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Education minister gets an earful PROVINCIAL BUDGET, CONTRACT TALKS AMONG KEY ISSUES BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF The upcoming provincial budget and stalled teacher negotiations are weighing heavily on the minds of some Central Alberta education leaders who met with Education Minister Jeff Johnson on Monday. Johnson crisscrossed the region to meet with school boards and hear about what was going on in their districts. Before heading into a meeting with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Johnson said he spoke with some school boards that were wondering about teachers’ negotiations. He’s pitching a new four-year provincial deal instead of having each school board iron out contracts with union locals. “We’ve been working on this for two and a half years now, so it’s getting frustrating,” said Johnson. “We’re hoping this one will hit the mark.” School boards are also concerned with the March 7 budget, particularly when it’s expected to be hardhitting on big ticket items like education and health care. Capital projects are of special concern for boards experiencing growth, such as in Red Deer. “We have to look at creative ways to finance schools because we need to create more spaces for kids,” said Johnson. Guy Pelletier, vice-chair of Red Deer Catholic, said they addressed two areas of concern — the district’s capital plan and inclusive education. “We’re hoping on securing the ministry’s support for a new high school,” said Pelletier. “The land we have identified for it would be in the northeast quadrant, north of the Clearview area, so the land could be made available by 2015.” Instead of delivering education through special needs programming, school districts are now delivering programs that all children can be a part of, where appropriate.

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With his hands so cold he can barely hold on to his ski equipment, Kaiden Morrill makes his way back to the school equipment room after a ski session Monday. The Grade 9 Hunting Hills High School student has only a couple of ski days to go to win a bet with fellow classmate Blake Stillings. If Morrill can get through the cross country ski sessions in his physical education class wearing only a muscle shirt and shorts, Stillings will be obliged to pay $10 said Morrill. “It’s cold today but I’m going to pull through,” said Morrill.

Trucker invents new toilet paper dispenser BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Inspiration can strike anywhere and anytime — just ask Vern Kehler. The Red Deer trucker has developed a product that’s poised to hit store shelves across Alberta, and he can trace its origin to a

moment in late 2011 when he was perched on his bathroom toilet. Specifically, Kehler was stewing over his pet peeve: toilet paper dispensers that are positioned awkwardly to the user’s side. “I was sitting on the throne, and I was getting a little ticked off at the situation and I thought to myself, ‘It’s time to quit procrastinating. I’ve been meaning to fix this

for years.” The solution, reasoned Kehler, was to mount the toilet paper dispenser on a sliding bracket so that it could be moved forward when needed. However, efforts to find such a device on the Internet proved fruitless. “So I made one myself.”

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Car thieves collide with RCMP cruiser AUTO THEFT A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE CITY BY RANDY FIEDLER ADVOCATE STAFF A police cruiser was damaged when underage car thieves fled RCMP on Saturday. The collision occurred during efforts to stop thefts that morning of unlocked running vehicles, which RCMP say is a growing problem. Seven cars and trucks were stolen between 6 and 10 a.m. Four times, RCMP tried unsuccessfully to catch the thieves as they fled, crashing into a cruiser at one point. “They put the public at risk,” said Cpl. Sarah

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Knelsen, adding that RCMP received several reports of erratic driving and fueling vehicles without payment, with most believed to be caused by the youths, who are known to police. A female who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act was captured when a vehicle lost control and hit a snowbank. Investigation resulted in the arrests of three young males and a warrant issued for a fourth. One is in custody charged with two counts of theft over $5,000, three counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and eight counts of breaching release conditions. He appears in court Thursday. Charges are pending against the others.

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The names of the male suspects cannot be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Knelsen said drivers should never leave keys in vehicles. “These were targets of opportunity. They were either unlocked and running or unlocked with the keys in them. “Lots of them are when somebody runs into a 7-Eleven to get milk or something and they leave their vehicle running and come out and it’s stolen. “It’s public awareness: don’t leave your vehicle running.”

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‘Pastagate’ PR mess prompts search for new language recipe BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

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MONTREAL — A public-relations stew involving pasta has pushed the Quebec government to reexamine its recipe for handling alleged violations of the province’s language law. Stories about overzealous employees of the provincial language watchdog have multiplied in recent days, following the report about an Italian restaurant being reprimanded for having Italian on its menu. The co-called Pastagate story received a whopping 60 times more news coverage outside the province than a recent trip where Premier Pauline Marois tried drumming up foreign investment in the province, according to a media-analysis company. The government moved Monday to turn the page. Diane De Courcy, the minister responsible for Quebec’s Charter of the French Language, announced an internal review aimed at improving the performance of the Office quebecois de la langue francaise. “Unfortunately, the results of certain inquiries have lent themselves, with reason, to very severe

criticism,” she said in a statement on Monday. “This is not desirable, not for the businesses, not for the Office personnel, not for francophones or anglophones.” She said her department will act quickly to see how complaints about language-law violations can be handled “without creating initial irritants.” “Pastagate” stems from a visit by an inspector for the Office quebecois de la langue francaise to a trendy Montreal restaurant. Buonanotte owner Massimo Lecas was told after an investigation that the menu violated Quebec’s language law and that Italian terms such as pasta had to be replaced with French-language equivalents. The story burned up social and mainstream media and the Office relented, admitting the inspector was overzealous and should have considered a cultural exception contained in the language law. But that story has prompted a number of other restaurants, including some famous ones, to go pub-

lic with complaints about similar dealings with the OQLF. The head of a company that does media analysis says the story about the crackdown on Buonanotte, which is popular with sports and entertainment stars as well as politicians, got significantly more coverage in out-of-province news reports than a recent trip where the premier promoted Quebec. “Every time the media mentioned, as an example, the visit of Pauline Marois in New York, we got 60 mentions for the Pastagate,” said Jean-Francois Dumas, president of Influence Communication, when asked to compare the public-relations impact. While most of the stories were in Canada, Pastagate was chronicled in 350 articles in 14 countries, as far away as Australia, when it broke last week. “It’s in the traditional media,” he said of the news outlets that picked up the story. “I mean all the newspapers, radio, TV and the web version of traditional media.” Influence, which has been operating for 12 years, looks at coverage in 160 countries with its partners. It tracks traditional and social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

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INVENTION: Prototype for the TP Slider Kehler’s creation became the prototype for the TP Slider. Kitchen and bathroom products giant Wolseley Canada has committed to stock it in the company’s six Kitchen & Bath Classics stores in Alberta, including the showroom in Red Deer. In fact, it was local manager Dennis Hastings who saw the potential of the TP Slider. He shared details of the invention with his Kitchen & Bath counterparts elsewhere in Canada. “They seemed pretty excited about it.” Hastings has display units in his store and expects to begin selling them in the next week or two. Customers are already expressing interest. The appeal of the TP Slider, he said, lies in the fact that toilet paper dispensers must often be installed on bathroom vanities behind the toilet. That can make then difficult to reach, especially for older and less-flexible people. Kehler concurred. “It’s mounted in such a way that you’ve got to twist and turn. It’s just awkward to get at, and then it’s awkward to rip off.” Hastings thinks Kehler has addressed the situation. “He’s done a hell of a job; he really has.” Kehler had help. Early in the process he shared his idea with Gordon Muth, a Sylvan Lake-area inventor. Muth liked what he saw and became Kehler’s business partner. A patent search revealed plans for a similar product, but these had never been commercialized and

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Vern Kehler, inventor of the Toilet Paper Slider holds up his creation in his Red Deer shop. had sat for more than a decade. Ultimately, Kehler and Muth bought those patent rights so that they could proceed with their own version. The two men have been manufacturing the TP Slider in Red Deer, with more than 2,000 units on hand. But with Kitchen & Bath Classics eager to carry the product, and other retailers and contractors also interested, they realized they had to ramp up production. “I’ve made a deal with a Chinese company to manufacture everything, retail-ready, with my logo, my printing, my labels, my barcode,” said Kehler. He said the TP Slider is being made with durable materials, and requires only three screws to mount. Kehler already has more than one in his house, and said he’s getting glowing reviews from users. “It’s a common problem. I just can’t believe that no one addressed it.” hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

THEFT: Seven in a morning RCMP say since Jan. 1, 104 vehicles have been stolen in the city. “Seven in one morning. That’s quite a few,” said Knelsen. A Red Deer man who didn’t want his name used for fear of reprisals saw the theft of a pickup at the 22nd Street Mac’s store around 7:15 a.m. He watched a car back in and a youth get out and approach his passenger’s side. “Something caught my eye and the kid got in this truck and took off. (The driver) obviously left the keys in it.”

He notified the truck’s owner in the store and they tried to follow, losing the truck near the Collicutt Centre. On Sunday, the man and a friend were in the 30th Avenue Tim Hortons around 8:30 a.m. when a sobbing woman entered and asked them if they’d seen anyone steal her truck. “It’s ironic, two in 25 hours.” RCMP say witnesses should never try to pursue suspected thieves, instead reporting vehicle details and direction of travel immediately to police. Employers like Pidherney’s, a Rocky Mountain House-based trucking and construction company, often have policies to avoid such thefts. “Vehicles are not to be left unattended unless they are locked and the keys are not left in them,” said health, safety and environment manager Alycia Calvert. “We don’t want that to happen to any of our vehicles.” Lauren Maris, a City of Red Deer environmental program specialist, said theft is “another very good and very tangible reason not to idle. “It’s such a small convenience, it doesn’t really compare to the big inconvenience of having your vehicle stolen.” The city’s no idling policy has been in place since 2009. It saves money, fuel and limits carbon emissions “if you’re going to be idling for more than a minute,” said Maris. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says unlocked vehicles or those with keys in them are covered under auto policies, but vehicle contents may not be covered under some home, tenant and condo policies if there are no visible signs of forcible entry into a locked vehicle. rfiedler@reddeeradvocate.com

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“That’s been a bit of a budget challenge for us,” said Pelletier. “There’s been a change in the formula for how that kind of programming is delivered. It sounds like he and his colleagues are looking at ways to help support divisions with less dollars because of the new formula.” Despite a wide range of concerns, Johnson said he heard a lot of fantastic stories about the kinds of programs that are being run and some of the great partnerships involving community groups and postsecondary institutions. “So it’s really encouraging,” he said. Wild Rose Public Schools chairwoman Nancy McClure said they didn’t focus on the financial challenges, which she described as a given across the province. Instead, they talked about the successes in the district, which includes schools in Rocky Mountain House and Caroline. “We talked about a lot of our work we’re doing with professional development, our First Nations students, our community,” McClure said. “I’m excited we have a minister who is willing to hear from us about our successes and challenges and be willing to speak openly and candidly with us. It’s very refreshing.” ltester@reddeeradvocate.com


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Doctor admits to booking patients outside rules QUEUE-JUMPING INQUIRY

A high-ranking Calgary doctor at the centre of queue-jumping allegations conceded Monday he booked his patients outside the normal routine, but said he didn’t realize that would move them to the front of the line. Dr. Ron Bridges told Alberta’s preferential access inquiry Monday that he was not clear on the rules for booking patients into the publicly funded Colon Cancer Screening Centre, which he founded in 2008. Bridges, a gastroenterologist, said he booked referrals through senior managers at the centre rather than faxing the referrals through the booking clerks, as per normal procedure, because he didn’t know the booking clerks. “In five years you’ve never taken the time to find out who the booking clerks are at the clinic that you founded?” asked inquiry lawyer Michele Hollins. “I don’t know who the booking clerks are, no,” said Bridges. Bridges is an associate dean of medicine at the University of Calgary and the inquiry has already heard he holds considerable stature in the medical community. But he said he didn’t realize that by sending his patient-screening requests through senior brass, those patients were then getting fast-track treatment. “I’m just trying to help people get into the system,” said Bridges. But why not simply tell those patients to follow the rules, asked Hollins. “What prevents (those patients) from going to their family doctor like anybody else has to, faxing in a referral, and waiting the appropriate time?” asked Hollins. “Many people don’t have family doctors,” replied Bridges. “What are all of the other people supposed to do? Can anyone without a family physician call you up?” asked Hollins. “If they phone me I will try and help them access the system.” Clerks at the colon cancer clinic,

better known as the CCSC, have testified that from 2008 to 2012, at the direction of senior management, they slotted in Bridges’ low-risk patients for colon cancer screening within weeks while the normal wait for everyone else was three years. CCSC assistant manager Olga Koch has testified she booked the fast-track slots for Bridges even though he didn’t have any authority out of her respect for him and his title. Bridges acknowledged that, in a 2011 email to Koch, he directed her to book his low-risk patients “in the coming months” while the wait list as he understood it at the time for those patients was well over a year. But he testified that at time, the CCSC was short patients and was looking to fill slots. He also said that when he asked his patients be seen within months, he didn’t realize that they would be. “Certainly it was not my expectation that the average-risk people would be seen in the course of a few weeks or months,” said Bridges. “But that is exactly what you say (in the email),” said Hollins. “Please arrange for these colonoscopies in the coming months. That was clearly your expectation.” “That was a poor choice of words,” allowed Bridges. “My expectation was not that they be seen in the next two or three months at all.” Clerks and doctors have testified that many of the patients moved to the head of the line at the CCSC were from the Helios Wellness Centre. Helios is a private clinic that dispenses yoga, exercise, and diet advice to patients for $10,000 a year. Both Helios and the CCSC rent space from the University of Calgary at the Foothills Medical Centre. Helios founder Dr. Chen Fong has testified Helios is non-profit and donates $200,000 or more per year to the University of Calgary’s faculty of medicine to fund scholarships and other projects.

Police check allegation woman didn’t get care for sex attack EDMONTON — Edmonton police have launched an internal investigation into a midFebruary arrest of an 18-year-old woman over her allegations she didn’t initially receive medical care for a reported sexual assault. Police say they were called to a motel to check on the welfare of a woman. Police say that officers asked paramedics to check on the woman, who was then treated on scene. They say she gave no indication she had been sexually assaulted but officers found she was in breach of release conditions and had warrants out for her arrest, so she was taken to the Remand Centre. Police say she told Remand Centre staff about the alleged sexual assault a day later, at which point she was taken to a nearby hospital and a rape kit was done to collect evidence. Deputy Police Chief Brian Simpson said no official complaint has been launched against police but he said the allegations are being taken seriously and the matter will be investigated. An Edmonton youth worker has come to the young woman’s defence, saying he hopes she will file a formal complaint. “I’m hoping she’ll come forward, but quite frankly I don’t blame her if she just closes the doors on the world,” Mark Cherrington said.

“She has little faith or hope, in my opinion, with the department of justice.” He said police essentially ignored her assault complaint, telling her to come back after she was out of jail. “To be honest this girl is so traumatized I don’t know if she’s got the will power to even make it to the police station and follow through on anything.”

BY ADVOCATE STAFF A city user fee and subsidies review is now underway. The city’s Governance and Policy committee began laying the ground work for standardized and consistent fees and charges for city services like transit tickets, renting community space or facility passes on Monday. The review arose out of questions in the 2011 budget discussions and the reopening of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre. Darren Kuz, the city’s divisional strategist, told the committee, that the

city has inconsistent application fees across the organization which leads to confusion. The committee, comprised of all city councillors, adopted guiding principles when setting fees including having the most benefit for the most people; the starting point when calculating the user fee should be full cost of providing the good or services; all citizens should pay for the societal benefit when the use of a service benefits the society as a whole and the city should provide a subsidy to individuals who could not otherwise afford a good or a service provided by the city. A draft report outlining the recommendations is expected to be presented to Red Deer City council by Dec. 31.

Arbitrator to stoke firefighter contract talks THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — An arbitrator has been called in after three years of contract talks and several mediation attempts failed to reach an agreement between a group of rural-based firefighters in southern Alberta and their employer. Wages have been an issue since firefighters in Rocky View County joined the International Association of Fire Fighters and started bargaining for a collective agreement.

Union officials are hoping to continue a trend in Alberta that has seen salaries for ruralbased firefighters draw closer to their urban counterparts. Rolly Ashdown, Rocky View’s reeve, says he’s concerned that the increases could affect the

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No shortage of city issues It’s shaping up to be a most inter- the eight months leading to Oct. 21. esting municipal election year in Red As most people know, after a long Deer — in fact, one of the better ones and respectable career as a municiin years. pal politician, Mayor MorThere’s an increasing levris Flewwelling has decidel of noise from an outspoed not to seek re-election. ken — and grumpy — public. Whenever the mayor’s seat While sometimes it may is vacated, civic elections seem like so much whining, tend to draw considerable it’s actually very positive interest and, if we’re lucky, to have citizens engaged in a few more voters to the public debate about decipolls. Municipal democracy sions made by the level of in action the past several government that has more elections has involved a impact on our daily lives minority of eligible voters than any other. deciding who should be on I should qualify “public city council. MARY-ANN debate.” Some of the debate It’s not a bad gig — the BARR has been going on anonyannual pay is about $86,000 mously, online. It’s not credfor the mayor and about ible and it beats me why $51,000 for councillors. anyone would be too chickComparatively, the city en to let their real name stand behind manager makes about $210,000. This their opinions about decisions at City time around, for the first time, terms Hall. Hiding behind the cloak the In- are expected to increase to four years ternet offers while criticizing public instead of the present three. The proofficials is unethical. vincial government must legislate the Back to the year ahead: there is no change. shortage of issues to bite into, and to For anyone thinking of running: if add a little extra meat to the spit, in you want a good idea of what the issues

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are going to be when the campaign takes off in the fall, try browsing the Red Deer Advocate letters to the editor. Issues abound, like bike lanes, a possible ward system (a petition is going to be circulated on this), taxes, the crime rate, backyard chickens and smoking in outdoor public spaces. And oh, don’t forget those perennial issues, potholes and dog and cat control. Often times, municipal politics is deadly boring. Not this time around. I cannot recall such a potentially big agenda for a coming election. God help us if we get mired down in only one or two issues, like bike lanes and, well, bike lanes! Council did seem to have dodged one election bullet by finally deciding late last year to continue with fluoride in our water system. Will that come back to haunt those of council who choose to run again? There was a small but quite vocal group of people opposed to fluoride in water. The rest of us, who have used fluoridated water for decades, still don’t glow in the dark. It may be that some day the vocal minority will

change this — the fluoride in the water that is — especially if all eligible voters continue to allow a minority of voters to choose their city council. Two issues in particular are going to make it quite uncomfortable for current council members who decide to run in the election. The refusal by council to begin the process to allow for a plebiscite on a ward system has ticked off a lot of people. With a ward system intrinsically tied to an election, we’re going to hear a lot more about this. As well, the incredibly controversial bike lane issue is only going to gear up again as warmer weather arrives and more cyclists begin to share the designated routes with motorists. The biggest issue of all is who will lay claim to the mayor’s chair. A few people, including current city Coun. Cindy Jefferies, have declared already. The days ahead will reveal more major candidates. These are interesting times indeed. Mary-Ann Barr is the Advocate’s assistant city editor. She can be reached at 403-314-4332 or by email at barr@reddeeradvocate.com.

