July 9: Chapter II: Nobody asked me but …

Cam Tait

wash7.jpg  Every day on the way to work I drive down Whyte Ave. and see the northeast corner on Gateway Blvd.
And there’s a building the. A red brick building, in fact.

And it’s a washroom. Good idea, for a variety of reasons.

But let’s give the folks who need to pause for the cause a little privacy.

Because when you’re driving by there’s a big window, if I’m not mistaken — and, you can see right inside.

So let’s put it out there on a first poll. (We have another a little later.)

The Happy Couple....10 years, already! The Happy Couple….10 years, already!

•Back on the Mother’s Day weekend, Nicole Turenne shared a question with me, and I haven’t told anyone. But today I will. Nicole, the communications and marketing manager for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, said she and Corey Graham had been dating for 10 years. Nichole wondered if, maybe, one day Corey…

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July 9: Chapter II: Nobody asked me but …

 

wash7.jpg  Every day on the way to work I drive down Whyte Ave. and see the northeast corner on Gateway Blvd.
And there’s a building the. A red brick building, in fact.

And it’s a washroom. Good idea, for a variety of reasons.

But let’s give the folks who need to pause for the cause a little privacy.

Because when you’re driving by there’s a big window, if I’m not mistaken — and, you can see right inside.

So let’s put it out there on a first poll. (We have another a little later.)

 

 

 

The Happy Couple....10 years, already!

The Happy Couple….10 years, already!

•Back on the Mother’s Day weekend, Nicole Turenne shared a question with me, and I haven’t told anyone. But today I will. Nicole, the communications and marketing manager for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, said she and Corey Graham had been dating for 10 years. Nichole wondered if, maybe, one day Corey might propose marriage. A Tuesday Facebook post was pure joy: Corey Nichole are engaged! It’s been quite a few months for Corey, play-by-play man on TSN 1260 who calls Edmonton Oil King games, including the big Memorial Cup win. See, Nicole: patience is a virtue.

 

•And speaking of patience — did you see the line-up on the Whitemud Freeway about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, all the backed up all the way from the Rainbow Valley bridge, all the way 91 St. eastbound? That’s what a four-car pile-up will do during rush hour. If you were one of those folks, in a hot vehicle, and no air conditioning, send us a tweet or email and let us know how you survived.

 

Truc drivin' Norton

Truc drivin’ Norton

•My old buddy Ross Norton popped by for a visit Tuesday to talk Canadian Paraplegic Association, wheelchair basketball and all kinds of stuff. Ross saved the best for last, though. On his way out he asked if I would like to see his truck. Sure glad I did.

It was a green 1957 Chevy. Nice!

 

 

 

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•The Angels Anonymous Connection is having a big fundraiser Saturday night at the Fantasyland Hotel. But, that’s all I’m going to tell you. All the details about the wonderful work Angels Anonymous does will be in the Tait on 8 column in Thursday’s Edmonton Sun.

 

 

 

•Big new six-year deal between the Edmonton Oilers and the Corus Entertainment. Sounds like another  good poll question so let’s fire that up.

 

 

 

1297519698495_ORIGINAL•City councilor Scott McKeen is sharing his time with Meals on Wheels Thursday and is challenging other citizens to do the same. Great cause. And Scott knows a few things about food: he wrote restaurant reviews a few years back in the Edmonton Journal. He’ll do a great job. If you want to get involved with Meals on Wheels, call 780-429-2020.

 

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Nobody asked me, but …. Chapter 1 – July 7

hammy•Maybe Steve knew something: We fully expected the Edmonton Oil Kings to a new coach Steve Hamilton Monday morning. Good for him, being an assistant coach for the last four seasons to Derek Laxdal. And we all know Laxdal is off to a head coaching gig in Cedar Park, Tex. With the Texas Stars. The interesting thing here is the Oil Kings could have been scrambling for a head coach. Because there was great talk about Hamilton taking the Calgary Hitmen job. He didn’t. And there was more talk about him going to the Vancouver Giants. No thank you, he said. But just imagine if Hamilton and Laxdal both left the Oil Kings. Would that mean Bob Stauffer, the color man on the Oilers Radio Network, would have been in the mix as Oil King coach? We should call Bob on Oilers’ Now on 630 CHED and ask him.
And one more thing on Steve Hamilton’s new job: does he hire Jason McKee as an assistant? The two had great success when Hamilton was head coach of the Spruce Grove Saint and McKee was assistant in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Coach Stauffer??

