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GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Remembrance Day . . . 12 Entertainment . . . . . 14 Technology . . . . . 24 Health . . . . . . . 27 Fun & Games . . . 28-29 Business . . . . . . 30 . . . . 31


Sarah Anderson, who plays Paulette in the St. Albert Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, gets to know her co-star, a 10-month-old bulldog named Winston, at a recent photocall at Sculptures Hair Studio in Edmonton. The curtain rises on the musical on Thursday, Nov. 22. See story, page 14.



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It was a tale of two town halls for St. Albert city council this week. The City of St. Albert hosted a pair of town hall meetings — Monday at Sir George Simpson Junior High School and Tuesday at St. Albert Catholic High School — to gather feedback from the public on the proposed 2013 municipal budget, with the atmosphere and the issues raised differing quite a bit between the two. While residents who attended Monday’s meeting focused largely on property taxes and fiscal responsibility, Tuesday saw a wide range of social issues take the spotlight, from volunteerism to affordable housing. “[Monday] night, it was really specific about taxes being too high. Tonight, one table was like that, but the rest of them were all about, this is what we need to do in the community, this is what means something to me, how do we bring value to the community,” said Coun. Wes Brodhead after Tuesday’s meeting. “It wasn’t so much about the dollars.” Monday’s focus was mainly on the 5.14 per cent property tax increase that the 2013 budget proposes if all 38 business cases contained therein are approved. “[People felt] it was just unsustainable in the long run,” Brodhead said Monday. In total, those business cases would add nearly 22 full-time equivalent employees to the City’s workforce, which many residents felt was excessive. “It seemed like there were a lot of individual wish lists,” said local resident Tom Lee. “Are those positions within St. Albert that are [necessary]? Are they lacking? Did they disappear? Is there anything they can do interdepartmentally to see if those skill sets exist and they just don’t know about it?” “That is a big change from what we’ve done in the past, so we’ll see how that develops,” Coun. Cam MacKay said. Other touchy subjects Monday included the hiring of more RCMP officers, snow clearing and an expected 6.5 per cent increase in utility rates. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the discussion seemed to focus more on things like affordable housing and social services for seniors and youth. “Affordable housing, we grind that axe forever and ever and ever, and no one does anything

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Coun. Cam MacKay listens to residents’ concerns during Monday’s budget town hall meeting at Sir George Simpson Junior High School.

about it. Nobody’ll touch it,” said resident Lawrence Burt. “Something’s wrong there.” “At two tables, housing came up — how do we bring youth into this community, or better yet, how do we keep our youth in this community,” Brodhead added, noting initiatives are already underway to increase housing densities and decrease lot sizes. “That’ll go a long way in providing the housing stock people can afford.” Part of the shift in focus may have been due to co-sponsors for the evening. On Monday, the sole co-host was the Community Services Advisory Board, and even then, Lee — who sits on the CSAB — said that, once he got in the room, his board hat came off. “When I sat down, I did so as a citizen more than anything else,” Lee said. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s meeting was cohosted by five different community groups — the St. Albert Kinsmen, the St. Albert Youth Community Centre, the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert, the St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre, and the St. Albert Public Library — and each had several representatives present. “The value [of co-hosting] is being able to bring the community together in all its diversity,” said Glynis Thomas, CIVC executive director, “and be able to hear that a lot of the issues that are important to individuals in the community are shared by many.”

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A big change at these town hall meetings was the format. Rather than the usual open microphone style, the meetings were conducted using a roundtable format that saw one councillor sit with three to eight members of the public for about 10 minutes each before rotating to the next table. Brodhead said Monday it was “a bit quick,” but said he still was able to gather the concerns fired his way to take into consideration as budget deliberations unfold. “You heard their heart; people weren’t afraid to talk,” he said. “The issues that were important to them, they were able to express.” CSAB chair Serena Shaw agreed that the roundtable format had both its pros and cons. “People who are more shy have the opportunity to be heard, and could speak in a little bit more of a closed environment,” Shaw said Monday. “However, we did feel that the conversation sometimes got a little bit pressed, because you wanted to talk about the same things to the different councillors who came to your table.” The last of the three scheduled town hall meetings goes tonight (Thursday) at the St. Albert Youth Community Centre in Grandin Park Plaza, starting at 6:30 p.m. and will be cohosted by the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Alberta Business Incubator Society, the St. Albert Taxpayers Association and the St. Albert Housing Society.


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Toys for Tickets unwraps 4th year GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Drivers can once again spread Christmas cheer this year while getting off the hook for parking violations thanks to a City of St. Albert program. The City’s Toys for Tickets is back for a fourth year this year, with the municipal enforcement services division collecting new unwrapped toys worth more than $25 as payment for local parking tickets. The toys collected will go to St. Albert Transit’s Fill-A-Bus campaign and the St. Albert Kinettes’ Christmas hamper campaign. Last year, more than $2,800 worth of toys were collected. “[Those toys] put huge smiles on the faces of kids in our community,” said City peace officer program supervisor Stu Fraser in a press release. “We received toys from people who didn’t have parking violations

and in one instance toys valued at $136 were exchanged for one parking ticket.” Tickets must be issued between Nov. 15 and 30 to be eligible to be paid with a toy; the toys must be received by Dec. 7. The toys must be new and in their original packaging, worth more than $25 with a receipt provided at the time of payment. The toys must also be appropriate for children up to 16 years old. “It’s extremely important, especially at this time of year, that we care for and support families in our community that are less fortunate,” Mayor Nolan Crouse said in a press release. “Toys for Tickets is an innovative approach that makes Christmas a little bit brighter for residents across our community.” Similar programs have run in Vancouver, Red Deer and Fort St. John, B.C.

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Social update going well

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Progress on a new Social Master Plan for the City of St. Albert is being made at a substantial rate, officials told city council this week. Despite being under the weather, Family and Community Support Services director Scott Rodda was at St. Albert city council’s regular meeting Monday afternoon to update councillors on the strides taken so far in developing the plan, which will help set the direction for social planning policies in the community and respond to emerging social issues. “I’m quite excited because I think we — the committees that have been working on this — have just done a tremendous job so far,” Rodda said. That was music to councillors’ ears, especially Coun. Cathy Heron, who has spearheaded the Social Master Plan project. “This has always been a pet project of mine, and it’s proceeding much better than I ever could have dreamed or hoped,” she said. “It’s fun to watch because the public

input is different than anything I’ve ever seen before.” The latest phase in the development of the plan was to gather input from the community through “conversations” on what sort of issues they felt are prevalent in St. Albert and would need to be addressed. Part of that process was a session with about 30 teenagers held one Saturday morning in September at St. Albert Catholic High School. Other ideas have been gathered during what Rodda called “table talk conversations,” held across residents’ kitchen tables over coffee. Surveys were also mailed out to churches and minor sports organizations. The top four values of importance identified by residents were: • having a sense of belonging in the community; • knowing one’s neighbours; • having an opportunity to provide feedback in civic decisions; and • having the opportunity to participate in community activities. There were also 12 themes identified as the most important

to residents and service providers, which ranged from housing to bullying and from vandalism to volunteerism. Those themes, Rodda added, align very well with the themes that have been identified by the Alberta government as it continues to plug away at its own social policy framework. The next step in the process gets underway right away, as about 30 community members — from councillors to service providers to residents at large — will get together Friday to try and synthesize all the data collected down to a set of goals that the City can strive to meet. “We’re going to take all that data and try to make sense of it,” Rodda said. He added that the Social Master Plan will also take into account other master plans the City has, and hopefully integrate with them seamlessly. There will be one more progress report back to council after the next phase of the plan’s development is complete, and Rodda said he hopes to have a final report to council ready in early 2013.

