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A group of local parents are over the moon after reaching their fundraising goal and saving their kids’ trip to space camp in Montreal. At a meeting Wednesday evening at Ronald Harvey Elementary School, the Save Our Space Camp campaign announced that, after a couple of weeks of frantic fundraising, they had met their goal of raising $133,000 to send their kids on a trip to Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City that was initially cancelled in late March after the Nova Scotia-based tour company they were dealing with abruptly went out of business. “We can’t even believe it. What we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks has been unbelievable,” said Heather Kemp, one of the parents involved in the fundraising campaign. “The entire community has rallied together to support us on this, and everybody has made such unbelievable offers.” The campaign got a couple of huge boosts last week with a $50,000 donation from land developers Melcor and $15,000 from the SYTA Youth Foundation, based out of the United States. Sue Monson, regional manager for Melcor, said seeing the reactions of the parents when handing over the cheque was priceless. “I was not expecting it to be so emotional. It was a really amazing experience for me,” said Monson, a St. Albert resident herself. “It was super exciting and really inspiring. Those people worked so hard for this.”

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new federal law and the discretion of City of St. Albert administration. But, as she explains, the first step to seeing this new lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success will be amending current bylaws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a definition for medical marijuana production facilities,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of adopting this new law will be ending the old â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;grow-opâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; term, introducing the new term, and adding a definition as part of the land use bylaws.â&#x20AC;? Heron recognizes that an issue such as medical marijuana is controversial and that there are differing opinions throughout the community and even on city council. But, the advantages of what this new law has to offer for the city gives her confidence that it will overshadow any negative connotation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people are worried about having production facilities under this new law, then they should have been even more worried before this law, because before

this could have been happening right next door,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The residents of St. Albert can take comfort in knowing that their city council did their due :Xk_p diligence and found ?\ife the best approach.â&#x20AC;? :`kpZfleZ`ccfi In addition to Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motions, Mayor Nolan Crouse put through a motion to hold all applications for medical marijuana production facilities until April 23. This window gives council the opportunity to reflect on the issue before they begin amending the land use bylaw, which could take up to three months. Crouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to put forth this motion, which was passed unanimously, was motivated by the fact that if any applications for medical marijuana production facilities were to be submitted before the bylaw review, the application would have to be assessed under the current land use bylaws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This just gives us an opportunity for a second sober thought,â&#x20AC;? said Heron. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been applications already and we just want to fully understand the issue and the best approach before we move forward.â&#x20AC;? Despite the controversy, Heron remains optimistic about what the new federal law has to offer and how much safer it makes medical marijuana production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a huge advantage and opportunity,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we approach this with an open mind, the city can really benefit from these facilities. St. Albert residents can take comfort in knowing that city council looked at all the options and found the best approach.â&#x20AC;? And so far, Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimism has some solid ground. With residents demonstrating support on Coun. Tim Osborneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page, St. Albert could be on the brink of progressive change in adopting medical marijuana production facilities.

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A St. Albert mixed martial artist was one step closer to realizing his dream of competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. St. Albert’s Sheldon Westcott stepped into the Octagon on Wednesday night to take on fellow Canadian Elias Theodorou in the middleweight final of The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, which was broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 from the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City. On the line was a spot on the UFC roster and the potential of a six-figure contract. Results were not available as of the St. Albert Leader’s press deadline. Westcott, 29, is the co-owner of Complete Fitness and Martial Arts in Campbell Business Park. He graduated from Paul Kane High School. Westcott earned his spot in the middleweight final by

defeating Australian Vik Grujic in the episode that aired on Wednesday, April 3. He had been dealing with knee and neck injuries over the course of filming the series, but he prevailed against Grujic, getting him to tap out to a submission hold that no one on the show had ever seen before. Another St. Albert fighter on the show, Luke Harris, lost to Grujic in his first-round bout. All four fighters in the series finals were Canadian, as the welterweight matchup pits Olivier Aubin-Mercier of Montreal against Chad Laprise of London, Ont. The night was capped off as the two coaches from the show, Canadian Patrick Côté and Australian Kyle Noke, squared off, and UFC middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy fought in the five-round main event. Look for coverage of the finale Thursday on our website at StAlbertLeader.com.

