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Building a life of compassion in Mexico Inspiration and empowerment flows from those on frontline missions BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express


ommitments to serving others are strong, vivid reminders of what really matters in life. Watching those kinds of lifestyles in action is always an inspiring and challenging experience, something I had the privilege of seeing firsthand during a recent mission trip to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. Along with 15 others, many from Liberty Christian Fellowship here in Red Deer, I signed on with Sherwood Park-based Amigo Relief Missions for the two-week trip. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but having been on a similar trip to Honduras and Nicaragua in 2002, I was more than ready for this kind of experience. During the trip, I met several people who have dedicated their lives to helping lift the burden of poverty in these places. In Vicente Guerrero, one such ministry, the Erma Fennell Foundation, is committed serving the poor and destitute by providing such necessities as food and clothing. Fennell, who passed away two years ago and was originally from Calgary, was commonly referred to as ‘Mother Erma of the Baja’. The ministry also provides hands-on opportunities for people, like our troupe, to serve the community. Today, Judy Jamieson, daughter of Fennell, runs the Foundation along with her husband Paul. They relocated to Vicente Guerrero from Calgary, and although there were of course sacrifices in doing so, there has never been a thought of looking back. Fennell and her husband Norm initially spent 10 years serving at Foundation for His Ministry, just down the road from where the Erma Fennell Foundation is located today. Eventually, Erma came to realize she had a different vision for how she wanted to serve folks across the povertystricken region. “She would go out to groups of people in the mountains that were in these horrible living con-

ditions,” explains Judy. “That’s where her heart was. She said ‘Why isn’t anyone doing anything for these people?’ So she’d go out and do these outreaches.” It marked the beginning of the Erma Fennell Foundation with its spectrum of ministries. That meant everything from developing Bible studies and helping with rehab clinics to building up feeding and clothing programs to venturing out to remote areas and checking in on folks in desperate circumstances. Erma’s husband died in 2000, but she decided to stay on and continue the work, recalls Judy. “This was her life. As the years progressed, she would come up (to Calgary) to visit and she could hardly wait to get back here. You could see the transition.” Over the years, discussions would come up about when Erma would pass on, and who would take the reins of the mission at that time. “We came down for three and one-half months once to try and see what she did and how she ran things, but you don’t do that with my mom. She was a one-woman show,” laughs Judy. But over time, Erma did come to realize the day would come when she would have to pass the torch. And then two years ago, on Easter Sunday, the incredibly dedicated Erma passed away of a heart attack while on a mountain climb. She was 81. A later experience helped solidify Paul and Judy’s commitment to the work. And it also helped Judy better understand her mother’s devotion. “We went to the memorial site, and I caught a vision of her walking up this mountain, and falling. I absolutely broke and cried it all out.” Since her mother’s death, it’s been about establishing a new vision for the Foundation while keeping her mother’s legacy intact. “We just really had to make a commitment and have a peace about what we were doing. I had to wrestle with what I was going to do. God has to be at the centre of this. People would say ‘This is yours now, and you have to do

CONNECTING – Children in the village of San Quintin, Mexico pose for a photo following an afternoon church service. Frontline missions, like the Erma Fennell Foundation, offer outreach programs to communities in the region. Mark Weber/Red Deer Express

what you feel comfortable with’. You hear that a lot, but I didn’t get it in here,” she said, pointing to her heart. She felt that way until a group from North America came down, and a pastor asked her how she was really doing. “Those words sunk into me. And I knew that I didn’t have to fill my mom’s shoes. God has called us down here to continue this, but we have to do it our way. God didn’t call


us here to keep doing everything mom was doing, so that kind of changed things. “It’s not like we haven’t had our struggles and made wrong decisions. It’s a whole learning process.” Today, even after being back home in Calgary for occasional visits, she looks forward to being back at the Mexico mission. “I would say it’s a God-given thing. You get on a different level – I

can’t explain it.” Not that leaving the multitude of conveniences of North American society is completely easy. But the Foundation is clearly where her and her husband’s hearts are. “Other things have become important now.” For more information, check out


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Second candidate with Red Deer First steps out ning with the same principles regarding the role of the City’s municipal government. “I have chosen to campaign with Red Deer First because we share the same fundamental principles regarding the role of a municipal government. Putting Red Deer First, we all bring our own ideas on how to improve our City,” said Young. Young has lived in Red Deer for the past five years.

BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express The second candidate who will be running under the Red Deer First banner has announced his candidacy. Darren Young, 48, announced he will be running for a spot on City council in this year’s municipal election. He seeks election as part of Red Deer First, a group of like-minded individuals who will be run-

He currently works as the IT manager for Red Deer County. “I have always been interested in public service. In fact, I have worked for 20 years in the municipal government setting. In that time, I have seen what works and what doesn’t when it comes to running a successful city,” said Young. If elected, Young said his top priorities will include better budget manage-

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Plebiscite on ward system in the works for fall election BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Red Deerians will be able to have their say regarding a potential ward system in the City via a plebiscite question in this fall’s municipal election. City council gave the green light to reconsideration of a Notice of Motion regarding the implementation of a ward system at this week’s meeting. In early February, council had opted to not hold a plebiscite on a ward system in tandem with the election. This week, Councillors Lynne Mulder and Paul Harris introduced a Notice of Motion for an amendment to the dialogue charter to include exploration of systems of representation. That was followed by a request by Councillors Dianne Wyntjes and Tara Veer to introduce a motion to reconsider the Notice of Motion introduced by Councillors Buck Buchanan, Frank Wong and Chris Stephan late last year regarding implementation of a ward system. Council debated the issue early in February but had ultimately defeated the motion. In the course of discussion on Monday, Councillor Cindy Jefferies said she wasn’t convinced a plebiscite was the way to go. “This discussion, the idea of changing from our current at-large system to a ward system is a huge discussion for our community. It’s very, very important. It’s certainly not something that any of us takes lightly, and nor should the citizens.” She said a number of people have been telling her council has more important work to do, and that the community needs to have a fuller discussion on a ward system. “I think the best way to resolve the issue is to have a discussion and dialogue, and a plebiscite perhaps doesn’t do that for me. I’m comfortable with the decision council has made and will not support the motion to reconsider.” Council did move ahead with the motion to reconsider, thereby opening the door for discussing the merits of a plebiscite. Wyntjes said opting for a plebiscite would provide ample opportunity for discussions on the issue prior to the Oct. 21 election. “I’ve been hearing from a number of people who want that vote so they can have their say about continuing with the current system of representation at large or others have indicated their preference to having a ward system.” She said she felt it was in council’s best interest to help settle the issue. “I believe it would be best to bring it to the citizens. “For me, the ballot box is one of the best indicators for community opinion.”


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Stephan said he agreed about encouraging more dialogue, but felt that council had been getting feedback on the ward system issue for some time. “There’s also a lot of people who don’t necessarily agree with a ward system, but they do agree that the community should have a say on it through the plebiscite,” he said. “I will bring this up in six months if we don’t deal with this because I believe it’s on the public’s radar.” But Jefferies pointed out that while some say it’s not the City’s responsibility to educate the public on the issue of a plebiscite, she said she wants voters to make a fully informed decision about what they are voting on. “I think we have some responsibility to ensure they have access to education and information on both sides of the issue, or all sides of the issue if there are more than two sides. “I think the Notice of Motion that Paul Harris and

Lynne Mulder brought forward earlier certainly goes a long way to starting that discussion.” Stephan, Veer, Mayor Morris Flewwelling, Wyntjes and Wong voted in favour of adding the question. Harris, Mulder and Jefferies voted against it. Councillor Buck Buchanan was absent. Wyntjes said she believed a plebiscite question this fall would be cost-effective at this time. “I’m a firm believer that we must always trust the community. And no matter which side this ends up on, I’m trusting the community and I do think it’s in the best interests that we bring in this question as a plebiscite this fall.” Council directed administration to bring a report back outlining the costs and plans connected to educational aspects on wards in the fall election. It will be brought back to council in six weeks.

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Red Deer Royals to benefit from Mac & Cheese Luncheon BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express The Red Deer Royals will benefit from a charity luncheon that will be held later this spring. The Mac & Cheese Charity Luncheon, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Red Deer, will take place June 5th at The Sheraton Red Deer. The first Mac & Cheese Charity Luncheon was held in 2009 and proceeds from the event benefited the Red Deer and District Food Bank. About $125,000 was raised. Jim McPherson, co-chair of the event, announced the luncheon at a press conference on Monday and said this year’s goal is

to raise $100,000. “The Red Deer Royals have a long history as being such outstanding ambassadors for Red Deer. There are hundreds upon hundreds of young men and women in this community, in this province and throughout Canada who have developed huge leadership and motivation skills because of their engagement with the Red Deer Royals,” said McPherson. “The Red Deer Royals are worthy and they mean a lot to Red Deer. They have done an awful lot for the youth in Red Deer.” Battalion Commander Richard “Pitch” Picciotto is the keynote speaker at the event. He was the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the terrorist attack on

the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Picciotto was in a stairwell in the North Tower when it collapsed. He was buried in the rubble for more than four hours before being rescued. He has written a book about the tragedy entitled Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center. The money raised from the luncheon will go to help The Red Deer Royals purchase new concert uniforms, instruments and for The Red Deer Royals Find a Home Campaign. The Campaign will aim to raise $1 million to help the Royals find a permanent home. They are looking for a space about the size of a field-house to

practice marches. In addition, McPherson said there is a reason why the community hasn’t seen a Mac & Cheese Charity Luncheon since the first one which was held four years ago. “The Rotary Clubs of Red Deer and our committee have decided that this is not designed to be an annual event. It is a needs-based event. When we identify a really important community need then we get active and we start up again.” Tickets for the Mac & Cheese Charity Luncheon are $125 per person. Tables can be purchased for $1,000. To purchase tickets call the Black Knight Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or visit www.

