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Local family of five excited to be involved with A Better World The Darnell family has recently embarked on a 16-week mission trip to Kenya BY BRIAN VOSSEN Red Deer Express

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issionary work overseas can be an incredible experience. Even more so when you are able to share that experience with your family. Thus, it stands to reason that experience would be all the more meaningful when you are able to have it as a child. That was the idea Chris and Michele Darnell had when they decided to take their three children, Hope, Matt and Hannah, on a missions trip to Kenya through A Better World. Once the children heard about the trip, it was clear they were very much looking forward to it. “I was so excited,” said 15-yearold Hannah. “I almost couldn’t believe it. I was just so excited.” Hannah’s siblings agreed, with Matt, 13, saying he wasn’t at all worried about the trip and Hope, 10, saying her biggest concern would be the medical shots she needed to get before leaving for Africa. Matt perhaps had the biggest personal sacrifice to make among his family members by going on the trip. A starting player for the Lacombe Raiders, Matt missed playoffs to go to Kenya. Chris said that he and his family have supported several missions trips, through ABW and other organizations. However, the family had never been on one themselves. As such, it took little convincing to get the Darnells involved in this trip once they had heard about it from another ABW volunteer, Michael Gouchie. “We always loved supporting the kids going on trips,” said Chris, referring to the high school students who have approached them for support in the past. “I think we always had in the back of our minds to bring our kids on something like this.” Michele agreed and said that getting the family involved while her children were still young was important to her. “I think things make a bigger impact when it happens to you as a kid,” said Michele. “So I’m hoping that it will make a big impact

HAPPY FAMILY - The Darnell Family; Michele, Matt, Hope, Chris and Hannah, have recently left for a 16-week trip to Kenya through A Better World. Brian Vossen/Red Deer Express

on them.” Gouchie himself has been involved with A Better World for the last seven or eight years, he said. Together with his wife, Gouchie has taken several trips to work with ABW projects and all four of his daughters have lived in Kenya while working with school and orphanage projects through A Better World. Also a member of the Lacombe Rotary Club, Gouchie is taking part in this trip for the opening of a new school in Lodwar, Kenya built through A Better World and funded in part by the Lacombe Rotary Club. Gouchie said he enjoys making trips to project locations with ABW as it clearly demonstrates the difference the group and its volunteers are making in the

lives of others. He added that something as simple as the gift of clean drinking water has such tremendous implications in developing nations that it is impossible for them to fully appreciated here in Canada. In recent months, terrorists targeted a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya in an attack that lasted four days and left 72 people dead. Despite these attacks, neither Gouchie nor the Darnells have been deterred from visiting Kenya and working with A Better World. Gouchie said that, while he was somewhat apprehensive about going to Kenya after he heard news of the attacks, he values the expertise and experience of Eric Rajah, A Better World’s founder

and his organization greatly and added that A Better World has made it part of its job to enter areas when there is political unrest. Chris agreed, both with Gouchie’s apprehensions and his trust in Rajah’s ability. He said that, as a father bringing his wife and children to Kenya, the news of the attacks in Nairobi did frighten him. “That was a scare,” said Chris. “For me it was.” Gouchie agreed. “I was a little nervous and I still am a little nervous,” said Gouchie. “There is risk, but I think it’s minimal. I’m a little bit worried, but it’s such a valuable program that you don’t want to miss out on that opportunity. There is trouble everywhere for real, you have to be careful wherever you are.”

The Darnells will visit several A Better World projects around Kenya during their 16-week trip. Stops include orphanages, schools and even a visit to an Islamic community on the island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya. Before they left, Michele said the family wasn’t sure yet what exactly they would be doing when they visit each location, but will probably be pitching in various ways once they arrive. Each of the children had also been collecting gifts to share with the children they meet at each of the projects. Hope and Hannah had been collecting stuffed animals from school and Matt, an avid sports fan and football player, had been collecting footballs and other sporting equipment. news@lacombeexpress.com

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Youth Winter Inn provides shelter over winter months BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express The Youth Winter Inn has opened its doors for the season and will provide a place for those in need aged 14-17 to stay. The program gives youth who are under the influence or are homeless a place where they can go to stay warm during cold nights. In 2013, the Youth Winter Inn helped nearly 50 youth by providing shelter or help to return home or find alternative housing options. “Youth who have nowhere to go in the cold winter months can come to the Youth Winter Inn to meet with friendly staff where we can provide them with food and a warm, safe place,” said David Murphy, executive director of the Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre. “Our hope

“THESE VULNERABLE YOUTH ARE FROM RED DEER AND AREA AND FACE MANY RISKS OUTSIDE IN THE COLD. WHETHER IT IS A YOUTH EXPERIENCING CONFLICT AT HOME OR A YOUTH WHO FACES ADDICTIONS, IT IS VITAL WE WORK TOGETHER AS A CARING COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THEM.” DAVID TUNNEY is that we can connect youth to services and to housing options.” The program, which has been operating since 2009, costs about $65,000 per year to operate and has been supported by organizations who have shared the costs to provide the service.

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“When Doctors Suffer with Neuropathy – This is What They do!” Why do I understand what you are going through? How do I know your suffering? I know because I suffer with neuropathy nerve damage too. You see, I had a kidney transplant seven years ago and now take a palm full of anti-rejection drugs every day. These drugs are slowly killing my nerves. I am now FREE from pain, numbness, tingling and burning in my feet and hands and am able to sleep, go for a drive, walk, work, golf, putter in the garden and even ride my motorcycle. Someday, when I have grandkids, I’ll be able to get down on the floor and play with them. What about YOU? What would you do and enjoy if your neuropathy pain, numbness, tingling and burning were gone and…you could move and play? I can guarantee your life would be better than it is now! Many people, right now, are suffering needlessly. Neuropathy foot pain, numbness, tinging and burning are ruining their lives. They have given up

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Funding for this year’s program has been secured and has been provided by the Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority. “These vulnerable youth are from Red Deer and area communities and face many risks outside in the cold. Whether it is a youth experiencing conflict at home or a youth who faces addictions, it is vital we work together as a caring community to support them,” said David Tunney, Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority. Rose Hatfield, program director at the Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre said more help in terms of funding is welcome. “We are looking for community and corporate support to offset the funding we have received so we are not using all of the funds that CFSA has given us,” said Hatfield. “It is a need in our community – that has been identified in the last five years in terms of the number of youth we have assisted.” She added that sustainable funding is a challenge and is asking Central Alberta communities and organizations to discuss shared partnerships for the 2015 year. Meanwhile, when youth use Winter Inn program they are given a small warm meal as well as socks, mitts, toiletries and winter jackets if those items are available. Donations of these items are also accepted, Hatfield added. As for how many youth the program will serve this year, Hatfield said it is hard to gauge. “You can’t predict crisis.” efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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Salvation Army kicks off kettle campaign this week BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express The local Salvation Army is gearing up for Christmastime with a number of ways to make the season brighter for those in need. The annual Christmas Kettle Campaign kick off runs Thursday at Bower Mall, and organizers have set a goal of $200,000, said Major Larry Bridger of the Salvation Army Church & Community Services here in Red Deer. Kettles will be set up at Wal-Mart (north and south locations), Canadian Tire (north and south), Co-op (Deer Park), Scott’s Parable Christian Store, Parkland Mall by the Safeways entrance, Bower Place Mall, Save-On Foods (East Hill), Superstore and Costco. “The money from the Kettle Campaign is used here in

Red Deer for our Community and Family Services work. That includes year-round assistance where we help families through food assistance. We’ve got other programs like emergency medication, transportation and a number of other services that the money is used for as well.” Last year, the Kettle Campaign was down slightly, pulling in about $160,000. The year prior, about $200,000 had been raised, said Bridger. He added that additional volunteer help is essential to the Campaign’s success, and there is still plenty of room for folks to help out in that regard. Volunteers can sign up for two-hour stints at a kettle. “We’ve had a good start with our coordinator and we are hopeful that we can have a lot more of those volunteer spots filled.” Anyone interested in helping out can call Debbie Lang,

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OPINION Festival of Trees There might not be a more colourful and delightful sign of the arrival of the Christmas season locally than ‘Festival Week’ here in the City. This includes the hugely popular Festival of Trees event which runs at Westerner Park Nov. 22-23. Prior to that, festivities kicked off this past Saturday with the ‘Festival Lights the Night’. Unfortunately the parade was cancelled due to weather. City Hall Park is now a glittering, luminous site with Christmas lights on many of the trees, not to mention the towering Christmas tree by City Hall. This is a special year for the Festival of Trees, as it marks the event’s 20th anniversary. From day one, it’s been an extremely important fundraising event for medical equipment and technology. Last year over $1.2 million was raised to enhance histopathology programs delivered through the Laboratory Services Department at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. This year, proceeds raised will go towards upgrading equipment and technology for diagnostic imaging, urology and the operating room. Diagnostic imaging and urology will work in collaboration to purchase and install a new imaging unit in the operating room in the Red Deer Regional Hospital. The urology imaging equipment will assist the urologist with visualization of the urinary tracts of males and females and the reproductive system of males. When not in use for imaging, the equip-

ment will be used for prostate surgeries, stent insertions and/or any procedure that requires access to the bladder in a surgical environment. Organizers say it has been 20 years since the very first Festival of Trees in Red Deer, where a motivated, collaborative effort of eager volunteers put on the Festival of Trees and raised $28,509. Year by year the momentum has grown as has the volunteer commitment and community excitement as each Festival of Trees event has been produced. To date, more than $9,500,000 has been raised to enhance healthcare at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Meanwhile, there are still limited tickets available for three special events that will take place during the Festival of Trees. Cirque de Noel takes place on Nov. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. The Festival Business Lunch will take place Nov. 22. The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. And the other event which still has seating available is ‘Tis the Season Fashion Luncheon on Nov. 23. Ultimately, Festival of Trees provides not just a brilliant means of kicking off the season, but it’s also an ideal way of supporting a cause that could potentially help so many Central Albertans. For more information on this year’s events and being involved with the Festival of Trees, check out www.reddeerfestivaloftrees.ca, email at foundation@ albertahealthservices.ca or call 403-4065517/403-343-4773.

