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Big rig parking at issue BY RANDY FIEDLER ADVOCATE STAFF

CITY PLANNING

City council must examine the lack of semi-trailer truck parking in Red Deer, the municipal planning commission unanimously recommended Wednesday. “We have to look at the issue on a communitywide basis,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. “With this development, there’s been some focus drawn to this unintended outcome.” The issue was raised from Scott Builders’ appli-

cation on behalf of developer Bradley Gabrielson to build a sports bar and 17-room hotel at 6852-66 St. The application was tabled last month in part so a traffic impact assessment could be done on area street parking. The new application contained a lengthy letter from Gabrielson objecting to the study’s $20,000 cost, its “unknown justification” and that MPC had ap-

proved other similar developments without such a study. City councillor and commissioner Buck Buchanan said he’s monitored the area consistently and found parking wanting. “On the Family Day weekend, I counted 60 rigs parked in that area,” he said, adding that number included the nearby Flying J truck stop. “It’s not the developer’s fault. We’ve got an issue, we have to deal with it.”

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EDUCATION

Better working conditions key to any deal: ATA locals BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Teacher working conditions played a key role in why the Alberta Teachers’ Association flatly rejected Education Minister Jeff Johnson’s four-year provincewide deal, says the president of a union local. Kelly Aleman, president of ATA Local 60 for Red Deer Public Schools, was reacting to Tuesday’s announcement that the ATA provincial executive council, comprising teacher representatives from across Alberta, had voted unanimously to reject an offer. However, collective bargaining continues locally and across the province. Aleman was not surprised the Education minister’s offer was rejected, “There’s been ongoing conversations with the minister along this whole three-year process in general,” Aleman said on Wednesday. Aleman said it’s never really been about money, particularly when teachers understand the provincial government is facing financial challenges. “It’s really about teacher workload issues and I think what the association and what teachers are concerned with are deteriorating classroom conditions,” said Aleman.

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Sporting pink T-shirts to support Anti-Bullying Awareness Day at Ecole Camille J. Lerouge, almost all staff and students looked good in pink Wednesday during an assembly. Here students end off the assembly dancing Gangnam Style and then working the moves to the Queen song Y.M.C.A. Students at the school have been selling pink T-shirts all this week at lunch hour, sending the message to others that it’s not OK to bully or to stand by not say something when others bully or are bullied.

Let Us Vote to push for plebiscite on ward system BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF A newly formed group is pushing for a plebiscite on a ward system on the Oct. 21 civic ballot in Red Deer. Let Us Vote is comprised of about seven city-wide residents who want to give city residents an opportunity to their say on Red Deer city council representation. Member Lloyd Johnson, who has lived in north Red Deer since the early 1990s, said the bike lane controversy was one motivation for the petition but it is one of many issues where there is not enough public consultation. “I am not saying the councillors are doing a bad job but there has got to be a change on how they operate with the public,” said Johnson, 54. “Part of

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their job is to work at ways to involve the public.” Earlier this month, city council rejected a motion by Councillors Chris Stephan, Frank Wong and Buck Buchanan to add a ward question on the next civic election ballot. Council also turned down Stephan’s motion to include a ward question on the next Ipsos Reid Survey. Johnson said the at-large Lloyd Johnson system is good but it is not being used properly by the current council because council is overlooking the involvement of public. Johnson said some councillors endorse an atlarge system so they can represent everyone but he

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does not see them representing more than a few people. “It’s an ideal that they represent everybody but they clearly don’t,” said Johnson. “I think more public involvement makes a healthier city and a healthier council. There wouldn’t be so many angry people if they could be involved. People complain when they feel left out of the process.” Garfield Marks Garfield Marks, the man behind the petition, said there is mounting support to switch to a ward system.

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A2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 Wednesday there will be a review of security at the courthouse in the community about 200 km northwest of Edmonton. “We will have our own internal investigation to see what could have been done, if anything, to prevent this casualty,” he said. Denis said he spoke to the wounded sheriff, who is in hospital in Edmonton waiting for surgery on his hand. The minister declined to discuss specifics of what happened because the matter is still under police investigation.

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Two men charged in shooting that wounded provincial sheriff EDMONTON — RCMP have charged two men after an Alberta sheriff was shot in the hand at a court house. Witnesses have said the sheriff was one of two guards transporting two prisoners Tuesday morning who were in custody following a drug bust. There was a scuffle in a hallway and witnesses heard two or three shots. Two men were spotted fleeing in a prisoner transport van, but were arrested within the hour at a rural home near Whitecourt. Clayton Ness, 29, and Jake MacIntyre, 22, both of Whitecourt, face aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, escape from lawful custody and other charges. They were being held in custody and are to appear in provincial court on March 12. Alberta Solicitor General Jonathan Denis said

Man charged with procuring girl, 13, for prostitution skips court LETHBRIDGE — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a southern Alberta man accused of procuring a 13-year-old girl for the purpose of prostitution. Memphis Gros Venture Boy, who is 32, didn’t show up for a scheduled appearance in provincial court. He was charged earlier this month following a police investigation. Officers had become aware that the girl was involved in a high-risk lifestyle. They discovered a man had instructed her to prostitute herself and give him the money.

No recommendations from inquiry into fatal police shooting of woman EDMONTON — An inquiry report says there is nothing police could have done differently in the shooting death of an Edmonton woman three years ago. Bernadette Auger, who was 48, died from two gunshots to the head and neck outside her apartment building in January 2010. A hearing into Auger’s death heard that police had gone to the apartment after a 911 call and found her with what they thought was a gun in her hand. She followed the officers outside and two of them shot her when, despite repeated orders to drop the weapon, she pointed it toward a police dog handler. The gun turned out to be a toy pistol that had been altered to look real. Auger’s common-law partner told police he believed she wanted them to shoot her and had tried to commit suicide before. Inquiry judge S.E. Richardson wrote that “the attending police took all evasive and non-lethal approaches to deal with the threat posed by Ms. Auger.” Richardson made no recommendations.

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CONTRACT: Prefer to bargain at the local level

PARKING: Situation likely to get worse Joyce Boon, City of Red Deer’s permits and licensing supervisor, said if all 66th Street businesses requested no parking signs for vehicles over six metres long, Engineering Services would agree and post them. But city councillor and commissioner Cindy Jefferies said moving rigs off the street “doesn’t really

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A trucker gets into his semi parked with others on 66 St. Wednesday: the municipal planning commission recommended council examine big rig parking in the city. address the issue. “These rigs need to be looking for areas where they can camp for the night.” The volume of trucks parking in Gasoline Alley and on Hwy 2 turnouts near the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum was also mentioned. The situation will likely worsen when the new four-storey, 92-suite Marriott TownPlace Suites now under construction at 6822-66th St. opens. Three other hotels, including Gabrielson’s Comfort Inns and Suites, are already located on or near 66 Street. Responding to Buchanan’s questions, Engineering Services manager Frank Colosimo said a study will be done on the Orr Drive and 66th Street intersection. “We know there’s an issue that needs to be addressed. We are planning to do an evaluation with traffic counts.” He also said changes are coming for the high-volume 67th Street intersection with Orr and Johnstone Drives. “Next year or the year after, dual left-turning lanes are planned, but it depends on the Travelaire redevelopment. It’s a very dynamic situation, it is busy.” The land of the defunct travel trailer maker is zoned for commercial development. Commission citizen representative Jim Marke asked why an approval condition was the developer building a sidewalk around the property when previous developers didn’t. Colosimo replied the area’s expected land use has changed from its original light industrial emphasis and city council now wants connecting sidewalks for better pedestrian access. Gabrielson’s application calls for two buildings, one with a sports bar and pizza restaurant, with conference rooms in the basement. The second would house a 17-room hotel, with 13 rooms on the second storey, and four rooms, a convenience store and li-

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quor store on the first floor. The sports bar would cover approximately 2,300 square feet and have space for 130 patrons, while the restaurant would seat 30. A relaxation of about 300 square feet was granted since the bar is within 150 metres of another drinking establishment. The application had been tabled twice before due to traffic concerns and lack of detailed drawings. Administration recommended acceptance of the proposal and the commission unanimously agreed. rfiedler@reddeeradvocate.com

PETITION: Four wards The group wants to see a ward system with four wards –– north, south, west and east –– with two councillors per ward. Marks is in frequent contact with Frieda McDougall, the city’s Legislative Services Department manager, to ensure the group is taking the right steps to request the bylaw to attach a question to the ballot. The group needs 10,000 signatures to be accepted by the city under the Municipal Government Act. An accurate and valid petition would force a council to vote on a plebiscite bylaw. Marks said the group is currently brainstorming ways to gather signatures and is getting ready to set up an office. A lawyer is currently reviewing the text on the official petition. “We will take it one step at a time and see what we can do,” said Marks. The group will begin circulating the petition on April 1. Volunteers are needed for canvassing and support. Contact Marks at 403-340-2854 or gjmarks@telusplanet.net crhyno@reddeeradvocate.com

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This will only hurt children’s learning, he said. ATA President Carol Henderson called the minister’s offer unacceptable because there are no provisions for placing reasonable time limits that teachers can be assigned to work by their employer boards. In a news release, Johnson said the ATA’s rejection of a commitment to study workload issues, the cornerstone of the offer, was particularly upsetting. The minister’s deal proposed salaries being frozen over three years, followed by an increase of two per cent in 2015-16. The ATA had proposed on Nov. 30 a deal of freezing salary grids for two years and increases of one per cent in year three and three per cent in year four. Teacher bargaining units are still actively engaged in bargaining with school boards. Red Deer Public Schools is one district that has come out and said it prefers bargaining at the local level. The teachers’ economic policy committee have already met with the school board regarding the collective agreement, but right now negotiations are in a holding pattern until the provincial budget comes out on March 7, said Aleman. The teachers’ contract with the school board ended last Aug. 30. Brice Unland, president of Union Local 80 with Red Deer Catholic Regional Division, said that local bargaining has been a staple, except for the last five years when there was an agreement between the province, ATA and ASBA. “I’m not unhappy (with local bargaining),” said Unland. “It’s the process we’re familiar with. We tried to come to an agreement with all three parties and we didn’t get there. The end result is that we’ll continue to work with our school board as a local to come to an agreement that both of us will be satisfied with.” The Alberta School Boards Association accepted Johnson’s proposal in principle. “The trustees of Red Deer Catholic Regional Division No. 30 support the proposal in most aspects and would utilize this template for the basis of future negotiations with the local,” said the school board in a news release. ltester@reddeeradvocate.com


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Man jailed three years for death of four teens BY THE CANADIAN PRESS GRANDE PRAIRIE — An Alberta judge choked back tears as he told a packed courtroom how he struggled to decide a just punishment for a driver who caused a crash that killed four high school football players. A fifth player was pulled from the wreckage and survived, but suffered brain injuries and had to relearn to walk and talk. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice William Tilleman said Wednesday the case of Brenden Holubowich is the toughest he’s ever had to face. The boys simply didn’t have to die, he said. “Drinking and driving is sad, senseless, stupid and selfish,” Tilleman said, even though impaired driving was not a charge to which Holubowich pleaded guilty. In the end, Tilleman sentenced Holubowich to three years in prison and banned him from driving for three years when he is released. It was the same sentence recommended by Crown and defence lawyers after Holubowich stood up Tuesday and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Tilleman didn’t automatically approve the plea bargain. Instead, he told the court he needed to sleep on it. Holubowich, 23, had been facing 16 charges, including impaired driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. His pickup truck collided with a car carrying five members of the Warriors football team from Grande Prairie Composite High School in October 2011. Walter Borden-Wilkins and Tanner Hildebrand, both 15, and Matthew Deller and Vince Stover, both 16, were killed. Zach Judd, now 17, was pulled from the wreckage and spent 11 days in a coma. He told court during the sentencing hearing that

he struggles with anger and depression. And as the only teen to survive the crash, he often thinks of suicide. The judge said he will never forget the emotional victim impact statements submitted in court by the boys’ parents. They described how they will miss watching their sons become men, get married and raise babies. He noted one statement from Darren Davidson, Walter’s step-father, who wrote that he holds no contempt for Holubowich and hopes that everyone will be able to forgive him. Tilleman said he also feels for Holubowich and his family. He said the young man is not the typical criminal he sees in court. He had no record, enjoyed a perfect driving history and has studied hard as an apprentice heavy-duty mechanic. The judge also suggested Holubowich appeared genuine when he stood in court and apologized to the families. “I could see in his face — if not in his words — his acceptance for what happened and not blaming anyone else.” Tilleman said the gravity of the offence had him considering a longer period behind bars. But he eventually decided the three-year term was fair and in keeping with similar cases. Many of the boys’ relatives expressed their disgust with the sentence. Zach’s mother, Desiree Judd, said outside the courthouse that the justice system completely failed the families. “I really had hopes last night that the judge would come back with something better, but I guess we were all let down.” Holubowich’s family also gathered outside the courthouse and, for the first time, spoke publicly about the crash. His mother, Teresa Bateman, who cried throughout the sentencing hearing, read a statement. “We cannot imagine the loss or the grief that you’ve experienced and no matter how much we

might pray, hope or wish that it isn’t so, this tragedy can never be reversed and for this we are sorry,” she said, her voice breaking. She said she hopes other young drivers will learn how important it is to be careful behind the wheel. And she hopes the families of the victims will eventually forgive her son. “Even if it’s a little bit at a time.” Court heard Holubowich had been drinking with co-workers at a Grande Prairie bowling alley and was driving as fast as 151 km/h on the way home to the nearby town of Wembley. The football players had just left a party outside the city. But within minutes, their car and three others pulled off a highway and into the driveway of a nearby business. One by one, they all quickly made U-turns to go in the other direction. Their car, the last to make the turn, was struck as it straddled the centre line. Holubowich never stopped to see if the boys were OK or to call 911. He ran on foot to his workplace, an oilfield transportation company, where RCMP found him an hour later. Autopsy results show the boy driving the car, Matthew, had no alcohol or drugs in his system. Defence lawyer Chris Millsap said outside court that although his client had been drinking, there was no evidence he was drunk when he got behind the wheel. Millsap pointed out that earlier in the night, Holubowich had driven a drunk friend home and carried him up some icy stairs. The man’s girlfriend testified Holubowich appeared sober. Millsap said his client agreed to alcohol tests but they were inconclusive. He doesn’t understand why the judge repeatedly referred to the dangers of drunk driving in the case. “I understand the concerns about drinking and driving, and I understand how alcohol was involved here to a degree,” Millsap said. “But this is not a case of drunk driving or impaired driving.”

Wall to tout clean coal projects on trip to U.S. BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he’s going to Washington next week to not only urge U.S. lawmakers approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but also to highlight green initiatives taking place in his province. “We need to tell that story,” Wall said Wednesday after meeting in Edmonton with Alberta Premier Alison Redford. He said Saskatchewan, like the U.S., is heavily reliant on coal-generated electricity, but said his province has invested $1.4 billion in a clean-coal project near Estevan. “That’s about $1,400 per man, woman and child,” said Wall. “I’m not sure of another jurisdiction in North America that can make that claim.” Both premiers discussed strategy in what has become a full court press to impress on lawmakers in the United States the importance of the Keystone and Canada’s pledge to do what it can to combat climate change. “It’s important for us is to be coordinated,” said Redford. “The first thing we want to do is speak to what Canada’s record has been.” Wall’s trip to the U.S. capital comes on the heels of Redford’s trip to Washington last weekend. Redford met with 19 state governors to sell the message that the TransCanada (TSX:TRP) Keystone line is good for both economies and will deliver a larger supply of reliable oil south of the border. Redford has also emphasized that Alberta is doing its part to reduce the climate-changing greenhouse gases

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Alberta Premier Alison Redford speak during a media availability to discuss ongoing efforts in support of a Canadian Energy Strategy, in Edmonton on Wednesday. that result from carbon intensive projects like the oilsands. She has stressed that Alberta is the only North American jurisdiction to tax heavy emitters. Alberta is also investing millions of dollars in clean-energy projects and beefing up environmental monitoring of the oilsands. Critics, however, have said the pace of development is outstripping these measures. Redford reiterated her pitch in a guest column Tuesday in the nationally circulated USA Today newspaper. Wall has been busy as well. Last month, he and 10 U.S. state governors wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging he “swiftly” approve the $7-billion pipeline in an environmentally sustainable way to lift North American economy and create jobs. Wall said Saskatchewan has the potential for oilsands development and has already got investors waiting in the wings. Alberta’s representative in Washington, David Manning, is also working the Keystone file. Gary Doer, Canada’s U.S. ambassador, said Tuesday he believes most Americans want the line, but that the

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and six U.S. states to Texas refineries on the Gulf Coast. The route is considered vital to Alberta’s bottom line. The profit margin on the oilsands product has been dropping due to a pipeline bottleneck in the U.S. and a glut of oil coming from North Dakota. Alberta is expecting to get half of the $13 billion it had hoped from oil and gas this year, ballooning this year’s deficit to a projected $4 billion. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have made it clear in speeches this month that they want action on climate change, referring to the boost in global temperatures being blamed for more droughts, superstorms, and rising seas. On top of that, Keystone has become the line in the sand for protesters who say it’s time to reverse the trend of carbon-intensive operations. Less than two weeks ago, 20,000 protesters rallied at the Washington Monument within sight of the White House urging Obama to reject Keystone. Days before that celebrity activists like actress Daryl Hannah and environment lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. were arrested after they tied themselves to a White House gate, Labour groups and the petroleum industry are pushing hard for Obama to OK the project. Kerry’s department is currently reviewing the environmental impacts of a revised route for Keystone.

Mary-Ann Barr has been a columnist for most of the 27 years she’s worked at the Advocate. Name any subject and she’ll usually have something to say about it, especially if it pertains to something local. A journalist for over 35 years, she arrived at the Advocate in 1986 from Grande Prairie. When she’s not forming an opinion for her column the Barrside, or working her other newsroom duties as long-time assistant city editor, you might find her trying to hit a golf ball, fly fishing, canoeing, camping or cheering on the Flames, no matter what.


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Put an expiry date on senators It shouldn’t be as difficult as lawphen Harper’s 24/7 political planning makers say, to reform Canada’s Senate. cannot create all the policies needed The recent actions (and non-actions) to simultaneously guide initiatives in of a houseful of senators foreign relations, immigracertainly makes the job look tion or pension reform, for easier. And more necessary. instance. All that’s needed, really, That’s why even now, is to impose term limits and Harper’s government is to institute a tradition of proceeding with plans that prime ministers generally use studies engaged during appointing people who’ve Jean Chretien’s administrabeen elected in their own tion. A lot of the discussion provinces. that informed those studies Neither measure would was undertaken by commitrequire Canada to pass tees of the Senate. through a constitutional Without this big-picture crisis. support, the work of ParliaGREG The two put together ment would be a pendulum NEIMAN would weed out the vast maswing of bad laws — if jority of senators who are governments could get anygiving the institution such thing done at all between a bad reputation that many election campaigns. Canadians would rather see the SenSo if Canada needs a Senate (or ate disbanded altogether. something like it), what we don’t need Contrary to the picture recent is senators who do not fill their roles. news stories paint, of overpaid senaPatrick Duffy and Pamela Wallin, tors soaking in hot tubs of taxpayers’ two former journalists who have bemoney, Canada does get some return come posters for Senate reform, would on investment. not be senators if all current rules The job of a senator is to talk, talk, were strictly followed. A good number confer and to study. The talking does of others would also be gone, if the not include the partisan shouting, two regulations noted above were aphooting and name-calling that has beproved. come the public face of your average And the Senate would produce betMember of Parliament. ter returns on our tax-dollar investThe big-picture jobs of Parliament ment. do not all spring from the imagination First, the issue of term limits. Set of the sitting prime minister. Even Stethe limit at eight years, the expected

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life of two Parliaments. Partisan balance between Parliament and Senate would be better achieved. A senator appointed in the last days of one prime minister would serve for years under a successor. The swing of elected ideology would be moderated. Consider: 25 senators have refused to tell a CBC News poll where they lived, where they held a driver’s licence, registered for health care, where they voted in elections and where they paid their taxes. One of them, Pierre de Bané, was appointed by Pierre Trudeau. He’s been a senator since 1984. Though he’s done a lot of work, particularly on issues of foreign affairs and immigration, that’s far too long in a government position without some form of review. Tellingly, of 17 who refused outright to answer the CBC poll in any way at all (including de Bané), 16 were appointed by Stephen Harper. Wasn’t Harper a Senate-reform hawk, in a previous life? Weren’t any of these appointees at some point of like mind? A senator should be able to serve the people of Canada for as long as they are useful, but once every eight years, we should be able to judge their usefulness. The embarrassment of a Patrick Duffy or Pamela Wallin appointment would be completely ruled out by holding provincial Senate elections. Put Duffy on the stump from his

vacation cottage in Prince Edward Island, and let competing candidates ask him tough questions, in front voters. Residency problem solved. Fiscal hawks need not worry about the cost of elections. By allowing most vacant seats to remain vacant until the next federal election, these costs would be minimized. Eventually, as the senate population rolled over (an appropriate term, all things considered) voters would become accustomed to paying attention to the qualities they want in a bigpicture thinker. A senator seeking a second term would be able to tell taxpayers what they got for his pay and perks in the first term. That alone would be worth the cost of an election. Every region of Canada has its supply of able and inspiring leaders. We mourn that more of them do not wish to become MPs, constrained to hoot and call names from the backbenches during Question Period, and to vote on command the rest of the time. Put them in Senate, where, talk, talk, confer and study are valued. Let their work inform the way the elected government creates law, over years, and over new Parliaments. We don’t need a new constitutional accord to achieve that. 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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Roughing the ref Why is it perfectly acceptable to treat refs like enemy soldiers? What kind of person loses their mind over a child’s game, yelling, screaming and throwing hands in the air as if somebody had just bombed the heart of the city? What mental switch is turned to “ridiculous” as soon as a score clock is lit up? And in what coaching manual does it say, “have a tantrum, scream, throw your arms in the air, give the evil eye, slam the door, and don’t shake the hand of a ref” if you don’t get your way? No manual I’ve ever read. I don’t think those strategies are in any parenting manual either, come to think of it. Watching and being involved in Red Deer Ringette and Red Deer Minor Hockey over the past 12 years as a parent and a friend have created some amazing memories. There have been exciting moments, heartbreak, frustrations and celebrations, and they are all worth remembering. I love all sports, both major and minor, admire the dedication and passion of the coaches, and have nothing but kudos for most of them. Unfortunately, the

poor behaviour of an alarming number of coaches and fans from all over the province is cause for concern. The children on hockey and ringette teams are there to learn from their coaches. If coaches are watching the referee and flailing around pointing out reffing errors, where is the coaching energy going? Not to the players, who need adult insight and guidance, but to the referee, who, quite frankly, doesn’t need or remotely desire the hostile input. Referees make mistakes. They are not out to “get” anyone and they are not waking up in the morning to target any one team. They are there because they love the game as much as the players and want it to be a great experience for youngsters. Coaches and parents who leave their good sense and good sportsmanship in the parking lot need to stop and think. Who are you there for? What if no refs showed up for your game? And where else in our society is it acceptable to literally freak out and scream at someone publicly with no consequence? Give the refs a break, the kids will love you for it. Sheila Fowler-Greene Red Deer

Community shines during boy’s battle with cancer A good friend is currently watching his nine-year- quent trips to Calgary for chemotherapy treatments. old son battle cancer. There is even ongoing talk of all of us shaving our We play rec hockey together each week and dur- heads to show our support. ing a game back in September, he mentioned his Over the past few weeks, our friend has kept us son hadn’t been feeling well. A few weeks up to date on his son’s progress and from later, the official diagnosis came in — it what I can tell, it’s been mostly good was Hodgkin lymphoma, a serious form of news. cancer originating from white blood cells. There have been tough times, of This is how he described the situation course. The boy took great pride in his in a recent email: flowing “hockey hair,” which he’s had to “The concerns started with a large lump shave since the chemo began. on the side of his neck at the end of August He’s been unable to play minor hockey 2012. No tests would confirm what it was. this winter and he’s unable to leave the For a few weeks in November, he experihouse often due to a badly weakened imenced joint aches that totally immobilized mune system. him. When he went to school, it was with the Last week, the boy spent four of seven aid of a cane, or chair rides by his teachers nights in a hospital bed. to get around the hallways. These subsided “It’s hard, because as the dad you need LEO in late November with the help of an antito be strong for him and for the rest of the PARÉ inflammatory. In December we had a biopsy family,” my friend said. “Not a day goes done to his lymph nodes, when we were given TOUCHÉ PARÉ by that I don’t get choked up.” the diagnosis.” Despite the trials and adversity they’ve As a father of two boys of my own, I faced over the past few months, my buddy misted up a little when he talked about his son com- has remained remarkably positive. He asked me ing to his parents’ bedroom in the middle of the recently if I’d consider writing something for the Adnight, confused and frightened about what was hap- vocate to share with the community the many “happy pening. stories” that have occurred during his son’s battle Compelled to help out in some way, our rec team with cancer. chipped in by bringing prepared meals to help light“There are so many stories about bad things hapen the load at home as the family coped with fre- pening,” he said, also asking that I not mention any-

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Former spy watchdog a wanted man BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Once entrusted with keeping an eye on the country’s spy agency, Arthur Porter is now a wanted man. The former head of the CSIS watchdog agency was among five people named in arrest warrants issued Wednesday by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad for allegations of fraud in one of the country’s most expensive infrastructure projects. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government now finds itself facing uncomfortable questions over its decision to appoint Porter — a medical doctor and cancer specialist — to a board that reviews some of the most sensitive files held by Canada’s spy service. The warrants say the men are wanted on numerous charges — including fraud, breach of trust and document forgery — in relation to the $1.3-billion construction of a Montreal megahospital. The others being sought are: former SNC-Lavalin senior executives Pierre Duhaime and Riadh Ben Aissa; former high-ranking hospital executive Yanai Elbaz; and Jeremy Morris, the administrator of a Bahamas-based investment company linked to the fraud allegations. Porter and Elbaz are suspected of having accepted bribes from some of the others, the warrants say. Elbaz, once a top McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC) executive, was arrested Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in a Quebec court Thursday. Canadian authorities are now trying to extradite Porter and Morris from the Bahamas. Porter runs a private medical clinic in Nassau, where he is being treated for cancer. Quebec’s provincial police anti-

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Arthur Porter, left, walks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Montreal General hospital on Nov.24, 2006. corruption squad has made numerous arrests over the last year in relation to continuing scandals in the construction industry. All the events in these latest arrest warrants allegedly took place between Oct. 16, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2011. Porter was director general of the MUHC when the alleged fraud occurred. He was also head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, or SIRC, which he joined in 2008 before becom-

Anti-gay flyers violated human rights code: top court BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A Saskatchewan antigay crusader says he’ll ignore a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that he violated human-rights rules when he distributed pamphlets denouncing homosexuals. In a 6-0 decision Wednesday, the high court found two of the four flyers distributed by William Whatcott violated Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Code. Those flyers referred to gay men as sodomites and pedophiles. But the court struck down some language in the provincial code, clearing Whatcott of any wrongdoing in connection with two other flyers. Whatcott dismissed the ruling, insisting he won’t stop distributing material expressing his religious views. “I believe God has called me to speak on these moral issues,� Whatcott told The Canadian Press. “So looking at it from that perspective. I’ll likely put out another flyer articulating the Judeo-Christian viewpoint on homosexuality in my usual blunt and forthright manner.� Whatcott also referred to the high court justices as socialists “who’ve butchered our law, or our tradition of free speech.� “I’m not going to pay a lot of attention to it. I view this ruling as rubbish

ing its chairman in 2010. Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, himself once a member of SIRC, told The Canadian Press that Porter would have been privy to highly sensitive information during his tenure on the board. “All the members of SIRC have top security clearance,� he said. �They would routinely receive any and all information from CSIS that is asked for. “They would be aware of the over-

all policy direction of CSIS, particularly concerns of CSIS with respect to threats to the security of the country.� Rae questioned the Harper government’s decision to appoint Porter to SIRC. Porter resigned under unclear circumstances in 2011 and left the country. The federal government has since tightened the screening process for nominees to the intelligence committee.

