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Pressure growing on Harper TO ADDRESS FASTING CHIEF’S DEMANDS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A visibly weak Chief Theresa Spence made a brief appearance on Sunday — in Day 20 of her fast —as a parade of politicians and protesters turned up the volume to demand action from the Harper government on treaty issues. Through a spokesperson, the chief

of the Attawapiskat First Nation said she was “deeply humbled” by the support she’s received from aboriginals and non-aboriginals in her appeal for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and GovernorGeneral David Johnston. A demonstration in support of her hunger fast took place at Toronto’s Eaton Centre, where protesters crowd-

ed a section of the mall in a loud, but peaceful gathering. A smaller crowd backing Spence assembled in Calgary outside of Harper’s constituency office. The chief acknowledged the outpouring from members of the Idle No More movement, but called for other First Nations leaders to also step up. “This is a call to arms and a call to

action in the most peaceful and respective way that reflects our natural laws as Indigenous nations,” she said in the statement. “First Nations leadership need to take charge and control of the situation on behalf of the grassroots movement.

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And... what for 2013? BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF New Year traditions dating back to Rome and Babylon lead people to look at the world with fresh eyes and, perhaps, find some way to improve themselves during the coming year. The value and validity of the New Year’s resolution, however, varies widely from person to person. “It’s a waste of time,” says Justin Wand from Leicester, UK, who spent the Christmas season visiting friends and family in Central Alberta. Wand, 40, says he has not committed himself to a formal resolution for quite a long time, although he has made them in the past. Resolution or not, he feels he needs to be fitter and healthier — a common theme among people interviewed on Sunday for their thoughts on New Year resolutions. Angus Thomson, 45, visiting from Florida, says he tries to make a New Year resolution every year, but has had varying levels of success at keeping them. By Sunday afternoon, he hadn’t yet given much thought to his resolution for 2013, stating that he would like to get rid of one bad habit — procrastinating. Cassie Howdle of Red Deer said she has found that ideas for resolutions that seemed really great on Dec. 31 don’t necessarily hold as much appeal on Jan. 1.

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A town of Sylvan Lake Parks employee makes his way around the lake’s skating surface, clearing the ice with a brush-mounted vehicle. The rink is expected see more activity when temperatures started to rise this week.

Year ending on a warmer note CENTRAL ALBERTANS ARE GETTING A BREAK FROM WHAT HAS BEEN AN UNSEASONABLY COLD DECEMBER Red Deer has seen since 1971, when ther- because Canyon is relatively sheltered mometers that actually go that low regis- from the winds that may blow much more tered -42.2C with a wind chill of -46C. vigorously over the fields above, says MarCoping with those temperatures becomes tel. a challenge when pipes freeze and burst, He supplies Helly Hansen outerwear to batteries play dead and stiff transmissions all staff who work outdoors to offer maxirefuse to turn. mum protection from the cold. At those temperatures, standing still or Christmas Day was no problem at all leaving your because the skin exposed ski hill was COPING WITH COLD TEMPERATURES can be danclosed for gerous if not the holiday, BECOMES A CHALLENGE WHEN PIPES deadly, say he says. people who FREEZE AND BURST, BATTERIES PLAY DEAD The only routinely time CanAND STIFF TRANSMISSIONS REFUSE work out of yon would TO TURN doors reclose due gardless and to weather sometimes conditions because of is when the the cold weather. schools have shut down their trips to the There’s no weather like cold weather — ski hills because of the cold. the colder the better, say David Martel and School trips make up about 95 per cent Michael Weinman at Canyon Ski Resort. of Canyon’s business during those days, From a business perspective, tempera- says Martel. tures between -10 and-5 are best for drawThe balance is mostly parents who want ing customers, because that’s relatively to ski with their children, he says. comfortable for outdoor activities, says There is no minimum temperature for Martel, general manager for the resort. weekends, when there are always enough He and his staff have a temperature and hardy skiers to keep the lifts running, he wind chill chart that tells them how long says. they should stay outside at one time. Wind chill is not a big issue, however, Please see COLD on Page A2

If you feel like swapping your mukluks for a pair of flip-flops when the outside temperature rises to -10C, you just might be from Red Deer — or somewhere nearby. Central Albertans are getting a break from what has been an unseasonably cold December, although no records were actually broken. Sunday’s high of -4C felt positively balmy when compared with the days of icy cold that hit through the past month, especially on Christmas Day. Environment Canada meteorologist Chris Emond calculated that, as of Thursday afternoon, the average temperature in Red Deer for December was -14.8C, a significant departure from the normal average of -11.1C. The average for the month is based on calculations of the mean temperature for each day, with the mean temperature being the midpoint between the high and the low. While -14.8 is chilly enough, that would mean that some days were much colder than that. During the past month, Christmas Day was coldest of all, with temperatures dropping to -29.6C by 11 p.m. and the wind chill making it feel like -36C. That was about as cold a Christmas as

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A Better World helps thousands BY RANDY FIEDLER ADVOCATE STAFF A Better World’s numbers stagger the mind: ● 109,100 people with clean drinking water ● 68,100 patients treated in health clinics ● 60,000 people helped in emergency situations ● 54,260 students getting educations ● 9,700 people eating from their own gardens ● 2,000 jobs created through microfinancing Yet after 22 years, A Better World’s modest founder doesn’t Eric Rajah call his Lacombe-based aid agency a charity. “We take other people’s money and we want to invest and we want returns,” said Eric Rajah. “Are we getting the most value for the dollar? What’s the money doing in the end?” Rajah said 2013 brings another ambitious year of helping abroad. Eight trips to Kenya are scheduled, with the first in just a few weeks with 22 Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton members. “They’re all 55 plus and the oldest is 84 years old. All have funded a school and they’re going to open it.” Another 11 Australian seniors are also on the trip, enticed to come through a Lacombe senior who is also

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going. Rajah said older donors “want to leave their money in a way that outlasts their lives. “People are thinking about what they can leave for the world as a legacy.” Next year also brings the expansion of Neighbours, A Better World’s new program focusing on local projects. “We’re looking for people who are missed because of gaps . . . and not covered by grants or government subsidies.” For example, he’s negotiating to partner with Central Alberta businesses to provide vouchers for car oil changes and family photos, saying these are services commonly overlooked or ignored as families struggle to make ends meet. “These little things can give a lot of hope to people.” Rajah said A Better World’s efforts wouldn’t be possible without tremendous support over the years. “Thanks to Central Albertans, we’re approaching $1.7 million (donated) and thank all the volunteers for travelling and following up on their donations. “We’re grateful to the community.” More information about A Better World’s activities is available online at www.a-better-world.ca. rfiedler@reddeeradvocate.com

MEDICINE HAT — An 18-year-old man from southern Alberta has been charged with making an online threat that allegedly touched on this month’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Police in Medicine Hat say they started an investigation on Boxing Day into comments posted on Facebook. Investigators say the post included remarks about the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn., and a threat aimed at a Medicine Hat school. Police did not go into detail in a news release issued Friday evening, but did call the post “disturbing.” The 18-year-old was arrested and has been charged with making threats and publishing obscene matter. He is being held in custody until his next court appearance today. Police have not named the man charged or the school involved. They also didn’t say whether he was a student at the school.

It’s the second time in the space of a little more than a week that a young person has been charged with making threats aimed at an Alberta school. On Dec. 21, a 17-year-old student at Ponoka Composite High School, south of Edmonton, was charged with making threats. Area schools were put in lockdown while the boy was arrested at his home. Police say they seized two rifles and ammunition. The youth was released on bail Friday. There was rash of threat-related class cancellation and school closures in Alberta on the same day as the Ponoka arrest. One of those school closures came in Medicine Hat. Classes were cancelled as a precautionary measure at Crescent Heights High School because one student overheard another student talking about school violence. School officials termed it a “low risk issue.”

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Many layers, a change of both gloves and socks and never standing sill is the key to keeping warm when the wind howls and the mercury drops, says snowmaker Michael Weinman while offering a treat to Canyon Ski Resort’s new mascot, Bernard — named after a beer brand from his home in the Czech Republic.

Lift staff are trained to watch for signs of frostbite, particularly among the 12 to 17-year-olds who make up the bulk of Canyon’s customer base. It seems that, for people in that age group, it’s not cool to cover your face, which can lead to frostbite, says Martel. Weinman, whose jobs include making snow, running lifts and maintenance, says it’s easier to keep warm if you keep dry and keep moving. Making snow is probably the coldest job on the site, because he sometimes has to stand in front of the snow gun while it’s working and then has to get on a cold snowmobile and ride to the next gun. Howeer, the coldest weather is the best weather for making snow, he says. So far this season, Canyon has been able to make a tremendous volume of snow, quite literally putting Weinman and his crew under the gun in their daily routine. Weinman likes to fend off the cold by wearing multiple layers of wool under his Helly Hansens, including a soft layer of Merino wool next to his skin and a heavy wool sweater. He brings a change of socks and uses both gloves and mittens, depending on what he is doing. Mittens are warmer because you can keep your fingers, but sometimes you need gloves for better dexterity, says Weinman. While some of Canyon’s customers bring hot packs to help keep their feet and fingers warm, he says he has never

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2013: Make, break resolutions “I’ll make one tomorrow and break it on the First,” said Howdle, who feels her philosophy regarding New Year resolutions is pretty much in line with that of other people. She said that a friend who works for a gym club has noticed that it attracts a great number of new members at the start of each year, but that most of them will have lost interest by the end of February. Working on health and fitness is probably a fairly common theme for New Year resolutions says Scott Dowler of Innisfail, whose resolution for 2013 is to eat healthier foods and get more exercise. Dowler, 40, said he made a similar resolution a few years ago and managed to keep at it for four years, but acknowledged, like Howdle, that most resolutions don’t seem to last much longer than New Year’s Day. His 12-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, said she hasn’t made a resolution in the past, but has resolved in 2013 to become a better dancer. Like her twin sister, Mikayla, Kaitlyn does a wide varieties of dance styles, which she hopes will lead her to a career that includes entertaining on cruise ships. Time will tell. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate.com

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Carbon capture could be unfeasible for years SCRAPPING OF PROJECT HAS TRANSALTA BOSS LESS OPTIMISTIC

CALGARY — With half of its electricity plants fuelled by coal, the head of TransAlta Corp. is a believer in how valuable carbon capture and storage could be for the company. But a decision in April to scrap Project Pioneer, a $1.4-billion project to capture carbon dioxide emissions from an Alberta coal plant and store them underground, has TransAlta (TSX:TA) president and CEO Dawn Farrell less optimistic about the technology’s feasibility in the future. TransAlta was one of the companies backing the project. Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) and Capital Power Corp. (TSX:CPX) were the others. The idea was to sell some of carbon dioxide to nearby energy producers, who would inject the gas into their fields as a means to get more oil out of the ground. The federal and Alberta governments have been banking on carbon capture and storage to reduce the carbon footprint of the power generation and the oil and gas industries. Project Pioneer, which would

have been connected to the Keephills 3 coal plant west of Edmonton, received $779 million in backing from Ottawa and Edmonton. Although an initial study found the technology worked and the capital costs were in line with expectations, Farrell said things changed as planning moved forward and other methods of oil extraction improved. “What had changed was this horizontal drilling, which has changed the cost structure of finding gas and now oil,” Farrell said, in an interview with The Canadian Press. “As a result of that the cost of taking oil out of the ground ... with CO2 is now being overtaken by the cost of horizontal drilling. “Effectively what happened is the ability of the oilfields to use CO2 moved out five or 10 years and we had federal funding we needed to put in place right away.” Farrell said new federal legislation on carbon emissions means TransAlta’s Sundance plant will reach the end of its first lifespan in 2019. Other plants will follow in the ensuing decade. Once a plant reaches the end of its life, the company can continue to operate

it with a carbon-capture retrofit or shut it down. “So 2019 is the first big decision for TransAlta,” Farrell said. “If they’re coming to the end of their life at the end of this decade, in 2019, I don’t think they have a very good chance for retrofit unless my team can discover some other way of dealing with it.” Alberta has a 1,000-year supply of low-sulphur coal, but Farrell said it still gives off double the emissions of natural gas. The cost of coal at this point continues to make it an attractive alternative, but Farrell notes the high costs of carbon-capture and the lack of a market to sell the captured carbon could put coal “out of the money” as plants reach the end of their lives under federal rules. TransAlta has power plants in Canada, the United States and Australia. Farrell said the utility is looking at further expansion in the United States in 2013 and is hoping to make some acquisitions, possibly in California, related to wind energy.

Canada weighs options for possible military training mission in West Africa BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government is examining whether to dispatch Canadian troops to help train an African force whose purpose would be to take back a vast swath of Mali from an off-shoot of al-Qaeda. Defence Minister Peter MacKay, speaking in Halifax Sunday, said what form of military assistance can be provided to a growing international swell is something that’s under active discussion. “What I can tell you is that we are contemplating what contribution Canada could make,” MacKay said at an announcement related to rental housing rates on military bases. The United Nations recently decided to back a proposal from Economic Community of West African States — ECOWAS — to send 3,300 troops to the region. Canadian special forces troops were active in the west African country for several training missions prior to the coup last March that installed a shaky interim government. Those missions also took place before Islamic Maghreb — known as AQIM — overran much of the northern portion of the impoverished nation. “We are not at a point where we would be making an announcement, but as you know, training is something that the Canadian Forces is particularly adept at doing,” MacKay said. “We’ve demonstrated that repeated in the last, well, throughout our history, but certainly the training mission in Afghanistan is a testament to that commitment and that ability and something that has garnered the admiration of re-

cipient nations but also other countries who emulate Canadian training techniques.” Mali, a landlocked country bordering on Algeria and Niger, has been one of the biggest recipients of Canada’s foreign aid. France has been at the forefront of organizing an international response, including the African-led international force which could be trained by western troops. Malian Prime Minister Diango Cissoko, last week, pleaded for military intervention “as soon as possible.” The African troops would need training in desert combat and counterinsurgency warfare. Canada could also provide what the military call enablers: communications, intelligence, transport planes or helicopters for airlift. But it is in the area of special forces, more specifically counter-terrorism training, that the Canadian military would likely make the most immediate contribution. Briefing records for the commander of the country’s special forces show members of a highlytrained, ultra-secret regiment have conducted at least three training mission in the country between 2010 and 2011. “Each involved embedding training Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) trainers within” training units from other countries, said a Sept. 27, 2011 briefing to Brig.-Gen Denis Thompson. But the memo took pains to emphasize there would be no combat, and much like Afghanistan, the troops would be restricted to inside the wire instruction.

Ottawa renews caution warning for travellers to Haiti after U.S. advisory BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs continues to caution Canadian travellers to Haiti after the United States toughened its travel warning for Americans heading to the Caribbean country. Foreign Affairs does not have a similar countrywide advisory in place but on Saturday renewed its lesser warning that Canadians should exercise a “high degree of caution” in Haiti. It says crime continues to put travellers at risk, particularly in some neighbourhoods in capital Port-au-Prince. Foreign Affairs also says those attending National Carnival celebrations

February in the northern city of CapHaitien should also be particularly vigilant about their safety. The U.S. State Department issued an updated travel warning Friday stating that “no one is safe” from kidnapping and violent crime in the capital and highlighting the risks from robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities. It says in recent months travellers arriving in Port-au-Prince on flights from the United States have been attacked and robbed after leaving the airport, while at least two U.S. citizens were killed in robbery and kidnapping incidents.

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RCMP say fire in St. Albert is suspicious BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ST. ALBERT — Police say they are using dogs to scour the scene of a suspicious house fire in St. Albert, northwest of Edmonton. The dogs are looking for any signs of flammable liquids. RCMP say the fire has been deemed suspicious because the fire department was not immediately able to determine a cause of the blaze. They say a man was at home at the time of the fire and needed to be taken to hospital for treatment. The rest of the family that lives at the home was on vacation. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from damaging any of the neighbouring houses.

Police say overnight shooting was not a random act of violence CALGARY — Police in Calgary say they don’t believe a overnight shooting in a south-end neighbourhood was a random act of violence. Officers went to a home in the Parkland area and found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He needed surgery in hospital, but is expected to survive. Police say they think the injured man and the shooter knew each other, though investigators have yet to confirm where the shooting took place. Parkland is in the city’s south bordered on the west by Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Man charged with arson after fire at his home LETHBRIDGE — A 26-year-old southern Alberta man has been charged in a fire that started in the basement of a Lethbridge home. City police say the fire broke out Thursday night. One person at home at the time of the fire was treated in hospital and released. Damage was pegged at more than $150,000, though firefighters were able to keep the fire from damaging any neighbouring homes. Heinrich Friesen has been charged with arson as well as mischief and is to appear in court Monday. Police say Friesen lived at the home that burned.

Photo radar used to reward good drivers CANMORE — Photo radar is mostly used to punish bad drivers, but in one southern Alberta town it will soon be used to reward good drivers, too. Officials in Canmore, just to the east of Banff National Park, say they want to offer financial incentives to those who follow the rules of the road. Beginning New Year’s Day, drivers captured on camera obeying the speed limit will be entered in a draw and four lucky winners will be chosen to receive a $250 dollar certificate to a local business. The licence plate numbers will be posted in the local paper or on Facebook and it will be up to the winners to claim their prize. Coun. Sean Krausert says even if it’s not effective in reducing speeding, it will help promote safety and help promote local business. Krausert and another councillor introduced the idea after hearing about a similar project in Europe. They’re hoping it might make a dent in the 5,500 tickets the town mailed out last year. The pilot project is expected to last about a year.

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A strategy that works In September 2003, an enraged Josif Fekete gunned down his wife, Blagica, and their three-year-old son, Alex, in a Red Deer apartment building, before turning the shotgun on himself. The tragedy horrified the community, but served has a stark reminder that the city is not immune to the worst kind of domestic vioRICK lence. ZEMANEK It was as an eye-opener and Red Deer rallied to address family violence through proactive programs. But overall in Canada, while many may think the battle against spousal abuse has gained ground, a recent report begs to differ. A major federal investigation in 2009 said spousal violence in Canada cost society $7.4 billion, for the thousands of incidents that occurred in that year alone. And the problem is far

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from being addressed adequately. The 145-page report completed this fall and obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act said nearly 50,000 cases of spousal violence were reported on the police data base that year. Eighty per cent involved women; there were 65 spousal homicides — 49 of them women. The definition of spouse included married, common-law, separated, same-sex and divorced partners. The study shows, said Vancouver academic Colleen Varcoe, that violence against women remains far too prevalent in Canada. “There’s this ‘You’ve come a long way, baby’ kind of ethos in Canada. . . . Where people have a sense that perhaps violence is lessening, perhaps it’s less of a problem, perhaps women have greater equality, and that translates into less violence,” said Varcoe. “There simply isn’t any evidence of that.” Varcoe was lead researcher for a 2011 study that examined in detail the costs associated with a sample of 309 women who left abusive partners. (In all fairness, however, the federal study also looked at men suffering at the hands of an abusive spouse. In those cases, it cost taxpayers $2.6 bil-

lion of the $7.4 billion total.) “Spousal violence is a widespread and unfortunate social reality that has an effect on all Canadians,” the report stated. “Victims of spousal abuse are susceptible to sustaining costly and long-lasting physical, emotional and financial costs. Every member of society eventually feels the impact. . . . Through the additional financial strain imposed on publicly-funded systems and services.” A spokesperson for Justice Canada said the study “was designed to fill a knowledge gap in Canada and raise awareness and understanding on the impact of spousal violence among the public and professionals in the criminal justice, health and social services sectors, among others.” Closer to home, an unrelated study says Alberta has an unenviable record of having the fifth highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence and the second highest rate of self-reported spousal violence in Canada. To that end, Red Deer deserves applause for recognizing the problem and taking action through education. After the Fekete murder-suicide, a local domestic crime unit was es-

tablished. The RCMP and the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter now work as a team under the project. A social worker from the shelter works alongside the police in dealing with spousal abuse cases — a first for Red Deer. “In this partnership with Red Deer City RCMP, they’ve really become sensitive to the needs of the victims and we as the shelter have really become sensitive to the legal issues and the investigative issues police face,” said Ian Wheeliker, executive director of the shelter. CAWES has also launched a unique project encouraging men to get involved against spousal violence. The shelter held an event in November called Breakfast with the Guys. “We’re hoping men who care about this (violence), that men who have daughters, sisters, mother and wives will come out and say it’s time to step up to the plate and take a stand,” said Wheeliker. Family violence is a community concern. A combined effort, as Red Deer has shown, is a positive step in addressing those shocking federal statistics. Rick Zemanek is a former Advocate editor.

Aboriginal prosperity must be earned TWO MODELS OF ABORIGINAL REVITALIZATION — OPPORTUNITYDRIVEN VERSUS TRANSFER-DRIVEN — ARE AT WAR IN CANADA BY BRIAN LEE CROWLEY AND KEN COATES SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE Recent protests organized by the Idle No More movement and angry statements by some Western Canadian aboriginal leaders reflect real frustration among indigenous Canadians. At the same time, several impressive agreements between aboriginal groups and businesses reveal a burst of job creation, joint ventures and revenue sharing the likes of which Canada has rarely seen. Which model — anger or co-operation — provides the best window on the future of indigenous relations with other Canadians? The answer is both. The collaborative arrangements are very real. The recent agreement between Pinehouse First Nation and uranium companies Cameco and Ariva are truly impressive. Cameco, a leader in engagement with First Nations and Metis communities, has a workforce that is 50 per cent aboriginal and contracts 70 per cent of the supply work to indigenous firms. Comparable developments with Syncrude and Suncor in the oilsands have shown great promise. On an even larger scale, Inuit participation with the huge Baffinland (Mary River) mine is truly precedent setting. Most of the best aboriginal-business partnerships in the country have been signed in the last 10 years, promising a pattern of job creation, Indigenous business development and community benefits that seemed beyond reach just a decade ago. The anger, however, is neither phoney nor manufactured. The hardship and suffering in many indigenous communities is as real as it is painful. Schools

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are underfunded. Housing in many communities is totally unacceptable. Add in serious problems with addiction (including the scourge that is OxyContin), violence, welfare dependency and entrenched poverty and the rage of some indigenous people becomes all too easy to understand. This is, therefore, the best of times and the worst of times. The government of Canada, pursuing policies of equalizing opportunity, not circumstance, is providing policy tools (like the power to tax, reforms to property holding, heightened requirements for transparency) and investments that support those communities willing to commit to economic engagement and to take bold steps to improve socio-economic conditions among their people. The business community is more willing than ever to support these self-help initiatives. First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities looking to engage with the resource and industrial economy or to otherwise assume responsibility for their future directions are finding strong support. Many communities, however, are not there yet. Sometimes individual and community dysfunction is too overwhelming. In other instances. the best indigenous will in the world cannot conjure jobs and growth out of being too far from opportunities. And in still other cases there is still the passive expectation (embodied in the now-defunct Kelowna Accord) that the federal government will swoop in and make everything better through massive spending. The idea of government-led improvements, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, falls short on two grounds. First, the government believes that building on opportunities, not increased transfers, is the best way forward. In this they are surely correct. Secondly, non-aboriginal support for more government transfers appears very low, especially among new Canadians. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that what support there is is declining, not rising. The emergence of these divergent models of indigenous revitalization — opportunity-driven versus transfer-driven — creates enormous challenges. There is no greater stain on Canada’s reputation and conscience than aboriginal people living in abject

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poverty, condemned by poor education and community dysfunction to a life of hardship and marginalization. Yet, as a practical matter, prosperity cannot be conferred; it must be earned. The government can hardly be faulted for wanting to break with the old paternalistic model of massive but poorly-conceived spending, passively received. Given the diversity of indigenous circumstances, however, neither model alone answers the need. The government needs to articulate its “equality of opportunity” approach and to be clear about the tool kit that aboriginal communities will have at their disposal. The tool kit is substantial, including education, self-government, economic development, housing, and improved infrastructure. But the obligation cannot be one-sided. Ottawa also needs to articulate precisely what is required from individual communities — transparency to the community and government, a commitment to good governance, community support for education, and openness to commercial opportunities — if First Nations wish to capitalize fully on these measures and truly be Idle No More. Most of all, aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians need to be frank with each other. Governments need to indicate, to all Canadians, what is on the table. Indigenous communities have to be invited to the table not as supplicants (an old model that is as patronizing as it is unproductive) or even as insistent and occasionally truculent bargainers (the current plan for many communities). Instead, governments and First Nations have to come as full partners, with a shared vested interest in the long-term improvement of prospects for Aboriginal People. This is the only real foundation for meaningful reconciliation and shared prosperity. Brian Lee Crowley is the managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an independent non-partisan public policy think tank in Ottawa. Ken Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. This column was supplied by Troy Media (www.troymedia.com).

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TREATY: Re-ignite debate “We need to re-ignite that nation-to-nation relationship based on our inherent and constitutionally protected rights as a sovereign nation.” We are demanding our rightful place back, here in our homelands, that we all call Canada.” Spence invited MPs and senators to visit over a two hour period Sunday at her teepee, situated on an island in the frozen Ottawa River looking up at Parliament Hill. Former prime minister Joe Clark, the highest profile visitor, made an appearance Saturday, meeting with Spence and issuing a statement that said honest conversation can often lead to common ground. Other current politicians, both opposition NDP and Liberals, issued similar cautions, but also expressed concern for Spence’s health. “She’s a very determined woman and she’s heard the message from others that she’s done what people think she needed to do, but she noted that the prime minister has not talked to anyone, or put out a message that he is willing to meet with leaders, and that’s all she’s asking for,” said New Democrat MP Paul Dewar, who was among 16 of the party’s politicians to be invited inside. Both Dewar and fellow New Democrat Craig Scott said they were worried about her condition. “She’s very peaceful in her demeanour, but that goes along with being quite weak now,” said Scott. “She talks about sleeping more than she had earlier, in the first two weeks. I think it’s very clear it’s starting to take a physical toll.” Concern is string enough that some have urged to give up and let Opposition politicians take up the fight — something Craig said tried to convey to to her. “I spoke directly to her and said: ’You know, you’ve done more anybody could expect one person to do, and there’s no reason you and you alone should have to carry this burden.’ And she said: ’It’s my burden to carry.”’ Spence stopped eating solid food on Dec. 11. An adviser to the chief and band council said there is no backing down. “The chief is a strong spirited, determined individual,” said Danny Metatawabin. “We need to get the message out to the prime minister of Canada.” “Although she is drinking her liquids of water and fish broth, you know, she is getting weak in body when you don’t eat solids. “The body tends to shut down. They should just come and talk to us. Why are we afraid to communicate with one another?” Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq joined other federal officials Friday asking Spence to accept a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan but Spence rejected the recommendation. The government points to a meeting it held last January with First Nations leaders as proof it is serious about improving their relationship, and adds it has spent millions on aboriginal health, housing and education. But aboriginal leaders say they are being left out of the discussion the Harper government is having about how best to develop Canada’s lucrative natural resources.

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OTTAWA — Former prime minister Joe Clark says he’s concerned Canada and its First Nations are “headed in a dangerous direction.’’ Clark issued a statement after meeting Saturday with Chief Theresa Spence, who has been fasting for more than two weeks in an effort to persuade Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with her and other First Nations leaders over treaty issues. Clark, who was a Tory prime minister from 1979 to 1980, says friends of his in the First Nations community had suggested he meet with Spence, chief of a remote reserve in Northern Ontario. He says National Chief Shawn Atleo managed to get him an invitation to visit Spence and also accompanied Clark on a visit to Victoria Island near Parliament Hill, where Spence has taken up residence during her protest. Clark says he found Spence to have a “humble and achievable’’ vision and adds that those no longer in active political life may still have a role to play in helping discussions resume. Spence stopped eating solid food on Dec. 11. Clark says he appreciated having an opportunity to listen to Spence’s concerns. “My experience has been that direct and honest dialogue is always useful and sometimes essential, particularly in dealing with issues as complex and multi-faceted as the relations between First Nations and Canada,’’ his statement read. “Chief Spence expressed a humble and achievable vision — one which I believe all Canadians can embrace.’’ Spence’s fast has drawn attention to current First Nations issues but there have also been calls for her to abandon the fast. Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq joined other federal officials Friday asking Spence to accept a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan but Spence rejected the recommendation. The government points to a meeting it held last January with First Nations leaders as proof it is serious about improving their relationship, and adds it has spent millions on aboriginal health, housing and education. But aboriginal leaders say they are being left out of the discussion the Harper government is having about how best to develop Canada’s lucrative natural resources. A series of protests over the last two weeks under the banner of Idle No More were in part spurred by the recent budget bill which removed federal oversight over waterways without consulting aboriginal groups who depend on them for water and food.


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Mark Carney named Business Newsmaker of 2012 CANADA’S OMNIPRESENT BANK OF CANADA GOVERNOR WAS CONSTANTLY MAKING HEADLINES BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Whether as a rising star on the world stage or a central banker under scrutiny amid suggestions of political impropriety at home, it was hard to ignore Mark Carney in 2012. Canada’s omnipresent Bank of Canada governor was constantly making headlines. If he wasn’t hectoring households for not saving enough, he was blasting business leaders for saving too much, or weighing in on the contentious issue of whether Canada’s economy was showing symptoms of Dutch disease. As well, he continued to press global financial institutions to reform in the wake of the carnage they caused in triggering the crisis of 2008, warning that as head of the Swiss-based Financial Stability Board he intends to use all his powers to make sure they do. And then there was that head-turning job switch — the first non-Brit to be named governor of the Bank of England in the storied institution’s 318-year history. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne called the Canadian the “outstanding central banker of his generation.’’ Even admirers back home wondered if Mark Carney was worth such adulation. Recent revelations that he may have entertained thoughts of dumping one of the more exalted and non-partisan public offices to jump into the ring as a Liberal leadership contestant have elicited a different kind of head-turning, and raised questions about his judgment. Even before that recent media splash, the central banker was the clear choice in the annual survey of editors and broadcasters for The Canadian Press Business Newsmaker of the Year. The governor pulled in 59 per cent of votes, compared to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s eight, and nine for Pierre Duhaime, the disgraced former head of SNC-Lavalin. Second spot, at 17 per cent of the votes, wasn’t even a person, per se. It went to “The Canadian in Debt.’’

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Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney smiles as he speaks with colleagues at the start of a meeting with provincial finance ministers Monday December 17, 2012 in Chelsea. “Canada’s top exports: Lumber, oil, water, wheat, and Mark Carney,’’ explained Rick Hughes, business editor of the Hamilton Spectator, for his choice. “His role as bank governor is noted for his good counsel and stability, and Britain’s banking system will be wellserved under his leadership. He offers the best that Canada’s develops: stability, democracy, and one other thing ... he’s a hockey player.’’ While Daniel Tencer, business editor at The Huffington Post Canada, opined that “Carney’s contribution to Canada’s relatively strong economic performance in recent years is probably overblown,’’ he was nevertheless compelled to cast his vote for the central banker. “It’s so rare for a central bank governor (especially a Canadian one) to become an international household name that that alone makes Carney’s ‘achievement’ significant.’’ And Richard Dettman of Vancouver’s CKWX News1130 saw the honour

as one rightfully shared with Carney and the fiscal and monetary policies of the Bank of Canada and the federal Finance Department. The annual survey also named personal debt as the top Business Story of 2012 — not surprising in a year when the household-debt-to-income ratio rose to a record high of 164.6 per cent. While personal debt garnered 24 per cent of the vote, CNOOC buying Calgary’s Nexen for $15.1 billion came in at a close 20, and Research In Motion’s bumpy ride to releasing the BlackBerry 10 operating system and devices in January garnered 19 per cent. Carney, for his part, kept personal debt in the headlines with his repeated warnings to Canadians that cheap money won’t last forever — interest rates will eventually rise. The shine surrounding Carney throughout 2012 was at threat of being tarnished, however, with the late year surfacing of tales of political courtship.

