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Life-changing journey into the heart of Rwanda Red Deerian Brayden Thomson meets sponsored children during Africa trek BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express
or Red Deer resident Brayden Thomson, a return trip to an African orphanage has proven to further connect him to the continent. He journeyed to Rwanda in August with a team of 18. The group visited Home of Hope Rwanda, which was spearheaded by the Red Deer-based Word of Life Centre. The mission supports orphans by linking them with families. Aside from the orphanage work, the ministry also educates people and provides job training. ‘Microloans’ have been granted for ventures in gardening, farming and the selling of used clothing, smoked ﬁsh and charcoal. Provision of food, clothing, education and Christian training are also at the heart of what local teams do when they travel to Home of Hope Rwanda. The work has grown tremendously since its inception. There are operations in nine places besides the city of Kigali. For Brayden, a youth pastor at Word of Life Centre, who had also traveled to Rwanda four years ago, a return trip only served to further deepen his burden for the troubled country. He also got to connect with his two sponsored children there – a touching part of the trip. “My favourite part was spending time with my sponsored kids. It was also great to see how it (the sponsorship) has helped them – you could see the difference.” Seeing the growth of the community was also something to behold. On the last trip, there were about 100 children supported at the time. “Now there are nine locations and 1,700 children being
supported, so it was completely different. Seeing the ﬂourishing little community was heartening. “Now there is a duplex which is beautiful, a huge playground, a garden. The church has grown, and they have electricity now, too.” Last month, the team quickly got to work ﬁnding out how they could be most effective. “We would go out into the most desperate areas of the communities and talk to locals who needed the most help.
“MY FAVOURITE PART WAS SPENDING TIME WITH MY SPONSORED KIDS. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE HOW IT (THE SPONSORSHIP) HAS HELPED THEM – YOU COULD SEE THE DIFFERENCE.” BRAYDEN THOMSON We ask them what their needs are, invited them to church, and give them gifts the team brought from Canada.” In 1994, the Rwandan genocide claimed about one million lives in just 100 days. More than 200,000 orphans were left behind as well. Today, as a result of the AIDS epidemic and other factors, there are hundreds of thousands of young orphans in dire need of help. Although scars from that time certainly remain, dividing walls have been coming down, said Karissa Paterson, administrator of Home of Hope in Red Deer. There has been reconciliation taking place between one-time warring people groups. Meanwhile, there are lots of ways folks here at
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HEART TO HEART – Brayden Thomson, a youth pastor at Red Deer’s Word of Life Centre, spends some time with one of his sponsored children, Patrick, in Rwanda this past summer. Thomson was photo submitted visiting Home of Hope Rwanda, which is overseen by the City church.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
City council hammers out bike lane progress report BY MARK WEBER AND ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express City council acted on the barrage of community input they’ve been receiving regarding the Bike Lane Pilot Project at this week’s regular meeting. A progress report was introduced with several suggested recommendations for the project, and council, for the most part was supportive of them although most were altered to some degree. The move came after an outpouring of feedback from residents via email, petitions, letters and discussions. Concerns have ranged from safety and trafﬁc congestion to parking issues. Other feedback has been positive, pointing out the lanes are a much-needed addition to the City and bode well for encouraging active living and a cleaner environment. “I do think the issues the community has raised, and that we’ve identiﬁed internally, are worthy of the consideration of council at this time,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. For example, council supported a recommendation that the bike lanes on 55th St. and 40th Ave north of 52nd St. revert to the original conﬁguration and the bike lanes be removed in favour of designated bike routes with on-street markings. Councillor Cindy Jefferies didn’t support this particular recommendation, saying she felt it was too soon to make such adjustments. “I’m in favour of leaving them the way they are, let the year go by and we will have the discussion a year from now. I think that would be good timing.” Council also supported the recommendation to remove the lanes on 59th Ave. north of 70th St., and that this section of 59 Ave. be identiﬁed as a bicycle route with on-street markings. Another recommendation was for the City to explore bike infrastructure alternatives along 55th St. including a possible off street multi-purpose trail – unanimously supported by council. Another recommendation initially read that the City would work with both school
systems to develop strategies to relieve trafﬁc congestion at schools during morning and afternoon peak periods; but the wording was changed to include all school divisions in the City, as it was felt that students across Red Deer – regardless of what school they attend – are affected by changes in bike lanes. Another key recommendation council supported was that the City adopt any ﬁnal changes to the bike project right away, and re-engage the community in an evaluation of the program next year. Meanwhile, funding for these changes will come through surplus funds in operating budgets. “The unfortunate by-product of this project – this is my opinion – has been that in some areas, it’s resulted in more trafﬁc congestion which results in idling trafﬁc. It’s also displaced some trafﬁc to residential areas,” said Councillor Tara Veer. “I ﬁrmly believe there is a right way to achieve the right outcome. This was a very grassroots movement…and that’s a good thing. Our City staff worked in conjunction with the cycling community and that’s a very positive thing.” Veer added that there are sectors in the community, however, that feel they weren’t consulted about the project. “Instead of setting up bike lanes for success, it’s resulted in some alienation between some motorists and cyclists.” Jefferies said, “For me, this is really just change. Change is difﬁcult – and it takes some adjustment time.” With the inception of the project about four weeks ago, the surge in trafﬁc due to back-to-school perhaps wasn’t the best time to try and introduce new bike lanes, she said. “People may have been running into things they weren’t expecting. “But for me, this is a pilot project. It’s only been a little less than one month for trying it. It’s a bit too soon to change gears. I hear the people, I’ve stood on the corner, I’ve biked the lanes, I’ve walked the walks beside them and I understand some of the frustrations,” she said. “For many, they say ‘Maybe I should give this a little bit of a try’.
In addition, a City man has launched an online petition to have the bike lanes removed altogether. Ryan Handley, a 30-year resident of Red Deer, said he sent letters to City council because he was concerned of the size of the pilot project and the money they were spending. “The letters I got back weren’t good. It didn’t sound like they were listening to me,” he said. “My biggest concern are the amounts of money they are putting in for a project that is getting small usage. And there is also a safety concern.
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Red Deer man charged with February murder BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A Red Deer man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of a Calgary woman earlier this year. Nathan Desharnais, 24, was arrested in Calgary last Friday and charged with second degree murder and offering indignity to human remains. He appeared in court today. The body of Talia Nellie Meguinis, 27, was found at a recycling facility in the Riverside Industrial area on Feb. 22nd after police received a complaint at about 9:28 a.m. of a deceased female. Red Deer City RCMP General Investigation Section and Red Deer Forensic IdentiďŹ cation Section were called in to assist with the investigation. After further investigation, RCMP said Meguinis was not murdered in the location her body was found. Desharnaisâ€™ arrest is a result of an extensive seven-month investigation that involved the Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section, Major Crimes Unit, Forensic IdentiďŹ cation Unit, Victims Services and the Police Dog Service. The Calgary MCU, the â€˜Kâ€™ Division Special Tactical Operations, Polygraph Sections in Calgary and Edmonton, the Calgary Police Service, and the Tsuu
Tâ€™ina police also assisted. There were 40 investigators who were dedicated to this case with more than 25,000 man-hours spent on the investigation. â€œTalia was a resident of the Calgary area who we believe arrived in Red Deer on approximately Feb. 17th,â€? said RCMP Const. Gary Kroeker, who added police will not be releasing the cause of death as the case is now before the courts. He added police believe Desharnais and Meguinis had just met the weekend she was murdered. She was traveling back home to Calgary from northern Alberta and stopped in Red Deer to visit family. RCMP Cpl. Ben Scott added no other arrests will be made in the case. â€œWe are absolutely 100 per cent conďŹ dent that Nathan Desharnais is the person responsible for the murder of Talia Meguinis.â€? He added there were many challenges during the investigation. â€œSome of the hurdles we encountered from the onset was due to the fact that she was found in a recycling facility and she was unknown to us at the time. Typically when we have a murder investigation we have a starting point and we know who the victim is. We didnâ€™t have that. It took us a few days before we knew her identity so we
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
City gears up for Alberta Culture Days Alberta Culture Days – the province’s nod to all things artistic and cultural – is right around the corner, slated for Sept. 28-30. Organizers here in Red Deer are gearing up enthusiastically for the event as well, with many sectors of the community tapping into the celebration via a diverse array of activities and events. To really get the message out there about how vital a role the arts serve in the community, the Red Deer Alberta Culture Days committee wants to designate the day prior to the festivities as a day ‘without art and culture’. “Imagine a Day Without Arts and Culture is the actual title of it,” explains Diana Anderson, a member of the committee. Some of the ideas they’ve come up with include ‘blacking out’ the ghost statues around the City, to give folks an idea of what the downtown area would look like without the wonderful and beautifullyartistic creations. They even want local youth to get involved turning their colourful shirts with eye-catching graphics on them inside out. “Try to go a whole day without your iPad or texting – that’s all design work. Try not to play a game, because really that is a part of arts and culture. Think of these things as arts and culture.” The point is to show how arts and culture – down to the very designs that are a part of much of what is routinely used each day – is so much a part of our lives, said Anderson. “Imagine all of that gone,” she said. Television, photography, paintings on the wall – it all serves to bring colour and expression to society in one way or another. Imagine a Day Without Arts and Culture will hopefully show the contrast between what a community misses out on when art is minimized or even non-existent. “We are trying to get people thinking about how much art is a part of their lives. We want them to think in broader terms about what that means.” As for Alberta Arts and Culture Days, there will be much to enjoy. Local students are also getting into the act – Anderson said students from local middle schools will be heading to
the Arts Centre for a show by local comedy troupe Bull Skit. Also, artists will be visiting some local elementary schools to share their skills via workshops and lectures. “There’s dance, music and visual arts.” Artists will also be spending some time with local high school students as well. Other local highlights of
Alberta Culture Days include the session entitled Tell Your Story: Writing Your Family Stories. One is set to run at the Dawe branch of Red Deer Public Library on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and another on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. The ‘Community on Mainstage’ concert runs Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Arts Centre mainstage. The evening includes per-
formances by Alberta artists Bianca Baciu on piano and violinist Frank Ho. The Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival downtown on Sept. 29 with several artists brightening up the downtown area with their intricate chalk designs. The Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association Art Show and Sale runs Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Pio-
neer Lodge, and the Culture Show and Art Exhibit also is set for Sept. 29 starting at noon in the Scott Block Theatre downtown. Family at Mainstage runs Sept. 30 on the Arts Centre mainstage as well. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is described as an interactive family concert for the young audience (and young at heart) featuring
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
OPINION Lougheed’s legacy The passing of Peter Lougheed really signiﬁes the end of an era for all Albertans. The province has been in mourning since the news last week of the death of the former premier. Ofﬁcials are preparing for a state funeral for Lougheed, who was 84, which will be held this Friday in Calgary. What a great way to honour and thank such an Alberta legend for all his contributions to our province. Lougheed, who was married to his wife Jeanne and had four children -- Stephen, Andrea, Pam, Joe, as well as seven grandchildren, was a lawyer and served as Alberta’s 10th premier from 1971 to 1985. As premier, Lougheed furthered development of the oil and gas resources and started the Alberta Heritage Fund. He also introduced the Alberta Bill of Rights. Lougheed’s body was lying-in-state at the legislature in Edmonton and starting on Monday thousands of Albertans lined up to pay their respects to the former premier who helped to raise Alberta’s proﬁle and helped shape the province’s politics to what it is today. Shortly after his passing, Lougheed’s family issued a press release to all Albertans. It stated, “Although he was known to many for his contributions to Alberta and
to Canada, his ﬁrst dedication was to his family. He was a deeply caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him terribly. Thank you to all Albertans and Canadians for their outpouring of support which has deeply touched our family.” As for Lougheed’s state funeral, it will be held at 1 p.m. this Friday at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. Seating is reserved for family members, colleagues, government representatives and ofﬁcials, based on ofﬁcial protocol. Limited seating is also available for members of the public on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrstseated basis, beginning at 10 a.m. All attendees must be in their seats by noon. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, limited overﬂow seating has been arranged at the SAIT Polytechnic gymnasium, located within walking distance of the Jubilee, where the memorial will be broadcast live. Members of the public are advised to proceed ﬁrst to the Jubilee, and if that venue is full, they will be redirected to the overﬂow area. No parking is available at the Jubilee, so people attending the service are advised to use public transportation. The service will also be broadcast live across Alberta via web cast at www.alberta.ca.