Time to open our hearts and pocketbooks for the Philippines Once again, a disaster has wreaked havoc in the world, and those of us cocooned in relative safety and comfort must step up and assist in any way we can.

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WEBER On the morning of Nov. 8, Typhoon Haiyan brought widespread flooding, landslides and destruction to the Philippines, destroying thousands of homes as it tracked across the Visayas region of central Philippines on its path through

the country, according to the Canadian Red Cross. The storm hit with wind speeds of 300 km/h. Strong winds and heavy rain have also battered the Island of Bohol, which was devastated by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake three weeks ago. More than 270,000 people in the area are already living under tarpaulins and in makeshift shelters, and the extreme weather threatens to intensify the humanitarian emergency. We are blessed to live in a country where disasters of such magnitude are virtually unimaginable. But with that kind of ‘security’ comes a responsibility to reach out when disaster strikes elsewhere. It really hits home when you see a report on TV showing groups of people who have

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lost everything standing on the side of the road with signs pleading for clean water and food. The particular report I watched showed group after group of devastated citizens. And the most painful part was that the aid trucks had to bypass these groups to get to others who were in even more dire need. Can you imagine having watched your home be destroyed, losing members of your family, being hungry and thirsty and watching help drive past you? Granted, aid workers are doing their best and getting to the worst-hit areas. But the images were heartbreaking nonetheless. I couldn’t help but think of children and what they must have been thinking,

perhaps not really understanding that aid was going to those in worse shape. We can be thankful for those frontline workers who are right there now doing all they can to distribute supplies, food, shelter and aid to the people. And on our end, there are many, many ways to help. From the Canadian Red Cross to World Vision to the Salvation Army, there are lots of places to donate money that in many cases will be matched by the federal government. I couldn’t help but also think how events like this can wield such a profound ‘wake-up’ call to the richer nations of the world. Particularly at this time of year, when the shopping centres are already starting to be overrun with

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people seeking gifts for people who don’t really need a thing. Maybe we could all do with a bit of reevaluating. Instead of shelling out hundreds on each other, why not decrease that and send some of that economic ‘good will’ to our neighbours around the world who truly need our help? Such as the people who have endured so much in the Philippines. It’s great to see local initiatives that have been organized in the wake of the disaster, such as the Filipino Cook Off Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Victims, which runs Nov. 23 at The Hub from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Folks are invited to drop by and enjoy ‘sumptuous Filipino cuisine and the warmth of our company’

reads the poster. What a fantastic way that we here in Red Deer can not only financially help out with the cause, but also support our neighbours right here in this City who may have family and friends in the Philippines. There is no greater joy than in giving. And what better time to become reacquainted with the happiness that flows from it. I think that’s something we all know deep down inside, but often we get swept up in a overly commercialized culture that insists we need more and more. We don’t. But there are multitudes around the world that do need our help. And that’s something to keep in focus this holiday season as well. editor@reddeerexpress.com

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Mayor Tara Veer talks about City’s ‘hot button’ issues Newly minted mayor discusses what the future could hold for current council BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express In the next four years there is much Mayor Tara Veer hopes to accomplish for the betterment of the community. A number of ‘hot button’ issues were heard during the election campaign and Veer recently talked about how some of those would be tackled. Something Veer said she felt passionate about during the campaign was elevating the City’s profile on the provincial landscape.

“In the absence of Red Deer saying who we are and selling ourselves, our fellow Albertans will fill in their own definition of who they think Red Deerians are, so we need to be our biggest voice and advocate in telling them who we are.” She added that that manifests itself in issues such as ambulance dispatch. “It is a great example of how critical that issue is to Red Deer’s integrated fire and ambulance operations. It’s actually a provincial issue that has the potential

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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MAN ARRESTED AT THE SCENE OF A BREAK AND ENTER

A man has been arrested and charged after police attended the scene of a suspicious vehicle. On Nov. 10 at 9:20 a.m., police were called in regards to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle, which was located on a rural property near Penhold. Members of the Innisfail RCMP Detachment along with the Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit made an immediate patrol. Once on the scene they located a gold 1999 GMC Envoy with a trailer attached. On the flat deck trailer was a four wheeled all-terrain vehicle. The Envoy appeared to be stuck in the snow. Further investigation revealed that a building on the property had been forcibly entered. It was also found that both the ATV and flat deck trailer had previously been reported stolen. Adam Webb, 32, was located on scene and was arrested without incident and subsequently charged with break, enter and theft, mischief and two counts of possession of stolen property.

CHARGES LAID IN DRUG BUST Red Deer RCMP have laid several charges against four men in relation to the search warrants that were executed in Red Deer and Innisfail on Nov. 8th. Steven Michael Herman, 32, from Red Deer, Cory James Lesperance, 29 from Innisfail, Kevin Jean-Yves Noel, 30, from Red Deer

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and Nicholas David White, 22, from Red Deer have been charged in the incident. They have all been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. They have all also been charged with two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, and one count each of possession of property obtained by crime and careless use of a firearm. In addition Herman and Lesperance have been charged with possession of a weapon while prohibited.

HIT AND RUN INVESTIGATED An employee at a business on Gasoline Alley continues to recover from injuries sustained in a hit and run last week. On Nov. 14 at approximately 1 p.m. the Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to a hit and run pedestrian collision in the parking lot of the Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson dealership. Initial investigation revealed that a male suspect shoplifted a leather jacket from within the dealership and then exited to a waiting white Ford Explorer. An employee of Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson chased after the shoplifter and as he tried to intervene was struck in the arm by the Ford Explorer drivers side mirror as the vehicle sped away. The employee was taken to the Red Deer Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Blackfalds RCMP are continuing their investigation and have suspects in these criminal offences. More information is expected to be released.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Local members of the community are banding together to send aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on Nov. 7. Overwhelmed by the scale of devastation in her home country, Kristine Bugayong, chief executive officer of the Red Deer & District Community Foundation, has arranged a Filipino Cook Off potluck event at The Hub on Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will feature members of the community’s best Filipino dishes. “Due to the magnitude of the situation we knew we needed to help in any way we could and Filipinos love to eat,” said Bugayong. “Just like the rest of the world we’re a community that loves to come together around food, so the potluck seemed perfect.” With tickets available at the door, admission prices will be $12 per person over the age of 12, $6 for kids aged 6-12 and children under five are free. All proceeds will be going to an organization in the Philippines, Sagip Migrante, to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. She hopes the fundraiser will help to spread light on the severity of the typhoon while rallying funds and support for the victims. Bugayong, who came to Canada from the

Philippines in 2003, was immediately worried about her multiple family members still residing there upon hearing about the typhoon. She explained that while her family was not living in the affected areas, she wasn’t able to get through to her father until two days after Haiyan hit, and due to the Internet being knocked out she wasn’t able to hear how her cousin was doing until a few days after. “The impact is so swift and so huge and it’s hard even for myself. Now I don’t even think it’s necessary for me to celebrate Christmas when on day seven after the typhoon people in my home country still don’t have clean water,” said Bugayong, adding that although her country is somewhat used to natural disasters, it is very hard to comprehend the size and intensity of Haiyan. “You can just see the strength of those people who survived the storm but now they have to deal with the massive amount of devastation from the aftermath.” Meanwhile, on Nov. 24 there will also be a benefit concert to help the Philippines, with three musical groups, as well as a silent auction, with all of the proceeds going to Philippine relief. The concert will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene at 6 p.m. jswan@reddeerexpress.com

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Red Deer continues safe inhalation distribution BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Red Deer remains the only city in Alberta with programs still distributing crack stems, and the numbers of safer inhalation supplies given out continues to rise. Safer inhalation and injection supplies distributed by the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society’s (CAANS) Night Reach program reached an all time high in the month of September. Night Reach, a mobile outreach initiative that operates in Red Deer’s downtown, City parks, and river valley areas, distributed 37,745 needles in September for safer injections and 860 stems for the safer inhalation of drugs. Distributed by two Night Reach workers equipped with harm reduction materials, the safer injection and inhalation supplies aim to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-bourne pathogens. Red Deer is currently the only city in Alberta that continues to give out safer

inhalation supplies such as crack stems, after the province and Alberta Health decided to no longer be providing funding for safer inhalation supplies. Jennifer Vanderschaeghe, executive director for CAANS, explained CAANS followed suit with their sister agency, Safe Works out of Calgary in 2009 and began handing out safer inhalation supplies. “Smoking drugs is a transmission of Hepatitis C, so we wanted to specifically stop the spread of Hep,” said Vanderschaeghe. “But we also want to build relationships with the people smoking drugs so that if and when they are ready to quit, we can help them do that.” The program was government-funded until Alberta Health decided it would no longer provide funding for the materials. The decision from Alberta Health to stop providing financial support for safer inhalation supplies came after issues of legality and risk management arose in Calgary. “The government of Al-

berta, wanting to be diligent, made a choice to not fund the distribution of safe inhalation supplies,” explained Vanderschaeghe. “Of course they never said to anyone that we should stop distributing stems and safer inhalation supplies, and in that they recognized the health benefits of safer inhalation.”

“I HAVE GREAT HOPE THAT OUR SISTER AGENCIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE WILL FIND A WAY THROUGH THIS AND CONTINUE TO DISTRIBUTE SAFER INHALATION SUPPLIES.” JENNIFER VANDERSCHAEGHE After the government made the decision to stop the funding, CAANS was left to make a decision as to whether or not they wanted to shut down the program. After seeing how the lives of those using the program were impacted when Safe Works in Calgary decided to stop distributing the

stems, CAANS made a decision to continue the program. “I have great hope our sister agencies across the province will find a way through this and continue to distribute safer supplies. “And certainly don’t fault Alberta Health in being careful and in doing appropriate risk management because that’s what we should expect our government to do.” CAANS’ decision to continue to provide stems and screens for smoking drugs means the supplies would now be funded through their fundraising. Other programs such as safer injection supplies and staffing are funded through Alberta Community HIV Fund and Alberta Health. “The great thing about stems is that they are sturdy and as long as you’re not sharing them with someone then you can use them over and over again.” She added the main reason they distribute safer injection and inhalation supplies is because, “It engages with people who smoke drugs in a really non-judgmental way, and

at least there is someone in their lives who isn’t judging them on their behavior and at the best and worst times we will continue to be there to support them.” With materials given out for safer drug use on the rise, she said the program isn’t seeing “Significantly more users to our program, but we’re seeing people more frequently. “The number of people we’re seeing hasn’t

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A look at the last of the homesteads One of the great sagas of western Canadian history is the homesteading story. Between the early 1880s and 1914, literally hundreds of thousands of people moved to the great Canadian west, drawn by the prospect of being able to secure 160 acres of land for a $10 filing fee.

