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Basket weaver shares craft with local students Red Deer College welcomes international artists to annual summer series BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express


ed Deerians learned the ins and outs of basket weaving last week at a special course held at Red Deer College. Crys Harse, basket weaver and metalsmith, taught a course entitled ‘Natural Willow Basketry’ at RDC as part of their Series – Summer Arts School. She has taught at the College consistently since 2000. Harse is also an award-winning metalsmith with a passion for surface texture. Her interests include vessel-making and smallscale sculpture. Initially a basket maker, she is exploring connections between metalsmithing and basketry along with her ongoing work with etched and wrinkled surfaces. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, is in numerous private collections, and has been featured in different publications. Harse began to learn the art of basket weaving in 1983 when she was initially taught. “Somebody showed me how to do it and after that I’m self-taught. Since then I’ve taken workshops with people from England, Switzerland, Germany, Japan and North America. I’ve also visited willow farms in England, Italy and France.” Harse added she hopes the trend of basket weaving catches on again. “Crafts come and go. Things like basket weaving have had a good run at it for a good 15-20 years and then something else takes over and then it will come back.” She added she enjoys the art of basket weaving from start to finish. “I can go out to the river, I can pick the materials and out of a pile of sticks I can make something that I can use and that I can give to people. It gives joy to people,” she said. “It’s unbelievable when you see what you’ve accomplished. You just pick it up and they have a life of their own – they always creak a little bit – they talk. And everyone has some type of basket in their home. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a basket.” Her interest in basket weaving came at an early age.

“I always have to make things. I was a nurse and midwife when I graduated from school and in England midwives were always teachers, so I’ve literally taught all my life.” Harse has many opportunities to show off her skills and to teach others. Earlier this month she demonstrated her craft at the Calgary Stampede. “I was demonstrating for about nine hours on the last day and a man came to me and said ‘You’re weaving an Indian basket’ and then another guy came and said ‘That is an Italian basket’. All over the world where willows grow, people tend to make the same type of baskets and it’s just nostalgic.” According to Wikipedia while basket weaving is one of the widest spread crafts in history, it is hard to say just how old the craft is because natural materials like wood, grass and animal remains decay naturally and constantly. Without proper preservation, much of the history of basket making has been lost and is simply speculated upon. The oldest known baskets dates back to between 10,000 and 12,000 years old and were discovered in Egypt. Other baskets have been discovered in the Middle East and are up to 7,000 years old. Wikipedia also states that during the Industrial Revolution, baskets were used in factories and for packing and deliveries. Wicker furniture reportedly became fashionable in Victorian society. During the World Wars, thousands of baskets were used for transporting messenger pigeons. There were also observational balloon baskets, baskets for shell cases and airborne pannier baskets used for dropping supplies of ammunition and food to the troops. The technique of weaving has been passed along, re-discovered, and expanded upon throughout the years, and is still being expanded upon today. Baskets were at one time used simply for storage. Meanwhile, as for being an instructor, Harse said she enjoys teaching students new and experienced. “I like teaching beginners but I also like those who come back and learn more.”

ART FORM – Crys Harse demonstrates the art of basket weaving at Red Deer College last week, during a stint at Series – Summer Arts School.

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Local students enjoy summer program at U of A Two young local Red Deerians are getting the opportunity to advance their skills via a summer research program. Emilee Anderson and Shawna Dawson are among only 40 Grade 11 students chosen from across Canada to work in University of

Alberta research labs this summer. They are taking part in the U of A’s 29th annual Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) Summer Research Program. Anderson and Dawson both attend Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High

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people of both genders to explore less traditional careers in engineering, science and technology, building their confidence and enthusiasm for scientific enquiry in these fields, as well as a desire to contribute to research vital to Alberta’s leading role as a knowledge centre in Canada. The summer research program takes place on the U of A campus from July 2 to Aug. 14. The students spend six weeks working as members of research teams gaining hands-on experience

that allows them to explore their interests and assists in choosing careers. This year they are involved with projects in the Faculties of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry and Science. To enhance their journeys into research, the students meet weekly to discuss their experiences and explore other opportunities for learning, such as presentations, lab tours and group discussions with women and men working in less traditional career roles.

The overwhelming success of the University of Alberta’s WISEST program is supported by surveys that show more than 85% of former program participants have pursued or are currently pursuing, studies in sciences, medicine or engineering. Careers in these fields are what the Alberta and federal governments consider pivotal jobs for the 21st century. WISEST has also received many national and international awards for its innovative approach to learning. - Fawcett


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Petition for Michener continues to grow More than 20,000 Albertans have signed the petition urging the Redford government to keep Red Deer’s Michener Centre open for the 125 developmentally disabled adults and seniors who have called it home for decades. “Monumental, that’s how I would describe this campaign,” said AUPE President Guy Smith. “More petition signatures have been collected since April than votes for both Red Deer MLAs in the last provincial election combined.” The vast majority of petition signatures have come from Red Deer. “The amount of support for the Keep Michener Open movement is among the largest I’ve seen in my time as AUPE president. When you mention Michener Centre, Albertans know the issue and understand the need for a home like this to be there for those who require it,” said Smith. “It takes no convincing, they sign the petition right away. “Michener has won numerous provincial awards for the good services it provides. Closing it is about money, not about care and that’s not right.” Smith said it’s now time the premier listen to the community and reverse the decision to close Michener.


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Pride events to take place in City this weekend BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Members of Central Alberta’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transsexual community will take part in the areas first pride events this weekend. The events are organized by a small group of volunteers calling themselves Central Alberta Pride. The event will kick off with a nod from Mayor Morris

Flewwelling on Friday, with a mayoral proclamation, at 5 p.m. at City Hall Park. “I think it’s more about feeling safe and involved in your community and if your mayor and government are willing to proclaim a Pride Day in your community it means a lot,” said Kristol Gallivan, one of the event organizers with Central Alberta Pride. “Calgary and Edmonton both have pride events, so we are just looking to extend our community with both queer

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AMENDMENTS TO THE MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Bylaw No. 2013/17 - to amend the Municipal Development Plan, Bylaw No. 2012/26. The purpose of the bylaw is to amend Map 1, Future Growth Areas Concept Map, and the Road Network and Future Improvements map included in Appendix A, Reference Maps. Text amendments to provide for clarity in relation to the interpretation of the policies along with some clerical type corrections are also included.

ADOPT A LOCAL AREA STRUCTURE PLAN Bylaw No. 2013/18 – a bylaw to adopt a Local Area Structure Plan for SE 28-36-28-4. The purpose of this Local Area Structure Plan (LASP) is to facilitate the creation of a 54.71-acre bare agricultural parcel that is severed from the remainder of the quarter section by the C&E Trail. The property is located approximately 2 miles southwest of the Town of Penhold on Twp Rd 264 and the C&E Trail.

The hearing will be conducted under the chairmanship of the County Mayor for the purpose of hearing comments on the proposed bylaws. 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 these bylaws 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 Bylaw No. 2013/17 - a copy of the Municipal Development Plan, Bylaw No. 2012/26 - a copy of Bylaw No. 2013/18 and the proposed LASP 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.


‘I’M FROM EDMONTON AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO START A CONVERSATION HERE IN RED DEER ABOUT TOLERANCE AND GET THE COMMUNITY GROWING.’ KRISTOL GALLIVAN Later that evening, drag queen performances will include the Empress of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch, Argintina Hailey-Dior, as well as drag king performances from Calgary’s Fake Mustache Drag King Troupe. “It’s going to be a great show and we’re hoping that it will sell out so make sure you’re there early. The drag kings will be dressing up as men which is rare to see in this area,” explains Gallivan. “The proceeds from the show will be going to pride next year, in hopes of making next year’s event even stronger.” To finish off the string of events, a multi-faith service will be held at the Cronquist House at Bower Ponds on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. with a Central Alberta Pride Family Friendly BBQ to follow. Supporters of the event include many local businesses such as DOSE Coffee, giving a dollar off any purchase on Aug. 9th, 15% off Talk of the Town clothing, and Mr. Mikes has sponsored the family friendly BBQ. “In the future we want to have a parade route from to Edmonton to Calgary and hope to get more support from our community,” said Gallivan. “I think that this weekend will more or less establish a sense of community. I’m from Edmonton and I think that we need to start a conversation here in Red Deer about tolerance and get the community growing.”

