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Twin triathletes Mark (left) and Thomas Brown, both 23 and from St. Albert, are hard at work training for the ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships coming up next month in London, England. See story, page 3.

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Triathlon twins aim high at worlds

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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In a sport ruled by threes, Thomas and Mark Twin triathletes Brown are two of a kind. Mark (left) and The twin 23-year-old St. Albert brothers and Thomas Brown are members of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy setting their sights are both heading off to London, England, next high as they train month to compete in in the 2013 International for the world Triathlon Union World Triathlon Age Group championships next Championships, Mark in the Olympic distance month in London. and Thomas in the sprint distance. While the brothers have been to world championships in the past, they are especially excited this time around. “This is the most we’ve ever trained and our best possibility of having a really good result,” said Mark, a third-year bachelor of science student at the University of Alberta. Top-15 results would qualify them for their international competition cards, but Thomas — who works as an emergency medical technician — said they have their sights set even higher. “All the time, people come up to me and say, ‘I “When we do something, we do it,” Mark “This year, I’d like to place top three,” he said. want to do a triathlon. How do I get started? How added. “We really got into it and kept racing, “That might be a stretch, but I think it’s doable.” do I train? How do I register for one?’” Thomas But no matter where they finish, both brothers and we really enjoyed the people and the said. “Basically it’ll be a triathlon resource. You’ll atmosphere.” are relishing the chance to observe some of the go there and there’ll be videos on how to do a As they prepare for London, the St. Albert elite athletes in the sport and learn from them. transition, what kind of gear you need, how to Catholic High School grads are training harder “Lots of them just race crazy, and they’re swim properly — just a basic training rubric to than ever before to get themselves ready. And amazingly fast,” Thomas said. “There’s always help out people who don’t know how to train.” while they will work together during the something to learn.” “We love triathlons and we want everyone to swimming and biking portions of races, Thomas Thomas is racing the shorter sprint distance and Mark do push each other pretty hard during enjoy it,” Mark added. “It is hard to get into, and because triathletes qualify for worlds the year it is a lot of training, so if we have a well-rounded their training sessions. prior, and he was injured for triathlon resource ... it’ll be beneficial.” “They have spinners on most of 2012. When the ITU world championships are held bikes that hook up to a TV Both brothers started in Edmonton in 2014, both Brown brothers will and have your personal best participating in triathlons be competing in the Olympic distance thanks to time biking beside you; even when they were just 11 years a one-two in this year’s Edmonton ITU race. on your watch, it’ll beep at old, after watching their father But beyond that, both want to go as far as you,” Mark said. “But I have complete a race. Mark Brown myself racing me every single triathlon will take them. “Basically he said, ‘I did it, Triathlete “I’m not going to set a goal of going to the time.” then you guys looked at me “We’re so close in time that Olympics or anything like that,” Mark said. “But and said, “That doesn’t look I want to get up in the morning and train. I want you’re always trying to push too hard. I could probably do to go home, sleep, do some stretching and train and push and push,” Thomas added. that.”’ So our dad was like, ‘OK, give it a try,’” some more. I want to train; that’s what I want to Now, they want to push others to succeed in Thomas said with a smile. “I liked it because — do. That’s my ultimate goal. That’s where I want the triathlon world. The Brown brothers are it’s not that I don’t like playing on a team, but it putting together a website at www.twinittowinit. to be.” was an individual challenge. You didn’t have to You can follow the Brown brothers on Twitter com to help others discover and excel at the co-ordinate with a whole team. You just had to at @TwinItToWinIt. sport. go as hard as you could, as long as you could.”

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Family wins fight for treatment funding GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Three-year-old Aleena Sadownyk will get life-saving treatment for a rare medical condition thanks to a decision by Alberta Health Services on Monday.

A St. Albert family has won their fight to have life-saving treatment for their three-year-old daughter funded by the Alberta government. Laura and Dane Sadownyk, who live in Erin Ridge, had been wrestling to have treatment for their daughter Aleena — who was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called MPS VI, or Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, earlier this year — funded through the provincial government’s Short-term Exceptional Drug Therapy Program. The funding decision was announced Monday morning via a press release from The Isaac Foundation, a nonprofit group based out of Ontario who had helped take up the Sadownyks’ cause. “We are extremely pleased with the recent news of the funding request being accepted,” Dane said in the press release. “The past few weeks have been very difficult for us, but we can now focus on improving Aleena’s wellbeing and look forward to her having a bright future ahead.” MPS VI sufferers lack an enzyme in their blood that breaks down cellular

waste called glycosaminoglycan (GAG), which then builds up in bones, tissues, organs and muscles, causing heart and lung disease, stiffened joints, shortened stature and premature death. There are only nine cases currently in Canada, and 1,100 worldwide. The treatment is an enzyme replacement therapy called Naglazyme, which infuses small doses of a synthetic version of the enzyme Aleena is lacking on a weekly basis. It could cost $300,000 to $1 million a year. The family had already applied to the Alberta Rare Disease Funding Program, but were told that was not the right program because Naglazyme had not been given general market approval through Health Canada. “My daughter has been given the chance for a bright future, the chance that every little girl or boy should have,” Laura added in the press release. “For this I am truly thankful.” St. Albert PC MLA Stephen Khan lent his voice to the chorus of those calling on Alberta Health Services to fund Aleena’s therapy last week, saying that, while he respected the process, he urged Health Minister Fred Horne to “move quickly in rendering a positive

decision.” “Every day is an eternity for this young family, all the while knowing that a treatment for this debilitating disease is at hand,” Khan said on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Currently four other provinces — Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia — have all made exceptions for families in need of this specific treatment.” Andrew McFadyen, director of The Isaac Foundation, was happy with the decision, but said cases like this highlight the need for a National Orphan Drug Policy. “Families dealing with rare diseases shouldn’t have to have put their children on the front page of newspapers to receive the treatment they deserve,” said McFadyen, whose son Isaac was also diagnosed with MPS VI seven years ago and has been thriving with Naglazyme treatment. “We live in Canada, where we continually tout our health care system as being amongst the best in the world. Cases like this, especially cases involving children suffering from rare diseases, show us that we have a long way to go to ensure fair and equitable access to health care for everyone.”

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Rock’n August breaks records “We were looking at a five-year timeline to make this new event profitable, and we’re very happy to see we stand a good chance of making money on the Rock’n August rocked harder than ever this year. concert our second year into this new endeavour,” The 17th annual edition of the classic car and he said, adding that a couple of VIP tables and a music festival, held at venues throughout St. Albert couple of small sections of seats may be opened up last week, broke records all over the place, including sometime this week. a new mark for the number of cars registered in the Bradley is also overjoyed that the weather coSaturday show-and-shine along operated for the entire week of the Sturgeon River at 780. festivities, with hardly a drop of “On the whole, I thought the rain to be found. event came off very well. ... The “It was a big relief,” he said. weather co-operated and the “Our event is certainly weathervendors were busy,” said Rock’n dependent; all our events except August president Roger Bradley. for this concert on Friday night There were also a record number are outdoor events, so that plays a Roger Bradley Rock’n August president of cars participating in the Friday critical role.” night cruise from Apex Casino Planning for next year’s Rock’n to St. Albert Place for the annual August will get underway right street dance. Trophy sponsorships were also sold out away, and as the festival continues to grow, Bradley is for the second straight year. confident any wrinkles that come up will be ironed Registration fees from Saturday brought in a total out. of $33,600, but with the cabaret concert still to come “The city council and mayor are on board with this Friday and the rest of the week to factor in, tweaking the event to make it bigger and better,” he Bradley didn’t have a ballpark total heading to the said. “We have a small issue to deal with at Todd’s Alberta Diabetes Foundation figured out quite yet. Fountain Tire — this event gets bigger and bigger Friday’s concert featuring April Wine and Trooper every year, and we’re working with the City [of is sold out, something that Bradley is ecstatic over. St. Albert] on alleviating that problem.”

