June 2, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? Want to wish someone happy birthday or anniversary? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

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Bronc Bustin', Wildwood Style

Hi Don,

Some snaps from the 9th annual Wildwood Bronc Bustin' last night (Friday), strictly bronc riding. Nice setup here. Pro bronc riders, pro rodeo stock. Finals today at 6:00 P.M.

Al Popil
St. Albert


Quillan Lowry of Millarville, Alberta, in the novice saddle bronc:
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Michael Gordon of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, in the novice saddle bronc:
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Cory Hines of Olds, Alberta, in the novice saddle bronc:
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Brady Dinwoodie of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, atop Western Star:

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TV Morning News Wars Are Heating Up

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Good morning, The Don,
 
I see “News Wars” between CTV and Global Edmonton is getting hilarious.
 
Yesterday morning, Global announces they will be “expanding” their morning news coverage in the fall to be a full five hours, now starting at 5:00 a.m. and running until 9:00 a.m. As well, they will be “expanding” their morning weekend news coverage to three hours – from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays AND Sundays.  “Expanding city, expanded news.”  Hmm . . . where have I heard that before? lol. What next?
 
Anyway, any time now CTV will be announcing a new, “expanded” morning coverage to start at 4:00 a.m. in the fall. LMAO!
 
Cheers,
 
Jim Starko
St. Albert


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Yes Jim, it's fun to see them play follow the leader. In this case however, the leader is without doubt Global while CTV lags far behind.
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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Helicopter crash kills 3 near Terrace B.C. - CBC

Bear eats corpse of convicted murderer - CNN

U.K. prepares for Diamond Jubilee celebrations - CTV

Folk Fest sells out in record time - Edmonton Journal

Gas prices soar in Edmonton - Edmonton Sun
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The Hair Cut

The Hair Cut
A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said he'd make a deal with his son: "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car."

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up; and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible. But I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut."

The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair."

The Dad's reply:

"Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?"


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Willie Nelson: If we made marijuana legal, we'd save money and lives.

* Survey: Vacation sex is better.

* Native American skulls repatriated to America from England.

* Chinese buffet 'fines' diners for leaving food on their plates.

* Clowns might weep over state of art.


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40 Of The Best Photographs Ever Taken

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A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Warning: Some of these will make you weep.

See them all at BuzzFeed.
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June 1, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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This was taken from the top of the CN Tower though a Plexiglas floor:
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Links To Other Stories In The News:

New duty-free limits will challenge Canadian retailers - CBC

Student, 21, admits eating roommate's heart, brain - CNN

French police hunting for body parts suspect - CTV

Copyright board to charge for music at weddings - Edmonton Journal

Local webmaster defends posting video - Edmonton Sun
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Ukrainian Talent

There are many things that are worthwhile, but some are more special than others, here you can enjoy something more than just the art.

Kseniya Simonova is the winner of the Ukrainian edition of Do You Have Talent. In the final, she did a live animation of the German invasion of the Ukraine during the Second World War, using her fingers and a sand surface. It brought tears to the eyes of the judges.

They are eight wonderful minutes. The "painting" changes with every movement of her hands.


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His Final Wish

His Final Wish
An old Canadian priest lay dying. He sent a message for a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Supervisor and his Lawyer to come to the hospital.

When they arrived, they were ushered up to his room. As they entered the room, the priest held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed.

The priest grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything.

Both the Canada Revenue Agency Supervisor and the lawyer were touched and flattered that the old man would ask them to be with him during his final moments. They were also puzzled because the priest had never given any indication that he particularly liked either one of them.

Finally, the Lawyer asked, “ Father, why did you ask the two of us to come here?'

The old priest mustered all his strength, and then said weakly, “Jesus died between two thieves, and that's how I'd like to go.”


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Man jailed after bank teller accidentally gives him $2,700.

* Teen accuses police of running him through clothes dryer.

* Mom eats rocks for more than 20 years.

* Tenant's tumult turns out to be toilet troubles.

* Driving personality reflects driving style.


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New York Plans To Ban Sales Of Big Sugary Drinks

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New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas.