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DAWE The opportunities were exciting, but they came with a large cost. A homesteader had to put in three to five years of hard work to “prove up” their homestead. They had to construct a home and other such essential buildings as barns and stables. They had to turn a set number of acres into fields each year, and spend a good portion of their time actually living on the claim. Then they were finally given title to their new home. Several found the tasks of completing

their homestead and the challenges of western Canadian weather to be too much to manage. Sometimes, three or four settlers started a homesteading claim before one finally finished all of the requirements and was granted title. Nevertheless, a great many people managed to successfully start new homesteads and homes. Consequently, one of the world’s great agricultural heartlands was developed. By the early 1900s, most of the homestead land in Central Alberta was claimed. People had to either push farther eastwards onto the prairies or go westwards towards the forests of the foothills to find available land. Otherwise, they had to buy land from earlier homesteaders or from such large landholders as the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Saskatchewan Land and Homestead Company which held 180 sections of land in and around Red Deer. The federal government did hold some land back from the homesteading process. Most of this land was reserved for the support of schools. The idea was that once a district was

filled up with settlers, these school sections could be sold for a good price. The proceeds would then be used for the expenses of building and operating a local school. Occasionally, other quarter sections were held back for special purposes as timberlands, which could be used as a source of lumber for incoming settlers. One of these special timber quarters was located some 10 km east of Red Deer, on the border of the Balmoral and Springvale school districts. While the quarter was heavily treed, it also had very good soil. It was, therefore, a very good future prospect either for a homesteader or for someone who could arrange a purchase from the government. In the summer of 1913, John Piper learned that the Dominion Lands Office was thinking of finally allowing a homestead claim on this timber quarter. He knew it was an excellent opportunity. Not willing to let such a great prospect slip by, he began to camp at the door of the Dominion Lands Office on Ross St. in Red Deer on Sept. 7, 1913. He wanted to make sure that he was the first in line when the land was declared open for a homestead claim.

Unfortunately, sometimes the wheels of government move very slowly. The land was not officially declared open for a homestead until the latter part of November. Consequently, Piper spent 72 days and nights camped at the Land Office door before he was able to pay his $10 and make his official claim to the land. The prize was a good one. Local realtors estimated that the quarter was worth more than $3,500 on the open market. Moreover, the fall of 1913 was generally mild so Piper did not suffer too much from the cold. Nevertheless, when the local press asked if he would be willing to wait such a long time again for a homestead, his reply was an emphatic “No.” Ironically, not long after Piper got title to his new land, the First World War broke out and he enlisted in the 66th Battalion. Shortly after he went into the trenches of the Western Front during the Battles of St. Eloi Craters and Mount Sorrel, he was bayoneted and severely gassed. He spent months in hospital recuperating. Once he was well enough, he was assigned to be an orderly in the hospital. He did not return home to his new farm and family until June 1919.

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Initiative fosters mental health The Red Deer College Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association has introduced a new Mental Health Initiative aimed at promoting a positive atmosphere in which mental health can be explored and enhanced. The initiative is supported by funding from the Alberta Campus Mental Health Initiative Fund (ACMHI). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to help give students the tools to take care of themselves,â&#x20AC;? said Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association President Martin Cruz. Organizers kicked off the initiative with Mental Health Awareness Week: MyWellness during MyMidterms from Nov. 14 to 22. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expect to see lots of stress-relieving activities ranging from letting your stress ďŹ&#x201A;y away on a paper airplane to a mediation session and maybe even some furry friends.â&#x20AC;? The Mental Health Initiative will bring mental health information to the forefront for students, with the objective of helping the campus community identify the role of mental health in an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well being. Cruz said the initiative will promote the supports available to students both on campus and in Red Deer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will also be promoting FeelingBetterNow, an online assessment tool which provides users with an immediate outcome at the end of the survey,â&#x20AC;? said Cruz, adding FeelingBetterNow is the only mental health assessment tool for

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he fourth annual Snow Fest embraced the weather this past weekend with record breaking numbers in attendance. More than 4,000 people attended the event, braving the blizzard to make it out to the Westerner. The festival hosted an indoor snowboard competition where competitors challenged one another for $1,800 in cash and prizes. Kael Hill was the lucky rider to take home the first place title in the competition. Luke Pashisnick took second in the indoor event. The show is known for having some of the largest numbers of exhibitors at any snow show in western Canada, and with the large numbers of clientele in attendance, the exhibitors did well. Not only were attendance numbers up, the annual ski and snowboard swap where riders bring in their boards to swap and sell in support of the volunteer Ski Patrol raised a record amount. One of the event’s organizers, Chris Sereda said the show went off with only minor hitches including some riders not being able to make it to the competition due to road closures, but he is still looking forward to the next year of Snow Fest and continuing to help it grow. “Exhibitors did well and moved a lot of product,” said Sereda. “We had a great time and it was another great year and we can’t wait for next year.”

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Habitat for Humanity triplex takes shape BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express The walls are up and the roof that will go over the heads of three fortunate families is nearly complete on a triplex unit being built by Habitat For Humanity at 3818 44 St. This will be the ďŹ rst triplex to be built by Red Deerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Habitat For Humanity crew, in which Executive Director Paula Madu said should be completed by Easter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be closing it in with windows, doors, and a ceiling within the next couple of weeks and carry on from there,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on it since August, laying ground work and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had so many kind donors in our community who have given us supplies, donations in kind, and most importantly their time.â&#x20AC;? In collaboration with RBC, Bruins Plumbing, Home Depot, and Studon Electric this will be the 24th home that has been completed by the local Habitat chapter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These families were in need of affordable housing, and it means so much to them,â&#x20AC;? said Madu, adding that each of the families have completed the required â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sweat equityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in which they must dedicate 500 hours of volunteer time through previous builds or through the ReStore and other volunteer projects.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working hard and everyone involved in the affordable housing market are doing all that we can to provide for families in need.â&#x20AC;? A portion of the funding for this triplex came from Habitat for Humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ReStore program. ReStore is a recently launched national initiative to reduce, reuse, and recycle used hardware, appliances, building materials, and household items such as furniture. All products are available for purchase in a warehouse located at 4732 78A St. Cl. ProďŹ t from the ReStore retail warehouse go to supporting administration costs for Habitat and anything left after that goes towards new home costs like the recent triplex under construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public is welcome and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just for the speciďŹ c home building market,â&#x20AC;? said Madu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We encourage the public to not only shop here, but to donate here as well and keep those items out of landďŹ lls.â&#x20AC;? Madu explained that the warehouse is a great location for contractors and renovators on a budget or are looking to make a green initiative impact in their building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a site supervisor who directs the volunteers but other than that homes are fully volunteer built. We are very grateful for our volunteers and the support of our community.â&#x20AC;? jswan@reddeerexpress.com

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Blackfalds author continues to ‘literally’ make her mark Marcia Laycock releases expanded version of her 2003 title BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express It’s been a creatively rich time for Blackfalds author Marcia Laycock, who has been exploring her exemplary knack for storytelling again in her latest book A Tumbled Stone. She also just released an expanded third edition of her landmark title Spur of the Moment, which was originally published in 2003. As to A Tumbled Stone, it’s a sequel to 2007’s One Smooth Stone, explains Laycock who has been landing awards for years for her work on both sides of the border. A book signing is also scheduled for this Saturday at Scotts Parables Christian Store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “As I was getting to the end of One Smooth Stone, I wasn’t quite ready to let go of the characters so I was starting to think of what I could do next with it,” she explains of A Tumbled Stone. “Things usually come to me in scenes, and I had these scenes that were popping into my head.” The book focuses on a woman by the name of Andrea Calvert. She ends up pregnant, leaves her foster home and decides to settle down for a while at a place called Evie’s Rocky Road Diner. Andrea begins to learn much from Evie, and through the process discovers her mother’s diary and the story that reveals

the reasons for the dysfunction in their family. The book has been described as a ‘powerful tale of redemption and belonging.’ As for the expanded version of Spur of the Moment, Laycock said folks have been asking for copies of it again. The book consists of short reflections on the experiences we encounter in life, stories reflecting personal faith and each one includes a scriptural reference as well. Laycock indeed has a way of capturing truths in well-structured and accessible ways. Page after page, an attractive authenticity shines through as well. The book really opened doors for Laycock and it has resonated strongly with readers as well. She notes that many folks who have experienced hurt in their lives have seemed to be helped in particular. “I’ve been amazed at where that little book has gone.” One Smooth Stone has had its own poignant influences as well. She relates a story of one young woman, who had experienced a traumatic event in her younger years, who ended up sick at home – with nothing to read and a broken TV. The woman’s mother had dropped off a copy of One Smooth Stone and the daughter opted to give it a try. “She called her mom at midnight in tears and said ‘Mom, I think I finally believe that God really does love me in spite of everything’. When I heard that, I said to my husband that I didn’t care if I sold

another book – the purpose of it had been fulfilled in that one situation.” Meanwhile, Laycock, who along with her husband Spence pastors Faith Community Church in Blackfalds, has had her own pain to deal with – and such experiences have enriched her writing. Last year, she won a World Guild Christian Writing Award for best blog series. To qualify each writer had to submit two consecutive blog posts they wrote. The two blogs that Laycock submitted were written during a trying time in her life. She wrote while she was struggling with breast cancer. Laycock was diagnosed in 2011 and finished treatment in early 2012. For Marcia, who is originally from Ontario, writing has always been a natural means of expressing what’s on her heart. She went on to Carlton University in Ottawa to take journalism in the 1970s. Journalism wasn’t her thing, but a passion for writing continued to grow. Since then, her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies in both Canada and the U.S. and has been broadcast on radio across Canada. She also writes a weekly devotional column, The Spur, which appears in publications across Canada and goes out by e-mail. Her most recent endeavour is a Christmas novella An Unexpected Glory. It’s about a pageant in a men’s homeless shelter that seems to go all wrong. The story is

