May 20, 2017

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New Library Branch Or
Overbuilt New Facility?


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Voters should try to find out all the facts about the new proposed branch library before they vote to approve capital projects this fall. Who could possibly argue with taxpayers knowing all the facts in order to make an informed decision?

We’d like to have a closer look at what is planned to be contained within the new branch. Is it really a branch? Or is it a swanky new facility that is way overbuilt?

If you visit the
library website, the new building is prominently featured, (not to mention in need of an update due to the recent council decision to hold a vote on its future). Much of the verbage on the site still insists the library will be built, something now cloaked in doubt and most believe will likely be defeated at the polls in October.

The current library is about 25,000 square feet in size. But wait a minute. The ‘branch’ is about 22,000 square feet. Seems a wee bit extravagant does it not? Should not a ‘branch’ be a smaller version designed to allow residents to borrow a book without having to go downtown to the main library?

A library and branch library are defined as follows:
Library | Definition of library for English Language Learners. : a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow. : a room in a person's house where books are kept. : a collection of similar things (such as books or recordings)

Branch | A smaller division or arm of a main body.

And what’s with the meeting rooms and outdoor gardens and play areas and all the ‘extras’ included in this ‘branch’? And why are taxpayers being asked to foot the bill for all this? Is the branch library designed to serve as a place for parents to take their children to serve as some kind of free daycare centre?

Why could not say, half or even one third the space serve the same purpose, that is to provide a second location to access library services for residents in the north end of the city?

And what is with the roof that appears to be a storey and one half or perhaps even two stories? Why wouldn’t a normal height building suffice?

There are far too many unanswered questions for voters to make that informed decision councillor Broadhed claims we aren’t bright enough to make. The more I try and learn about the ‘branch’ library, the more I see it as extravagance and waste. If other taxpayers see it the same way, it will be doomed as it surely should be in that form.

Time to forget the gold standard so many here demand and live with a much trimmed down edition in the future. Or rid city hall of all the artsy stuff space and utilize that space in a more functional way that serves all residents, not just the arts crowd.

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So, given those definitions does the plan as published by the library on its website fit the definition? I will leave that to readers to form their own opinion. After all, the decision is now theirs and thank goodness for that or we would be overrun by those who would spend far more than necessary.


Fishin’ Alberta With Paul Chaisson

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Some water bodies in Alberta are being tested for Whirling disease. Easy to spot on the water when fish come to the surface and swim in circles.

The Alberta government has decided to catch and cull fish in lakes in Banff Park. See the CBC story
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If you see fish that have whirling behaviour, report it to the local biologist for the lake and area it is in. For more information contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife or Alberta Conservation Association.

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This week's Saturday Sessions show 672 presents guest - Gord Matthews - as one of Canada's premiere guitarists Gord has these past few years taken time to concentrate on his solo career. Gord stays busy as a sideman with numerous acts and is a member in acts The Front Porch Roots Revue, The Gords, Gutiar Face and Two Road Town to name a few.

He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
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The Funniest Staff Meeting Ever!

The Funniest Staff Meeting Ever!
The boss of a Madison Avenue advertising agency called a spontaneous staff meeting in the middle of a particularly stressful week. (This is one pretty sharp boss!)

When everyone gathered, the boss, who understood the benefits of having fun, told the burnt out staff the purpose of the meeting was to have a quick contest. The theme: Viagra advertising slogans. The only rule was they had to use past ad slogans, originally written for other products that captured the essence of Viagra. Slight variations were acceptable.

About seven minutes later, they turned in their suggestions and created a Top 10 List. With all the laughter and camaraderie, the rest of the week went very well for everyone! The top 10 were:

10. Viagra, Whaazzzz up!
9. Viagra, The quicker pecker picker upper.
8. Viagra, like a rock!
7. Viagra, When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.
6. Viagra, Be all that you can be.
5. Viagra, Reach out and touch someone.
4. Viagra, Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
3. Viagra, Home of the whopper!
2. Viagra, We bring good things to Life!

