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BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF A reduction in Red Deer’s proposed property tax increase to 3.91 per cent from 4.15 per cent opened the first day of the city’s operating budget talks on Monday. City chief finan- CHARTERS TAKING cial officer Dean SHAPE A2 Krejci said staff under-estimated the revenue from construction growth, which in turn lowered the projected property tax increase. The revenue was estimated at roughly $1.9 million but after doing more number crunching, the figure increased to $2.14 million. Mayor Morris Flewwelling said the reduction started the deliberations on the estimated $284-million budget on the right foot. “It’s very encouraging at this point to have the tax increase at 3.91 per cent because council could pull it up a little more or bump it down a little,” said Flewwelling. “But nothing big is going to happen.” Flewwelling added that he is happy with the budget because at this point the budget is fairly tight with everything on the pages questioned and vetted all along the way. “It was wonderful news to hear today that the estimated building return will be higher. It’s always good to get good news like that,” said Flewwelling. “I think we’re in for one for (today) that isn’t quite as exciting so stay tuned.” The first day of budget talks went over with little fanfare as city manager Craig Curtis and Krejci gave an overview of the 2013 operating budget, much of which council has heard before in draft form and at the media briefing on Friday. On Monday, Elaine Vincent, the director of corporate services division, delivered the $18.5 million budget for financial services, information technology services, legislative services, and revenue and assessment services.

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Jersey City Employee Richard Skutar works in the Bower Shopping Centre location Monday moving NHL jersey’s to the front racks of the store. The store is hoping the imminent resumption of the NHL season will mean an increase in sales of hockey jerseys. BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Fans have been feeling the pain of the lockout for the past 113 days, but so too have businesses that rely on the National Hockey League for revenue. The lockout came to a conclusion on NHL DEAL B4 Sunday when both sides tentatively agreed to the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. The deal now has to be ratified. Bars and jersey stores have been through a down few months, in terms of sales and patrons, while the owners locked out the players, cancelling 625 games. And Josh Mizurek, manager at Jersey City in Bower Place Shopping Centre, said he has heard from numerous customers about their disgust with the situation. “I bet you I’m seeing four to five people a day come in and even if the NHL comes back, they say they’re not buying anything,” said Mizurek.

NHL STOPPAGES CHRONOLOGY 1991-92 April 1 — NHL players vote 560-4 to reject the owners’ contract offer, setting into motion the first league-wide strike in league history. April 11 — Players and owners agree on a contract through the 1992-93 season. The 30 postponed games are rescheduled. 1994-95 Sept. 22 — Owners announced they will lock out players on Oct. 1, when the season is scheduled to start, if there isn’t an agreement. Jan. 11 — On the 103rd day of the lockout, players and owners agree to a six-year deal with a reopener after the 1997-98 fourth season. Following the cancellation of 468 games, each team played a 48-game regular-season schedule. 2004-05 Sep pt. 15 — NHL owners vote unanimouslyy

“Just completely boycotting the sport. Where last year, everybody was looking, everybody loved their sport. This year, I had some regular custom-

to lock out players on Sept. 16, the day training camps were to start opening. Feb. 16 — Commissioner Gary Bettman canceled the season, wiping out the entire 1,230-game schedule and the playoffs. The NHL becomes the first major pro sports league in North America to lose an entire season to a labor dispute. July 13 — On the 301st day of the lockout, players and owners agree in principle to a sixyear contract. 2012-13 Sept. 13 — NHL owners vote unanimously to lock out players on Sept. 16, the day training camps were to start opening. Jan. 6 — On the 113th day of the lockout, players and owners agree to the framework of a 10-year contract that gives each side the right to terminate after eight years.

ers who were huge NHL fans who refused to buy anything.”

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Home sought for Bergen sculpture collection BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF For the past five years, some of the world’s most talented sculptors have created monumental works of art in Morton Burke’s backyard. His annual Bergen Rocks Sculpture Symposium has seen larger-than-life sculptures carved out of granite and marble, creating a sculpture garden behind his home in Bergen, a few kilometres south of Sundre. In 2011, the venue was switched to Red Deer College and artists from China, Mongolia, Korea, Turkey and Italy showcased their talent. Burke took a year off from the show last year, but has also made it known he’d like to find a permanent home for the sculptures. He would like it to be in Sundre, although he is also putting word out to other communities. Town economic development officer Linda Wallace sees the merits of having such a unique collection listed among the community’s attractions. “We’re taking a look at whether there’s a way to get them,” said Wal-


lace on Monday. “We certainly don’t have the money so we’re going to be looking into whether there’s something through Alberta Arts and Culture or anything along that line.” There are 19 large-scale sculptures in Burke’s collection worth tens of thousands of dollars apiece. Council passed a motion last month directing administration to look into the feasibility of acquiring the collection to create a tourist attraction. “There’s a whole market out there that does recognize the value of what’s there,” she said, adding that the sculptors are internationally recognized artists. “It’s a treasure, there’s no doubt about that.” It would be a nice surprise for visitors to come across the sculptures in a setting like Sundre, she said. “It just adds to the whole cache of having it here, to come upon it unexpectedly.” Wallace said she’ll likely report back to council in the spring.



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The air was thick with marble dust at the east end of Red Deer College, as artists from five different countries took part in an international sculpture symposium that required each of them create a monumental sculpture out of three different kinds of Vietnamese marble in one month. CANADA




The battle over the plight of Canada’s First Nations escalated Monday amid accusations of a cynical public relations ploy by the Conservative government and new demands by a hunger-striking chief. A5

A dialogue between Red Deer College’s board and the community will open up later this month, with the intent of learning what each side has to offer the other. C1

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Charters taking shape BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF The vision of Red Deer as a safe, vibrant and community-minded city is taking shape. City council heard a brief overview of the work completed and the work ahead related to the movement, design, dialogue, economy, safety and identity charters during the first day of operating budget deliberations. These work plans were introduced during the 2012 operating budget talks as part of the city’s strategic direction. Lisa Perkins, director of corporate transformation, said the charters are in various stages of being completed. The progress on the Integrated Mobility Study or the “mobility playbook” is nearing completion and will be before council in the coming months. “It is going to be so foundational to how we move within the city,” said


Perkins. “You will start seeing some of that come into the action in the way we build roads, trails, and transit systems to ensure they are integrated.” In 2013, staff will delve into the identity charter which defines who Red Deerians are and who they want to be as well as the aspirations of a community. “It is going to influence our architecture, our designs, our planning,” said Perkins. “It’s going to be a part of our centennial celebrations. I think it’s something all members of the community can be excited about.” The social master plan outlining the city’s social obligations is scheduled to kick off this fall. More details on the individual charters will unfold during this week’s budget deliberations. The charters are scheduled to be completed at the same time as the strategic plan finishes at the end of 2014.

Alberta premier faces ethics probe over tobacco lawsuit BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Alberta’s ethics commissioner is investigating a conflict of interest allegation involving Premier Alison Redford over a government lawsuit filed against Big Tobacco. It’s alleged that Redford awarded the lawsuit contract in 2011 to a group of law firms that included her former husband, Robert Hawkes, when she was justice minister. Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says Redford is in a potential conflict of interest and asked the ethics commissioner to investigate. In a letter to Sherman, Ethics Commissioner Neil Wilkinson writes that he has launched a probe into the allegation and has informed Redford of his decision. “I have commenced an investigation as you requested,” Wilkinson wrote in a letter that the Alberta Liberals released to the media Monday. “The member has been notified of my deci-

sion.” Redford told the Alberta legislature in November that accusations that she was in conflict of interest over the tobacco litigation contract are “absolutely inaccurate and false.” The government’s lawsuit is seeking to recover $10 billion from tobacco companies for the estimated cost of caring for patients dating back to the 1950s. Brad Odsen, a lawyer for the Ethics Commissioner’s office, said the investigation will focus on whether Redford breached Section 2 of Alberta’s Conflicts of Interest Act. Section 2 deals with whether a decision made by a member of the legislature has benefited a person directly associated with the member. Odsen said when the review is complete a report will be presented to the Alberta legislature. If there is a conflict, the report may recommend sanctions including a reprimand, a financial penalty or suspending or expelling a member from the legislature.


BUDGET: Debate begins today on the details One-time funding for the October municipal election to the tune of $238,429 was the highest budget item. The funding covers media advertising, designing and printing of promotional materials, council swearing in ceremony and reception, new council orientation, gifts for outgoing councillors and outgoing council recognition event. City residents will elect a new nine-person council including a mayor on Oct. 21. Legislative Services requested $84,878 for the continuation of an appeals co-ordinator position that deals with the appeal board and assessments. The position has been funded on a one-time basis in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Increased workload is the driver behind the continued need. “It’s maintaining those core services and maintaining those visions doing what we can with the limited resources,” said Vincent. “We did achieve some cost-savings but we are such a small department it’s difficult for us because we do impact people.” There are 136 staff working in the division’s four departments. Starting at 1 p.m. today, council will hear from the City Manager’s Department ($7.4 million), Planning Services ($11 million), Development Services ($151.4

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Under the dome Red Deer Tennis Club member Eric Wong finds himself in an awkward position as he returns a shot by his opponent Jim Wilson Monday afternoon. The Red Deer Tennis Club offers a variety of classes and programs and playing times to suit the beginner to advanced players enrolled in the club. Information on club activities and classes can be found at the Recreation Centre, Dawe Centre and the Collicutt Centre.

million) and Community Services ($87.5 million). The debate begins on Wednesday when council will delve into the details and the division’s budgets. ● Residents will be able to file their census electronically for the first time this year. Enumerators will deliver to every household an electronic pin tag that will be unique to that household. They will be able to log in and provide census information. The details are being worked out but the model will be similar to a pilot in Airdire. There is no immediate cost savings, says Vincent but in the future money will be saved.

REACTION: Frustration lingers among some fans While in the immediate future, Mizurek has felt the pain of the lockout, he hopes as the games start the fans come out of the woodwork. “I think there will be quite a bit of angry fans who just choose to ignore it for the rest of this season at least.” But the frustration with the lockout still permeates through many corners of NHL fandom. “I know one person who said, however many games they make us miss he would boycott that many.” But some fans are excited that the players will soon return to the ice, including Red Deer native Sean Caple.


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“I think it’s great,” said Caple. “That’s my livelihood, camps and clinics and lessons.” Caple, an Oilers fan, runs hockey camps in Colorado, but has also worked with TSN as a statistician and researcher during the playoffs. Before moving to Colorado, he played and coached in the Red Deer Minor Hockey Association. “When the Avs are playing, the interest piques. I think if there wasn’t a season it would have affected me in the spring and summer when I do my camps.” Caple said he thinks he will try to make it to a handful of games, comparable to the amount he went to last year. “I think it’s going to take a while (for attendance to return), but if the Avs put a good product on the ice, people will show up,” said Caple. Darren McArthur, owner of Cork’d Taphouse and Grill, said he is hopeful that business starts to pick back up with the players returning to the ice. “I think everybody is happy,” said McArthur. “I think people are starving for hockey so it’s good to be getting back.” Typically, game days at the bar would see increased patrons and with the lockout, McArthur said they saw fewer people coming out. “I know many of the customers weren’t happy with what was going on,” said McArthur. “But now that it’s back, I think people get back and as soon as the first couple of games get going, I’m sure everybody will get back. I hope everyone starts coming out and having fun again.” McArthur was hopeful it would be a long time before another lockout. The tentative agreement is for 10 years.





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Outgoing Montana governor takes no action on Smith clemency bid

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Ronald Smith is shown on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. Montana’s outgoing governor did not grant clemency to Canadian death row inmate Ronald Smith during his final hours in office. eral’s office is hoping to avoid. The state has persuaded Sherlock to hear arguments that it be allowed to make changes to its execution procedures without going to the legislature. “I think the governor may have just simply looked at it and said, ‘Why should I do something that does not require my immediate action? Doing nothing could pull this out another four or five years,”’ said Waterman. Smith’s longtime lawyer, Don Vernay, said he was “sickened” that Schweitzer decided to take the easy way out. “He took the politician’s way out,” said Vernay, who practises law in Albuequerue, N.M. “He had initially said that he was not going to wait until the closing hours of his office to take care of this, so the guy talks out of both sides of his mouth.” Vernay is particularly angry that Schweitzer’s office contacted Smith’s legal team two weeks ago asking for a letter from Smith guaranteeing that he would not appeal his conviction. That led to the belief that clemency was going to be granted. “It’s a downer. I have 21 years of my life invested in this case and

he’s one of the better clients I’ve had. I can imagine what his poor family is feeling and how they’re going to handle this.” Smith, 55, has been on death row since he admitted to shooting Thomas Mad Man Jr. and Harvey Running Rabbit near East Glacier, Mont., in 1982. He originally asked for the death penalty, but soon after changed his mind and has been fighting for his life ever since. He issued an emotional apology at his clemency hearing last May in which he said he was “horrendously sorry” for his actions. His apology fell on deaf ears. One by one, family members demanded that Smith be executed for the murders. But others have expressed support for Smith’s request, including his daughter, Carmen Blackburn, and Jessica Crawford, Running Rabbit’s daughter and Mad Man’s cousin. The Canadian government grudgingly sent a letter in December 2011 to the Montana Board of Pardons and Paroles asking that clemency be granted. It followed up last month with a letter to Schweitzer from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

Former Edmonton health CEO would alert hospital staff to VIP patients CALGARY — The former head of Edmonton’s health region admitted she gave a heads-up to staff on incoming VIP patients — but didn’t expect those patients would get favourable treatment. “I’m a (former) nurse myself,” Sheila Weatherill told the Alberta Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry on Monday. “I have a lot of confidence in (staffers’) understanding that any sort of extra care or service is dependent on medical need.” That sparked a sharp exchange between Weatherill and commission counsel Michele Hollins. “If the nursing staff and the frontline staff — everyone — agrees that we have every confidence that they are going to treat patients according to their medical need, that they’re not going to provide particular service to a prominent person, correct?” said Hollins. “Correct,” said Weatherill. “Then what is the point of telling them, ’Here’s this prominent person that’s coming into your facility’? “If you expect patients to be treated equally, why didn’t your office treat them equally?” asked Hollins. Weatherill paused before answering. “I feel there is a value in passing on information to the senior people so that they would have an awareness that these people had become part

PREFERENTIAL ACCESS INQUIRY of the health system,” she said. “Just like the thousand of pieces of information they have about what’s happening in their facility, it’s another factor.” Earlier witnesses have testified that the health region under Weatherill had a culture of VIP care, with front-line staff told to watch over prominent patients. Brigitte McDonough, the former executive in charge of critical care at the University Hospital in Edmonton, said Weatherill’s executives would inform doctors and nurses of prominent patients in their care. McDonough, testifying last month, said the care was never to be more than to “say hi” or give an “extra smile” to a patient, but said in one

instance she ordered a prominent person be moved up in line in the emergency department after a complaint to Weatherill’s office. “It was well known that when Sheila wanted something, you jumped,” said McDonough. Weatherill, however, told Hollins she infrequently made the calls to two of her senior executives to inform them of prominent patients, but left it at that. Weatherill said the executives were free to pass Weatherill’s message on to the hospital in question or to ignore it. No followup was expected, she added. “My intention is just to make (the executive) aware that that individual is somewhere in our system,” Weatherill testified.

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“They’re very experienced senior people. They would understand what follow up would be appropriate.” She said the calls were usually concerning the security and privacy of the prominent people, but she agreed with Hollins that procedures were already in place to guarantee the privacy of all patients anyway. Weatherill left her post as head of the Capital Health region when it and the eight other regions were combined into the Alberta Health Services superboard in 2008. Weatherill sat on the board of directors for the superboard until last year. She stepped down after documents revealed she allowed former executive Allaudin Merali to bill taxpayers for extravagant meals, to fix his Mercedes Benz, and to hire a butler.

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EDMONTON — New research has provided the most conclusive proof yet that oilsands development in northern Alberta is polluting surrounding lakes. The findings all but end the debate over industry’s contribution to toxins found in local watersheds, say the report’s authors. The federally funded research by some of Canada’s top scientists was published Monday in the prestigious U.S. journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It concludes that levels of toxic hydrocarbons in six lakes in the oilsands region are between 2 ½ and 23 times what they were before the mines were built. While overall toxin levels remain low, trends aren’t good and some lakes are already approaching warning levels. The paper adds that the timing of the contamination and its chemical makeup both point to industrial sources. “This shows very conclusively that at least in the lakes we looked at, we cannot see any way we can attribute this to natural causes,” said study coauthor John Smol, a biologist at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. Industry and government have long suggested that hydrocarbons found in water bodies near oilsands development could have come from naturally eroding bitumen deposits. That door is now shut, said Smol. “(That debate’s) completely over. If there was still a coffin to be nailed, I think this is kind of putting in a lot of nails in the coffin.” Industrial contamination in the oilsands region has remained controversial because baseline levels of hydrocarbons in the environment were never adequately established before development began. Rivers do cut through deposits and naturally occurring oily slicks are clearly visible along some shorelines. To assess how things used to be, Smol and his colleagues took core samples from the sediment of six lakes — five close to oilsands facilities and one more distant. The layers in the sediment provide an annual record going back to 1880. Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — many of which are cancer-causing and considered highly hazardous — increased over time in all six lakes. In four of the lakes, sediments now have an average of more than four times as many such hydrocarbons as they once did. In Lake NE20, levels were 23.2 times greater. Even Namur Lake, 90 kilometres to the northwest, had 3 ½ times as much of the toxins. The data shows levels began increasing in the late 1960s, almost exactly when commercial production from the oilsands began, and at a time when such levels were declining in other northern lakes. As well, lakes downwind of oilsands mines showed greater increases than those upwind. The makeup of the contaminants also changed about the time oilsands development began. The proportion of hydrocarbons associated with natural processes such as forest fires decreased and those considered to be oil-derived increased, Smol said. The study suggests overall levels of toxins in sediment remain relatively low, well beneath those recorded in other Alberta lakes near industry, agriculture or urban areas. But Smol points out that until recently the study lakes were wilderness waters. “We’re not saying we have toxic lakes right now, but we see that these are wilderness lakes that are now at the level of a typical urbanized lake.” Biologist and co-author Joshua Kurek says the line on the graph is headed the wrong way. “The general trend is that in remote lakes (deposition) tended to peak earlier, in mid-20th century, whilst the oilsands lakes are on a clear trajectory for increasing,” he wrote in an email. Jules Blais, a toxicologist at the University of Ottawa, said the study shows clear evidence the oilsands developments have dramatically increased toxin levels.

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CALGARY — Montana’s outgoing governor did not grant clemency during his final hours in office to Canadian death row inmate Ronald Smith. Smith had hoped that Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who finished his second term Monday, would put an end to Smith’s fight to avoid execution for the 1982 murders of two young Montana men. The move doesn’t mean that the former resident of Red Deer, Alta., will be executed any time soon. The clemency application now becomes the responsibility of new state governor Steve Bullock. “I’m somewhat surprised and a little bit disappointed,” Ron Waterman, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “It’s just sort of unfinished work. The petition now just shifts over to the new governor to see whether or not he would be inclined to act on the petition.” Bullock, like Schweitzer, is also a Democrat and spent the last four years serving as Montana’s attorney general. He has publicly indicated he supports the death penalty but isn’t considered to be a strong proponent. “In limited circumstances, I personally support the death penalty,” Bullock, 46, said last May in a response to a survey by the Billings Gazette. Bullock has also held back from lobbying against efforts in the Montana legislature to abolish the death penalty, said Waterman. A call to Bullock’s office Monday seeking further comment on the Smith case was not returned. Waterman believes that Schweitzer may have had second thoughts about dealing with the clemency request because of an outstanding civil action involving the liberties union. Last September, Montana District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock put all executions on hold by declaring the state’s method of execution unconstitutional, cruel and inhumane. Sherlock indicated the state legislature needs to rejig statutes to bring the execution protocol in line with Montana’s constitution — something the Attorney Gen-




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Smith deserves clemency In the name of decency, spare his life — please — and let everyone move on. Such action would put an end to the cruel and unusual treatment of Ronald Smith, originally from Red Deer, who has been on death row for over 30 years in Montana for killing two peoMARY-ANN ple. BARR But not only that, the families on both sides — the victims’ and his — can stop having to live through yet another extension of the Smith case. In a way, they are also subject to cruel and unusual punishment. Expecting that killing Smith will offer the families of Smith’s victims some solace, some closure, some happiness, is too simplistic. Smith has already been in jail lon-


ger than most life sentences when parole is eventually granted. His accomplice, Rodney Munro, took a plea bargain. He got 60 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping but was returned to Canada and released in 1998. On Monday, Smith learned that the outgoing Montana governor had not granted him clemency. It was speculated that this might happen. Instead, Gov. Brian Schweitze decided to take no action. Schweitze is now being accused of taking the easy road, but in doing that, he may have actually granted Smith, 55, several more years of life. And the longer the case drags on, the better Smith’s chances, as American distaste for the death penalty grows. The new governor, Steve Bullock, will now be responsible for determining whether Smith will live or die. Prompted by a challenge by Smith, all Montana planned executions were effectively put on hold earlier this year when a judge declared the state’s method of execution (lethal injection) unconstitutional, cruel and inhumane. It could mean the state will have to make legislative changes to its execu-

tion protocol. In 1982, Smith shot Thomas Running Rabbit, 24, and Harvey Mad Man Jr., 20, in Montana. He and Munro had been hitchhiking, and were under the influence of LSD at the time. When the two victims picked them up, and then stopped to relieve themselves in the woods, Smith shot them both. Munro also stabbed one of them. They then stole their vehicle. They were arrested three months later. After Smith was caught, he asked for the death penalty and got it, but later changed his mind. Since he obviously does not have the money to defend himself, it has cost the state thousands upon thousands of dollars to continually try to carry out his death sentence. California has 724 death row inmates in the U.S., the highest of a U.S. total of 3,146 (as of Oct. 1, 2012). Montana has just two — one of course being Smith, who has faced several execution dates that have been postponed after various legal appeals. It’s actually been 18 years since anyone has been executed in Montana.

A California report states that it costs $90,000 more per year per death row inmate than for someone serving life in a maximum security prison. The annual cost of the death penalty system in California is estimated at $137 million, compared with a lifetime incarceration system of $11.5 million annually. Many taxpayers, and legislators as well, would probably prefer to see the difference spent on other things that offer much greater value and benefit to taxpayers. A long-repentant Smith has suffered for years at the hands of a system that seems lukewarm about executing him, but afraid to step in and say enough is enough. After 30 years, surely justice has been served. Hopefully Montana’s new governor will move quickly, grant the man clemency, and start the process of joining the growing number of states that are in the process of dumping capital punishment altogether. Mary-Ann Barr is the Advocate’s assistant city editor. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 403-314-4332.


Canadian government owes native people far more I am disgusted at the actions of Stephen Harper toward the First Nations people; apologizing to them for all the years of torture and even death in residential schools only to turn around and violate them again In the passing of Bill C-45, First Nations are once again to be stripped of their human and land rights while many of them live in Third World conditions in a First World country as it is. A real apology is accompanied by changed behaviour and clearly, the Aboriginal People have yet to experience restitution by the Canadian government. Bailey Coltman Red Deer

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Time to stop spinning our wheels CLIMATE CHANGE WARNINGS GO UNHEEDED In 1988, hundreds of scientists and policy-makers met in Toronto for a major international conference on climate change. They were sufficiently alarmed by the accumulated evidence for human-caused global warming that they issued a release stating, “Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war.” They urged world leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2005. Had we heeded that DAVID warning and embarked on SUZUKI a campaign to meet the target, Canadians would now be healthier (because of reduced air pollution), have greater reserves of energy and more jobs. We’d also be a world leader in renewable energy and could have saved tens of billions of dollars. The year was significant for environmentalists. In 1988, George H.W. Bush ran for the highest office in the U.S. and promised to be an “environmental president.” He didn’t have a green bone in his body, but public pressure compelled him to make a commitment he ultimately didn’t keep. That year, Margaret Thatcher was filmed picking up litter. She turned to the camera and said, “I’m a greenie, too.” Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was also re-elected in 1988. He appointed a bright new political star, Lucien Bouchard, as environment minister. I asked Bouchard during an interview what he


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considered to be our most important environmental issue. “Global warming,” he responded. I continued: “How serious is it?” His answer: “It threatens the survival of our species. We have to act now.” In 1988, the environment was a top public concern, scientists spoke out and politicians said the right things. Global warming was a pressing and present issue. Now, 25 years later, carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, and we’re already seeing the consequences — more extreme weather events, melting glaciers and Arctic ice, rising sea levels, reduced water flows in rivers and climate-related illness and death, among others. It’s driven in part by rapid economic growth in countries like China, India and Brazil. At the same time, most industrialized nations, whose use of fossil fuels created the problem of excess greenhouse gases, have done little to reduce emissions. Humans are distinguished from other species by a massive brain that enables us to imagine a future and influence it by what we do in the present. By using experience, knowledge and insight, our ancestors recognized they could anticipate dangers and opportunities and take steps to exploit advantages and avoid hazards. Scientists and supercomputers have amplified our ability to look ahead. For decades, experts have warned us that human numbers, technology, hyper-consumption and a global economy are altering the chemical, geological and biological properties of the biosphere. In 1992, more than 1,700 eminent scientists, including 104 Nobel prizewinners, signed the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, which included this urgent warning: “No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.” The document concluded that environmentally damaging activity must be brought under control and the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems protected, critical

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A WestJet Boeing 737-700 ended up in the mud next to a runway at the Kelowna International Airport terminal Monday. Two large tandem tow trucks attached cables to its rear wheels and slowly pulled it back onto the pavement. The 138 passengers and six crew disembarked with passengers booked on other flights or given hotel vouchers. No one was injured.