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fyi EVENTS On Nov. 24 we are having a benefit concert ‘Help the Philippines’ with three musical groups donating their services (Potter’s Clay Quartet, The Banksons, and The Red Deer Filipino Choir). We are also having a silent auction and all of the proceeds are going to Philippine relief. It is at Red Deer First Church of the Nazarene at 6 p.m. Leaving a Legacy of Generosity – a planned giving information session – Nov. 23rd, 8:30 a.m. to noon at Davenport Church of Christ (68 Donlevey Ave.) Shalom Counselling Centre, in partnership with the Mennonite Foundation of Canada, is offering you a free, no obligation information session that encourages living with generosity. Ideal for those of any age making or updating a will, as well as those planning for a meaningful retirement or those who want to leave this world with a gift that makes a difference. Panel of presenters including legal and financial advisors to field your questions. RSVP by noon, Nov. 22nd by calling 403-342-0339. As Red Deer Centennial Celebrations draw to a close, the Centennial Family Committee of the Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Soci-ety would like to thank all the people who submitted information for inclusion in the Centennial Family Project. If you have not submitted information, it’s not too late. The Red Deer Branch will accept stories and photos until Dec. 6. Send submissions to The Red Deer Genealogical Branch, PO Box 922, Red Deer. Postal code is T4N 5H3. They can also be emailed to rdbrags@telus.net. Red Deer Table Tennis Club playing every Friday nights between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Michener Recreation Centre gymnasium. Drop in fee $10. Contact Tom at 403-872-7222. The Centre for Spiritual Living has dinner and a movie on Nov. 22, ‘Through the Eastern Gate.’ Dinner at 6 p.m. by donation; movie at 7 p.m. Please RSVP Vicki Wolfson at 403-347-9088

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by Nov. 21 at noon. On Nov. 27 at 7 p p.m. m Men’s Group ‘The Gentle Art of Self Care’ meets with Greg Dickson. On Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. there’s a candlelight service and carol singing. Visit our web site www.cslreddeer.org. Red Deer Pottery and Art Club Christmas Sale Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Foyer Red Deer Swimming Pool - 4501 47A Ave Red Deer. Members will be selling their pottery and paintings. Please drop in for coffee and support local artists. There will be pottery, functional as well as raku and acrylic and watercolor paintings for sale. Memberships are available if anyone is interested in joining these non-profit clubs.

The sale runs between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 26-27. Call 403340-3511 for more information. Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival and Market is the second annual celebration about community and holiday spirit, family and fun. Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 at the arena and multiplex on 48th St. in Sylvan Lake. Christmas Farmers’ Market, Christmas tree displays, silent and live auctions, raffles, hockey games, enter-tainment by local and re-gional musicians, visits by Santa, Skate with Mascots, Gingerbread House competition Skating Club Spirit of Christmas per-formance, learn to curl classes and more. Admittance is free. For times, check our posters or

will be served all day. An item for the food bank would be appreciated. For information call 403-773-2270. New Year’s Eve Party at the Elnora Drop In Centre, supper at 6:30 p.m. Dance at 8 p.m. to Black Velvet. Tickets: advance – $12, door – $15. Call 403 749 2161. Visions Country Gospel Christmas Concert will be held at Blackfalds United Church on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and 16 and under are free. There will also be a silent auction. Please contact Moe at 403-357-6678 or e-mail Holly at ahkk01@shaw.ca for more information or advance tickets. The Dickson Store Museum is

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website (http://spiritofsylvanyuletide.com/) and like our Face-book page (https://www.facebook.com/ SpiritOfSylvanYuletideFestival). The Red Deer Chamber Singers will be presenting its annual Renaissance Music production on Nov. 28-29. Nov. 28 will feature the Dessert Night presentation at a cost of $25 per ticket, with doors opening at 7 p.m., concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29th with feature the Feast Night presentation, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per ticket. While the music is primarily Renaissance-era related, a mixture of carols and some contemporary music is included. Location: Cha-let at the Westerner grounds. For tickets, contact Diane at 403-347-6567 or at her email - getpacking@hotmail.com Elnora Christmas Market at the Elnora Community Hall Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch

producing the play The Poplar Grove Ladies Club. A funny show with a lot of meaning. Spruce View Hall. Dinner theatre: Nov. 29, doors open 5:30 p.m. Supper buffet begins at 6 p.m. Play to follow. Tickets $40 or table of 10 for $350. Dessert theatre: Nov. 30. Doors open 12:30 p.m. Play at 1 p.m. Tickets $25 or a table of 10 for $200. For in-formation or tickets call the Dickson Store Museum at 403-728-3355. You are invited to a book launch party! In the snowy footsteps of Harley Hay’s ‘auto-biographicalfictional’ novel Finding Time (2010) comes a Christmas story once again featuring the Fearless Trio: Smitty, Chip and Marty as the 10-year-olds romp through the month of December 1963 in the footbridge-South SchoolParamount Theatre world of Parkvale in Red Deer. The book launch runs Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery Party Room. There will be

a cash bar (proceeds to the Museum), music by Triage, a short film on A Christmas in Parkvale, and a book signing. RSVP by emailing harleyhay@telus.net or calling 403-302-4442. Editions Gallery is proud to host Aviation Artist Len Krenzler and World War 2 veteran Spitfire Aces Doug Lindsay and Don Laubman. This very special event will take place on Nov. 30th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the pilots will be in attendance from 1-3 p.m. Please contact Chelsey at 403-3422366 for more information. Hunting Hills High School presents A Winter Celebration on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at CrossRoads Church. It will feature fine art and modern language showcases, dessert and refreshments, and performances by the concert band, rock band, drumline, steel drum, ensemble, dance students, plus the cast of Les Miserables. Award-winning Tree House Youth Theatre pre-sents Winter Wonderland 2.0 – Christmas at the Lyric Theatre showing at the Scott Block, 4818 50 Ave. Following on the heels of our presentation of Red Deer’s official centennial play, Red Deer River Stories, we are proud to present another original production, Winter Wonderland 2.0 - Christmas at the Lyric Theatre. It is the winter of 1914 and the ‘Great War’ has begun. Young Mavis Sullivan, is ill and in bed in the infirmary of the Alberta Ladies’ College while all of her classmates are performing at the Red Deer Home Front Society’s Christmas Social at the Lyric Theatre. Will Mavis have to miss all the fun; the hot chocolate and the sleigh ride from Exhibition Park - and, most importantly - her solo? The one she has been working on for months? Winter Wonderland 2.0 - Christmas at the Lyric Theatre will run Dec. 5 - 7 and 12-14 with doors opening at 7 p.m. for the evening shows and 2 p.m. on both Saturdays for our matinees. Tickets $22.50. Call 403-986-0631 to reserve. The International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with a disability and encourage support for their


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MEETINGS The Central Alberta Council on Aging is holding a meeting on Dec. 3rd at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle Resource Centre. The meeting is called ‘The Role of the Ombudsman in Alberta.’ Guest speaker is Peter Hourihan – provincial ombudsman, public interest commissioner. It will be followed by a question and answer session. It’s also a Christmas celebration, with music and prizes. There is a $3 charge. Everyone is welcome. For more in-formation contact: Shirley Thomas at 403-343-0767 or Ron Rose at 403-346-8115. The Red Deer Celiac Support Group will be holding a Christmas GF Pot Luck Supper Dec. 7, including a $10 gift exchange

p.m. Drop in for a free evening or 30/11/12 28/02/13 10:17 2:51 AM PM call Jo-Anne at 403-347-3939. Legion Ladies Auxilary monthly meetings run the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Alberta Room, Red Deer Le-gion. If you require a ride, please call Harry - 403-598-5331 before noon on meeting day. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Air Force Association of Canada. The aims and objectives of the Association are to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force and to advocate a proficient and wellequipped Air Force in Canada. 703 Wing in Red Deer provides a fo-rum for serving and former

participants in military and civil aviation to meet and enjoy the company of like-minded people. 703 Wing members meet at noon every second Saturday of the month at the ABC Country Restaurant, 2085 50th Ave. in Red Deer for a luncheon and business meeting. Contact President Al Low at 403-3413253 or amlow@shaw.ca. Writers’ Ink, the Red Deer and District writers group for authors of all genres 18 years and older meets every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Sunnybrook Farm Museum. Small member-ship and drop-in fees apply. First three visits free. For more info contact Judith at 403-309-3590. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Jo-anne at 403-314-1972. ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have experienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Shirley at 403-343-7678 or Gloria at 403-754-1655. The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursdays at l p.m. at the Golden Circle. Individuals are welcome to drop in and participate in mini art classes. Drop in fee $1 applies. Phone Marianne at 403-986-2600 for informa-tion. The Parkinson’s Society Education and Support Group runs the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Davenport Church of Christ. 403-346-4463. Senior-friendly, low impact ‘dancercise’ runs at the Golden Circle Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ‘Sit and Be Fit’ runs Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 343-6074. Addict in the Family Support Group is a confidential, professionally-facilitated support group. Meetings run every second Thursday at 4920 – 54 St. from 6 to 8 p.m. 403-342-0895.