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Art grants OK’d

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A new City of St. Albert arts grant program got the green light from city council Monday after a few revisions and rewrites. Councillors unanimously approved the Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists Legacy Program Monday afternoon, which will give young artists aged 13 to 21 a chance to attend conferences and events that could further their professional arts careers. The program first came before council in September, but council sent it back to administration to tighten up some of the language in the policy and write in a maximum amount. “St. Albert is known as the Botanical Arts City and establishing a long-term direction of the vibrancy and sustainability of St. Albert’s arts, culture and heritage is a council priority,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse in a press release. “The grant program is another way we are helping young artists during the crucial early stages of their career to help build a strong foundation for

their future success.” Individuals may now apply for up to $500, while groups may apply for $1,000. Application intakes will happen once a year in April. Preference will be given to new applicants, and the recipients will be determined by a subcommittee of the St. Albert Celebrates the Arts Committee. The grant program uses the $19,617 surplus from the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Artists Awards, which were held in St. Albert in April 2011, plus another $1,000 to be added to the principal by the City each year. The interest earned on that amount will be the total available under the grant program each year. Cultural services director Kelly Jerrott said in the same press release that the grant program lines up with the City’s cultural master plan. “We are fortunate in St. Albert to have the talent, the community support and the City programs needed to ensure that the artistic talents in our community are nurtured, promoted and allowed to shine, both at home and away,” she said.

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Few solutions for Henday traffic noise GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A year after the northwest leg of Anthony Henday Drive opened, some St. Albert residents want something done about the traffic noise coming from the ring road. But both the City of St. Albert and the Alberta government say there’s little that can be done. Mayor Nolan Crouse exchanged emails with several residents in the Akinsdale subdivision over the weekend with regards to their complaints about the noise coming from Anthony Henday Drive. Residents in the area say the noise travels across the open field between the road and their property lines and straight into their bedroom windows, disrupting their sleep. Unfortunately, though, the Alberta government — which has jurisdiction over the Transportation Utility Corridor lands on which the road is built — conducted noise testing in several backyards in the area, and the report from Acoustical Consultants Inc., which Crouse provided to residents, found that noise levels fall below the 65-decibel threshold that would have to be met before noise attenuation measures are undertaken. Crouse said that, despite the stalemate, he’s sympathetic to the residents’ plight. “Council was right there with the lobby plan in 2007 for Newman College; we were very supportive of that,” he said, referring to a deal the province struck to buy and demolish Newman Theological College in order to move the ring road alignment further south. “But we have to stick to our

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knitting, and our knitting is within our own boundaries.” Alberta Transportation spokesperson Nancy Beasley Hosker said that her department has responded to a number of inquiries about the traffic noise in the area, but neither their measurements of current noise levels nor their noise modeling — using future projected traffic volumes to estimate noise levels down the road — indicate levels that will require action. “The testing has always shown that the levels fall below the 65-decibel threshold,” she said, noting that 65 decibels is a standard used across North America. While some residents have suggested planting a wall of conifer trees on a berm between Andrew Crescent and Campbell Road as a possible quick fix, both Crouse and Beasley Hosker said that’s not feasible. “It sounds like an easy way out for us, but we have no rights or obligations or responsibilities within that Transportation Utility Corridor,” Crouse said. “I haven’t gone out and determined what the distance is between the utility corridor and people’s back fences, but there’s really not much of a right-of-way. ...I don’t think that we’re going to find city council interested in spending money doing noise attenuation within that corridor. That’s the province’s responsibility.” “Because it is the Transportation Utility Corridor, trees are not really compatible with the current or the future utilities, such as overhead power lines or underground utilities,” Beasley Hosker said. “In both cases, the trees would need to be removed prior to the installation of utilities.”

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he road to hell, it is said, is paved with good intentions, and the City of St. Albert surely had the best of intentions when it changed the format of its budget town hall meetings this week. But if the City keeps going down this road in future town hall meetings, it could by Glenn Cook catch hell from upset residents. Rather than the usual format of one resident at a time taking a turn at the microphone to ask a question directly to all council members, the town hall meetings held Monday at Sir George Simpson Junior High School and Tuesday at St. Albert Catholic High School utilized a “roundtable” or “speed dating” format, with individual councillors rotating between tables with three to eight residents at each. City officials said at the outset of Monday’s meeting that their goal was to maximize the face time residents had with each member of council, which certainly sounds noble. But, in reality, the format was deeply flawed. Tuesday’s attempt fared better than Monday’s, but the chatter of six tables talking at the same time still made it difficult to hear many questions and responses. Residents wound up asking the same question to different councillors, and given that many of the homeowners who showed up had similar concerns, councillors ended up answering the same questions over and over again. The time at each table was also far too short, 10 minutes. at most. Monday’s meeting started well after the advertised 6:30 p.m. start time, and a presentation by city manager Patrick Draper ate into the valuable table talk time. Conversations were only just starting at tables when councillors had to uproot themselves and go on to the next table. Of course, the usual open mic town hall format has its flaws as well. Sometimes it’s frustrating to see the same people take the floor over and over again in this format, and it can be intimidating for shy folks to get up and voice their concerns in front of such a large crowd. But it results in fewer redundancies, and gives everyone a chance to hear every answer. The open mic format has its drawbacks, but overall it seems to be the more inclusive and more democratic choice.

