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St. Albert Public Schools

Inspiring Education

EDUCATION WEEK May 6-10

Building connections, celebrating relationships Join our schools as they celebrate this important and exciting week! Bellerose Composite High School 49 Giroux Rd 780.460.8490 Principal: Larry Dick

May 6: Cosmetology Hair Show (Northlands) May 7: Dog Treat Tuesday; Leadership at Flex; School Council Meeting May 8: SAIF Girl’s Group at Flex; IB History Exams May 9: Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters; IB Math Exams May 10: 2013-14 Course Selection Verifications Mailed; IB Exams

Elmer S. Gish School

75 Akins Dr 780.459.7766 Principal: Erin Steele May 6, 7: Classes will explore a variety of cultures through literature May 8: Metis Day May 9: Cultural Dance celebration assembly in the gym May 10: Culture rotation activities in classrooms

Keenooshayo School

40 Woodlands Rd 780.459.3114 Principal: Michael Erickson � ��� � ����� ����� ���� � �������� ������� ��������� ������� reading to all our classes � �������� � ����� ��� ����� ���� �� Fowler Track � ����������� �������� ����������� Annual Flower Sale

Leo Nickerson School

10 Sycamore Ave 780.459.4426 ���������� ����� ����� May 6: Music Monday Outdoor Performance at 10 am; Door Decorating May 7: Spring School Yard and Partners �� ��� ���� ��������� ��� � �� ��� Edmonton Symphony May 8: ������� �� ����� ��� Mother’s Day Tea at 6:30 pm

May 9: “You make life Sweet” Volunteer Luncheon at 11:45 am; Cake Walk Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity May 10: Community Connections Assembly at 9:15 am; Uni-theatre presentation at 1:15 pm

Lorne Akins School

4 Fairview Boulevard 780.460.3728 Principal: Loretta Manning May 6: ��� � ������ �������� ������� ����� ���� �� �������� �������� Community Association May 8: ��� � ���������� �������� ������� ��� ���� ������� ������ �� ������ Field Trip to the Sturgeon Hospital May 9: Battle of the Bands May 6-10: Interschool badminton and rugby

Muriel Martin School

110 Deer Ridge Dr 780.458.0205 ���������� ��� �������� May 6-10: Spell-a-thon; School yard clean-up; Mission Impossible May 7: ����� ������� �� ���������� ��� ������ ����� ���� ��������� �� ���� �� ��� � ��� ����� �� ��� �� ������ ������� “Self Esteem” Session at 9:15-10:15 am May 9: Movin’ On Up, Period 3; Hot Lunch May 10: Crazy Hair Day; Compost Bagging and Sale May 11: Compost Sale

Outreach High School

50 Sir Winston Churchill Ave 780.458.0839 Principal: Brian Samuel May 7: ������� ����������� ������� Breakfast May 8: Yoga at 9:30-10:30 am; Celebrating Educational Successes Assembly

Paul Kane High School

12 Cunningham Rd 780.459.4405 ���������� ������ ����� May 6, 8: Cheerleading Spring Camp ���� ���������� ��� ���� ��������� May 2-31: High Energy Art Exhibition �� ��� ��� ������ ��� �������� ������� ����� Cardiac Unit at the Sturgeon Hospital May 6-17: Advanced Placement Exams May 8: ����� � ������� ������� ����� ���� May 9-11: One Act Festival - Provincials May 16: Honours Brunch

Robert Rundle School

50A Grosvenor Blvd 780-459.4475 ���������� ���� ������ May 6: Division 1 ceramics May 7: Community readers; Division 2 ceramics; Crazy hair/wear a hat day May 8: ��� ��� �������� �� �������� �� see and hear “symphonic science fair” May 9: ������������ �������� ��� ��� May 9-10: ��� � �� ������� ������ �� spend 2 days and 1 night learning about ��������� ����� ������� ��� ������� May 17: ������� ���

Ronald Harvey School

15 Langley Avenue 780.459.5541 ���������� ����� ����� May 6: ������� ���� ����� ������� May 7: Division II Track Meet at Fowler Track May 8: Hockey Academy at Mark Messier Arena; Hot Dog Day May 8, 9: Book Fair May 10: Hockey Academy at Mark ������� ������ ��� � �� �������� �� ��� ��������� ������������ �������� ��� ���

Sir Alexander Mackenzie School 61 Sir Winston Churchill Ave 780.459.4467 ���������� ���� �����������

May 6-10: Student Art Displayed at ��� ������ ������ �������� ������ ���� Clean-Up May 6: “Caught Practicing Leadership” ����� ����� ��� May 7: ����� ����� ��� � ��� �� Swimming Lessons May 9: ������ ����� ��� � ��������� Swimming Lessons May 10: Symphonic Science Fair; Hot Lunch

Sir George Simpson School

50 Grosvenor Blvd 780.459.4456 ���������� ������ �������� � ���� ���� �� �������� � ������� ���� � ��� ��������� ������� �� ���� ���� ��� ������ ������

Wild Rose School

58 Grenfell Ave 780.460.3737 Principal: Barb Scott May 5: ��� ���� ��� May 6: ��� � ���������� ���� ���� May 7: ���� �� ���� �� �� ��� Talent is Blooming Show (pm) May 8: School Science Discovery Morning May 9: Cyber-Etiquette Afternoon ��� �� � ��� � May 10: Boston Pizza Lunch; Compost Sale

William D. Cuts School

149 Larose Dr 780.458.8585 Principal: Mike Tod

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Local first woman Lead to chair Northlands INDEX the

News . . . . . . . . . 3 Council Notes . . . . . 4 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 GROW St. Albert . . . . 9 BAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Entertainment . . . . . 12 GREEN . . . . . . . 17 Health . . . . . . . 22 Fun & Games . . . . . 24 Business . . . . . . 25 stalbertjobs.com . . . 26

COVER

Joan Barber, marketing and research manager for the City of St. Albert’s economic development department, takes a sniff of a bouquet at the Enjoy Centre — one local attraction she says has been integral to the success of the City’s Botanical Arts City brand over the past three years. See story in GREEN, page 17.

