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Colleges WINN big BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR The creation of a $100-million program to promote western innovation is good news for Alberta entrepreneurs, as well as the Red Deer College Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing and the Olds College Centre for Innovation. The federal government announced last Friday

that it will provide small and medium-sized businesses with funding to commercialize products, processes and services. Specifically, the Western Innovation (WINN) initiative will help cover the cost of such things as product testing and technology demonstrations, equipment purchases and installation, regulatory approval, marketing and intellectual property protection. Much of this work falls right into the wheelhouses of the Red Deer College and Olds College centres for innovation — where staff and students regularly as-

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sist individuals and organizations in bringing their ideas to market. “It’s going to help Red Deer College, and there are other spin-offs too,” said Eric Kokko, director of the Red Deer College centre. One of those spin-offs will be more applied learning opportunities for students. “There’s nothing better than for students to work on real projects.”

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COULD TOSS DISSENTERS IN JAIL BY DEAN BENNETT THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford defended Wednesday a new regional planning bill she says will help municipalities, but opposition leaders say the legislation will gut local authority and could be used to jail dissenting municipal elected leaders. “This will change the relationship between municipalities and the provincial government for the better because we have modern communities with strong leaders that want to build Alberta just like us,” Redford told the legislature, referring to Bill 28, the Modernizing Regional Governance Act. The proposed legislation would give Redford’s cabinet the authority to set up growth boards to address the shared needs of municipalities clustered close together. Cabinet would have the right to decide the geographic boundaries of the growth boards, who sits on them, who will run them, what the voting breakdown will be, and what their mandates will be. Any bylaw decisions made by the growth boards must be approved by the municipal affairs minister. The decisions of the growth boards would be binding, and no municipality would be allowed to pass laws or build anything that contravenes the board’s decisions. Elected officials who refuse to co-operate and provide paperwork asked for by the boards would be subject to a maximum $10,000 fine or one year in jail. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith called the bill a blindside attack on municipal councils just getting down to business after recent elections. “It strips local municipalities of power, and it has some of the most draconian provisions I’ve ever seen,” said Smith. “I don’t know what mayor or reeves they were consulting with, but I cannot imagine mayors and reeves and councils were saying that if they didn’t follow provincial law and they didn’t follow what the PC appointees on these councils wanted to do that they would be forced to either go to jail or pay huge fines.” NDP Leader Brian Mason agreed. “It’s to give control to the provincial government over the activities of municipalities when they choose to use it,” said Mason. “It’s an enormous infringement on the authority and the autonomy on municipal governments in this province.” Liberal Leader Raj Sherman said he is very concerned about the tone of the bill, calling it very heavy-handed. Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths said the legislation mirrors regulations already on the books governing regional planning in and around Edmonton.

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Dancing the Macarena from the left, sisters Ava and Lauren Kuzel and their friend Alexis Hart were front and centre in front of the DJ Wednesday night as they danced at Mountview Elementary School. Getting a jump on the Halloween spirit, students, staff and many of the parents in attendance at the dance wore their costumes and flooded onto the dance floor for some fun times.

P3 model may result in school delays BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF


“we’re still going to have the schools done for 2016.” Two weeks ago, a large ‘Building Alberta’ sign de- The department is now reconsidering how it will senoting the spot where the provincial government has lect who will build the facilities. committed to build a new school in Blackfalds was While supportive of the original concept of the unveiled. P3 model as a means of improving efficiency and Now the scheduled opening date for that badly- cutting down on costs, Wolf Creek Public Schools suneeded school may be question. perintendent Larry Jacobs said the idea needs some Alberta Infrastructure contacttweaking. ed Wolf Creek Public Schools and “We’ve bundled them too big other school divisions in the prov‘THE FEEDBACK HAS and all of a sudden now we find ince recently to say that there may JUST BEEN THAT THERE’S out that companies can’t bid on be delays in the construction of 19 said Jacobs. A LOT OF WORK GOING those,” schools across the province. The He said by creating too big a projects were announced earlier group of projects, smaller compaON OUT IN ALBERTA this year and expected to open in are frozen out of the process AND THE CONTRACTORS nies 2016. and only the biggest builders on The potential delay is a result AREN’T SURE THEY CAN the continent can handle such a of only one consortium responding undertaking. COMMIT TO A PROJECT bigHe to the government’s request for suggested the bundle should proposals to construct the schools. MAYBE THAT BIG, be broken into groups of two to The government has bundled four schools so local companies school builds together under the BECAUSE EVERYBODY’S can bid. public-private partnership (P3) SUPER BUSY.’ The government has committed model, a process it says saves monto fund the construction of 50 new ey and gets builds done faster. — TRACY LARSEN schools over the next three years, It was hoping to choose three SPOKESPERSON, ALBERTA INFRASTRUCTURE plus 70 modernizations of existing proponents to submit a price for structures. the construction of all 19 schools Under the P3 format, industry is to design and this fall before selecting a winner in mid-2014, with build new schools in the province, financing at least building following shortly after. half the cost of construction before being paid out “The feedback has just been that there’s a lot of over 30 years. work going on out in Alberta and the contractors The province’s first P3 schools bundle included aren’t sure they can commit to a project maybe that the building of 18 schools, the second included 10, big, because everybody’s super busy,” said Alberta and the third, which featured three facilities for Red Infrastructure spokesperson Tracy Larsen said Tues- Deer and one for Penhold, included 12. day. Despite the warning about delays, Larsen said Please see SCHOOLS on Page A2

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Families of jailed activists want Ottawa to intervene


BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The families of two Greenpeace activists jailed in Russia for the last six weeks following a protest at a drilling rig in the high Arctic say it is time for the Harper government to exert some political pressure. Paul Ruzycki, of Port Colborne, Ont., and Montrealer Alexandre Paul were among 30 activists detained Sept. 18 when Russian paramilitaries stormed their ship in international waters. The pair faced charges of piracy which have since been reduced to hooliganism — but they still face possible sentences of up to seven years in prison. Ruzycki’s sister Patti Stirling told a news conference Wednesday on Parliament Hill that she was “incredibly buoyed” when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird helped secure the release of a Canadian doctor and filmmaker detained in Egypt, but she has seen no such political effort on behalf of the environmental activists in Russia. Stirling and others noted that British Prime Minister David Cameron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and former U.S. secretary of state Hilary Clinton, among other leaders, have all spoken out about Russia’s treatment of their citizens caught up in the seizure of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. “Canada cannot remain conspicuously silent,” said Alex Neve of Amnesty International. They noted the contrast with Baird’s vocal interventions this fall on behalf of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, who were held for weeks by Egyptian police after witnessing brutality at anti-government riots. “Paul Ruzycki and Alexandre Paul deserve the same level of help and commitment from their government as John Greyson, Tarek Loubani and all Canadians detained illegally abroad,” said Joanna Kerr of Greenpeace Canada.


INNOVATION: Financial support critical Abimbola Abiola, director of applied research and lead scientist at the Olds College Centre for Innovation, agreed that WINN will benefit his college and the students there. But he also thinks the funding will help push innovations to market. “This is needed, and it is going to benefit people in this region of the province.” Abiola said the road from innovation to market is sometimes called the “valley of death,” with the latter stages of this journey particularly difficult. “Often, that is where a lot of good ideas tend to die.” Toby Williams, director of entrepreneurship and international development at Olds College, agreed. “I think there’s a real gap in access to capital just right around commercialization, because the typical places where businesses go to get funding — like a bank, for example — are not interested.” WINN will provide up to $100 million in repayable assistance to Western Canadian businesses with fewer than 500 employees over the next five years. They can apply for up to $3.5 million, but must obtain an equal amount from private sector sources. Abiola said a high level of financial support is critical for many innovations. The existing Alberta Innovation Voucher Program, which provides opportunity assessment funding of up to $15,000 and product development funding of up to $50,000, is sometimes inadequate, he suggested. “I have one partner that has spent over $1.5 million of their own money, and the product is still just before commercialization.” Kokko said the Alberta Innovation Voucher Program has provided many businesses with the means to assess their innovations and decide if it’s worthwhile to proceed. The WINN program, he said, is a great addition. “Anything that can help is going to drive out innovation, and innovation in Alberta is really important — primarily because we’ve got so much going on and the only solution to things like labour shortages and skilled labour shortages is to have innovations


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Curler Cheryl Bernard, left, and skier Jan Hudec, second left, and other athletes, wear the new Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team collection made by Hudson’s Bay that will outfit Canada’s athletes at the upcoming Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic winter games, in Toronto on Wednesday. implemented, productivity increased, etc., etc.” The Red Deer College Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing can be a valuable partner for anyone seeking to push an innovation forward. “We have design engineering, and design and fabrication expertise, and a lot of these companies don’t,” said Kokko. The college can also manage projects and find the resources needed to move them forward. Williams and Abiola said the Olds College Centre for Innovation can also provide a broad range of supports to clients. They listed product testing, certification, efficiency validation or improvement, intellectual property protection and market analysis as among the areas the centre can help with. Not surprisingly, many of the projects the Red Deer College centre is asked to assist with are energy related. But Kokko estimates that about half are related to other industries, such as agriculture and even medical. “We’re working with the University of Alberta on everything from orthodontics with cleft palate devices, to audiologists with hearing devices.” Abiola said Olds College’s product mix is also diverse, with environment, energy, agriculture and health all covered. Additional information about the new WINN program can be found online at

PLANNING: Still lots of room to negotiate Griffiths said those local politicians are OK with the rules and the penalties. “They have obligations to each other, so there are fines and penalties in there (but) none of them have ever been used because they (the politicians) all work very well together,” said Griffiths. “But when it was being crafted that was what was determined would be the punishment, but I don’t anticipate we’ll ever need it.” Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson commended the province for the bill, agreeing with Griffiths that it puts into law what has been the practice in the Edmonton region. “There’s still broad latitude for us to define how we want to work together. There is still lots of room

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to negotiate and create for ourselves in the Edmonton region the kind of future that we want to design together,” said Iveson. Iveson said he’s not concerned about jail time. “Well I’m going to comply, so no I’m not worried at all.”

SCHOOLS: More to come There were at least four bids submitted for the contracts in each of those cases. During question period at the legislature on Tuesday, Education Minister Jeff Johnson said there would be another round of school announcements by the end of 2013, focusing on modernizations. He said another round of new school announcements would come in the spring of 2014. Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board chair Adriana LaGrange said she had been expecting new schools to be announced this fall, an announcement that would hopefully include a new Catholic high school for Red Deer to alleviate enrolment pressures at Notre Dame High School. A name has already been chosen for a future school and the land has been purchased for its proposed location. “If we get the announcement, we’ll be ready to roll.” LaGrange said any delay in an announcement would only increase the pressure on an already stuffed Notre Dame. Both Red Deer Catholic and Red Deer Public School Divisions have schools set to open next September that are being built under the P3 model. École Barrie Wilson, a public elementary school, will open in the Timberlands neighbourhood, while Father Henri Voisin School is under construction in Clearview Ridge. Red Deer Public Schools superintendent Piet Langstraat said the process has proven to be very different than traditional school builds, with the division not as involved as was previously the case. He said the most interesting part of the process from a divisional perspective will be when it has to enter into an agreement with a contractor on the maintenance of the facility over 30 years. Once opened, the schools will be owned and operated by the school boards, and the ownership contract will allow for joint-use agreements and thirdparty leasing arrangements.

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Scandal haunts Tory convention BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Supporters are expected to treat Stephen Harper to a Halloween boost at this weekend’s party convention in Calgary, but angst is growing among caucus members and veteran Conservatives over the handling of the Senate scandal. Several senior Tory sources told The Canadian Press that they are upset with how the Prime Minister’s Office is managing the controversy over the party’s arrangements to pay Sen. Mike Duffy’s contested expenses and legal bills. Duffy has largely managed to dictate how the story has emerged, while the Conservatives frantically try to catch up, struggling to get out in front of developments. “I think over the next week or two, additional details will be coming out — hopefully — because that’s the message I’m getting from Canadians,” said MP Mark Warawa. “They want to know the full details, full disclosure, what was the cheque for and is there anybody else that’s involved with this.” Go-to ministers such as John Baird, James Moore, Peter MacKay, Jason Kenney and Pierre Poilievre have pointedly stayed away from the Senate fray during question period, leaving Harper and parliamentary secretary Paul Calandra to fend off the opposition. But in the spring, some of those key ministers gave answers in the Commons that later turned out to be evasive or untrue. Chris Woodcock, a former PMO staffer who allegedly knew about the Wright-Duffy deal, did daily question period coaching with Harper and his cabinet during that time. “We’re surprised there weren’t more details provided — this was not what we were told,” said one Conservative, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

TORIES TRY NEW TACTIC TO KICK OUT SENATORS A5 Said another: “The criticism is people don’t know what’s coming next — the slow tearing off of the Band-Aid is frustrating.” “We’ve just concluded the biggest deal in Canadian history and it’s been completely overtaken,” griped another MP — a reference to the Canada-EU free trade deal that was supposed to be the centrepiece of the government’s agenda. When asked Wednesday about the revelations earlier this week that Duffy’s $13,500 legal bill was paid for by the party, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said, “Quite frankly, I don’t know what all the facts are.” Earlier this week, MP Peter Goldring suggested another approach to dealing with the details. “I don’t know about all of the background on that information and that’s really why it should be put in front of an authority, in front of a board, in front of a discovery so that we can find out what is the truth here,” he said. On the convention, Conservative MPs had mixed reactions as to how the membership was feeling. “Party members are expecting that sanctions be taken (against) those who engaged in inappropriate expense claims, that’s what I’m hearing,” said International Development Minister Christian Paradis. “I don’t think they’re happy,” MP Brad Trost said when asked how the Conservative “base” is feeling about the payment of Duffy’s legal fees. But if there’s any suggestion that the scandal has grassroots party members steering clear of the upcoming convention, the enthusiastic registration numbers to date would suggest otherwise. Party president John Walsh said approximately 3,000 members are expected to attend Harper’s speech Friday evening — a record turnout for the movement, particularly considering the event was postponed by spring flooding in Alberta. “Our party is pretty dedicated at our conventions

to talking about policy and constitutional amendments, we spend a lot of time in our agenda doing that, and our people are very eager to do that,” Walsh said in an interview. “Our membership is a very loyal membership, they want to come and hear from the prime minister, they want to come and meet caucus members to be able to talk about the issues.” One of those issues is the Senate — reform of the upper chamber being a favourite policy inside the party. There is actually no formal proposal to be debated, but it’s sure to be a hot topic in the corridors. Among the formal policy proposals, one motion calls for elimination of the Indian Act. Another says the party should reject any legislation to approve euthanasia. One controversial motion proposed the party condemn sex selection during pregnancy — seen by some as an attempt to reopen the abortion debate. There are also several policy proposals on labour issues, suggesting a crackdown on unions using money on political campaigns, among other measures. Walsh said he’s heard from many members, and the Senate scandal isn’t necessarily top of mind. “Members and conventioneers are eager to hear from the prime minister and from caucus what the agenda will be for the next two years leading up to the next election, and the issues that truly affect Canadians lives, their jobs and their families and their overall well-being,” Walsh said. A recurring debate at Conservative conventions has centred on the rules surrounding leadership races. A holdover rule from the Progressive Conservative party has been that each riding get an equal say in a vote — a principle passionately defended by MacKay in particular. A motion from Alberta would change that, to give more weight to bigger ridings — and theoretically those from western Canada. This time around, the debate seems to be quieter going into the convention.

Harper government arrogant and out of touch says Trudeau BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


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CALGARY — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau used a speech to oil executives Wednesday to blame the federal government’s “megaphone diplomacy” for delays in a U.S. decision on the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline. Trudeau told the Calgary Petroleum Club that Stephen Harper’s government has failed to come up with a “sensible” national strategy on greenhouse gases and that is damaging Canada’s reputation. “After eight years here is what the so-called friendliest government the Canadian energy industry has ever had has accomplished: We are further than ever from a sensible policy to reduce carbon pollution and the oilsands have become the international poster child for climate change,” Trudeau told the well-heeled crowd. “The government has failed to move the yardsticks on one of the most important infrastructure projects of our generation — the XL pipeline. They have needlessly antagonized our closest friend and most important market and they have failed to gain access to the growing markets of the Asia-Pacific region.” Trudeau was critical of Harper’s suggestion that the project was a “no brainer” for President Barack Obama to approve. “You don’t have to be (former Liberal prime minister) Lester Pearson to know bad diplomacy when you see it,” said Trudeau. “The prime minister has been far, far more concerned with making headlines than making progress.” Trudeau said Canadians have never been bullies, despite having vast petroleum reserves. “We have the second-largest petroleum reserves in the world that the world is very interested in purchasing. But that doesn’t give us the power to push anyone around because people know our economy depends on actually creating markets for those resources.” Trudeau said if Canada isn’t able to convince the world that it is strong environmentally, it will lose market access for its natural resources. TransCanada’s (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL project would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta across six U.S. states to the Texas Gulf Coast. Obama is expected to issue a final decision later this year or in 2014 on whether to allow the $7-billion

pipeline to proceed through the U.S. Trudeau said he supports Keystone because it is in the public interest. But he said he doesn’t believe that the case for the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Calgarybased Enbridge (TSX:ENB) has been made. That project would deliver 525,000 barrels of petroleum a day from Alberta to a tanker terminal in Kitimat, on the B.C. coast. “There’s no question we need to get our energy resources to the Pacific. I’ve looked at the facts. I’ve looked at the resistance to it. I’ve looked at the politicization of it and I just don’t see Northern Gateway as it stands being a viable proposal,” Trudeau said.



CALGARY — Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have forgotten their roots and risk the wrath of dissatisfied voters in the next election. Trudeau was in Calgary on Wednesday to speak to oil executives and attend an evening rally with party supporters. He never mentioned the words Mike Duffy or the Senate during his speech at the Calgary Petroleum Club, but he did suggest to reporters afterward that the possible repercussions of the Senate scandal are obvious. “This government has really grown out of touch with Canadians and very arrogant,” Trudeau said. “As we know, arrogant and out of touch is the death knell for any government seen to be taking for granted its support and position.” He said the Conservatives, who adopted a number of policies from the old Reform Party of Canada, have forgotten what they were fighting for when they were elected. “People came to power and came to Ottawa, saying we need a level of accountability and transparence and grassroots engagement, (but) this government has now become that which it fought against.” Trudeau noted that the prime minister is likely to be involved in little more than “damage control” at this weekend’s Conservative party national policy convention in Calgary. A motion to suspend three disgraced Conservative senators is poised to drag on into next week, despite a last-ditch effort to make the move more palatable within the governing party’s own ranks. That means the Senate expense scandal cloud will hang over the entire convention. Trudeau said Canadians would rather see government deal with more important issues, such as health care or the economy. “I’m troubled that the government in both the House and the Senate seems to have ground to a halt and it’s not actually dealing with anything other than damage control on a scandal.”



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Making the best of a mess HARPER CAN LET THE SENATE SIMPLY IMPLODE AND THEN LAUNCH A NEW GOVERNMENT MODEL In literature and in drama, there are the characters who scheme in the shadows, who always seem one step ahead of everyone else and who — even at the moment of their downfall — manage to emerge victorious. Politics is one breeding ground for such archetypes. What is it, almost eight years ago now, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper won his first election promising open and transparent government? Oh, GREG and also wasn’t NEIMAN there something about Senate reform? In the time since, we’ve seen more of literature’s Cardinal Richelieu than we’d like, in the prime minister’s behaviour. We’ve seen power fully locked into the Prime Minister’s Office, obsessive control of spin and messages, misdirection via unreadable omnibus bills pushed through by cabinet bulldozers, and a determined downgrading of the role of Parliament and its elected members. And no action on Senate reform. Rather, Harper’s most famous appointees have ended up reducing the Senate into a partisan circus. Last May, the prime minister had no knowledge that his then-chief of staff, Nigel Wright, had cut a personal cheque to help Mike Duffy pay back $90,000 in expense subsidies that he allegedly double-dipped. Wright would become an “honourable man” who honourably resigned when existence of the payment became known. Later, when it became expedient to say so, the resignation was revised into a firing. But Duffy made public that the plan for his “repayment” was imposed, not by the Senate (whose arcane rules were not broken), but by the PMO. Duffy says that staff in the PMO even concocted a narrative for him, that the money came from a bank loan he took out with his wife. And that “just us three” — Duffy, Wright and Harper — held a meeting


to begin the process. Now, Harper says he and all Canadians were victims of a deceit by his former most trusted advisor. A government known for throwing its staff under a bus when it served to do so, backed up the bus and plowed over Wright a second time. The Senate scandal’s storyline reads like a television ad. “Wait, there’s more!” And more. And more. All of this is occurring just as the party’s national convention is set to begin in Calgary this weekend, and as two vital byelections are set to engage. Has control-obsessed Stephen Harper truly lost control of events? Or is this simply an opportunity Harper can use to further the goals he said he had in mind almost eight years ago? It’s not much of a leap to get there. Instead of having to engage a yearslong program of Senate reform, complete with Supreme Court challenges from every side and a politically-deadly constitutional battle, Harper can simply let the Senate implode.


Festival tickets available to all In response to Kendall Betker’s letter to the editor on Oct. 25: Since 1994, the Festival of Trees has served as not only a flagship fundraiser for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre but also as a kickoff to the holiday season in this community. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed to meet the needs and interests of our patrons. From humble beginnings, we have grown to what we are today! The festival consists of multiple events and involves hundreds of generous donors, thousands of volunteers and more than 20,000 guests annually! Every year, tickets for festival events go on sale through a ticketing agent at the beginning of October. We work hard in advance to promote event information through various mediums, including radio, newspaper, social media and print. We are proud to say that many events sell out quickly, speaking to their appeal and ability to grow with the interests of our guests. Every ticket sold contributes directly to the purchase of much-needed health-care equipment for the hospital! This year, funds will go toward enhancing diagnostic imaging for urology, making Red Deer a leader in this discipline within this province! None of our events are ever soldout prior to public ticket sales. Although some tickets for each event are reserved for festival donors, the vast majority are made available to the public via Ticketmaster. This was a particularly ‘hot’ year for ticket sales with more than one event selling out on the first day! We hope that individuals will choose to take this opportunity to attend other parts of the festival, including Taste of Red Deer, Cirque de Noel, ’Tis the Season Fashion Luncheon, Festival Business Lunch and, of course, public hours in the Tree Room and Candy Cane Lane! The festival’s success is shared with every single person who, since 1994, has attended, volunteered

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He can come out of this with a well-crafted statement that includes a promise never to appoint anyone to the Senate again. Just let vacant seats remain vacant until there’s no one left. Meanwhile, he can create some kind of blue-ribbon committee of worthy statespeople to come up with a plan to replace this no-longer-existent body. But what about all that important work the Senate supposedly does? He can give that work to Parliament backbenchers. Designate all-party committees as needed and give them deadlines to produce reviews and reports on the policy issues the Senate deals with now. In other words, give backbenchers something visibly important to do. There’s a lot of talent on both sides of the house that’s not being used. Allow these committees to inform policy well in advance of its being introduced by his government, or a government to come. Take the long view on things like poverty, health care, education, pension reform, prison re-

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Power line diversion puzzles Re: Diversion of H80 high-voltage power line bordering West Park Estates. AltaLink recommends that the H80 high-voltage power line be diverted from the present lines in place in the Cronquist/ Warwick area. This will result in an area to be cleared and many mature spruce trees to be removed. In addition, there will be at least two additional new towers erected, obviously displayed within a residential area. AltaLink made this recommendation since it does not want the current line to continue to cross the existing permanent structures that were constructed under the power lines. This is the reason for the diversion from the present main line. Building permanent structures under high-voltage power lines would seem to fly in the face of a probable easement and right of way that should be registered on the title as a caveat. This would have been apparent to the buyer of the property in the title documents at the time of purchase some 15 to 25 years ago. Because of this, a large part of the natural environment around us will need to be destroyed; numerous neighbours will be negatively affected, as well as the Trans Canada Trail used by many daily. We moved here 13 years ago, because of the beautiful natural surroundings within West Park Estates. That won’t be the case anymore, because a property owner had constructed permanent structures that not only infringe on a right of way, but they were

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form, the environment, while cabinet moves the current agenda day-to-day. Be broad-minded. Allow the committees to critique policy, to review and report on the various sections of omnibus bills, so other parliamentarians can understand them well enough to explain them to us. The result, to my mind, would be to attract a better grade of backbencher. It would enhance the role of an elected Parliament, rather than putting these powers in the hands of people who never had to ask for our mandate. Canada could probably get all that for less than the financial cost (and certainly the ethical cost) of maintaining a dysfunctional, partisan Senate. I don’t think Harper planned for events to go this way. But planners like him often seem to find a way to turn such dark, cynical moments into sunshine, just before the final act. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate. or email

built directly under the high power voltage power lines. I thought you were not allowed to construct permanent structures under high voltage power lines. AltaLink has an obligation to either have the current owner remove the structure(s) or purchase the property and remove the structures themselves or at the very least raise the power lines and continue on the existing route. Why should we, the neighbours, have to deal with unsightly lines and newly erected towers next to our homes that will negatively affect our quality of life and property values? In addition, as a consequence there will be destruction of numerous mature spruce trees and shrubs that greatly enhanced the local environment. Why are there not any consequences for the obvious disregard and infringement of an easement and right of way? Will this set a precedent to build under an existing high voltage power line? Should the new mayor and city councillors be concerned about this? I think so, and so should the citizens of Red Deer. Matt Schoonderwoerd Red Deer

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A5 Explosion rocks chemical plant

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EVACUATION FEARS QUELLED AS FIRE DEEMED NON-THREATENING BY THE CANADIAN PRESS GRANBY, Que. — An explosion and massive fire at a chemical-products plant briefly prompted fears that parts of Granby, Que., might need to be evacuated Wednesday. Authorities began drawing up an evacuation plan while testing the air quality following an incident at the Aldex Chemicals plant, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. “We didn’t want to take a chance,” said Pierre Lacombe, director of the local fire department. But those concerns were soon quelled. Firefighters said that after tests concluded the air was non-toxic, the plan was called off and residents were allowed to spend the night in their homes. Up until that point, authorities had said an evacuation was possible. The Canadian Press cited local police saying that an order had been issued for 300 homes. The blaze had left a thick, dark cloud of smoke hovering above the southeastern Quebec city of about 63,000 people. The plant, located in an industrial park, was swallowed by flames as dark clouds shifted toward the city. Hours later, firefighters said the blaze was wellcontained, but they estimated it would probably take until Thursday morning to extinguish it. The Aldex plant was a near-total loss. “Ninety per cent of the plant has been destroyed,” said Lacombe, who noted that firefighters worked quickly to keep flames away from the part of the building where the chemicals were stored. But things could have been worse, he said. “If the fire would have consumed (the chemicals) we would have had a whole different type of problem. But it worked.” Authorities established a one-kilometre security perimeter in the area and did evacuate some neighbouring businesses. The cause was of the blast wasn’t immediately known. “There were people in the plant when the explosion occurred, but now there’s no people there and we have confirmation that nobody’s injured,” Police spokesman Guy Rousseau said. An Environment Department official said that


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Tories unveil new tactic in bid to kick out senators BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The government is taking a new tack that could finally end the politically toxic debate over three disgraced Conservative senators — just in time for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s crucial speech to party faithful on Friday. The procedural manoeuvre may also have the added political benefit of papering over the rift that’s erupted in Conservative ranks over the proposed suspensions of the trio, making it harder for Tory senators to vote against the government. It was unveiled Wednesday, moments after Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella ruled out of order the government’s attempt to limit debate on three separate motions to suspend, without pay, senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. The motions had been introduced two weeks ago by government Senate leader Claude Carignan as non-government business and have been preoccupying the upper house ever since. Debate has been punctuated by two explosive interventions from Duffy, who accused the Prime Minister’s Office of orchestrating a secret deal to reimburse his allegedly invalid expense claims and coaching him to lie about it. Kinsella ruled Wednesday that closure can only be imposed on debate over government business. Carignan immediately served notice that he’ll replace the three non-government motions with a single government motion to suspend the trio. The new motion softens the proposed sanctions somewhat: the three would still be stripped of their paycheques, Senate resources and privileges but would be allowed to retain their Senate life insur-

ance, prescription drug and dental benefits. Carignan’s office would not comment on its anticipated timetable for the new motion. Carignan said a vote could come as early as Thursday while some Conservative senators said they don’t expect a vote before next week. But Liberal senators had little doubt the PMO was pulling the strings to ensure the long, drawnout, damaging debate is over by the time Harper is scheduled to give the keynote speech Friday evening at the Conservative party’s national convention in Calgary. As government business, Carignan could technically introduce a closure motion Thursday after brief debate on the new motion, according to Liberal Senate officials. The closure motion would require six hours of debate on Friday, after which a vote could be called late that afternoon. The problem with Carignan’s original approach arose when the debate didn’t proceed fast enough to suit Harper’s political agenda, asserted Liberal Sen. David Smith. “Everybody wasn’t just saying, ‘Hail Mary,’ and moving with holy haste so Harper could nail the lid on three motions with great big spikes before Calgary.” Carignan said the vote, whenever it comes, will be a “totally free vote” for Conservative senators. But Sen. Hugh Segal, who has led the dissident Conservative charge against the suspension motions, said the fact that the suspensions are now a matter of government business will make it harder for him to vote his conscience. “I have to assess what I’m going to do between now and then. As a general principle, I’ve never voted against a government motion,” he said.

