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Funding for outreach services boosted LOCAL AGENCIES WILL RECEIVE A TOTAL OF $3 MILLION — UP $615,000 OVER LAST YEAR BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF Homeless people in Red Deer will get assistance to get off the street sooner with an increase of provincial funding for outreach services. Local agencies will receive a total of $3 million for outreach support programs — an increase of $615,000 over last year — as part of Alberta’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness. The money from the government’s Human Services Department will fund a new triage program at the homeless shelter run by the Central Alberta Safe Harbour Society. It will also help maintain other existing programs offered by the society, the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre, Central Alberta Women’s Outreach, Canadian Mental Health Association and others. Mayor Morris Flewwelling is happy to see the funding influx, predicting “it will help make life better for a lot of people.” The mayor sometimes hears from critics that Red Deer is attracting more homeless people than its population warrants because of good local housing programs. “My response to that is — is that a bad thing?” said Flewwelling, who feels people should be glad to have a supportive community that helps vulnerable people turn their lives around. “If not Red Deer, where?” the mayor asked. With the funding increase, Red Deer South MLA Cal Dallas said the provincial government is recognizing that programs to help the homeless are critical for the creation of healthy communities and citizens who contribute positively to society. Among the reasons for more local hope is the new triage program, said Stacey Carmichael, director or housing and outreach services for the Safe Harbour Society. A new triage worker was hired at the shelter last month to assess the needs of each incoming homeless person, and find out how to best connect the individual to appropriate services and programs. The worker will discover what each client’s urgent needs are and help them get past whatever barriers they face.

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Town of Rimbey Volunteer Fire Department chief John Weisgerber says volunteer firefighters are stretched to the limit because of lengthy ambulance wait times.

Stretched to the limit RIMBEY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS ARE FREQUENTLY BEING CALLED OUT TO SITUATIONS THAT THEY’RE NOT TRAINED TO HANDLE BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF Increasingly lengthy ambulance waits are too often leaving Rimbey volunteer firefighters to respond to medical calls they aren’t trained for, says the fire chief. John Weisgerber said often Rimbey ambulances are called away to Red Deer or other communities. “It’s regular for one unit to be gone all day, for sure,” Weisgerber said. “If the other unit has to go out on a call then suddenly we’ve got nothing.” “We do way more ambulance calls than we’ve ever done,” he said. Sometimes, there are ambulance staff around who can join firefighters on a call, but too often the volunteers must go on their own. And when they get there they are limited in what they can do. Rimbey’s volunteers have first aid and CPR training but not more advanced medical skills. “We’re basically making decisions on what we

should be doing. And that’s not fair to the patient and that’s not fair to the volunteers.” Weisgerber said some volunteers are already screening their calls to avoid responding to situations they are not trained to handle. He’s worried that he will start losing volunteers. “The province isn’t willing to even consider that that’s something that’s going on, but it’s happening. “There’s lots of (volunteers) saying I’m not trained to do that. I’m not going to do that — period.” Weisgerber said the problems started when Alberta Health Services went to its borderless system two years ago. Ambulances are still located in each community, but they are shifted about more often to meet demands in other municipalities. The situation is getting “progressively worse,” he said. “As the units are needed elsewhere, there’s less of them here.” Rimbey isn’t the only community that has had ambulance concerns.

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Vacancy rates down, rental rates up across region BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR If you live in rental accommodations in Red Deer, you’re probably paying about $40 more a month now than you were a year ago. And you have fewer alternatives to choose from. The average apartment rental in the city was $804 in October, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s fall rental market survey. That was up more than five per cent from $764 for the same month in 2011. In the case of bachelor units, the average October rent in Red Deer climbed to $568 from $548. One-bedroom suites were $736, up from $696; two-bedroom apartments increased to $867 from $823; and larger accommodations were renting for an average of $961,

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up from $916. The higher rents reflected the fact that vacancy rates were down from last fall — to 1.2 per cent from 3.2 per cent, overall. Although the availability of bachelor suites improved slightly, all other apartment types were scarcer. In the case of one-bedroom apartments, the rate decreased to 0.9 per cent from 2.5 per cent; two-bedroom apartment vacancies fell to 1.5 per cent from 3.9 per cent; and the vacancy rate for units with three or more bedrooms was down to 1.5 per cent from 3.6 per cent. “Increased employment levels and gains in net migration were the largest contributors to the reduction in vacancies,” said Richard Cho, a senior market analyst with CMHC. The CMHC survey looked at 17 Alberta communities with more than 10,000 people, including Sylvan

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Lake and Lacombe. The average October rent in Sylvan Lake dropped 10 per cent, to $720 from $799. In the case of twobedroom apartments, the figure slipped to $747 from $827. Meanwhile, the overall average vacancy rate in Sylvan Lake in October was 1.1 per cent, down from five per cent a year earlier. In the case of two-bedroom apartments, the October rate was 1.4 per cent, down from 5.1 per cent. However, CMHC was unable to provide comprehensive data for Sylvan Lake because the information it collected was in some cases not statistically reliable or had to be suppressed to protect the confidentiality of sources.

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Alberta Health says wait times for hip, knee, cataract surgery down EDMONTON — Alberta’s health agency says wait times have improved for hip, knee and cataract surgeries this fiscal year compared to the last. However, Alberta Health Services says in its second-quarter performance report that wait times in emergency departments have not changed since last year. As for long-term care, the agency says there was an 18-per-cent reduction in the number of people waiting in hospital beds for continuing care. It also says the percentage of people placed into continuing care within 30 days of being assessed increased from 63 per cent to 69 per cent. Cancer wait times have improved — AHS says the time from referral to first consultation with a radiation oncologist is 4.9 weeks, down from six weeks one year ago, an improvement of 18.3 per cent. The agency also said it has an operating deficit of $3 million for the second quarter of 2012-13. “In areas where targets are not yet reached, AHS continues to take action, such as reducing back logs on surgical and referral wait lists, opening inpatient beds in spring 2013 at the South Health Campus in Calgary and adding more continuing care beds across the province,” the agency said in a new release Thursday. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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LETHBRIDGE — A 17-year-old Alberta youth is facing several charges in a crash police say was caused by street racing. Police in Lethbridge say two vehicles were racing along a residential street in the early morning hours of Nov. 24. One of the vehicles, a truck, struck a parked ve-

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FUNDING: Help for local agencies She will also build relationships with housing providers, and “negotiate” with landlords to get clients into housing that they might not otherwise qualify for, said Carmichael, who noted other shelter workers are too busy with day-to-day demands to give this kind of help. With the extra assistance, she believes more people will get out of the shelter and into stable accommodations faster. The funds will also help: ● Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society’s Red Deer Housing Team, which provides support for people with chronic or repeat housing problems. ● Safe Harbour Society’s Supported Recovery Housing Project, which supports people recovering from addictions, and Harbour House, which accommodates eight hard-to-house individuals with staff assistance. ● Red Deer Native Friendship Centre’s New Beginnings Aboriginal Housing program that encourages sustained sobriety ● The Buffalo Housing First Program, which gives 39 people with addictions, mental illnesses and other disabilities, a home off the street. ● Winter Inn, which gives adult homeless people a warm place to spend the night. lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

VOLUNTEERS: Guidelines in place In Olds, the number of calls rose so sharply after Alberta Health Services took over that something had to be done. Fire Chief Lorne Thompson said to reduce some of the workload on volunteers, guidelines were set with the dispatch centre outlining what calls the fire department will respond to. “We don’t run out on every call, we only go on spe-

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hicle, light pole and multiple curb-side utility boxes before rolling on its roof and ending up in the front yard of a home. The driver of the truck, an 18-year-old male, had life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Calgary hospital, where he remains.

On Wednesday, police charged a 17 year old male with criminal negligence causing bodily harm while street racing and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He has a date in youth court on Dec. 19.

cific types,” he said of the system, which was introduced last summer. “Before this we were going to all these medical assists, which was too much.” In town, the department will respond to lifethreatening situations and in rural areas the range of calls they will take are a little broader. The department will also respond to any kind of call if requested by ambulance. In January, a duty officer program was developed to have a veteran firefighter on call each day. They usually handle the medical assists with ambulances. “We had to do that to manage this increase in call volume,” he said. “We had to evolve in order to function.” One issue that remains outstanding in the town is the response time for ambulances. Coun. Mary Jane Harper said when ambulances were under local control, response times were carefully monitored to meet an accepted level of service. Harper, who sits on the town committee that reviews fire department issues, said they don’t have solid numbers for response times under the new system “but we are hearing that the response times are very slow.” Alberta Health Services has promised to provide information on response times and Olds and other communities in Mountain View County. “But we’re still waiting to hear back.” Lyle McKellar, executive director EMS Central Zone, acknowledged that in Olds call volumes was initially an issue. “It’s really sorting out calls they are comfortable responding to.” McKellar said he hadn’t heard from Rimbey about its specific concerns. But health officials want to meet with community and fire department representatives to discuss expectations and review issues such as medical first response by fire departments. While some municipalities have complained ambulance response times are getting longer, Alberta Health Services’ data does not back up those claims. Since the borderless system was introduced they have not seen a big variance in response times on high-priority calls, which involve life-threatening situations, he said. In Rimbey, the average response time is eight minutes 13 seconds. Comparisons are not available with the previous provider because it was a private company with its own records. However, McKellar does not see an eight-minute response as grounds for concern.

“In the Town of Rimbey, I would consider that a reasonable response time, absolutely,” he said. McKellar said Alberta Health Services is reviewing community first response and how fire and ambulance work together and municipalities will have opportunity to raise their concerns. “As things change and evolve it’s probably timely again that those conversations happen again with those municipalities,” he said. pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

VACANCY: Demand for apartments strong In the case of Lacombe, the average rent for apartments of all sizes in October was $781, up seven per cent from $732. The average rent for two-bedroom suites was $784, an increase from $764. The vacancy rate in Lacombe was 2.5 per cent, down from 5.7 per cent last October. The rate for twobedroom suites was 3.4 per cent, a decrease from 7.3 per cent. The Wood Buffalo census area had the highest overall rent in the province in October, with twobedroom apartments averaging $2,002. Cold Lake was next at $1,278, followed by Calgary at $1,150. The cheapest average rent for a two-bedroom apartment belonged to Medicine Hat, at $702. Sylvan Lake had the second lowest figure. Two-bedroom vacancy rates ranged from a high of 9.7 per cent in Lethbridge to 0.6 per cent in Cold Lake. The overall apartment vacancy rate in Canada — based on 35 major metropolitan areas — rose to 2.6 per cent in October from 2.2 per cent in October 2011, said CMHC. But demand for rental condominium apartments remained strong, it added, with the vacancy rate holding steady in most of Canada’s largest urban centres. CMHC said the average rent for two-bedroom apartments in existing structures increased 2.2 per cent in the same period. The highest average monthly rents for two-bedroom apartments in new and existing structures in Canada’s major centres were in Vancouver ($1,261), Toronto ($1,183) and Calgary. The lowest were in Saguenay ($549), Trois-Rivieres ($550) and Sherbrooke, Que., ($578). With files from The Canadian Press.

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Sherman tells inquiry he gave care to colleagues BUT SAYS THAT’S NOT QUEUE JUMPING THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — In a day of emotional testimony at an inquiry into health-care queuejumping, Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman said he has written prescriptions, given advice and diagnosed politicians who dropped by his legislature office. “Did it ever occur to you, Dr. Sherman, that that might be seen as a form of queue-jumping itself?” inquiry lawyer Michele Hollins asked. “Not at all,” he replied. “I wasn’t on duty.” An emergency room doctor by trade, Sherman has been a central defender of Alberta’s health care. He has also been one of the politicians who has pressed the hardest for the inquiry, called by Premier Alison Redford to determine if VIPs, politicians or other prominent people get better or faster care. Sherman said he looked at minor rashes, eczema and other various ailments in his office. He said he would also write prescriptions and start patient charts. “The minority of the time they were instances where it was just a simple prescription refill on a very minor issue,” he testified. “They (my colleagues) were (busy) chairing committee meetings and, yes, on those very minor issues I would give treatment to them.” “Did you charge for any of these consultations?” asked Hollins. “No, not at all,” he replied. Hollins asked him what would happen if someone walked in off the street to his legislature office looking for medical help. “If I show up with eczema, are you going to write me a prescription or are you going to send me to my family doctor?” asked Hollins. “Part of this, m’am, is professional courtesy,” he replied. Sherman became emotional as he pressed to have commissioner John Vertes broaden the inquiry into looking at reports of long waiting lists and patients dying waiting for care. After several exchanges, Vertes urged Sherman to keep his testimony direct and on point. “I want you to carry the burden that I’ve been carrying for years, that doctors have been carrying for years,” Sherman countered, his voice breaking. “I have evidence, names of these people that have been documented. They died waiting for care. This is tantamount to criminal neglect. Is this not something that you would be interested in looking at?” Hollins then interjected, telling the inquiry: “It is not for a lack of care, but the terms of the inquiry are set. “While I appreciate that Dr. Sherman has passions that lay outside the terms of reference, it’s simply not appropriate for him to use this as an avenue for that.” The questioning of Sherman was in sharp contrast to the treatment of witnesses to date at the inquiry. Earlier Thursday, witnesses referred to contemporaneous written reports and personal notes on interactions with officials who were urging special attention for VIP patients. The inquiry lawyers did not request those documents be examined or entered as exhibits. But in Sherman’s case, Hollins went back well over a year to find TV and web reports of Sherman speaking about his first-hand knowledge of queue-jumping in the system and a reference to him treating MLA colleagues in his office.

Sherman has told the inquiry he in fact didn’t have first-hand knowledge of queue-jumping, but had heard about it in hallway chatter and in discussions with medical colleagues. So why, Hollins asked him, would you tell reporters you had seen queue-jumping firsthand but in reality had only heard about it second-hand? “Perhaps it was the conversation (about queue-jumping) I saw

first-hand,” he said. Sherman has had a rocky relationship with Redford’s governing Progressive Conservatives. He was elected as a PC member in the 2008 election and immediately named associate minister of health. But by November 2010 he was kicked out of caucus for publicly criticizing health policy and long waits for care. He then joined the opposition Liberals and won a race in 2011 to be-

come party leader. He has made health the cornerstone of his policy platform and has drawn as an example of long waits the plight of his now deceased father. In February 2008, Sherman wrote an email complaining how his father had to wait five hours in the emergency ward to be seen for chest pains. Hollins pointed out that in the email that Sherman, who was run-

ning for office at the time, was grateful someone had recognized his father in the waiting room and moved him up in the queue for care. She quoted from Sherman’s email: “Someone unknown called and asked him to be moved up in the queue in front of other patients. Had this not happened he likely would not have survived.” “How do you know that someone requested your father be moved up

in the queue that day?” she asked. “It was a comment I heard at the time,” said Sherman. Outside the inquiry, Sherman said he didn’t mind the hard questions. But he said he wondered why earlier witnesses such as former Alberta Health Services boss Stephen Duckett — who wrote the memo about queue jumping that ultimately launched the inquiry — didn’t face similar grilling.

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Boundaries lack logic If you’re looking for proof that Central Albertans have scant voice in federal decision making, look no further than the tabling of the Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta report this week. The report, from the perspective of the average Central Albertan, seems completely foreign to fairness and common sense. But it has been tabled in the House of Commons and will dictate where Albertans vote in the next federal election, and who represents them after that. The report would appear to be nothing more than shameless manipulation of the structure to ensure the party in power, the Conservatives, maintain control over as many Alberta ridings as possible. In Central Alberta, that means splitting Red Deer into two ridings, each with large rural components. Essentially, it dilutes Red Deer’s urban vote, overwhelming the city electorate with rural ones. The evidence is increasingly clear that Red Deer’s urban voters look differently at political choices than their rural counterparts in Central Alberta. The results of last April’s provincial election are a clear example: all five rural ridings in this region elected Wildrose Party MLAs and Red Deer voters selected Progressive Conservative MLAs in both urban ridings. Under the new federal boundaries, the city will be divided along the river

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OURVIEW JOHN STEWART and Ross Street. The south riding (Red DeerMountain View) will stretch south to Carstairs, west to Sundre (but not Rocky Mountain House) and east to Delburne and Elnora. The north riding (Red Deer-Wolf Creek) goes west to Sylvan Lake (but, again, not Rocky Mountain House), east to the western edge of Buffalo Lake and north to Ponoka and Hobbema (but, inexplicably, not Wetaskiwin). All of this disjointed fiddling is part of a greater whole to allow for the addition of six more ridings in Alberta, based on the 2011 census. Central Alberta gets no new representation, despite its aggressive growth in the last decade (and the two decades before). Four MPs will serve the people of this area, as always (our current ridings are Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, Crowfoot and Wild Rose). But only the two Red Deer-hybrid MPs will truly represent this region, so in fact Central Albertans lose in this redrawing of the electoral map. Stettler becomes part of a vast riding (Battle River-Crowfoot) that runs from Leduc to Drumheller along the eastern edge of the province, but again doesn’t reflect its economic and social connection to Central Alberta.

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with the quality and thoughtfulness of the presentations at public hearings. The input was invaluable — it gave us information and local insight not otherwise readily available. Communication between the commission and the public is an example of democracy in action,” the three-member Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta said in its report. Really? There is virtually no evidence, in the Central Alberta changes, that the commission put the input provided at two hearings in Red Deer to any significant use. The only instance where they appeared to acquiesce is in moving Elnora and Delburne out of the new east riding and into Red DeerMountain View, and that was easy since it involved no political risk. If this is democracy in action, then someone has again lost sight of what Canadian democracy should be about: members of Parliament putting the needs of the electorate first, not the party they represent. The illogical creation of two principal Central Alberta ridings seems like so much political sculpting. It’s certainly not about fairness. It’s not about ensuring quality representation. It’s simply about getting re-elected. And that is just the worst kind of crass political juggling by the party in power. John Stewart is the Advocate’s managing editor.

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The tragic death of Amanda Todd, tormented into suicide by online bullying, galvanized Canada into confronting the dark world faced by many of our country’s young people. In today’s digital world, casual and anonymous hatred passes for conversation. Violent and extreme language, delivered instantly for all to see, passes for entertainment. It’s reflective of the invention of the printing press; it’s first widespread uses were not to disseminate the Bible, as we are often told, but to wage the vicious propaganda war that came with the Protestant Reformation. It took many years, and a lot of legal reforms, for a widely literate society to understand the power of the written word and to accept that freedom of expression carries responsibility and has limits. Perhaps that’s what’s missing in the Lord-of-the-Flies universe of online media. But it isn’t just youth with too little guidance and too much cellphone power who make up Canada’s bullying population. Our own city council and city staff are quite aware that adults will use the cloak of anonymity to spew violent and hateful language, which would bring them to shame, if not arrest, if they said the same things in public or signed a printed document with the same words. In Peterborough, Ont., a group of 11 women, including a 98-year-old lifetime church member, became targets of both public and anonymous bullying, for their attempt to raise some money for a duplex purchase by a local non-profit for homeless people. What made them targets? They posed for a hockeybased calendar on sale for $20. These women were attacked in public, online and even from church pulpits as purveyors of pornography, elder abuse and the objectification of women. These are not teens. These are grown people who consider themselves good citizens and who do not see their incivility as any crime whatsoever. For them, bullying is totally acceptable behaviour — when they wish to engage in it. Check question period in the House of Commons. Read — if you can still find them — the social media exchanges and advertising in the last U.S. elections. In the town of Hanna, long before the adult world knew of Todd’s suffering, RCMP approached town council about proposing a bullying bylaw. Just as the legal world took a long time to catch up to moveable type technology, the Criminal Code offers police too little means to deal with harassment effectively. So Mayor Mark Nikota and council passed a bylaw calling for fines up to $1,000 for bullying. You can even get a $100 ticket for being a bystander, if you do not speak up when you see bullies at work. The local school board, under provincial law that supersedes local bylaws, is onside to extend the bylaw’s intent. After what happened when Red Deer’s bike lane pilot project was installed this summer, maybe our city should consider something similar. Adult ratepayers can be pretty spiteful, when they think they can get away with it. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate.blogspot.ca or email greg.neiman.blog@gmail.com.

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Rocky gets lumped in with a huge north-south riding (Yellowhead) that also does not reflect the town’s social and economic links in any way. Would either of those MPs waste time speaking to the concerns of greater Central Alberta (never mind how little time those MPs will spend in Rocky or Stettler)? All of this ill-conceived redrawing of Central Alberta has occurred despite a wide variety of dissenting voices at committee hearings in Red Deer in the fall over the proposals. The commission ignored the obvious logic of creating Red Deer as a single urban riding. Never mind that Red Deer represents, within a few thousand, the target riding population of 107,000. Never mind that Red Deer’s needs, and its perspectives, increasingly differ from those of rural Central Albertans (and never mind that the needs of rural Central Albertans will be diluted by urban demands upon the two MLAs). The likelihood that either Red Deerhybrid MP will make the city a priority seems slight. There will be little political payoff. The likelihood that either Red Deer MP will have a constituency office in the city also seems slight. Why not put the office in a centrally located part of the riding? In one instance, Red Deer will be the northern edge of the riding; in the other, the southern edge. “The commission was impressed

Bringing an elephant down to earth Can white elephants fly? Perhaps yes, if they’re named F-35. The federal government’s multibillion-dollar plan to purchase a brigade of elite F-35 stealth jet fighters has been grounded — for now. Its back to the drawing board after a longawaited independent audit set projected costs for purchasing and maintaining 65 Joint Strike RICK Fighters at ZEMANEK $45.8 billion over the jets’ full 42-year life cycle. That’s an increase of almost 300 per cent from the government’s initial cost estimate of $16 billion. And that was based on only 20 years of operational costs. The Defence Department’s second most recent estimate was $25 billion — still based on only 20 years. On Wednesday, after two years of blistering attacks over costs, the Defence Department revised its estimates for the F-35 program at a more realistic $44 billion over 42 years. Now the government says it won’t make a final decision on

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which fighter jet to buy until it completes a complex process considering other alternatives to replace its aging fleet of 77 F-18s. But it still hasn’t ruled out the F-35. So what went terribly wrong when the Conservatives announced the F-35 program in July 2010 with such a paltry cost estimate attached? In a scathing report last April, auditor general Michael Ferguson said, “There were significant weaknesses in the decision-making process used by National Defence in acquiring the F-35. ...” One being the government made the decision without following a competitive process by refusing to consider other alternatives. And the feds dismissed a report by parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who estimated the costs at $30 billion over 30 years. Eventually, the issue went into a tailspin while allegations flew, and government departments took turns blaming each other over the escalating costs. Another point of contention was the initial sticker price for each plane, which the government pegged at $75 million, for a total purchase price of $9 billion. A report released on Wednesday by accounting firm KPMG said it worries that the cost of single F-35 could climb far beyond the new $92-million figure. “People said the process was

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unclear and they don’t know how we got to the decision (to buy the F-35s),” said a government source who wasn’t identified. “This time, everything will be out in the open. The process will be clear.” Opposition parties are demanding that Defence Minister Peter MacKay resign over the debacle. “The government has consistently misled Canada about the true cost of this aircraft,” said Liberal leader Bob Rae. “. . . all of what the government has said has been shown to be completely and totally untrue.” NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said his party likes to use “the F-35 fiasco” as an example of public management by the Tory government. The feds could be forgiven if the initial proposed costs flew a bit over budget predictions. But breaking the sound barrier with an increased cost of almost 300 per cent breeds suspicions. Was the government negligent from the start or just plain stupid? It hasn’t been determined when the feds will complete the evaluation of alternative fighter-jet programs. And there is the danger that Canadians could end up on the same runway as in 2010, purchasing a costly fleet of F-35s. But at least the white elephant’s wings have been clipped for now. Rick Zemanek is a former Advocate editor.

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Re: The Israel/Palestinian plight On Nov. 29, 2012, the Palestinians could have been celebrating the 65th anniversary of their state, as the UN Resolution of Nov. 29, 1947, granted this opportunity. This prompted Israeli spokesman Abba Eban to say, “The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.� Tragically, most Palestinian leaders over the years have been either misguided, corrupt or incompetent. As Joel Rosenberg suggests in his newsletter: “Consider briefly the sad pattern of history — humanly speaking the Palestinians could have been celebrating the 65 anniversary of their state. After all 65 years ago, the UN voted on the “Partition Plan� giving part of Britishmandated “Palestine� to the Jews to create the State of Israel, and part to the Arabs to create a Palestinian/Jordanian state. The Jewish leaders said yes to the UN plan, and created Israel. The Arabs said no to the UN plan and went to war to destroy the Jews. They lost the war and got heartache and poverty instead.� In 1967, the Arabs — led by Egypt and Syria — built up their military forces, surrounded Israel, and vowed to “throw the Jews into the sea.� But they not only lost the Six Day War, they lost control of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and the Golan Heights, Gaza, and the City of Jerusalem. Israel offered to make a peace treaty, but the Arabs issued the famous “Three Nos� declaration at a summit in Khartoum — No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel. The dean of Prager University wrote in a recent article — Reality in a nutshell — Israel would like to have a state; the Palestinians, however, and many other Muslims and Arabs, do not recognize the right of a Jewish state to exist. Mr. Prager adds, “It’s not hard to explain the Middle Ease dispute, one side wants the other dead. Do you know what the motto of Hamas is ‘We love death as much as the Jews love life.’ “Now you tell me how Israel is supposed to make peace when people

believe what Hamas believes.� Some demand that Israel must surrender the West Bank because they acquired it through war. If all the nations making such a demand (including our own) would follow their own advice, the world map would be altered drastically overnight. The Six Day War of 1967 was a defensive war, and under international law, Israel has a right to keep every square inch of the land it won in that war. Furthermore, the land it won was given to it, almost 4,000 years ago. That promise is contained in Genesis 12:1-3. It is common to refer the Arabs as Palestinians. The term Palestinian is a modern phenomenon as a result of Palestinian nationalism led by deceased PLO leader Yasser Arafat. During the nearly 1900 years that the Jews were dispossessed of their land, there was never a Palestinian state. Jerusalem was never the capital of any Arab state. The Arabs who lived in the area considered themselves to be Syrians. There was no Palestinian identity, culture, currency, language nor supported with archeology. There is no mention of Jerusalem in the Koran, whereas it is mentioned 667 times by name in the Hebrew scriptures. The New Testament makes no mention of Palestine, however in at least two passages “Israel� is used to refer to the land. (Matt 2:20-21) (Matt 10:23) Dr. Adrian Rogers writes in his book Countdown on the Holy Land the nation of Israel is like no other nation on the face of the Earth. It is God decreed, God conceived, God protected. The Israelites are His special chosen people. He chose Israel as recorded in Deuteronomy 7:6 — “To be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.� In Genesis 12:3, The Bible gives humanity a warning and reads “I will bless those who bless thee, and curse those who curse thee.� Hopefully someday soon, common sense and logic will begin to surface, and the Jew haters will change their hate filled motto to The Golden Rule. I’m sure you will agree if they would, their difficult circumstances would dramatically im-

Voters of Red Deer unite! This city council has mismanaged our city affairs for long enough; let’s get together and send a united message at this year’s election. We have had an increase in taxes every year for the last 10 years and still they continue to waste and mismanage our tax dollars, rather than trying to stay within the confines of some sort of budget. Then on top of increasing our taxes every single year, the council outright wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars on an unwanted and unused bike lane program, and despite the vast majority of the voting public’s outcry against the chosen locations for it ‌ we are told that city council will continue with a further review next year. In other words ‌ screw you. Hopefully the bike lane program was taken out of the extra millions in annual revenue created by the photo radar program and isn’t being taken out of our annual tax increase. I drive to and from work every day on 40th Avenue and there is traffic all over the road now because the roadway goes from single to double lane and then back again several times and many drivers often choose to simply ignore the bike lane (which can’t be clearly seen in the winter) anyway, rather than try to follow the seemingly random lines that are painted on the road. This roadway was divided into multiple lanes many years ago to contain the increase of vehicular traffic that it was starting to carry. To just do away with that and expect the thousands of people who drive on it every day to be

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of something, and it is not pretty! Is it time for newspapers to take a risk and fan the fires of debate, so that readers can weigh the opinions and draw informed conclusions? Perhaps the Red Deer Advocate can be a force for positive change in our communities. Jim Swan Red Deer

Perhaps a good suggestion for your newspaper is to encourage hot debate. We are living in a world that is boiling in controversies, and our local communities in Central Alberta cannot turn a blind eye to it. It affects us all. In their innermost thoughts all of your readership has surely had times when they have pondered some of the many controversies that are raging Every December someone submits within the world, our nation, and even a critical letter about Christmas to the our communities. For example, con- editor. This is a good tradition. sider marriage, a foundation of our soOn the door of Liberty Church there ciety. Marriage and personal relation- is a sign that reads, “Christmas beships are shattering at a 50 per cent gins with Christ.” This begs the reply, rate. Why? “Christmas ends with mas.” The sufAnother example, public education fix ‘mas’ is short for the word ‘mass.’ is trying to teach our young people In the Middle Ages, the words ‘Christ’ kindness and inclusiveness, yet soci- and ‘mass’ were combined, and this ety and our Supreme Court is trying to is where the word ‘Christmas’ springs teach us to exclude and eliminate all from. unwanted and inconvenient unborn Not surprisingly, the image-worshipchildren before they have even been ping Roman Church retained the paragiven a chance to join our community. phernalia that was used in the preHow can this be? Christian pagan festival that ChristThen there is the question, “Who mas originates from, like the tree, the are we as Canadians? What does his- wreaths, etc. tory teach about ourselves?” Modern The unbiblical nature of Christmas thought seems to be saying: never mind is easy to spot, like when you look at what history says, we know a better certain manger displays (these also way to live. Is modern thought right or have their pagan parallel.) The Gospel wrong? Which leads to another con- of Luke (verse 2.16) tells us that sheptroversy of modern times: do we have herds found ‘the babe lying in a manthe freedom to express strong opinions ger.’ Wise men bearing gifts, however, and deeply-felt convictions on life’s came ‘into the house’ to see a ‘young controversies? Do newspapers gener- child,’ reports Matthew (verse 2.11.) ally support this freedom? Not often! So what are the wise men doing in so Does our western society generally many manger scenes? How pathetic support this freedom? Not often! is it that pastors fail to notice, or care Apparently newspapers and mod- about, these nuances? ern society agree that strong opinions So nativity scenes have pagan roots, are not good for business or relation- and many of them do not represent ships. Is it right or wrong? truly the scene of Christ’s birth. But I must congratulate the Advocate Christians nowadays don’t seem to on printing Bill Greenwood’s letter to mind some error in the truths they the editor on the recent Chris Stephan claim to believe, so long as the spirit of controversy. Greenwood’s letter was a Christmas is present. But what kind of good example of a strong, thoughtful spirit presents itself through unbibliopinion. Agree or disagree, it is excit- cal means? Can it not be that devilish ing reading material. It stirs a reader one that presents itself as an angel of to do some research, even to rethink light? the issue. That’s healthy for our mind Mark Gaboury and our conscience. Red Deer Should a newspaper be a forum for open debate? Should a page be dedicated to such an undertaking? Could it draw a new and larger readership, at the risk of offending a few? It is a very tough question for a Canadian newspaper because of Due to circumstances beyond our control, the who we are. As an AmerGrand Walk-In Kitchen & Grill (sku 700571) will not ican friend once said, be available in all stores. “Canadians are very laid back, and wouldn’t say We apologize for any inconvenience this may have s--- if they had a mouthcaused. Toys “R” Us Flyer Dec. 14-20, 2012 ful of it!” Well, our society has got a mouthful

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Red Deer Public goes for staggered start, finish times to cut transport costs In order to tackle a $1.2-million deficit, the Red Deer Public School District will stagger school start and finish times so it can use buses more efficiently. Trustees approved a plan Wednesday to adopt double routing for school bus schedules by fall 2013. This means that multiple buses will no longer take students to school simultaneously. Instead, school start and finish times will be staggered to allow one bus to drop off and pick up students from one school, and then head to a second. The new scheduling is part of a strategy to reduce the deficit faced by the public district. “We’re currently facing a transportation deficit in the neighbourhood of $250,000 annually,” Piet Langstraat, superintendent of schools, said Thursday. “We believe we’ll be able to have substantial savings in busing costs,” he said. Bruce Buruma, director of community relations, said that each bus will be running slightly longer to get two groups of students to school. However, Buruma said the additional cost of running one bus for longer is less than running two buses at the same time.

