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itage homes never to renovate to the point that they won’t be heritage homes,” says city heritage planner David Holdsworth. The series of This Old Edmonton House seminars begins Feb. 24 and runs until April 19. Each session tackles a different topic, including foundations, windows and doors, historic interior design, energy efficiency, and other components of home remodeling. Experts in each field will make a pre-

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Some things just make perfect sense The world can be a complicated place in 2010, but that doesn’t mean reality can’t rear its head from time to time. In fact, it happened twice in the last week. And it doesn’t have to be an ugly head ... • First, the city has announced that a pilot project this year will see the speed limit in six neighbourhoods – Woodcroft, Beverly Heights, Ottewell, King Edward Park, Westridge/Wolf Willow and Twin Brooks – reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h for a six-month trial. While some motorists may consider this a ridiculous answer to the question of speeding in residential neighbourhoods, how can it possibly hurt? Bear in mind that it’s always the speeders who whine about speed limits. A cash grab? No tickets will be handed out to those travelling between 40 and 50 km/h. It’s more of a wake-up call for those who need it, but anyone who lives in this city, especially those with young children, knows that not everyone is following the rules of the road as they roar down the street while young children play

just a few metres away. Research has shown that speed kills. If a lower speed limit gets people to drive slower and saves just one life, how can you possibly find fault with that? • Also last week, Mayor Stephen Mandel wondered out loud why a $5 user fee on every ticket wouldn’t make sense when it comes to paying for a new downtown arena in Edmonton? “I think the citizens of Edmonton will feel more comfortable with those who use it to help pay for it, as well,” he said. While some people are bound to cry foul, it would be a move that makes perfect sense to us. If you’re someone who is never going to darken the door of this new, state-of-the-art facility, why should you be expected to help pay for it? Bottom line ... you shouldn’t. It works this way – and we think it works perfectly – if you don’t speed, a minor reduction in the speed limit isn’t going to bother you one way or the other. And, if you don’t use a new arena, you won’t be expected to pay for a new arena. How can anyone have a problem with either one of those initiatives?

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McCauley neglected To the editor: The lack of multilingual information made available to McCauley residents is scary. The discussing, informing and enabling of the multicultural families and residents of this area to step up and speak out to their needs, wants, to fight for their school and community is being swept under the rug of social and economic indifference. Our area holds all the social services no one wants in their area but we are not allowed to keep our community schools, which allow our families a sense of balance and com-

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There are some species that eat their young. Here’s hoping that the Canadian animal would never do such a thing. Regardless of the positives and negatives when it comes to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As we continue to make a permanent indentation in our couches, are we watching in horror as our athletes continue to trip over their ski poles? Or, is there still a sense of pride – regardless of whether it’s a podium finish or not even a personal best? Own The Podium sounded like a good idea at the time, more than a year ago, but reality has reared its ugly head in Vancouver.

Apparently we forgot to take into account that other countries have a design on the top step themselves. Especially our neighbours to the south. They may not own the podium, but the Americans have certainly rented it during the first half of the Games. They have, you could say, made themselves right at home. Usually, Canadians have a history of being good losers. We smile and wave and live to fight another day. Then again, fight might not be the right word. As the Games wind down, we wonder if you’re proud or horrified by your country’s showing in the greatest show on snow. Let us know what you’re thinking as we prepare to extinguish the flame.

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Hook, fine and thinker I don’t think I’m alone when it comes to wanting to be someplace else these days. Specifically, I’d like to be attending the No. 1 party on the planet currently being held in Vancouver. It’s hard to accept that if we had put just a little bit of effort into planning two years ago, we could be among the delirious Olympic crowds. I grew up in the Fraser Valley in what is now part of Abbotsford. I moved to Vancouver in 1986 to attend university and got my first taste of a big city party at Expo ’86. My mom and brother both have two-bedroom condos in the city within walking distance of many of the exciting venues, but work and time constraints mean we’re not going to join the

