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Pair of fires destroy home and clubhouse BY JESSICA JONES ADVOCATE STAFF Rocky Mountain House and area firefighters have been run ragged after responding to two fires on Tuesday and Wednesday, one of which is reported as suspicious. Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services deputy fire chief Paul Prevost said they were called about the house fire near the Rocky Mountain House Airport, northeast of the town, at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday. “Upon arrival it was well-involved and all the people were out,” Prevost said. The house was rented to two individuals. “We tried in vain to salvage it but the structure was too damaged to safely extinguish completely so we unfortunately had to demolish it to get the fire all out,” Prevost said. “So they lost everything, which is tragic.” On Wednesday, the Canadian Red Cross responded to the needs of the two individuals who lost their belongings. Members of the Red Deer Personal Disaster Assistance Team provided accommodation, blankets, food and hygiene kits.

BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF National figures showing Red Deer is ranked 17th out of 239 police services overall in crime severity should not alarm the public, says a highranking officer at Red Deer City RCMP. Statistics Canada on Tuesday released its police-reported figures from 2011 on the national crime rate and crime severity index, which measure the seriousness of crime. This crime severity index shows 2011 figures for 239 police services of more than 10,000 people. As has been the case since 1998, Regina reported the highest crime severity index value. It was followed by Saskatoon, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. Red Deer is ranked 17th for overall crime severity, 17th for violent crime severity, and 18th for non-violent severity. In 2010, Red Deer was ranked 19th for overall crime severity index, 40th for violent crime severity, and 17th for non-violent. Insp. Karen Simon said the biggest contributing factor for Red Deer climbing in 2011 for violent crime severity had to do with the number of homicides. In 2010, there were zero. In 2011, there were six. “We’ve seen violent crime increase, but other crimes decrease over the last few years,” said Simon. “We had slight increases in persons crimes and slight decreases in property crimes.” Simon said there are so many things to take into account when it comes to these crime statistics, including demographics. “We certainly see in the policing world that there is an increase of persons crimes and even those crimes take longer to investigate,” said Simon. “It’s more taxing on police and you’ve got more victims, more agencies involved. Has it made an impact in Red Deer? Yes it has, but I don’t find it an alarming statistic.”

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A pair of Rescom Coatings Inc. workers paint the top of the north side of Red Deer’s green onion-shaped water tower on Wednesday. Officially called the Horton Spheroid and built in 1958, the tower is undergoing a paint job that is expected to cost about $750,000.

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Scan this: The world’s largest QR code Lacombe Corn Maze has been in the business of befuddlement for years. But this year, the Kraay family have set themselves an even bigger challenge than getting visitors lost amid the stalks. The Kraays are after a world record. Carved out of their cornfield is — at this point unofficially — the world’s largest QR code, those matrix barcodes that can be scanned with smart phones to direct people to websites. Rachel Kraay said they took to a helicopter on Monday to take a photo of their 310,000-square-foot or 7.1-acre QR code and successfully scanned it and linked to the corn maze’s website at All the necessary documentation and witness information has been


bundled together and will be mailed to the London offices of the Guinness Book of World Records this week. If accepted, the Kraays’ colossal QR code will crush its nearest rival, a 14,156-square-foot version created in Belgium in February, according to the Guinness website. Kraay, who came up with the idea of creating the challenging design, admits she was a little nervous that a cornfield code wouldn’t work. Her fears appeared to be wellfounded. When they first took to the sky, the barcode wouldn’t scan. But after consulting with some people familiar with the barcodes, they decided the dirt between the rows of corn needed to be darker. “So we went out there with our rototiller and dug up the dirt again and it worked. I guess the dirt wasn’t black enough. Maybe the rain helped, I don’t know.” The Kraays, whose maze will open



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to the public for the season at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, hope to hear back from Guinness early next month on whether they can count themselves record holders. In its 13th year, the 15-acre maze remains a popular Central Alberta attraction and has been adding new features every year. This year, a giant snakes and ladders game joins outdoor chess and checkers boards. A tire mountain and new slide have been added and kettle corn is now on sale for the first time. A few more animals have joined the menagerie of cuddly critters and the mini golf, gemstone mine sluice, jumping pillow, climbing spiderwebs, pedal car tracks and daily pig races are all back. The maze is open until Oct. 20. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Sept. 2.

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Kathryn Kennedy hopes her parking petition will bring changes.

Petition urges free hospital parking for patients, family BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF A Red Deer woman is circulating a petition to apply pressure on the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre to offer free parking for patients and family members. Kathryn Kennedy said family members shouldn’t have to worry about feeding the parking meter on top of the stress and emotional turmoil that comes with having a loved one who is nearing the end of his or her life, receiving cancer treatments or is in the intensive care unit. “It’s just not right they are doing this for people who are in such a grief-stricken state,” said Kennedy, who is a nurse at Bethany Care Centre. “It’s frustrating . . . for a facility that’s supposed to provide comfort and caring and support to the family, this to me doesn’t demonstrate. It just seems they are making money off people.” Kennedy’s ex-husband has been in the palliative unit at the hospital for about six weeks and their children visit almost daily. Kennedy was surprised to learn there was no free parking for family members of patients in palliative care and receiving treatments. Kennedy said if parking was covered, it would be one less thing families would have to worry about when they are undergoing such an emotional time. The petition, Red Deer Regional Hospital, Red Deer City: Free Parking for Patients and Families, is available online ( Kennedy will present the petition to city council for support at an upcoming council meeting. At the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, there are options to help visitors or patients with parking. One example is compassionate parking that is administered on a case-by-case basis based on circumstances or ability to pay. For example, if someone is going to visit a patient in palliative care for multiple visits, they can apply for reduced rates. Those interested in the reduced rates are encouraged to contact staff on the hospital unit. Visitors can also make arrangements with hospital staff to plug meters if they are concerned about leaving someone they are visiting. But there’s no free parking beyond the pick-up and drop-off spots. In Alberta, it’s mostly the rural hospitals that do not charge for parking. “Health care funding goes toward patient services,” said Kerry Bales, Alberta Health Services senior vice-president of the Central Zone. “Maintenance and construction fees for parking facilities aren’t subsidized by health-care funding. The parking fees that are applied go toward the maintenance and the construction of those parking facilities. There are no plans currently to move to free parking at the Regional in Red Deer.” Bales said these times are extremely stressful for families and they do not want to increase that burden on anyone. He encourages visitors to maintain contact with staff on the various hospital units. AHS parking revenue for the 2011-2012 fiscal year in Alberta was $54.5 million, with expenses of $46.7 million. The $7.8 million in surplus goes into an infrastructure reserve fund that is used for maintenance, upgrades and future construction of parkades. Contact Kennedy at for more information on the petition.


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Bryan Fanny, 8, rides a hovercraft pushed by Kora-Lee Decoteau, 7, and powered by the shop vacuum and cheers of teacher Adam Leonhardt ridden in the halls of Red Deer College Wednesday. Spending an afternoon in a science camp, the students used plywood discs, heavy plastic and duct tape to build the machines powered by shop vacuums. The Reading College pilot program is helping 30 students aged 7 and 8 enhance their literacy skills over the summer and is supported by the Optimist Clubs of Central Alberta, Red Deer College and the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools.


CRIME: Severity down Statistics Canada said that fewer crimes were reported to police in Canada in 2011 than at any other time in the last 40 years. Police services reported nearly two million incidents in 2011, about 110,000 fewer from 2010. This translates into a crime rate reduction of six per cent. The Crime Severity Index also fell six per cent overall. Last December, Maclean’s magazine ranked Red Deer as Canada’s fourth most dangerous city in its latest national crime ranking report. In October 2010, Maclean’s reported that Red Deer was Canada’s 11th most dangerous city. The jump was largely attributed to a high rate of non-violent crime, according to Maclean’s. The report concluded that Red Deer’s break-andenter rate per 100,000 people is 64.6 per cent higher than the national average. Red Deer also ranked higher than average in the areas of sexual assault, aggravated assault and auto theft. Simon said that police aren’t hearing from residents that they see the city as dangerous. “When they did the policing study (through the City of Red Deer in 2011), people felt it was a very safe place to live,” said Simon.

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tain House station, Leslieville station and Condor station responded to the fire. One firefighter from the Rocky station had to be transported to hospital due to heat exhaustion, Prevost said. The individual was treated and later released. A day later, on Wednesday, firefighters were again put to task just after 6 a.m. The Rocky Junior Forest Wardens’ clubhouse on River Road, west of the town, was intentionally lit on fire. “It is totally destroyed because by the time someone saw it and called us it was well involved,” Prevost said. No one was in the clubhouse at the time of the fire. The area around River Road has been hit by vandalism in the past, admitted Prevost, but the clubhouse, which burned to the ground, was wellsecured. In 2007, vandals targeted the Junior Forest Wardens’ clubhouse four times. Junior Forest Wardens is an outdoor-oriented program providing leadership skills for youth ages six to 18.

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‘Come to the table and sit down’ B.C. PREMIER CHRISTY CLARK CALLS ON FEDS, ALBERTA TO RESOLVE FEUD BY THE CANADIAN PRESS LUNENBURG, N.S. — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark used a meeting of the premiers Wednesday to push for talks with Alberta and Ottawa to resolve a dispute over her demand for a greater share of the economic benefits from the Northern Gateway pipeline. Clark said there is considerable environmental risk for her province if the $5.5-billion project is built, and B.C. needs to be properly compensated with a greater slice of the economic benefits from the project. “My basic request is for Alberta and Canada to come to the table and sit down with British Columbia and work to figure out how we can resolve this,” Clark said after a meeting with other premiers, and territorial and aboriginal leaders in Lunenburg, N.S. “If that’s going to cause such a big problem that there are trade barriers, there is a very easy way to solve that — no pipeline.” Her comments have put her at loggerheads with Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who has flatly dismissed Clark’s position as one that would “fundamentally change Confederation” because it would mean new negotiations for projects throughout the country. Clark has called for an unspecified “fair share” of the revenues, but declined to say precisely what amount of money she was seeking from the project. “I don’t have a number for you today and I’m not going to negotiate that in public,” she said. Redford said Wednesday she was open to Clark’s overtures to discuss the matter, but she didn’t believe the dispute would be resolved this week. “There will be lots of time for opportunity and discussion,” Redford said as she walked along Lunen-

burg’s picturesque waterfront before touring the harbour on a tall ship. “It would be wrong for anyone to characterize that we’re not going to talk, but at this point in time, this isn’t the week for it.” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird weighed in on the dispute, questioning Clark’s stance and reiterating the federal government’s support for the project. “We can’t have a Canada where we try to toll-gate different goods and services in different parts of the country,” Baird told CBC’s Power and Politics. “Alberta has a great resource, it’s a great resource for Canada, and they obviously have to get that resource to market.” According to research commissioned by the B.C. government, 8.2 per cent of the Northern Gateway’s projected $81 billion tax revenue would flow to B.C. over a 30-year period. That equates to $6.7 billion for B.C., while Ottawa is expected to receive $36 billion and Alberta would earn $32 billion. Saskatchewan is expected to top the remainder of the provinces in terms of tax benefit, receiving about $4 billion. Clark said she hadn’t spoken to Redford on Wednesday, but she expected to over the next couple of days as the Council of the Federation meets in Halifax. The pair appeared to keep their distance at the meeting as they mixed with the public along Lunenburg’s historic waterfront and then boarded the Amistad, sitting away from each other as they chatted with other leaders. Other premiers said they didn’t expect the squabble would overshadow other items on the agenda — namely, health care and economic development — but conceded that drafting a national energy strategy could be a tough prospect.

Redford has been championing her vision for a pan-Canadian strategy, but has been light on details on how to forge a common, sustainable approach for an array of different energy sources and competing interests. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said it would be unrealistic to think the premiers could quickly craft an energy policy that would address decadesold problems and regional differences. Instead, premiers should work on raising Canada’s profile as an energy player, he said. “Let’s start proactively branding the energy that we have to offer the world, committing to do it in a sustainable way, but promoting the fact that we have it,” he said. “So I think the energy strategy — notwithstanding disagreements in any region of the country — if it does that would be worthwhile.” Premier Robert Ghiz of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick Premier David Alward said they would push for a west-to-east pipeline that could carry unrefined bitumen to refineries in eastern Canada. “New Brunswick is very open to seeing a pipeline come from Alberta to Saint John and the refinery there,” Alward said, though he refused to offer his take on the tussle between Alberta and B.C. “We’re open for business and we’re looking forward, if there is a business case, to seeing that come here.” Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) proposed 1,177-kilometre twin line would carry heavy oil from Alberta across a vast swath of pristine B.C. wilderness and First Nations territory to a port at Kitimat, B.C., for shipment to Asia. Last week, the company announced it will shore up another $500 million in safety improvements.




Alberta to spend up to $10 million on health-care inquiry into queue-jumping EDMONTON — The Alberta government is setting aside $10 million for its review into queue-jumping in the health-care system. Health Minister Fred Horne announced the figure Wednesday, acknowledging it’s “a lot of money,” but it’s the sum the independent inquiry came up with in order to do its job. “It’s an exercise in the public interest,” Horne told reporters. “It’s for Albertans.” He said $1.7 million will be held back as a contingency for cost overruns. Additional money may later be approved to provide assistance for witnesses and interveners in the inquiry. The province announced in February that a judge-led inquiry would look into allegations that some patients have been given preferential treatment to jump the queue on wait lists. Critics said the government broke an earlier promise to also probe broader allegations of systemic bullying of doctors and political interference. A Health Quality Council report that prompted the review said it had already investigated the intimidation and meddling issue and recommended money would be better spent fixing the problem. Liberal Leader Raj Sherman repeated Wednesday his call for a broader inquiry. “They’re wasting money on a political dog and pony show. Albertans want real answers,” Sherman said in a news release. “What’s the point in spending millions of dollars on an inquiry when it is designed not to get the answers on how to improve our health care system?” echoed Wildrose health critic Heather Forsyth in a statement. Sheila Marie Cook, executive director of the inquiry, said she realizes health care is a priority for Albertans. She said the budget was well planned and spending reports will be made public throughout the process. Public hearings are to be held in December in both Calgary and Edmonton. Justice John Vertes is to complete his inquiry report by April 30, 2013.

Calgary police say they’ve dismantled drug production and trafficking ring

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Over 300 ewes peacefully dine on Canyon Ski Resort’s hills. The resort rents out it’s grassy slopes for the hungry flock to graze. David Martel, one of the owners of the resort, admits the arrangement is a win-win situation; the sheep have a great pasture, and they keep the length of the grass down so that he only needs to mow once per season. An added benefit is the naturally occurring fertilizer ensuring a thick grass bed that reduces erosion on the ski hills. $1 million cocaine bust in Calgary. Police dismantled the production and trafficking ring Tuesday after receiving a tip from the public in February. The cocaine was found in a number of homes, two businesses and a vehicle. Besides the 10 kilograms of cocaine, police also seized $126,000 cash, body armour, and six vehicles. Names of the accused will not be released until they appear in court. Further charges are pending.

Campers evacuated due to flood risk along Athabasca River

WHITECOURT — A campground in northern Alberta has been evacuated due to rising water levels along the Athabasca River. RCMP were called to help evacuate the Sagitawah RV park Wednesday afternoon. Residents were moved to parking lots in nearby Whitecourt. Alberta Environment has issued a flood watch for the area that also includes the communities of Athabasca and Barrhead. About 100 millimetres of rain has fallen in the region. River levels are expected to rise over the next few days.

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A party and a legacy Red Deer College president Joel Ward makes a good case for a strong financial partnership between the college and the city. It’s true, a good part of Red Deer’s appeal hinges around RDC. As well, expectations for downtown renewal are supported by the Donald School of Business in its central location. Beyond the obvious need for quality post-secondary opportunities in this area, and beyond the value of local career opportunities to be found at the college, Red Deer benefits through the widened cultural and recreational horizons we get from Red Deer College. So its quite understandable that Ward would challenge city council — and all of us — to measure how strongly we support RDC. He asked the city for $2 million to be earmarked for “milestone projects” as the college approaches both the 25th anniversary of the Arts Centre and the 50th anniversary of the college itself. Contrast that with the roughly $300,000 the city has earmarked for its entire centennial celebrations.

OURVIEW GREG NEIMAN For milestone events, legacy projects are a good idea. We wish Red Deer could have found one for its centennial. For his part, maybe Ward is providing one. But to ask for $2 million for the college seems a bit rich — if this is to be a college project (the total cost of the projects is estimated at $10 million to $15 million, so the presence of other partners is crucial). Two of the four projects Ward mentioned have to do with theatre. The Arts Centre, a local gem, apparently could use a lighting and sound system upgrade. A good argument could be made for a contribution toward that. But the appeal for additional funding for the Centre Stage venue is rather circular. Ward suggested that the prospect of theatre events staged by college students at the downtown facility in partnership with Central Alberta Theatre merits city investment to expand and enhance the physical offer-

ings at Centre Stage. How so? The city supported building the Arts Centre, as it would be available for non-college performances (and it was a darn good idea anyhow). Witness the perennially sold-out Red Deer Symphony. So . . . by that logic it makes sense that the college would pay for enhancements to a noncampus space, so that students could use it, would it not? Proposed program and space improvements at the college’s library also need explanation. A city public library card is good at the RDC library, with its links for resources at other post-secondary libraries. But to hear Ward’s pitch for the college library must have caused a pang or two for our municipal library staff, for whom a sixfigure boost for facility enhancement would seem heaven-sent indeed. The fourth milestone project involves plans for expansion of the Donald School of Business downtown. The paint is only recently dried in the new school, and already there’s a need for expansion, a vision for program enhancements and a view to future

growth. All of this is terrific news, and proves the college’s partnership has found a winner. But a business school as a legacy project? Well, it doesn’t hurt to ask. The mayor and city manager have opened the discussion for council with a suggested $1.4-million to $1.5-million capital contribution, spread over five years. Consider the suggestion in the broadest terms. The Arts Centre turns 25, RDC turns 50 and the city turns 100. You won’t find a better excuse for a party than that. A party like this should leave a legacy. It would have been helpful if a suitable joint project could have been decided some time ago, so the whole community could rally around it. But a joint project for performance venues like the Arts Centre and Centre Stage could work, especially if provincial and federal money could be leveraged as both municipal and educational legacies. It’s better, and more permanent, than hosting a series of ceremonies. Greg Neiman is an Advocate editor.

LETTERS No muzzles on our council We want to assure our citizens that your city council will not be muzzled. In response to the Advocate editorial of July 19, Don’t muzzle councillors, the Code of Conduct policy, one of 32 policies, came to council through our Governance and Policy deliberations. The policy under Social Media/Networking is to determine how we hold ourselves accountable to each other as councillors and to the community. We want to clarify that it was not and is not the message or the proposal from city administration that we be restrained in any way from expressing our opinions. The discussions we held at council has led to a reworking of the point to clarify the intent. We concur that politicians must be free to speak their mind. The Code of Conduct and all of our governance policies are council-led initiatives. Council asked for the Code of Conduct and is involved in drafting them and determining their finality. Council, not administration is the driver of the policies and procedures. This policy is one of many that holds ourselves accountable to each other as council and to you, the community. Mayor Morris Flewwelling and Councillors Lynne Mulder, Buck Buchanan, Paul Harris, Cindy Jeffries and Dianne Wyntjes

Rent becoming unaffordable I am writing with great concern over the current housing situation in Red Deer and Alberta. Rental rates seem to ebb and flow with the vacancy rate, and with house prices rising and the difficulties of purchasing a home for first time buyers the vacancy rate is at about three percent. The average price for a bachelor suite is around $600 and you would be incredibly lucky to get a one bedroom for $700. In order for me to pay for rent and live comfortably within my means I will have to make about $2,100 a month, and currently that means I will have to work a second job. That is alright for me. I live alone, I am single and have no one to support. But what about everybody else? Not every one has the ability to work 60 hour weeks or the skills and education to make a few bucks more. When the vacancy rate drops, the people who can’t find a place are the people that most need it. Single parents with children, new immigrants, and single older men and women who may have an illness or disability and are limited to work at less than fifteen bucks an hour. The minimum wage at 40 hours a week comes to around $1,200 if you subtract taxes. How can anyone live on that and be secure? Yes, there is low income housing, and there are subsidies and government aid — if you know the system. But there are other solutions that could save us money later. Quite simple, build more multi-family and apartment style units that are exclusive to renters. Give builders tax breaks and grants to build these. Consider building secondary suites in older homes and make it optional in newer homes. If you really think about it, it will save us a bundle of money later. Anna Brandon Red Deer

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Make home care a priority BY KIMBERLYN MCGRAIL AND LINDA SILAS SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE Provincial premiers will be meeting as the Council of the Federation at the end of July in Halifax and health care is almost certain to be on the agenda. The first report from the First Ministers’ Health Care Innovation Working Group will be presented at the meeting, and was promised to address health human resource and service delivery issues with a national lens. The meeting will also present the opportunity to identify the next set of priorities for the working group. The front-runner on the priority list should be home and community care. Here’s why. Home and community care is the collection of services that people receive outside of hospitals and doctors’ offices. This includes nursing homes, as well as home health care, personal support services (like help with bathing or housekeeping), other community care services and, of course, care from family and friends. Ideally, all care providers will work together to create a comprehensive approach to home and community care. When they do not, it is costly, both to the health of individual Canadians, and to the public health system at large. When home and community care fails, patients end up in hospital emergency rooms, often long past the point at which preventive care measures may have provided a solution. Many then get admitted as inpa-

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tients — the most expensive form of health provision. They may then stay far too long in the hospital, awaiting a spot in a nursing home or for other appropriate community-based services to be arranged. One in every nine hospital beds is occupied by a person over age 65 who could receive appropriate care elsewhere. When emergency rooms and hospital beds are full, patients receive care in hallways. Care and work conditions are jeopardized, which increases the likelihood of infections, medical errors and readmissions. The interconnectedness of different parts of the health care system is not lost on Mike de Jong, B.C.’s Minister of Health. de Jong recently told the Fraser Health Authority that they have 150 days to improve hospital care in several key areas including less hallway care; quicker movement from the emergency room to an actual bed if inpatient care is needed; and a lower average length of stay. Their example is not unique. Health ministries across Canada are all trying to address overcrowding in acute care. But what individual provinces alone cannot address is the broader need for a comprehensive and consistent approach to home and community care for all Canadians. All provinces provide some public funding for home and community care services. But these services are not mandated by the Canada Health Act, which means that the extent of coverage, the eligibility for care, and the extent of subsidies are determined by the provinces and territo-

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Talk of ‘post-Assad’ Syria underway CANADA WORRIED CHEMICAL WEAPONS COULD FALL INTO WRONG HANDS: BAIRD BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says discussions about a “post-Assad Syria” are underway, including what to do about the stockpile of chemical and biological weapons held by the country’s regime. Baird, who met Wednesday with Syrian and Syrian-Canadian human rights activists, said Canada is working with its allies to ensure the weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands as the conflict reaches a climax. “We’re concerned about two things: them being used against the Syrian people, and two, we’re concerned about their security both before and after the regime would fall,” Baird said. The wrong hands could belong to Islamic extremists, Baird suggested, including al-Qaida cells that have reportedly infiltrated the clashes between the regime of Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, or other terrorist organizations. The Israeli government has expressed concern that Lebanon’s Hezbollah might try to secure some of the weapons of mass destruction. There has been a run on gas masks inside of Israel. The Conservative government remains resistant to supporting military action in Syria, despite Baird’s

view that “there’s no room for Assad in any effort to negotiate a solution.” “Just because a military solution worked in one part of the world, doesn’t mean it will work in another,” he said. “I think there’s a consensus among Canada and its allies and others that we need to continue to push hard on the diplomatic side. Obviously we share the frustration that we haven’t met with success, but we’re not simply going to throw in the towel.” Members of the Syrian National Council and the Syrian Canadian Council, as well as a Roman Catholic priest exiled from Syria after 30 years of interfaith work, pressed Baird during their meeting for more humanitarian assistance in the country. Canada has currently earmarked $8.5 million for helping those caught up in the conflict, but the activists are asking for Baird to come up with $25 million. “Hospitals in Syria have become detention centres, so a project that would finance mobile hospitals is a priority for us,” said Faisal Al Azem. Baird said Canada “can and does want to do more.” Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian-born Jesuit priest who ministered from a desert monastery outside of Damascus until he was exiled in June, suggested Canada could be using its expertise with Russia to help the cause.

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Both Russia and China have blocked United Nations Security Council efforts to impose sanctions on Syria. Russian officials have pointed to evidence of al-Qaida cells in Syria as a rationale for not moving to oust Assad. “There is plenty of work with Russia that is ongoing every day to fix issues related geographically with the (Arctic), so there are channels,” said Dall’Oglio. “There is knowledge, there is know-how about the relationship with Russia and geo-strategic exigencies. We ask Canada to use this know-how to start again a round of diplomacy activity.” Dall’Oglio added that Canada could help with peacekeeping or “peace promoting” efforts once the Assad regime falls and civil society must be bolstered. Baird said earlier that he’s had discussions with his Russian counterpart and the ambassador. “I think Canada’s voice has been very strong: Russia’s actions, not inactions, are enabling this regime to soldier on.” Baird also noted Canada’s alarm at the use of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft by Syrian troops. On Wednesday, the regime beefed up its forces heading towards the commercial capital of Aleppo. Rebels have already moved into a large part of the city.


BY THE CANADIAN PRESS LAC STE. ANNE — Some people attending an annual pilgrimage at Alberta’s Lac Ste. Anne say they’re upset at how they were told a blue-green algae warning had been issued for the water. Father Garry Laboucane, chairman of the board of directors that oversees the pilgrimage, says he heard about the health alert through the media. He says Alberta Health Services should have been more proactive in contacting police or coming down to the site itself. Dr. Gerry Predy of AHS admits that when the growth was first discovered, officials weren’t aware the pilgrimage was doing on. He says as soon as they realized what was happening, his staff did contact organizers. Last Sunday, many of those attending the pilgrimage waded into the water to pray and take part in a ritual blessing. “This water is supposed to be healing. I guess it isn’t now,” said attendee Teresa Peyachew. “Kind of disappointing. It’s nice and warm out. It would’ve been nice to go out and swim.” Peyachew is one of 10,000 people who came out for the 123-year-old event, which ends Thursday. “I thought I’d just come here in the water,” said Leona Morin. “A lot of people come here for the healing. That’s why I came.” Organizers of the pilgrimage have been trying to spread the word that the water isn’t safe. “We’ve taken precautions to advise all the pilgrims that they’re not supposed to go in the water,” said spokesman Clay LeBlanc. Organizers have also come up with a backup plan. Instead of going into the lake, pilgrims are bringing tap water to a priest, who is blessing the water which is when considered to have the same healing properties as the lake water. AHS said in a news release that visitors to the lake and residents on the shores should not drink from the lake or swim or wade in it. The AHS advisory also recommends people not allow their pets or livestock to drink water from the lake, and says people may wish to limit their consumption of fish caught in the lake. The advisory says blue-green algae produces a toxin that can cause serious illness to animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with infected water. It says weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another, and the toxin can stay in the water even after algae have moved or disappeared. People who come in contact with or ingest water containing toxic blue-green algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced because they spend more time in the water and are more likely to accidentally ingest contaminated water.


