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COVER

Is a 5.14 per cent property tax increase enough to break the bank for most local homeowners? The City of St. Albert doesn’t think so, as that’s what they’re proposing in the 2013 municipal budget. See story, page 6.

FUN WITH NUMBERS

$8,531,853

That’s how much money Greg Merson, the winner of this year’s World Series of Poker main event, walked away with once the final hand was dealt Tuesday night. The 2012 tournament started on July 7 in Las Vegas with 6,598 players — each paying $10,000 to buy in — and the field was whittled down to a final table of nine by July 16. The total prize pool was over $62 million, with the top 666 players earning prize money.

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

Mayor Nolan Crouse drives through a banner as Coun. Roger Lemieux and SAEDAC chair Ivan Mayer look on to officially open LeClair Way.

Road work wrapping up GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

While wet weather wreaked havoc on the City of St. Albert’s road construction schedule this year, officials are still happy with the amount of work that was done this year. Project manager Sue Howard said that, while not all of the three major road construction projects slated for this year — Veness Road, LeClair Way and Stage 3 of Ray Gibbon Drive — were completely finished, this year’s construction workload was higher than their typical one-road-per-year pace. “They were all either new roads or rehabilitation of a rural road, so it was a lot of work,” Howard said. LeClair Way, which extends 137 Avenue from Sir Winston Churchill Drive to Riel Drive, was completed and opened to traffic on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Veness Road was being upgraded due to the development of Campbell Business Park North and the increased traffic expected there. Howard expects it to open sometime next week. “Both were delayed a little bit because of the rain, but both were within budget,” she said. A portion of Veness Road only received a base layer of asphalt,

though, and while the contractor had hoped to come back and add a top layer, that won’t be possible this year with the weather turning cold and snowy last week. But Howard said that shouldn’t hinder its opening. Stage 3 of Ray Gibbon Drive, which runs from Giroux Road to Villeneuve Road, will have to be completed next year, mainly due to weather delays. “Due to the topography and the fact that it’s actually in a cut — the road is actually lower than the existing ground around it — every time it rained, it filled up,” Howard said. Aside from those construction projects, though, the City also had its hands full with several road rehabilitation projects. The major rehab project was on Mission Avenue, where crews were replacing sewer lines underneath the road near the Northern Alberta Business Incubator building and École Father Jan. The project got pushed back several times due to rainy weather over the summer. Howard said that, with the weather changing, that project will have to extend into next year. “They’re going to continue placing topsoil in the area, so that around the sidewalks, curbs and gutters, it’ll be safe over the winter,”

she said. “In front of the NABI building and up to the school, where they’ve got curbs and the road base is ready, they’re not going to be able to pave within our City standards, so they’re going to bring the gravel up and put a temporary lift of asphalt down. Then they’re going to have to come back next year, rip that asphalt off, blade down the gravel to where it’s meant to be and repave it.” The contractors will not be allowed to start their work next year until the school year is finished. There was also quite a bit of work done this year in Deer Ridge, with a rebuild of Delage Crescent, some overlays done to wrap up an emergency rebuild of Dufferin Street and Dalhousie Street, and the removal of a traffic island at Deer Ridge Drive and Giroux Road. “There were a lot of little things that got deferred from last year that we finished up this year,” Howard said, noting there was also a lane repair in Riel Park that was also completed. Aside from the projects pushed back from this year, on the slate for 2013 are sidewalks along St. Albert Trail from Giroux Road to Villeneuve Road, as well as widening of the road itself in that area.

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A St. Albert man has been sentenced to eight years in prison — less five months for time already served — for his part in a homicide that took place in Gibbons in March 2011. Andrew Pliska, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in a Fort Saskatchewan courtroom Monday in connection with the death of 23-year-old Cameron Petherbridge on March 11, 2011. Pliska was originally charged with first-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. He also pleaded guilty to robbery and two counts of unlawful confinement. An agreed statement of facts in the case states that, although Pliska did not kill Petherbridge, he helped plan the robbery of his home and drove two others to his home, where he knew “violence could occur.” Petherbridge died from a stab wound to the abdomen. He was then left tied up and blindfolded. Pliska and his companions were targeting his roommate in the robbery, who allegedly sold marijuana. Pliska was waiting in the car outside the home when the stabbing occurred. The agreed statement of facts does not say who delivered the lethal stab wound to Petherbridge, identifying the assailant only as a black male.


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Gala aims to open eyes GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The St. Albert Kinettes are hoping to open a few eyes while raising money for their annual Christmas hamper campaign at a gala this weekend. The Kinettes are hosting their first-ever Prince and the Pauper Awareness Gala on Saturday in the Moonflower Room of the Enjoy Centre. The evening will feature a live auction, entertainment, and dinner — with a twist. Hamper campaign chair Sharon Gregresh said that, as guests arrive, they will draw either a black or a clear gemstone out of a bowl before sitting down at their table. Then, just before dinner is served, the master of ceremonies will announce which gemstone gets which dinner — either a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, or tuna casserole. “In our community, you may never know until the last minute if you’re in a position to need help, and you don’t know if your neighbours need help behind their closed doors,” Gregresh explained. Those who get the “pauper” dinner of tuna casserole will also be given a note card to read aloud at their tables on why they may need a Christmas hamper. The idea came about when Gregresh saw a similar event held in San Francisco a couple of years ago, although that “hunger dinner” was more extreme — guests were separated into different areas of the room and there were four classes, with those representing the homeless receiving only bread and water.