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Police swarm UBC in wake of sex assaults BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — A series of sexual assaults at the University of B.C. has prompted an unusual “climate of fear” and unprecedented police and security measures, the university’s president said Wednesday. RCMP say there have been six attacks on women at UBC’s Vancouver campus since April, with the latest incident occurring on Sunday. UBC President Stephen Toope stressed on Wednesday that the current situation on campus is “extremely unusual,” and that the school now has a higher police and security presence than ever. “This is one of the safest campuses in North America,” he told reporters. “There is not normally a climate of fear or insecurity on the campus.” The RCMP’s major crimes section believes one man is responsible for three attacks this month and similar incidents in April, May and September. All the women were attacked while walking alone late at night on campus. Hours for a program called Safewalk have now been extended so students can have two people walk them home as late as 4 a.m. An outside security company has been hired to bolster the university’s own resources and volunteers have also stepped in to patrol the campus, Toope said. “At the same time the RCMP has increased dramatically their patrols on campus and we’re working very much in collaboration. There is far more police presence on campus than ever in the history of the campus,” he said. “We are putting the resources that are necessary to keep the campus as safe as it possibly (can be). Frankly, we are not counting our pennies at this moment.”

who don’t meet the military’s universality-of-service rule, which requires personnel to be able to perform a broad range of duties — to reach pension eligibility, which takes 10 years. Critics took up the cases of two soldiers reported by The Canadian Press, one of who was discharged last Friday. Cpl. David Hawkins, a reservist from London, Ont., with post-traumatic stress, was mustered out despite pleas to remain another year until he was able to collect a fully indexed pension.

OTTAWA — The distinction between a soldier who’s ready to leave the military versus one who is willing to go was on full display Wednesday as the Harper government came under fire amid claims that troops are being discharged before they’re eligible for a pension. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson insisted wounded members are not being summarily given their walking papers and that a collaborative process is followed before anyone hits the civilian world. “Before being released, members of the Canadian Armed Forces work with the military on a transition plan,” Nicholson told the House of Commons during tagAre A re your ddentures enntures loose,, team attacks by the Libcracked oorr worn? erals and New Democrats. call us today and get “All and injured Canadian Forces members are your smile back provided with physical, mental and occupational therapy services for their eventual transition to civilian life. Members are not released until they are prepared.” Critics were unimpressed, accusing the government of trying save money by not ing wounded troops —

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A6 Senior Brotherhood leader arrested

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CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian security forces arrested a key Muslim Brotherhood figure in a raid early Wednesday morning, a man on the run since the July coup that toppled the country’s Islamist president, the Interior Ministry said. The arrest of Essam el-Erian, the deputy leader of the Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice party, was the latest in a wideranging crackdown of both the Islamist group’s leaders and its rank-and-file members since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, who also hails from the Brotherhood. Morsi, himself in detention, has been held at an undisclosed military location since Essam el-Erian the July 3 coup. He is facing charges of inciting supporters to murder his opponents while in office. Morsi’s trial is due to begin Nov. 4. It is not yet clear if the 62-year old ousted president will appear in court. El-Erian is also one of the defendants in the Morsi trial. He is accused of inciting Brotherhood followers to break up anti-Morsi protesters gathered outside the presidential palace late last year. In photographs broadcast on state television following his arrest, the smiling 59-year-old el-Erian is wearing a white galabiya, the traditional male robe, and a skullcap. The official state news agency MENA said elErian was arrested after a raid on an apartment in the eastern suburb of New Cairo, where he had been hiding. He was later transferred to the Torah prison complex in southern Cairo, where most of the group’s arrested leaders are held. The agency said he will be interrogated at Torah

on accusations of inciting violence in a number of anti-government protests. The prosecutors later ordered el-Erian detained for 30 days on new accusations of inciting murder and attempted murder, organizing an armed mob and inciting the possession of arms during two protests in Giza against the current government that left more than nine dead. While Morsi was in power, el-Erian frequently spoke publicly, often causing a stir as he turned from a moderate to a hard-line member of the group. During a large-anti-Morsi demonstration last December outside the presidential palace, el-Erian went on a Brotherhood-affiliate television channel to ask supporters “in the tens of thousands, to besiege those thugs.” At least 10 people died in subsequent clashes outside the palace. While in hiding, el-Erian distributed messages to followers, urging them to denounce the coup and demand Morsi’s reinstatement. In a recent pre-recorded message aired on the Al-Jazeera satellite news network, el-Erian criticized the military and the interim authorities and called on supporters, including students, to keep up their protests. Hours after el-Erian’s arrest, pro-Muslim Brotherhood student protesters stormed the administrative building of Al-Azhar Islamic university. They smashed windows and equipment while besieging the office of university’s chief and other administrators. The assault prompted university officials to call the police to break up the rowdy protests. Riot police forces entered the campus and freed the officials, security officials said. The university, where the Brotherhood has a strong base, has been scene to near-daily protests. Wednesday’s protest, however, was the first time students threatened the university president; although they had besieged the administrative building before.

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Bus crash kills 45 passengers BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HYDERABAD, India — A packed bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames Wednesday in southern India, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin after the driver escaped, officials said. The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus, according to the transportation minister of southern Andhra Pradesh state, Botsa Satyanarayana. The other passengers were trapped inside the sleeper bus, which had an automatic locking system that could be controlled by the driver, said local police official Pradeep, who goes by one name. Only three of the 45 charred bodies could be identified, state Information Minister D.K. Aruna said. “Authorities are gathering the DNA samples from the bodies” to use in identifying the rest, he said. Police detained the driver and the bus cleaner for questioning, and filed charges including negligence against the bus operator, Jabbar Travels, the transportation minister said. The bus was carrying 50 passengers, seven over its capacity, he said. The bus, travelling overnight from Bangalore to Hyderabad, was passing another vehicle when it crashed into the roadside barrier in Mehabubnagar in Andhra Pradesh, police official Naveen Kumar Chand said. The diesel tank then caught fire, and flames engulfed the bus. The victims included a baby, a couple celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary and several software engineers returning home to Hyderabad from jobs in Bangalore, the transportation minister said. Angry relatives gathered at both the Bangalore and Hyderabad offices of Jabbar Travels, forcing police to send officers to keep order. Police were also searching for the company’s owners in Bangalore, the main city in the neighbouring southern state of Karnataka. India has the highest annual road death toll in



UN seeks surge in Somalia fight against al-Shabab The war against al-Shabab militants in Somalia has “ground to a halt” and needs a surge of almost 4,400 more African Union troops and massive UN assistance to break the stalemate and avoid failure, a top UN official said Wednesday. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council that the UN-endorsed African Union force and the Somali military lack “the capacity to push beyond areas already recovered” from al-Qaida-linked group in the last 18 months during a successful campaign to recapture several cities, including Mogadishu and Kismayo. Eliasson presented the Security Council with recommendations from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the AU force be boosted by 2,550 combat troops


People gather near the debris of a bus after it crashed into a highway barrier and erupted in flames at Mehabubnagar in southern Andhra Pradesh state, India, Wednesday. According to officials many of the passengers were burned alive in the accident. the world, according to the World Health Organization. More than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across the country, according to police.

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and 1,845 ground-support troops for the next 18 to 24 months. Ban also called for another 1,000 troops for a UN guard force to prevent attacks like the recent suicide bombing at the UN compound in Mogadishu, and for another 840 police officers. On June 19, al-Shabab forces invaded the UN compound in Mogadishu with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault. It was the first direct attack on a UN building in Somalia since 2008. If the Security Council approves the additional troops, that would boost the force to about 24,000 personnel, up from its current level of just over 17,700 soldiers and police.

the M23 with a small sliver of territory, the civilian leader of the rebel movement fled Congo, crossing the border into Uganda and prompting calls for his extradition. The recapture of Bunagana comes just days after the UN special representative said: “We are witnessing the military end of the M23.” In an address to the nation late Wednesday, Congolese President Joseph Kabila warned the remaining members of the M23 to turn themselves in, saying: “I reiterate my call to the members of this armed group who have just been flushed out of our territory . . . to demobilize themselves voluntarily,” Kabila said. “Failure to do so will leave us with no option but to force them to do by force.” An Associated Press reporter who accompanied the Congolese troops as they took Bunagana saw the soldiers fan out as they entered the town in order to do house-to-house searches. M23 fighters could be seen running away up a hill. Small skirmishes, however, continued and the government finally secured control of the town by midday, army spokesman Lt. Col. Olivier Hamuli said by telephone to The Associated Press. “We are now securing the city after the rebels fled,” he said.

Congo officials: M23 rebel stronghold falls to army as thousands flee BUNAGANA, Congo — The Congolese army retook one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels Wednesday, with fighters running for the hills as the military sought to extinguish the 18-month-old insurrection, officials said. As the army retook the town of Bunagana, leaving

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Bison bull: fenced until he decides to go elsewhere. Gimpy ... watching the Old Curmudgeon? Cougar treed and sedated in an early Alberta “study.” Don Cahoon fly fishing the Red Deer River for goldeye. Crown land scraped bare south of Rocky Mountain House ... just to get fracking pipes under adjoining private land.

Add cougars to the list of taboo topics Early on, this old columnist learned that nothing drew reader fire quite like writing anything — good or bad — about coyotes or, no connection, First Nations and their hunting rights. Now, add cougars to that short list. The recent review of Paula Wild’s book The Cougar, Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous has received much reader comment, including a signed threat of personal violence for suggesting, among other things, that the result of changing the status of the big cats from varmints to game animals is that we now have far too many of them in Alberta. BOB Ironically, one of the two SCAMMELL anonymous death threats the column has received, bluecrayoned on a big page torn from a scrapbook, was inspired by a tongue-in-cheek column suggesting that the way to deal with the serious stray domestic cat problem was to declare them a game animal. Rick James, the partner of Paula Wild, who admits she flinched while reading too many cougar attack stories while researching her book, writes to advise me to stop flinching, that I have a far greater chance of being maimed or killed by a motor vehicle than I do by a cougar. Not in his neck of the woods (Vancouver Island), nor mine, generally west of Rocky Mountain House, the focal point of cougar study after cougar study in Alberta. Yes, accidents do happen, both with vehicles and defensive bears, but cougars are no accident: they are out to get you. A reader who both lives and works in the country,


who I’ll keep anonymous for his own good, has an interesting take on the cougar study ‘industry:’ “People that study cougars for a living (government biologists) want more around and don’t care about people who live in the country where the expansion has occurred. For the most part they are townies, city slickers, weekend warriors who like to study cougars in controlled situations. A cougar is not trying to stalk you when hired hounds are chasing it around. They do not have kids who want to play on the backyard swing set one jump from the bush edge. Their idea of fun is to chase them on the odd field day, and then declare they have a huge respect for them and the rest of society doesn’t understand the beasts. It is a circular, self-serving relationship they have with a large predator, and the media eat it up.” Not this media, although I do admit to having eaten roast haunch of cougar on two occasions, the meat having been provided both times by the late Dewey Browning, a big horn guide and cougar houndsman. Dewey told me years before the current overpopulation that the country north of his place west of Caroline to my Stump Ranch south of Rocky Mountain House was full of cougars. ★ ★ ★ Many readers express concern over plans to reintroduce bison to allegedly secure enclosures in Banff National Park. Bison go where the please, when they please and, in Yellowstone National Park, injure and kill more people than grizzlies . . . and cougars. ★ ★ ★ Much email ado about the new environmental bete noir — fracking — an oil and gas drilling process, frequently involving horizontal, rather than vertical drilling, where a cocktail of sand, water and powerful toxic chemicals is pumped down the hole at high pressure to fracture the rock formation, generally shale, and free the flow of hydrocarbons, including natural gas.

Recently people have demonstrated against fracking in New Brunswick and, in France, courts have upheld a total ban on fracking. Judging from my volume of outraged reader email, particularly from the Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House areas, we may soon see mass anti-fracking protests in Alberta. ★ ★ ★ A mixed bag of reports comes from hunters on the upland bird season thus far. Pheasants and Hungarian partridge are spotty, non-existent in some places and abundant just a few kilometres away. Several hunters report a mini boom of ruffed grouse, especially north and west of Edmonton. Most surprising to me are reports from my old hunting grounds north and east of Brooks of many good coveys of sharp tail grouse, where they have been all but extinct for the last two decades. ★ ★ ★ A year and a half ago I did a column on the email blogs of Don Cahoon, of Calgary, including his superb pictures, of his weekly early morning trips into the foothills and mountains southwest of Calgary to check on “the wild things that abound in the area,” always pausing for a superb breakfast at the Chuckwagon Café in Turner Valley. Then, in late spring, early summer, the posts suddenly stopped. Mutual friends told me Don was in hospital and would not be returning home. Don Cahoon, the self-styled “Old Curmudgeon,” died on Oct. 24, at the age of 85. Cahoon and his companions were particularly concerned about and would regularly check on Gimpy, a limping big horn ram that hung around a particular ridge on the OH Ranch. Cahoon’s pictures of Gimpy always made me think the big ram was checking on Don and his fellow travellers, the Haggis, Goober, etc. Bob Scammell is an award-winning columnist who lives in Red Deer. He can be reached at

Changing seasons affect indoor plants too Indoor plants grace the house all year. Occasionally they are moved but more often that are stationary, which should mean that their climate is consistent. Wrong! The change in light and temperature signals seasonal change to indoor plants. As the days grow shorter, plants are less likely to put out new growth and become dormant. If the plant is not actively growing, less moisture and fertilizer is needed. If watering is not adjusted, problems occur. The two most common problems from overwatering LINDA are fungus gnats or a dead plant. Fungus gnats look the TOMLINSON same as fruit flies and are in any organic soil. They, like all insects, need ideal conditions to hatch and reproduce. Warm, continuously wet soil that contains fungus is ideal. If left unchecked, it takes about five weeks for the eggs to hatch, become larva and then adults. Each adult can lay up to 200 eggs. Disturb any part of the life cycle and the insects will be gone.


The easiest method is to wait to water the plants until the top inch or two (two to five cm) of the soil is dry. Have patience as the larva will sill hatch into small flies until the soil is dry. Another method is to sprinkle cinnamon on top of the soil. It kills the fungus that the larva feed on. Without food, the insects starve. Do not mix the cinnamon throughout the soil as the fungus helps break down organic matter to supply nutrients to plant roots. Covering the top of the soil is also effective as it stops the new gnats from leaving the soil and the old ones coming back to lay eggs. The following method is once again gaining popularity: place approximately a half inch (one cm) of dry, clean sand on the surface of the soil. Sand dries out fast and contains little organic matter, making it a poor place for gnats to live and reproduce. Soil is made up of particles, moisture and air pockets. When soil is overwatered, there is less air and more moisture in the mixture. Plant roots take in moisture by osmosis, a process that needs air. When air is not available, the process stops and the plants wilt due to lack of ability to take up moisture. More plants die from too much moisture than not enough. Always test the soil with a finger or water meter before watering. If in doubt, do not water. Insects come into the house by flying, as eggs, by

catching a ride on other plants or on clothing. Regardless of how careful one is, insect infestations on plants happen. Taking a close look at the indoor plants when they are being watered is a good start as problems can be found before they are unmanageable. Given the correct conditions, insects populations expand rapidly. When insects that feed on the plants are found, isolate the plants that have insect infestations. Spraying plants with an insecticidal soap will coat the plant and insects. It won’t hurt the plant but should stop the insect from flying and breathing. As soap rarely has any effect on eggs, the solution must be sprayed daily until the problem is solved. In extreme cases, remove all the top growth from a plant and the plant material from the top of the pot. Insects are removed with the top growth and new foliage will appear insect free. This method works best on plants that are vines. The plant must have the ability to send up new growth from its roots and look attractive. Indoor plants are part of our indoor environment. Give them a little — but not a lot — of attention and they will thrive. Linda Tomlinson is a horticulturalist who lives near Rocky Mountain House. She can be reached at or



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If taking antibiotics, you must use this Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes and yeast infections are the all-too-familiar side effects for individuals on antibiotics. When you are already trying to tackle dealing with an infection that is making you feel unwell, the last thing you want to experience are the uncanny side effects of antibiotic usage. Not only do the side effects make life a little more miserable, they also limit your doctor in terms of what they are able to use to treat your infection if the side effects continue and become too severe. However, there is a way to decrease and even prevent SHANE these side effects — and it is readily available. JOHNSON As a naturopathic doctor, my job often includes support- NATUROPATHIC ing my patients’ health during MEDICINE the use of prescription medications such as antibiotics. The No. 1 support I can provide during a course of antibiotics are probiotics. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in your digestive tract. All of the bacteria in the digestive tract generally live in balance together, with the harmless “good” gut bacteria helping to keep the number of “bad” bacteria low. Antibiotic side effects often happen because they can cause the intestinal lining to become inflamed, disturbing the balance of “good” (harmless) and “bad” (potentially disease-causing) bacteria in the gut. Also, antibiotics often cause an overgrowth of unwanted strains of bacteria. It is best to take probiotics during the course of your antibiotics and then for one month after your prescription runs out.

However, it is important to not take them at the same time but to space out the antibiotic and probiotic to get the maximal effectiveness of the probiotic. One thing to remember is to always take probiotics with food. The acidity of an empty stomach kills a greater percentage of probiotic compared to when taking them with food as the food acts like a buffer, making it less acidic. There are enteric-coated probiotic products on the market. However, research does not support their use as it releases the probiotic too late down the small intestine. Most of our immunity is in upper part of small intestine. Not only are probiotics to be used when prescribed antibiotics, but they are also important for maintaining an optimal immune system and digestive health. I believe all babies should be given probiotics at birth and should continue for at least the first two years of age as they have been found to decrease atopic eczema in this specific age group. Different types of strains of probiotics and different amounts are found in a wide variety of products available. The “best” strain and amount really depend on what you are attempting to treat. The quality of probiotics vary substantially from cheap over-the-counter products to physician grade, clinically-tested products. In closing, I encourage you to speak to your naturopathic doctor for correct dosages and strains, and to ensure you are using a quality product that will provide you with the most effective benefits for your specific health concerns. Dr. Shane Johnson ND was born and raised in Red Deer and is the owner of Aspire Natural Medicine. He completed his naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University, and has completed an additional one-year residency in family medicine. For more detailed information on naturopathic medicine, visit

An effective circuit-style training workout If you’re looking to improve your fitness and boost your rate of fat burning, while also building up lean muscle mass that will be functional in everyday life, you may want to consider a circuit-style approach. Circuit training is a great resistance training protocol that will have you moving quickly from one exercise to the next until all exercises in your series are completed. At that point, you’ll then take a brief rest before repeating the process a second and possibly third time, depending on the particular protocol you’re using. In order to make your circuit training workout plan CABEL most effective, however, there MCELDERRY are a few key tips to keep in mind. Let’s go over what these are so that you can make sure every single second of your workout session is well spent.


Incorporate upper and lower body exercises The first quick tip is to ensure that you are using both upper body as well as lower body movements in the overall approach. This will provide a full body workout, both decreasing the total number of times you need to work out per week, while also enhancing your calorie burn per workout session. Remember: the more muscle fibres you work in any given workout, the faster your rate of fat burning will be.

Watch your form at all times The next quick tip to remember is that you must watch your form at all times. Those who aren’t us-

ing good form are not only going to put themselves at risk for injury, but they won’t see as effective strength progress either. Trying to keep up a fast-paced workout is never worth sacrificing good form over. Form should always come first.

Don’t forget to breathe One thing that many people have a tendency to forget to do during circuit style workouts is breathe. Silly as it may sound, if you’re holding your breath throughout that circuit, make no mistake about it, you will suffer a faster rate of fatigue as a result. In addition to that, you may also start to get rather dizzy and feel light-headed, so it could be downright dangerous. Make it a point to keep your breathing as regular as possible as you go about the workout. Once you get into the habit of doing so, you won’t have to consciously think about it so frequently.

Use dumbbells and body weight movements whenever possible Finally, if you want to get the best core strengthening workout as well, make sure that you are using dumbbell or body-weight based exercises as often as you can. These are going to require the core muscles contract harder for stabilization purposes, so will yield better strengthening benefits. As an added benefit, you can also perform these exercises in a home gym. So there you have the quick tips to remember so that your circuit-style resistance training program is maximally effective in totally transforming your body and improving your fitness level. Cabel McElderry is a local personal trainer and nutrition coach. For more information on fitness and nutrition, visit the Fitness F/X website at

Survival rates improve for brain injury victims BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — A study that has been tracking brain-injured patients in southern Alberta for more than a decade says survival rates have improved. The study by the University of Calgary says roughly seven out of 10 patients with critical head injuries now survive — up 10 per cent from 12 years ago. Researchers also conclude that people with brain injuries are more likely to return home without requiring any long-term medical care. The study followed nearly 4,100 patients in Calgary’s adult intensive care units. Head trauma and stroke are the primary cause of admission for about one in six ICU patients. The database used allowed researchers to track each patient’s admission diagnosis and daily condition. “This represents a substantial mor-

tality reduction and is likely due to quality improvement in multiple areas of our health-care system,” Dr. Andreas Kramer, a critical care physician and member of the university’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute, said in a release Tuesday. “More timely pre-hospital care, better emergency department resuscitation, earlier access to CT (computed tomography) scans, and developments in neurosurgery, ICU care and rehabilitation are all factors that may have helped improve survival rates.” Over the same period, the proportion of brain-injured patients who were sent home without the need of support services increased to 40 per cent from 33 per cent. “We aren’t only sending patients home alive, but a larger proportion is also returning to a sense of normalcy in their everyday lives,” Kramer said. The study, co-authored by Kramer and Dr. David Zygun, was published in the October edition of The Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.