Salvation Army marks a century of serving the community October marks a special time for the local Salvation Army, as the church and community ministry marks a century of service in Red Deer. Special events include a visit by the Salvation Army territorial leaders and a concert from the Salvation Army’s Canadian staff band. It’s all part of the celebrations set for the weekend of Oct. 12-14. Highlights include an anniversary dinner on the Friday evening at the church. The Canadian staff band also performs on the Saturday evening at the Memorial Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre. A Sunday morning worship will run at 10 a.m. as well. It’s a signiﬁcant year for the Salvation Army – be-
WEBER sides marking the centennial of the ministry in Red Deer, 2012 is also the 100th anniversary of the death of founder William Booth and the 130th anniversary of the Army’s ministry in Canada. The Salvation Army is one of those rare organizations that enjoys an exemplary reputation around the world. There isn’t a hint of scandal or ﬁnancial mismanagement that has tainted so many other Christian ministries over the years. The Christ-
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mas kettles are also always a friendly each holiday season, and the public time and again open up their hearts and pocketbooks to support programs that run through the entire year. Their mission is simple but profound – ‘Heart to God, Hand to Man’. It’s a principal that has been guiding the church’s steps since its beginning in the poverty-wracked areas of east London in the late 19th century. Booth spent years as a Methodist minister traveling all around the country and preaching. He returned to London with his family, and found himself burdened by the state of the masses. London’s east end was known for poverty and alcoholism. He formed ‘The Christian Mission’ which was changed in 1878 to the Sal-
vation Army. Today, the Army is working in about 120 countries. In 2010, I had the opportunity to visit London and I embarked on a walking tour of east London which featured the sites that were related to the Salvation Army’s beginnings. I stood outside the Blind Beggar Pub where Booth, in 1865, stopped as he made his way along Whitechapel Road, teeming as it was with the poor who crowded the beer shops. According to the Salvation Army web site, he noticed a leader of a group of missioners holding an open-air meeting. The man was asking any Christian bystander to have a word. Booth shared the gospel and the missionaries asked if he would take charge of a tent mission they were holding nearby.
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Near this site there are two statues of Booth, denoting the fact that this very area was where so much of the ministry’s foundations were laid. I also saw the small building – a rundown beer shop at the time – that the ministry purchased in 1867. Another interesting building bears a blue plaque indicating that on Sept. 3, 1865, Professor Orson’s Dancing Academy became the setting for The Christian Mission’s ﬁrst Sunday meetings after their meeting tent had blown down. When the Saturday night dancers went home in the early hours of Sunday morning, the missioners would move in with their brooms and benches to prepare the room for Sunday worship. I also saw a disused Quaker burial ground on which Booth
conducted a meeting in the tent erected by a group of missioners. That started on July 2, 1865. And out of this small cluster of supporters grew the global work of the Salvation Army. It was inspiring to see these places and imagine the chapters of the church’s history that had taken place there. It struck me what a rich history the Salvation Army has – both in Red Deer and around the world. That passion to serve humanity both spiritually and physically also led many early members to become missionaries themselves, settling in communities around the world – including in Canada. Thankfully, some settled in Red Deer and their legacy continues to inspire the local ministry to this day. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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Visitor to City pans CAT play
CitySpeak LYNNE This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Lynne Mulder questions regarding the recent mid-year budget review that just took place as well as the upcoming 2013 budgets.
A mid-year budget review recently took place. Can you tell me what this involves and how we are doing with the implementation of the 2012 budget? “The mid-year budget review with council took place on Aug. 20th. It was an opportunity to assess how we were doing to date, to assess which decisions we made at the time of approval of the 2012 budget which we might wish to review based on feedback from the community as well as staff and council and to asses any new requests which had come forward since budget approval,” said Mulder. “Some of the budget decisions which council reviewed at this time included the status of the action bus service level based on increasing demand and the potential need to purchase an additional bus, the purchase of a new conventional transit bus to maintain current service levels and ensure passenger pick up and schedule integrity, the establishment of the in house legal service ofﬁce, preventative roadway maintenance in light of increased citizen concern over the integrity of our roads, the closure of some snow bank rinks, the budget associated with dandelion control based on community input, the decision to not go with the 5:30 a.m. early morning swim time at the Recreational Centre, as well as some transit service reductions.” She added most of these decisions were based on council’s attempt to implement cost saving measures which would have the least impact on the community. “Some new budget requests which were put before council at the mid-year review included a ﬁnancial commitment to the sponsorship of the 2013 Special Olympics Spring Alberta Games to be hosted by the City of Red Deer and a partnership opportunity with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT),” said Mulder.
It won’t be long before council will be looking to review and approve the 2013 Capital and Operating Budget. Can you talk a bit about what is involved in this process? “Planning for the 2013 budget really began immediately following the approval of the 2012 budget,” said Mulder. “Staff have been working diligently at identifying cost saving measures as well as new opportunities to be explored.”
This Saturday I had a meeting scheduled in Red Deer and so decided to travel a day early - hoping to ﬁnd some good entertainment for Friday night. The Black Night Inn was selling tickets to the play “Greater Tuna” and I shelled out my $28.00 to see it. From the advertising, I was hoping that I would have a “Letters from Wingﬁeld Farm” experience or at least a couple of laughs but that deﬁnitely wasn’t the case. The lively country music played before the curtain opened was promising and the two actors who switched costumes and roles in a matter of minutes throughout had some good skills but the setting and content of the play was disturbing to say the least. First of all, it was obvious that “Greater Tuna” was written about an American community of several decades ago. Whatever happened to Canadian content – especially when one of the sponsors is The Alberta Foundation for the Arts? A radio station portrayed in the script had call letters “OKKK” and broadcast information about a meeting that was being held for people with weapons who would discuss how to deal with the sharecroppers. Body language included cocking a riﬂe. There were several other highly discriminatory lines that were race bashing and frankly, I didn’t think any of that was very appropriate. Just before the intermission, one of the female characters poisoned a dog and then made arrangements to have it run over with a vehicle. Apparently this was not the ﬁrst time that the woman had murdered feline. That’s not funny! The crowd consisted of more staff than ticket buyers and I didn’t want to walk out in the middle of the acting because
She added in the spring City council met with senior management to develop budget guidelines for the 2013 budget. “These guidelines were developed to provide direction for City staff in terms of setting budget priorities based on trends and issues projected to impact our municipality in the coming years as well as the strategic plan document developed by council,” said Mulder. “This document clearly identiﬁes a vision for our City (reﬂective of our community) and the six themes which articulate future direction – economy (shift our primary economic development focus and activity to within Red Deer), design (design and plan our community to reﬂect our character and values), movement (design for and facilitate integrated movement), identity (identify and promote our Red Deer identity), safety (enable and promote a safer community) and dialogue (engage our community and enhance our relationships). “Based on these themes, staff have developed charters (approved by council) which include a plan for implementation including work plans to ensure that the community unfolds as it should. All our budget decisions will be ﬁltered through these six themes.” She added also in the spring council held a budget public meeting where citizens had the opportunity to provide input as well as hear a presentation on budget process to date. “This input is currently being incorporated into the 2013 budget plan along with the input received through a community questionnaire. Some of the areas identiﬁed included roads and sidewalks, bike lanes, and snow clearing,” said Mulder. “Most participants were fairly satisﬁed with services provided and were supportive of maintaining or even slightly increasing taxes in order to maintain or expand services.” She added in September, all departmental budgets will be reviewed with the City manager and then amended and resubmitted for review by the City manager and senior management team. “The City manager then makes recommendations for the 2013 capital and operating budget in October/November. Council then reviews the capital budget in November/ December and the operating budget in January 2013,” said Mulder. “A lot of work goes into a budget preparation and council spends a lot of time reviewing and debating these recommendations as part of the budget approval process.”
the ushers had been so kind and welcoming. One of them told me that tomorrowSaturday night- is their “Save the Stage” performance and there was obvious hope that theatre would be packed and the play well received. I waited until intermission and tried to quietly sneak out but was stopped by ushers who asked my opinion. Being a positive person, I commented on the music but, when asked point blank about the play I could not lie. My comment was “The actors are good but I didn’t like the play because it was America and discriminatory”. Heading to my car, I realized quickly that I wasn’t alone as I saw other audience members were also heading to their vehicles and pulling out of the parking lot. This is a shame! The theatre is lovely and it would be nice to see that the building is “saved” but not if the stage is going to be used for a trashy script like we witnessed tonight. No wonder people left at intermission! Since returning to my hotel I read articles from the Red Deer Advocate and the Red Deer Express that called the work ‘redneck’. Well, obviously “redneck” isn’t selling in Red Deer! I’m not even sure that ‘redneck’ is the right term for this. It was more like pre-civil rights – before everyone was expected to respect other people and their animals. And it certainly wasn’t digniﬁed Alberta! Before tonight I truly believed that we, as a society had matured to a much higher level than this! Maybe I was wrong!