Fate of ‘honest’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford rests with judges TORONTO — Rob Ford’s fate as mayor of Toronto rested in the hands of three judges Monday after a day of largely technical arguments for and against a court ruling that he should be removed from office for conflict of interest. The mayor’s lawyer told the Divisional Court panel that Ford was an open and honest politician ordered to forfeit his job by a judge who had misinterpreted the law. Ford’s opponents countered the mayor had deliberately flouted conflict-of-interest rules, and the judge’s ruling requires deference as long as it was reasonable. In calling for Divisional Court

to overturn Ford’s ouster, lawyer Alan Lenczner said there never was any case against the mayor. Ford, Lenczner said, gained no financial benefit from fundraising for his private football foundation, and was upfront when he spoke during a council vote that he was only trying to help disadvantaged youth. “He was perfectly plain and honest,” Lenczner told a jammed courtroom. “This is the hallmark of an honest man.” In November, Ontario Superior Justice Charles Hackland ordered Ford removed as mayor for taking part in the vote that he repay $3,150 raised for the foundation. The ruling was put on hold pending Ford’s appeal. Lenczner said Ford’s decision

to participate was based on his belief that he had done nothing wrong. “It’s not the amount of money that is motivating him to speak and to vote, it’s the principle of the thing,” the lawyer told the three-judge appeal panel. In his ruling, Hackland said Ford had shown “wilful blindness” to conflict rules by voting on a matter in which he had a financial interest. But Lenczner said the judge had failed to give Ford the benefit of a “saving provision” in the conflict act: that his conduct was an error of judgment. Hackland ruled that Ford received no money personally and found no issue of corruption, Lenczner said.

Former beauty queen’s notoriety ‘way beyond’ role in riot: lawyer VANCOUVER — A former beauty queen whose crowning as Miss Congeniality made her one of the highest-profile suspects in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot has pleaded guilty, and her lawyer has suggested the woman’s international notoriety has gone far beyond what her case deserves. Sophie Laboissonniere, who was 20 at the time of the June 2011 riot, was not in court Monday, when her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf. The Richmond, B.C., resident was among the first batch of suspects charged after the riot. Media reports quickly identified her as the winner of Miss Congeniality at a local beauty pageant, sending her name and photo across the country and farther afield. She was charged with one count of participating in a riot and one count of breaking and entering. She pleaded guilty to the riot charge, while the breakand-enter charge will be stayed by the Crown once she is sentenced, said her lawyer, David Baker. The court has yet to hear what exactly Laboissonniere did as rioters torched cars, smashed windows and looted stores around her. Those details will come out at a sentencing hearing later this year, which she must attend, Baker said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be commenting on the facts now, but I can say this: compared to the vast majority of people charged here, her participation in this riot was at the very low end of the scale,” Baker told reporters outside provincial court. “She has received a level of notoriety that goes

Saskatchewan town on alert after cougars sighted BY THE CANADIAN PRESS GRAVELBOURG, Sask. — Residents of a southeastern Saskatchewan town are on alert this week after Saskatchewan Environment and the RCMP put out a warning about cougars spotted in Gravelbourg. People on the southern edge of the community have seen the same one a few times near Ecole Secondaire College Mattieu, a kindergarten to grade 12 school. Leo Michaud, who works in the school’s maintenance department says after he heard the news, he wanted to see what he could find. He says near a row of trees behind the football field he found huge pawprints. The school says they have already warned parents of the sightings and will be taking precautions to make sure kids are safe at all times. Michaud has lived in Gravelbourg his whole life, and says it’s not the first time residents of the town have been warned about cougars in the area. “There’s always been sightings here and there. They come, they go,” he said.

STANLEY CUP RIOT way beyond the offence she committed. She’s stuck with that for a long time.” When asked why Laboissonniere did not appear at the hearing, Baker said, “To avoid this,” as he faced a throng of reporters and television cameras During Monday’s brief court appearance, the Crown asked for a pre-sentence report with a “psychological component.” Neither the Crown nor Baker elaborated on the reason for such a report. The riot started in the dying minutes of Game 7 on June 15, 2011, as the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. The trouble began in a public viewing area, where thousands of people had gathered to watch the game on giant screens. It was there that the first car was set ablaze, but the mayhem quickly spread. By the end of the night, as a mix of smoke and tear gas hung over the city’s downtown, rioters had caused more than $4 million in damage spread over several blocks. The Crown has approved charges against 173 people, while police have recommended charges against a total of 315 suspected rioters. To date, there have been 110 guilty pleas involving adults and young offenders, 33 of whom have been sentenced, according to statistics provided by the province’s criminal justice branch. Punishments have ranged from suspended and conditional sentences that avoided time in custody, community service orders, and jail terms of more than a year.



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OTTAWA — The battle over the plight of Canada’s First Nations escalated Monday amid accusations of a cynical public relations ploy by the Harper government and new demands by a hunger-striking chief. Chief Theresa Spence, who has been on a liquid diet since Dec. 11, said she now wants elements of the Conservatives’ latest omnibus budget bill repealed as soon as MPs return to Ottawa at the end of the month. Spence had previously been seeking only a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor General and First Nations leaders to discuss outstanding treaty matters. “We are asking that the legislation related to (native) lands encoded in Bill C-45 must be rescinded as soon as Parliament resumes,” Spence said in a release. The new demand comes as Ottawa releases a scathing audit of tens of millions of dollars in spending on Spence’s Attawapiskat reserve, a troubled community on the shores of James Bay in northern Ontario. The audit details an absence of basic accounting by the band council and ongoing indifference by federal government departments. Spence’s release called the leaked audit “no more than a distraction of the true issue ... to discredit Chief Spence who is willing to lay down her life for a larger cause.” Her spokesman, Danny Metatawabin, had earlier accused the Harper Conservatives of “trying to undermine the process here, the movement of the people.” The Deloitte audit — released publicly Monday by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development after being leaked to select media outlets on the weekend — catalogues more than $109 million in spending over almost seven years, much of it poorly documented, undocumented, or questionable. The timing is explosive. Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed last Friday to meet with aboriginal leaders on Jan. 11. And while Harper was careful not to link the meeting to Spence’s hunger protest, his decision was widely seen as a concession. The damning audit was similarly interpreted as the Prime Minister’s Office pushing back in the war for public opinion. While the government was required to release the audit by the middle of the month, the way it came to light is questionable, said NDP MP Paul Dewar, who described the report’s release as a political choice, not one driven by policy. “They prefer not to deal with problems; instead, they turn it into one of their political equations,” Dewar said. “It’s brass-knuckle politics.” Repeated reports from the federal auditor general have highlighted financial reporting issues for First Nations since at a least 2002. Carolyn Bennett, the Liberal critic for aboriginal affairs, said if the department was doing its job and became dissatisfied with spending documentation, “then the government can ask for (documentation) before it sends any more money.” The Attawapiskat audit was commissioned by Ottawa in December 2011 after Spence, with winter approaching, declared a state of emergency over concerns about unsafe housing conditions in her remote community of about 1,800 residents. The Conservatives questioned why the problem existed, given the millions provided to Attawapiskat over the years, and Ottawa briefly imposed an external manager on the band. The Deloitte audit is the only comprehensive analysis of a band’s finances that the government has posted on its website. It is unclear whether other First Nations have ever come under the same level of independent scrutiny, although three smaller reviews were undertaken last year of different bands after allegations of misspending.

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Justin Trudeau’s leadership campaign Internet law expert slams most recent rakes in more dough than Mulcair’s BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has raised almost $600,000 during the first three months of his Liberal leadership campaign. That includes $125,000 donated by some 1,400 individuals in just the last three days of 2012. Campaign director Katie Telford boasts in an email to Trudeau team members that one fundraiser turned in more than $20,000 on Boxing Day alone. While a candidate’s ability to raise money is no guarantee of success, it is a reliable measure of a contender’s ability to build the kind of broadly based grassroots support needed to win a one-member-one-vote contest. During last year’s NDP leadership contest, Tom Mulcair raked in the most money — slightly more

than $443,000 over five months — and went on to win the race. Telford says Trudeau, the prohibitive favourite in the Liberal contest, has already pulled in more money than Mulcair; campaign insiders put the total at close to $600,000 so far, with three months to go. “What does this say about our campaign?” Telford says in the email. “We work hard. We are motivated. We, like many Canadians, are inspired by our candidate.” Trudeau, eldest son of late Liberal icon and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, has long been the party’s best fundraising draw. No similar up-to-date fundraising information has been released by Trudeau’s six rival candidates, but it’s unlikely any has raised more than a fraction of his impressive cache.

Upon officially registering as a candidate last fall, each had to file preliminary financial reports with Elections Canada. According to those now-dated reports, Trudeau had raised almost $95,000 when he registered in mid-November, compared to $10,400 raised by Vancouver MP Joyce Murray, $2,700 by Toronto lawyer Deborah Coyne and $700 by retired Canadian Forces Lt.Col. Karen McCrimmon. Montreal MP Marc Garneau, former Toronto MP Martha Hall Findlay and Toronto lawyer George Takach reported no donations at the time of their registration. The Liberal party has set a spending limit of $950,000 for each candidate. It has also stipulated that no candidate can carry more than $75,000 in debt.

Astronaut panned after supporting Leafs BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Orbiting Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield may have lost a few fans after tweeting a picture of himself holding a Toronto Maple Leafs plaque. Commenting on the end of the NHL lockout, Hadfield tweeted from the International Space Station on Sunday he was ready to cheer for the Leafs from orbit. Professing his support for Toronto did not sit well with a num-

ber of hockey fans. Former Montreal La Presse sports reporter Jean-Francois Begin jokingly warned Hadfield to be careful next time he flies over Montreal. Hadfield is on a fivemonth visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. Former Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau also got into the act. The Liberal MP tweeted Hadfield that he couldn’t let his support for the Leafs pass without

declaring: “Go Habs Go!” Mike Lake, an Alberta Tory MP and Edmonton Oilers fan, reminded the 53-year-old astronaut that man reaching the moon (1969) is more recent than the Leafs last winning the Cup (1967). Lake suggested that Hadfield might get to Mars before they win again. Canadian actress Keegan Connor Tracy, who has starred in a number of TV series, said Hadfield is proof the disappointment of being a Leafs fan now extends all the way into outer space.

anti-spam proposals BY THE CANADIAN PRESS One prominent Internet law expert says Ottawa has backed down on elements of its touted anti-spam regulations after an outcry from business. More than two years after the bill was passed, the government released another draft of the regulations last Friday. The goal of the law is to protect Canadians from unsolicited email and text messages, computer viruses and other electronic threats. But Michael Geist, an Internet law expert at the University of Ottawa, said Industry Canada has been facing pressure from business groups to water down the legislation. “What we’ve had is the government passing a law two years ago, coming up with regulations that were fairly consistent with what they said they were trying to achieve, and facing a big backlash from a number of business groups,” Geist said in an interview. The result, he said, is that the government has “opened up some major new exceptions that didn’t exist in the law before.” The anti-spam bill was passed in December 2010 but has yet to be enforced. Geist said the latest draft includes new exemptions for when businesses can send commercial messages. Those include a broader definition of what consistutes a “personal relationship” — a term that could be used by organizations to send commercial messages without consent — and a greater exception for third-party referrals. The draft also includes a provision that gives companies a three-year period to conform to the new regulations when it comes to existing agreements with customers. That means companies will likely have until 2017 to fully comply if the law is put into effect at the end of this year, Geist said. Industry Canada has given interested parties 30 days to respond with suggestions to the latest draft.

Court to rule on rights of Metis, non-status Indians


THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — With a politically charged First Nations protest movement already on its hands, another aboriginal hot potato may be about to land in the lap of the Conservative government. A Federal Court ruling Tuesday on the rights of Metis and non-status Indians could change the way Ottawa deals with the more than 600,000 aboriginal people who live off-reserve, says one of the groups behind the lawsuit. “It would end the finger-pointing between the federal and provincial governments about who would sit down with Metis and non-status Indian people and negotiate,” said Ron Swain, national vice-chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Metis and non-status Indians are currently in “a jurisdictional limbo” between Ottawa and the provinces, which has resulted in off-reserve aboriginals being denied a seat at various talks, he added. The Congress and several Metis and non-status Indians took the federal government to court in 1999 alleging, in their statement of claim, “deprivations and discrimination” because they are not considered “Indians” under the Constitution Act. They say past talks with the federal government have been hampered by Ottawa’s refusal to grant Metis and non-status Indians some or all of the same rights as on-reserve aboriginals. “As a result of such denials and refusals, Metis and non-status Indians have suffered deprivations and discrimination,” they allege in a court document. The lawsuit does not seek specific benefits. However, it does allege Metis and non-status Indians have been denied a host of benefits, including: ● Access to the same health-care, education and other benefits made available to status Indians; ● Being allowed to hunt, trap, fish and gather on public lands; and, ● The ability to negotiate and enter into treaties with the federal government. If the court rules in their favour, it opens the door for Metis and nonstatus Indians to seek those and other benefits.

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“Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that the Mayan and the Aztec cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the chia seed during the conquests and would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24-hour forced march.

Remember the “ch-ch-ch chia” com- cates and athletes. mercial? If you were growing up in the But is there any truth to these 1980s, it was hard not to be acquainted claims? with the chia pets — clay pots in the Its origin seems to suggest it. Chia shape of animals that would grow “fur” is an edible seed that comes from the through moistened chia seeds. desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown They served as an endin Mexico dating back to less wonder for proud chia Mayan and Aztec cultures. pet owners. “Chia” means strength, and Though chia dropped off folklore has it that these the radar for about 30 years, cultures used the tiny black now the seed is having a secand white seeds as an enond life as a nutritional “it” ergy booster. It was said the item. The only difference — Aztec warriors subsisted on now people are more interchia during the conquests ested in the health benefits and would eat as little as a of the tiny seed than the teaspoon full when going on sprouts. a 24-hour forced march. So why the resurrection Researchers believe of the tiny seeds? With rethe staying power benefits MADHU search showing that chia are reaped because of the BADONI seeds have more omega-3 seed’s gelling properties. If fatty acids than salmon, a you soak the seeds in some wealth of antioxidants and water, they will swell up minerals, a complete source into a tapioca-like texture. of protein, they have been dubbed as a This gel-forming reaction is due to “dieter’s dream,” “the running food” the high soluble fibre in the chia. Reand “the ultimate super food” by advo- searchers believe when eaten, the chia


You can also sprinkle whole dry seeds onto salad dressings, stir fries, and soups to act as a thickening agent like in this Asian chia stir fry or a curried potato salad (below).

gel creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes in the stomach. This barrier slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, which prolongs the body’s energy and allows increased endurance. Some studies also suggest that chia’s gel may have some benefits in terms of weight loss, stating that the gel keeps you hydrated, which helps you feel fuller longer, and reduces sharp increases in blood sugar. But there needs to be more research for these claims to be definitive. What is known for sure about the chia seeds is that they are a great source of soluble fibre (six grams of fibre in only two tablespoons of the seed) ‚ they are gluten free and the tiny seed is strong rival for flaxseeds for nutritional super food status. Comparing the two seeds by weight, chia has more omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Looking at the nutrional label on my chia package, without a doubt, the tiny seed is mighty with nutritional strength. That alone is enough reason for me to include chia as an ingredient to play with, in my kitchen. Incorporating chia seeds into your food is easy. They have no taste of their own so they absorb the flavours of the food that you are cooking with. The most common way to eat chia is to first soak the seeds. They can rapidly absorb a large amount of liquid — between eight and 10 times their volumes, in 10 minutes. To make a basic chia gel, simply add one-third cup of seeds to two cups of water. Stir the

mixture well (to avoid clumping), then leave it in your fridge in a sealed jar. This will yield around 17 ounces of chia gel. You can make up a batch and leave it in the fridge; it will stay good for about three weeks. Then you can just reach into the fridge and take out some of the ready-made gel whenever you need it. You can add it to morning smoothies, mix it with salad dressings, puddings or granola, or simply eat it by the spoonful. Chia will absorb anything — it doesn’t have to soak in water. You can soak it any fruit juices like orange, apple, or mango. That way, the intense sweetness of the juice is also offset by the chia and it tastes yummy. You can also blend into yogurts and fruit purees, like bananas and kiwis, then stir the chia into that mixture. You can also sprinkle whole dry seeds onto salad dressings, stir fries, and soups to act as a thickening agent. Or add them to granola mixes. You may also experiment with grinding them first in a coffee grinder to make“chia flour” you can then add to smoothies, soups and so on. Just remember that the chia seeds need time to soften and expand. Here are some of my favourite ways to incorporate the tiny seed into the meals:

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 3/4 cup ripe mango, diced 2 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut sugar/honey to taste) Combine all ingredients in a large container. Mix well and close container. Refrigerate overnight or at least five to six hours.

Chia mango coconut pudding has a sort of tapioca texture; you simply combine all the ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Basic Asian chia stir fry sauce 1/4cup of soy sauce 1 to 2 minced garlic cloves (depending on preference) 1 tbsp of white vinegar 1 tbsp of ketchup 1 to 2 tsp minced fresh ginger (depending on preference) 1 tsp of dark sesame oil 1 tbsp of chia seeds, white or black Mix all ingredients together and leave for 10 minutes or more to allow the sauce to thicken. This sauce is great with any meat/vegetable or vegetable only combination.

Curried Potato Salad 12 potatos, boiled 1 onion 1/2 medium bell pepper — orange, yellow or green 2 Serrano peppers (or pinch of cayenne pepper) 1/2 cup chia gel 1/2 bunch fresh parsley (Italian) 1 cup celery, finely chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1 pack of soft tofu 1/2 tsp of mustard (to taste) 1 1/2 to 2 tsp of curry powder (to taste) 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste) 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste) Chop potatoes, onion, and peppers and Hungarian. Finely dice Serrano peppers and Italian parsley. Add these ingredients to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whip olive oil with tofu and slowly add spices, seasonings, chia gel. Continue to whip until smooth. Mix all ingredients and serve cold. Madhu Badoni is a Red Deer-based freelance food writer. She can be reached at or on Twitter @madhubadoni. Watch for Madhu’s MasalaMix blog on




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Grandparents want to help after divorce Question: As a grandparent, is there anything I can do to help our grandchildren cope with the divorce of their parents? It has been devastating to them. Jim: We’re sorry to learn of this difficult situation. At the same time, your desire to help your grandchildren through this tough period is encouraging. Knowing how to best help them depends on a number of factors, including their age, your proximity to them and so on. But here are some general principles that you may find helpful. According to Dr. Archibald JIM D. Hart, author of Helping Children Survive Divorce (Thomas DALY Nelson, 1997), the impact of divorce typically varies by age. Kids aged 5 to 8 most often regress in their behavior. They also tend to feel responsibility for the divorce and may demonstrate an irrational fear of abandonment. For these reasons, many experts feel this is the most critical age for children to experience divorce, because they’re old enough to understand what’s happening but not old enough to adequately process it. This is where you, as a grandparent, can make a positive impact.


Assuming you’re able to spend one-on-one time with them, you can help them process the anger they may be feeling, as well as help them grapple with false guilt. Even if your grandkids are older and aren’t experiencing these specific problems, you can be a friend and confidante for them. Your home can be a place of refuge, an opportunity to regain a sense of “normalcy.” For more, track down a copy of Dr. Hart’s book, or contact Focus on the Family for a free consultation with one of our licensed family counselors. May God bless you as you reach out to your grandkids! Question: I am getting ready to marry for the second time. The man I am engaged to wants a prenuptial agreement. I want to believe this time I will be married forever and don’t understand why he wants this. What are your thoughts on prenuptials before getting married? Dr. Greg Smalley, executive director of marriage and family formation: Much depends on your fiance’s reasons for wanting a prenuptial agreement. We often read of celebrities who sign prenuptial agreements filled with outlandish demands and strange stipulations designed to give one partner the “upper hand” over the other. But is it possible to believe that marriage truly is a lifelong, permanent commitment, and yet still desire a prenuptial agreement? Absolutely. There may be legitimate issues — including inheritance or trust funds for children from a previous

marriage, or protection from debts incurred prior to the marriage — that need to be addressed. This doesn’t mean the couple is not committed for life. It is simply a prudent attempt to avoid financial and legal headaches in the future, particularly where extended family is involved. Only you and your fiance can know where he stands on this spectrum. He may have legitimate grounds for desiring a prenuptial agreement, or he may be dealing with issues from his past that prevent him from fully trusting you and committing to the relationship, in which case a legal document will do nothing to solve the problem. Either way, let me urge you in the strongest terms possible to enroll in premarital counseling. This is essential for any couple considering marriage, but it’s absolutely imperative for couples in your situation who have been divorced. The prenuptial agreement is not the primary concern here. It is ensuring that you are both ready to fully commit to and trust one another. Contact Focus on the Family for a free consultation with a licensed counselor, as well as a referral to a qualified professional in your area who can help you work through these issues together. Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, and president of Focus on the Family and host of the Focus on the Family radio program. Catch up with him at or at

The Tree, Letting go takes time The Wii and Me I was in a life threatening Wii I am decidedly unbalanced accident over Christmas. I want prompting Wii to ask if I have to blame it on the weather and trouble tying my shoes or tripthe oil patch. For ping when I walk. more than a decade Fortunately that’s I have got my daily only during the weigh winter exercise by goin and daily body test ing for a walk down where you find out our quiet rural road. your Wii Fit Age. The Our group mailbox is trainers are kinder. located a mile away In fact, I think I making it a perfect might have a tiny destination for our crush on mine. He little dog and me. smiles encouragingly Only in the nastiest and gently says, “Your of weather do I turn core muscles are a litinstead to our Wii Fittle weaker than they SHANNON ness game for a workshould be. out. Cosmo does not But I can help you MCKINNON approve. with that.” And the I don’t blame her. way he says it, I beNo matter how glorilieve. Even when I ous the graphics nothwobble about like a ing compares with getting outside drunken penguin the worst I get in the real thing. I love the sun is, “You put your foot down didn’t on my face, the birds overhead you?” But he says it so kindly I and checking out animal tracks know he still has faith in me. in the snow. You might think having an Cosmo loves the sun on her accident while doing mock acfur, sniffing tracks and, well, pee- tivities like running, bicycling ing. With a country walk, each or hula hooping on the spot in day is a new adventure. the middle of one’s living room You never know what you would be difficult. might come across. And the fresh I made it look easy. In fact I air is invigorating. Or at least wasn’t even doing Wii Fit when I that’s how it used to be. had the Wii Fit accident. Instead Over the past few years the I was putting the final touches on shale gas exploration has turned the Christmas tree. our quiet country road into a I had just settled the angel on busy thoroughfare. her perch and stepped back to Only a few years ago if I went admire my handiwork, at which for a walk and encountered more point I backed into the Wii board than two vehicles it was unusual. I had left on the floor. If we came across a semi it got a While Cosmo watched in mention at supper. amazement I came completely Now it’s just the opposite. unbalanced, my arms wind millIf I manage the two mile walk ing frantically. For awhile it was without meeting more than two a gamble whether I would do a vehicles it’s unusual. face plant in the tree or fall backAnd if we make it without en- wards smashing into the TV. countering a semi it’s cause for One second I was clawing at conversation. When all those the ornaments, the next I was trucks — big and small — are go- tilting violently in the opposite ing in opposite directions it can direction. be a bit daunting. At any moment I was going fall Country roads don’t have side- into a pile of glass and twigs, or walks. In the winter they barely smash my head open on the TV have shoulders. stand. To my great surprise (and There are times where it feels relief) I did neither. Instead, I as if Cosmo and I are trying to go managed to do a sort of pirouette for a stroll down the middle of a and regain my balance. freeway. That never would have hapAnd the diesel fueled air is far pened if it wasn’t for my newfrom fresh. found core muscles from faithThis year it’s not just the traf- fully doing balance games every fic, though that certainly is part day. of it. We’ve also had record shatOf course, it never would have tering snowfalls. happened if I didn’t have to reAll of this has translated into sort to the Wii game for exercise short walks with Cosmo up and in the first place. Lesson learned; down the driveway and me reac- it’s important to have good balquainting myself with our Wii Fit ance. program. It’s also important to put your Ah, Wii Fit. toys away when you’re finished It’s a cheeky little program playing. with a rectangular platform you can stand on (though you don’t Shannon McKinnon is a weekly stand on it for some of the activi- humour columnist from Northern ties such as running) offering ex- BC. You can read past columns by ercises for balance, strength and visiting www.shannonmckinnon. aerobics. com


