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Family This crushed snow blows by son’s death BRETT WIESE, 20, STABBED AT HOUSE PARTY IN CALGARY BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF A young Ponoka area man who was stabbed at a Calgary house party early Saturday is being remembered for his love of family, sports and his kind, easy-going nature. Brett Wiese, 20, died after being stabbed twice while at a party near the University of Calgary, where he was attending his third year at the Haskayne School of Business. Calgary Police Service were called out to the 500 block of Brisebois Drive NW at about 3 a.m. They arrived to find two men suffering from stabbing wounds, one of them serious and one in life-threat- Brett Wiese ening condition. Both were taken to hospital and Wiese died shortly after. The other victim remains in serious condition in hospital, said police on Monday. Police laid second-degree murder charges later Saturday against a 17-year-old youth. On Sunday, Mitchell William Harkes, 19, of Calgary was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and four breaches of various court orders. The Calgary Police Service Homicide unit continues to investigate. Reached at the family’s 80-acre property just west of Ponoka, his mother Brenda Wiese said the family has been torn apart by their loved one’s murder. Brett also leaves behind a father, Jody Wiese, and a 17-year-old sister Morgan.

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Jared Fitzgerald uses a gas powered blower to remove snow from the sidewalk outside the Red Deer County offices Monday afternoon. By 1 p.m. Fitzgerald was on his third lap of his route, which includes 18 bus stops in the county and the sidewalks at the county offices. For the next three days, temperatures are expect to climb above the freezing level, so be prepared for slushy travels on foot and behind the wheel. Please see related story on page C1.

Innisfail man facing hefty Mexican health-care bill BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF An Innisfail man is on the hook for almost $100,000 in health-care costs he incurred because of an emergency that happened in Mexico in 2009. Hubert Jenkins was diagnosed with hepatitis C and in 2009, he shut down his business so he could seek the treatment that he was told was expensive and had a variety of side effects. He was told he had to wait three months to see a specialist and he wanted to go to Mexico in the interim. He said medical professionals told him he was

fit to travel and a few days later, he headed south. “I tried to get health insurance, I phoned about it, because I had hepatitis they said no,” said Jenkins. “Now I could get insurance to go to Mexico, but not for the pre-existing condition.” A week and a half into his Mexican vacation, he suddenly filled up with fluid, including in his lungs, and had to be taken to a local hospital for what Jenkins called an emergency. At the hospital, he had his spleen removed. He was released but had to return to the hospital in Mexico daily for blood tests and Xrays over the next three months.

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Sylvan Lake town council approves 2.4% tax hike Sylvan Lake residents are apparently satisfied with the town’s spending plans that call for a 2.4 per cent municipal tax rate increase this year. Town council unanimously passed the $28.4 million operating and $11.6 million capital budgets on Monday night, after delaying the vote for a month to

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added to bills. Mayor Susan Samson was satisfied that the community’s needs will be met. “In a perfect world you would wish for less of a tax increase, but when I look at the growth of this community and the demands on our infrastructure I am pleased that we came in at 2.4 per cent,” said Samson.

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BRIEF RCMP investigating suspicious death RCMP are investigating a suspicious death of a man on Sunday in Red Deer. City RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services were called to a 37th Avenue residence around 9:30 a.m. for a complaint of an unresponsive 35-year-old male. Emergency Services rushed him to hospital, where he died a short time later. An autopsy is scheduled by the Calgary medical examiner’s office on Wednesday. The K Division major crimes unit and Red Deer city general investigation section continue to investigate. RCMP say they are releasing no further information at this time.

Sentencing set in deaths of players GRANDE PRAIRIE — An Alberta man charged in a crash that killed four high school football players has had a change in his court date. Brandon Holubowich was scheduled to go trial in Grande Prairie later this year on 16 charges including impaired driving causing death. But that will not take place and the Crown said Monday that Holubowich will be sentenced on Feb. 26. Four players with the Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors were killed and another was seriously injured in October 2011 after their vehicle and a pickup truck collided.

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WIESE: A good kid who came from a loving family Two Mounties from Ponoka RCMP, plus victims services volunteers, arrived later Saturday morning at the family home to say that Brett was the victim of homicide. Brenda, her voice cracking with emotion, said they loved Brett “with every cell in our body and we are crushed.” “We’re destroyed by this,” said Brenda. “We couldn’t believe it. Our life stopped, our life is forever changed without our Brett.” Wiese described her son as a sensitive and kind young man, who was also very easy-going and funloving. He could socialize with young children as well as talk to elderly strangers on the street. “He had a very welcoming smile,” said Wiese. “He didn’t have a mean bone in his body and he was deeply loved. We were a very close family.” Brett grew up hanging around his cousins and he always made time to attend family events. The immediate family went to Hawaii for Christmas. Brett suggested they spend their next Christmas at home so they could be around all the relatives again. Brett loved animals, having been raised on a farm with an array of dogs, cats and horses. Plus, he was passionate about sports. Wiese said her son was a fantastic wakeboarder and snowboarder. He was a big fan of the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers and he treasured his favourite NHL team, Edmonton Oilers. Last May, the family travelled to Los Angeles where they took in a Dodgers baseball game. He was a good golfer who loved to play with his dad, uncle, buddies or anyone else who wanted to head out on the course. Brett loved to learn. He was big into cars and planned to be in the automotive industry when he graduated. The Wieses have a vehicle dealership in Ponoka. Wiese said that her son had gone to a house where a few of his buddies were renting. As she understands it, the party was just about over and there were very few people left. Her son was in a room chatting. That’s when disaster struck, she said. “There had been a previous incident in the night where some rowdy, uninvited people were kicked out and they came back,” said Wiese. “Police tell us that there were two vehicles that came up and at least two of them had knives ... he was a good kid who came from a very loving family. He was simply standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Wiese said the family is receiving an outpouring of community support. It’s a small town so Brett was well known. He went to St. Augustine School in Ponoka and

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Participants in the One-to-1 Fitness 1,000 lb. Meltdown Challenge take part in the first day of a one-month-long Fit Body Boot Camp at the Red Deer Gym on Monday. Ten boot-camp style workouts will be held each day at the gym for the next 28 days, with 100% of the gym fees donated to the Red Deer Fire Fighters Children’s Charity. then on to Ponoka Composite High School, graduating with honours in 2010. Brett played hockey and soccer in town so many people knew him. “The town is so small and we’re business people, so the community is grieving with us,” said Wiese. ltester@reddeeradvocate.com

BILL: Otherwise, he is feeling good Through all this treatment, he had racked up $105,000 in health-care costs. He put a claim into Alberta Health when he came home and received $8,000. Alberta Health spokesman John Muir would not comment directly on a specific claim, but said there is a formula for out-of-country claims. “We do reimburse an amount for coverage of medical services outside of Canada,” said Muir. “Those are set amounts.” He said the rate for in-patient hospital services is set at $100 per Canadian per day and the rate for an out-patient services is $50 per Canadian per day. “In some other countries, those services may cost more, or a lot more, but we would not reimburse to the amount that it would cost for that actual service in that foreign country,” said Jenkins. “There is some reimbursement, but to ensure you’re not on the hook for things over and above the rates we pay reimbursement at, it’s always best to get that private insurance before you leave.” After Jenkins returned home, he was put on a transplant list for a new liver. As well, he said a doctor at the University of Alberta Hospital told him his portal vein (going from the liver to his lungs) was blocked and would have to be replaced. During the transplant they would take a vein from his leg and replace the portal vein. Later, he was taken off the list and told he had six months to a year to live. “The reason for it was they didn’t feel they could do the operation for it and give me the results I’d be wanting,” said Jenkins. “I just sunk, you couldn’t sink any lower.” He looked for alternatives and calls to hospitals in the U.S. yielded a spot on a transplant list, but would not take place until after he was projected to die. He found success when he contacted University Hospital in London, Ont. They said they could do the transplant. “They called me after a meeting and said ‘Yeah, the surgeon’s pretty sure he can do something for you,’ ” said Jenkins. “I flew down there, do an assessment and come back.” At first they thought he would be there as early as Christmas 2011, but it wasn’t until July 16, 2012, that he flew to London and had the transplant surgery. Alberta Health reimbursed him for the care he received in London.

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BUDGET: A lot of things ‘pushed off the table’ “We struggled. We had a lot of things on the table that got pushed off the table so we could keep it a reasonable rate and continue to look forward to attracting residents to our area.” One resident had nothing but praise for the work of town staff and council. Jordan Sinclair came to the open mic session that begins each council meeting to tell council that mayor and councillors are “way underpaid” for the work they do. The mayor makes about $30,000 and councillors about half that. “I appreciate your sentiments,” said Samson, who said council pay was determined by an independent committee that compares wages to those in similarsized communities. The committee is due to review wages this year. It’s been a pretty good year for the lakeside community. New construction produced about $45 million of new assessment and building permit numbers were up significantly over 2011. However, some of the assessment growth was offset by an assessment loss of about $19 million, a symptom of a flat housing market that saw home prices drop about one per cent on average. Much of the growth came from residential and the town would like to see more commercial growth in coming years. A number of initiatives are planned for the coming year. Among them is a $25,000 project to work with the province to provide an enhanced beach in the provincial park on the lakeshore. Council looked at a proposal earlier this year that would have seen a pair of manufactured beaches created in the park to provide sandy areas to replace those lost to high lake levels. Also, a $35,000 study will be done to gauge the quality of water flowing through Golf Course Creek into the lake. Capital budget highlights include: ● $1 million for Phase 2 of 47th Avenue reconstruction ● $3.1 million for utility main upgrades ● $150,000 for trail development ● $172,000 for upgrades to Lions, Centennial and Four Seasons Parks pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

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More tough budget talk from Redford BUT NO HARD FACTS ON WHERE THE AXE MIGHT FALL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford is dropping more hints about a tough budget, but no hard facts on where the axe might fall. Redford said Monday the recent drop in oil prices is costing her government $75 million in expected revenue each day. “We know, as Albertans, that we go through volatile times, and this is certainly one of them,” she said following a meeting with her government caucus.

“The work that we’re doing right now with caucus, really productive meetings today, is to talk about what some of those tough choices might be.” Redford said Albertans want the government to live within its means while maintaining communities, health, education and infrastructure. With those areas making up the lion’s share of government spending, Redford isn’t saying where the cost savings might come from. But she said there will not be across-the-board spending cuts. There is no word on when the gov-

ernment will deliver its budget. Redford’s warnings have some of the opposition parties speculating about what is to come. Alberta Liberal Laurie Blakeman said the government may have to break or delay making good on its promise to increase Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding. “The Tories have a long history of promising municipalities everything under the sun, and then failing to deliver,” said Blakeman. New Democrat finance critic Dave Eggen said instead of cutting spending

Flames urged to lie about flu shots

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Funding needed to redevelop Sylvan Lake’s multiplex recreational facility may never materialize and the town should proceed cautiously on the project, suggested several councillors on Monday. Concerns were raised as council discussed terms of reference for the task force that will oversee the $16.5-million project and for the committee that will be responsible for raising $2 million from local sporting groups and other sponsors. The town is proposing to borrow $7.9 million for the redevelopment and to tap into another $4.5 million in reserves and government grants. It is also hoped more than $3 million will be pledged by neighbouring municipalities whose residents would use the facility. To get the project rolling, the town budgeted $500,000 this year for an architect to prepare detailed designs. Making that happen would be one of the task force’s first jobs. Coun. Laverne Asselstine said he was concerned about going too far on the project when funding remains a question mark. “It almost seems like we’re putting the cart before the horse here,” said Asselstine. It would not surprise him that the redevelopment bill could climb to $25 million and he questioned how the community could come up with enough money. Coun. Ken MacVicar expressed doubt the project would go ahead given a financial climate where federal and provincial grants are drying up. “Again, I hope I’m 100 per cent wrong. I hope this time next year there’s a hole in the ground over

there.” Coun. Dale Plante said he remains confident the multiplex will find the support it needs in the community and the town has done its due diligence to ensure money is not wasted. “I respectfully disagree with the skepticism.” After much discussion, Mayor Susan Samson suggested the terms of reference be altered to make it clear that if the funding is not available the project will be delayed or scaled back. Also, it will also be highlighted that the task force is a recommending body not a decision-making group. Town chief administrative officer Betty Osmond reassured council that checks were in place so that the project did not go too far without the necessary funding and other background work in place. Council voted to delay approving the terms of reference until its next meeting in two weeks so that staff could make the recommended changes. In other council news: ● A contract worth up to $300,000 was awarded for architectural services to Calgary’s Sahuri and Partners Achitectural Inc. for a new town fire hall. Last year, council approved spending $750,000 to buy land for the fire hall. The 1.5-acre site is located at Beacon Hill Drive and 50th Street, near the town’s new RCMP station. Construction is expected to start this year. ● Sylvan residents will pay more for water and sewer service this year. The flat rate for water went up $5 a month to $15.91. Sewer flat rates went up $1 a month to $13.33. Commercial rates also went up $5 and $1 per month respectively. pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

CALGARY — Alberta’s health-care inquiry heard testimony Monday that paperwork was fudged and that Calgary Flames players and their families were directed to lie in order to cover up the team receiving fasttracked pandemic flu shots at a private clinic in 2009. Calgary health nurse Debbie Hyman says while 150 of the Flames and their loved ones were getting the H1N1 shots in private at the office of team doctor Jim Thorne, hundreds of ordinary Calgarians were cussing, yelling, fainting, and fighting while standing in line for hours for the same shot at public clinics. “There was a lot of anger (and) hostility,” Hyman told retired Justice John Vertes, recalling conditions in the early days at the public clinics. “There were times where I felt unsafe. There were times where I felt the staff were being threatened.” Hyman was one of two nurses who testified about the NHL team getting the shots in late October 2009 to combat the deadly virus. Nurse Michelle Bosch testified that Thorne,

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if a private vaccination for the team was not allowed. Three days later, after hearing nothing back from her boss, Hyman and Bosch took 200 doses over to Thorne’s clinic and administered the vaccine. Hyman said while the shots were being distributed, Thorne was coaching patients on what to say. “He was the one that was telling people, ’If you are asked, just say that you received your vaccine at Brentwood,”’ Hyman told the inquiry. “I was really confused,” she added.

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whom she knows through her husband, called her on the second day after the vaccinations were released to see what could be done for the Flames. She suggested a private clinic. Both nurses testified that having the Flames come down to a public clinic would have resulted in a calamitous “sideshow,” with people in line calling in the celebrity sighting to their friends and bringing a stampede of fans to their Brentwood facility. Hyman said she left a voice message with her direct supervisor asking for a call back

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the government should look at increasing revenue. He said the government could easily do this by raising energy royalties, hiking corporate taxes and replacing the 10 per cent flat personal income tax with a progressive system where wealthy people pay more. “The point is the government has failed to manage its projected revenues in an honest way,” Eggen said. “They have painted themselves into a corner here and the people who will suffer will be regular Albertans who will see program cuts.”


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Measuring budget’s value City council has made its choices. Now voters get to judge the results. And we have more than eight months before the Oct. 21 municipal election to decide if council is on the right track. Certainly, voters should evaluate council’s performance over the last 28 months when they go to the polls in the fall. To narrow our focus too dramatically would be both unfair and unwise. And it should never be just about dollars and cents. It must be about sense, too. But what happens between now and October, given the tools council has now given city staff, should be the principal measuring stick. The question, addressed to members of council who intend to pursue re-election, should be: What have you done for us lately? The operating and capital budgets should be front and centre. For newcomers who want to be considered for a new four-year council (which provincial law will soon mandate), the questions should be: Are you with the current council or against it, why in either case, and what alternatives do you offer? Again, Red Deer city council’s two

OURVIEW JOHN STEWART recent budget documents — capital and operating — should be the starting point. One document, $107.5-million capital budget hammered out in November, details spending on key infrastructure for the next year, and outlines projects further down the road. It pushed our debt load for 2013 to $254 million, against a provincially-mandated debt limit of $431 million. Of course, evaluating our community’s leadership, and potential leaders, should be based on more than budgetary decisions. It should also be based on the future vision those budgetary decisions reflect. It should also be based on the kind of relationship council has with city administration, and how that relationship drives our city’s progress (keeping in mind that Mayor Morris Flewwelling is not seeking re-election). Anyone who doesn’t understand the depth of city administration’s control over what services the city provides, and how much it costs, simply doesn’t understand how thoroughly politics is

dictated by reality — and bureaucracy. Red Deer city council completed deliberations on Friday, endorsing a $288.5-million operating budget that means property owners will face a tax increase of 4.28 per cent this year. The average homeowner will pay $5.92 a month more in taxes to the city this year (plus significantly more for a variety of services and utilities). In addition, we could face education tax increases tacked onto our city bill, once the province determines that levy in the spring. Council began operating budget talks last week with a projected increase of 4.15 per cent, as proposed by city administration. And at one point in the process, the tax increase was projected at 3.91 per cent, again as the result of a change in administration accounting. Only when council got directly involved in the budget process — led by Coun. Buck Buchanan — did the administrationdriven budget get tweaked (upward). After hours of debate, 18 additional policing-related positions were approved (the Community Services budget request initially sought funding for only six positions: four RCMP officers and two support staff). The final tally: $888,375 more spent this year, and

$1.25 million in 2014 to phase in eight constables, six municipal support personnel and four supervisors. The vast majority of Red Deerians would readily agree that they want to feel safer in their community. And adding police is part of the equation. Simply, we don’t compare well to other communities when it comes to most policing measurements, and our crime rates are too high. But during the next eight months, we need council to do more than point to additional spending on policing when the subject of public safety comes up. And so the policing service standards review, to be completed in March, becomes critical. How will those extra officers be deployed? How will the civilian staff added to the workforce contribute to public safety? Essentially, it comes down to the kinds of choices council makes with the money they have budgeted for policing. As always, it’s about making the spending count. And that’s how we should be prepared to judge this council. John Stewart is the Advocate’s managing editor.

Improving the ‘valley of contentment’ TWENTY-FIVE WAYS RED DEER CAN BECOME EVEN BETTER AS WE MARK OUR CENTENNIAL It was a pleasure reading columnist Jim Sutherland’s list in the Advocate of 100 reasons why Red Deer was such a great city for him growing up. In my 36-plus-a-bit years here, I’ve seen and been to many of the locations Sutherland mentioned, and have been fortunate to have met quite a few of the personalities he listed who made their mark on our city. The small histories and landmarks of this city add up to a big portion of Red Deer’s current character, so it’s important that we use our centennial to remind ourselves GREG of the people and places that NEIMAN shaped who we are. Back in 1976, when I arrived here to live, Red Deer was just over 30,000 in population. There was a distinct connection even then to the city’s history, expressed mostly in the heritage of the families whose names appear today in city subdivisions, on street signs and landmarks. We need to thank Sutherland and other lifetime residents like fellow columnist Harley Hay and longtime contributor Michael Dawe, that their stories of early life here are recorded. Simply because of our growth just over this past generation, these stories are the only connection most Red Deerians have to the way Red Deer became, in the words of former mayor Bob McGhee, “the valley of contentment between two mountains of conceit” on Alberta’s Hwy 2. But celebrations like a centennial are also about looking forward. So, as a relative newcomer to Red Deer, who never got to see a movie at either of our two drive-in theatres, here’s a list of things I believe will make Red Deer a great place in the years to come. (They are, like Sutherland’s list, offered in no particular order.)

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1) The continued growth of our trails network, eventually to expand links north-south from Innisfail to Wetaskiwin, and east-west from Drumheller to Rocky Mountain House, with many pleasant stops in between 2) The completion of our downtown renewal project, with increased residential spaces, parks and green spaces and an active business centre. 3) a revival of our Ghost project — with more historical figures represented, and maybe even a fountain or two. 4) A major theatre and concert performance centre. 5) A greater inclusion of the city’s north side into the mainstream of cultural and recreational life in the city. 6) An airport with regular service links to other Western cities, so older folks like us can visit friends and family without needing a six-hour drive. 7) What the heck — high-speed rail links north and south, with a downtown terminal. 8) More major green building projects, like the Berry Architecture building (formerly a popular bowling alley — surely just an oversight on the esteemed Sutherland list). 9) Full university status for Red Deer College. 10) A new courthouse. 11) More space for City Hall, without eating up one more square foot of City Hall Park. 12) An Olympic-sized swimming pool, perhaps linked to. . . . 13) the return of YMCA to Red Deer. 14) A municipal police force (as great as the RCMP have been for Red Deer, we’re large enough and diverse enough in population now to create a citydesignated police force). 15) A museum and archives capable of serving a city of over 100,000, and a region of over 300,000. 16) An art gallery with a permanent (and rotating) collection, plus another wing dedicated to staging shows (and sales) by local artists. 17) A good number of runs at the Memorial Cup for the Red Deer Rebels. 18) An indoor soccer facility with at least four

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fields, so that Red Deer can host provincial-level championships. 19) Completion of plans for the outdoor sports fields and amenities at Great Chief Park, so that provincial football and soccer championships can be settled here in style. 20) Speaking regionally, a long-term commitment to a conservationist-first approach to development along Hwy 11 west of Rocky Mountain House (it’s our last approach to the mountains that is still relatively free of commercial development). 21) A long-term settlement of water access issues on an unpolluted Red Deer River, so that the most basic requirement of life — fresh, clean water — can be preserved as we grow. 22) A major legacy for Red Deer hosting the Alberta Winter Games. 23) Moderate, predictable and manageable city growth that does not overwhelm our ability to plan for it and manage infrastructure. 24) People willing to use their talents and abilities as public servants, who will come forward with their own vision for a better future in the same way that many of the people Sutherland mentioned on his historical list did in the past. 25) greater commuter access and safe passage in the city for people who choose to walk and bike on their daily errands. (You didn’t think I’d leave that off, did you?) There, that’s 25 items, only a quarter size of the list Sutherland could compose. But he’s had a lifetime to look back to find it. There are lots of people in Red Deer right now, and no lack of people in our future who can make their mark on the city, and who need support to make a great future happen. We’re still the City of Volunteers, you know. We need to decide what it is that makes this city great, but we also need to step forward to accomplish those goals we believe are important. Great Red Deer residents made things happen in the past; the future is up to us to achieve. That’s a pretty good start for a centennial party, don’t you think? Greg Neiman is a former Advocate editor.