Do-it-yourself gene therapy At last, we have solid proof: You can renew and revitalize the DNA embedded in your cells to make improvements in your own health and live a longer and healthier life. And you don’t have to take questionable supplements (some good ones are mentioned later) or make a late-night agreement with someone who smells like sulfur to get it done. By adopting a handful of beneficial lifestyle habits, you’ll actually be practising cutting-edge gene therapy! So let us introduce you to the amazing — sound the trumpets — telomeres. They’re the caps on the ends of your genetic material (like the plastic tips on shoelaces) that are designed to keep each cell’s strings of DNA from fraying. Telomeres start out fresh and long, shrinking a bit every time one of the cells they’re attached to divides. That’s normal. But health missteps also shrink your telomeres. They shrivel further and faster when your system is assaulted by inflammation, toxins and negative stress. For example, obesity seems to accelerate telomere shortening (or aging) by 30 per cent or more. Smoking speeds it up by a whopping 18 per cent! When telomeres are super-short, cells die prematurely or become what one telomere researcher calls “zombie cells” — weak, ineffective, but still living. And bringing short, skimpy telomeres to the party is associated with an ever-growing list of health problems: heart disease, high blood pressure and clogged arteries, diabetes, breathing problems like emphysema, arthritis, brittle bones and dementia. But the big news, according to our friends at the University of California San Francisco and California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute, is that you can do more than just protect these essential tips on your genetic material; you can reverse telomere shrinkage and make them longer! Longer telomeres can help you avoid those health hazards by helping cells duplicate and repair previous damage. How do we know you have that much control? In a new case study of 35 guys with early-stage prostate cancer, 10 upgraded their diet, got regular physical activity, practised stress management every day and spent more time with friends and loved ones. Twenty-five other men stuck with their usual habits. After five years, the first group’s telomeres were 10 per cent longer on average; that’s the equivalent of a 20-year-younger RealAge for a 55-year-old! And the guys’ telomeres were even longer if they were super-conscientious about making healthy lifestyle changes. The men who didn’t make any lifestyle changes saw their telomeres shrink three per cent. Ready to do a little at-home gene therapy? Start here: ● Remove the Five Food Felons from your diet: added sugars and sugar syrups, saturated fat, trans fats and any grains that aren’t 100 per cent whole. Replace with plant-based edibles such as vegetables, fruit and plant-based proteins like walnuts, beans and tofu. And we do believe that supplements like DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin D-3, calcium and half a multivitamin twice a day are a good insurance policy against an imperfect diet. ● Move for at least 30 minutes daily, heading for a goal of 10,000 steps or more! If it’s too hot, too cold or too dark outside, whether you’re at the gym, home or office, take a spin on a stationary bike, march in place or stride on a treadmill. To cement this habit, make it an everyday activity, maybe while you watch your favourite (recorded?) TV show. And we know what that is. ● Take time to relax daily. Guys in this study devoted an hour a day to managing stress. Don’t have 60 minutes to spare? There’s good evidence that even five minutes of tension-melting meditation can make a big difference. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, shut your eyes and pay attention to your breathing. Add progressive muscle relaxation, tensing and releasing muscle groups from your toes up to your head. ● Minimize exposure to harmful toxins such as first- and second-hand smoke and BPA-laced receipts. You can learn more about telomere-saving techniques at Mehmet Oz, MD, is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, MD, is chief wellness officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, visit

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Lance Gibson, who has hepatitis C, is shown in Toronto. Hepatitis C experts are worried an avalanche of cases of liver failure and liver cancer is silently forming in Canada.

Experts worry tsunami of liver disease looms HEPATITIS C-INFECTED BOOMERS

Doctors like Jordan Feld and Morris Sherman are worried about how many people like Lance Gibson are out there across Canada. Gibson, a sergeant in the Canadian Armed Forces based at CFB Borden, north of Toronto, has hepatitis C. He was completely unaware of the chronic infection for years, probably decades. Tests done during a military physical in late 2008 noted Gibson had an abnormal blood platelets reading and further testing led to an early 2009 diagnosis. By the time Gibson realized he was carrying the virus, he was already on a potentially fatal track — he had stage 5 liver failure. Gibson had had no clue his liver was dying. He’d never felt fitter in his life. “It just came right out of the blue,” says Gibson, 49, who has served in the military for 30 years. Feld and Sherman are hepatologists — liver specialists — who have seen too many cases like Gibson’s. And they fear they will soon face many more people who are completely unaware that they are on the verge of irreversible liver damage due to a virus most contracted years earlier. They believe a silent epidemic of hepatitis C infections will soon reach the point where it bursts into view, placing a huge strain on the health-care system. Attempts to puzzle out how they became infected sometimes arrive at a conclusion. Some may have tried injection drugs in the freewheeling late 1960s, or had a blood transfusion before blood products were screened for hepatitis C (that began in 1992 in Canada). Some had medical procedures in parts of the world where needle reuse was or remains a common practice. Some got a tattoo in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But in about 30 per cent of cases no answer can be found, says Feld. That’s why, he argues, efforts aimed at finding people infected with hepatitis C cannot focus solely on people who fall into highrisk groups such as injection drug users (present and past), immigrants from countries with high rates of hepatitis C and people who had blood transfusions before screening went into effect. “It is true that if you really dug deep, obviously everyone (with hepatitis C) has some risk factor. They got the infection somehow. But finding the risk factor is so difficult that risk factor-based screening for almost any infection that it’s been studied in is ineffective,” says Feld, who practises at Toronto Western Hospital. Gibson had blood transfusions in 1981, when he was a teenager. That’s how, he believes, he became infected. In the world of hepatitis C, he’s one of the lucky ones. Gibson’s sister gave him a piece of her liver in May 2012. But he remains infected and will continue to be monitored by his doctors. In the same month Gibson had his liver transplant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control took the unusual step of recommending that all baby boomers be screened once for hepatitis C. That’s because the evidence suggests rates of the disease are higher among this age cohort in the U.S. than groups born before or since. The goal is to find those who are infected — estimated at between one per cent and 1.5 per cent of the U.S. population — before the virus causes cirrhosis or liver cancer. In Canada, liver experts are worrying the country could also be facing an avalanche of cases of liver failure and liver cancer. Led by the Canadian Liver Foundation, they have been calling on the Public Health Agency of Canada to also recommend onetime screening for people born between 1945 and 1975 — the baby boom plus 10 extra years on either

end — to capture immigrants at high risk. When the CDC came out with its recommendation, public health agency officials said they wanted time to study the issue, arguing the scope of the problem in Canada isn’t as great as it is in the United States. For instance, the agency believes less than one per cent of Canadians — 0.8 per cent — are infected with hepatitis C. The agency is still working on its position on hepatitis C screening, aided by experts from across the country. Dr. Howard Njoo, director general for the agency’s centre for communicable diseases and infection control, says he hopes the working group will present him with its suggestions by the end of the year, or early in 2014. And he acknowledges that the federal government’s assessment is evolving somewhat. While earlier modelling studies suggested only about 21 per cent of the people in Canada who are infected don’t know it — or roughly 60,000 people — work from other countries with similar problems would indicate that figure is optimistic. In France, where officials have had a program aimed at trying to identify infected people, they have discovered about half of people who were hepatitis C-positive were unaware of their status, says Sherman, a hepatologist at Toronto General Hospital and chairman of the Canadian Liver Foundation. Finding them sooner carries a steep price tag; many people can be cleared of the infection, with drugs, but the treatment costs tens of thousands of dollars. Finding them later will be even more expensive, doctors argue, when you factor in the costs of liver transplants (where organs are available), treatments for liver cancer and years of productive lives lost. Feld says until Canada actually starts screening, there isn’t a good way to get a handle on how big the problem is here.

Foundation gives $50 million to five hospitals for key projects TORONTO — A family of Toronto philanthropists have made a mega donation to a number of the city’s hospitals. The Slaight Family Foundation is giving $50 million to five hospitals for projects that will improve outcomes for patients. The money will be shared equally by Toronto General and Western Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Mount Sinai Hospital. Gary Slaight says the foundation’s hope is that these donations will spur others to support health care in their own communities. The donations are earmarked for specific projects in the five hospitals receiving the funds. The money will fund a doubling of the emer-

gency department at St. Michael’s Hospital, and support the purchase and operation of a full body MRI for Toronto General and Western Hospital. Sunnybrook will use its share of the funding to support a PET-MRI imaging system that will allow for scalpel-less surgery to treat brain diseases such as dementia, stroke and Alzheimer’s. Mount Sinai will expand its labour and delivery centre, but will also provide prenatal care and perinatal mental health outreach services to marginalized and vulnerable women. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health will create a centre focusing on understanding and treating youth experiencing severe mental illness and addictions. “When we approached the hospitals with the idea of funding criti-

cal projects, we asked them what they needed in order to really make a difference for their patients,” Gary Slaight said in a statement. “The projects we selected together are truly

extraordinary. “We feel profoundly grateful to be in a position to provide these hospital gifts which we hope will benefit Torontonians for many years to come.”

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The growth of total health spending in Canada has slowed, with the increase this year expected to be the lowest since the mid-1990s, a new report suggests. The report, from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, says total health spending in Canada this year will be $211 billion, up 2.6 per cent from the figure for 2012. That increase is less than half the average annual growth racked up from 2000 to 2010, which came in at about seven per cent, on average, each year. Governments are picking up roughly 70 per cent of that tab and individuals the remaining 30 per cent — a breakdown which has been stable for some while, said Walter Wodchis, an associate professor of health economics at the University of Toronto. CIHI said the slowing of spending on hospitals, physicians and drugs is mainly responsible for creating the effect. Wodchis said he was surprised spending on drugs had stabilized, given that more and more care in modern medicine — STEVEN LEWIS, depends on mediA HEALTH ECONOMIST FROM cation. SASKATCHEWAN But Steven Lewis, a health economist from Saskatchewan, said part of the lower spending on drugs comes from the fact that provinces have negotiated better prices for generic drugs. As well some of the expensive blockbuster drugs that came on the market in the past decade are now off patent, which means cheaper generic versions are available, he said. He suggested the trend reflected in CIHI’s annual health expenditures reports shows the doomsayers who insisted health-care costs would spiral upward unchecked got it wrong. “I think what it demonstrates is that contrary to the dire predictions of various think-tanks, it’s folly to look at a spending trend that lasts a few years, extrapolate it out 30 years and then claim that the sky will fall because 90 per cent of provincial budgets will be consumed by health care,” Lewis says. “Governments can and do expect some fiscal discipline on the health-care system. They did it in the mid-’90s. “They’re doing it again now. And expenditures tend to ebb and flow with the rate of growth in the economy and overall provincial and to some extent federal deficit situations.” Chris Kuchciak, CIHI’s manager of health expenditures, said it will be interesting to see if the flattening of health spending growth continues. “We’ve actually seen this picture before in the mid-1990s where governments were cutting back. And then of course ... in the late ’90s and the last decade we had this huge reinvestment. “So the key thing here will be to see if the slowdown in growth will be sustainable in the future,” Kuchciak said. Lewis noted spending on payments to doctors was up 3.6 per cent in the report and he predicted that will be an area to watch. The country is currently experiencing an overproduction of new doctors, the result of a virtual doubling of medical school enrolments from the late 1990s onward. These new doctors will need to make a living somehow, he noted. “I think we’ve just seen the tip of the iceberg unless there is a fundamental rethink of how we deploy and pay physicians,” Lewis said. “The fairly modest increase in physician spending is probably temporary unless we redeploy physicians and unless we find different ways to pay them.” The report said Canada will spend roughly $6,000 per person on health care this year in Canada. And on a per capita basis compared to gross domestic product, Canada’s health-care spending in 2011 placed the country as the fifth highest spender, after the United States, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

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Rebels get Ice-d in the shootout BLOW TWO-GOAL THIRD PERIOD LEAD, FAIL TO SCORE IN SHOOTOUT TO LOSE FIFTH STRAIGHT BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR Ice 4 Rebels 3 (SO) The Red Deer Rebels couldn’t handle success. Then again, they haven’t experienced much in the way of positive results in recent weeks and that trend continued Wednesday as the Kootenay Ice pulled out a 4-3 WHL shootout win before a recorded gathering of 4,209 at the Centrium. The home side led 3-1 early in the third period courtesy of a short-handed breakaway goal by Brooks Maxwell, but the visitors rallied with a pair of markers three minutes apart to force a scoreless overtime. Sam Reinhart notched the lone goal of the shootout as Ice netminder Mackenzie Skapski denied Red Deer shooters Rhyse Dieno, Dominik Volek and Conner Bleackley. “That’s not acceptable. You’re up 3-1 on a team ahead of you in the standings and you have to finish it off,” said Rebels veteran forward Lukas Sutter. “If we can draw a positive from it, we got a point, but we still gave up the extra point to a division rival.” The Ice cut the deficit to 3-2 when Jaedon Descheneau notched his second of the game — and 13th of the season — at 8:16 of the third period, chipping a bouncing puck past Rebels netminder Patrik Bartosak. Ryan Chynoweth connected from a scramble three minutes later and the Ice survived a pair of late short-hand-

ed situations to get to overtime, where they were outshot 4-1 while killing a penalty for the first minute. Despite being outshot 127 in the opening period, the Rebels were the more aggressive team as they banged bodies at will. “You play against a team with guys like (Tim) Bozon, Descheneau and Reinhart . . . they’re tough to play against,” said Sutter. “They’re very skilled guys and you have to be hard on them. We did an all right job of that early, then kind of got away from it in the second and third and they took advantage of their opportunities.” The Rebels led 2-0 at the first intermission on goals by Sutter, who buried a centering pass from Dieno, and Matt Bellerive, whose point shot beat a screened Skapski. “Our first period was good, but I thought we took a step back in the second,” said Sutter. Descheneau got Kootenay on the board 8:29 into the second period while stationed at the edge of the crease. From there, Maxwell potted his third of the season and the Ice rallied and eventually nailed down the victory. “We didn’t close the deal,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter. “When you’re up two goals halfway through the third period you have to be able to shut down the opposition. But we got soft on some things. Their third goal was the result of a soft play . . . we turn it over and it’s in our net.”

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Red Deer Rebel Matt Bellerive finds himself surrounded by Kootenay players in front of Ice goatender Mackenzie Skapski during first-period action at the Centrium, Wednesday. The Rebels undoing, in the end, was their inability to capitalize on either of Kootenay’s late penalties despite applying decent pressure. “We had the power play

and got some opportunities and their goalie made some saves,” said the Rebels bench boss, whose club closed out a seven-game home stretch with a 1-5-0-1 record.

“Obviously it wasn’t a great homestand for us. To get just one win . . . that’s disappointing.”

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Red Sox roll over Cardinals to win World Series BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Red Sox 6 Cardinals 1 BOSTON — There hasn’t been a party like this in New England for nearly a century. Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons. Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha. John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002. With fans roaring on every pitch and cameras flashing, Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out. The Japanese pitcher jumped into the arms of catcher David Ross while Red Sox players rushed from the dugout and bullpen as the Boston theme “Dirty Water” played on the publicaddress system. “I say I work inside a museum, but this is the loudest the museum’s been in a long time,” outfielder Jonny Gomes said. And the Red Sox didn’t have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth’s team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway Park. The 101-year-old ballpark, oldest in the majors, was packed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a celebration 95 years in the making. There wasn’t the cowboy-up comeback charm of “The Idiots” from 2004,


Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. who swept St. Louis to end an 86-year title drought. There wasn’t that cool efficiency of the 2007 team that swept Colorado. This time, they were Boston Strong — playing for a city shaken by the marathon bombings in April. After late-season slumps in 2010 and 2011, the embarrassing revelations of a

chicken-and-beer clubhouse culture that contributed to the ouster of manager Terry Francona, and the daily tumult of Bobby Valentine’s one-year flop, these Red Sox grew on fans. Just like the long whiskers on the players’ faces, starting with Gomes’ scruffy spring training beard. “As soon as we went to Fort Myers,

the movie’s already been written,” Gomes said. “All we had to do was press play, and this is what happened.” Ortiz, the only player remaining from the 2004 champs, was the MVP after a Ruthian World Series. He batted .688 (11 for 16) with two homers, six RBIs and eight walks — including four in the finale — for a .760 on-base percentage in 25 plate appearances. Even slumping Stephen Drew delivered a big hit in Game 6, sending Wacha’s first pitch of the fourth into the right-centre bullpen. By the time the inning was over, RBI singles by Mike Napoli and Victorino had made it 6-0, and the Red Sox were on their way. And now, all over New England, from Connecticut’s Housatonic River up to the Aroostook in Maine, Boston’s eighth championship can be remembered for the beard-yanking bonding. The win capped an emotional season for the Red Sox, one heavy with the memory of the events that unfolded on Patriots Day, when three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox wore “Boston Strong” logos on their left sleeves and erected a large emblem on the Green Monster as a constant reminder. A “B Strong” logo was mowed into centre-field grass at Fenway. “All those that were affected in the tragedy — Boston Strong!” Victorino said. Red, white and blue fireworks fired over the ballpark as Commissioner Bud Selig presented the World Series trophy to Red Sox owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, leaving a smoky haze over the field. “It was an awesome atmosphere here tonight,” Lackey said.

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Stampeders most dominant team this season despite injuries The last weekend of the CFL regular season feaThe worst teams in the league are a toss-up betures what are essentially exhibition games because tween the Eskimos and Bombers. I correctly picked they have no bearing on the final standings. This the CFL East in order at the start of the season, but weekend’s games are more like a job fair for soon- I was off the mark in the CFL West because I picked to-be-unemployed players and coaches the Eskimos to finish ahead of the Riders whose 2014 work schedule is now a seand just behind the second place Stamries of question marks. I flirted with 75 peders. I believed the addition of promper cent prediction accuracy during the ising quarterback Mike Reilly was a big regular season and ended on a 4-0 run improvement for the Eskimos, but I failed last weekend. We will see whether I can to acknowledge the big decline in the Eskido that well in my playoff picks next mos’ defensive play due to player attrition week. on that side of the ball. The Eskimo O-line So this week I will take a look back at was a disaster and they had no run game to the 2013 regular season. The most domisupplement their pass game. nant team in the league was undoubtedly The Bombers were easier to pick as the Calgary Stampeders under the watch basement dwellers because they made no of superstar coach and general manager serious moves to improve their team unJohn Hufnagel. There is a cliché in foottil late in the season when an open audiJIM ball that actually applies to the Stamps: tion began for receivers and quarterbacks. SUTHERLAND “Next man up”. Calgary lost the services There will be at least two head coach vaof future Hall of Famers like guard Dimcancies in the CFL after the end of the seaitri Tsoumpas and receiver Nik Lewis, son when the axe comes down in Edmonton as well as promising Canadian receiver and Winnipeg. Johnny Forzani, and never missed a beat. They lost The decline and fall of the Alouettes became obvistarting quarterback Drew Tate and backup Kevin ous when aging Montreal quarterback Anthony CalGlenn, so they rode the arm of Bo Levi Mitchell, the villo had a slow start and sudden end to his season next man up in Calgary. under a new head coach with no CFL experience and


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a shaky coaching record. GM Jim Popp was forced to take over the coaching reins without Calvillo and has auditioned AC’s potential quarterback successors all season with limited success. BC was my pick for first in the CFL West, but they lost quarterback starter Travis Lulay and have ridden the arm of rookie Thomas DeMarco since Lulay’s injury. The late season additions of battered veteran quarterback Buck Pierce and speedy Stefan Logan are X factors, but it is clear the Leos have struggled for success this year. The Riders have a lot on the line this year because they host the Grey Cup and have a team that could conceivably be in it, under ideal circumstances. Saskatchewan has been a tale of two seasons this year because they were unbeatable early in the year when they mastered all three phases of the game. The dominance of tailback Kory Sheets was a big factor on offence during the first part of the season when he set his sights on a 2,000-yard rushing title. Sheets made a huge contribution to the success of the team and enabled quarterback Darian Durant to produce some of the best numbers of his career in the first half of the season.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013


Local Sports



CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL Calgary 16 10 3 1 2 Medicine Hat 15 10 3 2 0 Kootenay 16 8 6 2 0 Edmonton 16 8 7 0 1 Red Deer 15 6 8 0 1 Lethbridge 16 2 11 1 2

Power plays (goal-chances) — Kootenay: 0-2; Red Deer: 0-3. GA 53 52 51 67 58 63

Pt 19 17 16 16 15 14

GF 60 60 49 58 43 40

GA 54 42 52 47 49 77

Pt 23 22 18 17 13 7

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Kelowna 13 9 2 0 2 53 Victoria 17 9 7 0 1 42 Prince George 18 7 8 1 2 48 Vancouver 17 6 9 1 1 49 Kamloops 16 5 10 1 0 44

GA 32 44 62 64 58

Pt 20 19 17 14 11

U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 16 12 3 0 1 82 55 25 Seattle 16 11 3 0 2 64 53 24 Everett 14 10 2 2 0 49 36 22 Spokane 16 11 5 0 0 62 40 22 Tri-City 17 8 8 0 1 44 46 17 d-division leader; x-clinched playoff berth. Note: Division leaders ranked in top three positions per conference regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns Tuesday’s results Swift Current 3 Lethbridge 2 (SO) Medicine Hat 3 Prince Albert 1 Vancouver 6 Prince George 5 Seattle 4 Brandon 2 Wednesday’s results Kootenay 4 Red Deer 3 (SO) Regina 3 Moose Jaw 0 Medicine Hat 4 Saskatoon 3 Portland 5 Brandon 2 Kamloops 5 Spokane 4 Vancouver 3 Prince George 2 (OT) Friday’s games Regina at Prince Albert, 7 p.m. Swift Current at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m. Tri-City at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Kelowna at Prince George, 8 p.m. Red Deer at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Spokane at Vancouver, 8:30 p.m. Brandon at Everett, 8:35 p.m. Portland at Seattle, 8:35 p.m. Wednesday’s summary Ice 4, Rebels 3 (SO) First Period 1. Red Deer, Sutter 3 (Maxwell, Dieno) 13:10 2. Red Deer, Bellerive 6 (Fleury, Bleackley) 19:53 Penalties — Doetzel RD (hooking) 6:16, Martin Koo (fighting), Dixon RD (fighting) 14:33, Cross Koo (roughing), Sutter RD (cross-checking) 15:14. Second Period 3. Kootenay, Descheneau 12 (Dirk, Reinhart) 8:29 Penalties — Elynuik Koo (unsportsmanlike conduct) 14:23. Third Period 4. Red Deer, Maxwell 3 (Doetzel) 3:49 (sh) 5. Kootenay, Descheneau 13 (Alfaro, Hubic) 8:16 6. Kootenay, Chynoweth 2 (Valiev) 11:20 Penalties — Chorney RD (hooking) 2:54, Descheneau Koo (hooking) 17:03, Chynoweth Koo (interference) 18:59. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties —None. Shootout Kootenay wins 1-0 Kootenay : Bozon miss, Reinhart goal, Valiev miss. Red Deer : Dieno miss, Volek miss, Bleackley miss. Shots on goal Kootenay 12 11 9 2 3 — 33 Red Deer 7 8 9 4 3 — 28 Goal — Kootenay: Skapski (W, 6-4-2); Red Deer: Bartosak (LS, 5-6-0).

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Toronto 14 10 4 0 20 48 32 Tampa Bay 12 8 4 0 16 40 33 Montreal 13 8 5 0 16 37 23 Boston 11 7 4 0 14 32 20 Detroit 12 6 4 2 14 27 33 Ottawa 12 4 6 2 10 35 38 Florida 12 3 7 2 8 26 42 Buffalo 14 2 11 1 5 23 41 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 13 9 4 0 18 41 31 Carolina 12 4 5 3 11 26 36 N.Y. Islanders 12 4 5 3 11 37 39 Columbus 11 5 6 0 10 31 29 Washington 12 5 7 0 10 34 38 New Jersey 12 3 5 4 10 26 37 N.Y. Rangers 11 4 7 0 8 18 37 Philadelphia 11 3 8 0 6 20 30 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Colorado 11 10 1 0 20 35 16 Chicago 13 8 2 3 19 45 38 St. Louis 10 7 1 2 16 38 25 Minnesota 13 6 4 3 15 30 31 Nashville 12 6 5 1 13 23 32 Winnipeg 14 5 7 2 12 34 40 Dallas 12 5 6 1 11 31 36 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 12 10 1 1 21 48 20 Anaheim 13 10 3 0 20 42 33 Vancouver 14 9 4 1 19 41 39 Phoenix 13 8 3 2 18 43 40 Los Angeles 13 8 5 0 16 36 33 Calgary 12 5 5 2 12 36 43 Edmonton 14 3 9 2 8 36 54 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 3, N.Y. Islanders 2 Anaheim 3, Philadelphia 2 Montreal 2, Dallas 1 New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1 Chicago 6, Ottawa 5 St. Louis 3, Winnipeg 2 Toronto 4, Edmonton 0 Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 1 Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2 Toronto 4, Calgary 2 Detroit at Vancouver, late San Jose at Los Angeles, late Thursday’s Games Anaheim at Boston, 5 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. Nashville at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s summary Maple Leafs 4, Flames 2 First Period 1. Toronto, Lupul 7 (Gardiner, Kadri) 7:56 2. Toronto, van Riemsdyk 7 (McClement) 19:56 (sh) Penalties — McLaren Tor (fighting), McGrattan Cgy (fighting) 1:22, Wideman Cgy (slashing) 5:51, Clarkson Tor (hooking) 13:19, Bolland Tor (slashing) 19:16. Second Period 3. Calgary, Stajan 1 (Glencross, Brodie) 17:03 Penalties — Kessel Tor (interference) 12:22, Ashton Tor (fighting, boarding), O’Brien Cgy (fighting, instigator, misconduct) 16:56. Third Period 4. Toronto, Raymond 5 (Clarkson) 5:59 5. Calgary, Jones 3 (Russell, Wideman) 14:39 6. Toronto, Ranger 1 (unassisted) 18:38 (sh, en) Penalties — Bolland Tor (hooking) 9:54, Clarkson Tor (boarding) 17:00 Shots on goal Toronto 7 8 7 — 22 Calgary 15 20 8 — 43 Goal — Toronto: Bernier (W, 6-4-0); Calgary: Ramo (L, 2-3-1). Power plays (goal-chances) — Toronto: 0-1; Calgary: 0-5.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL The Notre Dame Cougars pulled off one of their biggest wins of the season as they downed the Lindsay Thurber Raiders 2519, 25-22, 25-20 in Central Alberta 4A Boys’ Volleyball League play Wednesday. The win gave the Cougars first place in the league and a bye into the zone finals. The Raiders and Hunting Hills Lightning will meet in the semifinal. Colton Bodwell was the Cougars player of the match. For several members of the Cougars it’s the first time in four years they have defeated the Raiders.

