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INDEX News . . . . . . . . . 3 Photo Booth . . . . . . 7 Opinion . . . . . . . . 8 Entertainment . . . . . 18 Remembrance Day . . 20 Finance . . . . . . . 22 BAM! . . . . . . . . 24 Health . . . . . . . 26 Fun & Games . . . . . 28 Business . . . . . . 30 stalbertjobs.com . . . . 31

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Korean War veteran and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 271 member Al McBride stands outside the Legion building on Taché Street on Tuesday morning. McBride says that the recognition he and other Korean War vets deserve is slowly coming around. See stories, pages 20 and 21.

BY THE NUMBERS

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That’s how many Canadian troops gave their lives during the Korean War, which started on June 25, 1950, and ended with the signing of an armistice on July 27, 1953. A total of 26,000 Canadian soldiers served in Korea.

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Coun. Gilles Prefontaine (right) looks up to the gallery as he in sworn into office by Judge Bruce Garriock on Monday evening in council chambers.

‘Complex’ issues on council radar

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

St. Albert has some “complex and cerebral” issues to deal with over the next four years, but Mayor Nolan Crouse is confident the new city council will rise to meet the challenge. Crouse delivered his inaugural address during the first council meeting of the new term on Monday evening, flanked by councillors Sheena Hughes, Tim Osborne, Cathy Heron, Gilles Prefontaine, Wes Brodhead and Cam MacKay after all were sworn into office. “Whenever I visit other towns, cities and countries, it is always reinforced with me not to submit to the pressures of not confronting unacceptable standards,” Crouse said. “My personal resolve

instead of governance,” Crouse remains undaunted to confront said. “In order to change the every issue that brings decline in conversation from managing this community — everything to governing, however, requires from river conditions to tree public policy conversation and maintenance; from graffiti staff who support the proper to potholes; from bullying to development of policy.” homelessness. I believe we must Aside from continue to policies, though, find ways to the item at the continue to top of Crouse’s distinguish list for this term ourselves from is diversifying other places to live.” the city’s Nolan Crouse Part of that tax base and St. Albert mayor work is the attracting more development of businesses. policies that reinforce plans that “We must continue to council has approved over the past strengthen our city’s profile such that we are seen to be a few years. “Without policy, [the plan] does very compelling place to do not sustain itself beyond ourselves. business in. This will require an And it does something else — it engagement of many stakeholders moves council into management in that process,” he said. “We will

“We must continue to ... distinguish ourselves.”

need to market our city and our community as not only a great place to live but also an appealing place to do business and visit, cultivating our botanical arts brand in the most comprehensive way possible.” Other matters the mayor touched on included the environment, social initiatives, and regional planning. Crouse added that he would continue to strive to live up to the mayors who have preceded him, and especially the living ones who have mentored him over his two previous terms as mayor. “Each of them who I have come to know personally has asked me verbally, and also through their deeds, to not lose the uniqueness that has been created by the thousands of residents over time,” he said.

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chats with ... Nolan What are your thoughts on the economic development department’s achievements so far and its next steps? We tried to create the image that we’re more open for business. The rate of return on that department is going to be very difficult to see in five years. But what I’ve been speaking about is that the department has to work with all the landowners who are not willing [to sell or develop] and push some buttons, bring developers to the table.

Now that you’ve had a couple of weeks together, what’s your impression of the new city council? There’s something particularly bright about council. It feels like the IQ level is very, very high. There’s a level of intellect and sophistication, really with all seven. And there’s a certain exuberance with that, a certain optimism with that.

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“No one cracks me. I’m not easily cracked. It doesn’t matter if it’s a developer, a group of developers, an individual cause … ”

We just celebrated Halloween. What’s the spookiest part of civic politics for you?

How have you grown as a politician since you were first elected to council in 2004?

I think our relationship with Sturgeon County and Edmonton is the spookiest part, because you’ve got significantly new councils in all three. … That’s got some great positive upside, but it’s also spooky. If you can’t do it with a significant turnover like we just had, then something else is fundamentally wrong.

I think I’ve gotten hardened. … When I was a councillor, and even as a young mayor, I was worried about upsetting one group or alienating a group. That doesn’t bother me as much as it did when I was younger, when I was newer. … I’m comfortable enough in my own political How much does being skin. mayor take out of you?

How are you feeling about the rest of the Capital Region? It’s hard to get a read on it, but my take is pretty positive. The elephant in the room is Edmonton, but [Don] Iveson has continued to reinforce that in everything he’s been saying. ... He’s been saying and repeating that his objective is collaboration and working [together].

What’s going to be the biggest challenge for council over the next four years? I think it’s all going to revolve around public transit, five or six things around public transit. Because the stakes are so high, with the benefiting numbers being low in the community.

What’s next for the City’s botanical arts brand? The proof in the brand is ultimately going to be when you have businesses who are here because of the brand or are supportive of the brand. … I think the business attraction strategy is not strong enough yet to bring like-minded businesses or business clusters. Whether it’s green technology or smart city initiatives, anything that can relate to the brand would be welcome. But I think this is going to be years and years of slugging it out with the botanical arts brand.

Around the world, what would be the one city you admire and would be a good model for St. Albert to follow? Charleston, S.C. … It’s a small city, I think about the size of Saskatoon. What they’ve done is preserved anything and everything they can. If it’s an old park bench, they just fix up the old park bench. Even old homes — I can’t remember the exact bylaw, but you can’t tear down old homes in Charleston. … Over 200 or 300 years, you end up with this wonderful character. You see pictures from the 1800s, the 1900s, and the architecture continues to evolve.

Physically, certainly it doesn’t. I’m still in good shape, and I exercise lots. But over the last six weeks, up until the swearingin, there was a period in September and October, I have to admit it was weighing on me. I wasn’t sure where I stood with the community. There were some doubts. But day-in, day-out during the year, I don’t feel it.

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Fedoruk sneaks into mag’s 40 Under 40

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

He may have just snuck in under the wire, but it still counts for Grant Fedoruk. At 38 years old, Fedoruk — the owner of Leading Edge Physiotherapy in St. Albert’s Campbell Business Park — was recently named one of Avenue Edmonton magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2013, recognizing young community leaders throughout the Capital Region. “It just takes some of us a little longer to get up to the same altitude as others, I guess,” Fedoruk said with a chuckle. But, no matter when it came, it’s still a huge and humbling honour for him to be included in such elite company. “You look at all the other people and all the great things they do, so just getting to be listed among those people is exciting and it’s an honour,” Fedoruk said. “It’s a chance to be recognized for the things you’ve done, but more importantly, it’s a recognition of the work of a lot of the people who’ve carried you along the way and helped you get there,” he added. As part of the honour, Fedoruk was featured in Avenue Edmonton with a short article and photo of him in a business suit, shoes off and pants rolled up, dipping his feet in one of the therapy pools Leading Edge features.