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City council heard about the Integrated Movement Study for Red Deer at its regular meeting Monday. The development of the ‘Mobility Play Book’ involved public input processes by bringing industry experts to the City and ‘testing their ideas for applicability in Red Deer’. The Mobility Play Book is described as a tool for action in the City, and is the result of a partnership between 8-80 Cities, Gehl Architects and the City of Red Deer. The goal is to provide residents with more mobility choices. Council had identified the need for planning principles that supported a range of transportation options in the City’s 2009-2011 Strategic Plan. “It’s refreshing to see this group, from across different disciplines, committed to making this a better city,” said Jeff Risom of the Copenhagen-based Gehl Architects, as he explained facets of the Play Book. He said research showed that many Red Deerians had rarely taken transit or regularly ridden bicycles around town, in spite of the fact that 66% of residents commute less than 5 km to work. Those short distances are a huge advantage to the City, he said. But the City’s relatively small size isn’t translating into people opting to hit the trail or ride the bus – most still choose the car. “It became apparent that this is about choice. It’s about having viable options to get through the City in different ways,” he said. Currently, only 5.5% of all trips are made by walking, 1.3% are made by cycling and 3.8% are made by bus. Ninety per cent of all trips are made by car. The Play Book also points out that in just 18 years, Red Deer’s population will double. Stakeholders say this presents an opportunity for the City, and the goal is to develop a mobility system that promotes less use of autos and more transportation options for citizens. Ultimately, the Play Book emphasizes five key points – put pedestrians first, tie land-use and mobility together, make transit part of the journey, connect the trails and nurture a culture of change. Council tabled it for final consideration on May 27. - Weber

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Citizens encouraged to get involved in River of Light This summer, UK-based artistic studio, Creatmosphere, will bring their acclaimed floating light installation, River of Light, to the Red Deer River, and they are encouraging everyone to get involved. Following the success of the River of Light on the Bow River in Calgary in

2010, Creatmosphere aims to make this rendition of the River of Light bigger and more far-reaching than ever, by launching a community engagement campaign to support the project. This unique awareness and fundraising campaign is being launched in con-

Police investigate shooting On March 19th at about 12:12 a.m. Blackfalds RCMP were called to a residence located in Balmoral Estates for a complaint of a male who had suffered a gun shot wound. Upon arrival at the scene police located the victim who was transported to hospital, however the suspects had fled the scene. At about the same time a complaint of a vehicle collision in Northwoods Estates in Red Deer was reported. Upon arrival at the scene police observed two males who had been in the vehicle, both with gun shot wounds. The initial investigation associates all injured parties to Balmoral Estates and all are believed to be known to each other. The male victim from Balmoral Estates is in hospital in serious but stable condition. The two males from the motor vehicle collision were arrested for attempted murder and taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital where they were treated for their wounds. They are in police custody however, charges have not yet been laid. Blackfalds RCMP, Red Deer City RCMP, Red Deer General Investigation Section, Red Deer Police Dog Services, Red Deer Forensic Ident Section and Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) continue this investigation. More information will be released as this investigation continues. If you have any information on this or any other crime contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

junction with Canada Water Week (March 18-24) to celebrate the City’s inclusion as a “Water Education Initiative” under the United Nations banner. The River of Light is aligned with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, and has received official sanction as a United Nations Water Initiative. A portion of donations will go to international water initiatives.

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OPINION Ongoing ‘wards’ issue City council opted to change course this week and give the green light to adding a question to this fall’s ballot regarding a ward system for Red Deer. It’s a welcome move. Not necessarily because a ward system is better for the City than the current ‘at-large’ representation system, but because it’s only right that citizens have a say in how they are governed. A ward system would divide it up the City for electoral purposes. Councillors would represent a certain section of Red Deer. In a vote of five to three, council in effect reversed a decision they made early last month when they voted against the move to have a plebiscite attached to the Oct. 21 vote. And while few said the issue was the absolute most burning topic that citizens are bringing their way, most admitted it was on the public’s radar and needed to be settled one way or the other. It’s difficult to understand why any councilor wouldn’t want to move in the direction of holding a plebiscite. The results are not binding on a council. And how on earth can it hurt to see how voters feel about it? It’s been pointed out that it’s more than a yes/no question – that it’s a complex issue that needs lots of discussion and study. But ultimately, how much more does it need to be discussed? There should be a

certain level of trust amongst council that the public does have a grasp on the issue, and can certainly understand a simple question put forward regarding ‘to have wards or not to’. As for whether having a ward system is appropriate for Red Deer, there are important things to consider. Some have pointed out that Red Deer is too small to cut up into wards, and that it would complicate elections with a multitude of candidates representing various areas. But others feel Red Deer is more than ready to move in this direction because a neighbourhood would have one councillor representing their regional concerns. On the other hand, the ‘at large’ representation system has its good points, too. With a City of Red Deer’s size, it seems appropriate to have a block of councillors working on the issues that affect the City as a whole. It also can have something of a balancing effect, bringing out the strengths of various councillors when addressing a single issue. This can work to provide optimal solutions. At this point, it’s good to know citizens have several months to weigh the pros and cons of both ward systems and at-large systems. The important thing is that citizens will be able, regardless of how it all plays out, to have their say.

Girls still face violence, mental health challenges As Canadian girls grow up, they’re told time and again that they can be whoever they want to be. The reality is far less ideal. A national report released this month on the main issues facing girls in Canada shows that, despite having more educational opportunities than ever, many girls still confront violence and low self-esteem – sometimes with grave consequences. According to the report, commissioned by Status of Women Canada and undertaken by the non-profit Girls Action Foundation, startling proportions of Canadian girls grapple with selfharm, dating violence, harassment and negative body image. The study highlights that girls’ confidence drops more dramatically than that of boys in their teen years. Girls are using more drugs and alcohol than they did in past decades, and girls aged 10 to 14 are five times more likely than boys to end up in the hospital for trying to commit suicide. A fifth of teen girls in British Columbia have intentionally inflicted self-injury.


AHSAN The well-being of girls should be a national concern. Self-esteem is a major issue, according to recent research. Among Grade 6 to 10 girls who think they are too fat, only half are actually overweight. What’s more, a tenth of Ontario teen girls think they are “no good at all.” Self-esteem is influenced by hidden messages about how girls should look and act, and these messages are delivered by parents, peers and media. Girls who don’t fit in or who are marginalized in some way, such as Indigenous, racialized or lesbian and bisexual girls, are at even greater risk of emotional distress, suicide attempts and victimization. Today’s girls are facing more pressure from more sources to be good, smart, helpful, sexy and

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liberated all at the same time. On top of that, racialized girls and Indigenous girls have to cope with stereotypes about their race. Sound confusing? It is. Girls with low self-esteem can feel pressured to have sex earlier. More than a quarter of Ontario high school girls in a recent study admitted someone had pressured them into a sexual act they didn’t want to do. Girls also cope with more subtle forms of violence that go unnoticed. Sexual comments in the hallways and bullying may be more than playful banter. “Boys will be boys,” we might say to explain it away. But consider that one quarter of Canadian girls say they don’t feel safe at school. Once they find school unbearable, girls who fall between the cracks often fall hard in life. Girls who drop out before high school grow up to make about half the average income of male dropouts. Beyond these shocking facts is inspiring evidence of resilience, like the fact that immigrant girls are more likely to stay in school than their Canadian-born coun-

terparts, even as they encounter bullying and discrimination. Investing in girls pays off. Think of the economic contributions that more empowered girls will make, and the innovative solutions they will create as tomorrow’s leaders. Plus, the costs to society of poor mental health and violence are weighty. For example, childhood sexual abuse, which inordinately affects girls, costs Canada an estimated $3.7 billion annually. What’s the solution? We have to change the world in which girls are growing up, as well as empower them to be agents of change themselves. We can’t gloss over the real challenges in girls’ lives by believing higher self-esteem will solve everything. Policies and programs to improve kids’ mental health and reduce violence must take girls into account. We need more safe spaces for girls in our communities where they can discover their strengths. Girls tend to internalize their difficulties, but in well-designed girls’ groups, they learn that they

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are not alone and gain inspiration to create change. Research shows that girls-only programs that focus on assets and skills are far more effective than just reminding girls of the risks before them. Critical thinking is perhaps the best tool a girl can gain, so that she can uncover hidden messages about what a girl or woman is supposed to be. I f provided with positive role models and given the chance to raise their voices in their communities, girls can grow into their full potential. Girls can be whatever they want to be. Empowered girls will help make Canada’s communities, economy and environment even more healthy, fair and secure. But first, we must lower the hurdles that stand in their way and give them the room to run. Saman Ahsan is executive director of Girls Action Foundation, a national non-profit that has been advancing girls’ empowerment since 1995. Her column is distributed through www.


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Letters to the editor

Reader questions future of long-term care

CitySpeak This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Lynne Mulder questions regarding the Notice of Motion she put forward at a recent council meeting.



You put forward a Notice of Motion at the council meeting on March 5th. Can you share this Notice of Motion with the public? “The motion which I put forward with Councillor Paul Harris was “Be it resolved that the City of Red Deer direct administration to amend the Dialogue Charter to include the exploration of systems of representation including a discussion about wards with the goal being how the community can best be represented by council,” said Mulder.