“We discussed it here and thought maybe we’re not going to go that extreme ... but it doesn’t mean we don’t have need,” she said. So far, the response has been less enthusiastic than Gregresh had hoped, with only about half the tickets sold as of Tuesday morning. But Gregresh hoped it would turn around, and was very grateful for the support the gala had received from sponsors — especially the Enjoy Centre, who have been great supporters of the event. This is the 46th year the Kinettes have put on their Christmas hamper campaign, and Gregresh said the need continues to grow. “People in St. Albert don’t think there are other people in St. Albert who need help,” Gregresh said. “The need in St. Albert, between all the co-operating parties, could be as high as 450 hampers in any given year.” She added that some people do need hampers each year, but others need them for just one year to get back on their feet after, for example, losing their job or having a loved one pass away. The campaign kicks off at St. Albert Centre on Saturday, Nov. 24, with the annual Fill-A-Bus event happening at grocery stores around the city on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Enjoy Centre has also donated the use of their greenhouse space for the sorting and assembling of hampers from Dec. 1 to 18. Tickets for the Prince and the Pauper Awareness Gala are $85 per person, and are available by calling 780-7029998, emailing stalbertkinettes@gmail.com or visiting Realty Executives Masters at #110, 5 Giroux Rd.

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University of Alberta Golden Bears guard Jordan Baker cuts past two Mount Royal University Cougars in Canadian Interuniversity Sport preseason action Friday at Bellerose Composite High School.

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More time for levy plan GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

City of St. Albert staff and representatives of the development industry need more time to hash out a new plan for offsite levies, city council heard Monday. City staff came before council at their regular meeting Monday to give a report on progress of meetings with the Urban Development Institute to figure out a new framework for offsite levies, which he said was going slower than expected. “If we could shorten the timeframe, we certainly would,” said Todd Wyman, director of the City’s growth initiative team. “But this is a complex undertaking, and we need to do our due diligence.” Wyman said that, at one point, the two sides were looking at a permanent area charge model, but that has since fallen out of favour, at least on the City’s side. “Once we fully understood [the PAC system], we had more questions. We need to look at all the options that are available, not just something that is used in one municipality or another,” Wyman said. “What works best for St. Albert? That’s really what our focus will be on.” Coun. Cathy Heron was frustrated, though, saying she thought a bylaw to bring the changes into effect would be coming sooner

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after council passed a set of 11 principles to guide the review in March. “I maybe believed we were maybe going to see a bylaw this fall. ... It’s been six months, and UDI is saying they could have this done in November, so what is the holdup?” Heron asked. UDI executive director Rick Preston agreed, saying that, although his group still had big concerns about the plan, it could definitely be done in a more expedient manner. “We believe the timeline that’s outlined here can be shrunk significantly,” he said. “We believe we have some solutions and ideas that we can bring to your team.” But general manager of planning and engineering Curtis Cundy defended the timeline staff had laid out. “We want to make sure we provide council with a proper document that lays out the pros and cons, the implications, the resources that are needed to implement it” and many other considerations, he said. Cundy also noted that there are several developers with projects close to getting underway in St. Albert who are not part of UDI, and they need to be involved in the review as well. A “critical path” schedule for the review will come back to council on Nov. 19. Wyman estimated that the bylaw should be back before council by May 2013.

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Emma Kumka, a Grade 4 student from École Marie Poburan, visits with St. Albert Fire Services members during her visit to Fire Station No. 3 on Thursday, Oct. 25 as the winner of the department’s annual Fire Chief for a Day contest.


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Council formally receives 2013 budget GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

More RCMP staffing, the expansion of handibus services and a website overhaul — these are some of the City of St. Albert projects that are likely to push residential property tax increases to 5.14 per cent in 2013. City manager Patrick Draper formally unveiled the 2013 budget to St. Albert city council with a nearly hour-long presentation Monday evening, highlighting some of the successes and challenges of the fiscal plan for the upcoming year. In a break from the budget process in previous years, the business cases in the budget are all ones that administration is recommending be approved; councillors will have to make motions in order to remove them. An increase of 2.32 per cent would be necessary to maintain current service levels. The business cases, if they are all approved, would add another 2.82 per cent

Revenues Expense Efficiencies Base Expenses

to that. Utility rates are also set to increase 6.5 per cent. Draper said that administration projected an extra $5.37 million would be needed next year to maintain existing services, but that was partially offset by $1.1 million in expenditure savings found across City departments and an expected $690,000 in increased revenues from a three per cent increase in user fees.

“Some of the bids are starting to creep up.” Patrick Draper City manager “I must give administration credit for going through all their areas, identifying revenue opportunities and identifying areas where there are some savings,” he said. Draper added in his

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-0.89% -1.47% +6.53%

SUBTOTaL . . . . . . . . . . . $3 .54m . . . . +4 .57% Assessment Increase savings of $1.75M -2.25% SUBTOTaL . . . . . . . . . . . $1 .79m . . . . +2 .32% Proposed Business Cases $2.20M +2.82% SUBTOTaL . . . . . . . . . . . $3 .99m . . . . . +5 .14% 1 per cent increase = approximately $775,000

presentation that the budget was based on oil prices averaging $99.25 per barrel for the year — which affects fuel prices for City vehicles and grant funding from the provincial government — and that construction prices are likely to rise in the coming year. ���We have seen, in the latter part of this summer, some of the bids coming back are starting to creep up somewhat alarmingly,” he said. As for the new business cases, some of the highest priority ones included new staff for the City’s new economic development department, more staff for the local RCMP detachment, natural area assessments in undeveloped land and the expansion of handibus services. Another case calls for the “rationalization” of City websites. “We do have many websites in the City of St. Albert, and we need to rationalize those on a common technology platform and in a way that is easier for residents to find the information they want from us,” he said. There is also a case to start planning for a new youth festival, which Draper was excited about and said could start in 2014. “We tend to have a lot of activity for young people up to the age of 13, but as you get to 13 or 14, the level of what you can do in