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and I think that our seven Supreme Court justices are a disgrace.� Whatcott produced and distributed leaflets in 2000 and 2001 that contained inflammatory statements about gay men, prompting complaints to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. A tribunal ruled that Whatcott violated the province’s human rights code — but that finding was overturned by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. The commission appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that Whatcott’s flyers essentially asserted that gays and lesbians are less than human, exposing them to discrimination. The high court agreed with respect to two of the flyers, saying they constituted hate-speech under the code. “The tribunal’s conclusions with respect to (the two flyers) were reasonable,� Justice Marshall Rothstein wrote on behalf of the court. “Passages of (the flyers) combine many of the hallmarks of hatred identified in the case law.� The vilifying and derogatory representations used in the flyers created a “tone� of hatred against homosexuals, said Rothstein. “It delegitimizes homosexuals by referring to them as filthy or dirty sex addicts and by comparing them to pedophiles, a traditionally reviled group in society,� he wrote.

OTTAWA — The federal government has been setting annual targets — with dollar totals — for investigators looking into improper Employment Insurance payments since 1993, say officials with the Human Resources Department. And door-knocking by Service Canada officials, currently taking place at the homes of 1,200 EI recipients across the country, has been done regularly. Opposition claims that the Conservative government is on a “witch hunt� against the unemployed have dominated the House of Commons this week. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley has responded by claiming that, “sadly, the New Democrats are only worried about people who are trying to cheat the system, people they call victims.� The truth is that all sides are playing politics, to some extent. Finley’s office arranged a background briefing Wednesday with officials from her Human Resources and Skills Development Department in an

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Budget officer takes aim at navy supply ships BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government moved to blunt looming criticism of the navy’s long-delayed supply ship program and its marquee shipbuilding strategy by leap-frogging ahead of a critical report scheduled to be released Thursday by the parliamentary budget officer. Senior officials at Public Works, who oversee the National Shipbuilding Strategy, held a technical briefing Wednesday ahead of the release of a report that will declare the program to replace the navy’s 45-year-old supply ships as unaffordable given the inadequate $2.6 billion set aside by government for the purchase. The shipbuilding bidding process was seen as a model for future procurements when it was unveiled last year. Problems with affordability of the ships could add to the political embarrassment the government suffered over the purchase of new fighter jets. A report by Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page will underscore the higher cost associated with building ships in Canada, as the government acknowledged, but senior Public Works officials, who spoke on background, insisted the program remains on track

to deliver two ships by 2018-19. Those officials conceded in the briefing that the vessels, which are still being designed, will be reviewed to see if they are affordable and raised the possibility that some capabilities could be scaled back. It was Page’s stinging criticism of the F-35 stealth fighter that ignited a political controversy which ultimately resulted in the Conservatives’ re-examination of the multibillion-dollar program. Page accused National Defence of low-balling the multi-purpose jet’s purchase and maintenance costs. That criticism that was backed up by the auditor general. Background material released Wednesday as part of the briefing shows the government may have learned its accounting lesson. Estimates for the full cycle cost of the new supply ships at $7.1 billion. Liberal defence critic John McKay dismissed the briefing as recognition that the government’s plans will not live up to the political hype. “They’re just trying to head off negative publicity,” he said Wednesday. The shipbuilding plans have been held up as an example of success, but over one year after the framework deal was announced there has been grow-

ing concern because no actual construction contracts have been signed and there are questions about the program’s ability to deliver the same number of ships as initially promised. The government trumpeted that 21 combat and seven civilian ships would be built. But officials acknowledged that the number is up for discussion and it will depend on the capabilities that both the navy and coast guard require. “It’s not really the number of hulls that will define capability, it’s each actual ship (and) what each actual ship will contribute to the fleet,” said one official. When the government announced it was proceeding with the support ship program, it said it hoped to build two, possibly three vessels. That was quietly dialled back in Wednesday’s briefing to a firm two ships. The supply ships, meant to replace HMCS Preserver and HMCS Protecteur, were first ordered by the Paul Martin government in 2004, but initial proposals by shipyards were deemed too expensive by the Harper government in 2008. The program was forced to go back to square one with a drastic scaling back of the capabilities the navy want-

ed for the ships. Page’s report is expected to show that when inflation is factored in, the new less capable ships will cost more than if the better equipped vessels scrapped by the Conservative government in the original plan. McKay was incredulous. “If they would have stuck with the original plan, sucked it up, they would be six years ahead of themselves, and navy would already have its ships,” he said. “The consequence now is we don’t know what we’re getting, when we’re getting it and how much it’s going to cost.” When the budget officer took aim at the F-35, the Conservatives counterattacked by questioning his numbers and methodology. Government officials said they haven’t seen an advanced copy of Page’s latest report, but insisted their own calculations are sound. The budget officer’s report used the existing supply ships and their capabilities as a jumping off point for their analysis and drew on documents at National Defence, the shipbuilding industry as well as a team of experts including naval specialists at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington.

Banking protections under fire in EU trade talks: documents BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A leaked draft of part of the Canada-Europe trade talks shows that Canada’s vaunted banking system is on the negotiating table. The Canadian Press has obtained the Feb. 1 version of the services chapter of the Canada-Europe trade deal that Europe has circulated to its member states. It shows Canada is struggling to maintain the traditional stringent standards it imposes to ensure financial stability and protect financial services in Canada from foreign control. “EU does not want to exclude financial services from the scope of performance requirements,” says notes written into the draft text. The documents also show Canada is resisting European Union attempts to weaken oversight of financial institutions — leading to a heavily contested text that is one more obstacle to completing an agreement with Europe soon. Both sides want more access to each other’s financial services markets. For Canada, the European market is a huge opportunity for big insurance companies located mainly in Ontario. And Germany in particular has been pushing for more financial services opportunities in Canada. But the documents show Canada is taking a cautious approach, and will only allow a more open market if Canadian authorities can block business activity that would put the financial system at risk. Canada’s caution is bumping up against an aggressive European drive for investor protections that have no strings attached.

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Canada watching to see if border pact threatened by U.S. budget cuts OTTAWA — Canada will be watching closely to see if a massive scheduled budget cut in the U.S. this week will affect the Beyond the Border pact between the two countries, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. About $85 billion in cuts are set to hit U.S. federal programs starting on Friday. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said earlier this week there would be pain for the Canada-U.S. border because her department would have to cut 5,000 border patrol agents if the cuts go through. Baird said the deal is key to the prosperity of both countries. “We’re going to continue to be very, very focused on it,”he said Wednesday. “After March 1 we’ll see what the challenges arise. Obviously this is not the way Canada would prefer to make these types of budgetary decisions. “But it is what it is.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama signed the much vaunted border deal 14 months ago. It is designed to speed trade across the 49th parallel while protecting the North American continent from terrorist threats.

Visa officer tells board Asian man had links to crime VANCOUVER — A former Canadian visa

Canada wants the text to say: “A party may prevent or limit transfers ... through the equitable, non-discriminatory and good-faith application of measures relating to maintenance of the safety, soundness, integrity or financial responsibility of financial institutions or cross-border financial service suppliers.” But that section of text is in bright red, indicating — like much of the financial services portion of the agreement — that the EU has not yet agreed. “What the (European) Commission is doing: it feels obliged to wrestle Canada down,” said Jan Kleinheisterkamp, a senior lecturer in the law department of the London School of Economics, who follows the investorprotection discussions closely. Canada also wants to set up a special mechanism that would have governments resolve any disputes that arise from new forays into each other’s financial services sector. The draft shows the EU is somewhat open to a version of this idea, but has deep reservations for fear Canada will use the mechanism as an excuse to block legitimate European investment. European officials have not agreed to many parts of the Canadian text in this area. “EU has concerns about the potential for abuse of such a provision if it were to be used for reasons which are not prudential,” notes to the draft text say. “EU has concerns about the possibility to backtrack on GATS commitments,” the notes add, referring to the general agreement on trade in services, a World Trade Organization agreement that Canada and the EU have both signed. officer says red flag warnings of a Chinese man’s link to organized crime came up when he reviewed a file back in 1994 — but the man was still allowed into the country. Jean-Paul Delisle told Lai Tong Sang’s immigration board hearing that he was tasked with reviewing the man’s visa application and found links to triad activity, including gambling, prostitution and loan activity. Delisle, who was based in Hong Kong, told the Vancouver hearing that information from Macau police led him to believe Lai was the leader of a major Chinese crime syndicate, the Shui Fung, or Water Room, gang. He told the hearing he would have interviewed Lai to make a decision on the man’s application, but before that happened the man withdrew it himself. Lai, his wife and three children were accepted into Canada through another visa office two years later.

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Obama, Congress leaders to talk budget Friday BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet Friday with congressional leaders to discuss what to do about $85 billion in spending cuts that kick in that day, the White House said Wednesday. It’s the first face-to-face meeting between Obama and Republican leaders this year and the first sign of any negotiations on a deal to address the crisis. The meeting will come hours after the Obama administration and a divided Congress officially miss the deadline for averting the cuts to defence and other programs, which had been designed to be so ugly that Washington would be forced to avoid them. Before the White House announcement, there had appeared to be no talks under way to find a better way to tackle the country’s $11.7 trillion debt. Some opposition Republicans had seemed ready to let the cuts take effect and let attention turn to an even more worrying fiscal deadline at the end of March — a possible government shutdown. Both parties have said the cuts could inflict major damage to government programs, the military and the economy at large. Experts believe the standoff is already slowing the fragile economy’s recovery from the Great Recession. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday’s talks are designed to be a “constructive discussion” about how to keep the cuts from having harmful consequences. Obama has been calling for a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to achieve deficit reduction goals. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the meeting will focus on ways to reduce government spending, but he indicated he’s not backing down on his opposition, shared by many Republicans, to any new tax increases. Government agencies are faced with cuts designed to force them to chop the same rough percentage across the board, whether or not certain budgets are already streamlined. They can’t shift money from low-priority accounts to more high-priority ones. Everyone gets hit. Agencies have been lining up to warn what would happen to all kinds of services. But Americans appear exhausted by the march of fiscal crises. Three out of 4 say they aren’t following the spending cuts issue very closely, according to a Pew Research Center poll released this week. The spending cuts would carve $85 billion from the U.S. budget through the end of the fiscal year at the end of September, and $1.2 trillion over the next decade. The country’s deficits have exceeded $1 trillion the past four years. Economists agree that policymakers should delay the deep cuts until the economy has strengthened, but they say lawmakers should come up with a realistic long-term plan to fix the debt as soon as possible. The cuts are “haphazard, and cuts good programs and bad. It’s not good budgeting practice,” says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. Obama has warned that the cuts could hurt military readiness and called the move a “self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.” But some opposition Republicans see the battle as their best opportunity to stand their ground and exact deep spending cuts from Obama — even if it means taking money from the Defence Department, a step Republican lawmakers have traditionally opposed. Top Republicans support a plan that wouldn’t replace the cuts but would give Obama’s agency heads, such as incoming Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, greater discretion in distributing them. The idea is that money could be transferred from lower-priority accounts. But Obama rejected the idea, saying there’s no smart way to cut such a large chunk from the budget over just seven months. The White House is also keenly aware that it would give Republicans an opening to blame Obama, instead of themselves, for every unpopular cut he makes.

Pope recalls moments of ‘joy and light’ BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell Wednesday to his flock on the eve of his retirement, recalling in his final speech as pontiff moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of difficulty when “it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.” An estimated 150,000 people flooded St. Peter’s Square for Benedict’s last general audience, eager to show their support and bear witness to the final hours of a papacy that will go down in history as the first one in 600 years to end in resignation rather than death. Benedict clearly enjoyed the occasion, taking a long victory lap around the square in an open-sided car and stopping to kiss and bless half a dozen babies and infants handed to him by his secretary. Seventy cardinals, some tearful, sat in solemn attendance — then gave him a standing ovation at the end of his speech. Benedict then made a quick exit, forgoing the typical meet-and-greet session that follows the audience as if to not prolong the goodbye. Given the historic moment, Benedict also eschewed his typical professorial Wednesday catechism lesson and instead gave a personal, heartfelt final address, explaining once again why he was retiring but assuring his flock of 1.2 billion that he was not abandoning them. “To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself,” Benedict said to thundering applause. He noted that a pontiff has no privacy — neither as pope, nor in his future role as emeritus pope: “He belongs always and forever to everyone, to the whole church.” During his eight years as pope, Benedict said he had had “moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven’t been easy ... moments of turbulent seas and rough winds, as has occurred in the history of the church when it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.” But he said he never felt alone, that God always guided him, and he thanked his cardinals and colleagues for their support and for “understanding and respecting this important decision.” The pope’s tenure has been beset by the clerical sex abuse scandal, discord over everything from priestly celibacy to women’s ordination, and most recently the betrayal by his own butler who stole his private papers and leaked them to a journalist. Under a bright sun and blue skies, the square was overflowing with pilgrims and curiosity-seekers. Those who couldn’t get in picked spots along

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, on April 19, 2005. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, became the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. the main boulevard leading to the square to watch the event on giant TV screens. About 50,000 tickets were requested for Benedict’s final master class. In the end, the Vatican estimated that 150,000 people flocked to the farewell. “It’s difficult — the emotion is so big,” said Jan Marie, a 53-year-old Roman in his first years as a seminarian. “We came to support the pope’s decision.” With chants of “Benedetto!” erupting often, the mood was far more buoyant than during the pope’s final Sunday blessing. It recalled the jubilant turnouts that often accompanied him at World Youth Days and events involving his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. Benedict has said he decided to retire after realizing that, at 85, he simply didn’t have the “strength of mind or body” to carry on.

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UN chief calls for ‘intervention brigade’ to bring peace to Congo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a new “intervention brigade” to help bring peace to conflict-wracked eastern Congo. Ban recommended the peace-enforcement force in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that also urged Congo’s neighbours to honour their commitments in a peace accord signed Sunday, including not to interfere in the internal affairs of the central African nation. The agreement was signed by Congo and 10 other African nations including Rwanda and Uganda, which were accused in a U.N. report last year of helping aid the M23 rebel group which swept through eastern Congo in 2012 and captured the key city of Goma in November. Both countries denied the allegations. The secretary-general reiterated in the report that providing external support to any of the armed groups operating in eastern Congo “is an unacceptable violation” of Congo’s sovereignty and territorial integrity “that severely undermines the stability of the region as a whole.” He warned that he will call on the international community “to act swiftly and decisively in the face of any violation by states of the Great Lakes region of their regional commitments,” a hint that he could seek sanctions.

Jailing of teachers union boss shows Mexico’s new president playing hardball in pushing reform MEXICO CITY — The arrest of Mexico’s most powerful union leader echoes the hardball tactics of Mexico’s once-imperial presidency while pushing forward an education reform that Enrique Pena Nieto has made a centerpiece of his new administration. Elba Esther Gordillo, known for flashing her Hermes handbags and heels, stood behind bars Wednesday in a grim prison in eastern Mexico City as a judge read off charges of embezzlement and organized crime. The arrest sidelined a woman who had tried to mobilize teachers to block a schools shake-up designed to end her control over hiring and firing of teachers across the country. It also sent a message to other union bosses and business magnates: Don’t get in the way of Pena Nieto, whose Institutional Revolutionary Party has newly returned to the power it held for seven straight decades, when incoming presidents often crushed those who challenged them. “This is an old tactic, let’s hope that it doesn’t just stop there, as it did in the past, when a single case was enough to calm things down and add legitimacy” to presidential power, said Jose Antonio Crespo, an analyst at the Center for Economic Studies. “Let’s hope this doesn’t stop and that it becomes something more systematic, for which there is a burning need.”

UN humanitarian chief says the increasing number of Syrians needing help is outstripping aid The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Wednesday that the growing number of Syrians fleeing the country’s increasingly brutal conflict — now 4 million and rising every day — is outstripping the international community’s ability to help. Valerie Amos told reporters after briefing the Security Council that “this is a crisis that is completely stretching our capacity.” She said she is extremely concerned about the rising cost, noting that the U.N. has received only $200 million of the more than $1.5 billion pledged for Syria at a Jan. 30 donor’s conference in Kuwait. The $1.5 billion was supposed to cover humanitarian needs in Syria for six months but that projection, from the end of the year, is already out of date, she added. “I think the first two months of this year have been a real game-changer,” Amos said. “It demands more of us in terms of our ability to scale-up our operations, but ... even with us working full-tilt, the scale is out-pacing whatever we do on the response side.” On a positive note, she said, her office has been able recently to cross “conflict lines” between opposition and government-controlled areas to help people in need in the cities of Homs and Idlib.

Friends, family mourn man killed by large shark BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WELLINGTON, New Zealand — About 150 friends and family of Adam Strange wrote messages to him in the sand and stepped into the water Thursday at a New Zealand beach to say goodbye after he was killed Wednesday by a large shark. Strange, 46, was an award-winning television and short film director and the father of a 2-year-old girl. He was swimming near popular Muriwai Beach Wednesday when he was attacked by the shark that was possibly 14 feet (4 metres) long. Police attempting to save him raced out in inflatable boats and fired gunshots at the enormous predator, which they say rolled away and disappeared. They couldn’t confirm if they’d killed it. Police were able to recover Strange’s body. Muriwai and several nearby beaches remained closed for swimming after the fatal attack, one of only about a dozen in New Zealand in the past 180 years. Friend Adam Stevens said the Thursday service was run by indigenous Maori who removed the “tapu” or spiritual restriction at the beach. He said it was a “perfect tribute” to a man who spent much of his time swimming and surfing. “He was a very robust, big, barrel-chested surfer,” Stevens said. “He was basically completely obsessed with the ocean, with paddle boards and body surfing, everything. His garage was like a museum of surf craft.” According to Police Inspector Shawn Rutene, Strange was about 200 metres (650 feet) from the shore when he was attacked by a shark that police estimated was up to four meters (14 feet) long. Stevens said his friend was planning to swim about 1 ½kilometres (one mile) Wednesday as he tested out some new goggles and trained for an annual endurance swim from Auckland to Rangitoto Island. The 4.5 kilometre (2.8 mile) swim takes place on Sunday. “I surfed with him the day before,” Stevens said. “He wasn’t that pleased with his fitness level but was just getting into the right headspace and finding the motivation to get out there.” Pio Mose, who was fishing at the beach Wednesday, told the New Zealand Herald newspaper he saw Strange struggle against the huge shark. Mose yelled at Strange to swim to the rocks, but it was too late.

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Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday as they attempt to retrieve a body following a fatal shark attack. Police said a man was found dead in the water after being “bitten by a large shark.” “All of a sudden there was blood everywhere,” Mose said. “I was shaking, scared, panicked.” About 200 people had been enjoying the beach during the Southern Hemisphere summer at the time of the attack. Stevens said he’s been comforting Strange’s wife Meg and their daughter since the accident. He said the girl is too young to understand what has happened but is aware of the emotions. On his website, Strange says: “When I get a spare 5 minutes, I like to make a fruit smoothy, surf some big waves out on the West Coast, point my skis down a mountain with Meg, haul my mountain bike up and down a few hills, drink some pinot while scratching away at a film script ... If I get a spare 5 minutes ...” Stevens said his friend, whom he’s known about 15 years, was very creative and always positive. “He lived in the moment brilliantly. It was completely infectious,” Stevens said. “He feasted on the details.”

Three dead in shooting in central Switzerland BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN — A shooting at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland on Wednesday left three people dead and seven wounded, some of them seriously, prosecutors said. The shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the premises of Kronospan, a company in the small town of Menznau, west of Lucerne. Three people were killed, among them the suspected assailant, police in Lucerne said in a statement. A further seven were wounded, several of

them seriously. Officials gave no further details. The local Neue Luzerner Zeitung newspaper cited a witness as saying that the shooter opened fire in the company canteen. It was not immediately clear who the shooter was, what the motive might have been or whether the assailant worked for the company. According to the local town council, Kronospan has some 450 employees. “At the moment we’re all in a state of shock,” Urs Fluder, a manager at Kronospan, told Radio Pilatus, a local station.

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PHOTOS BY JEFF STOKOE/ADVOCATE STAFF When several children stumble into a dusty exhibit during a museum field trip, their adventure comes to life. Together they meet beloved characters of American folklore like Annie Oakley, Davey Crockett, Pecose Bill, Paul Bunyan and more. Through story, dance and song, they learn that history is alive and vibrant while discovering that sometimes fact and fiction work together to create unforgettable legends. Wild Wild West — A Night At the Museum is the latest production by

the Cornerstone Youth Theatre. Public performances of the show are open to anyone and begin on Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene off 40th Avenue at 2 McVicar Street in Red Deer. The show wraps up its run with shows from March 8 to 10. School day performances are also planned twice on Monday and Wednesday. For full listing of show times and to arrange tickets, call the Cornerstone Youth Theatre box office at 403-986-2981.

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Silence speaks volumes FOR THE FIRST — AND SECOND TIMES — DEAD SILENCE AT FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE The Alberta cabinet minister responsible for fish, wildlife and public land (Lands and Forests, Sustainable Resource Development, whatever), always addresses the delegates at the annual conference of the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Up to this year’s conference in Red Deer, Feb. 21 – 23, I had listened to 47 straight of them, even stood for the very odd standBOB ing ovation; SCAMMELL but it took to my 48th conference for a minister to cause, not just the first in my memory, but two dead, stunned silences. The first came when, at the very last moment, it was announced that the new minister of Environment — Sustainable Resource Development, Hon. Diana McQueen, would not be in attendance, but that Red Deer North MLA, Mary Anne Jablonski, would deliver the minister’s speech. The line was that the minister had to accompany the Premier to an “emergency” meeting in Washington to sell the Keystone XL pipeline to assembled state governors. I was reminded of the minister and the Premier hastening, on June 8th, to Glennifer Lake, downstream of the Plains Midstream pipeline spill of 3000 barrels of light sour crude into the Red Deer River, to hustle the premier’s hype “that we don’t have pipeline spills very often, and, when we do, we have plans in place to deal with them.” But we digress. MLA Jablonski ably delivered and enlivened a dull ministerial aide-ghosted speech with personal outdoors anecdotes. But near the end, the absent ventriloquist minister said, through her willing but unwitting MLA, that SRD’s Chronic Wasting Disease testing program has helped limit the spread of the disease, “which we believe has been contained.” The sudden, stunning stupidity of that statement brought that second dead silence, so thick that you couldn’t have cut it with a laser. Much later that same day, Dr. Margo Pybus, Sustainable Resource Development’s specialist in wildlife parasites and diseases, gave delegates the straight story that the always fatal CWD continues its relentless numerical and territorial spread through Alberta’s deer, and that Alberta has recently become the first

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New AFGA executive members: (from left, Doug Butler, VP, Gordon Poirier, President, and Wayne Lowry, VP.

‘THE SUDDEN, STUNNING STUPIDITY OF THAT STATEMENT BROUGHT THAT SECOND DEAD SILENCE, SO THICK THAT YOU COULDN’T HAVE CUT IT WITH A LASER.’ — BOB SCAMMELL, WRITING ABOUT MINISTERIAL STATEMENTS ON CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

jurisdiction in Canada to confirm the disease has “jumped” to a moose. If the minister can’t consult, or doesn’t believe her own specialist, then Dr. Neil Cashman, one of the world’s foremost experts, says “CWD is spreading like wildfire … it is arguably the most contagious prion disease, and the human health impact is unknown.” The gaffe did provide conference gag-lines, such as Hunting Chair, Doug Butler, remarking dryly at the mike how glad he was to hear that CWD was under control, and another delegate wondering if we should break out the champagne to celebrate “containment.” Delegates were annoyed by the unusually sparse SRD presence at the conference, from the minister on down. A past AFGA president, Maurice Nadeau, told delegates: “SRD were invited; they should be here to receive the criticism they deserve.” One SRD fish and wildlife manager who was in attendance, Matt Besko, told delegates that SRD is receiving considerable feed-back on barbless hooks “before we go back to the feds,”

and that it is running about 50 – 50 for and again, “which is surprising, since we know there’s no scientific proof it does any good.” Why, then, are we even considering re-imposing useless, annoying, mandatory barbless? Things improved at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, with reports that: ● AFGA membership stood at 24,118 as at Dec. 31, 2013, a number not seen since the mid-seventies, and 3000 more members than last year. ● The AFGA Wildlife Trust grew by 3000 acres last year, now totaling 40,000 acres at 80 sites all over the province, and all open to the outdoors recreational enjoyment of all Albertans. ● At the annual Parade of Donations just before lunch on Saturday, delegates lined up, and, in seven minutes, donated $98,350.00 to the AFGA, most of it earmarked for the Wildlife Trust Fund. ● That, as of December, the AFGA has a five-year agreement to market and sell six Minister’s Special Licences, two each for three species: bighorn sheep, mule deer and white

tailed deer, three of which, auctioned recently in Reno, brought $202,000 for Alberta wildlife conservation, and the AFGA will be raffling the remaining three. This was an election year, and delegates seemed euphoric that things were going to get even better after surviving four years with two indifferent presidents, with the presidential potential of several persons in new positions on the executive. First vice president, Gordon Poirier, of Bonnyville, became president by acclamation, as did talented Wayne Lowry, of Stirling, move from Finance Chair and second VP to first. Hard working, quick-witted Hunting Chair, Doug Butler, of Lamont, was acclaimed second VP. Impressive new blood came on to the executive with the acclamation of Life Member, Dr. Daryl Smith, of Crooked Creek, as Fishing Chair, and, in the only contest, Ian Stuart of Innisfail, was elected Hunting Chair. Bob Scammell is an award-winning columnist who lives in Red Deer. He can be reached at bscam@telusplanet.net.

