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Officials with the Villeneuve Airport, near St. Albert, are ready to show that it can take off as a hub for aviation-related business in northern Alberta. Although Edmonton’s City Centre Airport is set to close at the end of November, Villeneuve Airport — which is run by the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) — is in the middle of an aggressive expansion, lengthening one of its two 3,500-foot runways to 5,000 feet, installing new Category 1 Instrument Landing System and the construction underway or planned for six new hangars. EIA vice-president of commercial development Myron Keehn said that means that not only will the airport itself reap the benefits, but so too will surrounding communities like Sturgeon County and St. Albert. “For communities like St. Albert, Sturgeon County, even Parkland County, from a business perspective, it’s a great asset,” he said. “You have engineers and workers in different areas that need to have access, to get in and out quickly, and this is a great airport to do that. … This airport is a great enabler of economic activity.” Currently, the airport already directly employs 90 people and contributes $19 million to the Sturgeon County economy each year, and handles an average of 200 airplane movements every day. Keehn said that, while the expansion was planned prior to the City Centre Airport’s closure, Villeneuve is set to capitalize on the new traffic now likely headed its way.

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The candidates for mayor and city council want to make their marks over the next four years — are you ready to make yours on Monday? Municipal election day is Monday, Oct. 21. Check out the Leader’s coverage of the election on pages 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17 and 19.



That was the voter turnout figure from the 2010 municipal election in St. Albert. That works out to 15,866 ballots cast out of 46,503 eligible voters. Nolan Crouse got 67.8 per cent of votes cast (10,778) to win the mayor’s seat, while Cathy Heron had the most votes among council candidates with 9,904. Roger Lemieux had the least votes among those elected (6,176).




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Construction crews are putting some of the final touches on a runway expansion at Villeneuve Airport. Officials hope this, plus other improvements, will make the airport a hub for aviation and business in the Capital Region. Some of those developments are landing spot for diverted aircraft. “[The runway expansion and fixed base operators, which Keehn Eldon Gjesdal is one of the additions] give us a whole new level called “like hotels for airplanes.” people building a new hangar at of service,” he said. “This airport “There are a lot of flights going Villeneuve, and his will feature is certified — which means it goes north from the United States, what he called a “lazy Susan” for through a process with Transport even all the way from Florida, airplanes — five Canada where up to Alaska, particularly over airplanes on a it meets the summer months. And those platform that certain safety flights need a place to stop — you can rotate so standards and need a place to get fuel, a place to pilots can easily meets certain point their plane get catering, a place to [fix] any requirements mechanical issues,” he explained. toward the door from an operator Myron Keehn “A fixed base operator has a staff and exit. perspective — so Edmonton Int’l Airport that does that. … It’s a place where A pilot you know what you can take an itinerant aircraft himself, Gjesdal you’re going to and get the services they actually said developing at Villeneuve was get. If you’re flying in a corporate need. And it really ups the game an easy decision. jet that’s worth millions of dollars, “Villeneuve is a great airport. It’s here at the airport.” or your own plane that’s worth The runway extension and got two runways, it’s got a control hundreds of thousands of dollars, instrument landing system tower. From a safety perspective, it’s important to know what you’re installation should be complete it’s the best place to be,” he said. actually going to have.” by November. A second phase of The airport had 21 open lots last Villeneuve Airport will serve as expansion is slated to begin in an alternate site for medevac flights year, and all but one of those had 2014. been snapped up by last week. from remote areas, as well as a

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Talking points Photo: glenn cook, St. Albert leader

Incumbent councillor Cam MacKay (left) looks on as city council candidate Tim Osborne addresses the crowd at the St. Albert Taxpayers Association all-candidates forum on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Arden Theatre. See page 7 for more from this forum and Tuesday’s St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce forum, held at the St. Albert Inn and Suites.

Listening to Residents

We need to pay attention to what St. Albertans are saying and engage them in the process of local government

Balancing Fiscal Discipline and Quality Service We need to preserve the quality public services for which our municipality is known and keep municipal costs under control

A collision involving members of a road construction crew working in St. Albert has resulted in one of the workers being killed. At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, St. Albert RCMP responded to the intersection of Hebert Road and Akins Drive after receiving reports of a collision. Police found that, while a road resurfacing crew from O’Hanlon Paving was moving equipment and vehicles at the location, a 25-year-old man who lived in Edmonton was struck by Chevrolet pickup truck that was being driven by a fellow crew member. Workers on scene delivered emergency first aid until EMS crews arrived on scene. The man was transported to the Sturgeon Community Hospital, but was

pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. An RCMP collision reconstructionist was called to the scene, and staff from the City of St. Albert, O’Hanlon Paving and Alberta Workplace Health and Safety are working with police as they continue their investigation. Road conditions, speed, weather and alcohol are all not believed to be factors in the collision. The man’s next of kin were notified, but RCMP are not releasing his name out of respect to the family’s wishes. Police are looking for witnesses to this accident, and asking anyone who may have seen what led to this collision to call the St. Albert RCMP detachment at 780-458-7700. They also note that anyone affected by this incident is entitled to support and referrals free of charge from St. Albert Victim Services, which can be reached at 780-458-4353.

Remembering the Importance of Culture and Recreation We need to remember that cultural and recreational services are a key part of what makes our community livable and desirable

Building Bridges within our region and among governments We need champions in government who will speak out for meaningful regional co-operation and fair revenue sharing


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The St. Albert Ringette Assocation hosted its annual Turkey RIng tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend at Servus Credit Union Place, with teams participating from all over Western Canada. Above: The U12C St. Albert Blitz take on the Sherwood Park K-OS. Right: The U16B St. Albert Knockout tangle with the Edmonton Stride. See more tourney photos at

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Think Tank cancels forum GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A dilemma for municipal election candidates was solved last week after one of two groups planning forums for the same night has scrapped its plans. The St. Albert Think Tank had been planning an all-candidates forum for Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Arden Theatre, but decided Friday to cancel the forum after another event — the Leaders of Tomorrow forum, which is aimed at young professionals — was planned for the same night at the Enjoy Centre. “A conflicting event has been scheduled at the same time as the forum, which has divided the opportunity for all the candidates to attend both events on the same evening,” read a news release issued by the Think Tank. “In the interest of providing St. Albert residents the opportunity to


interview all candidates at one location, the St. Albert Think Tank is graciously cancelling their forum and encouraging all candidates to attend the other event.” The Think Tank also said that many of the issues it had hoped to bring up at its forum were covered at the St. Albert Taxpayers Association forum on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Arden. “As a result, we realized that the forum is no longer necessary to give residents the information about the candidates’ positions on our issues,” the news release said. Meanwhile, Leaders of Tomorrow forum organizer Edward Ramsden said the cancellation of the Think Tank forum “doesn’t change anything” for him and his group. “We are still working hard to put together a successful event focused towards the leaders of tomorrow,” he said via email on Friday evening.

Several candidates had stated they would not attend the Think Tank forum due to concerns over the anonymity of the group’s leadership. In response, the Think Tank appointed Gord Hennigar as a spokesperson earlier this week. The Think Tank added in their news release Friday that it had sent out a questionnaire to all the mayoral and council candidates on various issues it is concerned about. While the same candidates who were boycotting its forum had also refused to fill out the questionnaire, it said that it had posted the responses it did receive to its website at “We encourage all residents to become educated about all the issues facing our city this election and to choose candidates they feel will both address the issues and provide the leadership our city needs,” the group’s release said.

Turnout at advance polls up GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The number of people casting ballots at advance polls for this year’s municipal election is up significantly, but officials are tempering their expectations for turnout on Election Day itself. As of Tuesday, advance polls had been open twice — one on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 10, and once on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 12 — and chief returning officer Chris Belke said that turnout thus far had been up 27 per cent. But Belke cautioned that those numbers weren’t good indicators of what turnout will look like on Monday. “You can’t assume you’ll have the same increase for the regular election day either based just on that,” he said. “It’s possible that every additional person who is voting in advance might be that many fewer people who are voting on election day.” Turnout at the first poll was up only eight per cent over 2010, but the Saturday poll saw 60 per cent more

voters than three years ago, Belke added. “But that’s just statistics and numbers. It just tells you how many people turned up; it doesn’t tell you why,” he said. So far, Belke said, there weren’t too many other concerns that had crossed his desks over the past four weeks of the campaign. “There are always questions or concerns about signs and things like that, but there’s nothing unusual or outstanding. Just the kinds of stuff we’d expect and are prepared for,” he said. Advance polls were open again on Tuesday evening, and will be open tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The advance poll is located in the East Boardroom on the third floor of St. Albert Place. Institutional voting at seniors’ residences around the city started on Tuesday and continues until Friday. Eligible voters who are residing in the Sturgeon Community Hospital on Election Day Monday can vote at the hospital.


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FORUM SOUND BYTES Municipal election candidates in St. Albert squared off in two forums over the past week: one hosted by the St. Albert Taxpayers Association on Thursday, Oct. 10, and one hosted by the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Here’s what the candidates had to say on a variety of topics ... I believe our next council needs fresh ideas and a modern approach to community engagement. We need a council that brings a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Ever-increasing property taxes are an abject failure on the part of the current council to keep costs in line.



on public engagement

Let’s not lose our common sense. This election, in the end, will be about pulling people and ideas together and finding common ground.


on the campaign so far I want to be the voice that will first listen and learn, and then unite St. Albert around a common vision, because my passion is St. Albert and its people.


on why she’s running

As stewards, we should not sacrifice our community’s tomorrow for short term gains today. ... We need to work with business and get more businesses, not tax business more.


on economic development

Looking into 2014, I believe the time is right to conduct an in-depth core services review to further identify costs savings. ... There are too many disconnects.

GARETH JONES on city spending

on property taxes

My goal is a zero per cent tax increase without compromising services. ... What I would also remind people at this table is not to confuse what has not been done with what is impossible to accomplish. SHEENA HUGHES on property taxes

Voters want the same thing in our next city council that I do — thoughtful people who will look for a sensible balance between the taxes we pay and our qualify of life. DAVID CLIMENHAGA on council priorities

[My grandfather] talked unselfishly about building a life for the next 100 years, for his grandchildren. Now I’m that grandchild. ... We need to plan for this community’s grandchildren.

