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Vader case set Lead over one month INDEX the

News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Entertainment . . . . . 13 Health . . . . . . . 16 Business . . . . . . 17 . . . . 19


Mike Labidiuk of Decades Autobody in Riel Business Park applies pinstriping to an Indy car that the shop restored and repainted for the organizers of the Edmonton Indy, coming up in July. See story, page 7.


$78.5B That’s how much the worldwide video game industry was estimated to be worth as it headed into one of its most important yearly events, the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in Los Angeles, this week. The most anticipated announcement of the week happened Tuesday as Nintendo unveiled its new Wii U console, pictured below with Nintendo Global president Satoru Iwata.


On the day after D-Day, 250 Canadian soldiers from the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and 60 Sherbrooke Fusilier tankmen are taken prisoner by German forces during combat near Authie, France. Twentythree of the prisoners were executed by the Germans that night.

seen in St. Albert, their RV was found engulfed in flames near the Minnow Lake campground, 20 Travis Edward Vader, the man kilometres east of Edson. The SUV accused of murdering a St. Albert they were towing was discovered couple who vanished last July, has six days later in a remote wooded hired a new lawyer. area near Carrot Creek, 30 The 40-year-old made his kilometres east of Edson. second appearance on the matter Despite exhaustive efforts to find in an Edson courtroom Tuesday the missing couple, their bodies morning through closed have yet to be found. circuit television from Last July, the courts the Edmonton Remand officially declared the Centre, where he’s being McCanns dead. Their held on unrelated charges. deaths are presumed to His new Edmontonhave occurred near the based lawyer, Anna town of Peers, about 40 Konye, will spend the kilometres northeast of next month reviewing the Edson. A $60,000 reward case until Vader’s next still remains in the case Travis court date July 3, where he Vader for information leading is not required to appear. Accused to the whereabouts of the Vader is charged with couple. first-degree murder in connection Vader was named as a person with the deaths of Lyle McCann, of interest early in the case, but no 78, and his 72-year-old wife Marie. charges were ever laid until late The seniors were last seen April 2012. fuelling up their motorhome in St. Earlier last month, he was found Albert on July 3, 2010. They were guilty of possession of a firearm travelling to Chilliwack, B.C. for without a licence or registration, a vacation and were scheduled trafficking in methamphetamine, to meet their daughter in nearby theft of a motor vehicle, possession Abbotsford, but they never arrived. of a stolen truck and breach of a Two days after they were last recognizance by driving.

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BBQTown vote still open GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

There’s still time to cast your vote and help bring the party of the summer to St. Albert. St. Albert is one of 20 semifinalist communities from across Canada still in the running for the grand prize in the President’s Choice BBQTown contest, and voting continues until June 11 to push the city through to the top spot. That grand prize includes a barbecue for 5,000 people hosted by Chef Tom Filippou, executive chef of President’s Choice Cooking Schools, and Food Network personality Bob Blumer, host of shows like Glutton for Punishment and World’s Weirdest Restaurants. There will also be a concert from Juno Award-winning band Hedley for the winning town, plus a $25,000 donation to the

President’s Choice Children’s Charity on behalf of the community, and the chance to set a world record for the most hamburgers assembled in one hour. Nine other cities will win a stop on the BBQTown tour as a secondary prize. Other semifinalists include Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Chatham, Ont.; Fredericton, N.B.; Hampton, N.B.; Kingston, Ont.; Mississauga, Ont.; Montréal Region Centre, Que.; Orangeville, Ont.; Oshawa, Ont.; Port Colborne, Ont.; Richmond Hill, Ont.; St. Thomas, Ont.; Strathmore, Alta.; Sturgeon Falls, Ont.; Sudbury, Ont.; Truro, N.S.; Vernon, B.C.; Victoria, B.C.; and Whitehorse, Yukon. Votes are being collected online at You can vote once every 24 hours. The winner will be announced on Thursday, June 14.

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A Tyrannosaurus rex puppet lets out a roar while a volunteer holds its lunch during a Dinosaur Petting Zoo performance Saturday.

Fest a roaring success

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The latest edition of the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival may have been the biggest and best yet, says the festival’s director. After five days of face paint, storytelling, dinosaurs and magic tricks from Tuesday, May 29, to Saturday, June 2, Nancy Abrahamson said Monday morning that the crowds were some of the biggest she had ever seen. “The whole week was wonderful, but Friday and Saturday, there was record attendance on the weekend,” Abrahamson said. “We don’t have exact numbers right now, but I’ve been with this festival for 18 years, and I’ve never seen it so crowded on the Friday night and Saturday.” Of course, a major factor in that success was the weather, with hardly a drop of rain falling for the entire five days. “It was an average of 21 C all week — it was amazing,” Abrahamson said. A new feature of the festival that attracted a lot of attention, she added, was Telus Toddler Town, an area specifically geared toward kids up to four years old.

“It was unbelievably popular, crazy popular,” she said. “It was full almost the whole time with little toddlers. It was very well-organized; it was great that it was so wellorganized. Parents loved it ... especially the nursing moms, who had a nice quiet place to go.” There was one unfortunate incident on Tuesday, though, as one of the clowns from Russian/Ukrainian troupe Aga-Boom fell during a performance at the Arden Theatre, breaking several ribs. But, like all good entertainers, the show must go on. “The show went on and everything was fine,” Abrahamson said. After having a day or two to decompress, Abrahamson and the rest of the festival staff will get back to planning the 2013 edition of the festival right away. “Pretty much yesterday,” she said with a laugh. “It’s a huge, long cycle. To put something on this big, it takes a long time to plan, hopefully so it goes smoothly.” “We’ll debrief next week, while everything is fresh in everybody’s minds,” she added. “We’ve already booked a couple of acts for next year.”