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new paint job. The new logo and scheme can also be seen on the three new handibuses that were added to the City’s fleet late last year. As well, St. Albert Transit will also begin issuing new commuter and local tickets in the blue-and-green colour scheme. The tickets have also been redesigned so that they can fit in the time and date stamp machines at Edmonton LRT stations for validation. St. Albert Transit is also falling into line with its regional transit partners in Edmonton and Strathcona County by selling tickets in booklets of 10. The department is asking patrons to use up any previously purchased tickets as soon as possible, and will be holding ticket exchanges

at the Village Landing and St. Albert Centre transit stations. Tickets can also be exchanged at the St. Albert Transit offices at 235 Carnegie Dr., but not at independent retail outlets. The department’s new logo has also started popping up on bus stop signs across the city, and the Ride Guide and monthly passes will have a new look starting in May. An overhaul is also coming soon to their website at www. ridestat.ca.

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favour of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;inquiry basedâ&#x20AC;? system that was outlined by the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol and touted in Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 Inspiring Education initiative. Math marks have been slipping on Provincial Achievement Tests among Grade 3 and 6 students in Alberta since 2009. Some parents blame the decline on the new teaching strategy, which they say is convoluted and confusing. Opposition MLAs, including Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman and Wildrose education critic Bruce McAllister, were among those on hand Saturday. McAllister said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spoken with hundreds of concerned parents on the issue, and that Johnson needs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;pull his head out of the sandâ&#x20AC;? and start listening to Albertans. Johnson said last week he is aware of parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns and will consider their recommendations, while noting Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education system was recently ranked fourth in the world by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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class, as well as in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social Justice League. Jwaszko challenged her students to come up with a project they could do as a school to impact climate change, even if it was on a small scale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to get students excited that they could change the world, that they could help reduce the climate change effect,â&#x20AC;? Jwaszko said. The students pitched their ideas to peers â&#x20AC;&#x153;like Dragonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Den,â&#x20AC;? as Jwaszko described it, and Cammarataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea was the winner. But once the contest was over, Cammarata wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to let the idea fall by the wayside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do this with almost every one of my Science 10 classes, and only two or three of the projects have actually been realized,â&#x20AC;? Jwaszko said. Despite the fact that the stations cost about $1,500 US each, Jwaszko and Cammarata cowrote an application to the City of St. Albert for an Environmental Initiatives Grant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Days when I was tired, days when I was busy teaching, she was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fill it out. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help you out. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get it done,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Jwaszko recalled. They were successful, and the first station was installed by school maintenance staff. It proved so popular, though, that the school took the rest of the grant money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; topped off by a

donation by the principal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to buy a second one. Cammarata first heard about the stations through her mother, who had one at the school she worked at. But she still hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen one when she first pitched the idea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was at Servus (Credit Union Place) one time and I saw one, and I freaked out,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I made my friends take a picture of me with it. I was so excited.â&#x20AC;? Not only do the stations have environmental benefits, though; Jwaszko said she has noticed students are more focused in class if they can easily stay hydrated. She also noted that the stations have set off a â&#x20AC;&#x153;chain reactionâ&#x20AC;? with teachers from other St. Albert Public Schools now pushing for similar stations in their schools. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that Cammarata can hang her hat on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really awesome,â&#x20AC;? she said. Cammarata is still part of the Social Justice League at Paul Kane, as well as the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union. The SJL has several projects on the go, including Free2Walk, an event to raise awareness about human trafficking thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking place on May 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice being in a club where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with like-minded people who have goals to change the world like you,â&#x20AC;? she said of her experience with the SJL.

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Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are more mainstream these days, but they’re still a bright idea that one St. Albert teacher is sharing with his students. Michael Ng is a science teacher at Paul Kane High School who, back in 2008, was a local coordinator for Project Porchlight, a Canada-wide initiative to raise awareness about CFLs and hand out free bulbs to as many homes as possible. Today, the project has wrapped up, but Ng was left with boxes and boxes of leftover CFLs. So, ever since, he has been handing out the bulbs to students in his Chemistry 20 classes as they study gases and talk about the differences in energy efficiency between different light sources. “I know there’s a lot of people who would say you’re not saving too much, but I think ... it does make somewhat of a difference over time,” Ng said. “It’s one of those small things that people can save money on,” he added. “You always hear about how many people can save power, and articles are written about solar energy, but that’s so expensive. It’s the little things that are cool.”