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Leading Edge Physiotherapy owner Grant Fedoruk got his feet wet this year as he was named one of Avenue Edmonton magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2013. It was a bit awkward to set up, but Fedoruk said many have commented on it, and it has actually opened up many conversations. “A lot of people are asking me questions — what is that thing?” Fedoruk said. “That’s a neat thing, because I’m passionate about our business and getting to help people every day, so it gives me another chance to talk about our aquatic pool.” “I just wanted to make sure that everybody

got a chance to see a little bit of my personality, which of course is smiling from ear to ear and having fun with what we get to do every day,” he added. One of the aspects the magazine article focused on was the culture of giving that Fedoruk has fostered among his employees and in activities outside the practice. For example, he was instrumental in organizing the RunWild Marathon in St. Albert, which

raises money for the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the St. Albert 50+ Club. Fedoruk said that generous spirit was instilled in him by those he looked up to, both in his family and his business life, over the years. “I’ve been fortunate; I’ve had some role models who have done some amazing work in the community, from my parents to my fatherin-law to good friends of mine, some of which have gotten me involved in the organizations I’m involved in,” he said. “These aren’t my ideas; I’ve been inspired by other people to do this. and I’ve decided to make it part of our business model at the same time.” While Fedoruk is honoured by the Top 40 Under 40 nod, he’s not resting on his laurels. He’s busy organizing RunWild for 2014, among other events. “We’ve got all the same things we’ve got going on that we’re just trying to make bigger and better … We’re supporting everything we can in the community,” he said. Business-wise, though, he said that Leading Edge is looking at perhaps a third location in addition to the current ones in St. Albert and at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton. “It’s another chance for us to have more staff who can be involved in the Edmonton and St. Albert communities so we can keep giving back and growing our initiatives,” he said. “Who knows where it will take us?”

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Whether it was by slingshot (above) or old-fashioned rolling down Seven Hills (right), the pumpkins were flying fast and furious on Saturday afternoon during the BAM youth group’s first-ever Smash and Bash event.

RCMP puts out call for Youth Academy GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

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Fake guns lead to arrest

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

St. Albert RCMP are once again warning people about using replica firearms in the city after an incident that occurred last month. At around 2:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, local RCMP responded to a call from a local resident reporting that a man was in their front yard with a rifle. Police arrived at the residence and arrested the man in a high-risk takedown. After the arrest, they found that the weapons in the man’s possession were air-powered replicas, including an AR15 replica pellet gun and a carbon dioxide-

powered pistol. However, both looked like real firearms, especially the pellet gun, which had been painted black to look almost identical to a real AR15 firearm. Andrew Cody Cullihall, 25, of St. Albert has been charged with one count of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, and will appear in St. Albert provincial court on Monday, Nov. 25. RCMP say that this is the 11th time this year that they have responded to complaints of people with firearms when they have really had air- or gaspowered replicas, including seven complaints coming because people had these guns in public areas.

The people calling in have believed these are real firearms and have feared for their safety. The last such incident was in August when a 17-year-old man was involved in an altercation outside a local business and was found to have a carbon dioxidepowered BB gun. RCMP are asking owners of such replica guns to use caution in having them out in public and in vehicles, as others may not recognize them as BB guns, pellet guns or airsoft rifles. They are also reminding owners that it is illegal to discharge an air gun or a BB gun within city limits under the City of St. Albert’s Protection of Persons and Property Bylaw.

The St. Albert RCMP are looking for a few good teenagers for their annual spring break youth academy. Now in its third year, the academy will be held from March 28 to April 3 at Bellerose Composite High School, and students in Grades 11 and 12 will get a first-hand look at a career in law enforcement and criminal justice while earning five high school work experience credits. The academy is also expanding this year to include students from Morinville and Stony Plain. Students in past academies have had the chance to ride in an RCMP helicopter, meet police dogs and try on riot team gear. They also visited RCMP K Division headquarters in Edmonton and tried the obstacle course that is a requirement for all new recruits.

In the evenings, students have the chance to try out the skills they’ve learned in investigative scenarios under the supervision of senior officers and sometimes even arrest suspects. The week-long course wraps up with a graduation ceremony, complete with a troop marching demonstration. The academy is made possible through the donations of many community sponsors — which cover the costs of supplies, food, transportation and uniforms for the academy participants — and the donation of time from RCMP members. Anyone interested in attending the academy should speak with the work experience co-ordinator at his or her high school or with Cpl. Laurel Kading or Const. M.J. Burroughs at the St. Albert RCMP detachment at 780-4587700.


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ast and present, we can all recall our opinion of the various mayors we’ve had in St. Albert and around the Capital Region. We’ve supported and agreed with some more than others. While we may have not been fans of certain political characters, by Glenn Cook none have come anywhere close to the recent alternative we are all witnessing. That alternative, of course, is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who this week wrote the latest chapter in what can only be described as a bizarre time in office. He’s been belligerent with the media, he’s been combative with his council colleagues, he’s already been kicked out of office once over conflict of interest allegations and later reinstated, and now he has admitted to smoking crack cocaine, even after repeatedly denying it in the past. What’s worse, he said he smoked crack while in one of his “drunken stupors” only about a year ago — while he was still in the office of mayor. How Rob Ford even got elected in the first place is beyond logic, but even further out there is how he has managed to stay in office. Of course, if the battle he’s embroiled in now leads to criminal charges, there’s no way he can feasibly stay in office. But still, the optics of his behaviour thus far have been so bad that every major newspaper in Toronto has called on him to step down. Ford has already played the “I’m human, I make mistakes” card in an attempt to justify staying in office and curry favour — and sympathy votes in the next Ontario municipal election, scheduled for about a year from now — from Torontonians, somehow believing that coming clean and being honest will earn him political brownie points. But these transgressions are far too serious to merely sweep under the rug. It doesn’t matter if you’re the principal of a school or the mayor of Canada’s largest city — you are in the public eye, and getting drunk and doing drugs is simply unacceptable. It’s time for Ford to step up and finally accept the consequences of his actions.