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evenues from the annual Poppy Campaign put on by the St. Albert branch of the Royal Canadian Legion have increased as the city population has risen, with the support of many businesses and organizations, the assistance of volunteers and the generosity of the residents of St. Albert and the surrounding district. That support, assistance and generosity helps veterans and the community in diverse ways. Many commercial outlets support the campaign, and are very co-operative in permitting placement of poppy boxes in their establishments. Volunteer veterans and legion members promote our citizens’ charitable kindness by


MOSTYN Poppy Campaign chair My City doing daily poppy “routes,” both placing poppies and collecting donation boxes at these locations. St. Albert responds with overwhelming support as those poppy boxes accumulate more and more bills and coins. Other volunteers count coins, organize wreaths and, when able, speak in schools and seniors’ centres to commemorate the lives of those who fought for our freedom, and to ensure public awareness of the price of that freedom. Additionally, local Air Cadets and Army Cadets sell poppies during

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the “blitz.” The military and the City of St. Albert supply a sound system and route access, respectively. Finally, our Poppy Chair and parade co-ordinator are both volunteers, as are all the parade and service participants at the cenotaph every Nov. 11. All who wear a poppy are visually illustrative of the level of public support, whether or not they attend the service. St. Albert’s generosity culminates annually to bring our Poppy Campaign to a successful conclusion, ensuring our continued support to multiple causes. The public’s donations are placed in trust in the Poppy Fund. In the past year, this fund has assisted veterans, supported Glenrose Hospital

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More questions than answers in report GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A St. Albert family has more questions than answers after the findings of a fatality inquiry into their daughter’s death were released to the public Friday. Samantha Martin died on Dec. 3, 2006, at the age of 13, coping with a rare genetic disorder called Tetrasomy 18p all her life. But the inquiry could not definitively determine whether seizures caused by that disorder, the care Samantha received in a foster home, or another factor was the ultimate cause of her death. “I find that the manner of death was natural, and that the cause of death may well have been a seizure, but due to the absence of evidence, it is not possible to say that this was the probable cause of death,” wrote Judge Marilena Carminati in the fatality inquiry report. The report also cites the testimony of former Alberta chief medical examiner Dr. Graeme Dowling, who told the inquiry that, in reviewing Samantha’s autopsy report, he did not have enough information to say precisely what happened, although he did say one possibility might be a seizure. The only other possibility Dowling gave any weight to was that impacted fecal material in Samantha’s bowel may have “rubbed away just the inner lining of the bowel, allowing bacteria to seep into the bloodstream, even though there was no perforation, leading to sepsis and death.” Carminati goes on in the report to make several recommendations to prevent similar deaths, including: • ensuring Children’s Services case workers overseeing foster children have “accurate and up to date information from a reliable medical source about the child’s disability and in particular, the impact, if any, of the disability on the health, weight, and fragility of the child”; • enhancing current policies to ensure foster children are receiving regular medical checkups and possible issues are not overlooked; • ensuring processes are in place to follow up “in an effective and meaningful way” on medical concerns brought up from sources outside the family, like schools; and • ensuring case workers have reasonable workloads so they have

time to document and follow up on medical needs of foster children. Samantha’s parents, Velvet and John Martin, received a copy of the inquiry’s findings a couple of weeks ago, before it was made public Friday, but Velvet said she felt there was nothing in the report that would have changed the situation Samantha was in or anything similar. “All it’s underscoring is the fact that the policies that are in place, the judge has said you really need to do them. They haven’t been doing them all along so what it actually should say is there are repercussions if you don’t do your job,” Velvet told the Edmonton Sun. “I look at it and go, ‘OK, a lot of the truth is revealed but at the same token, nothing has been done.’” SAMANTHA’S STORY Samantha Lauren Martin was born June 4, 1993. She was soon diagnosed with Tetrasomy 18p, a rare genetic condition in which the short arm of the 18th chromosome appears four times in body cells rather than just twice. Symptoms vary from case to case, but it can lead to abnormalities in the head and face, malformations of the spine, hands and feet, difficulty with motor skills and developmental delays, including limited speech and behaviour problems. Many patients also have gastrointestinal problems, but are usually not especially thin or frail. When she was only seven weeks old, Velvet and John placed Samantha in foster care, believing she would get better care in a foster home than she could with them. Samantha was placed with the Himschoot family near Morinville. When she was three years old, the Martins reinitiated contact with Samantha, and she eventually spent more time with her biological parents, leading to joint guardianship in October 2001 and Samantha moving back to St. Albert in June 2006. Samantha was at the Martins’ home on Nov. 29, 2006, when she became ill, vomiting and suffering from diarrhea. As her condition worsened, she was taken to the Sturgeon Community Hospital, then to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. She was put on life support, but taken off a few days later. “The fact that Samantha was on

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Velvet and John Martin hold a photo of their daughter Samantha outside the Law Courts Building in Edmonton in January 2011. life support for a period of time contributed to the difficulty in assigning a cause to Samantha’s death,” Carmanati wrote in the inquiry report. “It is known that her heart stopped; much less clear is why it stopped.” RED FLAGS Before she died, though, there were red flags raised about Samantha’s treatment while in foster care. Velvet Martin testified to the inquiry that Samantha had suffered numerous fractures and bruises, which caught the attention of staff at her school. Samantha did not speak, though, so it was unclear exactly how these injuries occurred. Samantha also weighed only 49 pounds at the time she returned to live with the Martins, but gained almost 11 pounds in about a month afterwards. School staff reported that the foster family’s biological son often had “larger, more balanced lunches” than Samantha did, and when this concern was raised, the foster mother told the school to “fill Samantha up with water.” As well, Samantha’s pediatrician, Dr. Lyle McGonigle, said in the inquiry report that he would

normally see patients with conditions like Samantha’s once every three month, but only saw Samantha roughly once a year. SEIZURES? Children’s Services case worker Lorna Huff, who handled Samantha’s case from 1997 to 2005, also testified at the inquiry that, after a meeting that included the foster mother in November 2002, concerns were raised by Samantha’s school that she may be suffering from seizures, and that her foster family consult with her doctor about having an encephalogram done. But the inquiry report notes that Dr. McGonigle was never informed by the foster mother about the possibility of seizures or the need for an encephalogram. Eventually, after moving back in the Martins, Samantha was taken for the necessary tests. One encephalogram conducted in October 2006 was inconclusive, while Samantha died before the results of another test a month later could be fully analyzed. CHILDREN’S SERVICES Huff was also supposed to have

face-to-face visits with Samantha every three months, but the inquiry report notes that periods as long as 14 months went by without visits. Huff testified, though, that she made two in-person visits during that period but did not document them. There were other lengthy gaps in the visitation history, but Huff told the inquiry that her case load made it difficult to keep up with paperwork. Huff also relied heavily on Samantha’s foster family for information, the inquiry report notes, as the Himschoots had several medically fragile children placed in their care over the years, and Huff was under the impression Samantha was seeing a doctor monthly. Even after another social worker took over Samantha’s case, a 2005 Children’s Services review of the file found that no face-to-face visits had been documented between February and November 2005, and there was no indication of annual medical or dental checkups in the file. MOVING FORWARD While the inquiry report is little comfort for the Martins or the parents of other disabled children, the Alberta government is taking it seriously. It has been forwarded to the Human Services Minister Dave Hancock, whose department is reviewing it thoroughly. “It’s never a good thing when someone passes away in care, regardless of the circumstances,” Human Services press secretary Craig Loewen told the Edmonton Sun. “There are some changes that have been made since that time.” Loewen pointed to legislation passed in early 2012 that made the province’s child and youth advocate an independent entity, with the ability to investigate any case he or she chooses. He added that more supports are available for families with disabled children, and that 95 to 98 per cent of disabled kids are able to remain with their biological families. “That’s not to say that we can’t learn things from the fatality report,” Loewen said. “We’re certainly going to take a look at the recommendations. It’s something we definitely take seriously so there could be further changes.” — with files from Dave Lazzarino, Sun Media News Services


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EngravEd in our mEmoriEs CANADA IN WWI Private Albert Goodman (possibly Goodmen) was a farmer from Sangudo. He served in the 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) and died on April 24, 1918, at the age of 26.