Divers get ready to dive from the ship The Grapple off the coast of Longue-Pointe de Mingan, Que. Wednesday. The mission is to search and recover the remains of five American crewmen of a U.S. Air Force PBY-5A “Catalina” seaplane that sank off the coast of the small village on the North shore of the St. Lawrence River in 1942.

Judge recommends RCMP update U-turn training after death of Mountie BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — An Alberta judge says RCMP should change how it trains officers to make U-turns following the death of Mountie in a traffic crash. The recommendation is the key finding of a fatality inquiry report into the May 2009 death of Const. James Lundblad near Millet, south of Edmonton. Provincial court Judge Bart Rosborough recommends that RCMP should train officers to bring their vehicles to a full stop so they can check for oncoming traffic before making U-turns. “There is no requirement that the police officer stop the vehicle and rely on that as a more significant prompting to shoulder check for traffic,” Rosborough wrote in his report released Wednesday. “A full stopping of the vehicle would, in my opinion, constitute a much more significant break in the chain of activity involved in a U-turn and might promote the type of check that would avoid the type of collision that occurred in this case.” Lundblad was driving north on Highway 2A and started a U-turn to pursue a speeding vehicle. The report says the officer pulled over to right shoulder of the road and switched on his left turn

signal, but did not turn on the car’s emergency lights before making the turn. His police cruiser was hit broadside by a truck as it made the U-turn. The report notes the Alberta’s traffic laws and rules clearly spell out that motorists can’t make Uturns unless the movement can be made safely without interfering with other traffic. Rosborough said it is obvious that the U-turn that Lundblad made could not be made safely and resulted in his death. The fatality inquiry report notes that making Uturns is almost a routine driving manoeuvre for police and that officers in Alberta likely perform “millions” of U-turns each year, the vast majority without incident. But he also notes there have been four fatal or serious collisions involving police making U-turns in Alberta since 2003. Rosborough’s report says the RCMP reviewed its U-turn policy in 2010 and found that officers sometimes fail to detect vehicles behind them before making U-turns.

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — A British Columbia motorcyclist accused of racing along a highway at 300 kilometres an hour is now facing the slow wheels of the justice system. Randy Scott, 25, appeared in a court in Kelowna, B.C., Wednesday afternoon on a charge of dangerous driving related to an April YouTube video. The video shows the motorcycle’s speedometer needle climbing as the driver weaves in and out of traffic along a Vancouver Island highway. Scott is now scheduled to appear in Victoria provincial court Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. and will be released from custody once he provides $500 cash bail and a $2,000 surety, said Neil MacKenzie, a spokesman for the Criminal Justice Branch.

Among the conditions of his release, Scott must not be found in the driver’s seat of any motor vehicle, including motorcycles, scooters or all-terrain vehicles, he added. Saanich Police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said Scott surrendered to Kelowna Mounties on Tuesday night after investigators “shook the tree,” visiting friends, family and associates of the motorcyclist who were living around Victoria, B.C., Kelowna and Edmonton, Alta. “I think this is indicative of the lengths that we will go to for incidents like this to really do our utmost to bring someone to account for something like this,” said Jantzen. “And I think this is an excellent example of dedication and commitment of those men and women in our traffic safety unit who really championed this.”


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LAVAL, Que. — With or without the tiny felt red square that has come to symbolize student defiance in the province, activist-turned-politician Leo BureauBlouin says his views on tuition hikes haven’t changed. The former student leader made his jump to politics official on Wednesday as he was introduced as a Parti Quebecois candidate one week before an expected election call where tuition will likely be a major theme. Bureau-Blouin’s inaugural news conference as a political hopeful was dominated by questions about what he wasn’t wearing: the red square worn during several months by thousands of Quebecers opposed to tuition hikes. “I think everyone knows my position on tuition fees....I think that with or without a red square, we can make Quebec one of the nations where education is the most affordable on the world,� said Bureau-Blouin, flanked by PQ Leader Pauline Marois. Many Quebecers support Premier Jean Charest’s decision to increase tuition, and the absence of

CSEC, secretive eavesdropping agency, gets even quieter OTTAWA — The curtains at Canada’s most secretive federal agency have been drawn a little tighter. The government has quietly stopped telling Canadians about the annual priorities of the national electronic eavesdropping agency — meaning scant details of its mission, once public, are now classified. Ottawa-based Communications Security Establishment Canada has the dual role of monitoring foreign computer, satellite, radio and telephone traffic, as well as helping protect federal computer systems. For years, a section of the Defence Department’s annual plans and priorities report spelled out the agency’s priorities. Last year those priorities included a focus on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, foreign espionage and interference, and the federal government’s northern Canada strategy. As a result of federal organizational changes, CSE will now produce its own plans and priorities report, performance report and annual report — but none will be published.

REGINA — Saskatchewan is considering allowing hunters to kill more moose, fearing the animal’s growing population roaming the rolling southern prairie is becoming a danger to drivers. A funeral was planned Wednesday for RCMP Const. Derek Pineo, who was killed last week when his cruiser hit a moose while responding to a call near Wilkie, northwest of Saskatoon. Saskatchewan Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says the animals are being drawn south as farms expand in size and the threat of human interaction shrinks. There’s ample water and food and a lack of predators. The government estimates there are 50,000 moose in Saskatchewan and about 5,000 of those now live south of Prince Albert, where the vast, sparsely populated forest gives way to fields and a network or highways and grid roads. “It is quite a serious concern,� Cheveldayoff says. “With the increase in moose population come the increase in chances of collision.� A decade ago it was rare to see a moose in the south — there were probably fewer than 200, estimates Chuck Lees, wildlife manager with the Ministry of the Environment. Officials are now trying to come up with ways to control the numbers.

Public funeral to be held for dismemberment victim Jun Lin on Thursday MONTREAL — A public funeral will be held on Thursday for Jun Lin, whose slaying grabbed national attention after his body was dismembered and parts were mailed to two Canadian cities. Concordia University spokeswoman Clea Desjardins says the service will be held at a Montreal funeral home. Lin studied computer science at the university, which is helping raise funds for his family and is setting up an award in his memory. A public memorial was held last weekend in which his anguished mother talked about how the tragedy had devastated the family. Lin’s dismembered torso was found May 29 stuffed in a suitcase that had been dumped in the trash outside a Montreal apartment building. The same day, one of his feet was discovered in a package mailed to the Conservative party in Ottawa and a hand was found in another package in a Canada Post warehouse in the national capital. His other hand and foot were discovered on June 5 in packages mailed to two Vancouver schools. Luka Rocco Magnotta, a small-time porn actor, was arrested June 4 in Berlin after an international manhunt. He was extradited to Montreal on June 18 and charged with Lin’s firstdegree murder the next day. Magnotta has pleaded not guilty.

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of just how close her party really is to the movement. “He (Blouin) is the symbol of what has happened in the spring and Pauline Marois has decided to embrace what has happened, embrace that movement through Mr. Bureau-Blouin,� the premier said. “It’ll be an opportunity to make it even clearer than it already is, the choice we will have eventually.� The PQ is hoping Bureau-Blouin’s candidacy in the Montrealarea riding of Laval-des-Rapides will help attract even more young people to vote for the sovereigntist party at the next election, which is expected to be called next Wednesday and held Sept. 4. Blouin says Quebecers in his age range constitute one-tenth of the population but have no representation at the legislature. While he could have gone back to school and entered politics in a few years time, Blouin said he couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to run for the PQ. “I’m doing this now because I really have a conviction that something new is possible now,� Blouin said.

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Firearms sales surge in wake of shooting BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — Firearms sales are surging after last week’s Colorado theatre massacre as buyers fear that politicians may use the shootings to seek new restrictions on owning weapons. Some Democratic lawmakers in Congress cited the shooting as evidence of the need for tougher gun control laws — particularly a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Congress, however, hasn’t passed strict legislation in more than a decade, and leaders in Washington show no sign of bringing up such measures any time soon. In Colorado, where Friday’s shooting killed 12 and injured dozens, gun sales jumped in the three days that followed. The state approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — 25 per cent more than the average Friday to Sunday period in 2012 and 43 per cent more than the same interval the week prior. Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den in Arvada, Colorado, said requests for concealed-weapon training certification “are off the hook.” His four-hour course in gun safety, required for certification for a concealed-weapons permit in Colorado, has drawn double the interest since Friday. “What they’re saying is, they want to have a chance. They want to have the ability to protect themselves and their families if they are in a situation like what happened in the movie theatre,” Rutan said. Day-to-day gun sales frequently fluctuate, but the numbers look strong outside of Colorado, too. Seattle’s home county, King, saw nearly twice as many requests for concealed pistol licenses than the same time frame a year ago. Florida recorded 2,386 background checks on Friday, up 14 per cent from the week before. Oregon sales on Friday and Saturday were up 11 per cent over the month before. Four days of checks in California were up 10 per cent month-to-month. During the past decade, June and July have consistently been the slowest months for gun sales, according to FBI data. Jay Wallace, who owns Adventure Outdoors in Georgia, found that his sales on Saturday were up 300 per cent from the same day a year ago — making it one of the best Saturdays his business has ever had. He said customers are often afraid when there’s a gun-related tragedy that some lawmakers might try and push through an anti-gun agenda.


In this photo provided by the University of Colorado Hospital, Katie Medley kisses her newborn son Hugo Jackson Medley at the hospital in Aurora, Colo, Tuesday. When Katie Medley gave birth to the healthy baby boy her husband Caleb, wounded in Colorado’s theater shooting, lay in a medically-induced coma one floor below her.

COLORADO “We shouldn’t let one sick individual make us forget and lose sight of freedoms in this country,” Wallace said. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. Authorities have said the suspected Colorado shooter, James Holmes, stockpiled weapons and explosives at work and home in recent months. He purchased thousands of rounds of ammunition and a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle and two Glock pis-

tols, authorities said. On Friday, clad in head-to-toe combat gear, he burst into a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” tossed gas canisters into the crowd and opened fire. Nationally, the shootings have triggered a fierce debate over gun control and whether government has a role in reining in the ownership of firearms. Sales spiked following the election of President Barack Obama, when weapons enthusiasts expressed fear that the Democrat might curtail gun rights.

Syria rushes tanks to Aleppo to battle rebels BEIRUT — Dozens of government tanks converged on Syria’s largest city Wednesday as President Bashar Assad marshalled his forces to stamp out a five-day rebel fight to wrest Aleppo from the regime’s grasp. As the fighting raged in Aleppo, Turkey said that it had sealed its border to trade with Syria, effectively ending a relationship once worth $3 billion, but would keep the frontier open to civilians fleeing the violence or in search of supplies. Two more Syrian diplomats, meanwhile, defected in the latest sign of cracks in the upper echelons of the Assad regime. Fierce streets battles have raged in Aleppo since Saturday as rebels have slowly pushed through friendly neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city towards its ancient centre. Although the regime has brought in its superior firepower, including attack helicopters and fighter jets, its forces have yet to drive out the rebels without additional reinforcements. “We are expecting a big attack on Aleppo,” local activist Mohammed Saeed said via Skype, explaining that some 80 tanks had been spotted in the countryside being hauled by flatbed trucks towards the city. “People are worried they might be hit by random shelling and are fleeing.” A similar rebel assault in Damascus last week took days for the government to control, and only then with the help of artillery bombardments and helicopters. Northern Syria, especially the province of Idlib near Aleppo, has seen some of the heaviest and steadiest fighting between government forces and the rebels, and large swathes of the countryside are under opposition control. Yet while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed confidence Tuesday in the rebel advances and predicted the eventual establishment of safe havens, the opposition fighters have yet to hold any territory against a concerted regime assault. This is in stark contrast to Libya’s

rebels, who last year were able to create a liberated area in the east of their country that proved key to their successful battle to oust longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. However, the Syrian rebels’ hold over territory is tenuous. They do not control any major urban areas, and are not backed by NATO’s war planes the way the Libyans were. While Syrian government forces are stretched thin by fighting taking place across the country in cities like Homs and Hama in central Syria, Deir elZour in the west, Daraa in the south and Idlib province in the north, they can defeat any single rebel assault by concentrating their forces, as they now appear to be doing with Aleppo since pacifying Damascus. Yet even as Syria’s powerful 300,000-man-strong military holds fast in the battle against the rebels, there are signs of cracks among the elites of the regime with a string of recent high profile defections. Lamia al-Hariri, Damascus’ envoy to Cyprus and her husband Abdel Latif Dabbagh, the former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates left their posts, following in the footsteps of the ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, who defected two weeks earlier. SNC member Shadi al-Khesh in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi said Wednesday that other Syrian diplomats are expected to quit their posts soon, though he was unable to provide specifics. “I think you will see many Syrian diplomats defect,” he said. Late Tuesday, a top military commander and close friend of Assad confirmed his defection. Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, son of a former defence minister, said in a video broadcast on AlArabiya TV that Syrians must work together to build a new country. It was his first public appearance since he left Syria earlier this month. In another blow to the regime, Turkey sealed its border with Syria to trade, though it will remain open for Syrians fleeing or seeking supplies, Turkey’s economy minister said. Zafer Caglayan added that the deteriorating security was behind the closure of a border through which Tur-

key once exported food and construction materials to the entire Middle East, though the volume of traffic had dropped 87 per cent since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. “We have serious concerns over the safety of Turkish trucks regarding their entry and return from Syria,” he said, adding that three border crossings were in rebel hands. Syrians seeking refuge or to resupply would still be allowed in. A Syrian ally before the anti-Assad uprising began 16 months ago, Ankara has since turned into a harsh critic the regime in Damascus has pursued its bloody crackdown on the revolt. Now, Turkish territory along the of the coun-


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WASHINGTON — The Normans may have conquered them 946 years ago, but Mitt Romney has the backs of the Anglo-Saxons. An unnamed adviser to the Republican presidential hopeful has caused a scandal by raising the apparent plight of Anglo-Saxons under U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview with a British newspaper. The aide suggested the Republican presidential hopeful could forge deeper ties to the United Kingdom than the president due to Romney’s heritage. “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser told the Telegraph. “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” The remarks prompted Telegraph reporter Jon Swaine, the paper’s Washington correspondent, to suggest to the aide that they could be construed as racist since Obama’s father is Kenyan. “Obama is a left-winger,” another adviser later said. “He doesn’t value the NATO alliance as much. He’s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don’t mean as much to him. He wouldn’t like singing Land of Hope and Glory.” Swaine later tweeted that the remarks came from members of Romney’s “foreign policy advisory team.” David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, called the comments “stunningly offensive.” Vice-President Joe Biden was also critical, pointing out that Romney had pledged not to malign the president during his trip overseas this week to Great Britain, Israel and Poland. “Despite his promises that politics stops at the water’s edge, Gov. Romney’s wheels hadn’t even touched down in London before his advisers were

reportedly playing politics with international diplomacy,” Biden said in a statement. “The comments reported this morning are a disturbing start to a trip designed to demonstrate Gov. Romney’s readiness to represent the United States on the world’s stage . . . This assertion is beneath a presidential campaign.” The brouhaha erupted on the eve of Romney’s meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a conservative who nonetheless enjoys a close personal relationship with the president. The Romney campaign responded to the uproar by questioning the authenticity of the Telegraph piece. “It’s not true,” a Romney campaign spokeswoman said in a statement. “If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Gov. Romney or anyone inside the campaign.” The remarks also resulted in gleeful ridicule on various social media platforms. “Will no one speak up on behalf of Norman culture?” one wag tweeted. Added another: “Hoo boy — Romney’s ’Anglo-Saxon’ remark is totally going to lose him the Norman, Druid, Jute and Saracen vote!” David Waldman, contributing editor of the Daily Kos, joked: “In Poland, they’re privately telling Anglo-Saxon jokes before Romney’s arrival.” Brett Friedman, a blogger for the Marine Corps Gazette, quipped: “Glad Romney has a plan for Anglo-Saxon advancement. The Lombards and Visigoths are on the march, and the Frankish tribes grow restless.” NBC blogger Edward McClelland, meantime, provided a list of non-Anglo-Saxon presidents: Martin Van Buren, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

Sanctions won’t force nuclear policy shift BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TEHRAN, Iran — Western-led sanctions and diplomatic pressure will not force Iran to halt its nuclear program, Iran’s Supreme Leader said Wednesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, voiced confidence that the Islamic Republic can beat the latest punitive measures aimed at blocking the country’s vital oil and banking industries over the disputed program. “They (the West) explicitly say they need to increase pressures, tighten sanctions to force Iranian authorities to reconsider their calculations,” Khamenei said in comments broadcast on state television. “But a look at the facts leads us not only to avoid reconsidering our calculations, but to move on our intended path with greater confidence.” The latest European Union sanctions against Iran’s vital oil industry came into effect on July 1, three days after the U.S. tightened measures that prohibit international banks from completing oil transactions with Iranian banks. The moves, a response to Iran’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, further complicate the country’s ability to conduct trade abroad. The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes. Israel has indicated it might attack Iran if sanctions fail to rein in the nuclear program. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Israel might have to make “tough and crucial decisions” about its security, warning that if Iran were allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, dealing with the matter then “will be far more complicated, far more dangerous and far more costly in resources and human life.” In his remarks, Khamenei said he felt some countries partaking in the U.S.-led sanctions will not continue them over the long term because of economic drawbacks.


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BEST BETS Saturday CentreFest International Street Performer Festival runs 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28 and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at the intersection of 49th Ave. and Ross St. in downtown Red Deer for the whole family. Phone 403-340-8696 or email info@centrefest. ca. New this year — A Late Night Adult Variety Show! adults-only cabaret that will be cheeky, naughty, and eye-popping at the City Centre Stage after the festival wraps up for the day. Tickets are very limited and available exclusively through the Black Knight Ticket Centre 403-755-6626.




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HIDDEN GEM The Chemistry of Tears By Peter Carey Faber It is not an exaggeration to say that Peter Carey has given new meaning to the term “historical fiction”. His modus operandi is to intertwine fictions with historical documents. In this, his 12th novel, imperial patronage takes a bashing and Victoria and Albert are glimpsed in their nighties, but the seed of historical truth is the 18th-century inventor Jacques de Vaucanson’s mechanical duck. This famed automaton supposedly ate, digested and excreted grain in front of an audience. In The Chemistry of Tears, Catherine Gehrig, a conservator at London’s Swinburne Museum, learns of the death of her married lover and colleague. In the midst of her secret grief Catherine’s boss gives her a mysterious object to reconstruct. It is a copy of the famous duck, commissioned by one Henry Brandling. His notebooks, written in 1854, detail his intention to build Vaucanson’s duck to enliven the spirits of his dangerously ill son. In the notebooks, Henry travels to the Black Forest in search of a talented cuckoo clockmaker. Instead he meets Sumper, one of Carey’s sinister, finagling, monstrous characters, who appears to be a thief and charlatan, but may be a deranged genius. As poor, cuckolded Henry edgily awaits his creature’s birth, Catherine, rebuilding and restoring the automaton, becomes obsessed. Her work – dissecting the guts of the historical machinery, finally making it come to an eerie simulation of life – has obvious parallels with the work of the historical novelist. A “facsimile of life” is the phrase Carey uses. And the meanings of artificial life are multiple. —The Telegraph

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Sunday Afternoon at the Museum 2 p.m. at the Dickson Store Museum. Live music, readings, a one-act play entitled More Letters to Grandma and Grandpa, and refreshments will be offered. 403-728-3355. Scott Block Theatre presents Andrew McLaren and Karl Neumann. Folk/ bluegrass style music. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds go towards the hockey team’s trip to Poland for a series of Friendship Games. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8. Open to ages twelve and over. Edith McLaren at 403347-8129 or Crystal Neumann at 403-5971526.



Diana Dang carries used books at a swap event in Toronto: finding bargains by looking beyond standard purchasing patterns.

Cash-pinched consumers rediscover old-style exchange tering of many rental stores which impacts both availability and supply, she noted. “I’m finding it’s very difficult,” said Hirji. “A lot of the independent stores have TORONTO — Andrea Ata and Dominika raised their prices and they’re hard to acGutkowska arrived toting carts with more cess. And a lot of times, they’re out of stock than 100 books, CDs on what you want.” and DVDs between barterthem — and their ex‘YOUR TALENT, YOUR THINGS, YOUR TIME — THAT HAS VALUE ing,Beyond the online pectations in check. realm is proving to AND IT CAN BE TRADED FOR SOMETHING ELSE.’ “There was no wish be fertile ground list because coming to — SWAPISTY FOUNDER for cost-conscious these things, you don’t MARTA NOWINSKA consumers seeking know what you’re goto borrow items on ing to get,” Ata said a short-term basis. outside Swapsity’s Sara Da Costa of recent Book Movie the online rental Music Eco-Swap at the marketplace RentLive Green Toronto said the Festival. website has been “We’re just hoping up and running for (for) even one good a year. book that we wanted After her fato read.” ther died about But the 16-year-olds 5 ½ years ago, Da ended up doing far Costa’s mother had better, scoring a copy a garage packed of The Girl with the full of his belongDragon Tattoo, a numings which her ber of teen books and daughter offered DVDs like the recent Planet of the Apes reto give away or make — with no monsell. Her mother ey changing hands. told Da Costa she “There’s a lot of couldn’t part with things that we have the items. at home and (they’re) They decided just going to end up to start making nowhere. There’s so some of the items many unused things,” (including tools) said Ata. available for rent, “We think comstarting a website ing down to the swap similar to one in and being able to exFrance. change (them) is not Da Costa said only eco-friendly, but there are now a a great way to reuse lot of rental rethings and make a quests for big-tickdifference.” et items such as Of more than 6,200 cars, motorcycles items contributed, Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS and jet skis. more than 4,900 were She also conPeople browse used DVDs at a swap event in Toronto. Swap events and online rental swapped during the nine-hour event, said marketplaces are offering individuals a multitude of opportunities to barter or borrow — tinues to rent out her father’s tools. Swapsity founder and not just for fresh flicks. “It’s a way of my Marta Nowinska. dad being alive Some of the remainfor us.” ing 1,300 items were desserts made for the big day. Nowinska isn’t surprised to see interest donated to the YMCA and the balance was The IT recruiter has offered to help indi- in short-term rentals, particularly since the being saved for a swap on Sunday in Toviduals with interview skills and any other value of the item isn’t necessarily vested in ronto’s Kensington Market. job-related expertise required. The Swappossessing it full-time. Swapsity has staged numerous face-tosity volunteer and her fiance, Avi Bhatt, “At the end of the day, we don’t need the face swaps, which have included events even scored a personalized song from a drill — we need the hole. We don’t need where deal-seekers exchanged for accesrecording artist — which the couple plans the CD — we need the music. So this idea of sories, clothing and Halloween costumes. to use at their wedding — in exchange for ownership is starting to diminish in imporBut Nowinska said the concept originally working on his resume. tance,” she said. launched as, and mainly remains as, an on“There’s a whole other form of currency “Using a community — like some sort of line swapping community. and bartering that people don’t even realswapping or sharing community — it cre“I see swapping and the sharing econoize,” said Hirji. ates this marketplace for items which are my as a way to stretch your budget and be The 38-year-old has also been able to kinder to the planet,” said Nowinska. no longer used by one person, but could be scoop up some classic TV shows through “So if you tap into this community of of value to someone else.” swaps, DVDs she said are often difficult cashless transactions — a community like Online: and costly to find elsewhere. Swapsity —you get access to a sharing netRentThings: Compounding the challenge is the shutwork in our community. Your talent, your Swapsity: BY LAUREN LA ROSE THE CANADIAN PRESS

things, your time — that has value and it can be traded for something else.” Soon-to-be-newlywed Fahrin Hirji has embraced bartering as she parlays her own skills in exchange for services for her upcoming nuptials, like having appetizers and

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Sheep meadow is a bad location for tack shed We have a tack shed in the middle icing the willow branches and the roof of our sheep meadow; which is just tucked under a thick frosting of snow. slightly less odd than a shark tank in Can you picture it? the middle of a desert. Sure you can. And you know why? It’s a healthy 200 metres Because you have a calfrom our house and a good endar. 100 metres (and a ditch and There were plenty of dethree gates) from the horse tractors that tried to reason pasture. with me but I was fixated One could say its locaand firm. tion is a tad impractical. A little walking and inAfter all, a tack shed holds convenience never hurt tack; horse tack. anybody. Saddles, bridles and I was a lot younger. Some halters along with all terrain and navigational the brushes, combs and difficulties resulted in the blankets. And yet, there it shed being parked several sits way out in the sheep feet from the tree. SHANNON meadow. We don’t ride the This was unfortunate, but MCKINNON sheep. So why is it there? I if you stood at just the right blame calendars. angle and squinted one eye The shed is small with a you could imagine the wilhip roof making it look like low branches draped over a miniature barn. the roof. In what is now our sheep meadow We put the horses in the meadow, once stood a gorgeous diamond willow. their tack in the shed and all was right When we moved here we brought with the world. And then we got the the shed from our previous property. goats. I looked at the willow and pictured The meadow was small; barely two its branches draped over the roof. It acres and fenced with page wire. would look gorgeous; a picture perfect The horses loved to lean over the scene straight out of a calendar. Most page wire to see if the rumour was likely January. true; was the grass really greener? I could already see the hoar frost Their experimenting left impressions


up and down the fence line like a ripple potato chip. We fenced in 10 acres across the road with barbwire, moved the horses over there and put the goats in the horse’s former digs. And then the goats ate the willow tree. Well they didn’t scarf it down like a hotdog, but they nibbled all the bark off around its trunk killing it by what is known in forestry circles as ‘girdling’. For a few years things still looked picturesque in the winter with the snow on the shed and frost coating the branches of the dead tree. Over time the willow trunk and branches turned dark silver and held a certain beauty and grace in its demise. And then we got some sheep. The sheep are Icelandic and have heavy curved horns which they love to rub on everything, including dead willow trees. Last year a large portion of the tree toppled into a heap. You don’t see that kind of thing on the pages of a calendar. Not even in November. So there sits my folly in the field. They say it’s all about location, location, location. I finally admit it; the shed is in a bad location, bad location, bad location. Every once in awhile we

talk about moving the shed, but logistics get in the way. The skids are rotting, we’d have to take down the fence and we’d likely squash more than a few of the shrubs and trees that have been planted along the fence line since we moved here. Bad enough we killed the poor willow. And the shed is almost 15 years older than it was when we moved it here. I don’t know what that works out to in shed years, but chances are good it might not hold up to being drug over a bumpy pasture and then what? We’d have a heap of shed next to our heap of willow branches. You definitely won’t see that in a calendar any month soon. Between my garden, animals, work, projects and other commitments I’ve been so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse. However, this afternoon I am determined to get down to the shed to at least clean up the fallen willow and prepare to cremate its final remains. I just need to find my hiking boots...and perhaps pack a snack. Shannon McKinnon is a humour columnist from Northern BC. You can catch up on past columns by visiting www.