He also said there is provincial grant funding for some students who take the bus to school. The per bus funding would increase as a result of taking two full loads of students. This means the new strategy would benefit both from reduced operating costs and increased revenues. These changes will apply specifically to yellow school buses. Schools in Red Deer served by city buses will not be affected. At this point, the specifics of the plan are not clear. Lawrence Lee, board chairman, said that the board approved the strategy in principle, so that work on planning can start. It is not yet known which schools or routes might be affected, or how many students would face modified school and bus times. The board predicted that there will be an adjustment period as students and parents get used to the new system. However, Lee said the scheduling changes will be as minimally disruptive as possible. Trustees also asked administration to consider regular one-way busing for kindergarten students. Currently, kindergarten students are taken only if there is leftover space on a bus. tdawson@reddeeradvocate.com

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — An Edmonton MP won’t be getting access to all police radio communications on the night he was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample. Judge Larry Anderson ruled there was no evidence to suggest that the large volume of calls that night had anything to do with the case against Peter Goldring. Goldring had been seeking a list of all radio calls made the night he was arrested as well as recordings or transcripts of them. Anderson agreed that information could be relevant, but ruled there was no reason to believe it was. “The testimony of the officer listening to the communication was that, with one exception, none of the 200-plus communications have anything to do with this investigation,” said Anderson. “It has been submitted by the defence that the officer made a mistake. But for me to find that, I would have to speculate.” The 15-year MP for EdmontonEast is to go on trial in January on a charge of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample after he was stopped leaving the parking lot of a north end sports bar last December.

Number of deaths at Regional Hospital Centre are below national average, statistics suggest BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Mortality rates in nine Alberta hospitals, including Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, are below the national average, according to statistics released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The institute’s 20112012 Health Standardized Mortality Ratio data is a ratio of actual deaths in a hospital versus expected deaths, after adjusting for factors that may affect death rates such as age, sex, diagnosis and admission status of patients. “They look at what the average death rate is across Canada, adjusting for those factors,” said Carolyn Hoffman, Alberta Health Services acting senior vice-president, quality and health-care improvement. “That means our actual deaths, when standardized and compared across Canada, are lower than the Canadian experience when you adjust for those factors.” That national average is weighted to be 100 and a value of less than that is considered to be better than the national average. Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre has an Health Standardized Mortality Ratio of 92, which means for every 100 patients likely to die, 92 of them actually died.

‘THIS IS REALLY REFLECTIVE OF THE FRONTLINE ACTUALLY TAKING STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF MORTALITY.’ — CAROLYN HOFFMAN, ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

“This is one measure of the safety and quality of care delivered in hospitals,” said Hoffman. “This is really reflective of the frontline actually taking steps to reduce the risk of mortality.” Statistics from institute go back to 2007-2008, when Red Deer had a much higher ratio, at 114. But that rate has steadily decreased since then. For Alberta, the ratio was 88, slightly lower than in Red Deer. “We can’t just point to one thing and say this is why,” said Hoffman. She did say there have been several initiatives at the Red Deer hospital that have contributed to the lower mortality ratio, such as the early intervention team. “That is trying to intervene very early where symptoms of deterioration are detected, to try to get the team there to make an assessment and do interventions in a timely way,” said Hoffman, adding it helps stabilize patients. One of the most important steps, according to Hoffman, is the medication reconciliation,

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Rocky Chamber of Commerce president Jerry Pratt is “pretty disappointed, but not surprised” at inclusion with Hinton and Edson. “We have two very different trade corridors. Everything there is oriented to Edmonton and everything here is oriented to Red Deer: schools, athletics, health care.” Nash said Rocky needs new relationships with those communities, especially since the riding will elect a new MP. Rocky is now represented by Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, who was unavailable for comment. Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood is “relieved” that Delburne, Elnora and Lousana are in the Red Deer-Mountain View riding with the rest of the county. “Those who come from the eastern area were heard and the commission made a wise decision.” Former Delburne mayor Ray Reckseidler was thrilled. “That’s great news. We left the (September commission) presentation feeling our concerns had been heard,” he

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OTTAWA — Canada will soon begin sharing biometric information and other data about visa applicants with the United States — which then may provide it to third countries under a newly signed treaty. It means the fingerprints or photo of someone who hopes to visit, study or work in Canada could be passed to Washington, which in turn might share them with another country to help verify the person’s identity. However, Canada would have to agree to the disclosure and could place restrictions or conditions on how the information is shared, says the treaty released Thursday. The biometric sharing initiative — affecting nationals of 29

countries and one territory seeking visas to Canada — is part of a continental perimeter security deal reached last year. The idea is to strengthen North American security while speeding the passage of goods and people across the 49th parallel. Under the immigration agreement, biographic information — name, date of birth and gender of visa applicants and asylum claimants — will be shared by 2013. Biometric information, such as photos and fingerprints of select visa applicants, will be shared by 2014. Information that Canada provides to the United States will be compared with various data banks to identify previously failed refugee claimants, deportees and those trying to enter under fraudulent names.

“If there is a positive hit, we will be notified of that,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “If the hit indicates something problematic — that perhaps that person had previously been deported by the United States, or that in fact the person has an alias — then we’ll be able to more closely explore their real identity and whether they are admissible to Canada, or would constitute a security risk.” Washington will also check with Canada when someone applies to the U.S. for a visa or claims asylum. The federal privacy commissioner’s office has raised concerns that personal information provided by Canada could end up in countries that have a poor human rights record, endangering the applicant or their family.

Marois tells Americans she hopes Quebec will become sovereign one day NEW YORK — Pauline Marois, in her first U.S. speech since becoming premier, said Quebec is open for business and that she hopes it will one day be operating as a sovereign country. She said her speech to the Foreign Policy Association, which focused mostly on economic issues while making a reference to independence, was in line with previous interventions by sovereigntist premiers. “As you know, I hope that one day the people of Quebec will one day be a part of the concert of nations,” she told the audience. “This is an internal debate. This will happen when Quebecers are ready.” Quebec sovereignty would not change the borders or the province’s

relationship with the United States, she told her audience of about 300 business people who paid $150 each to hear her. It was not her first foreign trip since taking office in September: Marois had already attended a Francophonie summit in Congo and stopped by France on the way home. But this appearance represented a unique challenge for Marois. While in opposition, she had taken some ribbing for the quality of her English and there had been speculation in Quebec media about how she would fare on trips like these. She made it through Thursday’s speech, in English. Federalist Liberal premier Jean Charest had talked to the same group a year ago Like her predecessor, Marois insisted there

were plenty of business opportunities and she emphasized the different measures and tax credits that are available. She promoted her plan to offer a 10-year tax holiday for companies that set up major operations in Quebec. While she had been deeply critical of Charest’s Plan Nord before taking office, she was touting the merits of Quebec’s northern-development project Thursday. Marois said she is interested in exploiting the remote region but is reviewing details of the Liberal plan. Marois told a news conference that her government is examining the royalties paid by companies that will mine the area’s resources. Her government has also trimmed down the size of a planned publicly funded road in the north, to one lane.

“There will be different requirements than the previous government had,” she said. “But these requirements will still be reasonable because we want to continue to develop the north.” Marois said she is keen on developing trade with the U.S., which receives 70 per cent of the province’s exports.

Four cases of E. coli infection have prompted a recall of frozen hamburgers across the country. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public to avoid certain Butcher’s Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers because of possible contamination. The affected product is sold frozen in 1.13 kilogram packages with a best-before date of March 3. Public Health officials notified the CFIA on Dec. 5 that the E.coli cases could possibly be linked to a food source, which prompted the investigation into the meat. It’s not yet known, however, whether the E. coli strain responsible for the illnesses is the same as the one found in the meat. Officials said they are also inspecting Cardinal Meat Specialist Ltd., the facility where the burgers were produced. Loblaw Companies Ltd. of Brampton, Ont., is voluntarily recalling the affected product and the CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall. E. coli O157:H7 is po-

tentially deadly. Health officials say it can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The cases identified in this investigation do not share the same genetic fingerprint as those from an outbreak earlier this year that led to a massive international beef recall, said Dr. Gregory Taylor with the Public Health Agency of Canada. “To put it clearly, this means that these cases are not linked to the XL Foods investigation,” he said. In September, Canadian authorities were notified by their U.S. counterparts that beef from the XL Foods plant in Alberta was testing positive for E. coli. It took the CFIA nearly two weeks after that to begin notifying the public about the products and more than eight recalls were eventually issued covering over 200 products. The plant’s license was also temporarily suspended for failing to comply with food safety measures. The company resumed operations in late October but was only allowed to resume exports to the United States earlier this month.

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COMING BACK Anthony Calvillo will return for a 20th CFL season. The 40-yearold Montreal Alouettes quarterback signed a new two-year contract Thursday, following successful surgery to fix a torn muscle in his left non-throwing shoulder. Despite the injury, which he said hampered his throwing motion, Calvillo was named to the league all-star team after completing 333 passes for 5,082 yards and 31 touchdowns in 17 starts this season. It was his seventh season of more than 5,000 passing yards. The Los Angeles native, entering his 16th season with the Alouettes, holds league records of 5,777 completions, 449 touchdown passes and 78,494 passing yards.

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● Senior high basketball: Notre Came Cougars Classic boys tournament. ● WHL: Victoria at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m., Centrium. ● Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Northstars at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena. ● Midget AA hockey: Cranbrook at Red Deer Pro Stitch, 8 p.m., Kin City A. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Ponoka at Stettler, 8 p.m. ● Chinook senior hockey: Sylvan Lake at Innisfail, 8:30 p.m. ● Bantam AA hockey: Okotoks at Lacombe, 8:30 p.m.

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● Senior high basketball: Notre Came Cougars Classic boys tournament. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Lethbridge at Red Deer IROC, 11:30 a.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer Ramada, 12:30 p.m., Kin City A; Lacombe at Innisfail, 5:50 p.m. ● Major bantam hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer Black, 2 p.m., Arena. ● Major bantam female hockey: Calgary Rangers at Red Deer, 2:15 p.m., Kin City B. ● Peewee AA hockey: Medicine Hat White at Red Deer TBS, 12:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre; Cranbrook at Sylvan Lake, 3 p.m.; Wheatland at Innisfail, 3:40 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Gold at Red Deer Elks, 4:45 p.m., Arena. ● Girls soccer: Edmonton Victoria at Red Deer under-18 tier 1 Renegades, 5:15 p.m., Collicutt Centre.

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National Junior selection camp player Ryan Murphy (left) from Aurora, Ont., battles for the puck with CIS University of Calgary Dinos’ Jesse Ismond during exhibition hockey action in Calgary, on Thursday.

CALGARY — Steve Spott has chosen the 23 players he believes will give Canada the best chance at a gold medal at the upcoming world junior hockey championship. The question is, will he still have them when the tournament tournament opens Dec. 26 in Ufa, Russia? Canada’s coach doesn’t know that. While there’s no end to the NHL lockout in sight yet, there’s a feeling not a lot separates the owners and players in negotiations. Earlier this week, the league cancelled games until Dec. 30, but training camps could conceivably start before that if an agreement is suddenly struck. “I am confident, but at the same time I understand some of the decisions that are going to be made as we go forward are really out of our control,” Spott said following the announcement of his team. “If I’m going to lose sleep, it’s going to be over a decision I’ve made personally. We can’t control it. It’s unfortunate to a degree, but I’d like to think that when we get on the plane on Saturday that we’ll finish with the same group we started with.” All countries must submit their tournament rosters on Dec. 25 and no forward or de-

fenceman can be added after that. A goalie can be added during the tournament in the event that one of the two are injured. The Canadian players depart Calgary on Saturday for a precompetition camp in Finland. They fly to Ufa on Dec. 23. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers is the lone NHL player on the team, but there are others who would have played in the league if the season had started on time. The worst-case scenario for Canada is an NHL club recalls a player after the 25th. The team will then forced to both play a shorter bench in Ufa plus compensate for the loss of an important player. “Is it a great situation? No. There are some players it could affect,” Spott said. “But one thing we determined real early was if we had the players we do today, that we were going to take them and we held true to that.” So while the NHL lockout puts Canada in the rare position of having its top under-20 talent available to it, it injects uncertainty into preparations. Hockey Canada senior director of operations Scott Salmond is in discussions with the general managers of NHL clubs who have the rights to Canada’s players what their plans would be if the lockout quickly ended.

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Bengals close in on playoff spot BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Bengals 34 Eagles 13 PHILADELPHIA — Now the Cincinnati Bengals can focus on that other Pennsylvania team. Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, an opportunistic defence forced five turnovers and Cincinnati beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-13 on Thursday night. The Bengals (8-6) took a half-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last playoff spot in the AFC. But their game at Pittsburgh next week is far more important in the standings than this one. “We’ve got nothing to celebrate here,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “But we won and we do have some time to get ready for Pittsburgh.” The Bengals would clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over the Steelers if Pittsburgh loses at Dallas this Sunday. A loss to the Steelers, though, likely would ruin Cincinnati’s chances because it would lose the tiebreaker. “Our goal is to win games. Period. We did that. Doesn’t matter how we got there,” cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones said. “We can be better. We can be higher. And that’s what we take from this game. Listen, we all know we need to play better as a defence next week. Because we have ourselves a big one next week.” The Eagles’ season was lost a long time ago. They fell to 4-10, losing double-digit games for the first time since 2005, the year after losing the Super Bowl to New Eng-

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Cincinnati Bengals’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles’ DeMeco Ryans defends in an NFL game, Thursday, in Philadelphia. land. There were plenty of empty seats at the Linc, where fans are hoping this is Andy Reid’s final season as coach. Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles and five NFC champion-

ship games in his first 13 years. But the Eagles will miss the playoffs for the second straight year and owner Jeffrey Lurie already said 8-8 would be “unacceptable.”

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Meetings end with no progress, plans to talk again NHL LABOUR TALKS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Two days of talks between the NHL, the players’ association, and federal mediators still haven’t provided any answers how to end the lockout. Representatives from the fighting sides made it into the same room with a federal mediator Thursday. They just didn’t make any noticeable progress. After a failed day Wednesday when the parties on either end of the hockey labour dispute never met with each other, lawyers from each group spoke face to face Thursday. They appear no closer to a deal to save the season.

President Barack Obama addressed the stalemate in an interview Thursday with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. “My message to owners and to players is, ‘You guys make a lot of money and you make a lot of money on the backs of fans, so do right by your fans. You can figure out how to spread out a bunch of revenue that you’re bringing in, but do right by the people who support you,”’ Obama said. “And I shouldn’t have to be involved in a dispute between really wealthy players and even wealthier owners. They should be able to settle this themselves. And remember who it is that’s putting all that money in their pockets.” Players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr, who met with league lead counsel Bob Batterman on Thursday, said the sides intend to talk Friday either in person

or by phone. “I expect the mediators will continue to be involved,” Fehr wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Do not want to characterize the discussion today.” At no point on either day this week did union executive director Donald Fehr meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Daly said he expected to talk to Steve Fehr, Friday. “I’m not sure what the next steps will be,” Daly told the AP in an email. “I do expect the mediators to stay involved in terms of monitoring our ongoing negotiations, but at this point there are no further sessions planned. It doesn’t appear there was movement by either side on any of the main issues over the last two days.”

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Maxwell’s game improving REBELS SOPHMORE IS REBOUNDING AFTER A SLOW START TO SEASON COLIN ARCHER

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Colin Archer suited up with the Red Deer Rebels for four seasons and was the team captain for the final three — 2008-09 to 2010-11. The Red Deer minor hockey graduate appeared in 249 regularseason games, scoring 17 goals and recording 66 points and 407 minutes in penalties. He also played in 13 post-season games. Upon graduation, Archer enrolled at McGill University but had a change of heart and switched to Acadia. Due to the transfer, he was unable to suit up with the Acadia Axemen last season but is an assistant captain this season, as a rookie. Archer played senior hockey with the North CeeBee Stars in Conception Bay, Nfld., last winter.

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Portland Winterhawks LW Adam De Champlain is actually the WHL’s second-most penalized player, sitting just behind Lethbridge LW Jaimen Yakubowski. But the 18-year-old from Sherwood Park has accumulated his 83 minutes in only 25 games, a league-high average of 3.32 minutes per outing.

THEY SAID IT “Obviously you want to beat them in every way possible. I think after what happened last time there are some prices that need to still be paid and some things we’ve still got to do. Naturally there’s always a rivalry with those guys, but last game took it to another level. I think we’re excited to play two straight games against them this weekend, take four points from them, and dominate them physically and on the scoresheet.” — Saskatoon Blades overage RW Josh Nicholls, to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix after the Blades whipped the Regina Pats 9-0 and 7-0 last weekend, also reflecting back on a Nov. 9 fight-filled game between the rivals.

BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR As the Red Deer Rebels have revved up their game in recent weeks, Brooks Maxwell has been right on board. “No question. He’s played really well,” Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter said Thursday. “He’s a really good player. He’s smart, he’s a good skater, he makes plays and he’s playing with confidence now.” After a promising rookie season in which he scored six goals and garnered 21 points in 54 games, Maxwell seemed to be in a state of regression early in his sophomore campaign. But since Sutter’s arrival as head coach in mid-November and his adoption of a more wide-open style of play, the Raymond native has clearly been a better player. “I’ve stepped up my game from earlier. I’ve played some good hockey lately as has the entire team,” said the 18-yearold. “We’re kind of playing on the edge now, we’re up on our toes and going after teams instead of sitting back. That’s been our mindset lately.” Maxwell has certainly been given every opportunity to improve as the centre on the Rebels’ top line with wingers Rhyse Dieno and captain Turner Elson. “Those two (Turner and Dieno) are really skilled guys. They’re great guys and they’ve been great linemates,” said Maxwell. “We’ve built some chemistry and that’s shown over the last 11 games or so.” The only downside to Maxwells re-emergence is his lack of offensive production, although his overall game has been better. He currently sits with 10 points (2-8) through 34 outings heading into tonight’s meeting with the visiting Victoria Royals. “You want to score more

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Red Deer Rebels second-year centre Brooks Maxwell has seen his play improve in recent games, especially since Brent Sutter has taken over as coach. He had a slow start to the season but has been playing well as the team’s first line centre. and help the team that way. I haven’t been doing that but other aspects of my game have developed and that’s always good,” he said. “Hopefully the goals will come.” “Sure, we’d like him to find his niche and get more offence out of him, but the biggest thing for him is just getting him to settle in and allowing him to be the player he wants to be,” said Sutter. “We’re not moving him all over the map, where he’s playing all forward positions. “If he has a bad game he’s not being moved from one line

to another. You don’t build confidence that way. It’s about allowing guys to grow and settle in. “That’s really important, and I think he’s more settled now as a player. He knows that if he makes a mistake or if certain things happen, that he isn’t going to be demoted because of it . . . that he can fight through it and grow through it.” After winning nine in a row and losing their next game 5-4 in overtime last weekend at Brandon, the Rebels suffered their first regulation-time loss under Sutter’s watch — 2-1 to

the visiting Calgary Hitmen Wednesday. The Rebels coughed up goals 26 seconds apart in the setback and probably deserved a better fate. They clearly weren’t outplayed by the Hitmen, who are ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. “We took strides in that game, confidence-wise,” said Maxwell “Calgary has a great team, but we were missing two high-end guys and still were right there with them. It’s just too bad we couldn’t squeak it out.” gmeachem@reddeeradvocate. com

Sutter going to finish season on the bench Colour him in for the rest of the season. the future, the Rebels’ first-round pick in Brent Sutter has decided he’ll be the this year’s bantam draft was on display in main man behind the Red Deer Rebels Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Calgary Hitmen bench until at least March, and hopefully a and will remain in the lineup for home little longer. games versus Victoria and KelWhen the club’s owner/presiowna tonight and Saturday. dent/general manager replaced Forward Adam Musil looked Jesse Wallin as head coach last right at home while getting month he suggested that he third-line minutes and most would hand the reins to somelikely could be a full-time WHL one else, possibly new assistant player right now. The 15-year-old Jeff Truitt, in the not too distant with the six-foot-one, 185-pound future. frame, played a contact game But he’s had a change of Wednesday and showed a high heart, and with the club playlevel of on-ice intelligence and a ing by far its best hockey of the smooth skating stride. season since he took over, that’s But he’s only eligible to play clearly understandable. five games this season, unless “I just think it’s the right thing his midget team’s (Greater VanGREG to do,” Sutter said Thursday. couver Canadians’) season is MEACHEM “It wouldn’t be fair to the kids over before the Rebels’ season now to make a change. There’s concludes. For sure, though, he’s a certain way I want this team to already pencilled in for next play and I don’t think it would be year, although Sutter won’t rush right to all of a sudden make another coach- the youngster once he arrives for keeps. ing change. “It’s not where he’s at today, it’s visual“It wouldn’t be fair to anyone involved, izing where a young man like that is going including the fans. The right thing to do is to be when he’s 18 and 19 years of age,” said stay the course and get through the year, Sutter, who was suitably impressed with hopefully have a real good second half (of Musil’s WHL regular-season debut. the regular season) and a good playoff run. “Obviously he’s a big, strong player and Then I can take some time to think about he’s going to be a real good player for us in the situation.” the future.” The off-season, he insisted, will be the ● Call it The Curious Case of Charles right time to make such an important deci- Inglis. sion as to who will guide the team moving Upper case letters are necessary in this forward, even if he finds that he’s the right case, not only because the above line is a choice. playful take on a splendid Brad Pitt movie, “If I decide we’re going to bring a new but because Inglis himself presents a capicoach in then I can evaluate the situation tal puzzle. properly, I will have more people to look at Certainly not void of talent, Inglis is, at that time.” however, apparently lacking in the personSutter said Truitt will definitely be on al makeup that is necessary to blend into a the list of any front-running candidates. team environment. Both outspoken and out“Absolutely, and doing it this way gives going, the 20-year-old centre has estranged me more time to work with Jeff,” he said. himself from four WHL teams and has now “Really, I don’t know what’s going to hap- almost certainly played himself out of the pen down the road, I just know that it’s im- league. portant we do it this way for now.” The Saskatoon Blades, by all reports, Meanwhile, Sutter said he will meet with grew weary of his off-ice behaviour and Wallin next week and learn whether the dealt him to the Prince George Cougars, former coach is interested in taking anoth- who then sent him to Red Deer last Decemer position with the organization. ber despite the fact Inglis had scored 32 ● Speaking of both the present and goals with the B.C. Division club the pre-

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vious season and had 16 points (9-7) in 16 games in the two months leading up to the trade. The Cougars, in fact, had sent Inglis home to await a deal. Jesse Wallin, the Rebels GM/bench boss at the time, decided the fiery forward was worth the risk, and although he potted 21 goals in 57 games and was a model citizen during his time in Red Deer, he was gone the moment Brent Sutter cut ties with Wallin and placed himself behind the bench in mid-November. Enter the Kamloops Blazers, who a week later dealt a conditional fifth-round bantam draft pick to the Rebels for Inglis, who filled the club’s final 20-year-old spot. But after 11 games with no goals and five assists, Inglis was released Wednesday following the Blazers’ 5-2 loss at Edmonton. Blazers’ GM Craig Bonner, in conversation with Marty Hasting of Kamloops This Week, hinted that he wasn’t surprised that the Inglis experiment didn’t pan out. “To be honest, I knew the chances of it working here were less than 50 per cent, but I thought we gave it a fair shake. It just didn’t work out,” said Bonner. Inglis’ days in Kamloops were numbered even as the team prepared for its current four-game road trip which concludes with stops in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat tonight and Saturday. “Going into the trip, the coaches expressed, and I was in agreement, some concerns with Charles’ play and his presence on our team,” Bonner continued. “He demands a lot of attention, but the majority of it was performance. His production . . . he was struggling. I thought his work ethic and his compete level, which we pride ourselves on, was average at best.” So Inglis, who was twice passed over in the NHL entry draft yet received training camp invitations from Phoenix and San Jose in 2010 and 2011, will likely have to play in the Ontario or Quebec leagues if he’s to stay at the major junior level. If not, junior A is an option for the player who never fulfilled his on-ice potential due partly to a lack of a consistent work ethic, but largely because of his off-ice behaviour, which, perhaps, had more to do with his need for attention than bad habits. gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

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TEAM: Committed “We’ve got some people who have committed their players all the way through no matter what happens in the lockout and some others that haven’t and that we’re going to continue to talk to,” Salmond said. If the NHL resumes, it will be a mad dash to playoff berths and the Oilers have young legs. Salmond says he’s spoken to NHL GM Steve Tambellini “it’s certainly their intention to have Ryan in the lineup when the season resumes.” Of the six returning players from the squad that won bronze in the 2012 junior tournament in Alberta, only defenceman Scott Harrington (Pittsburgh) and forward Boone Jenner (Columbus) currently have the green light to play for Canada until the tournament ends Jan. 5. There is not yet the same firm commitment for Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg), Dougie Hamilton (Boston) and Ryan Strome (New York Islanders). Hockey Canada can only watch and be ready react to what the NHL does. The likelihood of the NHL meddling with Canada’s junior team seems to become more remote with every day the lockout continues, but the uncertainty continues. “With that date of Dec. 30 being out there, I don’t think that helps us necessarily,” Salmond said. “If it was January second, third or fifth, I think it would play more into our favour. You’ve got to kind of look at that rolling calendar of cutting games.” Spott could recall a player from the final three defencemen or four forwards released Thursday prior to the tournament. “If there should there be a situation where we have to make calls, then we’re fully prepared with the group we saw today,” the coach said. In a year where the team had Canada’s best 19-year-olds available, a pair of 17-year-olds made it onto the team. Halifax Moosehead teammates and linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were among the 13 forwards chosen. On the 1995 and 2005 junior teams also bolstered by lockouts, defenceman Wade Redden (1995) and Sidney Crosby (2005) were the only 17-year-olds on those teams. “We feel this can’t be a team selected purely on age,” Spott said. “Jonathan and Nathan have proven they can compete at this level. They play against 18 and 19 year olds every night in Halifax. They just reaffirmed what we thought.” Anthony Camara, Phillip Danault, Charles Hudson, JC Lipon, Ty Rattie and Brett Ritchie will be Canada’s other forwards. Ryan Murphy, Xavier Ouellet, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly and Tyler Wotherspoon join Hamilton and Harrington on the blueline. Jordan Binnington, Jake Paterson and Malcolm Subban were the goaltenders selected and all are out of the Ontario Hockey League. The Canadian team is taking a third goaltender to Ufa as insurance against injury to either the starter or backup. Spott had yet to inform the third goalie he would be an alternate. Canada won five straight gold from 2005 to 2009 and then took silver in 2010 and 2011. Canada dominated the tournaments of 1995 and 2005, so there are high expectations on this team to reclaim gold. “I think it’s good pressure,” said Murphy, a defenceman who made the team on his third try. “Everyone knows how great this team could be so it’s just preparing us for what everyone expects from us.” Along with MacKinnon and Drouin, 19-year-old Lipon is the only other undrafted player on the team. The OHL dominates the team with 11 players, followed by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with six and the Western Hockey League with five and one from the NHL. Notes: Released from the team Thursday were forwards Daniel Catenacci, Mark McNeill, Hunter Shinkaruk and Tom Wilson, defencemen Frank Corrado, Mathew Dumba and Ryan Sproul, as well as goaltender Laurent Brossoit . . . Nugent-Hopkins, chosen first overall by the Oilers in 2011, is the highest draft pick in a lineup that includes 10 first-round draft picks . . . The Boston Bruins lead all draft picks with three.

started their rally with a turnover. Hall intercepted Foles’ deep pass and returned it 44 yards to the Eagles 40. Foles underthrew Jeremy Maclin, who was a few steps behind Hall. “I feel really good anytime I have one of our receivers vertical on a guy,” Foles said. “I just have to get the ball out there and make a better throw.” Green made an acrobatic catch for an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 a few plays before Dalton ran for the score to put the Bengals up 17-13. The Eagles were again without running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek also sat out. Both players also are recovering from concussions. McCoy missed his fourth straight game, but returned to practice this week with Vick.