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

“On the whole, I thought the event came off very well.”

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nyone who drives in Alberta has experienced a little bit of road rage from time to time. Whether it’s a car that unexpectedly cuts you off or someone who seemingly doesn’t understand how a four-way stop works, we’ve all had that moment of anger behind the by Glenn Cook wheel. However, for the vast majority of us, that’s all it is — a moment. A couple of four-letter words shouted at the top of our lungs, a couple of blasts on the horn, and we’re done, we’re moving on. We’ve still got places to go and traffic to pay attention to. For that small minority of drivers, though, road rage turns into something much more serious — a rabid fit that puts them and others around them on the roads in grave danger. But it is reassuring to see police and the courts cracking down on such rageaholics. First, a 27-year-old Edmonton man who ran another car off the road in a fit of road rage pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and one count of hit and run, and could face more than four years in prison. Then, the Edmonton Police Service announced the same day that it had taken the extraordinary step of using the provincial Criminal Forfeitures Office — which is usually involved in the seizure of drug-related property — to seize the car of a man who had been involved in nine separate alleged road rage incidents over the past two years. These actions are strong messages to drivers in Alberta that excessive road rage will not be tolerated. In the first aforementioned case, it’s a bit too late, as the driver of the car that was run off the road suffered a brain injury and several broken bones that kept him in the hospital for four months. But a stiff sentence in this case, plus the spectre of having their cars taken away from them, will hopefully make other drivers think twice before using their vehicles as weapons.

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t’s merely a day or two into August and I’ve just dropped my son’s skates off to be sharpened for the hockey camp he’s enrolled in to prepare for the upcoming season. It is the first and the least of the expenses we will incur over the next few weeks as school and fall activities converge on our bank account and/or credit card balance. For families, September is as financially taxing as Christmas, maybe more so. And for some of those families, there are priorities and choices to be made. New clothes, bus passes, school fees, sports registration fees and equipment. Which ones stay on the list and which ones don’t? In St. Albert, we are blessed to have ample opportunities to play team sports and other

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economic status, should have the opportunity to participate, and to be engaged in our community. Kidsport is just the place for families to go for assistance to help them offset some of the costs of sports registration fees. From gymnastics to soccer to curling and hockey, there is no limit to which activity Kidsport will sponsor, as long as it’s a registered sports activity. Kidsport Alberta will pay up to $300 per child per year to participate. Kidsport is also affiliated with The Brick’s Sports Central, an organization that provides children with the equipment they need to be able to play their sport. So kids get the opportunity to play their favourite sport, but also have the tools. In my time with Kidsport,

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I have seen first-hand the charitable spirit of this community in the individuals and the businesses who have supported us. And it doesn’t surprise me, because what also makes St. Albert great is our compassion for others and our willingness to reach out and to help our neighbours. While we ready ourselves for the fall and winter routine, please try to remember the kids who could be watching on the sidelines and the families who are forced to choose between scribblers and skating, track pants or taekwondo. To donate or for more information about Kidsport, visit www.kidsport.ab.ca or email kidsport.st.albert@ gmail.com. For information about Brick Sports Central, visit www.sportcentral.org Owned and operated by

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BMX club cranked up for nationals GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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A young racer negotiates a corner at the St. Albert BMX Club track in Riel Recreation Park last month. The track plays host to nationals Aug. 22-25.

Some of the best BMX riders in Canada will be putting their pedals to the metal next weekend in St. Albert. From Aug. 22 to 25, the St. Albert BMX Club is hosting the 2013 Canadian BMX Championships at their track in Riel Recreation Park, and club president Al Burger said they’re excited to show off their track to more than 400 riders. “We’re pretty excited,” Burger said. “The last time nationals were in Alberta was a few years ago, so it’s a pretty big thing to actually get the national event. It’s been a lot of work, but it should be pretty rewarding to have all of Canada come to race at our track.” When the St. Albert BMX track was rebuilt a few years ago, it was designed to be a challenging course that could host high-calibre events like nationals. Actually seeing it put to use like that is very satisfying, Burger said. “Building the new track, and all the projects and time we’ve all

poured into it, that’s what makes it satisfying,” he said. “For this race, to see all of Canada come and see the track in the condition it’s in now — I mean, we had a Canada Cup race last year, and people were blown away with the facility, and now we’ve done another $110,000 project where we paved the corners and did more upgrades. That’s made the facility even more awesome.”

“It’s been a lot of work, but it should be ... rewarding.” Al Burger St. Albert BMX president And the reaction from outof-town riders who race on the track for the first time is one of amazement. “It’s pretty much like, ‘You guys have one of the nicest facilities we’ve ever seen,’” said Burger, who also notes that they’ve received praise from American riders who

come up to visit. The paving project would not have been possible, he added, without grants from the Alberta government and the City of St. Albert, as well as the help of Burnco, Master Paving, Adam’s Rentals, Rysen Bobcat Services and Landrex. As far as nationals go, though, there are a couple of local BMX riders that Burger wants to keep an eye on, including his own two sons, who are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in Canada in their respective age groups, and another girl who is ranked No. 8 in the world. One other notable name who will be racing is Tory Nyhaug, who was the only BMX rider to qualify to represent Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Burger said the best times to come down and watch the action are on Friday, Aug. 23, at around 4 p.m. when elite and junior time trials get going, which determine their seeding for Saturday’s races. Then on Saturday, racing begins at 11 a.m.

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Camp gives social building blocks GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

A local parent coach is hoping a week-long camp later this month will give young children the building blocks they need to improve their social skills. Dyan Eybergen is a registered nurse and mental health specialist, and is the owner of Coach Apparent in the Northern Alberta Business Incubator building in downtown St. Albert. She has been using Lego to teach social skills to kids from ages six to 12 for a year and a half now, and from Aug. 19 to 23, she’s taking her show on the road for a week-long Lego social skills camp at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. “When I was working with a population of children with mental health disorders, I would ask parents, ‘What are your child’s strengths? What are they really good at?’ And I kept hearing Lego over and over again,” Eybergen said. “I thought there had to be some clinical research here.” Eybergen is a registered nurse with 20 years of clinical experience

in child, adolescent and family psychiatry, as well as a certified parent coach. During her Lego social skills groups, kids get to work on set builds, learning how to take turns, share, solve problems, use eye contact and other valuable social skills along the way. Kids can also move up and eventually write a script and work on freestyle builds, and have a stop-motion film of their build made. This method was developed by Dr. Daniel LeGoff in New Jersey in the late 1990s, initially as therapy for children with mild autism. “But I run the gamut in terms of mental health. My only exclusion criteria is violence,” said Eybergen, who has also trained at the Centre for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health in New Jersey, where LeGoff first introduced the Lego therapy program. “As long as they have a social deficit component to some of the issues they’re struggling with, they’re eligible to come in and work with the group.” Normally, the Lego social skills groups she conducts take place one

night a week for five or six weeks, but Eybergen is trying to condense that down into one week for this camp. She’s hoping to have about a dozen kids signed up for the camp, but can bring in more staff to help out if enrolment is higher. She added that the camp has been strategically timed so that the new skills are still fresh in kids’ minds as they head back to school in September. Both in the regular groups and at the camp, Eybergen enlists the help of teen Lego Leaders, like 14-yearold Ethan Hagen, to help the kids get along and to positively reinforce good behaviour. “I make sure they follow the rules of what to do and how to talk with their peers,” said Hagen, whose little brother is in one of Eybergen’s regular Lego groups. “And then I’ll fill out forms to show parents how their kids did during the day.” So far, Eybergen said she has seen lots of kids take big strides in their social interactions. “After three months, we’re starting to see significant improvement. Then, at six months, it’s robust improvement,” she said.