Grenville work a piece of charming reading The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville $19.99 Harper pub This is not a new novel but one that presented itself to me while I was searching for something different. The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for fiction, and it is a treat to read. If you are a little tired of the predictable lusty romps that pass as “hot reads” maybe you’ll enjoy this charming story. This book is set in the town of Karakarook, New South Wales, (pop 1774). The town is hot and flyblown and the wide and dusty front street, Parnassus Road shows that in times past the town had plans to be big and bustling. The Cobwebbe Crafte Shoppe features part of a sign left over from Christmas, which says, Merry Xmas Peace on Ear. PEGGY There is a General Store FREEMAN and Mini Mart and Alfred Chang Superior Meats and BOOK REVIEW the Caledonian Hotel, where Douglas Cheeseman is staying, in Room 8. He is their only guest. Doug Cheeseman is an Engineer sent to Karakarook to build a bridge to replace the hundred year old one known as Bent Bridge. He is a shy and homely man, a cracker-jack engineer with few social graces. The bridge was not always bent. A violent storm beat against the bridge but instead of giving way, the bridge bent, and if that isn’t a tourist attraction then what is? So the Heritage people want it saved and while they’re at it, they will open a Heritage Museum to show off the artifacts of their past. The town is divided, of course. There are those who call the Heritage people, “the compost and earth toilet bunch.” Their answer is a cement bridge. Harley Savage is a, “rawboned plain person, tall and unlikely with a ragged haircut and white teeshirt coming unstitched along the shoulder.” She has been sent out from Sydney by the “Applied Arts Museum,” to help the town of Karakarook get the Heritage Museum up and rolling. The minute she is in town she is adopted by a friendly dog. Harley knows that dogs mean “relationship” and she’s not having any. Dogs, of this type, can’t imagine you don’t want them around, so he stays close. That these two unattractive people will meet is inevitable. It’s improbable that they will have a future together, after all she has a chip on her shoulder and a sad history, and he wouldn’t, as they say, say boo to a goose. The town is like every small town you ever left; there are characters behind every light post. Any kind of News will be passed on. And speaking of that, have you noticed that Felicity, the wife of the Bank Manager spends a lot of time at Alfred Chang’s Superior Meat Shop? It is a pleasure to read this book of small town people surviving together hopefully. They have opinions and sign petitions, and keep an eye out for news. Two new characters in town will keep them very busy. Peggy Freeman is a freelance writer living in Red Deer.

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Will we boil in our own oil? The recent two-column series on the June 7th Plains Midstream Canada pipeline leak of 3,000 barrels of light sour crude oil into the Red Deer River has drawn considerable reader comment, all of it saying, in effect, “enough is worse than enough, it is too much!” Many comments expressed the hope that that the U.S. denying approval for the Keystone Pipeline down there, and our own native people and environmentalists opposing the Gateway Pipeline in B.C., may ultimately save us Albertans and Alberta from boiling in our own oil. Many readers were delighted with the “poetry” of the BOB Michigan official likening the SCAMMELL negligence and non-performance of our own Enbridge in their huge pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River to the famously inept Keystone Kops. Three readers who live along the Red Deer have independently come to the shocking conclusion that the leak into the Red Deer near Sundre probably went on for considerably longer than we are being told and that oil probably flowed over or under Dickson Dam and into the river downstream before the booms were in place that allegedly confined the oil to Glennifer Lake. Now that Premier Redford has retreated from her stupidly mistaken statement at Glennifer Lake on June 9th about how “fortunate we are that pipeline spills don’t happen very often in Alberta,” and her government has belatedly called what is billed as a wide-ranging and independent inquiry into pipeline safety, there must be hearings — an opportunity for people to present their own independent findings.


Required reading for anyone interested in pipeline safety in particular and the future of Alberta in general, and that should include all Albertans, is an article in the summer 2012 issue, now on news stands, of Fly Rod & Reel magazine, “Black Bile From the North,” by Ted Williams. Williams has covered the environment for Fly Rod & Reel for nearly 30 years and for Audubon Magazine for longer than that, and is arguably the most incisive environmental writer in North America. Sub-title of Williams’s FR&R article is “Foreign interests want to gouge the world’s dirtiest oil from under Canada’s vast boreal forest and pipe it through some of North America’s most important fish and wildlife habitat.” The article’s factual indictment and the pictures accompanying it are compelling and chilling for an Albertan, because Williams shows what we are doing first to the environment of everyone and everything here in Alberta even before we get around to peddling and shipping what we gouge from the ground: “black bile,” “the world’s dirtiest oil,” what Williams calls “dilbit,” diluted bitumen, more acidic and sulphuric than conventional crude, but also containing sand; the combination guarantees the quick internal corrosion of pipelines. Read Williams’s article and weep, then wonder how and why so few Alberta journalists have ever so thoroughly investigated a subject so important to Alberta. If you can’t find FR&R magazine, it should be “up” on their website in the near future. Readers frequently question my preference for the “heresy” of fishing flies — even dry flies — downstream, casting slack into the line, etc., and the ease of teaching kids to fly fish that way. Well, the fly fishing world is either catching up with me, or gearing down to where I am. That same current issue of Fly Rod & Reel and also the current issue of Fly Fisherman magazine are full of articles and mentions of these methods, even

my old “British” method of fishing three wet flies at once. Nothing raises my own internal pipelines’ black bile quite like the recent stories with headlines to this effect: “One more year of pheasant hunting in Alberta has been guaranteed.” The reference is to Upland Birds Alberta having lobbied the government into finding and fronting the money so UBA can plant 14,000 hatchery pheasants in Alberta again this year, after lame duck last minister of sustainable resource development, Frank Oberle, had earlier announced the stocking program would be cancelled. Facts are hard to pry loose, but the birds, virtually all males, roosters, cocks, whatever, will likely cost $14 a head and will probably be planted by UBA mostly on Alberta’s “Designated Release Sites” (killing grounds), for quick execution by shooters who, for one reason of another, just do not hunt wild pheasants. Thus, the headline should read “one more year of pheasant killing has been guaranteed.” Pheasants were introduced into Alberta by the Alberta Fish and Game Association around 100 years ago. By 1932, the non-native upland game birds had sufficiently established themselves that a hunting season was opened for them. Since then, with one season cancelled for a spurious mercury scare, we have had annual pheasant hunting seasons ever since. As the weather goes, there are up and down years, but, since 1932, it has always been the wild pheasants in good habitat, and not hatchery birds dumped into killing grounds, which have “guaranteed” each succeeding season of pheasant hunting. Bob Scammell is an award-winning outdoors writer living in Red Deer.

Research reveals secrets Some editing tips for to longer, healthier life the video generation The secret to a longer, healthier life is: for mice treated with rapamycin, a bactea. Be born to an older dad; rial product first isolated from soil on Easter b. Be born in September through Novem- Island in the Pacific and currently used as a ber; transplant drug. c. Take a bacterial product first Given to young mice, the drug found in the soil of Easter Island; enhanced their learning and d. Have more social connecmemory and reduced anxiety; givtions; en to older mice, declining brain e. Take a space voyage. function actually improved. f. All of the above. The drug has effects similar to If you answered “all of the an antidepressant and increases above,” you win the Ponce de Lelevels of several “feel good” neuon prize for keeping up with rerotransmitters in the brain. search news on what may contribAt the University of Chicago, ute to longevity in assorted test husband-and-wife researchers Leanimals -- and humans. onid Gavrilov and Natalia GavrExplorers and scientists have ilova looked at records for nearly been looking for ways to “beat” 1,600 Americans born between LEE aging for hundreds of years. 1880 and 1895 who achieved age BOWMAN The challenge in research to100, as well as more than 10,000 day lies in untangling which of shorter-lived siblings and more the many threads of our lives can than 1,000 spouses. be stretched out even longer, but They found that those born also healthier. in the fall, September through While it might be great to live to be 100, November, had 40 percent higher odds of many folks would settle for making it to 90 reaching the century mark than did those with a healthy mind and body. born in March. Much of the time, researchers study aniThe researchers wrote online in the Jourmals because things move along faster. nal of Aging Research in November that three They can watch a biological process un- factors were probably most important for fold in a matter of weeks or months, rather babies born before 1900: mild temperatures than decades. in the first months of life; a seasonal lull in Consider C. elegans, a microscopic species cycles of infectious diseases; and better maof primitive flatworm that, after spending ex- ternal nutrition being available during the tended time on the International Space Sta- harvest season. tion, was found to have slowed down muscle All three factors helped avoid a buildup aging and thus lived longer. of damage to the infants’ systems early in Dutch and English scientists figured out life, the researchers argue, and support the that a group of seven genes in the worms theory that “early life programming” helps were expressed at lower levels while in determine the course of aging and longevspace, and that led to fewer toxic proteins ity. released into muscle. Finally, a recent study by researchers at Back on Earth, scientists also figured out Northwestern University found that children how to inhibit those same genes in other and even grandchildren born to older men worms. may live longer because they inherit longer Now, they plan to work with Dutch as- telomeres — protective caps on the ends of tronaut Andre Kuipers, who just returned chromosomes — that protect against aging from a six-month stay on the ISS, to see if the degeneration and disease. same genes affected aging in his muscles. The researchers used a collection of nearThen there are the forgetful bees stud- ly 1,800 blood samples from young Filipino ied by researchers at Arizona State Uni- adults and their mothers to measure telomversity. ere length and birth records to determine They’ve found that as the insects mature the ages of the children’s fathers and grandin a 30-day lifespan, they spend more time fathers. out of a hive foraging alone. They found that a person’s telomeres are By losing their social connections, their likely to become longer not only due to their bee brains become less organized, with father’s age when the person was born, but symptoms resembling dementia. also with the paternal grandfather’s age at Left alone, they’ll die early. But if those their father’s birth, amplifying the effect same bees are restricted inside the hive, over multiple generations. their brains recover function and they live The study was published in the June 11 out their full month. So if you want to keep Proceedings of the National Academy of Scithe brain sharp, maintain social connec- ences. tions. Researchers at the University of Texas Contact Scripps Howard News Service health Health Science Centre in San Antonio last and science writer Lee Bowman at BowmanL@ month reported some remarkable outcomes


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Olds College gardens mature with facility Olds College is in its 99th year with It is now planted with heat loving, plans for huge celebrations next year. drought resistant plants that are atIt has managed to thrive tractive and thrive. through keeping the funWhile there are flowers damentals that work and for colour most of the colour revamping what doesn’t. comes from the different The same can be said colour of foliage. about their gardens. Across a short expanse of The bones of their garlawn a more traditional bed dens, the large trees, large attracts the eye. beds and paths have reIn this case they have mained the same for the used mass plantings of pelast 40 years. The plants rennials and annuals to atwithin many of the beds tract your eye and lead you have changed. towards the garden. Mature spruce trees now The majority of plants tower over the buildings. within a botanical gardens Olds uses its gardens as are named allowing visiLINDA an outdoor classroom and tors to write down the plant TOMLINSON the beds reflect this. names to be purchased elseAt one time a west facwhere. ing bed was full of shrubs Succulents that one usuand other plants that strugally only see in doors or in gled to survive. pots have been placed in beds mak-


ing an attractive display. It is a look that might catch on as the plants are unique and require little of no care. There are many hardy roses that thrive in Alberta. A walk through the rose garden at Olds College is a sensory delight. The name tags are clearly visible with the common name as well as the Latin name. The water gardens and stream beds that are in place in the main part of the campus are a taste of what is soon to be available in their new 20-acre botanical gardens and wetlands. Once completed the wetlands will be used as an outside lab to learn about how wetlands work to clean and filter water. Trials are also done with annuals. These flowering baskets are ones that anyone would be proud to have on their property.

Olds College trails flowers and vegetables for the All-American Selections. Plants that obtain good reviews from the trials are then propagated and sold to the public. The gardens at Olds College are always open to the public and well worth a visit. Anyone who would like a tour can phone the main switchboard to make inquires. People that would like to sponsor a brick, bench, bridge or gazebo for the new Botanic Gardens and Wetlands can check information on the website or call the Department of Advancement. Linda Tomlinson is a horticulturalist and educator living in Rocky Mountain House. You can reach her at





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Friday Ponoka Legion weekly suppers continue at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Cost is $13 per person. Phone 403-783-4076. Whisker Rescue Fundraising Garage Sale will be held July 27 to 29 at the Red Deer Armouries, north door entrance, 4402, 55th Street. The sale takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations accepted every Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and excludes clothing, large furniture or electronics. Bottle donations are also accepted. For more information contact Diane at 403-347-1251.

Saturday Crafternoon of Imagination takes place at Dawe Branch or Red Deer Public Library on July 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. See CentreFest International Street Performer Festival runs 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28 and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at the intersection of 49th Ave. and Ross St. in downtown Red Deer for the whole family. Phone 403340-8696 or email New this year — A Late Night Adult Variety Show! adults-only cabaret that will be cheeky, naughty, and eye-popping for all at the City Centre Stage after the festival wraps up for the day. Tickets are very limited and available exclusively through the Black Knight Ticket Centre 403-7556626. The event is sponsored by Venture Tax and Accounting on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 9 p.m. Celiac Support Group Gluten Free Pot Luck Supper will be held on July 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. Supper will be served at 5 p.m. Please bring a gluten free dish to share such as a salad, casserole, entree, dessert or baking. To find out location and more, contact Fay at 403-347-3248, or Clarice at 403-341-4351 or email Family Drop-In Storytime is offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the children’s department at the downtown branch of Red Deer Public Library. Songs, finger plays, crafts and more geared to three to six year olds. Children under three welcome with an adult. Phone 403-3464576. Bentley United Church Thrift Shop is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. from May long weekend to Sept. long weekend. In July and Aug. the thrift shop is also open on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. Contact Gail at 403-748-2935. Red Deer Runners meet at the Red Deer Recreation Centre every Saturday at 9 a.m. for a fun run. On July 28 the group will meet at Riverbend Golf Course for a fun run. Novice to advanced runners who want to meet new people and enjoy the social atmosphere of a group are invited to participate touring around the city on sidewalks and city trails, and learn more about the trails. Once a month the group hosts a fun event. See, or phone 403-347-0430.

Sunday Sunday Afternoon at the Museum will be held on July 29, 2 p.m. at the Dickson Store Museum. Live music, readings, a one-act play entitled More Letter to Grandma and Grandpa, and refreshments will be offered. For more information call 403-728-3355.

Tuesday Norwegian Laft Hus Society Museum is a handcrafted replica of a 17th century farmhouse from the Numedal District in Norway, including a sod roof and collection of antiques. Located in Heritage Square behind the Recreation Centre, the museum’s summer hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends from noon to 4 p.m. and closed Mondays and holidays. Phone 403-347-2055 for more information. River Bend Senior Mixed Open Golf Tournament will be held on July 31, with registration at 8 a.m., and 9 a.m. shotgun start. Participants aged 55 plus years with established handicap invited. There will be prizes, steak dinner, complimentary use of practice facility. Pass-holders pay $50, non-pass-holders pay $100. Register as team or individual by July 27 to the pro shop, 403-343-8311. Scott Block Theatre presents Andrew McLaren and Karl Neumann on July 31. Come out and enjoy folk/bluegrass style music. Tickets are $15 per person in advance, or $20 per person at the door. All proceeds go towards the hockey team’s trip to Poland for a series of Friendship Games with a Polish hockey league in Jan. 2013. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8.

Open to ages twelve and over. Contact Edith McLaren at 403-347-8129 or Crystal Neumann at 403-597-1526 to purchase tickets.

Wednesday Lunch and Learn with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort every Wednesday in July and August from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Hub on Ross St. Drop in with a bag lunch and meet people of different cultures and abilities. For more information, contact Jan at 403-346-8818 or email jan.underwood@care2centre. ca. Eckankar Canada in Alberta presents Community HU Song on the first Wednesday of each month in the board room at Red Deer Public Library at the downtown branch from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with fellowship to follow. Singing HU — a love song to God — can expand awareness, help experience divine love, heal a broken heart, offer solace during times of grief, bring peace and calm. See www., or phone 403-346-9238. Bowden Thrift Shop is currently open on Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.; through June, July and August they will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bowden Pioneer Museum. The museum will open for the season on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tours can be arranged by calling 403-224-2122 or 403224-3104. Please leave a message if necessary. See or email Red Deer Legion Old Time Dance with Country Express is on Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6, or $11.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035. Duelling Automata will be held on Aug. 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Teens invited to bring a heap of metal scraps, washers, bolts, chains, and gears to life. See

Thursday Living With Cancer Support Group provides a casual non-denominational forum for individuals and their loved ones to discuss their cancer diagnosis or treatments, or just socialize with others at Gaetz Memorial United Church on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Phone 403-3472244. West Park Community Ladies Drop In Coffee Time will meet he first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the West Park Activity Centre. The group encourages neighbours including West Lake and West Park Estates to join the fun. Refreshments provided by WPCA. Contact Arlene at 403-346-0058. Steampunk Your Book Bag invites teens Grade 7 and up to transform book bags into Steampunk creations at the Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library on Aug. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. All materials supplied. See Red Deer Area Hikers meet on Aug. 2 at the north side of the Red Deer Curling Club parking lot at 8:45 a.m. to depart at 9 a.m. for a five km hike at J.J. Collett area loop. Hike will be cancelled if raining or about to rain, or if the temperature is too high for healthy hiking. Bring a lunch. Donation of $0.50 per hike or $5 per season, with fuel costs to be shared for out-of-town hikes based on car pooling and km travelled. Phone Art at 403347-5778, or Mavis at 403-343-0091 or Sharon at 403-340-2497. First Thursdays in the Snell offer free chamber music concerts from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the Snell Auditorium on the first Thursday of each month. Café Noir will sponsor the series and provide free coffee and tea. Bring lunch, or purchase at the café. August 2 event features pianist Laura Walton as musical guest. Phone 403-342-9122. Lacombe and District Garden Club Annual Garden Excursion — Hidden Treasures Yard Tour — will be held on Aug. 2. Choose between three tour options: 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. Each three hour tour costs $18 per seat, or $16 for garden club members. Tickets available from Hannas Seeds in Lacombe, or contact Vivian at 403-782-7226. Wonders of India will be held at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery on Aug. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy henna tattoos, friendship bracelets, snacks and refreshments, Punjabi dancing, crafts, or try on a sari. Organized by Central Alberta Refugee Effort and the museum. Phone 403-309-8405.

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Danielle Lavery’s T-shirt matches the exercise equipment at the outdoor gym located at Barrett Park next to the Kinex rink. Lavery met several friends at the outdoor gym for a regular workout.

REGISTRATIONS LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS Central Alberta Refugee Effort would like to invite you to participate in intercultural awareness training workshop on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the C.A.R.E. office at 200, 5000 Gaetz Ave. Lunch will be provided. Suitable for managers, supervisors, employees, volunteers and clients to discover the value of cultural awareness in workplace ad organizations. Register by Aug. 15 to Jan at 4033468818 or Central Music Festival — Let’s play in a field of music with local and international talent including Dick Damron, George Hamilton IV, Morgan Davis and so many more. 80% of the talent is Alberta based. Event takes place Aug. 17, 18 and 19. www.centralmusicfest. com/ Lacombe Free Reformed Church invites all children ages 4 to 12 to vacation bible school — Loving God and Your Neighbour Aug. 13 to 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lacombe Memorial Centre, upstairs. Register before Aug. 6 by emailing sdibbet@comcast. net or calling Becky at 403-789-3669 with names and ages of children. The Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre is having a dinner theatre bus trip to Ponoka to see Jake and the Kid on Sept. 7. Please join in an afternoon of shopping, followed by a Country Dinner and the show. Tickets are $50 for members or $75 for non members and are available at the front desk. Call Diane at 403-343-6074. Red Deer High Schools 65th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Red Deer Sheraton Aug. 10, 11 and 12. All past students are invited to pre-register for this event by calling 403-347-3180. Senior Citizens Downtown House card games: Flag Whist Friday, Aug. 3 at 1:30; Cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Aug. 9; Whist every Friday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Aug 17; 500 every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Aug. 27; Fun Contract Bridge every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Games cost $3. Tournaments cost $6. Phone 403346-4043. No pot luck supper will be held in Aug. however a BBQ supper will take place Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $8. Enjoy Karaoke on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m. for $2.50. Phone 403-346-4043. Alberta’s Own Indie Music Festival will take place Aug. 24, 25 and 26 in Lacombe. Tickets are available at The Soundhouse, 403-342-42367, Hemp N’ Stuff, 403-3424367, Hotline Promotions, 403-782-7666, Bladez, 403-782-4640, or online at www. Show your student ID for a discount. $10 parking per vehicle, with proceeds going to Clive Minor Hockey Association. Enjoy George Canyon, Big Wreck, and manymore bands. Mavis Gross Open — An annual fundraising golf tournament in support of not-for-profit organizations helping women and children in Central Alberta. This year proceeds will go to support The Rainbow Society of Alberta to help children ages three to eighteen with

chronic or life-threatening illness. Tournament will take place Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. at Alberta Springs Golf Course. Golfer registration will take place at the Mavis Goss Gala on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Gasoline Alley. Visit or call 403-877-1330 for more information. United Way’s 2012 Kick Off Luncheon Sept. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, Exhibition Hall. Please arrive 15minutes prior to the event. Tickets are $50 each or a corporate table of eight seats is $400. Be sure to wear red to show your support. Order your tickets online at or by contacting the United Way of Central Alberta, 4811 48 Street. Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society present Jake and The Kid. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at the Ponoka United Church at 10 a.m. Production will run Sept. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Beef on a bun and fixin’s dinner and theatre tickets are $30. Theatre only tickets are $15. 403783-4087 or 403-783-2202. Red Deer and District Garden Club Annual Flower and Garden Show will take place Aug. 16 at the Golden Circle. Prizes donated by local businesses and Garden Club Members. Free to exhibit, and free to attend. Drop off exhibits Wednesday 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Thursday 16 from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Viewing time is Thursday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. A garden tea party will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit or call 403-3436074. Norwegian Laft Hus offers Nalbinding Class on Aug. 4 to 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a cost of $150 plus supplies. This is a Scandinavian textile craft which is similar but far older than knitting or crochet. Email to, or phone 403347-2055. Medicine River Wildlife Centre appreciates the donation of unwanted goods you may have around your home. This year’s equipment needs are: good quality gas powered grass trimmer, heavy duty wheelbarrow, leather couch, and trail cams. Also if you will be trapping pocket gophers (moles) or fishing this summer, Medicine River Wildlife Centre can use the gophers or whole suckers as food for wildlife in their care. If you are able to help out the Wildlife Hospital and Education Centre west of Innisfail, a tax receipt for each item will be given. Please contact Carol at 403-28-3467 or The Ladies of the Sunnybrook Farm Museum annual Lunch at the Farm events between noon and 3 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 29; and Sept. 12. Guests can relax in the 1889 Hanna Log House and enjoy lunch including home-made pie with ice cream and musical entertainment. The afternoon features a guided wagon ride showcasing the history of Sunnybrook Farm Museum. $10 per person. Drop-ins welcome, larger groups may wish to reserve a table by calling 403-340-511.


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Olympic arrivals Indifferent, distant family is hard to take Dear Annie: I am 33 years old and fed up with how distant my family is. I am disappointed with my grandparents for the way they behave. I grew up around them, but they moved when I was 19. I thought we were close, but it seems we are growing further apart. Sometimes they are in our town for several weeks, but we only hear from them once or twice. One would think they would set a better example for maintaining family ties. They recently came back for three weeks, and we didn’t know they were in town until halfway through their trip. They took us out to eat and MITCHELL casually mentioned that they & SUGAR are taking my two aunts and two of the grandkids to a resort for three days. We weren’t invited. In fact, whenever they are here, they focus all of their time and attention on one daughter and her kids and forget the rest of us. My grandparents are getting older and won’t be around forever. I really want my daughter to meet all of her family while she has a chance. How do I change this? Is it even worth trying? It’s not really the same if they call more often only because I demand it. — Donny Dear Donny: You should talk to your grandparents and tell them how much you miss them and how their favoritism is having a negative impact on your feelings and their relationship with your daughter. It’s not a “demand.” They cannot change their behavior if they are unaware of it. It may take some effort for them to remember this, and it’s OK to prompt them when necessary. Also, don’t hesitate to take the initiative whenever you want to speak to them. Dear Annie: I know this is a bit out of your league, but I don’t know who else to ask. My son is a university student. His major requires that he take several math classes. In every class, the professor is his worst teacher of the semester. They don’t explain anything, and they don’t give feedback on tests or quizzes. As a result, he does poorly. I thought it was just my son or that university, but he now is taking a make-up math class at our local community college. He says the same thing is happening with the professor there. What is it about college math professors that makes them unfeeling, unhelpful and uncaring? Why can’t universities get them to treat their students better and be more helpful? — Cape Coral, Fla. Dear Florida: While we are certain some math professors do not explain things as clearly as they could, when this happens with every professor, in every environment, we have to assume your son is more than a little math-challenged. As a college student, it is his responsibility to find a way to understand the material. Instead of blaming the professors, suggest to your son that he get some remedial math assistance. He should be able to find a tutor on campus. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.



Olympic activity has already begun in London. Canadian Olympic cyclist and Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal signs autographs for Jay Simpson, 13, and Flynnlugh Greenfield, 12, both of London, after arriving at St. Pancras King’s Cross train station in London on Wednesday. Cycling is one of the first events to take place at the Summer Games. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There are some elements within your control, but the best stuff will come by surprise. The things CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: you can’t plan will provide the greatest opporKate Beckinsale, 39; Sandra Bullock, 48; Mick tunities for radical growth. Be out and about, Jagger, 69 ready for what comes. THOUGHT OF THE DAY: There is positive LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When you want energy building all around us, with the coming to ride a wave, any surfboard will do. That Full Moon in Aquarius next week in harmony doesn’t mean you will like the color, style, or with planet of brilliance and change, Uranus. weight. The exact supplies you need are more This is a good day to think things through, but than sufficient to ride the wonderful wave of stay open to inspiration as well. fortune headed towards you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A little creative maSCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Moon neuvering makes prosperity easy to grasp. steps into your sign and reaches out to NepNADIYA You find happiness and magic close to home. tune, bringing a moment that feels as if you’ve A visit to the place of your ancestry leads to SHAH entered a land of enchantment. Follow your a sense of emotional abundance, as well as SUN SIGNS heart to a flirtatious moment that sets your practical, wealth based ideas. imagination alight. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Every act has SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): How consequence. This is what Newton was eluding to when he exposited his assertion in action and reac- we end up at a specific place is not always dependent on tion. You’re considering a decidedly sneaky step. Are you where we started. There will be detours along the road of life. One such alteration shows up now, adding more fun prepared for the turnaround that will come back? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): No matter what you do, and delight than you imagined. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’re in the mood to there are always those who will love you regardless. This is not an invitation to behave badly, but it does allow you a slack off and have fun, but your fun can be an opportunity measure of freedom. If what you want to do is ethical and to uncover a source of prosperity. Trust your instincts and preferences to lead you to the perfect entertainment. In the harms none, you will be loved through your choice. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There has, as of late, been show, you’ll have the revelation you need. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You receive a delightful a move on your part towards holding back out of consideration of how your efforts might be received. That changes and slightly flirtatious message, adding an eventful spirit now, as you see your chance to share and let it all loose. to your day. As much as you’re able to play well in the moment of reception and engagement, let it stay fun. It Trust your intuition and you’ll know when to pounce. CANCER (June 21-July 22): An amusing character doesn’t have to mean anything more. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The good times are never has a message, as indirect as it might be. It will be up to you to sit with the brief interaction and find meaning within truly over, especially when we maintain a curiosity and sinit. During your contemplation, a light comes on in your cere engagement with life. This understanding reaches your heart now, as you get to the essentials you need to heart, connecting you to synchronicity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Our most valuable progress have a life that matters to you. Nadiya Shah is a consulting astrologer, syndicated sun takes place when we focus on the change we wish to make within our own hearts. A spirit of reflection reaches sign columnist and holds a master’s degree in the Cultural into your heart. You’re deciding who you are and want to Study of Cosmology and Divination, from the University of Kent, U.K. Her column appears daily in the Advocate. be. It will change your life.