Carney was cleared of conflict of interest in accepting to stay at Liberal finance critic Scott Brison’s Nova Scotia summer house, by the bank’s own general counsel. But he has more than disappointed — in some cases angered — senior people in the Harper government. The silence from Flaherty, who had called Carney “my friend’’ in November during the Bank of England announcement, spoke volumes. Given repeated chances to defend the man he hand-picked in 2008 for one of the country’s most exalted public offices, Flaherty held his tongue. “I have no comment on any of that,’’ he told reporters, more than once, “and I usually have comments on everything.’’ Some in London also are wondering if they got the man they bargained for. “He’ll have to be far more careful over here — no riding with (Prime Minister David) Cameron or skiing with Osborne,’’ Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman Matthew Oakeshott told British media. Others said Carney would get a rough ride on Feb. 7 at the parliamentary confirmation hearings. Many bank watchers believe the Teflon coat that Carney has worn since becoming governor in February of 2008 has been dented, if not pierced. Carney may not have technically crossed the line, but, “here’s a case where, in my view, there’s a clear apparent conflict of interest,’’ said Mike Moffatt, assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. He notes that Carney delivered a much-publicized dismantling of the Dutch disease diagnosis favoured by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who had cited Alberta’s oil boom and subsequent appreciation of the Canadian dollar for much of the troubles experienced by manufacturers in central Canada. The speech was delivered on Sept. 7, at the time Carney was being wooed by the Liberals. “We’re now having to look at monetary policy and the speeches he makes through a political lens. That’s a question you never want to ask about the Bank of Canada, they should be above politics.’’

Winter storm blasts Maritimes; thousands lose power tip of Nova Scotia experienced blowing snow with wind gusts up to 80 km/h, while snow squall warnings were in effect for western Cape Breton overnight Sunday and on Monday. Storm surge warnings had also been issued for northern Nova Scotia and along the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, where high water levels and strong winds were expected to produce pounding surf. About 1,000 customers in western Nova Scotia and another 1,500 in central areas of the province were without power Sunday afternoon.

THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — The Maritime provinces were grappling with heavy snowfall, blowing snow and rain that knocked out power for thousands and grounded flights on Sunday. Environment Canada said the intense nor’easter brought nearly 40 centimetres of snow to parts of southern New Brunswick, while about 15 to 20 centimetres was forecast for Prince Edward Island by Sunday evening. About 20 centimetres of snow was expected to fall in northern Nova Scotia and blowing snow warnings were issued for much of the province. Meteorologist Andy Firth said the snow changed to rain in Halifax northeast to New Glasgow as the day went on, but it then changed back to snow as the low pressure system tracked toward Cape Breton. “It’s a little closer to the coast than what was originally expected so it’s a bit stronger low (pressure system) than what was originally expected,� Firth said from Dartmouth on Sunday. “When it goes by, temperatures cool off really quick and the blowing snow starts up and it gets kind of nasty again.� Firth said the western

In New Brunswick, about 1,400 people were waiting for their power to be restored in Bouctouche mid-day, while about another 1,500 were in the dark in Moncton, Sackville and Shediac Sunday evening. The storm grounded flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport Sunday morning, with delays and cancellations continuing throughout the day. It was also to blame for several flight cancellations and delays at St. John’s International Airport and the Greater Moncton International Airport.

Arrivals from some major Canadian airports — like Toronto Pearson International Airport — to Halifax, Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton were also either delayed or cancelled Sunday. Halifax airport spokesman Peter Spurway said the delays could continue into Monday and urged travellers to check on the status of their flights before heading to the airport. Public transit in Moncton, N.B., came to a halt Sunday, as Codiac Transpo suspended its

service. Buses were set to resume Monday. High winds on the Cabot Strait caused Marine Atlantic to cancel ferry crossings between Port Aux Basques, N.L., and North Sydney, N.S., on Sunday. Traffic on the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and P.E.I. was restricted for vehicles including motorcycles, cars towing trailers, trucks, tractor trailers and buses due to high winds. Areas of central new New Brunswick — like Fredericton and Gag-

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Wheat Kings down Rebels FOUR SECOND-PERIOD GOALS BY BRANDON THE DIFFERENCE IN HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR ANDY REID

REID ON THE WAY OUT? Andy Reid is out after 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press following Sunday’s 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants. Reid is scheduled to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday to discuss his future and an official announcement will come afterward, according to one person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a final agreement hasn’t been reached. That person says there’s a chance Reid might remain with the team in some capacity. Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. He said he wants to coach next year, but it’s possible Lurie could persuade him to take a season off and perhaps help out in the front office in an “advisory” role.

Today

● Midget: Mac’s midget AAA tournament, in Calgary, Red Deer Chiefs vs. Vancouver Giants, quarter-finals, 9 a.m., Max Bell; if win, semifinals 3 p.m.

Tuesday

● Midget: Mac’s midget AAA final 6 p.m., Saddledome.

Wednesday

● WHL: Red Deer Rebels at Kootenay Ice, 7 p.m., (on Big 105)

Thursday

● Bantam: Major AAA, CAlgary Royals at Red Deer Rebels White, 7:15 p.m., Arena.

Friday

● WHL: Red Deer Rebels. Vs. Vancouver Giants, 7:30 p.m., Centrium. ● CHL: Fort Sask. at Innisfail, 8 p.m. ● Junior B: Heritage League, Blackfalds at Red Deer Vipers, 8:15 p.m., Arena.

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● Minor midget AAA: Red Deer North Star Chiefs vs. Calgary Blazers, 11:30 a.m.; Calgary Blues at Red Deer IROC Chiefs, 4:45 p.m., Arena

BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF Wheat Kings 6 at Rebels 5 Any time the home team scores five goals the fan base expects to be celebrating. In fact Red Deer Rebels president/general manager/ head coach Brent Sutter doesn’t expect anything less. But the Rebels found a way to score five times and still drop a 6-5 decision to the Brandon Wheat Kings in Western Hockey League play before a disappointed crowd of 5,298 at the Centrium Sunday. “You score five in a game you have to win, especially at home,” said Sutter, who only had to look at his team’s second-period to find a reason for the loss,. The Wheat Kings scored four times in the second period against backup netminder Grant Naherniak to take a 5-3 lead into the third period. “Giving up four goals in one period is uncalled for,” said Sutter. “That second period really hurt. We were sloppy, all you had to do was look at the goals we gave up. It was a lack of composure in our zone, we didn’t have our work ethic, it was like we were patting ourselves on the back after a good first period.” The Rebels came out of the first period tied 1-1 but turned in a much better effort than Thursday during a 6-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings. “We’ve been talking to the kids about competing, playing harder and being more assertive . . . being like the team we were two or three weeks ago. We did that and then we took our foot off the peddle.” The Wheat Kings did some solid work deep in the Rebels zone to score three straight goals to open the second period.

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Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Tyler Yaworski tries to block a shot from Rebels forward Dominik Volek during WHL action at the Centrium, Sunday. The Rebels lost the game 6-5. Taylor Cooper connected at 2:37 and 120:38 and Quinton Lisoway, scored his first career goal at 3:11. All three goals came within two feet of Naherniak, who could have possibly stopped all three, but didn’t receive any help. The first two came on plays from behind the net and third directly off the faceoff. “Unfortunately for Grant all three goals came from the edge of the crease when we left them wide open. That was a lack of composure on our part,” said

Sutter. The Rebels battled back and got goals from Cory Millette and Rhyse Dieno to narrow the gap to 4-3 before Geordie Maguire scored on a nice feed from Eric Roy on a two-on-one at 19:17. The Rebels came out strong in the third period and goals by Brooks Maxwell, his second power play marker of the game, and Scott Feser, his first WHL goal, tied the game by the 7:01 mark. However, Michael Ferland, who was playing his second game since returning form the

Calgary Flames organization, took the puck off Matt Dumba at the Red Deer blueline and rifled a shot high to Naherniak’s glove side for the winner at 13:08. “That was again a bad mistake as we twice had the puck on our sticks and turned it over. They were veterans and they have to be better at what they do,” said Sutter. Brandon head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk was glad to see Ferland come through.

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Redskins take out Cowboys, win NFC East THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Redskins 28 Cowboys 18 LANDOVER, Md. — Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris needed only four months to put the Washington Redskins in a place they haven’t been this millennium — on top of the NFC East. Led by a pair of rookies serenaded loudly and lovingly as “R-G-3!” and “Al-fred Mor-ris!,” the Redskins claimed their first division title since 1999, beating the archrival Dallas Cowboys 28-18 Sunday night in a winner-take-all finale to end the NFL’s regular season. Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner drafted second overall, ran for 63 yards and a touchdown. Morris, the out-ofnowhere sixth-rounder

from Florida Atlantic, ran for 200 yards and three scores. He set the franchise single-season rushing record for the Redskins (10-6), who revived the season behind their quarterback’s talent and leadership to win seven straight after their bye week. They are the first NFL team to rally from 3-6 and make the playoffs since the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. “I could never imagine coming in here my rookie year and doing what I’ve been able to do,” Morris said. “It’s better than my wildest dreams.” After the final whistle, team captain Griffin walked off the field with a big smile, holding up his left index finger in a No. 1 gesture. He then held his left fist aloft. “These aren’t ordi-

nary rookies,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “For a guy to win the Heisman Trophy, be the top pick, the saviour of the franchise, come in here so humble — from Day 1 he came in here working, that’s why he has that ’C’ on his chest.” Washington will host Seattle next Sunday, the Redskins’ third consecutive playoff game against the Seahawks. They lost at Seattle in 2005 and 2007. “I’ve been here for the 4-12, the bad times, almost being the joke of the NFL,” said defensive lineman Kedric Golston, one of the team’s longesttenured players. “But to do this with this group of guys — the old and the new — it’s good to be here.” The Cowboys (8-8), meanwhile, will miss

the playoffs for the third straight season, having stumbled in a make-orbreak end-of-regularseason game for the third time in five years. Tony Romo threw three interceptions — matching his total from the last eight games combined. A poor throw was picked by Rob Jackson when the Cowboys had a chance to drive for a winning score in the final minutes. Romo almost became the first Dallas quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, but his career is instead further tainted by postChristmas disappointments. He also had Week 17 losses to the Philadelphia Eagles (44-6) in 2008 and the New York Giants (31-14) last year, as well as his 1-3 record in playoff games.

Morris finished with 1,613 yards, topping Clinton Portis’ 1,516 in 2005. He was especially dominant in the Redskins’ go-ahead drive in the third quarter, when six plays were runs by Morris and the other three involved fake handoffs to him. The touchdown came when Griffin faked to Morris — one of several times linebacker DeMarcus Ware was totally fooled by deception in the backfield — and ran 10 yards around the left end. It put Washington ahead 14-7 in the third quarter. The Cowboys answered with a field goal early in the fourth, but Morris’ 32-yard scamper gave the Redskins a 2110 cushion with 10:32 to play.

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Subban superb in Canada’s win over U.S. BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Team Canada forward Ryan Hugent-Hopkins, right, battles for the loose puck against Team USA forward Mario Lucia, left, during IIHF World Junior Championships hockey action in Ufa, Russia on Sunday.

Canada 2 U.S. 1 UFA, Russia _ Malcolm Subban stepped up for Canada in a big way on Sunday. The goaltender made 36 saves as the Canadians defeated the United States 2-1 to stay perfect after three games at the world junior hockey championship. Subban, who plays for the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, made a number of game-saving and game-changing stops. Coming into the tournament, there were questions about his concentration after he yielded questionable goals during selection camp and pre-camp, as well as his propensity to give up long rebounds. The 19-year-old put those questions to rest against the Americans and reinforced both his confidence and his teammates’ faith as Canada moves towards the medal round. ``We needed that,’’ Canadian coach Steve Spott said. ``You have to have elite goaltending to win this tournament. We’ve seen it over the last number of years that you need your goaltender to be your best penalty killer and certainly he was tonight.’’ Subban didn’t play badly in wins over Germany and Slovakia, in which he allowed three goals on 28 shots in each. But the Boston Bruins prospect stepped up his game against the U.S. for his best of the tournament so far.

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Canada advances to Spengler Cup final DUCHENE HAS THREE POINTS IN SEMIFINAL WIN, FACE HOSTS IN FINAL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada 5 HC Fribourg 1 DAVOS, Switzerland — The Canadian team at the Spengler Cup is a mix of European league players and locked-out NHLers who have had little time to get used to playing with each other. You wouldn’t know it by the results on the ice. Matt Duchene scored twice and added an assist as Canada posted a convincing 5-1 semifinal victory over HC Fribourg on Sunday to lock up a spot in the championship game. “From top to bottom its been such a good dynamic in the room,” said Duchene, a forward with the Colorado Avalanche. “In our first game we had some tough luck, but we’ve used it as a stepping stone and our chemistry has been awesome.” Jason Spezza, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Canadians, who have outscored opponents 10-1 since losing the tournament opener in overtime on Boxing Day. Canada will play for the championship Monday against HC Davos after the hosts downed Vitkovice Steel 5-4 in the other semifinal. “The more we play, the more the more in sync we are and the better we are as a group,” said Colaiacovo. “We’ve been rolling out four lines and eight defenceman, and knowing we can count on anyone that’s out there, that’s is a huge bonus to us.” Devan Dubnyk, earning the start over Jonathan Bernier, followed up his shutout against Davos on Thursday by making 25 saves for the win. He outduelled his NHL counterpart Cory Schneider, who made 28 saves in a losing effort. “It can be such a short tournament if you give up that semifinal, so we didn’t want that to happen,” said Dubnyk. “The guys did a good job from start to finish of picking away at them and not giving up much. They blocked a lot of pucks out there.” Fribourg had two separate 5-on-3 power plays in a tight first period, but Canada fought them both off. Spezza opened the scoring on the power play at 16:32 when he tapped in a rebound off a Colaiacovo shot. “We took advantage of them playing consecutive games,” said Colaiacovo. “Knowing they were facing an uphill battle, we knew we needed to score early.” Pouliot made it 2-0 early in the second when he capitalized on a turnover and made a clever deke to beat Schneider. Duchene added a short-handed goal late in the second period but Fribourg answered 24 seconds later on a goal from Canadian-born defence-

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Team Canada’s Matt Duchene, 2nd right, celebrates his goal with teammates Cam Barker, left, Josh Holden, second left, and Jason Demers, right, after scoring during the semi-final match between Team Canada and HC Fribourg Gotteron at the 86th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday. man Joel Kwiatkowski. “You can’t criticize a win,” said Canadian head coach Doug Shedden. “But our game was a seesaw with that down time in the second period ... we can play better.” Fribourg pressed the Canadian side in the third period, but Duchene made sure Canada stayed on top for good. He won a clean faceoff to get the puck back to Colaiacovo, who blasted it through traffic at the 6:25 mark to restore Canada’s three-goal lead. Eight minutes later, Duchene took a nice pass just

inside the blue-line from Jason Williams, streaked down the wing and fired home a high wrist shot for another insurance goal. Duchene and Kwiatkowski were named the players of the game for their respective teams. Colaiacovo hopes Canada can feed off the momentum in the short turnaround before Monday’s final. “We’ve still got a goal to attain, we’ve got to win,” he said. “But when you’re playing with this much skill, it makes you elevate your game that much more.”

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NFL PLAYOFFS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RG3 and the Washington Redskins are heading to the playoffs as NFC East champions. By winning their seventh straight game, the Redskins rolled to their first division title in 13 years with a 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Next up for Robert Griffin III & Co.: a home playoff matchup next Sunday with the Seahawks — the third straight post-season game for Washington against Seattle. “It’s just a mindset change,” the rookie quarterback said. “When you have all these guys coming to work every day, putting it on the line, we knew we couldn’t afford to lose one game, we made sure we didn’t” Thanks to Houston’s late-season slump, Denver and New England will have byes when the AFC playoffs begin next week. The Texans fell from first to third in the conference Sunday when they lost 28-16 at Indianapolis, which welcomed back coach Chuck Pagano after nearly three months of treatments for leukemia. AFC West champion Denver won its 11th straight game, 38-3 over Kansas City to secure the top seed. New England blanked Miami 28-0 for the second spot. Minnesota edged Green Bay 37-34 to grab the final NFC wild card, sinking the Packers to the third seed. Those teams will meet again next Saturday night at Lambeau Field. The other NFC matchup will have Seattle (11-5), which beat St. Louis 2013, at Washington on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Cincinnati (10-6) will be at Houston on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET, and Indianapolis (11-5) goes to at Baltimore (10-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the AFC wild-card rounds. The divisional round games will be hosted by Denver on Saturday, Jan. 12, followed by San Francisco (11-4-1) at night. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Atlanta (13-3) will host the early game, followed by New England (12-4). Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns as Denver (13-3) routed the Chiefs. New England got the second seed despite having the same record as Houston because it beat the Texans, who lost three of their final four games. Adrian Peterson had 199 yards against the Packers, finishing with 2,097 — Dickerson’s single-season rushing mark in 2,105. But it was rookie kicker Blair Walsh who won it with a 29-yard field goal as time expired. “Ultimately we got the ’W,”’ Peterson said. “I told myself to come into this game focused on one thing, and that’s winning.”

Green Bay would have been seeded second in the NFC by beating Minnesota. “The road got a little tougher having to play on opening weekend, but we’ve got a home game and that’s why you win the division,” Aaron Rodgers said. “We get to go back home, and the game will be different. They won’t have home-crowd advantage, and hopefully that will make a difference.” Baltimore Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed is looking forward to a reunion with Pagano. He wishes it would come a little later in the post-season. “Chuck’s like a dad to me,” Reed said “He means a lot to me. I would have much rather seen them in the AFC championship game than the first game.” But Reed will see him next week at Baltimore. The Ravens had a chance to move up to the AFC’s third seed with a win and a New England loss. But Baltimore lost at Cincinnati as both teams played backups for much of the game. Pagano coached the Ravens’ secondary for three seasons and was promoted to co-ordinator last year. Players and coaches in Baltimore have kept in touch, offering encouragement as he fought through the cancer treatments. “Going back to Baltimore, obviously there’s some familiarity there,” Pagano said. “We had four great years there as a family. It’s a top-notch organization, you know, really good football club. It’s a great challenge and they have a great team and they have great players all over the place.” The Colts were 2-14 last season and chose quarterback Andrew Luck with the top selection in the draft. Luck and offensive co-ordinator Bruce Arians, who stepped in as interim coach with Pagano sidelined, led the turnaround. Next week, Pagano goes up against former boss John Harbaugh. “I love his family, and he’s one of my closest personal friends in coaching,” Harbaugh said. “What he’s been through is phenomenal, but we’re all competitors so that gets set aside.” Houston beat Cincinnati in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. “I think it will be good,” said Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who grew up in suburban Houston. “We played there last year and know the atmosphere and what it’s going to be like. The experience last year will definitely help us.” The defending Super Bowl champion Giants are out of contention. When Chicago beat Detroit 26-24, the Giants (9-7) were eliminated, even though they routed Philadelphia 42-7. “It hurts,” said Eli Manning. “Each year you want to make the playoffs to give yourself an opportunity to win a championship; 9-7 last year was good enough. It wasn’t good enough this year and we knew it wouldn’t be.” Minnesota’s win eliminated Chicago.

NEW YORK — As the NHL and NHL Players’ Association continue to creep perilously close to another lost season, the union now finds itself wielding a fair amount of influence over where things are headed. Not only is the NHLPA expected to show up for a meeting at the league office this morning with a counter-offer — a potentially pivotal one with less than two weeks remaining to reach a deal — it also finds itself still pondering whether to file a “disclaimer of interest” by Wednesday night. That would likely only happen if things don’t go well when the sides gather Monday a few blocks from Times Square, where thousands of revellers will celebrate the start of 2013 hours later. It will be the first time the league and union have met for a bargaining session since Dec. 6, when talks went off the rails following the NHLPA’s most recent proposal. The league has since shown a willingness to bend on key issues by softening some of its demands in a comprehensive proposal delivered on Thursday night. The NHLPA also came away from informational sessions Saturday and Sunday, where aspects of the 288-page document were clarified, feeling like there could be some room for even more movement. Among the biggest issues for the union is a proposed salary cap of $60 million in 2013-14, which would severely limit the amount of money available for free agents this summer. It is also believed not to be in favour of having the proposed amnesty buyouts counted against the players share of revenue, although not on an individual team’s salary cap. After the sides went three weeks between proposals, there is a sense of urgency as they return to the bargaining table. The league’s latest offer is designed to preserve a 48-game season that would see the playoffs end before July. For that to happen, commissioner Gary Bettman has told the union that an agreement would need to be reached by Jan. 11 so the puck could be dropped Jan. 19.

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The NHL’s proposal calls for a sixyear term limit on free-agent deals — up from five previously — and will allow teams to re-sign their own players for up to seven years. It also includes a provision that salary can vary by 10 per cent from year to year during the course of a deal. In the NHLPA’s Dec. 6 offer, it proposed an eight-year term limit on contracts with a 25 per cent variance. Another area where there is ground to make up is the length of the agreement itself. The NHL is asking for a 10-year CBA that includes a mutual option to terminate after eight seasons. The NHLPA has favoured a shorter deal, most recently suggesting an eightyear contract that could be terminated after six years. Even still, the NHLPA has maintained that the sides aren’t very far apart. If the key negotiators from each side aren’t able to come up with a new CBA soon, the next battle between them is likely to be waged in court. The NHLPA’s executive board has until Wednesday to file a “disclaimer of interest” that would see the union dissolved and give players the chance to file anti-trust lawsuits against the league. At this late stage, it would almost certainly put the season in jeopardy. There is also a pending class-action lawsuit from the NHL filed with the U.S. federal court in New York. Earlier this month, the league asked the court to rule on the legality of the lockout and argued that the NHLPA was only using the threat of a “disclaimer of interest” as a bargaining tactic to “extract more favourable terms and conditions of employment.” In the meantime, the damage caused by another lockout continues to worsen. Players missed their sixth paycheque of the 2012-13 season on Sunday and instead of having the league’s key stakeholders gather over new year’s to celebrate the sport like usual at the Winter Classic, the NHL’s hierarchy was headed back to the bargaining table. But with the lockout hitting its 15th week and another proposal in the offing, everyone knows the stakes are high.


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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLTS 28, TEXANS 16 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts made Chuck Pagano a winner in his return to the sideline. Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns and Deji Karim swung the game with a 101-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. It was Pagano’s first game back as coach since starting treatment for leukemia Sept. 26. Indianapolis (11-5) heads into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and on a roll. The Colts will open the post-season next Sunday on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. Slumping Houston (12-4) is the third seed and will host Cincinnati. The Texans lost three of their last four games, and J.J. Watt failed to break Michael Strahan’s single-season sacks record. The game turned on two big plays: Karim’s kickoff return, which wiped out a 16-14 Houston lead, and Luck’s 70-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton. BENGALS 23, RAVENS 17 CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight AFC North title, and they will open the playoffs at home against Indianapolis, which defeated Houston on Sunday. The Bengals (10-6) are at Houston next Saturday. The Ravens let quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice play only two series. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green sat out the second half. BRONCOS 38, CHIEFS 3 DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lift Denver into the No. 1 seed for the AFC playoffs. Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards, 41 short of his career high. He finished with 37 touchdown passes, and none will be more memorable than the last two — circus catches by Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas that turned the game into a blowout. Denver (13-3) won its 11th straight and leaped past Houston for the top seed after the Texans lost to Indianapolis 28-16 earlier in the day. The Chiefs gained only 119 yards all day and finished their season 2-14. They will get the top pick in April’s draft. 49ERS 27, CARDINALS 13 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards as the 49ers won a second straight NFC West title. Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-best 276 yards and two TDs as the Niners (11-4-1) earned a No. 2 seed thanks to Green Bay’s loss to Minnesota. Frank Gore ran for a 2-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter for his franchise-best 51st touchdown rushing. Brian Hoyer went 19 of 34 for 225 yards and a late TD toss in his first career NFL start as Arizona’s fourth quarterback. The Cardinals (5-11) lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games in what might have been Ken Whisenhunt’s final game as coach. SEAHAWKS 20, RAMS 13 SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:39 left allowed Seattle to finish as the only unbeaten team at home. Seattle (11-5) entered the day with hopes of still winning the NFC West and getting a home playoff game, but those dreams were dashed when San Francisco beat Arizona. Seattle will be the No. 5 seed and play at Washington next weekend. The Rams (7-8-1) sacked Wilson six times, but couldn’t come up with their first winning record since 2003. PATRIOTS 28, DOLPHINS 0 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and New England earned a playoff bye. Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns as the Patriots used a ball-control offence and a defence that racked up a season-high seven sacks. Now, seeded second in the AFC, they have an extra week to savour the win and prepare for their post-season opener. The Patriots (12-4) led 21-0 at halftime on Brady’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker and Ridley’s runs of 1 and 2 yards, capping drives lasting 14 and 13 plays. They ended the scoring on Brady’s 23-yard scoring pass to Rob Gronkowski, who missed the previous five games after breaking his left forearm. The Dolphins (7-9) finished with a losing record for the fourth straight season.

BEARS 26, LIONS 24 DETROIT (AP) — Jay Cutler threw for 257 yards and a touchdown and helped seal the game with a late scramble. Chicago (10-6) needed a Minnesota loss to Green Bay to reach the postseason, but didn’t get it. The Lions (4-12) lost their last eight games and turned the ball over four times in the finale. Calvin Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Cutler’s 19-yard run on third down helped Chicago run out the clock late in the fourth quarter. GIANTS 42, EAGLES 7 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There will be no Super Bowl repeat for the Giants. Not even a playoff berth despite Eli Manning’s career-high five touchdown passes. The Giants (9-7) were eliminated from post-season contention minutes after routing the Eagles. Chicago’s win over Detroit ended New York’s longshot playoff chances. Eagles coach Andy Reid is out after 14 years in Philadelphia, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The official announcement could come Monday. The loss means that it will be seven straight seasons that the Super Bowl champion has failed to win a playoff game the following year. Philadelphia closed the season 4-12. STEELERS 24, BROWNS 10 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw three short touchdown passes, and Pittsburgh avoided its first losing season in nearly a decade. Antonio Brown, Leonard Pope and Plaxico Burress scored for the Steelers (8-8). Pittsburgh’s top-ranked defence forced four turnovers as the Steelers won for just the second time in the last six weeks, a slide that knocked them out of the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Cleveland’s third-string quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis, passed for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first NFL start. But the Browns (5-11) dropped their third straight in what was likely coach Pat Shurmur’s final game. BILLS 28, JETS 9 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — C.J. Spiller scored on a 66-yard catch and run in helping underachieving Buffalo, while Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had two more turnovers. Safety Bryan Scott also returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown for the Bills (6-10), who snapped a three-game skid. Both AFC East rivals had already been eliminated from playoff contention. The Bills finished last in the AFC East for a fifth straight season amid speculation about coach Chan Gailey’s job security. Sanchez may have started his final game for the Jets (6-10), who closed the season with three consecutive losses amid all sorts of turmoil. PANTHERS 44, SAINTS 38 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees made more NFL history, but so did the Saints’ porous defence in a loss to Carolina. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 210 yards, including touchdown runs of 54 and 12 yards, for Carolina (7-9), which closed the season with four straight wins. His 65-yard gain set up the first of three 1-yard scoring runs by Mike Tolbert. Brees passed for 396 yards, giving him 5,177 this season. That makes him the first player to eclipse 5,000 yards three times. His four TD passes gave him 43 in 2012, and he’s the first player with 40 TD passes in consecutive seasons. The Saints (7-9) also gave up 530 yards, raising their season total to 7,042 to break the record of 6,793 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

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NFL: Sealed the win Trying to play catch-up, Dallas pulled within three on a 10-yard pass to Kevin Ogletree and a 2-point conversion with 5:50 to play. But Morris’ third touchdown, a 1-yard run with 1:09 left, sealed the win. Playing against a defence missing its five best run defenders, the Redskins didn’t need Griffin to throw much. He completed just 9 of 18 passes for 100 yards. The Redskins were calling designed runs for Griffin as a regular part of the game plan for the first time since he sprained his right knee four weeks ago. He lacked the explosiveness he showed earlier in the season, perhaps hampered by his big brace, but he was still a running threat. Romo completed 20 of 31 passes for 218 yards. The Cowboys also dealt with ingame injuries to receivers Miles Austin (left ankle) and Dez Bryant (back). Bryant, who had a torrid second half of the season despite breaking his left index finger, had four catches for 71 yards. The Redskins also set a franchise record for fewest turnovers in a season with 14, fewer even than the 1982 team that played only nine regular-season games because of a players strike. Washington’s slow start this season

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``No one deserves it more than him,’’ Canadian forward Ryan Strome said. ``He proved a lot of people wrong. We knew he had it in him.’’ Strome and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored goals for Canada, whose biggest game of the preliminary round now looms Monday against host Russia. The battle of the unbeaten teams will determine which country tops Pool B and gets the bye to the semifinal. The loser must advance to the semifinal via a quarter-final win. Canada sits first in the group at 3-0 with nine points, followed by Russia at 2-0-1 with eight. The U.S. and Slovakia, both with a win and three points apiece, meet Monday to determine the group’s third playoff team. Defending champion Sweden tops Pool A with eight points, followed by the Czech Republic with six and Finland and Switzerland tied with five heading into the final day of preliminary-round games. Defenceman Jacob Trouba scored for the Americans. John Gibson, who plays for Spott’s Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, made it a goaltender’s duel with 30 saves After the win, Subban wore the black nylon cape that Canadian coaches award to the game’s hero. He stopped John Gaudreau on a breakaway in the first period and held off an American flurry during a double minor to Canada’s Griffin Reinhart early in the second. But it was an opening stop on Trouba that got Subban in a groove. ``I felt really confident coming into the game and after that save, my confidence went right through the roof after that,’’ Subban explained. ``It’s not so much that it was a tough save. ``I felt really good making the save, I felt comfortable making it, so I think that was the biggest thing for me.’’ Canada played with 11 forwards because JC Lipon and Boone Jenner were serving suspensions. They will be back in Canada’s lineup against Russia, but Spott was forced to furiously juggle his second, third and fourth forward lines Sunday. ``It was really a character win in a lot of ways,’’ Spott said. ``The moral of the story tonight is our depth players, our penalty killers, (and) you know, obviously, Malcolm Subban. ``I’m really proud of him. It’s a big moment for Malcolm. He stood up tall to the task tonight.’’ Canada had to kill off a boarding penalty to Nugent-Hopkins with one minute 37 seconds remaining in the game. ``It was pretty nerve-wracking for sure,’’ Canada’s captain said. ``Something that I can’t be doing obviously. I’m obviously happy we got a big penalty kill.’’ After Trouba’s goal pulled the U.S. within a goal at 11:02 of the third, the Americans hurt their own comeback attempt with penalties. Captain Jake McCabe and forward Ryan Hartman took misconducts for checking to the head later in the third period. Trouba and forward Tyler Biggs took minors as well. The U.S., which finished seventh in the 2012 tournament, has lost back-toback games by one goal after also suffering a 2-1 loss to the Russians. ``We had our chances,’’ coach Phil Housley said. ``It’s one thing if you’re not getting the opportunities to score, but we are. We’ve played two very good hockey teams and had a chance to tie the game in both.’’ When Ty Rattie and Phil Danault were foiled on a short-handed, 2-on-1 scoring chance, Trouba scored a power-play goal on the following rush back to Canada’s end. Strome made it 2-0 at 18:19 of the first period with his fourth of the tournament. Brett Ritchie worked the puck out from behind the net and Strome snapped it upstairs on Gibson. Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Canada at 7:13 in the first period, when his team won the faceoff in the U.S. zone. He feathered a low wrist shot past Gibson.