Dr. Linda Hancock Registered Psychologist and Registered Social Worker Medicine Hat
Reader pleased with bike lanes On the quieter streets of Red Deer, I feel very comfortable riding on the street. On busy streets, I ride on the sidewalks so not to slow trafﬁc or to reduce the chance of being struck by a vehicle. However, I ﬁnd riding on the sidewalks to be a jarring experience as I ride over the expansion joints of the sidewalks. I am pleased to see space made available on the new bike lanes and now feel more comfortable riding in the smooth bike lanes of busier streets.
As a motorist, I am now more aware of the space provided for bicycles. I believe that the bike lanes should not cause trafﬁc congestion and on some street locations, a bike lane that causes congestion might bring more harm than good. As a cyclist, I ﬁnd motorists considerate of myself when riding and I look forward to more riding throughout the year.
Dick Huddleston Red Deer
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City council tables CAT’s urgent funding request BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express
and monthly commitments it can no longer sustain. The City of Red Deer has an City council opted to table an operational lease agreement with emergency funding request from CAT for the operation and mainCentral Alberta Theatre at Mon- tenance of the Memorial Centre. day’s meeting. In the fall of 2011, CAT opened the CAT, which has been in dire City Centre Stage in the building ﬁnancial straits, put forward a that formerly housed the Uprequest for interim funding in the town Cinema. Meanwhile, CAT amount of $60,000 to support their had also indicated to the City operating exthat without penses in the some bridge “THE MISSION IS TO PROVIDE short-term. funding, they The troupe, OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO would need which was PARTICIPATE IN THEATRE. THAT’S to discontinformed more ue operating WHAT IT’S ABOUT.” than 40 years the Memoago in Red rial Centre LAWRENCE HOBBS Deer, has and turn this outstanding facility back debts of more than $700,000. over to the City, according to In the last year or so the situa- council notes. tion deteriorated rapidly because Lawrence Hobbs, CAT’s vice of major cost overruns related to president, said the organization remodeling the City Centre Stage has worked hard to form a plan plus the additional expense of for ﬁnancial survival via reconrunning two theatres. ﬁguration and diversiﬁcation of In an August letter to CAT’s CAT. “We need to be much more members, the board revealed broad and inclusive,” he said, that they currently can’t afford to adding the vision is to build a make all the Society’s payments. collaborative community theatre Considerable sums of money are society. owed to the builders, the bank, the “The mission is to provide opCity Centre Stage landlord and a portunities for people to particinumber of other creditors. When pate in theatre,” he said. “That’s put together the society has out- what it’s about. We also need to standing debts of over $700,000 more inclusive and we need to
have collaborative partnerships.” As it stands, CAT simply isn’t sustainable, he said. “Our ﬁnancial situation is absolutely dire. “We need to do whatever it takes for ﬁnancial survival.” They have also applied for two provincial grants but to date have no information as to where those grants are at.
Ultimately, council opted to table the funding request for further discussion and a decision at a future meeting. The tabling motion noted that the extra time would allow CAT more time to outline their solvency plan. “Mr. Hobbs makes a compelling case of the future going forward
for the theatre although past indications give me a great sense of hesitancy going forward,” said Councillor City Jefferies. “I’m a little concerned about putting more money at this point in time not knowing the longer term or mid-term plan for certain. But I hope the cat lands on its feet.” email@example.com
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The beginning of the ‘Lougheed’ era There has been an enormous amount of praise and reﬂection on the life and political contributions of the late Peter Lougheed.
DAWE He is a person who truly transformed our province and gave Alberta a greater national stature than it had generally held before. This enormous change was symbolized by very simple word – ‘Now’. Peter Lougheed used ‘Now’ as the catchy slogan as he overturned 36 years of Social Credit rule in August 1971. While the change seemed sudden, it had actually been a number of years in the making. In 1965, Lougheed won the leadership of the nearly moribund provincial Progressive Conservatives. With enormous energy and clear focus, he systematically built up the party. He recruited new members, mainly in the rapidly growing urban centres of the province. He formulated new policies, more reﬂective of the changing Albertan urban middle class than the old, largely rural based, Social Credit regime. The ﬁrst inkling of an emerging change came in the 1967 general election. The PC’s won six seats and 26% of the popular vote. In most provinces, this would have been considered a mediocre result. In Alberta, where it is often said the electorate does not vote as much as it
‘stampedes’, the reduction of support for the Social Credit government was interpreted as a signiﬁcant setback. Lougheed pushed ahead with his master game plan. He continued to recruit new members and bright young candidates. He also was able to woo the very capable Hugh Horner from federal politics to the provincial realm. Horner was the only rural PC candidate elected in 1967, and helped the party make new inroads into rural Alberta. In Red Deer, in 1967, a 27-year-old lawyer, Jim Foster, ran for the Conservatives, garnering a respectable 34% of the vote, but still losing to the popular local MLA Bill Ure. Undaunted, Foster continued to work hard towards next time. He continued to build the local PC organization. He went to dozens of meetings across Central Alberta, sounding out local opinions and recruiting new members. Provincially, the PC party continued to grow and strengthen. The caucus grew from six to 10, through by-election victories and defections from other parties. When the next election was called for Aug. 30, 1971, Lougheed and his party were ready. There were a number of new factors that weighed in their favour. The popular Ernest Manning had stepped down as premier and was replaced by the low-key Harry Strom. The electoral boundaries were redistributed, with 10 new seats being created and a much stronger voice being given to urban Alberta. In Central Alberta, a new provincial riding was created for the City of Red Deer.
The surrounding rural areas became part of the new Innisfail constituency. Bill Ure decided to contest the Innisfail riding, while Jim Foster ran again in the urban riding of Red Deer. His opponents were local businessman Fulton Rollings who represented Social Credit, popular local alderman Ethel Taylor who stood for the New Democratic Party and respected local physician Dr. Leonard Patterson who ran for the Liberals. On election night, even the optimistic PC’s were overwhelmed by the results. They won 49 of the 75 seats, while Social Credit was only able to hang on to 25. In Red Deer, Jim Foster won an impressive victory with 48% of the vote. The Edmonton Journal ran an editorial cartoon that showed a Progressive Conservative bolt of lightening smashing the very old Social Credit tree. Ironically, provincewide, the Social Credit Party got 40,000 more votes than in 1967, and yet lost decisively. The difference was that the usually apathetic voters turned out in much greater numbers. Moreover, the electoral distribution meant that the urban voters were more fairly represented. In the aftermath of the great victory, Jim Foster quickly took a major role in the new government. He was named Alberta’s ﬁrst Minister of Advanced Education. At 31, he was the youngest member of the new cabinet. A new era for Alberta had commenced and Red Deer had a central place in that new ‘Lougheed’ era.
NEW VISION - Former Premier Peter Lougheed spoke at the Alberta Gas Ethylene (now Nova) plant at Joffre, Alberta on Oct. 22, 1979.
photo courtesy of the Red Deer and District Archives, John Roberts photographer
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Guilty pleas entered to ﬁve charges after highway crash BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A man accused of drinking and driving and crashing into another vehicle while traveling the wrong way on the QEII Hwy. earlier this year has pleaded guilty to some of his charges. Tyler James Stevens, 29, of Cochrane was charged with four counts of impaired driving causing death, one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm, four counts of failing to provide a breath sample, four counts of criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing death and one count of criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.
His lawyer pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm on his behalf in Red Deer court on Monday. On March 4 at about 11:10 p.m., Innisfail ﬁre rescue and EMS responded to a head on collision on the QEII Hwy. at the southern edge of Innisfail. “The crash took place about 500 metres north of the Cottonwood overpass,” said RCMP Const. Doug Dewar. The southbound lanes were shut down for about three hours after the crash. From witness accounts, a northbound Range Rover SUV was being driven in the southbound lanes and collided with a southbound automobile.
Alcohol appears to be a factor. Four occupants including Anthony Subong Castillon, 35, Joey Flores Mangonon, 35, Eden Dalu Biazon, 39, and Joseﬁna Flores Velarde, 52, died as a result of the crash. Josephine Gaila Tamondong, 28, was transported to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. They were all temporary workers from the Philippines. Stevens was transported to the Red Deer Regional Hospital and treated. He refused to provide a breath sample. A sentencing hearing will be held for Stevens on Jan. 4, 2013 in Red Deer provincial court. The remainder of his charges will also be spoken to at that time. email@example.com
POLICE BRIEFS RCMP INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY Local RCMP are turning to the public in hopes of identifying a suspect who robbed a City bank last week.
by Erin Fawcett
On Sept. 13th at 6 p.m. a male entered the Servus Credit Union, located on the 6700 block of Taylor Dr. The suspect did not show a weapon but threatened that he would shoot the teller
and demanded cash. The employee complied with the demand and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was last seen heading north past the bank’s drive through win-
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dow. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect is described as about 6’ tall with a slim to medium build. He has a dark complexion and is between the age of 18 to 30. He was wearing a
black metal Mullusha hoodie with a white ball cap, black shoes and grey tight pants. Anyone with information that will assist the RCMP in identifying the suspect responsible for this robbery is asked to call the Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.
