albertans who aren’t quite happy with it, and we have to respect the opinions of those people, and make sure we get the Education Act right,” she said. The upcoming tri-party contract talks should be very interesting, Hansen added, as there are many sticking points she can already see cropping up. “We are looking at, first of all, cost and working conditions, and finding a way to get everything we need to do, whether it’s professional development or teaching our kids, all in one day,” she said. “They’re going to be interesting talks; I don’t think they’re necessarily going to be easy talks.” Hansen is also hoping to see changes outlined during the recent Inspiring Education dialogues implemented before her term is up in November 2013, saying that has been lost in the last 10 months with recent provincial political uncertainty.

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GSACRD trustee Jacquie Hansen has been elected to her second term as president of the Alberta School Boards Association.

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Bunz steps up to plate GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Tyler Bunz traded in his goalie stick for a baseball bat for a good cause this past weekend. Bunz, a St. Albert native and Edmonton Oilers draft pick, hosted the first-ever Get Kids Playing charity slo-pitch tournament Saturday and Sunday at Meadowview Diamonds to raise money for the local chapter of Kidsport. Bunz said he got the idea after getting involved in some other charity work during the Western Hockey League season in Medicine Hat, where he worked between the pipes for the Tigers. “It kind of just got me in the groove of doing some charity work and giving back to the community,” said Bunz just after hitting a walk-off home run to beat his brother’s team Saturday morning. “Especially a charity like Kidsport — there’s a lot of kids out there that can’t afford to play sports; they love sports but they just can’t afford to play.” The tournament raised money through entry fees for the 12 teams who turned out, plus a 50-50 draw and a silent auction that included autographed hockey sticks, Edmonton Eskimos tickets and a barbecue. Doug Hardy, chair of the St. Albert chapter of Kidsport, said that the tournament would be a big boost for the organization, especially with Bunz’s name behind it. “It’s awesome. Anytime you can get somebody someone who has some notoriety and some drive to help kids get out there and play sports, it’s awesome,” he said. “It definitely helps our cause, for sure.” The St. Albert chapter of Kidsport was formed just last year. The charity helps families who can’t afford registration fees or equipment get their kids into organized sports. “I love sports; I love everything to do with every sport. And every kid should have the opportunity to play sports,” Bunz said. “There’s people who can’t afford it,

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Edmonton Oilers draft pick Tyler Bunz lobs one in during the first-ever Get Kids Playing charity slo-pitch tournament on Saturday. and if I can help out in the littlest way and give back some money so that I can put some kids into a sport they love to play in an organized league, then I’m happy about that.” He even managed to convince several of his Tigers teammates to make the trip to St. Albert to participate. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other after the season,” he said. “I’m hosting everyone at the house, so it’s been a lot of fun.” Hardy said the St. Albert chapter, though still in its infancy, is making great strides in the community. “We’ve got a full complement of board members now, but we’re always looking for more,” he said. “We’re just getting some funding started, and this is the first boost in the community vision, anyway, to get our name out there.”

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BCHS runs into buzzsaw GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Although they were tops in Alberta, the Bellerose Composite High School Reach For the Top team ran into a buzzsaw at nationals. The national Reach For the Top finals were held May 26 and 27 in Toronto, and it was the hometown University of Toronto Schools team that ran through the competition, leaving the BCHS team in its wake with a 390-140 win in the first quarter-final match. However, BCHS coach Brian Grant said the team did better in the round robin part of the tournament, and he’s proud of his pupils. “They won more games than they had last year, and of the top four teams that were in the final, we had defeated two of them in the round robin,” said Grant, who also teaches English at Bellerose. “It was a much closer competition than it had been. ... The kids were great.” Reach For the Top is a high school trivia game where students face questions in various formats on a wide range of topics, earning points for each correct answer. The Bellerose team is made up of Grade 12 captain Cole Van Der Velden and Grade 11 students Cole Forster, Mitchell Sorenson, William Mazurek and alternate Graeme Matichuk. They won the Alberta Reach For

