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China makes play for Nexen US15.1-BILLION DEAL SUBJECT TO REGULATORY, GOVERNMENT APPROVAL BY LAUREN KRUGEL THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — A major Canadian oil company is being acquired by China National Offshore Oil Co. in a US$15billion deal that, if successful, will be China’s largest ever overseas acquisition. With promises of making Calgary the base of its Western Hemisphere operations, plans to list its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and vows to keep all current Nexen Inc. employees and management, CNOOC says its cash bid for Nexen shows “we are in Canada to invest.” “We intend to be a local company as much as a global one,” CNOOC chief executive Li Fanrong told reporters on a conference call Monday. The friendly deal is still subject to shareholder, regulatory and government approval — and CNOOC says it reached out to the federal govern-

ment ahead of Monday’s announcement. The Chinese state-owned company will base its North and Central American operations — including $8 billion in existing CNOOC assets — out of Calgary, said Li.

the macro concerns about economic growth and we’ve seen oil prices slip back a little here, from CNOOC’s perspective it was probably now or never.” Nexen has faced numerous challenges over the past few years, includ-

‘We are in Canada to invest’ —LI FANRONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CHINA NATIONAL OFFSHORE OIL CO.

For years leading up to Mondays’ announcement, Nexen (TSX:NXY) had been a perennial subject of takeover speculation. “I’m not sure why it took so long,” said Lanny Pendill, an energy analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis. “I think the fact that the sector has really been beaten down with all of

ing the troubled launch of its Long Lake oilsands project in northern Alberta in late 2008. The project has yet to come close to its design capacity of 72,000 barrels of bitumen per day due to a number of operational glitches, though performance has been improving in recent months. Last week, the company reported

that second-quarter profits tumbled nearly 57 per cent as it took a charge on an unsuccessful well in the Gulf of Mexico. Late last year it was shouldered out of a major project in Yemen amid political strife in the Middle Eastern country. CNOOC already had a 35 per cent stake in Long Lake after it took over Nexen’s erstwhile partner Opti Canada Ltd. for $2.1 billion last year. The two companies also work together in the Gulf of Mexico. So news that CNOOC is taking over Nexen in its entirety did not come out of the blue, said Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. The $15.1-billion Nexen deal stands in contrast to CNOOC’s $18.5-billion bid for U.S. energy company Unocal in 2005, which was ultimately nixed for political reasons.

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Grounds keeper to the tennis stars OLDS COLLEGE GRAD PREPS COURTS TO HOST OLYMPIANS BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Grant Cantin should have a prime vantage point from which to watch the world-class tennis players competing at the Olympic Games in London. But his attention will likely be focused on the ground beneath their feet. Cantin is deputy head groundsman at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships and is providing the tennis venue for the Olympics. A 2000 graduate of the Olds College’s turfgrass management program, the transplanted Albertan has been busy readying the grass

courts — which took a pounding during Wimbledon, from June 25 to July 8 — for the start of Olympic play on Saturday. “We’ve had two weeks to turn them around, and Roger Federer (the 2012 Wimbledon champ and world’s No. 1 ranked player) told me this morning they’re beautiful and they’re playing great,” said Cantin during a telephone interview on Monday. He’d also spoken with former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt that morning, and had recent conversations with the likes of Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray and rising Canadian star Milos Raonic.

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Grant Cantin, deputy head groundsman at the Alll England Lawn Tennis Club in London, with 2012 2 Wimbledon champ Roger Federer.

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College asks city for helping hand on milestone projects BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF

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Red Deer College will continue to invest millions of dollars into the economy but it needs financial assistance to help it to expand, said president Joel Ward on Monday. Ward made a pitch to city council for $2 million towards several milestone projects that are expected to cost an estimated total of $10-15 million. Council unanimously voted to decide during its Aug. 20 meeting. “There are lots of places (across Canada) that would give their arm for an institution like ours,” said Ward. The college has been around for nearly 50 years and since then, it’s been a major contributor to the economy, Ward said. Last year alone, 75,000 people attended the Arts Centre for various functions. More than 125,000 people participated in learning, cultural, sport or other activity at RDC every single year, said Ward.

The $1 million would be used towards four projects. One project involves enhancing the lighting projection and image creation capabilities in the Arts Centre. The college is also looking to partner with the Central Alberta Theatre to enhance the City Centre stage in the former Uptown movie theatre on 49th Street. Program and space improvements are being considered for the Library Information Common. This includes investing significant dollars in technology and other learning resources. The college would also like to enhance future growth at the Donald School of Business downtown. Business school expansion involves adding physical space, expanding degree programs there, and expanding corporate and executive training. The city has contributed to the college infrastructure in the past — $1 million for the arts centre 25

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years ago and $1 million for the library 10 years ago. The provincial government takes note when municipalities invest dollars, so this money would help leverage more dollars, Ward said. “We see the city as a powerful partner,” said Ward. He further estimated that Red Deer is in the bottom third of Canadian municipalities when it comes to donations to their own post-secondary colleges. Currently, the college is home to a number of summer camps. “The city shares the benefit, so we think they should share the cost,” Ward said outside council chambers. On Monday, the college began its intensive lobbying campaign. Red Deer County and other regional partners will be approached about these key milestone projects. “We think we have a compelling case and we believe they’ll want to participate, and the cost is shared,” said Ward.

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Hometown Champions Tour gives Olympians a boost BY CARSON PAPKE ADVOCATE STAFF The encouragement Olympic athletes get from seeing the support coming from people in their hometowns and country can be the extra edge needed to land on the podium. That is the reason the Royal Bank (RBC) is inviting Canadians to send a special message to the athletes competing at the 2012 London Olympics, which begin Friday and end Aug. 12. The RBC Hometown Champions Tour stopped at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum to give people a chance to pass on their support Monday. The tour features a London-style taxi cab equipped with a video camera allowing people the opportunity to record their own personal message for athletes. All the videos will then be posted to the Hometown Champions website that can be viewed by the public and athletes. “It really touches our hearts and boosts our confidence to know the people in Canada are behind their athletes,” said Viviane Forest, winner of seven Paralympic medals and the first female athlete to win a gold medal at both the summer and winter Paralympic games.

“All the time we train, all the sacrifices we made, it sort of pays off. We feel the compassion and we are so happy to hear Canadians cheer for us.” People of all ages were lined up at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame wanting to send their special message to athletes. Dance instructor with the Kinesiology program at Red Deer College, Jillian Kuzina said the Olympics is a huge event and she wanted to give athletes her support and wish them the best. “I think this is a great idea as I am sure athletes are happy to hear the support,” she added. Forest said of her experience at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver that she could feel the support of the nation behind the athletes. With the London games being far away it is important for athletes to know everybody back home is behind them and what the Hometown Champions Tour is doing will be a great booster to them. “It is great to see how people are willing to join the motion and be part of the Olympic and Paralympic movement,” said Forest. “It is fun to see their enthusiasm and screaming their support for the athletes.” The tour continues Thursday with stops at the Farmers Markets in Innisfail from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Olds

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Alexis Squire, 6, along with mom Christine and brother Justin, 5, sit in the backseat of the cheer cab (inset). from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People can also upload their own videos from home, watch other peoples videos or see where the tour is heading to by going online to www.rbc.com/hometownchampion. cpapke@reddeeradvocate.com

City council prefers Red Deer become urban-only riding BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Red Deer wants its own urban riding by the time the next federal election comes around, said city council on Monday. City council will recommend to the Electoral Boundary Commission that Red Deer would be best represented in a focused urban riding. The commission is offering that as a possible option. It’s also considering an option that would see Red Deer split in two pieces, each consisting of a large rural area. Red Deer-Wolf Creek would include north Red Deer and extend to the southern boundary of Edmonton-Wetaskiwin area.

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COURT: Players the best ones to provide feedback “I talk to a lot of the players because they’re obviously the best guys to get feedback from. I know them all very well.” Cantin and his crew received the ultimate compliment from Federer after this year’s Wimbledon tournament, when the seven-time champ observed that the courts were “too good.” “In the last eight years, we’ve never had a complaint from any player during the championships,” said Cantin, who’s helped tend the courts for 11 years. “Back even 10 years ago, the baseline area suffered wear quicker than it does now.” What’s changed, he said, is the products and techniques used to maintain the lawn courts. “It’s all science nowadays. It’s all readings and how we’re going to adjust it; how are we going to work around it.” Still, the work is not easy. Cantin described how the clay soil must be carefully dried prior to use. “If you dry it out too quick, the court will actually start to crack.” The 41 courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club tend to dry at different rates, he added, depending on location and other factors. “They’re all living, breathing surfaces and we’ve got to try to get all the courts to play the same.”

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The second district would be Red Deer Mountainview, which would include south Red Deer and extend to the northern boundary of Banff-Airdrie. The rural ridings would be larger than what Red Deer’s current riding is right now. The last federal election was held in May 2011. The boundary submission must be in by Aug. 10. Mayor Morris Flewwelling said the commission is looking at making each riding around 105,000 people. “We’re at 93,000 people so we might want to take in Blackfalds, Lacombe, Springbrook and Penhold,” said Flewwelling. Having a focused urban riding is best for Red Deer because the city has urban issues to deal with, he added. “We have a sense of cohesion in the electorate,” he said.

The boundary commission proposes one new electoral district in Northern Alberta, two new electoral districts in and around Edmonton, two new ones within Calgary and one new electoral district in Southern Alberta. “We get one of those six as being one of the fastest growing areas in the country,” said Flewwelling. Coun. Paul Harris said the needs of urban centres are very different from rural municipalities, so this focused urban riding would work best for Red Deer. “It would give us a clear voice to Ottawa,” he said. Cities often have unique needs, such as housing and safety issues, added Coun. Dianne Wyntjes. Wyntjes encouraged Red Deerians to provide their input as well to the boundary commission by the deadline. ltester@reddeeradvocate.com

The tennis lawns are reseeded annually, using a tough perennial ryegrass that’s popular in soccer stadiums. The surfaces are covered with semipermeable germination sheets that retain heat and moisture, and discourage hungry pigeons. After several days, the sheets are removed and the courts monitored closely until the next tennis season. Cantin is from Stony Plain, but his mother grew up in Red Deer as Lorianne Quirt and was even named Miss Red Deer in 1967. An enthusiastic golfer as a teen, Cantin was impressed at how greenskeepers were able to keep the putting surfaces so immaculate and true. When he learned about the Olds College turfgrass program, he decided to enrol. After graduating in 2000, Cantin and a couple roommates travelled to Australia for a bit of adventure. Two of them found employment at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney — site of the 2011 Australian Open. When a couple of British workers there described how they’d helped tend the Wimbledon courts, Cantin decided to apply for a job there. He moved to London soon after. “I fell in love with the place on Day 1.” Despite the differences between golf turf and tennis turf — the golf variety is kept much shorter and has a sandy base that helps absorb a ball’s impact — there are also many similarities. Cantin said he has learned a lot from the grounds staff at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, but never really embraced the game that their work supports. “I don’t really play, so I’m pretty awful at it.” Instead, Cantin has retained his Canadian appetite for hockey — although it was slim pickings this winter after ESPN stopped broadcasting National

Hockey League games. “On weekends, I’d actually get up at 3 in the morning and stream the Oiler games.” Cantin is pleased, however, to see Canadian Football League games being broadcast in London for the first time in five years. He travels to Alberta at least once a year to visit family and friends, and hopes to soon visit his alma mater. “I’ve talked to the guy running the turf program now at Olds College (Dave Moroz) and he’d like to meet up at some stage.” Cantin has kept in touch with many of his former classmates. “One of them actually is living with me — the guy I went to Australia with. He���s actually come over and worked here this summer. “It’s great having him back here. It’s just like college again.” hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

COUNCIL: Airport presents Q2 report In other council news: ● Red Deer Regional Airport presents its second quarter report ● amendment is made to drinking establishment licensing bylaw ● council receives report on education and consultation for fluoride. Expert/panel discussion to take place on Sept. 11. ltester@reddeeradvocate.com

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Nexen deal puts politicians to the test BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — First China, then British Columbia. Two major developments on Monday are putting the centrepiece of Stephen Harper’s much-vaunted economic strategy to the test. Harper has moved aggressively to put natural resource exploitation at the forefront of his government policy, aiming to ensure Canada’s future as an energy superpower. But Monday’s massive $15-billion takeover bid for Calgary’s Nexen Inc. by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company will force Harper’s hand, making him decide how much say foreign interests can have on how Canadian energy is developed. And statements from British Columbia’s government — laying out new conditions for the Northern Gateway pipeline to carry Alberta bitumen to the West Coast — add more uncertainty to the future of the controversial pipeline. The pipeline has been a key part of Harper’s strategy to diversify Canada’s trade and ship more oil to Asia. Both developments raise pointed questions about who gets the spoils of natural resource development, and who shoulders the risks. Observers of all stripes say the sands are shifting so rapidly, it’s now time for Canadian political lead-

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NEXEN: Most likely to go through “It was a surprise move and eventually it was rejected,” said Jiang, noting Beijing-Ottawa relations have been warming in recent years and both the federal and Alberta governments have shown an openness to foreign investment. “But this one has been incremental and has been, of course, in an environment that’s most likely to go through.” Jiang said getting approval from the Canadian government may not the biggest challenge that lies ahead for CNOOC. “A lot of people are focusing on the deal itself, which is large. It’s noticeable. But I want to point out

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ternoon trading. “First and foremost this transaction delivers significant and immediate value to Nexen’s shareholders,” said Kevin Reinhart, who has been serving as Nexen’s interim CEO since Marvin Romanow’s abrupt exit in January. “For our employees, we believe this opens the door to exciting new opportunities for them as part of a larger, financially stronger global organization,” Reinhart, who had been Nexen’s chief financial officer, told reporters on a conference call. “CNOOC Ltd. intends to increase its investment in our existing assets and they expect our people to help expand their influence internationally.” Reinhart said he’ll have to talk to Li about what role, if any, he’ll have in the company after the deal closes. He declined to comment on how Ottawa reacted when it was given the heads-up. “We will work together to file the necessary applications and to work with the various governments to ensure they have all the information they need to make the right decision.”

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that the challenge is not really about the takeover approval process,” he said. “The challenge may well lay ahead on what’s afterwards, what happens after the takeover.” Nexen’s current management and staff are accustomed to working independently, but now they’ll have to mesh with new Chinese owners. “There will be challenging issues on management styles, culture differences and a range of other things,” said Jiang. But there are definite benefits, too — not the least of which is CNOOC’s deep pockets. “CNOOC brings in a big amount of capital and it brings in reassurance that the company is stable, the finances are strong.” The transaction values Nexen at $27.50 per share — a 66 per cent premium over the 20-day weighed volume average of Nexen shares, and a 61 per cent premium on the closing price of its shares on Friday at the New York Stock Exchange. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, shares of Nexen rose more than 52 per cent, or $9.06, to $26.35 in af-

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short. Natural resources critic Peter Julian said he wants a full public review, through a House of Commons committee, to discuss whether the takeover would benefit the country. Julian also wants Paradis to come forward with the more transparent rules on foreign investment, promised two years ago in the wake of the government’s “secretive” rejection of the takeover bid for Potash Corp. by Australia’s BHP Billiton. A combination of public hearings and more transparent investment review procedures would reveal whether the Nexen deal is truly good for the Canadian economy, the environment and communities, Julian said. “The ultimate question here is, are we selling all of our resources to foreign investors, and are they being put to the best use for the best value,” said Reynold Tetzlaff, the Canadian energy leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Calgary. The growing Asian involvement in the oilpatch raises the stakes for the building of a pipeline to the West Coast, he added, because the foreign investment assumes Canada will build a pipeline one way or another. Harper’s decision on Nexen and the way he handles the Northern Gateway pipeline in the face of political friction will show the world in great detail how much Ottawa is willing to do to attract foreign investment and pin its future on oil product, Tetzlaff said.

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MILK RIVER — A 57-year-old southern Alberta woman is in critical condition after falling down a coulee while on horseback. The woman, who’s from Medicine Hat, was taking part in a trail ride in Police Coulee, just south of Writing-onStone Provincial Park. The horse she was riding lost its footing, and they both fell 25 metres to the bottom of the coulee. The horse is OK, but the rider suffered severe head injuries in the fall. Fire, police and rescue units from Milk River and Coutts responded. They had to move the woman more than 150 metres to the top of the coulee so STARS air ambulance could take her to Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

ers to hash out a coherent plan on how the country’s energy bounty should be dealt with in the interest of all of Canada. “It’s really important for Canada as a whole,” said University of Calgary economist Jack Mintz. “It’s important we get our thinking straight, to make sure we do it for the benefit of all Canadians.” Environmentalist Gillian McEachern said she hopes to see that kind of direction coming later this week from the premiers when they meet in Halifax and discuss a national energy strategy. “Canadians need to come together to decide what’s in our best interest, and what kind of energy future we want,” McEachern said. CNOOC’s $15-billion proposed all-cash takeover of Nexen was a friendly bid, offering shareholders a generous 60-per-cent premium on their holdings. The real test will be at the political level. The deal requires approval from federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis, who will need to determine under the Investment Canada Act whether the transaction is of net benefit for Canada. His review will take an initial 45 days, and can be extended by 30 days or more. As is standard, the Competition Bureau will also require a review to see if the transaction would dramatically reduce competition. That review will take an initial 30 days, and can be extended if the bureau requests more information. But for the opposition NDP, those reviews fall far


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Senseless tragedy’s fallout Mass deadly shootings are always shocking, from the horrible Norway massacre last year to last week’s attack in suburban Toronto to the early Friday morning tragedy at a movie theatre in Denver. Friday’s shooting, with a dozen killed and scores injured, naturally brought comparisons to the more infamous Denver mass murder from 13 years earlier, when two students from Columbine High School killed 12 classmates and a teacher. In the coming days, information will slowly stream out about what happened in those moments at the theatre Friday, when the gas filled the air and the bullets started flying. We’ll learn more about the shooter and maybe we’ll learn about his motive. Hopefully, we’ll hear from the victims and their pain. We’ll also hear incorrect information that will take on a life of its own and become part of the general knowledge of the event, even if they’re completely wrong. So many myths came out of Columbine that much of what people remember from that event is either off-base or completely wrong. Thankfully, Dave Cullen’s award-winning book Colum-

OTHERVIEW bine clears up much of the historical inaccuracies still reported as fact about the 1999 high school massacre. For starters, Columbine was less of a shooting and more of a failed bombing. The killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, planted a duffel bag full of pipe bombs in the school cafeteria and set it to go off at the height of the lunch rush, when 500 teenagers would have been in the room. Between the bomb and the shrapnel, most of the students and teachers in the room would have been killed by the blast. The remainder would likely have died when the roof would have collapsed, since the bag was placed between two major supporting columns. Both killers loaded their cars with bombs and parked then where they expected emergency personnel to mobilize. The timers they put on those bombs were for three hours after when the initial bomb in the cafeteria was supposed to explode. In other words, they planned to keep killing people even after they were dead, imagining

themselves taken down in a blaze of police bullets. The only reason the boys went into the school when they did is because the cafeteria bomb didn’t go off. They had actually stationed themselves outside the two main doors of the high school, waiting with their loaded automatic weapons to gun down all of the students and teachers fleeing the blast. They even took proper military-style positions, making sure there was no way they could accidentally shoot each other but could still have an intersecting killing zone to gun down anyone trying to escape through windows or secondary exits. It’s not exaggerating to say that if Harris had been a better pipe bomb builder and his plan had succeeded, more than 1,000 people would have died on the school grounds that morning and early afternoon. He left exhaustive notes and videos detailing his comprehensive plans, including how he acquired the weapons and the training he and Klebold underwent to use them. This was not a spontaneous event by two young maniacs — Harris, a psychopathic mastermind, and Klebold a depressed and

suicidal accomplice — but a slaughter months in the making. All the chatter about the Trench Coat Mafia and goths and jocks was nonsense. While Harris in particular wanted to kill certain people he felt slighted by, the main goal was to kill as many people as possible. Meanwhile, the police coverup was well underway by the end of the day. The website Harris had boasting about his plans to anyone who would listen was quickly taken down. The files police had — but hadn’t pursued — detailing complaints from concerned parents about threats Harris had made against their children were tucked away. The senselessness of deadly massacres like Columbine or Friday’s movie theatre attack overshadow the courage of the survivors and the lasting suffering of the wounded. Our thoughts should be with the victims, with far less attention devoted to someone who sought immortality through mass murder and terror. And we should be slow to trust everything we hear in the aftermath of these mass shootings. An editorial from the Prince George Citizen