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Dyan Eybergen (left) and Ethan Hagen put together Lego sets in preparation for Eybergen’s Lego social skills camp Aug. 19-23. “... Parents say they’re now going to birthday parties and approaching people on the playground at school, and they’re no longer being teased or ostracized because they understand those social niceties that you and I take for granted.” Right now, aside from the camp, Eybergen runs two groups in St. Albert, but she has had a lot of interest in south Edmonton, and is currently securing space to expand there.

“This as a pilot for the summer camp, it would be great if we could offer it a few more times, rather than just the one week,” she added. “It’s just an experiment, and we’ll see how it goes.” The Lego social skills camp runs from Aug. 19 to 23, 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. each day, at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church (125 Larose Dr.). Cost is $250 per child. For more information or to register, email dyan@coachapparent.com.

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they’re not about me, and they’re not about the short term,” she said. “They’re about the long term and the vision of where I think the Although she only made it official last city should go.” week, Cathy Heron says there was never any Perhaps the project that fits that description question that she would run for re-election. best and that Heron is proudest of from her Heron, who received the most votes of first term is heading up the development of a any council candidate in the 2010 municipal social master plan. election, announced Wednesday that she “I’m proud of that, but it took three years,” would seek a second term in office in she said. “It took a budget cycle to the vote coming up this October. get the funding in, the consultants, “There was never a tipping the public consultation and bringing point. I always knew I would need it together. But it’s a project I’m more than one term to accomplish proud of.” anything in this city,” Heron said. Looking ahead to the next four “The wheels move quite slowly years, though, Heron said the big — I figured that out during this issues facing St. Albert haven’t term — but there was never any changed much. question that I loved this job and “Everybody will say economic Cathy this community, and I would keep development — that will always Heron going.” be an issue, and it’s never going to Council candidate In 2010, Heron’s name was be solved,” she said. “We used to checked off on 62.3 per cent of the talk about the 80-20 split; we don’t 15,886 ballots cast (9,905 votes total) in talk about that much anymore. It’s about St. Albert. Her next closest competitor, Cam improving the diversification of the tax base, MacKay was more than 2,300 votes behind. and I think that’s a continual curve that will In her time on city council, Heron has need to be worked on.” chaired the Standing Committee on Finance, One other issue Heron expects to come up represented St. Albert on the Capital Region over the course of the election campaign is Board after Mayor Nolan Crouse was elected that of civic engagement, which she said the CRB chair, and spearheaded a review of the current council made strides on, but there is City’s animal bylaw. She was also an advocate room to improve. of St. Albert participating in an Internet “We tried town hall meetings, and we voting pilot project for October’s municipal might have failed in the format, but I don’t election, but that idea was ultimately voted think the intent was a failure,” she said. down. For more information on Heron’s platform, “Some of the decisions I’ve made have log onto her website at www.cathyheron.ca or not been liked, and some of them have, but follow her on Twitter at @CathyHeron.

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A St. Albert dentist’s office is hoping to brighten some smiles just before kids head back to school. Bright Dental, located at Giroux Road and St. Albert Trail, is hosting their second annual Dental Compassion Day on Sunday, Aug. 18, offering free dental services to families in need. “A lot of parents come in and want to get work done on their kids, but they can’t afford it,” said Dr. Frank Neves, who runs Bright Dental along with Dr. Christina Matrangalo. “So at least, if we get them in, we can get them a good cleaning, and if they need

a couple of fillings, we can accommodate them.” Last year, the clinic did $30,000 worth of dental work during this event, and this year he expects they’ll do even more. “Now it’s like everybody’s asking about it again — even the dental supply people were so generous with what they donated to the office for us to do work,” Neves said, also noting that teachers and others have been spreading the word about it. Neves said the idea for the event came about after he bought the practice three and a half years ago and was surprised at how many people in St. Albert couldn’t afford dental work.

“It was like, holy crap, there’s a lot of people who don’t have money,” he said. “So we said, let’s just do one day where we’ll all come in. I have the best team on earth; all the ladies come in and donate their own time.” And while the patients get so much out of the work that’s done, Neves said he and everyone else at the office get just as much out of it. “They’re so thankful. Some get more emotional than others,” he said. “In the end, that’s what we get out of it. ... For me and the team, it’s great.” Bright Dental is located at #210, 5 Giroux Rd., and can be reached by phone at 780-458-2333.

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teams he has. “That’s just me being gung-ho and hoping that it would be a really good The organizer of a basketball tournament turnout, just because of the amount of kids taking place this weekend in St. Albert is that are in Edmonton — not even just in hoping it will be a slam dunk. St. Albert,” said Patrick, who graduated The J.R. Patrick Classic 3-on-3 Basketball from Eastglen Composite High School Tournament tips off Saturday in the south before going to Santa Clara University in parking lot of Servus Credit Union Place, California, the same college as two-time and the tourney’s namesake said he’s NBA MVP Steve Nash. excited to get things going. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of “I’m very excited that this has come five games, and the best in each division to fruition,” said Patrick, a former will move on to Sunday’s playoffs. professional basketball player in China, The tournament will also feature a France, Mexico and barbecue and a live DJ, Saudi Arabia, as well as and a portion of the a former captain of the proceeds wil go to the Edmonton Energy. “It’s Boys and Girls Club of been three years since Edmonton. Servus Place asked me to While registration has do something for them been strong, so too has J.R. Patrick as far as a basketball the support Patrick and Tournament organizer tournament, and I’ve just the tournament have been very busy with my received from sponsors own schedule and getting it to correlate and from the community. and actually put something together. Being “A lot of sponsors I’ve had in my able to get this done finally feels like a big previous tournaments are still on board. weight off my shoulders.” ... It’s just been a tremendous turnout for The tournament runs Saturday and everybody in the community of St. Albert, Sunday, with divisions for boys and girls Edmonton and the surrounding areas,” he 10 to 12 years old, 13 to 15 years old and 16 said. and 17 years old, plus divisions for players Patrick has organized the Pride of 18 and older, as well as slam dunk and the Northside Streetball Tournament in three-point shooting competitions. northeast Edmonton for the past four So far, between 30 and 35 teams have years. signed up for the tournament, which is For more information on the J.R. Patrick short of the 40 to 45 Patrick had hoped Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, visit to get registered. But he’s happy with the www.jrpatrickybc.com/j-r-patrick-classic.

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Reviving the lost art of matchmaking

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Wanda Ewasiuk is old-school and proud of it, employing time-tested techniques in her boutique matchmaking firm Tessa Loren, which is finding love connections across the Capital Region. what they need,” Ewasiuk said. “... Now you have someone who’s going to be the middleman.” While she hasn’t set up any other marriages since Tessa Loren started up, Ewasiuk has plenty of success stories. “At this point, no one has been like, ‘What have you done? That guy was rude.’ They’ve all been like, ‘He was awesome,’ or, ‘That guy was really great,’” she said. “Or even if they don’t have chemistry, they’d

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Sturgeon spill not hazardous

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

City of St. Albert officials still aren’t exactly sure what a substance found floating on the Sturgeon River last week was, but they do know it isn’t hazardous to aquatic life. The substance was first spotted by a resident on the river, on both sides of the Boudreau Road bridge, on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 7. The City announced Tuesday via a press release that the substance was likely a refined hydrocarbon, although

the exact chemical makeup is not known. However, the concentrations found were below environmental limits set for protecting species in the river. St. Albert Fire Services and City public works crews responded immediately when the call about the substance came in. They were soon joined by crews from environmental incident specialists Quantum Murray, who placed absorbent booms in the river and near outfalls in the area to contain the substance. Three manholes in the area were also skimmed. The spill appears to have originated

somewhere near St. Albert Centre or the Canadian Tire store on Bellerose Drive, and the City is using a camera system to examine the underground storm collection system in the area to identify possible spill sources. The results of that examination will be shared with Environment Canada. The substance did not have any vapours and did not stick to anything. The absorbent booms will remain on the river for a while, and Environment Canada will continue their inspection, including monitoring water quality results.