BY THE NUMBERS

695 That’s how many feet underground (212 metres) 11 racers were when they competed in the deepest halfmarathon ever held, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The race was held in the Bochnia salt mine in Poland on March 4, 2004.

said. “But, in the meantime, we have a very successful business to run. We’re going to continue to run our building, make a few A St. Albert woman is making history by tweaks in the coming years, but continue to taking over the reins of one of the Capital run our building as best we can.” Region’s oldest and foremost community But there are other challenges Northlands organizations. will have to face that have nothing to do with Laura Gadowsky, who has lived in the arena. St. Albert for 25 years and currently holds “We’re an agricultural society, so how do the position of events manager at the Enjoy you keep yourself connected to your roots Centre, was appointed with a long-standing last week as the chair history, and still keep of Northlands, which yourself relevant?” oversees the operation Gadowsky said. of the Edmonton Expo But, she added, she has a Centre, Rexall Place, great team to work with on the Northlands Park the Northlands board and horse racing track and she is confident they can events such as K-Days, work through whatever the Canadian Finals hurdles come up. Rodeo and Farmfair In her role as chair, International. Gadowsky will lead the It’s the first time in board in liaising with Northlands’ 133-year Northlands CEO Richard history that a woman has Anderson and planning been appointed chair, strategically for the long and that’s a standard term. Gadowsky is proud to “Our board represents Photo Supplied bear. members of the Capital St. Albert’s Laura Gadowsky is the “That’s very exciting. Region community, so new chair of Northlands. We’ve had a number of what’s happening in the great women involved in Northlands and community, how do we stay relevant, how do great women involved with the board before, we stay important,” she said. but it’s a huge honour to be the first [female] Those are responsibilities that dovetail chair,” she said. nicely into her position at the Enjoy Centre, Gadowsky has spent roughly 10 years she added. sitting on the Northlands board. Her term “I tell people I grew up in the fair business. as chair lasts for one year, with possible reMy first memories were of my father working election for a second year. at the PNE in Vancouver,” said Gadowsky, With the organization firmly entrenched who also chairs the Edmonton Cowboys in the debate over a new hockey arena in Benevolent Foundation and has a deep downtown Edmonton, Gadowsky said it will passion for rodeo despite describing herself as be an interesting year ahead. a “city girl.” “Northlands has been all about doing “The whole event planning side is what I do what’s right for Edmonton, and if the right at the Enjoy Centre, and it’s part of the pieces thing is a downtown arena, that’s great,” she that I love at Northlands.”

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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COUNCIL NOTES

• MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 •

NOTABLE QUOTES

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Social Master Plan

With greater-than-expected assessment growth, plus motions to approve four new expenditures, councillors were asked to vote on tweaks to the City’s 2013 operating budget that will lower the residential property tax increase from 3.27 per cent to 2.98 per cent.

The Social Master Plan identifies the critical social issues in our community and outlines goals and actions that can be taken to address these issues.

CROUSE . . . . . . . . . . ✔ PARKER . . . . . . . . . . ✔ HERON . . . . . . . . . . . ✔ BRODHEAD . . . . absent LEMIEUX . . . . . . . . . . ✔ BRACKO . . . . . . . . . . ✔ MacKAY . . . . . . . . . . ✔

CROUSE . . . . . . . . . . ✔ PARKER . . . . . . . . . . ✔ HERON . . . . . . . . . . . ✔ BRODHEAD . . . . absent LEMIEUX . . . . . . . . . . ✔ BRACKO . . . . . . . . . . ✔ MacKAY . . . . . . . . . . ✔

“I want to commend ... administration for bringing forward a good operating budget that is lean and will maintain services, but is reflective of an increase that is comparatively low in the region.”

“The level of dedication and commitment to the engagement process has been most impressive, and I’m excited that this plan provides a vision for all — not just the vulnerable in the community, but the entire community.”

— Cathy Heron

— Scott Rodda, FCSS director

“It’s so good to see a longterm big picture plan, not only for the present, but for the future, that will guide us and has the input of the residents and the whole community.”

— Len Bracko

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Operating Budget Amendments

Administration will come back to council next month to detail changes in the education portion in property taxes, but it is expected those will decrease 1.49 per cent.

The Social Master Plan will serve as a guiding document for planning purposes related to social issues in the community. “This is a collaborative community effort that is a call to action. It’s a positive and healthy approach in response to social issues here in St. Albert.” — Suzan Krecsy, executive director, St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village

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Library brings home prestigious award from conference

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The St. Albert Public Library is seeing STARs after winning a provincial honour. On Friday, the library was announced as one of the winners of the 2013 Minister’s Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Library Service at the Alberta Libraries Conference held at the Jasper Park Lodge, bringing home the Excellence in a Larger Library category for the St. Albert Readers’ Festival, or STARFest. “It’s huge, it’s really huge for us,” said

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Peter Bailey, director of the St. Albert Public Library. “We’ve applied for it over the years and thought we had really good projects. But I guess 2012 really was a spectacular year for us. I look at it as a capper for the year.” STARFest is the library’s annual festival that brings in both fiction and non-fiction authors and gives them a chance to interact with readers through a week full of readings and question-and-answer sessions. It has attracted such authors as Will Ferguson, Terry Fallis, Carmen Aguirre, Andrew Nikiforuk and Charles Foran. Because STARFest is just two years old, it

was a bit of a surprise to win, Bailey said, but the festival is part of the changing identity of libraries in an increasingly digital age. “It fits in with a lot of stuff that’s going on in public libraries in Alberta, the whole idea of the future and considering what is the place of public libraries in communities,” he said. “The library is about what we do, not the stuff we have,” he added. But winning the award does motivate Bailey and his staff to do more and make STARFest bigger and better, and they are already hard at work planning the 2013 edition of STARFest this fall.

“We’re really excited about STARFest this year. We’ve already got a few names that are coming through,” he said. Other award winners included: • Sheep River Library (Excellence in a Smaller Library); • Chinook Arch Regional Library and Kainai Literacy Committee (Innovation in a Larger Library); and • Lac La Biche County Library Board (Innovation in a Smaller Library). Find out more about the awards and the winners at www.albertalibraries.ca/ministersawards.


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Community Village officially opens doors

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The doors are officially open for the newest addition to the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village. The organization held an open house on Thursday, April 25, to mark the official opening of the new Community Village offices in their space at 50 Bellerose Dr., and executive director Suzan Krecsy said they couldn’t be more thrilled. “It’s absolutely awesome,” she said, adding that they waited to celebrate their opening until their programming was solid and all the service providers were in place. “A lot of people will say, ‘What’s a community village? I haven’t heard about it.’ Now we can let everybody know.” The concept of the Community Village is aimed at addressing some of the root causes of why people are using the Food Bank — it is designed to be a hand up rather than a handout. Some of the services it offers include a community kitchen,

the Brian Layton Infant Formula Program, a financial literacy program, tools for schools and legal aid through the help of University of Alberta law students. “Having as many services as possible under one roof was our dream,” Krecsy said. “All our programs are client-driven; they let us know what they need, and we’ll develop a program. But we also make sure there’s no duplication of services.” The Community Village is also partnering with more than 20 other St. Albert organizations to offer programs, something Krecsy said is absolutely vital to their mission. “Having the partnerships, that’s what makes a good solid community,” she said. As St. Albert continues to grow, Krecsy said the demand for the Community Village’s services will continue to be there. “The need is always there. Once people get in and start using the services, they’re going to see some positive results,” she said. “That’s all we’re looking for, to get people to the highest level of

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village executive director Suzan Krecsy shows off one of the rooms in the new Community Village space that will be used to give clients legal advice. independence that we possibly can.” While the space has been under construction, the Community Village has been slowly introducing some of its services, and they’ve already made a difference, as the number

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of hampers being handed out by the Food Bank has decreased compared to the same month one year prior since April 2012. “I always said if I could work myself out of a job, I’d love it,” Krecsy said with a laugh. Although the doors are open,

the Community Village is still on the lookout for volunteers. “Especially special skills sets with volunteers,” Krecsy said. “And, of course, we always need money, because our rent is very expensive here, so we’re always looking for funding that way.”