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COUNCIL COMMITTEES /BOARDS Red Deer County invites letters of interest / applications from residents of Red Deer County who may be interested in sitting as a member at large on the following Committees/Boards SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD - This is a Quasi Judicial Board hearing appeals arising from Development and Subdivision Applications within the County. Persons interested in being a member of this Board should be open minded, able to interpret legislation, have analytical and reasoning skills, be comfortable speaking in public as well as being able to communicate effectively. This ﬁve (5) member Board meets as required and the meetings are normally held on Thursdays during the day. Appointments to this Board are for a two-year term. Members of this Board are also appointed as the members of the NUISANCE ABATEMENT COMMITTEE - this committee reviews and has discretion with regard to further action on any nuisance and unsightly condition complaints as per the conditions of the Nuisance Abatement Bylaw No. 2006/26. RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY - The Authority owns the Red Deer Airport and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of this facility. Red Deer County appoints six members to the 12-person Authority and is presently seeking applications for members with the appointments to be for a three- or four-year term. Experience in air transportation, industry, commerce, ﬁnance, administration, law or engineering would be an asset. Authority meetings are held once a month. Further information regarding the Airport Authority is available at www.ﬂyreddeer.com
Additional information regarding these Committees /Boards is available on the County’s website, www.rdcounty.ca General inquiries may be directed to Legislative Services at (403) 357 2366. Interested persons can forward letters of interest highlighting his/ her qualiﬁcations by Friday, September 21, 2012, to Legislative Services Red Deer County 38106 Rge Rd 275 Red Deer County, AB T4S 2L9 Fax (403) 350-2164 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION DECISIONS On the 18th day of September, 2012, under provisions of the Land Use Bylaw 2006/6, Red Deer County Municipal Planning Commission issued decisions approving the following applications: Discretionary Use East of RED DEER 1. R. & S. Corrigan – location of a second dwelling to be occupied for farm help purposes on NE 31 37-25-4. South of GLENIFFER RESERVOIR 2. A. & G. Mooney – construction of a 400 sq. ft. accessory building within the front yard of Lot 34, Plan 752-0895, SW 8-35-2-5 (Silver Lagoon). The Municipal Government Act provides that any person(s) may appeal a Discretionary Use approval within 14 days of the date of the decision being advertised by paying the required appeal fee and by ﬁling an appeal in writing against the decision with the Red Deer County Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta. A Permitted Use approval may not be appealed unless the decision involves a relaxation, variance or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. For further information, contact Planning & Development Services at (403) 350-2170. Date Advertised: September 19, 2012.
POLICE INVESTIGATE ROAD RAGE INCIDENT Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate an incident in which road rage took place. On Sept. 13th at 4:29 p.m. members of Red Deer City Detachment responded to
a call of road rage possibly involving a ﬁrearm. While investigating the incident members came across the suspect vehicle, a black Audi with one person inside of it. An attempt to stop the vehicle was made and the driver failed to stop for police. Police did not pursue the vehicle due to the high volume of pedestrian and vehicular trafﬁc, but observed that it ﬂed into Mustang Acres in the north of Red Deer. Containment of the area was made and the vehicle was located inside the trailer park. Witnesses observed a lone male running away from the scene. Police service dogs and emergency response teams were in the area at the time and assisted in the investigation. A ﬁrearm was located inside the vehicle, as well as live ammunition. The incident is still under investigation.
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Call out to entrepreneurs to enter RED Challenge BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express The call is out to local entrepreneurs looking to start up an innovative business. Red Deer College in partnership with Red Deer Regional Economic Development, the City of Red Deer, Alberta Innovations and Community Futures Central Alberta, has launched the 2012 RED Challenge. This is the third year the challenge has run in the Central Alberta. This contest is designed to support local entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas that have
a technology, science or knowledge-based focus. “We have all had at least one ‘ah-ha’ moment with a great business, app or web site idea, but often get stopped in our tracks by a lack of resources and guidance,” said Mike Szyszka, RED Challenge spokesperson. “This is about giving those ideas an opportunity to come to fruition. There are no losers here; every person who submits an idea will receive training and guidance to take their business idea from a dream to a plan. “The criteria to enter was purposely left wide open. It just
has to be an innovative business idea.” The submission deadline is Oct. 12th at 4 p.m. The ﬁnalists will be selected on Oct. 26th and the winner will be announced in January. Students of all ages who are currently enrolled in post secondary education, or who are no more than one year postgraduate, are invited to submit a brief description of their innovative business idea. Top entries will be selected as ﬁnalists and given guidance from Community Futures to develop their concept into a full-scale business plan.
Finalists will then present their plan to a panel of local business leaders, in a Dragon’s Den inspired format. The prize is $20,000 to jump-start their business, ofﬁce space for a year and personal business mentoring and guidance. Szyszka said they have seen a variety of business ideas in the past from apps and web sites to a coffee shop that offers knitting classes. “It goes without saying that Central Alberta has entrepreneurial spirit and we can help fuel the passion that entrepreneurs have.”
Past winners have included an entrepreneur who wants to start a social media site for musicians to promote shows and sell CDs. That web site is still in development. Another winner opened a kiosk called Xico Solutions. The business repairs iPhones. To learn more about Challenge, visit www.REDchallenge. ca. There you will ﬁnd videos from mentors and former winners, timelines and full contest details. To submit a business idea to The RED Challenge, ﬁll out the online entry form provided on the web site. email@example.com
Local citizens encouraged to support upcoming World Car Free Day Walk, run, roll or take free City transit on Sept. 22, as Red Deer celebrates World Car Free Day. Join millions around the world who go ‘sans’ auto for one day by joining forces and ﬁnding alternate ways to get around the City. For the second year, the City of Red Deer is inviting citizens to participate by offering free transit for the entire day. Everyone is invited to take the Red Deer Car-Free Day Pledge, even if you are already planning to walk, bike or take transit on Sept. 22. “This is the second year we’re promoting World Car Free Day, and we want to make it fun and easy for residents to participate,” said Bailey Doepker, environmental programs specialist. “Not only are we offering free transit, but we are hosting a World Car Free Day event at Barrett Park
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. where residents can discover and experience alternative forms of transportation in our community.” The City of Red Deer supports World Car Free Day and the numerous beneﬁts it provides to the community. By using one of the many alternative transportation options in Red Deer, residents are not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but also creating a healthy lifestyle choice. “World Car Free Day may just be one day per year; however, the idea of going car free is much bigger,” said Doepker. ”Our goal is to get people out of their cars and using other modes of transportation on a more regular basis.” Take free transit and learn the ins and outs of using transit in Red Deer by visiting www.reddeer.ca/transit or
calling 403 -342-8225. Red Deer has an extensive trail system. Plan a car-free route and walk. Ride your bicycle to work and try out the brand new commuter bicycle lanes. Find a carpool partner and catch a ride or visit carpool.ca to help form a carpool to your destination. Visit the World Car Free Day event at Barrett Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to learn more about the alternative forms of transportation in Red Deer. For more information on World Car Free Day, please visit www.reddeer.ca/carfree. -Weber
Business Opportunities Under Priced! M&M Meats: S. of Red Deer Owner has worked hard 2 yrs gives your family’s C ﬂow with current sales is $64,373 annually plus unparallel growth. Minimal Cash or equity required of $90,000 with a bank loan that is available. Pizza Take out Delivery Restaurant: great location, non franchise, Exclusive menu, sales have exceeded owners projections net of $155,141 has other interests would like an offer, great offering for you to develop Down payment $97K. Glass Business: Auto Home or Commercial: Household name 25 + years, hands on entrepreneur, training for installation service and repair, consistent sales manageable with 4-5 employees owner earning capacity is $125,000+/- annually. For the above local business ads:
Contact Mark Hansen’s home ofﬁce: 10:00 - 8:00 pm Mon - Thurs (403) 343-0824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Manufacturing Business – well established, senior management would be able to expand sales, land building & equipment involved, price 3.5 M shares or 4 M assets. Great opportunity for right individual or company. Furniture Reﬁnishing – Established business with sales of $100K on only 4 day work week. Owner has reached retirement age. Priced at $85,000. Could be expanded. Motorcycle – sales in excess of $400,000.00 and growing, well established, price $110,000.00 plus inventory. Restaurant Franchise – Red Deer area – business showing proﬁt owner selling due to health reasons, $300K plus in sales; $140,000 plus inventory. Manufacturing – business in the Red Deer area, well-established, great opportunity to expand, owner retirement age, price $ 82,000.00 equipment value only plus inventory. Restaurant/ Lounge – Red Deer Area – $165,000 equipment and leasehold sale only. Wilderness Lodge Plus – located on eastern slopes of the Rockies, contains 20 acres of leased land with a number of buildings, containing Restaurant, possible 31 rental units, managers residence, barn, RV rental sites, plus numerous other features priced below cost.
Bill Conroy or Keith Acheson 403-346-6655 GREAT CAUSE - Sarah Engebretson warms up Leonard, a six-year-old Arabian and quarter horse, before heading off on the Ride Strong Poker Rally recently held at the Heritage Ranch. Proceeds from the event support the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Cynthia Radford/Red Deer Express
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fyi EVENTS The Red Deer River Naturalists are pleased to host a Fall Social starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27th at Festival Hall. The fall social replaces the banquet which the club usually hosts in the fall. The highlight of the evening will be a humour-ﬁlled presentation by nature comedian and storyteller, Al Batt of Minnesota. Al Bat is a writer, speaker and humourist. He has written for a number of magazines and books, and has written for movies and hosted TV shows. He has received numerous awards for his humour and conservation work. He provides clean humour with a message. The cost for the evening is only $20 and includes refreshments, including wine (one glass included in ticket price) and delicious homemade desserts. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time at Kerry Wood Nature Centre (403-3462010) or by calling the RDRN ofﬁce at 403-347-8200. On Sept. 21, community members are invited to gather at the ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe at 4 p.m. to Walk for Wellness & Suicide Prevention. Participants are encouraged to wear white shirts to increase visibility and awareness. For more information, call Lacombe Neighbourhood Place at 403-782-0886, 403-782-4024 or Suicide Information and Education Services at 403-342-4966. Join the Alzheimer Society on World Alzheimer’s Day, Sept. 21 from 1 – 4 p.m. for an open house event in our ofﬁces in the CiRS Community Village, 4728 Ross St. Learn about how to keep your brain healthy - begin with a relaxing poetry reading by local author Jenna Butler; have a stress-reducing chair massage; pick up a pedometer to monitor your exercise levels; and easily make healthy lifestyle choices with snacks provided. As part of the Coffee Break fundraising campaign, coffee and tea will also be provided. All activities are free but donations are most welcome. Please contact Janice at 403346-463 or jfogarty@alzheimer. ab.ca for more information.
