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Budget keeps City’s belt tight Lead the

“The starting point is for administration to put forward a very responsible and realistic The City of St. Albert is doing its budget proposal. Then it’s up to best to keep its belt tight with the council to be informed, to learn, 2014 budget, according to the city to gauge residents’ reactions, manager. ask questions, and they will Patrick Draper presented the undoubtedly look at making some budget for the changes ... upcoming Ultimately it’s a year to council council decision on Tuesday on what the final evening — budget will look which projects like,” he said. a residential There was Patrick Draper property tax also a lot of City manager increase of 2.1 talk during the per cent — recent election calling it “fiscally responsible.” campaign about the City’s “It’s a prudent budget; we’ve done utilities model. While the budget a lot of work to try and mitigate the recommends a 6.5 per cent increase property tax increase. In fact, it’s in utility rates for 2014, Draper the lowest increase in the past 10 said he is expecting a review of years,” Draper said. “I think, as a the model in the near future. starting point, that’s good news.” “Starting in January, we will And with three newly elected review with council the current councillors jumping right into model — how does it work, the budget after less than a month what are the cost drivers, how on the job, Draper said the most are these calculations made, important job for him and the rest how do capital reserves work,” he of City of St. Albert staff is to give said. “Then we’re going to share council as much information as with them the consultant’s report possible on how the budget works. that was prepared last year ... Then “We have a number of methods we’ll go through a phase with the and procedures and protocols new council about what kinds of in terms of how the budget is options we should be thinking constructed and rolled up to the about.” total, and we want to make sure Another key part of the 2014 we’re giving them — particularly budget is a projection of assessment the new councillors — enough time growth of 2.75 per cent, which to properly understand the pieces,” should result in an additional he said. $2.1 million for City coffers that Some of those councillors, is earmarked for some 30 growth though, campaigned on capping business cases. the property tax increase to 1.5 Draper explained that per cent or even zero per cent. But money is brand new Draper said that sort of expectation revenue from new doesn’t put any extra pressure on building activities him or his staff. that did not exist in


INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Council Notes . . . . 10 Photo Booth . . . . . . 18 Entertainment . . . . 20 Health Feature . . . . . 21 Fun & Games . . . . . 28 Business . . . . . . 30 . . . . 31


Save up your toonies — the City of St. Albert is looking at a residential property tax increase of 2.1 per cent in 2014 (story, page 3). Meanwhile, the provincial budget process is well underway, and Finance Minister Doug Horner chats with the Leader about it on page 4. And local mushroom company Untamed Feast is celebrating striking a deal in the Dragon’s Den (story, page 7.)


2.5 That’s how many times longer new polymer notes being issued by the Bank of Canada are expected to last compared to the old paper notes. The $5 and $10 polymer notes were put into circulation last week. See Business, page 30.

St. Albert Leader

“I think, as a starting point, that’s good news.”

2013, and the conversation he wants to start with council centres around how much growth should pay for growth, including snow clearing and parks in new areas. He added that he is confident the City will reach that mark for assessment growth. “The estimate was done a month or two ago, so it’s pretty tight ... It’s reasonably conservative,” he said. The 2014 budget also sees the provincial government starting to phase out the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, which means a $300,000 hit to the City’s bottom line

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this year. Most of that money went to capital projects, Draper said, but a small part went to operating expenses, and taxpayers will have to make that part up both this year and in the future. The City has three town hall meetings scheduled for the public to give their input on the budget, which started Wednesday and run until Friday. Draper said he expects a wide range of opinions over three nights. One of the meetings is an electronic town hall, with residents having the ability to submit questions to councillors by email, Facebook and Twitter. With the number of people watching council meeting via live web streaming continuing to grow, Draper said the City is eager to use technology to get more public input. “We thought there might be people who might be busy with their work weeks or family obligations and can’t make it in person, but may want to tune in a little bit, hear what’s being said and have a chance to ask their question,” he said.






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chats with ... Doug The title of your speech to the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday was, “Where do we go from here?” So, where do we go from here?



We’ve had a bit of a change as I went around the province and listened to people in various places, and the online survey and other ways submissions have come in. They now know that, when you make a tough budget, tough decisions have to be made, and if we can avoid that, they’d like to. Core service investment is a big priority. Infrastructure is a big priority — certainly, when you talk about the growth St. Albert has seen, that Alberta has seen, infrastructure is top of mind … The one-two is core services and infrastructure, and the third is maintaining low taxes.