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Hospital parking fees and fines prey on the grieving and distraught Recently my children were called to see their dad on the Palliative Unit at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. To my dismay, I had been informed that there is no free parking for the family members of palliative patients. With everything that people go through at this crucial point at the end of life, and the grief and heart ache of losing a loved one, I find it appalling that the hospital, or whoever is responsible for the parking, forget the humanity at such a critical time and continue to charge them a fee for parking. And if they don’t get down to their cars in time to buy more time for their parking, they would get a ticket! A person shouldn’t have to worry about parking at such a critical time. There are so many others things they need to think about at this emotionally and physically draining time than having to worry about the time running out and fear of a parking violation! Since when did a person dying become a money-making business off the grief of other people? This is a hospital that is supposed to provide comfort and care and support to those in need. The prices they charge are exorbitant and some people in certain circumstances can’t afford the parking at the hospital! As well, if a person is ill and has need to attend to the ER, and then have to pay for parking when you go to ER when you’re sick is just another way of making money off human suffering. I find it to be reproachable and reprehensible! Having worked at the hospital for 10 years as a licensed practical nurse, I’m appalled at how people are treated in their time of need! When you take ‘human’ out of the word ‘humanity, all you have is ‘it’! Kathryn Kennedy Red Deer

Westerner Days keeps pushing ahead SURPASSING THE 100,000 THRESHOLD IS A SIGN THAT THE FAIR OFFERS PLENTY OF FUN 100,000 — it’s a breakthrough milestone that points to the continued vitality of Red Deer, and the surrounding area for that matter. Or at least it points to the fact that everyone loves the fair! On Sunday, the 2012 Westerner Days surpassed the 100,000 attendance mark, hitting an all-time record of 102,665, compared with the previous record of 93,965, set just last year. Based on last year’s figures, Westerner Days would have injected at least $7 million into the city’s economy MARY-ANN over its five-day run, which makes it second economically BARR in annual events only to AgriTrade, which brings about double that amount (people really love those great big combines and tractors). One day soon the City of Red Deer itself will surpass the 100,000 population mark. Today we’re zeroing in on the 95,000 mark. Things have slowed a bit since those hairy boom days a few years back, but

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steady healthy growth in the city continues. Westerner Days is indicative of this, and when it is in tandem with terrific weather as it was this year, success is guaranteed. Hot off the heels of the 10-day centennial edition of the Calgary Stampede, which set its own record attendance this year at over 1.4 million, it goes to show that there’s a want for something similar locally, even if you do get five-bucked to death — deep-fried Oreo $5, $5 for a corn dog, $5 for those addicting miniature doughnuts that fail every trans fat test out there. The best deal, of course, has to be the Ticket To Ride all day. The $30 includes admission and all the rides your stomach can handle. Overall, it’s always somewhat surprising that there is a general mentality that accepts that going to the fair we should expect to pay too much for what we get, especially the food, never mind one of the few things that isn’t $5 — the $6 parking fee. And then there’s The Hook. This one is aimed specifically at those people on a date, or anyone else a little more susceptible to trying to impress. How many dollars can one person spend trying to win that big stuffed animal for their sweetums? Fortunately, there are always a few bank machines close by. The fair — that time of year when we toss out common sense and have crazy fun, whatever the cost.

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It’s a credit to the organizers of Westerner Days that they broke a record this year, but not a licence to stand pat and say they’ve got the perfect recipe for Westerner Days now and tomorrow. The kickoff parade remains a work in progress. It could be better. The entertainment could be stronger. Remember, we just had Elton John here recently. While that was an enigma, Westerner Days should be able to attract one really big name. All in all, though, the organizers and volunteers for the 121st version of Westerner Days have got a lot of things right, and hats off to them. One thing about the fair, no matter what, the formula doesn’t really change all that much. You’ve got the vomit rides, the rough-around-theedges carnies, the sore feet on hot pavement, the cranky kids, the too-few places to sit, the incessant noise, the bathroom lineups, the too-high prices for almost everything, the unhealthy food fare. Still, incredibly, everyone goes home remarking what fun they had. When the 200,000 attendance milestone is reached, they will still be saying that. Mary-Ann Barr is the Advocate’s assistant city editor. She can be reached by phone at 403-314-4332, email at barr@reddeeradvocate.com and on Twitter @maryannbarr1.

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B.C. wants more pipeline benefits ALBERTA REBUFFS DEMAND BY TAMSYN BURGMANN THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — British Columbia is demanding a greater share of economic benefits from the controversial $5.5-billion Enbridge (TSX:ENB) pipeline and a greater spread for the potential risks as some of the preconditions that must be satisfied to give its blessing to the project. But the Alberta government has said compensation for B.C.’s risk is not an option. “Given that B.C. would shoulder 100 per cent of the marine risk and a significant portion of the landbased risk, we do not feel the current approach to sharing these benefits is appropriate,” B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake told reporters Monday in Vancouver. “British Columbians are fair and reasonable, but they have to have confidence that a fair share of benefits would come to this province before we would consider supporting any such proposal.” Lake pointed out that B.C. stood to gain just eight per cent of the projected financial benefits of the pipeline. Alberta Premier Alison Redford rebuffed any suggestion of increased compensation for B.C. She noted the National Energy Board review of the project and the extra $500 million Enbridge is planning to spend on monitoring and safety. “These efforts, combined with the fact that pipelines are still by far the safest means by which to transport oil, significantly mitigate the environmental risk and weaken the B.C. government’s argument for compensation based on potential risk,” Redford said in a statement. She was not available for questions. Her statement added that Canada works well because of the free flow of goods across the country, “including forest products, oil, liquefied natural gas, potash, uranium, grain and manufactured goods.” Alberta’s intergovernmental affairs minister went further.

“I think that’s a difficult conversation,” Cal Dallas said of the compensation question. “Clearly we need to move all kinds of product around the country through a variety of different infrastructure. That hasn’t been the way we’ve done business.” Monday is the first time the B.C. government has outlined a detailed position on the Northern Gateway project, which will run from the Alberta oil sands to port at Kitimat, B.C., for shipping to Asian markets. The statement comes just ahead of the annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders in Halifax on Wednesday, where they will discuss a pan-Canadian energy strategy. The preconditions will also apply to government consideration of any future heavy oil pipeline proposals, along with a second major proposal currently underway by Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMP) to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast by 2017. While Lake said he had “no doubt” that issues could be resolved, he also suggested the province has some levers available if its preconditions aren’t met. “Even if they were to approve it at the NEB, there are scores of provincial permits that will be necessary and we will have to give due consideration to each one,” he said. “And of course, there’s the issue of being able to supply the power necessary through B.C. Hydro.” Enbridge responded to B.C.’s tough talk by welcoming further dialogue, while Ottawa reiterated its support because of the thousands of jobs and billions in revenues it will generate. “Enbridge and the Northern Gateway project team have worked hard to ensure this unique project would be built and operated to the highest standards and has committed to further enhancements to make what is already a safe project even safer,” the company’s spokesman Todd Nogier said in a statement. For B.C. to support the project, it must:

More funding for Toronto police anti-gang initiative coming THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Provincial funding for a police anti-violence initiative was made permanent Monday, as the city grappled with a series of recent public shootings that have left multiple people dead. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that Ontario will earmark $12.5 million for several initiatives aimed at preventing more violence, with the money coming from existing sources in the provincial budget. “I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he said following an hourlong, closed-door meeting with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Police Chief Bill Blair at the Ontario legislature.

The majority of the funding — $7.5 million — will go toward the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy. The remaining $5 million will be allocated to the program in Toronto, which has led to nearly 22,000 arrests since its creation in 2006. The two employ a total of 72 uniformed officers specially trained to prevent and quickly respond to high-risk police calls, including gang-related incidents. The funding will ensure that the programs will continue into the future, said McGuinty. He admitted the government was considering putting the money up on the chopping block when it was set to expire this year, because of the $15-billion provincial deficit.

Former Mountie found dead in cell while serving time for sexually assaulting boy AGASSIZ, B.C. — A former Mountie who was infected with HIV when he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy has died in a British Columbian prison. Warren Allen, 54, was found unresponsive in his cell on Friday at Mountain Institution in Agassiz, B.C., where he was serving three years and three months for sexual assault and distribu-

In addition, the premier also announced that $1 million in funding, which had been set aside earlier, will go toward better integration between Toronto-area police forces and the provincial police. The funds will also be used to provide additional supports to local community groups. “It’s a very complicated problem and there’s no one, magic solution,” he said. “Any effective response will consist of a variety of different initiatives.” McGuinty has also asked two provincial ministers to come up with an action plan within 30 days on what needs to be done to deal with the guns and gangs issue in the city. “The fact is all of us — government, police and

community organizations — have been working hard and we’ve made a difference,” he said. “(But) it has become tragically apparent that there is still work for all of us to do.”

● Pass the environmental review by the National Energy Board joint review panel, which is currently underway. ● Include a world-leading marine oil spill response plan. ● Include world-leading practices for response to an oil spill on land. ● Address aboriginal and treaty rights and give First Nations the chance to participate in the project. ● Ensure British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits to reflect the level of risk undertaken by taxpayers and the environment. The province has said it wants to work with Ottawa to limit B.C.’s liability in the event of an oil spill and to ensure there are sufficient financial resources if one happens. It wants increased government response and tougher federal rules requiring industry to provide and replace marine response equipment. And the province wants a Natural Resources Damage Assessment process to give certainty that a responsible party will address all costs associated with a spill. “Our conclusion is that the answers to these questions at this particular time are insufficient,” Lake said. The province decided last week it will participate as an intervener in the ongoing environmental assessment hearings being led by the National Energy Board’s panel. Officials haven’t determined what amount of financial compensation would be enough, he said, but they will engage in a series of negotiations with Enbridge and other levels of government aimed at sorting out those details. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver sent out a statement that did not directly address any of B.C.’s concerns. He repeated that Ottawa will only back projects that meet its “rigorous” environmental standards.

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B.C. AIDS doctors join chorus against ‘war on drugs’

Polar bears much older than thought: study

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Two prominent Canadian doctors have joined an international campaign calling on world leaders to stop the spread of AIDS by ending the so called war on drugs. Their advertising campaign is being launched today and is endorsed by supporters of the 2010 Vienna Declaration, which urges governments to write evidence-based drug policies. The campaign has a specific message for U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “You can’t end AIDS unless you end the war on drugs. It’s dead simple.” Among those asking world leaders to show “leadership,” “courage” and “to do the right thing” are British billionaire Richard Branson, the former presidents of Brazil and Colombia, and B.C. based AIDS specialists doctors, Evan Wood and Julio Montaner. The campaign is being launched as delegates meet this week at a major international AIDS conference in Washington. “I think people are really starting to question the war on drugs,” said Wood, lead researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and chair of the Vienna Declaration. “I think globally we’re seeing a real shift in terms of public opinion and a recognition that addiction should be treated more as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue.” Wood said that while HIV infection rates are falling around the globe, the number of cases appears to be rising in countries with aggressive policies for prosecuting drug related crimes. He argues the war on drugs actually helps spread HIV in several ways. It often forces addicts into hiding and out of the reach of health officials who can help protect them from the terrible dangers posed by intravenous drug use, he said. The data clearly shows, he added, that the HIV virus is spreading among prison inmates who mainline drugs. Injection drug use accounts for one-third of new HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. The centres estimate there are currently 34 million people worldwide living with HIV. So far, the war on drugs has cost the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion, and each case of AIDS can cost the Canadian taxpayer about $500,000 in medical costs, Wood said. When asked how successful the new campaign is likely to be in convincing American political leaders, Wood noted that economic times are tough and some states are now spending more money on incarceration than on education.

Lawyer testifies at inquiry into judge BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG — There is more testimony about why a Manitoba man waited seven years to file a sexual harassment complaint against a judge. The Canadian Judicial Council is investigating a complaint from Alexander Chapman that he was harassed by Lori Douglas and her husband Jack King in 2003. Douglas is an associate chief justice of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. Chapman’s lawyer at the time, Ian Histed (HEYE’sted), told a council inquiry Monday that Chapman initially targeted only Douglas’s husband with the complaint and reached a $25,000 settlement. But Histed says Chapman decided to pursue Douglas in 2010 after being unhappy with the outcome of a lawsuit he filed against Winnipeg police. King has already admitted to showing Chapman nude photos of Douglas and asking Chapman to have sex with her, but says Douglas was not aware of his actions.

Cutting-edge analysis of polar bear DNA suggests the species could be much older than previously thought. The research, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, also says the white bear’s populations have swung widely in response to changing weather over the millennia — offering hints of how they might respond to climate change today. “Bears in the past have gone through a lot of extreme changes in climate,” said Penn State University biologist Webb Miller, one of the paper’s lead authors. “That’s not to say they’ll make it through this one.” Miller’s team used a new method of genomic analysis to compare DNA sequences from modern polar bears with brown and black bears. There were also DNA frag-

ments from a 120,000-year-old polar bear tooth. “The methods we used are quite recently developed,” Miller said. “Being able to look at a few complete genome sequences and make inferences about species history, this is a brand-new research area.” Their first finding was that characteristics marking polar bears — such as white fur and their ability to store fat — stem from genetic markers that are between four million and five million years old. That completely upends previous theories, which have placed the origin of the bears anywhere between 60,000 and 600,000 years ago. Miller himself wrote a paper three years ago suggesting the correct figure was about 150,000 years. “Wow, we were really wrong,” he said. “Not even close. “I expect that polar bears have

been white for millions of years.” The study also suggested that polar bear numbers have swung dramatically and roughly coincide with climatic changes that increased or reduced the amount of Arctic sea ice the bears use as a hunting platform. Warm eras of less ice supported fewer bears and colder climates produced more. Evidence for that shows up in DNA strands common to both polar bears and other bears, suggesting that the absence of their preferred habitat forced polar bears onto land, which led to hybridization. As well, modern polar bear populations have less genetic diversity than other bears, suggesting they come from smaller root stocks. Miller said just because polar bears have made it through previous planetary warm phases doesn’t mean current warming isn’t a threat.

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe is on the brink again. The region’s debt crisis flared on Monday as fears intensified that Spain would be next in line for a government bailout. A recession is deepening in Spain, the fourth-largest economy that uses the euro currency, and a growing number of its regional governments are seeking financial lifelines to make ends meet. The interest rate on Spanish government bonds soared in a sign of waning market confidence in the country’s ability to pay off its debts. The prospect of bailing out Spain is worrisome for Europe because the potential cost far exceeds what’s available in existing emergency funds. Financial markets are also growing uneasy about Italy, another

major European economy with large debts and a feeble economy. Stocks fell sharply across Europe and around the world. Germany’s DAX plunged 3.18 per cent. Britain’s FTSE dropped 2 per cent and France’s CAC 40 fell 2.89 per cent. In midday trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 1.35 per cent. The euro slipped just below $1.21 against the dollar, its lowest reading since June 2010. The interest rate on its 10-year bond hit 7.56 per cent in the morning, its highest level since Spain joined the euro in 1999. Concern over Spain increased Monday after the country’s central bank said the economy shrank by 0.4 per cent during the second quarter, compared with the previous three months. The government predicts the economy won’t return to growth until 2014 as new austerity measures hurt consumers and businesses.

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DRILLING SLOWDOWN KEEPS HALLIBURTON PROFITS FLAT NEW YORK — Success has a downside for Halliburton. Like other energy service firms, Halliburton has become so good at helping natural gas companies boost production that U.S. supplies are now larger than ever. That means lower prices, however, and Halliburton’s business is now suffering as its customers cut back on new natural gas operations. Halliburton Co. said Monday that secondquarter net income dipped slightly to $737 million, or 79 cents per share, from US$739 million, or 80 cents per share, a year earlier. That was despite record revenue at $7.2 billion. It was Halliburton’s first decline in quarterly net income since the first quarter of 2010. The results still beat Wall Street estimates, and shares rose 2.4 per cent to $31.51. Halliburton relies more on its North American natural gas business than other major services companies. So, as companies cut back on drilling in the U.S. following a plunge in natural gas prices, Halliburton felt more of a pinch. Its North American profit dropped 14 per cent. Second-quarter net income rose 5 per cent at Schlumberger Ltd. and 30 per cent at Baker Hughes Inc. largely on the strength of their overseas and offshore drilling operations. Chairman and CEO Dave Lesar said well owners are still cautious about natural gas even though prices have improved this summer.

On top of that, Spain is facing new costs as a growing number of regional governments ask federal authorities for assistance. The eastern region of Valencia revealed Friday it would need a bailout from the central Madrid government. Over the weekend, the southern region of Murcia said it may also need help. Spain has already required an emergency loan package of up to C100 billion ($121 billion) to bail out its banks. But that aid hasn’t quelled markets because the government is ultimately liable to repay the money. It had been hoped that responsibility for repayments would shift from the government to the banks. But that shift is a long way off — a pan-European banking authority would have to be created first and that could be years away.

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A Redbox kiosk is seen in Toronto on July 13, 2012. Redbox is a latecomer to Canada, but the Illinois-based company hopes its kiosk business model will energize the industry as it rolls out its DVD-rentals in retail outlets over the next year. Please see related story on Page B3.

Mike Drotar is offering reassuring words to those in the oil sector — “triple digits.” That’s the kind of per-barrel price Servus Credit Union’s vice-president treasury is forecasting for the medium term. Despite the uncertainty in Europe that’s helped drag crude oil prices below $90, Drotar points out in his most recent market outlook that cheap oil is hard to find, global geopolitical risks remain and emerging markets need energy. The Edmonton-based economist cautioned, however, that a price above $125 over an extended period could trigger a recession in developed countries. Despite his expectation that natural gas prices will remain low, Drotar anticipates Alberta’s growth rate to hit 3.1 per cent this year and 3.2 per cent in 2013. But he pointed to the province’s unemployment rate, which stood at 4.6 per cent in June, as a harbinger of “significant labour shortages.” For Canada as a whole, Drotar is projecting economic growth of 2.1 per cent for 2012 and 2.2 per cent next year. Inflation should remain at manageable levels, he said, with the Bank of Canada likely to hold its interest rate steady at one per cent until late 2013.

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Performance evaluation — useful or a waste of time? In just about every company I work with, I hear a variety of comments from both frustrated business owners and discouraged employees about the value of performance reviews. Owners/managers cite that they have never found a useful format, therefore meeting with every team member takes valuable work time with little rewards. Employees are sceptical because discussions turn into confrontational cross-examinations, JOHN focusing on the indiMACKENZIE vidual’s mistakes. Some critics argue ACTION COACH that performance reviews are of little value. The process only creates tension for both the manager and the employee. There is little interaction, core issues are not addressed, and the process certainly doesn’t motivate performance.

When developed and utilized properly, the primary goal of the review process should be to help the owner/manager and staff to evaluate and solve issues before they arise. Establishing performance expectations starts at the time of hire. Begin by benchmarking why the job exists in your company, what it entails, and what knowledge is required to do the tasks. Then list the key areas of accountability that are essential in that role: those that directly contribute to the company’s goals and overall growth. The person in the position can be a significant resource. Keep in mind that a laundry list of tasks is not a job description and doesn’t provide enough information. Activities don’t translate into achievements. Generic statements are always open to interpretation. Establish clear objectives using KPIs (key performance indicators). Individual quotas are regularly used against sales projections. Conversion rates (prospects to clients) can be stated. Fewer customer complaints month-to-month can be tracked. Specific milestones and dates clearly state what and when goals are to be met.

Systems and processes are the basic foundation in any business and should be incorporated at all levels. Detailed procedures associated with specific roles provide clear boundaries. If your systems aren’t clearly defined and easy to understand, how can anyone understand what you want? Checklists are one simple method of documenting procedures. Working with this level of detail allows employees to self-manage. Clear expectations let them measure their performance against standards, and align personal objectives with the goals planned for the business over the year. Skills are important, but a willingness to engage in the business culture is critical. Culture-based, core competencies should be discussed during the job interview and reviewed during orientation and at each performance review. Every team member should contribute to the annual review of the company’s culture statement. I encourage you to read more on the subject.