Private Donald Ronald (Dan) Kennedy was a farmer from a local St. Albert family. He served with the 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). On Sept. 26, 1916, at the age of 22, he died from his wounds in a hospital in France.

• Almost 620,000 Canadian men and women served in World War I. • More than 66,000 of those died. • Over the course of the war, Canada’s navy grew from 350 men and two ships to 9,000 men and 100 ships.

Sergeant John Hugh Kennedy was Daniel’s older brother. His service with the 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) ended with his death on April 9, 1917. He was just 27.

Their names are etched on the cenotaph that sits along St. Anne Street in St. Albert, but have you ever wanted to know more about some of the local soldiers who died for their country? Thanks to the Musée Heritage Museum, here are the stories of the five soldiers whose names are listed on the cenotaph from the First World War. While they are short, it is interesting to note that four of the soldiers served in the same battalion, and three of them died within one month of each other.

Privates Dan Kennedy, Harry Maloney and Clarence Maloney all died within a month in 1916. A joint requiem was held for Dan and Harry, celebrated by Father Merer. Archbishop Legal was also in attendance. During the requiem, Father Merer School (the Brick School) was closed in memory of Harry Maloney, who had attended there. Clarence, Harry’s cousin and foster brother, was killed only six days after this service.


ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, I encourage everyone to take the time to remember those who have fallen in the service of our country and those who continue to serve Canada with courage and compassion. Brent Rathgeber, Q.C. MP FOR EDMONTON - ST. ALBERT 780.459.0809 MPSSCS4415756MPSE

(Edmonton Bulletin, October 7, 1916)

Private Harry Francis Maloney first served with the 66th Overseas Battalion C.E.F and later transferred to the 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Harry was another soldier who had left the family farm. Twentyone-year-old Harry was killed in action on Sept. 16, 1916.

Private Clarence Harrold Maloney also served with the 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). He too had been a farmer in St. Albert. He was 22 years old when he was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium, on Oct. 8, 1916.


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Chances to remember GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

While the service at the cenotaph on St. Anne Street is still the main attraction for Remembrance Day in St. Albert, there are plenty of other events going on to help honour Canadian veterans. As they do every year, veterans will march from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 271 on Taché Street starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, heading down Sir Winston Churchill Avenue and to the cenotaph, joined by current Canadian Forces members, local RCMP officers, members of St. Albert Fire Services and vintage military vehicles. However, once the wreaths are laid at the cenotaph, there are still activities to take in nearby. At the Musée Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be military gear for visitors to try on, like helmets, uniforms and jackets. Children can also participate in a peace dove activity, or try their hand at a vintage Second World War board game. There will also be a slideshow of photos from the museum’s archives on display, along with bayonets, uniform caps, ration booklets and other ways St. Albert contributed to both the First and Second World War efforts.

Meanwhile, Arcadia Café and Bar, located just down the street from the cenotaph, is hosting a display of selected pictures by local photographer David Bowering, which were taken in Afghanistan while embedded with members of both the Canadian and American militaries. Bowering is currently back in Afghanistan on another embed with American troops, shooting documentary footage along with still photos. The photos have been donated to the Art Gallery of St. Albert’s collection by private donors. The exhibition runs at Arcadia Café and Bar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Back at the Legion (6 Taché St.), there will be live music and dancing featuring the Upstreet Band from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, a day prior at the St. Albert Public Library, folks can get a first-hand account of the front lines from a pair of local veterans. Michael Kutyn, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, and Master Cpl. Jeff Harder, currently a member of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, will be on hand to discuss their military experiences and answer questions from the audience between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kutyn’s memoir is available for loan at

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Several pictures that local photographer David Bowering took in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 will be on display Sunday at Arcadia Café and Bar.

the library. Questions may be submitted in advance by email at That same day, the library is also hosting author and journalist Judy Schultz, who will be reading from her first novel, Freddy’s War. Schultz, a renowned travel and food writer who was with the Edmonton Journal until 2008, explores what war does to those who fight and those left behind in this book, which follows young Freddy McKee who

enlists in the army in 1941 and discovers the military life is nothing like he had pictured it in his head. Freddy’s War won the 2012 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and made the shortlist for the 2012 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Both library programs are free and open to all, but you are encouraged to register by calling 780-459-1682 or visiting the information desk on the second floor.

Lest We Forget We pause to remember those Canadians who have served and those who are still serving in the armed forces to protect our freedom Hon. Doug Horner, MLA

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Paulette (Sarah Anderson) and Elle (Madelaine Knight) chat over a manicure during a photocall for St. Albert Children’s Theatre’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

SACT goes Blonde at Arden GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

There’s an old saying in show business: Never work with kids or animals. But Janice Flower is working with both. Flower is back as the director of the St. Albert Children’s Theatre’s latest production, Legally Blonde: The Musical, which takes the stage at the Arden Theatre starting Thursday, Nov. 22. The production stays faithful to the original 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie — right down to having live dogs on stage to play Rufus and Bruiser, the canine companions of the two lead characters. “They’ve been awesome. Everything has worked out with the animals, like it was meant to be,” Flower said, noting the last time the company worked with live animals was a production of Annie in 1995. The story follows Elle Woods as she follows an ex-boyfriend to Harvard law school and befriends a hairdresser named Paulette. Elle’s dog Bruiser is played by a miniature Australian shepherd named Kindle, while Paulette’s dog Rufus is played by a 10-month-old bulldog named Winston. Madelaine Knight plays Elle, and said working with live animals is a new experience but an awesome one. “I’m lucky; I get off easy. All I have to do is carry my dog around in a purse for one or two scenes,” Knight said. “The girl who actually does the training, she’s doing so great, but she’s the one who carries the brunt of the work.” “It takes a lot of patience, definitely, but