for enhancements and renovations at several Cityowned facilities, including the Arden Theatre, Chevigny House this city really starts to drop and local playgrounds. off,” he said. “So we’re Draper also emphasized recommending a business employee attraction and case for a youth festival in retention measures in 2013 to engage youth in his presentation, noting what kind of festival they that the labour market is would like to have — is it showing signs of heating music? Dance? Art? Let’s up again. not have adults design “We are going to what this festival should be a magnet for other be; let’s engage youth municipalities and other Patrick and get them to help us employers trying to take Draper understand what this our employees to fill their City manager festival should be.” jobs,” he said. The proposed The City is planning municipal capital budget calls to conduct an employee satisfaction survey and introduce Graph courtesy City of St. Albert performance-based evaluations for staff at almost every level, as well as centralize training budgets in the human resources department. “[The training budget] is not a cost for the City, but a way of managing our budget so we’re getting a little more bang for our investment,” Draper said. The next step in the budget process is a series of town hall meetings on Nov. 5, 6 and 8 at various locations around the city; visit www.stalbert.ca/participate for details. Council formally begins their deliberations on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and they hope to have the budget approved by Monday, Dec. 17.


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Society serves up breakfast GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Doing the wave Photo: glenn cook, St. Albert leader

Sturgeon Heights School vice-principal Steven Langer waves from the school’s roof as students board their buses Tuesday afternoon. Langer spent the night on the roof as part of a wager with students as part of a magazine sales fundraiser.

Eggs, bacon and affordable housing will all be on the menu at a fundraising breakfast later this month. The St. Albert Housing Society will host their fourth annual HOMEStyle Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the St. Albert Inn and Suites, with proceeds going toward a worthy cause, said society executive director Doris Vandersteen. “We’re raising funds to support families and individuals in the St. Albert community that just need a helping hand,” Vandersteen said. She added that she hopes to have 300 people out for the breakfast to help the society reach its fundraising goal of $1.5 million, which will be put toward purchasing additional affordable housing units in St. Albert and providing sustainable funding to support families in need. Much of this year’s breakfast will focus on the society’s work on 118-unit Big Lake Pointe project, which is slated for completion early

in 2013, with applications opening up a few months before that. It will also focus on the society’s HOMEconnection program, which raises money to help provide houses for three demographic areas:

“We have a long way to go; our work is not done.” Doris Vandersteen St. Albert Housing Society • single-parent families with limited incomes; • victims of domestic violence that need to re-establish a safe home environment; and • seniors living at or below the poverty line. The guest speaker for this year’s breakfast is St. Albert Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Lynda Moffat, who will touch on changing the face of housing in St. Albert. “Lynda is very passionate on this topic,” Vandersteen said. “She is a strong supporter of the need for

housing options in St. Albert for the broad range of economic and socioeconomic situations, and really sees the link between economic development and the ability to have housing for those who work and live in our community.” In the past few years, since the first HOMEStyle breakfast, Vandersteen said there have been “significant strides” made in the city’s affordable housing situation. “We’re seeing Habitat for Humanity with their dedication going on, and different projects with lots of community support,” she said. “Also with Big Lake Pointe opening up and 118 units, of which 78 are affordable, and the basement suite program, the rental assistance program that’s going on. I think we’ve made significant strides, but we have a long way to go; our work is not done.” The St. Albert Housing Society’s fourth annual HOMEStyle Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the St. Albert Inn and Suites. Tickets are $35 each, or a table of eight for $250, and can be purchased through the society’s website at stalberthousing.com.

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OPINION

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Nowhere to go but down

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

@CathyHeron Thanks @stalbertmayor for recognizing #Rotary and #interact in #StAlbert council chambers. Proud to be part of Rotary and proud of our youth

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ou know that old saying, “It’s all downhill from here”? Usually it has a negative connotation, like the current situation is the best things will ever be. But, when it comes to the City of St. Albert’s 2013 municipal budget, it’s quite the opposite. It’s all downhill from here, but that’s a good by Glenn Cook thing. That’s because the City has made a slight tweak to the way it handles the budget process, but that tweak has made a world of difference. The figure of 5.14 per cent has been bouncing around for a few weeks now as the possible property tax increase, but because the City is including all the recommended business cases in that figure and councillors will have the option to take them out, that’s the maximum figure the increase will reach. It can only go down. It’s far less likely this year that some councillor’s pet project will be bumped up from unfunded to funded and that figure will sneak upward to uncomfortable territory. It would be nice to have that number lower than 5.14 per cent, and in all likelihood it will be as council may not see eye-to-eye with administration on which business cases are necessary. It can’t go as low as some would like, though, due to inflationary pressures. Just to maintain the level of service we currently enjoy would take another $5.37 million in 2013. Some might say to cut the service levels, but the calls for council’s heads would be much louder if roads weren’t plowed and sanded in the winter. Already there has been criticism of the budget as a spend-first budget that the City can’t sustain because it doesn’t have the revenue from industrial taxes. But that’s what we’re trying to get by adding and marketing industrial lands, and if we’re shortsighted enough to halt those plans now, we’ll never achieve that goal. Another old saying comes to mind: “You’ve got to spend money to make money.” Really, 5.14 per cent is a modest increase. Yes, there are places to look to cut back, but it’s workable and compares favourably with what other Capital Region municipalities have done over the past few years. Keeping taxes artificially low is a slippery slope, one that could send us hurtling downhill in a hurry.