Shrubs need proper pruning Shrubs are planted to add color, from the roots and should be removed block views and to distinguish one from all plants except hedges. yard from the next. Watersprouts are branches that To keep shrubs healthy and attrac- have grown straight upwards without tive they should be pruned on a regu- any sideshoots. lar basis; at least every couThey are usually caused ple of years. by to sever of pruning the Before pruning collect previous year or winterkill. the necessary tools. Take A plant that looses too time to insure the tools are much growth will put out sharp as dull tools make a large amount of straggly poor cuts or tears that are growth trying to make up for harder to heal. what it lost. Approach the shrub This new growth is oflooking at the plants shape ten weak and unattractive. and size. Watersprouts can often be Full plants will benefit avoided by not removing from being thinned while more than a quarter of the thin plants can be pruned plant in a season. back to encourage more Once dead, diseased branching. wood and suckers have been LINDA Start by removing any removed look at the pile TOMLINSON branch that is dead or disof cut wood and the shrub eased. Dead branches are to see if more wood can be easily distinguished even removed. If not, wait until without leaves. next year to shape the shrub. The wood will not be flexible. Wood If more branches can be removed, that has been dead for a period of time take them from the centre of the plant will have loose bark. to allow light to penetrate which will When grabbed with a bare hand encourage new growth. If light already dead wood will become warm. Live reaches the centre of the plant prune wood will stay cool. the tips back to encourage a bushier When removing any branch cut back plant to the ground, another branch or a Lastly, prune the plant to the denode. Stumps that are left will crack, sired shape. rot and make it harder for the plant to All deciduous plants can be pruned heal. when they are dormant but it can make Diseased wood will look different a difference in this year’s blooms. from the rest of the branches and most Shrubs that bloom before the middle likely be dead. Remove all the wood of June set their flowerbuds the previthat is diseased and dispose of it by ous summer. burning it immediately or by double Pruning at this time of year will rebagging it and making sure it gets to move the flowers. the landfill. Plants that bloom after mid June Next look for branches that are such as Mock Orange set flowerbuds in growing inwards or rubbing on other the spring before they bloom. Pruning branched. Branches that rub togeth- now will not remove flowers. er will have abrasions or holes in the Shrubs are very forgiving plants. bark which will let in insects and dis- When the wrong branch or too many eases. branches are removed, they will usuDeciding which of the offending ally grow back within a few years. branches to remove can be a dilemma. Pruning rejuvenates the plant, keepIt is best to remove the branches that ing it healthy and strong. grow towards the center of the plant or the ones that rub more than one other Linda Tomlinson is a horticulturalist branch. that lives near Rocky Mountain House. Always remove suckers and water- She can be reached at www.igardencanasprouts. Suckers are plants that grow da.com or your_garden@hotmail.com

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Beating that menopause fog Many women we know and those we hear from were not surprised by a new report saying that fuzzy thinking at menopause is real, and neither were we. It’s great that medical science is catching up with this annoying reality after years of skepticism. The good news is that you don’t have to wait any longer to banish the brain fog that’s interfering with your working memory. Working memory is your brain’s storage container for info you might need in the next couple of minutes. A weak working memory lets valuable info slide out of the container, making everyday math problems tougher (How much is left in the account after I write checks for $135 and $350?), messing up your ability to grocery-shop without a list and focus in a business meeting (What did my boss just say about my department?), and much, much more. (For a quick test of your working-memory prowess, go to realage.com.) Why is your working memory not working? Hormonal shifts at menopause can throw you off your mental game. The reason: There are loads of estrogen receptors in areas of the brain (like the frontal lobe) that control working memory. When there is less estrogen to turn these receptors on, memory degrades until the receptors adjust. With the fluctuations of menopause, the receptors often cannot adjust fast enough, and you forget your dentist appointment. Up to two-thirds of women report forgetfulness and other mental hiccups at this time. Things often improve once the wild hormone swings stop, but plenty of other factors like sleep, diet and how often you exercise can help or hurt this important brain function, too. So sharpen thinking, hone your mental focus and lift that fog with these steps: Don’t overlook hormone therapy. We recommend bioidentical estradiol and micronized progesterone plus 162 mg of aspirin (with a glass of warm water before and after to prevent GI bleeding and upset) to decrease blood clot and cancer risks. (Hormone therapy may not be for you if you’re at high risk for breast cancer.) There’s recent evidence that bioidentical estradiol is better than conventional estrogen (called conjugated equine estrogen) for clearing up brain fog. These next tips can benefit anyone’s working memory whether you’re in the middle of hot flashes, a 30-something guy or a senior canasta player. Walk, swim, bike, run — or dance! We’re big fans of strength-training, but for working-memory brain benefits you need to hustle your strong, sexy muscles rather than building more. Brisk walking is enough to boost volume and activity in brain areas associated with a super-efficient working memory. The more help you need with working memory, the more exercise seems to help. Three specific ways a stroll boosts working memory: Exercise increases the number of connections between brain cells, makes the connections stronger and improves blood flow in these brain regions. Say yes to omega-3s. These good fats really are brain food and help working memory work better. And now that we know even adult brains replenish and regrow new cells (renewing them up to three times every year), it makes sense that you need plenty of these fats. The good omega-3 fatty acid, called DHA, is an important building block of brain cell membranes, the place where signals move from cell to cell. Have fatty fish three times a week, or get 900 milligrams of DHA a day from algal oil or fish oil capsules. We do. Slumber deeply. Menopause can wreck a good night’s sleep. Hormone therapy can help. So can getting checked for sleep apnea (a problem for one in three overweight women and for plenty of guys, too). Skimping on sleep erodes working memory — punching holes in that precious container. Turn in earlier, turn off electronics an hour before bed and adopt a sweet bedtime routine (a couple of stretches, a warm shower, some light reading or a snuggle, then lights out).

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Dr. Rebecca Johnson, a cancer specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, in an exam room at the hospital. Johnson is the lead author of a new study that shows that advanced breast cancer cases have increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests, raising many questions about possible reasons even as the disease remains uncommon in women younger than 40.

Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women STILL UNCOMMON AND STUDY RAISES QUESTIONS

CHICAGO — Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons. The results are potentially worrisome because young women’s tumors tend to be more aggressive than older women’s, and they’re much less likely to get routine screening for the disease. Still, that doesn’t explain why there’d be an increase in advanced cases and the researchers and other experts say more work is needed to find answers. It’s likely that the increase has more than one cause, said Dr. Rebecca Johnson, the study’s lead author and medical director of a teen and young adult cancer program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The change might be due to some sort of modifiable risk factor, like a lifestyle change” or exposure to some sort of cancerlinked substance, she said. Johnson said the results translate to about 250 advanced cases diagnosed in women younger than 40 in the mid-1970s versus more than 800 in 2009. During those years, the number of women nationwide in that age range went from about 22 million to closer to 30 million — an increase that explains part of the study trend “but definitely not all of it,” Johnson said. Other experts said women delaying pregnancy might be a factor, partly because getting pregnant at an older age might cause an already growing tumour to spread more quickly in response to pregnancy hormones. Obesity and having at least a drink or two daily have both been

linked with breast cancer but research is inconclusive on other possible risk factors, including tobacco and chemicals in the environment. Whether any of these explains the slight increase in advanced disease in young women is unknown. There was no increase in cancer at other stages in young women. There also was no increase in advanced disease among women older than 40. Overall U.S. breast cancer rates have mostly fallen in more recent years, although there are signs they may have plateaued. Some 17 years ago, Johnson was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer at age 27, and that influenced her career choice to focus on the disease in younger women. “Young women and their doctors need to understand that it can happen in young women,” and get checked if symptoms appear, said Johnson, now 44. “People shouldn’t just watch and wait.” The authors reviewed a U.S. government database of cancer cases from 1976 to 2009. They found that among women aged 25 to 39, breast cancer that has spread to distant parts of the body — advanced disease — increased from between 1 and 2 cases per 100,000 women to about 3 cases per 100,000 during that time span. The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About one in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but only 1 in 173 will develop it by age 40. Risks increase with age and certain gene variations can raise the odds. Routine screening with mammograms is recommended for older women but not those younger than 40. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, the Ameri-

can Cancer Society’s deputy chief medical officer, said the results support anecdotal reports but that there’s no reason to start screening all younger women since breast cancer is still so uncommon for them. He said the study “is solid and interesting and certainly does raise questions as to why this is being observed.” One of the most likely reasons is probably related to changes in childbearing practices, he said, adding that the trend “is clearly something to be followed.” Dr. Ann Partridge, chair of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on breast cancer in young women, agreed but said it’s also possible that doctors look harder for advanced disease in younger women than in older patients. More research is needed to make sure the phenomenon is real, said Partridge, director of a program for young women with breast cancer at the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The study shouldn’t cause alarm, she said. Still, Partridge said young women should be familiar with their breasts and see the doctor if they notice any lumps or other changes. Software engineer Stephanie Carson discovered a large breast tumour that had already spread to her lungs; that diagnosis in 2003 was a huge shock. “I was so clueless,” she said. “I was just 29 and that was the last thing on my mind.” Carson, who lives near St. Louis, had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments and she frequently has to try new drugs to keep the cancer at bay. Online: JAMA: http://jama.ama-assn.org CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ breast/index.htm

FDA halts studies of Amgen parathyroid drug after teen dies WASHINGTON — U.S. government health regulators have halted Amgen’s studies of its drug Sensipar after the death of a 14-year-old patient in a company trial. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is still gathering information about the death, but has shut down all studies of the drug in children. Sensipar is approved in adults to treat over-activity of the parathyroid gland, which can lead to brittle bones, kidney stones and abdominal pain. It has been used since 2004 to treat symptoms of chronic kidney disease and parathyroid cancer. Amgen Inc. had been studying the drug to see whether it works in children.

The Thousand Oaks, California-based company said in a statement that it “is working as rapidly as possible to understand the circumstances of what happened.”

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SCANDINAVIAN DANCE

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Members of the Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers go through some dance steps at Festival Hall this week on the first night of a class for new dancers to the group. Lead by Carroll Borg, a group of children and a group of adults are learning the basics of Scandinavian Dance during an eight-week program. Each Monday for the next eight weeks, the groups meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the children aged five and up, and for the adults the classes begin at 7 p.m. and run through to 8 p.m. For information on how to join in on the dancing, call Carroll Borg at 403-347-5303.

CALENDAR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

Friday ● First Friday’s lineup on March 1 includes (in addition to other events listed): Collaboration and Mentorship with artists Kelli Condon and Keoni Barker at The Hub on Ross Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. (features musical guests listed below), Art from the Streets from 6 to 8 p.m., Works by Harvey Brink at Café Pichilingue, Urban Mapping by artist Robert Dmytruk from 6 to 8 p.m.at Harris-Warke Gallery, 100 Years of Red Deer: A Centennial Print by artist Dennis Moffat at Housewarmings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Works by Troy Johnston at The Velvet Olive Lounge, and at the Red Deer College Library — Conversations with the Collection at The Panels until 6 p.m., and Ceramics by Carlene La Rue and Kt Furness at PortHole Gallery just outside the library front doors. ● When the City Isn’t Looking: Photographs by Bill Peters, Calgarian artist exhibit will be on display at the Kiwanis Gallery of the Red Deer Public Library Downtown, from Feb. 26 to April 28. The First Friday event is on Mar. 1 from 6:30to 8:30 p.m. with refreshments being served. For more information call the Red Deer Arts Council at 403348-2787 or visit www.reddeerartscouncil.ca ● Friends of Crestomere School Club Silent/ Live Auction in support of Crestomere School Playground Revitalization Project will be held on March 1 at Lincoln Hall. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Auctions to follow. Tickets available from the school or Gull Lake Veterinary Clinic. Phone Laverne or Mandi at 403-782-0354, for details, to donate, or sponsor at table. ● Amos Garrett in concert at The Hub on March 1, 7 p.m. Opening act will be Elvin Berthiaume. Tickets cost $20 per person, cash only at the door. Call 403-340-4869. ● SCORE in Sylvan Lake this winter. Sylvan Lake Pond Hockey Tournament invites teams of five players to experience hockey the way it was meant to be played, Mar. 1 to 3. Fee is $550. Participants must be 18 years or older. Several celebrities will be attending including Kraig Neinhuis, Charlie Simmer, Joe Murphy, George Reed, Henry Burris, Burke Dales, and Glenn Harper. Visit www. sylvanlakepondhockey.ca for more information. ● Forshee Community Hall old-time family dance nights are the first Friday of each month starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, children 17 years and under are free. Evening lunch is included. Live old time music with Country Gold Band. Next dance is March 1. For more information, call Mary at 403-748-3378. ● French Canadian Association of Alberta (ACFA) of Red Deer presents Carnaval, March 1 to 3 at Bower Ponds. More than 900 students from French or French immersion schools will be on site for the Franco-Albertan flag raising and other events on March 1 starting at 9 a.m. Free. Public welcome. Other highlights include the famous sugar shack, music and shows, a photo exhibit on Red Deer’s centennial, sports, activities, and more. French story time will be offered on March 2 at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch at 11 a.m., and a French movie will be featured at Carnival Cinema entitled Le royaume de glace: à la recherche de la corne enchantée at 10 a.m. for $3. See www.reddeercarnaval.com or phone 403986-4350. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House pot luck suppers are held the first Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The next one will be on March 1. Please bring a meat dish, salad or dessert to share. The cost is $5. Phone 403-346-4043. ● Bottle Drive Fundraiser for Special Olympics runs until March 30. Drop off refundable containers at the bins at Cosmos 1 and 2 Bottle Depots, Scott Builders, All In One Pet Care, Big 105/106.7 The Drive studios, and at the Waste Management Facility. Contact Laura at 403-3098642 or email cosmos02@telus.net. ● Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents Wild Wild West, A Night At The Museum. Performances are Mar. 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7 p.m., with matinee performances Mar. 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. The closing show will take place Mar. 10 at 5 p.m. Show takes place at First Church of the Nazerene.

Pre-performance tickets are $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors, and $10 for youth age two to twelve. Tickets at the door are $14. To get your tickets call Cornerstone Box Office at 403-986-2981 or www.cornerstoneyouththeatre.org.

Saturday ● Town of Penhold Annual Women’s Wellness Day event — Find Your Bliss — will be offered on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Penhold Regional Multiplex. Highlights Rilling on Finding your bliss while living with blisters, burlesque, breakout sessions, vendors, catered lunch and more. This is an 18 years plus ladies only event. Tickets cost $45 and are available from the Town Office, 403-886-3269, or see events@ townofpenhold.ca. ● French Canadian Storytime will be offered at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch on March 2, at 11 a.m. Join ACFA regionale de Red Deer as they celebrate French culture with stories, songs and rhymes in both French and English in the children’s department. See www.rdpl.org, or phone 403-346-4688. ● Sierra of Taylor Drive Music Jam is held the first Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Everyone welcome to play an instrument, dance or simply listen to the music. Next jam session is March 2. Each session $2. No jam session in July and August. Phone Chris at 403-341-3385. ● MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The March 2 session is called Mono Print Monsters with artist Carlene La Rue. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405. Free with admission. ● Red Deer Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Science Olympics will be held at Westpark Middle School on March 2 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Check out what Central Alberta students in Grades 7 to 12 are doing. ● Ponoka Senior Drop-In Centre jam sessions are held Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door and includes refreshments and snack. For more information phone Linda at 403-783-8461. ● Russian Storytime will be held on March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library. Phone 403-341-3822.

Monday ● Recreational group and couple dance classes for adults and children will be offered by Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers on eight Mondays from Feb. 25 to April 22 at Festival Hall. No dance on April 1. Children’s classes from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by adult classes from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 per person, or $60 per family of three or more. Scandinavian heritage not required. Singles welcome. To register or for information please call 403-347-5303, or 403-341-4672. ● Servus Credit Union has teamed up with Loaves and Fishes to collect pennies to help those in need. Penny donations can be dropped off at any of the six Servus branches in Red Deer until March 4. Pennies are also being collected at the Blackfalds branch to benefit the Blackfalds Food Bank, the Delburne branch for the Delburne Centralized School Breakfast Program, the Lacombe branch for the Lacombe Community Food Bank, the Ponoka Branch for the Ponoka Food Bank, the Rimbey branch for the Rimbey Food Bank, and the Elnora branch for the Elnora and District Museum. ● John Cleese and Beyond: Understanding Proportional Representation with Don Trongsgard of Fair Vote Canada, Edmonton Chapter, will be held in the Snell Auditorium at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch on March 4 at 7 p.m. Presented by Fair Vote Canada (Red Deer Action Team), Public Interest Alberta and the Library. Free talk. Phone 403-346-2100. ● Phase 2 Renovations at The Downtown

Branch of Red Deer Public Library will begin on March 4. During the renovations, there will be a smaller checkout area so there may be longer than normal wait times when signing out library items. The north entrance from City Hall Park will be closed during this time. Phone 403-346-2100. ● Cowboy Church Service at Great Bend Church of Christ will be on March 3, 10:15 a.m. located 13.5 km north of Delburne on Hwy. 21, or 6.5 km north of Hwy. 595 intersection, or 8 km west of Content Bridge. Enjoy worship music with Strings ‘N Things featuring Steve and June Potter, Paul Potter, and Pat Smith. Message by Fred Lane. Bring a dish to share for pot luck lunch. Contact Bonnie at 403-749-3251. ● Silver Cove’s Spring Rock and Gem Show — Alberta’s largest collection of gems, crystals and fossils — in the Lacombe Centre Mall until Mar. 3. View thousands of pieces, handle them, ask questions, and even purchase them. Kids can also enjoy the excavation station, excavating an array of fossils, crystals, and gemstones, and take them home with them. Free admission. Show is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.silvercove.biz or call 403-7891308 for more information. ● Ladies Auxiliary of Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion Branch #35 holds general meetings the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Next meeting will be on March 4. For a ride please call Harry at 403-598-5331 before noon on meeting day. Meat draw every Friday at 5 p.m.

Tuesday ● Senior Citizens Downtown House dance, Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. with live music by Gaetz Valley Minstrels. The cost is $6. Phone 403346-4043. Lunch provided by donations. ● Reading for a Change Book Club will be offered by Red Deer Public Library in conjunction with Canadian Mental Health Association on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown branch. Because of the upcoming library renovation, the group will meet in various rooms. Please check with the library staff each time. Book titles include: Life of Pi by Yann Martel on March 5, Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson on April 2, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf on May 7, The Centre Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks on June 4. To register and obtain books, education@reddeer. cmha.ab.ca or phone CMHA 403-342-2266. ● Heartland Cowboy Church is on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., in the Stettler Agriplex. Dates are March 5 and 19. Call 403-742-4273. ● Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Cultural Connections presents Explore India on March 5, 4:30 p.m. at Red Deer College Living Room. Come explore India through games, henna, stories and song. For more information contact Jan at 403-346-8818, visit www.immigrant-centre.ca, or email wendy.wiebe@rdc.ab.ca. ● Drop-in Pajama Storytime invites children aged two to six years to the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts at 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children under three years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 403346-4688.

Wednesday ● Heart and Stroke Foundation Wills and Estate Planning Information Session will be offered

on March 6 at the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please arrive early. Refreshments provided. Door prize draw. Please register by March 5 to Tammy at tolivermccurdie@ hsf.ab.ca, or phone 403-342-4435. ● Puppet Club for children ages seven years and up is offered at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library on March 6 and 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Make puppets and take part in interactive puppet shows. Phone 403-341-3822. ● Pickle-ball is offered Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at G. H. Dawe Community Centre. Pickleball is a cross between tennis and badminton. Rackets supplied. Regular facility admission applies. To find out more, contact Janice at 403-3474195. ● Red Deer Legion Old-Time Dance with Gaetz Valley Minstrels is on March 6 at 7 p.m. Cost is $7, or $13.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035. ● Eckankar Canada in Alberta presents Community HU Song on the first Wednesday of each month in the Waskasoo Room at the Red Deer Public Library, downtown branch, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments to follow. Singing HU — a love song to God — can expand awareness, help experience divine love, heal a broken heart, offer solace during times of grief, bring peace and calm. Next HU Song on March 6. Visit www.MiraclesInYourLife.org or phone 403346-9238.

Thursday ● First Thursdays in the Snell offer free chamber music concerts from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the Snell Auditorium on the first Thursday of each month. Café Noir will sponsor the series and provide free coffee and tea. Bring lunch, or purchase at the café. March 7 program entitled The Blackbird Sings features Mathew McGuigan on flute, and Kathleen van Mourik on piano as musical guests. Phone 403-342-9122. Free will donation at the door. ● West Park Community Ladies Drop In Coffee Time will meet the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the West Park Activity Centre. The group encourages neighbours including West Lake and West Park Estates to join the fun. Refreshments provided by WPCA. Contact Arlene at 403-346-0058. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, March 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Country Express Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-3476165, 403-986-7170, or 403-346-3896. ● Living With Cancer Support Group provides a casual non-denominational forum for individuals and their loved ones to discuss their cancer diagnosis or treatments, or just socialize with others at Gaetz Memorial United Church on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Phone 403-347-2244. ● Parkland Mall Shades of Ambition Campaign will be held March 7 to 27. This annual event has Red Deer River Watershed Alliance, Canadian Cancer Society, AB/NWT Division and the Red Deer Health Foundation will be at the mall selling $10 tiles to complete their mural. The charity that sells the most pieces will win $7,500 for their charity, second place will win $5,000 and third place will win $2,500. Donations can be made via debit, credit, cash or cheque in mall or online at www. parklandmall.ca under events. Contact Krista at 403-343-8997 for more information.

REGISTRATIONS LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ● Canadian Red Cross presents Preventing Violence in the Lives of Seniors workshop for seniors, caregivers and anyone who interacts with seniors to increase prevention strategies and create community awareness. The workshop runs one and a half hours. Volunteer facilitators are needed to present the workshop to groups throughout Central Alberta. Contact Leigh Baker at Leigh.Baker@ redcross.ca, or phone 403-346-1241.

● Ball Room Dance Social at Ponoka Moose Lodge will be offered on the second Friday of each month, next March 8. Features waltz, rumba, cha cha, tango, foxtrot, swing, and jive with DJ music. Light snacks provided. Open bar. Cost is $10 for Moose members and $12.50 for non-members. Contact Fred or Jean at 403-783-8587.

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● Independent Achievers — Business Women Networking Together — will hold their monthly luncheon meeting the second Thursday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Next luncheon is March 14. To confirm attendance contact reservations@independentachievers. com by March 8. For more information, see www.independentachievers.com ● Roast Beef Dinner and Silent Auction at Gaetz Memorial United Church will be held on March 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the church office, or by calling 403347-2244 until March 11. There will be 150 tickets available. Adult tickets cost $12, and tickets for children under 10 years cost $6. ● Lacombe Farmer’s Market will hold an Easter sale on March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Home baking, crafts, eggs, jewelry, woodwork, honey, perogies, spring rolls, clothing and much more will be offered. For information or to book a table, call 403-782-4772. ● Pet Poker Tour in support of Red Deer and District SPCA will be held at Red Deer Lodge on March 16. Buffet and bar at 5 p.m. with Texas Hold’em tournament starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $100 with $50 charitable tax receipt. Maximum of 200 participants. Cold buffet, cash bar and entry for two door prizes valued over $5,000, grand prize of trip to Las Vegas for two. Purchase advance tickets from SPCA, or to sponsor or donate at prize, contact Tara at 403-3427722 or ed@reddeerspca.com.

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Raps fall short in loss to Cavs

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BULIN WALL BROKEN The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on injury reserve. Khabibulin suffered a groin injury during Edmonton’s 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Monday. Khabibulin, a 40-year old veteran, has a 2.11 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in five games this season with Edmonton. Khabibulin is in the final year of a four-year contract with the Oilers. The Oilers replaced Khabibulin with Yann Danis, who was recalled from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Danis, a five-foot-11, 182pound goalie, has a 3.03 GAA and a .901 save percentage in 31 games this season with the Barons.

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Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski is hauled down by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin as he tries to shoot on goaltender Carey Price during second period action in Toronto on Wednesday. Grabovski did not score on the penalty shot that was awarded on the play.

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Today

● High school basketball: Central Alberta 4A zone semifinal. Girls — Nottre Dame at Hunting Hills. Boys — Notre Dame at Lindsay Thurber. 6 p.m. both games. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Airdrie at Red Deer, third game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, 7:45 p.m., Arena; Mountainview at Blackfalds, third game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, 7:30 p.m.

Friday

● Curling: Provincial juvenile championship at Sylvan Lake. ● High school basketball: Central Alberta JV tournament finals, start 4 p.m, at Notre Dame and Hunting Hills. ● Major midget female hockey: Southeast at Red Deer, third game of best-of-five AMMFHL South semifinal, 7 p.m., Kin City B. ● WHL: Red Deer at Kootenay, 7 p.m. (The Drive). ● AJHL: Calgary Mustangs at Olds, 7:30 p.m. ● Midget AAA hockey: Red Deer at UFA, second game of bestof-five AMHL North Division semifinal, 7:45 p.m., Strathmore. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Airdrie, fourth game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, 8 p.m. ● Senior AAA hockey: Bentley at Sylvan Lake, fourth game of bestof-seven provincial semifinal, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

● Curling: Provincial juvenile championship at Sylvan Lake. ● High school basketball: Central Alberta JV tournament finals, start 8:30 a.m., at Notre Dame and Hunting Hills. ● Major midget female hockey: Southeast at Red Deer, fourth game of best-of-five AMMFHL South semifinal, if necessary, 4:30 p.m., Kin City B. ● College women’s hockey: NAIT at RDC Queens, second game of best-of-five ACAC final, 5:15 p.m., Arena.