TALKS: Mediators Mediators talked to each group separately Wednesday in suburban New Jersey and carried messages back and forth. The league and union hadn’t met since talks fell apart a week ago on the third straight day of negotiations in New York. Mediators rejoined the conversation Wednesday following two failed days last month, but still couldn’t achieve a breakthrough. “There were discussions of the various issues involved and how far apart we are and where we go from here,” Donald Fehr said Wednesday. “I can’t tell you that any progress was made.” The latest round of talks was supposed to be held away from reporters and cameras, but the meeting location was quickly revealed Wednesday. Both sides briefly made public statements then in frustrated tones. When the NHL agreed last week to increase its make-whole offer of deferred payments from $211 million to $300 million, it was part of a proposed package that required the union to agree on three nonnegotiable points. Instead, the players’ association accepted the raise in funds, but then made counterproposals on the issues the league stated had no wiggle room. Bettman then said that the offer was being pulled from the table. Mediators, however, asked the union Wednesday if that proposal was back in play, would the players take it or leave it? “It wasn’t much of a decision,” said Brendan Morrison, one of 13 players to attend Wednesday’s talks. “I thought the gap would be closed much quicker, but it hasn’t come to fruition yet, so we have to keep working.” The offer wasn’t actually resubmitted by the NHL. Neither side made proposals Wednesday. All games through Dec. 30 have been cancelled, 43 per cent of the season, along with the New Year’s Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game. After talks ended last Thursday, Donald Fehr began the first of his two news conferences that day by proclaiming he believed the sides had agreements on such issues as actual dollars and a players-funded pension plan. He returned moments later to reveal the NHL rejected everything offered. The 2004-05 season was lost completely, resulting in the players’ association accepting a deal that included a salary cap for the first time. While no such major philosophical disputes exist in these negotiations, the sides still aren’t ready to come to an agreement. “I never thought the issues were as big as they were back in ’04-05,” Morrison said Wednesday. “Apparently, I was wrong.” A 48-game season was played in 1995 after a lockout stretched into January. Bettman said he wouldn’t have a shorter season than that. The NHL wants to limit personal player contracts to five years, seven for a club to re-sign its own player and has elevated the issue to the highest level of importance. The union countered with an offer of an eight-year maximum length with the variable in salary being no greater than a 25 per cent difference between the highest-paid year of the deal and the lowest. The other sticking points the NHL demanded of the players are a 10-year term on the new agreement, with a mutual opt-out option after eight years, and no compliance buyouts or caps on escrow in the transition phase to the new structure. The union presented an offer of an eight-year deal with a reopener after six.

Knicks stay perfect at home with win over Lakers BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Knicks 116 Lakers 107 NEW YORK — Sensing a fellow shooter had become gun shy, Kobe Bryant had a message for Carmelo Anthony last summer. Ignore the critics, he said. Stop worrying about fitting in and get back to a scorer’s mentality. “You have to do what you do best,” Bryant told him. That’s what Anthony did in a spectacular first quarter Thursday night, and by the time he was done Bryant and the struggling Los Angeles Lakers had no hope of ending their slump. Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the period, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Lakers 116-107 in coach Mike D’Antoni’s return to Madison Square Garden. “I was zoned in. I was locked in,” Anthony said. “Tonight was one of those games where I had that feeling. I wanted to get it going and I had that feeling going early in the game. My teammates were feeding off of that.” Firing in 3-pointers and moving the ball to open shooters, things they often struggled to do under D’Antoni, the Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season. “I wanted to beat them. I wanted to beat the Lakers, especially protecting our home court,” Anthony said. “It had nothing to do with Mike. I wanted to protect our home court and win the basketball game.” Meanwhile, things are starting as poorly for D’Antoni in Los Angeles as they ended in New York. The Lakers, still without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, were never really in the game while losing their fourth straight and falling to 9-14. Nash has started running and the Lakers know things will get better once he’s back, but that doesn’t help right now. “At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule,” Bryant said. They’re playing Washington on Friday, but it’s the Wizards. Raymond Felton scored 19 points, and Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith added 18 apiece for the Knicks. Bryant had 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Metta World Peace finished with 23 points and Dwight Howard had 20. The Lakers did cut what was a 26-point deficit to 113-107 when World Peace converted a three-point play with 1:27 remaining, but the Knicks took more than a minute off the clock while twice grabbing offensive rebounds on the next possession before Chandler made a free throw with 18 seconds to play. Anthony, playing at an MVP level after he struggled last season under D’Antoni, made his first three 3-pointers, nearly reaching his NBA-leading average of 9.7 points per first quarter before 2 ½ minutes were even gone.

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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE East Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Prince Albert 34 21 11 0 2 119 98 Saskatoon 32 17 14 0 1 109 109 Swift Current 35 14 16 3 2 100 96 Moose Jaw 34 12 15 3 4 85 106 Regina 34 12 18 2 2 87 127 Brandon 33 11 18 2 2 94 138 Central Division GP W LOTLSOL Calgary 32 22 7 1 3 Edmonton 32 20 7 2 3 Red Deer 34 19 12 2 1 Lethbridge 36 16 15 1 4 Medicine Hat 33 14 17 2 0 Kootenay 30 9 20 1 0

GF GA 103 87 107 82 94 94 117 110 108 116 72 107

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Kamloops 36 25 8 1 2 125 87 Kelowna 32 21 9 1 1 130 78 Victoria 31 17 13 0 1 93 101 Prince George 31 10 17 1 3 78 113 Vancouver 31 8 23 0 0 83 125

Portland Spokane Tri-City Seattle Everett

GP 31 31 33 32 35

U.S. Division W LOTLSOL 25 5 1 0 22 8 1 0 18 12 1 2 16 15 1 0 13 20 0 2

GF GA 144 67 129 89 99 94 107 121 88 127

Pt 44 35 33 31 28 26 Pt 46 45 41 37 30 19

Pt 53 44 35 24 16 Pt 51 45 39 33 28

Note: Two points for a team winning in overtime or shootout; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns. Wednesday’s results Edmonton 5 Kamloops 2 Kelowna 3 Lethbridge 1 Saskatoon 5 Moose Jaw 2 Calgary 2 Red Deer 1

22 24 24 23 21

Syracuse Binghamton W-B/Scranton Hershey Norfolk

GP 24 21 23 26 22

14 11 11 10 8

4 11 11 12 8

1 1 2 1 0

3 1 0 0 5

79 73 71 59 50

47 81 83 69 56

32 24 24 21 21

East Division W LOTLSOL 15 6 1 2 13 6 1 1 13 8 1 1 13 12 1 0 10 12 0 0

GF 88 67 68 70 63

GA 70 52 61 71 68

Pt 33 28 28 27 20

WESTERN CONFERENCE North Division GP W LOTLSOL GF Abbotsford 24 14 4 3 3 63 Toronto 23 13 9 0 1 76 Lake Erie 26 12 12 1 1 80 Rochester 23 12 9 2 0 79 Hamilton 22 9 11 1 1 46

Grand Rapids Rockford Chicago Milwaukee Peoria

GA 48 65 85 72 68

Pt 34 27 26 26 20

Midwest Division GP W LOTLSOL 22 13 7 1 1 25 13 11 0 1 23 11 9 2 1 23 10 10 2 1 24 9 11 2 2

GF 74 81 62 64 57

GA 62 76 69 70 82

Pt 28 27 25 23 22

South Division W LOTLSOL 14 9 0 2 13 7 1 2 12 8 2 1 11 9 1 2 10 12 0 3

GF 82 76 58 73 66

GA 71 64 62 70 75

Pt 30 29 27 25 23

GP Charlotte 25 Houston 23 Texas 23 Oklahoma City 23 San Antonio 25

Note: A team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns.

Thursday’s results Rochester 7 Lake Erie 6 Chicago 4 Hamilton 3

Friday’s games Kootenay at Prince Albert, 7 p.m. Swift Current at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m. Moose Jaw at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Kamloops at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Kelowna at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Victoria at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m. Everett at Portland, 8 p.m. Seattle at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Prince George at Vancouver, 8:30 p.m.

Friday’s games Syracuse at Adirondack, 5 p.m. Houston at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Albany at Connecticut, 5 p.m. Peoria at Grand Rapids, 5 p.m. Manchester vs. Portland (Lewiston, Maine), 5 p.m. Springfield at Providence, 5:05 p.m. Binghamton at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5:05 p.m. Bridgeport at Norfolk, 5:30 p.m. Rockford at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Texas at Abbotsford, 8 p.m.

Saturday’s games Brandon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m. Kootenay at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m. Regina at Calgary, 7 p.m. Victoria at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Kamloops at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Kelowna at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m. Seattle at Portland, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Prince George, 8 p.m. Tri-City at Spokane, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday’s games Houston at Charlotte, 10 a.m. Manchester at Adirondack, 5 p.m. Providence at Albany, 5 p.m. Portland at Connecticut, 5 p.m. Worcester at Hershey, 5 p.m. Toronto at Rochester, 5:05 p.m. Bridgeport at Norfolk, 5:15 p.m. Chicago at Lake Erie, 5:30 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Syracuse, 5:30 p.m. St. John’s at Springfield, 5:30 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Peoria, 6:05 p.m. Hamilton at Rockford, 6:05 p.m. Texas at Abbotsford, 8 p.m.

Sunday’s games Kelowna at Calgary, 4 p.m. Regina at Edmonton, 4 p.m. Vancouver at Prince George, 5 p.m. Portland at Everett, 6:05 p.m. Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m. Kootenay at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

GA 72 61 79 61 75

Pt 27 26 26 25 23

Northeast Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA

Pt

AJHL North Division GP W LOTL Spruce Grove 36 22 9 5 Bonnyville 36 19 11 6 Grand Prairie 32 20 10 2 Whitecourt 34 16 11 7 Drayton Valley 35 18 14 3 Fort McMurray 34 17 14 3 Sherwood Park 34 16 14 4 Lloydminster 35 9 20 6 South Division GP W LOTL Brooks 32 31 1 0 Okotoks 34 20 12 2 Camrose 34 18 13 3 Drumheller 33 17 14 2 Olds 35 15 18 2 Cal. Mustangs 36 12 19 5 Cal. Canucks 35 13 21 1 Canmore 31 10 16 5

GF 115 106 104 129 106 95 98 87 GF 170 101 89 105 107 107 87 80

GA 98 105 87 127 93 104 113 135 GA 60 89 87 94 120 131 132 111

Pt 49 44 42 39 39 37 36 24 Pt 61 42 39 36 32 29 27 25

Note: Two points for a win, one for an overtime loss. Thursday’s result Okotoks 7 Calgary Canucks 1 Friday’s games Spruce Grove at Sherwood Park, 7 p.m. Drumheller at Brooks, 7 p.m. Lloydminster at Grande Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Olds at Calgary Mustangs, 7:30 p.m. Canmore at Camrose, 7:30 p.m. Whitecourt at Fort McMurray, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 Canmore at Spruce Grove, 7 p.m. Drumheller at Okotoks, 7 p.m. Olds at Brooks, 7 p.m. Whitecourt at Bonnyville, 7 p.m. Calgary Canucks at Camrose, 7:30 p.m. Drayton Valley at Fort McMurray, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 Whitecourt at Lloydminster, 2 p.m. Canmore at Sherwood Park, 2:15 p.m. Drayton Valley at Bonnyville, 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s results Hershey 4 St. John’s 0 Albany 6 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 Connecticut 2 Worcester 1 Syracuse 4 Binghamton 3

Thursday’s result Regina 3 Prince Albert 0

AHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W LOTLSOL GF Worcester 24 12 9 1 2 66 Providence 22 12 8 0 2 53 Portland 24 12 10 1 1 74 Manchester 24 11 10 2 1 68 St. John’s 26 11 14 0 1 59

Springfield Bridgeport Connecticut Adirondack Albany

Sunday’s games Grand Rapids at Toronto, 1 p.m. Portland at Worcester, 1 p.m. Springfield at Manchester, 1 p.m. St. John’s at Providence, 1:05 p.m. Charlotte at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. Hamilton at Milwaukee, 4 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 4:05 p.m.

2013 Canadian World Junior hockey Championship team roster TORONTO — The Canadian junior hockey team for the 2013 world junior hockey championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Goaltenders Jordan Binnington, Richmond Hill, Ont., Owen Sound (OHL); Jake Paterson, Mississauga, Ont., Saginaw (OHL); Malcolm Subban, Toronto, Belleville (OHL). Defencemen Dougie Hamilton, Toronto, Niagara (OHL); Scott Harrington, Kingston, Ont., London (OHL); Ryan Murphy, Aurora, Ont., Kitchener (OHL); Xavier Ouellet, Terrebonne, Que., Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL); Griffin Reinhart, West Vancouver, B.C., Edmonton (WHL); Morgan Rielly, West Vancouver, B.C., Moose Jaw (WHL); Tyler Wotherspoon, Surrey, B.C., Portland (WHL). Forwards Anthony Camara, Toronto, Barrie (OHL); Phillip Danault, Victoriaville, Que., Victoriaville (QMJHL); Jonathan Drouin, Huberdeau, Que., Halifax (QMJHL); Jonathan Huberdeau, St-Jerome, Que., Saint John (QMJHL); Charles Hudon, Boisbriand, Que., Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Boone Jenner, Dorchester, Ont., Oshawa (OHL); JC Lipon, Regina, Kamloops (WHL); Nathan MacKinnon, Cole Harbour, N.S., Halifax (QMJHL); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Burnaby, B.C., Oklahoma City (AHL); Ty Rattie, Airdrie, Alta., Portland (WHL); Brett Ritchie, Orangeville, Ont., Niagara (OHL); Mark Scheifele, Kitchener, Ont., Barrie (OHL);Ryan Strome, Mississauga, Ont., Niagara (OHL). Head coach Steve Spott, Waterloo, Ont., Kitchener (OHL) Assistant coaches Mario Duhamel, St-Bruno, Que., Drummondville (QMJHJ), Don Nachbauer, Prince George, B.C., Spokane (WHL); Andre Tourigny, Nicolet, Que., Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL). Goaltending coach Ron Tugnett, Peterborough, Ont., Hockey Canada.

Football National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF y-New England 10 3 0 .769 472 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 245 Buffalo 5 8 0 .385 289 Miami 5 8 0 .385 240

Oakland Kansas City PA 274 306 352 276

x-Houston Indianapolis Tennessee Jacksonville

W 11 9 4 2

South L T 2 0 4 0 9 0 11 0

Baltimore Cincinnati Pittsburgh Cleveland

W 9 8 7 5

North L T 4 0 6 0 6 0 8 0

y-Denver San Diego

W 10 5

West L T Pct PF PA 3 0 .769 375 257 8 0 .385 292 281

Pct .846 .692 .308 .154

PF 365 292 271 216

PA 263 329 386 359

Pct .692 .571 .538 .385

PF 331 355 278 259

PA 273 293 264 272

3 2

10 11

0 .231 248 402 0 .154 195 352

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF N.Y. Giants 8 5 0 .615 373 Washington 7 6 0 .538 343 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 300 Philadelphia 4 10 0 .286 253

y-Atlanta Tampa Bay New Orleans Carolina

Green Bay Chicago Minnesota Detroit

PA 270 329 314 375

W 11 6 5 4

South L T 2 0 7 0 8 0 9 0

Pct .846 .462 .385 .308

PF 337 354 348 265

PA 259 308 379 312

W 9 8 7 4

North L T 4 0 5 0 6 0 9 0

Pct .692 .615 .538 .308

PF 323 308 283 320

PA 279 219 286 342

W

West L T Pct

PF

PA

San Francisco 9 Seattle 8 St. Louis 6 Arizona 4 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

3 5 6 9

1 0 1 0

.731 .615 .500 .308

316 300 236 186

184 202 279 292

Thursday’s Game Cincinnati 34, Philadelphia 13 Sunday’s Games Green Bay at Chicago, 11 a.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 11 a.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 11 a.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 11 a.m. N.Y. Giants at Atlanta, 11 a.m. Washington at Cleveland, 11 a.m. Jacksonville at Miami, 11 a.m. Denver at Baltimore, 11 a.m. Carolina at San Diego, 2:05 p.m. Detroit at Arizona, 2:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 2:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 2:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Dallas, 2:25 p.m. San Francisco at New England, 6:20 p.m. Monday’s Game N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball MLB Free Agent Signings NEW YORK — The 49 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, letter agreements for major league contracts are in parentheses: AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (1) — Re-signed Nate McLouth, of, to a $2 million, one-year contract. BOSTON (4) — Re-signed David Ortiz, dh, to a $26 million, two-year contract; signed David Ross, c, Atlanta, to a $6.2 million, two-year contract; signed Jonny Gomes, of, Oakland, to a $10 million, twoyear contract; signed Shane Victorino, of, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $39 million, three-year contract. CHICAGO (1) — Signed Jeff Keppinger, 3b, Tampa Bay, to a $12 million, three-year contract. DETROIT (1) — Signed Torii Hunter, of, Los Angeles Angels, to a $26 million, two-year contract. KANSAS CITY (2) — Re-signed Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, to a $25 million, three-year contract; signed George Sherrill, lhp, Seattle, to a minor league contract. LOS ANGELES (3) — Signed Ryan Madson, rhp, Cincinnati, to a $3.5 million, one-year contract; signed Joe Blanton, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $15 million, two-year contract; signed Sean Burnett, lhp, Washington, to an $8 million, two-year contract. MINNESOTA (1) — Signed Kevin Correia, rhp, Pittsburgh, to a $10 million, two-year contract. NEW YORK (3) — Re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, rhp, to a $15 million, one-year contract; re-signed Andy Pettitte, lhp, to a $12 million, one-year contract; re-signed Mariano Rivera, rhp, to a $10 million, one-year contract. OAKLAND (1) — Re-signed Bartolo Colon, rhp, to a $3 million, one-year contract. SEATTLE (1) — Re-signed Oliver Perez, lhp, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. TAMPA BAY (2) — Re-signed Joel Peralta, rhp, to a $6 million, two-year contract; signed James Loney, 1b, Boston, to a $2 million, one-year contract. TEXAS (2) — Re-signed Colby Lewis, rhp, to a $2 million, one-year contract; signed Joakim Soria, rhp, Texas, to an $8 million, two-year contract. TORONTO (2) — Signed Maicer Izturis, inf, Los Angeles Angels, to a $10 million, three-year contract; signed Melky Cabrera, of, San Francisco, to a $16 million, two-year contract. NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA (3) — Signed Eric Hinske, 1b, Atlanta, to a $1.35 million, one-year contract; signed Eric Chavez, 3b, New York Yankees, to a $3 million, one-year contract; signed Brandon McCarthy, rhp, Oakland, to a $15.5 million, two-year contract. ATLANTA (3) — Signed Gerald Laird, c, Detroit,

to a $3 million, two-year contract; signed B.J. Upton, of, Tampa Bay, to a $75.25 million, five-year contract; re-signed Reed Johnson, c, to a $1.75 million, one-year contract. CHICAGO (4) — Signed Scott Baker, rhp, Minnesota, to a $5.5 million, one-year contract; signed Dioner Navarro, c, Cincinnati, to a $1.75 million, one-year contract; re-signed Shawn Camp, rhp, to a $1.35 million, one-year contract; signed Scott Feldman, rhp, Texas, to a $6 million, one-year contract. CINCINNATI (2) — Re-signed Jonathan Broxton, rhp, to a $21 million, three-year contract; resigned Ryan Ludwick, of, to a $15 million, two-year contract. LOS ANGELES (2) — Re-signed Brandon League, rhp, to a $22.5 million, three-year contract; signed Zack Greinke, rhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $147 million, three-year contract. MIAMI (1) — Signed Juan Pierre, of, Philadelphia, to a $1.6 million, one-year contract. NEW YORK (1) — Re-signed Tim Byrdak, lhp, to a minor league contract ($1 million). PITTSBURGH (2) — Signed Russell Martin, c, New York Yankees, to a $17 million, two-year contract; re-signed Jason Grilli, rhp, to a $6.75 million, two-year contract. ST. LOUIS (1) — Signed Randy Choate, lhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $7.5 million, three-year contract. SAN DIEGO (1) — Re-signed Jason Marquis, rhp, to a $3 million, one-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO (3) — Re-signed Jeremy Affeldt, lhp, to an $18 million, three-year contract; re-signed Angel Pagan, of, to a $40 million, fouryear contract; re-signed Marco Scutaro, inf, to a $20 million, three-year contract. WASHINGTON (2) — Re-signed Zach Duke, lhp, to a $700,000, one-year contract; signed Dan Haren, rhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $13 million, one-year contract. MLB Remaining Free Agents NEW YORK — The 116 remaining free agents (x-signing club, if different, would lose draft pick): AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (6) — Endy Chavez, of; Bill Hall, of; Nick Johnson, dh; Joe Saunders, lhp; Jim Thome, dh; Randy Wolf, lhp. BOSTON (5) — Aaron Cook, rhp; Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp; Vicente Padilla, rhp; Scott Podsednik, of; Cody Ross, of. CHICAGO (8) — Brian Bruney, rhp; Orlando Hudson, 2b; Francisco Liriano, lhp; Jose Lopez, c; Brett Myers, rhp; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Dewayne Wise, of; Kevin Youkilis, 3b. CLEVELAND (4) — Travis Hafner, dh; Roberto Hernandez, rhp; Casey Kotchman, 1b; Grady Sizemore, of. DETROIT (3) — Anibal Sanchez, rhp; Jose

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COUGAR CLASSIC BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT The host Notre Dame Cougars will take on Strathcona Christian of Sherwood Park in today’s 2 p.m. opening game of the Cougar Classic senior high boys basketball tournament. The Hunting Hills Lightning will face St. Albert at 3:45 p.m., Notre Dame will meet Edmonton St. Joseph’s at 5:30 p.m. and the Lightning and Mallaig will clash at 7:15 p.m. Pool play will conclude Saturday with

Strathcona Christian going against St. Joseph’s at 9 a.m. and St. Albert meeting Mallaig at 10:45 p.m. The third-place teams from each of the two pools will play at 1 p.m., with the second-place teams meeting at 2:45 p.m. and the first-place clubs engaging in the tournament championship game at 4:30 p.m.

National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 17 5 .773 — Brooklyn 12 9 .571 4 1/2 Boston 12 9 .571 4 1/2 Philadelphia 12 10 .545 5 Toronto 4 19 .174 13 1/2

Miami Atlanta Orlando Charlotte Washington

Chicago Milwaukee Indiana Detroit Cleveland

Southeast Division W L Pct 14 6 .700 14 6 .700 8 13 .381 7 15 .318 3 16 .158

GB — — 6 1/2 8 10 1/2

Central Division W L Pct 12 9 .571 11 9 .550 11 11 .500 7 17 .292 5 18 .217

GB — 1/2 1 1/2 6 1/2 8

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 18 5 .783 — Memphis 14 5 .737 2 Dallas 11 11 .500 6 1/2 Houston 10 11 .476 7 New Orleans 5 16 .238 12 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 18 4 .818 Utah 13 10 .565 Minnesota 10 9 .526 Denver 11 12 .478 Portland 9 12 .429

L.A. Clippers Golden State L.A. Lakers Phoenix Sacramento

Pacific Division W L Pct 16 6 .727 15 7 .682 9 14 .391 8 15 .348 7 14 .333

GB — 5 6 7 8

1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

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Wednesday’s Games Brooklyn 94, Toronto 88 Indiana 96, Cleveland 81 Atlanta 86, Orlando 80 L.A. Clippers 100, Charlotte 94 Chicago 96, Philadelphia 89 Golden State 97, Miami 95 Houston 99, Washington 93 Minnesota 108, Denver 105 Oklahoma City 92, New Orleans 88 Milwaukee 98, Sacramento 85 Boston 117, Dallas 115,2OT Phoenix 82, Memphis 80 Utah 99, San Antonio 96 Thursday’s Games Atlanta 113, Charlotte 90 New York 116, L.A. Lakers 107 San Antonio at Portland, Late Friday’s Games Dallas at Toronto, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Indiana, 5 p.m. Golden State at Orlando, 5 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Washington, 5 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 5:30 p.m. Detroit at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Boston at Houston, 6 p.m. Minnesota at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Utah at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Golden State at Atlanta, 5 p.m. Cleveland at New York, 5:30 p.m. Orlando at Charlotte, 5:30 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Washington at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Chicago, 6 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Boston at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m. Memphis at Utah, 7 p.m. Central Alberta Senior Men’s Association Monstar 77 Bulldog 38 Monstar: Shayne Stumpf 21, Eric Dortman 11. Bulldog: Robert Swainson 11.

Transactions Thursday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Named Bobby Dickerson third base coach. Agreed to terms with OF Nate McLouth on a one-year contract. BOSTON RED SOX—Agreed to terms with OF Shane Victorino on a three-year contract. MINNESOTA TWINS—Agreed to terms with RHP Kevin Correia on a two-year contract. National League CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with INF Jack Hannahan on a two-year contract. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Agreed to terms with INF Andres Blanco, INF Josh Fields, LHP Cesar Jimenez, C Steven Lerud, OF Jermaine Michell, INF/OF Michael Martinez, RHP Zach Miner, INF/OF Pete Orr and C Humberto Quintero on minor league contracts. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Agreed to terms with OF Andres Torres on a one-year contract and RHP Chad Gaudin on a minor league contract. International League PAWTUCKET RED SOX—Named Gary DiSarcina manager. American Association KANSAS CITY T-BONE—Signed RHP Derek McGowan. American West Baseball League YUMA DESERT RATS—Named Hal McRae manager and Jake Thrower hitting-infield coach. Frontier League GATEWAY GRIZZLIES—Signed RHP Ja’Vaun West to a contract extension.