YOUR COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Monday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. East Boardroom, Third Floor St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

Agenda items:

• Utility Fiscal Policy – Process Update • Review 10 Year Capital Plan – Municipal • Review 10 Year Capital Plan – Utility • Review Reserves Policy • Transit Fare Strategy • Partners in Injury Reduction Policy • 2012-2013 Work Plan


Thursday, June 7, 2012


Celebrate Recreation and Parks month with a picnic or BBQ with the City of St. Albert’s recreation team.

Bring your favourite food to BBQ or eat, listen to music and play some games from the Community Grab Bag. For information at recandparksmonth


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?


Volunteers needed for Canada Day in Lions Park as well as other locations. There are a variety of volunteer shifts available. If you are interested, please fill out an application form at or call Nathan Brown at 780-902-3075.

Wednesday, June 13 5:30 p.m. Lions Park

Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. East Boardroom, Third Floor St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. Council Chambers St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street

Speeding fines DOUBLE when workers are present.

For more information or to register for a Block Party, call the Neighbourhood Development Team at Family and Community Support Services – 780-459-1756.


Save water, save money. Catch water from your roof. While quantities last, buy up to four 45-gallon rain barrels for $50 each. For payment and pick-up information, visit or call 780-459-1500.

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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:

Do you have your PCO Card? Did you know that federal regulations require all recreational boaters in Alberta to have a Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card to drive a boat powered by a motor? The PCO card does not expire and can not be revoked or suspended. Boat operators caught without their PCO card on board are subject to fines.

• How can the City reduce the impact of dangerous dogs? • Would you support a bylaw that requires cats to be licensed? • Do you support a bylaw that would make it mandatory for dog owners to pick up their dog’s feces during walks? Have your Say in the online survey at Deadline: July 2, 2012. For more information, call Aaron Giesbrecht, Manager of Policing Services, 780-458-4303.

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Obtaining your PCO card involves writing a multiple choice exam. Fountain Park Recreation Centre can prepare you as well as test you. Courses available for six or more people. Call Fountain Park Program Coordinators at 780-418-6041 to set up a course or to write the exam.

CONFIDENTIAL DRUG TIP LINE 780-460-DRUG (3784) Keep St. Albert safe – provide tips about drug dealers operating in our community.


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A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Bylaw 11/2012, being Amendment 10 to the Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 15/2007. The purpose of this amendment is to bring the City of St. Albert’s Municipal Development Plan into conformance with the Capital Region Growth Plan (CRGP). The primary purpose of the CRGP is to manage sustainable growth that protects the Region’s environment and resources, minimizes the regional development footprint, strengthens communities, increases transportation choice, ensures residents have access to affordable housing and supports economic development. Details of the proposal 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 Monday, June 18, 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 before 12:00 noon, Tuesday, June 12, 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: St. Albert Leader: May 31 & June 7/12 | St. Albert Gazette: June 2 & 9/12

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Direct Control Development Permit No. DP-2012-000724. Direct Control Development Permit application number DP-2012-000724 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. 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, St. Albert, Alberta, T8N 3Z9, or e-mail 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. 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

CITY OF ST. ALBERT 2012 ASSESSMENT/TAX NOTICES In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, notice is hereby given that the combined assessment/tax notices were sent to all assessed persons in the City of St. Albert on May 31, 2012. Payments Your payment is due by June 30, 2012 and may be made in the following ways: • in person or by mail to 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, Alberta, T8N 3Z9; • at participating financial institutions; or • by telephone or Internet banking. Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. After-hours drop box available in front of St. Albert Place

When making payments by telephone or Internet banking or at participating financial institutions, allow three business days for processing. Payments received or postmarked later than the due date are subject to the following penalty: A three per cent penalty will be added to any current taxes outstanding after June 30, 2012. A six per cent penalty will be applied on the first day of August and a further nine per cent will be applied on October 1, as long as these taxes remain unpaid in the current year. Penalties are set by City bylaws, pursuant to the Municipal Government Act. The City does not have the authority to waive penalty charges.

Avoid the lineups by making your payment early or by sending in a postdated cheque. Arrangements can also be made to participate in the monthly Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan. More Information For more information on assessment or tax matters, please contact the City of St. Albert at the following numbers: Taxation: 780-459-1516 Assessment: 780-459-1603


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No more room for CAFSA our building and available to us?” Jardine said. The two sides had signed a two-year lease St. Albert Leader agreement at no charge for more than 400 square A local firefighter says he’s disappointed in the feet of space that expired Aug. 31, 2011. CAFSA City of St. Albert after their decision to stop lending had been storing equipment in the building on a him space for his charity’s storage needs. month-to-month lease ever since. Victor Fernandez is the president of Canadian On April 2, St. Albert city council ratified a lease Aid for Fire Services Abroad and a St. Albert Fire agreement with the Visual Arts Studio Association Services member. Earlier this week, the City of St. of St. Albert (VASA) to occupy 64 per cent of the Albert told him that he would no longer be able total space in the Hemingway Centre for five years. to use the jail cells at the old The City occupies the other 36 per RCMP building on Sir Winston cent. Churchill Avenue — now City officials say they need renamed the Hemingway Centre the space in the Hemingway — to store firefighting equipment Centre to store materials used that his organization sends to by the recreation and cultural fire departments in developing departments, including much of countries. the material used to put on the Victor Fernandez “I knew it was going to happen, Northern Alberta International CAFSA president but you always hope for the Children’s Festival, as well as best,” said Fernandez, a finalist other archives. in the CBC’s Champions of Change contest in “We were pretty clear that, if and when we decide 2010. “Somebody from the city is doing some good what we need or are going to use the building for, around the world, [so you hope] you would get a his [lease] was temporary; this wasn’t some kind of little bit of help from the City. And I was wrong.” lifetime promise,” Jardine said. Chris Jardine, the City’s general manager of While Fernandez is disappointed in the City’s community and protective services, said that actions, he plans to carry on with CAFSA. Since the eviction shouldn’t have been a big surprise, his story went public last week, he said he has had as the City told Fernandez that, once a use was numerous phone calls offering up warehouse space. determined for the building, he would have to move “If we don’t find space, then it will come back to out. my garage — then I will be in the doghouse for the “We identified that we had these needs, whole summer,” he joked. “But we’ll continue on and if we’re going to be renting space for with life. The bottom line, I will continue to do this our storage needs, why would we do with the space in the RCMP building or not.” that when we have this So far, CAFSA has donated 30 tons building that’s of firefighting equipment worth about $3.7 million to countries mostly in Central and South America, including several fire trucks. The organization’s latest mission delivered equipment to Peru, Bolivia and Chile, and its next mission will likely take Fernandez to the Philippines in October.