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Henday coming full circle as work on NE leg progresses MATT DYKSTRA

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Edmonton’s ring road is coming full circle. Construction on the $1.81-billion Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project is now well underway, with work on the “tremendous” twin bridges over the North Saskatchewan River taking shape. Climbing out of a giant dump truck at the bridge work site Wednesday, Transportation Minister Ric McIver said the last stretch of the ring road is 25 per cent complete and will be fully drivable by fall 2016. “In the coming days, you will see 200-tonne steel girders lifted onto this impressive structure,” he said, gesturing to the cranes and concrete foundations of the twin bridges being constructed within a berm on the south side of the river he described as “tremendous.” As the largest P3 transportation project in Alberta’s history, McIver said the northeast section of the Henday is the shortest but the most complex part of the 80-kilometre ring road in terms of design and construction. A whopping 14,000 personnel are working at 18 different construction sites along the Henday between Manning Drive straight south to the Sherwood Park Freeway. In the end, it will total 27 kilometres of free-flow, six- and eightlane divided roadway. “I’m almost tired of saying it, but the people who work on these roads are working really hard,” said McIver. The Capital City Link Group has a 35-year contract with the province to design, build and maintain the northeast stretch of road. Work on the 305-metre bridges was done alongside environmental agencies, including Fisheries Canada, to mitigate

• The $1.81-billion Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project is to be finished in 2016, three years earlier than conventional project delivery and at an estimated taxpayer savings of $370 million. • When the Northeast leg opens, it will consist of 27 kilometres of six- and eight-lane divided roadway, nine interchanges, two road flyovers, eight rail crossings and 304-metre-long twin bridges across the North Saskatchewan River. • By the time the project is completed, 14,000 workers on 18 different construction sites will have: Photo: DAVID BLOOM, Sun Media News Services

Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver poses for a photo as construction crews work on two bridges over the North Saskatchewan river that will connect the northeast section of the Anthony Henday ring road, near Meridian Street and 137 Avenue NE. the berm site’s impact to local fish species and river flow. Crews were supposed to be out of the water by Sept. 15, but the spring flooding set construction back a few weeks. “Everything inside the berm where these guys are working was flooded to river level,” said project manager Kent Peyton. “We didn’t get a significant breach but we did have to de-water the berm and salvage some materials.” They also had to safely remove some fish from the berm, rebuild site access, and reexamine design plans for the north bank of the project. Peyton estimated the cost in the “hundreds of thousands” but is confident it won’t impact the 2016 mandate. There is a request for an extension to work a little longer in September. “If we’re not able to get an extension

on the water permit, we won’t be able to move to the north bank this fall and we’d have to wait until next August,” he explained. “That doesn’t necessarily effect the entire job; there’s certainly plenty of time between now and October 2016 to adjust to the Alberta environment.” Work will continue on several major intersections, including an overpass at Manning Drive, a two-lane road and multi-use trail at Victoria Trail, new ramps on Yellowhead Trail and Sherwood Drive as well as ongoing work on Baseline Road. Admitting the ongoing work is frustrating for motorists, McIver said the pain will be worth the gain come October 2016. “If you’re going to build a project of this size, you can’t do it without making a mess,” he said.

- Demolished 13 bridges. - Built over 300 concrete girders, each weighing close to 200 tonnes. - Built 12,000 metric tonnes of structural steel girders. - Moved and mixed over 90,000 cubic metres of concrete and 90,000 lineal metres of of steel foundation piles. - Built 1.5 million metric tonnes of asphalt, 30 per cent of which is recycled. - Moved between 4 million and 5 millon metric tonnes of aggregate, including sand, soil and gravel. - Built over 100 major directional signs. • The project has used 40 scrapers, 30 excavators, 30 off-highway trucks, 10 to 15 cranes, 10 graders and 20 dozers. • The Government of Canada has committed $36.8 million toward the construction of the roughly $150-million twin bridges. • The Alberta government has committed more than $4 billion to the entire Edmonton Ring Road Project.


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The old college tri Photo: JESSE KUSHNERYK, St. Albert Leader

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April Wine keeps getting better with age GLENN COOK

“You never know who ... [will] blow your socks off.”

St. Albert Leader

Like other fine wines, April Wine just keeps getting better with age. The legendary Canadian rockers — who are playing the Rock’n August cabaret concert on Friday at Servus Credit Union Place — are now in their 43rd year as a band, and guitarist Brian Greenway said what keeps him going is pretty simple. “I just love playing guitar,” Greenway said, taking a break from yard work at his home in Montreal. “That’s what got me into it, and that’s what’s kept me in it. It’s nice to have something in your life that’s been consistent for so long when everything around you has changed.” The band keeps a busy touring schedule these days, especially over the summer months, with most of those shows being fairs and festivals in small towns across Canada. “We get a pretty good turnout; it’s nice. I like doing the outdoor shows,” Greenway said. “We don’t get that much rain on us, even this summer. But, looking out over the crowds at those shows, Greenway notes that many of the audience members are from a younger generation getting introduced to April Wine for the first time. “Some of them are the same age I was when I first started playing music. Some of the songs are way

Brian Greenway April Wine guitarist

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Even after more than four decades as an active band, April Wine guitarist Brian Greenway says it’s the music that keeps him going. April Wine plays Servus Place with Trooper and the Campus Thieves on Friday evening. older than them,” he said. “... Every now and then, you talk to them and say, ‘Why do you know the words to those songs?’ And they say, ‘Because our parents played it around the house, so we grew with it.’ It’s been embedded in their systems, like my influences have been embedded in my system from what my parents played around the house.” In St. Albert, April Wine will be taking the stage alongside Trooper

and the Campus Thieves to wrap up the annual Rock’n August classic car festival. Greenway said that, having grown up in the 1960s, there’s a special place in his heart for many of these classic cars. “In our age group, who wouldn’t remember those nice cars?” he laughed. “I was born in ’51, and the other guys are in their 50s, so everyone remembers the cars from the ’50s and ’60s.”

Rock’n August raises money for diabetes research, a cause that is also close to the band’s heart given that lead singer Myles Goodwyn and his son are both diabetics. “It’s very much prevalent in what we do. Every show we do, we mention it, and we have a box for people to contribute [to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation] if they want to,” Greenway said. The guys from Trooper are old

That’s all, folks Photso: DAVID BLOOM and AMBER BRACKEN, Sun Media News Services

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival took over Gallagher Park over the weekend.

Left: Charles Bradley and his Extrodinaires perform on Thursday, Aug. 8. RIght: Four-month-old Rhys Thompson has a little extra ear protection as he watches Havana d’Primera perform on Sunday.

friends, Greenway said, but he is always excited to share the stage with an up-and-coming band like the Campus Thieves. “You never know who you’re going to see that’ll blow your socks off,” he said. “It’s always fun to be there to see a great young band you know is going to do something.” While April Wine could make a comfortable living just playing their hits from the ’70s and ’80s, Greenway said the itch is still there to get back in the studio and come up with something new. “You gotta keep making new ones. Whether they get heard or not, that’s up to the powers that be,” he said, listing musicians like Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page and even Brad Paisley as influences these days. “But we do want to go back in the studio — it’s been a while, but with a lineup change last year, now we’re ready as a band, I think, and looking at going in in December or January or so.” April Wine takes the stage at the Northstar Hyundai Arena at Servus Credit Union Place on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are available through Ticketmaster.