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I would like to comment on the strike vote recently taken at Symphony Senior Living (Aspen Ridge) as my wife and I are directly affected if a strike does occur. My wife is a resident of this facility, having become a victim of Alzheimer’s dementia. This facility is incredibly well run by an extremely competent and caring staff. The quality of the food given to the residents is equal to the very best restaurants in our city. The actual facility is impeccable with excellent care and recreation being provided to its many residents. There are four floors of apartments for independent living and two assisted living units, one of which is a secure locked ward for patients with dementia. This is the ward on which my wife is a resident. I visit my wife twice a day and have become very close to not only the other residents but the personal care staff. The employees are absolutely incredible and compassionate. It is not a job I could do and I have told my unmarried son to look for a bride in this industry because they are truly beautiful people both inside and out. The management team is extremely competent and I have total faith that they are trying to resolve this issue. This facility has had a number of identities, including Club Sierra and Masterpiece. It is obviously not an industry that lends itself to huge profits as both of these predecessors ran into financial difficulty. It is important to my family that the facility as it sits maintains a profitable viability. However, this industry as a whole obviously has its issues with paying a decent wage to the employees and remaining viable. Last summer, there was a girl in the food services who was in her second year of nursing at RDC. I asked her why she wasn’t caring for the residents instead of this and she said she could make more money in the kitchen. I was at a barbecue last summer and I met a mother of another nursing student and her daughter was also working in the food service industry for the same reason. I said I thought it was because of the tips but her daughter also was only receiving the hourly wage. I think it says something when we are paying people in the food services industry more than the ones who are providing the care for our loved ones. As well, most of the caregivers have second jobs to supplement their wages. It is very apparent to me that the staff is doing it because of a genuine concern for our loved ones. At the same time, I sympathize with the employer because they only receive so much funding from Alberta Health Services and have a reasonable expectation that they should receive some return on their investment. If a strike does occur, it will affect me personally as my wife has built a relationship with her caregivers. Whenever a new employee starts, she becomes quite aggressive towards them. If there is temporary staff in place during a strike, it will not be pretty. I am sure that other residents will also react this way as well. I hope a settlement makes it fair for not only the staff but also the employer. R. Dean Cowan Red Deer

Spence is a fraud; support for her is wrong-headed

guilt when faced with problems. Ms. Spence’s self-indulgent actions and Mr. McLaughlin’s left lib kneejerk reaction and fawning praise of Ms. Spence do nothing to help find a solution to a complex and longstanding problem. Brian McLoughlin Red Deer

Redford, government refuse to acknowledge problems It was announced recently that Premier Alison Redford is now under investigation for her role in awarding a $10-billion tobacco litigation contract to a firm with close personal and political ties in JSS Barristers. Up to this point, despite pressure from the Wildrose Official Opposition, the premier and her minister of Justice, Jonathan Denis, have failed to provide any evidence that the offer made by the law firm JSS was the most competitive bid, leaving taxpayers on the line for possibly billions of dollars in contingency fees. With the possible breach of our conflict-of-interest legislation, along with the fact that there remains no evidence the contract awarded was in the best interest of hardworking taxpayers, the Wildrose has asked that the involvement of JSS be temporarily suspended in the ongoing lawsuit. But instead of accepting responsibility for the government’s latest troubling scandal, Minister Denis is instead choosing to offer up petty attacks suggesting those concerned about this serious ethical breach (like the Opposition) don’t “support the lawsuit moving forward” and is “in bed with big tobacco.” These statements simply aren’t true. On Dec. 4, 2012 in the legislature, Opposition Leader Danielle Smith clearly stated, “We are not disputing the decision. We are disputing how the decision was made.” Recently, a letter was delivered to Denis written by Shayne Saskiw, Opposition justice critic. Mr. Saskiw pointed out, “There are potentially billions of dollars on the line in contingency fees and this minister insists on keeping Albertans in the dark on whether or not they received the best deal. Instead of making up stories about the Opposition, the minister and the government should focus on cleaning up this deep ethical mess they’ve put themselves in.” Above is yet another situation in which this PC government should be held accountable for their actions, but instead of accepting responsibility, it seems like this government is only interested in making up attacks instead. We believe Albertans deserve a government that respects our conflict-ofinterest laws and works in the best interest of the province. Sadly, in this latest investigation to hit the premier’s office, we have seen neither. What do you think? Feel free to contact me. Kerry Towle, MLA Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Constituency

along side a journeyman or master surgeon. As in any trade, they would be monitored for their ability and if they can progress to a second-year, etc. After four years, they would become a qualified journeyman surgeon. Our present system is very inefficient. It does not make use of the human potential and the importance of training people while young. Training people while young imprints upon them better and allows for a longer skilled career. We would have no shortage of surgeons and if other factors are addressed, there certainly would be no surgical wait lists. We introduced trades to our high school students and many young people are journeyman tradespeople by their early to mid-20s. We should change the way we train surgeons. Make it a trade and we will have a better health-care system. Don Munro Red Deer

Letter contained an error My letter to the editor Calkins’ record abysmal (Wednesday, Jan. 9) contained a statistical error. The EI and CPP increases are annual figures not monthly figures. Kyle M. Morrow Ponoka

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Turn surgery training into apprenticeship system There is much talk about the healthcare system and all its problems. The common solution is to put more money into the system without addressing some of the underlying issues. I would like to offer one solution. Part of the problem is how we train surgeons. The present training of surgeons is much too long — two years of pre-medical education, four years of medicine, two years of internship and then two or more years of surgery training. A person can be in their mid-30s before they are surgeons. I believe surgeons ought to be treated as a trade. After one year of successful study of anatomy, the student would become a first-year apprentice. They would work

So Joe McLaughlin thinks Prime Minister Stephen Harper should quit being so pigheaded and agree to meet with Attawapiskat chief Teresa Spence — Red Deer Advocate column of Jan. 5, 2013. One of the first things that every kindergarten teacher learns is that when faced with a child who threatens to hold their breath until they turn blue if they 19TH ANNUAL DECADENT don’t get what they want, DESSERT NIGHT you should ignore them was held at the until the temper tantrum Red Deer Rebels Game is over and then work out a realistic solution to the December 14, 2012 Thanks to the following business for their donations and to problem. all who purchased tickets for their support. This should be very much the case in this in• Eastside Mario’s • Earls • The Hideout Eats and Beats • Tony Roma’s stance. • Babycakes Cupcakery • La Casa Pergola In simple terms, Ms. • Mohave Grill • Denny’s Spence is a publicity • Café Millennium • One Eleven Grill seeking fake and she is • i Hotel a fraud. Her fiscal and Thanks to Telus for supporting the Community Corner and administrative abilities the Rebels for their continued support of our agency. have been shown to be a joke; her reserve’s finances are run like a multimillion-dollar boondoggle that has severely compromised her band and reserve and her so called hunger strike is based on a diet that is actually not harmful to her physical condition and can quite likely keep her going indefinitely. She certainly hasn’t shown any detrimental effects or significant weight loss from her so called hunger strike. There are a significant For $300 dollar loan for 14 days total cost of borrowing number of native bands is $30 dollars. Annual percentage rate is (APR)=260.71%. in Canada that have actuLimited time offer. ally taken responsibility for their own growth and Downtown Co-op Plaza, Red Deer development and are in 403-342-6700 fact quite successful and those bands don’t need to resort to histrionics, claims of racism and demands for retroactive 42200A17-B12

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Pivotal First Nations talks delayed, not derailed NATIONAL CHIEF SHAWN ATLEO TAKING MEDICAL LEAVE BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A sudden medical leave announced Monday by the head of Canada’s largest aboriginal organization will delay — but not derail — pivotal talks between First Nations and Stephen Harper, says Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. In an interview Shawn Atleo with The Canadian Press, Duncan said there’s little hope a one-on-one meeting between Harper and National Chief Shawn Atleo can still take place by Jan. 24 — a date that was floated during their contentious meetings last week.

The two leaders had agreed to talk to their respective teams and regroup soon in order to set out a concrete plan to implement the agreements reached last week on re-examining ancient treaties and aboriginal rights. Duncan said he does not expect Atleo to return to work for at least another two weeks. Still, he said backroom work on the agreements reached last Friday will continue as planned, involving top officials from the government and the Assembly of First Nations. “No one has got certainty for when the national chief will return, but I took it that it would be at least two weeks away,” Duncan said. “But we were thinking ... it would be at least that long before any further meeting got underway.” Atleo announced Monday that his doctor has ordered him to take a “brief” sick leave despite the AFN being in the midst of a political crisis,

with some chiefs and First Nations citizens questioning the group’s authority. Atleo came down with the flu before Christmas and never had a chance to beat it, said Jody Wilson-Raybould, the regional chief for British Columbia and one of the key AFN officials tasked with mapping out how to implement the agreements with Harper to revisit treaty and aboriginal rights. She said Atleo could return in a matter of days. Atleo said the meetings and frustrations over the past two weeks simply caught up with him. “This weekend, my doctor ordered that I take some time now to rest and recover and I have agreed with my family that I do this now,” he said in a statement. “I will see you all very soon and will return re-invigorated and strengthened to work with you to drive this change together with all of you.”

Atleo has been the target of much criticism from other chiefs and First Nations people for agreeing to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week. After a week of intense meetings, Atleo had managed to pull together a consensus on what topics the meeting should address. But he was not able to persuade Harper to have Gov. Gen. David Johnston attend — a key demand of a faction of chiefs, including fasting Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. Several leading chiefs said the assembly should have refused the meeting, because it didn’t take place on their terms, and on their turf. Chiefs from Manitoba, Ontario, Northwest Territories and some from Saskatchewan boycotted the Harper meeting and instead protested in the streets outside the Prime Minister’s Office. After the meeting, criticism continued to pour in.

Judge strikes down Canada’s human smuggling law BY THE CANADIAN PRESS A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has taken the bluster out of the Conservative’s campaign against illegal migrants by striking down a section of the law targeting human smuggling, putting at least two high-profile prosecutions in limbo. In February 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to toughen asylum laws as he stood aboard one of the ships used to bring Tamil migrants to Canada in 2009 and 2010. Now, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman suggests the government go back to the drawing board on a key section of the legislation. It means a trial that was set for later this month for four men accused of ferrying Tamils aboard the first boat in fall 2009 has been adjourned. The ruling also has implications for a second prosecution in connection with a boat of hundreds more migrants who arrived the following year, and any future potential cases of human smuggling. A publication ban was lifted Monday on the ruling issued Friday by Silverman, who found a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act infringes on charter rights because it is “unnecessarily broad.” He said the result could lead to the prosecution of people like humanitarian workers. As the law stood, a human smuggler was defined as anyone who might “knowingly organize, induce, aid or abet” someone coming to Canada who does not have a visa, passport or other required documentation. The judge declared section 117 of the act to be of no force or effect, saying federal politicians now need to fill the legislative gap. “This is not the court’s job, nor does it have the authority to choose what those priorities are or should be. This is the job of Parliament,” Silverman ruled. A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said the government is reviewing the decision. “Human smuggling is a dangerous and despicable crime. Our message is clear to those contemplating a human smuggling operation — don’t do it,” Julie Carmichael said in an email. Prosecutor Peter LaPrairie, with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, was due back before the judge on Jan. 21 to discuss how the Crown would proceed. Phil Rankin, a lawyer for one of the accused, said he was pleased with the ruling, while noting he anticipates it will be appealed until a decision is delivered by the highest court in the country. “I’m not very clear on what it means to assist refugees. I’ve worked with refugees all my life and I’ve assisted them all my life,” he said. “Am I an aider and abetter to smuggling? Because the section is so broad then perhaps I am.” NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims said the judge’s decision shows the Conservative government rushed as it amended the legislation. “Every one of us

agrees we have to address human smuggling,” Sims said. The Crown had been preparing to argue the four men should be found guilty of human smuggling related to the fall 2009 arrival of the MV Ocean Lady. Jury selection was scheduled to begin on Wednesday for the accused: Francis Appulonappa, Hamalraj Handasamy, Jeyachandran Kanagarajah and Vignarajah Thevarajah. But those proceedings were cancelled on Monday and the trial, set to begin later in the month, was adjourned. Among the 76 men who arrived on the Ocean Lady in fall 2009, 15 have been accepted as refugees, 15 have had their claims rejected, one claim has been

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Just under the wire RUSSIAN ORPHAN REACHES D.C. HOME ON CUSP OF MOSCOW ADOPTION BAN

BY ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES WASHINGTON — Joelle Ziemian sat biting her nails in a waiting room at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. She had flown to Russia to sign final adoption papers for a 3-year-old orphan named Alina. Then, all she would need was a U.S. visa to bring the girl home to Washington. But a few blocks away, the upper house of the Russian parliament had just passed a bill banning all further American adoptions, and Russian President Vladimir Putin was threatening to sign it. Ziemian and 12 other American families waited for hours, terrified that they would lose the children they had worked for years to adopt. “There was so much anxiety and tension in the room. It felt like the last days before the Berlin Wall fell,” said Ziemian, 50, a public relations specialist. Ziemian had spent several years navigating the slow, expensive Russian adoption process. She had appeared before judges, answered hundreds of questions about her home and habits, filled out endless paperwork and spent more than $60,000. She had journeyed three times to a grim orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, a remote Siberian city where the girl had been abandoned by her parents as an infant. With each brief visit, she said, the silent, somber child grew more talkative and excited to see her, and Ziemian’s heart melted. “I realize it’s a cliche,” she said, “but I just knew this was meant to be.” Putin did sign the law Dec. 28, barring all American adoptions from Russia. But miraculously, Alina’s visa came through just before the ban went into effect on New Year’s Day. Ziemian rushed to pick her up, then headed straight for the Moscow airport, fearful they might be stopped. The immigration inspector seemed to take forever, but finally he waved them through. Fourteen hours later, Ziemian landed at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, carrying a sleepy little girl — one of the last Russian orphans to come to the United States. Many other prospective adopters, and the Russian children waiting for them, are now in limbo. The unexpected ban caught hundreds of adoptions mid-process, causing confusion and panic. The State Department announced that it would try to persuade Russian officials to permit a final batch of long-pending adoptions to be completed, but there has been no official response. One couple in Virginia, who asked not to be identified for fear of jeopardizing their adoption case, said they were terrified of losing the little boy they have journeyed to Russia five times to visit. They’ve spent more than $100,000 on travel, adoption fees and other expenses — and they think of the child as their son. “We first met him five years ago, and the process dragged on for a long time,” said the wife, adding that the couple had been told last month that their case was “looking positive” and that they might get a court hearing soon. After their repeated visits, she said, “he is very bonded with us and he calls us Mama and Papa. People who have visited him say he keeps asking when we are coming to get him.” Adoption advocates have been counseling such families not to speak out publicly against the Russian legal action or adoption process, in hopes of saving as many adoptions as possible in cases where the children and parents have met and formed attachments. But other area families who successfully adopted Russian children in recent years said they were appalled and angered. The ban was partly a response to U.S. sanctions on Russian human rights abusers and followed reports that a handful of children, among more than 50,000 Russian orphans who came to the United States over the past decade, had died in accidents or cases of abuse. Some adopters called the ban a callous political stunt that would harm needy children. “This is a tragedy, because it hits the most innocent victims. It makes me wish I could have

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Top: Joelle Ziemian holds a giggling Alina, her adopted daughter, at their home in Washington. Ziemian adopted Alina, who will be 3 years old in February, from Russia on the day that President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning U.S. citizens from adopting the country’s children. Ziemian and 12 other American families in Moscow were terrified they would lose the kids they had worked for years to adopt. Above: Joelle Ziemian and her daughter, Alina, are shown in Ziemian’s Washington home, with the family dog, Sphere. scooped up every child we met over there,” said Joan Brierton, 45, of Washington, who brought home a year-old boy from Moscow last year. She and her husband have enjoyed watching him thrive, and they feel sorry for families who might have lost that chance. “Every day we think: It could have been us.” Adoptions from Russia have become increasingly complex and controversial in the past several years because of growing nationalist sentiment, increased efforts to spur local adoptions and the reports of fatalities in American homes. Several recent adopters, including Ziemian, said they had been grilled by Russian judges, asked to provide extra documentation and told of extended waits. After Russia opened its doors to American adoptions in the 1990s, demand soared and peaked in 2004 with 5,800 children brought to the United States, making it one of the most popular countries for overseas American adoptions. But by last year the number had fallen to fewer than 1,000, and some agencies said the process had become so onerous that they stopped handling Russian adoptions. “At first it was relatively simple. You went to Russia, met the child, did some paperwork and brought the child home,” said Irene Jordan, an official with Adoptions Together in Baltimore, which placed more than 700 Russian children between 1992 and 2010. But over the years, she said, “things became more difficult and expensive. Finally we had to close the program.” Several adoption experts said that child death and abuse in American adoptive homes were extremely rare and had been sensationalized in Russia. They also said there was misunderstanding and unfair criticism of U.S. policies that offered tax credits to adoptive families. “There were only about 19 serious incidents of abuse or death out of 50,000 adoptions,” said Tom de Filippo, an official with the Joint Council on International Children’s Services in Alexandria, Va.

Moreover, he said, many American families were willing to take in older, troubled or disabled children that Russians did not want to adopt. “What drove this ban was simply nationalism,” he said. Many adoptive families said their Russian wards arrived with medical problems or were withdrawn at first, but that they developed into happy and healthy children. Some couples returned to adopt a second Russian child, and others helped adoptees with disabilities achieve remarkable success. Tatiana McFadden, 23, was born in Moscow with spina bifida and was not expected to have a long life. A Maryland family adopted her in 1995, and she grew up to be a champion athlete, winning numerous medals in Special Olympics and other international sports competitions. Alina has an eye problem that was never treated in Russia. Ziemian says it might have been the reason her parents left her in a public stairwell with her birth certificate pinned to her blouse, or the reason several Russian families rejected her before she was made available for overseas adoption. But the little girl has already made herself at home in the townhouse that Ziemian filled with toys, art supplies and a miniature piano. Last week, Alina smiled impishly as she picked out crayons and practiced saying each color in English. “Puppal,” she said, looking up at Ziemian for approval. The new mom beamed with pride and gave her a hug. “She’s learning English so fast,” Ziemian said. “I just keep thinking, what would have become of her if that visa hadn’t come through?” When Ziemian got up to turn off a teakettle, Alina followed, clinging to her skirt. For a while, they glued leaves onto a poster and Alina giggled with delight. Then she tugged at Ziemian’s hand, wanting to dance. Spotting Ziemian’s photo ID on the floor, she picked it up and brought it over with a huge smile on her face. “Mama,” she said.


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Don’t let the cold keep you inside Saying goodbye to Cosmo the dog Question: Can you recommend some for us? fun family outings? Leon Wirth, executive director of Spring is a long way off, and in the Parenting and Youth: Many people middle of winter it’s hard to find things consider addiction to be related exto do as a family to stay clusively to substances like connected. drugs or alcohol, but in realJim: For the Daly famity it can involve anything ily, it’s all about finding that is mind- or mood-alterthe balance between staying to the point that a person ing indoors — which can is willing to neglect friends, quickly result in “cabin fefamily and even physical ver,” especially with two health in order to pursue it. energetic boys — and venThere is now abundant evturing out into the Coloidence that electronic games rado cold. We try to find have the potential to elicit room for both in our winter this kind of addictive behavroutine. ior. There’s certainly nothHere at Focus on the FamJIM ing wrong with finding acily, we’ve been receiving an DALY tivities at home, especially increasing number of calls when the temperatures get about computer and video really frigid. game addiction over the past Try playing some board several years. games or card games, or This has become a serious even creating a “family problem. Olympics” competition on the Wii or Since it can be difficult to address another electronic console. You might the complex issue of addiction on your also enjoy cooking a meal together as own, we’d strongly recommend that a family. you enlist the help of a licensed counLet your kids plan the menu, or try selor. out some new recipes. My wife has Contact Focus on the Family for a been known to bake a batch of fresh free consultation, as well as referrals bread or some other goodies for the to qualified professionals in your area. neighbors, and then send the boys and As your son works with a counselme out to deliver them door-to-door. or on issues related to his addiction, Of course, kids are kinetic by na- there are also some general steps you ture, and at some point they’re going to can take to prevent further harm in the get tired of being cooped up inside the long-term. house. That’s when it might be time to These include: 1) setting time limgrit your teeth, put on your long under- its; 2) making sure your son completes wear and brave a trip to the zoo. all chores and homework before game Or perhaps you can just have a play; 3) being aware of the content of snowball fight in the back yard. Look the games your son is playing; 4) modfor hiking trails and other natural en- eling good viewing/gaming habits yourvironments near you. self; 5) suspending play if your son is And if you’re really feeling adven- having difficulty with self-control; 6) turous, try some typically warm weath- monitoring your son’s attitudes and er activities — biking, throwing the behavior outside of gaming time; and Frisbee, even swimming! The possi- 7) helping him develop interests and bilities are limited only by your imagi- hobbies outside of video games. nation. Attempting some “out of the ordinary” winter activities is a great way Jim Daly is a husband and father, an for your family to build memories. author, and president of Focus on the Question: Our teenage son is addict- Family and host of the Focus on the Famed to a specific electronic game. We’re ily radio program. Catch up with him at at a loss on how to help him. Do you www.jimdalyblog.com or at www.facehave any advice or recommendations book.com/DalyFocus.

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I am feeling a bit melancholy today. Not only has Christmas ended and the kids returned home, but the dog has died, making the nest feel even emptier than usual. We only found out about Cosmo’s heart condition a few weeks ago. It was still in the early stages; so much so that we hadn’t even started medication for it. Then on a Saturday she started acting a bit off. Instead of bustling about on her usual rounds she settled down in her bed and stayed there. Not only was she acting lethargic but her breathing seemed to be more labored than usual. I phoned the vet and made an appointment for Monday. Cosmo had wolfed down her breakfast with her normal enthusiasm, so although we were concerned, it didn’t seem like an emergency. We just thought she might have to start the heart medicine earlier than anticipated. On Sunday morning she was worse. She barely sniffed her breakfast, only lapped up a bit of water and then returned to her bed. Since the office was closed I phoned the emergency vet and arranged to meet her at the clinic. I put Cosmo inside her travel kennel and we headed to town. Twenty minutes later, when we arrived at the clinic, Cosmo was dead. And so begins the cycle of grief and guilt. I will

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EXTREME ESTEEM gestions that may help you cope with feelings of loneliness: If your loneliness is the result of constantly reflecting back on the past, then turn your focus to the present. Whenever you find yourself longing for the past, stop and bring your attention back to the now. You can’t revive a dead relationship, you can’t be twenty again but you can look for happiness and opportunity in this moment. ● Be yourself. Stop trying to be someone you’re not or longing for talents that you do not possess. Strive to be your very best and let others get to know the real you. ● Learn to welcome solitude. Don’t look at being alone as something to be dreaded or avoided. Look at it as a time to enjoy your own company, to reflect on past experiences and to strategize ways of becoming a better, more positive individual. ● Explore your talents and find purpose for your life. When you direct your life toward an important goal, every experience is significant. It is much more difficult to feel lonely or detached when you are engaged in activities that further

your personal vision. ● Be of service to others. Volunteer your time and energy to help others. Do things that make the world a better place. You just may come to realize that you really are one of the fortunate ones. Helping others is a great way to build selfesteem. ● Become a pet owner. Adopt an animal or help out at a local animal shelter. ● Join a local group and share your interests. I met some of my favorite people when I joined the local writers group. Get out there and share your passion. ● Get physically active. Join the gym, go walking or take dance lessons. You’ll feel better when you’re active and you’re ensuring a healthier, less stressful existence. ● Crank up the tunes. Listen to music that makes you feel happy. Dance and sing along. ● Open the lines of communication and be willing to share your thoughts, ideas, desires and expectations with others — have the courage to be completely honest. Certain types of loneliness can be triggered by poor self-esteem and distorted by fear. If loneliness has devolved into a form of depression, you may need professional help to get back on track and become motivated to meet new people and

SLICE OF LIFE always feel badly that I didn’t recognize how serious her condition was soon enough. Cosmo was thirteen years old. The lifespan of Shih Tzus is between 10 and 16 years so she did well, I suppose. And I think she had a good life, though sometimes it was hard to tell. I hate to speak ill of the dead, but there’s no getting around it...Cosmo was not the brightest biscuit in the box. When she was a puppy I built a small pond in the garden. As we stood around admiring it Cosmo came trotting along and without so much as pausing for a sniff, she walked right into the water and promptly sunk like a stone. We fished her out only to have her repeat the performance five minutes later. We got rid of the pond. By the time she was one it was apparent that Cosmo’s homing instinct was as nonexistent as her swimming skills. If you took her outside she would wander off and then simply sit down until someone found her. After searching for her for two days, only to find her sitting in the hayfield 200 metres from our front door, her prowling privileges were revoked. After that she was only allowed outside for daily walks on a leash. Every once in awhile she

would manage to escape either by wriggling out of her collar or by dashing out an open door or when someone accidentally left the gate to her pen off the deck ajar. We always managed to track her down, though sometimes it took several days and the help of kind hearted neighbours. I am sure Caesar Milan would have had a solution, but our own dog whispering skills were sadly lacking. Pets — even the notso-bright ones — have a way of threading themselves through the very fabric of your day in ways you don’t even realize until they’re gone. I even miss the snoring. Spoiled beyond comprehension, Cosmo had not one, but three dog beds strewn about the house. Come nightfall she usually shunned them all in favour of the couch; the couch that rests against the thin wall of our bedroom. I would hear her jump onto the couch, turn three times and settle down with a contented sigh. Then I would desperately try to get to sleep before the snoring started. Some nights both Darcy and Cosmo would snore in concerto while I stared at the ceiling. It’s the little things I miss. But most of all, it’s the little dog who lived here. Shannon McKinnon is a weekly humour columnist from Northern BC. You can read past columns by visiting www.shannonmckinnon.com

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“Some party, eh?” “What’s that?” Rick could barely hear his buddy, Andrew over the music. “I said, ‘Some party!’” replied Andrew, motioning to the boisterous crowd. “Yeah,” Rick said and nodded. “Some crazy party crowd, all right.” “I’m going to mingle,” said Andrew, slapping Rick on the back. Rick felt like a fool. Here he was in the midst of a happy, laughing and dancing group of colleagues and he felt completely, utterly alone. A lonely man in a room filled with people. Loneliness is not measured by the number of people we interact with in a day. I’ve been in a busy, bustling office and felt lonely and depressed. It’s an odd paradox that I have also felt content and at peace while going for a walk in the forest – far from any human contact. I came to realize, many years ago, that there is a vast difference between solitude and loneliness. Solitude is choosing to be alone. It is creating a quiet space and time where we can unwind, reflect and find peace. Loneliness is a form of longing for companionship and support that we don’t feel we’re getting. We feel lonely when our world is not unfolding in the manner we’d prefer. Of course, there are obvious reasons for feeling lonely: loss of companionship, the passing of a loved one, the ending of a relationship, a new job, a move or children leaving home. Sometimes, loneliness exists as a generalized feeling of disconnect or stems from a feeling of not being understood or appreciated. This can lead to depression which can intensify feelings of loneliness and create an even deeper sense of detachment and despair. And like Rick, seeing others enjoying apparently happy connections can actually compound our anxiety. If you are feeling lonely, start by doing a little self-assessment looking for obvious reasons why. Examine your motivations and determine if fear is a prime motivator in your life. Is fear of being vulnerable prompting you to withdraw from interactions? Is a feeling of unworthiness sabotaging your best efforts to build connections with your fellow human beings? Here are a few sug-

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Add tang to quick-cooking pork chops with sections of pink grapefruit THE CANADIAN PRESS Grilled grapefruit wedges make a tangy accompaniment for pork chops. The actual preparation time and cooking time are negligible, but you must allow enough time for marinating. Serve the chops with sticky rice to complement the fresh Asian flavours. Grapefruit Grilled Pork Chops Be sure to grease your grill before adding the meat and grapefruit wedges. You can also spray or brush the grapefruit wedges with cooking spray or oil before grilling. Preparation Time: 10 minutes Marinade Time: 1 hour Cooking Time: 10 minutes 2 pink grapefruits, scrubbed 30 ml (2 tbsp) sodium-reduced soy sauce 15 ml (1 tbsp) liquid honey 15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh cilantro 1 clove garlic, finely grated or rasped 5 ml (1 tsp) finely grated or rasped fresh ginger 2 ml (½ tsp) ground coriander 4 boneless pork loin chops Pinch freshly ground black pepper, to taste Fresh cilantro leaves (optional) Using a rasp or fine grater, remove 1 ml (¼ tsp) of the

grapefruit rind and place in a shallow dish that is large enough to hold the pork chops. Cut grapefruit in half and squeeze out the juice to get 45 ml (3 tbsp) of grapefruit juice and add to dish. Cut remaining grapefruits into thick wedges and set aside. Whisk soy sauce, honey, chopped cilantro, garlic, ginger and coriander into grapefruit juice. Add pork chops and turn to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Remove chops from marinade and sprinkle with pepper. Place pork chops on a greased grill, indoor grill or grill pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Turn over and grill for about 5 minutes or until a hint of pink remains. Meanwhile, add grapefruit wedges to grill for about 5 minutes, turning once, or until golden and tender. (Alternatively, pan-fry pork chops in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, turning once, for about 12 minutes. Add grapefruit wedges for the last 5 minutes. Or place pork chops on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast in a 200 C (425 F) oven for about 12 minutes or until hint of pink remains. Add grapefruit wedges for the last five minutes to warm them through.) Serve grapefruit wedges with pork chops and sprinkle with cilantro leaves, if desired. Makes four servings.