@badchap Time to put on the snow tires, should have done it last week. #yeg #stalbert

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@Macron123 Dear city of #yeg thank you for proper road clearing now can you phone #stalbert and tell them how thanks

@Lisa_OT Problem with 2 sets of nice neighbours... Who to thank for shovelling your driveway! #stalbert #randomactofkindness

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Public library in quite the groove as of late

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he library is just... CRACKLING right now,” I heard someone tell the mayor recently. He’s right: there’s a snap, a pop, and yes, a crackle about the St. Albert Public Library these days. We’ve got our mojo working. We’re in the zone. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it “flow,” that enjoyable feeling of total immersion in an experience, of connection and involvement. The San Francisco Giants had it this week, sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. You knew it from the first inning of Game 1 when Pablo Sandoval stepped to the plate against the best pitcher in baseball, Justin Verlander. Down two strikes, Sandoval connected with a 94 mph fastball for a mammoth home

Peter

BAILEY SAPL director My City run. The library is connecting too — connecting with our community and getting some solid hits, and the occasional home run. This year, the library is on track to record more than 300,000 in-person visits, to lend more than 900,000 items and to host 50,000 attendees at programs and classes. Beyond the record numbers, there is the feeling that the library is really “cultivating community,” building on our book brand to connect with the community in other ways.

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Citizens understand that their library is a service organization that is about what it does, not only the things it has. And what the library does boils down to the impact on individuals. It is the mum who said of the Summer Reading Game: “This is one of the most exciting nights of my life. My boys didn’t like reading before the summer, but now all they want to do is finish their books so they can come back to the library.” A record 2,100 children registered for the 2012 Summer Reading Game. Or it’s the 80-something senior in a wheelchair who came to the library knowing nothing about computers. With instruction from library training staff, he was soon emailing family back east. He

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has bought his own computer and feels “pretty good” about his life. Libraries change lives. Many seniors have learned how to use computers and the Internet thanks to the library. Or it’s the young man from Chile I met after a reading by Carmen Aguirre, the Canada Reads-winning author, the closing event of the library’s STARFest — the St. Albert Readers Festival. He shook my hand and said “Thank you for bringing her here. This was so important to me.” From age 1 to 101, the library is a “vibrant, welcoming centre of community life, leisure and learning for all.” Our staff, volunteers and friends make it work, but in my city, the people of this community have made their library their own. Owned and operated by

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Q A Q Nickname? A “Irish” - I’m originally from Northern Ireland although many people are

surprised when I tell them as they may not have noticed my accent.

Q Favorite pets or animals? A Dogs - I have a 15 yr old Shih Tzu who is my “baby” and used to own a beautiful Great Pyrenees. My dream dog is a Bernese Mountain dog but I am still in negotiations with my husband about this one...!!!

Q Vacation this year... you’re heading to? A Hopefully Aruba at some point in 2013 - my brother in law just got transferred

with Marriott hotels and we feel “obligated” to visit my niece and nephews there!!!

Q The weekend in St. Albert, what are you doing? A Going to my nephew’s birthday party at the movie theatre, working a shift, going

to a Guy Fawkes gathering (all Saturday), then a long run on Sunday and some R&R

Q Favourite place to eat in St. Albert? A River House Grill - reminds me that it’s been a while since my last visit. Q Your singing out loud

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Q Favorite movie? A ”Love, Actually” - speaks to my British roots and sense of humour, great

soundtrack, and I love the interwoven plots. A must see at Christmas - better dust it off!

Q Favorite hobbies? A Here’s a surprise ... I like to keep active! Trail running from Spring through to

the Fall (especially ultra marathon events in the mountains), cross country skiing in the winter months. I like to cross train with Pilates Reformer, yoga, weights and swimming. I have a bit of an artistic flair but am guilty of not making time for it!

Q What sets you apart in your business? A There are so many!! Aside from the tangible differences of our private club

environment, what sets us apart at SVAC is: 1) Integrity: we stand behind our commitment to a platinum level of service and offer a 30 day “cool off” period – no questions asked. We want our customers to be completely satisfied with the choice they made. 2) Authenticity: we “walk the talk” – our personnel are committed to active lifestyles and work at SVAC because we believe in health promotion. Plus being non-commissioned means there is no sales pressure – our intentions to help you achieve your fitness goals are 100% genuine. 3) Independence: unlike fitness chains and big box facilities, we can adapt and shift gears at a moment’s notice. When customers choose SVAC, it is like shopping local. 4) Community involvement: the Club is involved extensively with local charities, events and service groups. Giving back to the community is important to SVAC – we are very proud of our 16 year history in St. Albert.

Q Favorite thing about St. Albert? A The perceptible sense of community and the passion with which service group

participants strive to improve and maintain it. Also, being distinct from Edmonton, yet in close proximity for major events and venues.

your job? things: the my work owners - all challenges of an in the service days are the same!) to impart change bureaucracy.

Q Great moment you had at work? A There have been many over the years - typically when I have been able to make

a difference to a Club Member by accommodating their needs in a special way or in difficult circumstances. It’s wonderful how you can develop such close relationships with your customers and their families over the years. Peer recognition from the community (e.g winning the Chamber’s Chair and Gazette’s Readers Choice awards in 2011) is also very rewarding - it’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and commitment to weather the challenges of the past 5 years in St. Albert.