OLDS GRIZZLYS SHERWOOD PARK — Jake Tomagi made 35 saves and Jack Goranson had a goal and an assist as the Olds Grizzlys beat the Sherwood Park Crusaders 2-1 in an AJHL game viewed by 404 fans Wednesday. Ryan Kruper notched the lone goal for the Crusaders, who got a 24-save outing from Zac Klassen.


REBELS: On the road The Rebels headed west following the game and were scheduled to practise in Abbotsford, B.C., this morning before starting a six-game road trip with Friday and Saturday games versus the Victoria Royals. “We can get out on the road and hopefully find a consistent game where we play 60 minutes,” said Brent Sutter. “We can be together and spend some time together as a team. “We’ll take the point tonight. We can look at that as a step in the first direction. We can also find another positive in that we were up in a hockey game with 10 minutes left, not behind like we have been. But we have to find a way to close the deal. It’s just something we have to continue to work with.” ● The Rebels were minus the services of rookie forward Adam Musil, who was fitted with a cast for a broken hand. Musil played through the injury for two weeks before being forced to sit out . . . Bartosak, who finished with 30 saves, was somewhat of a surprise starter. The veteran netminder was injured during last Friday’s loss to the visiting Saskatoon Blades and rookie Taz Burman was originally slated to get the call Wednesday . . . Skapski faced 28 shots while earning his sixth win of the season.

SERIES: Memories Among the players blamed for the indifferent culture at the end of the Francona years, Lackey took the mound two days shy of the second anniversary of his elbow surgery and got his first Series win since the 2002 clincher. He pitched shutout ball into the seventh, when Carlos Beltran’s RBI single ended the Cardinals’

x-Toronto x-Hamilton x-Montreal Winnipeg

x-Calgary x-Sask. x-BC Lions Edmonton

GP 17 17 17 17 GP 17 17 17 17

CFL East Division W L T 11 6 0 9 8 0 7 10 0 3 14 0

PF 487 416 436 354

West Division W L T 14 3 0 11 6 0 10 7 0 3 14 0

PF 542 493 478 391

PA 435 461 451 548 PA 387 368 454 493

Pt 22 18 14 6 Pt 28 22 20 6

Week 19 Friday’s games Montreal at Toronto, 5 p.m. Friday’s games Calgary at BC Lions, 8 p.m. Saturday, November 2 Hamilton at Winnipeg, noon Edmonton at Saskatchewan, 3 p.m. Canadian Football League Leaders TORONTO — Unofficial CFL scoring leaders following Week 18 (x—scored two-point convert): TD C FG S Pt Paredes, Cal 0 49 52 2 207 Whyte, Mtl 0 41 41 10 174 Milo, Sask 0 44 42 2 172 McCallum, BC 0 44 24 7 123 Congi, Ham 0 34 24 3 109 Waters, Tor 0 21 18 10 85 Cornish, Cal 14 0 0 0 84 Prefontaine, Tor 0 27 15 9 81 x-Sheets, Sask 13 2 0 0 80 O’Neill, BC-Edm 0 28 15 6 79 Green, Mtl 13 0 0 0 78 Shaw, Edm 0 14 18 7 75 DeAngelis, Wpg 0 23 16 2 73 Gable, Ham 12 0 0 0 72 Stamps, Edm 11 0 0 0 66 Gore, BC 10 0 0 0 60 Harris, BC 10 0 0 0 60 x-Dressler, Sask 9 4 0 0 58 McDaniel, Cal 9 0 0 0 54 x-Chiles, Tor 8 4 0 0 52 Goltz, Wpg 8 0 0 0 48 LeFevour, Ham 8 0 0 0 48 Barnes, Tor 7 0 0 0 42 Getzlaf, Sask 7 0 0 0 42 Price, Cal 7 0 0 0 42 Ta.Smith, Sask 7 0 0 0 42 Palardy, Wpg 0 12 9 1 40 x-N.Moore, BC 6 2 0 0 38 Arceneaux, BC 6 0 0 0 36 Ellingson, Ham 6 0 0 0 36 Inman, Tor 6 0 0 0 36 Simpson, Wpg 6 0 0 0 36 x-C.Taylor, BC 5 2 0 0 32 Lauther, Ham 0 10 6 3 31 A.Bowman, Edm 5 0 0 0 30 Collaros, Tor 5 0 0 0 30 Ford, Wpg 5 0 0 0 30 Koch, Edm 5 0 0 0 30 x-Chambers, Edm 4 2 0 0 26 National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 6 2 0 .750 179 N.Y. Jets 4 4 0 .500 143 Miami 3 4 0 .429 152 Buffalo 3 5 0 .375 176 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 5 2 0 .714 187 Tennessee 3 4 0 .429 145 Houston 2 5 0 .286 122 Jacksonville 0 8 0 .000 86 North

PA 144 211 167 213 PA 131 146 194 264

Cincinnati Baltimore Cleveland Pittsburgh

W 6 3 3 2

Kansas City Denver San Diego Oakland

W 8 7 4 3

L 2 4 5 5 West L 0 1 3 4

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .750 .429 .375 .286

PF 197 150 148 125

PA 144 148 179 153

T Pct 0 1.000 0 .875 0 .571 0 .429

PF 192 343 168 126

PA 98 218 144 150

PF 230 176 173 141

PA 186 211 229 223

PF 196 170 166 100

PA 120 96 184 163

PF 212 217 213 163

PA 158 197 206 225

PF 205 218 160 165

PA 125 145 174 198

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Dallas 4 4 0 .500 Philadelphia 3 5 0 .375 Washington 2 5 0 .286 N.Y. Giants 2 6 0 .250 South W L T Pct New Orleans 6 1 0 .857 Carolina 4 3 0 .571 Atlanta 2 5 0 .286 Tampa Bay 0 7 0 .000 North W L T Pct Green Bay 5 2 0 .714 Detroit 5 3 0 .625 Chicago 4 3 0 .571 Minnesota 1 6 0 .143 West W L T Pct Seattle 7 1 0 .875 San Francisco 6 2 0 .750 Arizona 4 4 0 .500 St. Louis 3 5 0 .375 Monday’s Game Seattle 14, St. Louis 9

Sunday, Nov. 3 Minnesota at Dallas, 11 a.m. Tennessee at St. Louis, 11 a.m. Atlanta at Carolina, 11 a.m. New Orleans at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m. Kansas City at Buffalo, 11 a.m. San Diego at Washington, 11 a.m. Philadelphia at Oakland, 2:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 2:05 p.m. Baltimore at Cleveland, 2:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at New England, 2:25 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 6:30 p.m. Open: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco Monday, Nov. 4 Chicago at Green Bay, 6:40 p.m. NFL Odds (Odds supplied by Western Canada Lottery; favourites in capital letters) Spread O/U Thursday CINCINNATI at Miami 2.5 42.5 Sunday KANSAS CITY at Buffalo 4.5 40.5 TENNESSEE at St. Louis 2.5 39.5 NEW ORLEANS at NY Jets 5.5 45.5 San Diego at WASHINGTON 0.5 51.5 Minnesota at DALLAS 10.5 47.5 Atlanta at CAROLINA 7.5 43.5 Tampa Bay at SEATTLE 16.5 39.5 PHILADELPHIA at Oakland NA NA Pittsburgh at NEW ENGLAND 7.5 44.5 BALTIMORE at Cleveland 2.5 40.5 INDIANAPOLIS at Houston 2.5 44.5 Monday Chicago at GREEN BAY 10.5 49.5

Phoenix Sacramento L.A. Lakers L.A. Clippers

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 1 0 1.000 — New York 1 0 1.000 — Philadelphia 1 0 1.000 — Brooklyn 0 1 .000 1 Boston 0 1 .000 1

Miami Atlanta Charlotte Washington Orlando

Indiana Cleveland Detroit Chicago Milwaukee

Central Division W L Pct 2 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 0 1 .000 0 1 .000

GB — 1/2 1/2 1 1

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 1 0 1.000 — Dallas 1 0 1.000 — Houston 1 0 1.000 — New Orleans 0 1 .000 1 Memphis 0 1 .000 1

Minnesota Oklahoma City Denver Portland Utah

Golden State

Northwest Division W L Pct GB 1 0 1.000 — 1 0 1.000 — 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 1 Pacific Division W L Pct 1 0 1.000

slump with runners in scoring position at 0 for 14. Junichi Tazawa came in with the bases loaded and retired Allen Craig on an inning-ending grounder to first. Brandon Workman followed in the eighth and Uehara finished. St. Louis had been seeking its second title in three seasons, but the Cardinals sputtered. Symbolic of the team’s struggles, reliever Trevor Rosenthal tripped while throwing a pitch to Ortiz in the eighth, balking Dustin Pedroia to second. Pedroia had brought back memories of Carlton Fisk’s 1975 Game 6-winning home run, sending a first-inning drive about 10 feet foul of the Green Monster foul pole — and waving his left arm once to try to urge the ball fair as he came out of the batter’s box. Lackey escaped a two-on, none-out jam in the second when he retired Matt Adams and David Freese on flyouts and, after a wild pitch, struck out Jon Jay. Boston wasted a similar threat in the bottom half, then went ahead on the third. Jacoby Ellsbury singled leading off and went to second on Pedroia’s grounder. Ortiz was intentionally walked, Napoli struck out and Gomes was hit above the left elbow with a pitch, loading the bases. Victorino, wearing red, white and blue spikes with an American flag motif, had been 0 for 10 in the Series and missed the previous two games with a bad back. Dropped from second to sixth in the batting order, he took two balls and a called strike, then turned on a 93 mph fastball and sent it high off the Green Monster, the 37-foot-high wall in left. Gomes slid home as Yadier Molina took Matt Holliday’s one-hop throw and applied the tag, then argued with plate umpire Jim Joyce.

GB —

● Curling: World Curling Tour — Red Deer Classic at Pidherney Centre. ● Senior high volleyball: Hunting Hills girls/boys tournament. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Stampeders at Red Deer Northstar, 11:30 a.m., Arena. ● High school football: Central Alberta League, A-side, Lacombe at Rocky, third place, noon; Sylvan Lake at Hunting Hills, championship final, 4 p.m., Great Chief Park. ● Major midget girls hockey: Highwood at Red Deer, 12:30 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Major bantam hockey: Calgary Bisons at Red Deer Black, 12:45 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex; Leduc at Red Deer White, 2 p.m., Arena. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Blackhawks at Red Deer Elks, 4:45 p.m., Arena; Sylvan Lake at Lacombe, 8:15 p.m. ● Peewee AA hockey: Foothills at Sylvan Lake, 5:30 p.m.; Okotoks at Lacombe, 5:45 p.m. ● AJHL: Okotoks at Olds, 7:30 p.m. ● College volleyball: Olds at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Mountainview at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena; Ponoka at Three Hills, 8 p.m. ● WHL: Red Deer at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. (The Drive).


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● Curling: World Curling Tour — Red Deer Classic at Pidherney Centre. ● Senior high volleyball: Hunting Hills girls/boys tournament. ● High school football: Central Alberta League, B-side, Wetaskiwin at Stettler, third place, 3:45 p.m.; Lindsay Thurber at Camrose, first place, 7:30 p.m. ● College basketball: Olds at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● Peewee AA hockey: Bow Valley at Lacombe, 6 p.m. ● College men’s hockey: SAIT at RDC, 7:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Three Hills, 8 p.m. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Bruins at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 8 p.m., Arena. ● WHL: Red Deer at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. (The Drive).


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Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia 114, Miami 110 Cleveland 98, Brooklyn 94 Toronto 93, Boston 87 Detroit 113, Washington 102 New York 90, Milwaukee 83 Minnesota 120, Orlando 115, OT Houston 96, Charlotte 83 Indiana 95, New Orleans 90 Dallas 118, Atlanta 109 San Antonio 101, Memphis 94 Oklahoma City 101, Utah 98 Phoenix 104, Portland 91 Sacramento 90, Denver 88 Golden State 125, L.A. Lakers 94 Thursday’s Games New York at Chicago, 6 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m. Red Deer Ladies Basketball Big Ballers 38 Storm 33 Ballers: Alana Sherba 13,. Storm: Rebecca Girvan, Shannon Van Parys 8. POG: Ballers: Sherba. Storm: Girvan Hoosier Daddy 66 Spartans 53 Hoosier: Mallory Jones 20. Spartans: Carla Stewart 16. POG: Hoosier: Jones. Spartans: Jaci Horvath . Shooting Stars 50 The Bank 31 Stars: Candace Stamp 15. Bank: Kendal McElroy, Karli Hoffman 7. POG: Stars: Cathy Zoleta. Bank: Alyssa Haasbeck. Funk 51 Triple Threat 34 Funk: Shalene Rascher 17. Treat: Ingrid Luymes 12. POG: Funk: Rascher. Threat: Luymes.

focus on Sheets until his knee injury took him out of the lineup. The result was added pressure on Durant to produce as a pure pocket passer and he failed the test because his strength has always been his mobility and willingness to run the ball during his earlier years. Defences knew where to find Durant and he started to throw more interceptions than touchdowns (10 TD-11 Int) in the second half of the season. He never went below a 102.4 efficiency rating in his first eight starts and only cracked 100 (100.7) once in his final eight starts. He nose-dived down to 43.6 in one game and averaged well below what is considered adequate quarterback efficiency along the way. Championship teams are formed in the second half of the season when tendencies become evident to coaches and are exploited by them. Success in the playoffs is simple: Durant will have to re-introduce himself as a running quarterback to offset his obvious deficiencies as a passing quarterback. Next week: the playoffs. Jim Sutherland is a Red Deer freelance writer



● Curling: World Curling Tour — Red Deer Classic at Pidherney Centre. ● Peewee AA hockey: Wheatland at Red Deer Parkland, 10:30 a.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Major bantam hockey: Rocky Mountain at Red Deer White, noon, Arena. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Blackhawks at Lacombe, 2 p.m. ● Bantam AA hockey: Airdrie at Red Deer Steel Kings 2:15 p.m., Kinex; Red Deer Ramada at Sylvan Lake, 5 p.m. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Gold at Red Deer Northstar, 2:45 p.m., Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Medicine Hat at Blackfalds, 3:30 p.m. ● Men’s basketball: Grandview Allstars vs. Rusty Chuckers, Sheraton Red Deer vs. The Secret Runs, Alken Basin Drillers vs. Gord Scott Nissan, 4:15 p.m., Lindsay Thurber; Carstar vs. Dream Team, Orangemen vs. Monstars, Triple A Batteries vs. Triple Threat, 5:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber.

Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions HOCKEY National Hockey League DALLAS STARS — Reassigned F Travis Morin to Texas (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Reassigned G Louis Domingue from Gwinnett (ECHL) to Portland (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS — Assigned F Nicklas Jensen to Utica (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Recalled C Michael Latta and D Dmitry Orlov from Hershey (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Reassigned F Patrice Cormier to St. John’s (AHL). Central Hockey League ARIZONA SUNDOGS — Signed D Garrett Clarke. Waived F Bryce Reddick. ST. CHARLES CHILL — Signed D Tony DeHart. Waived Fs Matt Whitehead and Sean Fitzpatrick. TULSA OILERS — Signed F Alexandre Beauregard. FOOTBALL National Football League BALTIMORE RAVENS — Released S Michael Huff and DE Marcus Spears. Signed Ss Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick from the practice squad and WR Kamar Aiken and QB Nick Stephens to the practice squad. BUFFALO BILLS — Signed DT Stefan Charles off Tennessee’s practice squad. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Placed S Taylor Mays on injured reserve. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Released TE Kevin Brock. Signed OL Rokevious Watkins from the practice squad and TE Dominique Jones to the practice squad. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Re-signed DL Brian Sanford.

Soccer Co-Ed 14/16 Mr. Lube Forest 8 Mr. Lube Champagne 4 Defensive player: Andrea Reyes; Offensive player: Mohammad Gargum.

THIS WEEK! QUEENS HOCKEY vs. NAIT | Thu, Oct 31 7:00 pm | Red Deer Arena KINGS HOCKEY vs. SAIT | Fri, Nov 1 7:15 pm | Penhold Multiplex BASKETBALL (Queens play first; Kings follow) vs. Olds College | Fri, Nov 1 6:00 pm | RDC Main Gym VOLLEYBALL (Queens play first; Kings follow) vs. Olds College | Sat, Nov 2 6:00 pm | RDC Main Gym

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Peterman rink looking for a win RED DEER FOURSOME EXCITED TO PLAY ON HOME ICE AT CURLING CLASSIC BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR The desire to return to the world junior curling championship still burns brightly for Jocelyn Peterman and her Red Deer foursome, but they are running out of time. The 2012 Canadian junior women’s champions who went on to post a 6-3 round-robin record at the worlds in Sweden before losing to Russia in a tie-breaker, are in their final season of junior eligibility. To give themselves an edge, the foursome — which plays out of the Glencoe Curling Club, the home of a National Training Centre — is competing on the World Curling Tour this fall and are entered in the Red Deer Curling Classic running Friday to Monday at the Pidherney Centre. The Peterman crew, consisting also of third Brittany Tran, second Rebecca Konschuh and lead Kristine Anderson, lost 6-4 to Olympic silver medalist Cheryl Bernard in the final of the WCT’s Good Times ‘spiel in Calgary in September, earning $1,200 as runnersup. “That was really early but it was a good way to start off the year, for sure,” said the 20-year-old Peterman. “It gave us a lot of confidence going into these ladies (WCT) events. It showed us that we can be successful at this level so we have a lot of motivation to go into these events and expect

some success.” The Peterman foursome posted a 0-3 record in the Autumn Gold Classic in Calgary earlier this month and will be focused on getting back on a winning track this weekend. “It’s always nice to play in our home club,” said the skip, who attends the University of Calgary. “Brittany and I grew up playing at that club and it will be exciting to go back there and play in a big event.” The 2013 Red Deer Curling Classic women’s field features only 20 teams, down from 32 in past years due to the scheduling of a Grand Slam event in Abbotsford, B.C., this weekend and the Olympic Pre-Trials starting Tuesday in Kitchener, Ont. “Yeah, there’s not quite the same amount and the same level of teams this year, but we’re still looking forward to some good competition and hopefully we can qualify,” said Peterman, whose team didn’t earn any money in the 2012 Classic but did give former world champion Jennifer Jones a scare before losing in an A-event qualifier. The Red Deer WCT ‘spiel will be the last of three on the season for Peterman, Mount Royal students Tran and Konschuh, and Anderson, a hairdresser, as the team prepares for the Southern Alberta junior women’s playdowns Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Lethbridge and the SACA women’s playdowns, set for Dec. 13-15 at Black Diamond. The Red Deer Classic women’s field

features two teams from Switzerland — skipped by Bina Feltscher-Beel and Alina Paetz — as well as foursomes from Korea, Sweden and China. Peterman will take on EunJung of Korea in Friday’s 9:30 a.m. opening draw of the $38,000 event. The men’s division, which also offers $38,000 in prize money, has a field of 32 teams and includes 2013 Saskatchewan champion Brock Virtue of Regina, who has Red Deer’s Chris Schille at second, 2012 Saskatchewan champ Scott Manners of North Battleford, perennial Northwest Territories champion Jamie Koe and last year’s Classic winner Brenden Bottcher of Edmonton, who captured the 2012 world junior title. Red Deer will be represented by the Red Deer foursome of skip Dustin Eckstrand, third Scott Cruickshank and front-enders Joel Peterman and Shaun Planaden. The men’s and women’s finals will be played Monday at 3 p.m. Friday’s opening draws: Women 9:30 a.m. — Alina Paetz, Baden, Switzerland vs. Allison MacInnes, Kamloops; Joceyln Peterman, Red Deer vs. EunJung Kim, Korea; Trish Paulson, Saskatoon vs. Bina Feltscher-Beel, Switzerland; Jill Thurston, Saskatoon vs. Delia DeJong, Grande Prairie. 1 p.m. — Kristie Moore, Sexsmith vs. Tanilla Doyle, Calgary; Jessie Kaufman, Spruce Grove vs. Cissi Ostlund, Karstad, Sweden; Amy Nixon, Calgary

vs. Yilun Jiang, Harbin, China. 4:30 p.m. — Tiffany Gaume, Edmonton vs. winner of Paetz/MacInnes; Teryn Hamilton, Calgary vs. winner of Peterman/Kim; Heather Jensen, Calgary vs. winner of Paulson/FeltscherBeel; Brett Barber, Biggar, Sask. vs. winner of Thurston/DeJong. 8 p.m. — Casey Scheidegger, Lethbridge vs. Leslie Rogers, Edmonton. Men 9:30 a.m. — Brock Virtue, Regina vs. Chang-Min Kim, Uiseong, Korea; Kevin Park, Edmonton vs. Rob Schlender, Airdrie; Wade White, Edmonton vs. Dejia Zau, Harbin, China; Matthew Blandford, Calgary vs. Joel Jordison, Regina; Josh Heidt, Kerrobert, Sask. vs. Rob Maksymetz, Grande Prairie; Warren Cross, Edmonton vs. Oskar Eriksson, Lit, Sweden; Kevin MacKenzie, Kelowna vs. Dustin Eckstrand, Red Deer; Peter DeCruz, Geneva, Switzerland vs. Scott Manners, North Battleford, Sask. 1 p.m. — Jason Jacobson, Saskatoon vs. Tom Appelman, Edmonton; Brenden Bottcher, Edmonton vs. Patrick Mabergs, Skelleftea, Sweden; Dean Ross, Edmonton vs. Jeff Richard, Kelowna; John Stroh, Medicine Hat vs. Mario Freiberger, Zug, Switzerland; Scott Bitz, Regina vs. Jamie Koe, Yellowknife; Shane Park, Edmonton vs. Trevor Perepolkin, Vernon; Fengchun Wang, Harbin, China vs. Matt Willerton, Edmonton; Sean O’Connor, Calgary vs. Brad Heidt, Kerrobert, Sask.

Bernier backstops Maple Raptors open season with win Leafs to win over Flames over Celtics BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Maple Leafs 4 Flames 2 CALGARY — James van Riemsdyk scored a pivotal short-handed goal and Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves Wednesday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs made it three wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Late in the first period with the Flames down 1-0 but on the power play, van Riemsdyk carried the puck out of his own end, worked a give-and-go with Jay McClement after crossing the Calgary blueline and from 30 feet, snapped a shot over the glove of Karri Ramo. The goal gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, a period in which Calgary outshot Toronto 15-7. The visitors would not relinquish that lead the rest of the night. It was Toronto’s first victory in Calgary since Dec. 27, 2002. The Leafs had lost their last seven visits to the Scotiabank Saddledome. Joffrey Lupul, Mason Raymond and Paul Ranger into an empty net — also shorthanded — rounded out the scoring for Toronto (10-4-0). The Leafs wrap up their three-game road trip through Western Canada on Saturday in Vancouver. Matt Stajan and David Jones scored for Calgary (5-5-2), which loses at home in regulation for the first time (3-1-1). The Flames wrap up a three-game homestand Friday against Detroit. Entering the night, the storyline was Phil Kessel, who had seven goals and 10 points in the previous four games to climb into a tie for second in the NHL’s scoring race behind Sidney Crosby. However, the Flames — like they blanked Alex Ovechkin in their previous game — were also able to hold Kessel off the scoreboard. Calgary couldn’t muster enough offence against Bernier despite holding a 43-22 edge in shots on the night. Bernier was playing for the first time in three games and simply didn’t give the Flames much, despite Calgary having the territorial edge. As is always the case when To-


Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier, right, stops a shot from Calgary Flames’ David Jones during first period NHL action in Calgary, Wednesday. ronto visits Calgary, the Saddledome’s ’sea of red’ turned into a mixture of blue and red with plenty of very vocal Toronto supporters on hand. With Toronto clinging to a 2-1 lead, they visiting fans got something to cheer about 5:59 into the third period when David Clarkson took the puck to the net. Although Clarkson was stopped by Ramo, Raymond was right there to tuck the rebound inside the goal post. Scoring against Calgary is nothing new for Raymond, a native of nearby Cochrane. It’s his 11th career goal against the Flames, the most he’s scored against any team. Calgary fought back to within one again when Jones deflected Kris Russell’s point shot at 14:39 of the third, but they could not get back to even despite getting a man advantage with three minutes left when Clarkson was sent off for boarding. It was the second boarding penalty of the night for Toronto. In the second, Carter Ashton

sent Flames defenceman Derek Smith head first into the boards from behind, an incident that resulted in a fight between Ashton and Sean O’Brien, who jumped in to Smith’s defence. Smith left the ice on his own, albeit slowly. He did not play the rest of the period but did return in the third. It was shortly after that with the teams playing four aside that Curtis Glencross spun away from Nazem Kadri along the boards and sent pass into the slot where Stajan fired a shot over Bernier’s glove. It was second goal in five career games against the team that drafted Stajan and who he played 445 games with, before being traded to Calgary in a multi-player trade in December 2009 that brought Dion Phaneuf to the Leafs. Toronto entered the night having been outshot in 10 straight games and that pattern continued with the Flames piling up a 15-7 edge in shots after the first period.