On the 6th day of August, 2013, under provisions of the Land Use Bylaw 2006/6, Red Deer County Municipal Planning Commission issued decisions approving the following applications: Permitted Use BOWDEN 1.

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A PUBLIC HEARING prior to further consideration of the proposed bylaws WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 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).

and non-queer members.” The events continue into the weekend with the Fruit Float down the Red Deer River on Saturday. Planning to launch from Fort Normandeau and land at McKenzie Trails, the river float is meant for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer members of the community as well as friends and family. “We will be meeting at McKenzie Trails at 11 a.m., so if any one needs a ride to Fort Normandeau meet us there and from there we will head to Fort Normandeau,” said Gallivan. Following the river ride at 8 p.m., the Dirrty and Drag show at The Vat will commence. The show will feature the local adult comedy group, The Dirrty Show, who sing about all things “dirrty and hilarious.”

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OPINION Downtown flourishes Red Deer’s downtown core has seemed to come alive over the past number of years. This summer is proving to be no exception as numerous events are taking place in the area and more and more people are finding themselves enjoying the heart of the City. The Ross Street Patio has proven to be a success. On most nice days Red Deerians can be seen enjoying the patio whether it’s over the lunch hour or anytime throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Feedback has been tremendously positive from both residents and business owners. It’s now impossible to imagine downtown without it. The Downtown Market on Little Gaetz on Wednesdays is also garnering more interest each week. Local food vendors set up shop and residents are not only thrilled to support local growers, but it’s also an opportunity to stock up on fresh goods in the middle of the week as well. Food Truck Fridays also takes place on Ross St. where Cool Beans is located each Friday. A number of local food trucks gather over the lunch hour and serve out delicious homemade dishes. More and more people can be seen taking advantage of this unique service each and every week. Of course there are also the annual events such as the hugely popular Cen-

treFest which features performers from around the world. This family-friendly event recently took place in the heart of the downtown and many Central Albertans took in the events. Still to come is Fiestaval which is a celebration of all things Latin. This event takes place Aug. 17 in the City’s downtown and it is a free event that includes authentic music which really gets participants moving. Festival-goers also have the opportunity to learn to salsa dance, taste delicious food and purchase Latin wares. It’s a lively event that is sure to please and it’s a great introduction to the Latin American culture and a way to bring people together. This year there were also a few special events that were held downtown including the Barn Dance which was part of the ongoing centennial celebrations and Westerner Days. Lots of people took in this event. It was a great opportunity for people to chat and spend time together. What is neat about all of the events is that not only does it encourage people to visit the City’s downtown, but it provides an opportunity for people to just visit and get to know one another. These events are helping the City become a stronger community. We encourage all Red Deerians to take part and support as many of these types of events as possible.

Tips towards the successful launch of a new school year If you visualize time off school during the summer months as a mountain, you may or may not be pleased to realize that you are more or less at the peak, and will soon be making the climb down the other side to another new school year. Depending on how productive your children are over the summer months, how much juggling you are doing between your schedule and theirs, how quickly they become bored and how much extra effort you are putting into entertaining them, this journey may feel like a quick sprint or a laborious descent with many obstacles along the way. Regardless, August is a time of preparation - both physically and psychologically. Although most students prefer to wait until


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unpacked, that notes and other paraphernalia have been sorted, thrown out or filed (do this with your child, if possible). Consider what’s still good enough to be recycled for next year and which supplies need to be replenished - make a list. Catch up on medical or dental appointments that are more difficult to fit in during the school year. Begin researching and sign up for extra curricular activities. If your child wants to attend with friends, talk to other parents, look into car pooling arrangements, consider how well balanced school and extra curricular activities will be. Three weeks before school begins - if your children have been separated from their school friends

during the summer months by choice or because of attending different programs, this is a good time to encourage them to reconnect - preferably in person. Gently reawaken your child’s brain by exposing him or her to academic worksheets. You can purchase these or print worksheets off the Internet. Some students even benefit from meeting with tutors who can review subjects that were more difficult in his or her previous grade Two weeks before school begins - begin talking about and normalizing your child’s anxieties or apprehension about the new school year. Remind them that even teachers are nervous around this time of year. Begin back to school shopping for supplies or

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clothing, if necessary Encourage your child to place 14 sticky notes on his or her wall, numbered 1 to 14. Each day leading up to the beginning of school, remove the sticky note corresponding to the number of days remaining and throw away. This creates a visual reminder of the number of days remaining before school begins and helps them prepare for school by bringing closure to their summer holidays One week before school begins - go to the school and take a picture of your child outside. I took photographs of my daughters at the same spot outside their school every year so that I could compare changes in them from year to year. If your child is going to be walking or bussing to and from school, review di-

rections and safety skills. If your child has special needs that were not noted at the end of last school year, or needs special accommodations, school personnel are typically in the office during the week prior to school beginning, so this would be a good time to call or visit. Begin earlier bed and waking times so that your child can reset his or her internal time clock. Arrange a family meeting to review back to school guidelines such as use of electronics at school and at home, curfews, household and for older children, work responsibilities. If you’ve followed these steps, and perhaps added your own, you’ll be all set days before school begins. Sara Dimerman has been an individual, couple and family therapist for over 20 years.


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Murder Mystery returns to Cronquist House BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express The 1920’s have made their return to Red Deer this month with an open invitation to the Cronquist House for the upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Aug. 9th and 23th. For the cost of $40, which includes cocktails, appetizers, dinner, desserts, coffee and the chance to hone your detective skills, you will be blasted to the past to try to discover who committed a heinous murder, organizers say. Those wishing to join must pre-register with the Cronquist House, at which time they will be given a character for the evening that they will play. “You can come in and see us and get your character ahead of time,” said Sarah Fergusson, summer events coordinator for the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society. “That way you’ll have your costume prepared and ready to go for the evening of the Murder Mystery.” This plot was chosen by Fergusson and Delores

Coghill, manager of the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, for the time period in which the event takes place and its location in a haunted 1920’s mansion. With the history based around the Cronquist House, including rumours of spirits of Emmanuel and Elias Cronquist and others in period dress said to live in the house that was originally built in 1911, it was a perfect fit. “People will get their first envelope before dinner in which it will say who they should suspect, then after the murder will happen and people must begin to try to figure out who did it,” said Fergusson. “Then after the third round, people begin to speculate, they’ll be having coffee and dessert and they will begin to turn against each other until they find out who the murderer is.” The plot takes twists and turns as the owners of the ‘haunted mansion’ invite important members of the community to stay at their newly reopened bed and breakfast that was previ-

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ously shut down for an unusually large volume of paranormal activities. After the guests arrive, the owners are then mysteriously called away to tend to other matters, leaving their guests at the mercy of the haunted house and in the throws of a murderous adventure. “We hope people get really into it, and hope for a lot of ad-libbing and a lot of fun,” said Coghill. “People don’t have

dinner parties or throw grand balls any more, so to have something that people can get dressed up for and come down and participate in is very exciting and a great way to meet new people.” To purchase a ticket for the Murder Mystery Dinner Party, visit the Cronquist House between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or call 403346–0055.

MURDER MADAMS - Delores Coghill and Sarah Fergusson are the organizers of the Murder Mystery held at the Cronquist Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express House on Aug. 9th and 16th.

