My City: Enhancing the urban agriculture in our community

As I write this, my oldest son is across the kitchen rolling out dough for homemade cinnamon buns. It isn’t that we couldn’t go out and buy some cinnamon buns at a local bakery or find some premade dough at the grocery store. In making it himself, there is a sense of achievement, and the family gets to enjoy a treat made with love. My childhood in St. Albert is filled with many memories of … [Read more...]

Editorial Cartoon: April 9, 2015

Artwork: FRED CURATOLO, St. Albert Leader

See more of Fred’s work by visiting or by following @LeaderCartoon on Twitter … [Read more...]

My City – Time to recognize value social profits create

I was at an event recently where the guest speaker talked about the impact of the non-profit sector in the community. He spoke about how much revenue is brought in and how many people are employed by this sector. I was surprised to learn that the non-profit sector is larger and more important than the oil and gas sector in Canada. He suggested that because of our impact in the community we should … [Read more...]

Editorial: Let us count the ways

Well, the audit came in. Correction: The review of expenses by those not considered professionals in the world of audits was presented to council. There is little doubt that clearer policy and procedures for our council’s expenses are needed. There is much uncertainty around this topic, and council’s approach is costing our community money and challenging the integrity of every member. City … [Read more...]

Editorial: The future of retail?

You’re sitting at home, relaxing on your couch, watching your on-demand TV, and you receive a quick text on your smartphone. Actually, it won’t be on your phone because, in the future, things you have to hold in your hand are archaic. You’ll instead receive some type of hologram letting you know that someone is at the door. It won’t be someone actually – it will be something: A … [Read more...]

Editorial Cartoon: April 2, 2015

St. Albert

See more of Fred’s work by visiting or by following @LeaderCartoon on Twitter … [Read more...]

My City – Food stockpiles depleting with client growth

Easter is fast approaching, and feelings of renewal are in the air with the last of winter (hopefully) becoming a memory! We would like to thank all donors who give so generously to us – it allows us to continue our work here. Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers who help us in both the Community Village and Food Bank. We could not do what we do without you! Many exciting things have … [Read more...]

Editorial Cartoon – March 26, 2015

St. Albert

  See more of Fred’s work by visiting or by following @LeaderCartoon on Twitter … [Read more...]

Many questions on food trucks

Smell that? Something new is cooking in the city, and it smells like a new test phase for mobile food trucks for 2015. While Mayor Crouse was hopeful we’d have answers to dealing with flag sellers, window-fixing companies and even us in the newspaper business, the first version of the work that came in from Economic Development focused only on mobile food trucks. It’s good to see progress … [Read more...]

My City – New School an exciting sign for the future

The sod turning ceremony for the Lois E Hole Elementary School took place this week and I was so excited to see that we are finally starting to build more educational facilities for the students and community members in our city.  Our MLA, mayor and board chair all attended the event and I found myself wondering what they think the future has in store for us as an educational community.  Are we … [Read more...]