Voter turnout #stalbert history

Election Turnout Figures 2001-2017
Election Year Total Ballots Cast Eligible Voters Turnout Percentage
2001 14,986 38,884 38.54%
2004 19,278 41,792 46.13%
2007 15,282 44,307 34.49%
2010 15,886 46,503 34.16%
2013 18,138 47,571 38.13%
2017 21,631 50,423 42.90%

 

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These are words from “The Talmud”

These are words from “The Talmud”

“In a harbor, two ships sailed, one setting forth on a voyage, the other coming home to port. Everyone cheered the ship going out, but the ship sailing in was hardly noticed. To this, a wise man said, “Do not rejoice over a ship setting out to sea, for you cannot know what terrible storms it may encounter, rejoice rather over the ship that has safely reached port and brings its passengers home in peace,”

And this is the way of the world. When a child is born, all rejoice; when someone dies, all weep. We should do the opposite. For no one can tell what trials await a newborn child; but when a mortal dies in peace, we should rejoice, for he has completed a long journey, and there is no greater boon than to leave this world with the imperishable crown of a good name.

 

Thanks to the employees of the City of St. Albert

To the Employees working for the City of St. Albert

October 16, 2017

I will still be around lots in the next couple weeks and as we see each other, I would like to touch base with as many of you as possible and offer my face to face heartfelt thanks. Let’s stop and chat.

I wish to thank each of the employees of the City for your service to the public and also for your support of me personally over the past 13 years. Heck, perhaps some of you may have even voted for me during the past 4 elections. Those who have come to know me, know that I attempt to serve with the eye to the betterment of St. Albert day in and day out; and I have come to know that you do equally do so.

I have said on so many occasions that the City has demonstrated a reputation of outstanding hiring, and for that, the community should be pleased and proud. The work ethic, technical knowledge, depth of professionalism and community contribution is and has been outstanding by the City employees for decades. This community is a product of many great groups, residents, volunteers, businesses and outstanding City staff who, for decades have worked to build a better tomorrow.

My 13 years on Council has deepened my faith and trust in City staff and I have no issue whatsoever with the departments, the Unions, the Management, the non-union staff etc. I say “keep up the great work”.

As Mayor, part of my job was to defend staff when I needed to and represent the community to the City Manager when I needed to. It is also part of my role to work with Council so that individually or collectively, staff members are treated with respect. I get pushed to the limit on this once in a while as we know!!

I know I have had a personal brand as a Mayor demanding excellence and demanding of the best possible results all the time. And you deliver! For that I say thank you.

As I close out this chapter, thank you again and I look forward to seeing you in the community in the years ahead; all of us deepening the Botanical Arts City brand.

And …….. no, I do not know what I am doing next!!

All the best and thanks

Nolan Crouse

 

Thanks to the employees of the City of St. Albert

To the Employees working for the City of St. Albert

October 26, 2017

I will still be around lots in the next couple weeks and as we see each other, I would like to touch base with as many of you as possible and offer my face to face heartfelt thanks. Let’s stop and chat.

I wish to thank each of the employees of the City for your service to the public and also for your support of me personally over the past 13 years. Heck, perhaps some of you may have even voted for me during the past 4 elections. Those who have come to know me, know that I attempt to serve with the eye to the betterment of St. Albert day in and day out; and I have come to know that you do equally do so.

I have said on so many occasions that the City has demonstrated a reputation of outstanding hiring, and for that, the community should be pleased and proud. The work ethic, technical knowledge, depth of professionalism and community contribution is and has been outstanding by the City employees for decades. This community is a product of many great groups, residents, volunteers, businesses and outstanding City staff who, for decades have worked to build a better tomorrow.

My 13 years on Council has deepened my faith and trust in City staff and I have no issue whatsoever with the departments, the Unions, the Management, the non-union staff etc. I say “keep up the great work”.

As Mayor, part of my job was to defend staff when I needed to and represent the community to the City Manager when I needed to. It is also part of my role to work with Council so that individually or collectively, staff members are treated with respect. I get pushed to the limit on this once in a while as we know!!

