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Local man cycles 70 km daily for seven days for epilepsy Matthew Sproule’s trek kicks off at the Sweetgrass U.S. border BY BRIAN VOSSEN Red Deer Express


ne local man is going on a very long ride for a very worthy cause. 70 for 7 is a fundraising initiative from Lacombe resident Matthew Sproule where he plans to bicycle 70 km a day for seven days from the Sweetgrass U.S. border to Lacombe, a trip nearly 500 km long. Funds raised by Sproule’s trip will go to benefit the Epilepsy Association of Calgary. Doing something for the benefit of others is nothing new to Sproule. In the past, he has participated in mission trips in Ireland and Africa. This time however, Sproule has decided to do something a little closer to home. “I thought why go off and do another mission trip somewhere far away when I can do something local and help people that I know.” Sproule said he came up with the idea for this fundraiser about a year ago and chose to support the Epilepsy Foundation because he has friends and family with the disorder. He added he hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the cause. Most of the money raised, said Sproule, will go to families affected by epilepsy. Some will be used for epilepsy awareness programs and a little will go toward research as well, he added. Epilepsy, said Sproule, is a disorder that little is known about. He said when his eldest brother started experiencing grand mal seizures at the age of 16, there was no previous hints that he had the condition. “Ontario Epilepsy’s slogan suits it the best I would say. It’s called ‘Epilepsy, Out of the Shadows’,” said Sproule. Luckily, his brother is one of the few individuals who can keep his epilepsy under control with medication and Sproule has never seen his brother experience a seizure first hand. However, Sproule did witness his friend having a seizure and said the experience left him feeling somewhat helpless. “It was shocking at first,” said Sproule. “I didn’t really know what to do. I just kind of watched and let it happen. You can’t do anything about it.” Sproule added that his mother is a registered nurse and was on hand to help when his friend went into a seizure, but there is really little anyone can do. “All we could do is just that, stand there and watch,” Sproule said. While epilepsy may not be a life or death condition like cancer, Sproule said that it does put people in a state of mind where they are constantly worried.

INSPIRATION – Matthew Sproule has been training regularly, in all types of weather, to prepare for his 500 km bicycle ride to begin this month. For example, Sproule said his brother has trouble keeping his driver’s license and knows that if he ever has a seizure while driving, it will be revoked. Sproule added that there are some triggers (alcohol, fatigue, flashing lights) that can cause seizures but there is really no telling when one will happen. In preparation for his trip, Sproule said he has been “training quite vigorously” and is up to the challenge. As for any in-

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clement weather, Sproule said he will cross those bridges when and if he comes to them. Sproule plans to begin his trip on June 22 and return to Lacombe on June 29. He will be cycling 70 km each along Hwys 4 and 2 in Alberta and will be staying in hotels and with a smattering of families along the way. Besides him and his bike, Sproule will also have a friend traveling with him in a

motor vehicle. Anyone interested in supporting Sproule in his ride from Sweetgrass to Lacombe can do so through the Epilepsy Association of Calgary web site at Sproule said he will also be visiting businesses in Lacombe selling t-shirts to raise money and gain support. For more information contact Matthew Sproule at


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Another candidate announced with Red Deer First BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A sixth candidate has been announced as part of Red Deer First. Janella Spearing will seek a council seat during the upcoming election. “My top priority is to be accountable to the voters and run this City the way they want to see it run,” she said. “My life-long interest in politics and passion for this City ignited my interest in pursuing a position on City council. My dad was very passionate about politics and growing up I remember having great discussions

with him at every level – municipal, provincial and federal.” Spearing has lived in Red Deer for the past 12 years and has been active in volunteering for many clubs, councils, youth leadership teams and conferences, she said. “I’ve given 19 years of community work and staying home with my kids and working in the community. It has given me the experience to bring to council. I think it’s just common sense,” said Spearing. “I’m just an every day person that for some reason was given this opportunity and I’m excited to do it.”

During her campaign so far, Spearing said she has heard much feedback regarding the bike lanes but said she is not against them. “I think they have their purpose for sure. I don’t have all of the knowledge of the studies that went into them, so until I do have that available to me, I can’t really make a knowledgeable decision.” If elected, Spearing said she will focus on priorities including safety, infrastructure and accountability and responsibility. “I know that all citizens value their families above all and want to keep them

JANELLA SPEARING safe. As such, I will work towards reducing crime so that citizens can feel confident Red Deer is safe for

their families,” she said. “I want to see better maintenance for Red Deer roads and better planning for the City’s thoroughfares as Red Deer continues to thrive and grow. “I see extravagant spending and that bothers me. I have a saying as a mom and that is I wouldn’t go out and buy a bottle of champagne if there wasn’t milk in the fridge for my kids. I know money has to be spent to bring a city into its future. I’m not against it, but I think the basics need to get looked after first.”

As for hitting the campaign trail, Spearing said she is most looking forward to meeting people and hearing what they have to say. “I think getting to know people and what they want is the thing I’m most looking forward to. I experienced the farmer’s market this past weekend and I loved it. Some people actually challenged me and it’s awesome to hear different opinions. I don’t think you can make a great decision until you can see all sides of it.”



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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the Council of Red Deer County will consider the following bylaw.

AMENDMENT TO THE LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2006/6 Bylaw No. 2013/8 to amend the Land Use Bylaw No. 2006/6 by amending Part 13, Residential Conservation District (R-2), in relation to the Purpose statement (Section 103.1) and amending some of the Permitted and Discretionary Uses (Sections 103.2 and 103.3) and by adding a Definition for “Conservation Design” in Section 8, Use Definitions. A PUBLIC HEARING prior to further consideration of the proposed bylaw WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, County Office, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta (west of Hwy 2 on 32 Street / C&E Trail Overpass). The hearing will be conducted under the chairmanship of the County Mayor for the purpose of hearing comments on the proposed bylaw.

YOUNG CITIZEN WOWS – Recently named Red Deer’s Young Citizen of the Year, R.J. Willms sings to a crowd at Bower Ponds for Rock The Change, a suicide awareness Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express fundraiser, at Bower Ponds this past weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS to all Graduates of 2013 in Red Deer and Central Alberta!

The hearing will be informal with persons wishing to speak being recognized through the Chair. Presenters will be requested to state their name and address for the record. If you prefer to submit comments on this bylaw in writing, the information you provide may be made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The public may inspect: - a copy of the proposed bylaw - Land Use Bylaw No. 2006/6 by visiting our website at or at the County office located at 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta, during regular office hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MONDAY through FRIDAY.

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Premier visit students who designed ‘cutting edge’ school BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express What started as a trip to Pittsburg for the Future Design Competition, where they competed against 700 teams from around the world, has ended with an international buzz behind four Eastview Middle School students. Grade 7 student Aiden Schafer and Grade 8 students Connor McCallister, Cole Webber and Alison Harman went to Pittsburg with an idea for the future of education and an innovative design that landed them ďŹ rst place in the competition and the Council for Education Facility Planners’ International – Award of Excellence. They returned with hopes their designs one day may be implemented into schools in Red Deer and Alberta and one day prove to shape the future of education in their home province. On Monday, the four middle school students had the opportunity to present locally in front of about 60 people in their school’s

gymnasium. Those in attendance included Premier Alison Redford, MLA Mary Anne Jablonski, Minister of Education Jeff Johnson and Minister of Infrastructure Wayne Drysdale. “It’s really exciting and really nerve-racking,� said Harman before meeting with the premier. “We’ve been working on this presentation since January and we are showing the premier the presentation we won with in Pittsburg but we’re elaborating and talking about the conference we will be attending in Indianapolis in September. “We’re also trying to hold a one-day conference here in Alberta with students, teachers and hopefully the premier in attendance along with different ministers and MLAs to talk about the future of schools in Alberta.� The innovative K-12 school designed by the students would be located in the heart of downtown Red Deer and integrate the students’ learning directly into a customizable experience with the surrounding community.

The campus setting of the school would mix together science with art and allow members of the community to mentor students through real world learning. “What if instead of when you took cosmetology in school and you learned in a classroom from your teacher, you actually went to a hair studio in your nearby community and learned from someone in the business,� said Harman during the presentation. Mamawayawin School, the Cree word for “living in a community,� designed by the four students would focus on sustainability, innovation and incorporate geothermal heating and solar power into the design as well as aim to get students out of their desks and into the real world to learn in a new way that isn’t getting lectured in class rooms. Based on the Finnish education system of personalized education suited to students’ needs, the school would break away from the traditional one teacher per classroom of 35-40 students and instead focus on small

PROUD PREMIER - Premier Alison Redford stands with two of the four students, Alison Harman and Cole McCallister, who won an international award for their innovative design of Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express Mamawayawin School. groups of students collaborating to learn together in an active environment. Premier Redford was ecstatic to hear about the project and called the school “outstanding.� Red Deer MLA Mary Anne Jablonski reinforced “What a great honour it is for them to have won this award and how proud we

are of them and how proud the province and the premier is of them. “I think that to have the kids win an award like this really puts Red Deer on the on the map among other things,� said Jablonski. “This has to do with schools and infrastructure of the future. “When you think about

it you wonder why someone else didn’t think about it ďŹ rst but it took four kids to put it together and think about for it to become explored. You never know - maybe one day we will see these kids’ plans come together in a future school and it would be nice if it was here in Red Deer.â€?


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COURT BRIEFS TRIAL DATES SET IN IMPAIRED DRIVING CASE New trial dates have been set for a man accused of impaired driving causing death – an incident that stems from 2010. Rodney Arens, 35, of Red Deer, is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, three charges of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample and breach of recognizance. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Theses charges stem from a crash on Canada Day in 2010. A 13-year-old boy was killed in that crash. A trial was scheduled to be held earlier this year, but was cancelled because Arens no longer had a lawyer. On Monday in the Court of Queens Bench, Arens told the court that he was in the process of retaining a lawyer but that it would cost $20,000 to retain one because of how lengthy his trial will be. He added he hoped to put off setting trial dates until August. Crown Prosecutor Jordan Petty said it would be a concern if trial dates weren’t set and Arens was told during his last court appearance that regardless if he had a lawyer or not, trial dates would be set to move the case along. “He is a signiďŹ cant concern for the community and

we wish to set trial dates.� A trial will be held April 22 – June 20, 2014. Arens was told by the court that he had to be prepared to proceed for the trial.