What was your rationale for putting this resolution forward? “I put this motion forward for two primary reasons. First, as described in Councillor Harris’ recent CitySpeak, Dialogue is one of our six themes outlined in our Strategic Plan. How to engage our community in meaningful ways to ensure that we make the best possible decisions for our City, is a high priority for council in the next couple of years and beyond,” said Mulder. “To this end, a Dialogue Charter is currently being developed which will frame the processes which will best result in full and comprehensive dialogue with our citizens. We want to know how council can best represent the community it serves through comprehensive engagement.” She added the second reason for putting forward this notice of motion was to clarify for the public why she, and indeed the majority of council, did not support a previous Notice of Motion asking for a plebiscite question to be formulated for the 2013 ballot, regarding the ward system as the preferred system of representation for the City of Red Deer. “As you will recall, this motion was defeated by a vote of six to three. A number of voices in the community seemed to believe that this was council’s way of thwarting the public will and that council was not interested in hearing from their public. The opposite was indeed true. I did not support reducing this complex issue to a yes/no question,” said Mulder. “That is not, and never has been, my understanding of dialogue. By asking this yes or no question, really has us jumping to a solution before we have explored the underlying concerns and issues. We need to know what system of representation will best meet the needs of our community. Our City should have the best system of representation – we deserve it and your voice must be heard. But let’s not reach closure so quickly – there may be other options other than a pure ward or at large system which would better meet our needs.”

What would a positive outcome look like if this motion were to be supported by council? “I would hope to see a well designed process for exploring systems of representation which would best engage our public. The Dialogue Charter is the perfect venue to gauge public opinion and how they can be represented by council,” said Mulder. “Dialogue and engagement involve more than asking yes or no questions to complex issues such as a public representation system. Once the issue has been fully explored and the community is more aware of the options – then a plebiscite might be the answer. But, this is an important decision for our City and one that requires an informed and engaged community.” She added she would like to see this dialogue take place regardless of the outcome of the current petition on a plebiscite. “I have no problem with this initiative and recognize that we will get some input which will help us as we move forward. But it is only through dialogue and engagement that we can get a full and comprehensive understanding of this issue,” said Mulder. “It is also important to remember that a different system of representation could not take place until 2017 at the earliest. We have time to explore this issue fully and I believe we will be able to make a better and more informed decision. “So, once again, I would like to assure our community that a vote of no to a plebiscite on the ward system was not an attempt to stifle input or to disregard community views – it was to ensure that a more in depth engagement process would take place and a more community focused decision could be made.”


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Today we have received news that the Government of Alberta is going to close Michener Centre and that 50 senior people described as “medically fragile” are going to be absorbed into our long-term care system. This is in addition to the potential 49 people who must leave Aspen Ridge Masterpiece because the company has cancelled its contract with Alberta Health Services and they cannot afford the high cost of private for profit long-term care. Then we have people on the waiting list for long-term care now and those that will potentially need it over the next few years. Where are the beds and services and trained staff for all of this going to come from? Will they be provided by a provincially-funded and administered system as they are now or will they be placed in private for profit facilities? What is going to happen to the present staff at Michener Centre who know how to support the specialized needs of the people in their care? Will there be a mass layoff like we went through when the government shut down the Red Deer Nursing Home and Valley Park Manor? Change is not always a negative thing. Sometimes change has to occur and when clients get the same level of care in a group home as they do

in the institution then we can believe that it is an improvement in their quality of life. How is the government going to assure that these people who are being moved out of Michener Centre will get the same level of care as they have received in the publicly administered system? I do not think it is the will of Albertans to save taxpayer money at the expense of our most vulnerable people. We need to know these things will be in place before the doors close behind us. Michener Centre sits on some pretty valuable land. As a province we could benefit from the value of that property. How transparent is our government going to be about the use or sale of the property? Will we know or will it have the same lack of transparency as we have had for almost three years with regard to the use of the buildings and land where the Red Deer Nursing Home and Valley Park Manor sit empty? Questions waiting to be answered. But the most distressing question of all concerns how our system can absorb and properly care for our seniors who require longterm care.

Brenda Corney Friends of Medicare Red Deer Chapter

Pothole mess in City Yesterday I was driving through Mountview and I could not believe the horrible conditions of the road. I had to swerve numerous times to miss potholes that seemed to be every where. It really seems that this year they are worse than ever and I would like to know when something is going to be done about it.

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I can’t imagine the damage this is doing to my car and sometimes you just can’t miss them. I know the City is working to resolve this issue, however one has to wonder where they are fixing the potholes because I have yet to see one crew out and about.

Gwendolyn LeBlanc Red Deer

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In the spirit of Easter, the City of Red Deer has been conducting its own hunt – but instead of looking for eggs and chocolate, we have been hunting for a 50-year-old time capsule. “When we set out to do a time capsule as a part of our centennial celebrations, we discovered that The City, 50 years ago, had placed a time capsule in City Hall on March 25, 1963,” said City Manager, Craig Curtis. “The location was a bit of a mystery as there was no plaque to mark its place. Nevertheless, members of the community soon pointed the way and lead us on this search.” And so the hunt began. Calls were made to local Historian Michael Dawe, who gave some direction based on his memories of the event, to past City staff, past council members, and the City’s archives department was enlisted to try and find documentation of the missing capsule. The location was narrowed down to two places on the outside of City Hall thanks to calls and internal research, and through the help of Pascal Mancuso Construction Ltd. (PMCL), who removed the plaque on the park side steps, the lost was found. “It is really exciting to make this a part of our Time Capsule Ceremony,” said Charlaine Rausch, the City’s corporate events specialist. The Time Capsule Ceremony will take place on March 25 at 10:30 a.m. in City Hall Park. The contents of the capsule will paint a picture of Red Deer in 2013 – profiling things like how Red Deer has grown in size, progressed as a community, and how technology, the media, and the people who live here have shaped Red Deer. It will include letters and messages to our future Red Deerians. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the Snell Gallery, Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, where we will unveil the contents of the 1963 time capsule. or more information on this event, and other centennial events, visit www. - Fawcett

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Seminar held to analyze poverty in Red Deer BY TANIS REID Red Deer Express The Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) held a recent seminar to discuss battling poverty in Central Alberta. The event, Prosperity For All: Preparing Red Deer for poverty reduction by creating a Vibrant Community was well attended and Co-chair for CAPRA Tricia Haggarty-Roberts was pleased to see different populations represented by the attendees of the meeting. Liz Weaver, VP of the Tamarack Institute and lead for Vibrant Communities Canada, was one of the speakers at the seminar and she shared the vision that Red Deer is a part of. The vision is to come to a day when 100 cities and communities from all across Canada connect together to reduce poverty for over one million Canadians. By creating Vibrant Canadian Communities it is possible to significantly reduce the human, social and economic cost of poverty. The goal is to have aligned poverty reduction strategies in cities, provinces and the federal government, which will result in reduced poverty for one million Canadians. “Poverty in Red Deer is certainly broad,” said Haggarty-Roberts. “We have individuals who can’t afford the cost of food. It is a choice between rent and food. We have people who are working and yet cannot meet all of their bills, individuals who use

shelters, or who are just struggling. We see a lot of couch surfing, and kids that are affected. We see seniors that are on waiting lists for affordable housing. It’s a wide cross.” According to Mayor Morris Flewwelling Red Deer has made progress in the past nine years when it comes to the area of housing. Haggarty-Roberts acknowledged the importance of housing when it comes to poverty. “We know that housing and homelessness is one piece of the poverty puzzle,” said Haggarty-Roberts. There are nine other key investment areas for investment for a Poverty Reduction Strategy including education, demand-driven jobs and skills training and upgrading, appropriate income supplementation and strong social infrastructure. These 10 priority, key investment areas were what the groups were discussing at the seminar. CAPRA cross-laid these areas with eight priority populations that are specific to Central Alberta. The six major ones include aboriginals, people with disabilities, recent immigrants, seniors, single parents and women. “These are populations that we are going to cross with affordable housing, early childhood development education, demand-driven jobs, and if we can localize into these areas with those populations we think we can actually make some change,” said Haggarty-Roberts.

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Bill Lough holds a picture of his late brother, David, who was a long-time resident of Michener Centre.

DON’T CLOSE MICHENER CENTRE A message from Bill Lough, president of the Society of Parents & Friends of Michener Centre

IT’S NOT A CHOICE In 2007, Michener residents and their families were given the choice between leaving or remaining at their Michener Centre home. Ninety per cent chose to remain for its safe environment and quality services. Premier Redford is ignoring our choice. IT’S A PROMISE BROKEN The government also promised residents, families and guardians that Michener would not close. Premier Redford has broken that promise. IT’S HOME Michener Centre is home to individuals with serious developmental disabilities. For many, staff are like family. For some, it’s the only family they have. Many have lived there more than 40 years. Premier Redford is evicting them from their home. IT’S NOT RIGHT Tell Premier Redford and your MLAs to respect the choice of individuals, families and guardians, to keep her government’s promises and not evict Alberta’s most vulnerable citizens from Michener. Keep Michener in our community for the residents, their families and for the dedicated employees who provide quality care.

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Tips for Fraud Prevention Month As March is Fraud Prevention Month across Canada, City RCMP is offering the following information about frauds and scams. The following is information gathered from the Government of Canada – Competition Bureau regarding identified frauds.

Money transfer requests You receive an email or letter from a scammer asking your help to transfer a large amount of money overseas. You are then offered a share of the money if you agree to give them your bank account details. They will ask you to pay taxes and fees prior to receiving your share. You will never be sent any of the money. The fraudulent cheque or money order is sent to you for an amount more that what the item costs. You’re then requested to send the remaining difference back by money order or cash, which cannot be traced.  You later learn from the bank that the cheque or money order is fraudulent.  As a result, you, the victim is responsible for the amount received from the individual as well

as the money sent back to him/her.

Internet scams Scammers can use the Internet to promote fraud though unsolicited or junk emails, known as spam. Scammers use a wide range of tricks to get their software onto your computer. They may trick you by clicking on a link or pop-up message in a spam email, or by getting you to visit a fake web site set up solely to infect people’s computers. Don’t reply to spam emails, even to unsubscribe, and do not click on any links or call any telephone number listed in a spam email.