And the unanimous number one slogan:

1. Viagra, This is your peepee ... This is your peepee on drugs.

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WEBBITS

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* This company will plan your next trip, but they won't tell where you're going until you leave.

* NSA Is Cutting Major Surveillance Program.
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May 19, 2017

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A Rare Sighting Of The Amur Leopard

We are treated to intimate footage of the rarest Cat on Earth, the Amur Leopard. Winter is a difficult time for this hunter - there are no leaves for cover and no young prey animals. It comes as little surprise that there are only 40 of these magnificent Cats left in the wild and the numbers are sadly falling.


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This week's Saturday Sessions show 672 presents guest - Gord Matthews - as one of Canada's premiere guitarists Gord has these past few years taken time to concentrate on his solo career. Gord stays busy as a sideman with numerous acts and is a member in acts The Front Porch Roots Revue, The Gords, Gutiar Face and Two Road Town to name a few.

He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
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Grins And Snickers

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* Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

* They said money talks … but all mine ever says is good-bye.

* If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

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WEBBITS

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* Girl, 12, forced to pull out of chess championship ‘because her dress was too seductive’.

* WATCH: Video of Irish people trying N.J. foods takes off on YouTube.
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Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?

Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?
When I told friends in the Pennsylvania suburb where I grew up that I was going to college in Canada, their responses tended to come in two forms. One was about the weather; to a southern Pennsylvanian, any temperature below 25 degrees Fahrenheit is cause for panic. The other was a volley of linguistic stereotypes about the nation of Canada, involving either “aboot” or “eh.”

Canadians are not particularly amused when you eagerly point out their “eh” habit, but the word has become emblematic of the country in a way that is now mostly out of their control. In response, some have embraced it, adopting it as an element of Canadian patriotism. But what even is this word? How did it come to be so associated with Canada?

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May 18, 2017

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The Bird Photography Of Paul Chaisson
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Call For A Public Apology

Citizen Thanks SA Council
In Tongue-In-Cheek Manner


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SINC SAYS: - As a follow up to the library project being stopped by a citizen’s petition at last Monday’s St. Albert city council meeting, readers will be interested to know more details of how it all took place.

After the presentation of the petition itself by organizer Carrie Blouin, local resident and team member Steve Stone of the petition group, took the microphone with some strong words for members of council.

The following is the text of his remarks that hit home for the public, but was apparently lost on three members of council in particular.

Good afternoon Mayor Crouse and distinguished Councillors.

I wish to wholeheartedly thank Councillor Russell for his motion of March 13th to put a question to voters at the coming election, asking for our feedback about capital projects.

I also extend my sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to Councillors Hughes and MacKay for their full and intelligent support of the motion. These three Councillors have clearly demonstrated their faithfulness, desire and resolve to honour the best interests of the people they were elected to serve. I cannot overstate my deep gratitude to the three of them.

I also thank Mayor Crouse, Councillors Brodhead, Osborne and Heron for voting against the motion, as strange as that may seem. By your rejection of what would clearly be in the best interest of voters, you have, inadvertently and in an unexpected way, been the impetus of several benefits which all residents of our fine city can appreciate.

Some of these benefits are:

* You have motivated a fine young lady to start a petition against your ruling. Through this petition, several citizens decided to support her in her action; many of us did not know others in the group before we were drawn together with a common conviction that injustice by Council against the citizens must cease.

* The formation of this petitioning group has clearly manifested that a true and principled Community Spirit does exist in St. Albert.

* We can have full confidence that ‘The Common Good’ principle of governance can be fully restored, strengthened and developed a-new, when we see a revival of such a good Community Spirit.

* The petition resulted in an excess of 6,700 signatories; nearly 100% of whom expressly stated that they wished the petition called for the cancellation of the creation of a branch library – period. T

his petition has also benefited the city as follows:

* Council is presented with an accurate feedback of the demands of 6,700 plus voters’ – and at no cost; it is by far more trustworthy than the very highly flawed and questionable survey of 466 individuals (who were not necessarily voters). This was at a cost to us taxpayers of $30,000.00.