Canadiens 5 Maple Leafs 2 TORONTO — Winning was the best redemption for Mac Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens. Pacioretty scored twice to lead the Canadiens to an impressive 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, and emphatically avenge an embarrassing 6-0 home loss Feb. 9 to their arch rivals. There was bad blood between the two longtime rivals in that last meeting when an alleged biting incident involving Mikhail Grabovski and Pacioretty took place. But instead of physical retaliation, the Canadiens effectively used their speed to outplay Toronto, cementing the win on third-period goals by rookie Brendan Gallagher, Pacioretty and Brian Gionta. “The coaches talked to us before the game about sticking to our gameplan and not getting sucked into the emotions of the game,” Pacioretty said. “I think we did a great job of that.” Defenceman Josh Gorges agreed. “There’s always a lot of different ideas, different emotions especially after the last way we played these guys about how do we get back,” he said. “It’s not about grabbing somebody and jumping them and feeding them punches because that really doesn’t do us

any good in the long run. “It may feel good for a few minutes if that opportunity did ever come but ultimately two points always feels better.” Gallagher scored his sixth of the season at 9:08 of the third to break a 2-2 tie before Pacioretty clinched the win for Eastern Conference-leading Montreal (134-3) with his sixth at 14:26. Gionta scored into the empty net at 17:34. Since being shut out by Toronto, the streaking Canadiens have gone 7-0-2 and outshot the Leafs 40-23 before a season-high Air Canada Centre gathering of 19,625. Toronto also earned a 2-1 road win over Montreal in the season opener for both but dropped to 4-5-0 this season at the Air Canada Centre. “The Maple Leafs played two terrific games at the Bell Centre and we knew we had to bounce back from those type of games,” Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said. “We certainly played a great team game and stuck to our plan and we were controlling our emotion to play that game. “Right from the get go I thought our guys were ready to play and we set the tone for that game. They tried to be physical on us but I was not afraid of that, honestly . . . we just kept focusing on the things we had to do to be successful.” Therrien also heaped lavish praise on Gallagher.

“He’s got one way to play,” Therrien said. “He’s playing hard and start to earn respect not only from his teammates I believe but around the league. He’s a kid that plays with emotion. “That was a big play for him, well deserved.” The loss tarnished an outstanding performance by Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens. The lanky Albertan, making his eighth straight start, kept the Leafs in the game despite being badly outplayed. “We were flat, flat, flat, flat,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. “It looked like at times that we were playing in our boots and they were playing on skates. “We just didn’t get anything going for ourselves. I don’t think there’s any way to paint it pretty and I’m sure you guys will give us a lot of help.” Defenceman Alexei Emelin had the other goal for Montreal. Frazer McLaren and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto (129-0), which had won three straight at home. The Canadiens had forward Michael Ryder in the lineup after re-acquiring the former Hab from the Dallas Stars this week for Erik Cole. Ryder didn’t figure in the scoring but wore his usual No. 73 after Gallagher gave it up for No. 11. Ryder has had No. 73 since breaking into the NHL in ’03.

Martin going for hometown win at Brier BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Kevin Martin has won everything there is to win in curling, several times over in some cases. The 46-year-old skip from Edmonton has Olympic gold and silver medals, four Canadian championships and a world championship on his resume, plus 17 Grand Slam victories on the World Curling Tour. So what drives him in the sport now? “I still really enjoy a good tough game, win or lose,” Martin said. “It’s tough in games that don’t mean a lot, but the big ones . . . those are the games that are fun for me still. “As long as I really enjoy it, deep down really can’t wait to play, I’ll play. Once you don’t feel like that, your days are done. I haven’t got that yet.” The 2013 Tim Hortons Brier opens Saturday at Rexall Place. Martin’s team out of Edmonton’s Saville Centre represents the host province. What’s new for Martin is the opportunity to win a Canadian title in his hometown, having never played before at a Brier in Edmonton. He did win the Olympic trials at Rexall Place in 2009 for the right to represent Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. Martin, third John Morris, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert won gold Vancouver. They’ll be the darlings of this Brier as both the host team and the reigning Olympic champions. Martin can also become the first skip to win five Canadian titles, surpassing Saskatchewan’s Ernie Richardson and fellow Albertan Randy Ferbey at four. Two of Martin’s four previous Brier titles were won in Alberta, but both in Calgary. “I think the Brier is going to be loud, a lot of fun and I think the crowd is going to be really into it,” Martin said. “It’s Canada’s biggest party if the Grey Cup’s not. The two biggest parties in Canada are the Grey Cup and the Brier.” Alberta’s Martin, defending champion Glenn Howard of Ontario and three-time winner Jeff Stoughton of Manitoba are the headliners of the 12-team field. They also happen to be the first three men’s teams to secure berths in December’s Olympic trials in Winnipeg. The winner there represents Canada at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. At this Brier, Glenn Howard will pass older brother Russ for the most appearances at 15. Glenn Howard was Russ’s third at his first Canadian championship in 1987, which coincidentally was in Edmonton. “I really can’t quite fathom that this will be my 15th trip,” Howard said.

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Alberta skip Kevin Martin, right, and Ontario skip Glenn Howard, left, looks at the rings during the Brier Canadian Curling Championships in London, Ont., on March 10, 2011. The 2013 Tim Hortons Brier opens Saturday at Rexall Place. Other teams of note include 2006 Canadian champion Jean-Michel Menard of Quebec, the first Francophone from Quebec to win the title, and 2006 Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador. Jamie Koe’s Yellowknife squad became the first Territories team to ever make the Brier playoffs last year in Saskatoon. Koe and his teammates are back to prove they remain contenders. “You’ve got a strong field,” Howard said. “It’s one of the best.” The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin advance to the Page playoff. The winner of the final March 10 represents Canada at the Ford Men’s World Championship in Victoria from March 30 to April 7. Brier finalists each receive $40,000 in prize money, the bronze medallist gets $30,000 and the $20,000 goes to the fourth-place team. The victor is eligible for $144,000 in Sport Canada funding over a two-year period and another $40,000 for training and competition expenses from Own The Podium. The Brier winner also receives $10,000 for wearing the Tim Hortons crest at the world championship. Howard and Stoughton have won major events in Edmonton during their careers.

Cavaliers 103 Raptors 92 CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving isn’t the only Cavaliers guard with killer instinct on the court. When the game’s on the line, Dion Waiters wants the spotlight — and the ball. “I live for that,” the rookie said. Waiters scored 23 points, his last two coming on a crucial jumper with 1:43 left, Shaun Livingston added 15 and Cleveland overcame a horrendous start to win its second straight game without an injured Irving, 103-92 over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. The Cavs made only one of their first 15 shots, but recovered and finished February at 7-5, their first winning month since March 2010, when LeBron James was still around. Tristan Thompson scored 14, Wayne Ellington added 13 and Luke Walton had seven rebounds and seven assists for Cleveland, which closed with a 10-2 run. Usually, Irving’s the one the Cavs turn to in the closing minutes, when every dribble and every possession are important. But with their All-Star guard slowed or sidelined with a hyperextended right knee, the Cavs have turned to Waiters, who scored 25 in Tuesday’s win at Chicago and has 71 points in his past three games. “As a kid, you see a lot of guys like Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, who live for those moments,” Waiters said. “You tell yourself you’re going to be in that position one day. I’m just blessed to be in that position.” DeMar DeRozan scored 34 and Rudy Gay had 24 for the Raptors. Toronto climbed back from an 11-point deficit and pulled within three at 93-90 when Waiters calmly dropped a clutch 15-foot jumper — the kind of shot Irving has made a habit of taking and making in his two seasons as a pro. Thompson, another of the young-and-improving Cavs, added eight rebounds and made all six free throws. After trailing by 11, the Raptors got within 73-71 on DeRozan’s jumper. But Thompson scored six straight points inside and the Cavs reeled off seven consecutive to end the third. Cleveland made its first 20 free throws before Waiters split a pair with 1.7 seconds left, giving Cleveland an 80-71 lead entering the fourth. A 6-0 burst pushed Cleveland’s lead to 86-71, but the Raptors, fighting to stay in the playoff race, weren’t finished. Gay’s dunk made it 9390, but Waiters showed no fear in stepping up and dropping his big jumper. On Cleveland’s next possession, Livingston fired a no-look pass to Alonzo Gee for a dunk, and after DeRozan scored, the Cavs put the game away by making their free throws down the stretch. The win was another sign of growth in the Cavs, who went 3-12 in November and 3-13 in December. The Raptors lost for the first time in four road games since acquiring Gay in a trade from Memphis.


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Wednesday’s results Swift Current 3 Brandon 2 (OT) Prince Albert 7 Regina 0 Saskatoon 3 Calgary 2 (SO) Kootenay 2 Medicine Hat 0 Vancouver 5 Kamloops 3 Edmonton 4 Portland 3 Spokane 4 Everett 1 Lethbridge 5 Victoria 4 Thursday’s game Seattle at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m Friday’s games Moose Jaw at Regina, 6 p.m. Brandon at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Swift Current at Calgary, 7 p.m. Red Deer at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Kamloops at Prince George, 8 p.m. Seattle at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Spokane at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Edmonton at Everett, 8:35 p.m. Lethbridge at Vancouver, 8:30 p.m. National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts d-Montreal 20 13 4 3 29 d-Pittsburgh 20 13 7 0 26 d-Tampa Bay 19 9 9 1 19 Boston 16 12 2 2 26 Ottawa 20 12 6 2 26 Toronto 21 12 9 0 24 New Jersey 19 10 5 4 24 Philadelphia 22 10 11 1 21 d-Carolina 18 9 8 1 19 d-Winnipeg 19 9 9 1 19 N.Y. Rangers 18 8 8 2 18 N.Y. Islanders 20 8 11 1 17 Florida 19 6 9 4 16 Washington 19 7 11 1 15 Buffalo 20 7 12 1 15

GF 58 69 70 49 48 59 48 64 50 52 44 57 48 52 50

GA 43 54 60 35 37 51 49 67 54 60 48 68 69 59 64

WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA d-Chicago 19 16 0 3 35 61 37 d-Anaheim 18 14 3 1 29 64 48 d-Vancouver 19 10 5 4 24 54 52 Nashville 21 9 7 5 23 45 52 Dallas 20 10 8 2 22 56 57 St. Louis 18 10 6 2 22 55 52 Los Angeles 18 10 6 2 22 47 42 Detroit 20 9 8 3 21 58 56 Phoenix 19 9 7 3 21 54 51 San Jose 18 9 6 3 21 44 41 Minnesota 18 9 7 2 20 39 43 Calgary 18 7 7 4 18 49 61 Edmonton 18 7 7 4 18 42 49 Colorado 18 7 8 3 17 44 54 Columbus 20 5 12 3 13 44 61 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. d-division leader Tuesday’s Games San Jose 3, Colorado 2, SO Dallas 5, Columbus 4, OT Washington 3, Carolina 0 Winnipeg 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 Florida 6, Pittsburgh 4 Buffalo 2, Tampa Bay 1 Boston 4, N.Y. Islanders 1 Minnesota 2, Calgary 1, OT Phoenix 4, Vancouver 2

Thursday’s Games Pittsburgh at Carolina, 5 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. Ottawa at Boston, 5 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Calgary at Colorado, 7 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Edmonton at St. Louis, 6 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s summaries Canadiens 5 Maple Leafs 2 First Period 1. Toronto, McLaren 2 (Brown, McClement) 13:44 2. Montreal, Emelin 1 (Armstrong, Moen) 16:56 Penalties - Brown Tor (checking from behind-major, game misconduct) 19:23. Second Period 3. Montreal, Pacioretty 5 (Subban, Markov) 4:17 (pp) 4. Toronto, MacArthur 5 (Kadri, Franson) 15:47 Penalties - Emelin Mtl (interference) 19:47. Third Period 5. Montreal, Gallagher 6 (Gorges, Desharnais) 9:08 6. Montreal, Pacioretty 6 (Desharnais) 14:26 7. Montreal, Gionta 4 17:34 (en) Penalties - None. Shots on goal Montreal 12 17 11 — 40 Toronto 4 8 11 — 23 Goal - Montreal: Price (W, 16-10-3); Toronto: Scrivens (L, 6-6-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Montreal: 1-2; Toronto: 0-1. Attendance — 19,625 at Toronto. Capitals 1 at Flyers 4 First Period 1. Philadelphia, Giroux 7 (Hartnell) 0:23 2. Philadelphia, Simmonds 8 (Hartnell, Giroux) 4:04 (pp) Penalties — Ribeiro Wash (hooking) 2:57, Zolnierczyk Pha (hooking) 5:13. Second Period 3. Philadelphia, Gagne 1 (B.Schenn, Briere) 3:54 (pp) 4. Philadelphia, Talbot 1 (L.Schenn, Gervais) 14:55 Penalties — Ward Wash (boarding) 1:55, Coburn Pha (high-sticking) 4:25. Third Period 5. Washington, Ward 6 (Poti, Beagle) 17:51 Penalties — Ribeiro Wash (unsportsmanlike conduct, minor-misconduct) 4:15, Ovechkin Wash (roughing), Rinaldo Pha (roughing), Zolnierczyk Pha (kneeing, major-game misconduct) 19:35. Shots on goal Washington 9 3 12 — 24 Philadelphia 10 12 10 — 32 Goal (shots-saves) — Washington: Holtby (L,6-70)(18-14), Grubauer (14:55 second)(14-14); Philadelphia: Bryzgalov (W,10-9-1). Power plays (goals-chances) — Washington: 0-3; Philadelphia: 2-3. Attendance — 19,904 (19,538). Predators 1 at Ducks 5 First Period 1. Anaheim, Bonino 5 (Etem) 2:48 2. Anaheim, Palmieri 5 (Perry, Getzlaf) 3:49 3. Anaheim, Palmieri 6 (Perry, Getzlaf) 16:57 Penalties — None. Nashville bench (too many men, served by Wilson) 19:24. Second Period 4. Anaheim, Palmieri 7 (Perry, Getzlaf) 1:07 (pp) 5. Nashville, C.Smith 3 (Klein, Clune) 9:27 6. Anaheim, Koivu 6 (Ryan, Beauchemin) 19:20 (pp) Penalties — Getzlaf Ana (hooking) 10:53, Hannan Nash (interference) 13:18, Clune Nash (goaltender interference) 17:58. Third Period No Scoring Penalties — Clune Nash (slashing), Allen Ana (cross-checking) 1:49, Beleskey Ana (goaltender interference) 9:25, Hannan Nash (fighting, major), Beleskey Ana (fighting, major) 19:51. Shots on goal Nashville 9 8 4 — 21 Anaheim 13 8 7 — 28 Goal (shots-saves) — Nashville: Rinne (L,8-6-4) (21-16), Mason (start third)(7-7); Anaheim: Fasth (W,9-1-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Nashville: 0-2; Anaheim: 2-3. Attendance — 13,630 (17,174). NHL Scoring leaders TORONTO — Unofficial National Hockey League

Stamkos, TB Crosby, Pgh Vanek, Buf Tavares, NYI Zetterberg, Det P.Kane, Chi Voracek, Pha St. Louis, TB Moulson, NYI Kunitz, Pgh Datsyuk, Det Ribeiro, Wash Elias, NJ Malkin, Pgh Neal, Pgh D.Sedin, Vcr Giroux, Pha E.Staal, Car J.Thornton, SJ Purcell, TB Marleau, SJ E.Kane, Wpg Conacher, TB Getzlaf, Ana S.Gagner, Edm H.Sedin, Vcr Ladd, Wpg Clarkson, NJ Hodgson, Buf Kovalchuk, NJ Duchene, Col Lecavalier, TB B.Schenn, Pha Kadri, Tor Brunner, Det Tanguay, Cal Wheeler, Wpg S.Koivu, Ana Selanne, Ana Kessel, Tor Steen, StL Hall, Edm Kronwall, Det van Riemsdyk, Tor Hossa, Chi Ovechkin, Wash Parenteau, Col Pominville, Buf Toews, Chi Simmonds, Pha Pavelski, SJ Wilson, Nash Kopitar, LA Martin, Pgh Boyes, NYI Sharp, Chi J.Staal, Car Letang, Pgh Backstrom, Wash Shattenkirk, StL

G 14 9 12 13 6 10 8 4 10 8 8 6 5 4 13 7 6 9 4 4 12 9 7 6 5 3 10 10 8 7 6 6 6 5 10 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 2 11 9 8 8 7 7 7 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 2 1

A 16 21 15 12 19 14 16 20 13 15 14 16 17 17 7 13 14 10 15 15 6 9 11 12 13 15 7 7 9 10 11 11 11 12 6 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 14 4 6 7 7 8 8 8 9 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 13 14

AJHL North Division GP W LOTLSOL GF x-Spruce Grove 60 35 16 7 2 181 x-Bonnyville 60 32 19 6 3 177 x-Grand Prairie 58 34 20 3 1 178 x-Fort McMurray 60 31 22 6 1 169 x-Whitecourt 58 30 20 6 2 220 x-Drayton Valley 58 29 22 4 3 173 x-Sherwood Park58 27 24 1 6 175 Lloydminster 60 20 33 4 3 166

Pt 30 30 27 25 25 24 24 24 23 23 22 22 22 21 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

GA 157 170 150 170 212 170 176 225

Pt 79 73 72 69 68 65 61 47

South Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt y-Brooks 59 53 3 1 2 286 109 109 x-Okotoks 58 36 18 2 2 185 149 76 x-Camrose 58 34 18 2 4 179 155 74 x-Drumheller 59 30 25 2 2 182 172 64 x-Olds 59 22 31 4 2 166 207 50 x-Canmore 59 22 31 4 2 150 218 50 x-Cal. Mustangs 59 20 31 6 2 173 215 48 Cal. Canucks 59 16 39 3 1 133 238 36 x — Clinched playoff berth. y — Clinched division title. Note: Two points for a win; one for an overtime or shootout loss. Tuesday’s results Bonnyville 3 Fort McMurray 2 (OT) Brooks 4 Canmore 0 Calgary Canucks 4 Calgary Mustangs 3 (SO) Drumheller 3 Olds 2 (OT) Spruce Grove 3 Lloydminster 2 Wednesday’s result Bonnyville 2 Fort McMurray 0 Thursday’s game Brooks at Okotoks, 7 p.m. Friday’s games Calgary Canucks at Canmore, 7 p.m. Camrose at Okotoks, 7 p.m. Whitecourt at Drayton Valley, 7:30 p.m. Sherwood Park at Grande Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Calgary Mustangs at Olds, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Camrose at Drumheller, 7:30 p.m. Sherwood Park at Whitecourt, 7:30 p.m. Drayton Valley at Grande Prairie, 7:30 p.m.

Stable MLS looking toward development starting with 2013 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With no David Beckham or the buzz of a team expansion, the 2013 Major League Soccer season that begins this weekend might seem ho-hum because of its stability. But this year begins a new chapter, focused on developing the quality of play and continuing to raise the profile of a league that officials hope will become among the planet’s elite within 10 years. “There is no reason that in time Major League Soccer can’t be competitive with the world’s best,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work and continued investment.” The season begins Saturday with Philadelphia hosting Kansas City. That’ll be followed by a Canadian showdown with Vancouver hosting Toronto, Houston vs. DC United, FC Dallas vs. Colorado, Chivas USA vs. Columbus and Seattle vs. Montreal. Sunday, defending champion Los Angeles hosts Chicago, Portland welcomes New York and San Jose faces Real Salt Lake. New England has a bye the first week of the season, while Seattle, Los Angeles and Houston have byes in Week 2 while participating in the CONCACAF Champions League. For the first time since 2005, expansion is not a story line. After successful entries into Houston, Toronto, San Jose, Seattle, Philadelphia, Portland, Vancouver and Montreal, the league is standing firm at 19 teams. MLS wants its 20th team to be in New York, although there is an increased effort in Orlando that could eventually lead to the league filling a geographic hole in the Southeast. “I think they remain a very good potential MLS ownership group and Orlando is an intriguing market,” Garber said. Instead of expansion, the talk entering the season is investment. The league announced Wednesday its intensions to raise the quality of play and infrastructure to make MLS one of the world’s top leagues by the ambitious date of 2022. The goal was originally supposed to coincide with a successful World Cup bid. The U.S. won’t be hosting that tournament — Qatar will — but MLS is sticking with its plan. There are other leagues taking notice of the improved quality in the league in recent seasons. Four players — Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron, Kei Kamara and Roger Espinoza — are all playing in the Premier League rather than the MLS. But the league is quick to point out its success in retaining many of its top players and have some top American and Canadian players return from overseas to play in MLS.

National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 34 20 .630 — Brooklyn 34 24 .586 2 Boston 30 27 .526 5 1/2 Philadelphia 22 33 .400 12 1/2 Toronto 23 35 .397 13

Miami Atlanta Washington Orlando Charlotte

Indiana Chicago Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland

Southeast Division W L Pct 41 14 .745 33 23 .589 18 38 .321 16 42 .276 13 44 .228

GB — 8 1/2 23 1/2 26 1/2 29

Central Division W L Pct 36 21 .632 32 25 .561 28 28 .500 23 37 .383 20 38 .345

GB — 4 7 1/2 14 1/2 16 1/2

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 45 14 .763 Memphis 38 18 .679 Houston 31 28 .525 Dallas 25 32 .439 New Orleans 20 39 .339

GB — 5 1/2 14 19 25

Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 42 15 .737 Denver 36 22 .621 Utah 31 27 .534 Portland 26 30 .464 Minnesota 20 34 .370

GB — 6 11 15 20

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

Pacific Division W L Pct 41 18 .695 33 25 .569 28 30 .483 20 39 .339 20 39 .339

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

GB — 7 1/2 12 1/2 21 21

Tuesday’s Games Orlando 98, Philadelphia 84 Indiana 108, Golden State 97 Miami 141, Sacramento 129,2OT

Cleveland 101, Chicago 98 Brooklyn 101, New Orleans 97 Milwaukee 95, Dallas 90 Phoenix 84, Minnesota 83, OT L.A. Clippers 106, Charlotte 84 Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 103, Toronto 92 Sacramento 125, Orlando 101 Detroit 96, Washington 95 Milwaukee 110, Houston 107 Memphis 90, Dallas 84 Oklahoma City 119, New Orleans 74 New York 109, Golden State 105 Phoenix 105, San Antonio 101, OT Atlanta 102, Utah 91 Denver at Portland, Late Thursday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Indiana, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 6 p.m. Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Indiana at Toronto, 5 p.m. Houston at Orlando, 5 p.m. New York at Washington, 5 p.m. Golden State at Boston, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, 5:30 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Dallas at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Memphis at Miami, 6 p.m. Sacramento at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Charlotte at Utah, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Denver, 8:30 p.m. Red Deer Ladies Basketball League A Division Collins Barrow Storm 50 Spartans 34 Storm: Kayla Newans 11. Spart: Cassie Stewart 15. POG: Storm: Newans. Spart: Stewart. Hoosier Daddy 58 Triple Threat, 42 Hoosier: Kate Borden 10. TT: Melanie Callihoo 9. POG: Hoosier: Kathy Ahlquist. TT: Melissa Zieffle. Big Ballers over Vertically Challenged, forfeit. B Division Shooting Stars 30 Nikes 28 Stars: Ilana Zackowski 12. Nikes: Kailee Fauville 14. POG: Stars: Ashlee Coutts. Nikes: Beth Deuek. Funk 48 Rampage 38 Funk: Braelyn Winter 16. Ram: Roxy Kratzky 14. POG: Funk: Winter. Ram: Megan Klaus.

Speed skating Sylvan Lake Ice Marathon Female 100km: 1. Danielle Lussenberg-Bekkering, 3:32:27. 2. Lenni Taekema, 4:14:26. 3. Annie Muilwijk, 4:58:36. 4. Netty Van Klaveren, 5:30:44. 5. Enny Van Aken, 5:58:32. 50km: 1. Lussenberg-Bekkering, 1:37:49, 2. Taekema, 1:57:17. 3. Muilwijk, 2:11:30. 4. Hillie Van’t Klooster, 2:22:10. 5. Van Klaveren, 2:25:09. 25km: Lussenberg-Bekkering, 49:14. 2. Taekema, 57:13. 3. Emily Gaito, 1:04:00. 4. Muilwijk, 1:08:51. 5. Van Aken, 1:08:58. 10km: Lussenberg-Bekkering, 18:55.3. 2. Taekema, 22:16.7. 3. Van Aken, 26:23.8. 4. Muilwijk, 26:24.1. 25km youth: 1. Lydia Koeman, 1:36:30.

Male 100km: 1. Berend Ridder, 3:32:28. 2. Rick Dijkstra, 3:32:29. 3. Rinze Schuurmans, 3:32:44. 4. Brian McArthur, 3:42:04. 5. Scott Anderson, 3:48:58. 50km: 1. Schuurmans, 1:37:50. 2. Ridder, 1:37:51. 3. Dijkstra, 1:38:30. 4. McArthur, 1:43:54. 5. Lyle Dickieson, 1:45:50. 25km: Dijkstram, 49:15. 2. McArthur, 49:35. 3. Dickieson, 49:36. 4. Lavoie, 53:57. 5. Goelema, 56:30. 10km: 1. Dijkstra, 18:55.5. 2. Dickieson, 18:56.1 3. McArthur, 18:56.5. 4. Art Goelema, 20:32.8. 5. Rejean Lavoie, 21:23.1. 25km youth: 1. Kees Koeman, 57:31. 2. Aron Koeman, 57:32. 3. Vincent Laanstra, 1:21:04. 4. Roald Lok, 1:44:15. 5. Stan Ijzerman, 1:50:22.

Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Promoted Dick Tidrow to vice-president and assistant general manager, player personnel; Bobby Evans to vicepresident and assistant general manager; John Barr to vice-president and assistant general manager, scouting and international operations; and Jeremy Shelley to vice-president, pro scouting and player evaluation. American Association AMARILLO SOX—Signed OF Oscar Garcia. GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS—Signed OF Mike Massaro. LINCOLN SALTDOGS—Signed INF Jason White. SIOUX FALLS PHEASANTS—Releasesd INF Nick Judkins and OF Cristian Guerrero. WINNIPEG GOLDEYES—Traded LHP Todd Privett to Amarillo for future considerations. Frontier League GATEWAY GRIZZLIES—Signed INF Jose Flores. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS—Traded RHP Robbie Donovan to Sioux City (AA) for a player to be named. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA—Suspended Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Golden State’s David Lee each one game for instigating an altercation during a Feb. 26 game. Fined Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and Indiana’s Lance Stephenson $35,000 apiece for escalating the altercation. Women’s National Basketball Association INDIANA FEVER—Signed F Shyra Ely and F Jessica Breland. WASHINGTON MYSTICS—Acquired C Kia Vaughn and 2013 second-round draft pick from New York for a 2013 first-round draft pick.