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BUCCANEERS 22, FALCONS 17 ATLANTA (AP) — The Falcons couldn’t follow through with their plan to gain momentum for the playoffs as Josh Freeman threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Doug Martin ran for 141 yards. The Falcons (13-3) had little to play for as they

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“Mike adds experience to our lineup and he’s scored a lot of goals for us and it was good to see him find the puck and put it in.” Maxwell opened the scoring and Jason Swyripa tied it on Brandon’s fourth shot, which was the end of the evening for Bolton Pouliot. “He wasn’t ready to play,” said Sutter. “He can’t allow a soft goal on their first real scoring opportunity. It was the fourth shot and the first three were from the perimeter. The goaltenders have to be held accountable like everyone else in that dressing room, whether it’s Bartosak, Poolie or Grant.” One of the bright lights for the Rebels was Feser’s goal which he redirected past Brandon netminder Curtis Honey on a two-on-one with Maxwell. “It feels good,” he said. “I used to sit in the stands when I was a kid and now to do it at home is special.” The only negative was that the goal didn’t come in a victory. “The loss wasn’t what we were looking for,” he said. “It was a game with a lot of ups and downs and a game we have to learn from. It shows we have to play for 60 minutes and be more consistent.” Feser is one who is being more consistent in his second extended appearance with the Rebels. He got playing time last year but this year didn’t have a good training camp and was sent to the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. “I struggled in training camp, and going to Camrose was good for me,” he said. “I give them a lot of credit. I played a lot and it gave me confidence. I think I’ve played well since coming back. My ice time has varied, but I have to be ready to play when I get a chance and I think I can play here. Today I got a few minutes on the top line in the third period and I thought I fit in.” The win was big for Brandon giving them 32 points and moving them to within three of eighth-place Moose Jaw. The six goals were also something they haven’t seen much of this season. “It was good for us to find some goals, especially from our younger guys,” said Gylywoychuk. ‘We have a team that needs to score by committee and tonight we did just that.” The Rebels saw their record slip to 22-15-2-1 as they remain in fourth place with 47 points. ● Rebels are missing defenceman Hadyn Fleury and forward Conner Bleackley, who are at the World U17 Championship, injured rearguard Brady Gaudet as well as forward Jesse Miller and defenceman Riley Boomgaarden . . . Rebels had winger Grayson Pawlenchuk, up from the Sherwood Park midgets, on the roster . . . Forward Connor Bicsis, who was in camp after Christmas, was playing with his midget team, Tisdale, at the Mac’s tournament . . . Rebels visit the Kootenay Ice Wednesday then host Vancouver Friday and Moose Jaw Saturday. drode@reddeeradvocate.com

prompted coach Mike Shanahan to dismiss playoff hopes and declare the remaining seven games would determine which players would be on his team “for years to come.” Griffin and his teammates had other plans, and the coach quickly changed his tune. Now the Redskins are in the post-season for the first time since a wild-card berth under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs in 2007.


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Peterson just short of record VIKINGS RUNNING BACK CAN’T CATCH DICKERSON BUT LEADS HIS TEAM TO A BIG WIN AND NFC PLAYOFF SPOT BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Vikings 37 Packers 34 MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson picked up the Minnesota Vikings and gave them a thrilling ride to the playoffs, where the next stop on this improbable journey is, yes, Green Bay. This game was so full of action, intrigue and tension they’re going to stage it again next weekend. Peterson finished 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, but he still powered the Vikings past the Packers 3734 Sunday with 199 yards to set up a rematch at Lambeau Field in a firstround playoff game. “I told myself to come into this game focused on one thing, and that’s winning,” Peterson said. Peterson rumbled around the left side of the line for a 27-yard gain in the closing seconds, his career-high 34th carry exactly one year after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. That set up Blair Walsh’s 29-yard field goal as time expired and put the Vikings (10-6) in the post-season after consecutive last-place finishes. “For our guys to be as resilient as they were, it has you swelling with pride,” coach Leslie Frazier said. The division champion Packers (115) dropped to the NFC’s No. 3 seed. Their five-game winning streak against the Vikings ended. “I had a feeling that we had the game in the bag the whole game,” Vikings cornerback Chris Cook said. “It was just a vibe that I had on the sideline, in how we were carrying ourselves.” Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions, connecting with Jordy Nelson from 2 yards to tie the game with 2:54 remaining. But Christian Ponder threw for three scores, including one to Peterson. Ponder went 16 for 28 for 234 yards, including a 65-yard zinger in stride to Jarius Wright midway through the fourth quarter that set up Ponder’s third touchdown toss. “It’s disappointing. A lot of us wanted that extra week,” Rodgers said. Peterson finished with 2,097 yards, becoming the seventh player in NFL history to reach the 2,000 mark. He had to work for it, pulling out all the cutbacks, stutter-steps and spins he could find in his exceptional skill set. His longest run was only 28 yards against a defence geared to slow him down, and the first contact often came at, near or

behind the line of scrimmage. “It wasn’t meant to happen, or it would’ve happened. Not to say it doesn’t hurt, because it does,” Peterson said of Dickerson’s 28-year-old record. “But we came in here tonight and accomplished the ultimate goal, and that was getting a win and punching our ticket to the playoffs.” The Packers cut the lead to 27-24 late in the third quarter on a touchdown reception by James Jones. The on-field ruling was a fumble at the goal line, triggering an automatic review. Because the Packers threw the challenge flag after the replay process began, however, they were only penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, not prevented from benefiting from the overturned call. That’s what happened to Detroit infamously on Thanksgiving, when a disputed score by Houston was prevented from review. After posting a 9-23 record over the last two years, the Vikings made so many strides in 2012 that the season was already a success. But no NFL team would ever be satisfied by finishing in defeat against a division rival, and the emotion and energy behind the quest was palpable all afternoon. “It took us a little while to adjust to the crowd noise, and we didn’t get going,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That usually happens up here. This is a tough place to play, no doubt. We anticipated this being the loudest environment of the year. They pumped it in here pretty good today.” The NFC North was sewn up by the Packers two weeks earlier. Even though the bye remained in the balance the top seed didn’t do the Packers any good last season. They went 15-1 and lost their opener at home to the eventual champion Giants. Rodgers played without injured leading receiver Randall Cobb, so Greg Jennings was the main guy, grabbing eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. But the Vikings sacked Rodgers five times, recovering a fumble on one of them at midfield to set up a third-quarter touchdown. Rodgers has 24 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a 70 per cent completion rate over 10 career starts against the Vikings. His poise, arm strength and savvy came through clear against them as much as any other team. Plus, cornerback Antoine Winfield’s aggravated hand injury kept him on the sideline for most of the game. Just as Ponder capably complemented Peterson, DuJuan Harris came out of nowhere to provide Rodgers some help.

Chelsea stays in title hunt with win BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — Frank Lampard boosted Chelsea’s hopes of reeling in the Manchester teams in the Premier League title race, scoring twice in a 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday to remind the club of his enduring class with his future still uncertain. However, beleaguered Queens Park Rangers edged closer to relegation with a lacklustre 3-0 home loss to Liverpool, leaving the last-place club eight points adrift of safety heading into 2013. Chelsea fell behind to Steven Pienaar’s strike after just 63 seconds at Goodison Park but hit back through goals either side of the halftime by Lampard, who is free to talk to other clubs from Tuesday with his contract up in the summer. A fourth straight win kept third-place Chelsea four points behind Manchester City, and 11 off Manchester United, with a game in hand on both rivals going into the new year. Rafa Benitez is slowly putting his stamp on the European champions five weeks after joining the club as interim manager but his next task may be to persuade his bosses to hand the 34-year-old Lampard, who has been at Chelsea since 2001, a new deal. “I just hope for me personally (to) play in a winning team,” said Lampard, who has scored in each of his last three starts. “I know there’s a lot of speculation and talk . but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes.” Luis Suarez scored twice in the opening 16 minutes to take his league tally to 13 — one behind top scorer Robin van Persie of Man United — and Daniel Agger added the other for mid-table Liverpool, with all three goals coming in a one-sided first half. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wasn’t at Loftus Road — he was sent home from London hours before kickoff because of illness — but he would have enjoyed watching from afar as Suarez and his teammates ran amok. “We played probably our best football of the season in the first half,” Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said. “Luis Suarez has been brilliant ... he’s a magician.” Liverpool climbed a position to ninth and is five points off fifth-place Arsenal. Chelsea stayed in the title hunt by ending Everton’s nine-month unbeaten run at home, but the visitors will come away from Goodison Park knowing they were fortunate to survive an onslaught by David Moyes’ side. Nikica Jelavic twice struck the goal frame, as did fellow striker Victor Anichebe, as Everton passed up a chance to move ahead of its opponent. “We’ve run the European champions really close but we didn’t quite have enough in the end,” Moyes said. “We played well enough to get a second goal but were unfortunate, having shots back off the woodwork. I thought we were a bit unlucky.” It was left to Lampard to rescue Chelsea, demonstrating the priceless knack of finding time and space in the area that has made him one of the most prolific midfielder in Premier League history.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, tries to break a tackle by Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones during the first half of an NFL game Sunday, in Minneapolis.

Records continue to fall during final week BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adrian Peterson nearly ran into the NFL record book, falling 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing mark. Peterson had 199 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, becoming the seventh NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He needed 208 when the day began to top Dickerson’s record of 2,105 set in 1984. “I know Eric Dickerson is feeling so good right now,” Peterson said with a chuckle, referencing comments Dickerson made a few weeks back saying he hoped Peterson didn’t break his record. “But God willing, I’ll get it next year.” Peterson, who finished the regular season with 2,097 yards on the ground, also tied Hall of Famer Earl Campbell’s single-season mark with his seventh game of 150 yards rushing or more. “He is without question the best running back in our game and truly, in my mind, the MVP of our league,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after his team earned

NFL a playoff spot with the win. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26 after a third-quarter score in a 20-13 win over St. Louis. “To tie that record is really something special,” Wilson said. “It’s a tribute to my faith and all God has put me through, but also to my team and what they’ve done.” Manning threw for three touchdowns in a game for the 73rd time, surpassing the record set by Brett Favre. Manning finished 23 of 29 for 304 yards in Denver’s 38-3 romp over Kansas City. Andrew Luck, the man who replaced Manning in Indianapolis, finished as the only rookie in NFL history with at least 4,000 yards passing and 10 wins. The Colts beat the Houston Texans 28-16 for their 11th victory. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford finished the season with an NFL-record 727 pass attempts, topping Drew Bledsoe’s mark of 691 in 1994. But he fell short of a sec-

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McDavid leads Ontario to rout of Slovakia Connor McDavid scored a hat trick as Ontario romped to a 12-0 win over Slovakia at the 2013 under-17 world hockey challenge Sunday. McDavid’s goals were part of a six-goal explosion in the second period for Ontario, which rebounded after losing 6-5 to the United States in their first game Saturday. Sam Bennett and Robby Fabbri each scored twice for Ontario (1-1), while Dante Salituro, Spencer Watson, Josh Ho-Sang, Jaden Lindo and Brett Hargrave added singles. Matthew Mancina made 23 saves for the shutout, while at the other end of the ice Maximilian Pajpach and Stanislav Skorvanek combined to stop 39 shots for Slovakia (0-1). Elsewhere at the tournament it was: Sweden 7, Finland 3; United States 6, Atlantic 3; and Russia 6, West 2. At Plessisville, Que., Salituro and Bennett each scored to give Ontario a 2-0 lead in the first period. McDavid’s two goals within the first five minutes of the second kicked off the rout, with Watson, HoSang, and Lindo also scoring during the period and McDavid adding his third at 11:47. Bennett, Hargrave and Fabbri’s two goals finished off Slovakia in the third. Sweden 7, Finland 3 At Drummondville, Que., Felix Sandstrom made 34 saves as Sweden (2-0) scored three goals in the

ond consecutive 5,000-yard season, finishing at 4,967. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson narrowly missed becoming the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Johnson, who broke Jerry Rice’s record of 1,848 yards receiving the previous weekend, finished at 1,964 after catching five passes for 72 yards. He also had his record streak of eight 100-yard receiving games snapped. “Had a good year, but there’s a lot of things that could have been done better,” Johnson said. Drew Brees passed for 396 yards in New Orleans’ 44-38 loss to Carolina, giving him 5,177 this season — third-most behind the 2011 totals posted by himself (5,476) and New England’s Tom Brady (5,235). Brees became the first player to eclipse 5,000 yards three times. His four TD passes gave him 43 in 2012, and he’s the first player with 40 TD passes in consecutive seasons. New Orleans also set a record it probably would rather have no part of as the Saints gave up 530 yards, raising their season total to 7,042 to break the old record of 6,793 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

third period to blow past Finland (0-1). United States 6, Atlantic 3 At Victoriaville, Que., six different players scored for the U.S. (2-0), who overwhelmed Atlantic (0-2) despite a 40-save performance from Antoine Landry. Russia 6, West 2 At Drummondville, Ilya Zinoviev scored twice for Russia (1-1) while West (0-2) remained winless at the tournament.

U18 girls get another win VIERUMAKI, Finland _ Catherine Dubois scored twice and Kimberly Newell picked up her first international shutout Sunday as Canada defeated Finland 4-0 at the under-18 women’s world hockey championship. Hanna Bunton added a goal and an assist for Canada, while Emily Clark also scored. ``We talked about habits, doing all the little things to the best of our ability and I thought we did a good job executing that,’’ Canadian head coach Jim Fetter said. ``We kind of backed off in the third period and the girls know that so we just talked about putting a full 60 minutes together.’’ In other preliminary round games, Hungary defeated Germany 2-1, the United States pounded the Czech Republic 10-0 and Russia beat Sweden 5-4. Canada, which defeated Hungary in Saturday’s tournament opener, will play Germany on Tuesday. ``They’re another European team that packs in front of the net,’’ Fetter added. ``It’s pretty tough to get shots through so we’ve got to a good job off the rush.’’ The playoff round begins Wednesday and the medal games are set for next Saturday. Canada won last year’s tournament in the Czech Republic.


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Hockey 2013 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP At Ufa, Russia PRELIMINARY ROUND Group A GP WOTWOTL L GF GA Pt Sweden 3 2 1 0 0 12 4 8 Czech Republic 3 2 0 0 1 8 7 6 Finland 3 1 1 0 1 11 8 5 Switzerland 3 1 0 2 0 13 10 5 Latvia 4 0 0 0 4 6 21 0 Group B GP WOTWOTL L GF GA Pt Canada 3 3 0 0 0 17 7 9 Russia 3 2 1 0 0 12 3 8 U.S. 3 1 0 0 2 10 4 3 Slovakia 3 0 1 1 1 7 10 3 Germany 4 0 0 1 3 4 26 1 Note: Three points awarded for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win and one for an overtime/shootout loss, which is registered in the respective OTW or OTL columns. Saturday’s results Russia 7 Germany 0 Sweden 5 Latvia 1 Sunday’s results Canada 2 U.S. 1 Czech Republic 4 Latvia 2 Finland 5 Switzerland 4 (SO) Slovakia 2 Germany 1 (OT) Monday’s games Switzerland vs. Czech Republic, 12:30 a.m. U.S. vs. Slovakia, 3 a.m. Sweden vs. Finland, 5 a.m. Russia vs. Canada, 7 a.m. End of Preliminary Round Wednesday, Jan. 2 Championship Bracket Quarter-finals Teams TBD, 2 and 6 a.m. Relegation Bracket Fourth A vs. Fifth B, 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 Championship Bracket Semifinals Teams TBD, 2 and 6 a.m. Relegation Bracket Fourth B vs. Fifth A, 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 Relegation Bracket Fifth A vs. Fifth B, 2 a.m. Fourth A vs. Fourth B, 6 a.m. Championship Bracket Fifth Place Quarter-finals losers, 6 a.m.

checking to the head) 15:50, Huberdeau Cda (slashing) Trocheck US (cross-checking) 16:25, Nugent-Hopkins Cds (boarding) 18:23. Shots on goal Canada 11 8 13 — 32 U.S. 10 15 12 — 37 Goal — Canada: Subban (W,3-0); U.S.: Gibson (L,1-2). Power plays (goals-chances) — Canada: 0-4; U.S.: 1-5. Attendance — 6,985 at Ufa, Russia. World junior men’s hockey championship scoring leaders UFA, Russia — Scoring leaders at the 2013 world junior hockey championship following Sunday’s games: G A P Nugent-Hopkins, Cda 3 5 8 Strome, Cda 4 2 6 Scheifele, Cda 3 2 5 Dano, Svk 2 3 5 Galchenyuk, Rus 1 4 5 Huberdeau, Cda 1 4 5 Martschini, Sui 1 4 5 Granlund, Fin 4 0 4 Collberg, Swe 3 1 4 Kunzle, Sui 3 1 4 Andrighetto, Sui 2 2 4 Molin, Swe 1 3 4 Yakupov, Rus 1 3 4 Richard, Sui 0 4 4 Kosov, Rus 3 0 3 Teravainen, Fin 3 0 3 Trouba, U.S. 3 0 3 Yarullin, Rus 3 0 3 Aaltonen, Fin 2 1 3 Bertaggia, Sui 2 1 3 Frk, Cze 2 1 3 Kucherov, Rus 2 1 3 Barber, US 1 2 3 Drouin, Cda 1 2 3 F.Forsberg, Swe 1 2 3 Khokhlachyov, Rus 1 2 3 Lindholm, Swe 1 2 3 Mikus, Svk 1 2 3 Ouellet, Cda 1 2 3 Rielly, Cda 1 2 3 Ristolainen, Fin 1 2 3 Simion, Sui 1 2 3 Zangger, Sui 1 2 3 SPENGLER CUP At Davos, Switzerland PRELIMINARY ROUND Group A GP WOTWOTL L GF GA 2 1 0 1 0 6 6 2 1 0 0 1 6 3 2 0 1 0 1 6 9

x-Vitkovice y-Fribourg y-Ufa

Saturday, Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Semifinal losers, 2 a.m. Gold Medal Semifinal winners, 6 a.m. Note: If Russia qualifies for either quarter-or semifinals, it will play in late game. Sunday’s summary Canada 2, U.S. 1 First Period 1. Canada, Nugent-Hopkins 3 (Huberdeau, Scheifele) 7:13 2. Canada, Strome 4 (Ritchie, Camara) 14:44 Penalties — Barber US (slashing) 11:15, Strome Cda (slashing) 18:19. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Reinhart Cda (double minor, highsticking) 6:52, Jones US (slashing) 12:13. Third Period 3. U.S., Trouba 3 (Gaudreau, Reilly) 11:02 (pp) Penalties — Subban Cda (tripping, served by Scheifele) 7:35, Strome Cda (delay of game) 9:51, McCabe US (minor, misconduct, checking to the head) 12:06, Bigg US (interference) 13:30, Trouba US (tripping) Hartman US (minor, misconduct

Group B GP WOTWOTL L GF GA x-Canada 2 1 0 1 0 6 2 y-Davos 2 1 0 0 1 6 7 y-Mannheim 2 0 1 0 1 4 7 x — Clinched semifinal berth. y — Clinched quarter-final berth.

Pt 4 3 2 Pt 4 3 2

Note: Three points awarded for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win and one for an overtime/shootout loss, which is registered in the respective OTW or OTL columns. Saturday’s results Quarter-finals Davos 7 Ufa 5 Fribourg 5 Mannheim 2 Sunday’s results Semifinals Canada 5 Fribourg 1 Davos 5 Vitkovice 4 Monday’s game Championship Canada vs. Davos, 4 a.m. IIHF WORLD UNDER-17 CHALLENGE At Drummondville and Victoriaville, Que. PRELIMINARY ROUND

Sweden Russia Pacific Finland Western Cda

GP 2 2 1 1 2

Group A WOTWOTL 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

L GF GA 0 11 3 0 13 10 0 8 7 1 3 7 2 2 10

Pt 6 4 2 0 0

Group B GP WOTWOTL L GF GA Pt U.S. 2 1 1 0 0 12 8 5 Ontario 2 1 0 1 0 17 6 4 Quebec 1 1 0 0 0 5 2 3 Slovakia 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 0 Atlantic Cda 2 0 0 0 2 5 11 0 Note: Three points for a regulation win, two for an overtime win and one for an overtime loss.

Sunday’s results Brandon 6 Red Deer 5 Kelowna 5 Everett 1 Regina 6 Saskatoon 2 Vancouver 8 Prince George 4 Monday’s games Calgary at Kootenay, 5 p.m. Brandon at Edmonton, 6 p.m. Spokane at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Portland, 9 p.m.

Sunday’s results At Drummondville, Que. Sweden 7 Finland 3 Russia 6 vs. Western Canada 2 At Victoriaville, Que. U.S. 6 Atlantic Canada 3 Ontario 12 vs. Slovakia 0

Tuesday’s games Lethbridge at Swift Current, 2 p.m. Medicine Hat at Saskatoon, 5:05 p.m.

Monday’s games At Drummondville, Que. Pacific vs. Sweden, 11:30 a.m. Western Canada vs. Finland, 5:30 p.m. At Victoriaville, Que. Slovakia vs. Atlantic Canada, 11:30 a.m. U.S. vs. Quebec, 5:30 p.m.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE East Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Prince Albert 38 24 11 0 3 135 109 Saskatoon 38 19 18 0 1 127 131 Swift Current 40 17 18 3 2 117 109 Moose Jaw 39 14 18 3 4 98 125 Regina 40 15 21 2 2 105 146 Brandon 38 14 20 2 2 111 154

Sunday’s summary

Central Division W LOTLSOL 24 8 2 3 24 9 1 3 22 15 2 1 18 17 1 4 16 19 2 0 11 24 1 0

GF GA 133 92 117 96 114 118 126 120 125 134 87 129

Pt 53 52 47 41 34 23

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Kamloops 40 26 10 2 2 145 110 Kelowna 38 26 10 1 1 160 94 Victoria 35 19 14 0 2 106 113 Prince George 37 12 20 1 4 95 133 Vancouver 37 10 27 0 0 102 152

Pt 56 54 40 29 20

U.S. Division W LOTLSOL GF GA 31 5 1 0 167 82 24 11 1 0 144 108

Pt 63 49

Edmonton Calgary Red Deer Lethbridge Medicine Hat Kootenay

Portland Spokane

GP 37 37 40 40 37 36

Pt 51 39 39 35 34 32

GP 37 36

Tampa Bay

y-Houston x-Indianapolis Tennessee Jacksonville

South L T 4 0 5 0 10 0 14 0

Pct .750 .688 .375 .125

PF 416 357 330 255

PA 331 387 471 444

y-Baltimore x-Cincinnati Pittsburgh Cleveland

W 10 10 8 5

North L T 6 0 6 0 8 0 11 0

Pct .625 .625 .500 .313

PF 398 391 336 302

PA 344 320 314 368

W 13 7 4 2

West L 3 9 12 14

PF 481 350 290 211

PA 289 350 443 425

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Washington 10 6 0 .625 436 N.Y. Giants 9 7 0 .563 429 Dallas 8 8 0 .500 376 Philadelphia 4 12 0 .250 280

PA 388 344 400 444

Pct .813 .438 .250 .125

y-Green Bay x-Minnesota Chicago Detroit

7 W 11 10 10 4

9

West W L y-San Francisco 11 4 x-Seattle 11 5 St. Louis 7 8 Arizona 5 11 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

Sunday, Jan. 6 Indianapolis at Baltimore, 11 a.m. (CBS) Seattle at Washington, 2:30 p.m. (FOX)

0 .438 389 394

North L T 5 0 6 0 6 0 12 0 T 1 0 1 0

Pct .688 .625 .625 .250

PF 433 379 375 372

PA 336 348 277 437

Pct .719 .688 .469 .313

PF 397 412 299 250

PA 273 245 348 357

Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 Baltimore, Indianapolis or Cincinnati at Denver, 2:30 p.m. (CBS) Washington, Seattle or Green Bay at San Francisco, 6 p.m. (FOX) Sunday, Jan. 13 Washington, Seattle or Minnesota at Atlanta, 11 a.m. (FOX) Baltimore, Indianapolis or Houston at New England, 2:30 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 20 AFC, TBA (CBS) NFC, TBA (FOX)

Week 17 Sunday’s Games Tennessee 38, Jacksonville 20 Carolina 44, New Orleans 38 Buffalo 28, N.Y. Jets 9 Cincinnati 23, Baltimore 17 Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 10 Indianapolis 28, Houston 16 N.Y. Giants 42, Philadelphia 7 Chicago 26, Detroit 24 Tampa Bay 22, Atlanta 17 San Diego 24, Oakland 21 San Francisco 27, Arizona 13 Seattle 20, St. Louis 13 Denver 38, Kansas City 3 Minnesota 37, Green Bay 34 New England 28, Miami 0 Dallas 18, Washington 28

South L T 3 0 9 0 9 0

GF 113 92 85 78 79

GA 87 71 80 83 90

Pt 43 39 34 31 29

WESTERN CONFERENCE North Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Toronto 31 19 9 1 2 104 81 Abbotsford 31 16 9 3 3 74 66 Lake Erie 33 16 14 2 1 106 107 Rochester 30 15 12 2 1 103 99 Hamilton 30 11 16 1 2 69 97

Pt 41 38 35 33 25

Midwest Division GP W LOTLSOL Grand Rapids 29 17 10 1 1 Rockford 32 17 13 1 1 Milwaukee 31 15 13 2 1 Chicago 29 14 11 3 1 Peoria 31 13 14 2 2

GA 79 94 88 81 98

Pt 36 36 33 32 30

GF GA 101 91 95 89 79 81 100 89 86 101

Pt 40 37 37 36 30

Wheat Kings 6 at Rebels 5 First Period 1. Red Deer, Maxwell 4 (Dumba, Dieno) 2:36 (pp) 2. Brandon, Swyripa (Pankewicz) 5:27 Penalties — Robinson B (slashing) 1:05, Miller B (tripping) 2:27, Dieno RD (high-sticking) 8:23, Yaworski B (interference) 11:09, Miller B (checking from behind, fighting major) Underwood RD (instigator, fighting major, 10-minute misconduct) 13:20. Second Period 3. Brandon, Cooper 4 (Palmer, Meilleur) 2:37 4. Brandon, Lisoway 1 (Van Horne, Pankewicz) 3:11 5. Brandon, Cooper 5 (Palmer) 10:38 6. Red Deer Millette 8 (Johnson, Bellkerive) 14:30 7. Red Deer, Dieno 8 (Dumba) 18:07 (pp) 8. Brandon, Maguire 2 (Roy) 19:17 Penalties — Lisoway B (checking from behind) 6:1, Hamilton RD (tripping), Miller B (double minor, spearing) 14:47. Third Period 9. Red Deer, Maxwell 5 (Hamilton, Volek) 5:58 (pp) 10. Red Deer, Feser 1 (Maxwell) 7:01 11. Brandon, Ferland 1 (13:08 Penalties — Dumba RD (slashing) 3:19, Robinson B (cross-checking) 4:03, Ferland B (tripping) 18:57. Shots on goal Brandon 10 15 4 — 42 Red Deer 10 3 19 — 30 Goal — Brandon: Honey (W,5-5-1-1). Red Deer: Pouliot (0:00-5:27, four shots-three saves), Nahernuiak (5:27 of first period, 25-20,sL,0-1-0-0). Power play goals (goals-chances) — Brandon: 0-3. Red Deer: 3-8. Attendance — 5.298. AHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W LOTLSOL GF Portland 30 17 11 1 1 90 Worcester 30 16 11 1 2 83 Providence 29 16 11 0 2 74 Manchester 32 14 14 2 2 86 St. John’s 33 15 17 0 1 80

GA 91 87 80 85 95

Pt 36 35 34 32 31

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 At New Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 4 p.m. (CBS) NFL 2,000-Yard Rushers Year Player, Team G 1984 E. Dickerson, L.A. 16 2012 Ad. Peterson, Min. 16 2003 Jamal Lewis, Bal. 16 1997 Barry Sanders, Det.16 1998 Terrell Davis, Den. 16 2009 Chris Johnson, Ten.16 1973 O.J. Simpson, Buf. 14

Pct PF PA .813 419 299 .438 357 363 .438 461 454

Kings hand Celtics third loss in a row

Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 5 Cincinnati at Houston, 2:30 p.m. (NBC) Minnesota at Green Bay, 6 p.m. (NBC)

East Division W LOTLSOL 19 7 2 3 18 7 1 2 16 14 1 1 14 13 2 1 14 15 1 0

South Division W LOTLSOL 18 11 1 3 16 10 2 3 16 10 3 2 16 10 1 3 13 17 0 4

GF 89 101 83 74 75

Saturday’s results Abbotsford 3 Chicago 2 Toronto 3 Grand Rapids 1 St. John’s 5 Syracuse 4 (OT) Lake Erie 4 Hamilton 0 Albany 3 Hershey 2 Binghamton 2 Rochester 1 Bridgeport 4 Manchester 1 Connecticut 4 Springfield 2 Norfolk 3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 (OT) Rockford 3 Milwaukee 1 San Antonio 2 Houston 1 (OT) Texas 3 Charlotte 1 Worcester 3 Providence 2 Portland 2 Adirondack 1 Sunday’s results Chicago 3 Abbotsford 2 San Antonio 5 Charlotte 2 Springfield 4 Norfolk 1 Monday’s games Bridgeport at Adirondack, 1 p.m. Hamilton at Rochester, 1:05 p.m. Syracuse at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3:05 p.m. Connecticut at Portland, 3:30 p.m. Rockford at Grand Rapids, 4 p.m. St. John’s at Binghamton, 4:05 p.m. Worcester at Manchester, 5 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m. Abbotsford at Peoria, 5:05 p.m. Tuesday’s game Oklahoma City at Houston, 4:05 p.m. Wednesday’s games Hamilton at Toronto, 5 p.m. Providence at Portland, 5 p.m. (rescheduled from Dec. 27) Thursday’s games Charlotte at Lake Erie, 5 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 6 p.m.

Miami Atlanta Orlando Charlotte Washington

Att 379 348 387 335 392 358 332

YardsAvg. 2,105 5.6 2,097 6.0 2,066 5.3 2,053 6.1 2,008 5.1 2,006 5.6 2,003 6.0

TD 14 12 14 11 22 14 12

Southeast Division W L Pct 20 8 .714 19 9 .679 12 18 .400 7 23 .233 4 24 .143 Central Division W L Pct 16 12 .571 17 13 .567 16 13 .552 11 22 .333 7 25 .219

GB — 1 9 14 16 GB — — 1/2 7 1/2 11

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 24 8 .750 — Memphis 19 8 .704 2 1/2 Houston 16 14 .533 7 Dallas 12 19 .387 11 1/2 New Orleans 7 23 .233 16

Oklahoma City Denver Minnesota Portland Utah

Northwest Division W L Pct 23 6 .793 17 15 .531 14 13 .519 15 14 .517 15 16 .484

GB — 7 1/2 8 8 9

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

Pacific Division W L Pct 24 6 .800 21 10 .677 15 15 .500 11 19 .367 11 20 .355

GB — 3 1/2 9 13 13 1/2

Saturday’s Games Atlanta 109, Indiana 100 New Orleans 98, Charlotte 95 Toronto 123, Orlando 88 Brooklyn 103, Cleveland 100 Chicago 87, Washington 77 Oklahoma City 124, Houston 94 Memphis 81, Denver 72 Minnesota 111, Phoenix 107 Milwaukee 104, Miami 85 Portland 89, Philadelphia 85 Golden State 101, Boston 83 Sunday’s Games San Antonio 111, Dallas 86 Detroit 96, Milwaukee 94 Sacramento 118, Boston 96 Utah at L.A. Clippers, Late Monday’s Games Charlotte at Chicago, 1 p.m. Memphis at Indiana, 1 p.m. Miami at Orlando, 3 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 5 p.m. Brooklyn at San Antonio, 5 p.m. Phoenix at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Dallas at Washington, 4 p.m. Portland at New York, 5:30 p.m. Sacramento at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Atlanta at New Orleans, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Denver, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

Optimist Rebels lose first game at Mac’s tourney FACE UNDEFEATED VANCOUVER IN QUARTERFINALS

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and made one of Sacramento’s two four-point plays in the second half as the Kings handed the Boston Celtics their third straight lopsided loss on a California road swing, 118-96 on Sunday night. John Salmons added 23 points off the bench, Jason Thompson scored 20 and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double for the Kings, who ended the calendar year by winning their sixth home game out of the last seven. The Celtics are going in the other direction after handily beating Brooklyn on Christmas Day. They followed that win with a trip to California to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State and Sacramento and got outscored by 69 points in losing all three. The Kings were in control for most of this game and then pulled away with their long-range shooting in the fourth quarter. Even the return to the lineup of star point guard Rajon Rondo couldn’t help.