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Remembering the rain-soaked summer of ‘53 This summer has been quite an exciting one with all the celebrations of the centennial of the incorporation of the City of Red Deer, as well as other Central Alberta communities such as Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Delburne and Gull Lake. The summer of 1953 was also full of significant events such as the declaration of a cease fire for the Korean War, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the discovery of oil at Joffre northeast of Red Deer, the resumption of flight training at the re-activated Penhold airbase and the sod turning for the new Red Deer Curling Rink by Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent. Weather-wise, the year started off quite well. The winter of 1952-1953


DAWE had been a relatively mild one. Spring arrived, as usual, in late March and early April. In the words of a local newspaper editor, “The bluebirds and the robins, the pussy willows and the crocuses and the golfers and the gophers are all here.” The last frost struck on May 24. While not a particularly welcome event, having a frost in the latter part of May was by no means unusual. The next day, it began to

rain - 8.9 mm fell that day. Then the skies began to really open up. It rained most days in June, with as much as 20 mm falling at a time. July was just as wet or wetter than June. Over the two months, the newspapers reported that more than 350 mm had fallen. The annual Benalto Stampede suffered badly from the wet weather. So did the annual Red Deer Fair, with attendance dropping by nearly 40%. Fortunately, the newly constructed Red Deer Arena provided some welcome indoor exhibit space. The Municipal District of Red Deer (the predecessor to Red Deer County) reported that most rural roads were deplorable and some were literally impassable. While the near constant rain was blamed,

the local councilors also reported that the seismic vehicle traffic, boosted by the emerging oil boom, compounded the problem. Conditions were not much better in the City. Red Deer was enjoying the start of a building boom, but the construction sites were generally muddy messes. The City had trouble keeping up with the construction of roads, sidewalks and sewers, making it difficult to get around the newer areas of the community. The lack of a proper storm sewer system meant that residents frequently faced sewage back-up into their basements. Mayor Paul Crawford bluntly stated that conditions were challenging enough without City council taking the

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lems with lodging and second growth. Overall, the harvest was down sharply from 1952. However, many pointed out that the previous year had been the fourth largest crop in Alberta history, so comparisons were a bit unfair. The first killing frost hit on Sept. 25, but famers reported that they had managed to complete more than two-thirds of the harvest by early October. Fortunately, there was virtually no rain in November, and little snow until almost Christmastime. What could have turned into a pretty bad year, turned into a fair one for farmers and a great one for others with the arrival of the oil and gas boom.


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blame for all the rain as well. Most gardens were mediocre. Mid-August turned somewhat warmer and drier. However, Hugh Gilchrist, head of the City Parks Department, commented that it was too late in the season to make much difference. Then, near the end of the month, the heavy rains returned again. The big Air Show, which had been organized in conjunction with Air Force Day in September, had to be cancelled because of miserable weather. There was some good fall weather which greatly helped the local farmers with the harvest. Nevertheless, the crops were heavy and there were lots of prob-


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BATTLING EROSION: City crews repairing the erosion next to the W.E. Lord house at 4706 55 St. by piling old car bodies along the edge of Waskasoo Creek. There had been bad floods Red Deer Archives Mg-34-16-14 on the creek in both 1952 and 1953.



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CITY BRIEFS TRAFFIC LIGHT ON 30 AVE. The lights along 30 Ave. between 32 St. and 55 St. have switched over to fixed time synchronization for north and southbound traffic during peak hours. The pilot project will modify the signal timing at intersections along 30 Ave. to fixed time between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 and 5:30 p.m. over the next four weeks. The change to fixed time means green time at intersections will be fixed for a constant duration regardless of the varying traffic volumes to increase the likelihood drivers will get more green lights along this stretch of road. “This pilot is to provide improved vehicle movement along one of our heavier used streets,” said Frank Colosimo, manager of engineering services. The City will measure the performance of the new fixed time system by reviewing the travel times and delays along 30 Ave. compared to the current system.

ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has 11 health care related scholarships that are given out annually in excess of $20,000. The Foundation gives out scholarships in a variety of health care educational pursuits, including cardiology, respiratory health, hospice palliative care, nursing, pediatrics and many more. All scholarships are listed on the Foundation’s web site

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by Mark Weber up at City Hall, Collicutt Centre, Culture Services Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre and the Recreation Centre. Registration for all City programs in the guide begins at 8 a.m. on Aug. 13. Registration may be done in any of three ways - online at the looknbook page: www., by phone at 403-309-8411, or in person at Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre or Recreation Centre. First time telephone registration and looknbook users are encouraged to set up their PINs before Aug. 13 to ensure they have all the necessary information before registration begins. For more assistance, call 403-309-8411 during business hours.

at Applications are accepted until Sept. 15. Students must reside or their permanent address is within 100 kms of Red Deer. Applications and further information about the scholarships can be found online at scholarships or by contacting the Foundation office at 403-343-4773.

FEEDBACK ON CYCLING Red Deer has lots of choices for cyclists to get around, and the City wants to hear what works best in the community. Whether it’s multi-use tails, recreation trails or onstreet facilities, finding out what works for everyone is a part of the commuter bike pilot program. A report will be presented to council this September and one of the ways the project is being evaluated is community feedback from 2011, 2012 and 2013. A number of changes were made this year and last year based on community feedback. Residents have until Aug. 19 to complete the survey. For more information or to fill out the survey go to

TICKETS FOR UNITED WAY KICK-OFF Tickets for the United Way kick-off luncheon are available. The event, slated for the Sheraton Hotel, runs Sept. 12. Join us for lunch on Sept. 12, where we promise there will be laughter and maybe some heartfelt tears from the powerful stories of those who have been helped. Tickets are now available for individuals or businesses at $50 per seat or $400 per table of eight. Anyone interested in attending can purchase tickets online at www.caunitedway. ca or call the United Way of Central Alberta office at 403-343-3900. Be sure to wear your best red attire to create a sea of support for this year’s campaign.

FALL ACTIVITY GUIDE DELIVERED TO HOMES The Fall 2013 Community Services Activity and Program Guide will be available for viewing on the City’s website at 8 a.m. on Aug. 5. It will be delivered to homes in Red Deer County on Aug. 8 and to homes in Red Deer on Aug. 9. Copies may also be picked

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BASHAW MAN FOUND On July 27th William Graham was reported missing from Mirror. On Aug. 4th RCMP located Graham deceased in his vehicle near Nevis Alberta. A full investigation is being conducted by the RCMP, however, foul play is not suspected.

CHARGES LAID AFTER CRASH A Red Deer man has been charged after a crash on a Central Alberta highway. On Aug. 3rd at 9:33 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP along with the Sylvan Lake Fire Department and Associated Ambulance attended the scene of a three-vehicle collision on Hwy. 11 just west of RR 15 (west of Sylvan Lake). At the scene, police discovered a Jeep Liberty upside down in the north ditch and a heavily damaged GMC pickup truck on the south shoulder. Investigation determined the east bound GMC crossed the centerline on the highway and collided with the west bound Jeep. The driver and lone occupant of the Jeep, an 80-year-old female from Red Deer was injured and transported by EMS to the Red Deer Regional Hospital. She has since been released from the hospital. The driver of the truck, 35-year-old Anthony Richard Watts from Red Deer was un-injured. Watts has been charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm as well as transporting liquor in an open container. The third involved vehicle had been following the Jeep and was struck by debris from the truck after the initial collision. No injuries were reported from the occupants of this vehicle. Alcohol was a factor in this collision.

MAN CHARGED AFTER ERRATIC DRIVING A Ponoka man is facing numerous charges after an incident in the City’s north end. On July 31 beginning at 4:30 p.m. the Red Deer City RCMP

TrafďŹ c Unit received a number of complaints of a male driving erratically, striking vehicles and pedestrians in the north area of the City. There were three vehicles and two pedestrians struck by the suspect vehicle with numerous others placed at risk. The pedestrians that were struck by the suspect vehicle obtained minor injuries. The suspect vehicle had caused substantial property damage. As a result of the public’s assistance in providing the direction of travel and location of the vehicle, a 34-year-old man was taken into custody. As part of the investigation it was learned that leading up to the erratic driving pattern there was a female passenger in the suspect vehicle who was threatened and being held against her will by the driver. She was eventually able to escape. Joseph Paul Donovan of Ponoka, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, assaulting a police ofďŹ cer and forcible conďŹ nement. He has also been charged with six counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, two counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of uttering threats.