* Also, all elected officials will now (hopefully) realize that it is always the honourable thing to do what they were elected to do – decisions that are made must respect voters’ wishes and the Common Good.

Conclusion

The response of the Community has proven that Councillor Russell’s motion of March 13th, supported by Councillors Hughes and MacKay should not have been rejected by the other four on Council. Their rejection has solidified in voters’ minds the disgust of having to be the object of disrespect and disregard for their voices. This disregard was further compounded by the same four on Council refusing Councillor Hughes’s motion to allow a reasonable 60 days to gather signatories.

I respectfully urge and encourage the mayor and Councillors Brodhead, Osborne and Heron to apologize to the citizens of St. Albert, not for a “mistake” made, but rather apologize for ignoring and disrespecting the voice and dignity of the people they were elected to serve.

SINC SAYS: - Readers will also be interested to see the final vote on allowing residents to vote on what they would like to see built in St. Albert shown below from the Jay 15, 2017 council meeting. People casting ballots in this election should keep in mind that councillor Brodhead has rejected giving you a change to express your opinion on three separate votes now. Has he jeopardized his changes to be re-elected if he runs by voting against the public's wishes? Time will tell.
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This week's Saturday Sessions show 672 presents guest - Gord Matthews - as one of Canada's premiere guitarists Gord has these past few years taken time to concentrate on his solo career. Gord stays busy as a sideman with numerous acts and is a member in acts The Front Porch Roots Revue, The Gords, Gutiar Face and Two Road Town to name a few.

He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
Mark Ammar 780-217-9787.
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I Had It All

I Had It All
I happened to talk to a to a homeless man this morning and I asked him how he ended up this way.

He said, "Well, up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet. I went to the gym, the pool, and the library, as well. "I was working on my MBA online. I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical coverage."

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, "What happened? Drugs? Alcohol? Divorce?"

"Oh no! Nothing like that," he replied. "No, no ... I was paroled!"

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VIENNA, May 8 Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online "trolling".

The case - brought by Austria's Green party over insults to its leader - has international ramifications as the court ruled the postings must be deleted across the platform and not just in Austria, a point that had been left open in an initial ruling.

The case comes as legislators around Europe are considering ways of forcing Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to rapidly remove hate speech or incitement to violence.

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May 17, 2017

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A Roving Reporter Tour

Edmonton's Chinatown: A Living Library
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Did you know that Edmonton's Chinatown is the largest in area of any North American Chinatown? Did you know that Chinatown has a few different hearts? Come along for a walk to learn about Chinatown's past, present and future.

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Our young guides were sooo enthusiastic. They managed to keep an unexpectedly large group of folks of all ages, from toddlers to quite senior in a group and also managed to make themselves heard over traffic noise etc. without the aid of portable mikes and speakers.

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We gathered just inside the Chinatown Multicultural Center, where we met our guides and others involved with preserving Chinese culture in this area. I was not aware, till today, that 10% of the local population are of Chinese origin! We were invited to stop by after the tour, or any other time to check out their extensive library, some books in English, many in Chinese and some in both languages. This facility is right next to where the LRT will be going so getting there by car was a challenge. Construction everywhere.

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It was quite a long walk but interesting (and so much quieter than at the Chinese New Year's event earlier this year) Took a look at the "Living Bridge" over 97 st. They will be cleaning it up ready for spring this week.

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This week's Saturday Sessions show 672 presents guest - Gord Matthews - as one of Canada's premiere guitarists Gord has these past few years taken time to concentrate on his solo career. Gord stays busy as a sideman with numerous acts and is a member in acts The Front Porch Roots Revue, The Gords, Gutiar Face and Two Road Town to name a few.

He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
Mark Ammar 780-217-9787.
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A French policeman stops the Englishman's car and asks if he has been drinking.

With great difficulty, the Englishman admits that he has been drinking all day, that his daughter got married that morning, and that he drank champagne and a few bottles of wine at the reception, and many single malts scotches thereafter.

Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to alcohol-test (breath test) the Englishman and verifies that he is indeed totally sloshed.

He asks the Englishman if he knows why, under French Law, he is going to be arrested.