OFFENDER MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE A man who was captured by police on a number of outstanding warrants made his ďŹ rst court appearance in Red Deer on Monday. Garnet Colby Mcinnes, 22, evaded police for weeks before being arrested in Lacombe on May 28th. Mcinnes faces a number of charges including using a ďŹ rearm in the commission of an offence, careless use of a ďŹ rearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and break and enter with the intent to commit an indictable offence. He’s also been charged with robbery with a ďŹ rearm, robbery and two counts of assaulting a police ofďŹ cer with a weapon, among others. In relation to an armed and barricaded incident in the City which occurred on May 14th, Mcinnes is also charged with kidnapping while using a ďŹ rearm, breach of probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of robbery with a ďŹ rearm, two counts of uttering threats and two counts of failing to comply with recognizance. He is also charged with three counts of extortion while using a ďŹ rearm, three

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TRIAL DATES SET FOR CITY MAN A man charged with second-degree murder will head to trial next year on unrelated charges. Nathan Desharnais, 25, will stand trial next summer on charges of choking to overcome resistance, aggravated sexual assault and unlawful conďŹ nement. The trial will next place June 23-27, 2014 in the Court of Queen’s Bench. He will be tried by judge alone. Desharnais, who appeared in the Court of Queen’s Bench with a black eye on Monday, is also charged with seconddegree murder and offering

indignity to human remains in connection to the death of Talia Nellie Meguinis, 27. A preliminary inquiry, which is held to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to move to trial, is set for Dec. 16, 18 and 19. The body of Meguinis was found at a recycling facility in the Riverside Industrial area on Feb. 22, 2012 after police received a complaint of a deceased female.

ACCUSED TO BE TRIED BY JUDGE AND JURY The man accused of murdering his father last year will head to trial and will be tried by a judge and jury. Aaron Guilbault, 31, of Innisfail is charged with seconddegree murder in connection to the death of his father Timothy Guilbault, 58. Aaron recently underwent a psychiatric assessment to determine whether or not he is ďŹ t to stand trial.

The assessment determined he was ďŹ t. Timothy, a former Red Deer City councillor from 1986 to 1995 and Calgary businessman was found dead at his cottage in Red Lodge Estates near Innisfail on Nov. 5, 2012. His daughter Caroline reportedly found him in the home as she was going to tell him about his mother’s failing health. Timothy’s mother died later that day. Innisfail RCMP Detachment was contacted and a homicide investigation initiated with the support of the Red Deer Major Crime Unit, Forensic IdentiďŹ cation Section and other support units. Aaron was arrested in his father’s vehicle near Stettler a few hours after Timothy’s body was discovered, RCMP has said. Aaron will return to court June 12 to set a date for trial.

FATAL CRASH – A memorial has been set up at the site of a single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle that took place this past Saturday afternoon. RCMP said upon arrival at the scene, located at Overdown Dr. and Ohio Cl., the 37-year-old male driver of a motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger on the motorcycle was treated at hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Initial investigation revealed the driver of the Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express motorcycle was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

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OPINION Marking ‘Seniors’ Week’ It’s that time of year when seniors across Canada are ‘officially’ paid tribute, as this week is Seniors’ Week (June 3–9). Seniors make a profound difference in our communities every day. From supporting family members and friends to assisting charities and volunteering, seniors are deeply involved in our communities and their contributions benefit Albertans of all ages. They have much to offer local organizations and individuals – too often seniors hold back from getting too involved when in fact they have much to give. Each year, Albertans are encouraged to join the festivities by attending one of the many Seniors’ Week events to be held across the province. Whether planning an event or enjoying one with the seniors in your life, folks are encouraged to take the time to acknowledge seniors and all that they contribute to our quality of life. It’s also an important week to reflect on, as Alberta’s population, like the rest of Canada’s, is aging. According to the province, as of March 2011, there were about 410,000 seniors in Alberta. But by 2031, when the last of the baby boomers reach 65 years of age, it is projected that there will be more than 923,000 seniors— meaning about one in five Albertans will be a senior. An aging population will have lasting economic and social implications for our province, leading to opportunities and challenges across a wide range of areas. Responding to these opportunities and challenges will require the involvement of a variety of partners in ar-

eas such as finance, transportation, housing, health, infrastructure, municipal affairs, community services, public safety and others. This month also includes a date designated to bring attention to seniors, but it’s about a deeply troubling issue - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized annually on June 15. Organizations from around the world, including governments, community agencies, educational institutions and professionals in the field of aging hold events to raise awareness of elder abuse. Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and medication. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional. Elder abuse is often committed by someone known to the victim, such as a family member, friend, or caregiver. Approximately 25% of crimes against older adults are committed by family members, usually a spouse or adult child.  Nevertheless, seniors are and will remain a very important part of our community. In other cultures around the world, they are deeply respected and looked to for their wisdom that they’ve garnered from so many life experiences. We in North America need to adopt that kind of mindset more, and Seniors’ Week is the perfect time to make that shift.

Technology in schools provides only moderate benefits According to many education gurus, incorporating technology in the classroom is the key to a solid 21st century education. As a result, school superintendents race to be the first to purchase the latest gadgets, while principals boast about the extent to which technology has been embedded in their schools.


Zwaagstra Recently, CBC Manitoba reported that a Winnipeg school division plans to make iPads mandatory for all Grades 6 to 8 students. During a public information session, parents were informed that tablets would soon become as essential in the classroom as basketballs are in a basketball game. These iPads are expected to replace textbooks, maps and other printed classroom materials. However, before rushing to equip schools with the latest technological gadgets, it is prudent to

ask whether this will improve student learning. Considering the significant cost of purchasing, maintaining, and upgrading technological devices such as iPads, we need to ensure that it is not simply another expensive fad. Peter Reiman and Anindito Aditomo of the University of Sydney recently conducted an analysis of the research literature about the impact of technology on student achievement. Their findings were published in the International Guide to Student Achievement (2013). They conclude that most studies show only a moderate academic benefit from technology and that “The effect of computer technology seems to be particularly small in studies that use either large samples or randomized control groups.” In other words, rigorous research studies reveal that the wholesale introduction of computer technology in classrooms has, at best, only a limited impact on student achievement. One needs to ask whether this modest benefit justifies making technology the focus of school reform. Larry Cuban, a professor of

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education at Stanford University, certainly doesn’t think so. In an article published in the April 17, 2013 edition of Education Week, Cuban notes that technology purveyors have promised for decades that schools need the latest gadget to engage their students. To make his point, Cuban quotes from an early typewriter ad that promises to “Raise her marks,” a filmstrip ad that says it can help “Pupils comprehend faster,” and an Apple ad that tells teachers that an Apple IIe “Makes it easy to become attached to your students.” While the technology may change, the overblown promises remain the same. If schools truly wish to improve academic achievement, they should focus on the three essentials of learning – a contentrich curriculum, sound lessons, and purposeful reading and writing in every discipline. In his 2011 book Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker demonstrates that schools focusing on these three things substantially outperform schools that do not. According to Schmoker, technology is unnec-

essary when it comes to improving student achievement and too much emphasis on technology can get in the way of these learning essentials. For example, Schmoker notes that reading properly written textbooks is the type of reading students need to do more often. “Textbooks, along with other carefully selected nonfiction documents, afford students the kind of content-rich, semantically rich prose that . . . students need to acquire and critically process essential knowledge,” writes Schmoker. While students may read some non-fiction on their iPads, it is unlikely they will read the same amount of dense, complex prose they would normally encounter in a course textbook. Some technology advocates suggest that iPads are better than regular textbooks because they can provide more up-to-date information to students. However, this argument overlooks the fact that most sound textbook content is not outdated. The history of Canadian Confederation remains the same now as it was 10 years ago, as do most of

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the basic scientific concepts students need to understand. When updates are needed, there is nothing stopping teachers from providing supplemental information to their students. Anyone who thinks students will be left behind if schools do not incorporate the latest technological gadgets needs to take a deep breath. The reality is that students have no difficulty learning how to use technology whether or not schools show them how to do it. In fact, using the latest technology is something that comes naturally to most young students. What does not come naturally is the kind of intense, systematic reading and writing that only happens if it is explicitly taught. Before school administrators rush to adopt the latest technological gadget, they need to ask themselves whether it is the wisest course of action. Technology may be flashy and exciting, but it should not be the driver of education reform. Michael Zwaagstra is a research fellow with the Frontier Centre. His column is distributed through Troy Media. 2010

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CitySpeak TARA This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Tara Veer questions regarding the Audit Committee.


As chair of the Audit Committee, you recently overviewed at council the results of the ‘Value for Money’ audit on the City’s water, wastewater and electrical utilities. Why was a ‘Value for Money’ audit on the utilities undertaken? “The Audit Committee originally recommended to City council that a ‘Value for Money’ audit on City utilities be commissioned for the following reasons: • Over recent years, council has heard substantially more expressed concern from our public with respect to the financial impact that increasing utility charges are having for residential, business, industrial, not-for-profit, and institutional utility customers. • Another important catalyst for choosing to engage in a ‘Value for Money’ audit was communication to the Audit Committee from our independent, external auditor that council should consider adding an internal auditor position within the City of Red Deer and/or engage external auditors on an ‘as needed basis’ to respond to specific areas of interest. Given the economic recession, council chose to support a one-time cost of commissioning an external audit on the utilities in response to the interest that utility charges have garnered amongst our public in recent years. • Finally, pursuing a ‘Value for Money’ audit is consistent with the more proactive direction that I have been supportive of with respect to the focus of the Audit Committee. Historically, the Audit Committee focused on more basic legislated reporting requirements to the provincial government, such as reviewing the City’s annual financial statements. This is necessary and critical work, but I also personally believe that the Audit Committee has far more potential in the way of making recommendations to council regarding financial policy, building more checks & balances into the operations of the City, and increasing council’s accountability to our public through various mechanisms,” said Veer.