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Korean War vets’ sacrifice wasn’t in vain

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emembering “The Forgotten War,” Remembrance Day 2013 recognizes the Year of The Korean War Veteran. Having never actually declared war on North Korea, the Government of Canada long regarded men and women of its forces as volunteers for the UN, seemingly deserving no recognition. A ceasefire has never been signed and tensions continue to smolder on both sides of the 250 km Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, although 60 years ago an armistice was signed, ending the fighting between the UN Forces and the invading Chinese/North Korean Forces. The belt (four kilometres wide) dividing the north and south cost almost 1,600 Canadian casualties,

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My City including 516 deaths. Veterans of that war living in St. Albert today are among the survivors of an early foray into the young years of the Cold War separating the ideologies of communism and democracy. Contending with mountainous terrain in cruel climate, saddled with outdated equipment and mystified by an unfamiliar culture, our armed forces suffered a new high in numbers undergoing what is today categorized as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). The cost of freedom exacts many tolls. As other troops fell back

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from a Chinese/North Korean attack launched in April 1951 to overrun Seoul, 700 Canadians held fast their position for three days, after which the Chinese scrapped the mission. The group was from Alberta, the 2nd Battalion PPCLI, and it received the honour of the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation, read to its number by Gen. James Van Fleet, then commander of Eight U.S. Army. Three of the Canadian destroyers sent under UN Command had previously supported the Inchon assault and its evacuation, blockading the waters from North Korean attack on the villagers. The Canadian army fought alongside other UN forces against the Chinese attack, recapturing the capital of

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Martins elected public chair GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

The longest-serving member of the St. Albert Public Schools board of trustees will also serve as its chair for this academic year. Gerry Martins, who has been a trustee since 2004, was elected last week to the position of chair during the board’s organizational meeting, while Cheryl Dumont — the only other incumbent trustee re-elected on Oct. 21

— will serve as vice-chair. “It is a great honour to serve as chair of our school board,” Martins said in a press release.. “Although all school districts are facing many challenges, this is an exciting time for St. Albert Public Schools as we continue to grow. In fact, this year’s kindergarten enrollment numbers are the highest in our history. I am thrilled that so many parents have chosen to place their trust in our board and our district, and my fellow trustees and I will continue to work diligently

on behalf of our students and their families.” Martins and Dumont are joined on the board by Sheri Wright, Kim Bugeaud and Glenys Edwards. Martins has served as both chair and vice-chair of the board in the past, most recently as vice-chair in 2010-2011. He is also serving as a trustee for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan. Dumont is currently the chair of Zone 2/3 for the Alberta School Boards Association.

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Handibus service expands

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After a successful trial through the month of October, St. Albert Transit is set to expand its handibus service to 12 Edmonton destinations starting today (Thursday).

The wheels on the bus are about to go round and round even further into Edmonton. After a month-long trial, St. Albert Transit will today (Thursday) begin the next phase of rolling out its new handibus service, with buses now stopping at 12 key destinations in Edmonton. “This is something we’ve been working at a few years now, and I think we’re really pleased to be on a path to make our handibus service equitable with the conventional service,” said StAT director Bob McDonald. The service will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, and destinations that will be included in the first phase are: • Chrysalis; • Royal Alexandra Hospital; • Glenrose Hospital; • Hy’s Medical Centre; • Kingsway Mall; • Edmonton City Centre Mall; • NAIT; • MacEwan University; • University of Alberta; • University of Alberta Hospital;

• Kaye Edmonton Clinic/Aberhart Centre; and • Cross Cancer Institute. McDonald said those destinations were determined through the City of St. Albert’s original study on handibus service and some of the public consultation sessions that went into that. “I think we have to accept at this point that we can’t serve everything everywhere,” he said, “but what we did is start off with locations that were identified in [the public consultation] process, and then vetted those with the handibus advisory committee. … We’re hopeful these will serve the majority of the requirements.” Overall, he added, the trial that ran throughout October went pretty smoothly. “Our travel times are pretty much what we expected, and we’re happy with the operation of the new buses,” he said. “We’re ready to go.” Later phases will see

handibus service expand first to peak periods in morning and afternoons, and then to evenings and weekends. “It’s more hours of service that we would hope to cover,” McDonald said. “Once the level of demand increases, then we have some other operational considerations about scheduling and things like that.” Handibus service was identified as a priority by St. Albert city council in 2012, and McDonald said it’s a very important cog in StAT’s wheel. “It’s very important for us that we can provide a quality level of service in both conventinal and specialized [service], and I think it’s something we’ve been working at for some time,” he said. “For us to actually get started and see that we can take people to their doctors’ appointments, shopping or social things, we’re really pleased to do that.” For more information on handibus service in St. Albert, visit www. stalbert.ca/handibusservice or call the StAT office at 780-4186060.

New 825 overlay area code coming to Alberta in April 2016 ALLISON SALZ Sun Media News Services

Come 2016 you might get a puzzled look when you say you’re “chilling in the 7-8-0” — Alberta’s getting a new area code. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced last week that it will introduce

the new 825 overlay area code to Alberta in April 2016. The agency that monitors phone number allocations says the 780, 403 and 587 area codes will exhaust number combinations in a few years. People took to Twitter to vent about yet another area code for Alberta. “@j_zubby: Alberta to get a 4th area

code??!!! Is there seriously that many people and phones here?” “@IBRYca: In April 2016 Alberta gets area code 825. Guess that’s what happens when every house has about 4-5 phone numbers between landline and cells.” But not everyone saw it as a glass-halfempty development. Most seemed to think it was evidence of booming population.

“@AmberNChipman: Not that surprising, everybody wants to live in Alberta!” Up until 1999, 403 was the only area code serving Alberta. The 780 code was introduced in 1999 and in 2008, 587 was added. When the new 825 code kicks in, you’ll keep your existing area code unless you need a new phone number.


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Rise ’n’ shine for housing breakfast GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Trick-or-treat Photo: JESSE KUSHNERYK, St. Albert Leader

Five-year-old Jonathan, dressed as a vampire, colors Halloweenthemed coloring pages with sister Hayden (not pictured) during the safe trick-or-treating event at St. Albert Centre on Oct. 31.

The St. Albert Housing Society is hoping its friends will rise and shine once again to help raise funds for affordable housing initiatives in the city. The society is hosting its fifth annual HOMEstyle Breakfast, featuring guest speaker Sylvia Wold, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the St. Albert Inn and Suites, raising money for the society’s HomeConnection program. SAHS executive director Doris Vandersteen says that, over the event’s five years, the response from the community has been great. “I think it was really heartwarming, especially in the first couple of years, to see how the community would come out for an early-morning breakfast and show such enthusiasm, as well as compassion or the struggles that families and individuals face that just can’t afford a place to live and still pay for the other necessities,” Vandersteen said. Sylvia Wold is an experienced

housing provider based out of Castor, Alta., who will be sharing her personal experiences and her passion for housing with the crowd. “Housing is the first essential step that each of us has to have to have the rest of our lives in order,” Vandersteen said, “and she has had some really heartwarming experiences in terms of what that means to families and individuals.” So far, ticket sales are just getting going for this year, but Vandersteen is expecting another full house. The society also has a number of new corporate sponsors coming on board. “We’re still quite new to doing sponsorships and event promotion, and as a young organization, I think we’re growing in capacity as well,” Vandersteen said. “But when we ask people — businesses as well as individuals — they say, ‘How can we help?’” That will all mean, of course, a good chunk of money raised for the HomeConnection program, which is an endowment fund that the society is hoping to grow to $1.5 million in order to purchase units at their Big Lake Pointe project in

northwest St. Albert. “At last year’s breakfast, we were thinking construction would be completed, but we all know we had lots of rain and we had quite the winter and spring, so Big Lake Pointe opened in May 2013,” Vandersteen said. “With that, we’ve extended our capital campaign for another 12 months.” But even since Big Lake Pointe has opened, Vandersteen has seen a lot of heartwarming stories of people whose lives are back on track because of affordable housing. “Some of the most heartwarming ones are people who were able to move from situations that were unsafe or unhealthy for them,” she said, “be it a situation where they were co-habiting with others who weren’t a good influence for their children, or they were in a suite that didn’t have good air quality. … They feel safe and secure in the building, and they feel their neighbours are good neighbours.” Tickets for the HOMEStyle Breakfast are $35 each, or a table of eight for $250, and are available through the society’s website at www.stalberthousing.com.