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fyi EVENTS Check out the Bakeless Bake Sale benefitting the Lacombe Hospital Auxiliary. The campaign runs through to April 12. Proceeds go to equipment for the comfort and care of patients in the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre. For more information or to donate, call the David Thompson Health Trust at 1-877-895-4430 or email da-vidthompsonhealth-trust. com/lacombebakesale.htm. The Central Alberta Historical meeting will be held March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Snell Auditorium in the downtown library. Historian Michael Dawe will tell the stories behind the history of Red Deer’s incorporation in 1913. For further information contact Iris 403-340-2588. A Free women’s event -- Fellowship with a purpose. How Red Deer is helping those in need will take place March 21 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Deer Park Alliance Church. We will be hearing from a number of community agencies about their services to help those in need. RSVP to or call Beverly at 403-347-4733. Dessert and coffee will be served. Red Deer Garden Club member potluck supper will be on March 21 at Kerry Wood Nature. Bring hot dish, plate and utensils. More information call Noreen at 403-3467728 or 403-357-4071. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance will be holding a spring forum, general meeting and special meeting on March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rosebud Community Hall. Cost is $15 per person. The topic will be ‘One Mind, One Heart, One Watershed – Our Interconnectivity with Earth, Air and Water.’ Ponoka Moose Lodge Country & Western Dance runs March 22 at Moose Hall, Hwy 2A, Ponoka. Music by Hot Spur. Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. $12.50 pp, $10 pp. Moose members. Light snacks included. Call Dave or Karen at 403-783-2738.

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Central Alberta Singles dance runs March 23 2 at the Penhold Hall. Music by Lost Highway. Doors open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Members and invited guests only; new members are welcome. Other dances are set for April 27 and May 25. For more information, call Elaine at 403-341-7653 or Bob at 403-304-7440. Cultural Mosaic Celebration runs March 23 at Festival Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the cultural diversity in Red Deer. Visit Holy Week Services: March 25 at St. Leonard’s on the Hill (4241 44 St.), March 26 at Gaetz United Church (4758 Ross St.), March

or email programs@ldreddeer. ca for more information. Multi-church seniors Luncheon on March 27 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Livings Stones Church. Guest singer is Laurisa Williams. Cost is $8. Pay at the door. The Lacombe Farmer’s Market is having a special Easter sale on March 28 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Lots of home baking, crafts, eggs, jewelry, woodwork, honey, perogies and more. For information or to book a table call 403-782-4772. Central Alberta Theatre presents On Golden Pond at the Memorial

Learners. Improve your English workplace communication skills. This two level program for intermediate English language learners focuses on employability and workplace skills. Upon successful completion of both levels, you will be prepared to apply for, obtain, and retain employment or to seek promotion. Must be a permanent resident or hold refugee status. Classes run from April 9th – June 27, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Donald School of Business downtown Red Deer. Contact or call 403-3434010. No charge for participants. A folk concert will be presented at The Hub on April 5 at 7 p.m. with Saskia and Darrel. Tickets

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Visit us at 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (5508 48A Ave.), March 28 at Knox Presbyterian Church (4718 Ross St.) All services begin at noon followed by soup lunch. For further information con-tact Linda 403-347-6073. Easter Bake Sale - St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. 3932 - 46th St. on March 23rd from 10:00am - 2 p.m. Raffle for Ukrainian Easter Basket. Tickets $5 each or 5 for $20. The Learning Disabilities Association – Red Deer Chapter Speakers Series features Jeannette Davis, program director, who will explore strategies for helping elementary school age children learn basic math on March 27th. The series will be held in tutor room of LDA, lower level (3757 43rd Ave.) from 7 8:30 pm. Prepaid registration requested, $15 for non-members and members free. Phone Jeannette at 403-340-3885


Centre March 29-30, and April 3-6. For ticket information, check out Christ in the Passover – Tzachi Danor of Jews for Jesus will recreate the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called Christ in the Passover at First Baptist Church on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. CAPS (Central Alberta Photographic Society) is hosting an evening presentation for photographers. Landscape photographers Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chysanthou will be giving a talk on Essential & Advanced Filters. Date is April 3rd from 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Circle 4820 47A Ave. Cost is $30. Tickets are available at McBain Camera. LINC- Employment Readiness Program for English Language

are $15/person and $30/families; and are available at the door. (Cash only please). Saskia and Darrel performed at the Festival Hall with Gary Fjellgaard last November for a full house during a fundraiser for the Red Deer Cultural Society and hope you will come and support them at The Hub where partial proceeds will be left at The Hub. Frühlingsfest spring dinner and dance will take place April 6. The event, hosted by the GermanCanadian Club of Red Deer, will take place in The Chalet at the Westerner Grounds. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. with the dance to follow at 9 p.m. Early bird tickets (before March 30) are $40 for adults, $20 for kids aged seven to 14 and $5 for kids under seven. Tickets purchased after March 30 are $50 for adults, $30 for kids aged seven to 14 and $10 for kids under seven. Call John at 403-342-1073 for more.

The Canadian Mental Health Association and the Red Deer Public Library have joined forces to talk about books and to discuss characters that move us, challenge us, or change how we view ourselves or our world. When: the first Tuesday every month from 6-8 p.m. Where: Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch. April 2 - Light Housekeeping by Jeanette Winterson. May 7 - Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and on June 4 - The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks. Fabulous Fabric Sale - April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gaetz United Church - 4758 Ross St. Unused fabric, yarn, notions, patterns, embellishments - everything for the knitter, quilter, fibre artist and home sewer. Cash only. All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign. For information contact Millie 403-346-4225. Noah’s Ark Playschool is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is proud to present Mary Rice Hopkins Live in Concert featuring Darcie Maze on April 13th, at 6:30 p.m. Rice Hopkins has touched the hearts of many with her simple yet profound melodies. For more details, visit www. and search ‘Mary Rice Hopkins in Red Deer’. Tickets will $5 each. Children under 2 are free. Call 403-3465659 to reserve your tickets. Call Elsie at 403-346-5659. Art in the Garden Red Deer Spring Show and Sale at Parkland Garden Centre runs April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location is three miles east of 30th Ave. on Hwy 11. The Annual Dahlia Tuber, Gladiolus Corm and Mignon Dahlia Sale hosted by the Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society (ADGS) will take place April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bower Place Shopping Centre. There will be many varieties of dahlia tubers and glad corms as well as potted Mignon Dahlias for sale. Each tuber sells for $5 non-members, $4 members. orms: 2 for $1. Potted Mignon Dahlias: $5. New members to AGDS will receive two free tubers and two free corms. The ADGS is a non-profit society promoting the culture

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Week of March 20 - March 27, 2013 and development of dahlias and gladiolus. For further information contact Lorne McArthur at 403-346-4902 or visit our website at The 18th annual Marching Show band Classic is set to be hosted by the Red Deer Royals on May 5 at the Enmax Centrium. The performance runs from 1-3:30 p.m. Recreational group and couple dance classes for adults and children will be offered by the Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers eight Monday evenings until April 22nd, with the exception of April 1st, at Festival Hall (4214 58th St.). Children’s classes will run from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., adults from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $40 per person or $60 per family of three or more. To register call 403347-5303 or 403-341-4672. Fulfill your love of singing by joining the Red Deer Chamber Singers. Our repertoire consists of a diverse selection of choral arrangements, including classical, folk, and pop. You will receive training from seasoned professionals to enhance your vocal technique. This season will be devoted to preparation for the annual Spring Concert, taking place in the last week of May. For more information, contact Sadie at 403-347-5166. Zumba Gold is held on Monday mornings from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. at the Golden Circle. This is a senior-friendly entry level dance fitness class. A drop in fee of $4.50 applies. Sit and Be Fit is held every Wednesday from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. There is a drop in fee of $2. Whist is held on the second and fourth Friday of each month starting at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $2. Bridge singles meet on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $2. Bridge partners meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. There is a fee of $3. Do you have an interest in singing for seniors? The Tony Connelly Singers celebrate their goal by preparing 10 programs each year filled with oldies, newer music, sing-a-long and instrumental highlights with a friendly, easygoing atmosphere.

We practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning, September to June at the Downtown House Seniors Centre and average four to five sing outs monthly. We welcome anyone to take part. 403-346-7316. Innisfail Town Theater’s spring production is Spirit by Peg Kehret. The Happy Hollow Rest Home brings together a variety of delightful characters, all of whom want more from life than their restricted existence allows. When 83-year-old Clara begins taking hula lessons, holding seances and sending out for pepperoni pizza, the other residents are overjoyed . . and the manager is dismayed.

sional Development Workshop on March 26 - each workshop includes working with issues of confidentiality, criminalization, harm reduction, HIV prevention, living with HIV, stigma and discrimination, transmission and universal precautions. If you work with vulnerable populations including people with addictions, people living with or affected by HIV, people who identify as gay, bi-sexual or transgendered this is a great learning opportunity with our witty and wonderful outreach educator. The workshop runs March 26 at Turning Point Central Alberta AIDS Network Society (4611-50th Ave.) The event runs from 3 - 5 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Register by calling 403-346-8858.

MEETINGS The annual general meeting of the Red Deer Action Group Society runs March 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the boardroom of suite 301, 4805 – 48 St. A special resolution is to be passed at the meeting. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Jean Stinson at 403-350-7260. The Parkland Handweavers Guild meets the second Monday of the month (not July or August) at Sunnybrook Farm at 7 p.m. New and experienced weavers welcome. For more information contact reddeerweavers@, Darlene 403-7493054, Margaret 403-346-8289,

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Nine performances between April 11-27 at the Ol’ Moose Hall, 5103-49 St. Innisfail. Tickets available at The Legman, Innisfail. Call 403-227-5966. St. Georges Day Tea runs April 21 at 2 p.m. at the Red Deer Canadian Legion. The cost is $5 and tickets are available at Legion reception.