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VJM puts pedal to the metal GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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VJM Grade 9 student Ashton Wong keeps cool as he pedals away during the school’s second annual Cyclebetes event on Thursday, April 25.

Students at a local junior high school put their pedals to the metal last week to raise money and fight diabetes. More than 50 teams filled the gymnasium at Vincent J. Maloney Junior High School on Thursday, April 25, to take part in the school’s second annual Cyclebetes event, raising $42,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which will go toward research into the treatment, cure and prevention of Type 1 diabetes. School counsellor Kelly Lajoie said that the remarkable thing is that the Cyclebetes event is entirely organized by students, with only a little bit of help from her. “They do everything. I have students who have given up their lunch hours for the last I-don’t-know-how-many weeks,” she said. “I don’t touch the money. I don’t do anything with the registration. I do the photocopying, pick up the supplies — who do I need to talk to, what do you guys need. And they literally give me lists.”

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teams and raised more than $20,000, The students who organized the smashing their goal of $5,000. event were from a Grade 9 option “I think it surpassed anyone’s class called GO M.A.D. (Make A wildest expectations ... We had Difference). That class is divided into participation from every grade level, different committees that deal with every peer group,” Lajoie said. things like entertainment, logistics, As the event wrapped up, both sponsorship and technology. Lajoie and the students were looking “It’s a proud feeling that students ahead to next year, with the hopes can do this,” said Sara O’Donnell, one that — even though of the students who some of them won’t helped organize the be there to see it — event. the event continues As well, O’Donnell to grow. raised $1,500 for the “I hope we can cause. raise more money, “My best friend because we raised a has diabetes, and my Sara O’Donnell Cyclebetes organizer lot more this year,” boyfriend’s sister has O’Donnell said. diabetes,” she said of “Hopefully we can her motivation. raise more, get more participants, Lajoie said that the students at VJM have a personal connection to the fight have fun, and hopefully one day find a cure.” against diabetes right in their school. “I had an amazing group last year, “We have a number of students who and I have an amazing group this year. are Type 1 diabetics in our school. We I think they’ll just keep raising the had one last year, and we have two bar for whoever comes next,” Lajoie Type 1 diabetics [this year], one in added. Grade 9 and one in Grade 7,” she said. For more information on “And my dad is a diabetic. It was just a the Juvenile Diabetes Research nice fit.” Foundation, visit www.jdrf.ca. Last year, the event maxed out at 40

“It’s a proud feeling that students can do this.”

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OPINION

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Reaction may be more telling

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

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t was supposed to be a watershed moment, one that supposed to shake up the world as we knew it. It was supposed to be one of those moments where we’d all remember where we were, considering we had anticipated how we would react for so long beforehand. Then it happened, and we all shrugged by Glenn Cook and moved on. The world continued to turn, and the sun rose the next day. It was Monday when Jason Collins, a journeyman NBA centre who played this past season with the Washington Wizards, announced in a column he penned for Sports Illustrated that he is gay, becoming the first active player in a major North American professional sports league to come out. Those of us who follow sports had often wondered aloud how we would react when this day came. Players in other leagues, both domestic and overseas, had come out before, as had a number of athletes in individual sports like tennis, most often women. But when Collins’s news hit the news, the general reaction seemed to be momentary surprise, then acceptance. The overwhelming majority of Collins’s teammates and opponents in the NBA, as well as other pro athletes, were supportive and positive, as were most of the fans. That’s not to dismiss Collins’s courage in making his announcement. Being the first, the pioneer, the trailblazer in anything takes a great amount of bravery. And when it’s as touchy a subject as homosexuality, one must screw up his courage even more. But perhaps the fact that this seems to have rolled off our collective backs says more about how society’s attitudes toward homosexuality have changed over the past few years. Locker rooms are still no doubt the centres of testosterone-fueled jocularity in the universe, but with initiatives like the NHL’s You Can Play program gaining a bigger share of the spotlight, attitudes are certainly beginning to change. OK, so Collins is gay, but how many rebounds did he average last season? Collins coming out was a big moment, but not as big as some might have thought it would be. And, with any luck, moments like it will only get smaller and smaller in the future.

@LochlinCross @RDFigs19 The @akaTheBearBand is on The Rainmaker bill on Friday, May 27th up in St. Albert! We’re opening for Finger 11!

EDITORIAL

@Karbanger Way to go Neil M. Ross Catholic School for winning a Nutrition Innovation Award! Thank you @MoreAboutMilk! #abed #GSACRD #stalbert

@beatailnicki Getting lost in St. Albert is the worst :(

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St. Albert arts scene heats up for summer

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he season of spring is heating up with the arrival of St. Albert’s downtown ArtWalk. Fourteen venues bring the event to life on the first Thursday of each month, 6 to 9 p.m., from May to September. This 11th season is hotter than ever, with new businesses, galleries and artists invigorating the city’s scene. High Energy is what you’ll experience in May at Art Gallery of St. Albert, located on the corner of Perron and St. Anne Street in the Banque d’Hochelaga heritage building. High school art students from Bellerose Composite, Paul Kane High School, École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville, Outreach and St. Albert Catholic High School, showcase their artworks and present collaborative works inspired by technology.

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GAGNON AGSA director My City This year’s exhibition is entitled High Energy 18: Perspective. Alumni from the past 17 High Energy exhibition years are invited to connect with students and the gallery. This annual exhibition has come of age, maturing into an established community program for all ages to enjoy. For June, plan now to attend fun and fabulous events during the Square One Fundraiser and Exhibition. Save the date — Saturday, June 1 — for an evening party and first art sales. Visit or contact Art Gallery of St. Albert now to register. Buy artworks by

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emerging and established artists, from near and afar. It’s an opportunity to seek unusual pieces without a large investment. Enjoy an evening of live music, square nibbles, cash bar, art bar, beer garden, and games of chances for prizes. Bring friends. There is plenty of choice. Square One means that the art measures one foot by one foot square, or fits into one cubic foot for threedimensional pieces. Funds raised directly support educational programs and projects, serving diverse audiences of children, youth and adults. The gallery was literally starting at square one last year, after hosting various forms of auctions and sales for over two decades. By bringing the fundraiser back to the gallery,

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setting parameters on size and price, increasing the number of artworks and artists, and running it over three weeks instead of one evening, it was a whole new game with much potential for enriching community. Now it’s on to year two. Artists and buyers are invited to the June 6 AGSA reception during ArtWalk. Admission is free. The Jurors’ and Viewers’ Choice winners will be announced and prizes awarded. The Square One Exhibition will be open during regular gallery hours for viewing until June 21 and artwork will be available for purchase until June 22. On June 22, we begin an Offthe-Wall event where buyers can collect their artwork at the gallery. Be there, and buy square. Owned and operated by