The Englishman answers with a bit of humour, "No, sir, I do not! But while we're asking questions, do you realize that this is a British car and that my wife is driving on the other side?"

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* Cellphone ban at Victoria's Central Middle School riles parents.

* Robot journalist employed by Chinese news agency Xinhua.
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Ever since LSD was first produced back in 1938, psychologists have been fascinated with the ways that it can seemingly unlock new pathways in the brain. In fact, it was used as a commercial psychiatric medicine for years before it was finally banned in the 1960s due to its association with that decade's youth counterculture movement. Now, the psychedelic drug might be making a comeback as a brain-enhancing supplement.

Specifically, researcher Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation in the United Kingdom is spearheading a study to see whether LSD can allow humans to regain their supremacy over machines in games like chess or the ancient Chinese game of Go, reports Motherboard.

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May 16, 2017

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St. Albertans took back control of their city last night in a stunning victory over council. They brought things to a halt with a petition carrying 6,722 signatures of residents who reject the entire concept of a branch library. In a marathon council meeting that lasted nearly seven hours, council faced a legal dilemma and caved in to the demands of the people.

Perhaps political observer Cameron MacKay Sr. put things into perspective when he wrote early this morning on Facebook:

“For those who watched the Council meeting, they would notice that Council went in camera to discuss a legal problem. When they returned, Crouse explained that the original motions by Cathy Heron was basically illegal. Consequently, they adjusted and passed new and different motion which effectively:
a. postponed the borrowing bylaw to 2018;
b. abandoned the original plans to acquire the land for the library and develop a set of detailed plans for the building.

The reason they abandoned their plans to acquire land and develop building plans is found in section 254 of the MGA which states:
"254 No municipality may acquire, remove or start the construction or improvement of a capital property that is to be financed in whole or in part through a borrowing unless the borrowing bylaw that authorizes the borrowing is passed."

Since the borrowing bylaw has not been passed they could not go out and "acquire .... a capital property" (i.e. the land) and could not "start the .... improvement of a capital property" because the borrowing bylaw had not been passed.

Obviously Cathy Heron did not want to pass the borrowing bylaw now … because the Petition showed how unpopular that whole idea was and there is an election on the horizon. So once she bumped the borrowing bylaw passage into next year ... everything else had to come to a grinding halt.”

The image below taken from the meeting, clearly shows the 4 to 3 vote that ended the process.

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Three members of council stubbornly rejected the motion, Brodhead, Crouse and Osborne. As predicted here earlier, it was no surprise that both Crouse and Osborne voted against the move as neither of them are running for re-election this fall. In fact Crouse may not even finish his term if the courts rule against him in a pecuniary interest suit filed by local resident Steve Stone.

Stone addressed council following the announcement of the petition numbers and praised councillors Hughes, MacKay and Russell for their past efforts to accomplish the question being put on the ballot in the fall election.

Stone then, in a surprise rebuke continued to thank the remaining four councillors for voting against the motion to put the question on the ballot in an earlier motion by councillor Russell. Stone pointed out that if they had not done so, citizens never would have rallied in opposition to council.

In other words council created the rejection of the library by average citizens by its own very hand.

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The surprise of the night had to be councillor Brodhead voting with Crouse and Osborne against the motions. Residents are betting he sealed his fate by doing so, in that he will likely lose his council seat for that move if he attempts to run again. That remains to be seen.


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Saturday Sessions May 20th Presents

This week's Saturday Sessions show 672 presents guest - Gord Matthews - as one of Canada's premiere guitarists Gord has these past few years taken time to concentrate on his solo career. Gord stays busy as a sideman with numerous acts and is a member in acts The Front Porch Roots Revue, The Gords, Gutiar Face and Two Road Town to name a few.

He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
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All About The Law
Law of Public Speaking

A closed mouth gathers no feet!

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* Eau no! Now scientists say fizzy WATER makes us fat because the carbon dioxide encourages us to eat more.