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The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band is actively recruiting experienced and inexperienced people from the Central Alberta area, who are interested in joining the Band. We are in a reorganizational stage with the Pipe Band at this point in time. Anyone with piping or drumming experience, or if you would like to learn piping or drumming, are asked to please contact us at 403-782-7183. Practices are held at the Red Deer Legion on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Do you have an interest in singing for seniors? The Tony Connelly Singers celebrate their goal by preparing 10 programs
on Sept. 20th at 7 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Guest speaker is Kelly Storm from Olds College. She will be talking about Japanese gardens. Also remember it’s September and our yearly membership of $15 is due. For more information call Noreen at 403-346-7728 or 403-357-4071. YARD Yoga Studio’s open house runs Sept. 22. Call 403-3505830 or email info@reddeeryoga. ca for more information. Also check out www.reddeeryoga.ca. The Learning Disabilities Association – Red Deer Chapter is accepting registrations for ongoing multi-disciplinary tutoring, oneon-one developed speciﬁcally for learning disabilities, dyslexia,
grandchildren. Tax receipts issued for any donation or pledge over & $20. For further information contact Faye at bev.hughes@ shaw.ca or phone 403-343-1881. Carl Brenders, renowned wildlife artist from Belgium, will be at Editions Gallery, Bower Mall on, Sept. 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet the artist. View his originals and newest works. Please give us a call if you wish to attend. Tickets are free and refreshments will be served! 403-342-2366. On Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Red Deer College Library, there will be a book launch for Mad Women. Join us to celebrate the launch of Mad Men, Women, and Children: Essays on Gender and Generation (edited by RDC
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each year ﬁlled with oldies, newer music, sing-a-long and instrumental highlights with a friendly, easygoing atmosphere. We practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning, September to June at the Downtown House Seniors Centre and average four to ﬁve sing outs monthly. We welcome anyone to take part. 403-346-7316. The Philosopher’s Café discusses ‘Is There a Right to Die?’ on Sept. 20 at Red Deer College Library, starting at 7 p.m. Facilitated by RDC Philosophy Instructor Guillermo Barron, the Philosopher’s Café encourages open, meaningful, respectful dialogue on the discussion topic. The Café is open to the entire RDC and Central Alberta community. Free admission and refreshments. Pre-registration is not required. Visit www.rdc.ab.ca/ library for more information. Red Deer Garden Club meeting in
ADHD and other conditions. Contact Carmen at 403-3403885 or by email at programs@ LDRedDeer.ca for more information. Visit www.LDRedDeer.ca. Meat draw every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Red Deer Elks Lodge. 403-346-3632. Thursday night dances continue at the Golden Circle on Sept. 20, and Country Gold North perform Sept. 27. Admission is $7. Everyone is welcome. 403-347-6165. The ﬁfth annual Scrabble Beneﬁt presented by GrammaLink-Africa runs Sept. 28 at the Golden Circle (4620 47A Ave.) Registration at 1:30 p.m. - play at 2 p.m. Play for fun, complimentary tea/ coffee and cookies, silent auction. Register for pledge forms by contacting Merla at wmwgib@ gmail.com or phone 403-3425670. All proceeds donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support the African Grandmothers raising their orphaned
Cookie Walk – Sept. 29 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Sun-nybrook United Church 12 Stanton St. Buy your box for $ 6 and ﬁll your box with your choice of cookies. Shop early for best selection. Complimentary coffee. For further information contact Linda at 403-347-6073. Perogy Supper runs Sept. 20th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adults $11; Children 10 and under $6. It’s to be held at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church 3932 46 St. Red Deer. Tickets at the door. For more information call (403)347-2335. Ladies Auxiliary Annual Rock & Roll Dance Party runs Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. at the Legion branch #35 in Red Deer. Cost is $15 per person.
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faculty Heather Marcovitch and Nancy Batty), a book of academic essays on the popular TV show Mad Men. RDC faculty Nancy Batty, Joan Crate, and Heather Marcovitch will each read from their essays. Free admission and refreshments. All welcome. Visit www.rdc.ab.ca/ library for more information. Tools For Schools Africa Foundation (TFSAF) is holding an event on Sept. 27th where people can enjoy wine, chocolate, dessert, door prizes and a wide arrangement of jewellery. The money raised will go towards educating girls in Ghana, keeping them in school and providing opportunities for them to get a post-secondary education. The project got its initial start in 2003 and has grown since then to help about 60 girls at a time. They are all from the northern region of Ghana. Tickets are $35 or a ﬁve-pack for $150. For more information or to purchase
Dance to Triple Nickel. Food, fun, prizes and tickets available at Legion Reception. Legion Ladies Auxiliary monthly meetings resume Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Legion Br #35 and ﬁrst Monday of every month. Please call Harry - 403-5985331 before noon meeting day if you require a ride. Heart and Stroke Foundation and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church are hosting a free workshop on heart disease, symptoms of stroke and high blood pressure on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Call Darlene at 403-347-8218, Marge at 403-342-0587 or Swen at 403343-3067. Registrations will also be accepted at the door. The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a national awareness and fundraising event that takes place every year in communities all across Canada. Funds raised support direct programs and services for Canadians living with HIV/ AIDS in their communities. Locally, the walk takes place at Rotary Park and is hosted by the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society on Sept. 23. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and opening ceremonies are at 1:30
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Week of September 19 - September 26, 2012 p.m. with the walk at 2 p.m. A barbecue and other activities to follow the walk. To registar go to www.caans.org under events. Raise your mug and make your coffee count by hosting a Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s disease. This do-it-yourself fundraiser can be as simple as hosting a coffee party at home, in the ofﬁce or a public venue, or as elaborate as organizing a coffee-thon using social media. The campaign runs September through October and includes World Alzheimer Day Sept. 21. For more information or to order your Coffee Break kit, contact Janice at 403 346 4636, email@example.com, or www.alzheimercoffeebreak.ca. Ladies Auxiliary Annual Rock & Roll Dance Party, Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. at the Legion Br #35, Red Deer. $15 per person. Dance to Triple Nickel, food, fun, prizes. Tickets available at Legion Reception. Legion Ladies Auxiliary monthly meetings resume Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Legion branch #35. Call Harry - 403598-5331 before noon meeting day if you require a ride.
second annual Art Show and Sale on Sept. 29 at the Pioneer Lodge (4324 - 46A Ave) in Red Deer from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come and see the amazing talent of our retired teachers! If you have any questions please call Margaret at 403-347-5500. Annual Turkey supper at Blackfalds United Church will be held on Oct. 1. Two sittings – 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and only 100 advance tickets are available for each sitting. Prices are $15.00 adults, $7.00 kids and under ﬁve free. Please contact Holly at 391-2310 for more information or tickets.
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Fifth annual Scrabble Beneﬁt presented by GrammaLink-Africa Sept. 28 at the Golden Circle 4620 - 47A Ave. Registration at 1:30 p.m. - play at 2 p.m. Play for fun, complimentary tea/ coffee and cookies, silent auction. Register for pledge forms by contacting Merla at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 403-342-5670. All proceeds donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support the African Grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Tax receipts issued for any donation or pledge over & $20. For further information contact Faye at bev.hughes@shaw. ca or phone 403-343-1881. The Central Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association is having their
Registration is now open for ‘Living Well With a Mental Illness” an eight-week course for people interested in learning more
and practice the skills thatt help people make and keep friends. ends The September course meets weekly beginning Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. and runs through Nov. 8. The September course takes place at the Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library at 56 Holt St. The RDPL is a co-sponsor of the September course. The October course meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons, 1 to 3 p.m. from Oct. 10 through Nov. 28. The October course takes place at the Canadian Mental Health Association ofﬁce at 5017 50th Ave. Art of Friendship is helpful to people who have lost friends because difﬁcult experiences or disability have affected their conﬁdence level and self-esteem. Empty
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Our Lady of Peace Fall Turkey Supper at the Innisfail Legion Hall on Sept. 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. Adults: $10. 11 and under: $5. Seniors multi-church luncheon at Living Stones runs Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with guest singer Ken Grambo. Call 403-347-7311.
discussion. This group interaction helps decrease feelings of isolation and anxiety as a result of their loss. During the fourth week of the program, the group therapists will meet with the parent(s) privately to share their child’s progress and receive feedback about any concerns or needs their child may have. During the ﬁnal session, parent(s) will be invited into the group for a formal sharing and closure celebration. Parents and children can get more information about the program or register by calling 403-340-8995.
classes running Monday/Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday/ Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The ﬁrst week is free; costs are $45 or $25 for seniors and students for four months of classes at Bay 16, Building C, 5580 45 St., Cronquist Business Park. Classes are also available in Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House and Innisfail. For information call 403-346-6772 or email email@example.com. Life after loss: a children’s psycho-educational grief group for children ages six to 12. This eight-week seminar runs 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting Oct. 16 at Parkland Youth Homes Society. The program is facilitated by qualiﬁed therapists who will create a safe environment in which to explore the children’s grief-related topics each week through creative activities, art and play techniques, and open
about mental illness and how people experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric illness are increasingly living satisfying and productive lives. The course will take place on Thursday mornings Oct. 4 through Nov. 22 at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library. The focus of every session will be on developing knowledge, strategies, and skills that promote wellness, recovery, and resilience. The course addresses a broad variety of topics including effective communication, understanding diagnosis, navigating the system, relapse prevention, mental illness and the family, recovery principles, stigma, and crisis plans. The course is free of charge. To register, call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266 and ask to speak to education program staff. Art of Friendship is an eight-week course designed to help people who feel lonely or isolated learn
nesters, older people entering retirement, and people new to Red Deer also report that this course has improved their social lives. Call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266. The fee for the course is $25 and scholarships may be available for people with limited incomes. The Taoist Tai Chi Society™ is conducting a Healthy Recovery class is every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class is for people recovering from surgery or stroke and people with chronic illness such as Parkinson’s Disease, MS arthritis, ﬁbromyalgia, etc. This class is intended to complement medical treatment, not to replace it. The class is located at Bay C16 5580 45 St. (Cronquist Business Centre). For more infomation about the program, please call 403-346-6772. The Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) offers opportunity for immigrants to practice
speaking English in a fun way. Weekly conversation groups are organized at different times in the coming months and are free for immigrants. Conversation topics will help to promote orientation to Canadian culture and life in our community. For ESL Level 1 and 2 the sessions are held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; for ESL Level 3 and 4 on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location is the Immigrant Centre #202, 5000 Gaetz Ave. Contact Elzbieta at 403-346-8818 to register or for more information.