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• Welcome to Grow St. Albert! This new weekly column, compiled by the Grow St. Albert volunteer board, will focus on all of the great things happening in our community with an eye towards building and growing St. Albert. • Heritage Lakes Community Association This past week, the Heritage Lakes Community Association (HLCA) held their Annual General Meeting at École la Mission. Special thanks were given to outgoing president Peggy Lynkowski for her years of dedication and commitment to the community. The AGM featured a presentation on the “Disorder Reporter” from Dale Fetterly as well as updates on the association’s events from the past year. The new board for the HLCA is comprised of returning members Tim Osborne (president), Jody Mathon (vice president), Ian Kerr (treasurer), Carol Poulin (director), Betty Hahn (director) and Dale Fetterly (director), as well as new members Meg Tosto (director) and Joanne Pudlowski (secretary). To learn more about HLCA, visit www.heritagelakes.ca. • Block Party Boot Camp Block parties are a great way to meet your neighbours and help build a sense of community. If you’re wondering how to organize a block party, the Neighbourhood Development team from FCSS will be hosting a Block Party Boot Camp on Thursday, May 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Forsyth Hall at the St. Albert Public Library. Call 780-459-1682 or stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk to register. • Grow a Kid Entrepreneur The team at the Northern Alberta Business Incubator, led by Dar Schwanbeck, have put together a great four-day program for young entrepreneurs. Open to Grade 10 and 11 students, the Entrepreneurship Academy is running July 8 to 11 and is a chance for young kids to learn the

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basics of becoming an entrepreneur. More info can be found at www.nabi.ca. • KidSport St. Albert Ask any kid if they want to play sports and most would say yes. It’s not a reality for some, though, as cost can prevent them from getting involved in the sport that they love. Enter the great folks of KidSport St. Albert. Many volunteer hours are being committed by organizers Kathleen Range, Klayton Deputan and Blake Schneider. They are going to be out in full force with a great fundraising raffle at the 1st Annual Road Rage Street Hockey tournament (www. roadragestreethockey.com) If you’d like to get involved or support their efforts, visit www.kidsport.ab.ca. • Time to Spruce Up! Pull out those gloves, grab some bags and let’s get ready to spruce up St. Albert. After a long winter, it’s time to find all those treasures that have been buried under the snow and blown all over our city. Once you’ve cleaned up around the parks, your home or your business, it might be time to get proactive especially if you have a business here in St. Albert. Did you know there are programs available for matching dollars to beautify your store front? Call Joan Barber at the City’s economic development department at 780-459-1725 for more info. • Botanic Park Opens May 4 Spring has finally arrived and just in time. May 4 will be the opening of the Gift Shop at the St. Albert Botanic Park. Find gifts for every occasion or indulge your passion for gardening. A great group of local volunteers make up this group and they are growing great things! The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. The garden is open sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit www. StAlbertBotanicPark.com

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Gallery goes low-tech for High Energy GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

High-tech or low-tech, it’s all coming together this month at the Art Gallery of St. Albert. The gallery is hosting their 18th annual High Energy exhibit starting today (Thursday) and running until May 25, featuring artwork from students at five local high schools: Bellerose Composite High School; Paul Kane High School; École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville; St. Albert Catholic High School and Outreach High School. This year, students were challenged to explore new ways of creating art versus old — for example, digital cameras versus film — and SACHS art teacher Teresa Wallsten said they fully embraced that theme. “We’re pushing the limits of hightech and low-tech,” she said, noting that her students got started last semester by creating dresses from different eras out of newspaper. She added that it’s a big honour for the students have their work on the walls at the AGSA. “They’re all very talented, and it’s great to see how inspired and excited they are,” Wallsten said. “They have so much pride in their work. The effort and thought they put into their work — the individual pieces and the installations — is unbelievable.” Longtime Paul Kane art teacher Colleen Hewitt said that, over her career, technology has really changed the way students approach creating art. “The thing that’s happened

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“We’re pushing the limits of high-tech and low-tech.” Teresa Wallsten SACHS art teacher “Years ago, if we wanted to do something with computers, we didn’t have enough computers for all the kids, or we don’t have enough cameras for everybody. Now they all have cellphones with cameras and other digital media they’re using at home, all kinds of programs, and they want to bring that into their work a lot because it’s available to them” For the gallery, the High Energy exhibit is a highlight of the year, with many more large-scale and sculptural pieces in the show this time around. “There’s always unexpected surprises. ... The creativity is just insane,” said Jenny Willson-McGrath, curator of exhibits at the AGSA. “There’s something very refreshing about young students’ artwork. It’s very uninhibited. They’re not afraid to explore new ideas.” Jacqueline Johnston is a Grade

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other than my family or other students can look at my art, too,” said Josey, who was recently accepted into the psychology program at MacEwan University with an eye toward a career in art therapy. An opening reception for High Energy will be held tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 9 p.m., coinciding with the first ArtWalk of the season in downtown St. Albert.

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Potters celebrate golden anniversary GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The traditional gift for a 50th anniversary is gold, but one local group would probably prefer clay. The St. Albert Potters’ Guild is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and one of the highlights of their calendar is coming up this weekend with their annual spring show and sale at St. Albert Place. “We cannot believe the guild has been there for 50 years,” said show coordinator Margaret Belec. “We have some members who are close to being members for 50 years ... some who have been members for 40 years.” Belec has been a member of the guild for 23 years, and even over that time, she has seen it grow and evolve tremendously. “When I joined, there were maybe 25 or 30 members. Now we have a waiting list to become a member, and a limit of 60, because of the space constraints,” she said. There are plenty of other potters taking courses through the City of St. Albert, leading to a vibrant local pottery scene. “Not everyone in the guild does a lot of potting,” Belec added. “We only have about 30 — half the guild — who are active in the sense of potting. That amazes me in a sense, because we have guild membership fees, and that half, even though they don’t pot, they still want to belong.” And, after all this time, it’s still a thrill for Belec and other guild veterans to welcome a new member and show him or her the ropes. “One of the ones that came on the sale committee this year is a brand new guild member. She just threw herself into it, and she’s been really helpful,” Belec said. “They learn a lot when they join.”

