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Year-long celebrations set for Red Deer City’s slate of centennial events well underway for 2013 BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express

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t’s a year to celebrate as the City marks its centennial, and event organizers promise that 2013 holds a range of ways to mark the occasion. The Centennial Steering Committee (CSC) was established in the fall of 2010. The goal of the committee is to oversee the development of projects and events that will establish a sense of civic pride in Red Deer through commemorating the past, celebrating the present and that will also be instrumental in creating a vision for the future, officials say. Celebrations capped off by fireworks on New Year’s Eve at Bower Ponds marked the start of centennial celebrations, said Leslee Burton, the Committee’s events chair person. “I couldn’t believe how many people showed up,” she said, adding that between 6,000 and 8,000 people dropped by to check out the event. It was also a superb means of letting folks know that 2013 will indeed mark a year of commemorative and celebratory events in Red Deer. “We want people to experience that pride in Red Deer. One of the biggest things around the community is the participation – people really interacting. We also want people to recognize what they have contributed - whether it be individually, within their workplaces, or within their community groups. “We also want them to think about what their investments are in the future of this community – how are we going to make it that much more significant?” As Burton points out, these kinds of thoughts tie in nicely with the Centennial Committee’s theme of ‘Create, Celebrate, Commemorate.’

Meanwhile there is plenty to look forward to including a Centennial Cake Competition on Feb. 24 at Parkland Mall. Chefs and bakers are encouraged to prepare a Centennial Cake, which will be displayed in the mall and voted on by the public.

“WE WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO WALK AWAY WITH A GREATER KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR COMMUNITY.” SHEILA BANNERMAN In May, Tree House Youth Theatre will be presenting some special centennial performances as well. On June 15, centennial organizers are teaming up with the Girl Guides of Canada for a community campfire. One of the year’s biggest events – the Homecoming Festival - is slated for June 29-30. Highlights include a pancake breakfast, a Centennial Grove dedication, an evening barbecue with entertainment from local band St. James’ Gate and an outdoor movie. The weekend wraps with the ‘River of Light’ event which launches from Fort Normandeau at 10:30 p.m. A state-of-the-art light show, the River of Light features giant canola oil barrels lit up on the inside and configured in various arrangements to float down the river all the way to Three Mile Bend. “It will be like a floating light parade.” July 1 of course marks the annual Heritage Day at Bower Ponds. “There will really be no reason for anyone to leave Red Deer because it’s going to be so much fun.” A ‘barn’ or street dance runs July 16 followed by the Westerner Days parade

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on July 17. Things continue right on into the autumn, with an old-fashioned fall fair at Fort Normandeau on Sept. 21. Rounding out the year, a Fire and Ice Centennial Closing Ceremony and Lantern Parade runs at City Hall Park on Dec. 12. “At different events we do throughout the year, we will be creating lanterns,” said Burton. On Dec. 12, people are encouraged to bring all of these lanterns to City Hall Park to essentially light up the night. Organizers have also pointed out that the goal is to encourage those planning special and regular events throughout the year to shape them with the centennial theme in mind. “We’re really trying to work with all the generations and hit home with them that this is an important part of our history – this 100th year milestone.” There are also opportunities for volunteers to get involved. For more information or to learn how to become more involved with the celebrations, or to see a complete list of events, check out www.reddeer2013.ca. Ultimately, organizers say this year is about appreciating the past and those who worked to build the City as well as continuing to build on that community pride as residents look beyond the 100-year mark. “We would like people to walk away with a greater knowledge of their community. Hopefully there will also be an increased involvement with some of the local organizations or activities that they may not have been aware of as well,” said Sheila Bannerman, chair of the steering committee and coordinator of the centennial celebrations. “Outside of a lot of fun and learning about the

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Red Deer City Councillor Cindy Jefferies has announced she will run for mayor in the municipal election this fall. “I’m very excited and it feels really good to finally say it,” she said. “I have been seriously thinking about running for mayor since September but I was having discussions with my husband, kids and family since last summer.” She added she has already spent time in the community to gauge support. “It’s gone amazingly well and the response I’ve received from the community has been positive. I’ve been busy over the past several months talking to Red Deerians about our City, its future and its leadership. I am encouraged and humbled by the overwhelming support I have received,” she said. Jefferies was first elected to council in 2004. She also served on the Red Deer Public School Board for nine years, six of those as chair. “I think one of the strengths I bring is my experience on council. I think that is significant and important for the role of mayor. I have a clear understanding that council needs to work together and also represent the diverse opinions in the community.” She added she feels it is important to participate in

the community and to help it become its very best. “Our relationships with our neighbours in Central Alberta, and the provincial and federal governments are critical. By working together we can create opportunities which attract investment and tourism and improve our community’s future,” said Jefferies. “My hope for our City is for it to be an exceptional place for businesses of all sizes, and a wonderful place to live for those who call Red Deer home. “It’s important for us to understand our community priorities and values, it will help us collectively decide where to invest our time, effort and money to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here. We’ll know which projects to do and then do them in the best order. “As I begin this journey, and Red Deer begins its next century, I invite the citizens of Red Deer to share their thoughts, dreams and passion for our City. Imagine the opportunities - imagine the difference we will make together.” She added she is looking forward to hitting the campaign trail. “I am looking forward to hearing from the community more and more and I look forward to being at the farmer’s market and at community barbeques as well.” efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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City council approves the 2013 operating budget This year’s property tax increase sits at 4.28% on the municipal side BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express After ďŹ ve days of deliberation, Red Deer City council has approved the 2013 operating budget with a recommended 4.28% tax increase. This year’s operating budget totals $288.5 million. “This was a tight budget year,â€? said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. “The economy is slowly recovering, and this budget made investments in core services like policing, which we know is a priority for the community.â€? The City requires a 4.28% increase in the overall municipal tax revenue to implement the approved budget. The new tax rate will be set later this spring. The municipal tax rate will ultimately be combined with the education tax rate to help determine how much property tax residents will pay. An assessed property value is multiplied by the property tax rate to determine a resident’s property tax bill. “The demand for municipal services is always high, and council had to make a number of difďŹ cult decisions to maintain the services and quality of life we all enjoy in the City,â€? said Flewwelling. “We know safety is a priority for the community, and the additional police ofďŹ cers included in this budget are a step towards increasing the safety of our community.â€? Some of the key budget initiatives include the RCMP member fee agreement which was approved with one-time funding of $150,000 and ongoing funding of $1.02 million, the addition of four ofďŹ cers and two municipal employees in 2013 which will cost $533,025 this year and $177,675 in 2014. Council also approved an additional four police ofďŹ cers, four supervisors and four municipal employees once administration and council complete the service level review with the Red Deer City RCMP which will cost $355,350 in 2013 and $1.06 million in 2014. In both the capital and operating budgets, the investment in core services like roads and safety were a priority.

Increased funding for snow and ice control, preventative road maintenance, and additional ofďŹ cers are investments that will add to the high quality of life Red Deerians enjoy, ofďŹ cials said. The budget also includes a 4.5% increase for electricity. Provincial transmission costs are the biggest contributor to the 2013 electricity rate increases, and

“I THINK WE HAVE A VERY STRONG COUNCIL – THE STRONGEST I’VE SEEN IN MY 21 YEARS OF BEING ON COUNCIL AND AS MAYOR. NO COUNCIL HAS BEEN MORE WELL-PREPARED AND CLEAR THINKING AND IT REALLY HAS BEEN A PLEASURE.â€? MORRIS FLEWWELLING options were presented to council as part of the operating budget presentation to manage the collection of the increasing costs to access the provincial transmission system. For water, wastewater, recycling and garbage pickup, the typical monthly cost for a residential customer will be approximately $98 per month, or about $3.25 a day. This is about a 4.4% increase from 2012, which is competitive when compared to other municipalities in Alberta. “This year’s budget represents the core services and service levels that residents of Red Deer have come to expect from the City,â€? said Craig Curtis, City manager. “The additions of ofďŹ cers, and the investments we made in the capital budget for roads, and snow and ice control, are priorities for the community, and this budget reects those priorities.â€? Most councillors were satisďŹ ed with the end result of the budget. “Overall this has been the best budget I have been involved in. I think it’s a responsible budget with a balanced approach,â€? said Councillor Cindy Jefferies. “I think this is about doing what Red Deerians want us to do.â€?

Councillor Tara Veer said she had hoped the tax increase would have been lower. “I hoped that we had landed in more of the three per cent tax range to reect more of a cost of living adjustment,â€? she said. “I think generally speaking this is one of the most cautious budgets that we have seen.â€?

Councillor Chris Stephan did not support the 2013 operating budget. “I think the policing is good news and I think it’s something the community will respond well too. “With the carry forwards, I can handle certain things but we are pushing those onto the next council and taxpayers next year,� he said.

“I think the major barrier for me is the settlements with the unions. “I don’t think those have been fair to taxpayers in the last three years. I hope we continue to work towards keeping our debt low and work within our means.� In addition, Flewwelling said he was happy to have completed his 21st budget since becoming involved

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Local woman recounts terrifying home invasion BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A local woman is recounting a terrifying incident that took place at her Morrisroe home last week. Jayme Ford, her husband and two-year-old-son were all asleep in their home in the early morning of Jan. 7. Ford had woken up with her son about 4 a.m. for about half an hour before going back to sleep. Shortly after 6 a.m. she was woken up again to what she thought was her son playing with his toys. “I nudged my husband and asked him to tell our son to go back to sleep because it was too early,” she said. “I rolled back over to check to see what time it was and noticed that it was 6:10 (a.m.). Then I heard footsteps – heavy footstep – boots, not the pitter patter of a two-year-old coming down the hallway.” She added she initially thought one of their friends was in their home, but couldn’t understand why at such an early hour. “The footsteps got louder and I hit my husband and said ‘Someone is in the

house!’ Just then the intruder opened the door, not quietly but forcefully like he owned the place,” said Ford. She said a young man about 6’ tall stood in their bedroom doorway. He was dressed in dark colours, was wearing a toque and had a hood pulled over his head. “My husband shot up and said ‘Who are you?! What are you doing?!’ and chased him out of the bedroom.” Once out in the kitchen, Ford said her husband saw a young woman as well. “She was putting her shoes on in the garage and yelling ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry! I told him not to, I told him not to!’ They both got away and Ford said a neighbour told her he saw a young woman fleeing from their home into a white pick-up truck around the same time of the incident. Ford added the pair allegedly broke into the home through the garage. “What we assume happened was they came in through the back man-door into the garage and then

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playing with his toys – as she was doing this, he came down to check out the bedrooms. When she heard my husband screaming at the guy she bolted into the garage to put her shoes on. She didn’t manage to get any of our property, he however, had my husband’s vehicle keys – which was the only thing they managed to grab,” said Ford. The RCMP responded within minutes of Ford calling them. “I was really impressed. They had the canine unit here and I-dent (Forensic Science and Identification Services) here to do the finger printing. They were very diligent and did a great job.” Ford said she has always felt safe living in Morrisroe. “My husband bought this house in 2006 and I moved in in 2008 and we