The first rule of drinking on a diet is: Don’t. Surely you’ve heard that Americans get way too many calories — and nutritionally empty calories at that — from alcohol. But the second rule of drinking on a diet is that since you probably will ignore Rule No. 1, find a way to enjoy alcohol without letting it swamp your healthy intentions. Here are a few suggestions on how to go about that. Think before you drink You don’t have to give up alcohol entirely for weight control, says Andrea Giancoli, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. But you do have to fit it into your calorie limit. Making that work means knowing the calorie counts of what you drink. For women, federal health guidelines recommend no more than one drink a day (5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of liquor or a 12-ounce beer). For men the limit is two drinks. Though the numbers can vary, most wines sport about 120 calories per serving. Most hard liquors, such as gin and vodka, have about 100 calories per serving. A regular beer has a bit more than 150 calories, while a light beer has about 100. Those numbers make the hard stuff seem like a good choice when you’re watching your calories. Except that most people aren’t going to just sip a jigger of vodka and call it a night. And once you start adding mixers and sweeteners and juices, the calories can add up fast. Just 4 ounces of strawberry daiquiri mixer can add 260 calories to your rum, for a total of 360 calories, roughly the same as a Sausage McMuffin from McDonald’s. Even a simple rum and Coke can have 200 calories or more. A vodka and cranberry juice has about the same. “Mixers can really add up,” says Giancoli. “If you like to use liquor vs. having beer or wine, go for the low-calorie mixer. If you’re somebody who likes rum and cola, do rum and diet cola. If you’re somebody who likes vodka cranberry, you can do vodka with diet cranberry.” It can take some of the spontaneity out of an evening, but if you’re planning to drink it’s best to plan ahead, tally the calories and budget accordingly. Ice is nice Lisa McRee, a former Good Morning America co-anchor who now publishes the popular recipe and diet tip site The Skinny, remembers being on a “no white foods” diet and being miserable since that included “no white wine.” These days she eschews fad diets for a sensible regime of good food cooked well, heavy on the vegetables. “The philosophy really comes down to eat more things that grow and fewer things that walk,” she says. Cutting carbs and other empty calories leaves a little room for alcohol. And when she wants to enjoy her favourite chardonnay she slips an ice cube or two into the glass. That makes the drink last longer and also dilutes the alcohol, an important point since alcohol is a notorious sapper of willpower. In summer, she’ll do the same with a light red wine. While you probably wouldn’t want to do this with a heavy red wine such as cabernet sauvignon — or in front of your vinophile friends — serving wine over ice is not without precedent. McRee first came across it while travelling in Italy in 100-degree weather and seeing the locals chill their wine with a few cubes.

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Place half the bread triangles over the chocolate, overlapping slightly as you go. Pour half of the remaining chocolate mixture over bread, then cover with remaining bread in same pattern as before. Pour remaining chocolate mixture over the top. Press bread down all over with a fork to allow mixture to coat bread evenly. Let dish cool for 10 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours or for up to 48 hours.

Heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Remove plastic wrap from dish and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until top is crunchy and pudding is set but pudding-like in the centre. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. In a chilled bowl, whip remaining cream and serve with warm pudding. Makes 10 to 12 servings. Nutrition information per serving (1/12 of recipe): 535 calories; 39 g fat; 40 g carbohydrates; 2.5 g fibre; 8 g protein; 297 mg sodium.

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GRONK GOES UNDER KNIFE Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone surgery on his broken left arm, a person with knowledge of the operation tells The Associated Press. Gronkowski suffered the season-ending injury Sunday when he caught a pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter and landed out of bounds on the arm for an incompletion in New England’s 41-28 playoff win over the Houston Texans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the surgery. Gronkowski had earlier surgery after breaking his left forearm on Nov. 18 in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He missed five games and returned for the season finale.

Tuesday

● Senior high basketball: Stettler at Ponoka; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● AJHL: Brooks at Olds, 7:30 p.m. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Stettler at Blackfalds, 7:30 p.m.

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EDMONTON — He has just one NHL practice under his belt, but defenceman Justin Schultz has already impressed the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching staff. “I see a hockey player who has moxie, who has the ability to step up into the play when needed, he has the ability to play strong defensively, he skates strong, he loves the game,” said Oiler assistant coach Steve Smith, who has seen virtually every one of the 34 games Schultz played this season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. “From all accounts from the coaches I’ve talked to he wants the puck, he wants to be on the ice, he wants to be a game-changer. There’s just so many positives I’ve seen to this point.” Schultz was one of the most sought-after free agents last summer, and he showed while playing on a talented Barons team including Oiler forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He left the AHL with 18 goals — two shy of the AHL record for defencemen — and 48 points, second in league scoring only to Eberle. The 23-year-old native of Kelowna, B.C., who spent the previous three seasons with the University of Wisconsin, said having the three Oilers in the AHL was definitely an advantage for him. “We played a lot together a hopefully we can bring that chemistry up here,” he said Monday. He was put to task right way as the Oilers’ training camp got into full swing with a two-hour,

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Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz ,right, takes a break and watches the drills with teammates Ryan Whitney, left, and Jeff Petry during the Oilers NHL training camp in Edmonton, on Monday. up-tempo practice full of drills. “It seemed like it went by pretty quick,” Schultz said. “It was awesome, from drill to drill real quick, a well planned practice. I really enjoyed myself out there. It was a fast-paced practice, guys were flying around there so it was good to get that first one out of the way.” With only one week before the season opens on the weekend, head coach Ralph Kruger elected to pair Schultz with his namesake: NHL veteran Nick Schultz who has played 763 NHL games, all but 20 of those with the Minnesota Wild. “He just makes it easier,”

Justin Shultz said of his defence partner. “He’s been in the league a long time so it’s nice to have someone back there to talk to me a lot, kind of ease me into the NHL.” There’s no doubt the rookie defenceman will have to adjust to life in the NHL. After electing not to sign with Anaheim after the Ducks drafted him in 2008, he joined Wisconsin where he played a high of 43 games in a season. The Oilers will be playing 48 games in 98 days and he’s already played almost a full varsity season in the AHL. “I know he did come out of about a 40-game schedule last

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● JV basketball: Notre Dame at Lacombe, Wetaskiwin at Stettler, Camrose at Ponoka; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow.

Thursday

● Senior high basketball: Lindsay Thurber at Notre Dame, Stettler at Hunting Hills, Rocky Mountain House at Lacombe, Innisfail at Sylvan Lake, Ponoka at Camrose; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● WHL: Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● College women’s hockey: Grant MacEwan at RDC, 7 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Red Deer Ramada at Lacombe, 7:15 p.m.

Friday

● College volleyball: SAIT at RDC; women at 6 p.m, men to follow. ● Midget AAA hockey: Sherwood Park at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena.

year playing college hockey and he’s probably played close to that already this year,” Smith said. “He seems fresh, his fitness test results are very high, he hasn’t complained about bodily injuries and everything seems to be functioning well. I think it’s going to be no different for him than anyone else.” Schultz said he feels just fine after the AHL games and Monday’s quick-paced practice, but agrees he has to remember to do “all the little things a to make sure you don’t wear out.” “I just have to be smart and I think I’ll be just fine,” he added.

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Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, prepares for a shot from a player during training camp in Calgary, Monday. BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — With captain Jarome Iginla sidelined for the second straight day and Jiri Hudler gone to attend to a family emergency, the Calgary Flames were looking for something to spark the team at practice. Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff came through Monday when he made a highlight-reel save to deny forward Roman Horak from scoring what seemed like a sure goal during an intense scrimmage. Kiprusoff slid from right to left across his crease and stretched his right leg out to make a pad save to turn aside Horak’s shot. “That’s why he’s one of the best goalies

in the NHL,” said Horak, who one-timed a saucer pass from Tim Jackman. “I just tried to put it on the net. Maybe I could have tried to receive it and then shot it. It was an unbelievable save.” After the save, many of the 250 or so fans in attendance at the Scotiabank Saddledome started chanting, “Kipper, Kipper.” “I think sometimes he even gives you an extra second to take it away from you,” said defenceman Mark Giordano. “Some of the saves he makes are amazing. That’s just his athleticism. He’s so good at getting post to post.” While Iginla missed training camp for the second straight day with a groin injury, Hudler was granted a leave of absence to

return home to the Czech Republic where his father has been admitted to hospital. “We told him to take care of his dad,” said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, while adding there’s no timeline as to when Hudler will return. “He’ll be in touch with us. Hockey really is important in everybody’s life, but your family always comes No. 1.” Curtis Glencross and Matt Stajan scored goals during the scrimmage for Team Red, while Mikael Backlund was the lone player from Team Black to slide a puck past Kiprusoff. Flames coaches and players said they weren’t surprised to see that their No. 1 goalie is already in mid-season form just six days before Calgary’s home opener on Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, Kiprusoff’s former team. “You saw vintage Kipper again with that one save,” said goalie coach Clint Malarchuk, while noting that Kiprusoff arrived at camp in great shape. “He’s a veteran guy that knows what to do.” When asked about the save, Hartley replied that “Kipper was just Kipper,” adding that he rates Kiprusoff as one of the top-five NHL goalies. “I have the old line that ’You name me a good goalie and I’ll name you a good team,”’ Hartley said. “I know that Kipper’s going to be big for us. He’s working hard. He’s very positive. He’s eager to get going and so is the rest of the team.” During the lockout, Kiprusoff often skated with his teammates at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre. “He’d be missing for a couple weeks spending time with his family and then he’d show up out of the blue on a Tuesday and he’d be doing the same thing,” Stajan said. “I don’t think it matters with Kipper. He’s one of the best goalies in the world for a reason. His skill level is just unbelievable, the way he reads plays and his quickness. It’s second to none and we’re lucky to have him.”

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Clippers 99 Grizzlies 73 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Reserves Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes each scored 16 points, and the Clippers easily routed the Memphis Grizzlies 99-73 Monday night with Chris Paul missing his first game this season because of a bruised right kneecap. The matchup between two of the best teams in the West wasn’t close much of the way. While Paul watched from the bench, the Grizzlies were without their leading scorer: Rudy Gay was excused for his grandmother’s funeral in Baltimore. This also was the Clippers’ first trip to Memphis since they won Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series last May, and they held the Grizzles to a season-low in points while matching their largest-margin of victory on the road this season. Eric Bledsoe, starting for Paul, had 14

points, and Blake Griffin scored 10. Zach Randolph had 15 for Memphis, which lost its second straight. Wayne Ellington added 11 in a rare start, and Darrell Arthur had 10. Both teams were coming off losses, but the Clippers responded much better to being without their point guard on the first night of back-to-back road games. The Clippers scored the first five points of the game and went on a 17-2 run in grabbing a 32-19 lead. When Memphis pulled to 36-30, the Clippers answered with a 17-4 spurt and led 53-34 at halftime. Los Angeles got a big boost from its bench, which outscored Memphis 28-4 in the first half and finished with a 54-26 edge. The Clippers’ advantage was so big Griffin played only 25 minutes. The Grizzlies brought back rookie Tony Wroten from Reno in the NBA DLeague for depth. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins even joked before the game who he’d be subbing in since he started Ellington.

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, left, in an NBA game on Monday, in Memphis.


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Djokovic works crowd during opening win at Aussie Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic had a big, adoring crowd at Rod Laver Arena, and he knew exactly how to work it. Writing “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” on a live TV camera lens with a felt-tip pen was the perfect way to sign off after his 15th consecutive win at the Australian Open. Having the confidence to charm a crowd of thousands comes with experience — he has won the last two Australian titles and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era to win three in succession. “Hello, everybody, it’s great to be back,” he said after his 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, his first match at Melbourne Park since his epic five-set win over Rafael Nadal in last year’s final. “I have great memories. ... Twelve months ago, played a six-hour final. Thanks for coming and supporting me.” David Ferrer, who took the No. 4 seeding when fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal withdrew because of illness and injury, had only a couple of hundred people watching in cavernous Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park. He opened with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Olivier Rochus of Belgium. Ferrer knows that without his compatriot in the draw, there’s a semifinal spot up for grabs, but is content to stay under the radar. “Of course, Novak, Roger and Rafael and Murray — they’ve won Grand Slams. It’s very difficult for (another) player to win the first Grand Slam of his career. For me, I am trying to do my best.” The four majors in 2012 were shared by Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, the Scotsman who finally ended the 76-year drought for British men at the Grand Slam events by win-

ning the U.S. Open. With Nadal out, the so called ’Big 4’ has become the ’Big 3,’ with nobody else in the top 10 given a realistic chance of winning. Djokovic doesn’t have another Grand Slam winner in his half of the draw after his Serbian Davis Cup teammate Janko Tipsarevic ousted Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon winner, in a night match. “If you want my opinion, it’s that the top four, they are better,” Ferrer said. “The last years, they were in all the semifinals and finals.” Federer, who has four Australian titles among his 17 majors, and Murray, who broke his Grand Slam drought by winning the U.S. Open, have their first-round matches Tuesday in what shapes as a blockbuster day session at Rod Laver Arena. Murray is against Robin Haase in the first match and Federer is against Benoit Paire of France in the third — women’s champion Victoria Azarenka takes in Monica Niculescu of Romania in between. Congestion on centre court means Serena Williams, the big favourite to win the women’s title, will play her first-round match at Hisense Arena against Romania’s Edina GallovitsHall, who is ranked No. 110. Williams had a good look at the setting Monday, sitting in the stands with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou to watch older sister Venus win her opening match. Serena, who is ranked No. 3 and has won 35 of her last 36 matches including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open, had left long before Ferrer was to play the third match at Hisense. The 30-year-old Spaniard drew polite applause rather than raucous cheering from the small crowd in a match punctuated by long periods of silence.

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to France’s PaulHenri Mathieu during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday.

McIlroy signs $200M deal with Nike BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are on the same team now — at least when it comes to sponsorship. McIlroy officially made the switch to the swoosh on Monday as Nike confirmed one of the worstkept secrets in golf, announcing it had signed a multi-year deal with the top-ranked Northern Irishman. The deal means Nike now has golf’s two biggest names representing its brand, as Woods has been with the sportswear company since turning pro in 1996. Nike did not disclose any financial details of the deal, but industry observers have estimated that McIlroy will be paid up to $20 million a year to use the company’s equipment and apparel. The partnership with McIlroy was announced in a lavish ceremony in the United Arab Emirates ahead of this week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, where he will use the company’s equipment for the first time. The event opened with a hologram of McIlroy swinging a club and included a video showing Woods, Roger Federer and Wayne Rooney welcoming him to Nike. “Rory is an extraordinary athlete who creates enormous excitement with his on-course performance while, at the same time connecting with fans everywhere,”

said Cindy Davis, president of Nike Golf. “He is the epitome of a Nike Athlete, and he is joining our team during the most exciting time in Nike Golf’s history. “We are looking forward to partnering with him to take his remarkable career to the next level.” McIlroy said he was “really excited” to start the season and insisted he has made a “seamless” adjustment to his new equipment, especially his driver. “As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going in the bag straight away,” McIlroy said. “It blew me away. My ball speed was up. My numbers were good. I’m hitting it further. I thought I hit it far before but this is taking to new level. That’s great.” McIlroy’s switch to Nike had been widely expected. In October, McIlroy cut ties with Acushnet Co., which had supplied him with Titleist and FootJoy gear since he turned pro five years ago. And this month, Jumeirah Group announced it was not renewing its five-year sponsorship deal with the Northern Irishman. McIlroy insisted he’s not making the switch because of the money. “I don’t play golf for the money, I am well past that,” McIlroy said. “I’m a major champion and world No. 1, which I have always dreamed of being, and feel this is a company that can help me sustain that and win even more major

titles. “At the end of 2013, if I have not won another major I will be disappointed.” The deal comes in the wake of a career year for McIlroy, in which he became No. 1 and won his second major. He insisted in an interview with The Associated Press that all the attention hasn’t rattled him and that he has struck the “right balance,” although he acknowledged it took some time getting used to the top ranking. “I guess when I first got to No. 1 after Honda, I might have struggled with it for a few weeks,” said McIlroy, who temporarily relinquished the title to Luke Donald before finishing the year at the top. “It was a big goal of mine going into last year trying to get that. I probably achieved it a bit faster than I thought I would,” he said. “(Then) I sort of didn’t have a goal. I was like, ’what’s next?’ I had to reassess. It was a good lesson for me. Now that I’ve got back to No. 1, I felt I handled it a lot better.” McIlroy and Woods have already developed a friendly rivalry lately, and they will likely be seen together even more often from now on. Nike already unveiled a new commercial entitled “No Cup is Safe” that begins running Wednesday featuring McIlroy and Woods on the driving range — with each trying to outdo the other.

Oilers acquire Fistric from Stars BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers added some needed depth to their defence Monday, acquiring Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft. “A lot of people are looking for the same type of addition to their depth chart,” Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. “Defenceman at this time are difficult to find. We want to be in a proactive mindset, if we could get something now, obviously work him into this group as quick as possible, the better we will be.” Fistric, an Edmonton native, joins an Oilers team with a wounded defence corps. Already missing blue-liner Andy Sutton, Edmonton was dealt another blow when defenceman Theo Peckham left the ice with an injury during Monday’s practice. Tambellini said he Peckham aggravated a hip flexor. Tambellini called it “a typical type of injury you would see when guys are trying to ramp up for an NHL season.” “I think it probably confirmed what we were thinking, most likely you will see some people in and out of the line up over the next month because for some players it’s going to be a shock to their system, not doing that type of workout or training a few times a week but every day,” he said. Fristic played 60 games with the Stars last season, putting up two assists and 41 penalty minutes and posting a minus-3 defensive rating. In 257 career games with Dallas, he has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) and 220 penalty minutes. “We know he’s a difficult player to play against, he’s a penalty killer and a defensively minded player,” Tambellini said. “He’s a heady player. We think we needed to add at least that to compliment what we have right now on defence. “I like the fact he’s versatile and not locked into one side. Our right side is pretty defined I think ... this just adds to the balance of puck moving and skill and we’re looking for some heaviness.” The six-foot-two, 232-pound defenceman was selected in the first round, 28th overall, by Dallas in the 2004 draft.

He played minor hockey with Edmonton’s Maple Leafs Athletic Club before joining the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants for five seasons, where he recorded 58 points (11 goals, 47 assist) and 453 penalty minutes in 214 games.

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BRIEFS Johnson snares pair of golds Bailey Johnson of the Red Deer Nordic Ski Club snared a pair of gold medals in Alberta Cup crosscountry races at Drayton Valley during the weekend. Johnson struck gold in each of the under-13 girls four km skate technique and classic technique distances. Meanwhile, Gavin Rittamer won a silver medal in the U13 boys four km classic technique race. Other top-10 Red Deer results: Skate technique — Emily Tough (fourth), Jessa Oram (seventh), U19 girls two km; Anna Zimmerman, fifth, U15 girls five km; Gavin Rittamer, fifth, U13 boys four km; Ethan Oram (eighth), Carson Waines (10th), U11 boys three km. Classic technique — Anna Zimmerman, sixth, U15 girls five km; Devin Chambers, seventh, U17 boys 10 km; Naaman Zimmerman, ninth, U11 boys three km.

Elks settle for tie in two games The Red Deer Elks managed one of a possible four points in midget AA hockey league play during the weekend. The Elks tied Bow Valley 3-3 and lost 6-4 to the Badlands. Derrick Morrell had two goals and James Gaume one against Bow Valley with Brady Jewan making 29 saves. Jaye Sutherland scored twice against the Badlands with singles added by Morrell and Gaume. Jewan made 21 saves.

Red Deer coaches returning to U18 Alberta football program A pair of Red Deer coaches are returning to the Team Alberta U18 football program. Hunting Hills Lightning head coach Kyle Sedgwick is the lone assistant coach back for this season and will handle the offensive line, which he has done since 2010. Meanwhile, Notre Dame Cougars head coach Gino Castellan returns as the team’s general manager. Bryan Bradford of Okotoks will remain as the team’s head coach.

Chuckers edge Well’s, Triple A downs Vikings in men’s basketball Clint Unsworth had 20 points and Kevin Buwalda 16 as the Rusty Chuckers edged Well’s Furniture 6665 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Sunday. Dave McComish dropped in 32 points and Reg Bergstrom 11 for Well’s. In other action, Triple A Batteries downed the Vikings 60-57 with Andre Touchette hitting 14 points and Shaun Taylor 11. Les Winchester had 23 points and Mark Vos 17 for the Vikings.

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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE East Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Prince Albert 44 26 15 0 3 156 135 Swift Current 46 21 20 3 2 137 127 Saskatoon 42 21 20 0 1 142 141 Regina 46 18 24 2 2 122 168 Brandon 45 16 25 2 2 128 187 Moose Jaw 44 14 23 3 4 109 151 GP Edmonton 44 Calgary 45 Red Deer 47 Lethbridge 47 Medicine Hat 45 Kootenay 43

Central Division W LOTLSOL 30 9 2 3 30 11 1 3 24 18 3 2 21 20 1 5 20 22 2 1 17 25 1 0

GF GA 158 97 162 117 133 143 148 150 157 161 112 145

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Kelowna 44 31 10 2 1 191 110 Kamloops 45 29 12 2 2 158 118 Victoria 41 21 17 1 2 126 137 Prince George 43 13 24 2 4 107 156 Vancouver 44 12 32 0 0 121 184

Pt 55 47 43 40 36 35 Pt 65 64 53 48 43 35

Pt 65 62 45 32 24

U.S. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 43 37 5 1 0 199 91 75 Spokane 43 28 14 1 0 168 130 57 Tri-City 43 24 16 1 2 133 124 51 Everett 44 17 25 0 2 110 160 36 Seattle 44 16 25 2 1 130 175 35 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. Sunday’s results Edmonton 3 Medicine Hat 0 Tri-City 5 Seattle 3

Johnson Underwood Volek Stockl Fafard Pochuk Doetzel Feser Thiel Miller Pouliot Boomgaarden Smith Bartosak Goaltending

Tuesday’s games Tri-City at Everett, 8:05 p.m. Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. Kootenay at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Kamloops at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Wednesday’s games Spokane at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Kootenay at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Tri-City at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Kamloops at Victoria, 8:05 p.m.

Bartosak Pouliot

Petan, Por Leipsic, Por Col.Smith, Kam Lowry, SC Bell, Kel Bozon, Kam Valk, MH Lipon, Kam Rattie, Por Shinkaruk, MH Macek, Cal

A 17 24 16 16 12 13 16 8 8 11 11

Pts 32 29 27 27 23 23 21 16 15 14 14

PIM 50 25 27 26 6 55 16 16 12 13 35

GA 70 52

13 9 8 7 7 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 0 0

19 71 4 15 64 8 12 4 27 13 2 28 0 8

SO GAA 2 2.42 0 3.41

G 29 28 27 29 27 26 26 22 19 25 23

GOALTENDERS (Minimum 1,000 minutes played) W L O Carruth, Por 20 2 0 Driedger, Cal 24 8 3 Brossoit, Edm 19 5 5 Bartosak, RD 18 8 3 Cooke, Kel 22 8 2

GP Syracuse 37 Binghamton 35 Hershey 38 Wilkes-Barre 37 Norfolk 35

Red Deer Rebels G 15 5 11 11 11 10 5 8 7 3 3

5 7 3 5 6 3 4 2 2 2 1 1 0 0

5 -2 -1 4 11 0 -4 -3 -7 -8 — -6 0 — Sv% .930 .906

WHL LEADERS Through Jan. 14 SCORING

Scoring Elson Hamilton Bellerive Ness Dieno Dumba Maxwell Millette Bleackley Fleury Gaudet

MP 1735 914

8 2 5 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

A 45 43 41 32 33 32 32 35 37 30 32

GAA 1.70 2.19 2.25 2.42 2.49

American Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF Portland 37 23 12 1 1 48 116 Worcester 37 19 15 1 2 41 97 Providence 35 19 14 0 2 40 88 Manchester 37 17 16 2 2 38 102 St. John’s 38 16 20 1 1 34 92

Monday’s games No Games Scheduled.