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Majority of retirees have debt: poll BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — More than half of retired Canadians hold some form of debt which may cut into their retirement plans and cash flow, a new poll suggests. According to the survey conducted by Harris Decima, 59 per cent of retired Canadians are currently in debt, compared to 76 per cent of non-retirees. The CIBC, which funded the survey, says the results highlight the need for Canadians to have a good debt repayment strategy, especially as they approach retirement. That’s because fixed incomes make it more difficult for retirees to pay down their debt. “While retired Canadians carry less debt than the national average, their debt could be stagnant and may end up costing them more in interest costs over a longer period of time,” said Christina Kramer, executive vice president of retail distribution and channel strategy at the CIBC.

“You really have to think about the debt you are retiring with because the regular repayments you make will directly affect the discretionary income you have.” That’s because for retirees, who have fixed incomes, all monthly payments must come from retirement savings or pension earnings. This can affect how much money they have left to cover their day-today expenses. Only 27 per cent of the retired Canadians surveyed say they have made an extra payment towards their debt in the last 12 months, compared to 42 per cent of non-retired Canadians. On average, retired Canadians carry 1.65 debt products with a balance, such as mortgages, lines of credit, loans and credit cards. In contrast, non-retired Canadians carry 2.64 products with a balance. The percentage of retired Canadians with debt was highest in Atlantic Canada, at 76 per cent. All

other regions hovered just below 60 per cent. The telephone poll of more than 2,000 Canadians is considered accurate to within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. A survey released in the spring suggests that being debt-free is key to the idea of a successful retirement for nearly nine in 10 Canadian homeowners. The dream of being debt-free was more important to the roughly 2,000 respondents than living near family, keeping busy with a hobby or volunteer work or having a broad group of friends. Only having good health was listed by more people, according to the survey conducted for Manulife Bank. Kramer recommends working with a financial advisor to plan out how to best repay your debt. She also suggests setting your debt payment slightly higher than the required payment to reduce overall interest costs.

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Bulk Barn seeking franchisees in area BY ADVOCATE STAFF Canada’s largest bulk food retailer appears eager to weigh in on the Central Alberta market. Bulk Barn Foods Ltd. has been running ads in the Advocate stating that franchise opportunities exist in Red Deer. The company, which is based in Richmond Hill, Ont., has been operating since 1982 and has about 190 stores across Canada. These include outlets in Calgary, Edmonton, Leduc, Okotoks, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Jordan Fisher, Bulk Barn’s marketing director,

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EUROPE: Greece still struggling Yet it is far more than Spain’s struggle that has unnerved markets. Greece is still struggling with a mountain of debt and international creditors will visit the country Tuesday to check on the country’s attempts reform its economy. There is concern that officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund will find that that Greece is not living up to the terms of its bailouts and could withhold future funds. Italy has also been caught up in fears that it may be pushed into asking for aid. Italy’s economy is stagnating and markets are worried that it may soon not be able to maintain its debt burden of C1.9 trillion ($2.32 trillion) — the biggest in the eurozone after Greece. Interest rates on Italy’s government bonds rose steeply Monday while its stock market dropped 2.76 per cent. The collapse in stock prices in Italy and Spain prompted regulators to introduce temporary bans on short-selling — a practice where traders sell stocks they don’t already own in the hope they can make a profit if the stock falls in price. Pascal Lamy, director of the World Trade Organization, said after a meeting with French President Francois Holland that the situation in Europe is “difficult, very difficult, very difficult, very difficult.” Ireland, Greece and Portugal have already taken bailout loans after they could no longer afford to borrow on bond markets. Yet those countries are tiny compared to Italy and Spain, the third- and fourthlargest economies in the eurozone. Analysts say a full bailout for both could strain the other eurozone countries’ financial resources. Spain has already received a commitment of up to C100 billion from other eurozone countries to bail out its banks, which suffered heavy losses from bad real estate loans. Eurozone finance ministers signed off on the aid Friday and said C30 billion would be made available right away. But that incremental step cuts little ice with investors. If Spain’s borrowing rates continue to rise, the government may end up being locked out of international markets and be forced to seek a financial rescue. “Events since Friday have been a clear wake-up call to anyone who thought that the Spanish bank rescue package had bought a calm summer for the euro crisis,” analyst Carsten Brzeski said. The eurozone’s bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, has only C500 billion in lending power, with C100 billion potentially committed to Greece. Italy and Spain together have debt burdens of around C2.5 trillion. And the ESM hasn’t yet been ratified by member states plus eurozone governments have made it clear they won’t put more money

said the company doesn’t like to disclose information about its expansion plans. But he said it’s considering new areas to move into, including Red Deer. “At this point we’re certainly looking, but nothing has been solidified.” Bulk Barn stores carry a broad range of bulk food products and related packaged items. The more than 4,000 products offered include candy, baking supplies, cereals, spices, dried fruits, vitamins and supplements, health products and pet food. The ad said that the typical size of a Bulk Barn store is 5,000 square feet. It added that a Red Deer franchise would be a turnkey operation, requiring a minimum investment of $600,000. into the pot. That once again pushes the European Central Bank into the frontline against the crisis. On Saturday, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel GarcDia Margallo pleaded for help, saying that only the European Central Bank could halt the panic. But the ECB has shown little willingness to restart its program to purchase the government bonds of financially troubled countries. The central bank has already bought more than C200 billion in bonds since May 2010, with little lasting impact on the crisis. The central bank has also cut its benchmark interest rates to a record low of 0.75 per cent in the hope of kick-starting lending. Yet many economists question how much stimulus this provides as the rates are already very low

OIL: TSX down 15% from last year’s hight While the Toronto Stock Exchange is now 53 per cent above its March 2009 low, it’s down 15 per cent from last year’s high. Drotar urges investors to be patient, and noted how fear and a lack of confidence is impacting global equity markets. The world could experience a modest economic recovery, said Drotar. Key issues that threaten this is the lack of credible plans and political leadership to address long-term government debt. Austerity measures in Europe are necessary, he said, including a hard look at existing social programs there. Continued support from emerging countries will be important, said Drotar, who suggested that a growth rate of six to eight per cent in China should be sustainable in the medium term. In the United States, he noted that the banking system seems to be stabilizing and there has been some recent positive news related to the housing sector — although meaningful price increases are probably three years away. Ongoing concerns include the soft labour market and massive American debt.

EVALUATION: Short, frequent discussions Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, is a great place to start. This billion dollar Internet company credits its incredible success to the values outlined in the company’s culture. Take some time to browse YouTube for videos that feature companies that value positive culture in the workplace. Zappos, FISH! and Ken Blanchard are excellent examples. If performance reviews are undertaken only once a year, discussions should focus on key elements. There should be no surprise attacks. The process should always be a two-way conversation.

Personal successes should be highlighted and specific goals planned for the upcoming year. A good owner/manager recognizes that their team know their roles better than they do. Ask them what works well and what solutions they would recommend to improve deficiencies. If the suggested changes can be implemented, be prepared to support their efforts. Many larger companies sometimes use the 360 degree feedback approach to review individual performance. This format allows individuals to assess themselves, and also requests that managers, peers and even clients offer feedback. These formats can be customized to evaluate performance within specific areas or environments. There are several web-based assessments that are simple to use and reasonably priced. These tools survey key team members and provide easy and quick performance feedback. The technology used in these methods can be trusted. No matter which review method is used, preparation is crucial to ensure the process is productive. Share the meeting agenda or a copy of the review in advance of the meeting. Each team member should have the opportunity to self-evaluate their accomplishments and identify any shortcomings. Always be prepared to support suggestions in areas that need improvement. Be objective and evaluate performance based on the evidence. Establish clear objectives so that both the manager and employee can monitor future performance against those objectives. And always celebrate the successes. I recommend shorter, more frequent discussions rather than tackling marathon meetings at year end. Set the expectation that productive two-way conversations are the norm. ActionCoach is written by John MacKenzie of ActionCoach, which helps small- to medium-sized businesses and other organizations. Contact him at johnmackenzie@actioncoach.com or by phone at 403-340-0880.

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Telus (TSX:T) said Monday that it is under the federal foreign ownership limit of 33.3 per cent for telecom companies, responding to accusations that it was breaking the restriction. The Vancouver company said it’s 32.59 per cent foreign-owned, as of June 29, and wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to dismiss a complaint filed by smaller competitor Globalive. The release of its foreign ownership level should also satisfy hedge fund investor Mason Capital Management, which had questioned Telus’ foreign ownership level, said Ted Woodhead, vice-president of telecom and regulatory affairs. “Our system controls where we sit in terms of nonCanadian ownership and it’s definitive,” Woodhead said from Vancouver. Woodhead said Telus’ foreign ownership levels are measured daily. “It’s a manual count of all shareholders.” Both Toronto-based Globalive and New York’s Mason Capital used reports from Broadridge Financial Solutions, which use postal or zip codes from where account statements are mailed, rather than the actual citizenship of the owner, he said. “To the extent that they both use the same argument, this answer puts to rest any allegations or claims that they have,” Woodhead said of both of the claims. But Globalive CEO Tony Lacavera said the company stands by its application to the CRTC. Globalive, backed by Amsterdam-headquartered VimpelCom, has also faced questions in the past about its level of foreign ownership with the CRTC before it launched as a new wireless provider to cellphone customers. Globalive fought a two-year legal battle, which started in 2009, and focused on whether its Wind Mobile met the test for Canadian ownership and control when it entered the market. Woodhead also says Telus is still committed to a single class of common shares, a move that was scuttled in May by the hedge fund, but was mum on the timing. Telus is also fighting an attempt by Mason Capital Management to get copies of proxy votes that the telecom company received ahead of the cancelled shareholder vote on a single class of shares. “There was never a vote and the proposal was withdrawn. So we view their application as without merit as well,” Woodhead said of Mason’s request.

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MARKETS COMPANIES OF LOCAL INTEREST Monday’s stock prices supplied by RBC Dominion Securities of Red Deer. For information call 341-8883.

Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 95.97 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 75.23 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.30 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.83 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.57 Cdn. National Railway . . 86.84 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . . 75.00 Cdn. Satellite . . . . . . . . . . 3.55 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 71.34 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.85 Cervus Equipment Corp 18.52 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 30.43 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 41.12 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 22.50 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.89 General Motors Co. . . . . 19.30 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 14.81 Research in Motion. . . . . . 6.97 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 38.14 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 26.86 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 62.07 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 16.74 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 44.21 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.11 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 66.50 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.80 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 32.07 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 10.32 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.22

Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.34 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 52.80 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.85 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 16.05 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 34.13 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 22.35 First Quantum Minerals . 17.23 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 33.47 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 8.10 Inmet Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . 37.67 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 8.03 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 45.71 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.46 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 29.80 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 23.52 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 25.85 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 46.23 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.59 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 43.83 Calfrac Well Services . . . 22.50 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 28.78 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.57 Canyon Services Group. . 9.43 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 33.25 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.670 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 21.53 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 1.88 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 85.21 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 31.51

High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . 1.620 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 25.12 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 42.96 IROC Services . . . . . . . . . 2.22 Nexen Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.35 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 6.27 Penn West Energy . . . . . 13.12 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . . 1.81 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 7.56 Pure Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 6.78 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 30.30 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.80 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 12.01 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 5.59 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 46.84

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as worries about the eurozone debt crisis moved back to centre stage. Spain’s borrowing costs hit record highs and raised concerns that the country will need a full-scale sovereign bailout. But losses were sharply limited by a solid rise in the energy sector in the wake of two major

acquisitions in the Canadian resource industry. China National Offshore Oil Company is picking up Calgarybased oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) (NYSE:NXY) for US$15.1 billion in cash. CNOOC is paying $27.50 a share, a 61 per cent premium on the closing price of its shares on Friday at the New York Stock Exchange. On the TSX, its shares soared 52.4 per cent to $26.35

on very high volume of 45.4 million shares. And Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) is selling its 49 per cent interest in its U.K. North Sea assets to Chinese firm Sinopec Corp. for $1.5 billion. Its shares jumped 75 cents or 6.79 per cent to $11.80. Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was well off early lows, coming back from a 206-point slide to close down 77.37 points

Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 57.54 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 51.39 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.52 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 25.88 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.05 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 21.15 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 38.60 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 62.71 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 10.30 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 74.13 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.950 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 51.52 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 20.82 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79.05

to 11,545.54 while the TSX Venture Exchange declined 22.03 points to 1,174.16. The Canadian dollar was down 0.4 of a cent to 98.35 cents US as nervous traders flocked to the safe haven status of U.S. Treasuries. U.S. markets also racked up losses as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond surged to 7.45 per cent, its highest level since the euro was established in 1999. But New York indexes were also off the worst levels of the session as the Dow Jones industrials fell 101.11 points to 12,721.46. The Nasdaq composite index lost 35.15 points to 2,890.15 and the S&P 500 index was down 12.14 points to 1,350.52. If Spain’s borrowing rates continue to rise then Spain may end up being locked out of international markets and be forced to seek a financial rescue, just like Greece, Ireland and Portugal. “You would think that after a number of months and all the discussions we have had about this kind of thing that maybe somebody might have decided it was time to do something,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital. “I’m not sure they have done anything that has caught the imagination or approval of the investing world.” On Friday, Spain’s eurozone partners agreed to lend the country up to C100 billion in funds to bail out banks laden down with toxic assets following the collapse of the country’s real estate bubble over the past four years. Worries about how the worsening eurozone debt crisis could impact the global economy and a higher American dollar punished commodity prices. A stronger greenback usually helps depress commodity prices, which are denominated in U.S. dollars, as it makes oil and metals more expensive for holders

of other currencies. But the TSX energy sector ran ahead 2.33 per cent even as the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $3.69 to US$88.14 a barrel. The rise was due to the sharp price moves in Nexen and Talisman and hopes that other companies will be scooped up. Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) gained 26 cents to $12.41. Elsewhere in the sector, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) shed 73 cents to $42.96. The base metals sector fell 3.24 per cent as metal prices also backed off with September copper down seven cents to US$3.38 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 79 cents to C$29.80 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) shed 13 cents to $8.37. And August bullion lost $5.40 to US$1,577.40 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about 1.8 per cent. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 82 cents to C$34.13. All TSX sectors were lower with the financial index down 1.59 per cent. TD Bank (TSX:TD) dropped 95 cents to $79.05 while Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) shed $1.09 to $20.82. The industrials sector gave back 0.91 per cent while Canadian National Railways lost $1.06 to $86.84. In other corporate developments, regulatory filings show that investor Prem Watsa now has a 9.9 per cent stake in BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Watsa is the CEO of insurer Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH). He had earlier reported a 5.12 per cent holding in RIM. Watsa’s stake was valued at about $356.2 million, as of Friday’s closing on the TSX. RIM added 10 cents to $6.97. McDonald’s Corp. says it net income slipped four per cent in the second quarter as a result of unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates. Revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations

as the fast-food chain cited a slowing global economy. The world’s biggest hamburger chain earned US$1.35 billion, or $1.32 per share, missing estimates by six cents a share and its shares were down $2.64 to US$88.94. An independent arbitration panel has ordered utility TransAlta to rebuild units at its Sundance coal-fired power plant that are at the centre of dispute with TransCanada Corp., with which it had a power purchase agreement. Last year, TransAlta said the units at the Calgary facility could not be repaired economically and must be shut down. But TransCanada (TSX:TRP) argued TransAlta (TSX:TA) had failed to adequately prove that the units could not be repaired economically. TransAlta shares fell 77 cents to C$16.74 while TransCanada was off 10 cents to C$44.21. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Nov.’12 $15.10 lower $629.70; Jan ’13 $15.10 lower $632.00; March ’13 $15.20 lower $631.80; May ’13 $14.60 lower $627.30; July ’13 $15.60 lower $622.40; Nov. ’13 $15.60 lower $566.60; Jan. ’14 $15.60 lower $561.40; March ’14 $15.60 lower $561.40; May ’14 $15.60 lower $561.40; July ’14 $15.60 lower $561.40; Nov. ’14 $15.60 lower $561.40. 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. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 192,420 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 192,420.

Redbox eyes entry into DVD rental market BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — When major video stores Blockbuster and Rogers Video began to close their doors last year, some movie enthusiasts hoped it would usher in a new era of digital possibilities for the Canadian rental market. Instead, they’ve been left waiting as a handful of new entrants like Netflix and iTunes saunter into the billion-dollar industry with a sometimes limited selection of new releases, and a back catalogue that left some longing for the dusty video stores of yesteryear. Redbox is a latecomer to Canada, but the Illinoisbased company hopes its kiosk business model will energize the industry as it rolls out its DVD-rentals in retail outlets over the next year. If its success south of the border is any indication, Redbox could be become a competitor to contend with, mostly because its low-priced DVD rental model of $1.50 per-day is practically unheard of in Canada. But, the company will be battling against sentiment that physical discs are a dying format. Redbox has secured agreements to set up kiosks at Canadian Walmart retail stores and convenience stores operated by Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B), which places it amid impulse buyers picking up groceries and other regular essentials.

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“We looked at Canada and (recognized that) it’s the third largest country in the world for DVD rentals,” said Ron Cihocki, head of its Canadian operations. “You get to be a pioneer, quite frankly, and have some fun with a brand that’s very strong in the United States.” While Redbox says it’s a pioneer, the company is also treading into kiosk turf that several others have been navigating on a smaller scale. Over the past year, DVD kiosks have sprung up across the country from companies like Best Buy, Playdium, Zip.ca and Planet DVD, each one planting its flag in particular urban or suburban markets, and offering $1 to $2 per rental. The Redbox debut will be more aggressive than its counterparts. A nationwide rollout which started last month in Toronto and Vancouver will grow to as many as 2,500 kiosks by the end of 2013, putting it in line to be the biggest rental outfit in Canada. Founded a decade ago, the company originally built its name south of the border renting DVDs for $1 per day. Though its prices have since increased slightly, to a little over a dollar a movie, it still remains one of the most popular entertainment options in the U.S., having just surpassed 2 billion rentals at its 30,000 kiosks. However, the selection in a Redbox kiosk pales in comparison to a typical video store. Each machine can hold about 200 titles. Most of them are new releases, and while some of those titles aren’t avail-

able online, conversely other major Hollywood films don’t show up at Redbox for weeks, due to a release window enforced by distributors. Redbox also faces an uphill battle as sales of physical discs have been falling for years, a trend which suggests more consumers have become accustomed to digital downloads and on demand services. When Blockbuster exited the Canadian market last year it insisted the DVD business was still profitable but that its new U.S. owner needed to liquidate certain assets to pay off overhanging debts. Rogers told a different story when it began to close some stores in 2011, saying that its video business had been on the decline since 2005. Last October, the company’s earnings showed that video revenues dropped 46 per cent from the comparable period of 2010 — falling to $60 million. “To me, it’s a declining business,” said Wendy Evans, head of retail consultancy Evans and Co. Consultants Inc. said of DVD rentals. “But just because demand hasn’t been enough to sustain the larger space operators, it doesn’t mean that smaller, lowcost kiosks . . .wouldn’t be a viable option.” The pros and cons of a physical video store have been contemplated by Cihocki over the years. Before taking the role at Redbox he served as general manager for national retail at Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) around the same time that the telecommunications giant was weighing its exit from the rental industry.

sets by about $3 billion. Like many companies in the communications and publishing sector, Yellow Pages has been hit hard by changes in consumer behaviour as Internet services dominate the information world. Yellow Media has been transitioning to an Internet company for the last few years.

terloo, Ont., company, and has said a turnaround for RIM would take three to five years, making his investment in the BlackBerry maker a long-term one. Chief executive Thorsten Heins recently announced that RIM will cut about 5,000 jobs as it slashes costs across the organization to contend with faltering sales. The BlackBerry maker has been losing market share to Apple and Android smartphones, especially in the consumer-savvy North American market. Heins took over from former co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazardis in January. Shares of RIM were down seven cents to $6.80 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Yellow Media plans to slash debt, find new board members

Fairfax Financial Holdings chairman Prem Watsa boosts stake in RIM

MONTREAL — Yellow Media (TSX:YLO) has announced a plan to cut its debt to $850 million and find new board members as the struggling directories publisher continues its transition to an online company. The Montreal company announced the recapitalization transaction on Monday and said some of the debt will come due in 2018. The company said its total debt is about $1.8 billion. It will use credit facilities, debentures and cash in the recapitalization transaction. A search committee also has been set up to find new board members for the company. “The recapitalization is consistent with the company’s previously stated objective of significantly deleveraging its balance sheet and allowing us to focus on the execution of our ongoing business transformation,” president and chief executive Marc Tellier said in a news release. In May, rating agency DBRS downgraded Yellow Media to CCC from a low B, saying the decline in its print revenues was continuing and warned of possible further downgrades. The company recently reported a first-quarter loss of $2.9 billion and wrote down the value of its as-

WATERLOO, Ont. — The chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH) has boosted his holdings in Research In Motion, a show of confidence in the struggling BlackBerry D maker. I Prem Watsa has inL creased his holdings in B the struggling BlackBerE ry maker (TSX:RIM) to R 9.9 per cent — representT ing 51.9 million shares — a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows. That values his most recent stock investment at about $356 million based on the closing price of RIM’s shares Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Watsa had held about five per cent of the Wa-

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OILERS SIGN YAKUPOV The Edmonton Oilers have signed their top overall draft pick Nail Yakupov to a threeyear, entry-level deal. The right-winger was picked first in this year’s draft, as Edmonton held the top pick for the third straight year. The Russian had 31 goals and 38 assists in 42 games last season for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. He had 49 goals and 101 points in the 201011 season. The 5-foot11, 190-pounder played to a silver medal at this year’s world junior championship.

