18 September 2011

Celebrating The First Day Of Fall - Equinox 2011 Sunset

One of our favourite contributors here, Elke Blodgett has a unique hobby in that she has captured every sunset on Big Lake for many years. Last night she took this shot of the 'Equinox' sunset on the first official day of fall 2011. A stunning photograph that rivals any shown here. Thanks for sharing, Elke.

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It's Time To Cut City Payroll In Next Budget

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Hi Don:

Your item on
Wednesday brings up a question, in particular where mention is made of three employees of the city in the Communications department. Just what functions do these individuals carry out?

1) If the above are used to promote St. Albert and attempt to lure commercial business to establish here, should this not be part of a function of working in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce? As I see it one hears or sees very little of this taking place.

2) Does city council have the final word, that is in making any staffing adjustments, or is this the sole territory of administration, (Holtby and company).

3) Could council instruct Holtby to reduce the payroll by a set percentage, something that is done out there in the public sector. I can speak from experience with this example:

VIA Rail Canada in the spring of 1989 was informed that the subsidy of $750 million was to be cut to $300 million in the next fiscal year. The action by the VIA was to offer incentives to senior employees by way of going onto a pension, as well as a "golden handshake" or you could exercise your seniority and remain. When you take the figures given into consideration, over 90 percent that were given the offer, left.

As time has shown the VIA followed through and as you can see today is thriving rather well.

It would seem that a cut back in staffing levels here could be taken without any ill-effect on services. How many times do you go by a city work crew and usually see the major number of employees doing nothing? They stand and watch one or two actually working. I imagine this is also taking place in offices.

As it is, it just seems as though the city employees keep on growing with no concern expressed publicly by the council

George Proulx
St. Albert

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Ask any person you meet on the street George and most would agree with you that the city is badly overstaffed. Apparently it’s OK with council, since as you note, they never question the numbers. They need to begin tax relief by ordering a 10 percent across the board cut in payroll expense and force administration to tighten their belt. Enough is enough. If some services suffer, so be it.
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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Simons: St. Albert dad fights public school division over Lord’s prayer - Edmonton Journal

B.C.’s central coast braces for flooding - CBC

NASA: Pieces of plunging satellite have settled on Earth - CNN

NHL: Banana throwing incident was ‘stupid and ignorant’ - CTV

Als complete sweep over Eskimos - Edmonton Sun
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French Toast - Do You Really Know How To Make It?

While this takes a bit more time to make than the method most folks use to prepare french toast, they tell me it is delicious.


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Today's Chuckle: Two Doctors


two doctorsTwo patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees his family doctor after waiting three weeks for an appointment, then waits eight weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for six months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first is a Golden Retriever.

The second is a Senior Citizen.

Next time take me to a vet!

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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Nationality dispute after baby born on flight to U.S. from the Philippines.

* Cage fighters aged 8 and 9 do battle.

* Sony sends man its broken computers.

* YouTube video goes venti after singing Starbucks employee fired.

* The science of attraction.

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How Filling Your Gas Tank Oppresses Women

Here’s a look at a controversial video on oil that has upset many:



Kudos to EthicalOil.org. In the space of 30 seconds, the Canadian non-profit group has managed to enrage an entire country, put a bastion of lawyers to work and make the front pages of newspapers across Canada. All thanks to a television ad that does nothing but state a set of facts, and propose a choice between two products, one produced "ethically" and the other "unethically."

The ethical product is of course Canadian oil, extracted from the tar sands, while the unethical stuff flows from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. As the ad points out, Saudi Arabia doesn't allow women to drive or leave their homes without a male guardian present and values their court testimony at half that of a man. Newsweek magazine recently surveyed the 165 "best and worst places to be a woman." Canada placed third, while Saudi Arabia clocked in at 147th.

Read the entire opinion piece in the National Post.

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Questions, We Have Questions

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In some books, why do they have blank pages at the very end?

Why can't donuts be square?

Why put a towel in the dirty clothes basket if when you get out of the shower you are clean?

What happens to an irresistible force when it hits an immovable object?

If there's a speed of sound and a speed of light is there a speed of smell?

Why do overalls have belt loops, since they are held up at the top by the straps?

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City Statue Replacement Ceremony Draws Tiny Crowd

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Above: Sculptor Stewart Steinhauer with his latest creation. Below left, the stone being lowered into position. Below right, ‘Git Outta Town’ Crouse delivers unbelievable comment. Bottom, the big crowd admires the statue.