Alberta’s economy is very dependent on oil. What are your expectations for the price of oil in the coming year? I would suggest to you that the majority of the forecasters are going to be in the mid-90s [US per barrel]. What we’re doing different this year, too — this is something that is probably as well-known, and I don’t think we’re going to go out and announce it — we’re going to invite the same people that we had at a forecasting summit earlier this year, we’re going to invite them back here at the end of November and just put it to them … and then we’ll go to industry and ask them the same thing. It won’t be our prediction; it will be the industry and the experts’ prediction as to what number we’re going to use.

“What else can we do with our

Is there more work coming to diversify the economy and not have Alberta so dependent on oil?

savings that would help that next-generation economy, that would help diversify what we have today?” The province announced the start of results-based budgeting back in April. Has that been a big adjustment, both for your department and for other departments?

What kind of impact are the southern Alberta floods going to have on the provincial budget in 2014 and beyond? It’s going to be fairly significant impact on the budget this year because we’re going to be taking the majority of the operating losses in this year. By that, I mean the difference between what the federal government is going to pay us and what we’re going to have to pay out on our own. There’s a significant amount of money on the table there.

It is, and it’s been a positive one, because it’s forcing departments to work across their normal lines. We’re doing it based on program, not on department, so it’s forcing them to justify to an outside group, a third-party group of Albertans, the reasons why they’re still doing what they’re doing and the objectives they’re trying to achieve. In many cases, there’s been some reworks of the measurements they’re using or the accountability piece they have, and that’s all been extremely positive. It was never intended to try and save a bunch of money. It was intended to get productivity up, better services, better alignment, and to ensure what we’re delivering as a core service of government is a core service we should be delivering.

I think you’re going to see a lot more emphasis on the reinvestment piece: investment in people, investment in the future for the province. Hopefully we’ve turned a bit of a corner here. We’ve got a handle on how we operate; we’ve lived within our means, we’ve cranked that down. We’ve got a handle on results-based budgeting. That should allow us now the opportunity to start reinvesting in some areas.

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City unwraps Toys for Tickets GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

For the fifth year in a row, the City of St. Albert’s municipal enforcement services are giving those who get parking tickets this month an early Christmas gift. The department is once again unwrapping its Toys for Tickets campaign, allowing those who get parking tickets between Nov. 15 and 30 the chance to pay for them with new unwrapped toys, which will go to less fortunate families through St. Albert Transit’s Fill-A-Bus event and the St. Albert Kinettes’ annual Christmas Hamper Campaign. “Toys for Tickets is an innovative approach that builds on the many family support initiatives delivered throughout our community at this important time of year,” Mayor Nolan Crouse said in a press release. “The campaign provides us with an opportunity to take care of our residents, while continuing to deliver upon our promise of safe homes in a

safe community.” The Toys for Tickets program began in 2009. Last year, $2,700 in toys were collected, “which put huge smiles on the faces of all those involved in the initiative, not just the recipients,” said peace officer program supervisor Stu Fraser in the same press release. “Once again, we had residents who didn’t have parking tickets, bring in toys to help support other families.” Toys will only be accepted for eligible parking tickets issued between Nov. 15 and 30. The value of the toy must be $25 or greater, and the ticket must be paid before Dec. 6. Toys appropriate for newborns to 16 years old will accepted as long as they are new and in their original packaging. Payment will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6 at the the City of St. Albert’s Family and Community Support Services office in Beaudry Place (#10, 50 Bellerose Dr.).

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Local mushroom company slays Dragons

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Eric and Michelle Whitehead are used to picking mushrooms, not picking a business partner. But that’s exactly what the St. Albert residents were doing on an episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den that aired on Wednesday, Nov. 6, when both David Chilton and Arlene Dickinson wanted a piece of their mushroom company, Untamed Feast. “What you didn’t see is that we had all five offering at one point,” Michelle said. “We decided to go in that back room and have a little chat. ... In the end, it wasn’t a difficult decision.” In the end, the couple did the deal with Dickinson, getting $65,000 for 20 per cent of Untamed Feast, which will go toward new equipment to help automate the manufacturing process. Michelle said she was the dragon they were targeting all along because of her marketing acumen. “She’s building a pretty big investment portfolio with companies that are akin to ours — green, sustainable, organic,” she said. “And we heard a lot of great things about her.” Untamed Feast sells dried mushrooms — hand-picked in forests throughout Canada by Eric, Michelle and their crews — and sells