you have to step back [and think], I get to work with a dog, he’s my character’s dog, and look at how cute they are,” added Sarah Anderson, who plays Paulette. Fittingly, the production is supporting the Edmonton Humane Society, as donations of cash and items they need will be accepted throughout the show’s run. Both Knight and Anderson were big fans of the movie when it came out, and having the chance to bring it to life on stage is a thrill. “I’m pretty sure I was in junior high, so when it came out, [Elle] was such a great role model,” said Knight, 21, who graduated from the theatre arts program at Grant MacEwan University and recently wrapped up a nine-month tour with Alberta Opera. “She was blonde, and I loved Reese Witherspoon, so when the movie came out, I remember loving it to pieces.” “You can’t imagine how excited I was when Janice told us this was the show we were going to be doing,” added Anderson, 17, who attends Paul Kane High School. Flower adds that the story of Legally Blonde is very empowering for girls in the company, as musical theatre can tend to be a bit of a boys’ club at times. “Last year, with Peter Pan, Peter Pan and Captain Hook were the main roles. There was Wendy, but she was more of the [damsel in distress],” she said. “This is such a great vehicle for the girls, and we always have so many of them.” But while the original movie didn’t have any music, Flower said that adding songs really helps move the story along. “It’s very catchy; it’s very tuneful. There

are some great ballads. The opening number is going to stick with everybody; that’ll be the tune everyone will run around humming,” she said. “The movie is so great, don’t get me wrong,” Anderson added, “but the music adds so much more character inspiration. Paulette gets a song called ‘Ireland,’ which wasn’t even referred to in the movie, and it makes a whole bigger character arc for Paulette. It just amps it up times a million.” Flower and choreographer Jackie Pooke saw the musical when it toured through Edmonton two years ago, and immediately knew it was perfect for the Children’s Theatre. “After it was over, we both looked at each other and said, ‘We can totally do this show,’” she said. But there have been a few challenges, aside from working with the live dogs and working in the music. “It’s so fast-moving; in one single scene, you can move locations three times. It reads more like a movie script than a stage play,” Flower said. “So the challenging thing — but also the exciting thing — is how to put this together so that it’s seamless, so that, all off a sudden, we’re in a different location and we didn’t have to black out, because that is really disruptive.” The St. Albert Children’s Theatre production of Legally Blonde: The Musical opens at the Arden Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 22 and runs until Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $25.40 each for adults, $19.40 each for students and seniors, and are available through Ticketmaster or the Arden box office.

Musée throws caution to wind GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

If the question is, “What’s happening at the Musée Heritage Museum this winter?” then the answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind. The museum, located in St. Albert Place, is playing host to an exhibit on loan from the Canadian Museum of Civilization titled Wind Work, Wind Play, which displays weathervanes and whirlygigs from across Canada dating from the 1870s to the 1970s. The pieces are an oft-overlooked piece of Canadiana, said museum co-ordinator Joanne White. “Everyone has seen these in local farms and houses and yards. ... Part of this is entertainment; it’s just really interesting and colourful and fun. But I think, even when it comes to entertainment, you’re always struck by the craftsmanship and the ingenuity,” she said. “Hopefully someone might go home and try to make one.” The Musée Heritage has also added one of their own pieces to the exhibit, a weathervane from the first church founded by Father Albert Lacombe in Lac La Biche. While the weathervanes were mainly utilitarian, gauging wind direction and, in some cases, speed, there is still quite a bit of artistic value to them, as there is to the whirlygigs as well, which really were decorative pieces. “It’s interesting sometimes to see what they’re made of, in terms of the scrap metal ... Sometimes it’s just bits and pieces pulled from the shop,” White said, pointing to a chicken-shaped weathervane with a Mobil oil logo still visible. The pieces range from simple windmills to a large, elaborate whirlygig depicting some of the people involved in the early Canadian fur trade paddling a canoe. Some are a bit whimsical as well, with one particular whirlygig using wind power to have one wooden man kick another in the rear end. Wind Work, Wind Play runs at the Musée Heritage Museum until Jan. 13, 2013.

Photo courtesy Canadian Museum of Civilization

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View from the bench

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

For Jamie McLennan, the path to becoming an author started with a hot dog hidden in his catching glove. The St. Albert native who spent 17 years in professional hockey, mostly as a backup goaltender, has taken some of the best stories from his time riding the pine and compiled them into a new book called The Best Seat in the House. McLennan had never thought about writing a book, though, until one fateful night on the nHl on TSn set. “We had about 30 seconds to fill, and [host James Duthie] turned to me and came with a question out of left field. He goes, ‘Did you ever eat on the bench?’” said the man known to teammates as “Noodles.” “And I was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely I ate on the bench. I was a backup; I was starving all the time.’ So I told him a story about how I ate a hot dog in Montreal one night and had it in my glove. We had some fun with it. “Then a literary agent called me — he was watching the show — and said, ‘That’s a funny story. Do you have a bunch more stories? Would you be interested in writing a book?’ And sure enough, about a year and a half later, it’s out.” Thus the ball was rolling, and McLennan was paired up with sports broadcaster Ian Mendes to get the stories onto the page over the course of about six months. “It’s an easy read. I wanted it to sound like it was just me sitting at a barstool telling stories,” he said. “... [Ian] tried to capture my voice, and that’s one thing I thought was very important. I wanted people who read the book to be able to hear my voice, me telling the story. Anyone who knows me or has hung out with me, I wanted them know that was me and my mannerisms and the way I tell a story.” Since the book was released in August, the response has been very positive, even from some of the players featured in his stories. “Guys love it. It’s not a book to embarrass anybody; it’s not a book to throw anyone under the bus. It’s telling some funny stories, and that’s what I wanted people to see — some personality behind the media answers,” McLennan said. McLennan even got former teammates Jarome Iginla and Roberto Luongo to write forewords for the book, which he was thrilled about. “What was cool was they both wrote it themselves. They didn’t have someone write it for them and then just send it to me. It was impressive that they took the time to do it,” he said. McLennan played for the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Florida Panthers between 1993 and 2007, playing behind some all-time greats like

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St. Albert native Jamie McLennan has gone from NHL goalie to TV analyst to author.

Luongo, Grant Fuhr, Ron Hextall and Miikka Kiprusoff. “I love Kipper because he’s such a laid-back guy and a prankster. Roberto is a very funny guy, but people don’t really know it because he’s quiet,” he said. “Grant Fuhr — it’s Grant Fuhr. He’s a living legend. Then Ron Hextall, I think he taught me the most. He taught me to work and to be a professional. He’s an amazing man.” He perhaps is best known, though, for his stints with Calgary, and despite growing up in St. Albert, McLennan said he never had much trepidation pulling on the jersey of the Edmonton Oilers’ biggest rivals. “I wasn’t an Oilers fan per se as much as I was a fan of certain individuals,” he said. “I loved Wayne Gretzky, I loved Grant Fuhr, but I also loved Mike Liut. I didn’t really have an Oilers jersey; I just cheered for the players I loved.” McLennan also spent time with teams in Russia, the United Kingdom and Japan. In the first chapter of the book, McLennan talks about growing up and playing minor hockey in St. Albert, waking up early to head to Akinsdale Arena with his father. He also talks about playing in goal for the first time and getting hooked on it. “I loved the gear, to start off with. And then, at a young age, you get the opportunity to put it on, and you end up being pretty good at it,” McLennan said. “For some reason, I loved the position and kinda stuck with it.” And, he said, he’ll always cherish those fond memories of playing minor hockey in St. Albert, and will always consider himself a St. Albertan. “All my best friends are there, and my family’s there. Up until a couple of years ago, I had a place in St. Albert,” he said. “The bottom line is, St. Albert will always have a big place in my heart.”