We need better management over our tax dollars or face the prospect of forced amalgamation. ... It’s tough to make tough decisions.


on property taxes

Unfortunately, increases are unavoidable. The need to replace aging infrastructure is an issue for most municipalities. But how we’re going to pay for them, I believe that’s going to be front and centre for council this year.

The city is being run by the visions of a few. The city has grandiose plans on paper that have no solid research for success.

SHELLEY BIERMANSKI on city planning

As good as St. Albert is to live in and raise a family, I believe we can do better.


on the state of St. Albert

HUGHENA BURKE on utility costs

We don’t want to balance the books on the backs of those who can least afford it.

It’s time to refresh all the things we’re doing, right from the bottom up.

WES BRODHEAD on public transit

[City spending] is on a freight train that’s got no brakes. TED DURHAM on city spending

JOHN GOLDSMITH on city spending

It’s easy to say we cut back our expenses, do this and do that, but councils are really challenged to try and look to do that.

Now at over $100 million a year, our budget is simply too large to remain unchecked and without internal controls.

NOLAN CROUSE on city planning


on accountability

MALCOLM PARKER on property taxes


Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013



Close thirdparty loophole

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



olitics can be a strange game, even at the best of times. It can get even stranger at the municipal level, where personalities are a bigger part of the game and, like fans, people get more passionate about it because the issues have a much more direct effect on them. by Glenn Cook It can also be a game that — as we have seen throughout the past four weeks — seemingly has no rules at times. But there is one loophole in Alberta’s election laws that has been exploited at length here in St. Albert and needs to be closed immediately, and that centres around thirdparty involvement campaigns. Currently, candidates have to declare if they’ve received donations from third parties. But if the money isn’t given to the candidate — even if it’s still being used on their behalf for things like advertising — then it doesn’t have to be reported. If groups like the St. Albert Think Tank or the Election Action Committee want to bring forward issues and make sure they are talked about during an election campaign, more power to them. Even the St. Albert Library Board did just that over the past four weeks. If business groups, like those who rent out portable signs, want to do the same to ensure their interests are represented, it’s fair game. But the waters get murky when sign companies offer discounts to candidates they feel will be on their side or when groups start publicly endorsing candidates and purchasing advertising for them. It feels like a slippery slope that will only lead to a further creeping of Americanstyle politics into Canada, with attack ads paid for by questionable groups falling on the ears of people who are too loyal or too apathetic to think about them skeptically. We, as Canadians, have always held ourselves to a higher standard than that. The Alberta government is reportedly keeping an eye on the St. Albert election to see if any amendments to local election laws are needed. This is a prime example of an area where they are needed, and needed right away.

My commentary on the #stalbert election is officially done. Still apathetic, but I made my point. Now back to #screenwriting and #popculture

@Kelsey_Bulmer #stalbert smells like a barn tonight! #whatisupwiththat


@SynclerDesign Photographing Hockey is what I want to do. #photography #sports #hockey #StAlbert

@jacquiehansen Huge crowd at the all candidates forum in #stalbert - congrats to @stalbertchamber for what should be a very successful evening!

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ead down, stick on the ice, watch the short side.” That’s a great line by Rick Moranis from everyone’s favourite Canadian beer tale, Strange Brew. There are some terrific hockey clichés used one after the other in that movie. If you need more of that, look no further than the interviews after any NHL game. Speaking of clichés, it’s vote time on Monday for our civic election, and you guessed the cliché: Get out and vote. But maybe it has truly become a totally overused cliché and people just don’t care to hear it anymore. What will it take to really break out of our city’s track record of voter turnout being around the 34 per cent mark? It’s pretty embarrassing to think that almost two out of


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your taxes reduced? This idea could do it on the backs of the disengaged. Or... Vote or we won’t collect your garbage for a year. Or... The area with the highest voter turnout gets their streets plowed three times as often as everyone else! Internet voting will have to make an appearance in the near future too. If they can figure out how to let people take licensing exams, spend thousands of dollars and more online, I’m sure they can figure out a way to legitimize and protect the voting process as well. I’m sure that will have a positive impact in the future. But until then, there are many candidates in this year’s election and there surely has to be some candidates that you feel are worthy to get out and vote for them.

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We’ve worked hard over the past few weeks presenting a lot of information about the candidates so that voters are better informed. The topics have touched on the arts, youth, culture, business, transit and more. We even threw in some fun with movies, books and meals. Hey, if you cast your vote based on a candidate that has the same favourite movie as you, we’re OK with that. At least you’re doing so because you’ve found some shared common ground. And anyone who has the same favourite movie as you do can’t be so bad. All joking aside, do all that you can to get out and cast your vote on Monday. Proudly tell your friends, family, neighbors and more that you’ve done so and make sure they do as well. Owned and operated by

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A study being conducted at the University of Alberta is looking for help from citizens in collecting data on collisions between birds and windows.

“Over the past three years, Cathy Heron has worked tirelessly to make St. Albert a better place to live, work, and play. Cathy’s balanced vision of St. Albert, as a place for everyone to feel welcome and be part of the community, is the vision and leadership we need.” - Darwin Martin

U of A bird study needs citizens’ help GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

An ongoing study at the University of Alberta is hoping to cut down on injuries to our feathered friends, and is looking for help across the Capital Region. Justine Kummer is working on her master’s degree in biology at the U of A, and recently started the Birds and Windows Project to learn more about the frequency of bird-window collisions and hopefully ways to prevent them in the future. “We’d like to work provide a better estimate of not only deaths from collisions with houses, but the number of collisions that are occurring,” Kummer said. “The more information we have on locations of collisions and factors in houses ... we can provide more information to people, learn more about the issue and fill in the gaps right now.” According to Kummer’s research, up to one billion birds are killed each year in North America as a result of running into windows, including 25 million in Canada alone. Ninety per cent of those collisions occur at residential homes. To learn about bird-window collisions, Kummer is enlisting help from across the Edmonton area, including St. Albert. She is hoping people will sign up to help collect data by regularly searching around their homes for evidence of collisions. “A lot of the previous studies have just looked for dead birds as evidence of a window collision,” she said. “What we’re having people do is actively look, and we’re accepting if you see a smudge on your window or feathers near your window [as evidence], or if you actually see a bird hit or

hear it, or find an injured bird — a whole bunch of other forms of evidence than just a dead bird.” The study, Kummer said, is a continuation of a project that the lab she is working in started a couple of years ago, but that one relied solely on people’s memories of bird collisions. “Based on what we learned there, we developed this project — which is part of my master’s thesis — to have participants actively participate for an extended period by walking around their houses every day or once a week for a few months. And every time they do that, they’ll enter what they find into our online survey,” she said. In late September, Environment Canada released a report on the leading causes of bird deaths, with collisions with houses or buildings tied for second spot with power lines, collisions and electrocutions — both far behind the No. 1 killer, domestic and feral cats. “For window collisions, most studies have focused on tall skyscrapers; only four studies have looked at houses,” Kummer said. “But based on the sheer number of houses compared to tall skyscrapers, houses represent 90 per cent of the mortality in these collisions — and we don’t know too much about it. “We want to learn more about what houses have collisions, what we can learn about [collisions] and what we can do to prevent them.” The project just began at the beginning of September, and Kummer intends to keep it running for at least a full year. To get involved in the Birds and Windows Project, visit

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COMMUNITY QUESTIONS What community groups and organizations have you been involved with over the past five years? CHARLENE ZOLTENKO, Former Chamber chair

What’s the best thing that can be done to alleviate the shortage of family physicians in St. Albert? Question from a St. Albert resident

As a certified auctioneer, I have assisted likely 50 not-for-profit events as an MC or auctioneer. My role precludes me from serving otherwise.

Encourage the building of the Sturgeon Medical Arts Centre already announced by the developer who owns the land; this will be home to several new physicians.


St. Albert Minor Hockey Association, St. Albert Soccer Association, various charity fundraisers through Gallery At Smart, Edmonton Panhandling Project.

Recruitment and physician-to-physician referrals. Who would not want to set up in St. Albert? Office space in new development areas.


BLESS; St. Albert Historical Society; Parish family garden, where I mentor new gardeners and look after pruning the new apple trees; St. Matthews Anglican Church; Legal Aid. I also take AISH recipients to the food bank.

We can attract doctors by presenting St. Albert as a great city in which to live and develop a thriving practice.


St. Albert Economic Development Advisory Committee, St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, St. Albert Soccer Association, Grow St. Albert, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT and more.

Physicians are small-business owners. If there are affordable offices, we have a welcoming and collaborative spirit, and our community is growing in terms of residents, doctors will want to come to St. Albert.


St. Albert Men’s Slowpitch, Chamber of Commerce, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, St. Albert Economic Development Advisory Committee, Alberta Capital Finance Authority, Continuous Learning Community.

I have championed one of council’s priorities for a health care facility with an industry leader in medical office buildings. They have purchased property strategically located near the Sturgeon Community Hospital.


Heritage Lakes Community Association, St. Albert Public Library, Grow St. Albert, Robert Rundle Parent Council & Playground Committee, St. Albert Minor Hockey and Baseball Associations.

Encourage the development of multi-disciplinary medical centres that offer cost efficiencies for new practices and convenience for patients.


St. Albert Community League, Job’s Daughters, the North Edmonton Charitable Bingo Association, and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Cancel bylaws that restrict development of physician offices, such as the DARP bylaw, which restricts physicians from opening clinics on the main floor. We need rules to facilitate physician attraction, not work against it.


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RunWild Marathon; St. Albert 50+ Club; 2012 Special Olympics National Winter Games; 2011 “Freedom of the City”; 2010 “ Six Mayors Toast”; 2009/2011 Lt. Gov. Arts Awards; 2008 Alberta Summer Special Olympics.

Form a strategic partnership between city council, administration, the the medical profession and developers.


The St. Albert Community Hall and League and the St. Albert Holy Family Parish.

Stop the tax and utility increases to make it more attractive to do business in St. Albert, and work with developers to provide the needed the space to accommodate them.

I am a proud Rotarian! Volunteered on the Community Services Advisory and RCMP Community Advisory Board, Roots of Empathy, Keenooshayo Playground Committee, Girl Guides, Sturgeon Hospital Foundation.

Ensure there is adequate office space. Ensure our economic development department has attraction and marketing package geared at new grads. Work with the Primary Care Network (PCN). They can help new grads set up a practice.