* He Built a 40-Foot “Spite Fence” Around His Neighbor’s House.
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Kids Need Better Toys, But They Also Need Freedom To Play

Kids Need Better Toys
When I was a child, my father was a carpenter whose work was seasonal. In December, when things were slow, he’d hole up in his workshop to make Christmas gifts for my sister and me. We took those handmade wooden gifts for granted at the time, but every adult who entered our house told us how incredible they were.

He built a wooden marble run that stood four feet tall, with multiple intricate pathways for a marble to follow, including musical chimes and a wooden spiral funnel. He built folding desks with chalkboards and secret compartments. He built a dollhouse, complete with miniature electric lights, and a barn for our Playmobil, as well as the beautiful spalted maple tables on which they sat. Best of all was the post office/library combo, a real office space with a slatted front, mailboxes for every family member, and a set of personalized ink stamps. My sister and I played for hours with our wooden toys, and so did all our friends.

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May 15, 2017

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Decision Day For Council
Will They Finally Listen?


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Today’s St. Albert council meeting will make history one way or another when they are presented with a petition with the names of thousands of local residents indirectly protesting council’s decision to build a library.

The petition of course is only asking council not to borrow $21 million to fund the branch library. But it has a much broader message for council. It is a clear indicator that the people of this city do not want this council to build a library, period.

It now remains to be seen if the four members of council who have been pushing for no public input on the issue, can see just how much of a public backlash they have created over the proposed library.

Not allowing a vote on major public buildings on the ballot in this fall’s civic elections is a huge mistake on their part. Residents clearly want an opportunity to vote on the library.

And SAP predicts that vote will result in a resounding ‘no way’ from taxpayers.

Council faces a decision today. Allow the vote and let democracy rule, or face the consequences.

If they go against the rising tide of non support, they will face the loss of their jobs as councillors. Taxpayers will not allow this to continue and if rebuffed again today, will take back their city come election time.

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They will do so by ridding themselves of council members who oppose them having the opportunity to vote on a new library.

Over to you council. Not only is our future in your hands, your very future is at stake as well.


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The Sunday Whatzit? Answer
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Picture of something quite remarkable … whatzit?
It's the stained glass ceiling in the Palace of Catalan Music, Catalonia,
Barcelona, Spain. Constructed between 1905 and 1908 for the
influential local choral society. A very impressive building indeed.
Visit this link for a lot more information.
Congratulations to Patrick in BC for guessing the correct answer.

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He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
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A trucker walks into a biker bar and orders a burger, fries and a beer.

He gets surrounded by three bikers.

One takes his burger, another his fries, and one gets his beer.

The trucker sits there in silence, pays the bill and leaves.


Biker: "He ain't much of a man, is he?"

Waitress (looking out the window): Nope. Ain't much of a truck driver, either. He just ran over three motorcycles in the parking lot."

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* You can now get weed nails that actually smoke.

* Wives wanted in the Faroe Islands.
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Almost Every Speed Limit Low

Almost Every Speed Limit
When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”

Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city block to avoid jaywalking on an empty street. The model citizen who defers almost obnoxiously to the letter of the law. But that is not the point of lieutenant Megge’s question at all.

“We all speed, yet months and months usually pass between us seeing a crash,” lieutenant Megge tells us when we call to discuss speed limits. “That tells me that most of us are adequate, safe, reasonable drivers. Speeding and traffic safety have a small correlation.”

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May 14, 2017

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Stunning Rejection Of
SA Council And Library


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Final Push Goes Today
To Get 6,500 Signatures


The citizens of St. Albert have a message for both members of city council and supporters of a new Library branch -
No Damn Way!

Organizers announced yesterday afternoon that they had gathered 5,714 signatures on the no to library funding petition and saw themselves within reach of the magic number of 6,500 to force council to do their bidding.

That great news sparked organizers to rally the troops today in one final push with a target of about 1,000 more names to seal the deal.

A taxpayer revolt is finally in the offing as people demonstrate they are fed up with council and their spending ways in the face of a recession.

In fact they are mad as hell and aren’t going to take any more.

Please help the group reach their goal to teach council that they can no longer run roughshod over the will of the people.