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Eric and Michelle Whitehead of Untamed Feast face the Dragons on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. them on their own or in recipe kits like porcini risotto, morel coconut rice or wild mushroom soup. While the business started on Vancouver Island, earlier this year, the couple packed up

and moved to St. Albert for a couple of reasons — chief of which is being closer to her family. “And from a business perspective, it made a lot of sense,” Michelle said. “Some of our largest operating expenses in the past have been fuel and ferries, because we do so much travelling for harvest. Operating out of central Alberta, fuel is cheaper, we’re not traveling quite as far — because Vancouver Island is so southern relative to where we’re going a lot — and we don’t have to wait in line or pay the cost to go on that dreadful ferry ride.” Eric and Michelle met overseas at a yoga instructor workshop, and discovered they had both picked mushrooms as kids. One season, as both were fed up with the jobs, they decided to go picking and knocking on the doors of restaurants. “It just slowly grew. Every year, we started doing a little bit more,” Michelle said. “And then, in 2012, we said, ‘Let’s do this full-time.’ We quit everything else and started doing it.” Because the mushrooms Untamed Feast specializes in grow wild and can’t really be farmed, they have to switch up every year where they go picking, venturing as far as the Northwest Territories. Dragons’ Den, of course, took the couple to Toronto, where the samples they handed out were met with rave reviews from the Dragons. The panel of venture capitalists includes: • Jim Treliving, chairman of Boston Pizza

and Mr. Lube; • David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber; • Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications; • Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Leary Funds; and • Bruce Croxon, co-founder of dating website Lavalife. Going before the dragons can be a daunting prospect, but Michelle said she and Eric went into the den well-prepared. “We started really thinking about it six months prior to being in Toronto. We practiced with each other; we thought of every possible question,” she said. “The whole process was great in terms of clarifying, even for Eric and myself, what we’re doing with the company and where we want to go. It got us on track more than a business plan ever could.” And with the deal with Dickinson under their belts, the future looks bright — not only in mushrooms, but in other natural food ventures Michelle and Eric have on the go. “We’re trying to promote anybody out there in rural areas who are collecting non-timber forest products ... all of those things are going to be on the rise,” she said. “It’s sustainable, it’s local; it’s at our fingertips and, most of the time, we walk right by it.” For more information, check out their website at

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Relocating Remembrance

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very year, it seems the crowds at the Remembrance Day ceremony in St. Albert gets bigger. The people are lined up deeper along St. Anne Street near the cenotaph, and they wind further down the street toward St. Albert Place. It’s a great thing to see, to be sure, but by Glenn Cook it may be getting to the point where the ceremony, which is organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 271, is getting too big for its current setting. While those folks who find themselves down near St. Albert Place get a good view of the parade as it goes by, they end up having to crane their necks to get any sort of glimpse of what’s happening at the cenotaph itself. Their only connection to that part of the ceremony comes through the strategically placed loudspeakers. So perhaps its time to move the cenotaph and the ceremony to another location, a large open public space. Lions Park is the first location to spring to mind, which would keep the ceremony near the Legion offices and in the downtown core. But the lack of a natural amphitheatre there would certainly hinder the views of those in the back. Maybe a better choice is to move the ceremony indoors to the performance arena at Servus Credit Union Place. It would be much like the ceremony held each year at the University of Alberta’s Butterdome. That arena has 2,000 seats ready to go, plus room for a few hundred more, and a temporary cenotaph, on the floor and standing room on the concourse. Covering up the ice surface might be a little tricky, but it was possible a few years ago when indoor soccer was played there. The best part, though, is that it would take weather out of the equation. Those attending the ceremony — and more importantly, the veterans — would no longer have to stand out in the elements. And the folks at the Legion would no longer have to wish and hope for sunshine and relatively warm temperatures. As St. Albert has grown, it seems the Remembrance Day ceremony has not been able to grow alongside it. But with a little cooperation, there is a chance to pay respect to veterans in a more comfortable setting.