Whooping cough illnesses hit highest level since 1955 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Health officials say 2012 was the nation’s worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades. About 42,000 cases were reported last year, the most since 1955. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still gathering information, and the number could rise to as much as 50,000. Whooping cough tends to run in multi-year cycles, and experts say last

“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” – Deepak Chopra, Indian-born American physician and holistic health expert

us down allows little room for better alternatives to enter our lives. We must let go of the old in order to make room for the new. Resistance to doing so is an early warning signal. “Why doesn’t he just tear it down,” said Each time we recognize the need to let neighbours, “before it falls down?” go of something — a destructive habit, an I knew an old bachelor once unhappy relationship, a career who lived in a rundown old shack choice that leaves us stranded at the end of a dirt road. I’d and feeling unfulfilled or mayheard him speak often of moving be (as Finley says) an unrealistic a new manufactured home onto expectations of ours about othhis property. ers — we are on the threshold of He even knew where he wantchange. ed to park it — on top of the “big Finley says we’re being asked hill” overlooking the countryside. to give up an existing “relationThe only problem was that spot ship” in order to make room for was currently occupied by his old something better and higher. shack. Here the term relationship It squatted there grey and ugly pertains to more than just our like some ancient toad. connections with others; it apThe old bachelor (we’ll call plies to our mental and emotional him Bob) seemed reluctant to let attachment to the issue itself. the shack go despite the obvious Why is it so hard to act on these MURRAY improvement a new home would intuitive nudges — these higher FUHRER make to his life and to the value promptings? of his property. I mean, who doesn’t want a life The shack had been his home that’s better, brighter and truer? for years and he had an odd fondFinley says our greatest chalness for its sagging floor, leaking lenge lies in a fear of releasing roof, rotting steps and mice. the tangible in favour of what Finally, with a lot of coaxing and a little can’t yet be seen by our physical eyes. help from his neighbours, he eventually had “Inherent in any true surrender is this his old shack removed and his new home one inescapable fact: we can’t hope to realguided to the spot. ize the actual nature of that new and greater I heard Bob declare more than once af- relationship we seek until we have released terward that he should have done it years the old one.” earlier. If we define ourselves by our beliefs and It is often difficult and even painful to let we let them go, who are we? go, whether it’s an old shack or unfulfilled This state of not knowing trips up many wishes or desires, unfulfilling relationships people on the path to personal empoweror dysfunctional ways of thinking and behav- ment and self-esteem building. ing. Perhaps a better question to ask is, “Who But letting go is often a necessary part of are we with all this excess baggage?” life, and can result in a surprising feeling of Certainly not our true and authentic freedom. selves. Our fear and our ego keep us from The challenge is in deciding what to let go answering the call to leave all this nonsense of, why, and when to do it. behind. American author and motivator Guy Here is the truth of the matter, which you Finley claims the solution lies in the sim- will know from yourself each time you dare ple statement, “Honesty heals and lies to let go: when you let go of the fear, you hurt.” don’t fall, you rise about it. I believe Finley is telling us that the first Finley says the process of letting go must step to letting go of anything, including a be non-negotiable — all or nothing. dilapidated shack, is time spent in honest He describes the process as a gradual self-assessment. awakening to what no longer works, followed “Let go and rise above what holds you by the inner work to release it. down,” Finley advises. Then and only then, says Finley, will we Letting go is one of the hardest things to come to experience the dawning — the redo because it appears to run contrary to the alization that a new and higher order of potent and primal need we all have to feel ourself has arisen and that our life has been safe, loved and in control. permanently transformed. I would venture that for most of us, “letHonesty heals and pain hurts. If you’re in ting go” appears on the same page as words pain, start your self-assessment now. and phrases such as “defeat,” “failure,” “givI appreciate the words of French-Cuban ing up” and “losing,” and it can be unbear- author Anais Nin who wrote, “Anything I able to our fragile egos. cannot transform into something marvelous I also think most of us know what we need I let go.” to rise above, or could figure it out in short What will you choose to let go? order with a little of Finley’s self-assessTake a pen and list your hurts. Do it with ment. complete honesty. I have no doubt that hanging onto selfBe like Bob — knock down the old shack defeating ways of thinking and being — even of current existence — held together by fear, damaging relationships – has had an impact self-defeating beliefs, perceptions and valon my success, self-esteem and even mental ues — and place a new home on the very health. spot. With awareness there comes a time when Build a new temple — an honest version the toll no longer makes sense or feels ac- of you — from which you can express yourceptable. self from a place of love, confidence and At the most practical level, holding on authenticity. tight to dysfunction uses up our available energy reserves and makes us less capable Murray M. Fuhrer – The Self-Esteem Guy of doing anything well. Beyond that, holding onto things that keep




year appears to have been a peak. Also, a newer version of the whooping cough vaccine doesn’t last as long as expected. The good news: Deaths from the disease were down last year, to 18. Experts think that doctors were faster at diagnosing and treating the disease during outbreaks.

Whopping cough used to be a bigger problem until a vaccine was developed in the 1940s.

Facebook to offer free phone calls in Canada Facebook has chosen Canadian us-

ers to be guinea pigs for a new mobile feature to make free phone calls. Facebook’s new Messenger app for Apple mobile devices enables voiceover-Internet protocol phone calls, which use data instead of eating into the minutes in a mobile plan. The feature, which allows Facebook users to call each other for free, is being tested in Canada first. The new version of the app also allows users to send short voice clips to one another rather than typing out a message. The app, which requires iOS 4.3 or higher, works on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

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Above: Sharp Electronics employee Michael Nenortas programs a flat screen display at the company’s booth for the International Consumer Electronics Show on Sunday in Las Vegas. Below: Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit contractor Ruachelle Kulak searches through stacks of cellphone case while setting up a booth for X-Doria on Sunday. X-Doria, a mobile accessories company, is one of thousands of consumer electronics exhibitors that will be showing products at the International Consumer Electronics Show. The show, which drew more than 3,100 exhibitors in 2012 and is open only to industry affiliates, begins today and runs through Friday. tions at this resolution, because it’s used in digital movie theatres. Sony, LG, Westinghouse and others will be at the show with huge flat-panel TVs that bring that experience home, if you have a spare $20,000 or so. While the sets are eye-catching, they will likely be niche products for years to come, if they ever catch on. They have to be really big — more than 60 inches, measured diagonally — to make the extra resolution really count. Also, there’s no easy way to get movies in UHDTV resolution. “While there’s going to be a lot of buzz around Ultra HDTV, we really think what’s going to be relevant to consumers at the show is the continued evolution of 3D TVs and Internet-connected TVs,” said Kumu Puri, senior executive with consulting firm Accenture’s Electronics & High-Tech group. BIGGER PHONES Unlike TVs, new phones are launched throughout the year, so CES isn’t much of a bellwether for phone trends. But this year, reports point to several supersized smartphones, with screen bigger than five inches diagonally, making their debut at the show. These phones are so big they can be awkward to hold to the ear, but Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has shown that there’s a market for them. Wags call them

“phablets” because they’re almost tabletsized. ACROBATIC PCs Microsoft launched Windows 8 in October, in an attempt to make the PC work more like a tablet. PC makers obliged, with a slew of machines that blend the boundaries. They have touch screens that twist, fold back or detach from the keyboard. None of these seems to be a standout hit so far, but we can ex-

pect more experiments to be revealed at the show. “All the PC manufacturers recognize that they have to do things differently,” Accenture’s Puri said. ATTENTIVE COMPUTING CES has been a showcase in recent years for technologies that free users from keyboards, mice and buttons. Instead, they rely on cameras and other sophisticated sensors to track the user and in-

terpret gestures and eye movements. Microsoft’s motion-tracking add-on for the Xbox 360 console, the Kinect, has introduced this type of technology to the living room. Startups and big TV makers are now looking to take it further. For example, Tobii Technology, a Swedish company, will be at the show to demonstrate “the world’s first gaze interaction computer peripheral” — basically a camera that tracks where

the user is looking on the screen, potentially replacing the mouse. PointGrab, an Israeli startup, will be showing off software that lets a regular laptop webcam interpret hand movements in the air in front of it. Assaf Gad, head of marketing at PointGrab, said that CES is usually full of hopeful companies with speculative interaction technologies, “but this year, you can actually see real devices.”


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Think your high-definition TV is hot stuff — as sharp as it gets? At the biggest trade show in the Americas, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, TV makers will be doing their best to convince you that HDTVs are old hat, and should make room for “Ultra HDTV.” It’s the latest gambit from an industry struggling with a shift in consumer spending from TVs, PCs and singlepurpose devices such as camcorders to small, portable do-it-all gadgets: smartphones and tablets. The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that device shipments to U.S. buyers fell 5 per cent in dollar terms last year excluding smartphones and tablets, but rose 6 per cent to $207 billion if you include those categories. The trends suggest that the International CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) is losing its stature as a start-of-the-year showcase for the gadgets that consumers will buy over the next 12 months. It started out as a venue for the TV and stereo industries. Later, PCs joined the party. But over the last few years, TVs and PCs have declined in importance as portable gadgets have risen and CES hasn’t kept pace. It’s not a major venue for phone and tablet launches, though some new models will likely see the light of day there when the show floor opens today. The biggest trendsetter in mobile gadgets industry, Apple Inc., stays away, as it shuns all events it doesn’t organize itself. Apple rival Microsoft Corp. has also scaled back its patronage of the show. For the first time since 1999, Microsoft’s CEO won’t be delivering the kick-off keynote. Qualcomm Inc. has taken over the podium. It’s an important maker of chips that go into cellphones, but not a household name. None of this seems to matter much to the industry people who go to the show, which is set to be bigger than ever, at least in terms of floor space. Gary Shapiro the CEO of the organizing Consumer Electronics Association, expects attendance close to the 156,000 people who turned out last year. That’s pretty much at capacity for Las Vegas, which has about 150,000 hotel rooms. The show doesn’t welcome gawkers: the attendees are executives, purchasing managers, engineers, marketers, journalists and others with connections to the industry. “We don’t want to be over 160,000,” Shapiro said in an interview. “We do everything we can not to be too crowded.” Nor do the shifting winds of the technology industry seem to matter much to exhibitors. Though some big names are scaling back or missing, there are many smaller companies clamouring for booth space and a spot in the limelight for a few days. For example, while Apple doesn’t have an official presence at the show, there will be 500 companies displaying Apple accessories in the “iLounge Pavilion.” Overall, the CEA sold a record 1.9 million square feet of floor space (the equivalent of 33 football fields) for this year’s show. These are some of the themes that will be in evidence next week: SHARPER TVs Ultra HDTVs have four times the resolution of HDTVs. While this sounds extreme and unnecessary, you’ve probably already been exposed to projec-






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MORE TESTS ON RGIII’S KNEE Robert Griffin III will get more tests on his injured right knee after an MRI proved inconclusive because of a previous ACL tear. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that the rookie quarterback will travel Tuesday to see orthopedist James Andrews for more examinations. Griffin tore his ACL while playing at Baylor in 2009, and Shanahan said sometimes an old injury can cloud the results of an MRI. If Griffin has torn the ACL again, he would likely require a rehabilitation period of nine to 12 months, putting his status for next season in jeopardy.

BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR The Minnesota Wild will get an up-close and personal look at Red Deer Rebels defenceman Mathew Dumba when the NHL team opens training camp, likely this weekend. “I talked to Minnesota this morning and Matt talked to them this afternoon. He’ll be going in at the end of the week and will spend four or five days there and come back,” Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter said Monday. “It will be good for Matt, good for his development. The experience he’ll get will be beneficial.” The decision by the Wild to bring Dumba to their main camp following the conclusion of the NHL lockout should surprise no one. The Calgary native, after all, was drafted by Minnesota seventh overall in last year’s entry draft. “I certainly understand it and support it,” said Sutter. “He’s not ready to play at that (NHL) level yet, but Minnesota wants to bring him in and have him skate with their guys for a few days, then they’ll return him back to us.” Dumba will likely play Wednesday when the Rebels open a three-game road trip at Swift Current, then will miss Friday and Saturday games at Saskatoon and Prince

Albert. Meanwhile, with Thursday’s WHL trade deadline looming, Sutter has been working the phone lines over the past week in an effort to further change the face of his team. “My mindset hasn’t changed from where it was in SepMathew Dumba tember,” said Sutter. “There are areas in which we need to continue to grow and get better at. We need to add skill but we need to get bigger up front, too. We need more size on our team but anyone we bring in has to be able to play.” That being said . . . “I don’t know if anything will happen,” said Sutter. “We’ve made a lot of changes this season to the benefit of the team for this year and next and moving forward. We have a spot open for a 20-year-old and if it’s the right 20-year-old and for the right price, I’ll certainly look at it.” While a trade for more size and experience might be somewhat helpful, the core of the team will remain in place. With the Rebels having lost five of their last six games, a change in attitude and work eth-

ic would be more beneficial than a slight change in personnel. One night after snapping a four-game losing streak with a last-minute win over visiting Moose Jaw, the Rebels were flat over the second half of Sunday’s contest at Cranbrook and fell 3-2 to the Kootenay Ice. “Last night we played well in the first period, got the lead and then just had the wheels fall off underneath of us,” said Sutter, whose club was outshot 37-11 in the final two periods and 48-23 overall. “All we did is stand around and watch the last half of the game,” said Sutter. “Sure, we may have been a little bit tired with it being three games in three nights and the travel there yesterday, but good teams find a way to play through that. “That’s something we’ll continue to work on with the players. They can’t accept being second.” ● Red Deer captain Turner Elson, who last year signed with the Calgary Flames, was slated to attend the training camp of the AHL Abbotsford Heat in September but was told to stay with the Rebels due to the number of NHL players already with the Heat due to the lockout. The AHL squad will now lose a few players to the Flames, but Elson will remain in Red Deer despite a handful of spots opening up with the Heat.

Tide rolls over Irish in championship


● Senior high basketball: Camrose at Hunting Hills, Notre Dame at Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka at Innisfail, Lindsay Thurber at Stettler, Lacombe at Wetaskiwin; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Airdrie at Blackfalds, 7:30 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Red Deer Pro Stitch at Red Deer Elks, 7:45 p.m., Kin City A.


● JV basketball: Lacombe at Lindsay Thurber, Ponoka at Notre Dame, Stettler at Camrose, Rocky Mountain House at Wetaskiwin; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● WHL: Red Deer at Swift Current, 6 p.m. (The Drive).

Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship against Notre Dame Monday, in Miami. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


● Senior high basketball: Innisfail at Notre Dame, Sylvan Lake at Lacombe; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● College women’s hockey: SAIT at RDC, 7 p.m., Arena. ● Peewee AA hockey: Red Deer TBS at Lacombe, 7:15 p.m.


● College basketball: Lethbridge at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow.

Crimson Tide 42 Fighting Irish 14 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The coach no longer wears houndstooth. The result is the same. Another Alabama dynasty. Quieting the Irish by the first play of the second quarter, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game. The Bear would’ve been especially proud of this one — Nick Saban and the Tide romping to the second-biggest rout of the BCS era that began in 1999. Lacy, the game’s offensive

MVP, ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another in the final minute of the opening half, spinning away from the vaunted Notre Dame defence not once, but twice, to cap a 280 blitz before the bands even got on the field. Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries, coming up with two of his best performances in the two biggest games of the year. He rushed for a career-high 181 yards in a thrilling victory over Georgia in the SEC title game, and was nearly as dominant against the Irish. McCarron wasn’t too shabby, either, completing 20 of 28 passes for four touchdowns and 264 yards, adding another dazzling effort on top of his MVP in last year’s title game. You could almost hear television sets around the country flipping to other channels, a

hugely anticipated matchup between two of the nation’s most storied programs reduced to nothing more than the second straight BCS blowout for the Crimson Tide. “We’ve had a lot of really great football players who’ve worked really hard,” Saban said. “Because we’ve had a great team, we’ve been able to have a significant amount of success.” Alabama (13-1) scored 69 straight points against its title game opponents, going back to getting the final 13 against Texas in 2010, followed by a stifling 21-0 victory over LSU for last year’s crown, then scoring the first 35 points on Notre Dame. Saban’s team made the Irish (12-1) look like a squad that would be hard-pressed to finish in the middle of the pack in the mighty Southeastern Con-

ference, which has now won seven straight national championships. The Crimson Tide will likely wrap up its ninth Associated Press national title, breaking a tie with Notre Dame for the most by any school and gaining a measure of redemption for a bitter loss to the Irish almost four decades ago: the epic Sugar Bowl in which Ara Parseghian’s team edged Bear Bryant’s powerhouse 24-23. Bryant won five AP titles during his brilliant career. The way things are going, Saban might just chase him down. The diminutive man with the perpetual scowl has guided Alabama to the top spot in the rankings three times since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and there seems no reason he can’t win a few more before he’s done with “The Process.”


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NEW YORK — Hockey fans will have to be patient for a little while longer. The timeline for the start of a shortened NHL season remained up in the air one day after the league and NHL Players’ Association shook hands on a tentative deal to end the lockout. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Canadian Press on Monday morning that hope for a 50-game schedule had already faded as the sides continued to finalize the memorandum of understanding their constituents will each vote on later in the week. As a result, the league is likely to return with a 48-game season starting Jan. 19, assuming there are no major hiccups before then. “It depends on ratification timeline for PA, but it’s looking more and more like 48 games is going to be the only option,” Daly said in an email. While there was no sense the deal was in peril, it was clearly taking the parties time to get everything down in writing. As of Monday night, they had yet to complete a

memorandum of understanding which was likely to run over a couple hundred pages when completed. That will have to happen before the league’s Board of Governors convene on Wednesday afternoon to hold a ratification vote. The union expected a ballot of 740 players to take until the weekend to carry out. While it had yet to officially schedule a window for an electronic vote, the NHLPA was contemplating one that would end at some point on Saturday. Both sides need to get majority support to adopt the tentative deal they reached early Sunday morning following a marathon 16-hour negotiating session. Even after announcing the tentative agreement around 6 a.m., they went right back to work on the language of the new pension plan, which ended up being one of the final hurdles for them to cross in negotiations. A 50-game schedule held appeal for both sides, but the league figured it needed to start to start the season in the middle of next week to avoid seeing the Stanley Cup awarded in July. That simply won’t be able to happen. “Of course the league will say if the players hurry up, we can play more games, but

there’s a reality to consider as well,” Los Angeles Kings forward Kevin Westgarth told The Associated Press on Monday. “But the first step is for the people who are good with words to get on paper what both sides agreed to. The NHL played a 48-game season following the 1994-95 lockout and that allowed for a balanced intraconference schedule for what was then a 26-team league. It’s going to be a little more complicated this time around. The NHL is planning to have teams play three games against the 10 opponents within the same conference but outside their division. They will then have an unbalanced schedule against division rivals, with five games against two teams and four against the two others, according to a source. On Sunday, the league circulated a memo to teams telling them to be ready to play by Jan. 19 — a start date that has long been targeted. The shortened schedule will force a number of changes to the NHL calendar. The league has proposed an April 5 trade deadline and July 5 opening to free agency, according to sources, but the sides have yet to agree on that.




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Hockey WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE East Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Prince Albert 41 24 14 0 3 142 125 Saskatoon 40 21 18 0 1 140 136 Swift Current 43 18 20 3 2 125 121 Regina 43 18 21 2 2 116 151 Moose Jaw 42 14 21 3 4 103 139 Brandon 42 14 24 2 2 118 177 Central Division W LOTLSOL 27 8 2 3 27 10 1 3 23 17 2 2 20 18 1 5 18 20 2 1 15 24 1 0

GF GA 148 94 140 106 125 133 138 132 138 148 101 135

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Kamloops 42 28 10 2 2 155 113 Kelowna 41 29 10 1 1 176 102 Victoria 38 20 15 1 2 115 122 Prince George 39 12 22 1 4 101 145 Vancouver 41 11 30 0 0 113 170

Pt 59 58 50 46 39 31

Pt 60 60 43 29 22

U.S. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 39 33 5 1 0 177 85 67 Spokane 39 25 13 1 0 154 119 51 Tri-City 40 22 15 1 2 122 114 47 Seattle 40 16 21 2 1 121 156 35 Everett 42 16 24 0 2 103 148 34 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.

4 14 8 8 7 8 3 10 8 4 2 10 2 6 2 5 1 6 3 2 2 2 1 2 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

18 16 15 13 12 12 8 7 7 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 0 0

Goaltenders MP GA SO 1554 61 2 914 520 0 143 9 0

Bartosak Pouliot Naherniak

Monday’s games No Games Scheduled.

GAA 2.35 3.41 3.78

-3 -5 -2 10 4 4 -2 -3 10 -4 1 -3 -3 -7 — -6 — —

Wednesday’s games Calgary at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m. Regina at Prince Albert, 7 p.m. Red Deer at Swift Current, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Tri-City at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Prince George at Portland, 8 p.m. Victoria at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Thursday’s games No Games Scheduled.

+/7 1 -3 0 6 -3

G 27 27 25 26 25 22 27 23 23 29

Col.Smith, Kam Petan, Por Leipsic, Por Bell, Kel Bozon, Kam Lipon, Kam Lowry, SC Valk, MH Shinkaruk, MH Nicholls, Sktn

A 41 40 40 33 32 35 29 30 29 21

GAA 1.77 2.18 2.35 2.40 2.52

P 68 67 65 59 57 57 56 53 52 50

SO 3 1 2 1 3

Pt 42 39 36 36 32

Northeast Division GP W LOTLSOL Springfield 33 19 9 2 3 Bridgeport 34 17 14 1 2 Albany 31 13 11 1 6 Connecticut 35 15 17 3 0 Adirondack 33 14 17 1 1

GF GA 109 79 106 106 78 80 95 109 79 96

Pt 43 37 33 33 30

East Division W LOTLSOL 22 7 2 3 21 8 1 2 16 16 1 1 15 16 2 1 14 17 2 0

GF GA 122 91 104 80 87 85 83 90 83 100

Pt 49 45 34 33 30

WESTERN CONFERENCE North Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA 33 21 9 1 2 115 83

Pt 45

GP Syracuse 34 Binghamton 32 Hershey 34 W-B/Scranton 34 Norfolk 33



Hyundai Tournament of Champions Scores Monday At Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course) Kapalua, Hawaii Purse: $5.7 million Yardage: 7,452; Par: 73 (36-37) First Round Mark Wilson 34-35 — 69 Nick Watney 36-33 — 69 Dustin Johnson 36-33 — 69 Rickie Fowler 35-35 — 70 Ben Curtis 34-36 — 70 Carl Pettersson 33-37 — 70 Bubba Watson 34-36 — 70 Brandt Snedeker 34-36 — 70 Keegan Bradley 35-36 — 71 Ian Poulter 34-37 — 71 J.J. Henry 35-36 — 71 Charlie Beljan 36-35 — 71 Bill Haas 36-35 — 71 Steve Stricker 34-37 — 71 Jason Dufner 33-39 — 72 Webb Simpson 35-37 — 72 Jonas Blixt 37-35 — 72 Scott Stallings 35-37 — 72 Ryan Moore 36-36 — 72 Johnson Wagner 35-37 — 72 Scott Piercy 33-39 — 72 Hunter Mahan 38-34 — 72 Tommy Gainey 38-34 — 72 John Huh 34-39 — 73 Matt Kuchar 35-39 — 74 Zach Johnson 35-39 — 74 Marc Leishman 39-36 — 75 Ted Potter, Jr. 37-38 — 75 Kyle Stanley 36-42 — 78 George McNeill 39-40 — 79

Heritage Lanes Weekly Results Wednesday-Club 55 plus High Single: Syd Ellis 230. High Triple: Don Knowler 639. Wednesday Mixed High Single: Rollie Gervais 325. High Triple: Gervais 861. Thursday Morning Ladies High Single: Bernie Leblanc 216. High Triple: Leblanc 606. Thursday Afternoon Special Olympics Mixed High Single: Matt Mundorf 257. High Double: Dan Critchley 420. Thursday Mixed High Single: Anthony Streit 280. High Triple: Daryl Tangermann 736.