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Police warn of poppy fund thefts SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – The theft of a poppy fund container in north Edmonton has sparked a police warning to guard against similar thievery. “It’s a reminder for retail staff to keep an eye on customers around their store’s cash area,” said Const. Ted Dyck, with the Edmonton Police Service. “It happens all too often that thieves will look for opportunities to pocket what they can when staff members have their backs turned.” In 2012, there were 14 poppy fund thefts in Edmonton. In 2010, one man was charged by police in connection to a string of poppy fund thefts from convenience stores and gas stations in north Edmonton. Cops were called to a convenience store near 49 Street and 118 Avenue about 4:44 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. That’s when a man — believed to be in his mid- to late 20s — made a purchase, then picked up the poppy fund container from the cash register counter and carried it out of the store. It was unknown how much money was in the donation container. “At this present time we haven’t identified the suspect yet,” said Dyck. “Any assistance from the public

would be greatly appreciated.” The suspect is believed to be about six feet tall and weighs around 220 pounds. He was wearing sunglasses resting on a black baseball cap, black t-shirt, blue jeans, and a distinctive varsity-style jacket with black body and white sleeves, with additional black and white stripes on the waist and wrist bands, and on the back of the jacket a large white logo surrounded by lettering. “I think this was a crime of opportunity,” Dyck. “This is going to strike a chord with the citizens of Edmonton, and the citizens of Canada. “Remembrance Day is coming up and you have good people donating their money to veterans who have already given so much. And now somebody is taking that away from them.” Wayne Donner, president of the Royal Canadian Legion — Alberta and N.W.T. command, says change that is collected from the boxes help pay for the food, shelter, medical equipment, prescriptions, and the basic necessities of life for Canadian vets. “Think about who you are stealing from,” said Donner. Anyone with info about the crime are asked to call police at 780-423-4567.

Photo: DAVID BLOOM, Sun Media News Services

Legion representative Bill Fecteau and EPS Const. Ted Dyck hold a poppy fund display outside Edmonton Police Headquarters.

Cutting up Photo: gLENN COOk, St. Albert Leader

(L-R) New Hope Community Church board members Donna Pullen, Richard Shank and Judi Muscroft are joined by Rev. Ken Walker and St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce chair Lynn Carolei in cutting the ribbon to officially open the church’s new space on Circle Drive on Sunday morning.

Gaming marathon passes $40K goal

KEVIN MAIMANN Sun Media News Services

Edmonton’s gaming community is tops in North America when it comes to helping sick kids. Gamers trumped their $40,000 fundraising goal for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation at the second annual #YEG Extra Life 25-hour video game marathon, which ran until 2 p.m. Sunday. Extra Life events will raise $3 million across North America, but no city drummed up more donations per capita than Edmonton. That means the Stollery will get an additional donation of $40,000 from World of Warcraft creators Blizzard Entertainment. Edmonton’s event also raised more total money than any other city in Canada. “There’s just so many people in Edmonton who want to do this with us, it’s crazy,” said team captain, co-organizer and Edmonton Sun reporter Matthew Dykstra. Seventy gamers packed into the Startup Edmonton space at Mercer Warehouse downtown Saturday afternoon to start the marathon, and 40 more participated from home. The event has grown significantly since last year, when 30 gamers raised $25,000. Extra Life is a fundraising

Photo: DAVID BLOOM, Sun Media News Services

Organizers Matthew Dykstra (left) and Chris Smith head into the final hours of the Extra Life 25-hour video game marathon in Edmonton on Sunday. initiative of the Children’s Miracle Network to benefit local children’s hospitals. “Gaming is kind of my passion, it’s what I do to unwind when I get finished with work. And if there’s a way for me to use that passion to actually do something to help people, that’s what I really wanted to do,” Dykstra said. Saturday’s event started with a Bomberman multiplayer challenge between Mayor Don Iveson, Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman, Stollery president and CEO Mike House, and Children’s Miracle Network vice-president Perry Esler. Iveson, who was involved in the

founding of Startup Edmonton, won the challenge to much fanfare. “It’s a lovely day to be mayor of a city that can be at the top of something in North America. And for such a great cause as the Stollery Children’s Hospital, how can you go wrong,” he said. Iveson professes to be a big fan of Sim City, though he said he hadn’t found time for gaming in months. Sherman, meanwhile, said he’s a former Pong champion. The Stollery Children’s Hospital had more than 220,000 visits from more than 40,000 kids last year, serving all of Western Canada. Half of the Stollery’s patients come from outside of Edmonton.


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EHS lends a paw to Saskatoon pups ALLISON SALZ Sun Media News Services

They may be from Saskatchewan, but man are they cute. Eleven pups made the six-hour trek from Saskatoon to Edmonton Sunday after overcrowding there put a fierce strain on shelter resources. The Edmonton Humane Society happily answered the plea for help from their counterparts, who were struggling to handle a large influx of dogs and cats into their shelter in recent weeks. “They were in dire straits. They had several animal protection cases where dogs had to be removed from homes due to conditions,” said Edmonton Humane Society spokeswoman Shawna Randolph. “We were in the position to help and so we said, if they could bring them here, that we’d adopt them out. When we are in a good position to assist, we always do what we can to help, knowing that people in Edmonton will gladly adopt.” And EHS knows well the pressures of overcrowding. This summer the shelter was forced to close its doors to surrendered pets for the first time in its 106-year history. Instead of sending the critters to other facilities, EHS opted to appeal to the community for help. Edmontonians stepped up to the plate and adopted over 50 animals in just a couple of weeks, easing the strain on EHS resources. Officials in Saskatoon say they’re grateful Edmonton could pitch in to help.

Photo: DAVID BLOOM, Sun Media News Services

Pike, a Dachshund mix, is one of 11 dogs who made the trek from Saskatoon in search of a forever home.

“It is opportunities such as this that enables us to work together in providing the best care possible for the animals in our centres,” said Tiffiny Koback, Saskatoon SPCA shelter director. “This will enable us to do more for the remaining animals (here.)” The pups range in age, size and breed, and include a Dachshund, Pug mix, as well as larger breeds like Husky and Labrador Retriever. Some of them still need to be spayed or neutered, and all will need to be cleared by behaviour and medical specialists before being available for adoption. Stay tuned to edmontonhumanesociety.com if you’re interested in adopting one of the Saskatchewan pups.