Q What’s the one problem customers come to you most often with? A How to keep motivated. It’s a challenge for most people - we all go through

lulls, especially when life gets in the way! To help combat this, we’ve introduced an exciting new electronic loyalty program at SVAC called “Perkville” which rewards Members each time they workout, make a referral, attend a class, make a post on Facebook, and for every dollar spent! It’s highly engaging and has been very well received - so much so that Perkville’s HQ wants to feature SVAC as a case study! Perkville reflects our commitment to innovation and retaining our Club Members

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Rapid transit plan a no-go

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GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

St. Albert Transit’s proposal for a rapid transit master plan never got on track Monday afternoon. StAT director Bob McDonald came before city council on Monday to make a case for a rapid transit plan, which was voted down because councillors felt it was a little too early to deal with. “If this was in front of us in 2015, I’d be OK. But it’s 2013, and without a business case and without detail, I feel it’s a bit too early,” Mayor Nolan Crouse said, also citing a number of transit projects approved in past budgets that have yet to be completed, including bus bench pads and security camera installation. The plan would have cost $250,000 to produce, with the money coming out of the City’s Light Rail Transit/ Bus Rapid Transit Reserve. Rapid transit is generally defined as public transportation options that, unlike conventional buses, are separated from street traffic and can move passengers along quicker. The plan would have looked at what sort of rapid transit vehicle would be best suited for St. Albert and where dedicated corridors or bus lanes could have been located. It also would have taken into account the proposed south park-and-ride station and the possible expansion of Edmonton’s LRT system to St. Albert’s doorstep. But councillors expressed uncertainty over the future of rapid transit in St. Albert, with Coun. Cam Mackay noting that the LRT line from NAIT to St. Albert is not at the top of the City of Edmonton’s list of priorities. “Why would we fund a rapid transit master plan today when we don’t know what we’re planning for in the future?” he said. McDonald defended the plan, saying the need should be looked at sooner rather than later. “We’ve never really tried to do this; we’ve never really tried to come to grips with how we would provide rapid transit within St. Albert,” he said. Councillors Wes Brodhead and Len Bracko did vote in favour of the plan, saying the time to plan for the future is now. “We’ve got a window of opportunity to do this now and set ourselves up for planning how we’re going to introduce rapid transit,” Brodhead said.

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A trio of zombies — (L-R) Marc Laviolette, Lori Savoy and Sean Bedard — looks to make an evening snack out of James Upright during the annual St. Albert Zombie Walk, which started Friday night at the Perron Street clock tower. The ‘zombies’ — most dressed as an undead version of their favourite celebrity — shuffled down Perron Street and through downtown St. Albert before stopping at Lions Park for some Halloween treats. Unfortunately, though, brains were not on the menu.

Tenant sought for Northstar Hyundai Arena GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The “For Rent” sign is up at Northstar Hyundai Arena in Servus Credit Union Place. After the St. Albert Steel skipped town in May to become the Whitecourt Wolverines, the City of St. Albert announced this week that it is looking for a new tenant for the 2,000-seat showcase arena in the recreation facility. “The City has spent several months in consultation with various community stakeholders to determine optimal criteria for a future tenant which is now the foundation for our request for proposals that have been sent out to interested parties,” Mayor Nolan Crouse said in a press release. “This may result in a new tenant or tenants in the future.”

During July and August, City officials met with upward of 30 stakeholders, from minor sports organizations to the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, to gather input on potential future arena tenants. The City subsequently issued a request for proposals, which is open to any interested party and will be judged on the following criteria: • maximizes utilization of the arena and related spaces; • ensures that the solution is supported by the community; • financially neutral or revenue generating (no loss to the City); • builds a long-term partnership; • maintains flexibility for major events and minor sport partner use; and • supports the City’s brand. Aside from the Steel, the arena also hosted the Edmonton Drillers of the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League

during the 2008 season. It also regularly hosts St. Albert Miners lacrosse games and St. Albert Heavenly Rollers roller derby games during the summer months. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 20. Anyone interested in submitting a proposal should contact Bruce Everitt, the City’s manager of purchasing services, at 780459-1669. Meanwhile, Servus Place is boasting a new addition thanks to the legacy of the Alberta 55-Plus Winter Games, which were held in the city in 2011. Thanks to $40,000 in legacy funds from the games, a new single stall washroom has been installed along the third-floor running track in the facility. Servus Place officials said the project had been a high priority for some time, and chosen because the track is used heavily by patrons 55 and older.


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Singer spreads her message at schools

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GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A young country music singer visited a couple of local schools last week to inspire students with both her words and her music. Grande Prairie-born singer Tenille, 18, brought her Play It Forward tour to both J.J. Nearing Elementary School and Elmer S. Gish Elementary/Junior High on Thursday, Oct. 25, to hopefully spark them to take on more of leadership roles both in their schools and their communities. The response so far, she said, has been overwhelmingly positive. “My favourite part is watching them light up when you talk about being passionate, being a leader, and what it is have those things, to get that spark, to make a difference in the world, knowing that one person through simple acts of kindness can honestly make the world a better place,” Tenille said, noting that she signed more than 200 autographs following the show at J.J. Nearing that morning. “Just watching them realize that is so amazing.” J.J. Nearing principal Jan Maslyk said that the concert matched up incredibly well with the school’s main focus for the year of finding kids’ strengths and igniting their passions. “When we heard about her, I thought we were drawing inspiration from the same source, but we weren’t at all,” she said. “But it was like a total fit.” The concert also coincided nicely with We Day, a leadership event featuring big-name speakers and musical acts, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, to which J.J. Nearing sent 22 students. The tour started on Oct. 15 in Peace River, and will take Tenille to schools around northern Alberta until mid-November. The idea for the tour came about as she sat around the kitchen table with her parents, mapping out her future. “It came out of a breakdown, to be honest — do I go to post-secondary education? All these thoughts rolling around; what do I do?” she said. “I was so excited when this idea came. I just love playing at schools. These audiences are my favourite. I just love it.” At each school the tour visits, one to three students are pre-selected to be recognized during the show for their leadership efforts and have their names entered into a draw for $10,000 to be put toward a charity of their choice and an in-school charity program. Tenille said that, even though country music may not be the preferred genre of many students in the audience, she still believes the message is getting through. “Sometimes there’s no genres; there’s just music,” she said. “Especially in schools,