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the Top title on their home turf at BCHS in late April. A result like the one they got in Toronto will only serve to motivate the Grade 11 students on the team, Grant said. “The nice thing about bringing the kids to nationals was the learning experience, seeing the level of competition,” he said. “Sadly, we don’t have that level of competition in Alberta.” But he hopes to change that by possibly setting up practice games against other schools in the Capital Region throughout the next academic year. The University of Toronto Schools wound up winning the national title with a 420-250 win over London (Ont.) Central. “They were out of this world,” Grant said. “They didn’t lose a single game. And sadly, in the quarter-final that was the team we had to play, and they clobbered us.” But, despite the lopsided loss, Grant hopes the students came away with more knowledge and a good experience that will serve them well as they move forward in their lives. “If we’re going to have leaders, we still need the notion of a generalist. For that reason, I think this game allows that type of an individual to emerge, not somebody who is so specialized in one walk [of life],” he said.

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GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A pair of St. Albert residents are facing drug trafficking charges after an investigation by local RCMP last week. Matthew Scott Tribble, 24, and Matthew Darrin Carberry, 23, both face one count each of possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000. The pair were stopped by St. Albert RCMP while driving in St. Albert on Saturday, May 12. During a search of their vehicle, police turned up 37.5 grams of cocaine — with a street value of approximately $3,700 — a plastic handgun replica and several cellphones. They also found about $1,500 in cash. Both men were released on cash bail and are scheduled to appear in St. Albert provincial court on July 9. Police say that tips received from the public were instrumental in this investigation. Residents of St. Albert who have any information about drug dealers in the community can report it to local RCMP via their tip hotline at 780-460DRUG (3784).

ARMED ROBBERY Meanwhile, local RCMP are on the hunt for four suspects after two boys were robbed outside the Shoppers Drug Mart in Village Landing shopping centre. It was around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, that the two boys, aged 15 and 16, were in the parking lot of Solo Liquor when they were approached by four men in a white minivan with tinted windows who told them to leave. When the boys got across the street into the Shoppers parking lot, the minivan approached them again and the four men got out of the van. One of them sprayed the boys in the face with what was described as “mace” and they demanded the boys empty their pockets. The suspects got away with a cellphone and a wallet from the boys. The suspects are described as possibly being of Lebanese descent. Two were around six feet tall, and the others were shorter, around five-foot-three. The minivan is described as a Ford or Dodge, made between 2005 and 2007. If you have any information on this crime, please call the St. Albert RCMP detachment at 780-458-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

There will be something for children of all ages at the Arden Theatre next season as the venue unveiled its 2012-2013 Family Series this week. The series will feature a total of five acts between October and March that range from a New Orleans brass band to a classic magician. Professional programming presenter Caitlin North said that, when booking acts for families, it’s just as important to take the parents into consideration as it is the kids. “When you’re putting together a series for kids, it’s the parents that have to take them, and we want everyone to enjoy it,” North said. The first act to take the stage is Garry Krinsky on Oct. 20. Krinsky has a background in clowning and theatre, but his act isn’t all goofing around, as he builds in a scientific component while he entertains. “It shows that all curriculums can be fun. It doesn’t have to be just art and dance, theatre and comedy,” North said. “Science and math are able to be fun as well. It’s a really nice new approach to physical comedy and circus and performing arts.” Next up is Noisy Theatre’s Singing with Sylvia on Nov. 7. Almost the opposite of Krinsky,

Sylvia’s songs are pure silliness, with songs touching on subjects like pizza, snoring, blankies and stinky feet. “She’s great for the younger set, for toddlers and young kids, because she’s really engaging. Her songs are very topical for young children,” North said with a laugh. “She’s really good at incorporating physical movements,” she added, “so the kids get up and dance and they’re not just sitting there.” Jan. 27 sees the Hot 8 Gumbo brass band take to the Arden stage with soulful and spicy Cajun rhythms. This is the one act in the series that North said she is most looking forward to. “I’ve actually been a fan of their records for a long time. They certainly have an adult audience as well as their family audience,” she said. “They are just really skilled at taking well-known songs and putting their New Orleans funk-soul-Cajun spin on things. They’re just super-fun.” Patrons of this year’s International Children’s Festival will likely have already seen what Malcolm the Magician, also from Noisy Theatre, can do, as he was a featured performer on the Enmax Outdoor Stage. He’ll bring an extended version of his show back to the Arden on Feb. 27. “He’s just got this very engaging and gentle way about him,” North said. “He’s very clever