Olympic fever that has swept over that city. I can always tell myself the most comfortable spot and best view is from my couch even if I really don’t believe it. I’d all like to be on the coast, wearing a T-shirt and shorts while rubbing shoulders with athletes from all over the world. I’d join the crowds begging for tickets, standing in the slush and sun on local mountains, enduring long line-ups to zip line across Robson Street, breaking into a spontaneous singing of Oh Canada with 50,000 other Canadians, drinking too much beer and wearing the silly red mittens. Even my curmudgeonly mother and brother, who both voted against holding the Games, are too busy tuning in

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Support system works In an elementary school, the sensations are big, bold and plentiful … and yet Julian’s smile stands out. Julian is a normal, happy, slightly nervous 12-year-old boy. He has Stargardt Disease which means that he has very limited vision. Many people were here

Julian proves that working together can pay dividends this day at Bishop Savaryn Elementary, in north Edmonton, to celebrate Julian’s success at school. Edmonton Catholic School trustees and the

Edmonton Catholic School support staff association (ECSSA CEP 52-A), the union that represents the support staff of the district, are in the process of preparing a video to showcase Julian’s success, and the success possible for students like Julian, when the proper supports are in place in

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supports. Janine Campbell is Julian's special needs teacher assistant (SNTA) and when she approaches Julian, his face lights up. Julian and Janine are a team and have worked together at Bishop Savaryn Elementary since Julian was in Grade 2. A SPECIAL BOND Ms. Campbell ensures that Julian's schooling is as normal as possible. She either orders Braille materials or transcribes the work into Braille, teaching him new Braille for his ever-increasing vocabulary. Janine’s focus this year is to have Julian work independently. “Part of my job now is to be away from him,” says Campbell. “The goal is for Julian to feel comfortable when he is on his own.” Ms. Campbell also volunteers her time

after school to run a Braille Club for Julian’s classmates so that other students can understand his world. There the students become aware and accepting of children with all special needs. SUCCESS POSSIBLE Julian is an example of the success possible when supports are in place to help students with special needs cope with the demands of school life. These supports include district consultants who have the expertise in dealing with students who have special needs, special needs teacher assistants as well as school supports. Julian started his school career struggling with the routines. He is now confident and ready to move to his next challenge with the skills that Ms. Campbell has taught him, combined with the compassion and dedication she brings to her role every day as a special needs teacher assistant.

School meetings Examiner staff Edmonton Public Schools has arranged public meetings to discuss the potential closures of five schools in the city centre and greater Hardisty areas, as well as the potential termination of elementary programming at Spruce Avenue school. The meetings are scheduled throughout the month of March, as follows, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Thursday, March 4: Eastwood school, 12023 81 St. • Monday, March 8: McCauley school, 9538 107 Ave. • Wednesday, March 10: Parkdale school, 11648 85 St. • Thursday, March 11: Spruce Avenue school, 11424 102 St. • Monday, March 15: Capilano school, 10720 54 St. • Wednesday, March 17: Fulton Place school, 10310 56 St.


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Evelyn Pham Special to The Examiner When Corey Hamilton isn’t painting, photographing or writing poetry, he can be found volunteering at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, working with fellow artists to help them hone their skills. “Volunteering at the Nina Haggerty Centre, that’s my

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Reaching out to teens Organizers of a new roots and blues festival are bridging a generation gap by taking their lineup to Edmonton-area youth. Festival co-producer Peter North says the fourday event’s school performances are designed to give students “an understanding of where some of the sounds they hear today actually came from. “(Roots and blues) music is timeless. It has survived through all the musical trends,” North says. “It continues to be a point of inspiration for rap artist and rock artists.” A handful of festival performers will visit a high school in Leduc and surprise students at an unnamed Edmonton school. “We want to take the music to the kids,” North says. When he was growing up, blues artists could be seen for $3 and $4 a ticket. Today’s concert ticket prices make it tougher for students to get the same experience, he says. Most of the Winter Roots and Blues Round Up, produced by the University of Alberta’s Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Peter North Productions, takes place at the Yardbird Suite, Blue Chair Café, Fiddler’s Roost and Newcastle Pub. The festival runs through Sunday. Guest headliners include blues artist Mark Hummel with his San Francisco group the Blues Survivors, Alvin (Youngblood) Hart of Memphis, and folk-blues artist David Rea. The festival also features local folk artist Terry McDade, fiddler Byron Myhre, blues pianist Graham Guest and local musician Ron Rault. For a full festival schedule, visit fwalive.ualberta.ca and click on Winter Roots and Blues Round Up under Upcoming Events. jreiniger@edmontonexaminer.com