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have never had an issue. This is a safe neighbourhood and I still think this neighbourhood is safe. It’s mostly older folks and families that live in this neighbourhood.” Now that Ford has had time to think about what happened she said she’s questioning why the two culprits broke into their home. “Why did he come into the bedroom? Why did they do that at this time in the morning? Why did she have her shoes off ? The fact that he walked into our room like he owned the place.” The following day, Ford drafted a letter to hand out to all of her neighbours in hopes that a crime like this will not happen again in the area. RCMP Const. Daniel Sturgis was the member to respond to the incident. He

said no arrests have been made and the police continue to search for the two suspects. “(This incident) is quite unusual. Typically a thief breaks into a house and is scared out of their mind and it’s almost like a grab and run. Most happen during the day when the homeowners are not there,” he said. The male suspect is described as 6’ tall with a slim build. The female is described as Caucasian, about 5’2”- 5’6” tall and thin. She is in her mid- to late teens with dark hair, and was wearing smaller set glasses and a hoodie or jacket with green on it. She was also wearing a backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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OPINION Celebrating the City’s milestone As most Red Deerians likely know by now, 2013 marks the City’s centennial – and there will be lots of ways for residents to celebrate throughout the entire year. All kinds of events have been planned with all ages in mind. It’s also the perfect time for former residents of Red Deer to come back for a visit and see how the City has grown and changed over the years. One of the year’s biggest events – the Homecoming Festival - is slated for June 29-30. Highlights include a pancake breakfast, a Centennial Grove dedication, an evening barbecue with entertainment from local band St. James’ Gate and an outdoor movie. But perhaps the most anticipated highlight of the weekend is the River of Light event. The weekend wraps with this event which launches from Fort Normandeau at 10:30 p.m. A state-of-the-art light show, the River of Light features giant canola oil barrels lit up on the inside and configured in various arrangements to float down the river all the way to Three Mile Bend. Rounding out the weekend of festivities is the annual Canada Day celebration at Bower Ponds which attracts thousands of revelers every year. Planning such an event-packed year takes a lot of collaboration, dedication

and a host of volunteers. The Centennial Steering Committee (CSC) was established in the fall of 2010. The goal of the committee is to oversee the development of projects and events that will establish a sense of civic pride in Red Deer through commemorating the past, celebrating the present and that will also be instrumental in creating a vision for the future, officials say. Some of the events are also tying into key community occasions that run in Red Deer each year. A ‘barn’ or street dance runs July 16 followed by the Westerner Days parade on July 17. Things continue right on into the autumn, with an old-fashioned fall fair at Fort Normandeau on Sept. 21. Rounding out the year, a Fire and Ice Centennial Closing Ceremony and Lantern Parade runs at City Hall Park on Dec. 12. People are encouraged to bring lanterns they’ve made at other centennial events to City Hall Park to essentially light up the night. It’s all been set up perfectly to engage the community and to bring Red Deerians together to celebrate this great City. We often say how proud we are to live in Red Deer – what better way to show our support than to either get involved with the events or to take in the range of festivities.

Alberta’s economy in 2013: five trends to watch The start of the year is a good time to look forward and make predictions about what’s coming up. And, as always, Alberta’s economy has some thrilling and chilling events in store. Here’s a Top Five list of trends to watch:

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HIRSCH No. 5: Improvements in the forestry sector. It’s been a miserable run of it for Alberta’s forestry producers over the last decade or so. If it wasn’t a high Canadian dollar, it was Mountain Pine Beetles, forest fires, trade disputes with the Americans, or sluggish prices. But the indus-

try started to turn around last year, and 2013 is poised to bring even better days. Spurred on by a gradually recovering U.S. housing market, lumber prices are finally seeing some lofty highs. And most of Alberta’s modern, efficient lumber and pulp mills are now well-adjusted to the strong loonie. No. 4: Strong retail activity. The final months of 2012 saw new records set for shoppers in Alberta. It seemed that no matter how much they bought, there was always something more to buy. With sales at just under $6 billion, Alberta has (by far) the highest retail sales per capita in the country. That’s likely to continue in 2013 as steady job growth and in-migration to the province will keep those shopping carts filled to the brim. Tempering the sales figures a bit might be some saturation

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could once again be in the red. The provincial government will be making some difficult decisions around spending, taxes, and borrowing, but the most recent statements from Premier Alison Redford suggest that taxes will not rise. That means the axe may fall – and fall hard – on program spending. No. 1: Pipeline approvals and non-approvals. The issue of oil pipeline construction is shaping up to be the defining feature of Alberta’s economy this decade. Nothing is more critical to the future of Alberta’s oil industry at this point than the decisions made by farflung politicians – and some of the fiercest and most contentious political wrangling will go down in 2013. Albertans used to worry about what happens when oil runs out. That has been answered: our oil resources will never, ever run out.

Now, the much more frightening question is what happens if we can’t transport our oil to markets? Here are some bold predictions (although they’re only my own). The Keystone XL will receive quiet approval; the Enbridge Northern Gateway project will not – at least not this year. Instead, Enbridge will focus on reversing its Sarnia-Montreal pipeline, enabling Alberta oil to access eastern Canadian refineries. Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion from Edmonton to B.C.’s lower mainland ports will be approved by Ottawa, but it will not be pretty. Many in Vancouver will curse Alberta – and it won’t be for reasons related to hockey. Troy Media Business Columnist Todd Hirsch is a senior economist with ATB Financial. His column is distributed through Troy Media – Alberta Edition at www.troymedia.ca. 2010

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CitySpeak CINDY This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Cindy Jefferies questions regarding the 2013 operating budget that council recently approved.

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City council just passed the 2013 operating budget, talk about the budget process. How does it all come together? “On Jan. 7th and 8th administration presented council with the proposed 2013 operating budget. “These presentations and the council budget debate which followed on Jan. 9th,10th and 11th of February mark the end of our budget development cycle,” said Jefferies. “The cycle began in April 2012 with council and the City Manager Craig Curtis, meeting to discuss the development of draft budget guidelines. In addition to council’s Strategic Direction (adopted in 2012), we consider the economic climate, the political climate, any operational challenges facing the organization, an assessment of future needs and challenges, as well as the issues and concerns and suggestions we are hearing from Red Deerians.” He added in June the City held a public meeting to gather further input and discuss budget with citizens. “With the budget guidelines and input from citizens our City departments work to develop their budgets and submit them in September for review by our City manager. Budgets were then amended and re-submitted. In October the corporate leadership team reviewed the final submissions and the City manager finalized his recommendations to council. On Nov. 20th, council had its first look at the proposed operating budget document at a briefing meeting. On Jan. 4th a special meeting and overview of the operating budget was held for the media,” said Jefferies. She added the operating budget is important from a dollars and cents perspective, but also from a work plan review and priority setting process. “Many people have worked hard to align budget items with the priorities outlined in the Strategic Direction to capture community concerns and ideas, evaluate service levels, identify potential cost savings, determine and assess areas of need, and review and analyze our revenue sources, reserves, debt levels and financial sustainability,” said Jefferies.

Council passed a 4.28% tax increase, what were some of the highlights for you? “The governance work council and administration have been doing has really improved our budget process. Administration proposed a 3.91 per cent tax increase and council chose to add more to the policing budget in 2013 than had been recommended bringing the tax increase to 4.28 per cent – that was the biggest change,” said Jefferies. “Overall, I think administration have done a great job of allocating resources to address the priorities council identified in the Strategic Direction. They did a lot of work to bring in a cautious budget.”

Do you have any concerns about the budget council has adopted? “Yes, I do, two in particular. First of all, I am concerned about the uncertainty and sustainability of provincial grants to municipalities. So much of our Alberta economy is dependent upon the infrastructure and services municipalities provide, but without stable provincial grant funding it is difficult to fund, plan and build larger infrastructure projects,” said Jefferies. “Secondly, I think this is a fairly lean budget, our buying power has been decreasing due to inflation and other cost increases, without increasing some of our budget areas we are really stretching and this may not be sustainable in the long term.”

What is the biggest challenge in the budget process from your perspective? “I think getting enough information to people so they can see the whole picture is the biggest challenge we face. It is easy to say we should ‘add police officers’ or ‘cut recreation services’ if that is your personal priority - it is not that easy when you are trying to find the right balance for the whole community,” said Jefferies. “If we all shared the same opinion it would be fairly easy to meet our needs, however, our community is increasingly diverse and our opinions vary widely - that makes it a much bigger challenge.”

Local citizen is worried about the City’s current debt level Those of you who are tech savvy people may have noticed a new Red Deer Debt Clock popping up on your sidebar of your facebook page periodically. As someone who is considering running for council in the October 2013 race I have taken it upon myself to make Red Deer citizens aware of just how deep in debt Red Deer is. As of Dec. 31, 2013 (the end of this year), the City anticipates to hold $258 million in overall debt. Since the ad is simply numbers a sitting councillor has asked me the following. “Provide some context for your numbers. What do they mean to you?” Here is my response: my personal feelings regarding the debt are fairly meaningless. However as a hopeful representative, the realities of the trajectory of the debt are very meaningful to potential constituents. It has been pointed out within council that the debt will 73% of the City’s debt limit by 2015. This is a huge concern to me and should be to all, regardless of whether one believes the City should use debt as a tool to finance capital. If the trajectory continues the debt limit will be reached in no time. If council refuses to stop the spending the City has a few clear cut options (recognizing that options aren’t limited to the following). Go to the province and ask for a raised debt ceiling (sound familiar?) Increase receipts (taxes) by approximately 15-20% in

2017 so that the City can continue in the same spending trajectory. Go into austerity mode cutting services so that we can afford to carry the debt. If an individual puts together their personal financial books and realizes that within their current spending trajectory they are going to default on their mortgage within the next six months would one expect that individual to continue with their spending and then attempt to solve the problem in six months? Absolutely not. The spending trajectory needs to be dealt with immediately before it becomes a real problem. I personally have a hard stance on City debt. I do not believe that any governing body should be allowed to carry debt for it manipulates the taxpayers into believing they are getting good services for their money, when in fact it is their children paying for the current service level. However, I do recognize that others believe it is wise to spend on capital while interest rates are low. I am willing to work with that but within the confines that our fiscal situation remains solvent without substantial tax increases, or austerity. If we begin to deal with the spending problem today we can avoid both those options. At the end of the day we need to ensure we live within our means to protect the citizens that council represents.

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Alberta bankruptcies still falling Household debt levels have been rising in Canada and Alberta. But over the past few years, Albertans’ rate of personal bankruptcies has continued to trend gradually lower. According to the most recent report from the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, October saw 489 personal bankruptcies in the province. This is a bit higher than the 421 bankruptcies claimed in September, but that was a five-year low. Bankruptcies tend to bounce up and down month to month, so a better perspective is to consider the longer trend. Personal bankruptcies can be triggered by events such as the sudden loss of income or a hike in interest rates that increases the minimum payment on outstanding debt.

Alberta’s labour market has improved over the last few years, which has resulted in greater employment and generally higher wages. As well, interest rates in Canada have remained at extraordinary low levels. Those favourable factors could change in the future. Alberta’s economy is in good shape at the moment, but an unexpected drop in oil prices or other negative events could cause the labour market to weaken. And while interest rates are likely to remain low, they will eventually have to rise. This is why good personal debt management is so critically important.

