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cheesekate

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Swallow: I was speaking to someone who lives in the area and is very familiar with that whole issue, who also fought against the project. They said that only 6 units in the complex were designated for Habitat for Humanity, the rest are just regular units. They took real issue with the way the media constantly portrayed the whole complex as H for H; that is not the case. The developer still made a tidy profit out of the sale of all the other units.
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BooHoo indeed!
There is far too much greed out there today.  Gimmee, Gimmee!

I believe that Don's way of helping is far more effective than most of the charities out there.  I believe in giving a hand up instead of a handout.  I would much rather see a homeless person get a McDonald's meal ticket than a cash donation.  At least someone will be eating.  I will always support the food bank to allow them to at least provide a full tummy for those that need it.

There are a lot of charities today have learned that if they are known to help in time of need the public purse is very generous and the Chairman of the organization takes home a paycheck that is as large as any executive from the large corporations.  They hide their salary in the administration costs. 

During and after the depression our house was a mark on the fence.  Not because we had a lot of money but because we had a full soup pot and sometimes a piece of homemade bread to handout.  We wore hand-me-downs and patched clothes and were thankful for the flour sacks, the vegetable garden and potatoe patch, but at least we had a roof over our heads and learned to share what little we did have.

Too often welfare cases have learned to play the system while other needy families don't always have the bare necessities of life.

If you have been blessed with a fairly comfortable lifestyle be thankful, there are those that aren't that fortunate.

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warmodel

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Aunt Hetty:  Just refer to your first line............when I am responding to you, I am responding (Ithought) to an adult.............I would expect the same from you.
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@cheesekate RE Your Response: "They said that only 6 units in the complex were designated for Habitat for Humanity, the rest are just regular units."

This is the first I've heard of it.  Is there any way to prove it?
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warmodel

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Joyce:  What you stated was well put. Tho we were going thru rough times, it left us with many memories of what hard times were like. In this day and age the thought does not even ring a bell with the present generation - just keep on 'gimme, gimme. Heaven help them if this country comes up against economic hardship, thenb they would have something to think about.
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When the Habitat for Humanity project was first proposed for Akinsdale there was another company involved.  When he dropped out, there was never any discussion that the criteria would change.  Therefore, I believe that some of the units were for the low income while a portion were to be sold to the public.  This was never really discussed by the media who were pushing it through as NIMBYism.  And we the taxpayer put in a large amount of money into the need for affordable housing. 
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@joyce RE: HfH Low Rentals - I guess I was also duped into believing that once the first contractor (the old HfH President's company) backed out, the whole complex was slated for HfH recipients.  

If they didn't change the requirements, somebody should have been shouting this from the rooftops!  
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@Swallow Re:  HFH  These are not low rentals, these people are purchasing their homes.  They are also taxpayers.  They are making monthly payments to HFH and building equity. 
I am not sure how many of the units were slated for Low Income Earners though.  Maybe someone could enlighten us. 
I know there were some shown in the paper receiving their keys and for them I am very happy.  I certainly hope all of their dreams of owning their home come true.
I remember the excitement mixed with fear of such a large commitment in the purchase our first home and that house holds many pleasant memories.
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cheesekate

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Re: H for H...I will have to check with my source as to how they know the actual number of HfH units is only 6. They seemed pretty sure and quite knowledgable. It makes sense though, as there are a lot of units in the complex and to have all of them be H for H would be quite high for a city the size of St. Albert.
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Frankly that whole situation in Akinsdale is shady...how can that land be deemed excess school land, and not reverted back to the city. Instead the school board sells it to the developer. Here in Erin Ridge we've been told that the Eldorado field is to be zoned PS, meaning it can only be used as park or for a school. So how did the Akinsdale fiasco happen? And who's to say that can't happen again?
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On January 11, Wiseman reported an serious accident in Erin Ridge near the school site.  I didn't see any report of it in the Gazette.  Is that a cover up of the true traffic situation in the area?  Poor reporting on the part of the Gazette.  They have, in the past, reported on minor accidents.
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cheesekate

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Joyce re accident: yes, it was a serious accident Jan.10 at about 2 pm on Erin Ridge Drive just north of Erin Ridge Road involving 2 cars. The police had to close the road (which created quite the traffic mess). I live a block away and watched the emergency crews take almost an hour to cut the one driver out. One of the residents took some pictures, as this was right by where the province wants to put the high school on Eldorado field, and submitted them to the Gazette. Nothing.
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@joyce RE: New Homes - I can remember the excitement of buying our first home.  What I can't remember was any fear or trepidation over having to make regular payments for the next 25 years or yard work and repairs that would all land on our shoulders.