Today ● Ladies fastball: Red Deer League final, Panthers vs. Badgers, first game of best-of-three, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park. ● Senior baseball: Lacombe vs. The Hideout, 7 p.m., Great Chief II. ● Sunburst baseball: Red Deer Riggers vs. Fort Saskatchewan, 7:30 p.m., Great Chief Park.

Wednesday ● Ladies fastball: Red Deer League final, Panthers vs. Badgers, second game of best-ofthree, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park. ● Parkland baseball: Lacombe at Eckville, Red Deer at innisfail, 7 p.m.

Thursday ● Senior baseball: Printing Place vs. Gary Moe, 7 p.m., Great Chief II. ● Ladies fastball: Red Deer League final, Panthers vs. Badgers, third game of best-ofthree, 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.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The wait to land in a new city and with a new team is over for Rick Nash. Finally, after months of speculation, the high-scoring forward was dealt on Monday. And the destination was not a surprise. He’s gone from Blue Jacket to Blueshirt. “There was a lot of limbo for sure,” Nash said. “It was a tough period. The good thing now is it’s over and I can look forward to next year.” Nash was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers for three players and a first-round draft pick. The All-Star, who first went to Columbus management in January and asked to be dealt, heads to Manhattan in exchange for forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov along with defenceman Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick in 2013. Nash, at 28, is the oldest of the players in the deal, and was shipped along with a thirdround pick and a minor-league defenceman to the Rangers, who can use offence. Nash is a former NHL goalscoring champion, who has never played for a contender, but could blossom under the bright lights of the big city. “We’re happy to have a fivetime All-Star on our team and a 40-goal scorer,” said New York general manager Glen Sather, who was also happy he didn’t have to break up the young core of his team any more than he did. “He will help us immensely.” Talks heated up over the weekend between Sather and Blue Jackets general manager

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Columbus Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash skates during an game against the San Jose Sharks in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets finally met Nash’s mid-season request and dealt him on Monday, along with a third-round pick and a minor-league defenceman to the New York Rangers for centres Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenceman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick next year. Scott Howson. And by Monday afternoon, a day before labour talks resume between the NHL and the players’ association in Toronto, the long-rumoured deal was done. Howson began his comments at a news conference by thanking Nash for his contributions over a nine-year career in Columbus as he became the face of the franchise. Howson conceded that the fans might need some time to take it all in. “This is difficult for people to accept when you trade what is arguably your best player,” he said.

“We understand the fans (might find it) difficult to understand this or (be) upset with this. But this is something that we did because we think it’s going to better our hockey club. We got the right value for Rick. “And it’s all about moving forward.” For both sides, of course. The deal, after all, gives the Rangers a big, sturdy right wing to add to their core of solid young players and also helps them counter moves made by other Eastern Conference powers this off-season.

Nash will join a New York offence that includes captain Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. “They are already one of the top teams in the league. The players they have are pretty impressive,” Nash said. “In finding a team, I thought the Rangers were perfect. They are a great fit for my style.” The Rangers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season and just missed out on the Presidents’ Trophy for most regular-season points.

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NCAA hits Penn State with unprecedented series of sanctions OVER SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A potential exodus of star athletes. No hope of playing in the post-season. More than a decade of accomplishments erased from the record books. And Joe Paterno’s legacy in shreds. Penn State football, a longtime powerhouse that was once one of the cleanest, most admired programs in college sports, escaped the so-called death penalty from the NCAA on Monday but was dealt a heavy blow that will cripple it for years to come. The university agreed to an unprecedented $60 million fine, a four-year ban from post-season play and a cut in the number of football scholarships it can award — the price it will pay for having looked the other way while Jerry Sandusky brought boys onto campus and molested them. The NCAA also erased 14 years of victories, wiping out 111 of Paterno’s wins and stripping him of his standing as the most successful coach in the history of big-time college football. “Football will never again be placed ahead of educating,

nurturing and protecting young people,” NCAA President Mark Emmert declared. Penn State meekly accepted its punishment, pledging to hold itself to high standards of honesty and integrity. Penn State spokesman David La Torre said university President Rodney Erickson had no choice but to acquiesce, given the threat of a total shutdown of the football program. “It was clear Penn State faced an alternative — a longterm death penalty and additional sanctions for the program, university and whole community. “Given the situation, he believed the sanctions offered and accepted was the appropriate and course of action,” La Torre said. At a student union on campus, several dozen alumni and students gasped, groaned and whistled as they watched Emmert’s news conference. The news was a crushing blow to many students. Nicole Lord, a senior, questioned why Penn State’s student body, and especially its athletes, should be punished “for the wrongs of three men and a monster.” “They keep breaking our hearts and breaking our hearts and breaking our hearts,” she

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NCAA President Mark Emmert, left, announces penalties against Penn State as Ed Ray, NCAA Executive Committee chair and Oregon State University president, looks on at right, in Indianapolis, Monday. The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60-million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. said. Sandusky, a former member of Paterno’s coaching staff, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, sometimes on campus. An investigation commissioned by the school and released July 12 found that Paterno, who died of lung cancer in January at age 85, and three

other top officials at Penn State concealed accusations against Sandusky for fear of bad publicity. The NCAA’s punishment was announced a day after the school took down a statue of Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium.

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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada’s road to London has been a bumpy one. Equestrian champion Eric Lamaze’s horse died during a competition, Alex Despatie smacked his head on the diving board, triathlete Paula Findlay has been hindered by a hip injury and Canada’s star hurdlers didn’t even make the Olympic team. Three-time world champion boxer Mary Spencer required divine intervention by the International Olympic Committee just to get to the Games. And then there was cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, who went down in a pile of bodies and bikes during the Tour de France. The silver lining is he’ll get some rest before the men’s road race and time trial in

OLYMPICS London. But Canada’s athletes will put the preGames bad luck behind them when the Summer Olympics officially kick off with Friday’s opening ceremonies in East London. Competition starts earlier than that though. Canada faces Japan in a preliminary-round women’s soccer match Wednesday. Simon Whitfield, winner of triathlon gold in 2000 and silver in 2008, will carry the Maple Leaf into the opening ceremonies and represent the 277 Canadians competing. Canada’s objective of a top-12 finish among the 200-odd countries is a reach.

Using the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a gauge, Canada needs 24 medals, which would be the most ever for this country at a non-boycotted Summer Games. The previous high was 22 in 1996. Canada tied for 14th in Beijing with 18 and won just 12 in Athens in 2004 to finish 19th. The country isn’t as deep in summersport talent as it is in winter. Canada can’t afford any more misfortune if it is to finish among the top dozen countries in London. “Top 12 in 2012 is an ambitious goal, but when you’re striving for new levels of excellence, that’s always going to be challenging,” says Chris Overholt, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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PEEWEE A Sv—C.Perez (27). HRs—Cleveland, Choo (12).

New York Baltimore Tampa Bay Toronto Boston

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Monday’s Results Cleveland 3, Baltimore 1 Texas 9, Boston 1 Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota 4 Kansas City at L.A. Angels, N N.Y. Yankees 4 Seattle 1 Today’s Games Detroit (Fister 4-6) at Cleveland (Jimenez 8-9), 5:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Hellickson 4-6) at Baltimore (W.Chen 8-5), 5:05 p.m. Oakland (Blackley 2-2) at Toronto (Cecil 2-2), 5:07 p.m. Boston (Buchholz 8-3) at Texas (M.Perez 1-1), 6:05 p.m. Minnesota (De Vries 2-2) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 4-1), 6:10 p.m. Kansas City (W.Smith 1-3) at L.A. Angels (Richards 3-1), 8:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 4-3) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 8-5), 8:10 p.m. LINESCORES MONDAY Baltimore 000 010 000 — 1 8 0 Cleveland 002 000 01x — 3 10 0 Tom.Hunter, Patton (8), O’Day (8) and Wieters; Masterson, Pestano (8), C.Perez (9) and C.Santana. W—Masterson 7-8. L—Tom.Hunter 4-5.

Boston 010 000 000 — 1 10 2 Texas 004 005 00x — 9 11 0 Doubront, F.Morales (6), Melancon (8) and Saltalamacchia; Feldman, R.Ross (8), Scheppers (9) and Napoli. W—Feldman 4-6. L—Doubront 10-5. HRs—Boston, Saltalamacchia (19). Texas, Napoli (15). Minnesota 110 010 010 — 4 11 0 Chicago 304 000 00x — 7 10 3 Liriano, Duensing (3), Al.Burnett (7) and Butera, Mauer; Floyd, Thornton (7), Crain (8), Myers (8), Reed (9) and Pierzynski. W—Floyd 8-8. L—Liriano 3-10. Sv—Reed (16). HRs—Minnesota, Doumit (10). Chicago, Konerko (15), A.Dunn (29), Rios (15).

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Today’s Games Chicago Cubs (Maholm 8-6) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 10-3), 5:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Greinke 9-3) at Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 1-6), 5:05 p.m. Atlanta (T.Hudson 8-4) at Miami (Buehrle 9-9), 5:10 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 12-5) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 13-1), 5:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 3-6) at Houston (Harrell 7-7), 6:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 7-5) at St. Louis (Wainwright 7-10), 6:15 p.m. Colorado (Ed.Cabrera 0-1) at Arizona (J.Saunders 4-6), 7:40 p.m. San Diego (Volquez 6-7) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-6), 8:15 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Washington at N.Y. Mets, 10:10 a.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 10:35 a.m. Atlanta at Miami, 10:40 a.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 11:05 a.m. San Diego at San Francisco, 1:45 p.m. Cincinnati at Houston, 6:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 6:15 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 7:40 p.m. LINESCORES MONDAY Chicago 000 100 001 — 2 4 0 Pittsburgh 000 000 000 — 0 2 1 Samardzija, Marmol (9) and Soto; Bedard, Resop (8), Watson (9), Meek (9) and Barajas. W— Samardzija 7-8. L—Bedard 5-11. Sv—Marmol (12). Milwaukee 201 300 000 — 6 8 1 Philadelphia 200 000 104 — 7 8 0 Wolf, M.Parra (7), Axford (7), Fr.Rodriguez (9) and Kottaras, M.Maldonado; Halladay, Schwimer (7), Diekman (8), Savery (9) and Ruiz. W—Savery 1-2. L—Fr.Rodriguez 2-5. HRs—Milwaukee, C.Gomez (6). Philadelphia, Utley (4), Howard (4). Washington 200 000 000 6 — 8 9 0 New York 000 100 100 0 — 2 8 1 (10 innings) Zimmermann, Storen (7), Mic.Gonzalez (7), Mattheus (8), Gorzelanny (9) and Leon; C.Young, Edgin (8), Rauch (8), Parnell (9), Byrdak (10), Beato (10), El.Ramirez (10) and Thole. W—Gorzelanny 3-2. L— Byrdak 2-2. HRs—Washington, Harper (9), Morse (6). New York, D.Wright (15), I.Davis (15). Atlanta 000 000 001 ��� 1 4 0 Miami 110 000 00x — 2 8 0 Minor, Medlen (8) and McCann; Jo.Johnson, M.Dunn (7), Mujica (8), Choate (8), Cishek (9) and J.Buck. W—Jo.Johnson 6-7. L—Minor 5-7. Sv— Cishek (3). HRs—Miami, Bonifacio (1). Cincinnati 102 000 230 — 8 17 0 Houston 000 020 010 — 3 11 2 Latos, Arredondo (6), Bray (7), LeCure (7), Marshall (8) and Hanigan; W.Rodriguez, W.Lopez (7), W.Wright (7), Del Rosario (7), Abad (8), R.Cruz (9)

and C.Snyder. W—Latos 8-3. L—W.Rodriguez 7-9. Los Angeles 030 000 200 — 5 7 0 St. Louis 100 000 020 — 3 9 1 Billingsley, J.Wright (7), Belisario (8), Jansen (9) and A.Ellis; J.Kelly, Salas (7), Browning (7), V.Marte (7), Rosenthal (8) and Y.Molina. W—Billingsley 5-9. L—J.Kelly 1-3. Sv—Jansen (19). HRs—Los Angeles, L.Cruz (2). St. Louis, Beltran (22). Colorado 000 010 011 — 3 6 0 Arizona 010 400 01x — 6 8 0 J.Sanchez, C.Torres (5), Ekstrom (8) and Ra.Hernandez; I.Kennedy, Zagurski (9), Putz (9) and M.Montero. W—I.Kennedy 8-8. L—J.Sanchez 0-1. Sv—Putz (18). HRs—Colorado, Rutledge (1), C.Gonzalez (20). Arizona, Goldschmidt (13). San Diego 000 100 000 — 1 4 0 San Fran 400 030 00x — 7 12 1 Richard, Brach (6), Stults (7) and Grandal; Vogelsong, Hensley (8), Kontos (9) and Posey. W—Vogelsong 8-4. L—Richard 7-11. HRs—San Francisco, Posey (13). NATIONAL LEAGUE LEADERS G AB R H McCutchen Pit 91 346 65 129 MeCabrera SF 92 375 66 135 DWright NYM 92 342 62 119 Ruiz Phi 88 292 45 101 Votto Cin 86 298 52 102 CGonzalez Col 88 356 66 117 Holliday StL 93 352 61 113 Posey SF 87 312 41 99 YMolina StL 84 311 39 96 DanMurphy NYM 93 347 37 107

Home Runs Braun, Milwaukee, 26; Beltran, St. Louis, 22; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 22; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 21; Kubel, Arizona, 21; CGonzalez, Colorado, 20; Bruce, Cincinnati, 19; Stanton, Miami, 19. Runs Batted In Beltran, St. Louis, 71; Kubel, Arizona, 71; CGonzalez, Colorado, 67; DWright, New York, 67; Braun, Milwaukee, 66; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 66; Holliday, St. Louis, 63. Pitching Dickey, New York, 13-1; Lynn, St. Louis, 12-4; Cueto, Cincinnati, 12-5; GGonzalez, Washington, 12-5; AJBurnett, Pittsburgh, 11-3; Hamels, Philadelphia, 11-4; Miley, Arizona, 11-5.

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CANADA: Medal ‘pie’ Think of the total number of medals to be won as a pie. China, the United States, host Britain, Russia, Germany and Australia will eat almost half of it. Japan, France, Italy and South Korea will fork out healthy slices for themselves. Canada has to elbow aside Spain, Cuba, Belarus, Brazil, the Netherlands and Ukraine to get a piece. “The medal race is so, so tight,” says Anne Merklinger, head of the Own The Podium program. “We know one medal is going to make the difference between 13th and 20th.” If you put stock in such things, a USA Today online projector forecasts that Canada wins 18 medals again with five gold, six silver and seven bronze. USA Today says the number is “based on an algorithm that monitors athletes’ performances leading up to the Games.” Sports Illustrated projects 17 medals (2-8-7) for Canada. Kayaker Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., in the 1,000 metres and mountain biker Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., are reigning world champions in their respective sports. The glamour sports of swimming and track and field provide a mother lode of medal chances. Canada isn’t a major player in either, with a bronze in each in Beijing. Improvement is expected in both, however, with three medals in swimming and two at the track the stated goal for London. Shot putter Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops can end Canada’s century-long medal drought in throwing events. Victoria distance swimmer Ryan Cochrane intends to upgrade the bronze he won in the 1,500 in Beijing and go for a second medal in the 400. The bulk of Canada’s medals will likely come from rowing, cycling, trampoline, women’s wrestling and canoe/ kayak. The country has a couple of medal opportunities on the opening weekend. Cochrane is a contender in the 400-metre freestyle Saturday, although his bread-andbutter event is the 1,500 on Aug. 4 The diving duo of Emilie Heymans of StLambert, Que., and Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., are potential medallists in women’s synchronized springboard Sunday. One of the best in the world on springboard, Abel is a double-medal candidate.

Canada was a slow starter in both 2004 and 2008. The opening seven days of competition in Athens produced one bronze medal. Canada was shut out the first seven days in Beijing. Canadian athletes to watch during London’s opening week include Armstrong, Ontario trampolinists Karen Cockburn, Rosannagh MacLennan and Jason Burnett, the rowing eights and cyclists Hesjedal of Victoria and Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., in the time trial. Concerns over the heat and smog in Beijing have been replaced by worries over transportation, too much rain and security controversies in London. There is also the matter of getting around a city of eight million people with the added congestion of the Olympic hordes. Despite the slings and arrows, the Canadian team has reasons to be optimistic. The rowing team is poised to stand on the podium multiple times. The cycling team has improved massively with medal contenders on the road, track and trail. Despatie required stitches and time away from the pool after his training mishap, but the Laval diver is back on the boards. Spencer lost her opening bout of the world championship, which was also an Olympic qualifier, in May. After an agonizing wait, the IOC’s Tripartite Commission gave her a wild-card spot in the 75-kilogram class. The Wiarton, Ont., fighter still has a chance to show she’s one of the best in the world. Former world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien and Beijing bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep didn’t make it to London. Calgary heptathlete Jessica Zelinka stunned everyone by winning the event at trials, so she’ll compete in both hurdles and heptathlon in London. Rising talents Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., and Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., join Zelinka in women’s hurdles, which is the one track and field event in which Canada has depth. Edmonton’s Findlay was the woman to beat in triathlon a year ago, but she’s had to baby a nagging hip injury. Her first international race this year will be the Olympic triathlon. What Victoria’s Whitfield has left in the tank and how rising star Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., performs lends intrigue to the men’s race. Lamaze’s star horse Hickstead may be gone — he suffered a fatal aortic aneurysm during a competition in Novem-

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Canadian Ryder Hesjedal corners a roundabout in the prologue of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial in Liege, Belgium, on June 4. Flying off your bike at close to 70 kilometres per hour into a tangle of bodies, machinery and unforgiving tarmac is hardly an ideal entree to the Summer Games. But such is the harsh world of elite road racing, where breaking down your body is par for the course. “It’s a hard sport,” says Hesjedal. ber — but the rider from Schomberg, Ont., and the rest of the show jumping team are talented and seasoned. If they, and their horses, can put it all together on the day as they did for silver in 2008, another medal in the team event is possible.

SANCTIONS: Difficult The sanctions will make it difficult for the Nittany Lions to compete at the sport’s highest level. Raising the spectre of an exodus of athletes, the NCAA said current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school. For a university that always claimed to hold itself to a higher standard — for decades, Paterno preached “success with honour” — Monday’s announcement completed a stunning fall from grace. Paterno’s family said in a statement that the sanctions “defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator.” “This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public’s understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did,” the family said. Emmert said the penalties reflect “the magnitude of these terrible acts” and also “ensure that Penn State will rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry.” He said the NCAA considered imposing the death penalty, or a complete shutdown of

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football for a season or more, but worried about the collateral damage. “Suspension of the football program would bring with it significant unintended harm to many who had nothing to do with this case,” Emmert said. “The sanctions we have crafted are more focused and impactful than that blanket penalty.” Gov. Tom Corbett expressed gratitude that Penn State escaped the death penalty, saying it would have had a “severe detrimental impact on the citizens of State College, Centre County and the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” A drop-off in attendance and revenue could damage both the university, where the football team is a moneymaker that subsidizes other sports, and much of central Pennsylvania, where Saturday afternoon football at Penn State is an important part of the economy.