National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 21 9 .700 — Brooklyn 16 14 .533 5 Boston 14 16 .467 7 Philadelphia 14 17 .452 7 1/2 Toronto 11 20 .355 10 1/2

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NFL Playoffs W 13 7 7

GP 31 28 32 30 30

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CALGARY — One bad period prevented the Red Deer Optimist Rebels Chiefs from finishing first in their pool at the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament. The Chiefs gave up four goals on nine shots in the opening period of their final round-robin game against Pirati Chomutov of the Czech Republic Sunday and they went on to drop a 5-4 decision which left them in second place in the pool. As a result they face the undefeated Vancouver North West Giants in the quarter-finals today at 9 a.m. The Rebels came back with goals by Gabe Bast, Jody Sick and Colton Bobyk in the second period then split a pair of goals in the third period. Miroslav Bednar made it 5-3 for Pirati before Logan Hermus narrowed the gap

at 10:47. Matt Zentner started in goal for Red Deer before giving way to Jayden Sittler, who made nine saves, to start the second period. The Rebels finished with 38 shots against Pirati’s Stepan Lukes. The Rebels earned themselves a berth in the playoffs Saturday with a 3-2 comefrom-behind victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats. The Bobcats jumped into a 2-0 lead in the first period before Chase Thudium and Sick scored the even the count. After a scoreless second period Bast

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notched the winner at 14:42 of the third period on the power play. Sittler picked up the win, making 13 saves while his mates had 37 shots on goal. In other quarter-final play Pirati takes on the Cariboo Cougars at 9 a.m. while at noon the Greater Vancouver Canadians clash with the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes and the St. Albert Raiders meet the Saskatoon Contacts. If Red Deer wins they play at 3 p.m. The final goes at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Saddledome.

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GF GA 99 70 97 96 69 77 86 103 74 88

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 game Edmonton at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday’s games At Drummondville, Que. Slovakia vs. U.S., 11:30 a.m. Quebec vs. Ontario, 5:30 p.m. At Victoriaville, Que. Russia vs. Finland, 11:30 a.m. Western Canada vs. Pacific, 5:30 p.m.

Northeast Division GP W LOTLSOL 30 17 8 2 3 31 16 12 1 2 29 11 11 1 6 31 13 16 2 0 30 13 16 1 0

GP Charlotte 33 Houston 31 Texas 31 Okla. City 30 San Antonio 34

Wednesday’s games Kamloops at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Brandon at Calgary, 7 p.m. Red Deer at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Medicine Hat at Prince Albert, 7 p.m. Victoria at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m.

Tuesday’s games At Drummondville, Que. Atlantic Canada vs. Ontario, 11:30 a.m. Quebec vs. Slovakia, 5:30 p.m. At Victoriaville, Que. Sweden vs. Russia, 11:30 a.m. Finland vs. Pacific, 5:30 p.m.

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National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF y-New England 12 4 0 .750 557 Miami 7 9 0 .438 288 N.Y. Jets 6 10 0 .375 281 Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 344

T 0 0 0 0

Saturday’s results Calgary 4 Lethbridge 1 Medicine Hat 4 Swift Current 1 Portland 4 Tri-City 3 Prince Albert 4 Saskatoon 2 Regina 5 Moose Jaw 1 Everett 2 Seattle 1 (OT) Kamloops 9 Vancouver 5 Kootenay 7 Spokane 3 Victoria 4 Prince George 3 (SO)

Saturday’s results At Drummondville, Que. Pacific 8 Russia 7 (OT) Sweden 4 Western Canada 0 At Victoriaville, Que. Quebec 5 Atlantic Canada 2 U.S. 6 Ontario 5 (SO)

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Tri-City 37 20 14 1 2 111 104 43 Seattle 37 16 18 2 1 118 140 35 Everett 40 15 23 0 2 97 141 32 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.


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Velasquez dominates to reclaim title FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION GETS TITLE BACK AFTER WIN BY DECISION BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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LAS VEGAS _ Cain Velasquez stood and delivered on Saturday in the main event of UFC 155. Velasquez dominated Junior Dos Santos for 25 minutes to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight title, fulfilling a promise he’d made in the weeks leading up to the card. The 30-year-old Velasquez pushed the pace from the opening bell, rushing forward with an aggressive mix of punches and takedowns. In fact, it looked as if he might knock out his open in the first round after scoring a devastating right hand. He followed Dos Santos to the floor and unleashed a flurry of punches, but Velasquez could not finish before the bell sounded. Still, he set the tone for the remaining 20 minutes. Dos Santos displayed incredible heart throughout the fight, even as Velasquez landed some 210 punches according to a FightMetric report. He even gained a second wind in the fourth and fifth rounds as he looked to pull off an improbable comeback victory. However, it was not to be as Velasquez’ impressive pace never slowed, and he never gave the Brazilian slugger room to operate. Judges awarded him the win and the UFC heavyweight belt with scores of 50-45, 50-43 and 50-44. ``I knew that Junior was a tough striker and he was able to end our last fight that way, so I was prepared for him this time,’’ Velasquez said. ``I was able to effectively use my striking and my grappling to control him throughout the fight and get the title back.’’ Following the loss, Dos Santos was transported to a local hospital for observation but did not sustain any substantial injuries and was quickly released. UFC president Dana White said he expects the pair to have a third meeting at some point in the future, but former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem will likely earn the next crack at Velasquez should he prove victorious over Antonio Silva in February. ``I think Junior Dos Santos is going to have to take some time now and relax and heal up,’’ White said. ``Cain will probably fight again before he sees Junior if we do that rematch.’’ In the night’s co-feature, lightweights Jim Miller (22-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Joe Lauzon combined (22-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) for an epic 15-minute affair that may very well prove a late entry in many ``Fight of the Year’’ lists. Miller was the sharper fighter in the early going with crisp punching combinations and stinging low kicks that buckled his opponent’s legs. A short elbow opened a huge gash over Lauzon’s right eye, and the

fight immediately shifted in a plasma-filled affair. Despite the early damage, Lauzon pushed courageously forward and tried to reverse the momentum. He would do so briefly in the second. With the crowd on its feet, Miller scored an early takedown to open the second frame, but Lauzon somehow reversed to top position, where he spent much of the frame. The nasty cut continued to pour blood, but Lauzon dominated the position and threatened with a leglock in the final seconds of the round. With the fight hanging in the balance to open the final round, both competitors were understandably fatigued. Bloodied and battered, Lauzon continued to press forward, but it was Miller’s counterattacks that proved the most effective blow. Lauzon looked for a miracle again in the closing seconds, but he came up short on another leglock. The crowd erupted at the final bell, and both fighters embraced after the entertaining scrap. Still, it was Miller’s hand who was raised for a unanimous-decision victory with three scores of 29-28. ``Joe Lauzon is a tough kid,’’ Miller said. ``I knew I was going to have to bring my best effort to put him away, and I was never able to. That’s how good he is on the ground. And even in the last minute, look what he was trying to do to win the fight. ``I’m pleased with this win, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym again.’’ In a 185-pound match Costa Philippou (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) earned his fifth straight fight with an odd but convincing victory over former light heavyweight Tim ``The Barbarian’’ Boetsch. Boetsch looked to avoid his opponent’s impressive boxing skills by taking the fight to the floor, which he did successfully in the opening round. However, he appeared to break his hand during the round, and things quickly went downhill. In the second, an accidental head butt opened a cut on Boetsch’s forehead, and an eye poke left him squinting with his right eye. Philippou capitalized on his ailing opponent by pushing forward and opening up in the pocket. A game Boetsch refused to back down, but he was forced to settle for pulling guard and hoping to win the fight off his back. Philippou pounced on his wounded prey and finally finished it in the third after a failed takedown left a bloody Boetsch defenceless on his back. Philippou swarmed with punches, and referee Kim Winslow mercifully

Top tailbacks Ball and Taylor in spotlight at Rose Bowl THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Although Montee Ball and Stepfan Taylor have barely met, Taylor is pretty sure they would get along famously. “We had a quick hello this week, but you can tell we’ve got a lot in common,” the Stanford running back said. “At least on the field.” In an era of college football dominated by spread schemes and prolific quarterbacks, these two tailbacks personify an old-fashioned, smashmouth approach to offence. Running behind similar massive offensive lines at Wisconsin and Stanford, both backs persevered through slow starts to their careers to earn prominent spots in the record books heading into their big finales in the 99th Rose Bowl. “You can’t really have a better running back matchup in college football than this one,” Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said. Ball and Taylor expect to get to know each other while they prepare for the upcoming NFL draft, where they’re both likely to be high picks. They’ll first finish up their college careers against each other when the surprising Badgers (8-5) make their third straight Rose Bowl appearance Tuesday against the favoured No. 8 Cardinal (11-2). When Ball is asked about Taylor’s abilities, he realizes he might as well be describing himself. “We’re both not blazing fast, but we both do a good job playing to our strengths,” Ball said. “We run behind our pads, run between the tackles and always stay physical. We’ve got a lot of similarities, so it’s good to see him have success. Just hopefully not too much success in the game.” The Rose Bowl is a culmination of two resilient tenures at a notoriously fickle position. Both backs are playing in their third straight BCS bowls: Ball was outstanding in both of the Badgers’ previous trips to the Rose Bowl, while Taylor had big games in Orange and Fiesta bowls

over the past two years. Ball, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back this season, has scored 82 touchdowns — more than anybody in FBS history. Taylor is merely the leading rusher in Stanford history — and one score shy of becoming the school’s career touchdowns leader — as an incredibly durable performer who almost never leaves the field when the Cardinal have the ball. Yet neither Ball nor Taylor started his college career as the main man, instead winning their starting jobs through persistence and hard work. Taylor was a backup to Toby Gerhart as a freshman, getting just 56 carries. He was overshadowed for most of his first three seasons on The Farm with Heisman contenders Gerhart and Andrew Luck in the same backfield before getting the spotlight this year — and even then, he was overshadowed on the West Coast by fellow Pac-

12 ball-carriers Kenjon Barner at Oregon, Ka’Deem Carey at Arizona and Johnathan Franklin at UCLA. Yet Taylor broke Darrin Nelson’s Stanford career rushing record in the Pac-12 title game, getting 78 more yards to give him 4,212 in his career. With a touchdown against Wisconsin, he’ll break his career tie with Gerhart at 44 TDs. “I don’t worry about people paying attention to me as long as we’re winning games, because that’s all you can control,” Taylor said. Ball played behind John Clay as a freshman and in a three-back combo with Clay and James White as a sophomore. Ball was frequently the third option in that troika in 2010, particularly when he didn’t even play in a win over Ohio State, a setback that left him contemplating a transfer or moving to linebacker. “I learned a lot about distractions during my career, and that helps you when you get in a situation like the Rose Bowl where you need focus,” Ball said. Ball has rushed for 1,730 yards and 21 touchdowns in the final sea-

son of his decorated career at Wisconsin. With three touchdowns in the Big Ten title game, Ball broke the FBS career record for rushing TDs with 76 while topping 5,000 yards for his career. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season after scoring 39 touchdowns, and he rushed for 164 yards in Wisconsin’s loss to Oregon in last season’s Rose Bowl. Ball won’t catch Wisconsin career rushing leader Ron Dayne, the top ball-carrier in FBS history with 6,397 yards, but he’s done just about everything else possible in Madison. When David Shaw was asked about his single biggest concern in the Rose Bowl, the Stanford coach was blunt: “He wears No. 28 for the other team.” That would be Ball, of course. The Cardinal have replicated Ball in practice with Stanford backup running back Barry Sanders — yes, the son of that other Barry Sanders, whose single-season record of 39 touchdowns for Oklahoma State was tied by Ball last season.

Texas rallies for win in Alamo Bowl THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Longhorns 31 Beavers 27 SAN ANTONIO _ This season was a historymaking turnaround for the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers. But in the final 10 minutes of it, everything turned on them.Oregon State began the fourth quarter of the Alamo Bowl cruising toward its first 10-win season since 2006, but that opportunity unraveled when Texas quarterback David Ash shook off a rocky start to throw two late touchdowns, carrying the Longhorns to a 31-27 comeback win Saturday. The Beavers (9-4) entered the game already assured of a school-record turnaround after going 3-9 the year before. But after a sudden collapse _ they had negative 4 yards of total offence in the fourth quarter _ they’re ending the season disappointed instead of celebrating. ``It was definitely a game we let slip away,’’ quarterback Cody Vaz said. ``I don’t take anything away from Texas, they are a great team, but I definitely feel we let this one slip out of our hands.’’ Ash threw the goahead 36-yard touchdown strike to Marquise

Goodwin with 2:24 left. The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodwin scored his second touchdown on that deep post pattern, just a down after Texas converted a fourth-and-1 play to keep its chances alive. ``I guess in in every situation you have to be thankful,’’ said Ash, who was pulled in a loss to TCU a month ago and wasn’t immediately selected the starter for the Alamo Bowl. ``I learned a lot at TCU. It was a tough situation I was in. I was just really thankful I got another opportunity to play a game I love.’’ With Texas down 20-10 at halftime, Longhorns coach Mack Brown said he told his players they would win. ``I told them this it wasn’t going to be easy, but I told them this game was ours and we would win it,’’ Brown said. ``This one is really special.’’ Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Beavers. ``Not to take anything away from Texas, that was a great team offensively and defensively,’’ Wood said. ``In the first half we had a great style of football. In the second half, Texas made some adjustments and I guess, they just wanted it more.’’

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called the fight at the 2:11 mark of the final round. ``I expected to win this fight, but not like this,’’ Philippou said. ``I made a few rookie mistakes in letting him take me down, but once we started trading blows back and forth later in the fight I had him. I was eventually able to get the better of him in the striking game and have the fight stopped.’’ In a key rematch between middleweight contenders, Yushin ``Thunder’’ Okami (29-7 MMA, 12-4 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision victory over Alan ``The Talent’’ Belcher (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC). Belcher looked intent on striking throughout the fight, as he pumped jabs and launched a few high kicks. But Okami countered with effective wrestling and brought the fight to the floor multiple times in the three-round affair. Belcher compounded his problems by unsuccessfully looking for guillotine chokes in all three rounds, allowing Okami to settle into top position each time he worked his neck free from the holds. The crowd often booed Okami’s strategy, but it proved just as effective as it did in the pair’s 2006 meeting, and the Japanese fighter cruised to a unanimous-decision win with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. ``The wrestling, striking and the clinch game were all successfully implemented in this fight to defeat Belcher,’’ Okami said through an interpreter. ``Belcher is a very tough opponent, and I feel that a win over Belcher should allow me to keep challenging more of the top guys in the middleweight division.’’ In the night’s first main-card contest, Strikeforce import Derek Brunson (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision win over longtime veteran middleweight Chris Leben (22-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC). In what proved a rather lacklustre affair, late-replacement Brunson used well-timed takedowns and avoided Leben’s left hand to take the fight 29-28 on all three judges’ cards in a slow-pace 15-minute contest. Brunson, who took the fight on less than twoweeks’ notice, admitted he faded as the fight wore on, but he was still excited to win in his UFC debut. ``I wanted to go at it with him but maintain my gameplan and fight my fight,’’ Brunson said. ``I started slowing down in the second round, and I feel that’s just a matter of taking the fight and training for it on such short notice. ``Overall, I feel like I’m getting better, but I know I have a long way to go to compete in the UFC’s middleweight division.’’ According to UFC officials, UFC 155 drew 12,423 fans for a US$3.286 million live gate.


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WOODYS RV MARATHON REGISTRATION Registrations for the 2013 Woody’s RV World Marathon, half marathon and 10-km run are now open. The race will be held on May 19, and is in its 15th year. Last year, it was voted one of the top three best road races in Alberta by Athletics Alberta. Tickets for the full marathon are $70 before March 19, $85 until April 19 and $100 after that. The half marathon costs $65 before March 19, $75 until April 19 and $85 after. The 10-km run costs $50. During race weekend, there will be a three-km friendship run hosted by the Red Deer Runners, a fitness and wellness expo, and banquet with a keynote speaker. The Ronald McDonald House of Central Alberta is the chosen charity for 2013. Donations can be made with registration. Last year, $12,000 was donated. For more information, or to register, visit www. reddeermarathon.org.

LIBERAL LEADERSHIP CANADIDATE COMING Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay will be in Red Deer on Jan. 24. From noon to 1 p.m., she will hold a get-together with supporters at the It’s All Greek to Me restaurant at 37th Street and Gaetz Avenue. The event is open to the public.

STRINGS N’ THINGS You are invited to worship with Strings N’ Things band on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. at Great Bend Church of Christ. They will be putting on a western themed cowboy church service. The church is located 13.5 km north of Delburne on Hwy 21. Bring a dish for the potluck lunch following the service. For more information, contact Bonnie at 403-7493251.

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BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre will open its doors to the public in mid-January with regular hours after it received $19,530 from the City of Red Deer. The one-stop shop for crime prevention received the onetime funding from city council in October. The money was earmarked mainly for staffing, as well as some program costs. TerryLee Ropchan, past president of the Red Deer

Neighbourhood Watch Association, was hired as the executive director of the centre. Cindy Hunt from Central Alberta CrimeStoppers is the program co-ordinator. The two women came on board in December after the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Board approved the hirings. Ropchan said the hours haven’t been set in stone, but it’s likely they’ll fall around the lunch hour. The centre was opened March 1 and includes Neighbourhood Watch, CrimeStoppers and Central Alberta Citi-

zens on Patrol Association. It’s located at No. 108, 3711 51st Ave. Ropchan said the centre didn’t have any public hours, so this will be new in January. The centre was trying to bring groups together and ensure that the first year of costs were covered. “When we realized we were working good together, then we realized we needed to provide some hours and services to the community,” said Ropchan. Ropchan and Hunt will work part time and during that time, they will also apply for grants. The hope is to hire summer

staff. The crime prevention centre was set up to make things easier for residents to find the resources they need. “Rather than tracking down programs all over the city, they would come to one location and see how we can help them change their neighbourhood,” said Ropchan. The centre’s aim is to help people to be proud of their neighbourhoods and improve upon them, so they feel safe, Ropchan said. ltester@reddeeradvocate.com

Garages to greens PROJECT TO TEST GARAGE AS PLACE TO GENERATE POWER AND GROW FOOD BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF Materials are being gathered to test drive the idea of converting ordinary garages into environmentally friendly food factories. Rene Michalak, managing director of ReThink Red Deer, has been providing space in his family’s former home on Oxbow Street for the non-profit society’s ongoing efforts. So far, he and his group have erected a greenhouse, replaced a pair of mature spruce trees with a yard full of berry bushes and set up systems to collect rainwater from rooftops. They raise boxes of earthworms in the dining room and most of the living room has been converted to a pepper plantation. There’s room for a guest in the spare bedroom while the master bedroom has been converted to an office with space for two desks. The separate units mesh together in an urban gardening project designed as a demonstration site for people interested in growing a lot of food in a small space without creating negative impacts on the environment. Until now, the garage has been left out of the equation, serving as a storage unit for vehicles and supplies. Scratch that. Michalak and another member of the society are now putting together ReThink Red Deer’s version of the MEGGA-watt garage. The acronym comes from Micro-Energy Generating Garage Assembly, which converts a heated garage to generate power and grow food. With a gas-fired heater for backup, the ReThink Red Deer garage is being refitted with solar panels that will be used to

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Rene Michalak is assembling materials in his garage to be converted to a MEGGA-watt project for ReThink Red Deer. The garage will generate its own heat and power in support of systems for growing fish and greens. support fish tanks and aquaculture during the winter while provided heat generation and storage for the greenhouse during the warmer months. Once complete, the system will be able to produce food throughout the year, including production of fish species such as tilapia, which grow well within a limited environment and produce excellent plant fertilizer, says Michalak. Rainwater will be processed and balanced for the fish and then filtered and recycled through an aquaponics system being set up to grow sprouts. Coupled with the garage will be a geodesic dome greenhouse that will capture sunlight to generate the heat and electricity needed to operate the system. The geodesic shape was chosen because it captures the maximum possible sunlight, says Michalak. Probably the most costly element in the plan is the light system set up for the sprouts, which he estimates will run to $30,000. Ultimately, many of the costs can be reduced by scavenging an scrounging the materials, including food-grade water and fish tanks as well as the building materials required for the greenhouse.

The beauty of it is, with a two-car heated garage, there will still be room for a car and a small workshop, says Michalak. He and his partners hope to raise some of the funds they will need through a contest being held by The Carbon Farmer, an environmental project based at Manning, Alta. Winning communities will receive $2,551 to help fund their eco-friendly facelifts. Michalak encourages people to investigate the idea and then vote for it as often as possible by visiting www.thecarbonfarmer. ca and then clicking the Face Your Footprint link. Primarily web based, ReThink Red Deer is organized to gather and share information on environmental sustainability, says Michalak. It takes no ownership of its work or its findings, preferring that people use its resources to learn and to share their own findings, he says. Some of its funds are raised through the sale of worm farms and food produced at Michalak’s former home in Oriole Park. Visit ReThink Red Deer online at www. rethinkreddeer.ca or call 403-986-7981 to learn more. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate.com

Last gas pumps to sell gas by the gallon remain as symbols of defiance BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF Probably the last gas pump in Canada to issue fuel by the gallon still stands guard in a business whose owners were threatened with jail for refusing to convert to metric. Almost 30 years have passed since that fateful Friday afternoon when two officers from Canada’s Department of Weights and Measures sealed the pumps at the Eckville Super Station, jointly owned by Art Carritt and two of his sons, Roy and Laurie. There was no warning, said Laurie Carritt, who became sole proprietor when his father died in 2010. Roy had died eight years earlier. The Canadian government, under direction of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, had started converting the country to metric in 1970. There was a period of transition during which the Imperial system was to be replaced with metric on everything, including road signs, weather data, groceries, fuel sales and anything else that could be quantified in gallons, pounds, square feet, Fahrenheit degrees or calories. The Carritt family’s twin fuel pumps, first installed in 1941 when the store was a Case dealership, were not physically capable of being converted.

While gas pumps throughout the country had long ago made the switch, Eckville Super Service continued to sell fuel by the gallon. So, on that summer afternoon in 1984, when the “metric police” came to shut them down, Art Carritt dug in. He phoned the department and said that he was going to cut the seals himself at 1 p.m. on the following Monday. The person at the other end of the line said he better not or he would go to jail. That’s fine, said Carritt, who then called as many news desks as he could think of while organizing a group of locals to line up at the pumps in preparation for the crime he was about to commit. It didn’t happen. At about 11 a.m. that Monday, with reporters and photographers from across the country gathering for the big showdown, a man from Weights and Measures came and broke the seals, says Laurie. He didn’t say anything, just got into his pickup truck and drove away. And Art and his boys continued selling gas by the gallon. Seated at his desk overlooking Eckville’s town centre, Laurie says it wasn’t just the cost, it was the politics. His dad had been keeping a close watch on policy and legislation in both Canada and the United States.

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Laurie Carritt holds a photo of his father Art Carritt, standing at the pumps at the Eckville Super Service when his pumps were sealed by the federal government after he refused to convert to metric measurement. While Trudeau and his crew justified the conversion by stating that they wanted to get the jump on the U.S., Art Carritt already knew from reading government postings that, south of the border, all notions of going metric had been dumped. He was further distressed with the amount of cheating he discovered by conducting his own measurements of consumer goods such as coffee and cola. A quart was a quart and a pound was a pound, but the twolitre bottles of pop were two millilitres short of full measure and the little bags of coffee that had formerly been sold by the pound contained a lot less than 454 grams, says Laurie. Of course, it couldn’t last forever. The two old gas pumps were sitting on an underground tank that would eventually need to

be upgraded to meet new environmental regulations. With their father easing slowly into retirement, Laurie and Roy ordered the retrofit in 2001, ripping out the underground tanks and purchasing a new set pair of pumps that would sell gas by the litre. They then had the same pump their dad had posed with on that August afternoon in 1984 cleaned up and restored to match its original condition as closely as possible. The price window doesn’t read past $9.99. Its sales window is permanently fixed at 33 and a quarter gallons for 32.7 cents per gallon, which would total $10.87. At today’s price of 99.9 cents per litre, that fill-up would fall a few cents short of $150.00. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate. com


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LUANN Dec. 31 1929 — Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians play Auld Lang Syne to usher in the New Year for the very first time, in their first annual New Year’s Eve Party at the Hotel Roosevelt Grill. 1982 — Ottawa reports 12.8 per cent unemployment, the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. 1966 — Lester B. Pearson lights Centen-

nial Flame at entrance to Parliament Hill to begin celebrations. 1963 — Nuclear warheads for Bomarc missiles arrive at RCAF base near North Bay, Ont. 1931 — Canadian stock index plunges 37.2 per cent; GNP declines 12.7 per cent; worst business year on record in the country. 1857 — Queen Victoria chooses the town of Ottawa as the new capital of Canada. The official announcement is made on Jan. 27. 1638 — A lunar eclipse in Huron country panics natives, who place blame on Jesuits.

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AMPHORA AUTHENTIC GREEK CUISINE 4617 Gaetz Ave. Red Deer 403-986-8900 ● Owners Katerina Sakkalis & Azmina Manji ● Type of business Restaurant with a western lunch menu and Greek dinner menu. ● Opening date Dec. 19 GO AUTO DIRECT 7424 Gaetz Ave. Red Deer 1-888-394-2776 ● General manager Matt Maclean ● Type of business Sales of used and new vehicles from the Go Auto Direct network of dealerships. ● Opening date Dec. 10 THINK KITCHEN 4900 Molly Bannister Dr. (Bower Place Shopping Centre) Red Deer 403-340-2666 ● Manager Donna McIntyre ● Type of business Specialty kitchenware and houseware store, with barware, cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen tools and a variety of other merchandise. ● Opening date Dec. 8

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The start of something good SOME SEE 2013 AS START OF TURNAROUND FOR CANADA’S MIDDLING ECONOMY BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Almost four years removed from the start of the so-called economic recovery, 2013 could be the year Canada finally leaves the legacy of the Great Recession behind. It may not look like it from the numbers. With few exceptions, most economists see the upcoming year as not much better than what happened in 2012, when the pillars of global expansion came tumbling down like so many dominoes. Says Arlene Kish of IRS Global Insight: “It is more like the Canadian economy will be able to keep its head up by treading water while waiting out external global winds.” And CIBC chief executive Avery Shenfeld, who was recently voted the most accurate forecaster of the past two years, says the time for Canada to set sail from a few years of dead calm is 2014’s story.

Canadians should hope Shenfeld doesn’t win the accuracy award next year because he is predicting the country’s gross domestic product output will only expand by 1.7 per cent, marking the third consecutive year of losing altitude in the growth statistics since 2010. That’s the year the economy shot out of Great Recession with a 3.2 per cent spurt. Since then, the numbers have trended downward — 2.6 in 2011, about 2.0 in 2012, and according to the latest consensus, 1.8 in 2013. So where’s the good news in all this? It’s that even the pessimists among the private sector forecasters say the second half of 2013 will start resembling the economy Canadians have been expecting for several years. For the optimists, solid growth and job creation arrive even earlier. “I think it’s certainly possible,” says Doug Porter, who was recently named the Bank of Montreal’s new chief economist —

if Canada and the world manage to skirt the potholes. The first crater is just around the corner. The U.S. Congress and White House have to work out a fiscal deal that prevents government action from sabotaging the economy. Pothole number two is Europe, which will remain a major risk for years. “Ultimately to really get rolling we need a much healthier U.S. economy and I do think things are starting to fall in place for the U.S.,” Porter says. “Their housing sector is turning the corner, auto sales are getting back to almost normal ... and if that happens, then that would be a huge positive for the Canadian economy.” The Royal Bank, among the glass halffull crowd, sees policy-makers steering clear of cliffs, fiscal and otherwise, with the result being a stronger global performance.

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RUSCAN MEALS No. 110, 100 Kent St. Red Deer 403-350-3635 ● Owners Katia Bylinka and Tamara Shestakova ● Type of business Russian and western cuisine, with a different menu every weekday. ● Opening date Dec. 3 New business that have opened in Central Alberta within the past three months and wish to be listed here can send their information to Harley Richards by email (hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com) or fax (403-341-6560).

French panel overturns big tax on ultrarich Embattled French President Francois Hollande suffered a fresh setback Saturday when France’s highest court threw out a plan to tax the ultrawealthy at a 75 per cent rate, saying it was unfair. In a stinging rebuke to one of Socialist Hollande’s flagship campaign promises, the constitutional council ruled Saturday that the way the highly contentious tax was designed was unconstitutional. It was intended to hit incomes over (euro)1 million ($1.32 million). The largely symbolic measure would have only hit a tiny number of taxpayers and brought in an estimated (euro)100 million to (euro)300 million - an insignificant amount in the context of France’s roughtly (euro)85 billion deficit. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was quick to respond, saying in a statement following the decision the government would resubmit the measure to take the court’s concerns into account. The court’s ruling took issue not with the size of the tax, but with the way it discriminated between households depending on how incomes were distributed among its members. — The Associated Press

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United States President Barack Obama gestures during a statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday, in Washington. The negotiations are a last ditch effort to avoid across-the-board first of the year tax increases and deep spending cuts.

Burden shifts to Senate BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Senate leaders rushed to assemble a last-ditch agreement to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly delay steep spending cuts in an urgent attempt to find common ground after weeks of postelection gridlock. The focus turned to the Senate after President Barack Obama held an hour-long, high-stakes meeting with the leaders of Congress on Friday afternoon to try to avoid the automatic austerity measures that begin to take effect Jan. 1 that threaten to send the economy sputtering into another recession An impatient Obama pressed top lawmakers to cut a deal, even one that falls short of the ambitions he and congressional leaders may once have harboured for a bigger deficit reduction package. Without a resolution, he warned, “every American’s paycheque will get a lot smaller.” “Congress can prevent it from happening, if they act now,” he said in his weekly Saturday radio and internet address. The U.S. faces the so-called “fiscal cliff” in January because tax

FISCAL CLIFF rate cuts dating back to President George W. Bush’s tenure expire on Dec. 31. The pending across-theboard reductions in government spending, which will slice money out of everything from social programs to the military, were put in place last year as an incentive to both parties to find ways to cut spending. That solution grew out of the two parties’ inability in 2011 to agree to a grand bargain that would have taken a big bite out of the deficit. Unless Obama and Congress act to stop them, about $536 billion in tax increases, touching nearly all Americans, will begin to take effect in January. That will be coupled with about $110 billion in spending cuts, about 8 per cent of the annual budgets for most federal departments. Economists predict that if allowed to unfold over 2013 this double whammy would result in a big jump in unemployment, financial market turmoil and a slide back into recession. Facing a deadline that was born out of Washington’s dysfunction, success was far from guaranteed

— even on a slimmed-down deal that postponed hard decisions about spending cuts into 2013 — in a Congress where lawmakers grumbled about spending the new year holiday in Washington. Following Friday’s White House meeting, aides to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, began racing against the clock for a bipartisan bargain. The leaders could present legislation to senators as early as Sunday, with a vote possible on Sunday or Monday. Adding pressure was a warning from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that the government would hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit today, the final day of the year. That would make it harder for the U.S. to pay its bills. The guest list for the White House meeting included Reid, McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. But the key players were clearly Reid and McConnell, both of whom stayed behind briefly at the White House and huddled with their staffs and Obama’s top legislative aide, Rob Nabors, in the West Wing Cabinet Room just outside the Oval Office.

The Toronto stock market may be in for improved performance following a lacklustre 2012 if the U.S. and Chinese economies revive next year and boost prices for commodities and resource stocks. But much depends on whether Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., can find a compromise to avoid steep tax increases and significant spending cuts that are set to kick in automatically early in 2013. Analysts have warned that the shock of going over the so-called fiscal cliff would halt already tepid global economic growth in its tracks and likely push the U.S. back into recession. “This is very much a binary event that we’re watching unfold,” said Andrew Pyle, investment adviser with ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont. “There is no in-between on this. It’s either going to be bad or it’s going to be great for the market.” The TSX is set to finish 2012 trading with a slight gain of about 3.5 per cent following an 11 per cent slide in 2011. Losses on the resource-heavy Toronto market were highlighted by weakness in the base metals sector, which slid nearly 10 per cent — primarily because of lower demand from China as the government slowed economic growth to bring inflation down from unacceptably high levels.