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REGISTRATIONS, FROM PAGE B4 Spruce View Horse Show and Gymkhana will be held on Aug. 11 and 12 at the Dickson Arena. Show classes start at 9 a.m. on Saturday with gymkhana classes going on Sunday at 10 a.m. Also enter the chilli cook off or pie contest. Bring a salad or dessert to share in the potluck dinner. For more information call Emma at 403-746-3847, or email Entry forms are available at Cattle Roundup Campaign to support the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation’s purchase of medical equipment will be held on Aug. 18 at the Sheraton Red Deer. Event tickets, including dinner, auction and concert and dance with Aaron Pritchett are $149. To donate, purchase tickets or volunteer go to or email William Watson Lodge Trip in Kananaskis, for members, family and caregivers of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be offered

on Sept. 4 to 7. Cost is $60 per person with a $15 membership. Subsidies are available. Payment must be received by Aug. 27. For more information call the MS Society office at 403-346-0290. Teddy Bear Picnic will be held at the Dickson Store Museum on Aug. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy crafts, games, a bear hunt and a picnic lunch fit for a bear. Bring along your favorite stuffed friend. Admission is $2 and includes lunch. Register now since space is limited. Call 403-728-3355. Laughter at the Laft Hus is a summer program for children to learn some Norwegian culture. Cost is $30 per child when preregistered for four sessions or $10 per child for one session. Dates are July 12, 26 and Aug. 9 and 23 on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Email or call 403-347-2055 to register. Sunnybrook Farm Museum Day Camps take young people back in time to experience



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pioneer life in early Alberta. Feed chickens, make butter, pump water, cook on a wood stove, take part in fun farm chores, and explore the 1889 log home. Some field trips included. Camps run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages five to 12 years old. Early registrations recommended. Costs are $40 per day or $175 for one week. Phone 403-340-3511. Red Deer College has added three more

summer camps for youth due to high demand. Techy and Robotics (course #1322) will be offered Aug. 7 to 10 for children ages 11 to 15 years. Two All Sport Camps will be offered Aug. 13 to 17. Children ages six to nine years (course #1320) and children ages 10 to 13 years (course #1321) are invited to explore new experiences in sports. To find out more details or to register, see or phone 403-357-3663.






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Canadians get taste of Olympic action THE CANADIAN PRESS


STAYING IN NASHVILLE The largest contract in the history of the Nashville Predators and the second largest in NHL history was cause for a celebration on Wednesday, as defenceman Shea Weber and team representatives addressed the media and fans with smiles from ear to ear. A day after the franchise matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet the Philadelphia Flyers gave to Weber, team chairman Tom Cigarran, president of hockey operations and general manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen gathered on the plaza in front of Bridgestone Arena to rejoice.

Today ● Senior baseball: Printing Place vs. Gary Moe, 7 p.m., Great Chief II. ● Ladies fastball: Red Deer League final, Panthers vs. Badgers, second and third game of best-of-three, if necessary, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park. ● Sunburst baseball: Red Deer Riggers vs. Red Deer Stags, 7:30 p.m., Great Chief Park.

Friday ● Soccer tournament: Red Deer City youth tournament, Sked TBA ● Parkland baseball: Rocky at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Saturday ● Soccer tournament: Red Deer City youth tournament, Sked TBA ● Midget AAA baseball: Red Deer Braves vs. St. Albert, noon and 3 p.m., Great Chief Park. Rugby: Red Deer Titans vs.Calgary Knights, Div. III, noon; Titans vs. Lethbridge, Div. II, 2 p.m. ● Parkland baseball: Lacombe at Olds, 1 and 3 p.m.


LONDON — Canada raised its flag, welcomed some of its athletes and even got its first taste of Olympic action on Wednesday as the London Games started coming to life two days before the opening ceremony. A couple of hours before a contingent led by Canadian chef de mission Mark Tewksbury raised the Maple Leaf in the Olympic village, the women’s soccer team suffered in a tough 2-1 loss to Japan in an early preliminary round match. Melissa Tancredi scored the only goal for the seventh-ranked Canadians, who hung tough with the defending World Cup champions but were denied a better result by Japan’s superior passing and ball control. “At 2-0 down, anything could have happened, we could easily have let the game go,” said Canada’s star striker Christine Sinclair. “But I think in the second half we came out and played pretty well. Gives us some confidence and in terms of goal difference, not a bad result against them.” Nahomi Kawasumi and team captain Aya Miyama scored for Japan. The top two teams from each four-team group advance to the quarter-finals. Canada can get back on track Saturday with a win over 61st-ranked South Africa. While the soccer team seemed to be of two minds after the close loss, it was unmistakably a party atmosphere in the athletes village. The Canadian flag was raised in a ceremony featuring jesters capering to the music of legendary British rock band Queen. Members of Britain’s National Youth Theatre cartwheeled and rode bikes down the plaza singing “Bicycle Race” as Canada’s flag was raised alongside those of Portugal, Morocco, Monaco and Serbia. The half-hour flag-raising ceremony, attended by Canada’s governor general David Johnston, provided pomp and ceremony for the Canadian athletes who won’t participate in the opening ceremony Friday at Olympic Stadium. Jennifer Abel is one who will sit it out Friday. The diver from Laval, Que., has a chance at a medal Sunday in synchronized springboard with Emilie Heymans, so she soaked up the theatrics and music Wednesday. “Of course I have goosebumps,” said


Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Japan’s Homare Sawa, left, eye a loose ball during their opening soccer match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Wednesday in Coventry. Abel. “I was happy to be part of this event because I won’t be part of the opening ceremony. Seeing the flag coming up and having this chance to sing the national anthem, I’m really happy and that satisfies me.” The Canadian team’s goal at the 2012 Summer Olympics is a top-12 finish in the overall medal count. One of those could come as early as Saturday when Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal competes in the men’s road race. Hesjedal arrived in London by train on Wednesday and will be firmly in the spotlight in his third Olympics after winning the prestigious Giro d’Italia earlier this year. “It’s exciting. This is a little overwhelm-

Jays make history with 16-0 home loss THE CANADIAN PRESS Athletics 16 Blue Jays 0 TORONTO — Coco Crisp hit two solo home runs and the Oakland Athletics used an eight-run second inning to extend their winning streak to seven games with a 160 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. It was the largest shutout loss in Blue Jays history. There was more bad news for the Blue Jays. Catcher J.P. Arencibia fractured his right hand in the second inning after taking a Brandon Inge foul ball on the hand. He’s expected to miss six weeks. Arencibia finished the inning but Jeff Mathis batted for him in the second. Mathis also pitched the ninth, allowing two runs on three hits. Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-7) was removed after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career. He was charged with eight runs on four hits and six walks (one intentional) in losing his sixth start in a row. His earned-run average in the six losses is 10.48. The shortest start of the left-hander’s career before Wednesday was 2 1/3 innings against Boston on July 9, 2010. It was the fourth consecutive start in which the Blue Jays have not scored a run in support of Romero. A.J. Griffin (3-0) held the Blue Jays (48-

49) to three hits and no runs in six innings to win his third start in a row. Chris Carter hit a homer, one of three Oakland solo homers against reliever Drew Carpenter, and drove in three runs. The A’s are 16-2 in July. Jonny Gomes walked and scored from first on a two-out double by Yoenis Cespedes to give Oakland a 1-0 lead in the first. Oakland (53-44) scored eight in the second, started by a walk to Derek Norris. With one out, Jemile Weeks walked. Crisp singled to left and a run scored when Travis Snider overran the ball for an error. Gomes singled in one run and Josh Reddick doubled in another. Cespedes was walked intentionally to load the bases and Romero walked Carter to force in a run. Chad Beck replaced Romero and gave up a two-run double to Inge. Norris singled in a run and a run scored when Brandon Hicks grounded out to make the score 9-0. Crisp led off the third against Carpenter with his fourth homer of the season. He homered against Carpenter again with one out in the fifth. It was his first multi-homer game this season and the third of his career. Carter hit his sixth homer of the season with one out in the sixth. Cespedes doubled in a run and Carter scored another with a groundout as the A’s scored twice, one earned, in the eighth against Aaron Loup.





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Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P Arencibia is seen in the dugout with a cast after breaking his right hand on a foul tip in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics in Toronto Wednesday.

Bombers ready for revenge on ‘Esks

● Soccer tournament: Red Deer City youth tournament, Sked TBA ● Major league soccer: Red Deer City women vs. Calgary Saints, noon, Great Chief Park. ● Midget AAA baseball: Red Deer Braves vs. Spruce Grove, noon and 3 p.m., Great Chief Park. Parkland baseball: Carstairs at Rocky.


ing,” he said. “But I’ve been training and focusing on this event. We’ll see how I do Saturday and following in the time trial.” The Victoria native said he’s in good shape after an accident forced him out of the Tour de France early. He was in ninth place after five stages, but he was one of at least two dozen riders caught up in a nasty crash with 26 kilometres left in the sixth stage. He suffered road rash to his hip, knee and ankle. But the real damage came when, upon impact, his leg slammed into another rider’s bike. “I’m healthy and I get to represent Canada at the Olympics,” he said. “It’s all good.”


Edmonton Eskimos running back Hugh Charles does a backflip after scoring a touchdown against the B.C. Lions on July 20.

WINNIPEG — After four games on the road, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will try to put a tough opening start behind them when they finally play their first home game of the season Thursday. The hometown crowd will give them a much-needed boost but coach Paul LaPolice says that alone isn’t enough for the 0-4 Bombers to beat the 3-1 Edmonton Eskimos. “I think our whole team feeds off the crowd,” he said Wednesday. “But certainly this week I want our players to understand . . . just cause now you’re at home doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. “We’re going to have to play our most complete game of the year to get the win. That’s what I want to see from them.” In their previous meeting this season Edmonton pummelled the Bombers 42-10. The Bombers delayed their home opener thinking their new stadium would be finished. It

now won’t be ready till next season and there are reports of a lawsuit between the construction companies involved. But with a sellout crowd expected, the cellar-dwelling Bombers hope for a little momentum to turn around a season that’s 190-degrees away from last year’s start when they seemed unbeatable. Edmonton meanwhile is riding high, tied for top spot in the West with Saskatchewan, but the Eskimos have their critics as well. Coach Kavis Reed was quick to dismiss worries his offence isn’t producing as much as it should under quarterback Steven Jyles. Edmonton’s defence has been getting more credit than their offence for their record. Jyles sits seventh on the CFL passing list and has completed 56 out of 98 throws for an average of 57.1 per cent. Edmonton acquired him this season from Toronto in a trade for Ricky Ray and Jyles also played for Winnipeg in 2010.

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New York Baltimore Tampa Bay Boston Toronto

AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct 59 39 .602 51 47 .520 51 47 .520 49 49 .500 48 49 .495

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Chicago Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota

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Today’s Games Tampa Bay (Shields 8-6) at Baltimore (Tillman 2-1), 10:35 a.m. Oakland (Milone 9-6) at Toronto (Laffey 2-1), 10:37 a.m. Detroit (Verlander 11-5) at Cleveland (McAllister 4-2), 5:05 p.m. Kansas City (Mendoza 4-6) at Seattle (Vargas 107), 8:10 p.m. Friday, July 27 Games Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 5:05 p.m. Oakland at Baltimore, 5:05 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 5:07 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Texas, 6:05 p.m. Cleveland at Minnesota, 6:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City at Seattle, 8:10 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE -LINESCORES AMERICAN LEAGUE Minnesota 100 100 000 — 2 6 1 Chicago 022 220 00x — 8 12 1 Blackburn, Fien (5), Burton (7), Perkins (8) and Mauer; Peavy, Septimo (7), Crain (9), H.Santiago (9) and Flowers. W—Peavy 8-7. L—Blackburn 4-6. HRs—Chicago, Viciedo (16), Rios (16).

Kansas City 000 020 031 — 6 7 2 Los Angeles 331 100 03x — 11 17 1 Hochevar, Teaford (4), L.Coleman (8) and S.Perez; Weaver, Isringhausen (6), Hawkins (7), S.Downs (8), Jepsen (8), Frieri (9) and Bo.Wilson. W—Weaver 13-1. L—Hochevar 6-9. HRs—Kansas City, Butler (20), Francoeur (9). Los Angeles, Bo.Wilson (2), Trout (16), Tor.Hunter (11). New York 100 000 040 — 5 10 0 Seattle 200 000 000 — 2 3 0 Nova, Rapada (6), Phelps (6), D.Robertson (8), R.Soriano (9) and R.Martin; Iwakuma, O.Perez (6), Kinney (7), Luetge (8), Kelley (8), Delabar (9) and J.Montero. W—Phelps 2-3. L—Luetge 1-1. Sv—R. Soriano (26). HRs—New York, Jeter (8). Detroit 120 011 000 — 5 8 0 Cleveland 002 000 001 — 3 5 2 Scherzer, Benoit (8), Valverde (9) and Avila; D.Lowe, Rogers (7), C.Allen (8), Sipp (9) and C.Santana. W—Scherzer 10-5. L—D.Lowe 8-9. Sv—Valverde (19). HRs—Cleveland, Kotchman (10), Hafner (9). T. Bay 502 030 000 — 10 11 0 Baltimore 100 000 000 — 1 7 0 Price, Howell (8), Badenhop (9) and Lobaton; Mig. Gonzalez, Lindstrom (3), Gregg (6), Ayala (7), Patton (8), Strop (9) and Teagarden. W—Price 14-4. L—Mig.Gonzalez 2-2. HRs—Tampa Bay, De.Jennings (7), R.Roberts (1), Lobaton (1). Oakland 181 011 022 — 16 14 0 Toronto 000 000 000 — 0 5 2 Griffin, Blevins (7), J.Miller (8) and D.Norris; R.Romero, Beck (2), A.Carpenter (3), Loup (7), Mathis (9) and Arencibia, Mathis, Y.Gomes. W— Griffin 3-0. L—R.Romero 8-7. HRs—Oakland, Crisp 2 (5), Carter (6). Boston 100 101 000 — 3 5 0 Texas 000 300 11x — 5 10 0 Beckett, Albers (8) and Shoppach; D.Holland, Mi.Adams (8), Nathan (9) and Torrealba. W—D.Holland 7-5. L—Beckett 5-9. Sv—Nathan (20). HRs— Boston, Middlebrooks (12), Pedroia (7). Texas, N.Cruz (13). NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division

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Chicago 101 000 000 — 2 5 0 Pittsburgh 100 011 00x — 3 5 0 Dempster, Maine (7), Corpas (7), Camp (8) and Clevenger; Correia, J.Hughes (7), Grilli (8), Hanrahan (9) and McKenry. W—Correia 8-6. L—Dempster 5-5. Sv—Hanrahan (29). HRs—Chicago, Rizzo (5). Pittsburgh, Walker (9), McKenry (8).

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Today’s Games L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 10-5) at St. Louis (Westbrook 8-8), 11:45 a.m. Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 11-3) at Houston (Keuchel 1-2), 6:05 p.m. Washington (E.Jackson 5-6) at Milwaukee (Gallardo 8-7), 6:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Harvey 0-0) at Arizona (Miley 11-5), 7:40 p.m. Friday, July 27 Games St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 12:20 p.m. San Diego at Miami, 5:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 5:35 p.m. Pittsburgh at Houston, 6:05 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 6:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Colorado, 6:40 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Arizona, 7:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE LINESCORES Wash. 020 100 200 — 5 7 0 New York 010 000 010 — 2 4 2 Strasburg, H.Rodriguez (8), Stammen (8), S.Burnett (8), Storen (8), Clippard (9) and Leon; Hefner, Byrdak (7), Rauch (7), El.Ramirez (8) and Thole. W—Strasburg 11-4. L—Hefner 1-4. Sv—Clippard

Atlanta 000 321 010 — 7 9 0 Miami 001 000 000 — 1 3 1 Hanson, Medlen (6), Venters (9) and McCann; Nolasco, Da.Jennings (6), LeBlanc (8), Mujica (9) and Hayes. W—Hanson 11-5. L—Nolasco 8-9. HRs— Atlanta, J.Francisco (8), Bourn (8), Heyward (15). Milwaukee 010 002 020 1 — 6 15 0 Philadelphia 012 200 000 2 — 7 14 2 Estrada, Thornburg (5), L.Hernandez (6), Axford (8), Fr.Rodriguez (10) and M.Maldonado; Worley, K.Kendrick (6), Bastardo (8), Papelbon (9), Schwimer (10) and Kratz. W—Schwimer 2-1. L—Fr. Rodriguez 2-6. HRs—Milwaukee, R.Weeks (10), Braun (28). San Diego 100 220 010 — 6 11 1 San Fran. 100 000 020 — 3 6 0 Marquis, Thatcher (8), Gregerson (8), Street (8) and Jo.Baker; Lincecum, Affeldt (5), Penny (7), Kontos (9) and Whiteside. W—Marquis 4-5. L—Lincecum 4-11. Sv—Street (17). HRs—San Diego, Headley (12), Guzman 2 (6). Cincinnati 001 000 013 — 5 10 4 Houston 000 000 030 — 3 8 0 H.Bailey, Ondrusek (8), Marshall (8), Chapman (9) and Mesoraco, Hanigan; B.Norris, Del Rosario (8), X.Cedeno (8), Fe.Rodriguez (8), Cordero (9), Abad (9) and Corporan, C.Snyder. W—Marshall 3-3. L— Cordero 0-2. Sv—Chapman (19). L.A. 010 001 000 000 — 2 8 1 St. Louis 010 010 000 001 — 3 6 0 (12 innings) Harang, Elbert (8), Belisario (8), Lindblom (10), Choate (10), J.Wright (11) and A.Ellis; Lohse, Boggs (8), Motte (9), Salas (11) and Y.Molina. W—Salas 1-3. L—J.Wright 4-3.

MLS All-Stars beat touring Chelsea 3-2 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHESTER, Pa. — Fans stuffed the parking lots hours before the All-Star game, tailgating and having a blast until they could rush inside PPL Park to bang drums, sing songs, and, for the first time in four years, cheer the MLS stars in a win in one of the league’s showcase games. Eddie Johnson made them wait until the very end to really go wild. Johnson scored in the 91st minute to give the Major League Soccer All-Stars a 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night. Just when the game appeared on the brink of being decided by penalty kicks, Johnson, of the Seattle Sounders, broke free for the winner from the top of the box and sparked the MLS All-Stars to a win over an international team for the first time since 2008. “That’s what Coach brought me here for,” Johnson said. “I was just trying to pay it back.” Chris Wondolowski and Chris Pontius also scored for the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union. Frank Lampard and John Terry scored for Chelsea, the touring English Premier League team. Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham received the loudest pregame ovation only

hours after arriving from London. Beckham, his pink shoes as bright as the lights that lit up the field, was set to head back to London immediately after the game because he has a role in the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Beckham thrilled the fans when he set up for a free kick, though the ball was headed out. Beckham, Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan led a star-packed MLS squad in a competitive game against a Chelsea team warming up for their season. For the rest of the All-Stars who aren’t London bound, playing just outside Philadelphia was the next best thing. Plus, there was a taste of London outside of PPL Park where the globally popular Blues had a pair of championship trophies stationed in a tent and a line of fans waiting to pose next to them for some pictures. Fans packed the entertainment area where kids could kick around balls, and everyone from Tony Meola to Freddy Adu signed autographs. A stadium-record 19,236 fans packed the state-of-theart stadium nestled on the bank of the Delaware River. The Sons of Ben, the Union’s popular fan club, beat drums and sang songs all game long, then led a rousing ovation when Union defender Carlos Valdes checked in off the bench. They also made a

TORONTO — Donald Fehr and the NHL players have a little more to mull over. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league tabled the remaining elements of its opening contract offer to the NHL Players’ Association on Wednesday. It was an expansion on the opening proposal the league delivered July 13, which included a decreased share of hockeyrelated revenue, term limits on contracts and a 22 per cent salary rollback. “We left some open issues that we have to get back to but the overwhelming scope of our proposals are on the table,” Bettman said. “We walked the players and the Players’ Association through those socalled ’nuts and bolts’ proposals and the process continues.” Bettman cited training camp and the grievance procedure as examples of ’nuts and bolts’ proposals. Fehr, the NHLPA’s executive director, said Wednesday’s talks covered a wide spectrum. “Essentially we got a list of, in some cases proposals, and a lot of other cases ideas and talking points from the owners about various portions of the agreement,” he said. “What they’ve called their principle proposal was the salary cap reduction and a couple of matters attendant to that. “This consisted of a lot of (what) we should incorporate into the agreement, understandings we’ve reached over the


CFL: Quarterback issues on both sides “It’s a whole collection of things going into Steven having good statistical games,” Reed said. “However, as a quarterback, he’s won three games for us and so we have to be mindful of that. That is the only important statistic when we’re looking at it from a team perspective.”

American League BOSTON RED SOX — Assigned RHP Jose De La Torre to Pawtucket (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS — Transferred 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to the 60-day DL. Designated OF Aaron Cunningham for assignment. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Named Jim Brower pitching coach for Surprise (Arizona Fall League). MINNESOTA TWINS — Agreed to terms with C Brian Compton on a minor league contract. NEW YORK YANKEES — Placed 3B Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Ramiro Pena from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Transferred INF Eduardo Nunez from Tampa (FSL) to Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. SEATTLE MARINERS — Recalled OF Trayvon Robinson from Tacoma (PCL). TAMPA BAY RAYS — Designated OF/DH Hideki Matsui for assignment. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Scott Copeland on a minor league contract. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Optioned RHP Shawn Tolleson to Albuquerque (PCL). Transferred RHP Todd Coffey to 60-day DL. MIAMI MARLINS — Traded 3B Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate to the L.A. Dodgers for RHP Nathan Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough. NEW YORK METS — Optioned C Mike Nickeas to Buffalo (IL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Agreed to terms with LHP Cole Hamels on a six-year contract through 2018. Assigned OF Jason Pridie outright to Lehigh Valley (IL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Promoted RHP Logan Kensing from Altoona (EL) to Indianapolis (IL) and LHP Jhonathan Ramos from Bradenton (FSL) to Altoona. Optioned RHP Evan Meek to Indianapolis. Recalled OF Starling Marte from Indianapolis. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association CLEVELAND CAVALIERS—Acquired G Jeremy Pargo, a second-round draft pick in 2014, and cash considerations from the Minnesota Grizzlies for G/F D.J. Kennedy. DALLAS MAVERICKS — Signed C Bernard James. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Signed G Alexey Shved. NEW YORK KNICKS — Signed G Ronnie Brewer. UTAH JAZZ — Agreed to terms with G Randy Foye. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Placed G Blake DeChristopher on the waived-injured list. BUFFALO BILLS — Signed DE Sean Ferguson. Released DE Lionel Dotson. CHICAGO BEARS — Placed WR Johnny Knox on the physically-unable-to-perform list. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed DT Brandon Thompson. DALLAS COWBOYS — Placed G Mackenzy Bernadeau, WR Danny Coale, CB Mike Jenkins, S Matt Johnson and C/G Kevin Kowalski on the physicallyunable-to-perform list. DETROIT LIONS — Released OT Johnny Culbreath. Signed OT Jonathan Scott, CB Drew Coleman and CB Justin Miller. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed G Greg Van Roten. Released G Grant Cook and S Charlie Peprah. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Signed P Bryan Anger. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed CB Josh Robinson. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed DL Tim Bulman and TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Released RB Joseph Addai. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Agreed to terms with TE Derek Schouman. Signed WR Marques Clark. Waived WR Kevin Hardy. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Signed P Mat McBriar to a one-year contract. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Placed S Damon Cromartie-Smith, NT Casey Hampton, LB James Harrison, RB Rashard Mendenhall, OT Max Starks and LB Jason Worilds on the physically-unable-toperform list. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed C Max Unger to a multi-year contract. TENNESSEE TITANS — Waived OL Chandler Burden. Placed WR Kenny Britt and S Markelle Martin on the physically-unable-to-perform list. HOCKEY


MLS All-Stars’ Chris Pontius, right, of D.C. United, celebrates with Dwayne De Rosario (7), also of D.C. United, after scoring against Chelsea FC during the second half of soccer’s MLS AllStar game, Wednesday in Chester, Pa. The MLS All-Stars won 3-2. “Landykake” sign in the form of the logo of Philadelphia’s popular Tastykake snack line. “This is a great atmosphere. The fans are dedicated, loyal and loud,” Wondolowski said. “I love playing here.” The fans also delighted in chanting “Your captain is a

racist!” at Terry. Terry, the Chelsea captain, was acquitted July 13 in London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court of charges he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game last October.

Bettman says league tables rest of opening offer THE CANADIAN PRESS


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course of the last agreement, we want to change this, this further explains what we told you last week about this subject, here’s a topic we want to talk to you about.” All of which, Fehr said, is part of the negotiating process. “By the way, I’m not criticizing,” he added. “It’s an accepted way of bargaining to say, ’Rather than say this is what we want, here is something we want to talk to you about,’ and see if we can come to an understanding. “That’s what we’ve done with a wide variety of areas and they’ve had that stuff from us for 10 days to two weeks.” Fehr said some of the issues touched upon Wednesday included training camps, injuries, roster moves and medical care. While the union must continue with its analysis of these issues, he didn’t think the two sides were very far apart on them. “On a lot of things I don’t think there’ll be a big difference in opinion.” he said. “On some other things we have to analyze what the actual affect of moving from A to B would mean for the individual players, our staff and agents that would be working on those matters. “I don’t think that’s a terribly long process but it’s not a five-minute turnaround either.” The NHLPA has yet to table a counteroffer to the league’s July 13 proposal, but Fehr has said that should be forthcoming in a week or two.