SEMINARS Spring Promo @ YARD Yoga Studio. Bring a new friend to Yoga Class For Only $5! If your friend likes the class and signs up for the Spring Session, you both receive a free class pass worth $15. Plus, you and your friend will each be entered for a chance to win a Yard Yoga Pack. Spring Session runs March 18-June 2. Call 403-350-5830. Email: On the web: HIV and Related Issues - Profes-

Taoist Tai Chi Society has beginner classes running Monday/ Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, Mon-day/Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The first week is free; costs are $45 or $25 per month for seniors and students for four months of classes at Bay 16, Building C, 5580 45 St., Cronquist Business Park. Classes are also available in Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House and Innisfail. For information call 403-346-6772 or email Cosmos Rehabilitation Society, which supports individuals living with a developmental disability, mental illness, brain injury, physical disability, and or sensory impairment, has lots of free workshops coming up including Personal Safety, Stress Management, Grief, Handling Change, Communication and Self-Esteem. 403-343-0715.

Amy at 403-309-4026. Legion Ladies Auxilary monthly meetings run the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Alberta Room, Red Deer Legion. If you require a ride, please call Harry - 403-598-5331 before noon on meet-ing day. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Red Deer Celiac Support Group our meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at Sobeys South, 5111-22 St. in the Coffee Lounge at 7 p.m. Information on Celiac disease, symptoms, diagnosing, gluten free diet, gluten free products, recipes, coffee and samples. Meetings for 2013 – April 16, May 21, June

18, Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19. For more information, call Fay at 430-347-3248, Clarice 403341-4351 or email Red for information. Writers’ Ink, The Red Deer & District Writers Club has weekly meetings (every Tuesday) in the old farmhouse at Sunnybrook Farm (4701 30 St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. We meet, share our writing, and offer constructive criticism to one another. We also do our ut-most to improve our craft by Skyping professionals in the field of writing, by inviting guest speakers to our Spring Workshop and to the occasional meeting. Our professional library is increasing as is our knowledge gained from members who are constantly seeking new challenges and sharing successes and failures with the group. Guests are welcome! The Red Deer Pottery Club meets Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Contour Studio at the Recreation Centre, downstairs. New members always welcome. For more information call Sharon at 403-347-8061 or Karen at 403-347-0600. ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have experienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Shirley at 403-346-7160. The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursdays at l p.m. at the Golden Circle. Individuals are welcome to drop in and participate in mini art classes. Drop in fee $1 ap-plies. Phone Marianne at 403-986-2600 for information. Alberta Women’s Institute has monthly meetings; Hillsdown (second Monday, 403-3470100); Leslieville (second Wednesday, 403-729-2420) and Ridgewood (first Tuesday, 403-886-4129). Senior-friendly, low im-pact ‘dancercise’ runs at the Golden Circle Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ‘Sit and Be Fit’ runs Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 403-343-6074.

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close of nominations for the Red Deer Community Sport Awards. Many of us are active in the sports community. Few of us stop to recognize the efforts of those who make it so successful. You likely know someone who shows a level of commitment to

sports in Red Deer – whether he or she is a coach, official, volunteer, athlete, team, or business supporter, don’t forget to nominate them. There are several categories in which to nominate athletes, volunteers, businesses and other supporters



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JUKE BOX MANIA RUNS MARCH 23 Family Services of Central Alberta will be presenting the third annual Juke Box Mania on March 23 at the Harvest Centre. Juke Box Mania is a ‘Name That Tune’ game that challenges players to name artists, movie themes, TV shows and various musical genres in a fun, party-like atmosphere. Participants can dress up as their favourite group or entertainer. There will also be a photo booth, candy buffet, various contests, and opportunities to raise funds for

Family Services of Central Alberta. Tickets are available from Family Services of Central Alberta. For more information, visit

SOLID CLIMATE FOR HIRING Red Deer area employers expect a solid hiring climate for the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. “Survey data reveals that 25% of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (April to June), while three per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta Region. Another 70% of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels while two per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter. “With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s second quarter Net

Employment Outlook of 24% is a moderate increase of 12 percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Upright. “It is also a 10 per centage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating an active hiring pace for the upcoming months.” “Thanks in part to expected job gains from companies such as Walmart and Green Revolution EMS, the national hiring climate should remain upbeat,” said Byrne Luft, vice president of operations for Manpower Canada. “Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities and Construction sectors anticipate the strongest gains in the upcoming quarter, especially in Western Canada. Additionally, we’re seeing that most of the new jobs created in Canada so far this year have been full-time positions. This continuing trend toward full-time employment is an encouraging sign.”

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Hospitals’ Lottery officially kicks off in City BY TANIS REID Red Deer Express The Hospitals’ Lottery 2013 was launched last Friday and over 40% of tickets have already been sold. The grand prize for the fundraiser is the 2013 Hospitals’ Lottery Home, a 1,411 sq. ft. bungalow valued at $629,933, built by True-Line Homes. Officials said this Lottery offers more prizes than ever before with a total of 560 including the grand prize show home located in Vanier Woods at 201 Van Slyke Way. The Hospitals’ Lottery is an annual fundraiser for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. Since the inception of the lottery 14 years ago, over $4.4 million has been raised to enhance healthcare throughout the Central Zone. Tickets are sold only in Alberta and all proceeds are used to fund health care enhancements throughout the Central Zone. This year’s recipient of the money raised is the Hospital’s outpatient department. More than 16,000 Central Albertans will experience the direct benefit of this year’s Hospital’s Lottery, officials said, as the lottery is dedicated to helping buy new equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital outpatient department. The outpatient department provides a valuable array of minor surgical

and diagnostic services to patients. The department is well known for its task of casting broken bones however this department extends far past that. “Nearly 10,000 people will visit the outpatient program for the cast room and another 16,000 will come through for a minor procedure,” said Barb Mehlhorn, clinical manager of the outpatient program at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. “Beyond casts we do hundreds of different kinds of procedures in the department including minor surgical procedures,” said Mehlhorn. Surgical specialties and procedures performed in the outpatient department include urology, nonelective plastic surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, dermatology, ophthalmology and general surgery. The department will use the funds raised to reach their goal of enhancing equipment in OPD procedure and exam rooms at Red Deer Regional Hospital. The OPD will be improving their procedure room equipment and outfitting the exam rooms with new surgical equipment such as updated surgical tables, new instruments and improved surgical lighting, a cautery machine and stainless steel cabinetry, officials said. Transforming the department at the Red Deer Regional Hospital will ben-

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

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efit all the residents in Central Alberta who require minor surgery procedures and the surgeons who perform them, said Mehlhorn. She added this will decrease wait times for minor surgery procedures, increase the volume of procedures that can be done within the current space in OPD, increase flexibility to perform a variety of procedures using the same procedure room and improve the quality of service and enhance the patient experience. Ticket prices are the same as last year at $25 for a single ticket, five tickets for $100 and 15 tickets for $250. Tickets can be purchased by calling 403-340-1878 in Red Deer and area or toll free at 1-877-808-9005 or by faxing 1-866-888-0380. They can also be accessed online at www.hospitalslottery. com or by mail at P.O. Box

CHOICE FEATURES - The living room of the 2013 Hospitals’ Lottery Home is warm and inviting with its gas fireplace custom feature wall. 1098, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6S5. In person, ticket sales are available at the grand prize show home and the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office at 3942

50A Ave. An early bird draw will take place on June 25th. All tickets for this draw must be purchased before 11 p.m. on June 9th. The final draw

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Looking back to when Red Deer landed city status This weekend, Red Deer will be celebrating a very significant milestone in our community’s history. It was 100 years ago, on March 25, 1913, that Red Deer was officially incorporated as a City.


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Red Deer, at the time, had a population of only 3,000, usually considered too small to become a city. However, in 1901, when Red Deer was incorporated as a town, the community had 323 residents. Twelve years later, the population had surged nearly 10-fold. Many people optimistically predicted would grow to more than 30,000 by the early 1920s. There were some solid arguments, other than spirited optimism, to seek city status. Cities were better able to sell debentures, an important consideration for a community that heavily relied on borrowing to finance the construction of new roads, waterworks, power facilities and public buildings. Moreover, North Red Deer had become a separate village in 1911 and the residents of Red Deer West (West Park) were investigating the possibilities of incorporation. Under provincial legislation, the Town of Red Deer could only annex such areas if it received a petition signed by two-thirds of the residents of the affected area. There had already been a petition for annexation submitted by some residents of North Red Deer.

Red Deer Town council wanted to change its charter status so that it could have more flexibility in handling such requests. The Town’s solicitor, G.W. Greene, presented a draft bill of incorporation at the first Town council meeting of 1913. In order to expedite matters, the draft proposed that the current town charter be simply amended by substituting the word ‘city’ for the word ‘town’. The only other change dropped the requirement for two-thirds consent for annexation. The town councillors unanimously approved the proposals. The new mayor, F.W. Galbraith, then invited the council and town administrators to an oyster dinner at the Crown Café. The draft bill was approved by the Municipal Committee of the Alberta Legislature with virtually no debate. Edward Michener, who was Red Deer’s MLA and also the leader of the official opposition, piloted the bill through the remainder of the legislative process. The bill was unanimously approved on March 10th. The Lieutenant Governor gave his assent on March 25th. Red Deer officially became a City. Surprisingly, the news was not greeted with much fanfare back in Red Deer. The Red Deer Advocate had a front-page article on the incorporation, but it was quite a small one. There were much bigger articles on the announcement of a provincial election and a proposal to build new factories in Red Deer. The new City council did announce a competition for the de-


NEW CITY - Red Deer’s old City Hall building on the south side Ross St. (west of the current City Hall).