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Alberta’s Third World health care system As a senior who is on his second hip replacement, I would like to bring to the attention of the powers to be in our health system and to all citizens who have to visit a surgeon or any other specialist. I called the minister of Health Department in Edmonton and was told that a hip replacement was not on the priority list. It is not a life-ordeath situation, so you must wait. Maybe when a hip just starts to hurt in the first few months, this may be true. However, once the deterioration is gone to bone on bone, the pain is excruciating and no medication works. I have suffered for the last three months in the most excruciating pain one can bear. Twelve Tylenol No. 4 per day plus two Percocet and still most days this has very little effect. The pain is there 24/7. I would like to hear from others with the same problem. Why do we put up with it? Do we have to demonstrate in front of the legislature buildings in wheelchairs? The last hip replacement, I went to the Mayo Clinic and the hip was replaced seven days after the first phone call. I received a phone call from the Red Deer Hip and Knee Clinic 11½ months after referral, which was booked in March 2010. I received a call to see surgeon on Feb. 17, 2011. This was not for surgery, only an interview. After paying taxes for 60 years, I do not believe that anyone should suffer excruciating pain for months or years. This is just not acceptable. I am fortunate enough that I can pay for another hip replacement in the U.S. on March 6. Even if I couldn’t afford it, I would mortgage my house to get relief from this pain. I feel sorry for people who cannot afford it. We should be able to receive this treatment at home in a reasonable time frame — e.g. one to three months. In my estimation, the health system is out of control and is unaccountable. Once you get into the system, it is fine, but to get there is next to impossible, unless it’s an emergency. Just because health care is supposed to be free, which is the furthest thing from the truth, many people think it’s great. If you can’t get help when you need it, then it’s worthless. Because operations are not performed when they’re supposed to be, they become more complicated and more expensive. I would like anyone suffering as I am to let your voices be heard. This nonsense has gone on for far too long. Bill Welikoklad Red Deer

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No freedom without information Are Mongolia and Colombia more democratic than Canada? If you believe the equations of Canada’s Centre for Law and Democracy, and the Eurozone’s Access Info Europe, it’s a question worth asking. People equate democracy with freedom to vote and ability to hold governors accountable between elections. If leaders are not accountable to the voters, then the equation is incomplete — and so is democracy. Voters cannot GREG hold leaders acNEIMAN countable if they do not have the information they need to ask the right questions of their government, or to assess the answers. So, when Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy ranks Canada 55th of 93 countries for upholding freedom of information, that’s a pretty serious charge. So serious that the government’s response to the centre’s study was to deny that it’s true — months after the Canadian Press asked if the government was even taking the study seriously. Suzanne Legault is Canada’s information commissioner. She said, “the analysis that this group has done is going to be a really useful tool” in her own work. But according to documents the Canadian Press received after their own Access to Information request, the reaction in the highest offices was somewhat different.

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An internal memo last summer to Treasury Board president Tony Clement cites the report’s “weaknesses,” saying the methodology “does not allow for an accurate comparison of the openness of a society and of its government.” It took five months for CP to get that much. Part of the international study scored timeliness of responses to requests for information. Thirty days is the standard; longer than that is cited as failure. But fair enough, let’s look at other studies and other methodologies. Newspapers Canada is a joint project of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. They’ve been doing annual audits of information freedom in Canada since 2005. If they can’t judge the comparative openness of Canadian society and its governments, nobody can. Their study included the federal government, all Canadian provinces and major cities. It ranks those who actually believe people have a right to information and those who merely pander to slogans. In their 2012 study, the federal government got an F. That means fewer than half of information requests made in the study were returned on time and contained the actual information requested. Did this study take into account Canadian societal values of openness? Well, the provinces collectively got a C, indicating 62.5 to 75 per cent compliance with requests made. (Alberta received a B grade, 75.5 to 87.5 per cent compliance.) Canadian municipalities collectively got a B, while Calgary and Edmonton each picked up an A. The study was done by having students mail identically-worded requests 403-314-4337

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for information to each level of government (examples: How many cellphone contracts do you pay for? How big is your government’s vehicle fleet? How much did the government pay for the minister to attend a conference?). They waited for responses and graded them. Is the federal Treasury Board, which oversees Legault’s commission, satisfied with that methodology or is there a structural weakness here as well? Go ahead and ask them. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer. One of the barriers that could get a government downgraded in the study concerns whether a cost estimate comes before an answer to a question. The federal government rarely puts a cost burden on a request for information. So for them to get an F in that light requires rather active duplicity from a supposedly democratic government. Alberta does charge for completing information requests but even with that barrier in the way, its performance was much better than the federal government’s. One measure of accountability and democracy says that when government fears the people, rather than the other way round, you get far better government. Two recent multi-year studies show our federal government isn’t afraid of us at all. Thanks to the efforts of watchdog groups like Newspapers Canada and the Centre for Law and Democracy, voters should know where our treasured democracy is being eroded. And where we need to demand better performance. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate.blogspot. ca or email greg.neiman.blog@gmail.com.

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Probe into massive data breach widens INCLUDES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A investigation into the federal government’s loss of personal information on over 5,000 Canadians has widened to include the Justice Department. The loss of a portable data key containing information connected to Canada Pension Plan disability benefits was initially thought to involve only Human Resources and Development Canada, which administers the program. But those who filed complaints to the privacy commissioner’s office over

the data breach are now being told the incident may have included another department. “I wish to advise you that it has come to our attention that an employee from the Department of Justice Canada may also have been involved in the incident which resulted in the loss of the USB device,” says the letter. It goes on to inform recipients a complaint against the Justice Department was filed Jan. 28. “Our office is therefore investigating both HRSDC and Justice Canada regarding the incident,” says the letter, dated Feb. 14. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The same day as the letter, senior officials from the Human Resources

Department were before a House of Commons committee testifying about the breach. No mention was made of the possibility another department was involved. The committee was told that USB key went missing Nov. 16, two days after it was loaded with unencrypted information on 5,045 people, including their social insurance number, medical conditions, level of education and jobs. The key was handed to an employee working on a secure floor at Human Resources who used it the next day, but then couldn’t find it. The committee heard that the search for the missing stick included an employee’s home and office, and even a taxi they had taken home the

day after the stick was received. It was never recovered. About 10 days earlier, an employee in a different division at Human Resources had also misplaced an external hard drive — that device contained student loan information on 583,000 Canadians. That incident is also under investigation. A spokeswoman for the privacy commissioner said at this point that investigation remains focused on Human Resources. “We’ve opened a complaint against the Department of Justice in relation to the incident involving loss of the information stored on the USB key — not in relation to the other (student loan info) breach,” Anne-Marie Hayden said in an email.

Duffy still in hot seat despite repayment of Senate housing allowance BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Mike Duffy may have hoped controversy over his expenses and eligibility to sit in the Senate would go away after his offer to repay tens of thousands in an improperly collected housing allowance. But the Conservative senator’s explanation — that confusing paperwork is to blame for his innocent mistake — isn’t washing with opposition leaders in either of Parliament’s two chambers. Sen. James Cowan, Liberal leader in the upper chamber, says he doesn’t understand how anyone could find the paperwork confusing. What’s more, Cowan questions whether senators who don’t live, vote, pay taxes, hold health care cards and driver’s licences in their so-called home provinces are even entitled to sit in the Senate at all. By that standard, Duffy and possibly two other Conservative senators — Pamela Wallin and Dennis Patterson — may not meet the constitutional re-

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quirement that senators must reside in the provinces or territories they were appointed to represent. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is raising the same doubts in the House of Commons. For its part, the government insists Duffy, Wallin and Patterson all maintain sufficiently deep ties to their home provinces or territories to meet the undefined constitutional residency requirement. As for Duffy’s housing allowance, the government is urging opposition parties to await the results of a committee investigation and an external audit. Cowan’s criticism is a marked departure from a rare display of bi-partisanship earlier this month, when he and Marjory LeBreton, the government’s leader in the Senate, demanded a swift and public resolution to allegations that some senators have been abusing the housing allowance. The allowance is meant to compensate those who maintain a secondary residence in the National Capital Region while performing their parliamentary duties. At least three senators — Duffy, fellow Conserva-

tive Patrick Brazeau and Liberal Mac Harb — are alleged to have claimed the allowance even though their primary residences are actually in the capital region. Cowan and LeBreton jointly asked the Senate’s internal economy committee to interview senators who have made questionable claims for the housing allowance to determine the validity of their claims and demand repayment, with interest, where necessary. Those interviews began Monday. Cowan said he didn’t know how many senators are being interviewed or their names. While he didn’t name Duffy specifically, he made it clear he doesn’t think his explanation for mistakenly claiming the allowance, when his primary residence is in Ottawa, holds water. Cowan said he’s filled out the same paperwork Duffy has called vague and confusing and found it clear and straightforward. “In this declaration of primary and secondary residences, there’s no confusion in my mind about this form,” Cowan said in an interview.

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CONE CASTLE Remember the ice cream shop called Cone Castle located at 5 Fir St. overlooking Bower Ponds? It used to one of my family’s favourite places to go for treat after a long bike trip, post paddle boat ride or during a weekend picnic. Then we would go in for ice cream and spend endless time on deciding which flavours to choose from. Feeling a little bit MADHU nostalgic, my husband BADONI and I recently went in and discovered that not only does the Cone Castle have a new owner but whole new menu! Originally from B.C., Peggy Bittorf, the owner of Cone Castle, worked for an ice cream company for 14 years. Wanting to be closer to her daughter living in Red Deer, Bittorf was looking for a business opportunity in the city. “When I heard from one of my customers that an ice cream shop was coming up for sale, I didn’t think twice about taking ownership,” explains Bittorf. Although she continued to sell milkshakes, sundaes, and varieties of ice creams, Bittorf quickly realized that to appeal to customers all year round she needed to add more to her newly-acquired shop. “Besides the Bower Ponds, there really isn’t anything else to draw people to the area,” explained Bittorf. Taking some time to understand the locals, Bittorf quickly learned that her menu needed to include homemade items, goodies from already established distributors and something unique and exclusive that offered an excuse for people to come in. In addition to the cold treats, Cone Castle’s menu now includes light meals with homemade chilies, soups, and sandwiches for people who want a quick bite and a change from fast food chain restaurants. It also serves Pearson’s Berry Farm’s famous butter tarts and varieties of cupcakes brought in from Scratch Homemade Cakes and Sweets. Her “unique” addition was her homemade pies in which both the crust and the filling are made from scratch. Her love for creating the treat is apparent by the variety of pies that are available at the store; peanut butter apple, pear praline

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Another event that Cone Castle has hosted is a Victorian tea party are where tea is served from dainty teapots into delicate cups; of course, with it comes some traditional fresh baked goodies. Offering coffee, tea, hot chocolate or hot cider, the tea party will appeal to mother-daughter(s), sisters, friends reuniting or ladies who just can’t get enough of slow leisurely days. bumbleberry, lemon meringue and cranberry apple are just a few that are displayed in the see through case, wooing the customers. “You can have a slice at the shop or take a whole pie to share with family, friends and co-workers,” suggests Bittorf. Walking into the shop, it is somewhat reminiscent of an authentic ice cream parlor; the walls are painted with amusing candy cane coloured red and white stripes while the decorations are all fanciful with mismatched glassware and intriguing decor that Bittorf has collected. The walls have portraits that have been refurbished and antiques pieces which Bittorf has acquired over the years. Individually, each piece seems ordinary but somehow Bittorf has brought them all together to bring out

Bittorf’s “unique” addition is her homemade pies — made from scratch — from the crust to the filling! Her love for creating the treat is apparent by the variety of pies that are available at the store: peanut butter apple, pear praline bumbleberry, lemon meringue and cranberry apple are just a few displayed in the see-through case, wooing the customers!

the fun feeling that you experience when you enter. Seating is very casual with three familystyle dining tables in the centre of the shop lined with intimate booths for two on the side. There is a table with toddler toys waiting for a little person who eats faster than the rest of the family and requires some distraction while the rest of the family continues to leisurely enjoy their meal. The booths for two seem ideal for “everyday romance” where you spontaneously take that special someone to share an intimate cup of coffee or simple lunch with. Because of its casual and somewhat whimsical decor, the Cone Castle is an ideal place to host special occasion. With the menu featuring foods like hot dogs, macaroni and tacos in a bag, it is the perfect venue for kids’ birthday parties. To add an activity to the party, Cone Castle also offers “make your own sundaes parties,” “an event that is enjoyed by kids of all ages,” explains Bittorf. Another event that Cone Castle has hosted is a Victorian tea party where tea is served in delicate teacups — of course, with it comes some fresh baked goodies, just like the timed tradition. By offering coffee, tea, hot chocolate and hot cider it appeals to mother-daughter(s), sisters, friends reuniting or ladies who just can’t get enough of slow, leisurely days. To get reacquainted with old Cone Castle, you can join Bittorf on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @ConeCastle1, where she is enticing customers with food pictures of hot chillies nestled in a warm bread bowl, fresh piping hot soups and homemade pies that glisten, ooze and create cravings that can only be satisfied when you take a trip to the north end of town! Madhu Badoni is a Red Deer-based freelance food writer. She can be reached at madhubadoni@gmail.com or on Twitter @madhubadoni. Watch for Madhu’s Masala-Mix blog on www. reddeeradvocate.com.


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A world without art Controlling mom The interesting part about buying a makers and the list goes on. package of scissors is you need a pair of Our collective imagination is limitscissors in order to open the package of less. I think our climate plays a huge scissors. role. Our long winters are perhaps our If you bought the scissors to replace a most valuable mentor and muse. pair that hasn’t been sharp I believe everyone is cresince the seventies you’re ative; some people are just forced to use the dull scisable to suppress it more than sors one last time to open others. However, inside evthe superior scissor set. eryone is some kind of creWhile this will reaffirm ative impulse straining to be why you bought the new unleashed. I say, release the scissors, it’s kind of hearthounds! less when you think about I know some people feel art it. It’s sort of like firing is unnecessary, but pause for someone and then telling a moment to think what our them they have to go pick world would look like without up their replacement at the creative minds. airport. Even if you would rather SHANNON The crappy scissors at poke hot needles in your eye MCKINNON least have the satisfaction than spend an afternoon at an of knowing they released art museum, I challenge you to the trapped ones. go through your day imagining “So you shiny, fancy, your environment without art; snippers, not so snippy in your pretty a world where everything is completely package now are you? If I hadn’t come utilitarian. along you’d still be trapped in there. No music, no unnecessary patterns, Trapped I say!” no colour. No pretty logos on planes or I worry about someone setting up City signs or vending machines. No detheir first home and buying their first signs on tissue boxes, blankets or shoes. package of scissors. What are they supNext time you’re enjoying a meal in posed to do? Or what if you already re- a fancy restaurant imagine the same excycled the old pair? Then what? perience without pictures on the walls, Of course, what I really should be soft music in the background or unnecworried about is the time I am spending essary decor of any kind. thinking about any of this; particularly What if there wasn’t even a jar of the feelings of a dull pair of scissors. macaroni on a ledge? It’s like that old Ikea commercial What if food was simply plopped on a where the couple breaks their ceramic plate without so much as a parsley sprig creamer and has to buy a new one. to make it look appealing? The camera pans in on the old cow Would you still be so quick to whip shaped creamer lying on the curb with that credit card out of your wallet? We the trash in the rain while in the back- had a chance to eat at the CN Tower last ground you see the couple happily pour- year and—sophisticated diners that we ing cream into their tea cups with its are—we actually took pictures of our replacement. desserts before consuming them. A voice says, “Aw, do you feel sorry They were truly frame-worthy; almost for the little creamer? That’s because too pretty to eat. But eat them we did you’re crazy. and they were delicious, due in no small Creamers don’t have feelings. Come part to their artful presentation. to Ikea and get a better one.” Whether it’s made of sugar or paint, I needed my new scissor set for do- glass or clay, words or wire, art makes ing something I loosely call art. I would our world a better place. never call myself an artist, though I supIt invokes the whole wheel of human pose there is nothing so bold in that. It’s emotions from bliss to despair; it makes not as if I’m saying I am a great artist us think. It tickles forgotten memories just that I enjoy dabbling in art. and inspires us to reach for the stars. There are so many levels to art that It’s necessary. And in these waning days I won’t begin to discern between them. of winter with the onset of cabin fever, Anyone who explores their creative urg- art is cheaper than therapy or a tropies and sees it through until they have cal vacation. Now where did I put those birthed an idea into something they can scissors... hold in their hands has my respect. Canada as a whole seems to have an Shannon McKinnon is a syndicated huabundance of creative people; singers, mour columnist from Northern BC. You songwriters, musicians, quilters, paint- can read past columns by visiting www. ers, sculptors, potters, poets, jewelry shannonmckinnon.com

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must be confronted Question: I have been dating my to go to counseling or to even try to boyfriend for almost a year, and our work on the marriage. I don’t want to relationship is going very well. The get a divorce. issue is with his mom. I am willing to try anything to reShe is very controlling; it’s “her build our marriage. Do you know of way or the highway.” any programs or resources that would We’ve talked about gethelp us? ting married in the future, Dr. Greg Smalley, execand we don’t want her conutive director of Marriage trolling our marriage. How and Family Formation: can we confront her in a I’m very sorry to learn of loving way? the difficult state of your Jim: You’re absolutely marriage. correct. You don’t want There are programs your mother-in-law conthat can help, such as trolling your marriage! intensive couples’ counAnd while it might be seling, but your husband tempting to give her the needs to be willing to atbenefit of the doubt and tend. believe that she’ll back off Until he’s open to doJIM once you actually tie the ing so, and until he deDALY knot, based on what you’ve sires to work on the mardescribed, that doesn’t riage, your options are seem likely. limited. Our counseling team has If you’ve been continudealt with this question in ously urging him to attend the past and suggests that counseling for the past six it is your boyfriend’s responsibility to months or more, it’s time to give him take the lead on this issue. some space. Just a little bit of breathIf he’s afraid to confront her or ing room may help him make the desimply doesn’t want to rock the boat, cision for himself. You can’t make it we suggest that you make a date with for him. him and then patiently explain that In the meantime, consider working you can no longer tolerate his mom’s on your own heart. I don’t know the attempts to control your relationship. details of your separation, but in genThen work on setting some firm eral, when a separation or divorce boundaries for her. occurs, it’s easy to focus on the other Once you’re on the same page, the person’s issues rather than confronttwo of you should sit down with his ing our own. mom and share your concerns. In other words, your husband’s Your boyfriend should take the refusal to take part in counseling lead in this conversation. shouldn’t prevent you from pursuing He should make it clear — as lov- counseling on your own. ingly and gently as possible — that You might consider seeking out you are adults and that you expect to a support group in your church that be treated as such. could help you grapple with this difHopefully, she will see the error of ficult period in your marriage. her ways and learn to loosen up a bit. Talking one-on-one with a counAs a part of this process, you might selor may also be helpful to you as also want to read Boundaries (Zonder- you hope and pray for the day when van, 2002), an excellent book by Dr. your husband decides to work on the Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. marriage. It contains a wealth of helpful maContact Focus on the Family for a terial for setting healthy boundaries referral. in a variety of relationships. Question: My husband left me six Jim Daly is a husband and father, months ago. an author, and president of Focus on He said he just couldn’t be mar- the Family and host of the Focus on ried any longer. the Family radio program. Catch up I have tried many times to rec- with him at www.jimdalyblog.com or at oncile with him, but he is unwilling www.facebook.com/DalyFocus.