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MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED ON BIKE PATHS The RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who allegedly assaulted a man walking on the City’s bike paths. On July 29 at 12 p.m. a Red Deer resident was walking near the boat launch at Bower Ponds when it is alleged he was attacked by an unknown person. The victim was struck repeatedly, causing injury to his face and head. The suspect stole the victim’s sunglasses and hat before eeing. The victim was injured as a result and sought medical attention. Anyone with information that can assist the police in their investigation is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at



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fyi EVENTS The Choral Singers Unite Society is seeking new and enthusiastic singers for our upcoming 2013-2014 season. We are made up of three choirs and one acappella vocal ensemble including anyone from Grade 1 through age 100+! All choirs begin rehearsals in September but registration and auditions will be conducted through the summer. It’s Time Vocal Ensemble and the ihana youth choir meet at First CRC on Mondays and Tuesdays respectively. The Brioso children’s choir and Soliloquy adult choir meet at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Thursdays. Interested? Check us out online: www.csusreddeer. com or call Lisa for more information 403-318-9205. Do you love music? Do you like to sing? Please consider joining the Red Deer Chamber Singers under the capable direction of Sharon and Sadie Braun. This adult mixed choir will begin preparation for the 20th Anniversary version of the Renaissance Feast which will be held in late November. The group’s repetoire consists of classical, folk and pop. Practices are held on Tuesday evenings, commencing Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., at Sunnybrook United Church, 12 - Stanton Street, Red Deer. Contact Sadie Braun at 403-347-5166 for further information. On Aug. 24th on Ross St. in downtown Red Deer there’s the Charity Show & Shine with all proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society & Red Deer Food Bank. Raffle: Retro Coke Fridge, silent auction & open stage. Two shows by award-winning Elvis impersonator Robin Kelly. Pancake Breakfast & BBQ by Red Deer Food Bank in P4 Kids activity area in City Hall Park. We are expecting 400 - 700 cars and motor-cycles, classics, special in-terest and vintage. Mid-day Motorcycle run & evening Car Cruise with (weather permitting) a Drive in Movie for registered vehicles. The Cronquist House Tea House

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at Bower Po Ponds is now open for lunch and te tea from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 403-3460055 to make a reservation. Central Alberta Singles dance runs Aug. 10 at Penhold Hall. 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 or Bob and 403-304-7440. Additional dances will be held Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28. The Ladies of Sunnybrook Farm Museum are present-ing their annual lunch at the Farm events between noon and 3

Aug. 17. Music by Hot Spur and Randy Hillman. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Continuous music at 8 to 1 a.m. Cost $15 at the door. 403-341-7653 or 403-304-7440. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) will be holding their monthly Ambassador Program Breakfast Aug. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Quality Inn North Hill, 7150 50 Ave. There will be a presentation by Laurie Phillips who is a teacher from Terrace Ridge School in Lacombe. She will talk on her experiences collaborating with the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Outreach and the positives that it has brought to her students and fellow teachers. Laurie’s presentation

will take place on Aug. 24. The Berry Architecture Wellness Ride is fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Central Alberta Brain Injury Society. The ride winds though the beautiful Central Alberta countryside. People can cycle for either 25, 50 or 100k. The registration fee for the ride is $25 ($35 after July 31). Each rider must have $200 in donations in support of their participation by the day of the ride. For more information, and to download registration forms, please see or call CMHA at 403-342-2266. Bashaw Community Theatre presents “Godspell, the legendary musical based on

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The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is looking for volunteers to help sell hotdogs and smokies at the Sobeys South location 2110 50 Ave. (Aug. 10-11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) We are in need of three volunteers per day. If you are interested in this exciting fundraising/ volunteer opportunity please contact Kelly at the RDRWA office 403-340-7379 for further details. If you are unable to volunteer, but would still like to contribute to a healthy watershed we would invite you to come out and support us by purchasing a hotdog or smokie. Bring your friends out too! The Central Alberta Singles Club invites everyone (married and single) to the annual dance at the Innisfail Legion Hall on

Gaetz and Sunnybrook United Churches present United Kids Camp 2013 – WWW – Wonderful World of Water. It runs Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages five to 11. It takes place at Gaetz Memorial United Church. Join us for five half days packed with games, crafts, Bible stories, music with water as our theme. Parent and youth volunteers are welome. To register, call 403-347-2244 or 403-3476073. Registration forms are available on the Gaetz or Sunnybrook facebook page as well. Cost is a freewill offering. Registrations are now being accepted for the 2013 Berry Architecture Wellness Ride which

Writers’ Ink the writers group for Red Deer and District, meets to share, encourage, critique and learn with each other. We meet every Tuesday year-round 7 – 9 p.m. at Sunnybrook Farm, 470130th St. Small membership and drop-in fee, guest free first 3 meetings. Contact: (403) 3093590 or ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have experienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Shirley at 403-343-7678 or Gloria at 403-754-1655. Independent Achievers, ‘Business Women Network-ing Together’ will be having their monthly luncheon meeting every second Thursday of the month from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Email reservations@ to confirm attendance the Monday before each luncheon.


will highlight some of the experiences the school shared with our outreach staff on their day wading in on learning about watersheds. RSVP to: info@ or call Kelly at 403340-7379 by noon on Aug. 14.

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.

the gospel of Matthew” Aug.2:51 AM 30/11/12 28/02/13 10:17 PM 23 & Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church, Red Deer. Admission $20. For tickets call Gaetz Memorial United Church Office 403347-2244 or online www.

MEETINGS Red Deer Celiac Support Group our meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at Sobeys South, 5111-22 St. in the Coffee Lounge at 7 p.m. Information on Celiac disease, symptoms, diagnosing, gluten free diet, gluten free products, recipes, cof-fee and samples. Meetings for 2013 – Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19. For more in-formation, in Red Deer, call Fay at 430347-3248, Clarice 403-341-4351 or email Red DeerCeli-acs@ for informa-tion. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We

An Amputee Support Group Meeting, sponsored by the Alberta Amputee Sport and Recreation Association 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. Alberta Women’s Insti-tute has monthly meetings; Hillsdown (second Monday, 403-3470100); Leslieville (second Wednesday, 403-729-2420). Senior-friendly, low im-pact ‘dancercise’ runs at the Golden Circle Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ‘Sit and Be Fit’ runs Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 343-6074. Addict in the Family Support Group is a confidential, professionallyfacilitated support group. Meetings run every second Thursday at 4920 – 54 St. from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 403-342-0895.

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Music and family fun at Daines annual ‘pick-nic’ Coming up to four decades, the popular event is still going strong BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express The 37th annual Ivan Daines Friends & Heroes Country Music Pick-nic runs Aug. 7-11 on the Daines Ranch & Rodeo Grounds located 6 km north of Innisfail. Organizer Ivan Daines can hardly believe the event has been running for nearly four decades. “Time flies when you are having fun, I guess,” he chuckles. “Where has the time gone? There have been so many fine singers and players come through – famous and not-so-famous -- but great talents.” There will be lots of great music this year including Randi Boulton, Bobby Wills, Tera Lee, Eli Barsi, Denver Daines, Alee

& Laureen, Cassie Cinnamon, Dean Ray, Darlene Olson and many more. There is even a Calgary-based Beatles tribute band by the name of All You Need Is Love. There will also be the Canadian Championship Horse Training Contest, plus cowboy church and a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. There’s also a ‘tailgate’ sale where people set up shop and sell various wares to other pick-nic goers. There is also free camping and parking with a gate ticket as well, plus beer gardens. As to the origins of the event, Ivan recalls getting injured at the Lethbridge rodeo years back. He was staying with a friend by the name of Jim Gladstone

“I THOUGHT HOW NEAT IT WOULD BE IF WE HAD MUSIC ON A HILLSIDE AND WORKED IN SOME COWBOY/COWGIRL EVENTS.” IVAN DAINES and the guys checked out a Johnny Cash show that evening. “I thought how neat it would be if we had music on a hillside and worked in some cowboy/cowgirl events. That’s where it actually started. We started the next year, and it was very small. We actually used a car’s headlights for light.” Today, the popular event attracts all kinds of artists and includes various rodeo events as well. Ivan, a musician himself, will be hitting the stage too.

