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Private wolf bounties decried BY BOB WEBER THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Conservationists are warning that privately funded bounties for killing wolves are shifting control over Alberta’s wildlife management to special interest groups. The Alberta Wilderness Association has compiled data showing that “harvest incentives” offered by northern municipal districts and hunting and trapping groups are encouraging an increasing and unregulated number of wolf kills. The Alberta government says the province has plenty of wolves and doesn’t believe the private bounties are a concern. The Alberta Fish and Game Association says wolves are a growing threat to livestock and popular big-game animals. Others say the bounties are leading to unselective killing because animals from moose to grizzly bears also are strangled in snares set for wolves. Carolyn Campbell of the wilderness association says the bounties — which can be three times the value of a wolf pelt — are an ineffective response to the predators and represent an old-fashioned and unethical approach to wildlife. “Albertans want a more responsible, modern relationship with wildlife that recognizes that wolves have a value and shouldn’t just be shot on sight,” she said Wednesday. “It’s just unethical, as well as it doesn’t address the problem of livestock predation. “We should be managing wolves based on science and not for the pleasure of special interest groups.”
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Red Deer Rebels goaltender Patrik Bartosak makes the last save of the game while teammate Brandon Underwood celebrates in the background as the Rebels beat the Raiders 3-2 in Prince Albert to sweep their playoff series in four straight games. Please see B6 for game story.
Grant cut surprises child-care advocates BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Central Alberta child-care advocates are shocked that a provincial grant used for staff training, equipment and other purposes in day homes and other agencies will be cut on Monday. The Progressive Conservative government an-
nounced the grant loss as part of its provincial budget on March 7. This Quality Enhancement Grant, which has been in place since 2003, used to give $7,500 annually for all accredited child-care centres and day home agencies, and $4,000 for all accredited before-and-after school programs.
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Beauty of a parody lands Bashaw a music concert BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF A beauty of a video has landed tiny Bashaw with the Small Town Saturday Night country music concert — and the chance to turn local creativity into long-term sustainability. Bashaw’s online parody of the musical Beauty and the Beast beat out competition from many larger rural centres in the province-wide contest sponsored by Travel Alberta and the Big Valley Jamboree. As a result, the town of 900 people won the right to stage the April 27 concert featuring singers Chad Brownlee, Clayton Bellamy and others. Bashaw also received $5,000 towards creative youth programs. “We are beyond excited . . . we were up against larger communities, including Cold Lake and Bonnyville,” said Jackie Northey, a member of the Bashaw Small Town Saturday Night organizing committee.
In Bashaw’s tongue-incheek video, a rewritten version of Belle’s Song from Beauty and the Beast is used to introduce viewers to the picturesque community east of Ponoka. The promotional clip starts off with local singer Hannah Miller, dressed as Belle, stepping out of a colourful cottage and Scan to see related video sniffing tulips spilling out of a flower box in January. Local resident Ty Wilson makes an appearance as Belle’s wooer, Gaston, and dozens of other Bashaw citizens also get into the fairy-tale spirit.
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Petition launched to restore bus service BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF A Red Deer woman who depends on Red Deer Transit to get around is not giving up her fight for restored bus service. Last summer, Cherise Piercy gathered 471 signatures on a petition calling on Red Deer city council to reverse the decision to reduce late-night transit service from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes after 10:45 p.m. The service was chopped last April as part of cost savings in the 2012 operating budget. The service reduction saved the city an estimated Cherise Piercy $160,000. “It doesn’t make any sense for them to take it away in the first place,” said Piercy. “Red Deer Transit needs to get better, not worse.” Piercy’s initial petition got the council’s atten-
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tion but it ultimately reaffirmed its position. Council agreed to review the issue again in the 2013 budget talks in January. Piercy hopes a second petition will do the trick. She has started a new petition calling for restored late-night service and another for extended hours on Sunday. Piercy said the bus-riding community needs full service, seven days a week. She said there are residents who simply cannot afford to take taxis and others who are worried about safety when waiting longer for the bus. “Red Deer is making decisions that make it harder for people to travel and afford public transportation,” said Piercy. Coun. Paul Harris unsuccessfully pushed to restore the service. Harris said the savings was essentially given to the whole community on the backs of people who need to the service to get home and work in low-paying jobs. The city is expected to lay the ground work for a major transit review this year. Contact Piercy at 403-307-2940 for information on the petition. email@example.com
Battle against pine beetle goes microscopic BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Gnawing pests that are devastating Canada’s forests and agriculture may not have an appetite for destruction for long, thanks to a recent scientific breakthrough. Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre have decoded the genome of the mountain pine beetle, which will allow for a first look into how the beetles can cause so much devastation, and why. Because mountain pine beetles live under a tree’s bark, the bugs can’t be sprayed and keeping the in-
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BOUNTY: At least $166K paid Starting in about 2010, several municipal districts in Alberta began offering bounties for wolf carcasses killed on private land. Those districts now include Big Lakes, Clear Hills, Bonnyville, St. Paul and Two Hills. The bounties range between $15 and $300 per wolf. Figures compiled by the wilderness association suggest at least 524 wolves have been killed since 2010, although the group hasn’t been able to get numbers from all districts. At least $166,000 has been paid in bounties. In addition, two branches of the Alberta Fish and Game Association and some branches of the Alberta Trappers Association offer a $300 bounty. “Wolf predation on farm animals and wild animals is increasing at a high rate,” said fish and game president Gordon Poirier. The packs are doing well after several years of good deer numbers, he said. “The wolves are smiling and happy and fat.” But this year’s tough winter has them turning to other food sources, including popular big-game targets such as moose and elk, Poirier said. Fish and game members don’t like the competition. “They want less wolves, more animals left on the ground — elk, primarily.” Although she supports eliminating wolves that develop a taste for livestock, Campbell said there’s no scientific evidence that killing them reduces predation.
CUTS: Money must come from somewhere Kim Lee, owner/operator of privately run Razzle Dazzle Family Day Home, said the money was used for training, children’s programs, equipment, toys and resources, so it was well used and was definitely an enhancement to their services. She has since spoken with parents, providers, staff and others to find out whether these enhancements should continue and the answer was a re-
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sect’s voracious hunger at bay is difficult. Christopher Keeling, research associate at the genome centre, said decoding the beetle’s genome will allow scientists to uncover some of the pine beetle’s secrets — such as how it can survive the bitter cold. He said the information can also be used to help manage the epidemic in the future. The breakthrough opens up research for not only pine beetles, but all beetles and weevils that can be costly for the agriculture industry, Keeling said. This includes pesky species like the spruce beetle, the southern pine beetle and the eastern larch beetle, all of which have wreaked havoc on Canada’s forests. sounding ‘Yes.’ The dilemma now is how to get that $7,500 through other means. That could include pulling from one part of the budget, using partnerships within the community to reduce costs and increasing parent fees. Lee said they’re looking at what to do so that it has the least amount of impact. Lee, who is also the spokeswoman for the Alberta Family Child Care Association, said they were surprised by the elimination although Premier Alison Redford had said it would be a lean budget. “I guess we should have been prepared for some kind of budget cuts,” said Lee on Wednesday. “This programming has been well received through the years that we’ve had it. It’s been a benefit to each program and we’re thankful to have had it.” Lee said that most of the agencies she’s spoken with plan to keep the enhancements and that they’ll find a way to make it happen while trying to have a minimal impact on families and children. The non-profit Red Deer Child Care Society began in 1970 and includes day homes, daycares, play schools and school-age programs at elementary schools. Executive director Rob Elliot said it will affect programs in terms of some of the supplies and training. The society board will look at ways to replace that funding. “We were a bit surprised, but we have appreciated the (money),” said Elliot. Increasing parent fees is one possibility, he said. Bill Moore-Kilgannon, executive director of Public Interest Alberta, said that Alberta already provides among the lowest funding for child care compared to other provinces and this cut completely contradicts the commitment to make child care one of the top priorities of the government’s new Social Policy Framework. firstname.lastname@example.org
BASHAW: Hopes to use concert to sell town They include local pickup drivers, the town’s mayor, a 90-something-year-old local entrepreneur, and reams of local school children. The clever, two-minute effort earned Bashaw 30
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A Scorpio Masonry worker washes windows above the Red Deer College Arts Centre Foyer Wednesday. The company’s wrapping up $400,000 in work to repair the barrel-shaped portion of the Arthur Erickson-designed building’s facade. Water seepage over the building’s 26 years froze and thawed, destabilizing the bricks. per cent of overall votes cast in the on-line contest to stage a “mini Big Valley Jamboree.” By bringing singers Brownlee, Bellamy, as well as Bobby Wills, Alee, Tenille to town, Northey hopes the crowd-drawing Small Town Saturday Night concert will be an opportunity to sell Bashaw to potential new residents. She said rural centres must always have sustainability in mind. “We can showcase the town, support the kids and hopefully attract new faces to the community,” added Northey, who is a learning co-ordinator with the Bashaw Adult Learning Council. The council intends to put the $5,000 prize money from Travel Alberta towards the Bashaw School’s Arts Infusion Program and the Bashaw Creative Community Committee. All proceeds from the benefit concert will also go towards these projects. Northey said the idea for the musical video was sparked by a local stage production of Beauty and the Beast, which had just wrapped before the video was made in January. Many of the cast members were filmed by local videographer Ben Wilson. “We have an unusual number of creative people for a small community,” said Northey, who noted Bashaw has two community theatre groups — one of which launched a fundraising campaign to renovate the historic local theatre. There’s also a local visual arts club, hand-bell choir, and various musical organizations. “We have an incredible amount of talented people,” she added, including set and costume builders. Northey said the whole community got behind the video, which is why it was such a success. Last year, the town was in the top-five municipal finalists in the Alberta-wide contest that was won by Legal. “Bashaw’s perseverance, creativity and competitive spirit have once again shone the spotlight on this wonderful Alberta community,” said Larry Werner, producer of Panhandle Productions, which puts on the annual Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose. Alberta’s tourism minister, Richard Starke, said Bashaw’s winning entry is indicative of the “tremendous community spirit and pride” shown by rural towns across the province. The Small Town Saturday Night contest aims to promote the “exceptional experiences” available outside of major centres. Ticket information for the country concert slated for the Bashaw arena is expected to be available next week. email@example.com
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Senior who died while trying to get help a ‘hero’ BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CROWSNEST PASS — Lorraine Berreth huddled with her friend in the cold SUV, stuck in the snow on a mountain road in southern Alberta, praying she would soon see some headlights, emergency lights — anything in the dark. She hoped her friend’s 71-year-old husband, Franklin Kuehn, had found help after setting out on foot hours earlier. “That’s all I could think of — yellow flashing lights,” Berreth said Wednesday, choking back tears. “I thought Franklin would be hanging on the road grader or something, you know, all smiles and ’I’m back. We’re going to be OK.”’ But by the time the sun came up, Berreth, 66, and Lynn Kuehn, 69, realized he must have died somewhere out in the wilderness and no one was coming to the rescue. RCMP confirmed they found the man’s body Monday morning on the side of a road accessible only by snowmobile, in the Crowsnest Pass area just east of the boundary with British Columbia. It appears he had trudged about 15 kilometres through heavy snow, then curled up and fallen asleep. Mounties believe he died of hypothermia.
Berreth, back in her rural home near the tiny community of Granum, Alta., talked about how the afternoon drive out with friends turned deadly, and how she’ll always consider Franklin Kuehn a hero. She said police told her they picked up a signal on Kuehn’s cellphone that helped them find his body and later locate the two women. She might not have survived had it not been for the man, she said. “He left to save us.” Kuehn, a retired farmer and truck driver, also once worked as a foreman for Granum’s public works office, said Berreth. He was active but had some health problems, including bad knees and feet. He and his wife, married 51 years, often included Berreth, whose husband had been killed in a plane crash, on their outings. Last Sunday they dropped by her house to take her for supper in nearby Coleman. It was a beautiful, sunny day and Kuehn suggested they take some scenic back roads. They never considered telling anyone where they were going, said Berreth. Kuehn was driving a four-wheel drive GMC Jimmy, but once it got onto a forestry road that hadn’t been cleared, it got stuck. Kuehn usually carried a shovel, but for some reason it wasn’t in the vehicle. He tried rocking the vehicle back and forth and kicking snow out from the tires, but nothing worked.
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They tried using their cellphones, but had no service. “He was so mad at himself,” said Berreth. “He knew we were stranded and could die.” Wearing only a leather jacket and slip-on shoes with the backs cut out, he decided to walk for help. Berreth explained he had broken both heels earlier and often customized his shoes to make them more comfortable. The two women sat in the vehicle overnight, sipping water and nibbling on granola bars, turning the ignition once in awhile for heat. They talked about news stories of other people who had survived after being stranded in stuck vehicles for days. They hoped they would, too. By 10 a.m., fearing Kuehn was dead, Berreth told her friend they should start walking too, since no one knew where they were. Lynn Kuehn also had a bad knee and didn’t have her inhaler for asthma. Wearing light jackets and sneakers and high-heeled boots, they set out stepping into the footprints Franklin Kuehn had made the day before. They had made it about five kilometres when searchers on snowmobiles came across their path. “I said, ’Oh, thank God.’ I didn’t think we were going to make it.”
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BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF
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A Red Deer County peace officer watches traffic pass the wreck of a pickup that rolled over on northbound Hwy 2 just north of the Hwy 42 overpass Wednesday morning. There was no word on injuries, but the northbound slow lane was closed, causing traffic to back up well past the overpass.
No bitumen in waste water leak: Suncor BY THE CANADIAN PRESS FORT MCMURRAY — Oilsands giant Suncor says there was no bitumen in waste water that leaked from a burst pipe earlier this week. An email from the company late Wednesday also says 350,000 litres of waste water leaked into the Athabasca River for about 10 hours. “As soon as we realized there was a discharge into the river, work immediately began to stop the flow,” said the email from Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal. “Our tests confirm the process affected water was a combination of water with suspended solids (clays and fine particulates) and inorganic and organic compounds. It does not contain bitumen. “This process affected water was mixed with treated water, prior to entering the river. The ratio was approximately six parts treated water to one part process affected water.” The company says it has hired a third party to determine the impact of the waste water entering the river, but adds according to its calculations, it likely had a “short term, negligible impact on the river.” Suncor also called the release of waste water into the river “unacceptable. “Water quality is an important issue for us, the community and is of paramount concern to our
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Caroline residents pushing for a new community centre are hoping they have made their case. A public meeting on the project drew about 350 people in the village of 500 last week. Another 1,500 live in the surrounding area. Residents in the community banded together because they fear that $1 million in approved grants are in jeopardy unless work gets underway soon on the centre, which would include space for a playschool, dance and yoga studios, the chamber of commerce, a medical clinic and fitness centre. The $1.3 million-centre would be an expansion of the village’s Kurt Browning Complex. The province has promised $500,000 and Clearwater County has agreed to match it. But if the work is not completed by next March, the provincial money could be lost. Residents are accusing the village of dragging its feet on the issue. “It was a really good meeting,” said Kirsten Collison, of the gathering in a local gymnasium. Local businesses offered to do concrete work and supply windows for the project, said Collison, a local teacher who serves on the dance board. “So it was really positive. A lot of people were stepping forward and saying we can help with this.” However, village officials expressed concern about what impact the addition would have on local property taxes, which are already high. But Clearwater County already subsidizes 90 per cent of the Kurt Browning Complex, Collison said. Those who attended the meeting were asked to sign a petition on leaving: either in support of the community centre, or a village-led proposal to renovate the existing building. That proposal would see the complex modernized and bathrooms and electrical systems upgraded, and possibly the ice plant. The cost was estimated at roughly $825,000. The community centre got 156 votes of support, against only four for the other proposal, she said. Now, residents are waiting to see what the village’s next move is. Village officials were to meet with Clearwater County representatives on Wednesday night. “Right now, we’re waiting. We don’t know how much more impact we can have until they make a decision.” Therese Kleeburger, the village’s chief administrative officer, confirmed the two municipalities will discuss the future of the facility. “Now we’re going to meet with them and find out where to next,” she said. No date has been set for the issue to return to council. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
An opportunity, or else LUKASZUK’S LETTER SETS GROUNDWORK FOR A NEW REALITY IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk has sent a heavyhanded, non-negotiable edict to the province’s 26 colleges and universities. It came like a thunderbolt out of the Tory blue — and it will precipitously change the way all of them operate. It will certainly change the way stuGREG dents make NEIMAN choices for post-secondary education. And I find myself in agreement with a good part of what’s being done. Or at least, the stated intent. As university commentators on news reports and radio talk shows have already said: the devil is in the details. Stating government intentions in a five-page letter to all college and university boards is one thing; the actual work is in the follow-up, which we have yet to see.
But if the Red Deer College board of governors can finesse its way through what will be two weeks of chaotic discussion, and if the blunt force of government handles this right, families in Central Alberta can come out big winners in Lukaszuk’s proposed revamp. “It’s time we rethink how we deliver education. This will not be mandated from my office. It will be collaborative,” said the minister. Or else. “What we arrive at is negotiable but the fact is there will be change and change has to occur — and that is not negotiable.” The boards of governors have until April 11 to draft a reply to Lukaszuk’s “letter of expectation.” For “expectation” insert “the reason we give you all this money.” Here’s one expectation: The province wants to establish a “Campus Alberta,” wherein students in any academic program anywhere in Alberta will have full transferability to the same programs in other institutions. That could be a godsend to Red Deer College — if things are handled right. Why have we been fighting for years for Red Deer College to have full university status? It’s because not having one means that any student in our area who wants a degree has to leave our
region to get one. The college, as well as Red Deer taxpayers and business groups, have been complaining for years that once we send our students away for higher education, they seldom come back. We’ve been paying for that “brain drain” for decades. If students in Red Deer can get the first three years of an academic program here, and finish their final year at a university that would grant them their degree, they and their families would save tens of thousands of dollars. And it becomes more likely the student would begin career planning here, rather than in Edmonton or Calgary. So the universities must first review all their programs, to see if they are really “in demand by employers and students.” More, Lukaszuk’s letter tells them to “enhance your work with business and industry to maximize the responsiveness to community and regional economic and social needs.” All of this is right up RDC’s alley. It’s been the college’s bread and butter for a long time. What’s missing is the completion of the college’s mission to offer a full menu of both academic and trade op-
tions. RDC has transfer contracts for a limited number of programs with universities, but Lukaszuk wants more. So do we. For instance, a student could begin a bachelor of science program here in Red Deer, and study here three years, living at home. Upon completing the program’s final year at the University of Alberta with full transferability of courses, that student would become eligible to enter the U of A’s masters-level program in occupational therapy. Now there’s a program with a future. That’s just one example. There could be a dozen others. The U of A has responded, saying they don’t want to be a cookie-cutter institution. But they have been increasing their institutional emphasis on post-graduate programs and research (at the cost of excellence in undergrad instruction) for years. Smaller regional colleges like RDC can make better cookies, cheaper — and in the places that employers and taxpayers want them. Sit down quickly with the devil and work out the details. Or else. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate. blogspot.ca or email greg.neiman.blog@ gmail.com.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Promises broken over Michener Will anyone in the provincial government please tell us why they broke their promise to keep current residents of Michener Centre in place until they die? I hope the government will not continue to insult our intelligence by telling us what Gene Zwozdesky did and deny any recollection of such a promise or as Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski did and tell us that scientific studies indicate that this is the best solution for residents. If Jablonski is to be believed, why were residents not moved prior to the budget fiasco? Moving most of these individuals into continuing care, and placing them in beds badly needed by seniors currently languishing in active treatment hospital beds, is a breach of trust to both residents and seniors. It should be obvious to everyone, except those in government and their spin doctors, that this is being done solely to save money at the expense of the residents, who are defenceless, and seniors who are easy targets. Rather than slashing services to the most needy, the government needs to pull its head out of its ideological orifice and do something about its revenue problem. I am not talking about raising tax rates, I am talking about restoring tax rates to their pre-existing levels. Getting rid of the flat tax, and restoring the old pre-Klein progressive tax structure, will eliminate the deficit. The wealthiest Albertans will pay a rate no higher than they did under Klein. Middle- and lower-income Albertans will pay less. Since Albertans in the lower- and middle-income range make up the vast majority of voters, this should a no brainer, even to those currently in power. Wealthy Albertans will still be the taxed at the lowest rate in Canada so there will be no incentive for them to move. Alberta will remain the lowest taxed jurisdiction in Canada. The government also needs to re-introduce the pre-Stelmach premiums for Alberta Health Care. We should not believe their spin that this would be a tax on the poor as the poor were subsidized and never paid these premiums in the first place. Finally, when energy prices improve, they need to do something about the royalty structure. Do these things and the self-imposed budget problems will disappear. Michael O’Hanlon Red Deer
E-cigarettes still carry risks Electronic cigarettes have been the topic of multiple articles in the Advocate this year. While at times glamourizing the appeal of this controversial new product, these articles clearly articulated three important facts: that e-cigarettes are unregulated, that nicotine cartridges are illegal and that they come in a variety of flavours that are appealing to youth. Given that these devices are growing in popularity and are becoming increasingly accessible, it is important for people — especially parents — to know the facts. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that look and feel like real cigarettes. They are designed to deliver nicotine without subjecting a user to the toxic chemicals found in tobacco and tobacco smoke. When the user inhales, a small amount of liquid from the cartridge is drawn into the atomizer, where it turns to vapor. The vapor is then inhaled into the lungs giving the user a feeling of smoking a real cigarette. While nicotine cartridges are illegal in Canada, there are no regulations prohibiting or controlling the sale of e-cigarette devices or of cartridges that claim to be nicotine-free. These products are growing in popularity despite reports that only a small proportion of people trying to quit smoking state that they find it helpful to use e-cigarettes without nicotine.
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Pure nicotine is a Schedule F drug in Canada, meaning it is illegal for anyone to dispense it other than a pharmacist with a doctor’s prescription. It is classified this way because it is a very dangerous drug. People who illegally import nicotine cartridges and sell them should be treated by the police for what they are — drug dealers. Many nicotine products developed for e-cigarettes contain enough nicotine to be lethal if ingested. Nicotine replacement therapies that are sold over the counter are rigorously tested by Health Canada for safety before being cleared for sale. The nicotine cartridges in e-cigarettes have no quality controls and are not regulated; using them should be considered reckless and dangerous. It is also irresponsible for manufacturers of these devices to take advantage of the lack of regulation in order to market their products to youth. We are pleased to read that e-cigarette producers are calling for better regulation of these devices. We wonder, however, if these same businesspeople would be willing to avoid marketing gimmicks that attract youth and non-smokers, if it meant making less money. If more youth and non-smokers begin developing addictions as a result of e-cigarette use, it is likely that these products will do more harm than good. If so, manufacturers and vendors should be held accountable. The tobacco industry recognizes the market value of these products and has bought out several ecigarette manufacturers. This industry has a long and well documented track record of deceptive and predatory business practices that target children. This industry needs tight regulation. We need well designed, independent, scientific research to evaluate e-cigarettes for their potential as tools to help people quit smoking. Proper scientific testing should help government set proper e-cigarette policy. If these tools are deemed to be safe and effective, government must regulate their sale and use to ensure that non-smokers — especially kids — are not enticed to use a product that could lead to nicotine addiction and further tobacco consumption. Until overarching regulations are in effect, local policy makers should treat e-cigarettes like other tobacco products. Parents should also be aware of the risks and of the appeal that these products might have for their kids, particularly when adult role models are using them. Sarah Hawkins On behalf of the CATRAC Team Red Deer
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Does government have a conscience? Like many decent people had already done before me, I too write to you protesting the closure of the Michener Centre in Red Deer. I am a relatively new physician to Red Deer, having arrived from Grande Prairie last summer. Even though I run a private practice for the most part, I had an opportunity to do a number of house calls to Michener Centre to see some of the severely disabled patients. Michener Centre made a deep impression upon me. I am very impressed with the calibre of this facility. It is very clean and organized. There is an outstandingly positive caring atmosphere. The mentally and physically infirm residents are truly cared for very well by the outstanding staff and management. This facility deserves and award of excellence, not closure. The Alberta government officials who made the decision to close Michener Centre still have time to abort their decision in dignity. Perhaps they never visited the place or have been misinformed? Preserving this institution would be most civilized, for we must bring to their attention a humbling quote from Mahatma Ghandi who once stated: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Sir Winston Churchill, the U.S. President Harry Truman and Pope John Paul II also said something similar at one time or another. What on earth is our government thinking? Please note that there is an online petition awaiting more signatures at http://www.change.org/petitions/premier-alison-redford-conservative-government-please-keep-michener-centre-open Dr. Miloslav Bozdech Red Deer
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Man found not criminally responsible KILLED TORONTO COP WITH A SNOW PLOW BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A mentally disturbed man who mowed down and killed a Toronto police officer with a snow plow will be sent to a psychiatric hospital instead of prison after a jury found that his illness was to blame. Richard Kachkar, 46, showed no emotion Wednesday as a jury found him not criminally responsible in the death of Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35. The verdict was clearly deeply unsatisfying for Russell’s family, including his widow Christine, who hoped for a first-degree murder conviction and its accompanying life sentence. “I imagine like most people that everyone is very disap- Sgt. Ryan Russell pointed, that we’re heartbroken,” Christine Russell said outside court, standing beside the head of the Toronto police union. “I believe that Ryan deserved a lot better than this...There is no healing. There’s no closure. There’s no end.” The jury’s verdict, reached in the third day of de-
liberations, means they believed Kachkar couldn’t appreciate what he was doing when he drove the 5,050-kilogram plow at Russell, knocking him down, fracturing his skull and leaving him dying in the snow. Now that he has been declared not criminally responsible, the Ontario Review Board will assess him and he will be sent to be treated at a psychiatric facility. After the initial assessment, he will be subject to annual reviews. Only when the board decides he is not a significant threat to public safety will he be fully discharged. Christine Russell said she will remain in limbo as she fights at each annual hearing to keep Kachkar under care. Her four-year-old son Nolan is worried that the man who killed his father will hurt him too, she said. After the funeral, Nolan, then two years old, asked where his daddy was, Russell said. Now he is starting to understand. “One night he was very upset,” she said in a victim impact statement. “I asked him why he was crying and he said, ‘Because daddy can’t come down from heaven and read to me.’ Just recently he told me, ‘I’m not happy because I want daddy to come home.”’ Kachkar was assessed for the trial by three prominent forensic psychiatrists, including one who was chosen by the Crown, each of whom found that the drifter from St. Catharines, Ont., was psychotic when
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he killed Russell, that his mind had broken from reality. Now that he is able to grasp what he did, Kachkar “feels terrible,” his lawyer Bob Richardson said. Some people may not agree with the verdict, Richardson acknowledged outside court, but noted it doesn’t mean his client will just walk free. “I think before people criticize something they should take the time to perhaps try and understand it,” he said. “It’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s a recognition that someone is very, very sick and needs to be treated...It doesn’t mean that they’re not accountable. He’s accountable because he’s going into the hospital system.” Though all three forensic psychiatrists agreed that psychosis had taken hold of Kachkar’s mind, they were unsure exactly how to categorize his mental illness and they all struggled with a specific diagnosis. Dr. Philip Klassen said if he had to offer a diagnosis it would be either an unspecified psychotic disorder or possibly schizophrenia. He suggested that Kachkar suffered for several years from a “low-grade” mental illness with periodic spikes, such as in 2006 when he woke up in the middle of the night screaming that he was possessed by the devil and slapped his wife. It appears to have spiked again before Kachkar killed Russell, Klassen testified at trial.