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

Country singer Tenille performs at Elmer S. Gish School on Thursday, Oct. 25.

they’re really accepting that way. Instead of saying, ‘We listened to country music today,’ they say, ‘We listened to music and we heard a message, and it was fun.’ To me, that’s what music should be about.” In addition to her tour, Tenille also founded the Big Hearts for Big Kids charity in 2010, which has since raised $194,000 for Sunrise House, the only emergency youth shelter north of Edmonton. For that work, she received the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Country Music Assocation. “That was an insane honour. I’ll never forget receiving that phone call and bawling my eyes out,” she said. “It was such an honour to be recognized in an industry that’s filled with humanitarians. Country music, I love that it leads itself to reach out to people and has that kind of energy and atmosphere.” Tenille started singing in local festivals when she was just five years old, but got into songwriting and decided to try and make a career out of it when she was 13. “My grandparents bought me my first guitar, and I started writing songs instantly and just feeling that really cool connection of being able to share music,” she said. And while this year’s Play It Forward tour is staying in her home province, Tenille hopes to take it farther and wider, starting next year. “We’re planning to expand this, probably starting in Ontario,” she said. “It’ll kick off in March, and our plan is to work our way all across Canada until June. It’ll be a busy couple of months, but I would just love to wake up and do this every day.”

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ENTERTAINMENT

Diversity concert adds national talent the Command Sisters, a young country music duo out of Stony Plain. Organizers of this year’s Unity “They do a lot of community in Diversity concert are bringing service as well, for Oxfam and the a little bit of national talent to the Stollery Children’s Hospital,” Zeitz stage this year. said. The St. Albert Baha’i are getting New this year is the addition of set for their 19th annual concert, spoken word poetry performances taking place Saturday at the Arden to the concert. Featured will be Theatre and Titilope Sonuga, headlined by a 27-year-old Edmonton’s civil engineerForestier Family turned-poet — mom Marie, who grew dad Michel and up in Lagos, eight-year-old Nigeria, before Renie Zeitz Jack on the immigrating Concert organizer fiddle — who to Canada at stole plenty of the age of 13. hearts and votes earlier this year Sonuga recently won a poetry on Canada’s Got Talent. contest put on by the Edmonton “I saw [Jack] play at Edmonton Journal for a chance to meet city hall, and there were people activist and writer Maya Angelou walking along the upper walkways, prior to her presentation at the by the windows. And as he was Winspear Centre in Edmonton last playing, they were coming down week. like he was the Pied Piper,” said “It sounds like she’s quite a organizing committee member strong performer,” Zeitz said. Renie Zeitz. “He’s so natural. He “She has quite a powerful stage doesn’t worry; he just gets up there. presence.” ... He can really make that violin Also on hand will be the sing.” Edmonton Chinese Cultural Also taking the stage are Heritage and Arts Society with an

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

“It’s kind of like a gift to the community.”

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Edmonton poet Titilope Sonuga, who immigrated to Canada from Nigeria at age 13, brings her style of poetry to this year’s Unity in Diversity concert, being put on by the St. Albert Baha’is on Saturday at the Arden Theatre. all-girls drum band and a good luck dance. Returning performers include the Edmonton Festival Ballet — who wowed the crowd last year by soldiering on through their performance even after their music cut out — and the Phillipine Barangay Performing Arts Society.

Having such a wide range of performers only serves to reinforce the Unity in Diversity theme, Zeitz said. “It’s a really rich diversity this year,” she said. She added that the concert’s reputation continues to grow and people continue to spread good word of mouth about it. “We’ve had people phone saying they hadn’t heard much about it yet and [asking] when it’s happening,” Zeitz said. “One woman said she invited 10 of her friends, and another said she invited a bunch of her friends, so I think people are letting other people know about it.” CTV meteorologist Josh Classen

will once again handle the MC duties for the evening. This being the 19th annual Unity in Diversity concert, Zeitz said they try to make it bigger and better each year, which keeps the crowds coming back. “It’s kind of like a gift to the community,” she said. “We know that people are one, and they make up the whole of humanity, but there’s a diversity and it’s rich, and it’s good to celebrate it.” The Unity in Diversity concert takes place at the Arden Theatre on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each plus fees and are available through Ticketmaster and the Arden box office.

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The Edmonton Festival Ballet is one of several acts returning this year for the Unity in Diversity concert at the Arden Theatre.


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Harder cultivates new show at AGSA

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Author Carmen Aguirre looks out on the crowd gathered to hear her speak during the St. Albert Readers Festival at the St. Albert Public Library on Sunday. Aguirre won the 2012 Canada Reads competition with her book Something Fierce.