and funny, and I think the kids will really enjoy him.” The finale of the series on March 17 is L’atelier, performed by Quebec troupe Bouge de là, who blend motion capture technology and dance into a performance that North called a “real treat.” “They’re dancing on this square that’s lit on the square, and as they move across the square, or roll certain objects or whatever they’re using across the square, it’s projecting on the wall for the audience to see,” she said. “It’s this really neat mix of technology and natural, physical movement that creates a really stunning visual show.” Tickets for the Arden Family Series shows — excluding the Noisy Theatre shows — are $15 each for children and seniors, and $18 each for adults. If you buy tickets to all three shows through the Arden Theatre box office, you receive 25 per cent off. These shows also feature free pre-show visual arts activities that start one hour before the curtain rises. Tickets to Singing with Sylvia and Malcolm the Magician for $5 each for children and $10 for adults; children under two years old get in free. Tickets went on sale to the general public Wednesday morning, and are available through the Arden box office (5 St. Anne St. or 780-4591542) or through Ticketmaster.

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Author comes home for signing “It’s a weird combination I ended up with — a whale, an insect and two African mammals,” she said with a laugh. “But it Lindsey Carmichael is going from having doesn’t really matter what you know in her name on a name tag to having her name advance as long as you know where to find on the shelves. the information.” From 2008 to 2011, Carmichael worked at Carmichael’s books are targeted at kids in the St. Albert Chapters store, recommending Grades 2 and 3, but can appeal to Grades 1 children’s titles to customers. Now, through 5. her own books will be on those Making scientific topics relatable same shelves as she launches four and understandable for elementary new titles she has written in the school kids was a big challenge for Animal Migrations children’s Carmichael. science series: Zebra Migration, “In addition to simplifying the Wildebeest Migration, Locust science, you have to be really aware Migration and Humpback Whale of the language you’re using, and Migration. the sentence structure and the Now based in Nova Scotia, vocabulary,” she said. “Kids at LIndsey Carmichael will be back at her old that age are still developing their Carmichael stomping grounds on Saturday reading comprehension skills, never Author for a book signing at the St. Albert mind learning something new.” Chapters (445 St. Albert Tr.) from 1 But she added her teaching to 4 p.m. experience from university helped her Carmichael, who graduated from Paul break things down and make them easier to Kane High School and has a PhD in wildlife understand. population genetics from the University of Carmichael moved to Nova Scotia with Alberta, said that seeing her words actually her husband after he was transferred there on a page is a humbling experience. for work, but she is excited to be back in St. “It’s so amazing,” she said. “When the Albert for a spell. books first arrived, I couldn’t even believe it. “It’s been a really amazing experience; I I just kept looking at them saying, ‘My name really like it there. But I miss my people, so is on a book.’ I haven’t quite gotten used to I have to come home and visit friends and that idea yet.” family as often as I can,” she said, adding Carmichael didn’t choose which animals that she hopes they all can make it out on she wrote about — they are published by The Saturday for her book signing. Child’s World, an educational company that More information on the Animal looks at school curriculums for each grade Migrations series can be found at http:// and develop books to match. childsworld.com/shop/show/5394.

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At the ripe old age of 23, Julianne Hough has already lived more than half her life as an entertainer. The star of Rock of Ages, the romantic musical opening Friday in theatres, danced into the public consciousness about five years ago with a double win on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Hough released a debut album in 2008 (and a holiday album later that year), and was voted Top New Female Vocalist by country fans in 2009. She also won the Top New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards the same year. She had a tiny role in a Harry Potter film at age 13, a small role in Burlesque in 2010 and last year nabbed a starring role in the remake of Footloose. Now, the-little-dancer-who-could-alsosing turns out to be perfectly capable of holding her own as the lead in Rock of Ages, a film that has Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti in the cast. Hough plays Sherrie Christian, a smalltown girl hoping to make it in Los Angeles. The film is set in the ’80s and features the music of REO Speedwagon, Journey, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard and

Poison. You only need to hear Hough belting out the rock anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” to wonder: Where did this human dynamo come from? Although she appears to have rocketed out of nowhere into Dancing With the Stars, Hough has in fact been performing since she could walk and dancing with the big kids since the age of 10. “I grew up performing,” she says, over the phone from Los Angeles, “whether just in my basement making movies or music videos or being on the dance recital stage. Then I moved to London and was a competitive ballroom and Latin dancer.” Hough’s move to London, England, came at age 10. She and her brother left the family home in Utah and were sent to train with Corky and Shirley Ballas; they formed a pop group with the Ballases’ son when Hough was 12. At 15, she became the youngest person ever to win both the Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival. Was her dance ability obvious early on? “It’s kind of funny,” says Hough, laughing a bit nervously, “but when I was seven years old, I danced very sexy. My parents didn’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing! They were like, ‘She’s great, but do we pursue this or cut it back? We’re not quite sure!’”