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sign of an official City coat of arms. Entries were received from all over Canada, but the winner was A.B. Mitchell, a local jeweler. He was awarded a $25 prize for his submission. Meanwhile, City council began work on the new City charter, a job which proved to be time consuming and occasionally contentious. Mayor Galbraith proposed that all residents, 21 years of age or older, be given the right to vote in municipal elections. The majority of aldermen balked at this radical idea. They decided instead to give the vote to all adult property owners. This was still a significant advance as it meant that married women with property could now vote, unmarried women and widows with property having been

given this right in 1901. There were also arguments over tax exemptions for churches and a minimum tax on lots. The former idea was accepted, while the latter was eventually dropped. The Alberta Legislature approved the new city charter with only a few minor changes. With the charter being officially approved on Oct. 25, 1913, Red Deer was now fully incorporated as a City. Unfortunately, during the move into the new City Hall building in 1964, the original City charter was thrown out. A replacement certificate of incorporation was issued by the provincial government on June 29th, 1971. That is the document that is now displayed in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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POLICE BRIEFS CHARGES LAID IN KIDNAPPING AND EXTORTION INCIDENT Four men have been arrested and charged after an alleged kidnapping. On March 4th at 6 p.m., the Sylvan Lake RCMP received a call requesting assistance with locating a male that had been kidnapped. The suspects were in contact with the caller demanding an undisclosed amount of money to secure the safe release of the man. On March 5th at 5 p.m., the man escaped from his captors and called for assistance. The man was then taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section took over the investigation as the victim was being held captive in Red Deer. A thorough investigation was conducted which included numerous search warrants being executed. As a result of the investigation four men have been charged. Gregory Roberts, 26, from Red Deer has been charged with two counts of extortion, one count of kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, two counts of assault and possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Roberts was also arrested

on 21 outstanding warrants. Thomas Larkin, 33, from Nova Scotia has been charged with extortion, kidnapping, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, assault with a weapon, robbery, assault and possession of stolen property over $5,000. Scott Hebert, 32, of Red Deer has been charged with two counts of extortion, one count of kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and assault. Logan Mitchell, 18 of the Innisfail/Red Deer area, has been charged two counts of extortion, one count of kidnapping and forcible confinement. Police believe that this was a targeted incident. Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding this crime contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE PAINTBALL GUN SHOOTINGS Charges have been laid after reports of multiple paintball gun shootings throughout the City. On March 13th at 11:57 p.m. the RCMP responded to a complaint from Tim Horton’s located at Gaetz Ave. and 67 St. According to the complainant, a male had shot paintballs at the building. The male fled the scene. On March 14th at 12:14 a.m. Red Deer RCMP re-

by Erin Fawcett sponded to a second paintball shooting complaint from Boston Pizza located at 7494 50th Ave. According to the complaint, four occupants in a white truck shot paintballs at a female standing in front of Boston Pizza. On March 14th at 12:17 a.m. Red Deer RCMP responded to a third complaint from McDonald’s located at 7149 50th Ave. One masked male entered the restaurant shot employees with paintballs and fled the scene. Two employees at McDonald’s had been shot with the paintballs. The suspects also fled in what was described as a white Chevrolet truck. Red Deer RCMP made patrols of the area and located the white pickup truck involved in all three paint ball incidents. Four occupants in the vehicle were arrested and two paintball guns were located in the vehicle. There were three victims, all which sustained minor injuries. Charges are pending against three adults and one young offender in relation to these incidents. The charges that are pending include assault with a weapon, mischief and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public. Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding this crime contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-3435575.

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation was founded in 1993, originally under the name “DTHR Foundation”. It’s main goal at that time was to raise awareness for the purpose of increasing fundraising potential, build positive relationships, and demonstrate the value it could bring to the community. In the past 20 years it has accomplished this and much more. The Foundation actively fundraises to enhance health care in Central Alberta through a variety of events and campaigns. Imagine you or a loved one is in Unit 32 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre getting ready for your/the end of life journey. What if you could create a legacy gift to give your family and loved ones. Maybe it is a video message, letters, stories, cards, journals, books, photographs or scrap books. What a gift of healing to leave your family or loved ones when you go, and what peace of mind for you as you begin that journey. The Palliative Care Unit in the Red Deer Regional Hospital provides the opportunity for patients to create such things every single day. Please support the Legacy Program on unit 32. What an incredible gift.

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Vancouver singer continues to push boundaries Daniel Wesley hits the road in support of new CD Ocean Wide BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Central Alberta band Punch West coast singer/songwriter Daniel Wesley is right at home in his chosen genre, reflected so perfectly on his latest CD Ocean Wide. The disc is slated for release April 9, and it pulsates with all the raw originality Wesley’s loyal legion of fans have come to expect from the gifted Vancouver-based artist. He performs at the International Beer Haus and Stage (5008 – 48th St.) on April 18. Wesley, 31, had an early start with music – he launched his first band The Dropouts at the age of 15. Later on, he fronted General Mayhem, Audiophile and Replica. He describes his family as not so much into playing music as just being enthusiastic fans of the craft. “Music doesn’t have a huge history in my family other than the fact everyone is a huge music lover,” he explains during a recent chat. “As a teen it came very naturally to me and from there you start getting into other interests – I started playing the ukulele and the trombone for a couple of years, too. You just kind of fall into things.” Over time, he found his own voice and his own style, and it was in 2006 he opted to hit the road fulltime. Since then he’s released several top-notch CDs and with his latest, Ocean Wide, fans will hear a songwriter who has truly come into his own as a lyricist and creator of melodies. The single Ocean Wide came about during a trip to South America. “I really feel that Ocean Wide is a representational song, lyrically, to my fans,” he explains. “I am saying this is what I do and I am really thankful and I am going to keep doing it no matter what, because music is what keeps me alive.” Opening cut The Bullet immediately draws the listener in with its melodic virtuosity. The bolder Fuel to Fire steps things up with an edgier performance



musically and vocally as does the infectious Sun Shine Down. Wesley also opted to produce much of the product on his own. But he also worked on two songs with Gavin Brown, who produced the Tragically Hip’s most recent disc. Those cuts were recorded during a whirlwind two-day trip to Toronto. The rest of the disc was produced in Vancouver, and ultimately, the album was done in the space of about two weeks. “The songs aren’t heavily tracked so there’s not a lot going on,” he explains. “I usually get the meat and potatoes down and then try and bring things in that pick the music up in certain spaces. But I don’t want it to be overdone. I want it to be natural – a band playing music as opposed to some processed thing anyone can do. Most of this album I (produced) on my own, and I was really free and honest in the way I recorded it.” Meanwhile, the title track, Ocean Wide, harkens back to many of Wesley’s earlier CDs with its reggae-tinged vibe. It’s not so much that he was influenced by the music of the Caribbean as he just discovered that by utilizing the jangly upstroke with his pick hand, he created music that he called ‘happy.’ It’s certainly a sentiment he wants to pass on to his audiences. Operation Help taps into that engaging sensibility as well as does breezy Hold Me. “It’s just a natural way for me to play when I am playing guitar by myself,” he explains. And people dug it when I wrote songs with that element. It came really natural to me early on in my solo career, and I have incorporated that feel a little bit on every album.” There couldn’t be a more fitting path for him to follow. “I’m so lucky I get to do this – it’s such a blast. I still have so much fun – the players that I play with and the people that show up make it all worth it. I’m looking at this like a marathon – I want to record 100 albums if I can, and play as many shows as I can. It’s a great lifestyle.”

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Compelling photos featured in local exhibit BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express A photography exhibit is showcasing the outstanding skills of a local resident who has long had a passion for capturing life on film. Harvey Brink practices psychology in Red Deer, but during his time away from the office he loves to hone his photographic skills. A current exhibit at Café Pichilingue features many striking shots of outdoor scenes, and he’s preparing to launch another exhibit on April 1 in the Velvet Olive. “I’ve been a closet photographer since I was about six,” laughs Brink who was raised on a farm near Spruce View. He was always drawn to the art form, and over the years during his education and career he has always taken the time to keep up with equipment advances as well. “Photography has always been an enjoyable hobby. As I have gotten older and thought about cutting back on work a bit, I’ve been into it a bit more. “It gets me out and about. I just love to take photos of subjects from an angle that maybe I wouldn’t have nor-

mally looked at them from, or get some detail. I also really like black and white pictures, so if I take one in colour I’m always putting it into black and white to see if I like it better. Black and white helps take away some of the distractions and lets the power of the photo show through.”


Brink loves to shoot scenes of nature and wildlife. Capturing that perfect wildlife shot can involve plenty of waiting – but it’s worth it when the opportunity surfaces. “I also like to take pictures that capture the details of old things. I’ve taken several pictures of the Nordegg mine – the old machinery and equipment.” Photos placed along the

wall of Café Pichilingue reflect Brink’s talent for spotting a range of superb subjects as well. “Some are older and some are more recent, but I thought they were all interesting pictures.” Outstanding examples abound, from the pale, ethereal qualities of to the timeless pop culture of Is It Really Her? – a shot of a Marilyn Monroe lookalike driving a convertible in a Studio City lot in Los Angeles. What adds to the magic of the photo is the expression on a young onlooker’s face, it’s a mix of astonishment and wonder. A photo called Petit Point Window shows the starkness of an abandoned Nordegg building’s interior highlighted by bright, sunlit colours visible through a window. “What caught my eye with that one was the trees through the metal screen window. It reminded me of my mom’s petit point. “I also love the texture of old wood, and the contrast of the light and dark.” Leaf Thief is a close-up shot of a intricate stem with leaves entwined around a door handle. The contrast of colour again is an empowering feature to

SHARING A SKILL – Harvey Brink’s photos are featured in an exhibit at Café Pichilingue and Mark Weber/Red Deer Express another at the Velvet Olive in April. the work with the vibrant green of the foliage shimmering against the muted, dark colours of the door. Looking to next month, the Velvet Olive show will feature photos taken during a trip to Yucatan. He’s tackling the task of going through about 500 photos and choosing 17 or so for the show. Ultimately, photography offers a means of unlimited self-expression. “I love to share my work.”