“I will continue to do this with the space ... or not.”

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Siblings Damon Trepanier, 20, and Deedee Larsen, 12, find an ingenious way to transport goods to their vehicle during the Take It or Leave It event at Servus Credit Union Place on Saturday.


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Mayor triumphs in Twitter bet GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Mike Labidiuk of Decades Autobody in Riel Business Park uses his steady hands to apply pinstriping to an Indy car at the shop. Decades was asked to repaint and restore the car so Edmonton Indy organizers can use it to promote the event coming up in July.

Revved up over Indy car project

Motorsport, a company that was based out of Brackley, England, that was once the world’s largest race car The owner of a local body shop really manufacturer before going bankrupt. has his motor running after being asked This particular car was made in to take on a special project by organizers December 2000 for Walker Racing, of the Edmonton Indy. which, in 2008, helped Canadian Deome Sebastianelli owns Decades driver Paul Tracy get a ride in the 2008 Autobody in Riel Business Park. A Edmonton Indy. few weeks ago, he was approached by Janacek first heard of Decades Edmonton Indy officials about restoring Autobody through Mike Cockrall, a St. and repainting an Indy car they had Albert resident who he described as a in storage so they racing “superfan.” could take it out to “They’re great guys community events to work with,” Janacek and show-and-shines said. “It’s always nice in the Capital Region to find a small shop to promote the race. that really takes care Sebastianelli said of what they’re doing Deome Sebastianelli he went into the and takes pride in it.” Decades Autobody project with guarded While Sebastianelli enthusiasm. — a former pro “I was excited,” he said, “but it’s kind motocross rider — was thrilled with of tough to do an estimate of what it’s the prospect of working on an honestactually going to take to do the car. We to-goodness Indy car, he still had a basically had to find the time to do it in business to run, so most of the work on the shop.” this car was done after hours and on Edmonton Indy general manager weekends. Ike Janacek said that the car wasn’t “It put us into quite a situation, almost necessarily in disrepair, but it did need like what you see on TV with trying to some updating and sprucing up. get cars done by a certain deadline,” he “It’s always been around; it just wasn’t said. “With me racing motocross on that used the past couple of years. It was particular weekend, I had to have the still painted up in the old ChampCar car done by Friday, so that sped it up colours, it had Rexall logos all over it. almost two days. It just wasn’t pertinent anymore, so we “Between me, the staff, Mike, his dad had to fix it up,” Janacek said. and the small crew he brought in to help The Indy car was made by Reynard us out, we put in over 200 hours within

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“I can’t wait to see it actually at the Indy.”

a week. Most of it was done at night — working until 5 a.m., just to keep everything on target.” The crew at Decades fixed up the car’s body panels and painted it with a striking silver-and-black colour scheme before adding some red pinstriping. Sebastianelli is happy, though, with how it turned out. “I can’t wait to see the rest of the decalling on there, which will really get it to pop,” he said. Janacek loved how it turned out as well, and couldn’t say enough good things about Decades. “We’re more than happy. I’d recommend these guys to anybody,” he said. “If I have my way, they’re going to have to move into a bigger shop pretty soon.” But, for Sebastianelli, the ultimate prize will be seeing the car out on the streets and knowing he had a big hand in getting it there. “I can’t wait to see it actually at the Indy, amongst the other cars and on display when people are walking by and looking at the car,” he said. “People who haven’t seen an Indy car up close, it is quite the car. They actually can’t believe how low it is and how physically small it is.” The car made its debut on Sunday, May 27, as Janacek and several other open-wheel racing fans in Edmonton gathered at the Rose and Crown Pub downtown to watch the Indianapolis 500.

A friendly wager between St. Albert’s mayor and a local entertainer could mean money in the pockets of arts groups. St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse (@stalbertmayor) and St. Albert native Jesse Lipscombe (@thelipscombe) made a bet around Christmas on who would get to 1,000 followers on Twitter first, and Crouse won the race in late May, eclipsing 1,000 followers while Lipscombe was stuck at 688. At stake was some ink — Lipscombe will now get a tattoo that, thankfully, was agreed upon before the bet started. “In my mind, I already knew what I would do if I lost. It’s the law of attraction; I shouldn’t have been thinking what I would do if I lost,” said Lipscombe, an actor, singer and athlete now based in Edmonton. But Lipscombe is no sore loser, and has a design of the city’s namesake, Saint Albert of Louvain, all picked out for his left shoulder. “Considering I am a St. Albert boy, I totally would not mind having that image; it’s pretty neat,” he said. “A lot of people put their actual city on [themselves], and the image of Saint Albert is a pretty powerful image, and I’m going to make it artful and beautiful.” However, Lipscombe is also trying to use the tattoo as a way to raise money for local arts groups, and is trying to convince Crouse to join him in the chair as part of that. “Maybe because he’s such a good guy and he loves his city so much, maybe, even though he won, we’ll both get a tattoo of the city we love so much,” Lipscombe said. Crouse, however, is a little squeamish. “He’s not going to talk me into one,” he said with a laugh. “For sure, I’m not getting one.” The whole thing started around Christmas when the two families got together to spread some holiday cheer. “It was a get-together at my sister’s house — she has an annual get-together, and Nolan Crouse was there, and we were chatting about Twitter,” Lipscombe said. “The Crouses and the Lipscombes often have some fun battles, whether it be athletic, cards, who can hold their breath the longest, whatever.” At the time, the two were pretty much tied in followers, and Crouse thought he didn’t have much of a chance, especially after Lipscombe quickly pulled ahead at the start. “He’s so connected with all the students that I thought he would beat me,” Crouse said. “The mayor gets up and does his tweets every morning like clockwork,” Lipscombe added. “His numbers were just climbing and climbing. In the back of my mind, I thought, ‘I’ll do something,’ and nothing happened. He smashed me!”