He penned a tune about the recent floods that devastated the province in June. The song - Alberta Flood 2013 - can be heard on YouTube, where Ivan also encourages folks to donate to the Red Cross to support rebuilding and recovery efforts. Much of his own musical skills were honed on the rodeo trail over the years; there is a strong tradition of music being intertwined with rodeo culture. And his talent has touched a lot of people, including Princes William

and Harry who sent an official letter thanking him for writing a song about their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. This year, he really wanted to emphasize the efforts of those who helped with flood recovery and recognize those impacted by the disaster as well. To that end, there is a free concert

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TRAVEL Mexico offers natural beauty and rich culture

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By Deanna Morin Special to the Express In Mexico, in the Mayan Riviera, you will find a beautiful little city called Playa del Carmen and you’re going to want to go there! This was our second time to this tropical paradise, but the first time that my husband and I were joined by our 11-year-old daughter, Madison. We went for nine full days and stayed at an ‘all-inclusive’ in downtown Playa del Carmen, just steps from the famous 5th Avenue shopping district. Once there, we carefully selected our tours for the week. We chose to book our excursions on our resort, which I also

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recommend, and was so glad we did! We had to reschedule last minute due to minor illness and they were very accommodating. First up was snorkeling. We had gone snorkeling in Cenotes before, but this time we opted for snorkeling along the second largest reef in the world – right in Bahia Petempich National Park, with a company called ‘The Original Snorkeling Adventure’. They brought us out to two different reefs; one we went to twice to check out the different colours the sun’s reflection produces on the reef. There was a lunch break between the trips out along their section of the beach. It was clean, comfortable and all-inclusive. My only recommendation is to not go

on a windy day – the waves are bigger, making it harder to relax in the water. Also it made me leave a little deposit in the ocean! The second excursion was one my daughter really wanted to do - swim with dolphins. We went to Dolphinaris Park right in the Mayan Riviera. Madison was the participant and we observed. I actually regret not participating, as it looked so fun once I was there. She touched them, swam on them, kissed them and loved every minute of it. The photos they took were crazy expensive and the food was mediocre, but the rest of the experience was perfect. Shopping on 5th Avenue was an adventure in itself; the shopkeep-

ers are very eager for your attention and business and can get quite unnerving. If you don’t like bartering, I recommend you stick to the stores that give receipts and have air conditioning! There are many restaurants, bars and ice cream shops as well. The Italian gelato was my favourite. We hit the Walmart to restock sunscreen and to get food items that are unique to Mexico; it was only a 10-minute walk from the beach downtown. Two years ago, we stayed in

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Playacar, a relatively new development, just on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen. The beach here is superior to downtown, as it is not eroding and has fewer rough shells. Playacar also has more natural vegetation and we saw many iguanas and other small animals. So, depending on what you’re into, both of these destinations are well worth the money you will invest. Yes, I said ‘invest’ as the returns will justify the expense.

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Singer/songwriter deepens creative exploration Tunes from Northcote’s latest project will be featured at The Vat BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Victoria-based singer/songwriter Matt Goud (aka Northcote) drops by The Vat Aug. 13. The show will be in support of his latest self-titled CD, which was released this past spring through Black Box Recordings. The band is heading out onto the prairies for the next while to reconnect with fans and pick up some new listeners along the way. Produced by Colin Stewart at The Hive in Vancouver, the latest record is his most confident disc to date. From the full-fledged bluster of opening cut How Can You Turn Around, the infectious When You Cry to other gems like Find Our Own Way, the disc breaks new ground and it’s clear Goud isn’t wary of exploring all kinds of styles and genres. The Only One Who Knows My Name is mesmerizing in its sheer melodic uniqueness. Burn Right Past Them All showcases his ability to pen songs full of imagery with a strong storytelling knack. Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, his early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on radio and the hymns he learned at his church. However, it wasn’t until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing power. “We were raised going to church every week, so that’s how I was forced to sing in public,” he laughs. “In my teen years, I got into punk music and it kind of blew my mind.” There was much about it that clicked with him, from its raw, robust energy to the differing world views that it presented to him lyrically. “It was the first time I started thinking about things like animal rights and homophobia – I’d never heard about those things before in my hometown. It was kind of like an alternate universe that it took me into where I learned a lot of stuff.” He then started up a band with some friends in high school, and the guys had a solid measure of success over several years - Goud toured for years as a member of the Means. The band broke up in 2008 and Goud has since transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew



REFLECTIVE – Matt Goud will be performing new music from his recently-released self-titled CD on Aug. 13. of guests and friend musicians. He relocated to Victoria, although the prairies offers much to emerging musicians, he said. “There’s pros and cons anywhere you go, I suppose. I still feel that my creative soul is still at home on the prairies, but things have changed being an artist out here as well.” As to his latest CD, Goud further strengthens his voice as an emerging Canadian artist. Confident, full chords replace contemplative ballads, and the influence of his eclectic background of punk, soul and blues create a unique sound. Songs including Counting Down the Days and I Hope the Good Things Never Die are also more fully realized and richer than his previous efforts, replete with grooving soul drums, horns, bass-lines, atmospheric

guitar and sing-along group vocals. This album sees Goud joined by Blake Enemark on guitar, Marek Tyler on drums, Olivier Clement on horn and Calgary artist Francis Gerrard on vocals. Ultimately, Goud turns a new page with this record which was penned primarily in the passenger seat of a Dodge van parked along a seaside road in Victoria. “Most of the songs on the record I wrote in the van, because our apartment is too small and I don’t want to scare the neighbours.” Many pensive nights spent walking home from writing sessions and gigs throughout Victoria streets also helped shape a newfound confidence and connection to life as a musician for Goud, and listeners can hear this stark transformation

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in his voice. “Usually I fumble around with some chords,” he explains of his craft. “If I’m having a strong sentiment, or the chords are reminding me of something, usually I’ll go with that – like a line I can build off from. It has to be a sentiment that happens to me at that time.” And it’s not just the beauty of the west coast that sparks songwriting ideas. “I think that things that have been more inspiring are the experiences of moving to a new town and trying to find work, playing in different places and kind of pushing yourself to create a new set-up. “There are definitely moments of inspiration, but I think you have to work for them.”

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Punch Drunk Cabaret hits Bower Ponds stage this weekend BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Continuing to make their indelible mark on the local music scene, Punch Drunk Cabaret performs on the Bower Ponds Stage Aug. 11 as part of the City’s ‘Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds.’ Showtime is 2 p.m. It’s been a busy time since the band released their debut disc last year, explains Randy Bailer, who fronts the band and used to be the driving force behind another fascinating indie group called Screwtape Lewis for about a decade. Drawing on elements from ‘rockabilly, outlaw country and steampunk swing’, Punch Drunk Cabaret, who aren’t the least bit wary of trying their hand at all kinds of stylistic ventures, released their aforementioned self-titled debut early last year. These days, they are relishing their live

shows and are looking ahead to recording a new project. The guys certainly have plenty of material to mull over as that day draws closer – Bailer said 23 songs are virtually ready to land on a CD. “That’s what we are currently picking from. The strongest ones are already in the live shows, and we are gauging audience reaction,â€? he explains. “Everything we do is dictated from being a ‘live’ band. The songs we choose are largely going to be ones that go over well in a live setting. When you are an indie band, people are hearing you ‘live’ ďŹ rst. When you have music on the radio, they hear your recorded music ďŹ rst and then you have to bring the show up to that level. “For us, to get people interested in this band, it has to be through our live shows. That’s our big challenge for the next album – how do we create a project that has that spirit and personality of the live show?â€?