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Travelling Canadians need health insurance Many Canadians are planning their winter travel vacations without travel insurance, possibly leaving them and their loved ones exposed to heavy medical and other expenses should anything happen while they are away. The Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIAC) reports that 52 per cent of Canadians intend to take a vacation outside the country but many may not be aware that their TALBOT provincial health BOGGS insurance pays only a small portion of out-of-country medical expenses. Another study by BMO Insurance has found that only 41 per cent of Canadians who travel purchase travel insurance on a regular basis, in spite of the fact that four

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in 10 say that at some point in their lives either they or a companion have required medical attention while travelling. Getting sick or having an accident while out of the country can be very expensive. A broken leg in the United States, for example, is likely to set you back up to $20,000 while an air ambulance trip from Florida to Ontario can run up to $15,000. A number of years ago, my father suffered a heart attack in Florida and the bill for treatment and three days in hospital was more than US$50,000. “It’s necessary to have private travel insurance to be fully protected against unexpected medical emergencies encountered during foreign or inter-provincial travel,” said Martha Turnbull, past-president of THIAC. “While Canadians can sometimes be covered under the terms of their credit card or workplace health care plans, the need to be certain that the correct insurance is in place given the high cost of medical services that can be incurred while away from home,” added Julie Barker-Merz, vicepresident and chief operating officer of

BMO Insurance. Part of the problem is that many Canadians don’t understand who is responsible for paying for medical costs. Only half in the BMO survey correctly identified that if you travel outside of Canada without medical insurance you are responsible for covering the majority of medical expenses. Twenty-one per cent believe their provincial or the federal government pays the bill and 11 per cent believe their workplace health care plans pick up the tab when someone gets sick or has an accident while away. Basic travel insurance will cover things like lost luggage, trip cancellation and missed connections but may not include seeing a doctor, so travellers should look for a travel medical policy that includes medical and dental coverage, air ambulance, private duty nurse expenses, and airfare and lodging for a family member to fly out to be by your side. It’s important to know your own health.

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TRAVEL: Know your health conditions “Know what conditions your doctor is treating you for, what medications you have been prescribed and when changes have been made to your medications,” said Turnbull. “Since every insurer has different approaches to covering pre-existing conditions, it’s critical to read and understand the benefits, exclusions, limitations, eligibility and especially pre-existing conditions.” It’s important to understand key definitions, such as stable, uncontrolled, treatment and emergency. The definition of pre-existing conditions varies among insurers. Some policies may cover pre-existing conditions that are considered stale and controlled for a specific period (such as 90 days) prior to departure or booking date (which applies to trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage). Some may not cover pre-existing or related conditions. So understand how all this applies to you. THIAC recommends booking your insurance as soon as you put a deposit on the trip and try to purchase your travel using a major credit card. If the travel supplier goes out of business or suspends operations you may be able to recover some of your costs through the credit card company. Travel insurers do not cover financial solvency of airlines, cruise lines or other travel suppliers. And do not minimize your health status to get lower premiums. Inaccurate or incomplete information could invalidate your claim and leave you stuck with the bill. “Just like packing sunscreen and cancelling the newspaper before leaving home, making sure you have travel insurance should be a high-priority item on any travellers’ to-do list,” said Barker-Merz. Talbot Boggs is a Toronto-based business communications professional who has worked with national news organizations, magazines and corporations in the finance, retail, manufacturing and other industrial sectors.

ECONOMY: Boost would drive dividends And it sees the resultant boost drawing early dividends. The RBC has Canada’s economy picking up steam in each of the first three quarters of 2013, starting with a 2.4 per cent gain in the first quarter and peaking at 3.4 in the third, the summer months. Overall, 2013 will average 2.4, mostly because of the weak handoff, and 2014 expands to 2.8 per cent. RBC chief economist Craig Wright doesn’t see this as particularly strong growth, given that typically recoveries can generate rates as high as five and six per cent. But in comparison to the last few years, it constitutes solid progress. The reason it won’t be more robust, says Wright, is that while exports provide a boost as the global economy strengthens, the domestic side goes into hibernation for awhile. Canadian households have spent their limit the past few years, he explains, so their contribution is likely to cool going forward, led by a much more tame housing sector. TD Bank chief economist Craig Alexander also sees the U.S. fiscal cliff negotiations as key. If there is a deal between the Democrats and Republicans, about four percentage points of stimulus — in terms of spending and tax cuts — will stay on the books another year. But the importance of a political deal goes beyond the direct aid to business and workers, he says. Some have argued only fear and lack of confidence has kept trillions of dollars in U.S. corporate treasuries — what Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney called “dead money” — from being unleashed, triggering a new growth cycle. “If you had a bipartisan deal you could have remarkably strong economic growth in the United States because you would unlock business confidence, which could allow very strong balance sheets to be put to work, creating jobs and economic growth,” he explained. On the other hand, if it went the other way, even the most pessimistic of forecasters would be embarrassed by how rosy his outlook had been. Economists say an example of what could be in store is to consider the stock market crash that occurred in the summer of 2011 when Republicans threatened to hold up extending the U.S. debt limit. Next year’s “fiscal cliff” repercussions would be scarier and longer lasting, they say. It’s one reason Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he’s “relatively optimistic” it won’t happen. “I think there’s a keen realization of the seriousness of the issue.” Early on, as Canada was emerging from the slump, economists warned

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this recovery would be different, leading the CIBC’s Shenfeld to label it “the Great Disappointment.” Their reasoning was that the 2008-09 crisis wasn’t caused by fatigue or central banks hiking interest rates to control inflation. So cutting rates wouldn’t work, or wouldn’t work dramatically. At the centre of the crisis was years of excessive spending, particularly on borrowed money, which only years of saving could reverse. That wasn’t so much the case in Canada, but as a trading nation, Canada paid the price when its foreign customers stopped buying what it was selling. They’re still not buying. Exports have actually contracted in the past year and overall, are still below where they were in 2007. But economists say winds are changing on that front, particularly south of the border, where households have reduced debt and built up their net worth to near pre-slump levels. As well, China, which went through a particularly soft patch this year, is expected to put in a more solid performance in 2013. Barring another major setback, those two sources of external strength will help lift Canada’s economy. The question is will it be this year?

MARKET: Drag Similarly, the energy sector sustained a drop of about eight per cent as slowing economic conditions left the world awash in crude oil. Gold stocks were also a significant drag for the Canadian stock markets as miners contended with higher costs for extracting the previous metal. The TSX’s global gold index fell about 19 per cent. The financial sector, another major pillar of the TSX, has fared better. It ends 2012 about 13 per cent higher after the six biggest banks posted record profits — roughly $30 billion for 2012 on about $107 billion in revenue, compared with $25 billion on $98 billion in revenue in 2011. But analysts warn that growth in Canadian retail banking, a key strength for the sector over the past several years, will likely slow in 2013 amid record consumer debt levels and a cooling housing market. At the same time, market watchers are confident that U.S. lawmakers will arrive at a framework for avoiding the fiscal crisis by the beginning of 2013 deadline although a comprehensive deal on taxes and spending cuts will likely take longer. “We’re of the view that there will be some kind of an agreement and at the end of the day, there will be some tax increases and some spending cuts,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse. “So you will end up with fiscal drag, which will to some degree likely reduce growth modestly but won’t go over the proverbial cliff.” The eurozone will continue to weigh on global markets. The region’s debt crisis has resulted in recessions for several countries that use the euro as governments in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal deliver tough austerity measures. “For anyone out there that’s expecting a big turnaround in the eurozone or anything in Europe in 2013, they probably will be disappointed,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “I think it’s going to be a lot more of the same as it relates to Europe and that means slow to no to maybe negative economic growth in the eurozone in 2013.” Even so, there are some real positives for the TSX this year. The drag on the U.S. economy created by whatever agreement lawmakers come to will be offset in part by the housing sector, which is expected to finally start making a contribution to economic growth. “That’s one of the key points,” said Gorman. He pointed to a huge drop in housing inventories, which are now down to 6.1 months from a high of 12 months at the worst of the downturn. He also noted that prices are still off around 30 per cent from the peak reached in 2006 and financing is still ultra-low with a 30-year mortgage going for around 3.5 per cent. Inventories are down quite sharply. “Historically in the U.S. if you look at the history of coming out of recession, housing has historically contributed fully 13 per cent of all US GDP growth,” said Gorman. “In this cycle, there has been no such contribution and 2013 will be the first of any significance.” Gorman also said the U.S. economy will benefit from a strengthening auto sector. China is also expected to be a plus for the TSX resource sector as economic growth in the world’s secondbiggest economy finally started to pick up towards the end of 2012. Key manufacturing indexes finally moved into expansion territory and there was also positive factory output, retail sales and electricity consumption figures. “All of these things suggest economic growth could start moving higher as opposed to continuing to slide lower in China, that bodes quite well for the Canadian economy,” Fehr says. “It also bodes well for commodity prices and the resource sector.”

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Visitors walk around a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Thursday. Toyota Motor Corp. said it has reached a settlement worth more than $1 billion in a case involving unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles.

$1-B Toyota acceleration settlement cases gets judge’s preliminary OK BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — A U.S. judge gave preliminary approval to a $1 billionplus settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. in cases involving problems of sudden, unintended acceleration by its vehicles, a plaintiffs’ attorney said. Attorney Steve Berman said in a statement he was pleased District Judge James V. Selna gave swift initial approval. Toyota has said the deal, announced Wednesday, will resolve hundreds of lawsuits from motorists who said the value of their Toyota vehicles plummeted after recalls stemming from claims that the Japanese automaker’s cars and trucks accelerated unintentionally. The preliminary approval means current and former Toyota owners included in the settlement will receive information through notices expected to be mailed in early March. Information about the settlement will also be published in newspapers around the country. Selna plans to hold a fairness hearing June 13 to consider granting final approval. Numerous cases filed since 2009 were consolidated in Selna’s court and divided into two categories: economic loss and wrongful death. Claims by people who seek compensation for injury and death due to sudden acceleration are not part of

the settlement; the first trial involving those suits is scheduled for February. Toyota has recalled more than 14 million vehicles worldwide due to acceleration problems in several models and brake defects with the Prius hybrid. A spokeswoman for Toyota Canada said in an email that the settlement applies only to lawsuits filed in the U.S. and to owners and lessees of vehicles intended for sale in the U.S. Toyota, which has blamed driver error, faulty floor mats and stuck accelerator pedals for the problems, plans to take a one-time, $1.1 billion pre-tax charge against earnings to cover the estimated costs of the settlement. Berman has said the total value of the deal is between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion. Toyota plans to offer cash payments from a pool of about $250 million to eligible customers who sold vehicles or turned in leased vehicles between September 2009 and December 2010. The company also will provide supplemental warranty coverage for certain vehicle components and retrofit about 3.2 million vehicles with a brake override system designed to ensure a car will stop when the brakes are applied, even if the accelerator pedal is depressed. The settlement would also establish additional driver education programs and fund new research into advanced safety technologies.

Nexen takeover shook up oilpatch, Ottawa in 2012 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Nexen Inc. began 2012 as a troubled oil and gas company struggling to meet its production targets and appease its shareholders. It ends the year on the brink of being sold to China’s CNOOC Ltd. for $15.1 billion — the Asian superpower’s largest-ever overseas foray. The transaction reverberated beyond Nexen’s sleek glass office tower in downtown Calgary, past the pocketbooks of its investors, all the way to Ottawa. It forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to weigh whether foreign stateowned enterprises ought to own Canadian resource companies and, if so, which players are welcome and what extent of control is acceptable. He ultimately decided that SOEs deserve more scrutiny than private ones, and that the oilsands — the thirdbiggest reserves on the plant — warrant greater protection than other resources. “Harper was caught a little flatfooted in the sense that I don’t think he fully understood both the political reaction to the CNOOC bid and that there might be subsequent bids from state-owned companies coming into the Canadian oilsands,” said Queen’s University business professor David Detomasi. Nexen started 2012 in a rough spot. Marvin Romanow made an abrupt exit as CEO in January. The company’s flagship Long Lake oilsands project had yet to come close to producing the volume of crude it was designed to, outages at a North Sea offshore platform were causing headaches and Yemen had just booted it out of a major oil project. Investors’ patience was wearing thin. It would later be revealed that negotiations to sell Nexen to CNOOC began in earnest once Romanow was out the door. CNOOC was rebuffed twice before Nexen (TSX:NXY), under the leadership of interim CEO Kevin Reinhart, accepted its offer. But winning over Nexen’s board of directors and shareholders would be the least of CNOOC’s challenges. Gordon Houlden, the head of the University of Alberta’s China Institute, said the subject would not have been so prickly if it had been France or Norway bidding for Nexen, and not China. “Certain state enterprises, certain countries, come with more baggage and China is that because of its size,

because of its internal complexities, its history, its profile,” said Houlden, a former diplomat with postings in China. On Dec. 7, the CNOOC-Nexen deal was given Ottawa’s blessing. So, too, was the $6-billion acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ) by Malaysia’s state oil and gas company. That deal would have been relatively uncontroversial under ordinary circumstances, but it had the misfortune of being announced right before CNOOC and Nexen dropped their bombshell this summer. The approvals came with a key caveat for future deals — that state control in the oilsands will only be allowed in “exceptional” cases from now on. The Harper government’s handling of the Nexen-CNOOC file was “reactive in nature,” said Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. It’s a stance Jiang found curious, given that the Conservatives had for years been actively courting Chinese investment — not the other way around. CNOOC, having been burned by its unsuccessful bid for U.S. energy company Unocal seven years earlier, was getting the signal that perhaps the conditions were right to try again. Instead, Ottawa found itself having to navigate around negative public sentiment toward Chinese investment that Jiang sees as largely “misinformed.” “Somehow we’re the boy scout and the Chinese are just coming to invite themselves for dinner and then they’re ready to roll us over,” he said. “It’s not the case at all. We invited them for dinner. We invited them to come and they bought a big dinner ticket and that’s why they thought they were coming — for a good party.” By contrast, Jiang praised Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau for arguing in a newspaper column that foreign investment is good for Canada and that the Nexen takeover must go ahead. It’s an approach Jiang would have liked to have seen from Harper. “You need to make a passionate, positive and proactive case for China needing energy. There’s nothing sinister about it.” China is no stranger to Canada’s oilpatch. For the past two decades its companies have been gradually building up their presence through jointventure deals and small-ish acquisitions. Jiang said it’s hard to argue that their track record has been anything but good.


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Canuck turns ‘more U.S.’ CITYTV TURNS TO HOMEGROWN U.S.-STYLE COMEDY FOR 2013 LINEUP BY CASSANDRA SZKLARSKI THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Andrew Orenstein had been working in Hollywood for well over a decade by the time he was invited to work on his first Canuck series, but it wasn’t his northern roots that got him the gig.

Canadian-born TV writer Andrew Orenstein had been working in Hollywood for well over a decade by the time he was invited to work on his first Canuck series, but it wasn’t his northern roots that got him the gig. The veteran writer from 3rd Rock from the Sun and Malcolm in the Middle was tasked with injecting “a U.S. feel” into CBC’s newlywed sitcom 18 to Life, about a teenage couple and their overbearing parents. Apparently CBC’s partners at ABC feared the show skewed a little too Canadian. “The U.S. portion felt that the show, while good, didn’t have a U.S. feel, whatever that is. And so I came up and I executive produced the first 13 (episodes),” says Orenstein, who struggles to define what the difference is. “Canada seems to have a great history ... of children’s programming and sketch comedy and dramas. But the sitcoms by-and-large either feel too broad maybe, for U.S. audiences, or too sketchy.

Or fall somewhere in between a dramedy and a comedy. None of which by the way is bad — it’s not a judgment — it’s just, if they wanted us to go on after ’Scrubs,’ it didn’t (work).” This was back in 2008 at around the time of a bitter Hollywood writers’ strike, he notes, and while opportunities dried up south of the border Orenstein says a new world for writers opened in Canada and he fell in love with working in his homeland. Nearly five years later, he’s bringing his cross-border sensibilities to Citytv with Package Deal, about three extremely close brothers and the woman who comes between them. Orenstein says it’s based on his own crazy family dynamics. It’s one of several new homegrown series joining the winter lineups, along with CTV’s new detective series Motive, CBC’s crime drama Cracked and Citytv’s comedy Seed. Package Deal is notable for being a multi-camera show shot in front of a live studio audience — a uniquely American format little seen in Canadian television since the ’70s laugher King of Kensing-

ton. As its name implies, the style employs more than one camera to cover several angles as a scene plays out, in this case on a Vancouver soundstage. Notable U.S. examples include The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. That’s opposed to the singlecamera format of Mr. D and Modern Family, where only one camera is used and there is a greater variety of off-set locations. “It’s very, very specific,” Orenstein says of the multi-cam style. Multi-cam shows were the standard through the ’80s but fell out of favour in the past decade as single camera shows like The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Modern Family took over. But he struggles to answer whether he thinks the series has that “U.S. feel.” “I didn’t set out to do an American show or a Canadian show,” he says. “This is a show I always wanted to do because it’s personal to me and I find it honest and observational and real. And I think it would work in any country, I hope.”

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of Reflected in You, noting it sold almost 20,000 copies in Canada alone in the first week it hit shelves at the end of October. Other Penguin erotic romance writers stirring up buzz include Maya Banks of Texas, who is gaining traction with her Sweet series and will release Shades of Gray from her KGI series in January. Then there’s a Canadian author who writes under the pseudonym Sylvain Reynard and is making headlines with the recently released Gabriel’s Inferno series that Lockley calls “kind of a Fifty Shades comes to Toronto.”

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HOROSCOPES Monday, December 31 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Val Kilmer, 53; Ben Kingsley, 69; Anthony Hopkins, 75 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Mercury finally enters the ambitious sign of Capricorn. Our minds will be focused and strategically inclined. Beauty and love matters, both governed by Venus, are both challenged by the warrior planet, Mars. When these two planets do not meet eye-to-eye, our sense of value might encounter some struggle. Later today, the Moon in Leo will glide smoothly along with Venus. Receptiveness will help us keep conflicting interests to the minimum making sure we all live in a peaceful place. Happy New Year’s Eve! HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthday, greater intimacy and fulfilment can be reached through close romantic relationships. Love will not always be evident or demonstrative, but can be felt in most meaningful ways. It will most likely manifest itself in deep ASTRO spiritual ways. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your DOYNA need to expose your mind to new possibilities can seem limited at times. But, good fortune will ensure to wipe off that perception and free your spirits to new opportunities which will be introduced to you. Did someone say there was a party? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do not let professional commitments or responsibilities create some tension to your flow of the day. Besides, you are in too much of a good mood to let anything become an impediment to your happiness. Home is where you will find joy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Engaging in diverse interactions will make you feel that you are living in a peaceful, nurturing environment. Reach to others and share your thoughts, ideas and concerns. You will be amazed how much support and gratitude you get. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You may be the one dealing with all the chores at hand while others are playing around. You don’t mind being the entertainer of such gatherings; you actually end up playing the host ensuring you meet everyone’s expectation. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): High productivity and efficiency are on your agenda today. Whatever you decide to complete today, no small detail will be missed. Your vitality keeps on boosting and fun-loving activities or a new blossoming romance seems to thrill you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Children can be your source of ex-

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enjoy some well-deserved fun. You are feeling invigorated and full of life. You need to show off your artsy side in order to feel totally yourself. Go ahead, dare to reveal your creativity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You possess a special talent which enables you to guess people’s intentions. A non apparent light may be shed on your destined path. Suddenly, you find yourself guided by telepathic vibes that assist in guiding you towards the right path. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stay well planted on both your feet and don’t let your daydreaming drag you away from amazing energies that are in store for you today. Key relationships will go extremely well today and you will share deep feelings for each other. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Material comforts will bring you a great fulfillment and a sense of security. Your energy levels are benefiting from a balance between your inner needs and your core identity. You are in your element today and this helps you carry on with ongoing tasks. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There’s a certain telepathy that you and your partner experience now. Your antennae seem to be well hooked into each other’s. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when sometimes words are better off left unspoken and you can still manage to be on the same wavelength? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You find a need to clear out past actions and sort things through. You need to do some psychic cleansing and improvements. All in all, you know that this is all working towards enhancing your own happiness and building a stronger, more solid foundation from scratch. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You aspire for a future that will nourish both your structured ideas, as well as your materialistic needs such as making new purchases or acquisitions. You believe that these possessions will contribute towards a higher level of comfort. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You are not certain which way to go from here. You are feeling stuck or simply misguided. Your calling is your main concern right now, but domestic matters seem to be incomprehensible. Luckily, your daredevil spirit can get you out of this temporary confusion. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You might feel misunderstood or not finding on the same boat as others. You seem bewildered by this momentary, yet revealing information you are receiving. Deep down inside, you are aware of all the support you can get from your loved ones. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Private talks and secret negotiations are primordial for a well-structured understanding. Right now, you crave closure with a special someone and you feel that you need to take care of their most intimate concerns. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Leave the tedious life behind and invite yourself into the world of art and music. Artistry of all types appeals to you greatly. You have an innate knack for synthesizing what your peers are trying to convey to you and your senses hold much spiritual insights. Astro Doyna — Internationally Syndicated Astrologer/Columnist.

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BRYSON 1965 - 2012 Michelle Denyse Bryson of Trochu passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the age of 47 years after a courageous battle with cancer. Michelle was born in Portage Le Prairie on March 14, 1965. She was of a military family and spent time in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Cold Lake. Michelle spent 15 years working at 4 Wing Cold Lake at Roads and Grounds and last worked for The City of Red Deer for Parks and Recreation for four years. Michelle will be deeply missed by her husband Donald Paige; mother Theresa Ethier; grandmother Wynn Ledieu; father Marcel Ethier and her sisters Danielle Ethier and Chantal Ethier. Also to cherish Michelle’s memory are her stepdaughters Linette Paige, Amanda Paige, Danielle Paige, Breanne Hill, Brittney Lucier and Becky MacDonald; grandchildren Isaac George, Reagan George and Olivia Cataford and her uncles Gerald Gibney, Thomas (Brenda) Gibney and Robert Gibney. Michelle was predeceased by her grandfather Fred Ledeu. In following with Michelle’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Memorial donations in Michelle’s honor may be directed to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre (Patient Care), P.O. Bag 5030, Red Deer, AB T4N 4E7. Condolences to Michelle’s family may be emailed to meaningfulmemorials@yahoo.ca Bruce MacArthur, Funeral Director MEANINGFUL MEMORIALS Red Deer 587-876-4944 METRO Steven Frank (Blackie) Steve passed away suddenly, at home, in the early morning of December 24, 2012. Born the oldest child of Frank and Jeannette (Krovak) on February 26, 1957, he is survived by his love Crystal Seminuk; his sons Cambell and Cory (Kaysha); grandchildren Raegan, Casha, Steven and Asher, and a new baby girl, expected soon; and his siblings David (Karen), Allen (Vicki) and Lorna (Johnny) and Virginia. His memory will also be cherished by many relatives and friends, including his nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Dwayne. Steve spent much of his early working life on the drilling rigs, tried his hand as an electrician and until his passing was with Alken Drilling as a Water Well Technician. He spent his free time as an avid fan of the Bentley Generals. An informal memorial and lunch will be held at Bentley AG Centre at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Please join his family and friends for sharing of memories. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Bentley Fire Department. Cremation has taken place. Wherever he found himself in the world he was never truly at home unless in the Blindman Valley. Hold everything; “Heaven just got a little darker.”

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JOURNEYMEN MECHANICS/ MILLWRIGHTS & APPRENTICES wanted for service of natural gas compressors & engines in OLDS, DRUMHELLER and/or STETTLER area. Position closing date 01/27/13 Please email resume to AmandaS@ flomaxcompression.com or fax to (403) 823-9923

Landcore Technologies Inc. located in Ponoka is currently seeking energetic, motivated team players for the following positions:

Drillers and Driller Assistants with a Class 1 driver’s license. Apprentice or Journeyman Mechanics Pile Drive Operators Pile Drive Assistants Field Supervisor All candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test. Safety tickets are an asset but we are willing to train the right candidate. We offer exceptional pay, excellent benefit package and a positive work environment. Please email resumes to info@landcore.ca or fax 403-783-2011. The right candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please no phone calls. RATTRAY Reclamation is currently looking for exp’d Class 1 drivers, laborers and backhoe operators with a valid Class 1 license for the Lacombe and Central Alberta areas. Preferences will be given to those who hold current safety tickets such as H2S Alive, First Aid and Ground Disturbance Level II certification as well as a clean drivers abstract. Drug and Alcohol policy in affect. We offer competitive wages, benefits and a safety bonus program. Work consists of oilfield reclamation and lease construction as well as many other tasks. Please fax resume to 403-934-5235 or email to drattray@rattrayrec.com No phone calls please. Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

800

BINGO GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

LAS VEGAS STYLE

KENO

Check Us Out Progressive Pots @ www.reddeerbingocentre.ca OUR SPONSORS FOR THE WEEK: OPEN NEW YEAR’S EVE & NEW YEAR’S DAY - Happy New Year! Mon. Dec. 31 Aft: R.D.R.H. Voluntary Association Eve: R.D.R.H. Voluntary Association Tues. Jan. 1 Aft: Red Deer Senior Citizen’s Downtown House Eve: R.D.R.H. Voluntary Association Wed. Jan. 2 Aft: Sylvan Lake Lions Club Eve: Canadian Paraplegic Association Thurs. Jan. 3 Aft: Circle of Red Deer Seniors Society Eve: R.D.R.H. Voluntary Association Fri. Jan. 4 Aft: Red Deer Central Lions Eve: Sylvan Lake Figure Skating Club Sat. Jan. 5 Aft: R.D.R.H. Voluntary Association Eve: Olds Olds Winter Winter Swim Club Sun. Jan. 6 Aft: Country Pride Dance Club & R.D.R.H. Voluntary

RED DEER BINGO CENTRE 4946-53 Ave. 347-4504 (Just West of Superstore) Check Us Out @ www.reddeerbingocentre.ca

Afternoon & Evening Bingo 7 Days a Week

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RETIREMENT & SAVINGS PLAN BENEFITS

Join Our Fast Growing Team!! QUALIFIED DAY AND NIGHT SUPERVISORS

(Must be able to Provide own work truck)

FIELD OPERATORS Valid 1st Aid, H2S, Drivers License required!! Please contact Murray McGeachy or Jamie Rempel by Fax: (403) 340-0886 or email mmcgeachy@ cathedralenergyservices.com jrempel@ cathedralenergyservices.com website: www. cathedralenergyservices. com Your application will be kept strictly confidential.

Road Train Oilfield Transport Ltd

is looking for journeyman picker operator.Top wages/ benefits. Safety tickets req’d. Fax or drop off resume 403-346-6128 No phone calls. Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

830

TECHNICAL Sales Expert required at Digitex Canada Red Deer, AB. Twelve month assignment. Working hours of 40 hours per week or more. Required competencies: Must have several years experience in technical sales of Canon digital business equipment and software in a business to business sales environment. Must be an expert at understanding customer needs, experienced in drafting and completing contracts for selling Canon equipment, previous supervisory experience of technical sales staff, be proficient at large account selling strategies. Must have completed Canon corporate account training, product & solution selling and be an expert in corporate sales training and solution selling. Person must be expert in technical training of clients to use Canon products. Hourly wage CAD $26.44 plus commission. Duties would include: Promote sales to existing clients, identify and solicit potential clients, assess clients’ needs and resources to recommend the appropriate products. Provide input into product design where goods or services must be tailored to suit clients’ needs; develop reports and proposals as part of sales presentation to illustrate benefits from use of good or service and estimate costs of installing and maintaining equipment or service. Candidate must prepare and administer sales contracts, consult with clients after sale to resolve problems and to provide ongoing support. Must be able to troubleshoot technical problems related to Canon photocopier equipment, printers, scanners, etc. and train customers’ staff in the operation and maintenance of Canon photocopier equipment. Be able to supervise the activities of other technical sales specialists as needed. Send resumes to: mvandale@digitex.ca or fax to 403-309-3384

Trades

850

QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS NEEDED True Power Electric TANKMASTER RENTALS requires CLASS 1 BED TRUCK Operators for Central Alberta. Competitive wages and benefits. m.morton@tankmaster.ca or fax 403-340-8818 TEAM Snubbing now hiring operators and helpers. Email: janderson@ teamsnubbing.com

Sales & Distributors

Misc. Help

850

880

Misc. Help

TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

880

880

880

Misc. Help

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

HVAC SERVICE TECH for busy shop. Experience in all aspects of furnaces and air conditioners. Strong trouble shooting skills an asset. For confidential interview phone Brad 403-588-8399 or fax 403-309-8302 or email brad@comfortecheating.com CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

NEEDED immed. Journeyman electrician for the AG industry. Competitive wages and benefits. Please forward resume to info@prolineinc.ca

Truckers/ Drivers

860

BUSY CENTRAL AB company req’s exp’d. Class 1 drivers to pull decks. Assigned truck, exc. wages and benefits pkg. Paid extras. Family orientated. Resume and abstract fax to 403-784-2330 or call 1-877-787-2501 Mon,. - Fri,. 8 a m to 6 pm CLASS 3 WATER HAULER needed. Only those with Drilling Rig Water Hauling experience need apply. Need H2S & First Aid tickets.TOP WAGES PAID Fax clean drivers abstract and resume between the hours of 9 am to 6 pm to: 403-746-3523 or call 403-304-7179

RIVERSIDE MEADOWS 57, 58 & 58A ST & 58 AVE. Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308

LANCASTER Lenon Close, Lacey Close, Landry Bend area $76/mo. ALSO Logan Close Lee St. & Lawrence Crsc. area $158/mo.

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

is now hiring

Power Units w/wo stepdecks

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

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

INGLEWOOD AREA

For delivery of Red Deer Advocate by 6:30 a.m. Mon. through Fri. & 8:00. .am. on Saturday in LANCASTER AREA 77 papers $412/mo.

DRIVEN TO EXCEL FROM START TO FINISH

DEER PARK Dempsey St. area 79 papers $423/mo. ALSO Davison Dr. area 101 papers $541/mo.

We are a growing construction company that requires an

EXPERIENCED PARTS PERSON

for our office in Rocky Mountain House. Pidherney’s offers competitive wages and benefits. Please e-mail resumes to:

272825K19-L30

Misc. for Sale

FUR coat, muskrat, long, size 10-12 ladies, very god cond, $150 403-346-0093

CLASSIFICATIONS 1500-1990

Auctions

1530

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

1630

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

1650

Firewood

1660

BIRCH or Pine 347-7211 bluegrassnursery.com

Employment Training

1830

Cats

HOUSE cat to give away, declawed front paws, call 403-728-3151 SIAMESE ALSO BELINESE (3) KITTENS FOR SALE $60 each obo. 403-887-3649

Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

EquipmentHeavy

1760

1840

Dogs

HUSKY WOLF PUPS!! 1st shots, yr. gaurantee. 403-506-3395, 749-2924

Travel Packages

1900

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

AGRICULTURAL

CLASSIFICATIONS 2000-2290

900

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only selected candidates will be contacted.

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

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

Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

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.

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

Call Rick at 403-314-4303

- Concrete Finishers - Carpenters/Woodworkers

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As part of our customer Farmers' service team, you will be Market dispatched in response to service concerns to delivFREE range naturally ery newspapers and flyers raised turkey, gov’t. to customers or carriers. A inspected, skinless, delivery vehicle is proboneless turkey breast vided. $5.99/lb, turkey breast Hours of shifts are Monday steaks $5.99/lb, ground through Friday 5 a.m. to turkey $5.99/lb, 9 a.m. or longer, and/or drumsticks avail. $10/pkg. afternoon shifts Monday to Germane Market Gardens, Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.. Gail 403-843-6864 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

CARRIERS REQUIRED to deliver the Central AB. Life in the towns of Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

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

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)

Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

stuff

**********************

Service Runner (Part Time)

Queen Orthopedic, dble. pillow top, set, 15 yr. warr. Cost $1300. Sacrifice $325. 302-0582 Free Delivery BED: #1 King. extra thick orthopedic pillowtop, brand new, never used. 15 yr. warr. Cost $1995, sacrifice @ $545. 403-302-0582. DBLE. bed and mattress 1 yr old only $25; loveseat floral pattern $65; Kenmore 14.7 L, humidifier $45 replacement $170; SOLD

WANTED

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info

ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED

Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

FREE

for all Albertans

VANIER AREA

CIRCULATION

You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!

RED DEER WORKS

Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

hr@pidherneys.com

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

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

BED ALL NEW,

920

SUNNYBROOK AREA

1720

2- 20” TV’S $15 EACH, Toshiba 27” $25; Royal blue arm chair, $25; single bed, oak frame and mattress, as new $75; 403-346-2859 dble. bed and mattress 1 yr old only $25; loveseat floral pattern $65; kenmore 14.7 L, humidifier $45 replacement $170; 403-346-2859

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

Career Planning

Scott St./Somerset Close. Sunnyside Crsc.

Household Furnishings

Please contact QUITCY

Lancaster Drive Lindsay Ave. Lagrange Crsc

1710

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

1 day per wk. No collecting!!

