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A group of local churches are once again looking to spread a little sunshine on the final day of this year’s Rainmaker Rodeo and Exhibition. The second annual Sunday Morning Wake-Up, a free pancake breakfast and inspirational concert, will take place on Sunday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m. on the Kinsmen rodeo grounds in Riel Park. And organizers have brought out the big guns this year, lining up Canadian country music star George Canyon as their headliner. “We are just blown away. We’re just delighted that George Canyon is coming,” said event co-ordinator Brian Siewert. “We just can’t say enough about how excited we are. He’s a great match for the rodeo event, and a great match for the churches putting this on.” The first edition of the Sunday Morning Wake-Up was held last year, with Alberta gospel group High Valley as the main attraction and about 1,500 people showing up. “We started it last year with a

hope and a prayer that we’d get a good response from people around St. Albert,” he said. “Last year was pretty much word of mouth.” But with a recognizable name like Canyon’s attached to this year’s event, organizers are hoping for even bigger things. “Trying to build on last year’s success, we wanted to get someone who was well-known and recognized across Alberta,” Siewert said. “When we first approached George Canyon, it was with hopeful hearts. He said yes, and we’re so excited. We’re trying to build this; our goal is to fill the tent and get out about

2,500 people in there.” The organization of the Sunday Morning Wake-Up is a joint effort between Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church, St. Albert Alliance Church, Grace Family Church and Life Church, with the additional support of the St. Albert Salvation Army and Christ Community Church. Siewert said the event is a great fit with the rest of the festivities taking place in the city that weekend. “We’re just trying to create something that contributes to all the great things that are taking place in the city of St. Albert. And we want to demonstrate how churches can work together, and we want to bring the positive message about the love of God to St. Albert,” he said. While the event is free, people are encouraged to reserve seats through the event’s website at www. rodeobreakfast.com.

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Travis Vader was denied bail on Friday. The 42-year-old — who had first-degree murder charges stayed against him on March 19 in connection with the disappearance and presumed deaths of seniors Lyle and Marie McCann — had been seeking release on unrelated charges that he is facing a retrial on in September. Justice David Gates denied Vader’s application for judicial release. However, his reasons and the

evidence heard during Monday’s bail hearing fall under a court-ordered publication ban. Outside court, chief Crown prosecutor Michelle Doyle said the next step would be the Sept. 8 retrial relating to a June 2010 incident near Barrhead for which Vader is accused of stealing a truck, possessing a stolen truck, and trafficking in methamphetamines. Vader had been convicted on some of the nine charges, but the judge ordered a new trial as a result of some witness statements relating to the case being found in files concerning the McCann

investigation. Doyle was asked about the recently stayed charges, but would only say they remain stayed and the Crown has one year to reactivate them. She added she could not comment on whether the case is still being investigated. The McCanns — Lyle, 78, and Marie, 72 — were last seen fuelling up their motorhome in St. Albert, Alta., on July 3, 2010, while en route to Chilliwack, B.C., for a vacation. Two days later, their RV was found engulfed in flames near the Minnow Lake campground, 20 km east of Edson, Alta.

The SUV they were towing was discovered six days later in a remote wooded area near Carrot Creek, Alta., 30 km east of Edson. Their bodies have yet to be recovered, although police declared them dead and presumed murdered. Meanwhile, Vader has also filed a $1-million lawsuit, alleging RCMP misconduct, malicious prosecution by the Crown and abusive mistreatment by correctional officers. In an April 22 statement of claim, Vader alleges the conduct of the 58 defendants constitutes an “abuse of the criminal justice process” and

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The copters are compact and efficient, and can climb up to 8,000 feet high. However they are regulated by Transport Canada, and require licences called Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOCs), which prevent them from flying higher than 500 feet in the air. The RCMP used their device Thursday afternoon during pedestrian collision training at the Edmonton Soccer Centre South, attended by dozens of officers from agencies across Western Canada. There are currently 10 RCMP UAVS — unmanned aerial vehicles — in the province, one for each traffic investigation unit. The full kit — including the unit itself, batteries, carrying case, and a live-stream viewer, cost about $12,000 — although, with

additional tools, the cost can surge much higher. RCMP say they’ve become vital tools for officers in search-andrescue missions as well, helping locate missing persons in rugged or difficult terrain. Late last year, RCMP in Saskatchewan used their device to locate a man who had rolled his car off the road near Saskatoon and wandered in a wooded area. Infrared technology on the chopper helped locate the man, who was only wearing a t-shirt, no match for winter conditions. Edmonton police have their chopper ready, Lamont said, with the force in the process of training and getting the necessary licensing and approvals in place.