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Another challenge is that with a band like Punch Drunk Cabaret, their eclecticism can make selecting material a bit tougher too. “We’ve never been one style of music, so will people gravitate to the rockabilly stuff, or are they going to like the folky stuff ?â€? Whatever the case, the guys nail it all terriďŹ cally, and Bailer is passionate about all of the band’s output. Looking back, after Screwtape Lewis wrapped things up, Bailer found himself writing tunes not on behalf of a group, but for himself. He tapped into music he had ďŹ rst heard as a kid, and all kinds of inspiration surfaced. Today he notes that he’s not so much attracted to what’s happening musically in pop culture, but draws inspiration from a bevy of classic tunes from earlier eras. Punch Drunk Cabaret’s debut CD was produced by Ross Nykiforuk (Sheepdogs, Northern Pikes), and their entertaining video for their ďŹ rst single, Two Brown Bottles of Beer, was shot at the historic Bailey Theatre in Camrose. Rounding out the group are Reverend Robin Eklund on drums and Terry Saw-

bones Grant on 12-string bass. They’re all veterans whose resumes include supporting high ranking acts like Nickelback, the Tragically Hip, 54-40 and the Northern Pikes, landing national radio play, touring in the U.S. and Europe, and even appearing in an internationally released movie. Meanwhile, the band is as devoted to their loyal fans as ever. The goal is to give folks a rollicking good time, and there is nothing that can come close to that connection that crackles between performers and their audiences. Bailer also points out how Punch Drunk Cabaret’s music continues to appeal to a relatively wide demographic. He’s excited about the show at Bower Ponds as it’s a favourite place for families and it will be a chance to connect with them as well. “We see ourselves as entertainers. And we’re always trying to think of ways of how to include the audience in our shows. It’s all part and parcel. “For any creative person it’s also all about development – you just want to keep developing. The worst thing is when you stagnate.�

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Fiestaval takes over downtown Aug. 17 The

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that about the other, at first, and that’s only the beginning of the surprises in this talky but fast-moving film. As part of a plot to bring down a drug lord (Edward James Olmos) they rob a bank of some of his loot. But they end up with $43 million that belongs to another, surprising, organization whose representive (Bill Paxton) is even more ruthless than them in tracking down the money. Washington and Wahlberg work well together and bring most of the enjoyment to the movie. However, their smart banter and humourous action sequences wear a little thin by the end, and the shooting, explosions, car crashes, etc. also are sometimes overdone. While the often surprising plot twists are mostly fun, but they too over-

stay their welcome. There are just too many double crosses and dirty deals to sustain any sense of believability. It turns out that everyone in the movie is either corrupt, or they just don’t care. That said, there is still more entertainment here than most movies of this ilk, thanks to Wahlberg and Washington and some fast pacing, in one of this summer’s best popcorn movies. Rating: four deer out of five

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music, food and there are all kinds of vendors selling authentic Latin American goods as well. It’s also an opportunity to support Red Deer’s Latin community while encouraging multiculturalism among all citizens of Red Deer, organizers say. Central to its distinction is that the Fiestaval Street Festival is a free, familyoriented alternative for celebrating multicultural arts and entertainment. Organizer’s say Fiestaval’s vision is to enhance the pride and community among all citizens

of Latin America through a celebratory expression of the Latin America culture; to share the beauty of the diverse Latin American cultures with fellow citizens of Red Deer and to promote understanding and respect among all peoples making up the diverse population of Alberta. Their mission is to provide a multicultural event of excellence promoting an opportunity to experience Latin American arts, rhythms, and flavours. Check out www.fiestaval. ca. - Weber

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movements, you’ll start to unwind and forget about your worries. The tension you felt at the office will melt away as you expend your pent up frustration. Following your workout, your energy will feel renewed to face the problems that don’t seem as insurmountable any more. Exercise not only improves your health, your heart, and your body, but it’s also known to improve your mood. A good mood goes a long way in combating stress. One way exercise does this is by helping you sleep better at night. A good night’s rest eases your stress level. Second, the weight loss and increased stamina attributed to exercise can improve your self-esteem and empower you to effectively manage stress. Finally, stress stimulates the production of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which put your body on heightened alert. Exercise reduces these hormones and helps you feel calm. If you feel too busy and stressed to add one more thing to your schedule, it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities. For starters, don’t regard exercise as one more thing to add to your to-do list. Rather, make it part of a healthy lifestyle And don’t worry too much about what kind of exercise you do. When it comes to stress relief, any type of physical activity will do. It could be jogging, walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, or gardening. Or change things up to add variety and keep you engaged. Exercising with a friend may make it more enjoyable and help keep you accountable. Regardless, aim for 75 minutes a week of intense exercise or 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Mark specific time slots on your calendar and follow through. Because a little exercise goes a long way on the road of stress management. Stressed out? Give exercise a try. You may find the relief you’ve been seeking. Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.

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JONES pre-determined as several Roman Catholic senators served on the committee. That’s akin to putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Besides, the most credible witnesses I wanted to present had all died in pain. Over the years hundreds of angry readers have expressed opinions about assisted death. Most learned from the tragic experience of seeing loved ones tortured in their final days. They were tired of ethicists and others who believed their own moral code bore the stamp of the Almighty and applied to all. There are so many ironies to this debate. It’s incredible that we have a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, yet none for humans. We never let our pets suffer, yet turn a deaf ear to human cries for help. The critics of assisted death invariably use asinine reasons for denouncing it. I’ve heard ad nauseam that assisted death is a form of the Nazi extermination camp. This is a false and ludicrous comparison. Nazi executioners never gave victims the choice of

life or death. Critics also resort to the “slippery slope” argument. They howl that the elderly and sick will be quickly exterminated. But this has not happened anywhere in the world where this humanitarian option is provided. For years Holland has allowed assisted death to patients, but under strict conditions. All options for relieving pain must be exhausted. The patient’s doctor must seek the opinion of other physicians and the patient’s family must be part of the decision. No evidence has been found that Holland has become morally bankrupt as a result of this medical procedure. The blunt fact is that history shows there have been no abuses. Oregon’s legislation was passed in 1998 without triggering an epidemic of assisted deaths. Even in Switzerland, the most liberal of all nations, assisted deaths account for only 0.5% of deaths in that country. The Swiss agree it’s reassuring for patients to have assisted death available, when needed at the end of life. What I find most disturbing is that the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice claims such a law opens the door to homicide, is marketing death and is contrary to the Hippocratic Oath to save lives. This is absolute nonsense. Using this oath 2,000 years later after its origin to counter-

mand assisted death is the same as arguing we should still bore holes in skulls to let out demons. Surely doctors who witness painful death regularly, should support relief from agony at the end of life. How many times I’ve heard doctors say about a patient dying in agony, “It will be a Godsend when it’s over.” The solution is simple. The living will should be a legal document. And allow each patient to name a committee of trusted people who can then decide when it’s reasonable on humanitarian grounds to end life. My committee would include my wife, children and my physician. But I’d also add a veterinarian to apply the same logic he or she applies to end the life of a beloved dog in pain. For the ethicists, dogooders and all those with moral and religious views against assisted death, I give them my blessing to suffer as much and as long as they wish in the process of dying. Surely there is no better example of what’s wrong with The Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it currently does not allow freedom from pain on the death bed. Next week, what you should know about a Living Will and how to obtain one. See the web site For comments, info@