Raptors 93 Celtics 87 TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors weren’t about to let their season opener slip away. Rudy Gay poured in 19 points as the Toronto Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 93-87 on Wednesday to usher in a new NBA season. Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan had 13 points apiece, while Kyle Lowry had 10 points and eight assists, and Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 11 rebounds to go with eight points. Boston’s Jeff Green had 26 points to lead all scorers, while Brandon Bass added 17. The Raptors had squandered a 16-point third quarter lead and the game was tied 71-71 with a quarter left to play. But Johnson stepped back to drain a three-pointer to put Toronto up by four points with 6:21 to play, bringing the capacity crowd of 20,155 at the Air Canada Centre to its feet and injecting some late-game life into the Raptors. DeRozan scored with two-and-a-half minutes to play to give Toronto a 10-point lead. Former Raptor Kris Humphries scored to pull the Celtics within five with under a minute to go, but that was as close as Boston would come. Canadian Kelly Olynyk, who was born in Toronto and moved to Kamloops, B.C., made his NBA regularseason debut, finishing with two points in 16 minutes for the Celtics. The night began with the traditional season-opening glitz and glamour. Players marched across a brightly lit stage to introductions while a drum line played. Gay took the mic and addressed the crowd, saying “Thanks for your support. Go Raps!” Jon Bon Jovi sat courtside sandwiched between Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., and Larry Tanenbaum, MLSE’s chairman. Former Raptors fan favourite Morris Peterson was also at the game. The Raptors are hoping this is the season they finally end their playoff drought. They went 34-48 last season to miss the post-season for the fifth straight year, then Leiweke virtually cleaned house in the front office, most notably hiring Masai Ujiri to replace Bryan Colangelo as general manager. Management made few changes to the product on the floor, though, as all five starters Wednesday — Lowry, DeRozan, Gay, Johnson and Valanciunas — were back from last year, compared to this night last season when three of the starters were brand new. The Raptors had beaten Boston twice in the preseason, winning six of seven exhibitions. The Celtics, who dealt veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn in the off-season, went just 2-6. The Celtics led for the entire first quarter, despite a strong start for Valanciunas — he hauled down six rebounds in the frame — and Boston took a 26-21 lead into the second.

Records up for grabs as Stamps close out season against Lions BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders’ regularseason finale is an odd mix. The result has no significance in the standings or playoff implications, but head coach John Hufnagel faces a balancing act as he tries to prepare his charges for the post-season, while giving some players a chance to set remarkable records. The Stampeders (14-3) close out the regular season in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions on Friday. Calgary secured first place in the CFL’s West Division with a 29-25 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Saturday. Calgary hosts the division final Nov. 17. After Friday’s game, the Stampeders benefit from a few days of rest that division semifinalists Saskatchewan and B.C. won’t get as they prepare for their playoff game Nov. 10 in Regina. Hufnagel wants to put every player he takes to Vancouver on the field Friday to ensure they are all ready for the post-season. That includes the three quarterbacks Kevin Glenn, Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell. Hufnagel has said Glenn will start, but his plan is for each man to take multiple snaps. Then there are the Stampeders looking to set personal milestones. Running back Jon Cornish is just under a 100 yards from breaking a franchise record for single-season rushing yards held by Willie Bur-

den since 1975. Defensive end Charleston Hughes is two sacks from a club record 20. At 207 points, kicker Rene Paredes is 14 points away from a Stampeder season record. If Paredes can maintain his 94.5 per cent success rate through Friday, that’s a CFL record. At 15th victory would also match a Stampeder record. Calgary had 15 wins three consecutive seasons from 1993 to 1995 when Wally Buono was the coach. Hufnagel would prefer to not wear out his starters or lose any of them to injury in Friday’s no-stakes game. How the coach will employ them depends on how successful his team is in the game, he says. “We’re going out to try and win a football game against a good football team,” Hufnagel said Wednesday. “I’m going to have a rotation. We’ll see how it plays out. I have no definitive system except for the quarterbacks. The quarterbacks will hopefully get equal playing time.” Cornish, the CFL’s leading rusher at 1,799 yards, is both 98 yards from Burden’s club record and from the third most in one season in CFL history. Mike Pringle ran for 1,972 yards and 2,065 in 1994 and 1998 respectively. “Not really too worried about breaking any records,” Cornish said. “I had a good season. There’s only two other people that rushed more than me in the CFL and that’s not bad. That’s not bad. “I’m planning on playing the game until we secure the victory. Probably at least a half or three quarters.

They’ll probably try and give me the opportunity to get to the record.” Cornish, from New Westminster, B.C., has smashed his own CFL record for single-season rushing yards by a Canadian running back. CFL sack leader Hughes needs two to surpass the club record of 19 by Harold Hallman in 1986. “I don’t expect to play a lot,” Hughes said. “It just all depends on the flow of the game right? If I’m pass-rushing good and feel like I can get two sacks, I’ll probably continue to play, but I’m not really getting much pressure and the flow of the game isn’t going the way I thought it would, I’d probably just go ahead and sit it out. “I’m too overly concerned about it. More concerned about winning the game and going into this playoff on top. I still surpassed my personal goal that I set for myself. One per game is pretty good I guess.” Calgary’s offence needs to be at full steam Friday for Paredes to get enough opportunities for the points record. Paredes already set a CFL record this season for the most consecutive field goals made at 39. He can’t afford a miss Friday in order to stay above league’s current success rate record of 94.3 per cent, which was set two years ago by current Lions kicker Paul McCallum. “Any type of record is important to anybody,” Paredes said. “I’m going out there every week and my job is to make the field goals, so I’m preparing the same way as any game. We’ll see what happens.”




THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Central Alberta Refugee Effort’s Cultural Cafe will celebrate the Day of the Dead Mexican style on Tuesday. The public is invited to attend to learn all about Dia de los Muertos and meet members of the local Mexican community. Mexican refreshments will be served. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the CARE office, 301A-5000 (Little) Gaetz Ave. For more information, contact Jan at 403-346-8818 or at jan. underwood@care2centre. ca.

RIVERSIDE MEADOWS AGM Crime prevention and land use issues are likely to come up at the Riverside Meadows Community Association’s annual general meeting on Wednesday. The association is looking for new members who are willing to take up the challenge to bring new ideas and lead the organization forward. Some members of the current executive will soon be retiring. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Meadows Activity Centre (6021 57th Ave.). For more information, email riversidemeadows@gmail. com or leave a message at 403-346-7414 or on Riverside Meadows in Red Deer on Facebook.

ZENTANGLE OFFERED Zentangle yourself in an expressive, creative and relaxing form of art therapy being offered by the Epilepsy Association of Central Alberta on Wednesday. The event Zentangle for Beginners is designed to help people tap into inner thoughts that may be difficult to verbalize. It is being held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the United Way office in Red Deer at 4811 48th St. Vivian Williamson will lead the introduction to the art therapy exercise. RSVPs are requested by Nov. 1. For more information or to register, contact Norma Klassen at 403-358-3358 or 1-866-EPILEPSY.

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Red Deer will have the most to lose should the province go ahead with “big city” charters, says Mayor Tara Veer. The province’s two largest cities have been pushing for charters that give them wider powers. Veer said Red Deer will lose out as the third largest city in Alberta. She outlined Red Deer’s po-

sition in a conversation with Alison Redford, before the premier’s meeting with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson last week. Veer said charters are not likely the way to go unless every municipality has a charter. She told the premier if the province decides to go that route, then Red Deer would like to be included. Veer said she would like the province to take a more holistic approach to the province’s re-

lationship with the spectrum of municipalities. She suggests even a tri-city corridor as an alterative to the charters. “I think jumping to the charter process automatically presumes the outcome and might resolve Edmonton and Calgary issues but it leaves the rest of the population of Alberta, particularly Red Deer ... in a difficult position where we are not getting the resolution we need from the provincial government.”

Meanwhile, the Municipal Government Act is under review. Veer said the provincial government has its work cut out meeting the needs of urban and rural municipalities. “There is just a broad spectrum of needs,” she said. “It’s difficult to paint them with the same brush. The province needs to resolve that. It certainly isn’t going to be easy.”


Cookies to raise cash for AEDs DEVICE AIDS HEART RESET BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Cafe Millennium owners Louise Zanussi and Judy Lee were closely affected by the death of Brock Ruether, a 16-year-old felled by sudden cardiac arrest during volleyball practice. So now they are raising funds to put a device that may have saved Ruether’s life in a local school. On Wednesday, the cafe, located in downtown Red Deer’s Millennium Centre, was selling cookies with proceeds going towards the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED). They were selling cookies by the tray, with one person walking away with 18 trays at $10 a tray. An AED costs about $1,900. Zanussi said one person, who works in the same building at Trevita, found a spare AED and will donate it to the cause. “This was meant as a project for the schools, because the mom (of Brock) wants education and having them available,” said Zanussi. “At this point, because Cafe Millennium is going to guarantee one for sure, whether we make enough cookie money or not we will buy one. “So now we have two and we’ll do one to the (Red Deer) Public and one to the Catholic (school districts).” Lee went to high school with Brock’s mother Kim, while Zanussi knows the father’s family, dating back to elementary school.

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Brock Ruether’s mother Kim Ruether, left, and Louise Zanussi and Judy Lee of the Millennium Cafe were selling cookies in support of Project Brock Wednesday at the building in downtown Red Deer. Money raised will provide funding for schools to obtain AEDs — Automated External Defibrillators. Even though the incident took place in Fairview, Zanussi said it hit close to home as their kids are the same age as Brock was. “The nice thing is (people) are stopping and asking questions,” said Zanussi. “This didn’t happen locally, but this could happen.” The cafe will continue to accept donations for the AED after Wednesday’s cookie selling campaign. Kim Ruether started Project Brock with the goal of making sure every school in Alberta has an AED available and that a number of people in each school is trained to use it. Perry Tremblay, St. John’s Ambulance master staff instructor, said he has heard of a few instances over the years where an AED was used in Red Deer, and that St. John’s volunteers used one a few years ago. He said during a cardiac arrest incident there is about a 12-minute window for help to arrive and the use of an AED, in conjunction with CPR, can hopefully help. The AED is used when the heart is beating irregularly. It sends small shocks meant to reset the heart’s rhythm. Tremblay said they are easy to use as the devices will talk to you, giving instructions.

Man fundraises for hospice laptops Deer Hospice. “We’re treading into unknown waters, which is always a bit scary with new technology, but Tim will be there One Red Deer man is working to along the way to help us so we couldn’t ensure all patients at the Red Deer be happier.” It’s an endeavour close to Hospice can have those crucial, en- Johnston’s own heart. Earlier this year, he lost his father dearing last conversations with loved to cancer and, while the family gathones separated by distance. Tim Johnston began a hunt last ered around him for comfort during month for donations that would help his final weeks, Johnston’s daughter was unable to buy 10 laptop be there. computers so “We were patients could doing a lot connect over of FaceTime Skype with through the friends and phone, video family unable conferencing to be by their so she could sides. be there too It was an in a way and I easier misstarted thinksion than he ing about how thought, Johnmany people ston said. out there don’t “Within have these opmy first three portunities to contacts, I had get those last $1,500 in cash conversations donations plus — MARIAN CLOUTIER, i n , b e c a u s e 11 computers WITH RED DEER HOSPICE t h e y ’ r e g e o and a server graphically and so much so far away or more,” he even in another country.” said. With a laptop in every room, no one “I think a lot of people have gone through it and can relate to the experi- needs to “feel the guilt” of not being able to say one last thing to dying loved ence, so they want to help.” “We’re really excited,” said Mar- ones, Johnston said. ian Cloutier, the fund development and marketing co-ordinator at the Red Please see EQUIPMENT on Page C2 BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF


St. John’s offers training on the devices. There are AEDs in both Red Deer Public high schools, Hunting Hills and Lindsay Thurber. Red Deer College has four AEDs, strategically placed throughout their facilities. None of the ones placed at RDC have had to be used, but staff are trained to use them in the event of an emergency. The City of Red Deer has AEDs at facilities across the city, with two at each of Collicutt Centre, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and the Recreation Centre, and one at each of the Michener Aquatic Centre, Kinex Arena, Kinsmen Arena, Great Chief Park, Heritage Ranch, River Bend Golf and Recreation area and the Red Deer Tennis Club. Kay Kenny, City of Red Deer recreation superintendent, said they have only had to use the city-owned ones once, on a man at the Red Deer Arena. “They’re sometimes readied to be used if we have an incident or situation,” said Kenny. “But we find that when we call 911 and get our emergency response people to come before we engage in the AED. They’re there and taking over the situation.”

Dreeshen visits China, Mongolia Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen was part of a state visit to China and Mongolia earlier this month. Dreeshen was in a delegation to the two Asian nations that included Gov. Gen. David Johnston, other MPs and Canadian leaders in business and academia. The delegation met with the president and premier of China, along with other leaders, touting partnership opportunities in commerce, innovation and education. Dreeshen, a former teacher, said Johnston is a great advocate for academic excellence. He said post-secondary agreements were formed on the trip, but also that Chinese authorities are looking at implementing Canadian curriculum in some of their high schools “because they realize that the Canadian curriculum is one of the best in the world.” He said Chinese leaders and Canadian businesses working in the country are looking forward to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement being completed. Mongolian leaders were interested in learning about the Canadian civil service model and attracting more Canadian investment in the mining sector, said Dreeshen. Meanwhile, on domestic issues, Dreeshen said Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made it clear that he expects all politicians to respect taxpayers’ dollars. He said he has no opinion on the current motion in the Senate to suspend three senators accused of improperly claiming travel expenses or housing allowances. “Those who have chosen to work along the edges are not part of our party and the Senate is the one that’s going to deal with it,” he said. Dreeshen added that he would be speaking to senators in the coming week regarding his private member’s bill that deals with the personation of peace or public officers. Passed in the House in June, the bill now has to make its way through the Senate before getting royal assent and becoming law. Conservative Party members will meet starting today in Calgary for their national convention.

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BRIEFS Traffic stop leads to drug seizure A traffic stop in the Samson First Nation townsite led to a seizure of more than half a kilogram of marijuana, more than $2,000 and the arrest of two known gang members, police say. Maskwacis (Hobbema) RCMP were conducting a checkstop in conjunction with the Wetaskiwin Integrated Traffic Services and Ponoka Traffic Services when they came upon a vehicle occupied by two males. While checking the vehicle, police say they located 550 grams of marijuana and the cash. Two males were arrested and face charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Police say both males are known to them and are known gang members.

New date for preliminary inquiry A former comptroller at Red Deer Toyota accused of fraud has a new preliminary inquiry date. The inquiry scheduled to begin on Wednesday for Brenda-Lee Marie Campbell, 50, of Blackfalds, was rescheduled to Sept. 10, 2014. Campbell is charged with forgery, fraud and falsifying records in connection with hundreds of thousands of dollars alleged to have been taken from the Gasoline Alley auto dealer’s accounts. A preliminary inquiry is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant an accused be tried in Court of Queen’s Bench. RCMP laid the charges in December 2011 after receiving a complaint from the dealership, operated by RDT Holdings Ltd. Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Louisiana Hayride voices coming The unmistakable voices of a young Elvis Presley and other country greats such as Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn can be heard when the Greatest Moments of the Louisiana Hayride rolls into Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on Friday. Radio’s original Louisiana Hayride hit the Louisiana airwaves on KWKH in 1948 and became known as the “Cradle of the Stars” because of the number of future greats who were introduced to audiences through the show. Music lovers will be taken back in time to hear a


EQUIPMENT: Donations flow in Peter Doug Leyen of Blackfalds and his family donated the server and 11 laptops to the hospice, worth about $15,000 or more, said Johnston.


Life-jackets for loan at Sylvan Lake Life-jackets will be available for loan at Sylvan Lake next summer. Town council agreed this week to lend a hand to an Alberta Parks and Lifesaving Society program that provides life-jacket loan stations. The program is in place in a number of provincial

Debbie Steal of Red Deer made a cash donation, as did the family of Nick Den Oudsten of Gull Lake. Some of the money has gone towards small projects at the hospice such as the new nurses’ workstation. “It’s such a cheap thing and it gives these people such a great way of communicating, the face to face, with these computers,” Johnston said. “No one has ever heard of doing this. There have been people who have done it for their own family members in the hospice but never looked at the big scheme of things and doing it for everybody.”

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is considering toughening its distracted driving law by issuing demerit points to motorists who text or make hand-held cellphone calls behind the wheel. Transportation Minister Ric McIver (muhKYE’-vuhr) says about two years after the law was passed, drivers are still refusing to hang up when they’re on the road. Demerit points are one option but McIver says the province is reviewing other options, although seizing vehicles is not one of them. Currently, drivers face a $172 fine if they’re caught calling or texting. Calgary police say that during the first eight months of this year, there were more than 470 crashes in which distractive driving was a factor. The province has not released a timeline for completion of a distracted driving review.

Red Deer Hospice and help grow a similar Skype program in Calgary and Edmonton hospices down the road. “I want to get the word out so others can see the worth in something like this.” The laptops are scheduled to be set up next week. For those interested in making a donation, contact the Red Deer Hospice at 403-309-4344.

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Johnston recalled one story of a couple who set up a live camera through Skype so their critically ill relative could virtually attend their wedding. “Think of what that would give to that individual, who’s reaching the end of their life. That’s huge for me. ... This way, granddaughters can read stories to grandmothers, have moments you’ll never get back.” Johnston hopes to look beyond the



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parks and the town was asked in August if it would provide some supervision. Life-jackets are signed out and returned on an honour system at other locations, but since Sylvan Lake is a much busier place than many parks, the province wanted assistance overseeing the station. The town has agreed to allow a life-jacket loan station to be set up next to its Beach Ambassadors Hut. Town spokeswoman Joanne Gaudet said the lifejacket station will be supervised from Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during summer months. Outside those hours, an honour system will be used. There are 15 life-jacket kiosks throughout the province offering the flotation devices in child to adult sizes. The Kids Don’t Float initiative was introduced in 2010 to improve safety around water.

1950 and ’60s Elvis Presley (Adam Fitzpatrick), Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn (Andrea Anderson), Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams (Gil Risling). William Brookfield and Mike Melnichuk round out the musical time-travelling troupe. Besides the tribute artists, there will be songs from other greats of the era, including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Marty Robbins. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $43 through the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre.


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A man charged in connection with a fatal motorcycle collision near Rocky Mountain House in August returns to court in Rocky on Nov. 13. Rocky Mountain House RCMP say a southbound SUV collided with a westbound motorcycle at about 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the intersection of Hwy 756 and Hwy 11. The man and woman on the bike were airlifted by STARS to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, where the woman died of her injuries. The driver of the SUV, Bradley Dean Blain, 52, is charged under the Traffic Safety Act with failing to proceed safely after stopping at an intersection.

Red Deer registered nurses Shirley Goldade and Gail Foreman wave to passing motorists as they join about 30 other nurses in an information walk at Gaetz Ave. and 32nd St. on Wednesday. The nurses were walking to bring awareness to what their union says are government-imposed layoffs hurting patient care in the province’s hospitals. The union says the nurses are being replaced by unregulated health care aides who receive less training than registered nurses. Similar walks have been held across the province throughout October.


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THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

Target aims to reset sights RETAILER WANTS TO RESHAPE CANADIAN SHOPPING HABITS AS SALES FALL SHORT BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Executives at Target Corp. say they will spend next year trying to reshape the habits of Canadian shoppers who have soured to the company’s rollout north of the border. The head of the Minneapolis, Minn.-based retailer told analysts on Wednesday that Target stores in Canada will play a key role in its growth over the next five years, conceding that not everything has gone according to plan. “While initial sales in Canada have fallen well short of expectations, we remain very confident in the long-term potential of these assets,” chief executive Gregg Steinhafel said at an investor event in Toronto. “These are great locations in strong markets with demographics that are ideal for our strategy.” Target Canada president Tony Fisher said Canadians still haven’t fully embraced the “one-stop shopping” concept that’s so popular in the United States. Companies like Target have thrived in the U.S. on the idea that everything consumers need is under one roof, an image that competitor Walmart has also embraced with its superstore locations, which are relatively new in Canada. Fisher hopes that next year, Target will convince Canadians to come to its stores on a regular basis as well.

“This requires us to redefine the perception of complaints ranging from stores running out of some what a trip to Target means,” Fisher told analysts. products while others considered the prices too “Consumers are accustomed to visiting many dif- high. ferent competitors to accomplish all of their shopTarget defends its prices by saying that consumping.” ers save more when combining additional discounts Fisher said the company will focus on growing applied to shoppers who pay using its credit card. its share in sales of A survey in Au“frequency categogust by market reries” like groceries, search firm Forum cosmetics and health Research found only products. 27 per cent of those Target has alpolled indicated ready found particuthey were “very satlar sales success in isfied” with their exCanada in both home perience at Target. and apparel, he addThat was below — TARGET CANADA PRESIDENT TONY FISHER Target’s score in Foed. The acknowledgrum’s April survey, ment that Target’s entry into Canada has been under- when 32 per cent of those polled indicated they whelming is a stinging admittance by the company, were “very satisfied” with their experience at the especially since the discount chic chain generated discount retailer. Analysts have also been critical of such a high level of consumer anticipation and hype Target’s rollout in Canada. The company’s “impact that’s rarely experienced in the retail industry. has been extremely modest and consumer buzz has Many Canadians who had travelled to the U.S. to died down substantially since the first stores opened shop at Target hoped that the retailer could recreate in early March,” said Irene Nattel, an analyst at RBC the spirit of its U.S. locations when it spent about $1 Dominion Securities Inc. million to revamp each of the stores it acquired from “We reiterate our view that over time. Target will Zellers. become a more formidable presence in the Canadian Instead, various studies found that consumer per- market, but for the time being, impact has been miniception of the Canadian stores was lackluster, with mal,” she added.


CENTRAL ALBERTA CANCER CENTRE Kyle Scott of Pro Care Landscaping of Sylvan Lake carries shrubs for planting on the west side of the new Central Alberta Cancer Centre at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday. The project has been named a finalist for Alberta Construction Magazine’s 2013 Top Projects Awards. Winners will be announced on Dec. 4. The Cancer Centre, which is nearing completion, was designed by HFKS Architects Inc., with Stuart Olson Dominion Construction the construction manager. Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Decline in drilling forecast The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is forecasting a decline in drilling activity next year, although well counts are becoming decreasingly relevant as a measuring stick of industry activity. PSAC announced on Wednesday that it’s projecting that there will be 10,800 wells drilled in 2014, which would represent a 1.5 per cent decrease from the 10,960 wells the association expects to be drilled this year. Last year the count was 11,088 and in 2011 it was 12,854. Mark Salkeld, PSAC’s president and CEO, pointed out that improved drilling techniques — most notably the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling — are revolutionizing the industry. “Quite simply, large-scale use of these kinds of technologies is creating a trend to fewer wells overall,” he said. “By maximizing our use of technology, industry can increase production from existing wells, access more and deeper zones, and restart production from wells that have been shut in. “This means we can maintain or even increase production, while drilling fewer new wells. In fact, one well today can be the equivalent of two, three or more wells drilled just 10 years ago.” On a provincial basis, PSAC is forecasting that 6,555 wells will be drilled in Alberta next year, down slightly from the 6,567 projected for 2013. The tally in Saskatchewan is expected to hit 3,1967 in 2014, down 3.5 per cent from 3,312; Manitoba drilling is projected to reach 480, up 7.7 per cent from 520; and British Columbia wells are anticipated to number 550 next year, up 2.2 per cent from 538 in 2013. PSAC’s 2014 forecast is based on an average price for crude oil of US$95 a barrel (WTI), and for natural gas of C$3.50 per thousand cubic feet (AECO). “We are slightly optimistic about gas prices toward the end of 2014, however we expect little change in next year’s drilling levels for gas,” said Salkeld. PSAC represents the service, supply and manufacturing sectors of the upstream petroleum industry, with nearly 260 member companies.

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Hydraulic fracturing code of conduct endorsed The biggest pressure pumping companies operating in Canada have endorsed an hydraulic fracturing code of conduct. The code, which was developed by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada with support from the 11 companies, sets out operating commitments in five areas. These include water and the environment; fracturing fluid disclosure; technology development; health, safety and training; and community engagement. The code was developed following a series of community meetings in four provinces, including one in Red Deer. In addition to industry repre-

sentatives, landowners and members of synergy groups and environmental groups were invited to participate. “We’ve seen public concern surrounding hydraulic fracturing operations increase over the past years,” said Mark Salkeld, president and CEO of PSAC. “It was definitely time to address that in a proactive and positive way. . . .” Salkeld told the Advocate previously that his association wanted to address the misinformation related to fracking. He said the Red Deer meeting, which took place in September, involved more than 50 people,

including municipal councillors from the area, representatives from synergy and water groups, property owners and energy producers. The companies that have endorsed the code are Baker Hughes Canada, Calfrac Well Services, Canyon Technical Services, Element Technical Services, Gasfrac Energy Services, Halliburton Group Canada, Iron Horse Energy Services, Millennium Stimulation Services, Sanjel Corp., Schlumberger Canada and Trican Well Service. PSAC’s hydraulic fracturing code of conduct can be viewed online

Air Canada sees shares close above 52-week high BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Air Canada’s class B shares closed at a new 52-week high Wednesday, extending an upward trend that has seen the airline’s stock value more than triple in the past year. The shares (TSX:AC.B) ended the day, up 22 cents or four per cent, at $5.72, surpassing its 52-week high of $5.52. It had climbed as much as $5.80 during the session, a level not seen since August 2008 — just weeks before the economy slipped

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into a deep recession. A year ago, the stock closed at $1.80 on Oct. 30, 2012. Since then, the company has launched Air Canada Rouge, a new discount carrier that began flying in July. Air Canada’s stock, which had already been rising slowly for months, jumped sharply in August when the airline’s second-quarter results beat analyst estimates. For the busier third quarter ended Sept. 30, analysts are estimating that Air Canada had about $3.4 billion of revenue, up about three per cent from $3.3 billion a

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year earlier. Air Canada is also expected to have $1.03 per share of adjusted earnings, up about 25 per cent from 82 cents in the third quarter of 2012, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters. Even with the recent rally, Air Canada’s shares are worth far less than when the company returned to the public market in November 2006 at $21. Air Canada is scheduled to release its third-quarter results on Nov. 8, before markets open.