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As winter sets in here in Alberta, the Art Gallery of St. Albert wants to transport patrons to the sunny climes of the south of France. The gallery’s newest exhibition, Under cultivation, opens today (Thursday), a series of idyllic and incredibly detailed painting and drawings of southern French landscapes done by Keith Harder, chair of the fine arts department at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus in Camrose. “In the process of painting this, something about understanding our way of being generally in the world can come across, or at least I’m trying to investigate that kind of meaning,” Harder said, “the meaning that can come through paying attention to something by looking at it for a long time. ... What I’m offering is a slice of life, really.” Harder found himself in the south of France during a sabbatical, and completed most of the paintings in 2008 and 2009. He said he was looking for a rural setting he was unfamiliar with as a follow-up to an earlier series of paintings, titled Under the Weather, which depicted scenes of rural Alberta. “That series dealt with the Alberta landscape and the rural economy; it was pictures of farms in the vast scenery of rural Alberta,” he said. “So I was taking that set of eyes to a place that was unknown to me. Alberta is the place I grew up, so I wanted to see what I would see if I took that whole idea into the landscape of another place.” He chose southern France and its many vineyards — a stark contrast to the ranching and grain farming seen in Alberta — as his setting somewhat out of convenience, as he had friends there who had accommodations he could use. “It could have been elsewhere. It could have been anywhere,” he said, noting that, during his sabbatical, he also rented a car and toured southern Spain. His paintings feature an incredible amount of detail and play with perspective and light nearly perfectly to render an amazingly lifelike scene on canvas. Harder said such detail stems from the intense study of his subjects and really paying attention to the scene, which he hopes those who come out to see his paintings do as well. “I can give the viewer something to look at as well and reflect on, so I can keep them in front of the painting so that what it is that is the art of it can come through,” he

Photo: glenn cook, St. Albert leader

Painter and art professor Keith Harder display a pair of works that will be part of his exhibit at the Art Gallery of St. Albert until Dec. 1. said. “It’s a quiet kind of a thing; you have to pay attention to the art as I pay attention to whatever it is I’m looking at to get the meaning of it.” As Under the Weather was a series of paintings, Harder always envisioned Under cultivation to be a series as well. But while the former depicted one scene from each month of a year, the latter doesn’t have the same structure. “I didn’t have a set number involved. But I knew it would be several,” he said. This is not the first time Harder has shown at the AGSA; in 2004, his work was part of a group exhibition at the gallery, then known as Profiles Public Art Gallery. And from 2002 to 2004, his work was part of a touring exhibition that landed at the gallery for a spell. He said that the reason he keeps coming back to St. Albert is simple. “Well, they invite me,” he said. “You go where you’re welcome, and they have been interested in the kind of thing that I do. I think that I do will be interesting to their constituency. So I’ll take the show when they offer it.” Under cultivation runs at the AGSA until Dec. 1. The opening reception is tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m.


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HEALTH

Marwaha gives out the raw truth GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Preet Marwaha wants to give people the raw truth on the food they eat. Marwaha, one of the founders of OrganicLives in Vancouver, is heading to Amaranth Whole Foods Market in the Enjoy Centre on Sunday to give a presentation of the power of raw food and the nutritional benefits it can bring. A raw food diet may sound extreme, but Marwaha said it doesn’t have to be that scary. “On the outset, it does sound extreme, because there are people in the movement or the industry that make it really extreme. But it doesn’t need to be,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s kind of the perception in the public, but that’s what we’re going to try to get away from. We want to get people to understand what it really means, this whole raw food thing.” OrganicLives is, according

to its website, “an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting organic, sustainable, fairly traded food that is good for the body and good for the planet.” It has two locations in Vancouver where patrons can pick up both retail goods and prepared meals. Marwaha began his own raw food journey some 22 years ago, when he was very sick and had to make some drastic changes in his life. “I was down to 109 pounds. My skin had turned all yellow, and my hair had turned grey,” he said. “I ended up changing the way I was eating and living, cured myself, and became really obsessed with food and nutrition, the science behind it, how it connects to our bodies, how it impacts the planet,” he added. Today, he’s back up to a healthy 160 pounds, and is even getting the colour back in his hair. He credits his raw food diet with saving his life, and has noticed a

few more health benefits along the way. “I can honestly say that I feel like I’m reversing age. The older I get, the more energy I have, the more strength, the more endurance,” he said. “You think better. You think clearer. I sleep better. Every year it improves.” Marwaha admits that a diet consisting completely of raw foods isn’t for everyone, but there is a range of how far people can go with it, and usually a fit for most people somewhere in there. “[If] you’re in a situation where you’ve got a health issue or a crisis, then you might want to jump in with both feet, go 100 per cent and be really diligent,” he said. “But for the average person who just wants to get healthier and eat better, you don’t need to go to 100 per cent at all.” But even if those who come out don’t turn to raw food themselves, Marwaha still hopes he gets a few simple and important messages

across. “It’s really about trying to get an understanding and foundation for food, understanding the basics of food, nutrition — what is nutrition and how do I get it? What are the best forms and sources?” he said. “That’s the foundation of what I’m going to talk about, getting that understanding out. ... Second is just the simplicity around food, how simple it is to create amazing food without having to break the bank or get really complicated and spend hours in the kitchen.” “Whether you want to do this for maintaining a good weight, or from an athletic perspective, or to be a better student, the health benefits are completely across the board,” he added. Preet Marwaha presents The Power of Raw Food on Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Park Room at the Enjoy Centre. Admission is $15 per person, and each registered guest

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Preet Marwaha chalks his health up to a raw food diet, and will present on its benefits Sunday afternoon.