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OTTAWA — Police need special wiretap orders — not just ordinary search warrants — to intercept cellphone text messages as part of criminal investigations, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday. In a 5-2 decision, the court sided with wireless carrier Telus (TSX:T) by agreeing that text messaging is essentially another form of conversation and should receive the same protection to which private communications are entitled under the Criminal Code. “Text messaging is, in essence, an electronic conversation,” Justice Rosalie Abella wrote for the majority of the court. “Technical differences inherent in new technology should not determine the scope of protection afforded to private communications. “The only practical difference between text messaging and traditional voice communications is the transmission process. This distinction should not take text messages outside the protection to which private communications are entitled.” The case arose out of Owen Sound, Ont., after the Ontario Superior Court granted police a general warrant that ordered Telus to turn over any text messages sent or received by two of its customers between March 18 and March 30, 2010. The warrant also compelled Telus to provide police with copies of the customers’ texts every day for the following two weeks. Unlike many other wireless carriers, Telus stores copies of all text messages sent or received by its subscribers in a database for 30 days. The company argued that even though copies of the messages were kept in a database, police would still be “intercepting” the communication by seizing the texts and would therefore need to get a wiretap order, which is more difficult to obtain than a general warrant, because of privacy provisions in the Criminal Code. The federal Crown said that would clog the courts with thousands of wiretap applications each year. Telus lost its initial bid to quash the warrant and appealed to the Supreme Court. The company’s lawyers argued police need wiretap authorization under the Criminal Code to seize private text messages. “The intrusion on a person’s privacy is identical
OTTAWA — As federal MPs prepare to go back to their ridings for two weeks, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae is packing up his office. Wednesday marked Rae’s final meeting with the Liberal caucus as the party’s caretaker boss; by the time the House of Commons resumes in mid-April, someone else will have the job of Liberal leader and the office that goes with it. But the man chosen by the Liberals to lead the party after it was decimated in the 2011 election says while he’ll have new digs off the Hill and a new seat in the Commons, he has no intention of disappearing. “I’m not going to be crazy uncle Bob coming down from the attic every once in a while to make a speech to the kids,” Rae told a news conference, his wife and children watching nearby. “It’s not my intention to do that.” Rae said he is proud of the two years he spent at the helm of the party and believes he is leaving it in better shape than he found it, both financially and in terms of morale. “I think we’ve been able to restore a good spirit in the caucus and in the party, a good spirit of unity, a good spirit of real solidarity, of people working together,” he said. “I think that’s been very very positive and I think we stayed in the game.” In the two years since the Liberals were reduced to third-party status, recent polls suggest the party is clawing its way back to respectability, thanks in part to the high-profile leadership bid of presumptive front-runner Justin Trudeau. The Liberals are scheduled to announce the results of their leadership contest April 14. Rae said he intends to stay in the caucus until the next federal election in 2015, but won’t commit to sticking around after that. Meanwhile, he said he looks forward to speaking with his successor about his future role.
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A text message is sent on a mobile phone, November 9, 2010 in Montreal. A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday stated police need wiretap authority to snoop on cellphone text messages as part of criminal investigations. whether the police surreptitiously listen in to your conversations while they are occurring or surreptitiously read copies of your private communications that are obtained directly from the means required for delivery of the communication,” they said in written arguments. The case split the court. Justices Abella, Morris Fish and Louis LeBel said there needed to be a broad interpretation of the Criminal Code section that deals with authorizations for wiretaps to intercept private conversations, “to ensure that the general warrant is not used presumptively to prevent the circumvention of the more specific or rigorous pre-authorization requirements for warrants.” “The interpretation should not be dictated by the technology used to transmit such communications, like the computer used in this case, but by what was intended to be protected under Part VI” of the Criminal Code, Abella wrote.
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News conference on First Nation financial transparency disrupted WINNIPEG — A news conference about a law that requires First Nations to publish audited financial statements and the salaries of chiefs degenerated into a screaming match. As Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and others tried to speak in Winnipeg they were interrupted by protesters who oppose the new federal legislation. The protesters yelled and banged on drums to drown out Valcourt and a woman from the Peguis First Nation who supports the law. Valcourt and others then left the news conference and went into a guarded room. He later came out and said the First Nations Financial Transparency Act will empower aboriginal people. Pam Palmater of the Idle No More movement says she opposes the law because the financial information is already transparent.
Harper government quietly leaving UN droughts and deserts convention OTTAWA — The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, making Canada the only country in world outside the agreement. The federal cabinet last week ordered the unannounced withdrawal on the recommendation of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. The abrupt move caught the UN secretariat that administers the convention off guard, which was informed through a telephone call from The Canadian Press. The cabinet order “authorizes the Minister of Foreign Affairs to take the actions necessary to withdraw, on behalf of Canada, from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in those Countries Experiencing Severe Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa.” Canada signed the convention in 1994 and ratified it in 1995.
Judge orders Crown to share reports in ex-MP Jim Pankiw’s drunk driving trial SASKATOON — The Crown has been ordered to share reports on breath sampling equipment used when former MP Jim Pankiw was charged with impaired driving. Judge Daryl Labach has told the prosecution that it must provide calibration, maintenance and instrument reports for what was a relatively new breath sample device. The equipment was used by the Saskatoon police from May 2011 until last year. Defence lawyer Mark Brayford made a disclosure application earlier this month in Saskatoon court. The judge denied a second defence request for a recording of a conversation between an RCMP officer and Pankiw on the night he was charged in July 2011. The case has been adjourned to April 15 to discuss matters related to the judge-alone trial, which has yet to get underway.
Sask. NDP raises concerns about infants placed in at-risk youth home REGINA — Concerns are being raised about housing infants and toddlers at a home for troubled teens in Regina. NDP Leader Cam Broten questions why children as young as nine months old have been placed in Dale’s House, which is an at-risk youth facility. Social Services Minister June Draude told the legislature that children were taken to the home in an emergency for 48 hours and kept in a separate room. Draude said there were trained social workers there. One social worker, who doesn’t want to be named for fear of being fired, says Dale’s House isn’t set up for young children and youngsters were sleeping on cots or playpens in a classroom. The social worker says staff members are stretched thin and it’s only because of their vigilance that younger children are kept from troubled youth.
Elections Canada wants greater punishment powers in wake of robocalls debacle OTTAWA — Elections Canada is seeking greater powers to punish anyone caught impersonating one of its officials in the wake of the robocalls affair. The agency today released a long-anticipated report into false or misleading telephone calls made during the last federal election. The report does not shed light on the identity of the mysterious figure known as “Pierre Poutine,” the person responsible for a rash of misleading calls in ridings across the country. But it does makes a number of recommendations aimed at preventing a similar episode in future election campaigns. The report urges the government to create a new offence that includes hefty fines and jail time for anyone caught pretending to be an Elections Canada official.
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Veterinary intern Chelsea Anderson splashes water on Levi, a young adult male harbour porpoise that was rescued after being found stranded on a rock on Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island Tuesday, as it swims with the aide of a floating support at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday. The porpoise is a healthy weight but is unable to swim on his own and the rescue centre isn’t sure what caused it to strand.
Party divisions on abortion speak to wider caucus issues BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Former MP Paul Szabo remembers the day he jammed a stick in the spokes of his own majority Liberal government’s bill on reproductive technologies by getting opposition help on 76 amendments. When the legislation finally passed, Szabo said he overheard a group of his colleagues complaining to Liberal health minister Anne McLellan: “That bastard has killed the bill.” “We made changes to it which, let’s say, frustrated the operational viability of the bill,” Szabo, a passionately pro-life Catholic, said in an interview Wednesday. “But I fought it openly in caucus. I gave all my arguments directly in writing to the minister.” Since before the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s abortion law in 1988, governments of various stripes have struggled to manage internal divisions over deeply held MP opinions on the subject. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is just the latest, although circumstances may be conspiring to make his a particularly difficult juggling act. Harper is battling old perceptions of a party built on social conservative foundations and more recent evidence of a prime minister with an iron grip on every aspect of party policy. Squelch one perception and it reinforces the other. “It’s especially sensitive for Harper and the Conservatives because they got a reputation before they came into office for being on the hot, right side of all these social conservative issues,” says Lowell Murray, the Mulroney-era Conservative cabinet minister who oversaw the committee that drafted Canada’s last attempt at an abortion bill in 1990. Don Boudria, the former Liberal House leader under Jean Chretien, outlines the other side of Harper’s dilemma. “If he hadn’t been perceived from the beginning as wanting to control everything on everybody’s agenda, it would be a little bit easier for him” to allow MPs to speak freely on abortion issues, Boudria said. “How can he say today: ‘I want to control everything — except this?’ Who will believe that?”
Brian Mulroney was renowned for his caucus management skills and his ability to get everyone onside for massively ambitious projects, be they rewriting the Constitution or redrafting abortion laws. He allowed a free vote on capital punishment — a bill Mulroney himself spoke against in the House of Commons. But after the Senate effectively killed the Conservative abortion bill in 1991, “the subject was exhausted,” Murray said in an interview. “As far as we were concerned, we had to move on.” The Liberals under Chretien had a large pro-life contingent — Tom Wappel once claimed it was close to 40 per cent of caucus — but the party also embraced many MPs at the other end of the spectrum. The party was known, sometimes derisively, for its “big tent.” “Most people shrugged their (shoulders) and said, ‘Well, they’re Liberals,”’ Boudria explained. For the anti-abortion hard core who soon realized their Liberal government would never propose a new abortion law, they could say, “All right then, I’ll have my own private member’s bill,” said Boudria. “And people would say, ’Go ahead, that’s what they’re for.’ “Even if someone wanted to make the government wear it, it wouldn’t catch.” The dilemma of “wearing” a bill his government doesn’t support faces Harper, although some like Murray say it’s time to stare down that perception. The former Progressive Conservative senator argues that after seven years in power the Conservatives have a proven record on social issues and shouldn’t be so hung up on the old Reform party labels. Murray said he doesn’t believe an abortion debate by a dissident faction does present-day Conservatives any harm — “unless Harper decides to double down and bear down hard on them.” Norman Spector, a chief aide to Mulroney during the abortion debates of the late 1980s, said there were lasting lessons learned after the Senate killed the last abortion bill. “The reason Mulroney put his hands up — and I think Harper understands this — it’s futile to have the debate,” said Spector.
Alberta. Our province is sick. We need a cure. A society’s health is measured by the quality of life it brings to its people. Alberta used to have the finest education and health care systems in North America. Today, we have falling standards and failing grades in both. And it isn’t the fault of the doctors, nurses, caregivers, teachers or educators. The problem is misguided and misdirected funding. Riding high on oil royalties, the government has been on a tax-reduction spree for over 20 years. Added up, the lost tax income is literally billions and billions of dollars. So when the price of oil drops, the first thing our government does is cut services like health care. That’s no way to manage—or plan for the future. The Alberta Liberal Opposition is working to break this resource cycle with a new 30-year “Greenprint for the Future”. But first we want to hear from you. Send us your ideas. Contact Raj Sherman, Laurie Blakeman, David Swann, Darshan Kang and Kent Hehr at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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VICTORIA — Auditor general John Doyle calls the B.C. government’s carbon offset program a sham But the government and operators of the program are firing back, accusing Doyle of ignoring evidence and lacking the proper expertise to examine the system. In a report released today, Doyle says the government spent $6 million on projects to offset the effects of air pollution, but the projects would have gone ahead anyway so the offsets were not credible, and as a result the government can’t claim it has achieved carbon neutrality. Environment Minister Terry Lake rejected that finding, insisting the province is the first carbonneutral government in North America, and its offset system is based on international standards. The Pacific Carbon Trust — which manages the offset system — challenged Doyle’s findings, saying the two projects he reviewed had already been audited by two independent auditing firms and passed with flying colours. The Trust says Doyle’s office lacked the expertise to pass judgement on the program. For his part, Doyle says his office was subjected an unprecedented and orchestrated campaign of delay and interference, led by the carbon trust and the interests behind carbon offsets.
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Top court skeptical of federal law SECOND DAY OF GAY RIGHTS ARGUMENT BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, concluding two days of intense debate, has suggested it could strike down the law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to married people. The court wrapped up its arguments Wednesday over the federal Defence of Marriage Act that bans recognition of same-sex marriages in the U.S., affecting several benefits available to married couples, including survivor benefits and tax breaks. Justice Anthony Kennedy — often the decisive vote in a divided court — joined the four more liberal justices in raising questions about the provision of the act that is being challenged in the Supreme Court. The debate in the high court has garnered huge interest as polls show that public opinion in the United States has been leaning toward being in favour of gay marriage, though religious conservative still strongly oppose it. Thousands of people marched outside the Supreme Court building Tuesday, loudly supporting one side or the other. Same-sex marriage is legal in nine states and the district of Washington, while 12 others recognize “civil unions” or “domestic partnerships” that grant the same benefits without full rights of marriage. The other states ban gay marriage in their constitutions. Kennedy said the law appears to intrude on the power of the states that have chosen to recognize same-sex marriages. Other justices said the law creates what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called two classes of marriage. The federal law affects a range of benefits available to married couples, including tax breaks, survivor benefits and health insurance for spouses of federal employees. Lower federal courts have struck down the section of the law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, and now the justices, in nearly two hours of scheduled argument, were considering whether to follow suit. In 2011, the Obama administration abandoned its defence of the law but continues to enforce it. President Barack Obama declared his support for gay marriage during last year’s presidential election campaign. It still is possible the court could dismiss the case for procedural reasons, though that prospect seemed less likely than it did in Tuesday’s argument over a voter-approved gay marriage ban in California.
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Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. The motivation behind the 1996 federal law, passed by large majorities in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton, was questioned repeatedly by Justice Elena Kagan. She read from a House of Representatives report explaining that the reason for the law was “to express moral disapproval of homosexuality.” The quote produced an audible reaction in the courtroom. Paul Clement, representing the House Republican leadership in defending the law, said the more relevant question is whether Congress had “any rational basis for the statute.” He supplied one, the federal government’s interest in treating same-sex couples the same no matter where they live.
Clement said the government does not want military families “to resist transfer from West Point to Fort Sill because they’re going to lose their benefits.” The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is in New York state, where same-sex marriage is legal, and Fort Sill is in Oklahoma, where gay marriages are not legal. The argument follows Tuesday’s case over California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case in which the justices indicated they might avoid a major national ruling on whether America’s gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Even without a significant ruling, the court appeared headed for a resolution that would mean the resumption of gay and lesbian weddings in California.
Documents provide fresh look at shooting rampage PHOENIX — Almost everyone who crossed paths with Jared Loughner in the year before he shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords described a man who was becoming more unhinged and delusional by the day. He got fired from a clothing store and thrown out of college, shaved his head and got tattoos of bullets and a gun on his shoulder. He showed up at the apartment of a boyhood friend with a Glock 9 mm pistol, saying he needed it for “home protection.” He made dark comments about the government, and, according to one acquaintance, appeared suicidal. His spiral into madness hit bottom on Jan. 8, 2011. He broke down in tears when a wildlife agent pulled him over for a traffic stop. He went to a gas station and asked the clerk to call a cab as he paced nervously around the store. Gazing up at the clock, he said, “Nine twenty-five. I still got time.” About 45 minutes later, Giffords lay bleeding on the sidewalk along with 11 others who were wounded. Six people were dead. The information about Loughner’s mental state — and the fact that no one did much to get him help — emerged as a key theme in roughly 2,700 pages of investigative papers released Wednesday. Still, there was nothing to indicate exactly why he targeted Giffords. The files also provided the first glimpse into Loughner’s family and a look at parents dealing with a son who had grown nearly impossible to communicate with. “I tried to talk to him. But you can’t. He wouldn’t let you,” his father, Randy Loughner, told police.
MATALE, Sri Lanka — A judge announced Wednesday that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a mass grave were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening suspicion that they belonged to suspected Marxist rebels killed at the time. Magistrate Chathurika de Silva told a court in the central town of Matale that tests show the skeletal remains found inside the premises of a government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990. During that period, thousands of men and women suspected of having ties to the rebels disappeared after being arrested by security forces.
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Mexican anti-corruption agency failed to oversee construction of monument MEXICO CITY — An audit of a controversial monument that critics say resembles a giant cream wafer has found that Mexico’s anti-corruption agency failed to oversee spending and ignored costly errors during its construction. Formally known as the Pillar of Light, the structure was supposed to cost around $35 million, instead tax payers paid $100 million, the report released Wednesday by Congress’ audit unit said. The audit found the Public Administration Department ignored violations of construction codes and full compliance with spending regulations. The monument, which is made of a series of columns that support panels of quartz backlit in changing patterns by LED panels sandwiched between layers of the translucent stone, was intended as a gleaming symbol of hope and inspiration in a country beset by drug violence. But its construction became a topic of debate in Mexico and it is now commonly known as “suavicrema,” a cream filled cookie with a gridded surface. The 104-meter (343-foot) tall tower has also earned nicknames like “the Monument of Shame” and “the Monument of Mexican Dependence.”
Optimism in UN on global arms trade treaty as US is said to go along with deal Supporters of a strong treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade are optimistic that a final draft circulated a day before Thursday’s deadline will reach consensus. UN diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations have been private, said Wednesday the United States was virtually certain to go along with the latest text. Hopes of reaching agreement on what would be a landmark treaty were dashed last July when the U.S. said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord. Questions remain on whether Iran, Egypt, India and several other countries that had serious concerns about the text would go along with the draft, which requires agreement of all 193 UN member states for adoption.
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Theatre shooting suspect offers to plead guilty to avoid death penalty DENVER — Lawyers for Colorado theatre shooting suspect James Holmes said Wednesday he would plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty for the attack that killed 12 people and injured 7. The offer comes just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek to have Holmes put to death. Prosecutors wouldn’t say Wednesday whether they’d go along with a plea deal, and likely will consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer. If they agree, the case that started July 20 — when prosecutors say Holmes carried out the midnight massacre during a showing of the new Batman movie — could end quickly. In the filing, defence attorneys
say the only thing that would hinder Holmes changing his plea on Monday is the prosecution’s decision. In the filing, Holmes’ lawyers said they initially made the offer to plead guilty before Holmes’ arraignment on March 12. At that hearing, Holmes’ attorneys told a judge they weren’t ready to enter a plea in the case, and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Guam governor says North Korea attack unlikely HAGATNA — People in the U.S. territory of Guam should not be distracted by threats from North Korea to launch a nuclear strike, Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said. Calvo said at a news conference Wednesday in Guam that an attack is unlikely and the region is adequately protected. “It does bring some concerns, but with those concerns also you have to temper those concerns now with the history of North Korea, both the statements that its leadership has made in the past as well as the limitations that they have in their military forces,” he said. Calvo also said he spoke Wednesday with Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, and is maintaining close communications with Payne and the Pentagon. The Defence Department cannot detail military operations, plans or intelligence, Calvo said. But he said the country is ready to defend Guam and other U.S. territories, as well as its allies.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — A jury on Wednesday convicted a man for the murder of a woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying and spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated. Jurors found Mark Alan Norwood guilty of capital murder for the 1986 beating death of Christine Morton, who was attacked in her north Austin home. Prosecutors said Norwood beat and sexually assaulted the woman. He was sentenced to life in prison, but is eligible for parole after 15 years. Jurors deliberated for about three hours before returning their verdict. Morton’s husband, Michael, was initially convicted in her death in 1987, but he was exonerated and freed in 2011 after new DNA testing was done on a bloody bandanna found near the couple’s home. Investigators said the DNA evidence led them to Norwood, whose DNA was in a national database as a result of his long criminal history.
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Over the past two decades, the number of Americans having total hip replacements has more than doubled, to more than 300,000 a year. Though most patients eventually walk again without pain or the aid of a cane, recovery and rehabilitation can be rigorous, painful and lengthy. The surgery is extensive: As its name suggests, it involves removing the joint — the damaged bone and cartilage — and replacing it with prosthetic parts made of metal, plastic or ceramics. Typically, surgeons enter the joint from the rear, which requires cutting through muscle and cartilage. But with a relatively new procedure, surgeons enter from the front and only stretch the muscles aside, avoiding the Anthony Unger cutting and minimizing pain and recovery time. According to those who use this anterior technique, the benefits are substantial. Anthony Unger, medical director at the Institute of Bone and Joint Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital and a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at George Washington University Hospital, both in Washington, D.C., says the anterior approach is “truly minimally invasive.” Unger, who has done about 4,000 hip replacements over 26 years and has used the anterior technique for the past eight years, says “patients have better overall functionality, can sleep on their sides and be confident the new hip won’t dislocate.” But, as with many transitions in medical techniques, some surgeons have been reluctant to change. Although agencies and hospitals don’t track hip replacements by the type of procedure used, Unger says that, based on statistics from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, only 20 percent of its members choose the anterior approach. Joshua Jacobs, a vice president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and chairman of orthopedic surgery at Rush University in Chicago, says the AAOS doesn’t “endorse or promote one specific technique or procedure over another.” Jacobs prefers the posterior approach, which he says has been reliable for him. He says that while he’s heard about the benefits of the anterior approach, he’s “not aware of a randomized, controlled trial comparing the posterior and anterior approach that shows a definite superiority of one over the other.” What’s key is that “surgeons need to do the approach they’re most comfortable with to get the best outcomes.” ★★★ A study by Unger in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2011 found that with the anterior procedure, there was less muscle damage and inflammation both in the immediate postoperative period and two days later than with the posterior approach. Others surgeons who prefer the anterior procedure say it preserves more of the normal anatomy, which also means fewer medications and shorter hospital stays. Michael Bollinger, who operates at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Calif., switched methods a few years ago. With the anterior approach, Bollinger says, “we can take X-rays during the operation, to see if the new hip is placed correctly and adjust it, when necessary.” Many surgeons use a special operating table that makes this possible. Although surgeons can also take X-rays during the posterior procedure, it is much more difficult, and they wait until patients are in the recovery room,
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Hip replacement involves removing the joint — the damaged bone and cartilage — and replacing it with prosthetic parts made of metal, plastic or ceramics. In a break from past practice, some surgeons prefer to cut into the joint from the front. where, Bollinger says, “there’s not much that can be done.” He explains that while the body “tolerates an imperfect alignment pretty well, if a new hip gets dislocated, it’s often because it’s not in perfectly.” The anterior approach offers other benefits. Robert Saunders, a nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif., sees about 200 hip replacement patients a year. He says that “nurses love the anterior approach” because there’s less worry about dislocating the joint. “With the posterior approach, we have to spread patients’ legs apart and strap them to a pillow to keep the new joint in place. If they want to move or roll over, they can’t,” he says. Saunders says the anterior patients also have an easier time with physical therapy, which can start the same day as the surgery. “Those who’ve had the posterior procedure have a lot of pain, since, when they sit up, they’re right on top the incision,” he explains. Patrick Kennelly, a physical therapist with Smartherapy in Maryland, says people who have the anterior procedure “don’t feel so weak, because their hip muscles haven’t been cut. If they’ve had the posterior procedure, even if they don’t consciously feel weak, they tend to shift their weight onto one foot and teeter like [Charlie] Chaplin.” ★★★ Given benefits such as these, why haven’t more surgeons switched methods? Unger says that most surgeons have used the posterior approach for years, have fine results, and see no need to switch. Also, he says, they work in a “very high-stress, high-liability environment. For this reason, new techniques are adapted slowly with extreme care, and in some cases, not at all.” Unger adds that surgeons are naturally cautious and typically wait to see results from many studies before they switch methods. Besides his study, there have only been a few others. One, a prospective, randomized study by William Barrett, an orthopedic surgeon in the Seattle area, compared the two approaches in a peer-reviewed paper he presented at the 2012 annual AAOS meeting and found benefits with the anterior approach.