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I headed down to the river bank yesterday to watch the proceedings as a replacement statue was re-installed on the north promenade at city hall. You remember those statues, don’t you? One was pushed over and broken by vandals. The ones that the majority of taxpayers thought council wasted money purchasing? There was a huge uproar, apparently gone unnoticed by this council, as all but one of them voted to replace something never wanted by most residents in the first place.

About 50 people showed up for the ceremony. The question arises, is that likely about the same number of locals who supported buying the statues? Then mayor, ‘Git Outta Town’ Crouse, addressed the small crowd and used the opportunity to get on a soap box about a failing society.

He did however have one thing to say that caught my attention and I am paraphrasing here, but it went something like this:

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”My wife and I travelled the world and visited a lot of countries and cities in those countries. We didn’t go to those cities to check out the taxes, we went there to look at the architecture, the art and the culture.”

Huh? How's that again? What an awful thing to say to local residents. It’s almost funny if it wasn’t so damn insulting. Maybe the mayor should look at other city’s taxes. It’s painfully obvious that if he has in Alberta alone, he simply doesn’t care that we suffer the highest taxes in the province. Then he has the nerve to rub our noses in it?

Those comments will long be remembered and will go into our growing file of things to remember during the next election campaign.

Is the legacy being left by the current mayor, council and city manager, a long-to-be-remembered black period in the history of this community? Your opinions are welcome here folks.

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St. Albert SUN Chapter To Meet On Monday

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Alberta Seniors United Now Society St. Albert Chapter

COME OUT AND JOIN US FOR COFFEE - Meet like minded seniors. Learn what SUN is all about. Tell us about your concerns (members are asked to bring a guest).

Monday September 26, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
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Local Information Phone 780-460-7736
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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Hundreds of Stanley Cup riot charges expected - CBC

How to take good pictures with different cameras - CNN

Olson’s imminent death gives victim’s brother 'comfort' - CTV

Two killed, seven injured in Yellowknife plane crash - Edmonton Journal

Esks look to turn negative to positive - Edmonton Sun
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Stealing Food From A Pride Of Lions

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Today’s Chuckle: Finger This Out

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Paddy was working at the fish plant in Cork when he accidentally cut off all 10 of his fingers.

He went to the emergency room in Cork’s hospital.

The doctor looked at Paddy and said, 'Lets be avin' da fingers and I'll see what OI can do'.

Paddy said, 'Oi haven't got da fingers.'

‘Whadda ya mean you haven't got da fingers? Geez man, it’s 2011. We's got microsurgery and all kinds of incredible techniques. I could have put dem back on and made you like new! Why didn't ya bring da fingers?’

And Paddy said, ‘How da hell was I 'spose to pick them up?’

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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Father delivers baby in Burger King parking lot.

* Upside down pension house.

* World porridge champion adds some needle to 2011 contest.

* OnStar tracks your car even when you cancel service.

* Saved . . . The bed squirrels. Pictorial.

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Woodies From Our Automotive Past

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5 Foods That Make Eco-Friendly Cleaners

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It is interesting that over the years the idea of cleaning house has become getting rid of dust and grime by using chemicals and other toxins. How that is cleaning I’m not really sure. What happened to using some vinegar, lemon, maybe a newspaper and old t-shirt turned rag, and some good ole’ elbow grease?

In order to get “fresh” smells people have turned to cleaners which are advertised as having fresh scents. They want “natural” cleaners, they turn to bottles and cans which state they are all-natural. But wouldn’t it make more sense to open your windows to get some fresh air? And if you want natural, how about making your own cleaners? Then there is no doubt what you are using to clean your house.

Now, I’ve covered various cleaning ideas and tips in the past including 10 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips and 10 Eco-Friendly Steps to Add to Your Autumn ‘To-Do’ List. This time I figured I’d give you a few more ideas for eco-friendly cleaners, this time using food you probably have around your house.

Here are 5 foods that make eco-friendly cleaners.

Animal Humour

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Storms At Sea - A Powerful Force

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Saskatchewan - Who Knew?

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'Wynyard' is the chicken capital of Canada because they export the highest amount of chicken per capita.