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Opening up on osteoporosis

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A woman who notices that her height is shrinking is an obvious red flag for osteoporosis, says a University of Alberta doc. However, it’s not the only sign of diagnosing the brittle-bone disease, says Dr. Sumin Majumdar. “One of the worst problems in Canada right now is untreated osteoporosis,” he said. The disease, which costs roughly $1 billion to Canada’s health care system, is dangerous mostly because sufferers don’t realize they have it. “Two-thirds of spinal fractures are asymptomatic,” Majumdar said. “But chest X-rays do reveal small fractures in spines. These small fractures increase the likelihood of a future fracture 20-fold.” The problem with this form of diagnoses, Majumdar said, is only six per cent of people that get X-rays revealing these fractures actively pursue treatment, as they do not come in to be tested for osteoporosis, but a sore back or trouble breathing. So Majumdar and his team reached out to physicians and patients to open the lines of communication and have a real impact on these numbers. Majumdar’s team found that when patients are encouraged to take an active role

in the health of their bones, and resources are made available to them, the six per cent jumps to 70 per cent. From there patients can be instructed about what is necessary to stop, or even reverse, the damage that has been done to their bones. “It’s not complicated. If you give any doctor a multiple choice exam, they would all get 100 per cent,” Majumdar said. “The problem is everyone considers this to be just a normal part of aging.” And the treatment for osteoporosis is fairly simple once diagnosed. Treatments include taking in more calcium and vitamin D as well as highimpact exercise such as jogging or intensive walking for 30 minutes three times per week. Majumdar also recommended medications such as Bisphophanates to help strengthen bones. If properly implemented, Majumdar estimates that this notification system could save the health-care system an average of $1,000 per patient. But more importantly it could drastically increase patients’ quality of life. “We used to call (osteoporosis) the silent thief,” he said. “In a recent survey, 80 per cent of people said they would rather be dead than be immobile in a nursing home because of a faulty hip.”


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The Soviet Union launches the first animal into space — a dog named Laika — aboard Sputnik 2.

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Rapper, producer and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs is born in Harlem, N.Y.

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At age 45, George Foreman becomes the oldest heavyweight boxing champion in history, defeating 26-year-old Michael Moorer in Las Vegas.

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Kentucky-born lawyer Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States.

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BUSINESS

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Despite the pending release of polymer $20 bills, Canadians have up to two years to empty their pockets and bank accounts of paper versions. Printed on a plastic-based, longer-lasting material developed in Australia in the 1980s, the new bills will be issued starting Nov. 7. With about $800 million worth of 20s circulating, Bank of Canada spokesman Julie Girard said the public, vending and cash machine firms need time to get comfortable with the latest version. “We’re not going to have all of these changed over to polymer immediately,” she said. Even with two private security printers producing stock well in advance, “it’s going to take a little while ... one to two years.” Most of Canada’s 500,000 bank machines dispense $20 bills and “the majority of those machines will be ready, but not all,” Girard said. Unveiled in May, promoting the new notes as replacements for current paper versions is essential because about half the $1.6 billion in circulating currency are 20s. The new notes have several anti-counterfeiting innovations that include see-through “windows” that are difficult for crooks to duplicate, a holographic metallic strip beside each central portrait and a

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Starting next week, the Bank of Canada will issue new polymer $20 bills, following on the heels of new $50 and $100 bills that started circulating over the last year. The notes include several anti-counterfeiting features. watermark reproducing the featured person’s portrait. “These notes are among the most secure in the world,” Girard said, adding 85 per cent of Canadians surveyed “said switching from paper to polymer was a good move.” Former prime minister Sir Robert Borden’s revamped portrait is on the $100 polymer notes introduced last year. William Lyon Mackenzie King’s

revised portrait is on the red $50 note introduced this March. An updated depiction of Queen Elizabeth II is at the centre of the new 20s. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial honouring First World War soldiers who captured Vimy Ridge in France is on the back. Designs for new $5 and $10 bills are slated for release late next year.

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Oilers workers stay in the game

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Call it making the most out of a bad situation. While NHL brass try to get the skates moving, the Edmonton Oilers are trying to keep their employees busy — even if that means lending them to other companies. No NHL action on the ice at Rexall Place has meant little to do for some within the Edmonton Oilers organization. But rather than line up the chopping block, the Oil have offered up their employees’ skills to charities and other companies in the city. “Our crew started to reach out to companies in the Edmonton area and offered up resumes of some skilled people as a way of helping them as a way of helping them out,” said the team’s COO Patrick LaForge. “This way we don’t lose good employees, and we’ll retain those skills. The employee gets a full salary through the lockout, and we have an opportunity to bring them back.” October is typically the start of the regular season for

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NHL, and typically Tony Bao would be overseeing the endless ticket sales that come with a team like the Oilers. But these days he’s at the Winspear Centre, in charge of ticket sales for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. “I’ve been gaining a lot of valuable experience while at the same time applying what we know from the Edmonton Oilers,” said Bao. “It’s also exciting because I’m a huge music fan so it’s been great.” And while all within the organization were able to escape layoffs and pay cuts, senior management wasn’t so fortunate. LaForge said he and the rest of the management team have taken a salary cut while the work stoppage is in place. “I’d rather not talk about (how much), but there is no NHL revenue coming in. It’s reality,” he said. “Financially you have to spread the money around. I’d rather not take a cut if you’re asking, but that’s what leadership is. We’re all in it together.” In all, 20 people have been placed at partner organizations like the Christmas Bureau, Winspear Centre, and West Edmonton Mall.

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