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All the king’s bakers Axis Theatre cooks up a special medieval family comedy perfect for one and all Veronica Petrola Special to The Examiner Vancouver company Axis Theatre is bringing medieval fun to Edmonton this weekend with the family comedy King Arthur’s Kitchen. The show follows King Arthur’s cook (Jeffrey Kaiser), his helper (Christopher Cook), and the kitchen maid (Astrid Varnes) through the laborious task of baking a birthday cake for King Arthur and the knights of the round table. While the banquet in being prepared, the characters use utensils to recreate the story of Arthur becoming king. “Using kitchen objects as symbols creates very visual content for the show,” director Wayne Specht says. “It allows the audience to use their imagination.” And even though the visual comedy – like sword-fighting with wooden spoons – is meant to entertain the little ones, there is also verbal humour for the rest of the family. “We have to make it visual for the younger ones, and the wit is for the older audience,” Specht says. King Arthur’s Kitchen started touring B.C. in September, with 220 presentations in schools and community theatres in

. We have to make it visual for the younger ones, and the wit is for the older audience.” — Wayne Specht, Director, King Arthur’s Kitchen

DAVID COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY Left to right: Christopher Cook, Jeffrey Kaiser and Astrid Varnes star in King Arthur’s Kitchen, which begins Friday and runs until March 7 at Westbury Theatre. various locations. The tour is giving the young cast an opportunity to refine its skills, as they are all at the beginning of their careers, Specht says. “It’s wonderful training for them to spend all that time together,” he says. “(They) have to create a family environment.” Actor Christopher Cook, who

graduated from theatre school nearly two years ago, says he appreciates the chance to be part of such an extensive tour. “It’s a great opportunity to perform this constantly for such a long period of time,” he says. “You usually don’t get that opportunity.” Cook says he’s also enjoying

the small-theatre presentations because he wants to share the theatre experience with people who normally wouldn’t get it. "We’re sharing theatre with families who haven’t been exposed to it,” he says. “It’s so special to be able to do that.” Cook also loves playing kitchen helper Roderick, whose

real ambition has nothing to do with the kitchen. “(Roderick) loves the idea of becoming a knight,” he says, controlling his laughter. “He’s a real dreamer, and he has a very big heart." Along with dancing and funny stage pictures, the show is not only an entertaining history lesson, but a tale about following dreams, Cook says. “It’s really a play for the whole family,” he says. “There’s a lot of wonderful, funny stuff.” “We’re having so much fun,” Specht adds. Written by Leslie Milbine, King Arthur’s Kitchen will be playing in Edmonton from Friday to March 7 at Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Ave. For more information, visit www.fringetheatre.ca.

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No age limit on excellence U of A hosts professional acting workshops for seniors Joelle Tomek Examiner staff An Edmonton acting troupe is debunking the myth that seniors are slow to learn new skills. The Geriactors, led by U of A drama professor David Barnet, are striving for excellence in the field and landing the odd professional gig while they’re at it. Members currently range in age from their late ’60s to late ’70s and the majority are taking up acting for the first time. “There’s a difference between art as a recreational activity, only, and arts that are developed as a skill,� Barnet says. “(The Geriactors are) beyond