Every summer during the carnival days they host the 'chicken chariot race' where chickens are hooked up to a homemade chariot and they are raced down lanes to see which one is the fastest.

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City Of St. Albert To Honour Architect Peter Hemingway

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Mayor Nolan Crouse and St. Albert City Council will honour the architect of the Hemingway Centre. Peter Hemingway was an award-winning architect, with the Muttart Conservatory and the Coronation Pool in Edmonton among some of his other notable works.
 
The decision to name the former RCMP building after Hemingway was made by a City Council motion on December 21, 2009.
 
A brief presentation will be held at the Hemingway Centre, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue, on Friday September 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Crouse will make a presentation to Hemingway’s family members who are travelling to St. Albert for the event.

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

70 Vancouver riot suspects have surrendered to police - CBC

Tropical storm Ophelia forecast to slowly weaken - CNN

Confusion leads to man bringing guns on Air Canada flight - CTV

Beer being offered as incentive for Calgary home purchase - Edmonton Journal

Global warming is hot - Edmonton Sun
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Today’s Chuckle: The Pastor's New Dentures

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A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth.

The first Sunday after he gets his teeth, he talks for only eight minutes.

The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes.

The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes. The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what happened.

The Pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn't talk for more than 8 minutes.

The second Sunday his gums hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes.

But, the third Sunday, by mistake he put his wife's teeth in and couldn't shut up!

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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* UN leader accuses big business of health coverup.

* Chinese idol-style show riles censors.

* Oktoberfest 2011 in pictures.

* Women scanned more often at airport.

* Monarch butterfly receives a wing transplant.

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Car Brochures Of Yesterday: 1951 Hudson

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Polar Bear Ancestors Came From Ireland

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It's a long way from the Arctic to Tipperary, but scientists have discovered polar bears can trace their family tree to Ireland. Genetic evidence shows they are descended from Irish brown bears that lived during the last ice age.

Modern polar bears share a distinct DNA sequence, passed down the female line, with their now extinct brown ancestors. However, the same DNA fingerprint is absent from other species of brown bear alive today.

It is thought the link arose from interbreeding between prehistoric polar bears and female brown bears when their paths crossed as the Irish climate cooled.

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Bill Gates New Home Shown By His Neighbour

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Beer - According To Seven-Year-Olds

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A handful of seven-year-old children were asked what they thought of beer.

'I don't like beer very much. Every time Dad drinks it, he burns the sausages on the barbecue and they taste disgusting.' - Ethan

'I give Dad's beer to the dog and he goes to sleep.' - Shirley

'My Mom drinks beer and she says silly things and picks on my father. Whenever she drinks beer she yells at Dad and tells him to go bury his bone down the street again, but that doesn't make any sense.' - Jack

World's Stupidest Inventions

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Walmartians On Parade

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Horncastle Not The Right Man To Fire If City Is To Change

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Don:

"I think it is important these points are discussed, as no one seems to have brought them up.”

So begins a message from “My Little Birdie” (MLB) who has some points well worth considering regarding the firing of Larry Horncastle and the likely people behind the plot to get him out of city hall.

MLB notes, Jennifer Jennax and Bill Holtby were at the SAEDAC meeting this past week to discuss the situation of Larry Horncastle's dismissal and future plans for the Business and Tourism Development department.

The expected platitudes of Larry having done a great job etc. were uttered, no surprise given the reaction to his unceremonious turfing a few weeks back.

Our intrepid correspondent also reports, “Jennifer disavowed that there was any "new direction"; the fact is, any such direction has to come from council and not administration.”

She said the replacement for Horncastle would have to, "have a local, regional and national presence and be able to work with the business community". When questioned about this, that in the view of most SAEDAC members it described Horncastle's abilities to a "T", she also stated that they would be "looking for someone who would be able to work collaboratively with other internal city departments". Again, describing Horncastle’s credentials adequately.

Although not stated directly, it was clear says MLB, this was an issue of differences between the city planning department, and in particular, very likely Curtis Cundy and Horncastle.  Most people in the know in this city have been aware of this conflict for some time.

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MLB says, “What was clear, and this is the most important point, is that senior administration will continue to support in any way possible a residential development strategy, rather then looking towards light industrial and commercial assessments to offset residential increases.

This was also clear when administration was able to alter the Land Use study that Horncastle had presented and get their allies on council to alter it so that first of all less land will be allocated towards light industrial and commercial use, but even more important, that study indicated that designated lands needed to be contiguous, where as the direction from council was to administration to find 300 acres, even if they were non-contiguous.”