I know I have had a personal brand as a Mayor demanding excellence and demanding of the best possible results all the time. And you deliver! For that I say thank you.

As I close out this chapter, thank you again and I look forward to seeing you in the community in the years ahead; all of us deepening the Botanical Arts City brand.

And …….. no, I do not know what I am doing next!!

All the best and thanks

Nolan Crouse

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On this day 1936 Halifax, NS – Mary Sullivan sworn in Halifax Council; first woman alderman in Canada.

On this day in Canadian history…

Honoré Mercier 1840-1894
Liberal Premier of Quebec 1887-1891, was born on this day at St-Athanase, Iberville County, in 1840; died in Montreal Oct. 30, 1894. Mercier helped found the Parti national in 1872, to dissociate the liberals from the Parti Rouge, and was elected MP for Rouville; 1879 moved to provincial politics; 1885 elected leader of the provincial Liberal Party; 1885 severely criticized Riel’s hanging; 1886 elected Premier; settles Jesuits estates issue, creates a separate University of Montreal, encourages railway building and colonization; 1888 creates Department of Agriculture and Colonization, with Curé Antoine LaBelle as deputy minister; hosts first interprovincial conference of premiers since Confederation, forcing Ottawa to recognize provincial autonomy in fiscal matters; Dec 1891 removed from office in Baie des Chaleurs railway scandal, but no proof he was personally involved.

1993 Canada – Federal election campaign heats up as Kim Campbell’s Conservative campaign committee release series of TV ads attacking Jean Chrétien; critics charge the ads make fun of the Liberal leader’s face, disfigured by a childhood disease; ads later withdrawn.

1992 Ottawa Ontario – Eric Hoskins wins 1992 Pearson Peace Medal, awarded by United Nations Association in Canada; 31 year old doctor gave humanitarian aid to postwar Iraq.

1969 Ottawa Ontario – Herbert Gray appointed Minister without Portfolio by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; MP for Windsor West becomes Canada’s first cabinet minister of Jewish background.

1968 Quebec Quebec – René Lévesque 1922-1987 chosen President of new Parti Québécois; after 3-day convention in Quebec City merges the Mouvement Souveraineté-Association and the Ralliement National.

1936 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Mary Teresa Sullivan 1902-1973 sworn in as member of Halifax City Council; first woman alderman in Canada.

 

For some people #service is “all in”

For some people, Service is “all in”

The life expectancy of a Canadian is 79-84 years old (up 20 years since 1920). In our lives we often meet people whose service to others is “all-in” it seems for their entire 80 years. Past City Councillor, Roger Lemieux’ brother (a priest) passed away a few years ago, and he lived his life “all-in”. He lived his life ‘poor’; giving during his lifetime to others (as a priest) serving the greater good, and God. You perhaps know others who served as such.

Sometimes that “all-in” is service to the Church, sometimes to a career, for some it is service to Persons with Disabilities, some to sports and more.

There is one trait that separates those who are “all-in” when compared to those who serve a cause. We can usually tell those who are “all-in” as their sacrifices are abundant and their service has them perceived by some as living a life out of balance.

Missionaries and priests often come to mind for those who are “all-in”. Some world health and literacy workers, some journalists and some military personnel are not only “all-in”, they lay their life on the line to be “all-in” in other countries where the risks are high.

As I learn more about those who sacrificed for the greater good of the world, a country, a cause, a province or a community, they have become my and perhaps your idols and role models.

When I was a young boy, my idols were hockey players such as Dave Keon and Bobby Hull. Their fame or “all-in” was fleeting however; all in to achieve their goals. Today my thoughts turn to people like Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. They were all-in. There are so many more sacrificing self for service.

In St. Albert, a woman named Wendy Stiver appeared “all-in” for Special Olympics for almost 30 years. She passed away in 2014. The world and St. Albert is a better place because of people like Wending being “all-in”.

Thanks to anyone who we see as “all in” for service to others.