More in the New York Times.
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May 31, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Elke caught this battle between sun and clouds over Big Lake last Tuesday evening.
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Reasons Behind FCSS Decision Not Clear

Don:

As sent to our elected officials at silly hall ... and letters to the editor.

I was stunned to read in the Wednesday May 30th St. Albert Gazette that after 15 years of support, the Family and Community Services Advisory Board has decided to withdraw funding from the Youth Community Centre without explanation.

It would appear that Family and Community Support Services director, Scott Rodda and the advisory board have some issues of their own, as they reportedly go from an initial recommendation of 90 days notice, to six months funding, to providing full funding for the remainder of the year. While stating that, they advocate broader service to a broader range of all youth. I would challenge them to name such an all encompassing program. He also states FCSS grants fund programs, not organizations and I would respond that like it or not, it is organizations that create the programs.

If after 15 years the youth center's approach to servicing youth is now not in line with the CSAB's goals, maybe now as the city is in the process of developing a Social Master Plan, is the time to review the CSAB's goals. In my opinion, leaving our city's youth without the programs and a safety net provided by the drop in centre would be irresponsible.

While director Rodda says that the intent is to reallocate how youth programming is funded, it is our tax money and in my opinion, the reasons behind a decision of this nature should be made public.

The city's social plan is about people and it truly impacts all residents in one way or another. They want your input.
Visit the website and get involved!

Mike Bishop
St. Albert

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Body parts suspect may have recorded video of slaying - CBC

We expect more from technology, less from each other - CNN

B.C. double murder suspect killed in police shootout - CTV

Mulcair's fixation on 'Dutch disease' simple-minded - Edmonton Journal

Gunter: Mulcair deluded - Edmonton Sun
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Just like Grandpa . . .

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Eating Ice Cream In Your Sleep

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Songwriters Showcase with Dahlia Wakefield at 9:00 p.m.

Then an Open Stage hosted by "Shaved Posse" - Rocko Vaugeois, Charlie DeShane and Kenny Skoreyko.

MGD $4.25, great food, service and music.

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He's My Brother

He's My Brother
Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and preceded to the checkout counter.

The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?"

"Eight," the boy replied.

The man continued, "do you know what these are used for?"

The boy replied, "Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do either.”


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Dramatic pictures show how ocean life is dying.

* Grooming tips from the man with the longest moustache.

* 33-year-old man has 30 kids by 11 different women.

* Man runs a half-marathon in a hot air balloon.

* 100 things that will not exist in 1,000 years.


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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Eat your heart out Reese’s, there’s a new peanut butter cup in town. I am convinced peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other, like Charlie and Claire on LOST – I’m only on Season 2 right now but someone please tell me they have gotten together.

I find that a lot of my baked creations involve these two perfect ingredients because they are two of my favourite foods…they actually might be my MOST favourite foods.

Delicious recipe here.
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May 30, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

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A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? Want to wish someone happy birthday or anniversary? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

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The Photography Of Marc Glassman

We love it when folks from right across this great country get involved with St. Albert's Place and sent in pictures. Such is the case with Marc Glassman of St. John's, NL who noticed all our recent sunset shots and offered a few of his own for publication. He took these shots on a recent vacation in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia showing the vacation home they stayed in, the sunset and the deer on the property backlit by that sunset. Thanks for sharing Marc.
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The City Files:

City to Purchase Building For Policing Services

The City of St. Albert is buying the MIG Building at 50 Bellerose Drive to accommodate St. Albert’s policing needs for the next three decades.

City Council unanimously approved the purchase and funding plan for the August 1, 2012 acquisition at the May 28, 2012 Council Meeting. The $4.425 million purchase cost and the estimated

$1.2 million for renovation and fit-up costs will be funded with $2.805 million from the Capital Asset Revolving Reserve Fund, and $2.82 from the 2012 approved Capital Budget, for a total cost of $5.625 million.

The new building provides the RCMP detachment with growth capacity as the current RCMP building at 96 Bellerose Drive, built in 2001, is 20 per cent over capacity, and does not allow for policing growth to support services in pace with long-term population growth.

“We are pleased that we were able to address this pressing issue for RCMP and we are also able to address a small component of administrative space needs as well,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “The location in terms of proximity to the existing detachment and in terms of it being relatively central is as good as we can ask. We were able to find a prudent way to fund this decision within our existing budget and through our reserves.”