Another obstacle to the widespread use of the newer approach is that if established surgeons want to switch, they face time and cost constraints. They must get training in classes and cadaver labs, and the learning curve can be steep. Unger says his was relatively short — about 20 cases. Others say it took about 50 cases. And this creates economic issues. “If you’re a busy surgeon, you have a volume to maintain,” Bollinger says, “and it’s hard to go from doing three a day to one during the learning period.” Christopher Chen, a surgeon who uses the anterior approach at Alta Bates Summit, adds that most doctors “still use the posterior approach because it’s the one they were taught.” And, he says, the majority of younger surgeons learn the older approach because established surgeons are typically the ones who staff the residency training programs and demonstrate the method they know best. Most surgeons don’t profit from choosing one approach over another, Chen says. “If there is a financial incentive” for promoting the newer technique, he says, “it is that more patients will want the anterior approach, so that the surgeon does more surgeries, and therefore collects more professional fees for that.” William Hamilton, who operates at the Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic at Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital, trains young surgeons to do the anterior approach in a year-long hip and knee replacement fellowship program. Hamilton says that “during this time, they’re taught both approaches.” But he adds that “since 2009, of the 13 fellows he trained, 12 use the anterior procedure as their primary approach in their practices.” Hamilton says that “a decade ago, very few residencies and fellowships taught the anterior approach. Now, several institutions around the country have at least one surgeon teaching it. So when students leave and begin their practices, it’s no longer foreign to them.” Hamilton, who has performed 1,100 anterior procedures and strongly supports the method, says that despite growing interest, “it will take a generation of new surgeons” before use of the anterior approach is widespread.
Why you need two family doctors A 45-year-old mother of three came into my office suffering from constant stomach pain, severe bloating and urgency with bowel movements. These symptoms prevented her from leaving the house with her children because she was fearful of being unable to make it to the washroom in time. She had been to her medical doctor (MD) for the last four months, the appropriate tests were run, and different treatments were attempted with no improvement. There was apparently no plan forward as they had exhausted their options. SHANE Feeling frustrated and JOHNSON without hope, this person came in to see me. We tested NATUROPATHIC for food intolerances, made MEDICINE appropriate nutritional changes to her diet, and used naturopathic treatments for her stomach. Within three weeks, her symptoms improved dramatically, allowing her to see more of her children’s activities outside the home. This happens all too often in my office due to the limitations in the conventional medical system.
Conversely, naturopathic medicine has its limitations as well. Having a 10-month-old at home sick is not at the top of my list of favourite things. Lack of sleep, worry and stress plague every parent when their child is not feeling well. Our son was showing signs of a more serious lung infection with a cough and a temperature of 104F, which ended up being bacterial pneumonia. Our MD appropriately treated him with antibiotics, as naturopathic doctors (NDs) are unable to prescribe medications in Alberta at this time. The moral of the story here is that there is a time and a place for both MDs and NDs. We both take at least eight years of medical education, with many of the same classes, but we tend to treat patients and disease differently. Nevertheless, for optimal patient care these two methods of medicine need to be blended, in what I term the Hybrid Approach. We know objectively that MD medicine and ND medicine both work. However, there are shortcomings and limitations to both approaches. This is why I recommend that patients have two family doctors, both an ND and MD, on their health team. I still have a large number of patients who are scared to tell their MD that they are seeing a naturopathic doctor. This leads to patient frustration and guilt, a lack of communication between healthcare providers, and it prevent patients from receiving treatments that can significantly improve their
health. Whether you visit an ND first or an MD first, make sure they both know when their treatments are not working effectively, and that they have the knowledge and willingness to refer you to a doctor in the other area of medicine. Otherwise you may be experiencing unnecessary suffering, as your doctor is not looking out for your best interests. In my opinion, every community needs to follow the example set by Brampton, Ont.: the Brampton Civic Hospital and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) have a naturopathic teaching clinic in a hospital setting. This is exciting news as it has MDs and NDs working side by side and sharing information, resulting in more effective and well-rounded patient care. At the end of the day, you are responsible for your health and who is on your health team. Do yourself a favour and decide now about your MD and ND health team members so that you can move forward with them to address your health-care needs. Dr. Shane Johnson ND was born and raised in Red Deer and is the owner of Aspire Natural Medicine. He completed his naturopathic medical training at the prestigious Bastyr University, and is among only a handful of naturopathic doctors in Alberta to complete an additional one-year residency in family medicine. For more detailed information on naturopathic medicine visit www.aspiremedicine.ca.
Scrumptious Mediterranean diet studied proves that what you eat matters big time Sun-ripened strawberries on oatmeal; a handful of walnuts to get through that 4 o’clock slump; grilled salmon, roasted veggies and a salad drizzled with olive oil for dinner: At last, we’ve got solid proof that scrumptious foods like these can slash your risk for stroke and other cardiovascular disasters by a whopping 30 percent. It’s thanks to a headline-grabbing study from Spain that overhauled the diets of 7,447 people (even though the researchers made a big flub when they conducted the study; more on that in a minute!). Two-thirds of the study’s participants conscientiously followed heart-healthy Mediterranean diet plans — plenty of produce, dried beans and fish, with an extra dose of good fats from olive oil or nuts. The rest of the participants were supposed to eat a low-fat diet (with no olive oil or nuts), but the researchers left them on their own. So guess what happened? These folks weren’t able to learn the low-fat regimen and their diets were a disaster. They ate more bad fats, munched heart-threats like refined grains (white bread, white rice, white pasta) and drank sugary sodas. So in reality — and contrary to what many TV shows and newspapers reported — the study doesn’t prove Mediterranean diets are healthier than a low-fat diet, BECAUSE NOBODY ATE LOW FAT! What it does show is that Mediterranean eating styles (or in this case, “SSD” for “standard Spanish diet”) trump the typical fat-, sugar- and chemical-laden North American diet (called “SAD” for “standard American diet”) when it comes to stroke and heartattack prevention! We’re fans of this study for another reason, too. It proved that what you eat matters big time, even for people with optimal medical and medication management! The scientists recruited men and women in their 50s through their 80s with diabetes or at least three risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity, high blood pressure, high LDL “lousy” cholesterol levels or a family history of early heart disease. And those folks saw big benefits from eating the SSD diets — even if they were already taking medication for high cholesterol or high blood pressure. (Another 30,000-plus person study reinforces this finding: It reported that people taking heart-protecting medications who adopted a healthy diet slashed their risk for stroke, heart attack and heart-related deaths by as much as 35 percent.) Heart-health experts are hailing the news as a way of eating healthfully that lets you actually enjoy life, and we agree! Both of us enjoy eating this way, and it’s the foundation of the meal plans you’ll find (with plenty of recipes) in “YOU: On a Diet.” It’s also the highly successful diet of the Lifestyle 180 program, developed by Dr. Mike for the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. Put it on your plate today with these four easy steps: Ban the five food felons. Skip all added sugars and all added syrups, any grain that isn’t 100 percent whole, most saturated fat and all trans fats. Those bad fats clog artery walls with plaque and fuel bodywide inflammation, while added sugars, syrups and refined grains make your blood sugar spike, crusting hemoglobin proteins in red blood cells with sugar molecules. That damages artery walls, spurring plaque buildup. Say “yes” to good fats. Aim for three servings of omega-3-rich fish every week, and take 900 mg of DHA omega-3 from algal oil daily. Also, olive and canola oils, chia and flax seeds, avocados and walnuts are loaded with good fats. Get beany. Opt for no-sodium canned beans for convenience, then toss them into soups, stews, casseroles and chili, or drizzle with olive oil and herbs for a side dish. Gassy? That’s what Bean-O is for. Get your carbs from veggies, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Shop for dessert in the produce department (mango and banana salad, anyone?). Look for fast-cooking whole grains like barley, whole-wheat couscous and quinoa. And reserve half of your plate for veggies at lunch and dinner. Your brain and your heart will love you for it.
rus outbreaks. Offering an irritable, sick child a sweetened cup of lemon balm tea will quiet them down and ease them into sleep. For infants, adding a couple of cups of lemon balm tea to a bath will calm and soothe them. In the last month of pregnancy a tea of lemon balm also comes in handy. It settles heartburn and calms the restless anticipation of labour. Many people like to use chamomile tea during this time. But I like the lightness lemon balm brings to the mind. It offers hopefulness to heart, a sense of optimism that I find chamomile lacks. For this reason, it is also favored in formulas designed to ease depression, particularly when it associated with anxiety. I really like offering lemon balm to someone who has been living on caffeine and adrenaline for months on end. It is perfect for taking them off the edge and re-establishing a sense of calm coping. Mostly I offer lemon balm as a tea. But with the plants from the garden I make a fresh tincture. This is medicine made without drying the plants first. I find a fresh plant tincture of lemon balm carries the strongest and calmest medicine. Unfortunately by this time of year, I have used up all my fresh plant tincture and need to rely on dried herbs. Hence my plan to enlarge the garden with lemon balm. I am taking Charlemagne’s advice. Herbs for Life is written by Abrah Arneson, a local clinical herbalist. It is intended for information purposes only. Readers with a specific medical problem should consult a doctor. For more information, visit www.abraherbalist.ca. Arneson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness programs don’t work alone — think about why success has a lot to do with the people around you Every day I hear from dozens of er) our so-called willpower fizzles people that are struggling to lose quickly. weight and get in shape; I’m sure If your willpower fails your that doesn’t surprise you. body is likely resisting change beBut what does surcause your attempt was prise me is how many too drastic. of them have “been We are sure if we going to the gym for just find extra time in years” or figure trying the few next weeks to to do it on their own get going and make a will save them money. habit we’ll keep going, If you’ve been going but then our hectic to the gym for years; lifestyle makes us miss or figure that trying it that first workout and on your own this time then another, and anwill somehow be differother and the months ent than the last time drift by. I hate to be the one to In the end it’s only tell you but you’re lost us that makes weight on a merry-go-round. loss so difficult. CABEL Truth is there’s not It’s not the diet’s MCELDERRY much in life that we fault, or the fitness procan conquer alone. gram’s fault, or even a Pretty much every lack of motivation. achievement, every It’s us and our hufeat is a result of a team effort. man behaviour, we refuse to acIf that seems absurd to you what knowledge that we need coaches, seems even more absurd to me is friends, and mentors to succeed. that we wander through life often If you’ve ever met someone refailing to acknowledge our need ally famous or successful you’ve for the support of one another. seen exactly what I mean, and That’s human nature. I’m sure maybe didn’t even realize it. Ulthis will make perfect sense; we’re tra successful people or celebriwired for instant gratification. ties are always surrounded by a As people we pretty much al- “team.” ways expect there is an answer, The top Hollywood celebrities an answer that will yield fast, im- have agents, publicists, design mediate and lasting change when consultants, financial consultants it comes to weight loss. and so on. This is why weight loss so often Elite business professionals fails. are the same and if you ask them We make drastic changes to our they will tell you their success has lifestyle and with no one there a lot to do with the people around holding us rigidly accountable (or them. advising us to take it a little slowWhen it comes to weight loss or
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The enemy is . . . us This is the second of a two-part column that started on March 21. A Parkland Institute study shows that Alberta’s share of the total market value of combined oil, gas, and tar sands development was about 40 per cent under the watch of Peter Lougheed’s governments, which raised royalties and vigorously pursed their collection. Under the regime of Ralph, the share of the public in its own resource was halved to around 20 per cent and, under Stelmach, it dropped to 10 per cent, the lowest level in our history. Lougheed realized that royalty money is not income in a strict accounting sense, but really the one-time sale price of a depleting asset which the present generation consumes at the expense of future generations. Thus, in 1976, Lougheed, created the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund (AHSTF), primarily to save for the future, but also to strengthen and diversify the economy, and to improve the quality of life of Albertans. But, according to the Fraser Institute, the AHSTF has been a disappointment, because deposits have not been nearly as regularly made as withdrawals by a government struggling to meet current expenditures mainly caused by its own negligent failure to charge proper resource royalties … and collect them. Just how badly we have done, and a blueprint for fixing it is found in the March, 2013 Fraser Institute report, “Reforming Alberta’s Heritage Fund: Lessons from Alaska and Norway.” Every thinking Albertan owes it to his own heritage and progeny to study this report, either by obtaining a hard copy, or reading it online at www.fraserinstitute.org. Alaska’s fund was also started in 1976, by a constitutional amendment requiring at least 25% of oil, gas, etc., be deposited into the Permanent Fund, and that spending be restricted to the earnings, not the principal of the fund. In 2011, the total value of Alaska’s fund was $40.1 billion, despite dividend payments of $19.2 billion to state residents (a shrewd way to protect the fund against government raids). Norway is even more frugal, careful and shrewd. In 1996 it started paying all its net proceeds from oil, gas, etc. activities, into Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global. Only the earnings of the fund, not the principal, may be spent by government, and only on a parliamentary resolution. Norway has spent a mere 4.3 % of the fund’s market value, which stood at $575 billion in Canadian dollars as at Nov., 1912. By stark and startling contrast, Alberta has deposited only 5.4% of resource revenues into its AHSTF during the fund’s history and the fund’s principal has not been wisely invested to maximize the fund’s growth, all resulting in the fund’s value, as of 2011, being a puny, paltry $14.2 billion.
What is the difference between bulb, corm or tuber?
OUTDOORS The AHSTF is a discretionary slush fund, with no checks and balances to help achieve Peter Lougheed’s goals: no requirement for minimum mandatory annual deposits, no limiting withdrawals to the principal’s earnings. Ironically, the fund soon became known as the “Rainy Day Fund,” but, under our incompetent conservative governments, it deluged so constantly that stuffed government sinuses regarded it as a “Raidy Day Fudd.” Seldom making contributions to it, constantly raiding it to pay the high price of its careless, negligent resource management, our governments have plundered our progeny, robbing them of a resource heritage and inheritance that should rightly be theirs. If you aren’t crying yet for yourself, Alberta, do you feel tears welling for your personal heritage, your kids, grand, and great grand kids? Future Albertans will also suffer in the area of renewable natural resources because of the destruction of our forests, grasslands, watersheds, water, fish and wildlife and public land wreaked by careless big oil, gas and forestry and stupidly permitted and enabled by lazy, negligent Conservative governments. If any broker, banker, manager, etc., misused, wasted, and gave away the personal assets and savings of any Albertan as seriously as successive bad governments have done with Alberta’s natural resources, summary firings, maybe even executions would take place. Why, collectively, do we continue to elect the same bad governments that make the same stupid mistakes, over and over, continuing to put the future of Alberta and future Albertans in dire straits? Part of my answer has to be that Albertans are perhaps the most politically naïve citizens of any modern democracy, afraid of rocking a sinking boat even if it might turn it upright. A majority also clings to a curious freeloader mentality: low taxes and no sales tax, and we’re OK; but we’re really all KO’d, if that’s all the governments we elect can do, and can’t even properly manage our natural resources. A pungent possible answer is to put an even more cynical twist on George Bernard Shaw’s robbing Peter to pay Paul proverb: A government which robs the progeny to pay the parents, can always depend on the support of the parents. As so often in writings on environmental and resource … even political … matters, Pogo the possum gets to utter his famous last words from deep in his swamp: “We have met the enemy and he is us…” Bob Scammell is an award-winning columnist who lives in Red Deer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
According to Wikipedia; a bulb is a short stem with fleshy leaves that are attached at the bottom. There are two types of bulbs: the fleshy leaves can leave the bulb looking smooth like an onion or can have noticeable scales like a lily. A corm is a swollen underground root that stores food for the plant. Corms are usually round and flat with roots coming from the bottom and one or more buds or stems emerging from the top. New plants or cormels grow around the corm. Gladiolas are corms. Tubers are either a stem or root that enlarges to store nutrients which enable to plants to survive cold or hot weather. Potatoes and dahlias commonly grow from tubers. Bulbs, corms and tubers are harvested when they are dormant, stored and shipped to stores at the beginning of spring for planting. Asiatic lilies are one of the few bulbs, corms, or tubers that will survive the Alberta winter. To grow next season, the rest need to be dug and stored in a cool area. Gladiolas are an old favorite. Their flowers are tall and spiked shape. Individual blooms open from the bottom upwards making them an ideal cut flower. The colors, shades and combinations that are available are breathtaking and inexhaustible. Price does matter. If you want superior flower that will grow straight and open to perfection, they cost more. These are the flowers that are on display at flower shows. Corms that are sold individually at garden centers are usually superior to those that come in mixed bags. The ones in mixed bags produce are very inexpensive and produce a great display. A row in the garden will insure that there will be cut flowers available for the month of August. The dahlias for sale now are for superior to the ones your grandmother grew. There are a number of different types of flowers available with
GARDENING countless colors and shades. Plant size varies so pick one that will fit into the garden. Calla Lilies have tuberous roots. In warm climates, Callas grow in marginal or swampy areas. In Central Alberta they are more likely to be grown in pots or on the edge of a warm pond. When Callas are given full sun and warm conditions they will bloom for most of the summer. Cannas, like Callas, originate in moist swampy areas but can be used as beddingout-plants, potted plants or in shallow areas of warm ponds. These plants are grown for both their foliage and flowers. Bat Flowers (Tacca) are grown as a centerpiece as they have unique flowers that can reach 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. Plant Bat flowers in a rich soil with good drainage. Water well and mist with a foliar fertilizer during the summer months. For best results leave the plant inside until the days and nights are warm. Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta) are large plants with huge leaves giving a tropical feel to any patio. The foliage may die down in the fall but it is more likely to continue to grow in a bright window. Bulbs such as Crocosmia, Corn Lilies, Tuberose, and Mexican Shell Flowers are also available. These plants will grow in the garden or a pot. The blooms will last a few weeks and then fade away. These are but a few of the tubers, corms or bulbs available. There are many other varieties that will grow and add color and texture to the garden. Linda Tomlinson is a horticulturalist that lives near Rocky Mountain House. She can be reached at www.igardencanada. com or your_garden@hotmail. com
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EASTER SPRING FLING
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The Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer will be a bee hive of activity on Sunday as children and their caregivers are invited to the Easter Spring Fling. Kerry Wood Nature Centre staff Kathryn Huedepohl, shown here, will have a wide range of activities planned for the afternoon. The fun runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Easter egg hunts running through the afternoon. For children five years of age and under the hunt begins at 2 p.m. For children six to nine years of age the hunt begins at 2:45 p.m. and 10 - 12 year old children begin at 3:30 p.m. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family.
CALENDAR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday ● Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Days will be held March 25 to 30 at various Central Alberta Co-ops, Bower Place Shopping Centre, Parkland Mall, Costco, and Red Deer Regional Hospital. Purchase fresh daffodils, a bright symbol in the fight against cancer, and support the Cancer Society, and get a daffodil pin, to be worn on Daffodil Day, April 27. To find a pin location, see fightback.ca.
Saturday ● MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The Mar. 30 session is called Personalized Pendants with artist Kaleb Romano. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405. Free with admission. ● Ponoka Solo Club Dance with music by Five Plus One will be held at Moose Hall in Ponoka on March 30 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Member admission is $10 per person, and non-member admission is $12 per person. Contact Edna at 403783-2049.
Sunday ● Christ in the Passover will be presented at First Baptist Church on Easter Sunday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Tzachi Danor and his wife Sarah, from Israel of Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection. See www.firstbaptistrd.ca or phone 403-346-4281. ● Seniors Church meets at 11 a.m. on Sundays at Bower Kin Place for hymns and gospel preaching. Phone 403-347-6706. ● Easter Spring Fling at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on March 31 features crafts, activities, door prizes, egg hunts for the whole family. Admission by minimum donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. Phone 403-346-2010.
Tuesday ● Spring Break in the Mezz will be offered on April 2 and 3 at the Red Deer Public Library downtown in the Snell Auditorium. Take in Scream Horror Movie Marathon on Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. for two spine-tingling back-to-back feature films on the big screen. Movie popcorn, teats and terror will be served. Bring a movie blankie in case you need to hide your eyes. For ages 13 to 18 years. Then on Wednesday, be part of Willy Wonka’s Teen Chocolate Factory event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 18 years. Ever wondered what it might be like to be a chocolatier? Come and find out, and watch the movie Charlie and Chocolate Factory. To find out more phone 403-755-1146. ● Reading for a Change Book Club will be offered by Red Deer Public Library in conjunction with Canadian Mental Health Association on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown branch. Because of the upcoming library renovation, the group will meet in various rooms. Please check with the library staff each time. Book titles include: Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson on April 2, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf on May 7, The Centre Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks on June 4. To register and obtain books, email@example.com or phone CMHA 403-342-2266. ● Central Alberta Council on Aging will meet on April 2, 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre. Presentations will be held on Guardianship, Personal Directives with Glenna Thompson of Office of the Public Guardian, and Medical Travel Insurance with Shannon Patershuk, of Johnson Inc. Contact Shirley at 403-343-0767, or Ron at 403-346-8115. Cost is $3.
● Heartland Cowboy Church is on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., in the Stettler Agriplex, next on April 2 and 16. Call 403742-4273. ● Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Cultural Connections in the Living Room at Red Deer College features First Nations Choker Necklace making on April 2. Contact Wendy at wendy. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.immigrant-centre.ca for more information. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House dance, Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. with live music by Gaetz Valley Minstrels. The cost is $6. Phone 403346-4043. Lunch provided by donations.
Wednesday ● Red Deer Legion Old-Time Dance with Gaetz Valley Minstrele is on April 3 at 7 p.m. Cost is $7, or $13.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035. ● Drop-in Pre-school Storytime is offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the children’s department. Stories, songs, and crafts for three to five year olds. Phone 403-346-4688. ● Puppet Club for children ages seven years and up is offered at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library on April 3 and 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Make puppets and take part in interactive puppet shows. Phone 403-341-3822. ● Red Deer Ramblers Hiking Club general meeting takes place on April 3, 7 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Information on this season’s hikes will be provided, and Sylvia Baran will talk on the ground rules. Valhalla Pure Outfitters will have display on hiking gear. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to purchase memberships for $10 or $20 per family, enjoy photos, check out hiking gear and more. Please bring your own mug for refreshments. Hiking schedule may be downloaded at http:www. reddeerramblers.com/ or pick up at the nature centre, or at Valhalla Pure Outfitters. Contact Bonnie at email@example.com. ● Eckankar Canada in Alberta presents Community HU Song on the first Wednesday of each month in the Snell Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library, downtown branch, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments to follow. Singing HU — a love song to God — can expand awareness, help experience divine love, heal a broken heart, offer solace during times of grief, bring peace and calm. Next HU Song on April 3. Visit www.MiraclesInYourLife.org or phone 403-346-9238.
Thursday ● First Thursdays in the Snell offer free chamber music concerts from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the Snell Auditorium on the first Thursday of each month. Café Noir will sponsor the series and provide free coffee and tea. Bring lunch, or purchase at the café. April 4 event features two young pianists from Edmonton performing works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, and Prokofiev as musical guests. Phone 403-342-9122. Free will donation at the door. ● Spring Break Beach Party at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library will take place on April 4, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and features summery snacks, crafts, music and activities. Phone 4903-341-3822. ● School’s Out Spring Movie Day at Red Deer Public Library features ‘Hotel Transylvania’ on April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. downtown in the Snell Auditorium. All ages welcome. Children under six years must be accompanied by an adult. Come watch the movie, play beastly games, and enjoy monster treats. No registration required. Call 403-346-4688. ● West Park Community Ladies Drop In Coffee Time will meet the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the West Park Ac-
tivity Centre, next on April 4. The group encourages neighbours including West Lake and West Park Estates to join the fun. Refreshments provided by WPCA. Contact Arlene at 403-346-0058. ● Living With Cancer Support Group provides a casual non-denominational forum for individuals and their loved ones to discuss their cancer diagnosis or treatments, or just socialize with others
at Gaetz Memorial United Church on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Phone 403-347-2244. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, April 4, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Five Plus One Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-347-6165, 403-986-7170, or 403-346-3896.