National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-Miami 23 9 .719 — d-New York 23 11 .676 1 Atlanta 20 12 .625 3 d-Chicago 19 13 .594 4 Indiana 20 14 .588 4 Brooklyn 19 15 .559 5 Milwaukee 16 16 .500 7 Boston 17 17 .500 7 Philadelphia 15 20 .429 9 Orlando 12 21 .364 11 Detroit 13 23 .361 12 Toronto 12 22 .353 12 Charlotte 9 24 .273 14 Cleveland 8 28 .222 17 Washington 5 28 .152 18 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct 27 8 .771 26 8 .765 27 10 .730 21 10 .677 22 11 .667 20 14 .588 20 16 .556 18 15 .545 18 18 .500 15 15 .500 15 18 .455 13 21 .382 13 22 .371 12 23 .343 9 25 .265

d-L.A. Clippers d-Oklahoma City d-San Antonio Memphis Golden State Houston Denver Portland Utah Minnesota L.A. Lakers Sacramento Dallas Phoenix New Orleans d-division leader

GB — 1/2 1 4 4 6 7 8 9 9 11 13 14 15 17

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

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

Tuesday’s Games Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Miami at Indiana, 5 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Milwaukee, 6 p.m.

10 15 13 18

3 2 2 1

4 1 1 3

80 74 111 114 111 104 74 109

41 39 37 28

Midwest Division GP W LOTLSOL 33 20 10 1 2 34 17 13 2 2 35 17 16 1 1 32 15 12 3 2 35 14 17 2 2

GF GA 103 88 92 97 106 105 86 92 81 112

Pt 43 38 36 35 32

South Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt Charlotte 36 20 11 2 3 109 94 45 Texas 35 19 11 3 2 92 92 43 Houston 35 18 11 3 3 104 97 42 Okla. City 35 18 13 1 3 115 108 40 San Antonio 37 15 18 0 4 94 104 34 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. Sunday’s results Albany 5 Binghamton 2 Chicago 6 Oklahoma City 3 Connecticut 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 Milwaukee 3 Grand Rapids 2 (SO) San Antonio 5 Peoria 2 Springfield 4 Providence 1 Texas 4 Houston 3 (OT) Worcester 2 Hershey 1 Charlotte 3 Norfolk 1 Monday’s results No Games Scheduled. Tuesday’s games Hershey at Bridgeport, 5 p.m. Worcester at Portland, 5 p.m. Toronto at Hamilton, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday’s games Syracuse at Rochester, 5:05 p.m. Binghamton at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5:05 p.m. Grand Rapids at Rockford, 6:05 p.m. Thursday’s game Lake Erie at San Antonio, 6 p.m. AHL LEADERS Through Jan. 7 SCORING Eberle, OC Schultz, OC Atkinson, Spr T.Johnson, Syr Aucoin, Tor Hall, OC Taffe, Her Kostka, Tor Niederreiter, Bri B.Schenn, Adk Audy-Marchessault, Spr

G 25 18 17 20 9 14 8 6 17 13 11

GOALTENDERS (Minimum 750 minutes played) W L O Brust, Abb 8 5 2 Lehner, Bing 13 5 1 Taylor, Abb 7 6 1 Mrazek, GR 12 3 1 Holtby, Her 12 12 1

A 26 30 21 15 26 20 26 28 16 20 22

GAA 1.54 1.94 1.95 2.10 2.14

P 51 48 38 35 35 34 34 34 33 33 33

SO 3 1 2 0 4

Youth Bowling of Canada (YBC) Bumpers High Single: Jennika Wudkevich 106. Bowlasaurus High Single: Ashlyn Makarenko 85. Peewee High Single: Jorja Moyls 109. High Double: Moyls 209. Bantam High Single: Karys Zirk 189. High Triple: Zirk 469. Junior High Single: Aurora Crockford 291. High Triple: Crockford 613. Senior High Single: Dylan Yechtal 285. High Triple: Yechtal 665.

NFL Playoffs Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 5 Houston 19, Cincinnati 13 Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10 Sunday, Jan. 6 Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9 Seattle 24, Washington 14 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 Baltimore at Denver, 2:30 p.m. (CBS) Green Bay at San Francisco, 6 p.m. (FOX) Sunday, Jan. 13 Seattle at Atlanta, 11 a.m. (FOX) Houston at New England, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 At New Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 4 p.m. (CBS) NFL Odds Playoffs (Favourties capitalized, odds from BETONELINE. ag) Odds O/U Saturday Baltimore at DENVER 9.5 45.5 Green Bay at SAN FRANCISCO 3 45 Sunday Seattle at ATLANTA 1 45.5 Houston at NEW ENGLAND 9.5 48 College football bowl games Monday BCS Championship At Miami Notre Dame 14 vs. Alabama 42

Iginla focused on helping Flames win back fans with victories BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — With the 2013 NHL season finally in sight, Jarome Iginla wants to focus on winning back fans rather than on his impending status as an unrestricted free agent. The captain of the Calgary Flames said he doesn’t want to be a distraction once NHL teams get back to playing games for real. “I definitely don’t want there to be any distractions and I want us to be a very good team which I believe we will be,” said Iginla, who’s entering the final year of a five-year deal that pays him US$7 million per season. “It would be my preference to stay here for sure.” Iginla said that he hasn’t even contemplated whether he and his agent Don Meehan would consider signing a new deal during the season or waiting until after it’s over. “I haven’t thought about the different scenarios,” he said. “Right now it’s really just getting ready for training camp. Once the season comes, I’d like the focus definitely to be on just winning games.” In order to win fans back, Iginla acknowledged that he and his teammates have some tough work ahead of them. “We hope we can be entertaining for the fans,” he said. “I know it’s going to take some time to win some fans back. The best thing we can do as a team is come out and be exciting and play hard and win. Hopefully they come and enjoy that. “I definitely understand how ticked off fans have been over it and they have that right to be. It’s totally understandable. A day after the NHL and its players reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, Iginla practised at WinSport’s Joan Snyder Arena with several of his teammates as well as players from other teams such as Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals and T.J. Galiardi of the San Jose Sharks. “It felt like the first day of camp today,” Iginla said in regards to the ramped up intensity during the practise session. “We’ve been fortunate skating at WinSport in Calgary here these last three months. We’ve had somewhere around 12 guys with some other NHLers and other pros that have kept a good group going with coaching and stuff to

keep the tempo up. Hopefully that does pay off.” Flames’ forward Michael Cammalleri was happy to be back in Calgary skating with his teammates just a week after losing a few teeth during an on-ice session in Toronto with some other locked-out NHLers. “I took a puck in the face a few days ago,” Cammalleri said. “I’m missing a few teeth. It’s part of the gig.” The freak accident didn’t stop him from taking part in Monday’s intense practice. “It’s definitely as excited as everybody’s been in a long, long time,” Cammalleri said. “It was high paced today. Guys just can’t wait to play hockey. For us it’s a matter of trying to get together as a group and seeing how good of a team we can become and how quickly we can do that.” Like Iginla, Cammalleri wants to focus on helping the Flames ice a competitive squad for the fans who have waited so patiently for the start of the season. “We understand that fans are frustrated and unhappy with the process,” he said. “We’re going to be back on the ice and we’re going to put the best product we can and we’re going to appreciate all the support we do get.” Once training camp starts, the Flames will have to adapt to new systems implemented by head coach Bob Hartley and his assistants Jacques Cloutier and Martin Gelinas. “We’ve got to do a lot in terms of knowing where we’re going to be on the ice and what systems we’re going to play and taking it from there,” said Lee Stempniak, who’s set to return for his second season with the Flames. Veteran Flames’ defenceman Mark Giordano also noticed that there was a little bit more jump in everyone’s step during Monday’s skate. “You could tell today the pace already picked up,” Giordano said. “Guys are excited and getting ready for whenever camp starts. It’s very important to get going as a team. Obviously with a new coaching staff and new players you have to get acquainted and hopefully we get off to a good start.” Entering his fifth season with the Flames, forward Curtis Glencross said he and his teammates will be ready for training camp. “We’re just excited to get going and can’t wait for the first games,” Glencross said.

Monday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Named Craig Lefferts pitching coach, Lloyd Turner hitting coach and Toshi Nagahara trainer of Vermont (NYP) and Carlos Chavez pitching coach of the Arizona League A’s. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Promoted Carlos Rodriguez to director, Latin American scouting; Carlos Alfonso to special assistant, international operations; Fred Repke and Jeff McAvoy to special assignment scouts; and Jake Wilson to Western regional supervisor. Named Bobby Heck special assignment scout, Chuck Ricci national crosschecker, Josh Arhart and Ronnie Merrill area supervisors, Jack Cressend amateur pitching consultant and Mike Brown and Kevin Ibach pro scouts. TEXAS RANGERS—Agreed to terms with 1B-OF-DH Lance Berkman on a one-year contract. Designated LHP Tommy Hottovy for assignment. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Named Gary Allenson manager and Richie Hebner hitting coach of New Hampshire (EL), Bobby Meacham manager and Stubby Clapp hitting coach of Dunedin (FSL), Tim Leiper minor league senior advisor, Tim Raines minor league outfield and baserunning co-ordinator and Mike Barnett minor league hitting coordinator. National League MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Agreed to terms with LHP Mike Gonzalez on a one-year contract. Designated RHP Arcenio Leon for assignment. NEW YORK METS—Named Randy St. Claire pitching coach of Las Vegas (PCL). SAN DIEGO PADRES—Agreed to terms with INF Cody Ransom on a minor league contract. American Association AMARILLO SOX—Acquired 1B Joe Weik, OF Jason Martin, RHP Matt Larkins and RHP Tommy Hoenshell from San Angelo (United) for future considerations. EL PASO DIABLOS—Traded RHP Drew Bailey to Southern Illinois (Frontier) for a player to be named. WICHITA WINGNUTS—Signed INF Ryan Khoury, INF CJ Ziegler and RHP Josh Dew. Frontier League GATEWAY GRIZZLIES—Signed RHP Richard Barrett to a contract

extension. JOLIET SLAMMERS—Signed OF Andrew Brauer to a contract extension. LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS—Traded RHP Jason Sullivan to Gateway for RHP Alex Kaminsky. NORMAL CORNBELTERS—Named Chris Arago hitting coach and Vinnie Ganz assistant coach. Signed INF Romulo Ruiz. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS—Signed OF Jeff Harkensee, INF Gary Mayberry and INF Miles Walding. Central League (Japan) YOMIURI GIANTS—Signed INF Jose Lopez to a one-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA—Named Jason Cahilly exectuve vice-president, strategy and chief financial officer. Suspended Boston G Rajon Rondo one gamefor making contact with a game official and failure to co-operate with a league investigation. Fined Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry $15,000 for inappropriate interaction with the game officials following a game. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS—Recalled F Jon Leuer from Canton (NBADL). HOUSTON ROCKETS—Signed G Patrick Beverley to a multiyear contract and assigned him to Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). INDIANA PACERS—Signed coach Frank Vogel to a contract extension and F Dominic McGuire to a 10-day contract. Released F Sam Young. MIAMI HEAT—Waived C Josh Harrellson. NEW ORLEANS HORNETS—Signed G Donald Sloan to a 10-day contract. WASHINGTON WIZARDS—Waived G Shelvin Mack. FOOTBALL

National Football League BUFFALO BILLS—Named Doug Marrone coach. CHICAGO BEARS—Signed QB Matt Blanchard and WR Terrence Toliver to reserve/future contracts. DALLAS COWBOYS—Fired running backs coach Skip Peete. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Signed OL Justin Anderson, QB Chandler Harnish, CB Marshay Green, TE Dominique Jones, LB Shawn Loiseau, RB Davin Meggett and LB Monte Simmons to reserve/future contracts. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Signed DT Chase Baker, RB Joe Banyard, TE LaMark Brown, DB Bobby Felder, TE Chase Ford, G Tyler Holmes, T Kevin Murphy and WR Chris Summers to reserve/future contracts. NEW YORK JETS—Fired quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. Arena Football League AFL—Assigned QB Mitch Mustain and T Andreas Vargas to San Jose on one-year contracts. HOCKEY National Hockey League DETROIT RED WINGS—Reassigned D Max Nicastro from Toledo (ECHL) to Grand Rapids (AHL).WASHINGTON CAPITALS— Reassigned G Philipp Grubauer and D Brett Flemming from Reading (ECHL) to Hershey (AHL). American Hockey League CONNECTICUT WHALE—F J.T. Miller has been returned from the U.S. National Junior team. HAMILTON BULLDOGS—Recalled D Joe Stejskal and F Daultan Leveille from Wheeling (ECHL). MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS—Recalleed D Anthony Bitetto and F Andre Bouvet-Morrissette from Cincinnati (ECHL). SPRINGFIELD FALCONS—Recalled LW Wade MacLeod from Evansville (ECHL).



Wednesday’s Games Atlanta at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Utah at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 5 p.m. Phoenix at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 6 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 6 p.m. Orlando at Denver, 7 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m.

FT PTS 238 1006 175 792 269 929 158 848 292 872 168 722 129 572 120 632

17 18 17 12


Monday’s Games Washington 101, Oklahoma City 99 Boston 102, New York 96 Chicago 118, Cleveland 92 New Orleans 95, San Antonio 88 Utah 100, Dallas 94 Orlando at Portland, Late Memphis at Sacramento, Late

FG 349 272 302 323 257 253 217 256

34 36 33 34


Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 20 AFC, TBA (CBS) NFC, TBA (FOX)

Sunday’s Games Oklahoma City 104, Toronto 92 Miami 99, Washington 71 Charlotte 108, Detroit 101, OT Memphis 92, Phoenix 81 Denver 112, L.A. Lakers 105

NBA Scoring Leaders THROUGH JAN. 6 G Bryant, LAL 33 Anthony, NYK 27 Durant, OKC 33 James, MIA 32 Harden, HOU 33 Westbrook, OKC 33 Wade, MIA 28 Aldridge, POR 31

Grand Rapids Milwaukee Rockford Chicago Peoria

WHL LEADERS Through Jan. 7



Abbotsford Lake Erie Rochester Hamilton

Sv% .931 .906 .866

AHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Portland 34 20 12 1 1 100 99 Worcester 33 18 12 1 2 88 93 Providence 32 17 13 0 2 79 88 Manchester 35 16 15 2 2 94 92 St. John’s 36 15 19 1 1 86 105

Tuesday’s games Calgary at Brandon, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Prince George at Portland, 8 p.m. Spokane at Seattle, 8:05 p.m.

Red Deer Rebels Scoring GP G A Pts PIM 37 14 16 30 48 44 11 15 26 26 41 9 16 25 27 44 5 20 25 25 21 10 13 23 6 41 10 13 23 51

16 16 12 29 17 13 67 15 62 4 6 4 10 27 2 28 0 6


GOALTENDERS (Minimum 1,000 minutes played) W L O Carruth, Por 18 2 0 Driedger, Cal 21 7 3 Bartosak, RD 17 7 2 Brossoit, Edm 17 4 5 Cooke, Kel 20 8 2

Sunday’s results Calgary 5 Vancouver 4 Kootenay 3 Red Deer 2 Lethbridge 4 Moose Jaw 1 Regina 3 Brandon 1

Elson Ness Bellerive Hamilton Dieno Dumba

44 37 38 38 28 38 41 37 40 7 24 9 22 27 18 19 3 28

Elks split pair of games

AVG 30.5 29.3 28.2 26.5 26.4 21.9 20.4 20.4

The Red Deer Elks split a pair of midget AA league games during the weekend, beating Taber 4-3 and losing 4-3 to Medicine Hat. Jaye Sutherland had two goals and Derrick Morrell and Mathew Thiessen one each against Taber with Nick Galenzoski making 22 saves. Sutherland, James Gaume and Matthew Krusky scored once each against Medicine Hat with Brady Jewan making 20 saves.

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GP Edmonton 40 Calgary 41 Red Deer 44 Lethbridge 44 Medicine Hat 41 Kootenay 40

Pt 51 43 41 40 35 32

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B6 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013



Rickie Fowler putts on the 10th hole during the first round at the Tournament of Champions PGA golf tournament, Monday, in Kapalua, Hawaii. Fowler just missed on the shot. Play was to have started three days earlier, but was delayed because of rain and high winds.


Veteran free agents looking to find a deal BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — The waiting is about to end for Jim Vandermeer. Now that the NHL lockout has been resolved, he and other, older unrestricted free agents will have their future decided once the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified by owners and players. Since the lockout began Sept. 15, and even longer, he and his fellow journeymen have been in limbo because of the lengthy labour dispute. “It’s kind of like a snow slide,” said Vandermeer, a 32-year-old Caroline, Alta., native, who entered the NHL in 2002-03. “Guys that are 30-35 years old, a lot of them are D-men, they were just trying to wait and see. They talked to teams before (the lockout), and they basically got the same response that I did. “It would be nice if (teams) could give you a good answer, if they were really interested. But it obviously depends on what their cap space is ...” In other words, the end of the lockout could also spell the end of some careers. When free agency opened in July, teams like the Minnesota Wild rushed to sign younger unrestricted free agent stars like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to long, lucrative deals. But Vandermeer and his peers had to prepare to dodge the fallout from a restructured salary cap in the new CBA. The veteran free agents caught a break, because the cap will stay at the pre-lockout US$70-million level for one more — shortened — season before dropping to $64.3 million. “The fact that the cap isn’t the lower number will help many of these guys pick up roles on clubs,” said player agent J.P. Barry. “It’s going to be important for a lot of players, particularly again veteran players, to have strong short seasons here, because with the salary cap coming down, there will be a push. There is some protection with the compliance to ease up the system, but taking down the cap down $6 million will have an impact on some players.” Barry, who only has one unrestricted free agent client, defenceman Cam Barker, 26, expects most UFAs to be signed to one or two-year deals. The “real squeeze” will be felt by pending restricted and unrestricted free agents, whose contracts are due to expire after the short season, as they deal with the drastic cap drop that will stay in place in following years. “It will likely be a tougher summer, to be in the marketplace this summer, than it would be in the summers after,” said Barry. While much of the attention will be on current restricted free agents like P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Jamie Benn of the Dallas

Stars before the season opens, there will be “more of a scramble” for older veteran UFAs. Teams must quickly decide whether they can fill one or two holes by promoting players within their organizations, or sign experienced veterans from outside. Vandermeer is wary of the effect that a salary-cap drop will have on his other veterans’ careers. “It’ll be a bite out of your salary, or some guys are just going to get washed right out,” said Vandermeer of a lower salary cap. “That’s exactly what happened the last lockout. I was going through that, too. It’s tough to see when you’ve got some guys that have played 10-15 years and their careers are over because GMs think they’re over-priced, or cap number is put in place and they can’t afford them.” Time will tell whether clubs decide to start making payroll cuts this season in preparation for 2013-14 or later. “It’s just a matter of talking to a bunch of teams and seeing who’s interested,” said Vandermeer, who has also played for Philadelphia (two stints), Chicago, Calgary, Phoenix and Edmonton. “Hopefully, there’s enough interest that I actually have a choice of places, and I’ll just go from there.” According to Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, clubs will put more of an onus on veterans in the upcoming abbreviated season. “You don’t have the luxury of a full season to experiment,” said Gillis, whose team has a need for another veteran rearguard. “We were planning to introduce a number of young players. Now, I am not sure how that is going to work out with a shortened schedule. “Obviously, with a 48-game schedule, you don’t have any room for experimentation or introduction unless the player is ready to play and ready to contribute. That is going to change the dynamics — not only for us, but every team in the league.” Gillis explains that with such a short season the stakes are too high. “We are going to have to go with our best players every night, no matter what, to make sure we get into the playoffs and have an opportunity to advance,” said Gillis. Barry agrees with the Vancouver GM’s assessment. “They have 48 games, so they probably need to have a fairly set idea of what they want to do with their roster,” said Barry, adding teams with just one or two holes to fill will likely look within their organizations. Accordingly, teams could have greater demand for veteran free agents as they chase the Stanley Cup before further financial restrictions reduce their chance of winning one in the future. But Vandermeer is taking nothing for granted.

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Dustin Johnson got off to a good start Monday in the Tournament of Champions. Then again, just starting was good. Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the PGA Tour finally got its 2013 season started on the day its first tournament was supposed to finish. Johnson, who showed up on Maui a week before the tournament and played just about every day, threeputted three times in five holes and still had a 4-under 69. That gave him a share of the lead with Mark Wilson and Nick Watney, who rolled in a long eagle putt on his last hole. The 69s matched the highest score to lead after one round in 15 years this tournament has been held on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. But there were no complaints. At least they were playing. As long as Johnson has been at Kapalua, this was his first time playing a full round in five days. He was among four players who had not even teed off when the first round was scuttled on Friday and Sunday. It was too windy to even try to start on Saturday. “Today was the first day I got on the course, but definitely felt good,” Johnson said. Rickie Fowler made history as the first player to hit the opening tee shot of the PGA Tour season three times. He was in the group at 3-under 70 that included Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Carl Pettersson. Defending champion Steve Stricker was another shot behind. The players had about 30 minutes for lunch before going out for 18 more holes Monday afternoon, followed by a Tuesday finish of 18 holes. It would be the first time the Tournament of Champions was reduced to 54 holes since 1997 at rainy La Costa Resort. The tournament finally caught a break when the wind subsided just enough as players were on the practice green under floodlights before sunrise. The greens were slowed to 8 ½ on the Stimpmeter — compared with 10 ½ on Friday — to help keep the balls from blowing off the green.

It still was plenty windy, though this mountainous course was built for that. Only six players in the 30-man field failed to break par. But the green speed, combined with the wind, made it difficult. Johnson’s chip on the second hole came up 10 feet short, and he made that for par. He left his 20-foot birdie putt on the third hole about 4 feet short and missed that one, but answered by rolling in a 20-foot birdie that looked as if it would miss on the right side until the wind blew it back toward the hole. Johnson walked off the green with a smile. “Ride the wind, baby,” he said. Johnson turned to see Watson hit an identical putt that stayed out to the right. He didn’t think it was that much of an advantage to have played the course so much in the days leading up to the tournament because the wind didn’t arrive until Friday. “But the greens were about this slow when I got here,” Johnson said. “I still can’t get it to the hole.” He also three-putted the fifth green from 70 feet for par, and he three-putted the seventh green from 15 feet. “The ball is really not moving,” Johnson said. “But it’s the gusts of wind that kind of blow you off balance. So you’re oscillating quite a bit.” There was plenty of trouble at Kapalua even in slightly less wind. Tommy Gainey was tied for the lead playing his 17th hole, the par-3 eighth, when the wind knocked it short of the green and the ball rolled into a hazard. His next shot went into the grassy bank of a bunker and stayed there, and he made triple bogey. Keegan Bradley also had a trio of three-putts in his round of 71. Pettersson’s lone regret was missing a 2-foot putt on the 16th because of the wind. “That’s going to happen,” Pettersson said. Wilson played bogey-free, a remarkable effort with so many holes into the wind playing much longer. Then again, the tour made accommodations for the wind — and the pace of play trying to squeeze in 36 holes — by moving the tees forward. In several cases, the players were on tees reserved for resort guests.