MEETINGS The Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is holding their monthly meeting on Sept. 26th at 7 p.m. at the L.D.S. church ( 3002 - 47th Ave. - Bower. Our topic for this meeting will be ‘What did you do this summer?’ We want to hear about your genealogy activities. For more information, call Betty at 403-347-6351. Ladies Auxiliary Annual Rock & Roll Dance Party runs Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. at the Legion Br. #35 in Red Deer. Cost is $15 per person. Dance to TRIPEL NICKEL. Food, fun, prizes. Tickets are available at Legion Reception. Legion Ladies Auxiliary monthly meetings resume Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Legion Br #35 and ﬁrst Monday of every month. Please call Harry - 403598-5331 before noon meeting day if you require a ride. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For dates and times, call Jo-anne at 403-314-1972.
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United Way kicks off this yearâ€™s campaign The annual campaign for the United Way of Central Alberta is well underway after the organization hosted its kick off luncheon in Red Deer recently. About 500 United Way supporters recently attended the campaign kick off luncheon for the charity and more than $160,000 has already been dedicated to the organization. This yearâ€™s goal is $1.99 million. The event marks the start of the four-month fundraising drive to raise funds for services and programs that help one in three Central Albertans each year. â€œPeople are beginning to realize that change is made in our community by people who live and work in Central Alberta and thatâ€™s one of the best things about United Way; the impact is right here in Central Alberta. Last year, over 107,000 people were helped by programs and services supported by United Way,â€? said John Knoch, campaign co-chair. City Councillor and Campaign Co-chair Buck Buchanan added, â€œBy joining the United Way movement,
it a great way to show fellow co-workers and neighbors your commitment to creating a strong and healthy community for themselves and their families.â€? Highlighted at the event were early contributors including Bunch Projects, MNP, Canadian Tire North and Studon Electric & Controls. These early contributions are part of the United Wayâ€™s Jump Start Program. â€œThe campaign is already gathering momentum and weâ€™re only beginning. Weâ€™re excited to see where the community will take the campaign this year,â€? said Buchanan. The event was capped off with a video of clients, who have been directly helped by United Way. This video can be viewed on the United Way web site at www. caunitedway.ca. Each year, United Way mobilizes the power of Central Albertaâ€™s volunteer and ďŹ nancial resources from all walks of life from September to December, to achieve community impact, ensuring that services are available to anyone who
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Volunteer with us and help shape your city! The City of Red Deer depends on citizens to assist in shaping municipal policy. Have a positive impact in your community by volunteering as a member on one of the following committees: Community Housing Advisory Board Crime Prevention Advisory Committee Environmental Advisory Committee Greater Downtown Action Plan Steering Committee Heritage Preservation Committee Intermunicipal Subdivision & Development Appeal Board Library Board Mayorâ€™s Recognition Awards Committee Municipal Features Naming Committee Municipal Planning Commission Public Art Jury Committee Red Deer Appeal & Review Board Red Deer Regional Airport Authority Red Deer Subdivision & Development Appeal Board Red Deer & District Family and Support Service Board (FCSS Board) River Bend Golf and Recreation Society Along with your desire to serve your community, some of the general skill-sets required for the above noted committees include experience in air transportation, law, PDUNHWLQJĂ€QDQFHEXVLQHVVDFFRXQWLQJJRYHUQDQFHFRPPXQLFDWLRQKXPDQUHVRXUFHV homelessness and social programming, crime prevention, and land use planning. Applications and further details on the committees are available from Legislative 6HUYLFHVQGĂ RRU&LW\+DOORURQOLQHDWZZZUHGGHHUFDXQGHU&RXQFLO&RPPLWWHHV Please submit your application forms no later than Friday, September 21, 2012. Completed application forms may be delivered in person to Legislative Services, 2nd Ă RRU&LW\+DOOE\ID[WRRUE\HPDLOWROHJLVODWLYHVHUYLFHV#UHGGHHUFD )RUIXUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQSOHDVHSKRQH
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CITY BRIEFS NEW DEAN AT RDC Darcy Mykytyshyn has been named the new Dean of Red Deer College’s Donald School of Business effective Oct. 1. Mykytyshyn has served as president and CEO of Strategy in Action, a consulting ﬁrm he founded that focuses on assisting organizations with the development and execution of strategic planning processes, as well as strong governance practices. He was also vice president
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of corporate affairs before being named vice president of governance and strategy at Community Credit Union (now Servus Credit Union). Mykytyshyn will work with business professionals in the community to continue to develop the College’s contribution to the economic, cultural and social fabric of Central Alberta. A key part of the role will be to explore new four-year degree programs through the Donald School of Business, like the new Bachelor of Business Administra-
tion degree launched this fall, to ensure students can stay in Central Alberta for the duration of their postsecondary studies.
CELEBRATE SPORTS DAY IN CANADA From disc golf to fencing, there is something for everyone as we celebrate Sports Day in Canada on Sept. 29 at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Collicutt Centre. Various sport organizations will be on hand with different activities for all ages.
There is no cost for participating and residents will also ﬁnd demonstrations and information about ways to get active in our community. The program runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and a complete schedule of events is available at www. reddeer.ca/sportsday. On Sept. 29, the whole country celebrates Sports Day in Canada, which consists of thousands of events held across Canada to promote sports from the grassroots level up to the profes-
way il a R y e ll a V ig B e h T Station turns 100! party And we’re having a Saturday, September 29th, 2012
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sional level. CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport are the national sponsors of this event, with CBC Sports broadcasting from various communities throughout the day. For more information about Sports Day in Canada, visit http://sportsday. cbc.ca. For more information about the Sports Day in Canada at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Collicutt Centre, or how to get involved, contact Paige Gellatly at 403-356-8893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LYNNE PARADIS RETIRES The Board of Trustees of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has recently received the retirement notiﬁcation of Associate Superintendent Dr. Lynne Paradis, effective Sept. 30 after 34 years of service. Paradis has served in the school division as a teacher, a principal and as a senior administrator. “Over the last ﬁve years, in her role as associate superintendent of learning services, Lynne has initiated numerous innovative and unique programs. Her driving force has always been student learning,” said board chairperson Adriana LaGrange. “Lynne is known for her passion for Catholic education and dedication to Red Deer Catholic,” said Superintendent Paul Mason said. “Her commitment to enhancing creative teaching and learning initiatives will leave a legacy for many years to come. Lynne’s enthusiasm for advancing professional learning communities will be missed. The upward trend in overall student achievement and collaborative professional learning communities have been a priority area of focus and success during Lynne’s leadership. ” Parardis added, “I know I will miss my daily interactions with my colleagues in the division, but I am looking forward to pursuing other interests including educational consulting, graduate teaching at the U of C and U of A, devoting more attention to volunteer work in Belize, and time with family and friends.”
SCHOOL BATTERY DRIVE KICKS OFF Red Deer’s fourth annual school battery drive competition kicked off on Sept. 17, with students across the city collecting batteries for recycling.
The school that collects the most batteries wins. The competition, hosted by the City of Red Deer and Kerry Wood Nature Centre, will raise awareness and educate people about keeping batteries out of the landﬁll. Last year’s competition collected 4,207 lbs of batteries from 16 participating schools. “Batteries contain compounds such as heavy metals that are dangerous to the environment,” said Todd Nivens, programs coordinator for the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. “We hope this competition raises awareness about this issue and encourages people to think beyond batteries. We want people to look at what they are sending to the landﬁll as there may be better options.” The battery drive competition is open to all Red Deer schools, and there is no cost to participate. Schools will be given barrels to collect single use, alkaline batteries. Car batteries, and rechargeable batteries or lithium ion batteries, such as those used in power tools and cell phones, are not accepted by this program. The battery drive ends on Oct. 19, at the end of Waste Reduction Week. The school that collects the greatest weight of batteries per capita will win planetarium programming for their school. “Until we ran the battery drive, many people were unaware that batteries are considered household hazardous waste,” said Bailey Doepker, environmental program specialist with the City of Red Deer. “It is great to see people excited about this program.” Residents can drop off batteries and other household hazardous waste for free, year round at the City’s Waste Management Facility. This program accepts household chemicals including cleaners, pesticides, paint, car batteries and other hazardous items. The program does not accept motor oil or prescription drugs. To participate in the battery drive competition, or for more information about it and other environmental education programs, call the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 403-346-2010. Information on the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Program can be found on the City’s web site at www.reddeer.ca/envservices or by calling 403-3428750.
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ENTERTAINMENT Captivating performer brings continent-wide tour to City Greg Rekus presents his ‘punk rock meets outlaw country’ on Sept. 25 BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Fired up about taking his newly-minted tunes to audiences across the continent, singer/guitarist Greg Rekus makes a City stop at The Vat on Sept. 25. Rekus is heading into a North American tour after having wrapped up several gigs in Europe. “I can’t wait to go back – I’m already thinking of spring next year.” For Rekus, a love for music was honed early on – even though he had to take piano lessons at ﬁrst while really wanting to play guitar. His folks never did buy him one, and he had to wait until he was a teen and could save up enough money to purchase one on his own. “I have memories of playing along with Green Day with a tennis racket and a shoelace strung around me, pretending that was my guitar. And it was around my teen years that I really got into music. I had a walkman on 24/7.” He recalls being very inspired by the 1990s punk scene. And although at ﬁrst he didn’t envision a career in music, he started hooking up with various bands around Winnipeg and was struck by the realization that there are opportunities galore to carve one’s own path in the music world. He’s never looked back since. “It wasn’t until I was 20 that I had a pretty serious project which was called High Five Drive,” he explains of his early experiences with making music.
That band lasted about a decade with several tours both in Canada and in Europe and three CDs to their credit. “It was a great time and I fell in love with touring.” After the demise of the band, he ventured out on his own and decided to incorporate a stomp box into his live shows. “It’s kind of half of the act. And it gives you that edge – I’m still a solo guy, but I’m making quite a racket. I can be on the same bill as other bands and not feel like the odd man out.”