What were some of the key findings of the “Value for Money” audit that was commissioned? “As mentioned, the ‘Value for Money’ audit was commissioned to an independent, external auditor to research the operations and practices of the City’s utilities, compile their objective findings, and make recommendations for future council’s to consider. Generally speaking with respect to water, wastewater, and the electrical utility, the external auditors indicated to Council through their report that City utilities are well functioning, deliver high levels of service, maintain efficient operations, are meeting all safety and regulatory requirements, have rates comparable to similar utilities, and employ strategic and financial management practices,” said Veer. “Having said this, there are 87 recommendations included in the report to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of utility operations in the future, with those recommendations around utility policy and capital planning likely being of most interest to our community in that these two areas have considerable financial implications for our public and therefore need to be central to council’s decision making. The short-term implementation of some of these recommendations was approved earlier this week at council, with the expectation that regular updates will be provided to the Audit Committee.”

Now that the ‘Value for Money’ audit on City utilities is complete, what do you hope will be the next step for the Audit Committee? “As previously mentioned, my hope is to structure an Audit Committee that is more proactive and responsive to our public’s areas of interest and to meet our growing community’s needs then the existing configuration allows for. In the very near future, I expect that the Audit Committee and City administration will be making recommendations to council with respect to updated financial policy, new areas of financial policy, new, increased and/or more streamlined checks and balances within the City, more thorough and consistent reporting regarding various policies and practices to the public we represent, and perhaps future ‘Value for Money Audits’ for other areas of City operations,” said Veer.

Poor little Alberta. Buffeted by nonbelievers. Has the world gone mad? First, we have a fluctuating bitumen discount, due to the higher cost of refining heavy crudes, according to economist Robyn Allan, but blamed by some on inadequate pipeline capacity. Next, those nasty environmentalists, supported by foreigners, want to kill big pipeline proposals. Third, residents of communities downstream from the oil sands still believe their cancer rates are higher because of air and water pollution, in spite of a Royal Society of Canada panel report to the contrary. And finally, according to the Financial Post, there will be a critical shortage of the diluent necessary to transport the product via pipeline – about 935,000 barrels per day will be needed for projected 2022 production levels. Someday soon, a little kid is going to point to Alberta’s parade, and say “Look, the Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes!” For the Emperor has forgotten to put a fig leaf over the source of these problems – the wrong-headed assumption by decision-makers that oil sands output should double to 3.8 million barrels a day by 2022. Why should it? Are we Albertans, the owners of this resource, passive recipients of a divine commandment from the market? Why don’t we take control and deal with this expansionary root cause, not just these symptoms? For it is known that our carbon-based economy will have to convert to a more sustainable energy system, because of environmental, health and climate change. The International Energy Agency says that, to prevent Earth’s temperature from rising more than two degrees Celsius (above this, climate catastrophe looms), “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 . . . .” Which, of course, implies ramping down their production, not up. Furthermore, worldwide, about 1,200 new coal-fired electricity plants are proposed, the worst idea possible in these circumstances. And increasing oil sands production runs a close second. Together, they could be a one-two punch combination for civilization. Fulfilling the modest commitments to cut carbon emissions made in the Copenhagen agreement gives us just a 6% chance of staying below the two degree threshold and more than a onein-three chance that global temperatures will increase by more than four degrees. Why is the need to combat climate

change so hard to understand, especially when alternatives are available? Renewable energy sources are increasing exponentially. Yet our big decision-makers seem not to have gotten the memo. (“What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” asks Exxon-Mobil’s CEO, in a stunning example of false consciousness.) Apparently our leaders are ignorant, or willfully blind, or they think that short-term welfare is more important than the damage their inaction will inflict on the world of our grandchildren. Given these stakes, governments have to take over responsibility for resource development decisions, not just leave them in the hands of entrepreneurs and the market. At root, these are ethical decisions and therefore are the province of governments freely elected by informed and involved citizens. Markets, once given ethical and social boundaries, are unmatched at efficiently deploying resources to produce goods and services. But in today’s mixed economy, most of us think governments are entitled to intervene and make sure that the public interest (thegood-of-all-of-us) is being served, not just business profits. What this means, I believe, is that we should re-think our royalty structure, the environmental conditions for fossil fuel exploitation, the order in which, and even whether, projects proceed. Non-renewable resources are onetime only opportunities for a society to organize a prosperous but sustainable future, and the government’s present use of royalties for current expenses is the epitome of short-sightedness. Of course, business and government leaders aren’t the only ones responsible for selfish and even unethical decisions. They believe most Albertans agree. And they’re probably right. So ultimately, we citizens are responsible. Most Albertans love the wealth we earn from hydrocarbons, although we seem more concerned about keeping taxes low than about paying as we go, or more than distributing income fairly so as to minimize homelessness and reliance on food banks. Perhaps Albertans should rethink these poor ethical choices. And let’s get involved in the political system, which decides who gets what, when and how. Phil Elder is Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Planning Law with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. His column is distributed by Troy Media.

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Teacher honoured BY EVAN BUHLER Red Deer Express Hunting Hills High School math teacher Shari Jensen has been awarded one of 20 Excellence in Teaching awards for 2013. “It’s hard to be singled out when I think it’s more of a team effort, but it’s an absolute honour for sure,” said Jensen. Recognized by the Alberta Government, each recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award received up to $4,000 for professional development. “Probably the reason I won was because of my relationship with the kids. I get to know them on a personal level and I care about them, like my own kids.” Nominations were compiled and submitted by Hunting Hills administration in September; Lesley Young, an ESL teacher at Hunting Hills, was also nominated. The Excellence in Teaching award recipients are required to demonstrate outstanding instruction through the use of creative and innovative teaching, community leadership, working harmoniously with colleagues and creating positive learning environments to motivate students to excel. “Hunting Hills is a great, positive place to be. We have a super administration, and I have all the technology tools at my fingertips. I don’t think some teachers are as lucky.” Jensen credits the technology as being a big factor in her success as a teacher. The math has not changed, but the way it is presented has, and it has benefited the students, said Jensen. “The individuals chosen for this award are nothing short of remarkable, they represent the best of Alberta,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. “These teachers put their heart and soul into the classroom, and in doing so they are shaping our next generation to be engaged, ethical, and entrepreneurial - ready to continue building Alberta.” Members of the education community in Alberta were part of a committee that scrutinized each of the 129 semi-finalists. More than 9,000 teachers from across Alberta have been nominated, while over 500 have received an award.

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Almost 11,000 sign petitions to keep Michener open Close to 11,000 ‘Keep Michener Open’ petition signatures have been collected since signature collection began just eight weeks ago. “This is a major milestone in the fight to keep the Michener Centre in Red Deer open for the 125 vulnerable individuals who have called it home for decades,” said AUPE Vice-President Jason Heistad. “Keep Michener Open volunteers have collected 10,990 signatures so far. The vast majority of signatures are coming from Red Deer and more signatures are being gathered every single day. Signature collection will continue throughout the summer. “Red Deer’s Progressive Conservative MLAs Mary Anne Jablonski and Cal Dallas should be very concerned. They need to listen to those who elected them. They need to stand up for their community or the community will elect people who do.” AUPE President Guy Smith said the amount of support to keep Michener open from all over Alberta has been “tremendous”.

“That support has only grown since the Redford government announced plans to axe $42-million from the $96-million budget for disability services.” More than 3,700 letters have been sent to Premier Alison Redford, Frank Oberle, Jablonski, Dallas, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, Raj Sherman and Brian Mason urging the government to keep Michener open. As well, Red Deer City council, the Red Deer Public School Division, the town of Innisfail, the Town of Springbrook, the Town of Penhold, the Town of Bowden, the Town of Olds, local 054 (Edmonton Catholic teachers) and local 80 (Red Deer Catholic teachers) of the Alberta Teachers Association, the Society of Parents and Friends of Michener Centre, all Alberta opposition parties and many more organizations have come out against the closure of Michener. “There are more communities and organizations out there about to make their opposition to the closure public as well,” said Heistad.

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Slumland Theatre hopes to quash bullying BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express As part of their quarterly fundraiser, Slumland Theatre aimed to help the Red Deer school boards put an end to bullying by providing an all-ages metal show fundraiser. The fundraiser was host to five metal bands as well as a rap battle where part of the proceeds went to the bullying budget for local school boards. “The school boards get such a small budget for bullying prevention,” said Desiree Marshall, owner and event coordinator for Slumland Theatre, in an interview before the show. “Yet bullying happens so often and we know so many young kids who are affected by it.” The local theatre, started last January by Marshall and her team as a place for people of all ages to go and listen to great live music, effectively raised $450 during the show. “Nowhere in Red Deer allows all ages, and I strongly believe that the younger generation needs to be influenced,” said Marshall. “If there’s nowhere for these kids to go then they will go out and cause trouble, but why cause trouble when you can come here [to Slumland Theatre] and there will be great music and someone to pay attention to you.” Marshall explained that the reason they chose to do a metal show for the bullying fundraiser was because “The people who tend to listen to that genre of music tend to be the ones who get cast as being different and get bullied.”

Yet she believes that the kids who come to the metal shows are among the most respectful and tend to treat the venue with the most care of all of the genres of shows that grace Slumland. “We have a little boy who comes here who is 8, and he goes to school and gets bullied for having a Mohawk and listening to punk music, but is truly the sweetest kid in the world,” said Marshall. Slumland Theatre will be hosting its final show, Slumland Mashup, on June 21 with a variety of bands and genres including street punk, rock, metal core and hardcore before they close their doors due to a lease renegotiation issue, but plans are in works to reopen by mid-July.