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and 100-watt lightbulbs in favour of CFLs, meaning that stores were only able to sell the incandescent bulbs they had on hand and wouldn’t be able to stock more. Those rules will be extended to

40- and 60-watt bulbs and the end of this year. There has been some backlash to moves like this from consumers who are resisting the change, but Ng said that has died down over

time. “I think that’s because Environment Canada themselves are promoting it so much now, as well as companies like Home Depot and Rona,” he said. One of the biggest concerns people have about CFLs is their mercury content and how to dispose of them properly, but Ng said that risk has been mitigated in the years since. “I think a lot of kids now know not to throw (CFLs) in the garbage, to dispose of it well. A lot of the kids work at Target and Walmart, so they’re really aware of it,” he said. “They’re even telling me now that there are casings around it to make it look better.” Of course, like any good scientist, Ng is looking to what’s next, what might be even better and more efficient than CFLs, and he believes light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs are the answer. “I think LEDs are the future, pretty much. It’s just, how do you make that cost-effective now?” he said. Along the same vein as Project Porchlight, government agencies are now actively promoting other environmental initiatives like low-flow showerheads and energy efficient appliances, and offering tax incentives for homeowners installing low-flush toilets.

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students. “Unless you have experiences and things like that, it’s all just pie-in-the-sky kind of stuff,” said Wild Rose principal Barb Scott. “But as soon as they have some background, some hands-on, it gives them that springboard to do that much more learning. And of course, our environment is something they’re going to be the caretakers of in the future.” That same day, students in all grades will have the chance to see a special presentation by Evergreen Theatre on pine beetles and the importance of protecting ecosystems. Grade 4 students will also have a special presentation entitled Waste and Our World, while Grade 2 students will get to learn about some insects thanks to visiting graduate students from the University of Alberta. Those same students will be back on May 26 to give a presentation

to Grade 3 students on animal life cycles. That’s the same day Grade 5 students will head to the John E. Poole Interpretive Wetland along the eastern shore of Big Lake to take part in Ducks Unlimited’s Wetland Discovery Days. Meanwhile, on May 14, the Grade 6 students will have the chance to canoe down the Sturgeon River and learn about the river ecosystem and water quality. And, on May 21, Grade 1 students will take part in the City’s of St. Albert’s Arbor Day tree planting festivities. The City also provided an Environmental Initiatives Grant to Wild Rose to help pay for some of the activities, and Scott said that support means so much. “That makes it happen. We’re putting a little bit of our own money toward it, but we certainly don’t have that kind of extra funds,” she said.

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though, will be a giant teapot that will be on display. The teapot was crafted during last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, with patrons having the chance to stamp a small design onto part of the pot. Now, the pot has been glazed and fired in the kiln, and will likely be put up for silent auction, with proceeds going toward ovarian cancer research, the favoured cause of the guild for several years now. Membership is the guild is still going strong at more than 80 people, TangYeh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some have left over the years, and we get new ones. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been a waiting list to get in, but this year, we managed to (admit) everyone who wanted to come here.â&#x20AC;? Some of the guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Tang-Yeh â&#x20AC;&#x201D; come from Edmonton or other parts of the Capital Region, mainly for the chance to look out on the scenery of the Sturgeon River valley as they work in their

St. Albert Place studio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never worked in such a beautiful space,â&#x20AC;? she said. Tang-Yeh has been a member of the guild since the 1990s, and she has thoroughly enjoyed the experience ever since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown a lot and learned a lot over the years,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many experienced potters here, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned a lot along the way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; different glazes, different techniques, the firing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always (exciting),â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never the same, even if you use the same glaze.â&#x20AC;? The show opens on Thursday, May 1, to coincide with the first ArtWalk of the season, and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. that evening. It continues on Friday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, search for â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Albert Potters Guildâ&#x20AC;? on Facebook.

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The citizens of Kitimat, B.C., went to the polls Saturday for what was one of the biggest vote of their lives. In the end, they made their discontent with the Northern Gateway pipeline project known as the unofficial results of Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-binding plebiscite came in with 1,278 (41.6 per cent) voting for and 1,793 (58.4 per cent) voting against the project, casting doubt on the future of the controversial pipeline. The town has been bombarded with heavy campaigning on both sides of the Northern Gateway campaign, with lawn signs supporting and opposing the project dotting the landscape. Both sides have also launched advertising campaigns on local radio stations and in local newspapers, and teams of doorknockers have been busy in recent weeks, too. Anyone who has lived in Kitimat for the past 30 days was eligible to vote. Some 900 early ballots were cast, nearly doubling the 470 votes cast in advance polls during the most recent municipal election. Kitimat is the final stop in the route of Enbridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Gateway pipeline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; taking 525,000 daily barrels of Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil sands oil to markets in Asia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and will be home to a Marine Terminal, which would house two ship berths and storage for three condensate tanks and 11 petroleum tanks. The $6.5 billion project will see the construction of two pipelines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one carrying petroleum products west to Kitimat and another carrying natural-gas condensate back to Alberta. Proponents of the pipeline claim the project will create 380 long-term jobs and nearly 1,110 construction jobs for Albertans.

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