Hough praises her family and says her parents likely put the kids into dance and other activities, “because there were five of us running around! But they were also open enough and giving enough to let us make decisions that we thought were good for us.” As with dancing, Hough has been singing all her life. Mind you, living in London as an adolescent nearly ended that, because her singing was criticized and she wound up with stage fright. She stopped being able to sing in front of people. Her mom had a solution. “She might have been looked down upon for this,” says Hough, laughing again, “but when I was 13, she was living in Vegas and she took me to the Stratosphere every night, where there was a karaoke bar. She’d sit with me there for hours while I practiced singing in front of people, until they kicked me out at 11 p.m. because I wasn’t 21. So! Yes! She took her 13-year-old to a bar! But it was all worth it!” Hough’s next movie is Diablo Cody’s unnamed directorial debut. (Cody also wrote the film). It concerns a young woman who survives a plane crash but suffers a crisis of faith as a result. She’s also signed on to star in Nicholas Spark’s Safe Haven, opposite Josh Duhamel. Meanwhile, Hough continues to enjoy the experience of being part of Rock of Ages. “It’s the best decision I’ve every made, and

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Though Julianne Hough has been making a name for herself for years, she is now firmly in the spotlight thanks to Rock of Ages. it’s the biggest role I’ve done,” she says. “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have been able to get to do the three things I love best: Sing, dance and act — and with a stellar cast.”

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The best of the best in the Capital Region’s high school drama scene were honoured over the weekend, and several St. Albertans were among those who brought home awards. The Cappies of Greater Edmonton held their awards gala Sunday night, and a total of seven recipients hailed from St. Albert schools.

From St. Albert Catholic High School’s production of The Crucible, Jordan Nelner and Kelly Hopchin won for Best Lighting, while Alex Dawkins won Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Paul Kane High School’s production of White Christmas garnered four awards, including Best

Choreography (Jared McDonald and Haley Humphries), Best Male Dancer (Jared McDonald), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Jarrett Krissa) and Best Song (“Blue Skies”). Cole Van Der Velden from Bellerose Composite High School was also named Best Grade 12 Critic. — GLENN COOK

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They’ve turned out the lights, unplugged the games and shipped the booth babes back to wherever it is they come from. The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gargantuan video game trade show that draws 45,000 industry folks to Los Angeles each year, is over. Thumbs, you may begin healing now. Here’s a look back at the defining trends of this year’s E3, one of the odder and more underwhelming iterations we’ve attended. Two screens are beTTer Than one: There was lots of talk about the so-called second-screen experience, in which a handheld screen works in tandem with what’s happening on the living room TV. Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console is entirely built around this idea, with a controller that combines traditional buttons with a touchscreen that offers a different way to interact with a game’s action. Sony showcased new ways their handheld PlayStation Vita can be used in conjunction with big-screen PlayStation 3 games, and Microsoft introduced Xbox SmartGlass, a technology that will allow gamers to use their existing smartphones or tablets as a second window into gaming, movies and web browsing on the console. MuM on MoTion conTrol: At last year’s E3, Microsoft trotted out a long line of games for their motion-sensing Xbox Kinect peripheral. This year, the Kinect push was more muted, with focus on how the device’s voice-recognition features could be used to, for example, call plays in Madden NFL 13 or distract enemies in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Sony also didn’t talk a lot about their PlayStation Move motion controller, other than to unveil an upcoming line of interactive, augmented reality books called Wonderbook. The first title will be a collaboration with author J.K. Rowling dubbed Book of Spells, which will make books appear to come to life on the screen and allow readers to cast spells by waving the Move controller like a wand. Tough ladies: Sisters were doin’ it for themselves at this year’s E3, with a pleasing roster of upcoming games featuring strong and often realistic (well, for video games) heroines. The gritty Tomb Raider reboot showed a Lara Croft who is both capable yet somewhat vulnerable, while Beyond: Two Souls, starring the digitized likeness of Canadian actress Ellen