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Mural Mosaic unveiled at games GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Local artists Phil Alain, Lewis Lavoie and Paul Lavoie recently unveilied their latest Mural Mosaic project as part of the 2013 Canada Summer Games, being held in Sherbrooke, Que.

They’re not running, jumping or playing basketball, but some local artists are a big part of the Canada Summer Games all the same. Phil Alain, Lewis Lavoie and Paul Lavoie have created their trademark Mural Mosaics for events around the world, and their latest work was recently unveiled in Sherbrooke, Que., as part of the 2013 Canada Summer Games. The mural is made up of 224 separate tiles painted by 110 different artists. Each tile depicts a sports scene — including some famous ones, like Sidney Crosby’s golden goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver — but when they are viewed together, the mural shows a young girl

competing in track and field. Artists were enlisted from across Canada to paint the tiles, and Alain said that posed a few challenges, but everything came together in the end. “The biggest challenge was tracking down artists in areas such as Nunavut, Yellowknife and the Yukon, and also shipping panels around the country, teaching the process and getting the tiles back so the mural could be assembled,” Alain said. “There were also some issues with the French-English dialogue at times, but the art became the unifying language.” Other sports represented in the tiles of the mural include tennis, table tennis, football, soccer and basketball.

One in, one out of Next Star Top 6 GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Alex Zaichkowski is one of the Top 6 on The Next Star.

One St. Albertan is in and one is out of the running to be The Next Star. The YTV singing competition show selected its Top 6 contestants on Monday, which includes 15-year-old Alex Zaichkowski from St. Albert. “I feel psyched to have made The Next Star Top 6,” Zaichkowski said. “It’s a great opportunity and a chance to show people who I am as an artist.” Yasmeen Najmeddine, 13, was included in the show’s Top 12, but didn’t make the cut on Monday.

Others in the Top 6 for Season 6 of The Next Star include: • Kat from Belle River, Ont.; • Dante from Amherstburg, Ont.; • Jaden from Toronto; • Alicia from St. Lazare, Que.; and • Paige from Winnipeg. None of the final six contestants will be eliminated from the show as it builds toward the finale on Sunday, Sept. 22, which will be broadcast live from the Canada’s Wonderland amusement park in Toronto. Instead, all six will be mentored by judges Keshia Chante,

One of the most prominent artists to contribute to the project is George Milne, an Alberta painter who has done portraits of some of Canada’s greatest athletes through his Canadian Sport Heroes Collection. The mural was a collaboration between the Mural Mosaic team and a group called MURIRS (Murales Urbaines à Revitalisation d’Immeubles et de Réconciliation Sociale) in Sherbrooke. It incorporates not only the Mural Mosaic method but also a threedimensional effect to make it appear as if the young girl is jumping out of the frame. Alain said the next big project for the Mural Mosaic team will be to create a piece for the City of Chicago this November. The Canada Summer Games mural will stay permanently at 31 Wellington St. S. in Sherbrooke.

Mark Spicoluk and Tara Oram and other music industry experts, and will have the chance to write and record their own original song and star in their own music video. The winner of the competition will be determined in part by text message and online votes at nextstar.ytv.com, and will receive a $5,000 shopping spree from Sears, a one-song recording deal distributed through Sony Music Canada, and an Epiphone Masterbilt guitar. St. Albert singer Mady Amyotte made the show’s Top 6 in 2010. The Next Star airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on YTV.


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To Infinity and beyond with Disney games STEVE TILLEY Sun Media News Services

After plunking down $4 billion to buy the Marvel Comics empire and another $4 billion for control of the Star Wars universe, Disney’s motto for this decade seems to be go big — VERY big — or go home. This new, expansion-hungry Disney is now turning its attention, and its copious coffers of cash, to video games. Following years of releasing a safe roster of games tied to the company’s various film and TV properties, Disney is launching the biggest video game experiment in its history this month with Disney Infinity. It has the potential to be one of the most lucrative endeavours the interactive entertainment biz has ever seen. Or, if it fails to grab the imagination — and wallets — of fans and gamers, it could fizzle out fast. Here’s what you need to know about Disney Infinity.

• What is Disney Infinity? It’s video games meets physical toys. If you’re familiar with Activision’s megasuccessful Skylanders game franchise, you’ve got the basic gist of Infinity: players place figurines of Disney characters onto an electronic pedestal connected to a game console, and those characters pop into the game as playable avatars. What makes Infinity different is that in addition to playing self-contained, storydriven adventures with these characters, players can build entire worlds and game modes from scratch, using virtual items, vehicles and scenery from the various characters’ worlds. • What’ll it cost? Available Aug. 18 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Nintendo’s Wii, Wii U and 3DS consoles, the $75 Disney Infinity starter pack will include the game, the reader pedestal and three character figures and their corresponding

game worlds — Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow, The Incredibles’ Mr. Incredible and Monsters University’s Sully. Other characters and worlds will be sold separately. • Why is this a big deal? Infinity will give players the opportunity to create mash-ups that would never be seen in Disney canon, like Mr. Incredible fighting robots alongside Jack Sparrow and the Lone Ranger in a replica of Cinderella’s castle. Disney’s putting a lot of power and trust in the hands of players, and the best of these user-created worlds will be made available for players everywhere to download. • Is it fun to play? From what we’ve seen so far, yeah. The story-driven adventures aren’t as slick as big-budget standalone games, but the “Toy Box” mode is really sort of amazing: by following tutorials, players can construct

worlds and use simple programming logic to create different game modes from scratch, from a racing game to a fighting game to a soccer game. Or they can just pick a digital world from a pre-fab template and run, drive or fly around in it. Think Minecraft meets LittleBigPlanet. •Is this going to bankrupt me? If you’re a Disney fan who’s also a gamer, or the parent of Disney-loving kids, it might. Individual figures will sell for $13 each, “Play Sets” — which include two figures and a special doohicky that unlocks locations and gadgets from the characters’ world — will go for $35, and so on. You can bet Disney’s got a long-term plan to tie Infinity in with movies, theme parks and the rest of Mickey Mouse’s empire. And once they start releasing A-list characters and movie worlds, or maybe even begin dipping into the Marvel and Star Wars universes... the possibilities are limitless. Infinite, even.

Planes rerouted from direct-to-DVD

MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN Sun Media News Services

A spin-off of Cars, Disney’s Planes, which touched down in theatres Friday, follows the trek of a rural crop duster whose dreams of competing in international air-racing take him quite far afield from the American heartland. But there was one destination that was scratched from the original itinerary: Direct-to-DVD. Back in the summer of 2011, when plans for Planes were revealed at D23, Disney’s biennial fan expo, Disney animation honcho John Lasseter provided a sneak peek at the film which he said would be hitting Blu-ray and DVD in the spring of 2013. “It all comes down to quality, especially with John Lasseter leading the charge,” explains Planes director and aviation buff Klay Hall of the change of venues. “I think if the film is of high quality then it has a shot of going theatrical. If you look back at where this film was four years ago compared to where it is right now, you’re not going to see a big difference.” Well, save for the guy voicing the lead character. It turned out that rerouting Planes to theatres wasn’t the only change in store for the production. Two years ago, the teaser footage shown to fans at D23 featured the voice Jon Cryer providing the voice of Dusty,

the ambitious crop hopper in question. The Two-and-a-Half Men co-star was even on hand to promote his involvement in the film, with Lasseter praising him for bringing so much heart and believability to the film. But when fans attending this year’s edition of D23 turn up for a special screening of Planes later this week, Cryer’s voice will have been replaced by that of comedian Dane Cook. Known primarily for his edgy stand-up act, Cook, whose previous forays into dramatic film and TV work include Dan in Real Life and Mr. Brooks, obviously won’t publicly speculate about why Cryer was ultimately grounded, although, in the film’s production notes Hall describes Cook’s voice as “being on the deeper side with a bit of sarcasm.” From Cook’s perspective, his coming on board after the fact provided him with a unique vantage point — usually actors doing animated films complete their voice work well ahead of any produced footage. “It was great, because I actually got to see a lot of these scenes completed since I came in pretty much last,” relates Cook. “I was voicing the movie in a movie theatre while watching it on a big screen, which is definitely not the norm.” And while changing course from direct-to-DVD to

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theatrical also isn’t the norm, it isn’t without precedent. As hard as it is to believe today, 1999’s $485 milliongrossing Toy Story 2 originally started out as a direct-toDVD proposition. Seeing as Cook has revealed he’s already done some voice work for a Planes sequel that will also see Ed O’Neill join the fold, might that one also bypass living rooms for the megaplex? “It does say a lot about the stories that we create that we’re able to sign on all these amazing actors and artists early on, well before we ever had a theatrical release window,” says Planes producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn. “So we set out to make great movies and hopefully they see that.”