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fyi EVENTS The Red Deer Public Library First Thursdays in the Snell presents: classical guitarist Shannon Frizzell June 6, 12:15 – 1 p.m. at the Snell Auditorium, Red Deer Public Library. No admission charge (free will donation accepted at door) coffee and tea provided by Cafe Noir. Want to find out if your car is running efficiently? The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) and its partners are holding a two-day, free vehicle emission testing clinic on June 7, from 2 to 7 p.m. and June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic will be located in the southwest corner of Parkland Mall’s parking lot. Automobile owners with gasoline powered vehicles less than one ton can drop in any time during these scheduled days. No registration is required. For more information, contact Kevin Warren at 403-862-7046 or Sue Arrison at 403-342-5816. Are you retired and looking for something to do or have a lot of free time? Medicine River Wildlife Centre is looking for occasional drivers to transport injured wildlife to the First Aid Station in Red Deer. If you can help contact Carol at 403728-3467 or for more information and training. Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present, Hang-Ups and Insights: The fifth annual IB and AP Art Show from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School held through to June 22 in the Kiwanis Gallery. First Friday opening: June 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Students and Instructors will be in attendance; Refreshments will be served. The Harris-Warke Gallery announces its current exhibit, Rooted in the Arts, celebrating the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Awards. Artists have considered and interpreted the exhibit’s theme both literally and metaphorically including ideas of being anchored, centred, grounded,

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founded, orig originated, established, settled and entrenched. e Rooted in the Arts runs until June 22. A reception will be held June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Red Deer’s First Friday events. The Harris-Warke Gallery is situated on the second floor of Sunworks in downtown Red Deer at 4924 Ross St. A group of Aspire Parents and volunteers are getting ready to walk, ride or roll their way along the trails at Bower Ponds on June 8, for the first ever Walk for Aspire. This new event was created and organized by parents of children with special needs. Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre is a charitable organization providing hope to children

by Red Deer Arts Council, starts the week with offerings from The Hub on Ross, CARE, Bull Skit, Red Deer Artwalk Festival ArtistAbout-Town, Quenched specialty food, Sunnybrook Farm Museum, and a Blues Jam with Central Alberta musicians. In the morning at The Hub, grab a coffee and puffed wheat square courtesy of Westpark Foods or join Audrey Graham for lunchtime entertainment and get a specialty food item from Quenched (5005 50 Ave.) who will be doing special Ghost inspired drinks, food and soups for the week! Or, stick around for the entertainment and events all day long. Help Make Alzheimer’s a Memory this June 15! Enjoy a 2.5/5km to request a registration form and pledge sheet. The $20 registration fee can be done with our donate button. Please indicate that it is for registration for Freedom Walk The 10 km walk begins at #4 5579 47 St. Everyone is welcome even if you are not doing the walk. Don’t delay. Register today. Central Alberta Theatre (CAT) is looking for commerce and business-minded people to serve as board members. Positions coming vacant are recording secretary, advertising and media (PR), training and vice president. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, monthly or semimonthly, if needed. CAT provides support, advocacy and services

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needs, the families who love them, and the communities that care for them. Walk for Aspire is open to persons of all abilities and all means of transportation (barrier-free access). Registration is $40 per family or $10 per individual. The walk begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a BBQ Hot dog lunch. Participants meet at Bower Ponds and walk the loop at their own pace. For more information, or to register contact the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre at 403-340-2606 or visit

The Hub on Ross (4936 Ross St.) is the place to be on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a whole day of arts and culture events to kick-off a weeklong celebration of the arts in honour of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. A line-up of unique arts entertainment by community arts organizations spearheaded


walk from Sunnybrook Farm Museum through the city’s beautiful trails and back. Maisie-Hoops, Just Glovely and the magic tricks of Ryan Hawley will keep the whole family entertained; BBQ and water will be provided. Registration opens at 3:30 p.m., the Walk begins at 5 p.m. To register, please go to www.alzheimer. or call 403-342-0448. Quilt show celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sylvan Lake runs June 14-15 at the Sylvan Lake Curling Club. Admission is $5 (those under 10 are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult). There will be door prizes, raffles, coffee and snacks. Magdalene House Society is hosting Freedom Walk 2013 on June 15 beginning at 9 a.m. Our Society is setting up a home for the recovery of people who have been exploited by human trafficking. You can use the contact button on our web site(www.magdalene-

in running one of the30/11/12 oldest 28/02/13 10:17 2:51 AM PM amateur, not-for-profit thea-tre group in western Canada in the Memorial Centre at 4214 58 St. Contact the president of CAT, Paolo Mancuso at 403-3500420 or write to p.mancuso@ centralalbertatheatre.can. The Red Deer Kinsmen are pleased to announce their 75th anniversary of helping to serve the community’s greatest need. In celebration of our 75th Anniversary we are hosting a Funny Money Casino with the proceeds going to assist the Youth and Volunteer Center Camp Alexo project. It is being held June 14 in Red Deer at the Quality Inn North Hill. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers and a small presentation program will start at 7 p.m. Then the Ca-sino will run from 8-11 p.m. We will also have some silent auction items to bid on and Prizes to award as well. Tickets are available from any Kinsmen member

or you may contact Presi-dent Len Sisco at 403-304-2066 or email siscoleonard@gmail. com for only $25 each. From June 13-15, Central Alberta Theatre presents its first weekend of one act plays at the Nickle Studio, Death Takes the Train by D.M.Larson, Roller Coaster by PJ Miller, Where is Gwendolyn Marsh by S. Lightbown, Two Mono-logues, A. Paulsen & E. Soderberg, Hitting on Women 101 by B. Kane, plus live musical entertain-ment by Hackl and Pelz (today’s Simon and Garfunkel) and the beautiful voices of Olivia Smith and Konstantin Vorosmarty, and your emcee Jim Claggett. Tickets are $20 all inclusive at Black Knight Ticket centre: 403755-6626. Toll free: 1-800-6618793 or order on line at http:// ‘Mac and Cheese for a Cause’ Luncheon presented by GrammaLink – Africa on June 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Hub 4936 Ross St. $15 for a delicious heritage lunch to celebrate Red Deer’s Centennial. Gramma-made: Mac and Cheese, buns, coleslaw, brownies - coffee and tea. Tickets at the door ( cash only). All proceeds donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. For further information contact Diane 403-346-2174. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) will be holding their monthly Ambassador Breakfast June 21 from 7:30–8:45 a.m. at the Quality Inn North Hill. Cost is $15 per person. Children 6-12 yrs - $8. We are very excited about this month’s young speaker, Zoe Thompson. Zoe is going to speak about Junior Forest Wardens (JFW). She will share some of her unique experiences and learning over her JFW ‘career’. RSVP to: info@ or call Kelly at 403340-7379 by noon on June 19. Central Alberta Singles dance runs June 22 at Penhold Hall. Music by Randy Hillman. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 8:30 p.m. Members and invited guests only; new members are welcome. For information call Elaine at 403-341-7653

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Week of June 5 - June 12, 2013 or Bob and 403-304-7440. Additional dances will be held July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov, 23, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28. The Red Deer WALK for ALS will take place at Great Chief Park at 9 a.m. on June 22. To draw support to the cause and the WALK for ALS in Red Deer, Houaida Haddad will host her first annual ALS Pub Party on June 8. The ALS Pub Party will be held to raise donations for her WALK for ALS team, the Pouncing Pumas. Houaida has hosted several events in support of the ALS Society of Alberta, and will be participating in her fourth WALK for ALS this year in Red Deer. Houaida is passionate about raising money for research, and helping the families with loved ones who are suffering from the horrible disease. The event will feature a live band, silent auction, 50/50, free appetizers and a pint of beer with ticket purchase. It takes place at Bo’s Bar and Grill June 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through CherryBomb Hair Lounge (#122-5301-- 43rd St.) or at Pro Tan Sun and Spa (6791 50th Ave.) in Red Deer. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door. You can reach Cherry Bomb Hair Lounge by phone at 403-986-3147 and Pro Tan at 403-346-7880. The Senior Citizens Downtown House has cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $3. Whist runs every Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Fun Contact Bridge runs every Wednes-day at 1 p.m. Cost is $3 as well for both of these activities. Tuesday night dances start at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 and everyone is wel-come. For more information, call 403-346-4043. Cards at the Golden Cir-cle. Join us for Canasta on Mondays at 1 p.m. Drop in fee $1. Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. join us for Singles Bridge. Drop in fee of $2. Partner Bridge is played the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Drop in fee of $3. Euchre is played the first and third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. Drop in fee of $2. Join us for scrab-ble Friday’s starting at 1 p.m. Drop in fee of $1. Do you have an interest in singing

for seniors? The Tony Connelly Singers celebrate their goal by preparing 10 programs each year filled with oldies, newer music, sing-a-long and instrumental highlights with a friendly, easygoing atmosphere. We practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning, September to June at the Down-town House Seniors Centre and average four to five sing outs monthly. 403-346-7316.

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Climb that Mountain Active Living and Goal Setting with a Brain rain Injury runs June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cosmos, 7428-49 Ave. Presenter: Robert Yoisten. Robert is a certified Health and Wellness Coach who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 1986. He will present information on brain research, the importance of active living, motivation and goal setting, including how to help a person with a brain injury understand and measure a gain. This presentation from the perspective of a survivor will be of interest to survivors, family members and professionals. There is no cost to attend this presentation, Lunch will be provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call CMHA at

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ening your Yoga Practice. July 8 - 14. Come join us for a class, a day, the week, or the weekend. workshops are geared to practitioners of all levels. Full details @, or 403-350-5830. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) will be holding their annual general meeting (AGM) June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s happening at Quality Inn North Hill, 7150 50 Ave. Cost is $20. Please check out our web site for further details on this event or to register www. RSVP to info@ or call Kelly at 403340-7379 by noon on June 14. Would you like to improve your workplace communication skills? Would a better understanding of Canadian workplace culture help you? Are you interested in getting a promotion or a better paying job? Then this free training for permanent residents

completed beginners or who have learned Taoist Tai Chi in the past. Participate in the classes of your choice; Mon/Wed 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Tues/Thurs 10:30 a.m. to noon. Classes also available in Lacombe and Innisfail.