Jyles says the offence is still growing but starting to come together. “We’re making more big plays every week and we just have to continue to grow. I feel we’re getting more familiar with each other as far as the passing game and our running game is looking great.” He gave full credit to Hugh Charles for the major contribution he’s made to that running game. Charles sits fifth on the CFL rushing list with 257. “He reminds me a little of Charles Roberts. . . He’s going to have a great career here in the CFL and I’m glad he’s on my team.” Charles (Blink) Roberts was the Winnipeg running back who held a

“The counterproposal that you all keep talking about is a counterproposal on the hardcore economic issues,” Fehr said. “On the rest of this stuff there has been back and forth . . . they’ve had a fairly significant list from us of the areas we want to talk about for 10 days to two weeks now or a little longer. “We’re continuing to work on the economics of what the commissioner has called (the league’s) principle proposal. As I think you know, we requested a fair bit of background information with respect to those proposals and they’ve indicated they are compiling that but we don’t have it yet. Hopefully that will be forthcoming in the near future.” The two sides will gather Thursday before resuming talks next week in New York. This session marks the fifth consecutive week that Bettman and Fehr have sat across the table from one another in contract negotiations. The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Sept. 15. And although both sides could mutually agree to continue talking past that date, Bettman made it clear the NHL would prefer to have a new agreement in place by Sept. 15. “We’re focused on making a deal on a timely basis,” he said. “I’m not going to speculate at this point as to what would happen if we are not in a position to make a deal by then. “Our goal is to move this process along as quickly as possible.”

long list of team and CFL records. Winnipeg, meanwhile, has its own quarterback issues, with Buck Pierce sidelined with a foot injury and Alex Brink making his second start of the season against the Eskimos. His first against Toronto last week was a bit of a flop as he completed only nine of 34 passes and threw two interceptions. But LaPolice says he didn’t have much time to prepare and did enough right to earn a second chance. Brink says he isn’t letting that game weigh too heavily on him. “My confidence is high,” he said. “I’ve played this position a long time. You have good days and you have

National Hockey League BOSTON BRUINS — Entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with South Carolina (ECHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Agreed to terms with D Nathan McIver on a one-year, two-way contract. OTTAWA SENATORS — Re-signed F Stephane Da Costa to a one-year, two-way contract. American Hockey League GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS — Signed assistant coach Jim Paek to a one-year contract extension. SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Signed F Justin Vaive and F Josh Birkholz to one-year contracts. ECHL BAKERSFIELD CONDORS — Named Brian Schmidt equipment manager. COLLEGE JACKSONVILLE STATE — Named Brandon Romans assistant baseball coach. MINNESOTA — Named Mike Ellis senior associate athletics director for administration. PENNSYLVANIA — Named Ryan Klipstein men’s assistant lacrosse coach. RADFORD — Named Lindsay Walter director of women’s basketball operations. ROANOKE — Named Richmond Bramblet assistant sports information director. SIU-EDWARDSVILLE — Named Kelly Traynor athletics academic adviser. TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO — Promoted KC Cowgill to women’s assistant basketball coach. Named Deidra Johnson women’s assistant basketball coach. TEXAS TECH — Named Russell Raley volunteer assistant baseball coach.

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bad days and you have to flush both of them regardless.” Winnipeg’s offence also got a much needed confidence boost with the return of running back Chad Simpson and receiver Cory Watson from the injured list. Jyles removed one little cloud hanging over the game when he said he would be apologizing to Winnipeg defensive back Johnny Sears for calling him a dirty player. Sears was suspended for a game last year after a helmet-to-helmet hit involving Jyles. Jyles said Sears plays hard but he isn’t a dirty player and he’ll apologize personally for the remarks.

B8 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother abducted at gunpoint, found safe

Ichiro Suzuki excited for Yankee Stadium debut


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ABERDEEN, Md. — Cal Ripken Jr.’s 74-year-old mother was found with her hands bound in the back seat of her car Wednesday after being kidnapped at gunpoint a day earlier at her home outside Baltimore and driven around blindfolded by her abductor, police and neighbours said. Investigators do not know the kidnapper’s motive and there was no ransom demand for Vi Ripken’s release, Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Trabert said at a news conference. The gunman forced Ripken into her silver Lincoln Continental between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said. She was found bound and unharmed but shaken about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday near her home in Aberdeen, about 48 kilometres northeast of Baltimore. When asked if police believe the kidnapper knew who he was abducting, Trabert did not answer, saying investigators don’t know the motive or if the suspect has any ties to the Ripken family. A next-door neighbour said Vi Ripken told him her kidnapper didn’t seem to know that her son was the Hall of Fame infielder nicknamed “Iron Man” for playing in 2,632 consecutive games during his 21-year career with the Baltimore. Gus Kowalewski said he spoke with Vi Ripken later Wednesday morning. The 72-year-old retired autoworker said Ripken told him the gunman tied her hands and put a blindfold on her, but said he wouldn’t hurt her. “He lit cigarettes for her, they stopped for food,” Kowalewski said. “He said, ’I’m not going to hurt you. I’m going to take you back,’ and that’s what he did.” Kowalewski said Ripken told him the gunman originally planned to put tape over her eyes. “But he didn’t do that because she said ’please don’t do that ’cause I’m claustrophobic,”’ he said. Instead, the gunman put some type of mask or


FILE - This June 18, 2002 file photo shows Cal Ripken Jr., right, owner of the Aberdeen IronBirds, and his brother, Bill, walking off the field with their mother, Vi, after she threw out the ceremomial first pitch prior to the team’s season-opening debut at the new Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. Police say Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother is safe after an armed man abducted her from her home northeast of Baltimore. blinders on her, and she could see somewhat out the sides, he said. Ripken told her neighbour the gunman also didn’t seem to know she was part of the Ripken family, who is well-known throughout the Baltimore area and to baseball fans all over. “He said he just wanted money and her car,” Kowalewski said. Three years after he voluntarily ended his Iron Man streak, Ripken Jr. retired in 2001. He and is the chairman and founder of Ripken Baseball Inc., which he runs along with his brother, Bill. He owns three minor-league baseball teams, including the Single A IronBirds based at the Ripken Baseball complex in Aberdeen, a middle-class area of about 15,000 people.

Eric Chavez gets chance to be a regular THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE — With Alex Rodriguez headed for the disabled list and possibly out into September, Eric Chavez will get his chance to prove to the New York Yankees that his injury problems are in the past and he can be an everyday position player again. That’s not to say Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t be closely monitoring the injury-prone Chavez. “You just have to be smart about it and know that he’s had some ailments that he’s had to deal with over his career. He’s had a back issue and a shoulder issue and you just have to watch him,” Girardi said before Wednesday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners. “I told him, I said if you feel something I have to know. Let’s not get to a point where you really break down and then we lose you for a substantial amount of time.” Rodriguez was being fitted for a splint by Se-

attle’s team doctors on Wednesday morning, ahead of his return to New York and examination by Yankees physicians, likely on Thursday. Rodriguez sustained a non-displaced fracture of his left hand when he was hit by an 88 mph changeup from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning Tuesday night. For now, the Yankees intend to use a combination of Chavez and Jayson Nix to fill Rodriguez’s spot at third, with the possibility of Ramiro Pena providing some extra flexibility for Girardi. Pena was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday after Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Another option could be Eduardo Nunez, who played in 112 games at various positions for the Yankees last season. He was sent down to the minors in May and almost immediately was sidelined by a thumb injury. He rejoined Class A Tampa on Monday and was en route to Scranton on Wednesday. Chavez’s start Wednesday was his 25th at third base this year and his 65th game overall.

SEATTLE — In his past visits to Yankee Stadium, Ichiro Suzuki was ready and actually enjoyed the heckling that came from the Bleacher Creatures. He’s also ready for a new experience on Friday night when the newest Yankees outfielder makes his debut at home against the Red Sox: the roll call. “I hope the fans do call my name, but I need to get there and play to the ability where hopefully the fans will call my name,” Suzuki said through his interpreter on Wednesday. Before the series finale in Seattle on Wednesday, Suzuki that he’s excited about his first game in pinstripes, when the slumping Yankees open a weekend series against Boston. While there will be plenty of attention on his New York debut, it’ll also be a welcomed change from the oddity of this week that saw Suzuki move from one side of Safeco Field to the other and make his Yankees debut against the team he spent his first 11 seasons with. “I think once all the attention is gone I can settle in and relax a little bit,” he said. Suzuki was traded from Seattle to New York on Monday for two prospects. The Mariners are also paying the majority of Suzuki’s $17 million salary for this season with the Yankees paying just $2.25 million. It may be a bargain investment by New York if Suzuki can continue his strong defensive play in the outfield — whether playing in right or left field — and heat up at the plate. Suzuki began Wednesday hitting .262 in 97 games this season, well off his career average of .326 entering 2012. He was back in his familiar leadoff role for the series finale after hitting eighth in each of his first two games with New York. He hit leadoff, No. 2 and No. 3 at various points this season for Seattle prior to the trade. Before his first at-bat the Mariners showed a montage of Suzuki highlights on the video board at Safeco Field followed by the message “Ichiro: Thanks for all the thrills.” Suzuki was greeted by a standing ovation and tipped his helmet to various points of the stadium he called home for more than a decade.

Hideki Matsui cut by Tampa Bay Rays to make room for Ryan Roberts THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui was been cut by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 38-year-old Japanese star was designated for assignment on Wednesday to clear a roster spot for infielder Ryan Roberts. The Rays have 10 days to trade Matsui, release him or place him on waivers. He is hitting .147 with two homers and seven RBIs in 95 at-bats. Baltimore obtained Roberts on Tuesday from Arizona for minor league second baseman Tyler Bortnick.

Els says he feels fresh heading into Canadian Open HAMILTON, Ont. — Ernie Els arrived at the RBC Canadian Open with one trophy already in tow. He’s hoping to leave with another. Despite a whirlwind couple days that followed his victory at the British Open, Els expressed confidence that he’s still got enough left in the tank to be competitive at the third oldest championship in golf. “I feel very fresh,” he said Wednesday afternoon. Els only managed to get in five practice holes at Hamilton Golf and Country Club this week, but thinks his stellar play from Royal Lytham & St. Annes should carry over. The celebration following his fourth major championship was decidedly more low key than the ones that came before it. After pulling out a one-shot victory over Adam Scott on Sunday, he returned home to London for a small party with family and friends, and followed that up with a lazy Monday. He travelled to Hamilton on Tuesday morning, getting in a quick practice session before a helicop-


BRIEFS Logan Hill a double winner FIFE, Scotland — Red Deer’s Logan Hill was a double winner for Canada during the opening day of the Euro Junior Golf Cup against the United States and Scotland Wednesday. Hill defeated Daniel Shaft of Scotland 3 and 2 in the match play competition and then edged American Oliver Ayer 1-up. Hill was one of eight Canadians on the 14-member team to win both matches. Canada accumulated 22 points with the USA second with 12 ½ and Scotland with 7 ½. • Meanwhile in a Maple Leaf Junior Tour event in Kelowna, B.C., Red Deer’s Michael Pruss finished 11th in the boys’ 14-16 year-old division with a 79-79— 158, 10 strokes back of Cole Baldigara of Kelowna. Allan Pruss, who won the long drive competition in the 14-16 year-old division, tied for 20th at 8975—164. Lucas Gratto of Burnaby, B.C., won the overall title by five strokes with a 72-72—144.

Kuehn comes in four over EDMONTON — Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe turned in a solid four-over par 77 to move into a tie for third at the Alberta Senior Ladies’ Golf Championship at Highland Golf Club Wednesday. Kuehn had a two-round total of 161, nine strokes back of Holly Norwood of Vancouver, who has rounds of 77-75 in the 54-hole event. Alison Murdoch of Victoria (80-77) is second at 157 with Joan Wilson of Calgary (79-82) tied with Kuehn. Cathy McMillan of Ponoka shot a second round 84 and is tied for eighth at 166 while Sharon Peart of Red Deer is tied for 14th at 170, following an 84. Wendy Wiltzen and Patricia Skinner, both of Red Deer, are tied for 27th and 68th respectively. Wiltzen shot an 89 and sits at 176 while Skinner shot a 103 and is at 204.

ter arrived to whisk him to downtown Toronto for a “Right To Play” dinner. On Wednesday, Els played a round with RBC CEO Gord Nixon at his home course. The itinerary left virtually no time for preparation at the charming, tree-lined Hamilton layout that is hosting the Canadian Open for a fifth time. “I don’t know if it’s such a big disadvantage because a lot of times when you don’t play a course, you don’t know where the trouble is,” Els said with a chuckle. “So maybe that’s a good thing. You get your yardage, you hit it to your spots.” As an added bonus, the South African brought the Claret Jug along for the ride and proudly displayed it during his interview session with reporters Wednesday. His presence added some buzz to an event that remains in a tough spot on the PGA Tour’s calendar and was only able to lure six of the top-30 players in the world golf rankings. Besides Els, the biggest names in the field are Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk — and it’s no coincidence that all four men have sponsorship agreements with RBC. However, Furyk was also drawn back by the tra-

ditional H.S. Colt-designed course where he won the first of his two Canadian Open titles in 2006. The 6,966-yard, par-70 layout suits his eye and reminds him of the traditional courses he grew up playing in Northeast Pennsylvania. “If I like the golf course, I’m going to play,” said Furyk. “I don’t care who is showing up or what the purse is.” Narrow fairways guarded by thick rough require players to find the fairway from the tee. However, there are only a handful of holes that demand they pull out a driver because the course has been lengthened by less than 500 yards since first contesting the Canadian Open in 1919. However, it still poses a unique test that seems to be appreciated by virtually everyone in the field. Along with Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country — where Sean O’Hair won last year — Hamilton is the most popular of the Canadian stops. “It’s just a good, solid, old-school golf course and we don’t get to play places like this I don’t think very much,” said O’Hair. “It’s fun to come to venues like this.”

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PIANO CONCERT Pianist Laura Walton is featured at First Thursdays at the Snell Auditorium in the Red Deer Library on Aug. 2. The event runs from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided by Cafe Noir. Admission is free but donations are accepted at the door.

Stettler RCMP are waiting for a medical examiner’s report to determine the cause of death of a 50-year-old female hitchhiker found dead in the sleeper compartment of a truck hauling hogs east of Red Deer. On July 12, police responded to a call around 9:30 a.m. from

the driver of the livestock truck on Hwy 12, across from the John Deere Dealership, in Stettler. Sgt. Duncan Babchuk said the truck driver had picked up the Red Deer woman who was thumbing a ride near Lacombe earlier that day. He called 911 when he opened the sleeper doors and found his passenger was dead. The body was sent to the Calgary coroner’s office for an autopsy. The cause of death

was inconclusive. “It’s not a mystery who she was with,” said Babchuk. “It’s not a whodunit. There’s no mystery there. We know who she was last with. We just don’t know why she died.” The driver was questioned and later released. His truck was seized for examination. Investigators from the RCMP Major Crime Unit and Red Deer Forensic Identification Unit

were called in to assist with the investigation. The pigs, hot from high temperatures, were cooled with hoses by fire crews from the Stettler Regional Fire Department. The pigs were later turned over to another driver. “Until we can determine the cause, there’s nothing else we can do right now,” he said. The name of the deceased was not released.


DICKSON ONEACT PLAY Sunday Afternoon at the Museum has lots in store for the whole family at the Dickson Store Museum on July 29. A one-act play, More Letters to Grandma and Grandpa, is featured. There’s also poetry readings, live music and refreshments and cake to follow. The fun gets underway at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 403728-3355.


Take a walk on the haunted side with the Innisfail Historical Village. Guided ghost walks along with a dramatic presentation are on tap for this Friday, and Aug. 10, 17 and 24. The walks are guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. Walkers must be 10 years old or older, or with a parent or guardian if younger. The walks last about 30 to 40 minutes and begin at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. from the village. Admission is $5. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 403-227-2906.

CORRECTION A story about the province’s development of a social policy framework in Tuesday’s Advocate had incorrect information. Ken Collier is past chair of the Council of Canadians, Red Deer and Area Chapter.

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Dog trainer Donna Dee cycles with her menagerie of mutts on a Taylor Drive pathway on Wednesday. The Pomeranians Pepsi and Tonto, border collie Tru and poodle Reese are all her own dogs while the shihtzu Molly and lagotto romagnolo Otto belong to clients.

Persistent criminal Evening, indoor chided for choosing adult-only show fraud despite schooling CENTREFEST THIS WEEKEND

added to lineup BY JESSICA JONES ADVOCATE STAFF There will be a little more of the weird and wonderful on the downtown streets of Red Deer at this year’s Centrefest. When the children are tucked into bed and the all-ages street festival is over, Centrefest invites adult festival-goers, ages 18 and older, for a first ever edgier and more risque Late Night Show Cabaret Fundraiser on Saturday. Teeter-tottering on impropriety, the performances by Dan the One Man Band, Michael Trautman, Fire Guy, Pancho Libre and Red Deer’s own dancing sensation Spandy Andy promise to be interactive and hysterical. “When they are out on the street, it is like going to a children’s movie where the adult understands the little double entendre but the children don’t and that quite often happens,” said Janice Shimek, who is the festival director for one of Centrefest’s sponsors, the Red Deer Downtown Business Association. “There are times where they could push the envelope a little further and get a few more laughs but of course they can’t because the children are there,” she said. To give the performers the opportunity to have some fun with their performances and as part of Centrefest’s 10th anniversary, organizers felt it was time for the cheeky cabaret show. “I expect a lot, it is going to be a hysterical,” Shimek said. The Late Night Show Cabaret Fundraiser will take place at the City Centre Stage at 4922 49th St. at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. But Shimek says people should plan on being at City Centre Stage right at 8 p.m. “From 8 p.m. to when the show officially starts, there will be roaming artists in the lobby entertaining and mingling with the audience,” she said. “So the minute people walk in the door until they leave, they will be fully entertained.” Tickets, for $36.85, can be purchased at the Black Knight Inn or by calling 403-755-6626. Tickets are available at the door but organizers prefer they be purchased earlier. Centrefest runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Festival-goers should bring lots of change, since the performers make their living from the money that’s tossed into their hats. Last year’s attendance was 25,000. For more information about Centrefest, visit www. or call 403-340-8696.

BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF An additional five months has been tacked onto the sentence of a Sylvan Lake man who has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud and forgery. Already serving a 32-month sentence for similar charges in the federal prison at Grande Cache, Donald Hutlet, 37, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday to charges laid since his previous court appearance in April. The new charges, laid in June, arose from an investigation into a driver’s licence that was stolen from a vehicle in February. Court heard that Hutlet used the licence to open an account at a TD Canada Trust branch in Red Deer and then used that bank account to cash stolen cheques in one of the bank’s automatic teller machines. In passing sentence, Judge Darrell Riemer said Hutlet had chosen to waste his professional skills and abilities on crime rather than making productive use of his education, which includes a degree in business management from the University of Alberta. Citing a criminal record that spans

more than two decades and fills three letter-size pages, Riemer disagreed with duty counsel Mark Gottlieb’s position that the new charges would have been covered within the global sentence handed down earlier, had they been laid in time for the April guilty plea. The new charges include personation, uttering forged documents, passing stolen cheques and failing to comply with a court order. Gottlieb sought a sentence of one to three months, to be served concurrently with the sentence passed in April. Crown prosecutor Wayne Silliker argued for a sentence of four to six months, to be served consecutively to the existing sentence. Riemer said Hutlet’s past includes violent offences, breaches of court orders and numerous crimes of dishonesty. “After being convicted in 2009 for crimes of dishonesty and receiving court-ordered supervision again in 2010, you continued upon a course of unlawful conduct,” said Riemer. “Instead of using your abilities and education to credit yourself and those in your company, you have utilized those assets to harm others.”

City bike lane additions designed to create corridors BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Crews have started painting white lines for new cycling lanes in Red Deer. Already some questions have surfaced about the latest routes, particularly along Spruce Drive. Cyclists are realizing that the bike lane ends part way along Spruce Drive, after climbing the hill and towards 32nd Street. Syed Ali, transportation planning engineer, said the thought was to have the bike lane end there so that cyclists could cross to 37th Street and then

connect to 39th Street, where there are bike lanes as well. At 37th Street is a “bike box,” a painted box on the road directly in front of homes on the west side of Spruce Drive. The rider can then stop safely and wait for a gap in traffic to cross Spruce Drive to go to 37th Street. “We had 39th Street as the major east-west corridor for cyclists,” said Ali on Wednesday. Ali said the bike lane could have continued onto 32nd Street, and that could still happen depending on feedback from cyclists.

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Birds blamed for power outage BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Birds nesting on power lines caused the latest electrical outage in the city early Tuesday morning in a few neighbourhoods. Power to Clearview Ridge and Timberland was knocked out from about 4 to 5 a.m. “We were able to trace it back to a nest issue on one of our power lines in the Three Mile Bend area. Down near the river, osprey is a fairly common

thing,” said Jim Jorgensen, Electricity, Light and Power Department manager for the city, on Wednesday. He said outages haven’t been out of the ordinary except for the rolling blackout ordered by Alberta Electric System Operator that impacted parts of Red Deer on July 9. “There’s periods of time when it seems like we’re experiencing a lot of outages. If we look big picture, Red Deer maintains a very reliable system.” He said dedication of city staff is a big reason for the dependable service. But there can always be problems

in nesting season. If birds aren’t building nests in pole crossarms, they have been known to drop nesting material across parallel wires. “We’re always looking at some sort of effective way from deterring them from nesting on our poles. Sometimes it’s very difficult. They are very clever and ingenious.” Early in the morning of June 28, neighbourhoods in Anders and Sunnybrook lost power when crows interfered with equipment at an electrical substation. City staff have tried putting up obstructions between wires to try and

prevent nesting, but lines cover a lot of territory, he said. Jorgensen said residents should always be prepared for an outage as part of their emergency preparedness, for example if they require medical equipment. “I think it’s quite important if folks have specific requirements as far as power concerns, they need to assess their own need and demand and make arrangements because an outage can happen just out of the blue. A bird. A storm. A lightning strike. A vehicle hitting a power pole.”





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Assault suspect in custody until next court appearance The Red Deer man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and at least one of her two children remains in custody pending another court appearance. Appearing by closed-circuit TV and represented by Red Deer lawyer Lorne Goddard, the 24-year-old man stood quietly as his lawyer sought an adjournment to discuss particulars of the case against him. Red Deer City RCMP allege that an arrest was made after a neighbour saw a man kicking a small boy outside a residence in Glendale on June 16. Police allege that a six-year-old boy was hospitalized with injuries, including damage to the corneas of both of his eyes, and being smeared with feces from a diaper he was forced to wear. They also say he was burned with a cigarette and a hot fork. The suspect, whose name is withheld to protect the identity of the alleged victims, is charged with multiple counts of assault and assault with a weapon. He returns to Red Deer provincial court on Aug. 9.


ATV theft suspect sought Rocky Mountain House RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding a 19-year-old man who has been charged with stealing multiple off-highway vehicles. Cpl. Wayne Howse, of the Rocky RCMP detachment, says police are trying to locate Jamie Jerome Whitford. Whitford is from the O’Chiese First Nation Reserve, which is about 40 km northwest of Rocky Mountain House. Police allege that the suspect was involved in an incident on April 17, where sev- Jamie Jerome eral sheds were broWhitford ken into in Nordegg. Two off-highway vehicles were removed, Howse said. Three months later, on July 11, Whitford was charged with three counts of theft over $5,000 after police received a call that a stolen 700 Grizzly quad was being driven from the O’Chiese First Nation Reserve to Rocky Mountain House. “Jamie Jerome Whitford is wellknown to the local RCMP as he has a lengthy history of off-highway vehicle thefts, a history of other property offences, escaping police custody, violence and firearms offences,” Howse said. Whitford is described as a native male with brown eyes, black hair and is 1.7 metres (five foot six) and 73 kg (160 pounds). He may walk with a limp. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact local RCMP at 403-845-2882 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or report it online at www. If information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Road work slows golf traffic Golfers might want to leave earlier than usual if they are headed to River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. Motorists can expect traffic delays as road and culvert construction has started on 30th Avenue north, just south of River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. Work is expected to continue until Sept. 15. Motorists can expect slight delays between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Golfers are encouraged to plan ahead when travelling to make their tee time. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, and flag persons will direct traffic during active lane closures. Drivers are reminded to slow down when in construction zones, and obey all signs and flag persons. More information on road closures can be found at

Man faces more charges New charges have been laid against a man who missed his trial on charges laid

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David Girardin, a parks planning co-ordinator with the City of Red Deer, tries his hand at Disc Golf. The City of Red Deer, along with the Primary Care Network, is proposing a 10-hole disc golf course at the Victoria Park central park site. after a standoff with police in Red Deer last December. Red Deer City RCMP allege that they were called to investigate an assault in a house near the West Park School shortly before noon on Dec. 22. A standoff ensued and a suspect was arrested about six hours later, after a stun grenade was launched through a window. Dixon Bergseth, 34, was to have been tried in Red Deer on June 18 on charges that included possession of a loaded, restricted firearm and possession of a concealed weapon. A charge of assault was previously withdrawn. A warrant for his arrest was issued and his lawyer withdrew from the case after Bergseth, who had been freed from custody, did not appear for his trial. Bergseth was recently apprehended and returned to custody, charged with failing to appear in court. He appeared briefly in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday and remains in custody pending his next court appearance, set for Aug. 1.

Water diversion case delayed A Red Deer business owner accused of illegally diverting water has had his case adjourned until late in October. Harry Veenstra and his business, Auto Body Services Red Deer Ltd., are both charged under sections of the Alberta Water Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Provincial officials allege that Veenstra created a diversion that flooded and caused significant damage to properties neighbouring his business at 49th Avenue and 78th Street in Red Deer. Crown prosecutor Wayne Silliker, speaking as agent for special prosecutor Susan McRory in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday, said the province has provided his defence with a large volume of information that must be reviewed for the case to proceed. Veenstra and his business, represented by Red Deer lawyer Will Willms, are to return to court on Oct. 24 to enter a plea.


BIKE: Not in current plans But it’s not in the current plans. Council would have to approve this extension, he added. “When we did the bike lanes in 2011, the feedback we got was how important it was to have connectivity,” said Ali. “So our major objective was to get people from 39th Street into the downtown.”