pastime or hobby or recreation ‌ Becoming good at it is very much a part of it.â€? Barnet and a few of his professional theatre colleagues are hosting a series of drama workshops for all interested seniors, called the Festival of Edmonton Seniors’ Theatre (FEST). The program, funded by the university and Alberta Foundation for the Arts, aims to learn what types of drama work best with seniors and how best to develop it. “This is extending the principal of geriactors to a much greater range of seniors,â€? Barnet says. The next series of two-hour workshops takes place Saturday in Room 2-47 of the U of A’s Fine Arts Building. At 10 a.m., the president of Rapid Fire Theatre will teach a comedy workshop focusing on improvisation. Next, at 12:30 p.m., Allyson Connelly will lead a

session on musical theatre, followed by a 3 p.m. workshop on storytelling led by Barnet. “We’re combating the stereotype that seniors can’t do this kind of stuff, that they can’t learn new things,� Barnet says. Last year, he taught a workshop on performing Shakespeare and participants quickly picked up the technique. “The seniors got further in the first 20 minutes than many of my students did in an entire term,� Barnet says. Seniors tend to be less selfconscious and more in tune with characters’ experience because of their own level of life experience, Barnet explains. He says advanced creative activity has enormous health benefits, citing a study from the National Centre for Creative Aging. “They could prove that the (seniors) involved in high-level creativity were saving eight

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Heading for Frankfurt? Growing Edmonton’s air service is a top priority at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and it’s always cause for celebration when we add to the airport’s family of non-stop destinations. The return of Air Transat’s seasonal non-stop service this summer to the international hub of Frankfurt is particularly exciting. MOST-REQUESTED Air Transat’s Frankfurt service runs from June 15 to Sept. 28. Frankfurt has been one of our most-requested route additions so securing its return has been central to the work of our air service development team. Frankfurt Airport’s incomparable connections make the route a vital and outstanding

Reg Milley Edmonton Airports opportunity for EIA users. Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany and one of the busiest airports in Europe by cargo traffic. It serves 300 destinations in 109 countries worldwide with more than 100 airlines. Its major transportation hub status is supported by strong motorway and rail connections, with two train terminals directly adjacent to the airport.

Events worth visiting in Frankfurt include the Open Air Art Festival from Aug. 27-29 and the Rheingau Wine Festival from Sept. 1-10. Hop a train and you can even catch the opening festivities of Oktoberfest in Munich, which runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. Complementing tourism, Transat’s Frankfurt service will also provide a boost to business connections between the Edmonton region, Germany and Europe overall. “We’re very excited about the new Air Transat flight from Edmonton to Frankfurt,” says Ken Fiske, vice-president of tourism and economic development, Edmonton Economic Development Corp. “Frankfurt is the largest financial centre on

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and hard answers Over the past weeks, there has been a rently exists on tickets to events at Rexall lot of discussion about a potential Place. downtown arena complex. The arena report also contemplated a While it’s important to note that there $100 million cash contribution to the has yet to be a formal proposal from the building by the team owner – an idea Katz Group, the discussion does provide that I would note was tabled proactively a chance to suggest some by the team owner. parameters. Now, if the Katz Group It’s exciting to think prefers to adjust expectaabout how much this type tions around this last of development could point, they are free to do mean for our downtown so. But this does represent revival and I do applaud a material change and it From the Mayor’s Desk must be explained. Mr. Katz for the vision. Stephen Mandel Like all Edmontonians, I This change makes need to know a lot more things more complex. It about its components, its potential and means other forms of revenue – such as about what it might do for our city. user pay mechanisms – will have to For me, the 2007 report from our work harder to make any possible deal arena committee provides some guidwork. Further, any prospective cityance to help focus our thinking. owned project has to solve not just the On the financial side, the report significant financial issues, but also contemplated a range of revenues to must answer citizen concerns. help finance the arena building includAny question of an arena has to be ing a CRL (Community Revitalization considered in the context of an overall Levy), meaning the city would borrow downtown strategy. This plan must money to build the arena, then use compliment and integrate well with our property taxes generated by the rest of overall downtown plan. the development to pay it back. But these are just the first points in For this to be a viable financing tool, what will be a very complex and detailed the arena would have to be city-owned negotiation once a formal proposal is because proceeds of a CRL can only be submitted. directed into city-owned assets. Our administration will have a big job Other suggestions included that the ahead in considering all issues and city’s current subsidy of more than $2 providing the best possible advice to million per year for Rexall Place could Council and to Edmonton. be transferred to a new building. It is imperative that this discussion It also estimates that a portion of the happen in an open and transparent capital costs of the new building would manner and must include a significant have to be covered through building public voice. I would encourage citizens revenues or some form of user pay, such to participate as early and as much as as a dedicated ticket tax, which curpossible.