ATB Financial This column is distributed through Troy Media – Alberta Edition at www.troymedia.com.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Murder suspect still at large

BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express

No arrests have been made in the City’s first homicide of the year. Last week, the RCMP took an unusual step to name the suspect, who is a young offender, and who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lloyd Robert Sarson, 25. The RCMP was granted a court order, which lasted five days that allowed them to release the suspect’s name and photo to the public in hopes the suspect would be found. That court order has since expired and the suspect can no longer be identified. “This is only the second time in my 25 years that this has happened,” said Supt. Warren Dosko. “It is a rare step.” The body of Sarson, of no fixed address, was located in a vehicle in the alley of the 3700 block of 50th St. after RCMP responded to a complaint of a disturbance about 5:35 a.m. on New Year’s Day. On Jan. 2nd an autopsy was performed on the deceased. The medical examiner’s report has identified the cause and manner of death as gunshot wounds. The investigation suggests that this homicide does not appear to be a random act and that the suspect and victim knew each other. Dosko said the suspect is also known to City police. “The suspect is still outstanding and we are still looking for the suspect,” said RCMP Cpl. Leanne Molzahn. Anyone with any information that may assist the police are asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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died a short time later. An autopsy is scheduled for the morning of Jan. 16th at the Calgary Medical Examiner’s Office. “The autopsy is the key factor,” said RCMP Cpl. Leanne Molzahn. ‘K’ Division Major Crimes Unit along with Red Deer City RCMP General Investigation continue to investigate. Due to the early stages of the investigation no further information will be released at this time. efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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City council boosts budget for local RCMP More than 30 positions to be added to force over the next year BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express The City’s RCMP can expect a large increase to its members and personnel this year. City council added to the budget for the RCMP – the biggest increase in the 2013 operating budget. Council approved a one-time fund of $150,000 and $1.02 million in ongoing funding for the RCMP member fee agreement. Also approved were four new RCMP members and two municipal employee positions at a cost of $533,025 this year and $177,675 in 2014. These employees will be hired as soon as possible. Also approved were two new safety code officers at a cost of $229,748 and $119,922 for a provincial funding shortfall for the RCMP. Pending the policing service level review which is set to come to council mid-year, councillors also gave the green light to four new RCMP members, four supervisor positions and four municipal employee positions for a cost of $355,350 in 2013 and $1.07 million next year. Previously approved in 2012 was a crime analyst which will cost $88,500 and a new Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) at a cost of $80,000 in 2014 and $140,000 in 2015. This means a total of 33 new positions for the RCMP in Red Deer. “I think it was an excellent result and I think it was a product of a lot of the hard work we’ve done with the mayor and council and administration,” said RCMP Supt. Warren Dosko. “We had numerous workshops with them leading up to the budget and worked through some of our challenges. Council’s decisions were based on some excellent information and appreciating some of the challenges ahead for

local policing. “I think the community is going to see a police organization that is in a much better position to respond to their calls for service whether that be a priority one serious call, or a more minor call,” he said. “We know that as a victim of crime, whether it is a serious crime or a minor crime it still has a serious impact on all victims, so I think this is going to give us a much better opportunity to respond to all those types of crimes in our community.”

I THINK THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO SEE A POLICE ORGANIZATION THAT IS IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO RESPOND TO THEIR CALLS FOR SERVICE WHETHER THAT BE A PRIORITY ONE SERIOUS CALL, OR A MORE MINOR CALL.’ SUPT. WARREN DOSKO Councillor Buck Buchanan said council’s approval was a good move for the community. “I think this is the best way to get the boots on the street and to help deal with the caseloads the members are facing,” he said. Councillor Tara Veer said she was in favour of the increase to the police budget. “We are hearing from the public that policing is an area they would like to see us invest in and I think we are doing that.” Although approval for funding was given for additional officers pending the policing service level review, Dosko said council could still change its mind. “That is still going to be up for debate because I think when we go through our service level review with the

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Fight against influenza spread continues With influenza still hitting folks across the province, officials are asking Albertans to step up their role in protecting themselves from illness and preserving emergency and acute care for those who need it most. Some health and medical needs – including the management of many seasonal illnesses – can be best met in a place other than a hospital emergency department, officials say. In addition to family doctors, walk-in clinics, urgent care centres, Primary Care Networks and Family Care Clinics, most cases of influenza-like illnesses can be managed at home, through self care. Staying home when sick, getting plenty of rest and maintaining fluid intake to prevent dehydration are not only sufficient self-care measures for many cases, they are measures that reduce the risk of spreading illness to others, and reduce the pressure on the health care system. Moving non-emergent visits into the community frees considerable resources in emergency departments for Albertans who most urgently require those services. “Emergency departments will never turn away those who need treatment,” said Dr. William Dickout, medical director with the Edmonton Zone. “We are looking to Albertans to educate themselves on the options available for their care to ensure they get the care they need quickly, and also to help reduce the pressures on our EDs during this season.” If you are unsure of your treatment op-

tions, call Health Link Alberta for advice on seeking appropriate medical care or visit http://www.albertahealthservices. ca/options. If you, or anyone in your household, are experiencing illness, AHS also asks that you refrain from visiting family and friends in hospitals, care facilities or seniors’ lodges. Influenza (flu) is a viral infection. People often use the term ‘flu’ to describe any kind of mild illness, such as a cold or a stomach virus, that has symptoms like the flu. But the real flu is different. Flu symptoms are usually worse than a cold and last longer. The flu usually does not cause vomiting or diarrhea in adults. The flu causes a fever, body aches, a headache, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat. The symptoms usually are the worst for the first three or four days. But it can take one to two weeks to get completely better. It usually takes one to four days to get symptoms of the flu after you have been around someone who has the virus. Most people get better without problems. However, officials urge those sick with the flu to call their doctors if they do have an extremely high fever, a fever that lasts for longer than three days or if they are finding it harder to breathe. Other signs for a doctor’s attention include wheezing, new pain developing or pain localized to one area, such as an ear, the throat, the chest, or the sinuses or

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and people with long-term illnesses or with impaired immune systems that make it hard to fight infection. Meanwhile, the vaccine is still available free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older. For clinic locations and details, call Health Link Alberta, or visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/immunization. - Weber

Man accused of murdering father appears in court BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A man accused of killing his father made a court appearance in Red Deer provincial court Tuesday morning. Aaron Guilbault, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of his father Timothy Guilbault, 58. Timothy, a former Red Deer City councillor from 1986 to 1995 was found dead at his cottage in Red Lodge Estates near Innisfail on Nov. 5. His daughter Caroline reportedly found him in the home. Aaron appeared by CCTV from the Calgary Remand Centre. His lawyer, Patricia MacNaughton of Red Deer, spoke in court on his behalf. “I have just been in con-

tact with my client,” she said, asking for a judge’s order that he return to the Red Deer Remand Centre so that she can have access to him. The judge said he was unsure if he was able to order that but could make sure Aaron was brought to Red Deer for his next court appearance. Police said that on Nov. 5th, 2012 shortly after 12 p.m., a family member found the body of Timothy. Innisfail RCMP Detachment was contacted and an investigation initiated with the support of the Red Deer Major Crime Unit, Forensic Identification Section and other support units. Aaron was arrested in his father’s vehicle near Stettler a few hours after Timothy’s body was discovered, RCMP have said. Aaron will return to court Jan. 30th. efawcett@reddeerexpress.com


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A look back at Red Deer’s love for curling On Jan. 3, 2013, the newly expanded and renovated Red Deer Curling Centre held its official grand opening.

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DAWE Curling enthusiasts from across the City and district turned out to admire the additional 38,000 sq. ft. of space, the 12 sheets of ice, the 350-seat lounge, the new meeting rooms and a number of other first class amenities. The expanded and rejuvenated building had a prestigious start when it was first built 60 years ago. Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent turned the first sod on July 13, 1953. On Jan. 28, 1954, the facility officially opened with an 86-year-old founding member of the club, Hugh Clarke, delivering the first rock. The stone he used was purportedly one of the first used in western Canada in the old Red River colony in the early 1800s. The history of the Red Deer Curling Club actually goes back more than 100 years. The first games were

played on the ice of the Red Deer River using modified jam cans as curling rocks. The first official match was held on Boxing Day, 1898 at a new outdoor curling and skating rink, which had been built on Morrison (52) St. west of Nanton (48) Ave. In the fall of 1903, Red Deer’s first covered ice rink was constructed on the Morrison (52) St. site. The structure, which cost $3,000, had an ice surface of 175 by 60 ft. on the one side with two sheets of curling ice on the north side of the building. The new rink officially opened on Dec. 22nd with a large and very successful ice carnival. Curling then really took off in the community. In October 1904, the Red Deer Curling Club applied to join the Alberta branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club of Scotland. On Feb. 8, 1907, at 2:30 in the morning, disaster struck. The roof of the ice rink collapsed under a heavy weight of snow. Fortunately, the portion of the building used for curling was salvageable and was soon put back into use. A couple of years later, a small addition was built and an extra sheet of ice was added onto the rink.

EARLY MATCH - Curling match on the outdoor Red Deer curling rink on Morrison (52) St. c. 1898. photo from the Major H.L. Gaetz collection, Red Deer Archives P2800.

In February 1911, the first Red Deer Bonspiel was held with the championship cup being donated by the Calgary Brewing  Company. The event was a great success and started an annual tradition that was to continue for several decades. The widespread popularity of curling was further demonstrated in 1912 when the Red Deer Ladies Curling Club was formed. By 1913, the Curling Club decided to form a joint

stock company and sold $4,000 worth of shares. A large extension was built onto the  old curling rink. This was the building which served  Red Deer’s curlers for the next 40 years. In the spring of 1931, Red Deer put together a ‘dream team’ to compete in the Alberta Brier. After a rousing all-night competition, this local team clinched the provincial championship. Unfor-

tunately, bad luck dogged them at the subsequent MacDonald Brier in Toronto. They finished with only four wins and five losses. On Boxing Day 1945, the Red Deer Curling Club hosted a bonspiel with each competing rink consisting of three farmers and one club member. Thus, the annual Farmer’s Bonspiel was born. Recent years have continued to prove that Red Deer is a true curling centre.

In 1994, the Labatt’s Brier was held at the Centrium as was the Tournament of Hearts in 2004 and 2012. In 2011, the Thurber rink from Red Deer won the Dominion Curling Club championship and in 2012 Team Peterman won the Canadian National Junior Women’s championship. In 2012, the Armitage Rink won the Canadian National Senior Men’s Curling championship and will compete in the Worlds in April 2013.

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Long-standing organization celebrates milestone Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Since the first organization started matching young people with adult volunteer mentors in Toronto in 1913, Big Brothers Big Sisters has grown to more than 123 agencies serving 1,000 communities across Canada, including Red Deer. The agency in the City was established in 1976. “We are very proud to be celebrating 100 years of serving Canadian communities and impacting the lives of youth across Canada,” said Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “But we are even more excited to look ahead to the next 100 years and see how we can further improve the lives of Canada’s young people. “We know that people

are busier than ever and are crunched for time. “So we’ve created mentoring programs that address specific needs and offer flexibility for volunteer mentors. It’s win-win.” New mentoring programs such as In School Mentoring, which involves one hour a week of mentoring during the school year, has proven, through research, to address issues such as truancy and lack of school involvement. It’s just one way Big Brothers Big Sisters intends to remain relevant in the next 100 years, officials said. But whether through the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs or new mentoring programs such as In School Mentoring, the young mentoring services provided by volunteer Big Brothers Big Sisters have proven to be

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Northwestern Air Lines Community chosen for looks to expand 2015 winter games Northwestern Air Lines has plans to expand their services from the Red Deer Regional Airport. While the airline currently flies to Kelowna twice a week out of the Airport, plans are underway for extended service to Abbotsford, B.C. and an increased number of flights. The current flights to Kelowna have been generating a positive response from customers, officials said. “We have applied to Transport Canada for a license to fly to Abbotsford and the response is positive,” said Brian Harrold, co-owner of the airline. “We’re in the process of purchasing another airplane in order to increase the number of flights from Red Deer to Kelowna and Fort McMurray, and we’re looking at a possible February start date for flights to Abbotsford.” While Northwestern Air Lines may be best known for the charter services they offer to mining and oil and

gas companies – they have also applied for a license to fly into Fort St. John, which may mean the inclusion of Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek in their flight plans – they are steadily building regularly scheduled flights and charter services as well. “We offer regularly scheduled flights to Fort Smith, but we also offer charter services for nature lovers, fishermen and hunters,” Harrold said. “We have opened up opportunities for Central Albertans to get to more ‘exotic’ spots. Fort Smith is the gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park, and in the summer we take a lot of people into the barren lands for canoe trips and fishing.” Northwestern Air Lines has seen much success in the Central Alberta market. “Our crews live in Red Deer and contribute to the community there, and we use local businesses to service our planes and our aircraft radios,” Harrold said.