Volunteer for St. Albert Rugby Football Club, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Alberta 55-Plus Games and the Continental Cup of Curling. Conservative Party board member for St. Albert.

We should meet with the existing family clinics to determine what incentives would be required to attract and retain family doctors. They should be aware of the difficulties and may have some excellent recommendations.


Outside of church, I have been involved with track and field as an official. Fortunately, other involvements have been negligible. I say fortunately because running for Council should be an objective seat with no special interest group.

I have discussed this topic with a couple of doctors I know. Their position is that, with a couple more well-qualified, there would be no need for more doctors.


I’ve been involved with Scouts Canada for years. I participate actively in my church and work with many groups, along with conducting financial audits of church units. I have volunteered for community projects and in minor hockey.

We should form a committee of local physicians to help us start recruiting doctors while they are training. Most young doctors have already made commitments to practices all over Canada before they have graduated.


Special Olympics – Chair, 2009 St. Albert Special Olympic Games Organizing Committee. St. Albert Public Library Board, member and now chair.

Encourage a provincially supported family care clinic in St. Albert. But recognize physician supply is a regional and provincial problem requiring senior government action to fix.

I have been a member of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce.

We should have direct group meetings with them to find out what their needs are.


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Rotary Club, Toastmasters, and an ambassador for multiple sclerosis.

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We should promote and enhance the quality of the living and working environment in St. Albert to draw doctors.

Sturgeon Foundation, Edmonton Salutes, AHF, SDAB, EAC, Canadian Urban Transit Assoc., Rivercity Credit Union, St. Albert Alliance Church

Ensure sufficient medical office facilities exist, then recruit new doctors right out of medical school by promoting the strengths of St. Albert.

I am President of Rock’n August and as a member of the St. Albert Cosmopolitan Club – many agencies such as Kids with Cancer, SAIF, Food Bank, Alberta Diabetes.

Focus on both retention and recruitment. Advertise locally, nationally and internationally. Ensure there is suitable office space and relevant medical supports available.


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#stalbertvote What plans do you have that will benefit the youth of St. Albert and how will you know you’ve accomplished it? MADDY KILLOH, BAM Youth Group member


Work with Council, staff, and youth groups to grow memberships in youth organizations. Results would be measured by surveys (latest just completed with all Grade 7-11 students). Return of a youth centre and recruiting youth organizers. Support youth ideas and business ideas. Senior/youth co-projects. Hearing of their successes will show accomplishment. If elected, I will move a motion that council hold a special meeting some Saturday morning to hear from the youth with respect to their needs. Is the library fulfilling their needs? What about recreation?

Provide youth places where they can gather and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit to pursue their own path. We will know we got there when our youth want to stay and contribute to the social well-being of St. Albert. Implement sections of the Social Master Plan relevant to youth so they are engaged and feel valued. Increased volunteering, reduced bullying, reduced crime and satisfaction surveys are indicators.

Who said politics is no fun? try to match each candidate to their answer to this week’s question ...


What’s your all-time favourite book? (Aside from the Bible)

We need to engage youth as stakeholders in decision-making. This will be accomplished when “how do we engage youth?” is no longer an after-thought in our planning processes.



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We need to involve our youth in our conversations. Many times we discuss issues surrounding them and think we know what they think. When we include them in our dialogue, we will learn what their needs really are.

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Engage and challenge the youth of St. Albert to be more active — socially, environmentally and physically — resulting in the creation of new diverse youth activities going on.


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We need to listen to community groups and review their proposals. We also need to talk to and engage the youth in our community. Support BAM, Junior Achievement, sports and arts programming, then develop outreach programs for at-risk youth. Measure program success by enrollment.

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Improvement to St. Albert Public Library facility and services – already heavily used by St. Albert youth. I’ll know it’s accomplished when I see crowding typical of exam time alleviated. Provide a community youth center as soon as possible. Also, we need to meet with youth workers to find out what they would recommend to facilitate goals towards the needs.

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I would provide the youth with an opportunity to bring forward their initiatives. This may include a youth council with non-voting representation for both city council and school boards where they can present ideas. I know there are churches that have programs for youth. They also have facilities to accommodate same. However, I think we would have to approach any and all parties, including the youth, and examine the current situation.



Talk to students to learn the extracurricular programs that interest youth and would to contribute to our community. Work with schools to create the programs. The city can provide or fund programs that are driven by the youth. As groups such as Building Assets and Memories or SOARing grow, we will have indications of success.



We can zone land for parks, and construct ball diamonds, bike parks and amenities for youth to enjoy. We also have to be aware that government does a poor job in trying to supplement the role of parent or guardian. Form a St. Albert Youth Council reporting directly to city council so that their issues and concerns are truly addressed.

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Local RCMP help execute child porn warrant

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Police have made an arrest in a child exploitation case in Edmonton, and St. Albert RCMP played a part. Members of the local RCMP

ROSALEEN MCEVOY Greater St. Albert Catholic School Trustee

detachment helped the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Northern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) and the Edmonton Police Service execute a search warrant at a home in northwest Edmonton on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 3, where a man was arrested and charged with accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography, as well as luring a

child and counseling to commit an offence of sexual interference. Darrell Steppke, 51, of Edmonton made his latest appearance in Edmonton court on Wednesday morning, after the Leader’s press deadline. ICE’s investigation into Steppke’s activities has been going on since last year, and was assisted by their counterparts in southern Alberta, as well as

Blackfalds RCMP, the Ottawa Police Service, the National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre in Ottawa, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States. The charges against Steppke were laid in relation to one alleged female victim who is 15 years old and not from the Edmonton area. The information gathered

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during the execution of the first warrant led to police returning to the home with a second warrant on Thursday, Oct. 10, but no further suspects are believed to be involved. ICE is encouraging anyone who has information on this or any other child exploitation offence to contact their local police department, Crime Stoppers or

A new crop of leaders for the local business community were voted in last week as the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce elected its board of directors for 2014. The vote occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 9, during the Chamber’s regular monthly luncheon meeting. The term of current chair Lynn Carolei, owner of Sublime Swim and Sunwear, is up at the end of the year, and taking her place at the helm of the board will Paul Quantz of Quantz Law Group. Quantz will be helped out by first vice-chair

Barry Bailey of Bailey Event Management and second vice-chair Ken Macrae, a local chartered accountant. Mark Stoneleigh, manager of the ATB Financial branch in Tudor Glen Market, takes over as treasurer for 2014. Paulette GodinDonovan of Scotiabank is entering the second year of her two-year term as secretary. Joining the board of directors for two-year

Dr. Frank Neves and Dr. Christina Matrangolo, General Dentists are offering…

terms starting in 2014 are: • lawyer Margaret Mrazek; • Martha Livingstone of Visionary College; • Robert Zechel of Cloud Nine Pajamas; • Jodie McFadzen of Penzen Ltd.; • Julian Romanko of Investors Group; and • Chris McLeod of Athabasca University. Brian Bachynski of Great West Newspapers is also joining the board on a one-year term. Other members of the board entering the second year of their terms include: • Kendell Bousquet of First Foundation; • Matthew Potter of Swift Media; • Douglas Lamb of Servus Credit Union; • Jillian Creech of St. Albert Centre; and • Craig Pilgrim of ReMax Real Estate.


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What item would be at the top of your list of priorities if you were elected to your respective board of trustees?

How do you think local school boards can work more co-operatively with the provincial government?

What do you think is the key to maintaining labour peace with teachers?


Broad-based community representation and engagement so that the school board remains effective and relevant as we frame the future of education. This will facilitate a stronger voice when addressing unreliable and unsustainable funding sources, meeting the changing needs of students and parents, and resourcing administrators, teachers and staff to do what they do best.

I believe strongly that St. Albert Public Schools is very cooperative. What needs to happen is that the relationship requires collaboration – Working towards that end will be a priority for me. Helping the provincial government understand that planning ahead is key to the success of any school system and reliable funding is critical for sustainable development.

Listening to the teachers, communicating openly and transparently, and working locally to achieve solutions to issues such as the needs for professional development, working conditions, and salary negotiations.


My top priority is continued advocacy for adequate funding for public schools. To keep class sizes small and maintain a high quality of education to our youth, we need government to put education at the top of its funding priorities. Recent cutbacks and the need to help fund eight badly needed portables for our fast growing schools have exhausted our reserves.

Open communication is paramount. We have excellent working relationships with our two MLA’s and meet with them regularly. We continue to work with two provincial organizations – the Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) and the Public School Board Association of Alberta (PSBAA) and I have been an active member of their Advocacy Committees to ensure that our concerns are heard.

We have an extraordinary relationship with our staff based on trust, open two-way communication and transparency. I believe in maintaining these relationships by being visible in our schools, holding regular liaison meetings with both staff groups and ensuring we value feedback. The key is to ask for input and listen well, then set policies, calendars and expectations that are fair and equitable.


My top priority would be a focus on excellent educational programming. This excellence must be supported by adequate funding and resources from the province that would allow for an emphasis on appropriate class sizes and strong professional development for staff.

A local school board must develop a positive relationship with its own MLAs through ongoing and respectful communication, and then work hard to extend that relationship to the Minister of Education. In order to create one strong voice for public education in the province, each local board must also work collaboratively with other school boards through the Alberta School Boards Association.

Labour peace develops in an atmosphere of trust. Teachers are a critical component of a school system and they must be respected as such. Respect can be fostered with open and honest communication with teachers. I support local bargaining because trustees at the local level are best placed to understand the unique needs and circumstances of their own community.


To be fiscally responsible while maintaining excellence in education and placing “Students First.”

Develop, foster and strengthen relationship with our local MLAs to help them better understand how current dollars are spent and where and why additional dollars are needed to provide excellence in education.

Develop, foster and strengthen relationships with local teachers to better understand the challenges faced in the classroom.

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To advocate for another new school. Although we will have the new Lois E. Hole School in 2016, another school in the near future is essential. This year alone we had a five percent increase in enrolment and City planners predict that our population will continue to grow rapidly. Work needs to start now to ensure adequate accommodation for our students.

School Boards need to keep government informed about their financial needs. Close communication with local MLAs, communication with the Education Minister, and a strong advocacy for expenditures such as new schools and major renovations.

The key to keeping labour peace is a return to local bargaining. Local bargaining enables both sides to understand the issues through meaningful dialogue. This interaction between the local Teacher’s Association and the school board helps develop a collaborative relationship.