Stabbing suspect held A Red Deer man arrested after a stabbing in a downtown park in the early hours of July 17 has been moved from Red Deer to Calgary while he awaits legal counsel. Ronald J. Alexander, 36, was charged with aggravated assault after a fight in Rotary Park between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Another man of the same age was taken to hospital in Red Deer with a serious stab wound. Alexander tried to plead guilty before Judge Jim Mitchell in Red Deer provincial court on July 18. However, Mitchell would not accept the plea and had the matter adjourned, advising Alexander to seek legal help. Alexander returned to court on Wednesday by closed-circuit TV from Calgary Remand Centre. He was represented by duty counsel Murray Shack. Shack advised Judge John Holmes that Alexander had not yet been interviewed by anyone from Legal Aid, which provides assistance to those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Standing still with his hands behind his back, Alexander appeared less agitated than on his previous appearance. He requested that Shack contact Catholic Social Services to tell them he was being held in custody, but made no other representations on his own. The matter has been adjourned to Aug. 1, when he is to appear again by closed-circuit TV.

Missing boy found Red Deer RCMP say a 12-year-old boy who was reported missing has been found safe and sound. RCMP received a complaint on Monday that Landon McGillvery left home on his BMX bike on Sunday and did not return home. He was last seen in the 48th Avenue and 53rd Street area of Red Deer.

The city is also just starting to paint lines down the hill on Spruce Drive. Signs will be posted so that as cyclists get close to the traffic light at 43rd Street, they will know that they’ll be merging into a single lane of traffic. Drivers will know that as well. The bike lane will resume just past 43rd Street. “We have enough room to do the dedicated bike lanes there,” said Ali. Bike lane painting began last week, with anticipated completion in mid to late August. Besides Spruce Drive, bike lanes will be done in sections of 59th Avenue, 52nd Street, 55th Street, 40th Avenue, 39th Street, 45th Street, 48th Avenue,

Plans for the north end regional community centre are slowly taking shape in Red Deer. The city hosted a two open houses at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre on Wednesday to gather feedback on the need for the proposed centre and the potential amenities and spaces within the facility. Some features of the proposed multi-purpose community centre include a community kitchen, Internet cafe, board rooms, meeting spaces, community garden, skate park and offices. “It is going to help balance the services in the city,” said Judy MacGillivray, a selfdescribed community-minded downtown resident who has lived in Red Deer since 1970. “Now everything is pretty well central or in the south. This will help provide services in the northern area so people won’t have to travel so far.” The proposed site is on cityowned park space, west of Glendale School. MacGillivray liked what she saw in the offerings but she felt there were a few things missing in the blueprints. She said there should be locked storage to encourage people to rent rooms on a regular basis. MacGillivray said a larger mirrored dance studio similar to the ones at Red Deer College and the Collicutt Centre would also be welcomed. North end resident Linda Wit said she would like to see a running track and activities for children in the new facility. Wit and MacGillivray were two of the estimated 35 residents who attended the first session of the open house. Construction on the multi-year project is expected to get underway in 2015-2016. The facility would serve areas north of 67th Street including the Kentwood, Johnstone Park and Johnstone Crossing, Aspen Heights, Normandeau and Glendale neighbourhoods. Currently, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre is the only major public facility north of the Red Deer River and the Normandeau Activity Centre is the only small neighbourhood facility north of 67 Street and west of Gaetz Avenue. Pauline Mousseau, neighbourhood community development co-ordinator for the City of Red Deer, said there have been past meetings with the stakeholders and now they are trying to determine whether they are on the right track. The city showed photo examples of community spaces like the Sylvan Lake Family and Community Centre and the Prospect Road Community Centre in Halifax, N.S. Mousseau said the photos have helped bring it to life for residents. “What is being contemplated maybe doesn’t exist in Red Deer at this point,” said Mousseau. “So it’s new, new territory for us.” The community consultation process that include focus groups is expected to wrap up by the end of the year. After the focus groups, there will be a report to the community followed a report to city council. The city has a survey on the proposed facility at www.reddeer. ca.

and near the CPR bridge. Last year, the city designated four bike lanes — Riverside Drive from 67th Street to Three Mile Bend access, Riverview Drive from 60th Street to 65th Street, Kerry Wood Drive from Fir Street to Overland Place, and Cronquist Drive from 54th Avenue to Webster Drive. Anyone who wishes to provide feedback can do so by going online at The survey will go online in the coming few days. In the meantime, Red Deerians can email their feedback to





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Gifted character actor Hemsley dies PLAYED GEORGE JEFFERSON ON TV’S ‘THE JEFFERSONS’ BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EL PASO, Texas — George Jefferson was a bigot. A loudmouth. Rude. Obsessed with money. Arrogant. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history. Much of that credit belongs to Sherman Hemsley, the gifted character actor who gave life to the blustering black Harlem businessman on The Jeffersons, one of TV’s longest running and most successful sitcoms — particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast. The Philadelphia-born Hemsley, who police said late Tuesday died at his home in El Paso, Texas, at age 74, first played George Jefferson on the CBS show All in the Family before he was spun off onto The Jeffersons. The sitcom ran for 11 seasons from 1975 to 1985. With the gospel-style theme song of Movin’ on Up, the hit show depicted the wealthy former neighbours of Archie and Edith Bunker in Queens as they made their way on New York’s Upper East Side. Hemsley and the Jeffersons (Isabel Sanford played his wife) often dealt with contemporary issues of racism, but more frequently reveled in the sitcom archetype of a short-tempered, opinionated patriarch trying, often unsuccessfully, to control his family. Hemsley’s feisty, diminutive father with an exaggerated strut was a kind of black corollary to Archie Bunker — a stubborn, high-strung man who had a deep dislike for whites (his favourite word for them was honkies). Yet unlike the blue-collar Bunker, played by Carroll O’Connor, he was a successful businessman who was as rich as he was crass. His wife, Weezie, was often his foil — yet provided plenty of zingers as well. Despite the character’s many faults — money-driven, prejudiced, temperamental, a boor — Hemsley managed to make the character endearing, part of the reason it stayed on the air for so long. Much like O’Connor’s portrayal of Archie Bunker, deep down, Hemsley’s Jefferson loved his family, his friends (even the ones he relentlessly teased) and had a good heart. His performance was Emmy and Golden Globe nominated. “He was a love of a guy” and “immensely talented,” Norman Lear, producer of The Jeffersons and All in the Family, said after learning of his death. El Paso police said the actor was found dead at a home where neighbours said he’d lived for years, and that no foul play is suspected. “When the Jeffersons moved in next door to the Bunkers, I wanted to deliver the George Jefferson who could stand up to Archie Bunker,” Lear recalled Tuesday. “It took some weeks before I remembered having seen Sherman in Purlie on Broadway.” Hemsley read for the part and “the minute he opened his mouth he was George Jefferson,” Lear said. Hemsley was smaller than O’Connor’s Archie but “he was every bit as strong as Archie,” Lear said. Lenny Kravitz, whose mother, Roxie Roker, played Helen Willis on “The Jeffersons,” said, “When I was a kid, Sherman would always take the time to hang out with me on set. We would listen to music and talk about it. He was very knowledgeable, and was a big rock ’n’ roll fan. He was an extraordinary human being that made a huge difference with his talent. I will miss him.” Sherman Alexander Hemsley was the son of a printing press-working father and a factory-working mother. He served in the Air Force and worked for eight years as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. Having studied acting as an adolescent at the Philadelphia Academy of Dramatic Arts, he began



Temporary guardian sought for Michael Jackson’s kids LOS ANGELES — A court-appointed attorney for Michael Jackson’s children says a petition has been filed to appoint a temporary guardian. Margaret Lodise, the guardian ad litem for Jackson’s three children, says a petition to appoint Tito Jackson’s son TJ as a temporary guardian has been filed in Los Angeles. A request for an expedited hearing has been made, but it’s uncertain a hearing will be held Wednesday. TJ Jackson is at a Los Angeles courthouse, along with attorneys for Jackson’s estate. The filing comes after days of turmoil in the Jackson family, with matriarch Katherine Jackson spend-



Isabel Sanford, left, and Sherman Hemsley, stars the television sitcom “The Jeffersons,” pose for a photograph in New York on May 6, 1998. Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of “The Jeffersons” one of television’s most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, was found dead Tuesday at his El Paso, Texas home. He was 74. acting in New York workshops and theatre companies, including the Negro Ensemble Company. For years, he kept his job at the post office while acting at night, before transitioning to acting full-time. He made his Broadway debut in 1970’s Purlie, a musical adaptation of Ossie Davis’ Jim Crow-era play Purlie Victorious. (Hemsley would later star in a 1981 made-for-TV version of Purlie as well.) It was while touring the show that Hemsley was approached by Lear about playing a character on the sitcom that would become All in the Family. Hemsley joined the show in 1973, immediately catapulting himself from an obscure theatre actor to a hit character on the enormously popular show. Two years later, The Jeffersons was spun off. Among the numerous All in the Family spin-offs (Maude, Archie Bunker’s Place, 704 Hauser), The Jeffersons ran the longest. The character, the owner of a chain of dry-cleaning stores, was devised, Hemsley said, as “pompous and feisty.” “All of it was really hard . . . because — rude, I don’t like to be that way,” Hemsley said in a 2003 interview for the Archive of American Television. “But it was the character, I had to do it. I had to be true to

the character. If I was to pull back something, then it just wouldn’t work.” And he brought some of his hometown with him. “That dance I do (as George Jefferson), it’s the Philly Slop,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News in 1996. After The Jeffersons was abruptly cancelled, Hemsley starred in the sitcom Amen as a fiery Philadelphia church deacon, Ernest Frye. The show latest five years, running 1986 to 1991. Jackee Harry, a longtime friend who made appearances on the show, said she and Hemsley had planned to tour in the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. She said they had discussed it recently and that he seemed in good health and in good spirits. “It’s a sad, sad, sad day,” she said from her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. She recalled when the two of them were on a Manhattan sidewalk during the era of The Jeffersons, and passers-by went wild. “He got mauled and mugged,” she laughed. “He said, ‘What’s all the screaming about?’ He was so popular and he didn’t even know it.” She described him as “a very private person unlike George Jefferson. But he was very kind and very sweet, and generous to a fault.”

ing several days in Arizona out of contact with her grandchildren. Katherine Jackson is the court-appointed guardian of her son Michael’s three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. The children have remained at the home they share with their grandmother in Calabasas. The house was the scene of a family disturbance Monday that sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate.

Both are also producers and writers of their shows.

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert re-up contracts with Comedy Central NEW YORK — Comedy Central’s late-night duo is sticking around for at least a few more years. The network announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart has extended his contract to host The Daily Show through mid-2015. Stephen Colbert also signed an extension that takes him through the end of 2014 as host of The Colbert Report. Last week, each show was nominated for four Emmy Awards. Colbert has hosted The Colbert Report since 2005. Stewart has presided at The Daily Show since 1999.

Toy maker sues Lady Gaga over bungled doll deal, claims project delays cost $10 million NEW YORK — A toy company is suing Lady Gaga for more than $10 million, claiming the pop star improperly backed out of a deal to make a doll in her likeness that would play snippets of her music. In a suit filed in New York City on Tuesday, MGA Entertainment says it paid a $1 million advance to the company that handles Gaga’s merchandizing and spent a mint racing to meet deadlines to ship the dolls this summer. But the toy maker says the plan was derailed in the spring when the merchandizer, Bravado International, abruptly balked at the part of the deal allowing the dolls to use the singer’s music, then tried to delay sales of the doll until next year. A representative for Lady Gaga called the lawsuit “ill-conceived.”

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LUANN July 26 ● 1967 — French President Charles de Gaulle ends controversial Canadian tour, flies home to France, after rebuke from Canada for his ‘Vive le Quebec libre’ statement. ● 1978 — Queen Elizabeth II starts 10-day visit to Canada to open the Com-

monwealth Games in Edmonton. ● 1996 — Howard Galganov’s Political Action Committee says it will start a boycott campaign against businesses in the west island of Montreal who post signs in French and not in English as well. Louise Beaudoin, minister responsible for la Charte de la langue française, has noted at least 142 infractions in the Fairview, Cavendish and Rockland shopping centres.





SUDOKU Complete the grid so that every row, every column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 through 9. SHERMAN‛S LAGOON




▲ 11,492.51 +25.56


1,172.32 +5.86 2,854.24 -8.75



Dow Jones

▲ 12,676.05 +58.73

ENERGY NYMEX Crude $88.97US ▲ +0.47 NYMEX Ngas $3.085US ▲ +0.015

FINANCIAL Canadian dollar $0.9850US ▲ +0.5 Prime rate 3% Bank of Canada rate 1% Gold $1,608.10US +31.90

Silver $27.050US -0.396

CANADIAN HOME PRICES TO TUMBLE 25% IN LONG TERM: REPORT TORONTO — A new report suggests that if the Canadian real estate market continues to cool, house prices could see substantial declines next year and could fall by as much as 25 per cent over the long term. Capital Economics economist David Madani says a housing correction is inevitable and prices will decline by 25 per cent, with declines beginning next year. He says home sales have dropped four per cent in the past two months and the trend is likely to continue given Ottawa’s recently tightened mortgage rules. And given that there is usually a lag between a drop in home sales activity and prices, Madani believes a decline in home prices could come in five to nine months. The report comes just a day after a Royal Bank of Canada report said there’s no housing bubble in Toronto, one of the country’s hottest markets. Tuesday’s RBC report says there is no housing bubble in Toronto because the city’s number of new housing units is in line with demographic needs.

TRADE MINISTER TO TRAVEL TO MYANMAR TO OPEN UP TRADE TORONTO — After years of imposing tough sanctions, Canada announced a push Wednesday to open up economic relations with Myanmar, saying International Trade Minister Ed Fast and a delegation of business leaders would travel to the strategically-placed Southeast Asian nation in September. Fast will be the first cabinet minister to visit the country since trade sanctions were eased at the end of April and Canada announced it would open an embassy in the capital, Rangoon, in recognition of Myanmar’s moves to improve human rights and democracy. But despite Ottawa’s optimism over a trade relationship, some prodemocracy and human rights groups are warning that the country formerly known as Burma is still facing serious human rights issues. — The Canadian Press



Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Suncor reviewing oilsands plans COMPANY SAYS IT MIGHT TAKE LONGER TO APPROVE EXPANSION PROJECTS BY LAUREN KRUGEL THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it’s willing to push back the schedules of some of its oilsands expansion projects if it means it can ensure it’s spending its money in the best way possible. Canada’s largest energy company (TSX:SU), alongside joint-venture partner Total E&P Canada, is reviewing plans for the Fort Hills and Joslyn mines as well as the Voyageur oilsands upgrader. It hopes to be able to make a decision on whether to go ahead with those projects around the middle of next year, but says it could take longer than previously planned. “The indications are that some of these projects are moving backwards, not for-

Encana posts $1.48B loss in Q2

wards — and I’m not worried about that,” said CEO Steve Williams on a conference call Wednesday. “I’m not worried about that review date potentially slipping, as long as we’re seeing cost improvements and quality improvements, which lead then to better returns for shareholders.” Suncor inked the $1.75-billion deal with Total — a division of the French energy giant — in December 2010. The three projects involved in that joint venture are being weighed on their individual merits, and could theoretically be scrapped if they’re not found to be economically viable. Williams said the review Suncor is undertaking wasn’t spurred by any specific concerns over cost inflation or volatile com-

modity prices. “We’re looking at how we get the best economics for those projects,” he said. Williams became CEO of Suncor in May, when Rick George retired after more than two decades at the helm. Williams had been Suncor’s chief operating officer prior to his promotion to the top job. He said he’s often asked whether Suncor will change direction under his leadership. “Given the fact I joined Suncor over 10 years ago and I was one of the architects of our strategy, you shouldn’t expect to see Suncor to take a sudden left-hand turn. Our strategy is well established and we’ll be working hard to execute it effectively,” he said.

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SAYS NATURAL GAS PRICES WILL RECOVER BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) says it is working to diversify its portfolio away from its focus on natural gas after booking a US$1.48-billion quarterly loss, but adds that it is “cautiously optimistic” that declining natural gas prices will recover in the near future. The Calgary-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said Wednesday it lost $1.48 billion in the second quarter, compared to a profit of $383 million a year earlier. Encana’s results were hit by a $1.7-billion charge related to the decline of natural gas prices, and warned it could face additional impairment charges due to the market. Pressure on the natural gas market is part of the reason the company wants to diversify into other energy sources. “For companies like ourselves that have a tremendous inventory of production, we’ll take advantage of rising natural gas prices,” president and CEO Randy Eresman said in an interview. “But we won’t necessarily invest significantly more in natural gas drilling opportunities until we are comfortable that prices will be at a more sustainable level.” Eresman added there are several factors to support his optimistic view about a recovery in natural gas markets — notably an increased demand for natural gas across the U.S. as lower natural gas prices see power generators replace significant amounts of coal with natural gas to generate electricity. In addition, Eresman said above average summer temperatures in parts of the continent have increased demand for electricity — and natural gas is being used to feed a lot of that demand. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



Loblaw to open 700 Joe Fresh stores as it works to replenish flagging earnings TORONTO — Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) plans to unveil about 700 Joe Fresh stores in the U.S. next year as Canada’s largest grocery chain works to ramp up sales of its hip fashion line to help bolster earnings that dropped by 19 per cent in its most recent quarter. Loblaw’s Joe Fresh clothing brand announced Wednesday it has formed a partnership with U.S. retailer J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) to open 700 stores in the U.S. in 2013 that will run for four years. The move comes amid a massive overhaul of Loblaw’s information technology and supply chain software system that is set to cost the company billions. The capital intensive roll out, along with a hypercompetitive grocery market in Canada, has eaten into its bottom line. Loblaw reported second-quarter net earnings of $159 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, down almost 19 per cent from the $197 million earned in the same period in 2011. That missed analysts’ calls for earnings of 62 cents per share by five cents. Shares fell 1.5 per cent or 47 cents to close at $31.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. “While I’m not happy that earnings are down, we are on plan,” said Loblaw president Vicente Trius on a conference call Wednesday. He noted that the market remained tough in the second quarter as grocers competed fiercely for customers who are keeping a close eye on their wallets. “With continuing concerns for the global economy, consumer confidence slipped for the quarter,” he said.

French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen workers wave shoes at a poster reading: “Varin, (CEO of PSA), starting today, we are your nightmare” as they pass the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Wednesday during a demonstration. Tough conditions in Europe pushed carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen into a first half loss of euros819 million ($990 million), just as the company faces off with the French government over a restructuring plan. The maker of two-thirds of France’s cars is in a tailspin as a deepening recession in many markets in Europe takes its toll on its business.

Cenovus reports a 40% drop in net earning in second quarter BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Cenovus (TSX:CVE) said Wednesday that its profits dropped 40 per cent in the second quarter as it faced weaker oil and gas prices. The Calgary-based company reported net earnings of $396 million for the second quarter, or 52 cents per diluted share, down from a profit of $655 million, or 86 cents per diluted share in the same period last year. Operating earnings, which filter out onetime items, dropped to $283 million, or 37 cents per share, missing analyst expectations of 52 cents per share. A year earlier the company earned $395 million, or 52 Canadian cents per share. Revenue for the quarter came in at $4.21 billion, compared to $4.01 billion year over year. Cenovus said exploration expenses of $68 million, decreased unrealized risk management gains, and an increase in depreciation, depletion and amortization costs as the reason for the sharp drop in net earnings for the quarter. Cenovus is a relatively new name in the oilpatch, having split off from natural gas producer Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) in late 2009. The company is on the hunt for a joint venture partners to help it develop its Telephone Lake oilsands property. Firms enter into such deals as a means to speed up de-

velopment and reduce risk. A competitive process to find a partner is ongoing, and Cenovus isn’t in any rush to land a deal. In the meantime, Cenovus is continuing to move that project forward solo. Cenovus says total oil production in the second quarter averaged more than 155,000 barrels per day, a 28 per cent increase compared with the same period a year earlier. And oil sands production at Foster Creek and Christina Lake averaged more than 80,000 barrels per day, a 38 per cent increase compared with 2011. “Cenovus has a clearly defined 10-year growth plan, which is expected to deliver predictable, reliable performance,” president and CEO Brian Ferguson said in a release. “We’re consistently growing oil production while maintaining our focus on lowcost operations and continuing to demonstrate the value of our integrated approach with strong refining margins.” At its investor day in December, Cenovus said it was aiming to grow production this year by 21 per cent as new phases of its Christina Lake oilsands project in northern Alberta come into service. Christina Lake and the nearby Foster Creek development are part of a 50-50 joint venture with Houston energy giant ConocoPhillips. The partnership also includes interests in two U.S. refineries.

C06 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, July 26, 2012

MARKETS Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 94.46 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 73.08 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.65 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.71 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.19 Cdn. National Railway . . 86.83 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . . 78.97 Cdn. Satellite . . . . . . . . . . 3.65

Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 68.88 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.48 Cervus Equipment Corp 18.71 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 30.27 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 41.59 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 22.20 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.63 General Motors Co. . . . . 18.80 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 14.80

Research in Motion. . . . . . 6.93 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 39.51 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 26.66 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 61.94 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 15.60 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 44.18 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.03 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 65.98 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.54 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 31.45 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 10.00 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.12 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.53 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 52.89 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72.08 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 15.83 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 34.49

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market snapped a threesession losing run to finish modestly higher Wednesday amid a mixed bag of earnings and a strong showing by gold miners. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 25.56 points to 11,492.51, with the main index held back by disappointing earnings from energy and base metal mining companies. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 5.86 points to 1,172.32. However, analysts said no one should be surprised by the weak showing from resource companies. “I think people should have expected that given commodity prices moving lower, and given some earlier announcements, that they shouldn’t have expected good results out of there,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment. A rapidly slowing Chinese economy would have provided a good indication of earnings growth, Adatia added. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.5 of a cent to 98.5 cents US. U.S. markets were mixed. The Dow Jones industri-

als ran ahead 58.73 points to 12,676.05, helped along by better-than-expected earnings reports from manufacturing giants Boeing and Caterpillar. The Nasdaq composite index lost 8.75 points to 2,854.24 in the wake of an earnings disappointment from Apple Inc. after the close Tuesday while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.42 of a point to 1,337.89. The gold sector led advancers, up about 2.8 per cent as bullion advanced $31.90 to US$1,608.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) gained 73 cents to C$34.49. Barrick and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) report quarterly earnings results Thursday. The industrials sector also provided lift amid earnings from the country’s two big railways. CN Rail (TSX:CNR) reported adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.50, beating analyst estimates by two cents. But chief executive Claude Mongeau acknowledged that there could be an economic slowdown in the United States in the second half of this year and said he’s also keeping an eye on China’s economy. Despite the positive report, CN shares slipped 48 cents to $86.83.

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) said adjusted earnings were 90 cents per share, beating analyst expectations by seven cents and its shares climbed $3.91 or 5.2 per cent to $78.97. The energy sector was ahead 0.13 per cent as the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 47 cents to US$88.97 a barrel. But Cenovus (TSX:CVE) shares fell 95 cents to C$31.15 as its profits dropped 40 per cent in the second quarter to $396 million as it faced weaker oil and gas prices. The metals and mining sector led TSX losses, down 1.77 per cent while copper prices closed up two cents to US$3.37 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) slid $2.14 or 7.28 per cent to C$27.27 as it reported an adjusted profit of $312 million, or 53 cents per share, in the second quarter compared with $663 million, or $1.12 per share, in the same period in 2011. The slide came amid a weakening of base metal prices during the quarter. Quarterly revenues were $2.6 billion, compared with $2.8 billion a year ago. Teck also warned of tough times ahead due to economic

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Facebook’s day of reckoning coming with Q2 report NEW YORK — It’s showtime for Facebook. Call it the second act after its rocky initial public offering two months ago. On Thursday, the company will take the spotlight once again for its first earnings report as a public company. Facebook’s fate hinges on its ability to convince businesses that the ads on its website and on its mobile application are effective. To do that, the world’s largest online social network needs to keep its nearly 1 billion users logging on as often — and for as long — as possible, interacting with each other as well as with brands. The release of its quarterly financial results will be Facebook’s chance to prove to investors that it can continue growing revenue from the ads it serves on its popular social networking site. It comes a day after Zynga Inc., which contributed to 12 per cent of Facebook’s revenue last year, reported disappointing earnings. Facebook’s stock slid in after-market trading Wednesday, as did Zynga’s. Though there’s a lot riding on Facebook’s second-quarter earnings report, Wall Street analysts aren’t expecting big surprises. Why? Facebook effectively warned investors before its IPO that Wall Street’s expectations were too high. In a filing issued a week before its IPO, Facebook said its mobile users are growing at a faster pace than the number of ads on its mobile platform.

New York Times scraps BlackBerry app NEW YORK — The New York Times is doing away with its BlackBerry app in the latest blow to troubled Canadian

uncertainties in Europe and the United States and less robust growth rates in emerging markets including China. The consumer staples sector was also weak, reflecting lower earnings at grocer Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L). The company reported quarterly net earnings of $159 million or 56 cents a share,down almost 19 per cent compared to the same period in 2011 and missing estimates by five cents and its shares lost 47 cents to $31.45. In the U.S., Apple shares were down 4.3 per cent to US$574.97 after the company reported its slowest growth in more than two years. Quarterly net income was $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per share, up 21 per cent from a year ago. Analysts expected earnings of $10.37 per share. Revenue was $35 billion, lower than expectations for $37.5 billion. Caterpillar shares rose 1.44 per cent to US$82.60 after posting net income of US$1.7 billion, or $2.54 a share, up from $1.02 billion, or $1.52, a year earlier. The world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment beat expectations by 24 cents. Caterpillar also raised its full year

earnings forecast. Aircraft maker Boeing topped analyst estimates, turning in net income of US$967 million or $1.27 a share, higher than the $1.13 that had been forecast. Boeing also boosted its full-year outlook and its shares rose 2.78 per cent to US$74.03. The eurozone debt crisis has cast a shadow over markets this week on elevated concerns that Spain, Europe’s fourth-biggest economy, will need a bailout as the country is forced to pay ever higher amounts to fund its debt. Yields on the country’s key 10-year Treasuries have remained above the sever per cent level, which is considered unsustainable. There was some good news on that front Wednesday as the yield on the Spain’s 10-year government bond fell to 7.37 per cent from 7.53 per cent late Tuesday. That’s a positive sign that investors are slightly less worried about Spain’s ability to repay its debts. Markets had faltered midmorning after the U.S. Commerce Department said sales of new homes plunged eight per cent last month to an annual rate of 350,000, much lower than the 373,000 pace that econo-

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mists expected. It was the slowest pace in five months and the steep decline suggested a weaker job market could make the housing recovery slow and uneven. ICE FUTURES CANADA W I N N I P E G — Closing:Canola: Nov.’12 $9.50 higher $616.70; Jan ’13 $10.50 higher $618.90; March ’13 $10.60 higher $619.70; May ’13 $8.50 higher $613.50; July ’13 $4.30 higher $604.20; Nov. ’13 $0.10 higher $544.20; Jan. ’14 $0.10 higher $539.00; March ’14 $0.10 higher $539.00; May ’14 $0.10 higher $539.00; July ’14 $0.10 higher $539.00; Nov. ’14 $0.10 higher $539.00. Barley (Western): Oct. ’12 unchanged $257.00; Dec. ’12 unchanged $262.00; March ’13 unchanged $265.00; May ’13 unchanged $269.00; July ’13 unchanged $269.00; Oct. ’13 unchanged $269.00; Dec ’13 unchanged $269.00; March ’14 unchanged $269.00; May ’14 unchanged $269.00; July ’14 unchanged $269.00; Oct. ’14 unchanged $269.00. Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 458,200 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 458,200.