Announced F Stefan Della Rovere was reassigned to the team from Evansville (ECHL). ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS—Reassigned G Chris Carrozzi to Ontario (ECHL). ECHL READING ROYALS—Signed G Riley Gill. Announced F T.J. Syner was loaned to the team by Hershey (AHL). Announced F David Marshall was returned by Binghamton (AHL). Released G Frederic Cassivi. SOCCER Major League Soccer CHIVAS USA—Signed M Josue Soto and M Emilio Orozco. COLUMBUS CREW—Signed MF Konrad Warzycha, MF Shawn Sloan and D Kyle Hyland. D.C. UNITED—Announced F Hamdi Salihi and MF Lance Rozeboomwill not return this season. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION—Signed MF Donnie Smith and G Luis Soffner. PORTLAND TIMBERS—Waived MF Franck Songo’o and D Chris Taylor. TORONTO FC—Acquired a 2014 first-round supplemental draft pick from Chicago for F Quincy Amarikwa. RACING NASCAR—Suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements indefinitely for violating the code of conduct. COLLEGE ALABAMA—Dismissed LB D.J. Pettway, LB Tyler Hayes, S Eddie Williams and HB Brent Calloway. APPALACHIAN STATE—Named Chad Willis volleyball associate head coach and Anna Wagner volleyball assistant coach. CATAWBA—Named Ken Hassler men’s soccer coach. DELAWARE—Named Rick Stumpf associate athletic director for compliance. DRAKE—Suspended senior F Matt Bowie and freshman G Kori Babineaux indefinitely from the basketball team for violating team rules. GEORGIA—Announced senior FB Alexander Ogletree is leaving the team for undisclosed medical reasons. HOBART—Named Nick Grange defensive coordinator. HOLY CROSS—Named Corrinne Archibald assistant volleyball coach.

While the depth of players is arguably at its peak, there are no obvious favourites entering FOOTBALL National Football League the 2013 season. BILLS—Announced the retirement of Los Angeles starts the year seeking to be- DE BUFFALO Chris Kelsay. come the first team to win three straight MLS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Released OT Whimper, QB John Parker Wilson and DB Cup titles, but its squad will have a different Guy Brandon King. look than the one that hoisted the title last NEW YORK GIANTS—Re-signed OT Will Beto a five-year contract. December. Beckham is now at Paris Saint- attyCanadian PENN STATE—Announced retirement of asFootball League Germain and it’s unclear how long before midsociate athletic director for football administration EDMONTON ESKIMOS—Acquired a 2013 Fran Ganter. secondand 2013 third-round draft pick from Hamfielder Landon Donovan will be ready to actu- ilton for the rights to DL Hasan Hazime and a 2013 SPRING HILL—Announced men’s basketball ally contribute. Donovan is expected to join second-round draft pick. coach Robert Thompson will not be returning ext Arena Football League season. the Galaxy at the end of March following a SAN JOSE SABERCATS—Signed DB Clevan personal sabbatical away from the game, but Thomas to a two-year contract. two months of the season could be lost before HOCKEY he finally plays. National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Placed D A slow beginning to the season didn’t dampWisniewski on injured reserve, retroactive en the Galaxy’s title hopes a year ago. Los An- James to Feb. 24. DALLAS STARS—Activated G Kari Lehtonen geles got off to a miserable start, only to find the injured list. Sent G Cristopher Nilstorp to its form midseason and ended up rolling to its from Texas (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS—Assigned F Scott Timsecond consecutive title. to San Antonio (AHL). “Every year the league is getting tougher and minsNASHVILLE PREDATORS—Announced F Brian tougher. It’s always hard,” Galaxy striker Rob- McGrattan cleared waivers and was assigned to Milwaukee (AHL). bie Keane said. “Last year wasn’t easy. We had NEW YORK RANGERS—Assigned F Brandon a tough ride at the start of the season. Toward Mashinter to Connecticut (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Recalled F Pierrethe end, the last few months of the season, we Cedric Labrie and D Brendan Mikkelson from were great. If we continue to keep doing what Syracuse (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Recalled G Philipp we’re doing and everyone stays healthy, we’ve Grubauer from Hershey (AHL). got as good a chance as anybody. But we know WINNIPEG JETS—Recalled D Derek Meech from St. John’s (AHL). Reassigned D Julian Melit’s going to be tough, as it always is.” chiori and G Eddie Pasquale to St. John’s. The Galaxy headline a loaded Western ConAmerican Hockey League BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS—Agrred to ference. terms with D Dallas Jackson on a one-year contract. Seattle will enter the season with a roster MANCHESTER MONARCHS—Signed F Kris and F Ian O’Connor to professional tryout still in flux thanks to the late acquisition of for- Belan vs agreements. mer All-Star Shalrie Joseph. Eddie Johnson rePEORIA RIVERMEN—Announced F Adam ignited his career a season ago with 14 goals for Cracknell was recalled by St. Louis (NHL). Seattle and it may possess the most talented depth of midfielders in the league, but forSaturday, March 2 ward Fredy Montero is on loan 7:30 pm in Colombia and defender Jeff Pre-Game Movie Parke is now in Philadelphia. Night/ Seattle’s management has ATB Post Game made clear its focus this year Autographs is on the MLS Cup. Truck Decks, Welding Skids, Headache The team getting little talk before the season begins was Rack & Rocket Launchers and lots more. the best one a year ago. San Jose rolled to the SupportOvens up to 37’ Long ers thanks largely to the Most vs Valuable Player season of Small to large Chris Wondolowski, who finwe can handle it all ished with 27 goals in the regTuesday, March 5 ular season, and returns most Over 250 of its lineup. 7:00 pm stocked colors Portland should be improved under new coach CaEnmax Centrium 4617-63 St. Red Deer leb Porter, while Real Salt Lake was forced by salary cap Tickets at ticketmaster www.metalstripcoating.com constraints to make off-season 1.855.985.5000 changes.

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Germano only pitcher that was ‘sharp’ in Jays loss BY THE CANADIAN PRESS DUNEDIN, Fla. — On a day where Toronto pitchers were handing out hits like Halloween candy, a stingy Justin Germano stood out. The journeyman right-hander threw two scoreless innings of relief, striking out four. The Houston Astros feasted on the rest of the Jays pitching, collecting 18 hits in a 10-1 Grapefruit League win Wednesday. “He was really the only one that was sharp today,” said manager John Gibbons. “Everybody else got hit around pretty good or they had trouble locating the ball or (were) behind everybody. That’s two good ones in a row for him. But he can pitch, that’s what he does.” Germano has done it for more than a few organizations, albeit with varying results. Prior to signing a minor-league contract with the Jays in November, the 30-year-old right-hander had stints with the Padres, Indians, Reds, Cubs, Red Sox and South Korea’s Samsung Lions. He struck out four in his two innings work Wednesday. “I was able to throw strikes with all three pitches, got a few strikeouts and I felt it was a pretty good outing,” said Germano. His career major-league record is 10-30 with a 5.27 ERA in 93 appearances. But Germano has a perfect game on his resume. Pitching for the Columbus Clippers, he blanked the Syracuse Chiefs 3-0 on July 26, 2011, in triple-A ball. He was just happy to get the off-season call from Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos. “Alex called me himself and told me about the opportunity that was here and it sounded too good to pass up,” he said. “Obviously nobody knew they were going to do what they did and it’s not the most ideal situation for me but I’m happy to be here and hope to be a part of this team because they’re going to do something special this year.” There are a lot of pitchers competing for two spots in the Jays bullpen. Gibbons, who is looking for a reliever who can “eat some innings up,” said Germano helped his cause Wednesday

“You never know. He’s got some experience.” The Jays, who led the majors with a 24-7 spring record last year, slipped to 2-4. Houston improved to 3-2 on a sunny afternoon before 2,691 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. It was a sloppy performance by Toronto. “It usually happens when you’re getting beat around on the mound,” said Gibbons, who also pointed to some good young talent in the Houston lineup. Houston prospect George Springer homered twice and drove in five runs to trigger the Astro offence. Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia hit his first homer of the spring, drilling Wesley Wight’s first pitch in the third over the centre-field fence to reduce Houston’s lead to 4-1. Arencibia also threw out two Astros trying to steal third. Springer, a 23-year-old centre-fielder ranked 37th on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, hit a three-run shot in the fourth and a two-run blast in the fifth. He was hit by a pitch in the seventh. The six-foot-three 200-pounder has not played above double-A ball other than in spring training. Jays starter Brad Lincoln didn’t survive the first inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a Melky Cabrera error. He gave way to Vancouver right-hander Trystan Magnuson, who promptly gave up another double before registering a strikeout to end a four-run Astros first inning. Lincoln threw 24 pitches, 12 for strikes. Germano restored some order on the Jays mound in the second and third innings. But the Astros had their way with the next Jays pitcher, with Jeremy Jeffress giving up four straight hits — including Springer’s three-run shot — and a wild pitch before his first out of the fourth. Houston led 7-1 after four and increased the lead to 10-1 in the fifth on Fernando Martinez’s RBI double and Springer’s homer off Claudio Vargas. Toronto’s Alex Hinshaw pitched his way out of the seventh after a walk, hit batter and Mike McCoy error at shortstop loaded the bases. In the eighth, Tommy Hottovy escaped Astros on second and third.

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Rivalry slow to take shape heading into Honda Classic PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — This is not the rivalry anyone had in mind when Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy began the year. They made their debut in Abu Dhabi last month and both missed the cut. The next time they played in the same tournament was last week in the Match Play Championship, and both were eliminated in the first round. The difference is that Woods returned to Torrey Pines the week after missing the cut. He left little reason for anyone to doubt his game when he built a lead that reached eight shots until the day dragged on and he won by four for his 75th career win on the PGA Tour. McIlroy knew starting the year there would attention on his change from Titleist to Nike, and it only intensified with two bad results. But the start of the Florida swing is no time to panic, and McIlroy sure didn’t sound worried at the Honda Classic. “It’s fine,” he said. “I knew coming into (the year) it was going to be a bit of a process and I knew there was going to be comments if it didn’t happen for me right away,” McIlroy said. “I’m only two tournaments into the season. I’ve still 20 to go. So it’s not like I’m in any rush. It’s not like I’m pushing for answers. Everything is there. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.” McIlroy put it together much sooner a year ago. He was runner-up in Abu Dhabi, tied for fifth in Dubai, lost in the final of the Match Play Championship and then won the Honda Classic, making one clutch par save after another to hold off

a late rally by Woods. McIlroy went to No. 1 by winning at PGA National, and he has been atop the world ranking since winning the PGA Championship. How much longer he stays there depends on his game — and that of Woods, who is No. 2 and making up ground. They are the featured players as the Florida swing gets under way Thursday in the Honda Classic, a tournament that has been rejuvenated in recent years with a couple of significant moves. One was the site of the tournament to PGA National, which has hosted a PGA Championship and a Ryder Cup and makes for good television with so much water in play over the closing holes. The other was a vast improvement in the neighbourhood. Woods moved to nearby Jupiter Island, while McIlroy, Lee Westwood and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel are located at Old Palm just down the road. Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and others also have moved to south Florida. It turned out to be the right recipe to get a good field, though Woods and McIlroy are at the top of the list, especially with the Masters getting closer. Woods brings a little perspective to whether there is reason to doubt McIlroy. The Match Play Championship is the most unpredictable event in golf, and Woods is a great example of that. He is the only threetime winner, yet he has yet to make it out of the second round since his last win. Woods played bogey-free on a course that still had traces of snow and was beaten by Charles Howell III, who

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DESTINATIONS DINNER Pack your suitcase — Destinations Dinner and Auction, in support of Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, happens March 7 at Black Knight Inn. Live and silent auctions feature vacations around the globe and a few North American favourites. Destinations include New York City, London, Las Vegas, Phoenix and West Edmonton Mall and a Caribbean cruise. Admission tickets automatically enter people to win a vacation to a surprise destination. Tickets are $150 each and $1,200 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at www.cawes.com or by contacting Tina Trowsse at 403318-2321 or at Tina. trowsse@cawes. com. All proceeds go to support victims of serious criminal domestic violence.

Ag centre issues attacked PONOKA AG EVENT CENTRE SOCIETY, COUNTY HASHING OUT DIFFERENCES BY RANDY FIEDLER ADVOCATE STAFF Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society board members hope their upcoming meeting Monday will return Ponoka County’s support. The county recently pulled its support services after the board declined to change its membership to give the county and Town of Ponoka equal representation with the Ponoka Stampede Association and Ponoka Agricultural Society. The latter each have three board directors while the county and town have one apiece. There’s also one director at large from the community. “There’s been some meetings and negotiations and stuff so it’s getting worked out,” said Ag Event Centre Society president Terry Jones, one of the stampede association’s three representatives.

‘WE’RE AN OPEN BOOK AND THEY NOT SO MUCH. OUR SOLUTION WAS TO HAVE EQUAL REPRESENTATION.’ — PONOKA COUNTY CAO CHARLIE CUTFORTH

The $8.5-million centre is a partnership of the four organizations. It was built with contributions of $3.5 million from Ponoka County, the Ponoka Stampede Association’s donation of 15 acres of land worth $500,000, $275,000 from the Ponoka Agricultural Society and $150,000 from the town. The province contributed $3.7 million in grants and EnCana $500,000. Calnash Trucking has since paid $500,000 for naming rights. Ponoka County sent the Ag Event Centre Society board letters early this year asking for equal representation, one of them saying if the board contin-

ued operations in a “quasi-private way,” the county’s support would end. The board declined and the county pulled its snowplowing, manure disposal and gravelling services as well as a skid steer, service truck and office equipment. At issue is whether the board should govern by setting policies for its manager or be involved in day-to-day operations. Ponoka County CAO Charlie Cutforth, the board’s founding president, said “from the outset, we agreed it was a governance board. “When the manager arrived, it became very clear that there are those on the board who nev-

BLACKFALDS TRADE SHOW The Blackfalds Community Hall will be the scene of a trade show and marketplace on March 9. A variety of hand-crafted and commercial goods will be on display, with more than 25 vendors in attendance. In addition, there will be a raffle, with proceeds going to support a an Innisfail girl’s cost of treatment for Batten Disease. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and includes a hot lunch. For more information and vendor registration, contact Tristina at 403-3027935 or pelle95@shaw. ca.

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FAIR VOTE CAMPAIGN The Red Deer Action Team are making use of a Python to advance their cause for electoral reform. Titled John Cleese and Beyond: Understanding Proportional Representation, the local chapter of Fair Vote Canada’s meeting on Monday will feature a video that Cleese, a former member of the comedy troupe Monty Python, made in 1987 advocating for proportional representation in British politics. Don Tronsgard, a longtime member of the Edmonton chapter of Fair Vote Canada, will follow addressing the question of whether proportional representation would work in Alberta and Canada. The meeting will get going at 7 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium of the Red Deer Public Library. All are welcome to the free event.

er intended it.” The county and town are accountable to taxpayers while the stampede association and ag society are “more closed,” he explained. “We’re an open book and they not so much. Our solution was to have equal representation.” Board past-president and town councillor Doug Gill agreed the town “would like to see it move towards that model. “Once policies are in place, you stand back and let the manager do his job.” Ponoka county councillor George Verheire said a closeddoor meeting two weeks ago with the Ponoka Stampede Association proved positive. “I’m hoping calmer minds will prevail. It’s a bump in the road.”

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Brad Barnes has just released his first book, ‘The Reluctant Canadian: Inspired by the True Story of a Canadian Home Child’, which tells the story of the Home Children, youngsters from Great Britain who were sent to Canada to work as farm help.

Author tells story of Britain’s ‘Home Children’ in Canada PRACTICE INVOLVE TAKING YOUNGSTERS FROM FAMILIES OFTEN LIVING IN POVERTY AND SHIPPED TO CANADA TO SERVE AS FARM HELP BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF A Red Deer author has spun a family revelation into a heart-breaking tale of Britain’s “Home Children” in Canada. That was the name given to the youngsters, taken from families often living in poverty and shipped to Canada to serve as farm help. It is estimated more than 100,000 children crossed the Atlantic to Canada from the 1860s to the 1920s. Many others ended up in South Africa and Australia. The practice only ended in Canada when a series of suicides prompted authorities to ban charities bringing in children under the age of 14. Brad Barnes’s The Reluctant Canadian: Inspired

by the True Story of a Canadian Home Child is a fictionalized imagining of the life of his grandfather, Sid Barnes, who was sent to Canada in 1914 as an eight-year-old as part of the Child Immigration Scheme. The novel started out as a family history, inspired by the discovery in 1992 of Sid’s background. Brad’s father George knew little of his father who had left the family when George was still a baby. George would meet his father, and Brad his grandfather, briefly in 1993. They spent a few wordless minutes in a Princeton, B.C. hospital room, where Sid died a few hours later. Intrigued by his grandfather’s hidden past, Brad began researching.

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Red Deer College visual art students won’t have to look far for inspiration. Globally renowned artists Les Graff and Jacqueline Stehelin recently donated two bodies of artistic work valued at $286,000 to the college. The work comprises 169 pieces of art that will become a part of the Red Deer College permanent collection – bringing the total amount of pieces in the collection to 800. The art pieces were carefully chosen by Graff and the college’s visual arts faculty specifically for their teaching potential. “Much of the work donated provides examples of process — how ideas in art develop, change and become resolved. This we thought would assist art students in training,” said Graff in a press release. The college celebrated the generous donation from the Central Alberta couple at RDC’s Margaret Parson’s Theatre on Tuesday night. Graff has been a full-time artist for over 50 years. His genre of landscape art with abstract tones has been featured around the world in solo and group exhibitions, museums and galleries. Graff’s wife Stehelin, a figurative artist, finds inspiration from subjects within her surroundings. Her work has been featured at Scott Gallery in Edmonton and Virginia Christopher Fine Art in Calgary, with various exhibitions throughout Western Canada.

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First leadership conference planned After two years of planning , the Leadership Centre of Central Alberta will host its first leadership conference. Presenters from near and far will be on hand for the May 9-10 event to offer wisdom, insight and inspiration to the attendees, who will gather at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. The conference’s first day will feature two American authors and leadership developers, James Kouzes and James Robbins, along with a number of breakout session presenters. On May 10, Sylvan Lake Olympian bobsledder Lyndon Rush will present live, before a satellite broadcast featuring Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice and others. “(Lyndon) is going to be talking about what he’s learned in a leadership role as a (bobsleigh) driver and learning from the ups and downs of his career. As he says, the greatest learning opportunities come on the downs, learning what to do to get back on those highs,” said Linda Wilson, executive director of the Leader-

LEADERSHIP CENTRE OF CENTRAL ALBERTA ship Centre. The program for the evening of May 9 is open to the public and promises to be “action packed.” Beginning at 6 p.m., nonprofit groups of Central Alberta will be in the spotlight, with the opportunity to showcase what they do to attendees and let people know what skills they are seeking from volunteers. A silent auction will be held concurrently, with unique experiences to be bid on. However, it will not be money being bid, but rather bidders will be bidding hours that they will commit to volunteering for a local non-profit. “It’s just the chance to cue people on the needs of the non-profit sector here in Central Alberta,” explained Wilson. The evening will continue with the awarding of the Pillar of the Community Award to a local unsung hero. Application forms for the award, avail-

able at www.theleadershipcentre.ca, must be submitted by March 15. After dinner, the Alberta Sings competition will take place, which will pit three local businesses against each other in a song and dance contest raising funds for nonprofits of the groups’ choice. One spot remains open for the competition. The cost to attend the Thursday night festivities is $75. Early bird registration for the conference runs until Friday. Fees vary, with the basic fee being $399/$449 (early bird/regular) for individuals and $199/$179 (early bird/regular) for registrants from non-profits. Discounts are available for alumni of past Leadership Centre programs. To register or for more information, visit www.theleadershipcentre.ca/conference or call 403-340-0324.


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BRIEFS Gretzky event tickets popular Tickets are going fast for the chance to have breakfast with the Great One. Red Deer College Athletics’ marketing and events director P.J. Swales said organizers expect a sellout out for the RDC Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast with Wayne Gretzky on March 28 at Westerner Park. As it stands, there’s 700 tickets remaining, out of the 1,900 available for purchase. But there’s plenty of tickets left for the meet and greet with Gretzky. Of the 150 tickets available, only 35 have been purchased. Single breakfast tickets are $199 and meet and greet tickets are $999. Corporate tables are $999 and VIP tables (eight breakfast tickets and eight meet and greet tickets) are $7,999. The breakfast gets underway at 7:30 a.m. and the meet and greet runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ticket are available through the Black Knight Ticket Centre at either 403-755-6626 or www.bkticketcentre.ca. Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Accused in murder evaluated Provincial officials want more time to evaluate the mental status of an Innisfail-area man accused of killing his father. The body of Tim Guilbault, 58, was discovered at a family residence near Red Lodge Park on Nov. 5. Guilbault had lived in Red Deer for a number of years and served on city council before moving to Calgary to take a new job. Aaron Guilbault, 31, was arrested near Stettler and charged with second-degree murder in connection with his father’s death. The younger man was already facing other criminal charges that had been laid earlier, including two counts of criminal harassment. Psychiatric assessments were ordered late in January to determine whether Guilbault is fit to stand trial and whether he should be declared not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. Members of his family watched from the public gallery on Wednesday as Guilbault, who remains in custody, was brought into Red Deer provincial court to enter his plea. Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson advised the court that Alberta Health Services needs four more weeks to assess Guilbault’s fitness for trial. Judge John Holmes granted the extension, ordering that the accused return to court on April 3 to enter his plea and elect the manner in which he is to be tried.

Six charged after raid Six people face charges after a raid on a home in Red Deer on Wednesday morning. In a statement released later in the day, Red Deer City RCMP say their drug unit, aided by an RCMP Emergency Response Team from Calgary, entered a

Philosophers Cafe touches on issues BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Ideas and thoughts flowed freely as the most recent Philosophers Cafe at Red Deer College touched on the pertinent issue of the energy sector, economics and the environment. A group of about 10 people expressed their point of view at the session on Tuesday. The cafes are held six times a year and the discussion on the topic of the day is meant to be open, meaningful and respectful. Leading the discussion, nestled into the north nook of the Red Deer College Library, was Kevin Henry, who worked in the energy sector and blogs about the topic. He started the discussion by focusing on the Keystone XL Pipeline that is awaiting federal approval in the U.S. He was certain the pipeline would be approved and spoke about the economic impact it could have, as well as the socio-environmental repercussions. “I think what needs to happen more is more transparency and more truths that most of us don’t want to accept,” said Henry. “What actually goes on to make the oil and give us the lifestyle.” The idea of long-term decisions and foresight was a hot topic. As the proliferation of Alberta oil to U.S. refineries continues the question of sustainability, both economic and social, is raised. “When you have that change of volume it affects everything,” said Guillermo Barron, a RDC philosophy instructor. The Keystone pipeline will, if approved connect Alberta’s oil sands with large refineries in the U.S. so they can be processed. Henry pointed to the development of the ecoindustrial business park in Edmonton, which focuses on oil and gas related processes, petrochemical manufacturing and transloading facilities and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, which just opened up a $400-million trades and technology complex, with significant support from oil companies. Henry said, by 2020, Canada and Alberta will be positioned among the top tier of international oil producers in terms of production and volume. “We have a real chance of being number three or number two within the next six to eight years,” said Henry. “Once people get to that stage, they shoot for number one.” mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

Mild temperatures have returned to Central Alberta after a brief return to winter-like conditions Monday. Sunny skies and above normal temperatures are forecast for Central Alberta for the remainder of the week. Above, walkers make their way across a frozen pond in Lacombe on Tuesday. house on Cosgrove Crescent at about 9:30 a.m. The raid was conducted after an “extensive” investigation into allegations of drug distribution and organized crime, says the release. People arrested at the scene remain in custody with further details to be released as they become available, say police.

Investment in Camp Alexo Government investment in Camp Alexo, which is run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District, topped $95,000 after a recent announcement. Blake Richards, Wild Rose MP, and Earl Dreeshen, Red Deer MP, on behalf of Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced financial support for upgrades to the camp located near Nordegg. The investment of $95,00 will enhance services offered at the camp. Founded in 1984, the camp has provided youth in Central Alberta with affordable camp experiences and recreational opportunities. Renovations to the facility’s restrooms will help accommodate the increasing number of youth and families who visit the camp. “We are thrilled to receive this investment from the Community Infrastructre Improvement Fund,” said David Murphy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Red Deer and District and Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre Executive Director. “The buildings a Camp Alexo are over 20 years old and this will enable us to continue to provide quality outdoor wilderness experience to the many children an youth who attend our camp each year. Investing in our facilities is investing in the future of

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CHARITY: ‘Horrific stories’ His sleuthing led him to a British charity founded by Dr. Thomas John Barnardo in 1866, to care for destitute children, and which had taken Sid in when he was five years old. Through its records, he found Sid was one of three sons in a London family, left homeless and povertystricken by the death of the father from pneumonia in 1911. Two of the boys would end up in Canada as farm helpers. The third boy, who was physically disabled and wore a leg brace, remained in England, likely because he was considered unfit for farm work. Records show Sid bounced around through nearly a dozen different families before ending up in Saskatchewan as a young man. There, he married and had children including Brad’s father. Uncovering his grandfather’s story, and those of thousands of other Home Children, was an affecting experience for Brad, 57, who works for the Correctional Service of Canada and is a former journalist and photojournalist. “Horrific stories. The overall topic of the Home Children was something that was shocking for me. “I’d never heard of it before, and most people hadn’t,” he said. “It was under the auspices of philanthropy. But really what they were doing was just supplying farm hands. “These kids were basically just child slaves.” Brad said despite his efforts to pull together as much information as he could, he realized there were too many unknowns to create a full account of his grandfather’s life. So, he began thinking about trying to recreate the past through research and imagination, using as a foundation what he knew about his grandfather. It turned into a 280-page, often sad fictionalized story about Sidney’s life in Canada. Barnes began writing in 2009, and the project he originally expected to take a few weeks was finished three years later. He sent the book to a few publishers with no bites before finding self-publishing house Friesen Press, out of Victoria, B.C. Barnes hopes more people learn the story of the Home Children, and he supports ongoing efforts to convince Canada to follow Australia’s and Britain’s lead and officially apologize for its part in the mistreatment of the youngsters. The Reluctant Canadian is available at www.

A trial has been scheduled in mid-December for the man charged in connection with collision in that killed a man from Rocky Mountain House. Clinton Lattery, 27, died when the welding truck in which he had been riding collided with a logging truck near Whitecourt at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 14. Brooks Ryan Douglas Florence, 30, was charged with impaired driving causing death. Police said in a statement issued after the collision that Florence was not injured. He is set to stand trial before a provincial court judge in Stony Plain Dec. 11 to 13.