REGISTRATIONS LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ● Cover 2 Cover Adult Book Club will meet on April 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library. April’s theme is animal books. For a list of reading suggestions, visit www. rdpl.org/cover2cover. New members always welcome. Phone 403-341-3822. ● Reading Tails is a program to inspire confidence and encourage reluctant readers and runs year round at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Children ages six to 12 can practice their reading skills by reading to a canine buddy in this six week program for 30 minutes each week. Upcoming dates are April 19 to May 21, Tuesdays from 7 to 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 to 8 p.m. Contact Laural at 403-346-4688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ● Fireside Readers Adult Book Club will meet on April 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch, in the Administration Office. For discussion will be Quiet by Susan Cain. Phone 403-346-2100. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House pot luck suppers are held the first Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The next one will be on April 5. The cost is $5. Phone 403-346-4043. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House card games: Cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on April 11; Whist every Friday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on April 19; 500 every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on April 29; Fun Contract Bridge every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Games cost $3. Tournaments cost $6. Phone 403-346-4043. A Ham Supper will be held on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $12. Tickets on sale now. Phone 403-346-4043. ● Spring Market at Mirror Community Hall on April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch available. Tables $10. Contact Gale at 403-788-3835. ● Classroom Agriculture Program is seeking volunteers and also taking classroom presentation bookings. The program helps children learn about the food they eat, where it comes from, and the importance of agriculture in the province. Farmers, ranchers, agri-food experts, government members and other individuals who have agriculture experience are sought to present hour long presentations using story-telling, hand-on props, fun activities guided and suggested by CAP. To register as a volunteer, or to book a classroom presentation, see www.classroomagriculture.com, or contact Karen at 403-710-1959, email@example.com. ● Independent Achievers — Business Women Networking Together — will hold their monthly luncheon meeting the second Thursday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 11. To confirm attendance contact firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5. For more information, see www.independentachievers.com ● Life After Loss: A Teen Grief Group will meet Tuesdays from Apr. 9 to May 28 at Parkland Youth Homes Society. This therapeutic group program will assist teens who are grieving the death of a loved one within their family or close to the family. An affordable sliding fee scale applies. Contact Kim or Jeremy at 403-340-8995. On Sept. 24, there will be a Children’s Life After Loss group. ● Blackfalds United Church upcoming events include the following: Ham, Bean, and Scalloped Potato Supper, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $10, $5 for children ages six to 12 years, and free for children five years and under. Includes coffee, tea, juice and dessert. Proceeds to United Church Mission and Service Fund. Drumming Circle will be offered at the church on April 28 at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes a drum. No experience necessary. Contact Karen at dkolfert@ telus.net, or phone 403-885-4151, or see blackfald-
sunitedchurch.com or call 403-885-4780 for more information. ● Mac and Cheese Luncheon presented by the Rotary Clubs of Red Deer will take place on June 5, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. This year’s luncheon will support the Red Deer Royals Band. Hear speaker Richard Picciotto, FDNY Chief and highest ranking firefigher to survive the World Trade Centre collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. Tables of eight may be purchased for $1,000, and individual tickets cost $150 each. To order tables and tickets, contact Ray McBeth at 403-350-9494. ● Parkinson Alberta Society Education Day takes place on April 17 at Davenport Church of Christ. Registration from 8 to 9 a.m. Sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Take in professional speakers and education displays on effective voice treatment, living holistically, healing power of music, current research and more. To preregister or obtain information phone 403-346-4463 or email mherron@ parkinsonalberta.ca. ● Alix Purina Walk for Dogs Guides takes place on May 26 at Alix Lions Den beginning at 10 a.m. and will be five kilometers in length. No registration fee and all funds will go toward providing dog guides for vision, hearing, special skills, seizure response, autism, and diabetic working dogs at no cost. For information or to donate, see www. purinawalkfordogguides.com. ● Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic will hold a photo identification clinic on April 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 301 5008 Ross St. The clinic offers free affidavits of identification that are notarized by a lawyer. This ID does not replace government issued ID but is intended to help people access basic services while replacing their proper ID. To book an appointment, phone 430-314-9129, see www.communitylegalclinic.net, or email to info@ communitylegalclinic.net. ● The Boob Tour comedy fundraiser in support of cancer related charities will be stopping at the following communities: Innisfail on April 10, 7 p.m. at Royal Canadian Legion, in support of Innisfail Relay for Life; Rocky Mountain House on April 11, 8 p.m., in support of Relay for Life; Stettler on April 13, 7 p.m. at Stettler Hall, in support of Stettler Relay for Life; Red Deer on April 19, 8 p.m. at iHotel, in support of Red Deer Relay for Life, tickets $25 from 403-346-6626; Olds on April 20, 8 p.m. at Olds Boston Pizza, in support of Andrea Barker, tickets $25 from 403-556-7988; Sylvan Lake on April 27, 7 p.m. at Sylvan Lake Community Centre in collaboration with Lakeview Optimist Club in support of local youth facing cancer, tickets from 403-396-2793; Rimbey on May 10, 8 p.m. at Rimbey Community Centre; Ponoka on May 19, 7 p.m. at Kinsmen Community Centre. See www. theboobtour.com ● A Better World Upcoming Events: Ambassadors Lunch: hosted by Red Deer Chamber of Commerce — Eric Rajah will speak on the work of Red Deer Business Owners and the impact they are making. Lunch will be held April 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club. Phone 403-347-4491; Annual Humanitarian Day Service with guest Speaker Kathy Lacey will take place April 13 at 9:15 a.m. at the Canadian University College Church, Lacombe. Cost is $20. Phone 403-782-0325. Concert by Ihana Youth Choir with guests Rosedale Valley Stings, Red Deer Youth Orchestra, April 14, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Lacombe. Features Monybany Dau film The Ladder of My Life, his story of being a child soldier in Sudan.
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Mother hanging on to grudge that affects whole family Dear Annie: I have a My husband’s mother wonderful husband and a apologized profusely to my problem that started when mother after the incident, we married last year. but Mom refuses to get over We had a desit. She won’t tination wedcome to family ding. gatherings when My husband’s my in-laws are stepfather paid present. She for the immemissed our son’s diate family to first birthday stay at a beautiparty. ful rental house. I have tried My brother’s to broker a ex, “Martha,” truce, and I’ve surprised us told my mother by coming, and I will no longer she brought her listen when she daughter, along says negative MITCHELL with a friend things about my & SUGAR and her threemother-in-law. year-old. The The end result is next day, Martha that she avoids and her friend the subject and had to check out of their nothing is resolved. hotel hours before the wedPlease help. — Stressed ding and simply assumed Newlywed they would hang around Dear Stressed: Your the rental house until then. mother is being childish This was not OK. and purposely hanging onto Martha never asks per- this grudge. We think she mission. She and her friend is jealous of your in-laws left the toddler at the house and hopes her petulance while they went to get food will make you more attenand then came back with tive. It’s working. You are nothing for the child, so she expending a great deal of went into the kitchen and energy on this situation. made him a sandwich from Stop. Tell Mom the subject our supplies. is closed and if she chooses I can understand my to lose out on family time, mother-in-law being upset, that is her decision, and but she overreacted and you will no longer try to blew up at Martha. They ar- convince her otherwise. gued, and Martha left and Dear Annie: I need some didn’t attend the wedding. advice on how to handle Although my mom under- put-downs from my wife’s stands how Martha can an- friends. It started when noy people, she shut herself our nosy neighbour saw my off from then on. She didn’t wife beat me in a wrestling help me into my dress, paid match. Now the neighbour no attention during the makes remarks about my wedding and spoke to no getting beat up by a woman. one. My wife refuses to come After the wedding, we to my defence and says I had a small reception at have to deal with this womthe house, and she locked an myself. How do I deal herself in our room. I was with these gossipy bullies? devastated. -— Vince
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Purple Day founder Cassidy Megan speaks with Liberal MP Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Tuesday was Purple Day, the first official day for epilepsy awareness.
Girl celebrated on Parliament Hill for facing fear of epilepsy BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A nine-year-old girl’s ability to confront and conquer her fear of telling people about her epilepsy was celebrated Tuesday on Parliament Hill with the first official Purple Day. Cassidy Megan, who is now 14, found out she had the condition when she was in grade one, but was too embarrassed and afraid to tell her classmates. One day the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia came to give a presentation to her class. When the other students asked questions about the condition, she found the courage to tell them about her condition.
“Every time my mom tells that story, she starts to cry,” Cassidy said in an interview during a reception. It was her first day in the nation’s capital and she attracted the man everyone expects to lead the Liberal party after a convention next month. “Thank you so much for being such a strong leader on this,” Justin Trudeau told her. “It really makes a difference.” Lavender is the internationally designated colour for epilepsy. In many countries, the colour represents isolation and solitude which many people living with epilepsy experience. Three hundred thousand Canadians are afflicted with epilepsy.
and your limits. Today you will learn a hard lesson that will teach you how to recognize this need for personal control of your own life and the need to overpower others. Thursday, March 28 TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Examining CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: your behind-the-scenes situation, there’s a Julia Stiles, 32; Vince Vaughn, 43; Dianne whole party going on. If you are away on Wiest, 65 a retreat, you will dive into distractions and THOUGHT OF THE DAY: keep them in the undisclosed After an action packed day like file. Certain things are better left yesterday, expect more unforeunspoken. Enjoy the wilderness. seen circumstances throughout GEMINI (May 21-June 20): the day. A sense of urgency You have all the significant facts and excitement will incite us to and relevant data that will assist act rashly and quite rebelliously you in making important career when it comes to expressing our decisions. Responsibility at work feelings. The universe is giftincreases and you are in control ing us with a new phase which of the road ahead. Influential inmakes it more progressive and dividuals may play an important forward-looking. Technology, role in furthering your business. media, avant-garde activities will CANCER (June 21-July be highly sought-after. Do fight 22): You know that you cannot ASTRO for a cause that is dear to your attend your domestic obligaDOYNA heart. tions as much now when there HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is so much happening around is your birthday, your fundamenyou. Unexpected, but significant tal changes will revolve around changes are to occur within your your most significant relationships. Your atprofessional field. titude towards a relationship will need to be LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This couldn’t be altered. This will be a year filled with lots of a better time for a last-minute get-away or unpredictable and a strong desire to be free. vacation in some exotic lands. Spur-on-the Balance this need to be free and your need moment urges might entice you to buy that to be in a committed relationship. Do what last-minute deal, hop on a plane and seek a you can to rebuild that family unity you have new journey of adventure. always imagined and you will regain your inVIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This is a marner happiness. vellous day to sign any important documents ARIES (March 21-April 19): The secret or agreements. You can conclude a deal feelto a harmonized life is to know your potentials ing reassured that you’ve got all the details
examined and its facets covered. Facts and intuition both go hand in hand today. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You can harmoniously pursue your mutual goals by clearly defining your domestic roles. Being aware of each other’s stance and power can help create a stronger union filled with fun and excitement. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may encounter certain new adjustment within your office environment which you may take you by surprise. As resistant as you are to changes, in general, a change in routine is a definite for you. Expect startling developments at work. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have no time for serious issues at this time. There’s a whole party going on and it seems that you will be taken by a pleasant disclosure. Aside monetary issues, you are in the mood to spend even more. It’s hard to stick to your budget.
Dear Vince: It might help if you make yourself less of an easy target. You allow this neighbour to discombobulate you. Ignore her, or laugh it off. Her opinions are unimportant. But tell your wife that you expect her to stick up for you when her friends insult you, because she would certainly want you to do the same. Dear Annie: This is in response to “Questioning in California,” who is converting to Judaism and whose friends are not supportive of her new kosher eating habits. I’m not Jewish, but my husband is. For the past seven years, we have kept a strictly kosher kitchen. I recommend she learn how to make some tasty, unconventional kosher dishes and invite her friends over. I make an amazing Southwestern quesadilla and Kung Pao chicken. My husband makes gourmet pizza. We host every Thanksgiving and serve a traditional (kosher) turkey with all the trimmings. With all this good food around, our friends and family adjusted quickly, and some of them even use our recipes. The lactose intolerant are always glad to know that many dishes served in our house are completely dairy free. In fact, I recommend kosher cookbooks to anyone who is lactose intolerant. — Kosher in California Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Talks you have now with older individuals will bring you much sought-after advice and guidance. Your relationships with others are based on practical matters. You have an excellent attention to detail and complex matters. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Fighting for your belief system and sticking to your ideas may become an interesting venture today. You have the ability to connect with people and the leadership role within your stance. Your popularity is high. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will have that spur-on-the-moment urge to buy something for yourself. You will overlook the price you have to pay for originality and uniqueness. Suddenly, you have a new set of values. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer/columnist.
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Break out the brooms REBELS SWEEP RAIDERS, LIKELY FACE CALGARY IN SECOND ROUND DOMINIC RHODES
ALS SIGN SUPER BOWL STANDOUT The Montreal Alouettes have signed former NFL running back and Super Bowl standout Dominic Rhodes to a two-year deal. Rhodes spent 10 seasons in the NFL, with one of his best performances coming in Super Bowl 41. He rushed for a game-high 113 yards with a touchdown as the Indianapolis Colts capped the 2006 season with a 29-17 win over Chicago. Rhodes amassed 3,286 rushing yards on 814 carries with 26 touchdowns over his career with Indianapolis, Oakland and Buffalo. In 2001, Rhodes set an NFL record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie running back with 1,104. Rhodes played the last two seasons for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. The native of Waco, Texas was named the UFL’s offensive player of the year in 2011 and he helped guide the Destroyers to a championship.
● Curling: Albert mixed championship at Olds Curling Club.
● Curling: Albert mixed championship at Olds Curling Club. ● Midget AAA hockey: Red Deer at Edmonton Southside, fourth game of best-of-five AMHL final, if necesssary, 7:45 p.m., Bill Hunter Arena. ● WHL: Prince Albert at Red Deer, fifth game of best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal, if necessary, 8 p.m., Centrium.
BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR Rebels 3 Raiders 2 PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — It’s onward and upward for the Red Deer Rebels. The Rebels rallied from a two-goal deficit Wednesday and got a third-period marker from captain Turner Elson to defeat the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 and complete a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final. Red Deer will meet the Calgary Hitmen in a conference semifinal that will start late next week at the Saddledome. The Raiders, in desperation mode, roared out of the gate in the same fashion as they did the night before. But unlike Game 3, in which the first period was scoreless, the hosts struck for two goals in the first nine minutes. However, that turned out to be all the Raiders would produce. After allowing 17 shots in the first 20 minutes, the Rebels held Prince Albert to 14 the rest of the way. “It was huge for us to come in here and get two wins,” said Rebels forward Rhyse Dieno, who picked up an assist to give him six points (2g,4a) in the series. “Our goal was to win two here. “We kind of got away from our game in the first period, but Brent (GM/head coach Sutter) gave us the gears and we got back to our game and shut them down defensively the last two periods.” The Raiders, with the vast majority of the 2,655 fans in attendance loudly voicing their approval, opened the scoring 5:19 into the game as Mark McNeill cashed a rebound of a point shot by Josh Morrissey. The hosts continued to apply heat, and with Rebels rearguard Devan Fafard off for slashing, potted their first power-play goal of the series. Jayden Hart was the trigger man, slipping the puck past Red Deer netminder Patrik Bartosak while parked alone in front. Conner Bleackley replied for the Rebels at 12:02, working his way out of the corner and into the low slot and wiring a wrist shot past Raiders goaltender Luke Siemens. “We knew they were a desperate team and they were going to come hard again early in the game,” said Sutter. “The first 15 minutes, I thought we played a soft game. “But we regrouped — and the goal by Bleacks before the period was over was huge — and from that point on we were pretty darn good again the last two periods. We created a lot more too and spent a lot of time in their zone.” Brooks Maxwell, following a heads-up play by Dieno to keep the puck inside the Raiders blueline, pulled the Rebels even at 13:05 of the second period, working into the faceoff circle and picking the far corner glove-side with Siemens at least partially screened.
Photo by PERRY BERGSON/Prince Albert Daily Herald
Red Deer Rebels captain Turner Elson snaps a shot at Prince Albert Raiders goalie Luke Siemens during the third period at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert on Wednesday. Elson didn’t connect on that play but scored an unassisted goal a few shifts later to lead his team to a 3-2 win and a series sweep. “I think the tender was kind of screened. I kind of fired through the screen and it went in. It was a great feeling,” said Maxwell. Elson sniped the winner midway through the final frame, working his way down the left side and connecting with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle. The turning point, according to Dieno, was the Rebels’ ability to shake off some early jitters. “I think with us being up 3-0 in the series, we were gripping our sticks too tight,” he suggested. “Going into the second period, we just calmed down and got back to our game.” Bartosak, as per usual, was nothing short of excellent. He made a pair of splendid saves on Leon Draisaitl in the first period, foiled Reid Gardiner on a second-period breakaway and robbed Shane Danyluk with just a few seconds left and with Siemens on the bench. The Eastern Conference goaltender of the year finished with 29 saves. Siemens, meanwhile, stopped 34 shots. While the Rebels swept the series, every game was a true test. “The Raiders are good competitors and we knew they would be,” said Maxwell. “We had good battles with them all year and this was a good, tough series.”
“I was proud of the kids, they competed hard and played hard,” said Sutter. “We did a good job with a lot of our details. We were resilient in every game and that’s how we as coaches want to see this team play. “We want to be a structured team that plays with hockey sense and smarts. And hey, it doesn’t matter who you play — if you win in four you’re doing something right.” Raiders head coach Steve Young wasn’t hanging his head despite the defeat. “Our guys can be happy and proud of what they’ve accomplished this season,” he insisted. “Last year we weren’t in the playoffs . . . we weren’t near the playoffs. “We did a lot of good things in a lot of categories this season. We got some good playoff experience and when you’re playing a team, like this (Rebels) you have to learn every shift. “We can say we’re disappointed that we lost four straight, but there was a lot of positives from our hockey club this year.” The Rebels now have at least a week off before facing the Hitmen in the next round. “The time off will be good for us,” said Dieno. “We have some guys who are a little banged up right now. We can get healthy and get ready for the next (series).” ● The three stars were (1) Elson, (2) Draisaitl and (3) Maxwell). firstname.lastname@example.org
Flames melt Avalanche without Iggy BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
● Curling: Albert mixed championship at Olds Curling Club.
● Curling: Albert mixed championship at Olds Curling Club. ● Midget AAA hockey: Edmonton Southside at Red Deer, fifth game of best-of-five AMHL final, if necessary, 2:45 p.m., Arena. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Colorado Avalanche’s Cody Mcleod, right, fights with Calgary Flames’ Tim Jackman during NHL action in Calgary, Wednesday.
Flames 4 Avalanche 3 CALGARY — Mike Cammalleri scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. With captain Jarome Iginla out of the lineup for the first time in nearly six years, the Flames (13-15-4) won their eighth straight game on home ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The subject of trade speculation all season long, Iginla was announced as a healthy scratch just two hours before the start of the game. The last time Iginla missed a game was back on April 8, 2007 in Colorado against the Avs, a span of 441 consecutive games. Jiri Hudler and Steve Begin also scored for the Flames, while Blake Comeau had two assists. Joey MacDonald made 27 saves in the Calgary net to pick up the win. MacDonald started in place of Miikka Kiprusoff, who had played the past four games for the Flames, including
the night before in Calgary’s 2-0 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Jamie McGinn, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Avalanche (11-17-4), who have lost three straight games and seven of their past eight. PA Parenteau had two assists. Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov meanwhile stopped 23-of-27 shots. The Flames outshot the Avs 14-2 in the first period and took a 2-0 lead by virtue of a power-play goal by Hudler and an even-strength marker by Begin, his first goal in 17 games. McGinn scored for Colorado at 4:29 of the second before Cammalleri answered back for Calgary just 12 seconds later to put the Flames up 3-1. Shortly after MacDonald made a nice glove save to deny a great scoring chance by Steve Duchene, the backup Calgary netminder let in a weak goal when a pass by Landeskog bounced off the net, then off his skate and in. Before the end of the second, Cammalleri one-timed a pass from Dennis Wideman past Varlamov to put the Flames up 4-2.
Weir proud of impact Masters win has had on Canadians BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
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When Mike Weir made his acceptance speech after winning the 2003 Masters, he said he hoped that his victory would inspire some young Canadian golfers. It certainly did. It’s impossible to know just how many Canadian kids picked up a golf club after watching Weir beat Len Mattiace in a playoff that day at Augusta National. But the impact of Weir’s performance is already visible on the PGA Tour. Weir said he thought it was “pretty cool” to hear that Canadian player Graham DeLaet didn’t have plans to become a professional golfer until he watched that Masters victory. He added he’s very proud of the fact that his win may have influenced the next generation of young golfers in this country. “If that did inspire Graham and some of the other guys, that’s wonderful.” Weir said. “That makes it worth it.” Weir, from Bright’s Grove, Ont., became the first Canadian-born men’s player to win a major and the first left-hander to win the
Masters. He weighed in on the accomplishment Wednesday as the 10th anniversary of his victory approaches. The 42-year-old southpaw, who now lives in Utah, said the memories came rushing back during a recent visit to the famous course. “Going back there a couple weeks ago, I kind of relived some of the shots maybe a little more than I normally would,” he said. One of the more memorable shots on that final Sunday came on the 18th green. Weir hit a clutch eight-foot putt and went on to win the playoff. “It was a big moment so to be able to step up there and do that, I was proud to be able to do that,” Weir said. The Canadian used well-placed fairway shots and a stellar short game to earn the victory. The win was the defining moment of his career. “I’m a fairly understated guy and I was a little taken aback by the attention, I guess, at the start,” he said. “That was a little bit tough to get used to. But other than that, my lifestyle didn’t really change a whole lot.” Weir has since dabbled in several businesses — including course design, clothing
and wine. He has done a lot of charity work and is a member of the Order of Canada. Weir, who has recorded eight career victories as a pro, is the most successful Canadian golfer ever. However, he hasn’t won since 2007 and injuries have hampered his play in recent years. “I feel healthy now except for a few little setbacks I’m having,” Weir said. “But I feel like I can still play some good golf going forward. It’s just kind of part of the ride of life. We go through ups and downs and it’s just part of it. “It’s been disappointing though that I haven’t (been healthy) but at the same time, I’ve enjoyed a lot of things and aspects of my life in recent years.” Weir is nursing a rib injury but still plans to be in the field at Augusta for the April 11-14 tournament. “Maybe I’ll get down there a little early and maybe this rest will do me some good because I have been spending a lot of time practising,” he said. “I’ve put in a tremendous amount of work ... maybe this little break here will be good.”
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Basketball R.D.(tripping) 9:13. Second Period 4. Red Deer, Maxwell 3 (Dieno Elson) 13:05 Penalties — Gaudet R.D.(checking to the head) 2:25, Maxwell R.D.(cross checking) 3:09, Winther P.A.(interference) 9:12, Morrissey P.A.(tripping) 18:55. Third Period 5. Red Deer, Elson 3 10:51 Penalties — Volek R.D.(slashing) 3:34, Ruopp P.A.(tripping) 7:27, Fafard R.D.(interference) 19:52. Shots on goal Red Deer 13 11 13 — 37 Prince Albert 17 6 8 — 31 Goal — Red Deer: Bartosak (W,4-0); Prince Albert: Siemens (L,0-4) Power Plays (goals-chances) — Red Deer 0-3; Prince Albert 1-6 Attendance — 2,655 at Prince Albert, Sask.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Red Deer (4) vs. Prince Albert (5) (Red Deer wins series 4-0) Wednesday’s result Red Deer 3 Prince Albert 2 Tuesday’s result Red Deer 3 Prince Albert 1 Saturday’s result Red Deer 3 Prince Albert 2 Edmonton (1) vs. Kootenay (8) (Edmonton leads series 3-1) Wednesday’s result Edmonton 4 Kootenay 0 Tuesday’s result Edmonton 7 Kootenay 1 Sunday’s result Kootenay 2 Edmonton 1 (OT) Friday’s game Kootenay at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 31 x-Edmonton at Kootenay, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 2 x-Kootenay at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Tigers 3 Blades 2 First period 1. Medicine Hat, Valk 2 (Shinkaruk, Hodder) 4:23 (pp) Penalties — Valcourt Sask, Doty MH (fighting) 0:25, Astles Sask (roughing) 3:12, Jensen MH (interference) 9:29. Second Period 2. Medicine Hat, Sanford 5 (Leier, McVeigh) 2:39 3. Medicine Hat, Leier 1 (Ryckman, Sanford) 6:01 Penalties — Burns Sask (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), Becker MH (roughing) 6:21, Craig Sask (delay of game) 7:38, Tigers bench (too many men, served by Labelle) 8:52, Lewington MH (hooking) 8:58, Thrower Sask (tripping) 12:10. Third Period 4. Saskatoon, Sutter 2 (Valcourt, Nogier) 7:36 Penalties — Walker Sask (interference) 3:27, Valcourt Sask (checking from behind) 8:32, Bredo , Valcourt Sask (checking from behind), Dietz Sask (10-minute misconduct), Ferland Sask (10-minute misconduct), Nicholls Sask (10-minute misconduct), Pufahl Sask (10-minute misconduct), Bredo MH (10-minute misconduct), Shinkaruk MH (10-minute misconduct), Valk MH (10-minute misconduct)19:40. Penalty Shot — Leier MH (missed) at 15:22 Shots on goal Saskatoon 9 10 18 — 37 Medicine Hat 5 14 9 — 28 Goal — Saskatoon: Makarov (L, 0-4); Medicine Hat: Lanigan (W, 4-0) Power plays (goals-chances) — Saskatoon: 0-3; Medicine Hat: 1-7 Attendance — 3,945 at Medicine Hat
Saskatoon (2) vs. Medicine Hat (7) (Medicine Hat wins series 4-0) Wednesday’s result Medicine Hat 3 Saskatoon 1 Tuesday’s result Medicine Hat 5 Saskatoon 2 Friday’s result Medicine Hat 3 Saskatoon 0 Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6) (Calgary leads series 3-1) Tuesday’s result Calgary 1 Swift Current 0 (OT) Monday’s result Swift Current 3 Calgary 2 (OT) Thursday’s game Swift Current at Calgary, 7 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 30 x-Calgary at Swift Current, 7 p.m. Monday, Apr. 1 x-Swift Current at Calgary, 7 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE Portland (1) vs. Everett (8) (Portland leads series 2-1) Wednesday’s result Portland 7 Everett 3 Saturday’s result Portland 4 Everett 1 Friday’s game Portland at Everett, 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 30 Everett at Portland, 7 p.m. (Memorial Coliseum) Monday, Apr. 1 x-Portland at Everett, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 3 x-Everett at Portland, 7 p.m. (Memorial Coliseum)
Rockets 4 Thunderbirds 0 First period 1. Kelowna Baillie 2 (Bell, Franko) 10:09 (pp) 2. Kelowna Baillie 3 (Franko, Olsen) 11:24 (pp) 3. Kelowna Bell 2 (Baillie, Olsen) 13:45 (pp) Penalties — Heffley Kel (hooking) 3:14, Olsen Kel (cross checking) 7:14, Honey Sea (double minor, checking from behind) 7:35, Swenson Sea (slashing) 9:31, Wardley Sea (slashing) 13:15, Lees Kel (hooking) 17:08, Hickman Sea (slashing) 18:54. Second Period No Scoring Penalties — Elliot Sea (interference) 3:04, Hickman Sea (delay of game) 5:06, Bowey Kel (interference) 8:29, Severson Kel (hooking) 19:21. Third Period 4. Kelowna Franko 2 13:36 Penalties — Linaker Kel (tripping) 4:24, Lees Kel (slashing) 17:07, Bowie Kel (interference) 18:20. Shots on goal Kelowna 19 12 6 — 37 Seattle 3 8 14 — 25 Goal — Kelowna: Cooke (W,1-3); Seattle: Glover (L,3-1) Power plays (goals-chances) — Kelowna 3-7; Seattle 0-8 Attendance — 2,559 at Kent, Wash.