I would encourage government to remember its promise to provide predictable, sustainable funding for education, based on a three-year budget plan that allows boards to plan in advance. Certainty of funding would allow administrators to set priorities based on strategic planning – taking care of today’s needs while preparing for tomorrow. This is especially important in times of fiscal restraint.

School boards do work co-operatively with the province. For the most part, they are expected to do what are they are told. The problem isn’t lack of co-operation, it’s about building a more reciprocal, supportive relationship where the province acknowledges that St. Albert residents pay 25% of their property taxes to education and would like a say in the schooling of their children.

Labour peace is not an issue here. The board has an excellent relationship with its teachers. The way to ensure labour peace is the same with any group of employees. Give teachers the support they need to do their jobs. Respect them for their experience and expertise. Show appreciation for their efforts and seek their input and feedback.


Ensuring that our Catholic schools continue to be very successful. Alberta benefits greatly from the parallel public systems of Separate and Public, providing Albertans a powerful choice that serves all Albertans very well. Our Catholic Schools must remain strong and provide witness to the power of learning and faith.

The current School Act Regulations re-write has created an exciting opportunity to shape the future of education. It allows us to reaffirm the strengths of our education system while continuing to improve. One example — the transportation funding regulations need to ensure that maximum educational dollars end up in the classroom, instead of duplicate bussing between rival school systems.

Our staff is the best! Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools is working collaboratively to create teaching conditions that allow teachers to develop our students maximum potential while providing a rewarding and fulfilling career. Our dialogue is respectful and constructive.


A top priority would be to engage a non-voting student representative to sit on the board. There is some form of student representation on boards in Edmonton and Vancouver. Not only would a student’s participation enhance trustees’ knowledge of relevant student issues but would also highlight to our student body the importance of their voice at the board level.

Schools need boards to stand up for them and trustees must act as advocates for their students and teachers. Lobbying the government one on one or as a group can be effective. Providing specific examples of student needs to MLAs and highlighting what is needed for each child to reach their potential is critical. Each child’s development is an investment in our society.

Maintaining labor peace with teachers must be centered on frank discussions at the negotiating table. Alberta has one of the best education systems in the world, and international experts point to the fact that the most important contributing factor is our excellent teachers. It is critical that we listen to the voice of the teachers to understand what they need.

Rosaleen McEVOY

The top item on my list of priorities is also the top priority on Greater St. Albert Catholic School District’s Capital and Facilities Plan: the modernization of St. Albert Catholic High School. The washrooms, HVAC systems and physical education facilities all need to be updated. The students in our district get a top quality education from our teachers and they deserve modern school facilities.

Alberta Education is encouraging school boards to cultivate partnerships with other institutions, libraries, organizations, and programs to deliver education in new, collaborative and cost effective ways. By working with Alberta Education and Advanced Education, GSACRD now offers a unique International Business Program in partnership with MacEwan University at SACHS.

The key to maintaining labour peace with teachers is to listen to and respect their concerns. Teachers in the classrooms know exactly what they need to have in order for effective teaching to take place. Active listening and respectful dialogue with all education stakeholders to reach mutually agreeable and reasonable solutions are necessary for labour peace.


As a trustee I am entrusted by the electorate and the Church to the role of governance. By forging trusting relationships with all stakeholders; with students, parents, staff, fellow trustees, parishes the community and government, the outcome of academic excellence and nurturing the whole person will be achieved.

Local school boards can work more cooperatively with the province by establishing and strengthening positive working relationships. The key to achieving this is communication, accountability and collaboration.

The key to maintaining labor peace with teachers include good communication, and common ground for a shared vision.


Trustees are a vital link between the school, the community, the government and the church. As such I would make it a top priority to establish trusting relationships with stakeholders. Building relationships with stakeholders will provide insight to develop the direction required and the outcomes desired for our community and our future.

Once again the Trustee is a vital link between the government and the other stakeholders. The most effective way for local school boards to work cooperatively with the government is through effective communication and working closely with the government to provide meaningful input to the budgetary needs of the district by providing realistic and justifiable forecasts.

Maintaining labor peace with teachers is achieved through communication, understanding and respect. Teachers need to know they are being treated fairly and respectfully. When any group feels they have no voice or they are being mistreated they become rightly dissatisfied. If this were the case labor peace would be lost. Teachers are passionate professionals, able to reason when treated reasonably.

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Inclusion and success for every student by making sure that every one has the right supports in place — from the teacher to the student and every other team member at schools; strengthening the relationship between school, parish and home; advocating the government for sustainable funding and looking at possible alternative revenue options.

I think that school boards are cooperative, however that doesn’t mean that we can’t advocate for more funds. Most funds that come to the board are not targeted meaning that boards have the flexibility to use those funds in the classroom the best way possible. It’s an opportunity to be creative and responsive to needs with the limited funding received.

Communication will be the key as with any situation where you have stakeholders involved. We are now in a 4-year agreement with teachers and have agreements in place with other staff. This is an opportune time to build relationships with our staff on initiatives that bring about student success. It will be nice not to have to be sidetracked by negotiations which can be very divisive.


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WORD CLOUDS Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked a bunch of questions to the mayoral and city council candidates. That got us thinking: Which words showed up most often in their answers? To find out, we made a few word clouds. The size of the word in the cloud corresponds to how often it was included; the larger the word, the more often it was mentioned. WEEK 2 – Q: There’s still no place in our city for light industrial business to move into. What plan of action could see this sector grow and thrive?

WEEK 1 – Q: How important is municipal government investment in the arts to you?


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WORD CLOUDS See more word clouds at WEEK 3 – Q: Do you believe the substantial subsidy St. Albert Transit gets every year is sustainable?

WEEK 4 – Q: What’s the best thing that can be done to alleviate the shortage of family physicians in St. Albert?



WEEK 2 – Q: How can council ensure 20% of all housing will be developed as non-market housing that is affordable?

WEEK 1 – Q: How would you bring hidden social issues forward given St. Albert’s reputation as a bubble community?

Wes Is More… Experienced, Involved, Dedicated “I experienced Wes’s honesty and unwavering integrity while serving with him on Council. He has my vote!” - Roger Lemieux, Business Owner - Councillor 2007-2013 “Wes has been an excellent addition to City Council and we need him there for another term.” - James McDonald, LCol - retired “Wes’s earnest desire is that St. Albert remains vibrant, sustainable, and affordable. He has made a difference.” - Dave Spiers Inspector, Edmonton Police Service - retired “Wes’s integrity and work ethic have been invaluable to Council. His understanding of municipal operations is a strong asset. He gets my vote.” - Mel Knott, St. Albert businessman for nearly 40 years



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for City Council

My name is Ted Durham and I want to let you know a little bit about me. My wife and I are homeowners and residents of St. Albert and have been for 21 years. We moved here because of the great sense of community. I believe we have a great community and it will continue to be the same into the future with good leadership. We have deep roots in this community and plan on staying here for the long term. I work for a company called The United Farmers of Alberta. I am in the Petroleum Division in the northern part of Alberta as an account manager with a large portfolio, approximately 3 times as large as the St. Albert city budget. I am used to working with the stakeholders of our company, as the members of the co-op, delegates and board members shape the direction of it. Every decision I make needs to be in the best interest of those stakeholders and I make sure those important values are strictly adhered to. I am running for city council to serve the people of St. Albert. Along with you, I want to assure a sound future for St. Albert. A place where all are welcome and can afford to live. I don’t believe we have the right to raise the taxes so high in our community that they are a burden on all of us. We have a wonderful community right now and have beautiful neighborhoods. Yes, there is more work to do, but not at the cost of losing lifelong residents of this community.

I have the knowledge of how to work within our means, our family has practiced it all of our lives. I practice it

daily in my profession. Please work with me to help St. Albert stay one of the best small cities in Canada. We can do better. There are too many dreams that we are not ready to realize. Maybe in the future, but for today, we need to take care of our present needs first. As we see in many places in the world today, hardships have come financially. We are not immune. We don’t need to go into debt for our dreams. Many of us have lived in Alberta for many years and have seen what can happen in a downturn. If we are responsible as a city government and keep our debt low, it will not adversely impact residents in our community. Please support me in my campaign to be a city councilor, we will all benefit. I will represent you, the residents of St. Albert and business owners. We have a great community, let’s keep it that way.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

On October 21, St. Albert voters will have their say as they cast their votes for Mayor, Councillors, and School Trustees for the Greater St. Albert Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 734 (Ward 1) and the St. Albert Public School District No. 5565.

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The list of candidates for the 2013 Municipal Election is as follows:


Sturgeon/ Forest Lawn Grandin/ Heritage Lakes Mission/ Downtown Lacombe Park/ Riverside North Ridge/ Deer Ridge/ Rural Area West

The Enjoy Centre

2 101 Riel Drive

St. Albert Curling Club

3 3 Tache Street

Salvation Army

4 165 Liberton Drive St. Albert Alliance Church

5 1 km west of Walmart on Villeneuve Road

Braeside Presbyterian

Braeside/ Inglewood

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Erin Ridge/ Erin Ridge North Woodlands/ Oakmont Kingswood/ Pineview/ Akinsdale

Servus Credit Union Place

1 400 Campbell Road


King of Kings Lutheran Church RR#2 St. Albert, just north of Coal Mine Road Holy Family Parish

8 75 Poirier Avenue

Servus Credit Union Place

9 400 Campbell Road

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U of A spinoff touts ‘drop-in’ fuels Tim Haig, president and CEO of Forge Hydrocarbons. As the former CEO of multi-million biodiesel producer Biox, Haig said he was looking for a A University of Alberta spin-off company is forging renewable energy process to invest in that didn’t use a new process for turning waste oils and animal parts hydrogen or catalysts “which can be very expensive.” into fuel. Comparatively, Bressler’s work is “very clever,” he In a ceremony last week, Forge Hydrocarbons Inc. said. announced plans to bring its patented production “We’re making the same molecule as petroleum, of “drop-in” fuels to the commercial market after not similar to. It’s not ethanol, it’s not biodiesel. It is success with a small-scale pilot plant. the same molecule,” said Haig, noting fossil fuels take The technology is the result of almost a decade of millions of years to develop naturally. research by Dr. David Bressler, “David has skipped 50 million a professor in the U of A years. ...This is the next generation Faculty of Agriculture Life and of renewables and the greenhouse Environmental Sciences, and his gas reduction against petroleum is team of students. probably 99 per cent, so it’s pretty The new process uses highsignificant.” temperature chemistry to heat Haig said the company is moving Tim Haig feedstock — commonly animal fat forward with plans to open its first Forge Hydrocarbons CEO or crop seed oil — resulting in fatty large-scale plant by 2015, which acids and water. The fatty acids are he estimates would be capable of heated to release oxygen and create a hydrocarbon producing 15 million gallons of fuel annually with the that’s processed into gasoline, natural gas, jet fuel and potential to licence the technology globally. diesel. Bressler said factories could easily be located near “The long story short is you go from the same packing plants or waste disposal centres where grease fats and oils, you get rid of the CO2 early, you get is collected and even alongside the forestry industry a higher-density energy and produce a product where tall-oil could be used in the process. that’s going to be much more compatible with our As animal waste is typically discarded — hydrocarbon system,” said Bressler, who started work sometimes at a cost to farmers — the Alberta on drop-in fuels in 2003. Livestock and Meat Agency believes the technology “It’s called ‘cracking’ if you’re in the oilsands,” said could create new revenue streams for producers.