Rebels vs. Victoria Royals Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Centrium The Royals are coming off Tuesday’s 6-2 win at Seattle and have been an improved team as of late, with a 6-3-01 record in their last 10 outings. Victoria sits third in the B.C. Division and sixth in the Western Conference with a 17-13-0-1 record . . . The Royals have some depth up front in leading scorer LW Alex Gogolev (13-23-36) as well as C Logan Nelson (7-23-30), LW Jamie Crooks (15-9-24), RW Ben Walker (10-14-24 and a teambest plus-21) and C Brandon Magee (13-10-23). D Brett Cote has scored five goals, four of them game-winners . . . The Victoria roster includes C Logan Fisher, a Red Deer product. The 17-year-old, a member of the 2012 Telus Cup champion Red Deer Optimist Rebels, has two goals and seven points in 31 games.

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BRIEFS Lightning stomp Stampeders The visiting Stettler Lightning employed a balanced attack and got a 34-save performance from Coleman Waddell in a 6-2 Heritage Junior B Hockey League victory over the Ponoka Stampeders Wednesday. The Lightning got goals from Connor Doucette, Steve Blacklock, Gavin Brandl, Jake Schwarzenberger, Scott

RIVER CITY RASCALS—Signed RHP Gabe Shaw to a contract extension. FOOTBALL CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed DL Kendrick Adams to the practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed LB Vic So’oto to the practice squad. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Signed G/T Derek Hardman. Released G Hayworth Hicks. TENNESSEE TITANS—Signed TE Brandon Barden from the practice squad. Signed S Suaesi Tuimaunei to the practice squad. Canadian Football League MONTREAL ALOUETTES—Signed QB Anthony Calvillo to a one-year contract. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Signed OL Brendan Dunn, DB Teague Sherman and DB Jawann Westerman. HOCKEY ARIZONA SUNDOGS—Acquired D Matt McCready and F Brian Bicek from Missouri for F/D Kyle Hood. RAPID CITY RUSH—Signed F Jesse Schultz. Waived F John Snowden. SOCCER COLUMBUS CREW—Agreed to terms with MF Wil Trapp. NEW YORK RED BULLS—Released D Rafa Marquez. SPORTING KANSAS CITY—Signed D Yann Songo’o.

Scouting report Injuries: Victoria — C Luke Harrison (upper body, one week). Red Deer — LW Jesse Miller (upper body, day-today), LW Cory Millette (lower body, day-to-day). Special teams: Victoria — Power play 20.7 per cent, eighth overall; penalty kill 79.9 per cent, 13th. Red Deer — Power play 16.0 per cent, 18th overall; penalty kill 86.7 per cent, third. Ternes and Kyler O’Connor. Replying for the Stamps were Jacob Cota and Josh Critch. Aaron Swier made 36 saves for Ponoka.

Rebels Black fall to Calgary Royals Graydon Larson made 28 saves in a losing cause Wednesday as the Red Deer Rebels Black fell 5-4 to the host Calgary Royals in an Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League game. Scoring for the Rebels Black, who fired 46 shots at Royals netminder Adam Marcoux, were Luke Coleman, Logan Neal, Jeffrey de Wit and Tyrees Goodrunning.

NEW YORK JETS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Braylon Edwards is back on the field with the New York Jets, and is expected to play against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. Edwards was claimed off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday, reuniting the veteran wide receiver with quarterback Mark Sanchez and the team he helped lead to consecutive AFC title games in 2009 and 2010. Edwards was expected to be a limited participant at practice Thursday with a hamstring issue, but passed his physical and coach Rex Ryan is optimistic about his chances to play. The move to bring Edwards back came a week after he called the Jets’ front office “idiots” for how the team has handled the struggling Sanchez. All was apparently forgiven and forgotten, with Ryan joking that he has been called “a lot worse.”


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Browner’s absence big loss for Seahawks SEAHAWKS COACH SAYS FORMER CFL PLAYER ONE OF HIS BIGGEST DEFENSIVE WEAPONS

BILLS TORONTO SERIES BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Pete Carroll won’t have one of his biggest defensive weapons Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks face the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre. Brandon Browner, the former Calgary Stampeders cornerback, will miss Buffalo’s “home” game, the final contest of the inaugural Bills Toronto Series that began in 2008. He’s currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy and is sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. If the Seahawks (8-5) qualify for the playoffs, Browner would be eligible to return in time for the post-season. And Carroll says not having the six-footfour, 221-pound Browner in the lineup creates a huge void in Seattle’s secondary. “He’s really a first-line factor,” the Seahawks head coach said during a conference call. “The size and savvy he brought makes him a real problem for opponents. “There’s not another six-foot-four guy you can plug in there so he’s very rare.” Following his college career at Oregon State, Browner joined the NFL’s Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2005. But after spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Browner was released prior to the ’06 campaign. Browner wasn’t out of work long, landing with the Stampeders shortly afterwards. The California native adjusted quickly to the pass-happy Canadian game, being named a CFL all-star three times and helping Calgary win the 2008 Grey Cup. Browner signed with Seattle after the 2010 season and wasted no time impressing Carroll. “He came in and ran very well for us on his workout day,” Carroll said. “I thought at that point we might have a real gem and he has been nothing but that. “He started after a few days for us and has been a starter ever since.” Browner registered 54 tackles and six interceptions with Seattle last season, returning two picks for TDs. He was voted to the Pro Bowl as an alternate but ended up playing in the game. Browner hasn’t skipped a beat this season with 44 tackles and three interceptions. More importantly,

he possesses the size and skill required to match up physically with bigger, taller receivers but is also athletic and quick enough to cover them one-on-one. Browner is also giving Seattle a huge bang for the buck. He signed a three-year, US$1.29-million deal Jan. 21, 2011 with a reported salary of US$460,000 this year and $550,000 in 2013. But Browner fits nicely into Seattle’s economic blueprint as the franchise’s entire secondary (10 players) reportedly costs just a combined $11.1 million. By comparison, Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos is regarded as the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, with the 34-year-old said to be earning $11.5 million this season as well as next. And following the 2011 season, defensive lineman Mario Williams signed a six-year, $100-million deal ($50 million guaranteed) as a free agent with Buffalo. Carroll has been aware of Browner’s prowess for a while. It was during his time in the Pac-10 as head coach at USC (2001-’09) that Carroll first became familiar with Browner’s ability as a high school player at Pacoima, Calif. “That story goes way back to when he was a junior in high school,” Carroll said. “We had him in camps and looked at him and didn’t go on him in recruiting but we played against him at Oregon State and he killed us. “After he left (Oregon State), I totally lost track of him. One day (Seahawks’ GM) John Schneider said, ’Hey we’ve got a guy coming in to work out named Brandon Browner.’ I said, ’Is that the kid from Pacoima?’ and he said, ’Yeah, it is.’ “We looked it up and, shoot, he had had three years of being an All-Canadian and as soon as I heard that, I thought, ’If this is who I’m thinking it is, I know he’s really tall, I knew he was a great player in college and just forgot about him. If he showed up there and played bump-and-run and was recognized as a good player, he might be a really special.”’ Walter Thurmond, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick, is taking Browner’s spot at right cornerback but Carroll could soon have another hole to fill. Richard Sherman, the starter at left cornerback, is also facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and is continuing to play the result of an appeal. A date for Sherman’s hearing hasn’t yet been determined. Carroll says the Seahawks have a lot of depth in the secondary but admits being forced to make due without Browner won’t be easy for Seattle.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to players during an NFL football game Oct. 28, in Detroit. Carroll won’t have one of his biggest defensive weapons Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks face the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre in Toronto. “We have really good guys in the program we’re excited about.,” he said. “Walter Thurmond has played really well the last two weeks . . . and we have young guys who’ve jumped in and played pretty well last week (in 58-0 win over Arizona) and we’re going to try to keep it going. “But you’re not going to replace a six-foot-four guy who has the savvy and play-making ability and is a Pro Bowler in his first year in the league. That’s hard to replace.” There’s also the challenge of keeping the Seahawks focused following last weekend’s lopsided victory over Arizona. The question now is how Seattle will handle such success heading into Sunday’s game in Toronto?

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HOUSTON — The last time the Houston Texans faced an inexperienced quarterback they forced second-year pro Jake Locker into five turnovers and sacked him six times in a win over the Titans. Two weeks later, they get a shot at Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft last April, and they can clinch the AFC South title with a win. Luck has thrown for 3,792 yards for the Colts, but leads the AFC in interceptions with 18, and has lost five fumbles. He’s also been sacked 32 times, and will now have to deal with AFC sacks leader J.J. Watt. “We need more sacks,” said Watt, who has a single-season franchise record with 16 ½. “I need to rush the passer better. As a defensive line, we need more pressure and we need to bat some more balls. We’ll put it on us up front.” Coach Gary Kubiak noted that Luck is challenging because even if the defence gets to him for a sack, his size (6-foot 4, 234 pounds) makes him difficult to bring down. “It’s got to be a big conscious effort for us to keep him contained, and then when we do have our opportunities you got to really work to bring him down,” Kubiak said. “You can make just an incredible highlight reel of people just hanging on to him and him still making plays.” Kubiak likened Luck to Ben Roethlisberger because of his size, and said that when he was studying the draft last year he thought he was the best quarterback to come out since his predecessor Peyton Manning. “He’s sure as heck hasn’t disappointed,” Kubiak said. “He’s been excellent this year. I told the team he’s playing like an eight-, nine-year football player. He’s handling a ton of offence.” Despite his development, Luck hasn’t found a way to limit his turnovers. He’s had three games this season with three interceptions, and two of them have come in the last four games. He has nine interceptions in the last four games. The Texans, who are experts at batting down passes, definitely noticed those numbers.


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Hamilton inks $125-million deal with Angels BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT WORTH, Texas — Josh Hamilton left the Texas Rangers on Thursday and agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the slugging free-agent outfielder had reached a deal with the AL West rival Angels. Two people familiar with the talks disclosed the amount and length of the contract, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final. Hamilton’s $25 million average salary matches Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard for the second-highest in baseball, trailing only Alex Rodriguez’s $27.5 million average with the New York Yankees. Texas had hoped to re-sign the 2010 AL Most Valuable Player, who led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. Speaking Thursday after a Rangers’ holiday luncheon, Daniels said he had just been informed of the decision by Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye. Daniels said he was disappointed “to some degree,� especially since the Rangers never got a chance to match any offer during the process, as they had expected. Or at least get contacted before Hamilton agreed with another team. “I never expected that he was going to tell us to the dollar what they had, and a chance to offer it. Our full expectation, the phone call was going to be before he signed, and certainly not after,� Daniels said. “Everybody’s got to make their own calls.�

Hamilton joins a team that spent big last off-season to add first baseman Albert Pujols for $240 million and pitcher C.J. Wilson — Hamilton’s Texas teammate — for $77.5 million. Yet, the Angels disappointed and failed to make the playoffs. “He’s a tremendous talent and I think that they’ve shown they’re going to be in on a lot of the best players out there,� Daniels said. “No sugarcoating it, we wanted the player back. And he signed with the Angels. They’re better.� The agreement came days after the Los Angeles Dodgers added pitchers Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyunjin, boosting their payroll over $200 million. Greinke, another off-season target, said he chose the Dodgers over the Rangers. Hamilton’s addition to the Angels outfield means Mark Trumbo could be moved to third base or traded. Peter Bourjos and Vernon Wells also are among the outfielders competing for time unless a trade is made. Manager Mike Scioscia will have an interesting decision to make on where in the batting order to slot in Pujols, AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and Hamilton, a five-time All-Star. He has a .260 career average at Angel Stadium with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 150 at-bats. Daniels met with Moye last week at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., and had talked about the parameters of a new contract along with numbers. While Daniels wouldn’t get into any specifics, he said his understanding is the deal with the Angels “is certainly more guaranteed money.� The move keeps Hamilton in the same division with plenty of opportunities to play against his team

— the first one coming fast next season. After the Rangers open with three games at new division foe Houston, they play their first home series April 5-7 against the Angels. The 31-year-old slugger was considered a risk by some teams because of his history of alcohol and substance abuse, which derailed his career before his surge with the Rangers over the past five seasons. “Josh has done a lot for the organization, the organization has done a lot for Josh, a lot of things that aren’t public and things of that nature,� Daniels said. “I’m a little disappointed how it was handled, but he had a decision to make and he made it.� Hamilton had a career-high 43 home runs with 128 RBIs in 148 games last season, when the Rangers struggled down the stretch and lost the division to Oakland on the final day of the regular season. Texas then lost in the winner-take-all wild-card game against Baltimore, and Hamilton was lustily booed by Rangers fans while going 0-for-4 — twice striking out on three pitches, including an inningending out in the eighth with a runner in scoring position when it was still a 3-1 game. That came two days after Hamilton dropped a routine popup in the regular-season finale, a two-out tiebreaking miscue that allowed the A’s to score two runs and go ahead to stay. He missed five games on a September trip because of a cornea problem he said was caused by too much caffeine and energy drinks — and had one homer with 18 strikeouts in the final 10 regular-season games after returning. Hamilton hit .304 with 161 homers in his six major league seasons, the first with Cincinnati.

Dempster signs with Red Sox THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with Canadian right-hander Ryan Dempster on a two-year contract worth US$26.5 million, two people familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would not comment on Dempster at a news conference to announce the signing of outfielder Shane Victorino. “We’re engaged with a pitcher. That’s all I can say at this point,� Cherington said, without mentioning Dempster by name. But a few hours later the sides completed the framework of a deal, the two people familiar with the talks said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical. Dempster, from Gibsons, B.C., would help a rotation led by Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, promising young pitchers coming off subpar seasons. At the other end of the staff are Franklin Morales and Felix Doubront; pitchers the Red Sox hope can develop into dependable starters. John Lackey returns after missing last season due to elbow ligamentreplacement surgery. Dempster, 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA this year, gives the Red Sox a reliable pitcher who has thrown more than 200 innings for four of the past five seasons. He was 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA with the Chicago Cubs this year before being traded to Texas. He was 7-3 with a 5.03 ERA for the Rangers. Boston hopes he will be an improvement over Josh Beckett, who was 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that conceded the 2012 season while clearing $250 million in future salaries. Dempster, 35, has a 124-124 record and a 4.33 ERA in a 15-year big league career, most of it with the Marlins and Cubs.

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Watson to lead Americans at 2014 Ryder Cup BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Weary of two decades of defeat in Europe, the Americans are breaking from precedent with a captain uniquely suited for the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. Tom Watson will be by far the oldest man to fill the role and the first repeat captain for the U.S. since 1987. But he’s also the last American to lead the team to victory on the road, and he knows how to win in the blustery Scottish weather. “We are just really tired of losing the Ryder Cup,” PGA of America President Ted Bishop said Thursday during a news conference at the Empire State Building. It won’t be easy. The Americans have lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and have not won away from home since 1993, when Watson was the captain at The Belfry in England. They are coming off a staggering loss this year at Medinah, where Europe strung together a remarkable rally from a 10-6 deficit going into the final day to win by one point. Watson is the first repeat U.S. captain since Jack Nicklaus in 1987, when the Ryder Cup was played on his home course of Muirfield Village in Ohio. Watson becomes the seventh American to get more than one shot. “Tom Watson will do a fine job,” Nicklaus said. “Tom always has been a wonderful golfer and he remains one, but Tom is also a good leader.” His selection received an immediate endorsement from Tiger Woods. The Stanford alums have never been particularly close, and Watson has criticized Woods for not showing respect for the game with his demeanour on the course. “I think he’s a really good choice,” Woods said in a statement. “Tom knows what it takes to win, and that’s our ultimate goal. I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014 United States team.” Watson went out of his way Thursday to praise Woods as “the best player maybe in the history of the game.” “My relationship with Tiger is fine,” he said. “Whatever has been said before is water under the bridge. No issues.” Watson breaks the PGA of America’s prototype in a big way. The eight-time major champion will be 65 when the Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles. Sam Snead was 57 when he was captain in 1969, and the oldest European captain was John Jacobs (56) in 1981. Watson predicted that some would say: “Why is Watson, being the old guy, being the captain?” “I deflect that very simply by saying: ’We play the same game,”’ he said. “I play against these kids at the Masters. I play against them at the British Open.” He does hope to play more PGA Tour events in the

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Tom Watson, left, poses for a picture with PGA of America president Ted Bishop during a news conference in New York, Thursday. The Americans are bringing back Watson as their Ryder Cup golf captain with hopes of ending two decades of losing in Europe. next two years to spend more time around his future team. Watson has not been back to the Ryder Cup since that ’93 victory at The Belfry. But since then, he had been pining for another chance to serve as captain. With that familiar gap-tooth grin, Watson recalled his reaction when the PGA of America first contacted him more than a year ago: “Boy, I’ve been waiting for this call for a long time.” As much as Watson is beloved around the world for his timeless game, epic duels with Nicklaus and graciousness in any outcome, the Scots consider him one of their own. Watson won his first major at Carnoustie in 1975 when he quickly understood how to play links golf. He won five British Open titles, the most of any American, with four of those in Scotland. He nearly made it six claret jugs three years ago. At age 59, he came within an 8-foot par putt on the last hole from winning at Turnberry. Watson missed the putt, and then lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff.

The ovation he heard that week in Turnberry might be different at Gleneagles. His job will be to help the players handle the pressure of the hostile crowd and the enormity of the moment. The PGA of America broke from its model of taking former major champions in their late 40s who still play on the PGA Tour and are in touch with the players. Watson last played a full schedule in 1998, though the PGA of America had to wonder if perhaps the young captains were too close to the players. Bishop first thought of Watson while flying back from Bermuda after the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, when he read a book about that near-miss at the British. When he first called, Watson was in a field in South Dakota pheasant hunting. A few blocks from Broadway on Thursday, Watson compared himself to a stage manager with the job of putting his actors in best position to succeed. He mentioned the importance of luck in winning the Ryder Cup.

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MALELANE, South Africa — Frenchman Gregory Bourdy held a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday, with a revived Charl Schwartzel one of six players tied for second just behind him. Bourdy was flawless around Leopard Creek Country Club for a 6-under 66, carding six birdies and no dropped shots to set the early pace. Bourdy was just clear of Schwartzel and five others at the second event on the European Tour’s 2013 Race to Dubai. A fit-again Schwartzel, who won in Thailand last weekend for his first title since the 2011 Masters, had five birdies and no bogeys in his 5-under 67. The South African shared second with countrymen Louis de Jager, Oliver Bekker and Darren Fichardt and English pair Steve Webster and Richard Bland. Branden Grace was in a tie for eighth after his 68, while former British Open champion and No. 5-ranked Louis Oosthuizen struggled to a 73, chiefly because of a quadruple-bogey eight on the third hole — his 12th. Bourdy has won on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour before and has three European Tour titles. He had three birdies on either side of the turn in a smooth start to his week at Leopard Creek in northern South Africa.

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William Mark & Karen Stevenson – a new secondary suite to be located within a single family dwelling at 157 Sutherland Close (Lot 7, Block 3, Plan 0840421), zoned R1. You may appeal discretionary approvals to the Red Deer Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, Legislative & Governance Services, City Hall, prior to 4:30 p.m. on December 28, 2012. You may not appeal a Permitted Use unless it involves a relaxation, variation or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. Appeal forms (outlining appeal fees) are available at Legislative & Governance Services. For further information, please phone 403-342-8132.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Longtime PGA Tour executive Jeff Monday has been named the president of PGA Tour Canada. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that Monday has been promoted to the newly created position after his season-long evaluation of the Canadian Tour in 2012. The PGA assumed operational control of the Canadian Tour on Nov. 1 and renamed it PGA Tour Canada. Monday has been with the PGA Tour for 24 years, most recently serving as the Web.com Tour’s senior vice-president of tournament business affairs. “Jeff brings a wealth of experience to his new role as President of PGA Tour Canada,” Finchem said in a release. “In leading our exploratory efforts to determine our future role with the Canadian Tour, he gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the Tour and its existing tournaments, and the potential to grow professional golf in Canada. It is a natural progression for Jeff to assume this leadership position with PGA Tour Canada.”

Monday said in a statement that the tour’s summer 2013 schedule, which is scheduled to begin the week of June 3-9, will be confirmed by late January. The tour will debut with at least eight tournaments — each offering a minimum purse of $150,000 — and has a goal of eventually growing to 12 or 13 events. All tournaments will be held in Canada during the summer months. PGA Tour Canada will provide direct access to the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour) for its leading money winners. The top five players will receive playing privileges on the Web.com Tour, while the next five will be exempt into the finals of the Web.com Tour qualifying school. “I am very excited to have this opportunity to help direct the strategic direction and growth of PGA Tour Canada,” Monday said. “It became very evident during my visits with tournaments, sponsors, volunteers and players, the potential this tour has and just how passionate the country is about golf. “We have a lot of work to do, but all of the elements for success are there.”

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The proposed bylaw may be inspected at Legislative Services, 2nd Floor City Hall during regular office hours or for more details, contact City of Red Deer Planning Services at 403-406-8700. City Council will hear from any person claiming to be affected by the proposed bylaw at the Public Hearing on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall. If you want your letter or petition included on the Council agenda you must submit it to the Manager, Legislative Services by Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Otherwise you can simply tell Council your views at the Public Hearing. Council’s Procedure Bylaw indicates that each presentation is limited to 10 minutes. Any submission will be public information. If you have any questions regarding the use of this information please contact the Manager, Legislative Services at 403-342-8132.

Downtown 5. Group 2 Architects Ltd. – an institutional service facility for an online school on behalf of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, to be located at 103 4706 48 Avenue. 6. Trinity Christian Fellowship – a place of worship and community support services, to be located at 5301 50 Avenue. You may appeal Discretionary approvals to the Red Deer Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, Legislative Services, City Hall, prior to 4:30 p.m. on December 28, 2012. You may not appeal a Permitted Use unless it involves a relaxation, variation or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. Appeal forms (outlining appeal fees) are available at Legislative Services. For further information, please phone 403-342-8399


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Buzz is back for Blue Jays baseball AFTER SOME BOLD OFF-SEASON MOVES, BLUE JAYS COULD BE A CONTENDER IN 2013 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have a new skipper, fresh faces on the roster and a renewed sense of confidence. With one bold megatrade and a few surprise moves, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has put baseball back on the front burner in a city that is starving for a taste of the post-season. Anthopoulos has addressed several glaring needs and strengthened a sagging starting rotation. The lineup is much deeper, team speed has improved and there is more depth on the roster. Fans of Canada’s only major-league team have endured a near two-decade run of mediocrity. After years of looking down the road, the Blue Jays’ future is now. However, while it’s tempting for some fans to start planning the parade route, there is a long list of teams that made big offseason splashes in previous years but flopped in the regular season. It’s one of the reasons why team officials haven’t made any bold statements or predictions. “We know we haven’t won anything yet, we haven’t done anything yet,� Anthopoulos said in a recent interview. “We’ve made some trades and I understand it’s always exciting when trades are made. “But I don’t know that anything’s ever been won in the winter.� Big changes were made shortly after Toronto wrapped up a 73-win season in 2012, good for a fourth-place finish in the American League East. Injuries and ineffectiveness contributed to some mid-season struggles, resulting in another run of inconsequential late-season games and a rather dreary atmosphere at Rogers Centre. Anthopoulos made it very clear at season’s end that beefing up the team’s starting pitching would be a top priority. He delivered by acquiring veteran starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in a huge deal with Miami last month, giving the Jays a couple of inning-eating horses at the front end of the rotation. All-star shortstop Jose Reyes also came over from the Marlins along with infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, catcher John Buck and cash considerations. In return, the Blue Jays gave up infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis, pitcher Henderson Alvarez and three prospects. Toronto also got in on the free-agent action this off-season, signing outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal and infielder Maicer Izturis to a three-year contract. Manager John Farrell was dealt to Boston and John Gibbons was brought back as skipper. On paper the team looks significantly better. If the players can stay healthy and consistent, the Blue Jays should be in the mix of American League contenders. But there are still several question marks heading into next season. Will slugger Jose Bautista have the same pop

BASEBALL after undergoing wrist surgery last summer? Can Edwin Encarnacion duplicate the statistics from his breakout season? Will Cabrera be able to post the same numbers he did with San Francisco before his suspension for a positive testosterone test last August? The other teams in the always-tough AL East have also been busy and there is no clear favourite at this point. Anthopoulos feels it will likely come down to health and the performance of every team’s key players. “We thought we had a competitive team last year, obvi-

ously we had a lot of injuries,� he said. “But those other clubs had a lot of injuries as well and we were still in fourth place. So those other clubs are incredibly strong. They’ve shown the ability to withstand and to have the depth with the injuries that they sustained last year. “So from that standpoint, I mean every team in the division, there’s just so much parity right now. It’s really going to be a coin flip I think in a lot of ways going into next year.� The Blue Jays will look to build on last season’s 15 per cent home attendance jump

and it’s a good bet the team will be a hot ticket out of the gate. Toronto hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1993. The Canadian national team is also hungry for success after coming up short at the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic. Japan won the inaugural WBC in 2006 and successfully defended its title in 2009. Canada did not make it to the second round at either event and needed to advance through a qualifying round to reach the 16-team main draw for 2013. Canada is in Pool D along

with Italy, Mexico and the United States. Canada will open round-robin play March 8 against Italy at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. Canada will play Mexico the following day at Chase Field in Phoenix before wrapping up the first round against the Americans on March 10. The top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to the second round. Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau of New Westminster, B.C., and Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., have already been named to the provisional 28-man roster. The rest of the Canadian players will be named in mid-January.

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IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says he will play with a broken finger Sunday against Pittsburgh. Bryant was listed as a limited participant in practice Thursday, an upgrade from a day earlier, when he sat out. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said he caught some passes in practice after saying before the workout he didn’t think Bryant would. Bryant said in the locker room after practice that the “only thing y’all need to know is I’m playing.�


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Penner looking Bernier to play in Spengler Cup if lockout continues forward to another fight down under BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON FIGHTER IS READY TO MAKE HIS MARK IN OCTOGON AT AUSTRALIAN UFC BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Two fights in the UFC and Canadian Nick (The Quiet Assassin) Penner has gone Down Under for both of them. What are the chances? Then again, the Edmonton-based light-heavyweight knows all about beating the odds. The 32-year-old survived a parking lot shooting in 2007, taking bullets in the hip and arm. A friend owned a security company and called him in for a day. “According to the cops, there was a planned hit for somebody,” said Penner, who had just got out of the military at the time. “And I guess you could say mistaken identity is a bit of a bitch. They thought it was me, so they lit me up in a parking lot.” Doctors were amazed that the damage wasn’t worse. “It just missed so many vital spots,” said Penner, a native of Blumenort, Man. “So I got really really lucky.” He was able to leave hospital the next day. But the injury delayed his pro fighting debut — which was scheduled for a week later — and he has had injury issues ever since as a result of the bullet tearing through his hip flexor. “I was a little bit younger back then, I guess you could say a little dumber back then, and I didn’t bother rehabbing anything and I’m paying the price for it now.” He missed all of 2010 because of knee surgery. And in July, an injury forced him to miss a UFC fight with Tom DeBlass. A healthy Penner (12-2) faces American Cody (Donnybrook) Donovan on Friday night (Canadian time) on the undercard of a televised UFC card from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Australia. Donovan (7-3) was a late replacement for the injured Eddie Mendez, who had replaced Ednaldo Oliveira. Penner had stepped in earlier for fellow Canadian Krzysztof (The Polish Experiment) Soszynski. The 31-year-old Donovan, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt who trains out of the Grudge Training Center in Denver, has won three straight including bouts in Bellator and Instinct MMA. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado with a degree in media arts. The card, the UFC’s fourth in Australia and the first outside of Sydney, is the live finale of the “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes,” an Australia versus United Kingdom version of the UFC’s long-running reality series. The card is headlined by a matchup of the two coaches: England’s Ross (The Real Deal) Pearson and Australia’s George Sotiropoulos. The winners of the show will be determined on the Gold Coast with Brad Scott of the United Kingdom and Australian-based Kiwi Robert Whittaker meeting at welterweight and Colin (The Freakshow) Fletcher and Norman (Stormin) Parke squaring off in an all-U.K. lightweight final. Penner lost his UFC debut by first-round TKO to Australian Anthony (The Hippo) Perosh in March on the televised Alves-Kampmann card. But he had no problem making the long trip again. “I love Australia,” he said. “I love it out here. It’s sort of Canada, it’s like fighting in front of my home country.” He has made changes on this trip, however. “I’ve handled the time change a little better this time,” he said. “I did just a couple of things to prepare myself a little bit better. “It’s not a big deal. And it’s nice to be out of the snowstorm, right?” Penner left Canada a week ago Thursday, arriving on Saturday after a route that took him from Edmonton to San Francisco to Auckland to the Gold Coast. “I managed to get a bit of sleep on the plane. It wasn’t that bad,” he said.