MEETINGS Annual General Meeting – Red Deer & District Museum Society runs June 11. Meeting at 7 p.m.; program & reception at 8 p.m. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Red Deer & District Museum Society. Members and the general public are invited to attend, meet the board and staff, and learn about the exciting things happening at the MAG. Mayor Morris Flewwelling will share his personal remembrances of the Museum since forming in 1973. Note that memberships must be current for 60 days prior to the meeting to be eligible to vote at the meeting.

403-342-2266 to register. The Parkland Handweavers Guild meets the second Monday of the month (not July or August) at Sunnybrook Farm at 7 p.m. New and experienced weavers welcome. For more information contact reddeerweavers@, Darlene 403-7493054, Margaret 403-346-8289, Amy at 403-309-4026. Legion Ladies Auxilary monthly meetings run the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Alberta Room, Red Deer Legion. If you require a ride, call Harry - 403-598-5331 before noon on meet-ing day. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings are Wednesdays’ at 7 p.m. in the Red Deer Regional Hospital (3942-50 Ave.) south complex, lower level rooms 503 and 504. Gamblers Anonymous phone number is 403-986-0017. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Jo-anne at 403-314-1972. The Red Deer Pottery Club meets Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Contour Studio at the Recreation Centre, downstairs. New members always welcome. For more information call Sharon at 403-347-8061 or Karen at 403-347-0600. Central Alberta Pioneers: Meet old and new friends at the Pioneer Lodge on June 12 at 12:30 p.m. Members only. Call 403-3094243 for more information. The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursdays at l p.m. at the Golden Circle. Individuals are welcome to drop in and participate in mini art classes. Drop in fee $1 applies. Phone Marianne at 403-986-2600 for information. The Parkinson’s Society Education and Support Group runs the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Davenport Church of Christ. 403-346-4463. Independent Achievers, ‘Business Women Networking Together’ will be hav-ing their monthly luncheon meeting every second Thursday of the month from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Email reserva-tions@ to confirm your attendance the Monday before each luncheon. An Amputee Support Group Meeting, sponsored by the Alberta Amputee Sport and Recreation Asso-ciation at 7:30 in Room 2207 in the South Complex of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Meetings the fourth Monday of each month. 403-357-3671.

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The seventh annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival took place this past weekend at the Recreation Park in Red Deer. With great weather and even greater attractions and fun, the festival brightened the days of countless children even more than the bright sun did. The festival included bubble jumps, chalk walks, an imagination station, a city made of boxes and face painting for all children who attended. Children weren’t the only ones enjoying the festival as it allowed kids aged 0-99 to attend and everyone including parents were sure to have a blast. Over 16 community organizations were onsite including MC College, Bricks4Kidz, Youth and Volunteer Centre, Central Alberta Refugee Effort, Red Deer Public Library, and Momstown.

HOOPTASTIC – Tate Smith, 3, hurdles through the hoops at the obstacle course.

COLOURFUL KID – Ethan Talavera, 4, colours a picture at the Imagination Station, one of the many fun activities for children.


STAGE PRESENCE - Vivianne Schlyter, 5, was brought onstage during Peter and Mary Jansen’s performance with their ‘magic’ talking board.

Beck Fiveland, 1 , plays with scoops and a ball at the catching station.

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BOX CITY BUILDING – Gage Bowman, 4, paints his addition for the box city that allowed children to paint a box and add it to corridors to crawl through.

DOUBLE THE FUN – Twins, Mark and Mina Mikhail, 3, and their mother Reham dance with their balloons and hoops during a performance in front of the main stage on Friday at the Central Alberta Children’s Festival.

SLIP AND SLIDE Anja Huether, 4, rides the inflatable slide that was a very popular destination at the festival.

PRINCESS POWER – Naomi Canon, 5, gets the chance to pose for a photo with princesses Jenna Holland, Dorothy Stano and Angel Austin who were hired for the festival as part of their company Princess-For-A-Day.

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CITY BRIEFS RED DEER COLLEGE IN STEP WITH WALK AND WHEEL WEEK Red Deer College is happy to lace up its proverbial shoelaces and join people throughout the province in Walk & Wheel Week. The Be Fit for Life Centre on campus is encouraging College students, faculty and staff to join other Central Albertans to leave the car in the garage and use human-powered transport on the way to work, school and play. “This initiative was started as a direct way to encourage people to get active, which lines up perfectly with our philosophy at the Be Fit for Life Centre,” says Barb Marsh, fit-

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top honours at the Alberta Film & Television Awards recently in Edmonton. Amanda Trimble and Shawn Knievel were given the award for Best Student Production. Both served as producers on the winning film Dear 604 / Cher 604. Also known as the Rosies, Alberta Film & Television Awards celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media. They are the longest running annual film or television awards event in Canada. RDC students and alumni received a record seventeen nominations this year.



As Red Deerians do their spring cleaning, they are reminded to hang onto their unwanted goods in preparation for Kick it to the Curb on June 8 and 9. Running every spring and fall, Kick it to the Curb encourages residents to repurpose unwanted goods, find new homes for still-useful items, and divert materials from the landfill. Residents are asked to place their unwanted items at their curb, and mark them as ‘free’ so others can find a new life for them. Items to be set out could include everything from books and DVDs to furniture and construction items.

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WALTER GRETZKY CNIB MENTORSHIP GALA The organizing committee for the fifth annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Mentorship Gala invites families to attend an evening of inspiration, leadership, motivation and mentorship. It runs at the Sheraton Red Deer on June 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. Featuring guest speakers include 2010 CCMA Male Vocalist of the year Gord Bamford and 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist Duff Gibson. Since its inception in 2008, the Walter Gretzky CNIB Mentorship Gala and Golf Classic has helped to raise over $300,000 to help establish a foundation for care and support of visually impaired Central Albertans and help them and their families ‘See Beyond Vision Loss.’ To encourage whole families to attend for the mentorship opportunity discount ticket rates of $50 will be offered for children 17 years and under to enjoy dinner and the program. The Mentorship Gala is followed on June 19th by the annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Golf Classic at River Bend Golf Course. This unique golf experience combines golf in both daylight and in darkness; one hole will be played blindfolded. Tickets are $125 for adults, $50 for youth 17 and under, and can be purchased by calling the CNIB office at 403-346-0037.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET For the fourth year running, the Downtown Farmers’ Market will once again provide an opportunity for market enthusiasts and foodies to shop local. Continuing every Wednesday until Oct. 9, the market will be open from 4-7 p.m. This year, the market will once again be located on Little Gaetz Avenue, spanning from Alexander Way (48th St. to Ross St. keeping 49th Street open to traffic). As a recent accredited farmers’ market of Alberta, the market welcomes back local and fresh producers from around Central Alberta. As well this year, returning vendors such as ice cream trucks and flower shops offer a diverse and delectable sampling of Red Deer’s bountiful producers.

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada On June 6 and 7, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will be holding public hearings at Red Deer College from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. These hearings will deal with aboriginal issues in Canada and in particular, the legacy of the Indian residential school system.

a high rate of illness and death. The Department of Indian Affairs attempts to increase coercion failed in the face of this determined opposition. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 made ďŹ nances even more inadequate. Eventually, the school became bankrupt and the buildings fell into disrepair. The school ďŹ nally closed in September 1919.



LANDMARK - Main building, Red Deer Indian Industrial School, 1896.

While there were no First Nations reserves near Red Deer, the community did have an Indian residential school, just west of the City, for nearly 30 years. Plans for an Indian residential/industrial school at Red Deer commenced in the early 1890s. A Red Deer site ďŹ t in with the philosophy of the federal government. It was in the central part of the province. More importantly, since the idea was to educate native children in European culture and ways of living and to make a break with traditional cultures, sites were sought that were a distance from reserves and close to a ‘white’ urban centre. In 1893, construction began on the north side of the Red Deer River, close to the original Red Deer Crossing

settlement, where old Fort Normandeau had once been located. A two-anda-half storey sandstone building was built to house the students and staff. Meanwhile, an agreement was made with the Methodist Church to have it operate the school. It was the ďŹ rst Methodist Indian industrial school in western Canada. Unfortunately, as the school was opened, the government changed its formula for funding Indian industrial/residential schools. Instead of covering all the operational expenses, as well as the construction costs, a per capita grant system was implemented. Right from the start, the per capita grants were lower than the costs of running the school. As time went on, the ďŹ nancial shortfalls got worse.

One impact of the new and inadequate funding system was an inability to pay the salaries that were offered to teachers. These lower rates of pay made it difďŹ cult to attract staff and also led to high turnover. With the students and staff crammed into one building, overcrowding was a serious issue. Moreover, the school’s sanitation system was poor. Sewage frequently contaminated the school’s well. Consequently, there were frequent outbreaks of disease in the school including scarlet fever, meningitis, mumps, measles, and tuberculosis. There was even a brief outbreak of smallpox. The death rates among both students

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and staff were high. According to the school register, more than onethird of the students enrolled in the ďŹ rst two years of the school’s operation died prematurely. Dr. P.H. Bryce later wrote that of all the Indian industrial schools he examined, Red Deer had the worst mortality rate. Overcrowding was eased in 1897 with the construction of a second student residence. Small cottages were built for staff as well as a number of instructional and farm buildings. Nevertheless, conditions at the school remained poor. Enrolments declined. Parents began to adamantly refuse to send their children to a school with such

On June 8, starting at 11 a.m., the Remembering The Children Society will be holding ceremonies and a commemorative feast to remember the 350 students who attended the Red Deer Indian Industrial School and the tragic number who are buried in the old school cemetery. The public is welcome to attend the hearings at Red Deer College on June 6 and 7.