ADG KABAN SEWER & DRAIN LTD. Page, also featured a tough-yet-not-superheroic female protagonist. The Gears of War prequel, Gears of War: Judgment, introduced a new female soldier named Sofia; The Last of Us had 14-year-old Ellie saving her grizzled guardian, Joel, from danger; and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PlayStation Vita is the first installment in the franchise to feature a female assassin. Pain for gain: Squeamish folks may want to avoid the new breed of videogames that depict pain and gore with no punches pulled, such as Resident Evil 6 (now with the ability to shoot meaty chunks out of advancing zombies), The Last of Us (some of the most visceral mano-a-mano beatdowns we’ve ever seen in a game), Dead Space 3 (new, gross breeds of alien to dismember), Tomb Raider (when Lara Croft falls from a height, you can almost hear her bones snap) and Splinter Cell: Blacklist (forget waterboarding, Sam Fisher tortures terrorists with knives). Erm, where’s that Harry Potter game again? few surPrises: Like a teenager whose voice is starting to change, this is an awkward transition year for the games biz, as game console makers compete with the rise of cheap, casual gaming on mobile devices and try to squeeze the last bit of mileage out of their aging hardware. Thus, there were no significant new technology announcements (Nintendo didn’t even reveal how much the Wii U will cost when it launches this holiday season), and only a handful of new franchises (though some, such as Dishonored, The Last of Us and particularly Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs look absolutely spectacular). The upside? It guarantees next year’s E3 will be very interesting indeed.

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Rush return with steampunk rock opera JANE STEVENSON Sun Media News Services

Toronto prog-rock veterans Rush have finally written their Tommy. Or so singer-bassist Geddy Lee agrees when the comparison to The Who’s rock opera is offered up about Rush’s first official concept disc — and 20th studio album — Clockwork Angels, in stores Tuesday (June 12), followed by fall shows in Canada. “You know, so many of our albums were really concept albums, we just didn’t say it out loud,” said Lee, 58, while seated in his manager’s offices in Toronto recently. “This is more overt. We’re admitting to it ... I think (Tommy’s) a good reference to me because what I love about Tommy is you pull songs off Tommy and they stand on their own ... They’re rock songs that are not necessarily dependent on the other rock songs on that album to be good and to be valid and that was something I was after with this album.” Clockwork Angels, which features drummer Neil Peart’s lyrics about a protagonist in a fictional steam-punk sci-fi world (that will also be turned into a novel by Kevin J. Anderson for release later this year), was recorded mostly at the new Revolution Studios in Toronto with coproducer Nick Raskulinecz, who worked on

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Canadian prog-rock legends Rush — (L-R) Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson — are back with Clockwork Angels, their 20th studio album and first official concept album. Rush’s last studio album, 2007’s Snakes and Arrows. But two new songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” were recorded years earlier in Blackbird Studio in Nashville when the group wanted to have some new material for the 2010-2011 Time Machine tour. “I kind of felt weird about doing a tour

without new songs,” said Lee, who says rehearsals for the Clockwork Angels shows — which he predicts will run three hours long — start in July. “Everybody was up for the challenge and Nick, our producer, of course, says yes to everything. ‘Yes, let’s do it! Yes, let’s go! Yes, let’s be spontaneous!’ He’s just effusive and

unsinkable.” Spontaneity — and improvisation — turned out to be two key words when it came to Clockwork Angels, which is really saying something when it comes to the collective perfectionists that are Rush, rounded out by guitarist Alex Lifeson. “We’re still structure fiends really,” said Lee with a smile. “What we discovered about ourselves on the last tour was that we allowed a few moments in the show that were unscripted. And we just let it fly. And there were some moment that we achieved during those sections that were really exciting as players and we learned from that.” The one major sad note on the Clockwork Angels cycle was the loss of longtime Rush photographer Andrew McNaughtan, who died of a heart attack at the age of 47 just days after shooting the band’s new album portraits in Los Angeles. “He shot us on the Monday and I guessed he passed away on Wednesday morning,” said Lee, quietly. “It was a big, huge shock. I’ve known him since he was 15 so he was a lifelong buddy of mine, really. The last 35 years I’ve known him. It was a terrible blow to lose him. I just miss him and it just feels wrong that he’s not here. I just can’t believe he’s gone frankly. It just doesn’t make sense.” The Clockwork Angels tour hits Rexall Place in Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The Hives keep playing by their own rules DARRYL STERDAN Sun Media News Services