Clap your hands Photo: glenn cook, St. Albert leader

A member of the Usha Kala Niketan dance troupe performs during the 19th annual Unity in Diversity concert at the Arden Theatre on Saturday evening.


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Handmade revolution sweeps into St. Albert called Booty Beltz — at the time, I thought [the Z] was really cool,” she said with a laugh. “I actually started to do my Booty Beltz business full-time after I graduated. I sold at different boutiques all over the country and eventually the U.S. and Japan.” While she was having fun designing and selling belts all over the world, Herbut soon got burned out and decided to switch things up, selling her belts at a street festival in downtown Edmonton. She had a blast there, and started going to different craft shows across Canada. “It was kind of at the time that craft shows weren’t all that cool yet,” she said, “but I saw potential. I was about 24 or 25 at the time, and I saw all these young people at these shows, but it felt like there was a disconnect between the marketing behind the craft shows and what people were selling, because a lot of the stuff was really cool.” Herbut decided to bridge that gap, producing her first craft show in Edmonton in 2007. “It was extremely small, about 20 designers, and a friend of mine and I put it on. We didn’t really know anything about event production,” she said. “But because I knew a lot of people in the industry and I

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The handmade revolution is getting set to sweep across St. Albert later this month. Make It! Edmonton will take over the Enjoy Centre in Riel Park from Nov. 22 to 25, with hundreds of exhibitors showing and selling their handcrafted wares just in time for the holiday season. Producer Jenna Herbut said that there has been an explosion in demand for handmade goods over the past several years, which she chalks up to growth in both awareness and individualism. “People are bored of going to the mall or going to these huge box stores and buying something that everyone else has. I think they’re craving some authenticity and something that they have a connection with the person who made that item,” Herbut said. “I think that’s the magic that happens at the craft shows — customers can come in and hear the story about how this item was created.” Make It! started about 10 years ago when Herbut was studying at the University of Alberta and had to come up with a project for a marketing class. “I had this idea for a belt company that I

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Skyfall perfect way to mark Bond’s 50th LIZ BRAUN Sun Media News Services

Daniel Craig is working hard to speak in calm, measured sentences about his new movie, but he can’t quite get his enthusiasm under control. The juggernaut that is Skyfall is finally out of the gate, and the response has been immediate and unanimous: it’s a smash. Right down to the haunting theme song by Adele, the 23rd James Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes, is everything its creators hoped it would be and the perfect way to celebrate this 50th year of 007 on the big screen. Impatient Canadian fans will finally get to see Skyfall in theatres starting just after midnight Friday morning. Craig’s demeanour at a press conference here is almost exactly the same as it was six years ago when Casino Royale was heralded as a terrific new lease on life for the iconic Mr. Bond. For a guy charged with resurrecting the brutal and brilliant secret agent, Craig is remarkably sunny in real life, apparently keen to deliver an intelligent, entertaining movie and obviously happy to see the job well done. Funny to think that the actor, 44, balked at first when offered the role of James Bond. Craig was said to have been worried about being typecast if he played 007.

desperately wanted.” Joking about the richer What finally changed his mind? emotional elements of the film, Craig indicates “Money.” the producers and adds, “They employed me. When the laughter subsides, Craig — flanked They knew what kind of actor I was! It’s their by producers Michael Wilson and Barbara fault. Blame them.” Broccoli — says, “When these two approached He adds, “This one is a little bit about families me originally, I was a little bewildered that they and parents and children, not in a heavy way, would come to me. It wasn’t really on my radar. but just going back to his childhood, to destroy it I suppose I was concerned about being typecast, really, and begin again.” but when you weigh it up, it’s not really that bad Does Skyfall mark the first time we see Bond to be typecast as James Bond, is it?” cry on screen? Then, “You say that now,” he “I don’t cry!” he protests. murmurs with mock sarcasm, “It’s sweat! It’s on the page!” laughing. Born in Chester to a art This man is in a good mood. teacher and a merchant Skyfall is a film that works seaman turned publican, Craig because it offers all the action grew up in Liverpool with his and adventure expected in a Daniel Craig mother and sister after his Bond film while also delivering Actor parents split. an emotional impact. In the He has the distinction of film, Bond goes up against being one actor who knew from the beginning the mysterious Mr. Silva (Javier Bardem), an exactly what he wanted to do in life; Craig started androgynous and slippery fellow from M’s performing in school plays at age 6 and joined the past with far too much MI6 insider knowledge. National Youth Theatre at 16. He has summed up Craig says of the character, “I don’t see the the big attraction to acting as follows: “Dressing world in terms of sexual division, but someone up and showing off.” suggested Silva may be gay. I said, ‘I think he’ll He was always encouraged by family, and f--- anything!’ ... And Javier is so great. He plays it for real, to the limit, and never forgets he’s playing particularly his mother, who was confidant Craig would succeed. (After the James Bond role a Bond villain.” became his, Craig joked, “My mother sort of said, Skyfall is set firmly in the present, involving ‘I told you so.’”). In 1988, he went to the Guildhall terrorist activity in the real world, but it also School of Music and Drama at the Barbican, delves into the past, particularly Bond’s past. graduating in 1991 and moving into a role in the Skyfall looks to the past in other ways, too — film The Power of One almost immediately. there are references to classic Bond moments, That, he has said, was his first paying job. particularly from Sean Connery’s era — but Craig went on to build a successful career it establishes that Daniel Craig has given the for himself in such movies as Layer Cake, The franchise a future. Mother, Enduring Love, Infamous, Sylvia, Road “It’s 50 years, and we need to make the best To Perdition, Munich, His Dark Materials: The Bond movie we could,” says Craig. “I’d be lying if Golden Compass, Defiance, Cowboys & Aliens, I said we weren’t influenced a bit by movies like Dream House and The Girl with the Dragon Goldfinger.” Tattoo, among many others. Both before and after He continues, “Nobody told me we couldn’t make an action film with a good story. We always he became James Bond, he made excellent film go back to Ian Fleming when we sit and discuss. If choices. “I’m incredibly proud and lucky to be in the you look at the novels, he’s so conflicted ... He’s a killer. He kills for a living. It’s really kind of a dark position I’m in here,” he says, “to have made this film and to be around when the franchise is 50 place he goes to.” years old. He continues, “What I’m so proud about “As soon as we get the script, I’ll be up for doing with this film is that the writing is so good, Bond 24.” and the lightness of touch is back that we all so

“We need to make the best Bond film we could.”