GP 40 47 44 47 24 43 47 38 41 41 41

31 44 10 38 43 26 25 11 27 26 18 19 2 31

+/8 1 -3 2 6 -3 -2 -6 -4 4 9

Springfield Bridgeport Albany Connecticut Adirondack

East Division W L OL SL 24 8 2 3 23 8 1 3 19 17 1 1 17 17 2 1 14 18 2 1

Northeast Division GP W L OL SL 35 20 9 3 3 38 18 16 2 2 34 14 13 1 6 37 15 18 3 1 35 15 18 1 1

P 74 71 68 61 60 58 58 57 56 55 55

SO 4 1 2 2 3

GA 106 110 97 98 113

Pts GF GA 53 131 100 50 113 86 40 100 92 37 87 94 31 87 107 Pts GF 46 116 40 121 35 90 34 98 32 83

GA 85 125 93 118 100

WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Grand Rapids 36 21 11 2 2 46 113 99

Milwaukee Rockford Chicago Peoria

37 38 34 38

Toronto Lake Erie Rochester Abbotsford Hamilton

GP 36 39 36 36 36

17 19 17 17

14 17 12 17

3 1 3 2

3 1 2 2

North Division W L OL SL 22 11 1 2 20 16 2 1 19 14 2 1 17 12 3 4 13 19 1 3

40 97 107 40 116 114 39 90 93 38 92 118 Pts GF 47 124 43 121 41 123 41 81 30 78

GA 91 121 112 78 115

South Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Charlotte 39 23 11 2 3 51 122 98 Texas 38 22 11 3 2 49 102 94 Houston 38 18 13 4 3 43 108 106 Oklahoma City 38 18 15 2 3 41 118 122 San Antonio 40 16 20 0 4 36 100 114 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Sunday’s Games St. John’s 4, Toronto 2 Portland 3, Worcester 1 Providence 2, Manchester 1 Bridgeport 5, Albany 4 Hershey 5, Connecticut 0 Texas 3, Oklahoma City 0 Peoria 3, Milwaukee 2, SO Charlotte 2, Houston 1, OT Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games Springfield at Manchester, 5 p.m. Connecticut at Portland, 5 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Norfolk, 5:15 p.m. Hamilton at Abbotsford, 8 p.m. W Bentley 12 Innisfail 8 Fort Sask 7 Sylvan Lake 4 Stony Plain 1

Chinook League L T OTL GF 1 0 0 79 4 0 1 47 7 0 0 52 10 0 0 49 10 0 0 33

GA Pts 23 24 47 17 55 14 78 8 57 4

Scoring Neiszner, Bent Baumgartner, SL Marshall, F Sask Auchenberg, SP Middleton, SP Austring, Bent Kordyban, FS SeRobertson Bent Stefanishion, Bent Buote, Innisfail Doucet, Bent Shermerhorn, Inn Schneider, Bent

GP 13 13 12 11 12 12 10 13 11 12 10 12 12

G 12 11 9 6 9 8 7 1 10 6 5 5 3

Goaltending (Minimum 180 minutes) MP GA Yonkman, Bent 424 11 Kipling, Innisfail 359 22 Watt, Fort Sask 204 13 Stebner, Innisfail 249 16 Grenier, F Sask 421 28

A 9 9 10 11 7 7 8 3 3 7 8 8 10

Pts 21 20 19 17 16 15 15 14 13 13 13 13 13

SO GAA 1 1.56 0 3.68 0 3.80 0 3.86 0 3.99

PIM 2 20 10 14 10 0 4 10 23 4 14 8 2

Sv% .943 .891 .880 .871 .891

National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 24 13 .649 — Brooklyn 22 15 .595 2 Boston 20 17 .541 4 Philadelphia 16 22 .421 8 Toronto 14 23 .378 10

Miami Atlanta Orlando Charlotte Washington

Indiana Chicago Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland

Southeast Division W L Pct GB 24 12 .667 — 21 16 .568 3 13 24 .351 11 9 28 .243 15 7 28 .200 16 Central Division W L Pct 23 15 .605 21 15 .583 19 17 .528 14 24 .368 9 30 .231

GB — 1 3 9 14

Utah Minnesota

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Northwest Division W L Pct GB 30 8 .789 — 23 16 .590 7 20 17 .541 9

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Major League Baseball free agents signings NEW YORK — The 81 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, letter agreements for major league contracts are in parentheses: AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (1) — Re-signed Nate McLouth, of, to a $2 million, one-year contract. BOSTON (7) — Re-signed David Ortiz, dh, to a $26 million, two-year contract; signed David Ross, c, Atlanta, to a $6.2 million, two-year contract; signed Jonny Gomes, of, Oakland, to a $10 million, two-year contract; signed Shane Victorino, of, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $39 million, three-year contract; signed Koji Uehara, rhp, to a $4.25 million, one-year contract; signed Ryan Dempster, rhp, Texas, to a $26.5 million, two-year contract; signed Stephen Drew, ss, Oakland, to a $9.5 million, oneyear contract. CHICAGO (2) — Re-signed Dewayne Wise, of, to a $700,000, one-year contract; signed Jeff Keppinger, 3b, Tampa Bay, to a $12 million, three-year contract. CLEVELAND (2) — Signed Nick Swisher, of, New York Yankees, to a $56 million, four-year contract; signed Brett Myers, rhp, Chicago White Sox, to a $7 million, one-year contract. DETROIT (2) — Signed Torii Hunter, of, Los Angeles Angels, to a $26 million, two-year contract; re-signed Anibal Sanchez, rhp, to an $80 million, five-year contract. HOUSTON (1) — Signed Carlos Pena, 1b, to a $2.9 million, one-year contract. KANSAS CITY (4) — Re-signed Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, to a $25 million, three-year contract; signed George Sherrill, lhp, Seattle, to a minor league contract ($850,000); signed Xavier Nady, of, San Francisco, to a minor league contract ($750,000); signed Endy Chavez, of, Baltimore, to a minor league contract ($1 million). LOS ANGELES (4) — Signed Ryan Madson, rhp, Cincinnati, to a $3.5 million, one-year contract; signed Joe Blanton, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $15 million, two-year contract; signed Sean Burnett, lhp, Washington, to an $8 million, two-year contract; signed Josh Hamilton, of, Texas, to a $125 million, five-year contract. MINNESOTA (1) — Signed Kevin Correia, rhp, Pittsburgh, to a $10 million, two-year contract. NEW YORK (5) — Re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, rhp, to a $15 million, one-year contract; re-signed Andy Pettitte, lhp, to a $12 million, one-year contract; re-signed Mariano Rivera, rhp, to a $10 million, oneyear contract; signed Kevin Youkilis, 3b, Chicago White Sox, to a $12 million, one-year contract; resigned Ichiro Suzuki, of, to a $13 million, two-year contract. OAKLAND (1) — Re-signed Bartolo Colon, rhp, to a $3 million, one-year contract. SEATTLE (2) — Re-signed Oliver Perez, lhp, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract; signed Raul Ibanez, of, New York Yankees, to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. TAMPA BAY (3) — Re-signed Joel Peralta, rhp, to a $6 million, two-year contract; signed James Loney, 1b, Boston, to a $2 million, one-year contract; signed Roberto Hernandez, rhp, Cleveland, to a $3.25 million, one-year contract. TEXAS (5) — Re-signed Colby Lewis, rhp, to a $2 million, one-year contract; signed Joakim Soria, rhp, Texas, to an $8 million, two-year contract; re-signed

Yoshinori Tateyama, rhp, to a minor league contract ($1 million); signed A.J. Pierzynski, c, Chicago White Sox, to a $7.5 million, one-year contract; signed Jason Frasor, rhp, Toronto, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract; signed Lance Berkman, 1b, St. Louis, to an $11 million, one-year contract. TORONTO (3) — Signed Maicer Izturis, inf, Los Angeles Angels, to a $10 million, three-year contract; signed Melky Cabrera, of, San Francisco, to a $16 million, two-year contract; signed Henry Blanco, c, Arizona, to a $750,000, one-year contract. NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA (4) — Signed Eric Hinske, 1b, Atlanta, to a $1.35 million, one-year contract; signed Eric Chavez, 3b, New York Yankees, to a $3 million, one-year contract; signed Brandon McCarthy, rhp, Oakland, to a $15.5 million, two-year contract; signed Cody Ross, of, Boston, to a $26 million, three-year contract. ATLANTA (3) — Signed Gerald Laird, c, Detroit, to a $3 million, two-year contract; signed B.J. Upton, of, Tampa Bay, to a $75.25 million, five-year contract; re-signed Reed Johnson, of, to a $1.75 million, one-year contract. CHICAGO (5) — Signed Scott Baker, rhp, Minnesota, to a $5.5 million, one-year contract; signed Dioner Navarro, c, Cincinnati, to a $1.75 million, one-year contract; re-signed Shawn Camp, rhp, to a $1.35 million, one-year contract; signed Scott Feldman, rhp, Texas, to a $6 million, one-year contract; signed Edwin Jackson, rhp, Washington, to a $52 million, four-year contract. CINCINNATI (2) — Re-signed Jonathan Broxton, rhp, to a $21 million, three-year contract; re-signed Ryan Ludwick, of, to a $15 million, two-year contract. COLORADO (1) — Re-signed Jeff Francis, lhp, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. LOS ANGELES (3) — Re-signed Brandon League, rhp, to a $22.5 million, three-year contract; signed Zack Greinke, rhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $147 million, three-year contract; signed J.P. Howell, lhp, Tampa Bay, to a $2.85 million, one-year contract. MIAMI (2) — Signed Juan Pierre, of, Philadelphia, to a $1.6 million, one-year contract; signed Placido Polanco, 3b, Philadelphia, to a $2.75 million, oneyear contract. MILWAUKEE (1) — Signed Mike Gonzalez, lhp, Washington, to a $2.25 million, one-year contract. NEW YORK (1) — Re-signed Tim Byrdak, lhp, to a minor league contract ($1 million). PHILADELPHIA (1) — Signed Mike Adams, rhp, Texas, to a $12 million, two-year contract. PITTSBURGH (2) — Signed Russell Martin, c, New York Yankees, to a $17 million, two-year contract; re-signed Jason Grilli, rhp, to a $6.75 million, twoyear contract. ST. LOUIS (2) — Signed Randy Choate, lhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $7.5 million, three-year contract; signed Ty Wigginton, inf, Philadelphia, to a $5 million, two-year contract. SAN DIEGO (1) — Re-signed Jason Marquis, rhp, to a $3 million, one-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO (4) — Re-signed Jeremy Affeldt, lhp, to an $18 million, three-year contract; re-signed Angel Pagan, of, to a $40 million, four-year contract; re-signed Marco Scutaro, inf, to a $20 million, threeyear contract; signed Chad Gaudin, rhp, Miami, to a minor league contract ($750,000). WASHINGTON (3) — Re-signed Zach Duke, lhp, to a $700,000, one-year contract; signed Dan Haren, rhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $13 million, one-year contract; re-signed Adam LaRoche, 1b, to a $24 million, two-year contract.

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JAPAN CENTRAL LEAGUE YOMIURI (1) — Signed Jose Lopez, ss, Chicago White Sox, to a one-year contract. JAPAN PACIFIC LEAGUE RAKUTEN (1) — Signed Andruw Jones, of, New York Yankees, to a $3.5 million, one-year contract. Remaining Free Agents NEW YORK — The 84 remaining free agents (xsigning club, if different, would lose draft pick): AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (5) — Bill Hall, of; Nick Johnson, dh; Joe Saunders, lhp; Jim Thome, dh; Randy Wolf, lhp. BOSTON (4) — Aaron Cook, rhp; Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp; Vicente Padilla, rhp; Scott Podsednik, of. CHICAGO (3) — Brian Bruney, rhp; Orlando Hudson, 2b; Francisco Liriano, lhp. CLEVELAND (3) — Travis Hafner, dh; Casey Kotchman, 1b; Grady Sizemore, of. DETROIT (2) — Jose Valverde, rhp; Delmon Young, of-dh. HOUSTON (1) — Chris Snyder, c. LOS ANGELES (2) — LaTroy Hawkins, rhp; Jason Isringhausen, rhp. MINNESOTA (2) — Matt Capps, rhp; Carl Pavano, rhp. NEW YORK (4) — Pedro Feliciano, lhp; Freddy Garcia, rhp; Derek Lowe, rhp; x-Rafael Soriano, rhp. OAKLAND (1) — Brandon Inge, 3b. SEATTLE (2) — Kevin Millwood, rhp; Miguel Olivo, c. TAMPA BAY (2) — Kyle Farnsworth, rhp; Luke Scott, dh. TEXAS (3) — Mark Lowe, rhp; Mike Napoli, c; Roy Oswalt, rhp. TORONTO (4) — Kelly Johnson, 2b; Brandon Lyon, rhp; Carlos Villanueva, rhp; Omar Vizquel, 2b. NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA (2) — Matt Lindstrom, rhp; Takashi Saito, rhp. ATLANTA (8) — Jeff Baker, of; Miguel Batista, rhp; x-Michael Bourn, of; Matt Diaz, of; Chad Durbin, rhp; Chipper Jones, 3b; Lyle Overbay, 1b; Ben Sheets, rhp. CINCINNATI (2) — Miguel Cairo, 1b; Scott Rolen, 3b. COLORADO (2) — Jason Giambi, 1b; Jonathan Sanchez, lhp. LOS ANGELES (6) — Bobby Abreu, of; Todd Coffey, rhp; Adam Kennedy, inf; Juan Rivera, of-1b; Matt Treanor, c; Jamey Wright, rhp. MIAMI (4) — Austin Kearns, of; Carlos Lee, 1b; Juan Oviedo, rhp; Carlos Zambrano, rhp. MILWAUKEE (3) — Alex Gonzalez, ss; Shaun Marcum, rhp; Francisco Rodriguez, rhp. NEW YORK (6) — Ronny Cedeno, inf; Scott Hairston, of; Ramon Ramirez, rhp; Jon Rauch, rhp; Kelly Shoppach, c; Chris Young, rhp. PHILADELPHIA (2) — Jose Contreras, rhp; Brian Schneider, c. PITTSBURGH (2) — Rod Barajas, c; Chad Qualls, rhp. ST. LOUIS (2) — Brian Fuentes, lhp; x-Kyle Lohse, rhp. SAN FRANCISCO (5) — Aubrey Huff, 1b; Guillermo Mota, rhp; Brad Penny, rhp; Freddy Sanchez, 2b; Ryan Theriot, 2b. WASHINGTON (2) — Mark DeRosa, of; Chien-Ming Wang, rhp.

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Tennis Tuesday’s Early Australian Open Results MELBOURNE, Australia — Results Tuesday from the US$31.608-million-Australian Open, at Melbourne Park (surface—hard-outdoor; seedings in parentheses): MEN Singles First Round Milos Raonic (13), Thornhill, Ont., def. Jan Hajek, Czech Rep., 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (0). Andy Murray (3), Britain, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. Andreas Seppi (21), Italy, def. Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Florian Mayer (25), Germany, def. Rhyne Williams, U.S., 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (12), 6-1. Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, def. Thomaz Bellucci (29), Brazil, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Joao Sousa, Portugal, def. John-Patrick Smith, Australia, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Ricardas Berankis, Lithuania, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-2, 7-6 (4), 7-5. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, def. Igor Sijsling, Netherlands, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. WOMEN Singles First Round Peng Shuai, China, def. Rebecca Marino, Vancouver, 6-3, 6-0. Victoria Azarenka (1), Belarus, def. Monica Niculescu, Romania, 6-1, 6-4. Serena Williams (3), U.S., def. Edina GallovitsHall, Romania, 6-0, 6-0. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, def. Sara Errani (7), Italy, 6-4, 6-4.

Football Centre — Max Unger, Seattle. Placekicker — Blair Walsh, Minnesota. Kick Returner — Jacoby Jones, Baltimore.

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Tuesday’s Games Indiana at Charlotte, 5 p.m. New Orleans at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Houston, 6 p.m. Portland at Denver, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

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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

Second Team Quarterback — Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Running backs — Alfred Morris Washington; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City. Fullback — Jerome Felton, Minnesota. Tight End — Jason Witten, Dallas. Wide receivers — A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Andre Johnson, Houston. Tackles — Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Joe Staley, San Francisco. Guards — Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England. Centre — Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh. Placekicker — Phil Dawson, Cleveland. Kick Returner — David Wilson, N.Y. Giants.

Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 Baltimore 38, Denver 35, 2OT San Francisco 45, Green Bay 31 Sunday, Jan. 13 Atlanta 30, Seattle 28 New England 41, Houston 28 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 20 San Francisco at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX) Baltimore at New England, 4:30 p.m. (CBS) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27 At Honolulu AFC vs. NFC, 5 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 At New Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 4 p.m. (CBS) 2012 AP All-Pro NFL Teams NEW YORK — The Associated Press’ 2012 NFL All-Pro teams, as selected by an American-wide panel of 50 media members: OFFENCE First Team Quarterback — Peyton Manning, Denver. Running backs — Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle. Fullback — Vonta Leach, Baltimore. Tight End — Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta. Wide receivers — Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Brandon Marshall, Chicago. Tackles — Duane Brown, Houston; Ryan Clady, Denver. Guards — Mike Iupati, San Francisco; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.

DEFENCE First Team Ends — J.J. Watt, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami. Tackles — Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England. Outside linebackers — Von Miller, Denver; Aldon Smith, San Francisco. Inside linebackers — Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco. Cornerbacks — Richard Sherman, Seattle; Charles Tillman, Chicago. Safeties — Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco. Punter — Andy Lee, San Francisco. Second Team Ends — Justin Smith, San Francisco; Julius Peppers, Chicago. Tackles — Justin Smith, San Francisco; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore. Outside linebackers — Chad Greenway, Minnesota; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, Clay Matthews, Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas. Inside linebackers — Daryl Washington, Arizona; London Fletcher, Washington. Cornerbacks — Champ Bailey, Denver; Tim Jennings, Chicago. Safeties — Eric Weddle, San Diego; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo. Punter — Thomas Morstead, New Orleans.

Bowling Heritage Lanes Weekly Results Monday-Club 55 plus High Single: Albert Bachor 255. High Triple: Martin McLaughlin 637. Monday Mixed High Single: Mathieu Desjardins 325. High Triple: Daryl Derksen 748. Tuesday Mixed High Single: Greg Gigliuk 380. High Triple: Gigliuk 892. Wednesday-Club 55 plus High Single: Syd Ellis 243. High Triple: Don Knowler 637. Wednesday Mixed High Single: Don Lattery 328. High Triple: Lattery 728. Thursday Morning Ladies High Single: Debbie Gerlywici 246. High Triple: Bernie LeBlanc 525. Thursday Afternoon Special Olympics Mixed High Single: Anthony Kubasek 214. High Triple: Kubasek 422. Thursday Mixed

High Single: Anthony Streit 390. High Triple: Streit 713. Monday Scratch League High Single: Greg Gigliuk 390. High Quad: Gigliuk 1,230. Sunday Fun League High Single: Marcel Serre 258. High Triple: Gilles Brisson 694. Youth Bowling of Canada (YBC) Bumpers High Single: Jennika Wudkevich 121. Bowlasaurus High Single: Brody Ross 117. Peewees High Single: Kedrixx Streit 144. High Double: Streit 256. Bantams High Single: PJ Clubine 176. High Triple: Clubine 451. Juniors High Single: Jonathan Goulet 280. High Triple: Cody Pratt 667. Seniors High Single: Tim Pratt 310. High Triple: Pratt 808.

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Art to celebrate centennial CALL FOR PROPOSALS ISSUED TO ARTISTS TO HELP MARK RED DEER CENTENNIAL

CHAMBER SINGERS INVITED Closet singers who are looking for a little group support can find it with the Red Deer Chamber Singers. The choral group that performs diverse arrangements, including classical, folk and pop songs, is interested in welcoming new members. Seasoned professionals are on hand to provide guidance and enhance vocal techniques in preparation for a spring concert held the last week of May. For more information, call Sadie at 403-347-5166.

BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF Whether it’s a sculpture, frieze, mural or hanging, a new public artwork will be installed in City Hall to commemorate Red Deer’s centennial. A call for proposals has been issued to provincial artists by the city’s Culture Department for the new work — which will also be a legacy of the Distinguished Artist Awards, which will be presented in the city in June by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. “It’s one way to commemorate the centennial” and keep a legacy in the city from hosting from the awards presentation, said Wendy Meeres, Red Deer’s culture commu-

nity development co-ordinator. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 4 and the artwork must be ready for installation in the first week of June. The criteria requires creating a piece that celebrates Red Deer’s 100th birthday. But the winning artist(s) will also have to work with Grade 6 students in the city to create the public art, which can be two or three dimensional and consist of one artwork or several that can be displayed throughout City Hall. Meeres said Grade 6 students study municipal government. “The idea is that when they come here they can see something created by students their age.” There are various locations where the work can be installed — from the large wall

over the cashier to smaller spaces near elevators. Meeres said another possibility is creating a hanging work to replace the fabric birds that now dangle above the main floor space. “They are a bit tired and old.” The proposals will be judged by a legacy committee made up of community members with arts backgrounds, a member of the Red Deer Arts Council and city staff. The total budget for the project, including artist fee, materials and installation, is $10,500. Half will come from the city’s public art reserve and half will be raised from sponsorships, said Meeres. lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

BURN SURVIVOR TO SPEAK Burn survivor Kelly Falardeau will be the guest speaker at Soroptimist International of Central Alberta’s second annual The Power of a Girl, Mother Daughter Conference on Feb. 2. The international speaker and author will share her story with moms and daughters age 11 to 14 at the conference that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Falardeau uses her experience and scars to teach others how to embrace their differences and celebrate their self esteem and beauty inside and out. The conference will be held at Eastview Middle School, at 3929 40th Ave. The cost to attend is only $20 for a mom and daughter. Lunch is included. To register, call Rachel Ewen at 403-342-7500.

LINCOLN HALL FUNDRAISER The Lincoln Hall Society is hosting a dinner theatre fundraiser on Feb. 9. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and is catered by Bob Ronnie. At 8 p.m., the Say It Ain’t So theatre group will perform a show called Bench in the Sun. Tickets are $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy at 403782-4194.

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City of Red Deer emergency services personnel and RCMP attend the scene of a collision at the north end of Gasoline Alley Monday. The accident forced the closure of the southbound on ramp from Gaetz Avenue on Monday morning.

Weather makes for slippery driving BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Wet snow falling throughout Central Alberta made driving conditions treacherous for motorists on Monday, especially along Hwy 2. RCMP freeway patrol had their hands full, dealing with dozens of vehicles careening into the ditch as well as into each other. Collisions were reported throughout the region, including a crash at Gasoline Alley and another on Antler Hill just north of Innisfail. Cpl. Jerry Court of Ponoka RCMP Traffic Services said that drivers were dealing with blowing snow and slushy conditions. Ponoka RCMP patrol from Hwy 11A near Red Deer all the way up to the Millet overpass, 40 km south of Edmonton. “We had up to 20 vehicles in the ditch, but no one had any serious injuries,” said Court mid-Monday afternoon. “The vehicles were going off the road,

usually an indication of not adhering to the road conditions.” Drivers were simply going too fast, he said. RCMP Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit were dealing with a three-vehicle collision in the northbound lanes of Hwy 2 just south of Red Deer when a transport truck lost control, sliding to the right, striking a police cruiser at about 9:40 a.m. An RCMP officer inside the car wasn’t hurt. At the time, the far right lane was closed and conditions were icy. Police are now looking for the driver of this truck, described as a white Kenworth hauling a white tri-axle van body trailer with silver vertical ribbing on the side. The trailer also has a small logo on the side near the upper rear corner. Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-4135. Alberta Transportation had sanders and plows out trying to handle the worsening conditions on Hwy 2. Cpl. Leanne Molzahn, spokeswoman for

Red Deer city RCMP, said that police were handling numerous calls of collisions, including one along Kennedy Drive where a vehicle struck a light standard. From 7 a.m. to close to 4 p.m., police received 15 calls of collisions in the city. It sounds like Hwy 2 was seeing most of the brunt of road problems, though, she added. Portions of the highway were closed off. City of Red Deer Public Works Department manager Greg Sikora said that sanding crews were out in full force starting early Monday morning. Crews were expected to plow Priority 1 areas overnight. That involves hills, bridges, overpasses, high-hazard locations and hospital accesses. City crews would then concentrate on Priority 2 areas (arterials with focus on high-collision intersections) over the next 72 hours. ltester@reddeeradvocate.com

Transit fares set to rise BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF Bus riders will have to dig deeper as city transit fares are slated to rise this year. Starting on Sept. 1, the price of a bus ride using cash will increase by five cents, monthly Go Passes will rise by a dollar and a package of 12 tickets will increase by 50 cents. An adult will pay $65 for a monthly pass, $2.40 in cash for a single ride and $24.50 for a 12-pack of tickets. Seniors and students will pay $2.10 for a single ride, $57 for a monthly pass and $21.50 for a 12-pack of tickets. Go Passes for seniors who qualify for a guaranteed income subsidy will increase to $32.50, up 50 cents. Transit day passes are not affected. City transit manager Kevin Joll said the price hike is in response to inflation and increased costs. “Each and every year it costs more to provide the service,” said Joll. “The other reason we do it is because waiting and doing a big increase really doesn’t go well. Since 1998, we’ve been doing this. “Although it’s never fun and customers don’t like the costs to go up, it really has been a good approach in having a sustainable plan in place to keep in line with increased expenses.” The fare increase was approved as part of last week’s city operating budget deliberations.