The building, at 2,285 square metres (24,600 square feet) on 0.845 square ha (2.09 acres) of land, will be used as a satellite RCMP office with no public access while the existing RCMP Headquarters at 96 Bellerose Drive will remain as the point of contact for the public. Over the next 5-7 years, approximately 836 square metres (9,000 square feet) of the new office space area will be required for policing services, leaving around 464 square metres (5,000 square feet) that can be utilized for other City department space requirements. Family & Community Support Services will also likely be relocating to this location from their current offices at 8 Perron Street. Additional surplus space will be taken into consideration with the City’s overall space planning and allocation plans which is currently being worked on and will be presented to Council in late June 2012.

The renovation costs relate to improving security requirements to meet the RCMP standards, adding change rooms for the police and several office spaces, and realigning some internal walls to suit operations requirements, as well as engineering and design. The fit up costs include furnishings, telecommunications, networking and moving.

Move-in and relocation is dependent on completion of the renovations, and is targeted for January 2013. The MIG Building is home to a number of organizations, of which only the Community Village/Food Bank (who occupies the warehouse) will remain after the purchase.

In October of 2011, Council passed a resolution for Administration to purchase a property that could accommodate the City’s policing needs. Council asked for the additional building to be at least 929 square metres (10,000 square feet); accommodate up to 30 vehicles at peak time; and to be on a property that is approximately 0.5 ha (1.25 acres) in size.

SINC SAYS:

A much more reasonable expenditure of $5 million than wasting it on an art gallery.

St. Albert Adopts P3 Policy

City Council unanimously approved a new public-private partnership (P3) policy on May 28, 2012, which establishes an overarching framework for an alternative project procurement and delivery method that the City can consider in renewing and developing public infrastructure.

The policy was developed at the direction of the Standing Committee on Finance at its May 14, 2012 meeting.

“The policy will ensure that if and when a public-private partnership project is considered, value for money is attained. Protecting the public interest comes first,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “This policy provides the City with an important new tool to be able to take on large infrastructure projects. With a Council P3 policy we can apply for P3 types of programs offered through other levels of government.”

Value for money is the difference between public sector development costs and the cost if the project is undertaken by P3.

A P3 is a long-term contractual arrangement between the municipality and a private entity to deliver priority infrastructure and some or all related services, by proper allocation of resources, risks, rewards and responsibilities. The private partner is responsible to design, build, operate and/or maintain the infrastructure and provide a component of private financing. Private financing is an essential component of a P3 project.

P3 applies to public infrastructure projects that have a potential to generate the efficiency gains needed to offset the fixed costs incurred by the public and private partners during the development and procurement phases.

Guiding principles considered in the P3 policy development include:
•    Alignment with the City priorities
•    Public interest is protected
•    Value for money is demonstrated
•    Risks are identified, effectively shared and managed
•    Private sector is appropriately engaged
•    Appropriate governance and accountabilities are established

“The project size and viability to be considered under P3 is determined on a project-by-project basis where the potential to generate significant value for money must exist in order  to offset the fixed costs incurred during the first Phase of the  business case development for the procurement process,” says Guy Boston, General Manager of Planning and Engineering. “There are no projects being considered at this time and it is premature to identify a potential project as we need to engage external professional expertise in ascertaining potential P3s for further input and development of a P3 Policy and Procedures.”


SINC SAYS:

The jury is very much out on the success of P3 projects and taxpayers will remain leery of any such deals saving any money.

City's Traffic Utility Boxes Go From Drab To Fab

The scenery for travellers through St. Albert gets more interesting as form meets function in the newly installed traffic signal cabinets covered with botanical arts-themed design.

The City of St. Albert is replacing some of its aged infrastructure that includes updating traffic control signals and associated equipment that is nearing its life cycle. Instead of just replacing the grey utility cabinets with monotone grey ones, the City’s Transportation Department is using the opportunity to promote St. Albert’s Botanic Arts brand by covering the cabinets with a botanical arts themed design film.