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Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 96.90 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.33 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 12.95 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 48.12 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 15.59 MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Wednesday as the Federal Reserve indicated it won’t be cutting back on its key stimulus just yet. The U.S. central bank said at the conclusion of its two-day interest rate meeting that the US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases will continue, adding that it wants more evidence of sustained economic growth before it starts to taper. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 14.72 points to 13,455.33, led by rising gold stocks. The Canadian dollar was down 0.13 of a cent to 95.38 cents US as the greenback strengthened after the Fed announcement. U.S. indexes turned lower after the announcement as the Dow Jones industrials dropped 61.59 points to 15,618.76. But the blue chip index is still up about 19 per cent year to date and traders have said it is ripe for a moderate retracement. The Nasdaq fell 21.72 points to 3,930.62 and the S&P 500 index lost 8.64 points to 1,763.31. The decision to carry on with the asset purchases is a reversal from the last meeting six weeks ago when it was generally thought the central bank judged the economy was strong enough to start cutting back on stimulus that has kept long-term rates low and underpinned a strong rally on many stock markets. But since then, a 16-day partial government shutdown shaved an estimated US$25 billion from economic growth this quarter and a batch of tepid economic data pointed to a stillsubpar economy, an indication that the Fed will be content to delay tapering until 2014. The TSX gold sector led advancers, up about two per cent while December bullion gained $8.60 to US$1,354.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) gained 84 cents to C$21.55 and Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by nine cents to $5.63. The base metals segment was up 0.55 per cent even as December copper jumped five cents to US$3.33 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) rose 56 cents to C$19.33 ahead of the release of earnings after the close. Energy stocks were the biggest weight, down 0.45 per cent as December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $1.43 to US$96.77 a barrel amid data showing U.S. inventories rose by a greater than expected 4.1 million barrels last week. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) fell 32 cents to C$33.29. Elsewhere on the earnings front, Facebook shares jumped 15 per cent in after-hours trading after the social networking site blew past expectations. Earnings per share ex-items were 25 cents a share, six cents better than forecast while quarterly revenue surged 60 per cent from a year ago to $2.02 billion against estimates of $1.911 billion. General Motors earned US$698 million in the quarter, or 45 cents per share. That compares with US$1.48 billion, or 89 cents per share, a year ago. Ex-items, it made 96 cents per share, two cents better than expected. Revenue rose four per cent to $39 billion, just short of Wall Street’s estimate and its shares ran up $1.17 or 3.24 per cent to US$37.23. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) shed early losses to move ahead 29 cents to C$15.59 as it said overall third-quarter profit was down sharply, falling to $15.5 million or nine cents per share from $26 million or 16 cents per diluted share in the third quarter of 2012. The company cited tough market conditions and unusual expenses related to an ongoing reorganization. In other corporate news, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (Nasdaq:LULU) named Tara Poseley as its new chief product officer. The appointment comes just over a month after Lululemon lowered its 2013 profit and revenue outlook as efforts to improve the quality of its black Luon yoga pants delayed the delivery of fall products to stores. Its shares backed off $2.58 to US$70.67. One of the high flyers on the TSX was Air Canada with its B shares soaring to a fresh five-year high in heavy trading, extending an upward trend that has seen the airline’s stock value more than triple in the past year. The shares (TSX:AC.B) jumped 22 cents or four per cent to $5.72 after running as high as $5.80, a level that hasn’t been surpassed since they opened at $5.88 on Aug. 15, 2008. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Wednesday. Stocks:3 S&P/TSX Composite Index — 1,455.33 up 14.72 points TSX Venture Exchange — 964.17 down 4.27 points TSX 60 — 774.04 up 0.76 point Dow — 15,618.76 down 61.59 points S&P 500 — 1,763.31 down 8.64 points Nasdaq — 3,930.62 down 21.72 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 95.38 cents US, down 0.13 of a cent Pound — C$1.6814, up 0.16 of a cent Euro — C$1.4399, up 0.10 of a cent Euro — US$1.3734, down 0.09 of a cent Oil futures: US$96.77 per barrel, down $1.4

Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.11 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.16 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 62.75 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76.91 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 27.02 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 21.55 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 19.87 First Quantum Minerals . 19.33 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 27.63 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 6.86 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 5.60 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 32.86 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.57 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 29.31 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 27.77 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 72.10 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 58.37 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.29 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 57.95 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 33.29 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.56 Canyon Services Group. 11.34 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 31.05 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.790 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 18.94 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.91 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 88.81 (December contract) Gold futures: US$1,349.30 per oz., up $3.80 (December contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $24.992 per oz., up 53 cents $803.49 per kg., up $17.04 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Wednesday at 964.17, down 4.27 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 169.28 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Nov. ’13 $0.50 higher $485.00; Jan. ’14 $0.30 higher $495.30; March ’14 $0.10 higher

Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 53.26 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.02 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 29.69 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 45.95 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 6.57 Penn West Energy . . . . . 11.59 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 0.530 Precision Drilling Corp . . 11.20 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 37.99 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 13.16 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 14.45 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . 10.01 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 57.58 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 72.82 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 63.52 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88.49 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 33.21 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.37 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 32.27 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 50.00 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 67.92 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 18.66 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 89.76 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.58 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 70.22 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 35.32 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95.54 $503.40; May ’14 $0.10 higher $510.00; July ’14 unchanged $515.70; Nov. ’14 $0.90 higher $523.00; Jan ’15 $0.90 higher $524.20; March ’15 $0.90 higher $524.00; May ’15 $1.10 higher $518.20; July ’15 $1.10 higher $515.40; Nov ’15 $1.10 higher $511.60. Barley (Western): Dec ’13 unchanged $152.00; March ’14 unchanged $154.00; May ’14 unchanged $155.00; July ’14 unchanged $155.00; Oct. ’14 unchanged $155.00; Dec. ’14 unchanged $155.00; March ’15 unchanged $155.00; May ’15 unchanged $155.00; July ’15 unchanged $155.00. Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 545,680 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 545,680

Industry Canada rejects second try by Telus to buy Mobilicity BY THE CANADIAN PRESS The federal government has rejected another attempt by Telus Corp. to buy struggling carrier Mobilicity, preventing the big Vancouver-based company from acquiring one of the two remaining, independent wireless startups. Industry Minister James Moore said Wednesday the proposed transaction has been denied. Last June, Ottawa killed a similar bid from Telus, worth $380 million. “It’s not been approved,” Moore said after a caucus meeting in Ottawa. Telus (TSX:T) declined to comment on its latest attempt to buy Torontobased Mobilicity, which was recently given creditor protection until Dec. 20. Mobilicity also wouldn’t comment, adding that it’s still talking to the government about a potential sale. “Discussions with Industry Canada are ongoing,” said Mobilicity spokeswoman Sheryl Steinberg. “We have nothing else to add at this point.” A spokeswoman for Moore said the government will continue to enforce the moratorium on the transfer of spectrum — radio waves needed to operate cellphone networks — which was set aside specifically for new startup wireless companies in 2008. The move was

part of an effort to bring more competition to a market dominated by Rogers (TSX:RCI. B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus. Ottawa has indicated it does not want this spectrum to be bought up by the big three carriers, which leaves Mobilicity still looking for a buyer. “We will not approve any spectrum transfer request that decreases competition in our wireless sector to the detriment of consumers,” said the minister’s spokeswoman Jessica Fletcher. Telecom analyst Eamon Hoey said Industry Canada stuck to its policy and gave Telus a clear answer. “What don’t you understand about the word ‘No?”’ said Hoey, of Hoey Associates Management Consultants Inc. in Toronto. Hoey said the market will now decide what happens to Mobilicity. Mobilicity launched in 2010 and has about 215,000 no-contract cellphone customers in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Along with Mobilicity, Wind Mobile is the other small carrier currently up for sale. Wind launched four years ago and has more than 600,000 cellphone customers. Last week, Telus was given federal approval to buy small talk-and-text provider Public Mobile, which was not under any sale restrictions because it bought a different kind of spectrum.


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LUANN Oct. 31 1995 — Canada’s dollar and stock exchanges soar while interest rates fall after the No side narrowly wins the Quebec referendum. 1950 — Completion of 1,770-km oil pipeline from Edmonton to Lake Superior. 1926 — Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini dies at age 52 of gangrene and

peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. On Oct. 21, at the Princess Theatre in Montreal, he had invited a McGill student to punch him hard in the stomach. The young man complied before Houdini has a chance to brace himself, and the blow led to his death. 1918 — Alberta government prohibits all public meetings of seven persons or more, as the influenza (Spanish Flu) epidemic sweeps the province. As a precaution churches, schools and theatres close.





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Hunter or the hunted? IT’S NOT SO OBVIOUS WHICH CHARACTER IS WHICH IN RIDLEY SCOTT’S DRUG SCENARIO The Counselor 3 stars (out of four) Rated: 14A Golden tongues and black hearts enliven The Counselor, an uncommonly erudite thriller built around the pulpiest of stories. It’s the classic situation, familiar to students of Greek myth and Shakespearean drama, of a moral man tempted by sin and hubris and brought low by fate, who learns a hard lesson along the way. Ridley Scott directs and gaudily attired A-listers supply wicked glamour, in a drugtrade scenario that traverses the globe but mainly straddles the Texas-Mexico border. PETER The film’s midnight esHOWELL sence, however, flows from the blood-filled pen of novelist Cormac McCarthy, the No Country for Old Men author making his auspicious screenwriting debut here. Michael Fassbender is the title attorney, no name given, who seemingly has all that a man could desire. He lives well in El Paso, dresses in Armani suits, drives a Bentley and has a girlfriend, Laura (Penélope Cruz), soon to become his fiancée, who is madly in love with him. The ardour is mutual, as an opening carnal romp and frank sexual banter make abundantly plain. Yet the Counselor wants more money, for reasons McCarthy chooses to leave murky, motivations always being the least of his concerns. Perhaps the Counselor just has debts that need paying, such as the bill for the colossal diamond ring he buys in Amsterdam for Laura. A long-time client named Reiner (Javier Bardem), an affluent nightclub owner who dresses like the 1970s never ended, has a bigmoney drug smuggling deal going down that the Counselor wants in on. 2013 - 2014 Reiner is willing to Season Lineup cut him in, but like most Steel Magnolias of the characters in this by Robert Harling brainy slow-burner he Nov. 1-16 7:30 pm - 2 pm Nov. 10 also has a cautionary finCity Centre Stage ger to wag: “If you purCinderella Dances sue this road that you’ve with the Stars embarked upon, you’ll by Albert Azzara eventually come to moral December 13-21 7 pm - plus decisions that will take 12:30 Dec. 13 & 18, you completely by sur1 pm Dec. 14, 15 & 21 prise.” Mainstage, Memorial Centre This isn’t the kind of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney advice you expect from a Jan. 16 - Feb 1 7:30 pm man whose idea of a good - 2 pm Jan 19 time is to take his two pet City Centre Stage cheetahs out to the desThe Oldest ert to hunt and devour Profession rabbits. Reiner cavorts by Paula Vogel with a sexually expresFeb. 20 - Mar. 8 7:30 pm sive girlfriend, Malkina - 2 pm Feb. 23 (Cameron Diaz), who has Nickle Studio, Memorial Centre big-cat marks tattooed One Flew Over the on her back, long silver Cuckoo’s Nest nails and no apparent by Ken Kesey sign of a heart or a conMar. 27 - April 12 - 2 pm science. Mar. 30 The Counselor also City Centre Stage gets life and business lesLooking by Norm Foster sons from Westray (Brad May 1 - 17 7:30 pm Pitt), a Texas dandy with - 2 pm May 4 unexplained connections Nickle Studio, Memorial Centre to the shadowy drug carCAT’s One-Act tel the Counselor is getFestival ting involved with. (ExJune 12 - 21 pository scenes of how Nickle Studio, Memorial Centre the drugs are smuggled Tickets to all shows at across the border in sewage trucks, and how erBLACK KNIGHT INN rant souls are ruthlessly TICKET CENTRE and cleverly dispatched, (403) 755-6626 make the film seem like Online at a criminal’s how-to video at times.) Westray dresses like Hank Williams but talks like a philosopher, adding a chilling note of menace to Reiner’s early warning: “You may think there are things that these people would simply be incapable of. There are not.” Most people would take pause at such dire caveats. Not the Counselor, who is used to giving advice, not receiving it. He proceeds into a destiny that will make regret seem the least of his problems, but as capricious fate would have it, it’s an act of kindness that leads to his undoing. Pay close attention to an early scene where Reiner and Malkina are watching their cheetahs chase jackrabbits, skilled hunters versus defenceless prey. There’s a human analogy here. One of the many pleasures of The Counselor is trying to figure out which of the characters is a rabbit and which is a cheetah. It’s not obvious; no one has completely clean hands or conscience. The sorting out of who’s who


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BRILTZ Leona 1927 - 2013 Mrs. Leona Briltz of Red Deer, Alberta passed away peacefully and quietly, surrounded by the love of her family, on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the age of 86 years. Leona will be lovingly remembered by her children, Brian (Valerie), Kevin (Mary), Randy (Cindy), Brenda (Brian) Russell and Cathy (Barrie) Unsworth; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Leona will also be missed by her siblings, Lawrence, Angela and Carol. Leona was predeceased by her husband, Frank and brothers, Carl, Don and Ralph. A Funeral Mass in honor of Leona will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with The Reverend Father Les Drewicki, celebrant. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Red Deer Cancer Centre. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040


FRAAS Jackie Mary 1950 - 2013 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend at the age of 63. Left to cherish Jackie’s memory are her husband Lorrie Davies; daughter Dana; mother Chris; sisters Sherry (Louis), Diane (Adam), Tish (Rob), Carol (Scott); stepchildren Jesse, Robin (Jeff), Ashley (Ryan); all her nieces and nephews, new grandson, and special neighbor Pat. Jackie worked as an X-ray Technician for the past 40 years. She loved life, and loved to spend time with her daughter Dana. She made many special friends and will truly be missed. A Celebration of Jackie’s Life will take place at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor D r i v e ) , R e d D e e r, o n Saturday, November 9, 2013 a t 11 : 0 0 a . m . I n l i e u o f flowers, donations may be made to the ALS foundation in her memory at Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040, 1.800.481.7421.

Let Your News Ring Ou t A Classified Wedding Announcement WATERFIELD Roger Lee Roger Lee Waterfield was born November 8, 1954 in Calgary. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Red Deer on October 27, 2013. In his passing he leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Marilyn; sons, David (Dawna) Brunner, Darcy (Melody) Waterfield and his 3 angels, as he called them, Carly, Mya and Tobin; brother, John (Jill) Waterfield; sister, Evelyn (Dave); along with numerous nieces and nephews as well as his loving dogs, Mika and Billy. Predeceased by his stepson, Craig Brunner; niece, Julie and his parents. A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be held at Sunnybrook United Church, 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer, AB on Friday, November 1, 2 0 1 3 a t 11 : 0 0 a m . A n y donations can be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4R 3S6 as this is an organization he truly valued. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

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Obituaries MILLAR Ronald 1945 - 2013 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Ronald W. Millar on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the age of 67 years. Regardless of the season or weather conditions, Ron spent most of his life working and playing in the outdoors. He lived by his motto of “work hard and play harder.” Ron had a passion for golfing, river boating and spending time with good friends and family. Besides his well utilized membership at the Ponoka Golf and Country Club, Ron attended the annual “Kokanee Springs Twist Off Tournament” in B.C. for the past thirty three years and helped organize it for the past few years. Ron won the tournament for the second time this summer. Ron’s love of river boating and racing took him as far as Mexico. Ron’s passion for the sport lead him to the spot where he and Ann eventually built their dream home, on the banks of the Red Deer River. This was the perfect setting for Ron and Ann to share great times with the vast amounts of friends they have always valued. Ron began his career in the Seismic Drilling Field in 1967. He was admired and respected by the drilling crews he worked with, for his optimistic outlook, cheerful demeanor and infectious positive attitude. He was always the first man in and always the last man out to secure everyone else’s safety on the job. Ron passed from this life into the next surrounded by the great outdoors he loved. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ann Millar; son, Cory Millar( Linda); daughter, Tammy Halko; grandson and buddy, Collan Millar; granddaughters, Sabrina and Vanessa Van Haarlem; sisters, Doreen Whaling (Gary) and Darlene Gribbon (Tom); brothers, Dave Millar (Tracey) and Brian Millar; brothers-in-law, Jim Westgard (Georgine), Murray Westgard (Sandy) and Dennis Westgard; sisters-in-law, Darlene Curzon, Barb Westgard, Trudy Spore (Ed), Cheryl Grover and Robin Westgard and mother-in-law, Mary Westgard, as well as numerous other family members and an infinite number of friends. Ron was predeceased by both of his parents. A private family service will be held on S a t u r d a y, N o v e m b e r 2 , 2 0 1 3 f o l l o w e d b y a n o p e n celebration of Ron’s life, “Ron Style” at the acreage at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to S.T.A.R.S Foundation, Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7, would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403-340.4040

BARRON 1928 - 2013 Charles Ernest Patrick Innes Barron of Red Deer, Alberta died peacefully on October 25, 2013 at the age of 85 years, surrounded by his family. Charles was born at Echinghen Pas de Calais, France on February 29, 1928 to Ernest and Maud, the youngest of 12 children. Following WW II, Charles and his mother returned to England where Charles completed his education and joined the Royal Navy. In 1953, he married Sheila Grace Brown and they were married for 50 years. In 1954 son Guillermo arrived and in 1955 daughter Elizabeth. Following the family’s emigration to Canada in 1957, Charles joined the RCAF, and Peter was born in 1958. In 1963, Charles left the RCAF, relocated to Red Deer and began work in 1964 for DND at the Diefenbunker at Penhold. Son Robert was born shortly after their arrival in Red Deer. Charles continued to work at the Diefenbunker until his retirement in 1988. After his retirement, Charles and Sheila spent many happy winters as snowbirds in Arizona. After Sheila’s death, Charles returned on several occasions to the place of his birth in France where he spent happy days with family and old friends drinking wine and eating wonderful French food. His final trip ‘home’ was in September 2012. Family was very important to Charles and his happiest times were spent with his children and grandchildren. Charles was predeceased by his wife Sheila in 2003; his father Ernest in 1941; his mother Maud in 1962; as well as his 11 brothers and sisters. Charles is survived by his four children, Guillermo (Catherine Kappmeier), Elizabeth (Wayne) Hanson, Peter (Sandra), and Robert (Ken Cole); five grandchildren, Amanda Hanson (David Lillico), Russell Hanson (Pam Buijs), Michael Hanson (Erin Gillis), Caitlin Barron and Ethan Barron; five great-grandchildren, Silas Buijs, Noa Buijs, Lucius Hanson, Fiona Hanson and Pearl Lillico; brothers-in-law, Bill Plunkett, Peter Brown (Pam Brown) and Dashwood Balhatchett; sisters-in-law, Mardie Barron and Sylvia Chisam; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Cecile Mancini, Francoise Lacoste, Yvonne Cornet and Ruby Cameron. A Celebration of Life for Charles will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #35, 2810 Bremner Ave., Red Deer on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040



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Lost SCOTT William “Bill” Roy On Saturday, October 26, 2013, William Roy Scott of Red Deer, dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away suddenly at the age of 87 years. His love for his wife Pearl was undeniable, and with her he lived a true fairytale. Bill was a strong sport developer, past recipient of the Sportsmen Of The Year Award, founder of the Red Deer Athletic and Alberta’s first Softball Umpire Associations, and a strong supporter of athletic and personal growth through sports. Bill is survived by his loving family: wife Pearl Scott, son Greg Scott and wife Ellen of Red Deer; daughter Gail Scott of Calgary; daughter Carol Moen and husband Jim of Sherwood Park; grandchildren Sarah Cawsey and husband Dave, Jackie Pinsent and husband Dan, Lauren Ford and fiancé Jules, Alex Ford, Nicholas Moen and Christopher Moen; great grandchildren, Addison and Olivia Pinsent and Gabrielle and Elise Cawsey. William was predeceased by his father Russell, mother Gladys, and brother Howard. A Funeral Service and Celebration of Bill’s Life will take place at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories (ASANT) at 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB, T5H 4K1 or online at Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

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CLERICAL SUPERVISOR - Field Administrator. Permanent Position remote field locations. $18 $24/hr. Group benefit plan after 3 month probation. • Min. 2 yrs. exp. in a responsible admin. role in construction or mfg. • Post-secondary education in business or combination of exp. & education. • Working knowledge of pertinent regulations, COPP’S SERVICE INC. 225 Burnt Ridge Rd. Red Deer County, AB T4S 2L4 Phone: 403 347-6222 Email Fax: 403-406-5447

Farm Work


F/T FEED TRUCK OPERATOR for large expanding feed lot in Sundre. Fax resume to 403-638-3908 or call 403-556-9588 or email:

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JUST CUTS is looking for F/T HAIRSTYLIST No clientele necessary. Call Jen at 403-340-1447 or Christie 403-309-2494

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ARAMARK at (Dow Prentiss Plant) about 20-25 minutes out of Red Deer needs hardworking, reliable, honest person w/drivers license, to work 40/hrs. per week w/some weekends, daytime hrs. $14/hr. Fax resume w/ref’s to 403-885-7006 Attn: Val Black


RED DEER HOSPICE is hiring casual

In our hearts your memory lingers Always tender, fond and true; There’s not a day, dear mother, we do not think of you.


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4-7 hours per day with weekend shifts. For more information or to apply contact Brenda Watts, Executive Director, Red Deer Hospice 99 Arnot Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6 Fax: 403-347-4356 Email: brenda.watts


ARE YOU EXPECTING A BABY SOON? has a special package just for you & your little one! For more information, Call Lori, 403-348-5556


P/T Professional Medical Secretary needed in Red Deer. Fax: 403-314-0499


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EXPERIENCED SERVICE and SLANT RIG HANDS needed ASAP! All positions Floorhand to Rig Manager Opportunity to work close to home or away on camp rotation. (FL$27-32) (DE$31-37)(OP$35-42)(R M$50-56) FAX: 403-351-1754 or EMAIL: CV@

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CLEANING CUSTODIAN Family owned and operated since 1974, Trail Appliances is one of the leading independent appliance retailers in Western Canada. Trail Appliances Ltd is looking for a full time Cleaning Custodian for our Red Deer location.

Certified Boom Truck & Texas Bed Operators, Hot Shot Drivers, Tractor Hands, Swampers and Dispatcher. Competitive wages & immediate benefits. Submit resume and 5 year CDA Email: The responsibilities of this job include, but are not (403) 341- 3968 No Phone Calls limited to: • Dust and clean appliCLASS 1 DRIVERS. & ances and cabinets Pressure truck operators. • Wash all non-carpeted Small company, good floors in store money, paid benefits. • Clean and maintain Looking for responsible, store washroom safe drivers and operators. • V a c u u m c a r p e t e d Phone 403-391-8004 for areas of store details. • Order cleaning and LOCAL SERVICE CO. in convenience supplies Red Deer REQ’S EXP. • Assist with the overall VACUUM TRUCK appearance of store OPERATOR • Includes maintenance Must have Class 3 licence and merchandising w/air & all oilfield tickets. duties Fax resume w/drivers • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. abstract to 403-886-4475 If you wish to become part LOCAL Testing company of a well known family seeking experienced Well o w n e d a n d o p e r a t e d Testers for areas including business, please apply in Sask. and US. person to Chris Sturdy at Positions available 2823 Bremner Ave. immediately. Day/Night Supervisors & Security Clearances will Assistants. be conducted on all MUST HAVE valid H2S successful applicants. and First Aid. Competitive wages and health benefits. Email resumes and tickets to: welltesting365@ 1ST RATE ENERGY SERVICES INC., a growing Production Testing company, based out of Sylvan Lake, is currently accepting resumes for the following positions:

* Experienced Production Testing * Day Supervisors * Night Operators * Experienced Production Testing Assistants If you are a team player interested in the oil and gas industry, please submit your resume, current driver’s abstract and current safety certificates to the following: Fax 403-887-4750

LOOKING FOR BOILER OPERATORS with tickets for work in Central Alberta and Northeastern BC. Submit resumes to or fax to: 403-886-2223 LOOKING for responsible and Reliable person w/ valid driver’s license and oilfield tickets to work for the winter, running a steam truck. Drivers abstract is needed. Send resume to:

Please specify position when replying to this ad. We would like to thank all those candidates who apply, however only qualified personnel will be contacted. Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

JAGARE ENERGY PRODUCTION TESTING now hiring Night Operators, and Helpers. Must have valid Class 5 drivers license. RSP’s and benefits pkg. incentives. Email resumes to:


NOW ACCEPTING Resumes for: COIL TUBING SUPERVISOR Must have drivers abstract. Must fax resume & driver’s abstract to: 403-314-5405. Quattro Energy Services TEAM Snubbing Services now hiring experienced Snubbing Operators. Email: janderson@ fax 403-844-2148



PRODUCTION TESTING SUPERVISORS & OPERATORS Day & Night Must have tickets. Top paid wages. Based out of Devon, AB. Email resume to:




Immediate Opportunity. Production Bonuses Comp. wages & benefits. Long term employment Please email resume to Or fax to: 403-314-2249 Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.


Req’d for an oilfield fabrication ASME facility. Must be able to identify and source pipe, fittings, instrumentation. Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify availability with suppliers. Prepare and maintain job purchasing files, reports and price lists. Previous experience is necessary. We offer above industry wages and comprehensive benefit package. Please email resumes to


Now has immediate openings for CGSB Level II RT’s and CEDO’s for our winter pipeline projects. Top wages and comprehensive benefit package available. Subcontractors also welcome. Email resumes to: or Phone 403-887-5630. Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!


Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking exp’d FLOORHANDS and DERRICK HANDS Locally based, home every night! Qualified applicants

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




VAC/steamer Truck driver. Lacombe area, HOME EVERY NIGHT. Fax resume to 403-704-1442

RESILIENCY COACH with the Red Deer Public School District. Term: Dec., 2013 - June, 2015 Resiliency Coaches are responsible for the implementation of an adolescent intervention program designed to enhance the emotional and mental wellness of youth in grades 6-12. This is a research project and collaborative initiative of the Addiction & Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network, Red Deer Public Schools, Alberta Health Services Central Zone Addiction & Mental Health, University of Alberta and the Red Deer Primary Care Network. Resiliency Coaches will follow a prescribed screening and curriculum determined by the parameters of the research project as outlined by the partners. Desirable Qualifications: University degree in Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, Education or a suitable equivalent. For more information refer to our website: Applications received by 4:00 p.m. on November 2, 2013 will be assured of careful consideration. Applications with references should be directed to: humanresources TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

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989240 AB LTD. o/a TIM HORTONS Hiring 15 Permanent F/T Food Counter Attendants & 4 Permanent F/T Food Service Supervisors for eachRed Deer Locations Parkland Mall 6359 50 Ave. & 6020 - 67 St. & 2325 - 50 Ave. Fax: 403-314-4427, email parklandtimhortons Must be available all shifts, evenings., wknds., nights $11./hr. - FCA No exp. needed. $13.50/hr. - FSS 1-2 yrs. industry exp. needed. Apply in person, by fax or email. Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds


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BOULEVARD Restaurant & Lounge Gasoline Alley Red Deer County Food & Beverage Server

SUBWAY All Red Deer Locations Hiring Immediately


The incumbent must possess the following; • Minimum 3 year’s experience inspecting piping packages, pressure vessels, tanks and skids • The ability to read and understand codes and customer specifications, with this understanding be able to properly apply it to the tasks at hand. • Perform in a high paced working environment


We offer competitive wage and benefits packages. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.




2nd yr, 3rd yr, 4th yr or licensed. Apply in person, 3218 49 Ave. Red Deer Right behind BP’s South. Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

Precast Concrete Plant in Blackfalds, AB, is looking for an experienced

overhead crane operator

to join an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding company. All applicants must be flexible for hours and dedicated due to a demanding production schedule. Benefits are paid and lots of overtime. Own transportation to work is needed. Wage will be based on experience, attitude, and desire to commit to long term employment. Please fax resume to 403 885 5516 or email to k.kooiker@ We thank all applicants for their applications, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Precast Concrete Plant in Blackfalds, AB, is looking for new team members to join an enthusiastic and growing company.

Concrete finisher

needed to perform detailed and quality finishing as well as other related tasks, minimum 5 years experience. All applicants must be flexible for hours and dedicated due to a demanding production schedule. Own transportation to work is needed. Wage will be based on experience, attitude and willingness to commit to long term employment. Please fax resume to 403 885 5516 or email to k.kooiker@ Thank you to all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be notified.


Carpenters Carpenters Helpers For local work. Competitive Wages & Benefits. Fax resumes & ref’s to: 403-343-1248 or email to:

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with class 3, air. All safety tickets required. Meal and Accommodation provided when out of town. Fax resume with drivers abstract: 403-748-3015


B Pressure Welders Interest in Vessel work Mig and Metal Core experience is a great asset. We are looking for friendly, motivated, energetic, goal orientated team players to join our fast paced growing team!. Please forward your resume by fax to 403-347-7867

Truckers/ Drivers


Automotive Technician GM dealership has been serving the Rocky Mtn. House region since 1929. Our customer list is long and so is our need for technicians who want more. WE OFFER HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PAY PLANS ALONG WITH:

Central AB based trucking company requires

Flat Rate Based on Experience and Certifications

QUEENS DINER REQ’S F/T DISHWASHER Hours are Mon.- Fri. 6:30-4 & Sat. 8-2:30 pm Drop off resume any time after 1 & before 4, Mon-Fri. 34 Burnt Basin St, Red Deer Fax: 403-347-2925 email: accuracyonlineoffice

 Performance Based Pay Plans  Paid Holidays  Prescription Insurance  Paid Vacations  Medical Insurance  Paid GM Training  Dental Insurance  Paid Uniforms  Life Insurance  Performance Bonuses  Catastrophic Tool Insurance  Employee Discount Program  Retirement Plan W/Company Match


To get started, email us a brief outline of your skills and certifications. We appreciate people who want more.

(formerly Sam’s Cafe) is now taking applications for Full Time/Part time COOK, DISHWASHER, SERVERS, BARTENDERS. Bring resume to 7101 Gaetz Ave. Red Deer


Owner Operators & Company Drivers in AB. Home the odd night. Weekends off. Late model tractor pref. 403-586-4558

DRIVERS for furniture moving company, class 5 required (5 tons), local & long distance. Competitive wages. Apply in person. 6630 71 St. Bay 7 Red Deer. 403-347-8841

We have an immediate need for Certified Technicians and are eager to speak with qualified people about what we have to offer.


Phone 403-845-3328 or email Attention Brent



You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you! F/T TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer.

LOCAL freight company req’s P & D body job driver for Red Deer/Edmonton run. Fax resume and driver’s abstract to Rocky Fast Express 403-845-2432


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LUCKY’S LOUNGE located in Jackpot Casino, requires Experienced F/T or P/T Servers. Please apply in person at 4950 47 Ave. No phone calls please

Essential Job Functions Perform visual inspection on all assemblies at various checkpoints in the production process Ensure conformity of production with drawings Viewing and interpret x-ray film & NDE reports Ensure proper welding procedures are adhered to Track Weld ID’s for compliance with Sec 8 Witness weld tests and record results Witness hydro tests of Spooling/Bridles/Vessels Required ABSA Reports. Ex.( U1,U1A,AB-24,AB-81,AB-83)

227-7796 or e-mail to:


Garage Limited


via fax to: (403)


CERTIFIED WELDER Permanent Certified Welders $28 - $45 per hour dependent on level of exp. Food Counter Attendants Group benefit plan after 3 Are you looking for a career month probation. opportunity with excellent • Red Seal Welder or benefits, a mature working equiv. academic & exp. $12.25/hr. environment and opportunity • Min, 2 yrs welding exp. To provide Food & to advance? If so, Subway at a Journeyman level Beverage service, handle has a position for you! • Familiar with working cashiering, arrange and Some of our locations are outdoors in remote losetup the outlet. maintain 24 Hours. cations and all weather cleanliness and hygiene. Please apply online @ conditions Cook or • Working knowledge of Drop resume off in person $14.00/HR. pertinent industry at 180, 6900 Taylor Drive • regulations and OH&S. To prepare and cook all Or email to food up to standard, clean kitchen and maintain hyCOPP’S SERVICES INC. giene follow recipes, assist or Call us at 403-342-0203 225 Burnt Ridge Rd. Red in receiving and storing Deer County, AB T4S 2L4 Phone: 403 347-6222 THE RUSTY PELICAN is Kitchen Helper now accepting resumes for Email: $11/hr Fax 403-403-5447 To clean kitchen following F/T Exp’d LINE COOKS at www, all stations, prep, sea food, safety and hygiene apps., entres. etc. Must be standards. Clean utensils, avail. nights and weekcutlery, crockery and Tired of Standing? ends. glassware items. Find something to sit on MUST HAVE: Clean floors. in Classifieds • 2-3 yrs. post secondary Assist in prep. education. All positions are Shift Work & Weekends. • 2-5 yrs. training GOODMEN Fax resume 780-702-5051 • 2-5 yrs. on-the-job exp. ROOFING LTD. • Provide references Requires CAMERON BAY The hourly rate will be $13.10 per hour HOLDINGS INC. SLOPED ROOFERS operating as LABOURERS Rusty Pelican Restaurant MCDONALD’S & FLAT ROOFERS 2079 50 AVE. RESTAURANTS Red Deer, AB T4R 1Z4 Valid Driver’s Licence of Call 403-347-1414 preferred. Fax or email Ponoka, Lacombe, Stettler or Fax to: 403-347-1161 and Red Deer (Gasoline or (403)341-6722 Alley East and West) NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! are now hiring FULL TIME AND PART TIME Food Counter Attendants. HVAC Service Person Basic duties include making required. SHEET Metal food and serving customers. Installer required with All stores are 24 hours, residential and retro-fit except Stettler, which has The Tap House Pub & Grill experience. req’s full and part time extended late night hours Attractive wages and cooks. Apply with resume and applicants must be benefits. Great hours. at 1927 Gaetz Avenue willing to work flexible Shop person needed for between 2-5 pm. shifts, including evening, full time work. weekends and nights shifts. e-mail: brad@ Students, stay home Sales & moms, retired persons, or Fax resume to: we offer part time flexibility Distributors 403-309-8302 to fit your lifestyle, as well as scholarship programs ELEMENTS is looking for for students. Wages range 5 retail sales reps. selling from $10.50 to 11.00 per season gift packages and hour and we will train. personal care products in Benefits are included and Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. we offer opportunities for Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + advancement. Apply in bonus & comm. FT. No Mechanic Position person at the store, on line exp. req`d. Please email at or mail Oil Boss Rentals, is a resume to 4419 Hwy 2A, registered Commercial Ponoka, AB, T4J 1J8 Vehicle Inspection Station. FLURRIES SHEEPSKIN We currently have a is looking for 5 SALES HOLIDAY INN mechanics position open. REPS, selling shoes & EXPRESS This individual must be a apparel, at our Parkland RED DEER 3rd year apprentice minimum, Mall. 4747 67 St. Red Is seeking Deer. $12.10/hr. + bonus self-motivated, hard-working, FRONT DESK CLERK and enthusiastic with solid & comm. F/T Position. No * Answer phone calls work ethic. An ideal exp. req’d. Email * Take reservations candidate would have some * Check in/out Guests fabrication experience, Balance cash out enjoy building equipment SOAP Stories is seeking 5 & Attend to guest needs from scratch, be easy to F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, $14.00/hr. get along with and be able selling soap & bath to think outside the box products $14.55/hr. + HOUSEKEEPING ROOM when necessary. bonus & comm. Beauty ATTENDANT cert. req’d. Location * Clean and vacuum The position will break Parkland Mall - 4747 67th rooms, public areas, pool down as follows: St. Red Deer. email etc. • 60% repairs and mainpremierjobrdbto@ Replenish amenities, tenance on rental equipment linens & towels • 15% on heavy trucks * Adhere to Holiday Inn and trailers SOAP Stories is seeking 5 safety stardands retail sales reps. Selling • 10% on light duty trucks $14.00/hr. s o a p & b a t h p r o d u c t s . • 10% on fabrication All positions are Shift work $12.10 hr + bonus & com- • 5 % p a p e r w o r k a n d & weekends program management mission. Ft No exp. req`d. Fax Resume to: Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. 780-702-5051 This individual will also act Red Deer. email resume to as the shop foreman and HOLIDAY INN insure that the shop is kept Red Deer South, clean and organized. This position will be home Gasoline Alley 95% of the time. Trades Is Seeking On average 2-3 nights a FRONT DESK CLERK month out of town. * Answer phone calls BUSY sheet metal compa- Regular Schedule, 5/2 or 10/4 * Take reservations ny requires INSTALLER Competitive Wages, Benefits, * Check in/out Guests for residential new housing. Dedicated Service Truck. * Balance cash out Must have experience, Applicant must have a & Attend to guest needs own tools and valid driver’s clean Driver’s Abstract $ 14.00/hr license. Immediate HOUSEKEEPING ROOM position. Please fax To apply please email ATTENDANT resume to: 403-309-8302 your resume to: * Clean and vacuum rooms or e-mail: info@ public areas pool etc. or fax to 1-866-914-7507 * Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards Trades $ 14.00/hr All positions are Shift Work & weekends Fax resume 780 - 702-5051

We are currently seeking a professional;

Please forward your resume:



Recently awarded the 2013 Business of the Year, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded our facilities into Calgary, Alberta. We employ over 175 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide hands-on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector.

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Must possess clean drivers abstract, know city well. The individual must be able to work unsupervised in a fast paced environment. Some warehouse work and some heavy lifting is required. The company offers full benefit package for this full time position. Please email or drop off resume. ARTIC TRUCK PARTS #3-6540 71 ST Red Deer AB T4P 3Y7 (P)403-348-0999 (F)403-348-5198 Email to: ron.cain@ CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 D3

UPS is now hiring for

F/T Driving, P/T Pre-Load & Seasonal Workers

Applicants must be physically fit and be able to lift up to 70 lbs. P/T Warehouse, Mon. to Fri. 15 - 25 hrs/wk. Driving Mon. to Fri, 10 to 12 hours per day. Alberta Class 5 license, clean abstract. This is fast paced, physically demanding environment. All candidates are subject to criminal record checks. Apply by online @ or fax resume to: 403-648-3310

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ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK


Mustang Acres 6940 63 Ave.

Normandeau Niven St. & Newton Cres. ALSO Nielson Close Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info

VOORTMAN COOKIES has a distributorship available in Red Deer and surrounding area. This is an established and protected territory. Grocery/DSD experience is a plus. Delivery vehicle and investment is required. Please submit resume to


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GED preparation to start November 5 Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930

Currently seeking RELIABLE newspaper carriers for morning delivery (By 6:30 a.m.) in: Highland Green

Kentwood / Johnstone Crossing Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info


precast concrete erecting laborer position

at our company. Must be physically fit as this labourer position requires constant heavy lifting and involves fast paced, on the job training. Applicant must be able to travel and must have reliable transportation to and from work as well as a valid class 5 driver’s license. All meals and hotel expenses are paid when out of town. Successful applicant must provide an up to date drivers abstract. Construction experience an asset. Full benefits provided. Starting wages based on experience. Fax resumes to 403 885 5516 , must flag attn: Craig or e-mail to FURNACE DUCT CLEANING TECH REQ’D. IMMED. Wages neg. 403-506-4822 IMMED. POSISTION for F/T owner/operator Courier. for local delivery company. Small pick-up or mini van would be the ideal vehicle. Reply w/resume by fax: 403-342-7636 or email

Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.

Looking for reliable newspaper carrier for 1 day per week delivery of the Central Alberta Life in the town of

Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $.

To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

REG COX FEEDMIXERS Req’s F/T In Service Shop, exp’d with farm equipment and the ability to weld. Apply fax 403-341-5622 SWAMPERS F/T needed immediately for a fast growing waste & recycling company. Heavy lifting involved (driver’s helper) position. SORTERS for recycling also required. Reliability essential. Own transportation required. Please email resumes to THE BURNT LAKE GENERAL STORE is looking for F/T Customer Service person for shift work. Please apply in person, Hwy. 11 West. No phone calls please.



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403.341.4544 24 Hours Toll Free 1.888.533.4544

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

For afternoon delivery once per week


Antiques & Art

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303


VINTAGE Retro ANTIQUE SALE Sat. Nov. 2 , 10-3 @ Clearview Hall, 93 Cornett Dr.


Farmers' Market

Grounds Positions

1630 1650

WANTED: wild meat and beef for greyhound diets. Freezer burnt ok,749-3242

Rocky View Schools (RVS) is the fifth largest jurisdiction in Alberta serving almost 20,000 students in both rural and urban schools. As a 21st Century student-centric learning organization, RVS is committed to engaging, enriching and empowering all learners through meaningful and challenging experiences that prepare them to understand, adapt and successfully contribute to our changing global community. We are seeking outstanding professionals for the following positions: Competition #4053 – Journeyman Landscape Gardener (2 Positions) Competition #4054 – Irrigation Specialist To learn more about these job opportunities and the application process please visit our website at



Birch, Spruce, Pine - Split 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472

FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, Poplar. Can deliver 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227




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

wegotservices CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430

To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

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



VINYL SIDING CLEANING Eaves Trough Cleaned, Windows Cleaned. Pckg. Pricing. 403-506-4822



DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!



EVESTROUGH / WINDOW CLEANING. 403-506-4822 VELOX EAVESTROUGH Cleaning & Repairs. Reasonable rates. 340-9368

LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car ULTIMATE PLAYMATES. 403-986-SEXY, 402-3964 Red Deer’s Best

Handyman Services


ATT’N: Looking for a new sidewalk, help on small jobs around the house, such as small tree cutting, landscaping, painting or flooring? Call James 403-341-0617

Massage Therapy


Executive Touch Massage (newly reno’d) (FOR MEN)STUDIO 5003A-50 st. Downtown 9 am - 6 pm. Mon. - Fri. 403-348-5650 TCM & Lensen Therapy Cover all insurance 8 am-9 pm 4606-48 Ave 403-986-1691 MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161


FANTASY MASSAGE International ladies

Now Open

Specials. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Private back entry. 403-341-4445

Seniors’ Services


HELPING HANDS Home Support Ltd. for SENIORS. Companionship, cleaning, cooking - in home, in facility. We are BETTER for CHEAPER! Call 403-346-7777 Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

VII MASSAGE #7,7464 Gaetz Ave. Pampering at its Window BEST! Cleaning 403-986-6686 Come in and see WINDOW CLEANING. why we are the talk Outside / Inside / Both. of the town. 403-506-4822


Misc. Services

25 BOOKS (250 pages) full of illustrations only of masterpieces of natural crafts & cloths. $200 for all. 403-347-7405 CEDAR chest 32”l, 16”h, 14 1/2w, $40; commercial black office chair w/adjustments $40, 3 wool accent matching carpets, clean, will sell seperatly $60, 8’ live cactus plant $25 403-352-8811 DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino JUICE Extractor, MEHU 403-346-4307 YAMAHA P5R-500 Electronic piano w/chair. Exc. cond. $95 CANON K920 Copier machine w/metal stand. Exc. cond. $100. 403-352-8811


FREE TO LOVING HOME. 4 golden orange 11 week old kittens, litter trained and one 8 week old M. tabby, litter trained, 403-782-3130 phone back in order


TRAVEL ALBERTA Alberta offers SOMETHING for everyone. Make your travel plans now.



Property clean up 340-8666


Yard Care


RESIDENTIAL SNOW CLEARING. Affordable monthly contracts. Ironman Scrap Metal Recovery picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles & industrial. Serving Central AB. 403-318-4346

403-352-4034 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

Condos/ Townhouses






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

Grain, Feed Hay


TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798


Bldg located on a quiet close backing onto treed area. Spacious suites c/w Dishwasher, larger storage area & more. Short walk to schools & Parks. Just $975/mo. Heat & Water incl in rent. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to book a viewing. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 LEGACY ESTATES Best Adult Retirement Community 60+. 1 Bdrm. luxury condo unit. $800 + utils. Call Joe 403-848-0266 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets.


This 2 bdrm townhouse is a must-see! Located in desirable Anders on a quiet close, it boasts 3 levels, a nice yard 1.5 baths & a great feeling of comfort & openness. Come & take a look, this is a very nice home especially at just $1475/mo. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to get a look inside. Hearthstone 403-314-0099

Manufactured Homes


Newly Reno’d Mobile FREE Shaw Cable + more $950/month Sharon / Wanda 403-340-0225



1 BDRM apt. at the rear side of 4616-44St., 1/2 block from farmers market, for Nov. 1st. Quiet bldg & avail. to over 50 non smoker, non partier & no pets. Laundry on site. $750/mo/s.d 403-341-4627 LARGE, 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111

At just $865 this is perfect for a young family. Located in Woodlea with easy acces to Downtown and Gaetz. This is space for a price that can’t be beat. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to take a walk through the property. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 3810 47 ST. In Eastview Spacious 2 bdrm., bsmt. suite. Adult only. No pets. $895/mo. Avail. Nov. 15th. Phone 403-343-0070 BSMT. suite $700./mo. Call 403-352-7417



MOBILE HOME PAD, in 2011 CHEV Silverado LTZ Red Deer Close to Gaetz, 6.2 L, lthr., $27,888. 2 car park, Shaw cable incl. 348-8788 Sport & Import Sharon / Wanda 403-340-0225

Housesitting Wanted


ROOM FOR FREE, live in, watch my dog while I am away. F. preferred. For info call 403-850-2947

2 BDRM. in tri-plex, main floor, washer/dryer, everything incld’. $1400. Avail. Nov 1. 403-392-2488

Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom suites perfect for all walks of life. Cat friendly. Plaza Apartments: 1(888)7849279


Realtors & Services


HERE TO HELP & HERE TO SERVE Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995

Houses For Sale

3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 40 tenants. No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1600, D.D. $1600. 403-341-4627


4-BEDROOM home in Blackfalds for rent or lease. 7 appls. Beautiful fenced backyard, Double garage, Large deck with natural gas BBQ, Wood stove. 2200 & util & DD. CONTACT JIM @ 403-396-6247 Available Dec. 15, FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer

MASON MARTIN HOMES Custom new homes planning service. Kyle, 403-588-2550


New Home. 1335 sq.ft. bi-level, 24x23 att. garage. 403-588-2550


3 BDRM, 1 1/2 bath townhouse in well kept condominium complex at #9, 15 Stanton St. 5 appls & fenced yard. Tenants must be over 40 w/references & quiet living. Avail. Nov. 1st for $1300/mo. $1300 D.D. 403-341-4627

1 & 2 bdrm. adult building, N/S. No pets. 403-596-2444 TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

Roommates Wanted


ROSEDALE Bi-Level w/att. dbl. garage & det. shop/ garage. 4 bdrm., 3 bath. On quiet close. $429,000. See kijiji # 532958670. Call 403-309-4464 UPDATED 1331 sq.ft. home in Mountview. $404,000. Open House Nov. 2nd, 1-4. 4464 34 Street. 403-350-6926

Condos/ Townhouses


1443 SQ. FT. CONDO. Great location. 403-343-1811, 550-3365


MUST SELL By Owner. Sharon / Wanda 403-340-0225

Commercial Property


SMALL / LARGE SPACES -Free standing - fenced yards For all your needs. 400-46,000 ft. 403-343-6615


wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300


1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville 4 dr., 403-352-6889




Tour These Fine Homes Out Of Red Deer


SERGE’S HOMES 17 VINTAGE CLOSE BLACKFALDS Sun. Nov. 3rd. 1 - 5 pm 1980 sq. ft. 2 storey walk out. Contact Robert @ 403-505-8050

Out Of Red Deer


SERGE’S HOMES Mackenzie Ranch 58 Mackenzie Cres. LACOMBE Oct.31 & Nov. 1, 2 pm - 5 pm Custom 2 storey 1392 sq. ft. Contact Robert @ 403-505-8050


2009 SWIFT 22’. Queen bed, rear bath. Clean, $10,900. 403-872-2403 call anytime! 2009 PUMA 27’. Jack & Jill Bunks, queen bed in private bdrm. Rear end storage. Clean. $13,900. 403-872-2403



Tires, Parts Acces.


WINTER TIRES. 235/70R16 Yokahama Geolandar. Very little wear. 4 for $350. 403-318-1609

Auto Wreckers


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

Vehicles Wanted To Buy


A-1 WILLY’S Parts Place Inc. Will haul away salvage cars free in city limits. Will pay for some. Only AMVIC approved salvage yard in Red Deer 403-346-7278

Misc. Automotive


FREE removal of scrap vehicles. Will pay cash for some. 403-304-7585 Laebon Homes 346-7273

$650/mo incl. utils. have 2 Cars small dogs. n/s 403-986-6195 ADULT 40+ Condo. 1 bdrm. + den. Partially furn. All utils, OVER 200 channels, TV 2001 HYUNDAI Accent 2 internet, cable, phone incl. supplied, MUST love dogs, dr. red, 403-348-2999 Heated underground parking. must be working M., rent 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., Avail. Immed. 403-346-8278 $550., N/S, 403-358-3786 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040

Open House

2006 PILGRIM w/lrg slide-out. Hardwall, bunks, loaded, clean. Model 272 BHSS. Sale $16,900. 403-872-2403 anytime.

RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. AMVIC APPROVED. 403-396-7519

Manufactured adult only building. Homes In a quiet and calm location,


2007 COLORADO, 28RK, Dutchman, 32’, slideout, back kitchen, shower, king bed, TV, stereo, air. loaded $22,900. 403-784-2482

1980 YAMAHA EXL3, $1000. obo. 1978 Yamaha ET340, $800. obo. In Bashaw. 403-318-5799

This 3rd flr 2 bdrm apt is in a quiet,

assigned off street parking & a dishwasher, this could be the home you are looking for. Perfect for young professionals. Just $1025/mo. Come take a look at a bldg you will be proud to show off and call home. Call Lucie now at 403-396-9554 before it’s gone. Hearthstone 403-314-0099


Holiday Trailers

NEW CONDO 3 Bdrms & Tonnes of Stylish 2 Bdrm. Just 1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. Space -Great Value! South of the Hospital $192,000. 403-588-2550 This 3 bdrm, 2 bath Duplex is on a mature, quiet street! Vacant now, this could be the home you’ve been looking for. With a 2nd living room & kitchenette, fresh paint, fenced yard and tonnes of storage this home will go quick. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to get a look inside! Hearthstone 403-314-0099




1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852

Fifth Wheels


LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111


Houses/ Duplexes

5040 5050

NOW RENTING 1 & 2 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry w/onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat & hot water, washer/dryer hookup, infloor heating, a/c., car plug ins & balconies. Call 403-343-7955



CLEAN, quiet, responsible, 2001 CHEV Venture, Furn. $525. 403-346-7546 161,000 kms., good shape, clean, N/S. $2100 obo. This 2 bdrm 1 bath suite Mountview: fully furn bdrm 403-352-2339 boasts both space & style. $500/$250. Working Male With its own heat & controls, only. Call 403-396-2468 driveway parking for 2 ROOM in quiet home. vehicles & designer colors $450. Call 403-350-7799 Trucks & finishing’s, you will be comfortable in and proud ROOM in Westpark, n/s, of your new home. This is no pets. Furnished. TV & not your average bsemt utils incl. 403-304-6436 unit. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to have a look. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 Mobile




Rooms For Rent



Condos/ Townhouses

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300 1165


FOR RENT • 3000-3200 Homestead Firewood WANTED • 3250-3390

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Misc. for Sale


As the successful candidate, you will be required to submit a current Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check. Please submit your application, cover letter and resume, quoting the competition number on or before November 8, 2013. Applications can be emailed to or dropped off in person during business hours: Rocky View Schools Human Resources 2651 Chinook Winds Drive SW, Airdrie, AB T4B 0B4


Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

Travel Packages

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




Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

Massage Therapy

ROUND PINE 40” TABLE & 4 CHAIRS, exc. cond. $195 403-352-8811


In the towns of:

Integra Tire Innisfail requires exper Tire Tech, Lube Bay exper an asset, valid class 5 license required.Competitive wages/benefits. Email


GREY lift chair, 3 mo. old, $650 403-358-5359



MATURE CARETAKERS for 32 room motel in DAIRY equipment supplier Forestburg, AB. Couple looking for preferred. Handyman work, GENERAL LABORERS exp. in motels and computer & EQUIPMENT INSTALLERS knowledge 1-604-725-4448 Competitive wages and email: benefits package. E-mail resume:

GREENHOUSE WORKER wanted at Meadowbrook Greenhouses, Penhold 10 F/T seasonal positions. Training provided. Start Feb 2014. $9.95/hr, 44 hrs, 5 days per week, 3 month period. Fax resume 403886-2252 or email to info@



Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316


6’ NEXT TO NEW OFFICE DESK. Light caramel colour. $100. 403-347-7405

Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307

Employment Training

Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting.