Rage wins silver The Red Deer MSI Rage captured silver in the provincial peewee A girls’ softball championships during the weekend in Stony Plain. The Rage downed the St. Albert Angels 3-1 and the Calgary Kaizen 9-0 before dropping a tough 2-0 decision to the Calgary Adrenaline in the final. The Red Deer crew posted a 3-1 record in the round-robin. With their solid performance the Rage qualified to compete in the Western Canadian championships, Aug. 2-5 in Maple Ridge, B.C.

But given Penn State’s famously ardent fans and generous benefactors, the precise economic impact on Penn State and Happy Valley, as the surrounding area is known, remains unclear. First-year coach Bill O’Brien, who was hired to replace Paterno, will have the daunting task of trying to keep players from fleeing the program while luring new recruits. “I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead,” O’Brien said. Already, at least one recruit, Ross Douglas, a defensive back from Avon, Ohio, backed out of his commitment. Douglas told Rivals. com on Monday: “We prepared ourselves for it, and today was just the icing on the cake. I love Penn State to death, but I have to do what’s best for me, and I’m going to look elsewhere.” Separately, the Big Ten announced that Penn State will not be allowed to share in the conference’s bowl revenue during the NCAA’s post-season ban, an estimated loss of about $13 million. Emmert fast-tracked the penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million fine is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money will go toward outside programs devoted to preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims. Penn State said it will pay the fine in five annual installments of $12 million. The governor demanded assurances from Penn State that taxpayer money will not be used to pay the fine; Penn State said it will cover it with its athletics reserve fund and capital maintenance budget and, if necessary, borrow money. By throwing out all Penn State victories from 1998 to 2011, the NCAA stripped Paterno of the top spot in the record book. The governing body went all the way back to 1998 because, according to

the investigative report, that is the year Paterno and other Penn State officials first learned of an allegation against Sandusky. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will replace Paterno with 377 major-college victories, while Paterno will be credited with 298. “I didn’t want it to happen like this,” Bowden said. “Wish I could have earned it, but that’s the way it is.” Penn State will also lose 20 scholarships a year for four years. Major college football programs are normally allowed 85 scholarship players per year. The post-season ban is the longest handed out by the NCAA since it gave a four-year punishment to Indiana football in 1960.

NASH: Big change for Rangers New York defeated Ottawa and Washington in the playoffs before losing to New Jersey in the conference finals in six games. Nash immediately improves its credentials and gets it — on paper, at least — closer to its first Stanley Cup since 1994. “This changes the complexion of our team,” Sather said. “He is a world-class player. This kind of quality hockey player doesn’t come along very often.” The move to New York and a perennial playoff team should be a boon to his career, although it will require a major alteration in his lifestyle. Quiet and almost shy, Nash enjoyed playing golf at nice courses and walking around Columbus virtually unnoticed. That will end when he takes his act to the Big Apple. Nash is in the third year of an eight-year contract he signed in 2010 which has an average annual value of $7.8 million. The total salary cap hit of Dubinsky, Anisimov and Erixon is almost exactly the same.


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Yankees acquire Suzuki

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New York Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki pauses before answering a question at a news conference, Monday, July, in Seattle. Suzuki, who has played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees.

SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series. The New York Yankees acquired the star outfielder from the Seattle Mariners in a trade Monday for two young pitchers. “I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” he said. “It’s hard to contain my excitement for that reason.” The Yankees also got cash in the deal that sent 25-year-old righties D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to the last-place Mariners. The trade was announced a few hours before the Yankees played at Seattle. Moving from one clubhouse to another, Suzuki was set to start in right field in place of the injured Nick Swisher and bat eighth for New York on Monday night. It will be the first time Suzuki started a game batting anywhere other than the top three spots in the lineup. The Yankees made the trade a few days after learning that the speedy Brett Gardner would likely miss the rest of the season be-

cause of an elbow problem, and manager Joe Girardi said Suzuiki will mostly play left field. “We’re very excited with the calibre of player we are getting. We feel that he brings the speed element. He’s a tremendous hitter. That speed element is what we lost when Gardy had surgery,” Girardi said. “So this is a big day for us.” Suzuki was given No. 31 because the number he wore his entire career with the Mariners, No. 51, has not been worn since fourtime World Series champion Bernie Williams last played. “No. 51 is a special number to me, but when I think about what 51 means to the Yankees, it’s hard for me to ask for that number.” Mitchell made his major league debut this season and pitched four games for the Yankees. Farquhar made his big league debut last year with Toronto and was claimed last month on waivers by the Yankees from Oakland. The 38-year-old Suzuki had spent his whole big league career with Seattle. The 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner is batting .261 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases this year.

Peyton watch in Denver, Tebomania in Big Apple headline NFL preseason BY BARRY WILNER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Peyton Manning has changed his ride, from a Colt to a Bronco. Tebowmania has moved from the Rocky Mountains to the Meadowlands. Randy Moss is back. So is Jeff Fisher. Al Davis is gone. As NFL training camps open from Mankato to Metairie, from Flagstaff to Flowery Branch, the spotlight will shine most brightly on Denver, and a certain No. 18 at quarterback. The indestructible Manning proved very human last year, missing the entire season after neck surgery. Not only did his consecutive starts string end at 227 — merely every game he’s been a pro — but the Colts collapsed without the four-time MVP. Soon after, as Indianapolis was preparing to take Andrew Luck at the top of the draft to succeed Manning, the Peyton Tour of America began. Following layovers in Miami, Nashville and Phoenix, he landed with the Broncos. But is he the same player at age 36 and coming off the first major injury of his sensational career? That’s the juiciest topic as the sweatboxes that are training camps get under way. “We’re going full speed ahead. We’re being aggressive with everything we’re doing,” Broncos offensive co-ordinator Mike McCoy said. “He’s fine. We have no concerns right now.” Actually, the Broncos began moving forward immediately after signing Manning to a five-year, $96 million deal in March. They sent Tim Tebow, one of the heroes of their AFC West title run and firstround playoff victory over Pittsburgh, to the Jets to make sure there was no clutter — and no controversy — in Denver. If Manning is vintage Manning, there will be no questioning of that move west of New Jersey. Look for Manning to get more work than usual this summer, the most important preseason of his career. Don’t look for the same from Tebow, no matter how loudly his legion of followers protests that he should be on the field ahead of incumbent Mark Sanchez.

The Jets are adamant that Tebow is a backup, an option for the wildcat, not to mention the protector on punts. Nothing more. That won’t stop a mass of media from descending on the central New York college town of Cortland to chronicle the QB competition and controversy the Jets say doesn’t and won’t exist. “I think we were the only people who never had a problem with it, it seemed like,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We look at it as we’re adding a good football player, which we did. Is he behind Sanchez on the depth chart? Yes. Just like every team has a guy behind their starting quarterback, but he brings so much more to the table.” Including Tebowmania, which won’t subside even if Tebow messes up the many chances he — or any backup quarterback — gets to play in the preseason. The quarterback carousel spun furiously in the off-season, with Manning, Matt Flynn (Seattle) and David Garrard (Miami) on the move among veterans. Luck, Robert Griffin III (Washington), Ryan Tannehill (Miami) and Brandon Weeden (Cleveland) are the rookie QBs who will get long looks in July and August, with all four in line to earn starting spots. The quarterback situation was in flux in New Orleans before record-setting Drew Brees and the Saints agreed on a five-year, $100 million contract last week. The last thing the Saints needed was for their star passer and leader to miss time. Nothing has gone easy this year in the Big Easy. Moss could be motoring under passes from Alex Smith in San Francisco. The former gamebreaking receiver who has worn out his welcome everywhere he’s played. He didn’t play at all in 2011. But the 49ers, desperate for help at the position, gave the 35-year-old Moss a one-year deal. Also returning from a one-year hiatus is Fisher, whose 16-year run with the Titans included a Super Bowl loss to the Rams. Now, he’s the head man in St. Louis, facing a massive rebuilding job for a team that has won a total of 12 games in the last four seasons.

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“There’s been a lot of changes since I’ve been here. This is by far the one I’m most excited about,” defensive end Chris Long said. “I think we’re all very excited about it. It’s a new beginning for a lot of people and, in the same sense, you have to re-prove yourself.” Several teams and players have to prove that last season was no fluke — or that it was just that. The Lions want to validate themselves as a consistent contender, not a one-year wonder after they broke their 11-season playoff drought. Houston grabbed its first AFC South crown in 2011, then won its first playoff appearance, and now expects to go much deeper in the post-season. Cincinnati tries to build off a wild-card season in which two rookies, QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green, were standouts. Meanwhile, the Eagles long ago dropped the Dream Team persona, now hoping their collection of stars will reach the level expected and never attained last season. The Bears, on pace to make the playoffs before injuries ravaged their roster, believe good health will lead to great results this time. Hopes are high in Buffalo after the Bills shelled out a nine-figure deal for defensive end Mario Williams in free agency. With Cam Newton coming off the most productive season for a rookie quarterback in NFL history, Carolina is thinking big. Not surprisingly, so is Green Bay, which went 15-1 behind MVP Aaron Rodgers but with little defence last year. The Packers feel they’re significantly upgraded on D. There’s also uncertainty for two AFC powers: Pittsburgh, in transition with veterans Hines Ward, James Farrior and Aaron Smith gone, and Baltimore, where Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs is sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury. The most unsure situation probably is in Oakland, where for the first time in nearly a half-century, Davis no longer is running the Raiders. The organization swears the “Commitment to Excellence” remains. Without Davis’ guidance and expertise, how close the Raiders get to carrying out that commitment is questionable.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — Chad Ochocinco is officially no more. The Miami Dolphins wide receiver has changed his name back to the original Chad Johnson. Johnson legally changed his name Monday in an appearance at the Broward County Courthouse. The change he announced via Twitter quickly follows his July Fourth marriage to Evelyn Lozada of TV’s “Basketball Wives” fame. Johnson was known as “Ochocinco” for the past four seasons. The name was a playful reference to the No. 85 he wore on his jersey. Johnson was a six-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins earlier this year after being cut by the New England Patriots. For his NFL career, Johnson has 766 receptions for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

Panthers agree to deal with Versteeg SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers and right wing Kris Versteeg have agreed to a four-year contract. The deal that was one of the top off-season priorities for the reigning Southeast Division champions and eliminated the need for a scheduled Monday arbitration hearing. Versteeg, a former Red Deer Rebel, had career bests with 23 goals and 54 points last season, along with three goals and two assists in Florida’s firstround series against New Jersey. He also had his first hat trick last season and scored 25 points in his first 20 games with the Panthers. Versteeg has 88 goals and 201 points in 321 career NHL games with Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia and Florida. He also was part of Chicago’s Stanley Cupwinning team in 2010. Versteeg played on Florida’s top line last season, alongside Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann.

Byfuglien pleads guilty MINNEAPOLIS — Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has avoided a trial on drunken boating charges by pleading guilty to careless boating. Byfuglien reached a plea deal on Monday, the day his trial was to start in Minneapolis. Byfuglien was charged last August with boating under the influence and refusing to take a chemical test after an incident on suburban Lake Minnetonka. Careless boating is a misdemeanour, and Byfuglien was sentenced to a year’s probation, two days of public service, a $1,000 fine and a day in an alcohol education program. Defence lawyer Mitchell Robinson says Byfuglien had a 0.031 blood-alcohol content when tested on the lake, well below Minnesota’s limit for driving boats or cars.

It is not the first time the Memorial Cup has been damaged. During the on-ice Cup presentation after the 2008 tournament, the top of the trophy broke off in the hands of Spokane Chiefs captain Chris Burton as he was passing it to a teammate. There were dents and nicks when other clubs had the Cup as well.

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SHAWINIGAN, Que. — A summer of celebrations by the Shawinigan Cataractes has left the Memorial Cup looking like a train wreck. Pictures published Monday by l’Echo de Shawinigan show the top of the 93-year-old Cup bashed in and the two hockey player figurines on either side of the bowl missing. The newspaper said the wooden base was also cracked. How the damage occurred was unclear. Each player on the championship team was allowed to have the Cup for 24 hours to celebrate in his home town. The Cataractes won the Cup on home ice by defeating the London Knights in the junior hockey final in May. The League commissioner Gilles Courteau issued a statement on Monday, condemning the Cup’s apparent condition. “The Memorial Cup was donated in 1919 to honour Canada’s war fallen,” said Courteau. “It is unfortunate and deplorable to see it in such a state. The damages that were caused will be billed to the team.” League spokesman Photi Sotiropoulos said the Cup will be returned to the Canadian Hockey League, which will have it repaired. There was no estimate on the cost of repairs. Winning teams that want to have the trophy over the off-season must take out $50,000 in insurance against damages.

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Suzuki is a career .322 hitter, a former AL MVP and holds the record for most hits in a season. He had batted over .300 in every season until dipping last year. The only thing missing on Suzuki’s resume is an appearance in the World Series, and he may get a chance with the Yankees. Suzuki was the AL MVP and rookie of the year in 2001 after a stellar career in Japan, and the Mariners reached the AL championship series that season before losing to the Yankees. Seattle has not been back to the playoffs since then. He said he hasn’t played in left field since those 2001 playoffs. The Yankees certainly hope this trade with the Mariners works out better than the last big deal between the teams. New York sent prized young catcher Jesus Montero to Seattle before the season for All-Star pitcher Michael Pineda, who was later injured and is out for the year. The Mariners had been in a delicate situation with Suzuki. A long time star and fan favourite, Suzuki’s skills have been eroding. He’s in the final year of a five-year contract, paying $18 million this season.

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Sylvan clean ups up its act LONGBOARD DISPLAY Learn how to longboard and watch demonstrations at the Parkland Mall on Saturday. The clinic begins at 1 p.m. followed by a demonstration by experienced riders at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., riders are invited to go for a longboard cruise with the Adrenaline Clothing & Boardsports team. The event runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Parkland Mall’s northeast parking lot. For more information, contact Adrenaline Clothing & Boardsports on Facebook.

IMAGE AS PARTY SPOT CHANGES BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF Efforts to make Sylvan Lake more attractive to families are starting to pay off, says its mayor. Susan Samson recently cited the June statistics update from the RCMP detachment as evidence that the beachfront town that once had a reputation as a party spot is changing its stripes. Acknowledging that statistics can be misleading, Samson zeroed in on the number of violations under the Liquor Act, down to 47 for the first half of this year from 98 in the first half of 2011. While there has been a significant decrease in liquor violations, the number of incidents in a few other key areas have risen, including substantial increases in criminal harassment, from seven to 33, and assaults, from 51 to 70.

The numbers are still low enough that a single violator can have a dramatic effect on the statistics, said Samson. For example, a single suspect, working alone was arrested, charged and convicted after a series of graffiti complaints. The number of violations he committed had a significant effect on the total number of mischief charges laid for that period, she said. Increases in other areas arise from the phenomenal growth the town has experienced in recent years, putting it neck and neck with the City of Lacombe, said Samson. Statistics Canada’s 2011 census places Sylvan Lake at 12,327 people, on track to reach 12,500 for its 100th anniversary in 2013, said Samson. Provincial figures place those numbers ahead of population counts in Lacombe, which reported 11,115 people in 2011. Samson said the need to direct growth in

Sylvan Lake has spurred the town to take a number of projects, including the new RCMP detachment building, construction now underway on a new town hall and plans to build a new fire hall next to the RCMP building. The number of RCMP and bylaw officers in Sylvan Lake now fall in line with the target of one peace officer for every 850 people, said Samson. A significant factor in creating a more family-friendly environment has been the extensive changes along Lakeshore Drive, including construction of parking lots, raised intersections to slow traffic and construction of two large washroom facilities. Samson said she and members of the town council have been showered with compliments from people who appreciate the improvements in parking, convenience and pedestrian safety. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate.com

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SHAKE THE LAKE FESTIVAL COMING TO SYLVAN LAKE One of Alberta’s best live music, action sports and family fun festival is back this August. For the fifth year in a row, the Shake the Lake festival, on Aug. 10, 11 and 12, will bring the next in music, BMX riding, skateboarding and family fun in Sylvan Lake. Many activities will be featured, such as Family Zone, Vendor Village and more. Last year, the festival attracted over 9,000 spectators. For more information, email Sean McIntyre at sean@ shakethelake.ca or visit www.shakethelake.ca.

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Dr. Gillian McKay conducts a concert practice for senior band students during a week long music camp being held at Red Deer College. This is the 55th year the camp has been running with the focus on performance and preparation to ensure students become lifetime lovers of music.

Group fights electrification decision CENTRAL ALBERTA RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ASSOCIATION APPLIED TO BE SERVICE PROVIDER FOR AREA OVERLAPPING WITH FORTISALBERTA BY JESSICA JONES ADVOCATE STAFF A turf fight between the Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association (CAREA) and FortisAlberta is like a wolf watching over the chicken coop, says a Wildrose Party MLA. The comments come after a recent decision from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) that denied CAREA’s application to have exclusive rights to

a service area. “This government has engaged in systematic policy in allowing the powerful companies to prey on the individual REAs (Rural Electrification Associations) and eat them up,” RockyRimbey-Sundre MLA and Wildrose utilities critic Joe Anglin said on Monday. CAREA is a member-owned company, providing a power distribution system that serves approximately 8,300 members

within 16 Alberta counties, spanning from the Municipal District of Bighorn in the south, all the way north to Yellowhead County. “We wanted a legal opinion that our service area was rightfully ours and we wanted the utilities commission to give us an answer,” said Central Alberta REA chairman Jim Towle. “It is confusing for us when they say that you don’t have

rights to your area, you have to share it with Fortis and compete for customers,” Towle said on Monday. But FortisAlberta, an investor-owned electricity utility and wire service provider, says the decision from AUC confirms that they are the “primary electricity distribution service provider within CAREA’s service territory.”

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Public input into social policy sought FOR PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT THE VULNERABLE BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF

GIVE US A CALL The Advocate invites its readers to help cover news in Central Alberta. We would like to hear from you if you see something worthy of coverage. And we would appreciate hearing from you if you see something inaccurate in our pages. We strive for complete, accurate coverage of Central Alberta and are happy to correct any errors we may commit. Call 403-314-4333.

The province is developing a framework that will guide its future social policies and programs to support those who are vulnerable. And the province wants to hear from Albertans. On Monday, a public discussion (called Speak. Share. Thrive.) was held in Red Deer to find out what role social supports can have in creating a stronger province. The province does not have a social policy framework for its new Alberta Human Services Department, which includes several departments — Child and Family, Employment, Homeless Supports, Immigration, Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD). Albertans can help. “We need to start off big, with a vision,

because we really don’t have anything right now,” said Lora Pillipow, Alberta Human Services executive director, who attended the discussion at the Hub on Monday afternoon on behalf of the province. About 25 people from numerous agencies and groups attended Monday’s discussion. The framework will provide a common understanding of what we’re going to achieve together, she said. The Red Deer event was hosted by the Council of Canadians, Central Alberta Refugee Effort and the Central Alberta Diversity Association. Another public session will be held today, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Hub, at 4936 Ross St. The province recognizes it faces challenges such as poverty, family violence, and over-representation of aboriginal people in child intervention and justice systems. A social policy framework will help to better co-ordinate resources and actions to address these issues.