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BUSINESS REPORT

Housing Market Residential listings Residential sales Residential building permits issued Value of residential building permits AVERAGE PRICES Single family dwellings Condominium Duplex/Rowhouse Total value of residential sales Year to date AVERAGE PRICES BY CITY SECTOR Northwest North Central Northeast Central West Southwest Southeast

JANUARY 2010 2,205 884 500 $120,269,800

JANUARY 2009 2,433 730 242 $33,537,700

$367,747 $239,006 $300,563 $278,268,421 $278,268,421

$352,688 $238,534 $299,222 $231,445,982 $231,445,982

$320,391 $326,913 $292,144 $257,500 $415,669 $444,151 $342,646

$294,393 $341,753 $274,944 $251,293 $360,583 $436,875 $334,298

Source: Realtors Association of Edmonton, City of Edmonton

UNEMPLOYMENT EDMONTON EDMONTON REGION ALBERTA

JANUARY 2010 6.9% 6.7% 6.6%

DECEMBER 2009 7.6% 7.2% 6.6%

JANUARY 2009 4.1% 4.2% 4.7% Source: Government of Alberta

Positioning Edmonton to compete globally After a period when businesses young workers. experienced a serious cyclical correction, We believe that to accomplish these we enter 2010 with cautious optimism. goals, we must develop a uniquely There have been announcements of Edmonton character that can stand on capital projects proceeding, the housing the world stage. This means developing market seems to be expertise so that when the recovering, and building world thinks of northern permits for both residenplanning, design, engineertial and commercial are on ing and architecture, the rise. Edmonton comes to mind. Employment numbers We must be strategic and seem to be improving, and ensure that every advantage Edmonton’s Business businesses that had to we can muster is realized as Martin Salloum deal with empty order fully as possible. Edmonton Chamber of Commerce sheets in 2009 are looking You will hear us speak to at a return to busier times. the importance of developSo, collectively, we must recognize the ing the strongest, best trained, most strength of all business, large and small, productive workforce possible – ensurthat have survived this trying period. ing that we are developing a strong and But the Edmonton Chamber of well-prepared workforce, but also Commerce believes that the key to our ensuring that through diversity and collective success in the future remains a mentoring programs, and access to focus on the “long game” – the positiontraining, that all possible communities ing of Edmonton, the Capital Region, are involved as fully in the workforce as and Alberta for long term success. possible. You will continue to hear the Chamber You will hear the Chamber speak vocally supporting well-planned, wellvocally for the most effective planning executed development across the north for the Capital Region. of Alberta and Canada. We will work with the city, the Capital Edmonton is part of that north and Region Board and the province to will support construction, supply and effectively plan for the region. logistics, professional services, financial Finally, we will encourage diversificaservices, and health and education. tion in every way possible, starting with You will hear the Chamber speak of the development of Port Alberta as a Edmonton as a great northern city. diversification tool. Edmonton must be able to attract We all live and work in Alberta and investment, recruit talent, retain our understand that we must all work skilled and well educated and trained together.