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CHEERS – From left, Dana Gress and Jody Campbell-Berdahl enjoy each other’s company at the annual Mad Hatter Tea Party this past weekend.

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Seven quick tips to help you get those flat abs If you’re interested in getting a flat stomach, there are things that you should be keeping in mind as you approach this goal. Using the wrong methods will likely only leave you feeling frustrated. The very first tip to remember if you want to get flat abs in a hurry is that you should aim to keep protein as high as possible in the diet, while also keeping your sugar intake on the low side. Protein is what will help you spare lean muscle mass as you go about the dieting process while sugar will only spike blood glucose and lead to a rapid increase in insulin in the body. Insulin is the storage hormone and when it’s


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hunger levels down lower as well, meaning it’ll be easier to go about your fat loss diet plan. The third thing that you should be focusing on if you want to get a flat stomach is performing a full body workout. Now, this is where many women go wrong in their approach to get flat abs. They start performing crunch after crunch after crunch, which will only lead them to waste time in the gym. Instead, focus on full body movements. These are the ones that will burn the most calories, work the greatest number of muscle fibers, and help you see the fastest rate of fat burning possible.

You should be constructing your full body workout with squats, lunges, dead lifts, chest presses, bent over rows, and shoulder presses for best results. If you aren’t sure how to perform these, consult a fitness professional for help. On the cardio side of things, adding some interval training to your program is a very wise move. Interval training is going to spike your metabolic rate more than any other form of exercise and will help you see faster fitness improvements as well. Interval training is quick and easy to do, so if you can add two to three, 20-25 minute sessions to your week, you will see rapid results. Interval training is a

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ON ICE - Red Deer Rebel Turner Elson maneuvers the puck around Edmonton Oil King Dysin Mayo during the last game of the regular season this past weekend. The Oil Kings won the game with Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express a final score of 3-1.

Scholarships help student athletes achieve their goals BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Students at Red Deer College benefit tremendously from the Kings & Queens Scholarship programs, and they are also a means of attracting promising athletes as well, staff say. “Our athletes probably put in a minimum of about 20 hours a week into their sport by the time you account for practices, playing and travel,” said Keith Hansen, RDC instructor and director of athletics. “It’s almost impossible for them to take on a part-time job and play a sport. So we try and help to supplement the fact they aren’t able to work with some extra dollars. “There are a lot of kids that might choose not to play and choose to work if they didn’t have the financial help. It also helps us attract better athletes as well,” he said. “So there is help for the financial needs, but it’s also making sure we’re putting the best, most competitive teams as possible

on the floor.” He said there are limitations on what RDC is allowed to give, but they can give up to tuition amounts. “It allows the students to play and not have quite the financial burden,” he said. “We’ve probably been giving supplemental scholarships for 15 years now.” Meanwhile, there are still tickets available for the 10th annual RDC Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast, set for March 28 at Westerner Park’s Parkland Pavilion. Hansen said the event is the primary means of funding the scholarships handed down each year, although there are other sources of scholarship income from private donations to endowments. Some teams put on fundraisers of their own as well through the year, and there is also the ‘Adopt an Athlete’ program at RDC, too. “We do get a number of parents who buy into the Adopt an Athlete program and help the teams out that way, and it’s definitely open to anyone in the community.” Meanwhile, hockey’s most recognizable

name, Wayne Gretzky, will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast event. He will share personal reflections from his storied career, during an event that is sure to inspire athletes and fans of all sport. Gretzky will be joined on stage by commentator Kelly Chase who will emcee the event. The breakfast gets underway at 7:30 a.m. There is also a private meet and greet with Gretzky from 10 to 11:30 a.m. “The fact we can have a speaker of that quality – someone who has been basically everything to the hockey scene but also he’s always been an ambassador as far as Olympics events go. He’s done everything when it comes to sport, so I think he’ll be great for our athletes to hear. I think it will be a wonderful event. “We’re also hoping to attract as many people as we possibly can.” Hansen hopes to see some 1,500 guests ultimately attend. Gretzky first donned the famous number 99 as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, a jersey that he wore to The

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Finding success at the professional level is the goal of one of Red Deer College Kings’ volleyball players. Sam Brisbane, 19, who is taking the Bachelor of Commerce program at RDC in hopes of becoming an accountant, was recently named ‘Athlete of the Week’ by the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). Brisbane, who is from Melbourne, Australia, came to Canada at the end of August last year to attend RDC. “There’s no college sport in Australia so if I wanted to get an education and get better at volleyball I had to go overseas. I knew a couple of people who had come to Canada and I emailed a few coaches and here I am. I went to the ACAC and Red Deer was at the top of the ladder, so I knew I wanted

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June 8, 1948 - March 13, 2013 It is with extreme sorrow that we say farewell to a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Barbara passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice with three generations of Gilchrist guys by her side on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Barb was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on June 8, 1948 and resided there until moving to Red Deer in 1986. Although we take comfort in knowing that her brave and courageous battle has ended, she will be lovingly remembered and terribly missed by her husband and best friend; Ian Gilchrist of Red Deer, son; Todd, daughterin-law; Judy, and grandchildren; Connor and Madison of Sherwood Park, a very special niece; Holly Stockall (Travis Revitt) of Calgary, and step-daughter; Jackie (James) Goby and their children Ben and Karlee of Avonlea and Regina, Saskatchewan. Also left to mourn Barb’s loss are her very special friends; Kim Courte, Delinda Olsen and Kathryn Goertzen, who stood by her through thick and thin. Barb will forever be remembered by all who knew her and for her great outlook on life and the positive attitude she had towards any obstacles that were thrown at her. Barb was predeceased by her father; Edwin Stockall in 1957, mother; Isabella Stockall in 1994 and brother; Bob Stockall in 2007. Barb’s family would truly like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at the Central Alberta Cancer Centre for years of treatment and understanding, and the very understanding and caring staff at the Red Deer Hospice for the comfort afforded to Barb during her short stay there. In honor of Barb’s life, a celebration will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287- 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. As a gesture of gratitude for the excellent care provided to Barb, memorial donations may be made directly to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre, 3942 – 50A Avenue, Red Deer, T4N 4E7 or the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4R 3S6. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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ZAKO, Zoltan “Zoli” 1924 – 2013 Mr. Zoltan Zako of Red Deer, Alberta passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the age of 88 years. A revolutionary of 1956, Zoli fled from Hungary via France and entered into Canada via Saint John, New Brunswick, where he gained his Canadian citizenship. He lived and worked in various places in Canada; from the province of British Columbia where Zoli worked at the Keno Silver Mine, then from there onto the province of Alberta, where he worked for the City of Red Deer at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for many years, eventually retiring in Red Deer. Zoli represented Canada well as a good citizen. Zoli’s friends wish to express their thanks to the wonderful people at Piper Creek Lodge and his many friends; both Hungarian and Canadian. It is with great sadness that we lay him to rest. We will miss Zoli. In honor of Zoli, friends are invited to gather at a Graveside Service, which will take place at Alto Reste Cemetery, Hwy. 11 East, Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www. Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.


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GRANDE PRAIRIE Regional College has Collaborative degree programs in Nursing, Computing and Education that you can complete right on its Grande Prairie campus. We offer a great college experience - small class sizes, excellent instructors that care about you and your future, small town atmosphere with city amenities. You can also start on your chosen degree in Engineering, Fine Arts, Music, Arts, Science, Business or Commerce - a great transition from high school to university. Call 1-888-539-2911 for more information and to speak with an advisor;



CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers, Super Heater Operators with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959. MORGAN CONSTRUCTION & ENVIRONMENTAL LTD. - Looking for experienced Heavy Equipment Operators & Heavy Equipment Mechanics for work in oilfield & heavy civil construction projects. Competitive wages, full benefits & opportunity for year round work. Email resume: Fax 780-960-8930 or apply in person: 702 Acheson Road, Acheson, Alberta NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets



JOURNALISTS, Graphic Artists, Marketing and more. Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. Free. Visit: resumes_add.php.

Restaurant/ Hotel


THE TAMARACK INN requires an experienced Bar Manager with Protect and ProServe. Contact Marty at 403-845-5252 or fax resume to 403-845-4848.

Sales & Distributors


ELEMENTS is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling skin and body care in Parkland Mall. $12.10/hr, F/T position. Please email: elementsreddeer@ SOAP STORIES is seeking energetic retail sales reps for Parkland Shopping Centre in Red Deer. $12.50/hr. Email Resume to



PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE. HELP WANTED: AG Mechanic/Service Manager required on farm/feedlot operation in south central Alberta. Mechanic licence an asset but not required. Competitive wages and benefits. Housing available. Please fax resume to 403-546-2445. Email: careers or phone 403-312-3577 INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853.

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EXPERIENCED TRUCK DRIVER required for hauling heavy equipment. Rates negotiable & benefits available. Fax resume 780-778-2444.