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magine coming to St. Albert for only three years, and 23 years later, still calling it home! This is not as unusual as it sounds for many who came to Alberta and Canada as part of an adventure. In those 23 years, there have been many changes to St. Albert. Erin Ridge was just being developed and I can remember the realtor proudly showing us the site of the new hospital. Although I couldn’t comprehend how the hospital on McKenney Avenue could be considered old! The development on St. Albert Trail barely reached past Pizza Hut, but even then, there appeared to be so much choice compared to the small island that we had been



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My City living on. As St. Albert has grown, so have the amenities, providing plenty of choice for those who live here and those who come to live in this community. For me, the heart of St. Albert still remains in the downtown and Mission Hill area. I am fortunate to work in the arts and heritage sector, and spending time in the downtown and Mission Hill area still fills me with amazement and a sense of place. This relatively small area holds the key to not just

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St. Albert’s history, but also the importance that the mission in St. Albert had on Alberta’s history. To spend time in this area takes you back in time and it is difficult to believe that you are in what has become a modern city with six lanes of traffic roaring through its middle and an increasing array of big box stores that rival a larger city. My city is a more tranquil place, away from the main drag, where you see people walking and enjoying the river, trail system and history. I am concerned that, as the city continues to expand and national retailers continue to move in, some of the smaller and often family-run stores in the downtown are finding it increasingly difficult to

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survive. There are many factors at play; it is not an easy fix. But if we value our small downtown, we need to invest in it, support it and promote it as if it were the Farmers’ Market every day! I am fortunate to live and work in St. Albert and I certainly appreciate my five-minute commute to work each day. One of my visions for the city is that we are able to attract business so that more people are able to live and work here, and enjoy more time in the community rather than on the road. So although it was a sense of adventure that brought me here, it is the uniqueness and charm of the community that has kept me in the St. Albert I call home. Owned and operated by

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Volunteer Fair returns GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre is hoping to create a few more success stories this weekend. The CIVC is hosting its sixth annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Servus Credit Union Place, bringing together volunteers looking for opportunities with more than 40 agencies from across St. Albert and Edmonton who need help. Over the six years of the fair, CIVC volunteer centre services co-ordinator Glennis Kennedy said it has produced its share of success stories, including one local organization who recruited a board member through the fair. “It has been a huge success,” Kennedy said. “He has contributed in a huge way to them, and they are really happy to have found him.” Each year, the volunteer fair


can accommodate a maximum of 45 agencies because of space in Servus Place, and Kennedy said that they are close to that maximum once again this year. “It’s pretty much first-come, first-serve,” Kennedy said. “Some of the organizations have been there every year; they get in there right away and definitely see the benefit.

“For the organizations, it’s great exposure.” Glennis Kennedy St. Albert CIVC “For the organizations, it’s great exposure. It’s connecting them with volunteers in the community, but it’s also a great opportunity to network with other organizations and just chat and see what they’re doing.” She added that it isn’t just limited to St. Albert agencies. “It’s for the volunteers, so

when they come here, we want them to get a good variety of volunteer opportunities. For some people, that might be an organization in St. Albert, but for others, that might mean an organization in Edmonton that does something different, something no organization in St. Albert does.” After six years, the fair is continuing to grow in popularity, Kennedy said. “We were looking for another way of making that connection between the potential volunteers out there and the organizations in the community that were looking for them,” she said. “It’s really become a great way for those two to make that connection.” And it’s getting a little easier to organize each year. “It’s based on the same premise each year, so it gets pretty good,” Kennedy said. For more information on the Volunteer Fair and the CIVC itself, visit their website at www.

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• TUE SDAY, NOV. 12, 2013 • Professional Development

Postpone Efforts on St. Albert LRT Line

On Tuesday, council voted on a motion to post brief summaries of councillors’ professional development on the City’s website. The motion was first put forward by Coun. Len Bracko prior to the Oct. 21 election.

Coun. Cam MacKay put forward a motion to postpone the LRT functional alignment study until the Capital Region Board regional transit analysis is complete; a location has been chosen for the south park-andride; and a feasibility study is completed.

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“The intent is simply to be transparent with the public in terms of our expenditures and our knowledge and development account.”

“[A functional alignment study] is financially reckless. There’s no political support among residents for this proposal. There’s no financial support from any other level of government. And it reduces our city’s credibility on the provincial and the national stage each time it is brought up.”

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— Cam MacKay Another motion to post councillors’ attendance records at council meetings at assigned committee meetings was postponed until the next council meeting as councillors wanted to make significant changes to the motion Bracko put forward.