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L.A. Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier laughs following a charity hockey game in Chateauguay, Que., September 27.

Jonathan Bernier is committed to representing Canada at the Spengler Cup if the NHL lockout continues through the end of the month. The Los Angeles Kings goaltender has been playing for the Heilbronn Falcons in Germany’s second division during the work stoppage and plans to join the Canadian team for the Dec. 2631 event. Like the other NHLers tentatively scheduled to wear the Maple Leaf in Davos, Switzerland over the holidays, Bernier’s availability hinges on the status of collective bargaining talks back in North America. Hockey Canada doesn’t expect to formally name the Spengler Cup team until just before Christmas because of the uncertainty brought on by the NHL lockout. Canada is scheduled open the tournament against Adler Mannheim on Dec. 26.

Bernier previously represented Canada during the 2008 world junior championship, winning gold as a backup to Steve Mason, and at the 2011 IIHF World Hockey Championship. He also played in the world under-18 championship. If NHL players continue to be locked out, Canada should be strong up front. Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Matt Duchene and Brooks Laich are all currently playing for teams in the Swiss league and have shown some interest in the event. Earlier this week, the Canadian team’s architect acknowledged that he’d been in contact with all of them. “These are top-end guys that would obviously put us in a good situation with our overall team makeup,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of national teams. “No matter what event it is we always try to put our best team together — our goal is to win these events.”

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New crosswalk to aid disabled NATIVITY PAGEANT Live actors and animals will present re-enactments of the birth of the baby Jesus Christ in the manger in Bethlehem next week. Join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening for the 31st annual edition of the outdoor Nativity Pageant. There will be shows each night at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. The show mostly features youth from the church, who will portray Mary, Joseph, the Inn Keeper, the Three Wise Men, Shepherds and Angels in each of the 20-minute shows. The presentations will also feature recorded music from the worldrenowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no charge for admission. There will be hot chocolate and cookies served indoors. The church is located at 8 Keast Way in Red Deer. For further information, contact Patricia Argent at 403-342-5581.

TO REDUCE DIFFICULTY IN ACCESSING TRANSIT SERVICES ON ORR DRIVE BY TYLER DAWSON ADVOCATE STAFF A new crosswalk will be built on Orr Drive in Red Deer to reduce the difficulty that disabled pedestrians have in accessing transit services. On Monday, city council approved a request for a mid-block crosswalk at the Parkland CLASS building at 6332 Orr Drive. City of Red Deer traffic engineer Micky Szeto said that the installation will be scheduled for some time in 2013. A report submitted to council by the Engineering Services Department stated that a request was made in June for the crosswalk because some disabled pedestrians were having difficulty reaching the nearest legal intersection on their way to and

from the bus stop across from the Parkland CLASS building. The Transit Department estimates that about 35 people use that bus stop each day. At the time the request was received, Engineering Services turned it down, because council policy does not provide an installation procedure for crosswalks at mid-block. The stance of Engineering Services is that intersections are the safest place to cross a roadway. In 2013, council will consider amendments to current policy that would allow mid-block crossings in special circumstances. However, Coun. Paul Harris said that council unanimously passed the proposed resolution to build the crosswalk on Orr Drive. Council did not approve a second mid-block crosswalk request for Barrett

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PARKLAND MALL’S SHADES OF AMBITION CAMPAIGN STARTING Parkland Mall is accepting applications for its Shades of Ambition campaign. The third annual event at the shopping centre invites three charitable organizations to sell pieces of a large mural to raise money for their programs. The charity selling the most wins $7,500 donation from Parkland Mall, while second place gets $5,000 and third $2,500. The deadline for applications is Jan. 5. Criteria and application forms are available online at www.parklandmall. ca. More information is available by calling mall marketing manager Krista Dunstan at 403-3142702.

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

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Tattoo artist Sandra James outlines a butterfly on client Dona Anable’s neck at Expert Body Mod Wednesday. This is the fourth year clients could choose from a selection of $80 designs with proceeds — usually around $1,000 — donated by the shop to the Red Deer Food Bank.

Drive at the Bower Place Shopping Centre entrance. Harris said council decided to look at possible mid-block crossings in the city and prioritize them. Councillors felt that “this one in particular should be elevated to the top of the pile,” he said. The projected cost to install a signed and marked crosswalk with curb extensions, and solar power side-mounted amber flashers, on Orr Drive is $67,000. Harris said that council had approved other crosswalks this year, but that the funds had not been used up. The money for the Orr Drive crosswalk will come from unallocated traffic signal funding in the 2012 capital budget. tdawson@reddeeradvocate.com

Petition demands more police BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF

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A Red Deer man hopes to catch city council’s attention by starting a petition to put more police officers on the streets. Calvin Goulet-Jones, 26, started the online petition on Wednesday calling on the city to immediately hire 20 additional RCMP officers to work on the front line. Goulet-Jones said Red Deer’s recent ranking in Maclean’s magazine as the second most dangerous city in Canada compelled him to take action. “We are very understaffed,” said Goulet-Jones, a tile-setter who is considering running for councillor in the October 2013 municipal election. “The bottom line is we need more police officers.” Goulet-Jones said he has received some negative feedback over his petition from people who have said the issue is more complicated than simply staffing and there needs to be a community-focused approach. “Of course it is more than police officers,” said GouletJones. “The reality is we are 20 officers understaffed from what the RCMP allocated to Red Deer. We are the second most dangerous city in Canada. That’s just not acceptable.” Goulet-Jones said the city’s operating budget deliberations get underway in a few weeks and now is the time for the city to come together. “We can choose to have the same amount of officers now and continue forth and

continue being a dangerous city,” said Goulet-Jones. He hopes to collect 2,500 names and present it to a city clerk before the operating budget deliberations begin on Jan. 7. Goulet-Jones said he understands it is not an official petition and he simply wants council to listen to the citizens they represent. “I am hoping they can reallocate some funds,” said Goulet-Jones. “The hard part of the decision is where are those funds going to come from but that’s council’s decision.” Red Deer RCMP are expected to make a “significant request” for police officers during the budget talks. The City of Red Deer recently released crime statistics for the period between 2006 and 2011, as well as staffing levels at the detachment. The stats showed the number of Criminal Code files per member at Red Deer City RCMP was nearly 150, compared with 99 as the provincial average. The detachment employs 131 Mounties, but only 56 of those are dedicated to frontline, first response calls. Supt. Warren Dosko told the Advocate there are 151 positions allocated to Red Deer RCMP but the city has actually chosen to not fund 20 of those positions. The petition is available at www.petitionhosting.com and by searching “Red Deer needs more police officers.” crhyno@reddeeradvocate. com

Timberlands school boundaries approved BY TYLER DAWSON ADVOCATE STAFF

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Red Deer Public School District trustees have approved the zoning boundaries for the new elementary school in Timberlands. The dual track English and French immersion school is scheduled to open in September 2014. The English program is zoned for students from Clearview Extension, Clearview Ridge, College Park, Garden Heights, Timberlands, Timberstone, Vanier Woods and Vanier East. Students in French immersion who live east of 30th Avenue will also attend the new school. Additionally, the board decided at its meeting on Wednesday that students in the Gateway Christian alternative program will attend River Glen School. Students in the Spanish bilingual program at G.H. Dawe School will attend the Pines School. “These things are complex and I’m

pleased with the scenario the board has chosen,” said Piet Langstraat, superintendent of schools. He said more than 10 per cent of students in Red Deer Public schools are in French immersion, and that the community is in favour of the dual track program. “We went through an extensive public consultation process,” Langstraat said. Five scenarios were presented to the public for comment, one of which was the dual track plan. More than 2,000 people responded to an online engagement strategy by the school district. “When we looked at the feedback we received throughout, it all was going double track,” Langstraat said. School board chairman Lawrence Lee echoed this sentiment. He said the board “didn’t want to stifle the growth” of French immersion programs in the city.

This zoning decision is the “least disruptive” to the system as a whole, Lee said. Langstraat said that it was difficult to judge the number of students that would be affected by the boundary changes, particularly because of home construction in the area. However, Lee said that sentiment has been nothing but positive in terms of opening a potential additional 600 elementary school spaces. The school, which has not been named yet, is capable of taking 500 students and could be expanded for 600. “It won’t be entirely full when it opens, but it will be substantially full,” Langstraat said, estimating the school will open with about 400 students. The school district is still looking into matters such as busing and welcome strategies for incoming students and their families. tdawson@reddeeradvocate.com

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BRIEFS Santa to fly over Rocky Santa Claus will fly over Rocky Mountain House this Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. sharp. For about 10 years, residents and visitors have gathered to spot Santa as he flies from the north, and circles the town. It is a free event, and everyone is invited to come watch. One of the best places to spot Santa is at a park across from the von Hollen residence at 5725 57th St. Close in Rocky Mountain House. Alfred and Cheryl von Hollen have an annual Christmas setup with 110,000 lights. After watching Santa fly by, people are invited to tour the von Hollen yard to view the lights. The display is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Von Hollens accept food bank donations.

Man kicks Brinks truck, injured A man suffered minor injuries after being struck by a van he allegedly kicked first on Ross Street on Thursday. The 33-year-old pedestrian allegedly kicked a Brinks Security van turning onto 51st Avenue around noon, resulting in his foot being run over. The van had the right of way. RCMP remind pedestrians that under the provincial Traffic Safety Act, it is illegal to proceed across a road into a vehicle’s path and to cross a road outside a crosswalk and fail to yield to a vehicle. Both offences carry $57 fines

CheckStop campaigns launched Red Deer City RCMP and Lacombe Police Services have launched their December CheckStop campaigns. “We’ll be doing one at least once a week,” said Sgt. Isabelle Hammer, who heads city RCMP traffic services. “I want to . . . incite people to plan better their evenings. They can preplan with cabs and other ride services. We’d rather say Merry Christmas than you’ve got an impaired.” Lacombe Police chief Gary Leslie said in a release that roving, random CheckStops are underway. “I hope Lacombe residents will think twice before getting behind the wheel while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is either impaired by alcohol or a drug.” Alberta RCMP and Sheriffs integrated traffic units are also busy, arresting 15 impaired drivers at four CheckStops since Dec. 1. Innisfail and Ponoka both have integrated units, patrolling numerous Central Alberta highways, including Hwy 2.

Weapons, drugs found Four people face numerous charges after a warrant executed on a Red Deer residence yielded numerous drugs and various weapons. On Sunday, members of the Red Deer RCMP executed the warrant at a home. Upon entering the residence, police say they found four males and two females. A search of the residence led to the seizure of cocaine and prescription drugs, drug trafficking paraphernalia, a ninemm prohibited handgun, a prohibited knife and a machete, police allege. Police have charged four individuals, including

Woman appears in court A Red Deer area woman who was charged in October after a stash of drugs, cash, bear spray and a bat were seized from a truck in Red Deer made a brief court appearance on Thursday. Red Deer City RCMP, along with assistance from a specialized unit from Calgary, arrested the woman and a man on the evening of Oct. 23. SCAN first noticed the vehicle while conducting surveillance of a home in Inglewood. SCAN is a unit that’s part of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. RCMP conducted a traffic stop, finding a large quantity of cash, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, Oxycodone and marijuana. Bear spray and a bat were also located in the vehicle. The truck’s passenger, Brian Randell Buxton, 31, of Red Deer and pickup truck driver, Summer Brook Kreiser, 29, of Sylvan Lake, were arrested. Kreiser was charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failing to comply with an undertaking. She will be back in court on Jan. 17 for election and plea. Buxton was charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. SCAN is a unit comprised of Alberta Sheriffs whose goal is to observe properties where criminal activity negatively affects the health, safety or security of one or more persons in the community or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of one or more properties in the neighbourhood.

The last MAGnificent Saturdays drop-in program at the Red Deer and District Museum and Archives is this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The new series of programs begins on Jan. 5. The MAG will be closed for the holiday season starting on Saturday, Dec. 22, and will reopen on Tuesday Jan. 2. Over half of the museum is a construction zone in preparation for the new exhibit, Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland. The exhibition opens on March 25. The grand opening is scheduled for April 14. For more information, contact Karin Richardson-Mackenzie at 403-3098446.

Christmas Spectacular underway The Linton Family Christmas Spectacular is seeking cash donations for the Red Deer Hospital Pediatric Teddy Bear Program and non-perishable food items for the Red Deer Food Bank. Their house features thousands of lights, and sculptures. Viewers can drive up to the house to see the display. Last year, the Lintons raised $800 to buy teddy bears for children in hospital. They hope to top that number this year. The Linton Christmas Spectacular is located two minutes out of Red Deer: head east on the Delburne Road, past the county fire hall to Range Road 270. Turn right, and it is the second acreage on the right hand side. The display starts at 5 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. nightly. The final day is Sunday, Jan. 6.

Red Deer City RCMP are searching for two suspects who lit a fire in a garbage receptacle at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School early Tuesday morning. Police and the Red Deer fire investigator responded in the morning when staff arrived and noticed damage to the exterior of the building. Video surveillance shows two males setting debris from the school wood shop on fire around 1 a.m. The suspects remained at the scene for some time while the fire was burning, before leaving. They did not enter the school. By the time staff arrived in the morning, the fire had burned itself out, said Cpl. Leanne Molzahn with the RCMP. There was heat damage to the exterior of the building.

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Harley Richards, Business Editor, 403-314-4337 E-mail editorial@reddeeradvocate.com

RBC forecasting economic upswing AFTER THE STALL, CANADIAN ECONOMY TO PICK UP SPEED IN 2013 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada’s largest private sector bank is taking a relatively bullish stance on the prospects for the economy going forward. The Royal Bank’s latest quarterly outlook predicts growth will accelerate to 2.4 per cent next year and continue to expand to 2.8 per cent in 2014, following a year that saw the weakest growth since the recession and a virtual stall in the third quarter. The forecast is slightly rosier than the Bank of Canada’s call for 2.3 and 2.4 per

cent growth in the two years, and even more at odds with the consensus forecast of 2.0 in 2013. The bulwark of the economy continues to be the resource sector — with Alberta and Saskatchewan supporting much of the growth in both years. But RBC chief economist Craig Wright says he believes the global economy is putting a number of hiccups that occurred in 2012 in the rear view mirror and is ready to start accelerating again. That will be good for Canadian exports, he says, which is the key reason the country’s economy underperformed this year,

at an expected two per cent. It braked to as low as 0.6 per cent in the summer months. The sanguine view on exports is despite the fact that RBC sees the Canadian dollar strengthening to about $1.05 US by the end of 2013. A strong dollar makes Canadian products more expensive and less competitive in foreign markets. “I would say we are cautiously optimistic,” Wright said. “We’re slightly more upbeat than consensus, but not dramatically so.”

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Canadian household debt hits hew high

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Oilsands needs stronger oil prices: agency CALGARY — DBRS says oil producers in the Bakken region have a US$20-a-barrel pricing edge over their counterparts in Alberta’s oilsands. The credit rating agency says oilsands players need prices of between US$80 and US$100 a barrel to be economically viable. On the other hand, producers in the Bakken — a shale formation that underlies parts of North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan and Manitoba — need prices of between US$60 and US$80. Bakken oil is of higher quality than bitumen from the oilsands, which requires upgrading before it can be refined into fuel. Bakken oil can also be more easily transported to market by rail, as opposed to the oilsands, which are suffering from pipeline constraints. And the upfront capital costs in the oilsands are higher than they are in the Bakken.

New house prices rise OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says its price index for new housing rose 0.2 per cent in October. The agency says the combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, as well as the Montreal region, were the top contributors to the increase. Toronto and Oshawa prices were up due to market conditions, while higher material and labour costs and new building code requirements pushed prices up in Montreal. Monthly prices declined 0.2 per cent in Charlottetown and were down 0.1 per cent in the combined metropolitan region of Sudbury and Thunder Bay, Ont. Prices were unchanged in 11 of the 21 metropolitan regions surveyed in October. On a yearover-year basis, the index was up 2.4 per cent compared with October 2011. — The Canadian Press

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Alex Ornelas, owner of George’s Restaurant, displays one of the tablets that he uses to process takeout and delivery orders through SkipTheDishes.

Busy? TrySkipTheDishes to order food online BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR When Joshua Simair orders takeout, he relies on his smartphone. He thinks other young people do the same. “I can order food off my phone, but I can’t use a phone book,” he said. “I don’t know how.” Simair is president and cofounder of SkipTheDishes, a Prairie-based tech start-up that enables people to request food for takeout or delivery, online. The www.skipthedishes.ca website gives users a list of participating restaurants, allows them to peruse the online menu of each and then processes their order. Soon after, they receive a confirmation email with a pickup or delivery time. SkipTheDishes did a test launch in Saskatoon in September, and on Thursday made Red Deer its second market. Winnipeg was scheduled to become next, today.

‘WE INTRODUCE THEM (RESTAURANTS) TO REALLY THE BEST DEMOGRAPHIC OF CUSTOMERS — IT’S 20- TO 40-YEAR-OLDS THAT ARE WORKING REALLY HARD, THAT HAVE MONEY AND DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET GREAT FOOD.’ — JOSHUA SIMAIR, PRESISENT AND FOUNDER

OF SKIPTHEDISHES “It’s manageable for us to do a great job in cities like Saskatoon, Red Deer and Winnipeg first,” explained Simair, adding that bigger centres like Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver will follow. In the case of Red Deer, about a dozen restaurants have already signed up. Simair said the system appeals to most, because it speeds up the task of receiving and processing orders, and gives them an online marketing tool. “We introduce them to really the best demographic of customers — it’s 20- to 40-yearolds that are working really hard, that have money and

don’t have enough time to get great food.” Simair, who has worked as an investment banker, is one of about 20 people behind SkipTheDishes. Two of his brothers, both software engineers, are also involved. Although some large restaurant chains have online ordering systems, it’s tough for smaller independents to access such technology. SkipTheDishes allows them to work together and promote their varied offerings to a larger market than they could individually.

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New members join airport board The board that governs the operations of Red Deer Airport has welcomed five new members. Michael Kerr and John Cuthbertson were appointed to the Red Deer Regional Airport Authority board by the City of Red Deer, while Beverly Krausher, Dave Minhas and Jason Scheyen were named to it by Red Deer County. The authority is a not-for-profit, non-share corporation that manages the airport. Its 12-person board has representatives from the city and county. Kerr is the technology development adviser with Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network — Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.

Cuthbertson is a retired founder of Cuthbertson Sandall Chartered Accountants in Red Deer. Krausher owns and operates Great Strides Fine Shoes in Red Deer. She has a background in business management and accounting. Minhas is a partner with Heywood Holmes and Partners LLP, Chartered Accountants, and Scheyen is chief operating officer at Strata Energy Services Inc. Departing from the board are Al Tait, Greg Bott and Nancy Saik. RJ Steenstra is CEO of the Red Deer Airport Authority and Bernie Papp is board chair.

OTTAWA — Canadians are more in hock today than ever before, Statistics Canada said Thursday in releasing fresh data on household debt. The new report shows household debt to annual disposable income reached a new high at 164.6 per cent, from 163.3 per cent the previous quarter. Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney has named rising household debt a key risk to the Canadian economy, but noted this week he was encouraged that credit growth appeared to be slowing. Still, Carney has also said he expects the debt-to-income ratio to keep rising over the next couple of years. That is in part because of a lag in time between purchase decisions — such as a new home — and when the debt gets registered. In the July-September period, households borrowed $27.3 billion, $18.4 billion of that in mortgages, while consumer credit levels increased by $7 billion to $474 billion. The high debt-to-income number may surprise Canadians who only a few months ago were told it was just above 150 per cent. But Statistics Canada has recently revised how it calculates the measure to make it more representative of actual household finances. There was some good news in the report. The agency noted that the pace of growth in debt slowed during the period. As well, household net worth rose one per cent to $197,800 in the July-September period, mostly due to gains in holdings in stocks, including mutual funds, and increased value of pension assets. Economist Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets said the report is unlikely to change the perception of Canada’s debt problem. The debt-to-income ratio has been setting new records since 2003, but remains below the peak reached south of the border before the 2007 housing crash. StatsCan says using equivalent measurements, Canada’s ratio is about 10 percentage points below the peak reached in the U.S. prior to the housing crash in 2007. The Bank of Canada, Jean notes, shouldn’t be shifted from its interest rate stance given “the evolution of debt seems to tie in to its expectations.” He pointed out that the effect of mortgage tightening rules brought in July had only begun to be felt in the third quarter numbers. But while managing debt doesn’t appear to be a major concern at the moment, thanks to super-low interest rates, the danger signs continue to flash red, economists warned.

Encana, PetroChina form natural gas partnership LOOKING AT PROMISING SHALE NATURAL GAS FORMATION IN WEST-CENTRAL ALBERTA BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Less than a week after Ottawa waved through CNOOC Ltd.’s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc., a different Chinese state-owned company is plowing another $2.2 billion into the Canadian oilpatch. Natural gas giant Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) and PetroChina subsidiary Phoenix Duvernay Gas announced Thursday they have reached a deal to work together in the Duvernay, a promising shale natural gas formation in west-central Alberta.

Phoenix will end up owning just shy of half of the 180,000 hectares Encana has in the Duvernay, which means the deal won’t be subject to the same federal review as the Nexen deal. In announcing the Nexen (TSX:NXY) decision — as well as a green light for Malaysian state-owned firm Petronas’ takeover of natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ) — Prime Minister Stephen Harper stressed that those types of deals would not be the norm. “I think Prime Minister Harper was clear that Canadian was still welcoming foreign investment,” said Geoff Hill, a partner at Deloitte’s Calgary officer.

“Where he was also clear was that control and complete ownership, especially by state-owned enterprises, would be much more difficult.” Encana estimates there are nine billion oil-equivalent barrels initially in place on its Duvernay lands, which are rich in valuable natural gas liquids. It will remain operator of the project. “Phoenix’s investment demonstrates the tremendous value that Encana has created in this early-life, liquids-rich play and enables us to accelerate the pace at which the full production potential of our Duvernay lands can be achieved,” Encana CEO Randy Eresman said in a release.


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

Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 96.24 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 78.95 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.70 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.40 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.85 Cdn. National Railway . . 90.07 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . . 98.55 Cdn. Satellite . . . . . . . . . . 6.20

Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 69.38 Capital Power Corp . . . . 22.14 Cervus Equipment Corp 17.46 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 31.03 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 41.97 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 23.81 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.74 General Motors Co. . . . . 25.12 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 18.46

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower on Thursday as gold stocks were weighed down and concerns developed over comments made at the federal budget talks in Washington. The S&P/TSX composite index fell 63.92 points to end the session at 12,289.17, with commodities-heavy sectors contributing most to the decline. The TSX Venture Exchange was off 11.35 points to 1,173.59. The Canadian dollar fell 0.01 of a cent to 101.54 cents US. The TSX gold sector fell 2.8 per cent as February bullion dropped against the U.S. dollar. The contract fell $21.10 to close at US$1,696.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) shares dropped 3.2 per cent, or $1.22, to $36.41. Crude oil prices for January backed off 88 cents to US$85.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, helping to pull down the energy sector 0.5 per cent. And copper prices also fell, with the March contract on the Nymex dropping 5.6 cents to US$3.66 a pound. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 74.73 points to 13,170.72, while the Nasdaq shed 21.65 points to 2,992.16 and the S&P 500 dropped 9.03 points to 1,419.45. In Washington, House Speaker John Boehner said that the White House was so resistant to cutting government spending that it risked pushing the country off the “fiscal cliff.”

Research in Motion. . . . . 13.63 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 41.58 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 38.61 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 65.93 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 14.83 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 45.59 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.34 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 69.82 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.53 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 40.82 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 11.67 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.01 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.49 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 48.56 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69.04 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 20.05 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 33.86

The cliff scenario involves an end-of-year deadline when automatic spending cuts and tax increases are set to take place. With economic growth already weak, the worry is that the two moves would push the U.S. back into recession, sending shockwaves around the world. In U.S. economic data, the Commerce Department said Americans spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in November, pushing retail sales up 0.3 per cent last month. That offset a 0.3 per cent decline in October. And the U.S. Labor Department said fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the fourth straight weekly decline. The seasonally-adjusted figure of 343,000 was the lowest level in two months and the second-lowest total this year. The data on declining unemployment applications, which suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs, comes after the Federal Reserve for the first time ever tied its interest rate policy to unemployment as it aggressively attacks joblessness in the U.S. The Fed said Wednesday that it will keep its key shortterm interest rate near zero at least until the unemployment rate drops below 6.5 per cent and inflation rises to 2.5 per cent. On the TSX, shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) gained more than 3.5 per cent after the company said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be launching a pilot program with its smartphones using the new operating system BlackBerry 10, likely in January.

Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 19.14 First Quantum Minerals . 20.80 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 36.41 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . 10.36 Inmet Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . 66.70 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 9.58 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 40.00 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.03 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 34.57 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 24.15 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 31.31 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 42.18 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.74 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 42.25 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 28.26 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 19.44 Canyon Services Group. 11.22 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 32.75

CWC Well Services . . . . 0.680 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 20.85 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.09 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 88.58 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 33.51 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.12 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 29.07 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 41.72 IROC Services . . . . . . . . . 2.35 Nexen Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.41 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 4.84 Penn West Energy . . . . . 11.13 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . . 1.55 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 7.82 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 31.68 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.26 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 12.79 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 7.35 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 51.20

Its stock was up 49 cents to $13.63. Sobeys supermarket operator Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) reported a 19.5 per cent increase in fiscal second-quarter profits to $93.3 million or $1.37 per share, compared with net income of $78.1 million or $1.15 per share in the second quarter last year. Shares of the company fell $1.66 to $59.85. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close of Thursday: Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 12,289.17 down 63.92 points TSX Venture Exchange — 1,173.59 down 11.35 points TSX 60 — 705.10 down 3.07 points Dow — 13,170.72 down 74.73 points S&P 500 — 1,419.45 down 9.03 points Nasdaq — 2,992.16 down 21.65 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 101.54 cents US, down 0.01 of a cent Pound — C$1.5862, down 0.27 of a cent Euro — C$1.2877, up 0.14 of a cent Euro — US$1.3076, up 0.13 of a cent Oil futures: US$85.89 per barrel, down 88 cents (January contract) Gold futures: US$1,696.80 per oz., down $21.10

Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 60.11 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 56.83 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.62 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 28.40 Carefusion . . . . . . . . . . . 28.17 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 23.51 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 41.30 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 63.78 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 12.99 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 76.96 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.09 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 59.34 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 27.80 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.03

(February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $33.313 oz., down 98.5 cents $1,071.01 kg, down $31.67 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Thursday at 1,173.59, down 11.35 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 159.02 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan ’13 $3.70 higher $590.20; March ’13 $3.70 higher $587.00; May ’13 $4.00 higher $585.70; July ’13 $4.10 higher $580.60; Nov. ’13 $2.90 higher $533.00; Jan. ’14 $2.90 higher $535.20; March ’14 $2.90 higher $535.50; May ’14 $2.90 higher $533.40; July ’14 $2.90 higher $530.50; Nov. ’14 $2.90 higher $532.50; Jan ’15 $2.90 higher $532.50. Barley (Western): Dec. ’12 $5.00 lower $240.00; March ’13 unchanged $248.00; May ’13 unchanged $249.00; July ’13 unchanged $249.50; Oct. ’13 unchanged $249.50; Dec ’13 unchanged $249.50; March ’14 unchanged $249.50; May ’14 unchanged $249.50; July ’14 unchanged $249.50; Oct. ’14 unchanged $249.50; Dec. ’14 unchanged $249.50. Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 366,520 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 366,520.

Supreme Court sides with cable, satellite companies on fee system THE CANADIAN PRESS

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RBC: Trade critial The big difference going forward is in the trade side — which many still see as a continuing weakness. But the RBC report notes that the American economy is picking up, particularly in the housing sector, and barring a budgetary crisis that sends the U.S. sliding toward recession — the so-called “fiscal cliff” scenario — that should be supportive of Canadian exports of autos, parts and wood products. As well, China’s economy has stabilized, which will likely lead to firmer prices for commodities Canada exports, such as oil and metals. According to RBC, net trade in Canada will shift from a drag on growth to a 0.3 and 0.4 percentage point boost in 2013 and 2014 respectively. “This represents the most significant support since 2001 after most of the intervening years showed the sector acted as a drag on growth,” the report notes. The other engines of growth, Wright said, will be business investment — which has been a strength for the past year or so — and consumers. But housing is weakening and the bank sees little contribution from government spending. The report sees Canada’s unemployment rate continue to inch down, breaking through the seven-per-cent threshold in 2014 to average 6.9 per cent. The assumptions are contingent on U.S. policy-makers reaching a budget deal, if not before the Jan. 1 deadline, at least shortly afterward, Wright said. “If that doesn’t happen, we’ll have to rewrite our forecasts,” he said. While brighter than the consensus, the RBC outlook can still be characterized as modest, or representing sluggish growth for Canada, now three years into a recovery period. “It’s discouraging to keep seeing sluggish growth, but it’s not really surprising,” said Wright. “This was a crisis (2008-09) that

was a decade in the making, so fixing it is probably going to take a decade as well. We’re really just half-way through it.” In most respects, Canada is still relatively better off than many other advanced countries — the report calls it “the little economy that could.” U.S. growth rates have caught up to Canada’s, but it is starting from a lower base because its recession was deeper and lasted longer. And next to Europe, which will have been in a slump through most of 2012 and is projected to be flat in 2013, Canada is positively booming. Two advanced economies forecast to do better are Australia and New Zealand, whose economies are more tied to fast-growing emerging nations in Asia.