Craig determined not to let iconic role get to his head As James Bond, Craig has become part of a cultural phenomenon that’s much larger than any role in any movie, no matter how successful. For the summer Olympic’s opening ceremony in London, for example, he was part of a lovely spoof involving Queen Elizabeth, in which both appeared to arrive at the Olympic stadium by helicopter and parachute into the festivities. On His Majesty’s not-so-secret service, Bond helped move the royal family’s public image into the 21st century. Despite his association with the character,

Craig seems determined to keep his feet on the ground. He is not James Bond. Complimented on the fight scenes in Skyfall, he says at once, “I’m not a fighter. I just pretend to be one. It’s called bulls--- boxing. We try and make it look good, we talk camera angles and how to take advantage of the situation. But you’re just trying to stay on your feet most of the time.” In early October, Craig participated in a charity auction of some items from the Bond movies, including the bathing suit he wore in Casino Royale, which sold for $72,000.

The sale, part of the 50th anniversary of Bond on screen, was to benefit 12 charities, including UNICEF, and producer Michael Wilson points out that a watch estimated at about £8,000 sold for £160,000. “It all goes to the charity,” says Wilson. “It’s something Daniel spends a lot of his time on, but he doesn’t point it out to the public.” That’s a lot of money. And a lot of power. Asked what it’s like to wield that kind of influence, Craig says, “I don’t think about it. If it can do some good, then great.”

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Soul singer Stone has feet firmly on ground DARRYL STERDAN Sun Media News Services

Joss Stone prefers to keep her feet on the ground. In more ways than one. The British soul singer has long had a penchant for performing in bare feet, begging the question: Can she even sing in shoes? “It’s weird — if I wear shoes, I sound like Marge Simpson,” she jokes down the line from her tour bus. “Nah, I’m only kidding, man. Honestly, I don’t like wearing them because I just don’t want to fall over. That’s pretty much it. When I’m singing and in the song, especially when I’m really into it and really telling the story, I lose control of whatever’s happening with my body, so I can easily fall over. It’s happened. And I definitely don’t want to be doing that too often.” Offstage, she claims, her life is also balanced. And focused — at the ripe old age of 25, she’s got 10 years of touring and six solo albums under her belt, including this year’s Soul Sessions Vol. 2, a return to the classic-covers approach of her 2003 debut. She’s also a member of the supergroup SuperHeavy (with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, A. R. Rahman and Damian Marley) and portrayed Anne of Cleves in The Tudors.

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bored on the road, because you’re on the bus for hours and hours. You don’t cause any trouble on the bus? No no no. I’m really boring. I just have tea. Coffee is the most crazy I get. Last night, I had a beer as well. But that’s about as far as it goes. I want to do a good job. I don’t want to be a bad singer. The stereotype of the rock ‘n’ roll singer involves a lot of sex and drugs and late nights and parties, but you know, it just wouldn’t be possible for me to do a good job if I lived like that. And it wouldn’t be fun for me, because that’s the only thing I care about: Doing a good job. You always sing in bare feet; they must be pretty disgusting after you get offstage sometimes. Absolutely. Some of those stages are not very nice. Luckily, I don’t care. And I have a little foot bath. I have a little scrub after the show. Do you listen primarily to soul music, or do you have listen to random things that would surprise your fans? I listen to the Spice Girls a lot. I just love them. I listen to The Specials a lot. There’s some random stuff in my playlist, but the most random is the Spice Girls. I just love them. Now I have a vision of you dancing around the bus to “Wannabe.” That’s exactly what happened the other night! Girl power!


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miCrosofT sUrfaCe Of course, Microsoft is getting in on the Windows 8 fun themselves with their newly unveiled Surface tablet. The flagship tablet borrows its design cues from Windows 8’s colourful signature Live Tiles home screen; that’s evident in the Surface’s standout feature, the ingenious Touch Cover accessory. The cover includes a touchsensitive “keyboard” — plus, there’s also an upgraded Type Cover that includes more traditional moveable keys. The Surface negates the need for tablet stands with its built-in Kickstand, which folds into the device when not in use. The

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Its lower 64GB hard drive capacity, coupled with its 8MP back camera, suggests a device built with on-the-go use in mind. But in addition to the reasonable processing speed from its Intel Atom chip, there’s bonuses like Beats Audio speakers and NFC technology, which allows you to share information between devices (like a desktop PC) by tapping them against one another — a feature you’ll likely see in more machines going forward. It’ll be available in early December for $849.99.

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Man with bionic leg conquers Chicago tower SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – An amputee climbed all 103 floors of a famous Chicago skyscraper on Sunday using his bionic, mind-controlled prosthetic leg — a feat made possible, in part, thanks to the work of a New Brunswick engineer. Zac Vawter, 31, is a software engineer from the Seattle, Wash., area, who lost his right leg in a motorcycle crash in 2009. He’s part of a pilot project involving Canadian and American researchers to develop an intuitive prosthetic that could be used by wounded veterans and other amputees. The prototype — researchers are about five years away from clinical trials — works by measuring electrical signals generated by Vawter’s hamstring muscles. A motorized ankle and knee help synchronize the faux limb. “He’s thinking about walking or he’s thinking about going up the stairs, and then he naturally goes up the stairs,” project leader Levi Hargrove, a specialist in biomedical engineering at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, told QMI Agency. The Bath, N.B., native trained at the University of New Brunswick, which is also helping out with the $8-million U.S. State Department-funded research.

“One of the biggest differences for me is being able to take stairs step-over-step like everyone else,” said Vawter in a press release. “With my standard prosthesis, I have to take every step with my good foot first and sort of lift or drag the prosthetic leg up. With the bionic leg, it’s simple, I take stairs like I used to, and can even take two at a time.” While this type of technology has existed for a couple of years now, Vawter pushed it to new heights Sunday, testing its ability to carry him 103 floors up Willis Tower for the fundraiser SkyRise Chicago, with proceeds going to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “There are approximately 600,000 individuals with lower limb amputation in the United States, and we are hopeful that this neural-controlled technology will allow for more ability and more long-term independence,” said Hargrove in a statement. “Our integrated team of clinicians, prosthetists and engineers are very excited to have climbed with Zac Sunday.” Vawter — a former university trackand-field runner — made the climb in 52 minutes and nine seconds.

Health officials urge radon tests

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Health Canada is urging Canadians to mitigate risks associated with radon — the country’s secondleading cause of lung cancer behind tobacco. Radon — a naturally occurring radioactive gas which seeps into homes through foundational cracks or gaps around pipes — is the cause of 16 per cent of lung cancer deaths in Canada, according to new

department research. “November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of this significant, but relatively unknown, health risk,” said Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq in a statement. “Health Canada is encouraging all Canadians to conduct a simple test to measure radon levels in their home and to take steps to reduce exposure, if

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Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old software engineer from Seattle, Washington, climbs to the top of the 103-story Willis Tower using the world’s first neural-controlled Bionic leg in Chicago Sunday.