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Transit riders board a City of Red Deer Transit bus outside Lindsay Thurber High School after school this week. Coun. Chris Stephan did not support the change. “I think we need to go in another direction to make transit more accessible to users,” said Stephan. “Any increase is more than what a lot of people can afford. Ultimately, I would like us to offer free transit.” Coun. Cindy Jefferies agreed there is some merit to discussing free transit but the biggest barrier she hears from the community is the frequency of service. If it took you from one end of the city to the other, but the bus didn’t come often enough, you wouldn’t use it anyway, said Jefferies. “I would rather see us try to increase that level of service by increasing level of frequency so it is more convenient for those who depend on transit to get across town ... rather than support free transit at this point.” Last year, council voted to reduce the late-night transit service from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes, for a cost savings of $160,000.

There was a push back from community members, including regular bus rider Cherise Piercy, who presented a petition with 471 signatures to council at the midyear budget review. During budget deliberations, Coun. Paul Harris pushed unsuccessfully to restore the services. Restoring the service would have added an estimated $159,000 to the city’s 2013 and ongoing budgets. “We have essentially given the savings to the whole community but it has been on the backs of people who need to get home that are already working in low-paying jobs,” said Harris. “I just don’t think it was a good decision to remove it in the first place.” Coun. Dianne Wyntjes said she would like to wait for a larger transit discussion during the August mid-year budget review before making any changes. This year, the city is expected to lay the groundwork for a transit review in 2014. For a full list of fares, go to www.reddeer.ca and search transit fares. crhyno@reddeeradvocate.com


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BRIEFS Hunting death case resolution near The case against a Lacombe man charged with killing his hunting companion is expected to be resolved without a trial. Herbert Stanley Meister appeared briefly in Red Deer provincial court on Monday, at what was supposed to be the start of his three-week trial. But after meeting with the Crown prosecutor, Meister’s lawyer, Will Willms, told Judge Kirk Sisson that a different resolution to the case is expected. Meister will return to court on Feb. 4 to set a date for a plea and sentence. He was charged with criminal negligence causing death while using a firearm in connection to an incident on Nov. 29, 2010, that resulted in the death of another Central Alberta man.

Volunteers for boards sought The City of Red Deer is looking for citizens to help shape municipal policy. The city needs volunteers for oneor two-year terms on the following boards and committees: ● Community Housing Advisory Board ● Greater Downtown Action Plan Steering Committee ● Heritage Preservation Committee ● Mayor’s Recognition Awards Committee ● Municipal Features Naming Committee ● Municipal Planning Commission ● Public Art Jury Committee ● Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services Board. Skill sets for the positions include experience in law, marketing, finance, business, accounting, governance, communication, human resources, homelessness, social programming and land use planning. More information and application forms are available online at www.reddeer.ca under the council committees link. They can be hand delivered to the Legislative Services office on City Hall’s second floor, faxed to 403-3466195 or emailed to legislativeservices@ reddeer.ca. Deadline for applications is Jan. 25.

Drug arrest leads to 3- year jail tern A Red Deer man arrested during an undercover drug operation in Red Deer in 2011 was sentenced to three years in jail last week. Jordan Hoelscher, 30, was charged after drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia were seized from a vehicle early on May 3, 2011. Earlier, police said Hoelscher and another man were seen completing an exchange inside a pickup truck parked on 76th Street, just off of Gaetz Avenue. Hoelscher pleaded guilty to three charges in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Thursday and received a three-year jail sentence for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, a concurrent six-month jail sentence for possession of property over $5,000, and a concurrent 30-day jail sentence for failing to comply with an undertaking. He was given a 10-year firearms prohibition.

Charges of trafficking of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and another failing to comply with an undertaking were withdrawn.

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Credit counselling service to move A Red Deer credit counselling service is relocating its office at month’s end. Money Mentors is moving from the CIRS Building on Ross Street to the United Way building at 4811 48 St. effective Feb. 1. The office will be closed Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to allow the move. Money Mentors is a non-profit agency helping Albertans recover from financial crisis. It’s administered the Orderly Payment of Debts program for the province since 1997 and offers unbiased advice on how to handle finances. Money Mentors can be contacted through its website www.moneymentors.ca or toll free at 1-888-294-0076.

Art classes in Lacombe Dabble in colour this winter with art classes at the Gallery on Main in Lacombe. Some openings are still available for Saturday’s watercolour course with Sonja Zacharias. On Feb. 2, Doug Strickland will give a watercolour and pen and ink workshop, and on March 2, Strickland will teach about using mixed media, including acrylics, watercolours and pen and ink. Each class goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the $75 fee includes supplies and lunch. To register, call 403-7823402. For those who prefer looking at art, an opening wine and cheese reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 26 for the gallery’s next exhibit that features works by artist Marianne Harris (Vanderkley). Her show runs from Jan. 26 to Feb, 9.

New traffic lights To prepare drivers for new traffic lights at the intersection of Carrington Drive and 30th Avenue, flashing lights will be put in place. Yellow and red lights flash at the intersection near the new Clearview Market Square. Drivers approaching the yellow signal may proceed through the intersection with caution, while drivers approaching the red signal must stop, observe the right of way and proceed when it is safe to do so. The flashing lights will continue until Wednesday, when the signals become fully operational with red, yellow and green lights. The City of Red Deer asks pedestrians and drivers to be aware of this new signal and use caution in the area.

‘Tunes’ day at mall A new Parkland Mall event begins tonight to provide concert opportunities to Central Alberta musicians. Tyler Braun kicks off the first family-friendly “tunes” day in the mall’s food court from 6 to 7 p.m. In future, “tunes” days will be held two Tuesdays a month and will feature artists from around Central Alberta. More information is available online at www.parklandmall.ca.

Crime spree ends with arrests Police have released names of two men accused of going on a New Year’s

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Although the high temperature for the day was near the freezing point, the City was blanketed in snow throughout the day and into the evening Monday. While pedestrians had to step through the accumulating snow including in City Hall Park, shown here drivers in the region were faced with very slippery roads and piles of snow to plow through. For the next three days temperatures are expect to climb above the freezing level so be prepared for slushy travels both on foot and behind the wheel. Eve and Day crime spree stretching from rural Ponoka to Fort Saskatchewan and back to Ponoka. RCMP allege the pair were responsible for stealing a truck in Ponoka, and two snowmobiles from the Daysland and Bawlf areas before allegedly taking a car and driving it to Fort Saskatchewan. Police tried to stop a vehicle following an impaired driving complaint. Later in the day, a dangerous driving complaint led Ponoka RCMP to tracking down a car, reported stolen, partway on railway tracks south of Ponoka. The suspects then allegedly broke into a building, stole a car and drove it to Fort Saskatchewan. Police later discovered from witnesses that two men had hitched a ride from an unsuspecting citizen who drove the men to a residence in Lacombe. Lacombe Police Service, RCMP Ponoka and police dog services attended the residence in Lacombe and arrested the pair without incident. Cody Friesen, 19, of Sylvan Lake and Derek Weninger, 21, of Red Deer will both be in Ponoka provincial court for election and plea on Friday in con-

nection with charges of: theft of a pickup truck from Ponoka, theft of snowmobiles from Daysland and Bawlf, break and enter and theft of a car from Bawlf, failing to stop for police in Fort Saskatchewan, and a Railway Safety Act charge.

Music students to compete for scholarships Red Deer College’s top music students will compete for scholarships at a public concert Thursday afternoon. This last round of the competition is a live performance for voice, piano, guitar and instrumental. Up to three finalists were selected in each category to advance to the final round of the challenge. The finalists are vying for $5,000 of music scholarships, which were raised through RDC’s annual Affair of the Arts fundraiser. The 1 p.m. event at the RDC Arts Centre is open to the public, and adjudicators will announce the results of the competition that afternoon. Admission is $2 at the door.

Dead soldier’s mother tells sentencing: ‘Two people died on the field that day’ “She would go to his grave every day for two or three hours. She has continued to do that to this day.” The prosecution had argued that Watts, who was the platoon commander, turned a blind eye to safety standards and abdicated his duty as leader when he handed over responsibility to his second-in-command, Warrant Officer Paul Ravensdale, who was an expert on the weapon. The day of the accident, the range was divided into four training sections. The first two tests of the anti-personnel mine went off without a hitch. But when the second firing occurred, the ball bearings fired backward, hitting Baker and the others.

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CALGARY — Janet Baker says her life ended the day her son died in a training accident in Afghanistan nearly three years ago. The mother of Cpl. Josh Baker was so emotionally fragile that she was already crying as she was assisted by a soldier on her way to speak at the sentencing of a Calgary reservist convicted in her son’s death. “I don’t really have a life anymore. It’s just an existence,” said Baker through her tears. “Two people died on the field that day in two different ways. Joshua and myself. “There is no life. I’m just waiting for that time when my life is over and I can join my son,” Baker said, her voice barely a whisper. Baker said she saluted her boy when his flagdraped coffin arrived at CFB Trenton and told him how proud she was of him. A few days later she was able to say a private goodbye at a funeral home. “I said, ‘I’m your mother and I brought you into

this world. I was supposed to keep you safe but I couldn’t save you this time.”’ Several people inside the military courtroom joined Baker in her tears during her testimony. Baker was one of six witnesses called by the prosecution Monday to testify about what impact the accident had on them. Last month, Maj. Darryl Watts was found guilty by a military jury of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of military duty in the accident. Josh Baker, 24, died when a Claymore antipersonnel mine loaded with 700 steel balls peppered the platoon on a practice range near Kandahar city in February 2010. Four other soldiers hit by the blast were seriously injured. Keven Ellis got to know the Baker family after the accident through an organization that provides support to military families. He said he was worried about Janet Baker. “I would say this woman has suffered the pain of five lifetimes,” Ellis said.

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Raleigh to close Quebec bicycle plant Raleigh Canada Ltd. plans to halt bicycle manufacturing and assembly operations at the company’s plant in Waterloo, Que., by the end of the year. Raleigh says the Waterloo facility will remain open as a warehouse, distribution and service centre after manufacturing ceases. However, about 100 production employees will lose their jobs as the company switches to offshore suppliers. Raleigh Canada’s Waterloo facility has manufactured and assembled bicycles on a seasonal basis for over 30 years. But production has steadily declined over the last five years in the face of stiff global competition. The company says the manufacturing and production workers will remain on the job until the end of the normal seasonal production cycle in June, but will not be recalled from seasonal layoff in January 2014. “In the context of our global competitive market where offshore suppliers offer fierce competition, Raleigh has taken the difficult decision to cease bicycle manufacturing and assembly in Canada as this activity is no longer economically viable,” Raleigh Canada president Chris Enoksen said in making the announcement.

.ca website addresses with French accents Canadians can now properly register a .ca website address in both official languages. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority has added the ability to create a web URL with French accentedcharacters, along with the standard letters, numbers and hyphens. The owners of .ca domain names have the exclusive rights to purchase accented variations for their web addresses. The new registration rules officially kicked in Sunday. — The Canadian Press

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Show gets GoTire going HUNDREDS OF ENQUIRIES FLOOD IN AFTER DRAGONS’ DEN APPEARANCE BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR A few minutes of prime-time television exposure has really set the wheels in motion for GoTire Mobile Tire Service. The Red Deer-based business was one of the investment opportunities featured Sunday evening on Dragons’ Den, a CBC program in which entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of business moguls. Founders Craig Howes and Heather Murphy received a positive response from the dragons, followed by an even more enthusiastic reaction from prospective franchisees. From the time the show aired until 1 p.m. on Monday, 147 franchise requests had come in, said Howes. The business’s website had about 3,200 visitors on Sunday night. “Since them, it’s doing nothing but been doubling and tripling.” He and Murphy have been told that it takes about two weeks before the full impact of an appearance on Dragons’ Den can be measured. And with the episode scheduled to be rebroadcast this Wednesday at 8 p.m. — the program’s regular time slot until recently — they’re looking forward to another spike in interest. “It might be equal to or even potentially more than the Sunday market,” said Howes. GoTire is a mobile tire-changing and replacement service that also sells tires, performs auto detailing, and repairs and replaces windshields. Howes and Murphy pitched the concept to celebrity investors Bruce Croxon, Kevin O’Leary, David Chilton, Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving on the Dragons’ Den set in Toronto on April 25. They offered to sell 20 per cent of their business, which is designed to be sold as franchises, for $175,000. Croxon and O’Leary agreed to pay $218,750 for 25 per cent. Howes explained that the price reflected

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GoTire Mobile Tire Service founders Heather Murphy and Craig Howes field questions about the business during the April 25 taping of Dragons’ Den. The segment appeared on CBC television Sunday evening, and is scheduled to be rebroadcast this Wednesday at 8 p.m. the value of Croxon’s and O’Leary’s personal brands, as well as the cash they would provide. When O’Leary shook hands with Howes and Murphy, he commented that they had delivered “one of the best presentations we’ve ever seen.” “That was a very touching parting comment,” said Howes. “When he gives a compliment like that, it’s gold.”

However, the parties have since been unable to finalize the deal, Howes confirmed on Monday. After diligent negotiations, he and Murphy decided they weren’t willing to make the compromises necessary to put a comprehensive agreement on paper. “I can tell you that it was a very interesting negotiation process.

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Medicine Shoppes expand BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR

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Courtney Trombley, left, and Kaylee Foster each pull a mug of draft at The Canadian Brewhouse. The pub and eatery, which is Located in Clearview Market Square, opened for business on Monday. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Rogers to sign deal to buy Shaw’s wireless spectrum, Mountain Cablevision BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Rogers Communications Inc. is expanding its wireless and cable TV footprints under deals to buy the unused network spectrum of Shaw Communications Inc. as well Shaw’s Ontario-based Mountain Cablevision Ltd. Rogers said Monday the $700-million agreement with Shaw is to secure an option to purchase the Calgary company’s AWS spectrum holdings in 2014 and to acquire Shaw’s cable system in Hamilton, Ont. “When you look at this transaction it builds on wireless and cable, our core businesses, right on strategy,” chief executive Nadir Mohamed said in an interview. Calgary-based Shaw (TSX:SJR.B), in turn, will acquire Rogers’ one-third interest in TVtropolis and will enter into negotiations with Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) to provide certain services in Western Canada. Rogers said Shaw’s wireless spectrum, radio waves over which wireless networks operate, goes from British Columbia to Northern Ontario and will meet data usage demands by its smartphone, computer and tablet customers.

“Wireless data is just exploding hundreds of per cent per year in terms of usage,” Mohamed said in an interview from Toronto. Shaw’s unused spectrum was purchased for $190 million in the federal AWS spectrum auction in 2008. Shaw had planned to launch a wireless business, but dropped those plans a couple of years ago. Mohamed said Shaw’s unused spectrum will be deployed as part of Rogers’ next generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network. LTE networks are suited to data use and provide very fast downloads, for example. He wouldn’t say if the acquisition of Shaw’s spectrum would change Rogers’ strategy to bid on 700 megahertz spectrum, up grabs in the next spectrum auction expected later this year. This spectrum is considered ideal to deploy LTE in high-density urban areas and in rural Canada. “Obviously, we can’t get into that strategy from both a regulatory point of view and a competitive point of view,” Mohamed said. The purchase of Shaw’s wireless spectrum will need approval by Industry Canada and the Federal Competition Bureau, expected in late 2014.

With the acquisition of Hamilton’s Mountain Cablevision, Rogers also will be able to offer wireless and cable bundles to those customers, Mohamed said. Rogers said it will get more than 40,000 cable TV customers under the deal and 130 Mountain Cablevision employees. “Our intent would be to have them join Rogers,” Mohamed said of the Mountain Cablevision employees. Rogers is Canada’s largest wireless provider with more than nine million customers and Shaw’s Mountain Cablevision also will add to Rogers’ cable TV holdings. The spectrum held by Shaw can’t be sold for five years under the 2008 auction rules, which set aside spectrum for new competitors to enter the wireless business, which would mean regulatory approval in late 2014. Rogers, Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T) are Canada’s three main wireless providers. As a result of the 2008 spectrum auction, Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, Mobilicity and Quebecor’s Videotron have entered the wireless business, providing more choice for cellphone users.

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You can add an “s” to The Medicine Shoppe. The Ross Street pharmacy recently opened a second location in Red Deer’s Lancaster subdivision. Operating under the same name, the new pharmacy occupies the former Stems Floral Gallery premises in Lancaster Centre at 2950 22nd St. Randy Pumm, who is a partner in the new business and its pharmacist, said the shop is similar to its namesake at 3805 Ross St. That store was opened by Kevin Bredo in 2007 as a smaller, dispensary-style pharmacy. Bredo is also an owner of The Medicine Shoppe in Lancaster. Pumm confirmed that the new pharmacy will also focus on prescription products. “We don’t do a whole lot of the over-the-counter-type stuff. It’s just purely pharmacy, with a small over-thecounter section.” The Lancaster location differs from its Ross Street counterpart in that it does specialty compounding, said Pumm. “We custom-make medications and that sort of thing,” he said, adding that this allows The Medicine Shoppe to formulate medicinal products that aren’t produced and sold commercially. Pumm, who has worked as a pharmacist in the Red Deer area for five years, thinks Lancaster Centre is a good location for a pharmacy. In addition to being near the Lancaster, Inglewood, Vanier Woods and Anders subdivisions, it’s a stone’s throw from the Easthill Walk-In & Medical Clinic in Easthill Centre. The Medicine Shoppe opened on Dec. 28 and is celebrating its grand opening this week. A special ceremony is planned for Wednesday at 11 a.m. The shop is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com


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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 105.19 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 82.45 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.11 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.10 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 37.09 Cdn. National Railway . . 93.02 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 109.30 Cdn. Satellite . . . . . . . . . . 6.19 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 73.13 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.25 Cervus Equipment Corp 19.36 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 34.28 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 44.02 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 26.63 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.29 General Motors Co. . . . . 30.33 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 19.24 Research in Motion. . . . . 14.70 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 43.94 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 40.75 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 64.84 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 15.88 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 48.43 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.35 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 67.75 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.92 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 40.79 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 11.59 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.73

Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 43.29 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 48.71 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68.30 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 20.94 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 33.67 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 20.87 First Quantum Minerals . 21.43 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 36.48 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . 11.01 Inmet Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . 69.75 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 9.29 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 41.97 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.95 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 36.70

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended relatively flat Monday as the information technology sector came out the strongest, helped by shares of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion. The S&P/TSX composite index crept up 0.91 of a point to 12,603.09 while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 10.72 points to 1,229.53. The Canadian dollar rose 0.07 of a cent to 101.65 cents US as a new survey by the Bank of Canada showed that Canadian business executives are feeling more confident about 2013. The central bank’s latest quarterly business outlook survey shows firms on balance think sales and employment will pick up after a tough 2012. The TSX information technology sector rose 2.5 per cent, with BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) jumping 10.4 per cent. The company’s shares were up $1.39 to $14.70 ahead of the unveiling of its BlackBerry 10 devices later this month, as reports emerged that one of its biggest competitors may be feeling some strain in its sales. Apple Inc. stock was off 3.6 per cent on reports that the company has reduced orders for parts for the iPhone 5 after sales fell short of expectations in the current quarter. Its shares declined US$18.55 to $501.75. RIM was one of the most active stocks on the market, climbing to the highest level since early April 2012. “A lot of people were worried that this company wouldn’t even make it to the launch, but now the launch is just days away, and so I think there is definitely a positive buzz around the name,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities. Key commodities rose to their highest levels in several months. The February crude contract lifted 58 cents to $94.14 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, bringing oil to near a four-month high. Gold prices ended the session at a three-month high, up $8.80 for the February contract at US$1,669.40 an ounce. March copper dipped two cents to $3.63 a pound. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials was up 18.89 points at 13,507.32, the Nasdaq declined

8.13 points to 3,117.50 and the S&P 500 index subtracted 1.37 points to 1,470.68. The TSX mining and metals sector dropped half a per cent despite a batch of deals. Switzerland’s Swatch Group has reached an agreement to buy Harry Winston Diamond’s (TSX:HW) retail jewelry and watch division for US$1 billion in cash and assumed debt. The Toronto-based company says the deal will position it to pursue mining opportunities as Dominion Diamond Corp. Its shares were up 4.4 per cent, or 63 cents, to $14.90. Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) is making a takeover bid for Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) that values the Vancouver-based company at $780 million, or $4.65 per Aurizon share in cash and stock. Aurizon’s board has yet to make a public comment on the proposal. Aurizon’s AMEX-listed shares were up nearly 29 per cent in pre-open trading. Alamos shares dipped $2.02 to $14.90. Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU) is supporting a $1.3-billion offer from a Russian company known as ARMZ, which wants to take the Canadian company private. ARMZ already owns 51.4 per cent of Uranium One’s stock. Its shares rose 14.5 per cent, or 35 cents, to $2.76. Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX:XSR) has reached an agreement with Chrysler Canada under which the auto company will install SiriusXM commercial-free satellite radios into an unspecified number of vehicles over the next five years. CSR shares were up 19 cents to $6.19. Dell’s stock soared 12 per cent on a report that the struggling personal computer maker is in talks to take the company private. Bloomberg News says Dell has discussed a potential sale with at least two firms that specialize in buying companies whose stocks have fallen out of favour. It shares rose US$1.41 to $12.29.

Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 23.46 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 32.42 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 42.01 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.95 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 45.24 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 29.26 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.20 Canyon Services Group. 10.75 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 33.37 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.630 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 19.05 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.18 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 89.58 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 35.91

MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Monday: Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 12,603.09 up 0.91 of a point TSX Venture Exchange — 1,229.53 down 10.72 points TSX 60 — 723.12 up 0.43 of a

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GOTIRE: Push forward “Dealing with venture capital, you want to walk into it eyes wide open.” That hasn’t stopped the commonlaw couple, and some of their friends who invested in the business, from pushing forward. They’d sold eight franchises prior to the Dragon’s Den episode. Howes said they’ve kept the lines of communications with Croxon and O’Leary — and other prospective investors — open. You can never have too much capital when trying to launch and build a new franchise, he explained. Regardless, they have no regrets about their Dragons’ Den venture. “It’s unquestionably one of the best investments we’ve ever made,” said Howes. The more than 80 minutes he and Murphy spent on their presentation to the dragons were edited down to fewer than 10. But Howes said they were satisfied with the result — which they watched with about 250 people at a broadcast

High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.19 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 29.48 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 43.84 IROC Services . . . . . . . . . 2.37 Nexen Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.50 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 4.92 Penn West Energy . . . . . 10.28 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . . 1.38 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 8.18 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 33.76 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.78 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 13.04 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 6.79 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 52.00 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 62.30 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 57.64 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82.01 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 29.59 Carefusion . . . . . . . . . . . 29.64 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 24.70 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 41.80 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 64.51 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 14.32 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 77.50 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.69 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 61.02 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 27.71 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.86 point Dow — 13,507.32 up 18.89 points S&P 500 — 1,470.68 down 1.37 points Nasdaq — 3,117.50 down 8.13 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 101.65 cents US, up 0.07 of a cent Pound — C$1.5823, down 0.46 of a cent Euro — C$1.3165, up 0.37 of a cent Euro — US$1.3382, up 0.46 of a cent Oil futures: US$94.14 per barrel, up 58 cents (February contract) Gold futures: US$1,669.40 per oz., up $8.80 (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $31.693 oz., up 77.2 cents $1,018.93 kg., up $24.82 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Monday at 1,229.53 down 10.72 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 158.16 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan ’13 $11.80 higher $616.20; March ’13 $11.80 higher $594.90; May ’13 $12.20 higher $586.70; July ’13 $11.20 higher $581.40; Nov. ’13 $8.50 higher $542.30; Jan. ’14 $7.40 higher $541.90; March ’14 $7.40 higher $541.90; May ’14 $7.40 higher $539.80; July ’14 $7.40 higher $536.90; Nov. ’14 $7.40 higher $538.90; Jan ’15 $7.40 higher $538.90. Barley (Western): March ’13 unchanged $242.90; May ’13 $0.10 unchanged $243.90; July ’13 unchanged $244.40; Oct. ’13 unchanged $244.40; Dec ’13 unchanged $244.40; March ’14 unchanged $244.40; May ’14 unchanged $244.40; July ’14 unchanged $244.40; Oct. ’14 unchanged $244.40; Dec. ’14 unchanged $244.40; March ’15 unchanged $244.40. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 204,360 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 204,360.

party at Westerner Park on Sunday. CBC has already raised the possibility of providing an update on GoTire in a future edition of Dragons’ Den. “We are 100 per cent open and looking forward to that,” said Howes. He’s optimistic they’ll sell all of the 147 GoTire franchises earmarked for Canada, and noted that inquiries are coming from a number of other countries. hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

ROGERS: Other assets Rogers’ wireless division represents bout 65 per cent of its business, cable about 25 per cent and media 10 per cent, Mohamed said. The Toronto-based company has assets that include cable, Internet and broadcast TV assets like Citytv and Sportsnet. Rogers also owns the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and their stadium, the Rogers Centre, as well as a major stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team, basketball’s Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC soccer. It also owns a slate of print magazines including Maclean’s and Chatelaine.