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ATTENTION SEMI GRANDE PRAIRIE OPERATORS! Regional College has Are you looking to downsize? Collaborative degree Haul RVs from USA to programs in Nursing, western Canada! 5-6 day Computing and Education round trip. Looking for 1 that you can complete right ton O/O. 1-866-736-6483; on its Grande Prairie www. campus. We offer a great college experience - small class sizes, excellent DRIVERS WANTED. instructors that care about Terrific career opportunity you and your future, small with outstanding growth town atmosphere with city potential to learn how to amenities. You can also locate rail defects. No rail start on your chosen experience needed! degree in Engineering, Extensive paid travel, Fine Arts, Music, Arts, meal allowance, 4 weeks Science, Business or vacation & benefits Commerce - a great package. Skills needed transition from high school Ability to travel 3 months at to university. a time, valid licence with Call 1-888-539-2911 air brake endorsement. for more information and to Compensation based on speak with an advisor; prior driving experience. Apply at Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on under careers, in Classifieds keyword Driver. Do not fill in city or state Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

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75 QUARTERS LAND, Oyen, Alberta - Ritchie Bros Unreserved Auction. 1HQ, 30 Parcels Farmland, 6 Parcels Grazing Lease, $21,000 Surface Lease Revenue. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652;

HUGE RECEIVERSHIP DO BUSINESS in Yukon! AUCTION. Emerald Metal 1,831 sq. ft. prime ground Fabricators. Complete tank floor retail space on the fabricating facility. Main Street in Whitehorse, Tuesday, March 26, Yukon, next to Starbuck’s. 10 a.m., Tofield, Alberta. For floorplan/photos, Foothills Equipment call 1-867-333-9966. Liquidation, 780-922-6248; ESTABLISHED, TURN Bidspotter online KEY Acrylic & Gel Nail bidding available. business for sale. All equipment & supplies to go with. Drayton Valley, BIG STRAPPER Alberta. 780-542-6668. AUCTIONS

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Building Supplies

BIG BUILDING SALE. “This is a clearance sale you don’t want to miss!� 20x20 $3, 985, 25x24 $4,595, 30x36 $6,859, 35x48 $11,200, 40x52 $13,100, 47x76 $18,265. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

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RITCHIE BROS UNRESERVED AUCTION. Oyen, Alberta, March 23 at Noon. Red & Black Angus 230 mature cows, 25 replacement heifers, 12 mature bulls. Bobby Miller: 403-358-1393 or SIMMERON SIMMENTALS, Fullblood Full Fleckvieh Bulls, yearlings and 2 year olds, polled and horned, A.I. blood lines, very quiet, muscled. 780-913-7963. VERMILLIONAIRES 27TH CHAROLAIS Bull Sale. April 6, 2013, 1 p.m. Nilsson Bros. Livestock Vermilion. 80 - 2 year olds 15 Yearlings, white & red factor horned & polled. All bulls tie broke, semen tested. Don Good 780-853-2220; Brian Chrisp 780-853-3315 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

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Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 is now accepting applications from quali¿ed individuals for the contract position of Returning Of¿cer for the 2013 School Board Trustee Election commencing August 12, 2013. The successful contractor must understand and act in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act. Duties will include as per the Local Authorities Election Act in accordance with Section 14 as follows; - the appointment of deputies and other persons as required - the establishment of voting stations - the designation of at least two deputies to work at each voting station, one of whom shall be designated as the PDRO and the training of same - to provide for the supply and delivery of ballots, ballot boxes, instructions to electors and other necessary supplies to all voting stations - to give notice of nominations - to receive nominations - to declare acclamations - to give notice of elections - to do all things necessary for the conduct of an election. Cover letter and resume, complete with the names and telephone numbers of three current work related references are accepted by email only and should be forwarded to: Allan Tarnoczi, Associate Superintendent Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 Email:

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ROOMY - This spacious master bedroom in a Platinum Homes & Development show home in Red Deer is large enough to host not only a king-size bed but also a separate sitting area for more resting options.

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Striking the balance with home humidity levels I am discovering that life is about balance and moisture! Hydration is a fundamental key to survival and longevity, especially for those of us living in the parched prairies. I grew up in Medicine Hat which is an arid climate and when I go back to visit I am always shocked at how dry it is! I remember the years I spent designing there and the constant issues we had with hardwood installations due to the dry air. Central Alberta is a bit better as far as humidity goes but it can still cause issues for flooring if humidity isn’t maintained. As I was washing my floors recently I noticed that gaps had appeared between the boards which had not been there before.


LEWIS Checking my humidifier I found that it was turned off and the humidity was below 20% - turn on the humidifier and problem solved! Solid hardwood (like I have) is more prone to shrinking and expanding than engineered wood so keeping a faithful eye on your humidity is very important. Thirty per cent of a tree’s weight is due to the moisture content (or water) present in the wood. All the cells are full and tight with water, much like a wa-

ter balloon. Cut that tree down and water ceases to flow to and fill the cells of the wood resulting in shrinkage. Wood that has been cut and processed will still absorb and release moisture and will have a fluctuating moisture content of between 7-11%. As wood responds to changes in humidity it will change dimension resulting in gapping or ‘tenting’. With my house being dry the hardwood reacted and lost moisture, the cells in the wood shrunk and as a result my hardwood is showing gaps. It’s hard to believe that the wood under our feet is shrinking and expanding every single day, it’s almost like it is still a living product.

That is the beauty and the maintenance of hardwood that homeowners can come to expect, it is a small price to pay for having such a beautiful product in our homes. If we work at keeping our moisture levels at the recommended percentage not only will we have happy hardwood but many other things in our lives will benefit. The proper balance of humidity is just that – balanced. Too much humidity encourages the growth of certain moulds and dust mites while not enough humidity may cause respiratory irritation and dry itchy skin. Our skin flakes and our lips tend to crack and separate when it is too dry, much like our hardwood will pull apart if it gets too

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dry – something to think about. I can tell that I have been in ‘the business too long’ when I am sweating out at hot yoga in a steamy damp room and my first thought is – good thing there isn’t hardwood in this room! Why that would come to my mind is beyond me but I have to confess the shot of humidity felt great on my skin after the class even though the profuse sweating was very uncomfortable at the time. Even though spring is coming and our humidity levels will start to rise, keep a check on the levels in your home. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, 0-30% is too low, 50% or higher is too high and 30-50% is just right. Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


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Developing a ‘payment shock elimination strategy’ Mortgage interest rates have been exceedingly low since the beginning of 2009, which was due to the economic crash in September 2008.

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payment upon renewal. The looks I get when I explain their next payment is the same with everyone shock and confusion. The interest rate I use to explain the next payment is based on the pre-2009, 20year average discounted interest rate, which is 5.85%. The last time we had those high of rates was not so long ago, it was immediately after the September crisis of 2008. To eliminate what we call payment shock, one has to be prepared for it. The next step is to create a ďŹ ve-year mortgage plan, and ďŹ nd out how much you are going to owe at the end of the ďŹ ve years. In the above example, they will owe $258,594 at the end of their ďŹ fth-year and that’s if they don’t take advantage of any pre-payment privileges. We input the end-of-term mortgage value of $257,317 and enter the 20-year average rate of 5.85%, and this is the part where I get all the glances, their renewal payment will be $1,819.97, based on a 20-year amortization. Once they’ve settled down and accepted the fact interest rates are

key to mortgage costs, and learning that one has to be prepared to act and take advantage of these times we review the payment shock elimination strategy. This next part is very simple, but has to be done every year so that you can take advantage of the savings and take control of your mortgage. We take the renewal payment of $1,819.97 subtract the current payment of $1,430 and we come up with a value of $389. This is the increase in monthly payment in ďŹ ve years should you do nothing. But the strategy is to take that $389/month and divide it by ďŹ ve (years of your ďŹ xed mortgage) and it comes to $77.80. After your ďŹ rst year, you call your lender and you increase your monthly payment by $78/month, and on each anniversary date of your mortgage you increase your monthly payment by that $78/month and you’ll be right on target for that next payment on your renewal date. Jean-Guy Turcotte is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending Centres - Regional Mortgage Group.

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couples in Red Deer she works in an ofďŹ ce and has a two-year diploma, whereas her ďŹ ancĂŠ works in the oil ďŹ eld. They are both understanding of frugality, live within their means and they’ve saved up their down payment and closing costs in a little over a year. They recently purchased a house for $310,000 and their payment is going to be $1,430/month, based on a 2.99% rate and a 25-year amortization. Every one of my clients is provided with a history of interest rates. I explain where the interest rate market has been, detailing average interest rates prior to 2009 then to where we are today and where the mortgage interest market is going. That last part is the most important, as interest rates will be much higher thus increasing the mortgage




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Selecting a customized hardwood floor No other flooring option delivers splendour, warmth and value of natural wood. Today there are countless colours available to choose from as well as different species, each with their unique characteristics. No matter the decor style of your home - modern, contemporary, zen, rustic or urban – today’s hardwood flooring manufacturers have something for every style and taste. In fact, one of North America’s leading manufacturers, Mercier Wood Flooring, boasts over 13 wood species and 74 rich colors and one can choose among over 2,000 options of every conceivable description. “From natural rustic looks to cutting edge contemporary, we can offer so many colors, species, finishes, strip widths, and grades that the possibilities for personalizing your floor are almost endless,” explained Michel Collin, director of marketing for Mercier. Here are the four key steps to consider, ac-

cording to Collin, to create a unique centerpiece hardwood floor that’s custom tailored for any interior space from country home to urban loft. 1. Colour scheme Are you looking for something light or dark? Understated or with bold character? Choose the colour that best matches your decor from a wide variety of colours available in each species. For uniform hue and a clean look, opt for either ‘select and better or ‘premium’ grades. If you enjoy more pronounced colour variation and wood with more character, you may prefer ‘antique’ or ‘classic’ grades. 2. Species From Red Oak, Hard Maple, Yellow Birch, White Ash, White Oak or Brazilian Cherry, each wood species has its own personality and distinct look (grades and width) that comes across in its maturity, hardness, and durability. 3. Gloss Depending on the species, you can choose be-

tween a matte, semi-gloss and satin finish. A matte, semi-gloss finish tends to project a more formal atmosphere; whereas the natural look of a satin finish will feel more casual and better disguise wear and tear. 4. Widths and textures Wider planks, which are becoming increasingly popular, tend to create a more casual rustic appearance, while narrow planks are more formal. Manufacturers, such as Mercier, are now offering 6 ½” and even 7 1/4” boards in certain species. This is part of the emerging trend of the last few years where consumers are seeking out more rustic looks for their hardwood flooring choices. Along with wider boards, another way this is achieved is with the latest use of different textures to give wood either a distressed look of barn wood, prominent knots, or the natural lines of boards planed the oldfashioned way.

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