The Hives have always played by their own rules. Literally. “When we formed the band, we had a big blackboard where we wrote down rules for what we could do and not do,” claims Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, the charismatic and energetic frontman of the Swedish garage-rock veterans. “We drew a line down the middle and on one side we wrote ‘What We Don’t Want.’ And under that we wrote things like ‘Beatles-style melodies’ and ‘jazz.’ And on the other side we wrote ‘What We Do Want,’ and under that we wrote things like ‘to only wear black and white.’” More than 15 years later, the 34-yearold Almqvist and his cohorts — guitarists Nicholaus Arson (Pelle’s brother) and Vigilante Carlstroem, bassist Dr. Matt Destruction and drummer Chris Dangerous — are still cranking out Stones-meets-Stooges garage-rock on their fifth disc Lex Hives. They’re still wearing black and white (now it’s top hats and tails). And still planning their moves ahead of time.

“Before we made our new album, we sat down and went, ‘OK, what is this going to be like?’” Almqvist says. “We decided we were only going to play live in the studio. So we wrote that down. It’s a good way to get your bearings straight. Besides, you need to have rules in order to break them.” As he drove through rural Sweden at night while chatting over a crackly cellphone, the surprisingly serious and thoughtful Almqvist explained naked music and why Latin rules. Q: Your songs seem simple, but simplicity is often difficult to achieve. What’s your secret? A: The secret with us is tenacity. We won’t give up until we like it. It’s a matter of details — taking something out here, putting something in there. But you’re right; it is hard to make simple music that lasts and sticks with you. If you make complicated music, you can impress people with noodling. But when you play straightforward music, there is no hiding. It’s very naked. Q: After Veni Vidi Vicious and Tyrannosaurus Hives, this is your third

album with Latin in the title. Whose doing is that? A: It’s Nicholaus, really. He’s the only one who knows a little bit of Latin. The thing is, Latin is cool because anything you’re trying to say, Latin makes it seem a lot more important.

Q: If anyone left The Hives, would you carry on or stop? A: We would call it quits, I think. We wrote on one of our albums that weare The Hives now, then and forever. So it would really be strange to go on without one of the guys. But it would also be very strange if one of them left and said we could no longer do this. Q: If you did make a solo album, what would it sound like? A: I would have to do something very different from The Hives. For hard- ass rock ’n’ roll, this is my favourite band. So I would have to go really far in the other direction and do classic ballads or something. I think we would all like to hear that. (Laughs) I would like to hear it too. I don’t know if it could pull it off, though.

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Apple took the wraps off a sleek new member of its MacBook family and unveiled new software for iPhones, iPads and Macs at the kickoff of the tech giant’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference Monday. But there was no word on the nextgeneration iPhone 5 or the muchrumoured Apple integrated TV sets that some anxious Apple fans have been holding out hope for. “Only Apple could make such amazing hardware, software and services. We are so proud of these products, as they are perfect examples of what Apple does best,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said, speaking to a crowd of thousands of developers, analysts and journalists at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. The multi-day conference lets developers of Mac and iOS applications attend seminars to learn new programming techniques. During a two-hour keynote presentation, Apple executives talked about dozens of the hundreds of enhancements being made to the company’s line of notebook computers, it’s Mac OS X operating system and iOS, the software that powers iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

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An updated line of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops is being led by the next-generation MacBook Pro, hailed by Apple as the best computer the company has ever built. Along with powerful processors a and expanded memory and storage, the new MacBook Pro boasts a sleek aluminium body that’s 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.46 pounds, with a 15.4-inch 2,880 x 1,800 pixel screen, the highest-resolution display ever made for a notebook computer. It goes on sale Monday, starting at $2,229. The newest version of Mac OS, dubbed Mountain Lion, will include new features such as better iCloud integration, voice dictation, seamless sharing, smart search and more.