RIM stock jumps in heavy trading BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) stock jumped Monday in a second day of heavy trading, rising above $14 a share for the first time since last spring. The BlackBerry maker’s stock gained $1.36, or 10.2 per cent, to $14.67 in afternoon trading. That’s the highest since RIM stock traded at $14.95 in early April 2012. More than 10.5 million RIM shares traded at the Toronto Stock Exchange at 1 p.m., making Research In Motion one of the market’s most active stocks. The push comes ahead of the Jan. 30 launch of RIM“s new BlackBerry 10 products, which are seen as a make-orbreak development for the Canadian tech company, based in Waterloo, Ont.. RIM’s stock price has been recovering from a setback after the executives

told analysts last month that the company is changing the fee structure for its service. The jump in RIM’s share price also comes amid reports that Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) may be getting less demand for the iPhone 5 than anticipated. The two companies are in fierce competition with each other as well as with smartphone makers that use the Android operating system. Apple Inc. stock was down 3.6 per cent, or $18.64, to US$501.66 on the Nasdaq on reports that the company has reduced orders for parts of the iPhone 5.Apple has dethroned RIM as the leading supplier of smartphones but faces challenges from South Korea’s Samsung as well as revitalized products from RIM and Microsoft — which has a line of phones using the Windows operating system.

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — The former top brass at Nortel Networks said they finally got “vindication” Monday after being found not guilty of fraud, nearly a decade after being accused of manipulating financial records at the fallen Canadian technology giant. Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco acquitted ex-CEO Frank Dunn, ex-CFO Douglas Beatty and ex-controller Michael Gollogly because he was “not satisfied” the evidence showed the men had “deliberately misrepresented” the finances at the now-defunct telecom company in 2002 and 2003. “The criminal trial is based on evidence,” he told a packed Toronto courtroom. “The decision I make is based on that evidence and nothing else.” Following the not guilty verdicts, the former executives jumped to their feet to hug family members and their lawyers. Marrocco’s 145-page ruling concludes one of the largest and most

complex trials in Canadian corporate history. Since beginning last January, court has heard from numerous witnesses, and saw more than 600 exhibits entered as evidence, including financial statements, internal emails and memos. Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly each had faced two counts of fraud — one count of defrauding the public and one count of defrauding Nortel Networks Corp. The Crown had alleged that the men participated in a book-cooking scheme designed to trigger $12.8 million in bonuses and stocks for themselves while they were at the helm of Nortel. They were fired from the beleaguered firm in 2004. All three had pleaded not guilty to the charges. In a statement, Dunn, the former head of Nortel, said he was “grateful to have received vindication.” “For a very long time, integrity has been the foundation of Nortel Networks’ corporate governance and business practices,” he said in the statement after declining to speak to the media outside the courthouse.

Harper announces plan to strengthen venture capital investment BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Saying Canada’s economic well-being depends on companies having the capital they need to create growth, Prime Minister Stephen Harper laid out the details Monday of a plan to bolster venture capital investment in the country. The government’s Venture Capital Action Plan, which was announced in the last federal budget, is making $400 million available to help increase private-sector investments in the next seven to 10 years. Ottawa is aiming to deploy $400 million to help increase private-sector investments in the next seven to 10 years. “Canadian venture capital markets have been dealing with mixed results and growing challenges over the past decade, especially since the global credit crunch of 2008-2009,” Harper told a news conference in Montreal attended by a large contingent from the business community. “This unfortunate situation has meant that Canadian firms with good ideas and high growth potential have often been starved for needed funds.” The Venture Capital Action Plan will make available $250 million to establish new funds led by the private sector in partnership with institutional and corporate strategic investors as well as interested provinces.

Up to $100 million will be made available to recapitalize existing large private-sector funds while there will also be a $50-million investment in three to five existing high- performing Canadian venture capital funds. “Our government firmly believes strong action is required to bolster the available risk capital in Canada,” Harper said. “It is vital for Canada’s economic future and indeed for the long-term prosperity of all Canadians.” In Ottawa, NDP finance critic Peggy Nash slammed the plan as woefully insufficient. “The prime minister’s venture capital plan amounts to just peanuts and won’t get the job done,” Nash said. “Canada’s venture capital market has been underperforming for over a decade and this funding will likely have little meaningful impact. New Democrats are calling on the government to step up and take a lead on Canada’s economy rather than wait for others to do it.” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who attended the announcement along with Maxime Bernier, the minister of state for small business, said the country is relying on the creativity and ingenuity of young Canadians. “The primary focus here is on young entrepreneurs and the fact that we’re losing young entrepreneurs and their businesses to American enterprises, larger enterprises,” he said.

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“black site.” Maya impassively watches, her face hidden by a ski mask, as Dan (Jason Clarke), the spy agency’s “man in Islamabad,” brutally attempts to pry information about bin Laden Take a good look at the scene in and his al-Qaida operation from captured terror suspect AmZero Dark Thirty where Jesmar (Reda Kateb). sica Chastain’s Maya stands Beatings, humiliation, watching the all-male Navy waterboarding and finalSEALS fly off to take down ly confinement are used Osama bin Laden. against Ammar, who refusIt’s just about the only es to give up his secrets. moment in this incredible The frustration is palfilm that could be called pable on the faces of Dan conventional: the anxious and Maya, and similar situwoman left behind as the ations early in the film conmen go off to be heroes, with firm the futility of what the Alexandre Desplat’s magCIA euphemistically calls nificently tense score rising “enhanced interrogation.” along with the dust of their PETER This is no small point. stealth Black Hawk helicopHOWELL Anyone who calls Zero ters. Dark Thirty pro-torture is We already know that not only wrong, but clearly Maya is no mere stereotype, not paying attention. The in this movie by Kathryn secrets that lead to the sucBigelow — nominated for five Academy Awards — that combines dramatic cessful location of bin Laden come not flair with documentary realism and from brute force, but from guile, solid that turns a spy-trade procedural into detective work and a couple of lucky breaks. The film makes all of this clear the most white-knuckle of thrillers. Maya is the real hero of Zero Dark but it also doesn’t spoon-feed the viewThirty, the CIA targeter (likely a com- er. Intelligent engagement is required. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark posite of several) whose diligence and persistence led to the discovery and Boal lay it all out as carefully as they 2011 killing of 9/11 terror mastermind did the bomb-disposal techniques in bin Laden, the world’s most wanted The Hurt Locker, their previous collaboration that won the Oscar for Best man. But it’s one of the many distinctions Picture in 2010 and also Best Director of this film that afterwards you ques- for Bigelow and Best Original Screenplay for Boal. tion what “hero” really means. Maya is wisely the focus of a serpenChastain makes Maya as vivid as a bloodshot eye. Her porcelain skin, del- tine narrative that uncoils between icate features and feminine attire be- the Middle East, Washington, D.C., and lie the steel within. She’s had to fight Langley, Va. The red-haired fury has to push sexism, doubt and red tape throughout through obstacles posed by a dismisher career, but she has proven herself in situations that would make many sive U.S. Embassy station chief in Pakistan (Kyle Chandler), by a hard-tomen flinch. This includes the torture scene at convince boss at the CIA’s Virginia HQ the film’s outset, following a merci- (Mark Strong) and by the once-burned, fully brief prologue over a darkened twice-shy National Security Advisor screen where the voices of doomed (Stephen Dillane). Fortunately, Maya finds allies in the World Trade Center victims are heard CIA director (James Gandolfini), who in cellphone calls on Sept. 11, 2001. It’s set in a filthy room in a CIA is impressed by her intelligence, inten-

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Kyle Chandler, left, as Joseph Bradley and Jason Clarke as Dan, in Columbia Pictures’ new thriller, Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. sity and brutally frank talk, and later also with the sardonic Navy SEALS who are tasked with bringing the fire directly to bin Laden. As Zero Dark Thirty shifts into thriller mode for its final act, with cinematographer Greig Fraser switching between standard and night-vision views, it seems like the culmination of a carefully laid plan rather than an abrupt shift in tone. That’s because it is. As she has throughout, Bigelow dispenses with conventional suspense-building tricks (this film is so unlike the lesser Argo in that regard) and instead shows a highly credible version of what very likely happened on that fateful May evening in bin Laden’s fortress compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There’s no emphasis on any single Navy SEAL, or even on bin Laden, who is referred to simply as “the third-floor guy” in the movie moment normally

reserved for high-five antics. There are bullets, blood and violence, but you’ll see more of all of that in Gangster Squad, one of the other movies opening in the last week. Just as with the torture that began the movie, Bigelow and Boal seek not to express an opinion, to push a political line or to exaggerate already momentous events. They simply want to serve history by showing reality, or what passes for it in the shadowy and contradictory worlds of spy “tradecraft” and covert manoeuvres (the film’s title is a military time reference). They grandly succeed, and they also invest Maya with an authenticity not often accorded to dramatic figures. Our final view of her is a silent one, but the truth of what she’s seen and done is all in her eyes. Peter Howell is a syndicated Toronto Star movie critic.

Argo, Les Miserables top films at Golden Globes FOSTER SHAKES UP NIGHT WITH COMING-OUT . . . SORT OF BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Ben Affleck got some vindication and Jodie Foster made a revelation at the Golden Globe Awards. Affleck’s Argo earned him best motion picture drama and director honours at Sunday night’s ceremony. The awards came just a few days after Affleck was surprisingly omitted from the best-director category at the Academy Award nominations. Affleck also stars in the real-life drama as the CIA operative who orchestrated a daring rescue of six American embassy employees during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS These wins seem to Ben Affleck with his shake up the Oscar race, in which Steven Spiel- award for best director berg’s stately, historical for Argo during the 70th epic Lincoln was looking Annual Golden Globe like a juggernaut. Despite seven Golden Globe Awards Sunday. nominations, Lincoln earned just one award: best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’ intense, richly detailed portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as he fought for passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery. Spielberg’s film heads into the Feb. 24 Academy

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Suspicious husband paranoid over nothing Dear Annie: I used to travel a fair overly suspicious. We don’t mean to amount for my job. These trips includ- add to the problem, but sometimes ed lunches and dinners with my co- those who are having affairs accuse the workers, sometimes in groups, some- spouse of the same offense. Tell your times not. At no time did I ever have husband that his continuing accusathe faintest interest in havtions undermine your trust ing an affair. But my husand make you wonder what band thinks otherwise. is really going on. CounselDuring the entire time I ing could help get to the traveled, he constantly acbottom of it. If he is unwillcused me of sleeping with ing, you can choose to turn “somebody.” I never once a deaf ear or get counselgave him a reason to think ing on your own. However, I was cheating. I recognized if his accusations become that this was just his way of more strident or more fredealing with his own insecuquent, this could indicate rities and poor self-image. mental health or medical I have not worked for a issues, and he should see number of years, but on ochis doctor. MITCHELL casion, he stills insinuates Dear Annie: I recently & SUGAR that I had affairs. Instead made a new friend at work. of being supportive of my We have known each other hard work then and now, for three months, and we get he thinks it’s more imporalong great. However, imagtant to keep suggesting that ine my surprise last week I’m always looking for someone else to when she told me she used my first sleep with. How do I get him to stop? name on an online dating site. At first -- Not a Cheater I just thought it was a little weird, but Dear Not: Your husband sounds now I feel really uncomfortable about

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stable feel to it. You are learning to open up to new options of growth. Your challenge for today will be to deal with an unforeseen issue that has to be deal Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 with if you want to maintain the harCELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS mony. DATE: Regina King, 42; Chad Lowe, 45; GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your apJames Nesbitt, 48 proach to life will have a more colourTHOUGHT OF THE DAY: We might ful and joyful meaning to it if you refeel a certain denial in prospering and solve matters pertaining to your social restrict ourselves from enjoying fully image. You feel like you need to clean today’s experiences as past wounds up your deeds from a while ago in ormight not be entirely healed. der to change the way othWe should avoid the tendeners perceive you. cy to act gloomy and sombre CANCER (June 21-July by tapping into our past and 22): Work on your self-definish unresolved business. velopment but try to avoid HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If getting carried away from today is your birthday, the your beliefs and faith. following year will mark an You might think that your ending of your thoughts and quest for life is remotely ideas which you had held invaluable for now. Posifor a while. You understand tive thinking can be hard to that in order to advance in come by now, but it is not your life, you need to close impossible. something before you will LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): be able to open a new door. ASTRO Depending on your partDo not let sensitivity be part DOYNA ner’s share or co-dependenof your daily rationale as cy can manifest as a rude emotions can conflict with awakening to you. You feel the practical side of life. restricted from your partARIES (March 21-April ner’s lack of cooperation 19): Unsolved issues from and acknowledgement of his responyour past might sting for the time besibilities and this creates a distance ing, but you realize that you cannot between you two. run, nor hide from them. Use your VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Today you courage along with a hint of compasmay realize that there are still some sion and understanding to tap into the unhealed wounds between you and a underlying meaning of these issues. loved one. Whatever you had believed TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The until recently relating to your partnercourse of your affectionate life has a

ship may suddenly show a different view of them. At least now, you can make more sense of it all. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you ache and feel somewhat lonely, remember that the power of positive thinking can work wonders on your physical health. Restrictions and obligations can be overcome through prayers and a strong faith in yourself. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): As affectionate and as loving you are feeling these days, today will be like a reminder of a past event. It’s as if you can almost see in your mind’s eye a past romantic affair which you still have not completely healed from. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your family past is your main focus today. You come to the realization that there are certain matters that need to be worked out in order to settle in that domestic harmony. You need a spiritual band-aid for your injuries that you

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KELLER David 1995 - 2013 It is with immense sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of David Keller (nee Hanki) of Red Deer on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the age of 17 years. David was taken from us much too soon. David was born in Prince George, British Columbia and educated in Red Deer; David was in grade 12, his graduating year at HHHS. He was an incredibly gifted young man who loved to read and excelled in many sports including lacrosse, hockey, badminton, and pool and enjoyed the time he spent outdoors, especially at Cluculz Lake. David loved music and was a talented drummer with the Red Deer Royals and on the HHHS drum line. David is survived and missed terribly by his mother; Marianne, sister; Isabelle, brother; Andrew, special aunties Katharyn, and Danielle (Jay), uncles Mark (Andrea) and John, cousins Cash, Leo, Lila, and Cole and grandparents; Patricia and Paul Hanki. David also leaves behind a large extended family, Shamus Keller, Bev and John Perfitt, as well as many more wonderful friends. In memory of David, a Service of Remembrance will take place at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In honor of David, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 5017 - 50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4B2. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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STARK Louise On January 10, 2013, Mrs. Louise Stark of Red Deer, formerly of St. Paul, passed away at the age of 77 years. She is survived by two sons, Wayne and Gary (Glenda) all of Red Deer; two daughters, Beverly (Donald) MacLure of Red Deer and Shirley (John) Shain of Edmonton; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Rogalski of St. Paul; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Steve, in 2009; two daughters, Sharon and Wendy; parents, Julius and Josephine Rogalski; brother, Alfred; three sisters, Evelyn Gosselin, Margaret Drolet and Lillian Hay. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel, St. Paul.† Divine Liturgy and Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Protection of t h e B l e s s e d Vi r g i n M a r y Ukrainian Catholic Church, 5201 - 51 Street, St. Paul. Reverend Father Mark Sych will be the celebrant, with interment in the church cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation c/o 5626 - 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www. gracegardensfuneralchapel.com GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL 5626 - 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677

DE LOPEZ Lucila Rodriguez The Lopez Rodriguez family announces that Lucila Rodriguez de Lopez passed away on January 12, 2013 at the Red Deer Hospital surrounded by the love of her husband, children, sister and family in Nicaragua. Lucila is survived by her husband Bayardo A Lopez; her children Bertha E Lopez Pascuas and Miguel Pascuas, Leyla Ninoska Lopez and Julio Diaz, Ana Lopez and Jorge Irias, Ruth Ivania Lopez and Francisco Espino, and Carlos Lopez; and her grandchildren Julio Bayardo, Braiden Emil, Sergio Enrique,Jorge Saul, Maria Renee and Ivan Javier. The farewell visitation will be held at the Red Deer Seventh-day Adventist Church from Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. until Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. when a Memorial Service will be led by Pastor Ian Hartley. The Interment Service will follow at Alto-Reste Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Red Deer Regional Hospital staff and to all the people that were part of her life. To express condolences to Lucila’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~ 403.783.3122

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BLACK & white 6 mo. old, F. cat in Riverside area. 403-346-1269 or 403-597-4558 LOST: Black iPhone w/red cover. 403-343-8674 LOST: Set of Acura Keys & Fob. Lost at Bo’s Sat Dec. 28, 2012. REWARD if found. Contact 403-392-5977 or 403-342-8112. MINIATURE PINCHER. Often mistaken for a Chihuahua, was wearing a red coat, no collar, brown and tan. Reward. Ken 403-347-7800

Companions

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WIDOWER seeks F. companion 60+. Reply to Box 1030, c/o R. D. Advocate, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9

64

Bingos

RED DEER BINGO Centre 4946-53 Ave. (West of Superstore). Precall 12:00 & 6:00. Check TV Today!!!! Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

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jobs CLASSIFICATIONS 700-920

Caregivers/ Aides

710

GROUP home in Lacombe needs full & part time workers, starting Jan. 1. 2 yr. diploma in rehab/ nursing care. 403-782-7156 357-7465 MATURE, reliable, P/T LIVE-OUT Nanny for Professional Family in Anders w/ 6 yr. old girl and 4 yr. old boy. Transporting children to school /activities; light housekeeping; some meals. Vehicle is a must. Mon., Wed., & Fri. 8 - 5:30. Competitive wages & gas allowance monthly. email ttaylor16@hotmail.com Call 403-348-6433

710

P/T F. caregiver wanted for F quad. Must have own vehicle. 403-348-5456 or 505-7846

Clerical

California, Edmonton, and Millet, they retired and moved to Red Deer to be closer to their kids. Bill was a generous man and loved to serve. He loved his family very much. Bill is survived by his wife Terry; son, Brian (Lana), their kids Daniel, Megan, Gregory and Janet; daughter, Corinne (Terry), their kids, Tyson and Amanda; daughter, Gayle (James), their son, Jaxon. Bill is also s u r v i v e d b y h i s m o t h e r, Lambertje,; brothers, John, Henry, and Peter and sister, Corry. Friends and family are invited to the memorial service to be held at Balmoral Bible Chapel in Red Deer at 1:30 p.m. on January 18th, 2013 Happy graduation day! Bill, dad, grandpa ... we love you. Because you lived, heaven is greater. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shalom Counselling Centre, 5515-27 Ave, Red Deer. T4P 0E5

Announcements

Daily

Classifieds 309-3300

Funeral Directors & Services

“In Your Time of Need.... We Keep it Simple” #3, 4664 Riverside Dr., Red Deer

403.342.1444

Personals

Cadomin, Oklahoma, Lacombe,

720

BOOKKEEPER

RESPONSIBILITIES: - all related payroll duties - GST returns and WCB reporting - monthly financial statements REQUIREMENTS: - high standard of confidentiality req’d - 5 or more yrs. working exp. - strong working knowledge of Simply Accounting - strong computer skills and very proficient with spreadsheets - extremely organized with attention to detail - able to work independently with minimum supervision - able to follow directions and meet deadlines Reply to Box 1029, c/o R. D. Advocate, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9

IMMED. F/T Administrative Assistant, Req’d for busy Lacombe based Business. This position supports the accounting dept. with general accounting duties, as well as general administrative duties. Familiarity with ACCPAC, Simply Accounting, Word & Excel an asset. Fax resume to 403-342-7447

Clerical

720

HERITAGE FAMILY SERVICES is accepting resumes for a FULL-TIME CLERICAL/ COMMUNICATION POSITION in Red Deer, AB. The successful candidate will have solid communication and organizational skills as well as a strong ability to engage others. Minimum requirements are Grade 12 and several years office experience with knowledge of accounting and payroll. Must be proficient in Simply Accounting, Word, Excel & Outlook. Starting wage 20/hr. Benefit package available. Please submit resumes to: Human Resources Heritage Family Services 300 4825 47 St Red Deer AB T4N 1R3 Fax 403-343-9293 Email hr @heritagefamilyservices.com For more information call 403-343-3422 Closing Date: Jan. 19/13 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

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2-5 yrs experience as a HSE Practitioner Valid Driver’s License

Duties required:

Flexible work schedule - possible evening and weekends required Travel throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC. Accident Investigation Reports Field and Facility Audits

This position reports direct to our Corporate HSE Manager! Please visit our website at: www. cathedralenergyservices.com or apply by email to: HRCanada@Cathedral EnergyServices.com Your application will be kept strictly confidential.

Is looking to fill the following position:

FIELD SAFETY OFFICER

The successful applicant will have a NCSO designation and will have: * Actual hands on oilfield construction experience. * Good computer skills. * Extensive travel is required. * Excellent people skills. * H2S Alive and First Aid. * Certified D&A tester, an asset. * Drivers License, with clean Abstract. * Must relocate to Hinton. “NO SAFETY COPS WANTED” We want to build a safety culture, NOT enforce one. Please submit resume to hr@alstaroc.com or fax to 780- 865- 5829 Please quote job # 67950. on your resume.

PRODUCTION TESTING PERSONNEL REQ’D

Anniversary Congratulations to MILTON AND VERNA WILSON for celebrating 67 years of marriage on January 15. ~Love Diane, Danny, Barbara & families

Janitorial

770

CCCSI is hiring sanitation workers for the afternoon and evening shifts. Get paid weekly, $14.22/hr. Call 403-348-8440 or fax 403-348-8463

Legal

780

Legal Assistant

Duhamel Manning Feehan Warrender Glass LLP Requires the services of a Senior/Intermediate Corp/Comm Legal assistant. Cores and PPR accreditation will be an advantage. Please email resume to ssimmons@ altalaw.ca or fax to the attention of Office Manager on 403.343.0891.

Oilfield

800

A RED DEER BASED Pressure Testing Company req’s. Operators for testing BOP’s throughout AB. Only those with Drilling rig exp. need apply. Fax resume & driver’s abstract to: 403-341-6213 or email mikeoapt@gmail.com Only those selected for interview will be contacted. GLOBAL Tubing is opening a service center in Red Deer. We’re currently looking for shop floor personnel with or without experience. Call 403.346.9231 for more information. Fill out an application at: 7754 47th Avenue Close Red Deer, AB T4P 2J9

INSTREAM INTEGRITY INC. is a pipeline integrity company specialising in underground pipeline inspection is currently Dental looking for an indivdual to join our team. Applicant must be at least 21 years F/T REGISTERED of age with a clean driving HYGIENIST req’d for busy Medical record. Also must be willfamily dental practice in Rocky Mtn. House. 4 day F / T M E D I C A L S E C R E - ing to travel. Please submit resume with a drivers TARY/CLERICAL STAFF work week, competitive abstract to admin@ salary, uniform allowance req’d for busy clinic. instreamintegrity.com. & benefit pkg. If you are an Exc. salary w/benefits. enthusiastic team player, The successful candidate must be able to work well HULCO CONTROL you are welcome to join with others. Experience Wanted Electrical/Instruour staff. Please fax mentation . Local oilfield resume to: 403-845-7610 n e c e s s a r y. A p p l y w i t h work - Condor area. resume and ref’s to: Classifieds Fax resume Box 1028, c/o R. D. Your place to SELL 403-729-2507 Advocate, 2950 Bremner Your place to BUY fhulgaard@hulco.ca Ave., Red Deer, T4R 1M9

740

QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

Pacific Valve Services is looking for a F/T VALVE TECHNICIAN / SHOP LABOURER. Driver’s license and abstract must be provided. Please fax resume to (403) 346-8847.