Pillipow said Premier Alison Redford has committed to plans for poverty reduction and childhood development. In addition to public meetings, Albertans can participate in the discussion by completing the online survey, contributing to the blog and online discussions, and adding to the information. The survey and blog will be online until July 31. It will remain open through December. Submissions from community-led discussions are due by July 31. Ken Collier, chair of the local chapter of the Canadian Council of Canadians, said despite several avenues to comment online, topics are limited. “In my view they have really carefully controlled and restricted what can be talked about,” Collier said. A draft framework will be developed in the fall. To find out about other meetings, or for more information, visit www.socialpolicy. alberta.ca. szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com


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Red Deer residents are invited to Get the Scoop on what a northside regional community centre could look, feel and function like during a session on Wednesday. The information session will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at G.H. Dawe Community Centre at 56 Holt St. Stop in, learn about the project, and have a free ice cream, too. The City of Red Deer is holding the session. “We want residents to come out and talk to us about the types of uses and program spaces they want to see,” said Pauline Mousseau, city neighbourhood community development co-ordinator. “Over the past few years, we’ve had several conversations with key stakeholders and now we want to build on that conversation and ensure we’re moving in the

Lacombe delegation to visit sister city A delegation from the City of Lacombe is making a special trip to their sister town in Japan to celebrate 25 years of partnership. Eight representatives from the Central Alberta community left for Rikubetsu on Sunday to celebrate the quarter-century of relationships between the communities. The event was planned for last year but was delayed due to last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Representatives include resi-

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POWER: ‘REAs are at a disadvantage’ “Their application was to be the exclusive electricity distribution service provider for customers who are in our overlapping service area,” said FortisAlberta director of communications Jennifer MacGowan. This doesn’t sit well with Towle, who said Alberta’s electricity market has become a story of David and Goliath. He says it took the AUC two years to decide to turn down their application. There are many reasons the Alberta Utilities

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The Westerner Days Fair and Exposition has broken the all-time attendance record in its 121st year. Attendance at the 2012 Westerner Days hit 102,665 people — a new cumulative record for the event that ran for five days, ending Sunday. “We are ecstatic,” Westerner Park marketing manager Erin Gobolos said on Monday. The previous alltime record for the ‘WE WORKED five-day event was REALLY HARD 93,965, set in 2011. The new record is a OVER THE LAST 9.25 per cent increase COUPLE OF YEARS over the 2011 Westerner Days attendance. It TO BUILD UP OUR is estimated that the ENTERTAINMENT fair generated a gross AND OUR VENUES economic impact of $7.3 million. TO CREATE A MORE “The weather plays WELCOMING a huge factor in our overall numbers and ATMOSPHERE. . .WE we had great weather DID A BETTER JOB this year, it was really consistent,” Gobolos AT ATTRACTING said. PEOPLE TO RED “We worked really hard over the last couDEER THIS YEAR ple of years to build up THAN WE HAVE IN our entertainment and our venues to create a THE PAST.’ more welcoming atmo— WESTERNER PARK sphere for our patrons MARKETING MANAGER and we did a better job ERIN GOBOLOS at attracting people to Red Deer this year than we have in the past.” Friday saw the best attendance with 22,492 people converging on Westerner Park. The previous daily record for Friday was 24,302, set in 2005. The attendance numbers are compiled by gate receipts, which are counted daily, Gobolos said. “We have great staff and volunteer base and everyone came together and pulled off such a great event.” Detailed statistics, including 2012’s economic impact, will be calculated in the next two months. Here are the daily attendance figures, with 2011 figures in brackets: ● Wednesday: 15,395 (11,956) ● Thursday: 21,920 (21,974) ● Friday: 22,492 (14,855) ● Saturday: 21,517 (26,825) ● Sunday: 21,341 (18,355) jjones@reddeeradvocate.com

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Ernie Els of South Africa savours his British Open Golf Championship victory at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St. Annes, England, on Sunday.

The Big Easy’s great victory BY DOUG FERGUSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Still in shock over winning the British Open, Ernie Els walked onto the 18th green to collect the claret jug. He looked at thousands of people in the grandstands who only an hour earlier had celebrated this 42-year-old champion making one last birdie. “I have to ask you all a question,” Els said to them. “Were you just being nice to me? Or did you actually believe?” Perhaps the Big Easy should have asked that of himself. He had every reason to beat himself up this year, and every reason to believe his best days were behind him. Winless in more than two years, he had a one-shot lead at Innisbrook when he missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, and missed another 4-footer just as badly on the 18th green that would have put him into a playoff at the Transitions Championship. Two months later, he was in a playoff with Jason Dufner in New Orleans when Els had a 6-foot putt for the win on the first extra hole. It never had a chance. In between those tournaments was the harshest reminder of how far he had fallen. For the first time in 18 years, he was not eligible to play in the Masters because he had fallen out of the top 50. Somewhere along the way, Els stopped listening to that little voice in

his head about everything that could go wrong. Even after a poor wedge to the 16th hole in the final round of the U.S. Open led to a bogey that ended his chances, he saw brighter days ahead. And in a final round that looked to belong to Adam Scott, Els never stopped believing he could win. “When you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve seen a lot of things happen,” Els said. “And I just felt that the golf course is such if you just doubt it a little bit, it was going to bite you. There’s too many bunkers, too much trouble, and there was a bit of breeze. So I felt I was going to hit the shots. And I felt I had a chance.” He needed some help from Scott — a lot of it. Unlike his three previous majors, this celebration was muted. Even for Els, it was painful to see the 32-year-old Australian endure a collapse that will rank among the most memorable in golf. Four shots ahead with four holes to go. How will this major be looked upon 10 years from now? Part of that depends on what Scott does going forward. He became only the second player since 1999 to blow a four-shot lead going into the final round of a major. The other was Rory McIlroy, who shot 80 on the final day at Augusta National last year. McIlroy bounced back to win the next major by eight shots. McIlroy was 22 and already had contended in majors. Scott is 32, and it took him a decade just to give himself

a reasonable chance in one. Scott has famously told the story of being up in the middle of the night to watch Greg Norman on the verge of finally winning the Masters, taking a sixshot lead into the final round in 1996 only to implode with a 78. It was the most stunning collapse for the Shark in a career filled with bad luck. Scott cried watching it unfold, so the comparisons to what he did Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and what happened to his golfing idol were natural. “Greg was my hero when I was a kid, and I thought he was a great role model, how he handled himself in victory and defeat,” Scott said. “He set a good example for us. It’s tough. I can’t justify anything that I’ve done out there.” Els also has had his share of grief, the very nature of the game. He finished runner-up in three straight majors in 2000, twice by big margins to Tiger Woods. He had come close before at Royal Lytham in 1996, finishing two shots behind Tom Lehman. He threw away the PGA Championship at Riviera in 1995, which would have given him two majors before Woods arrived to dominate golf. But nothing compares with 2004. Els had a chance to win all four majors that year — he played in the last group in two of them — and came away empty. In a thrilling display of birdies between Els and Phil Mickelson at the Masters, the Big Easy finished his round of 67 and headed to the putting green to see if there would be a play-

off. Mickelson was playing the 18th, needing a birdie to win. The gallery at the Masters is so enormous that he couldn’t see Mickelson or what was about to unfold. All he could do was listen as he tried to rap putts. The roar was shattering in so many ways. Els simply walked to the locker room. This time, behind the Victorian clubhouse at Lytham, he munched on a sandwich and talked on his phone. And when Scott made the last of his four straight bogeys, missing from 7 feet on the 18th, Els was a major champion and in some pretty exclusive company. He became only the sixth player to win the U.S. Open and British Open twice. He became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1984 to win a major after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He joins Mickelson with four majors, second to Woods among active players. Els always thought he belonged in the class with Seve Ballesteros, who won five, or Nick Faldo, who had six majors. This British Open featured three days of perfect weather and just enough wind Sunday to make it interesting. There were small ponds in pot bunkers. There was Woods, legs splayed outside a pot bunker on his way to a triple bogey. There was Scott, a reminder of how cruel golf can be. But the lasting image 10 years from now will be Els, a giant in the game in so many ways, caressing that precious claret jug after winning a major only he thought possible.

Golfers desire direction, distance Direction and distance are the two main goals male, the ones that can shoot eight-under in their most golfers are looking for when they step onto the sleep are still working on their game. These players golf course. are constantly seeking the advice of trained profesIf I could hit the ball where I’m aiming with a sionals to assist them in becoming more consistent little more distance then this game would be easy! from week to week. Of course it would because then we would Their motivation is a little different not be spending time looking for our balls than the rest of us as they’re playing for in the bush and we would have shorter millions of dollars week in and week out. irons into the green. Of course it’s all relative. This is of course what the male and The male and female tour players are female tour players have found and their playing for their pay checks and we’re scores reflect this. playing for the love of the game. We cannot forget that they spend countThe fact of the matter is that this game less hours for many years understanding gives you nothing that you do not take. In and then training themselves to repeat a other words if you want to get better then swing. it is up to you and you only! As a result, their swings seem so efIt’s a fact that the tour professionals fortless, hitting the ball out of sight, right will and are working on different things down the middle of the fairway or to the that the average golfer will be working SCOTT pin. on. The fact is though that they all started BERGDAHL Most golfers when queried feel that at one point in their lives at the same they have a poor swing. Generally, this that we all started. INSTRUCTION place personal evaluation is derived from the It does not matter if you started as a fact that they cannot hit the ball consisyoung child, in the middle part of your tently in the direction that they would like life or later in life, the foundation of the too. golf swing starts with the basics. The basic include In most cases we tend to listen to our playing the grip, stance, alignment, ball position and then of partners offering tips when you’re having a bad course finish position. game and as a result our thoughts become negative Once you have a great foundation then you begin towards our own swing. to work on the swing motion and how the body turns. In my experience, I notice that most players have The next three articles will touch on exactly these great aspects of their swing motion but are missing basic fundamentals as they’re the building blocks of a few components that will send the ball further and an efficient and consistent golf swing. straighter. The sign of a good swing is one that can The hardest change to make for any golfer is to be repeated with desirable results. place their hands on the golf club differently than In other words, your swing does not have to look they currently do. good to be efficient. In other words the grip is the hardest change most Having said this, we all have areas in our swing golfers will ever make. Players will place the club in that we could work on. their hands the way that it feels comfortable to them. Working on various swing flaws will assist everyThis generally means that the majority of golfers will one in hitting the ball more consistent, ultimately hold the clubs in their palms rather than in their hitting more fairways and greens leading to lower fingers. scores and a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the How you hold the golf club directly affects whethround. er the golf clubs returns back to the ball square and Taking lessons is not just for the beginner. If you with the proper loft. The first step is to ensure your watch the tour professionals on television, you’ll hands are directly opposing each other when they notice that they all have a teaching professional that are holding the handle of the club. they are working with. This gives you the best chance to ensure that the The best golfers in the world, both male and feclub is square at impact. For right handed golfers,

the back of your left hand should be facing towards your target with the back of your right hand facing directly away from the target. For right handed golfers (opposite for left handed golfers), take your left hand and place the handle of the club in your fingers. Your left thumb will be placed on top of the handle running straight down the grip. The key to placing the club in your fingers rather than your palm is to ensure the heel of your left hand rests on top of the grip and not to the side. Doing so will ensure that you’re holding the club in your fingers. There are three types of grips or otherwise referred too as connections. The first is a ten fingered grip. This is where all fingers and thumbs are on the golf club and is sometimes referred to a baseball grip. The second is an interlock grip. Take your two closest fingers (the index finger on your left hand and the pinky finger of your right hand) and hook them together. Finally, the third type grip is called the overlap. This is where you take you right hand pinky finger and place it in between your left hand index and middle fingers. Which one you use is completely up to you. Once you’ve decided on the type of grip you have to place your right hand on the club. You also want to wrap your fingers around the handle of the club placing the palm of your right hand over your left thumb. Your thumb of the right hand should sit just left of the center of the handle or on top of the grip. The main reason for holding the handle of the club in the fingers rather than the palm is to ensure that you do not hold the club too tight. One of the main causes of poor ball contact and loss of distance is tension. Tension begins in your hands and works its way throughout your body. You want to hold the handle of the golf club just tight enough that it does not spin in your hands and relaxed enough that if someone attempted to slowly pull the club out of your hands it would come out. Placing your hands on the golf club properly is the first step to a consistent golf swing ultimately making more consistent contact and increasing your distance. Scott Bergdahl is the teaching pro at Lakewood Golf Resort near Sylvan Lake.


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Alan Thicke guest-stars as the star/producer of a fictional Christian TV show called ‘Saying Grace’ in a scene with Cassie Steele. On How I Met Your Mother, he portrayed himself with a false back story revolving around a collaboration with Cobie Smulders’ Robin Scherbatsky on a cheesy ’80s Canadian music video. In the Adam Sandler vehicle That’s My Boy, he had a blink-and-you’llmiss-it cameo as the star of a bad TV movie. On the cult favourite Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, he was “Dr. Alan Thicke,” shilling for a new brand of sedative fruit. He’s also stopped by Tosh.0 and several other shows to make fun of himself. The actor has a theory on why he’s had so many calls for self-deprecating cameos. “I’m in the icon period (of my career), where everybody running the business now is in their 30s and

Winehouse still lives on through foundation, musical projects BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Singer Amy Winehouse’s father says it’s tough dealing with the loss of his daughter, but he’s happy she is having a helpful impact on the world through the foundation named after her. “Even after a small space in time — we’re talking a year since Amy passed away — we are beginning, well, Amy is beginning, to have a positive effect on a lot of disadvantaged young people’s lives,” Mitch Winehouse said in an interview Friday. Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched last year in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States. Mitch Winehouse says he expects Monday — the one-year anniversary of Amy’s death — to be difficult, but he will spend the day with family and friends. First they’ll go to Amy’s house for Jewish prayer and to be with the singer’s fans. Then close friends will head to a party at Jazz After Dark, which was “Amy’s favourite jazz bar.” “There are going to be lots of tears and lots of laughter and that is exactly how Amy would have wanted it,” he said. Amy Winehouse was one of music’s critically revered singers, praised for her touching lyrical content, soulful tone and authenticity. Her debut, Frank, was a U.K. success, but her breakthrough came with 2007’s Back to Black, a multiplatinum effort that won her five Grammy Awards. Mitch Winehouse says during that peak, “she was Adele and Lady Gaga rolled into one.” In the United Kingdom, the Winehouse family has raised more than $1 million and has assisted vari-

ous charities. In America, the group is working with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to develop “after school music club houses” and feed hungry children throughout Louisiana. The foundation has raised profits from donations and the release of the Amy’s posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures and a book by Mitch Winehouse titled Amy, My Daughter, released this summer. “I don’t feel any accomplishment or any joy,” Mitch Winehouse said of the book. “The reality is I shouldn’t have had to written the book in the first place.” “I wrote it fairly quickly after Amy passed away. I found writing it quite cathartic and I thought it would help me in my recovery, and to a certain extent it has,” he continued. “But reading the book back for edits was very difficult indeed; more difficult than writing the book.” Mitch Winehouse also said there’s more Amy Winehouse music on the horizon: “We’re working with (music producers) Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson to see what they’ve got. But we have to be mindful; we don’t want to put anything out that could be damaging. It wouldn’t be right for Amy’s fans.” A film on his daughter’s life is also a possibility, he says. “Whatever we do we have to make sure it’s done in good taste,” he said. “We don’t want a sensationalized movie going out, you know, but equally there’s no point in sort of massaging the fact that Amy was a alcoholic and drug addict; no point in pretending that didn’t happen.” The first annual Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala will take place Oct. 11 in New York and will honour Remi and Tony Bennett, with whom Amy Winehouse won a Grammy with this year.

Carey confirms she is joining ‘American Idol’ as new judge BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish. “I am so excited to be joining Idol,” said Carey, addressing the Television Critics Association via Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly’s cellphone, which he put on speakerphone for the hotel ballroom meeting. She couldn’t be on hand with the group because “this kind of all just happened really quickly,” Carey said in her brief remarks. “I can’t wait to get started in the fall . . . and I will see you in January.” The show, which saw judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez exit at the end of last season, will be back on the air for season 12 in January.

Reilly called Carey “the biggest recording artist that any of these (talent) shows has ever had,” adding that she was the “artist that many of these contestants have tried to emulate, have tried some of the songs, have tried to hit the notes.” Playing the drama up, Reilly placed a call to Carey and put her on speaker. “Hi Mariah. How are you? It’s Kevin,” he said. “We do have the deal, don’t we?” “Yes!” Carey replied. Reilly said he was “thrilled” to confirm reports that Carey was being courted by Fox and said the deal was freshly signed within the last few hours. The Grammy-winning pop star is receiving just shy of $18 million a year for a one-year contract with a renewal option, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person, lacking authority to discuss the matter publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

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TORONTO — Alan Thicke is dropping in for a quick four-episode arc on The L.A. Complex, a sudsy TV dramedy about starry-eyed young Canadians scrounging for opportunity in Hollywood. The 65-year-old from Kirkland, Ont., of course, can relate. But he has mostly fond memories of his own formative years in the early ’70s, when he first moved to L.A. with the hopes of making it big as a writer. “It’s a happy time but a nervous time too,” Thicke said in a recent telephone interview. “You’re looking for that job, you’re looking for that break. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions for these people in real life.” Yet even four decades ago, Thicke remembers that Canadians tended to stick together. On his first job-hunting treks down to L.A., he crashed with CBC director Terry Kyne, submitted material around town and tried to forge some connections. When Thicke later found substantial success as a writer and TV star, he tried to pay such hospitality forward to other Canucks. “I did it for Alex Trebek, he stayed ins my guest house. Shania Twain ended up on my sofa,” he laughed. But while the desperate denizens of the seedy apartment structure documented on “The L.A. Complex” are mostly 20-somethings, Thicke was personally more familiar with a younger class of Hollywood hopefuls when he hit it big playing the psychiatrist patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. One of the most high-profile TV gigs an aspiring teen actor could land in the late ’80s, the family sitcom was shot near the Oakwood apartment complex, a popular address for young actors that has served as a temporary residence for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Jessica Biel, Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst. “We were getting 25 million viewers a week so every stage mom in America and Canada wanted to have their kid on the show,” recalled Thicke, pointing out that the show featured future stars including Brad Pitt, Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank in small roles. “I’ve seen first hand that whole environment if you will — that demographic, and that whole struggle, those career aspirations.” And a full 20 years after bowing from the airwaves, “Growing Pains” is still keeping Thicke busy — sort of. His arc as the mastermind behind an ecclesiastical family drama on L.A. Complex — which continues with Tuesday’s episode on MuchMusic and the CW — is just the latest in a series of quickie guest spots on network shows, many of which poke fun at Thicke’s wholesome TV past.