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Your month by month guide to a year of healthy living By Pam Snowdon Are you wondering what’s happened to those healthy resolutions you set for yourself back in January? You’re not alone! While we might start out with good intentions, sustaining them can be a whole different game. We become overwhelmed, perhaps have a bad day or two where we lose sight of the goal altogether. What’s the point, we wonder, as we throw a jumbo bag of potato chips into the shopping cart. Maybe your downhill slide occurs when you pour another glass of wine, light up a cigarette, or bury your yoga mat at the back of the closet. One of the reasons that we fall off the wagon is that we tend to make broad generalizations, such as “this year I’m going to get healthy.” Instead, we need to focus on the baby steps (and yes, the work) that will take us where we want to go. Let’s say results, introduce some new routines to get your goal is to lose weight: how can you break yourself back on track. Pull out your day planner that down into smaller, manageable increments? (or treat yourself to a beautiful new one for extra An example of a good first step is to schedule an inspiration), blow off the dust gathering on your appointment to discuss your goal with your doctor appointment book, set your gym bag near the or a dietician. Gather information and evaluate front door: it’s not too late! Here are some of the what is a reasonable weight loss for you. Experts special health days for the rest of the year, around tell us to write down our goals to make them which you can focus, organize, and carry out concrete and achievable. Use the S.M.A.R.T. your health resolutions. formula – specific, measurable, achievable, MARCH – We often begin diets on January 1, relevant, and time bound – as criteria while you but any time is a good a time to to get rid of the record and track each mini-goal. Pat yourself on junk food in your pantry and begin with a fresh the back! You have already made three little steps new eating plan. towards your overall objective. March is National Nutrition Month, National No doubt you have heard the adage that the Kidney Month, and Liver Health Month. Focus definition of insanity is doing the same thing on nutritious food choices benefits all your vital every time and expecting different results. Yet, organs. It’s also Red Cross Month, and time to as you accomplish each small baby step, you ensure your first aid kit is up to date and includes bolster your self esteem and motivation, making all necessary supplies.You can find valuable you stronger and more determined. Along with information at the Canadian Red Cross website writing down your goals, use other tools such or local office for information on emergency as tracking your progress, writing down or preparedness, too. memorizing affirmations, finding a workout APRIL – It’s Daffodil Month, as well as Oral partner, or listening to inspirational CD’s or health Awareness month. Make an appointment audio books. Try meditating and visualization, or to see your dentist if checkups have not been a create a vision board. Don’t be afraid to give each part of your routine. Learn about cancer risks and prevention and small goal a deadline: as begin to implement well as providing some screening into your motivation, this coaches routine, too. your mind to believe in tickets are on sale for the St. Patricks MAY – This is Day Tea on March 16th.  $5.00 per your efforts. person. Speech and Hearing Remember the most Awareness Month, as important person you are well as Vision Health making changes for is tickets are on sale for the Ukraine month. Schedule yourself. In order to get Dinner on March 22nd.  $15.00 per appointments this out of your motivation person. month with your rut and realize different

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practitioners. It’s also awareness month for MS, Huntington Disease, Cerebral Palsy, and Celiac Disease. If you are concerned about any of these conditions, obtain information from your health care provider. JUNE – Focus on your sight and hearing this month, as it is Deaf Blind Awareness Month. It’s also International Men’s Health Month, ALS Awareness Month, and Brain Injury Awareness Month. JULY – In the summer months, implement healthy habits like remembering to use sunscreen, stay hydrated while your out in the garden, and to enjoy outdoor recreation to stay fit. National Parks Day is celebrated on the third Saturday this month, so grab your hat, water bottle, and bug spray and hit the local trails! AUGUST – Book an appointment with your health care provider and begin training for the Terry Fox Run/Walk next month. SEPTEMBER – Keep walking or running in readiness for the Terry Fox event on the second Sunday of the month. Learn about ways to prevent or manage forms of arthritis for Arthritis Awareness Month. OCTOBER – Implement changes to improve your mental health and well being through Mental Health Awareness Week. Contact the Red Deer branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association for tips and ideas for dealing with stress, loneliness and isolation, depression, grief, or other concerns that might be weighing on your mind and body. NOVEMBER – Diet and positive lifestyle choices are important to our bone health, and for healthy lungs. Lung cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and Crohn’s and Colitis Disease are highlighted this month. DECEMBER – December 5 is International Volunteer Day. Contributing to the larger community has a positive impact on mental health, as well as to physical well being and longevity so look for ways that you can make time to help out through agencies like The Golden Circle Seniors Resource Centre and other local organizations. JANUARY – If you smoke, time to quit! Celebrate Weedless Wednesday during the third week of the month. Learn ways to keep yourself healthy during National Alzheimer Awareness Month. FEBRUARY – It’s Heart & Stroke Month. This Valentine’s Day, reward yourself with a bit of healthy dark chocolate for a year of health and well being.

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VORACEK GETS NHL FIRST STAR Forwards Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop were named the NHL’s three stars of the week. Voracek captured first-star honours after leading all players in points (11) and assists (seven) as Philadelphia won three of its four games. The Czech has points in five straight games (four goals, eight assists) and leads the Flyers in scoring with 22 points. Stamkos was named the second star after registering four goals and four assists in four games. The 23-year-old has scored the most goals in the NHL since the start of the 2009-10 season with 169. Bishop claimed the third star after winning all three of his starts. He posted a 2.03 goals-against average and .931 save percentage as Ottawa won all four of its contests.

Rebels looking to stop streak BLADES’ WINNING STREAK AT 15 GAMES WHICH THE REBELS HOPE TO END TONIGHT BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR As the 2013 Memorial Cup tournament hosts, the Saskatoon Blades had to eventually emerge as a Western Hockey League power. Although GM/head coach Lorne Molleken negotiated numerous trades to give his club more depth and star power with the likes of centre Brenden Walker and winger Michael Ferland, the Blades stumbled through the first three to four months of the season but now haven’t lost since falling 4-2 to the defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings Jan. 23. That’s 15 wins in succession, a streak the Red Deer Rebels have every intention of halting when the clubs tangle tonight at the Centrium (7 p.m. start). “We always knew they were a good team. Really, the whole league knew it was just a matter of time before they got it together,” Rebels overage defenceman Brandon Underwood said Monday. “(But) I don’t know if we thought they’d put together that kind of a winning streak. Tomorrow’s game is going to be as close to a playoff game as we’ve had all year.” Not only would the Rebels snap the Blades’ long and impressive run with a victory tonight, but they would also complete a sweep of the four-game series. “There’s a pretty big rivalry between our two teams,” said Underwood. “With us

taking the first three games we want to get the sweep and I’m sure they want to beat us just as badly as we want to beat them.” That being said, Underwood cautioned that the Rebels can’t be too caught up with the Blades. “We can’t really think about them too much,” he said. “We’re the kind of team that if we play our style, especially in our own rink, we seem to have success.” That’s certainly been the case as of late. Red Deer posted a clutch 4-2 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders Saturday with a huge, three-goal third-period performance. “P.A. came out and started to play the run and gun game they like to play,” said

Oilers can’t stop Blackhawks’ streak HOSSA SCORES IN OVERTIME TO EXTEND HAWKS POINTS STREAK TO 19 GAMES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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● Peewee AA hockey: Red Deer TBS at Sylvan Lake, third game of bestof-three South Central League North quarterfinal, if necessary, 6 p.m. ● WHL: Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● AJHL: Drumheller at Olds, 7 p.m. ● Midget AAA hockey: UFA at Red Deer, first game of best-of-five AMHL South Division semifinal, 7:15 p.m., Arena. ● Midget AA hockey: Wheatland at Lacombe, third game of best-ofthree South Central League North quarterfinal, if necessary, 7:45 p.m.

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● Curling: Provincial juvenile championship at Sylvan Lake. ● Major midget female hockey: Southeast at Red Deer, third game of bestof-five AMMFHL South semifinal, 7 p.m., Kin City B.

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Underwood. “We got down 2-0 early, then kind of refocused and got back to playing Rebels hockey. That’s what got us the win. “So we can’t really worry about the opponent too much, especially at this time of the year. You have to worry about your own game first and everything else will hopefully fall into place.” Underwood, a California native who was acquired from the Regina Pats last September, is part of a Rebels blueline crew that has gradually improved under the direction of assistant coach Bryce Thoma and associate coach Jeff Truitt, who was hired in November. Truitt is a seasoned mentor with head coaching experience in both the WHL and the American League. His guidance has helped Underwood elevate his game in recent weeks. “Jeff has been awesome, he’s been a great coach,” said the six-foot-three, 220-pound rearguard. “I’ve learned a lot from him even with this being my last year (in the WHL). He’s worked with me a lot and he’s also really good with the young guys. “He’s a good guy first and foremost and he’s good with the guys . . . he knows how to teach young adults like we are. Often it’s just the little things with Jeff. He doesn’t let us off the hook, he holds us accountable when we need to play better and he’s also positive when we do play well. “He’s a good coach and I couldn’t be happier having him with the team.” gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

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Chicago Blackhawks centre Patrick Sharp battles Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner for a loose puck during an NHL hockey game, Monday in Chicago.

Blackhawks 3 Oilers 2 OT CHICAGO — Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Monday night to stretch their NHL-record opening points streak to 19 games. Patrick Sharp set up the winning goal with a quick turn along the boards and a drive to the goal that led to two stops by Nikolai Khabibulin. Hossa picked up the second rebound and was again stuffed by Khabibulin before he poked it in for his ninth goal of the season. Patrick Kane and Viktor Stalberg also scored for Chicago (160-3), which has won six straight and nine of 10. Ray Emery made 17 saves to remain unbeaten in eight starts this season. Nail Yakupov and Jeff Petry had the goals for Edmonton, which carried a 2-1 lead into the third period but couldn’t hold on for its fourth consecutive victory over the Blackhawks. Khabibulin had 31 stops in the opener of the Oilers’ franchiserecord, nine-game road trip. Edmonton grabbed the lead in the second, taking advantage when Brandon Saad was sent off for high sticking. Yakupov, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, one-timed a pass from Sam Gagner into the right side of the net at 14:17 for

his fourth power-play goal and sixth overall. Chicago looked listless for much of the second, but rebounded quickly in the third. Michal Rozsival was behind the net when he sent a pass in front to Stalberg, who poked the puck into the mouth of goal as Khabibulin went to his knees to try for the stop. The call on the ice was no goal, but replays showed the puck crossed the line before Khabibulin could make the play and Stalberg was awarded his fifth goal of the season after a short review. The pace picked up after the tying goal, and each team had a couple of solid chances to move in front. Yakupov shot off the post on one power-play opportunity, and Khabibulin stopped Hossa on a short-handed chance. Edmonton moved in front in the first period after Duncan Keith lost his footing and coughed up the puck deep in Chicago’s end. Lennart Petrell picked it up and skated in all alone on Emery, who stopped his backhand attempt. The rebound went out to Petry, who sent it over the prone goalie at 4:28. Just over a minute later, Kane skated to the middle of the ice and beat Khabibulin with a slick backhander for his 10th goal of the season. It was his first goal since Feb. 10 at Nashville, ending a six-game drought.

Raptors lay egg at home against worst road team in NBA BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Wizards 90 Raptors 84 TORONTO — With just 25 games left in the regular season, and the Toronto Raptors trying to claw their way into a playoff spot, there is no room for coasting. Dwane Casey knows it, and he definitely let his players know it after the Raptors’ ugly 90-84 loss at home Monday to the Washington Wizards — the worst road team in the NBA. “It was a stinker. They whupped us, they outworked us,” Casey said. “We tried to turn it on, turn it off. They got us. They kicked our butt in the paint, they ran the floor, they forced us into 12 turnovers in the first half, and that was the ballgame. The first half set the tone for the whole game.” DeMar DeRozan topped Toronto (23-34) with 25 points, but was one of the few players who didn’t look half asleep in front of the 16,705 unfortunate fans at Air Canada Centre who sat through one of the worst efforts of the season. Kyle Lowry added 18 points, while Amir Johnson grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. The Raptors scored just 32 points in the first half in what was only their second loss in eight games, and played without any sense of the desperation that Casey likes to see in his players. “Why we wouldn’t have that at this time of the year, and for what we’re fighting for, scratching for, and what we’ve been through, it’s shocking to me,” Casey said. Bradley Beal scored 20 points to top the Wizards (18-37), who have won three straight and seven of their last nine games. A.J. Price and Martell Webster added 12 points apiece. Nene had 11 points and nine rebounds, while Emeka Okafor grabbed 13

rebounds to go with eight points. The Raptors had been one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference in February, and began the game four spots out of the eighth and final playoff spot. But the positive vibes quickly fizzled for a Raptors team that trailed 63-54 heading into the fourth quarter. “We dug ourselves a hole and were trying to fight out of it the whole game,” DeRozan said. Asked if he hopes the loss can light a fire under the team, DeRozan said: “We definitely need it to, and understand we don’t have much time to get where we’re trying to go. Every game that we play is definitely critical.” The Raptors managed to pull within six points a couple of times down the stretch and then a DeRozan free throw cut the Wizards’ lead to five with just over a minute to play. But John Wall put the visitors back up by seven with 46 seconds left, which had many of the fans headed for the exits. “Disappointment. We’re a way better team than the way we played today. A way better team,” an angry Rudy Gay in the Toronto locker-room. “I don’t believe there’s ever a good loss, but this might be the one that can wake us up.” Gay, who’s been solid since he was acquired in last month’s trade with Memphis (the Raptors are 7-4 with Gay in the lineup), might have had the most disappointing performance of the night. He shot just 1-for-11 from the field. “You’ve got to come out of the lockerroom in that desperate mode, because you’ve got a bullseye on your back,” Casey said of Gay. “You’ve got to come out with that in mind.”

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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan drives to the hoop against Washinton Wizards centre Nene during NBA action in Toronto on Monday.


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Hockey WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W LOTLSOL GF dx-Edmonton 64 43 16 2 3 239 d-Saskatoon 62 38 21 0 3 235 Calgary 62 40 18 1 3 220 Red Deer 63 34 23 4 2 182 Prince Albert 62 33 23 2 4 201 Medicine Hat 64 33 28 2 1 217 Swift Current 63 29 27 3 4 179 Kootenay 62 31 29 2 0 172 Lethbridge 62 25 28 2 7 185 Moose Jaw 62 21 32 3 6 157 Regina 62 21 34 3 4 159 Brandon 63 21 37 3 2 167

Florida 18 Washington 17 GA 138 182 171 181 198 213 175 183 204 220 226 258

Pt 91 79 84 74 72 69 65 64 59 51 49 47

WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt dx-Portland 63 51 9 1 2 292 141 105 dx-Kelowna 63 44 15 3 1 273 161 92 x-Kamloops 63 41 17 2 3 226 165 87 Tri-City 61 36 22 1 2 212 182 75 Spokane 62 36 24 2 0 228 202 74 Victoria 61 32 24 1 4 194 311 69 Seattle 62 21 33 7 1 176 245 50 Everett 62 22 35 1 4 145 226 49 Prince George 62 18 36 2 6 154 232 44 Vancouver 63 16 45 2 0 169 268 34 d — Division leader. x — Clinched playoff berth. Note: Division leaders ranked in top three positions per conference regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns. Monday’s games No Games Scheduled. Tuesday’s games Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Seattle, 8:05 p.m. Portland at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m.

Dieno Elson Hamilton Dumba Bellerive Maxwell Ness Gaudet Fleury Bleackley Volek Johnson Millette Underwood Fafard Stockl Feser Pochuk Doetzel Thiel Boomgaarden Pouliot Smith Bartosak

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Goaltenders MP GA SO GAA 2653 101 3 2.28 973 57 0 3.52

PIM +/8 16 56 23 37 1 67 5 41 -9 20 6 28 -4 55 8 17 5 24 -6 14 -4 34 3 16 -6 87 4 90 11 19 -5 9 -1 10 -3 18 -4 35 -11 28 -6 2 — 0 0 10 — Sv% .933 .904

Northeast Division W L OT Pts 12 4 3 27 12 6 2 26 11 2 2 24 12 8 0 24 6 12 1 13

GF GA 53 41 48 37 45 34 57 46 48 63

Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts Carolina 17 9 7 1 19 Tampa Bay 18 9 8 1 19 Winnipeg 18 8 9 1 17

GF GA 50 51 69 58 48 57

GP 19 20 15 20 19

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 19 16 0 3 35 61 37 Nashville 20 9 6 5 23 44 47 St. Louis 18 10 6 2 22 55 52 Detroit 19 9 7 3 21 57 54 Columbus 19 5 12 2 12 40 56

Vancouver Edmonton Minnesota Calgary Colorado

Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts 18 10 4 4 24 18 7 7 4 18 17 8 7 2 18 17 7 7 3 17 17 7 8 2 16

GF GA 52 48 42 49 37 42 48 59 42 51

Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 16 13 2 1 27 57 42 Dallas 19 9 8 2 20 51 53 Phoenix 18 8 7 3 19 50 49 San Jose 17 8 6 3 19 41 39 Los Angeles 16 8 6 2 18 40 39 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Boston 4, Florida 1 Detroit 8, Vancouver 3 Winnipeg 4, New Jersey 2 Chicago 1, Columbus 0 Carolina 4, N.Y. Islanders 2 Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 3 Anaheim 4, Colorado 3, OT Calgary 5, Phoenix 4

Tuesday’s Games Dallas at Columbus, 5 p.m. Carolina at Washington, 5 p.m. Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 5:30 p.m. Calgary at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 19 13 6 0 26 65 48 New Jersey 19 10 5 4 24 48 49 Philadelphia 21 9 11 1 19 60 66 N.Y. Rangers17 8 7 2 18 41 44 N.Y. Islanders19 8 10 1 17 56 64

Wednesday’s Games Washington at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. Montreal at Toronto, 5:30 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. Nashville at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Monday’s summaries Oilers 2 at Blackhawks 3 (OT) First Period 1. Edmonton, Petry 1 (Petrell) 4:28 (sh) 2. Chicago, Kane 10 (Kruger, Leddy) 5:30 (pp) Penalties — Paajarvi Edm (delay of game) 3:45, Fistric Edm (boarding) 6:15, Saad Chi (hooking) 14:56. Second Period 3. Edmonton, Yakupov 6 (Gagner, J.Schultz) 14:17 (pp) Penalties — Saad Chi (high-sticking) 12:39, Toews Chi (hooking) 14:46. Third Period 4. Chicago, Stalberg 5 (Rozsival) 2:24 Penalty — Oduya Chi (slashing) 7:40. Overtime 5. Chicago, Hossa 9 (Sharp) 1:44 Penalties — None Shots on goal Edmonton 8 6 5 0 — 19 Chicago 9 9 10 6 — 34 Goal — Edmonton: Khabibulin (L,2-2-1); Chicago: Emery (W,8-0-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Edmonton: 1-4; Chicago: 1-2. Attendance — 21,127 (19,717). Predators 5, Stars 4 (OT) First Period 1. Nashville, C.Smith 2 (Clune, Kostitsyn) 13:43 Penalty — Eriksson Dal (interference) 15:29. Second Period 2. Dallas, Fraser 1 (Eriksson, Jo.Benn) 1:20 3. Dallas, R.Smith 3 (Ryder, Eakin) 1:45 4. Nashville, Josi 2 (Weber, Legwand) 3:05 5. Dallas, Fiddler 1 (Ja.Benn, Ryder) 7:29 (pp) 6. Dallas, Eriksson 5 (Ryder, Robidas) 9:21 (pp) 7. Nashville, Hornqvist 2 (Erat, Josi) 13:43 (pp) Penalties — Erat Nash (holding) 5:41, Fisher Nash (double high-sticking) 7:29, Nystrom Dal (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), Yip Nash (fighting) 11:45, Fiddler Dal (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), Fisher Nash (roughing) 12:24, Dallas bench (too many men, served by Fraser) 19:14. Third Period 8. Nashville, Fisher 4 (Wilson, Josi) 8:22

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BRIEFS Optimist juvenile curling championships set for Sylvan Lake A total of 12 teams from throughout Alberta will gather at the Sylvan Lake Curling Club this weekend for the provincial Optimist girls/boys juvenile championship. Gunning for the boys title — and a berth in the national championship March 27-31 at Surrey and Langley, B.C. — will be rinks skipped by Aiden Proctor and Brendin Serna of Edmonton, Derek Browyer of Medicine Hat, Jeremy Harty of Okotoks/Nanton and Peace Country representatives Tristan Steinke and Devin Burkitt. The girls squads are skipped by Kellie Henricks and Courtney Rossing of the Peace Country Curling Association, Dacey Brown of Airdrie and McKenna Jones of Calgary, and Danielle Schmiemann and Selena Sturmay of Edmonton. The first draw is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday. The final draw will go at 11:45 am. Sunday, unless playoff games — scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. — are required.