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A similar motion to postpone any other LRT-related work was passed by council, meaning the alignment study will go ahead as planned, but other items like land acquisitions and hirings will not. “Years into the future, city councils of St. Albert and the residents of our growing and thriving community will applaud your foresight and vision.”

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CPC still having fun after all these years GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Four decades in, and the members of the Canadian Progress Club St. Albert are still having fun. The club celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 7, with an event at Privada Wine and Tapas in downtown St. Albert, marking their four decades of serving those in need with a number of current and alumni members. Of course, club secretary Chris Turnbull said, they’ve had a lot of fun along the way, too. “If you’re not having any fun, putting in volunteer hours becomes a task, and nobody looks forward to doing tasks. And if you don’t look forward to something, eventually you’re not going to do it,” he said. “That’s what our club in St. Albert prides itself on.” Thursday’s event, he added, was a great way for the club’s current members to honour those who paved the way for them. “It’s just a great opportunity for us to celebrate this with the public and to raise the profile of the club,” Turnbull said. “People often know Rotary or the Lions, but they’re

often not aware of the Canadian Progress Club. And, as far as service clubs, we think it’s a great little gem.” Each year, the local club raises money through its Mardi Gras North dinner and auction, its Dawn to Dusk golf tournament, its Gentlemen’s Luncheon at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall and its 3-on-3 pond hockey tournament on Lacombe Lake, as well as various casinos. The CPC also helps organize Canstruction Edmonton each year, in which teams build structures out of cans of food, which are then donated to food banks in St. Albert, Edmonton and Sherwood Park. This year, that equated to about 30,000 pounds of food. The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at Sorrentino’s Restaurant on St. Albert Trail. The first Canadian Progress Club chapter was set up in downtown Toronto in 1922 by Maurice Guenear and James Brennan. Other affiliate clubs were set up in the year to come in cities like Montreal; London, Ont.; Callingwood, Ont.; and Quebec City. It wasn’t until 1965 that the CPC expanded outside Ontario and Quebec, when clubs

were set up in Halifax and Edmonton. Over the years it has been active, the St. Albert club has raised more than $4 million for Uncles and Aunts at Large, Camp Warwa, Special Olympics Alberta and the CPC Children’s Charitable Society. “The focus from the beginning has been on giving all children, regardless of their social or economic circumstances, the same opportunities,” Turnbull said. Turnbull added that the executive director of Uncles and Aunts at Large, Alice Rachynski, is also celebrating this year, having been in that position for 30 years now. As the club looks ahead to the future, though, Turnbull says they are cognizant of the need to stay relevant, to run the club more like a business and to take advantage of social media so that hopefully it will be around to celebrate again in another 40 years. “Success tends to ebb and flow with the age of members. Members put in decades of services and then end up retiring or spending lots of time down south. That just means new members have to regenerate the club, and also stay current,” he said. “We’re always looking for new members that are energetic and excited to make a commitment to the community, and don’t mind being involved in committees and doing good work.”

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Remembrance Day ceremonies took place at schools across St. Albert on Friday and at the cenotaph on St. Anne Street on Sunday, with hundreds taking advantage of sunshine and warm termperatures at the latter. Clockwise from top: Members of the 533 Sabre Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets band keep the beat as they march past St. Albert Place; Korean War veteran Capt. (Ret’d) Al Brewer speaks to students at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School; a member of SAM’s handbell choir plays; a woman attaches her poppy to a wreath at the cenotaph; singer-songwriter Roland Majeau performs his song “Soldier’s Cry” with the SAM a cappella choir; Air Cadets place wreaths at the cenotaph; Korean War veteran Capt. (Ret’d) Gord Carter receives the salute from the parade.




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Alta. RCMP appoints 1st female commander SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – A woman whose career spans 31 years with the RCMP is now the commanding officer for K Division in Edmonton, heading up Alberta’s provincial police service. RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson announced Friday that assistant commissioner Marianne Ryan has been appointed the new commanding officer for K Division RCMP. The move comes after the recent retirement of deputy commissioner Dale McGowan. “I am pleased to appoint a leader with experience and credibility,” said Paulson. “Marianne has won the respect of her staff and many partners by focusing on results.” As commanding officer of K Division, Ryan heads up the province’s police service, which includes 112 RCMP detachments in Alberta. She will assume the rank of deputy commissioner and will become a member of the commissioner’s senior executive committee. Ryan grew up on a farm near London, Ont., and joined the RCMP in 1982 after receiving a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Her RCMP career began three decades ago and since January 2011, she has served as the