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City giveth, taketh away

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

@StAlbertMarket Hoping for lots of SUN on opening day (June 16)! The #farmersmarket will be open RAIN OR SHINE! :) #stalbert #yeg #rainraingoaway #soexcited


he City of St. Albert giveth, and the City of St. Albert taketh away. Unfortunately, we’ve seen more of the latter, rather than the former, lately. First came city council’s decision to redirect funding away from the St. Albert Youth Community Centre in 2013 by Glenn Cook and toward more broad-based youth programs across the city. Then came word that the City was ending its lease agreement with Canadian Aid for Fire Services Abroad for storage space in the Hemingway Centre, leaving the charity in a bit of a lurch. In the case of the youth centre, it’s not that all their civic funding is disappearing; it’s likely they’ll still get an operating grant from the City, but no money for programming. But really, without any sort of programs, what is the point of keeping the lights on in their Grandin Park Plaza location? City officials said during the meeting this decision was made that they wanted to service a broader range of services in the community. But maybe the money would be better spent not only administering programs at the existing youth centre, but also getting more young people through their doors. If more programs can be offered in one place, like the youth centre, that would be far more efficient and cost-effective than spreading them out all over town. As for CAFSA, while the City had every right to end the month-to-month lease agreement and take back the space that was rightfully theirs, it would have been nice to see a little forethought go into the process and either write into their agreement with the Visual Arts Studio Association that the charity could stay put or find other space that it could use. CAFSA’s Victor Fernandez has done so much to put St. Albert on the map, and it would be nice to see that repaid. Victor, though, will land on his feet; he has already had plenty of people offering up space. The youth centre, however, may not be so lucky. Let’s hope the City returns to giving before a valuable community resource is taken away for good.

@_PhilipElder_ Ever have a day where frustration is high with nowhere to go? Imagine how folks from #StAlbert feel. #BureaucracyGoneWild #Taxes #ABPoli


@stefansmith Who knew one of Alberta’s best post-hardcore bands was hiding in St. Albert?!

@krissysmashmo Oh my god the seats on the #stalbert buses are do freaking comf!! Legit nap worthy! #stat

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Giving kids a head start in entrepreneurship


ast Thursday evening, I sat at a boardroom table scrutinizing a shareholder’s report of a promising young president. In my 20 years in business, this is not an uncommon occurrence. What is more unusual is that the president was 16 years old and was presenting to a panel of executives from the region how her company provided a return to shareholders of over 270 per cent in less than four months. Extraordinary? Yes. Unique? Not entirely. I spent the evening interviewing 13 such young presidents. When provided the opportunity to ask questions of the executive panel ,these aspiring young presidents — not one over the age of 18 — all sought to understand why we chose to spend our Thursday evening in back-to-


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My City back interviews. My answer, similar to many on the panel, is that we wish we had had the opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship when we were in high school. We know teens are thinking differently in terms of their own financial security, independence and future. Growing up in tumultuous economic times, young people are no longer as confident in their ability to achieve financial freedom. There are reports that this will be the first generation in a century that is unlikely to end up better off than its parents. What’s happening to

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their dream of a better future? I think we all know our young people have the chance to shape their own futures, as long as they have the skills and knowledge to do so. As parents, we have a role in helping educate our children. We are the number one source of money-management information for our kids and it is critical to open a dialogue with them about smart moneymanagement practices. However, it isn’t always easy. An Angus Reid Strategies poll released by ING Direct bank in September 2009 revealed that, overall, moms and dads feel better prepared to discuss sex, drugs and alcohol than to broach the topic of finances. They feel they are more knowledgeable and confident about those subjects. The good news? Parents

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are not alone. Every day in Alberta, Junior Achievement volunteers visit local schools to deliver financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship programs. Junior Achievement works closely with educators and with the business community to deliver programs to nearly 17,000 students from Grades 3 to 12 across northern Alberta. By many counts, our Alberta economy is looking up, so let’s make sure the next generation is following suit and understanding the importance of saving, using a budget, careers, and entrepreneurship. Parents begin this dialogue. Junior Achievement can provide students an opportunity — like they did for those 13 young presidents — to discover the world of business in deep and meaningful ways. Owned and operated by

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

‘Business as usual’ at Youth Centre GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

It’s business as usual at St. Albert Youth Community Centre — at least for the time being. The centre, located in Grandin Park Plaza, faces an uncertain future after St. Albert city council voted unanimously at their May 28 meeting to accept a recommendation from the City of St. Albert’s Family and Community Support Services department to take funding that would normally go to the youth centre in 2013 and disperse it to the youth asset development program. But executive director Brenda O’Neill said Monday morning that the centre is soldiering on while its board of directors ponders what to do next. “We have to make sure we can get together, all of us, and speak. [The board] needs to come to a decision as to what the next steps will be, and really, at this point, it’s too early to even speculate what that might be,” O’Neill said. “But, at this point, it’s business as usual as far as the kids are concerned, because that’s our biggest priority.” O’Neill said that the board has held a preliminary meeting, but further discussions are needed before any decision or public statement can be made. “We’re still looking at the impact of the decision,” she said. “There are a number of factors involved.” The youth centre will receive close to $228,000 in FCSS grants in 2012 for programs

they run, although the funding for the second half of the year was contingent on a program review that was conducted by the Community Services Advisory Board in March and April. “The current structure is what we’re not advocating to fund in 2013. It’s not the youth centre itself, it’s the programming,” FCSS director Scott Rodda told council at the May 28 meeting. The subsequent discussions held by the CSAB and the outcome of that report were detailed in a confidential report that was provided to city council but not to the public. Coun. Malcolm Parker has provided a notice of motion to release that report to the public, although there is no indication when that will be voted on. The agenda report on the matter from the May 28 meeting, however, notes that “CSAB was unanimously unsupportive of funding the Youth Community Centre beyond those funds already committed for the 2012 year.” Rodda said that the recommendation was about helping more young people with the same amount of money. “There is no desire on the Community Services Advisory Board’s agenda or ours [FCSS] to not support youth programming. We’re not advocating for a decrease in services to youth,” he said at the meeting. “What we’re advocating is that service be broader, provide a broader range for all youth in St. Albert, and not to have a significant investment in a small number of youth.”