Pearman 18th long track junior World Championships Ponoka native Maddison Pearman placed 18th in the all-round competition at the World junior long track speed skating championships in Collalbo, Italy. Pearman, making her first appearance at that level, finished 24th in the 3,000-metre final,

Penalty — Hornqvist Nash (tripping) 3:22. Overtime 9. Nashville, Josi 3 (Kostitsyn, Weber) 0:28 Penalties — None. Shots on goal Dallas 6 13 5 0 — 24 Nashville 8 10 12 1 — 31 Goal — Dallas: Nilstorp (L,1-3-1); Nashville: Rinne (W,8-5-4). Power plays (goals-chances) — Dallas: 2-4; Nashville: 1-4. Attendance — 17,113 (17,113) at Nashville, Tenn. Senators 2, Canadiens 1 (SO) First Period No Scoring. Penalties — None. Second Period 1. Ottawa, Dziurzynski 2 (Neil, Phillips) 6:49 2. Montreal, Markov 5 (Diaz, Pacioretty) 19:56 (pp) Penalties — Ottawa bench (too many men; served by Zibanejad) 4:24, Neil Ott (roughing) 18:32. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Methot Ott (interference) 18:21, Subban Mtl (tripping) 19:18. Overtime No Scoring. Penalty — Turris Ott (hooking) 0:53. Shootout Ottawa wins 2-1 Ottawa (2) — Silfverberg, goal; Alfredsson, miss; Turris, miss; Daugavins, miss; Regin, goal. Montreal (1) — Galchenyuk, miss; Desharnais, goal; Gallagher, miss; Gionta, miss; Plekanec, miss. Shots on goal Montreal 12 18 10 5 — 45 Ottawa 5 10 8 1 — 24 Goal — Montreal: Price (L,10-3-2); Ottawa: Bishop (W,4-2-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Montreal: 0-4; Ottawa: 0-1. Attendance — 19,218 (19,153) at Ottawa. Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 2 First Period 1. Toronto, Kessel 4 (Bozak, Gunnarsson) 17:20 Penalties — Phaneuf Tor (interference) 6:27, Simmonds Pha (double roughing) 7:32, Brown Tor (roughing) 11:01, Brown Tor, McGinn Pha (fighting) 15:59. Second Period 2. Toronto, Kulemin 2 (Kadri, Gunnarsson) 15:02 3. Philadelphia, Hartnell 1 (Voracek, Giroux) 17:56 Penalties — Phaneuf Tor (interference) 8:08, Fraser Tor (tripping) 10:13, Timonen Pha (tripping) 10:43. Third Period 4. Toronto, Grabovski 6 (MacArthur, Kadri) 7:52 5. Philadelphia, Voracek 8 (Timonen, Giroux) 11:42 (pp) 6. Toronto, McClement 2 (Kulemin) 19:47 (en) Penalties — Talbot Pha (hooking) 5:46, Riemsdyk Tor (hooking, holding) 11:18. Shots on goal Toronto 10 4 8 — 22 Philadelphia 10 5 10 — 25 Goal — Toronto: Scrivens (W,6-5-0); Philadelphia: Bryzgalov (L,9-9-1). Power plays (goals-chances) — Toronto: 0-4; Philadelphia: 1-6. Attendance — 19,645 (19,538) at Philadelphia. NHL Scoring leaders TORONTO — Unofficial National Hockey League scoring leaders following Sunday’s games: SCORING G A Pt Stamkos, TB 13 16 29 Crosby, Pgh 9 19 28 Tavares, NYI 13 12 25 Vanek, Buf 12 13 25 Zetterberg, Det 6 19 25 St. Louis, TB 4 20 24 Moulson, NYI 10 13 23 P.Kane, Chi 9 14 23 Datsyuk, Det 8 14 22 Voracek, Pha 7 15 22 Elias, NJ 5 17 22 Kunitz, Pgh 7 14 21 Ribeiro, Wash 6 15 21 Malkin, Pgh 4 17 21 E.Staal, Car 9 10 19 D.Sedin, Vcr 7 12 19 Marleau, SJ 12 6 18 Neal, Pgh 12 6 18 Giroux, Pha 6 12 18 Purcell, TB 4 14 18 J.Thornton, SJ 4 14 18 Clarkson, NJ 10 7 17 Ladd, Wpg 10 7 17 Conacher, TB 7 10 17 Kovalchuk, NJ 7 10 17 Duchene, Col 6 11 17 Lecavalier, TB 6 11 17 Getzlaf, Ana 6 11 17 B.Schenn, Pha 6 11 17 S.Gagner, Edm 5 12 17 H.Sedin, Vcr 2 15 17 Brunner, Det 10 6 16

34th in her first 500, 30th in the 1,500m and 33rd in the 1,000. She showed considerable improvement in her second 500, finishing 19th.

Wiebe wins three silvers at Western Canadians GRANDE PRAIRIE — Dahlin Wiebe of the Red Deer Nordic Club picked up a trio of silver medals at the Western Canadian cross-country championships during the weekend. Wiebe was second in the U15 1-2.5 kilometre skate prologue on Friday, the 2.5-5 km interval start on Saturday and the 2.5-5 km mass start on Sunday. Gavin Rittamer won the U13 interval start and was second in the skate prologue and sixth in the mass start. Bailey Johnson took second in the U14 interval start, fourth in the mass start and fifth in the skate prologue with Dallas Zimmerman finishing third in the U15 mass start, fourth in the interval start and fifth in the skate prologue. Anna Zimmerman was fourth in the U16 skate prologue and sixth in the other two races. Claire Espey placed sixth in the U15 interval start and was ninth in the other two events while Cody Mast was seventh in the U15 skate prologue and mass start.

Fencing club wins six medals CALGARY — The Red Deer Fencing Club captured six medals, including three gold, in the epee division at the Don Laszio Open competition during the weekend. Zac Zanussi was a double winner, capturing the men’s open and the U20 titles while Riley Norman won the U17 men’s crown. Devyn Hurry was second in the U20 and third in the U17 while Greer McIvor won silver in the U17 women’s division.

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Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-Miami 40 14 .741 — d-Indiana 35 21 .625 6 d-New York 33 20 .623 6 Atlanta 32 23 .582 8 Brooklyn 33 24 .579 8 Chicago 32 24 .571 9 Boston 30 27 .526 11 Milwaukee 26 28 .481 14 Philadelphia 22 32 .407 18 Toronto 23 34 .404 18 Detroit 22 37 .373 20 Washington 18 37 .327 22 Cleveland 18 38 .321 23 Orlando 15 41 .268 26 Charlotte 13 43 .232 28 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct 45 13 .776 41 15 .732 40 18 .690 37 18 .673 36 22 .621 33 23 .589 31 26 .544 31 27 .534 28 30 .483 26 30 .464 25 30 .455

d-San Antonio d-Oklahoma City d-L.A. Clippers Memphis Denver Golden State Utah Houston L.A. Lakers Portland Dallas

Minnesota New Orleans Sacramento Phoenix d-division leader 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

GB — 3 5 6 1/2 9 11 13 1/2 14 17 18 18 1/2

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Sunday’s Games L.A. Lakers 103, Dallas 99 Golden State 100, Minnesota 99 New Orleans 110, Sacramento 95 Miami 109, Cleveland 105 New York 99, Philadelphia 93 Memphis 76, Brooklyn 72 San Antonio 97, Phoenix 87 Portland 92, Boston 86 Oklahoma City 102, Chicago 72 Monday’s Games Washington 90, Toronto 84 Atlanta 114, Detroit 103 Denver 119, L.A. Lakers 108 Boston 110, Utah 107, OT Tuesday’s Games Orlando at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Golden State at Indiana, 5 p.m. Sacramento at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 6 p.m. Brooklyn at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m.

Bowling Heritage Lanes Weekly Results Monday-Club 55 plus High Single: Claude Gagne 248. High Triple: Lorne Fowler 669. Monday Mixed High Single: Remi Engi 295. High Triple: Mathieu Desjardins 683. Tuesday Mixed High Single: Greg Gigliuk 335. High Triple: Darrell Smith 820. Wednesday-Club 55 plus High Single: Neil Garbutt 319. High Triple: Garbutt 726. Wednesday Mixed High Single: Brendan Innes 324. High Triple: Rollie Gervais 759. Thursday Morning Ladies High Single: Chris Palm 227. High Triple: Joan MacIntyre 590. Thursday Afternoon Special Olympics Mixed High Single: Anthony Kubasek 273. High Triple: Kubasek 456. Thursday Mixed

High Single: Daryl Tangerman 293. High Triple: Connor Odenbach 713. Monday Scratch League High Single: Terry Ell 346. High Quad: Ell 1,131. Sunday Fun League High Single: Kurtis Pieper 275. High Triple: Pieper 678. Youth Bowling of Canada (YBC) Bumpers High Single: Rylee Ehret 94. Bowlasaurus High Single: Logan Miller 97. Peewees High Single: Kedrixx Streit 139. High Double: Streit 260. Bantams High Single: Kinnkade Streit 215. High Triple: Streit 474. Juniors High Single: Nolan Lunt 253. High Triple: Cody Pratt 570. Seniors High Single: Jason Smith 291. High Triple: Tim Prat 722.

Transactions Monday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL MLB—Announced the retirements of umpires Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida and Derryl Cousins. Promoted umpires Jim Joyce, Ted Barrett and Fieldin Culbreth to crew chiefs. Named Vic Carapazza, Manny Gonzalez and Alan Porter full-time umpires. American League TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Claimed 1B Lars Anderson off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. American Association AMARILLO SOX—Signed 1B/OF Joe Weik and LHP Kurt Elliott. EL PASO DIABLOS—Signed INF Miguel Chacoa. GRAND PRAIRIE AIR HOGS—Released INF Bryan Frichter, OF Jonny Kaplan and LHP Ronnie Morales. ST. PAUL SAINTS—Signed OF Brandon Tripp. Frontier League FLORENCE FREEDOM—Signed RHP Jeff Arnold. Released 2B Pierre LePage. JOLIET SLAMMERS—Placed SS Brad Netzel on the retired list. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS—Signed 2B Jordan Marks. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS—Signed RHP Blake Nation. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS—Sold the contract of C.J. Gillman to the Colorado Rockies. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS—Signed C Tim Ohlbrecht. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER—Signed G Derek Fisher. Women’s National Basketball Association ATLANTA DREAM—Named Julie Plank assistant coach. CONNECTICUT SUN—Signed G Johannah Leedham. NEW YORK LIBERTY—Signed F Katie Smith. Resigned G-F Essence Carson. FOOTBALL National Football League NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Named Wesley McGriff secondary coach.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Released DT Cullen Jenkins. Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS—Signed LB Rennie Curran. MONTREAL ALOUETTES—Signed LB Ejiro Kuale to a three-year contract and DB Kendric Burney to a two-year contract. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Named Carl Franks defensive backs coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL—Suspended San Jose F Ryane Clowe two games for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation during Friday’s game against Chicago. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Assigned F Sean Collins to Springfield (AHL). Recalled C Cody Goloubef from Springfield. DETROIT RED WINGS—Re-signed D Brian Lashoff to a three-year contract. FLORIDA PANTHERS—Reassigned G Jacob Markstrom to San Antonio (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Reassigned LW JeanSebastien Berube from Trenton (ECHL) to Albany (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS—Reassigned G Scott Stajcer from Connecticut (AHL) to Greenville (ECHL). Assigned F Christian Thomas to Connecticut. PHOENIX COYOTES—Signed D David Schlemko to a two-year contract. ST. LOUIS BLUES—Reassigned G Paul Karpowich from Peoria (AHL) to Evansville (ECHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Re-signed D John Erskine and G Braden Holtby to two-year contract extensions. American Hockey League ALBANY RIVER RATS—Recalled C Kelly Zajac from Trenton (ECHL). PROVIDENCE BRUINS—Recalled F Justin Courtnall from South Carolina (ECHL). LACROSSE National Lacrosse League COLORADO MAMMOTH—Activated G Tye Belanger from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Released G Matt Roik.

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Wednesday’s games Swift Current at Brandon, 6 p.m. Saskatoon at Calgary, 7 p.m. Spokane at Everett, 8:05 p.m. Vancouver at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Portland, 8 p.m. Regina at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Lethbridge at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Red Deer Rebels Scoring GP G A Pts 40 25 24 49 56 21 27 48 61 9 28 37 54 13 23 36 60 13 20 33 63 8 25 33 63 13 18 31 57 4 18 22 57 4 14 18 57 9 8 17 26 9 7 16 47 9 7 16 38 8 8 16 60 2 8 10 59 1 8 9 54 3 5 8 27 1 5 6 31 2 3 5 40 0 5 5 43 3 0 3 19 0 1 1 19 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 47 0 0 0

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This time, there’s no getting right ton. Head coach Adam Oates, while back out on the ice. an assistant in New Jersey, pushed for The Pittsburgh Penguins are a fran- Ilya Kovalchuk to move from left wing chise that has learned the hard way to right wing, and while Kovalchuk that being anything but extra-cautious fought it, the move eventually paid off. with concussions is a dangerous busiNow perhaps the same process is ness. starting to work for Ovechkin. Part of So while most of the the reason for his drop in teams in hockey wouldn’t production has been how even admit it if one of predictable he had become their top players was conas an attacker from the left cussed, the Pens officially side. acknowledged Sunday night “You’ve got to be a comthat reigning NHL scoring plete player and you’ve champ and MVP Evgeny got to grow as a player and Malkin had indeed suffered you’ve got to get better and a head injury and won’t be he’s no different than evavailable for a few games at erybody,” Oates told The least. Malkin crashed into Washington Post. “The good the boards after a collision thing is that he wants to.” with Florida defenceman The Caps need to start DAMIEN Erik Gudbranson, missed making a move soon if they Sunday night’s game against want to be in the post-seaCOX Tampa Bay and isn’t headson. Otherwise, don’t foring out on the road with the get that it was GM George team. McPhee back in the 2003-04 After that, who knows? who gutted the team for a Sidney Crosby missed much of a year- shot at Ovechkin and was rewarded and-a-half battling a concussion he suf- with the first overall pick. fered in January. The good news is that Would the Caps do it again to get Crosby appears most of the way back, Seth Jones or Nathan MacKinnon if finally, and sits second in NHL scoring the playoffs look out of reach? Won’t this morning. be nearly as easy this time around with The less positive part of the story, players like Ovechkin, Nicklas Backof course, is that there were plenty of strom and Mike Green on the roster. stops and starts along the way. Inter● “I was just finishing my check” estingly, Crosby’s start against Tampa has become the catch-all phrase for Bay on Sunday night was his first meet- any NHL player who makes an illegal ing with the Lightning and Victor Hed- hit. Of course, given how much conman since that infamous game back in tact there is these days on players who Jan., 2011 that he shouldn’t have been don’t have the puck, what is legal and allowed to play after being injured in illegal has become seriously blurred. the Winter Classic several days before. ● Jordan Eberle hasn’t been in the Beyond that, an NHL season de- AHL for six weeks and he’s still just a fined mostly by injuries is continuing point off that league’s scoring lead. with that theme. Jamming this many ● There’s been lots of talk about games into this short of a period of Kessel’s scoring troubles, and Jarome time was always an iffy proposition, Iginla’s problems around the net. Well, and the players are the ones paying in New York, there’s lot of chatter surthe price. rounding the miserable start of Brad Beyond Malkin and his head, other Richards, who has two goals and 11 hockey notes: points and has seven more seasons on ● Any realignment plan that brings his contract left at a $6.66 million cap Detroit to the same conference as hit. Toronto, Boston and Montreal gets a Columnist Larry Brooks speculated thumbs up here. That said, the NHLPA in the New York Post on the weekhas yet to begin obstructing the pro- end that the Rangers might even look cess, so don’t get too excited yet. at a compliance buyout this summer ● Given the start they’ve had, the should Richards not snap out of his Blackhawks might reasonably expect funk. It was never a good contract - no to have a huge lead in the Western wonder only a couple of teams wanted Conference. Instead, there’s Anaheim any part of that type of long-term arjust six points back with a record that rangement with Richards. would have them first in the Eastern ● The Buffalo Sabres are moving Conference. One of the great stories into contention in the race for the No. for the Ducks is defenceman Francois 1 pick in next summer’s draft. MeanBeauchemin, still decried by folks who while, keeping last June’s first rounddon’t understand the game as a poor er, Mikhail Grigorenko, in the NHL free agent signing by the Maple Leafs this season is looking less and less several years back. like a good idea every game. GrigoreBeauchemin leads the NHL with a nko has one goal this season, has been plus-15 rating while skating almost 24 scratched four times and played only minutes a night. He’s certainly play- six minutes for new head coach Ron ing better back in Orange County than Rolston in Saturday’s dismal 4-0 loss to he did in Toronto, but then again, he’s the Islanders. playing on a much better team. He is the only 18-year-old left in the Unrestricted free agents signed NHL. Buffalo might like to send him by the Leafs during the Brian Burke to Rochester but he can only go to the years, meanwhile, make up a signifi- Quebec Remparts. cant part of the team’s current lineup. ● There’s never an end to the teams The list includes Ben Scrivens, Colton who believe it will be different with Orr, Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, Olli Jokinen. Well, add Winnipeg to the Jay McClement and Mike Kostka. None list. Jokinen has five points this season are stars, but only MacArthur comes to go with a league worst minus-11 ratwith a cap hit of more than $1.5 million ing. per season. Tied with Jokinen for last place ● Bozak, by the way, has more than in plus-minus is Florida centre Stehis fair share of critics, and he’s no phen Weiss, who has one goal and was No. 1 centre. But he is very good on benched for most of the third period faceoffs — among centres with more against Boston on Sunday night. Weiss, than 150 draws, only Jonathan Toews 29, is a UFA this summer and probably is better - and sits higher on the NHL gets moved by the trade deadline, but scoring parade this season than a his poor play is only going to make it long list of centres. That list includes harder for GM Dale Tallon. Brad Richards, Mike Richards, Patrice ● Jokinen was one of two players Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, David Deshar- clipped in the face by skates on the nais, Paul Stastny, Val Filpulla, Jiri weekend. Hudler, Derek Stepan, Derek Roy, AdThe difference between Jokinen am Henrique, Mike Fisher, Sean Cou- and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of Phoenix, turier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Travis however, is that Ekman-Larson was Zajac and David Legwand. protected by his visor. Jokinen doesn’t ● Not surprisingly, Alex Ovechkin’s wear one — why are shields not manfirst hat trick in almost two years on datory again? — and escaped with only Saturday was huge news in Washing- a cut by sheer good fortune.