EDMONTON CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (Percentage change from January 2009 to January 2010)

1.8% SOURCE: STATISTICS CANADA

Exchange Rates As of Feb. 19, 2009 U.S. Dollar EURO Japanese Yen British Pound

$ Canadian 1.0405 1.4180 0.011357 1.6142 Source: Bank of Canada

OVERNIGHT TARGET RATE (As of Jan. 19, 2010)

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Super Science Sunday Brian Swane Examiner staff A local TV star will join the fun as Science Sunday returns with plenty of new ways for kids to learn and have fun. The annual event, hosted by the University of Alberta Museums, takes place March 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the university’s Earth Sciences Building, featuring 15 different activity stations. “If people have come before, we have quite a few new activities,” says Ellen Cunningham, the museums’ exhibition and outreach manager. John Acorn, who formerly hosted the popular TV series Acorn, the Nature Nut and is now on staff at the U of A, will be asking children to identify sounds at the ‘Noises with the Nature Nut’ activity. “He has this wonderful collection of recordings of various animal sounds,” says Cunningham. Some of the other new activities include: ‘Bone Detective,’ with large specimens of animals from around the world; ‘Go Glaciers Flow’ on the formation and movement of glaciers and ‘Rocky Weather,’ about how weather shapes the landscape. Cunningham is particularly excited about one that focuses on the impact of meteorites. “Kids are going to see how craters are formed when meteorites hit the surface of the earth,” Cunningham says. Among popular returning activities is the ‘Archeological Dig,’ which is for children aged seven to 12 who must sign up at the registration desk. All other activities are drop-in, and do not require registration. Admission is free with a donation for young scientists and their adult chaperones. Visit museums.ualberta.ca for additional information.

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Community Calendar The most-needed items at the Edmonton Food Bank are: • Beans (with or without pork) • canned fish or meat • peanut butter • macaroni and cheese (or other pastas and sauce) • powdered milk • soup (canned or dry) • canned fruits and vegetables

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Olympics in Blackmud Creek The Blackmud Creek Community League, 111 Ellerslie Road, is hosting a family fun day with Olympic programming Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The events are all at Blackmud Creek Call Donna Molloy 780-756-0099 for more information. Worm composting at the South Edmonton Vegetarian Gardening Club Bring a homemade vegetarian/vegan dish for six people and your own eating utensils at 5 p.m. for dinner Sunday or just come at 6:30 p.m. to listen to special speaker Kelly Lund.

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She will share resources for composting, highlighting worm composting. Bring a small container if you wish to take some worms home to start your own compost. Cost is $3 per person, $6 for a family. Pleasantview Community League Hall is located at 10860 57 Ave. For more information, call 780-463-1626. Help redevelop Castle Downs Residents of Castle Down communities are invited to be part of the building and redevelopment Castle Downs Park. Come and learn about the plans and needs for this major project in north Edmonton. If planning isn’t your thing, we will also need volunteers to do the actual construction and volunteer support for this project. Building in the community builds community. Call Lynnette

780-456-9424 to learn more. Ottewell Olympic open house During the Olympics, the hall will be open weekday evenings and weekends. Enjoy socializing while cheering on our Olympians. Ottewell Hall is located at 5920 93A Avenue. Support the market Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market is open each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Available this week is a large variety of baking, fresh vegetables, honey, pickles, james, relishes, beef jerky, beef, pork and hemp products. Located at 9210 118 Avenue in the Alberta Avenue Community Hall. For more information, please contact Andrea at 780459-6082 or strmy@telus.net. If you have a Community League event, please forward details to Nancy Rempel at rempeln@gmail.com.

The Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities is calling for nominations for their annual Mayor’s Awards. Deadline for nominations is March 23, 2010.

Important information about the 2010 assessment complaint process

Mayor’s Awards are given annually to individuals and/or organizations within Edmonton that demonstrate a commitment to persons with disabilities. Award categories are:

If you disagree with the value in the assessment notice you received from the City of Edmonton in January, you can file a complaint with Edmonton’s Assessment Review Board. Some processes have changed this year.

Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Service

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Mayor’s Award for Universal Design in Architecture This award is given to a project team or architect whose designs or projects demonstrate creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities.