Drive-thru donations

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Saint City Rotary Club president Don Vaugeois waves to passing motorists during the club’s annual Mile of Money fundraiser Saturday on Boudreau Road, which raises money for drug awareness programs.

Charities set to pound the pavement GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Local charities are getting set to once again join the mayor in pounding the pavement to raise some money. Participants in the Roy Financial Mayor’s Walk for Charity will lace up and head out onto the trails of St. Albert the morning of Saturday, June 16, for a three-kilometre walk or an eight-kilometre run. The twist with this event is, whichever charity a participant designates, all the money he or she raises goes to that organization. Heather McKinnon of St. Albert Parents’ Place, one of the principal organizers of the walk, said that there are 34 charities registered for this year’s walk, which is down from previous years, but they still hope to raise a total of $150,000. “This is a win-win situation for


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charities,” she said. “All they have to do is come out and get funded, and they get 100 per cent of what they raise.” Although the event started prior to the start of Mayor Nolan Crouse’s time in office, he said the Mayor’s Walk is still an important event that he looks forward to. “I love it. It’s all great,” he said. The walk has raised around $100,000 the past couple of years, and Crouse hopes this is the year it can make a leap to the next level. “We’re trying to make sure we build the fundraising component, to make it easy without it being competitive or being overly onerous in terms of registration and whatnot,” he said. McKinnon added that this is a rather unique event because of the number of charities involved and the fact that 100 per cent of proceeds go straight to charities.

“The way we can do that is there’s no registration [fee] for the charities and no registration [fee] or the participants,” she said. “It’s fairly low-key in that we don’t give out T-shirts; it’s not a fancy event.” This year, the walk is welcoming a new sponsor in Paradise Pet Centre, which McKinnon hopes encourages people to bring their furry four-legged friends out on the trails with them. “Hopefully we’ll get a few more people out [with that],” she said. While the event celebrates a new sponsor, McKinnon is also welcoming back their long-time title sponsor in Roy Financial Services. “Dan Roy is our main sponsor; he is our main support,” she said. “Without him, this event would not be what it is.” For more information on the Mayor’s Walk, visit www.





Photos: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

The Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival took over downtown St. Albert last week, with record crowds taking in the festivities. Clockwise from top right: Corey Ingram gets up close and personal with a giant prehistoric dragonfly at the Dinosaur Petting Zoo; Malcolm the Magician magically unlinks two steel rings on the Enmax Outdoor stage; volunteer Marilyn Foster attaches another wish to the Dream Tree; a member of Solid State Breakdance gets down at the St. Albert Curling Club; a human statue poses at Lions Park; City of St. Albert director of cultural services Kelly Jerrott shares a laugh with the Queen of Rationalization; Hudson Loyer, 4, makes his mark outside St. Albert Place; Paige Murray paints the face of Sophia Simpson, 2; Kaya Kanji, 3, gets busy in Telus Toddler Town.

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Participants in the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes get off the start line at the St. Albert Senior Citizens’ Club and onto the course on Sunday afternoon.

Vanier School to go public in July GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Parents in Morinville wanting secular, public education for their children will have a permanent place to call home next school year. The Alberta government announced Friday morning that, as of July 1, Georges P. Vanier School in Morinville will be transferred from the Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division to the Sturgeon School Division, and will become the public education option in the town. “I want to thank both boards for putting the students of Morinville first and contributing to this solution,” Education Minister Jeff Johnson said in a news release. “I recognize this has been a challenging and emotional issue for the community, but this change is important to provide all parents the choice and voice they deserve.” The rest of the schools in Morinville will continue to be operated by GSACRD. Additional modular classrooms will be added to Notre Dame Elementary School to accommodate students from Vanier who wish to remain in the Catholic division.

“We are pleased with the decision and look forward to welcoming all Morinville and area students into our new school for the 2012 school year,” said Sturgeon School Division board of trustees chair Terry Jewell in the press release. “We recognize this announcement will result in a change and challenge for many in our community. It is our commitment to work with families to ensure that all children will be supported during this transition period,” added GSACRD board chair LauriAnn Turnbull. “Our schools look forward to continuing our tradition of providing an outstanding, faith-based education.” The school, located just west of 100 Street, currently houses 339 students from kindergarten to Grade 5. The change will be made as part of the St. Albert and Sturgeon Valley School Districts Establishment Act, which goes into effect July 1. The act also officially expands the Sturgeon School Division’s territory into Morinville, transforms GSACRD into a separate Roman Catholic school district, and dissolves St. Albert Protestant Schools, replacing it with the St. Albert Public School District.