officer-in-charge of criminal operations in Alberta. She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, including leadership roles in major investigations targeting organized crime. Ryan also brings administrative experience to the role of commanding officer of the more than 4,000 RCMP employees working in communities throughout Alberta. “I feel extremely honoured and privileged to serve as the commanding officer of the RCMP for this great province, which I now call home,” said Ryan. “I am especially humbled to be appointed to lead such a dedicated team of employees who do extraordinary work every day to ensure public safety in the communities we serve.” In May of this year, Ryan was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit honours the leadership and exceptional service demonstrated by the men and women of police agencies in Canada. The date of the formal change of command ceremony to mark the appointment is still being planned.

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Funding for ‘groundbreaking’ unit MATT DYKSTRA Sun Media News Services

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Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose listens during an announcement Friday in Edmonton.

With $50 million in new funding from both the federal and provincial governments, Alberta will be the first province in Canada to launch a “groundbreaking” provincial patient-driven research unit. The national SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) initiative will see investments of $24.3 million each from both the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Government of Alberta over the next five years to connect patients with researchers. The funding was announced

Friday inside the Shaw Conference Centre by federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne. “It’s really about putting patients first,” said Ambrose. “It’s probably surprising for a lot of people to find out that researchers and patients don’t necessarily talk to each other so that’s what this is about. Patients telling researchers ‘this is what we need’, ‘this is how we think you can help’.” Dr. Cy Frank, President and CEO of Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, said the funding will mean more researchers will have integrated databases to identify and and address the needs of patients.

“It’s really quite inspirational for the researchers to hear from patients what their issues are,” said Frank. “Historically that didn’t happen at all, but it’s growing in Alberta with more research teams that have patients at the centre of them.” Horne says the new funding supplements research already ongoing, allowing AHS to create a “living

laboratory.” “We’re talking about a new approach to health care research where patients are actually involved at the time they undergo care. Researchers are working with them at their bedside in order look at evidence that’s already been accumulated,” Horne explained. “It takes the things that used to be done on the bench and written about in journals and not acted on for years — it accelerates that process in realtime.”

New provincial bill opens up organ donation opportunities

MATT DYKSTRA Sun Media News Services

When Karen Korchinski was diagnosed with Budd-Chiari syndrome in 2011, her greatest fear wasn’t surviving the blood clot lodged in the hepatic vein of her liver. It was surviving the liver transplant waiting list. “To have the cure (a transplant) be inaccessible because there weren’t enough organs in our health system just made me frustrated and sad,” said the 46-year-old Edmonton mother of two. It would take a Christmas party that year and a chance introduction to CalgaryFoothills MLA Len Webber for things to start turning around. “I was enlightened with the disheartening fact that Karen’s chances of receiving the gift of life, of a new liver, were very slim and felt the government needed to do something

about it,” he said. Together, with organ transplant stakeholders and advocacy groups, Webber spent two years forging a private member’s bill: The Human Tissue and Organ Donation Amendment Act (Bill 207). In May, Bill 207 became a government bill with the support of Premier Alison Redford and Health Minister Fred Horne and in October, it passed third reading with unanimous support from all government parties. “I am pleased-as-punch we passed Bill 207,” said Webber, celebrating the bill’s passing alongside Korchinski, Redford, Horne and a vibrant crowd of health professionals inside the Edmonton Kaye Clinic on Friday. The new legislation means Albertans can now easily consent to donate their organs upon death — should they wish — when they renew their drivers’ licence. They will also be able add their name to an online consent-to-

donate registry. “It’s about that opportunity every single time that a person has to say ‘yes’,” said Redford, adding the bill means families can start talking openly about organ donation. The bill will see the creation of a provincial agency in charge of human tissue and organ donation established by next summer, said Redford, with the online registry to follow in 2015. Redford said Alberta’s donor rate was 17 donors per one million people just 10 years ago, but dropped to a third of that in 2007. “And here’s a statistic that scared me: If you think about the fact that we have four million people living in Alberta right now, that means we would yield 24 donors this year and yet hundreds of Albertans are urgently waiting for new organs and tissues.” Before the new act, consent-to-donate needed to be provided in writing, dated, signed, and witnessed, to be legally binding.