Further, “It's clear we will continue to lose developments like Costco and AGLC, both who tried to come or stay in St. Albert, but due to either insufficient contiguous lands being available or the frustration of dealing with a recalcitrant and business unfriendly planning department, businesses are either leaving or won't come. The jury is still out whether we can get Lowes to locate here'.”

MLB adds, "Don, the internal conflict, and especially city planning's direction (don't forget they were the drivers behind Smart Growth), does not bode well for a balancing of taxation in this city at all."

All of which brings up the obvious question, was the right man fired?

The short answer is likely no. Should it have been city manager Bill Holtby given his walking papers? Many would say yes and the sooner the better for the long term health of this community.

Another indicator of Holtby’s influence on this city will be the release of garbage collection costs in October. Administration has steadfastly refused to release those costs for June, July and August when requested by this site as well as told council said costs will not be released until Holtby and crew see fit to release them, that being October. If Holtby’s finance officer cannot produce results for the previous month by the middle of the month following, that person is inept, pure and simple. Those results should have been available beginning July 15 of this year.

If garbage collection costs are far above the former system, which in most resident's opinions was not broken before administration ‘fixed it’, it is but one more death knell for Bill Holtby. That should become the catalyst that prods council to rid ourselves of his policies, cost overruns like Riel Park and $ervu$ Place along with ever rising taxation.

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The only problem we can see is that put in plain English, council doesn’t have the balls to do the right thing. Until they do, we will continue to be directed down the wrong path and face steadily increasing taxation.

At least that's the way we see it. How about it gentle readers? What's your opinion?

City Holds Ceremony To Replace Unwanted Statue

I received a media notice yesterday afternoon from the city of St. Albert inviting SAP to attend the exchange and placement ceremony between the city and artist Stewart Steinhauer of the two sculptures entitled StarWoman tomorrow (Thursday, September 22) at 1:30 p.m.

What the hell? Wasn’t it just at the Tuesday September 6 council meeting that council voted to replace the statue? I searched the Gazette and sure enough, I was right.
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That says to me that one of two things happened. Either the sculptor can produce such a statue in two weeks, or council made the decision, likely in-camera as not a word was ever mentioned, months ago.

This should raise a huge red flag with taxpayers. Apparently council makes decisions and proceeds with arrangements to do things without ever discussing it in public and then simply rubber-stamps it by formal motion when it is too late for public input on such decisions.

Council forgets the huge public uproar when they bought the statues, a move opposed by more than those who wanted them. Once again taxpayers have been flipped the bird by council and administration.

And speaking of media notices and press releases, of which we average about one a week, why does the city need to employ three people to handle communications? There’s Maya Pungur-Buick, Director, Marci Ng, Communications Advisor and Pamela Hafey, Communications Advisor in the Corporate Communications and Marketing department. And those are just three that I know of folks. How many more are employed within the department is anyone's guess.

One more example of why city payroll has almost doubled while the population increase was in single digits over the past 10 years. Had enough yet folks?

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Hopley considered high risk sex offender: documents - CBC

35 bodies found in Mexican roadway during rush hour - CNN

Winnipeg Jets mark NHL return with 6-1 win - CTV

Much of Canada in path of falling space junk due Friday - Edmonton Journal

Predators among us - Edmonton Sun
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Tim Conway On Johnny Carson

Old time comedy at its very best. Enjoy with thanks to SAP reader Kelly Boyd in Entwistle, AB. for digging up the video.


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Today's Chuckle: The Badge

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A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." Rancher Gault says, "Okay , but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location.

The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me." Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to Gault. "See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish. On any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?"

Gault nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased close behind by the rancher's prize bull.

With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he'll get "Horned" before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified. Gault throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs . . .

"Your badge. Show him your BADGE!"

Submitted by Bixman, St. Albert.

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Woman defies odds to deliver twins from double uterus.

* Kindergartner brings Mom’s drugs to show and tell.

* 4,000 people are having sex now.

* Titanic necklace stolen from Danish exhibit.

* Hunter shoots himself in foot with crossbow, becomes pinned.