“It’s great to have all the facilities we need right there at Red Deer Airport.” Northwestern Air started out in 1965 as an aircraft leasing company that also offered fire suppression services to the forestry management division. They have steadily expanded over the years, starting with charter flights and scheduled passenger service in 1984. Since then, they have continued to expand service, opening up the Red Deer area to points north and west through their direct service, and expanding their fleet of airplanes to meet the needs of their increasing customer base. Meanwhile, Harrold is optimistic about the continued expansion of Northwestern Air. “We’ve been operating for many years, and, as the usage numbers grow, we continue to project ahead and look at running more frequent flights.” - Fawcett

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Local participants gearing up for the Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games in 2015 will be heading to Lethbridge for the event, as the province announced this week. The Games provide an opportunity for Albertans 55 years of age and older to compete in a province-wide winter sports competition. More than 1,000 participants, their families and spectators are expected in the Lethbridge area over four days to take in events such as alpine skiing, curling and ice hockey. Less physically demanding competitions, such as euchre and scrabble, are also part of the Games. The event will also feature entertainment and social activities. “Being active at every age is an important aspect of ensuring a balanced and high quality of life,” said Christine Cusanelli, minister of tourism, parks and recreation. “The opportunity to compete against athletes from across the province helps encourage Albertans 55 years of age and older to maintain their healthy lifestyle.” The province will provide $265,000 in support to the host community through the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation which includes a cultural grant of $25,000. “On behalf of the City of Lethbridge and its citizens, I am thrilled we were chosen as the host city for the Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games in 2015,” said Mayor Rajko Dodic.

“These Games will be a great opportunity to showcase our sports facilities and other tourism attractions and we look forward to having the participants enjoy these amenities and the friendly atmosphere of our southern city.” The Alberta 55 Plus Games replaced what was known as the Alberta Seniors Games. The Games are coordinated by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the Alberta 55 plus Association. “The Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF) and the Alberta 55 plus Association look forward to working with Lethbridge to make these Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games prestigious and unforgettable for everyone involved,” said John Short, Vice Chair of the ASRPWF. Meanwhile, the Alberta 55 plus Games for this year are right around the corner. The 2013 Alberta 55 plus Winter Games will be held in Calgary Feb. 13 -16. Over four days of events utilizing four world-class venues, more than 1,100 participants plus their families, supported by over 600 volunteers will participate. Locally, the zone qualifying playoff schedule is in full swing. Entering any one of these events could qualify folks to attend the Canada 55 plus Games in Strathcona County in 2014 as well. Check the web site at www.alberta55plus.ca. -Weber

‘My Hope’ ministry in Red Deer A local event will equip pastors and Christian leaders to train congregations in evangelism for national outreach, organizers say. In 2002, My Hope with Billy Graham began as a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) to help spread the Gospel message around

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fyi EVENTS On Sunday, Jan. 20th at 7 p.m. Sunnybrook United Church is presenting an evening of variety entertainment, singing and fun. There will be sing-alongs with the choir, a quartet and a surprise or two. All are welcome. Any free-will offerings will go to the U.C. Mission & Service Fund. The Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre is celebrating Robbie Burns Day on Jan. 25th. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a Scottish meal followed by interactive dancing by the Scottish Country Dancers. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the front desk. 4620-47 A Ave. Call 403-343-6074 for more information. The Spanish Bilingual Program is now accepting registrations for its second year of operation for students in Kindergarten and grade one in the 2013/14 school year. The program is presently located at G.H. Dawe School. An informational parent meeting will be held at G.H. Dawe on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. for parents who are considering enrolling their child in the program. The Spanish Bilingual Kindergarten Program currently offers a morning and afternoon Kindergarten class and is open to students from all areas of Red Deer. For further information on the program visit http://internationalservices. rdpsd.ab.ca/Spanish.phpor contact 403-343-3288. Robbie Burns’ Night Supper hosted by the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band on Jan. 19th at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 35, Red Deer. Join us for cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a traditional Robbie Burns supper. Turkey, mashed potatoes, turnip, peas & carrots, gravy and haggis. There will be a cash bar available. Special events include Highland Dancers, piping in the Haggis, the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band and more. Tickets are available from any Pipe Band member or the front desk of the Royal Canadian Legion, Red Deer for $30 per person and should be purchased in

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advance. For more informa-tion call the Legi Legion at 342-0035 or Arnie MacAskill at 782-7183. Kvitka Red Deer Canadian Ukrainian Dance Club presents Malanka Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance on Jan. 19th at Festival Hall with cocktails at 6 p.m. and supper at 6:45 p.m. with show and dance to follow. Music by the Northern Kings. Door prizes. Tickets are $50. For more information or to access tickets, call Catherine at 403-343-2850 or Irene at 403-346-5712. Reel Movie Mondays - the Winter Series offers four films, as well as a short film each night. Films are shown at the Galaxy

Spruce View Community Hall on Jan. 26. Beef on a bun lunch at 5 p.m. Fiddlers at 7 p.m. Accompaniment provided. Adults pay $20, fiddlers and preschool – free. Door prizes with net proceeds supporting STARS. Fiddlers can pre-register by calling 403-986-2004, 403304-5486 or 403-728-3875.

noon to 3 p.m. in the Notre Dame High School gym. Last year 250 participants joined the first annual event and raised more than $27,000. Registration runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is a $25 minimum entry fee. The event will include three hours of Zumba dancing fun. Folks can sign up with a team or join the initiative on their own. Participants can try to Zumba for the entire three hours or tag in and out with other team members. Anyone interested in taking part can register on-line at http://reddeerdancemagic. com/registration-for/zumbathon.

Central Alberta Singles dance runs Jan. 26 at the Penhold Hall. Music by Lost Highway. Doors open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Members and invited guests only; new members are welcome. Other dances are set for Feb. 23, March 23, April 27 and May 25. For more information, call Elaine at 403-341-7653

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Theatre, Gasoline Alley at 7 p.m. Tickets and Memberships are available at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 Feb. 25. Go to the www.reelmoviemonday.ca for a complete description of each upcoming film. Contact Rod Trentham, 403-309-8445 for more information on the Society and membership prices. Seniors multi-church monthly luncheon runs Jan. 23 in the Fellowship Hall at Living Stones Church at 11:30 a.m. Guests are the Tony Connely Singers. Bring a friend. Annual Prayer Service for Week of Christian Unity on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church (4929 54 St.) Coffee, tea and goodies to follow. For further information contact Linda at 403-347-6073. Spruce View Lions eighth old-time fiddle jamboree and dance,

or Bob at 403-304-7440. The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) is holding a photo contest for cash prizes. The deadline for photo submissions is March 1. The contest is open to all amateur Central Alberta photographers in the PAMZ region (south of Rimbey to Carstairs and from Highway 21 in the east to the BC border in the west.) There are six categories for entry submissions; Atmosphere, Nature, Urban Environment, Industry, and People and a special prize category for Youth under the age of 18, who may compete in all five categories. For details and entry forms, go to www.pamz.org. Questions and submissions can be emailed to sue@ pamz.org. Zumba enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in a fundraiser put on by Dance Magic Studio called The Zumbathon for Multiple Sclerosis, set for Feb. 2 from

of a diverse selection of choral arrangements, including classical, folk, and pop. You will receive training from seasoned professionals to enhance your vocal technique. This season will be devoted to preparation for the annual Spring Concert, taking place in the last week of May. For more information, please contact Sadie at 403-347-5166. The Harris-Warke Gallery announces its current exhibit, Art of the Peace, a traveling exhibit of work by artists from Alberta’s Peace River Country. The Harris-Warke Gallery is the exhibit’s last stop on its year-long tour. The show consists of 20 works of art by 18 artists. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces, sculpture, and ceramics. Art of the Peace is currently open and runs until Feb. 9. A reception will be held on Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of Red Deer’s First Fridays. The

Harris-Warke Gallery is situated in Sunworks in downtown Red Deer at 4924 Ross St. For more information contact Paul Boultbee at 403-597-9788. Every year, to celebrate National Volunteer Week, The Sylvan Lake Volunteer Centre hosts the Volunteer Impact Awards Gala. The Centre is calling out to Sylvan Lake residents asking them to nominate an exceptional volunteer in their community. This year the evening will take place on April 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre and will include entertainment, awards, and a dinner banquet. To nominate an individual for their volunteer work, or to purchase tickets to the Awards Gala, contact Brittney Buehler at 403-8871137 ext. 222. The deadline for nomina-tions is April 15. The Alberta 55 plus Games are coming! The 2013 Alberta 55 plus Winter Games will be held in Calgary Feb. 13 -16. Con-sequently the zone qualifying playoff schedule is in full swing. Entering any one of these events could qualify you to attend the Canada 55 plus Games in Strathcona County in 2014. For more details, check the web site at www.alberta55plus.ca or call Rosella at 780-608-1391. Love to sing? Hearts of Harmony, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is an a cappella chorus for women of all ages who love to sing and harmonize. Rehearsals are Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ (68 Donlevy Ave.). Join us any Monday night, you will be welcomed. Experience the joyful sound of four-part harmony with a group of wonderful women. For more information, call Nancy at 403-357-8240, or our director, Sheryl @403-7424218 or check out our web site at www.heartsofharmony.ca. Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present Borrowing Art: The Red Deer Public Library Art Lending Program in the Kiwanis Gallery of the Red Deer Public Library until Feb. 19. Old Time Dance - Ponoka Moose


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Week of January 16 - 23, 2013 Lodge three km south of Ponoka on Highway 2A. Dance to the mu-sic of The Badlanders Jan. 19 at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. $12 per person, ($10 for Moose members) - potluck lunch. For more information visit www. AlbertaDanceNews.com or call Jean or Fred at 403-783-8587. Zumba Gold is held on Monday mornings from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. at the Golden Circle. This is a senior-friendly entry level dance fitness class. A drop in fee of $4.50 applies. Dancercise is held every Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. There is a drop-in fee of $1. Sit and Be Fit is held every Wednesday from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. There is a drop in fee of $2. Join us on Fridays at 1 p.m. for square dancing. There is a fee of $1. Scrabble is held on Fridays starting at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $1. Whist is held on the second and fourth Friday of each month starting at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $2. Cribbage is held each Tuesday starting at 1:30 p.m. There is a drop in fee of $2. Bridge singles meet on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $2. The Senior Citizens Downtown House has cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $3. Whist runs every Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Fun Contact Bridge runs every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cost is $3 as well for both of these activities. Tuesday night dances start at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 and everyone is welcome. There is a Ukrainian supper on Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. and a jam and dance on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 403-346-4043. Do you have an interest in singing for seniors? The Tony Connelly Singers celebrate their goal by pre-paring 10 programs each year filled with oldies, newer music, sing-a-long and instrumental highlights with a friendly, easygoing atmosphere. We practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning, September to June at the Down-town House Seniors Centre and average four to five sing outs monthly. We welcome anyone to take part. 403-346-7316. The fourth annual Alzheimer Society Making Sweet Memories Gala is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Black Knight Inn.

Socializing helps keep your brain healthy – this is a great way to enable future health! Featuring celebrity waiters, overflowing silent auction tables, mood music by Just Gloverly (Erin Glover & Kyle Hansen), a glorious four-course meal, and a game with a grand prize of trip. Ticket are $75 each ($600 for a table of 8). Contact the Alzheimer Society at 403 342 0448 for tickets and information.

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conference through Telehealth in Red Deer. The sixth annual conference, hosted by Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton, is a major educational event that engages respected researchers and practitioners to present in-depth sessions with practical strategies and resources. Conference topics range from technology to communication to approaching mealtimes. A panel of sports educators and coaches will discuss recreation and sport for children and youth with autism. The conference runs Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree. For program information and registration: www.childrensautism. ca or 780-495-9235.