Horne said the legislation “will correct a situation where Alberta has been lagging behind.” “It is in fact making organ and tissue donation recognized as a part of the mainstream in our healthcare system,” he said. “This will make it easier to donate and also increase the number of times Albertans are asked.” Korchinski, Horne, Webber and Redford commemorated the legislation by dancing to Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” alongside internationally renowned double-lung transplant recipient Helene Campbell. Smiling, Korchinski said the legislation gives her hope that she’ll get a transplant in time. “I’m fortunate right now in that I’m doing OK and when the time comes that I’m not doing so well, I’ll be moved to the front of the list,” she said. “Once a new liver comes, it’ll be a new lease on life.”

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Albertans can soon take their military pride on the road. Alberta’s government marked Remembrance Day weekend by launching a new licence plate to help soldiers and their families. The plates feature a black-andwhite picture of soldiers behind a yellow ribbon adorned with the Support our Troops slogan. They will be available for preorder early next year at a cost of $150, including registration and delivery, with proceeds going toward the Support the Troops campaign to aid troops and their families. Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar said he hopes the new plates have a “very meaningful impact” financially and emotionally for Alberta’s military. “This is something that every Albertan can have on their vehicles to show their support for our troops and let them know we’re always thinking about them,” said Bhullar. “This is a small token of our admiration of their strength and courage, and a salute to their

“This is a small token of our admiration.” Manmeet Bhullar Service Alberta Minister families.” The province will auction off the first military plate and donate the proceeds to the Military Family Resource Centre, a third-party organization that supports parents, spouses and children of Canadian Forces members. Several members of Edmonton’s military were on hand when an enlarged version of the plate was unveiled Saturday at the Edmonton Garrison. Cpl. Justin Kralt said he likes the design and sees the plates as an extension of Alberta’s continued support for the troops. “The people of Alberta have always been really supportive of the troops here on base, so it’s just an added bonus for the military community,” Kralt said.

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Don’t you forget about ’80s band Simple Minds

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Don’t you forget about Jim Kerr, frontman of Simple Minds. Despite the fact the ’80s Scottish New Wave act hadn’t toured North America in over a decade until this fall — including two Canadian dates — the 54-year-old singer says the group never forgot about their fans across the pond. “We’re embarrassed because people here supported us so well, so much,” said Kerr, whose lovely Glaswegian accent remains firmly intact. “In Montreal for example, the audience was so great. I thought, ‘How could we not be here much more regularly?’ Hopefully, this is the first step in reigniting the relationship here with people who have supported us so long.” The group, whose last studio album was 2009’s graffiti Soul, released the multiple-CD set, celebrate - The greatest Hits +, this year, but Kerr said there are plans for a brand new album in 2014. We caught up with Kerr backstage at Toronto’s Massey Hall minutes before the group — whose only original members remain himself and guitarist Charlie Burchill plus longtime drummer Mel Gaynor — took the stage. Q. Who have you been working with on the new album? A. We’re working with three different people, a fellow called Andy Wright (Eurythmics, Sinead O’Connor, Bon Jovi), Steve Osborne (New Order, U2), and we spent some time in Ireland in July doing a few tracks ourselves. Q. What’s your secret 30 years on as a band in a live setting? A. The band and the audience really do connect and one energizes the other. And before you know it ... it’s a huge rave. But that’s been the way since early, early days. The language is clumsy but I think there is something very open about when we go on stage. We’re not there to pose around. This is going to sound clumsy but we love the music and I think that

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Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr performs in Montreal during a tour stop in October.

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Who could have foreseen Star Trek’s Sulu becoming a master helmsman of the Twitter-verse? On a break during filming in Toronto of the Lost Girl season debut, George Takei, webmaster, takes a moment to admire the green tights he’s wearing (for CGI greenscreen purposes) and laughs off a then-recent ‘Net “scandal” of a writer claiming he’d been paid $10 per joke for his Twitter feed and Facebook page. More than five million people now follow Takei’s daily observations, statements on serious gay advocacy issues and gags, both funny and corny, on social media. (My favourite line of his: “People pronounce my name all kinds of different ways. My favourite is ‘Take 1.’”) The “controversy” was fairly hollow, given that Takei had admitted he had help all along (even mentioning it in his autobiography Oh Myyy!). “On the Howard Stern show I discussed the fact that Brad (Altman, Takei’s spouse, who accompanied him to Toronto) helps me and we have interns. And all the memes I share are from fans.” And yes, Altman adds, “this one guy