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provincial A qualifying time in the 50m butterfly. Noah Andrews, 11, won the 400m freestyle while Amber Rohwer, 14, took first in the 50m freestyle and Bryan Schaerer, 11 first in the 50m butterfly. Schaerer was also second in the 50m freestyle and third in the 100m freestyle. Rohwer placed third in the 100, 200 and 800m freestyle and 100m butterfly. Levi Johnson, 11, took second in the 50m 100 and 200m breaststroke and reached a provincial A time in the 200. Kayl Sokalski, 14, was second in the 50m breaststroke and third in the 100m I.M. with Jaleesa Zaparniuk, 10, second in the 100m butterfly and third in the 100m I.M. Zaparniuk also had a provincial A qualifying time in the 100m butterfly. Camila Chacon, 14, was third in the 200m breaststroke and Chen

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JV COUGAR CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT The Ernest Manning Griffins rolled through the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Cougar Classic basketball tournament during the weekend. The Griffins downed the host Cougars 75-56 in the final with Stefan Gigovic hitting 21 points, Jackson Haddow had 12 for the Cougars. Spruce Grove took third with a 5746 win over Archbishop MacDonald of Edmonton while Hunting Hills stopped

Lindsay Thurber 77-66 in the consolation final. Chris Peterson had 25 points for the Lightning and Cam Black 13 for LTCHS. The JV zone tournament will go Friday and Saturday with the majority of the boys’ games at Hunting Hills and the majority of the girls’ action at Notre Dame.

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SHERWOOD PARK — The Red Deer Catalina Swim Club captured 41 medals at the Team Aquatic Supplies Age Group trials north during the weekend. The club won 14 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze. Emalee Broen, 12, turned in an impressive performance, winning the 50, 100 and 200-metre freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley. She also was second in the 50m backstroke and reached provincial A qualifying times in all three freestyle distances as well as the 50 and 100m backstroke. Chayce Moon, 14, won the 100, 200, 400 and 800m freestyle to go with a second in the 50m freestyle. Mathew Gauthier, 13, won the 400 and 800m freestyle, was second in the 100 and 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly and third in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. He also had a

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Greg Meachem has been with the Advocate since May 1981 and was appointed sports editor in 2006. He has covered numerous sporting events over the years, including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the 1990 world figure skating championship in Halifax and numerous NHL playoff series between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. He has been the Advocate’s main Western Hockey League correspondent since the inception of the Red Deer Rebels in 1992.

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DUNEDIN, Fla. — The knuckleball fraternity was in full force for Monday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey gave up two runs and four hits in his Toronto spring training debut while fellow knuckleballer Steven Wright pitched two scoreless innings for a Boston split squad in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays. “You don’t see that too often,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of seeing two starters tossing knucklers. Wright, a minor leaguer, gave up two hits and struck out three. Former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who is working with Wright, was at the game. “Just a little nervous because you want to do your best in general, but to have guys with the keen eye for the knuckleball (watching),” Wright said. “But once I got out there I felt pretty good.” Wright and Dickey have communicated by phone and text in the past.

Wright sent a message to Dickey when he arrived for Monday’s game. “He texted me right before the game,” Dickey said. “There just wasn’t time to connect, so I’ll have to connect with him, hopefully, when he pitches in the big leagues for the Red Sox.” Dickey was planning to text his Boston counterpart postgame. “I think he pitched really well,” Dickey said. “I’m pulling for him, of course. I know how hard it is.” Both pitchers seek advice from Wakefield. Dickey said he faced Wakefield a couple times as a reliever in games the former Red Sox standout started. “He always has a good insight, so it’s good to get with him when I can, especially to see me pitch live,” Dickey said. “He can tell me if he sees something that’s out of whack or not.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, who moved from Toronto to Boston during the off-season after managing the Blue Jays in 2011 and ’12, was roundly booed by fans when his name was announced during the pregame starting lineup introductions. This was the first time Farrell has faced his former team.


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WILLS, ESTATES Memorials, bequests and taxes are part of a wills and estate planning information session March 6. The free seminar sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation features presentations by knowledgeable professionals on low cost, creative memorials; wills, estates and charitable bequests; and tax on death, financial planning and charitable giving. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Circle Seniors Centre at 4620 47A Ave. in Red Deer. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance free, preregistration required. Contact Tammy OliverMcCurdie of the Heart and Stroke Foundation at 403-342-4435 or tolivermccurdie@hsf. ab.ca.

Shelter provides SOS devices DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS CAN BE LOCATED THROUGH GPS BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF GPS technology is ensuring police can find domestic violence victims wherever they are with the push of an SOS button. In 2010, Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter started a three-year pilot program to provide women with a tracking device that can pinpoint where they are by satellite. Ian Wheeliker, executive director for Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, said previously the shelter provided women with cellphones that could only triangulate a location through cell towers to within 300 metres of the phone, so a search was still required. “It’s definitely an advancement and the women who do carry it feel that it is of benefit. The women who have pushed the SOS have gotten a very quick police response,” said Wheeliker on Monday.

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“To date, we’re pleased with how the device has enhanced women’s safety. Their GPS coordinates can be matched instantly with a Google Map and their street address will come up.” The device, which looks like a small cellphone, costs only $10 more a month compared to the $30 monthly cellphone program that was available, he said. Satellite tracking works well in Red Deer because there’s not a lot of GPS drift from tall buildings that can throw off the location by about two blocks. “Satellite needs a straight line to the device. Every time it goes through a building, it

bends.” Wheeliker said so far there haven’t been any serious emergency situations. The devices have been activated less than five times, including once when a woman in her vehicle was sure she was being followed by her partner. Police met up with her on Hwy 2. The man was already gone but police were there within 10 minutes. Another woman contacted police when she thought someone was poking around in her back alley. The shelter has nine tracking devices for women using the shelter, or working with police

or domestic violence court. “It also works as a cellphone. When she pushes the button, she is connected with Northern 911, an emergency dispatch centre in northern Ontario. “They can put her right through and talk to the local RCMP. If they don’t get a code word from her, they send police, fire and ambulance to her location.” Wheeliker said the devices are just one part of comprehensive safety plans set up for women. A $27,000 grant over three years from the Alberta Victims of Crime Fund funded the project, which runs until July. The shelter will apply in April for more funding to continue the program. The women’s shelter in Calgary has been testing the devices and will start using them in the spring. szielinski@reddeeradvocate. com

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CORRECTIONS ● A story in the Feb. 19 Advocate about waste management in Red Deer had some incorrect information. The city Waste Management Master Plan recommends a pilot project for each major change to be rolled out prior to implementing a program change. Decisions about implementation and costs associated with a cart system won’t be made until after pilot projects and conversations with residents. Any changes to the cost of the services the city provides become reflected in the monthly utility charge. Since the carts last a long time, the impact to the monthly utility charge would likely be small and be spread over a span of 10 years.

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profitability of a $40-billion industry,” said Harris. “Shawn Fanning changed music distribution forever.” Another example was how Netflix, video streaming software, blindsided Blockbuster, a video rental chain. Blockbuster is now bankrupt and Netflix accounts for 25 per cent of total Internet bandwidth in the U.S. in the evenings. “The list goes on,” said Harris.

Community groups seeking capital cash from the city will soon have guidelines. On Monday, the city’s Governance and Policy committee, which is comprised of all city councillors, delved into the details to set clear policy on granting community capital loans and grants. Up until now, Red Deer city council has allocated capital loans and grants without a clear decision-making process and direction. In the last three years, the city has given $7.02 million in capital grants to the Red Deer Curling Centre ($6 million) and to the Westerner ($1.02 million). As of last Dec. 31, there was $3.4 million in outstanding loans to community groups since 2005, including the Red Deer and District SPCA ($979,397) and River Bend Golf & Recreation Centre ($1.54 million). Coun. Dianne Wyntjes said based on the economy and the way the province is headed, it’s going to get worse than better. “We will probably see more requests,” said Wyntjes. “Hence a policy is more important than ever. It’s not a program. It’s a policy. What are the checks and balances.” Members said the grants and loans must be an investment in the city.

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● A story in Wednesday’s Advocate included the wrong date in relation to the death of a Red Deer woman whose body was found in a ditch. Jenna Cartwright, 21, was last seen alive on March 29, 2011. Investigators believe she died on March 30, 2011. She was reported missing on April 12 and her body was found northeast of Olds on May 3. Baashir Gaashaan, now 30, was arrested and charged on June 20. A date for his trial for first-degree murder, unlawful confinement and interfering with or committing an indignity to remains is to be set in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday. ● A story in Saturday’s Advocate contained some incorrect information. Adams Lake is about 250 acres in size.

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With a light snow falling and freezing to glass surfaces a pedestrian walks outside the Collicutt Centre Monday afternoon. Environment Canada forecast for the rest of the week has the overnight lows in the seasonal range of about -10 degrees while daytime highs will be close to normal until Thursday and then well above the average through the weekend.

How to avoid getting blindsided INAUGURAL SPEAKER FOR DONALD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS’ NEW DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES ANNOUNCED BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF The inability of some companies to recognize and adapt to change can cripple them. That’s the message of Jim Harris — a Toronto-based business author, public speaker and former leader of the Green Party of Canada — and his best seller Blindsided! He will be the first speaker at Red Deer College’s Donald School of Business’ new

distinguished speaker series, on March 5. “It is quite an honour to be the inaugural speaker for this distinguished speaking series,” said Harris. “And the topic is one that is quite exciting for business leaders, in my opinion.” He pointed to the creation of the music file-sharing system Napster and how it impacted the music industry. “I love talking about how an 18-year-old kid decimated the

Concert planned for suicide prevention, awareness BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF

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Six teen suicides is six too many, says a 20-year-old Red Deer woman who’s planning a summer concert to raise money for local suicide awareness and prevention efforts. Stacie Moore and her friend Jennifer Allbon are hosting an outdoor Rock the Change Concert at the Bower Ponds stage on Saturday, June 1, to draw attention to the need for more suicide-related discussion in the community. So far, several young singer/songwriters from Red Deer have signed on to provide entertainment, including Garrett Olson, RJ Willms, Thomas Hutlet and Amy Metcalf. Organizers are also hoping to get some local bands and business sponsors interested in the event. Moore peripherally knew two of the six students who killed themselves in Red Deer since last fall. She was also shaken to recently learn that one of her best friends had also attempted suicide.

Due to these “overwhelming” events, Moore said she and Allbon “were sitting around brainstorming about what we could do” when the fundraising concert idea came up. “We talked to my dad about it . . . and got excited,” said Moore, who believes the issue of suicide had been too little addressed while she was in school. "I think it’s been ignored for too long. If you don’t talk about it, nobody thinks it’s a big thing,” she added — but the affect of somebody’s suicide on family and friends has lifelong repercussions. “The more you talk about it, the more people know it’s OK to talk to an adult or professional and get help,” said Moore, who was already contacted by two people asking for suicide prevention information since word of the fundraiser began making the rounds on social media. She believes opening a public dialogue helps remove the stigma around suicide and allows people to understand that “it’s OK to be sad once in a while” and seek help

for depression. Admission donations from the 6 to 9 p.m. all-ages fundraising concert and raffles will go towards Red Deer Suicide Information and Education Services, which been working in the community for more than two decades. Executive director Laura MacNeill is glad that the two young women are taking an interest. “I think it’s amazing that our community is coming together and that youth have stepped up to say, ‘We want to talk about this.’ ” MacNeill’s non-profit group, funded by Alberta Health Services, does not provide a crisis line, but does link people with counselling, information and other services. “We’re providing helpful resources (to let) people know they are not alone. That’s how we can help those in distress.” Money from the fundraiser will go towards more education and support programs. The Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line is 1-877-303-2642. lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com


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BRIEFS Worker injured in blast, fire A worker was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a small explosion and fire at an oilfield company shop in Red Deer’s Edgar Industrial Subdivision at 11:05 a.m. on Monday. Red Deer Emergency Services were called to the Halliburton shop on Edgar Industrial Close to aid a man who had been working on an electrical panel inside. The man suffered minor injuries due to a small explosion and fire that occurred while he was working on the panel, said Platoon Chief Mark Wakey of Red Deer Emergency Services. Other workers in the building were able to put the fire out, said Wakey. The worker was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for treatment, he said. Occupational Health and Safety investigators at the scene have determined that the worker was changing a 30-amp fuse for the shop’s pressure washer when there was an electrical arc in the panel, said communications officer Lisa Glover. Investigators were still at the scene on Monday afternoon. While there was an electrical outage inside the building, it did not affect neighbouring customers and was not related to a power outage in other areas of the city on Monday morning, said Electrical, Light and Power Department manager Jim Jorgensen. Power went out in Riverside Meadows, Fairview and parts of Oriole Park and Highland Green at about 10:05, said Jorgensen. The problem was traced to a transformer in a substation in Riverside Meadows, he said. However, the cause had not been determined and was still being investigated on Monday afternoon, he said. Power was restored to some customers within 30 minutes and fully restored to the rest of the areas affected by 11:15, he said.

Hearing set into fatal crash A preliminary hearing date has been set for a Lacombe man charged in connection with a fatal crash last September. Matthew Lawrence Engelman, 24, will have a preliminary hearing on Oct. 11 in Red Deer provincial court. He was charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death, and refusing to provide a breath sample. Emergency crews were called to a crash at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Aspelund Road, northwest of Sylvan Lake, at 9 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2012. Police allege a pickup truck crossed the centre line and struck an oncoming pickup truck. A Breton man, 41-year-old Randy Pinch, was extracted from his vehicle and rushed by STARS air ambulance to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. Pinch died in hospital on Oct. 2.

Sunchild Nation audited The federal government is auditing Sunchild First Nation, near Rocky Mountain House. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is conducting the recipient audit of the financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12, said government spokeswoman Genevieve Guibert in an email. The audit is being done to “provide assurance that their management and financial controls are adequate,” said Guibert.

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Jennifer Walden leads a group of educators through a drumming workshop at Red Deer College on Friday afternoon. The session had the participants exploring the rhythms of West Africa, the Middle East and Samba during the Central Alberta Teachers Convention held this week at the College. Auditing began last month and is expected to be completed by the end of the fiscal year, which ends March 31. Recipient audits are conducted by an independent auditor and are designed to ensure that those receiving federal funds are complying with their agreements. “Audit recommendations are beneficial to funding recipients, as they assist the organization in assessing whether their current management practices and financial controls are adequate for achieving their objectives efficiently and effectively,” said Guibert. Aboriginal Affairs takes into account risk evaluations and the value of the funding agreement when choosing to undertake an audit. Some also result from random selections. A message requesting comment from Sunchild’s council was not returned.

icles, another cable TV program. The show runs in Westerner Park’s Parkland, Prairie and Stockman’s Pavilions on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages seven to 12. It includes door prize entries for a three-day salmon fishing trip, flyfishing or trail ride weekend, and a children’s door prize. More information is available online at www.reddeersportsmanshow.com.

Quad case going to court A Clearwater County man makes his first court appearance in Rocky Mountain House on March 13 in relation to running over a quad driver. Charles Hainsworth faces charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm and operation of a motor vehicle over the legal limit of .08 causing bodily harm. The quad driver was leading a group of quads and snowmobiles Feb. 17 when he rolled his machine and was run over by a snowmobile behind him. STARS airlifted the injured man to an Edmonton hospital.

Outdoor pursuits at Sportsman show Learn about the latest in hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits at the Red Deer Sportsman and Outdoor Adventure Show this weekend. The 47th annual event features more than 100 exhibitors, including numerous sporting good retailers and manufacturers, and non-profit wildlife and conservation groups. Hands-on activities include flyfishing demonstrations, a children’s magnetic fish pond, children’s motorcycling and simulated theme park rides. The Canadian elkcalling championships will also be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Guest speakers are Bentley Coben, a Saskatchewan hunting, fishing and photography guide; Cody Robbins of Live 2 Hunt; and hosts from the Hunting Chron-

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Harris also said some companies can react to the disruptive innovation and maintain their market share. He pointed to Netscape, the now defunct Internet browser, which was once the dominant Internet application. Microsoft poured resources into developing Internet Explorer, which overtook Netscape’s market share and became the dominant Internet browser in North America. Harris will be giving three presentations on March 5 in Red Deer, two of which will be for Red Deer College students, and they differ from his discussion at night for business leaders and the general public. “For students the issues are finding a job and how to thrive going forward in their career,” said Harris. When Harris returned to Canada after travelling the world for four years he didn’t have a job, but he swore he would have one within a week. He did, but it wasn’t a job he particularly liked. He worked as a telemarketer to pay his travelling debts and focus on a job search for something more to his interests. He applied to about 300 places. From those applications, he got 12 interviews. And from there, he got six offers, only three were of interest, and he picked the best one. “The result is I became the co-author of a book that was a national bestseller,” said Harris of The 100 best companies to work for in Canada. “So I had a national bestseller before I was 30. “Some people say I’ve had a very fortunate career and I’d agree with

them. But I believe we can co-create our luck.” While Harris is also the former leader of the Green Party, he finds what surprises people is that he used to be a Progressive Conservative. “I talk about the economic benefit of going green,” said Harris. “Many people will talk about the cost of going green, saying it’s not profitable.” Harris used his car as an example. He purchased a Toyota Prius and estimates he has saved $18,000 in fuel since he bought the car and believes he will have earned out the entire capital cost in fuel savings. “Can you show me where this is a bad economic decision?” said Harris. The event will be held at City Centre Stage, at 4922 49th St. in Red Deer, starting at 4:30 p.m., with Harris speaking at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50, which includes both the presentation and refreshments, and are available through the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre, www.bkticketcentre.ca or by calling 403-755-6626. mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

welling said he supports a grant and loan program because if they didn’t have one they would be denying the community access to other corporate or provincial funding that hinged on municipal funding. “I think it should be on merit and need,” said Flewwelling. “We should look at these in terms of investment as exposed to an expenditure.” Coun. Chris Stephan questioned why the city was in the loan business, competing with other businesses. The committee approved the overarching principles including that the funding result in a societal benefit to the community as a whole, the process must be ongoing, open and transparent and timely. The decision-making will maintain a council decision. The committee directed administration to develop a risk management strategy. The committee also directed administration to develop a framework and implement guidelines with time lines and costs by June 30. crhyno@reddeeradvocate.com

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Second carbon capture plug pulled LOW GAS PRICES SCUTTLE SYNFUELS DEAL WITH ALBERTA GOVERNMENT BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Another company has pulled the plug on one of the Alberta government’s high-profile projects to capture and store carbon created by the energy industry. Swan Hills Synfuels and the province announced Monday that they will discontinue a $285-million funding agreement that would have seen underground coal converted to gas and then burned to generate electricity. The carbon dioxide would have been stripped out and sold to nearby oilfields to boost production. The announcement comes as the Alberta government is trying to convince U.S. officials of the worth of its environmental and climate change policies. Alberta Premier Alison Redford said

the province’s carbon capture and storage plans came up over the weekend as she met with 22 Democrat and Republican state governors in Washington to lobby for the Keystone XL pipeline. Redford said she emphasized Alberta still has $1.3 billion invested in its two surviving projects. “I think people are impressed that we’ve put that much money in,” she said. The governors were further impressed, she said, by Alberta’s research spending on how to make the oilsands more sustainable. She tallied that spending at $3.5 billion. “I think Americans were very impressed with that.” U.S. environmentalist Bill McKibben said in a conference call with colleagues and scientists from both sides of the border that Redford’s visit is unlikely to have made any difference to the Keystone decision. “There’s kind of ham-handed and des-

perate quality to Canadian PR efforts at this point,” he said. “They’ve got this huge pig and they’re frantically smearing lipstick around the snout.” For the Synfuels project, natural gas prices are too low for the plan to make economic sense at this time, said CEO Martin Lambert. “At present, it’s more economical to purchase natural gas than it is to manufacture synthetic gas,” he said in a release. Waiting until natural gas prices rise enough to make the project viable would push the project’s timelines beyond the funding agreement, he added. The Synfuels project would have sequestered about 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year starting in 2015 by injecting it into oil wells.