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Naturalist group promotes conservation measures BY KIRSTEN PALARDY Red Deer Express The Red Deer River Naturalists are more than just what their name suggests. RDRN aim to foster an increased knowledge, understanding and appreciation of natural history. They also work to support conservation measures dealing with our environment, wildlife and natural resources. Judy Boyd, secretary of RDRN, said the group has many goals and the main one of those is to educate the public. There is also a bird focus group that meets every Monday except holiday Mondays from September to May. They leave from the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at noon on those days. The bird focus group travels around and learns

about different local species of birds and also looks out for their natural habitats and where they dwell on a regular basis. Speakers also come in about once a month, said Boyd. The purpose of having speakers is to bring in members of the public and educate them further. Some topics include wolfs, wolverines, and many others. Boyd also said people need to be aware of a bird that may be put on the threatened species list soon because of human actions. “We are really doing a number on the barn swallows. They nest on the sides of houses and they’re only there for a matter of weeks but people knock down their nests rather than leaving them be,” said Boyd. She said people can leave the nests there, and once the birds are gone just

hose it off. They are small, pretty birds, with a rusty coloured chest, blue colour back, a forked tail, pointy wings and a small beak. Another thing Boyd said people should really stop doing is feeding the wildlife in general. Many people, especially, feed the birds bread, which is one of the worst things. “It just fills them up but there’s no nutrition to it,” said Boyd. The best thing for people to do would be not to feed the birds at all, as it acclimatizes them to being around and close to people and then they can become harmful. In fact, Boyd pointed out that a goose can actually break human bones with their wings if they become agitated. The Red Deer River Naturalists work hard to keep Red Deer’s wildlife in top shape and also field calls

from people calling to find out what is going on in their own backyard. Boyd said people call wondering if birds are staying too long into the cold months, or they call if they have an injured animal or perhaps even an animal stuck somewhere on their property. “I have had to rescue skunks from ponds or that are stuck in fences.” She said injured animals then go to the Medicine River Wildlife Centre, with whom RDRN works closely with. Boyd also added that as a part of Nature Alberta, the RDRN offers a young naturalists program for children aged 6-10. The program costs $15 for a family, whether they have one or nine children, and provides online activities as well as daytime activities for the children to take part in.

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CITY SEEKS FEEDBACK ON LAND USE DISTRICTS Residents are asked to give feedback on the form of narrow and small lot residential developments in the City as part of a review of the R1N Residential (narrow lot) and R1G Residential (small lot) land use districts. The R1N Residential (narrow lot) district includes the following development characteristics - only allows single family detached homes, front attached garages or front driveways are not permitted, two on-site parking stalls must be provided behind the home and accessed from a lane, minimum lot frontage of 10.5m and minimum lot depth of 36.6m and maximum two storey (10m) building height and minimum 5m front yard setback. The R1G Residential (small lot) district includes the following development characteristics - only allows single family detached homes with mandatory front double attached ga-

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RED HAT AWARDS HANDED DOWN In a celebration of outstanding customer service and experience in Red Deer’s hospitality and tourism industry, Tourism Red Deer held the 2013 Red Hat Experience Awards recently at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. Winners in the Outstanding Service category for accommodations were Suranga Keerthi of Holiday Inn & Suites Red Deer South. Brad Campbell of Montana’s Cookhouse won in the Dining/Food category, and Todd McPeek of Budal Construction took first in the Events/Attractions/Festivals category. And first in the Recreation category was Steve Noonan of Northwestern Air. In the Outstanding Experience category, Black Knight Inn took first in the Accommodations category, Traptow’s Cool Beans Coffee Company landed the top spot in Dining/Food category, while Westerner Days Fair & Exposition was tops in the Events/Attractions/Festivals category. Kerry Wood Nature Centre took the top spot as well in the Recreation category.

ONLY WOMEN’S FITNESS SUPPORTS ASPIRE Only Women’s Fitness has given the gift of hope by raising over $12,000 for Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, a charitable organization providing hope to children with special needs, the families who love them, and the communities that care for them. The eighth bi-annual Only Women’s Fitness Gift of Hope Charity Fashion Show & Silent Auction was a huge success, organizers say.

Last month, Only Women’s Fitness was transformed from a fitness club to a ‘Ladies Night ~ Vegas Style’ for one amazing night. Over 200 women gathered for a fun night out with both live and silent auctions, a fashion show, appetizers, drinks, prizes, entertainment and more.

RDC GIVES LOOK AT PROGRAMS Red Deer College’s upcoming Program Spotlight is a way for future students to take a look at programs and give them a test drive before the upcoming academic year. RDC will host a series of Spotlights throughout November at both the main and downtown campuses. During a spotlight event, future students will meet with faculty, current students and alumni to get an inside look at programs. They can also ask questions and take tours of the campuses. Program Spotlights will highlight a wide range of RDC programs and will take place on our main campus on Nov. 26. Donald School of Business programs will be under the Spotlight on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the downtown campus. For a list of programs that will be featured and to pre-register to guarantee their seat, future students can visit www. rdc.ab.ca/programspotlight.

ASSISTANCE FOR ATHLETES The Red Deer Games Foundation is accepting applications for financial assistance for Red Deer and area athletes. The Foundation provides financial assistance to individuals demonstrating a high level of ability and strong devotion to their sport. Information brochures and application forms outlining the guidelines and criteria of the program are available at Recreation Centre, Collicutt Centre, Dawe Centre and the Alberta Sport Development Centre. Applications are also available online at www.asdccentral.ca. The deadline for applications is Dec. 4. For further information on Red Deer Games Foundation grants, contact Mike Klass at 403-342-3231 or michael.klass@ rdc.ab.ca.

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The Cabinet of the 2014 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off revealed that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District is the partner charity for the 2014 Dance Off to be held on April 4. There are eight celebrity dancers, four women and four men. They are Dr. JS Badenhorst, Katherine Meadows, QC Donna Purcell, Garrett Scott, BJ Tumanut, Ann Waschuk, Sam Wong and Mr. Mystery (to be revealed soon). Each participant has been paired with a professional dancer.

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Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is looking for mentors to help a young entrepreneur (18-39) get their start-up business off the ground. Contact Rob Price at (403)265-2923 or email rprice@ cybf.ca.

Bethany is looking for individuals who are interested in helping out with pastoral services. There are a variety of roles available. Contact Ann at 403-357-3702 or email ann.vanhemmen@bethanyseniors.com. Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta - Red Deer Chapter is looking for volunteers for various shifts on Feb. 24-25th for their Casino. Contact Kimberly Darbyson, at 403-340-3885 or email execdir@LDRedDeer.ca. Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter is looking for reliable gift wrap booth volunteers to help with wrapping

Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is looking for a board co-chair. Contact TerryLee at 403-318-5619 or email terrylee.ropchan@hotmail.com. The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for Christmas Kettles which will be starting on Nov. 21st. Contact Debbie Lang at 403-346-2251 or email kettles9@telus.net. Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre

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FEATURED LISTINGS: Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, Red Deer Chapter is recruiting volunteer tutors to help with Grade 2 - College level math, reading and writing. Contact Doug Swanson at 403-340-3885 or email programs@LDRedDeer.ca. Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Waskasoo Environment Educational Society are looking to recruit board members for Waskasoo. Contact Marg Harper at 403346-2010 or email marg.harper@waskasoopark.ca. United Way of Central Alberta is recruiting PIT Crew Members. Contact Lori Jack at 403 343 3900 or email lori.jack@ caunitedway.ca. Dress for Success - Central Alberta is seeking Volunteers to help in their Boutique. Contact Dagmar Hargreaves at 403302-7777 or email dhargreaves@epssworks. com. Family Services of Central Alberta is recruiting volunteers to join their Board of Directors. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday evening of the month. Interested Board members will have skills and expertise in the areas of Finance or Human

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ONGOING LISTINGS: Adult Literacy Program at the Dawe Library is looking for volunteer tutors to assist students with reading, writing and speaking English or basic math skills. Students are from all walks of life and from many countries. Contact Lois Prostebby at 403-346-2533 or email: lprostebby@rdpl. org. Alberta Generations Project needs senior volunteers with room to share. Students attending Red Deer College in the fall are looking for housing accommodations for the fall. They are in urgent need of seniors that have room in their homes and are interested in being a part of the HomeShare project. Contact Dawna Morey at 403-348-6547 or Email: dmorey@fsca.ca. Bibles for Missions Thrift Store (BFM) is looking for volunteers in a wide variety of areas. We require volunteers to work with our recycling team and train as a cashier. A pleasant personality, discernment and good physical abilities are assets. Both flexible and regularly scheduled hours are available. Store hours are Mon – Fri: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat. 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact Bob at 403-340-2522. Blackfalds & District Victim Support Society needs Crisis Support Workers to provide services 24/7 free of charge. Training will be provided. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity with on-call shifts available - days, evenings and weekends. For more information or to request a volunteer application form please contact Gloria Derksen at admin@victimsupport. ca or 403-885-3355.


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More patients survive thanks to stroke strategy Since the development and implementation of the government’s stroke strategy, mortality rates for patients hospitalized for stroke have declined by about one-third since 2005. Research compiled since the strategy was initiated also shows that the number of stroke prevention clinics has increased from three to 12, with more than 22,000 patients having received treatment at these clinics. “Thanks to its proactive approach in prevention and treatment, Alberta has become a leader in Canada in dealing with strokes and their related impacts,” said Health Minister Fred Horne. As part of its strategy, Alberta has increased the number of facilities that can administer the clot-busting drug TPA, from five hospitals in 2005 to 18 today, which has helped significantly reduce stroke-related disability across the province. Mortality rates have dropped 29%

for ischemic strokes and 32% for hemorrhagic strokes. The provincial stroke strategy is a $42.5 million project funded by the Government of Alberta. Key stakeholders include Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut. “This strategy has made Alberta a national leader in stroke prevention and care, thanks to our partnerships with the Government of Alberta, Heart & Stroke Foundation and the health professionals who care for stroke patients and their families every day,” said Duncan Campbell, acting president and CEO of AHS. Established by AHS, Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) are province-wide teams comprised of health care professionals, researchers, community leaders, patients and policymakers. Each SCN is dedicated to developing care ‘pathways’ in a specific

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Experts offer tips on car seat safety BY KIRSTEN PALARDY Red Deer Express Car seats are integral in baby safety, but if not used properly can be just about useless or more harmful. “A lot of parents don’t read their manuals or really know how to use their car seat, they think it’s straightforward and that there are no tricks to using

it properly, but there are,” said registered safety technician Abby Wah. Wah said part of what parents don’t understand is a car seat’s limitations including weight, height and developmental level. “Carseats each have their own weight and height restrictions, so parents and care givers need to make sure they follow

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MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION DECISIONS On the 19th day of November, 2013, under provisions of the Land Use Bylaw 2006/6, Red Deer County Municipal Planning Commission issued decisions approving the following applications: PERMITTED USE INNISFAIL 1. M. Phillips – the following front yard setback relaxations for existing buildings on Pt SE 27-35-28-4: Mobile Home - 5.5 metres and Garage - 17.7 metres. RED DEER 2. Dalco Services Inc. – relaxation of the minimum distance between the bottom of a freestanding sign and grade from 3.6 metres to 0 metres on Lot 4,Blk 2, Plan 812-0443, SW 33-37-27-4 (Petrolia Industrial Park). 3.