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Forge Hydrocarbons CEO Tim Haig speaks at a press conference on Tursday, Oct. 10, about bringing the company’s ‘drop-in’ fuels to market.

Donations honouring Quanto pour into EHS KEVIN MAIMANN Sun Media News Services

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Edmonton Humane Society staffer Stefanie Martin poses with Maggie and items donated to the shelter in memory of Edmonton Police Service canine unit member Quanto on Sunday.

Dog lovers have opened their hearts to the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) after the stabbing death of police service dog Quanto last week. EHS spokeswoman Shawna Randolph says people have brought in gifts including dog food, treats, collars, leashes and toys in Quanto’s memory. EHS has also received close to $1,000 in financial donations, though she said Saturday donations had tapered off. “It was quite a tragedy, naturally, and whenever we see this type of thing in Edmonton — any sort of tragedy — we are never surprised by the generosity of people,” Randolph said. “There are so many good people in this community and it’s wonderful that people have been reaching out, giving themselves comfort perhaps, and remembering him.” EHS is assembling acknowledgement cards for each financial donation that will be sent to Quanto’s handler, Cst. Matt

Williamson. Quanto died on the job after being stabbed in an altercation with a man fleeing police last week. Suspect Paul Joseph Vukmanich, 27, is facing numerous charges including criminal flight, dangerous driving, possession of stolen property and cruelty to an animal. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

“It’s wonderful that people have been reaching out.” Shawna Randolph Edmonton Humane Society Police have since rallied to instill harsher penalties for harming police dogs. A federal Private Members Bill is currently on the table calling for special protection for law enforcement animals under the Criminal Code, while Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said the province is considering provisions to the Service Dogs

Act that would punish people for cruelty to service dogs. “We’d be in favour of both of those,” Randolph said. She said she would like to see stiffer penalties extended to harming other pets, as well – particularly under the Animal Protection Act, where jail time is not listed at all. However, she said Canada’s justice system has started taking animal cruelty more seriously in recent years. “Our officers are able to deal with a crown prosecutor regularly. Four years or so ago, we didn’t have that, and court cases just didn’t seem to be taken seriously in regards to animal abuse or neglect,” she said. “We are seeing it more and more, the courts are taking it more seriously, so that is a very positive step.” Police have also asked the public to donate to the Edmonton Police Foundation in Quanto’s memory. The EPS canine unit said last week they have received hundreds of emails, phone calls, Facebook posts and other messages expressing support and condolences to Williamson.


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RCMP’s Operation Impact targets dangerous long-weekend drivers in Alberta itself, on average we have 400 CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY people killed in traffic collisions every Sun Media News Services year,” she said. Mounties want to end the tradition of Ultimately, the campaign is about drivers being turkeys on long weekends. people getting to spend time with their Operation Impact is a national loved ones during holidays. campaign targeting impaired driving, “Nobody deserves to die on the seat belt use, and aggressive and highway,” she said. distracted driving. Final enforcement numbers RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely said were expected on Tuesday. there have been collisions and a Neely said the enforcement has tanker rolled over on Highway 2 been making an impact, with on Sunday. a goal of Canada’s roads being “Traditionally, long weekends safest in the world by 2015. can be a time of numerous In 2006, five people were collisions,” Neely said. killed in fatal crashes during “There’s more people on the Sgt. Patricia the Thanksgiving weekend. highways. Sometimes people In 2008, Mounties dealt with Neely become impatient or are late, numerous collisions involving RCMP K Division they’re speeding, they’re not alcohol, including one that killed paying attention and we simply want a 19-year-old man. Both 2008 and 2009 people to be aware of the consequences.” Thanksgiving weekends saw blood on Integrated traffic units across the the roads as well. country are using targeted enforcement Edmonton Police service sent out a to try to stop bad driving. series of Tweets over the weekend with Highways are bigger killers than statistics aimed at educating drivers. For murderers, she said. example, they tweeted that 92.5 per cent “People often think traffic of motorists buckle up regularly, but 37 enforcement is secondary police work, per cent of fatally injured occupants were but I think it’s important to remember not wearing seat belts.

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First of last Canadian soldiers come home CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY Sun Media News Services

Tim Hortons and cellphones greeted the first of the last soldiers. Soldiers deployed in Afghanistan returned to home soil on Friday at the Shell AeroCentre. Of the 89 Canadian Armed Forces members who returned to Canada, 16 returned to Edmonton. The homecoming was the first of several returning from a mission to prep Afghan security forces in their roles. The last troops are expected back in March 2014. Capt. Matthew Hou said he was looking forward to seeing his partner and having a nice meal with a cold beer at CFB Edmonton after a 3.5-month deployment. The former Vancouverite joked he never thought he’d be so happy to see the prairies. In Kabul, he saw progress in his job as a logistics manager. “There’s for sure a broad mix of emotions — pride for what we’ve done, a sense of accomplishment, but also some nostalgia,” he said. “I know it’s only been a few days since we left Afghanistan, but we made some good relationships with the Afghans. I’m happy to be back home.” He said through the difference in

cultures, he learned humility, realizing things Canadians take for granted. “It took a good month for me to really invest in the relationship with my counterpart,” he said. “After we spent about a month drinking chai, drinking tea and just chatting about small stuff, I realized that was the way work is done there. You need to invest in a relationship before talking about work.” Lt. Brett Pelletier worked as a human resources advisor for the Afghan National Army for four months on his first deployment. “I’m happy to be coming back home,” he said. “It’s a good change of pace.” On the average day, he would mentor Afghans, learning how to function in a group environment. The coffee was a welcome sight for Pelletier — the Tim Hortons previously shut down in Afghanistan. On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to extend involvement until the end of 2014. However, there was no word from Ottawa on expanding Canada’s role. The shift in command comes at a time of violence perpetrated mostly by antigovernment groups. According to a mid-year report from the UN, violence has spiked since last year.

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Canadian soldiers get off their plane at the Edmonton International Airport on Friday. About 16 Edmonton-based soldiers were part of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. The first half of 2013 saw 1,319 civilian deaths and 2,533 injuries. Deaths are up 14 per cent from the same time last year, and injuries rose 28 per cent from the same time in 2012.

Since the war in 2001, more than 45,000 Canadian troops have been sent over to the country. Afghan security forces took over operations in the country on June 18.

CRTC says 911 system still a patchwork mess

For the birds Photo: AMBER BRACKEN, Sun Media News Services

A Jardine’s Parrot leans in to be petted during the Northern Alberta Cage Bird Society Bird Show at Bellevue Community League in Edmonton on Saturday.

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Canada’s 911 services are still a patchwork mess, and fixes are needed before cellphone and text-messaging emergency requests become the norm, says a new CRTC report. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) report, which was released last week, says 911 operators often don’t know what emergency information is needed from callers due to a lack of coordination between the system, emergency providers, and users. For instance, without an exact location provided, calls from cellphones can often be traced only to the nearest cell tower, not to the actual location of the desperate caller. “The 911 system is working because of the good faith of its participants, but not because we have the appropriate institutions of governance,”

report author and outgoing CRTC commissioner Timothy Denton wrote. The report outlines the growing challenges with the increased use of cellphones, as well as voice-over Internet protocol (VOIP) phones and the transition to all Internet-based communication devices. Denton says there’s no plan to adequately address the changes necessary to transition to the next-generation 911, when, for instance, text messaging photos and video would be useful information to operators. Already, the report says, there is a gap between what people expect from 911 services and what they can offer. The study recommends a national advisory body be created. The CRTC is now asking for recommendations from the public on how day-to-day technology can be used to modernize the 911 service.



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There’s no place like the dome MATT DYKSTRA Sun Media News Services

Navigating a maze of metal scaffolding over 150 feet above the ground, the construction crew from Gracom pours their sweat and strength into repairing the iconic dome of the Alberta Legislature. The wind whips violently at the site-protective tarp 14-storeys up as the team of roughly 20 workers carefully assemble terra cotta tiles in a spiraling igloo formation, only last week reaching the octave’s circular “bullseye” designs. Like the masons who assembled the original dome in 1912, the Gracom crew teeters in tight quarters, wholly focused on making the beaux-arts style building look exactly as it did over 100 years ago. “We don’t necessarily use a level all the time. We use a lot of sight-approval, we stand back and look at the dome and at the curvature,” says Roland Stallknecht, Gracom’s project development manager. “There’s nothing that I can give them that’s a hard

rule-of-thumb.... A great deal is done just on sense and gutfeeling and how we work at it as a team.” Empty coffee cups and stomped cigarette butts dot many of the wooden planks that criss-cross upwards to the top of the lantern. A crane lifts pallets of terra cotta tiles to the top daily where the crew fits them between the dome’s ribs, leaving just enough breathing space for the building to expand and contract with the weather. The $10 million project is on schedule to be completed by spring 2014, roughly 18 months after demolition work began in late 2012 and a full six years after the terra cotta erosion on the major and minor legislature domes was first identified in 2007. Both domes have leaked since they were built, said Rob Pacholok with Building Science Engineering (BSE), the prime consultant for the dome’s repair work. In fact, sheets of plastic have been hung to prevent water leaking through the minor dome and onto the Chamber floor, “just like placing buckets beneath a leaky roof.”