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capita in 2013 that was $10,000 higher than that of Norway, the top-ranked peer country. Hancock said the report confirms that Alberta leads Canada in economic growth but a “C” grade in labour productivity growth — with less than one per cent annual growth between 2008 and 2012 — shows the government needs to do more to tackle its labour crunch. “It indicates that we need to continue to work hard to make sure that every Albertan has the opportunity to participate and that

we need to bring in people to assist because the labour shortage is one of the things that holds us back,” he said, adding innovation is also important in the long term. Hancock said that while Alberta has deep resource reserves, there are still many resource-driven jurisdictions that don’t match its prosperity. “I do have to say that good government does matter. That economic policies that encourage businesses to invest do matter,” he said. “The tax structure does matter and focusing on quality of life, because it does

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Between driving his kids to school and his upcoming gig in St. Albert, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of proof that George Canyon is a morning person. The Canadian country music star will be in St. Albert bright and early on Sunday, May 25, to play at the second annual Sunday Morning Wake-Up, a pancake breakfast and inspirational concert being put on by local churches as part of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rainmaker Rodeo and Exhibition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love being up before the sun, just love it,â&#x20AC;? Canyon said early one morning last week as he did interviews while dropping his kids off and taking his vehicle in for an oil change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fresh and new. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been that way, ever since I was a kid.â&#x20AC;? While Canyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirituality hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been heavily publicized in his music so far in his career, it is a driving force in his life. He has played contemporary Christian concerts throughout North America over the past three years, and recently became the new worship pastor at his southern Alberta church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a Christian my whole life; I sang at church and did all that growing up. But country music was just where it was at for me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, of course, it still is; I still do country concerts. But a lot of my music crosses over into the worship side, the Christian side, so it works out,â&#x20AC;? Canyon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost as if He has had this planned and has been waiting for me to be in a mature enough place for me to step into these shoes.â&#x20AC;? Compared to a regular country music concert, Canyon said he breaks out a lot more worship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including old standards like â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Great Thou Artâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and shares a lot more personal stories about the impact Christianity has had on his life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not whacking people upside the head with the Bible; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about for me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about sharing my

experiences and giving testimony to how God has worked in my life, and how He has saved my rear end so many times.â&#x20AC;? It has been 10 years since Canyon first broke into the country music scene by winning the reality show Nashville Star. But while a decade may seem like a long time, Canyon said it has â&#x20AC;&#x153;gone by in a heartbeat.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My children have grown up through this; my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 and my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14. I saw pictures the other day of when I was coming back from Nashville Star carrying my (daughter), because she was still a toddler, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbelievable how much time has passed,â&#x20AC;? he said. St. Albert is one of only a handful of tour dates Canyon has scheduled this summer, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping busy producing albums and mentoring young musicians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important to me to share the mistakes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made in the business, and to sit down with others and write with them and produce them,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that he recently opened up a studio on his ranch in southern Alberta to work out of. But, with a greatest hits compilation due out this fall, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be heading back on the road for about six weeks later this year. Canyon was also planning to keep busy by running for the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in his home riding of Bow River, with an eye on winning a seat in the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election. However, a health scare earlier this year convinced him to drop out of the race and focus on music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For four weeks, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if I had cancer,â&#x20AC;? Canyon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went through all the testing and, by the grace of God, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have cancer. But I really, truly believe He used that as a little wake-up (call) to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spreading yourself too thin.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Admission to the Sunday Morning WakeUp is free, although people are encouraged to reserve their seats through the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.rodeobreakfast.com.

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A big-name television star is shooting straight for St. Albert. Organizers of the Eek! Comic and Pop Culture Festival announced on Wednesday that they have secured Stephen Amell, star of Arrow on the CW Network and CTV, as the headliner for the show, which takes place on May 31 and June 1 at Servus Credit Union Place.