Canada already preparing for return of World Juniors TOURNAMENT WILL BE HOSTED IN CANADA EVERY SECOND YEAR STARTING IN 2015 THE CANADIAN PRESS UFA, Russia — The 2014 world junior hockey championship will be in Malmo, Sweden, but Hockey Canada is already preparing for the tournament’s return to Canada. It comes back to Canada in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. It’s part of a deal Hockey Canada worked out with the International Ice Hockey Federation and approved at the IIHF’s congress in 2009. Canada settled for a fourth-place finish at this year’s tournament in Ufa, Russia. The United States won gold, Sweden took the silver and the host team won bronze. The process for choosing the 2015, and possibly 2017, host cities will get underway early this year, according to Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith. The governing body of hockey in Canada has invited people to register for the chance to buy tickets for 2015 and 2017, even though the host cities have yet to be chosen. “They’ll get the first chance to go into whatever system we decide,” Smith said. “If we say we’re going to go to a lottery and whatever lottery that is, they’ll get the first chance to be registered for that.” Registration, which ends Monday at midnight, doesn’t guarantee a ticket to either event. It will indicate appetite for

the tournaments, which can help Hockey Canada and the organizing committees avoid the ticket fiasco of 2012. Dozens of people whose names were drawn to buy ticket packages for the 2012 tournament in Calgary and Edmonton were disappointed when they logged on to the Internet to make their purchase and discovered tickets were sold out. Successful entrants were able to buy a maximum of six tickets each and they did so at a pace unforeseen by the organizing committee. About 275,000 tickets were sold via that process. “Everything that we forecasted at that time looked good until we got to the point where people bought tickets,” Smith said. “Whatever our benchmarks were, people purchased the max. “Now we’ve got that 2012 experience, we know what the appetite is for world junior tickets and we’ll hopefully be able to use that intelligence better next time.” The world junior tournament format will also include two more quarter-finals when it returns to Canada. The IIHF has altered the format to eliminate the bye to the semifinal. Starting in Malmo, the top four teams in each pool advance to quarter-finals. The world junior championship has been held in Canada 10 times,

NBA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Paul Pierce scored 23 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 102-96 on Monday night in a heated first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals. Kevin Garnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who even without the suspended Rajon Rondo won their third straight and finally are playing like the team that has ruled the division for the last half-decade. The Knicks want that title now, but Carmelo Anthony and his teammates

including three tournaments in four years from 2009 to 2012. But Hockey Canada has never known this far in advance it will get the tournament four times in seven years. That may alter the bid process. “In the first few weeks of January we’ll decide what and how we’re going to do this,” Smith said. “This is the first time we’ve had four world juniors that we know are coming to Canada over the next period of years. We really haven’t determined what process we’ll use. “I think it’s probably likely that we’ll have a not radically different approach, but modified approach.” Previously, cities submitted letters of intent to bid. Hockey Canada decided on a short list of five cities, which were then invited to make presentations. Smith says the goal is to name the 2015 host city by April. Awarding the 2017 tournament this year as well is also an option. It’s no secret Hockey Canada would like to put the tournament in the province of Quebec, where it hasn’t been in more than 30 years. But that likely depends on when Quebec City completes its new arena. A Quebec City-Montreal joint bid is attractive, although Montreal is problematic because the city can’t seem to retain a major junior team in the metro area.

were reminded how tough the Celtics can make it. Anthony had 20 points but shot 6 of 26 while battling his temper, Garnett and foul trouble. J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points. Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 118-92 rout of the Cavaliers. It was the third straight game that Boozer has eclipsed 20 points. This time he did it against the team that drafted him in 2002. Joakim Noah added 11 points and 11 rebounds while Luol Deng had 19 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who beat the Cavaliers for an 11th straight time. Chicago (19-13), which posted a season-high in points, moved to 11-1 when Boozer and Noah have double-doubles.






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RDC to open dialogue READING TAILS AT THE LIBRARY Dogs are joining children at Red Deer Public Library for a program to improve children’s reading skills. Reading Tails allows children, age six to 12, to be matched with dogs during the six-week program for 30 minutes each week. Children read for 20 minutes and interact with the dogs for 10 minutes. St. John Ambulance therapy dogs are used for the program. Anyone interested in the program for their child can call 403-346-4688 to speak to Laural Grimes at the library to set up an interview. A new session begins at the end of January.

SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION Nominations are now open for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame’s 2012-13 induction. The Red Deer based hall of fame and museum, No. 102 4200 Hwy 2, will accept nominations up until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31. Nominations are open to anyone who knows of a man, woman or team from Alberta that should be recognized for their achievements or contributions to sport. The guidelines for nominations are available at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s website, www.ashfm. ca or by calling Debbie at 403-3418614.

FOOD HYGIENE COURSE Environmental Public Health with Alberta Health Services is offering a two-day sanitation and hygiene course starting this month. The course helps food handlers understand the potential health risks associated with foodborne illnesses, and outlines steps they need to take to reduce those risks. A provincial safe food handling certificate will be issued at the end of the course. In Red Deer, the course runs Jan. 16 and 23 at Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre, 300 Jordan Parkway, and March 6 and 13 at iHotel 67th Street, 6500 67th St. The course costs $125. To register, call 1-877-360-6366, ext. 1.

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BOARD TRYING TO ‘CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY’ AND GET FEEDBACK BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF A dialogue between Red Deer College’s board and the community will open up later this month, with the intent of learning what each side has to offer each other. “It’s really an opportunity for the board to connect with the community as a board, as opposed to the college specifically,” said Shelley Ralston, Red Deer College board chairperson. “It’s our event, it’s our opportunity to connect with the community and connect with the people who come and join us at the lunch.” Every year, the board makes the presentation in the hopes of feedback and possibly direction going forward. The board will use this opportunity to showcase parts of the college that people may not be aware of, such as the centre for innovation and manufacturing.

“It’s a fabulous facility that shows our connection to small and medium enterprise,” said Ralston. “We have a number of prototypes that we have built using our facilities, engaging with our students and getting small business to work with us.” Ralston said the board and college’s mandate is to represent the community and this report is a way to connect and learn about the expectations and desires of the community. There are community members on the board as well. “It’s our responsibility to connect with them and we view this as a great opportunity to connect and share,” said Ralston. Ralston pointed to the Donald School of Business with its collaborative business degree. She said the program comes from a combination of the college staff doing their work to understand the region’s needs and

board members being at different functions and hearing from business people that they desperately need those types of programs. “It’s very much a passion of every one of the community members on our board to be connected to the community in such a way we understand what those needs are, and we can represent our community constituents well,” said Ralston. Last year’s format included a chance for the board to share some of their strategic direction ideas and then to listen to feedback from community members during the lunch. This year’s report to the community takes place on Jan. 25 starting at 11:30 a.m., with the official report coming at 12:30 p.m. Donations to the RDC Student’s Association’s food bank will be accepted. The college asks that people interested in attending RSVP by Thursday by calling 403-342-3233.

Students counselled about relationships


PRESENTATION ABOUT PERSONAL AND ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS BY RANDY FIEDLER ADVOCATE STAFF Acquaintance, friend or best friend? Teens elevating personal and online relationships from one level to the next could face disappointment and even danger. That’s the message Westpark Middle School students heard from Ralph Cervi of the Red Deer Crisis Centre on Monday. The Good, Bad and Ugly is a three-part presentation promoting the best and avoiding the worst in relationships. Acquaintances are common yet too often treated as friends, said Cervi. “With social networking, some of you are bumping them up and they don’t deserve this. “We’ve lowered our standards so much that being nice to each other makes them a friend. We’re supposed to be nice to each other.” The former RCMP officer questions the Grade 8 students, who take the classes as part of the health curriculum, and elaborates on their perceptive and usually correct answers. An acquaintance becoming a friend takes trust, replies a girl to his query. “There has to be some time there getting to know them,” he cautions, adding sharing personal information with acquaintances is risky. Making a friend a best friend is “like jumping the Grand Canyon: don’t elevate them to this level if they haven’t earned it. “Best friends accept you for what you are. “You know a lot more about each other and you don’t have to be phoney.” Best friends are willing to sacrifice for each other and respect each other’s boundaries. “Those who don’t have boundaries have nothing but peer pressure issues.” Cervi shares his past when he asks teens to classify their parents and grandparents as acquaintances, friends or best friends. “My dad was an acquaintance because I couldn’t trust him,” he explained, saying the man’s reactions could be violent due to his alcoholism. Cervi asked teens to examine their personal histories because a positive past with rules, consequences and fair treatment differs greatly from an negative past. “All of us have families that

More flood work coming BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF


Ralph Cervi of the Red Deer Crisis Centre answers along with West Park Middle School Grade 8 students his question about grandparents being acquaintances, friends or best friends during a presentation on relationships Monday. have issues (but) if you’re in an abusive relationship, you chose that. No one has to go down that road. You can make a choice to make a sharp turn.” The end of a friendship or any other kind of relationship shouldn’t be seen as failure. “Look at it as a learning experience. It’s only a failure if you don’t learn from it.” Teacher Gord Strowbridge appreciates the approach Cervi takes because “he builds a good rapport with the kids.” Niamat Ullah, 13, learned what to look for in a friend. “Some might be good friends,

but you can’t tell them everything.” Jacob Herrington, 14, appreciated learning to rate people on the acquaintance, friend or best friend scale. “Now I know the boundaries and about self respect in relationships,” he said, adding his parents warned him not to post anything personal online “because it could be used against me.” Cervi said he wants “these kids to realize they should be treated the best. “No one should accept controlling or demeaning behaviour.”

Lacombe is about to start work on the second part of a major project to prevent flooding after the community was hit hard by rainstorms in 2010 and 2011. About $3 million will be spent in all in upgrading storm water mains and increasing the capacity of the Bruns Storm Pond at Heritage Way and Woodland Drive. A 1.2-metre storm water trunk line was installed last year to better drain water and eliminate a chokepoint in the system that was causing water to back up in lowlying areas after heavy downpours. Boosting the line capacity will allow four times more water to be drained. In the next few days, work is expected to begin on a $540,000 initiative to expand the Bruns pond to 22,000 cubic metres from 13,000 cubic metres. The excavation will cover both sides of an existing walking trail, which will be closed to the public until the project is finished. Excavation is expected to be done by April with landscaping and trail reconstruction to be finished around midJune. In a cost-saving move, the city combined the pond work with a reclamation project at an old sand pit about 1.6 km east of Lacombe. Jordan Thompson, the city’s engineering services manager, said the cost of the reclamation project was initially estimated at $70,000.

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Wildlife centre spreads ‘fostering’ methods BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF A small Spruce View-based organization is becoming adept at fostering and tracking young animals, and they have the chance to present their methods and findings at a spring conference in the United States. Although the Medicine River Wildlife Centre, wildlife hospital and education centre, has done numerous fostering studies through the years, executive director Carol Kelly said last year’s was the first one using radio trackers. In the past, they have done fostering studies on songbirds, foxes, skunks and ducklings.

MEDICINE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE Then six years ago, they started working with deer. Initially, they had to get a doe’s attention to connect her with a fostered fawn. Now they use a method of distress calls that attract the doe. It has proved a much easier way to have the doe come to the aid of the fawn. Before they used radios, the centre would mark the ear of the fawn and have landowners call if they saw a fostered fawn on their property. With radio transmitters, it has become easier to track the young deer. “Last year, it was UHF (transmitters). It

didn’t work out really well and we only did nine,” said Kelly. “This year, we’ve made a proposal to the government to do 15 with VHF trackers that are guaranteed to work for two years.” The goal was to identify if the fawns survive four days after being introduced to a new doe. Four days after the fawns were released, 44.4 per cent had survived and 33.3 per cent died, but none died from lack of maternal care.

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BRIEFS Olds to mark broadband service Olds will celebrate its new broadband service at an official Fibre LightUp ceremony on Jan. 29. Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development and partner Olds Fibre Ltd. have developed the community-owned network that offers broadband telephone, TV and Internet service to local residents. Eight years in the making, the project was spawned by a realization that a lack of broadband service was an impediment to economic development. It has been bankrolled through $3.5 million in provincial government funding, plus a $6-million loan from the Town of Olds. The new fibre optic network offers minimum connection speeds of 100 megabits per second and the capability to offer much higher speeds. The basic hook-up package includes ultra high-speed Internet, phone service with unlimited North American long distance, among other features, and television with 40 channels, including 25 in HD. The Fibre Light-Up ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. at TransCanada Theatre (near Hwy 2A and 57th Street).

Sentencing scheduled in assault, robbery

Six injured in collision Six people suffered varying degrees of injuries from a single-vehicle collision east of Bashaw on Sunday afternoon. Bashaw RCMP say the group was travelling in a pickup truck on Hwy 53 about five km east of town at about 3:45 p.m. RCMP allege that an inexperienced driver, 16 years old, attempted to pass a slower vehicle and lost control, causing the truck to hit the ditch and roll over. Four of the people who had been in

the truck were taken by ground ambulance to hospital in Camrose, where they were treated for minor injuries and then released. Two others were flown by STARS air ambulance to hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary with serious injuries that are not considered life threatening. One of the two has been released from hospital. The collision remains under investigation. A traffic ticket may be issued to the driver, who is alleged to have been driving too fast for road conditions. Bashaw RCMP do not anticipate laying criminal charges.

Art of Friendship course Red Deer area residents can learn more about what it takes to make new friends. Art of Friendship is an eight-week course designed to help people make and keep friends. Alberta Health Services, Life Long Learning Council of Red Deer and Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services are putting on the course to help people who may have lost friends because of difficult experiences or disabilities. Empty nesters, older people entering retirement and people new to Red Deer also report this course has improved their social lives. Evening and day courses are being offered. The first course begins on Feb. 28 and runs weekly through April 11. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dawe branch of Red Deer Public Library at 56 Holt St. The library is co-sponsoring the February course. The second course runs weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m.


WILDLIFE: Centre works on getting injured animals back into thje wild They were killed by predators or becoming entangled with barbed wire. One of the fawns was found to have a birth defect. Kelly said in the wild, 40 to 80 per cent of fawns will never grow up. “We have to take into account that just because that fawn was eaten by a coyote doesn’t mean our fostering was unsuccessful,” said Kelly. Fostering is a big part of the centre’s mandate as their overarching goal is to get injured animals back into the wild. “We thought, what are we taking away from them by taking away their chance to be raised by a natural parent?” said Kelly. The centre has been asked to speak at the National Wildlife Rehabilitators’ conference in March in Portland, Ore., about fostering. Kelly said they have been given 40 minutes of a four-hour workshop to talk about the methods they’ve used for postrelease studying of fostered animals. She said the methods can be simple. When working with birds in a bird box, they will put a little dab of nail polish on the top of the beak. Then when you introduce the fostered bird to a nest, you can track the fostered bird among the mother’s own brood. Another method they have had success with is, when fostering foxes, to dab the tip of tail in beat juice. This stains the

from March 6 through April 24. It runs at Canadian Mental Health Association at 5017 50th Ave. in downtown Red Deer. For more information, call the health association at 403-342-2266. Cost is $25 and scholarships may be available for people with limited incomes.

Banff film tour coming Better grab your tickets fast if you want to catch the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. It runs Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre. Cost is $20 plus GST per night, or $36 plus GST for both nights. Mountain-themed sport, culture and nature films from the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival will be on hand. Tickets are available through Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Purearth Organics. Valhalla Pure Outfitters is sold out of tickets, which is much appreciated, said Todd Nivens of the nature centre. For more information, call the centre at 403-346-2010.

Recreation at Crimson Lake Crimson Lake Provincial Park offers winter outdoor enthusiasts plenty of recreational opportunities. The park northwest of Rocky Mountain House has 10 km of groomed and another 10 km of ungroomed crosscountry ski trails. Snowshoeing throughout the park can also be done with snowshoe rentals available at the Parks Division District Office located in town on the Provincial Building’s first floor at 4919 51st St. Snowshoes can be booked by calling 403-845-8309 (toll free by dial-

normally white markings and is easily recognizable from great distances. Kelly said she hopes by sharing these methods they can help other organizations with similar aspirations. “All of those people using all of these methods can report back to the association and the goal is gather all this information and within the next five years put out a manual on how to foster successfully,” said Kelly.

FLOOD: Work planned But the city will save about $45,000 by using excess clay and topsoil from the pond excavation to fill in the former sand pit, which is no longer needed. Sand is typically used for bedding around pipe-

ing 310-0000 first) and cost $10 for a two-day rental and $25 for a family with group rates available. The park also offers guided interpretive programs on winter ecology, recreation and survival. Cost is $3 per person with a minimum $40 fee, which includes GST and snowshoe rentals. More information is available online at crimson-lake.aspx.

Autism internet workshop Parents of children with autism and professionals who work with them are invited to a three-day conference through the Internet. The sixth annual conference, hosted by Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton, is a major educational event engaging researchers and practitioners to present in-depth sessions with practical strategies and resources. Keynote speaker Arthur Fleischmann will talk about his 17-year-old daughter Carly, who is severely autistic and who found her voice through technology and social media at www. Conference topics range from technology to communication and approaching mealtimes. Last year, 97 people in 17 communities attended the conference through Telehealth. Red Deer will be one of more than 50 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories expected to link in through Telehealth. The conference runs from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree. For more information, go online at or 780-4959235.

lines and other underground structures. Some of the dirt dug out of the pond will be used for the North West Recreation Area project. The nearly $1-million project to create four soccer pitches at the Northwest Recreation Area is already underway. Three and a half soccer pitches have been completed and were seeded last year. Drainage and parking lot work will take place this year and the fields are expected to be ready for play next year. The new site is needed because soccer pitches at Michener Park must be moved to make way for new baseball diamonds. Another $617,000 project to improve sewer capacity and prevent backups was completed by the city last year and funded through the federal Gas Tax Fund.




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Sentencing will be held later this month for a man convicted last March in connection with the violent robbery and beating of a teen in Lacombe. Travis James Kastrukoff, 24, was convicted of robbery for his role in an incident that occurred on July 17, 2010, Also charged in connection with the incident were Carl Johnston, Andrew Dennis Renaud, Brian Travis Ward and young woman, who cannot be named because she was a minor at the time. All have previously pleaded guilty or been convicted for their roles in the incident. Kastrukoff pleaded not guilty and asked to be tried by judge and jury in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench. The jury found him guilty on March 2, 2012. However, sentencing was adjourned when the trial judge, Justice Kirk Sisson, learned that Kastrukoff has First Nations status and is therefore entitled to the benefit of a Gladue presentence report. Gladue reports operate within a set of rules set out in Parliament to take into account the circumstances of Aboriginal People during sentencing. Kastrukoff, who remains in custody, is to appear for sentencing on Jan. 21.

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Sliding through the afternoon Mandy Terrenzio and her daughter Kasia head sown the slope at Annie L. Gaetz Elementary School. The two were joined by Kasiaís sister Taya and brother Kellan and several other children after school on Monday.



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Modest market ‘just fine’ HOME SALES MAKE MODEST IMPROVEMENT IN 2012

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BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Compared to the real estate boom of half a decade ago, home sales in Central Alberta last year could be described as modest. That’s just fine with Ken Devoe, a Realtor with Century 21 Advantage and president of the Ken Devoe Central Alberta Realtors Association. “It was a solid year,” he said of 2012. “What we always look

for is the small growth. We don’t want the boomerang effect.” Devoe is familiar with that boomerang effect, having worked in the local market since 2006. He recalled the frantic pace prior to the overheated market plummeting at the end of 2008. “It’s not a good lifestyle. You’re going seven days a week and you don’t see the family.” Last year was more of a normal market, said Devoe, with sales increasing and prices moving up at a sustainable rate. In Red Deer, the number of residential transactions processed through the Multiple Listing Service in 2012 climbed 9.4 per cent, to 1,707 from the 2011 tally of 1,560. In the area covered by the association outside Red Deer,


the increase was 11.2 per cent, improving to 2,453 from 2,207. “That’s what you want to see,” said Devoe of this moderate growth in sales. Average prices were up in both markets: rising 8.3 per cent to $310,722 from $287,022 in the city, and increasing by 12.1 per cent to $262,007 from $233,814 in the outlying region. Devoe cautioned that average prices don’t provide a good indication of market trends, since they include homes of all types from a variety of neighbourhoods — a mix that chang-

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Japan’s China automotive sales fall TOKYO — Japan’s three biggest automakers — Toyota, Nissan and Honda — say their vehicle sales in China fell last year amid a territorial dispute that prompted Chinese consumers to boycott Japanese products. Toyota Motor Corp. said its sales in China fell 4.9 per cent in 2012 to 840,500 vehicles, the first annual decline since at least 2001. Nissan Motor Co.’s sales dropped 5.3 per cent to 1,181,500 vehicles. Honda Motor Co.’s sales in China fell 3.1 per cent to 598,576 vehicles, the second consecutive decline.

Agency wants electric cars to make noise DETROIT — The government wants all electric and hybrid vehicles to make some noise when travelling under 18 miles per hour so pedestrians can hear them coming. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cars don’t make enough noise at low speeds to warn walkers, bicyclists and the visually impaired.

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Difficulties in finding and keeping workers may have more to do with what’s happening inside an organization than the labour market outside. A human resources expert will offer her insights into the impact of corporate culture on employee recruitment and retention this Wednesday in Red Deer. Sandy Mercer will be speaking at a Central Alberta Rural Manufacturers Association (CARMA) Lunch & Learn session from noon to 1:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend this event, but anyone interested in participating is asked to register online at, by email at admin@ or by phone at 403-3472276.

es from period to period. He prefers to compare prices of similar homes in the same subdivision over time. Devoe doesn’t think tighter mortgage lending rules deterred too many home-buyers last year, although he did note that sales of homes in the $250,000 to $300,000 range were down. Instead, many people were spending $300,000 to $350,000 — a price that got them into an 1,100-square-foot bi-level house with a front-attached garage.


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Construction activity in Red Deer was up sharply in 2012, with projects like Covenant Health’s 100-bed continuing care facility in Clearview Ridge boosting building permit values by nearly $100 million over the 2011 tally.

Home builders are optimistic for another good year in 2013 BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Local builders are looking back on 2012 with satisfaction, and ahead to 2013 with optimism. The City of Red Deer reported on Friday that the total value of construction projects it approved in 2012 was $268.1 million, 58 per cent higher than the 2011 tally of $169.7 million. Residential building contributed $115.9 million to last year’s figure, up 57 per cent from $73.8 million a year earlier. “It’s good to see the increase,” said Lisa Buckingham, contract sales manager with Trail Appliances and president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association — Central Alberta Region. “I’ve noticed in talking to home builders and trades that everybody has felt the increase. It’s definitely going on a more positive note, especially in the last six months of 2012.” Industrial construction was also strong in Red Deer last year, increasing by 248 percent to $74.8 million from $21.5 million. The value of commercial projects was 22 per cent higher, to $66.2 million from $54.2 million, while the cumulative dollar figure for public projects slipped 45 per cent, to $11.2 million from $20.3 million. “The activity out there is very good to see,” said Josh Edwards, business development manager with Scott Builders Inc. and president of the Red Deer Construction Association. He said members of his association have seen a steady increase in the number of projects coming their way. “The Red Deer Construction Association, in 2011 we had 300 jobs go through. In 2012 we had 350 jobs go through and we’re hoping to see this

year, 400-plus jobs go through.” Edwards said he’s noticed that more companies are building for their own use, as opposed to leasing premises. But he also thinks they’re proceeding carefully when it comes to capital expenditures. That wasn’t always the case during the commercial and industrial building boom leading up to 2008. Buckingham sees no reason why residential construction won’t continue to increase in 2013. Demand for housing is strong, houses remain affordable and there’s a good supply of residential lots in Red Deer. “I think in 2013 we may even see higher numbers than this year.” Edwards added that commercial and industrial contruction in the Red Deer area also shouldn’t be constrained by the availability of land. “There’s a lot of land coming onto the market.” As for skilled labour, he doesn’t expect the pace of building to be affected by worker shortages — for now. “We’re not seeing a crunch on the trades yet. We all know that there’s a labour shortage coming, five to 15 years from now.” Buckingham also isn’t seen labour bottlenecks in the residential construction sector. “We’re still pretty good,” she said, praising the apprenticeship programs at Red Deer College for training local workers. “Currently a house is probably taking six months at most,” she said. “Maybe it will take seven months, eight months. I don’t see it going back to 2008, when you were looking at a year to complete.”