Poverty prevention opinions sought Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance is inviting the public to voice their opinions on poverty prevention on March 18. CAPRA, a group of local not-for-profit agencies and individuals, is hosting Prosperity for All: Preparing Red Deer for Poverty Reduction by Creating a Vibrant Community, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Black Knight Inn. Participants will find out what poverty looks like in Red Deer, what has been done so far to reduce poverty, and ways they can get involved to make a difference. Lunch will be provided. RSVPs for Prosperity for All are required by March 8 and can be sent to Amanda Ens at CAPRA@ reddeer.ca or call 403-342-8102. friesenpress.com ($26.99 hardcover or $17.99 paperback) or through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at Coles and Chapters in Red Deer. Barnes will be signing copies of his book at the following locations: ● March 16 - Coles, Parkland Mall, Red Deer, noon to 4 p.m. ● March 17 - Chapters, 5250 22 St, Red Deer, noon to 4 p.m. ● March 23 - Chapters, 66 Crowfoot Terrace, Calgary, noon to 5 p.m. ● March 24 - Indigo, CrossIron Mills Mall, noon to 5 p.m. pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

PROBLEMS: Manager fired Gill said resolving representation is “a very real possibility” at Monday’s meeting, but it won’t solve all the problems. “What will the manager’s powers be and the definition of his job?” The board dismissed the centre’s manager Feb. 13. No notice and no reason was given. Ag society president Sherry Gummow declined to comment on the board representation issue save to say “there’s more than one side to this story.” However, she told the Ponoka News she believes the partnership is working and stampede association and ag society volunteers have put in “thousands of hours. “By the very word partnership, it doesn’t necessarily mean equal, it’s part.” Cutforth hopes the centre’s benefits to Ponoka and area aren’t lost in the debate. “It’s an extremely unique organization (and) it’s a wonderful thing for the community.” rfiedler@reddeeradvocate.com

ART: Highly respected “The bodies of work are highly respected. Having the opportunity for our students to access this collection further strengthens visual art at RDC and ensures a wonderful body of work remains for the benefit of Central Alberta,” said Michael Donlvey, vice-president community relations with RDC.

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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

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One really big show INAUGURAL EDITION OF CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS CELEBRATE TV AND FILM

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Actor Roma Downey plays Mother Mary in History Channel’s ‘The Bible.’ Filming in the Moroccan desert involved hundreds of extras, dozens of horses and carriages, burning buildings and firebombs.

Burnett’s epic Bible story ‘PRODUCTION OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS’ BY VICTORIA AHEARN THE CANADIAN PRESS Filming in the Moroccan desert with hundreds of extras, dozens of horses and carriages, burning buildings and firebombs made for an “epic” experience on the set of the new miniseries The Bible, say creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. “It was a production of biblical proportions,” Downey, former star of “Touched by an Angel,” said during a recent stop in Toronto with Burnett. “And a lot of danger,” added Burnett, the famed reality show producer who’s married to Downey and has three teenagers with her. “You’ve got 50 chariots with Arabian horses, thundering at 30 miles an hour across the desert — anything could happen. We were so glad when those sequences finished.” Premiering Sunday on History, The Bible is a 10-hour/five-part docudrama that covers Genesis through Revelation. Downey, who co-produced with Burnett, plays Mother Mary alongside Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus. “It was such a privilege for me,” said Downey, who hails from Northern Ireland. “I have loved Mary my whole life, and the story of the Passion of Jesus.” The international cast also includes Sean Teale, David Rintoul, Amber Rose Revah, and Simon Kunz. Emmy Award-winning ac-

‘... IT’S THE STORY OF HUMANITY AND THE STRUGGLES THEY HAD. AND THE HOPES AND THE DREAMS THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD ARE THE SAME THAT WE HAVE TODAY.’ — ROMA DOWNEY

tor/vocalist Keith David narrates to a musical score from Grammyand Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. “It’s a story that so many books — from Shakespeare (to) Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, on a bizarre level, ’Matrix’ — are biblically based (on), because these stories are so good,” said the London-born Burnett. “So we chose a selection of these stories. We can’t tell the entire Bible in 10 hours. But the stories are so full of characters that you can just see yourself in.” “Ultimately, these stories are our stories,” added Downey. “They’re thousands of years old but it’s the story of humanity and the struggles they had. And the hopes and the dreams that these people had are the same that we have today.” Downey said they consulted scholars and theologians “every step of the way” so they would remain as truthful as possible to the spirit of the book. Canadian-born Tony Mitchell was among the directors on the project, which took about 3 ½ years to complete. The most challenging part of the six-month shoot in Ouarzazate, Morocco last year was the crucifixion sequence, said Downey.

That scene, which will air on Easter Sunday, took three days to create on a hillside on the outskirts of town. “The winds were picking up on the first morning and we were concerned, because we literally had to put a man up on a cross and the cross had to be bolted very securely into the ground and so on,” said Downey. “So there were a lot of issues that day. “But over the three days I’m sure we were all emotionally, spiritually and physically exhausted.” The Oscar-winning special effects team behind Gladiator added CGI to scenes including Moses parting the Red Sea, the burning bush, Daniel in the den of lions, and Jesus walking on water. The result is a series that “looks like a $100 million feature film,” said Burnett, who also co-wrote (with Downey) the book A Story of God and All of Us Reflections: 100 Daily Inspirations based on the Epic TV Miniseries The Bible.” “We loved making this,” he said. “We made this for the world and I feel extremely beyond confident, I know, more people ... are going to see this than all our other series combined. No question. This is the story.”

The inaugural Canadian Screen Awards combine the previous Gemini and Genie Awards into one joint TV and film celebration, but that’s not enough for comic Naomi Snieckus. In the name of efficiency, she suggests throwing in the theatre world’s Dora Awards — as well as a miming competition for good measure — to create an allencompassing prize. “It’s going to be called the Mime-sies. Or the Dora-ginies,” says Snieckus, best known as smartaleck gym teacher Bobbi on CBC-TV’s Mr. D. For those still wrapping their heads around Canada’s newest entertainment prize, the Canadian Screen Awards honour the best in homegrown film, television and digital projects and will be broadcast Sunday on CBC-TV. It replaces the previous Gemini Awards, which saluted Canuckmade TV, and the Genie Awards, which celebrated Canuck-made movies. “We are in a time when no one has time for two awards nights. We have to put them together — we get it down, we party hard for one night. Compact,” explains Snieckus, who will co-host CBC’s online live stream from the red carpet. “You know, I think it could be done in 10 minutes,” adds fellow comic Matt Baram, from the City sitcom “Seed.” “We don’t need a long awards show just because we’ve combined all the awards. In fact, why don’t they just make one award and give it to the best Canadian?” Flashpoint star Enrico Colantoni suggests we’re already inching down that road, lamenting that past bashes haven’t been loose enough, fun enough

Mixed media, flowers at Lacombe Gallery on Main A mixed-media art class and a show of flower paintings are being offered in March at Lacombe’s Gallery on Main. Doug Strickland will teach how to combine watercolours with pen and ink and acrylics on Saturday.

The mixed media course runs 10 to 4 p.m. and costs $75, including supplies and lunch. Starting on March 16, Dee Poisson’s Big Bold and Beautiful show of flower paintings begins a three-week run at the gallery.

A wine and cheese reception will be held that opening Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, or to register, please call 403-782-3402.

or offered enough of a spotlight on homegrown talent. “As long as CBC doesn’t do it in a halfhour special because there are a lot of categories to cover in a half hour. Maybe the winners could just walk by the stage and wave as opposed to actually taking 20 seconds to say thank you,” says Colantoni, a best actor contender in the TV drama race. The revamped bash is part of sweeping changes the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television brought in to draw bigger audiences to “a bigger show with bigger impact.” When the merged bash was announced last year, Academy chair Martin Katz pointed to the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards as worthy role models. He suggested that combining the power of Canadian A-listers for one big event would elevate the industry as a whole. Homegrown star power is a key part of this weekend’s broadcast. Martin Short adds Hollywood heft as show host and a slew of crossborder stars have been recruited to present trophies: Sandra Oh, Genevieve Bujold, Jay Baruchel, Adam Beach, James Cromwell and Catherine O’Hara among them.

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Investment bets are off CANADIAN COMPANIES COOL PLANS FOR INVESTMENT IN 2013

ENERGY NYMEX Crude $ 92.76 US ▲ + 0.13 NYMEX Ngas $ 3.415 US ▼ - 0.019

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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada’s corporations appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach to capital investments this year, a position that could dampen already modest expectations for economic growth in 2013. The annual survey of private and public investment intentions by Statistics Canada indicates such spending will rise a mere 1.7 per cent to $398.2 billion this year — the slowest non-recession pace since 1995 and well down from 7.2 per cent last year. Private sector spending intentions was even softer at 0.8 per cent, while government investment is expected to rise by five per cent, about the average over the last two decades. With consumers tapped out, governments restraining overall spending and

the housing market cooling, the Bank of Canada has pinned its projection for two per cent growth this year on both a rebound in exports and on business investment. But the turnaround for exporters has yet to materialize and the Statistics Canada survey suggests that business is generally unwilling to bet on expansion in the current global economic climate. “Canadian businesses have taken a cautious turn amid an uncertain outlook and weaker commodity prices,” said Benjamin Reitzes, an economist with BMO Capital Markets. “The softness in private sector capital spending intentions doesn’t bode well for 2013 growth, especially given hopes the sector would be a key contributor. Surprisingly firm government (capital)

Miller ends deal with Molson Miller Brewing Company says it’s aiming to end its Canadian licensing agreement with Molson Coors Canada this summer. The agreement covers such well-known brands as Millers Genuine Draft, Miller Lite and Miller High Life. Miller’s managing director for Canada, Paul Gurr, says there’s an opportunity to grow its brands in Canada. “We see Canada as a country with a rich tradition of beer appreciation and believe we can better serve Canadians needs through this transition,” Gurr said in a statement. Molson Coors Canada has filed a suit in Ontario to prevent the move but Miller says it gave the required six-month notification in January and it expects the termination to take effect on July 22. Miller Brewing Co. is a subsidiary of SABMiller PLC, a multinational with its headquarters in the United Kingdom. — The Canadian Press

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NEW OLDS DODGE CHRYSLER BUILDING

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Proponents tout organic food benefits

CNOOC in no hurry The head of CNOOC Ltd. said the Chinesestate-owned firm is in no hurry to do any more big deals in the oilpatch since its $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen closed earlier this week. “In the very short term, this is not my priority,” said chief executive Li Fanrong at Nexen’s Calgary headquarters Wednesday. Through the deal, CNOOC will see a 20 per cent increase in its yearly production and a 30 per cent increase in its reserve base, said Li, who will chair Nexen’s new board. Kevin Reinhart, who will remain in charge of Nexen’s operations, as well as $8 billion in CNOOC assets that will be managed out of the Calgary office says there is more than enough opportunity to grow what Nexen already has.Nexen operates in the North Sea, Alberta’s oilsands, northeastern B.C., the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa.

spending plans will provide some cushion, but growth drivers are in conspicuously short supply for 2013.” Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets says one encouraging signal in the report was that intended purchases of machinery and equipment remain positive, with manufacturers planning to hike spending by 10.4 per cent. This should help boost productivity, a perennial weak spot in Canada’s economic performance. But overall, Jean agreed the report does little to instill confidence that Canada’s economy will come roaring back in 2013 after likely recording the first sub two per cent growth rate since the recession last year.

BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR

Photo by HARLEY RICHARDS/Advocate business editor

Dwight Reimer, top, and Max Frolund-Hansen of Calgary’s Defined Glass & Design prepare the front of the new Olds Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership building in Netook Crossing Business Park east of Olds for the installation of glass panels. The dealership, which has operated at its current location in Olds for the past 20 years, will have much larger and better-equipped premises when it moves later this year.

Shell to ‘pause’ Arctic drilling BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An effort to give the United States a new source of domestic oil and refill the transAlaska pipeline took a hit Wednesday when Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will suspend offshore petroleum drilling in the Arctic Ocean for 2013. Shell drilled last year in both the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast and in the Beaufort Sea off the

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BRIEFS Quinn nabs deal for Husky work Quinn Contracting Ltd. has secured a three-year contract for work on Husky Energy Inc.’s Sunrise Energy Project. The Blackfalds company announced on Wednesday that it will assist with the commissioning, start-up and maintenance of the oilsands processing facility 60 km northeast of Fort McMurray. The contract is Quinn’s first in that region. “This is an important contract for our company for a number of reasons,” said Paul Chapin, director of business development with Quinn.

state’s north coast. But problems before and after drilling, culminating with the grounding of one of Shell’s two drill ships, left in doubt whether the company could make repairs in time to drill in 2013. Shell Oil President Marvin Odum answered that question with the announcement that the company would “pause” exploration to prepare equipment and vessels for drilling in the future.

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We recognize that this client is putting their faith and trust in us with their brand new facility. Husky was extremely particular with their selection of a contractor for this facility, and we’re very pleased to be able to support them with our expertise as a leader in this field. “This is also important because it furthers our market penetration as a thermal production facility contractor.” Quinn has a long working relationship with Husky, including 40 years of support for Husky’s Ram River Gas Plant near Rocky Mountain House. The company’s work under the Sunrise Energy contract will begin in March. It is currently recruiting workers. Employees are expected to be on site for one week and then home for a week, with flights available to and from Edmonton, and Calgary if needed.

In November 2012, California voters narrowly defeated Proposition 37 — a plebiscite that, if passed, would have resulted in mandatory labelling of genetically engineered foods in that state. Opponents argued that such a measure would have added billions of dollars to food costs, without providing health or safety benefits. Proponents insisted that consumers have a right to know what’s in their food. Weighing in with a $660,000 donation to the Yes campaign was Nature’s Path Foods, a Richmond, B.C.-based organic food company that shuns genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “We think that when people know what’s in their food, they’ll make different choices than when they don’t,” explained Darren Mahaffy, Nature’s Path’s vicepresident of marketing, during a presentation at Olds College on Wednesday. “We know that they want it. We just need to convince government that it’s important.” Speaking at Organic Alberta’s 2013 conference, Mahaffy said Canadian politicians are receptive to the idea of GMO labelling. But they’re worried that food prices would increase if such a requirement was imposed. This would not be the case in the long term, insisted Mahaffy, explaining that farmers would simply switch to nonGMO outputs if consumers demanded them. He also believes the public’s appetite for or-

Star Cheese named finalist for awards Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd. is again in the running for several awards at the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. The company, which operates near Sylvan Lake, has been named a finalist in four categories: Gouda, Flavoured Cheese with Added Non-particulate Flavourings, Flavoured Cheese with Added Particulate Solids and Flavourings, and Farmhouse Cheese. Two Sylvan Star entries are in the running in the Gouda category. The competition is organized every two years by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. This year there were 225 entries in 19 categories, with 58 finalists chosen. Entries must be produced in Canada, contain only Canadian

ganic food would jump, bringing with it environmental and health benefits. “Organics becomes the default safe place to go for consumers.” Mahaffy also made the case that organic production can be more profitable for farmers than conventional crops. Yields might be 15 per cent lower, but eliminating the cost of inputs like fertilizers and pesticides would result in a net savings of about $200 an acre, he said. “When you do move the yield-relative-to-input calculations, boy organics start to look pretty good.” A huge market potential exists, said Mahaffy, with consumers of all age ranges and income brackets already favouring organic foods. Many of the attributes they look for when choosing grocery items — pesticide-free, antibioticfree, few ingredients, no GMOs, no artificial sweeteners and limited processing — are directly related to organic production. “Those are things that organic can own and differentiate from conventional products,” he said. More retailers are stocking organic products, added Mahaffy, and consumers are rewarding them with their wallets. One challenge facing the organic food industry is the public’s lack of understanding about the differences between “organic” and “natural” foods. That’s because there’s no regulated definition of natural, said Mahaffy.

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milk and be available for retail sale. The 2013 winners will be announced on April 18 in Montreal. In addition to the category winners, a grand champion will also be named.

KRAZE 101.3, staff nominated for awards A Red Deer radio station and a member of its staff have been nominated for three national broadcasting awards. Among those in the running for 2013 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are KRAZE 101.3 for Small Market Station of the Year, and Dennis Allan of KRAZE 101.3 for Small Market Music Director of the Year and Small Market Program Director of the Year. Winners will be named during Canadian Music Week, March 19 to 24.


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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 105.92 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 89.26 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46.26 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.11 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 38.42 Cdn. National Railway . 101.68 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 124.58 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 76.52 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.08 Cervus Equipment Corp 20.70 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 31.81 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 45.54 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 25.76 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.61 General Motors Co. . . . . 27.40 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 17.52 Research in Motion. . . . . 13.58 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.38 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 47.13 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 41.95 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 70.62 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 15.65 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 47.90 Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.35 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 68.50 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.05 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 40.37 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 13.29 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.08

Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.44 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 49.79 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.66 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 21.89

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than four per cent on Tuesday. The FTSE MIB index was up about one per cent. All TSX sectors were positive save for the gold component. Railway stocks help push the industrial sector up 1.23 per cent with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $3.85 to $124.58. The telecom sector was up 1.22 per cent as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) rose $1.40 to $70.62. The information technology sector was ahead 0.9 per cent as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) climbed 54 cents to $26.89 and BlackBerry (TSX:BB) edged up 12 cents to $13.58. The energy sector was ahead almost one per cent as the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 13 cents to US$92.76 a barrel. Prices moved to positive territory after data for the week ending Feb. 22 showed a rise in inventories of 1.1 million barrels, much less than the build of 2.6 million barrels that analysts expected. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 55 cents to C$30.98. The base metals sector was also ahead close to one per cent while May copper was down two cents at US$3.57 a pound. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) declined gained 30 cents to C$3.67 . Sherritt International (TSX:S) lost 35 cents to $5.35 as the miner reported Wednesday that it had a $17.3-million net loss, or six cents per share, in the fourth quarter. After adjusting to remove certain items, Sherritt had $6.2 million of net earnings or three cents per share, double what analysts expected. Sherritt also announced Tuesday it has increased its quarterly dividend to 4.3 cents per share, up from 3.8 cents per share. The gold sector was the biggest weight, down about 2.2 per cent as April gold on the Nymex fell $19.80 to US$1,595.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) fell 54 cents to C$33.90 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) dropped 38 cents to $7.27. In earnings news, traders also focused on news from the retail sector. Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) reported it had $39.9 million of net earnings in the fourth quarter or 39 cents per share, little changed from the year-earlier period. However, revenue and same-store sales declined during the important holiday shopping period as total revenue fell to just under $1.3 billion, down about $60 million from a year earlier and its shares gave back 45 cents to a fresh 52-week low of $8.85. And in the U.S., Target’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income dipped two per cent to US$961 million, or $1.47 per share as it dealt with intense competition during the crucial holiday season. But its adjusted results of $1.65 a share beat analysts’ estimates of $1.47 a share and it forecast first-

Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 25.67 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 34.41 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 45.22 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.91 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 48.50 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 30.98 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.95 Canyon Services Group. 10.19 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 32.78 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.720 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 18.67 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.07 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 89.53

Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 63.77 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 60.60 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83.88 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 31.26 Carefusion . . . . . . . . . . . 32.44 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 27.18 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 45.59 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 64.83 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 15.19 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 78.19 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.79 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 63.48 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 28.69 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84.29 quarter earnings above Wall Street’s view. Its shares dropped 93 cents to $63.12. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at the close of Wednesday at world financial market trading. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 12,732.39 up 71.95 points TSX Venture Exchange — 1,131.12 down 0.79 point TSX 60 — 733.54 up 5.20 points Dow — 14,075.37 up 175.24 points S&P 500 — 1,515.99 up 19.05 points Nasdaq — 3,162.26 up 32.61 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 97.75 cents US, up 0.32 of a cent Pound — C$1.5509, down 0.13 of a cent Euro — C$1.3440, up 0.33 of a cent Euro — US$1.3138, up 0.76 of a cent Oil futures: US$92.76 per barrel, up 13 cents (April contract) Gold futures: US$1,595.70 per oz., down $19.80 (April contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $31.018 per oz., down 25.7 cents $997.23 kg., down $8.26 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Wednesday at 1,131.12, down 0.79 point. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 180.86 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: March ’13 $5.20 higher $624.90; May ’13 $5.80 higher $618.10; July ’13 $4.70 higher $609.70; Nov. ’13 $0.30 higher $562.90; Jan. ’14 $0.50 higher $560.70; March ’14 $0.50 higher $558.20; May ’14 $0.50 higher $556.10; July ’14 $0.50 higher $554.20; Nov. ’14 $0.50 higher $543.00; Jan ’15 $0.50 higher $543.00; March ’15 $0.50 higher $543.00. 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. Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 465,780 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 465,780.

Sears Canada posts weak sales during holiday season, steady Q4 THE CANADIAN PRESS Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) said profits remained steady in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier as one-time items offset a decline in sales during the holiday shopping season. The Toronto-based retailer reported Wednesday it had $39.9 million of net earnings or 39 cents per share in the 14-week period ended Feb. 2. The results were practically unchanged from a year earlier when the company had $41 million of net income during a shorter, 13-week period ended January 28, 2012. However, revenue and same-store sales declined in the important holiday shopping period. The national retailer’s revenue fell to just under $1.3 billion — down about $60 million from a year earlier. Same-store sales fell 3.8 per cent from a year earlier. President and chief executive Calvin McDonald said the company, which is in the midst of attempting a major turnaround, continues to push ahead with its three-year transforma-

tion plan. “Although sales were lower than (the same time) last year, our samestore sales performance in the fourth quarter improved over the three prior quarters,” he said in a release. “Home electronics

and Craftsman, which includes snowblowers and hardware, contributed to the majority of our sales decline.” Sears Canada shares were down 3.87 per cent, or 36 cents, at $8.94 Wednesday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

OTTAWA — A leaked draft of part of the Canada-Europe trade talks shows that Canada’s vaunted banking system is on the negotiating table. The Canadian Press has obtained the Feb. 1 version of the services chapter of the Canada-Europe trade deal that Europe has circulated to its member states. It shows Canada is struggling to maintain the traditional stringent standards it imposes to ensure financial stability and protect financial services in Canada from foreign control. “EU does not want to exclude financial services from the scope of performance requirements,” says notes written into the draft text. The documents also show Canada is resisting European Union attempts to weaken oversight of financial institutions — leading to a heavily contested text that is one more obstacle to completing an agreement with Europe soon. Both sides want more access to each other’s financial services markets. For Canada, the European market is a huge opportunity for big insurance companies located mainly in Ontario. And Germany in particular has been pushing for more financial services opportunities in Canada. But the documents show Canada is taking a cautious approach, and will only allow a more open market if Canadian authorities can block business activity that would put the financial system at risk. Canada’s caution is bump-

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FOODS: Thinking “This is a problem for us, because if consumers are thinking that natural and organic are the same, the input cost . . . for a natural product is almost exactly the same as for a conventional product, but they’re charging a premium. And the consumer is not necessarily getting the value that they think they’re getting.” The Organic Alberta conference took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with about 130 people in attendance and speakers discussing topics related to the production and marketing of organic crops and livestock products. hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

GROWTH: Low increase forecast The economic consensus currently projects growth in Canada to average 1.8 per cent in 2013 — most of that coming in the second half — but some, such as Capital Economics, believe the number will be as low as one per cent. In an analysis, David Madani of Capital Economics said the near-term economic outlook is so weak the Bank of Canada will need to consider interest rate cuts. “Given the tepid global backdrop for exports and the potentially severe housing market correction, we think that financial markets are still underpricing the real possibility that interest rates could fall later this year or early next year,” he wrote. Overall, the agency survey found a broad-based hesitancy to invest this year, with nine of 21 sectors saying they would likely spend less than in 2012. Education is expecting the biggest

decline at 7.7 per cent, but in terms of impact on the economy, the most negative finding was the 2.7 per cent drop in intentions in the mining and oil and gas industries. On the positive side of the ledger, transportation and warehousing, retail and the finance and insurance sectors all said they expected to hike spending. Housing, another key sector in terms of its contribution to growth, came in just above zero at 0.2 per cent.

SHELL: ‘First good decision’ says conservation group “We’ve made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term program that we are pursuing in a safe and measured way,” Odum said. “Our decision to pause in 2013 will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people following the drilling season in 2012.” Environmental groups bitterly oppose Arctic drilling in the rich ecosystem that supports endangered whales, polar bears, walrus and ice seals. They claim not enough is known about drilling’s effects on an ecosystem already being hammered by climate change, with summer sea ice continuing to be lost on a record pace. They also say oil companies have not demonstrated the ability to clean up a petroleum spill in ice-choked waters. “This is the first good decision we’ve seen from Shell,” said Mike LeVine, an Alaska spokesman for Oceana, a conservation group. “Given the disastrous 2012 season, our government agencies must take advantage of this opportunity to reassess the way decisions are made about our ocean resources and to reconsider the commitment to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.”

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TORONTO — Stock markets closed higher Wednesday as investors put aside concerns about an Italian election without a clear winner in favour of further indications of a strengthening U.S. housing sector and that the U.S. Federal Reserve will be keeping its economic stimulus program alive for awhile yet. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 71.95 points at 12,732.39, held back by falling gold stocks, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.79 of a point to 1,131.12. The Canadian dollar gained 0.32 of a cent to 97.75 cents US. The Dow Jones industrials surged 175.24 points to 14,075.37, its highest close this year. The National Association of Realtors said a measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January from December to the highest level in more than two and a half years. Its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 4.5 per cent last month to 105.9. Sales of previously occupied homes ticked up in January after rising to their highest level in five years in 2012. The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 32.61 points at 3,162.26 and the S&P 500 index was up 19.05 points at 1,515.99. Markets also took in a second day of Congressional testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, where he sought to reassure Congress members that the central bank has a handle on the risks of the central bank’s aggressive program to buy US$85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds. As he did on Tuesday, Bernanke expressed confidence that the central bank’s low-rate policies currently pose little risk of causing runaway inflation or a stock market bubble. Traders also looked to Italy following an inconclusive election that saw voters reject parties supporting austerity to deal with the country’s huge debt levels. The centre-left alliance led by Pier Luigi Bersani narrowly won the lower house, but failed to gain control of the upper house. It is not clear what kind of coalition can be formed to give the country a government that can pass legislation and carry on with the financial reform that markets have demanded. The turmoil over the election results is already making itself felt in borrowing costs for Italy. The country sold (euro)4 billion in 10-year bonds at a yield of 4.83 per cent, way up from 4.17 per cent last month. Higher rates mean more skepticism about an indebted country’s ability to pay. Italy’s main stock index clawed back some ground after losing more

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ing up against an aggressive European drive for investor protections that have no strings attached. Canada wants the text to say: “A party may prevent or limit transfers ... through the equitable, non-discriminatory and good-faith application of measures relating to maintenance of the safety, soundness, integrity or financial responsibility of financial institutions or cross-border financial service suppliers.” But that section of text is in bright red, indicating — like much of the financial services portion of the agreement — that the EU has not yet agreed. “What the (European) Commission is doing: it feels obliged to wrestle Canada down,” said Jan Kleinheisterkamp, a senior lecturer in the law department of the London School of Economics, who follows the investorprotection discussions closely. Canada also wants to set up a special mechanism that would have governments resolve any disputes that arise from new forays into each other’s financial services sector. The draft shows the EU is somewhat open to a version of this idea, but has deep reservations for fear Canada will use the mechanism as an excuse to block legitimate European investment. European officials have not agreed to many parts of the Canadian text in this area. “EU has concerns about the potential for abuse of such a provision if it were to be used for reasons which are not prudential,” notes to the draft text say.