cried poverty, so we gave him $10.” “That’s the thing about the Internet these days, it bites back,” says Takei. “You get this immediacy and you communicate with 4.2 million people all at that moment and you get a response immediately and it’s like a global town square. But those with mischief in their minds, to put it lightly, and bullies can do a lot of damage. But it has made me a lot of friends.” And it’s given him all-new cred with the “genre” crowd. He admits he knew virtually nothing about Lost Girl (about a succubus, played by Anna Silk, trying to piece together her own identity). But fans should know you’ll see a monstrous Takei as you’ve never seen him before in the Season 4 debut. Executive producer Emily Andras calls his can’t-be-named character, “creepy as hell.” “To be totally frank,” Takei says, “I was not a viewer of this show and I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I read the script. Even now, I have barely a surface understanding of what I’ve gotten into.” “But whoever it is I’m playing, has a lot of power, is enormously wealthy and is a dapper, foppish dresser clearly.” Takei happily jumped into the project, though. He showed up weeks later at the Lost Girl booth at Toronto’s Fan Expo to

show his support. “It was really fun having George on set,” said Andras, who has left the door open for Takei’s return. “We have a lot of hardened, seasoned crew members. And when he showed up, it was all, ‘Can I have my picture taken with Sulu?’ “He was a lovely, debonair fellow.” As I get up to leave the set, Altman comes up to shake my hand. “I just want to thank you for being the first interviewer in a long time not to ask George about William Shatner.”


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Thor: The Dark World hammers competition

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – Marvel superhero Thor pounded his box office competitors over the weekend, muscling movie sequel Thor: The Dark World to the top of U.S. and Canadian charts with a hefty $86.1 million in debut ticket sales. The 3D film starring Chris Hemsworth trounced last week’s top movies. Raunchy comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa finished in second place with $11.3 million from Friday through Sunday, according to Free Birds, the 3D movie featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson

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Portman as the love interest for Thor, the mighty god of thunder who battles to save his homeland of Asgard from evil forces. Tom Hiddleston plays Thor’s villainous brother Loki. Thor: The Dark World fell a bit short of industry forecasts that it would kick off with up to $92 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters. But the sequel opened stronger than the original movie, which debuted at $65.7 million in May 2011. Thor also appeared in 2012 smash hit movie The Avengers, which helped stoke interest in the character.

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BlackBerry board nixed breaking up company SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – BlackBerry Ltd’s board does not believe a break-up of the Canadian smartphone maker is currently in its best interests, even though Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc and Lenovo Group Ltd, among others, have expressed interest in acquiring parts of the company, according to people familiar with the discussions. The board rejected proposals from several technology companies for various BlackBerry assets on grounds that a breakup did not serve the interest of all stakeholders, which include employees, customers and suppliers in addition to shareholders, said the sources, who did not want to be identified as the discussions were confidential. Microsoft and Apple had both expressed interest in BlackBerry’s intellectual property and patents, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. In 2011, the three companies had teamed up with others to buy patents from bankrupt Canadian telecoms company Nortel. BlackBerry had also held discussions with Cisco Systems Inc, Google Inc and Chinese computer maker Lenovo, among others, about selling all, or parts of itself, Reuters previously reported. A BlackBerry spokeswoman declined to comment on the board’s deliberations, and it is not known what specific proposals were rejected by directors during

the company’s three-monthlong review of strategic options. Microsoft, Apple and the other tech companies have all declined to comment on the matter. BlackBerry stunned investors on Monday by abandoning plans to sell itself, naming a new interim chief executive, and announcing an $1 billion convertible notes issue to a group of investors including its largest shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings, Canso Investment Counsel, Mackenzie Financial, Markel Corp, Qatar Holding and Brookfield Asset Management. BlackBerry shares fell 16 per cent on the news as investors fretted the company may have missed an opportunity to deliver shareholder value. But the board felt the notes issue offered BlackBerry the most near-term certainty and the best chance for a turnaround, said the people familiar with the discussions. Most alternative proposals would have broken up the Waterloo, Ont.-based company, which was not in the best interests of all stakeholders, they added. One of the sources said the board also took into consideration the current cost of the break-up. Winding down some of BlackBerry’s businesses would have created liabilities, including in its commitments with suppliers, and would have weighed on the monetization of the company’s intellectual property, the source said.


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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (left) and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz check out the design of Canada’s new polymer $5 note on Thursday, Nov. 7.

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