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resigned abruptly last week, reportedly to protest the Obama administration’s apparent plans to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline in the coming months. The American environmental movement is abuzz following a New York Post report that Lisa Jackson suddenly quit the post because she doesn’t want to be at the helm of the agency when the White House rubber-stamps the controversial project. That could happen as early as March or April, the paper suggested. “She was going to stay on until November or December,” a source close to Jackson told the Post. “But this changed it. “She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports (Keystone XL) getting built.” The EPA is one of several federal agencies that’s been advising the Obama administration on the $7-billion pipeline, a project that would carry millions of barrels of crude a week from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The ultimate decision on Keystone XL’s fate rests with the State Department, since the pipeline crosses an international border. Jackson is Obama’s top environmental adviser, appointed head of the agency soon after his inauguration in 2008. Over the past four years, she’s pushed through the toughest new air and water pollution rules in more than 20 years and has frequently spoken out on climate change. Under her watch, the EPA has also raised serious concerns about Keystone XL. In July 2010, as TransCanada awaited a decision from the White House on the pipeline, the EPA sent a letter to the State Department calling its draft environmental assessment of the project “inadequate.” It chastised analysts for failing to address the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Keystone XL.

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Banks try to clean up mortgage mess from financial crisis BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners. The deal announced Monday could compensate hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses such as “robo-signing,” when banks automatically

WRONGFUL FORECLOSURES signed off on foreclosures without properly reviewing documents. The agreement will also help eliminate huge potential liabilities for the banks. But consumer advocates complained that regulators settled for too low a price by letting banks avoid full responsibility for foreclosures that victimized families and fueled an exodus from neighbourhoods across the country.

The settlement ends an independent review of loan files required under a 2011 action by regulators. Bruce Marks, CEO of the advocacy group Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, noted that ending the review will cut short investigations into the banks’ practices. “The question of who’s to blame — the homeowners or the lenders — if you stop this investigation now, that will always

be an open-ended question,” Marks said. The banks, which include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will pay about $3.3 billion to homeowners to end the review of foreclosures. The rest of the money — $5.2 billion — will be used to reduce mortgage bills and forgive outstanding principal on home sales that generated less than borrowers owed on their mortgages.


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

Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 101.24 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 80.00 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.93 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.89 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 37.07 Cdn. National Railway . . 90.65 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 105.55 Cdn. Satellite . . . . . . . . . . 6.05

Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 71.93 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.19 Cervus Equipment Corp 19.50 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 33.59 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 43.01 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 25.69 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.52 General Motors Co. . . . . 29.66 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 19.32

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as investors locked in some profits from last week’s solid gains and turned their focus from political haggling over the U.S. debt situation to corporate earnings. The S&P/TSX composite index fell 41.26 points to 12,499.55, giving back a chunk of last week’s advance of almost two per cent. The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 4.33 points to 1,223.89. The Canadian dollar maintained lift from Friday’s much stronger than expected December employment report, up 0.14 of a cent to 101.45 cents US. U.S. indexes also backed off with the Dow Jones industrials 50.92 points lower at 13,384.29 after charging ahead almost four per cent last week. The Nasdaq dropped 2.85 points to 3,098.81 while the S&P 500 index was off 4.58 points to 1,461.89. Equity markets ran ahead last week after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill to avoid a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases that have come to be known as the “fiscal cliff.” Traders were also focused on the start of the fourth-quarter earnings season in the U.S., which will be kicked off by resource giant Alcoa Inc. after the close Tuesday. Its shares were off 16 cents at US$9.10. The company has been under pressure as a result of a global manufacturing slowdown, in particular by falling demand from China last year. The gold sector was the leading TSX decliner, down about 1.5 per cent as February bullion closed lower for a third session, down $2.60 to US$1,646.30 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 62 cents to C$34.69. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) declined 57 cents to $33.57 after the Supreme Court of Pakistan cancelled a lease agreement for a copper-andgold project being developed by a joint venture between Barrick and a Chilean company. It ruled that the joint venture agreement regarding the project was illegal as it broke Pakistan’s mine development laws. Gold prices have suffered in recent days because of uncertainty about whether the U.S. Federal Reserve might end its stimulus program of bond buying in the second half of 2013. Minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting showed a split over how long to continue the purchases amid concerns that they could destabilize the economy. The bond buying, known as quantitative easing, has supported bullion prices because of worries the program would drive inflation higher. Gold is seen as a hedge against inflation. The energy sector was down 0.65 per cent even as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange switched direction to head up a dime to US$93.19 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shed 35 cents to C$33.23 and Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) was 27 cents lower at $11.62. Losses on the TSX were well off session lows, in large part because early losses in the mining sector narrowed even as March copper dipped two cents to US$3.68 a pound. The base metals sector drifted 0.14 per cent higher and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) climbed 35 cents to C$11.19 while Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) gained 16 cents to $4.43. The TSX financial sector also closed off the worst levels of the day, down a slight 0.04 per cent even as global regulators eased new rules obliging lenders to set capital aside. The so-called Basel III rules are a set of new international standards to make sure banks don’t fall back into the sort of trouble that caused the 2008 financial crash. On Sunday, the

officials setting those rules delayed the date by which certain amounts of cash had to be readily available. On the TSX, Royal Bank (TSX:RY) moved down 26 cents to $60.81 while Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) climbed 35 cents to $33.23. European banks rose sharply after the announcement. The biggest gains were among ailing Spanish banks, which some had feared would struggle to meet the new cash requirements. Fehr said Canadian banks didn’t rise on the news since they are already in a much better capital position than many of their overseas counterparts. In other corporate news, Air Canada (AC.B) says it hit record load factors for the month of December and for 2012 as a whole. Its load factor rose to 82.1 per cent last month while the full-year number was 82.7 per cent, up 1.1 points in each case and its shares climbed nine cents to $1.86. Rival WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its load factor for December hit a record 81.9 per cent and its shares were two cents higher at $20.23. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at close Monday : Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 12,499.55 down 41.26 points TSX Venture Exchange — 1,223.89 down 4.33 points TSX 60 — 715.73 down 3.54 points Dow — 13,384.29 down 50.92 points S&P 500 — 1,461.89 down 4.58 points Nasdaq — 3,098.81 down 2.85 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 101.45 cents US, up 0.14 of a cent Pound — C$1.5884, up 0.14 of a cent Euro — C$1.2924, up 0.14 of a cent Euro — US$1.3111, up 0.32 of a cent Oil futures: US$93.19 per barrel, up 10 cents (February contract) Gold futures: US$1,646.30 per oz., down $2.60 (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $30.716 oz., up 20.1 cents $987.52 kg., up $6.46 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Monday at 1,223.89, down 4.33 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 123.1 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan ’13 $11.20 higher $609.60; March ’13 $9.90 higher $588.30; May ’13 $9.00 higher $579.90; July ’13 $6.90 higher $575.30; Nov. ’13 $8.10 higher $537.20; Jan. ’14 $8.10 higher $537.30; March ’14 $8.10 higher $537.30; May ’14 $8.10 higher $535.20; July ’14 $8.10 higher $532.30; Nov. ’14 $8.10 higher $534.30; Jan ’15 $8.10 higher $534.30. Barley (Western): March ’13 unchanged $247.00; May ’13 unchanged $248.00; July ’13 unchanged $248.50; Oct. ’13 unchanged $248.50; Dec ’13 unchanged $248.50; March ’14 unchanged $248.50; May ’14 unchanged $248.50; July ’14 unchanged $248.50; Oct. ’14 unchanged $248.50; Dec. ’14 unchanged $248.50; March ’15 unchanged $248.50. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 330,000 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 330,000.


LISTINGS: Down The number of residential listings processed by the Central Alberta Realtors Association last year was down in both Red Deer and the outlying area. In the city, it slipped 8.5 per cent, to 2,603 from 2,844; elsewhere, the figure dropped 10.2 per cent, to 5,124 from 5,705. Devoe isn’t too concerned about the decline in listings. “I think what you’re seeing is the over-priced listings not coming,” he said, describing how prior to the economic downturn many homeowners were putting their properties on the market at inflated prices. “If it’s $50,000 over-priced it’s not going to sell in this market, whereas in 2007 people were picking their price and sometimes getting it.” For 2013, Devoe is expecting a repeat of 2012. Sales and prices should continue to move up, he said, influenced by an influx of people to Central Alberta, affordable mortgage carrying costs, low vacancy rates nudging renters toward home ownership and resale homes remaining a cost-competitive alternative to new houses. “I think builders are going to do well and I think the resale market is going to do well. It’s going to be a solid year for everyone.”

Research in Motion. . . . . 11.76 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 40.85 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 41.52 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 64.40 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 15.43 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 47.37 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.35 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 67.81 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.68 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 40.55 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 11.82 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.44 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.37 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . 48.244 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68.40 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 20.23 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 33.57

Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 19.68 First Quantum Minerals . 21.71 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 34.69 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . 11.19 Inmet Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . 72.50 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 9.19 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 41.11 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.06 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 37.15 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 23.42 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 30.44 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 43.01 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.68 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 45.59 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 29.78 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.50 Canyon Services Group. 11.47 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 33.53

CWC Well Services . . . . 0.650 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 19.92 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.22 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 87.93 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 36.65 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.17 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 29.62 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 43.19 IROC Services . . . . . . . . . 2.33 Nexen Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.53 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 5.02 Penn West Energy . . . . . 11.01 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . . 1.45 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 8.73 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 33.23 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.62 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 13.56 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 7.34 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 52.02

Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 61.77 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 57.65 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.05 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 29.25 Carefusion . . . . . . . . . . . 29.26 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 24.86 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 41.71 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 65.38 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 14.03 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 77.26 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.65 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 60.81 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 27.39 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82.56

Canadian railways outperform U.S. rivals in Q4 but petroleum helps 2012 numbers BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Canada’s two large railways outperformed their U.S. rivals in the fourth quarter although rail companies on both sides of the border were helped last year by a surge in traffic for petroleum products. Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said Canadian railway freight volumes were up 2.6 per cent overall in the final quarter of 2012 on strong intermodal, agricultural products and chemicals carloads. American railways, meanwhile, suffered a 1.8 per cent volume decrease, largely as a result of a decline in coal and grain shipments. While the volume trends were in line with guidance provided by the railways in the third quarter, Spracklin is raising his earnings forecast for Montreal-based Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) by four per cent to $1.45 per share on superior volume trends and to $5.65 per share for the year. The consensus forecast of analysts is $1.40 per share for the quarter and $5.59 for the year.

CN, the larger of Canada’s two major railways, had the highest volume growth of all Class 1 railways in the quarter, rising 3.4 per cent, or 8.4 per cent on an RTM (revenue per ton) basis. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) saw volumes increase 1.1 per cent. CN larger size weighted the overall percentage volume increase of Canada’s railways to 2.6 per cent. Among other things, CN’s improvement was fuelled by new intermodal contracts, robust traffic at Canadian West Coast ports and a 15.3 per cent growth in agricultural products due to a strong Canadian crop, as well as a less robust quarter for comparison last year. “We believe CN will target high single-digit earnings growth in 2013, in line with our current forecast,” Spracklin added in a report, noting that guidance will be announced with fourth-quarter and year-end results on Jan. 22. The railway has forecast that 2012 adjusted diluted earnings by share would grow by up to 15 per cent over the $4.84 earned in 2011. Spracklin also boosted his tar-

get price for CN by $1 to $93 per share on the expectation that it will retain volume in fiscal 2014 that he had expected to be recouped by Canadian Pacific. He lowered his EPS forecast for CP last month by three per cent to $1.26 per share and says volume trends in the fourth quarter failed to meet the company’s forecasts. “We expect these disappointing freight patterns to result in downward estimate revisions.” Volume growth at CP Rail included 6.7 per cent growth in chemicals carloads along with modest volume growth in four of seven other segments. However, it sustained “notable” declines in forest products, metals and minerals. The speed of its trains increased by 2.2 per cent in the quarter, the lowest increase in the year. Spracklin is maintaining his target price for CP shares at $91. The Association of American Railroads said 2012 was a mixed year for U.S. rail traffic with carloads falling 3.1 per cent to 14.7 million, but with intermodal volume reaching its second-highest level since a record year in 2006.

Air Canada, WestJet post strong 2012 with record load factor for December THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada’s major airlines enjoyed healthy passenger demand heading into 2013 as they reported record load factors for December, carrying substantially more passengers with modest increases to capacity. WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its load factor for December hit a record 81.9 per cent while Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) hit record load factors for the month and the year. Montreal-based Air Canada said its load factor rose to 82.1 per cent last month while the full-year number was 82.7 per cent, up 1.1 points in each case. Analysts monitor load factor as a measure of how much total fleet capacity is used by an airline to carry passengers. “These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the effectiveness of Air Canada’s disciplined capacity management and our award winning product,” stated CEO

He acknowledged, however, that broader economic forces — such as unexpected drop in energy commodity prices — could change that picture. Despite the improved numbers from 2011 to 2012, year-over-year residential sales activity in Central Alberta did tail off in December. The number of residential deals in Red Deer was unchanged, at 83, but outside the city sales fell 31 per cent, to 79 from 114. The average selling price in Red Deer last month was $283,381, up five per cent from $269,829 in December 2011. In the area around the city, the average price in December jumped 11 per cent, to $261,894 from $235,832. New listings declined by 16 per cent in Red Deer, to 84 from 100, and tumbled by 47.5 per cent outside the city, to 127 from 242.

HOMEOWNERS: Millions eligible A total of 3.8 million people are eligible for payments under the deal announced by the Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve. Those payments could range from a few hundred dollars to up to $125,000. Homeowners who were wrongly denied a loan modification will be entitled to relatively small payments.

Calin Rovinescu. Air Canada said it had a 3.2 per cent increase in passenger traffic last month over December 2011, with a 6.6 per cent increase to U.S. destinations and a 5.1 per cent increase on transatlantic routes. That was a strong finish to a generally good year for Canada’s largest airline, which saw 2012 passenger traffic rise 2.6 per cent over 2011. Air Canada’s traffic increased to nearly 4.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December and nearly 12.6 billion RPMs in 2012 — roughly three times the traffic carried by WestJet. WestJet’s passenger traffic in December was up 7.2 per cent from a year earlier, rising to 1.6 billion revenue passenger miles from 1.5 billion on a six per cent increase in capacity. For the full year, WestJet’s passenger traffic was up 7.1 per cent to 4.5 billion RPMs from 4.2 billion RPMs as it flew 17.4 million passengers in 2012, an increase of 8.6 per cent or nearly 1.4 million

By contrast, people whose homes were unfairly seized and sold would be eligible for the biggest payments. Banks and consumer advocates had complained that the loan-by-loan reviews required under the 2011 order were time-consuming and costly and didn’t reach many homeowners. Banks were paying large sums to consultants to review the files. Some questioned the independence of those consultants, who often ruled against homeowners. The deal “represents a significant change in direction” that ensures “consumers are the ones who will benefit, and that they will benefit more quickly and in a more direct manner,” Thomas Curry, the comptroller of the currency, said in a statement. Diane Thompson, a lawyer with the National Consumer Law Center, complained that the deal won’t actually compensate homeowners for the actual harm they suffered. The deal “caps (banks’) liability at a total number that’s less than they thought they were going to pay going in,” she said. Thompson supports the decision to make direct payments to victimized homeowners. But she said the deal will work only if it includes strong oversight and transparency provisions. The companies involved in the settlement announced Monday also include Citigroup, MetLife Bank, PNC Financial Services, Sovereign, SunTrust, U.S. Bank and Aurora. The 2011 action also included GMAC Mortgage, HSBC Finance Corp. and EMC Mortgage Corp. Regulators announced the deal on the same day that Bank of America agreed to pay $11.6 billion to government-backed mortgage financier Fannie Mae to settle claims related to mortgages that soured during the housing crash. The agreements come as U.S. banks are showing renewed signs of financial health, extending their recovery from the 2008 crisis that nearly toppled

additional passengers. WestJet’s December load factor was 81.9 per cent, up one point from a year earlier. Its full-year load factor was also 81.9 per cent, up 3.2 points from 2011. “We are very pleased to close out the year with six consecutive monthly load factor records and record high loads in all four quarters,” stated president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. He said the Calgary-based airline’s forward bookings continue to be strong. Smaller regional rival Porter Airlines said it carried 2.45 million passengers last year, a 15 per cent increase over its 2011 levels. The regional carrier serves about a dozen cities in eastern Canada and several U.S. destinations from its base at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, where it competes directly against Air Canada’s service operated by Sky Regional Airline. Porter’s load factor for 2012 was 62 per cent, up from 61.7 per cent.

many of them. They are lending more and earning greater profits than at any time since the Great Recession began in December 2007. Monday’s foreclosure settlement doesn’t close the book on the housing crisis, which caused more than four million foreclosures. It covers only consumers who were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. Some banks didn’t agree to the settlement. And resolving millions of claims involving multiple banks and mortgage companies is complicated and time-consuming.

PIPELINE: Safety The letter also urged the State Department to further examine pipeline safety and spill-response planning, as well as the impact on Canadian native communities. In October 2011, Jackson reiterated those concerns in an appearance at Howard University in Washington. “This isn’t a little tiny pipeline, this is a pipeline that cuts our country literally in half,” she said. Obama rejected the pipeline early last year, but invited TransCanada to file a new application with an altered route that would skirt Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region. TransCanada did so, and is now awaiting word on approval from the State Department after getting the allclear from the state of Nebraska. Pipeline advocates say the project will create much-needed jobs in the U.S. Midwest, and help end American dependence on oil from hostile OPEC regimes. In the statement announcing her resignation, the EPA said Jackson wanted to “pursue new challenges, time with her family and new opportunities.” A Capitol Hill source doubts Jackson’s resignation is Keystone-related, suggesting instead she’s stepping down due to job fatigue.





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The diverse Art of the Peace is now showing at the Harris-Warke Gallery in downtown Reds Deer. The travelling exhibit of paintings, drawings, mixed-media, sculptural and ceramic works was created by 18 artists from Alberta’s Peace River Country, near Grande Prairie. This Red Deer stop is the last in what has been a year-long tour across the province. Art of the Peace, featuring 20 artworks, is on until Feb. 9. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of Red Deer’s First Fridays gallery openings. The Harris-Warke Gallery is located in the Sunworks store at 4924 Ross St.

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Comedian Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner. Kimmell is taking his edgy humour into late-night television opposite Devid Letterman and Jay Leno. cable options such as Adult Swim or Comedy Central and increasingly likely to catch up online with the best moments of network late-night. But the 11:35 p.m. East-West sweet spot remains the prize, and Kimmel may have more than the desire to succeed in mind. While he’s a long-time admirer of Letterman, he’s taken sharp public jabs at Leno, including blaming him for O’Brien’s ill-fated tenure at Tonight. So Kimmel is humble about competing directly with Letterman (calling him a “legend in broadcasting” who shouldn’t bat an eye at the prospect of new competition) but is throwing elbows at Leno, especially over the Tonight plan to get out ahead of Jimmy Kimmel Live by airing at 11:34 p.m. Eastern. “Well, I think NBC has had a lot of success moving Jay Leno earlier so it makes perfect sense,” he said, dryly, referring to Leno’s short-lived prime-time stint. Kimmel dismissed the time-shifting as likely a brief “trick” to protect Tonight ratings, one that ultimately won’t matter. “This really isn’t about the first month or about the first week or about the first night, it’s a long-term thing,” Kimmel told reporters. “If we do well the first week, I’m sure there will be a lot of press given to that. But what really matters is how you do in May, and that’s when we’ll really know ... where we stand.” Online:

A history of jazz — from Dixieland to swing — will be evoked at a Red Deer College Jazz Cabaret on Saturday. The RDC Faculty Jazz Combo — comprised of musicians Steve Sherman, Jeremy Doody, Curtis Phagoo and Malcolm Bell — will play some toe-tapping tunes from the various eras of jazz. The 7:30 p.m. concert takes place in Studio A of the RDC Arts Centre. Tickets are $14.70 ($11.55 students/seniors) from the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

The Vat hosting Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Members of the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra want Red Deer fans to follow their lead to The Vat on Thursday. The group that just released the CD Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow is on a “brave” winter tour of Western Canada. The gypsy-roots band is hoping its underground following turns out to hear live versions of some new fusion tunes. The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra explores folk, bluegrass, Eastern European and African rhythms on Xo Tango, Canoe Song, Otters and others. For more information, call 403-346-5636.

Grammys to honour Glenn Gould BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Legendary Toronto pianist Glenn Gould will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys. Gould, who died in 1982 at the age of 50, is among a group of musicians who will be honoured at the annual Special Merit Awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 9. A formal acknowledgment of the honourees will also be included in the live 55th Grammy Awards telecast the next night (airing on CBS and Global). A four-time Grammy winner, Gould was one of the most renowned classical pianists of the 20th century.

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Damaged but brilliant cops seem to be a staple of prime time procedurals these days, but few TV detectives appear as unhinged as CBC’s latest anti-hero on Cracked. Faced with a suicidal knife-wielding assailant, Det. Aiden Black puts a gun to his own temple in a bid to calm the rattled guy down. Cracked star David Sutcliffe admits his traumatized character often seems to have much in common with the people he investigates but he says that’s what makes him so compelling. “He’s struggling with his sanity, he’s struggling with his perception, he’s got issues,” says Sutcliffe, best known for playing Rory’s dad on Gilmore Girls. “I think he’s got a lot of fear, I think he doesn’t know exactly what’s going on in terms of where the direction of his career is going.” Det. Black is darker than most. After an embarrassing public breakdown, he’s reassigned from a demanding post with the SWAT team to the newly created Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit. There, he’s partnered with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley, played by Stefanie von Pfetten. She’s tasked with helping Black suss out

the emotional impulse behind the bizarre crimes they investigate, as well as surreptitiously keeping an eye on Black’s simmering posttraumatic stress disorder. All the stories on Cracked revolve around some sort of mental health issue, says von Pfetten, who adds that she feels a huge responsibility to make sure the issues the show tackles are presented with sensitivity. “We’re not a Criminal Minds where someone is a psychopath or a sociopath and that’s associated with mental illness or anything like that,” says von Pfetten, whose other credits include NCIS and Battlestar Galactica.