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Red Deer Olympian reflects on achievements BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express She has a place in Red Deer’s sports history as the first athlete from our community to represent Canada at an Olympic Games. Marcia Parsons Beckner started her speed skating career at age 11 when her figure skating coach recommended she change skates and sports. Eight years later she was wearing the maple leaf and racing in Grenoble France in 1968. “It’s in my blood, it’s something that doesn’t go away,” she said about the sport she fell in love with when she saw the straightaway on the speed skating oval in Red Deer for the first time. Her Olympic experience is chronicled in a scrapbook, chalk full of memories and momentos as a 19-year-old skater. “As an Olympic experience, as an Olympian, you’re never a former Olympian, you are an Olympian. It’s in you forever.” The luck of the draw had her skating three of four times against the current world champion which was a real treat for her and although there weren’t the large crowds on hand to cheer the skaters on she says the entire

time over in France was absolutely fabulous. “To be standing on the ice with these hot skaters was thrilling,” she said. While she is very proud of her athletic accomplishment Parsons-Beckner says at the time of her career it wasn’t as difficult to rise to the top because the small numbers of speed skaters around. She says Red Deer was a hotbed for the sport with the national championships held in our City in 1964 and of the 16 possible national champions that year, eight hailed from the Red Deer club. That club was coached by Bruno Comis who is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The very active 64-year-old is now a coach herself, instructing young speed skaters in Salmon Arm, B.C. as well as giving talks to students during Olympic years about her experience. Her 19th place finish in the 1,000 m race always comes up when students ask how she did and some are disappointed she didn’t bring home a medal, she said. “So there’s a collective sigh and then invariably one little kid will say, that’s not bad for the whole world.”

Parsons-Beckner said she was proud to be a member of a team which included another famous Red Deerian, Kevin Sirois, who was an alternate that year. She trained with him for years and was saddened when she heard he was killed while riding a bike. “Shortly after that we had our first son and his name is Kevin,” she said. Along with the memories of

Grenoble she has in her possession an official Olympic flag which was smuggled out of the athletes’ village by a cousin who had come to watch her skate. “So in the middle of the night he shinnied up one of the flag poles, got the flag, sequestered it in his coat, took it back, mailed it to me in Red Deer and when I got back it was there.” She is currently being honoured as one of our hometown he-

roes with a display at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, a building she would love to be a resident of at some point. “Oh absolutely,” she said. “I mean to be in the sport hall of fame with Kevin Sirois, it would be wonderful to be a member here.” It would be the perfect place for another of Red Deer’s accomplished athletes.

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Local equestrian vaulter prepares for championships BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Central Alberta’s Jeanine van der Sluijs is one of the veterans of the sport of equestrian vaulting which is easily described but much more difficult to be good at. “It does take a lot of practice but that’s kind of the neat part about it,” said the 26-year-old. “It makes for an exciting spectator sport.” The athletes are limited to what they can do on the back of a horse only by their imagination and skill level. “You can do all sorts of moves, facing all different directions, all the way up to skills such as cartwheels, handstands and back flips off the horse.” The relationship with the horse is probably the biggest part of equestrian vaulting because the judges are looking

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The complex issue of drug testing in sport There might be a feeling of smugness by the top rank of Major League Baseball and supporters of the game after Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 214 games for violating the league’s joint drug agreement. In addition, several other players have agreed to 50 game suspensions for their part in the Biogenesis scandal but the interesting thing is, none of those players have tested positive for drug use. Rodriguez was tested and apparently it was positive but that was never made public so we are not sure what to make of that case which was supposed to have happened around 2003 when A-Rod was a member of


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we can only assume something was up and they’d rather it go quietly into the night. All were convicted under some very good circumstantial evidence but the testing never caught these offenders. So this does raise questions about the accuracy of drug testing and the claims from the people behind the testing about how infallible they are. The urine samples required for this testing are anything but a fail-safe method as the tests are grouped together, then sent away to a lab which generally isn’t just down the road so what would be the chances of any of these samples getting mixed up, spoiled or even tampered with? Well according to the drug testers, no chance at all.

Right, and Santa and the Easter Bunny are real. There are many examples of positive tests which turn out to not be positive but unfortunately, the damage to the athlete’s career is done and the drug testers sweep it under the rug as an anomaly. Lance Armstrong never had a positive test but we all know how that went. He was one of the biggest offenders to not have been caught right away. So before we wave the flag and cheer loudly for testing catching the cheaters in MLB or any other sport, we need to really take a long hard look at the science of drug testing or maybe just drop the whole thing and let things play out. sports@reddeerexpresscom

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Keeping up with a bevy of home refurbishments I hope everyone is having an excellent summer! The weather has been pretty good; I am sporting a flip flop tan line and have consumed many smokies in the past few weeks. I have also been neglecting my house in favour of more time at the lake and more hours by the firepit and I am completely okay with it. When it comes right down to it, we have several environments that we live in and all of them need TLC every once in awhile. Whether it is our home, our camper or vacation property, our vehicle or our workspace there are several different places we


MECKLER ‘live’ in and they all vie for our attention. There are times that one space will get the lion’s share of our attention and love which can leave the others neglected. I can usually gauge my state of stress by the condition of my vehicle, it is a very accurate accounting of how much time I am

spending running around and eating on the run. I have dealt with clients over the years who approach these areas of their lives in different ways. Some will ignore the issue – those who know there is a horrifying 70’s inspired basement bathroom in their home and just shut the door and put caution tape over the entry. You know who you are; I have seen your sheepish grin as you open the door to this musty dark time machine and apologize because this room has not been a priority. Other clients will perform the start and stall;

they get a burst of creative energy and start demolishing a space that needs work. I blame home decorating shows for this where they make it look SO easy to just rip walls down and magically transform a space inside one hour. Next thing you know you are in a bind with your hands and hair full of dust and debris and you have no idea what to do next! Spaces can sometimes sit like this for months or years, naked and neglected by a distracted homeowner. These projects are started with wonderful intentions but often create a bigger problem than the home-

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owner anticipated. Another coping mechanism is rouge and lipstick. Cover it up, walk away. This is my strategy at work, if at the end of the day I still have a pile of paperwork staring at me I stack it into a neat pile, write a list and leave it on top. Stacking it up neatly does absolutely nothing to get the work done but for some reason I feel better about leaving it that way. It can be a simple area rug to cover up a hideous hardwood or stained carpet to painting out an unpleasant feature in your home. One of my homes had a lovely diagonal wall board

feature in the stairwell (hello 1977) and one day just before company came over I whipped down and painted it. Ugly boards were still there but it now had a little cosmetic help and I felt marginally better. Our time is precious and divided and we need all the strategy we can muster to keep all of our spaces in check. Feel no shame in your coping devices and enjoy when you can finally get these projects completed to your satisfaction. Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


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Watching out for mortgage fraud schemes If you’ve recently applied for a mortgage lately, you’ve likely noticed that it’s a lot more difficult now than it was last year, and especially prior to 2009. This is by design, mostly to protect the economy from a U.S. style economic failure, but also to thwart all sorts of illegal activity. As a homeowner, you need to be aware of crimes on the rise known as mortgage fraud and real estate title fraud to protect yourself. The most common type of mortgage fraud involves a criminal obtaining a property, then increasing its value through a series of sales and resales involving the fraudster and someone working in cooperation with them. A mortgage is then secured for the property based on the inflated price. Mortgage fraud - following are some red flags for mortgage fraud - someone offers you money to use your name and credit information to obtain a mortgage, you are encouraged to include false in-


TURCOTTE formation on a mortgage application, you are asked to leave signature lines or other important areas of your mortgage application blank, the seller or investment advisor discourages you from seeing or inspecting the property you will be purchasing and the seller or developer rebates you money on closing, and you don’t disclose this to your lending institution. ‘Straw Buyer’ Scheme due to the recently passed recession; more people are desperate and eager to find a way to hang onto their homes. A couple was recently arrested in Canada after duping 100 families looking for help to avoid foreclsure in the U.S. Another term for mortgage fraud is the ‘straw’ or ‘dummy’ homebuyer scheme.