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Sweet Rides For Old Guys

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Storms At Sea - A Powerful Force

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World's Best Tourists

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Mention the word “tourist” and you can be forgiven for recalling the expectorations, feeble linguistic skills and criminally small swimming briefs of this homogenous traveler “race.”

But not everyone’s like that.

To celebrate the diplomatic power of diversity, we’ve compiled a list of the best traveling nationalities. Including people who, even at their worst, are sort of memorable.

Did Canadians make the list?

How To Hide Dead Trees

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Maxine On The Economy

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Questions, We Have Questions

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How come lemon washing up liquid contains real lemons, but lemon juice contains artificial flavourings?

Do you wake up or open your eyes first?

Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark? If he did, where did he keep them?

Why are builders afraid to have a 13th floor but book publishers aren't afraid to have a Chapter 11?

How do you handcuff a one-armed man?

If the police break your door down do they have to pay for it?

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City Names White Spruce Forest A Municipal Historic Resource

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Adopts American Elm

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The City of St. Albert has designated the area known as the White Spruce Forest a Municipal Historic Resource, preserving and enhancing the environmental and cultural sustainability of its natural assets.

The White Spruce Forest covers over six hectares and is located near the Timberlea subdivision, located off of Ray Gibbon Drive along the Red Willow Trail corridor.

“Forests are fundamental to our culture, economy, history and our future, and the White Spruce Forest area is one of St. Albert’s most valuable natural resources,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse. “The week of September 18 to 24 is National Forest Week and by designating the area a municipal historic resource, the City is ensuring that the connection between forests and people is protected, enhanced and sustained for future generations.”

The designation falls under the Historical Resources Act that allows the City to protect any natural or man-made resource that is important for its historic, archaeological, cultural, scientific or natural interest by naming it a municipal historic resource.

The American Elm was also adopted as the official deciduous tree of the City of St. Albert following a recommendation from the Society of Friends for the St. Albert Public Gardens.

The Scots Pine, the Highbush Cranberry and the Petunia were earlier adopted as the floral symbols of the City of St. Albert. The naming of the official deciduous tree completes that work and helps ongoing initiatives to mark the 150th anniversary of St. Albert, enhancing its reputation as a botanical arts city.

The City of St. Albert is dedicated to environmental protection and sustainability. St. Albert has some of the highest proportions of green space with the Red Willow Park system along the river valley connecting people and neighbourhoods.



A Mother’s Plea For Support In Martin Case

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Editor:

My little girl, Samantha Lauren Martin, is subject of a Public Fatality Inquiry. Samantha was born on June 4, 1993 and passed on December 3, 2006. “Special Chambers” are arranged for Wednesday, September 21st. The purpose of the sitting is to determine whether Samantha’s case is considered important and unique enough to be awarded government funding for professional counsel within the Fatality Inquiry. In essence, Samantha Martin is representative of all children whose lives have been lost under Ministry Direction.
 
Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench Law Courts, 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 0R2. Wednesday, September 21st at 2:00 pm. The room number is unknown until day of session, but can be located on the Public Boards upon entry at security under "MARTIN, Samantha."
 
Velvet Martin
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Good luck with the results of the hearing Velvet. Your struggle has been a long, lonely road and we wish you well.

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Air Canada contract talks break down - CBC

7 victims killed in crash at Nevada air race identified - CNN

Gov’t would force end to Air Canada strike: Raitt - CTV

Katz wants deal by Halloween - Edmonton Journal

Armed woman involved in police standoff - Edmonton Sun
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Today's Chuckle: A Golfer's Enemies

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All golfers should live so long as to be this kind of old man!

Toward the end of the Sunday service, the minister asked, "How many of you have forgiven your enemies?" 80% held up their hands.

The minister then repeated his question. All responded this time, except one man, an avid golfer named Walter Barnes, who attended church only when the weather was bad.

"Mr. Barnes, it's obviously not a good morning for golf. It's good to see you here today. Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?"

"I don't have any," he replied gruffly.

"Mr. Barnes, that is very unusual. How old are you?"

"Ninety-eight," he replied. The congregation stood up and clapped their hands.

"Oh, Mr. Barnes, would you please come down in front and tell us all how a person can live ninety-eight years and not have an enemy in the world?"

The old golfer tottered down the aisle, stopped in front of the pulpit, turned around, faced the congregation, and said simply, "I outlived all the SOBs."

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* China solar panel factory shut after protests.

* Brewery employees save pilot from downed plane.