You still have time to talk to your assessor about your questions. Assessors are able to make changes to your assessment before you file a complaint. To contact a City of Edmonton assessor, call 780-496-6388 or visit www.edmonton.ca/assessment.

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Information on filing complaints

This award honors employers, businesses or organizations who have provided opportunity and support for employment or volunteer positions for one or more persons with disabilities

When filing a complaint, ensure you provide complete information (including your full contact information in Section 3) and enclose the correct filing fee.

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The Board cannot consider incomplete submissions.

This award will recognize the contributions of individuals with a disability that have been a self-advocate in the development of services and supports for citizens with disabilities.

The deadline for filing complaints is March 5, 2010.

An awards ceremony will be held May 20, 2010, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre, 11113 – 113 Street.

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Trustees and district staff will be in attendance to listen to comments from parents and community members. District staff will also provide information and answer questions. For more information, contact Lorne Parker, Managing Director of Planning and Student Transportation, at 780-429-8426 or email us at school.closures@epsb.ca.

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DAVID FULLER Sun Media Contenders from Junior Achievement Northern Alberta and NWT participate in a Monopoly tournament at the Sutton Place Hotel Sunday.

Animals go for gold Zoo to host Animal Olympics Brian Swane Examiner staff Apparently Olympic fever isn’t limited to humans. As the 2010 Winter Games draw to a close in Vancouver, the animal kingdom will show its spirit Sunday (Feb. 28) when Edmonton’s Valley Zoo hosts the Animal Olympics, from noon to 4 p.m. “We’re trying to capture the excitement that everyone’s feeling right now for the Olympics,” says Tyler Pollock, special events co-ordinator for the city. Some of the zoo’s smaller animals, like an armadillo, skunk, tortoise, and of course, a hare, will take part in a series of

races with gold medal animal enrichments on the line. Elsewhere, their human handlers will compete in the Zookeeper Olympics, with events such as the frozen fish toss and frozen elephant dung bowling. “It’s common for a zookeeper to have to clean up after an animal, so why not freeze some of those elephant droppings and turn it into bowling?” says Pollock. Visitors to the zoo can also get their face painted, create their own animal medal to take home, enter to win an Olympic prize, and get the autograph of Olympic alumni, including women’s hockey silver medallist Judy Diduck. Admission is $4 for children, $6 for youth and seniors, $8 for adults, and $24 for family.

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Terri Schlichenmeyer Book Review more, and that’s good. The skills, maturity, and contacts you’ve gathered over the years are exactly what some employers look for. But first, you need to remake yourself into the best candidate for the job, starting with technology. In today’s world, you must get up to speed with computers and electronic devices. Take classes, ask your kids or grandkids, ask the people at the cell phone store. Today’s workplace does not operate without technology, and neither can you.

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PHOTOS SUPPLIED Alberta Ski Academy skier Tianda Carroll is having a breakout season in GMC Cup competition, with nine top-five finishes and four victories over her last 10 races.

High hopes on the slopes Edmonton ski coach thinks his budding pupil could one day reach Olympic Games Brian Swane Examiner sports While many Canadians are tuned in to the Vancouver 2010 Games, few can look on knowing that one day they could actually be part of the Olympics. Tianda Carroll can. The Alberta Ski Academy (EASA) competitor is having the finest season of her young career, making her coach, Edmonton’s Mitch Connor, a believer that the Winter Games are a possibility for the

16-year-old. Maybe not in 2012, but definitely 2016. “She pretty much has the ability to do whatever she wants. It’s just that from now until the next Olympics, there would be a tonne of work to do,” says Connor. Carroll is putting in work among Canada’s top and-and-coming alpine racers on the GMC Cup this season. After competing in the series’ latest event, at Mount Norquay earlier this month, she boasts top-five finishes in nine of her last 10 races (the lone exception being a sixth-place result), including four

slalom victories. Both coach and pupil agree. It’s confidence that has keyed her breakthrough season. “From the beginning of the year, I’ve been working on that a lot,” says Carroll, who has been skiing for several years, first with a club in Jasper, before following older sister Emma’s competitive footsteps to the EASA. Before the season ends next month, Carroll will compete in the Nor-Am Cup finals and Canadian alpine championships. Right now, her eyes are on the Vancouver