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Singer preps for studio stints and summer gigs Jamie Woodfin continues to explore classic country and rock roots comfortable onstage. “I remember the (initial) fear in playing, but when all was said and done I loved Red Deer singer/songwriter/guitarist Ja- the rush we felt after the fact.” During his mie Woodfin continues to see his career and years with The Dirties, the band produced musical creativity steadily build in momen- an EP featuring songs that were written by tum. Word is spreading about the talented the group. “I was probably 14 or 15 years of local artist, and he looks forward to a busy age when I started writing.” summer and a recording stint in a Calgary As their high school years wound down, studio later this month. band members started going their sepa“We’ve been writing and writing, and rate ways. Woodfin kept playing but it took looking at songs,” he explains, adding that awhile before he found other musicians he collaborating with other songwriters has felt comfortable teaming up with after bebeen a creatively-rich season as well. He’s ing with such a tight group for so long. A also looking forward to teaming up with mu- career in music wasn’t what he opted for at sicians that have played with country singer the time, but as he became increasingly busy Gord Bamford, plus several experienced in construction, his passion for songwriting players who are sure to lend plenty to the and performing never waned. CD’s production. And as he grew “We’re going to older, Woodfin also “IF I COULD BE ONSTAGE ALMOST be putting out a began to find counEVERY NIGHT, THAT’S WHERE few singles that we try music extremely are really going to compelling. It was I WOULD WANT TO BE.” push. It’s kind of also back in 2009 that JAMIE WOODFIN a guessing game at a trip to Nashville this point – you’ve proved something of just got to try for it and see where it gets a turning point. Visiting sites like the Grand you.” Ole Opry and just soaking up the magic and He’s also excited about a major gig lead- history that are intrinsic to ‘Music City’ ing into the Ponoka Stampede in late June as helped to further cement his devotion to his well. Woodfin and his band will be perform- songwriting/performing goals in the couning in the cabaret following the Jace Harty try genre. Memorial PBR Bull Riding event on the eveHe’s enjoyed watching his musical goals ning of June 24. It’s the key kick-off event come to fruition, and is thrilled with the opfor the Ponoka Stampede, and tickets can be portunities that continually surface. Conpurchased through Ticketmaster. necting with audiences provide all the inHe’ll be featuring lots of his own origi- spiration he needs to stay focused on honing nal material plus plenty of covers from the his skills as well. legends of classic country to popular mod“When you play a show and you can see ern country singers such as Eric Church the effect on audience members – or when and Jason Aldean. He particularly admires someone comes up to you after and tells you Church, who he describes as one of the more how much they enjoyed it,” he adds, reflectmodern day ‘outlaw’ type of country sing- ing on what he loves about his craft. “If I ers. “I think he will rise to become someone could be onstage almost every night, that’s like a Merle Haggard or a Waylon Jennings.” where I would want to be.” Woodfin, who is originally from Ponoka, Meanwhile, Woodfin is clearly devoted to has long been drawn to making and per- his craft and grateful for the opportunity to forming music. He first picked up guitar share it anytime with audiences. when he was about 13. A penchant for the Ultimately, it’s all about being real and drums and a powerful singing voice soon Woodfin has no trouble being open and ausurfaced as well. thentic about his own life and experiences. Through high school, he played in a band “It seems like every show that we do leads called The Dirties that were refining their us to another event,” he says, clearing relown unique punk/rock sound. It took a little ishing every moment of the journey. “So it’s bit of getting used to when it came to per- kind of a stepping stone game.” forming, but Woodfin soon found himself

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Theatre troupe presents take on City’s history Tree House Youth Theatre presents Red Deer River Stories at Scott Block BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Tree House Youth Theatre is currently offering up a very unique interpretation of Red Deer’s history called Red Deer River Stories. Performances continue June 6-8 at the Scott Block, with curtain at 7:30 p.m. A matinee also runs June 8 at 2 p.m. Directed by Matt Gould, Red Deer River Stories opts to reflect on the City’s history in unconventional ways, and it works particularly well in the first and second act. Act one takes audiences back to 1913 – the year of Red Deer’s designation as a City. The Lyric Theatre is the setting and we watch students from the High School Liter-

ary Society present ‘An Evening of Entertainment’ to mark Red Deer’s shift change from town to City status. Gould’s astounding creativity as writer/ director shines through, and is bolstered by his troupe’s solid performances. The cast is superb in their various roles – not to mention their extensive memorization work. They include Aiden Olley, Aidan Sullivan, Alandra Powers, Alex Wozny, Allison Weninger, Ben Berg, Cameron Chapman, Chelsey Fitsimons, Colton Mayne, Duncan Macaulay, Karley Bodnarchuk, Sean Traverse, Shae Hayes, Sydney Malyon and Warren Stephens. And the first act provides them with plenty to work with. Besides the ‘show’ presented by the cast of Literary Society




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students, we also see some of the typical kinds of teen drama backstage. It’s a nice touch to the show – and we learn fascinating elements to the City’s history as well. That same originality continues with the second act, which whisks audiences to Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in 1973, where drama students have created a program to mark Red Deer’s 60th anniversary of landing City status. Watching the cast create several tableaux vivants (living pictures) was particularly enjoyable – they nailed the nature and spirit of these old-time portraits that reflect early settlers’ lives and experiences. These moments were some of the most entertaining of the evening. The third act opens promisingly with a scene called ‘Tomorrow and Beyond’ which takes place in the local hospital in 1913. One boy keeps his friend, who is battling tuberculosis, company with stories about what the future might look like. There are lots of strong moments here to be sure, and again, Gould’s knack for storytelling shines through. Never one to be restrained by conventionality, he nails the nuances of local history in fresh and vivid new ways. www om

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Horsemen by an unknown organizer. On their way to becoming famous, and as part of their new act, they appear to rob a bank in Paris during their show in Las Vegas. And give all the money to the audience. An FBI team headed by Mark Ruffalo starts investigating the robbery with the help of an Interpol officer played by Melanie Laurent. Morgan Freeman plays a magic debunker, who rather quickly explains how they pulled it off. He’s good at explaining how magic acts work by deception, how your interest is drawn here, while the trick is done there. Meanwhile the group goes on to even more spectacular, if hard to believe, stunts in their show. While there is a lot of

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glitz and superficial excitement here, and some nice acting chops from the cast, it’s hard to take it seriously. There are red herrings and plot twists galore, and it all moves really fast. The final plot revelation is on the verge of ludicrous. However, if you’re willing to go along with it, and don’t mind the lack of character development, the hocus pocus is fun at times. But there’s a lot less here than meets the eye. Rating: two deer out of five

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LIFESTYLE Remember that the clock is ticking I watched a video today about Zach Sobiech, who at the age of 14, found out he had a rare form of terminal cancer. So he became a rock star and millions of people got to see his music before he passed away on May 20th. There is a video on www.upworthy. com that is about 22 minutes long. It’s definitely worth watching. It’s about a young man who discovers that his ‘best before’ date is much sooner than one would expect. He handles his end of days with class, with joy, with purpose and with dignity. He truly lived his final days and inspired everyone around him and even people who never met him -- like me. There are lots of tired old clichés around about living every day as if it were your last etc. but in my experience that gets pretty exhausting pretty fast. The truth is, for most of us, we do have lots of time but it does give one pause to think. I see people all the time that come to me tired, sick and worn out wondering where all their energy went wishing they could get back their youth or their health. It has been said that when we are young we sacrifice our health for wealth and when we are older we spend our wealth trying to regain our health. I see that in the world every day. It’s one of the reasons I work so hard to inspire others to be healthy and fit and to perhaps have a longer and more vibrant life. You might be thinking ‘yes, but any one of us could go at any time for any reason.’ Absolutely true, and to me, that means even more that I want to embrace and enjoy each day -- to really live. Yes many of my days are routine and uneventful or inspiring but honestly not as many as there used to be before I became a trainer and started living my passion. I guess the reason I work to be fit and healthy so much and to help others do the same, is it’s about the quality of my life, not whether I live to be 100 or just 60. Statistics are very clear that most Canadians will not enjoy their last 10 years. Aches, pains,


McDERMOTT tubes, pills, surgeries, limited mobility and worse. What if you could put that off a little longer or change the quality of those end of days? There are always a great number of conflicting theories on a lot of topics. What should we eat? How much of each macronutrient? What is the real target heart rate? Is sugar really that bad? Are artificial sweeteners safe? How much meat should humans eat on a daily basis? Should we all be vegetarians? Is coffee good or bad? Can I eat carbs after 6 p.m.? Are salads really better? What’s the best diet -- low fat, low sugar, low glycemic, low protein or low calorie? Perhaps I just created a list for future articles but the point is this -- one thing that all studies agree on is that exercise is good for you. It improves nearly all aspects of your life from longevity, to energy, to resistance to colds and flu, lower blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, strengthens your heart and reduces risk of heart attack while improving the chances of surviving one, reduces stress, improves mood and sleep patterns, and generally just makes life easier. So why then, are we stuck in the middle of an obesity epidemic? Perhaps we have forgotten that this life of ours is a limited time engagement. We are here for a good time, not a long time and to me a good time means being fit and healthy enough to choose how I enjoy life until such time as it ends. Zach found out very young just how precious life is and perhaps we could all pause and remember now while we can. Tick tock. Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.