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Caregivers/ Aides

Greidanus. On October 27 , 1961 Bill and Terry were married and over time, they were blessed with three children, Brian, Corinne and Gayle. In the early 70’s, Bill and Terry made personal commitments to follow Jesus and include God in their lives. After various moves to

Anniversaries

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LINDSTROM On Wednesday January 9, 2013, Gustav “Gus” Lindstrom, passed away at the Innisfail Rosefield Center at the age of 86 years. Gus and Klara moved to Canada from Denmark in 1953, making their way across Canada by train, first coming to Lacombe, before finally residing in the Sylvan Lake area† to their farm, and which later became known as the Calida Greyhound Racing Track. While Klara stayed on the farm, farming, Gus provided for his family by doing construction - Lindstrom Construction. In 1981, they started building the oval for the greyhound racing - a family run business. Gus was the man through the week to do the maintenance in and around the track and especially on race day. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Klara; son John (Terry) of Airdrie; daughters Donna (Ron) of Rimbey, and Lisa (Doug) of Sylvan Lake; his grandchildren Steven, Keifer, Christopher (Melissa), Jennifer (Cecil) and Dallen; great grandchildren Aurora, Leia and Logan, as well as his family still in Denmark. Gus was predeceased by his daughter Benta; his parents; one sister and one brother. A Celebration of life for the late Gus Lindstrom will be held from the Chapel of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home on Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made in Gus’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORIUM your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151

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Obituaries

Obituaries

Obituaries

VOGELAAR Willem (Bill) Vogelaar went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at the age of 76. Bill was born in Dordrecht, Holland on March 18th, 1936 to Hendrik and Lambertje. In 1951, the family immigrated to Canada and settled in Edmonton, Alberta. Bill’s interest in cars led him into the automotive business. In 1960 Bill met the love of his life, nursing

WHAT’S HAPPENING

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CLASSIFIEDS Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds

790

Oilfield

800

GREYWOLF ENERGY SERVICES LTD. is now hiring experienced Well Testing Operators, Night Supervisors, and Day Supervisors. We are one of the largest testing companies in North America. We pay top wages, have an excellent benefits package, and an RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) program. Candidates must have H2S, First Aid training, and the ability to pass a pre-employment drug screening. A valid class five driver’s licence with a clean driver’s abstract is an asset. Southern Alberta residents, submit resumes to: Email: jliesemer@ greywolfsystems.ca Fax: 1-866-211-0338 Northern Alberta residents, submit resumes to: Email: mstoddard@ greywolfsystems.ca Fax: 780-539-0946 LOCAL SERVICE CO. REQ’S EXP. VACUUM TRUCK OPERATOR Must have Class 3 licence w/air & all oilfield tickets. Fax resume w/drivers abstract to 403-886-4475 Start your career! See Help Wanted

RETIREMENT & SAVINGS PLAN BENEFITS

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

(Must be able to Provide own work truck)

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

PRODUCTION TESTING SUPERVISORS & OPERATORS Day & Night Must have tickets. Top paid wages. Based out of Devon, AB. Email resume to: kathy@dragonsbreathpt.ca


D2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 Oilfield

800

Oilfield

800

Restaurant/ Hotel

820

Trades

850

Trades

850

850

Trades

Truckers/ Drivers

860

Misc. Help

880

SHUNDA CONSTRUCTION requires

WE are looking for Rig Managers, Drillers, Derrick and Floor hands for the Red Deer area. Please contact Steve Tiffin at stiffin@galleonrigs.com or (403) 358-3350 fax (403) 358-3326

LUCKY’S KITCHEN located in Jackpot Casino req’s a F/T or P/T exp. short order cook. Please drop resumes off at 4950-47 Ave. after 2 pm. to Eric. No phone calls please

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 Professionals Email: tmorris@ bearspawpet.com Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Administrative Mail to: Suite 5309, Assistant LUCKY’S LOUNGE 333-96 Ave. NE Soderquist Appraisals is located in Jackpot Casino, Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 seeking to fill a permanent requires Experienced time position for an F/T Servers. Snow Cat Operators full Administrative Assistant. Please apply in person at Must have tickets and Monday - Thursday 8am to 4950 47 Ave. equipment experience. 4:30pm and Friday No phone calls please 403-348-1521 or 8am-4pm 403-391-1695 POST-TIME LOUNGE is now accepting resumes QUALIFICATIONS: TREELINE for Day and evening shift. Previous Administration WELL SERVICES * Experience Apply w/resume Required Has Opening for all 3731 50 TH AVE. * Previous Real Estate positions! No phone calls please. knowledge is an asset Immediately. All applicants * Knowledge of Microsoft must have current H2S, Office Programs (Word, Class 5 with Q EndorseExcel and Access) is ment, First Aid essential We offer competitive * Proficiency in typing and wages & excellent benedata entry fits. Please include 2 work * Proficient in proof reading reference names and The Tap House Pub & Grill technical reports numbers req’s full and part time * Experience with multi-line Please fax resume to : cooks. Apply with resume phone system 403-264-6725 at 1927 Gaetz Avenue Or email to: between 2-5 pm. tannis@treelinewell.com P l e a s e s u b m i t , i n No phone calls please. confidence:

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VERSATILE ENERGY

Growing Central AB. Prod. Testing Co. is accepting resumes for Exp. Supervisors, Night Operators & Operators. Positions are safety sensitive. A valid Driver’s Licence, H2S and First Aid Tickets are req’d. Successful Applicants will be notified. Please fax resume with current tickets to (403)887-0343 or email: hr@versatileenergy.ca

Sales & Distributors

Gail Bukva 405, 4901 - 48 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 6M4

830

VARSTEEL LTD RED DEER Looking for E-mail: resumes@ Experienced Inside Sales soderquist.ca member. Position is permanent full time MonClosing date: January 26 Fri. Previous experience in Thank you to all that steel / sales required. apply, only those invited Wage commensurate of for an interview will be experience. Please email contacted. resume to chris.ball@ varsteel.ca F/T POSITION REQ’D for small accounting firm. Duty include business Trades administration, bookkeeping, corporate & personal tax prep. 1ST or 2ND year. Exp. & education an asset. ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE We are a busy and Email resume to: Fax resume 403-347-5745 progressive snubbing / reddeerca@gmail.com live well service company AG Parts Person Wanted with an awesome 15 day F/T position in a small on and 6 day off shift town atmosphere Restaurant/ rotation and we are rapidly Looking for someone Hotel expanding. We need positive and motivated to Operator Assistants (entry join our team FT FOOD COUNTER level position) and experiExperience is an asset enced operators. We offer ATTENDANT $11/hr.,avail. wmtn@inbox.com nights and weekends. Call excellent wages, a great Fax# 403-442-3829 Little Caesars Red Deer at benefits package and an Trochu Motors ltd. 403-346-1600 or fax reawesome working 302 Main St. Trochu, AB sume to 403-356-9465 environment with many 403-442-3866 advancement opportuA&W Village Mall, ELECTRICAL - Q2 nities. Class 1 or 3 driver’s 58 6320 50 Ave. Red Deer, Electrical Contractors Ltd license and all oilfield is accepting tickets are preferred, but AB T4N 4C6. 403-346-6100 Needs F/T Food Service applications for Electrical we will train the right Supervisor. Shift work, Apprentices, individuals for our entry must be flexible. Beginner to 4th Year. level positions. THIS IS A $12-$13.50/hr. Please fax resume to LABOUR INTENSIVE Please apply in person or 403-343-7952, or email to POSITION Fax resumes email: ormit@telus.net admin@q2electric.com. to: 403-347-3075, attn- Judy.

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Oilfield

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

Sales & Distributors

Shipper / Receiver

AES INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES LTD. looking for an energetic/ enthusiastic individual for our receiving department. Fax resume to 403-342-0233

830

Red Deers Busiest RV Store

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SALES POSITION

t Rig Managers Learn more at www.eaglerigjobs.com

Uncle Ben’s is now hiring for a full time Sales Position. Experience is preferred but not required. Bene½ts & bonus program offered. If you are a career minded person who wants to thrive in an exciting industry, then please

leave your resume to the attention of Dave or Brad at Reception Desk or: E-mail: dave@unclebensrv.com Fax: 403-346-1055

TO LIST YOUR WEBSITE CALL 403-309-3300

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

BUILDERS

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

* QC INSPECTOR * TECH ILLUSTRATOR * MECH ENGINEER * ELEC. ENGINEER * MACHINIST

For complete job descriptions, please refer to our website at www.sparteksystems.com LOCAL ACID Transport Applicants please forward company looking for exp’d’ resume to: keri.lee@ F/T Class 1 truck driver & sparteksystems.com pressure truck operator. or fax to 403-887-4050 Top wages and exc. Please state which position benefit pkg. you are applying for in your Fax resume and driver’s cover letter. abstract to 403-346-3766 STUCCO Plasterers, & Labourers. Needed RONCO OILFIELD Immed. Exp’d but will train. HAULING Drivers License pref’d. Sylvan Lake based Rig Call 403-588-5306 Movers/Heavy Haulers seeking pilot car driver WELDER needed for and Swampers.Top wages Lacombe shop and and benefits. email: portable work. Not your tom@roncooilfield.ca typical Mon. - Fri. job. fax: 403-887-4892 Benefits after 3 months. Great pay for right individual who is willing to Misc. show up and work hard. Help Serious inquiries only. Please call 403-318-9445 8-4:30 Mon. - Fri. ACADEMIC Express Adult Education Classifieds...costs so little and Training Saves you so much!

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Truckers/ Drivers

860

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APPLIANCE DELIVERY DRIVER Family owned & operated, Trail Appliances continues to grow and due to this, we are looking to expand our delivery department. Trail offers excellent training and a competitive compensation and benefit plan. We are currently looking for an experienced Delivery Driver to work out of our Red Deer Warehouse. The ideal candidate will: * be able to maneuver merchandise in excess of 100 lbs * possess exceptional customer service skills * enjoy working within a diverse team * hold a valid driver’s license and a clear drivers abstract Launch your career with a well known and respected company. Become a part o f t h e s u c c e s s f u l Tr a i l team by applying in person to: Colin Parsons in person at #6 4622 61 Street in the Riverside Industrial District, Red Deer. Security checks will be conducted on successful candidates. Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. BOX 11, SITE 2, RR 1 Red Deer, AB Req’s Truck Drivers for 2013 season (April-Oct) in Red Deer. Duties include driving semi truck w/end dump trailer or super b, and some paperwork. Day/night shift avail. Class 1 license req’d. Will train/exp. an asset. Wage $24.27 hrly, 44 hrs weekly. Email resume debbie.lefeuvre@bg-rd.com CLASS 1 DRIVER Must have super B exp., all oilfield tickets, hauling NGL, & clean abstract. Fax 403-347-2940 Attn: Bill LOOKING for exp’d Class 1 Super B driver, for ice roads, clean drivers abstract. call Dean at 403-588-4345

Winter

Community Support Worker program GED classes evening and days

Spring

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ADULT Carriers Needed For Early morning delivery of the Red Deer Advocate 6 days/wk in GLENDALE area.

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

ROSEDALE/ TIMBERLAND AREA

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

MAINTENANCE FOREMAN

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Accepting applications for local Red Deer work.

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www.reddeerspca.com Many Pets to Choose From

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

REAL ESTATE

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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.

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COMPUTER REPAIR

WEB DESIGN

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Design/hosting/email $65/mo.

We offer competitive wage and benefits packages

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

GREAT WAGES, EXCELLENT BENEFITS,

Northwest Tank Lines seeks an experienced Company Tank Truck Driver We haul Natural Gas Liquids, Molten Sulphur and other dangerous goods. The ideal candidate will be experienced, motivated, and have an uncompromising commitment to safety.

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ADULT & YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED for delivery of Flyers Red Deer Express & Red Deer Life Sunday in GRANDVIEW MORRISROE MOUNTVIEW WEST LAKE WEST PARK Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

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

GRANDVIEW 75 Advocate $393/month $4716/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. per day WESTLAKE 75 Advocate $393/month $4716/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. /day

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. BOX 11, SITE 2, RR 1 Red Deer, AB Req’s Farm labourers for 2013 season (April-Oct) in Red Deer. Duties include sod farming and tree nursery. Tree nursery will involve planting, pruning and digging trees. Will train/exp. an asset. Wage $9.75 hr, 60 hrs weekly. Email resume to steve. richardson@bg-rd.com Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. BOX 11, SITE 2, RR 1 Red Deer, AB Req’s. Landscape Labourers for 2013 season (April-Oct) in Red Deer. Duties include lay sod, plant flowers, grass, shrubs, trees. Will train but exp. an asset. Wage $16.00 hrly, 44 hrs weekly. Email resume to debbie. lefeuvre@bg-rd.com CANYON SKI RESORT Terrain Park - Rentals Instructors - F&B -Lifts/Tube F/T P/T. Send Resume to info@canyonski.ca or Fax 403-347-0009 or in person

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TANK TRUCK DRIVER

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PET ADOPTION

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

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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.

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91 papers $580/monthly.

Journeyman, Apprentices and Foremans

For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in

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

Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308

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

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BALLOON RIDES

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ELECTRICIANS

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Trades

HEALTH & FITNESS

Requires Full Time

Trades

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ASSOCIATIONS

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SHUNDA CONSTRUCTION

CLASS 1 or 3 Drivers needed Please fax or email your driver’s advstract, references and resume to: Mike.castilloux@ lafarge-na.com 403 347 8060(fax)

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Locally based, home every night! Qualified applicants

is a Leduc-based transportation company established in 2000 that APPLY NOW services the oil and gas ind u s t r y. T h e c o n s i s t e n t NOW HIRING company growth has G.M. tech or ASEP. With good communications warranted opportunities for tractor and/or winch tractor skill and work ethics to work with award winning driver positions in the Red Deer area. Attractive G.M. dealership in compensation, RRSP plan Lacombe Alberta. and benefits package highGood hrs & bonus. for light these available production. positions. Transmission and electrical an asset. Primary Training provided . accountabilities: Apply to confidential * Loading and unloading email: oilfield equipment bert.rumsey@telus.net * Proper load securement * ARROW PLUMBING Respect trucks and trailers SERVICES LTD. * Complete and accurate paperwork WANTED EXPERIENCED *Good client communication 1st & 2nd yr. Plumbers * Ability to manage time and tasks Better than competitive Position wages & benefits package. requirements: Ref’s req’d. * First aid Please fax resume to: 403-342-7894 Attn: Brad * H2S alive * WHMIS/TDG or call 403-343-6100 * Class 1 license CLARK BUILDERS * Off road experience Immediately Requires * Strong customer Superintendents for a interaction skills Project in Red Deer, AB. * A positive “Can Do” Must Have 5-10 yrs exp in attitude Commercial Construction. * Pre-employment drug Strong Communication screening and Organizational Skills a Preference will be given to Must. Contact us candidates having a clean at:1-877-416-6815 CDA or Driver’s Abstract email: careers@ (5 year history), GODI and clarkbuilders.com off road and/or experience fax:1-888-403-3051 in this field. We thank all applicants for EXP’D framer req’d. their interest; however only Own vehicle a must. those identified for further 403-350-5103 consideration will be TOO MUCH STUFF? contacted. Let Classifieds Forward resume with references, copy of safety help you sell it. certificate and current First Choice Collision drivers abstract to: humanresources@ Seeking Journeyman or phoenixrentals.ca 2nd /3rd year apprentices. o r b y f a x t o Positions for body, prep and refinishing technicians (780) 980-0740. needed for our car and light truck division. Top wages, bonus programs and benefit package. Fax resumes to (403) 343-2160; e-mail Is accepting applications choice2@telusplanet.net for a or drop off in person @ #5, JOURNEYMAN HEAVY 7493, 49th Avenue DUTY MECHANIC Crescent, Red Deer. based out of the red deer location. Successful GLASS INSTALLER candidate will be required in Sylvan Lake, responsible for the AB. Only experienced maintenance of ready mix need apply. concrete trucks and Salary depending on exp., equipment for our central full benefit package. Alberta operations Must have driver’s license. including Red Deer, Call 403-588-6451 or fax Lacombe, Ponoka and resume to: 403-887-4433. Olds. Knowledge of INDUSTRIAL sandblaster hydraulics and welding Fax resume 403-340-3800 is an asset. We offer competitive wages, excellent benefits and training opportunities. Pre-employment screening is mandatory. Please fax resume to P/T Safety Consultant/ Coordinator. Must have 403-346-6721 or e-mail to cliebrecht@ valid safety tickets, lehighcement.com principles of health and safety and train the trainer Red Deer Windows would be an asset. & Doors LTD Please fax resume to Req’s a F/T Installer. 403-348-8109 or email: Installation exp. is an kayla@furixenergy.com asset. Very competitive QUALIFIED wages. Email resume derry@rdwd.ca or call ELECTRICIANS 403-348-6433 NEEDED

to help implement & maintain safety programs. Fax resume to: 403-343-1248 or email admin@shunda.ca

280668A9-15

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Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking an exp’d LEASE and FLOORHAND

ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED

F/T Safety Officer

E.C.S. Safety Services Ltd. is looking for a Full Time Onsite Occupational Health Tester. Required to work irregular hours and travel onsite with mobile unit. A background in occupational health or EMT would be beneficial. Testing Includes drug and alcohol, audiometric, and mask fit. Send your resume to employment@ecssafety. com or fax 780-793-8468. www.ecssafety.com CUSTOMER SERVICE A locally owned industrial supply company is looking for an energetic person for inside sales. E-mail resume to mark@ aesreddeer.com


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2 BDRM. townhouse/ BOWDEN condo, 5 appls., 2 blocks BARGAIN! from Collicutt Centre. beautiful with lots of perSpruce, Pine, Birch Spilt, Dry. $1225/mo. + utils, inclds. free to 3 bdrm., 2 bath, 869 sq.ft. 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 sonality, also good home kittens 4 mos. condo fees. 403-346-4868 bi-level. Single garage. NEWSPAPER BIRCH or Pine 347-7211 old, call 403-786-8691 Value, 150,000! CARRIERS 3 BDRM Townhouse, 4 bluegrassnursery.com Your price, 118,000! blocks from Glendale School REQUIRED for Call Janet 780-483-2006 Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner at 265 Glendale Blvd., 5 if you have financing. BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Sporting appls + centra-vac, new Goods del. Lyle 403-783-2275 carpets, lino, paint, stove, The Town of Olds fridge, & dishwasher, 1 Ω No collecting! HOCKEY bag Reebok, baths plus toilet and sink in Household Packages come black w/wheels www.garymoe.com laundry room in basement. Appliances $25 403-346-0093 ready for delivery! Heated garage for 1 vehicle & street parking for 2 more. Also APPLS. reconditioned lrg. Avail. to families only, n/s, for the afternoon in selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. Collectors' no pets. Jan. 1st. $1500 has relocated to Town of Penhold! warr. Riverside Appliances Items rent/d.d. Ph: 403-341-4627 FINANCIAL 403-342-1042 Also KITSON CLOSE CLASSIFICATIONS PORTABLE elec. heater MUST sell assorted collecafternoon delivery in newer exec. 3 bdrm. (110v) w/remote, LED dis- tion of elephant & angel Town of 4400-4430 bi-level townhouse 1447 ornaments $50; play (temp/timer) safe for Springbrook sq. ft. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, Phone 403-986-6566 children blinds, lg. balcony, fenced 1 day per wk. $200 403-314-2026 in rear, front/rear parking, Money No collecting!! no dogs, rent $1395 Travel To Loan Please contact Household SD $1000. n/s Packages QUITCY 279139 Avail. immed. Furnishings MORTGAGES AVAIL.on at 403-314-4316 or email 403-304-7576 / 347-7545 TRAVEL ALBERTA all types of real estate inqmacaulay@ 2 OCCASIONAL chairs Alberta offers cluding raw land and Kyte/Kelloway Cres. reddeeradvocate.com very good cond. $50/ea. SOMETHING acreages. Bruised credit Lovely 3 level exec. SUV's 403-343-3013 for everyone. and self employed wel3 bdrm. townhouse Make your travel come. Fast approvals 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, BED ALL NEW, plans now. Ron Lewis 403-819-2436 concrete patio, blinds, Queen Orthopedic, dble. NEWSPAPER front/rear parking, no dogs, pillow top, set, 15 yr. warr. CARRIERS n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 Cost $1300. Sacrifice $325. REQUIRED for Avail. Immed. 302-0582 Free Delivery 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 Afternoon BED: #1 King. extra thick orthopedic pillowtop, brand SOUTHWOOD PARK delivery in new, never used. 15 yr. 3110-47TH Avenue, Bowden & warr. Cost $1995, sacrifice 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, 2002 FORD EXPLORER. AGRICULTURAL Innisfail @ $545. 403-302-0582. generously sized, 1 1/2 7 pass. Eddie Bauer edit. Please contact baths, fenced yards, CLASSIFICATIONS fully loaded, exc. shape, CLASSIFICATIONS LARGE china cabinet, top full bsmts. 403-347-7473, $6800 obo 403-340-2042 QUITCY section glass, lower sec2000-2290 5000-5300 Sorry no pets. at 403-314-4316 or email tion oak w/4 doors and www.greatapartments.ca qmacaulay@ shelving $150, reddeeradvocate.com 403-986-6566 Riverfront Estates Trucks Deluxe 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, Q U E E N S I Z E b e d , w / Horses Service Writer/ bi-level townhouse, 5 appls, Cars pillowtop, “Natura”, asking Ass’t Manager blinds, large balcony, $200, 403-347-7858 Busy Central AB. lube WANTED: all types of no pets, n/s, $1195 shop now hiring, with room horses. Processing locally SOLID oak gossip bench or $1220 along the river. for advancement. Individu- w/glass door book storage in Lacombe weekly. SD $1000. avail. al should have parts and or 403-651-5912 $175; 5 metal frame Jan. 2 automotive maintenance stacking chairs 403-304-7576 347-7545 knowledge. Experience $25 403-314-2026 Pasture/Land with lubesoft an asset. Willing to train the right WANTED Manufactured Wanted 2010 GMC 3500 HD 4X4, individual. Please forward Antiques, furniture and Homes 2007 FORD Crown Victoria sunroof, htd. lthr., long resumes to estates. 342-2514 WANTED box, 118393 kms, $34888, LX 77584 kms, $10,888 wchurch77@gmail.com - PASTURE LAND TO 348-8788, Sport & Import Newly Reno’d Mobile 348-8788 Sport &Import RENT OR LEASE. Misc. for Required for 2 Load Pastures FREE Shaw Cable + more Career Sale $899/month to 1000 Head Pastures. Area: Manufactured Sharon 403-340-0225 Planning Alberta & Saskatchewan. 10-12 HOUSE plants Homes Term: May to September, RED DEER WORKS $10-$40, 403-342-4572 2013. Please contact Ed Build A Resume That 403-546-2278 Ext 3. 60 PEACOCK FEATHERS Suites Works! $1.50 each APPLY ONLINE 7 Company’s Coming 2 BDRM. with balcony, no www.lokken.com/rdw.html Cookbooks, $3 each. kids/pets, $725.00 rent/s.d, Call: 403-348-8561 5 Books - Chicken Soup call 403-227-1844. Email inford@lokken.com for the Soul, $3 each. Career Programs are 4 Cup Electric Coffee Pot, $3. A Great Location with Laminate Flooring, new carpet, newly painted Large Glass Bowl FREE Adult Bldg. 1 bdrm. unit. w/12 large artificial for all Albertans Heat/Water/parking incl’d CLASSIFICATIONS Call 403-342-2899 vegetables, $20; large spider plant $6 FOR RENT • 3000-3200 Call 403-346-2231 2 bdrm. $825, WANTED • 3250-3390 GLENDALE D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, ELECTRIC CAR, CHILD’S Only with Intro no partiers, avail immed. $100. obo 403-341-3668 1-403-200-8175 FUR and porcupine quills Houses/ $ HAWKWOOD MANOR /month lot Rent incl. Cable b a s k e t 3 ” h i g h , x Duplexes Beautifully reno’d apt. close 16`diameter asking $150, to downtown!†2 bdrms, 1 bath, 403-347-7405 CLASSIFICATIONS 3 BDRM. house in West 2 appls, coin-op laundry Park $1100./mo., ref’s WALL unit 8’ x 6’h w/center 1500-1990 $1050/mo. + electricity, www.lansdowne.ca 279426C30 req’d, utils not incl. avail. cubical, closed door $60; SD $1050. Sorry no pets & Feb. 1, 403-877-3323 Wall unit 5’ x 46”h x 16” n/s. Available NOW. Call deep, 6 divisions $60; Hearthstone 403-314-0099 Celebrate your life Auctions Cabinet w/sliding doors on Nicole 403-318-4225 with a Classified castors 26” x 15” x 22” ANNOUNCEMENT LARGE, 1, 2 & 3 BDRM. $35; 2 boxes wildlife adBud Haynes & SUITES. 25+, adults only venture books (10 in box) n/s, no pets 403-346-7111 $10/ea; tall wooden plant Co. Auctioneers BLACKFALDS Certified Appraisers 1966 stand $20; stacking stool, Avail now, 2 bdrm, 1 bath p a d d e d s e a t house, 2 appl, large yard, ONE bdrm. ADULT only Estates, Antiques, apt. across from hospital, $5 403-314-2026 Firearms. $1,100 + util, $1,050 SD, $750/mo.,avail. no pets Bay 5, 7429-49 Ave. N/S, small dog ok fee, PM avail. Feb. 1 403-877-3323. 347-5855 562 ~ 5207 Wilson St ~ Pets & Sim Mgmt & Realty PET FRIENDLY Supplies 403-340-0065 ext 412 ~ TRI-PLEX ON 59TH AVE www.simproperties.ca Clothing 2 Bdrms, 1.5 bath w/5 appls. 20 GAL. fish tank, 50 fancy guppy fish, filter, heater, HOUSE IN DESIRABLE $1225/mo + utils, SD $1225. Small pre approved pets NATIVE CRAFT food, cleaning supplies, MOUNTVIEW! MOCCASINS. stand, no reasonable offer 3 bdrms, 2 bath w/5 appls, welcome! Sorry no smoking. Available Feb 1st. Call Embroidered flowers refused 403-342-4614 Finished bsmt & fenced Hearthstone 403-314-0099 with fur trim. 11” tall. backyard. $1595/mo + utils, LOST: MINIATURE PINCHER. Nicole 403-318-4225 Size 7/8. $95. Like new SD 1595. Sorry no pets & Often mistaken for a condition. 403-346-5423 QUIET LOCATION Chihuahua, was wearing a n/s. Available Feb 1st. Call THOUSAND $$$ worth of red coat, no collar, brown Hearthstone 403-314-0099 1 & 2 bdrm. adult bldg. Lucie 403-396-9554 brand new clothing size 4, Heat/water/parking incl. and tan. Reward. sell for $200, call Call 403-342-2899 Ken 403-347-7800 MAIN FLOOR ON 403-343-1540 SUITES FOR RENT FREEMONT CLOSE! THREE HILLS 3 bdrms, 1 bath w/3 appls, Affordable housing for low EquipmentCats /month shared laundry. Incl. utils & income, single adults of Heavy Garage! $1395/mo. SD any age, F/S, water/sewer SIAMESE $1395. Adult Only suite, included. $400/mo, $400 TRAILERS for sale or rent ALSO BELINESE Sorry no pets & n/s. DD.Further information & Job site, office, well site or (3) KITTENS FOR SALE Available NOW. Call applications available at www.lansdowne.ca storage. Skidded or $60 each obo. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 www.studiosalberta.com or wheeled. Call 347-7721. 403-887-3649 Lucie 403-396-9554 by calling 1-888-963-5698

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

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

Isbister Close Issard Close LANCASTER AREA Lancaster Drive Lindsay Ave. Lagrange Crsc SUNNYBROOK AREA Scott St./Somerset Close. Sunnyside Crsc. VANIER AREA Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 314-4300 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 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

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.