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LIFESTYLE

Snack smarter to avoid packing on pounds JOANNE RICHARD

• PoPcoRn PARMiGiAno: 3 cups of air popped popcorn sprinkled with 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese and black pepper

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Snack smarter! Mindless munching will pack on the pounds. “Snacking can be beneficial. Research has shown that going too long without eating can lead to overeating at the next meal, and reduce our energy and performance,” says registered dietitian Sandra Saville. Healthy snacking not only fuels athletic performance and recovery, and helps fuel nonathletes as well, snacking boost brain power during a day at work or school, says Saville. “Snacking is a way to give us a little indulgence in our lives, but with some smart planning snacks can be healthy and guiltfree,” adds the Longo’s dietitian. Fatty on-the-go food grabs spell trouble. “When people are busy and are not in the habit of eating for energy, they get themselves into a state of low blood sugar and nutrient levels where cravings become unavoidable,” says health and fitness expert Brent Bishop, personal trainer at iambishop.com. Combine hunger with convenience and top with relentless marketing and “you have the recipe for weight gain, poor health and future complications over time,” says Bishop. Healthy snacks help maintain your metabolism and nutrient balance throughout the day, he says, and help you to feel satisfied between meals — and you’re likely to make better choices come mealtime. Graze without guilt with 10 fabulous snack ideas from Sandra Saville, dietitian at Longo’s:

• hoMeMAde FRuit PoPsicLes: blend assorted fruits; pour liquefied fruit mixture into molds and freeze

• choc chicK MiX: mix 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas and 1 tsp. mini chocolate chips

• cheesY cinnAMon FLAts: dip cinnamon flatbread into 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese • BAnAnA ALMond Bites: 1 banana and 1 tbsp. almond butter • cheRRY BeRRY YoGuRt: plain Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup dried cherries

Munch on these • FRuitY GRAnoLA Goodness: 1/2 cup organic skim milk, 1/3 cup maple almond granola and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Brent Bishop’s top 10 tasty guilt-free snack ideas: • Low fat plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries • 1 cup Kale Chips (homemade)

• Rustic AvocAdo toAsts: half an avocado and six mango curry cashew rustic crisps

• 3/4 cup of Edamame • Almonds (approx 15) and 3 low fat cheese slices • Chopped veggies with hummus • Air popped pop-corn (1 cup) with a dash of sea salt

• FReeze FRuit Pieces: try grapes, peeled orange wedges, kiwi fruit, diced watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries and blueberries. Eat while frozen; do not thaw.

• Strawberry and banana smoothie (add a scoop of whey protein isolate)

• heALthY huMMus diPPeRs: dip snap peas and grape tomatoes into 1/4 cup lemon dill hummus

• Two brown rice cakes with natural almond butter • 4-oz. fresh fish or sashimi with 4 small multi-grain crackers • Hard-boiled egg with a slice of Ezekiel bread


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Crawford keeps on pitchin’ in

RITA DEMONTIS Sun Media News Services

If there’s anyone who is always pitching in, it’s Lynn Crawford. Chef, author, restauranteur and Food Network star, Lynn is front and centre when it comes to causes near and dear to her. Just recently she was rallying the crowds for an upcoming KitchenAid Cook for the Cure event in conjunction with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. And now, it’s Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Masters, nail-biting competition series featuring some of North America’s master chefs embroiled in edge-of-your-seat kitchen battles. This season, seen on Wednesday evenings, Crawford is joined by her sous chef Lora Kirk (of Toronto’s Ruby Watchco restaurant and a mighty talent in her own right), competing against 12 fellow award-winning chefs and their sous chefs for the title of Top Chef Master and $100,000 for the charity of their choice — in Lynn’s case, the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “It’s an honour to be representing Canada in this fierce competition among such an esteemed group of

chefs,” said Lynn recently, adding “I’m thrilled to have Chef Lora as my talented sous chef along for the journey and together we’re giving it our all in support of the Odette Cancer Centre.” In a new twist this season, each sous chef competes in the online competition, with the results of each online episode directly impacting the Masters competition on-air. The first episode set the scene for the series — chefs were given a chance to jump out of an airplane for an extra hour in the kitchen! Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside new head critic, Canadian Gail Simmons, with returning judges James Oseland, Ruth Reichl and Francis Lam and new judge, food and dining editor Lesley Suter. The chefs face off in some of the most difficult and unique challenges seen thus far — and they’re serving up food for some top entertainers and celebrity guest judges. Competing alongside Crawford this season are chefs from New York; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Las Vegas; New Orleans and more. Crawford brings more than 25 years of culinary experience to the competition — in 2007, she became the

LYNN CRAWFORD’S LOBSTER ROLLS Lightly buttered toasted rolls are deliciously overstuffed with sweet chunks of lobster. • 4 lobsters, cooked and shelled, chilled, and cut into bite-size pieces • 1 cup (250 ml) mayonnaise • 1 tsp. (5 ml) lemon juice • 1 stalk celery, finely diced • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped celery leaves • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) chopped dill • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) capers, chopped • Salt and pepper • 4 top-split hot dog rolls • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) unsalted butter • 1 head butter (Boston bibb) lettuce

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Canadian chef Lynn Crawford is competing for the title of Top Chef Master.

first Canadian woman ever to compete on Iron Chef America and, since 2010, has starred in her two-time Gemini nominated Food Network Canada hit show Pitchin’ In. The show inspired Crawford’s first cookbook, 2012’s Pitchin’ In. Her second, At Home with Lynn Crawford, will be released next month. For more details on Top Chef Masters check out Foodnetwork.ca.

In a bowl, combine lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, celery leaves, dill, and capers. Fold together gently to mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Butter hot dog rolls and place in skillet. Toast until golden on each side. Transfer rolls to a serving plate. Put some lettuce in each roll and divide lobster mixture among the rolls. Serves 4.