“At the City, we are committed to continuous improvement as well as looking at opportunities to enhance our Botanical Arts brand,” says Dean Schick, transportation coordinator. “The upgraded signal cabinets not only look better than the utilitarian cabinets, they support the City’s brand and at the same time deter graffiti vandalism that is usually found on typical utility cabinets.”

There are currently five locations within St. Albert with the new signal cabinets with more planned as each signal cabinet comes due for an upgrade. The locations are:

• St. Albert Trail at Sturgeon Road and St. Anne Street
• St. Albert Trail at Boudreau Road and Giroux Rd
• Bellerose Drive at the St. Albert Centre access
• Gervais Road at Grange Drive and Gloucester Drive
• Sir Winston Churchill Avenue at Grandin Road and St. Anne Street

The upgraded signal cabinets house up-to-date standardized equipment, which minimizes the potential for signal malfunction and increases its capability for operation of the intersections to maintain smooth traffic flow within the city.
While the current upgrade program involves only City of St. Albert infrastructure, there may be opportunities to partner with other service providers to enhance the look of existing utility cabinets with the City brand.

The cost of $1,500 per designed signal cabinet includes supplies, production and installation of material. The City will continue to install the new material as signal cabinets come due for replacement and as budget becomes available.


SINC SAYS:

One more example of a program to benefit 0 percent of residents. An administration want, not needed in any way, shape or form and a complete waste of tax dollars.

StAT Offers Free Bus Service June 6

St. Albert Transit (StAT) is offering free local and commuter transit service on Wednesday, June 6, as part of Clean Air Day, a national celebration of environmentally-friendly activities that promotes clean air and good health.

On Clean Air Day, residents are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and try sustainable transportation options like walking, biking, riding the bus or doing any combination of the three. All StAT buses are equipped with bike racks which enable riders to bus for part of their trip.

“If you’ve been thinking of trying transit, leave your car at home, and hop on the bus for free on June 6th,” says Bob McDonald, director of StAT. “One bus on the road is equal to taking approximately 40 cars off the road, and what better time to celebrate than during Clean Air Day and Alberta’s Environment Week.”

StAT will also be rewarding monthly riders with prizes. Riders who have already purchased a June pass will be entered to win a July or August monthly pass. Seven prizes in total will be awarded.

Other ways the City of St. Albert is contributing to improving our air quality can be found in the 2011 Report on the Environment which was released in May. It includes the following:

• In 2011, St. Albert was named as a priority location to receive a regional air quality monitoring station by the Alberta Capital Airshed Alliance.
• The City had planned to develop a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan in 2011 but the project was dependent on receiving matching funds from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund (GMF). As the GMF was suspended for one year, due to a high volume of applications, the plan has been delayed until fall 2012.
• Council approved three recommendations on the future northwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) for collaboration with the City of Edmonton: the Northwest LRT Functional Alignment Study; land acquisition in the Transportation Utility Corridor; and fare integration.
• St. Albert launched NextBus and Google Transit, two online tools that provide transit users with real-time information and quick and easy trip planning.

SINC SAYS:

One more example of a program to benefit less than 10 percent of residents, paid for by weary overtaxed homeowners. Some way to 'celebrate'.

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Air Canada jet with falling debris had previous mishaps - CBC

Death row inmate found dead, hanging in cell - CNN

Second package containing body part found in Ottawa - CTV

Folk musician Doc Watson dies in hospital at 89 - Edmonton Journal

NDP leader here to 'explain' - Edmonton Sun
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Songwriters Showcase with Dahlia Wakefield at 9:00 p.m.

Then an Open Stage hosted by "Shaved Posse" - Rocko Vaugeois, Charlie DeShane and Kenny Skoreyko.

MGD $4.25, great food, service and music.

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Government Decision Making Procedures

Government Decision Making Procedures
The wisdom of our elders, passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount".

However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

* Buying a stronger whip.

* Changing riders.

* Appointing a committee to study the horse.

* Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

* Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

* Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

* Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

* Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

* Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.

* Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

* Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

* Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

* Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Honesty over erectile dysfunction is a big flop.

* Worker fired after turning in gun he found.

* Few words, lots of surprise and no clothes.

* Couple tired of cars crashing into home.

* 100-year-old woman goes on another adventure.