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Banff wants to limit chain stores Town council in Banff, is set to debate a proposed bylaw aimed at preventing the community’s picturesque charm from being lost to the standardized look, merchandise and menus of chain stores. The bylaw would cap the number of so-called formula chains in the mountain resort, or businesses with 12 or more locations that have a standardized look to them. If passed, the change would also effect smaller to medium-sized chains. Suzanne Gillies Smith, a local tea shop owner, says she’s worried that without the limit Banff will end up looking like a strip mall. But Darren Reeder, head of the Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association, says residents and visitors alike should have the freedom to choose where they spend their money.

Greenhouse rules for trucks eye cuts, costs The federal government says new regulations for heavy-duty trucks will cut greenhousegas emissions and give truckers a break on fuel costs. The Environment Department says the regulations will be phased in between now and the 2018 model year and will produce a cumulative reduction of 19.1 megatonnes of greenhouse emissions over the life of 2014-2018 model year vehicles. The regulations will cover vehicles such as full-size pick-ups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks and buses, and will align with U.S. standards. “With these tough new measures, GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent,” Environment Minister Peter Kent said in a release. — The Canadian Press

deductions that can be used to recover some royalties owed to the government once a project is up and running. Clark says the program is not a subsidy, because the province will get the money back. “It’s part of building a competitive tax environment,” Clark told reporters. “Lowering taxes, changing the tax structure so that you get the taxes at a different time when profits are higher — that’s not a subsidy, that’s just making sure that our environment here is working for the industry.” With five major LNG export terminals proposed for the West Coast, Clark said B.C. has a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to build what could be a trillion-dollar industry. The premier said she is considering an LNG export tax, and negotiations on that continue with industry. “We need to make sure we don’t imperil the business case,” she told reporters. “On the other hand, natural gas is a resource that belongs to every single British Columbian so we need to make sure that some of the benefits of that resource flow to the people of this province.”

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. has tempered its rosy outlook for Red Deer’s residential construction sector, but continues to forecast an increase in housing starts both this year and next. The national housing agency is now projecting that there will be 605 housing starts in the city this year: 330 singledetached homes and 275 units in multi-family projects. For 2014, it’s anticipating 630 starts: 340 single-detached and 290 multi-family units. Those numbers are down sharply from CMHC’s previous housing market forecast, which was issued in early November. At that time, the agency was calling for 680 housing starts in 2013 (380 single-detached and 300 multi-family units). In the analysis accompanying its most recent housing market outlook, CMHC said it expects economic activity in Alberta to generate employment growth of less than two per cent in 2013 and 2014. It added that a rapid increase in the pace of multi-family construction in the province has added to supply, which should slow the introduction of new projects. Among Alberta’s largest urban centres, Medicine Hat is projected to see the highest percentage increase in housing starts from 2012 to 2013, at 7.4 per cent. Red Deer is expected to be next at 6.5 per cent, followed by Grande Prairie at 4.7 per cent. The anticipated year-overyear change in Edmonton is expected to be a 11.2 per cent drop, with Calgary anticipated to decline by 8.1 per cent, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo by 7.4 per cent and Lethbridge by 2.3 per cent. In the case of Central Alberta’s resale market, CMHC has boosted its prediction of sales activity in 2013.

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announces up to $120-million in royalty credits for the LNG industry and a $32-million loan to the First Nations Limited Partnership to invest in the pipeline, at the International LNG Conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday. A terminal proposed by the Shell consortium in Kitimat, B.C., would export liquefied natural gas to Asia.

B.C. announces First Nations pact, royalty credits to bolster LNG plans BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — The B.C. government signed an “updated” benefits agreement with a group of First Nations on Monday, one they hope will quell opposition to one of the many liquefied natural gas projects planned for the province’s north. B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced the $32-million deal with 15 First Nations along the route of the proposed Pacific Trails pipeline as she wooed industry investment at a first-ever international conference on LNG opportunities in B.C. “I’m here to tell you that British Columbia is open for business,” Clark told a who’s who of gas industry officials. “We know there is tremendous competition all around the world. We know that the window of opportunity to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia will not be open forever, so we’re moving decisively. “There is absolutely no time to waste.” To that end, Clark announced the amended agreement with the First Nations Limited Partnership. The province will provide $32 million to the partnership for non-equity investment in the pipeline.

“The end result of it is that First Nations are fully behind making sure that access is granted,” Clark said at a news conference following her speech. “It’s an important example, I think, nationally of how you work with First Nations. We do it better in British Columbia than anywhere else in the world.” Although the many natural gas pipelines and shipping terminals proposed for northern B.C. have not faced the kind of opposition seen by oil pipeline projects, there has been some discord. A group identifying itself as the Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation has evicted surveyors for the Pacific Trails Pipeline on more than one occasion, saying they were trespassing. The 460-kilometre Pacific Trails pipeline will carry natural gas from Summit Lake, 55 kilometres north of Prince George, to the Kitimat LNG facility proposed by Chevron and Apache. Clark also announced that her government will provide up to $120 million in royalty credits to liquefied natural gas proponents, to get the infant industry on its feet. It’s the 12th instalment of the Infrastructure Royalty Credit program that encourages capital investment by providing business

Weaknesses weigh on Bank of Canada outlook BY THE CANADIAN PRESS LONDON, Ont. — The country’s economic growth is facing another set of challenges and weakness in exports is weighing particularly heavy on the Bank of Canada’s outlook, governor Mark Carney said Monday. “In the very near term, more of the elements of the downside risk have materialized than the upside risks,” Carney said after a speech to students at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ont. “We’ve dampened our forecast of exports because we’re seeing a competitiveness chal-

lenge — a productivity issue. Even with that, the export performance has been lower on average than we have expected.” The country’s central banker made the comments following disappointing economic data last week that showed inflation at its lowest point in more than three years and a holiday shopping season that fell short of expectations, all of which has helped send the Canadian dollar below parity with its U.S. counterpart. Further signs of weakness are expected in the fourthquarter and December GDP data that’s due from Statistics

Canada on Friday. Consensus expectations are for quarter-over-quarter annualized growth of 0.7 per cent. December GDP is expected to slide 0.1 per cent after a 0.3 per cent climb in November. The underwhelming data has contributed to growing expectations that the central bank will hold interest rates at one per cent for at least the rest of this year, if not longer. In its monetary policy review last month, the Bank of Canada said the Canadian economy inched along at only one per cent in the last three months of the year.

As well, the Bank of Canada downgraded growth expectations for 2012 and 2013 by threetenths on both counts to 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively. The Bank of Canada is expected to update its economic forecast in April. Carney, who said the central bank’s forecast is a little more optimistic than the consensus of private sector economists, explained the economy is in the midst of a rotation. He said dependence on the housing market and consumer debt is rotating towards stronger business investments and exports.


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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 103.06 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 87.58 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45.41 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.98 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 37.83 Cdn. National Railway . . 99.90 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 120.39 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 75.48 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.17 Cervus Equipment Corp 20.55 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 30.64 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 44.57 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 25.90 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.44 General Motors Co. . . . . 26.33 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 19.28 Research in Motion. . . . . 13.48 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.49 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 47.32 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 41.75 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 69.23 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 16.45 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 47.28 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.34 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 68.51 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.10 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 40.58 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 13.18 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.56

Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.92 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 49.58 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70.44 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 21.70

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — North American markets gave up solid advances Monday and closed lower amid fading hopes that the elections in Italy, a country hit hard by the eurozone’s government debt crisis, would yield a clear winner. And that produced a wave of uncertainty over whether the next government will find it politically impossible to continue to impose the tough austerity measures that markets demand. The S&P/TSX composite index came down from a 130-point jump to close down 50.76 points to 12,650.87 with only the gold sector providing strong support by the end of the day. U.S. markets tumbled and the Dow Jones industrials fell 216.4 points to 13,784.17, the Nasdaq lost 45.57 points to 3,116.25 and the S&P 500 index shed 27.75 points to 1,487.85. Early polls had raised hopes that the centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani has claimed the most votes in Italy’s election. That meant he would be in a position to form a government, possibly in conjunction with Mario Monti, the former technocratic premier who has been widely credited in the markets for dousing the country’s debt crisis. But those hopes evaporated as the election appeared to be heading towards gridlock with Bersani’s forces moving toward victory in the lower house of Parliament while the camp of former premier Silvio Berlusconi gained the upper hand in the equally powerful Senate. Italy has the second-highest level of debt among the 17 eurozone countries as a proportion of its annual gross domestic product. Only Greece’s is higher. The TSX Venture Exchange lost 3.68 points to 1,141. The Canadian dollar lost further ground as the Italian election uncertainty drove traders to the safe haven status of the American dollar, falling 0.65 of a cent to 97.31 cents US, its lowest close since late June, 2012. Markets had started the day in a more optimistic mood on hopes that the Italian election would be more clear-cut and that Japan can escape its economic malaise. There’s plenty of other issues to keep investors focused this week, including the looming March 1 deadline when the sequester takes place. That’s the term for a series of au-

tomatic, across-the-board spending cuts worth US$85 billion set to take place in the U.S. unless Republicans and Democrats can arrive at a more measured alternative. The worry is that the cuts would depress already weak economic growth. The gold sector led advancers, up about two per cent as April bullion jumped $13.80 to US$1,586.60 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 42 cents to C$33.64 and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was up 69 cents to $31.81. The information technology group gained per cent. BlackBerry (TSX:BB) was unchanged at cents to $13.48, off session highs after Samsung made a major move into the corporate smartphone market once dominated by the Canadian tech giant. The company behind the Galaxy line of smartphones — which along with Apple’s iPhone dominates market share — announced the Samsung Knox on Monday. MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates rose $2.21 to $68.55. The base metals component led losers, down 1.62 per cent while March copper gained one cent to US$3.53 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 51 cents to C$18.41 while Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) shed 17 cents to $4.69. The energy sector turned lower, falling one per cent after the April crude contract on the Nymex surrendered its early gains, losing two cents to US$93.11 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 18 cents at C$30.55 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) gave back 49 cents to $42.43. The financial sector also lost early lift, losing one per cent as traders prepared to take in quarterly earnings during this week from Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Royal Bank (TSX:RY), TD Bank (TSX:TD) and CIBC (TSX:CM). They’re expected to be impacted by the slowdown in the housing market. At the same time, analysts expect dividend increases from most of the banks. Royal Bank (TSX:RY) fell 66 cents to $63.59 and CIBC (TSX:CM) fell 70 cents to $83.54.

Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 31.81 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 22.15 First Quantum Minerals . 18.41 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 33.64 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 9.67 Inmet Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . 65.52 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 8.03 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 39.66 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.57 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 31.60 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 25.50 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 34.20 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 44.25 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.58 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 48.24 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 30.55 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.32 Canyon Services Group. 10.41 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 32.40 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.710 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 18.43 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.11 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 87.70

MARKET HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at the close of Monday at world financial market trading. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index —

Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 39.85 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.47 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 30.45 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 42.43 IROC Services . . . . . . . . . 2.93 Nexen Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 28.15 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 4.10 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 9.93 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . . 1.14 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 8.61 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 31.37 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 12.86 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 14.00 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 7.11 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 51.76 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 62.93 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 60.19 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83.54 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 31.59 Carefusion . . . . . . . . . . . 31.65 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 27.20 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 45.00 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 64.22 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 14.84 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 77.30 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.87 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 63.59 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 28.34 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84.01 12,650.87 down 50.76 points TSX Venture Exchange — 1,141 down 3.68 points TSX 60 — 726.92 down 3.23 points Dow — 13,784.17 down 216.40 points S&P 500 — 1,487.85 down 27.75 points Nasdaq — 3,116.25 down 45.57 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 97.31 cents US, down 0.65 of a cent Pound — C$1.5585, up 0.20 of a cent Euro — C$1.3418, down 0.42 of a cent Euro — US$1.3058, down 1.28 cents Oil futures: US$93.11 per barrel, down two cents (April contract) Gold futures: US$1,586.60 per oz., up $13.80 (April contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $30.834 per oz., up 52.5 cents $991.31 kg., up $16.88 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Monday at 1,141, down 3.68 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 166.7 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: March ’13 $6.70 lower $625.30; May ’13 $3.40 lower $618.00; July ’13 $1.80 lower $608.00; Nov. ’13 $0.70 higher $564.30; Jan. ’14 $0.50 higher $561.10; March ’14 $0.50 higher $558.60; May ’14 $0.50 higher $556.50; July ’14 $0.50 higher $554.60; Nov. ’14 $0.50 higher $543.40; Jan ’15 $0.50 higher $543.40; March ’15 $0.50 higher $543.40. Barley (Western): March ’13 unchanged $241.50; May ’13 unchanged $242.50; July ’13 unchanged $243.00; Oct. ’13 unchanged $243.00; Dec ’13 unchanged $243.00; March ’14 unchanged $243.00; May ’14 unchanged $243.00; July ’14 unchanged $243.00; Oct. ’14 unchanged $243.00; Dec. ’14 unchanged $243.00; March ’15 unchanged $243.00. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 459,260 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 459,260.

The operation was expected to generate between 80 million and 100 million barrels of oil that wouldn’t have otherwise been recovered. Swan Hills president Douglas Shaigec said the company still wants to build the project — just not now. “The project scope remains unchanged,” he said. “There’s nothing different about the project other than the implementation time frame.” He said gas prices need to be above $5 a gigajoule for the plan to work. Current prices have fluctuated around the $3 mark. A demonstration project of the company’s technology in Swan Hills will remain operating, said Shaigec. Energy Minister Ken Hughes said Synfuels had not received any payments under the original deal. No decisions on reallocating the money have been made. Synfuels was one of four carbon capture and storage projects the provincial government was funding out of a $2-billion pot. Those projects have been a major part of government responses to criticism of the province’s environmental record. Two of them remain on the books. Enhance Energy’s $600-million plan to transport CO2 from refineries in Redwater, Alta., to aging oilfields near Clive through the Alberta carbon trunk pipeline is expected to begin later this year. As well, Royal Dutch Shell is moving ahead with plans to capture one million tonnes of CO2 annually from its Scotford oilsands upgrader northeast of Edmonton. The Alberta and federal governments are kicking in a collective $865 million toward that project, which is expected to start in 2015. Hughes said the two projects will eventually remove 2.76 million tonnes of carbon a year. However, TransAlta backed out of a $1.4-billion carbon capture deal last spring. CEO Dawn Farrell said the costs of injecting CO2 into old oil wells to enhance production no longer made economic sense. The province had hoped to have five or six working projects by 2015 that would inject up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 a year into the ground. Even if that had happened, it wouldn’t have reduced Alberta’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. Those are expected to climb until 2020. McKibben made a similar point, pointing out that Ottawa’s own figures say Canada won’t meet even its modest goals for greenhouse gas reduction. He said the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport bitumen from the oilsands to southern markets, would lock the U.S. into high-carbon energy infrastructure for decades to come. He acknowledged that coal, commonly burned in the U.S. to generate

power, generates more greenhouse gases than oilsands crude. But he said environmentalists are also fighting large-scale coal projects around the globe. “At this point it’s no longer a case of choosing a villain to fight and ignoring other ones. We’re so far in the hole that we’ve got to fight everything that’s going to pour huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and we’ve got to do it fast.”

LNG: Demand to jump Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, who re-announced a decision at the conference granting a 25-year LNG export licence for a consortium headed by Shell, said global energy demand is expected to increase by 35 per cent by 2035. The energy prospects for this province are remarkable,” Oliver said, adding that there are more than 600 major natural gas resource projects underway or planned for the next 10 years in Canada representing a total investment of approximately $650 billion. The federal government, whose oil shipping plans via the controversial Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines have faced staunch opposition, is enhancing its aboriginal consultation process and environmental protections, Oliver said. Chief Ellis Ross of the Haisla First Nation appeared with Oliver to highlight the milestone approval for LNG Canada — a consortium of Shell, Korea Gas Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., and PetroChina International that will allow the export of up to 24 million tonnes of LNG per year. The Haisla remain opposed to the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, but Shell’s Kitimat LNG Terminal will be built on Haisla reserve land.

MLS: Jobs help It’s now calling for 4,500 Multiple Listing Service sales in 2013 — up from the 4,300 it was forecasting less than four months ago. Its outlook for 2014 is 4,700 sales. As for average prices, CMHC is anticipating the 2013 figure will be $286,500. That’s unchanged from its previous outlook. For 2014, CMHC is now calling for an average price of $294,500. It said growth in full-time jobs, rising wages, and in-migration into Alberta has helped transition most resale markets in the province out of buyers’ conditions. The biggest increase in MLS sales from 2012 to 2013 is expected to occur in Grande Prairie, with a jump of seven per cent. The Red Deer region is expected to be next, at 4.6 per cent, followed by Edmonton at 3.2 per cent, Medicine Hat and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at 1.9 per cent each, Calgary at 1.4 per cent and Lethbridge at 1.2 per cent.

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Nexen takeover complete BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd. is now officially in control of Calgary oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY). CNOOC’s $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen, first announced last July, was completed on Monday, marking China’s largest-ever successful overseas acquisition. Kevin Reinhart, who had been serving as interim CEO since January 2012, will remain in charge of Nexen’s operations in the oilsands, B.C. shale fields, North Sea, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico. CNOOC Ltd. CEO Li Fanrong will serve as chairman of Nexen’s new board of directors, which includes members from both the Chinese and Canadian companies.

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FIRST FRIDAYS A reception will be held on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Red Deer College Library’s The Panels gallery is showing Conversations With the Collection, paintings and sculptures by RDC visual arts staff, which is shown alongside related works from the RDC Collection. The display will be held until March 8. The library is open to 6 p.m. on First Friday. Just outside the RDC library’s front doors, ceramics by Carlene Larue and Kt Furness are exhibited in the PortHole Gallery. Art From the Streets is holding a group show at 4935 51st St. A reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. A new centennial print from Dennis Moffat called 100 Years of Red Deer is available at the Housewarmings store on Ross Street, along with other Moffat prints. The store will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on First Friday for a reception. The Velvet Olive Lounge is showing works by Troy Johnson and Cafe Pichilingue is showing art by Harvey Brink for the month of March.