Petition organizer Carrie Blouin wrote yesterday afternoon, “If anyone wants to help gather signatures, we have until tomorrow. There will be a commissioner of oaths signing affidavits tomorrow at 4:00 at Second Cup on Bellerose Drive!”

Folks, please
download a copy of the petition and even get a handful of signatures to help put us over the top by dropping it off this afternoon.

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Medicine Lodge Rodeo With Al Popil

Hi Don, Some snaps from my first rodeo of this year at Medicine Lodge, Alberta. As you probably can tell, it was pissin’ rain all day. Cowboys rusty, stock not as rusty as cowboys, photog rusty and cold. Rodeo continues today (Sunday) at 1:00 PM. Next week, Caroline, Alberta, for the Big Horn Stampede. - Al.

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Calf roper, Peter Lowry of Perryvale, AB., watches his calf puddle jump after missing his lasso.

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Viking, AB., ladies barrel racer, Sandra Cartier, heads for home after turning the third barrel.

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Saddle bronc rider, Dawson Hay, of Wildwood, AB., looks at the puddle he is about to hit as he goes side saddle atop Lump Jaw.

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Wildwood, AB., saddle bronc rider, Logan Hay, gets squished in the chute by Meloncholy. Hay was awarded a reride.

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SAP Launches New Poetry Corner

Today we introduce local poet Don Hamaliuk, a retired Property Manager/Electrician and a Phoenix snowbird, who has lived in St. Albert (since 1975) with his wife Joan (36 years) and has two married children and one 12 year old grand daughter and two grand dogs.

Don has always included a poem for other’s birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, but he started writing regularly a year ago, just after retirement. His imagination soars when it comes to daily thoughts and activities, so that is what he writes most about.

People are funny and the things we do are sometimes hilarious, so he don’t see himself running out of material for the next one or two hundred years.

Don plays on a St. Albert seniors slow pitch team, bikes, hikes, plays water volleyball, pickle ball and walks everywhere. H is a renovator and has a part time electrical business and will build almost anything that needs to be built or rebuilt on our kids or our own house.

Is there poetry in your veins? We welcome your submissions for this corner as well. Please send to
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Here is Don’s first contribution which just happens to be about our favourite pub in the city. Welcome aboard Don!

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LB’s PUB IS CALLING

By Don Hamaliuk

LB’s Pub is calling; the music is divine
The beat will take you places that will make you feel just fine
The atmosphere is friendly; you can really have a ball
30 years of music, that could match any concert hall

Linda’s the creator and Pat is there now too
The atmosphere they’re creating, intended just for you
Their sons are in there helping, to serve a gourmet meal
This family from St. Albert, puts on a homegrown deal

Tuesday’s stage is open with the leader Darrell Barr
Thursday’s karaoke is your chance to be a star
Friday starts the weekend, great music until two
There’s lots of room for dancing if that fancies you

Saturday’s so busy and the music goes all day
And later in the evening, more professionals come to play
So get your butt on down there, you’ll be pleasantly surprised
Come support your local artists, great talent not disguised



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READER GUESSES:

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Congrats on all your and others work on the library borrowing petition
etc. Let's hope it's successful. Gads, I felt cold just looking at some of
the rodeo photos on SAP today. And as for today's Whatzit?, I'd say
that's the incredible glass dome in the Palau de la Música Catalana
concert hall in Barcelona. -
Patrick in BC

Petition To Halt SA
Library Borrowing


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St. Albert Library Petition
Borrowing Bylaw #24/2017

Editor:

I have attached a
Petitioner’s Signature Form for the subject petition. We need to collect 6500 signatures before May 14th, just over two weeks - a daunting task but not impossible. We certainly will fail if we do not pursue it … that’s an absolute guarantee. However, let us work to get this accomplished. Get your friends and neighbours to join in with their signatures and to participate in getting their friends and neighbours to sign also.

If you can, go door-to-door in your neighbourhood. As a coordinated logistical plan, let me know what streets you will be canvassing.