Kelowna (2) vs. Seattle (7) (Seattle leads series 3-1) Wednesday’s result Kelowna 4 Seattle 0 Tuesday’s result Seattle 3 Kelowna 2 (OT) Saturday’s result Seattle 2 Kelowna 1 (OT) Saturday, Mar. 30 x-Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 2 x-Kelowna at Seattle, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 3 x-Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts d-Pittsburgh 34 26 8 0 52 d-Montreal 33 21 7 5 47 d-Winnipeg 34 18 14 2 38 Boston 32 21 7 4 46 Ottawa 33 18 9 6 42 Toronto 34 18 12 4 40 New Jersey 33 15 11 7 37 N.Y. Rangers 32 16 13 3 35 N.Y. Islanders 33 15 15 3 33 Carolina 31 15 14 2 32 Washington 33 15 17 1 31 Buffalo 33 13 16 4 30 Tampa Bay 33 14 18 1 29 Philadelphia 32 13 17 2 28 Florida 34 9 19 6 24
Kamloops (3) vs. Victoria (6) (Kamloops leads series 2-1) Tuesday’s result Victoria 2 Kamloops 1 Saturday’s result Kamloops 6 Victoria 4 Thursday’s game Kamloops at Victoria, 7:05 p.m. (Bear Mountain Arena) Saturday, Mar. 30 x-Victoria at Kamloops, 7 p.m. Monday, Apr. 1 x-Kamloops at Victoria, 7:05 p.m. (Bear Mountain Arena) Wednesday, Apr. 3 x-Victoria at Kamloops, 7 p.m. Spokane (4) vs. Tri-City (5) (Spokane leads series 2-1) Tuesday’s result Tri-City 5 Spokane 4 (OT) Saturday’s result Spokane 6 Tri-City 4 Thursday’s game Spokane at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 30 x-Spokane at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 2 x-Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 3 x-Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05 p.m. x — If necessary.
GF GA 117 84 104 83 88 99 94 72 86 72 102 97 82 89 78 78 96 107 86 90 94 93 87 102 105 99 84 99 80 119
WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA d-Chicago 32 25 4 3 53 108 71 d-Anaheim 33 22 7 4 48 104 87 d-Minnesota 32 20 10 2 42 90 78 Vancouver 33 18 9 6 42 88 85 Detroit 33 17 11 5 39 90 83 Los Angeles 32 18 12 2 38 93 80 St. Louis 32 17 13 2 36 92 89 San Jose 32 15 11 6 36 80 82 Nashville 33 14 13 6 34 83 88 Dallas 32 15 14 3 33 87 97 Columbus 33 13 13 7 33 75 86 Edmonton 32 12 13 7 31 77 91 Phoenix 33 13 15 5 31 85 94 Calgary 32 13 15 4 30 89 108 Colorado 32 11 17 4 26 82 104 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. d-division leader
Wednesday’s summaries Rebels 3 Raiders 2 First period 1. Prince Albert, McNeill 1 (Morrissey Draisaitl) 5:19 2. Prince Albert, Hart 1 (Draisaitl McNeill) 8:45 (pp) 3. Red Deer, Bleackley 1 12:02. Penalties —Gaudet R.D., Knutsen P.A.(roughing) 5:14, Fafard R.D.(slashing) 7:59, Millette
Tuesday’s Games Vancouver 1, Columbus 0, SO
National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB y-Miami 56 15 .789 — x-New York 44 26 .629 11 x-Indiana 45 27 .625 11 x-Brooklyn 41 29 .586 14 x-Chicago 39 31 .557 16 x-Atlanta 40 32 .556 16 Boston 37 34 .521 19 Milwaukee 34 36 .486 21 Philadelphia 28 43 .394 28 Toronto 26 45 .366 30 Washington 26 45 .366 30 Detroit 24 48 .333 32 Cleveland 22 48 .314 33 Orlando 18 54 .250 38 Charlotte 17 54 .239 39
Toronto 3, Florida 2 Pittsburgh 1, Montreal 0 N.Y. Islanders 3, Washington 2 Winnipeg 4, Carolina 1 N.Y. Rangers 5, Philadelphia 2 Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1 Edmonton 3, St. Louis 0 Chicago 2, Calgary 0 Wednesday’s Games Montreal 6, Boston 5, SO Minnesota 4, Phoenix 3, OT Calgary 4, Colorado 3 San Jose 4, Anaheim 0 Thursday’s Games Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Nashville, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Columbus at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s summaries Flames 4 Avalanche 3 First Period 1. Calgary, Hudler 7 (Cervenka, Backlund) 8:10 (pp) 2. Calgary, Begin (Jackman, Sarich) 12:01 Penalties — Bordeleau Col, McGrattan Cal (fighting) 2:35, Kobasew Col (hooking) 7:07, Comeau Cal (boarding) 9:45, Bouwmeester Cal (interference) 13:03, O’Brien Col (hooking) 17:03. Second Period 3. Colorado, McGinn 6 (Parenteau, Barrie) 4:29 4. Calgary, Cammalleri 10 (Comeau) 4:41 5. Colorado, Landeskog 7 (Zanon, O’Reilly) 9:14 6. Calgary, Cammalleri 11 (Wideman, Tanguay) 12:41 Penalties — McLeod Col, Jackman Cal (fighting) 9:17, Comeau Cal (hooking) 13:25, Zanon Col (interference) 16:37. Third Period 7. Calgary, O’Reilly 4 (Hejduk, Parenteau) 12:34 (pp) Penalties — Stajan Cal (tripping) 11:27, Tanguay Cal (high-sticking) 12:06. Shots on goal Colorado 2 12 16 — 30 Calgary 14 11 2 — 27 Colorado: Varlamov (L, 9-15-2); Calgary: MacDonald (W, 4-5-1). Canadiens 6 at Bruins 5 (SO) First Period 1. Montreal, Ryder 11 (Plekanec, Gionta) 4:15 Penalties — Moen Mtl (fighting, major), Campbell Bos (fighting, major) 11:38, Eller Mtl (roughing), Chara Bos (high-sticking), Hamilton Bos (roughing) 11:54, Galchenyuk Mtl (hooking) 14:23, Marchand Bos (high-sticking) 14:46. Second Period 2. Montreal, Subban 10 (Galchenyuk, Eller) 2:53 3. Boston, Hamilton 4 (Seguin, Bergeron) 3:32 4. Boston, Marchand 14 (Bergeron, Seguin) 7:23 5. Boston, Bergeron 10 (Peverley, Krug) 17:01 (pp) 6. Boston, Horton 9 (Krejci) 17:36 Penalties — Eller Mtl (holding) 15:15, Ference Bos (high-sticking) 18:16. Third Period 7. Montreal, Ryder 12 (Plekanec, Gionta) 3:58 8. Boston, Seguin 11 (Marchand, Bergeron) 11:50 9. Montreal, Gallagher 10 (Pacioretty, Desharnais) 12:18 10. Montreal, Markov 6 (Plekanec, Subban) 19:51 (pp) Penalties — Ryder Mtl (hooking) 0:32, Hamilton Bos (holding) 8:18, Chara Bos (elbowing) 15:11, Johnson Bos (delay of game) 18:33. Overtime No Scoring Penalty — Emelin Mtl (hooking) 3:40. Shootout Montreal wins 1-0 Montreal (1) — Galchenyuk, miss; Desharnais, miss; Eller, miss; Ryder, miss; Plekanec, miss; Gallagher, goal. Boston (0) — Seguin, miss; Bergeron, miss; Krejci, miss; Marchand, miss; Horton, miss; Peverley, miss. Shots on goal Montreal 6 5 15 2 — 28 Boston 9 17 11 4 — 41 Goal (shots-saves) — Montreal: Price (26-22), Budaj (W,5-1-1)(start third)(15-14); Boston: Rask (L,15-4-4). Ducks 0 at Sharks 4 First Period 1. San Jose, Pavelski 9 (Galiardi, Clowe) 1:00 2. San Jose, Marleau 16 (Couture, Wingels) 4:52 3. San Jose, Burns 4 (Wingels, Havlat) 9:20 (pp) Penalties — Ryan Ana (hooking) 1:49, Allen Ana (fighting, major), Clowe SJ (fighting, major) 4:03, Souray Ana (holding) 7:54, Thornton SJ (tripping) 14:46. Second Period No Scoring Penalties — None Third Period 4. San Jose, Wingels 3 (Couture, Boyle) 6:44 (sh) Penalties — Demers SJ (delay of game) 5:25, Perry Ana (cross-checking, fighting, minor-major), Boyle SJ (cross-checking, fighting, minor-major) 10:24, Souray Ana (roughing) 12:28. Shots on goal Anaheim 10 7 5 — 22 San Jose 13 10 6 — 29 Goal — Anaheim: Hiller (L,11-4-3); San Jose: Niemi (W,14-8-5). Power plays (goals-chances) — Anaheim: 0-2; San Jose: 1-3.
Midget Rebels feeling the hurt as injuries mount way he played. He’s strong, skates well and while positionally he still has things to learn, he’ll do fine.” As well Potter, whose midget AA team, Pro Stitch, has been off for some time, quickly adapted to the speed and intensity of the game. “He’s a little older and stronger than some of the other kids we could have brought up which will help in the smaller rink in Edmonton,” said Quinn. “He also passes the puck well.” Bast appears to be the closest of the three regulars to returning. “He skated lightly with us (on Wednesday) and while we’re not expecting him back for this series there’s a chance he will be if we move on (against Vancouver),” he said. “As for Colton he’s still in the hospital for observation to make sure he doesn’t get any infections. There’s a chance he could be back if we make the Telus Cup, but we’re not counting on anything. “As for Garret, it’s up in the air how long he’s out.” The fourth game of the series goes tonight at 7 p.m. at Bill Hunter Arena in Edmonton and if a fifth game is necessary, it’s Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Arena. email@example.com
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WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct x-San Antonio 54 17 .761 x-Oklahoma City 53 19 .736 x-L.A. Clippers 49 23 .681 x-Denver 49 24 .671 x-Memphis 47 24 .662 Golden State 41 31 .569 Houston 39 32 .549 L.A. Lakers 37 35 .514 Utah 36 36 .500 Dallas 35 36 .493 Portland 33 37 .471 Minnesota 25 45 .357 Sacramento 25 46 .352 New Orleans 25 47 .347 Phoenix 23 49 .319 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division
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Wednesday’s Games Boston 93, Cleveland 92 Charlotte 114, Orlando 108 Philadelphia 100, Milwaukee 92 Atlanta 107, Toronto 88 New York 108, Memphis 101 Chicago 101, Miami 97 Indiana 100, Houston 91 L.A. Lakers 120, Minnesota 117 L.A. Clippers 105, New Orleans 91 Oklahoma City 103, Washington 80 San Antonio 100, Denver 99 Utah 103, Phoenix 88 Sacramento at Golden State, Late Brooklyn at Portland, Late Thursday’s Games L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. Indiana at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Friday’s Games Washington at Orlando, 5 p.m. Atlanta at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 5:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 5:30 p.m. Toronto at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Miami at New Orleans, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Denver, 7 p.m. Utah at Portland, 8 p.m.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Atlanta 19 15 .559 Colorado 16 13 .552 San Francisco 15 13 .536 New York 14 13 .519 St. Louis 15 14 .517 Arizona 15 15 .500 Philadelphia 15 15 .500 Chicago 16 17 .485 Miami 13 15 .464 San Diego 15 18 .455 Washington 13 17 .433 Pittsburgh 12 18 .400 Milwaukee 11 17 .393 Cincinnati 11 18 .379 Los Angeles 11 19 .367 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Tuesday’s Games Minnesota 9, Baltimore 5 Toronto 6, Pittsburgh 3 Philadelphia 10, Tampa Bay 1 Miami 8, Washington 5 Atlanta 6, Detroit 5 St. Louis 11, N.Y. Mets 4 Kansas City 11, Seattle 6 San Francisco 4, San Diego 2 Oakland 7, Cleveland 6, 10 innings Chicago White Sox 11, Texas 3 N.Y. Yankees 4, Houston 4, tie, 10 innings Colorado 7, L.A. Dodgers 6
Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia 4, Detroit 1 St. Louis 10, Washington (ss) 1 Washington (ss) 11, Atlanta 2 Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 1 Minnesota 7, Pittsburgh 4 Miami 5, Boston 1 Chicago White Sox 5, Cleveland 4 L.A. Angels 6, Texas 3 Oakland 6, Colorado 5 Milwaukee 9, Kansas City (ss) 1 Seattle 10, L.A. Dodgers 7 Cincinnati 7, San Diego 3 San Francisco 8, Arizona 6 N.Y. Mets 6, Houston 2 N.Y. Yankees 11, Baltimore 8 Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City (ss), NA Thursday’s Games Toronto vs. Philadelphia, 11:05 a.m. Houston (ss) vs. Atlanta, 11:05 a.m. Miami vs. St. Louis, 11:05 a.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Washington, 11:05 a.m. Detroit vs. Houston (ss), 11:05 a.m. Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees, 11:05 a.m. Cleveland vs. San Diego, 1:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m. Arizona vs. Texas, 2:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Cincinnati, 2:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Colorado., 2:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston, 5:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore, 5:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 8:05 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Friday’s Games St. Louis vs. N.Y. Mets, 10:10 a.m. Boston vs. Minnesota, 11:05 a.m. Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, 11:05 a.m. N.Y. Yankees at Washington, 12:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Kansas City, 1:05 p.m. Toronto at Philadelphia, 5:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Texas, 6:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Houston, 6:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee, 6:10 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Arizona, 7:40 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.
Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Reassigned RHP Kevin Gausman, INF Travis Ishikawa and C Chris Robinson to their minor league camp. BOSTON RED SOX—Optioned C Ryan Lavarnway to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned RHP Anthony Carter and RHP Jose De La Torre to their minor league camp. CLEVELAND INDIANS—Announced Rule 5 Draft selection INF Chris Mcguiness was returned to Texas. DETROIT TIGERS—Optioned OF Quintin Berry to Toledo (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Agreed to terms with LHP Garrett Sherrill and OF Xavier Nady on minor league contracts. Optioned Donnie Joseph to Omaha (PCL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Signed RHP Mark Lowe to a minor league contract. Acquired RHP Elvin Ramirez from the New York Mets for cash considerations. Traded RHP Steven Geltz to Tampa Bay Rays for RHP Dane De La Rosa. MINNESOTA TWINS—Optioned RHP Alex Burnett to Rochester (IL). NEW YORK YANKEES—Claimed RHP Sam Demel off waivers from Houston. Designated RHP Dan Otero for assignment. SEATTLE MARINERS—Optioned RHP Erasmo Ramirez to Tacoma. Reassigned RHP Jeremy Bonderman to their minor league camp. TEXAS RANGERS—Assigned INF Chris Mcguiness outright to Round Rock (PCL). Announced Rule 5 Draft selection RHP Coty Woods was returned to Colorado. Released INF Brandon Snyder. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Signed LHP J.A. Happ to a two-year contract. National League CHICAGO CUBS—Claimed RHP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from Toronto. Placed RHP Arodys Vizcaino on the 60-day DL. CINCINNATI REDS—Reassigned LHP Wilkin De La Rosa and RHP Clay Hensley to their minor league camp. COLORADO ROCKIES—Reassigned INF DJ LeMahieu to their minor league camp. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Signed INF Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year contract. Released INF Donnie Murphy. Placed SS Jeff Bianchi and 1B Corey Hart on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Optioned RHP Kyle McPherson, INF Jordy Mercer and OF Alex Presley to Indianapolis (IL). Reassigned C Lucas May, RHP Vin Mazzaro, C Carlos Paulino, OF Felix Pie, RHP Ryan Reid and LHP Mike Zagurski to their minor league camp. Selected the contracts of LHP Jonathan Sanchez and 3B Brandon Inge from Indianapolis. Designated 1B Hunter Strickland and RHP Clint Robinson for assignment. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Agreed to terms with RHP Josh Geer on a minor league contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Reassigned LHP Fernando Abad and C Carlos Maldonado to minor league camp. American Association AMARILLO SOX—Signed OF Dan Evatt. EL PASO DIABLOS—Signed RHP Matt Graham and INF Maikol Gonzalez.
FARGO-MOORHEAD REDHAWKS—Released RHP Aaron Shafer. GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS—Signed LHP Alain Quijano. WICHITA WINGNUTS—Signed LHP Nick Walters. WINNIPEG GOLDEYES—Signed RHP Alex Capaul, RHP Tim Griffin and LHP Colton Pitkin. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS—Released INF Matt Cusick. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS—Signed SS Taylor Black to a contract extension. Signed C Sam Mahoney. FLORENCE FREEDOM—Signed INF Eric Groff. JOLIET SLAMMERS—Signed LHP Lucas Goodgion. NORMAL CORNBELTERS—Released OF Tyler Wiesemeyer. TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS—Signed RHP Burny Mitchem. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association UTAH JAZZ—Signed G Jerel McNeal to a 10day contract. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Signed S Jonathon Amaya. ATLANTA FALCONS—Agreed to terms with DE Osi Umenyiora on a two-year contract. BALTIMORE RAVENS—Agreed to terms with S Michael Huff on a three-year contract. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Re-signed DT Dwan Edwards. DALLAS COWBOYS—Released WR Anthony Armstrong. Signed S Will Allen and LB Justin Durant. MIAMI DIOLPHINS—Signed OL Lance Louis. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Released DT Tommy Kelly. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—Released OT Jared Gaither. Canadian Football League MONTREAL ALOUETTES—Signed RB Dominic Rhodes to a two-year contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League BOSTON BRUINS—Claimed F Kaspars Daugavins off waivers from Ottawa. Recalled D Torey Krug from Providence (AHL). DALLAS STARS—Recalled F Reilly Smith from Texas (AHL). PITTSBURGH PENGUINS—Placed D Kris Letang on injured reserve. American Hockey League CONNECTICUT WHALE—Announced D Jyri Niemi was reassigned to Greenville (ECHL). PEORIA RIVERMEN—Signed D Nick Walters to an amateur tryout contract. ECHL ELMIRA JACKALS—Announced D Ben Blood was reassigned from Binghamton (AHL). LACROSSE National Lacrosse League COLORADO MAMMOTH—Activated D Ian Hawksbee. Signed D John Orsen.
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Rasmus’ grand slam lifts Jays over Rays HAPP PITCHES WELL AND GETS REWARDED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Colby Rasmus figures his swing is just about ready for opening day. Rasmus hit a grand slam that capped a six-run rally in the eighth inning off Kirby Yates and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Wednesday. “I’m getting a good feel for what I’m trying to do,” Rasmus said. “Baseball is crazy like that. You can out there one day and just be locked in.” “Spring training is long this year. If you are playing every day, that’s a lot of ABs. If you take that many at-bats, spring training can almost mess you up sometimes. I just try to stay focused on keeping myself relaxed.” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been waiting for Rasmus to show off his prodigious power all spring. “He’s got some pop, doesn’t he?” Gibbons said. “Colby is a talented kid and he hits homers, man. Homers win.” Jeff Niemann, still uncertain whether he will be in Tampa Bay’s rotation to open the season, made a final statement in his favour, pitching six scoreless innings of two-hit, no-walk ball. Niemann struck out three and improved his spring ERA to 2.92.
“He was very good,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “The ball was moving a lot. I mean you could see it from their swings and see from the sidelines.” Niemann, coming off a lacklustre outing, feels ready to start the season in whatever role the Rays have for him. “That was the best I’ve thrown the ball all spring,” Niemann said. “It’s been a huge building process this whole spring and I can’t be happier about how (I) ended up.” Yunel Escobar hit an RBI triple for Tampa Bay. Toronto starter J.A. Happ, who appears likely to have earned the fifth spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation with Tuesday’s demotion of Ricky Romero, gave up one earned run, four hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. Hours later, the Blue Jays said they had reached agreement with Happ on a $9.1 million, two-year contract that adds an additional $5.4 million and one season to the deal he got in January. NOTES: Pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Brett Cecil were both informed they have made the Blue Jays’ 25man roster. ... The Cubs claimed RHP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from Toronto.
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Heat’s winning streak stopped at 27 games after loss to Bulls THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Bulls 101 Heat 97 CHICAGO — With two-tenths of a second left, LeBron James took the final inbounds pass in his own end, dropped the ball to let time expire, turned and walked toward the exit. No buzzer beater. No fourth-quarter rally. No record for James and the Miami Heat, either. The Heat’s bid for NBA history ended Wednesday night when their 27-game winning streak was snapped by the Chicago Bulls 101-97, setting off a raucous celebration inside United Center. Miami finished six shy of the 33-game record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. James said there was no shame in falling short. “It’s one of the best that this league has ever seen,” James said, referring to the streak that began on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. “We recognized that and rightfully so.” James tried to spur yet another comeback in the final minutes, getting mad after a rough foul. But the reigning MVP could never get the defending champions even or, more importantly, ahead. Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat’s stampede to a screeching halt.
Miami’s superstar did all he could to keep the run going, scoring 32 points and even collecting a flagrant foul during a physical final few minutes. “We haven’t had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did,” James said. “We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that.” The Heat hadn’t lost since the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis on Feb. 1. But after grinding out some close wins lately, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, no one counted them out until the final buzzer. For the better part of two months, they were the NBA’s comeback kings. They erased seven double-digit deficits during the streak. They found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter 11 times, and won them all. Not Wednesday. “We understand, probably more so later on in our careers, the significance of that. And then that was it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We took that moment to acknowledge it, to acknowledge each other, that experience, but it was never about the streak. We have a bigger goal, but also right now, it’s about ’Are we getting better?”’ They walked off the floor stoically, not exchanging any handshakes or pleasantries with the Bulls. James slapped high-fives with a couple
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Raptors lose fifth straight game Hawks 107 Raptors 88 TORONTO — Al Horford poured in 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth Wednesday with a 107-88 win over the beleaguered Toronto Raptors. Rookie Jonas Valanciunas scored 19 points to top Toronto (26-45), which fell apart in the fourth quarter en route to a fifth consecutive loss. Rudy Gay returned after missing a game with a sore back to add 15, while DeMar DeRozan finished with 14. Terrence Ross chipped in with 13 points, and Alan Anderson had 12. Jeff Teague added 24 points for the Hawks (40-32), who won for the fifth straight time at the Air Canada Centre. Josh Smith added 19 points. The Raptors, who were coming off back-to-back losses to the New York Knicks, led for most of the night and were up by as much as 11 points in the second quarter. But it was almost as if the Hawks had been playing with their hosts, calmly chipping away at the deficit in the third to send the game into the fourth quarter tied 75-75. The Hawks had another gear in the fourth, turning a close game into a blowout in a matter of a few minutes as Teague scored 10 straight points to put Atlanta up by 17 with 4:39 left to go. The ACC fans booed the Raptors off
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Schools boost options DUAL CREDITS AMONG RDC’S, SCHOOL DISTRICTS’ NEW PARTNERSHIP
SPRING FLING Don’t miss out on the Easter Spring Fling at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer on Sunday. An afternoon full of crafts, activities, door prizes and an egg hunt is on tap from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is by a suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. Call 403-346-2010 for egg hunt times or more information.