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Willie Renema of the St. Albert Potters’ Guild gets a ‘handle’ on her teapot creation for the guild’s annual show and sale, which starts today (Thursday) at St. Albert Place. For this weekend’s show, guild members have been hard at work over the past few months creating teapots that will serve as a central theme. “I can’t wait to see what people have come up with. Hopefully we’ll have a few unique teapots,” Belec said, noting that the opening night of the show is also the first ArtWalk of the season in downtown St. Albert. “With teapots everyone wants it to be functional, pouring well and that kind of stuff,” she added. “But I’m saying, don’t worry about the functionality; let’s worry about the creativity.” There’s even one giant teapot planter to which visitors to the show can add clay stamps and will be sold at next year’s show to raise money for ovarian cancer research, a favourite benefactor of the guild for many years. There will be plenty of

other pottery on display and up for sale during the show, though, and Belec said it’s inspiring and exciting to see what other guild members have been up to over the past year. “Some of us don’t pot at the guild; we have studios at home. I’m one of those people. So we don’t get to see some of the other potters’ works,” she said. “I do fire the kilns, so I get to see some of it sometimes, but I’m not always firing the kilns ... At the sale, that’s when we get to see everyone else’s work, and sometimes we’re just blown away by it.” The St. Albert Potters’ Guild’s annual spring show and sale runs tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in St. Albert Place. You can follow the guild on Facebook at www.facebook. com/St-Albert-PottersGuild.

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audience, for us, is very important, because it gives us a goal to reach,” Baril said. “And the audiences there are always very St. Albert may be north of Edmonton, but receptive to it.” the Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni Band The Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni are bringing a little bit of the West Side to band is made up of former member of the town. Schoolboys Band in Edmonton Public The band is once again playing at the Schools, which consisted of students from St. Albert United Church, a venue they’ve across the district. That band was first frequented over the past few years, on organized in 1935 and continued until 1969, Sunday, and they’re bringing a widewhen musical instruction was assigned to ranging repertoire with them, including a individual schools. medley of songs from the musical West Side A reunion was held in 1996 to celebrate Story. the 60th anniversary Aside from Broadway, of the band’s founding, though, conductor and which drew nearly music director Armand 400 alumni from Baril said that the band across North America. will have music ranging Afterward, 35 members from opera to blues to decided to keep the band Nolan Crouse marches on the program, going. St. Albert mayor despite not having any They rehearse on strings. Thursday mornings at the “We have a classical repertoire, an Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre in operatic repertoire, pops and a lot of Edmonton, and these days, Baril said there Broadway show numbers … Our repertoire are about 55 members, although they won’t is very varied,” he said, also noting that all be at the St. Albert concert. they’ll have a piano selection in this concert “It’s a significantly large concert band. where the band will be the accompaniment. It’s a group that just loves to play — what Baril added that he’s excited to be more can I say?” he said, noting that it does heading back to St. Albert once again. get tricky when some members take winter “It’s been a splendid venue for us to play, vacations. “That’s the goal.” and the support of the audiences we’ve had Their season typically starts in September has been very enthusiastic,” he said. and ends in June, but this year they are The band began playing concerts in wrapping up with a concert at Pigeon Lake St. Albert about six years ago, and they’ve on Canada Day. They are also playing at become a local favourite, playing the United Fort Edmonton Park in May. Church almost annually, as well as a date The show gets started on Sunday at 6 p.m. each year at the St. Albert Farmers’ Market. at the St. Albert United Church (20 Green “The opportunity to play in front of an Grove Dr.).

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Botanical Arts brand blossoms for City GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Joan Barber, manager of marketing and research for the City of St. Albert’s economic development division, says the way businesses and residents have taken to the Botanical Arts City brand has been a pleasant surprise.

Since first being introduced some three years ago, St. Albert’s “Botanical Arts City” brand has really blossomed, according to officials with the City of St. Albert. The brand was first proposed in February 2010, and Joan Barber, manager of marketing and research for the City’s economic development department, said that, since then, she has been pleasantly surprised with how well it has been received. “Branding tends to be quite a contentious issue,” she said, “because it seems that, when you brand, you have a lot of criticism and you can never make anybody happy. But our brand was very well-received by both the business community and our residents.” Much of that has to with the Brand Leadership Team, although that group was recently disbanded, having achieved its mandate of implementing graphic elements of the brand and developing events and partnerships with key community groups. “They were really our brand champions out in the community,” Barber said. “I think the buy-in to the brand was so great because we did have those people who didn’t

work for the City, who owned different businesses, who were just interested residents who said that this brand resonates with us and is something we want to help promote.” The brand was introduced in February 2010 and was the result of an in-depth analysis of what sets St. Albert apart and makes people want to come here, both for business and for leisure. It is supported by other attractions like the downtown Farmers’ Market, the Enjoy Centre and the St. Albert Botanic Park. Over its three years, the City has won several awards for its Botanical Arts brand and some of the materials that have been produced to support it, the most recent being the 2013 Initiative of the Year award at the Garden Tourism Conference, which was held in Toronto in March. Barber said awards like those are good signs that the City is heading down the right path with the brand. “When you’re recognized by a third party, it helps give validity to your marketing campaigns,” she said. “When you talk about cultivating life and the Botanical Arts City, and other people are saying, ‘Yes, you’re doing a good job,’ and it’s not just you saying this — someone else is saying it for you — that makes it more credible.”

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Of course, it’s much easier to incorporate and spread the botanical arts in the summer, when temperatures are warm and the sun is shining. But this is northern Alberta, after all, and Barber said it’s proven a challenge to keep the momentum going over the winter months. “Rather than embracing winter, we tend to hide from it. For five months of the year, it’s really easy to live our brand, but definitely in the wintertime, it’s much more difficult,” she said. However, last year, the City did start a Winter Beautification program, giving local businesses the chance to apply for grants covering half their beautification expenses to a maximum of $2,500. “The uptake hasn’t been what we would like it to be,” Barber said, “but there are a few places like the River House Grill that have really embraced it and look fabulous in the winter.” The next step in the City’s branding plan is a new wayfinding system. A specialist in the field from Destination Development International — the same company that helped the City come up with its brand in the first place — visited St. Albert last fall to get the ball rolling, and Barber said new signs to help people find their way around should be cropping up later this year.

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Blooming patio ‘magnet’ for coffee lovers

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

For some, heaven is being surrounded by beautiful flowers. For others, it’s a great cup of coffee. But at La Crema Caffé in downtown St. Albert, the two have come together in an amazing way. Each summer, the coffee shop on St. Thomas Street transforms its modest patio into an oasis of blooming annuals and spruce trees, standing out as one of the most visible and successful examples of a local business embracing the City of St. Albert’s Botanical Arts City brand. La Crema Caffé owner Robert Logue said the summer patio has become almost as big of an attraction as the shop’s glutenfree menu or its southern-style barbecue offerings. “Every year, we do up our patio, and it has brought us a lot of business,” Logue said. “Patios are a really big plus to our business; it creates more of a European theme. It becomes a gathering place. Even when we’re not open, people come