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Designing the rain-screen membrane to fit between the dome and the terra cotta tiles was a challenge, he said, because they had to build to the exact same dome profiles without any of the original domes’ measurements or blueprints. “All of that was lost,” explained Pacholok. “We had photos of the structural skeleton from 1912 but what did that look like on the inside today? We had no idea.” To add insulation and an air-drainage space, the team had to grow the domes inward by stripping them down to their steel skeletons and installing the waterproofing system in behind. The minor dome will be completed in time for the Oct. 28 legislative session, with work commencing on the decorative aspects of the major dome over the winter months. More than 2,000 decorative pieces were painstakingly recreated from the original works by sculptors from Boston Valley Terra Cotta, a U.S. company based in the New York state, said Pacholok. Stallknecht says he has a tight-knit team of skilled masons, people “very cognizant” of the perils of sandstone repointing and terra cotta installation. The crew climbs over 14 storeys of scaffolding every day. Operations Manager Karl Binder sometimes makes the climb two or three times. He doesn’t mind. “It’s back to building boxes

after this,” he quips, bored by the idea of returning to conventional construction. Stallknecht knows the feeling. From a work area 155-feet up, he points across the river to a brick-faced condominium building on Saskatchewan Drive and then over to a similar high-rise in the city’s downtown core. The buildings are the last two projects he’s worked on. They look exactly the same. He gestures up at the dome. Gracom’s work will hold up for more than 100 years, he says. “When this is all said and done, this building will be here probably longer than Gracom will be, and it’s nice for them to have a legacy of the work they’ve done in this town. These guys are working on something that they probably will never work on again in their life.” “It’s very rewarding and something I’m going to hold dear to my heart.”

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Troupe checks in for madcap comedy

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The St. Albert Theatre Troupe is hoping audiences will “check in” to check out some zany, madcap comedy. The dinner theatre troupe is opening up its 2013-2014 season this week at the Kinsmen Banquet Centre with the comedy Hotbed Hotel, written by Michael Parker. Director Mark McGarrigle said that the play is a whole lot of fun. “It’s door-slamming, in-and-out, racy situations, all that kind of stuff,” he said. “It’s your typcial all-out type of comedy.” In the play, the owners of a one-star hotel in Florida are hoping to sell their property to a buyer from New York. But, in order to increase the chances of a sale, they come up with a plan to make the hotel look much busier than

keep all that action straight. But he is it actually is, enlisting the help of the liking the challenge so far. maintenance man, Hopkins, and the “It’s a lot of fun, because you have to sexy housekeeper, Maureen. do it over and over and over, and you “It’s kind of like [the 1970s British TV end up being in very funny positions, no show] Fawlty Towers,” McGarrigle said. With all the door slamming and quick matter what you end up on,” he said. “In rehearsal, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.” changes, the physical toll it takes on the The rest of the actors was more than they bargained for at troupe’s season first. includes Same Time, Next Year, written by “It’s just because the timing is so intricate,” Bernard Slade, in early McGarrigle said. “The 2014, and Shrunken set is very interesting. Heads, written by M.Z. Mark McGarrigle It’s the lobby of a hotel, Ribalow, in April and Director and there are two other May. doors, and they’ve got In addition to those the room numbers on them. And then shows, though, the troupe is planning a you can see inside an actual room. So more dramatic show, without the dinner, the action happens in two different for just three nights. McGarrigle said it’s a chance for the actors to really stretch spaces a lot of the times.” their legs. On top of all that, as director, McGarrigle has the responsibility to “We’d like to do a lot more of that,”

“It’s your typical all-out type of comedy.”

he said. “The dinner theatre is definitely our bread and butter, but we like to stretch ourselves. Comedy is great and all — we love it — but as actors and a troupe, we like to experiment and stretch ourselves.” This is the third season that the troupe has been up and running, and McGarrigle said they have been gaining steam. “The hardest part is getting the word out, letting people know we exist,” he said. “Once people know we exist, they become repeat customers.” Hotbed Hotel runs at the Kinsmen Banquet Centre on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 17 to Nov. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each (discounts are available for groups of 20 or more) and include dinner, and are available through the troupe’s website at or by calling 780-222-0102.


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Waste bosses want to snag Banksy SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Waste management bosses in the U.K. have called for street artist Banksy to be charged with vandalism and have vowed to set him up for an arrest where his true identity will finally be revealed. The mysterious artist has gained a cult following for his ’guerilla’ work, spray painting eye-catching images on public walls in the dead of night, and for refusing to discuss his background. Famous fans of the British painter include Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, supermodel Kate Moss,

and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, but a leading waste disposal company is now waging war on his work. Staff at Business Waste blame Banksy for encouraging youths to spray unsightly graffiti on walls, and they are planning to set a trap to catch him in the act and make a citizen’s arrest. A spokesman for the company says, “He needs to be stopped! While he’s gadding about the major cities of the world being hailed as one of the great guerilla artists, vandals think it’s OK to do the same on walls everywhere...

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Kings of Leon hit No. 1 again

JANE STEVENSON St. Albert Leader

Kings of Leon’s new album, Mechanical Bull, is generally seen as a return to form for the Nashville rock band. So you might be surprised at one of guitarist Matthew Followill’s biggest influences. “Hall and Oates, he loves them,” says bassist Jared Followill, brother of KOL frontman Caleb and drummer Nathan, seated beside their cousin Matthew in Toronto recently. Seriously? “I love Hall and Oates a lot,” says Matthew of the late-’70s, early-’80s pop-rock-soul duo. “I’ll put Hall and Oates (satellite) radio on and be like (breaks into grin). There’s never been a band that can write so many hits. Like, it’s just crazy to me, how many hits they have. It’s

mindblowing.” So can an invite to be on Live From Daryl’s House, featuring Daryl Hall playing with other musicians at his house during a free monthly webcast, be far off for Kings of Leon? Matthew says he’d “probably be really nervous,” before admitting: “That’s pretty cool.” Retro-rock influences aside, something’s definitely working for Kings of Leon, given a No. 1 record — their fourth in a row — in the U.K. for Mechanical Bull, which was released Sept. 24. “Anywhere that you can have a No. 1 is amazing,” says Jared. “I mean not to sound cocky on our side, but it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to us because the U.K.’s been so great to us ... They’re the only reason why we’re still a band. We

would have gotten dropped from the label if they hadn’t bought our albums on the first album and second album.” Mechanical Bull, KOL’s sixth studio album overall, is the followup to 2010’s Come Around Sundown, which was followed by a 2011 tour whose low point came when Caleb walked off stage in the middle of a concert in Dallas, citing “vocal issues and exhaustion,” and didn’t return. Subsquently, the rest of the U.S. tour was cancelled, but the band played in Canada, South Africa and Australia before taking a year off in the lead-up to recording the new album.

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Matthew (left) and Jared Followill. “It wasn’t really a fight, we had our little thing that happened, that was for his voice,” says Matthew.

First Wednesdays on CW, then the world for Amell cousins

BILL HARRIS Sun Media News Services

Tomorrow is now for the Amell cousins. “We were shooting a promo for ‘Amell Wednesdays,’ and they had us doing this back and forth with our last name, Amell-tastic and all this stuff,” recalls Robbie Amell, star of the new series The Tomorrow People. Robbie’s cousin, Stephen Amell, is the star of Arrow. “And we were sitting there and we were going over the lines they gave us, and we were like, ‘This is insane,’” Robbie adds. “It’s crazy for one of us to be the lead of a show, but the odds for both of us to be the lead of a show are astronomical. “Same network, same night, back-to-back, same executive

producers, same genre. It’s unbelievable.” The Tomorrow People debuted Wednesday, Oct. 9 on CW and CTV. Also Wednesday on those same two channels, Arrow returns for its second season. Both Robbie, 25, and Stephen, 32, originally are from Toronto, so this is quite the family-focused Robbie Canadian Amell invasion for a Tomorrow People pair of highprofile series that originate on a U.S. network. “It’s a massive step for me — I told Stephen when he booked

Arrow that it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Robbie says with a laugh. “I’m very excited about it. “The people I’m working with are great, (executive producer) Greg Berlanti is incredible, I worked with him a while ago on Brothers and Sisters. And that was kind of my first adult role coming off of Drew Patterson (Robbie’s role in the 2008 made-for-TV movie Picture This with Ashley Tisdale). So it’s nice that the person who gave me my first adult role off of a kids’ show also is giving me potentially my big break.” It’s a small world, though, so if you’re a good guy to work with in the acting game, people remember. “And if you’re an a------, they’ll remember you even more,” Robbie

points out. Based on a British series of the same name, The Tomorrow People has Robbie Amell playing Stephen Jameson, a supposedly normal teenager who begins hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep. Turns out he’s not imagining things, and he’s not alone. “The closest Stephen thing to (The Amell Tomorrow Arrow People) was Heroes, and that was a while ago,” Robbie says. “And while there are some little similarities, the two shows are very different.

“One thing that’s nice about this show is that the people making it want it to feel as if it’s grounded in reality. So no matter how amazing those super powers are, or how incredible the fight scenes are, they want it to seem like, what would happen if this really were happening in real life? Would people be able to accept someone with super powers?” As for the Amell invasion, I have to ask, are there any more cousins? Are we looking at a Kardashian situation here? “Stephen and I both have sisters,” Robbie says. “He has a younger sister and I have an older sister.” Well, for now we have The Tomorrow People and Arrow. Stayed tuned for Keeping Up With The Amells.


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Singer Basia Bulat steps out of the shadows JENNY TANG-CLARKE Sun Media News Services

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Folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.