Shubzee Developments Ltd. – the following setback and landscaping requirement relaxations for a proposed lease bay building on Lot 1, Blk 1, Plan 122-3309, SW 27-37-27-4 (McKenzie Industrial Business Park): 13.5-metre front yard, 11.98-metre rear yard, and 145.02 m2 landscaping area relaxation.

DISCRETIONARY USE EAST OF RED DEER 1. Pidherney’s (Corrigan Pit) – 5-year extension for an existing sand and gravel pit operation on NW/SW 9-38-25-4. EAST OF PENHOLD 2. Generation Glass Ltd. – Home Business Major (commercial aluminum, glass and glazing business) on Pt NE 19-36-26-4. SE OF PENHOLD 3. T. & R. Grymaloski – location of a second dwelling on Lot 1, Blk 1, Plan 9323156, SE 15-36-27-4. WEST OF INNISFAIL 4. Pidherney’s (Curtice Pit) – 5-year extension for an existing sand and gravel pit operation on SW 13-35-2-5 and NE/SE 14-35-2-5. The Municipal Government Act provides that any person(s) may appeal a Discretionary Use approval within 14 days of the date of the decision being advertised by paying the required appeal fee and by filing an appeal in writing against the decision with the Red Deer County Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta. A Permitted Use approval may not be appealed unless the decision involves a relaxation, variance or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. For further information, contact Planning & Development Services at 403-350-2170. Date Advertised: November 20, 2013.

thing for people to remember when putting their child in a car seat is that winter jackets are not appropriate to be worn while the child is strapped in. “They create the illusion that the straps are tight, but coats squish. If you get in an accident, the force of the impact will compress the jacket further, creating a pocket where your child can move around.” This movement in the seat on impact can cause injuries like whiplash, concussions, broken bones, and most severely, death. “Children’s bones and bodies are brittle and fragile until everything is fully fused. This doesn’t happen

until they are much older, closer to five years old. Until this time, we need to do everything in our power to protect them.” Wah said the best way to utilize a winter jacket in a car seat is to buckle the child in without the coat first, snug the straps tight, and then put their coat on backwards over their arms. Some other things Wah said are important include the pinch test, the chestclip and the importance of rear-facing car seats. “The pinch test is what it sounds like, pinch the strap above the chest clip. If you can grab material, the straps are too loose. The chest clip also is exactly

what it sounds like, a clip that is meant to be on your child’s chest.” The chest clip should line up with your child’s armpits at all ages, and Wah said this is one of the most important things a parent can remember. Without the chest clip in the proper position, a child can potentially be thrown from their car seat in a collision. “If your child can stay rear-facing, keep them that way. It’s safer for them. To move front facing each seat has different qualifications but most of them say one year, over a certain weight and height, and able to walk without assistance.” kpalardy@reddeerexpress.com


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Red Deer College presents Alice Through the Looking Glass Theatre arts students explore ‘imaginative adaptation’ of engaging story BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Local audiences can delve into the richly imaginative world of author Lewis Carroll with Red Deer College theatre studies’ adaptation of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Performances run on the Arts Centre mainstage Nov. 21-23 and 26-30 with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Weekend matinees are also set for Nov. 23 and 30 at 1 p.m. Alice Through the Looking Glass continues as a kind of sequel to Alice in Wonderland. From the magical moment when Alice is transported from the real world through the looking glass into a world of colour and visual delight, audiences are indeed in for a fantastical story. “The literary work is so incredible to me,” explained Adams, noting the striking and insightful genius of Carroll. The world Alice ventures into is replete with unforgettable, vibrant and colourful scenes. This version of the play originally premiered in the 1974 and toured to great success in Canada. It is an adaptation by Edmonton’s Jim DeFelice of the original story published in 1871. The production also feature six original songs by Larry Reese (who is also now an instructor at RDC) - his score has been rearranged by the show’s musical director Morgan McKee. Adams said she first read this particular version of the play about 15 years ago. Years back, she had worked with playwright (Jim DeFelice) on a number of projects as well. “I remember reading it and thinking this is such a great play because it really captures what it needs to of the story,” she said. “There are also seven singing pieces in it, and lots of music interwoven through. I thought what a lovely children’s show.” But it’s great for the grown-ups too, she points out, as there is lots of clever word play in it as well, she added. “It’s smartlywritten and witty, too.” And of course it was a real treat to hear Reese’s musical score as well. As mentioned, he actually penned the score for a production of Alice Through the Looking Glass in the early 1970s. Ad-

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MAGICAL TALE - Red Deer College students Julia Van Dam as Alice and Jessica Bordley as the Red Queen rehearse a scene from Alice Through Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express The Looking Glass. The show opens on Nov. 21st on the Arts Centre mainstage. ams didn’t really know him at the time, but these days, their offices are side by side at RDC and they’ve worked together for the past 10 years. “I kind of feel like everything has come full circle for me. I just feel blessed to be able to do this piece with these two people (Reese and DeFelice) who I just admire so much and care for so much.” As to the music, Adams is thrilled with it. “It’s stunning – quite beautiful and really hummable. “We’re just singing all of these tunes all the time because they are really melodic and they’re very fun. There’s some jazzy stuff happening, some country and some musical theatre happening as well. It’s

quite eclectic and very diverse. “Morgan has also found lots of layers to the music. It’s very sophisticated and fun.” As to the play’s set-up, characters move around a revolving stage that is constantly transformed from Alice’s home to the realm of the White Queen to a forest. Actors are dressed in hoop-skirted costumes that suggest the chess board-like landscape of the entire countryside. Set designer Cindi Zuby and costume designer Angela Dale’s creative vision indeed helps to usher the audience into the magical world behind the looking glass. As part of the preparation for the roles, Adams had the cast of seven join the childcare centre on RDC’s campus to read sto-

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ries to the children in character. This way, they could experience how kids interact with stories, how they move and play, and what makes them laugh and imagine. “Alice is also a wonderful family show that celebrates the importance of imagination,” said Adams. “It’s been a great learning experience for our actors who have done extensive research to understand the world of children as they step into the incredible world created by Lewis Carroll.” Tickets are available through www.bkticketcentre.ca or by calling 403-755-6626 or toll free at 1-800-661-8793. Families can take advantage of the family discount and groups of 12 a special Group Rate. editor@reddeerexpress.com

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Tenore brings Christmas classics to Red Deer BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Tenore, the three-time Gospel Music Association award-winning group that exploded onto the scene in 2011 and have soared to acclaim are hitting the road in support of their newlyreleased Christmas disc. They perform at CrossRoads Church on Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. The story behind lead single and title track Christmas With You indeed melds magic and providence. Tenore (Mark Williams, Jason Catron, David Wise

and swing tenor Kevin Pauls) met Heather Headley, one of Andrea Bocelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite singing partners during a spontaneous meeting in London where they had stopped on route to Uganda. The encounter resulted in a recording session between the group and Headley, who is both a Grammy and Tony Award winner. Combining the power vocals of Tenore with Headleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christmas With You is breathtaking and delightful. But ultimately, the entire disc captures the charming nature of the season.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a labour of love, especially when there are multiple minds involved,â&#x20AC;? says Catron of selecting songs for the CD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came up with our own individual lists of 10 that we each loved. Then we had a side list of those songs that we really felt strongly about. So we came up with about 20 or so, and just whittled it down from there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to make sure this record was timeless so we wanted the majority of it to be classics. We have a new one on there and a couple that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as familiar, but for the most part you want to conjure up that nostalgia and those memories and moments that have happened in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives in years past. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tried to give a crosssection, but we wanted to really hold true to the traditions of Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The CD includes such classics as Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, O Holy Night and O Come all ye Faithful. And in addition to Headley the project also features the Watoto Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir who join Tenore on Where Are You Christmas? As to the members, they each have fascinating backgrounds in their own right. Catron travels frequently singing at Ruth Graham (daughter of Billy Graham) conferences. While often compared to Josh Groban, his inďŹ&#x201A;uences range from classical artists Andrea Bocelli, Michael Crawford and Tony Bennett to recording artists Steve Green and Sandy Patty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sang my ďŹ rst song when I was two years old at church. A lady came up after the service and gave me

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a dollar,â&#x20AC;? he recalls with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I learned pretty early that I could probably pay for college doing this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very natural â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I started voice lessons at age seven, and always had a pretty mature voice for a kid. Over the years, I just cultivated it and trained with all kinds of people.â&#x20AC;? After working as a soloist for years, he got a call about the formation of a new group of tenors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all decided to meet up, talk and sing together. It was obvious (it would work) because of the personalities and having the same vision to keep a lot of these songs alive, and to encourage people.â&#x20AC;? Mark David Williams is a gifted singer and songwriter with a powerful story, after surviving multiple fractures from a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 2001 when he was told by doctors he would never sing again. He studied music and

theater and graduated with a degree in Commercial Music Performance from Belmont University in Nashville. In 2004 he won the Minnesota Idol contest and in 2005 was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. Wise is one of Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recognized session singer/arrangers. Some of his clients include Word Music, Warner Brothers Music, Lillenas, Disney, Brentwood Benson, Daywind and Celebrity Cruise Lines. He has recorded background vocals for Lady Antebellum, Dolly Parton, Sandy Patty, Steve Green and many more. Kevin Pauls is an industry veteran with more than two decades in the business. This longtime gospel artist has toured with The Gaithers, released seven indie albums and won the Hamilton Music Scene Award for Canadian Recording of the Year (2005).