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Registrations are now being accepted for Living Well with a Mental Illness. The eight-week course will take place at the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, on Saturday mornings, between 10 a.m. and noon, from Feb. 2 through March 23. Living Well with a Mental Illness is for people interested in learning more about mental health and wellness. Participants will learn how people experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric illness can live satisfying and productive lives. The course addresses a broad variety of topics including effective communication, understanding diagnosis, navigating the system, relapse prevention, mental illness and the family, recovery principles, and crisis plans. Living Well with a Mental illness is open to anyone in Central Alberta with an interest in mental health. Attendance is limited to 15 participants. To register call the Canadian

with their voice and breath in an inviting low stress environment. Founded on voice and speech techniques used by stage actors, it will give you a “tool bag” of techniques to strengthen your communication. Perfect for speakers, teachers, actors, pastors, or anyone looking to increase vocal efficiency. Culture Services Centre Adult $50. Jan. 19, 2-4:30 p.m. Register in person at the Rec Centre, Collicutt Centre or G.H. Dawe Centre, or at www.reddeer.ca/ looknbook. Course #57209.

MEETINGS Central Music Festival Society’s annual general meeting runs Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 6315 Horn St. The Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is holding their monthly meeting on Jan. 23rd at 7 p.m. at the L.D.S. church.

For more information, call MaryJoan at 346-3886. Central Alberta Historical Society Meeting runs Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Snell Auditorium, Red Deer Downtown Library. Topic: The (Bronze) Ghost Whisperer Speaker: Pat Matheson, City of Red Deer Public Art co-coordinator. The ‘Ghost’ Sculptures each tell an interesting story. Everyone welcome. For further information contact Iris 403-340-2588. Writers’ Ink, The Red Deer & District Writers Club has weekly meetings (every Tuesday) in the old farmhouse at Sunnybrook Farm (4701 30 St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. We meet, share our writing, and offer con-structive criticism to one another. We also do our utmost to improve our craft by Skyping professionals in the field of writing, by inviting guest speakers to our Spring Workshop and to the occasional meeting. Our professional library is increasing as is our knowledge gained from members who are constantly seeking new challenges and sharing successes and failures with the group. Guests are welcome! Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a so-lution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Jo-anne at 403-314-1972. Central Alberta Pioneers: Meet old and new friends at the Pioneer Lodge on the second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. (The meeting in February is cancelled). Entertainment and lunch. Call 403-3094243 for more information. ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have ex-perienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Gloria at 403-754-1655 or Shirley at 403-346-7160.


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Volunteer opportunities in Central Alberta For more volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer Red Deer at www.volunteerreddeer.ca or call 403-346-4636.

portunities for pastoral care visitors. Positions available in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake. Contact Doris at 403-3573702, or email her at mackinnd@bethanycare.com.

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Central Alberta Brain Injury Society - we are looking for board members for our board of directors. Meetings are held the last Monday evening of each month. CABIS provides support, advocacy and services for people with acquired brain injury, their family members and caregivers. Please contact the ofďŹ ce for more information. Interest in making a difference in the lives of people affected by acquired brain injury. Contact Lorraine Irwin or Jean at 403-341-3463 or cabis@telus.net.

Bibles for Missions is looking for new volunteers that are friendly and courteous to join our group of volunteers, who are in the 60-plus age group. We would love to have you come join us in a friendly store and work with all our existing volunteers, if you can spare three or four hours once or twice a week and would like to have some fun, why not drop in and see us and let us know you would like to volunteer. You could ďŹ t in almost anywhere you wish, you sort clothes, hang them, work in the receiving area receiving the many donations we receive from the many donors that drop off their donations, work as a cashier and meet our many customers. Contact Joan at 403-342-2522. Are you interested in helping to put together a Community Challenge type event as the committee decides? A working committee is starting up and we would like your input and help. Please contact if you would like to be involved. We are in the planning stages and would like to expand the committee to start moving forward on this great initiative! Contact Danielle 403-346-3710 or Danielle@volunteerreddeer.ca.

Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) is recruiting for a variety of programs, including: connecting newcomers — make friends with a new immigrant to help them feel at home in our city; Spanish speaking translator/interpreters to help meet growing demand; public awareness to share your stories as an immigrant with school kids and adults. Contact Cristina Franco at 403-3468818 or cristina.franco@care2centre.ca.

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CNIB is looking for a passionate person who would be interested in being a vision mate, to be matched with someone with vision loss in your area to help with everyday activities like running errands and going for a walk. Training would be provided. Must be physically able to walk for up to an hour at a time. Contact Wody 403-346-0037 or email wody.bergquist@cnib.ca.

Adult Literacy Program at the Dawe Library is looking for volunteer tutors to assist students with reading, writing and speaking English or basic math skills. Students are from all walks of life and from many countries. Contact Lois at 403-346-2533 or email her at lprostebby@ rdpl.org.

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Arthritis Society is looking for volunteers to deliver arthritis programs, promote awareness in the community and provide resource information about arthritis. As a program facilitator you will present on self management concepts, treatments, medication and guide people to our current resource materials and research developments. Training provided for all programs. Contact Liz Kehler at 1-800-321-1433 ext. 2226 or email lkehler@ab.arhtritis.ca.

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CITY BRIEFS

by Mark Weber

CHANGES TO UTILITY BILLS THIS MONTH Citizens may receive two utility bills this month as a result of changes to the City’s Utility Bylaw that came into effect Jan. 1. The first bill reflects partial charges up to Dec. 31, 2012 at the old rates. The second bill reflects the remaining charges from Jan. 1 using the new rates. Customer due dates have not changed. Any payments you have made, as well as any outstanding amounts, will be reflected on your second bill. For more information refer to the back of your utility bill.

HERITAGE RANCH CLOSES FOR RENOVATIONS The Heritage Ranch Visitor Centre, including West Lake Grill, has closed for renovations. The renovations will focus on kitchen improvements, updates to aging infrastructure and improving barrier free access to the washrooms. Heritage Ranch is expected to reopen in late May; however,

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all trails around the facility will remain open while renovations are underway and Heritage Ranch will continue to offer winter sleigh rides out of the tack building located on site. Construction fencing will limit vehicle access around the visitor centre and patrons are asked to follow all directional signage. There will also be portable toilets available on site for public use.

MAYOR’S RECOGNITION AWARD Citizens can nominate a person or group for a Mayor’s Recognition Award with the City accepting nominations for area residents who make Red Deer a great place to live, work and play. This program recognizes, celebrates and awards the achievements and volunteer service by those who, through their efforts and/or accomplishments, enhance the image of or make significant contribution to the community of Red Deer.

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The Mayor’s Recognition Awards honour recipients in categories including athletics, fine and performing arts, citizenship: distinguished voluntary service and continuous voluntary service and the Mayor’s Special Award. “It’s the people who live here who make Red Deer such a great community,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. “I am proud to recognize and celebrate those people who go above and beyond to enhance the image of our community through volunteerism, athletics and the arts. I know there are a lot of deserving people out there, and I am anxious to acknowledge their efforts and accomplishments.” For more information, award guidelines and nomination forms, visit www.reddeer.ca. Nominations will be accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31. The 2013 Mayor’s Recognition Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in June.

‘TUNES’ DAY AT PARKLAND MALL Parkland Mall and Adrenaline Clothing and Boardsports are pleased to announce ‘tunes’day at Parkland Mall. Two Tuesdays a month, Central Alberta artists will be invited to play acoustic sets in the food court from 6 to 7 p.m. The events are family friendly and everyone is invited to enjoy the local talent that Red Deer and surrounding communities have to offer. For event dates and upcoming musicians, visit www.parklandmall.ca or find Parkland Mall on facebook or Twitter.

PAMZ HOLDS POSTER CONTEST The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) is holding its third annual photo contest with cash prizes for the winners. The deadline for photo submissions is March 1. The contest is open to all amateur Central Alberta photographers who reside or work within the PAMZ region. Photos must be taken within the PAMZ region which extends from south of Rimbey to Carstairs and from Hwy 21 in the east to the B.C. border in the west. “We need photos that show identifiable places in Central Alberta. In addition, we want photos that show the good, bad and ugly of our environment, like smog or air pollution events, activities helping or hurting the environment as well as photos showing the beauty and diversity of our region,“ said Kevin Warren, PAMZ’s executive director. There are six prize categories: atmosphere, nature, urban environment and people. There is also a special prize category for youth under 18 years in age, who may compete in the first five categories. Cash prizes of $200 for first place winners and $100 for runner-ups will be awarded in each category. Contest rules, entry forms and the PAMZ region map are available on the PAMZ web site at www.pamz.org. Questions and submissions can be sent to sue@pamz.org.

RDC ‘HOOPS’ BASKETBALL Calling all young future basketball stars. Want to learn how to dribble better? Make a fast break without taking a foul? All this, and have some fun too! Join Red Deer College’s HOOPS Basketball program – a development program that focuses on individual skills and team play for youth ages 6 to 11. The program runs on Saturdays through to March 16 at the KS Gym at Red Deer College. Times vary depending on age group. HOOPS Basketball is an eight-week program will include fun warm-up activities, skill assessment, report card, a wrapup three-on-three mini tournament, and more. The cost is $98 per youth and spaces are still available. To register or for more information, call 403-357-3663 or visit: www.rdc.ab.ca/continuing_education.


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View The Clues has changed! We have decided to change up our contest. Rather than looking in the classifieds we want you to focus on the many local business advertisements in the paper. Below you will find five phone numbers listed. What you have to do is match the phone number to the business. We still offer the prize of a restaurant gift certificate from one of the City’s many great restaurants. You still enter the contest the same way, by filling out the contest form and dropping off at the Express office prior to entry deadline listed.

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Brooks’ new multiculturalism focus of documentary Red Deer Justice Film Festival set for Jan. 17-19 BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express A documentary exploring how the southern Alberta town of Brooks has grown to become an international tapestry of cultures will be featured at the Red Deer Justice Film Festival, set for Jan. 17-19. Screenings, many of which will include talks with special guest speakers, will be held in the Margaret Parsons Centre at Red Deer College, beginning Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos is set to be screened on Jan. 19. Screening time is 11 a.m. The award-winning film - produced, written and directed by Brandy Yanchyk of Edmonton - gives audiences a fascinating glimpse into the lives of many of the new immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers that have moved to Brooks. It’s been met with overwhelming success, striking a chord with audience after audience. “Sometimes you make a film that you think only you will care about, or that is very regional,” said Yanchyk. “This film has been resonating with a lot of people around the world which I find fascinating. “As a filmmaker it’s a wonderful experience to find that something you care so much about is taken seriously. I don’t have any children, so my films are my babies,” she added with a laugh. “And with the energy and time I put into this, it basically took over my life for a year and a half. I also became very connected to the people in the film.” The documentary explores the challenges immigrants face and looks at how residents of Brooks feel about the waves of immigration to their community. Yanchyk is careful to represent both sides as well – views from some local residents feeling unhappy about the changing face of their town plus the perspectives of those who have arrived from a world away seeking a better life. “I also show the side of people in the town who think it’s a good thing – that it makes the town a bit more cultured and interesting.” About 10 years ago XL

Foods Lakeside Packers Inc. starting bringing over and employing about 2,000 workers from across the world. The new immigrants have physically changed this traditional cattle ranching city. Schools teaching English as a second language have been popping up across town as well as different multicultural churches, a mosque and ethnic stores. “All of a sudden you have a visible presence in your town that is completely different. Different language, different religion. They believe there are over 100 languages spoken in Brooks,” she said.

NEWCOMERS – Brooks citizens from left Annettwe Mihiyo, Anaclet Kisimolo and Benjamin Kisimolo walk down a local street. Brooks has seen an enormous influx of immigrants over the past several years.