S T. A L B E R T R E A L E S T AT E M A R K E T R E P O R T AKINSDALE

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NORTH RIDGE

Active Listings: 11

Sold Listings: 20

Active Listings: 12

Sold Listings: 29

Active Listings: 20

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $349,000 / High $479,900

Low $231,000 / High $606,000 Avg. days on market: 34

Low $314,900 / High $549,900

Low $269,800 / High $863,300 Avg. days on market: 29

Low $438,000 / High $749,900

Low $364,000 / High $715,000 Avg. days on market: 50

$386,154

$360,615

BRAESIDE

$412,441

$402,967

HERITAGE LAKES

$544,375

Sold Listings: 31 $495,919

OAKMONT

Active Listings: 11

Sold Listings: 16

Active Listings: 12

Sold Listings: 22

Active Listings: 20

Sold Listings: 26

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $299,500 / High $1,299,000

Low $290,000/ High $559,000 Avg. days on market: 32

Low $359,900 / High $547,000

Low $352,500 / High $550,000 Avg. days on market: 26

Low $389,900 / High $1,450,000

Low $349,000 / High $1,567,082 Avg. days on market: 41

$451,033

$372,193

DEER RIDGE

$436,599

$412,763

KINGSWOOD

$625,175

$567,526

PINEVIEW

Active Listings: 21

Sold Listings: 33

Active Listings: 27

Sold Listings: 11

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Active Listings: 7

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Sold Listings: 7

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $312,800/ High $449,800

Low $305,000 / High $587,500 Avg. days on market: 54

Low $483,000 / High $2,500,000

Low $450,000 / High $770,861 Avg. days on market: 52

Low $374,900 / High $545,900

Low $386,000 / High $612,000 Avg. days on market: 36

$390,519

$400,628

ERIN RIDGE

$972,801

$584,032

LACOMBE PARK

Active Listings: 51

Sold Listings: 43

Active Listings: 39

Sold Listings: 41

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $389,900/ High $929,900

Low $390,000/ High $905,000 Avg. days on market: 47

Low $309,900 / High $899,000

Low $318,000 / High $1,250,000 Avg. days on market: 36

$589,561

$516,576

FOREST LAWN

$566,748

$509,845

MISSION Sold Listings: 5

Active Listings: 1

Sold Listings: 14

Active Listings: 3

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $409,000 / High $409,000

Low $322,500 / High $520,000 Avg. days on market: 37

Low $368,500 / High $379,900

Low $304,000 / High $487,000 Avg. days on market: 34

$409,000

$383,664

$375,100

$369,500

$469,210

$490,357

STURGEON HEIGHTS Active Listings: 5

Sold Listings: 9

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $319,900 / High $410,000

Low $269,000 / High $390,000 Avg. days on market: 13

$357,940

$322,988

WOODLANDS Active Listings: 10

Sold Listings: 8

Average list price:

Average sale price:

Low $379,900 / High $479,900

Low $372,500 / High $580,000 Avg. days on market: 35

$422,469

$438,812

*The above area market averages represent the trailing 3-month averages, except where otherwise indicated, of single-family homes only as of the Friday prior to publication week. Data is provided by CRAIG PILGRIM of RE/MAX Real Estate (St. Albert), member of the Real Estate Association of Edmonton. Data does not include condos, townhomes or apartments, and does not differentiate between styles of homes. All efforts are made to ensure data is accurate for information purposes, but please consult a licensed real estate agent for additional market information.*Did you know source: City of St. Albert website, St. Albert 2012 Census. MPSSCS4858075MPSE


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Weight loss wish comes true CARY CASTAGNA Sun Media News Services

When she was younger, Wendy Vaux would often lie in bed at night with her eyes closed and wish for a miracle: To wake up thin. The five-foot-four Quebec grandmother, who once weighed a whopping 372 pounds at her heaviest, remembers that fruitless bedtime ritual well. “I was always heavy,” recalls Vaux, 48. “I was thinking things would just change in my life and I would become thin.” Wishful thinking, indeed. In her late 20s, Vaux did manage to lose more than 100 pounds after joining TOPS Club Inc., a nonprofit weight-loss education and support group also known as Take Off Pounds Sensibly. But with two young children at home, Vaux stopped attending the weekly weigh-ins/ meetings. “I didn’t feel like I had the time to go to TOPS every week,” explains the resident of Greenfield Park, Que. “I was young and thought I could continue on my own.” With no accountability, however, Vaux slid into some old eating habits. The self-admitted yo-yo-dieter and emotional eater eventually regained the 100 or so pounds. And more. It was a burden that hampered her day-today living and almost made her quit her office job the day after she started. Vaux works on the 17th floor of a downtown Montreal office building where fire drills are routinely conducted. “My second day of my job we had a fire drill and I was going to quit because I thought, ‘If I have to do this very often, I’m going to die,’” she admits. Her building was evacuated for an actual emergency on Sept. 13, 2006, when a deadly shooting spree occurred on the nearby Dawson College campus. “When we got downstairs, they told me to run,” she says. “There was no way I was going to run. If there was anyone with a gun, I wasn’t moving fast enough.” It turns out that a gunman was the least of her worries. As Vaux would realize less than five years later, she was much more likely to die a premature death due to her poor lifestyle choices. On April 8, 2011, Vaux was admitted to hospital after suffering what doctors feared was a heart attack. That diagnosis, however, couldn’t be confirmed because “they couldn’t run any tests as I was too large to fit in the machines,” she recalls, noting it was a Friday. “They told me I’d have to wait until the following Monday to see if another local hospital had an angiogram table that could hold my weight.”

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Vaux was a morbidly obese 372 pounds. She underwent a battery of tests during what would be a five-night stay in hospital. And although it was unknown whether she had had a heart attack, doctors did detect some damage to a coronary artery. “It was enough to wake me up and realize it was time to make a change in my life,” she says, noting one physician told her she wouldn’t make it to 50 if she continued on the same path. “I was very scared. I had scared my husband and kids. And I wanted to be around for my grandson. … I knew what I had to do.” Vaux made immediate changes to her diet and lost almost 13 pounds before re-joining TOPS on May 2, 2011, at 359.5 pounds. Later that summer, she also started an exercise program for beginners. By Sept. 24, 2012, which happened to be her 24th wedding anniversary, Vaux weighed 150 pounds. During the stunning 16-month metamorphosis, she dropped 222 pounds and went from Size 6XL clothes to Size 10. “I changed my eating habits and stuck to it,” she explains. “I could eat all the same foods, I just had to watch my portion control and mark down what I was eating. There’s no big secret. Everybody tells you what you have to do, but until you do it or until you get to the

right mindset to do it, you think there’s an easy way.” Vaux, who was crowned TOPS’s International Queen for 2012, is grateful to her supportive family, including husband Jim, and her “TOPS family” for helping her to reclaim her life. “Now I go to the park with my (two-yearold) grandson, I climb the monkey bars with him and go down the slide with him — simple things that you don’t realize you’re missing out on when you’re carrying all that extra weight around,” she says. And fire drills have never felt better. “Now when we have a fire drill, I’m the first down the stairs,” she chuckles, “and I’m outside thinking, ‘That was fun — let’s do it again!’” While continuing to carefully watch her food portions, Vaux now hits the gym four times a week, doing cardio on three of those days and lifting weights on the other. She also regularly takes Zumba and body toning classes, and goes for hour-long walks most days. As for “waking up thin,” well, that miracle obviously never happened, laughs Vaux, noting there’s no overnight solution in the battle of the bulge. “I actually had to work for it,” she adds. “It’s not easy, but if you make the effort, you reap the benefits. It’s fantastic!”

Limit TV time for toddlers: new study SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Watching too much TV causes toddlers to perform more poorly in school and be picked on, according to new research from the University of Montreal. The study found toddlers who watch more than the maximum recommended two hours of TV a day were found to have poor vocabulary and math skills, short attention spans and were more likely to have been picked on by others when they entered kindergarten. Researchers studied 991 girls and 1,006 boys as part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. “This is the first time ever that a stringently controlled associational birth cohort study has looked at and found a relationship between too much toddler screen time and kindergarten risks for poor motor skills and psychosocial difficulties, like victimization by classmates,” Prof. Linda Pagani said in a statement Wednesday. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages infants from watching TV and recommends toddlers watch no more than two hours of TV a day. Pagani said the study should provide a warning for parents to monitor and limit the amount of time their kids spend in front of the TV.