Meanwhile, since their inception in 2010, Tenore has received much critical acclaim, having been nominated for awards in seven categories at the GMA Covenant Awards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be able to do this with people I consider family and friends, and build a team together with the same cause and vision â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are many days I step back and think wow, how did we get here? We realize that aside from all the work we have done, that mission and purpose of this music is bigger than any of us individually,â&#x20AC;? says Catron. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we all want out of life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to help humanity, our friends and neighbours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to be part of lifting the human spirit. That means everything to me.â&#x20AC;? Tickets are available at Scotts Parable and online at www.singtenore.com. editor@reddeerexpress.com

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Bull Skit Comedy’s Christmas show Popular event runs Nov. 22 and 23 Bull Skit hits the stage this week with more of the improv and sketch comedy local folks love on Nov. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. at the Scott Block. Tickets are available at the door or online in advance at www.BullSkitComedy.com. They are $23 each for adults and $18 for students and seniors age 65 and over. Bull Skit’s unique and hilarious blend of improv and original sketch comedy has made it Red Deer’s favorite source for laughs, organizers say. This month, Bull Skit is delighted to welcome musical guest Garrett Olson, a local singer/songwriter. Olson has an alternative rock sound which is rooted in powerful melodies and emotionally charged lyrics. This month, Bull Skit is also bringing audiences a

touch of holiday spirit. Laugh the night away with sketches that include a pair of elves shoveling coal for all the naughty children, Santa Clause battling a young boy named Ebenezer, a parody on Rob Ford and Frosty the Snowman’s white powder addiction. Also favorite characters like Alice & Sarah and the Bar Story boys will be stopping in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. There is also a cash bar. Please note that Bull Skit contains mature language and adult themes. Meanwhile, Bull Skit is also presenting a show for the entire family – Calf Skit featuring the beloved character of Pinocchio. It runs Nov. 23rd at 2 p.m. at the Scott Block Theatre. Tickets are only available at

the door. They are $20 for a family and the kids receive free popcorn. This familyfriendly show is a chance for the audience to get involved and tell the story, and Calf Skit uses a unique blend of improv comedy as well. Audience members can choose their own adventure as the format for each show while enjoying the retelling of classic fairy tales with each story always having a moral as well. This month, Calf Skit presents the story of Pinocchio, who begins when the woodcarver Geppetto builds a marionette to be his substitute son. A benevolent blue fairy brings the toy to life. And while the puppet is not yet a human boy, he must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful and unselfish.

UNLEASHED - The actors of Bull Skit Comedy are gearing up for their Christmas show which runs at the Scott Block later this week. But even with the help of Jiminy, a cricket who the fairy assigns to be Pinocchio’s conscience, the marionette goes astray. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.

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CRYDERMAN Ender’s Game Entertainment One Rating: PG 114 minutes Set far in the future Ender’s Game concerns an upcoming battle between Earth and attacking aliens, the Formics. Earth won

the last encounter, but the aliens are becoming worrisome so they are recruiting children who are good at gaming to train to fight in the upcoming war. Asa Butterfield (Hugo) is chosen to go to battle school where a snarly Harrison Ford and a sympathetic Viola Davis select him to be a leader in the conflict. This part of the movie follows the traditional military training sequences of Hollywood of yore with the tough sergeant and testosterone loaded recruits, even the females. Hailee Steinfeld plays Butterfield’s training friend. Lat-

er, as his training advances, Butterfield is mentored by Ben Kingsley. Complete with beautiful Maori face markings, he plays a hero from the last war. Now the training and mock battles are fought in zero gravity with the combatants floating around as they shoot each other with laser guns. The movie was in production hell for years, but visually it works, and is impressive most of the time. The effects are mostly believable too. Butterfield carries the movie, credible as an adolescent responsible for the future of the world.

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Moving the ‘big domino’ in a fitness trek I am in Hawaii for the Ultraman World Championships now, and I have people back home asking me about the race and the massive thing that it is, stating that the distances are beyond comprehension.

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McDERMOTT A 10 km swim followed by a 145 km bike on day one, a 276 km bike on day two, and a double marathon of 84.4 km on day three, all in the Hawaiian heat and humidity. Madness! (I don’t entirely disagree.) Here’s the thing: just four years ago, I too thought that Ultraman was just ridiculous, and impossible for me, because I was thinking about the final domino. (The race). Why am I talking about the race like a domino? Well, there is a video on YouTube right now, where a scientist has just 13 dominos, with the first one about the size of a small camera memory chip. The rule of these dominos in relation to physics is complicated, but put simply; it is that the maximum increase from tile to tile is 1.5. So in the video, the first domino is 5mm high and 1mm thick, and the 13th domino is over three feet tall (one metre) and weighs over 100 lbs (45 kg). At first, it seems silly that a tiny little domino could move such a massive one. But it does. Back to my first Ultraman, I started thinking about it, and started thinking about what training it would require to try such an event. I spoke to people who had done it before, talked to my coach and soon enough, I put in my application for Ultraman Canada 2011. I trained for over a year, starting as usual with pool swims, indoor bikes and run training for a marathon. We started with the smallest domino (the application for entry), and as each month went by, I progressed to a bigger domino, then bigger, then bigger. Soon I was riding indoors for five hours, and running outside in the cold for three or four hours. As spring arrived, I got outside on my bike and before long, in the lake for my swims. Distances grew and grew until 20 to 25 hours a week was a normal training week. My body adapted, responded and the dominos continued to fall.

I began to check off the big training distances: 8 km swim, 240 km bike, 60 km run – the longest lead up distances. Then it was time to taper and race (the big domino!) I was thrilled to arrive at the finish line in sixth place overall, and fourth place male. I was invited to the world championships here in Kona, Hawaii, but with finding that my wife was expecting, I knew I would take a year off at least. So in 2013, I started the small domino again, and here I am with momentum behind me and ready to take on that biggest domino! The parallels in this apply to any

goal you may have, and the big thing is to push that first little domino. It is my challenge to you, to ask yourself ‘What is my next goal?’ A 5 km run, a Spartan Race, a Marathon, a triathlon, a ski race? It doesn’t matter, pick something, anything and commit. Start that first domino. Who you become and what you need to accomplish on the way to the big domino can be a lot of fun and also hard work and sacrifice, so keep the big domino in mind, but work on the smaller domino in front of you. Don’t let that big domino intimidate you,

just focus on the one in front of you. To get ready for the Ultraman World Championships – I had to become someone else. I had to grow bigger and stronger, just like the dominos, and with each training workout, grow I did until I got here. Now in 11 days I will see what it takes to knock over that big domino! You can follow my journey at www.yourbodycar.com and if you want to check out the domino video, here it is. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=y97rBdSYbkg. Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.

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How many readers know the right number? Editors obviously pay me to pass along medical advice to you. But this week I can’t answer a fundamental health question. So let’s switch roles to see if any reader with the Wisdom of Solomon knows the right number to this dilemma. I’ll publish the results, as it’s vital that a figure be found. After all, it’s going to affect how long you live. Stephen S. Hall writes a fascinating arti-

cle in the magazine New York about the escalating cost of cancer drugs. New cancer medication now costs tens of thousands of dollars, but may extend lives of patients only a matter of days. Dr. Leonard Saltz, a cancer specialist at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, is an outspoken advocate for doing something to control escalating costs. For instance, he cites the case of a new drug

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that costs $300,000 to keep a patient alive an extra 42 days. But he says the cost is actually $600,000 when you add on the cost of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, drugs to counter side-effects and other hospital charges. Critics invariably restate the unwritten rule that doctors should never consider the cost when treating patients. If they do, they say, they’re rationing care. Saltz counters by saying. “Everyone agrees the costs are unsustainable. But what happens when it becomes unsustainable?” Cancer has become big business with billions spent on cancer drugs. Yet even cancer specialists say that these expensive therapies have relatively little effect on life outcome. In effect, they cost too much to do so little. The good news is that some malignancies like testicular cancer, some types of leukemia and lymphoma are cured by these drugs. But for malignancies of the prostate, breast, lung and large bowel, the drugs buy little more time, only weeks or months at the most. Moreover, the patient has to consider the often severe side effects. In fact, Saltz mentions one drug that causes a skin rash so devastating that patients are often asked not to come to work! But can you blame the pharmaceutical companies for the high cost of cancer drugs? In a free enterprise system it’s their job to make a big profit for their shareholders. But in the U.S. they’re also bankrupting patients. Studies show that cancer patients are 2.5 times more likely to declare bankruptcy than someone in the general population. For example, one drug to treat skin cancer costs $39,000 a month. Another drug to keep those alive who are suffering chronic myelogenous leukemia costs $92,000 a year. If you have cystic fibrosis, it’s a staggering $311,000. There’s also a new drug to treat a blood disorder called paroxysmal noc-

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JONES turnal hemoglobinuria that costs $525,000 a year. It quickly becomes obvious that unless you’re a Rockefeller, society, namely taxpayer money, has to cover these costs. But there’s no way to escape the next problem. Society cannot live for health care alone as there’s only so much money in the kitty jar. So, in the end, society will have to decide either to pay for these drugs (and many other medical expenses) or eliminate other services. And who wants to do away with police, the fireman, garbage collector or cut the social services that so many rely on? Dr. Saltz says, “There is a number in people’s minds. If you say to people I have a drug that extends life for one day at a billion dollars, should society pay for it? Most people would say no. But if I say, ‘I have a drug that extends life for three years at a cost of $1.50’, I’m pretty confident everybody would say, of course.” There is however, a number that Saltz calls a “tipping point” where the majority of people say ‘no’. The cost is simply too high for the benefits received. So here is my question to readers. What is the acceptable number? Remember, we don’t have Solomon to help us. Maybe common sense can play a part. Or is it even possible to find a mathematical solution? But don’t forget this point. The word ‘unsustainable’ means there has to be a number over which we cannot go. I can hardly wait to hear what you think it is. See the site www.docgiff.com. For comments info@docgiff.com.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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SPORTS

SQUARING OFF - Rumble In Red Deer took place this past weekend at the Harvest Centre. The annual fundraiser for the Red Deer and District Boxing Club kicked off with local amateur boxer Lester Cadillo taking on Isaiah Guy of Beaumont.