HERITAGE LANES BOWLING

Requires F/T mature career oriented help. Must be avail. eves and wknds. Please send resume to: htglanes@telus.net or apply in person Join The Fastest Growing Mobile Tire Service Company!! 6+ Full-Time Labourers Req’d Immed. For Fast Paced, Progressive Assembly Line Operations. Carpentry,Wood-Working, & Electrical Skills Would Be An Asset. 2 Full-Time Administrative Assistants Req’d Immed. For Fast Paced Office Operations. Experience Would Be An Asset. Please Reply With Your Resume To: tamara@gotire.com Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

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2009 F350 King Ranch diesel 4x4 Nav $33888 Sport & Import 348 8788

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Employment Training

900

Mobile Lot

FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, Poplar. Can deliver 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227

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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

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5 BDRM. house 3 baths, dbl. att. garage, immed. possession 403-588-6363

This is a career position. Salary based on experience and ability Company benefits Top industrial wage for right person

E-mail bill@unclebensrv.com Fax: (403) 346-1055 or drop off resume, Attn Bill/Service

4000-4190

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Acreages

4050

4090

Manufactured Homes

is expanding its facility to double production.

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

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

Lots For Sale

- Concrete Finishers - Carpenters/Woodworkers 279425A2-31

5100

2003 27’ WINNEBAGO Class A motorhome low mileage, 1 slide, new tires, asking $58,900.obo for more info call 403-783-2460

Auto Wreckers

5190

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

Vehicles Wanted To Buy

5200

50 BUCKS CASH for complete scrap vehicles 403-302-1848 A1 RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. AMVIC approved. 403-396-7519 REMOVAL of unwanted cars, may pay cash for complete cars. 304-7585 WANTED FREE REMOVAL of unwanted cars and trucks, also wanted to buy lead batteries, call 403-396-8629

classifieds@reddeeradvocate.com

1010

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

Contractors

1100

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

Educational

1140

TERRIFIED OF PUBLIC SPEAKING? Want to be a more effective communicator or enhance & build your Leadership skills? Gain CONFIDENCE & Find Your Voice - Take the Christopher Leadership Course starting January 21, 2013. Phone: 403-342-7646 or Website: www.clcreddeer.com

FULLY SERVICED res & duplex lots in Lacombe. Builders terms or owner Escorts will J.V. with investors or subtrades who wish to become EDEN home builders. Great returns. Call 403-588-8820 587-877-7399 10am-midnight SYLVAN LAKE - Pie lot, Well priced. Good location. 403-896-3553

Motorhomes

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300

1165

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

4160

2010 TOYOTA Sienna CE 7pass., rear air, $16888 348-8788 Sport & Import

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SIDING, Soffit, Fascia preferring non- combustible fibre cement, canexel & smart board, Call Dean @ 403-302-9210.

7 ACRES $353,000. 20 min. to Red Deer 403-227-5132

5070

Vans Buses

CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430

FREE Weekly list of BRIAN’S DRYWALL properties for sale w/details, Framing, drywall, taping, prices, address, owner’s textured & t-bar ceilings, phone #, etc. 342-7355 36 yrs exp. Ref’s. 392-1980 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer www.homesreddeer.com COUNTERTOPS Wes Wiebe 403-302-1648

880

1997 CHEV 1/2 ton. 2 whl. dr. Nice, lots of extras. Sitting in storage. Must sell. $3500 obo. 587-877-3744 1992 DODGE crew cab V8, auto, great cond. 403-318-3040 1991 FORD Ranger E/C. V6, 5 spd., not bad shape, $1250, 403-304-5035

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2005 COLORADO ext cab LS red, trailer hitch & sprayed in boxliner, mech. in great shape, tuned up, 168,000 kms. $7850, 403-347-6889 lve msg

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EROTICAS PLAYMATES Girls of all ages 598-3049 www.eroticasplaymates.net

Escorts

1165

PRETTY & PLAYFUL 403-848-2300

Handyman Services

1200

BUSY B’S HANDYMAN SERVICES LTD. Res/Comm.Reno’s, repair and more. Give us a buzz @ 403-598-3857 Free quotes. WCB, insured. TIRED of waiting? Call Renovation Rick, Jack of all trades. Handier than 9 men. 587-876-4396 or 587-272-1999

Massage Therapy

1280

* NEW * Executive Touch. Relaxation massage for men. 5003A - Ross St. Mon - Fri 9 am -6 pm & Sat. 10am - 3 pm 348-5650 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

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Misc. Services

1290

5* JUNK REMOVAL

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

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

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1310

PAINTING BY DAVE Interior, Exterior, New Construction. Comm/Indust. 2 Journeyman w/over 50 yrs exp. %15 discount for seniors. Free estimates. All work guaranteed. 403-307-4798

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ATT’N: SENIORS Are you looking for help on small jobs, around the house such as roof snow removal, bathroom fixtures, painting or flooring Call James 403- 341-0617 HELPING HANDS For Seniors. Cleaning, cooking, companionship in home or in facility. Call 403-346-7777 Better For Cheaper with a Low Price Guarantee. helpinghandshomesupport.com


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Obama chides gun lobby for ‘ginning up fear’ BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama chided the gun lobby on Monday for “ginning up fear” about gun control, suggesting groups like the National Rifle Association are financially motivated to spur Americans into buying more firearms following mass shootings. “Those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that the federal government is about to take all your guns away,” Obama told a news conference at the White House. “There’s probably an economic aspect to that. It’s obviously good for business.” He added: “Part of the challenge we confront is that even the slightest hint of some sensible, responsible legislation in this area fans this notion that somehow, here it comes, everybody’s guns are going to be taken away.” Obama’s comments were a decided jab at the NRA, the powerful lobby group that has long insisted it merely advocates for the Second Amendment rights of average American citizens. But in recent years there have been increasing allegations that the NRA receives major funding from gun manufacturers. The Violence Policy Center, a gun control advocacy group, has estimated that since 2005, gun manufacturers have contributed up to U$38.9 million to the NRA. The NRA doesn’t disclose donor information although it spends millions on federal elections. Gun control has been in the spotlight in the U.S. capital ever since the horrific mass shooting at a

small-town Connecticut elementary school last month by a troubled young man toting his wellheeled mother’s high-powered assault rifle. Twenty-seven people died in the carnage, including the perpetrator; 20 of the victims were just six and seven years old. Polls suggest the majority of Americans now support beefed-up gun control in the dreadful aftermath of the Connecticut shooting. In a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday, more than half of all respondents — 52 per cent — said the carnage in Newtown, Conn., has made them more supportive of gun control. Only five per cent of those surveyed said they’re now less likely to back tougher gun control laws. Fifty-eight per cent also said they back a ban on assault weapons. Almost 70 per cent of Republican respondents told pollsters they support background checks on anyone buying a firearm. Amid this dramatic turnaround in public opinion, Obama enlisted Joe Biden to head a task force to come up with proposals to combat gun violence. The vice-president met last week with gun control advocates, the NRA and victims of gun violence, among other stakeholders; his gun control proposals are scheduled to be on the president’s desk on Tuesday. Biden has also been speaking regularly to the families of the Connecticut victims in conversations that often stretch on for more than 45 minutes, the White House said Monday. Obama told the news conference he’d have specifics on the administration’s gun control intentions by the end of the week. And while Obama insisted he’d push strong for stronger gun control laws in the weeks to come, including by way of executive order,

he also assured those Americans who treasure their firearms that they have nothing to fear. “Those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners — they don’t have anything to worry about,” he said. Gun control is a uniquely American debate with an estimated 300 million guns in the U.S. and at least one firearm in about 45 per cent of the nation’s households. Americans have a historic affection for firearms stemming from a long-held distrust of government. Early settlers were pioneers and revolutionary rebels, and guns are therefore considered central to the American identity, particularly in the south and the West. But gun control advocates insist that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing the “well-regulated” right to bear arms, has been distorted by gun enthusiasts to a degree never intended by the country’s Founding Fathers. Obama said Monday he wanted stronger background checks on those buying guns, limits on the availability of high-capacity ammunition magazines and some restrictions on assault weapons — all relatively modest proposals. But he’s facing the daunting roadblock that is the U.S. Congress, in particular the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Even in the Democratic-controlled Senate, there are trouble spots — a slate of Democratic senators in traditionally Republican states are up for re-election in 2014, and there’s no guarantee they’ll vote in favour of tougher gun control laws with the powerful, deep-pocketed NRA lurking in the shadows.

Mali Islamists gain ground, threaten to avenge airstikes BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A public transport minibus is stopped by Malian soldiers at a checkpoint at the entrance to Markala, approximately 40 km outside Segou on the road to Diabaly, in central Mali, Monday. Despite intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist insurgents grabbed more territory in Mali on Monday and got much closer to the capital, French and Malian authorities said. In the latest setback, the al-Qaida-linked extremists overran the garrison village of Diabaly. They appear to have now done a flanking move, opening a second front in the broad southern section of the country, knifing in from the west on government forces. In response to the insurgent advances, Mauritania, which lies to the northwest of Mali, put its military on high alert. To the south, the nation of Burkina Faso sent military reinforcements to its border and set up roadblocks. Even Algeria, which had earlier argued against a military intervention, was helping France by opening its air space to French Rafale jets. Many of Mali’s neighbours, who had been pushing for a military intervention to flush out the jihadists, had argued that airstrikes by sophisticated Western aircraft would be no match for the mixture of rebel groups occupy-

Thousands rally in Pakistan capital against government THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Thousands of Pakistanis fed up with political leaders they say are corrupt and indifferent rallied in the Pakistani capital Tuesday, as the cleric who organized the rally called for the government to resign. The dramatic entry into Pakistani politics of Tahir-ul-Qadri, a preacher who until recently lived in Canada, has sparked concern from some that he is seeking to derail elections at the behest of the powerful army. Polls are expected this spring. Qadri has denied that and insisted his vague demands for election reform are simply meant to root out corruption in the political system. He

pledged several weeks ago to lead a “millionman march” on Islamabad on Monday to press his demands. Early in the morning after Qadri finished his speech railing against the government, some of the marchers pushed aside the shipping containers that had been placed on the street to block their access to the city centre and government buildings in a protected enclave. Some of the marchers then walked toward the enclave where another row of shipping containers and a heavy police presence protected the government buildings. There were no clashes with security authorities, and the marchers appeared to stop there. During a 40-minute speech in the early morning hours, Qadri told his

supporters that the government’s mandate was finished. “Tonight your mandate is finished ... I give you time until tomorrow to dissolve national and all four provincial assemblies otherwise the nation will dissolve them on their own,” he said, speaking behind bulletproof glass. Qadri also asked his supporters to take the security of the capital in their hand and guard and protect each of the buildings of Islamabad. The cleric took an oath in front of the crowd that they all will remain peaceful but stay in Islamabad until the revolution is completed. “They are no more rulers but former rulers. Don’t follow their orders! I have come here to get you out of their slavery,” he said.

ing northern Mali. Leaders of ECOWAS, the regional body representing the 15 nations in western Africa, stressed that the north of Mali is mostly desert, and that it would be easy to pick off the convoys of rebel vehicles from the air since there is almost no ground cover. Monday’s surprise assault and the downing of a French combat helicopter by rebel fire last week have given many pause. Just hours before Diabaly fell, a commander at the military post in Niono, the town immediately to the south, laughed on the phone, and confidently asserted that the Islamists would never take it. By afternoon, the commander, who could not be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly, sounded almost desperate. “We feel

truly threatened,” he said. He said the rebels approached Diabaly from the east, infiltrating the ricegrowing region of Alatona, which until recently was the site of a large, U.S.funded Millennium Challenge Corporation project. French aircraft bombed a rebel convoy 25 miles (40 kilometres)) from Diabaly late Sunday, the commander said. “This morning we woke up and realized that the enemy was still there. They cut off the road to Diabaly. We are truly surprised — astonished,” he said. It was unclear what happened to the Malian troops based at the military camp in Diabaly. The commander said that he had not been able to reach any of the officers at the base, raising fears they were massacred.

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BAMAKO, Mali — Despite a punishing bombardment by French warplanes, al-Qaida-linked insurgents grabbed more territory in Mali on Monday, seizing a strategic military camp that brought them far closer to the government’s seat of power. Declaring France had “opened the gates of hell” with its assault, the rebels threatened retribution. “France ... has fallen into a trap much more dangerous than Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia,” said Omar Ould Hamaha, a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, one of the rebel groups controlling the north, speaking on radio Europe 1. French fighter jets have been pummeling the insurgents’ desert stronghold in the north since Friday, determined to shatter the Islamist domination of a region many fear could become a launch pad for terrorist attacks on the West and a base for co-ordination with al-Qaida in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. The Islamist fighters responded with a counter-offensive Monday, overrunning the garrison town of Diabaly, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) north of Segou, the administrative capital of central Mali, said French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The French Embassy in Bamako immediately ordered the evacuation of the roughly 60 French nationals in the Segou region, said a French citizen who insisted on anonymity out of fear for her safety. France expanded its aerial bombing campaign, launching airstrikes for the first time in central Mali to combat the new threat. But the intense assault, including raids by gunship helicopters and Mirage fighter jets, failed to halt the advance of the rebels, who were only 250 miles (400 kilometres) from the capital, Bamako, in the far south. The rebels “took Diabaly after fierce fighting and resistance from the Malian army, that couldn’t hold them back,” said Le Drian, the French defence minister. Mali’s military is in disarray and has let many towns fall with barely a shot fired since the insurgency in the West African nation began almost a year ago. While the al-Qaida-linked extremists control the north, they had been blocked in the narrow central part of the landlocked nation.


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Mubarak’s new trial could provide answers MAY PROVIDE ANSWER TO WHO ORDERED DEADLY CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS

EGYPT BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO, Egypt — Hosni Mubarak’s new trial may resolve key questions unanswered in his first one: Who ordered the crackdown that left some 900 protesters dead and who pulled the trigger? But the answers could complicate the new president’s efforts to stabilize Egypt and deal with its economic woes since they might bring pressure to go after still powerful figures in the security forces. Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib elAdly were sentenced to life in prison in June for failing to prevent the killings during the 18-day revolution in 2011 that toppled the leader’s 29-year regime. Standing trial with them were six police generals, five who faced the same charges, while the sixth was accused of gross negligence. All six were acquitted. The ruling raised widespread public anger over what was seen as a shoddy prosecution case. Many believed Mubarak should have been convicted for directly ordering the lethal crackdown. The presiding judge of that first trial said the prosecution’s case lacked concrete evidence and failed to prove the protesters were killed by the police, indirectly giving credence to the testimony of top Mubarak-era officials that “foreigners” were behind the slayings between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 2011. Nearly 100 police officers have been brought to trial in a string of cases over the nearly two years since Mubarak’s Feb. 11, 2011, ouster. All were acquitted or received suspended sentences on charges of killing and wounding protesters, a trend that has angered those behind the uprising who say authoritarian rule cannot truly be ended without dismantling what is left of the Mubarak regime, particularly in the large police force and pervasive security agencies. On Sunday, Egypt’s main appeals court overturned the life sentences against Mubarak and el-Adly and ordered a new trial for the two. It also granted the prosecution’s request to overturn the acquittals of

Mubarak, his two sons and an associate of the former president, Hussein Salem, on corruption charges. Salem was tried in absentia and remains at large. Six police generals who were found not guilty also will be tried again. No date has been set for the new trial and no word on whether they would be all be tried together or separately. Mubarak’s supporters cheered the decision, which came in response to an appeal by the former leader’s lawyers. But the outcome of the new trial could bring a new setback for the 84-year-old ousted leader. If convicted again, the life sentence passed against Mubarak and el-Adly would be upheld. They could also have their sentence reduced or even be acquitted. This time, the case could be boosted by new evidence contained in a confidential report by a factfinding mission appointed by Mubarak’s successor, Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Ahmed Ragheb, a prominent rights lawyers and a member of the fact-finding mission, said the report has established the use of deadly firearms by the police against the protesters. That finding, if substantiated in the proceedings, would bring responsibility for the crackdown closer to Mubarak and el-Adly. The report has also found that Mubarak, contrary to what his defence lawyers have said all along, was fully aware of the extent of the uprising and how security forces dealt with it though a live television feed into his palace. “This will be a totally new and unrestricted trial in which any new evidence or witness testimony will be admitted, including the report by the fact-finding mission,” Ragheb told The Associated Press. While Mubarak and el-Adly are not likely to draw a heavier sentence, like the death penalty, the retrial could lead to the conviction of the six generals, whose acquittal was a surprise given the key positions they held at the time of the uprising. The six include the commander of the riot police, the security chiefs of Cairo and its twin province of Giza, the head of general security and the director of the feared state security agency.

Protesters calling for Mubarak’s ouster clashed with security forces in the early days of the uprising, with police using tear gas, water cannons and clubs to try to disperse the crowds, which swelled to hundreds of thousands in Cairo and cities across the nation of some 85 million people. The worst day of violence was on Jan. 28, with hours of deadly clashes with police. Video footages from that day showed police trucks running over demonstrators and policemen using what look like firearms against the unarmed protesters. By the end of the fighting, police were broken and withdrew from the streets for most of the rest of the uprising — and they have only partially returned. The days that followed saw violence whose source was murkier — though protesters blame security forces or Mubarak supporters. Snipers shot protesters from rooftops or rained rocks and firebombs on them. Men armed with swords and whips and on the back of camels and horses waded into the crowds at Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising. There were also attacks on police stations and jails, freeing thousands of convicts who fueled a dramatic surge in violent crime across Egypt. But revealing the truth could also bring troubles for Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood. It could increase pressure on him to go after suspects in the security agencies, whose goodwill he now needs to cement his government’s shaky hold. Some in the Interior Ministry, which runs the police, have already seemed the resist the rule of the Brotherhood, which is the backbone of Morsi’s presidency. During Mubarak’s rule, the Brotherhood was the regime’s top nemesis and security agencies frequently targeted it in crackdowns. Recently, Brotherhood officials have criticized police for failing to protect offices of the group that were attacked by protesters during unrest in November and December over the new constitution. The criticism may have been one reason behind the replacement of the interior minister in a Cabinet reshuffle this month. But moving to prosecute police officers could bring a backlash from security officials Morsi needs right now.

Texas does not have right to leave U.S. says White House BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EL PASO, Texas — Bad news for thousands of people who wanted to see Texas secede: The state is still in the U.S. The White House has responded to a petition asking that Texas be allowed to break away from the country, saying the Founding Fathers who created the nation “did not provide a right to walk away from it.” More than 125,000 people signed the petition, which was created a few days after President Barack Obama won reelection. The White House has promised to respond to any petition that gets more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

Jon Carson, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, issued a response quoting Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address and a Supreme Court opinion after the Civil War. It said America was created as a “perpetual union,” but one that allows people with different beliefs to debate the issues. “Democracy can be noisy and controversial,” Carson said. “Free and open debate is what makes this country work ... “But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don’t let that debate tear us apart.” The petition was created Micah Hurd, a Texas National Guardsman and an engineering student at the University of Texas in Arlington.

Beijing smog putting more pressure on government environment. “Given the public’s ability to spread this information, especially on social media, the government itself has to make adjustments.” Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country’s rapid pace of industrialization, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in vehicle ownership and disregard for environmental laws, with development often taking priority over health. The pollution typically gets worse in the winter because of an increase in coal burning. “The pollution has affected large areas, lasted for a long time and is of great density. This is rare for Beijing in recent years,” said Zhang Dawei, director of Beijing’s environment monitoring centre.

December, a regiment commander at the Texas National Guard sent an email to his subordinates, including Hurd, saying “any mention of secession better happen on a civilian venue.” “It’s only talk, and rather ignorant talk at that,” the commander wrote. “If you’ve already done something to call attention to yourself or our regiment in this matter, make it go away.” But a few days later, a National Guard spokeswoman said Hurd had done nothing wrong and that “the email asking him not to talk about it” shouldn’t have been sent. A telephone listing for Hurd couldn’t be found His father, who has spoken on behalf of his son in the past, didn’t immediately return a phone message.

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BEIJING — One of Beijing’s worst rounds of air pollution kept schoolchildren indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals Monday, but this time something was different about the murky haze: the government’s transparency in talking about it. While welcomed by residents and environmentalists, Beijing’s new openness about smog also put more pressure on the government to address underlying causes, including a lag in efforts to expand Western-style emissions limits to all of the vehicles in Beijing’s notoriously thick traffic. “Really awful. Extremely awful,” Beijing office worker Cindy Lu said of the haze as she walked along a downtown sidewalk. But she added: “Now that we have better information, we know how bad things really are and can protect ourselves and decide whether we want to go out.” “Before, you just saw the air was bad but didn’t know how bad it really was,” she said. Even state-run media gave the smog remarkably critical and prominent play. “More suffocating than the haze is the weakness in response,” read the headline of a front-page commentary by the Communist Party-run China Youth Daily. Government officials — who have played down past periods of heavy smog — held news conferences and posted messages on microblogs discussing the pollution. The wave of pollution peaked Saturday with off-the-charts levels that shrouded Beijing’s skyscrapers in thick grey haze. Expected to last through Tuesday, it was the severest smog since the government began releasing figures on PM2.5

particles — among the worst pollutants — early last year in response to a public outcry. A growing Chinese middle class has become increasingly vocal about the quality of the environment, and the public demands for more air quality information were prompted in part by a Twitter feed from the U.S. Embassy that gave hourly PM2.5 readings from the building’s roof. The Chinese government now issues hourly air quality updates online for more than 70 cities. “I think there’s been a very big change,” prominent Beijing environmental campaigner Ma Jun said, adding that the government knows it no longer has a monopoly on information about the

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He couldn’t be reached for comment Monday. In asking that Texas be allowed to leave the country, the petition cited the “economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending.” It argued that given the size of Texas’ economy and because the state has a balanced budget, it would be “practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union.” The petition also said the federal government didn’t share the same values held by the Founding Fathers. But Carson argued that the writers of the U.S. Constitution addressed the need for policy change through elections, not secession. The petition’s success brought overnight fame for Hurd, though briefly got him in trouble. In

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