By the book Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

Paul Kane High School teacher Michael Ng shows just how hot science can be during a demonstration for Leo Nickerson Elementary School students on Friday at Paul Kane.


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The swanky bathrooms at the Valleyview Shell Super Station, 3.5 hours northwest of Edmonton, is in the running for Canada’s Best Bathroom.

Valleyview restroom vying for No. 1 spot

25 years, the station gets thousands of visitors a day and it is an hourly effort to keep it up to such a high standard. A yearly contest to find the country’s best “Clean is the ultimate word,” she explained, restroom is underway and this year a place adding that, out of the five finalists, there is in Valleyview, Alta. is vying for the number no question they get the highest amount of one spot. traffic and staff work hard to make sure those If you’ve ever been involved in a using the washrooms are able to enjoy the conversation about a restaurant or other warm atmosphere without worrying about public space and the comment, “Have you sanitary conditions. been in their washrooms? The work is appreciated, You should go,” comes up, Barks said, by the many you’ll know the thinking customers who make a behind Canada’s Best point of stopping there Restroom. when in town just to use The contest, being their facilities. Gillian Barks held by Cincinnati-based “They don’t go Gas station supervisor professional services anywhere else, they wait company Cintas, asks until they get here. They’re people to nominate their extremely happy to have a favourite restroom from anywhere in the clean, happy place to go,” she said. country. “I kind of like the men’s better than the Among this year’s nominees of stellar stalls girls’ because of the darker tones. It’s more are a couple of restaurants in Toronto and warming, I feel.” one in Richmond, B.C.; a pub in Vancouver; The decor isn’t the only warm feature of and the Valleyview Shell Super Station, this loo. The convenience store attached to about three and a half hours northwest of the washroom employs geothermal heating Edmonton. and cooling technology, which brought it an Supervisor at the Valleyview site, award from Convenience Store Magazine in Gillian Barks, said it is humbling to just be 2010. nominated. The Best Restroom competition has been “It’s an honour to be recognized, especially running for the past four years, with the for a gas station,” said Barks, adding most recent beginning to take nominations everything from the marble floors to the in April. Past nominees include Edmonton’s glimmering chandeliers and wood doors have David Morris Fine Cars. customers raving. Restroom enthusiasts can cast their vote The honour doesn’t come easy. According for their favourite finalist online at www. to Barks, who has worked there for the past bestrestroom.com.

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Bill would give municipalities more powers in playground zones Transportation Minister Ric McIver. “Working with Alberta drivers, municipalities and stakeholders we will continue to keep our children and Albertans safe.” If the act is passed, municipalities — including Strathcona County where there is already restricted speed limits near schools — can enforce the same limits near playgrounds, along with setting the same hours for speed limit restrictions. Alberta’s Tory government says the move would eliminate confusion for motorists, along with protecting children.

JEFF CUMMINGS Sun News Media Services

Edmonton — along with other municipalities — could soon have new powers in setting driving rules for playground zones if an act is passed by Alison Redford’s Tory government. If passed, the Enhancing Safety on Alberta Roads Act will let municipalities set rules for motorists when it comes to playgrounds. “I am pleased to bring forward legislation that furthers our commitment to the safety of families and communities,” said

Currently, Edmonton has no set speed limit restrictions near schools and playgrounds after city council eliminated school zones years ago. However, it’s something council should consider changing soon, suggests Coun. Tony Caterina. “It’s something we need to go back to,” said Caterina. “We have all kinds of concerns as we have had for many years since the zones were taken out. People don’t realize the school zones were actually eliminated,” said Caterina.

“Anything we can do to really emphasize speed around schools and playgrounds is absolutely an important thing to do at this point.” Both of Edmonton’s public and Catholic school boards voted in favour of pushing council to bring in speed limit restrictions near schools back in 2011. That was after a 66-year-old woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking her greatgranddaughter to school April 8, 2011. Bernice Jingling died from her injuries after walking to a school near 128 Street and 122 Avenue when she was struck.

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into this larger one, and it just keep getting better. ... We’re so well-known now, I think that really helps, because people know they It may be about six weeks before the can expect unique, different, one-of-a-kind fact, but the Country Craft Fair feels like [items].” Christmas morning for Donna Hillier. The response from customers and vendors Now running for more than 30 years, the has grown accordingly, she added. Country Craft Fair is the major fundraiser “We get people from St. Albert, Edmonton of the year for the St. Albert Place Visual and surrounding areas. We’re getting more Arts Council, which represents the various inquiries every year,” Hillier said. “As far arts guilds that work out of St. Albert Place, as customers go, they’re not just local. including the St. Albert Painters’ Guild, They’re from outlying communities, from Potters’ Guild, Paper Arts Edmonton. As the word Guild, Quilters’ Guild and of mouth travels, so do Floral Arts Society, along our customers.” with the Art Gallery There are more than 70 of St. Albert children’s exhibitors in this year’s programs. fair, which is juried. This year’s fair runs Some will be returning Donna Hiller Nov. 16 and 17 in the from previous years, but Craft Fair co-ordinator foyer of St. Albert Place, others will be new as and Hillier, the fair’s cothe membership of the ordinator, said seeing all the crafts arrive the participating guilds turns over. day before is like opening up a big present, “A lot of people still don’t know that the and she can’t wait to see what’s inside this guilds and arts studios are in that building. year. A lot of people still don’t know what else “To walk in on the Friday and see the is in that building,” Hillier said. “It bring studio portion of the sale all set up, it’s just people into the library, to the museum, that like it’s Christmas. It’s the season,” she said. may have ever seen it before.” “And then, Friday evening is when all the A popular feature that is returning this other exhibitors come. At 5 p.m. Friday, year is the sale of eco-friendly tote bags you go from bare naked halls to Saturday hand painted by guild members to support morning, where it’s one big Christmas.” SAPVAC and its activities throughout the Over the three decades of the fair, Hillier year. said it has grown leaps and bounds from “This year, it’s a botanical theme, so it’s humble beginnings to something people lots of flowers,” Hillier said. “There are mark on their calendars. 50 bags for sale, and they tend to go very “It was a smaller entity; it was sort of a quickly, because, in their own right, they’re guild event,” she said. “Then it morphed little works of art.”

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

“You go from bare naked halls to ... one big Christmas.”

Leader file photo

Crafters representing a diverse range of mediums and disciplines will take over the foyer of St. Albert Place during the annual Country Craft Fair on Nov. 16 and 17.

Festival turns up creativity

GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Dancing for diversity Photo: GRANT CREE, Special to the Leader

Performers with Scoil Rince Mahoney School of Irish Dance show their magic in the Arden Theatre on Saturday as part of the 20th annual Unity in Diversity celebration.