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BY LAURA TESTER ADVOCATE STAFF Central Alberta students will discover greater opportunities through a new partnership between Red Deer College and seven school districts. College vice-chair Dale Russell, on behalf of the college, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday that was also signed by representatives from Clearview School Division, Prairie Land Dale Russell School Division, Red Deer Catholic Regional Division, Red Deer Public School District, Wild Rose Public School Division and Wolf Creek School Division. Chinook’s Edge School Division is also part of this partnership, but the entire superintendent team was unable to attend due to a prior meeting commitment. College president Joel Ward said he be-
Learn to paper quill at the Norwegian Laft Hus on April 6. The centuries-old craft uses rolled paper strips glued together to form raised ornamental designs, including flowers. The class begins at 10 a.m. at Red Deer’s Laft Hus, located in Heritage Square at 4402 47th Ave. Cost is $5 per person. Register by calling 403-347-2055 or email norwegianlafthus@ gmail.com.
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lieves this memorandum, Learning Pathways in Central Alberta, is the first of its kind between a post-secondary institution in Alberta and school divisions. It’s a monumental effort that began almost four years ago. Almost 18 months ago, all partners began the formal process to get this going. Having dual credits is one key decision that’s resulting from this partnership, Ward said. For example, a high school student with a spare option could take a college class. “A successful completion of that course would mean that counts towards a credit towards their Grade 12 graduation and as a credit towards a college certificate, diploma or degree,” said Ward inside the college’s Arts Centre foyer. “It’s an opportunity for students who
have flexibility to take college courses as well.” Adriana LaGrange, board chair for Red Deer Catholic, said it’s a great way to look at new opportunities for students and for them to see the college as a viable option. “I think there’s opportunities that we haven’t realized yet,” said LaGrange. “It’s new and exciting times.” Red Deer Public School chair Lawrence Lee said this memorandum really highlights the collaboration between communities. “It really connects students to the learning process so they’re able to benefit from a clear and decisive pathway into post-secondary from K-12,” said Lee.
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Join the Red Deer Ramblers Hiking Club for its annual meeting on April 3 at Red Deer’s Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Learn about the upcoming hiking season and the guidelines for hiking with the club. There will be a signup for the scheduled hikes. Sylvia Baran will discuss ground rules. Hiking gear from Valhalla Pure Outfitters will be on display. Meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. with the doors open at 6:30 so you can purchase memberships and look at photos of previous hikes. Memberships are $10 per person or $20 per family. Bring your own mug. For more information, call Bonnie at 403347-6146. Visit the website at www. reddeerramblers.com.
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Francis the Pig is moving. The bronze swine will move from his home at Gaetz Avenue, south of 52nd Street in Red Deer, to an undisclosed location sometime this spring or summer because of the construction on Little Gaetz. Francis escaped from a local abattoir in July 1990. He lived the life of a fugitive while roaming Red Deer’s parklands. He was captured in early 1991, after nearly five months on the lam. Shortly after, Francis died because of injuries. The bronze sculpture by Danek Mozdzenski was erected in 1998. Francis The Pig is one of 10 bronze sculptures in Red Deer’s Ghost series that commemorate people and events of the past.
Battling Himalayan balsam, now considered noxious BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Three years ago, the Himalayan balsam was a welcomed annual in flower beds. It was reclassified in 2010 as a prohibited noxious weed under the Alberta Weed Control Act. City weed inspector Judy Adamson is still educating gardeners about the need to yank it from their gardens, along with other reclassified plants. “Since the weed act has been changed in 2010, (gardeners) are growing the wrong things. A lot what people call flowers in their yard are now on the prohibited noxious or noxious list,” Adamson said on Wednesday.
“The biggest concern I have is people are growing Himalayan balsam. I have over 100 sites of those. It adds beauty to their yard. It germinates quick. It grows five feet in one season.” But her job is to stop it from spreading into rural areas. She said the invasive weed with no natural enemies can overtake a natural environment. As a prohibited noxious weed, Himalayan balsam must be destroyed, roots and all. Prohibited noxious weeds are not widespread so eradication is possible. Likewise, noxious weeds should not be planted and existing plants should be removed.
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Red Deer County council members may be able to exceed their $6,000 limit on expenses so they can go to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference this spring in Vancouver. Council passed a resolution on Tuesday allowing expense accounts to go beyond $6,000 if necessary to attend the national conference from May 31 to June 3. County administration had suggested the move, saying it’s been difficult the last couple of years to keep within those expenses involved in relation to the National Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference. Mayor Jim Wood and Councillors George Gehrke, Penny Archibald and Doug Hoar will attend. Philip Massier and Richard Lorenz will not. The councillor remuneration policy allows for an annual budget of $50,000. It allows councillors to attend conferences, seminars, and workshops. Expenses that are covered include the conference/course, accommodation, meal expense, travel expense and mileage. Councillors also receive a per diem rate for days of attendance and travel to any sessions outside county boundaries. Right now, if a councillor uses up those dollars, they either have to attend future sessions at their own expense or receive council support for more dollars.
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PARTNERSHIP: Officials enthused about possibilities for students Gary Thompson, vice-chair of Wild Rose, and Wolf Creek chair Trudy Bratland are enthused about what it will mean for students. “It’s going to give them a lot more than what they had before,” said Thompson. “It gives some of our rural students another door, another chance to investigate further education and for us to have that partnership and perhaps be on the same level as the municipal school districts, to be as welcomed as they are,” added Bratland. Ward said they want to ensure that every student in Central Alberta will be able to enter Red Deer College with very few barriers. Russell said his daughter took two years at Red Deer College and then transferred to University of Lethbridge, where she ended up having to take three years instead of two because of issues over transfers of credit. “We want to encourage kids to go to school, we don’t want to make it hard for them,” said Russell. “This dual credit program will introduce high school students to our college, get them in here for a course, make them feel comfortable with the place and hopefully encourage some of them to attend.” The memorandum of understanding will be reviewed by all parties by May 2015. Tom Lukaszuk, minister of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, recently issued a mandate letter to each institution to show what post-secondary schools should or should not be doing. It comes after 7.3 per cent of funding was cut from each institution, which translated into $4.5 million cut at the college. Ward said this letter recommended that post-secondary institutions foster development with school divisions. “And we’re already doing that,” said Ward. email@example.com
WEEDS: Can’t eradicate, but can be controlled Noxious weeds are considered too widely spread for eradication, but can be controlled. Adamson said oxeye daisy is a noxious weed that has been a popular residential perennial that escaped into native areas. The Alberta Invasive Plants Council warns consumers to watch out for oxeye daisy in wildflower seed mixes. Carole Scott, president of the Red Deer and District Garden Club, agreed that people should stay away from wildflower seed packets. She said more gardeners are re-examining their gardens and are looking at drought-tolerant or native plants. And if new gardeners need advice, they should come to a garden club meeting, held the third Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Adamson said creeping bellflower and yellow clematis are other perennials that are now classified as noxious. She said residents are good about getting rid of weeds once they realize what they are so she focuses on education and keeps an eye on areas known for noxious weeds. In newly developed neighbourhoods, she watches for the pesky Canada thistle, a noxious weed. “The new areas have soil that’s been disturbed and that brings up Canada thistle. “People don’t understand underneath the soil there is a seed source just sitting there, waiting.” Thistles aren’t an issue in the first year, but by the third year they start to cause problems, she said. Adamson handed out information on noxious weeds at the Red Deer Home and Garden Show at the Westerner earlier this month. She said the Weed Wise brochure with pictures produced by Alberta Invasive Plants Council is a helpful guide with suggestions on what gardeners can grow to replace their noxious weeds. Information is also available at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, by contacting the city’s Parks Department at 403-342-8234 and visiting the Alberta Invasive Plant Council website at www.invasiveplants. ab.ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICY: Had public input Legislative Services Department manager Nancy Lougheed said the policy wasn’t changed to increase it from $50,000 because it was a policy adopted by council prior to the last election in 2010. It also included the help of an independent committee that sought public input. “It gets reviewed every three years,” said Lougheed. “We actually have that process in place right now.”
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Saela Fortune, three, races against her brother, Keaton Fortune, five, to put all the plastic eggs in the basket at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The hall was open from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 for Family Night, where families could take part in an Easter egg hunt and try out various sports-related activities.
BRIEFS Arrest ordered for woman who fails to attend court A Red Deer judge has ordered the arrest of a woman who missed a court date to answer to drug and weapons charges on Wednesday. Tracey Lynn Mountain, 30, of the Kehewin Cree Nation near St. Paul, was arrested along with another suspect at about 4 a.m. on Jan. 22 by an RCMP officer conducting a traffic stop in Red Deer. Red Deer City RCMP allege that a search of the vehicle and its occupants uncovered cocaine, bear spray and various other weapons, including a gun. Mountain, who was released from custody, is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of cocaine and breaching conditions of her release on previous charges. The man arrested with her, 18-yearold Logan Mitchell of Penhold, was sentenced earlier to 45 days in jail after pleading guilty to obstructing a police officer. Weapons charges were withdrawn as a result of his guilty plea.
Few residents dispute property assessments Few people disputed their Red Deer property assessments this year. The city received 30 appeals, of which seven were residential and 23 were non-residential. In 2012, the city received 172 appeals, including 129 residential and 43 non-residential. Property taxes are calculated using the assessed value.
After an appeal is filed, a taxpayer may speak with an assessor to determine if the matter can be resolved before being heard by the Regional Assessment Review Board. If not, the board will issue a notice of hearing giving the date and explaining the process. Residential appeals will likely be heard in May and non-residential complaints in early summer. The assessment notices were mailed in January and the deadline for appeals was March 18. A taxpayer can dispute anything from the address to the figures on the assessment notice.
Garage suites face review The Town of Sylvan Lake will review garage suites after several residents complained that they lower property values and infringe on privacy. A three-person delegation raised their concerns before town council at Monday’s meeting. One resident said that two of the suites located above garages had been built in the Regal Court area without neighbours being aware they had been approved, or were even permitted. Residents believe the units lower property values and should not be allowed in typical residential neighbourhoods. Another resident said a nearby garage suite looks directly into his backyard, creating a privacy issue. Joanne Gaudet, the town’s communications co-ordinator, said council has asked planning staff to look into the issue and come back with a report, including what steps were taken to notify residents of garage suite applications and the approval process.
The Town of Sylvan Lake plans to spend $60,000 developing a tourism strategy. Originally, $20,000 was put aside in this year’s budget, but a request for proposals showed it would cost more for a comprehensive strategy. A selection committee comprised of town staff considered retendering the project with a narrower scope, but opted to recommend council put in some extra cash for the more detailed tourism strategy. Council approved spending an additional $40,000 at Monday’s meeting. Joanne Gaudet, the town’s communications co-ordinator, said the town is looking for direction on what it can do to attract tourism while working with the community. A visitor booth is opened each summer, where staff provide information to tourists. “But there’s no real structure or guidance or any sort of action plan or any sort of strategy that will drive tourism in the community,” she said. The town, local residents and businesses will all be consulted in developing the best approach to attract tourists. Consultants will also assess what has been done before. Once complete, the strategy will provide a multi-year plan with specific action steps to be taken. Consultants plan to undertake research, interview stakeholders and hold meetings with focus groups before the summer. A draft strategy is expected to go to council in July for review. A final presentation would take place in September.
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Alberta saxophonist P.J. Perry, above, and legendary Canadian percussionist Peter Appleyard are set to headline this summer’s Jazz at the Lake Festival.
P.J. Perry, Appleyard to headline Festival BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF
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Renowned Alberta saxophonist P.J. Big Band from Calgary, to perform at Perry and legendary Canadian per- a swing dance at 8 p.m. on Thursday, cussionist Peter Appleyard are set Aug. 15, at Sylvan Lake’s Royal Canato headline this summer’s Jazz at the dian Legion at 4916 50th Ave. Tickets will be $25. Lake Festival. ● The Boogie Patrol from Edmonton It’s a double coup for the Aug. 15 to 18 festival, said board president Eric will perform the Blues Bash on SaturAllison, who has been trying to line up day, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., also at the Legion. Tickets will the jazz virtuosos for sevbe $25. eral years. ● The Alberta PlayAllison said festival auboys (most of the memdiences have been wantbers of the Polyjesting Perry, an Edmonton ers) will perform some resident and bebop player, western swing, marto make a repeat appearrying country and jazz, ance since he first played at a late-night jazz club the Sylvan Lake jazz feson Friday and Saturday tival in 2004. But his busy nights after 10 p.m. at the schedule didn’t jive with Lion’s Hall, at 50A Avfestival dates until this enue and 51A Street. Adsummer. mission will be $15 at the “The last time we door. booked him he was a great ● And the Farewell draw,” said Allison, who Jam Session at the Meadexpects Perry, 71, to once owlands Golf Club at 7 again be hugely popular p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, when he plays sax with a will cost $40, including a Peter Appleyard quartet on Friday, Aug. 16. buffet dinner. Appleyard, a vibraAllison said plenty of phone player and percussionist, is one of Canada’s greatest jazz free entertainment will also be available during the festival weekend, inmusicians going back to the swing era. “Peter used to play with Benny cluding the debut of Project Discovery. Goodman and he’s still playing great,” From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, said Allison, who has performed with the young winners of the jazz and popular music categories at the KiwanAppleyard in Florida. The 84-year-old native of England is festival will perform at the Gospel lives in Toronto and is an Order of Church, at 4290 50th St. in Sylvan Lake. Allison said his wife Cheryl Fisher, Canada recipient. His quartet will perform at the festival on Saturday, Aug. the festival producer, came up with the Project idea as a way of involving more 17. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. at the young people. Information about jazz workshops, Alliance Community Church, 4404 47th Ave. in Sylvan Lake. Tickets will be the jazz pub crawl, and free outdoor available, starting from April 15, for performances involving the H.O.T. Dix$35 each from the Sylvan Lake tourism ieland Jazz Band of Calgary, Jazz Exinformation office or from www.jazzat- plosion of Red Deer, Flat Iron Jazz of Lacombe and other bands are availthelake.com. The rest of the festival lineup is also able from the festival’s website, www. jazzatthelake.com. being assembled, including: firstname.lastname@example.org ● Johnny Summers and his Little
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“Donut Showdown” judge Maggie McKeown says that “donuts are huge in the culinary world right now.” Sherman of Calgary’s Jelly Modern Doughnuts, which plans to open up a shop in Toronto soon. He made a cherry blossom-themed tower of Madagascar vanilla glaze doughnuts. Also in the running was Amanda Hamer of Toronto Barque Smokehouse, whose carnival-themed offerings included chocolate smoked maple bacon doughnuts, which are the most popular amongst her customers. Sherman and Cadwell said maplebacon is also the most popular doughnut flavour combo at their businesses. “I don’t think you can get much more iconic Canadian than maple and bacon,” said Sherman. “If we can throw a little beer in there and a hockey game, we’d have a real doughnut that was suitable for Canada.” For all the dippy depths doughnuts are reaching these days, they’re actually quite simple to make at home, said the competitors. “It’s really easy, it’s just like making bread dough, just a little bit of a different recipe and then you just cut them out, let them rise like you would a bread and then you just fry them,” said Cadwell. “The key to doughnuts at home are basically, follow your recipe and treat it with the respect that you treat any yeast dough, like making bread,” noted Sherman.
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NEW YORK — Justin Timberlake’s comeback album has sold nearly 1 million units its first week out. Nielsen SoundScan announced Tuesday that the singer’s third album, The 20/20 Experience, has moved 968,000 units. It’s the 19th album in Nielsen’s 22-year history that has sold more than 900,000 albums in its debut week. 20/20 is Timberlake’s third album and the follow-up to his multiplatinum, Grammy-winning 2006 album, FutureSex/ LoveSounds. The new CD features the pop hit Suit & Tie. “The numbers are pleasantly surprising,” said Tom Corson, the president and chief operating officer of RCA Records, which released Timberlake’s album. The label had projected that 20/20 would sell 500,000 to 600,000 units, Corson said. Timberlake, 31, was strategic about promoting his comeback effort: He performed at the Grammy Awards, hosted and hit the stage at Saturday Night Live and spent an entire week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The singer also partnered with Target for the album’s deluxe edition and 20/20 streamed on iTunes a week before it was released. Timberlake came up with the idea of a weeklong stint himself, Fallon said. “I think he mentioned it to me like a year ago that he’s working on something and wanted to do a week on our show,” Fallon said Tuesday. 20/20 is an unconventional album that features a mesh of R&B, soul, pop and futuristic sounds. The 10 tracks average seven minutes each. Corson believes Timberlake’s key to promoting the album was “less is more.” “While it felt like he was everywhere, he didn’t do a lot of things because he didn’t have to. “But he did big things,” he said. Fallon even joked that other celebrities are trying to follow in Timberlake’s footsteps with a weeklong stay on his show. “We’re getting a lot of phone calls now to do themed-weeks for people,” said Fallon, who added that the show’s writers and producers developed a load of material for “Timberweek.” “We have enough for another month,” he said. “We could have ’Timbermonth.’ Trust me, NBC is already pitching it to me.” Of the 19 albums to sell more than 900,000 in their debut week, Timberlake holds three slots. His albums with ’N Sync, 2000’s No Strings Attached and 2001’s Celebrity, sold 2.4 million and 1.9 million in their first week, respectively. Backstreet Boys, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift have two albums each that have hit that level. The excitement over the new album has also boosted sales of Timberlake’s other solo albums, Nielsen Co. said. Last year, FutureSex/LoveSounds and 2002’s “Justified” sold 39,000 and 21,000 copies each, but this year they’ve already sold 29,000 and 17,000, respectively. “As the marketing sort of picks up for the new record and the single goes to radio ... you definitely start to see interest,” said David Bakula, Nielsen’s senior vicepresident of client development and analytics for entertainment. Bakula said ’N Sync
sales are up, too. 20/20 was streamed 7.73 million times on Spotify in its first week, putting it second behind the 8 million streams set by Mumford & Sons’ Babel last year. Steve Savoca, Spotify’s head of content, said Timberlake’s colossal first-week numbers are another example of how streaming music helps artists sell albums. Fallon said Timberlake worked tirelessly ahead of the five shows and he’s proud of his friend’s success. “Justin was here till 11 o’clock most nights choreographing dance moves so he nailed it the next night,” he said. “And he was sick at the time.” Corson said this week’s success could change the expectation of Timberlake’s followup to 20/20, which will likely be released later this year. “It sure should,” he said with a laugh. “Part two is now even more anticipated.” Timberlake could even show up for a stint on Fallon again. “We are already talking about it,” Fallon said.
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Inflation picks up FEBRUARY SEES BIGGEST MONTH-TO-MONTH INCREASE SINCE 1991 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Consumer prices in Canada jumped by a surprisingly strong 1.2 per cent in February as a big hike in gasoline helped fuel the biggest month-to-month pop in inflation since January 1991 when Ottawa introduced the GST. The one-month increase lifted the Canadian annual inflation rate by 0.7 point, also to 1.2 per cent, reversing a trend that had reduced annual inflation to 0.5 per cent in January, the lowest in more than three years. Economists had expected inflation to start edging up, particularly as gasoline prices were known to have risen, but their best estimate was for a year-to-year increase of 0.8 per cent and a month-to-month increase of 0.7 per cent. Despite the one-month inflation shock, analysts said Canadians had little to worry about and that the Bank of Canada will likely discount the report as an anomaly. The roller-coaster movement in inflation was most likely due to temporary factors on
both the upside and downside, they said. “It was a surprise but it was predicated on some temporary factors that are likely to ease as we go forward into the next month or two, so I’m kind of inclined to look through it,” said Derek Holt, vice-president of economics with Scotia Capital. Holt said the steep increase in gasoline prices from January to February — 8.4 per cent — is not being repeated in March. BMO’s Doug Porter said the February result likely shows there was an end to deep discounting associated with the Christmas shopping season. But he notes the higher inflation rate, while not good news for consumers, is still well shy of the Bank of Canada’s two per cent target and likely ends any speculation the central bank may lower interest rates to stimulate the economy. A prolonged period of below trend inflation is an indicator of soft domestic demand, which at its worst, could weaken the economy by encouraging consumers to delay purchases in expectation of lower prices in future. The central bank would likely be reluc-
tant to hike rates to compensate, however, for fear Canadians would borrow more and increase their debt loads. “There was some talk of the Bank of Canada cutting rates because of the risk of deflation, but this has wiped that away, Porter said. The surprising February report does not alter analysts’ expectation that inflation is a spent force in Canada in the longer term. “With economic growth expected to remain below the economy’s potential, we expect disinflationary pressures to intensify in the coming months,” explained David Madani of Capital Economics. The consensus view of the economy is that growth will be limited to 1.6 per cent this year, the slowest pace of expansion since the recovery began in July 2009. The view by Capital Economics is even tamer at 1.2 per cent. Gasoline’s one-month spurt in February, after declining in January, pushed pump prices to an increase of 3.9 per cent annualized, contributing to a two per cent overall increase in the cost of transportation.
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Pessimism offsets confidence OTTAWA — The Conference Board of Canada says consumer confidence declined slightly in March as concerns about future finances outweighed a slightly less pessimistic outlook for jobs and major purchases. The board’s index was also dragged down by extremely negative responses from the Prairies that more than offset improved confidence in other regions. The national index dropped 0.4 point to 80.5, even though four of five regional indexes rose. The Ottawa-based think tank says it’s unusual for one region to have such a big impact on the national index, which is based on responses to four questions about personal and general economic conditions. The Prairies stood out from the others, dropping 11.9 points to 88.7 — the region’s lowest reading since August 2009, when the economy and energy industry began to recover from a major recession. The Conference Board attributed pessimism to a cloud hanging over the construction of major pipeline projects, raising concerns about future investment in the energy sector.
Payroll earnings higher in Jan. OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $908 in January, up 0.1 per cent from December. It says earnings were 2.7 per cent higher on a year-over-year basis. That 12-month increase reflects a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in composition of employment and a slight increase in the average number of hours worked. Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings outpaced the national average in four of the largest industrial sectors, led by construction and public administration. — The Canadian Press
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A pedestrian walks past the Lululemon Athletica store Tuesday, at Union Square in New York. Lululemon has yanked its popular black yoga pants from store shelves after it found that the sheer material used was revealing too much of its loyal customers.
Lululemon says no demos required to return recalled sheer yoga pants BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — No “downwardfacing dog” is required. Lululemon said Wednesday that no demonstrations of yoga or any other positions are needed to return the pricey black yoga pants that the company pulled from shelves last week after finding that they were too sheer. “We do not require guests to demonstrate the sheerness of their bottoms,” said Sari Martin, who works for communications firm ICR and spoke on behalf of Lululemon. The Vancouver-based yoga gear maker’s statement comes a day after a New York Post report that was widely circulated by the media recounted one woman’s tale of being asked by sales staff to bend over to prove that the yoga pants she was trying to return were sheer. Martin would not comment on the specific instance recounted by the Post, but said Wednesday
that this is not standard policy for Lululemon staffers. To the contrary, she said that people who bought the black “Luon” yoga pants, which cost $72 to $98, since March 1, either online or in store, can return them for a full refund, “no questions asked.” The hubbub comes a week after Lululemon said it was recalling its black “Luon” yoga pants, which account for about 17 per cent of all women’s pants in its stores, because their material was too sheer. The pants are made from a combination of nylon and Lycra fibers. The company still hasn’t determined the cause of the problem. And officials have declined to say when the items would be back in its stores. B ut the company has added more stringent controls and is diversifying its suppliers to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The flap is a blemish for a company that has been a superstar in the athletic world. Lululemon has grown to 211
stores, including 135 stores in the U.S. and 51 in Canada, as its yoga and other workout clothing has gained popularity with men and women. Its devoted fans helped Lululemon, founded in 1998, become a $1.4 billion business. But the pants snafu isn’t the only quality issue the chain has had, though. The company also has had sheerness problems with swimsuits and light-colored pants. RBC Capital Markets analyst Howard Tubin said that while the sheer pants are an “odd” situation, it’s just a growing pain for the rapidly expanding company. “They tried to get in front of this by not letting the merchandise stay on store shelves and they’re working with vendors to try to figure out how this happened,” he said. “They’re probably handling it the best way they can.” Shares fell 76 cents to $62.27.
John Basarab recalls a remarkable calf. The animal, which was being finished in a feedlot, was packing on five pounds a day and reached slaughter weight in just 10 ½ months. This performance attracted the attention of Basarab, a beef research scientist at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Lacombe Research Station, and other researchers. They discovered that the calf hadn’t earned its owner the profit it appeared to. “When we looked at it, it was eating 50 per cent more than the next animal in the pen,” he said. “It had a huge appetite.” For the past 15 years, Basarab has been looking at an alternative to the rate-of-gain breeding value that producers have long relied upon. He thinks residual feed intake might be a better yardstick. Essentially, that’s the efficiency with which cattle convert feed to weight. The challenge Basarab initially faced was accurately measuring the amount of feed consumed by each animal.