FOOD: Tough to find this in one location “It’s really tough to find all of this information in one location,” said Simair of the appeal for customers. They can pay for their food online through SkipTheDishes, or directly to the restaurant at the time of pick-up or delivery. Users can also review their order history to see what and from where they’ve ordered previously. Customers do not pay a fee for the service, said Simair. Instead, the restaurants are charged an amount based on the volumes of orders processed through SkipTheDishes. “On tens of thousands of dollars in orders, it essentially costs an extra few hundred bucks.” Each restaurant has a computer tablet that’s linked into the system, and customers can order via smartphone, tablet or any other computer with Internet access. Simair is confident the business will attract more local restaurants, and users. “Right now in tiny Saskatoon we’re getting over 10,000 hits a month.” hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

The CRTC does not have power to make cable providers pay broadcasters for carrying their TV signals, a decision handed down Thursday by the Supreme Court of Canada that one analyst said should be a win for consumers. While the decision was hailed by one major cable company as a step forward for customers, broadcasters said the very survival of local TV is at stake. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that setting up such a system is not within the scope of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. In doing so, the justices overturned an earlier Federal Court of Appeal decision. The Broadcasting Act can’t be interpreted to give the CRTC that power, Justice Marshall Rothstein wrote for the majority. “First, a contextual reading of the provisions of the Broadcasting Act themselves reveals that they were not meant to authorize the CRTC to create exclusive rights for broadcasters to control the exploitation of their signals or works by retransmission,” Rothstein wrote. “Second, the proposed regime would conflict with specific provisions enacted by Parliament in the Copyright Act.” Telecom analyst Troy Crandall said at this point it’s the status quo for consumers, who won’t have to bear any costs of a fee-for-carriage system. “It looks like a win for consumers right now because it’s not going to have an immediate im-

pact,” said Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier in Montreal. Traditional broadcasters will have to find other ways to raise revenues, supplement advertising and support local programming. If the Supreme Court would have agreed to allow traditional broadcasters to charge such fees, a basic cable subscriber would have seen his bill go up, he added. “Now, it probably won’t because the majority of your channels won’t be allowed to have fee for carriage.” In their dissent, Justices Rosalie Abella and Thomas Cromwell argued that seeking a system that would be beneficial to local television stations was well within the mandate of the CRTC. “As an expert body, the CRTC, not the courts,

is in the best position to decide what measures are necessary to save local stations from going bankrupt,” they wrote. The CRTC had decided in 2010 to launch what’s known as a valuefor-signal system as a response to a changing broadcasting landscape that saw local broadcasters struggling for revenue. The CRTC declined comment on the high court’s decision, except to say they’re reviewing it. Currently, cable and satellite providers pluck TV signals out of the air for free and then redistribute them to their subscribers, who pay for access. Bell Media said it’s disappointed that the Supreme Court has found that the CRTC doesn’t have the jurisdiction to implement such a system.

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End of the world? Distant galaxy We can just adapt tightens grip on title Dec. 21, 2012, is the day that at the time were trading goods many claim the world will end. far and wide, taking advantage So it begs the question: have you of new “proficiencies” as they prepared for your last day on evolved. earth? It is this willingness Have you gone out to adapt, to modify our and mortgaged yourtools and surroundself to the hilt to cash ings that has given us a in on the collapse, competitive edge. knowing if you survive For thousands of you will not have to years, homo sapiens pay it back? have been tackling the Or have you investforces of nature head ed in storing food, amon. Our immense popmunition and firearms ulation is a direct meato fend off the starvsure of how successful ing hordes when the we have been. “zombie crowd” start At this point in hisLORNE roaming the country tory, we have develOJA side? oped unparalleled Pick a calamity; soexpertise allowing us lar storms, volcanoes, a huge measure of conearthquakes, tsunamis trol over our health and asteroid impacts, all natu- and well-being, our planet, and rally catastrophic events that it has likewise allowed us the exhave happened in the past, and ploration of the moon, Mars and no doubt will continue to happen the universe. in the Earth’s future. Our tool box is the fullest it Some of these natural disas- has ever been. ters are what scientists call ELEs, Without doubt we will suffer or extinction level events, and the rage of nature as we always they have wiped out almost all have. life on the planet in the past. We may even face more violent There is no doubt that these events in the future. events happen, but is the ultimate And without doubt, we will about to happen on Dec. 21, 2012? rise to the challenge and conI think highly unlikely. tinue to co-operatively work toThrough modern media, we gether to ensure our continued have witnessed many natural ca- existence. tastrophes: tsunamis in IndoneIf you continually live in fear sia, and Japan, earthquakes in of what could happen, and forHaiti, Chile, New Zealand, fire sake the fact that you are not storms in Slave Lake, amongst alone, you might as well dig a others. hole, crawl in and pull it in beFor the people in the commu- hind you. nities affected, it is valid to say I do not think an ancient Mathe world did end for them. yan stone calendar will deterBut in the panic-inducing mine our end; we have always rhetoric of the proponents of the faced difficulties, however, now latest apocalyptic theories, they we are better organized and seem to be missing one point: the equipped. collective compassion of the vast Lorne Oja is an energy consulmajority of humanity and their tant, power engineer and a partmutual willingness to help. ner in a company that installs solar It has been determined by ar- panels, wind turbines and energy cheologists in a recent dig on the control products in Central Alberta. coast of Spain that the extinction He built his first off-grid home in of Neanderthals may in part be 2003. His column appears every secdue to their reluctance to trade ond Friday in the Advocate. Conand socialize with other tribes. tact him at: lorne@solartechnical. Homo sapiens, on the other hand, ca.

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as oldest in universe BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — A galaxy once considered the oldest has reclaimed its title, scientists reported Wednesday. Poring through Hubble Space Telescope photos, the team recalculated the galaxy’s age and determined it is actually 13.3 billion years old — not a mere 13.2 billion. The dim galaxy filled with blue stars was first noticed last year by a different group of researchers, who also used the workhorse telescope to make the previous age estimate. It reigned as the most ancient galaxy observed until last month when it was knocked off its perch by another distant galaxy. Now it’s back on top after the team used a longer exposure time to get a clearer view of the earliest and faroff galaxies. Seeing the most distant galaxies is like looking back in time and this one existed when the universe was in its infancy — about 380 million years old. Besides refining the galaxy’s age, they found half a dozen new early ones. “People have found one object here and there,” but never so many early galaxies, said Richard Ellis, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology who led the new work. The findings will be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Scientists are excited about the bounty of early galaxies, which should help

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In this image provided by NASA and taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows previously unseen early galaxies, including the oldest one at 13.3 billion years old. Launched in 1990, Hubble has peered deep in time to reveal distant and old galaxies. refine theories about the formation of the first stars and galaxies. Astronomers think galaxies started appearing after the Big Bang, the explosion believed to have created the universe 13.7 billion years ago. Our Milky Way — one of hundreds of billions of galaxies — formed about 10 billion years ago. “We want to know our cosmic roots, how things got started and the origins of the galaxies that we see nowadays,” said Harvard University astrophysicist Avi Loeb,

who had no role in the latest research. Launched in 1990, Hubble has consistently peered back in time to reveal ancient and distant objects. The farther away something is, the longer it takes for its light to travel to Earth, which scientists use to estimate its age. As far back as Hubble can see, it still can’t capture the earliest galaxies. That job is left to its more powerful successor, the James Webb Telescope, to be launched in 2018.

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FASHION

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 Beyonce Knowles is shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in New York. Beyonce is sporting a back-from-baby body. Some new mothers claim they feel sexier than ever. Beyonce was living proof at the Met Gala, the important industry event co-hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Beyonce’s skin-tight, largely sheer — save the bodice beading and feathered fish-tail train by Givenchy — announced that Ivy Blue Carter’s mom wasn’t going to hold back.

All the buzz about fashion in 2012 BY SAMANTHA CRITCHELL THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on — and consumers respond to — is buzz. Here are the top moments of 2012 that made our heads turn: ● Angelina Jolie at the Oscars. The leg that peeked out of the high thigh-high slit of her Versace gown was the most exciting appearance on the red carpet. The gown fit perfectly into the sleek, simple, sexy mould that Jolie favours, but it was Jolie’s picture-perfect pose to expose just enough thigh that launched a thousand memes. Her companion Brad Pitt gets an honourable mention for his scruffy appearance in a Chanel fragrance ad that left many scratching their heads. ● Michelle Obama and Ann Romney’s matching hues. The wives of the presidential candidates turned out to the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in practically the same shade of hot pink. But they weren’t by the same designer: Romney’s was by Oscar de la Renta, and Obama’s by Michael Kors. A potential matching prom dress-style embarrassment was chalked up to timing: October’s breast cancer awareness month. ● Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton show. Many of the designer runways seemed more of the same — stark stages, thumping music and audiences distracted by their electronic gadgets — but the Louis Vuitton fall catwalk in Paris commanded attention. Models dressed in their very best travelling clothes stepped off a reconstructed retro steam train. Valets carried the vintage-inspired hat boxes and vanity cases. The trip seemed refreshingly refined and modern. ● Two-tone Stella McCartney dresses. McCartney, no stranger to the red carpet, has created a style that celebrities can’t get enough of. Her ultra-flattering “silhouette” dress has become almost ubiquitous. It features one colour on the bodice and back, and a graphic opposite on the sides and sleeves. Kate Winslet has worn several versions, and Brooklyn Decker, Kate Moss, Edie Falco and Liv Tyler have, too. The best turn might have been Jane Fonda at the Cannes Film Festival. ● Beyonce’s backfrom-baby body. Some new mothers claim they feel sexier than ever. Beyonce was living proof at the Met Gala, the important industry event co-hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Beyonce’s skin-tight, largely sheer — save the bodice beading and feathered fishtail train — gown by Givenchy announced that Ivy Blue Carter’s mom wasn’t going to hold back. An honourable mention goes to Jessica Simpson, who dieted her way to a Weight Watchers ad then wound up pregnant again. ● 007’s slim suits. Daniel Craig’s wardrobe in Skyfall is impeccably tailored — and quite tight. Unlike the James Bonds that came before him who all liked the traditional looser, longer cut of a Savile Row-style suit, Craig, whose wardrobe is created mostly by Tom Ford, takes his suits Euro style with tapered legs and shorter rises. There’s no question Craig’s super spy Bond will go down in history as one of the best, but it’s fair to ask if he could pull off those impressive chases in clothes that tight. ● Supermodel re-

union at the London Olympics. Gold was the new black at the closing ceremony with a parade of supermodels wearing gilded gowns in a tribute to British fashion. Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell both had on Alexander McQueen, Georgia May Jagger’s was by Victoria Beckham, Karen Elson was in Burberry, and Stella Tennant donned a Christopher Kane Swarovski-crystal catsuit. The soundtrack — of course — was David Bowie’s Fashion. ● Another supermodel reunion at New York Fashion Week. Alexander Wang’s show has become must-see viewing, partly for influential hipster clothes, but also for the model line-up, a who’s who of top catwalkers. It was a coup even for him, however, to get the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Carmen Kass,

Frankie Rayder and Shalom Harlow, who all very rarely do shows, to walk in February. Start the wish list now of who he’ll nab for his debut at Balenciaga next year. ● Miley Cyrus’ cropped cut. When Cyrus cut off the long hair her fans had become used to, she took some heat. She has said (and Tweeted) repeatedly, though, that she was pleased with the new punk-pixie look and was sticking with it. Short hair turned out to be a big trend, with Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway all ending the year with much shorter locks than they started with. ● Julianne Moore at the Emmys. Moore’s neon-yellow Dior Haute Couture outfit (really a sweater and ball skirt) spawned a love-it-orhate-it debate among armchair style critics.

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Women who smoke half a pack of cigarettes a day — or even less — have a significantly higher risk of sudden cardiac death than those who never smoked, researchers say. But butting out for good can reduce and even eliminate that risk over time, they say. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) results from the abrupt loss of heart function, usually within minutes after the heart stops. One major cause is ventricular arrhythmia, an abnormal rhythm that develops in the lower chambers of the heart. SCD is not the same as a heart attack — which occurs when one or more of the arteries to the heart are blocked — but it can occur during a heart attack. An estimated 300,000-plus North Americans experience sudden cardiac death each year. “Cigarette smoking is a known risk factor for sudden cardiac death, but until now we didn’t know how the quantity and duration of smoking affected the risk,” said Dr. Roopinder Sandhu, lead author of a newly published study. To determine that relationship, researchers looked at the incidence of sudden cardiac death among more than 101,000 women in the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study, which has collected health questionnaires every two years from female nurses since their enrolment in 1976. At the start of the study, the nurses were aged 30 to 55 and had no heart disease. On average, those who smoked reported that they had started in their late teens. During the study, 351 of the women died of sudden cardiac death. Of those, 223 were either current or past smokers. “What we found was that there was a significant dose-response relationship between the quantity of cigarettes smoked daily and sudden cardiac death for women,” said Sandhu, a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton. “And even small to moderate quantities of daily smoking — the one to 14 cigarettes a day — were associated with a two-fold elevated risk (of sudden cardiac death),” she said Tuesday from Edmonton. “And also the longer women smoked, the higher the cardiac death risk.” When it came to duration, she said that for every five years of continued smoking, there was an eight per cent increased risk of suddenly dying. “But importantly, women who quit smoking had a lower sudden cardiac death risk. And it continued to decrease over time, and it

was equivalent to that of a never-smoker at 20 years,” said Sandhu, who is also a visiting scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Among women with heart disease, within 15 to 20 years of quitting, their risk of sudden cardiac death dropped to that of someone who had never smoked. For women without heart disease, the risk of sudden cardiac death began immediately dropping. Dr. Beth Abramson, a cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said the study is yet another piece of evidence that smoking is bad for health. “What was concerning was that small to moderate amounts of cigarette consumption — so half a pack per day or less — was associated with an almost two-fold increase in sudden cardiac death risk,” said Abramson, a spokeswoman for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “And women who smoked 25 cigarettes or more had an almost three-fold increase in sudden cardiac death risk compared to neversmokers.” Abramson said smoking has a number of deleterious effects on the heart and coronary arteries, in both women and men. It can lead to arterosclerosis, or a build-up of plaque in the arteries; change the balance of chemicals in heart cells; and make blood platelets sticky and more prone to stroke- and heart attackcausing clots. Sandhu said sudden cardiac death, which may occur in the absence of symptoms or often within an hour of the onset of symptoms, often strikes women who didn’t realize they had heart disease.

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A very long journey THE HOBBIT IS A DAZZLING EPIC — BUT WHY COULDN’T IT BE A LITTLE SHORTER?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Three stars (out of Four) Rated: PG Like a doting grandmother who insists you keep eating long after you’re full, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t know when enough is enough. It turns a small children’s tale by J.R.R. Tolkien into an epic more appropriate for adults, going so far as to add footnotes: expository info plundered from appendices to the author’s Return of the King, the concluding book of his The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Director Peter Jackson seems to have lost perspective since he last visited Middle-earth. He and co-writers Philippa Boyens and Fran PETER Walsh lard in characters and HOWELL incidents to The Hobbit, determined to make three movies of it as they did with the expansive LOTR saga. Even at a bladder-vexing running time of 170 minutes, the first film doesn’t even fulfil the “there” part of Tolkien’s original Hobbit subtitle, There and Back Again. And it’s all happening in 3D and in a high frame rate projection that will dazzle many but dismay some. This is alarming excess from a man who previously had shown astute editing skills, as when he snipped the unneeded Tom Bombadil subplot from the first LOTR movie. All this being said, The Hobbit is very good. The film is worthy of both your attention and of the Tolkien legendarium in which Jackson, his actors and his Weta Workshop technical crew are so firmly situated. To use that grandmother analogy again, the “food” you’re being stuffed with is all quality stuff. Jackson and company retain the wonder and majesty they brought to LOTR, inviting us back into the world that earned them 17 Oscars and nearly $3 billion a decade or more ago. They rightly assume that most people who see The Hobbit will have already sat through the LOTR trilogy

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Top: Ian McKellen reprises his role as the wizard Gandalf. Above: Martin Freeman makes for an excellent Bilbo, amplifying one of Tolkien’s most enjoyable characters. and its many diversions and false endings. You don’t want to bet against the assumption that Tolkien fans want more of a good thing rather than less of it, even if casual observers might be content with fewer side trips involving hobbits, wizards, dwarves, elves, orcs, trolls and goblins. The same might be said of Jackson’s controversial decision to film The Hobbit at the high projection rate of 48 frames per second, twice the normal speed. It allows for extraordinary clarity and depth, and much improved 3D, as cinematographer Andrew Lesnie employs it to dramatic effect in action scenes and the many vistas of Middle-earth fields, forest and mountains (with Jackson’s native New Zealand once again ably standing in). But 48fps also shows the seams of makeup, cos-

tumes and props that are typically blurred, so it’s a bit of a mixed blessing. (For the unadventurous, many screens will be showing The Hobbit in good ol’ 24fps.) Watching 48fps is a bit disconcerting at first, a bit like gazing at a high-definition TV showing a live theatre presentation. But having seen The Hobbit twice, I can report that you soon get over the frame rate and settle in to watch the story. A story that is well told, even if you don’t agree with a comment by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) that “All good stories deserve embellishment.”

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Bourne to play Scrooge for Carol Project BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF

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Bill Bourne will don the top hat of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge when The Christmas Carol Project debuts in Red Deer.

Bill Bourne will don the top hat of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge once again, when The Christmas Carol Project debuts in Red Deer. The first-ever Red Deer performance of this unique musical take on Charles Dickens’s story will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. But it will actually be the 88th time the show — featuring eight seasoned Edmonton musicians, including Maria Dunn as Tiny Tim and Tom Roschkov as Bob Cratchit — has been performed since 1996. The Christmas Carol Project has been staged in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Whistler, B.C., as well as Edmonton and Calgary. It was even made into a TV special for the Bravo entertainment channel in 2006. Producer John Armstrong believes the Project’s popularity continues with folks from age five to 105 because its 23 original roots/Celtic tunes are based on a timeless story. Dickens’s A Christmas Carol encourages good will and generosity. “It’s a classic tale of love lost and redemption,” said Armstrong, owner of Edmonton’s Brass Monkey recording studio. A stingy, sourpuss Scrooge learns almost too late that he has to appreciate life and everyone around him, or he is destined to meet a sad and lonely end.

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Lincoln leads Golden Globes with seven nominations BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Steven Spielberg’s Civil War epic Lincoln led the Golden Globes on Thursday with seven nominations, among them best drama, best director for Spielberg and acting honours for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Tied for second-place with five nominations each, including best drama are Ben Affleck’s Iran hostagecrisis thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino’s slaveturned-bounty-hunter tale Django Unchained. Other best-drama nominees are Ang Lee’s shipwreck story Life of Pi and Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Nominated for best musical or comedy were: the British retiree adventure The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; the Victor Hugo musical Les Miserables; the first-love tale Moonrise Kingdom; the fishing romance Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; and the lost-soul romance Silver Linings Playbook. Globe attention can give contenders a boost for Hollywood’s top honours, the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 10, three days before the Globe ceremony. The directing lineup came entirely from dramatic films, with Affleck, Bigelow, Lee, Spielberg and Tarantino all in the running. “It’s very gratifying to get this many nominations from the HFPA for a film I worked so hard on and am so passionate about. I look forward to having fun at the Golden Globes with my cast mates and fellow nominees,” Tarantino said in a statement. Filmmakers behind best musical or comedy nominees were shut out for director, including Tom Hooper for Les Miserables and David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. Along with Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s epic, best dramatic actor contenders are

Richard Gere as a deceitful Wall Streeter in Arbitrage; John Hawkes as a polio victim trying to lose his virginity in The Sessions; Joaquin Phoenix as a Navy veteran under the sway of a cult leader in The Master; and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in Flight. Dramatic-actress nominees are Jessica Chastain as a CIA analyst hunting Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty; Marion Cotillard as a whale biologist beset by tragedy in Rust and Bone; Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock’s strong-minded wife in Hitchcock; Naomi Watts as a woman caught up in a devastating tsunami in The Impossible; and Rachel Weisz as a woman ruined by an affair in The Deep Blue Sea. For musical or comedy actress, the lineup is Emily Blunt as a consultant for a Mideast sheik in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; Judi Dench as a widow who retires overseas in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Jennifer Lawrence as young widow in a new romance in Silver Linings Playbook; Maggie Smith as an aging singer in a retirement home in Quartet; and Meryl Streep as a wife trying to save her marriage in Hope Springs. Nominees for musical or comedy actor are Jack Black as a solicitous mortician in Bernie; Bradley Cooper as a troubled man fresh out of a mental hospital in Silver Linings Playbook; Hugh Jackman as Hugo’s long-suffering hero Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Ewan McGregor as a British fisheries expert in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; and Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson. Competing for supporting actor are Alan Arkin as a Hollywood producer helping a CIA operation in Argo; Leonardo DiCaprio as a cruel slave owner in Django Unchained; Philip Seymour Hoffman as a mesmerizing cult leader in The Master; Tommy Lee Jones as firebrand abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln; and Christoph Waltz as a genteel bounty hunter in Django Unchained. The supporting-actress picks are Amy Adams as a

cult leader’s devoted wife in The Master; Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln; Anne Hathaway as a mother fallen into prostitution in Les Miserables; Helen Hunt as a sexual surrogate in The Sessions; and Nicole Kidman as a trashy mistress of a Death Row inmate in The Paperboy. Kidman was a dual nominee, also in the running as best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for Hemingway & Gellhorn. Quartet star Smith also had a second nomination, for supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or movie for Downton Abbey. Snubbed completely was the low-budget critical darling Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won top honours at last January’s Sundance Film Festival. Also shut out was the stripper hit Magic Mike, which had good buzz for supporting player Matthew McConaughey, who also earned acclaim for roles in Bernie and Killer Joe. With three nominations, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was a surprise, since the film had virtually no awards buzz behind it. Globe acting winners often go on to receive the same prizes at the Oscars. All four Oscar winners last season — lead performers Streep of The Iron Lady and Jean Dujardin of The Artist and supporting players Octavia Spencer of The Help and Christopher Plummer of Beginners — won Globes first. The Globes have a spotty record predicting which films might go on to earn the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards, however. The Globes feature two best-film categories, one for drama and one for musical or comedy. Last year’s Oscar best-picture winner, The Artist, preceded that honour with a Globe win for best musical or comedy. But in the seven years before that, only one winner in the Globe best-picture categories — 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire — followed up with an Oscar best-picture win. Along with 14 film prizes, the Globes hand out awards in 11 television categories.

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HOBBIT: May well be too frightening for children In events set 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, wise Gandalf shows up at happy Bilbo’s Bag End homestead to urge him to adventure, far beyond the pastures of the peaceable Shire. Gandalf is acting on behalf of 13 dwarves, led by the brave Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), who have been rendered homeless and impoverished. Their Kingdom of Erebor has been invaded and conquered by a dragon named Smaug (“Think furnace with wings,” one aptly says in description) that we see briefly and fiercely in flashback. The dwarves seek to reclaim Erebor and also the piles of dwarf gold that the bling-crazy beast has stolen. But Smaug is not easily defeated and stealth is judged the best measure by which to do so. Hobbits, it turns out, are particularly nimble on their hairy feet, which makes them perfect as cat burglars. Hence the tap on Bilbo’s shoulder, which he attempts to beg off, describing adventures as “Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things (that) make you late for dinner!” Freeman makes for an excellent Bilbo, not just filling the shoes of Ian Holm’s older version from LOTR (who returns in flashback), but amplifying one of Tolkien’s most enjoyable characters. A bundle of anxiety inside a slacker’s frame, a constantly furrowed brow atop a frequent smile, he’s our avatar into the unknown. Armitage is another plus as the dwarf warrior Thorin, and the actor’s skill as a singer is put to good use as he leads his 12 fellows in a haunting hymn of yearning for Erebor, a tune that folds effortlessly into Howard Shore’s majestic score. Two other new faces of note: Sylvester McCoy as the tree-hugging wizard Radagast, who gets stoned on Gandalf’s magic pipe and who will delight the kiddies with his bird-poop hairdo; and a barely recognizable Barry Humphries as the multi-chinned Great Goblin, master of a hellish subterranean lair and one of many obstacles facing Gandalf, Bilbo and the dwarves on their quest to vanquish Smaug. The sloppily scary Great Goblin, perhaps a distant cousin of Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars, isn’t quite so enchanting for children. Neither are the cannibalistic trolls and bloodthirsty goblins, orcs and wargs (wolf dogs) that may well be too fearsome for very young muggles (sorry, wrong franchise). And so begins a saga that won’t go very far in the many minutes and two years to come, but that does include a return visit by some very welcome LOTR characters and actors: hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood), elf queen Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), elf lord Elrond, the wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) and, of course, the changeling Gollum (Andy Serkis). The latter doesn’t appear until well into The Hobbit (along with the One Ring), but this long scene is a highlight as he and Bilbo test each other with clever riddles that will determine the fate of both. They neglect, however, to ask the one question most pertinent to viewers of The Hobbit and its subsequent chapters: “Nice work, Mr. Jackson, but why does it have to be so darned long?” Peter Howell is a syndicated Toronto Star movie critic.

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The cast of The Christmas Carol Project: it doesn’t pack a commercial punch, but audiences love it.

CAROL: Features many talented musicians Armstrong believes most of us can relate to the story’s morale of what goes around, comes around. And “Bob Cratchit is like the original 99 per cent of the Occupy movement,” added the producer, referring to Scrooge’s put-upon clerk, whose hard work barely merits a day off for Christmas. Unlike many seasonal specials, which “bombard” people with a sticky-sweet Christmas message, Armstrong said the The Christmas Carol Project doesn’t feature holiday music or pack any commercial punch. It isn’t even a musical in the Broadway sense of the word. There’s no splashy staging — or even dialogue, save a narrator who loosely pulls the story together between songs. Instead, musicians assume the identities of the famous characters from A Christmas Carol and tell the tale through tunes that are performed on various guitars, penny whistle and Chapman Stick (a guitar/ bass hybrid) in a pareddown setting. “People respond to the performers and a lot of people just love the songs,” said Armstrong, who noted the soundtrack is composed by the very same artists who have been singing it for the last 16 years. He believes it’s remarkable that all but one of

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the original cast members are still with the Project. Besides Bourne, Dunn and Roschkov, Kevin Cook portrays the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Terry Morrison performs as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Al Brant is the Ghost of Christmas Present, Dale Ladouceur plays both the Ghost of Christmas Future and Alice, Scrooge’s lost love. Bill Hobson accompanies on drums. Only the narrator has changed, with Edmonton actor Dave Clarke taking on the role for the past two years. The Project started out as Armstrong’s way of giving the various talented musicians he knew a chance to play together. All these years later, the cast is still enjoying the annual camaraderie. “It’s a musical family . . . Maria Dunn brings the shortbread and somebody brings a bottle of scotch, and everybody loves getting together,” said Armstrong. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $42 from the Black Knight Ticket Centre. The Red Deer Food Bank will be accepting donations.


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Sitar maker says Shankar’s legacy will inspire generations

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The PortHole Gallery on the Red Deer College campus, just outside the library, is featuring an exhibit of small ceramic works by former artists in residence who have visited the college over the years. This piece, one of three bowls by Sandra Black, is joined by pieces by Catherine Widgerty, Brendan Tang and David Bian. This exhibit, from the permanent collection of the college will be featured in the PortHole Gallery until Jan. 11.