The City of St. Albert is hoping for some young people in the community to turn up the creativity and help get the word out about their new youth arts festival. Last week, the City unveiled the logo for the new Amplify Youth Festival, the first edition of which is scheduled for sometime in the fall of 2014, and put out the call to young artists to use it in a poster design contest for the festival. Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 8, and the winning poster will not only be printed and posted around the city, but will also be used on the festival’s website, on social media sites and more. The contest is open to artists aged 13

to 21, who can paint, draw, sketch or use computer software like Adobe Photoshop to create a poster that encapsulates the energy of the festival and its theme for 2014 — Dare to be You. The winner of the contest will be chosen via an online poll. The Amplify Youth Festival is geared to students in Grade 7 and up, aiming to inspire them to explore the arts — everything from visual arts and music production to songwriting, culinary arts and more — and showcase their talents through hands-on workshops and programmed performing spaces. For more information on the Amplify Youth Festival and on guidelines for the poster contest, visit www.stalbert.ca/youthfestival.


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Meyers preparing for late-night shift

JIM SLOTEK

Sun Media News Services

Seth Meyers is not used to getting fan tweets from Fox News viewers. The departing head writer and anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update had an unusual week last week, following a sketch in which Kate McKinnon opened the show as Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius, giving advice for frustrated users of the Affordable Healthcare Act website. Advice included “restarting your computer” and using kayak.com to buy a plane ticket to Canada. “Certainly right wing people are often on my Twitter feed complaining about my politics,” says Meyers. “But they seemed to think SNL was a real truth-teller this week,” he adds with a chuckle. Interestingly, Meyers did not have “the hammer” on greenlighting that sketch. He has lightened his workload on the show, freeing him up to work on his February debut as the new host of NBC’s Late Night (a job he got when another SNL alumnus, Jimmy Fallon was named the new host of the Tonight Show).

“I’ve already sidled out of the head writing,” Meyers says in a phone interview. “I’m still doing some writing and hosting Weekend Update. But I’ve handed over the head writing keys this year to Colin Jost, who shared it with me last year, and Rob Klein. So the show is in their capable hands right now. “I’ve never been a member of the writing staff without being a head writer, and I’ve kind of enjoyed it so far.” Original Late Night host David Letterman suggested that Meyers revert the show back to Tomorrow, the name it had under Letterman’s predecessor Tom Snyder. Meyers joked on-air that they already had the coffee cups printed, but adds more seriously to me, “it would be a little presumptuous for me to say, ‘I think what I’m doing will be different than Mr. Letterman, (Conan) O’Brien and (Jimmy) Fallon. I’d much rather go with tradition and keep the name.” One tradition he may jettison, however, is the band. Letterman had Paul Shaffer and company, O’Brien the Max Weinberg Seven and Fallon has The Roots. “I think as of right now we’re leaning away from having a band. We sort of feel

Jimmy and The Roots are doing music on Late Night as well as anyone. And seeing as they are still in the building, we’re going to try to find a way to differentiate ourselves from that.” Most of the writing staff — “the DNA of the show” has been hired — with an emphasis on people who can both write and perform. But they have yet to meet, and Meyers says they won’t until the first week of December. “I feel like every talk show that’s ever worked has built itself around the strength of the host. And to some degree we feel my strength is telling jokes and playing straight man to characters, which we’ve done on Weekend Update.” I point out that his interviewing has thus been limited to fictional characters. The observation elicits a laugh. “It’s been brought to my attention that the non-fictional guests tend to go off on their own. They don’t follow the script as well. “That is certainly one of the most exciting scary parts of this project — the interview portion of it. I truly don’t think you can have any sense of how good you are at it until you’re doing it. So fingers crossed.”

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Comedian Seth Meyers is preparing to move from the Weekend Update desk at SNL to Late Night on NBC.

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ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, I encourage everyone to take the time to remember those who have fallen in the service of our country and those who continue to serve Canada with courage and compassion. Brent Rathgeber, Q.C. MP FOR EDMONTON - ST. ALBERT www.brentrathgeber.ca 780.459.0809 MPSSCS4941238MPSE

A different perspective on Remembrance Day GLENN COOK St. Albert Leader

Gord Carter will have a new perspective on the Remembrance Day ceremonies in St. Albert this year. For years, even if you didn’t see him, you knew Carter — a retired captain in the Canadian Airborne Regiment and lance-bombardier in the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Horse Artillery who served in the Canadian Forces for 38 years — was at the ceremony, as he and his booming voice would lead the parade of war veterans from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 271 on Taché Street to the cenotaph on St. Anne Street. However, with this being the Year of the Korean War Veteran, marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the war, Carter will instead be laying a wreath and receiving the salute during Monday’s ceremony. “It’s an adjustment, but I’ll get used to it,” he said. “I enjoyed it. It was my life for 38 years.” Carter served in Korea with the 1 RCHA, but if you ask where, there’s no way for him to say exactly. “You land, you go into action, you move,” he said. “I passed through Pusan, Seoul, Inchon, all those places. But when you were actually on the ground, everything went by hills: Hill 355, 287, 312. You really don’t know where you are.

Photo: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader

Gord Carter stands next to some of the military mementos in his St. Albert home. There was a war going on. It’s not like Europe, where everybody was close to a town.” Carter’s father served in the First World War with the Newfoundland Regiment, and was wounded in February 1917. But Carter said his decision to enlist was not influenced by his father so much as it was by his experience with the Church Lads’ Brigade, a youth group that’s still active today in Newfoundland. When he returned to Canada from being stationed in Germany with the Airborne in 1975, Carter came back to St. Albert to make it his permanent home. That’s when he got word that the Legion was looking for someone to lead the Remembrance Day parade.

“They wanted somebody who had a good voice,” he said. Over the years, though, that role became very important to him. “It was a badge of honour, really,” he said. While St. Albert usually gets a good turnout for its Remembrance Day ceremony, it was always a pleasant surprise to Carter to see the streets lined with people who had come out to pay their respects in all kinds of weather. “You never know who’s going to show up, what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s not like the military, where we have rehearsals. There’s no rehearsals, so you have to be flexible and not let it bother you too much if it doesn’t go

the military way.” Particularly heartening to Carter was the number of young people who came out, including Cub Scouts, Beaver Scouts and members of the local Army Cadet and Air Cadet squadrons. “The cadets are our future leaders ... You can just tell by talking to them that they’re very polite, carry themselves very well. I’m always happy to see the cadets come out,” he said. After years of the Korean War being the “forgotten war” and veterans feeling like they were not getting the recognition they are due, Carter said he felt the tide is changing and the contributions of himself and his fellow soldiers are getting their time in the spotlight. “It’s better late than never ... Like the Second World War veterans, we’re getting a little scarce on the ground now,” he said. Carter is also speaking to children at local elementary schools, and volunteers with the Legion, selling poppies in the weeks leading to Remembrance Day every year. But, like he has with leading the parade, he is likely to pass that torch on in the next few years, and he hopes some of the veterans from the Canadian mission in Afghanistan will step up to receive it. “I’m hoping we’ll get more of them. They’re starting to come,” Carter said. “I think they’re young and they think the Legion is too old for them. But they’re starting to get the message.”