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National Bank ’comfortable’ being part of Big 6 DESIGNATED TOO BIG TO FAIL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — National Bank is “comfortable” with being grouped as one of Canada’s six strategically important banks and meeting the higher capital requirements that accompany the designation, its CEO said Wednesday. Louis Vachon said the decision by regulators doesn’t change much at the Quebec bank, since it would have been held to the same standards as its five larger rivals. “Frankly, I’d rather be officially in than having the same standards and not being... officially (part) of the club,” he told the National Bank financial services conference. On Tuesday, the federal financial supervisor declared that Canada’s six largest banks were too big to fail and needed to be
subjected to stricter supervision than their smaller peers. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said the “systematically important” designation stems from a framework issued by the Basel committee on banking oversight in October that set out guidelines for assessing domestic financial institutions. Under the new OSFI requirement, the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM), National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA), Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) will be required to carry a larger capital buffer than other banks. Their Tier 1 capital ratio will have to be at least eight per cent as of Jan. 1, 2016, as compared with seven per cent for less important financial institutions. The OSFI changes are also designed to make Canada’s leading banks more bullet
proof in the event of a financial crisis. Two credit ratings agencies have downgraded the Canadian banking system, but Standard & Poor’s rating for the National Bank suggested two Toronto banks on the list had a much higher probability of being bailed out during a crisis. Vachon called the designation a “binary decision.” “Either you are or you’re not and I think the decision yesterday of the government is that we were and we would expect ratings agencies — all three or four of them — to take note of that fact.” Meanwhile, Vachon called the recent mortgage pricing wars, in which at least one rival temporarily offered a five-year mortgage at 2.99 per cent, tame and more localized than last year. “At the end of the day it’s not undercutting price that will determine the winners and losers in the mortgage market,” he said.
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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 99.69 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 90.08 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47.12 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.05 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 36.48 Cdn. National Railway . 100.00 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 126.06 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 78.92 Capital Power Corp . . . . 21.25 Cervus Equipment Corp 20.30 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 31.78 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 47.00 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 24.86 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.78 General Motors Co. . . . . 28.06 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 16.90 Research in Motion. . . . . 14.80 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.47 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 41.66 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 44.70 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 69.14 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 14.59 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 48.83
Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.20 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 43.17 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 54.24 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74.78 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 24.61 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 29.90 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 21.48 First Quantum Minerals . 19.00 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 34.27 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 9.61 Inmet Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . 67.23 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 8.11 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 40.04 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.04 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 28.79
Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 90.58 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 40.66 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.34 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 29.38 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 41.81 IROC Services . . . . . . . . . 3.00 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 5.23 Penn West Energy . . . . . 11.01 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 1.220 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 9.32 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 30.40 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 12.35 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 14.78 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 7.53 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 52.44
Consumer Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.39 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 71.86 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.23 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 42.51 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 13.91
Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 27.01 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 40.30 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 46.46 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.91 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 49.49 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 32.69 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.99 Canyon Services Group. 11.31 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 31.55 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.650 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 19.65 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.19
Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 63.67 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 59.41 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78.93 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 28.35 Carefusion . . . . . . . . . . . 34.92 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 27.48 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 45.54 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 62.07 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 14.80 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 74.09 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.98 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 60.71 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 27.14 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83.95
MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO â€” The Toronto Stock market closed slightly lower on Wednesday as concerns about Europe remained in the spotlight ahead of the reopening of banks in Cyprus and the euro hitting a four-month low. The S&P/TSX composite index ended down 6.73 points to 12,699.65, while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 1.76 to 1,097.79. Europeâ€™s main currency fell after efforts to form a coalition government in Italy were abandoned by Democratic party leader Pier Luigi Bersani. The euro was down 0.88 of a cent to US$1.2773 at mid-morning, according to the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar fell 0.01 of a cent to 98.38 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that Canadaâ€™s annual inflation rate jumped more than expected in February to 1.2 per cent. Banks in Cyprus were set to open for the first time in more than a week on Thursday following a shutdown and international bailout agreement that calls for large bank deposits to
be taxed heavily to help pay for the rescue. Cyrpiots will only be allowed to withdraw 300 euros ($383) in cash each day when the countryâ€™s banks open, while credit or debit card payments abroad will be capped at 5,000 euros a day, the state news agency said. On the TSX, financial stocks were the biggest drag, falling 0.9 per cent, with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) losing 77 cents to $60.71. In commodities, June bullion rose $9.90 to US$1,607.20 an ounce, as the TSX gold sector moved higher. The May contract, which traded with less volume, ended $10.50 higher to $1,606.20. May copper was unchanged at US$3.44 a pound. Energy stocks dipped 0.16 per cent as the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 24 cents to US$96.58 a barrel. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials was down 33.49 points at 14,526.16. The Nasdaq rose 4.04 points to 3,256.52 and the S&P 500 index fell 0.92 points to 1,562.85.
In corporate developments, Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO) said it was in advanced talks to sell certain as non-core assets for $157 million. The Calgary-based oil and gas producer active in Asia and elsewhere says it hopes to sign definitive agreements with two separate purchasers by the end of April. Its shares rose 10 per cent, or 55 cents, to $5.82. Investors received diverging opinions about Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) from two major proxy advisory firms. Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC has recommended that its clients vote for all 12 of nominees put forward by the fertilizer company, while Institutional Shareholder Services said they should vote for two of five alternative nominees proposed by dissident shareholder Jana Partners. Agrium shares fell 72 cents to $99.69. A letter about Suncor (TSX:SU) is being signed by 11 groups and sent to the Alberta government over their concerns about a waste-water spill at a Suncor oilsands plant. The groups â€” representing the environment, First Nations and landowner associations â€” are demanding
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more information about the leak. Shares in specialty food company Premium Brands Holdings Corp. (TSX:PBH) stock rose 46 cents to $18.13 after it increased its quarterly dividend 6.3 per cent to 31 cents per share. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) shares were 44 cents lower to $129.06 after a train carrying crude oil derailed in western Minnesota, according to officials. The train spilled 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil when at least three cars of the 14 that were derailed. Antrim Energy Inc. (TSX:AEN) shares were cut in less than half after the company announced larger quarterly and annual losses. The companyâ€™s stock closed down 20 cents at 19 cents. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Wednesday: Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index â€” 12,699.65 down 6.73 points TSX Venture Exchange â€” 1,097.79 up 1.76 points TSX 60 â€” 728.03 down 1.82 points Dow â€” 14,526.16 down 33.49 points S&P 500 â€” 1,562.85 down 0.92 point Nasdaq â€” 3,256.52 up 4.04 points Currencies at close: Cdn â€” 98.38 cents US, down 0.01 of a cent Pound â€” C$1.5378, down 0.33 of a cent Euro â€” C$1.2984, down 0.88 of a cent Euro â€” US$1.2773, down 0.88 of a cent Oil futures: US$96.58 per barrel, up 24 cents (May contract) Gold futures: US$1,606.20 per oz., up $10.50 (April contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $30.09 per oz., down 31.4 cents $967.39 kg., down $10.10 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Wednesday at 1,097.79 up 1.76 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 146.34 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG â€” Closing prices: Canola: May â€™13 $6.60 higher $638.00; July â€™13 $5.80 higher $622.20; Nov. â€™13 $5.00 higher $565.00; Jan. â€™14 $5.00 higher $566.00; March â€™14 $5.00 higher $563.00; May â€™14 $5.00 higher $560.90; July â€™14 $5.00 higher $559.00; Nov. â€™14 $5.00 higher $534.60; Jan â€™15 $5.00 higher $534.60; March â€™15 $5.00 higher $534.60; May â€™15 $5.00 higher $534.60. Barley (Western): May â€™13 $0.50 higher $243.50; July â€™13 $0.50 higher $244.00; Oct. â€™13 $0.50 higher $244.00; Dec â€™13 $0.50 higher $244.00; March â€™14 $0.50 higher $244.00; May â€™14 $0.50 higher $244.00; July â€™14 $0.50 higher $244.00; Oct. â€™14 $0.50 higher $244.00; Dec. â€™14 $0.50 higher $244.00; March â€™15 $0.50 higher $244.00; May â€™15 $0.50 higher $244.00. Wednesdayâ€™s estimated volume of trade: 342,300 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 342,300.
COWS: Feed consumption can be tracked But a solution was provided by GrowSafe Systems Ltd. of Airdrie, which combined RFID (radio-frequency identification) eartags and sensor-equipped feed stations to track what individual calves were eating. This made it possible to calculate the residual feed intake of each animal, which in turn could be used to assign it an estimated breeding value based on feed conversion efficiency. The trait would be inherited â€” to a certain extent â€” by the animalâ€™s offspring. And it varies between cattle, but not necessarily between breeds, noted Basarab. â€œThe difference between breeds are much, much, much less in terms of this trait â€” and like many other inheritable traits â€” than the differences within a breed,â€? he said. â€œThere are huge differences within any breed.â€? Global interest in residual feed intake is apparent from the growth in the number of GrowSafe Systems and comparable systems being used. In 2000, the total testing capacity was about 500 animals; today itâ€™s 68,000. The Alberta government has even approved residual feed intake as a carbon offset protocol â€” allowing farmers to accumulate and sell the resulting greenhouse gas reductions from their herds as carbon dioxide equivalent credits. Basarab confirmed that reduced feed consumption is linked directly to reduced methane production. â€œThe more you eat the more you produce.â€? But the real incentive for cattle producers is the reduced feed costs they can realize by having animals with low residual feed intake values. Thereâ€™s the possibility that carbon offset revenues could become a strong incentive as well, if the price of CO2 equivalent credits rise, noted Basarab. Currently, cattle can be tested at about eight facilities in Alberta, including at Olds College. The resulting data should become increasingly accurate as advances are made in cattle genomics, and the ability to link an animalâ€™s DNA to its feed conversion efficiency. â€œYouâ€™ll get much more accurate estimated breeding values, earlier,â€? said Basarab. firstname.lastname@example.org
Extreme weather causes $77b insurance losses BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA â€” The worldâ€™s second-largest reinsurer says natural catastrophes and man-made disasters cost the insurance industry $77 billion in 2012, the third costliest year on record. Swiss Re says the more than 300 catastrophes and disasters caused the loss of 14,000 lives and $186 billion, mostly due to â€œlarge scale weather eventsâ€? in the United States such as Hurricane Sandy that accounted for $35 billion of insured losses â€” nearly half the total worldwide. The losses were well down from 2011, when record earthquakes and flooding in Asia Pacific region caused the highest ever recorded losses of more than $126 billion.
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BAWTINHEIMER Neil M. 1934 - 2013 Neil Bawtinheimer passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the Red Deer Hospital on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the age of 78 years. Neil was born in 1934 and raised in Red Deer. His first job was with his father at what was known as Les and N e i l ’ s C a r a n d Tr a c t o r Service, then Bawtinheimer’s Repairs in downtown Red Deer. Whether in the shop, under a tractor in the field at harvest time, or even one of the neighborhood kids’ cars, there didn’t seem to be anything he could not fix. He loved it. He also had passion for trapshooting, and travelled far and wide to participate in competitive events. A lift of an eyebrow, a twinkle in the eye and you knew he was up to no good, or at least thinking of it. His corny sayings could bring a chuckle to anyone. Neil leaves to mourn his loving companion Wanda Snider, daughter Dawn (Keith) Hanson, son Pat (Perrilynne) Bawtinheimer, grandchildren Michael and Ceanna Bawtinheimer, sister Lila ( B i l l ) P e t e r s o n , Wa n d a ’ s children Penny, Cindy, Rick, Tammy and Candy along with their spouses and children to whom Neil was papa as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Eva (1986) and parents Leslie (1997) and Myrtle (1999) Bawtinheimer. Please join the family for a casual drop-in gathering on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations in Neil’s memory may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, #101 6751 52 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4K8. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040
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KLEIN Dorothea Jean 1947 - 2013 It is with heavy hearts that the family of Dorothea Jean Klein announces her passing on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the age of 65 years. Dorothea will be lovingly remembered by her husband Pat, two sons Keith (Michelle) of Bellingham, Washington and David (Chantelle) of Edmonton, four grandchildren K y l e , D e v o n , Av e r y a n d Keiton, her mother Mary Kosloski of Stettler as well as two sisters Joyce (Dan) Silbernagel and Faye (Clair) Pisko. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. with The Reverend Father Les Drewicki celebrant. An interment will take place in the family plot at Alto Reste Cemetery, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Dorothea may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040
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BOYCE - DOUGLAS Mar. 23, 1952 - Mar. 26, 2012 Missing you - your love, laugh & smile. Always loved, forever remembered. Harold Boyce & family.
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The Red Deer Advocate’s Office & Phones Closed Good Friday March 29, 2013 KUNDERT Grace Monetta (nee Alexander) 1929 - 2013 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearest Gracie on March 24, 2013, at the age of 83 years. Grace was the youngest and last survivor of six siblings born to William and Jane Alexander, formerly of Dawson Creek, B.C. She spent her youth in the Peace River Country and met the love of her life, William (Bill) Kundert (1927-2010), at a dance in Pouce Coupe. They married in 1950 and were transferred quite regularly to various locations in Alberta as Bill followed his banking career. Prior to marrying, Grace had attended the Academy of Useful Arts in Calgary and received a certificate in dressmaking. She was a stylish and gifted seamstress and had plenty of opportunities to utilize her training as she and Bill raised their five girls. She remained a dedicated homemaker until her daughters were young adults and then joined the workforce in Calgary with part time employment at Marks and Spencers and later at Eatons. But nothing gave her greater joy than family. Her sense of humour, singing and loving personality will be missed by all, especially at the family gatherings affectionately called the Kundert swarms as well as the Christmas Hymn Sings where her favourite “Christmas in Killarney” was an annual delight. Night, night, kiss, kiss dear Gracie. Love you forever; Shirley (Frank O’Maley) and her children Michelle and Stephane and great grandchild Dylan; Kathryn (David Thompson) and their child Patricia Grace (deceased); Patricia (Ralph Salomons) and their children Brett, Laura and Michael; Elizabeth (Robert Cameron) and their children Colin and Will; Janet Kundert and her children Kassandra and Gregory. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law; Karl Kundert of Medicine Hat and Robert Harper of Dawson Creek and one sister-in-law, Theresa Alexander of Dawson Creek. Friends and family are welcome to come and pay their respects at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at the same location on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be the following day on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in Medicine Hat, at the Hillside Cemetery 974-13 St SW, where she will be reunited with her beloved Bill. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222
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INTERMEDIATE TECHNICAL ANALYST POSITION INSL, Integrated Network Solutions ltd, provides IT Network, Server and application solutions for the best business clients throughout Western Canada. We have an opening for an Intermediate Technical Analyst. This position is responsible for assisting in designing, implementing, and maintaining IT solutions for our clients. You must be a graduate from an accredited IT program. Qualifications for this position include a minimum of 5 years of experience with Microsoft Server, Microsoft Office 365, IP in-depth knowledge, light MS-SQL, light IIS and Apache web services. Microsoft certifications are an asset to this position. Preference will be given to candidates within the Red Deer, Alberta area. Please send your resume into firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BOULEVARD Restaurant & Lounge Gasoline Alley Red Deer County Food & Beverage Server
$12.25/hr. To provide Food & Beverage service, handle cashiering, arrange and setup the outlet. maintain cleanliness and hygiene.
$14.00/HR. To prepare and cook all food up to standard, clean kitchen and maintain hygiene follow recipes, assist in receiving and storing
Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking an exp’d FLOORHAND
$11/hr To clean kitchen following safety and hygiene standards. Clean utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware items. Clean floors. Assist in prep. All positions are Shift Work & Weekends. Fax resume 780-702-5051
PART/FULL TIME COOK Apply at East 40th Pub. 3811 40th Ave. Harvard Park Business Centre Ltd is looking for an experienced cook for our kitchen. Starting ASAP. Banquet experience is a plus and knowledge on dealing with large groups. Fax resume to 403-886-5003. Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society requires a
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URS FLINT TUBULAR MANAGEMENT SERVICES requires Tubing Inspection operator, manual lathe operator, loader operator and Shop & Yard Laborers. Exp. an asset but will train to suit. Competitive wages and benefits. Apply w/resume to: 4115 Henry St. (Blindman Industrial Park)
Is seeking FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $14.00/hr. HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms, public areas, pool etc. Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety stardands $14.00/hr. All positions are Shift work & weekends Fax Resume to: 780-702-5051
HOLIDAY INN Red Deer South, Gasoline Alley Is Seeking
FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests * Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $ 14.00/hr HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms public areas pool etc. * Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards $ 14.00/hr All positions are Shift Work & weekends Fax resume 780 - 702-5051
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to provide catering services at the CRONQUIST HOUSE. Food service experience, the Food Sanitation & Hygiene Certificate, & excellent communication skills essential. Please send resume to email: email@example.com or fax 403-347-8759 info, call 403-346-0055 SUNSHINE Family Restaurant - F/T Kitchen Helper. $11.41/hr, 40 hrs/wk. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CUSTOM Energized Air is a leader in compressed air technology and requires an
Outside Sales Rep
for our solutions driven sales team. Experience in air compressors and pneumatics a definite asset, but will train the right candidate. Base + commission + mileage + benefits. For Red Deer & area. Apply: email@example.com NOT HAPPY IN YOUR current store? Busy Red Deer import dealership is seeking a Finance Manager. Above avg wage earn 10-20K/month, full benefit pkg, demo plan. Relocation incentive available. Its time you get paid for your hard work!!!! Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cen-Con Concrete Inc. Has a f/t employment opportunity in our prepping/forming crew. Carpentry experience would be an asset. Must have a driver’s license. We offer competitive wages, combined with a deluxe benefit pkg. Drop off resume to: 7809 48 Ave. or fax to 403-340-1246. email: email@example.com
CONNELLY INDUSTRIAL INSULATION is seeking ticketed Alberta Asbestos workers and Mechanical Commercial Insulators. Email resume to: info@ connellyinsulation.com Eagle Builders is expanding its facility to double production. We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts:
* Concrete Finishers * General Labourers Top Wages paid based on experience. Full Benefits and Uniform Package included. Visit our website for more detailed job descriptions at www. eaglebuilders.ca. Applicants are able to apply online or fax resumes to Human Resources 403 885 5516 or e-mail: HR@eaglebuilders.ca.
F/T SATELLITE INSTALLERS - Good hours, home every night, $4000-$6000/mo. Contractor must have truck or van. Tools, supplies & ladders required. Training provided, no experience needed. Apply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FURIX Energy Inc is hiring for the following positions Sandblasters Apprentice Welders Journeymen welders with CWB and 400BBL tank manufacturing experience. Level 1 Q/A QC Inspector Please email your resumes to Darryl@furixenergy.com or fax to 403-348-8109. S M A L L R U R A L M E AT SHOP in central AB looking for F/T meat cutter. Knowledge of cutting hanging carcasses needed. Rental house avail. within walking distance of meat shop. Please call 403-843-4383
D2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, March 28, 2013 Misc. Help
GOODMEN ROOFING LTD.
Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers
SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email email@example.com or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!
Heavy Duty Mechanic:
Required : Apprentices will be considered. Experience in all make and models of diesel engine is required for this full time position. Knowledge of air compressors, generator units and pumps would be an asset. The successful applicant must have excellent communication skills, both oral & written. The position requires a person who has a strong work ethic and be able to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced work environment. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered will be contacted. Forward Resume: Fax (403)343-2199 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org LICENSED mechanic for truck maintenance on 20 truck fleet. Reply to Box 1036, c/o R. D. Advocate, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9 or fax resume to 403-346-0295 STAIR MANUFACTURER Req’s F/T workers to build stairs in Red Deer shop. MUST HAVE basic carpentry skills. Salary based on skill level. Benefits avail. Apply in person at 100, 7491 Edgar Industrial Bend. email: email@example.com. and/or fax 403-347-7913
BUSY Central Alberta Grain Trucking Company looking for Class 1 Drivers and/or Lease Operators. We offer lots of home time, benefits and a bonus program. Grain and super B exp. an asset but not necessary. If you have a clean commercial drivers abstract and would like to start making good money. fax or email resume and comm.abstract to 403-337-3758 or firstname.lastname@example.org DRIVERS for furniture moving company, class 5 required (5 tons), local & long distance. Competitive wages. Apply in person. 6630 71 St. Bay 7 Red Deer. 403-347-8841 MEGA CRANES is looking for a ticketed crane and boom truck operator. Must have Class 1. Good wages, benefits, 10% holiday pay, RRSP’s, and most evenings and weekends off. Fax resume to 885-4269 or email email@example.com
ADULT & YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED for delivery of Flyers Red Deer Express & Red Deer Life Sunday in
ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in
Carriers Needed Riverside Meadows Morning delivery 6 days /wk by 6:30 a.m.
Clearview Area Castle Crsc. Clark Crsc. & Crawford St. $155/mo.
Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308
CARRIERS REQUIRED to deliver the Central AB Life, one day a wk. in Rimbey & Sylvan Lake ALSO Adult Carriers needed in Sylvan Lake & Bentley
Clearview Ridge Clearview Dr. & Crossley St. area $202.00/mo. Deerpark Area 3 blks of Duston St. Denmark Crsc & West half of Donnelly Crsc. $94/mo. Lancaster Area East half of Lampard Crsc. $61/mo. ALSO Landry Bend Lacey Close & Lenon Close area $76/mo.
Please call Debbie for details 314-4307
Good for adult with small car. ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK
Call Jamie 403-314-4306 info
ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life in Timberlands Area Talson Place, Thomas Place Trimble Place, Traptow Place Timberstone Way $152/mo. Michener Area West of 40th Ave. North Ross St. to 52 Street. $236/monthly Good for adult with small car.
CARRIERS NEEDED FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE AND EXPRESS ROUTES IN:
ANDERS AREA Adams Close/ Adair Ave. BOWER AREA Baile Close Boyce St./ Byer Close Barrett Dr/ Beatty Crsc.. Brown Cl./Baird St Barrett Dr./Baird St INGLEWOOD AREA
Call Jamie 403-314-4306 info
Lancaster Dr SUNNYBROOK AREA
NO EXP. NECESSARY!! F.T. position available IMMEDIATELY in hog assembly yard in Red Deer. Starting wage $12/hr. Call Rich or Paul 403-346-6934
Sherwood Crsc VANIER AREA Viscount Dr./ Voisin Crsc Valentine Crsc.
Carriers Needed 4 days/wk Flyers & Sun. Life IN PINES Patterson Cres. & Pamley Ave.
Pallo, Payne & Parsons Cl.
Call Karen for more info 403-314-4317
Certified Appraisers 1966 Estates, Antiques, Firearms. Bay 5, 7429-49 Ave. 347-5855
Currently seeking Newspaper carrier for morning delivery 6 DAYS PER WK. ( Monday - Saturday)
Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 314-4300
Please call Joanne at 403-314-4308
MEGA CRANES is looking for a YARD person with Class 1. Fax resume to 885-4269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 TICKET FOR BON JOVI-
Call Quitcy 403-314-4316 qmacaulay@ reddeer advocate.com
In the towns of:
1500 WATT infra red heater w/remote conrol, oak cabinet w/wheels, $200 obo call 403-755-3297 403-588-6227
Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler
APPLS. reconditioned lrg. selection, $150 + up, 6 mo. warr. Riverside Appliances 403-342-1042
Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303
GE washer & dryer $50 bought new set, -347-1501
Household Furnishings NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for
Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514
The Town of Olds No collecting! Packages come ready for delivery! Also for the afternoon in Town of Penhold! Also afternoon delivery in Town of Springbrook 1 day per wk. No collecting!!
at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@ reddeeradvocate.com
NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for Afternoon delivery in Bowden & Innisfail Please contact QUITCY
at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@ reddeeradvocate.com
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INDIVIDUAL & BUSINESS Accounting, 30 yrs. of exp. with oilfield service companies, other small businesses and individuals RW Smith, 346-9351
BRIAN’S DRYWALL Framing, drywall, taping, textured & t-bar ceilings, 36 yrs exp. Ref’s. 392-1980
Wes Wiebe 403-302-1648 DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301 SIDING, Soffit, Fascia preferring non- combustible fibre cement, canexel & smart board, Call Dean @ 403-302-9210.
EDEN 587-877-7399 10am-midnight IF you demand the best call Applebottoms 403-550-0558 LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car
TIRED of waiting? Call Renovation Rick, Jack of all trades. Handier than 9 men. 587-876-4396 or 587-272-1999
GREYSTONE Handyman Services. Reasonable rates. Ron, 403-396-6089
CENTRAL PEST CONTROL LTD. Comm/res. Locally owned. 403-373-6182 email@example.com
Fantasy Massage GRAND OPENING APRIL 1
IRONMAN Scrap Metal Recovery is picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles and industrial. Serving central Alberta. 403-318-4346 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds
Gentle Touch Massage Moving &
4919 50 St. New staff. Daily Specials. New rear entry, lots of parking. 403-341-4445 HOT STONE, Body Balancing. 403-352-8269 LINDA’S CHINESE MASSAGE
2nd person is 1/2 price. Open daily 9 am-9 pm. 403-986-1550 #3 4820-47 Ave MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161
Feeling overwhelmed? Hard work day? Come in and let us pamper you. Pampering at its best. #7 7464 Gaetz Ave.(rear entrance if necessary) www.viimassage.biz In/Out Calls to Hotels. 403-986-6686 Open all holidays. 7 days/wk
5* JUNK REMOVAL
Property clean up 340-8666 HOUSEHOLD ITEM REMOVAL 403-346-3844
(across from Totem)
BOXES? MOVING? SUPPLIES? 403-986-1315
SPECIALIZING in reuniting loved ones back to stay. Stops divorce 100% guaranteed. Call toll free 1-888-382-4111
ATT’N: SENIORS Are you looking for help on small jobs, around the house such as roof snow removal, bathroom fixtures, painting or flooring Call James 403- 341-0617 HELPING HANDS For Seniors. Cleaning, cooking, companionship in home or in facility. Call 403-346-7777 Better For Cheaper with a Low Price Guarantee. helpinghandshomesupport.com
COLECO VISION w/35 games, $180 obo 403-782-3847 SONY mini stereo, $60 obo stereo sub woofer, $30 obo 403-782-3847 SUPER Nintendo w/super scope gun, 14 games, $180 obo 403-782-3847
FURNACE fillter, (Dust eater) electrostatic washable, asking $80; 403-227-2653
WILD game dishes, 6 pc. setting, with cream and sugar, 22K gold trim, rare find, never used $200 403-314-2026
TRAVEL ALBERTA Alberta offers SOMETHING for everyone. Make your travel plans now.