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Cheating is not the answer mall at Christmastime, and parking was at a premium. We were fortunate to find a handicapped space near the entrance. When we returned to the van, a car had squeezed into the adjacent blue-striped area. It required leaving my son unattended behind the other vehicle while I pulled my car out. What made matters worse was that mall security was present and did nothing. It makes my blood boil to see people use the striped areas. Some of these people have handicapped placards or plates, so I guess they think that makes it OK. It does not. The striped areas are there to provide safe passage for individuals using wheelchairs, walkers or crutches, and for the less able-bodied to get in and out of their vehicles. The more inclement the weather the worse this problem is. And sometimes even the local police use these areas to park. What kind of an example are they setting? — Seeing Red About Blue Dear Red: A poor one. We know that some people are dismissive of handicapped spaces and park wherever they want. But most people try to be respectful, so we assume they don’t realize that these adjacent striped areas are intended to be used for ramps, wheelchairs and other necessities. Please, folks, life can be challenging enough for those with disabilities. Let’s not make it harder. Dear Annie: This is in response to “Free To Be Me.” I, too, have lived in a verbally abusive marriage for more than 40 years, but in my case, I am the husband and she is the bully. Change the pronouns and I could have written that letter. I want to thank “Free” for giving me the courage to file for divorce. As a result, I, too, must walk away from everything: family, friends, church, home and most of my income. Many people sit in silent desperation waiting for their life to pass by. I did that for years, but now it is time to move on. — Being Me, Too Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

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piness and love means you will stand in the truth of all you are. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You could ask yourself the same question a thousand times and always get a different answer, depending on the day, the mood, the information available, and countless other details. Someone might be changing his or her story now. It’s not dishonest, it’s just an update. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Some movie goers prefer exceptional sound effects or visual stunts, without which the viewing experience leaves something lacking. You enter an experience in which you feel a key ingredient is missing. You can still enjoy it. CANCER (June 21-July 22): There are smart ways to assert discontent. If you know that you desire change, there are diplomatic ways to ask for it. You find yourself, in an instant, having to make this distinction. Your connection to harmony will ensure the right decision. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You have the gift of gab now, making you persuasive and engaging. This is the perfect day to go into a situation you’ve been afraid to because you didn’t know enough people. Your positive energy will be infectious and gain you new friends. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Charlie Chaplin made some of the most memorable comedies in the history of film. The troubles in his private life only make us respect his contribution more. Don’t hide your hardships now. Sharing them opens love to you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Every emotion

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Tuesday, July 24 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Anna Paquin, 30; Jennifer Lopez, 43; Lynda Carter, 61 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Mercury has been reaching out to Mars, and now Jupiter, in harmony, provides the right balance of energy and inspiration to make great leaps in a hopeful direction. The optimistic approach gets big results. It will be a NADIYA great day, enjoy! SHAH HAPPY BIRTHDAY: You are determined to bring financial progress into your life, but aim for a larger goal and have that pay off too. It might take some creative maneuvering, but you do find your way to a source of income you genuinely like and enjoy. It will be a great year, enjoy! ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s the rare soul who has a commitment to being true to him or herself, above and beyond the opinions of others. There might be pressure to conform, but you know the pathway to hap-

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Janet Renzetti, known as Lady Meiralyn O’Shea in Society for Creative Anachronism circles, holds her parasol to keep dry a horse named Shia during the Lacombe Days parade on Saturday. While rain scuttled the flyover of a pair of Canadian Forces CF-18 jets, it didn’t stop crowds from taking in the day’s events, which included art shows, chili cookoff, trade fair, show and shine and carnival. will wax and wane. Whether phenomenally good or painfully drawing, you can be certain it will pass. You now experience a dramatic turnaround, making you elatedly happy, if not giddy with joy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Every change can be daunting, even the good kind. They involve learning, new environments, or people. Eventually, that which was unnerving becomes familiar. You hit a flow in what used to perplex, affirming your past efforts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Life is filled with those with wealth yet great unhappiness. There are those who reject materialism as part of a pathway to freedom, but all life has challenges. You consider a clear choice now. Let it come from a genuine desire for contentment, and not fear. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can celebrate and mourn at the same time. Be sad and grateful at once. Be clear yet protective. You are being asked to balance one such dichotomy now. There is no need to

choose a side or ignore another. Acknowledge the breadth and depth of your feelings. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Last week’s tensions are now giving way to wonderful opportunities. You are at the beginning of moving your life in a positive and hopeful direction. A key conversation shows the way to reconsider an agreement you thought wouldn’t work before. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There comes a point in each life when you decide the opinions of others are not going to matter when met with what you must do. The more self-sufficient you can be now will, in direct proportion, determine your success. Make the move you know is right for you. Nadiya Shah is a consulting astrologer, syndicated sun sign columnist and holds a master’s degree in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination, from the University of Kent, U.K. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.

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LAWRENCE Kathleen May 1922 - 2012 Kathleen M. Lawrence (Wilkins) passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at her Pine Lake country home in her 89th year. Kathleen will be lovingly remembered b y h e r d a u g h t e r, M a r y Lawrence-Duborg and family: Paula, Carol, Kathy (Terry) and Chrissy (Eugene) and her three sons, Bobby and family: Peter (Shelley), Catherine (John), and Margo (David); Arthur (Eileen) and family: Leita (Stacy), Tanya and Jarret (Karen); Edward (Pat) and family: Brandi (James) and Robin (Rachelle) and seventeen great grandchildren. In celebration of Kathleen’s life, a memorial service will be held from the Pine Lake Hub Community Centre, #20, 36366, Range Road 252 on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Kathleen may be made directly to the Pine Lake Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Box 236, Pine Lake, Alberta, T0M 1S0 or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com 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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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. Relative 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 D e e r. I n l i e u o f f l o w e r s donations can be made to a trust fund set up in the name of Kevin James Schropfer, his son at Servus Credit Union. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com 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

McDONALD John George John George of Red Deer passed away at home on July 22, 2012 at the age of 88 years. Further announcements to follow. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.reddeerfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-3319.

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In Loving Memory of JOANN ELIZABETH MULLER

DENTAL ASSISTANT We are looking for a level II RDA who is excited about dentistry and wants to help us provide excellent high-end dental care for our patients. Must be willing to learn new skills and perform at an accelerated level. Must have good communication skills and be organized. 4 day work week with generous bonus plan. 6 week paid vacation. This is a great career opportunity. Please submit resume to Dr. Brian Saby, #100-3947 50A Ave. Red Deer, T4N 6V7 or email: info@saby.com 403-340-3434 or 403-348-7069

One year ago, with sadness, your family by your side in the hospital, if love could have saved you, you never would have died. God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be, So He closed His arms around you, And whispered, Come to Me” You suffered much in silence Your spirit did not bend You faced your pain with courage, Until the very end. You tried so hard to stay with us Your fight was all in vain God took you to His loving home And freed you from all pain.

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In Memory of BETTY ANNE HOWARD 1946 - 2011

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God looked around his garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth, and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth again So he closed your weary eyelids, and whispered, “Peace be thine” Our thoughts are ever with you Though you have passed away. And those who loved you dearly Are thinking of you today.

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KUDOR IS MISSING she is a 4 year old grey tabby Maine coon cross cat. She went missing from Reinholt Avenue in Rosedale Meadows, Red Deer. She is wearing a tie-dyed bandana with skulls on it. Microchip # 956000008025134 if found please contact 403-550-4469

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MISSING from KENTWOOD since May 7. Answers to PUFF. Long haired, light orange/ beige & white. Any info or sightings appreciated. Please call 403.392.8135 or 403.350.9953

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THOMSON, Lisa Feb. 4, 1971 - July 24, 1987 She was the sunshine in our lives. ~Dad, Mom, Dean, Scott and families

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CHIMKO Victoria (Vicki) Mrs. Vicki Chimko of Red Deer passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on Thursday, July 20, 2012 at the age of 93 years. Vicki will be fondly remembered by her relatives and friends. Vicki is predeceased by her husband Samuel Chimko on October 22, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45th Street, Red Deer, Alberta, on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at the Alto Reste Cemetery, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Vicki’s honour may be made directly to the C.N.I.B. 15 Colonel Baker Place, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4Z3. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45th Street, Red Deer Phone (403) 347-2222.

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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 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 dtl@telus.net

Do you pride yourself on being a problem solver? Enjoy working with residental clients? Working when you want? Handyman Connection is seeking multi -skilled Craftsmen to provide home repairs and remodeling for Red Deer homeowners. We offer immediate pay upon completion. Minimum 10 yrs exp., own vehicle and tools a must. Call 403-314-2120 or visit us online at red-deer. handymanconnection.com 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

Truckers/ Drivers

860

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

880

Misc. Help

* Paid Weekly + bonuses

* MUST speak fluent English * Excellent work experience

OWNER OPERATORS in AB. Home the odd night. Weekends off. Late model tractor pref. 403-586-4558

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

EASTVIEW 82 Advocate $430/month $5165/year

For further information please contact

Central AB based trucking company reqires

CHRIS MCGINNIS Red Deer and area Team Leader

CLASS 1 DRIVING INSTRUCTOR

WEST LAKE 77 Advocate $404/month $4851/year

Phone 1-780-716-4202 ****************************

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

MOUNTVIEW 71 Advocate $372/month $4473/year

TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT

314-4300

GRANDVIEW 69 Advocate $362/month $4347/year

capilanotrucktraining.

com ADULT & YOUTH CARRIER NEEDED

and Machinists with CNC and manual experience. Pace is a well-established, long standing business in Red Deer. Our company is focused on providing the highest of quality to all our customers. We are presently looking for selfmotivated, goal-oriented individuals, willing to learn, possessing high standards, looking for longterm employment and would like the opportunity to join our team. Please drop off your resume, in person, Or mail to Pace Manufacturing at 6820-52 Ave., Red Deer, AB, T4N 4L1 E-mail: pace@telus.net or Fax to: 403-340-2985

WELDERS

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

ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in ROSEDALE

ROUTES AVAIL.

Robinson Crsc., Reinholt Ave.

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 hartwell@telus.net

860

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

Misc. Help

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

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

Dunning Crsc. Depalme St.

for details

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY

MICHENER

ROUTE AVAIL.

51 Street & 43 Ave. area ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

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 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 nursery.man@bg-rd.com

Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more info Alberta Government Funded Programs Student Funding Available! * GED Preparation * Trades Entrance Exam Preparation * Women in the Trades

Academic Express

BURNT Lake Trail Construction Ltd has an opening for a full time permanent position for a Carpenter helper in the red deer area. Duties include all aspects of residential and commercial construction. $17-$20 hourly. Fax resume to: 403-347-0929.

Adult Education & Training

340-1930

www.academicexpress.ca

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

880

HYPE MARKETING 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.....

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

880

Misc. Help

Call Rick at 403-314-4303

Req’d. F/T employment. Carpentry or flooring installation exp. is an asset (carpet, tile, lino & hardwood) but not necessary. Must be neat, clean, professional, friendly, works well with others or alone. Drivers License req’d. Exc. wages, benefits & great working environment. Please fax résumé to 403-309-3000 or drop off at 9-7619 50 Ave Red Deer, AB

CARRIERS NEEDED For Advocate routes INGLEWOOD AREA ANDERS AREA VANIER AREA LANCASTER AREA FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE AND EXPRESS ROUTES IN:

Employment Training

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

Please contact QUITCY

SUNNYBROOK AREA: Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close

at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@ reddeeradvocate.com

INGLEWOOD AREA: Imbeau Close Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 314-4300 ESSO IN PONOKA Hiring Supervisor Up to $15.65/hr + benefits. Fax resume to: 403-783-8273 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 shinbukap@hanmail.net or mail to Box 506 Eckville T0M 0X0 until July 31, 2012

Personal Assistant

Central Alberta Tile One is looking for a Personal Assistant.The office is very busy and the ideal person would need to be able to multi task while handling a number of different projects. Team oriented, effective verbal and listening skill, proficient computer skills (MS Office) email: Shannon@catile1.com or drop off resume at #9 7619 50 Ave Red Deer.

Please forward resumes Attention Manager to fax # 403-887-3625 Or email to: resumes@ lakesiderona.com Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. GROWING TAXI COMPANY in Stettler needs drivers. Part time and full time positions available. Clean Drivers abstract required Contact 403-742-1444 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

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stuff CLASSIFICATIONS 1500-1990

1630

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

1640

SKILL SAW, Black & Decker, $30. SANDER, Craftsman, $30. JIGSAW, Craftsman, $30. 403-782-7439

1650

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 VERY good healthy raspberry plants to transplant $6/ea. 403-346-9886

1660

Firewood

AFFORDABLE

Homestead Firewood

Spruce, Pine, Birch Spilt, Dry. Pickup or Del. 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 FIREWOOD. All Types. P.U. / del. Lyle 403-783-2275 birchfirewoodsales.com

1680

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

1700

Health & Beauty

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

1710

Household Appliances

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

CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430 To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300 classifieds@reddeeradvocate.com

Accounting

1010

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

Cleaning

1070

Complete Janitorial

www.performancemaint.ca 403-358-9256

Contractors

1100

Black Cat Concrete

Sidewalks, driveways, garages, patios, bsmts. RV pads. Dean 403-505-2542

Massage Therapy

1280

MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161

VII MASSAGE

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

Misc. Services

1290

5* JUNK REMOVAL

Property clean up 340-8666 FREE removal of all kinds of unwanted scrap metal. No household appliances 403-396-8629

BRIAN’S DRYWALL Framing, drywall, taping, Very busy Red Deer textured & t-bar ceilings, Flooring Company is 36 yrs exp. Ref’s. 392-1980 seeking Interior designer COR CONSTRUCTION (male or female). Must ~Garages ~Decks have an eye for design and IRONMAN Scrap Metal ~ Fencing ~ Reno’s. professional attitude. Recovery is picking up Commercial & Residential 35 years exp. 403-598-5390 scrap again! Farm machinEstimating: ery, vehicles and industrial. DALE’S Home Reno’s. Floor & Wall Tile, Serving central Alberta. Free estimates for all your Hardwood, Laminate and 403-318-4346 reno needs. 755-9622 Carpet. Wages are cell 506-4301 negotiable based on Yard Work / Reno / Tree / experience & benefits RMD RENOVATIONS Junk Removal 403-396-4777 avail. Fax 403-309-3000 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. LOOKING for laborers and flaggers for road construction. Fax 403-309-0489

Escorts

1165

*LEXUS* 403-392-0891 INDEPENDENT Busty Babe w/My Own Car!

900

EROTICAS PLAYMATES Girls of all ages www.eroticasplaymates.net 403-598-3049 ROXY 26 Hot Blonde 403-848-2300

1200

TIRED of waiting? Call Renovation Rick, Jack of all trades. Handier than 9 men. Specializing in mobile home leveling and winterizing 587-876-4396

We currently require a

UTILITY/BASE CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN For work in and around the Red Deer area 246823F8-G31

Massage Therapy

1280

* 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 HOT STONE, Body Balancing. 403-352-8269

Moving & Storage

1300

BOXES? MOVING? SUPPLIES? 403-986-1315

Painters/ Decorators

1310

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

Seniors’ Services

Household Appliances

1372

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

1710

APPLS. reconditioned lrg. selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. warr. Riverside Appliances 403-342-1042 FRIDGE, GE, frost free. $30. 403-782-7439

Household Furnishings

1720

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

BED ALL NEW,

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. CHINA CABINET, $100; 403-346-4555 COFFEE table and 2 end tables, solid oak. $125. 403-314-5528 COUCH, LOVESEAT, COFFEE TABLE & 2 END TABLES. Good Cond. $200. 403-391-7843 DBL. reclining loveseat $80; Sony DVD $40 403-346-9635 HIDE-A-BED , GREEN, in good cond. $200. 403-346-0124 MOVING 2 Chesterfields, $50/ea, would be good for rumpus room, recliner, $80, OR BEST OFFER 403-864-2009 MOVING maple 2 seat couch, goo dcond. $45, 403-340-8837t MOVING Table, $20, double bed, $50. OR BEST OFFER 403-864-2009 ROUND oak table w/leaf that sits 10, 7 chairs $150; curio cabinet $50 403-343-3160 SOFA and chair, tan velour, Sklar, good shape 88” long sofa, no pets, n/s, $140; record cabinet stained wood 26” x 15” x 22”h $45 403-314-2026 SOFA, cloth, dark brown, exc. cond. $50. Moving Must Sell. 403-391-4276

WANTED

Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

Stereos TV's, VCRs

1730

UNIVERSAL T.V. Wall Mount for up to 50’ with tilt. Brand New! $40. 403-346-4609

Misc. for Sale

services

Handyman Services

253698G26

EquipmentHeavy

Interior Designer

PIDHERNEY’S IS GROWING!

Please reference # KZWS - 0007

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

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BLACK PEARL CONCRETE Garage/RV pads, driveways, patios, bsmt. Dave 352-7285

DRIVEN TO EXCEL FROM START TO FINISH

Please fax resume to 403-845-5370 or email to hr@pidherneys.com

Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

Garden Supplies RED DEER WORKS

F/T YARD LABORER * 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

920

Career Planning

UPSCALE Hotties in town mydiamondgirls.org 403-550-0732

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.

1530

Auctions

Tools NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for Afternoon delivery in Bowden & Innisfail.

F.T. WAREHOUSE

Average earnings are $300 - $600 per week. Candidates must be friendly, outgoing, and very good looking! Just kidding.

to set up an appt..

Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

Needs a Drivers licence, some heavy & light lifting, friendly, personnel. Monday-Friday, with some Saturdays, exc. wages & benefits. Fax to: 403-309-3000. Drop off: #9 - 7619 50 Ave Red Deer, AB

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

Richard Schnurr 587-894-1199

880

253007G26

880

Earn $500.mo. for 1--1/2 hrs. per day 6 days a week.

314-4307

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

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.

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

DEER PARK

ADULT UPGRADING

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 tdtren@telus.net TRUCK DRIVER wanted, Super B flat deck work, for Alberta only, Mon. to Fri. Call 403-350-1406

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

Please call Debbie

ROUTES AVAIL.

EXPERIENCED

APPLIANCE DELIVERY DRIVER

Misc. Help

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

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

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 info@absolutefusion.ca or fax your resume to 403-309-7134. No Phone Calls Please WELDERS, MILLWRIGHT or Millwright Welder Apprentices to work in the Ag. Industry. Must be willing to travel Ab. & Sask. Email to tracous@yahoo.com

Truckers/ Drivers

Wanted for delivery of Flyers, Express & Sunday Life In

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

Welders Needed Immed.

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED for early morning delivery of Red Deer Advocate 6 days per week in

* Training is provided

QUALIFIED 3rd and 4th yr. JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIANS

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

WEST PARK * Work in a FUN environment

Misc. Help

Maintenance Person

WEST LAKE

* Only 4 hrs./night & 3-7 days per wk.

TRUE POWER ELECTRIC Requires

880

Misc. Help

1760

4 GLASS bottom steins(alum) $32; decorative stein with music box $20; 6 tall 8 oz. glasses (sherry style) $10; green flared chip/dip bowl set $8; large white turkey platter $5; large blue enamel roaster $12; med. blue enamel roaster $6; wood burning art work picture, moose in meadow (one of a kind) 42” x 35 1/2” $60; driftwood 31 1/2”L x 9 1/2”h stained $45 403-314-2026 COMPOSTER Brand New. $30. 403-346-4555 FOR SALE: MOTO-SAT H.D. T.V. DISH (Shaw) for a Motorhome complete w/a G.P.S. & a Nomad programmer, used one year it is just like new. Asking price is $2,000. Call (403)347-6817, or e-mail lmwalkerb35543@yahoo.ca OLDER Sony Trilitron tv, 16”, color, remote, works good $5; Star Choice receiver $5; portable radio/cassette, Sharp, 12v/110 or 8 D cells $10; metal record holder $8; 8 track tape holder $5 403-314-2026 SENIOR DOWNSIZING Queen sheet set $6; small quilt, $15; Miracle foodchopper $6; elec. hand blender w/stand and container, $15; old platters, $12 & 15; old silver trim fruit bowl. $12; tupperware vegetable container, $5; green tupperware lettuce keeper $3; Kenmore toaster $4; old sauerkraut cutter, $6; steak knives 6 for $4; stainless steel heavy pot $12; heavy stainless steel frying pan $4; blankets, kid’s Christmas pattern $4; new compression socks, $8; old candy dish $4.50; blanket blue, $4; set of 54” dble sheet set $4; heavy cooking pot w/deepfrying basket $10; old vegetable serving bowl, $3.75; glass vegetable & dip dishes, silver tip, $9; super health cooking pot $12; gravy bowl w/tray $4; 403-346-2231

Office Supplies

1800

1 - Office Desk, $60 obo. Dark Cherry wood color 2 - top drawers and 2 large “legal” drawer. Leave msg @ 403-598-3986

Pets & Supplies

1810

BIRD CAGES (2) $20 ea. 403-346-4555

Cats

1830

2 KITTENS TO GIVE AWAY Aprx. 6 weeks old. Great for farm or as pets. 403-343-0730 HELPING HANDS For Seniors. Cleaning, CATS need a new home. cooking, companionship, Due to allergies must find helping you/helping your a new home for my pets. family. Call 403-346-7777 Ozzie, 6 yr. old M. Manx, Low Price Guarantee. www. orange tabby, neutered & helpinghandshomesupport.com declawed; Patches, 4 yr. o l d F. b l a c k & w h i t e , spayed & declawed. Both Yard littered trained. Do not have to live at the same Care home. FREE to a good home. 403-347-1410 Tree Pruning,Topping and QUITE, SOFT, Removal by a Certified ADORABLE KITTENS Arborist,Hedges too! call Free to a good home. Randy at 403-350-0216 Litter trained. Assorted sizes & colours. Black w/chocolate brown highlights, YARD maintenance, tabby w/tan & brown hedge trimming services markings. 403-782-2397 Call Paul 587-679-0917

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D4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1840

Dogs

GERMAN Shepherd P.B. pups. Ready to go! 587-377-2288 GOLDEN RETRIEVER pups, 1 F, 2 M. Ready to go, 1st. shots. Vet checked. Born May 13. 403-773-2240 or 304-5104 P.B. JACK RUSSELL puppies. $350. 403-896-9998 or 348-1810

1860

Sporting Goods

3 MOTORBIKE SNOWMOBILE HELMETS, 2 adult Medium, 1 adult large $150/all, 403-347-8247, 403-550-4393 SET of golf clubs w/bag, for ages 4-9, $50/set.; 403-347-8247, 403-550-4393

1870

Collectors' Items

3 PETIT POINT PICTURES. Japanese Geisha Girls. Professionally framed. $125/set of 3. 403-314-9603 HARDY BOYS BOOKS from the 1960’s. Good cond. 5/$25. 403-314-9603 LAURA SECORD DOLL 1984 musical, mint cond. Certificate of authenticity, $150. 403-314-9603

1900

Travel Packages

TRAVEL ALBERTA Alberta offers SOMETHING for everyone. Make your travel plans now.