Bank rescue must come soon: France, Spain MADRID, Spain — France and Spain called Wednesday for swift implementation of the rescue plan for Spanish banks to ease concern that the country may need a full-blown sovereign bailout. In June, the 17 countries that use the euro agreed to lend Spain up to C100 billion (US$121 billion) to save those of its banks that are laden with soured investments following a property sector collapse in 2008. But the deal only intensified concerns about Spain’s debt levels, since the government initially will have to repay those loans if the banks cannot. In response, investors have since been demanding exorbitantly high interest rates to lend to the country. To solve that problem, eurozone ministers agreed to give the loans directly to the Spanish banks — but only after a Europe-wide banking regulator is set up. That could take months, if not years.


SUNCOR: Changes in priorities There will, however, be some changes in priorities. Suncor won’t be obsessed with hitting daily production of one million barrels by 2020, for example. “Growth for the sake of growth doesn’t interest me too much. What interests me is profitable growth,” said Williams. Suncor will also have a “rigorous scrutiny on capital discipline” to ensure it’s spending within its means. Williams said he doesn’t see big capital programs as necessarily the best way to spur growth. “I believe we can achieve significant growth simply by running our assets better,” he said. On Tuesday night, Suncor recorded lower profits during the second quarter and booked $694 million in charges related to a natural gas asset in war-torn Syria.


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Vigo County farmer Phil Carter displays an ear of corn that didn’t pollinate Wednesday in Terre Haute, Ind. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a natural disaster in all 92 of Indiana’s counties.

Net earnings amounted to $333 million, or 21 cents per share, compared to $562 million, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenues were $9.7 billion, up from $9.3 billion. In December, Suncor pulled its employees out of Syria in order to comply with sanctions aimed at isolating the regime of President Bashar Assad, condemned internationally for his government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The company has not recorded any production from the Middle Eastern country in 2012. “The situation in Syria has not improved, and the company is not certain if or when it will be feasible to resume operations,” Suncor said in a release. “Based on an assessment of expected future net cash flows over a range of possible outcomes, the company recorded after-tax impairment charges and write-offs of $694 million against its assets in Syria in the second quarter of 2012.” After those adjustments, the carrying value of Suncor’s net assets in Syria at the end of June was about $250 million. Stripped of one-time items, Suncor’s operating earnings were $1.26 billion, or 81 cents per share, compared to $980

million, or 62 cents per share, during the same period a year earlier. That handily beat the 72 cents per share analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had on average been expecting. Cash flow was $2.34 billion, or $1.51 per share, compared to $1.98 billion, or $1.26 per share, in the second quarter of 2011. Suncor said the stronger operating earnings and cash flow were due to increased production volumes and better margins at its refineries, but were offset somewhat by lower oil prices. Suncor’s total production was 542,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared to 460,000 barrels a year earlier. The company tweaked its full-year production outlook to between 540,000 and 580,000 barrels per day from its previous forecast in April of between 530,000 and 580,000 barrels per day. Suncor shares gained 50 cents to $30.26 in mid-day trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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smartphone maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). The news organization announced that as of Monday it stopped supporting the NYTimes app for the BlackBerry as well as its DealBook BlackBerry Reader. It also cancelled its support for the Palm Pre, by device maker Palm. Users of RIM’s BlackBerry devices will have to go directly to the New York Times site through the phone’s web browser — instead of using an app — to get the latest news over their smartphones. “Currently, our mobile web site offers a more complete New York Times experience than the NYTimes app native to your device,” the Times said in a statement. The announcement comes as a blow to RIM, which has been hurriedly trying to get more developers on its side ahead of the launch of its delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system early next year. RIM has acknowledged that its BlackBerry App World apps store has lacked the broad selection of competitors.

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BARNES Irene M. It is with great sadness that the family of Irene M. Barnes announce her quiet passing in her home at Sundre, Ab on July 4, 2012. Irene is survived by four daughters, one daughter-in-law, nine Grandchildren, thirteen plus one on-the-way great grandchildren. Please join us for lunch in Celebration of Mom and Grandma at 12:00 Noon, Saturday July 28, 2012 at the Red Deer Moose Hall. 37565 Hwy 2 #307 S.E. Red Deer County, Alberta. BOVY Paul 1952 - 2012 Paul Bovy of Sylvan Lake, Alberta passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the age of 60 years. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marlene, his mother Bertha Bovy, his three brothers; Charly (Christiane), Fred and Jacky (Katherine), two nephews and four nieces, as well as by numerous extended family and close friends. Paul was predeceased by his father Jean Bovy. A funeral service in honor of Paul’s life will be held at Living Stones Church, 2020 - 40 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. For those wishing to pay their respects, viewing will take place one hour prior to the funeral service. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

In Loving Memory of TERRY L. HUSBAND Apr. 20, 1958 - July 26, 2010 Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear. Deep are your memories, precious they stay. No passing of time can take them away. ~Always missed and loved Mom, Dave, Gord, Doug and families. MacDONALD 1954 - 2012 Gerald “Gerry” MacDonald of Red Deer passed away suddenly on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the age of 57 years. Gerry will forever be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pam Thompson; sons, Levi (Anne) and Jordan; brothers, Norm (Terry) and Don and sisters, Wendy (Bob) Kuffler, Judy (Gary) Fredine and Holly Shields. Also left to cherish great memories of Gerry are numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and close friends. Gerry was predeceased by his father, Alex; mother, Nettie and brother, Doug. A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street in the Cascade Ball Room, Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. As a tribute to Gerry and his love for sports, you are welcome to wear your favorite sports attire. Memorial tributes made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 202, 5973-50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4C4 would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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McDONALD John George John George of Red Deer passed away at home on July 22, 2012 at the age of 88 years. He is lovingly remembered by son, Donald (Shannon) of Cochrane; daughters, Betty-Jean (Craig) Prusakowski of Edmonton and Cathy (Rob) Kolton of Red Deer; six grandchildren; twin brother, Rod (Cec) and y o u n g e r b r o t h e r, D o n a l d (Esther); sister, Margaret (Merle); sisters-in-law, Irene McDonald and Kay Kovacs; and by his brother-in-law, Frank Kovacs. John is predeceased by his wife, Helen; brother, Andrew; and sister, Mary. John was born in Windsor, ON on April 2, 1924. He moved to the Ridgewood District at an early age and farmed there for all of his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a veteran of WWII having served with the Calgary Highlanders. He was also a longtime volunteer with Sunnybrook Farm, as well as many local charities. John was an avid fan of his grandchildrens activities over the years. A special thank you to his wonderful friends and neighbours for their many visits and meals. Thank you to good friends, Stan and Brenda MacKay, their friendship was invaluable. A Prayer Service will be held at Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer, on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5508 - 48A Avenue, Red Deer with the Reverend Martin Carroll celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s honor may be made directly to Sunnybrook Farm Museum, 4701 - 30 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H7 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-3319.

SCHROPFER Craig Anthony Paul 1985 - 2012 It is with great sadness that the family of Craig Schropfer announces his unexpected passing on Friday, July 20, 2012 in Red Deer at the age of 27 years. Craig is survived by his son Kevin James Schropfer, (Mandy Lagoutte), parents Kelly and Marsha Schropfer of Red Deer, Cynthia and Jason Leask of Calgary, a brother Robert “Bob” Schropfer of Penhold, grandparents in Ontario and Manitoba, numerous loving aunts, uncles, his beloved cousins and friends. Upon graduation he entered into the oilfield industry and was employed until his passing. Craig was born in Calgary, Alberta on June 22, 1985 and was raised in Penhold and Red Deer. Craig e n j o y e d p l a y i n g h o c k e y, baseball and playing his guitar with family and loving friends socializing around numerous “fire pits”. He was a member of the Penhold Volunteer Fire Department. Craig tried to live his life to the fullest and will always be on our minds and in our hearts. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on the evening of Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Parkland Funeral Home. A celebration of Craig’s life will be held from the chapel of Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. A private graveside service will be held at Alto Reste Cemetery, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in trust to Kevin - James Schropfer, son of Craig Schropfer in care of any Servus Credit Union, Transit # 51629-899, Account # 57811795. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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SPENDIFF In loving memory of Laurie, July 26, 2011 We thought of you today, But that is nothing new We thought of you yesterday And will tomorrow too. We think of you in silence And make no outward show For what it meant to lose you Only those who love you know Remembering you is easy We do it everyday It’s the heartache of losing you That will never go away. Viviane and family

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HUHN We, the family of Christopher Joseph Huhn, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the overwhelming number of friends and family who supported us during this most difficult time. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the emergency staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for their efforts and care of Chris and to Reverend Jeff Rock for his unwavering support and words of comfort. To those who sent flowers, brought food, visited, called, sent cards, made donations in Chris’ memory, attended the funeral or simply lent an ear or a hand to hold, we thank you.

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DENTAL ASSISTANT We are looking for a level II RDA who is excited about dentistry and CLASSIFICATIONS wants to help us provide excellent high-end dental 700-920 care for our patients. Must be willing to learn new skills and perform at Caregivers/ an accelerated level. Must Aides have good communication skills and be organized. F/T Live-in Caregiver req’d 4 day work week with for 11 & 9 yr. old children. generous bonus plan. 403-309-7304 or email 6 week paid vacation. This is a great career opportunity. P/T F. caregiver wanted Please submit resume to for F quad. Must have own Dr. Brian Saby, vehicle. Call res. #100-3947 50A Ave. 403-348-5456 or 505-7846 Red Deer, T4N 6V7 or email: 403-340-3434 or 403-348-7069 Clerical



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2 P/T CLEANERS req’d. Commercial cleaning. 403-318-7625 or leave msg. 403-600-4958 ARAMARK at (Dow Prentiss Plant) about 20-25 minutes out of Red Deer needs hardworking, reliable, honest person w/drivers license, to work 40/hrs. per week w/some weekends, daytime hrs. Starting wage $13/hr. Fax resume w/ref’s to 403-885-7006 Attn: Val Black LEADING facility services company is seeking hard working, safety conscious cleaners for janitorial team. F/T work. Fax resume to 403-314-7504





I N S T R U M E N TAT I O N Technician Job Description The successful candidate will be responsible for the manufacture, repair and calibration of A RED DEER BASED Pressure Testing Company electronic instrumentation. req’s. Operators for testing Preference will be given to those with a BOP’s throughout AB. Only those with Drilling rig Post secondary certification in Electronics exp. need apply. Fax resume & driver’s abstract Engineering or to: 403-341-6213 or email Instrumentation Strong computer skills Lonkar offers an immediOnly those selected for interview will be contacted. a t e b e n e f i t s p a c k a g e including a matching RRSP plan. Please submit your resume to: 8080 Edgar Industrial Drive Red Deer AB, T4P 3R3 Fax: 403-309-1644 Email: careers@lonkar. com FLINT TUBULAR MANAGEMENT SERVICES requires Shop & Yard Laborers. $16/hr. to start NOW ACCEPTING Apply w/resume to: RESUMES FOR EXP. 4115 39139 HWY 2A WINCH TRACTOR (Blindman Industrial Park) OPERATORS BED TRUCK OPERATORS JOURNEYMAN PICKER HAULIN’ ACID INC. OPERATORS Is currently seeking & MECHANICS exp. Class 1 Drivers. FOR RED DEER AREA. We offer competitive wages, Fax resume & benefits & on-site training. abstract to 403-885-0473 Requirements: No phone calls please. current oilfield certificates, oilfield driving exp., class 1 drivers license, clean drivers Classifieds abstract. Fax resume to Your place to SELL 403-314-9724 or call Your place to BUY Dean 403-391-8004

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Inglewood MOVING SALE, lots of household items, designer clothing, Thurs. July 26, 5-9, Fri. July 27, 2-8, Sat. July 28, noon-6 p.m. 158 IVANY CLOSE

Lancaster Green 59 LAMPARD CRES. July 26 & 27 Rain or Shine Thurs. 5-8, Fri. noon - 8 Treasures for everyone, misc. household, kids goodies, electronics, craft supplies etc. 7 LAMAR CLOSE Thurs. July 26th 12-7 Multi-family. Furniture, tools, household, misc.

Plans organize coordinate the sales and repairs of equipment. Knows the importance of offering Superior customer service. Service technician experience is an asset. Computer literacy. Excellent time management skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Establish relationships and be liaison with funding agencies. Send resumes by fax to 403-342-4516 Attn: Robert or email: Rhogan@ Shoppershomehealthcare .ca




BOULEVARD Restaurant & Lounge Gasoline Alley Red Deer County Food & Beverage Server

$12.25/hr. To provide Food & Beverage service, handle cashiering, arrange and setup the outlet. maintain cleanliness and hygiene.


ALSTAR is a long standing and quickly growing Gas & Oilfield Construction Company and is looking to fill the following position:

Successful candidate will be required to relocate to Hinton, Alberta For complete Job Description & Application Form, please go to our website Please Quote Job #61972

PURCHASER Inventory Control

$14.00/HR. To prepare and cook all food up to standard, clean kitchen and maintain hygiene follow recipes, assist in receiving and storing

Kitchen Helper

$11/hr To clean kitchen following safety and hygiene standards. Clean utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware items. Clean floors. Assist in prep. All positions are Shift Work & Weekends. Fax resume 780-702-5051 CALKINS CONSULTING o/a Tim Hortons FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT $11/hr. 6 positions, SUPERVISORS $13/hr. 5 positions Apply at 6620 Orr Drive. Fax: 403-782-9685 Call 403-341-3561 or apply in person

COME JOIN OUR TEAM Accuform Welding Ltd. DBA Menchies requires an experienced purchaser/inventory control Frozen Yogurt Restaurant - Red Deer AB person. Knowledge of steel Food & Beverage Servers and welding industries Full Time. 2 locations. would be a definite asset. DUTIES: Serve food & We offer a competitive wage and benefits package. beverages, general plate Please fax: 403-343-8974 services, handle customer complaints, clear and or email: clean tables, present bills and accept payment, Attn: General Manager describe menu items and Accuform Welding Ltd. advise on menu selections, 8061 Edgar Ind. Cres. food counter prep, Red Deer, AB replenish condiments. QUALIFICATIONS: Customer service an asset. Job knowledge & communication. Food sanitation, WHIMIS & First Aid are an asset. WAGES: $10-10.25/hr Fax resume to Deon Beaupre 403-309-4418 Mail resume to Box 28038, Red Deer, AB T4P 1K4

Whatever You’re Selling... We Have The Paper You Need! Central Alberta LIFE Caregivers/ Aides

F/T & P/T COOK, prep cook , and SERVERS Sylvan Lake. 403-396-5031


Is seeking FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $14.00/hr.


HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms, public areas, pool etc. Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety stardands $14.00/hr. All positions are Shift work & weekends Fax Resume to: 780-702-5051

HOLIDAY INN Red Deer South, Gasoline Alley Is Seeking

FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests * Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $ 14.00/hr HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms public areas pool etc. * Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards $ 14.00/hr All positions are Shift Work & weekends Fax resume 780 - 702-5051

Woodworking machine operators $17.00- $21.50 hourly - 40 hrs. per wk. Furniture manufacturing labourers $13.95 - $17. hourly - 40 hrs. per wk. Cabinetmakers $18.50$22.50 hourly - $40.00 hrs. per wk.



Due to substantial growth and the addition of new manufactured product lines, The A.R. Thomson Group is offering the following opportunities to join our Manufacturing Team. Serious applicants looking for a stable career opportunity are encouraged to join our team.

3 POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR MANUFACTURING SHOP TECHNICIANS. Duties to include fabrication prep, hydro-testing, general shop maintenance, operation of new product line manufacturing equipment, such as tube mill, BWS corrugating equipment and FABRICATION INC. other hose manufacturing equipment. and occasional Is looking to fill the on-site work with our position of hydro-testing trailer B Pressure Welder mobile vessel experience an asset unit. Send resumes to Box 5324 Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1X1; apply by email at Abel.Corporation@ or by fax to (403) 782-2729

The successful candidate shall possess the following skills and abilities: • Experience in the Oilfield and related equipment • Works well with others • Must be dependable, reliable, and loyal • Exercise good organizational skills on the shop floor Those individuals with the appropriate qualifications may respond in strictest confidence to or Fax 403-343-6006


We are looking for a DETAILER/CLEAN UP PERSON We offer a good working environment & benefits. Please apply with-in at 6424 Golden West Ave. or email resume to:

1 POSITION AVAILABLE FOR JOURNEYMAN “B” PRESSURE WELDER Duties to include fabrication of A.R. Thomson specialized Stainless Steel Hose Product Line and will include successfully obtaining certification on product welding procedures. Preference will be given to candidates with TIG welding experience. Drug / Alcohol screening and a background check will be required. Hours of work are Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm (with sporadic overtime available) Excellent benefits package and RRSP plan are also available. Please Email Resumes to: Borsato.linda@arthomson. com Fax Resumes to: 403-341-4243

SUBWAY RESTAURANT Innisfail, AB needs F/T EXPERIENCED Food Counter Attendant. SHEET METAL Central Alberta Must be Mature and willing INSTALLERS Fabrication Facility to work any shift. $11.00/hr. Fax resume to Now Hiring! Req’d for Residential 403-227-6176 or email We require a crew leader Preference to with strong leadership registered Apprentices skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic and a For interview phone firm commitment to safety Brent or Brian to lead a crew erecting @ 403-309-8301 self-framing and foam Fax or email resume to THE RUSTY PELICAN is panel buildings and insulating 403-309-8302 or now accepting resumes for oilfield equipment. a well experienced Also require a knowlF/T SERVER edgeable crew to perform Explosive Solutions Apply within: 2079-50 Specialists the work mentioned above. Ave. 2-4 pm. Mon.-Fri. is seeking Fax 403-347-1161 Phone EXPERIENCED We offer Permanent fullcalls WILL NOT be accepted. STRUCTURAL time positions with Steady WELDERS Work, Multiple shifts and White Goose Stettler CWB tickets an asset, Kitchen helper Full Time, overtime available. competitive wages & benefits. Salary: $11.50 Hourly for We provide a safety first w o r k e n v i r o n m e n t , Please submit applications 40 hours per week by fax to 403-347-4516 Location: Stettler, Alberta competitive wages, overor email time bonus, health Apply In Person benefits, fully supplied tools, room for advanceX-STATIC ment and a mentorship FLOORING ESTIMATOR IS NOW ACCEPTING Very busy flooring program. APPLICATIONS company is currently FOR P/T seeking a professional Please forward resumes to & experienced estimator. COCKTAIL PERSON centralalbertacareers@ Duties include flooring inspection, measuring, APPLY IN PERSON reading blueprints & DSM INC. AFTER 3 PM. quoting. Requirements: looking for laborers, Minimum of 2 yrs. in the Innisfail area. experience, driver license, Salary is $14.30/hr. Fax Sales & friendly and professional resume to: 403-314-0676. Distributors attitude. Wages based on F/T PAINTERS REQ’D experience, benefits avail. 403-309-3000 or drop off PREMIER Spa Boutique is Painting exp. necessary. Must have vehicle. at 9-7619 50 Ave seeking Retail Sales Must be task orientated, Red Deer, AB Supervisor for our Parkself motivated & reliable. land Mall location, Red Recognized as a top safety FRAMER req’d. 2-3 yrs. Deer. $17.40/hr. award winning company. residential exp. own vehiEmail resume cle a must. 403-350-5103 Phone 403-596-1829





Castor - Regular deadline Have a safe & happy holiday CLASSIFIEDS 403-309-3300


WE are looking for Rig Managers, Drillers, Derrick and Floorhands for the Red Deer area. Please contact Steve Tiffin at or (403) 358-3350

OFFICE & PHONES CLOSED MON. AUGUST 6, 2012 Red Deer Advocate & Red Deer Life Publication dates: SAT. AUG. 4 SUN. AUG. 5 TUES. AUG. 7 Deadline is: Fri. August 3 at 5 p.m.


Restaurant/ Hotel

Human Resources Coordinator


is looking for journeyman picker operator.Top wages and benefits. Safety tickets required. Fax or drop off resume 403-346-6128. No phone calls. PROJECT MANAGER with Oilsands Experience Req’d. Fax resume and ref’s to: 403-340-8686 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!


VAC/steamer Truck driver Lacombe area, Fax resume to 403-782-0507

Valid 1st Aid, H2S, Drivers License required!!






Please submit resumes to or fax to 780 865 5829

IS looking to fill the following positions in the: HINTON AND FOX CREEK LOCATION * Oilfield Construction Supervisors * Oilfield Construction Lead Hands * Stainless and Carbon Welders * B-Pressure Welders * Pipefitters * Experienced Pipeline Equipment Operators * Experienced oilfield labourers * Industrial Painters * 7-30 tonne Picker Truck Operator with Class 1 H2S Alive ( Enform), St. John (Red Cross) standard first aid) & in-house drug and alcohol tests are required. Please submit resume to or Fax to 780-865-5829 Quote job #61971 on resume


for busy oilfield trucking company. Top wages Fax resume to: 403-346-6128, Attn: Pierre No phone calls please! TEAM Snubbing Services now hiring exp’d snubbing operators and helpers. Only those WITH experience need apply. Email: janderson@ or fax 403-844-2148



Lancaster Green 73 LYONS CLOSE Thurs. 26th, 4-8 Fri. 27th, 10-7 & Sat. 28th, 10-3 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

Morrisroe LAST of the downsizing. Tools, shelving, bedding, books, square dance attire, bdrm. suite, chesterfield, loveseat, all garage sale tables, and more. 47 Mitchell Ave. July 26, 10-7 Fri. 10-6.

Mountview 4118 - 35 STREET back alley Thurs. July 26, and Fri. July 27, 9-5 Many household items and books

Oriole Park 16 OLYMIPIC GREEN Back Alley July 26, 27 & 28 Thurs. 12-6, Fri.& Sat. 9-6 Household misc. etc..... 56 OAKVILLE CRES. July 26, 27 & 28 Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 12 - 7 Landscape & carpentry tools, some household 8 OLYMPIC GREEN Sat. July 28th & Sun. July 29th 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Yard sale Moving out of province.

Sunnybrook 33 SPENCER STREET Thurs. July 26th & Fri. July 27 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.


West Park THURS. FRI. & SAT 10-7 Electric wheelchair, household, sports cards, camping, tools, etc. 38 Wishart St.

Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

Out of Town HUGE MULTI FAMILY RAIN OR SHINE 1/2 MI South of Delburne Golf Course, Rng. Rd. 233 House #37264 Thurs. July 26 - Sun. July 29 9 am -6 pm all days. Fibreglass steps, clocks, collectibles, household etc.



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WINDOW air cond., patio umbrella, blinds, drapes, etc. 155 Woodridge Dr. Waskasoo Estates Fri. Sat. Sun. July 27, 28, 29. 8 am -? pm.

Required Immediately



36 RICHARDS CLOSE Multi family garage sale baby items, furntiure, household items, and kids stuff. Thur. July 26, 2-7, Fri. July 27 12-7

HUGE MOVING SALE in Penhold! Lots of household items, furniture, kids toys, bikes and much more! Great prices! Everything must go!! Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27 from 10-8 and Saturday, July 28 from 10-2. Follow the signs to the back alley of 7 DORONNA PLACE!

42 ROCHE ST. THURS..JULY 26, FRI. JULY 27, 9-5:30 Kitchen dishes and misc., some furniture, MOVING SALE!

Catholic Social Services are offering a rewarding opportunity with the Approved Home Program serving an adult female with developmental disabilities. As an Approved Home proprietor you will provide ongoing training and daily structure in a positive supportive home environment. Catholic Social Services provides the Community Outreach worker, who assists the individual with community activities during the week for 20 hours. Catholic Social Services also ensures one weekend Respite care out of your home. The successful candidate will benefit from experience with OCD behaviors, creative approaches for elevating internal stressors as well as an appreciation for the arts. The individual volunteers and is an active member of several community groups in Red Deer. The individual will pay Room & Board. Part of the hiring process demands proof of a current Criminal Record check prior to starting the position. Catholic Social Services will facilitate an orientation session to the Approved Home Program and on-going monthly training is offered as well. The monthly remuneration for the successful candidate is $1176.00. Interested applicants please contact Catholic Social Services @ 403-3478844 ext. 2917 253595G19-28

Established and very busy Oilfield Trucking Company is now hiring for the following: CLASS 1 DRIVERS Rig move/Oilfield Pipe Haul/Highway/Long Haul

• • • •

SWAMPERS Heavy Duty Journeyman Technician Journeyman Welder Wash Bay Attendant

today! Apply to:

sumes om Email re s@iroccorp.c b jo eagle .7789 3.346 0 4 : ll a Or c jo aglerig www.e

For the position of CLASS 1 Drivers, consideration will only be given to those with some experience. Call HR Dept: 780-467-9897 • Fax: 780-463-3346




ABEL CORPORATION is looking for candidates for the following positions:

Looking for Part/Full Time BARTENDER/SERVER. Apply with resume to 3811 40 Ave, Red Deer

SHOPPERS HOME HEALTH CARE Canada’s largest home health care supplier has an exciting opportunity for a




Well Servicing



RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, July 26, 2012 D3

PIKE WHEATON CHEVROLET IS CURRENTLY accepting resumes for SERVICE ADVISIOR POSITION. Must have good communication skills and have the ability to work independently or with a group.. Excellent company benefits. Please submit resume in person along with wage expectations to Joey.