Please note: Also attached is an ‘Affidavit of Execution’ to be completed by the witness of the signatories. The witness would best be the same person for all the signatories per ‘Petition Signature Form’.
Download and print the forms here.

Only residents of St. Albert who are Canadian citizens and are over 18 years old are eligible to sign the petition.

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Let me know when and where I can collect your completed forms.

Check ‘St. Albert Library Petition’ Facebook for updates and more details.

Let’s get cracking and win this battle for the good of all residents of St. Albert.

Best Regards,

Steve Stone
St. Albert

VERY IMPORTANT, Please note: For all of us who have been gathering signatories to the petition, the deadline time is fast approaching to hand in the Petition Forms, together with your ‘Affidavit of Execution’.
We have a volunteer Commissioner of Oaths who will witness and certify our affidavits at no cost to us. He will be waiting for you at The Second Cup, on Bellerose Drive (opposite Canadian Tire) between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday May 13th.

Carrie Blouin, the petition’s organizer, will also be there at that time to receive our completed petition forms. She has to present them to the City on Monday 15th deadline.

For more information go to the
St. Albert Library Petition Facebook page.

Please do not hesitate to phone or text me at 780.257.1775 if you need any assistance or have any questions.

Once again, Thank You for all your help in this very worthwhile community action.

If you want to sign the petition, we will have volunteers at the following location for the final time today. Sunday, May 14 at the Second Cup on Bellerose Drive: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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This week's Saturday Sessions show 672 presents guest - Gord Matthews - as one of Canada's premiere guitarists Gord has these past few years taken time to concentrate on his solo career. Gord stays busy as a sideman with numerous acts and is a member in acts The Front Porch Roots Revue, The Gords, Gutiar Face and Two Road Town to name a few.

He also keeps busy as a recording artist, session player, arranger, producer and songwriter. After years of touring the world with some high profile artists its great to see Gord perform close to home throughout Alberta where he's always been highly respected for his incomparable talents, live performances. In quoting Rusty Reed “Gord's a true Alberta music treasure" Awesome to have Gord back, who was my very first booked guest in 2008 when I introduced the guest set portion to my open stage and he has also appeared as our guest more times than any other. -
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Inching Along

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A man wakes up in the hospital bandaged from head to foot. The doctor comes in and says, "Ah, I see you've regained consciousness.

Now, you probably won't remember, but you were in a huge pile-up on the freeway. You're going to be okay, you'll walk again and everything; however, your penis was severed in the accident and we couldn't find it.” The man groans, but the doctor goes on . . .

"You have $9000 in insurance compensation coming and we now have the technology to build a new penis. They work great but they don't come cheap. It's roughly $1000 an inch.” The man perks up.

So, the doctor says, "You must decide how many inches you want. But understand that you have been married for over thirty years and this is something you should discuss with your wife. If you had a five incher before and get a nine incher now, she might be a bit put out. If you had a nine incher before and you decide to only invest in a five incher now, she might be disappointed. It's important that she plays a role in helping you make a decision.”


The doctor comes back the next day, "So, have you spoken with your wife?” "Yes I have," says the man.

"And has she helped you make a decision?”

"Yes," says the man.

"What is your decision?" asks the doctor.

"We're getting granite counter tops.”


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* There’s a campaign for parents to teach young children the correct names for their genitals.

* Uganda's Punishment Island: 'I was left to die on an island for getting pregnant'.
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It’s A Machine That Many People Love To Hate

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What will it take to improve the experience of the self-checkout?

On the self-select screen of bakery items before me, the difference was just 50p (65 cents) between a plain croissant and an almond one. While I struggled to identify baked goods, juggling my already half-full shopping bag (placing it on the machine had already once sent it into meltdown), at least three people had sailed through the human-operated checkout. I was flustered, I was annoyed. The almonds had nearly all fallen off anyway.

Retailers tell us that self-checkouts are all about providing more choice, convenience and speed, and some consumers may embrace the shorter queues they can bring. However, it can be very frustrating when they go wrong. One (admittedly unscientific) 2014 poll found that 93% of people dislike them. What’s more, they even drive some shoppers to theft.

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