Condos/ Townhouses

3030

GILMORE TOWNHOUSE 3 bdrm., 1.5 bath, 5 appl. HEARTHSTONE 403-314-0099

Halman Heights

3 level 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, blinds, no pets, n/s, rent $1350 SD $1000 avail. July 31. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets. www.greatapartments.ca

NORMANDEAU

3 bdrm townhouse. 1.5 baths, 5 appl. Fenced yard. Small PET allowed. Close to schools. $1250 HEARTHSTONE 403-314-0099 OR 403-896-1193

Riverfront Estates

Deluxe 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, bi-level townhouse, 5 appls, blinds, large balcony, no pets, n/s, $1150 or $1175 along the river. SD $1000. avail. Aug. 1. 403-304-7576 347-7545

WESTPARK

11/2 blocks west of hospital!

3 bdrm. bi-level, lg. balcony, no pets, n/s, rent $1150 SD $1000 avail. July 15. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545

Manufactured Homes

3040

FOR RENT IN ECKVILLE 3 bdrm., 1 bath mobile home on a basement. Lrg. fenced yard. rent incl. water. 403-845-7721 to leave msg.

Newly Reno’d Mobile FREE Shaw Cable + more $899/month Lana 403-550-8777

AGRICULTURAL

CLASSIFICATIONS 2000-2290

2140

Horses

WANTED: all types of horses. Processing locally in Lacombe weekly. 403-651-5912

Grain, Feed Hay

2190

WILL do Custom Baling. JD round net or string wrap. 342-0891 or 340-9111 after 6

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rentals CLASSIFICATIONS FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

3020

Houses/ Duplexes

CAMPBELL AVE. 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths, 5 appls, Den. †HEARTHSTONE† 403-314-0099†

ENJOY THE WHOLE HOUSE IN WESTPARK 5 bdrms, 2 baths. 5 appls. Mature fenced yard. Attached garage. Sorry, no pets. HEARTHSTONE 403-314-0099 OR 403-396-9554

3050

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

INNISFAIL

2 bdrm., 2 baths, brand new, rent $995. + d.d. + utils, 403-343-1010 ORIOLE PARK Avail July 25. 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, 4-plex, 4 appl, $925 + util, $875 SD, No Pets, N/S, PM 192. 8B Orient Green Sim Management & Realty 403-340-0065 ext 412 www.simproperties.ca

3060

Suites

1 & 2 BDRM. APTS.

Clean, quiet bldg. Call 318-0901. 1 BDRM. furn. bsmt. suite, single, working person, N/S. $850/mo. utils. incl. 403-341-6224 2 BDRM. adult bldg, free laundry, very clean, quiet, lrg. suite, Avail Sept. 1 $850/mo., S.D. $650. Call 403-304-5337

3030

14 ELLENWOOD

3 bdrm townhouse in Eastview. 1.5 bath, 6 appls. Fenced yard. CAT friendly. Avail Aug 1. $1295. HEARTHSTONE 403-314-0099 OR 403-396-9554 www.hpman.ca 3 BDRM. townhouse/ condo, 5 appls., 2 blocks from Collicutt Centre. $1200/mo. + utils, incl. condo fees. 403-346-4868 AVAIL. Aug. 1, 30 yr. old+ renters only. Clearview townhome, very clean, N/S no cats, small dogs considered. $1250. + utils. 403-391-7807

Manufactured Homes

DOWNTOWN Avail Aug 1. 1 bdrm, 1 bath suite, 2 appl, laundry in bldg, adults only, $690 + pwr, $690 SD, No Pets, N/S, PM 242-201. Sim Management & Realty 403-340-0065 ext 412 www.simproperties.ca

INNISFAIL (2 units avail now) 2 bdrm, 1 bath suite, 2 appl, laundry in bldg, $775 + pwr, $725 SD, No pets, N/S, PM 549. 4932 - 56 Ave Sim Management & Realty 403-340-0065 ext 412 www.simproperties.ca LARGE 1, 2 & 3 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111

MORRISROE MANOR

1 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852

SPACIOUS, BRIGHT 2 bdrm suite available in a quiet adult building. $850 plus elect. Sorry, no pets. Coin-op laundry in bldg. Avail. Aug 1. HEARTHSTONE 403-314-0099 OR 403-896-1193 www.hpman.ca

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Syria makes chemical weapons threat WOULD USE THEM TO REPEL FOREIGN ATTACK

Real Pets, Real People, Real Passion

COLORADO SHOOTING

For over 100 years, Nestle Purina PetCare Company has dedicated itself to creating innovative, nutritious products – all designed to enhance the well being of pets. Nestle Purina PetCare is the world’s largest producer of dry dog food and soft-moist and dry cat foods, as well as being a leading producer of cat box filler in Canada and the United Sates. In Canada, Nestle Purina’s leading brands include Dog Chow, Cat Chow, Pro Plan, Purina One, Fancy Feast, Friskies and Purina MAXX.

Suspect silent, dazed in court

Real Pets, Real People, Real Passion

For over 100 years, Nestle Purina PetCare Company has dedicated itself to creating innovative, nutritious products – all designed to enhance the well being of pets. Nestle Purina PetCare is the world’s largest producer of dry dog food and soft-moist and dry cat foods, as well as being a leading producer of cat box filler in Canada and the United Sates. In Canada, Nestle Purina’s leading brands include Dog Chow, Cat Chow, Pro Plan, Purina One, Fancy Feast, Friskies and Purina MAXX.

We currently have a position available at our Innisfail, AB plant.

PROCESS OPERATOR Duties and Responsibilities • Responsible for the processing of product formulas in accordance with the production schedule. • Ensures all process and product specifications, safety standards, and Nestle Quality Systems are adhered to. • Start up and shut down of equipment. • Maintain log books and update set up sheets as required. • Follows all job-related guidelines and procedures for personal, product, factory safety and security. Qualifications: • Completion of high school education • 1-2 years previous extruder operator or equivalent experience • 5th Class Power Engineer Certifications or Completion of relevant post secondary education is considered an asset • Ability to work shift work (compressed work week, 12 hour shifts) • Experience in LEAN manufacturing is an asset • Excellent time management, problem solving, and communication skills • Ability to multitask Our Offer: • Long weekends every week • Medical and Dental benefits after 1 month • Competitive wages • Pension program Forward your resume to:

Nestle Purina PetCare 5128 – 54th Street, Box 6160 Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S8 E-mail: lisa.egginton@purina.nestle.com Fax: (403) 227-4245 Attention: Human Resources

LAB TECHNICIAN This position is a contract role for approximately 1 year. As a Lab Technician you are responsible for providing critical analytical information in a timely manner to ensure the quality of raw materials used to manufacture pet food and for facilitating the quality assurance of the finished product. As the successful candidate, you will have a minimum education of a College Diploma in a Science or Technical related field. Preference will be given to those who are technically minded with 1–2 years of laboratory experience that includes basic analytical laboratory techniques and safety procedures. We offer a great team environment, advancement opportunities and more. Please send your resume to: Nestle Purina PetCare 5128 – 54th Street, Box 6160 Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S8 Attention: Lisa Egginton Fax: (403) 227-4245 E-mail: lisa.egginton@purina.nestle.com

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A former doctoral student accused of a deadly shooting rampage at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado appeared in court for the first time Monday, but he didn’t seem to be there at all. Unshaven and appearing dazed, James Holmes sat virtually motionless, his brown hair dyed a shocking shade of orange. It was the world’s first glimpse of the 24-year-old since Friday’s shooting left 12 dead and 58 injured in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. Holmes didn’t say a word. Prosecutors said later they didn’t know if Holmes was on medication. Authorities have said he is being held in isolation. His demeanour appeared to anger the relatives of some of the victims who attended the hearing and stared at him the entire time. Holmes, whom police say was clad in body armour and armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns during the attack, was refusing to co-operate in the investigation, authorities said. They said it could take months to learn what prompted the attack. Holmes is expected to be formally charged next Monday. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Prosecutor Carol Chambers said her office is considering pursuing the death penalty against Holmes. She said a decision will be made in consultation with victims’ families. Relatives of the shooting victims leaned forward in their seats to catch their first glimpse of him. Two women held hands tightly, one shaking her head. David Sanchez, who waited outside the courthouse during the hearing, said his pregnant daughter escaped uninjured but her husband was shot in the head and was in critical condition. Asked what punishment Holmes should get if convicted, Sanchez said, “I think death is.” His daughter was delivering her baby on Monday. As investigators tried to piece together Holmes’ life and apparent breakdown, his family was scheduled to speak Monday afternoon. A lawyer representing members of Holmes’ family, Lisa Damian, planned to hold a news conference in San Diego. Police have said Holmes began buying guns nearly two months before the shooting and that he received at least 50 packages in four months at his home and at school. Holmes recently bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the Internet, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said. Holmes’ apartment was filled with trip wires, explosive devices and unknown liquids, requiring police, FBI officials and bomb squad technicians to evacuate surrounding buildings while spending most of Saturday disabling the booby traps. Investigators found a Batman mask inside his apartment, a law enforcement official close to the investigation said Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. Soon after the shooting, some reports said Holmes’ hair was red and he called himself “The Joker” when he was arrested. “The Joker” is one of Batman’s enemies in the fictional Gotham and has brightly colored hair. Officials at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus were looking into whether Holmes used his position in a neuroscience graduate program to collect hazardous materials. His reasons for quitting the program in June remained a mystery. Holmes recently took an intense oral exam that marks the end of the first year. University officials would not say if he passed, citing privacy concerns. Meanwhile, the owner of a gun range told The Associated Press that Holmes applied to join the club last month but never became a member because of his behaviour and a “bizarre” message on his voicemail.

We currently have a position available at our Innisfail, AB plant.

Real Pets, Real People, Real Passion

For over 100 years, Nestle Purina PetCare Company has dedicated itself to creating innovative, nutritious products – all designed to enhance the well being of pets. Nestle Purina PetCare is the world’s largest producer of dry dog food and soft-moist and dry cat foods, as well as being a leading producer of cat box filler in Canada and the United Sates. In Canada, Nestle Purina’s leading brands include Dog Chow, Cat Chow, Pro Plan, Purina One, Fancy Feast, Friskies and Purina MAXX.

We currently have a position available at our Innisfail, AB plant.

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

oust the Assad regime. Since last week, the anti-Assad fighters have claimed a stunning bomb attack that killed four high-level security officials in Damascus, captured several border crossings and launched sustained offensives in Damascus and Aleppo, the two largest cities and both regime strongholds. Makdissi tried to assure Syrians that the situation was under control, despite reports of clashes throughout the country. “Yes, there were clashes on certain streets in certain neighbourhoods, but the security situation is now much better. Everyone is feeling reassured,” he said. “We are not happy about this, but this is an emergency situation and it will not last more than a day or two and the situation will return to normal.” Security forces appeared to show more government control in videos posted online by activists Monday. Some of the clips show Syrian militia sweeping through Damascus neighbourhoods once held by rebels, kicking down doors and searching houses in mop up operations against the fighters that had managed to hold parts of the capital for much of last week. It was a different story in Aleppo, however, where the Britain-based Syria Observatory reported fierce fighting in a string of neighbourhoods, including Sakhour and Hanano, in the northeast of Syria’s largest city. Several videos posted by activists showed rebels battling regime tanks in Sakhour’s narrow streets. In one clip, a tank on fire rumbles along a road after being hit by rebels as a man jumps out of the flaming turret. Other videos showed cheering rebels celebrating around destroyed tanks, even driving around one they had captured. The rebel advance has been a swift turnaround in the momentum of the uprising, which began in March 2011. Still, the opposition remains hobbled by divisions within their ranks and the fact that they are outgunned by the well-armed regime.

This position is responsible for providing the maintenance and general upkeep of all mechanical apparatus at our facility. As the successful candidate, you must have a High School diploma and a 5th Class Power Engineering Certificate or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates who are registered Apprentices or have Journeymen designation in a related field. If you have Experience in a food processing/packaging or a related industry production environment and the understanding of mechanics, pneumatics and scale systems, we would like to hear from you. We offer a great team environment, advancement opportunities and more. Please send your resume to: Nestle Purina PetCare 5128 – 54th Street, Box 6160 Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S8 Attention: Lisa Egginton Fax: (403) 227-4245 E-mail: lisa.egginton@purina.nestle.com

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BEIRUT — Syria threatened Monday to unleash its chemical and biological weapons if the country faces a foreign attack, a desperate warning from a regime that has failed to crush a powerful and strengthening rebellion. The statement — Syria’s first-ever acknowledgement that the country possesses weapons of mass destruction — suggests President Bashar Assad will continue the fight to stay in power, regardless of the cost. “It would be reprehensible if anybody in Syria is contemplating use of such weapons of mass destruction like chemical weapons,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during a trip to Belgrade, Serbia. “I sincerely hope the international community will keep an eye on this so that there will be no such things happening.” Syria is believed to have nerve agents as well as mustard gas, Scud missiles capable of delivering these lethal chemicals and a variety of advanced conventional arms, including anti-tank rockets and late-model portable anti-aircraft missiles. During a televised news conference Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi stressed that the weapons are secure and would only be used in the case of an external attack. “No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria,” he said. “All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression.” The Syrian government later tried to back off from the announcement, sending journalists an amendment to the prepared statement read out by Makdissi. The amendment said “all of these types of weapons — IF ANY — are in storage and under security.” It was an attempt to return to Damascus’ position of

neither confirming nor denying the existence of unconventional weapons. In his comments to reporters, Makdissi also repeated the regime’s assertion that the country’s 17-month-old conflict, which activists say has killed at least 19,000 people, is not the result of a popular uprising, casting it instead as the work of foreign extremists looking to destroy the nation. Israel and the U.S. are concerned that Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Islamist militants should the regime in Damascus collapse. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that his country would “have to act” if necessary to safeguard the arsenal from rogue elements. In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that “any possible use of these kinds of weapons would be completely unacceptable.” “The Syrian regime has a responsibility to the world, has a responsibility first and foremost to its own citizens to protect and safeguard those weapons,” she said, adding that Washington was working with allies to monitor the situation and send the message to both Syria’s government and opposition about the importance of protecting unconventional weapons. A senior U.S. intelligence official said Friday the Syrians have moved chemical weapons material from the country’s north, where the fighting was fiercest, apparently to both secure and consolidate it, which U.S. officials considered a responsible step. But there has also been a disturbing rise in activity at the installations, so the U.S. intelligence community is intensifying its monitoring efforts to track the weapons and try to figure out whether the Syrians are trying to use them, the official said on condition of anonymity to discuss the still-evolving investigation. Concerns over Syria’s long-suspected chemical weapons stockpiles have skyrocketed in recent days as the rebels gain serious momentum in their fight to

FLUID POWER LTD.

Due too a recent expansion of our Facilities at 7597 Edgar Industrial Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. We have immediate opening for Personnel in the following depts. These are Full Time opportunities. Some on the Job Training Provided

GENERAL LABOUR

ORDER DESK INSIDE SALES

BENCH/FIELD MECHANICS

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• Background in Order Desk/Phone Sales • Inventory/Marketing knowledge • Industry knowledge an asset

• Back ground in Mechanical Duties • Heavy duty automotive and millwright experience • Clean Drivers license

Duties will include: • Fabrication • Tear Down • Plumbing • Pick Up Driving

Please send Resumes to: Fax: 403-358-7614 E-mail: miked@psifluidpower.ca Phone: 403-358-4212

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Eligible vehicle criteria includes requirement that it be properly registered in Canada in the contest entrant’s name (matching vehicle ownership), and properly registered/plated and insured. Notwithstanding the foregoing, non-Ford owners can enter by mailing an original 100 word essay on “what they like about Ford”, with their full name, full mailing address, email, daytime phone number (with area code) to: Vanessa Richard, Pareto Corp., 1 Concorde Gate, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M3C 4G4. Contest closes at 11:59pm (PST) on the last day of the 2012 Ford Employee Pricing campaign which will be no earlier than August 31, 2012. Limit of 1 entry per person. Up to 8 prizes available to be won in Canada in 3 possible prize categories, each worth up to CAD$50,000. Chances of winning are dependent on the total number of entries received up to each 10,000 interval of unit sales under the Employee Pricing campaign (“Draw Trigger”). Odds of winning decrease as the contest progresses, more entries are made into the contest, and opportunities for Draw Triggers lessen. Skill testing question required. *Purchase a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2012 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4X4 Western Edition with power seats/2012 F-150 Platinum Super Crew 4x4 for $28,683/$39,614/$46,313 after Total Eligible Price Adjustment of $11,316/$9,485/$14,186 (Total Eligible Price Adjustment is a combination of Employee Price Adjustment of $4,316/$5,485/$7,186 and Delivery Allowance of $7,000/$4,000/$7,000) is deducted. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Total Eligible Price Adjustment has been deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. **Receive 4.99%/6.29% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2012 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4X4 Western Edition with power seats for a maximum of 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $431/$603 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $199/$279 with a down payment of $1,900/$3,500 or equivalent trade-in. Interest cost of borrowing is $4,264.42/$7,335.80 or APR of 4.99%/6.29% and total to be repaid is $31,047.42/$43,449.80. Offers include Total Eligible Price Adjustment of $11,316/$9,485 (Total Price Adjustment is a combination of Employee Price Adjustment of $4,316/$5,485 and Delivery Allowance of $7,000/$4,000. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Total Eligible Price Adjustment has been deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. ±Until August 31, 2012, lease a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4X4 5.0L and get 4.99% annual percentage rate (APR) financing for up to 36 months on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Lease a vehicle with a value of $39,999 at 4.99% APR for up to 36 months with $1,550 down or equivalent trade in, monthly payment is $399, total lease obligation is $15,914 and optional buyout is $16,000. Offer includes Total Price Adjustment of $11,316. Taxes payable on full amount of lease financing price after Total Price Adjustment is deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Additional payments required for PPSA, registration, security deposit, NSF fees (where applicable), excess wear and tear, and late fees. Some conditions and mileage restrictions of 60,000 km over 36 months apply. A charge of 16 cents per km over mileage restrictions applies, plus applicable taxes. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. †When properly equipped. Max. towing of 11,300 lbs with 3.5L EcoBoost and 6.2L 2 valve 4X2 V8 engines. Max. payload of 3,120 lbs with 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engines. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR, non-hybrid. ††Class is Full–Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR, non-hybrid vs. comparable competitor engines. Max. horsepower of 411 on F-150 6.2L V8 engine. Estimated fuel consumption ratings for the 2012 F-150 4X2 3.7L V6 SST: 12.7L/100km city and 8.9L/100km hwy based on Environment Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading and driving habits. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for model shown: 2012 F-150 4X4 5.0L V8: [14.9L/100km (19MPG) City, 10.5L/100km (27MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, and driving habits. ‡‡‡Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions. ◆Some mobile phones and some digital media players may not be fully compatible – check www.syncmyride.com for a listing of mobile phones, media players, and features supported. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford recommends that drivers use caution when using mobile phones, even with voice commands. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, not essential to driving when it is safe to do so. SYNC is optional on most new Ford vehicles. ◆◆Projected best in class fuel economy based on competitive data available at the time of testing using Ford drive-cycle tests (in accordance with the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Standard J1321) of comparably equipped 2011 Ford vs. 2010 competitive models. Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR. ◆◆◆F-Series is the best-selling pickup truck in Canada for 46 years in a row based on Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association statistical sales report, December 2011. †††©2012 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

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