LANCASTER AREA

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

Household Appliances

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

Isbister Close Issard Close

MOUNTVIEW WEST LAKE WEST PARK

GRANDVIEW 75 Advocate $393/month $4725/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. per day

Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more info

In Town of Trochu Morning Delivery 1 hour per day 6 days per week No collection No Sundays

ANDERS AREA

ROSEDALE AREA 72 papers $386/mo.

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

800

Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

WHOLESALE FIREPLACE Sub-contract installers req’d for fireplace installations( possible $50/hr.+) Call John 780-993-2040

TO LIST YOUR WEBSITE CALL 403-309-3300 ASSOCIATIONS

www.centralalbertahomebuilders.com Central AB Home Builders 403-346-5321 www.reddeer.cmha.ab.ca Canadian Mental Health Assoc. www.realcamping.ca LOVE camping and outdoors? www.diabetes.ca Canadian Diabetes Assoc. www.mycommunityinformation.com /cawos/index.html www.reddeerchamber.com Chamber of Commerce 403-347-4491

BALLOON RIDES

OPPORTUNITIES FOR:

1660

Spruce, Pine, Birch Spilt, Dry. 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, Poplar. Can deliver 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227 Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / del. Lyle 403-783-2275

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for

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

EASTVIEW 100 ADVOCATE $525/MO. $6300/YR 2 HRS./DAY

ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

RV HAULING Saskatoon Hotshot Transporter

CARRIERS NEEDED

ADULT & Youth Carrier Needed For Delivery of Flyers, Express & 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.

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.

RONCO OILFIELD HAULING, Sylvan Lake based Rig Movers/Heavy Haulers seeking Winch tractor driver, pilot car driver and Swampers. Top wages and benefits. email: tom@roncooilfield.ca fax: 403-887-4892

3/4 tons, and 1 ton for R.V. and freight hauling throughout Canada and the U.S. Year round work, lots of miles and home time, fuel subsidies, benefits, excellent earnings. 306-653-8675 saskatoonhotshot.com Start your career! See Help Wanted

Firewood

AFFORDABLE

880

880

Misc. Help

Homestead Firewood

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.

is expanding its facility to double production.

Oilfield

Misc. Help

First Choice Collision

830

1693338 ALBERTA LTD o/a Xtreme Pinook Hiring Salespersons Store at Parkland Mall Red Deer, AB. Good English and communication skills, customer service oriented. F/T, Perm, Shifts, Weekends Salary - $14.00 hourly E-mail: Reachiesales@gmail.com Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

Misc. Help

Requires Residential exp. only Competitive wages & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-314-5599

Trades

www.air-ristocrat.com Gary 403-302-7167

BUILDERS

SAVANNA OFFERS EMPLOYEES

Rig Managers Operators Derrick Hands Floorhands Boiler Hands Entry Level We Welcome Full Crews! (referral incentives) REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

HEALTH & FITNESS www.antlerhillelkranch.com Peak Performance VA 227-2449 www.liveyourlifebetter.com Lose weight naturally with Z-Trim www.dontforgetyourvitamins.net The greatest vitamins in the world www.matchingbonus123.usana.com the best...just got better!! www.greathealth.org Cancer Diabetes DIET 350-9168

JOB OPPORTUNITIES www.workopolis.com Red Deer Advocate - Job Search

PET ADOPTION

www.reddeerspca.com Many Pets to Choose From

www.fantahomes.com 403-343-1083 or 403-588-9788 www.masonmartinhomes.com Mason Martin Homes 403-342-4544 www.truelinehomes.com True Line Homes 403-341-5933 www.jaradcharles.com BUILDER M.L.S

www.homesreddeer.com Help-U-Sell Real Estate5483

www.laebon.com Laebon Homes 403-346-7273 www.albertanewhomes.com Stevenson Homes. Experience the Dream.

www.lonsdalegreen.com Lonsdale Green Apartments

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES www.ultralife.bulidingonabudjet.com MLM’ers attract new leads for FREE! 253529G21,22

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PRODUCTION TESTING PERSONNEL REQ’D

Sales & Distributors

CLUBS & GROUPS www.writers-ink.net Club for writers - meets weekly

REAL ESTATE RENTALS www.homefinders.ca Phone 403-340-3333

SHOPPING www.fhtmca.com/derekwiens Online Mega Mall 403-597-1854

VACATIONS www.radkeoutfitting.com AB Horseback Vacations 403-340-3971

COMPUTER REPAIR

WEB DESIGN

www.albertacomputerhygiene.com

affordablewebsitesolution.ca

AB, Computer Hygiene Ltd. 896-7523

Design/hosting/email $65/mo.

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800

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Oilfield


RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 D3

2140

Horses

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

Manufactured Homes

3040

Newly Reno’d Mobile FREE Shaw Cable + more $899/month Sharon 403-550-8777 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

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3060

rentals

Suites

CLASSIFICATIONS

1 BDRM. apt. avail. Jan. 1 $750 plus power, 403-872-3400

FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

3010

Acreages/ Farms

2 BDRM. adult bldg, free laundry, very clean, quiet, lrg. suite, Avail Jan. 15 $850/mo., S.D. $650. Call 403-304-5337

EXECUTIVE BUNGALOW GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, D.D. $825, 1 BDRM., ON ACREAGE IN RED $740, N/S, no pets, no DEER. 4 bdrms, 2 bath, partiers, avail immed.. rent $2000 + DD avail. 1-403-200-8175 Mar. 1, 403-346-5885 LARGE, 1, 2 & 3 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only Condos/ n/s, no pets 403-346-7111

3030

Townhouses

32 HOLMES ST.

1 1/2 blocks west of mall, 3 bdrm. bi-level, blinds, lg. balcony, 4 appls, no pets, n/s, rent $1195 SD $1000 Avail. Feb. 1 403-304-7576 or 347-7545

HALMAN Heights

3 level 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, blinds, no pets, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 avail. Jan 2 403-304-7576 or 347-7545

KITSON CLOSE

newer exec. 3 bdrm. bi-level townhouse 1447 sq. ft. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, blinds, lg. balcony, fenced in rear, front/rear parking, no dogs, rent $1395 SD $1000. n/s Avail. immed. & 2 for Jan. 2 403-304-7576 / 347-7545

Kyte/Kelloway Cres. Lovely 3 level exec. 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, concrete patio, blinds, front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 Avail. Jan. 2 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets. www.greatapartments.ca

Riverfront Estates

Deluxe 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, bi-level townhouse, 5 appls, blinds, large balcony, no pets, n/s, $1195 or $1220 along the river. SD $1000. avail. Jan. 2 403-304-7576 347-7545

Manufactured Homes

3040

Houses For Sale

4020

FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer www.homesreddeer.com

Acreages

VIEW ALL OUR 4050 PRODUCTS At

www.garymoe.com

has relocated to 7 ACRES, all utilities, road, quonset, greenhouse, antique home $353,000. 20 min. to Red Deer, great for horses, 403-227-5132

4070

Farms/ Land

OPPOSITE HOSPITAL

3080

Roommates Wanted

QUITE, very nice 2 bdrm condo. N/S working M. $525, $500 s.d. 403-986-3165

3090

Rooms For Rent

ROOM $600. Blackfalds. All incld’d, furn. 588-2564 ROOM in Westpark, n/s, no pets. Furnished. TV & utils incl. 403-304-6436

3190

Mobile Lot

LACOMBE new park, animal friendly. Your mobile or ours. 2 or 3 bdrm. Excellent 1st time home buyers. 403-588-8820 MOBILE HOME PAD, in Red Deer Close to Gaetz, 2 car park, Shaw cable incl. Sharon 403-550-8777

below appraisal!!! check it out on kijiji ID# 440913568 ID# 440917484 or phone 403 345 5250

4090

MUST SELL By Owner $7,000. Sharon 403-340-0225

4130

Cottages/Resort Property

Lots For Sale

4160

wheels

CLASSIFICATIONS

CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300

4000-4190

5030

Cars

Brazilian authorities 5190 struggling to keep crack off the streets 5200

RED’S AUTO. Free Scrap Vehicle & Metal Removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. 403-396-7519

REMOVAL of unwanted cars, may pay cash for complete cars. 304-7585 WANTED FREE REMOVAL of unwanted cars and trucks, also wanted to buy lead batteries, call 403-396-8629

A Star Makes Your Ad A Winner! CALL:

20,000with Intro

2011 CADILLAC CTS 4 AWDCoupe nav full load, 1 owner 53,000 km $39,888 Sport & Import 348-8788

400/month lot Rent incl. Cable

$

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THE

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

2010 GMC 3500 HD 4x4 Duramax Dually, leather nav dvd 54,000 km $49,888 Sport & Import 348-8788

FULLY SERVICED res & duplex lots in Lacombe. Vehicles Wanted Builders terms or owner To Buy will J.V. with investors or subtrades who wish to become A1 RED’S AUTO. Free home builders. Great scrap vehicle & metal returns. Call 403-588-8820 removal. We travel. AMVIC approved. 403-396-7519

A MUST SEE! $

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ENTERTAINMENT

FREE Cable 2 & 3 bedroom modular/mobile homes in pet friendly park

Starting at

849

/month

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Call For Home Delivery

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$

314-4300

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To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

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

1010

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

Contractors

1100

BRIAN’S DRYWALL Framing, drywall, taping, textured & t-bar ceilings, 36 yrs exp. Ref’s. 392-1980

COUNTERTOPS

Wes Wiebe 403-302-1648 DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301

Escorts

1165

EDEN 587-877-7399 10am-midnight EROTICAS PLAYMATES Girls of all ages 598-3049 www.eroticasplaymates.net

Escorts

1165

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

Handyman Services

1200

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

Massage Therapy

1280

Gentle Touch Massage 4919 50 St. New rear entry, lots of parking 403-341-4445 LINDA’S CHINESE MASSAGE Grand Opening #3 4820-47 Ave. 403-986-1550 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161 TRADITIONAL CHINESE MASSAGE, new girls, 4606 48 Ave. Open 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. 7 days a wk. Phone 403-986-1691

In this photo taken Dec. 21, former soldier Bobo smokes crack in his home at a slum in western Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bobo spends his day sorting through trash for recyclables to sell. At night, he turns the day’s profit into crack. With a boom in crack use over the past decade, Brazilian authorities are struggling to help such users and stop the drug’s spread, sparking a debate over the legality and efficiency of forcibly interning users.

1997 CHEV 1/2 ton. Nice, lots KIMBERLY ski hill condo of extras. Sitting in storage. 1/8 title share, offers at Must sell. $3500 obo. $28,000, 6 or 7 weeks per 587-877-3744 year, pre-selected in early fall for following yr, condo fees, utils, and taxes incld. Auto for 2013. 403-227-1603 or Wreckers 357-2491

with Laminate Flooring, new carpet, newly painted

Only

Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

2011 GMC SIERRA 1500 SLT 4X4, sunroof, htd. lthr., 61,557 kms $33,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

Manufactured Homes

homes

Newly Renovated Mobile Home

5050

Red Deer Land For Sale

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216751

Trucks

Large 2 bdrm. apt., balcony No pets. $775. avail. Jan. 1. 403-346-5885 SUITES FOR RENT THREE HILLS Affordable housing for low income, single adults of any age, F/S, water/sewer included. $400/mo, $400 DD.Further information & applications available at www.studiosalberta.com or by calling 1-888-963-5698

5030

Cars

Massage Therapy

1280

Misc. Services

1290

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. Open New Years Eve and New Years Day 403-986-6686 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

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

Seniors’ Services

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DEBATE SURGES OVER THE USE OF FORCED COMMITMENT AS ADDICTION NUMBERS SOAR

BY JULIANA BARBASSA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Bobo has a method: Cocaine gets him through the day, when he cruises with a wheelbarrow around a slum on Rio’s west side, sorting through trash for recyclables to sell. At night, he turns the day’s profit into crack. “Sometimes I don’t sleep at all; I’m up 24 hours,” says Bobo, a former soldier who doesn’t use his given name for safety reasons. “I work to support my addiction, but I only use crack at night. That drug takes my mind away. I lose all notion of what I’m doing.” Bobo says balancing crack with cocaine keeps him working and sane. On the shantytown’s streets, life can be hell: Addicts unable to strike Bobo’s precarious balance use crack day and night, begging, stealing, prostituting themselves, and picking through trash to make enough for the next hit. For them, there’s no going home, no job, nothing but the drug. With a boom in crack use over the past decade, Brazilian authorities are struggling to stop the drug’s spread, sparking a debate over the legality and efficiency of forcibly interning users. Brazil today is the world’s largest consumer of both cocaine and its crack derivative, according to the Federal University of Sao Paolo. About 6 million adults, or 3 per cent of Brazilians, have tried cocaine in some form. Rio de Janeiro has taken the lead in trying to help the burgeoning number of users with an approach that city leaders call proactive, but critics pan as unnecessarily aggressive. As of May 2011, users living in the streets have been scooped up in pre-dawn raids by teams led by the city’s welfare department in conjunction with police and health care workers. By Dec. 5, 582 people had been picked up, including 734 children. The sight is gut-wrenching. While some people go meekly, many fight, cry, scream out in desperation in their altered states. Once they’re gone, their ratty mattresses, pans, sweaters and few other possessions are swept up by a garbage removal company. Adults can’t be forced to stay in treatment, and most leave the shelters within three days. But children are kept in treatment against their will or returned to parents if they have a family. In December, 119 children were being held in specialized treatment units. Demand for crack has boomed in recent years and open-air “cracolandias,” or “crack lands,” popped up in the urban centres of Rio and Sao Paulo, with hundreds of users gathering to smoke the drug. The federal government announced in early 2012 that more than $2 billion would be spent

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to fight the epidemic, allotting money to train health care workers, buy thousands of hospital and shelter beds, and create transitional centres for recovering users. Mobile street units stationed near cracolandias are among the most important and visible aspects of the government’s approach. The units, housed in metal containers, bring doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers to the areas where users concentrate. Slowly, by offering health care and other help, the units’ workers gain the trust of users and refer them to treatment centres. Studies suggest the approach can work: 47 per cent of the crack users surveyed in Sao Paulo said they’d welcome treatment, according to the Federal University of Sao Paulo study. Ethel Vieira, a psychologist on the raid team, thinks their persistence is paying off. “Initially, they’d run away, react aggressively, throw rocks,” she said of users. “Now most of them understand our intention is to help, to give them a chance to leave the street and to connect with the public health network.” Human rights groups object to the forced commitment of children, saying treatment delivered against the will of patients is ineffective. They also oppose the sweeps, which they describe as violent. “There are legal procedures that must be followed and that are not being followed. This goes against the law and is unconstitutional,” Margarida Pressburguer, head of the Human Rights Commission for Brazil’s Association of Attorneys, said during a debate last year. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes suggested in October that the city would start forcing adults into treatment. “A crack addict isn’t capable of making decisions,” Paes said from the Jacarezinho shantytown in the week after police stormed the area and seized control of what was then Rio’s largest cracolandia. The Rio state Attorney General’s Office responded by telling city officials “the compulsory removal of adults living in the streets has no legal foundation.” It said adults can be committed only when they become a danger to themselves or others and outpatient treatment options have run out. “They give us a place to sleep, food, clothes, everything,” said Bobo. “I’ve been picked up by the city and I liked it. They are doing this for our good.” But even as Bobo endorsed the city’s approach, a friend was stepping over to the drug stand for more cocaine. Bobo asked for $5 worth of drugs — cocaine for now, crack for later. Then he rolled up a bill and dumped a small mound of white powder in his palm for snorting. With a nose full of cocaine, he set off, ready for another day.

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Obama wants gun violence contained LOOKING TO PASS NEW MEASURES IN NEW YEAR, VOICES DOUBTS ABOUT ARMED GUARDS IN SCHOOLS BY JIM KUHNHENN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pledged to put his ``full weight’’ behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence, recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 elementary school students as the worst day of his presidency. In an interview with NBC television’s ``Meet the Press’’ that aired Sunday, Obama voiced skepticism about the proposal by the National Rifle Association, the leading gun-rights lobbying group, to place armed guards at schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines. He left no doubt it will be one of his top priorities next year. ``It is not enough for us to say, ‘This is too hard so we’re not going to try,’’’ Obama said. ``I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids,’’ he added. ``And, yes, it’s going to be hard.’’ The president added that he’s ready to meet with Republicans and Democrats, anyone with a stake in the issue. The schoolhouse shootings, coming as families prepared for the holidays, have elevated the issue of gun violence to the forefront of public attention. Six

adult staff members were also killed at the elementary school. Shooter Adam Lanza committed suicide, apparently as police closed in. Earlier, he had killed his mother at the home they shared. The tragedy immediately prompted calls for greater gun controls. But the National Rifle Association is strongly resisting those efforts, arguing instead that schools should have armed guards for protection. Some gun enthusiasts have rushed to buy semiautomatic rifles of the type used by Lanza, fearing sales may soon be restricted. Obama seemed unimpressed by the NRA proposal. ``I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,’’ he said. ``And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.’’ The president said he intends to press the issue with the public. ``The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away,’’ Obama said. ``It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that - you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.’’ Separately, a member of the president’s cabinet said Sunday that rural America may be ready to join a national conversation about gun control. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the debate has to start with respect for the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which guarantees the right to bear arms and recognition that hunting is a way of life for millions of Americans. But Vilsack, a former governor of the Midwestern state of Iowa, said Newtown has changed the way people see the issue. ``I really believe that this is a

African Union head suggests national unity government for CAR only protect French interests and would not prop up the Bangui government. As the rebels have made a rapid advance across the country’s north, residents in the capital now fear the insurgents could attack at any time, despite assurances by rebel leaders that they are willing to engage in dialogue instead of attacking Bangui. On Saturday the rebels seized the city of Sibut, 185 kilometres (114 miles) from Bangui. Sibut, a key transportation hub, fell without a shot being fired because the Central African Republic army and forces from neighbouring Chad had pulled back to Damara, 75 kilometres (46 miles) from Bangui on Friday, said Minister of Territorial Administration Josie Binoua. Neighbouring African countries have agreed to send more forces to support the Bozize government.

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Envoy warns no political solution could lead to ‘full collapse’ SYRIA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT — The international envoy seeking to end Syria’s civil war warned Sunday that the failure of the government and the rebels to pursue a political solution could lead to the ``full collapse of the Syrian state’’ and threaten the world’s security. Lakhdar Brahimi, who represents the United Nations and the Arab League, said that as many as 100,000 people could be killed in the next year as Syria moves toward ``Somalization’’ and rule by warlords. Brahimi has reported little progress in his mission to push forward a peace plan for Syria first presented in June at an international conference in Geneva. The proposal calls for an openended cease-fire and the formation of a transitional government to run the country until new elections can be held and a new constitution drafted. But so far, neither the regime of President Bashar Assad nor the scores of rebels groups fighting his forces across the country have shown any interest in negotiations. The rebels’ political leadership has called Assad’s departure a prerequisite for any political solution, and it is unlikely that the opposition’s National Coalition could even stop rebels on the ground from continuing to fight. Likewise, it is doubtful that top members of Assad’s regime will voluntarily give up power. The Syrian government has remained officially mum on Brahimi’s plan, which he has pushed in the past

week in meetings with Assad in Damascus, with top Russian officials in Moscow and on Sunday with the head of the Arab League in Cairo. Speaking alongside Nabil Elaraby on Sunday, he estimated that 100,000 people could be killed if the 21-month conflict continues for another year. ``Peace and security in the world will be threatened directly from Syria if there is no solution within the next few months,’’ he said. ``The alternatives are a political solution or the full collapse of the Syrian state.’’ Since meeting Assad early last week, Brahimi has given no indication how his plan was received. When asked Sunday if there is any willingness among the opposition to enter a political process, Brahimi said, ``No, there isn’t. This is the problem.’’ Syria’s crisis began in March 2011 with political protests against Assad. The conflict has since evolved into a civil war. Anti-regime activists say more than 45,000 people have been killed. The Syria government does not give death tolls for the conflict and says the rebels are terrorists backed by foreign powers who seek to destroy the country. The Syrian conflict has split world powers, with the United States, Turkey and many European and Arab states calling for Assad to stand down. Russia, China and Iran have stood by the regime and criticized calls for Assad’s ouster. On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Syrian refugees along Turkey’s southern border, where he was joined by Mouaz al-Khatib, head of Syria’s National Coalition.

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BANGUI — The leader of the African Union, Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi, has proposed a government of national unity to resolve the rebel conflict in Central African Republic. Boni Yayi arrived here Sunday to try to find a negotiated resolution to the country’s crisis. The president of the African Union met with President Francois Bozize and then made an appeal to the rebels. ``I beg my rebellious brothers, I ask them to cease hostilities, to make peace with President (Francois) Bozize and the Central African people,’’ said Boni Yayi at a press conference in Bangui, the capital. ``If you stop fighting, you are helping to consolidate peace in Africa. African people do not deserve all this suffering. The African continent needs peace and not war.’’ Boni Yayi said that Bozize had pledged to have an open dialogue with the rebels with the goal of establishing a government of national unity, which would include representation from the rebels and the Bozize government. Bozize also addressed the conference and said, although he plans to stay in power until his term ends in 2016, he is not against having the rebels enter a coalition government with him. ``We’ll probably be able to set up a national unity government. I apologize to the suffering Central African people,’’ said Bozize. ``It is a message of peace to my brothers of Central African Republic, ‘’said Bozize. The African Union’s leader arrived in Bangui when many feared there would be a fight over the capital, Bangui, a city of 600,000. According to several families in Bangui, members of the Presidential Guard have kidnapped people suspected of supporting the rebels who have seized 10 cities in the country’s north over the past three weeks. A rebel spokesman, Col. Juma Narkoyo, warned Bozize: ``We warn the head of state and his family to stop abducting our parents. They have nothing to do with it. If he wants to solve its problems, he comes to meet us on the ground. We expect firm feet. ‘’ He said that a dozen people have already been arrested in Bangui. On his arrival in Bangui, Yayi Boni had a private meeting for more than two hours with Boz-

ize in the VIP lounge of Mpoko airport, which is secured by French troops. So far Boni Yayi has no meetings scheduled with rebels or with the democratic opposition. Boni Yayi’s diplomatic effort comes as France has deployed an additional 180 troops to protect its interests. The French reinforcements arrived Sunday from nearby Gabon, bringing the total French military force in the capital, Bangui, to nearly 600, Col. Thierry Burkhard told The Associated Press Sunday. The troops are to protect French residents in the capital, which many fear will be attacked by the rebels. As fears mounted that the rebels would attack Bangui, Bozize imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Bozize earlier appealed to France for help against the rebels, but French President Francois Hollande’s government said it would

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different circumstance and a different situation,’’ Vilsack said on CNN. Vilsack said he thinks it’s possible for Americans to come together. ``It’s potentially a unifying conversation,’’ he said. ``The problem is that these conversations are always couched in the terms of dividing us. This could be a unifying conversation, and Lord knows we need to be unified.’’ Besides passing gun violence legislation, Obama also listed deficit reduction and immigration reform as top priorities for 2013 as well as deficit reduction. A big deficit reduction deal with Republicans proved elusive this month and Obama is now hoping Senate Democratic and Republican leaders salvage a scaled back plan that avoids tax increases for virtually all Americans. He also issued a defence of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, who has been mentioned as one of the leading candidates to replace Leon Panetta as secretary of defence. Hagel supported the 2002 resolution approving U.S. military action in Iraq, but later became a critic of the war. He has been denounced by some conservatives for not being a strong enough ally of Israel. Also, many liberals and gay activists have banded against him for comments he made in 1998 about an openly gay nominee for an ambassadorship. Obama, who briefly served with Hagel in the Senate, stressed that he had yet to make a decision on a secretary of defence but called Hagel a ``patriot.’’ ``He is somebody who has done extraordinary work both in the United States Senate,’’ he said. ``Somebody who served this country with valour in Vietnam. And is somebody who’s currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job.’’ Obama noted that Hagel had apologized for his 14-year-old remark on gays.


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New year means fresh onslaught Kirah urn, pedestal, of diet-related cookbooks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Are you a celebrity watcher? A magazine clipper? A list maker, supplement taker, whole grains baker? No matter what kind of person you are, there’s a new diet cookbook to help lay the foundation for that inevitable New Year’s resolution. The 2012 crop of healthy eating books runs the gamut from secrets of the rich and famous to levelheaded lifestyle recommendations and quickloss programs. Here are a few that crossed our desks. ——— For celebrity worshippers • One Dish at a Time by Valerie Bertinelli (Rodale Books) Television actress-turned-Jenny Craig spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli offers recipes and stories based on her Italian-American upbringing. Dishes such as ribollita, a tomatoey vegetable soup, garlicky linguine and clam sauce and chipotle-spiked bison burgers (from the American side) sound warm and filling enough for a cold winter day. Each recipe offers calorie counts (some of which you’d rather not know — that bison burger will cost you around 600 calories). And for those of you who didn’t catch it, the title riffs on Bertinelli’s claimto-fame, the 1975 television show “One Day at a Time.” Yes, that’s correct, 1975. • Now Eat This! Italian by Rocco DiSpirito (Grand Central Publishing) Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito’s latest installment in his “Now Eat This” series conjures more than 90 Italian dishes, such as chicken parmigiana, lasagna Bolognese and wholewheat pizza margherita, all under 350 calories. And yes, there is still cheese involved. Even desserts make the cut. A fat-free ricotta cheesecake boasts just 176 calories, and a cannoli, those cream-filled pastry tubes, 136 calories. ——— For magazine readers • The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook by the editor’s of Cooking Light magazine (Oxmoor House) More than 250 recipes from the editors of Cooking Light magazine pair with lifestyle changes and a 12-month plan for carrying them out. A solid

how-to for people seeking a healthier lifestyle, the emphasis here is on cooking at home and incorporating more fruits, vegetables and grains into your diet. Cooking techniques and introductions to potentially unfamiliar ingredients, such as edamame (soy beans) and the ancient grain farro, are peppered with recipes for dishes such as oatmeal pancakes, the Middle Eastern red pepper dip called muhammara and cinnamon-laced beef tagine with butternut squash.

• 101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without by Lori Powell (Rodale Books) The nutrition experts at Prevention magazine build their recipes around 13 essential nutrients, such as magnesium and vitamin D. Vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids arrive in a bowl of spaghetti with sardines and caramelized fennel. Roasted pork tenderloin with edamame succotash brings vitamin C and folate. And dark chocolate pudding (with whipped cream) squeaks by with a quarter of your daily calcium. Who doesn’t want to feel good about dessert? ——— For list makers • The 7 Day Slim Down by Alisa Bowman with the editors of Women’s Health magazine (Rodale Books) “Lose 7 pounds this week!” boasts the cover of this book, which offers

what it calls “the Vitamin D diet.” Based on research that suggests vitamin D promotes weight loss, this diet offers lists, lists, lists: a slim-down shopping list, a day-by-day, meal-bymeal menu list for the first week, and charts for “pick this, not that” and other dieting techniques. Vitamin Drich dishes such as mushroom, onion and avocado quesadilla, chicken cacciatore with sauteed escarole and beef barley soup are staples here. • The Belly Melt Diet by the editors of Prevention magazine (Rodale Books) This one’s got the others beat, because apparently you can lose 8 pounds in just 3 days. List lovers will gorge on quizzes (What kind of bird are you, lark or owl? Are you getting enough sleep?), lists of nutrient-rich foods and yes, day-by-day, meal-bymeal guidelines. Recipes for dishes such as orzo and chickpea salad, sweet potato and black bean chili and pan-seared salmon over kale sneak in amid copious amounts of text. ——— For sexy ladies • The MILF Diet by Jessica Porter (Atria Books) Don’t know what MILF means? Don’t look it up unless you’re OK with profanity. Let’s just say it’s a reference to attractive older women and leave it at that. This book builds its healthy eating plan around what it considers “MILFy” foods — whole grains, vegetables such as kale and bok choy, plant proteins like lentils, seaweed and fermented foods such as miso. This diet promises not only a youthfu l body, but a detoxified one with fully raised consciousness. Recipes for dishes like polenta with wild mushrooms, and sea vegetables with onion, carrot and corn are intended to keep you both desirable and desiring. • Cook Yourself Sexy by Candice Kumai (Rodale Books) The spaghetti-strap camisole on the cover says it all. Author Kumai, a former model and Le Cordon Bleutrained chef, offers recipes for misoglazed cod with baby bok choy, Dijonbraised Brussels sprouts and oxtail ragu with pappardelle to move you toward a sexier bod (and perhaps even help you cook in high heels and a mini-skirt, as she apparently does).

vases, planters recalled; may pose hazard: Health Canada THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Health Canada has announced the recall of various Kirah Collection vases, planters, pedestals and urns due to a potential safety risk. The department said the affected products haven’t been tested to determine whether they are compliant with Canadian standards for product safety and may pose a safety hazard. The recalled products include: • Kirah Urn with Light 48 cm x 62 cm (19 in x 24.5 in) Item number: 07679400 • Kirah Pedestal with Light 39 cm x 88 cm (15.5 in x 34.5 in) Item number: 07679500 • Kirah Planter-Urn with Light 43 cm x 37 cm (17 in x 14.5 in) Item number: 07679000 • Kirah Planter-Urn with Light 52 cm x 41 cm (20.5 x 16 in) Item number: 07679100 • Kirah Vase with Light 35.5 cm x 80 cm (14 in x 31.5 in) Item number: 7679200 Kirah Vase with Light 30.5 cm x 60 cm (12 in x 23.5 in) Item number: 07679300 The products were manufactured in China and imported by John G. Hofland Ltd. of Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto. Neither John G. Hofland Ltd. nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of the products. Approximately 945 of the collection products were sold across Canada from January 2009 to December 2011. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately and return it to John G. Hofland for a refund. For more information, consumers may contact Aleksandra Damnjanovic at John G. Hofland Ltd. toll-free at 1-800-387-6760 or by mail at: 6695 Pacific Circle, Mississauga, Ontario, L5T 1V6.