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August GDP decrease clouds economic outlook

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – The Canadian economy shrank in August for the first time in six months, an unexpected contraction that pointed to a sharp slowdown in third-quarter growth and reinforced the Bank of Canada’s message that interest rate hikes are less imminent. The 0.1 per cent contraction from July reflected broad weakness across most industries as well as temporary shutdowns at some oil and mining sites, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday. Analysts revised forecasts lower, noting economic pressures that went beyond oil and mining. The Canadian dollar fell. The Canadian economy recovered from the global recession more quickly than most, and is expected to grow at slightly more than two per cent this year,


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according to forecasts that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said last week were still valid. But the outlook is shaky due to the choppy U.S. recovery and the European debt crisis, prompting questions about whether August was a blip or the start of a more serious economic downturn. August’s dip was the first monthly contraction in GDP since February. The news comes a week after the central bank said it is still leaning toward raising interest rates, not lowering them, as the economy slowly expands. The policy makes it an outlier among central banks of the world’s major economies. Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has signaled since April that he wants to increase the benchmark overnight lending rate after a two-year freeze. But last week he softened his tone and said rate hikes were “less imminent.” “This report will further lead markets to question the BoC’s hiking bias even as it went relatively more dovish than previously,” said Holt and Zigler. Overnight index swaps, which trade based on expectations for the central bank’s key policy rate, showed that after the announcement traders pulled their bets on the possibility of a rate hike in late 2013. The Canadian dollar weakened to below parity with the U.S. dollar after the data was released, sliding to C$1.0002 to the U.S. dollar, or $0.9998, compared with C$0.9985 just before the data and C$0.9993, or $1.0007, at North American close on Oct. 30. Canadian government bond prices turned positive, especially at the front end of the curve, and outperformed U.S. Treasuries.

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Ford keeps top spot SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Canadian vehicle sales surged 7.8 per cent last month in the industry’s strongest October ever as consumers sought smaller, fuel-efficient passenger cars while also buying more luxury brands. Ford Motor Co. of Canada remained Canada’s top-selling automaker in October with total sales increasing seven per cent. Barring an economic shock, an annual record for Canadian sales should come within reach in the next few years, with the market possibly approaching 1.8 million units sometime during the current decade, independent automotive expert Dennis DesRosiers said. Having recorded sales of 135,000 in October, Canada is on track to reach 1.7 million units sold in 2012. Sales reached more than 1.7 million vehicles only once before, in 2002. “This incredibly positive market performance by the automotive sector should also continue as far out as we can see. Almost all metrics point to improvement for the next four (and possibly five or six) years,” DesRosiers said in a note to clients. Vehicle sales at Ford of Canada, a unit of Ford Motor Co., increased to 20,565 last month from 19,190 in October 2011, largely on the back of a nearly 17 per cent jump in passenger car sales. “The auto industry is a key engine

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driving the Canadian economy and it is showing strong, sustainable growth,” said Dianne Craig, chief executive of Ford of Canada. Cars, led by the Ford Focus, were by far the strongest segment as consumers snapped up smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles. Sales of trucks, including the popular F-150 line, also rose in October, by 4.5 per cent. Ford’s vehicle sales so far this year are up 0.5 per cent. Light trucks, traditionally the mainstay of Detroit automakers in Canada, remain by far the bigger seller with 179,712 sold between January and October, up 2.1 per cent. By comparison, Ford has sold 60,035 cars in the first 10 months of 2012, down four per cent. General Motors of Canada, a unit of General Motors Co., was Canada’s second-biggest seller in October even as its monthly sales dropped. GM’s sales fell four per cent in October to 18,651 despite a strong month for compact car sales, which were up 44 per cent. Sales at No. 3 Chrysler Canada rose three per cent in October, continuing their nearly three-year run of increases largely on higher passenger car sales. Toyota Canada said it sold 17,101 vehicles in October, up 14.2 per cent. Among luxury brands, Porsche sales soared 117 per cent and Audi’s rose nearly 38 per cent in October.


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To get a job, it’s critical to stand out. Spark interest, not laughs, from the start. Be sure your application stands out in the “sea of resumés,” says Andy Teach, an author with 30 years of experience in a corporate environment. Just one typo can do you in. So can other blunders, such as the lack of a specific objective and making too many hard-to-quantify statements — “team player,” “hard worker” or “proven track record.” Be as specific as possible, stresses Teach. Resumés are key in finding a job: “Unless you have a contact at a specific company, you won’t get a job interview without a great resumé, and without a job interview, you won’t get a job,” says Teach. Your resumé tells a story — your story. It should lay out what your background is and why you might potentially be a great fit with the company, says Teach, of The hiring manager is also likely interested in the look and feel of your resumé. Don’t get too comfortable and “avoid revealing too

much personal information. Lose inappropriate nicknames and email addresses, as well as irrelevant background information,” advises Jamie Freundlich, of livecareer. com, a resumé-building website. Your resumé should convey competency and professionalism. “People spend a lot of time crafting perfect experience examples and making sure margins and tabs are perfect, and then make the most obvious mistakes,” says Freundlich. “You’d be surprised at how often simple best practices are overlooked.” Have the best resumé around with tips from Andy Teach, career advancement expert and author of From Graduation to Corporation: • Try to find out the name of the hiring manager so when you send your resumé to them your introduction includes their name and not “To Whom It May Concern.” • One of the most important things is to use specific keywords that match the job description. If you don’t have enough matching keywords, your resumé may not get past the ATS (Applicant Tracking

System) and won’t even get into the hands of a human being. • Pay special attention to key words in the job description headline, the first paragraph, and key words that are mentioned multiple times. • Use action words like developed, initiated, or organized and forego generic phrases like “responsible for.” • Quantify your achievements if possible; for example, “Increased sales by 34 per cent or $65,000.” • Use common fonts like Ariel, Calibri or Times New Roman, and a 10- or 12-point font. • Utilize bullet points and spacing between sections so that your resumé is easy to read. • As a recent college graduate, keep your resumé to one page. • Consider using a summary of qualifications instead of an objective. This would list your achievements near the top of the resumé — many hiring managers only look at the top half of your resumé, so make it count. • If you’re a recent college graduate with little work experience, then use an objective and make it as

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specific as possible. • Highlight any college courses or work experience directly related to the job you’re applying for. • Don’t use “References Upon Request” — they already assume you will have references with you. • If you are sending your resumé in as an e-mail attachment, consider also copying and pasting your resumé into the body of the email just in case the hiring manager can’t open the attachment. • If you e-mail your resumé, follow up by mailing a hard copy — this will make your resumé stand out from others who only e-mail their resumé.

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