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RDC Queens basketball aims high for season BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express It might seem cliché but it certainly applies to the Red Deer College Queens basketball team when you say what a difference a year can make. After an admittedly slow start to 2012 the Queens had a solid month of January to finish the year with five wins but here we are in November and the Queens have reached that point already with a 5-2 record in the ACAC. “I think we did a good job of teaching last year,” said second-year Head Coach Mike Woollard. “We brought six kids back, they really did a good job for us last year and got a lot better. I’ve got to really give them credit for how hard they’ve worked. We just got better every day.” Woollard added the Queens also got a little taller and have more experience on the

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Funding for athletes BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Most athletes will tell you their talent can carry them only so far in their careers and sometimes a little extra help might be just what is needed to push them over the top. For many Central Alberta athletes the Red Deer Games Foundation has been there to give that hand up. Started in 1975 as a result of a donation from the Summer Games the Foundation continues to help young athletes reach great heights with additional funds coming from the 1988 Alberta Winter Games and 2006 Alberta Summer Games. Some recipients include speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon, freestyle skier Deidre Dionne and cross country skier Drew Goldsack and this year more names of elite athletes will be added to the list as the deadline to apply for assistance comes up Dec. 4th. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is open to all athletes and some of the benchmarks are if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a team sport you should be representing team Alberta or higher,â&#x20AC;? said Mike Klass, with Alberta Sport Development Centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in an individual sport you should be competing at the provincial level or higher.â&#x20AC;? As we head toward another Olympic games the plight of the amateur athlete and funding is in the spotlight but the Foundation shines another light on the issues surrounding funding for

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training for those provincial athletes who are trying to get to the next level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know elite sport costs a great deal of money but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in the position necessarily to receive carded funding (national level athletes) and so in this case a little bit of money here and there helps out.â&#x20AC;? Athletes who qualify can expect funding to cover things such as special coaching, training and equipment along with costs associated with sports clinics or attending competitions. The range of sports from where these athletes come from is wide indeed, including volleyball, curling, paddling and speed skating for example and Klass said they generally get between 20 to 25 applications during the call out for assistance which happens once in the spring and again in late fall. Klass said this is a time when parents or coaches of an athlete will want to really brag about the young man or woman whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applying for ďŹ nancial assistance and then a committee will go over the applications before making decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is always lots of great deliberation because there are a lot of great applications and athletes out in our community that many people have never heard of because of the size of their sport or what level theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competing at,â&#x20AC;? he said. sports@reddeerexpress.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Grey Cup prediction If there is one thing which is very predictable about prognosticating results of a sporting event is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a process which is very unpredictable.

JIM

CLAGGETT All one needs to do is look at three football games in our country this past weekend to see the evidence of the above statement. In the CFL east ďŹ nal the Toronto Argonauts were at home with the best quarterback in the league up against a Jekyll and Hyde team from Hamilton. The end result was a solid performance from the Ti-Cats and a reward of going to the Grey Cup game. In the west ďŹ nal we had the Calgary Stampeders with three good options at quarterback, a top rated running back and the home ďŹ eld advantage versus the Riders. The men in green had their own running back who had something to prove and his offensive line kept pounding the daylights out of the Calgary defence all day long. In the end, it was Saskatchewan going home to play for the cup against Hamilton. The third game was the CIS semiďŹ nal with the number one team in the country from Western taking on the U of C Dinos. The ďŹ nal was 44-3 Calgary and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone pre-

dicted a win by that score. So what did three teams who were not favoured to win manage to do in order to come out on top? Well the one thing in sports which is so hard to understand and predict is the will to win in an athlete speciďŹ cally and a team in general. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say the other three teams didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to win. Of course they did but as a group the eventual winners had a slight edge in the drive factor which proved to be more than enough in each case. It is the unknown factor which creates the upsets, big or small. In the Stampeders case, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help matters turning the ball over so many times. For the Argos it was, to a degree, Ricky Ray going cold at the wrong time and for Western - well they just were overwhelmed by a very prepared Dinos team. So kudos to the coaches for bringing the best out of their players when it mattered. Now to predict the Grey Cup. Saskatchewan 27-23 over Hamilton. sports@reddeerexpress.com

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MECKLER Most of these were based out of the UK but there were some seriously hysterical photos taken from behind bushes or blurred like someone was hanging out of a car window doing a drive by photo! I have recently downloaded the Realtor.ca app to my iPad and have begun researching properties as I hope and dream of a future without snow. Seeing so many property photos, a few things have stood

out to me as pretty obvious staging blunders. As I look at these photos with a designer’s eye I can’t help but wonder what the realtor or homeowner was thinking when they took certain shots. Clutter is the most common thing I notice; whether it is on a ledge by the bathroom or the hurricane of papers and magnets on a fridge – these are the things which can keep a prospective buyer from imagining your space as their own. When you have something in the home that is not moving with you (like the fridge) it is a good idea to make it as blank and non-personal as possible allowing the new buyer to envision their personal touch. Clutter in general is a big taboo for photos; a kitchen countertop with remotes, Kleenex boxes and cell phones strewn about looks like a disorderly kitchen no matter how much counter space you may

have. People look at kitchens and bathrooms first; these are the rooms which sell the home. If a room is a bedroom, try to stage it as a bedroom. Many people have a hard time visualizing if a room is big enough for a bed if you have stacks of boxes, your vacuum, laundry baskets and dog toys thrown in this room (yes, I have seen this picture). Borrow a bed from a friend and ‘make up’ the room for its intended purpose. If a dining space has a table and chairs in it instead of a second TV and a gaming system, it will appeal to a buyer as a dining room and make your home more appealing to people who want to have dinner parties instead of video game pizza nights. Put your laundry away! Make your bed! Don’t have shoes around the front door and if something can go INTO a cupboard…. put it in!

Try to create want in a potential buyer; if a man sees a shiny new quad parked in the garage that room has just become the ultimate man cave and the house is SOLD! Of course, his lovely wife knows that she will park her SUV in there and that he will let her because he loves her and doesn’t want her to have to get into a cold vehicle. If you can avoid drastic paint colours, it is a good idea. Most people loathe the thought of painting; even one simple feature wall can send them off to buy the next house that needs no painting. Stick with soft neutral tones, it is a good investment of a few hundred dollars to repaint that Roughrider green den you thought was such a good idea. This gives potential buyers freedom to put their own brand of décor on the house. Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


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Tips for mortgage approval and funding dates In light of the new market realities and tightening of credit underwriting standards by both lenders and mortgage default insurers as of late, keep in mind that now – more than ever – it’s important to be careful what you do between the time your mortgage is approved and when it funds (when you move in). A few mortgage lenders and insurers have been doing something lately that they have not done in a long time – pulling new credit bureaus prior to funding, especially if there is a long period between the time of your approval and when the mortgage actually funds. The following are eight tips to keep in mind between your mortgage approval and funding dates. - Don’t buy a new car or trade-up to a more expensive lease. - Don’t quit your job or change jobs.

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TURCOTTE Even if it’s a better-paying job, you still are likely to be on a probationary period. If in doubt, call your mortgage professional and they can let you know if this may jeopardize your approval. - Don’t change industries, decide to become self-employed or accept a contract position even if it’s within the same industry. Delay the start of your new job, selfemployment or contract status until after the funding date of your mortgage. - Don’t transfer large sums of money between bank accounts. Lenders get es-

pecially skittish about this one because it looks like you’re borrowing money. Be ready to document cash transactions or money movements. - Don’t forget to pay your bills, even ones that you’re disputing. This can be a real deal-breaker. If the lender pulls your credit bureau prior to closing and sees a collection or a delinquent account, the best you can hope for is that they make you pay off the account before they will fund. You don’t want to have to scramble to pay off a debt at the last minute. - Don’t open new credit cards. Again, just wait until after your funding date. - Don’t accept a cash gift without properly documenting it – even if this is from proceeds of a wedding. If you have a bunch of cash to deposit before your funding date, give your mortgage professional a call be-

fore you deposit it. - Don’t buy furniture on the ‘Do not pay for XX years plan’ until after funding. Even though you don’t have to pay now, it will be reported on your credit bureau, and will become an issue as the lender still needs to include a payment for it – especially if your approval was tight to begin with. While you may not risk losing your mortgage approval because you have broken one of these rules, it’s always best to talk to your mortgage professional before doing any of the above just to make sure. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of a deal that cannot complete because of something that could have been avoided so easily. Jean-Guy Turcotte is a Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending Centres – Regional Mortgage Group.

A top 10 home safety checklist for snowbirds When snowbirds finally make their way down south for their annual vacation away from our brutal Canadian winters the last thing they need to worry about is the safety of their home. According to Patrice De Luca, vice president of marketing and business development for Reliance Protectron Security Ser-

vices, there are several key steps snowbirds should take to ensure peace of mind when away from home. The following home safety tips for snowbirds can help you plan important safety measures before your departure: 1. Suspend newspaper and mail delivery; or have a neighbour collect it.

2. Make sure your home looks lived in. Try not to draw the window treatments in every window leave it looking somewhat natural. 3. Have someone shovel the walk, clear your car off if it snows, or park their car in your driveway if you’re taking yours. 4. Don’t forget garbage

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collection day. Ask a neighbour to put a bag of garbage at your curb on garbage day so not to tip off burglars. 5. Set your lights on timers, in various rooms. With some timers, the lights go on and off at different times each day, which means a burglar can’t pick up on a pattern. 6. Look into installing motion sensor lights outside to help deter a burglar. Consider installing them in front and back. 7. Ensure that all your doors and windows are locked and secure. Don’t forget about the garage, make sure the door is secure. For additional security, place a bar or stick of wood in the lower track of your sliding doors or windows.

8. Turn off the watermain and unplug the major appliances as an added precaution. 9. Inform a neighbor when you’re leaving and returning, and ask them to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Leave them a phone number where you can be reached, and a spare set of your keys in case of an emergency. 10. Consider investing in a home security system. A home security system is a very effective deterrent. When looking for their targets, thieves usually select an unoccupied home with the easiest access. Why not make it difficult for them. A home protected by a monitored security system is less susceptible to a break in than one without a system. Security system

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