“I HAVE MEMORIES OF PLAYING ALONG WITH GREEN DAY WITH A TENNIS RACKET AND A SHOELACE STRUNG AROUND ME, PRETENDING THAT WAS MY GUITAR. AND IT WAS AROUND MY TEEN YEARS THAT I REALLY GOT INTO MUSIC.” GREG REKUS Expectations of more performances, bigger audiences, and a week of southern U.S. dates are making it as exciting as the ﬁrst time he ever grabbed a sleeping bag and a guitar. The tour will revisit several cities where he has already made friends and fans, as well as explore a few uncharted territories. Rekus’ act can be described as punk rock meets outlaw country hooked up to a huge transformer to kick up the energy to 1.21 gigawatts. The lyrical content
stretches from hanging out in your favourite bar to the friends you have, to quitting your job, political jousting, life in general and then back again. All this when strumming the heck out of an acoustic guitar and stomping the beat out on his custom-built stomp box. It certainly bolsters the overall energy of his shows. “With High Five Drive, it was a very physical show. We were ﬂying around the stage and a lot of what made us special, I feel, was the live show and the energy.” Produced and engineered by sound wiz John Paul Peters (Comeback kid, Propagandhi) his latest disc The Dude Abides has 10 original songs showcasing a raw, stripped down, bare bones sound. That project was released last September. Vocally, Rekus is right on the mark – it would be tough to think of a style of tunes that could better ﬁt his robust and powerful voice. For ﬁve days, Rekus and Peters locked themselves away in Private Ear Studios escaping exclusively for burritos, gourmet pizza and spontaneous listening sessions on the van stereo while creating the CD. The outcome was a punk stomp record that has traded in some of the traditional elements for a freneticallyplayed acoustic guitar and stomp. “We were trying to go for a really live, raw sound. I didn’t want to spend two weeks banging it against a wall trying to make it perfect.” That sense of unbridled authenticity is un-
NO LIMITS – Winnipeg singer/guitarist Greg Rekus brings his slate of rollicking tunes to photo submitted The Vat on Sept. 25. mistakable throughout the project, which brims with Rekus’ unique approach to crafting tunes that are pretty much impossible to
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Bull Skit improv opens Sept. 21-22 Bull Skit kicks off its season of improv and sketch comedy Sept. 20th and Sept. 21st at 8 p.m. at the Scott Block. Tickets are available in advance at Sunworks at 4924 - 50 St. or by calling 403-341-3455; tickets are $23 each for adults and $18 for students and seniors age 65 and over. Bull Skit is back to offer the unique and hilarious blend of improv and original sketch comedy that has made it Red Deer’s favourite source for laughs for ﬁve seasons. The troupe is delighted to welcome musical guests Erin Glover and Kyle Hansen from Red Deer. Glover is a singer-songwrit-
er from Central Alberta, and is currently ﬁnishing her music diploma at Red Deer College. Hansen recently graduated from the music diploma program at RDC with a guitar major, and lends talents to a local rock band Ruined Escape Plan. Regular audience members will be delighted to see some of their favourite characters return this season including the boys from the Bar, Nerds Sarah & Alice, and many more. The creativity never stops, and this troupe of talented actors and comedians continue to surprise their audiences every month with antics you’d never get away with at home.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. There is a cash bar. Note that Bull Skit contains mature language and adult
themes. More information available on www.BullSkitComedy.com -Weber
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the Beast rake in the cash this year and now it is Finding Nemo’s turn. This is a movie that earned $340 million at the box ofﬁce when it came out in 2003, and won an Oscar for Best Animated Film. The only thing to complain about is the extra dough for very mediocre 3D effects, since the ﬁlm was made in 2D. However, it is still a pleasure for everyone to watch. There’s a great story for the kids and enough adult references, humour and jokes to entertain the more mature of us. The animation depicting the undersea world is lovely. For the few who haven’t seen it; Nemo, a bright orange and white clown ﬁsh, is captured on the Great Barrier Reef by a Syd-
ney dentist for his ofﬁce aquarium. With the help of his aquarium buddies he plots to escape back to the ocean, where his father (voiced by Albert Brooks) and buddy (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) are searching for him. If you haven’t seen it before don’t miss it this time around, if you don’t mind paying the extra three bucks to rent the 3D glasses. Rating: ﬁve deer out of ﬁve.
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FALL SURROUNDINGS - Joel Huizing, a youth and young adult pastor at the Family of Faith Church, prepares for an upcoming event called ‘Fall Youth Kick-Off,’ during an afternoon in Kin Kanyon. Cynthia Radford/Red Deer Express
Insulin - why does it keep my waistline bulging? You have probably heard about insulin and how it is branded with the ‘bad’ words like carbs, blood sugar spikes and body fat… but trust me…insulin isn’t all that bad and sometimes it can be your best friend! Insulin is secreted into our bodies when we eat carbohydrates – the more carbs we eat, the more insulin is secreted. It acts like a digestive aid and helps you process carbs. Insulin is an extremely important hormone and it has critical roles but its main function is to keep blood sugar steady, move it around to muscles and give us a powerful energy source instead of packing it away into our fat stores. BUT it only works when it’s running at 100% efﬁciency
WHEELER and if your body knows how to use it properly. When your body doesn’t produce, use or move around insulin efﬁciently it is called insulin resistance. When we eat processed, chemical-laden foods, most people grow very insensitive to insulin and it can never really do its job. When it isn’t working properly it has a negative effect on our bodies, leading to fat storage, low energy, mood
swings, and an overall lethargic feeling. Insulin resistance can lead to improper blood sugar levels and can spark diabetes. So as you can see, insulin can keep your blood sugars stable, keeping you in a fat burning state and give your muscles the fuel they need OR your worst enemy by bouncing your blood sugars all over the place, putting fat on your belly and neglecting your muscles’ fuel requirements. So how do we control insulin, let it do its job and how do we get all the good beneﬁts? First off, we need to choose good quality carbs instead of the processed, chemically-infused ﬁller carbohydrates. I am talking about frozen, packaged
and process carbs like the ones we ﬁnd in the freezer aisles and big boxes at the grocery store. These are the packaged meals, ﬂavoured ready-toeat pastas, high sugar juices, sodas and the like. What these carbs do is spike insulin too high or too low, or spike it at the wrong time. This is because these carbs aren’t natural and the body doesn’t recognize the ingredients and spins off in unknown territories. Carbs get a bad reputation when you are trying to lose weight. The ﬁrst thing people try is to cut out all carbs because they are the reason they put on weight. This is completely wrong but as time goes on people are catching on that it isn’t
that carbs are bad as a whole, it is just a quality issue. Our bodies need carbs and they can help you lose weight if eaten correctly. We need to eat good carbs like brown rice, wild rice, veggies, fruit, quinoa, oats and more good ones. If you can grow it and you need to cook it yourself…usually that is a good carb. Second, we need to eat carbs at the right time and in moderate amounts. Like I mentioned before, insulin is always secreted when carbs are digested. But for insulin to do its job, we can’t overload it and give it more than it can handle. We need to eat a small amount of carbs with each meal, not in one big serving once a day. Eat some oats for breakfast, have fruit for
lunch and a side of rice for dinner, don’t boycott carbs all day then have a heaping plate of pasta. That isn’t going to help out insulin and it surely won’t help your waistline. So there you have it, insulin is a very powerful hormone that is released when you eat carbs. You need to eat good quality carbs throughout the day in small amounts to have the best success. Enjoy carbs but give them the respect they deserve when it comes to losing weight and keeping your body in tip-top shape. Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer. He can be reached at 403-347-1707 or check out www.360ﬁtness.ca for more information.
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Natural ways to prevent and treat bone loss A reader asks, “Is it necessary to take drugs to prevent broken bones, or are there natural ways to treat this problem? A test shows I have osteopenia and I’m afraid this will lead to osteoporosis (brittle bones).” Today, with doctors ordering more tests to determine bone mineral density (BMD), it’s prudent to know what it means when a doctor says, “You have osteopenia.” One wise sage remarked, “Getting older is invariably fatal.” But before this happens you also get gray hair, wrinkles, fatigue, varicose veins, difﬁculty reading ﬁne print and, just as night follows day, some bone loss. But there’s no need to go into a major funk if a BMD test shows this diagnosis. This x-ray procedure measures the amount of calcium and other mineral in bones. The result is known as the ‘T-score’ which compares the patient’s score with that of a healthy 30-year-old. The lower the T-score, the less dense the bone. The big question is
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JONES whether this aging bone needs prescription medication such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast, drugs known as bisphosphonates. Or is it more prudent to try natural measures ﬁrst to strengthen bone? Today doctors are so focused on BMD numbers that even if they’re only a bit low many patients are given prescription drugs. But these drugs come with a price. One rarely gets anything for nothing. For instance, bisphosphonates have been associated with irritation and ulceration of the lower end of the esophagus (food tube), muscle pain, eye inﬂammation, irregular heart rhythm and, on rare occasions, osteonecrosis of the jaw, a serious, debilitating, irreversible problem.
Dr. John Abramson, author of the book Overdosed America, reports that these drugs increase the density of the hard outer cortical bone, but do little to strengthen the internal trabecular bone of the spine, hips and wrist. So I believe it makes good sense to ﬁrst try natural remedies to treat osteopenia. Abraham Lincoln remarked that God gave us our two best doctors, “Our left leg and right leg.” Walking is one of the best and safest forms of exercise, putting pressure on bones and increasing their strength. Proof that it works is the fact that anyone who loses an arm develops larger, stronger bones in the other arm. It’s important to obtain a sufﬁcient amount of calcium in the diet or by calcium supplements. But most people only get 600 milligrams (mg) daily when they need 1,000 to 1,500 mg. Vitamin D is also required for the efﬁcient absorption of calcium and it’s penetration into bones. Most people receive 600 in-
ternational units (IU) of D when they need 3,000 IU. Vitamin K2 has been linked to osteoblasts which produce a protein called osteocalcin, a protein like glue that incorporates calcium into bone, decreasing the risk of osteopenia. Professor T.D. Spector, a noted English researcher, reports that low dose choline-stabilized orthosilic acid (ch-OSA) plays a major role in building strong bones by depositing calcium and phosphate into bone. It also triggers collagen formation that strengthens brittle nails and reduces hair loss. Collagen, like the mor-
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“ALL PROCEEDS STAY IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ENABLE CAANS TO OFFER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH AND AFFECTED BY HIV/AIDS.” JENNIFER VANDERSCHAEGHE Organizers are encouraging folks to register for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, sponsoring a participant or a team, volunteering or making a donation. Visit: www.caans.org or www.aidswalkforlife.ca The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Red Deer is being held in conjunction with Walks that will be taking place in over 40 communities across Canada the week of Sept. 15-23. CAANS is the local charity responsible for all of the HIV prevention and support in the former David Thompson Health Region. This service area extends from Drumheller to Drayton Valley and from Nordegg to the Saskatchewan border. The total area contains a population of over 445,000. -Weber
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Queens soccer squad focused on nationals BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express The Red Deer College Queens soccer team has the ingredients for a solid run towards Nationals this year and it now boils down to making sure the players are looking at the same recipe for success. “From the point of view of skill and from the point of view of being able to play one touch good soccer and being able to support each other, I have no doubt we will be the best at that,” said Coach Dave Colley. He’s been working with the squad since about the second week in August but it’s just not enough time in order to get the entire group used to one system. “The ﬁrst couple of weeks, while we’re being hard on them and saying you can’t tie you’ve got to win all these games, they’re
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avoid having to play in a quarter ﬁnal playoff game and instead put together a solid season and move straight into a semi-ﬁnal match up. He made a point of explaining to his charges how important it is to win as much as you can in such a short college season because a tie can put you behind the eight ball as it did last year for the Queens, ﬁnishing one point out of being able to host the ACAC ﬁnal. “We have two months and every game is vital, if you don’t win your games then you might as well have lost them,” he said following a two all draw with SAIT. Regnier says she is using last year as a motivational tool for her and her teammates in order to get to the goal of nationals. “Our skill level is good enough to get us to nationals but it’s just a matter of implementing the system.”