Coach Stauffer??

 

 

 

 

 

 

A team effort: Nice touch by the Edmonton Prospects Saturday night with the 50/50 draw. Proceeds went to another local amateur sports organization, the Edmonton Wildcats.

•News or sports? You tell me. CTV Edmonton ran a story in their 6 o’clock news package on the Special Olympics athletes from Alberta going to a national competition in Vancouver. I always thought the Special Olympics is about athletes in sporting events. So it should be a sports story. And until that happens, I think, athletes with developmental disabilities will continue to be seen as a novelty — rather than legitimate athleltes with individual skills.

•We’re a lot … older: On this day, way back in 1987, Statistics Canada released a report in Ottawa Ottawa Ontario showing more than half of Canada’s population was over 30. And that was 27 years ago. You know where this is going …

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June Kerrison and her daughter Tamara

Remember that name: It’s been a few years since someone with the last name Kerrison hasn’t been in the retail game in Edmonton. But now we don’t have one. A few weeks back Tamara Baltzan closed her successful TK Clothing on the east side of 124 St. Now here’s the blow-me-away part: Tamara has been in the clothing business for 30 years — and, she’s only 45! She began with her mom and dad, Bob and June, who ran June’s House of Fashion when she was 15. Tamara decided to close up shop and share more time with her young family. We’re going to try to connect with her in the near future and see how she likes her new chapter in life.

 

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The Great Debate with Tait: The Brick tourney, coach Hamilton, a poll on the Commonwealth Games, and Klinger’s 80th

Bill Comrie

Bill Comrie

When you think about it, it’s just so … Canadian.

Having the best nine and 10-year-olds drop their bicycles and skateboards in the first week of July to play hockey is one of the truest and meaningful celebrations of Canada there is.

The Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament is once again taking part this week at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall.

The hockey is stellar and entertaining.

But perhaps one of the greatest things about the tournament is the atmosphere the kids are in. It’s just like the pros: the music between stoppages of plays, the player introductions, and for the championship team, celebrating on the ice with the trophy in front of countless cheering fans.

For every player is on the championship team this year, they will work perhaps even harder to get another championship.

Because, we all know, winning is addictive, and it never, ever gets old.

For other players who don’t get to be crowned champions, there’s another appetite that’s created.

They will also work harder so they, too, can become champions.

Andy Wigston

Andy Wigston

There’s so many reasons why The Brick Tournament is special.

And you really have to wonder if, back in 1989 when Brick owner Bill Comrie and employees Craig Styles and Andy Wigston started the tournament, they had any idea what it would turn into.

Well done, gentlemen. Well done.

(Look for Tait on 8 in the Sunday Sun for a touching story about one of the players in last year’s Brick tournament)

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Derek Laxdal

Derek Laxdal

Good for Derek Laxdal for getting an American Hockey League head coaching job with the Texas Stars.

So that leaves the big question:  who will replace Derek as Edmonton Oil King head coach?

It has to be Oil King assistant Steve Hamilton.

Has to be.

And here’s why — Oil King GM Randy Hansch told Bob Stauffer on 630 CHED’s Oilers Now Thursday a new coach will be named next week.

And do you thing Randy will be interviewing candidates on a sunny weekend when he could be sipping a few cool

Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton

ones at the lake?

Didn’t think so.

Steve Hamilton, head coach, Edmonton Oil Kings.

Get used to it.

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September 2, 2015 is a few days away. 

07-01-commonwealthBut it could be a great day for our city.

That’s when the world finds out which city will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and Edmonton is putting a bid package together.

Those who were around town in 1978 will remember how magical it was when we held them for the first time.

And that brings us to today’s poll. Please have a look.

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Jamie FarrActor Jamie Farr celebrated his 80th birthday a day early — June 30 — at Violino Ristorante with some of his long-time Edmonton friends.

And a few other special guests from the United States. Jamie’s wife of 51 years, Joy, flew in from southern California and two of his good friends from Kansas City.

Jenny Kachcar and her brother Richard, who met Jamie when he first came to Stage West in 1976, help organize the party.

Artist Rhonda Galper and others enjoyed great Italian food. And Jamie had some of his favorite Lebanese food brought in.

A highlight of the evening was when Jamie did an impromptu narration of a slide show, starting with his days growing up, being a soldier in the U.S. Army, one of his first movies with Sidney Portier, his time with Red Skelton, and, of course, MASH.

Jamie is currently in The Last Romance at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.

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