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LOS ANGELES — During production of his final post-midnight show, Jimmy Kimmel’s studio audience waited patiently while he taped a string of promotional spots. “Hey, Denver: You, me, now at 10:35. Let’s not be weird about this,” the host quipped to the camera in his Hollywood Boulevard studio. “This will be good for us,” Kimmel said earnestly in another local station promo. The message in each spot — whether Jimmy Kimmel Live is on at 11:35 p.m. in the East and West or earlier elsewhere — is that Kimmel will be playing in the same league as veterans Jay Leno and David Letterman, starting Tuesday with guests Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt. The message Kimmel delivered to a recent teleconference was equally concise: He won’t be changing his style for the move, pushing aside conventional wisdom that edgier late-night humour won’t play in Peoria or elsewhere before the clock strikes 12. It’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, after all, that has given the world such brashly funny videos as the Matt DamonSarah Silverman musical romp with bleep-worthy lyrics. “There’s this idea that you need to broaden the show or make it ... more wholesome or something like that. And I think that’s a little bit out-of-date, that perception,” Kimmel told reporters. “I guess only time will tell,” he added, in his typically low-key delivery. Just as with Kimmel’s promised approach to the most coveted time period in late-night, ABC is taking a bold step by swapping Nightline with his show. The news program, offering viewers a non-talk show option, has been the period’s ratings leader. But the network likely won’t be sweating the early returns, according to analyst Brad Adgate of Horizon Media. He says putting Kimmel into the pre-midnight pocket, when more viewers are still up and watching, is a strategy aimed at an inevitable future. “Leno and Letterman aren’t going to be doing this forever,” Adgate said, and ABC gives him a head start on establishing himself by putting him on now. “This is something you may scratch your head at now, but in five years from now he’s the incumbent and the leader” in the time period, the analyst said. Long-term schemes, of course, don’t always pan out. Despite anointing Conan O’Brien as its new Tonight host five years before he made the move in 2009, NBC ended up with a mess on its hands that saw O’Brien bolt to TBS and Leno retake Tonight in 2010 after his short-lived prime-time series. Whether Kimmel gets a jump on his opponentsto-be — with Jimmy Fallon the expected pick for Tonight — being the late-night ruler is a far different proposition than in Johnny Carson’s day. The Tonight institution, operating virtually unopposed, could average a nightly audience of as much as 15 million. That’s unimaginable in today’s fragmented TV world. Leno claims the top talk-show spot with some 3.5 million average viewers, followed by Letterman on CBS with 2.8 million. Jimmy Kimmel Live was drawing under 2 million nightly viewers at 12:05 Eastern but, according to Nielsen Co. ratings, finished up 2012 with a 10-year viewership high. The demographics also have changed, with more advertiser-favoured young viewers gravitating to





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ANNIE ANNIE Instead of pressuring her, help her see that her children might be surprised, but not necessarily upset. And they may be angry if she withholds this information and they find out later. Encourage her to see contact between you in a more positive light. Dear Annie: My son is a dedicated anesthesiologist. He took a job at a small hospital in a small town, hoping to enjoy a reasonable life. The pay isn’t as good as that of a large hospital in a big city, but he was willing to take a cut in order to work there. I realize that the hours are never good for his type of specialty, but I am so upset that the people at this hospital expect him to put in 24-hour days with little sleep. I thought the lack of sleep for doctors was studied and determined to be unacceptable and harmful to patients. What on earth are these people thinking? I would be very concerned about stretching a doctor’s exhaustion to the brink of something serious happening. What can I do? — Worried Mom Dear Worried: In order to prevent fatiguerelated medical errors, rules were put into effect limiting residents’ work

hours. Last year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education updated those rules. At the moment, first-year residents cannot work longer than 16 hours straight. But more advanced residents can work up to 24 hours straight. If your son is past his first-year residency, his hospital is doing nothing unusual. We know you don’t want your son to be overextended, but you need to let him handle this however he sees fit. Dear Annie: “Sickened on the East Coast” was in a dispute with her child’s middle school over their summer reading list. I was in a similar situation several years ago with my son’s high school. I read the recommended book along with my son so we could discuss it. I felt the book was inappropriate for a number of reasons. At the beginning of the school year, I requested a meeting with the head of the English department. I explained my objections and also provided alternate titles for future summer reading assignments, pointing out life lessons that could be taught with my suggested titles. I think most people are willing to listen to our complaints when we also provide a solution. — A Mom Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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More doctors asking about workout minutes BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise. Wait, what? If the last item isn’t part of the usual drill at your doctor’s office, a movement is afoot to change that. One recent national survey indicated only a third of Americans said their doctors asked about or prescribed physical activity. Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest non-profit health insurance plans, made a big push a few years ago to get its southern California doctors to ask patients about exercise. Since then, Kaiser has expanded the program across California and to several other states. Now almost 9 million patients are asked at every visit, and some other medical systems are doing it, too. Here’s how it works: During any routine check of vital signs, a nurse or medical assistant asks how many days a week the patient exercises and for how long. The number of minutes per week is posted along with other vitals at the top the medical chart. So it’s among the first things the doctor sees. “All we ask our physicians to do is to make a comment on it, like, ’Hey, good job,’ or ’I noticed today that your blood pressure is too high and you’re not doing any exercise. There’s a connection there. We really need to start you walking 30 minutes a day,”’ said Dr. Robert Sallis, a Kaiser family doctor. He hatched the vital sign idea as part of a larger initiative by doctors

groups. He said Kaiser doctors generally prescribe exercise first, instead of medication, and for many patients who follow through that’s often all it takes. It’s a challenge to make progress. A study looking at the first year of Kaiser’s effort showed more than a third of patients said they never exercise. Sallis said some patients may not be aware that research shows physical inactivity is riskier than high blood pressure, obesity and other health risks people know they should avoid. As recently as November a government-led study concluded that people who routinely exercise live longer than others, even if they’re overweight. Zendi Solano, who works for Kaiser as a research assistant in Pasadena, Calif., says she always knew exercise was a good thing. But until about a year ago, when her Kaiser doctor started routinely measuring it, she “really didn’t take it seriously.” She was obese, and in a family of diabetics, had elevated blood sugar. She sometimes did push-ups and other strength training but not anything very sustained or strenuous. Solano, 34, decided to take up running and after a couple of months she was doing three miles. Then she began training for a half marathon — and ran that 13-mile race in May in less than three hours. She formed a running club with co-workers and now runs several miles a week. She also started eating smaller portions and buying more fruits and vegetables. She is still overweight but has lost 30 pounds and her blood sugar is normal. Her doctor praised the improvement at her last physical in June and Solano says the routine exercise checks are “a great reminder.”


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Dear Annie: I am a 50-year-old adoptee. About 10 years ago, I was finally able to locate my biological mother. It took me months to work up the nerve to phone her, and the call was a nightmare. Her first words were, “How did you find me? I was told nobody would ever know.” That was followed by, “What do you want from me?” I explained that the laws in Kansas had changed, and they released the information. I told her I didn’t want anything except family medical history and some knowledge of where I came from. I told her I understood those were different times and I hold no ill will because I’ve had a wonderful life with adoptive parents who love me. I cried for three days after that call. I was completely crushed. Four days later, she called back, quite apologetic, and we talked for more than an hour. Obviously, she needed time to get past the shock. Here’s the problem. She has three other children who are all adults now, and she doesn’t want them to know about me. She told her late husband, but she spent years fearing I would contact her. I do not agree with her position. I feel the kids have a right to know they have a half-sister. Your thoughts? — Conflicted Adoptee from Kansas Dear Conflicted: We agree, but try to see this from your bio mom’s perspective. She believes knowing that she had a child before she married the children’s father would devastate them and change how they feel about her.


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Tom Fidler passed away at Agapé Hospice after a brief illness on Friday January 4, 2013 at the age of 77 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his only daughter, Cheryl (Harry) Achkhanian, two grandchildren, Quinn and Miyah; and many more family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Ivie, his parents, three brothers; Wayne, Kenny and Lyle, one sister, Arlene and one greatniece, Megan. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 4929 - 54th Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. If friends so desire, donations in Tom’s honour may be made directly to The Salvation Army Agapé Hospice, 1302 - 8 th Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1B8. The family would like to thank Dr. LaBrie and the staff on Unit 46 at the Tom Baker Center, and the wonderful nurses and nurses assistants at Agapé Hospice, especially Sandra and Susan; your help and kind words during my dad’s final moments will always be remembered and cherished. Condolences may be sent or viewed at

Anita was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on January 5, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Widowed at a young age with six children, Anita was faced with the daunting challenge of nurturing six lives on her own. Through love, perseverance, integrity and discipline, she fulfilled this, her greatest accomplishment. Strong faith

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rods along the way. “Thanks Mom, for making us the family we are today” - Marv (Betty Anne), Dave (Kirsty), Brian (Candy), Barb (Elwin), Roger (Josh), Janice (Dave). The special lights in Grandma Goodies’ heart will miss her wisdom and unconditional love - Devon (Mike), Jason (Kendra), Evan, Brad, Josh (Kim), Jill, Jesse, Luke, J e n n e s s a , L a n e y, A l e x i s (Marcus), Charis, and the little guys Matthew and Oliver. Anita was passionate about her interests and created many beautiful and unique treasures but none so beautiful as the loyal and loving friendships that gathered in her wake. Her world travels enriched her life, and her work in Zambia was the highlight of a life of volunteerism and support of anyone in need. Anita is survived by her siblings; Lillias, Carol, Clinton, Lorraine, and her chosen sisters; Bea Goodwin and Betty Sanguin. Many nieces and nephews will miss “Auntie Nita” and her pranks. She was predeceased by her only true love, John, her parents, grandson Brodie, and sister, Jean. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ, 68 Donlevy Ave, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Ave, Red Deer, AB. T4R 3S6 or online at: Special thanks to the Angels that work at this wonderful facility. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting: Arrangements entrusted to Rebekah Sealock Eventide Funeral Chapel 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

HARTY Engelbert (Bert) Nov. 2 1935 - Jan. 2 2013 Bert passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital in Red Deer, AB at the age of 77 years. Bert was born in Mankota Sk. to John and Elizabeth Harty. The Harty family soon moved to Regina, SK. where he lived up until 2010 when he and his wife Marion moved to Blackfalds, AB. Bert was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Andrew, Joeseph, Wendell, Ted, Leonard and sisters: Rita, Rose, Regina, and Jean. He recently lost his daughter Marcia on December 29th, 2012. He will be lovingly remembered by his beautiful wife of 57 years Marion, and his 3 children David (Pauline) Harty, Cheryl Davis (Richard Fritze) and Barb (Dan) Jermunsen and grandchildren Anthony (Michelle), Colin (Jenn), Tricia (Shane), Cordell, Jamie, Morgan (Matt), Marshall, Maegan, Kasch and Spencer. Bert is also survived by his sister Leah and brothers Tony, Alphonse, Adam and Paul. A Celebration of Bert’s Life will be held at a later date for family and close friends. HUTCHISON Marjory Jean It is with loving hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Marjory Jean Hutchison (1938-2013) on January 4, 2013 at the age of 74. Predeceased by her loving husband Tom Hutchison, son-in-law Greg Dubas and sister Alice Schafer, she is survived by her brother Les Perkinson, daughters; Donna (Larry) Haarstad, Debbie (Dennis) Freeman, Kathy Dubas and one son Ron Hutchison, nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 5226-51 Ave., Lacombe on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 1:00 PM. If friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation, 271, 339- 50 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB. T2G 2B3. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388 “A Caring Family, Caring For Families”

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is looking for journeyman picker operator.Top wages/ benefits. Safety tickets req’d. Fax or drop off resume 403-346-6128 No phone calls.

D2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 Oilfield









(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@ jrempel@ website: www. cathedralenergyservices. com Your application will be kept strictly confidential.


Is now hiring experienced:


is accepting resumes for a full-time Child Care Worker in Red Deer, AB, to start as soon as possible for maternity leave coverage. Shift is 3 days 3-11, 3 days 7-3, 3 days off. Degree/ Diploma in Human Services and drivers license are required. Salary range $3238-$3566/mo. Benefit package available. Position takes place in a residential setting that provides care to adolescents with behavior and emotional issues. Please submit resumes to: Human Resources Heritage Family Services 300 4825 47 St Red Deer AB T4N 1R3 Fax: 403-343-9293 Email: hr@ For more information call 403-343-3422 Closing Date: Jan. 14/13

Restaurant/ Hotel

Picker Operator Bed Truck Operator Winch truck operators All candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen. We offer exceptional wages and benefits for exceptional people. Fax resume and abstract to 403-314-2340 or email to safety@ CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS


Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking an exp’d LEASE and FLOORHAND Locally based, home every night! Qualified applicants

must have all necessary valid tickets for the position being applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary and benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: tmorris@ Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Mail to: Suite 5309, 333-96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 TEAM Snubbing now hiring operators and helpers. Email: janderson@


Has Opening for all positions! Immediately. All applicants must have current H2S, Class 5 with Q Endorsement, First Aid We offer competitive wages & excellent benefits. Please include 2 work reference names and numbers Please fax resume to : 403-264-6725 Or email to: No phone calls please. Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

WE are looking for Rig Managers, Drillers, Derrick and Floor hands for the Red Deer area. Please contact Steve Tiffin at or (403) 358-3350 fax (403) 358-3326 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds




LUCKY’S LOUNGE located in Jackpot Casino, requires Experienced F/T Servers. Please apply in person at 4950 47 Ave. No phone calls please

THE RUSTY PELICAN is now accepting resumes for a well experienced F/T SERVER Apply within: 2079-50 Ave. 2-4 pm. Mon.-Fri. Fax 403-347-1161 Phone calls WILL NOT be accepted.

Sales & Distributors


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: NOMADS Clothing Store in Sylvan Lake is looking for P/T & F/T SALES PEOPLE. days, eves and wknds avail. Contact Steph or Mark , . 403-887-3119



FURIX Energy Inc. is looking for an

Experienced Coater

for internal coatings.† $30-40/hour dependent upon experience.† Please fax (403)348-8109 or email

STAIR MANUFACTURER Req’s F/T workers to build stairs in Red Deer shop. MUST HAVE basic carpentry skills. Salary based on skill level. Benefits avail. Apply in person at 100, 7491 Edgar Industrial Bend. email: and/or fax 403-347-7913 Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

FURIX Energy Inc. is looking for an

Experienced Sandblaster.

$20-25/hour dependent upon experience. Please fax (403)348-8109 or email

WESTAR MASONRY is currently looking for SKILLED MASONRY LABORERS Contact Conrad at 403-340-1145, Fax: 403-342-6670 or email:



1ST or 2ND year. Fax resume 403-347-5745

CLARK BUILDERS requires LABOURERS & CARPENTERS for projects in the Red Deer area. Must have commercial construction experience. Contact us at: 1-877-416-6815 email:careers@ fax: 1-888-403-3051

Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom oilfield equipment for international clients. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and employ over 175 people. With your long-term interests in mind, we provide you with ample opportunities to achieve your career goals. If you would like to be a part of our growing and dynamic team of professionals in your field, we are currently seeking -

B PRESSURE WELDERS AN UP TO DATE ALBERTA “B” PRESSURE CERTIFICATION IS REQUIRED. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WITH VESSEL EXPERIENCE This is a full-time permanent shop position with competitive starting Wages and benefits packages including Health, RRSP and Tool Allowance programs. Please Fax resume to 403-227-7796, or Email to

EXP’D framer req’d. Own vehicle a must. 403-350-5103


Truckers/ Drivers


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

The Red Deer Advocate is looking for friendly and outgoing telephone sales people to join our team. Work 4 days per week 4:00 - 8 :00 p.m Great earning potential for the right person. If this is for you please drop off your resume at: The Red Deer Advocate 2950 Bremner Avenue Red Deer or email to: d.sibbet@ or rholt@

EASTVIEW 100 ADVOCATE $525/MO. $6300/YR 2 HRS./DAY GRANDVIEW 75 Advocate $393/month $4725/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. per day Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317


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DISPATCHER req’d. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Good communication, skills both verbal and written. Must have effective time management skills and able to multi task in a fast paced environment. Experience preferred, but will train suitable applicant. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295

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A Star Makes Your Ad A Winner! CALL:

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For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in

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

DEER PARK Dempsey St. area $45.00/mo. ALSO Dempsey St. Dumas Crsc. & Duffy Close area $88.00/mo. ALSO Duston St. Donnelly Crsc., area Densmore Crs. Dale Close $270.00/mo. ALSO Doran Crsc. Dunn Close $50.00 /mo. ALSO Doran Crsc., Doan Ave. area $53.00/mo.

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

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

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

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.

FIXER’S FURNITURE REFINISHING req’s clean cut reliable person to do stripping & prepping. Apply in person to Bay 2, 4705 60th Street, Red Deer. 8:00-5:00, Mon-Thurs.

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Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more info


We are a growing construction company that requires an CLASS 1 or 3 Drivers needed Please fax or email your driver’s advstract, references and resume to: Mike.castilloux@ 403 347 8060(fax)


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


Vacuum & Water Truck operators req’d. to start immed. CLASS 1 or 3 WITH Q All oilfield safety tickets req’d. Clean drivers abstract. Must comply with drug and alcohol policy. References Req’d. Exc. salary & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-742-5376

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ADULT & YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED for delivery of Flyers Red Deer Express & Red Deer Life Sunday in MOUNTVIEW WEST LAKE WEST PARK Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317 Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY


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AG Parts Person Wanted F/T position in a small town atmosphere Looking for someone positive and motivated to join our team Experience is an asset Fax# 403-442-3829 Trochu Motors ltd. 302 Main St. Trochu, AB 403-442-3866


required in Sylvan Lake, Req’d Westwinn AB. Only experienced /KingFisherBoats in Vernon, BC ($17 - $26/hr) need apply. Salary depending on exp., • 5+ years fabrication/ full benefit package. welding in manufacturing, Must have driver’s license. • Self-motivated team Call 403-588-6451 or fax APPLY NOW player, resume to: 403-887-4433. • Excellent mechanical NOW HIRING Tired of Standing? aptitude, G.M. tech or ASEP. Find something to sit on • Demonstrated problem With good communications in Classifieds solving. skill and work ethics to work with award winning INDUSTRIAL sandblaster • J o u r n e y m a n w e l d e r considered an asset. G.M. dealership in Fax resume 403-340-3800 Apply Lacombe Alberta. recruiting@ Good hrs & bonus. for TOO MUCH STUFF? production.( $35.00/hr +) Let Classifieds All applications are Transmission and help you sell it. reviewed however only electrical an asset. those selected for an Training provided . interview will be contacted. Apply to confidential email: Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT CURRENTLY SEEKING Is accepting applications Heavy Duty for a JOURNEYMAN HEAVY Mechanic Truckers/ DUTY MECHANIC CVIP license a must based out of the red deer Drivers .Manufacturing and location. Successful Hydraulic system experience candidate will be an asset. Good hours, responsible for the competitive wage & benefit maintenance of ready mix package. Fax resume to: concrete trucks and 403-309-3360. equipment for our central ELECTRICAL - Q2 Alberta operations Electrical Contractors Ltd including Red Deer, APPLIANCE is accepting Lacombe, Ponoka and DELIVERY DRIVER applications for Electrical Olds. Knowledge of Apprentices, hydraulics and welding Family owned & operated, Beginner to 4th Year. is an asset. We offer Trail Appliances continues Please fax resume to competitive wages, to grow and due to this, we 403-343-7952, or email to excellent benefits and are looking to expand our training opportunities. delivery department. Trail Pre-employment screenEXPERIENCED furnace offers excellent training ing is mandatory. Please service & replacement and a competitive compenfax resume to persons required. sation and benefit plan. 403-346-6721 or e-mail to We are currently looking Top wages in the industry/ cliebrecht@ good benefit plan. Preferfor an experienced Delivery ence to ticketed personnel Driver to work out of our & experience in residential Red Deer Warehouse. QUALIFIED installations. ELECTRICIANS Call Brad @ 403-588-8399 The ideal candidate will: NEEDED or email: * be able to maneuver Brad@ComfortecHeating. merchandise in excess com True Power Electric of 100 lbs * possess exceptional Requires EXPERIENCED repair customer service skills Residential exp. only person req’d for local truck * enjoy working within a Competitive wages company. Work involves diverse team & benefits. all aspects of heavy truck * hold a valid driver’s Fax resume to: and trailer repair and dislicense and a clear 403-314-5599 manteling. Must be drivers abstract physically fit. HD MechanSHUNDA ic or equivelant experience CONSTRUCTION Launch your career with a We offer competitive well known and respected Requires Full Time wages, benefits weekends company. Become a part off. Fax resume to Carpenters & o f t h e s u c c e s s f u l Tr a i l 1-855-784-2330 or call Carpenter helpers. team by applying in person 1-877-787-2501 to: Colin Parsons in perCompetitive Wages F/T SATELLITE INSTALLERS & Benefits. Fax resumes & son at #6 4622 61 Street in the Riverside Industrial - Good hours, home every ref’s to: 403-343-1248 District, Red Deer. Security night, $4000-$6000/mo. or email to: checks will be conducted Contractor must have truck on successful candidates. or van. Tools, supplies & SPARTEK ladders required. Training BUSY CENTRAL AB SYSTEMS INC provided, no experience company req’s exp’d. Class In Sylvan Lake, AB is needed. Apply to: 1 drivers to pull decks. seeking quailified Assigned truck, exc. wages individuals for and benefits pkg. Paid First Choice Collision extras. Family orientated. Seeking Journeyman or * QC INSPECTOR Resume and abstract fax 2nd /3rd year apprentices. * TECH ILLUSTRATOR to 403-784-2330 or call Positions for body, prep * MECH ENGINEER 1-877-787-2501 and refinishing technicians * ELEC. ENGINEER Mon,. - Fri,. 8 a m to 6 pm needed for our car and * MACHINIST light truck division. Top Classifieds...costs so little wages, bonus programs For complete job Saves you so much! and benefit package. Fax d e s c r i p t i o n s , please resumes to refer to our website at CLASS 1 driver with fluid (403) 343-2160; e-mail hauling experience, local Applicants please forward runs. 403-373-3285 or fax or drop off in person @ #5, resume to: keri.lee@ resume and copies of all 7493, 49th Avenue valid tickets to Crescent, Red Deer. or fax to 403-887-4050 403-986-2819 Please state which position you are applying for in your cover letter.



We are a busy and progressive snubbing / live well service company with an awesome 15 day on and 6 day off shift rotation and we are rapidly expanding. We need Operator Assistants (entry level position) and experienced operators. We offer excellent wages, a great benefits package and an awesome working environment with many advancement opportunities. Class 1 or 3 driver’s license and all oilfield tickets are preferred, but we will train the right individuals for our entry level positions. THIS IS A LABOUR INTENSIVE POSITION Fax resumes to: 403-347-3075, attn- Judy.




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a job? ?

Participating Employers: 1. Big Bore Directional Drilling Ltd. 2. Coil Works Inc. 3. CWC Well Services Corp. 4. Crimtech Services Inc. 5. Dalmac Oilfield Services Inc. 6. Ensign Energy Services 7. High Artic Energy Services 8. Pacer Corporation 9. Precision Well Servicing 10. Predator Drilling 11. Quinn Construction Ltd. 12. Nabors Production Services 13. Canyon Technical Services 14. CEDA International 15. Halliburton 16. Weatherford 17. Pyramid Corporation


Oil & Gas Job Fair Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9 a.m. - Noon Alberta Works Centre 2nd Floor, First Red Deer Place 4911 – 51 Street, Red Deer Bring your updated resumé, enjoy some refreshments, and speak face-to-face with with local employers who are hiring. For more information: call 403-340-5353




Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom oilfield equipment and is currently seeking a full-time, permanent



• Install, trouble-shoot, modify, repair, test, calibrate, commission and maintain all production and nonproduction equipment


• Provide technical recommendations for any equipment issues. Advise necessary upgrades to machines to extend equipment life and increase reliability.

Northwest Tank Lines seeks an experienced Company Tank Truck Driver We haul Natural Gas Liquids, Molten Sulphur and other dangerous goods.

Journeyman ticket in HD Mechanics, Electrician, Welder or related trade is an asset. Preference will be given to those with experience in a manufacturing facility.

The ideal candidate will be experienced, motivated, and have an uncompromising commitment to safety.

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please Fax resume to 403-227-7796, or Email to


We offer competitive wage and benefits packages

SEEKING: 3-5 Years’ experience in tank truck driving or a related field. B-Train Experience is a must. Email your resume and a recent abstract to, or fax them to (403) 250-7801. EDMONTON – RED DEER – INNISFAIL – RMH

is expanding its facility to double production. We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts:

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


• Actively manage, maintain and participate in the Preventative Maintenance Program


Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 D3



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

Do You: - Want extra income - Possess a clean, valid drivers license - Have a friendly attitude - Enjoy customer service - Want part-time work (12 to 22 hours per week) As part of our customer service team, you will be dispatched in response to service concerns to delivery newspapers and flyers to customers or carriers. A delivery vehicle is provided. Hours of shifts are Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. or longer, and/or afternoon shifts Monday to Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. or longer


Submit resume, indicating “Service Runner Position”, along with your drivers abstract immediately to: careers@ or mail to: Human Resources 2950 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, AB. T4N 5G3 or fax to: 403-341-4772

Lancaster Drive Lindsay Ave. Lagrange Crsc

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


Isbister Close Issard Close


Start your career! See Help Wanted

Scott St./Somerset Close. Sunnyside Crsc.

Looker Office Furniture is looking for an OFFICE FURNITURE INSTALLER If you have a clean drivers licence, are hard working, flexible and have a positive attitude this job could be for you. Team work and a great work ethic is a must! This full-time position is for install and delivery of commercial furniture. Please email resume to or drop off a resume to # 3- 7429 50th Ave Red Deer

VANIER AREA Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 314-4300


Requires F/T mature career oriented help. Must be avail. eves and wknds. Please send resume to: or apply in person

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

The Town of Olds No collecting! Packages come ready for delivery! Also for the afternoon in Town of Penhold! Also afternoon delivery in Town of Springbrook 1 day per wk. No collecting!!