For instance, a renter does not have a good credit rating or is self-employed and cannot get a mortgage, or doesn’t have a sufficient down payment, so he or she cannot purchase a home. He/she or an associate approaches someone else with solid credit. This person is offered a sum of money (can be as much as $10,000) to go through the motions of buying a property on the other person’s behalf – acting as a straw buyer. The person with good credit lends their name and credit rating to the person who cannot be approved for a mortgage for his or her purchase of a home. Other types of criminal activity often dovetail with mortgage fraud or title fraud. For example, people who run ‘grow ops’ or meth labs may use these forms of fraud to ‘purchase’ their properties. Fortunately (for you, at least), mortgage fraud typically hurts the lender the most. Canadian precedents have been set in which banks are held responsible for mortgage fraud.

The B.C. Court of Appeals recently ruled that “The lender – not the rightful property owner – is the one out of luck in a fraudulent mortgage scheme” and that lenders “Must ensure their mortgages are valid by taking steps to ensure that the registered owner obtained title to the property legally.” The same conclusion was made by the Ontario courts a couple of years ago. Banks, as you can imagine, aren’t too thrilled about this trend. Royal Bank of Canada recently sued a former bank employee over an alleged mortgage fraud scheme. Title fraud - sadly, the only red flag for title fraud occurs when your mortgage mysteriously goes into default and the lender begins foreclosure proceedings. Even worse, as the homeowner, you are the one hurt by title fraud, rather than the lender, as is the case with mortgage fraud. Unlike with mortgage fraud, during title fraud, you haven’t been approached or offered any-

in the transaction. - ask for a copy of the land title or go to a registry office and request a historical title search. - in the offer to purchase, include the option to have the property appraised by a designated or accredited appraiser. - insist on a home inspection to guard against buying a home that has been cosmetically renovated or formerly used as a grow house or meth lab. - ask to see receipts for recent renovations. - when you make a deposit, ensure your money is protected by being held ‘in trust’. - consider the purchase of title insurance. It’s important to remember that is something doesn’t seem right, it usually isn’t - always follow your instincts when it comes to red flags during the home buying and mortgage processes. Jean-Guy Turcotte is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending Centres - Regional Mortgage Group in Red Deer.


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thing – this is a form of identity theft. Here’s what happens with title fraud: A criminal – using false identification to pose as you – registers forged documents transferring your property to his/ her name, then registers a forced discharge of your existing mortgage and gets a new mortgage against your property. Then the fraudster makes off with the new home loan money without making mortgage payments. The bank thinks you are the one defaulting – and your economic downfall begins. Following are ways you can protect yourself from title fraud: - view the property you are purchasing in person. - check listings in the community where the property is located – compare features, size and location to establish if the asking price seems reasonable. - make sure your representative is a licensed real estate agent. - beware of a real estate agent or mortgage broker who has a financial interest





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INNISFAIL TRUCK RANCH Required to manage a sales staff selling both new and used vehicles. Only candidates with proven track record in vehicle sales and vehicle sales management will be considered. We are a process oriented dealership that believes strongly in sales staff development and high CSI scores as being essential to our long term success. Full company benefits, excellent salary and bonus program.

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ADVERTISING CONSULTANT The Sylvan Lake News has a full time opening for an experienced Sales Representative. Preference will be given to those with strong credentials in media advertising; however if you have a proven history in sales of any genre, we encourage you to apply. As a successful candidate, you will be an integral part of a dynamic sales team. You will be resourceful, effective and capable of partnering with new clients in the development and growth of their business. The successful candidate will be responsible for servicing existing accounts with an emphasis on developing and growing new accounts. We invite those meeting the above qualiÄcations to submit their cover letter and resumÊ prior to August 19, 2013 to:

Michele Rosenthal, Publisher

Suite 103, 5020 – 50A Street Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1R2 Email: Fax: 403-887-2081 We would like to thank all those who apply; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Sales experience required.

Please send your resume in confidence to the Operations Manager Fax: 403-346-4975











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RED DEER TOYOTA LEASING TAKING THE BEST ADVANTAGE OF “The Right Choice”. Leasing Facts •Significantly lower payments compared to financing. (Save the difference or drive more vehicle compared to finance over a shorter period.) •Highly Competitive interest rates and residual values. (High Toyota re-sale values working to your benefit from day one!) •Flexible terms and distance leases to suit your lifestyle. •Ability to reduce interest rates by up to 1.5%.* (A tax-free way to invest your cash!) •Greatest Vehicle Value for the cost compared to financing. (i.e. Bigger Bang for your Buck!)




Automatic with Air conditioning and Star Safety System The World’s Best Selling Car – Ever!!

7 Passenger, dual sliding doors, dual A/C and Star Safety System.

Very well equipped with 20” alloys and dual exhaust!

356 $32,245

299 $29,140



159 $17,990



•Always drive with full warranty coverage.(compared to long-term ownership with expiring warranty) •Provides shorter terms compared to financing thereby optimising vehicle suitability over time. (i.e. shorter vehicle replacement periods) •Lessee (you) have no responsibility for the unknown effects of depreciation compared to purchasing. (i.e. zero investment risk) •Automatic insurance write-off gap protection.(no fight with insurer to pay off balance) •Leverage leasing to own thereby providing greater affordability with none of the risk!








Luxury meets style. Star Safety System.

TRD Off-road Package: Go BIG anywhere in comfort!

TRD Off-road Package: Go BIG anywhere in comfort!

423 $40,075

389 $35,565


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Leasing Myths “It’s just like renting!” – Unlike renting, leasing actually builds equity similar to finance-purchasing. “I’ll have nothing at the end.”- You actually have quite a lot; potential equity when the vehicle is worth more than the buyout (very common with Toyota products) which you can keep (simply buyout as you’ll be pre-approved), sell it (you have legal ownership and can sell at any time and keep the equity), trade it in (as the buyout is based on whole-sale values we recognise the true equity also). “It’s not like I own anything.” – Technically you have possession therefore legally you have ownership, however, unlike finance purchasing you are not legally responsible for the value of the vehicle therefore you do not own any potential loss. “Leasing is just for companies” – Companies recognise leasing as a better use of money for a number of reasons however the greatest benefit is in not investing more than necessary in a depreciating asset; the number one cost to private ownership! “I drive too many kilometers for leasing”. – Toyota leases are adaptable; from 20,000 kms per year to as much as 50,000, from 24 month terms up to 60.



combined cash incentives on in stock Tundras


84 months 1.9%*

0% Financing Available up to 84 months

up to Finance purchase at

on select models

Vehicles not exactly as illustrated see dealer for details. Vehicle payments include factory to dealer freight, dealer preparation and block heater, carpet and all-season mats. A full tank of gas on delivery is standard. Lease payments are plus GST. 2013 Corolla model BU42EP BA Selling Price $19,820 60 month 20,000 kms/year lease $3500 down; Buyout at lease end $7,300 Capitalized Cost $16,587 at 0% Cost of borrowing $ZERO. 2013 Tundra Crewmax TRD DY5F1T BA Selling Price $47,075 48 month 20,000 kms/year lease - $5000 down. Buyout at lease end $19,804 Amount financed $42,412 at 2.9% Cost of borrowing $4,286. 2013 Tacoma TRD model MU4FNA CA Selling Price $38,003. 48 month 20,000 kms/year lease $5000 down; Buyout at lease end $18,717 Amount financed $33,341 at 4.9% Cost of borrowing $6184. 2013 VENZA model BK3BBT AA Selling Price $34,248 60 month 20,000 kms/year lease $5000 down; Buyout at lease end $12,027 Capitalized Cost $29,586 at 2.9% Cost of borrowing $2988. 2013 SIENNA model ZK3DCT AA Selling Price $31,353 60 month 20,000 kms/year lease $5000 down; Buyout at lease end $11,466 Capitalized Cost $26,691 at 2.9% Cost of borrowing $2768. 2013 HIGHLANDER model BK3EHA CA Selling Price $42,78 60 month 20,000 kms/year lease $5000 down; Buyout at lease end $18,835 Capitalized Cost $37,416.10 at 2.9% Cost of borrowing $3,900. Leasing facts and myths are conditional on the terms of the lease being met. *See dealer for full details. GALAXY

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