Car Brochures Of Yesterday; 1952 Imperial

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Remembering Bob Hope

Remembering Bob Hope

For those of you too young to remember Bob Hope, ask your Grandparents. And thanks for the memories, Bob.

A tribute to a man who DID make a difference.

ON PRESIDENTS
'I have performed for 12 presidents and entertained only six.'

ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER
'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.



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Ambulance Subwoofers Pound Out Noise

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Too many Denver motorists refuse to yield the road to emergency vehicles. The problem is bad enough that a dozen Denver Health ambulances have been equipped with subwoofers that shake the ground as sirens blare.

"People seem to be more aware now," said Scott Bookman, chief paramedic for Denver Health EMS.

Read more in The Denver Post.
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May 29, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

Not from St. Albert? Not to worry, there's plenty for you too.

A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? Want to wish someone happy birthday or anniversary? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

Best of all, it's all free thanks to our advertisers. Enjoy and please, tell your friends. And be sure to check back often each day as the site can be updated as events occur.

Council Turns Down Opportunity To Cut Taxation

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Hello to our members and supporters:

For those of you who could not watch the 1.5% debate last night, the vote was 5-2 against the Motion. In short: Council was chomping at the bit to justify why it just couldn't be done. Here's a nutshell of Council's responses and our conclusions:

Councillor Heron, questioned the numbers used on the 1st 3 slides, then declined to speak further and pushed back in her chair with arms tightly crossed: Our conclusion, anger over the proposal because she wants to keep spending on her favourite pet projects. Voted NO

Councillor Brodhead trotted out the old bogeyman...what would you cut in order to achieve this and ruin our great city (usually Mayor Crouse's line) Our conclusion: he's in favour of spending more and more and maintaining St. Albert for the benefit of the 10% in interest groups. Voted NO.

Councillor Bracko, took credit for bringing the artificial crutch of the Municipal Price Index to St. Albert (its the crutch that administration troops out to justify high increases in spending). Our conclusion: as this was a specific election promise by him had to vote YES.

Councillor Parker, spoke volumes through his unwillingness to say anything. Our conclusion: doesn't want to go on the record on this tough issue. Voted NO.

Councillor Lemieux, said prices keep going up and that justifies tax increases but he'd support an-going increases of 3%/year. Our conclusion: Doesn't want to tackle the tough issues of more and more spending. Voted NO.

Mayor Crouse, only said, "It will limit our staff...I won't support it". Our conclusion: Isn't it Council's job, to oversee administration and give them direction? Voted NO.

Obviously, the message that the taxpayers pocket is empty hasn't got through to most of Council. The concept of savings from better use of dollars, curbing huge wage increases for city workers, and curbing Council's never ceasing desire for more and more programs that benefit the few, has not sunk in.

If you want to listen to the debate yourself, go to the following link in a day or so, click the video link to May 28th's video, then click on the agenda item.
It will take you directly to the debate.

Lynda Flannery
Director
St. Albert Taxpayers Association

Goodbye Edmonton Journal On Sunday

TV Guide Bites The Dust Too

Welcome to a brand new world of newspaper distribution folks. Or is that non-distribution? Beginning July 1, the Edmonton Journal will suspend publication of its Sunday newspaper.

That will come as a shock to readers as Sunday is traditionally the day they've come to enjoy an unhurried look at The Journal over a leisurely morning coffee.

The TV Guide meets the same fate a couple of weeks earlier, but that is no real surprise. TV guides died 10 years ago, newspapers just didn't admit it. Technology killed them long before newspaper owners admitted defeat.

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So come July 1, your subscription to the Edmonton Journal will change, but only if you are a three day subscriber, in which case you get an adjusted rate on your three day subscription rate.

But what if you are a loyal seven day a week subscriber? Screw that says the Journal, you will continue to pay the same subscription rate for six days a week delivery as you did for seven. And that includes you digital only subscribers too. No rate reduction for you either. The Journal is touting they're going to stuff all that Sunday content into the six day format.

Does The Journal really think their readers are that naive to believe this will actually happen? Not a chance. If they really did do such a thing, their page count would remain constant with no savings in print costs, and trust me folks, that isn't going to happen. This is all about reducing costs.