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The patio at La Crema Caffe in full bloom last summer. Owner Robert Logue says it’s a ‘magnet’ for customers. and sit down and visit.” Preparing the patio each year takes a lot of work, he added. “We order our flowers, and then we plant all ourselves,” he said. “Then we’re watering them once or twice a day, and we’re always cleaning them up and stuff like that. We’re always caring for them. But ... the end result is good. When people drive by and

see a patio, they think, ‘That’s a nice place,’ and they come back to it.” The attraction is that much stronger in the summer when the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers’ Market takes over downtown, including the block right in front of La Crema Caffé. “A patio’s a magnet, so it’s full

the whole day. We try to use to use it for our customers, but sometimes people sit down and have a rest,” Logue said, adding that he and some of the business owners on that block are looking at installing more benches and planters there, giving folks a place to rest their feet. Winter is another story, though, but Logue is encouraged

to try something on the patio in the colder months thanks to the City’s winter beautification program, which will reimburse businesses for half the cost of winter beautification expenses to a maximum of $2,500. “We’ve tried planting spruce trees, but they all die in barrels, so you have to put something in there like berries or something ornamental,” he said. “We’re putting our lights back this year into our patio — they’re solar powered — and in the wintertime, they’ll be there. It gives us a little more depth.” As for the next step in the branding efforts, Logue would like to see — aside from addressing parking concerns in the downtown core — the City diversify the types of flowers it plants in the area. “Every year, it’s the same thing over and over again: tulips, tulips, tulips. Let’s see something different,” he said. “... But the aspect of the botanicals and the flowers and patio is a very positive thing. We’ve just got to get more businesses involved in it.”

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Plant lovers can grow their flora on a whole new level now. Many living walls are hung indoors for yearround enjoyment, but they can also be hung outdoors on fences or walls of buildings during the summer months. They take the challenge out of vertical gardening. The availability of this new trend is long overdue. Vertical arrangements of plants inside the home provide numerous benefits. An indoor living wall will help to remove toxins and unhealthy contaminants from the air. Given that most people spend the majority of their time indoors, this can impact on your health dramatically. They can be small and simple yet provide the aesthetics and gratification year round. There are some considerations to take into account before hanging your living wall in the home. Be sure to have the proper structural support system. Choose a wall that gets adequate light for your indoor plants and select plants that tolerate low light conditions. Avoid locations that can be subject to drafts such as the front entrance or over a heat register. Designer planter kits are available at garden at local garden centres. One can easily create

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their own wall panel by following the simple instructions provided by the manufacturer. The first step is to plant the vertical planters while laying flat. All one needs is a good quality potting mix and a selection of small indoor plants. The planter is divided into 10 cells that are 10 centimetres deep and at an angle. Each cell is notched in the bottom to provide drainage and aeration. Simply plant each cell with the potting mix until you have achieved the look or design that you desire. Tilt the planter on a 45-degree angle and water thoroughly. Keep it propped and watered for three to four days. To hang the planter, one will need a level and a power screw driver. Mount the bracket on the wall making sure that it is level. Carefully rest the vertical planter on the bracket ensuring that it is secured and level. The beauty of the Bright Green Grovert system is its irrigation system. The Bright Green irrigator simply fits into the top watering chamber of the vertical planter. Open the lid and fill with water as needed. For more information on this incredible living wall system, check out www. brightgreenusa.com. One can always get instant greenery indoors by purchasing a living wall that has already been designed and planted for you.

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Rain gardens combine form and function SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – There are photos of many garden design ideas, including a fairly new topic new to many — rain gardens. Now is the time that many gardeners start planning for the spring season and the addition of new gardens and rain gardens are worth a look. Not only can they beautify a yard, but also provide real environmental benefits. Each time it rains, large quantities water flows off impermeable surfaces such as roofs, driveways and patios. On its way to nearest storm drain, it collects garden chemicals, oils, dirt and bacteria which in many cases end up directly in nearby rivers or other bodies of water. These chemicals can have a devastating effect on the organisms, fish and wildlife that call the river home. Rain gardens

can prevent some of this water from reaching the storm drain in the first place, creating healthier waterways. A rain garden is nothing like a water garden, pond or wetland, in fact the majority of the time it’s dry. Planted in a small depression, the garden contains native shrubs, perennials and flowers and is most often found on a natural slope. The garden only holds water for a short period of time during and immediately after it rains. The advantage of a rain garden is that it allows the collection of rainwater so that it can slowly percolate into the ground, recharging underground aquifers. The gardens have been proven effective at removing 90 per cent of chemicals from rainwater runoff and up to 80 per cent of sediments,

neither of which we want flowing into our rivers and streams. The design of a rain garden is quite different from a traditional garden, mostly because of the type of soil used and its shape. In most cases, six inches to as much as a foot of soil is removed and replaced with tillage, compost and sand. This varies depending on soil conditions at your location. If the soil is sandier, and naturally allows water to easily filter through, less will have to be removed and replaced. Native plants are key to any rain garden. These plants are naturally hardy, don’t typically require fertilizers and are better at using the water that already exists in the soil, not requiring to be watered frequently. Native plants also require less maintenance than their non-native, exotic

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counterparts. When designing a rain garden, size is key. The garden should have a size of at least 20 per cent of the roof, patio or driveway draining into it. Generally, the size for a home is between 100 and 400 square feet. The garden should be shaped longer than it is wide to catch as much rain as possible and be placed at least 10 feet from any structure. When designing a rain keep the following best practices in mind: • The site is fed by one or two downspouts. • There are no heavy clay soils. • The water table is at least two feet from the surface at its shallowest. • The slope of the site is not more than 12 per cent. • The site is at least 10 feet from buildings with basements. • The site is not over any utilities. • The site is not over or near a septic tank, drain field, or wellhead. • The site does not interfere with any trees. As we move further into spring and gardeners are looking for something to keep their green thumbs busy, planning the addition of a rain garden is worth considering. Not only will it be a beautiful addition to any property, it also has important environmental benefits.

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Upcoming at The St. Albert Chamber ANNU UAL GOLF TOURNAMENT JUNE 5, 2013

The Annual Chamber Golf Tournament is held each year at the Sandpiper Golf & Country Club. The day begins with a pre-game BBQ Lunch at 12:30 pm followed by a shotgun start at 1:30 pm. The format of the tournament is Texas scramble - best ball with lots of fun activities to participate in at each hole. Following the tournament there will be a delicious BBQ dinner at around 6:30 pm, accompanied by presentations and awards.

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Date: May 8, 2013 Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Register Online at www.stalbertchamber.com Location: Kinsmen Club of St. Albert, Kinsmen Banquet Centre, 47 Riel Drive Event Information: 11:30 am - Arrival and Networking; 12:00 pm - Commencement of Meeting & Lunch; 1:30 pm - Schedule End Time Fees/Admission: $30 - Members, $35 - Non-Members. Cancellation must be received in writing 48 hours in advance in order to avoid charges. Event Description: “Canadian Oil Sands: Canada - An Emerging Energy Superpower” Key Note Speaker: Don Thompson - Executive Advisor Sustainability & Oil Sands Outreach, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. Meeting Sponsor

This tournament is a great opportunity to gather a group of co-workers and participate in a fun, team-building event.