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Obituaries LODEWYK Dick 1940-2013 Dick Lodewyk of Red Deer passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the age of 72 years. Dick Lodewyk was born on July 23, 1940 in t’Zandt, Groningen,

CATON Gladys “Margaret” June 30, 1921 - Feb. 25, 2013 Margaret Caton passed away peacefully February 25, 2013 at the age of 91. She was born at Pincher Creek, Alberta. In 1939, at 18, she moved to Portsmouth, England to begin training as a Nurse. She remained there throughout WWII. On her return to Canada, she moved to Red Deer. She worked for Parsons Clinic. She met and married her husband Russell in 1948. With the birth of her son, Gary, and later daughter, Lyn, she became a stay at home Mom. Margaret returned to the work force in the 60’s. She recertified as a nurse and worked until her retirement, as a Supervisor, at Michener Centre (Deerhome). Margaret and Russell enjoyed travelling with their truck and camper. Margaret took on many volunteer challenges, often with Russell. She will be sadly missed by her son Gary and d a u g h t e r Ly n a n d t h e i r families. She was predeceased by her husband Russell in October 2008. A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at the Gaetz United Church (Red Deer) on Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation to a charity of their choice.

ROACH Dennis Lawrence We would like to sadly announce the passing of a wonderful man. Dennis was born on July 3, 1943 in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, and passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospital on February 25th, 2013 with family by his side. He was a hard worker and dedicated husband. Dennis was predeceased by his mom, Myrtle, dad, Patrick, infant sister, Donalda, sister, Lillian, brotherin-law, Keith, sister-in-law, Yv e t t e a n d s o n - i n - l a w, Quinton. He is survived by wife, Judy, daughters, Kelsey, Karen (Vernon), and Donalda (Lennie), son, Kevin, stepdaughter, Melinda, step-sons, Darren (Carrie), and Lonny, 18 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous friends and family. The family would like to thank the staff of the U of A Hospital and the Red Deer Hospital for their continued care and support for many years. A service to commemorate Dennis’s life will be held at the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church, Sylvan Lake, AB on Saturday March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The family has asked in lieu of flowers to please make donations to the Lung Transplant Foundation or to the Kidney Foundation. “Courage is not having strength to go on it is going on when you don’t have the strength” Sylvan Lake & Rocky Funeral Homes & Crematorium your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151

KOPPANG Dorial Dorial Koppang of Red Deer passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the age of 80 years. She will be lovingly remembered b y t h o s e c l o s e s t t o h e r. There will be a Graveside Memorial at the Alto-Reste Cemetery, Hwy 11 East, Red Deer, on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. A Remembrance Tea in her honor will take place at the Parkland Class Relax Crew, 6332 Orr Drive, R e d D e e r, o n M o n d a y, March 18, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All those wishing to attend are welcome. We would like to extend the deepest gratitude to the Staff on Unit 33 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.eventidefuneralchapels.com

Arrangements entrusted to Valeri Watson EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

TERON Gerald Philip (Jerry) Feb. 25, 1951 - Feb. 25, 2013 Jerry passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital at the age of 62 years. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Angelina; children; grand children; step-children; his brothers and sisters as well as his many friends. Jerry loved dogs and was never without a faithful companion at his side. Peppy will also miss him very much. Jerry also had a passion for documenting his life and experiences with photographs and had accumulated over 80 large photo albums which he thoroughly enjoyed sharing with his friends a n d f a m i l y. A M e m o r i a l Service will be held at the Crossroads Chapel, 38105 Range Road 275, Red Deer, AB on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Fund, 202 - 5913, 50 Ave., Red D e e r, A B , T 4 N 4 C 4 . Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca.

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

The Netherlands. Then at the age of 11, together with his family, immigrated to Red Deer. He attended Central School until halfway through grade 12. Dick worked several different jobs in and around Red Deer; including masonry work, Bert’s Meat Market, delivery van driver, and drywalling. In 1959, he met Shirley Ludwig, who would become the love of his life, and were married in 1963. They were blessed with their first child, Bill, in 1964. Shortly after, work took them to Prince George, BC, where he also served on the church council. They were blessed with three more children; Sandy in 1966, Teresa in 1967, and Kevin in 1969. In 1974, Dick moved his family back to Red Deer and soon started his company, Alpine Drywall, and served a term as president of the Construction Association. Faith and family were very important in Dick’s life. He was a positive influence and very involved in each of his children’s life journeys as they began their own families. Dick was an advocate and strong Christian school supporter. When Dick and Shirley had been married 35 years, to celebrate, they took their children on a trip to Holland. In 2001, they moved out of the city to a peaceful acreage that they enjoyed together for 10 years. Due to Dick’s cancer, they moved to their current residence in Red Deer, which Dick enjoyed. Dick will be dearly missed by his wife and best friend, Shirley, along with her family; two sons; Bill (Michele) Lodewyk of Blackfalds and Kevin (Stacey) Lodewyk of Red Deer, two daughters; Sandy (Chris Holden) Lodewyk of Red Deer and Teresa (Bernie) TenHove of Lacombe, nineteen grandchildren; Christine (Brad) Buchinski, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Kyle and Brandon Lodewyk, Kalee and Jory Lodewyk, Melissa, Jeff (Dallas), Jesse and Jamie (Vanessa) Hofstra, Bowen (Rebekah), Travis, Brittany and Taylor TenHove, as well as one great granddaughter, Autumn Hoffman Hofstra. He is also survived by his siblings; Dewey (Tova) Lodewyk of Richmond BC, (Ineke) Lodewyk of Surrey BC, Eileen (John) Sneep of Burnaby, BC., and many nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by his parents; Willem and Reina Lodewyk, and his brother, Bob Lodewyk. Memorial service will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, 16 McVicar Street, Red Deer, on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm. Officiated by Pastor Gary Bomhof. Donations in Dick’s name may be made directly to the Parkland Christian Education Endowment Fund. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.eventidefuneralchapels.com

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MANLEY In loving memory of our dear daughter Shannon Dawn, who joined her sister Tricia, in Heaven on February 28, 1994. As time unfolds another year Silent thoughts of time together Hold memories that will last forever No longer in our lives to share But in our hearts you are always there. Today, tomorrow, our whole life through We will always love and remember you. May you and Trish always walk in sunshine.

Happy 60th Anniversary to our wonderful parents Bob and Alice Whitesell on February 28, 2013 Love your family

Anniversaries John and Dorothy Herbert celebrated their 65th Anniversary on November 1, 2012. ~Best Wishes from Robert and Cheryl (Madison and Mikaela), Elden and Cathy (Andrew), and Linda.

~Forever in our minds and in our hearts Mom and Dad

Just had a baby boy? In Memoriam In Memory Of HARRIET LANSDALE Passed away Feb 28, 2012

Tell Everyone with a Classified Announcement

Sister and Best Friend Forever Loved, Always Missed ~Sister Phyllis and Family

309-3300

is hiring in Wimborne for a part-time aide role. This role involves working with a special needs child in their home. RESPONSIBILITIES: develop activities targeting goals, working with family, OT, PT, SLP, Psychologist & Behaviour Consultant, documenting progress, meeting participation. If you love working with children & feel you can meet the demands of this role, e-mail: laurab @kidsuncomplicated.com LADY requires part time Female caregiver with reliable transportation, 403-227-5433. Innisfail LOOKING for caregiver for 7 yr. old, monthly salary $1846 less room & board. Email: gilchys@yahoo.com P/T F. caregiver wanted for F quad. Must be reliable and have own vehicle. 403-348-5456 or 403-505-7846

Dental

740

TOP WAGES, BONUSES & BENEFITS

IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR F/T EXP’D DENTAL ASSISTANT Please drop off resume ATT’N: Marina at Bower Dental Centre OR EMAIL RESUME: marina@bowerdental.com


D2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

MC College Group We are currently looking for an Esthetics Educator for our Red Deer location. If you are enthusiastic, friendly, enjoy dealing with people, have three years certified experience and want to share your knowledge and love for a rewarding industry please send your resume to lynn@mccollege.ca or fax to 1-780-428-7733 Att: Lynn Van Lersberghe Human Resources. Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds

Janitorial

770

ARAMARK at (Dow Prentiss Plant) about 20-25 minutes out of Red Deer needs hardworking, reliable, honest person w/drivers license, to work 40/hrs. per week w/some weekends, daytime hrs. Fax resume w/ref’s to 403-885-7006 Attn: Val Black

Oilfield

800

Oilfield

800

1ST RATE ENERGY SERVICES INC., a growing Production Testing company, based out of Sylvan Lake, is currently accepting resumes for the following positions:

COLTER PRODUCTION TESTING SERVICES INC

Is looking to fill the following position:

Join Our Fast Growing Team and Secure Your Future with our Optimum Benefit Package & RRSP’s!!

FIELD SAFETY OFFICER

The successful applicant will have a NCSO designation and will have: * Actual hands on oilfield Production Testing construction experience. * Good computer skills. Personnel: * Extensive travel is Day & Night required. Supervisors * Excellent people skills. & Field Operators * H2S Alive and First Aid. * Certified D&A tester, • Qualified Day & Night an asset. If you are a team player Supervisors interested in the oil and * Drivers License, with - (Must be able to provide gas industry, please clean Abstract. own work truck.) submit your resume, * Must relocate to Hinton. • Field Operators current driver’s abstract - Valid First Aid, H2S, and current safety “NO SAFETY COPS driver’s license required! certificates to the following: WANTED” Fax 403-887-4750 We want to build a safety Please see our website @ lkeshen@1strateenergy.ca culture, NOT enforce one. www.colterenergy.ca or contact us at Please specify position Please submit resume to 1-877-926-5837 when replying to this ad. hr@alstaroc.com or fax to 780- 865- 5829 Your application will be We would like to thank all Please quote job kept strictly confidential those candidates who # 68791 on your resume. apply, however only Start your career! CORE qualified personnel will See Help Wanted LABORATORIES be contacted.

* Experienced Production Testing * Day Supervisors * Night Operators * Experienced Production Testing Assistants

CANADA LTD.

MANAGER INVENTORY & LOGISTICS

FIELD SAMPLER Core Laboratories Petroleum Services Division is the world’s most recognized and highly respected rock and fluid analysis laboratory serving the oil and gas industry. We require an individual for field sampling in the Red Deer area. The successful candidate will be responsible for sampling gas/oil wells and gas plants and be part of a team responsible for developing and maintaining markets in the Reservoir Fluids Division.

Branch Manager (Fox Creek)

Predator Drilling is Western Canada’s premiere drilling operator. Predator is a leading service provider in Oil Sands Delineation, Preset Drilling, Shallow Horizontal Oil and Gas well drilling. Predator’s culture of excellence is based around our Core Values: Accountability, Safety, Teamwork and Performance Excellence. Reporting to the VP of Operations, the Manager Inventory & Logistics is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Shipping & Receiving Department, Warehousing of Predator Equipment, Asset Management, Fleet and maintaining all inventory and assets in NAV database.

Alstar Oilfield is looking for a highly motivated individual to lead our Fox Creek operation. Alstar has been serving the oil and gas construction industry since 1969. If you have….. 5 + years Managing in Oilfield Construction Strong Computer Skills Excellent People Skills CCCSI is hiring sanitation Working Knowledge of workers for the afternoon Pipefitting and Welding and evening shifts. Get Procedures paid weekly, $14.22/hr. The individual will possess The Desire to be Part Call 403-348-8440 or fax excellent interpersonal of a Growing Company 403-348-8463 skills, be self starter and Classifieds...costs so little team player and have Please email your resume Saves you so much! strong mechanical and to hr@alstaroilfield.com problem solving skills. You can sell your guitar A BSc/College graduate or Please Quote Job for a song... related industry experience # 68939 on Resume or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and valid driver’s license and we’ll sell it for you! is required. For detailed job description and pay range, please Interested applicants email hr@alstaroilfield.com • should forward their or visit our Career Section Medical resumes to: at www.alstaroilfield.com

790

P L A S T I C S U R G E O N S Start your career! OFFICE requires medical See Help Wanted receptionist . Send resume JAGARE ENERGY to Box 1035, c/o R. D. Advocate, 2950 Bremner PRODUCTION TESTING now hiring Day Supervisors, Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R Night Operators, and 1M9, Helpers. RSP’s and Deadline March 15, 2013 benefits pkg. incentives. Looking for a place Email resumes to: to live? jagare2@gmail.com or Take a tour through the mikeg@jagareenergy.com CLASSIFIEDS You can sell your guitar Classifieds for a song... Your place to SELL or put it in CLASSIFIEDS Your place to BUY and we’ll sell it for you!

Core Laboratories Canada Ltd. 2810 12th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7P7 Fax: 403-250-5120 Email: ps.calgary.recruiting@ corelab.com

• • •

Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 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.

CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

720

• •

Must have previous Inventory Management & Procurement experience Valid driver’s license Experience with budgeting, cost controls and strategic planning. Please apply directly to abutler@ predatordrilling.com www.predatordrilling.com

NOW HIRING!

Tartan Completions Services is currently accepting resumes for experienced horizontal completions field technicians, drilling motor experience would be an asset. We offer comprehensive benefits, competitive salary’s and field (day) bonuses.

Central Alberta s longest servicing Mortgage Brokerage is currently looking for a full time Receptionist/Administrative Assistant to work in our Red Deer office.

288864B28-C3

If you are a proactive person with excellent customer service skills, take pride in your work, have ambition to excel and provide attention to detail-this maybe a the position for you. Please drop off your confidential resume to our office, #2, 5511 Gaetz Avenue, Red Deer, AB or Email to mortcent@telusplanet.net or Fax 403-346-1926

All applicants are welcome only those considered will be contacted. Please forward resume to mlajeunesse@ tartancontrols.com

800 TRUCKING SERVICE LTD.

PRESSURE CONTROL SPECIALIST

in our Red Deer location

www.vdmtrucking.com

288106B23-C2

Heavy Duty Mech. (App 2nd/3rd yr, Journeyman/Red Seal) Hwy Hauling Long/Short CAN/US Oilfield Hauling Journeyman Picker Operators Winch, Bed Truck Operators Logistics Coordinator (Experienced required) Swampers (Class 5 driver’s license preferred) Locations in: à Edmonton à Grande Prairie à Red Deer Fax: 780-463-3341 Email: jobs@vdmtrucking.com

Alstar is looking for a Safety Professional to help expand our safety program through projects and auditing. Minimum requirements include: * CRSP * 5 + years’ experience in Oil & Gas as a Safety Professional * Strong Safety program development - skills & experience * Excellent computer skills * Internal and external auditing experience * Strong interpersonal skills * Attention to detail; must be very organized * Requires little supervision; works well in a team environment Weekends Off RELOCATION TO HINTON MANDATORY H2S Alive, First Aid and an In-House Drug & Alcohol test are pre-requisites. Please submit email to hr@alstaroc.com or fax to 780- 865- 5829 PLEASE QUOTE JOB # 68792 ON RESUME Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

SERVICE RIG

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

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

TANKMASTER RENTALS requires CLASS 1 BED TRUCK Operators for Central Alberta. Competitive wages and benefits. m.morton@tankmaster.ca or fax 403-340-8818 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

Professionals

800

Oilfield

Restaurant/ Hotel

Nexus Engineering is currently seeking a mechanical individual for their shop to perform testing of all BOP’s and Pressure Control Equipment. Duties include heavy lifting, manual labour, operating forklift and overtime as necessary. We offer a competitive wage, benefits and RRSP plan. Experience is not mandatory, but a definite asset. Email resume to: resume @nexusengineering.ca

820

Trades

HOLIDAY INN Red Deer South, Gasoline Alley Is Seeking

B-PRESSURE SHOP WELDERS REQUIRED

NO RIG WELDERS Must be able to read blueprints. Flare stack experience and Stainless welding ticket would Be a asset. Great rates and hours. Merit program. Please email resume to info@dynamicprojects.ca Or fax to (403)340-3471 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

820

EXPERIENCED sandwich maker required for busy downtown store. Must be punctual, efficient and be able to work in a team environment. Please call 403-318-1199 or e-mail resume to TPham2@slb.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS RED DEER

Is seeking FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $14.00/hr. HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms, public areas, pool etc. Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety stardands $14.00/hr. All positions are Shift work & weekends Fax Resume to: 780-702-5051

Sales & Distributors

Custom Energized Air Req’s MECHANIC exp’d In air compressors, dryers, Control systems, electrical A/C D/C circuits, 1-3 ph. Piping, fabrication, & Welding an asset. Email: Del.trynchuk@cea-air.com Fax: 403-348-8765

Electronics Technicians Needed We are seeking the services of an Electronic Technician to work for the ADGA Group at the Correctional Services Canada facilities in the Drumheller area and at various locations within Alberta. Responsibilities include performing maintenance of electronic security/safety systems. To apply, please email careers@adga.ca and quote reference# ETD3422-NB

830

NEW HOME SALES MASON MARTIN HOMES

WANTED: Outside sales people for a fast growing security company. Successful applicants must possess an outgoing personality, be self moti- First Choice Collision Seeking Journeyman or vated, and be very organized. Door to door 2nd /3rd year apprentices. Positions for body, prep sales experience is an asset but not necessary. and refinishing technicians needed for our car and Please email resume to light truck division. Top hr@ wages, bonus programs bond-ocommunications.com and benefit package. Fax WEST 285 LTD. o/a O/A resumes to Energy Factor in Red Deer (403) 343-2160; e-mail req’s F/T shift sales people choice2@telusplanet.net $14/hr & 1 to 2 yrs. Exp’d or drop off in person @ #5, supervisor, $17.50/hr email: 7493, 49th Avenue west285ltd@gmail.com Crescent, Red Deer.

Restaurant/ Hotel

820

Now Hiring

Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

810

850

ARMOR INC is looking for licensed diesel and suspension mechanic for light duty performance shop. Diesel and transmission exp. preferred. Bring resume to: 106 -6439 67 St. RD Phone 403-346-9188 or emal donavan@armorinc.ca

FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests WE are looking for * Balance cash out Rig Managers, Drillers, & Attend to guest needs Derrick and Floor hands $ 14.00/hr for the Red Deer area. HOUSEKEEPING ROOM Please contact ATTENDANT Steve Tiffin at * Clean and vacuum rooms stiffin@galleonrigs.com public areas pool etc. or (403) 358-3350 * Replenish amenities, fax (403) 358-3326 linens & towels Central Alberta’s Largest * Adhere to Holiday Inn Car Lot in Classifieds safety standards $ 14.00/hr All positions are Shift Work & weekends TOO MUCH STUFF? Fax resume Let Classifieds 780 - 702-5051 help you sell it. MCDONALD’S Restaurant in Stettler AB is looking to Restaurant/ immediately hire a full time GENERAL MANAGER Hotel to oversee and take over primary control of the daily BOULEVARD operations of the restaurant Restaurant & June 1st. Applicants must Lounge be customer and people focused, have reliable Gasoline Alley transportation, willing to Red Deer County work flexible shifts, Food & Beverage weekends and evenings. Server Minimum 2 years $12.25/hr. experience in equivalent To provide Food & Bever- position is a must. We offer age service, handle customizable benefits cashiering, arrange and packages, and store setup the outlet. maintain specific training. Please cleanliness and hygiene. apply on line with resume, cover letter and references Cook to: cbay22@telus.net $14.00/HR. To prepare and cook all RAMADA INN & SUITES food up to standard, clean req’s. kitchen and maintain hyROOM ATTENDANTS. giene follow recipes, assist Exp. preferred. Also in receiving and storing BREAKFAST ROOM Kitchen Helper ATTENDANTS, $11/hr early morning shifts, To clean kitchen following flexibility req’d. Only safety and hygiene serious inquiries apply. standards. Clean utensils, Rate $13.50/hr. cutlery, crockery and Drop off resume at: glassware items. 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer Clean floors. or fax 403-342-4433 Assist in prep. Something for Everyone All positions are Shift Work & Weekends. Everyday in Classifieds Fax resume 780-702-5051

ALL POSITIONS ALL SHIFTS GASOLINE ALLEY LOCATION

Our Red Deer based company requires a

JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT

• Very Competitive Wages • Advancement Opportunities With medical Benefits • Paid training • Paid Breaks

Reporting to CDN Manager, Finance and Administration

SHIFT GEARS WITH YOUR CAREER!

• • • • • • •

SAFETY PROFESSIONAL

Education and Experience:

RECEPTIONIST/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Oilfield

800

Oilfield

RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake req’s exp. swamper. Email tom@ roncooilfieldhauling.ca or fax. 403-887-4892

CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

Clerical

800

Oilfield

Responsible for overseeing the day to day accounting functions and supervision of the billing department, accounts payable, general ledger, cash posting of receipts, up to month end statements preparation for CND Accounting Manager Finance and Administration review. Knowledge in Excel.

Apply in person at any location or send resume to: Email:kfcjobsrd@yahoo.ca or Fax: (403) 341-3820

No phone calls please Please drop off resumes at 6740 65 Avenue, Red Deer, AB email Lynn@badgerinc.com fax to 403-343-0401

288678B27-C5

750

288760B28-C5

Estheticians

wegotservices TO LIST YOUR WEBSITE CALL 403-309-3300

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

BUILDERS

www.antlerhillelkranch.com Peak Performance VA 227-2449

www.matchingbonus123.usana.com the best...just got better!!

Accounting

www.greathealth.org Cancer Diabetes DIET 350-9168 www.workopolis.com Red Deer Advocate - Job Search

PET ADOPTION

www.reddeerspca.com Many Pets to Choose From

www.lonsdalegreen.com Lonsdale Green Apartments

REAL ESTATE

Contractors

RENTALS

COUNTERTOPS

Wes Wiebe 403-302-1648

SHOPPING

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

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

OVERHEAD DOORS & operators installed 391-4144

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

COMPUTER REPAIR

WEB DESIGN

www.albertacomputerhygiene.com

affordablewebsitesolution.ca

AB, Computer Hygiene Ltd. 896-7523

Design/hosting/email $65/mo.

1100

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

www.homefinders.ca Phone 403-340-3333

www.writers-ink.net Club for writers - meets weekly

1010

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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

CLUBS & GROUPS

classifieds@reddeeradvocate.com

www.dontforgetyourvitamins.net The greatest vitamins in the world

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

www.ultralife.bulidingonabudjet.com MLM’ers attract new leads for FREE!

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300

www.liveyourlifebetter.com Lose weight naturally with Z-Trim

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

To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

HEALTH & FITNESS

Escorts 19166TFD28

ASSOCIATIONS

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

CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430

1165

EDEN 587-877-7399 10am-midnight

Escorts

1165

EROTICAS PLAYMATES Girls of all ages 598-3049 www.eroticasplaymates.net LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car

Handyman Services

1200

HANDYMAN PLUS Painting, laminate, tile, mud/ tape, doors, trim, Call 403-358-9099 TIRED of waiting? Call Renovation Rick, Jack of all trades. Handier than 9 men. 587-876-4396 or 587-272-1999

Massage Therapy

1280

ASIAN Executive Touch Exclusive for men. Open 10 am - 6 pm. Mon. - Fri. 403-348-5650 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161

Massage Therapy

1280

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

Misc. Services

1290

5* JUNK REMOVAL

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

Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

COUPLES SPECIAL

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

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

Property clean up 340-8666

LINDA’S CHINESE MASSAGE 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

Seniors’ Services

IRONMAN Scrap Metal Recovery is picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles and industrial. Serving central Alberta. 403-318-4346 JUNK REMOVAL, Yard/ Garden Serv. 588-2564

Moving & Storage

1300

BOXES? MOVING? SUPPLIES? 403-986-1315

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 Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet. TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it. Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds


RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 D3

Requires

SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS

CLASS 1 drivers req’d to pull flat deck, exc. wages, safety bonuses, benefits. We run the 4 western provinces. Please contact 1-877-787-2501 for more info or fax resume and abstract to 403-784-2330

Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email info@goodmenroofing.ca or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Landscaper/laborer

We are currently looking for an energetic, positive, reliable, mature and skilled individual to fill this position.

Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

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

SHOP FOREMAN

Pressure Piping & Steel fabrication shop Only experience personnel need apply -Journeyman Pipefitter preferred -Must be able to organize men and projects -Background & experience with Acorn Piping program Understanding and implementation of QC for structural & Piping -Oversee all material ordering, handling & receiving -Competitive Wage & Benefits Please apply to info@ dynamicprojects.ca or fax 403-340-3471

SHUNDA CONSTRUCTION requires

F/T Safety Officer

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

Carriers Needed

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

4 days/wk Flyers & Sun. Life IN Highland Green Holmes St. & Heath Close

Lancaster Area East half of Lampard Crsc. & Leung Close $61/mo.

Truckers/ Drivers

860

CLASS 1 DRIVER Exp. driver to haul Canadian Tire trailers in Alberta, B.C. & Sask. Mountain driving exp. an asset. F/T position, home weekends. Forward a resume & current driver’s abstract to Brian Dick Transport Ltd. Box 8014 Westaskiwin, AB T9A 3S6 Contact Brian Dick 780-361-7924

Truckers/ Drivers

PINES Patterson Cres. & Pamley Ave.

Good for adult with small car. ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

Piper Dr. & Pennington Cres.