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Alberta launches lawsuit against Big Tobacco

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The Alberta government will be going after Big Tobacco to help cover the health care costs from smoking-related cancer and emphysema since the 1950s,

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Premier Alison Redford says. Galvanized by the Crown’s Right of Recovery Act set in motion effective Thursday, Alberta joins B.C., Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick, who have already waded into lawsuits against Big Tobacco. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec have all set laws into place for possible future action, and are expected to join the fray. “Tobacco use has had a devastating impact on many generations of Albertans. The costs are not just to our health care system, but in the many lives cut short by the use of tobacco,” Redford said. The project was set in motion when Redford was justice minister in 2009. In June 2011, the province retained Tobacco Recovery Lawyers LLP to file the lawsuit on its behalf. The suit is expected to be filed on a contingency basis, Justice Minister and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis said. While individuals affected by tobacco-related illness haven’t fared well in suits against the tobacco

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as a disincentive to smokers. He said the province will roll out a strategy to reduce tobacco use within the next few weeks. “As part of our focus on wellness and keeping Albertans healthy, we will be renewing our tobacco reduction strategy to further decrease smoking rates, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and provide more support to people who want to quit using tobacco,”

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Villeneuve playwright brings musical back for another year

developed the characters a little more than last year,” Brenneis St. Albert Leader said. “But in terms in execution, Sandra Brenneis is getting we’ve been having shows at the ready for another visit to The Park Arden for a while, so we know Bench. what we’re getting into.” Brenneis, a songwriter Tweaking and adjusting her and playwright based out of plays is a constant process for Villeneuve — just west of St. Brenneis, she added. Albert — is bringing her latest “My first show, Mary’s Veil, the musical, The Park Bench, back first time we showed it, it was a to the Arden Theatre for the bunch of lead sheets, just notes second year in on a page of a row for five what the singer performances sang, and then between June 15 the musicians and 17. filled the spaces She said around that,” that there’s she said. “Over Sandra Brenneis something in the years we Playwright the play for just ran the show, I about everyone. started working “A lot of great music and a with arrangements, different real wide variety of characters,” instruments and different sounds. Brenneis said. “The story, one ... As I learn, the music I write of its appeals, I think, is that it changes. And I’ve grown a lot over resonates with just about any the last 10 years; I’ve learned a lot generation that comes. We have about writing music.” a really great young cast who you The Park Bench is Brenneis’s can tell have been on stage for 10 third musical production; her years. ... They are just dynamic other credits include Mary’s Veil actors and great performers.” and Lost Apostle. The play — which centres This one is different, though, around a particular bench in an because its story relies on more unnamed park and all the events dialogue and less narration, it’s that have played out around it not based in biblical times, and over the years, both good and bad it follows multiple storylines — has changed somewhat since it throughout. last appeared on the Arden stage. “The Park Bench really is a “It’s a tighter show this year. collection of stories and how I’ve added more dialogue, and those stories come together,” she


“It resonates with just about any generation.”

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader


Jake (played by Travis Brenneis) sings to his girlfriend Janie (played by Shallen Moore) on the titular park bench during a rehearsal of the musical The Park Bench Sunday morning at West Country Hearth in Villeneuve. said. “There are a lot of main characters; everybody is an important character in The Park Bench because all those stories tie together.” However, like the others, this production is a fundraiser for the West Sturgeon Aging in Place Foundation, which just received $1 million in grant money to expand the dementia unit at the West Country Hearth seniors care facility in Villeneuve. “We’re busy trying to fundraise the additional $1.1 million it will take to do the project,” Brenneis said. “But they’re starting

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Prometheus pushes into new territory KEVIN WILLIAMSON


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If you want to spoil a movie, just call it a prequel. That way everyone knows what happens next. Anakin Skywalker develops a fetish for scuba gear. Father Merrin survives to be demonically vomited on another day. Hardly a formula for suspense (or success). “One of the pitfalls of a prequel, if you don’t handle it right, is the audience knows what’s coming because they’ve seen the sequel — the original movie,” admits Damon Lindelof, the scribe behind Ridley Scott’s don’t-call-it-an-Alien-prequel Prometheus. So while the new outing, opening Friday, returns to the universe of the 1979 science-fiction classic about an acidblooded creature that terrorizes a crew of space-faring workers, it’s being touted as an original (hence no Alien in the title) thriller. That wasn’t always the case. One early draft Lindelof read before signing onto to the film “had a lot of cool ideas, but it was most definitely an Alien prequel and Ridley wanted to push the movie into sort of original territory.” Scott, he explains, sought to explore “bigger thematic ideas” than merely resurrecting the H.R. Giger-designed extraterrestrial of his first Hollywood smash — a creature that has been humiliatingly reduced in recent years to clobbering dread-locked predators. One of those epic themes? The origins of humanity — with Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba starring as explorers who, after evidence of an ancient extraterrestrial visitation is found on Earth, travel to a far-flung planet to contact its inhabitants. Beyond that synopsis, however, the plot has been locked down in a state of Batcave-level secrecy. “We want to keep the fun interplay alive. A lot of what’s driving interest (in

Hollywood’s biggest jolts Some things you don’t see coming until they burst out of your chest. Case in point: John Hurt’s character in Alien, who discovers he wasn’t sufficiently de-wormed before dinner. One hopes Prometheus — given its secretive nature — contains a few unexpected jolts of its own, ones that might measure up to these memorable movie shocks: • Bruce Willis is a ghost (The Sixth Sense): “I see dead people,” Haley Joel Osment tells Willis in this 1999 supernatural thriller. Not until the film’s final moments do we — and Willis — realize the boy was referring to him. Photo Supplied

Michael Fassbender stars in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus, which opens in theatres Friday. Despite the same director and similar themes, don’t call it a prequel to the Alien movies. Prometheus) is ‘What the f--- is it?’” says Lindelof, who has experience in these matters, having co-created the infamously enigmatic TV drama Lost. “Part of the game is being secretive about it.” Like Lost? “I seem to keep gravitating a little bit to things with a lot of mystery around them. I know Lost has taken its lumps for being a bit too secretive.” With Lindelof on-board, further rewrites accommodated Theron, cast as the corporate executive who finances the undoubtedly doomed mission. “When Ridley mentioned he thought he could get Charlize, it was a good character but pretty one-dimensional,” Lindelof says. “I thought, ‘Holy s---, this is an Oscar winner, a movie star, playing this bit character. Suddenly if we’re going to entice her, we’re going to have to do some work.’” Not that Theron required much convincing. For one thing, delays on what was to be her next project — the longgestating Mad Max sequel, Fury Road —

had created an opening in her schedule. “When Mad Max got pushed (back), (Scott) reached out,” she says. “It was so secretive: ‘Read it in 30 minutes and it will explode.’ I was in a rainstorm on a mountain, under a tree, because that was the only place I could get reception. For every actor, there’s always that one director who’s a dream (to work with) and Ridley was that for me.” Besides, what would a new Alien (or Alien-ish) instalment be without a strong female protagonist? Or two? Both Theron and Rapace are central figures in the marketing, suggesting either could end up following in the flamethrowing bootprints of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. “Ripley is the classic, right,” Theron says. “Ridley, I do think he was the first person to take full advantage of how to explore that genre and themes that only men in cinema had been allowed to explore ... He likes those kinds of women.”

• Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father (The Empire Strikes Back): The cliffhanger by which all movie cliffhangers are judged. With this revelation, the space opera matured into myth. Despite everyone’s wardrobe, Star Wars was no longer simply black and white. • The planet of the apes is really a far-future Earth (Planet of the Apes): “You maniacs! You blew it up!” bellows bare-chested Charlton Heston when he stumbles upon what’s left of the Statue of Liberty. • Kevin Spacey is Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects): “Who is Keyser Soze?” is the question that propels Bryan Singer’s pulp noir about a group of crooks manipulated by an underworld kingpin. The climax seems to make it clear that Spacey’s disabled, motor-mouthed Verbal Kint is indeed Soze, although even Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie reportedly disagree about. • Brad Pitt is a figment of Edward Norton’s bent psyche (Fight Club): While the split personality/they’re-the-same-person twist is tired (from Identity to Adaptation, which gleefully mocked the concept), Fight Club skates by on charismatic performances and its savagely sarcastic bearing. It’s tough to feel cheated by a movie that gives us Norton deliriously throttling the snot out of himself.

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Microsoft kicks off E3 with lots of sizzle , not much steak STEVE TILLEY Sun Media News Services

In a display of flash, sizzle and deafening virtual explosions that would make Michael Bay proud, Xbox 360-maker Microsoft kicked off the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, unveiling a mostly safe and shockfree lineup of action-heavy new games and interesting new tech. At their packed press conference at the University of Southern California’s Galen

Center, replete with giant screens and floorshaking speakers, Microsoft executives and game development partners walked attendees through what’s next for Xbox. “It’s all about Xbox 360,” said Microsoft interactive entertainment boss Don Mattrick, squelching rumours that the next generation of Xbox hardware might get a surprise reveal at E3. Instead, Microsoft focused on fanpleasing franchises for what is now the world’s best-selling game console, showing off upcoming games including Halo 4, Gears

of War: Judgment, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and a gritty reboot of Tomb Raider. The motion-and-voice-sensing Xbox Kinect peripheral will factor in a wider array of games, giving players the ability to, for example, call plays in Madden NFL 13 using their voices, a feature that was demonstrated by legendary quarterback Joe Montana. Hip-hop star Usher also took to the stage, demonstrating the upcoming Kinect game Dance Central 3, and irreverent South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone unveiled their upcoming role-playing game,

South Park: The Stick of Truth. Perhaps taking a page from Nintendo’s playbook, Microsoft also introduced an upcoming new technology called Xbox SmartGlass, which will allow for connectivity between portable devices and games or movies playing on the Xbox 360. The technology looks to be a response to Nintendo’s tablet-style controller, which will be available with the upcoming Wii U console, but Xbox SmartGlass will work with devices running Apple’s iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.


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Local ready to prove she’s one Tough Mudder GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Jillian Dutton is ready to prove she’s one Tough Mudder. Dutton, 25, who lives in St. Albert, and her sister Amanda Chung, who lives in Vancouver, will be two of the many participants in the Tough Mudder obstacle fitness race on Sunday, June 24, in Whistler, B.C. This is the first time Dutton has competed in a race like this, but Dutton said she has a good idea of what to expect. “I looked at the course map and I’ve been watching some videos on Jillian YouTube, so I have a good Dutton idea,” said the Paul Kane Obstacle racer High School graduate Competitors in the Tough Mudder will not only have to deal with a 10-mile course at Whistler Olympic Park, but obstacles along the way include wading through muddy swamps, scaling walls, traversing swinging rope bridges and plunging into icy cold water. The finale is a sprint through live electrical wires, some of which could carry a 10,000-volt jolt. So what would compel a person to enter a race like this? “I’ve always been into sports and athletics. My sister saw an advertisement for it — she lives down there in Vancouver — and she talked to me about it, and I was in right away,” Dutton said. “I’m always up for a good challenge.” Other similar obstacle fitness races include the Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race. Tough Mudder races will be held in Whistler and Toronto this year, with new events planned for Calgary and Montreal in 2013. Dutton said she’d love to race a little closer to home. “Hands down, you betcha,” she said. Dutton added that she and her sister were very competitive against one another growing up, but they’ll be co-operating during the Tough Mudder race. “We’re going to help each other out,” Dutton said. “I decided not to compete against her because I’m sure it would turn a bit bitter.” For more information on Tough Mudder races, visit


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Workplace death nets $2M in fines KEVIN MARTIN Sun Media News Services

Fines exceeding $2 million should serve as a safety warning to construction companies, the widow of a Calgary man crushed by a wall of dirt and debris said Monday. Anne Marie Williams said the fines issued by Judge Paul Mason should raise life-saving awareness in the industry. “It’s unfortunate that somebody has to die before laws are changed and people take note,” Williams said, shortly after Mason’s ruling. “But hopefully the construction industry will pay closer attention. Hopefully this will prevent other lives being lost in the future.” Williams’s husband, Randy, was crushed Feb. 14, 2008, when a 15-metre wall of soil, rock and debris collapsed as he waited to haul away material from a southwest Calgary construction site. The dead man’s eldest son, Ryan, said it was unfortunate the two companies convicted under the Occupational Health and Safety Act will avoid the fines by declaring bankruptcy. “I just find it cowardly somebody could claim bankruptcy to dodge a bullet,” he said of Perera Development Corp. (PDC) and Perera Shawnee Ltd. (PSL), the companies responsible for the work site. Mason earlier found PDC guilty of 10 charges and PSL guilty of three under the act for failing to ensure worker safety at the site. He suggested the conditions were akin to those you’d find in a third-world country as the 15-metre wall — 10 times the legal maximum — was built without any temporary shoring, or cut back. Crown attorney Alison Magill had sought fines of up to $1.5 million and $1 million for each company respectfully, to send a message to others in the industry. Magill noted the condo project being built on the site was developed during a housing boom. “Buildings were going up everywhere,” she said. “The evidence is that there was costcutting and attempts to get the job done as quickly as possible.”

