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Garry Melnyk

Ford Fiesta earns muted cheers

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When Ford announced several months ago that it would be introducing a tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine in the Fiesta, I was skeptical....

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Tracy Aisenstat

Good graffiti, Charlie Brown!

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I have inner turmoil. I know graffiti is wrong. It is a crime. ...

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Cory Hare

At the crossroads – To Margueritaville or Beerton?

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The arrival of the off-season at the end of March was a shock, so focused was I on delivering a peak playoff performance that I wasn’t prepared for what came next. ...

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Peter Bailey

Is the best city a happy city?

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It was exciting recently when MoneySense magazine named St. Albert the best place to live in Canada. I am proud of St. Albert and proud of the part the St. Albert Public Library plays in making the city a wonderful place....

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Krista Osborne

Shared grief

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I was 15 years old when St. Albert was shaken by the deaths of an entire family. A young man my age systematically shot his mother (Susan, 41), step-father (Maurice, 46) and two sisters (Islay, 12 and Janelle, 10) at their family home in Valleyview. I did not know the murderer, nor will I name h...

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Laurel Vespi

One small step into what’s possible

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One July night a long time ago, two men taught me something important. After watching those grainy pictures of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the moon and into history, my father made me go outside. As a 10-year-old, I couldn’t possibly grasp the significance of what had just happene...

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Scott Hayes

The Last Picture Show, or the End of Days: the Grandin Theatre is no more

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Like many St. Albert film fans, I was fairly well and true bummed out when I found out that Grandin Theatres had closed. There was no notice, no wrap party. It just went out with a whisper. Barely anyone noticed. They didn’t even seem to tell anybody, simply finished the last screening, tur...

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George Mentz

Life on the ice is good

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It's a still, chilly, minus 10 degree afternoon. I stand, isolated on the edge of a 35-metre drop. From the south rim of Maligne Canyon, one can easily see past the abyss to the north side. Chatting with my daughter Robin on the opposite edge, I can clearly make out her expression as she talks, s...

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