Amell, who plays main character Oliver Queen on the show, will be available for autographs and photos (with purchase) on Saturday, May 31, and will be interviewed on the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main stage later that day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled to have Stephen Amell coming to St. Albert to headline the first year of Eek!â&#x20AC;? show organizer Rob LeLacheur said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But even beyond him, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re focused on making our show a really fun, experiential event and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to seeing

all variation of geeks (from full to part time) sharing their passion for all things pop culture.â&#x20AC;? Amell, 33, was born in Toronto, and appeared on shows such as Heartland, Rent-A-Goalie, Hung, New Girl and Private Practice before landing his role on Arrow. The Eek! show will also feature costume contests, writers, artists and displays from members of the Northern Alberta Lego Users Group. For more information, visit www.theeek.com.

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Tom Smyth may not be the man leading the St. Albert Community Band’s jazz band for much longer, but he’ll still be a familiar figure among the band’s ranks. After overseeing the startup of the jazz band and serving as its conductor on and off for nearly 30 years, Smyth is hanging up his baton after the band’s spring concert on June 11 at the Arden Theatre and handing over the reins to J.F. Picard. However, he doesn’t plan to be a stranger to the band’s weekly rehearsals at Paul Kane High School, still picking up the trumpet and joining in next year. “It’s a certain sense of relief,” Smyth said prior to a rehearsal on Thursday, May 15. “My wife and I want more time for travel and things like that, and this will give more time. It is quite a commitment being the conductor; you can’t take a month off.” Smyth was the jazz band’s first conductor when it was formed in 1985, and he’s very pleased to see just how far it has come in that time. “The music we played back in 19851986 … (compared) to a concert today,

it was so simple,” he said. “The level has come up, and it’s been amazing.” But it was as much of a learning experience for Smyth as it was for the rest of the band. “It’s one of the better adult jazz bands in the Edmonton area. We’ve been challenging (ourselves),” he said. SACB president Colleen Dec said Smyth is leaving some awfully big shoes to fill. “Tom has been such an inspirational member of our community band … The big band would not be where they are, at the level they are, without Tom,” she said. “He’s just been an amazing team player, an amazing leader.” Picard is no stranger to the SACB jazz band, having taken over as conductor for spells while Smyth was away, most notably for three years while Smyth and his wife travelled to China to set up a music program at an international school there. “I’m excited. It’s a good group; everybody is very eager,” Picard said. “I always like to look forward and push the group further. I’m looking forward to that.” Dec said she’s extremely confident that the jazz band will be left in good hands and is excited to see what Picard

will bring to the table. “He has the same values and vision that Tom has, so it’s going to be such an easy transition,” she said. “J.F., his whole attitude is, we’re here to have fun and enjoy music. That’s been Tom’s philosophy as well.” To send Smyth off, the jazz band has selected a number of classic big band selections for their half of the spring concert, including one — “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione — with a feature trumpet solo for Smyth. “It’s great music. Fifty years from now, people will still listen to it and still be attracted to it,” he said. Meanwhile, the concert band has prepared a number of selections from movies, musicals and Broadway for the audience’s enjoyment — including from The Wizard of Oz, which is Dec’s favourite. “I’ve loved that movie since I was a kid,” she said with a laugh, “so I was all excited when we got to read that piece. That’s my personal highlight, and I know the members enjoy playing that piece as well.” Tickets for the St. Albert Community Band’s spring concert are $15 each and are available through Ticketmaster or the Arden Theatre box office.


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project this sort of charisma and charm and everything, and then it all falls apart and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly every audition Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been on for the first three years of my career in Los Angeles.â&#x20AC;? Prior to hitting the big time with Mad Men, Hamm was a just another struggling actor, landing minor roles on shows like CSI: Miami, Numb3rs and The Division and in films like Space Cowboys and We Were Soldiers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a capricious, strange existence,â&#x20AC;? reflects Hamm, on those early days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basing your life on the whims of others and basing your ebbs and flows of confidence â&#x20AC;Ś on the fact that people either choose you or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? While the Draper and Bernstein roles would at first glance appear to be 180 degrees apart, truth is, the sports agent isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly portrayed as a pillar of virtue in the Craig Gillespie-directed film. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something admittedly selfserving and exploitative about his motivations in staging that Million Dollar Arm competition. But, no spoiler alert required â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this is a Disney movie after all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he ultimately learns to be a better, more considerate person, forming an unconventional family unit with Rinku, Dinesh and his

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2014 DODGE DART

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116 @ 4.29 %

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