Message from St. Albert City Council To the men and women, past and present, who have put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedoms, thank you. We remember and honour you. Mayor Nolan Crouse and St. Albert City Council

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Al McBride stands near a milepost on the front lines of the Korean War.

As the Canadian government marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War this year, one local veteran of that war says it’s about time. Al McBride spent 14 months on the front lines in Korea from October 1951 to January 1953 with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) regiment. He said that the designation of 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran is long overdue. “How long does it take them to do this? A lot of guys are bitter,” he said. “And I was too, because we got nothing. We didn’t even get a medal.” McBride grew up in British Columbia, and enlisted in the Canadian Forces around his 18th birthday because there was little work to be had on the west coast. He had two full years of training before he was sent to Korea, but not even that could prepare him for some of the things he saw on the front lines. “If you think the First World War

guys had it bad, you have no idea what we had ... it was horrible,” he said. McBride tells of taking cover under tanks to avoid flying shrapnel, but not staying too long, because the tanks were what the North Korean troops and their allies were after. “I lost two of my best friends there ... I went to school with one, and one I trained with,” he recalled. McBride was originally supposed to only be in Korea for six months, but as volunteers dwindled, his stay was extended. “When the six months was up, I went into the orderly room and said to the sergeant-major, ‘I want to go home.’ He said, ‘We all want to go home.’” After returning to Canada, McBride held a number of firefighting positions across Canada, eventually settling into a deputy fire chief position in St. Albert, where he had four grandchildren. But setting foot back on Canadian soil was not the same for him as it was for soldiers in other wars. “I came home on a train that dropped me off in Vancouver, and my dad happened to be there, and

one old guy who gave me a pack of cigarettes,” he said, noting that it took three years of wrangling to finally get his pension. Indeed, the Korea nWar has often been referred to as the “forgotten war.” “They didn’t help us a bit. They didn’t give us nothing. The Second World War guys didn’t figure we did enough. They wouldn’t even let me in the Legion,” he said. “It was just too close to the Second World War, I think. ... We weren’t well, a lot of us, when we got back.” But McBride feels like Korean War veterans are finally getting the recognition they are due. He helps organize the Remembrance Day ceremonies every year in St. Albert, and he said it’s always nice to see how many people come out to pay their respects, especially the youngsters. “My granddaughter yells, ‘There’s Grandpa!’ That’s nice,” said McBride, who also talks at local schools around Remembrance Day. “They understand it more today than they did when we got back. ... There’s more publicity, more TV, and that’s what drives everything.”

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Weight loss no sweat for Leto And I looked up and five years had passed.” And the band plays on. As On-again, off-again actor Jared we spoke, he was preparing for Leto has watched as Matthew shows in Rock in Rio and the McConaughey — the star of iTunes Fest in London. “We’re the AIDS activist biopic Dallas touring and touring and touring. Buyers Club — got all the weight- Things are great. We just put loss headlines. out a new album, we have a new But for Leto, it’s old video, a new single.” news. And with Dallas “I lost over 30 pounds Buyer’s Club rolling for this and then stopped out across Canada this counting because it month, there’s no next didn’t matter, so it film on the horizon for might have been 40,” some time. says Leto, who plays the Dallas Buyer’s Club transgendered Rayon, lured Leto off the road an unlikely business for a while, partly Jared partner for real-life because it was shot in his Leto activist Ron Woodroof, home state of Louisiana Actor/singer who smuggled (“We do Texas better unapproved, experimental AIDS than Texas,” he quips). drugs into the U.S. for profit Beyond that, he says, “I thought in the ’80s at the height of the it was the role of a lifetime. I really disease’s hysteria. like what Matthew’s been doing. “I’d lost about the same before And I thought if he’s going to bet (to play a heroin addict) in on this, there must be something Requiem For A Dream. I’d also special here.” gained a lot, like 60 pounds, for Rayon is a composite of people a little movie called Chapter from the community in which 27 (in which he played John the straight and homophobic Lennon’s murderer Mark David electrician/rodeo-rat Woodroof Chapman). found himself immersed after “Really, the weight is about being diagnosed. Theirs is a how it affects me on the inside. contentious relationship that But it also changes how you begins as all business and takes walk, how you talk, how you its time morphing into respect. laugh, how you breathe, your Leto contacted transgendered choices in a scene. You may groups for input. “I listened lean against somebody as you’re a lot. And I learned, and talking because you’ve got no there are great teachers in the energy.” transgendered community. I It’s strange to see an actor said, ‘I’m working on this film with that much commitment and I want to do it right.’ There walk away from the business for was certainly an understanding that long. But Leto — who has of it not being done right before. displayed his dramatic chops “We’re in a much better time, in films like American Psycho, but it’s still a difficult choice Prefontaine, Panic Room and to live your life like that. But Girl, Interrupted — says the in 1985, walking through a hiatus just sort of snuck up on supermarket in Dallas, Texas, him, courtesy of his moderntrying to live your life as a rock band Thirty Seconds To woman, that took courage.” Mars, which also features his And what was it like, seeing older brother Shannon. himself onscreen trying to live as In fact, Leto met with Dallas a woman? “Very strange,” Leto Buyers Club director Jean-Marc says, the image clearly flashing Vallee in Montreal while the in his mind. “I thought of my band was on tour. “I didn’t plan mother. But it’s a very strange to do it,” he says of his temporary thing, especially putting on retirement. “I just got busy. lipstick. It’s really a signifier of We were touring the world and femininity. Just a very strange enjoying a great deal of success. thing.”

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It’s not quite being able to fly or walk through walls. But as far as the paparazzi is concerned, Kat Dennings is practically invisible. And it’s a super power that suits her just fine. “I’m not a really interesting person, so paparazzi don’t really care about me and that’s what I want,” says the 27-year-old actor, who reprises her role as Natalie Portman’s smart-alecky assistant in Thor: The Dark World, opening Friday. “I don’t want to be interesting. I just want to do my work and go home. It’s pretty easy to avoid the paparazzi if you don’t want it, unless you’re someone super recognizable. Just don’t go to The Grove. Don’t go to The Ivy. Don’t walk around Beverly Hills in massive sunglasses.” Dennings may have to deal with the paps more often if her career continues in the same upward trajectory it’s been in for the past several years. She made her TV debut in an

on by mental tiredness and jet lag,” episode of Sex and the City in 2000, then went on to charm audiences as says Dennings, who arrived in the Michael Cera’s music-obsessed love UK only a day or two before filming interest in Nick and Norah’s Infinite her scenes. “That was my first workday and Playlist in 2008 and now gets most I was exhausted. I think of the best lines in CBS’s I say ‘bananaballs’ at one uneven, but popular point. That wasn’t in the sitcom, 2 Broke Girls. script.” Dennings brings that Dennings says not only same sharp-tongued was she happy to work humour to The Dark with old friend Portman World, thanks in part to again, but she was also director Alan Taylor, who excited to act in other encouraged her to add a Marvel movie since she’s little of her own comedic Kat been a fan of its comic flavour. superheroes since she was “They did actually let me Dennings Actress a kid. adlib,” she recalls. “I have an older brother “But in (2 Broke Girls), who’s seven years older and he was I have to stick to the script, so I really into it and it got me into it wasn’t even in practice of adlibbing because I idolized him and I wanted anymore. I almost didn’t know to be like him,” she explains. what to do.” She says most of her adlibbing “He had 100 action figures in his room and he wouldn’t let me in his was done during the movie’s first scene, in which her character walks room until I recited all the names of the action figures, which I did into a London restaurant and eventually. breaks up a date between Portman “That got me really excited about and Irish comedian Chris O’Dowd comics ... So it was a weird and (Bridesmaids). surreal thing to be able to be in a “I say a lot of things that aren’t Thor movie.” in the script, which were brought