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How genetics affect the risk of prostate cancer It has been said that ‘blood is our destiny.’ Or that, ‘bad hens have bad eggs.’ Or that, ‘he was not merely a chip off the old block, but the old block itself.’ Each year studies show that genetics play a huge role in whether or not we develop malignancy. But how big a role does genetics play in prostate cancer? Now, a world-wide study reports a major breakthrough, showing that

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cers were due to genetics. For example, a man with one close relative, such as a father or brother, with prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop this malignancy as a man with no family history of the disease. But if two close relatives are affected, the risk of developing this cancer is increased five times. Other research at The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center in New York suggests that men with muta-

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tions in the gene BRCA2 show an increased risk of prostate cancer. Recently, in an intensive international trial, Danish researchers from Rigshospitalet and others, discovered congenital defects which predispose to prostate malignancy. This research involved 31 research groups from all over the world and included 25,000 males with prostate cancer. What was shocking was the finding that 72 congenital genetic defects predispose to prostate cancer! Dr. Andrea Roder, a physician at the Copenhagen Prostate Cancer Center at Rigshospitalet, said, “With this study, we believe to have clarified about 30% of the heredity in prostate cancer.” It is believed that this study will help target early discovery of prostate cancer in the future by identifying patients who require early treatment. I hope this is the case as prostate cancer continues to be one of the most perplexing malignancies for men faced with this diagnosis. There is always one big question to answer. Is it better to continue with the devil you know, or the

one you don’t know? And the great trouble in trying to answer this question is similar to asking “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” So what makes this decision so difficult? In some cases, developing prostate cancer is like getting gray hair. Autopsies show that by age 70 about 50% of men have microscopic cancer in the gland. It’s often as tame as a pussycat, a slow growing malignancy that may take 15 years to cause death. In the meantime death may occur for many other reasons. The late D. Willet Whitmore, a world authority on prostate cancer, once remarked that, ‘Growing older is invariably fatal, cancer of the prostate only sometimes.” But the dilemma is that prostate malignancy, although normally a pussycat, can also be a raging tiger that kills quickly. And trying to determine which one is present is easier said than done. Even the PSA test to diagnose prostate cancer has been questioned. In 2011 a panel of U.S. experts reported that healthy men should say “No” to the test.

To those favouring the test this is like damning Motherhood and apple pie. They claim the test saves lives. But how many lives does it save? For instance, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine reported a European study that followed 162,000 men for 10 years. Of those who had the test 363 died. But of those not given the test 261 still died. A difference of 102 deaths out of 162,000 men isn’t terribly impressive. But even if the test saves lives it can also result in severe complications from surgery or other treatments. Being a medical journalist I receive considerable feedback from readers. Many have said, “If I had known I’d end up in diapers, or impotent, I would not have agreed to the surgery”. Unfortunately, one still needs the Wisdom of Solomon to know how best to treat prostate cancer. Hopefully this new genetic research will be able to predict which malignancies require early treatment, and which ones are better left to the devil you know. See the web site For comments, info@

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Youth excited about local hockey future BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Red Deer Rebels prospect Jeff DeWit has a goal in mind and this past weekend he skated a little closer to that goal. DeWit was the number one pick by the Rebels in the WHL bantam draft and the local product knows what lies ahead of him. “There’s some pressure from the hometown friends and that but I try not to think about it,” said Dewit about being a first round pick of the home club. He watched the draft on line and was “super-excited’ when his name was called by the Rebels.  DeWit is no stranger to the organization having worked for Brent Sutter during the summit series this past winter and admits

he’s glad to be a part of the group now that he’s older. He joined more than 30 other players in a prospects camp this past weekend in Penhold and was just as pumped up about it as the draft. The prospects camp is one thing but controlling your emotions once the real camp opens in September might prove to be a different story but DeWit says he’s got that covered. “I think I’ve always done good with that, controlling my emotions and doing well under pressure so I’m just going to go out there and have some fun.” He also has a little extra help in his corner in order to make the transition from Bantam hockey to working towards a spot on the Rebels roster when he turns 16.

“Hayden Fleury’s (Rebels defenceman) is living with me at my house right now and he’s showing me the ropes,” he said. “Telling me not to over think things too much and just play the game out there.” Breaking down what has happened to him in the last couple of months, DeWit says the best part is being able to do what he loves to do, play hockey and meet some new people. His expectations are simple when it comes to what he wants to do for this organization. “I want to come in here and be an impact centreman and hopefully have a chance at making the lineup when I’m 16.” As far as what is expected from him at this camp as the number one pick, assistant coach Jeff Truitt offered up this explanation. “He’s like everyone else. The pressure is

on everyone at a camp like this no matter if you are a number one pick or not,” said Truitt. “This is a learning experience.” DeWit is honest about what he brings to the table, shooting the puck hard and a good skater for a big player which could create some open space for him and his linemates, as well as what he is lacking, he said. “I’ve got to get meaner in the defensive zone,” he admits. But before he takes any of those skills to the ice wearing a Rebels jersey DeWit has his sights set on a the very strong Midget AAA program under the guidance of Doug Quinn and his coaching staff. “I’m excited about that and hopefully we can go to the Telus Cup one more year and I’d like to be a part of that experience.”

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Football camp starts up Friday in Lacombe BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express For the third year in a row the University of Calgary is coming to Central Alberta to teach some young football players and maybe recruit a couple of players to suit up for the Dinos in the future. The annual football camp kicks-off Friday at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe under the watchful eye of Dinos’ head coach Blake Nill. “It’s an outstanding camp and it’s grown very well we’re really looking forward to being there again this year,” he said. Nill says football in this province is growing by leaps and bounds in all regions so it’s no surprise this particular camp just keeps getting better. The U of C brain-trust has made a concerted effort to attract the cream of the crop from Central Alberta to come play for the Dinos and last year they managed to get Tyler Ledwos from Sylvan Lake to make the choice, said Nill. “We want to keep that going,” he said, adding there are a couple of players in the area who have attended past camps which have caught the eye of the Dinos staff. “We just want to continue to use our camp to identify potential athletes, help develop potential athletes and help grow the sport of football.”

“WE JUST WANT TO CONTINUE TO USE OUR CAMP TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL ATHLETES, HELP DEVELOP POTENTIAL ATHLETES AND HELP GROW THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL.” BLAKE NILL Nill says this type of camp is a win/win situation for the university and the football programs in the region because peewee and bantam age players will get some first rate instruction from the Dinos’ coaches and players. “The young kids just get motivated working with our top athletes,” said Nill. Some of the talent at previous camps included Kirby Fabian who had a tryout with the NFL’s New York Giants and was a first round pick of the B.C. Lions, Linden Gaydosh who has signed with the Carolina Panthers and Steven Lumbala who was a first round pick by Montreal this year. “So you can see when kids are exposed to athletes like this they just get excited, they see what football can do for them.” Apart from the onfield nuts and bolts these players will gain access to, Nill said he hopes they also expand

the notion of what football really is. “Football isn’t just about going on a field and being physical. It’s about the specific skill sets that each position requires, the ability to work in unison as a group of players to achieve a common goal and then more importantly to get them to understand the sacrifices and the discipline required if you’re going to reach your potential as an individual.”

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CLAGGETT What always has intrigued me is who has the advantage when the leagues clash? The American League has the designated hitter rule - which I dislike - while their National League counterparts are still traditionalists in that pitchers have to swing a bat. So when they play in a National League park the AL pitchers are at a definite disadvantage because they don’t even take batting practice most of the year. Stevie Wonder sees more pitches than these guys. The NL pitchers at least get to take a few cuts during a season and learn the intricacies of laying down a bunt in order to advance a runner. The boys in the AL are just trying to escape without getting beaned on the pitching arm so it’s very much a defensive swing at best.

When the venues change and the AL guys are the home team then the NL pitchers breathe a sigh of relief not having to swing a bat at all because of the DH rule. They can they hunker down and focus on just pitching which is a benefit not seen in their own parks, getting interrupted by a plate appearance. Both teams get to use a position player in the lineup instead of some poor hurler trying to figure out how to stay safe at the plate. It all boils down to the NL getting the slight advantage in my mind. Then there is the managerial side of this coin to be considered as well. The argument has been for years due to the DH rule the AL managers have fewer moves to make when their starter has given up too many runs or they’re trying to protect a lead. NL managers are always looking at their bench and the other teams as well to see when to replace a pitcher, when the pitcher’s spot comes up in the batting order, what arms are in the bull pen and what bats are on the bench. Having said all that the last seven years show the AL with 1,120 wins compared to 895 for the National League. Another good theory foiled by the stats!

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BLUE BLISS BEDROOM – This Laebon Homes show home in Timberlands shows that bedrooms can be for more than just sleeping and offers a functionally aesthetic design with delightful blue and teal accents.

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Consider island inspiration for your home decor Whenever I travel it makes me sit up and take notice of the design that is around me and I wonder if it is possible to bring some of those elements back to good old Central Alberta. What I have realized is that the setting makes up as much of the design as the actual structure. Some homes are built into mountains and others are tucked away in valleys rendering them at once very charming. Tropical décor always catches my eye and I must admit I’m a sucker for thatched grass rooflines whether it is on a beach or on an idyllic movie set in the rugged countryside. That spells out a whimsical and wonderful design element that never fails to fascinate me. I don’t


LEWIS see a trend of grass huts coming to our province anytime soon but there is still room for some island style in your home. I’m not saying that we all need to run out and buy tacky shirts and throw sand on our bedroom floor, think more refined island – Tommy Bahama style. Cool white linens flowing freely from a teak framed poster bed with a dark coffee roast handscraped hardwood floor. Wicker or grass elements can be added in light

fixtures or ceiling fans and small pieces of furniture such as nightstands or side chairs. All around you are cool coloured walls and bright open windows that bring in the sky as you sit and relax in your tropical paradise. There is always room for the whimsical in a subtly decadent room such as this – throw in a colourful print or poster or a few outrageous parrot inspired cushions into this refined neutral palette. Your imagination can go haywire in this setting whether it is a bedroom, living room or outdoor retreat. If you keep your pops of colour to cushions and a few accessories and drapery it is easy to change the look and feel

of the room (even seasonally if you prefer). The fundamentals of island style are in the details; natural elements such as wood (teak/wicker/cane/bamboo) all contribute to the feeling of the tropics. Natural dark stone on fireplaces and in bathing areas will echo the lava stones of Hawaii. Consider adding a small water feature or water fall to your bathing area surrounded by natural or silk tropical plants to inspire you to relax in style – Island Style! Don’t forget to look up! Island style is also expressed in steeply pitched rooflines with natural grasses and open wooden beams. Even though we need to have the firm protection of shingles

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Navigating the ups and downs of mortgage rates Ever get that nagging feeling that something bad is going to happen, and feels like it’s just around the corner and then nothing really drastic happens even when all factors lead to something that is supposed to happen?