The shadows have been following Basia Bulat around for some time now, but the folk singer-songwriter can see light peering around the corners. Tall Tall Shadow is the opening track to the Toronto native’s third album of the same title. “It’s an opening statement that we’re all going through turns of life and turns of darkness,” she explains. As the listener progresses through the tracks, they’ll discover that little nuggets of light will pop through the darkness. Two months before she was set to record the greatly anticipated follow-up to her Juno-nominated Heart of My Own, Bulat suffered a deep loss. Without going into any further detail, she simply states it was time to start over. “Instinct — it just didn’t feel right and I wasn’t connecting with what I wanted to write,” Bulat says. “(After the loss), I knew I wanted to find things that feel honest to me.” Starting over, embracing

honesty, and following instincts has lead to the 10 songs found on Tall Tall Shadow, which focuses on the two sides of emotions. “It’s a duality we experience. It’s something that is sad but I didn’t focus or dwell on the darkness. I wanted to make something beautiful and uplifting,” she says. Her vocals on each track speak to that — while strong, they reveal hints of vulnerability. Tall Tall Shadow incorporates new instrumental ideas, which takes a slight departure from her usual minimalist, folkish sound (most notably the track Someone, which features a drum machine), and she credits co-producers Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Grammy-winning engineer Mark Lawson for pushing her boundaries. In 2007, Bulat released her debut album Oh, My Darling which went on to make the 2008 Polaris

shortlist. On tour to promote Oh, My Darling, she played a show at Zaphods, a club venue in Ottawa. The power went out during a song, but the audience kept the rhythm going with hand claps and she continued singing a cappella. The power returned after a few lines, she finished the song, and she thanked the crowd with tears in her eyes. Five years later, she’s still stumbling upon the beams of light as they peek through the shadows. Since the release of Oh, My Darling, she says the most important thing she has learned was to follow her instinct, just like the mindset she had going into the making of Tall Tall Shadow. If anything, sticking to her guns has all the more showcased the passion she has for being a musician. Following that philosophy became more apparent and relevant after her loss. “(The songs of Tall Tall Shadow are) empowering to sing ... especially if you can escape your own self,” she says. “Shadows in life can be beautiful or harsh, but you need both of them.”

Jolie a modern-day beauty: photog SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Angelina Jolie is the only modern beauty who could compete with silver screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, according to celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill. The Brit has captured the world’s most iconic beauties during his prolific career and he insists the days of the movie siren are numbered — because so few

current stars possess the look, the elegance and the class of the greats. But there is one actress who rises above the rest: Tomb Raider beauty Jolie. O’Neill tells Parade magazine, “Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, all of them were stunning. Now, they all seem the same. The only one who really stands out is Angelina Jolie, a different class of girl altogether.

She’s a stunning, beautiful woman — a rarity.” O’Neill also reveals the stunning stars he caught on camera all had one thing in common — none of them would accept they were beautiful. The photographer, who was once married to actress Faye Dunaway and who romanced lifestyle queen Martha Stewart, explains, “Beautiful women see all their flaws,

not their assets. I said to Ava, ‘You are definitely the most beautiful of women’. She said, ‘Oh, shut up!’ “I said to Michelle Pfeiffer one day, ‘You’re stunning!’ She said, ‘Oh, don’t be silly.’ Liz Taylor wouldn’t have it, either. She never believed it. Audrey Hepburn didn’t. You tell them that they’re beautiful, but they just don’t see it.”


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Cumberbatch truly a man of secrets on set

eye contact. He’s the kind of interviewee who’ll deconstruct your question, so he commands attention. Benedict Cumberbatch appreciates the “It’s interesting. I read some blogs when I irony of playing WikiLeaks founder Julian was keeping Khan secret. It was like, ‘Who Assange — a man dedicated to exposing is he to tell me what I should or shouldn’t secrets. know?’ Which really takes us back full Cumberbatch has conversely spent circle to this film.” most of the last few years There are two Julian keeping them. Assange narratives. One He spent considerable involves his mission: the time half-truthfully question of who owns denying that the villain secrets. he’d be playing in Star WikiLeaks, founded Trek: Into Darkness by the now-fugitive Benedict Cumberbatch was named Khan. He Australian-born Actor is mum about Smaug, Internet activist, hosted the dragon he voices in millions of leaked Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit: The “secret” files on its secure “submission Desolation of Smaug. platform” for whistleblowers — high-level And for this year’s San Diego Comicbank fraud, Iraq war scandals, diplomatic Con, he starred in a cheeky video cables. It carries on, even while Assange “explaining” how Sherlock Holmes hides in the Ecuadoran embassy in survives his apparent death at the end of London (dodging sexual assault charges in Season 2 of Sherlock. (Season 3 is set to Sweden), and key WikiLeaks whistleblower start in January, so ...) Bradley Manning sits in jail after an “It’s frustrating for you, I get it. It’s like, espionage conviction this summer. ‘Oh, for God’s sake, just say something!’” The second Assange story has to do with Cumberbatch says to me in a private sitthe power of charisma. WikiLeaks was also down for the movie The Fifth Estate. a selling job, always the work of a handful The 37-year-old British actor is engaged of people or less, all of them under the in the conversation and maintaining thrall of the charismatic Assange.


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“I’m not interested in playing a cookiecutter villain.”

This is where the penetrating gaze of Cumberbatch — the movie world’s current “It” boy — comes in. See him in white hair, with a mouth prosthesis to change his face slightly, and you see Assange. Unless of course, you’re Julian Assange himself. He sent Cumberbatch an email on the eve of shooting to convince him to stop. Much of his objection sprang from the use of a book by Assange’s estranged spokesperson, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Daniel Bruhl). “He said he couldn’t condone the film, and was very polite and apologetic about that,” Cumberbatch recalls. “But also very intelligent, charming and polite in his appeals to my better nature. He said, ‘You’d be damaging both me, my enterprise and those in real jeopardy — including people awaiting trial as in the case of Bradley Manning. It would do real harm to my cause and the people I care about were you to take part in this film based on the most poisonous accounts of my predicament.’ “I wrote back in a similar vein and said, ‘I have to disagree with you for many reasons. One is I’m not setting out to vilify you or harm your cause. Very much the opposite. I’m playing you. I have to empathize with you. I’m not interested in playing a cookie-cutter villain.”

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SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the hosts of this year’s Golden Globe Awards, have signed a deal to head the show in 2014 and 2015, organizers said on Tuesday. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Fey, 43, and Poehler, 42, will host the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards from Beverly Hills on Jan. 12, which will be broadcast live on the Comcast Corp’s NBC network, as well as the show the following year. Fey and Poehler, who developed a strong comic rapport a decade ago while on NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show Saturday



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Toning tummies through technology CARY CASTAGNA Sun Media News Services

So I’m lying flat on my back on the carpet of my basement office in my Edmonton-area home. I gaze at a ceiling tile while awaiting the next cue from master Pilates instructor Denise Posnak. “Bring your knees into your chest. Awesome, awesome, awesome,” she says while watching me intently. “Bring your chin up onto your chest. Good. Curl up a little higher. I know. Reach with those arms, Cary. Lift your arms up a little bit higher and curl up just a little higher.” Posnak’s playful coaching style is encouraging and reassuring as I awake my abdominals and grunt into position for the quintessential Pilates exercise: the hundred. “Ah ha! I love it,” she praises me for keeping my shoulder blades off the carpet. “Now pull the abdominals in. You got it! Fight for it! And little pumps with those arms — up and down! One, two, three, four, five

and inhale! Two, three, four, five and exhale …” I’m almost certain I resemble an overturned turtle that’s trying in vain to right itself. But Posnak, a dancer and choreographer before earning her Pilates certification circa 2000, doesn’t let up with her sing-songy count. So I clench my teeth and keep going. Quivering abdominals, be damned. “Hello! Nice job! Beautiful! You did 100. I wasn’t going to make you do 100, but I made you do 100,” she snickers with seemingly sadistic delight before heaping on more praise.

“That was good. Yes! Awesome!” Amazing, even. Amazing because Posnak is instructing me from the living room of her apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. The roughly 4,000 km between us is rendered moot thanks to Skype. Our virtual workout through the popular Internet chat service is what many fitnessconscious techno geeks call “Skypercising.” It’s part of a fitness trend

that is exploding. And tech-savvy trainers like Posnak — who also uses FaceTime and Google+ Hangouts — are working feverishly to keep up with the exponential demand. “Using technology, you can reach more people,” she explains, following our one-onone Pilates session. “The teacher doesn’t have to travel. You’re not running the studio. You don’t have those costs.” With next to no overhead, Posnak is able to keep her price points low. Good news for her clients, who have virtually no excuse to miss a workout — no matter where they are. “I’ll find you,” Posnak laughs, noting she has started “laying down the law.” It’s that accountability that has spurred her clients to greater fitness levels. “There’s no excuse,” she adds. “They can’t skip a session.” But there’s only one of her. The founder of MyBOD Wellness (Mind Body Online Direct), who also still teaches in-person sessions Photo Supplied in New York, is now focused on Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Denise Posnak is making the most expanding her stable of live online of technology to help clients all over the continent get fit trainers, which includes both Pilates with what she calls “Skypercising.” and yoga experts.

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U of A reasearchers tackle eye disease the funding is for five years. “It’s exciting for everyone,” he said, Sun Media News Services adding research will continue as long as Crown prosecutor Mark Huyserthey know the therapy is safe. Wierenga is looking forward to the future. Fellow researcher Tania Bubela said gene Since the age of 15, the now Crown therapy has legal, ethical and commercial prosecutor, has had Choroidermia — a barriers and this is the first ocular gene genetic eye disorder causing difficulty therapy in Canada. seeing in the dark and In the 1990s, gene worsening tunnel vision. therapy went tragically “It doesn’t seem to wrong — treating me to be very narrow patients for systemic because I don’t see things issues lead to liver failure. out past the point I’ve “They were trying to seen something,” he said. treat immune deficiencies “It’s slowly become my and other things that Tania Bubela reality.” U of A researcher weren’t just in the eye,” Researchers at the she said. “Regulators are University of Alberta are very cautious, and for now taking a promising gene therapy to good reason.” clinical trials after a $5-million grant to the Stephanie Chan, study co-ordinator, will Alberta Ocular Gene Therapy Team from provide patients with genetic counselling. Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions. About a dozen patients will be chosen for Huyser-Wierenga is hopeful about the the trial which affects primarily males, new research. about one in 50,000. Dr. Ian MacDonald has been researching She said they’re taking out the virus’s Choroidermia for 30 years, first ability to infect, and using it like a delivery understanding the genes involved, cloning van. “The idea is that the cells that are still the gene and testing therapies in cell and viable in the eye will absorb this new gene animal models. University of Alberta and use it as a recipe book to create the research will take place over two years, but proper enzyme that’s lacking,” Chan said.


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A look at so Montville, Conn., 2007: Tag, dodgeball, kickball, soccer and other “body-banging” activities banned because kids might get hurt. The rules were relaxed a bit after complaints.

St. Catharines, Ont., 2011: A school banned balls on the playground (later overturned).