Medicine Hat is the team the Queens need to beat head to head in order to achieve their goal. But Colley quickly adds the Queens can’t rely on that and instead need to do everything for themselves all the time; they can’t rely on other teams to beat the Rattlers. For that to happen he expects the players to come out hard each game and continue with the same effort the entire way. It also means grasping the system, understanding what he wants of them and him knowing what the players need from a coaching perspective. “We need to be singing from the same hymn sheet.” The Queens currently sport a 2-0-1 record with an important road trip to Medicine Hat and Lethbridge coming up. email@example.com
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Bentley arena to get much needed upgrades BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express What does $625,000 buy you these days? For the community of Bentley the shopping list includes roof repairs, new lighting, a zamboni, washroom ďŹ xes and new ďŹ‚oor mats behind the benches of the aging Memorial Centre Arena. The old barn is into its sixth decade. Built by volunteers back in the 1960s it is showing its age, according to Mayor Joan Dickau. â€œWe work at them as we can,â€? she said. â€œCertainly anything of a safety nature is taken care of immediately.â€? The town has applied for some grant
money to tackle the to-do list along with any shortfall in cash would be made up by a promise of $100,000 from Lacombe asking the town residents to kick in what County should the they can afford. grant money arrive â€œThe arena has in the mail. There is been a winter home â€œTHE ARENA HAS BEEN A WINTER also some cash in a to many families HOME TO MANY FAMILIES fund developed with within this commuWITHIN THIS COMMUNITY.â€? the communityâ€™s nity,â€? she said. Â â€œThis attempt to become is a great community JOAN DICKAU Kraft Hockeyville a and when the need is couple of years ago. there, they rally.â€? Dickau says the The school is only town will pony up a similar amount and a block away and students are able to use things would start taking place almost the arena outside of the main users like immediately with the roof likely delayed minor hockey, the ďŹ gure skating club and until the spring as soon as the ice goes in, of course the Bentley General senior AAA which is shortly. team. You get the feeling speaking to the mayor Generals Coach Brandin Cote says the
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rink can be very intimidating place to play for some teams but he would welcome any upgrades. â€œNot only for the Generals but also for minor hockey and other groups who use the rink,â€? he explained. â€œThe hockey fans in Bentley deserve to have a rink that is upgraded.â€? Town ofďŹ cials are very optimistic the grant money will come their way but there is a â€˜plan Bâ€™ in place in case it doesnâ€™t â€“either in the full amount or something lesser. â€œIf we donâ€™t get the total amount and we only get a portion of it well then we will have to look at what we can do,â€? said Dickau.
CLAGGETT Iâ€™m sure it came as no surprise to any hockey fan in this country when the self-imposed NHL deadline came and went without a deal being struck. For the third time in Gary Bettmanâ€™s reign the fans are getting a frozen boot to the nether regions. Now the PR campaign will start with both sides explaining to the people they have made sick to their stomachs why their side is right. In markets like Miami and Tampa Bay, maybe Dallas and Carolina, fans will get mad for a week, then turn their focus to other sports. But north of the 54th parallel, this wound goes very deep and you would be hard pressed to
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ďŹ nd a fan in support of either the millionaires or the billionaires. The fact these two sides are battling tooth and nail over money raised by the people they are punishing is harder to ďŹ gure out than why the Kardashians are famous. For the average hockey fan, it is mind-boggling to know their favourite player will be dropping on average about $50,000 per game not played until a deal is reached. You can hear the violin playing already as the tears well up in the eyes of fans who look at that number as a decent yearly wage and not a daily deposit into the bank account. Not likely! If you are looking for another head scratcher then look no further than the deals struck between players and teams for some mind-numbing numbers. The Oilers signing both Eberle and Hall, the Jets deal for Evander Kane and of course the Weber, Sutter and Parise contracts are
all examples of what can only be described as the NHL version of â€˜One Flew OverÂ The Cuckoos Nestâ€™. I thought part of the problem was the owners saying the players were making way too much money with the players saying they need more and they do this? Even Dr. Seuss would look at this as being way past sensible! Snookie and the gang from Jersey Shore show more common sense than this bunch. We will hear over the next little while how the players love the game and just want to play. I understand that and believe it to be true but it is not going to generate any sympathy from the fans in my opinion. As for the owners, I know itâ€™s their business but when their business causes such strain on fans of the game itâ€™s time to get real about what it is you do and make sure this doesnâ€™t happen again. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fresh décor ideas from the beauty of autumn I feel sometimes like I repeat myself; after writing this article for so many years themes can become repetitive but I truly strive to bring you fresh and wonderful ideas for your home.
LEWIS It bears repeating that I love fall, the colours and sights and smells are all intoxicating to me and it is deﬁnitely my favorite time of year. We begin to draw in during this season, gather up our outdoor ac-
tivities and strip down gardens and ﬂower beds as we prepare for the onslaught of winter. Our homes also receive a change of season as we switch our clothing to long sleeve cozy sweaters and put warmer quilts on our beds. The bright citrus colours and scents of spring and summer are replaced with buttery tones of orange, brown and yellow that give off the aroma of pumpkin and spice. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I’m sure you are beginning your preparations for a family meal, I have already ordered my fresh organic turkey from my favourite local market Big Bend. I must admit that my cranberry orange wild rice stufﬁng is
almost world famous and it tastes even better when paired with one of these delicious turkeys! With the family dinner comes the family - overnight guests arrive and you want to make sure your home is ready and inviting. Air out your quilts and freshen up linens as you anticipate a weekend of games, amazing food and pumpkin pie! You probably don’t have time for a full on renovation before Thanksgiving but there is still time to inject some warmth and vitality into your home. I just bought a lovely new duvet set for my guest bedroom in a wide stripe with cream, chocolate brown and black. The room is accessorized with an intense shade of yellowy
orange similar to C2-133 Torch (www.c2paint.com). With this palette I can add warm accent colours to my hearts content. I saw a throw pillow with a glittery turkey stitched on it the other day but it seemed a little silly to me even though the colours were gorgeous. Go accessory shopping! Buy a few elements of fall and decorate your thanksgiving table, festive napkins, tiny pumpkins and fall foliage scattered over a white table cloth will delight your guests and make them feel very special – unlike my last dinner party where I had to use paper towels because my napkin supply had run out! If you are fortunate enough to have hardwood in your home, why
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Parade of Homes reveals promising market If you think full parking lots at the malls are a sign of a strong economy then this past weekend’s parade of homes attendance is definitely another. I tried going Saturday afternoon with my family after hitting up the Kraay Family farm in Lacombe, but there was just way too many cars and people for this fella, especially after navigating the Mazes and
TURCOTTE chasing a few 5 to 8-yearolds around the also busy farm. So on Sunday I took my
bike for a short ride late in the afternoon to check out all the buzz. There were still many people moving around and checking out the houses, and not one house was busier than the other. The event really pulled out all the stops, on Saturday they had a BBQ and bouncy castles for the kids to enjoy while the parents got to really investigate all
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the builders’ hardware. Terry Loewen, president of Platinum Homes said in a weary voice, “There were literally hundreds of people that came through the house this weekend. At one point I had to step out to speak with an interested buyer but then I couldn’t even get back into my show home because of the log jam trying to get in.” If you know Terry at all, he’s not one to wince about anything, but he sure looked tuckered out late on Sunday afternoon, and I’m sure he’s very satisﬁed with the outcome as his new show home sold the second day of the event. To speak of the economic status of Alberta as of late, we still have the lowest unemployment rate in the country sitting at 4.4% as of July (Alberta Finance and Enterprises most recent report), and our average weekly earnings are up 4.1% over last year and net migration to the province this year is already at 35,006 (both interprovincial and international residents, less non-
permanent residents). So far this year new housing starts are up 36% over last year, even though July was a sluggish month with a decline of 10.6% year over year, which seems conveniently timed to the government’s super quick mortgage rule changes. There’s good news on resale homes as well, the average MLS listing in Alberta is at $359, 200.00 compared to $352,700.00 in 2011. Kevin Durling of Royal Lepage Network Realty, one of Red Deer’s top realtors was telling me that single family homes in Red Deer listed under the $375k price range have increased in value by about 5% over last year, but that houses listed between $375-$450k haven’t changed much and that inventory is priced very strong as there are some amazing deals in that category right now. From the mortgage world, interest rates are still super low, and are bouncing around like on a poorly built railroad track. One day one lender in-
creases 10 or 20 basis points (0.10-0.20%) while another may come out with a special that is far better than anyone else’s. Show homes and malls are being kept busy by our thriving work force as the unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest level in almost four years, and as we are going into the winter drilling season that number is surely about to drop further. Builders and realtors alike will be kept busy as conﬁdent consumers vie for homeownership in our ever-changing landscape. The only thing that concerns me is that home value growth stays consistent in the 3% to 6% range and mortgage rates stay low. But those two things are really out of anyone’s control. Except for the government’s that is! Jean-Guy Turcotte is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending Centres-Regional Mortgage Group and can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403-343-1125.
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