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How they fared (Feb. 17 - 23) • Vaughn Chipeur finished 23rd in the men’s figure skating competition. • Jessica Gregg finished fourth in the women’s short-track speed skating 500-metre final. • Pierre Lueders and teammate Jesse Lumsden finished fifth in the two-man bobsleigh competition. • Kevin Martin’s Canadian men's curling rink finished first in the roundrobin and advance directly to the semifinal. • Goaltender Shannon Szabados got the shutout as the Canada defeated Finland 5-0 in the women’s hockey semi-final to advance to the final against arch rival United States.

Coming up: (Feb. 24 - 28) • Jessica Gregg and her Canadian teammates skate in the women’s short-track 3,000 metres final Wednesday at 7:26 p.m. • David Bissett, Lueders and Neville Wright will be part of the two Canadian sleds in the two-man bobsleigh competition, with Heats 1 and 2 (Friday, 2 p.m. and 3:35 p.m.) followed by Heats 3 and 4 (Saturday, 2 p .m. and 3:35 p.m.). • The Martin rink plays in the men's curling semi-final (Thursday, 3 p.m.), and advance to the gold medal match with a win (Saturday, 4 p.m.) or are relegated to the bronze-medal game (Saturday, 10 a.m.) with a loss. • Szabados and Team Canada go for gold against the United States in the women’s hockey final (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.)

Editor’s note: Edmonton’s Kathy and Randy Gregg are the proud parents of two Canadian Olympians – short-track speed skater Jessica and long-track speed skater Jamie. They are in Vancouver cheering their children on. This is their second special column written for the Examiner, which was filed after Jessica finished fourth in the women’s 500-metre final on Feb. 17. We are now more than a week into the Games and it’s hard to believe everything that has happened so far. Our son Jamie skated the 500 metres on Monday, Feb. 15 and finished in eighth place. It was a fantastic result for him, as I remember him sitting in front of the television four years ago stating he would like to switch from hockey to speed skating and go to the Olympic Games. What a journey this has been for him. We had more than 45 friends and family at the Richmond Olympic Oval cheering him on. After the races, we went out to celebrate at a Greek restaurant in Richmond. Jamie joined us as soon as he could and we all enjoyed our time together. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, it was Jessica’s turn on the ice. She had some tough races, getting knocked

down three times during the night, but persevered and made it to the medal final. Unfortunately, she had a tough time at the start, hit a puck on the first corner and was unable to catch the rest of the pack. Ultimately, she had to settle for fourth. They say fourth place is always the toughest – just finishing out of the medals – but she should be proud of being in that final and finishing fourth in the world. It was exciting for the crowd to

cheer on her teammate Marianne St-Gelais to a silver medal. We know that Jessica and Kalyna Roberge will be so ready to join the other girls for the medal relay final on Wednesday of this week. We have a few days off from the short track skating now but will be able to go over to the Richmond Oval to cheer on the long trackers. We are still downtown at the Listel Hotel, thanks to the great sponsorship of Petro-Canada. It has been a wonderful place to meet the parents of the other

Canadian athletes and share in the excitement of Canada’s Olympic Games. Because we have two children on the Olympic team, our stay at the Listel Hotel has been longer than other families. This means our other two kids – Ryan and Sarah – have also been a part of the Petro-Canada Canadian Athlete Family Program and are proudly wearing their new clothing. What a great experience this has been for our whole family. Go Canada go.

DANIEL MALLARD Sun Media Jessica Gregg of Edmonton gets a high-five after skating in the women’s 500m short-track speed skating semi-final at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver last week. Gregg qualified for the final, in which she finished fourth.

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