It’s due for release next month and will cost $19.99 to update from recent versions of the operating system. Apple also revealed some of the 200 updates coming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via iOS 6, available this fall. Among the highlights is Maps, Apple’s super-slick alternative to Google Maps, which will feature turn-by-turn GPS navigation, 3D aerial maps and data on 100 million businesses. Siri, the virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S, is being given an update and will be available on the new, third-generation iPad. Among the new features coming to Siri is the ability to look up sports stats, movie information and — finally — locationbased searches in Canada.

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A student works in the brewmaster program at Ontario’s Niagara College. The program will soon expand to Olds College in Alberta.

Ask this group of college students to talk about beer and you won’t hear tales about toga parties and kegs. Instead, they’ll tap into its storied history, and the artistry and science that go into making a worthy concoction. Their knowledge really comes as no surprise: they’re the first graduates of Canada’s first post-secondary brewmaster program. “It’s easy to make a flavourful beer but a good beer is also balanced and not overwhelming in one area — it’s not too bitter, too hoppy or too sweet,” says Chris Freeman. He recently graduated from Niagara College’s twoyear brewmaster and brewery operations management program. Brewmaster students have created more than 70 varieties of beer, available at the on-campus retail beer store. Their signature First Draft brand is also available at select establishments throughout Ontario. Freeman has an arts degree under his belt, taught English in Europe and worked as an office manager before relocating his young family to Niagara Region to pursue his dream of one day opening his own microbrewery. “People think it’s pretty awesome when I tell them I go to beer school,” he says. Freeman will hone his skills at Creemore Springs Brewery, one of Ontario’s original craft breweries. He also worked there last summer. “I’ve always loved that beer and toured the brewery many times. I remember thinking that if things worked out I might work there one day,” he says. Brewmaster professor Jon Downing recalls opening the first brew pub in Ontario in 1986 and saw about 20 craft breweries

Alberta’s job market heating up again TANARA McLEAN Sun Media News Services

New Statistics Canada numbers show about 9,800 new jobs were created in Alberta last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.5 per cent, a 0.4 per cent drop. Over the past 12 months, employment in Alberta has risen 4.1 per cent — the fastest growth rate in the country. “What we’re finding is the state of our economy is starting to heat up again so most of the largest gains that we’re seeing in Alberta is all being driven by the oilsands,” Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) spokesperson Mike Wo said. It’s the second consecutive month the unemployment rate has fallen in the province. Despite the good news, Wo said the market is in the zone where overheating occurs,

making it more difficult to find workers for lower paying jobs. “Usually in North America, five per cent unemployment is considered the rate of full employment. Structurally you need at least five per cent of people unemployed to switch between positions in order to have a healthy economy,” he said. Wo said the last oil boom “caught everyone off guard,” and valuable lessons have been learned since then. “We’re looking at potentially doing a mission down in the [United] States looking on the construction and trade side of things, partnered with a couple of large companies from town,” he said, adding that finding Canadian workers can be a challenge. “We want workers from across Canada, but what we find is that most of the workers who would move here have already moved

here. If you look across Canada, there’s not too many unemployed tradespeople.” The EEDC is predicting “several thousand” more trades jobs will be created in the greater Edmonton area through the rest of

2012, along with some 1,000 engineering jobs. Across Canada, jobless rates for youths between the ages of 15 and 24 have been steadily increasing, with a year over year slip of 1.8 per cent in May.

and pubs quickly follow in his footsteps. “It’s a rapidly growing and the only growing segment of the brewery market,” he says. “The craft brewery segment is growing by leaps and bounds.” Niagara College launched the brewmaster program — created in partnership with the Ontario Craft Brewers Association — to fill a gap in the craft brewing industry. “There are 2,200 breweries and but there was no dedicated brewing school in North America until we came along,” says Downing. A year after launching the brewmaster program, the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute will expand its course offering to western Canada through a new partnership with Olds College in Alberta. Both colleges will deliver common curriculum and courses using similar infrastructure and brewing equipment. Olds expects to welcome its first class of brewmaster students in September 2013. Meanwhile, many of Niagara’s brewmaster grads want to eventually open their own microbreweries. Some have landed jobs with big breweries, while still others will work with craft breweries in the Maritimes and Alberta.

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