Rachel Boekel Photography

...because we live here. VISIONARY – Edmontonbased filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk is presenting her film Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos during the Red Deer Justice Film Festival. “The more of these films I do, the more I see similar themes. Some people are afraid of something that is totally unknown, and they are afraid of losing their culture.” Meanwhile, Yanchyk has a passion for making films about the complexities of immigration, and she is thrilled at the tremendous reception Brooks The City of 100 Hellos is receiving. She’s already made several trips internationally to promote the film and attend screenings. “Brooks is like an experiment in immigration, and that’s why I loved the story and the town so much. It’s a really good example of how people react to immigration – on all different levels.” For more information about the Festival and a complete film schedule, check out www.justicefilmfestival.ca. editor@reddeerexpress.com

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Olympian to be special guest at awards banquet Beckie Scott, a retired Canadian crosscountry skiing athlete, will be the special guest at the Red Deer Community Sport Awards and Banquet which will be held next month. Scott was born in Vegreville, but grew up in Vermilion. She began cross-country skiing at the age of five and entered her first competition at age seven. She attended the Junior National Championships in 1988. She went on to win 17 World Cup medals in sprint, individual and relay cross-country skiing events. According to Wikipedia, Scott is a threetime Olympian, participating at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Her best-placed finish in Nagano was 45th, but Scott won a gold medal in crosscountry skiing at the Salt Lake City games. She originally finished third in the 5 km pursuit, but she was upgraded to the gold medal when winner Olga Danilova and runner-up Larissa Lazutina were eventually disqualified for using darbepoetin, a performance-enhancing drug.

Scott was awarded a silver medal before receiving her gold medal in June 2004, almost two and a half years after the Olympics ended. She became the first Canadian and first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. Scott has been honoured with a variety of awards in Canada, and has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, nominations are open for Red Deerians to nominate a coach, official, volunteer, athlete or business supporter to be recognized at the Red Deer Community Sport Awards. The 2013 Red Deer Community Sport Awards and Banquet will be held Feb. 24 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. The event honours those individuals and groups who excel in their sport and/or volunteer their time and effort to better the community. “All achievements within sports, people’s contributions or competition successes or the people who have gone the long road to where they are in their sport, is something that needs to be acknowledged,” said Rob Meckling, community and program facili-

tator with the City of Red Deer. “We have a whole bunch of people who really get quite excited about making this a big ‘Hollywood’ affair. It’s not quite blacktie, but it is pretty close. From the littlest kids that come into the room to the oldest people who are former lifetime winners walk out of the event feeling like they were at a special event.” It is the Red Deer Primary Care Network that, for the third consecutive year, will be the event’s title sponsor.

Red Deer Primary Care Network is a partnership between 66 local family doctors and Alberta Health Services that aims to improve access to primary care, provide coordinated care, increase emphasis on health promotion and disease and injury prevention and improve coordination and integration of care. Nominations for the sports awards can be made at www.scord.ca. The nomination deadline is Jan. 21. - Fawcett

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MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION DECISIONS On the 15th day of January, 2013, under provisions of the Land Use Bylaw 2006/6, Red Deer County Municipal Planning Commission issued decisions approving the following applications: Permitted Use West of RED DEER 1. Clarke Technological Service Ltd. – following side yard setback relaxations for existing buildings on Lot 1A, Plan 802-2876, SE 9-38-28-4 (Melody Meadows Trailer Park): Dwelling 4.08 metres (14.2’), Manufactured Home 4.43 metres (15.34’), Utility Shed 2.62 metres (9.4’) and Deck 0.87 metres (2.85’). Discretionary Use South of SYLVAN LAKE 1.

T. McBride – location of a second dwelling for compassionate care purposes in conjunction with the construction of a new dwelling on Lot 1, Blk 1, Plan 952-2851, NW 18-37-1-5.

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Standard Land Company Inc. for Rogers – location of a 120-metre (394’) high communication tower and a 13.38 m² (144 sq. ft.) equipment shelter on Lot 1, Blk 1, Plan 102-2415, NW 16-37-23-4.

West of PINE LAKE 3.

E. & D. Bording-Jorgenson – Home Business Major (Oilfield Production Testing Business) on Pt NW 14-36-25-4.

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Live Lift Services Ltd. (L. Scott) – Home Business Major (Pumpjack Inspection Service) on Lot 6, Blk 1, Plan 952-3293, NE 32-38-28-4 (Diamond Estates)

The Municipal Government Act provides that any person(s) may appeal a Discretionary Use approval within 14 days of the date of the decision being advertised by paying the required appeal fee and by filing an appeal in writing against the decision with the Red Deer County Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta. A Permitted Use approval may not be appealed unless the decision involves a relaxation, variance or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. For further information, contact Planning & Development Services at (403) 350-2170. Date Advertised: January 16, 2013.

Mayor’s Recognition Awards 2013 Nomination Deadline: January 31 Do you know someone who, through their efforts and accomplishments, enhances the image of Red Deer or makes a significant contribution to our community? Nominations are now being accepted to recognize area residents who make Red Deer a great place to live, work and play. The Mayor’s Recognition Awards honour recipients in four categories: • Athletics • Fine & Performing Arts • Citizenship: • Distinguished Voluntary Service • Continuous Voluntary Service • Mayor’s Special Award To find out more about this awards program or to print a nomination form, visit www.reddeer.ca. Nomination forms can also be picked up at: Communications & Strategic Planning Second Floor, City Hall 4914-48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB For additional information call: Charlaine Rausch, Corporate Events Specialist Communications & Strategic Planning 403-342-8318 Nominations accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on January 31, 2013. The Mayor’s Recognition Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in June.


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2013 PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE

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Pre-Kindergarten We all want our kids to get off to a great start. Learning through play, children aged 3-4 develop social and communication skills.

Register for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten at any school starting January 7th. Please bring your child’s birth certifcate when registering. To learn more about Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten programming contact any Red Deer Public School or access www.rdpsd.ab.ca.

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2013 PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE

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5201 - 47 Ave. Red Deer 403-341-0202 is now accepting registrations

The School House offers: • Preschool Programs - Mornings, afternoons or full days • Waldorf Trained Teachers • English, French & Spanish • Play Based Program

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Edleun (Education Learning Universe) in Red Deer offers educational curriculum, nutritious meal plans and technology integrated classrooms. Edleun offers full day care, pre-school and Kindergarten for children 6 weeks to 6 years old as well as before/after school care for children up to 12 years. With 3 convenient locations to serve you, speak to one of our Directors today to see if Edleun is the next step in your child’s early development. Visit our website for more information: www.Edleun.com

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Registration will take place at Iron Ridge Elementary Campus between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Copy of original birth certificate must accompany registration. Please note: Student must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2013 (Wolf Creek Public Schools Policy #300). We offer an off campus early entrance program for children with special needs, ages 3-5.

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Playschool for ages 3 & 4 that focus not only on learning, but also on fitness and physical development.

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3 year olds Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:15 pm

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Day Care 4 locations - bright, clean, spacious facilities, open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Grandview Playschool If Child Care is your chosen career, join us. Company paid benefit package for employees in Before and After School Care and Day Care after 6 months.

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for 3 and 4 year olds INFORMATION NIGHT Jan. 28th 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adults ONLY - 98 Oberlin Ave. in Victory Church www.kidsinharmony.ca REGISTRATION NIGHTS Past Families General Public Feb. 4th Feb. 5th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Exploring the wonders of ancient Egypt The Seven Wonders of the World, as recorded by the Greek historian Herodotus, were the ‘see before you die’ sights of the ancient world; the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and many other strange and wonderful sights. Today, they are all destroyed except for one – the Great Pyramid of Giza. Since it lays claim to the only remaining ‘wonder’ and it remains the number one destination for holidays in North Africa, it only seems appropriate to list the seven present day wonders of a holiday to Egypt, from beautiful beaches to sites of amazing historical significance. The Archaeological Museum at Cairo - in a country that is famed for its archaeological wonders, it is no surprise that Egypt’s capital contains one of the finest archaeological museums in the world. Home to over 120,000 ancient artifacts, including the death mask of Tutankhamen and a number of mummies, it is one of the real highlights of a holiday in Egypt. The beaches on the Red Sea - not only is Egypt a place to see ancient sights, it has become renowned as a beach destination. The stunning beaches at Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh are popular with families and couples alike, and the resort hotels are amongst the finest in the country. Walking up Mt. Sinai – Mt. Sinai is steeped in history. Located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, it is believed by many to be the Biblical mountain where Moses received the Ten

PICTURESQUE - A magical view of Egyptian pyramids, one of the most popular tourist sites in the world. Commandments, it has become a significant pilgrimage site for Christians and Jews. The monastery of St Catherine’s at the foot of the mountain contains numerous relics and artifacts, but it is the walk up to the top of the mountain that is the real attraction here. The view from the top offers stunning views out over the monastery and the Sinai desert, and you can even pay a visit to Moses’ Cave, where the leader of the Israelites is alleged to

have waited for the Commandments to be delivered to him. Valley of the Kings - this ancient burial ground for the Kings of Egypt, located near Luxor, is one of the most unforgettable sights in North Africa. Holidays here are justly popular, with visitors treated to over 60 ancient tombs, including the famous burial site of Tutankhamen. Nile Cruise - the Nile is the main artery of Egypt, the fertile source of life in

the country which has allowed civilization to thrive in the midst of a truly inhospitable environment. Most of the main destinations in the country are located along the coast of the Nile, and one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time on a holiday to Egypt is on a luxury cruise on the Nile. Diving in the Red Sea - Egypt truly is a scuba diver’s Mecca, with countless outstanding dive sights around the Red Sea resorts

of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. Colourful reefs, tropical fish and underground coral caves are just some of the sights to see in this underwater paradise. Recommended dive sites include Soma Bay and Shark Bay (don’t worry, the latter dive site doesn’t live up to its name!) The Pyramids at Giza of course, the only surviving ‘wonder’ has to top the present day list! Perhaps the most famous archaeological sight in the world,

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ENTERTAINMENT Grateful Dead alumnus performing in City Mickey Hart presents classic tunes plus new sonic explorations Feb. 21 BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Best known for his decades spent with the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart has continued to branch out creatively in a number of ways. Central Music Festival Society presents the Mickey Hart Band Feb. 21 at the Memorial Centre. The concert is part of the band’s first visit to western Canada. The band is an eight-piece ensemble that features original tunes by Hart and lyricist Robert Hunter along with covers of the Grateful Dead and other classics. “There will be Grateful Dead music in it, and there will also be all these new songs. It’s really exciting,” he said. “It’s a fierce rock and roll band.” Over the years, Hart has also pursued his passion for rhythm to new heights. Last year, he released Mysterium Tremendum, his first studio album in five years, and the follow up to his 2007 Grammy-winning Global Drum Project. “I have always thought of life, the world at large, as music,” he explains. “This work is a representation of that notion. I have combined sonic images of the formation of our universe with sounds drawn from musical instruments. It’s all about the vibrations that make up the infinite universe. “The combination of music from the whole earth and the sounds of the planets, the stars, the events that formed our universe is intoxicating and points toward an awareness of what music is, could be, and where it comes from.” From his earliest years, Hart had a passion for music – and was particularly to drawn to all things rhythmic. “I think I was coded for it – it’s in my genes as both my mom and dad were drummers,” he explains. “It’s part of my rhythmic DNA. Rhythm always attracted me when I was a kid – the movement of things. “I was also exposed to a lot of indigenous music off the streets of New York City back in the 1950s. It was everywhere. When all these people came to New York City, they also brought their music with them. In our apartment, you could find 40 different musical languages for example. My world was