* Customs tries to take Aussie diplomat’s Vegemite.

* Backgammon game to blame for Phoenix flight diversion.

* Funeral home brings in machine which turns bodies into ‘brown syrup’.

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Car Brochures Of Yesterday: 1959 Oldsmobile

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Home Remedies For Insomnia

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Did you toss and turn in bed last night, robbed of a rejuvenating deep sleep? Counting sheep didn’t help? Here are some natural home remedies for insomnia that will hopefully help you enjoy a more restful sleep.

Though insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, it’s a symptom (usually of some form of stress) rather than a disease. Of all the people who suffer from it — more than 60 million a year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Services — relatively few people with chronic insomnia discuss it with their doctor. For those who do, usually the only treatment suggested is sleeping pills.

Sleeping pills might help you fall asleep in the short term, but their efficacy usually wears off over time. Also, sleeping pills typically don’t induce a natural deep-sleep cycle that helps our body’s multitude of systems get a fresh start for the next day.

More natural treatments for insomnia include . . .

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Things Worth Knowing

Things Worth Knowing
Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells.

When a person dies, hearing is usually the first sense to go.

There is a great mushroom in Oregon that is 2,400 years old. It Covers 3.4 square miles of land and is still growing.

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Don Thomas of the city sent along this shot of Highbush Cranberries taken on River Lot 56.

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Bloc regroups ahead of leadership race - CBC

Sex strike brings peace to Filipino village - CNN

Farmers flee as world’s deadliest volcano rumbles - CTV

‘Mar is too far ahead,’ expert says - Edmonton Journal

Wildrose offers home to those left behind by vote - Edmonton Sun
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Radio Controlled Round-Up

Sometimes it’s hard to predict how cows think. Or do they?


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Playing Tomorrow Night At LB’s Pub

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Big Hank Lionhart (Vocals)

Duane (Wink) Smith (Bass)

Frank Tack (guitar and vocals) and

Paul Finn (Guitar)

Big Hank Lionhart
- Started his musical career in Edmonton in 1965 while still in high school. After graduation Hank moved to Seattle Washington to attend art college and formed a band The Clouds in Seattle. Then he returned to Edmonton and formed a band with the late Darrell Kittlitz and they toured across the country doing cabaret's and clubs. The group was called Coloured Rain. In 1974 after a year and a half on the road, Hank returned to Edmonton and joined Hot Cottage and played with them until 1978, then moved to Victoria forming Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band who were signed to RCA records and recorded two albums. They opened for the likes of Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, George Thorogood, James Cotton, John Mayall, the Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, Queen Ida and Paul Butterfield to name a few and the band still do a reunion tour each year. After this band folded in 1983 Hank formed the Toasters and Kingpins in Vancouver with some ex members of Powder Blues. He then moved back to Edmonton in 2008 after 33 years on the Coast and Hank hooked up with old friends from Stettler and all members of Tacoy Ryde to form A Fist Full of Blues and are now playing after the release of their second CD, Bluesville. Always a pleasure to have the cagey vet in the house and Hanks diligence to keep the scene live has been a major part of all of our success. Always a class act.

Duane - is an accomplished musician, songwriter, recording artist and is a founding member of Tacoy Ryde. He has been playing for over 40 years and several of his compositions have received national exposure. Duane has performed with an impressive list of artists including the late, great Big Miller, Morgan Davis, Lester Quitzau, Eddie Patterson and the late great Gaye Delorme. Lately he can be found holding down the bottom end with Big Hank and a Fist Full of Blues.

Paul - is a respected blues musician who worked diligently in Calgary promoting the blues through his playing and hosting of the renowned King Edward blues jam for years. He has become a very regular face at the Moosehead Tuesday open stage. Also the called upon player when the bigger blues names hit town in need of local backup players. Recently sat in with The Rusty Reed Band. His blues guitar is a true to heart blues style with a really cool tone in his sound. Paul is first and foremost a very respected bass player but tonight he will come out as our frontman guitarist joining friend Hank and Wink.

Frank - Is a late add-on who is in town visiting for a couple of weeks. Frank had joined us back in 2005 at the Blind Pig for a set and I was so impressed I asked him to let me know when he was going to be in town again so we could show him off on stage. To my surprise he showed up to strut his stuff at our last show and I invited him to join us this week. Frank is a blues guitarist and vocalist from Vancouver. Dreamy melodic blues guitar progressions and a cool raspy blues voice.
 