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Pogs were almost always played for keeps, causing playground arguments and classroom distractions. Eventually, pogs were banned in schools pretty much everywhere.

Long Island, N.Y., Oct. 2013: One school banned footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, cartwheels and tag, citing safety issues. Children will be given foam Nerf balls to play with.

Darwin, Australia, 2012:

An elementary school banned most balls from its playground after a parent got hit in the head with a soccer ball.

Townsville, Australia, 2008:

A primary school banned handing out candy canes or other sweets at Christmas.

Pottstown, Pa., 2012:

A school banned all forms of gymnastics during recess.

Ugg boots were banned after students began hiding cell phones in them, which aren’t allowed in class.

Tennessee, 2012: A sex-education bill was passed that defined holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.”

Brooklyn, N.Y., 2012: A private, all-Jewish school banned students from using Facebook, even at home, because it’s “immodest.”

Essex, U.K., March, 2013: One school banned triangularshaped flapjacks (a type of oat bar). When thrown, the corner could damage an eye.

Brisbane, 2011: One school banned tag and red rover.

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U.S., 2010:

Over the last few years, various schools have banned Halloween costumes, usually opting for orange and black clothing instead.

Schools in several states banned Silly Bandz for not only being a distraction in class but because too many can actually cut off the circulation to hands and fingers.

Melbourne, 2010: One primary school banned students from running around the playground, as it was too crowded.

North America: Dodgeball: Has been banned in many schools across North America for over a decade.


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Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk’s frantic waving pays off as he homers off the left-field foul pole at Fenway Park to beat the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

OCT. 22, 1797

André-Jacques Garnerin makes the first parachute jump from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above the city of Paris.

OCT. 23, 1925

Johnny Carson, the legendary host of the Tonight Show on NBC, is born in Corning, Iowa.

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Class winners are on display during the Northern Alberta Caged Bird Society show in Edmonton over the weekend

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1) Mayor before Crouse 3) Fleuri (1908) and Alex (1918-1919) 4) William ____ (1962-1965) 6) Herbert B. ____ (1910) 7) John E. ____ (1945-1946) 9) 1st mayor Cheri ____ 11) Longest serving mayor (1919-1943) 13) Athletic park namesake 15) Status St. Albert reached in ’64

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Canada’s jobless rate dips below 7% DAVID LJUNGGREN Sun Media News Services

Canada added 11,900 jobs in September and the unemployment rate dropped to an almost five-year low of 6.9 per cent, largely because fewer youths were looking for work, Statistics Canada said on Friday. While September’s report shows Canada had largely regained jobs lost during the 2008-09 recession, there are few signs resurgent growth will appear soon enough to prompt a nearterm interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada. Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the report was respectable. “Definitely the eye-popping statistic here was the fact that the jobless rate has dropped below 7 per cent, gripping the 6 per cent handle for the first time in almost five years. That’s always an encouraging sign,” he said. The gain was greater than the 10,000 new jobs predicted by market analysts. The jobless rate, which stood at 7.1 per cent in August, touched the lowest since the 6.8 per cent recorded in December 2008. “Today’s job numbers show that Canada’s economy is on the right track,” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said in a statement. “That being said, the global economy is still fragile, but there are still too many Canadians out of work.”

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The jobless rate in Canada dipped below seven per cent in September, the first time it had done so in nearly five years, thanks to nearly 12,000 new jobs created. Average monthly job growth over six months, seen as a more reliable gauge of the jobs trend, was 23,100, up sharply from 12,300 in the prior six-month period. March’s heavy job losses of 54,500 are no longer a part of the most recent six months. The jobs report suggests plenty of slack remains in the economy, meaning the Bank of Canada can be expected to keep its key rate at a near record low of 1 per cent, where it has been since September 2010. “Given indications that the bank is probably lowering its outlook for growth over the second half of the

Outrage over outage SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Rogers Communications will credit customers with a day of service after a Canada-wide outage on Wednesday, Oct. 10. “I recognize this service interruption was unacceptable for our customers,” Rogers president and CEO Nadir Mohamed said in a release early Thursday morning. The company said it is unclear what caused the outage. Service interruptions began in Quebec and Ontario around suppertime, but later in the evening the company acknowledged in a tweet that the problem was national.

Voice and SMS services, like text messaging, were affected. Rogers subsidiaries Fido and Chatr were also down. Service was gradually restored to Rogers’ nearly 10 million customers throughout the evening, and late Wednesday night Rogers tweeted: “Wireless voice and SMS services are fully restored, We continue to investigate the root cause.” In a statement and on Twitter, the wireless company apologized for the inconvenience and thanked customers for their patience. was also down Wednesday due to “technical difficulties.”

year it’s not the kind of environment where it sounds like the bank will contemplate any near-term move on rates,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at the Royal Bank of Canada. Canada’s jobless rate has yet to fall to pre-crisis levels. During most of 2008 the unemployment rate sat between 5.9 per cent and 6.1 per cent. Markets were more focused than usual on the Canadian data since the U.S. government did not release employment report for September, due to a partial government shutdown. The Canadian dollar firmed to

C$1.0376 versus the U.S. dollar, or 96.38 U.S. cents, after the data. This was stronger than just prior to the data’s release and stronger than Thursday’s North American finish at C$1.0396, or 96.19 U.S. cents. Statscan said the main reason for the lower unemployment rate was the drop in the number of young people seeking work. The overall participation rate, which includes those working or actively looking for work, slipped to 66.4 per cent, the lowest since the 66.3 per cent recorded in February 2002. “One of the reasons young workers may be discouraged is that, since the recession, Canadian employers have added barely enough jobs to keep pace with population growth,” Erin Weir, an economist with the United Steelworkers union, said in a statement. In September, Canada added 23,400 full-time jobs and lost 11,500 parttime jobs. Since September 2012, the economy has added 212,400 positions, an increase of 1.2 per cent. Employment in the hard-hit manufacturing sector dropped by 26,000 jobs in September. Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing added 33,200 jobs. Wage growth for permanent employees, closely watched by the central bank, was 1.8 per cent in September compared with a year earlier, up from 1.5 per cent in August.

BlackBerry to close in Halifax

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – BlackBerry plans to close an office in Halifax, putting more than 350 people out of work. The office is to close Jan. 10. The company said it will pay back $2 million from the Nova Scotia government that was supposed to be used to build a BlackBerry 10 centre of excellence. That project was announced earlier this year and was supposed to inject about $120 million into the economy over five years.

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Women buck oil stereotypes MORGAN MODJESKI Sun Media News Services

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Kaitlyn Hill at work at a Tim Hortons in Sarnia, Ont.

Program opens opportunities

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Kaitlyn Hill is a prime example of resilience. Hill, 21, had a heart transplant when she was just three years old and was diagnosed with lymphoma when she was five. Now in remission, Hill has a mild intellectual disability but that doesn’t let that stop her from attending Lambton College and working parttime. “I do all the busgirl stuff,” she said with a smile. “... taking dishes, loading, unloading, loading the dishwasher, sweeping, and mopping.” Hill was recently hired at the Tim Horton’s on Colborne Road in Sarnia, Ont., after the Rotary at Work (RAW) program caught her manager’s attention. “The presentation at Rotary helped us remember the importance of hiring individuals with disabilities,” said Rob Collie. Several years ago, Collie decided to hire an almost completely deaf individual who is now a baker at one of his Tim Horton’s locations. “There’s value having someone in your workplace who really, really, really wants to work and that’s the situation with someone who has a disability, they are that much more motivated to be there and that really helps the team out,” he said. So far this year RAW has led to 16 permanent jobs and three after-school jobs. In early July RAW celebrated it’s 200th hire in Sarnia. The initiative has been adopted in seven Ontario districts and is now spreading to British Columbia. In BC this week, rotary clubs are conducting 12 presentations in 10 days, to promote program. Bob Vansickle is a supervisor at SarniaLambton Community Living, a partner in the RAW employment project. “What we’re talking about, it’s not a charity case, it’s not a charity sell. There is a lot of data out there that proves that people who have disabilities are more loyal employees, they have less accidents on the job, they take fewer sick days, and they take less time off,” he said.

As Fort McMurray continues to grow at a rapid rate because of the oilsands industry, the number of women entering the trades is increasing and “male dominated” jobs are now becoming fair game for women. With more women getting into the trades, Keyano College — one of the only postsecondary institutions in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo — is working hard to ensure the oilsands industry has a workforce that’s educated, welltrained and most importantly, diversified. Amongst Keyano’s facility are two instructors who are helping the college achieve their goal of recruiting young women to work in the oilsands industry, and they say the faces of the oilsands workforce are changing and will be changed forever. One of those instructors is Jaime McCann, a welding inspector-examiner instructor at Keyano who said part of her job is to encourage young women to get into the workforce. When asked if it was important to have a diversified workforce in the oilsands industry, she said, “Absolutely.” “I think it’s just as important to have females in the trade, just as well it’s important to have the men in the trade,” said McCann. “You have that sense of independence and you don’t have to rely on somebody else — you’re going to make just as much money as the guy next to you, which is really good.” McCann said that women are getting a chance to become completely

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The number of women entering the trades continues to increase and what have traditionally been male-dominated jobs are now fair game for women. independent, providing a positive example for younger generations that’s sure to stick. “For how many years did we rely on the husbands to go out and make money for us?” asked McCann. “People stay together just because of money, but now you find a lot of women who are single, independent, doing their own thing and I think that’s fantastic. “I think it’s really good for the kids to see that their mothers are out working, because it gives them determination to go out, get a good job and make good money. “My daughter, she’s going to be 18 this year and she’s gungho on going to work,” said McCann. Alongside inspiring her daughter, McCann said she works to inspire other young women in the program. “I pretty much treat everybody the

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same, but I have lots of females that come and see me here ... and I convince them, or try to persuade them to go into what I’m doing and that’s examining and teaching,” said McCann. “I have two female students now who are doing their level one with Canadian Welding Bureau so they can come out as an inspector.” McCann says although she’s never experienced any sexism in the workplace, it is still an issue, adding women have to work harder to prove themselves. “I’ve been good, I actually haven’t had any incidents where I’ve been hit on, or ‘we don’t want you around,’ but I’ve always known what I was doing. But lots of girls, when you go onto a job site, you have to prove yourself because you’re a girl. “You have to prove yourself ten times as hard, work ten times as hard and then finally you get respect from the guys.”

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