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Med students lobby provincial gov’t over flavoured cigs DAVE LAZZARINO Sun Media News Services

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Ximena Ramos, a mother and student at the University of Alberta, is part of the school’s new study examining women and their weight gain during and after pregnancy.

U of A researchers aim to dispel pregnancy myth

healthy to be a good mom, and she wants to be a good role model for her now seven-year-old son. St. Albert Leader Researcher Dr. Rhonda Bell said the study will Moms to be, you are not eating for two. It’s more build on previous studies that found 60 per cent like 1.2. of pregnant women gain more weight than is University of Alberta researchers are hoping to recommended. Often, women take pregnancy as a find strategies for women to gain a healthy amount licence to eat as much as they want of whatever they of weight during pregnancy and dispel the myth of want. melting away post-partum weight. “You’re not eating for two, it’s more like 1.2,” she When Ximema Ramos, a student at the Faculty of said. Public Health, was pregnant with her son, friends The recommended weight gain depends on the would insist she give in to sweet woman’s pre-pregnancy weight. treats. Usually it’s about 350 to 400 more As an aerobics instructor, she calories per day during the second kept active, but she felt the 40 and third trimester — about an pounds she added on. Her son apple and a serving of yogurt. She weighed 6.5 pounds at birth. added the extra calories should She was more easily tired while come from Canada’s food guide. cleaning the house, or teaching “It’s not like six pieces of lasagna Dr. Rhonda Bell fitness classes. and half a cake,” she said. U of A researcher “You kind of fall down on the Bell said few people talk about priority list in your pregnancy,” the post-partum period and the she said. “Everybody around me kept telling me its study will measure how many calories women OK to gain weight because that’s what you do when expend during the postpartum period. you’re pregnant. Basically, they gave me permission.” “We suspect women expend fewer calories than Then, as a busy new mom and a student, she most people think,” she said. skipped breakfast and ate whatever was in front of They will compare women who have lost the her. She typed her thesis and breastfed at the same weight they gained during pregnancy and those who time. Her father died when her son was two years haven’t. old, and the depression added to the weight. “One of the hopes is that we will come up with Ramos said now she realizes she needs to be really practical strategies,” Bell said.

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“You’re not eating for two. It’s more like 1.2.”

A group of Alberta med students planning to lobby the provincial government about youth tobacco use are hoping the statistics will leave a bad taste in the mouths of legislators. The students — studying in both Calgary and Edmonton — came across a study released last month out of the University of Waterloo in Ontario that showed tobacco use in young people across the country in 2010-2011. “This is something that, if we’re able to have an impact, it could ultimately affect the health of Alberta in the future,” said Lindsay Bowthorpe, second-year med student at the University of Alberta and political advocacy committee leader. “As future physicians, we’re going to be looking after the health of the youth of today.” Of particular interest from the study was the use of flavoured tobacco products that they believe are marketed toward a younger audience. The recent effort is not the first to target flavoured tobacco. A push to limit cigarette marketing to youth in the early 2000s led some producers including RJ Reynolds, the second largest tobacco company in the U.S., to discontinue flavoured products. In 2009, Bill C-32 was passed by the federal government to outlaw flavoured cigarettes, filtered cigars and blunt wraps. But since then other companies have legally sold unfiltered cigars and mini-cigars or cigarillos with flavours including peach, vanilla, grape and cherry.

According to Casa Cubana, one of the companies that distributes the flavoured smokes in Canada, the legislation was “about morality, not health.” A 2010 release from the company said: “While some kids were getting illegal access to these tobacco products . . . the federal government’s own research clearly established flavoured tobacco products as a legal-age market-driven product.” In other words, the concern for children and teens being targeted was unwarranted. The Waterloo numbers suggest otherwise. The study by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact asked almost 51,000 students in 426 schools throughout 10 Canadian provinces about their tobacco use. Of the 20 per cent of students that reported using tobacco products in the 30 days prior to being asked, roughly half said they used flavoured products. The numbers in Alberta are in line with the national average. Those products included everything from menthol cigarettes to flavoured cigars, cigarillos and water-pipe tobacco to flavoured chewing tobacco. “It’s really important for us as medical students to learn that we are going to be having a relationship with MLAs and government in the future,” said Bowthorpe. “It’s not just health professionals who are involved. Government is involved as well.” A meeting was scheduled for Monday between the Alberta med students and MLAs to speak about a private members’ bill to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products.


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Veterinarians are high on the list of underrated jobs, according to CareerCast.com.

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES – While computer systems analyst, veterinarian and biologist may not be the most glamorous jobs, they are rewarding, offer a positive hiring outlook and competitive pay, putting them at the top of CareerCast. com’s list of the most underrated jobs of 2013. Other jobs that made the list — including electrician, plumber, accountant and librarian — are professions that tend to be ignored but offer high growth, low stress and enriching work. Most of these underrated jobs focus on working directly with others, but for those with technical expertise, the computer systems analyst position rises to the top of the list as the single most underrated job of 2013. The number two most underrated

profession, veterinarian, has an average salary of more than $80,000 US per year and is expected to grow 36 per cent by 2020. Job seekers can also consider these other underrated jobs: market research analyst, emergency medical technician, legal assistant, civil engineer and school principal. “Our report uncovered a wide range of undervalued jobs that job seekers and career changers should consider,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “These rewarding professions offer stability and solid career opportunities for job seekers.” Topping the list of most overrated jobs are advertising account executive, surgeon, stockbroker and public relations manager, professions which all face high stress and long hours.

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While the perception that working at an advertising or public relations agency handling glamorous accounts and working with celebrities is fun and exciting, the truth often is different. People employed in these highly competitive industries are often overworked and underpaid, and are likely to lose their jobs if a large account moves to another agency. Although surgeons have a median salary of $311,078 US, the high stress they face on a daily basis surpasses that of most any other profession, while becoming a surgeon requires exhaustive training. The third most overrated job, stockbroker, needs to keep pace with market volatility both domestically and internationally while contending with clients turning to online brokerages.

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