That represents the equivalent of a 14.3 percent increase in rates folks. What a colossal blunder by the suits who put this cockamame scheme together. Reduce services by 14.3 percent and charge loyal customers the same rate?

Will readers stand for such a foolish scheme? Not this reader. My daily print subscription, begun August 1 of 1980 will be cancelled effective July 1.

It remains to be seen just how many more like me will follow suit and tell the Journal to take a hike. My bet is that it will be plenty. How much is an Edmonton Sun subscription these days anyway?

(Note: Link to complete details of the announced changes in the links in the news section below.)

The Photography Of Paul Dicaire

Remembering the Farmers Market, soon to be with us again:
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Links To Other Stories In The News:

'Engine shutdown' forced Air Canada jet to land - CBC

Will falling gas prices help Obama? - CNN

Mulcair tones down oilsands rhetoric - CTV

Sunday paper gone, subscribers still pay the same - Edmonton Journal

Redford hosts Western Premiers' Conference - Edmonton Sun
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Building A Railroad in the 1980s

SINC SAYS:

This video was sent to city resident Jim Starko by a friend and Jim responded by writing an overview of the video from his experience when he worked for CN in the 1980s. He kindly shared his knowledge and we are passing it along to our readers. Thanks Jim!

Building A Railroad in the 1980s

Interesting that you should forward this video to me.

That “machine” was called the P-811, and was built by Can-Ron specifically for Canadian National Railways (CN) in Western Canada. When I worked for CN in the 1980s (1981-1991), there was a massive plant expansion program undertaken by CN in Western Canada to double track it’s entire main line from Edmonton through to Vancouver because of capacity pressures (too many trains going to the west coast and not enough track) and install concrete ties and continuous welded rail in that process. This was a massive, massive billion dollar plant capacity expansion program undertaken by the railway in Western Canada, the likes of which were unprecedented in history.

The P-811 was designed and built specifically for CN by Can-Ron corporation and CN contracted with a firm called Con-Force Costain that, if you will remember was based out of Edmonton on 170th Street (right next the the 170th Street landfill – the same building, in fact, where the Edmonton Waste Management Offices are now located).

Con-Force Costain was contracted by CN to produce all of the concrete ties that CN was installing on its mainline between Edmonton and Vancouver at that time. The project has long since been finished (or as much of it as CN had capital to finance at the time) and, hence, Con-Force Costain has gone out of business quite some time ago, as concrete ties have been estimated to have a life expectancy of 50 years, or more.

I don’t know what happened to the P-811, but I believe it was sold by CN to a railway or a consortium of railways in the United States. I don’t know if it’s still in operation or not, but I had the pleasure during that time of personally witnessing the P-811 at work. It was quite a marvel of technological innovation for its time!! Absolutely unbelievable.

Thanks for forwarding this. It brings back a lot of memories. The video should have been titled “Building A Railroad in the 1980s.”

Cheers,

Jim Starko
St. Albert


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Playing Tonight At LB's Pub

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May 29

Kelly Stodola (Drums)

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- I am happy that Kelly always informs me of his St. Albert visits. Kelly has always been diligent in his musical endeavours and getting him behind a kit is our pleasure and an inspiration for me every time. He is based out of Vancouver. Kelly works with an average of eight different projects each month playing shows and recording. Kelly is a member of the Tasherra Entertainment group, Harte Music Productions and Vile Entertainment and is a first call drummer for several Vancouver acts. Edmonton and the surrounding area is where Kelly originated and he still enjoys a strong influence from the great musicians and people there. Kelly and I played with a select group of jammers back in the 70's in St. Albert and Kelly pursued his passion and has become one of Vancouver's most sought after session and gigging drummers. Very, very solid clock drummer and a dear old friend we love to have in for a visit and night of jammin'.
 
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The Tuesday
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Every Tuesday night from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Hosts Mark Ammar, Jim Dyck and Randy Forsberg
Moosehead Beer Specials and barsnbands prizes

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Funny One Liners

Funny One Liners
* Man: Is there any way for long life?

Dr: Get married.

Man: Will it help?

Dr: No, but then the thought of long life will never come.

* Why do couples hold hands during their wedding?

It's a formality just like two boxers shaking hands before the fight begins!