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a world of sound when I was a kid. I was really attracted to it. “And it made me somebody. Musicians were frowned upon, but when I had a drum in my hand people danced. It brought power and joy, and it was fun. I thought maybe I should do this for the rest of my life – it makes me feel so good.” Hart is known for his nearly 30 years with the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion team known as the Rhythm Devils, Hart and Bill Kreutzmann transcended the conventions of rock drumming. “You get in sync with it, and totally drawn into it,” he explains of the magic of rhythm that continues to bring such enrichment to his life. “It becomes like a medicine.” His study of the world’s music led Hart to many great teachers and collaborators, including his partners in Planet Drum. Planet Drum’s self-titled CD hit number one on the Billboard World Music Chart, it also received the Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1991– the first Grammy ever awarded in this category. In 2002, Hart also established The Endangered Music Fund to return royalty payments from many of these recordings to the indigenous people that produced them, and to further the preservation of music from around the globe. Hart has also written four books documenting his fascination with the history and mythology of music. These include Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Planet Drum, Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music and Songcatchers: In Search of the World’s Music. He has also appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, speaking on the healing value of drumming and rhythm on afflictions associated with aging. “The universe is rhythm-based - we are part of the rhythmic universe,” says Hart, adding that rhythms relate to a person’s sense of well-being, and can be used as a healing agent in certain conditions as well. “We drum to be in rhythm and to be in sync with the universe. “That is the big frontier of music.” These days, he’s keeping busy on multiple fronts – he is about to release a song called Jersey Shore, the proceeds of which

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CAT stages Canadian classic Culture Shock BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Central Alberta Theatre has opened the New Year with Culture Shock, a show the troupe also staged back in 2007. Additional performances this time around run Jan. 17-19 and 31 plus Feb. 1-2. Penned by Chris Lorne Elliot, the show is being directed by CAT veteran Brian Spencer and features Paul Sutherland, Mike Sutherland, Tim Newcomb, Jim Claggett and Blaine Newton. The play was initially staged as a fundraiser for a community organization

back in the winter of 2007. Spencer was also at the helm of that show and Paul Sutherland, Mike Sutherland and Newcomb were in the cast then as well. Newton and Claggett – both talented and very funny guys - came onboard this time. From the get-go, there is no question these men know how to have a good time onstage. They click well, in spite of some pacing opening-night lags and lapses. But really, nothing is held back as they dive into the tale of Newfoundlander Hillyard Phillpot (Paul). This guy is bored of life in

Jarvis Arm and opts for some excitement in Montreal much to his father’s (Mike and Paul’s real life dad) chagrin. But enroute, Hillyard lands a ride with a pair of nutty criminals (Newcomb and Newton) who are planning to rob a bank in downtown Montreal. After the robbery, Phillpot, always interpreting events in his own unique way, inadvertently helps the duo escape the cops. They later end up tracking him down with his stash of cash and the mayhem steps up to a new level. Not only that, but Hillyard’s father kind of takes to a ‘life of crime’ with a bit

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of help from local mailman Cyril played by Claggett. Aside from a second half that tended to ramble on a bit, those in attendance enjoyed the antics unfolding onstage. And ultimately, the strongest aspect of this

him show his comedic side complete with a Newfoundland accent. Tickets are available by calling 403-755-6626 or by visiting www.bkticketcentre.ca. editor@reddeerexpress.com

Vagina Monologues next month Eve Ensler’s acclaimed work The Vagina Monologues will be presented at the Memorial Centre on Feb. 9. Performance time is 8 p.m. The Vagina Monologues is based on Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. According to Wikipedia, The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women (initially Ensler performed every monologue herself, with subsequent performances featuring three actresses, and more recent versions featuring a different actress for every role). Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, menstruation, female genital mutilation, birth and the various common names for the vagina,

or simply as a physical aspect of the woman’s body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist. The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries, including soldout runs at both off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and in London’s West End. Productions are a part of what’s called V-Day. According to the United Nations, one of every three women will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. For ticket information, check out www. blackknightinn.ca or call 403-755-6626. - Weber

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as he schemes, wheels and deals to get the Emancipation Proclamation passed (freeing slaves in the Confederate South), the Civil War ends and he is assassinated. Tommy Lee Jones heads a magnificent supporting cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph GordonLevitt, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrooke and Tim Blake Nelson. Day-Lewis seems to inhabit Lincoln’s character; capturing the kindness, the determination, the wisdom, the compromising, the people skills and his inability to stop telling amusing, self-deprecating stories and anecdotes. Seldom is a historical figure humanized so well and believably. Seldom is history given such realistic flesh and bone. The movie is also perfectly put together with impressive camerawork,

art direction, costumes and music lovingly recreating the Civil War era. It only took two months after it was released to get to Red Deer, but it is finally here and it may be the best movie of the year. This reviewer finds it very hard to believe Lincoln won’t win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, although it only won Best Actor at the Golden Globes. The lesser Argo seems a bigger favourite at the moment. Rating: five deer out of five.

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LIFESTYLE Lose the word ‘but’ out of your vocabulary You may think I am talking about your hiney, but that isn’t what I am referring to. Actually, if you follow me through this article, you may lose your derriere as a side benefit too I suppose.

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McDERMOTT So what am I talking about this week? I am talking about a tiny little word that stops you. A tiny little word that is an entire sentence into itself, in fact, it is a way of life and a history of mediocrity. ‘But’. It is a very powerful word. We hear it a lot in my business. “I would join boot camp but it’s probably too hard.” “I would eat healthy but I am too busy, or can’t afford healthy food, or can’t give up ketchup.” “I would work out but I don’t have time.” “I would run outside, but it’s too cold.” How many times have you ‘butted’ your way out of your dreams? “I would go talk to that girl but she probably won’t like me.” “I’d like to open my own business but I don’t have any money to start with.” “I’d like to travel but I hear it’s dangerous.” “I would like to do a triathlon but I don’t know how to swim.” It’s a killer word. It should be considered a swear word. It’s like a big fat eraser - it removes all meaning from anything that happens before it. “I really like your coat, but isn’t it a bit bright?” The first part of that sentence is 100% fake and social pandering. ‘But’ means ignore all that nice stuff I just said, here comes the truth. ‘But’ is a dream killer. I heard a quote the other day that read “But is an argument for our limitations, and when we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.” So what can we do about this

problematic little habit? Is it as simple as changing a single work in a sentence? What if it was? What if you tried it out for a week and just observed how you shifted. Check this out – what if you changed the sentence around just a little bit. “I will join boot camp and it’s probably hard.” Yes, it probably is at first because you are just getting going. Your muscles will need to adjust. You can handle it. “I would work out but I don’t have time” could be-

come “I will work out and I will make time.” It becomes about choice and that is so important to all of us. ‘But’ gets rid of choice and keeps us stuck. We need to create our future right now by choosing action, by making the choice to do what we really want to do. Start to imagine your greatness. What if you did get fit and eat well? What if you took care of your body? What if you read food labels and stopped eating sugar for a while? Like many of my clients, I was

abusing my ‘but’. “I know the food I’m eating isn’t the healthiest but it’s fast and it isn’t too bad.” “I know I have gained 20 pounds since my son was born but it’s because I am not sleeping well, too tired, too busy, (insert whatever lame excuse I came up with).” The reality is I was avoiding what was really going on and on Jan. 1st, like many of you, I stopped kidding myself. I stopped eating sugar totally, I started eating clean, healthy food, I started a cleanse to clean out all the bad

food I was eating and I started working out consistently again. I am here to tell you, even though I am a personal trainer and have been teaching others for over 15 years, I feel fantastic and all I had to do was get off my ‘but’. I challenge you to get of your ‘but’ too. Stop feeding yourself junk, move your body, and write down that huge goal that you are too afraid to chase, and then go for it anyway. Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.

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A mighty fighter’s worst sexual nightmare What does a mixed martial arts fighter (MMA) worry about before a fight? I’ve interviewed boxers, never an MMA fighter, but I suspect losing the match is the first concern. Or possibly breaking an arm, leg or sustaining other serious injuries. But I’d bet one MMA fighter, even in his wildest dreams, never envisioned he’d encounter this sexual nightmare.

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JONES Ray Elbe, an Ultimate Fighter Season 9, was on a training tour in Southeast Asia. Like any other testosterone-driven male he too realized there’s more than just training all the time. So why not arrange for a little ‘amour?’ But although his sport is dangerous, vigor in the ring provides the win. The bed has different hazards. In this case, the Ultimate Fighter suffered the ultimate injury, a fractured penis. Elbe admitted this injury in an online video message. He had a word of advice to other males that, “Keeping it safe during sex isn’t just wearing a condom.” But how often does this physical and psychological sexual nightmare occur? Possibly more often than we think, as who wants to admit it’s happened? Many years ago I was in a hospital library looking

through medical journals. To my surprise, I found a study reporting 67 documented cases of the fractured male organ. One case involved a man who was admitted to the emergency department at 1 a.m. in obvious distress. He was agitated, his skin cold and clammy, suggestive of blood loss. Doctors were shocked to discover a markedly swollen penis. Emergency surgery was required to remove a large blood clot. How did it happen? The man was reluctant to explain, but finally admitted he had been masturbating vigorously and suddenly heard a loud snap followed by intense pain and swelling. The diagnosis? A fractured male organ. But when I read about how other cases occurred it was hard not to chuckle. One amorous Romeo was making love to his partner standing up. It appeared he must have been a fantastic lover as she suddenly fainted. She didn’t suffer any harm, but the precipitous sudden fall caused quite a snap. Some males suffered this embarrassing malady after bumping into a chair or bed post during the night. Others were kicked during a fight. Another Romeo was injured while having sex in a moving car. But when the car came to a sudden stop his organ smashed against the dashboard. It does take some imagination and a course in gymnastics to speculate how this one happened. The victim claimed his organ was fractured when he closed the car

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Treatment depends on the extent of injury. Most injuries of the male organ require pressure dressings, ice packs, tranquillizers to calm the psyche and support for the penis. Surgery is needed when there’s a massive blood clot. Years ago, following my initial column on this subject, a farmer contacted me. He said I wouldn’t be chuckling if I were a farmer and this happened to my favourite bull. I also vividly recall that seven editors in the U.S. Bible belt fired me for writing the column. For comments, info@docgiff.com.

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SPORTS Fans and businesses are back onboard after lockout BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express The scars from the NHL lockout may take awhile to heal but for a couple of Red Deer businesses the process has already started with the game set to begin this weekend. “There were other things for us to focus on but we’re very excited to get back on to focusing on hockey,” said Nicole Lashmar, manager of Jersey City in Parkland Mall. The front of the store display featured other sports as the lockout dragged on but once word came of a settlement the NHL was back in the spotlight throughout the store, she said. Lashmar said the lockout was felt at outlets right across the country but it took awhile as customers were still buying jerseys of their favorite teams believing the season was going to start any day. “The longer it kept going on we had more customers come in to tell us they were not going to be purchasing any NHL products,” she said. For Bill Ranford it was not so much a relief business-wise with the news of a settlement but more on a personal basis for the self-admitted hockey nut. “Without question, I can’t wait for the first game to be on TV,” said the sports card and memorabilia shop owner. Ranford says his business felt the pinch in certain areas, especially when it came to the selling of prized rookie cards of the new NHLers, something he says is still up in the air. “The hobby gets to decide if there are rookie cards this year,” he explained. “If there are rookie cards I’ll be fine. If not it will be a struggle. But you know what, I don’t care, hockey is back.”

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Ranford said he still had plenty of hockey on his plate watching his grandsons, one who plays midget level in Stettler and the other a member of the WHL Kamloops Blazers. He also is hooked up with the WHL network so he can view games on almost every night of the week but he dearly missed his NHL. “I got a lot of hockey in and now I’m going to get more, the stuff I really, really love.” One of the aspects of the pro game he missed was when the L.A. Kings were in Alberta with son Bill in tow as he is the goalie coach for the Kings. “I missed the chance to visit with him at a game,” he said. Lashmar is optimistic the hockey fans will get back into the groove and support the teams they cheer for and that means warm bodies walking through the door, ready to plunk down some coin on a jersey, t-shirt, hat or toque with the logo of their favourite team. “We’ve got tons and tons of stuff, Oilers and Flames stuff ready to go,” she said. Like most hockey fans on this side of the border, Ranford is willing to forgive and forget but he also feels the process of getting fans back in the cities further south might be an issue. “That was part of the problem before the lockout and after the lockout. That’s a problem that possibly without a movement will never go away.” He figures the owners will need to do something special in order to get the fans back in the fold but Lashmar says in her mind it’s very simple process to win her back. “Myself, I would be extremely happy with an amazing season, people playing hard because they love the sport.”