TURCOTTE Since 2009 fixed interest rates have stayed at or near historic lows and all signs point upwards as rates historically rise faster then they fall. Sure they’ve hobbled along a bumpy road moving slightly up, then slightly down but nothing really drastic has occurred as positive news comes along quickly but then is curbed by negative economic news, major catastrophes or even new wars. I’ve been in the mortgage industry for six years now and economists surely have been front and center with regards to their economic forecasts since September 2008. One recurring theme they ‘always’ say, is never say always, and never say never. Even though it’s redundant, it’s been proven that it’s near impossible to predict interest rates and economic futures. With interest rates as low as they are, most economists keep saying that they’ve only got one way to go, and that’s up. Surely this is true for the long term and that’s easy enough to predict based on the


past 100 years, but for the short term the national economy keeps getting tripped up by some global event that affects us all. And this seems to have stalled the huge increases that many have been calling for, except for that one month in 2010 where rates shot up a full point in one month, and then tumbled shortly thereafter. From the sidelines, what I’ve found quite interesting is watching buyers’ behaviors, whereas we were so used to interest rates in the 5.25-6.25% range for 20 years that the consumer that is currently buying at levels right around the 3% +/- level. And the excitement with that is waning. Consumers are now getting quite complacent with where interest rates are at, but who can blame them. The basis for which they’ve become complacent is based on the past four years whereas such excitement was created by the fact that we were near historic interest rate lows and the euphoria created with that felt like you were winning the lottery. Benjamin Tal, Canada’s most quoted economist, says that interest rates will likely be going up but slower than originally thought and we shouldn’t see the drastic increases that have been brought to light over the past couple of years. This is very important information to know, because it may slow down the process of the consumer making their home buying decisions. They will no longer have that rushed feeling that if they don’t buy now, rates will shoot up and they’ll miss out on thousands of dollars of savings. But on the other hand how true is this?


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This time last year rates went up a full percentage point in as little as a month! The cost of that on a $300,000 mortgage is $15,000 over a five-year period or $250/ month! Interest rates are going to do what they are going to do; the consumer doesn’t have any control of that. What the consumer does have control over is preparedness, meaning get educated on the housing market and interest rate market. How does one do that? Hire the

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AUTOMATED TANK MANUFACTURING INC. is looking for an experience Spray/Foam Painter. $35. - $45/hour depending on experience. Profit sharing bonus, full insurance package 100% paid by company, long term employment. Good working environment. Also looking for a Spray/Foam Labourer. Call Cindy for an appointment or send resume to: 780-846-2231 (Office); 780-846-2241 (Fax). AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS. Licensed, 4th year & 3rd year Technicians required. Signing/moving allowance, full company benefits, very aggressive bonus/pay plan. Ford experience preferred, but not required. Denham Ford, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Email resume: Attention: Donna Zurbrigg; dzurbrigg or fax 780-352-6085 JOURNEYMAN/WOMAN PLUMBER. Auburn is now hiring a Red Seal Plumbing Journeyperson for our Manufacturing Facility located in Edmonton. Must have team leadership experience. Minimum of 6 years experience in residential plumbing. Benefits, RRSP, competitive wages. Excellent team atmosphere. Apply by resume only to: KLASSIC AUTOBODY (Hay River, NT) seeking working Shop Foreman/Assistant Manager - Oversee bodyshop, estimations, quality/safety, team-player. $37 - $42 hourly+ OT, company matched pension plan, benefits. Apply to: employment Fax 867-874-2843



Open House Directory ........................ 4200-4310 Financial ...............................................4400-4430 Transportation ..................................... 5000-5240 Legal/Public Notices ..........................6000-9000 * No cancellations, refunds or exchanges. Please read your ad the first day it appears. We will accept responsibility for 1 insertion only.



NOW ACCEPTING RESUMES FOR JOURNEYMAN MECHANIC IN WHITECOURT. Schedule negotiable, above average wages, immediate benefits. Address resumes to Laurier Laprise. Email: or fax 780-396-0078.

75 QUARTERS LAND, Oyen, Alberta - Ritchie Bros Unreserved Auction. 1HQ, 30 Parcels Farmland, 6 Parcels Grazing Lease, $37,300 Surface Lease Revenue. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652;

PYRAMID CORPORATION IS NOW HIRING! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE.


Business Opportunities


MAKE MONEY AND SAVE LIVES. We are offering exclusive rights in your area, 100% guaranteed return of investment. Don’t pay until you see your business up and running. Voted top vending program in North America. Absolutely no selling involved; Call 1-855-933-3555 for more information today.

Misc. Help


CASH DAILY for outdoor work! Guys ‘n Gals 16 years and up! No experience necessary; www. INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: resumes_add.php

Phone:403-304-4791 NEW Location Moose Hall 2 mi. South of Ponoka on Hwy 2A *** Weekly Sales Wednesdays @ 6pm *** Antique Sales 1st Sun. of ea. month @ 1 pm Check web for full listings & addresses HUGE UNRESERVED Coca-Cola Memorabilia Auction! Amazing collection, no buyer’s fee! 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at 1235 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, Alberta. Scribner Auction 780-842-5666. Details at: ONLINE AUCTION, Lac La Plonge Resort, SK. 12:00 Noon, June 20, 2013. Year round 1392sf home, appliances, deck, superb fishing. Kramer Auctions Ltd. 306-445-5000;

UNRESERVED AUCTION. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 8 a.m., 9320 - 52 St. SE., Calgary. Late Additions: City of Calgary Gravel Trucks; 2008 New Holland TD5050 MFWD FEL Tractor; Champion 730; Deere 762 Scraper. Employment For info www. Training or call 403-269-6600. OVER 90% EMPLOYMENT Auction Licence #200278 AMVIC Licence #200279 rate for CanScribe graduates! Medical UNRESERVED FARM Transcriptionists are in & CONSTRUCTION demand and CanSrcribe CONSIGNMENT SALE. graduates get jobs. Saturday, June 8, Lavoy, Payments under $100 per Hwy 36 & 16 Junction. month, 1-800-466-1535; Collector Tractor & Vehicle; Consignment Auction, Saturday, June 22, Redwater. www.




1200 CARS, TRUCKS, RV’S. Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. Michener Allen Auctioneering. Edmonton. Internet bidding available for RV’s. Full listing with pictures: 1-800-665-5888; 780-470-5584.

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Building Supplies


METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib/ LOW-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. Available at Participating Distributors. Call 1-888-263-8254

Building Supplies


STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www.

Garden Supplies


COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: $1.49/each for a box of 270 ($402.30). Also full range of trees, shrubs, cherries & berries. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or GORGEOUS SPRUCE TREES. 4 - 6 ft., $45, machine planted, fertilized, mulched. Minimum order 20. Delivery charge: $75 - $100. Quality guaranteed. Crystal Springs 403-820-0961

Misc. for Sale


EVERY WATER WELL on earth should have the patented “Kontinuous Shok” Chlorinator from Big Iron Drilling! Why? Save thousands of lives every year. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON



ANGUS BULLS. Large selection of 2 year olds and yearlings. Performance info available, fully guaranteed. Please call 403-742-4226 SIMMERON SIMMENTALS Last Call for fullblood full Fleckvieh bulls, yearlings and 2 year olds, horned, very quiet, muscled, no problem calving. 780-913-7963.

Grain, Feed Hay


HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252


Manufactured Homes

OUR BEST SELLING Anchorage plan is only $129,900! 20’ X 76’ with arctic insulation package, oval soaker tub and stainless steel appliances. July delivery still available;


Manufactured Homes

GRANDVIEW MODULAR HOMES NOW OPEN IN RED DEER! Showcasing high-end homes from Grandeur Housing and Palm Harbor Homes. Inquire about opening specials; 1-855-347-0417. 7925B - 50 Ave., Red Deer NEW & PREOWNED Modular homes for immediate delivery! Take advantage of our Moduline Showhome sell off and receive a $1500 gift card. Offer extended until June 30! www. or call 1-855-380-2266

Lots For Sale


15 RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOTS, Vulcan, Alberta. Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. Selling by Unreserved Auction, July 18 from Lethbridge. 25 Bareland Condo Units as 8 lots + 7 single lots. Simon Wallan 780-831-8529; Greg Cripps - Re/Max 403-391-2648;

Mortgages Bought/Sold


BANK SAID NO? Bank on us! Equity Mortgages for purchases, debt consolidation, foreclosures, renovations. Bruised credit, self-employed, unemployed ok. Dave Fitzpatrick: 587-437-8437, Belmor Mortgage

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Tires, Parts Acces.


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Moving & Storage


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Personal Services

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Our paper is delivered to homes weekly in the City of Red Deer. If you live outside our delivery areas or would like an extra paper, you can pick up a copy at any one of these convenient locations: Red Deer A&W- North Hill Village Mall Co-op Gas Bar, Taylor Plaza Express 24 Foodmart (Glendale) Quizno’s South Hill Mac’s (Johnstone Park) Quality Inn Parkland Mall Food Court Café Noir (Public Library) City Hall Co-op Plaza Grocery Store IDA on Ross Street Red Deer Bingo Association Recreation Center on 47A Ave. Red Deer Lodge Red Deer Public Library Jackpot Casino Macs Store at Victoria Station Lions Campground (Seasonal) Red Deer Legion College Side Bethany Red Deer County Office Maxx Store - Donlevy Ave. Red Deer College Red Deer Transit Terminal

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June 05, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Express

Red Deer Express, June 05, 2013  

June 05, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Express