Summer of love with The Bard The ballots are in and Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It will be the Bard on Bower plays performed this summer in Red Deer. Prime Stock Theatre will be celebrating a “summer of love,” based on the romantic Shakespearean tragic and comic picks chosen through audience votes last summer. The contrasting romances will be performed on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds starting from 7:30 p.m. on July 18 for Romeo and Juliet and July 25 for As You Like It. The plays will run through 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 3 and 4, respectively, and admission will again be free (donations are greatly appreciated). Audiences can choose their love story according to whether they want a happy or sad ending, but “Bard hopes that people will choose to come to see both,” said Prime Stock Theatre’s artistic director Thomas Usher. At least one of the plays will be re-

located to a closer setting — the comedy As You Like It will be re-set in the Canadian wilds of Ontario’s Algonquin Park in the 1930s. Rosalind and Orlando will be redefining gender roles amid lumberjacks and Group of Seven painters roaming the woods. It’s rustic fun for the entire family, said Usher. Auditions will be held on March 30 for these two Bard on Bower presentations. For appointments, interested actors should email info@primestocktheatre. com. The company is also seeking corporate partnerships to help support the costs of mounting the Shakespeare in the park festival against the scenic Bower Ponds backdrop. Interested businesses can call 403-342-3511 or send an email to the above address. More information is available from www.primestocktheatre.com.

Hospitality, tourism students offering dining, entertainment Four upcoming events hosted by Red Deer College’s hospitality and tourism management students offer dining and entertainment opportunities. On March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45th Ave., a unique menu accompanies a spring stroll through the park. People can enjoy the menu and the views of Wishart Trail. For tickets, which cost $30, contact Stefan at 403848-1840 or by email at wildside@rdc. ab.ca. Advanced tickets only for this event. Instead of going all the way to Louisiana, the March 8 event bring New Orleans to the Corner Stone Dining Room at the college, 100 College Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. The three-course New Orleans-style menu is complimented by an 18-piece jazz ensemble. Members of the band will go head to head in solo matches and the audience decides the winner. For tickets, which cost $65, con-

tact Ben at 403-352-0881 or by email at jazzdinner@rdc.ab.ca. A decidedly Albertan menu will be on offer, featuring nine appetizers showcasing ingredients from local producers, on March 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Dining Room. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by contacting Ezrah at 587-8771019 or by email at flavoursofalberta@ rdc.ab.ca. Illusionist TriXtan and his assistants are the centrepiece of a special night out. At 9:30 p.m. at the City Centre Stage, 4922 49th St., on March 22 TriXtan will perform the grand show, at a cost of $20. But for the VIP experience, which costs $60, people can attend a preshow dinner at the Cornerstone Dining Room where you can see TriXtan up close before the show. The evening is intended for adults. For tickets, contact Kayla at 403-3521049 or by email at illusionist@rdc. ab.ca.

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Iran pans ‘Argo’ AS ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE CIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian officials on Monday dismissed the Oscarwinning film Argo as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda, but some young, moderate Iranians welcomed it as a fresh view of recent history. The movie, based on the escape of six American hostages from the besieged U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, has not been screened in any Iranian theatres. But many Iranians have seen it nevertheless. In downtown Tehran, bootleg DVDs of Argo sell for about 30,000 rials, or less than $1. The movie has set off a spirited debate that exposed a generational divide. Iranians who took part in the 1979 Islamic Revolution picked apart the portrayals of Tehran at the time. But those too young to recall the events had a different view. “I want to know what the other side is saying,” said Shieda, a 21-yearold University of Tehran student, who gave only her first name for fear of a possible backlash

for speaking with foreign media. Tehran City Council member Masoomeh Ebtekar — who was one of the students who occupied the U.S. Embassy and acted as the spokeswoman for the captors— says the film exaggerates the violence among crowds that stormed the compound in November 1979. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but a handful of Embassy staff were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in Argo. Ebtekar insists the hostage-takers were mostly students. But other accounts suggest militants and members of the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard were involved. Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini criticized the film.

“The movie is an antiIran film. “It is not a valuable film from the artistic point of view. It won the prize by resorting to extended advertisement and investment,” he said, according to the official IRNA news agency. He said Hollywood has “distorted history” as part of what Iranian officials call a “soft war.” Iran’s state TV called the movie “an advertisement for the CIA.” The semiofficial Mehr news agency called the Oscar “politically motivated” because first lady Michelle Obama at the White House joined Jack Nicholson via video link to Los Angeles to help present the best picture prize. Others said Argo shows the need for Iranian filmmakers to deal more with issues from the Revolution.

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Photographs, ceramics, prints and paintings will be exhibited during Red Deer’s First Friday Gallery openings for March. The abstract paintings of Robert Dmytruk will be shown in the Urban Mapping exhibit at the Harris-Warke Gallery in the Sunworks Store on Ross Street. The exhibit continues to March 23, but the First Friday reception will be held on March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artistic examples of collaboration and mentorship are displayed at The Hub on Ross, featuring works by Kelli Condon and Keoni Barker. The exhibit is on until March 29, but the First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Art lovers can opt to stay and purchase a ticket to the 7 p.m. concert by the Amos Garrett Jazz Trio concert and Elvin Berthiaume. The cost is $20 cash only at the door. When the City Isn’t Looking: Photographs by Bill Peters are exhibited at the Kiwanis Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library. This Red Deer Arts Council presentation runs to April 25.


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Girlfriend filled with regret for breaking up with boyfriend Dear Annie: I am a 21-year-old fe- thought texting was the same as e-mailmale, quite independent, happy and ing. Just what is texting? — Technologifull of life. Last year I started dating cally Impaired in New York “Luke,” age 26. We hit it off great, and I Dear New York: Nearly every cellfell in love. But two months ago, some- phone has a text function where you thing changed. can send a typed message to someone Luke recently started a new com- else’s cellphone. pany. One day, he randomly On older models, you decided he needed a break may need to check your from our relationship to foowner’s manual to find cus on his business. out how to do this, and it He made me promise to can also require several stay faithful. After three keystrokes to get the right weeks, we started arguing. letters. But newer smartI found it stupid that I was phones have an icon for supposed to remain faithful messaging right on the while he was out partying screen and a keyboard that every weekend, going to bars appears when you use the and clubs. function, making texting He kept texting my sister, simple and quick. And the saying he didn’t want to be parents are right — most MITCHELL with me. When I’d confront teens prefer it to emailing, & SUGAR him, he’d say he was only although there is a cost inkidding. volved. I tried hard to work this If you are interested in out. Two weeks ago, we getting a new phone, please planned to hang out, but Luke didn’t know that many companies offer tutoanswer my calls. He never even both- rials to go with it. ered to cancel our plans. I finally had Dear Annie: The letter from “Some enough and sent him a text ending Talk, Please” sounded like one I’ve things completely. been writing in my head for a decade. Annie, the entire two months we My husband of 20 years is also great were apart, I was a wreck. around the house and with our kids, I still can’t stop thinking about him. but he prefers groping to actual conI know I did the right thing by breaking versation and can’t understand why it it off. But sometimes, I am filled with doesn’t turn me on. regret, as if I wasn’t a good enough I’m sad that he feels rejected, but girlfriend. I work two jobs and help care for my How can I be happy again without parents. I’m too tired for sex at the faking it? — Lost in My Heart drop of a hat. Dear Lost: This has nothing to do He also thinks that when our teenwith your value as a girlfriend. age kids have friends over, it’s a great Luke was simply not the right guy. time to escape to the bedroom. I conHe didn’t have the courage to break sider that inappropriate. Can things off in an honest way and made you shed any light on this? — A Few himself repeatedly unavailable, hop- Words Would Help ing you’d take the initiative and let Dear Few Words: Your husband is so him go. focused on his own satisfaction that it It is natural for you to grieve the apparently cuts off oxygen to his brain. end of a relationship that you expected You need to be very specific about to last. what you want from him and offer “reSurround yourself with supportive wards” when he complies. Behavior friends and family, pamper yourself, modification can be a very useful tool. and “fake it until you make it.” Time To our Baha’i readers: Happy Ayyamwill heal this. We promise. i-Ha. Dear Annie: I used to keep in touch Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy with my grandchildren via e-mail, but Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime edilately, they have not been answering tors of the Ann Landers column. Please my letters. Their parents told me that email your questions to anniesmailbox@ teenagers prefer to “text” rather than comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, e-mail. c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, In my technological ignorance, I Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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Locations in: à Edmonton à Grande Prairie à Red Deer Fax: 780-463-3341 Email: jobs@vdmtrucking.com

Is looking to fill the following position:

FIELD SAFETY OFFICER

The successful applicant will have a NCSO designation and will have: * Actual hands on oilfield construction experience. * Good computer skills. * Extensive travel is required. * Excellent people skills. * H2S Alive and First Aid. * Certified D&A tester, an asset. * Drivers License, with clean Abstract. * Must relocate to Hinton. “NO SAFETY COPS WANTED” We want to build a safety culture, NOT enforce one. Please submit resume to hr@alstaroc.com or fax to 780- 865- 5829 Please quote job # 68791 on your resume. Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

TO LIST YOUR WEBSITE CALL 403-309-3300 ASSOCIATIONS

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BUILDERS

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PET ADOPTION

www.reddeerspca.com Many Pets to Choose From

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

HEALTH & FITNESS

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

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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

800

Weekends Off

Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent judgment and a genuine concern for safety. Strong problem solving and organizational skills. Ability to be on call, travel when required, work weekends and overtime. Must possess knowledge of oilfield equipment.

Please Quote Job # 68939 on Resume

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 403-347-8650 COCAINE ANONYMOUS 403-304-1207 (Pager)

1957 CHEV WANTED I am looking for the gentleman who bought a dark green 1957 Chev 2 dr. sedan from me approx. 40 yrs ago, about 1970, near the Londonderry Mall Edmonton. Could you please call Gary Smith 780-962-0313

CLASSIFICATIONS

Announcements

We would like to thank all those candidates who apply, however only qualified personnel will be contacted.

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Personals

800

MANAGER INVENTORY & LOGISTICS

ASHLEY & FRIENDS PLAYSCHOOL Accepting Fall Registrations 3-5 yr. olds. Limited Space avail. 403-343-7420

STEPHAN Waltraud Elisabeth Jan. 20th, 1936 - Feb. 20th, 2013 It is with great sadness that the family of Waltraud (Wally) Stephan announce her passing on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta at the age of 77 years. Wally was predeceased by her husband Bruno in 2000. Wally is survived by six children; Monika Anders (Seth), Wolfgang Stephan (Karen Hay), Angela Jahnke (Bob), Bernd Stephan, Edeltraud Stephan (Billy Dixon), and Andreas Stephan. She leaves behind twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Waltraud was born in Cladow Landsberg an der Warthe,†Prussia and, along with her husband, moved their family to Canada on June 10th, 1967. The last several years of her life were full of laughter and good times with her family. She enjoyed all kinds of music and will be remembered for blasting music and dancing around her living room. Wally had a great love of pop culture, including current books, movies and music. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at church, cleaning her house, and gardening. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her neighbours and church friends who helped her on many occasions throughout the years. For Oma -- “I’ll be back so soon you won’t have time to miss me. Look after my heart --- I’ve left it with you.” A service to commemorate her life will be held at Cornerstone G o s p e l C h a p e l , 5 9 11 6 3 Street, Red Deer, Alberta†on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In honor of Wally, donations may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Suite 101-6751 52 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4K8 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

Oilfield

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DOLAN Stephen Thomas “Steve” Jan. 26, 1956 - Feb. 22, 2013 Mr. Stephen Thomas “Steve” Dolan of Red Deer, Alberta passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the age of 57 years. Steve will be lovingly remembered by his children; Mike Dolan of Red Deer, AB and Allison Dolan of Lethbridge, AB. He will also be sorely missed by his brother; Ben (Cheryl) Dolan of Erskine, AB, sister; Cathy (Doug) Holloway of Cranbrook, BC and numerous nieces and nephews. In honor of Steve, his life will be celebrated at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In memory of Steve, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #6, 5015-48th Street, Red Deer, AB, T4N 1S9. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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2950 Bremner Ave. Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9

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

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

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

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

COMPUTER REPAIR

WEB DESIGN

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Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013


D2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Electronics Technicians Needed

We are seeking the OLD DUTCH FOODS LTD. services of an is a leader in the snack foods Electronic Technician industry. We are looking to work for the for a career oriented ADGA Group at the person who loves sales Correctional Services and customer service to fill Canada facilities in the the position of Route Sales Drumheller area and at Assistant for off truck sales. various locations within You must be self motivated Alberta. Responsibilities and enjoy a challenge. include performing This is a full time entry maintenance of electronic level position, with long security/safety systems. term career opportunities. To apply, please email Some weekend work and careers@adga.ca out of town travel may be and quote reference# necessary. You will receive ETD3422-NB sufficient training that will equip you with knowledge First Choice Collision and confidence to work on Seeking Journeyman or your own. This position is 2nd /3rd year apprentices. training to become an Positions for body, prep independent distributor. and refinishing technicians Applicants must be needed for our car and bondable and supply a light truck division. Top current drivers abstract wages, bonus programs with resume. As an and benefit package. Fax employee you will qualify resumes to for our competitive (403) 343-2160; e-mail compensation package choice2@telusplanet.net as well as a great or drop off in person @ #5, benefit package. 7493, 49th Avenue Possible relocation may be Crescent, Red Deer. an option. Please drop off your resume to 7863-49 Ave. Red Deer or fax to 403-347-9155 or email harvey.rue@olddutchfoods,.com Only successful candidates Landscaper/laborer We are currently looking will be contacted. for an energetic, positive, WANTED: Outside sales reliable, mature and skilled people for a fast growing individual to fill this position. security company. Successful applicants must JOB REQUIREMENTS:: p o s s e s s a n o u t g o i n g * No formal education personality, be self moti- req`d v a t e d , a n d b e v e r y * 44 hrs. per wk with some organized. Door to door wknds. sales experience is an * Heavy lifting, running asset but not necessary. equip., yard maintenance, Please email resume to lawncare, snow removal. hr@ Wage $25.hr. bond-ocommunications.com Expected start date: ASAP Those interested please email resume to: Trades resumes@ newcartcontracting.com or fax to 403-729-2396. ARMOR INC is looking for licensed diesel and susSHOP FOREMAN pension mechanic for light Pressure Piping & Steel duty performance shop. fabrication shop Diesel and transmission Only experience personnel exp. preferred. need apply Bring resume to: -Journeyman Pipefitter 106 -6439 67 St. RD preferred Phone 403-346-9188 -Must be able to organize or emal men and projects donavan@armorinc.ca -Background & experience with Acorn Piping program B-PRESSURE Understanding and SHOP WELDERS implementation of QC for REQUIRED structural & Piping NO RIG WELDERS -Oversee all material Must be able to read ordering, handling & blueprints. Flare stack receiving experience and Stainless -Competitive Wage & welding ticket would Benefits Be a asset. Great rates Please apply to info@ and hours. Merit program. dynamicprojects.ca or fax Please email resume to 403-340-3471 info@dynamicprojects.ca Or fax to (403)340-3471 SHUNDA

850

Blue Grass Sod Farms, Box 11, Site 2, RR #1, Red Deer, Alberta F/T farm equipment technician req’d with exp. repairing farm equipment. $31 hr, 44 hrs week, dental & health benefits avail. Email resume to debbie. lefeuvre@bg-rd.com or fax 403-342-7488 SECURITY guards wanted, F/T & P.T days, nights ,evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be bondable, and have security guard license. Call or fax 587-273-0077 to set up appointment

CONSTRUCTION

Trades

850

Employment Opportunity. * Class 3 license a must. *Class 1 preferred * Picker experience a plus Distribute precast concrete in central AB area. Fax resume with clean Trades Job Fair driver’s abstract to: Compensation ranging 403-886-4853 email from $36.90 - $49.16/hour garyz@wilbert.ca or drop off resume at: 930 Fleming Evraz will be holding a Ave. Penhold. Inquiries, Trades Job Fair at the call Gary 403-588-6505 iHotel on 67th on February 27th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds pm. Interviews will be conducted on site as part help you sell it. of an immediate hiring process. Evraz Inc. NA is the largest producer of steel and pipe in Western Canada and a recognized leader in the North American oil and gas industry. We are committed to safe, responsible work practices and strive to recruit individuals who share our dedication to continuous success. We offer employees competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including significant bonus opportunities.

FULL-TIME Truck Driver required at Eastman Feeds, Experience an a s s e t . Wo r k s c h e d u l e Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Competitive wages and benefits. Apply with resume and drivers abstract via email: cliff.miller@eastmanfeeds. com or fax to (403) 341-3144.

870

Evraz is expanding mainte- Business n a n c e c o v e r a g e t o a l l Opportunities shifts and is in need of the following positions: Join Distinctly Tea in the high growth & high margin Skilled Trades People, retail loose leaf tea indusMillwrights, Electricians try. Steve@fylypchuk.com and Machinists Applicants must possess a valid provincial journeyman Misc. certification or Interprovin- Help cial Red Seal certification. Previous work experience in an industrial manufactur- ACADEMIC Express Adult Education ing setting is preferred, but and Training not required. These are full time shift work positions. Duties include trouble- • GED classes evening and days shooting and maintenance of plant equipment. • Women in the Trades If you are looking for a c a r e e r w i t h a s t r o n g • Math and Science in the trades company, you owe it to yourself to attend the Evraz Trades Job Fair. Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be avail. Plan to visit us at the iHotel on 67th on February 27th 403-340-1930 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm www.academicexpress.ca All potential hires will be required to attend and pass a pre-employment medical including drug ADULT or YOUTH screening test before being CARRIERS offered employment. NEEDED For more information on Evraz’s North American For delivery of operations, visit www.Evra- Flyers, Express and zIncNA.com

Sunday Life in

Evraz..making the world stronger.

Clearview Area Castle Crsc. Clark Crsc. & Crawford St. $155/mo.

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

Truckers/ Drivers

860

Deer Park area Dowler St. & Dowler Close $173/mo.