EXHIBITS RED DEER GALLERIES ● Time Travel by Wendy Meeres is on display at Café Pichilingue until Dec. 31. ● The Importance of Line by Elena Rousseau will be featured at Red Deer College Library Four Corners Gallery until Jan. 9. ● Behind Glass: Relief Prints in the Style of the German Expressionists by Art 375 Visual Art students at RDC Library The Panels will open for viewing until Dec. 11. ● Small Scale Work by Past Artists in Residence will be on display at RDC Library at PortHole Gallery located just outside the library front doors until Jan. 11. ● Works by Trent Leach and Holly Elliott is featured at Velvet Olive Lounge until Dec. 31. ● Original Jewelry works exhibit/sale by local artists Wendy Meeres and Carol Nault will be at Comforts The Sole until Dec. 31. ● Santa Claus is Coming To Town special Santa Claus collection is now on display at the Mountain View Museum in Olds until Dec. 31. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission by donation. Call 403-556-8464 for more information. ● Indigenous Impressions by Claudine Fleury will be on display at The Hub during the month of December. Fleury is an artist of Metis heritage whose art reflects impressionistic and aboriginal styles and speaks to her vision of sustained recovery and wellness. ● Members Only Show and Sale: A Juried Exhibition will be on display at Kiwanis Gallery at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch from Nov. 27 to Jan. 1. Artwork is from emerging to professional artists in various media including acrylic, naked raku, hand-painted silk, watercolour, and more. ● Connecting Places by Galia Kwetny of Red Deer will be highlighted at HarrisWarke Gallery from Nov. 19 to Dec. 29. Kwetny, who was born in former Soviet Union, produces large paintings of coded landscapes or imaginary places with the energy and urgency evoked by memory through the use of dramatic colour and gesture. To be included in this list-

ing, please email event details to editorial@reddeeradvocate.com, fax to 403-3416560, or phone 403-3144325.

LIVE DATES ● The Centrium will host The Tragically Hip with special guests the Arkells on Jan. 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. All ages show. Tickets go on sale from Livenation. com, Ticketmaster, and Rogers Wireless Box Office, and charge by phone at 1-855985-5000. ● The Vat presents Picture the Ocean on Dec. 22. ● Red Deer College presents Bill Bourne on Dec. 20. ● Red Deer Memorial Centre welcomes Ron James Live! tonight Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $51 (taxes included plus applicable charges). Visit www. ronjames.ca for info. Tickets for shows are on sale from Black Knight Inn at 403-7556626 or 1-800-661-8793, www.bkticketcentre.ca. Support the homeless and hun-

Top court sides with cable, satellite companies on fee system BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says the CRTC does not have the power to make cable providers pay broadcasters for carrying their signals. In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the court ruled that setting up such a system is not within the scope of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. In doing so, the justices overturned an earlier Federal Court of Appeal decision. The Broadcasting Act can’t be interpreted to give the CRTC that power, Justice Marshall Rothstein wrote for the majority. “First, a contextual reading of the provisions of the Broadcasting Act themselves reveals that they were not meant to authorize the CRTC to create exclusive rights for broadcasters to control the exploitation of their signals or works by retransmission,” Rothstein wrote. “Second, the proposed regime would conflict with specific provisions enacted by Parliament in the Copyright Act.” In their dissent, Justices Rosalie Abella and Thomas Cromwell argued that seeking a system that would be beneficial to local television stations was well within the mandate of the CRTC. The CRTC declined comment on the high court’s decision.

gry when you take in The Huron Carole — a project of the Christmas and Winter Relief Association — with Tom Jackson and guests Sarah Slean, Matt Dusk and Susan Aglukark on Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45. To donate or purchase tickets, visit www.HuronCarole.ca To have your establishment’s live bands included in this space, fax a list to Club Dates by 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 403-341-6560 or email editorial@reddeeradvocate. com.

NEW DELHI — Ravi Shankar was the master of the sitar — the sitar that Sanjay Sharma made. Like his grandfather and father before him, Sharma built, tuned and fixed instruments for the virtuoso, who introduced millions of Westerners to the sitar and the centuries-old tradition of Indian classical music. For years, he travelled around the world with him, and late in the maestro’s life he even created a smaller version of the instrument that he could play with ease. Shankar, described as “the godfather of world music” by Beatle George Harrison, died Tuesday in San Diego, California, at age 92. A day later, the multiple Grammy winner received a lifetime achievement honour Wednesday from the Recording Academy. Shankar “was music and music was him,” Sharma said Thursday, surrounded by display cases full of gleaming string instruments in his tiny shop in the crowded lanes of central Delhi. Pictures of two other Beatles — John Lennon and Paul McCartney — playing the sitar in his shop hang on the walls. Sharma’s grandfather started the business, Rikhi Ram’s Music, in 1920 in the northern city of Lahore, now in Pakistan. He met a young Ravi Shankar at a concert there in the 1940s, but the men began working together in the 1950s, following the India-Pakistan partition and the relocation of the shop to New Delhi. Around that time, Shankar started working with and teaching legendary Western musicians including violinist Yehudi Menuhin and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. But it was Shankar’s relationship with Harrison that shot him to global stardom in the 1960s. The task of working with the master musician’s sitars fell to Sharma’s father, and later to Sharma himself in the 1980s. “When I opened my eyes there was him. Music was just him,” he said. In 2005 a serious bout of pneumonia left Shankar with a frozen left shoulder. “He was growing old and he wanted to experiment and change the instrument” so he could continue playing, Sharma said. Sharma created what he calls the “studio sitar,” a smaller version of the sitar. But holding the instrument was still difficult. So Sharma popped out to a Home Depot near Shankar’s San Diego-area home and bought some supplies to build a detachable stand. The musician was thrilled. Sharma says he told him, “Your father was a brilliant sitar maker, but you are a genius.” Shankar kept playing and performing in public up until a month before his death. Despite years of ill health, the music appeared to re-energize him, Sharma said. Now, as Sharma mourns the giant of Indian music, he also worries about the future of the art. He sees traditional Indian instruments gradually losing their place in their own country to zippy, electronic Bollywood music. “We are losing the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2D PG originality and the core 1:20 of our Indian music,” the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3D PG 44-year-old said. 4:00, 7:25

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Adventure book offers lessons as well

Fifty Shades is publishing story of 2012 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The story of 2012 in publishing was the story of Fifty Shades of Grey, in more ways than one. E.L. James’s erotic trilogy was easily the year’s biggest hit, selling more than 35 million copies in the U.S. alone and topping bestseller lists for months. Rival publishers hurried to sign up similar books and debates started over who should star in the planned film version. Through James’s books and how she wrote them, the general public was educated in the worlds of romance/erotica, start-up publishing and “fan fiction.” But the success of James’ novels also captured the dual state of the book market — the advance of e-books and the resilience of paper. In a year when print was labeled as endangered and established publishers referred to as “legacy” companies, defined and beholden to the past, the allure remained for buying and reading bound books. James already was an underground hit before signing in early 2012 with Vintage Books, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc., the house of Norman Mailer and Toni Morrison, a house where legacy is inseparable from the brand. She could have self-published her work through Amazon.com, or released her books from her own website, and received a far higher percentage of royalties. “We had a very clear conversation back in January about the need for a very specific publishing strategy,” says Vintage publisher Anne Messitte. “We talked about distribution, a physical format, publicity. And she was basically clear that she needed what we did as publishers to make that happen.” Fifty Shades began as an e-phenomenon, understandable since digital erotica means you can read it in public without fear of discovery.

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If you have a reader in your family between the ages of nine and 13, this book is full of adventure and some pretty sneaky lessons in living, too. Thomas is an 11-yearold inventor, and the pesky brother of Claire, who is 13-years-old. When the story opens, Thomas is working on a machine that includes egg beaters, radio parts, a couple of spark plugs and a magnet scavenged from a car speaker. It doesn’t look like much to Claire and she wastes no time in teasing her little brother. Thomas admits it looks odd but he believes he has invented a “transporter.” While his sister, who is of course taller than her brother, captures the transporter and waves it out of his reach, Thomas jumps up and inadvertently hits the activator! First there is the “faint high pitched sound of a distant siren,” and a feeling of somersaulting through the air, they feel very warm and the air

smells smoky. What on earth has happened? Where are they? Well, they are in India, though Thomas believes it is really Pakistan. They are suitably dressed for the country and they discover they have money of the right type, too. This is just their first adventure and being smart kids, they realize that they better not lose sight of the “machine” that brought them here, because something tells them they would sure like to return

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BOOK: Not the goofy inventor she believed him to be Claire discovers that her little brother is not the goofy inventor she has believed him to be, but a resourceful and helpful partner on their various journeys. They always hope the next time they use the transporter they will arrive at home — surely mom is worried about them. The transporter, so important for that return, is often mislaid or circumstances take it from them. In each place visited, they are forced to examine their values and their skills. They help many people along the way, from old folks to children in a war zone. They visit those with power and those with big dreams. In their final destination, they have it all and they discover their values have changed in important ways. A small criticism in a very nice book is that after every chapter there is a page of questions to ponder. Many books designed for book clubs or classroom use include discussion points. Placed in the back, they are fine. But you probably shouldn’t tell the reader, “This is really a school book.” Peggy Freeman is a local freelance books reviewer.

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RED DEER ADVOCATE Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 D7 are concerned about a loss of that warmth.” Amazon, the acknowledged leader in e-book commerce, remains the dominant player in what could still become the dominant format, and two of the year’s major stories would never have happened without industry concern over the Internet retailer and publisher. In April, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and five publishers for alleged price fixing of electronic books, a lawsuit originating from Apple’s 2010 launch of the iPad and iBookstore, which publishers hoped would weaken Amazon’s ability to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS discount works so deeply that no other seller could compete. In October, the corporate parents NEW YORK — The next Game of Random House Inc. and Penguin Change is in the works. Group (USA) announced a planned Game Change authors Mark Halpmerger, widely believed as a way to erin and John Heileman are working counter Amazon. on a book about the 2012 presidential One of the publishers sued, Harpcampaign, Double Down: Game Change erCollins, settled in the fall and prices 2012. for such new works as Michael ChaPenguin Press announced this week bon’s Telegraph Avenue dropped from that the new work was scheduled for $12.99-$14.99, common under the Apple the fall of 2013. model, to Amazon’s preferred $9.99. The authors’ previous work, Game But Chantal Restivo-Alessi, HarperChange, was a bestselling account of Collins’ chief digital officer, said there the 2008 race that helped revive interwas no noticeable difference in sales, est in campaign books and was made adding that bargain hunters tend to into an Emmy Award-winning televiseek out older books. sion movie by HBO. “With new books, if you want to Ed Harris starred as Republican read that book, you’re going to read candidate Sen. John McCain and Julithat book,” she said. “You’re not going anne Moore played his running mate, to replace it with a cheaper book.” then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

cent this year, less than half what she had expected. “We saw all these huge sales for tablets and huge sales for other machines coming out and assumed there would be a lot of new e-book readers,” Reidy says. “But in retrospect there were a lot of current e-book readers who were upgrading their machines. And tablet owners do not use e-books as much as those with dedicated e-book readers” such as Amazon’s Kindle. “There are some people who think that print will go away, but ’Fifty Shades’ is an indication of why that’s not going to happen,” says Messitte, who added that the books attracted many non-readers who don’t own edevices. “You’re going to need a mix of ways to read.” The rise of e-books has shaken, but not broken the way books are published and sold. Membership in the independent stores’ trade group, the American Booksellers Association, has increased three years in a row after decades of decline. Amazon is a draw for many self-published authors, but its efforts at acquiring and editing books — “legacy” publishing — have been mixed. An in-house imprint, headed by former Time Warner Book Group chief Laurence J. Kirshbaum, has so far landed few works of note beyond a memoir by Penny Marshall and an advice book on cooking by lifestyle guru Timothy Ferriss. Rival sellers have refused to stock Amazon’s books, limiting their sales potential. And if publishers suffer from their reputation — often earned — of being slow to adapt to technology, they benefit from a reputation — often earned — for being nice to their writers. “There certainly is the comfort factor, and part of that comfort factor is the culture of old publishing, which is very collegial and warm and friendly,” says Richard Curtis, a literary agent who represents several writers publishing with Amazon. “Authors contemplating Amazon

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GAULD (FOX) Amy Feb. 21, 1925 - Nov. 30, 2012 Our beloved Mom passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice surrounded by her family. She will be truly missed by her daughters, Virginia (Dave) Smale; Bea (Norm) Dobinson; Carol Warren; Juanita (Bill) Reid; her grandchildren, Blaine (Nicole) Dobinson; Kari (Scott) Spiller; Mark (Dolores) Warren; Kim (Travis) McIntyre; Allison and Graham Smale; Whitney (Scott) and Shelby Reid; her great-grandchildren Skylar, Presley and Jagr McIntyre, Kayl and Ryder Spiller and Hayley Dobinson. Mom loved being with her family and friends - “the more the merrier”- and was adopted as G r a n d m a A m y b y m a n y. Mom was predeceased by her husband Vernon (1993), daughter Margaret (1963), her parents Herbert and Florence Fox and her eight siblings. She is survived by her Sisters-in-law Ada Fox, Eileen Fox, Molly Stone, Ruby Purdie, Betty Glover and her Brother-in-law Doug Glover. Amy’s family will host a tea in celebration of her life on December 16 at 2:00 pm at the Holiday Inn 6500 - 67 Street, Red Deer, AB. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Amy’s honor to the Red Deer Hospice Society - 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, T4R 3S6 or to the charity of your choice.

HUEPPELSHEUSER Verna Rad Nov. 1, 1917 - Dec. 9, 2012 On December 9, 2012 Verna passed away in the Red Deer Regional Hospital. She will be missed by her children; Juanita, Arlene and Conrad (Linda). Verna will be remembered by her grandchildren; David, Larry (Renee), Jacklynn (Brad), Kent (Marcia), Keri (Scott) and Alyson (Shawn); as well as 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her sister-in-law Doris Wesslen. Verna was predeceased by her husband Harold in 1992. She outlived her four sisters and three brothers. Verna and Harold farmed west of Blackfalds. She was a lifelong member of the Royal Purple Lodge 21 and a member of the Red Deer Legion. Ve r n a e n j o y e d c u r l i n g , bowling and playing cards. The family would like to acknowledge her friends and staff at both the Pines Lodge and Piper Creek Lodge. Verna’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Unit 32 and the Emergency Room at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Thanks also to Dr. Boake, Dr. Tillier and Dr. Odendaal. At Verna’s request there will be no service. Cremation will take place and Verna will be laid to rest with Harold at Alto Reste Cemetery. If desired, donations in Verna’s name may be made to The Lending Cupboard, 5406-43 St. Red Deer T4N 1C9 or the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, T4R 2S6

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GORDON (DAUNCEY) Neveda “Veda” Opal Winnifred April 10, 1916 - Dec. 10, 2012 Our Mom passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice after a short illness. She will be sadly missed by her sons; Don (Elaine) and Wayne, daughter, Kay Maetche, grandchildren; Sean, Candace (Brad) Willis, Kary (Nathan) Moore, Chris Maetche and Cameron (Sally) Maetche, and her eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Dellis “Del” October 3, 1993 and son-in-law, Russ Maetche June 14, 2001. Mom was the last surviving member of a family of ten - parents; Mace and Elizabeth, brothers; Emer, Will, Elmer, Ed, Norval, Morris, and sisters; Anne, Eva and baby Emily. Mom obtained her teaching certificate and taught in various one room schools in southern Saskatchewan through the prairie isolation and hardships of the depression years. Perhaps this was the source of her strength, courage and wisdom. Mom and Dad moved to their farm southeast of Joffre in the Brookfield district in 1949 where they farmed until Dad’s passing, when Mom moved to Bower Place Horizon Village in Red D e e r. N o w o n h e r o w n , she made many new friends amid various new enjoyable activities. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2 pm at Eventide Funeral Chapel 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Veda’s honour may be made directly to the Salvation Army, National Processing Centre, P.O. Box 8200, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4W5 or the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4R 3S6. Condolences for the late Veda Gordon may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Arrangements entrusted to Craig Kanngiesser EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45th Street, Red Deer Phone (403) 347-2222

HERMARY Albert Joseph June 11, 1927-Dec. 11, 2012 Albert Hermary passed away peacefully at the Michener Extendicare on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the age of 85 years. Albert was born in Red Deer, Alberta on June 11, 1927 to Gabriel and Marie Hermary. He was born in a family of 10 children and was predeceased by his sisters; Antoinette and Flora, brother; Leo, oldest brother; Emile and granddaughter; Loni Hermary. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving wife; Audrey Hermary and his children; Myron (Pat) Hermary, Laura (Keith) Budd, Garry (Joan) Hermary, Marion (Rick) McLean, Della Hermary (Dale), Johanne Hermary, Larry (Alida) Hermary,

Lisa (Shane) Lester, as well as 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters; Cecile (Rod) MacDonald, Therese Rodgers and Lucy Mitchell, brothers; Clarence (Ivana) Hermary and Edward (Claire) Hermary. Albert originally farmed in Red Deer for many years. To continue his passion for farming, Albert and Audrey moved to Spirit River, Alberta in 1977, where they resided and farmed until 1986.They then decided to move back to Red Deer, where they currently reside. Albert loved fixing and building things and was very talented at both. He loved fishing, camping and going to Arizona for the winter. Albert loved people, especially his family, and he always made time for his grandchildren, whether it was playing with them or taking them out on the tractor, and they too always wanted to be with grandpa. Special thanks to the girls of Unit 3400 at Michener Extendicare for all their care. A celebration of Albert’s life will take place at Crossroads Church, S.W. corner of Hwy. 2 and 32nd Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Ronald McDonald House, 5002-39 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 2P2. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com

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SCOTT SIMARD (GUSEK) SHOEMAKER Velda Myrl (Edgar) Olive ‘’Carol’’ Terrance (Terry) Gordon Velda Myrl Scott passed O l i v e C a r o l S i m a r d ( n e e Mar. 11, 1959 - Dec. 14, 2005 away peacefully surrounded G u s e k ) p a s s e d a w a y o n In Loving Memory of our by her five children at the December 5, 2012 at the age Son, Brother, Brother-In -Law Red Deer Regional Hospital of 66 after a lengthy illness in & Uncle Terry, on December 4, 2012 at the R e d D e e r, A B . C a r o l i s To hear your voice, age of 86. Born July 6th, survived by her three children and to see your smile, 1926 to Robert and Veda Brian Bittner, Barbara (Mark ) To sit and talk awhile Edgar, she was raised with Gibbs and Brenda (Dave) To be together her three older brothers, Bill, B e l l , f o u r g r a n d c h i l d r e n : in the same old way Les and Bob, on the Edgar Brittany Bittner, Ryan Bittner, Would be our greatest farm west of Red Deer. After Austin Bell and Bryson Bell, wish today. high school, she entered also 3 brothers Ken Gusek, Gone, but not forgotten, Nurses’ training at the Holy A l l a n ( J u n e ) G u s e k , J i m Dearly missed by: Cross Hospital in Calgary, (Rosanne) Gusek, 6 sisters, Mom, Pamela, Neil, graduating as a Registered Norma Steer, Myrna (Charlie) Perry, Trent, Anna-Marie, Nurse in 1948. Following Nolan, Marjorie (Harvey) Stephanie, Tanner & Family graduation, Velda returned to Jensen, Linda (Ken) Hopfe, Red Deer and began her Irene (Jerry) Obst and Janice devoted nursing career which Unger. She was predeceased spanned four decades and by her parents Carl and Ethel Births touched the lives of many. Gusek, sister Jean Moyer, Her generous heart knew no and two brothers Raymond bounds when it came to her Gusek and Leonard Gusek. family and friends, as well as Cremation was handled by many charitable organizations. Personal Alternative Funeral Velda married Ron Scott in Services. A family celebra1 9 5 1 a n d t o g e t h e r t h e y tion of her life will be held at raised their five children as a later date. part of a wonderful extended family. Velda was predeceased STICKLE by her husband in 1998. She Audrey Constance will be lovingly remembered July 3, 1925 - Dec. 8, 2012 by her five children; Rick Audrey passed away peacefully and Diane Scott, Debbie in her sleep at the Gorge Perepelitza, Pam and Dale Road Hospital in Victoria, Reid, Bev and Don Neufeld, BC. Audrey is predeceased Brad Scott and Heather by her husband, Harold; “oh baby ... Brake, eleven grandchildren, brother, Geoff Berteau and we’re on parade!”... three great grandchildren, sister, Frances Berteau. Left in-laws; Pat and Bob Cathro, to honour her memory are: “oh goody, when?” Ned Burgess, Bjorn Pederson, son, Brian Stickle (Barbara); D a v e G r o v e , n u m e r o u s daughter, Heather Allen (Kevin); WEDNESDAY nieces, nephews and many sister, Sylvia Odgaard (Clement JANUARY 30, 2013 Blakeslee); sister and brotherfriends. Words cannot “Babies On Parade” express our gratitude for the in-law, Thelma and George In the Red Deer Advocate loving care and compassion Stickle; sister-in-law, Gladys If you would like your baby that Mom received from Dr. Berteau; grandchildren, Dalton featured in this very special Robert Mulder, the staffs of and Jameson (Stickle), Timothy section, a great keepsake, the 1400 Household Extendi- (Allen). Nieces and nephews, look for forms in the care Michener Hill, Valley Beverly Berteau (George Red Deer Advocate & Park Manor and Westpark Aldridge); Bradley Berteau Life Papers, or call Lodge. Mom’s strong will (Pam), Geoff Stickle (Diane), 403-309-3300 h e l p e d h e r f a c e l i f e ’ s Judi Malcolm (Peter), Reid for more info challenges with grace and Stickle (Esther). We will miss d i g n i t y. A C e l e b r a t i o n o f her lovely sense of humour and Velda’s life will be held at the genuine care and interest in Knox Presbyterian Church so many people. A Celebration (4718 - 50th Street, Red of Life service will be held on Card Of Thanks Deer) on Monday, December Monday, December 17th, 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. In 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at The SINCLAIR honor of Velda’s memory, Church of the Advent, 510 The family of the late memorial tributes may be Mt View Rd, Colwood BC. In Mrs. Barbara Sinclair made to the Knox Presbyterian lieu of flowers donations can wishes to express gratitude Church 4718 - 50th Street, be made to the Canadian for the condolences, cards, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1X2 National Institute of the Blind. food and flowers received at or to the Red Deer Salvation the time of her passing, Army 132-2325 50 Avenue, as well as the charitable R e d D e e r, A B T 4 R 1 L 2 . donations placed in memory Condolences for the late In Memoriam of Mom. We are grateful to Ve l d a S c o t t m a y b e Rev. 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*Equipment Operators & Apprentice or Labourers F/T / P/T Pharmacy Journeyman COMPETITIVE WAGES & REQUIREMENTS: Technicians. Apply w/ Mechanics BENEFIT PACKAGE *Valid driver’s license resume to: Highland Green Pile Drive Operators INCLUDED * H2S Alive Value Drug Mart, Red Deer * Standard First Aid Pile Drive Assistants Fax Resume to: *WHMIS and/or CSTS Field Supervisor 403 783 3011 or PST All candidates must be

Medical

The Rocky PCN requires the services of a 1.0 FTE Registered Nurse and a DISPATCHER Licensed Practical Nurse in a 0.4 FTE to support Calnash Trucking, Ponoka, Bingos Alberta has an opening for t h e C h r o n i c D i s e a s e EAST 40TH PUB a DISPATCHER. Duties: presents RED DEER BINGO Centre Management Program. coordinating equipment Found 4946-53 Ave. (West of See our website at Acoustic Friday’s and personnel for rig rockymedical.com/pcn Superstore). Precall 12:00 moves and service work. Various Artists for full listing 14K YELLOW GOLD & 6:00. Check TV Today!!!! Computer skills and We thank all those who WEDDING RING th EAST 40 PUB Central Alberta’s Largest apply, however only those knowledge of the trucking WITH BEADED EDGES industry, drilling rigs and who will be offered an BLUES JAM Car Lot in Classifieds was found in the snowy oilfield equipment, interview will be contacted. Sunday’s 5-9 p.m. slushie parking lot near transportation rules and Bulk Barn store in Red th regulations would be an EAST 40 PUB Deer on Dec 11th. (near asset. Will train right presents an afternoon with the Lammle’s store at the Oilfield candidate. BRAD ABEL South end of Red Deer) COMPETITIVE WAGES & Please contact me if you & RED MAN ROUGE BENEFIT PACKAGE AXIOM WELL believe that it is yours...... Mon. Dec. 24th 1-4 p.m. INCLUDED SOLUTIONS is seeking you can identify it by telling experienced slickline me the inscription on the FREE FLU SHOTS Fax Resume to: operators. Email resume to inside of the band. Highland Green Value 403 783 3011 jneal@axiomwell.com 403-224-2240 Drug Mart 6315 Horn St. CLASSIFICATIONS Email: hr@ Busy Oilfield Company calnashtrucking.com 700-920 looking for an experienced Arts & winch truck class 1 driver DRIVER WANTED to operate a newer PeterCrafts Shows Delivery of parts and bilt truck and new trailer to shipping. Must be 25 haul equipment between Dental yrs.Fax resume & drivers the Fox Creek/Edson area abstract to 403-309-4466 and Innisfail, Alberta. DAY DENTAL requires a HIRING! Offering very competitive P/T (with potential for F/T) wages and bonus structure. E x p a n d i n g I n t e g r a t e d RDA. Innisfail’s brand new North American Service Please email resume: dental clinic, located just Company is currently orion@orionrentals.ca Saturday, December 15th off highway 2 in the COOP accepting resumes for the EXP. LINE LOCATOR, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Mall. Please email resumes following positions: H2S PSTS, 1st aid req’d. Experienced Horizontal to admin@daydental.ca Min. 3 yrs. exp. Resume by Completion Systems Field Something for Everyone fax 403-227-1398 or email T e c h n i c i a n s , S h o p Everyday in Classifieds info@accutechcanada.ca Technicians, Operations Manager(s). We offer Comprehensive Benefits, Caregivers/ Competitive Salary’s and A non-perishable donation to the Red Deer Aides Field (day) Bonuses. All applicants are welFood Bank would be greatly appreciated. come, but only those considered will be Location: 3 miles east of 30th Avenue on Hwy 11. contacted. Please forward Call 403.346.5613 for more information. resume to: completions.jobs@ gmail.com Coming JAGARE ENERGY Events PRODUCTION TESTING now hiring Day Supervisors, Night Operators, and Catholic Social Services is offering a rewarding Helpers. CLASSIFIEDS’ CHRISTMAS Email resumes to: opportunity with the Approved Home Program Hours & Deadlines jagare2@gmail.com or serving a middle aged adult male diagnosed with mikeg@jagareenergy.com

Annual

Oilfield

L E AT H E R b a b y b o o t i e with Santa face on it found in front of Wal-Mart Parkland Mall 403-340-2571

TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

Ring, wide band, silver with blue/purple large pearl in a round setting. Lost in the upper bathroom of the Courthouse. Please call 403-872-0662 if found.

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Seeking Journeyman or 2nd /3rd year apprentices. Positions for body, prep and refinishing technicians needed for our car and light truck division. Top wages, bonus programs and benefit package. Fax resumes to (403) 343-2160; e-mail choice2@telusplanet.net or drop off in person @ #5, 7493, 49th Avenue Crescent, Red Deer.


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FURIX Energy Inc. is looking for an

FURIX Energy Inc. is looking for an

Experienced Sandblaster.