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Today’s Chuckle: The Marriage Pact

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A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other if there is sex after death.

Their biggest fear was that there was no after life at all. After a long life together, the husband was the first to die. True to his word, he made the first contact:

"Alice ... Alice "

"Is that you, Bob?"

"Yes, I've come back like we agreed."

"That's wonderful! What's it like?"

"Well, I get up in the morning, I have sex. I have breakfast and then it's off to the golf course. I have sex again, bathe in the warm sun and then have sex a couple of more times. Then I have lunch (you'd be
proud - lots of greens). Another romp around the golf course, then pretty much have sex the rest of the afternoon. After supper, it's back to the golf course again. Then it's more sex until late at night. I
catch some much needed sleep and then the next day it starts all over again"

"Oh, Bob, are you in Heaven?"

"No...I'm a rabbit in Saskatchewan.

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* Iowa man lands in jail for overdue library books.

* Lost 5 years, a Colorado cat finds her way to Manhattan.

* Police in shock as 66 children found crammed in van in China.

* Pensioner grows world’s biggest ever onion.

* Fastest Ferrari careens into sea.

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Woodies From Our Automotive Past

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A World Inside Brilliant Colourful Raindrops

Tiny wonders of the world around us inspired inquisitive minds to photograph raindrops especially with a handy digital camera. If you look carefully, you can notice these beautiful tears of nature in leaves and flowers before they fall or get vaporized in the heat of sun-rays. These pretty macro photos of water drops were taken from plants just after a rain.

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Saskatchewan - Who Knew?

Saskatchewan - Who Knew?
* Tom Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant, built an ocean-going boat near 'Macrorie' during the middle of the dust-bowl years.

He was 15 miles from the South Saskatchewan River.

He intended to take a load of wheat back to Finland.

He hand made every part, including boiler and steam engine. He died before completion.

The assembled ship can now be seen on Highway 2 south of 'Moose Jaw.'

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Words Of Wisdom

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Cynthia writes, Miss Kitty was brought here by the yard dog as a starving stray. Of course we took her in and brought her back to health, but she always seemed to be saying, "See I do not take up much space".

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Alberta Tories face second leadership vote - CBC

Kara Kennedy dies of heart attack - CNN

U.S. tax evasion crackdown unfair to Canadians - CTV

Although tot returned home safe, question linger - Edmonton Journal

Plane crashes at West Virginia air show - Edmonton Sun
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Today's Chuckle: The Outhouse

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Ma was in the kitchen fiddling around when she hollers out, "Pa! You need to go out and fix the outhouse!"

Pa replies, "There ain't nothin’ wrong with the outhouse."

Ma yells back, "Yes there is, now git out there and fix it."

So, Pa moseys out to the outhouse, looks around and yells back, "Ma! There ain't nuthin’ wrong with the outhouse!"

Ma replies, "Stick yur head in the hole!"

Pa yells back, "I ain't stickin my head in that hole!" Ma says, "Ya have to stick yur head in the hole to see what to fix."

So with that, Pa sticks his head in the hole, looks around and yells back, "Ma! There ain't nuthin’ wrong with this outhouse!"

Ma hollers back, "Now take your head out of the hole!"

Pa proceeds to pull his head out of the hole, then starts yelling, "Ma! Help! My beard is stuck in the cracks in the toilet seat!"

To which Ma replies, "Hurts, don't it?"

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* What if the secret to success is failure?

* Awkward breast squeeze caught on police camera.

* Man shoots himself while teaching girlfriend to shoot.

* Playing angry Birds at work costs employers $1.5 billion.

* Bank heist cars: Want to get away?

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Sweet Rides For Old Guys

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5 Things You Do Every Day That Are Actually Addictions

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Addiction is a funny thing in our culture -- people who are actually addicted to a substance actively deny it ("I just like to smoke!"), while other people claim addiction for every random thing they happen to enjoy ("I'm addicted to these delicious candy bars!").

But as science gets a better understanding of how addiction works in the brain, suddenly a whole lot of our everyday habits make more sense.

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Things Worth Knowing

Things Worth Knowing

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.

Our nose is our personal air-conditioning system: it warms cold air, cools hot air and filters impurities.

What An Artist God Is

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World's Stupidest Inventions

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