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Tim’s under pressure to boost returns SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Tim Hortons Inc, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain under shareholder pressure to boost returns, said on Thursday it was expanding its buyback plan by C$900 million ($863.4 million) and its new CEO called the challenging environment the “new reality.” The company, led since July 2 by long-time Nestle SA executive Marc Caira, also announced plans for its business in the United States that are in line with demands of activist investors who want the company to cut back on the investment of its own cash in the United States and turn to well-capitalized franchisees. Hedge funds Scout Capital Management and Highfields Capital, owners of almost 10 per cent of Tim Hortons stock, have urged Tim Hortons to increase debt levels to fund a share buyback, as well as address concerns about the U.S. expansion, and to name directors to the board who have more financial expertise. “Clearly, we are operating in a very challenging, competitive and volatile environment,” Caira told analysts during a conference call. “We need to accept this new reality and effectively compete in it.”

He said sales in newer U.S. markets were not generating strong returns, pointing to the need for changes to the financial model and performance there. The company also named two new directors: Sherri Brillon, chief financial officer at Encana Corporation, and Thomas Milroy, chief executive of BMO Capital Markets. Shares of Tim’s, which says it sells eight of every 10 cups of coffee sold in Canada, have risen about 10 per cent since the hedge funds went public

with their concerns three months ago. Shares rose 0.7 per cent to close at C$59.90 on Thursday, Aug. 8. The company said it was targeting a total of C$1 billion in share buybacks over the next 12 months, funded by bank debt and/or newly issued bonds. This includes C$100 million under its existing share buyback plan. Executives said the company has repurchased about C$1.7 billion in shares since its 2006 initial public offering, and raised its dividend by an average of nearly 21 per cent a year.

Tim Hortons reported a 14 per cent rise in second-quarter profit but said it expects same-store sales growth for the year to come in below earlier targeted ranges of two to four per cent in Canada, and three to five per cent in the United States. Some possible changes included a “tough look” at operations and at what products it might consider discontinuing. “There’s no sacred cows here,” said Caira. Tim Hortons’ competitors range from McDonald’s Corp to Starbucks Corp. Net income in the quarter rose to C$123.7 million, or 81 Canadian cents per share, compared with C$108.1 million or 69 Canadian cents per share a year earlier. Analysts had expected earnings of 75 Canadian cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Total revenue rose two per cent to C$800.1 million ($767.5 million). Same-store sales grew 1.5 per cent in Canada and 1.4 per cent in the United States. That is down from 1.8 per cent growth in Canada and 4.9 per cent growth in the United States a year ago, but up from 0.3 per cent and 0.5 per cent declines in the first quarter.

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is weighing options that could include an outright sale, it said on Monday, and its largest shareholder is stepping down from its board to avoid any possible conflict of interest. BlackBerry, which pioneered mobile email with its first smartphones and email pagers, said on Monday it had set up a committee to review its options, sparking a debate over whether Canada’s one-time crown jewel is more valuable as a whole or snapped up piece by piece by competitors or private investors. The company said Prem Watsa, whose Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd is BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, was leaving the board as BlackBerry determines its next steps. Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper said Fairfax was talking to industry and private equity players about possibility taking BlackBerry private. Fairfax did not respond to requests for comment. Other potential buyers of BlackBerry assets, if not the company itself, could include deep-pocketed Canadian

pension funds, as well as some of its rivals. BlackBerry, once a stock market darling, has bled market share to Apple Inc and phones using Google Inc’s Android operating system, and its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones have failed to gain traction with consumers. BlackBerry shares rose more than 10 per cent to $10.78 in New York and C$11.13 in Toronto Monday afternoon. But the shares remain well below their levels in June, before the company reported dismal results that included poor sales of the BlackBerry 10 that it viewed as key to a turnaround. The share price peaked at about C$150 in June 2008, when BlackBerry, then known as Research In Motion, had a market capitalization of more than $80 billion. BlackBerry’s assets include a shrinking, yet well-regarded services business that powers its security-focused messaging system, worth $3 billion to $4.5 billion; a collection of patents that could be worth $2 billion

to $3 billion; and $3.1 billion in cash and investments, according to analysts. Even at a conservative estimate, that is more than the company’s $5.4-billion market capitalization, although analysts say the smartphones that bear its name have little or no value and it might cost $2 billion to shut the unit that makes them. BlackBerry’s fate is likely to involve the Canadian government, which vets foreign takeovers of domestic companies. The government said it would not comment on speculation, but a spokesman for Industry Minister James Moore said the government wished BlackBerry well in its search for

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Public sector hit hard as July see job losses SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Record job losses in the public sector and scarce opportunities for young people led to unexpected weakness in the Canadian labor market in July, hinting at a sluggish economic start to the third quarter. Canada lost a net 39,400 jobs during the month, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.2 per cent from 7.1 per cent in June, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Market players surveyed by Reuters had forecast the creation of 10,000 new jobs in July, and no change in the jobless rate. “A definite disappointment,” said David Tulk, chief macro strategist at TD Securities. “We sort of expected this as a continued hangover from the plus-95 (95,000 jobs) we saw in the month of May.” But analysts generally took the report with a grain of salt given the volatility of Canada’s employment numbers, which are based on a household survey subject to a large margin of error. The monthly jobs figures have whipsawed this year, peaking at 95,000 net new jobs in May after a loss of 54,500 in March. The more reliable six-month trend showed average monthly jobs growth of 11,000 from February to July, still less than half the average gain in the previous six-month period, according to Statscan figures. Employment grew 1.2 per cent in the year to July. The trend is consistent with mild economic growth. “You clearly want to see this decline partially reversed in August to make clear that we’re not seeing a sharp deterioration in labor markets,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada. Almost all the jobs lost in July were in services, particularly in the healthcare and social assistance sectors in the province of Quebec. Public sector employment fell by 74,000 positions. Employment among young people fell by a sharp 46,000 and the jobless rate was almost twice the national average at 13.9 per cent. Summer employment for high school-aged students hit its lowest level since 1977. Both full-time and part-time jobs disappeared, declining by 18,300 and 21,200, respectively. On the bright side, 31,400 Canadians found private-sector jobs in July, and 13,500 joined the hard-hit manufacturing sector. The number of hours worked also edged up by 0.3 per cent in the month, a possible boost to economic growth.

Personality bigger motivator than incentives, study says SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Carrots and sticks have long been the favoured tool for business managers looking to motivate their workers, whether it’s to encourage with the promise of a raise, or to threaten with firing. But a new study from the University of Iowa suggests that an employee’s personality is also a strong motivator of an employee’s behaviour. Professors Mick Mount and Ning Li note that a growing body of evidence suggests that if a worker’s personality doesn’t fit the job requirements, he or she will not be motivated by external factors, no matter how tasty the carrot or painful the stick. They’ve used that observation in a newly published paper that lays out a Grand Theory of what makes people tick at the office, which was published recently in the Academy of Management Review. Mount and Li reviewed decades of research by behavioural scientists to create their theory that can help businesses engage in better hiring and training practices to make sure the right worker is in the right job. By determining why smart people who work hard sometimes fail and sometimes succeed, employers can develop tools that motivate workers to perform more effectively. The theory uses what is called the Five Factor Model (FFM), which captures five broad dimensions of personality that are used to describe human personality: extroversion/ introversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experience. Behavioural scientists for decades have used the FFM

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opportunity. Conversely, if a worker is a shy, retiring type whose goal is autonomy, he or she will not be motivated to perform better by promises of a promotion to management because the last thing he or she wants is to be in charge of other people.

“The implication for businesses, then, is that we first need to understand which goals matter to employees and then match those goals to characteristics of jobs so we can make work more meaningful and intrinsically motivating to the person,” Mount says.

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$ •

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$

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$

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St Albert Leader August 15, 2013  

St Albert Leader August 15, 2013

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