FRAMERS NEEDED. Some experience req’d and must have own transportation. Apprentices welcome. Call 403-588-7066


SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! GROWING after market diesel and suspension shop, for 3/4 ton / 1 ton trucks, looking for 1st. or 2nd yr mechanics. Phone 403-346-9188 or emal


Independent Paint & Body is currently accepting resumes for experienced autobody technicians and refinishers. Apply with resume to 7453 - 50 ave Red Deer, AB or email resume to


BLUE GRASS SOD FARMS LTD is seeking 2nd. or 3rd. yr. heavy duty mechanic apprentice with experience in agriculture equipment and trucks. or fax to 403-342-7488

JOURNEYMAN H.D. mechanic based out of our red deer location. Successful applicant will be required to pass mandatory drug screening. Fax resume with current driver abstract 403-346-6721 LOOKING for a Journeyman Welder with fabrication exp. Brake and Shear knowledge an asset. Only faxed resumes accepted. Fax 403-343-3548 SCOTTS STEEL FAB R.D. LOOKING for hourly drywallers and general laborers. Please fax resume to 403-782-0610

Immediate Opportunity. This position is responsible for ABSA drawings and shop layout drawings for truck mounted vacuum systems using Autodesk Inventor. Production Bonuses Comp. wages & benefits. Long term employment Please email resume to or fax to: 403-314-2249 STRONG Insulation Inc. Looking for exp. residential insulators w/drivers licence (Batt And Poly, Blow-in). Call 403-848-2402 STUCCO LABOURERS needed Immed. Exp’d but will train. Drivers License pref’d. Call 403-588-5306


QUALIFIED 3rd and 4th yr. JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIANS Residential exp. only Competitive wages & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-314-5599 WANTED honest reliable, person/persons to rebuild a deck, in Sylvan Lake, contact Wendy or George 403-887-2113

Truckers/ Drivers


Shipper/ Receiver/ Material Handler * Must be computer proficient * Multi task oriented and organized * General shipping/ receiving duties * Inventory control experience an asset Company paid benefit plan and RRSP. Please send resumes to: resume@

Restaurant/ Hotel

APPLIANCE DELIVERY DRIVER Family owned & operated, Trail Appliances continues to grow and due to this, we are looking to expand our delivery department. Trail offers excellent training and a competitive compensation and benefit plan. We are currently looking for an experienced Delivery Driver to work out of our Red Deer Warehouse. The ideal candidate will: * be able to maneuver merchandise in excess of 100 lbs * possess exceptional customer service skills * enjoy working within a diverse team * hold a valid driver’s license and a clear drivers abstract


Req’d in Sylvan Lake Immediately. Phone 1-877-463-9664 or email resume to info@



Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED for early morning delivery of Red Deer Advocate 6 days per week in EASTVIEW 82 Advocate $430/month $5165/year WEST LAKE 77 Advocate $404/month $4851/year


MOUNTVIEW 71 Advocate $372/month $4473/year

BUSY CENTRAL AB company req’s exp’d. Class 1 drivers to pull decks. Assigned truck, exc. wages and benefits pkg. Paid extras. Family orientated. Resume and abstract fax to 403-784-2330 or call 1-877-787-2501 Mon,. - Fri,. 8 a m to 6 pm

GRANDVIEW 69 Advocate $362/month $4347/year

Wanted for delivery of Flyers, Express & Sunday Life In

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

GLENDALE Goodall Ave & Grimson St. Gunn St. & Goodacre Cl.

ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED for Morning Newspaper delivery in the Town of Stettler

PINES Pearson Crsc. Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308

Earn $ for 1--1/2 hrs. per day 6 days a week.


Busy Central Alberta Grain Trucking Company looking for Class 1 Drivers. We offer lots of home time, benefits and a bonus program. Grain and super B exp. an asset but not necessary. If you have a clean commercial drivers abstract and would like to start making good money. fax or email resume and comm.abstract to 403-337-3758 or

Must have a reliable vehicle . Please contact Rick at 403-314-4303

For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in LANCASTER Lampard Crsc. area & Lord Close area.

51 Street & 43 Ave. area

ADULT CARRIERS REQUIRED for Early morning delivery of Red Deer Advocate in Sylvan Lake


Please call Debbie

Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more info ADULT UPGRADING



ROUTE AVAIL. CLASS 1 and 3 drivers req’d for road construction. Water truck and truck and pup exp. preferred. Living allowance incld. Fax 403-309-0489

CLASS 3 driver with air endorsement required for our red deer location. Successful applicant will be required to pass mandatory drug screening. Fax resume with current driver abstract to 403-346-6721. CLASS 3 WATER HAULER needed. Only those with Drilling Rig Water Hauling experience need apply. Need H2S & First Aid tickets.TOP WAGES PAID Fax clean drivers abstract and resume between the hours of 9 am to 6 pm to: 403-746-3523 or call 403-304-7179


Vacuum & Water Truck operators req’d. to start immed. CLASS 1 or 3 WITH Q All oilfield safety tickets req’d. Clean drivers abstract. Must comply with drug and alcohol policy. References Req’d. Exc. salary & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-742-5376 LOCAL ACID Transport company looking for expd’ F/T Class 1 truck driver. Top wages and exc. benefit pkg., Fax resume and driver’s abstract to 403-346-3766

for details

Blue Grass Sod Farms is looking for Yard personnel Seasonal full time. Must have a class 5 license. Please send all resume’s attn. Nursery Dept. Fax 403-342-7488, Email

Alberta Government Funded Programs Student Funding Available! * GED Preparation * Trades Entrance Exam Preparation * Women in the Trades

CARRIERS REQUIRED to deliver the Central AB. Life twice weekly in

Academic Express

Adult Education & Training

340-1930 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

ADULT & YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED for delivery of Flyers Red Deer Express & Red Deer Life Sunday in

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317 AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY





Complete Janitorial

Average earnings are $300 - $600 per week. Candidates must be friendly, outgoing, and very good looking! Just kidding. But seriously you need to self motivated and have a positive attitude. Sales experience isn’t necessary as training will be provided. If you think you got what it takes, call now

ESSO IN PONOKA Hiring Supervisor Up to $15.65/hr + benefits. Fax resume to: 403-783-8273

880 403-358-9256 QUALITY CLEANING 403-755-7570



Black Cat Concrete

Sidewalks, driveways, garages, patios, bsmts. RV pads. Dean 403-505-2542 BLACK PEARL CONCRETE Garage/RV pads, driveways, patios, bsmt. Dave 352-7285 BRIAN’S DRYWALL Framing, drywall, taping, textured & t-bar ceilings, 36 yrs exp. Ref’s. 392-1980


We currently require a

UTILITY/BASE CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN For work in and around the Red Deer area This successful individual will possess the following quali¿cations: • Have experience running a small base crew • Have blueprint knowledge and experience • Understands grade setting • Parking lot and subdivision experience an asset • Valid driver’s license Pidherney’s offers competitive wages based on experience & a medical bene¿t package. 253698G26



INDIVIDUAL & BUSINESS Accounting, 30 yrs. of exp. with oilfield service companies, other small businesses and individuals RW Smith, 346-9351


Please reference # KZWS - 0007



TRAILERS for sale or rent Job site, office, well site or storage. Skidded or wheeled. Call 347-7721.


Farmers' Market

ALBERTA Spring lamb, cut and wrapped by the piece, 1/2 or whole carcass. Come see our 100 mile radius store. Brown Eggs and Lamb 403-782-4095 BISON meat cut & wrapped, no medicine or growth hormones 340-9111 or 342-0891 after 6 EAST Hill SASKATOONS OPENING Fri. July 27, 3 kms. East of 30th Ave. on Hwy. 11 Open Sat. - Sun. 9-5, Mon. - Fri. Noon-8 . 4L, $10 U-pick 403-342-6213 or 392-6025



at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@

Homestead Firewood

RENTAL STORE looking for tent laborers. Seasonal full-time. Apply within 5929-48 Ave. or sales@

FIREWOOD. All Types. P.U. / del. Lyle 403-783-2275

AFFORDABLE Spruce, Pine, Birch Spilt, Dry. Pickup or Del. 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472


Garden Supplies

TOP WAGES, BENEFITS, Exp’d. Drivers & Swampers required. MAPLE LEAF MOVING Call 403-347-8826 or fax resume to: 403-314-1457.

LANDSCAPING mulch, $10.00 yard. Phone 403-346-3800 weekdays or 403-343-6182 eves. & wknds.




Health & Beauty

HANDICAPPED wheel chair porch lift, electric. $1200. 403-342-2530


Household Appliances


Industries #1 Choice!

“Low Cost” Quality Training

403.341.4544 24 Hours Toll Free 1.888.533.4544

R H2S Alive (ENFORM) R First Aid/CPR R Confined Space R WHMIS & TDG R Ground Disturbance R (ENFORM) B.O.P. #204, 7819 - 50 Ave. (across from Totem)

APPLS. reconditioned lrg. selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. warr. Riverside Appliances 403-342-1042

Household Furnishings


Career Planning

18 CU. FT. Fridgidaire, like new, white $200 obo 403-597-9929

Build A Resume That Works! APPLY ONLINE Call: 403-348-8561 Email Career Programs are


for all Albertans


3 PIECE BISTRO antique teak wood handcarved set $190, 403-347-8247, 403-550-4393


Queen Orthopedic, dble. pillow top, set, 15 yr. warr. Cost $1300. Sacrifice $325. 302-0582 Free Delivery BED: #1 King. extra thick orthopedic pillowtop, brand new, never used. 15 yr. warr. Cost $1995, sacrifice @ $545. 403-302-0582. COFFEE table and 2 end tables, solid oak. $125. 403-314-5528


Please fax resume to 403-845-5370 or email to

Certified Appraisers 1966 Estates, Antiques, Firearms. Bay 5, 7429-49 Ave. 347-5855

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300


Please forward your resume Name: Melody Norrad Fax: 403 755 5014 Email:

Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

To Advertise Your Business or Service Here


We are looking to hire: • Sales Associates – Part Time For our Penningtons store in RED DEER, AB We offer competitive compensation, an outstanding clothing discount, a motivating team environment, and job opportunities that ¿t your lifestyle.




Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info

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Earn extra money with daily cash bonuses! Get paid weekly!

Please contact QUITCY



SUNNYBROOK AREA: Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close

Work 3-7 days a week you choose the days! Hours are from 4:30 - 9:30 pm.


LOOKING for laborers and flaggers for road construction. Fax 403-309-0489

ANDERS AREA: Anders Close Ackerman Crsc. Asmundsen Ave/ Arb Close


NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for Afternoon delivery in Bowden & Innisfail.

Employment Training

* Great customer service * Must have a valid driver’s license * Clean drivers abstract * Ability to work unsupervised * Ability to work with others * Lumber experience an asset but not a requirement * Physically demanding * High pace * Must be able to work weekends


F/T Customer Service Representative. Must be avail. weekdays and Sat’s. Some outside work req’d. Computer skills an asset. Fax resume to 403-347-0788

Richard Schnurr 587-894-1199




to set up an appt..

F/T Retail Trade Supervisor 2 positions $14.90/hr. F/T Food Service Supervisor 1 position $13.00/hr. F/T Food counter attendants 2 positions $10.70/hr. 1105903 AB Ltd. o/a Eckville Gas & Snacks, 5008 - 48 St. Eckville, AB T0M 0X0 F/T Retail Trade Supervisor 1 position $14.90/hr. F/T Food Service Supervisor 1 position $13.20/hr. F/T Food counter attendant 2 positions $11.50/hr 1105903 AB LTD. o/a Alhambra corner Hwy.11 R R 54 AB TOM OCO F/T Retail Trade Supervisor 1 position $14.90/hr. F/T food service supervisor, 1 position $13.20/hr. F/T food counter attendants 2 positions $11.50/hr 1373883 AB Ltd. o/a Caroline Gas & Snacks. #1 4903 50 Ave. Caroline AB T0M 0M0 Please send resumes by e-mail, mail, fax or in person Fax: 403-746-3229 or mail to Box 506 Eckville T0M 0X0 until July 31, 2012



Interior Designer


CARRIERS NEEDED For Advocate routes



Misc. Help

Very busy Red Deer Flooring Company is STUDENTS’ seeking Interior designer ASSOCIATION OF RDC (male or female). Must Are you a highly motivated have an eye for design and individual with an professional attitude. interest in marketing? Commercial & Residential Are you organized and Estimating: able to work with a large Floor & Wall Tile, group of people? Hardwood, Laminate and Duties include: overseeing Carpet. Wages are the Fall & Winter elections; negotiable based on ensuring the election experience & benefits process follows the bylaws & polices of the Association; avail. Fax 403-309-3000 ensuring candidates follow LOCAL GOLF COURSE guidelines set out; requires Full Time grounds developing promotional personnel. Fax resume to materials to encourage 403-343-3886 or email high voter turnout. This position is a paid temporary position. Maintenance Person Open to anyone in the Req’d. F/T employment. community, including Carpentry or flooring instalstudents and faculty. lation exp. is an asset Apply by Aug 15 (carpet, tile, lino & hardto Brandy Newman, wood) but not necessary. VP Operations: Must be neat, clean, fessional, friendly, works well with others or alone. F.T. WAREHOUSE Drivers License req’d. Needs a Drivers licence, Exc. wages, benefits & some heavy & light lifting, great working environment. friendly, personnel. Please fax résumé to Monday-Friday, with 403-309-3000 or drop off some Saturdays, at 9-7619 50 Ave exc. wages & benefits. Red Deer, AB Fax to: 403-309-3000. Drop off: #9 - 7619 50 Ave Red Deer, AB

Call Rick at 403-314-4303

is currently looking for students to join our award winning team. We do marketing for 34 newspapers across Canada and Red Deer is the Number 1 team! Here’s why.....

We are looking for a cook with food safe certification and a min of 3 years’ experience to work at our camp in Hinton. Responsibilities include cooking for 10-40 people at any given time, baking, grocery orders and keeping an exceptionally clean kitchen. Ideal candidate must also be a team player. Schedule is 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off. Pidherney’s offers competitive wages and benefits. Job # HCMA-0022 Fax resume to Michelle at Or can call 403-322-0124 for more information.


Misc. Help

Please forward resumes Attention Manager to fax # 403-887-3625 Or email to: resumes@ Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Launch your career with a well known and respected company. Become a part o f t h e s u c c e s s f u l Tr a i l team by applying in person to: Colin Parsons in person at #6 4622 61 Street in the Riverside Industrial District, Red Deer. Security checks will be conducted on successful candidates.

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FOR recycling company in Central Alberta. Must be able to work independently and enjoy sales. Class 3 license needed. Call 403-635-4123 or fax 403-329-1585 or email TOW TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer.

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Central AB based trucking company reqires in AB. Home the odd night. Weekends off. Late model tractor pref. 403-586-4558

NEXUS ENGINEERING, an oilfield based company, is currently looking for a



We are expanding and looking for Apprentice & Journeyman Welders to work with us. We specialize in Repair and Maintenance as well as custom fabrication of shacks & components. We have a variety of jobs coming through our door on a daily basis. The ideal candidate would have some mechanical ability and a desire to learn. Please send your resume & references by email to or fax your resume to 403-309-7134. No Phone Calls Please


Journeyman or apprentice for General Repair/ Manufacturing shop. CNC & Welding experience an asset. Competitive wages and benefit package avail. Email resume to: deansmachineinc@ or fax to 403-742-8833

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FLOORING INSTALLER Req’d immediately, exp’d flooring installer (carpet, tile, lino, hardwood, etc.), for very busy Central Alberta flooring company. Must be neat, clean, professional, friendly and works well with others or alone. Driver’s license req’d. Excellent wages, benefits & great working environment. Please fax resume to 403-309-3000 or drop off at 9-7619 50 Ave Red Deer






Stamp finish, exposed finish, basements, garages, patio pads, driveways & sidewalks. etc. Anything concrete, call Mark 403-597-0095 COR CONSTRUCTION ~Garages ~Decks ~ Fencing ~ Reno’s. 35 years exp. 403-598-5390 DALE’S Home Reno’s. Free estimates for all your reno needs. 755-9622 cell 506-4301 RMD RENOVATIONS Bsmt’s, flooring, decks, etc. Call Roger 403-348-1060 SIDING, Soffit, Fascia Prefering non- combustible fibre cement, canexel & smart board, Call Dean @ 302-9210.



*LEXUS* 403-392-0891 INDEPENDENT Busty Babe w/My Own Car! ROXY 26 Hot Blonde 403-848-2300

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IRONMAN Scrap Metal Recovery is picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles and industrial. Serving central Alberta. 403-318-4346

BUSY B’S HANDYMAN SERVICES LTD. We do fencing, decks, reno’s Moving & landscape and more. Give Storage us a buzz @ 403-598-3857 Free quotes. WCB, insured. BOXES? MOVING? TIRED of waiting? Call SUPPLIES? 403-986-1315 Renovation Rick, Jack of all trades. Handier than 9 men. Specializing in mo- Painters/ bile home leveling and Decorators winterizing 587-876-4396

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* NEW * Executive Touch. Relaxation massage for men. 5003A - Ross St. 403-348-5650 Gentle Touch Massage 4919 50 St. New rear entry, lots of parking 403-341-4445 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161


Feeling blue, under the weather? Come in and let us pamper you. Pampering at its best. #7 7464 Gaetz Ave. In/Out Calls to Hotels 403-986-6686

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Property clean up 340-8666 FREE removal of all kinds of unwanted scrap metal. No household appliances 403-396-8629 Yard Work / Reno / Tree / Junk Removal 403-396-4777

LAUREL TRUDGEON Residential Painting and Colour Consultations. 403-342-7801.

Seniors’ Services


ATT’N: SENIORS Are you looking for an honest reliable person to help on small renovations or jobs around your house? Call James 403- 341-0617 HELPING HANDS For Seniors. Cleaning, cooking, companionship, helping you/helping your family. Call 403-346-7777 Low Price Guarantee. www.

Yard Care


Tree Pruning,Topping and Removal by a Certified Arborist,Hedges too! call Randy at 403-350-0216 YARD maintenance, hedge trimming services Call Paul 587-679-0917

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New Zealand lawmakers to debate same-sex marriage WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand lawmakers will debate a bill to make same-sex marriage legal. The bill was one of several picked at random from a parliamentary ballot Thursday. Bill sponsor Louisa Wall, an openly gay member of the opposition Labour Party, says she’s confident the bill will get majority support from lawmakers and the public. The leaders of both major parties have previously said they would support such a bill progressing to a socalled select committee. That would give the public and interest groups an opportunity to weigh in before lawmakers debate a final version in several months. Wall says U.S. President Barack Obama’s public support of gay marriage in May gave impetus to the bill. New Zealand currently has civil union laws that grant many of the same rights as marriage.

Malaysia to make $693 million payout to civil servants as elections loom KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian leader Najib Razak has announced a 2.2 billion ringgit ($693 million) payout for civil servants ahead of general elections widely expected this year. Najib said in a statement late Wednesday that the country’s 1.27 million civil servants will receive a half-month bonus and some 660,000 pensioners will be given a special payment of 500 ringgit ($157). The money will arrive next month ahead of the Muslim Eid festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Support from the civil service will be a huge boost to Najib’s ruling coalition, which is seeking to regain lost ground after suffering unprecedented losses in 2008 polls. Elections must be called by next year but Najib is expected to call snap polls to take advantage of a robust economy.

Foe of illegal logging, environment lawyer among Magsaysay awardees MANILA, Philippines — An Indonesian mountaineer who faced death threats while battling illegal loggers and a Bangladeshi lawyer who fought to keep old rusty ships from being dumped in her homeland are among this year’s winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards. The awards announced Thursday are considered Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prizes. They are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957. A Manila-based foundation in charge of the awards says the six winners this year battled great odds to improve the plight of the poor. Indonesian Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto risked his life exposing illegal logging. Lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan waged court battles to stop toxin-laden ships junked by wealthy nations from entering Bangladesh. The other winners are from India, the Philippines, Taiwan and Cambodia.

Firefighters rescue four window washers after platform stalls LAS VEGAS — Four window washers were rescued by firefighters Wednesday after they were stranded for several hours outside the 35th floor of a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Clark County and Las Vegas firefighters spent three hours rigging ropes and descending from the roof of the 46-story Vdara Hotel to harness and lower the workers one at a time to a landing area below. Clark County spokeswoman Stacey Welling said firefighters were summoned about noon after the men reported that their work platform appeared to be slipping. No injuries were reported. The Vdara is one of several glassy CityCenter complex hotels built by MGM Resorts International and Dubai World. The surrounding 67-acre development opened in December 2009, with the Aria, Veer and Mandarin Oriental hotels, a casino and the upscale Crystals shopping and restaurant complex. The flawed Harmon hotel and condominium tower never opened. Hotel spokeswoman Yvette Monet said the workers’ platform apparently stalled due to a mechanical malfunction. The first firefighter to reach the men brought bottled water, officials said. The National Weather Service reported temperatures at 104 degrees and winds a moderate 10 mph at nearby McCarran International Airport at the time. Television viewers watched the rescue live on local television. Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said the city’s high-angle rescue team trains regularly for similar situations. In March 2009, firefighters rescued two window washers who suffered minor injuries when a cable holding their platform snapped during gusty winds outside the Wynn Resorts-owned Encore Las Vegas.

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NCAA eyed slapping Penn. State with four-year ban over Sandusky scandal BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mother of slain man condemns violent protests over shooting ANAHEIM POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, KILLED UNARMED MANUAL DIAZ

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The mother of an unarmed man who was shot by Anaheim police officers has condemned violent protests against the killing, saying Wednesday she did not want them to become her son’s legacy. Her news conference followed a fourth day of violent protests over Saturday’s police shooting of Manuel Diaz and the Sunday police shooting of another man who fired at police during a pursuit. A police dog escaped shortly after Diaz was shot Saturday and bit a bystander. “I watched as my son took his last breath. I watched as his heart stopped beating for the last time,” Genevieve Huizar said, breaking into sobs. “Please, please, please stop the violence. It’s not going to bring my son back, and this is the worst thing any mother could go through.” In the latest wave of protest, as many as 600 demonstrators surged through downtown Tuesday night, smashing shop windows, setting trash fires and hurling rocks and bottles at police, authorities said. Huizar said her family had not participated in any violence. At an earlier news conference, Mayor Tom Tait said the U.S. attorney’s office had agreed to review the officer-involved shootings and that he planned to meet with members of that office and the FBI on Friday. The shootings and resulting demonstrations marred the image of the Orange County city, which is home to Disneyland and the Angels baseball team but also has neighbourhoods teeming with gritty apartments. Like much of California, the city of more than 330,000 has changed significantly since Disneyland put it on the map in 1955. With its growth spurt, the once

mostly white population is now more than 50 per cent Hispanic and there’s a sense of disenfranchisement from some in the Latino community. The violence downtown spread into Wednesday morning and left 20 stores with shattered windows, authorities said. Twenty-four people, including four minors, were arrested on suspicion of crimes ranging from failure to disperse to assault with a deadly weapon, Police Chief John Welter said at a news conference. Video showed knots of young men and women looting a T-shirt store and breaking the windows of a Starbucks. Some 300 police from Anaheim and surrounding communities were called in and riot-clad officers used batons, pepper balls and beanbag rounds. At least six people were injured, including a police officer who was struck on the arm with a brick, a protester who was hit in the chest by a pepper ball, and two reporters who were struck by rocks and a beanbag round, police and witnesses said. None was immediately hospitalized. Police will examine videos of the protests to identify violent protesters and there could be further arrests, Welter said. “Vandalism, arson and other forms of violent protest will simply not be tolerated in our city,” Tait said. “We don’t expect last night’s situation to be repeated but if it should be, the police response will be the same: swift and appropriate.” The violence erupted from a peaceful rally after demonstrators unable to get into a packed City Hall meeting blocked a nearby


Suspect must shave beard or be forcibly shaved, says judge BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood will be forcibly shaved if he doesn’t remove his beard himself, a judge said Wednesday. Maj. Nidal Hasan appeared in court Wednesday sporting a beard as he did during a court appearance last month. The beard violates Army regulations, but Hasan said it is an expression of his Muslim faith. The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, held Hasan in contempt of court for keeping the beard and fined him $1,000. Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug said Gross gave Hasan the choice to shave on his own or be forcibly shaved sometime before his court-martial begins Aug. 20. Hasan again refused to shave and watched the rest of the day’s hearing outside the courtroom. Hasan, 41, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 massacre, the worst shooting incident on a U.S. military post. He faces the death penalty if convicted. Until last month, he had been clean-shaven every time he attended court. But since Hasan grew a beard, he and one of his attorneys have watched the pretrial hearings on closed-circuit television in a trailer near the courthouse.

intersection. After several hours, police declared an unlawful assembly and moved in, Welter said. As they cleared the street, groups of 50 to 100 people splintered off and moved through downtown, throwing rocks and bottles at police and passing motorists and setting fires in trash bins, Welter said. Diaz’s family sued the city and the Police Department on Tuesday, claiming he was shot and killed Saturday while running away. The family is seeking $50 million in damages. Online court records show Diaz was convicted last year of drug possession, and three years earlier of possessing a firearm on school grounds and being a member of a criminal street gang. The second shooting occurred Sunday when officers spotted a suspected gang member in a stolen sport utility vehicle. After a brief pursuit, police said 21-yearold Joel Mathew Acevedo fired at an officer who returned fire and killed him. The back-to-back deaths were the fourth and fifth fatal police shooting in this Orange County city this year. Welter has said that Diaz was shot after two officers approached three men who were acting suspiciously in an alley before running away. One officer chased Diaz to the front of an apartment complex. The chief would not say what led the officer to shoot Diaz. But Welter said Diaz failed to heed orders to stop and threw something on the roof of the complex that contained what officers believe was heroin. Both officers were placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

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Genevieve Huizar, third from left, the mother of Manuel Diaz, who was shot to death by Anaheim police, breaks down after pleading for a stop to the violence and says she doesn’t want that to be her son’s legacy after a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday. Far left is her daughter, Correna Chavez. Others are unidentified. Her news conference followed a fourth day of violent protests over Saturday’s police shooting of Manuel Diaz and the Sunday death of another man.

Penn State faced the threat of a four-year ban on playing football before the NCAA imposed sanctions this week over the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, a university spokesman said Wednesday. David La Torre said the potential for the multiyear “death penalty” was floated during discussions between Penn State President Rodney Erickson and NCAA officials before Penn State was hit Monday with a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl game ban, reduced football scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 wins. The school trustees met on the subject at a State College hotel Wednesday, and afterward issued a statement calling the NCAA punishment “unfortunate” but better than the alternative — the so-called “death penalty.” Reporters were barred from the conference room where they met, and trustees avoided them after the meeting broke up. The potential for a four-year ban, first reported by ESPN, showed how high the stakes were as college sports’ governing body considered how to respond to an internal school investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that found former coach Joe Paterno and three other top college officials helped conceal reports that Sandusky was abusing children. NCAA president Mark Emmert said this week that if a total football ban had been imposed, other penalties would have accompanied it. “If the death penalty were to be imposed, I’m quite sure that the executive committee and I ... would not have agreed to just the death penalty. It would have included other penalties as well,” Emmert said as the sanctions were unveiled. An NCAA spokeswoman declined further comment Wednesday on negotiations with Penn State. Many alumni and some trustees were incensed over the unprecedented NCAA penalty — which will cost Penn State tens of millions of dollars and likely cripple its football team for years to come — and Penn State’s quick acceptance of it. A person with knowledge of the meeting said earlier Wednesday that trustees were to discuss whether Erickson had the authority to agree to the sanctions without first getting the board’s approval. The person was not authorized to discuss the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity. Some trustees had expressed concern that Erickson may have violated a board rule that says the board must authorize the signing of “contracts, legal documents, and other obligations.” The board statement made no reference to the proprietary of what Erickson had done, saying trustees held a discussion but did not take any votes. “The board finds the punitive sanctions difficult and the process with the NCAA unfortunate,” the statement said. “But as we understand it, the alternatives were worse as confirmed by NCAA President Mark Emmert’s recent statement that Penn State was likely facing a multi-year death sentence.” La Torre said Wednesday that Erickson had authority to act without the approval of the full board.

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