AT THE HOOP - RDC Queen Desirae Paterson takes a shot at the basket against the Lethbridge Kodiaks in a recent game. The Queens beat the Kodiaks with a final score of 65-51. Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express

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Century of local sports featured at Hall of Fame BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express The ‘100 Years of Sport History’ in Red Deer display opened recently at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. It runs from January until December 2013 to correspond with the City’s centennial. Most displays tend to remain intact for two years at the most but this one will come down at the start of 2014 but there is plenty to see and discover. The Hall of Fame approached the centennial committee to see if it could become part of those celebrations. A committee was formed to come up with what would be the important sports moments in the City’s history. The City of Red Deer is celebrating 100 years in existence and in honour of the

milestone the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has dug down deep, piecing together 100 years of sports history. “Once we had a general outline of what we wanted to do we approached the Centennial Committee to see if we could become part of those celebrations,” said Breanna Mielke, collections and exhibit coordinator. You can find pictures, old skates, uniforms and all sorts of memorabilia which could trigger a memory or two but the display also pays homage to some of the venues within the City limits. “Some of the facilities which helped the amazing athletes train. Some of the older sports which have roots dating back more than 100 years in the City.” It’s basically giving residents an opportunity to reflect back on the sports legacy

in Red Deer in conjunction with all the other history being spotlighted for the centennial, she said. She mentioned it was tough to pick out one area which stands above the rest while doing the research into the parts of the display but more so it painted a great picture of what kind of a sports city Red Deer is and discovering some little known information. “Red Deer used to have a ski hill

that was right within the City limits,” she said referring to the Woodlea ski hill which ran along the west side of 40th Ave. as it sloped down towards Lindsay Thurber High School. “When you look into the baseball history, for one year in 1912 Red Deer had a professional baseball team called the Red Deer Eskimos and they only played for one year because their funding ran out.” sports@reddeerexpress.com

THE CHASE - RDC Queen Jade Petrie evades oncoming SAIT Trojans as she guides the puck towards the Trojan’s net at a recent game. The Queens beat the Trojans with a final Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express score of 5-0.

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cause in most years our goalie wins a game for us and many feel he didn’t so there you have it in a nutshell. Was there a problem with the coaching? Many think Steve Spott was outcoached and fell victim to the selection of players from the league he was more familiar with instead of getting the best no matter what junior loop they played in. Maybe there is some truth to that but there surely was more to what went wrong this year with our junior team. The cry went up quickly about the Canadian system being broken and a complete overhaul was suggested as the magic elixir which would cure all which ails the game in this country. One suggestion was to have one coach for all the international teams competing against the rest of the world. Another thought was to send a club team over because of the chemistry the team would have

in comparison to the squad selected weeks before the tournament. The most interesting and controversial one I heard was how the root of the problem with our players is we make the high end club teams an elitist bunch. The reasoning behind the suggestion was this system wouldn’t allow a player who might be a real talent to play because his family couldn’t afford it. I spoke with one parent who had two boys go through the system and he said it cost about $6,000 a year per child. That didn’t include the cash to travel, hotel bills and food on road trips. I can’t say for certain if there is an issue or what the solution might be but it wouldn’t hurt for the people in charge of amateur hockey in our country to make an honest assessment of what we are doing right and correct the areas where we are lacking. But hold off on the complete overhaul. sports@reddeerexpress.com

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CLASSY KITCHEN – This sleek kitchen found in an Abbey Master Builder show home in Red Deer is both elegant and functional with ample storage room and fine appliances. Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express

How colours in the home can enrich your life I was eating dinner last night in a local restaurant and was left with a strong feeling of being unsatisfied. I couldn’t put my finger on it; the food was excellent and the service was friendly and timely. When I looked at the whole experience I realized that it was the atmosphere in the restaurant that left me wanting, it was bland and cold! Life without colour is not something I enjoy. Colour gives life to everything, when you are dining in a bold and vibrant restaurant it is stimulating to your emotions and your appetite. Lets take the Boston Pizza franchise for example. The colours, patterns and lighting in these restaurants are not chosen by accident. Design teams care-

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LEWIS fully put together items that will cause you to react emotionally. They are high energy and full of visual ‘noise’ which keeps you on the edge and causes excitement, this makes you more inclined to order extra appetizers and drinks as you get caught up in the atmosphere. You may not even realize this is happening but I guarantee you are affected. The opposite is true, as in a hospital or clinic – visual ‘noise’ is set to minimum to help relax patients. Soft colours such as pale

green, creams and pink tones are often used to weave a peaceful environment to soothe those anxiously waiting to see a doctor. Lighting is even and ambient noise is kept to a minimum, all working to create a ‘white noise’ sort of interior. The last thing a hospital or clinic wants to do is stimulate and aggravate a potential client – the polar opposite of Boston Pizza or a Las Vegas Casino. We may not be conscious of the environment we exist in every day. Where do you spend most of your time and does the colour and environment of that space work harmoniously with the tasks you are performing? Have you considered how things like the interior of your ve-

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hicle or the colour in your walk-in closet affects your morning routine? Small enhancements like lighting, colour and atmosphere can have an enormous impact on your day. Starting your day in a calm or invigorating environment will have different benefits for different people. Some people need the sharp wake up, lots of noise and bracing cold showers while others want to ease into their day with a nice cup of tea and a soak in a tub with candles. You know what works for you and it is important to have your environment reflect these needs. Colour plays a huge role in either stimulating or calming the senses. If you are living your life in a

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Plenty of options for homebuyers in terms of rates Well it’s been four years since rates tumbled to the lows that the market is currently enjoying. And the near term future isn’t looking to change just yet either. January of 2012 brought with it a new low introduced by BMO. They kicked off their campaign with a 2.99% fiveyear fixed rate. As great a rate as it was, it came with a lot of hitches. Even though every lender scoffed at BMO’s super low rate at the time, as most were in the 3.19-3.39 range, nowadays they are almost all in the same range as BMO was a year ago, however these days since everyone is in the game, the hitches are no more. Today you can get yourself a 2.98% five-year fixed interest rate with all the bells and whistles. Meaning normal payout penalties, normal prepayment privileges, the only things they request are that your deal be completed within a 30-day period, it must be owner occupied and they do require mortgage default insurance

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TURCOTTE (meaning CMHC or their competitors). So if you are renewing your mortgage, buying your first home, upgrading your home, there are a ton of options out there for you in the new market of sub three per cent interest rates. The odd thing though, is that on Friday a representative from a major bank told our group that mortgage yields (bankers’ fancy term for profit) are back to where they were prior to the great recession. It’s hard to believe, however bond rates have had a lot of pressure from the market keeping themselves low and government institutions have kept rates low as the world economy is still in the intensive care unit. Until the band aids come off of the global economy, we will see these rates for

the near future, meaning another 12-24 months, and the government even went on to say that they are keeping rates low until the end of this year, but one never knows when it’s a person making the decision as opposed to the market. If you only watched national news, one would think that the housing market is crumbling all over Canada, which in certain parts it actually is coming in with a soft landing. Here in Alberta, and namely our region, Red Deer and region, we’ve actually had some value increases in 2012. And according to MLS stats the market is actually weighted more towards a sellers’ market as single family home listings are low compared to the average and there is a lot of movement with buyers right now putting some upward pressure on home values once again. We’ve been very fortunate here, and although we’ve also seen some corrections, we’ve seemingly pulled through and much of it not by government’s doing but

because of geography. If it weren’t for the resources we as Albertans own, we’d be in the same shape as the rest of Canada and the world. So take advantage of our

location as interest rates actually keep the housing market on sale. A headline can even go so far as to advertise a 50% off interest sale as the normal discounted five-year

fixed interest rate is about 6.00% for the 20 years prior to the recession. Jean-Guy Turcotte is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending CentresRegional Mortgage Group.

Five quick tips to save energy at home As winter settles in and Jack Frost nips at our noses, energy costs tend to climb. But we don’t have to take drastic measures to reduce sky-high energy bills. Take a look at these simple changes that can be made to everyday routines to put money back in your wallet: Unplug - rid your home of phantom energy by unplugging electronics and gadgets. Even when not in use, appliances like your TV, toaster and computer are on standby mode and still suck energy. To eliminate this waste, unplug your home electronics when they aren’t in use. Embrace the cold - wash and rinse your clothes in cold water. Worried cold water won’t be as effective as hot? Think again. Detergents like Tide Coldwater are specifically designed to work in cold water conditions and are just as effective at removing stains and odours. Better yet, washing with these detergents can save you $7 per load in energy costs so consider turning down the dial next time you’re washing

your clothes. Slow cooking - nothing warms the soul better than a home cooked meal that has been simmering all day long. During the winter months, try using a slow cooker instead of the oven. Despite the longer cooking times, slow cookers use less energy than ovens. Cozy up - install a programmable thermostat in your home to reduce your energy costs. During the winter months, set the heat a few degrees lower during the day when you aren’t home. For those extra chilly nights, try grabbing a sweatshirt, adding an extra blanket or cuddling up to your loved ones. These options keep you toasty warm and put money back in your pocket. Let it rain - though a long soak in the tub can be tempting, showers use less energy than baths. For even more energy savings, keep showers short and choose a low-flow showerhead. www.newscanada.com

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Tenant insurance is affordable peace of mind So, you’ve found your ideal apartment: a two-bedroom basement paradise or a mid-town penthouse or a fantastic south-facing one-bedroom condo. Now it’s time to move in right away, right? Sure, start packing, but make sure you also budget for tenant insurance. Perhaps you think you don’t need it because you’re only renting and you don’t own any fancy stuff. But, what if something happened — would you have enough set aside to replace all your belongings and to find temporary housing? If you said no, Pina Ferraro-Novello, a corporate underwriter with Desjardins General Insurance Group would like you to reconsider. “Tenant insurance is necessary because it protects your property and also covers you in the event that you accidentally cause damage to the property of others,” said Ferraro-Novello. “For example, if your bathtub overflowed and flooded the apartment below destroying your neighbour’s property, tenant insurance would protect you. Luckily, it’s a simple and affordable coverage. Also, if you’re a student, your parents’ policy might automatically extend coverage to you at school.” What’s typically covered by tenant insurance? This type of insurance protects you from damage, like fire, theft, certain water damage and vandalism. If your apartment is seriously damaged as a result of an insured loss, tenant insurance would also typically cover your additional living expenses while it’s being repaired. Tenant insurance also provides liability coverage if someone gets hurt because of your negligence, like slipping and falling on a wet floor in your apartment for example. How much coverage do you need? The total cost of tenant’s insurance will depend largely on the value of your contents. Most renters tend to underestimate what it would cost to replace their belongings. It’s smart to take an inventory, including photos, which only takes a few minutes and will make things a lot easier

if you experience a loss. Start by walking from room to room and itemize all the contents, including your closets and cupboards. You might think they’re not worth that much until you have to replace them. Keep in mind however that coverage for some insured items may be subject to exclusions or maximum limits. Read your policy carefully to determine

your exact coverage. Typical items to include on your inventory are: computer, printer, tablet, smart phone, flat screen TV, video game system and games, music player and other electronics, clothes, shoes, boots, pots, pans, other personal and household items. www.newscanada.com

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