Five ideal New Year’s resolutions from health experts ’Tis the season for resolutions. And many of us are already busy pledging that come Jan. 1 we will do more of some things, less of others, or stop doing still other things altogether. But what if experts made your health-related resolutions for you? What changes might they try to persuade you to make in your life? We at The Canadian Press wondered that. So we asked a number of doctors, health organizations and public health experts whose expertise we draw on from time to time to name for us the one health-related resolution they wish people would make for 2013. There is some predictable common ground, and some surprising suggestions as well. Here goes: 1. Get some exercise. It doesn’t have to be a lot — just some, and on a regular basis. With an increasing number of studies suggesting that prolonged sitting is unhealthy and that even short bursts of exercise are beneficial, it’s no wonder this was the most suggested resolution to come forward from our experts. Dr. Mike Evans, a family physician and health information advocate at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, puts it this way: “There are 24 hours in a day, and you might spend most of it caring for family, sitting at work, couch surfing, obviously sleeping and eating,” Evans says. “The evidence shows that the best thing you can do for your health is being active for half an hour each day and that, if you can do it, you can realize great health benefits.” The Canadian Cancer Society, diabetes expert Dr. Hertzel Gerstein (McMaster University), Dr. Perry Kendall, who is B.C.’s chief medical officer of health, and a number of others asked people to make a point of getting regular but moderate exercise. “It doesn’t have to be extreme,” says Dr. Michael Gardam, an infectious diseases expert at Toronto’s University Health Network, who suggests starting slow and gradually building up your endurance. “A lot of people go crazy in the new year and ultimately fail because they start too fast and try to do too much.” 2. Choose better foods — and tell your government you want their help to do so. Several of our experts suggested variations on this theme. The Heart and Stroke Foundation would like people to resolve to eat five to 10 portions of vegetables and fruit a day for a heart-healthy 2013. Dr. Tiffany Chow, a senior clinicianscientist at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Ross Memory Clinic in Toronto, suggests people organize their meals so that produce is the main attraction and

meat is more of a side dish. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Ottawabased weight loss expert, would like to see people cook more meals from fresh ingredients and eat them, as a family, around a table. “The corollary to that resolution would be markedly reducing purchased, convenient and heavily processed meals,” Freedhoff says. And the University of Calgary’s Dr. Norm Campbell, who specializes in the treatment of high blood pressure, wishes Canadians would push the federal government to put consumers’ interests over those of the food industry. Campbell says good food policy could prevent a substantial portion of chronic disease in Canada. “But our politicians introduce solutions that maintain the status quo and then blame us for making poor dietary choices,” he says. “If we want to stay healthy, it is likely our most critical health choice is in voting and advocating to politicians to introduce effective health policy.” 3. Make the tough decisions — and let your family know about them. Perhaps the recent Supreme Court of Canada hearing on the Hassan Rasouli case, which centres on end-of-life decisions, put some of our experts in a pensive mood. But several suggested Canadians should give serious thought to the degree of medical intervention they want when their time comes. “Without being too macabre, I think too many folks do not address how they wish to exit this world and leave it to others to try and figure it out,” says University of Alberta cardiologist Dr. Paul Armstrong. Do you want doctors to try everything possible to keep you alive under any circumstances? Or would you prefer health workers not use heroic measures, if you are near the end? Armstrong suggests people should make these decisions and communicate their wishes verbally and in writing to their loved ones. Dr. Ross Upshur, an ethicist and primary care physician, agrees. If you haven’t designated a surrogate decision maker — someone who has the legal right to make choices about your care if you cannot — or haven’t given someone power of attorney, set those things up, Upshur suggests, adding that you need to talk through your choices with the people you ask to fill those roles. “We are all mortal and technology is increasingly powerful. We leave the discussions too late and then the situation is usually too fraught with exigency and emotion,” says Upshur, who practises at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, which is the hospital caring for Rasouli. Dr. Rob Fowler, who is Rasouli’s physician, is even more to the point: “While eating turkey on the holidays, ’Talk turkey’ with your family about

your wishes for end-of-life care.” 4. Learn to manage stress levels. “Decrease stress by not overcommitting yourself and finding the right balance between work and leisure,” says Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine, head of the endocrinology and diabetes unit at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Chow offers similar advice. (The Baycrest doctor cheated a little and offered two resolutions under the umbrella of taking care of your brain health and lowering your risk of developing dementia.) People should recognize sooner when their stress level is unsustainable, Chow says, and ask earlier “Do I really need to do this (or) take responsibility for this by myself?” “The answer is usually No!” 5. There was no clear-cut fifth resolution, but we did get a bunch of interesting individual suggestions. Here are some: • Resolve to drink less alcohol, suggests Dr. Joel Ray of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “Give the money to someone else to buy food.” • Make sure your vaccinations, and those of your family, are up to date, says Dr. Bonnie Henry, medical director for communicable disease prevention and control services at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

• Give your kids a healthy start, says Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for Toronto. “Feed breakfast to your kids, walk your kids to school, teach them to wash their hands properly, teach them to swim, talk and read to them, hug them. Small lessons learned early last a lifetime and makes a healthy community.” • Resist the urge to seek or take medicine, advises Dr. David Juurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. He says people are too quick to take prescription drugs or over-thecounter medications, suggesting they should be used sparingly and only when the likelihood of benefit is real. • Learn to engage in informed decision making with your physician, says Dr. Gordon Guyatt, a professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton. And finally, from Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health comes some poignant advice. Dr. David ButlerJones is working his way back from a stroke he had earlier in the year. “Do not let anyone else limit your expectations of how much you can recover or become as you are more likely to get what you expect,” he suggests. Happy 2013!

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Fax 403-341-6560 editorial@reddeeradvocate.com lege. The donation was the largest individual gift in Olds College’s 99-year history. Anderson was the previous record holder when he gave $1 million in cash to the college in 2007. Jordan Cleland, vice-president of advancement for Olds College, said that Anderson wanted to help with the college’s 2013 centennial plans by giving 100 cars and trucks for the college’s 100 years.

JANUARY

Jan. 1 A city resident hit paydirt two days before Christmas. Joseph Towpich of Red Deer won $712,744 on the Lotto Max draw on Dec. 23. Towpich checked his tickets at a gas station in Olds. He bought his Quick Pick ticket at Short Stop Food Store in Olds. Towpich planned to spend his winnings on travelling, buying land — and getting married.

Jan. 23 A Red Deer sheriff used “unjustified” and “excessive” force to remove a deaf and mute man from the Red Deer provincial courthouse, an investigation concluded. A report by the Solicitor General Office’s Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch revealed the details of the incident through witnesses, video surveillance and interviews with the sheriffs involved. Bill Berry, a 52-year-old Red Deer man who breathed through an opening (or stoma) in his neck and had a feeding tube through his nose, went to pay a $140 traffic ticket at the courthouse when he entered through the exit door.

Jan. 2 Years of contributing to the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home came back in spades for a legendary Red Deer Honda dealer and his wife. Glenn and Joyce Turple had purchased tickets for all 33 dream homes offered since the project was first launched, while the family business, Turple Bros. Ltd., contributed to the prize package, including the brand new Sea-Doo offered this year. Still in a minor state of shock after a group from the Kinsmen club came to their door to make the announcement, the Turples walked through the front door of their new home shortly before 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, where they were greeted by a spontaneous round of applause.

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Jan. 4 “From that 3 a.m. phone call to now I am forever changed and my heart is broken,” Jill Taylor said, reading from a victim impact statement at the sentencing of 19-year-old Darith Rin, who was drunk behind the wheel of the vehicle Taylor’s son Matthew and a friend were passengers in during the early hours of Sept. 7. Rin, of Red Deer, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court to impaired driving causing death and was sentenced to two years in prison by Judge Bruce Garriock. He will also be prohibited from driving for five years following a joint submission from the Crown prosecutor and defence. The Crown withdrew three other drunk driving-related charges.

Jan. 14 Lacombe-based country singer Gord Bamford was positioned to reach an even larger market — anybody mention the U.S.? — by recently signing with Sony Music Entertainment Cana-

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Kinsmen Dream Home winners Glenn and Joyce Turple, right of Red Deer celebrate their good fortune. The Turples paid a visit to their new home on New Year’s Eve after finding out they had won the home in the annual fundraiser. See related video at reddeeradvocate.com. da. Bamford said he started exploring major recording labels after feeling he had gone about as far as he could as an independent artist. “We needed a bit of machinery behind us to help us out...I’ve been very lucky with the success I’ve had,” said Bamford, who admitted it’s amazing to reflect upon how much ground he was able to cover with his own team of supporters over the last few years.

Services platoon chief Randy Kidd said a maintenance crew was making a repair on the ammonia tanks in the ice plant when the crew ran into trouble and triggered an ammonia leak just before noon. Kidd said the crew was repairing a faulty part and there was no leak previously. The facility evacuation process was enacted to ensure public safety. There were no reported injuries.

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The Collicutt Centre was expected to open following an evacuation that caused hundreds to flee from the recreation facility. Red Deer Emergency

Jack Anderson, an 84-year-old Calgary-based businessman, donated 100 vintage cars and trucks — valued at roughly $2.5 million — to Olds Col-

Three young people were injured, one critically, after the truck they were in collided with a train at a main downtown intersection in Olds. Olds RCMP and firefighters, as well as ambulance crews, were dispatched shortly before 11:45 p.m. to a collision involving a pickup truck and CP Rail train at the intersection of 50th Street and 50th Avenue. RCMP said the pickup truck was westbound on 50th Street when it collided with the southbound locomotive. At the time of the crossing, the crossing arms and alternating flashing lights and bells were activated and functioning, said police.

Jan. 26 The execution of a search warrant involving major police and other emergency services resulted in over 70 longbarrelled weapons and eight handguns being seized from a residence south of Crestomere. Ponoka RCMP said a 38-year-old man from Ponoka County had been charged with 15 firearmsrelated offences, including: trafficking a firearm, possession of prohibited weapons, possession of explosives, unsafe storage of firearms and possession of firearms while prohibited. In addition, charges under the Wildlife Act were pending.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1 Red Deer pharmacist Michael Tweedy was suspended from practising for up to one year, starting Feb. 15, for unprofessional conduct and for over-billing Alberta Blue Cross about $1 million. According to the Alberta College of Pharmacists’ report on a tribunal hearing into Tweedy’s conduct, an Alberta Blue Cross audit of Hilltop Pharmacy, from June 1, 2007, to Jan. 31 2009, was initiated after a tip on the Fraud and Abuse Hotline in February 2008 alleging that drugs were delivered weekly but billed to Alberta Blue Cross daily. Tweedy told the tribunal that daily billing generated about $45,000 per month in extra revenue and in October 2009, Alberta Blue Cross wanted its $1 million back.

Feb. 1 A Red Deer woman was named one of the top 30 under 30 people for her commitment to positive change. Maria Mihok, 29, was one of 30 people selected from Alberta and around the world for contributing to social justice and international co-operation. Mihok was one of the young people profiled in the Top 30 Under 30 Magazine that was being widely distributed during the Canadian International Development Agency’s International Development Week Feb. 5-11. The Alberta Council for Global Co-operation hoped that by sharing their stories they will inspire others to make positive change.

Feb. 3 Red Deer City RCMP seized quantities of date rape drugs and methamphetamine during a search of a city residence on Thursday. Members of the Red Deer City RCMP Street Team and Organized Crime Unit executed the search warrant and arrested a resident at his home. Police found various quantities of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, known as GHB, and ketamine. Both are referred to as date rape drugs commonly used to assist in sexual assault.

Feb. 7 A report to city council shows the typical household would pay $97.85 a month in utility fees in 2012, up from $64.71 in 2008, a 51 per cent increase. “That’s too much, Coun. Chris Stephan said. “It doesn’t need to go up at this rate.” Most people’s incomes haven’t increased by more than 50 per cent in the last five years and many are on fixed incomes, he added. “I don’t think that those types of increases are sustainable. I think we need to look a

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Jason Heistad, an Alberta Union of Provincial Employees vice-president, leads union members in an information picket outside the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Feb. 16. lot harder at our utilities because that does have a large impact on people.” Stephan voted against the rate schedule, along with Coun. Frank Wong.

Feb. 8 The Mad Butcher owner Ron Burndred decided reluctantly to close his doors for good. Burndred’s Innisfail business was hit by a fire last August. The fire started on the kill floor and destroyed a third of the building before firefighters could put it out. Burndred was insured and had hoped to reopen within a few months. However, when he looked into the cost of rebuilding to the latest government regulations, it became clear it wasn’t financially feasible. The well-known butcher shop and meat processing plant employed 43.

Feb. 9 An armed standoff came to a tragic conclusion near Three Hills. At 5:30 a.m. RCMP were called to a disturbance at a rural residence north of Three Hills near Hwy 21 and Twp Rd 324. An adult male was reported to have assaulted the property owner and damaged property. Police say the incident escalated and the adult male barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to co-operate with police. After learning the man was believed to have firearms, RCMP secured the area around the property and blocked off

highways to keep the public safe. With assistance from the Calgary Police Service tactical team, RCMP support units and neighboring detachments, police made repeated but unsuccessful efforts to make contact with the man. RCMP sent in a police robot equipped with a camera at 2 p.m. but the camera picked up no activity. When Calgary police entered the home at 4 p.m., the male was found dead from a selfinflicted gun shot wound. Police have not yet released the identity of the dead man.

Feb. 9 RCMP seized 959 marijuana plants worth about $1.2 million in a raid southwest of Rocky Mountain House. Rocky Mountain House RCMP also seized a large amount of harvested dried marijuana and elaborate growing equipment. The plants were in various stages of development. A search warrant was granted and executed in the early morning hours. Daniel Richard Dejong, 32, faced charges of cultivating and possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. RCMP were assisted by the Combined Forces Special Unit (Green Team/Calgary ALERT/ Calgary RCMP Drug Section and Calgary Police Service).

Feb. 16 A one-day illegal wildcat strike across Alberta by hospital workers in-

cluded staff at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Chris Mazurkewich of Alberta Health Services said they agreed late Thursday afternoon to binding arbitration with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and the 22,000 staffers who perform the non-medical jobs at hospitals and health centres. “AUPE has agreed to cease all wildcat strike activities at hospitals and other care sites,” Mazurkewich, the chief operating officer of Alberta Health Services, told reporters. “We will immediately begin rescheduling surgeries and diagnostic tests, and patients will be contacted personally as soon as possible.” He said General Support Services workers were to be back on the job Thursday night, that bargaining would begin next week and that no one who walked the line will be reprimanded or punished. All staff were back to work around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Between 600 and 800 workers took part in the job action at about 20 health facilities.

Feb. 21 Red Deer’s own Spandy Andy was making an international splash Down Under in his sparkly Speedos. A YouTube video the local busker, formerly known as Andy Rimer, made of himself dancing on St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, went viral. His Sexy Beach Party in My Sparkly Speedo video had, as of Tuesday afternoon, received more than 2.6 million hits from around the world.


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MARCH

March 5 A big dump of snow in Central Alberta caused rural bus cancellations and slippery road conditions for the Red Deer area. As of 5 a.m. 19 cm had fallen at the Red Deer Airport, said Colin Fong, meteorologist for Environment Canada. Most of Central Alberta, especially the region closer to the Rockies, received up to 20 cm of snowfall. Three to four semi-trucks were pulled from the ditches along Hwy 2 around Ponoka, said Cpl. Jerry Court from Ponoka RCMP. Highway lanes were restricted but the highway remained open.

March 5 Members of Edmonton’s Filipino community were in grief after four temporary foreign workers were killed in a head-on crash by the driver of an SUV who RCMP believe may have been drunk as he wildly drove the wrong way down a divided highway. The dead included two 35-year-old men, a 39-year-old woman and a 52-year-old woman. A fifth occupant of the vehicle — a 29-year-old female — sustained serious injuries and underwent surgery. The driver of the SUV walked away unhurt but was taken into custody after refusing to provide a breath test. “It’s a very, very difficult thing,” said Esmerelda Agbulos, an honorary consul for the Philippines based in Edmonton.“It’s horrific, because these people do not have relatives here. They’re here to work and when something like this happens, it’s a tragedy.”

March 8 Nova Chemicals announced that it was looking at spending up to $900 million to boost polyethylene production at its Joffre complex by 40 per cent. Construction on the project to add a third polyethylene reactor was slated to start in early 2013 with start-up in late 2015 or early the next year, said Nova’s Joffre site manager Rick Van Hemmen in a presentation to Lacombe County council. The four-year project is expected to cost $750 million to $900 million. It would add 430 million to 500 million kg of linear low-density polyethylene production. At its peak, 500 construction jobs would be created with an average of 150 to 250 tradespeople on site.

March 11 A 33-year-old snowmobiler from the Summer Village of Birchcliff was found dead following an avalanche in British Columbia’s remote backcountry. Mark Coleman, British Columbia’s interior regional coroner, said a group of six Albertans were snowmobiling around Corbin, B.C. about 30 km southeast of Sparwood, B.C. in the south Rockies when they triggered an avalanche. Coleman said the 33-year-old died on the mountain while the others managed to escape the avalanche. Three others were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

March 13 A Red Deer man was facing child pornography charges after an electronic device containing images was found. RCMP said the device was found in the city by a member of the public and was turned over to police. A search warrant was executed at local home, where police seized several electronic devices, including computers. Randy Adams, 52, was charged with single counts of possession of child

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Hoa Dong La and his wife Janice leave court during a break in his trial in March. He was later convicted. just running out to his lawn when EMS arrived. The fire was spreading rapidly inside and firefighters had to enter from the rear of the house, said Gailloux. The man’s small bichon-shih tzu dog was killed in the blaze.

pornography, accessing child pornography and making child pornography.

March 14 RCMP confirmed that human remains found in the woods near Whistler, B.C., were those of Mike Grefner, formerly of Red Deer. The remains were found by hikers and police said the level of decomposition made identification difficult. Grefner, 34, was reported missing on Jan. 17 after he failed to show up for a shift at a nightclub where he was a DJ. He grew up in Red Deer and moved to British Columbia about seven years ago to pursue his music career.

March 20 Red Deer Chamber of Commerce president Maureen McMurtrie was pleased with the findings of an assessment by MoneySense magazine, which slotted Red Deer into the No. 9 spot of Canada’s Best Places to Live 2012. Every year, the personal finance and lifestyle magazine lists the most desirable communities in which to reside. In 2011, Red Deer was ranked 96th, and in 2010 the city came in 117th.

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The son of a former Edmonton police chief was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Dana Jane Turner, whose body was found west of Innisfail in October 2011. Mark Damien Lindsay, 25, of Edmonton has also been charged with performing an indignity to a body and obstruction of justice. Lindsay was arrested in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

A Mountie formerly posted in Innisfail was convicted of tormenting his tenants and defrauding lenders and their insurance companies. Const. Hoa Dong La, currently on paid leave from his job with the RCMP passport and immigration section in Calgary, committed “a clear abuse of public office that brings shame and dishonour to the RCMP,” Justice David Gates said in reading his verdict in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench. La was tried before Justice Gates earlier in 2012 on three counts of criminal harassment, two counts of extortion and 10 counts of mortgage fraud in relation to properties he and members of his family had purchased in Innisfail and Bowden. One of the three counts of criminal harassment was dropped during final arguments in the trial, which finished on Feb. 9.

March 19 A man has lost his home and dog after a fire broke out in the living room of his Morrisroe house on March 19. Emergency crews were called to 25 Morris Ave at 9:56 p.m. after a neighbour reported seeing smoke. The man, the only occupant of the house, was

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Have a fun filled New Year. Our sincere thanks for helping us achieve a great year, and for being such valuable customers. 175 LEVA AVE., Red Deer County Phone: 403-346-5238 www.turplebros.ca

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We always look forward to this time of the year. It’s our opportunity to wish everyone in this exciting community a Happy New Year!

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APRIL

April 3 An $11,000 wedding ring lost in March was found, to the relief of its owner. Julie Oberg of Red Deer found her missing ring in her home on Friday night. She had reported the ring stolen after a session of hot yoga at the Amaryliss Centre in downtown Red Deer on March 14. “I just feel so stupid now,” said Oberg, who had left the ring — attached to a watch and earrings — in a deep, inside pocket of her coat along with her cellphone while doing yoga.

April 4 Jordan Bargholz and Carl Wilson had front row seats when they heard a loud crash as they were about to dig into their chicken salads at Cities Gastro Pub. Bargholz, from Sylvan Lake, said he looked out the window to see a slew of damaged vehicles in the nearly full parking lot on 3301 Gaetz Avenue. A silver pickup truck was in the middle of the chaos. City RCMP Const. Dave McKenzie said the silver pickup truck was believed to be travelling northbound on Gaetz Avenue when it veered off the road on 33rd Street, smacked a few cars parked on the street, and damaged several others in the pub’s parking lot before coming to a stop.

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An RCMP officer photographs some of the eight vehicles smashed by the stolen silver truck behind him that drove over a Gaetz Avenue median into the Cities Gastro Pub parking lot on April 4. Please see related video at www.reddeeradvocate. com.

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April 6 Two young sisters were fighting for their lives at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton after they fell through ice on a body of water on a rural property southwest of Red Deer. Media relations specialist Doris Stapleton of the “K” Division strategic communications said the two girls aged 3 and 5 were discovered by family members around 10:20 a.m. The two girls were taken by ambulance to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre then airlifted by STARS air ambulance to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

April 9 The highway crash that killed one Red Deer youth early in the morning of March 31 claimed a second life in early April. Red Deer teenager Tyson Vanderzwaag, crushed while he and some friends were pushing a brokendown car off the road, died on Friday morning in the intensive care unit at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, three days after his 18th birthday. Vanderzwaag and the friends he had been travelling with had done everything right that night, his mother, Wendy said. Tyson’s group of five was heading east on Hwy 11A at about 3:30 when their car broke down near Range Road 281, about three kilometres west of Red Deer city limits.

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Construction on a $4.5-million expansion to the Enmax Centrium officially kicked off with a ground-breaking ceremony, even though work had actually already begun on the project to add 1,000 seats, 13 luxury suites and 40 club seats (like the suites, club seats have access to premium food and beverage services). The project at the west end of the 6,000-seat arena also includes new barrier-free washrooms, stairs and an elevator. It was expected to take about five months to complete the upgrades.

April 23 Red Deer RCMP said the body of a woman found murdered in February was disposed of in a recycling dumpster in Red Deer. The body of Nellie Talia Meguinis, 27, was discovered when a recycling truck was emptying its load at a recycling facility in the Riverside Industrial Park in Red Deer on Feb. 22. The woman was earlier identified as Meguinis, a mother of three from Calgary who had arrived in Red Deer earlier that month.

April 29 A mother of four young children said she was touched by the outpouring of community support following the death of her husband in

Pine Lake Sand & Gravel Co. Ltd.

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Eagle Builders workers move a pre-fabricated floor panel lifted by a crane into place on the Centrium expansion on April 16. The building’s 6,000-seat capacity will grow by 1,000 more general seats, 40 new club seats and 13 additional luxury suites when the project is completed. an avalanche in southern British Columbia in March. Lara Hall, 33, and her children — Kobee, seven, Macee, five, Burke, three, and Sadee, one — attended the Macaroni and Cheese fundraiser inside HJ Cody School. The event attracted more than 250 people and raised more than $30,000 for the widow of Steve Hall. The 33-year-old man was one of three men from Sylvan Lake who

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were snowmobiling in British Columbia between Crowsnest Pass and Sparwood when an avalanche hit on Friday March 9. Hall died on the mountain while the others escaped. “It’s been a huge blessing to have that support,” said Lara Hall inside HJ Cody School where the fundraiser was held. “We’ve been in Central Alberta for eight years and the community has been our family.”

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As we look forward to 2013 we would like to take this moment to thank-you for your continued business!

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From Our Family To Yours.... Best wishes for a New Year filled with peace, health and happiness.

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Wishes, Warm and Bright. May you bask in the light and love of family members and good friends.

Holiday Greetings to all our many customers. It’s always a pleasure doing business with you. See you in 2013!

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Despite more compliance, officers were kept busy during the Victoria Day long weekend as campers and recreationalists flocked to Central Alberta’s West Country. Sgt. Chris Matechuk, of the Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachment, said the weekend was less rowdy than last year but he did note an ATV fatality. Police said a 22-year-old man from Wetaskiwin was ATV-ing in the Seven O’clock Creek area about 10km south of Hwy 752 at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday night. “He was quading down a trail and came to a site where a bridge was taken out,” Matechuk said on Monday. “The trail went off to one side, down and around and back up but he went straight through.”

About five years ago bleak trends and limited feedstock supplies haunted Nova Chemicals’ Joffre plant. There was a different story to tell this year as it had been the strongest yet for the plant, which further intends to increase its polyethylene production by 40 per cent with the addition of a third world-scale polyethylene reactor as part of the existing facility. The expansion to the west side of the 900 acre site would cost $750 million to $900 million,

May 4 Several people were injured when a City of Red Deer transit bus veered into a light standard to avoid a full collision with a small car Thursday evening. At approximately 6:45 p.m. the bus, transporting approximately 10 people, was travelling north on Taylor Drive through the intersection of 22nd Street on a green light. Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, media resource officer with Red Deer City RCMP, said the bus was struck by a southbound Pontiac Sunfire which made a left-hand turn in front of it. In an effort to avoid the vehicle, the transit operator veered the bus off Taylor Drive and struck a light standard on the northeast side of the intersection. A 30-year-old woman was issued a ticket for making the unsafe left-hand turn, DeHeer said.

May 28 A trusted family financial advisor was accused of planting the bomb that killed a young Innisfail mother. Brian Andrew Malley, 55, of Innisfail, was arrested in Red Deer and charged with first-degree murder. He’s also charged with causing an explosion likely to cause serious harm or death and sending an explosive device. RCMP confirmed at a Monday morning news conference that Malley was a financial advisor to Vicky Shachtay, 23, and had known the single mother of a young daughter for a number of years. Malley was also a former police officer, having served a brief stint with a municipal force about 30 years ago. Police declined to name the community. Shachtay’s father expressed the family’s gratitude for the timely arrest by police six months after the Nov. 25 explosion.

May 9 A driver of a big rig escaped with minor injuries after the semi-trailer truck he was driving left Hwy 2 and slammed into nine new vehicles at a car dealership in Innisfail. Const. Chris Warren of the Innisfail Integrated Traffic Services said just before 2 p.m. an unloaded semi-trailer truck pulling a flatdeck trailer was travelling south on Hwy 2, south of Hwy 54, when it swerved off the highway into the ditch and over an embankment before ploughing into nine 2012 trucks and cars on the Palliser Chevrolet Ltd. dealership lot in Innisfail. The male driver from Manitoba was taken to Innisfail Hospital and was expected to be released from hospital soon.

May 11 A big rig driver was charged with hauling a load higher than permitted after the truck’s empty oilfield storage container struck the bottom of an overpass and came dislodged onto the highway near Red Deer on Thursday night. No one was injured and there was no structural damage to the overpass. Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit said around 7:25 p.m. a semi winch tractor driver carried a load exceeding the 5.2 metre clearance of the Hwy 11 overpass and Hwy 2 when the load

May 28 Photo by CYNTHIA RADFORD/Advocate staff

A man in protective clothing walks out of a house at 48th Street and 44th Avenue Close in Innisfail on May 28. Several RCMP were on site with a mobile forensic response trailer, an RCMP special tactical operations van, an Innisfail Fire Department trailer and a temporary blue tent. Brian Malley of Red Deer was subsequently charged in the death of Vicky Shachtay of Innisfail. smacked the bottom of the overpass and came dislodged onto the highway.

May 14 The closure of the Parsons Clinic in Red Deer on June 29 left some people scrambling for a family doctor. Parsons had 11 family doctors but only seven of them — five full-time and two part-time — were moving to practise at the new Piper Creek Medical Clinic that opened July 2 in a new commercial building, 32nd Street Crossing, at 3215 49th Ave. Parsons doctors Betty Cowie, Nellie Radomsky, both parttime doctors, and full-time doctors Michael Thain and Donald Tillier retired. Dr. Jennifer Corrales, a full-time doctor, relocated to Cochrane.

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At this time we would like to tell you how much we appreciate your business. Have a wonderful holiday season. #5, 4801 - 78 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-346-4508 bildex2@telus.net

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May 18 Kelly Yelenik will be remembered as a happy go lucky man who always brought laughter to the kitchens where he whipped up culinary delights for his customers. Yelenik, 49, and his girlfriend, Sheryl Eldridge, 42, were identified Thursday as the victims of a mobile home fire in the Bowden Estates Trailer Park early Sunday morning. The couple had been dating for about eight months and had lived in the trailer park for about six months. “He was always laughing,” said his mother Phyllis Yelenik, who lives in Innisfail. “He was joking all the time. He was hard working. He was always cooking. He loved his job.”

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RCMP closed part of Hwy 12 near Coronation while they tracked a man on foot after a woman was shot in Stettler this morning. Four area schools were in lockdown and police were warning people to stay away from the area as the man is considered armed and dangerous. The woman was transported by STARS Air Ambulance to Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Her condition was unknown.

May 29 Red Deer City RCMP said arson was the cause of an early-morning blaze that demolished three homes and damaged two others on Sisson Avenue on Friday. Fire investigators turned the investigation over to RCMP after looking for another cause throughout the weekend, said Cpl. Kathy DeHeer, media liaison with the Red Deer City RCMP. “If they handed it over to the police for investigation, it would be deemed an arson,” she said. Damage to the homes was likely to be more than $1 million.

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May Peace and Joy be yours during this Christmas Season and coming New Year, And a sincere Thank Your to all my Clients

There’s nothing better than a new beginning... Another chance to serve you in the year ahead. 175 PINE STREET, Red Deer County, AB Phone: 403-342-5272 Fax: 403-340-1085

Phone: 403-343-1500

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Bemoco Land Surveying Ltd.

“May a circle of family, friends and good cheer surround you in 2013.”

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Wishing our customers a happy and healthy New Year!

“Festive greetings fill this time with much warmth and cheer with family and friends.”

101 POPLAR st. , Red Deer County, AB. T4E 1B4 Phone: 403-347-7994 Fax: 403-343-9449

Office: 403-748-2143 Show Home: 403-347-6689

#100, 6040 - 47 Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-342-2611 Fax: 403-342-2910

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Fanta Homes Ltd. A Sincere “thanks” to all our customers & trades.

May the peace & beauty of the hoilday season be with you throughout the coming year. 203 - 4322 54 avenue, red deer phone: 403-343-1083; Phone: 403-588-9788 www.fantahomes.com

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Service Plumbing & Heating

A new year is on the rise. Many thanks to you for the past 33 years. We look forward to serving you in the year ahead.

Good Friends, Good Neighbours, Loyal Customers Best wishes to all in the New Year

#10, 6150 - 46A Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-342-1338

24 O’Neil Close, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-2736

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Specializing in JVC, Phillips, Panasonic, Toshiba, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Hitachi, Sony

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It may be cold outside, but we get a warm feeling when we recall the times we’ve had getting to know you. #48 Burnt Lake CRESCENT, Red Deer County, AB Phone: 403-342-7870 Fax: 403-346-7840

Naturally, we hope your new year is filled with health and happiness. 4907 - 48 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-1103 75067L31

A message of thanks and best wishes in the new year from all of us.

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JUNE

June 4 Thunder-like noise sounded and houses vibrated throughout Lacombe County Saturday night as Nova Chemicals’ Joffre plant experienced an unplanned shutdown suddenly around 10 p.m. The Ethylene 3 plant at Nova Chemicals, the largest plant on the site, experienced an automatic shutdown after the system detected an equipment malfunction, said Joffre site leader Rick Van Hemmen. “We were experiencing equipment issues with one of the major compressors on the plant,” he said. “The compressor tripped and as a result, the control system shut down the plant.” There were no safety concerns during this shutdown and the site and surrounding community were not at any risk, said Van Hemmen.

June 14 She’s raced dragsters since the age of eight, but Amanda Trimble didn’t know “death-defying” until she ended up in hospital with two blood clots in each lung. The 21-year-old survivor of four pulmonary embolisms was now set to put her life experience on film. “This story is kind of my way of getting over that time and moving on,” said Trimble, a Red Deer College Motion Picture Arts student, who intended to shoot the half-hour film Reaction Time at an Edmonton race track in September.

June 18 Starting prices for prime waterfront properties in Sylvan Lake continued to fall and that had led to an upswing in sales. The typical starting price for a three-bedroom winterized recreational home on a 15-metre waterfront lot dropped to $750,000 from $800,000 a year ago, says the Recreational Property Report 2012 prepared by RE/MAX. The price adjustments were “making today’s climate one of the most affordable in recent years,” says the report.

June 20 Driving 2,600 km to see a taping of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in Hollywood really paid off for two Red Deer fans who ended up in front of the TV cameras. Anyone who watched last Friday’s episode of the Late Late Show would have seen Travis Kuschminder and Josh McLean plucked out of the studio audience to join Ferguson on stage for a short segment at the start of the program.

June 24 A 55-year-old cab driver died following a two-vehicle collision early Saturday morning. Red Deer City RCMP say around 12:45 a.m. taxi driver

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Floyd Anderson sneaks a kiss from his wife Doris as the Red Deer County couple tour their new home in Red Deer on Tuesday. The two long-time contributors to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation Home Lottery fundraiser won the home and planned to take possession soon. “I don’t consider it buying tickets but paying our hospital bills over the years,”said Floyd. The couple intend to sell the property as they enjoy their life on their acreage near Sylvan Lake. Donald Roland Ogloff was travelling north in his cab on 30th Avenue. When he approached the intersection of 55th Street a south bound Ford Focus slammed into the cab while trying to make a left hand turn onto Highway 11. Ogloff was on duty at the time of the collision and had one passenger in the vehicle. Ogloff was taken to the Red Deer Regional Hospital where he later died. The 22-year-old male passenger was also taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The driver of the Ford Focus was treated at the scene and released.

June 27 A Sylvan Lake man believed he and his wife would win a house — and they did. Floyd Anderson told his wife to take the phone with her while she was gardening because “we’re winning a house today.” They were the grand prize winners of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation’s Hospitals’ Lottery. It was one of 460 prizes drawn for the foundation’s big fundraising event. This year’s lottery helped fund pulmonary equipment for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

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Red Deer Fasteners & Tools

No matter what the occasion, good friends always come in handy. At this special time of year, we thank you for being ours. #7, 4999 - 76 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-342-6030 Fax: 403-347-9615

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June 28 The driver of a transport truck was taken to hospital after an incident near Red Deer that police called ‘a case of road rage gone wrong.’ At about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit responded to a report of an assault near Gasoline Alley. According to witnesses, a darkcoloured pick-up truck traveling south forced a double-trailer transport truck off the highway and onto the shoulder. Both vehicles stopped and the male

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“We’re happy to have the opportunity to say Happy New Year to you, our valued customers.” 6780 - 76 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-343-1233 Fax: 403-342-2422

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June 29 The business mix at Red Deer’s Clearview Market Square was quickly taking shape. Servus Credit Union opened in the commercial centre on Monday — joining the Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust and CIBC branches already operating there. Nearby, work was progressing on a number of buildings designed for single occupants and multiple tenants. Shoppers Drug Mart was to set up shop in a new store adjacent to 30th Avenue to the south, while Loblaw Companies Ltd. was developing a nearly 30,000-square-foot grocery store, a gas bar and a liquor store further west. Near the northwest corner, a building for Canadian Brew House was under construction. Three multi-tenant buildings were also nearing completion, with bays expected to be turned over to lessees in August.