Please contact QUITCY

at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@


Career Planning

Works! APPLY ONLINE Call: 403-348-8561 Email Career Programs are


for all Albertans


stuff CLASSIFICATIONS 1500-1990



Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

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




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

Farmers' Market


BROWN EGGS AND LAMB now has free range pork : gourmet hams and sausage. Great selection of warm woolies. Phone 403-782-4095 FREE range naturally raised turkey, gov’t. inspected, skinless, boneless turkey breast $5.99/lb, turkey breast steaks $5.99/lb, ground turkey $5.99/lb, drumsticks avail. $10/pkg. Germane Market Gardens, Gail 403-843-6864 280038A4-C4

WANTED - PASTURE LAND TO RENT OR LEASE. Required for 2 Load Pastures to 1000 Head Pastures. Area: Household Alberta & Saskatchewan. Term: May to September, Appliances 2013. Please contact Ed 403-546-2278 Ext 3. APPLS. reconditioned lrg. selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. warr. Riverside Appliances 403-342-1042


KENMORE - Heavy duty dual action topload washer. Needs belt. Kenmore heavy duty dryer. All in good shape. White. $150 for both. 403-347-2374

Household Furnishings



Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514


Misc. for Sale

10-12 HOUSE plants $10-$40 403-342-4572 18” CREE native shield

18” Blackfoot shield RED DEER WORKS $40; $40; 403-347-7405 Build A Resume That

THOUSAND $$$ worth of brand new clothing size 4, sell for $200, call 403-343-1540


Employment Training



at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@




Homestead Firewood


BABY BUNNIES, (3) FREE. 403-782-3130



BEAUTIFUL KITTENS TO GIVE AWAY TO LOVING HOMES 6 weeks old. Great as pets or mousers. Please call 403-348-5345 or cell: 587-876-4356 Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT



FREE TO good home 3 yr old rag doll type house cat, beautiful with lots of personality, also free to good home kittens 4 mos. old, call 403-786-8691


Sporting Goods

FIGURE skates: ladies size 7 w/blade guards, like new $35; men’s hockey shin-guards, like new $20; cross country ski boots ladies size 6, $20, men’s size 9 1/2 $20 403-986-2004


Travel Packages

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

BIRCH or Pine 347-7211 FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, Poplar. Can deliver 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227






Call Classifieds 403-309-3300

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



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


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



BRING in the New Year with a Bang. 403-550-0470

EDEN 587-877-7399 10am-midnight EROTICAS PLAYMATES Girls of all ages 598-3049 LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car PRETTY & PLAYFUL 403-848-2300

Handyman Services


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

Handyman Services


GRANT’S HOME REPAIR If it needs to be fixed, replaced or painted, I do it all. Reasonable rates. Call anytime. 403-596-9161

Massage Therapy


FREE removal of all kinds of unwanted scrap metal. No household appliances 403-396-8629

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

Manufactured Homes

Gentle Touch Massage 4919 50 St. New rear entry, lots of parking 403-341-4445 LINDA’S CHINESE MASSAGE Grand Opening. Insurance receipts. Home service. Daily 9 am-9 pm. #3 4820-47 Ave. 403-986-1550 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161 NEW HOURS Asian Relaxation Massage Open 6 days a week starting from 9 am. 587-377-1298


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



Property clean up 340-8666 CENTRAL PEST CONTROL LTD. Comm/res. Locally owned. 403-373-6182

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


Condos/ Townhouses


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. Immed. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545

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 403-340-0225

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.



Avail Feb 1, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, cover carport, 5 appl, $1025 including water, $975 SD, small pet is okay w/ fee, N/S PM561 L2 6547 59 Ave - Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 ext 412


Avail Feb 1, 2 bdrm, 2 bath bi-level Ω duplex w/ finished bsmt, 5 appl, $1300 + util, $1250 SD, No pets, N/S PM 222 27 Kentwood Dr - Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 ext 412 QUIET EAST SIDE w/GARAGE Main floor, mature location close to bus, shopping and schools. Newly painted, new flooring throughout, insuite laundry, 4 appls, shared utils, lease avail. $1375, ref’s, n/s, 403-302-7400







1999 Ford Taurus, $500, 245,000 Km, V6, runs good, new snow tires, 403-346-1471

Deluxe 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, 4000-4190 bi-level townhouse, 5 appls, blinds, large balcony, Houses/ no pets, n/s, $1195 Houses Duplexes or $1220 along the river. For Sale SD $1000. avail. 3 BDRM., 1-1/2 BATH. Jan. 2 Character Victorian Home 403-304-7576 347-7545 5 BDRM. house 3 baths, (Upstairs), downtown area, dbl. att. garage, immed. no pets, ref req’d, $1300 ROYAL OAKS CONDO! possession 403-588-6363 rent, $1300 S.D., util. incl, Ground floor suite w/ walkFREE Weekly list of out patio- Facing ravine! avail Feb 1. 403-877-8030 properties for sale w/details, Close to Hospital. 2 lrg. 4200 43 STREET prices, address, owner’s bdrms., 2 baths & 5 appls. Enjoy the WHOLE house! phone #, etc. 342-7355 Undergound parking. 2 bdrm 2.5 baths. 6 appls Help-U-Sell of Red Deer Avail NOW. Great yard & STORAGE/ Hearthstone 403-314-0099 GARAGE Part fin. bsmnt. Nicole 403-318-4225 PENHOLD, 4 bdrm., totally Avail NOW. reno’d home on large 60 x Hearthstone 403-314-0099 140’ lot, $294,000. Phone Lucie 403-396-9554 Manufactured 403-304-9699 for details.



2000 OLDS INTRIGUE green, 4 dr. $2000 obo 403-347-5306


Riverfront Estates




has relocated to


Newly Reno’d Mobile Manufactured FREE Shaw Cable + more $899/month Sharon 403-340-0225

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes


4 PLEX, 3 bdrm, 5 appls, 2 baths, rent $995 403-346-4596 Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds


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



Cottages/Resort Property



Riverside Meadows

Avail Feb 1, 3 bdrm, 1 bath 4-plex, 4 app, $875 + MUST SELL! Montana 25% water, 100% gas & lakefront property only pwr, $825 SD, No pets, $3600. 2 deeded timeN/S PM31 6014B 58A St S i m M g m t & R e a l t y share weeks. 2 bedroom 4 0 3 - 3 4 0 - 0 0 6 5 e x t 4 1 2 lakefront unit. Travel anywhere worldwide. Best you can own! Original cost over $20k. Widow must sell. Only $3600 gets both. (406)261-8066 Suites

2000 TOYOTA 4 RUNNER 197,000 kms., $8500. obo 403-597-5972




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Emotional testimony from theatre shooting VICTIMS’ FAMILIES LISTEN DURING HEARING AS POLICE DESCRIBE TRYING TO SAVE WOUNDED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The families of victims last year’s mass shooting at a Colorado theatre shooting sat through emotional testimony Monday from police officers who tried to save the lives of the wounded. One sergeant recalled during the hearing for suspected gunman James Holmes that he checked and did not find a pulse for the youngest victim, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan. Another who drove the wounded to the hospital said he had to stop one man worried about his 7-year-old daughter from jumping out of the moving patrol car. A bearded Holmes didn’t appear to show any emotion. One woman sat with her head buried in her hands during the testimony about Veronica. The first extensive details were emerging about the young man suspected of killing 12 people and wounding at least 58 in one of the worst mass shootings in the U.S. last year. The hearing will determine whether the case will go to trial. The massacre thrust the problems of gun violence and mental illness into the forefront before they receded in the ensuing months. Now, just weeks after a shooting spree at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school left 20 children and six adults dead, prosecutors are laying out their case with the nation embroiled in a debate over gun violence and mental illness. Any new details to emerge this week — including Holmes’ mental state — will come amid the discussion over an array of proposals, including tougher gun laws, better psychiatric care and the arming of teachers. Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder. Investigators say he was wearing a gas mask, in addition to the body armour, when he tossed two gas canisters and opened fire in the theatre on July 20. When officers arrived, they saw people running out of the theatre and trying to drive away. Others walked. Some of the wounded tried to crawl out.

Officers found Holmes standing next to his car. At first, Officer Jason Oviatt said, he thought Holmes was a policeman because of how he was dressed but then realized he was just standing there and not rushing toward the theatre. Oviatt pointed his gun at him, handcuffed him and searched him. He said he found two knives and a semi-automatic handgun on top of Holmes’ car. An ammunition clip fell out of his pocket and Oviatt found another on the ground. He said Holmes was dripping in sweat and his pupils were wide open. Prosecutors did not indicate why Holmes’ pupils were dilated. Oviatt said Holmes seemed “very, very relaxed” and didn’t seem to have “normal emotional reactions” to things. “He seemed very detached,” he said. Holmes volunteered that his apartment had been booby trapped, the officers said. At one point, Grizzle asked Holmes if anyone had been helping him or working with him. “He just looked at me and smiled ... like a smirk,” Grizzle recalled. Officer Aaron Blue said Holmes was fidgeting around after he and Oviatt put him in a patrol car, prompting them to stop and search Holmes again. They were worried they might have missed something because of Holmes’ bulky outfit. Until now, many details of the case have been kept quiet. Three days after the shooting, District Judge William Sylvester forbade attorneys and investigators from discussing the case publicly, and many court documents have been filed under seal. Police say Holmes, now 25, had stockpiled weapons, ammunition and explosives. He was a first-year student in a Ph.D. neuroscience program at the University of Colorado, Denver, but he failed a year-end exam and withdrew, authorities have said. The shootings came six weeks later. Federal authorities have said Holmes entered the theatre with a ticket and is believed to have propped open a door, slipped out to his car and re-


This courtroom sketch shows Aurora Police Detective Matthew Ingui pointing to a large photograph of the inside of the Century 16 theater as he testifies at a preliminary hearing for suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes at preliminary hearing in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Monday. Holmes has been charged in the shooting at the Aurora theater on July 20 that killed twelve people and injured more than 50. turned with his weapons. Police arrested him outside the theatre shortly after the shootings ended. Legal analysts said that evidence appears to be so strong that Holmes may accept a plea agreement before trial. In general, plea agreements help prosecutors avoid costly trials, give the accused a lesser sentence like life in prison rather than the death penalty and spare the victims and their families from the trauma of going through a lengthy trial. Holmes’ mental health could be a significant issue in the hearing. His attorneys have told the judge Holmes is mentally ill, but they have

not said whether they plan to employ an insanity defence. He had seen a university psychiatrist, and his lawyers have said he tried to call the psychiatrist nine minutes before the killing began. Defence lawyers have said they plan to call at least two witnesses who could testify about Holmes’ mental health. Prosecutors asked the judge to block the witnesses, but he refused. Lawyers have been debating what physical evidence should be made available, whether a psychiatrist who met with Holmes is barred from testimony by doctor-patient privilege and other issues.

Shell offshore rig that ran World leaders slam Assad aground towed to safety speech as fighting continues THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A giant floating drill rig that ran aground a week ago on a remote Alaska island arrived as planned Monday in the shelter of a Kodiak Island bay after being towed about 45 miles through swells as high as 15 feet, officials said. The Royal Dutch Shell PLC vessel was lifted off rocks late Sunday and towed away from the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, where it sat exposed to the fullon fury of Gulf of Alaska winter storms since going grounding near the beach there on New Year’s Eve. The Kulluk — a circular barge with a diameter as long as nearly three basketball courts — was towed for about 12 hours to the protected waters in Kiliuda Bay, where it will undergo further inspection, including an underwater look at its hull. “We could not be more impressed with the calibre of the response and recovery crews who were safe and meticulous in their effort to move the Kulluk offshore,” Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said by email. The vessel will remain in the bay 43 miles southwest of the city of Kodiak until inspectors review its condition and the Coast Guard clears it to travel. Shell incident commander Sean Crutchfield said there’s no timetable for departure. “Until we have that damage assessment, we’ll not be able to develop those plans,” Crutchfield said at a news conference Monday morning. The massive effort to move and salvage the ship involves more than 730 people, according to the Unified Command, which includes the Coast Guard, Shell and contractors involved in the tow and salvage operation. Eleven people are aboard the ship — a sal-

vage crew of 10 people and one Shell representative Shell earlier reported superficial damage above the deck and seawater that entered through open hatches. Water has knocked out regular and emergency generators, but portable generators were put on board last week. The Kulluk is 266 feet in diameter with a derrick in its middle and a funnel-shaped, reinforced steel hull that allows it to operate in ice. Its derrick rises 160 feet. It drilled last year in the Beaufort Sea and was headed to Seattle for upgrades and maintenance when it ran into trouble. Its towing vessel, the 360-foot anchor handler Aiviq, on Dec. 27 lost its line to the Kulluk in heavy seas and hours later lost power to all four of its engines, possibly due to contaminated fuel. Four reattached lines between the Aiviq or other vessels also broke in stormy weather. The Aiviq on New Year’s Eve again broke its line, leaving the Kulluk attached

to the tugboat Alert. Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler, the federal on-scene co-ordinator, said Monday the Alert also experienced a mechanical problem the night the Kulluk went aground. The agency is investigating. “The understanding the night of the response was that when she was taking maximum power, there was an engine problem,” Mehler said. “They did recover that within 30 minutes. The details of that, I couldn’t answer yet.” Inspections after the grounding determined that the Kulluk could be towed, and the Aiviq on Sunday reattached a tow line. Tension was added to test the line Sunday night and increased as high tide approached, Crutchfield said. He was not on scene but did not hear of complications. “The Kulluk came off reasonably easy, would be my assessment,” he said. Mehler said he was in the command centre when salvors reported the Kulluk had come off the rocks.

BEIRUT — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed disappointment with Syrian President Bashar Assad for rejecting the most important elements of an international roadmap to end the country’s civil war — a political handover and establishment of a transitional governing body. Assad in a rare speech Sunday outlined his own vision for ending the country’s conflict with a plan that would keep him in power. He also dismissed any chance of dialogue with the armed opposition and called on Syrians to fight what he called “murderous criminals.”

accused Assad of “state terrorism” and called on him to relinquish power. “There is one way out for Bashar and that is to respect the will of the people and do whatever is necessary,” Erdogan said at a media conference while visiting Gabon. His remarks were broadcast by Turkish state TV Monday. The violence on the ground, meanwhile, continued unabated. Syria’s state media said Monday that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a police school in the northern city of Aleppo. The official SANA news agency said regime forces killed and wounded members of a “terrorist group” in the fighting late Sunday.

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Palestine decreed in name only ‘STATE OF PALESTINE’ REMAINS LARGELY ON PAPER BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in his pocket, President Mahmoud Abbas wants official documents to carry a new emblem: “State of Palestine.” But scrapping the old “Palestinian Authority” logo is as far as Abbas is willing to go in provoking Israel. He is not rushing to change passports and ID cards Palestinians need to pass through Israeli crossings. The very modesty of Abbas’ move to change official stationery underscores his limited options so long as Israel remains in charge of territories the world says should one day

make up that state. “At the end of the day, the Palestinian Authority won’t cause trouble for its people,” Nour Odeh, a spokeswoman for Abbas’ self-rule government, said of the need for caution. Abbas won overwhelming U.N. General Assembly recognition for a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in late November, a rare diplomatic victory over a sidelined Israel. The U.N. nod was important to the Palestinians because it affirmed the borders of their future state in lands Israel captured in 1967. Recognition, however, has not transformed the day-today lives of Palestinians, and

some argue that it made things worse. In apparent retaliation for the U.N. bid, Israel in December withheld its monthly $100 million transfer of tax rebates it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, further deepening the Abbas government’s financial crisis. Since the U.N. recognition, Abbas has manoeuvred between avoiding confrontation with Israel and finding small ways to change the situation on the ground. Last week, his government press office urged journalists to refer to a state of Palestine, instead of the Palestinian Authority, the autonomy government set up two decades ago as part of interim peace deals

with Israel. Palestinian diplomatic missions around the world have been told to use the new names, including those in countries that did not vote “yes” at the General Assembly, said Omar Awadallah, a Palestinian Foreign Ministry official. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev dismissed the name change as pointless but declined comment on whether Israel would retaliate in any way. “Instead of looking for gimmicks, Palestinians should negotiate with Israel to bring about the end of the conflict,” he said. “That will lead to a situation of two states for two peoples.”

Israel objected to Abbas’ U.N. bid, accusing him of trying to bypass negotiations with Israel on the terms of statehood. Such talks have been frozen for more than four years because Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagree on their parameters. Netanyahu says he is willing to cede land to a Palestinian state but will not withdraw to the 1967 lines or give up any part of east Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ desired capital. Abbas has said negotiations remain his preferred choice, and that U.N. recognition was meant to improve his leverage with a far more powerful Israel once talks resume.

Google executive chairman and ex-New Mexico governor arrive in North Korea WANTS A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT NORTH KOREA’S ECONOMY AND SOCIAL MEDIA LANDSCAPE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


President Barack Obama and his choice for Defense Secretary, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, left, listen as the choice for new CIA Director, current Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, speaks during the announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, in Washington.

Obama nominates Hagel for top Pentagon post COUNTERTERROR ADVISER BRENNAN TO LEAD THE CIA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Despite Republican misgivings, President Barack Obama announced Monday he will nominate former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary, calling him “the leader our troops deserve.” He also chose White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Controversy surrounds both choices, but the president called on the Senate to quickly confirm both. “The work of protecting our nation is never done. We’ve got much to do,” Obama said. “My most solemn obligation is the security of our people.” Obama announced his choice of Hagel, a political moderate who represented Nebraska in the Senate, even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Facing a potential fight to get Hagel confirmed by the Senate, Obama praised his independence and bipartisan approach, and said that Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, understands war is not an abstraction. He also praised Hagel, 66, as one who could make “tough fiscal choices” in a time of increasing austerity. Brennan, 57, a 25-year CIA veteran, is a close Obama adviser who has served in his present post for four years. The president praised him as one of America’s most skilled and respected intelligence professionals. Obama said Brennan and Hagel understand that “the work of protecting our nation is never done.”

Brennan withdrew from consideration for the spy agency’s top job in 2008 amid questions about his connection to harsh interrogation techniques used during the George W. Bush administration. Hagel, in brief remarks, thanked Obama “for this opportunity to serve this country again, especially its men and women in uniform. ... These are people who give so much to this nation every day.” Hagel voted for U.S. military involvement in the Iraq war at first but later opposed it. He broke ranks with other Republicans to support Obama for president in 2008. If confirmed, he would replace Leon Panetta as defence secretary. Obama said Panetta, standing with the others alongside the president, had “earned the right to return to civilian life.” Panetta was CIA director before Obama tapped him to be defence chief. Along with secretary of state nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Hagel and Brennan would play key roles implementing and shaping Obama’s national security priorities in a second term. All three men must be confirmed by the Senate. In nominating Hagel, Obama signalled he is willing to take on a tough confirmation fight. Once Hagel emerged as Obama’s likely nominee, GOP lawmakers began sharply questioning his commitment to Israel and his willingness to take a hard line with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Of Brennan, Obama said he had an “invaluable perspective” on global affairs. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and was once CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Google’s chairman wants a firsthand look at North Korea’s economy and social media landscape during his private visit Monday to the communist nation, his delegation said, despite misgivings in Washington over the timing of the trip. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of one of the world’s biggest Internet companies, is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea — a country with notoriously restrictive online policies — since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago. His visit has drawn criticism from the U.S. State Department because it comes only weeks after a controversial North Korean rocket launch; it has also prompted speculation about what the businessman hopes to accomplish. Schmidt arrived on a commercial Air China flight with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has travelled more than a halfdozen times to North Korea over the past 20 years. Richardson, speaking ahead of the flight from Beijing, called the trip a private, humanitarian mission. “This is not a Google trip, but I’m sure he’s interested in some of the economic issues there, the social media aspect. So this is why we are teamed up on this,” Richardson said without elaborating on what he meant by the “social media aspect.” “We’ll meet with North Korean political leaders. We’ll meet with North Korean economic leaders, military. We’ll visit some universities. We don’t control the visit. They will let us know what the schedule is when we get there,” he said. U.S. officials have criticized the four-day trip. North Korea on Dec. 12 fired a satellite into space using a longrange rocket. Washington con-


Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, disembark from an airport transfer bus after arriving at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Richardson called the trip to North Korea a private humanitarian visit. demned the launch, which it considers a test of ballistic missile technology, as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions barring Pyongyang from developing its nuclear and missile programs. The Security Council is deliberating whether to take further action. “We continue to think the trip is ill-advised,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Monday, reiterating the U.S. position that the visit is badly timed. However she added that the government would be open to hearing from the delegation after they return from North Korea. The trip was planned well before North Korea announced its plans to send a satellite into space, two people with knowledge of the delegation’s plans told The Associated Press. AP first reported the group’s plans last Thursday. Schmidt, a staunch proponent of Internet connectivity and openness, is expected to make a donation during the visit, while Richardson will try to discuss the detainment of a U.S. citi-

zen jailed in Pyongyang, members of the delegation told AP. They asked not to be named, saying the trip was a private visit. “We’re going to try to inquire the status, see if we can see him, possibly lay the groundwork for him coming home,” Richardson said of the U.S. citizen. “I heard from his son who lives in Washington state, who asked me to bring him back. I doubt we can do it on this trip.” The visit comes just days after Kim, who took power following the Dec. 17, 2011, death of his father, Kim Jong Il, laid out a series of policy goals for North Korea in a lengthy New Year’s speech. He cited expanding science and technology as a means to improving the country’s economy as a key goal for 2013. North Korea’s economy has languished for decades, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which since the mid-1940s had provided the country with an economic safety net. North Korea, which has very little arable land, has relied on outside help to feed its people since a famine in the 1990s.

Residents return to areas hit by Sandy BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — New Jersey shore residents joyfully reunited with old neighbours Monday as they took advantage of long-sought permission to move back permanently to some towns pummeled by Superstorm Sandy in October. Monday — nine weeks after the storm made landfall — was the first day residents could begin so-called “re-population” plans in Seaside Heights, as well as parts of Toms River and Brick. Many couldn’t return to their battered homes but moved into rental properties. Even the utterly mundane task of bringing a garbage can back from the curb put a broad grin on Guy Mazzanti’s face. The Seaside Heights retired police commissioner had been living

with a daughter in Maryland since Sandy struck nine weeks ago. The storm created memorable scenes of destruction like the roller coaster that plunged off a collapsing amusement pier and still sits in the ocean a few blocks from his home. Even now, Mazzanti isn’t in his permanent home. That building took on more than 2 feet (nearly 1 metre) of water and still needs major repairs. But he rented a condominium and on Monday he greeted friends he hadn’t seen for more than two months. “It’s paradise, being home,” Mazzanti said. “I still can’t believe how 24 hours can make such a difference in our lives,” he said, referring to the storm. Tony Vaz, a Seaside Heights councilman, also has not been able to return to his house. He, too, rented a condo until repairs can be made to

his home. “The feeling of being back home, in our own town, that’s a feeling we all missed,” Vaz said. “You can’t imagine how good it feels.” Al Poane, a retired police officer, has spent his entire life in Seaside Heights, except for the past nine weeks. “It feels great to be back in town with people I grew up with,” he said. “I just missed this town so much.” Very few residents of Seaside Heights or the rest of the barrier island that was devastated during the storm are back in their own homes. The Ortley Beach section of neighbouring Toms River sustained some of the worst destruction in the state. Of the 2,600 homes there, only 60 escaped damage, and residents still can’t return. Parts of the Brick barrier island also got the all-clear sign on Monday, but

even fewer residents appeared to have returned to an area defined by the more than 100 bungalows that burned during the storm. Jim and Joanne Murphy were among the very few residents who were able to move back into the Normandy Beach section of Toms River. Having built their home in May, they employed tough building standards that called for, among other things, a higher elevation than their neighbours. Aside from a caking of mud on the outside, their home was fine. Carrying boxes of belongings back inside, the Murphys said they experienced a mixture of “euphoria and relief.” “There was a lot of anxiety,” Jim Murphy said. “We weren’t allowed into the area at all for 15 days; we didn’t even know if we had a home to come home to.”

Red Deer Advocate, January 08, 2013  

January 08, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Advocate