Community Spotlight St. Albert Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo

Interested in participating? You can register online at www.stalbertchamber.com, or contact the Chamber 780-458-2833 fax: 780-458-6515

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Location: Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Event Information: Texas Scramble - Best Ball Shotgun Start: 1:30 pm BBQ Dinner: 6:30 pm Fees/Admission: Member Rate - Early Registration until May 24th: $110/per player Non-member Rate - Early Registration until May 24th: $130/per player Member Rate - After May 24th: $130/per player Non-member Rate - After May 24th: $150/per player Dinner Only: $30.00 SPONSORS Yorkton Group International Genstar Development Company Highstreet Interiors Inc. / Home Furniture

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HEALTH

Get your regular desk-ercise JOANNE RICHARD Sun Media News Services

Sneak in a quickie on your lunch hour and get your heart racing. Fitting in a few desk-side push-ups and jumping jacks will definitely help boost your health and energy — and possibly take off a few pounds as well. Problem is work gets in the way for 55 per cent of Canadians, according to a new survey by Participaction. But don’t sweat it: “The good news is that even bouts of heart-pumping activity as short as 10 minutes can lead to health benefits, which is why we’re

recommending that busy employees find ways to sneak in shorter periods of physical activity during the day,” says Kelly Murumets, president of Participaction. Put in 150 minutes of moderateto-vigorous physical activity each week for increased health and vitality, mental alertness and productivity. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines also recommend muscle-and bonestrengthening activities at least two days per week. Unfortunately, we don’t practice what’s preached: 98 per cent of Canadians surveyed believe physical activity leads

to a healthier lifestyle and can decrease risk of disease, and 91 per cent believe physical activity is an important part of everyday life. Yet a mere 15 per cent of Canadian adults are getting enough physical activity. Start today with some heavy breathing at your desk — get out of your chair and move more. Fortunately, 64 per cent of Canadians consider workplace exercise to be acceptable, reveals the survey. “While some of them may seem simple, they can go a long way to improving overall health and fitness levels,” adds Murumets.

OTHER TIPS • Get off public transit a few stops early or park far from the office. • Walk over to speak to a coworker instead phoning, e-mailing or messaging them. • Book a conference room for a power yoga session. • Get coffee or lunch a few extra blocks away. • Start a friendly competition with coworkers to see who can sneak in the most 10-minute exercise breaks this week.

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Active Listings: 6

Sold Listings: 19

Active Listings: 14

Sold Listings: 22

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Active Listings: 3

Average list price:

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Low $319,649 / High $419,900

Low $282,000 / High $395,000 Avg. days on market: 37

Low $319,000 / High $749,900

Low $267,000 / High $431,000 Avg. days on market: 23

Low $289,000 / High $394,900

Low $267,000 / High $642,500 Avg. days on market: 40

$371,374

$350,174

BRAESIDE

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Active Listings: 8

Sold Listings: 8

Average list price:

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Low $299,900 / High $1,399,000

Low $328,000/ High $672,500 Avg. days on market: 31

$519,812

$456,157

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Sold Listings: 13

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Active Listings: 30

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Average list price:

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Low $319,900/ High $649,900

Low $352,750/ High $480,000 Avg. days on market: 31

Low $369,900 / High $724,900

Low $370,000 / High $665,000 Avg. days on market: 38

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Sold Listings: 14

Active Listings: 27

Average list price:

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Low $359,900 / High $484,900

Low $354,000 / High $496,000 Avg. days on market: 35

$423,136

$400,121

KINGSWOOD Sold Listings: 13

Sold Listings: 37

Active Listings: 27

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $409,900/ High $959,900

Low $376,200/ High $740,863 Avg. days on market: 37

Low $489,900 / High $2,574,000

Low $467,450 / High $748,000 Avg. days on market: 53

$510,462

FOREST LAWN

$942,000

$583,642

LACOMBE PARK

$460,895

OAKMONT

Active Listings: 11

Active Listings: 53 $593,772

$517,073

Sold Listings: 16

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $389,900 / High $1,575,000

Low $365,000 / High $1,171,630 Avg. days on market: 60

$554,344

PINEVIEW Active Listings: 6

Sold Listings: 8

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $367,900 / High $639,900

Low $397,000 / High $509,000 Avg. days on market: 37

$491,233

$435,875

STURGEON HEIGHTS

Active Listings: 6

Sold Listings: 6

Active Listings: 38

Sold Listings: 28

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Active Listings: 4

Sold Listings: 5

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $339,900 / High $539,900

Low $312,500 / High $374,000 Avg. days on market: 19

Low $329,900 / High $1,149,000

Low $304,900 / High $785,000 Avg. days on market: 36

Low $309,900 / High $389,900

Low $310,000 / High $380,000 Avg. days on market: 23

$412,716

$342,166

$644,544

$459,435

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Active Listings: 11 Average list price:

$442,345

Low $374,900 / High $599,700

Sold Listings: 5

Average sale price:

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Low $372,500 / High $491,000 Avg. days on market: 41

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*The above area market averages represent the trailing 3-month averages, except where otherwise indicated, of single-family homes only as of the Friday prior to publication week. Data is provided by CRAIG PILGRIM of RE/MAX Real Estate (St. Albert), member of the Real Estate Association of Edmonton. Data does not include condos, townhomes or apartments, and does not differentiate between styles of homes. All efforts are made to ensure data is accurate for information purposes, but please consult a licensed real estate agent for additional market information.*Did you know source: City of St. Albert website, St. Albert 2012 Census MPSSCS4736379MPSE


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Citing safety concerns for its athletes, the Soviet Union announces it will boycott the upcoming 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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Mayor Nolan Crouse joins employees of Trace Associates in St. Albert for a cheque presentation Friday. More on page 26.

ANSWERS: 1. Mask changed from red to yellow; 2. Logo added to stormtrooper’s chest; 3. Mayor’s tie changed to pink; 4. Logo erased from cheque; 5. Amount on cheque changed.

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Feds tighten up rules for foreign worker program

— will be temporarily suspended. Employers will also have to Sun Media News Services prove the TFWP is not used to The federal government is outsource jobs. tightening rules to prevent The Royal Bank of Canada was employers from abusing accused of doing just cheaper foreign help that several weeks ago under a program that until it apologized and has come under fire. reversed its policy. Immigration Minister The issue of Jason Kenney and outsourcing has become Human Resources a political hot potato for Minister Diane Finley the Conservatives after moved to plug gaping other reports surfaced loopholes critics say are that some employers Jason costing unemployed were using the program Kenney Canadians jobs and to fatten their bottom Minister driving down wages for lines by recruiting others. foreigners. “We’re facing Employers a paradox of will also be jobs without required to pay workers and a new costworkers recovery fee for without jobs,” the required Kenney said paperwork. Jason Kenney Immigration Minister at a news The conference government Monday. often speaks “Canadians must of how a skilled labour always have the first shortage is hurting the crack at available economy and forecasts jobs in our economy. 1.5 million skilled job The Temporary vacancies by 2016. Foreign Workers Kenney said the Program (TFWP) was reforms will ensure intended to fill acute that the TWFP is used labour shortages on a only as a last resort Diane temporary basis only, to deal with acute not to displace Canadian Finley skills shortages on a Minister workers.” temporary basis. The measures will “The program is an force employers to have a important short-term, lastplan in place to recruit and resort for Canadian employers. train homegrown workers to It can help them continue to eventually replace foreign hires. grow and ultimately create more No permits will be granted to opportunities for Canadians,” he businesses without that plan in said. place. “The TFWP is an important The changes would also ensure back-up plan to ensure that that foreigners are paid the people are available where equivalent of Canadians and Canadians are not applying or allow the government to revoke qualified. But we intend to ensure work permits if abuses are found. that it works better.” The Accelerated Labour Market Some areas, such as seasonal Opinion — which permits agriculture work, won’t be employers to pay foreigners up to affected by the changes because 15 per cent less than Canadians of proven labour shortages.