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Canadian Tire Corp. to open 100 stores, close 115 others SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. will open more than 100 new Sport Chek sporting goods stores and Atmosphere outdoor gear shops over the next five years, while shutting down 115 unprofitable outlets operated under different banners by its FGL Sports unit. Canadian Tire, one of Canada’s biggest and best-known retailers, bought FGL Sports, formerly Forzani Group Ltd., last year and the acquisition has become a big profit driver for the company. Canadian Tire’s flagship stores carry automotive, housewares and other goods. Canadian Tire has more than 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets, and 506 FGL Sports stores under different banners, including 163 Sport Chek and Atmosphere locations. “We can drive the business more effectively through our core banners,” Michael Medline, president of FGL Sports, said in an interview. “We believe, obviously, we can grow our footprint in terms of number of stores and our sales and the profits, and that’s why we’re able to make an announcement like this today because we see enormous growth potential in this division,” he said. Total sales associated with stores set to close were $165 million in 2011, Medline told analysts and reporters on a conference call. The company will add more than two million square feet of retail space under the Sport Chek and Atmosphere banners over the next five years, or more than 50 per cent to the chains’ existing retail space. “You’ll see it really ramping up in 2013 and you’ll have steady growth from 2013 on under that aggressive

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Canadian Tire Corp. is planning to open 100 new Sport Chek and Atmosphere stores while closing 115 other unprofitable stores.

plan,” Medline told Reuters. The company will convert some of the shuttered stores — operating under the banners Sport Mart, Athletes World, Nevada Bob’s Golf, Hockey Experts, Fitness Source and Econosports — into Sport Chek or Atmosphere stores. The others will close by the first quarter of 2013. The expansion of the two chains will take place across Canada, especially in Ontario, with a special focus on the Toronto area, said Medline. “We had expected the company to consolidate banners to execute a clearer brand strategy and further enhance synergies,” said BMO Capital Markets analyst Wayne Hood in a note to clients. “The announced closings come as no surprise.” The company estimates $26 million in pre-tax costs related to the closures and expects to recognize most of it in the second quarter. The closures do not affect any of FGL Sports’ franchise banners or store locations. The company said it does not expect capital spending to rise materially next year, but that going forward, the new strategy will result in stronger growth and better margins on earnings before interest.

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Dealing with co-workers’ annoying habits PAMELA EYRING Sun Media News Services

The workplace is filled with all kinds of personalities, each with their own unique (and sometimes annoying) habits. While you can’t choose your co-workers you can choose how you handle their annoying behaviour. Your best approach will largely depend upon your circumstances, and the level of annoyance. For example, if your co-worker’s habit hampers your ability to do your job you’ll need to take care of the problem even if it means going to your supervisor. However, filing even a “verbal” complaint should always be your last resort. Meanwhile, you may want to look at your own workplace behaviour which, unknowingly, may be offensive to others. Tips for resolving conflicT • Remove yourself from the situation: If you find yourself focusing more on your co-worker’s annoyance than the work in front of you, take a break. Even a few minutes in a restroom or break room will clear your head and calm your nerves. • Find an outlet for your frustration: A 20-minute power walk or “vent-session” with a trusted friend is another option. Once you’ve released the built-up tension, you’ll find you have a new perspective on the situation. • Find your focus: If deadlines prevent you from removing yourself from the situation, create a place of calm in your own mind. Any technique that helps you create a “clear headspace” will provide a sense of control and calm. Try noise-canceling earbuds or mentally repeat a mantra, like “focus” in your mind. • Go to the source: If all your attempts fail and your work is still suffering, be respectful and pay your coworker the courtesy of addressing them directly. Explain the problem (e.g., “It’s hard for me to concentrate”) and, together, find a solution that works for both of you. • Last resort: If the problem persists, you have no choice but to bring your concern to a supervisor. Who

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knows — you may not be the only one in the office having a problem with this co-worker. Taboo workplace Topics Even the most friendly workplace conversation can sour when people discuss “taboo topics.” To avoid office friction, don’t broach the following “hot topics,” and if raised by co-workers, opt out of the conversation. • Salary: Your salary was determined by you and your employer. It’s proprietary information and should stay that way. • Medical Woes: Only you and your family care about your medical problems. Keep your aches and pains to yourself. • Relationship Problems: Failed romances and other relationship issues belong in your personal life, not in your professional life. No exceptions! • Sex, Religion Politics: These “big three” hot button topics are non-negotiable. They are called hot button topics because they are polarizing and run the risk of

alienating, or even insulting, colleagues. Discussing sex, religion and politics is always off-limits and inappropriate in the workplace. examine your own behaviour As you go about your workday, pay attention to your interactions with others. Do you interrupt colleagues while they’re working or engaged in conversation with others? Do you discuss business matters with co-workers or do you bring up personal issues about yourself and others? Do you complain about problems in the workplace but fail to offer any viable solutions? Remember: It’s always easier to find fault with others than it is to see our own problems. Pamela Eyring is the president and director of The Protocol School of Washington (PSOW) which provides professional business etiquette, image, and international protocol training Visit

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Dealing with annoying co-workers may be difficult, but filing a report with a supervisor should only be a last resort.

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