F/T Safety Officer

to help implement & maintain safety programs. Fax resume to: 403-343-1248 or email admin@shunda.ca CLASS 1 or 3 Drivers needed Please fax or email your driver’s advstract, references and resume to: Mike.castilloux@ lafarge-na.com 403 347 8060(fax) Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

Lancaster Area East half of Lampard Crsc. & Leung Close $61/mo. Rosedale Approx. 2 blks of Reichley St. & Reighley Close $68/mo. Good for adult with small car. ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

Call Jamie 403-314-4306 info

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

DRIVEN TO EXCEL FROM START TO FINISH

Pidherney’s is growing and requires experienced Truck drivers to work with our team:

• Class 1 Drivers • Lowbed Drivers with Class 1

GRANDVIEW MORRISROE MOUNTVIEW WEST LAKE WEST PARK 288031B25-C7

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

Fax resume to Human Resources 403-845-5370 Or E-mail: hr@pidherneys.com

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

wegotservices 1000-1430

To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

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

1010

Handyman Services

1200

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

HANDYMAN PLUS Painting, laminate, tile, mud/ tape, doors, trim, Call 403-358-9099 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

1100

TIRED of waiting? Call Renovation Rick, Jack of all trades. Handier than 9 men. 587-876-4396 or 587-272-1999

Contractors

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

COUNTERTOPS

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

Escorts

1165

EDEN 587-877-7399 10am-midnight EROTICAS PLAYMATES Girls of all ages 598-3049 www.eroticasplaymates.net We’re your lucky charms Call 403-550-0732 mydiamondgirls.org

Massage Therapy

1280

ASIAN Executive Touch Exclusive for men. Open 10 am - 6 pm. Mon. - Fri. 403-348-5650 CINDY’S Western & Chinese Traditional Massage, micro computer diagnosis. Insurance avail. New girls coming. 4606 48 Ave. 8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. 7 days a wk. 403-986-1691

Gentle Touch Massage

4919 50 St. New staff. Daily Specials. New rear entry, lots of parking. 403-341-4445 HOT STONE, Body Balancing. 403-352-8269 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161

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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED for early morning delivery of Red Deer Advocate 6 days per week in EASTVIEW 100 ADVOCATE $525/MO. $6300/YR 2 HRS./DAY GRANDVIEW 75 Advocate $393/month $4716/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. per day WESTLAKE 75 Advocate $393/month $4716/yr. 1-1/2 hrs. /day Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

Massage Therapy

1280

Misc. Services

1290

LINDA���S CHINESE MASSAGE

COUPLES SPECIAL

Bring loved one & the 2nd person is 1/2 price. Open daily 9 am-9 pm. 403-986-1550 #3 4820-47 Ave 4 therapists, Insurance receipts

VII MASSAGE

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

Misc. Services

880

Carriers Needed For 4 days/wk Flyers & Sun. Life IN Highland Green Holmes St. & Heath Close ALSO Wedgewood Gardens St. Joseph’s & Montfort Heights PINES Patterson Cres. & Pamley Ave.

Misc. Help

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

ANDERS AREA

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for The Town of Olds No collecting! Packages come ready for delivery! Also for the afternoon in Town of Penhold! Also afternoon delivery in Town of Springbrook

Adams Close/ Adair Ave. Ainsworth Crsc. Allsop Ave. BOWER AREA Brown Cl./Baird St Barrett Dr./Baird St

1 day per wk. No collecting!!

Please contact QUITCY

at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@ reddeeradvocate.com CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED For afternoon delivery once per week

Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303 Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

INGLEWOOD AREA

Isbister Close Inkster Close

Pallo, Payne & Parsons Cl.

Summer Employment Opportunity From May 1st - Sept. 15, 2013 Campground Manager: Tail Creek Park Campground Highway 11 & Highway 21, along the Red Deer River Only Serious Inquiries Please Application deadline March 15, 2013 Submit letter of intent and or resume to Marlene Lanz, Métis Nation of AB Region 3 President 1415 - 28 ST NE, Calgary, AB T2A 2P6 Phone: 1(403)569-8800 or 1-800-267-5844

880

Misc. Help

In the towns of:

Piper Dr. & Pennington Cres.

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

880

CARRIERS NEEDED

LANCASTER AREA

Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308

Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

Misc. Help

Misc. Help

Lagrange Crsc SUNNYBROOK AREA Sherwood Crsc Scott St./Somerset Close. Sunnyside Crsc.

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

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

920

VANIER AREA

Career Planning

Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc Valentine Crsc.

RED DEER WORKS

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 314-4300 Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

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

FREE

for all Albertans

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stuff CLASSIFICATIONS 1500-1990

CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

880

UNC

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APPRENTICE RV MECHANIC Duties include: • All aspects of RV Service work • Seasonal extended hours • Customer interaction Attributes: • Organized & Reliable • Outgoing • Physically fit • Mechanically inclined • Entry level position • On the job training • Permanent position • Tool allowance • Training allowance • Company benefits

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

Misc. Help

880

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

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

CLASSIFICATIONS

Accounting

Misc. Help

880

requires

SIDING INSTALLER with or without trailer & tools. F.T. year round work, must have truck and 2 yrs. exp. 90 cents - $1 per sq.ft. 403-358-8580

860

STUCCO Labourers. Needed Immed. Exp’d but will train. Drivers License pref’d. 403-588-5306

860

Truckers/ Drivers

Truckers/ Drivers

280034A5-C5

JOIN A DYNAMIC SALES TEAM.

850

Trades

1290

5* JUNK REMOVAL

Property clean up 340-8666 CENTRAL PEST CONTROL LTD. Comm/res. Locally owned. 403-373-6182 cpest@shaw.ca FREE removal of all kinds of unwanted scrap metal. No household appliances 403-396-8629 JUNK REMOVAL, Yard/ Garden Serv. 588-2564 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

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

Moving & Storage

1300

BOXES? MOVING? SUPPLIES? 403-986-1315

Seniors’ Services

1372

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

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Sales & Distributors


RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 D3

2 DRESSERS - bdrm. suite. New mattress, bought 1953, $250. 403-343-7393 8 TRACK & Cassette & Record player. Speakers. $200. 403-343-7393

1530

Auctions

Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

Household Appliances

1710

KENMORE HD dual action top load washer; Kenmore HD dryer,white, good shape $125/pair 403-347-2374 WASHING machine very good cond. $75 , best offer 403-782-5818

Household Furnishings

1720

1580

1760

1630

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

1640

Tools

TABLE SAW - Bench top 10”. Craftsman w/accessories. $190. 403-314-2026

1650

Farmers' Market

THE FARM with THE GOOD FOOD: Free-range brown eggs; chickens; Danish pork roasts, chops, cervalet sausage. 403-347-0516

1660

Firewood

AFFORDABLE

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

BLUE WILLOW CHINA, 6 Blue Willow china coffee mugs, $30; 1 Blue Willow round platter, 12” diameter $25, 1 Blue Willow serving bowl, 9” diameter. $20, 403-746-2456

1710

APPLS. reconditioned lrg. selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. warr. Riverside Appliances 403-342-1042 BBQ c/w propane tank & cover. Like new. $100. 403-314-2026 FRIDGE very good cond. Danby, $100, best offer 403-782-5818

Piano & Organs

1790

BEAUTIFUL silky white satin bunnies desperately need loving home. Litter box trained. FREE. 403-782-3130

2000-2290

2140

Horses

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

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

3020

Houses/ Duplexes

Dogs

Manufactured Homes

FREE Shaw Cable + more $899/month Mauricia 403-340-0225

3050

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

3 BDRM. 4 appls. no pets. $925/mo. + d.d. 403-343-6609

HUGE TRI-PLEX on 59th Ave.

Lots of storage & 2 large bdrms, 1.5 bath, In-suite laundry. No pets. $1225 & UTIL; SD $1225; Avail NOW. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 or 403-396-9554

3060

Suites

1 BDRM. apt. in Penhold, $740/mo. Avail. immed. Incl. most utils, no pets. Call 403-886-5288 GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, no partiers, avail immed. 1-403-200-8175 LARGE 2 bdrm., incld’s most utils., $825. 403-314-0209 LARGE, 1, 2 & 3 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111

NOW RENTING 1 & 2 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry w/ onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat and hot water, washer/dryer hookup, infloor heating, a/c., car plug ins & balconies. Call 403-343-7955 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

3040

20,000with Intro www.lansdowne.ca

WAREHOUSE FOR SALE OR LEASE

4860 sq.ft., new, bright, two 14’ O.H. doors, heated, fans, can be divided into 2 bays, call 403- 318-4848 to view

Mobile Lot

3190

Starting at

MOBILE HOME PAD, in Red Deer Close to Gaetz, 2 car park, Shaw cable incl. Mauricia 403-340-0225

wegot

homes 4000-4190

Houses For Sale

Money To Loan

4430

4020

Mason Martin Homes has

2005 HONDA Accord EX-L FWD,64981 kms, $11888 348-8788 Sport & Import 2007 GMC 2500 SLE turbo diesel, $25,888 Sport & Import 403-348-8788

MORTGAGES AVAIL.on all types of real estate including raw land and acreages. Bruised credit and self employed welcome. Fast approvals Ron Lewis 403-819-2436 Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

2004 TOYOTA Celica GT lthr., sunroof, $9888 3488788 Sport & Import 2007 FORD F-150 XLT 4X4, 107115 kms, $14,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

wegot

1998 CHEV Silverado 1500 ext. cab, 4x4 diesel loaded. 350,000 kms. $5500. 403-350-1784

wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300

Antique & Classic Autos

2004 PONTIAC Grand Am GT FWD, $4888 348-8788 Sport & Import

5070

2004 PONTIAC Grand Am GT FWD, $4888 348-8788 Sport & Import COLLECTOR CAR Auction & Speed and Custom Show. Featuring Ian Roussel, from Car Warriors & Big Schwag. Mar 15th - 17th. Westerner Park, Red Deer. 150,000 sq.ft. indoor show. Exhibitors space still avail. 2004 BMW X3 AWD, lthr., Western Canada’s Largest pano-roof, $14,888 348-8788 Sport & Import Collector Car Event. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 Ext. 102 EGauctions.com

Cars

5030

2010 MAZDA 3 GT FWD,

2011 DODGE Ram Laramie 2500 4X4, hemi, DVD, pwr. boards,htd. lthr., tonneau cover, $38,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

Auto Wreckers

5190

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

Vehicles Wanted To Buy 2003 BMW 3 series 325xi htd. lthr., sunroof, $10,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

4040

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Syria says it is ready to talk with Rebels CLEAR SIGNAL THE REGIME IS NERVOUS ABOUT LONG-TERM PROSPECTS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Free Syrian Army fighters, sing revolutionary songs as they gather at one of their caves, in Jabal al-Zaweya, in Idlib Province, Syria, Monday. Syria is ready to hold talks with the armed opposition trying to topple President Bashar Assad, the country’s foreign minister said Monday, in the government’s most advanced offer yet to try to resolve the two-year-old civil war through negotiations. (meters) from Abbasid Square, a landmark plaza in central Damascus. It was followed by several other smaller blasts thought to be mortar shells landing in various districts of the capital. The blasts and subsequent gunfire caused panic among residents who hid in their apartments. On Thursday, a car bomb near the ruling Baath Party headquarters in Damascus killed at least 53 people, according to state media. While the momentum appears to be shifting in the rebels’ direction, the regime’s grip on Damascus remains firm, and Assad’s fall is far from imminent. Still, Monday’s offer to negotiate with the armed opposition — those whom Assad referred to only in January as “murderous criminals” and refused to talk with — reflects the regime’s realization that in the long run, its chances of keeping its grip on power are slim. Asked about al-Moallem’s remarks, U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the offer of talks was a positive step “in the context of them raining Scuds down on their own civilians.” But he expressed caution about the seriousness of the offer.

Video claims Nigerian Islamist group holding French hostages BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAGOS, Nigeria — A video posted online Monday apparently shows seven French hostages kidnapped from northern Cameroon, with a masked militant claiming the radical Islamic group Boko Haram from neighbouring Nigeria holds them. The video, posted to YouTube and mentioned on a jihadist website, shows one of two French men reading a statement, with a woman in between them. Four children sit on the ground near them, flanked by two masked militants wearing camouflage uniforms and holding rifles. A masked militant in front says in the video that Boko Haram kidnapped the French hostages, a family of three adults and four children who were taken from outside a national park in Cameroon’s Far North Region on Feb. 19. A black banner in the background, bearing the images of the Qur’an flanked by two Kalashnikov assault rifles, also resembles a symbol previously used by Boko Haram. The man says the kidnappings came due to the French military intervention in northern Mali, where its troops have fought with Malian soldiers against Islamic extremists who took over the north in the months following a coup last year. The man also threatens the Nigerian and Cameroonian government, calling on them to release their imprisoned members. “Let the French president know that he has launched war against Islam and we are fighting him everywhere,” the man says in Arabic. “Let him know that we are spread everywhere to save our brothers.” The man threatens to kill the French hostages if the group’s demands are not met. The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the video’s authenticity Monday, though it shares similarities with some Boko Haram propaganda videos published in the past. However, in this video, the man

speaks entirely in Arabic, while other Boko Haram videos have its leader Abubakar Shekau also speaking the Hausa language of Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north. Boko Haram has not published a video featuring hostages before. The video appears to have been filmed outside, as prayer mats hung in the background sway in a breeze. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement that “for us, these images are horribly shocking. They show cruelty without limits.” He said France is fully mobilized to free the hostages but “verifications needed in these circumstances” are under way. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France told journalists his country’s intelligence services are analyzing the video and “examining the nature of the demands.” The French gas group GDF Suez last week identified the captives as an employee working in Yaounde, the Cameroon capital, and his family. The group was vacationing in the north, a company statement said without elaborating. Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers continue to search for them in the arid, rural border region the two countries share in West Africa. Waza Park, a natural wildlife reserve in Cameroon’s Far North Region attracts mainly foreign tourists. But the area often suffers from raids by bandits lurking in Cameroon, Chad and neighbouring Nigeria, who abduct locals for ransom. A local witness told the AP he saw gunmen on motorcycles abduct the tourists on Feb. 19. Boko Haram — which means “Western education is sacrilege” — has launched a guerrilla campaign of bombings and shootings across Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north. It is blamed for at least 792 killings last year alone, according to an AP count. It is known to have ties to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, an Algerian-based group that opened a front in Mali.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A small earthquake shook Haiti’s capital on Monday, causing people in the capital to scramble out of buildings in fear. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan

Hoover said the quake had a magnitude of 3.5. The epicenter was 17 miles (27 kilometres) northeast of Port-auPrince and was relatively shallow at 6 miles (10 kilometres) deep. The tremor caused panic among some residents of Port-au-Prince who remembered the

7.0-magnitude monster that struck the southern part of the country in 2010 and killed thousands of people. A government official said there were no immediate reports of damage. The tremor struck at 7:39 p.m. EDT.

“I don’t know their motivations, other than to say they continue to rain down horrific attacks on their own people,” Ventrell told reporters in Washington. “So that speaks pretty loudly and clearly.” If the Assad regime is serious, he said, it should inform the U.N. peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi of its readiness for talks. Ventrell said the regime hasn’t done that yet. Andrew Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute, called the offer “a sign of weakness.” “I think everybody knows, including Bashar Assad, that they (the regime) can’t hang onto the whole country,” Tabler said. Mustafa Alani, an analyst with the Gulf Research Center in Geneva, said the regime has “reached the conclusion that they are heading toward a major defeat eventually, and this is the right time to negotiate.” “They are not losing miles every day, but they are losing substantial ground every day. So the regime is not genuine (in its offer) because it has changed, it’s genuine because it is responding to a major shift in the balance of power on the ground,” he added.

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BEIRUT — Syria said Monday it is prepared to hold talks with armed rebels bent on overthrowing President Bashar Assad, the clearest signal yet that the regime is growing increasingly nervous about its long-term prospects to hold onto power as opposition fighters make slow but persistent headway in the civil war. Meanwhile, the umbrella group for Syrian opposition parties said it had reversed a decision to boycott a conference in Rome being held to help drum up financial and political support for the opposition. Walid al-Bunni, a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, said the move came after a phone call between the group’s leader, Mouaz al-Khatib, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Al-Bunni told pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Arabiya the decision was made based on guarantees al-Khatib heard from western diplomats that the conference would be different this time. He did not elaborate. The boycott had put the group at odds with its Western backers. The Syrian talks offer, made by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem during a visit to Moscow, came hours before residents of Damascus and state-run TV reported a huge explosion and a series of smaller blasts in the capital, followed by heavy gunfire. State-run news agency SANA said there were multiple casualties from the explosion, which it said was a suicide car bombing. Britain-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosions targeted a checkpoint, adding there were initial reports of at least five regime forces killed and several wounded. The talks proposal marked the first time that a high-ranking regime official has stated publicly that Damascus would be willing to meet with the armed opposition. But al-Moallem did not spell out whether rebels would first have to lay down their weapons before negotiations could begin — a crucial sticking point in the past. The regime’s proposal is unlikely to lead to talks. The rebels battling the Syrian military have vowed to stop at nothing less than Assad’s downfall and are unlikely to agree to sit down with a leader they accuse of mass atrocities. But the timing of the proposal suggests the regime is warming to the idea of a settlement as it struggles to hold territory and claw back ground it has lost to the rebels in the nearly two-year-old conflict. Opposition fighters have scored several tactical victories in recent weeks, capturing the nation’s largest hydroelectric dam and overtaking air bases in the northeast. In Damascus, they have advanced from their strongholds in the suburbs into neighbourhoods in the northeast and southern rim of the capital, while peppering the centre of the city with mortar rounds for days. Monday night’s explosion struck about 800 yards


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WASHINGTON — The $85 billion in budget cuts set to hit the U.S. on Friday were designed to be so unattractive and damaging that they would force Congress and the Obama administration to find a better way to address the country’s massive deficit. Four days remain but no alternative is in sight, and both sides in the latest partisan battle are angrily blaming each other. No deal means the government is forced to make drastic cuts in domestic and defence spending, a move that that threatens the fragile economic recovery from the Great Recession. “The longer these cuts are in place, the bigger the impact will become,” President Barack Obama told the nation’s governors on Monday at the White House. He appealed again to fellow Democrats and opposition Republicans to work together to find a solution. Despite the Friday deadline, there were no serious negotiations under way between the White House and Congress. Obama is focused instead on trying to rally public support by warning Americans of the dire consequences. White House press secretary Jay Carney said he had no new telephone calls to announce since conversations the president had last week with Republican congressional leaders. “We will continue to engage with Congress this week,” Carney said. The spending cuts have frustrated governors attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington. They say it has created widespread uncertainty in the economy and hampered economic recovery in their states. “The president needs to show leadership,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican considered a potential 2016 presidential contender. “This administration has an insatiable appetite for new revenue.” On Sunday, the Obama administration increased the pressure on Republicans in Congress by releasing state-by-state reports on the impact of the looming budget cuts, an effort designed to get lawmakers to compromise or face unhappy constituents at home. “The No. 1 risk, in my view, to the continuing economic comeback of Michigan is the federal government,” Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, said in an interview. His state is the seat of the

U.S. auto industry. Republican leaders in Congress were not impressed by the state-bystate reports. “The White House needs to spend less time explaining to the press how bad the (cuts) will be and more time actually working to stop it,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner. The dramatic budget cuts were designed to take effect only in case a specially established bipartisan congressional super-committee failed to come up with $1 trillion or more in savings from government programs. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the cuts would harm the readiness of U.S. fighting forces. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said travellers could see delayed flights. And furloughed meat inspectors could leave plants idled. The cuts, with few exceptions, are designed to hit all federal accounts equally. The law gives Obama little room to ease the pain. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, called the looming defence cuts “unconscionable” and urged Obama to call lawmakers to the White House for a last-minute budget summit.

schedule at the time of the blowout, Roy said. “BP repeatedly chose speed over safety,” Roy said, quoting from a report by an expert who may testify. Roy said the spill also resulted from Transocean’s “woeful” safety culture and failure to properly train its crew. And Roy said Halliburton provided BP with a product that was “poorly designed, not properly tested and was unstable.” BP’s partners pointed the finger at the oil company and at each other.

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civil damages under the federal Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is hearing the case without a jury and — barring a settlement — will decide months from now how much more money BP and the other companies must pay. During opening statements, attorney Jim Roy, who represents individuals and businesses hurt by the spill, said BP executives applied “huge financial pressure” to “cut costs and rush the job.” The project was more than $50 million over budget and behind

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Red Deer Advocate, February 26, 2013