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Mayor Nolan Crouse joins a varied cast of characters from the Trace Associates office in St. Albert’s Campbell Business Park as they hand over a cheque for $1,000 to the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village on Friday. The local office won a challenge among all offices in Alberta to get the most views for a video on social media.

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New $5 and $10 bills unveiled

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – The Bank of Canada has unveiled new $5 and $10 bills that show off the country’s railway and space program. “With today’s unveiling of the final two notes in the series, one can see not only the unique story that each of the five denominations tells, but the unifying theme that underlies them all — the profound courage, determination, and ingenuity of our nation and its people,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in a statement.

Officially unveiled at the Bank of Canada and from aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the $10 polymer bank note shows a train snaking through the Rocky mountains, while the $5 bill features an astronaut and the Canadarm, a robotic arm used in space assembly. “By giving prominence to Canadian achievements in space, this bank note reminds us that not even the sky is the limit,” said ISS Commander Chris Hadfield.

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Got your university degree — now what? SPARROW McGOWAN Sun Media News Services

As the semester comes to an end, thousands of students will leave the world of academia behind them. To help them make the exciting, but often nerve-wracking, next step, we asked a selection of university career advisers “If you could give one piece of advice to students graduating from university, what would it be?” Here’s what they had to say: • Prepare by asking yourself the ‘why’ questions Graduating from university can be an exciting time as you decide the next step in your career plan. Make time to get to know who you are and explore career options depending on your interests and abilities. Discover your skills, abilities, interests, values and preferences. While starting your career plan, review prior paid and unpaid work, as well as learning and leisure activities. Be able to answer the “so what” and “why” questions. For example, ask yourself the “so what” of completing an undergrad degree in ABC. What skills, abilities or knowledge did you gain from your degree that can transfer to a potential employer? Asking “why” questions will help you develop genuine and meaningful answers. Finding a job takes persistence, creativity, and various job-search strategies. If you know yourself well, you can narrow your occupational choices, create an effective resume, and be confident in interviews. Remember the career planning process is a life-long process. Learn to appreciate the change and uncertainty that accompanies career planning and look for the opportunities that emerge along the way. — Jane MacDonald is the manager of the Student Career Centre and Co-operative Education program at St. Francis Xavier University. • Don’t discount any of your skills Assume all of your skills might be important to employers. Students who have just graduated, especially those with some graduate work behind them, sometimes assume that the skills most clearly related to their academics are the most important. But the skills you didn’t spend as much time on may be the ones that land you your next job. It could be the handful of web pages you designed for student groups or the conference you helped organized, rather than the papers you wrote, that will convince an employer to take a chance on you. Don’t feel obligated to detail your academic work just because you’ve devoted a significant amount of time to it. Of course, in order to figure out what to emphasize, you need to research the jobs you’re interested in. That consists partly of a close reading of job postings, but also happens through participating

in or lurking on relevant professional group discussion boards (such as the kind you can join for free on LinkedIn), joining “real-life” professional organizations, and talking with as many people as you can find who are doing the kind of work you think you might want to do. — Liz Koblyk is the assistant director of the Centre for Career Action at the University of Waterloo. She also blogs on University Affairs’ Careers Cafe, a blog to help you kick-start your career. • PhDs — do your research To the graduating PhDs considering non-academic options: There are many opportunities for flexible thinkers and independent learners in the knowledge economy, but few of these will be found on job posting sites, so don’t spend more than 25 per cent of your job search distributing resumes online. Instead, invest your time in researching organizations involved in activities that you are curious about. You’ll want to answer the following questions: • How does information flow — how do they keep up on what’s new and changing? • How does money flow in that environment — where does it come from and how is it spent? • Who does what — what did they do before this? • Who else is doing this — organizations, competitors? • What’s working well and what’s not? With this information in hand, you will have a much better idea if there is a place for someone like you there and whether or not you would enjoy that environment; you can be more strategic about how to get involved — informally through volunteer work, or formally through a job-contract or ongoing employment; and, most importantly, people in that field will know you exist and how to reach you. — Carolyn Steele is a career development co-ordinator at York University. • Be open to the unexpected My biggest advice for new university graduates is to embrace the chaos that transitioning from one stage of life to another inevitably involves. This comes down to three key points. It’s no longer realistic to expect to have a linear career path, so the first is to avoid overcommitting to long-term plans. In a career context, it’s more beneficial to be short-sighted — to act and react to the variables immediately in front of you. The more skillfully you can navigate short-term goals and contexts, the more likely you are to encounter previously

unexpected opportunities. Of course, being able to recognize and adapt to these unplanned events is crucial, so try to learn to expect the unexpected. This means being open to new experiences and being willing to change direction if necessary. The final ingredient is hope. Without it, the smallest of tasks can seem impossible. With hope comes motivation, perseverance, and action — absolutely necessary elements of any job search. So, to summarize: Forget the plan; expect the unexpected; and stay hopeful! — David Lindskoog is a career adviser at the Simon Fraser University Career Services Centre. • Get moving! My one piece of advice to new graduates is “get to work” — quickly! Finding work is a full-time job and often requires some strategic planning and action — and lots of perseverance, tenacity and courage. Be clear about what you are looking for. Don’t be one of the people that say they are looking for anything. Be strategic on how you can get a job. Who are potential employers? Who could you ask for help? Get out there, meet with people and network. Volunteer for an organization or non-profit — this is a great way to network and develop skills while you are looking. Be “doing” along with “looking.” Be flexible with your expectations. Sometimes casual and part-time jobs, term positions and contracts are great ways to gain some experience. Any experience related to your career will set you on the path for a full time, permanent position. Do something related to your ideal career, do a great job and more opportunities will follow. — Marnie Groeneveld is an employment adviser at the University of Manitoba. And for those who will be back on campus next year, Jane MacDonald offers a tip: “To avoid frustration and to increase success, become an engaged participant in your career planning process early in your degree program. Become a frequent visitor to your campus student career centre.”

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