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* New effort to free OJ from Nevada prison.

* Hilarious pictures of giant dogs.

* Duck falls down chimney into burning fireplace and lives.

* 15 people claim they left $15K at Goodwill store.

* New Coast Guard grad was rescued at sea as a boy.


Old Cars And Old Movie Stars

Buck Jones with his 1933 Packard Special:
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Robert Montgomery with his Cadillac Sport Phaeton:
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Interesting Outlooks On Life

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Don Larsen To Sell 1956 World Series Uniform

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Don Larsen, the famed Yankee right-hander who threw the only perfect game in postseason history, is preparing to auction off the uniform he wore during that timeless performance in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

The New York Times notes that the uniform worn by Larsen's catcher Yogi Berra fetched more than $500,000 at auction. One would assume Larsen's duds would command an even higher price.

More on CBS Sports.
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Guestbook

May 28, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

Not from St. Albert? Not to worry, there's plenty for you too.

A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? Want to wish someone happy birthday or anniversary? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

Best of all, it's all free thanks to our advertisers. Enjoy and please, tell your friends. And be sure to check back often each day as the site can be updated as events occur.

Councillor Proposes 1.5 Percent Tax Cap

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Hello Everyone:

Councillor Cam Mackay has proposed a motion to cap 2013 tax hike to 1.5%, to be debated in Monday's Council meeting. You may want to know how your councillors think about this issue by tuning in live to SHAW TV (although it is late in the agenda and probably won't be on until after 8:00 p.m. or so),
or by going to the city site.

Watch it there live (probably after 6:00 pm or so as it is number 10 on the agenda, after the public hearing on Erin Ridge at 5:00 p.m.)

An alternate is to watch it after the fact at the Council library
(Here's the link!)

Lynda Flannery
Past President
St. Albert Taxpayers Association


Sunday's Rainmaker Rodeo Action

Hi Don,

Some snaps from Sunday's performance of the Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo. As per the previous two days, livestock won this day as well. A good crowd was on hand for both Saturday and Sunday's performances.

Kyle Golinski of Wildwood, Alberta, scoring 73 atop Da Ja Vous in the bareback event:
Rainmaker Rodeo bareback Sunday

Darren Dublanko of Thorsby, Alberta, misses his calf in tie down roping:
Rainmaker Rodeo calf roping Sunday

Bulldogger, Jerry Stojan of Sexsmith, Alberta, makes quick work of his steer in six seconds:
Rainmaker Rodeo steer rassle Sunday

Saddle bronc rider Tyrel Charlton of Bonnyville, Alberta, gets some air while atop Pistol:
Rainmaker Rodeo saddle bronc Sunday

Bullrider, Scott Lawson of Tofield, Alberta, had a quick ride on Bob The Builder:
Rainmaker Rodeo bull Sunday

Al Popil
St. Albert 

SINC SAYS:

Thanks Al, for a great series of rodeo coverage. Your work here was the only current coverage of the event in the city as SAP leads the way again.


SUN Chapter Event Goes Today

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Everyone is Welcome – no charge

Guest Speaker: Noel Somerville
Public Interest Alberta
TOPIC: PIA – Senior’s concerns

Monday May 28, 2012 1:30 P.M.

St. Albert Legion - 6 Tache Street - St. Albert, AB

FOR MEETING INFORMATION: Call 780-459-4525

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Quebec students and province to resume talks - CBC

Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up - CNN

Baby boomers to dominate upcoming census release - CTV

Alberta considers measures to curb speeding - Edmonton Journal

Missing man presumed drowned - Edmonton Sun
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Interesting sign over a urinal . . .

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Best Sexy Pranks

The JFL gang are at it again with a series of sexy gags.



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Playing Tomorrow Night At LB's Pub

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May 29

Kelly Stodola (Drums)

Kelly
- I am happy that Kelly always informs me of his St. Albert visits. Kelly has always been diligent in his musical endeavours and getting him behind a kit is our pleasure and an inspiration for me every time. He is based out of Vancouver. Kelly works with an average of eight different projects each month playing shows and recording. Kelly is a member of the Tasherra Entertainment group, Harte Music Productions and Vile Entertainment and is a first call drummer for several Vancouver acts. Edmonton and the surrounding area is where Kelly originated and he still enjoys a strong influence from the great musicians and people there. Kelly and I played with a select group of jammers back in the 70's in St. Albert and Kelly pursued his passion and has become one of Vancouver's most sought after session and gigging drummers. Very, very solid clock drummer and a dear old friend we love to have in for a visit and night of jammin'.
 