Experienced Coater

$20-25/hour dependent upon experience. Please fax (403)348-8109 or email laurie@furixenergy.com LARGE commercial . project, drywall, , steel stud, t-bar, taping , long term work. Benefits, 403-588-4614, 588-4615 Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

for internal coatings.† $30-40/hour dependent upon experience.† Please fax (403)348-8109 or email laurie@furixenergy.com Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much! Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet. Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

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RISLEY MACHINING Johnson Controls QUALIFIED SERVICEMAN LTD. (Grande Prairie, AB) Requires an ELECTRICIANS POSITION has the following position Equipment Operator NEEDED Mechanically inclined or available for immediate at the Red Deer College. heavy duty equipment employment: Qualifications: apprentice True Power Electric ALUMINUM BOAT Experience with the Year round employment Requires FABRICATOR/WELDER operation of skid steer Clean driver’s abstract Residential exp. only Must have previous loader, snow plow truck, Fax resume to Competitive wages experience. sander and landscape (403) 885 5137 & benefits. Risley Machining offers a equipment mowers. Email resume to Fax resume to: good benefits program and Mechanically inclined office@ccal.com 403-314-5599 wages to commensurate capable to service and do ith e x p e r i e n c e . minor repairs to the above JOURNEYMAN or w Please reply with resume equipment a definite 3rd Yr. Apprentice Truckers/ to: Jay Stojan asset 9620-109 St Plumber/Gas Fitter Drivers * Must be avail. to work Grande Prairie, AB req’d for small shop in some extreme overtime T8V 4E4 Westaskiwin area. DRIVERS-LONG HAUL. hours during the winter Phone: (780) 538-8256 Competitive wages & $1500 Sign-on! snow removal season and Fax: (780) 539-5447 health plan. Submit Join an industry leader! participate in on call rotation Email: resumes to: US Runs, 5-14 days out. * Some heavy labor is jay.stojan@gorisley.com willplmb@xplornet.com or Heyl Truck Lines req’d, at times must be fax to: 780-312-2889 or 800-973-9161 www.heyl.net physically capable of call 780-387-6087 performing these duties Team player able to work SNOW plow drivers(2) alone with minimal req’d for winter season supervision based out of Lacombe, Trades * Clean drivers abstract exc. wages. Must have and background check will Class 3 w/air. Call Toll be req’d. Free 1-877-787-2501 Mon. * Candidate must be able - Fri. 9 am. - 5 pm. only or to adhere to company safe- fax resume to: 403-784-2330 ty regulations and policies WANTED Class 1 drivers This is a f/t position with with propane, butane, LPG full benefits. All uniforms, mix in Central AB. Invites applicants for: safety equipment and tools Must have all tickets will be supplied. We also Fax resume to offer annual safety 403-887-6110 or Call footwear contribution. Dennis at 403-588-5836 This position will perform electrical maintenance work Candidates must apply on line with resume on the JCI at various Red Deer Public School locations. website WWW. Misc. Candidates will be required to have: johnsoncontrols.com - High School Diploma Help careers - Valid Alberta Class 4 Drivers license position number 089373. - Journeyman Electrical certification ACADEMIC Express Only successful candi- Fire Alarm certification Adult Education and dates will be contacted. - WHMIS Training - First Aid training is preferred

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Invites applicants for:

JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER

JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN

This position will perform plumbing maintenance work at various Red Deer Public School locations.

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Candidates will be required to have: - High School Diploma - Valid Alberta Class 4 Drivers License - Journeyman Plumbing Certification - Journeyman Gas Ticket over 1 million BTU’s - Backflow Prevention Certification - WHMIS - First Aid training is preferred

Qualifications/Experience - 5 years experience in a commercial setting as a Journeyman Electrician - Knowledge of occupational and safety precautions of the position - Building Management Systems/HVAC - Knowledge of heating and ventilation systems - Security, Paging, Card Access and Data Systems - Variable Frequency Drives and Emergency Generators

Qualifications/Experience - 5 years experience in a commercial setting as a Journeyman Plumber - Knowledge of occupational and safety precautions of the position - Building Management Systems/HVAC - Knowledge of heating and ventilation systems

This position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to those with a positive attitude and the ability to build strong and effective work relations. Sound written and verbal communication is a must as you will be required to interact with staff, students, parents and contractors. Candidate must be available for after hour callouts and an on call coverage rotation. Good physical stamina is required.

This position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to those with a positive attitude and the ability to build strong and effective work relations. Sound written and verbal communication is a must as you will be required to interact with staff, students, parents and contractors. Candidate must be available for after hour callouts and an on call coverage rotation. Good physical stamina is required.

Comprehensive benefit package offered upon hiring. 3 weeks vacation after the first year of employment.

Comprehensive benefit package offered upon hiring. 3 weeks vacation after the first year of employment.

For more information about the Red Deer Public School District, visit our website at:

For more information about the Red Deer Public School District, visit our website at:

www.rdpsd.ab.ca

www.rdpsd.ab.ca

Applications should be directed to:

Applications should be directed to

humanresources@rdpsd.ab.ca

A current criminal record check and child intervention check will be required of all new employees.

A current criminal record check and child intervention check will be required of all new employees.

We thank all applicants for their interest but advise only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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We thank all applicants for their interest but advise only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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JOURNEYMAN OR APPRENTICE

Midas is looking for ambitious, dedicated & professional Journeyman or 3rd. and 4th year apprentices in our Red Deer location. if you pride yourself on quality work, customer servicea and are looking for a career in automotives we would like you to consider a position with us. Please drop off or send a resume to 5804 50 Ave. Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4C2 email to: midas58@telus.net or fax to 403-314-9631

Required Exp’d Fabricator For a Ponoka Manufacturing Shop. Knowledge of ASME code bolt up, basic instrumentation and a commitment to excellence are prerequisites. Competitive wages with benefit packages available. Interested candidates please send resume to admin@westcanfab.ca Of fax to 403-775-4014

Millwright 1st Class / Refrigeration Operator Needed!

Wabasca Area 5 month term Camp Job Started mid-Aug, 2012 BIG Horn Electric and Controls Ltd.

General Duties: • Experience in a plant/manufacturing environment is an asset. • Alberta recognized trade certificate required. • You will be responsible for general, light maintenance and monitoring of Our Ammonia Based Refrigeration System / Training will be provided. With a job at Olymel you enjoy ... • Comprehensive Health and Benefit Plan • Public Transportation to and from the plant. • Possibility of progression within the company. • Paid work and safety orientation. • Discounts on retail prices for Olymel products (fresh and frozen pork/poultry and clothing). Wage - $34.68 / hr.

ELECTRICAL and INSTRUMENTATION JOURNEYMAN and APPRENTICES Required Safety Certificates: H2S Alive / First Aid PST / Fall Protection. Successful candidates will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Oilfield experience is an asset. Qualified applicants are invited to fax or email their resumes: Fax: 403-638-3688 Email: careers@bighornelectric.com

Did you know that Olymel is the biggest employer in Red Deer

JOIN THE TEAM!

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Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

Truckers/ Drivers

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Community Support Worker program GED classes evening and days 403-340-1930 www.academicexpress.ca

ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Red Deer Advocate by 6:30 a.m. Mon. through Fri. & 8:00. .am. on Saturday in

Misc. Help

ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in DEER PARK Dempsey St. area $45.00/mo. ALSO Dempsey St. Dumas Crsc. & Duffy Close area $88.00/mo. ALSO Duston St. Donnelly Crsc., area Densmore Crs. Dale Close $270.00/mo. ALSO Doran Crsc. Dunn Close $50.00 /mo. ALSO Doran Crsc., Doan Ave. area $53.00/mo. LANCASTER Lenon Close, Lacey Close, Landry Bend area $76/mo. ALSO Logan Close Lee St. & Lawrence Crsc. area $158/mo. MICHENER West of 40th Ave. North of Ross St. area $245.00/mo. Good for adult w/a small car ALSO East of 40th North of Ross St. Michener Green Cresc. area. $268/mo. Good for adult with small car. ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more info

LANCASTER AREA 77 papers $412/mo. ROSEDALE AREA 72 papers $386/mo. DEER PARK Dempsey St. area 79 papers $423/mo. ALSO Davison Dr. area 101 papers $541/mo.

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ADULT & Youth Carrier Needed For Delivery of Flyers, Express & Sunday Life in GLENDALE Gunn St. & Goodacre Close KENTWOOD Kirkland & Kidd Close ALSO Kilburn & Krause Crsc

ALSO Clearview Ridge Timberlands area 59 papers $376/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more info

NORMANDEAU Nash St. & Norris Close ALSO Nichols Crsc & Nyberg Ave.

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

Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308

U S 5 buyer for items you want to sell is with a Red Deer Advocate want ad. Phone 309-3300.

Employment Training

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED for early morning delivery of Red Deer Advocate 6 days per week in GRANDVIEW 75 Advocate $393/month $4725/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. per day Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

CARRIERS REQUIRED to deliver the Central AB. Life in the towns of Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler Call Rick at 403-314-4303

CARRIERS NEEDED FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE AND EXPRESS ROUTES IN:

ANDERS AREA Adams Close/ Adair Ave. BOWER AREA Baile Cl. /Boyce St. Beatty Crs./Barrett Dr. Brown Cl./Baird St Barrett Dr./Baird St INGLEWOOD AREA

Isbister Close Issard Close LANCASTER AREA Lancaster Drive Lindsay Ave. Lagrange Crsc SUNNYBROOK AREA Scott St./Somerset Close. Sunnyside Crsc. VANIER AREA Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info **********************

EASY! The easy way to find a

MOUNTVIEW WEST LAKE WEST PARK

Misc. Help

TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 314-4300

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860 DRIVEN TO EXCEL FROM START TO FINISH

CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430

classifieds@reddeeradvocate.com

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

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Cleaning

JOYEUX NOEL All washed up Cleaning Services. 1 Call Cleans it All 587-272-1999, 403-596-5007

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Contractors

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JNM CONSTRUCTION Home Improvements, From Demolition to finish! 30 yrs. Exp. Free Est. 403-505-2248 RICK’S 30 yrs., ref’s: taping texture 403-864-6540 SIDING, Soffit, Fascia Prefering non- combustible fibre cement, canexel & smart board, Call Dean @ 302-9210.

Escorts

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ARE you on Santa’s naughty list. Call 587-377-1898.

Handyman Services

1200

F & J Renovations. We do it all. Good rates and references available so call John at 403-307-3001 jbringleson@shaw.ca

Massage Therapy

1280

* NEW * Executive Touch. Relaxation massage for men. 5003A - Ross St. Mon-Fri 11am-6pm 348-5650

Misc. Services

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5* JUNK REMOVAL

Property clean up 340-8666 CENTRAL PEST CONTROL LTD. Comm/res. Locally owned. 403-373-6182 cpest@shaw.ca FREE removal of all kinds of unwanted scrap metal. No household appliances 403-396-8629

LINDA’S CHINESE MASSAGE Grand Opening #3 4820-47 Ave. 403-986-1550 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

Seniors’ Services

LEXI, Blonde, Babe, No Agency Fees 403-396-8884

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MASSAGE, new girls, 4606 48 Ave. Open 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. 7 days a wk. Phone 403-986-1691

ATT’N: SENIORS Are you looking for help on small reno’s or jobs, such as, new bathroom sink, toilets or safety bars in bath tubs. Call James 403- 341-0617

A Star Makes Your Ad A Winner! CALL:

309-3300 To Place Your Ad In The Red Deer Advocate Now!

LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car

Handyman Services

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BUSY B’S HANDYMAN SERVICES LTD. Res/Comm.Reno’s, repair and more. Give us a buzz @ 403-598-3857 Free quotes. WCB, insured.

Misc. Help

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Gentle Touch Massage 4919 50 St. New rear entry, lots of parking 403-341-4445

BEAUTIFUL college girl BRIAN’S DRYWALL ROXY 403-848-2300 Framing, drywall, taping, textured & t-bar ceilings, EDEN 36 yrs exp. Ref’s. 392-1980 587-877-7399 10am-midnight DALE’S Home Reno’s EROTICAS PLAYMATES Free estimates for all your Girls of all ages 598-3049 reno needs. 403-506-4301 www.eroticasplaymates.net

E-mail or Fax resume to: Human Resources at 403-845-5370

Start your career! See Help Wanted

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

Contractors

Top wages paid based on experience Scheduled days off Valid safety tickets an asset

VII MASSAGE

Feeling overwhelmed? Hard work day? Come in and let us pamper you. Pampering at its best. #7 7464 Gaetz Ave.(rear entrance if necessary) www.viimassage.biz In/Out Calls to Hotels 403-986-6686

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HELPING HANDS For Seniors. Cleaning, cooking, companionship in home or in facility. Call 403-346-7777 Better For Cheaper with a Low Price Guarantee. helpinghandshomesupport.com

is expanding its facility to double production.

We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts:

- Concrete Finishers - Carpenters/Woodworkers Top Wages paid based on experience. Full Benefits and Uniform Package included. Visit our website for more detailed job descriptions at www. eaglebuilders.ca. Applicants are able to apply online or fax resumes to Human Resources 403-885-5516 or e-mail: k.kooiker@eaglebuilders.ca.

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We are a busy & growing construction company looking for Hydrovac Truck Operators to join our busy team! Work around the Red Deer area for the winter. 276167L10-15

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CIRCULATION Service Runner (Part Time)

Do You: - Want extra income - Possess a clean, valid drivers license - Have a friendly attitude - Enjoy customer service - Want part-time work (12 to 22 hours per week) As part of our customer service team, you will be dispatched in response to service concerns to delivery newspapers and flyers to customers or carriers. A delivery vehicle is provided. Hours of shifts are Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. or longer, and/or afternoon shifts Monday to Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. or longer Submit resume, indicating “Service Runner Position”, along with your drivers abstract immediately to: careers@ reddeeradvocate.com or mail to: Human Resources 2950 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, AB. T4N 5G3 or fax to: 403-341-4772 We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only selected candidates will be contacted. DISPATCHER req’d. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Good communication, skills both verbal and written. Must have effective time management skills and able to multi task in a fast paced environment. Experience preferred, but will train suitable applicant. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295

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Misc. Help

Firewood

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FIREWOOD 347-7211 WAREHOUSE Coordinator: bluegrassnursery.com Shipping/ Receiving exp. req’d, 12 volt wiring or FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, automotive a/v knowledge Poplar. Can deliver a plus. Looking for self1-4 cords. 403-844-0227 motivated individual with reliable transportation. Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner Duties include inventory BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / and accurate order del. Lyle 403-783-2275 fulfillment. Please email SPLIT Dry Firewood. Deresume to: office.cdn@ zonedefensetruck.com or livery avail (403)845-8989 fax to: 403-340-0900

Employment Training

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offers a variety of

SAFETY COURSES to meet your needs.

Standard First Aid , Confined Space Entry, H2S Alive and Fire Training are courses that we offer on a regular basis. As well, we offer a selection of online Training Courses. For more information check us out online at www.firemaster.ca or call us at 403 342 7500. You also can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @firemasterofs.

SAFETY

TRAINING CENTRE OILFIELD TICKETS

“Low Cost” Quality Training

403.341.4544

24 Hours Toll Free 1.888.533.4544

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Career Planning

Household Appliances

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

Household Furnishings

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LIMITED Edit. pink Dyson upright vacuum cleaner $150, 403-346-9899 MAPLE single bed mattress $100; single pedestal white desk $45 403-342-4543

Industries #1 Choice!

(across from Totem)

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*NEW!* Asian Relaxation Massage Downtown RD 587-377-1298 Open Mon.Fri. daily 11am - 6 pm. NO! NO! On warranty $275. 403-227-2976

OILFIELD SERVICES INC.

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

Health & Beauty

In Town of Trochu Morning Delivery 1 hour per day 6 days per week No collection No Sundays The Town of Olds No collecting! Packages come ready for delivery! Also for the afternoon in Town of Penhold! Also afternoon delivery in Town of Springbrook 1 day per wk. No collecting!!

Please contact QUITCY

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

Build A Resume That Works! APPLY ONLINE www.lokken.com/rdw.html Call: 403-348-8561 Email inford@lokken.com Career Programs are

FREE

for all Albertans

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stuff CLASSIFICATIONS 1500-1990

Antiques & Art

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CURVED glass curio cabinet 60”h $200 587-272-2837 WASH stand $200 587-272-2837

Auctions

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Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for Afternoon delivery in Bowden & Innisfail Please contact QUITCY

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

Parkland Funeral Home - Red Deer

We are currently looking for a mature person to help in the funeral home part-time. Duties would include: • • • •

• •

Transfer the deceased to funeral homes. Clean and drive funeral vehicles Clean funeral home and general maintenance duties Assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned. Greet people at the funeral home and answer telephones $15.00 per hour Please deliver resumes to Parkland Funeral Home 6287 - 67A Street, Red Deer. PREFER mature F for cleaning, appointments, shopping, for senior M, cash paid daily, ref’s 403-342-6545

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

Children's Items

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LIKE new all wood children’s pull sled, round back, $20 SOLD

EquipmentHeavy

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

Farmers' Market

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Misc. for Sale

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2 M A N F I S H I N G H U T, $150. (403)782-3278 40’ FREE Standing Tower, never been erected. $200. 403-728-3375

2 BDRM. townhouse/ condo, 5 appls., 2 blocks from Collicutt Centre. $1200/mo. + utils, incl. condo fees. 403-346-4868

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Cats

SIAMESE ALSO BELINESE (3) KITTENS FOR SALE $60 each obo. 403-887-3649

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Dogs

AUSTRALIAN Shepherd, miniature pups, 6 mos. 1M, 1F, shots and dewormed. $250/ea. 780-372-2387 LABRA DOODLE PUPS F 1 $700; F1 B $900 2 YR health Guaranteed. awesome bloodlines, ready now until Christmas Hold with deposit. Ph. 403-919-1370 306-792-2113 www.furfettishfarm.ca POMERANIAN white pups, 2F, 1M, 403-227-5105 www.diamondicepoms.com

Sporting Goods

1860 1900

AFFORDABLE

Manufactured Homes

Spruce, Pine, Birch Spilt, Dry. 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472

CLASSIFICATIONS 2000-2290

Horses

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HORSES WANTED: broke, un-broke, or unwanted. 403-783-0303 WANTED: all types of horses. Processing locally in Lacombe weekly. 403-651-5912

Daily The Red Deer Advocate Daily The publishes Red Deer Advocate advertisements from companies and corporations and associations from across Canada seeking personnel for long term placements.

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

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3 BDRM. 4 appls. no pets. $900/mo. + d.d. 403-343-6609

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homes

Cars

Condos/ Townhouses

2008 TOYOTA YARIS FWD, 62709 kms, $10888 348-8788 Sport & Import

ROOMS FOR RENT, close to uptown. Employed gentleman Rent $425/mo, s.d. $250, 403-350-4712

Manufactured Homes

2008 NISSAN PATHFINDER S $16888 348-8788 Sport & Import

BRAND NEW

2008 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SE FWD, $10888, 7620-50 Ave, Sport & Import

2008 HONDA RIDGELINE RT 4X4, $19888 348-8788 Sport & Import

2006 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 2.0T FWD, 4 cyl. turbo, $10,888 348-8788 Sport & Import 7 ACRES, all utilities, road, quonset, greenhounse antique home $353,000. Near Red Deer, great for horses, 403-227-5132 2005 FORD Escape, AWD auto., blue, 173,000 kms. $6500. 403-346-4795

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2007 JEEP Grand Cherokee AWD $15888 348-8788 Sport & Import

2007 CADILLAC Escalade AWD, lthr.,rear air, sunroof, $27888, 348-8788 Sport & Import

Newly Renovated Mobile Home

A MUST SEE!

2005 CHRYSLER Crossfire LTD, 6 speed, htd. lthr., $11888 348-8788 Sport & Import

$

20,000with Intro

2006 FORD EXPLORER Eddie Bauer htd. lthr., sunroof, DVD, $16,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

$

400/month lot Rent incl. Cable 274500L1-31

Renter’s Special FREE Cable modular/mobile homes

Starting at

849

/month

Sharon (403) 340-0225 www.lansdowne.ca

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

2004 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GLS diesel, $9888 348-8788 Sport & Import

2003 HYUNDAI TIBURON FWD,106300 kms, $6888 348-8788 Sport & Import

Celebrating the birth of your child? Share your happy news with family & friends with a special announcement in the Red Deer Advocate Classifieds “Announcement” section.

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7 ACRES, all utilities, road, quonset, greenhounse antique home $353,000. Near Red Deer, great for horses, 403-227-5132

2 BDRM. 1240 sq. ft 1-1/2 baths, Blackfalds, fenced, $900. Avail. Jan. 1. 403-357-7326

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2 bdrm. townhouse in RD 5 appls., 2 parking stalls, unfinished bsmt. $975 N/S, no pets. 403-505-7545

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2004 PONTIAC Montana 7 pass, cloth, V6, pw, pdl, DVD, remote sliding door, new tires/front suspension, $4900 403-357-8811

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NEW TAKE OFF TIRES 245-75R-17” General Grabber E rated 10 ply tires. $100/ea. 403-341-9315

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A1 RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. AMVIC approved. 403-396-7519 REMOVAL of unwanted cars, may pay cash for complete cars. 304-7585

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townhouse in Clearview Ridge, $245,500 Walk to Clearview Market Square. 2 bdrm. 2.5 bath 1091 sq. ft., 6 appls. included, 2 parking stalls. Call 403-392-8999 email: 1504.30carleton@ gmail.com

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NEW George Foreman rotisserie never used $35; Suites original large charcoal paintings, aboriginal prints, 2 @ $15/ea, 3 @25/ea., 1 & 2 BDRM. APTS. Clean, quiet bldg. various Christmas porceCall 318-0901. lain pieces 4@ 15/ea. GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, 403-986-6566 D.D. $825, 1 BDRM., SWISS 8” ice auger $35; $740, N/S, no pets, no 403-728-3375 partiers, avail immed.. 1-403-200-8175

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2 BDRM. 4 appls. no pets. $800/mo. + d.d. 403-343-6609

20 GAL. fish tank, Hartz, still in box. $35. 403-227-2976

LACOMBE DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL LEASE SPACE. 3225 sq.ft. Avail. Jan. 1, 2013 Well maint. space. Incl. separate office/kitchen, back storage/shipping receiving room. Self contained bathroom & 2 parking spaces. Call Linda 403-782-5117

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3 bdrm. 2 bath HOME AVAIL. Jan. 1, 3 bdrm. in Red Deer. Immediate townhouse, 4 appl., hardpossession 10 yr warranty. wood, 2 parking stalls, Own it for $1345/mo. OAC 2005 CHRYSLER 300 lthr, close to shopping & 403-346-3100, 347-5566 64,690 kms, $12,888 schools. $1075 + util. + d.d 348-8788 Sport & Import 403-506-0054 SHOP for rent 50x80, big Lots For FRESHLY painted 3 Bdrm. truck wash bay, & 2 small 1 1/2 baths, 5 appls,, n/s, offices, 403-346-0890, Sale no pets, avail. now, Deer 403-302-0169 FULLY SERVICED Park 403-391-1740 res & duplex lots in Lacombe. KITSON CLOSE Builders terms or owner Warehouse newer exec. 3 bdrm. will J.V. with investors or Space bi-level townhouse 1447 subtrades who wish to become sq. ft. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, home builders. Great BRAND new 9900 sq. ft. blinds, lg. balcony, fenced returns. Call 403-588-8820 ready for lease fall 2012 on in rear, front/rear parking, Golden West Ave 358-3500 no dogs, rent $1395 Investment SD $1000. n/s Avail. immed. & 2 for Jan. 2 Opportunities Mobile www.garymoe.com 403-304-7576 / 347-7545 Lot Looking for business partKyte/Kelloway Cres. ners. Low investment and LACOMBE new park, Lovely 3 level exec. quick return on investment. animal friendly. Your mobile 3 bdrm. townhouse Apply to: cneaves has relocated to or ours. 2 or 3 bdrm. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, @shaw.ca for more info Excellent 1st time home concrete patio, blinds, buyers. 403-588-8820 front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 MOBILE HOME PAD, in Avail. Jan. 2 Red Deer Close to Gaetz, 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 2 car park, Shaw cable incl. SOUTHWOOD PARK Sharon 403-550-8777 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 216751 CLASSIFICATIONS baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, 5000-5300 Sorry no pets. www.greatapartments.ca SUV's

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BROWN EGGS AND LAMB now has free range GOLF travel bag, black pork : gourmet hams and w/wheels, very good cond. sausage. Great selection $40, 403-346-0093 of warm woolies. Phone 403-782-4095 Travel FREE range naturally Packages raised turkey, gov’t. TRAVEL ALBERTA inspected, skinless, Alberta offers boneless turkey breast SOMETHING $5.99/lb, turkey breast for everyone. steaks $5.99/lb, ground Make your travel turkey $5.99/lb, plans now. drumsticks avail. $10/pkg. Germane Market Gardens, Gail 403-843-6864

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MIRRORED pictures, Johnny Walker Scotch, Beefeater Dry Gin, Colt 45, Riverfront Estates matching bar tray $50/ea. Deluxe 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, or buy 3 and get tray free bi-level townhouse, 5 appls, 587-272-2837 blinds, large balcony, no pets, n/s, $1195 WANTED or $1220 along the river. Antiques, furniture and SD $1000. avail. estates. 342-2514 Jan. 2 403-304-7576 347-7545

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Coroner says nurse was found hanging Rice withdraws as secretary of state in her room days after royal hoax call candidate BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OBAMA DECRIES ‘UNFAIR AND MISLEADING’ ATTACKS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination. The reluctant announcement makes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the likely choice to be the nation’s next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon. Rice withdrew when it became clear her political troubles were not going away, and support inside the White House for her potential nomination had been waning in Susan Rice recent days, administration officials said. In another major part of the upcoming Cabinet shake-up for President Barack Obama’s second term, former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska now is seen as the front-runner to be defence secretary, with official word expected as soon as next week. For the newly re-elected president, Rice’s withdrawal was a sharp political setback and a sign of the difficulties Obama faces in a time of divided and divisive government. Already, he had been privately weighing whether picking Rice would cost him political capital he would need on later votes. When Rice ended the embarrassment by stepping aside, Obama used the occasion to criticize Republicans who were adamantly opposed to her possible nomination. “While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character,” he said. “I am saddened we have reached this point,” Rice said. Obama made clear she would remain in his inner circle, saying he was grateful she would stay as “our ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my Cabinet and national security team.” Rice, too, said in her letter she would be staying. Rice had become the face of the bungled administration account of what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012 when four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in what is now known to have been a terrorist attack.

LONDON — A nurse was found hanging in her room three days after she had been duped by a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, a U.K. inquest was told. The case is being treated as an apparent suicide. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was discovered hanging by a scarf from a wardrobe in her nurses’ quarters Dec. 7 by a colleague and a member of security staff at London’s King Edward VII Hospital, coroner’s officer Lynda Martindill said Thursday. Martindill said an attempt to revive Saldanha failed. Police detective chief inspector James Harman said Saldanha, 46, also had injuries to her wrists. He told the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court that two notes were found at the scene and another was found among Saldanha’s belongings. He said there were no suspicious circumstances, meaning nobody else was involved in Saldanha’s death. Harman said police were examining the notes, interviewing the nurse’s friends, family and col-

leagues and looking at emails and phone calls to establish what led to her death. He also said detectives would be contacting police in the Australian state of New South Wales to collect “relevant evidence.” Saldanha answered the phone last week when two Australian disc jockeys called Jacintha seeking inform a t i o n a b o u t Saldanha the former Kate Middleton, who was being treated for severe morning sickness. The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and Saldanha was tricked into transferring the call to another nurse, who revealed private details about the duchess’ condition. The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, apologized for the prank in emotional interviews on Australian television, saying they never expected their call would be put through. The show was tak-

en off the air and the DJs have been suspended. New South Wales state police said Friday that they were investigating a letter sent to the station that made several threats against the DJs. Police declined to release details of the letter and a spokeswoman for the station did not immediately return calls seeking comment. The Australian Communications and Media Authority is investigating whether radio station 2DayFM breached its broadcasting license conditions and the industry code of practice. In London, coroner Fiona Wilcox opened and adjourned Saldanha’s inquest until March 26. Wilcox expressed “my sympathies to her family and everybody who has been touched by this tragic death.” In Britain, inquests are held to determine the facts whenever someone dies unexpectedly, violently or in disputed circumstances. Inquests do not determine criminal liability or apportion blame. The local authority, Westminster Council, said Saldanha’s body was released to her family after Thursday’s hearing.

No word on progress after ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Face to face with time running short, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner negotiated at the White House Thursday night in what aides called “frank” talks aimed at breaking a stubborn deadlock and steering the nation away from an economy-threatening “fiscal cliff.” Boehner returned to the Capitol an hour later, briskly walking past reporters without comment. There was no indication whether any progress had been made, though the use of the word “frank” by both sides to describe the talks suggested the president and the

speaker stuck hard to their opposing positions. The meeting came shortly after Obama suggested that the sluggish pace of deficit-cutting talks between the administration and congressional Republicans was a result of a “contentious caucus” of GOP lawmakers who were making it difficult for Boehner to negotiate. Boehner saw it differently. He said earlier in the day: “Unfortunately, the White House is so unserious about cutting spending that it appears willing to slow-walk any agreement and walk our economy right up to the fiscal cliff.” Thursday night’s meeting was the two men’s second face-to-face encounter in five days as they seek to find an agreement that avoids major tax increases and across-

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the-board spending cuts scheduled to kick in January. Also attending were Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Obama’s chief congressional lobbyist, Rob Nabors. Before the meeting, Boehner accused Obama of dragging out negotiations. Obama is insisting on higher tax rates for household incomes above $250,000 to cut federal deficits; Boehner says he opposes higher rates, though he has said he would be willing to raise tax revenue instead by closing loopholes and deductions. Obama, in an interview during the day with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, said that he was hopeful of a “change in attitude” from Republicans on raising taxes on the wealthy. “It shouldn’t be hard to get resolved,” he said.

TTo our valued l d customers & readers, d we sincerely i l wish i h you and your families a Joyful Holiday Season. May the New Year bring you peace, health and happiness.

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