ROCKER amplifier RX-100 $50 403-227-2976
WANTED: all types of horses. Processing locally in Lacombe weekly. 403-651-5912
2010 SIERRA ext/cab 4x4, 5.3L 6 spd, auto, $15,500 obo. 403-346-9816
2008 Ford F350 lariat 4x4 Diesel long box One Owner $29888 403-348- 8788
MOBILE HOME PAD, in Red Deer Close to Gaetz, 2 car park, Shaw cable incl. Mauricia 403-340-0225
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 mega cab 4x4 leather dvd $16888 403- 348- 8788
Houses For Sale
rentals CLASSIFICATIONS FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390
1300 SQ.FT. 1/2 DUPLEX IN RED DEER. Gated community, The Fountains, near RDG.C.C. Great location. For more info phone 403-506-9491
FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, 2 BDRM. well cared for prices, address, owner’s condo, North of river. Upphone #, etc. 342-7355 graded w/ hardwood floors, Help-U-Sell of Red Deer 4 appl. Avail. April 1 $975 www.homesreddeer.com rent & s.d. (403) 356-1170 Mason Martin Homes has SOUTHWOOD PARK 8 Brand New Homes 3110-47TH Avenue, starting at $188,900 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, Call for more info generously sized, 1 1/2 403-588-2550 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets. www.greatapartments.ca SYLVAN 2 Bdrm. 1 bath 5 appls., avail. April 1, $1025 + gas & elec. 403-341-9974
3 BDRM. mobile, furnished, 15 mins E. of Rocky. Fenced yard. Main street Condor. $800/mo. + DD & utils. 6 appls. Apr. 1st. 403-877-4601
Newly Reno’d Mobile FREE Shaw Cable + more $899/month Mauricia 403-340-0225
4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes
3 Bdrm. 4-plex, 4 appls., $985 incl. sewer, water & garbage. D.D. $650, Avail. May 1. 403-304-5337
MORRISROE, 5 bdrm., fully developed walk to all schools. $369,900. 403-347-3228
2006 CHEVY Silverado. stnd. trans, 186,000 km. $5700 obo. 403-392-1313
1985 Dodge Camper Van ..Mini Motorhome Overhead bunk, dinette makes into bed, Awning, Fridge, Stove, oven, furnace, sink, bathroom with shower. New brakes all around, battery and power vent. Asking $9800.00 OBO. Ph: (403)229-2984 Joan or (403)845-6852 Pat
Laebon Homes 346-7273
MUST SELL By Owner. Mauricia 403-340-0225
BRAND NEW SECONDARY SUITE HOME. 403-588-2550
Lots For Sale
112 ACRES of bare land, located in Burnt Lake area structure plan, great investment property with future subdivision potential. Asking 1.2M 403-304-5555
SUPER Vacation packlage All new no mileage Lottery Win Sale 2013 Ford Lariat truck 6.71 L diesel Crew cab, all electronics 5th wheel 38.5’ 2013 Coachman Brookstone 367KL 4 slide outs Furnace, a.c.,, fireplace Total retail price $169,300 Total net sale price $105,000 Phone 1- 403-650-8947
RED’S AUTO. Free Scrap Vehicle & Metal Removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. 403-396-7519
FULLY SERVICED res & duplex lots in Lacombe. Builders terms or owner Vehicles will J.V. with investors or Wanted subtrades who wish to become To Buy home builders. Great returns. Call 403-588-8820 A1 RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal Pinnacle Estates removal. We travel. AMVIC (Blackfalds) approved. 403-396-7519 You build or bring your own builder. Terms avail. REMOVAL of unwanted 403-304-5555 cars, may pay cash for BSMT. bachelor suite with complete cars. 304-7585 walkout, fully furnished, RENTED WANTED FREE REMOVAL of unwanted cars and LARGE, 1, 2 & 3 BDRM. trucks, also wanted to SUITES. 25+, adults only buy lead batteries, n/s, no pets 403-346-7111 call 403-396-8629
1 & 2 bdrm. adult building, N/S. No pets. 403-596-2444
Newly Renovated Mobile Home
2005 BMW 745 LI $21888 Sport & Import 348 8788
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with Laminate Flooring, new carpet, newly painted
A MUST SEE! $
400/month lot Rent incl. Cable
Sharon (403) 340-0225 www.lansdowne.ca
has relocated to
1520 modular/mobile homes
in pet friendly park
2000 PONTIAC Grand Am 2 dr. Clean 403-318-3040
TO CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS Estate of Donald Roland Ogloff who died on June 23, 2012 If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by May 4, 2013 and provide details of your claim with
If you do not file the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have. 293501D4
2007 Range Rover Sport HSE $29888 403- 348-8788
Mauricia (403) 340-0225 www.lansdowne.ca
Patricia E.B. MacSween Barrister & Solicitor at 4824 - 51 Street, Red Deer, AB. T4N 2A5
2 & 3 bedroom
ANTIQUE SHOW Western Canada’s longest running collectors show antiques, collectibles, and pop culture. 38th Annual Wild Rose Antique Collectors Show & Sale. Sellers from across Canada. Special collectors displays. Antique evaluations by Canadian Antiques Roadshow appraiser Frank Hall - $12 per item. Good Friday, Mar 29, 9AM - 5PM, Sat Mar 30, 10AM - 5PM. Edmonton Expo Centre, Edmonton. 780-437-9722. www. wildroseantiquecollectors.ca
CLASSIFICATIONS Antiques & Art
Rooms For Rent
NOW RENTING 1 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry w/ onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat and hot water, washer/dryer hookup, infloor heating, a/c., car plug ins & balconies. Call 403-343-7955
LACOMBE new park, animal friendly. Your mobile or ours. 2 or 3 bdrm. Excellent 1st time home buyers. 403-588-8820
PROFESSIONAL exercise ball, Thera-Band, red, 55 cm. diameter $35 403-227-2976
for all Albertans
2001 DODGE Durango 4x4, $5000 o.b.o. 403-348-1634
1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852
CLEAN, quiet, responsible, Furn. $525. 403-346-7546 WANTED a good used behind the ear hearing aid. 403-346-4581 Mobile
Browning Gr1 BAR rifle, 300 Win Mag $800. Beretta A300 12GA S/A 2-3/4 mod $325. 403-340-6865. Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!
RED DEER WORKS Build A Resume That Works! APPLY ONLINE www.lokken.com/rdw.html Call: 403-348-8561 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Career Programs are
WORK bench 7’ long x 1 BDRM. apt. in Penhold, $740/mo. Avail. immed. 16”D x 37”H 2 shelves, Incl. most utils, no pets. closed back with 8 doors Call 403-886-5288 10 1/2” W $60; four 4 L jugs of antifreeze coolant and some gas line antifreeze bottles all for $7; 2 10’ tow ropes $10/ea; 1 tire foot pump with pressure gauge, multi purpose $10; 1 lg. blue enamel roaster $10 403-314-2026 ADULT 2 BDRM. spacious suites 3 appls., heat/water incld., Oriole Park. Musical 403-350-1620 Gloria
ASIAN Executive Touch Exclusive for men. Open 10 am - 6 pm. Mon. - Fri. 5003-50 St. 403-348-5650
BUSY B’S HANDYMAN Misc. SERVICES LTD. Services Spring & summer bookings. Res./com. Your full service handyman. Brian 403-598-3857
Stereos TV's, VCRs
Misc. for Sale
Please contact QUITCY
RH2S Alive (ENFORM) RFirst Aid/CPR RConfined Space RWHMIS & TDG RGround Disturbance R(ENFORM) B.O.P. #204, 7819 - 50 Ave.
L AW N M O W E R , b a t t e r y operated, mulcher straight cut, 18” cutting span, batteries not incl. asking $45, exc. cond, 403-227-2653
For afternoon delivery once per week
NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED
TRAILERS for sale or rent Job site, office, well site or storage. Skidded or wheeled. Call 347-7721.
GAMES MUSIC - F/T Sales Firewood Clerk. Submit resume to 5209 50 Ave Red Deer AFFORDABLE Homestead Firewood GRAYSON EXCAVATING Spruce, Pine, Spilt, Dry. LTD. requires experienced 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 foremen, pipelayers, equipment operators, FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, Class 1 drivers, topmen Poplar. Can deliver and general labourers for 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227 installation of deep utilities (water and sewer). Fax LOGS resume to (403)782-6846 Semi loads of pine, spruce, or e-mail to: info@ tamarack, poplar. graysonexcavating.com Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging MATURE well organized 403-318-4346 person w/lots of patients req’d for a temporary position to Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner help a lady who is blind get BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / organized in her new apt. del. Lyle 403-783-2275 in Red Deer. 403-309-4554
SYNIK CLOTHING, Gasoline Alley. F/T - P/T Great pay for right person. Apply within w/resume.
in the town of Olds A p r i l 2 , S a d d l e d o m e , Earn $500+ for hour $200, call 403-347-4447 and a half per day. after 6 p.m. Must have own Wanted vehicle. EquipmentTo Buy 18+ Needed ASAP Heavy
ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK
Piper Dr. & Pennington Cres.
GRANDVIEW MORRISROE MOUNTVIEW WEST PARK
Please assist our Advocate carriers by shovelling your sidewalks. Your carriers will appreciate this favor.
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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV
RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, March 28, 2013 D3
NKorea cuts hotline with South SAYS NO NEED FOR IT SINCE WAR MAY ERUPT BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEOUL, South Korea — Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea said it cut the last military hotline with Seoul because there was no need for communications between the countries in a situation “where a war may break out at any moment.” The hotline had provided a channel of communications between the militaries of North Korea and South Korea, which do not have diplomatic relations. The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war, divided by a heavily guarded border and with both governments prohibiting direct contact with citizens on the other side. However, for nearly a decade, the main use of the military hotline was to arrange passage for South Korean managers who work at a joint industrial complex in the North through the Demilitarized Zone. In 2009, North Korea’s move to sever the phone connection stranded some South Korean workers in the North for several days. The move Wednesday to shut down one of the only modes of communication between the Koreas is the latest of a series of threats designed to provoke the new government in Seoul to change its policies toward neighbouring North Korea. President Park Geun-hye took office in Seoul a month ago. Moves at home to order North Korean troops into “combat readiness” also are seen as ways to build domestic unity as young leader Kim Jong Un strengthens his military credentials. North Korea’s chief delegate to inter-Korean military talks relayed in a message Wednesday to his South Korean counterpart that Pyongyang would sever communications until South Korea halts “hostile acts” against the neighbour. South Korea and the U.S. have been holding routine joint military drills that Pyongyang considers rehearsals for invasion. North Korea also accuses the South of joining the U.S. in leading the campaign to punish Pyongyang for conducting a long-range rocket launch in December and an underground nuclear test in February. “Under the situation where a war
may break out any moment, there is no need to keep North-South military communications,” he said. “NorthSouth military communications will be cut off.” Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which is in charge of relations with the North, called it an “unhelpful measure for the safe operation of the Kaesong complex.” North Korea recently also cut a Red Cross hotline with South Korea and another with the U.S.-led U.N. command at the border between the Koreas. However, three other telephone hotlines used for exchanging information about air traffic remain intact. The line severed Wednesday has been essential in operating the last major symbol of inter-Korean co-operation from the 2000s: an industrial complex in the North managed by hundreds of workers from the South. The phone line is used to clear cross-border shipments and to arrange passage for South Koreans who commute to Kaesong. Aside from the hotlines, there are no landline, cellphone, fax, email or mail connections between North and South Korea. Both Seoul and Pyongyang prohibit from direct contact with citizens from the other Korea without government permission. There was no immediate word about the impact on South Korean workers who were at the Kaesong industrial complex. About 750 South Koreans were working in Kaesong on Wednesday, officials said, and that the two Koreas had normal communications earlier in the day over the hotline when South Korean workers travelled back and forth to the factory park as scheduled. South Korean managers working in the border town could also be contacted on their South Korean cellphones from Seoul on Wednesday. A South Korean worker for Pyxis, a company that produces jewelry cases at Kaesong, said in a phone interview that he was worried about a possible delay in production if cross-border travel is banned again. “That would make it hard for us to bring in materials and ship out new products,” said the worker, who wouldn’t provide his name because of
Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday. North Korea said that it had cut off a key military hotline with South Korea that allows cross border travel to a jointly run industrial complex in the North, a move that ratchets up already high tension and possibly jeopardizes the last major symbol of interKorean cooperation. company rules. The worker, who has been in Kaesong since Monday, said he wasn’t scared. “It’s all right. I’ve worked and lived with tension here for eight years now. I’m used to it,” he said. Since 2004, the Kaesong factories have operated with South Korean money and know-how, with North Korean factory workers managed by South Koreans. The factories provide jobs and bring in much-needed hard currency for North Korea, and supply a cheap and efficient labour source for South Korea. Other examples of joint inter-Kore-
an co-operation that blossomed during an earlier era of detente came and went during the previous administration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, whose tough policies on North Korea angered the Pyongyang regime. North Korea also cut the Kaesong line in 2009, in a protest of that year’s South Korean-U.S. military drills. North Korea refused several times to let South Korean workers return home from their jobs, leaving hundreds stranded in North Korea. The country restored the hotline and reopened the border crossing more than a week later, after the drills ended.
Weapons supplies increase before rebels push on capital AMMAN, Jordan — Mideast powers opposed to President Bashar Assad have dramatically stepped up weapons supplies to Syrian rebels in co-ordination with the U.S. in preparation for a push on the capital of Damascus, officials and Western military experts said Wednesday. A carefully prepared covert operation is arming rebels, involving Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, with the United States and other Western governments consulting, and all parties hold veto power over where the shipments are directed, according to a senior Arab official whose government is participating. His account was corroborated by a diplomat and two military experts. The Arab official said the number of arms airlifts has doubled in the past four weeks. He did not provide exact figures on the flights or the size of the cargo. Jordan opened up as a new route for the weapons late last year, amid U.S. worries that arms from Turkey were going to Islamic militants, all four told The Associated Press in separate interviews. Jordan denies helping funnel weapons to the rebels. The two military experts, who closely follow the traffic, said the weapons include more powerful, Croatian-made anti-tank guns and rockets than the rebels have had before. The Arab official said there was a “master plan” for the rebels to seize Damascus. He and the diplomat spoke to the AP on condition that their identities and their nationalities not be disclosed because the operation was covert. “The idea is that the rebels now have the necessary means to advance from different fronts — north from Turkey and south from Jordan — to close in on
SYRIA Damascus to unseat Assad,” the Arab official said. He declined to provide details, but said the plan is being prepared in stages and will take “days or weeks” for results. Rebels have captured suburbs around Damascus but have been largely unable to break into the heavily guarded capital. Instead, they have hit central neighbourhoods of the city with increasingly heavy mortar volleys from their positions to the northeast and south. But rebels in the south are fighting to secure supply lines from the border with Jordan to the capital, and the new influx of weapons from Jordan has fueled the drive, a rebel commander in a southwestern suburb of the capital said. The consensus among the multiple rebel groups was that Damascus is the next objective, he added. “There is an attempt to secure towns and villages along the international line linking Amman and Damascus. Significant progress is being made. The new weapons come in that context,” said the commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of Syrian government reprisal. He said his own fighters on the capital’s outskirts had not received any arms from the influx but that he had heard about the new weapons from comrades in the south. Syria’s rebels, who are divided into numerous independent brigades, have long complained that the international community is not providing them with the weaponry needed to oust Assad, drawing out a civil war that in the past two years has killed more than 70,000 people and displaced 3.5 million Syrians, nearly a third of them fleeing into neighbouring countries.
U.S. immigration bill could pass by summer OBAMA SAYS REMAINING ISSUES ‘RESOLVABLE’ IN HISTORIC LEGISLATION BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are “resolvable” and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer. In back-to-back interviews with Spanish-language television networks, Obama repeatedly voiced confidence in a bipartisan Senate group that appears to be on the cusp of unveiling a draft bill. And he said that while he is still prepared to step in with his own bill if talks break down, he doesn’t expect that step to be necessary. “If we have a bill introduced at the beginning of next month as these senators indicate it will be, then I’m confident that we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer,” Obama told Telemundo. While overhauling America’s patchwork immigration laws is a top second term priority for the president, he has ceded the negotiations almost entirely to Congress. He and his advisers have calculated that a bill crafted by Congress stands a better chance of winning Republican support than one overtly influenced by the president.
In his interviews Wednesday, Obama tried to stay out of the prickly policy issues that remain unfinished in the Senate talks, though he said a split between business and labour on wages for new low-skilled workers was unlikely to “doom” the legislation. “This is a resolvable issue,” he said. The president also spoke Wednesday with Univision. His interviews followed a citizenship ceremony conducted Monday at the White House where he pressed Congress to “finish the job” on immigration, an issue that has vexed Washington for years. The president made little progress in overhauling fractured U.S. immigration laws in his first term, but he redoubled his efforts after winning re-election. The November contest also spurred some Republicans to drop their opposition to immigration reform, given that Hispanics overwhelmingly backed Obama. In an effort to keep Republicans at the negotiation table, Obama has stayed relatively quiet on immigration over the last month. Obama and the Senate working group are in agreement on some core principles, including a pathway to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in America, revamping the legal immigration system and
holding businesses to tougher standards on verifying their workers are in the country legally. But they’re at odds over key issues. The Senate group wants the citizenship pathway to be contingent on securing the border, something Obama opposes. The president has also sidestepped the contentious guestworker issue, which contributed to derailing immigration talks in 2007. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO have reached significant agreements on a new visa program that would bring up to 200,000 lower-skilled workers to the country each year. But they reached a stalemate Friday over wages for the workers, with the labour union pushing for higher wages than the chamber has agreed to so far. Since then, talks have resumed and negotiators are “back on the right track,” Ana Avendano, a lead AFL-CIO negotiator, said Wednesday. Avendano declined to offer specifics but said the chamber had moved off what she termed its insistence on “poverty-level wages” for the new workers. “We’re very hopeful that we’re moving,” Avendano told reporters after a briefing for congressional staff on temporary-worker programs.
But the United States in particular has been wary of arming the rebellion, fearing weapons will go to Islamic extremists who have taken a prominent role in the uprising. Washington says it is only providing non-lethal aid to the rebels. The U.S. involvement in the arms channels opened up by its regional allies is aimed at ensuring the weapons are not going to militants. The Arab official, the diplomat and the military experts said the material was destined for “secular” fighters not necessarily linked to the Free Syrian Army, the nominal umbrella group for the rebels. Jordan and other Arabs have been critical of the FSA, which they accuse of having failed as an effective or credible force because its elements lack the fighting skills and military prowess. The four described a system in which Saudi Arabia and Qatar provide the funding for the weapons, while Jordan and Turkey provide the land channels for the shipments to reach the rebels, while all co-ordinate with the U.S. and other Western governments on the shipments’ destinations. All must agree for a shipment to go through. The Arab official said some of the arms are being purchased from Croatia, or from U.S. drawdowns in unspecified European countries. He said other sources were black market arms dealers across Europe and the Mideast. Jordanian Information Minister Sameeh Maayatah insisted the kingdom was not helping funnel weapons. “Jordan is neither assisting the Assad regime, nor its opponents,” he told the AP. Instead, he argued, Jordan wants a “quick political solution” to the Syrian crisis. The Turkish Foreign Ministry would not confirm weapons transfer through Turkey, saying, “We have no official information to confirm such reports or claims.”
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Many seniors end up in hospital due to adverse drug reactions THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — About one in every 200 seniors in Canada is admitted to hospital each year because of an adverse drug reaction, compared to about one in 1,000 in the general population, says a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. This translates into about 27,000 people age 65 and older, said Tuesday’s report, which was based on data from 2010-2011 and does not include those who were treated in the ER but not admitted or those who sought care elsewhere. “The adverse drug reaction as it’s defined really refers to sideeffects,” said Jordan Hunt, CIHI’s manager of pharmaceuticals. “It’s a drug that’s used as prescribed. So it’s not taking into account where an error was made, where the wrong dose or the wrong drug was given or where the harm was intentional.” Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, often used to prevent heart attack and stroke, were the drug class most commonly associated with hospitalizations among seniors due to an adverse drug reaction (13 per cent), followed by chemotherapy drugs (12 per cent) and opioids (7.4 per cent). “The most common one (adverse effect) we saw was bleeding due to an anticoagulant,” Hunt said from Ottawa. “They accounted for about one in eight hospitalizations related to reactions that we saw.” Most of those bleeding events were among patients taking warfarin, a drug that must be closely monitored with regular blood tests so the dosage can be immediately adjusted if it “goes too high or too low.” Chemotherapy can cause a drop in a patient’s white blood cell count, while opioids can cause severe constipation and delirium. “In some cases, other drugs can be given or diet changes can be recommended to avoid or reduce the risk of constipation, for example,” Hunt said of opioids, potent pain killers. “But it’s really starting at that low dose and working your way up to find the balance between pain relief and side-effects.”
LOS ANGELES — The world’s smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person’s spring to-do list: Trim the trees, weed the garden, make the nectar and hang the feeders. With the beginning of spring, hummingbirds are making their way north after migrations that took many of them more than 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico. They will return to the same yards where they have stayed in the past. “They are fascinating. I call them nature’s miracle. They have all these disadvantages (size, enemies, flying solo), yet they are thriving and have all these incredible abilities,” said John Schaust, chief naturalist for Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. nature shops, which are based in Carmel, Ind. Although hummingbirds are not traditional pets in the sense that they cannot be caged, clothed or leashed, enthusiasts consider the tiny colorful birds as pets that they feed, watch and fuss over. Every spring, for instance, Schaust fields calls from people worried that not all of the hummingbirds that lived in their yards will return. “They say last year they had six and this year there is only one. They want to know if they got hurt, if they were caught in a hurricane,” he said. It’s illegal to sell or keep a hummingbird as a pet, but people who put out food and feeders and make their properties bird-friendly care about them like pets, Schaust said. A good reason why hummingbirds shouldn’t be caged like canaries or parakeets is that it would die
“It’s just amazing to me that they can beat, breathe, hover and still be able to eat, but they do,” said Hess. Spring is an ideal time to watch for them, because it coincides with one of the birds’ two mating seasons. Females build walnut-sized nests or redecorate last year’s, Schaust said, in a process that takes six to 10 days. The nests are reinforced with spider web silk, so some homeowners might see the tiny birds in the eaves of homes collecting webs, he said. To camouflage the nest, the mother covers the outside with lichen from tree trunks and glues it on with tree sap. If a nest breaks before the hummingbirds return, it can be rebuilt by humans. “Hummingbirds have no sense of smell, so the mother won’t have any problem with you touching the baby. You can even rebuild a nest if it was destroyed,” Rea said. After making a yard hospitable, hummingbird watchers have few other responsibilities. Orphaned babies can be brought to rehabilitators, Rea said, but medical attention for injured birds is difficult for an animal that size. Surgery on hummingbirds is unheard of, Hess said, adding that it’s a problem when the bandage weighs more than the patient. Emma Eisenhauer, a first-grader at Fremont Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, knows exactly how small a hummingbird is. For her studies this year, she had to make a life-size model of one — no easy task considering the 6-year-old’s hand was too small to stuff the paper sculpture. “It had to be bigger than the real bird because otherwise it would be too small to stuff,” she said.
if it weren’t free to fly and feed, said Dr. Laurie Hess, a Bedford Hills, N.Y., veterinarian for birds and exotic pets. She has treated two rescued hummingbirds, one for an eye ulcer and one for a beak injury. A hummingbird has to visit between 200 and 1,000 flowers a day to survive, depending on the size of the bird and amount of nectar in the flower, said Ethan J. Temeles, a professor of biology at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Nectar is available in many stores, along with bird feeders, but concoctions can be made at home with four parts water to one part sugar, Schaust said. Hummingbird numbers are unknown but Schaust estimated it to be in the hundreds of millions, though they are only found in North, Central and South America. They can live between three and five years. Anyone who wants to attract hummingbirds to their yards should avoid pesticides in their gardens, since the birds need nectar and small bugs, and residue can easily be carried back to its nest, said Monique Rea of San Juan Capistrano, a volunteer hummingbird rehabilitator. Preparing for the return of the birds means carefully trimming trees and plants to avoid agitating a nest, she added. It might seem like a lot of work for a bird that weighs just a tenth of an ounce, but devotees say the rewards are handsome — among them watching their flight. Hummingbirds flap their wings 20 to 80 times a second in a figure-eight motion to get lift going up and coming down. They can fly forward, backward, right side up and upside down, making them “one of few birds who can fly backwards and the only one that can sustain flight backwards,” Schaust said.
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