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The Tuesday
Moosehead/Barsnbands
Open Stage

Every Tuesday night from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Hosts Mark Ammar, Jim Dyck and Randy Forsberg
Moosehead Beer Specials and barsnbands prizes

Moosehead Beer

Barsnbands

LB's Orange 

Down At The Retirement Home

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A little old lady was sitting on a park bench in a retirement village adult community.

A man walked over and sits down on the other end of the bench. After a few moments, the woman asks, 'Are you a stranger here?'

He replies, 'I lived here years ago.'

'So, where were you all these years?'
'In prison,' he says.

'Why did they put you in prison?'

He looked at her, and very quietly said, 'I killed my wife.'

'Oh!' said the woman. 'So, you're single?'


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Britons prefer pubs within stumbling distance.

* Study finds nearly one in three have sleepwalked.

* 90-a-day addiction to laxitives.

* Cops called to toddler's birthday bash.

* Zodiac killer still alive, new book alleges.


Really Cool Cars

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A Flight Over Europe

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Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

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SAN FRANCISCO -- "The Golden Gate Bridge--nine thousand feet long, seven hundred and fifty feet tall, weighing 887,000 tons and coated in millions of gallons of International Orange paint--links the urbanity of San Francisco with the wild headlands of Marin County, as if to suggest the paradox of California and America itself," wrote California State Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr in his new book "Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge."

More in the Huffington Post.
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Word of the Day

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This Day in History

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Guestbook

May 27, 2012

Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

Not from St. Albert? Not to worry, there's plenty for you too.

A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? Want to wish someone happy birthday or anniversary? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

Best of all, it's all free thanks to our advertisers. Enjoy and please, tell your friends. And be sure to check back often each day as the site can be updated as events occur.

Saturday's Rainmaker Rodeo Action

Hi Don,

Some snaps from Saturday's go-round at the Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo. Like Friday, the livestock won this performance too.

Al Popil
St. Albert

Rainmaker Rodeo saddle bronc
Rainmaker Rodeo bareback
Rainmaker Rodeo bull riding
Rainmaker Rodeo bulldogger

A Seniors United Now (SUN) Chapter Event

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Everyone is Welcome – no charge

Guest Speaker: Noel Somerville
Public Interest Alberta
TOPIC: PIA – Senior’s concerns

Monday May 28, 2012 1:30 P.M.

St. Albert Legion - 6 Tache Street - St. Albert, AB

FOR MEETING INFORMATION: Call 780-459-4525

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Links To Other Stories In The News:

Missing Winnipeg children found in Mexico - CBC

Beryl to bring rain, wind to southeast coast - CNN

U.S. aviation officials investigate skydiving mishap - CTV

Land debate simmers at agriculture conference - Edmonton Journal

Public alerted to web danger - Edmonton Sun
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The Things That People Send Us

Can this be called a hamscape? . . .

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A Cat

Under

The Sheets




World's Biggest LEGO Tower

The things they don't do with LEGO.



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Different Ways Of Looking At Things

Different Ways Of Looking At Things
Two Mexican detectives were investigating the murder of Juan Gonzalez.

'How was he killed?' asked one detective.

'With a golf gun,' the other detective replied.

'A golf gun! What is a golf gun?'

'I don't know. But it sure made a hole in Juan.'


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WEBBITS

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A roundup of bits from the web.

* Sandwich celebrates 250th anniversary of the sandwich.

* Leica camera auctioned for record $2.8 million.

* Kodak had a nuclear reactor hidden in a basement.

* Man survives fall into crevasse, takes photos.

* Kids given X-rated sweets at school function.


Aluminum Can Model Cars

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Meet The Tireless Entrepreneur Who Squatted At AOL

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For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant's Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.

An interesting read on c/net.
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Chambord Castle, France

Stone Bridge, Spain

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Word of the Day

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In the News

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