DISPATCHER req’d. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Verbal and written communication skills are req’d. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295

Household Furnishings

WOODYNOOK PALLETS, looking for pallet Builders, Payday every Fri. Must have own transportation. Bob 403-596-9181


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Household Appliances


WEEKEND dispatchers req’d. immediately. Knowledge of Red Deer essential. Will require good verbal and written communication skills. Fax resume to 403-346-0295



Misc. Help

Eagle Builders in Blackfalds, AB is looking for hard working, motivated individual to fill full-time

Please reply by email: qmacaulay or phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316


Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the

Misc. Help



Truckers/ Drivers


Public Notices


STORESMART SELF-STORAGE NOTICE OF SALE Goods shall be sold by public auction (sale conducted by Lakeland Auction Services) on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at StoreSmart Self-Storage, 29 McKenzie Crescent, Red Deer County, Alberta, to satisfy outstanding charges for self-storage rental incurred by the following: GRAHAM JONES ROGER BAJZAROWICZ RALPH MORRIS ANDREW MONTAGUE

Classified does it all! The Red Deer Advocate Classified is the community’s number-one information centre and marketplace. It serves as the best single source for selling items, seeking jobs, finding housing, meeting new people and more. Put the power of classified to work for you today.

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Bride worried groom’s sister will ruin wedding Dear Annie: My fiance is amazing, sensitive and wonderful. The only problem is his sister. When we became engaged, “Jessie” was so jealous, her mother begged us to make her my maid of honour. I did, to keep the peace. I’ve spoken with Jessie a handful of times and don’t particularly like her. She’s 29, gets a monthly allowance from her parents because she lives beyond her means, and threatens to withhold her young son from my fiance and his parents when MITCHELL they won’t give her what she & SUGAR wants. We told Jessie she could help with the wedding plans, but then she had a total meltdown and lashed out at my fiance and his mom. We then informed her that she cannot come to the wedding unless she apologizes. This has resulted in my not being allowed near her son. My future mother-in-law is trying to force us to invite her, saying, “I promise to keep her under control so she won’t wreck the wedding.” The fact that she needs to say that makes me very nervous. My fiance isn’t close to his sister and is tired of her behavior. I don’t want her at my wedding because she’s been so rude to both of us, but I’d accept her if she apologized. Do you think we should hold out and hope? It is our wedding. Can’t we do what we want? — The Bride Dear Bride: Well, yes and no. Weddings represent the joining of families and, as such, should not become grudge matches. Demanding an apology from Jessie is an exercise in futility. She would rather create ill will than admit wrongdoing, and not being allowed to attend the wedding will fuel her fire for years to come. She could use some professional counseling. Meanwhile, consider the long-term repercussions of excluding her. And if you decide to forgive her, don’t rely on Jessie’s mother to rein her in. Ask a few friends to keep her in check, or hire someone to discreetly escort her out if she creates a scene. Dear Annie: A number of years ago, I saw an old ad from the 1800s in a book on soap making. The ad said that this particular brand of soap could be used for everything from washing your clothes to cleaning floors and brushing teeth. This apparently was before toothpaste was invented. Is this where the expression “washing your mouth out with soap” came from? — Grandma Dear Grandma: We doubt it. While some folks may have used soap to brush their teeth, it wasn’t necessary. Toothpaste in one form or another has been around since before the Romans. It was supposed to have a pleasant taste, or at least be tolerable. Soap was never meant to be ingested. Some soaps contain ingredients that are harmful to the mouth, throat or stomach lining. Washing one’s mouth out with soap is a specific punishment, usually in response to using profanity or other inappropriate language. We know parents used to do this, although we don’t recommend it. Thanks for providing an offbeat topic. Dear Annie: I read “Hermitage, Penn’s” diatribe about the elderly white-haired man who rudely butted ahead of her at the grocery store. Maybe he wasn’t feeling well and had to get out of the store quickly. He’s not going to say, “Excuse me, madam, but I am about to have an accident. May I go ahead of you, please?” I found Hermitage’s reaction to be insensitive and downright mean, a common trend in our young people today. — Judy from Omaha Dear Judy: There is no excuse to jump ahead of someone without at least saying, “Excuse me.” That is simple courtesy, regardless of age. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.



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This very large eight-week-old female great horned owlet gave quite a bit of attitude while it was getting banded. In the image, you can see the extra eyelid owls have. This is an additional protection for their eyes from twigs and branches as they fly through the bush hunting.


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you of your past. When making agreements with others, your tone is quite forceful. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your focus on money is high right now. You would be wise by abstaining yourself from splurging and by keep a very tight rein on your finances. Also, try to implement creative methods by figuring out how you could reduce your expenses. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You are more pensive and reserved than usual. It’s as if you have a hidden agenda where you are plotting a top secret plan. Your dispose of extra substantial energy and your strength is back on track. You are now ready to tackle your love life with fervour. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may not feel quite yourself today. Domestic pressures weight heavily on your shoulders. Someone may act a bit too domineering making you yearn for additional space. If you have sudden suspicions, do your investigation. You will stumble upon some useful discoveries. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You dispose of great ambition to succeed and to get closer to your hopes and wishes. Take advantage of the current astral trends where the sky bestows you



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Fax 403-341-6560, or phone the museum at 403-309-8405. ● Red Deer Legion Branch #35 year round events: carpet bowling on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Singles Bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. (all levels welcome, including beginners); Cribbage on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Texas Hold ‘Em on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and meat draws on Fridays at 5 p.m., and Saturdays at 4 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035. ● Red Deer Public Schools Community Programs has openings in their upcoming courses in Personal Directives and Enduring Powers of Attorney on Nov. 4, Spanish Next Step Nov. 12 to Dec. 12. For costs and registration phone 403-342-1059 online at ● Shadynook Community Centre Annual General Meeting is coming up on Nov. 4, 7:15 p.m. Coffee is on for new and old community members. Contact Lynn at 403-342-0353. ● Ladies Auxiliary of Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion Branch #35 holds general meetings the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Next meeting will be on Nov. 4. For a ride please call Harry at 403-598-5331 before noon on meeting day. Meat draw every Friday at 5 p.m.



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Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show Runs this weekend at Westerner Park in Red Deer. The annual fall show, which features a variety of competitions, obedience trials and all-breed confirmation shows, begins on Friday and runs through to Sunday. For more information, visit the Red Deer and District Kennel Club website at

● Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Update will be offered on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Sheraton Red Deer. Please call ahead to register, 403-3460290. ● Red Deer College Music Concert Series presents Rotary Seniors Concert on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. on Mainstage, Arts Centre. Tickets are available from Black Knight Ticket Centre,, 403-755-6626, or 1-800-661-8793. Enjoy a variety show for seniors hosted by the Rotary Club and performed by the students and faculty of the music department, complete with snacks and visiting in the lobby afterwards. ● Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum presents Olympic gold medalist Marc Kennedy, Nov. 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come hear Marc’s story, take some photos, and wish him well in Sochi, Olympic trials. Free admission. See, or phone 403-341-8614. ● Better Choices, Better Health is a series of six workshops to support those living with ongoing health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, colitis, Celiac disease, and mental health concerns. The course runs Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays at Bethany CollegeSide. To register and for information, call 1-877-314-6997. ● Drop-in Pajama Storytime invites children aged two and their families to the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts at 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children under three years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 403-346-4688. ● Heartland Cowboy Church will be held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Stettler Agriplex. Cowboy church will be held Nov. 5 and 19. Phone 403-742-4273. ● Diversity Equity and Human Rights Committee Information Fair, Nov. 5, 5 to 8 p.m. at G.H. Dawe School Gym. Entertainment at 7 p.m. by Teddy Anderson hoop dancer. Door prizes. Over 40 community groups from Central Alberta and the province in attendance. Parents, educators, families, and interested persons welcome.



● Puppet Club for children ages seven years and up is offered at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library on Nov. 6 and 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Make puppets and take part in interactive puppet shows. Phone 403-341-3822. ● Cultural Café: Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Mexican Celebration will be held at

Central Alberta Refugee Effort on Nov. 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy Mexican refreshments, meet and celebrate with local Mexican people. See www., or contact jan.underwood@, 403-346-8818. ● Riverside Meadows Community Association Annual General Meeting, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. at Riverside Meadows Activity Centre. The association is in need of new members that are willing to bring new ideas and leadership. Some of current executive will be retiring: president, vice-president, secretary. Other topics will be crime prevention, land use and others. Contact, 403-346-7414, or see Facebook. ● Travel Memories at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Waskasoo Meeting Room. Share a 10 minute travel story for entertainment or get inspired by listening to others. Pictures welcome. Contact Donna Stewart or Priscilla at 403-346-2100. Join the fun on Nov. 6 and hear about Viking River Cruise on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest. ● Man Talk: The Three Secrets to Great Relationships will be presented at Margaret Parsons Theatre at Red Deer College on Nov. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. All parents, youth, professionals, RCMP, and interested community members are invited to hear Dr. Michael Kaufman speak about root causes of dating violence, sexual abuse, the breakdown of communication, stereotypes of men and much more. ● Epilepsy Association — Central Alberta — presents Zentangle for Beginners, Nov. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the association office. Please RSVP by Nov. 1 at, 403-3583358, 1-866-EPILEPSY. ● Craving Change will be offered by Alberta Health Services at Bethany CollegeSide and is designed to help local residents looking to improve their eating habits in a series of three weekly workshops. Participants will learn self-awareness tools and engage in activities designed to help identify and manage challenges associated with nutrition decisions. Workshops will be held on Nov. 6, 20, and Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, or to register, call 1-877-314-6997. ● Red Deer Legion Old-Time Dance with Five Plus One is on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Cost is $7, or $13.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403342-0035. ● Delburne Friendship Group Roast Beef Supper will be held on Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Delburne Hall. Admission for adults is $10, and $3.50 for children. Phone 403-749-2083.

Thursday ● First Thursdays in the Snell are free chamber music concerts from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the Snell Auditorium on the first Thursday of each month. Café Noir will sponsor the series and provide free coffee and tea. Bring lunch, or purchase at the café. The Nov. 7 event features Central Alberta Friends in Music — Cristian Neacsu, violin, Sharon Braun, mezzo-soprano, Debra Bakland and Cheryl Cooney, piano — as musical guests. Phone 403342-9122. Free will donation at the door. ● After School Club is offered on Thursdays at 3:30 to 5 p.m. for teens and tweens to take part in games, movies, music and more at Red Deer Public Library Dawe Branch. Show Us Your Moves — Youtube and video game dance party will be the theme on Nov. 7. Phone 403-341-3822. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Silver and Gold Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-347-6165, 403-986-7170, or 403-246-3896. ● Piper Creek Lodge Fall/Christmas Tea and Fundraiser Sale takes place Nov.7, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is $4. There will be a 50/50 draw, baking, crafts, Christmas items, and free door prizes.


Friday ● Rooted in the Arts II: The Alberta Foundation of the Arts Collection opening reception will be on Nov. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Gallery at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch as part of First Fridays. Exhibit open until Dec. 1. Enjoy the works for 46 artists including ceramics, prints, drawings, sculpture, paintings, and fibre art. ● Local singer songwriter Donna Durand will be in concert at The Hub on Ross, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. with special guest Elvin Bruce Berthiaume. Tickets cost $15 per person, or $30 per family cash only at the door. Phone 403-340-4869. ● Red Deer and District Kennel Club Fall Dog Show will be held at Westerner Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Nov. 1 to 3. Admission for those 13 years and up $10, $5 for children ages three to 12 years, and $25 for a family of four, seniors 65 years plus and children under two years, free. See, or phone 403-307-4527. ● Forshee Community Hall old-time family dance nights are the first Friday of each month from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, children 17 years and under are free. Evening lunch is included. Live old time music with Country Gold Band. Next dance is Nov. 1. For more information, call 403-748-3378. ● Widow and Widower Support Network meets on the first Friday of every month at Remington’s Grill in Black Knight Inn at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship, and on the third Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church, 16 McVicar St. The group provides a safe place for men and women who have lost their spouse through death, to interact and support each other. Upcoming dates are Nov. 1 and 15. Email to or call 403-7550977. ● First Friday’s lineup on Nov. 1 includes: Private Moments by Arto Djerdjerian, 7 to 9 p.m. at Corridor Community Galley, Recreation Centre, lower level; Ochre Inc. by Barbara Vander Leek, Mary Joan Pyper, and Linda Siebenga at The Hub on Ross Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m.; New Work from Jeri Lynn Ing, Susan Woolgar, Judy Sutter and Larry Reece from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gallery IS; with Works of Harvey Brink at Café Pichilingue open until Nov. 30, and Works of Sandy Proseillo at Velvet Olive Lounge until Nov. 30. ● West 49 Coats for Kids Campaign continues until Nov. 20. Bring in a clean, insulated gently used coat to the store in Bower Place Shopping Centre and receive $25 off any winter jacket in the store. The Cerebral Palsy Association will be supported with this collection. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House pot luck suppers are held the first Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The next one will be on Nov. 1. Please bring a meat dish, salad or dessert to share. The cost is $5. Phone 403-346-4043. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House card games: Flag Whist, Nov. 1, 1:30, $4, Cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Nov. 14; Whist every Friday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Nov. 15; 500 every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Nov. 25; Fun Contract Bridge every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Games cost $3. Tournaments cost $6. Phone 403-346-4043. Phone 403-346-4043.


● MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The Nov. 2 session is called Precious Art-Icles with artist Carlene La Rue. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405. Free with admission. ● Poplar Ridge Annual Turkey Supper will be held on Nov. 2 starting at 5 p.m. Advance tickets only. Call Esther at 403-346-5983 or Janet at 403346-5629. ● St. Leonard’s Church Winter Wonderland Tea and Bake Sale will be offered on Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $4. ● Opening Show, Sale, and Reception for Justina Smith at Gallery on Main in Lacombe will be held on Nov. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. Phone 403-7823402. ● Women of the Moose Cookie Walk, Bake and Craft Sale, Coffee/Tea Time all happen on Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Moose Lodge at Willow St. and Petrolia Dr., four blocks south of the Westerner. Phone 403-347-1505. ● Sierra of Taylor Drive Music Jam is held the first Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Everyone welcome to play an instrument, dance or simply listen to the music. Next jam session is Nov. 2. Each session $2. Phone Chris at 403-341-3385. ● St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church Annual Fall Tea and Bazaar, Nov. 2, 2 to 4 p.m. in Lacombe. There will be baking, crafts and more. Phone 403782-3633. ● Get That eBook — how to get ebooks from the library on electronic devices will take place on Nov. 2, 1 to 3 p.m. at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library. Bring your devices and questions. ● Cattlemen’s Ball will be celebrated at Kurt Browning Complex in Caroline on Nov. 2. Semi-formal dinner, dance and entertainment. Happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by supper at 6:30 p.m., concert/dance at 9 p.m. Other highlights are cash bar, silent auction, raffle, and door prizes. Phone 403-772-3022. ● Julestue Scandinavian Bazaar and Danish Restaurant Experience will be held on Nov. 2 at Spruce View Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book a vendor table, or for information call Joanne at 403-227-4917, or Dickson Store Museum at 403-728-3355. Admission $2 for adults, and free for children and includes coffee, juice, and chance to win door prize. ● Red Deer College Open House, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at main and downtown campus.

Monday ● English as a Second Language Teen Readers Club meets Nov. 4, 4 to 5 p.m. in Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Teens ages 12 to 14 invited. The Club will meet on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 for teens ages 15 to 18. Please preregister with Rachel at, or Amy at ● Red Deer Independent Film Group’s Reel Movie Mondays continue with Twenty Feet From Stardom at Carnival Cinemas at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4. Tickets at the door cost $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Memberships in the Independent Film Group cost $10, advance tickets, and ticket packages for the entire series may be purchased at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. See www.

REGISTRATIONS LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ● Gallery on Main in Lacombe welcomes Sandra Bingeman who will teach a watercolour class for painting birds on Nov. 16. Phone 403-782-3402 to register and find out more. ● Urban Barn will donate a fleece blanket to Safe Harbour Society for every $5 donation from Nov. 15 to Dec. 8. ● Law Education at the Library offers Being an Executor, Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Phone 403-342-1059 to register. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House Cribbage Tournament and Potluck Supper are held the third Sunday of each month. Next tournament on Nov. 17. The cost is $8. Preregister by Nov. 14. Call 403-346-4043. ● Senior Citizens Downtown House Roast Beef Supper and Dance will be held on Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Admission $15. Phone 403-346-4043. ● Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta is seeking volunteers to commit to one, three-hour shift per week. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Duties vary by volunteer position. Drop in at 5406C, 43 St. or contact Audrey at 403-356-1678, ext. 22, or ● Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii will be presented by Cow Patti Theatre Company running Nov. 14 to Dec. 15 at Lacombe Golf and Country Club. Dinner and Brunch Theatre shows available. Shows on the following dates will support the following local charities: Nov. 14 — Ponoka Hospital Foundation; Nov. 20 — All That Jazz — Let the Children Dance; Nov. 23 — Father Lacombe Knights of Columbus; Dec. 4 — Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak; Dec. 5 — Medical Mercy of Canada; Dec. 7 — Ponoka Air Cadets. Phone 403-782-3956, after hours and weekends 403-304-6329, 403-784-2294 or ● Victory Church Red Deer is accepting registrations for its Cookie Walk, Craft and Bake Sale on Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book a table, contact Sandi at 403-986-1605. Table rental $15. ● Red Deer Chapter of Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta is urgently seeking volunteer tutors in Grade 2 to college level math, reading, and writing on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:30 to 7 p.m. Required commitment is two hours per week. Tutors are also needed for Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Contact 403-340-3885 or programs@ldreddeer. ca. Bingo volunteers are urgently needed for Nov. 6, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call number above or email ● Helping Hands Harvest Gala in support of Victim Support Society will be held on Nov. 9 at Black Knight Inn. Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight. There will be raffle draws, auctions, and entertainment by Randi Boulton and The Band Porter, as well as live painter, Lewis Lavoie. Tickets available from Black Knight Tickets. Donations greatly appreciated. Tax receipts available. To find out more, phone 403-392-2412. ● What a Girl Wants — Ladies Only Gourmet Breakfast and Fashion Show — in support

of Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter will be held at Bower Place Shopping Centre on Nov. 8 from 7 to 9 a.m. Tickets are $40 each or $150 for a table of four. To find out more, see www. or phone 403-318-2321. The theme is Little Black Dress. ● Rocky Mountain House Northern Crossing Music and Drama Society Festival of Christmas Music will be held on Dec. 11 and 12 at Lou Soppit Community Centre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at Modern Electric. Phone 403-845-3155. ● Poplar Grove Ladies Club comedy will be shown at Spruce View Hall. Dinner theatre will be offered on Nov. 29. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. followed by buffet supper at 6 p.m. and play. Tickets are $40 or table of 10 for $350. Dessert theatre will be offered on Nov. 30. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the play at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 or a table of 10 for $200. Call 403-728-3355. ● Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Ambassador Breakfast will be held on Nov. 15, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Quality North Hill Inn for a cost of $15 per person. A presentation by Leigh Smithson, a teacher from Notre Dame High School with highlight the school’s on site greenhouse with aquaponic system and more. RSVP to or call Kelly at 403-340-7379 by noon on Nov. 13. ● Soroptimist International of Central Alberta Guys in Ties Girls in Pearls 25th Birthday party fundraiser event, Nov. 8 at Black Knight Inn starting at 6 p.m. Guys break out those funny ties. Girls string some beads or pearls. Non-formal event. Tickets cost $80 per person, or $600 for a table of eight. Buffet dinner, door prizes, best dressed table prizes, contests, barter bucks, duelling DJs, and more. Proceeds support women and girls locally and globally. For tickets, contact,, 403-348-9707. ● Central Alberta Theatre season lineup includes Steel Magnolias, Cinderella Dances with the Stars, Sylvia, The Oldest Profession, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Looking, and One-Act Festival. See ● Power to Parent course will be offered by Shalom Counselling Centre on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 16 to Dec. 7. For information, or to register, see, or phone 403-342-0339. ● Family Services of Central Alberta needs volunteers for the Under 6 Club which runs Thursday mornings and helps children develop motor skills. Volunteers are needed with set up, snacks, and clean up. Contact Sandy at 403-3098215, ● Aurora Ladies Black and White Gala in support of Women’s Outreach will be held on Nov. 17 at Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on Gasoline Alley. Event sponsors and volunteers sought. Contact Karen at 403-358-5818. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre Christmas Craft and Bake Sale takes place Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table rental available for $20 from the from front desk. Contact Diane at 403343-6074.

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BAGHDAD — The wave of attacks by al-Qaida-led Sunni extremists that has killed thousands of Iraqis this year, most of them Shiites, is provoking ominous calls from Shiite leaders to take up arms in selfdefence. They generally insist they’ll do it legally, under the banner of the security forces. But Iraq’s young democracy is still struggling, nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew, and the spectre of armed Shiite and Sunni camps revives memories of the sectarian fighting that took the country to the brink of civil war in the mid-2000s. Since April, bombings and shootings have killed more than 5,500 people. Averaging at least two a week, they target outdoor markets, cafes, bus stations, mosques and pilgrimages in Shiite areas. Iraq’s Shiite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who will meet with President Barack Obama on Friday, says he wants American help in quelling the violence. Departing for Washington, he appealed for quicker delivery of offensive weapons such as helicopters that Baghdad says it needs. In a guest column Wednesday in The New York Times, al-Maliki warned that al-Qaida “is engaged in a renewed, concerted campaign to foment sectarian violence and drive a wedge between our people.” He stressed that a “deeper security relationship” with the U.S. is needed. Since late December, Iraq’s minority Sunnis have been protesting what they perceive as discrimination and tough anti-terrorism measures against them by the Shiite-led government. The Sunni attacks followed a government crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in the northern town of Hawija in which 44 civilians and one member of the security forces were killed, according to UN estimates. Now high-profile calls are being made for Shiites to play a role in their own defence by creating armed “popular committees,” attached in some form to the regular security forces. The idea raises the spectre of some of Iraq’s darkest years following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-led regime, paving the way for long-repressed majority Shiites to seize power. Iranian-backed Shiite death squads roamed Baghdad from 2006-2008, killing Sunnis by the dozens and dumping their often mutilated bodies on the streets or in the river in retaliation for the devastating bombings and suicide attacks blamed on Sunni insurgents. It was a cease-fire by militia leader and antiAmerican cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, along with a Sunni revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq and a series of U.S.Iraqi offensives that helped quell the bloodshed. While Iraqis continued to face near-daily attacks, they hoped the days of rampant sectarian warfare were behind them. Now a politician, al-Sadr has urged calm among his followers and made no public statements about the calls to take up arms to protect Shiites. Zuhair al-Araji, a Sunni lawmaker, pointed out that the insurgents are targeting not only Shiites but moderate Sunnis, and that arming Shiite groups would backfire. “We are worried that some militias will infiltrate these proposed committees and we will see grave consequences,” he said. But Jassim Mohammed al-Fartousi, whose 24-yearold son was among some 80 people killed in a suicide attack Sept. 21, reflects growing public demand for a response. “The government and the security forces are incompetent,” he said. “The popular committees will make us feel safe.” The civil war in neighbouring Syria is also stoking the tensions as it takes on increasingly sectarian undertones, with many Iraqi Shiites travelling to the country to support President Bashar Assad’s government against mainly Sunni rebels. Qais al-Khazali heads a feared Shiite militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (Band of the Righteous), an Iranian-backed group that repeatedly attacked U.S. forces in Iraq and says it is sending fighters to Syria. He spent years in U.S. detention but was released after he was handed over to the Iraqi government. Last year, the group decided to lay down its weapons and join the Iraqi political process, a move welcomed by al-Maliki. But addressing a conference of tribal leaders and clerics on Oct. 9, al-Khazali said his group needed to react to the “killings and destruction.” He said his “committees” would not participate in raids, but would co-operate with security forces in “patrolling their areas and setting up roadblocks.”

Red Deer Advocate, October 31, 2013  

October 31, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

Red Deer Advocate, October 31, 2013  

October 31, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Advocate