I guess we were too young and/or stupid to be afraid.
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On Wednesday, the garbage trucks broke through the snow pack on our crescent and made it darn near impassible if you didn't have a 4 x 4. I emailed public works about the condition and they sent a machine at 10:00 p.m. that night who drove around every parked vehicle and dumped piles in front of driveways, only making matters worse. Apparently more folks on our crescent got on the city's case and complained because four machines showed up this morning and cleared the street properly. Trouble is the piles on the boulevards are now so high there is no place to put any more snow. If we get another dump, the city will be forced to do what it should have done this time and truck the snow away. 
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Cheesecake:  Re that picture that was offered to the Gazette. It does not surprise me or anyone else for that matter - this 'community paper' continues to pick and choose - after all it appears they do not want to ruffle any feathers at city hall where advertising money is on the line. But the question should arise, if the city did pull advertising dollars from the Gazette, where would they go. If you were to rate the Gazette from A to D - I think the best they could rate would be a great big "E".
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With respect to the accident that occurred on Erin Ridge Drive, it happened at the exact spot that residents pointed to as a "restricted sight line". The traffic study paid for by the city assured all that no restricted sight lines were evident anywhere in the area where the school is to be built. Its kind of funny that two days later the city sends in snow crews to remove snow banks all along Erin ridge drive to improve driving along this section of road.
Its time city hall listens to residents who live in areas where there are dissenting viewpoints with respect to new projects.
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wizeman:  So that's the end result of another of the 'city's study. I wonder how much that one costs to bring out the results as you have stated.

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As I stated once before, Patrick Draper and Mayor Crouse should have to drive that area for 8 hours a day (6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) each day for a week and then tell us there aren't any problems.  Using the area is the true evaluation.  Putting out counters and cameras is not the answer. 
I know it is not the only problem area in St. Albert but it shouldn't be swept under the carpet, especially when a school is in the works for the area. 
What value do we put on young people's lives.
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@Joyce RE: Road Problems - Sadly, Mr Draper & our illustrious "Mayor" will never do as you have suggested.  

One thing we all now know is that it doesn't matter where you live - nobody is safe, when it comes to Silly Hall getting its way.
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Joyce:  Excellent idea having CROUSE & DRAPER conduct a one week 'study' on that road. The taxpayers would be ahead noting the 'study' already paid for (the wages they receive cover it). As well they would see first hand just what citizens in that area have been trying to tell them.
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Small change to Topic: Snow (re)moval and fire hydrants.

The city crews where on our street this afternoon clearing the street and not after a neighbor mentioned that he hoped they remembered where the sewer grates were did it dawn on me that they also completely covered the fire hydrants.

I would have thought that the hydrants were a priority as to being kept clear.
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I think the Mayor, Draper and the Francophone Superintendent should all be forced to stand there and watch the chaos every morning when the school buses are running, it's shift change at the hospital and morning rush hour. It's nuts. Now I've been watching all the huge dump trucks moving through there: empty heading north; loaded with snow heading south. From St. Albert Trail down Erin Ridge Road and left onto Erin Ridge Drive (with the poor sight lines) then right onto Eldorado down to Bellerose, and reverse. Since when did that become a truck route? If that collision last week had involved one of those trucks, there would have been a fatality.
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When you see decisions like this school site take place against the background of flawed arguments from local council and city admin staff you shake your head. They know now this decision is wrong in light of the residents concerns, present traffic flow and future commercial growth in north st.ab. Fortunately for them the provincial gov't has now taken a lead role in requesting a change to the ASP to move the site to another location within the park and adding additional space to allow the school to be bigger than the  2.99 acres the city assured would not be allowed.
This is what I dont like about politics. It's gotten away from doing the right thing for all parties involved in this dispute.
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When city crews cleaned our front drives, they piled snow where we had it shovelled out and narrowed it by a half car width. I took pics and emailed them to the mayor, public works and every member of council. I asked they return and expand our driveway to the width it was before they filled it in. We shall see what happens now.
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Rick F;  A city employee was out in Heritage this afternoon with a front end loader clearing the fire hydrants of snow...............

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