Enjoy the winter wonderland and all the festive season brings to your family. It’s been a pleasure doing business with you. See you in 2013!

All the best of the season. All the best for the new year.

GASOLINE ALLEY EAST, Red Deer COUNTY Phone: 403-347-5900 redde;erkawasaki.com

3722 - 57 Ave., Red Deer, T4N 4R7 403-346-8809

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Trends may come and trends may go, but when it comes to good folks we know, goodwill, friendship and a smile always seem to be in style! Happy New Year. From all of us at KCB Cabinets & Renovations!

Wishing you all the happiness of the Season and Peace and Prosperity in the New Year.

SHowroom 4646 Riverside Drive, Red Deer

7018 Johnstone Drive, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-9770

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driver of the pickup truck exited his vehicle, approached the driver of the transport truck and started punching the driver’s side window. The male broke through the window and continued his attack on the victim. The suspect then fled the scene, driving through the ditch and west into the north end of Gasoline Alley at a high rate of speed.

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The Battery Doctors

SINCE 1985

“May peace and joy be with you and yours this Christmas season and throughout the coming year.”

“Your One Stop Battery Shop” All the best ... to all our customers ... we appreciate your loyal support all year long. Bay 1, 4801 - 78 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-340-8777

#115, 27475 Twp. Rd 380, Red Deer County Phone: 403-346-0116 Fax: 403-309-0136

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“In this season of light, we want to wish everyone a most joyous and harmonious holiday. Thanks to our many loyal customers.

We hope that your home may be filled with joy and happiness this holiday season.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

#100, 5440 - 45 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-2850

24 Hour Emergency Phone: 403-347-1997

ARROW PLUMBING SERVICES LTD. “Happy holidays” “Proudly Serving Red Deer & Area for over 25 years”

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A motorcyclist critically injured on Thursday morning in a Red Deer collision later died. Christopher Huhn, 31, of Red Deer, passed away from his injuries at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. At around 6:45 a.m., Red Deer RCMP responded when a westbound SUV allegedly collided with a northbound motorcycle that was making a left-hand turn onto 40th Avenue. The SUV then struck a tree on the northwest side of the intersection. The driver of the SUV, a 32-year-old man, was also taken to Red Deer hospital. He was treated and released from hospital with minor injuries. The traffic lights at the time of the accident were not working due to a power outage in the area.

#8, 7875 - 48 Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-343-6100 Fax: 403-342-7894


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JULY

July 3 A torrential downpour stormed through Central Alberta on Tuesday, quickly flooding numerous parking lots, streets and businesses in Red Deer within an hour’s period. The severe thunderstorm started at about 2 p.m. and then began to escalate into a rage so that an hour later, it was in full force. Similar heavy downpours were realized in several other Central Alberta communities, including Olds, Rocky Mountain House and Stettler, plus a small tornado was reported west of Didsbury. Drains could not keep up with the quick downpour across many locations in Red Deer.

July 3 The Canada Day long weekend has proven hazardous in Central Alberta as a series of accidents have injured several people. At least three people are injured after the vehicle they were in went off a logging road near Sundre on Monday morning. Cpl. Ryan Hodge of the Sundre RCMP detachment said they also dealt with two impaired driving incidents, On July 1 stricter drinking and driving penalties came into effect. In addition to impaired driving, Hodge says Sundre RCMP received numerous firearms complaints. In Sylvan Lake two people were charged under the new drinking and driving penalties, said Cpl. Kevin Halwa of the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment. Red Deer City RCMP responded to a collision on Saturday involving a motorcycle, just after 4:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, Ponoka RCMP and Integrated Traffic Service responded to a two-vehicle collision, which also involved a semi rollover on Hwy 2 between Blackfalds and Lacombe just after 3:30 p.m.

Power would go out at many Red Deer locations as high temperatures meant power demand was outstripping supply. The City of Red Deer was instituting rolling power outages of 30 minutes at a time. The city was intending to start with Deer Park, Rosedale, Anders and Inglewood and continue throughout the city as long as the high demand persisted. The outages could affect homes, businesses, traffic signals and street lights.

July 15 An explosion rocked the Normandeau neighbourhood sending one man to hospital and injuring another in Red Deer. Red Deer Emergency Services fire captain Terry Brew said residents of a home on Nagel Avenue were moving stuff from a rented truck to a garage when the explosion occurred. A propane barbecue tank inside a van was likely the source of the

explosion. “One person suffered first degree burns on his back,” said Wes Van Bavel, Red Deer fire prevention officer. “The second male had first and second degree burns on his left arm and on his face and some lacerations. But after three hours in hospital, he was released.”

July 17 RCMP say distracted driving may have played a factor in a head-on crash that claimed the lives of two men early Tuesday morning immediately outside Rimbey. Rimbey RCMP and ambulance and fire crews were dispatched to the scene of the two-vehicle collision on Hwy 20, south of Rimbey, at about 5:30 a.m. After the impact, one car stayed on the road, while a minivan rolled into the ditch and was found on its roof. Rimbey RCMP Sgt. Mark Groves, who was on scene through the morning, said that both a 30-year-old man driving the car and a 36-year-old man driving the minivan died at the scene.

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Mar-Ran Industries Industrial Painting & Sandblasting Experts Friends like you are worth making noise about! Have a great New Year!

July 17 One man was fighting for his life and another was in custody after a stabbing in Red Deer’s Rotary Park. Red Deer RCMP said they were called to assist Emergency Health Services with a stabbing in Rotary Park. When police arrived they learned that the victim had been transported to Red Deer Regional Hospital in a civilian vehicle. The victim was in critical condition suffering from a life-threatening Injury. A person of interest was located nearby and was taken into custody. No charges had been laid and no names were released at the time.

July 19 Discount shoppers would lose one of their local destinations on Nov. 12, when Zellers would close its Bower Place Shopping Centre store. However, relief was expected with the announced opening of Target in the same space. Target Corp. struck a deal in January 2011 with Zellers Inc., a

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Downloading our Best Wishes at the NewYear.

#1, 7439 - 49 ave. cres., red deer, ab Phone: 403-346-0673 Fax: 403-309-3920

Phone: 403-343-1494

www.longhurstconsulting.com

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“You Dream It, We’ll Build It”

May peace, love and harmony visit your home and linger all the year through. #1, 4699 - 61 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-341-4747 Fax: 403-347-4587

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D&M Align and Brake Ltd. For quality service call on us. “With warm wishes from our family to yours for a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.” #5, 6850 - 52 Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-343-2992

Sixteen people faced 24 drugrelated charges following a massive criminal investigation into organized crime and drug distribution in Red Deer. Police said the investigation and subsequent charges had disrupted two local chapters of nationally identified organized crime groups operating in the city. The groups are responsible for numerous violent crimes in the city including robberies, kidnappings, shootings and assaults. The sixteen people charged included 10 people from Central Alberta and others from Calgary, Winnipeg, Man. and Abbotsford, B.C.

Hwy #11 West, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-7888

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Pike Wheaton Chevrolet

Now that the New Year is about to arrive, we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

“With our gratitude at this special time of year, we’d like to extend our warm wishes to your family. We appreciate your business all year long.”

#1 4608 - 62nd Street, Red Deer T4N 6T3 Phone: 403-343-7183 Fax: 403-343-7171

3110 Gaetz Avenue South, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-3301

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Scott’s Super Trucks

Darcy D. Dunkle & John B.F. McBeath

Classic Trucks & Parts 1932 thru 1972 Chev/GMC

Lawyers • General Practice of Law

To our valued clients at this holiday season, we wish you and your families every happiness.

May all parts of your new year be filled with health and happiness. Hwy 592 West, Penhold Phone: 403-886-5572 Fax: 403-886-5577

Phone: 403-347-5522

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Will-Do! Furnace & Chimney Cleaning Inc.

Holiday Greetings from All of Us Wishing you much good cheer in this festive holiday season.

Straight from the hearth ... warmest wishes for 2013! Phone: 403-729-2772 or 403-346-6844

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“Joyous wishes for a happy holiday. Sincere thanks to our many customers.” Now that the New Year is about to arrive, we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Many thanks for your patronage this past year.

4648 - 61 Street, Red Deer

subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Co., to purchase Zellers’ lease interests in 189 commercial sites. The American retail giant made the move to jump into the Canadian market, and has since confirmed plans to open 125 to 135 stores. Target had indicated that Red Deer would be among the first Canadian communities would start operations.

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July 9

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

After having claimed their spot on the hill at Bower Ponds Sylvia Kuebeck, left, and Rachel Jabs settle in for an afternoon and evening full of Canada Day entertainment. Thousands of people had the same idea, flocking to the ponds to celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday. See related video at reddeeradvocate.com

#5, 7450 - 49 Avenue Crescent, Red Deer Phone: 403-343-8331 Fax: 403-340-8685


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AUGUST

Aug. 1 The community of Olds was cleaning up after an intense rain and hail storm flooded several intersections and damaged natural landscaping on a Tuesday afternoon. The heavy downpour began at about 4 p.m. and after 15 minutes, it was done, but not without causing some mess. Scott Chant, manager of utilities and public works for the Town of Olds, said at least 40 mm of rain fell in the short time according to rain gauges distributed around town. “That was probably as much as the rain gauge could catch until the hail hit,” said Chant. “From reports of some residents who have lived in the community for a number of years, it’s probably the worst storm they’ve seen in this town.”

Aug. 3 The mystery of a lost wallet belonging to a Red Deer man has been solved and it has been returned to the rightful owner. Pete Priestman, 55, from Williams Lake, B.C., was camping in the back country east of Cotton Wood House on the Barkerville Hwy in the North Caribou, B.C., region last week, when he stumbled across a wallet belonging to Neil Hamilton, 33, of Red Deer. Hamilton lost his wallet in May. He had just finished a tree planting contract near Chetwynd, B.C., a community north of Prince George, and happened to be travelling through Williams Lake. The two men arranged a time to meet at Tim Hortons. “It is a good ending to the whole thing,” Priestman said. “He was quite thrilled, it was the wallet he had since he was a teenager. It’s not much usable anymore but at least he got it back and he was overjoyed, just bubbling.”

Photo by MELISSA ARTHUR/Advocate staff

Shelley Bradshaw of Innisfail Growers helps Guy Boisvert of Red Deer select some fresh produce during the Red Deer Public Market. The market’s popularity continues to grow, as does the demand for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

Aug. 8 A Red Deer woman was charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to run down her mother with a car in north Red Deer. Red Deer City RCMP responded to a complaint of hit and run near Gaetz Avenue and 67th Street in Red Deer around 8:30 p.m. They alleged there was a verbal and physical confrontation between a mother and a daughter in an alley behind ATB Financial. Witnesses told investigators the daughter got into a truck and backed up quickly, hitting another vehicle and appeared to have driven the vehicle directly at her mother, hitting her. The driver fled the scene.

Aug. 12 A Boeing 737 crashed just south of the Red Deer Airport late Sunday afternoon. The plane had reportedly lost radio and visual contact with NAV Canada’s control tower as it made its

final approach into the airport runway. Fifty-one passengers were believed to be on board with a crew of six. In the mock training exercise, Red Deer Emergency Services crews, the Red Deer Airport staff and other agencies responded as if the simulated activity was legitimate. The exercises and drills are mandatory for Transport Canada Airport certification and occur every three years to ensure the agencies and the airport are prepared should disaster strike.

Aug. 15 A thick stack of charges was laid against three former employees of the Red Deer Fields store, which closed earlier this year. Red Deer City RCMP charged Bernadette Coutourier, 42, Tara Munro, 31 and Marlina House, 25 in relation to an internal investigation first launched by the company’s loss prevention department and then turned over to RCMP investigators in March. Police alleged that store employees had pilfered a large volume of goods from the store and that false refunds were also made on a variety of occasions from December of 2011 through to May 3, when charges were laid, said Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, media liaison for the Red Deer City RCMP.

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Aug. 19 A tincture of controversy has done little to mar the shopping experience at public markets in Red Deer and Bentley. This year, the Red Deer public market — owned and operated by former city councillor and Red Deer College instructor Dennis Moffat and his son, Patrick — extended its hours in a bid to give shoppers more time to drop in and check out the goods and services being offered. Now in its 42nd year, the Red Deer market’s official hours were changed to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, an addition of 2.5 hours from previous years, when it ran from 9 a.m. to 12:30. That move has stopped a number of vendors from attending the Bentley Farmer’s Market, which runs on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., said manager Judy Esmond. The change at Red Deer hasn’t slowed down the number of people coming to the market, but it has limited the variety of produce available to them, Esmond said.

Aug. 22 A drunk driver who killed the Red Deer parents of five children in February 2010 was granted full parole. Chad Mitchell Olsen, 25, formerly of

Sedalia, was granted full parole after a 90-minute Parole Board of Canada hearing was held at the downtown Red Deer parole office. He was granted day parole last December after serving a seven-month term in federal prison for the deaths of Brad and Krista Howe, both in their mid 30s, early on Feb. 7, 2010. The two-member parole board panel ruled that Olsen, who has been living at a halfway house in Red Deer, did not pose undue risk to the public. Full parole would help him ease back into full integration with society as well.

Aug. 29 Toby Lampard was confident of a need for long-term hotel accommodation in Red Deer. In fact, his company was betting $12 million on it. The president of L-7 Inc., a family-owned company, said on Tuesday that work was expected to begin this fall on a four-storey, 83-suite hotel at 6822 66th St. What would distinguish L-7’s property from those competitors would be the fact it’s designed for extended stay guests — those that often require lodging for weeks or even months. “That’s the niche that we’re looking at,” said Lampard. “It’s a new offering in the Red Deer market.”

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Surround yourself with the warmth of family and friends throughout the New Year.

SINCE 1994 Privacy Vinyl Fencing

May the New Year be an indication of all the wonderful things to come in 2013. Best Wishes! 3812 - 50 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-6455

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Thank you for putting yourself in our Hands! #115, 5301 - 43 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-340-0820 info@associatemassage.ca www.associatemassage.ca

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Golden Sun Health Foods

PARKLAND PARKLAND TRANSMISSION TRANSMISSION

“Keeping you healthy throughout the whole year.”

Give the Gift of Education

Best wishes for much success in the new year. 2965 Bremner Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-6676

www.academyoflearning.ab.ca

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Baker Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre Dr. James D. Baker, Doctor of Chiropractic

On this Holiday Season ... enjoy the wonder and excitement of family and friends. 4702 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-0477

www.bakerchiropractic.ca

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Season’s Greetings. Thank you Red Deer and Central Alberta for all your past support. You have given us more reason to celebrate this happy holiday time.

#11, 5016 - 47 Avenue, Red Deer (Downtown Co-op Shopping Centre) Phone: 403-342-4334

4702 - 51 Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-342-1700

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Aesthetic Laser & Skin Care

Proud to be Red Deer’s only Locally Owned & Operated Funeral Home

By: Ed Skochylas MD FRCSC

We wish everyone the best of health in 2013

Our sincere wishes for a prosperous and joyous New Year. We’re proud of your trust in us.

#100, 5201 - 43 Street, Red Deer Phone: 403-347-6610

6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive) Red Deer 403-340-4040

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“The Healthy Way is the Natural Way”

6, 3608 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer Phone: 403-346-8900

What better occasion than now to express our appreciation to our loyal customers and to you all a Happy New Year!

In this season of caring, well wishes to our patients and their families, and thankyou for the privilege of caring for you.

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SEPTEMBER

Sept. 3 Dana McMurray wanted her big wedding day to include a much bigger symbol of her beloved grandfather. She thought it would be great to get married in front of the 31.5-metre tall derrick that can be easily seen on the west side of Hwy 2, just south of the Blackfalds overpass. On Saturday, the 28-year-old Blackfalds woman became Mrs. Johnson when she wed Dennis Johnson, 38, in front of 130 guests.

Sept. 4 Tougher impaired driving laws that took effect on Saturday failed to keep intoxicated drivers off Red Deer streets. Sgt. Bob Bell, in charge of the traffic unit at Red Deer city RCMP, said he was disappointed by the number of intoxicated people pulled over on Labour Day weekend, despite increased publicity over provincial legislation regarding .05 to .08 blood alcohol levels. From early Saturday until early Tuesday, five 72-hour driving suspensions were issued for those with .05 to .08 levels. Six people were charged with impaired driving.

Sept. 7 A former Red Deer teacher well known in the business and livestock communities would stand trial for sexual assault. Warren Fertig, founder of Allandale Industries and at one time a prominent breeder and promoter of llamas and Arabian horses, was committed on Thursday to stand trial in relation to the sexual assault of one of his students. Fertig, 71, was a teacher at Riverglen School in Red Deer during the mid-1970s, when the incidents are alleged to have occurred.

Sept. 7 A memorial service would be held Saturday for a Red Deer man who did not return from a swim in Amethyst Lake in the Tonquin Valley of Jasper National Park nearly two weeks ago. Grant Mark Werstiuk, 30, would be remembered at Living Stones Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Jasper RCMP Sgt. Dave Maludzinski said on Aug. 19, Werstiuk and some friends were fishing in a canoe when Werstiuk went for a swim across the lake and did not return. Police do not suspect foul play.

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Newly married Dana and Dennis Johnson stand proudly under the rig that stands in memory of Dana’s grandfather, south and west of Blackfalds along Hwy 2.

A highly-valued stallion was killed and another severely injured in what Olds College officials call a “senseless act of animal cruelty.” At some time late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, one or more people went into the horse stables on the college campus and released several stallions together in a common area. Predictably, a vicious fight ensued resulting in the death of one of the horses, said Tanya McDonald, dean of the animal science program.

Sept. 13 Alberta Health Services confirmed a Central Zone woman contracted the West Nile virus in the province. On Thursday, AHS reported two new human cases of the virus in southern Alberta. That brings to seven the number of confirmed cases including a woman who lives in Central Zone which includes Stettler, Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer. The woman, under 65 years of age, contracted the neurologi-

cal syndrome, the more serious form. AHS said she did not travel outside of Alberta this summer. Specific details about the individual West Nile virus cases are not released for confidentiality reasons.

Sept. 17 Backlash against the city’s designated bike lanes forced city council to back pedal. Only weeks after this summer’s bike lanes were painted, city council voted to remove bike lanes on 55th Street and 40th Avenue, north of 52nd Street, and 59th Avenue, north of 70th Street. The roads will be reverted to their original configuration. The $800,000 bike lane pilot was slated for a review next fall but City Manager Craig Curtis said the safety, traffic congestion and parking issues raised by the community were worthy of council’s attention before the snow falls.

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A dispersal auction planned for a Lacombe business was attracting attention from as far away as Ukraine. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers would conduct an unreserved public sale at Lacombe Trailer Sales & Rentals Inc., with more than 250 items on the block, including 63 van trailers, 22 step deck trailers, 15 container trailers, 12 hiboys, nine lowboys, eight reefer trailers and eight equipment trailers. “We’ve got brand new trailers, right down to very well-used trailers,” said owner Bill Woof, who’s operated the business since 2002.

Sept. 25 Four new Central Alberta schools would get underway by next summer as part of a $288-million private-public partnership, Education Minister Jeff Johnson announced in Red Deer on Tuesday. Johnson joined Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale and dozens of community and school leaders for a sod-turning ceremony at Timothy Drive in Timberlands. A Red Deer

Public pre-kindergarten to Grade 5 school, plus a public library branch, will be built there as part of a provincewide bundle involving 11 other school projects. Work recently got underway on a middle school in Penhold for Chinook’s Edge School Division. Drysdale didn’t have firm timelines for when construction would begin on Red Deer Catholic’s new kindergarten to Grade 5 school in Clearview Ridge.

Sept. 25 Red Deer RCMP were looking for a man who used bear spray on witnesses during a robbery at a TD Bank branch on Sunday. At about 3 p.m., a man entered the bank, at 6320 50th Ave., and demanded money from the tellers. He discharged bear spray in the bank and fled on foot heading south and into the Riverside Meadows neighbourhood. Witnesses hit by the bear spray were treated on scene by Red Deer Emergency Medical Services. Red Deer RCMP are not saying whether the robber made off with any money.

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8YE AR S At the close of the year, we would like to send our best wishes and appreciation for the many wonderful people we have had the privilege to serve. See you in 2013!

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OCTOBER

Oct. 4 A rising number of overweight and obese patients was leading to changes in patient care at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Rob Swanson, director of medical and surgical in-patient services, said that over the past few years, they’ve noticed more and more patients who need different care because of their weight. “We’re evaluating a number of different things, from the layout of washrooms to patient care,” said Swanson on Thursday. “With a bariatric patient, we need to know how to most effectively transport them.” Obesity is a chronic disease that affects about one million Albertans, or approximately 25 per cent of the province’s population, according to Alberta Health Services.

Oct. 6 If the recent demise of Eckville’s Fairways at Last Hill Golf and Country Club and the Rimbey Golf and Trailer Park didn’t raise eyebrows, the receivership last month of Pheasantback Golf and Country Club near Stettler certainly did. Those who work in Central Alberta’s golf industry agree that the economic downturn and bad weather have hurt most courses. But they also point to deeper problems that could threaten the viability of even more golf courses. “A lot of golf courses — 10, 15 years ago — were doing maybe 5,000 to 10,000 more rounds than they are now,” said Ryan Vold, director of golf at Wolf Creek Golf Resort near Ponoka. This decline reflects an aging population, with many young people choosing not to step into the golf shoes of their parents and grandparents. “There’s definitely been a shift in demographics,” said Blair Felesky, general manager of the Pine Hills Golf Club at Rocky Mountain House. “We’ve been aware of that for many, many years.”

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Oct. 10 South Red Deer had lost one of its longest-serving restaurants. Kelsey’s Restaurant ceased operations on Sept. 28. Although the furniture and fixtures at its 1935 Gaetz Ave. premises remained, exterior signage had been removed. Kelsey’s had operated in Red Deer for 15 years.

Oct. 19 A 51-year-old man charged in two armed robberies at local Servus Credit Union branches was also alleged to be responsible for other robberies in Alberta. Branches of the credit union were robbed on July 9 and Oct. 4. Philip Glen Noel was charged with

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Taking advantage of the fresh snow in his neighbourhood, Jim Saltvold heads out for what may be the earliest skiing he has done. Not confessing to be an avid skier, Saltvold does like to get out on his skis when the snow is good, however, and have a ski around his neighborhood in Vanier Woods. The early October snowstorm in Central Alberta gave him ample opportunity. two counts of robbery, two counts of committing an offence while masked, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of property obtained by crime and four counts of breach of a recognizance. Noel had been remanded in custody.

Oct. 23 Central Albertans woke to the first icy blast of winter Tuesday. Slick roads contributed to a truck crashing into the 53rd St. Music store, replacing the sound of crashing cymbals at 11 a.m. The full-sized pickup burst through the retailer’s east plate glass window and wall, shattering pianos and other instruments. The male driver was uninjured, as were the store’s employees and patrons. The female driver of an

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A Mexican worker who has been employed steadily for five years in the Red Deer area was facing cancer without health care coverage due to federal government cuts. Gabriel YanezZuniga, 33, has been supporting three young children and his wife in Red Deer. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer on Thursday. Drastic changes made in June to health coverage for rejected refugees means that YanezZuniga, his wife Leticia UriosteguiSoto, and eight-year-old daughter, can only get diagnosis and treatment for diseases that put the public safety at

Red Deer RCMP have charged a former employee of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club after a lengthy investigation that began in 2011. Bonnie Howell, 65, a former bookkeeper at the club, is charged with one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of theft over $5,000 and one count of falsification of books and records. It is alleged that between January 2007 and December 2011, Howell mismanaged money in excess of $900,000 from the Golf and Country Club.

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A Red Deer man was charged in the fatal hit and run on Taylor Bridge early Saturday. At about 2:05 a.m., an 18-year-old man was struck by a westbound vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. A relative told the Advocate the victim was Paul Gabriel Bertin of Botha. Bertin recently moved to Red Deer and was living with two of his five brothers. He had just started working in a fencing business with them. The driver did not remain on the scene but later on Saturday police located the vehicle suspected to be involved in the collision. Brent Robert Cameron, 24, was charged with failing to stop and render assistance at the scene of a collision and public mischief.

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NOVEMBER

Nov. 2 A Red Deer woman and her father were celebrating a $250,000 Extra win from a recent Lotto Max draw. Jenise Muldowney of Red Deer and her father Pat Muldowney, who lives in De Winton, south of Calgary, shared a ticket in the Oct. 19 draw. Pat bought a couple of Lotto Max tickets for himself and his daughter at a convenience store in Calgary. When he checked the tickets the morning after the draw at another retail location, he wasn’t sure what he was seeing when the $250,000 prize amount displayed on the player-facing screen. The pair’s ticket had exactly matched all seven Extra numbers drawn to win the game’s top prize.

Nov. 5 Friends of Sunnybrook Farm Society have become the official owners of the popular agricultural attraction. In a ceremony on Monday, the title for the 10-acre site was transferred to the society by the Red Deer and District Museum Society for a token $1. A plaque was also unveiled recognizing the late Norman Bower’s donation in 1988 of the farm that his family first homesteaded in 1899.

Nov. 7 A Central Alberta man had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father, a former Red Deer city councillor. Innisfail RCMP charged Aaron Guilbault, 31, in the death of Tim Guilbault, 58. Tim Guilbault was found dead on Monday afternoon in his residence in Red Lodge Estates, an acreage near Innisfail. The elder Guilbault was a three-term councillor, serving on Red Deer city council from 1986 to 1995.

Nov. 14 A Red Deer nightclub lost its appeal to keep its business licence and had to shut down after concerns were raised over public safety. In its Nov. 6 written decision, the Red Deer Appeal and Review Board said it would uphold its decision to revoke the licence for Tequila Nightclub. The revocation was effective seven days from the issuance of the decision, but the City of Red Deer was seeking legal advice on when that date was because of when the nightclub operator may have been notified.

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Red Deer RCMP Major Crimes Unit Sgt. Brian Davison, left, and Innisfail RCMP Cpl. A.J. Mand announce that Aaron Guilbault, 31, has been charged with second degree murder in the death of his father, Timothy Guilbault, 58, (bottom right) at the Innisfail RCMP Detachment on Nov. 7.

Nov. 20 RCMP in Innisfail had accused a local car dealer of defrauding four people of roughly $1 million. After an investigation that took place over the last year and a half, charges were laid against Allister Loughlin, who operated G.H. Auto and Innisfail Park & Self Storage. Innisfail RCMP Cpl. A.J. Mand confirmed on Tuesday that four counts of theft over $5,000 had been laid against Loughlin, 48, who was released from custody on a recognizance.

Nov.26 A restaurant that’s served meals in downtown Red Deer for nearly three decades was on the move. Dino’s Family Restaurant was closing its longtime

business at 4617 Gaetz Ave. and relocating to smaller premises at No. 130, 3121 49th Ave. Manager George Oris said the restaurant had been offering only take-out and delivery service since Nov. 15, and expected to be at its new location on Monday. Slated to operate there as Dino’s Take-out, it would limit its service to food pick-up and delivery. Oris said the business’s selection of pizzas and pastas will expand.

Nov. 30 The RCMP officer in charge of Red Deer’s major crimes unit lost his court bid to derail a pending disciplinary hearing against him. Sgt. Steve Black, a veteran Mountie, was accused of sexual harassment, drinking in the office

and operating a police car under the influence of alcohol. A federal judge said it would be premature to rule on Black’s argument that a delay of more than 10 months meant the disciplinary hearing must be scrapped.

DECEMBER

Dec. 4 Inglewood residents were breathing a sigh of relief after police shut down a drug house that caused neighbours to feel unsafe in their own homes. Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) closed the house at 51 Ibbotson Close in Red Deer after two investigations and numerous complaints over four years. “There has been constant criminal activity, drug use, drug abuse, drug trafficking,” said Billy Kerr, manager of SCAN South, a division of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. “There were numerous people coming from the address from all times of the day and night bringing undesirable people into the community.”

Dec. 5 Target Corp. would not be opening its Red Deer store until spring, but the retail giant was already having an impact on the local economy. The City of Red Deer issued a building permit last month for $7.1 million worth of renovations to the former Zellers premises in Bower Place Shopping Centre. PCL Construction had been preparing the site for Target since mid-November, when Zellers ceased operations there.

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Al Jacobs of Riteway Fencing Inc. in Red Deer works to fence in a drug house at 51 Ibbotson Close in Red Deer on Dec. 4. The home was closed by SCAN officers.

Four Red Deer property owners faced possible sale of their land on Dec. 14 because they hadn’t paid their taxes in recent years. But if they are like other property owners in the last several years, they’ll pay their bills quickly so they don’t lose their land. Deb Stott, controller for the Property Taxation Department, said that in the six years that she’s worked with the City of Red Deer, there hasn’t been one property sold through the city’s public auction. Surrounding municipalities have experienced this as well, she added.

brave faces on the family of six as they counted their blessings in a cramped holiday trailer next to the remains of their mobile home. Around 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, Cara Herbert returned home from grocery shopping in Stettler to see smoke billowing out of the roof of the place they called home since May. After calling 911, Herbert waited for the firefighters as she watched the flames spread. Fire crews arrived shortly after and battled the blaze for several hours to no avail.

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A well blowout near Innisfail prompted new tighter regulations for fracking. The Energy Resources Conservation Board released a draft directive on Thursday that sets out additional subsurface requirements for hydraulic fracking operations in Alberta. Updated regulations focus on additional measures to prevent well failures and to reduce the risk of “interwellbore communication,” which is when fluids flow from one wellbore into another. Updated measures have also been introduced to reduce the impact on non-saline aquifers, water wells and the surface.

Four people faced 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 said 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 nine-mm prohibited handgun, a prohibited knife and a machete, police allege.

Only 39 per cent of patients at Red Deer’s emergency department waiting for admission got an acute care bed within eight hours of coming to emergency between April and September. The target for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is to admit 75 per cent of those patients within eight hours by March 2013, the end of the fiscal year. For the most part, patients waited in emergency beds. The hospital did much better when it came to treating and discharging emergency patients. Seventy per cent of patients were discharged within four hours and the target is 80 per cent.

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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

Chad Olsen lives three blocks from the site where he killed a Red Deer couple. Every day he sees the intersection where he caused the deaths of Brad and Krista Howe, parents of three children and guardians of two. Olsen chose to drive impaired early on Feb. 7, 2010 — a decision he will regret

Dec. 9 This holiday season Cara and Tim Herbert and their four children should have been decorating with tinsel and welcoming family and friends to their Erksine-area home, northeast of Alix, for the first time. Instead there were

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.

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for the rest of his life. “There isn’t a time that I go through (that intersection) and it doesn’t take me back to that moment and what happened that night,” said Olsen, now 25. Olsen said he didn’t feel impaired that night, so he was shocked when he learned his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. He now believes there’s no safe limit for alcohol if one plans to drive. Olsen said he takes full responsibility for his actions. He is committed to telling his story to prevent others from drinking and driving. He’s never had a drink since the crash and has no desire to consume alcohol ever again. He is prohibited from driving until October 2016.

Dec. 31 Red Deer greets 2013 with Centennial First Night on New Year’s Eve at Bower Ponds, from 6 to 9 p.m. About 2,500 glow sticks, 1,000 temporary tattoos of Red Deer’s centennial logo, and slices of cake from 10 big birthday cakes will be given away. Sheila Bannerman, Red Deer Centennial Committee chairperson, said according to consultations with the public and community groups, people wanted to celebrate on ice. “One of the things that came across really strongly was people hoped to have a skating party. And people always like fireworks,” Bannerman said. Freezing temperatures have ensured the pond will be ready, but hopefully it won’t be too cold because the fireworks would be cancelled if it’s below -20C.


Red Deer Advocate, December 31, 2012