Call Jamie 403-314-4306 info

Pallo, Payne & Parsons Cl. 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. RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake req’s exp. swamper. Email tom@ roncooilfieldhauling.ca or fax. 403-887-4892 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

SNOW plow drivers(2) req’d for winter season based out of Lacombe, exc. wages. Must have Class 3 w/air. Call Toll Free 1-877-787-2501 Mon. - Fri. 9 am. - 5 pm. only or fax resume to: 403-784-2330

Business Opportunities

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

Misc. Help

GED classes evening and days

Women in the Trades

Math and Science in the trades

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

ANDERS AREA

900

SAFETY

RH2S Alive (ENFORM) RFirst Aid/CPR RConfined Space RWHMIS & TDG RGround Disturbance R(ENFORM) B.O.P. #204, 7819 - 50 Ave. (across from Totem)

Adams Close/ Adair Ave. Ainsworth Crsc. Allsop Ave. BOWER AREA

920

Career Planning

INGLEWOOD AREA

Isbister Close Inkster Close

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

stuff CLASSIFICATIONS

Lagrange Crsc

In the towns of:

1500-1990

SUNNYBROOK AREA

Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

Auctions

Sherwood Crsc Scott St./Somerset Close. Sunnyside Crsc.

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303

VANIER AREA

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

MOBIL 1 Lube Express Gasoline Alley req’s an Exp. Tech. Fax 403-314-9207

Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc Valentine Crsc.

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

1530

Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers

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

Children's Items

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info

MICROWAVE stand $50; entertainment unit 20” deep x 52”long, 50”high $100; 2 occasional wood tables $20/ea, 2 Panasonic speakers $40 403-346-7658

WANTED

Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

Misc. for Sale

1580

1760

AIR CONDITIONER, Samsung, with remote. Perfect condition. $125. 403-347-0104 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, ***SOLD*** GRAD DRESS SALE New & Consigned 15 McPhee St. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 4-8pm Mar. 2 12-4pm Great Prices. budgetbridal boutiquereddeer.com PEACOCK feathers (50) $1.50 each 403-346-2231

3020

Houses/ Duplexes

1790

Townhouses

3030

3 BDRM. TOWNHOUSE. Att. garage, 1-1/2 bath, 5 appls., #23 6300 Orr Dr. N/S, avail. Apr. 1, $1350/mo., Hearthstone Property Management 403-314-0099 or Lucie 403-396-9554

1810

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

1830

Cats

SIAMESE ALSO BELINESE ( 4) KITTENS FOR SALE $50 each obo. 403-887-3649

1840

Dogs

PYRENEES, white F. 15 wks. Needs good home with lots of space. FREE. 403-282-7342

3140

3190

Mobile Lot

LACOMBE new park, animal friendly. Your mobile or ours. 2 or 3 bdrm. Excellent 1st time home buyers. 403-588-8820

LACOMBE 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls., garage $1495/mo. 782-7156 357-7465

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

SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets. www.greatapartments.ca

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3 bdrm. townhouse, 4 appl., fenced yard, rent $1175, S.D. $000; avail. April 1. 403-304-5337

Manufactured Homes

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homes CLASSIFICATIONS 4000-4190

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Houses For Sale

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

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

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8 Brand New Homes starting at $188,900

Newly Reno’d Mobile

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

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

HUGE TRI-PLEX on 59th Ave.

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1 BDRM suite, w attached laundry, facing south at #1, YA M A H A e l e c . o r g a n , 4616-44 St., to an over 40, Electone #C405, bought ns/no pets, quiet tenant in for $10,000, estate sale, a quiet neighbourhood. best offer 403-782-5818 Rent $700/D.D. $700. Ph: 403-341-4627.

Pets & Supplies

Warehouse Space

SYLVAN, avail .immed. 2 WAREHOUSE FOR units. 2 bdrm. + hide-aSALE OR LEASE bed, incl., cable, dishes, 4860 sq.ft., new, bright, bedding, all utils. $1000 two 14’ O.H. doors, heat-$1400/mo. 403- 880-0210 ed, fans, can be divided into 2 bays, call 403- 318-4848 to view Condos/

Lots of storage & 2 large bdrms, 1.5 bath, In-suite laundry. No pets. $1225 & UTIL; SD $1225; SAFE step tub, whirlpool Avail NOW. action, used 1-1/2 yrs, Hearthstone 403-314-0099 bought for $15,000, estate or 403-396-9554 sale, best offer takes 403-782-5818

for all Albertans

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LANCASTER AREA

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CHINA CABINET/display case, tall, narrow , efficient, 5 shelves, glass 3 sides w/oak border, and mirrored back, stain glass design, just under curved top, Height to top of curved centre 76”, to top of side of cabinet, 72”, w/30-1/2: depth 13-1/4”, $200, was $600 new, ***SOLD***

Piano & Organs

FREE

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

Mason Martin Homes has

Call for more info 403-588-2550

Condos/ Townhouses

ATTENTION - 1st Time Buyers NO condo fees! 1100 sq.ft. 3 bdrm/2 bath townhouse. Immaculate. Quiet area. Close to transit, shopping and schools. QUICK POSSESSION. $199,911. Call Coldwell Banker Ontrack Realty, Jon Nichols, 403-302-0800

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Manufactured Homes

MUST SELL By Owner. Mauricia 403-340-0225

New Executive

3 bdrm. 2 bath HOME in Red Deer. Immediate possession 10 yr warranty. Own it for $1245/mo. OAC 403-346-3100, 347-5566

4100

Income Property

BRAND NEW SECONDARY SUITE HOME. 403-588-2550

4160

Lots For Sale 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

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112 ACRES of bare land, located in Burnt Lake area structure plan, great investment property with future subdivision potential. Asking 1.2M 403-304-5555

FULLY SERVICED res & duplex lots in Lacombe. Builders terms or owner ONE bdrm. ADULT only will J.V. with investors or subtrades who wish to become WANTED German rifles a p t . c l o s e t o c o l l e g e , home builders. Great from WW11, please leave $750/mo., avail. Mar. 1, no returns. Call 403-588-8820 pets 403-877-3323 msg. 403-846-6926

Sporting Goods

Collectors' Items

1860 1870

TOP FLOOR BRIGHT APT. on 58 Ave.

Pinnacle Estates

(Blackfalds) You build or bring your own builder. Terms avail. 403-304-5555

2 bdrms, 1 bath. w/balcony. 21 LP’S for sale, many 2 appls, coin-op laundry. NO PETS, Avail NOW! SYLVAN LAKE - Pie lot, BABY carrier front carry t i t l e s t o c h o o s e f r o m , $995 & Elect., SD $995 custom reversible, “Baby 1960’s and newer, $7 each Hearthstone 403-314-0099 Well priced. Good location. 403-885-5720 403-896-3553 Hawk Meitei” $65; or 403-396-9554 Baby sling carry “Rockin M o m m a ” $ 5 0 ; b l u e & Travel Rooms brown, bumble collection baby shopping cart cover Packages For Rent $25; nursing pillow baby TRAVEL ALBERTA buddy, $40, baby mirror 1 BDRM. bsmt, shared Alberta offers for car $10; 403-746-2456: kitchen, prefer employed or SOMETHING student. Avail. immed FINANCIAL for everyone. 403-342-7789, 396-7941 Make your travel CLASSIFICATIONS Clothing plans now. CLEAN, quiet, responsible, 4400-4430 Furn. $525. 403-346-7546 HIGHLAND Irish Jig dress, FURN. room, all utils. and green, with eyelet petty cable incld, $425/mo. Money coat. $150. 403-346-5922 403-506-3277 To Loan HIGHLAND KILT, Mountview: 1 fully furn (Buchannan), vest, socks bdrm for rent $500/mo. MORTGAGES AVAIL.on and blouse. $200. $250 DD. Working M only. all types of real estate inAGRICULTURAL 403-346-5922 403-396-2468. cluding raw land and HIGHLAND Sailor Suit, CLASSIFICATIONS acreages. Bruised credit ROOMS FOR RENT, navy, with white hat. $150. and self employed wel2000-2290 close to uptown. Employed 403-346-5922 come. Fast approvals gentleman Rent $425/mo, Ron Lewis 403-819-2436 s.d. $250, 403-350-4712

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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

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

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

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Misc. Help

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 SWAMPERS F/T needed immediately for a fast growing waste & recycling company. Heavy lifting involved (driver’s helper) position. Reliability essential. Own transportation required. Please email resumes to canpak@xplornet.ca

24 Hours Toll Free 1.888.533.4544

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

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403-340-1930 www.academicexpress.ca

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

Employment Training

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4 PC. SETTING of Courier & Ives dishes $50 403-346-7658

403.341.4544

CARRIERS NEEDED

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED

Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be avail.

Household Furnishings

Industries #1 Choice!

Brown Cl./Baird St Barrett Dr./Baird St

880

Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308

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

“Low Cost” Quality Training

Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317

Join Distinctly Tea in the high growth & high margin retail loose leaf tea industry. Steve@fylypchuk.com

ORIOLE PARK O’Brien Crsc., O’Neil & Oxley Close

Household Appliances

WASHING machine very good cond. $75 , best offer 403-782-5818

OILFIELD TICKETS

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

870

ALSO

880

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TRAINING CENTRE

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

Adult Education and Training

SIGN INSTALLER req’d for local sign shop.. Must have at least 5 yrs exp. with sign fabrication & installation, and be able to work independently or as part of a team. Valid driver’s license a must. Computer skills an asset. Wage to be negotiated. Apply by fax 403-341-4014 or email only: office@questsigns.ca.

GLENDALE Morning delivery 6 days a wk by 6:30 a.m.

ALSO Wedgewood Gardens St. Joseph’s & Montfort Heights

Rosedale Approx. 2 blks of Reichley St. & Reighley Close $68/mo.

ACADEMIC Express

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

880

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

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)

JOB REQUIREMENTS:: Employment Opportunity. * No formal education *Class 1 License req`d * Picker experience a plus * 44 hrs. per wk with some Distribute precast concrete wknds. in central AB area. * Heavy lifting, running Fax resume with clean equip., yard maintenance, driver’s abstract to: lawncare, snow removal. 403-886-4853 email Wage $25.hr. garyz@wilbert.ca or drop Expected start date: off resume at: 930 Fleming ASAP Ave. Penhold. Inquiries, Those interested please call Gary 403-588-6505 email resume to: resumes@ newcartcontracting.com or fax to 403-729-2396.

880

Misc. Help

1 day per wk. No collecting!!

Please contact QUITCY

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

EquipmentHeavy

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

Farmers' Market

1650

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

Firewood

880

1630

1660

AFFORDABLE

Homestead Firewood

Spruce, Pine, Spilt, Dry. 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, Poplar. Can deliver 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227

LOGS

Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346 Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / del. Lyle 403-783-2275

is expanding its facility to double production.

Household Appliances

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

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.

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- Batch Plant Operator - Carpenters/Woodworkers - General Labourers

1710

Horses

2140

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

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Houses/ Duplexes

3020

3 BDRM. large bsmt. family room, storage room, fenced, quiet street no pets, n/s, adults pref. $1000/mo. rent + d.d., avail. end of Feb. ref’s req’d by app’t only . RENTED EASTVIEW 3 bdrm., n/s, no pets, 5 appls. Avail. Mar 1. $1200. + utils. 403-357-2001 Lacombe 1/2 duplex. 4 bdrm., 1.5 bath, all appls., washer/dryer. Rent & DD $1395.00 Avail. March 1, NO PETS, 403-782-3890 LARGE 3 BDRM. duplex, in Anders, $1450/mo. d.d., $1000, incl. utils., avail. March 1, 403-358-8670

APPLS. reconditioned lrg. selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. MICHENER HILL, 2 bdrm. warr. Riverside Appliances house + 1 room in bsmt. 403-342-1042 4 appl., fenced yard. FRIDGE very good cond. No pets. 403-848-4618 Danby, $100, NEW Oriole Park area, best offer 403-782-5818 6032 Orr Dr., lower unit INGLIS dryer, exc. cond. half duplex, upgraded exe$150 estate sale, cu. style, $990 /mo. + 403-782-5818 utils., 3 bdrm. 4 appls., KENMORE HD dual action $500 d.d. fenced, 2 car off top load washer; Kenmore street parking, n/s, no pets, HD dryer,white, good separate entry, bright, shape $125/pair avail.. immed., 403-347-2374 Don 403-742-9615

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Truckers/ Drivers


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CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300

Antique & Classic Autos

5020

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. Western Canada’s Largest Collector Car Event. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 Ext. 102 EGauctions.com

Cars

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by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 2003 BMW 3 series 325xi 2007 FORD F-150 XLT htd. lthr., sunroof, $10,888 4X4, 107115 kms, $14,888 348-8788 Sport & Import 348-8788 Sport & Import 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

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

Auto Wreckers

At

Vehicles Wanted To Buy

5190 5200

A1 RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. AMVIC approved. 403-396-7519

2010 MAZDA 3 GT FWD, 33,986 kms, $15,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

REMOVAL of unwanted cars, may pay cash for complete cars. 304-7585

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SUV's

7620-50 Ave. Sport & Import

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

has relocated to

2009 MAZDA 3 GS FWD, $ 11 8 8 8 1 0 4 4 6 3 k m s ,

Vans Buses

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2010 TOYOTA Venza AWD, 44700 km, black, automatic, leather, sunroof, backup camera, warranty, excellent condition, $12200., abma@netscape.com

WANTED FREE REMOVAL of unwanted cars and trucks, also wanted to buy lead batteries, call 403-396-8629

SIMPLE!

It’s simple to run a Garage Sale Ad in the Red Deer Advocate and make quick cash. Phone Classifieds 2006 ENVOY Denali full 309-3300. load, Call Larry $17,000 403-340-8892

2009 FORD SHELBY GT 500, 16163 kms, $42,888, 348-8788 Sport & Import

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2007 BMW 335i htd. lthr., sunroof, $19888 7620 -50 Ave., Sport & Import

2005 CADILLAC SRX fully loaded, white diamond, cashmere leather, 7 pass.. 4.6L V8, 152,000 kms. rear DVD, $16,350. 403-352-1863

Trucks

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2011 FORD Ranger, 4x4 S/C 12,000 kms., $18,000 obo 506-7047 782-2125

2005 HONDA Accord EX-L FWD,64981 kms, $11888 348-8788 Sport & Import

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

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

2004 BMW X3 AWD, lthr., pano-roof, $14,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

Notice to Creditors and Claimants Estate of

MAXINE LENORE WEISHAAR

who died on January 30, 2013 If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by April 14, 2013 and provide details of your claim with

at 501 Parkland Square, 4901 - 48 St. Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6M4

If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be 1995 GMC SHORT BOX, distributed without regard s t e p s i d e , $ 7 0 0 0 , to any claim you may 403-505-6240 have.

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2004 TOYOTA Celica GT lthr., sunroof, $9888 3488788 Sport & Import

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IN THE COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH OF ALBERTA JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF CALGARY NOTICE TO: ALICE T. BANZI Last known address: 105, 4920 - 47 St., Red Deer, Alberta TAKE NOTICE THAT ROYAL BANK OF CANADA has filed a Statement of Claim, Action No. 1201-15239 in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Judicial District of Calgary, alleging that you are in default of the terms of the mortgage granted by the plaintiff, and seeking judgment against you in the amount of $221,260.09 plus interest on the said sum at the rate of $28.84 per day from and including January 22, 2013, to and including the date of Judgment, together with such further interest and costs as my be proved at the trial of this action. The grounds alleged are stated in the Statement of Claim, a copy of which will be mailed to you upon request directed to Warren Tettensor Amantea LLP, 1413 – 2nd Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta. Your whereabouts being unknown, the Court has ordered substitutional service upon you by this advertisement. Should you wish to oppose this Claim or seek other relief, you must promptly take steps in accordance with the Notice to you endorsed on the Statement of Claim, or instruct your lawyer to do so. If within 25 days after this publication you fail to file with the said Clerk a Statement of Defence or Demand of Notice, the Plaintiff may proceed according to the practice of the court to note you in default and you will not thereafter be entitled to notice of any further proceedings and the relief sought by the Plaintiff may be given in your absence. DATED at the City of Calgary in the Province of Alberta, this __of January, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS — Once the object of ridicule and focus of outrage after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, former BP chief executive Tony Hayward made a cameo appearance Wednesday in a trial to decide how much blame the company must shoulder for the disaster. Hayward didn’t attend in person. Instead, he showed up just briefly on a videotape in what may be his only appearance in the courtroom. Hayward, who famously said “I’d like my life back” at the height of the spill, isn’t expected to take the witness stand in the high-stakes trial. Hayward did testify in person before Congress and gave a videotaped deposition for this trial, but his role may be limited here by his lack of direct knowledge of the drilling operations on the Deepwater Horizon. Still, attorneys for the U.S. government and Gulf Coast residents and businesses showed a 20-minute snippet of his deposition, projecting the video on a large white screen in the courtroom. The attorneys have said the London-based company bears most of the blame for the spill and they accused BP of putting profits ahead of safety by cutting corners on a project that was over budget and behind schedule. “I believe that the role of leaders is very important in shaping the culture of an organization,” Hayward said in the videotape. He also said cost-cutting measures in the years before the 2010 spill did not have an effect on drilling operations, comments that differed from excerpts of a videotaped deposition from Kevin Lacy, who served as BP’s senior vice-president for drilling operations in the Gulf before resigning several months before the spill. Lacy said BP slashed between $250 million and $300 million from its Gulf drilling budget from 2008 to 2009 while at the same time its production rose by more than 50 per cent. “I was never given a directive to cut corners or deliver something not safely, but there was tremendous pressure on costs,” Lacy said. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is presiding over the trial designed to identify the causes of BP’s Macondo well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved. If BP is found guilty of gross negligence, it could be on the hook for nearly $18 billion. The rig explosion killed 11 oil rig workers and the busted well dumped an estimated 172 million gallons (651 million litres) of oil into the Gulf. Barbier listened to the videotape that featured

New York to exempt violent shows, movies from gun law passed after Connecticut shooting by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBANY, N.Y. — New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation’s toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets. Movie and TV productions have long been courted by New York and other states with tax breaks in exchange for the jobs and glamour of the industry. Hollywood is also a major campaign fundraising stop for New York politicians. “We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here, so obviously we would want to facilitate that,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wants to expand the film and TV tax credit. He said movies and TV may use fake guns that wouldn’t be subject to the new law but the industry wants “certainty.” The revised law would allow them to use real weapons without real ammunition. “There’s no reason not to make a change like that to give an industry comfort, especially when it’s an industry we want to do business in the state,” the governor said. Film and television producers have spent more than $7 billion in New York since the state began offering tax breaks in 2004, the governor’s office says. New York has been the stage for

recent films including “SpiderMan 3,” ”The Nanny Diaries,“ ”Sex and the City 2,“ and ”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.“ Most of Woody Allen’s films are made in New York City, and many TV shows including ”Louie“ turn to the city for their backdrop. The Hollywood exemption is just one of the revisions planned for the state law that was passed in January before the Obama administration and other states offered their legislative responses to the Dec. 14 rampage in Newtown, Connecticut. Other changes to the New York law would allow police officers to keep their highcapacity handguns and take a loaded gun on school grounds without permission from school officials. However, the need for a “cleanup” bill also means the fight over the law may not be over after all. An estimated 10,000 opponents of the new law are expected to descend on Albany on Thursday to try to persuade lawmakers to take advantage of an unexpected second shot at the law critics claim is unconstitutional. The law was passed in a flurry of closed-door negotiations, without public hearings or a three-day review required of bills under the state constitution. The measure was debated, passed and signed within hours, just days before President Barack Obama proposed his measures including tougher gun control. “Had they not rushed this bill through, this bill would never have become law,” said

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Assembly Republican leader Brian Kolb. “This opposition would have been mobilized ... this bill would do nothing to prevent the tragedies.” Most opponents have rallied around a call for repeal of the law, which would be impossible to pass through the Assembly led by New York City Democrats who have long championed gun control measures. But the cleanup bill provides an opportunity for lawmakers to submit more substantive changes. Others are considering a strategy of blocking the bill from passage, which could bolster the chances of a pending lawsuit that seeks to overturn the law. The law bans a broader array of military-style weapons, restricts ammunition magazines to seven rounds from 10, creates a more comprehensive database of people barred from owning guns, and makes New York the first state to require background checks to buy bullets. Therapists, doctors and other mental health professionals will be required to tell state authorities if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally. Mental health advocates are also seeking amendments to the law they say may interfere with treatment of potentially dangerous people and discourage them from seeking help. Cuomo and Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who co-sponsored the gun control legislation, said he and legislators are only discussing technical changes at this time.

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a lawyer asking Hayward about a speech he gave just five days before the blowout. Hayward spoke about the company’s “drive to increase efficiency and reduce costs.” The deposition was taken over several days in London in June 2011. A year earlier, Hayward was photographed at a yacht race and criticized for saying the amount of spilled oil was relatively small given the size of the Gulf. He was also accused of directing his employees to downplay the disaster to keep stock prices afloat. Hayward told Congress he was personally devastated by the spill and that it never should have happened. He stepped down as CEO and eventually left the company. Rig owner Transocean Ltd. and cement contractor Halliburton also are defendants and their lawyers have tried to minimize their roles in the disaster. BP attorneys have said the drilling was a team effort and that all of the companies share responsibility for the disaster. Meanwhile, a witness for the federal government testified BP withheld critical information from industry regulators and continued drilling despite clear signs of trouble before the blowout. Alan Huffman, a well design expert and geophysicist who has worked for Conoco and Exxon, said BP continued drilling in dangerous deep water conditions without keeping the Minerals Management Service fully informed. Huffman said his review of internal BP documents and MMS records showed the oil giant engaged in a “consistent pattern of misreporting” to the federal agency and gave it a “very false impression” of what was happening on the drilling project. “And this happened on multiple occasions ... not just on one or two,” said Huffman, the second expert witness at a trial that started Monday and, barring a settlement, could last several months. The day ended with testimony from a BP executive who led the company’s internal probe. Mark Bly, who was until recently BP’s executive vice-president for safety and operational risk, said the internal investigation wasn’t intended to look at the disaster through the “lens of responsibility.” BP pleaded guilty in January to 14 criminal counts, including 11 felony counts of manslaughter, and agreed to pay $4 billion in criminal penalties to resolve a Justice Department probe. Transocean pleaded guilty earlier this month to one misdemeanour count of violating the Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal penalties.

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — World powers offered broader concessions than ever to Iran in attempts Wednesday to keep alive diplomatic channels that seek to rein in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and prevent it from building an atomic weapon. The offer was hailed by Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top official at diplomatic talks in Kazakhstan, who said it represented a “turning point” by world powers to compromise on Tehran’s uranium enrichment program after years of delicate negotiations that nearly dissolved last June. The proposal allows Iran to keep a limited amount of highly enriched uranium — but not make any more — stops short of demanding the full shutdown of an underground nuclear facility, and offers to remove some trade sanctions that have hurt Iran’s economy. Still, a senior U.S. official said, crippling sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial industries would remain in place as negotiations continue. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive talks more candidly. The latest offer marked a small but significant shift from earlier, harder-line proposals that prompted Iran to dig in its heels amid fears that an arms race in neighbouring states could sow yet more instability in the already turbulent Mideast. Israel has repeatedly hinted its readiness to strike Iranian nuclear facilities — a military ven-

ture the United States likely would be dragged into. The new offer also is expected to force Iran to respond with a reasonable plan of its own — or be seen as a recalcitrant negotiator unwilling to compromise. The proposal “was more realistic than before and had tried to get closer to the Iranian viewpoint in some cases,” Jalili told reporters at the end of two days of negotiations in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. “We consider this positive — although there is a long distance to reach the suitable point.” British Foreign Minister William Hague called the talks “useful” and said the new proposal aimed “to build confidence on both sides and move negotiations forward.” “I look forward to further progress,” Hague said in a statement. Iran maintains it has the right under international law to enrich uranium to 20 per cent — a level that can quickly be elevated into use for nuclear warheads. Tehran claims it needs that level of enriched uranium for reactor fuel and medical isotopes, and has signalled it does not intend to stop. U.N. nuclear inspectors last week confirmed Iran has begun a major upgrade of its program at the country’s main uranium enrichment site. Iran also insists, as a starting point, that world powers must recognize the republic’s right to enrich uranium, and Jalili repeated Wednesday that Tehran must be able to enrich to 20 per cent.


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Woman having trouble finding support to deal with husband’s infidelity Dear Annie: I recently obtained proof of what I had long suspected: My husband of more than 40 years has been seeing prostitutes and having affairs for the past 20 years. During this time, he was always considerate and loving to me. I thought we had a wonderful marriage. When I confronted him with the evidence, he finally confessed. We went to a counselor, but after a single half-hour sesMITCHELL sion, he wouldn’t go back. & SUGAR Aside from dealing with the shock and humiliation of the betrayal, I have two problems: First, I cannot forgive myself for not taking a firm stand when I first suspected his cheating. I put it out of my mind and continued as before. The second problem is that I cannot erase images of his affairs. My counselor, along with some books I have read, says to reestablish our close, loving relationship and let the past go. So I made the effort, and our marriage now seems fine. We are happy with each other, but I still suffer with the mental images. I fear that I have demeaned myself by reestablishing an intimate relationship with him. I wonder whether I might regain my self-esteem by telling him our marriage is over. I know there are other women in this situation, but I haven’t been able to find a support group. I am fortunate to have a job I am passionate about that allows me to enrich the lives of others. I know I am a useful human being. Please help me get over this. —

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I get many calls every early spring as to what to feed the robins as they seem to be struggling to find food. I usually save frozen saskatoons or blueberries to spread on an open piece of ground for them. While costly, robins will also dine on raisins. We had eight robins in Ponoka on February 11. California Dear California: You must decide whether you are truly ready to leave your marriage. Forty years is a long time. But your husband’s track record doesn’t inspire confidence in his future fidelity, and his unwillingness to commit to counseling indicates that he wants things to be exactly as they were before. First, see your doctor and get checked for sexually transmitted diseases, and then find another counselor. The one you are seeing is not helping you make the best decisions. You also can find online support by typing “infidelity support group” into your search engine. Dear Annie: I have a granddaughter I have seen only three times in the past 15 years. I never heard from her in all that time. Recently, I was sent a note to save the date for her wedding. I am not going to the wedding. I wouldn’t know that girl if I saw her on the street. She has ignored me all these years, and I don’t believe it is fair that she expects me to buy her a wedding gift. I think this is the only reason she remembered that she has a grandmother. Am I wrong to feel this way? — Forgotten Gram Dear Gram: You are not obligated to attend this wedding or give a gift if you don’t wish to. However,

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